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The Rangers are blessed with the King but shouldn’t assume he’s around forever.
The Rangers are in an enviable situation with Henrik Lundqvist manning their net at an age where he can continue playing at a high level for a long time behind what should be a contender for several seasons. The immediate future in net is bright, but those who think the club should sit back and rest on their laurels should be warned.
The Rangers need to begin seriously thinking about drafting a goalie for the future. Of course, their fingers may be a little burnt and their draft trigger finger a little hesitant given the disappointing outcomes from drafting Al Montoya, Antoine LaFleur, and Scott Stajcer, but the Rangers need to keep an eye on the future. This is made more apparent as current back up Marty Biron (no matter how talented) isn’t exactly a rookie himself either.
The Rangers were fortunate to draft Lundqvist in the 7th round way back in 2000. He never made his debut until the 2005/6 season, and while he quickly took over from assumed starter Kevin Weekes, he was pencilled in as a backup, learning the ropes patiently before assuming his starters role. The thing is, goalies take a long time to develop in most cases.
Look at Corey Schneider in Vancouver and how long it took him to become a full time NHL goalie. The examples of goalies that rush to the NHL with impressive results are minimal. Even the Rangers Marty Biron took almost five full seasons before starting more than 6 NHL games in a single season. It took Martin Brodeur four seasons to go from draftee to NHL starter. It took arguably the best NHL goalie of all time, Dominik Hasek, nine (!) years before he established himself as an NHL goalie. The point here is that it really does takes time.
What happens to the Rangers if Lundqvist has a serious injury? Do you have the same confidence in a Biron/Cameron Talbot duo? With the greatest respect to those two players, of course you don’t, especially not long term. A club has to prepare for the future as well as focusing on the present. It’s a balancing act that is a necessary evil.
So what if Lundqvist does indeed man the Rangers net for another decade? Do those mid round picks and time spent on developing goalies go to waste? Not necessarily so. A club like the San Jose Sharks routinely draft goaltenders and turn them either into roster players or assets. The NHL is, to an extent, also a game of asset management. Not every pick can become an NHL’er with the club that drafted them.
The Sharks drafted Mikka Kiprusoff back in 2005, and while the Sharks couldn’t find a place for the future Vezina winner in their own line-up long term, they turned him into Marc-Edouard Vlasic – a fine two way NHL defenseman. The Sharks meanwhile went with Evgeni Nabakov. They didn’t win a Cup with Nabakov, but he was certainly a solid starter for them for many years.
In recent seasons the Sharks have continued to draft goalies such as Thomas Greiss (now at the NHL level, showing plenty of potential), Alex Stalock (solid prospect, playing on poor AHL teams) and Harri Sateri (another decent Finnish goalie prospect). Naturally the Sharks don’t expect all these goalies to make it, but they form a pipeline, and the ones that aren’t used get moved for assets. Even Kiprusoff was a 5th round that fetched a 2nd round pick.
The point is this: The Rangers are blessed with the best goaltender in the world, but to take him for granted would or could be back-breaking. The Rangers need to plan for tomorrow while working towards today, and that counts for every position.
BEST OF MAXIM
Just a few days ago I was feeling real good about the Rangers newly acquired depth F’s, Benn Ferriero and Jason Arnott. Then, just as soon as it happened, the Arnott deal fell apart after the veteran failed his physical and a few days after that captain Ryan Callahan appeared to have suffered a serious [...]
The Rangers could be looking at some time without one of their best players.
Captain Ryan Callahan suffered what appeared to be a pretty painful left arm injury Tuesday night in the third period of New York’s 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers.
Callahan took exception to a little extracurricular activity from Philly’s Max Talbot around the Rangers net, and the two ended up...
After hearing the news that Ryan Callahan will only miss 10 - 14 days with a shoulder subluxation, Rangers Nation exploded into obvious rejoice. However, there was one person who sent out a word of caution...
Quick warning ... though it's probably uncommon, another NYR captain, Barry Beck, had his career wrecked by recurring shoulder subluxations
— Rangers Report...
Per Bob McKenzie, captain Ryan Callahan is out 10-14 days with a shoulder subluxation, which means that Cally’s shoulder popped out of its socket real fast, then settled back in. This could have been a lot worse, but the Rangers will definitely miss Cally while he is out for those two weeks.
While he’s out, expect Carl Hagelin and Taylor Pyatt to get a lot of time with Derek Stepan.
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The Rangers opened the season 3-4-0. Sure, it’s not the start everyone had envisioned, especially with both Ryan Callahan and Chris Kreider out with injuries, but it’s only marginally worse than last year’s 3-2-2 start through seven games. That start included four games against non-playoff teams. This year the Rangers played the Penguins twice, the Flyers...
Andrew Gross at the Bergen Record reports that Matt Gilroy will make his 2013 season debut on the final defensive pair with Anton Stralman tonight vs. the Penguins. This move means that Stu Bickel will be moved up to play on the fourth line and Steve Eminger will again be a healthy scratch.
...welp, had to figure Gilroy would get a shot eventually and with the high scoring Pens...
The two Ranger prospects playing in the WHL padded their point totals last night, as Michael St. Croix (Edmonton Oil Kings) and Shane McColgan (Saskatoon Blades) both contributed assists in their teams respective victories. St. Croix now has 59 points (24-24-59) in 52 games, and McColgan has 46 points (11-35-46) in 46 games.
Both players are expected to join the Whale next season...
Much of the fan base was in the tizzy about how the New York Rangers opened the lockout-shortened season and rightfully so. They looked out-of-sync, a step slow and, at times, completely lost. Not the winning brand of hockey we've grown accustom to here. And not the type of hockey that will get you a spot in the playoffs for a chance to win a Stanley Cup that everyone has predicted...
Rick Nash has 1 goal on 26 shots. As well as he has played, and it has been very, very well, that's somewhat of a problem.
— Dave Lozo (@DaveLozo) January 30, 2013
Nash has five assists and is a +5.
...you know what's strange, until I saw this tweet I didn't even notice. His game is so complete, he's been helping the Rangers win (see his five assists...
It's baaaaack! The New York Rangers Blog Spreecast returns at 9:30PM tonight. Come talk about whatever Rangers or NHL questions are on your mind, or if you want to sob uncontrollably about Ryan Callahan being injured. We are, after all, a family here.
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These videos were filmed before Ryan Callahan injury news was released...
...love seeing Torts staying so positive and confident about his team despite losing Callahan.
...while I'm just as guilty as the next guy for criticizing Torts on a multitude of issues, I can say that this guy cares about the success of the Rangers organization and his players. It's why...
Bergen Record - Rangers blanked by Penguins, 3-0, at the Garden
Bergen Record - Rangers notes: Marc Staal upset about non-call on Malkin
New York Post - Penguins shut out sloppy Rangers
New York Post - Blueshirts miss Callahan’s hard-nosed play
Daily News - Pens get to Rangers, Hank early in 3-0 win
New York Times - Inattention Contributes to Problems for...
The New York Rangers (3-3-0) host the Pittsburgh Penguins (3-3-0) at MSG starting at 7:00 p.m. For a preview go to Yahoo! Sports.
Rangers Game Notes
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The New York Rangers appear to be back on track after a poor start to the season. The opposite has been true for the Pittsburgh Penguins, whose sudden dropoff after a solid opening has them searching for answers.
The Rangers, though, will try to begin making do without captain Ryan Callahan as they look to stop a pair of losing streaks against Pittsburgh on Thursday night.
2012-2013 Records: Flyers (2-4), Rangers (2-3)
NYR Leading Scorer: Marian Gaborik (5-3-8)
PHI Leading Scorer: Claude Giroux (2-2-2)
NYR Goaltender: Henrik Lundqvist (5 GP, 3.14 GAA, .893 SV%)
PHI Goaltender: Ilya Bryzgalov (5 GP, 2.22 GAA, .923 SV%)
Rick Nash-Brad Richards-Marian Gaborik
Carl Hagelin-Derek Stepan-Ryan Callahan
Taylor Pyatt-Brian Boyle-Benn Ferriero...