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The Hockey Guys:
New York Rangers
By Kristin Tullo (@KToools)
The New York Rangers are coming off of their deepest playoff run since losing to the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1996-1997 Eastern Conference Finals and while they seem to have the roster to advance beyond the Conference Final and win the Stanley Cup for the fifth time in franchise history, the 2012 NHL lockout could not only ruin the teams momentum, but shorten the already limited amount of time before the Rangers face losing their top player to free agency.
On the fourth day of the NHL lockout, it is unclear if the season will have a delayed beginning which would shorten the typically 82 game long season or if there will be a repeat of 2004-2005 in which the entire season was cancelled. With twelve players set to become free agents after the conclusion of the 2013-2014 season, the New York Rangers would surely benefit by the NHL and NHLPA coming to terms on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement which would end the work stoppage and allow t...
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Nothing new has surfaced on the NHL vs. NHLPA front in regard to the current lockout, but some of the Rangers are making moves to play elsewhere during this work stoppage.
The first of those is newly acquired winger Rick Nash. According to the Daily News, Nash is close to signing a deal with Swiss A-League hockey club Davos, where he spent his time during the lockout of 2005...
The Connecticut Whales’ preliminary roster for the upcoming AHL season exposes the lack of blueline depth the Rangers now have beyond the NHL level. The Rangers have benefited in recent times as several prospects have developed into successful, full time NHL’ers in quick succession but the lack of a legitimate NHL candidate at the pro level – beyond the currently injured Dylan...
The lockout is now real and some New York Rangers have begun to make commitments to other teams for the 2012 season.
Already Rick Nash has inked a deal with HC Davos to reunite with Ranger hater Joe Thornton, where they both played in the last lockout.
The Fourth Period also reports that Carl Hagelin is in talks with Sodertalje SK of the Swedish Div II League.
Though early reports...
According to his Twitter account, New York Rangers star goalie Henrik Lundqvist may head for Europe to if the NHL Lockout persists over the next few weeks.
My plan right now is to stay in NY for a few weeks to practice. If this drags on I might go home and see friends and family back in Sweden.
— Henrik Lundqvist (@HLundqvist30) September 19, 2012
First Nash to Davos, then...
Yesterday, I posted that Carl Hagelin "is very eager" to return to his homeland and join Swedish second-their team Sodertalje during the NHL lockout.But his agent, Alec Schall, is saying the Rangers winger hasn't made a decision yet (via New York Times)..."We're absolutely exploring options in Sweden. That is Carl's hometown and the team where he played...
Doug McIntyre at ESPN Insider translates a report out of Sweden that Carl Hagelin "is very eager" to return to his homeland and join Swedish second-their team Sodertalje during the NHL lockout.Here's Sodertalje sports director Per Nygards on Hagelin's contract possibly preventing him from playing overseas..."It's a little messy. I know that he will meet...
Ryan McDonagh's agent tells me the #NYR defenseman has multiple offers from European clubs but remains undecided on what he will do— Pat Leonard (@NYDNRangers) September 19, 2012
...there's got to be a lot of confusion for players when deciding to play overseas. They have no idea when this will end either, plus the possibility of getting injured has to be a real concern...
Rick Nash is the first New York Ranger to announce his plans to play overseas during the lockout. According to multiple reports, Nash will join Joe Thornton and play for HC Davos of the Swiss league, as they both did during the 2004-05 lockout. Davos representatives had said Nash would be suiting up for them [...]
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One of the many questions the Rangers are going to have to deal with during this lockout is what to do with 2011 first round pick JT Miller. Jess Rubenstein at The Prospect Park tries to figure it out..."The problem for the Rangers is how best to handle Miller during the lockout as in a normal season, Miller would have been a shoo-in for the Whale roster. Now the Rangers need...
Former New York Rangers goalie John Vanbiesbrouck recently joined beat writer Jim Cerny at the NYR Alumni Golf outing to talk Henrik Lundqvist's Vezina from last season, his feelings on no longer being the last Ranger to hold the award and what the mold is to be a great NYR goalie.
Beezer will always a spot amongst NYR fans in the long line of high-quality...
For several seasons, the New York Rangers had a centerman who could block shots, make smart defensive plays in his own zone, win face-offs and kill penalties.
As knowledgeable Blueshirts' fans, you probably remember this player as Blair Betts. Betts was a solid Ranger for four seasons, mainly under former head coach Tom Renney.
Believe it or not, the Rangers' may have...
The next shoe in the lockout saga has fallen, and the NHL has canceled all preseason games through September 30. For the Rangers, this means the cancellation of three of their five preseason games, all away from MSG.
The games canceled are the 9/26 and 9/28 games at New Jersey, and the 9/29 game at Philadelphia. The two remaining preseason games –which will be the next games canceled...
HARTFORD, September 20, 2012: Connecticut Whale general manager Jim Schoenfeld announced today that the team has signed defenseman Sam Klassen to an American Hockey League contract.
Klassen has split his first two pro seasons between the Whale and the Greenville Road Warriors of the ECHL, after signing as a free agent with the Whale’s parent club, the New York Rangers, July...