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Gaborik needs to step up, the Rangers need him.
I almost didn’t want to write this post out of protest at losing valuable sleep having to watch the Montreal game Tuesday night. That said, it probably should have sent me to sleep. Anyway, it’s another musings on another game day. Let’s get at it.
Brad Richards and Marian Gaborik need to be much, much better. Inconsistent at best, invisible at worst these guys should be difference makers in turgid affairs like the one on Tuesday.
Gaborik: I’m a huge fan, one of my favourite Rangers. That said, he’s started to play more on the perimeter again and is getting away from what makes him successful when he’s been scoring as a Ranger. We need to see him in open ice, yes. However, we also need to see him around the net, looking for rebounds, looking to sneak behind defensemen. Gaborik needs to step up.
The Rangers did not lose to Montreal because of Rick Nash’s absence. They lost because they created no traffic, because they played conservatively and because generally, team wide execution of the basics was at best, poor. Nash obviously helps when he’s in the line-up but blaming the loss on his absence is too easy.
Unless you’re name is Carl Hagelin, right now, no Ranger forward is exempt from criticism.
I still think (even with Nash out) Chris Kreider should be in the AHL logging big minutes.
For those of you worrying about the standings – do you really think Anaheim is a 12-2-1 team? Do you think the Canadiens can continue to win on such minimal offensive displays? Do you really think Washington is the worst team in the East? Do you really think Chicago won’t lose a single game in regulation all year? At the end of the day, it’s still early. Even in a 48 game season.
Back to Gaborik; how do you get him back on track, playing with more consistency – does it lie in his linemates or does he need a large dose of the Tortorella treatment?
As much as I love the (usual) application and effort of Ryan Callahan, I also think he needs to be contributing more offensively. Just because he’s always giving 100% effort (and is immensely popular) doesn’t mean he’s immune to needing to up his game.
The Rangers may be struggling for offensive consistency but they can get away with it for now, because Lundqvist is back to playing at a high level and the defense, generally speaking, is playing well in front of him.
Hagelin’s form begs two questions; do we need to re-evaluate his offensive upside? Or do we assume his form is mainly the product of being Rick Nash’s line mate? Personally, I think his talent and intelligence were underrated when he was turning pro. Draft bargain.
Will Hagelin reach 20 goals this season?
Who will score more from the blueline?
Will Nash score 15 goals?
What is your biggest area of concern when assessing the Rangers?
Should the Rangers use their remaining compliance buy-out in the summer? And if so, who do you target?
Will Lundqvist be a Vezina candidate this year?
Who has most disappointed you on the Rangers this season so far?
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In a surprising move, the Rangers recalled F Christian Thomas from the CT Whale on Friday night. With Arron Asham, Darroll Powe and Rick Nash all on the shelf, the Rangers had to play Stu Bickel at forward against Ottawa. The team may be looking to avoid that situation again by giving Thomas a shot at the show.
Thomas has been red hot for the Whale and has posted 13 goals and...
As Kevin wrote earlier this morning, New York Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto left last night's game with an apparent injury and was seen limping after the game.
While no update has been given by the team regarding Del Zotto's status, the team has made a transaction today:
#NYR have recalled Steve Eminger from the @ctwhale likely due to Del Zotto injury...
For some reason the Rangers refused to play physical with the undersized Canadiens who should have been a pushover last night, especially with them playing on the second night of back-to-backs.
What makes it worse is that based on Michael Del Zotto's post game remarks it was actually their game plan going in...
"They're coming off the back-to-back. We should...
Adrian Podpirka creates this interesting video of the travels of a Brad Richards bobble head doll...
Where in the World is Brad Richards!? from Adrian Podpirka on Vimeo.
...looks like Brad Richards is showing up everywhere but MSG.
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The Connecticut Whale have announced that they have recalled goalie Scott Stajcer from the Greenville Road Warriors, the Rangers ECHL affiliate. Stajcer was assigned to Greenville in late October, and went 8-4-3 with a 2.72 GAA and a .918 SV%. Stajcer was the Rangers fifth round pick in 2009.
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Tonight the Rangers are without Rick Nash as they head to Ottawa, who is without Erik Karlsson and Jason Spezza. The Sens, like the Rangers, also had a lot of roster turnover, losing Filip Kuba, Matt Carkner, Zenon Kenopka, and Bobby Butler. All that while adding Nick Foligno, Marc Methot, Mike Lundin, and Guillaume Latendresse.
The Sens gave the...
Despite a third period surge with goals from Ryan Callahan and Ryan McDonagh, the New York Rangers lost to the Ottawa Senators in a shootout, 3-2. For a complete box score of the game, check out Yahoo! Sports.
- Felt the overall effort was better in comparison to the Montreal game (a beer league game would have been better), but we've yet to see the Rangers play at the...
I'm not one to make excuses. And the Rangers especially don't deserve any when they lose to an Ottawa team playing without Erik Karlsson, Jason Spezza and Milan Michalek, who also lost their starting goaltender to injury in the third period. But they were completely jobbed out of two goals in the third period.
The first came on the controversial play early in the period...
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Before the season started, Kevin brainstormed how many points it would take to make the playoffs in this lockout shortened season. Kevin concluded that it should take roughly 63 points to lead the conference and 53 points to make the playoffs, or a 1.12 point per game pace. As of today, the Rangers have 18 points in 16 games, averaging 1.13 points per game. That...
HARTFORD, February 21, 2013: Connecticut Whale general manager Jim Schoenfeld announced today that the parent New York Rangers have reassigned goaltender Scott Stajcer to the Whale from its ECHL affiliate, the Greenville Road Warriors.
Stajcer, a rookie and fifth-round (140th overall) 2009 Ranger draft pick, appeared in three games earlier this season for the Whale, going 0...
Last spring, the Rangers and Senators played a grueling seven game series that at times got pretty nasty with Carl Hagelin injuring Daniel Alfredsson with a hit from behind and Chris Neil concussing Brian Boyle with a hit to the head.
Another hit that may still have repercussions is when Michael Del Zotto caught Neil with his head down behind the net in Game 4 and dropped him...
from Will Leitch of Sports On Earth,
Tuesday night, I went to the Montreal Canadiens-New York Rangers game at Madison Square Garden with Sports On Earth hockey writer Joe DeLessio and I was reminded once again how hockey fans are the greatest fans in the world. There is no such thing as a casual hockey fan. When you go to a baseball game, or a football game, or (especially...
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
So this is what the NHL has as a matter of entertainment, after at least three times within a week codifying as legal checks, on which the attacking player finishes off his opponent with a forearm or elbow that drives his prey into the glass or boards.
The NHL has a quagmire like last night’s aesthetically displeasing match at the...
If the New York Rangers want to have any kind of chance to both get into the postseason and go far in them, they will need a lot more offense.
In Tuesday night's 3-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens, the Blueshirts probably had one of their worst offensive performances. There was no sustained pressure, not enough pucks thrown at Canadiens' netminder Carey Price and not enough...