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Brassard has a great chance to re-establish himself with the Rangers
With every additional pass like the perfect defense splitter that set up Dan Girardi’s huge goal against the Islanders, Derick Brassard is positioning himself to be the Rangers second option at center beyond this season. The ramifications from each additional impressive Brassard display from here on in are huge. His form makes Brad Richards that much more of a luxury, makes Richards’ future that much more tenuous and it makes the Rangers summer that much more of a decision filled affair.
While in Columbus, Brassard flashed glimpses of skill but with careful analysis it was actually more than that. Like Rick Nash, Brassard was surrounded for the most part by subpar talent, with defensive coaches and yet was still able to put together some productive campaigns. His problems in Columbus were his ability to stay healthy and the expectations that go with being a top ten draft pick. If Brassard can stay healthy the ‘Marian Gaborik trade’ could be a rare hockey trade that becomes a win-win.
Brassard is young, talented and exactly what the Rangers need as their second line pivot – someone they can build around. He has playmaking skills to rival Stepan but would actually be a nice compliment to the Rangers home-grown center. Assuming Brassard can keep his play up (better yet, keep improving) the Rangers would likely explore buying out Brad Richards sooner rather than later and the removal of his cap hit would be a huge aid to the Rangers future as they look to re-sign their own and keep players such as Ryane Clowe. This is why Brassard’s development is so crucial; his impact goes far beyond cementing the second line center position but has ramifications short and long term and all over the roster.
Back to the win-win element of that Gaborik trade. Out of the media scrutiny of New York, Gaborik appears to be playing with freedom and is once again productive. After losing Rick Nash Gaborik is exactly what the Blue Jackets fan base needed; an elite talent that offers hope for the future. In the package the Rangers received for the Slovak, New York recruited upside and depth. That upside though, could be substantial. If John Moore can play anywhere near to his own draft position and hype and Derek Dorsett can bring his leadership, physicality and overall package the Rangers will have pulled off a great trade despite giving up a quality talent.
It all however, begins and ends with Derick Brassard. If the Rangers can manage their young center carefully and put him in a position to succeed (Ryan Callahan as his right winger is a good start) then the Rangers have potentially hit a home run. It’s definitely trade fall out that’s worth watching long term. Consider the long term impact of Rick Nash in NYC and who knew the hockey hot bed that is Columbus, Ohio could offer so much future potential for the big market New York Rangers.
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Oscar Lindberg and his heavily favored Skelleftea AIK squad jumped out to a 2-0 series lead over Lulea in the SEL Finals this weekend. Skelleftea won the games by scores of 1-0 (in OT) and 4-2. Lindberg has been held off the score sheet in both contests, but finished yesterday’s 4-2 win with a +1 rating (0 PIMs in both contests).
Lindberg is one of three non-AHL prospects...
We New Yorkers normally don't root for Bostonians, but after yesterday's horrific events at the Boston Marathon, I think it's safe to say that we're all praying for Bean Town right now.
In what could have been another tragedy for the New York Rangers organization, Dylan McIlrath was in Boston to checkout the race...
Wow scary moment. Was walking towards...
During last night's 4-2 loss in Philadelphia, John Moore, once again, displayed a smooth skating game that included a sweet pass through the neutral zone to spring Mats Zuccarello for the Rangers first goal. He even showed a little of that snarl he's been working on with Schoenfeld coming to the defense of Ryan Callahan.
On the other end of the spectrum, Michael Del...
Steve Zipay at Newsday reports that the one guy from the Marian Gaborik trade we haven't seen, Derek Dorsett, will begin skating this week.
Zipay adds that x-rays on Dorsett's broken clavicle indicate that it's healing well.
"I've got all this built-up energy and not being able to make an impact here is tough. I missed a few...
When looking at the New York Rangers since the 1997-98 season, it is easy to see that for close to decade, there were some rough seasons.
The team went seven straight years without making the postseason, had a lot of failed free-agent signings and ended up losing the likes of Brian Leetch, Mark Messier, Mike Richter, and Adam Graves to retirement or trade. For Blueshirt fans, it...
NEW YORK, April 17, 2013 –New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has recalled forward Chris Kreider from the Connecticut Whale of the American Hockey League (AHL).
Kreider, 21, has registered one goal and three assists in six games since being assigned to Connecticut on April 3. He has recorded 12 goals and 11 assists for 23...
New York Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto was struck in the face by a puck that deflected off his own stick late in the 3rd period in a game against the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday at the Wells Fargo Center.
As he received treatment on the ice for a cut on his face that left him bleeding, some Flyers fans in attendance could be heard jeering, the injured Del Zotto, chanting...
Bergen Record - Gross: Rangers have pieces in place for postseason run
New York Post - Resting Henrik may not be winning move
Daily News - More playing time awaits Rangers' Brassard
New York Times - Rangers Pin Hopes on Goalie Henrik Lundqvist
Newsday - Rangers' Brassard has high expectations for himself
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The Rangers winger Carl Hagelin obviously doesn’t have much respect for Flyers forward Brayden Schenn. Tuesday night, Hagelin gave Schenn a little “who’s your daddy?” slash to a region no man wants to get hit.
Game officials either share Hagelin’s lack of respect for Schenn or were skating with their eyes closed because there was no penalty called on the play.
Henrik Lundqvist is looking every bit like the reigning Vezina Trophy winner, and that may eventually be enough to get the New York Rangers back to the playoffs.
For now, they'll settle with him continuing his dominance of the Philadelphia Flyers.
With the Rangers trying to create a cushion for the final playoff position, Lundqvist is expected to remain in net in an effort...
Bruce Garrioch at the Ottawa Sun reports that while former Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke keeps surfacing as a possible replacement with the Dallas Stars, he's also been linked to the Rangers if Glen Sather steps aside.
...not a big fan of this at all. While Burke had success in Vancouver and Anaheim, his time in Toronto was a disaster.
...the Rangers are finally starting...
The New York Rangers (21-16-4) visit the Philadelphia Flyers (18-21-3) at the Wells Fargo Center starting at 7:30 p.m. For a preview go to Yahoo! Sports.
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As the shortened regular season heads towards its conclusion, playoff hopefuls need every point they can get. Tonight, in Philadelphia, the Rangers suffered a costly 4-2 loss at the hands of the Flyers. For a full box score of the game, check out Yahoo! Sports.
- Disappointing would be the best way to describe this loss. The Rangers just were not good enough to win this hockey...
With a 4-2 loss to the Flyers, last night became a worst case scenario for the New York Rangers. Not only did they lose, but the Senators, Islanders, and Jets all won with each gaining 2 points in the standings. With only 6 games remaining the Rangers are clinging to the 8th seed in the East, tied with the Jets, by virtue of having 1 game in hand.
A sloppy first period saw the...