Found June 14, 2013 on Blue Seat Blogs:
The Rangers should be keeping a seat warm for Oscar Lindberg. Every year as free agency approaches Ranger fans spend most of their time talking about the big fish, the top five or so guys available.  We’ve kind of been trained to do that thanks to the free-spending ways of GM Glen Sather, but it’s also only natural to think about the impact that recognizable players might be able to make on New York’s lineup. Though we’re exercising the same behavior this June, it probably makes more sense –for a couple of reasons– for us to discuss stopgap third and fourth liners that could be inked for just a year or two. First, this just isn’t a great free agent class and there aren’t many players that are worthy of long-term financial commitments.  Secondly, the Rangers will need to spend most of their available cash to re-sign their own free agents.  Even if New York does buy out Brad Richards, management must still keep an eye on the bevy of significant players up for new deals next summer. But perhaps most importantly, the Rangers have at least four key prospects that are expected to be ready for Broadway in the next 18 months.  Chris Kreider and J.T. Miller have both already impressed in extended auditions on Broadway and will likely start the season with the Blueshirts next fall, especially with Carl Hagelin and Ryan Callahan on the shelf.  And the two Swedish imports, Oscar Lindberg and Jesper Fast, have both already enjoyed great success in a man’s league overseas.  They both should have good chances to stick out of training camp in part due to the aforementioned injuries, but also because the jump from the Swedish Elite League to the NHL isn’t as extreme as other minor leagues. So that’s four forward spots to pencil in for the near future; when you add in the no-brainers – Derek Stepan, Rick Nash, Ryan Callahan, Derick Brassard, Carl Hagelin and likely Mats Zuccarello – you’re quickly up to 10 forwards, almost all of which would fill top-nine roles.  Even if Lindberg and Fast spend time with the CT Whale, they are certainly a part of New York’s short term thinking.  Combine that with the lack of appealing options available on the free agent market and it seems far more likely that the Blueshirts will be looking for capable veterans that are willing to sign short deals without any guarantees. That’s not to say that New York shouldn’t seek some instant offense, but the Rangers hopefully realize that considering both financial points above, splurging on a long-term deal for an overrated free agent this summer doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. It’s more likely that if the Rangers go big game hunting, it will be on the trade market than in free agency.  So rather than discussing the sure to be overpaid David Clarkson, Tyler Bozak, Nathan Horton, Stephen Weiss and Valtteri Filppula, it might make more sense to focus on the guys that can be signed to Taylor Pyatt/Arron Asham-like bridge deals. Who might fall under that category?  Guys like Matthew Lombardi, Dainius Zubrus, Chad LaRose and Eric Nystrom, perhaps.  Players that will come cheap, but can help hold down the lineup until the younger players are ready to push them down the depth chart.  It may seem like the Rangers already have too many guys like this, but when Micheal Haley and Kris Newbury are getting into playoff games it becomes clear that they really can’t ever have enough. Given New York’s financial status and the dearth of talent on the market, investing in the future makes a lot more sense than overpaying a free agent. Tweet

Del Zotto becomes third Ranger to have offseason surgery

According to his Twitter account, Michael Del Zotto became the third Ranger to have surgery this offseason. It does not sound like his injury was as serious as the torn labrums suffered by Ryan Callahan and Carl Hagelin though. Since the type of surgery is unknown, and the team has not formally announced anything, a timetable for a return has not been provided. Tweet

Del Zotto Had Surgery Today

Michael Del Zotto tweeted that he had a "long morning of surgery" today. He adds that he will be back in top shape in no time. While the Rangers had announced surgeries for Ryan Callahan and Carl Hagelin, there have been no mentions of Del Zotto going under the knife. ...oooooohhhhhhh, no wonder he played so poorly in the playoffs. His mental gaffes obviously...

The Latest On The New York Rangers’ Coaching Hunt

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post, The leader in the clubhouse would be Alain Vigneault. That, of course, excludes the other leader in the clubhouse named Mark Messier. This is the state of the Rangers’ search for a coach that paused yesterday following Vigneault’s visit on Tuesday with general manager Glen Sather and front office personnel at the club’s organizational...

Rangers interview Messier for coaching job

File this under "too good to be true." The New York Rangers have interviewed Mark Messier for their head coaching position. No, seriously. They have interviewed someone with no coaching experience to lead their team deeper into the playoffs than John Tortorella did.  Why Messier? Well, besides the fact that he's such a great leader he has a trophy named after...

Sauer to Retire?

During a live chat over at Blueshirts United on Wednesday, host Jim Cerny responded to a question regarding Michael Sauer's (post concussion symptoms) future now that he's a RFA... "I'd be curious to see if Michael Sauer announces his retirement or not...he wouldn't have while still under contract last year, of course, but now as a RFA he just might."...

Could Messier be an option as assistant?

Mark Messier on the coaching staff? While Mark Messier has revealed he has already interviewed for the Rangers head coaching job, the likelihood all points to a more established guy such as Alain Vigneault being awarded the job. In all honesty this would be not only the less risky option, but the right option. First time coaches rarely succeed in major markets such as New York, even...

5 key questions in the wake of the Vigneault hiring

Alain Vigneault will succeed John Tortorella The Rangers have yet to schedule a formal announcement, but it’s all but official that Alain Vigneault will succeed John Tortorella as head coach.  The Suit will have more on the pros and cons of the hiring tomorrow, but let’s take a look at some key questions in the immediate aftermath of today’s news. How does this affect Mark...

Adam Oates Still Isn't Over Losing to Rangers in Playoffs

In an exclusive interview with Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington, Capitals head coach Adam Oates opened up about his first season as a head choch, including losing to the Rangers in the playoffs. And it must be said: it sounds like a bunch of finger pointing and complaining. On the series against the Rangers... '' I think we played pretty good hockey for six-and a-half...

Messier Interviewed; Stevens Next?

According to Dan Rosen at, Mark Messier has confirmed that he's been interviewed by the Rangers for their head coach vacancy.... "Yes, of course," Messier told when asked Friday at United Center if he has formally interviewed with Rangers president and general manager Glen Sather. "That was one thing I wanted to have happen, to go through the...

Vigneault rumored to become the Rangers next head coach

On the same night news surfaced that Alain Vigneault was in New York today to meet with Jimmy Dolan, news also broke that Vigneault has turned down the head coaching job in Dallas. While there hasn’t been any official word from the organization, many of the usual suspects in the media (e.g., Larry Brooks, John Shannon, Bob McKenzie, etc.) have put two and two together and are expecting...

An End to 54 Years of Futility

“The waiting is over! The New York Rangers are the Stanley Cup champions! And this one will last a lifetime!” Those were the words of long time New York Rangers TV play by play man, Sam Rosen, when the team outlasted the Vancouver Canucks in an exciting seven game series to determine who would be [...]

Memorable sports moment of the week – The New York Rangers win the Stanley Cup

The New York Rangers defeated the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 in Game 7 to capture their fourth Stanley Cup 19 years ago this Friday on June 14, 1994. Finishing the regular season with a record of 52–24–8 to earn the Presidents’ Trophy, the Rangers outclassed the New York Islanders and Washington Capitals to advance to the conference finals. In a classic matchup, captain Mark Messier...

Rangers, Stars Show Interest In Vigneault

from Katie Strang of ESPN New York, Alain Vigneault, one of the top candidates for the Rangers' coaching job, was in New York on Friday, a source confirmed to With the whole Rangers front office en route to the East Coast from California, it's believed Vigneault was in New York to meet with team owner James Dolan. A team spokesperson and spokesperson...

Ban Everything

Sorry that the blog hasn't offered up much this past week as you can either believe that I wanted to concentrate on doing well in my classes right before final's week or that my imaginary job interview for the New York Ranger's coaching position has hit a snag in the negotiations. OK it has been way too long since I actually had to study for finals but I am seriously...

If Rangers Want Vigneault They Better Move Quick

As I posted Sunday, Glen Sather really needs to add a little pep to his step if he doesn't want another top head coaching candidate to sign elsewhere. According to Darren Dreger at TSN, after his interview with the Rangers yesterday, Alaine Vigneault is expected to re-connect with the Dallas Stars in the next few days. The former Canucks head coach is considered a top choice...
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