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Can Kreider’s recent good form translate to the NHL this year?
It’s rather a sombre beginning to a Musings post today as the unfortunate news of Glen Sather receiving treatment for prostate cancer reached us all. Whether you’re a Sather fan or not, I’m sure everyone joins me in repeating the wishes from this morning’s post here at the site in wishing a full and quick recovery.
One more thing regarding Sather; following an abysmal start as Rangers general manager he’s done a terrific job over the past several seasons. Wherever you look the Rangers have a bright future. Prospects dominating in Europe, a young farm team full of prospects and a young, growing contender in New York. Eventually, Sather has restocked the franchise and fleeced several of his colleagues along the way. It’s that last aspect why I’m not nervous heading toward the trade deadline.
Derek Stepan and Ryan McDonagh have truly developed into integral parts of this roster. That isn’t going to be a cheap summer for Sather and co. Further down the line I can see problems for the Rangers; with the cap coming down after this year and Del Zotto, Girardi and Stralman with expiring contracts after the 13/14 season the management may have to part with one or several players for financial reasons.
The above point emphasises another point: the development of Dylan McIlrath, Brady Skjei and even Calle Andersson is fast becoming critical. At least one of those three is going to be needed as a full tim NHL’er soon.
Speaking of Calle Andersson, he’s a little discussed prospect since being drafted but has been playing for Farjestads in the Swedish Elite League and managed 2 points in 34 games. Getting in to 34 games as an 18 year old defenseman in a league that is notorious for not rushing kids is no mean feat. It appears Andersson hasn’t been in the line up during the playoffs however.
Rookie watch: Cristobal Nieves has 29 points in 38 games for Michigan Wolverines in the NCAA. As a college freshman those numbers are hugely impressive. Appears the Rangers may have themselves another college bred center on the way.
Rookie watch II: recently acquired Josh Nicholls is three goals from 50 for the season. Impressive feat if he gets there.
For me, Derek Stepan aside the best New York Ranger in the past two-three weeks has been Ryan Callahan. He’s willed his team on, led impressively and produced offense showing a still improving skill level. Scarily, I don’t think Callahan has reached his ceiling offensively. He’s growing in confidence which is hard to believe.
What’s happened to Taylor Pyatt? He’s not been bad but he’s pretty invisible lately.
If Chris Kreider manages to stick this time, contribute and play meaningful minutes I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see JT Miller get some AHL reps under his belt before the seasons over.
Chris Kreider goal total: over/under 7?
With Biron due tonight do you think he makes 7 or more starts this year?
Have we seen the last of Stu Bickel?
Will Brian Boyle be a Ranger after this season?
How many rookies do you foresee making the Rangers next year?
BEST OF MAXIM
The Rangers have recalled rookie Chris Kreider from the AHL after a one month stay with the Whale. Kreider, who was sent to Connecticut on February 28, scored six goals and added an assist in eight games since the demotion. Kreider seemed more confident with the puck and was making better decisions without the puck, which was a big part of the reason for his demotion.
To make room...
In a bit of shocking news, the Rangers have placed center Jeff Halpern on waivers (per Darren Dreger). In 30 games with the Rangers, Halpern notched just one assist with a -5 rating. Halpern is currently the Rangers one of the Rangers top faceoff guys, winning 56.7% of his draws. Halpern’s ice time had diminished a lot lately, getting just three minutes of ice time in last night’s...
Many people quip that hockey is just “a kids sport,” that while they are blessed to make money being involved in a sport they love, there is so much more to life. Today is one of those days where we remember that important tenet.
As first reported by Steve Zipay of New York Newsday on Wednesday, Rangers president and general manager Glen Sather will be undergoing surgery...
Derek Stepan, just one of many reasons for optimism this season
There’s a million and one sporting clichés but one that often appears to ring true is how a team has to learn to lose and experience struggles before they can get to the top. The Rangers have struggled mightily at various stages this season. Perhaps, their struggles even began when they were outlasted by the Devils...
Lost in the glow of last night's huge victory over the Devils was Henrik Lundqvist taking a vicious elbow from teammate Dan Girardi that left the Rangers goaltender dazed and blurry eyed according to Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post.
Here's Lundqvist on his physical condition after the game...
“I had some headaches the rest of the game. I think it was just...
Since the last write up it has been a complete contrast in performance and results for the New York Rangers. A road trip that was seen as a definitive point in the New York Rangers season. With games against divisional rivals and positional rivals up and coming the Rangers needed points. They didn’t get them. [...]
The General Manager meetings are currently taking place in Toronto, where NHL GM's discuss a number of items including potential rule changes for the future and things of that nature. GM's also surely schmooze and discuss trades, with the trading deadline only a couple of weeks away.
Per Newsday's Steve Zipay, Glen Sather is not attending the meetings, and instead...
Derek Stepan and Carl Hagelin have been enjoying breakout seasons. They're both in the top four in team scoring, while also making a difference on the defensive end.
Another way they've had a positive role on this team is by attending every optional practice this season. Which John Tortorella addressed yesterday...
"I've used them as examples. Especially...
Here we go again. Following two wins, including a pretty energetic one against the Devils, there was hope that the Rangers could finally tally a string of victories together. Instead, we again witness an underwhelming loss against an underwhelming opponent. So ends the streak, so start the questions again about the morale of the team, where the offense is, and what it's going...
Bergen Record - Derek Stepan stepping up for Rangers
New York Post - Sather to have cancer surgery
Daily News - Kreider called up, gets 2nd shot with Rangers
New York Times - Mandatory Use of Visors a Hot Topic
Newsday - Derek Stepan realizing his potential
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The #NYR have recalled forward @chriskreider from @ctwhale and assigned Micheal Haley to the Whale
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) March 20, 2013
...got to admit this is very surprising considering Torts' comments yesterday. But I'll take it. Obviously, the move is to put Kreider on the third line with Miller and Boyle, while dropping Pyatt down to the fourth line...
The NHL's "Department of Player Safety" released a video explaining why New York Rangers forward Rick Nash was not suspended for a high hit on Florida Panthers forward Tomas Kopecky:
NEW YORK (AP) -- Jacob Markstrom made 44 saves and just missed his first NHL shutout, and the cellar-dwelling Florida Panthers dealt the playoff-hopeful New York Rangers a big blow in a 3-1 victory Thursday night.
The Rangers had gotten back into eighth place in the Eastern Conference with wins on two consecutive nights this week after a three-game skid. But Markstrom was sharp...
- The Rangers are just 4-10-1 against Eastern Conference opponents currently in the playoff picture.
- Chris Kreider has scored six goals and one assist for the CT Whale since being demoted just over two weeks ago.
- The Rangers are 11-5-1 when both Rick Nash and Marc Staal are in the lineup.
- The Rangers have allowed their opponents to score first in 18 of 28 games this season...
The New York Rangers took to the ice in Newark against their cross town rivals, the New Jersey Devils, whom they trail by two points for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. With only twenty games remaining, these were two vital points, for both clubs. One thing you can count on with these two [...]