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With training camp upon us, we enter the Final Four of the offseason tournament for the Best Ranger since the 2005 lockout. As we enter the final days, we want to thank Matt Josephs of Blue Line Station (Twitter: 11Matt_Josephs8) for pitching this idea to us. It was a great success and we hope you had as much fun voting as we did posting and seeing the results. The first Final Four matchup pits the King against the Captain: Hank vs. Cally.
Henrik Lundqvist (Acquired – 2000 draft, round 7)
Hank is Hank. He’s a five-time Vezina Finalist, he’s won the award once. He’s been the backbone of the team, and the best goalie in the world. Not really much else to say here.
To get to this point, Hank beat #16 Olli Jokinen, #9 Martin Rucinsky, #4 Artem Anisimov, and #3 Ryan McDonagh. Hank is also the tournament favorite, so he gets the higher #1 seed here.
Ryan Callahan (acquired – 2004 draft, 4th round)
The Rangers actually acquired the draft pick used to select Cally from San Jose in exchan...
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The Rangers drafted Dylan McIlrath 10th overall in 2010 and ever since, media and fans have been waiting for his arrival. While McIlrath is now completely healthy and at Rangers camp looking to make the team there doesn’t appear space in the defensive unit even though his style is an absolute need.
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Per Dan Rosen of NHL.com, New York Rangers captain Ryan Callahan has stated he will not be ready in time for the season opener on October 3 against the Phoenix Coyotes. Both he and Carl Hagelin had offseason shoulder surgery. Since Cally is expected to miss the opener, it is expected that Hagelin will miss the opener as well. That means the Rangers will need two additional forwards...
The 2013 officially Rangers hit the ice for the first time this season, finishing the first day of on-ice activities of training camp. It appears that most of the work was conditioning related. Some notes, courtesy of Leslie Treff:
Of the new comers, Anthony Duclair, Oscar Lindberg, Justin Falk, and John Moore were all impressive during the sprints. All showed balance, speed, and...
It signs the contract or else it gets the hose again.
Up until pre-season games start up in earnest, the fan focus around Rangerland will continue to be Derek Stepan’s unresolved contract situation. The boys around here have done a fantastic job covering the specifics, comparables and negotiating leverage surrounding the Blueshirt’s final RFA, but I wanted to examine a slightly...
Henrik Lundqvist beat out Ryan Callahan in yesterday’s Final Four matchup in Best Ranger since the 2005 lockout tournament. Today, #2 Dan Girardi takes on #4 Derek Stepan in the other Final Four matchup, with the winner facing Hank for the tournament title. We want to thank Matt Josephs of Blue Line Station (Twitter: 11Matt_Josephs8) for pitching this idea to us. It was a great...
Is Derek Stepan going to be in camp?
Training camp is here, the hockey world is back full time and the Rangers have what appears to be a significant amount of questions as they enter first camp under Alain Vigneault. Let’s hit the musings to open the season.
Derek Stepan: Over his first three years in the league he outscored highly rated youngsters such as Jeff Skinner and Evander...
Per Andrew Gross, day three of training camp (day two of on-ice activities) was divided into three groups, with each group comprised of a mix of kids and vets. The day was spent doing drills. The line combinations used during camp saw kids skating on lines with vets, a good way to help build confidence and measure them against current NHL standards. Also per Gross, the lines for...
from Katie Strang of ESPN NewYork,
New York Rangers center Derek Stepan, an unsigned restricted free agent, missed his second straight day of training camp Thursday, and a resolution to his contract situation does not appear imminent.
Rangers general manager Glen Sather said he has been in constant communication with Stepan's camp but that there is nothing to report...
The New York Rangers will have to build their offensive chemistry on the fly this season as new coach Alain Vigneault installs his system.Captain Ryan Callahan is recovering nicely from shoulder surgery, but he doesn’t expect to be ready for opening night. Fellow winger Carl Hagelin is facing the same scenario. Adding to the fun is the ongoing holdout of center Derek Stepan, who...
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 last Regional Finals matchup is today, with #2 Brandon Dubinsky taking on #4 Derek Stepan. Stepan was the first to eliminate a #1 seed, taking out Marc Staal in the previous round. The winner faces #2 Dan Girardi...
Derek Stepan unsigned and therefore out of camp is seeking nothing other from the Rangers than “the fair market value he has earned” Matt Oates the center’s agent told The Post on Thursday.
“Derek isn’t interested in negotiating his contract through the press but there’s been a lot of speculation out there about what he’s asking for and this and that” Oates said...
So John Tortorella hates Twitter. Surprised? Of course not.
Here’s what he had to say (courtesy of Ben Kuzma from the Province):
It’s the most narcissistic thing I’ve ever seen. I’m not going to handcuff them and treat them like little kids. There’d better be no information come out of the locker room with that damn Twitter. It’s nothing but trouble to me. But I also...
Make no mistake. The power play an oxymoronic term over the last two seasons in which the Rangers ranked 23rd in the NHL with the man advantage in both 2011-12 and 2012-13 is the ultimate responsibility of head coach Alain Vigneault.
“The buck stops with me” Vigneault said following Friday’s workout.
“I am going to empower [assistant Scott Arniel] on the power play and...
Fans clamoring for an end to the Derek Stepan contract stalemate received what appeared to be good news on the eve of camp when Nazem Kadri and the Toronto Maple Leafs agreed to a two-year (i.e. bridge) contract worth an average of $2.9MM per season. Kadri was widely viewed as a close comparable to Stepan […]
Per Katie Strang, JT Miller will not be skating over the next two games, and will not be participating in the Rangers first two preseason games against the Devils and Flyers next week. Miller limped off the ice on Thursday with an apparent hamstring injury, but skated the following day. Keeping him off the ice is likely just precautionary, as the team likely doesn’t want to push...