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Quietly having a strong season: Brian Boyle
A strong, prolonged period of results was slightly tarnished with the sloppy, unnecessary loss to the Devils earlier this week. Sloppy goals, defensive lapses and a lack of finish had many reminding us of the early season edition of the Rangers. With games against the Canadiens and Kings on the weekend it’s a big couple of days for the Rangers. On to the musings
Generally speaking, the Rangers have played well in recent games and this has highlighted the contributions from the youth on the roster such as Chris Kreider. With the Wolf Packing doing pretty well too, it makes the Rangers prospect ranking of 27th on Hockey’s Future (if you buy into that kind of thing) pretty farcical.
Danny Kristo, JT Miller, Jesper Fast, Kreider (still not classed as ‘graduated’), Dylan McIlrath, Oscar Lindberg and ‘Boo’ Nieves highlight a pretty talented pool if you ask me. There’s a ton of NHL upside in the Rangers system and the best part is none of it needs to be rushed. The only area of real concern (in my humble opinion) is in goal.
The injury to Steven Stamkos is a massive loss to the Lightning. It will be interesting to see if they can respond as well as the Rangers did when losing Rick Nash. Nash’s absence, by and large has been managed well by the Rangers who will be much stronger for being able to deal with the absence of their best forward.
I may be in the minority but I feel I have seen an improvement in Michael Del Zotto after his horrid start to the season. That said, he’ll need to do much more for the remainder of the year to justify management keeping him on the Rangers. If Conor Allen develops well and Dylan McIlrath (albeit a vastly different type of player) develop this season, next year there could be a big decision looming for management. Does MDZ become a moveable asset?
Taylor Pyatt: 16 games, 1 assist, -8, 20 shots, 13+ minutes per game. Injury or no injury, Pyatt is lucky that there are still a handful of forwards on shakier ground than he is.
JT Miller is really becoming a dilemma. On the one hand, the NHL is the best learning ground of all. On the other, his lack of ice time is a growing concern. He is really inconsistent, not from game to game but from shift to shift.
I’m surprised John Moore’s improving play hasn’t turned into more points than his current total of two. I think he’s gotten much better as the season has progressed. Good decision making, better positionally.
The best Ranger no one talks about: Brian Boyle. He’ll never score 20 goals again but he’s doing his role very well. Many (myself included) thought he was in danger of losing his spot in preseason but he’s been consistent and was possibly the best Ranger forward – Brad Richards aside – during the horrible start to the season. Quietly he’s on pace for close to 30 points.
Closing thought for the day: Given the Norris trophy calibre play of Ryan McDonagh, the presence of Marc Staal and Del Zotto, Moore and Stralman all in the mix, if a package involving Dan Girardi could net an impact (offensive) rental at the deadline, would you do it?
Who will finish the Ranger’s top goal scorer?
Will the Rangers have any award nominees coming regular season end?
More points: Stepan or Richards?
Who should be next in line from Hartford?
Early draft talk: Assuming a mid-20’s 1st round pick; what is your early instinct to do with the first rounder?
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Such a skinny kid, Moore was. (Photo: Dave Sandford/NHLI)
In case you missed it the other day, Dominic Moore –out with an oblique injury– has stated he expects to return to the lineup on Saturday. Moore has been out since October 29, missing seven games in that time. Without him, the Rangers have used a combination of J.T. Miller and Brandon Mashinter to fill the hole in the...
Per Pat Leonard, Rick Nash is wearing a full contact jersey today in practice. This is nothing short of great news, as his time table for return –which had been as long as week-to-week earlier this week– is now day-to-day. The Rangers are that much closer to their best player returning to the lineup.
Also per Leonard, Michael Del Zotto appears to be a healthy scratch, as he is...
Rumors of Brad Richards’ demise were greatly exaggerated. That old cliché is thrown around a lot, but it’s especially holding true this year for Brad Richards and his New York Rangers career, which looked to be all but dead and buried following the team’s playoff elimination last spring. After a tumultuous 2012-2013 season, Richards is […]
Former New York Rangers forward Sean Avery is reportedly off the market. According to the NY Post’s Page Six, Avery and fashion model Hilary Rhoda recently got engaged. Avery and Rhoda have supposedly had an on-and-off relationship for years, having most recently reconciled this past May. Rhoda’s mother and manager Marianne told the NY Post’s […]
Sean Avery was one of the most hated hockey players, but he is loved by beautiful Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model Hilary Rhoda and that’s a good thing. The former NHL enforcer got engaged to the lovely Rhoda whom he was dating for three years as reported by People Magazine.
You have seen the scintillating Rhoda from her breathtaking appearances in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit...
It’s not fair that Derek Dorsett will always be compared with Brandon Prust, but he’s done a pretty good impersonation
That’s not really a fair title to Derek Dorsett, who could surely care less what Brandon Prust did in New York before Dorsett’s arrival. But fair or not, “Brandon Prust 2.0″ is how Dorsett was billed when he arrived in the Marian Gaborik blockbuster...
Rick Nash rejoined his Rangers’ teammates for today’s practice, his first time on the ice with the complete group since suffering a concussion on Oct. 8. Nash wore a yellow non-contact jersey and will ease himself back into full practices before resuming battle drills.
Nash said he expects to travel to Montreal with the team on Friday for Saturday’s game against the Canadiens...
Yesterday, New York Rangers Rick Nash rejoined his team in practice for the first time since suffering a concussion on Oct. 8th. He wore a yellow jersey which indicates non-contact and he will ease himself back into full practices before going into battle drills.
He is expected to travel with the team to Montreal on Friday for Saturdays game against the Canadians. The teams plan...
The New York Rangers have won 6 of their last 8 games, allowing them to fight their way back into the playoff picture after a terrible October. But the injury to Rick Nash prevents the Blueshirts from truly hitting their…Read more →The post New York Rangers: Rick Nash skates with team today appeared first on The Hockey Daily.
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We are now more than a quarter of the way through the 2013-14 season and I think it’s an appropriate time to do a bit of myth busting with regards to John Tortorella. Fans, media and players all seem generally impressed by what Tortorella has done thus far, which is a far cry from the nervousness that existed when it was first rumoured that Torts would...
New Jersey's Martin Brodeur outdueled Rangers counterpart Henrik Lundqvist, and that wasn't lost on New York coach Alain Vigneault.
Brodeur, the winningest goalie in NHL history, gutted out a 3-2 Devils victory over Lundqvist and the Rangers on Tuesday night. New Jersey took three one-goal leads and made the last one stick after Dainius Zubrus scored with 2:55 remaining...
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For some odd reason, the Rangers can’t beat the Devils this season. The first time around, the Rangers were embarrassed 4-0 by their rivals from across the river. This time around the Rangers played better and dominated the puck possession game, but defensive miscues and a pair of lazy plays doomed the club. Although they lost, the...
The BSB Friday live chat returns today to torpedo your productivity at work. Join us at 1pm, where we will be talking all things Rangers; Rick Nash’s imminent return, JT Miller’s ice time (or lack thereof), the emergence of Chris Kreider, anything you want. See everyone this afternoon!
November 14th, 1993: Madison Square Garden, NY: With the 25th running of the New York City Marathon taking place earlier in the day, the Rangers came racing home riding high with a seven game winning streak. They looked to extend that and their nine game unbeaten streak (8-0-1) against a struggling San Jose Sharks team with just five […]
The Broadway Blueshirts faced their crosstown rivals the New Jersey Devils. In their first matchup of this season the Rangers were shut out by the Devils. Rangers looking for revenge but came short and ended their winning streak at three. The game started off as an intense goalie matchup, no goalie wanted to give up […]