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Danny Kristo could fill-in for Ryan Callahan and Carl Hagelin
What’s the status of Ryan Callahan and Carl Hagelin?
Both players underwent surgery on torn shoulder labrums following the 2013 season and their initial recovery timelines indicated they could each miss the first month of the 2013-2014 season. However, both Callahan and Hagelin have been skating with teammates in the weeks leading up to training camp and have reported no setbacks. Neither is ready for contact just yet, but they both seem to be progressing quickly. It’s still a good bet that neither player will be ready for the season-opener, but we should get a clearer picture of their status during camp.
Who could fill in for Callahan and Hagelin?
The Blueshirts have as many as 17 forwards (not including Callahan and Hagelin) with a legitimate shot at making the team. There are probably eight guys locked into their jobs, but after that it’s anyone’s guess how the top-12 will shake out. Of the youngsters, Oscar Lindberg and Danny Kristo should be coming into camp full of confidence after dominating at last week’s Traverse City Tournament. Unfortunately for Lindberg, he’s a pure centerman, and the Rangers already have five NHL bodies competing for four spots at that position. However, Kristo, Jesper Fast, J.T. Miller and Chris Kreider all have a chance to make the team. They’ll be challenged by proven bottom-six forwards: Darroll Powe, Arron Asham, Benoit Pouliot, Derek Dorsett, Brian Boyle and Taylor Pyatt.
Is Derick Brassard or Brad Richards the #2 center?
If John Tortorella were still around, this really wouldn’t matter, since Tortorella eschewed set line structures and was notorious for juggling his combinations mid-game. At least in Vancouver Alain Vigneault preferred to have a more rigid formula. Either Boyle or Dominic Moore will be centering the team’s checking line, but Brassard and Richards could be in a heated battle for better linemates, and a more offensive role. Richards is obviously coming off a disastrous season, but he’ll surely be driven to make a strong first impression to the new regime. Brassard impressed in his brief stint on Broadway last year, but will have to do so again to stave off the veteran Richards.
How will Vigneault’s camp be different than Tortorella’s?
It will come as a relief to many Blueshirts that Tortorella’s grueling conditioning test is now a thing of the past. Vigneault’s camp figures to be quite a bit different – there might even be pucks on the ice! But most importantly, Vigneault has repeatedly stated that all players will start with a clean slate under his watch, so Vigneault’s camp will be more about the new coach determining how to best utilize his personnel.
What’s happening with the big contract negotiations?
We haven’t heard a peep from Derek Stepan’s camp for weeks, while GM Glen Sather has made it very clear that he doesn’t intend to budge from his stance that Stepan should sign a bridge deal. It’d be a major, major shock if Stepan wasn’t on the ice come opening night, but this standoff could drag into camp and become an unfortunate distraction. Things sound a little more positive between Henrik Lundqvist and the club. Both sides appear eager to get a deal done and though the haggling may continue a little longer, it seems likely that The King will ink a massive extension before the season starts.
What will you guys be watching as camp opens?
BEST OF MAXIM
As the offseason wears on, us and Matt Josephs of Blue Line Station (Twitter: 11Matt_Josephs8) will be running a tournament for the Best Ranger since the 2005 lockout. The Regional Finals start today, with tournament favorite Henrik Lundqvist taking on #3 Ryan McDonagh.
Henrik Lundqvist (Acquired – 2000 draft, round 7)
Hank is Hank. He’s a five-time Vezina Finalist, he’s won...
If you’re an Eastern Conference club — with salary-cap space — looking to aggravate the New York Rangers field an offer sheet to restricted free agent Derek Stepan.
Stepan and the Rangers remain far apart in their negotiations the New York Post reported Tuesday.
According to Larry Brooks’ Post story Stepan is believed to be after a five- or six-year deal worth approximately...
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
Stepan is believed seeking a five- or six-year deal in the neighborhood of $5 million per while the Rangers are believed offering a two-year contract worth between $2.75-and-$3 million a year.
Stepan’s request is not at all outlandish given his work the first three seasons of his career during which he clearly outperformed an extremely...
Barring an unexpected seismic shift in contract talks that have gone nowhere all summer between the Rangers and Derek Stepan the unsigned 24-year-old restricted free agent center will not report tomorrow for his physical on the first day of training camp.
Thus Stepan who has remained at his home in Wisconsin even as the Blueshirts have been holding organized albeit informal workouts...
As training camp draws near the Rangers still are left with one important piece of business to finish; namely re-signing RFA top-six Center Derek Stepan to a new contract and fans are none too pleased it’s taking so long. Blue Shirt backers realize how important Stepan is to the future success of the club and […]
As the offseason wears on, us and Matt Josephs of Blue Line Station (Twitter: 11Matt_Josephs8) will be running a tournament for the Best Ranger since the 2005 lockout. Today’s matchup is #1 Jaromir Jagr vs. #2 Dan Girardi in the Glen Sather Regional Finals. The winner will join #1 seeds Henrik Lundqvist and Ryan Callahan in the Final Four.
Jaromir Jagr (acquired – 2004 trade...
This 2013-14 NHL season preview features the New York Rangers.
Having made a huge splash acquiring Rick Nash, the Rangers had very high hopes heading into the season.
They managed to make the playoffs as the 6th seed, edging out the 9th place Jets by 5 points. Not what you’d consider “safe”.
Once in the post-season, they narrowly defeated the Washington Capitals in 7 games...
MrPorter.com, an online retail destination for men’s style, recognized Henrik Lundqvist’s fashion sense in its current issue of The Journal. In a new feature called “The Look,” Lundqvist shows off his impeccable suiting style, a characteristic that has helped him cement his status as one of the best-dressed athletes across sports. The New York Rangers goaltender was previously...
The Baby Rangers dropped to 0-3 in this year’s Traverse City Tournament, losing to the Columbus Blue Jackets by a score of 4-2. Goals were scored by Oscar Lindberg (5th of the tournament) and Josh Nicholls. Assists came from Danny Kristo and Connor Allen. Lindberg (5 G) and Kristo (1 , 4 A) are tied for 5th in the tournament in scoring. With the loss, it appears the Rangers are...
John Tortorella sat down with James Cybulski of Sportsnet to talk the team, the city and dealing with the media.
After a disastrous 1992-93 season which saw the Rangers plummet into last place, make a coaching change in mid-season, miss the playoffs, and their Stanley Cup drought reach 53 years, it was clear changes were on the way. Soon after the regular season ended, the Rangers hired hard-nose task-master Mike Keenan as the franchises 26th […]
Stepan > Kadri
In case you missed it, Nazem Kadri signed a two-year bridge deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs last night worth $2.9 million per season. Kadri has just 99 NHL games played –only one full season– and has a line of 23-37-63 over those 99 games. In his only full season, the lockout shortened season, Kadri put up 18-26-44. That 18-26-44 should look familiar, since...
The New York Rangers have invited Johan Hedberg to their trainng camp after Martin Biron is unable to show up due to personal reasons. On July 4, 2013, Hedberg was placed on unconditional waivers for the intentions of a compliance buyout. The Devils bought out Hedberg as a result of a trade that sent Vancouver Canucks goaltender Cory Schneider to [...]