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Per Pat Leonard, Anton Stralman is dealing with facial fractures as a result of the Milan Lucic hit in Game Three, and this is why he was held out of Games Four and Five. Katie Strang added to this, noting that Stralman also has a separated shoulder. Expect more injury news like this to leak out in the next week or so as players leave on exit day.
The Rangers have four key RFAs (Carl Hagelin, Ryan McDonagh, Derek Stepan, Mats Zuccarello). Of the four, Hagelin, McDonagh, and Zuccarello are arbitration eligible based on the age they signed their first contract. Stepan is not arbitration eligible. The Rangers also have four players who are UFAs (Ryane Clowe, Roman Hamrlik, Matt Gilroy, Steve Eminger).
As noted earlier, the Rangers have until June 1 to sign 2011 draftees Shane McColgan (4th), Sam Noreau (6th), and Peter Ceresnak (7th). Of the bunch, it is likely that Ceresnak won’t be signed, but the other two are toss ups.
Enjoy your Memorial Day.
BEST OF MAXIM
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
Henrik Lundqvist chose his words very carefully yesterday when the subject of a potential contract extension this summer was raised at yesterday’s breakup day, so I sure won’t put any words in his mouth.
But know this: The words did not come out of the Rangers’ franchise player’s mouth that would have put owner Jim Dolan, general...
As if the New York Rangers' 4-1 series loss in the Eastern Conference Semi-finals to the Boston Bruins wasn't bad enough, Rangers fans will have something pretty big to worry about over this off-season. No, not worries about Brad Richards and Rick Nash. Not worries about coaching and if that contributed to an offense that basically didn't exist.
No, they have...
Brad Richards would like to continue his career with the New York Rangers.
That decision was his two summers ago, but now it is out of his hands.
The former star center joined his Rangers teammates on Monday in cleaning out their lockers following a disappointing five-game loss to the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference semifinals. The defeat struck Richards even harder because...
Now that the 2012 – 2013 New York Rangers are officially out of the Stanley Cup playoffs (sorry for the harsh reminder, folks) it’s time for the organization to concentrate solely on making next year’s edition better. I’m sure they’ve been working on their offseason strategy for some time but with no more playoff games [...]
Henrik Lundqvist's disappointment began before the final buzzer sounded on the New York Rangers' season in Boston.
An empty-net goal in the closing seconds, while Lundqvist watched from the bench, turned a one-goal deficit into a Game 5, season-ending loss in the Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Bruins. Lundqvist slammed his stick on his way back to the net...
Barton Silverman/The New York Times
The Rangers ran out of steam yesterday, and bowed out of the 2013 playoffs with a disappointing 4-1 series loss to the Bruins. Many were excited to play the Bruins because of the regular season success over the past few years, but this Rangers club was not up to the task of making this series interesting. The Rangers were, for the second year in...
Photo credit: Jim McIsaac
It’s no secret that we here at the blog are supporters of post-lockout (the first one) Glen Sather. He has done a wonderful job of rebuilding the Rangers farm system into one of the best producers of NHL talent. Very few teams can boast the consistent influx of youth the Rangers have added over the years, and even fewer can say they did it without the...
Rangers Coach John Tortorella took the blame for his team’s loss on Saturday (courtesy of newsday.com)
The Saga that is John Tortorella finally ended….well at least for this season it did, on Saturday. The Rangers went into Game 5 in Boston and lost 3-1 to the Bruins officially closing the books on their 2012-2013 season. But what the man affectionately called “Torts” did...
It seems the New York Rangers' first-round playoff win over the Washington Capitals took a lot more out them than it appeared.
The toll was more mental than physical.
The Rangers rallied from a 3-2 series deficit in the opening round and advanced with back-to-back shutout wins in the final two contests - culminating with a 5-0 rout in Game 7.
But when the time came to take...
Today officially marks the end of yet another unsuccessful season for the New York Rangers in their quest for hockey's holy grail. While not everything about this season should be looked at in a negative light, it marks the next step in the process of a team that will (at least in my opinion) be right back to, if not much further than they finished this season.
The New York Post's Larry Brooks penned a superb recap of the Rangers' 3-1 loss to the Boston Bruins on Saturday night, wondering what the future holds for Henrik Lundqvist and Rick Nash's team, but his main Sunday column includes ponderings about the Flyers tossing an offer sheet at Ryan McDonaugh, others tossing money at RFA's-to-be Kevin Shattenkirk and Alex Pietrangelo...
This is interesting. Usually, after a team comes back from a two-game deficit to advance to the next playoff round it's called momentum. If you do it with back-to-back shut out wins, you should get an extra dose of it, right? The Rangers defeated the Washington Capitals in the quarterfinals in a series turn-around that could be built upon easily.
So, what happened in the semifinals...