Found October 31, 2013 on Blue Seat Blogs:
Brad Richards has looked strong all season. The Rangers faced a ton of adversity, a fierce rival with a new star acquisition and the pressure of facing up to back to back defeats and yet, they found a way to win. Do not underestimate how much the victory on the Island could mean to the season as a whole. Musings time! It’s amazing how perceptions can change after one good win. So many players’ games have improved over the past three games. All of a sudden a previously invisible Mats Zuccarello looks relevant, energetic and back to being difficult to play against. Benoit Pouliot looks like he can play too. Speaking of Pouliot; against the Isles he showed why he was a promising pick up. The dude has serious skill and can finish. It’s a huge season for him as if he can get some traction and find consistency he may finally stick with a team. He has to be much more consistent though. Quality AHL production last night: Danny Kristo 1+2, Conor Allen 1+1, Jesper Fast 2 helpers, Lindberg a goal, McIlrath an assist…. So many prospects are contributing in the AHL right now. The pipeline is definitely still promising. Brad Richards appears determined to give his employers a huge dilemma this coming off-season. You have to love his compete-level right now, his confidence, his willingness to get the puck on net and his general sharpness is probably the best it’s been in a Rangers uniform. The right thing to do is to still buy him out but imagine the angst Sather and co. will feel if they face buying out an 80 point producing player. Carl Hagelin is a huge addition ten games in. So much speed, forechecking, and two way ability. With Callahan and Nash still out, any extra legitimate top six forward back in the line-up is massive. On Hagelin; I think you can be a top six forward without being a strong finisher. Hagelin has fifty point upside long term, coupled with his penalty kill ability. That’s a top six player. Welcome back Ryan McDonagh. McDonagh is getting better with every game, as is the defence generally. When was the last time you saw the Rangers generate so much sustained offensive pressure and have so much pressure around the opposing net? Great signs moving forward. I cannot take anyone seriously who thinks extra rest for Henrik Lundqvist is a bad thing. The Rangers are at their best with a fresh Lundqvist. However, it’s not great for my fantasy team. Chris Kreider is getting all the kudos for his recent play and rightly so. However I really liked JT Miller’s poise and decision making, not to mention his compete level, against the Islanders. Kreider and Miller could make such a difference to the Rangers when everyone is fit and available. Depth wins. Question Time: Are there any circumstances in which the Rangers can seriously entertain keeping Brad Richards beyond this season? Bigger cause for concern: Dan Girardi or Michael Del Zotto? What are your realistic expectations for Carl Hagelin this season? How many starts should Cam Talbot get out of the remaining 71 games? How many points will Chris Kreider score this season and is he here to stay? Tweet

Buy-Out Rick Nash And/Or Brad Richards?

Katie Strang of ESPN answered some online questions today... Katie how can the Rangers buy out Rick Nash if he has a concussion. Are you aware compliance buyouts cannot be used on injured players? With that in mind what are the odds Richards gets bought out? Katie Strang  That's true. You cannot buy out an injured player. However, even if Nash returns after missing...

Patience the key for Danny Kristo

Bruce Bennett/Getty Images Given the current lack of offense and the injuries to key players, the Rangers may be very tempted to promote Danny Kristo from the AHL for a short term fix. Kristo is off to a very exciting start with six goals and nine points in his first nine games as a member of the Wolf Pack who, despite routinely losing players to the needy Rangers, have started out...

Examining the potential for a “splash” trade

AP Photo/Frank Franklin II Over the past couple of weeks, there have been rumblings that the Rangers have been one of the more active teams seeking to make a move. More rumors circulated (from less reliable sources than Elliotte Friedman, linked in the previous sentence) that the Rangers were looking to make a big splash to address scoring woes. Now, there is a difference between...

Callahan practices, Moore out with oblique, Lundqvist in goal

Although he’s frustrated with being sidelined, Rangers captain Ryan Callahan’s broken left thumb is healing on schedule and he skated with his teammates Thursday morning before the Sabres game for the first time since the injury. “It was good…first day handling pucks, stickhandling and passing,” said Callahan, who wore a non-contact jersey. “I’m sticking with the original...

Lundqvist, Rangers blank lowly Sabres

This 2-0 victory over the Sabres at the Garden on Thursday night marked a return to order in the Rangers’ universe. First and foremost, Henrik Lundqvist — remember him? — was as close to peak form as he has been all season in recording the 29-save shutout during which he was in complete command, even if against an inferior foe. Though Cam Talbot’s emergence as a reliable...

Kantor, Malcolm, Rowe all assigned to ECHL

Goaltender Jeff Malcolm and forwards Michael Kantor and Andrew Rowe were all assigned to the ECHL’s Greenville Road Warriors yesterday by the Hartford Wolfpack. Kantor and Malcolm were assigned to make room for Jesper Fast and Jason Missiaen, who were both returned to the AHL this week. Rowe was originally recalled by the Wolfpack on October 21 from Greenville. Tweet

The Bruins-Rangers Thanksgiving Showdown commercial is pretty great

The Boston Bruins and New York Rangers will face off against each other for a matinee on Black Friday this year, and the NHL on NBC has put together this great ad to hype the game. The commercial – directed by Bobby Farrelly – pits a family split between Bruins and Rangers alliances against each other during the holidays. Among the famous faces you may recognize include a slimmer...

What’s in Store From 1993-94? Graves, Special Teams, Leads Rangers Past Whalers

October 30th, 1993, Hartford Civic Center, Hartford, CT:  After two straight home games resulting in three out of a possible four points, the Rangers took the two hour bus trip to Hartford, Connecticut to face a struggling Whalers team.  The Whalers had just three wins in their first eleven games and were currently on a six game […]

Kreider poised to fulfill the expectations

It comes with the territory, with the first-round selection in 2009, the breakout performance in the 2012 playoffs, the washout in 2013 playing for a coach who never even tried to hide his lack of belief in the Rangers’ youngest poster boy. Chris Kreider, you see, isn’t just some guy who is trying to make his way in the NHL, isn’t just one of a crowd wearing Blueshirts. The...

Pavel Bure in for the experience of a lifetime

Markus Naslund has an idea what Pavel Bure will experience on Saturday when the Russian Rocket's No. 10 will be raised to the rafters at Rogers Arena, never again to be worn by a Vancouver Canuck player. Naslund's No. 19 was retired three years ago. His was the third number to be so honoured after Stan Smyl's No. 12 and Trevor Linden's No. 16. Bure will be the fourth...

Video- 2013 NHL Thanksgiving Showdown Promo

via the NBC Sports Group, NEW YORK - NBC Sports Group, in partnership with the NHL (National Hockey League), enlisted Hollywood director Bobby Farrelly for its multi-platform marketing campaign to promote the 2013 NHL Thanksgiving Showdown featuring the Original Six match-up of the New York Rangers and Boston Bruins on Friday, November 29 at 1pm ET on NBC. The campaign, which...

Rangers Get First Home Win of Season; Chris Kreider Shines

By Kristin Tullo (@K_Tullo) Getty Images Chris Kreider sealed the deal  in Thursday nights game against the Buffalo Sabres, banking a goal off of Ryan Miller to make the game 2-0. A score that would stick and give the New York Rangers their first home win of the season. Kreider, 22, started the 2013-2014 season in the AHL but was recalled on Oct. 20 to help out a Rangers team searching...

Lundqvist Shuts Out Sabres in Rangers 2-0 Win

On Halloween night, the New York Rangers faced the struggling Buffalo Sabres in Madison Square Garden. On this spooky night, the Rangers scared off the Sabres offense shutting them out and sending them further down the Atlantic Division dungeon. The Blueshirts open up the first period with a scramble around their zone. Luckily that was […]

Rangers’ Richards thrilled to be back at center

Brad Richards cut the question off before it even could be finished, adamant about how much more he likes playing center than wing. “I feel way better there,” Richards told The Post after Friday’s practice, as the team prepares for Saturday night’s game against the Hurricanes at the Garden. “I feel more involved on the ice, overall in all areas.” Because of what was...

Don’t Call The Sedins “Soft”

from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province, The Canucks have signed the Sedins to matching four-year, $28 million extensions. After the deals were announced, head coach John Tortorella did not disappoint. He went to town on those who ascribe to the theory the twins are soft players. “I’m not sure who started it but I’m sure there are a couple of know-it-alls...
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