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The plan for this lock-out shortened season was to be able to keep Hank in a rhythm, but to also make sure he was well rested for what should be a long playoff run. As we all know, things rarely go according to plan, and the Rangers ended up using Henrik for 43 of the 48 regular season games this year. We projected at the beginning of the campaign that Marty Biron should start about 12 games in order to give Hank the appropriate amount of rest. He played in 5.
This was the result of inconsistent production, down years for key offensive players, a lack of depth, and no training camp when almost half of last year’s forward crop turned over. With a playoff spot requiring almost every regular season game to lock up, playing Biron was a luxury the Blueshirts couldn’t afford. Let’s see how the keepers’ performances grade out this season…
While the workload bestowed upon our fair King was far greater than any had intended, it was not reflected in his performance. After a slow start to the abbreviated season, Hank thrived playing every game after March 30th. His final regular season numbers were solid as ever; winning 24 games with a 2.05 GAA and a .926 sv%, good enough for yet another Vezina nomination.
At 31 years old, Hank is firmly in his prime and his numbers the past few seasons have bore that out. He remains and will continue to remain the backbone of this Ranger team as the window of contention opens fully. However, as we saw early in the year, the lack of consistent ice time and game action hampered Lundqvist in the first part of the season. It took him several weeks to really gain any traction with regard to his consistent high level of play. While the scorching hot end of the season got his numbers to where they needed to be, had Hank been in top form right from the starting gun, the Rangers could have stolen a few of those early season losses.
While I have absolutely no concerns about Hank going forward, the seemingly unprepared nature of his play to start the year dings his final grade a bit. B+
As mentioned before, Marty didn’t really receive enough playing time for a meaningful evaluation of his year. His numbers were good (in an admittedly small sample size) at 2.32 GAA and .917 sv%, and his quality of play passes the eye test. Instead of giving Marty a C+ or B- that doesn’t truly reflect the quality of his play, I’m going to go…INC
At the moment, the Rangers’ goaltending situation is a touchy subject. Hank’s willingness (or unwillingness) to commit long-term has bled over into the search for the next bench boss and potential off-season moves. There will continue to be much hand-wringing until the situation resolves itself and our once and future King is locked up until the end of his career. With regard to Marty, he will have one more full season with the team that the organization will need to use to evaluate it’s goaltending depth. For as long as I can remember, losing Hank for any extended period of time would be a death-knell to the season. Although the Rangers are thin on draft picks this year, drafting a tender is looking more like a necessity than a luxury. Or maybe Slats should start scouring the un-drafted free agent market for some later bloomers, even if Marty stays beyond this coming season. As Hank’s contract situation has shown us, you can never have too much goaltending.
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When the Rangers acquired Ryane Clowe at the trade deadline from San Jose they did so to add size, grit and some skill to their top-nine. They paid a steep price, sacrificing this year’s second and third-round draft picks plus a conditional pick that will become a second-rounder in 2014 if they re-sign the rugged [...]
Who’s in Ranger blue next season? (Michael Ivins-USA TODAY Sports)
With the offseason in full swing, the Rangers brass is going to look for ways to improve the team and fill holes by dealing from strengths. At the moment, the Rangers currently have 17 players signed for next season (10 F, 5 D, 2 G) at $50.9 million in cap space. That leaves them around $13.4 million to bridge the...
A lot has been going on in Rangers Nation recently. Lots of speculation as to who will replace John Tortorella as head coach. The Brad Richards issue and will Henrik Lundqvist sign an extension? What’s being pushed aside is the imminent NHL draft. Due to the lockout the NHL draft has been pushed back to [...]
A lack of depth up front was New York’s Achilles’ heels this season
As former coach John Tortorella repeatedly mentioned, New York’s depth up front was gutted during the summer of 2012 following the trade of Brandon Dubinsky and Artem Anisimov and the free agent departures of Brandon Prust, John Mitchell and Ruslan Fedotenko. The Rangers struggled mightily to replace that...
Carl Hagelin's agent Claes Elefalk recently told Mattias Ek at Expressen that talks with the Rangers on a new contract are going well...
"It looks good, they really want him, so it's a blast."
Elefalk feels that once they formally begin to negotiate, a new deal should be reached in a week.
Hagelin, a RFA, just completed his two-year entry level contract...
(Photo: Blueshirts United)
If there’s one problem that has plagued the Rangers longer than the broken power play, it’s a lack of depth on defense.
You’ll never confuse Steve Eminger with a Norris Trophy candidate, but the 29-year-old has provided tremendous support for New York’s top blueliners over the last three seasons. Whether Eminger was asked to sit in the press box...
The Rangers need to avoid over committing this offseason
This week Dave has already touched on Mike Ribeiro as a free agent possibility. He certainly makes for an appealing candidate who has had a productive career. I’m going to discuss why the Rangers should stay well clear of players like Ribeiro.
Once again the Rangers will likely have a hole in the middle of their line-up this...
Brady Skjei (NHL.com)
No sorry Glen Sather has not informed me as to who he plans to hire to take over as the next coach of the New York York Rangers. But USA Hockey did send out the invites to their annual summer evaluation camp on Thursday and the Ranger's top picks from the 2012 NHL Entry Draft were both given invites.
Brady Skjei (2012 1st) and Cristoval "Boo"...
Last week when Glen Sather told John Tortorella he was being let go, it represented a marked shift (we hope) in the mentality of Ranger executives and ownership alike. No longer was simply making the playoffs and winning a few series good enough anymore. Torts in 4 years had guided the team as far as he could've taken them and couldn't finish the job. But what happens if...
According to Kevin McGran at the Toronto Star, if Brad Richards is bought out by the Rangers he would like to return to Dallas if new Stars GM Jim Nill is willing.
McGran adds that the Maple Leafs, who were also in the Richards sweepstakes two summers ago, could also be interested in the Rangers alternate captain.
...makes sense that Richards would be interested in returning...
Zuccarello scores pretty goals, will he be kept?
Welcome to the musings. It’s not a game day, it’s the offseason and that depresses a lot of us. Let’s see if we can collectively raise some spirits shall we?
The way the Bruins are absolutely controlling the Penguins – probably the most skilled and talent laden team in the league – makes you wonder about the Rangers Bruins...
I can coach the Rangers
Sorry about the lack of activity here but I am waist deep in Math, English and Health thinking I was nuts to attend college at 54. Seriously there really isn't anything to talk about with the New York Rangers at the moment other than they are hunkering down in the Sather bunker in Palm Springs California.
I have often wondered if the Ranger staff...
Bruce Garrioch at the Ottawa Sun reports that while Rangers are interested in former Canucks’ coach Alain Vigneault, many think if Mark Messier really wants the job and is willing to commit he’ll get it as Glen Sather is said to be seriously considering "The Captain."
A league executive told Garrioch...
“If they surround Messier with a strong staff – a...