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Michael Del Zotto
New York Rangers
It’s a musings day folks. With little Ranger specific news let’s just get into it and talk about anything and everything, ok?
What side of the CBA war do you side with? It’s hard to link arms with the owners and the league, a league that has come across as incredibly greedy through the media. Are they greedy? Was the last CBA that bad that they had to resort to extreme measures?
Is there a public figure or leader – in sports or entertainment – with as negative a public reputation as Gary Bettman? He’s actually done a solid job over the years. Despite stretching it too far, expansion has been a relative (and necessary) success for the league; he has grown the sport immeasurably and has proven a strong leader in the face of challenges such as the KHL and on matters such as the Olympics. That said, if his reign ended tomorrow he’d be considered greedy, too stubborn and arrogant.
Do you think the public appearance of players such as Crosby, Ovechkin or Lundqvist influences the NHLPA’s position or media and fan bias in the CBA talks?
We discussed how the Flyers may be a competitor for the Rangers for blueliners going forward. Right now the Canadiens cannot get PK Subban to ink a new deal. Well, is there anyone more suited to the Flyers mould than? Cocky yet talented, considered a pretty dirty player but an offensive threat Subban may be more of a target for Flyers than Michael Del Zotto would be.
Will the Shane Doan scenario just get settled already? Clearly his preference is to stay in Arizona and I’m starting to think that if I was a suitor in the Doan stakes would I really want to invest x million in a player that has to sign on my dotted line with the upmost of gritted teeth? Its one thing to have priorities its quite another to be so publicly opposed to the prospect of change.
If you follow labour negotiations and the politics side of sport, you’ll have noticed the controversy around the Windsor Spitfires of the OHL and how it has yet to fully play out. Our friend Chris Peters has an interesting article on how the NHL is involved in that too. Check it out.
Who do you think will be the Rangers biggest surprise when the league eventually kicks off next season? I have thought long and hard about it and depending on your expectations it also depends on what qualifies as a surprise. For me, I think Derek Stepan has a chance to come close to 70 points in the right setting.
More favourable match ups, more experience, consistent line mates and the benefit of playing in the shadow of Brad Richards and his line. With the fan fare around Chris Kreider and Rick Nash’s debut season the pressure on Stepan may be the least he has experienced since bursting on to the season as a rookie.
One to ponder: has Dan Girardi peaked?
Very quietly, with all the forward prospects coming along, next season is actually a pretty damn crucial one for Brian Boyle. Boyle has been an excellent acquisition for the Rangers and despite the drop in production he still had a solid season things all considered last year. BUT, roll the prospects off the tongue; Fast, Lindberg, Fogarty, Miller, Bourque, Yogan etc, etc.
Without even considering more offensively focussed prospects such as Thomas and St Croix Boyle has a huge amount of competition for his role coming in the near future and with cap maths always an issue, he has a fight to keep hold of his Rangers future. Of course, competition for places breeds success.
- Who are you most intrigued about seeing in camp?
- Would you rather JT Miller dominates in the OHL or learns on the fly in the AHL?
- Who becomes a (North American) pro first: Jesper Fast or Oscar Lindberg?
- Prospect depth: what position is of greatest need to the Rangers?
- How many 20 goal scorers will the Rangers have assuming the season starts on time?
- (food for thought) Will Marc Staal be a Ranger long term?
BEST OF MAXIM
The Rangers Tribune has come a very long way since its first days of existence in the winter months of 2009, but no leap taken has been as large as the one taken today with the announcement and launch of our "Rangers Tribune 2013" project - a project we worked on with a professional design team for over two weeks to completely perfect.
OUR FOCUS AND PURPOSE:
While taking a tour of the Madison Square Garden renovations currently underway last week, newcomer Rick Nash admitted to New York Rangers beat writer Jim Cerny his graciousness for having the chance to play for an original-six team embedded with tradition."For me to end up in New York with one of the most historic organizations, playing at Madison Square Garden, is so exciting...
Shot a lot of Pucks on @hlundqvist30 today with @rmcdonagh27.Feels great to be back on ice!— Brad Richards (@BRichards_1991) August 15, 2012
Felt good shooting on @hlundqvist30 today. Said he's lost some sleep since becoming a father but he hasn't lost his game on the ice. #Henrry— Ryan McDonagh (@RMcDonagh27) August 14, 2012
...reading this really got me pumped...
By now I'm sure you all have seen something either up on the blog, on Twitter or on Facebook about "Rangers Tribune 2013". If you haven't, well, you have efficiently blocked out my constant clamoring and tweeting about the much-anticipated project, and that is not an easy task to accomplish so I applaud you.
To give a quick rundown, for the past two to three...
John Tortorella spoke with Jim Cerny at Blueshirts United about the Rich Nash acquisition..."We did some homework on Nash---(Brad Richards) knows him a little bit, I talked to other players in the league and to coaches that have coached him---and it is the right fit. And it is the right time of his career to be here. I think he has the hunger to get there and become that go...
Rick Carpinello of Rangers Report has a press release that states ESPN Radio 98.7 FM in New York and MSG Networks have agreed to a multi-year extension to keep ESPN Radio the broadcast home for the New York Rangers.The station, as you know, has successdully transitioned from AM to FM radio.
Great news especially now that ESPN Radio is on FM, meaning a much clearer and stronger...
If the Rangers tweet to no one, is it worthy of a retweet? NHL fans are preparing for the potential for another lockout, and they’re not happy. But you won’t see them outside their local arenas with signs protesting. They’re taking the protest online and using social media to show their dissatisfaction. In fact, it [...]
Jim Cerny at Blueshirts United sits down with Henrik Lundqvist to reflect on all of last season's success...To watch at Blueshirts United, click here....wow, Lundqvist is brutal at golf, that putt was horrific....got to love that the guy just played 18 holes of golf and still looks like he just stepped out of a magazine photo shoot.Remember to follow me on Twitter & Facebook...
Despite enduring a wretched summer, the Philadelphia Flyers manage to inconvenience the Rangers. On top of all their bad news the Flyers have had this off season came the recent announcement that veteran defenseman Andreas Lilja would miss at least the start of the next season, assuming it starts on time.
How does this affect the Rangers? Now, more than ever the Flyers will be looking...
Elliot Olshansky at Sports World Report says that while signing Shane Doan would improve the Rangers this season, it would cost them in the long run..."Four Rangers are due to become restricted free agents next summer: forwards Derek Stepan and Carl Hagelin and defensemen Ryan McDonagh and Michael Sauer. If Doan were to sign in New York for $7 million per year, the Rangers would...
Via HockeyExpressen, good friend of the blog Edvin L. informs me that if there's a lockout, Rick Nash would join Joe Thornton to play in Switzerland for HC Davos.The pair had played together for Davos during the 2004-05 lockout.Two weeks ago, TheNYRBlog's Adam Herman reported Swedish Elite League team Frolunda is reportedly interested in bringing back favorite son Henrik...
Swedish players have been hinting that they’d be interested in playing for their former teams if there’s a lockout for the vast majority of the summer now, but IIHF.com’s Szymon Szemberg provides the first concrete evidence that two North American players will avail themselves of European employment options if the NHL season does not start on time:
HC Davos, who last night...
from John Kreiser of NHL.com, Here’s a look at a player from each of the 15 teams in the Eastern Conference who will be under pressure to perform as soon as the puck drops:
Rick Nash, New York Rangers—The Rangers made a huge commitment to bring Nash to New York from Columbus. Nash has scored 30 or more goals in five consecutive seasons, but he also has seen his point total drop...