Found June 05, 2013 on NY Rangers Blog:
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 strong associate coach who can help with the X’s and O’s – then it could happen.” ...i know Garrioch is known for his wild rumors, but he was on the Gaborik trade before anyone else, so I have to at least acknowledge this report. far as Messier goes, the only way I'd feel comfortable with him behind the bench is if the associate coach was Scotty Bowman. I really can't believe that Sather would take this leap of faith knowing it could ultimately lead to another Cupless season and Lundqvist signing with another team next offseason. Meanwhile, Elliotte Friedman at CBC gives us a glimmer of...

Ryane Clowe: To Be Or Not To Be…..A New York Ranger Next Season

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 [...]

Should the Rangers Use Their Compliance Buyout on Brad Richards This Summer or Next?

Glen Miller: As we outlined, this decision may not be as easy as first thought. There is a good chance Richards bounces back and has a productive season with the benefit of an offseason of hard work, a full training camp and a new voice behind the bench. A productive Brad Richards would make the [...]

Grading the Rangers: the bottom six forwards

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...

Rangers Draft Target: Mason Geertsen

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 [...]

Gretzky out of running for Rangers head coach

This is a bit old, but Wayne Gretzky officially removed himself from the running for the new head coach of the Rangers. Gretzky never really appeared to be in the running to begin with, but was just “flattered” to have his name in the conversation, per Darren Dreger on TSN Radio. Gretzky was rumored to be in the running over the weekend, which drove a lot of discussion about...

Rangers Could Offer Lundqvist Max Contract

Andrew Gross at the Bergen Record reports that the Rangers are likely to do everything they can to re-sign Henrik Lundqvist, even if that means offering a max contract of eight years, $80 million. Under the new CBA, a team cannot re-sign one of their own players for more than eight years. Lundqvist is 31-years old. to do, what you got to do. The Rangers franchise...

Hagelin Contract Talks Look Good; Shoulder Update

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...

What Sather should look for in the next Rangers coach

If he wants it, there are certain things he will need to do (Phillip MacCallum/Getty Images). Since Tortorella’s firing last week, there’s been a lot of different coaches with different systems/philosophies linked to the Rangers head coaching position. As I said last week in my Tortorella obituary post, Sather left it open as far as what he’s looking for in his next coach....

The Rangers should avoid veterans like Ribeiro

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...

Potential UFA target: Mike Ribiero

(Photo: Scott Levy) The Rangers have a depth problem. That was very evident in the series against the Bruins, and was exacerbated by the fact that Brad Richards wound up as a healthy scratch. With a Richards buyout imminent, the Rangers are left with a thin lineup down the middle in Derek Stepan, Derick Brassard, Brian Boyle, and Darroll Powe. Stepan is clearly entrenched as the...

Grading the Rangers goaltending

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...

X-Y+ Nothing

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...

Richards Would Like to Return to Dallas

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...

The Miserable May and More

The calendar just turned to June and I am sure that New York Rangers fans, as well as a few select members of the organization are glad that it is no longer May.  Whether it was the second round loss to the Boston Bruins in the NHL Playoffs, the benching of Brad Richards or the [...]

Musings; a look ahead

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...
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