Found September 30, 2013 on Blue Seat Blogs:
Could Hrivik be well placed to become a Ranger despite being in the AHL? With the Rangers facing the reality of opening the year without Ryan Callahan for at least a game and Carl Hagelin for much longer – without even considering the lack of practice time for Derek Stepan – would the Rangers be best prepared leaning on the veterans to begin the year? With Jesper Fast and JT Miller tentatively penciled in for the Coyotes game, the Rangers intend to employ two important pieces of their future, now. Neither player figures to be in the top six based on practices and the varied reports from the beat writers. As we saw with Chris Kreider, if a prospect doesn’t deserve to be with the big club, he won’t be. Sometimes even when a prospect deserves to be (as could be argued with all of Oscar Lindberg, Marek Hrivik, Danny Kristo, or Connor Allen) it’s in no ones interest to see those players marginalised for the sake of numbers. So why Miller and Fast? Both players so far have showed a level of accountability and skill – and end product – that suggested they had to be kept up. With Callahan and Hagelin out for varying lengths of time, it will be interesting and highly important to see how these prospects are deployed. The Rangers face a difficult situation with Miller and Fast. Both players have tremendous long term potential for the club, particularly given the lack of contractual commitments the club have to deal with, so the club need to balance the benefit of their immediate involvement compared to their long term development. The likes of Kreider, Hrivik, and Kristo may have seen their demotions to the Wolfpack as personal set backs, but it may be that being on the Wolfpack puts them – and not those with the Rangers – in the best positions to succeed of all the prospects close to the NHL club. At this stage of the season there are at least six key prospects in the starting blocks facing important years in their careers –spread over different leagues – but all facing the same starting points. All these players offer the same dilemma to the Rangers; short term pain/long term gain. How the Rangers handle these situations will have a significant impact on the overall health of the franchise. Tweet

Rangers announce final cuts

Jesper Fast and J.T. Miller made the roster, while Chris Kreider, Oscar Lindberg and Marek Hrivik were assigned to Hartford The Rangers announced their final roster cuts this morning, assigning Chris Kreider, Oscar Lindberg, Marek Hrivik, Darroll Powe, Brandon Mashinter, Stu Bickel and Conor Allen to the Hartford Wolfpack.  Powe, Mashinter and Bickel must all clear waivers. The...

Replacing Ryan Callahan & Carl Hagelin On The Roster

The Rangers start their season this upcoming Thursday, October 3rd, against the Phoenix Coyotes. The Blueshirts roster will be missing captain Ryan Callahan and Carl Hagelin both recovering from surgeries they had in the offseason. This gives an opportunity for two lucky guys to claim those last two spots on the roster. The preseason is […]

Toughness and physicality could become a concern for the Rangers

(Source: Jared Wickerham/Getty Images North America) The Rangers are a very deep team this season, especially at forward. They are in a position where –when fully healthy– they have three scoring lines and a solid defensive fourth line. However there is one glaring weakness (on paper); the apparent lack of physicality and toughness on the roster. Even with a healthy Ryan Callahan...

New lines add to roster makeup questions

Photo: Jonathan Kozub/NHLI via Getty Images After the Rangers announced their final cuts yesterday, they practiced and showcased some new lines. These lines are not quite set, as Ryan Callahan is not cleared to play in games (just cleared for contact). Rick Nash, who missed practice, would take Cally’s place on the top line: Brad Richards-Derek Stepan-Ryan Callahan Taylor Pyatt...

Best case/worst case scenarios for Ranger defensemen and goalies in 2013

How good can Ryan McDonagh be? Defensemen Aaron Johnson Best case: Johnson is an adequate depth defender and is significantly better than Stu Bickel in spot duty. Worst case: Johnson is no better than Bickel and the Rangers are back where they were last year if top-six blueliners get hurt. Anton Stralman Best case: Stralman continues to be an unsung hero for the Blueshirts and finally...

Bickel, Mashinter, and Powe all clear waivers

Per Bob McKenzie, defensman Stu Bickel and forwards Darroll Powe and Brandon Mashinter all cleared waivers yesterday. The trio will be assigned to the Hartford Wolfpack of the AHL. All three were cut yesterday as part of the final round of cuts, but required waivers to be sent to the AHL. Tweet

New York Rangers Depending On Rick Nash

from Andrew Gross of The Record, This is about Rick Nash now and how much more production he can give the Rangers. This is about Nash now, even if hockey is never about one player, because he’s the Rangers’ one, true, offensive superstar. And this is about offense now for the Rangers because, heaven knows, it hasn’t been for a while at Madison Square Garden, where...

Initial powerplay units from practice

Per Pat Leonard, the Rangers practiced the powerplay for an extended period of time today with two distinct units: PP1: Marc Staal-Brad Richards, JT Miller-Derek Stepan-Rick Nash PP2: Michael Del Zotto-Dan Girardi, Benoit Pouliot-Derick Brassard-Mats Zuccarello Miller getting the nod on the powerplay is likely due to Ryan Callahan’s absence. Considering Rick Nash’s goal locations...

Brad Richards getting a look as winger on Rangers' top line

Over the summer the Rangers had a lot of deliberating to do about the future of Brad Richards and the prospect of using an amnesty buyout to get out from under his contract. GM Glen Sather elected not to go that route and instead hung on to Richards. Now he's playing on the Rangers' top line. Richards who was a healthy scratch in the playoffs last season part of an overall...

All That Has Transpired: New York Rangers

We’re going to take a look at each NHL team, breaking down every new addition and subtraction, as well as promising prospects. Today, we take a look at the New York Rangers. By: Nick Richter (@PensNation_Nick) 2013 Season: 26-18-4, 56 pts – (2nd in the Atlantic Division, 6th in Eastern Conference) Additions HC Alain Vigneault (VAN) C Dominic Moore (FA) W Benoit Pouliot (TBL...

St. Croix among 14 cut from Wolfpack camp

The Hartford Wolfpack have cut 14 players from AHL camp. They have assigned four players to the ECHL’s Greenville Road Warriors (these are guys that are signed to ELC’s by the Rangers), they loaned another four to Greenville (AHL contracts, sent to ECHL), released another three from  tryouts (and joining Greenville), and outright released another three. From the press release...

Recently signed Stepan joins Rangers camp

The Rangers roster began to take full shape on Sunday and for the first time since training camp opened that roster included Derek Stepan. The presumptive first-line center took part in a practice that lasted more than an hour days after signing his two-year $6.15 million deal. He centered a line with Brad Richards on the left — yes that Brad Richards who won a Conn Smythe trophy...

Nash returns; Nothing new on Lundqvist

First off Henrik Lundqvist said again there was nothing new to report in negotiations for a new contract extension with a potential deadline on the talks coming with the start of the season Thursday at Phoenix. Lundqvist said on Sunday the sides would talk at least once more before the team left for Arizona. Rick Nash was back on the ice today after missing Sunday’s practice with...

Jan Levine: Remain Calm, All Is Still Mostly Welll

Take a deep breath everyone. Inhale, hold it, exhale slowly. Feel better? Yes, the Rangers did not look good this pre-season going 1-5. Yes, Ryan Callahan, at least for a few more games, and Carl Hagelin are not in the lineup. Yes, Henrik Lundqvist is not signed long-term, setting him up to potentially be a UFA. Yes, the zone strategy and style of play is a work-in-progress. With...

New coaches don’t necessarily mean “dominant” puck possession

Photo: AP Over the past few days, Dave Maloney’s quotes on Hockey Night Live have made the rounds around the interwebs. Maloney stated that in the view of upper management, the Rangers were “unwatchable” by upper management because they never had the puck. They were blocking shots and limiting their offensive players, which led to a lot of time in the defensive zone. This was...
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