Found January 22, 2013 on
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The irony of the Rangers unimpressive start is that this team could really benefit from Wade Redden on the bottom pair. His passing ability and experience would have been a boost to the bottom pair. Clearly though, that was never going to happen, and all jokes aside two bad losses doesn’t mean a general manager should blow up his roster and beg for help elsewhere.
However, maybe the two losses have reinforced (or exposed) a need in the eyes of Glen Sather. Countless twitter fans, media types and pre-season’ predictors expressed varying levels of concern at the bottom end of the Rangers blueline depth. Basically the concern was, is there any?
Stu Bickel has been horrible thus far, Matt Gilroy is surely just an emergency measure (based on his at best mediocre play with the Whale), and Steve Eminger would have the same problem shaking off the rust that the current defense corps is encountering. So will Sather be tempted to look for an upgrade outside of the organisation and is it needed?
Don’t count on any help coming from the AHL with the sole legitimate prospect on the blueline – Dylan McIlrath – needed serious game time at that level before being a viable option. He’s unlikely to be seen at the Garden this year. Don’t count either, on Bickel suddenly transforming into Jeff Beukeboom overnight. The current defense will only improve through practice, players playing to their talent levels, and through the forwards getting on the same page as their defensive colleagues. Basically, if the organisation isn’t happy with what’s on the blueline now, they may well start to look for alternatives.
Two losses does not spell disaster, and nor does playing Stu Bickel or one of the current healthy scratches if their ice time is managed properly but this defense may very well be one unfortunate injury/absence from a potential panic situation. This team has a ton of talent, solid depth (generally speaking) and an all world goaltender ready to be the backbone once again. Just don’t expect Sather and co. to be idle. There’s every chance the organisation is looking at options, and so they should.
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Taylor Pyatt has displayed impressive hockey sense in his first two games
A two game sample size is hardly enough to evaluate anyone, and clearly none of the Rangers played particularly well in the season’s opening weekend, but here are some initial impressions of the newest Blueshirts:
Rick Nash – As coach John Tortorella said following Sunday’s game, “he’s the real deal...
Chris had a fantastic post yesterday urging Rangers fans to not be fearful of their 0-2 performance. He made great points and provided some interesting stats that should talk even the most critical fans off the ledge. To be honest, I’m not sure why anyone’s on the ledge to begin with.
I have been working in sports for most of my career and I don’t know a single suit around...
The two Rangers prospects playing in the WHL –Michael St. Croix (Edmonton Oil Kings) and Shane McColgan (Saskatoon Blades– were each in action last night, with both teams posting impressive wins. McColgan notched an assist in the Blades’ 4-1 victory over Brandon, and St. Croix notched a goal and an assist in the Oil Kings’ 7-0 spanking of Mosse Jaw.
Michael St. Croix...
One of the stranger sights in the Rangers 6-3 loss to the Penguins was John Tortorella's early hook on Henrik Lundqvist. He explains his reasoning here (via NY Post)...
“I was not going to keep him in there. It wasn’t him. I wasn’t going to keep him in there with what was going on in front of him.”
...i bet Biron felt good about himself after hearing this. In...
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The Rangers got a scare Sunday night when one of their top prospects took a bone-jarring hit, but it sounds like there’s nothing to worry about.
Rangers rookie forward Chris Kreider skated into the offensive zone with his head down, and Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik made the youngster pay in a big way. Orpik delivered a huge hit, planting his shoulder into Kreider’s chest...
Last night Chris Kreider took a vicious hit from Brooks Orpik in the closing minute of the game. Here's the latest on his status...
Torts says he has no update on @chriskreider after being on receiving end of hard hit from Brooks Orpik...calls hit "clean"
— Jim Cerny (@JimCerny) January 21, 2013
Here's video of the hit...
It’s been a while since we’ve had a legitimate ATF, and that’s mostly because of scheduling. It’s been tough to commit to putting this together on a daily basis, but as schedules open up, it gives more time for posts like this. We will try to make this a daily thing, so keep coming back for your prospect updates.
Over the weekend, Oscar Lindberg and Jesper Fast squared off...
In the offseason Arron Asham left the Pittsburgh Penguins for the New York Rangers, and the Penguins signed Tanner Glass to replace him as their enforcer. The two wasted no time getting acquainted in this epic middleweight fight that started two seconds into the game.My guess is that the two enforcers talked about this, perhaps to get the jitters out, and set up this fight. After...
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2011-2012 Records: Bruins (49-29-4), Rangers (51-24-7)
2011-2012 NYR Leading Scorer: Marian Gaborik (41-35-76)
2011-2012 BOS Leading Scorer: Tyler Seguin (29-38-67)
2011-2012 NYR Goaltender: Henrik Lundqvist (62 GS, 1.97 GAA, .930 SV%)
2011-2012 BOS Goaltender: Tuuka Rask (22 GS, 2.05 GAA, .929 SV%)
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Rick Nash-Brad Richards-Marian...
NEW YORK -- Marian Gaborik's third goal of the game, 27 seconds into overtime, sent hats flying onto the rink while giving the New York Rangers their first win of the season and the Boston Bruins their first defeat. Gaborik completed his hat trick and the Rangers' 4-3 win at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night by tapping in a deflection of his own miss on a breakaway...
Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid and New York Rangers forward Brian Boyle are two big boys and this was a pretty good fight in my opinion. This is one thing that I like about the NHL, something happens on the ice and it's settled the players on the ice and not the officials. I score the fight a win by McQuaid. Unfortunately, the Boston Bruins are losing 2-0 after one period of hockey.
Rangers 4, Bruins 3 (OT)
The Bruins headed into the Big Apple on Wednesday night for a nationally televised rematch of last Saturday’s season-opener against the Rangers, which the B’s won 3-1. Both teams had two games under their belt in this shortened season heading into Wednesday’s “Rivalry Night” – the Bruins undefeated after beating the Jets in a shootout on Monday...
Per Pat Leonard, Torts has decided to shake up the lines a bit today:
#NYR practice lines: Nash-Richards-Gaborik, Kreider-Stepan-Callahan, Hagelin-Boyle-Pyatt, Rupp-Halpern-Bickel
It’s worth noting that Arron Asham is not in the lineup for now. The safe assumption is that Steve Eminger replaces Bickel on the bottom pairing. Although that can change by tomorrow.
At first glance...