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New York Rangers
Going into the 2011-12 NHL campaign, not many knew what to expect of the New York Rangers. Sure, the team had signed highly-coveted free agent Brad Richards to a nine-year deal, made Ryan Callahan the team captain and partly renovated Madison Square Garden. Other than that, the team was somewhat of a question mark.As we enter December, pundits are no longer wondering about the Blueshirts.The Rangers are currently 15-5-3, second in the Atlantic Division and fourth in the Eastern Conference. There are several reasons why the Rangers have been successful this season so far. For starters, they have shown some offensive depth this season.While Marian Gaborik (12-9-21) and Richards (10-12-22) are leading the club in scoring, other players have stepped up for the team to provide offense this season. Team captain Ryan Callahan (10-8-18), Artem Anisimov (3-12-15), and Derek Stepan (5-10-15) have done their share of the offensive work to give the Blueshirts some balanced scoring.Secondly, the...
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If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, then you know that although we are fans of Dan Girardi, we generally tend to think that he may not have a future with the team throughout the life of his contract. The Rangers already have several key cogs on defense in Ryan McDonagh, Marc Staal, and Michael Del Zotto. They also have two key prospects that will likely crack the roster...
Katie Strang at ESPN NY has an great piece on the unheralded Dan Girardi's path from undrafted free agent to cornerstone of the Rangers' defense including this nugget on why Rangers amateur scout Rich Brown was immediately drawn to the undrafted defenseman..."Matched up against Corey Perry in the 2004 Ontario Hockey League playoffs, the undrafted 19-year-old defenseman...
Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy lists the top five goaltenders in the NHL and ranks Henrik Lundqvist at #2. Here's an excerpt of Wyshynski's analysis..."He's the backbone of a Rangers team that's among the best in hockey at the moment. Like a great MLB pitcher, he seems to get strong as the game goes on — fundamentally sound, plays very big in the net."....
Derek Stepan had the big play during a third period that featured a strong team effort by the New York Rangers.
Stepan had a tiebreaking goal and added an assist, helping the Rangers extend their winning streak to five with a 4-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night.
''As a team we did a good job of handling momentum and winning battles and playing simple...
Prior to tonight’s 4-2 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Rangers had won five straight games and 12 out of their last 14. So one loss certainly isn’t the end of the world, nor is it something anyone should be getting overly frustrated about. However, without a doubt in my mind, the Rangers very well could’ve won this game, and had plenty of chances to do so when it was 3...
Now here is the way for the New York Ranger fans to start their hockey week. 2 Ranger prospects earning "Player Of The Week" honors for their respective leagues.
First up Michael St. Croix
AB. - The
Western Hockey League announced today that Edmonton
Oil Kings’ forward Michael St. Croix is the WHL Player of the Week.
Derek Boogaard was diagnosed with CTE by Boston University researchers at the school's Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy.The disease has been diagnosed in the brains of more than 20 former football players, but can be diagnosed only after an individual dies.The researchers who examined Boogaard’s brain said the case was particularly sobering because Boogaard...
The theme for tonight should be more of the same. More of the same effort shown by John Mitchell and Derek Stepan blocking shots Thursday. More of the same production and puck movement from the offense. More of the same chemistry and good vibes that have marked this current win streak.
The good news is that Mitchell, stitches after blocking a shot, and Stepan, sore ankle after...
Derek Stepan, who, despite playing with a sore ankle, scored the game winner in the Rangers 4-2 win over Tampa last night, now has 5g, 9a in the Rangers last 15 games....so much for the sophomore slump. Stepan has taken his game to another level this year and his chemistry with Gaborik and AA has been fun to watch so far this season.Also @TheBroadwayHat was very happy to be sitting...
The New York Rangers (15-5-3) host the Toronto Maple Leafs (14-10-2) at Madison Square Garden tonight starting at 7:00 p.m. For a preview go to Yahoo! Sports. Rangers Game Notes TV: MSG; Radio: ESPN Radio 1050AM, XM 212Live Stream:http://www.firstrowsports.tv/watch/96360/1/watch-new-york-rangers-vs-toronto-maple-leafs.htmlProbable Lines:Anisimov-Stepan...
Rangers enforcer Derek Boogaard suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain ailment related to Alzheimer's disease that is caused by repeated blows to the head, the New York Times reported.
Over six months, The Times examined the life and death of hockey player Derek Boogaard. The first of a three-part series revisits his childhood and his progression from boy to brawler.
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TAMPA, Fla. — Brad Richards is returning to the scene of his greatest triumph. But he is doing so as a Ranger and not coming back home as a member of the Lightning, the latter a scenario the 2004 Conn Smythe winner seriously considered as he pondered his free agency options...
When their careers are over, John Tortorella and Brad Richards may best be remembered for what they accomplished with the Tampa Bay Lightning.