Found September 24, 2013 on Blue Seat Blogs:
Hasn’t missed a beat (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) The Rangers lost their third preseason game –and second straight– tonight in Edmonton, but it was not all negative. J.T. Miller and Connor Allen played extremely well tonight. Allen is leapfrogging kids on the depth chart very, very quickly. We all know about Miller’s potential, and the kid played will with Arron Asham and Chris Kreider. Marc Staal also showed what he brings to the Rangers when he is fully healthy. Boy did he look good. Very assertive with the puck. Starting with the powerplay, the Rangers are moving the puck well, but they are still holding the puck a little too long. It was nice to see people in front of the net with the man advantage as well. It’s still a work in progress, and this wasn’t their top powerplay unit out there. It was nice to see Ryan McDonagh get some time out there too. For those wondering, it was a 2-1-2 (spread) on the 5 on 3, and an umbrella on the 5 on 4s. Connor Allen has some wheels on him. Kid got back really quickly on the Ben Eager shorty. He forced the shot, and it was just some bad puck luck. That’s a goal that happens in NHL 14. Kevin is big on Marek Hrivik (as am I), but Allen has been very, very impressive. As mentioned above, JT Miller and Marc Staal sure looked good. Staal isn’t missing a beat after that gruesome eye injury. Ditto Miller and his hammy. There was one shift in the second where the Rangers had two guys pressing on the forecheck and one guy at the blue line to hold the zone. AV is a 1-2-2 guy, so this struck me as interesting. The Rangers had been moving the puck in the zone during that shift, so I’m not sure if this was just working with what the opposition gave them, or a shift in the way AV will coach this team. It’s worth noting that the Rangers have shown more puck support and a more aggressive offensive zone pursuit when the play has been in the zone for a while (either via face off or via offensive cycling). Nice to see Dom Moore wearing the ‘A’. Arron Asham with another quietly solid game. Has anyone seen his game disappear faster than Chris Kreider? I’m not concerned yet, the kid still qualifies as a rookie. That said, he is not playing well without the puck and he is not scoring. Two penalties in the first period, at least he picked up an assist in the second. He played well in the third too. Benoit-Pouliot-Derick Brassard-Mats Zuccarello. Yea. That line will stick. If I have one complaint about Dan Girardi, it’s that he is too methodical with the puck in the offensive zone. Grip it and rip it, one-time it, something. There was a shift in the third where he had the puck with a wide open shot from the point. He held the puck for a good second and a half, and then wristed a softy to the net. Guy has a cannon. Use it (that’s what he did on his PP goal, more consistency). Again, this is preseason. The Rangers have played fewer games than the rest of the NHL and are carrying more non-NHLers than the rest of the NHL. New York has a much-needed day off tomorrow before another pair of games on Thursday and Friday to close out the preseason. It wouldn’t shock me to see cuts made tomorrow, since this roster is still pretty heavy with kids that won’t make the team. I’d expect the club to keep the starters, the fringe veterans (Asham, Powe), and the kids who are really pushing for a spot. Tweet

Lines for tonight’s game against Edmonton

Per Steve Zipay, the lines for tonight’s game against Edmonton will be: Benoit Pouliot-Derick Brassard-Mats Zuccarello Marek Hrivik-Oscar Lindberg-Danny Kristo Micheal Haley-Dominic Moore-Derek Dorsett Chris Kreider-JT Miller-Arron Asham Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi Marc Staal-Conor Allen Aaron Johnson-Tommy Hughes Martin Biron (full game) Cam Talbot There are a few things worth noting...

Kristo among those sent to Hartford in today’s cuts

Per Andrew Gross, the Rangers have cut the following players, and sent them to the AHL’s Hartford Wolfpack: Goalies: Cam Talbot Defensemen: Tommy Hughes, Aaron Johnson, Dylan McIlrath, Danny Syvret Forwards: Micheal Haley, Michael Kantor, Andrew Yogan, Danny Kristo While most of these were predictable (I got 8 of 9 correct), Kristo being sent to the AHL is a bit of a surprise....

Vigneault’s preseason approach suggests long term approach

Vigneault will be looking long term, not just trying to cope in October While the vast majority of NHL teams have trimmed their rosters down in preparation for the season, the Rangers are still carrying a large, oversized squad as they continue to work out what they need to cope with a harsh start to their regular season. The results haven’t been positive (yet) but when has the...

Report: Derek Stepan and Rangers Agree To Two Year Deal

Various reports indicate both Stepan and Rangers are in agreement on a two-year deal. Final total expected to be in neighbourhood of $6.5M, — Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) September 26, 2013   … if true this would be a steal for the New York Rangers and the right move by Derek Stepan.  Lots of reports going […]

Message to Derek Stepan: Take the Money and Play

It’s quite ridiculous that we are sitting here, less than a week from the start of the NHL regular season, and the New York Rangers’ leading scorer from last year, albeit a shortened year, is holding out over what is seemingly pocket change in the world of sports. Of course, Glen Sather is the easy […]

Decisions loom for Rangers’ Vigneault

The NHL’s presentation of Trading Places: Behind the Benches debuts Thursday night with Alain Vigneault’s Rangers hooking up with John Tortorella’s Canucks. But while this unique matchup will attract a disproportionate amount of attention across the continent the Blueshirts have way too much unfinished business to complete in this preseason to be concerned with proving a point...

AV’s new styles showing in Rangers 4-1 loss to Calgary

(Andrew Theodorakis/New York Daily News) Although the Rangers lost tonight’s game in Calgary, we learned a lot of important things about Alain Vigneault and his coaching style. The first, and it’s something we’ve heard a lot about, is that he preaches offense, and getting offense from his defensemen. We saw that on the first goal, when Marc Staal was down by the circles for...

Vigneault's softer tone replaces Tortorella's bark

The message from the New York Rangers bench might not be any different than in years past. The tone in which it is delivered most likely will be. Whether the softer approach new coach Alain Vigneault offers in comparison to the barking tones of deposed bench boss John Tortorella is what the Rangers need remains to be seen. Despite getting the club to the Eastern Conference semifinals...

Derek Stepan, please keep acting the fool vs. New York Rangers GM

One of the best moments of Nazem Kadri’s free-agent contract squabble with the Toronto Maple Leafs was when he called out the team’s irresponsible cap management in a martyr-ish way: “I know I’m being pretty reasonable taking cap into consideration when really that’s not my job." Alas he had zero leverage and took the money ($2.9 million against the cap) the Leafs...

Three things AV should implement that Torts didn’t

Photo: AP By now, most of our regular readers are aware I was a big supporter of John Tortorella and the team concept he constructed for the New York Rangers. To say the least, I was very disappointed with Glen Sather’s decision to fire him. Although I had an up close perspective of John that most did not, I still disagreed with some of his decisions/strategies. And while AV isn’t...

Vigneault's Rangers ready to face Tortorella's Canucks

The teams swapped coaches. By definition then the Rangers are hoping to infuse the best of Alain Vigneault’s Canucks while John Tortorella wants to infuse on the West Coast – aka the Wet Coast – what worked so well for him in New York. The teams’ identity makeovers intersect tonight when Tortorella’s Canucks host Vigneault’s Rangers at Rogers Arena a preseason game unusually...

Preseason Game 4: Shaking off rust in Edmonton

(Photo: LoHud) The Rangers are in Edmonton tonight to take on the Oilers in their second of back-to-back games, and second of a four-in-five stretch to close out the preseason. The lines for tonight’s game have generated some discussion, particularly when you look at the forward lines. This is a team that needs to shake off the rust, but needs to give their highly touted prospects...

Henrik Lundqvist ... Cup free and now Dandruff free to boot

Henrik Lundqvist for Head & Shoulders in your 12-year-old sister's leather jacket [The Nosebleeds] **Follow us on Twitter, View via Our Mobile Site, or Return to BobsBlitz.comFollow us on Twitter. Subscribe or Return to Bob's Blitz.

Vigneault vs. Tortorella

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail, They came down from the mountains Monday to start a week of NHL exhibition games – first in Calgary, then Edmonton, and then Thursday, in what might be September’s most-anticipated meaningless game, Alain Vigneault’s New York Rangers face off against John Tortorella’s Vancouver Canucks. Three networks are televising the...
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