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Darroll Powe is one of many options the Rangers have in Hartford
Though the Rangers certainly can’t replace core players like Ryan Callahan and Carl Hagelin flawlessly, the organization does have substantially more quality depth this year. Whereas last season New York was forced to call-up the likes of Kris Newbury, Benn Ferriero and Brandon Segal when AHL reinforcements were needed, the 2013-2014 Blueshirts have as many as 10 decent substitute options. Emergency fill-ins like Micheal Haley and Brandon Mashinter – who both played several games last season – are still available, but they’ve been joined by a host of near NHL-ready prospects and a surplus of proven veteran depth forwards.
The delayed re-signing of Derek Stepan, the ongoing negotiation stalemate with Henrik Lundqvist, the new coaching staff and the impressive play of top prospects got more attention during training camp, but improved depth may prove to be the story of the season.
Though the new logjam made it awfully tricky for youngsters like Chris Kreider, Oscar Lindberg and Danny Kristo to make the squad, it will pay off in the long run and it’s very possible that each of those players will get a shot on Broadway at some point this year.
Even in a shortened 48-game season, New York dressed 33 different players last year. While who makes the opening night roster is a hot topic of conversation in September, it’s really irrelevant in the grand scheme of a season and exhibition games and training camp are equally important for determining how many extra serviceable bodies a team has entering a season.
There are already injuries to two critical top-six wingers and we all know New York has been beset by other costly injuries in the past. There will surely be more of those, an unforeseen in-season trade or two, and a couple of players that looked great in camp but couldn’t carry it over to the regular season. Those are issues that every team has to deal with, but New York is positioned very well this season to stomach those kinds of hiccups.
And even if New York just needs an injection of a specialty skill, the Blueshirts probably have it waiting in the wings. Need a great penalty killer? Darroll Powe is waiting. Struggling on faceoffs? Oscar Lindberg is an ace. Lacking toughness for a game against the Flyers? Haley is still around. Not enough speed in the lineup? Chris Kreider has plenty of that.
Improved depth won’t help the Rangers score on the power play, rejuvenate Brad Richards or accelerate the team’s adaptation to Alain Vigneault, but it could still be invaluable.
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As expected, the Rangers have made some formal roster moves to allow the roster to be at its current size. Captain Ryan Callahan has been placed on IR, where he must remain for seven days. Winger Carl Hagelin has been placed on LTIR, where he must remain for three weeks of ten games. Both moves are retroactive to September 30, meaning Cally will be able to return on October 6, in...
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The Rangers are a very deep team this season, especially at forward. They are in a position where –when fully healthy– they have three scoring lines and a solid defensive fourth line. However there is one glaring weakness (on paper); the apparent lack of physicality and toughness on the roster. Even with a healthy Ryan Callahan...
The past two years for the New York Rangers have been whimsically scripted. In 2011, a year after losing lamely to the Washington Capitals in the first round of the playoffs, little was expected of the Rangers entering the season. Save free agent acquisition Brad Richards, they were mostly the same team, which is to say Henrik Lundqvist and a lot of shot blockers. But the Rangers...
J.T. Miller will need to force his way into a permanent spot in New York (Seth Wenig/AP)
One question that has been brought up a lot recently is who the Rangers will waive or return to Hartford when Ryan Callahan and Carl Hagelin return to the lineup. Cally is aiming for a Monday return in LA, while Hagelin is currently on LTIR and will miss –at a minimum– the first ten games...
from Andrew Gross of The Record,
This is about Rick Nash now and how much more production he can give the Rangers.
This is about Nash now, even if hockey is never about one player, because he’s the Rangers’ one, true, offensive superstar.
And this is about offense now for the Rangers because, heaven knows, it hasn’t been for a while at Madison Square Garden, where...
The Vezina Trophy is given to the National Hockey League’s most exceptional goaltender. Last year, Sergei Bobrovsky of the Columbus Blue Jackets was awarded this coveted piece of hardware. Bobrovsky won the Vezina by putting up statistics including a 21-11-6 record, and career highs in both goals against average (GAA) at 2.00 and a .932 save percentage.
To make his way atop...
Rick Nash is facing a huge amount of pressure. Starting Thursday
As the Rangers prepare to open their season on Thursday against the Phoenix Coyotes, they will do so missing two of their presumptive top six forwards and with their de facto top line center behind the eight ball thanks to Derek Stepan’s (partial) holdout. Throw in the continued struggles of the likes of Chris Kreider...
John Tortorella and Brad Richards won a Stanley Cup together with the Lightning but their time together with the Rangers ended with the star center benched.
Tortorella told TSN the deterioration of that relationship was the only regret he had from his time with the Rangers which ended in his firing at the end of last season.
“It kills me. It kills me” Tortorella now the coach...
Alain Vigneault already has “a Lincoln Tunnel story.”
Let’s just say it involves a wrong turn by a man living on the upper West Side of a new city.
“I’m embarrassed” Vigneault 52 said last week in his former home of Vancouver.
Living adjustments are normal although especially in the Big Apple. Vigneault’s bigger challenge in his first season as Rangers head coach...
First off Henrik Lundqvist said again there was nothing new to report in negotiations for a new contract extension with a potential deadline on the talks coming with the start of the season Thursday at Phoenix. Lundqvist said on Sunday the sides would talk at least once more before the team left for Arizona.
Rick Nash was back on the ice today after missing Sunday’s practice with...
The wait is overâ¦no not that one, the one for the Rangers' season to start. After a disappointing loss to the Bruins in the Eastern Conference Semis that helped lead to the firing of John Tortorella and hiring of Alain Vigneault followed by a relatively low-key, in terms of player movement, off-season, the Blueshirts 2013-14 season kicks off tonight in Phoenix. With nine...
We will do a team preview every day up until the season opener. Today we will cover the New York Rangers. Predicted to finish 2nd in the Metro Division. Check out our other previews here.
2012-13: 26-18-4-56 6th in the East. Lost in Conference Semi Finals 4-1 vs. Boston.
Key Additions: C Dominic Moore, LW Benoit Pouliot, D Justin Falk, D Aaron Johnson, D Danny Syvret...
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After the Rangers announced their final cuts yesterday, they practiced and showcased some new lines. These lines are not quite set, as Ryan Callahan is not cleared to play in games (just cleared for contact). Rick Nash, who missed practice, would take Cally’s place on the top line:
Brad Richards-Derek Stepan-Ryan Callahan