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The conversations this summer have mainly focused on the Rangers forwards. With three forwards departing, three (four if you include the AHL-bound Michael Haley) coming on board, and the never-ending discussions about Rick Nash, Bobby Ryan, Alex Semin, and Shane Doan, it’s easy to see why the focus is on scoring and depth.
However some of the biggest concerns during the postseason were about the depth on defense. Stu Bickel was barely playing, and the five other defensemen were struggling to keep their legs under them while playing shorthanded throughout the playoffs. The Rangers need depth or growth. With Michael Sauer out, and no major signings pending, the answers appear to have to come from within.
The Locks: Dan Girardi, Ryan McDonagh, Marc Staal
These guys are a given and will likely play on the top-four.
The Almost-Locks: Anton Stralman, Michael Del Zotto
Stralman filed for arbitration, almost guaranteeing he will be back with the Rangers for one more season. Del Zotto is an...
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For years I couldn’t stand Glen Sather. The man steadfastly refused to stop star chasing and as a result the Rangers failed to make any progress, stuck as a perennial borderline playoff team and incapable of putting together a true contender.
Sather learned his lesson and now just as stubbornly refuses to abandon his plan of sticking with youth by including prized youngsters...
The New York Rangers didn’t make a huge splash in free agency just yet, but that doesn’t mean they’ve been completely quiet. Many faces have come and gone already this offseason as Glen Sather looks to build on a roster that came within two games of reaching the Stanley Cup Finals this past season. Exit [...]
Newly signed Taylor Pyatt has been on a few teams that made deep runs in the playoffs, and while he does admit that the Rangers were able to offer a more secure contract than the Coyotes, stuck in ownership limbo, were able to, it's clear that the state of the Rangers' organization also played a tremendous factor. As he told The Chronicle Journal, this might be his chance...
I get it. Henrik Lundqvist is perfect. Literally perfect. He's literally and metaphorically a rockstar, the backbone of the New York Rangers, and married to Swedish royalty. I am not at all afraid to publicly embrace my mancrush on Henrik Lundqvist. And thus, I don't hold it against anyone who feels the same way. But there's a certain boundary that can't be crossed...
The other day Adam Herman reported on the blog that Chris Kreider was going to participate in The Big Assist IV charity hockey game last night.Now, Julie Robenhymer over at HockeyBuzz reminds us why Kreider is such a special person on and off the ice by giving this great account from the game..."After the game, the players posed for a team picture and then headed towards the...
Career AHL veteran Brandon Segal, who has appeared in over 500 games in the American Hockey League, has signed a new deal with the New York Rangers. A journeyman who has played for six AHL teams and three NHL teams, Segal was most recently a part of the Lightning organization, his second stint in Tampa [...]
Steve Zipay at Newsday reports that the Rangers are working on a multi-year deal with RFA Michael DelZotto....so much for Del Zotto being a part of any trade for Nash, Ryan or Weber. Although, if Del Zotto is wanted as the centerpiece of a deal for any one of those guys I could see Sather changing his mind....as I've said on this blog, I still think Del Zotto has the ability...
The New York Rangers continue to make moves to fill in the second-tier holes on their roster. The vacancies were left by the defections of a handful of key role players from the team that lost to the New Jersey Devils in the Eastern Conference finals. All along, the Blueshirts and their fans have had their eyes on something significantly grander. While the waiting game continues...
So what does Chris Kreider do for an encore two days after signing every autograph request during The Big Assist IV charity hockey game? Sign more autographs of course.The Rangers Facebooked out this pic of Kreider at today's NYR Youth Hockey Camp......and Columbus thinks the Rangers are going to trade this kid to them for Nash. I don't think so.Jim Cerny over at Blueshirts...
It came as no surprise to many Caps fans when George McPhee announced veterans Jeff Halpern and Mike Knuble would not return to the team. The only question remained was if an NHL organization would give the two players another shot. Halpern will be headed to the Big Apple after signing a one-year, $700,000 contract [...]
It is moving day for the Prospect Park and family as our house finally closed; the movers have come and taken all of our stuff away and I'm sitting here on the floor using a box as the table trying to write something about the New York Rangers.
I can't because as much as one chapter in my life is over another one "the great adventure" as my wife likes to call...
It's a slow day in NYR news, and NHL news overall, and I've gotten into a debate with several Rangers fans on Twitter over what a team should/would be willing to part with in a trade to improve itself.Obviously, you want to trade from an area of strength to improve the team's weakness i.e sacrificing an abundance of defense for some scoring. It's the lay of the land...
This is a historic musings, as it marks the first time that I have written the musings for two weeks in a row. Chris is still gallivanting around Europe, or wherever he is, so I get to continue writing the musings. Let’s get right into it:
There has been a lot of complaining about the Rangers signings this offseason, but let’s look into this a bit deeper:
The Rangers lost three...