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Over the past couple of weeks, there have been rumblings that the Rangers have been one of the more active teams seeking to make a move. More rumors circulated (from less reliable sources than Elliotte Friedman, linked in the previous sentence) that the Rangers were looking to make a big splash to address scoring woes. Now, there is a difference between seeking to make a move and making a splash, and Friedman is one of the more reliable guys out there.
With all the injuries –specifically to Rick Nash– that the Rangers have endured, a move does seem like it is coming. Scoring has been an issue, but that’s expected when the best player (Nash), captain, and best puck possession forward (Carl Hagelin) are all injured. Shooting luck hasn’t exactly been on their side either. The problem has been somewhat mitigated by the re-emergence of Chris Kreider and the steady play of J.T. Miller.
That said, this is still a team that has allowed two goals in each of the past four games, and won just two of them. We’ve identified one need for this team already. But how realistic is it to make a splash?
Simply put, there is one and only one way for the Rangers to make a huge splash in the trade market. This is a team right up on the cap ceiling with less than $1 million in cap space at the moment. At the deadline, they will have $3.1 million in cap space to add players. That’s not much wiggle room to work with. Even if someone like Taylor Pyatt ($1.55 million) is part of the deal, that leaves the Rangers with $4.65 million in cap space.
That’s enough to make a move, but not a splash.
Now comes the fun part. If the Rangers are to make a big splash right away, they would need to clear salary in a hurry. The fastest way to do that is to place one (or both) of Cally and Nash on LTIR, freeing up some cap space.
Two problems arise with that: 1) They will need to clear the cap space once the guys come back, and 2) If Nash is placed on LTIR, then that means the club is not expecting him back any time soon. It’s a bit of a double-edged sword.
Looking at a more realistic scenario, making a trade to address needs without making a splash, there are always options available that can fill holes. The same problems mentioned above come up, but are significantly less of a concern.
A big splash is very unlikely considering the current financial state of the Rangers, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that GM Glen Sather isn’t looking to make a deal. There are always ways to improve a club. This is a team that is expected to be in the Stanley Cup picture this year, and management will ensure that no stone go left unturned in their quest to bring the silver to New York.
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Katie Strang of ESPN answered some online questions today...
Katie how can the Rangers buy out Rick Nash if he has a concussion. Are you aware compliance buyouts cannot be used on injured players? With that in mind what are the odds Richards gets bought out?
Katie Strang That's true. You cannot buy out an injured player. However, even if Nash returns after missing...
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Although he’s frustrated with being sidelined, Rangers captain Ryan Callahan’s broken left thumb is healing on schedule and he skated with his teammates Thursday morning before the Sabres game for the first time since the injury.
“It was good…first day handling pucks, stickhandling and passing,” said Callahan, who wore a non-contact jersey. “I’m sticking with the original...
This 2-0 victory over the Sabres at the Garden on Thursday night marked a return to order in the Rangers’ universe.
First and foremost, Henrik Lundqvist — remember him? — was as close to peak form as he has been all season in recording the 29-save shutout during which he was in complete command, even if against an inferior foe.
Though Cam Talbot’s emergence as a reliable...
Goaltender Jeff Malcolm and forwards Michael Kantor and Andrew Rowe were all assigned to the ECHL’s Greenville Road Warriors yesterday by the Hartford Wolfpack. Kantor and Malcolm were assigned to make room for Jesper Fast and Jason Missiaen, who were both returned to the AHL this week. Rowe was originally recalled by the Wolfpack on October 21 from Greenville.
The Boston Bruins and New York Rangers will face off against each other for a matinee on Black Friday this year, and the NHL on NBC has put together this great ad to hype the game. The commercial – directed by Bobby Farrelly – pits a family split between Bruins and Rangers alliances against each other during the holidays.
Among the famous faces you may recognize include a slimmer...
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It comes with the territory, with the first-round selection in 2009, the breakout performance in the 2012 playoffs, the washout in 2013 playing for a coach who never even tried to hide his lack of belief in the Rangers’ youngest poster boy.
Chris Kreider, you see, isn’t just some guy who is trying to make his way in the NHL, isn’t just one of a crowd wearing Blueshirts.
Markus Naslund has an idea what Pavel Bure will experience on Saturday when the Russian Rocket's No. 10 will be raised to the rafters at Rogers Arena, never again to be worn by a Vancouver Canuck player.
Naslund's No. 19 was retired three years ago. His was the third number to be so honoured after Stan Smyl's No. 12 and Trevor Linden's No. 16. Bure will be the fourth...
via the NBC Sports Group,
NEW YORK - NBC Sports Group, in partnership with the NHL (National Hockey League), enlisted Hollywood director Bobby Farrelly for its multi-platform marketing campaign to promote the 2013 NHL Thanksgiving Showdown featuring the Original Six match-up of the New York Rangers and Boston Bruins on Friday, November 29 at 1pm ET on NBC. The campaign, which...
By Kristin Tullo (@K_Tullo)
Chris Kreider sealed the deal in Thursday nights game against the Buffalo Sabres, banking a goal off of Ryan Miller to make the game 2-0. A score that would stick and give the New York Rangers their first home win of the season.
Kreider, 22, started the 2013-2014 season in the AHL but was recalled on Oct. 20 to help out a Rangers team searching...
On Halloween night, the New York Rangers faced the struggling Buffalo Sabres in Madison Square Garden. On this spooky night, the Rangers scared off the Sabres offense shutting them out and sending them further down the Atlantic Division dungeon. The Blueshirts open up the first period with a scramble around their zone. Luckily that was […]
from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,
The Canucks have signed the Sedins to matching four-year, $28 million extensions. After the deals were announced, head coach John Tortorella did not disappoint.
He went to town on those who ascribe to the theory the twins are soft players.
“I’m not sure who started it but I’m sure there are a couple of know-it-alls...
Henrik Lundqvist and the NY Rangers continued to make life miserable for the Buffalo Sabres. Lundqvist recorded a 29-save shutout as the Rangers blanked Buffalo 2-0. Chris Kreider and Derick Brassard scored the goals. Ryan Miller made 44 saves in the loss.
Miller continues to shine despite being on a 2-12-1 team. All Buffalo is doing by trotting him out there is trying to boost his...
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As of today, Carl Hagelin is eligible to be activated off long-term injured reserve and rejoin the Rangers roster on Long Island. Hagelin, who had offseason shoulder surgery, was placed on LTIR at the start of the season. He had to sit out three weeks or ten games, whichever came first, and tonight’s game against the Islanders is the first game that he...