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There has been a whole lot of news recently, and Chris was kind enough to be unavailable to write the Musings this week. That means I get to do a brain dump on the offseason so far, which is super.
Starting with the coaching, I am still surprised that the Rangers fired John Tortorella. I don’t believe they intended to do this initially, but something clearly changed on the Memorial Day exit interviews. Everyone points to the comments made by Henrik Lundqvist and/or a player revolt, but I don’t buy it. This is an organization that has never allowed a player to have that much control, and a GM that has been faced with trading the best player in the game. I think there was something else, perhaps a disagreement about direction of the team/coaching staff.
Dan Bylsma re-upped in Pittsburgh, so my personal favorite to take the reins is no longer available. Dallas Eakins went to Edmonton, which means the Rangers are down to internal choices, Alain Vigneault, or L...
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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...
Another #NYR note: Rangers and reps for RFA D Ryan McDonagh have held preliminary contract talks, but nothing serious yet
— Katie Strang (@KatieStrangESPN) June 11, 2013
McDonagh just completed a three year deal that paid him $1.3 million per year ($875K salary + $425K performance bonus + $87.5K signing bonus).
...the Rangers are notorious for playing hardball with...
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.
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...
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...
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."...
A head coaching switcheroo of sorts may be in the works in the NHL, and Bruins fans are very familiar with both coaches involved.
Former New York Rangers coach John Tortorella interviewed about the Vancouver Canucks’ coaching vacancy on Tuesday, Katie Strang of ESPN.com reports, while the Rangers spoke with former Canucks boss Alain Vigneault about taking over Tortorella’s old...
According to Dan Rosen at NHL.com, Mark Messier has confirmed that he's been interviewed by the Rangers for their head coach vacancy....
"Yes, of course," Messier told NHL.com 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...
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...
The Rangers have been burned by ex-Devils before, but that’s not what should keep them away from David Clarkson
We all know that converted Devils haven’t made for the best Rangers. It’s an inescapable trend, but it would also be foolish for the team to make decisions based on past history rather than judging what individual players bring to the table.
So with that said, GM...
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...
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...
Katie Strang at ESPN.com reports that the Dallas Stars have former Rangers head coach John Tortorella on their radar as they continue their search for a new head coach.
Strang adds that the Stars have yet to seek permission from the Rangers to speak with Tortorella.
...wonder if Torts will place a call to Sean Avery to get some insight into what Dallas has to offer. lol...
It’s been an offseason of move making and shaking things up for the Dallas Stars. It started with the firing of General Manager Joe Niewendyk and hiring of new GM, former Detroit Red Wings Assistant GM Jim Nill. Since then, Nill has been making things happen, shaking up the front office, firing head coach Glen [...]The post Dallas Stars Interested in John Tortorella appeared first...
The Rangers finally appear to realize that a coaching search is underway. While the team brass meet at the Western White House, otherwise known as GM Glen Sather's pad in La Quinta, information has filtered out about the "progress" on the search for a new coach. Of course, John Tortorella was fired almost two weeks ago, but why should that gap in time be a reason for...