Found August 02, 2012 on
Blue Seat Blogs:
New York Islanders
New York Rangers
It truly is the low point of the off season. The Rangers are quiet, at least publicly, and attention around the league is primarily focussed on the CBA talks. There are still a few things we can talk about though so welcome to another musings. Jump on in.
The Hockey News wrote an article recently on why the North West division is the league’s worst. It got me thinking again about the Atlantic. It is comfortably the best in the league in my humble opinion. It’s full of depth, big market teams and is stacked with superstar, marquee names including the division worst Islanders if you respect John Tavares’ ability like I do. Given how tough the Atlantic is it really puts the Rangers’ last season performance in greater context.
Just to recap on the Anton Stralman contract; he recently signed a 2 year $3.4m contract. While I think he has a fair bit of room for improvement when you look at what other defensemen signed for this summer, its good value for a player that got better as the year...
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
Recent reports from radio color commentator Dave Maloney and from Jess Rubenstein at The Prospect Park that Michael Sauer has made “tremendous progress” have added to what has been a spectacular late-July for the New York Rangers.
Though Tim Erixon was a necessary piece to acquire Rick Nash, trading him left the Blueshirts woefully thin on the blueline. The top-four of Ryan...
After all the Rick Nash hullabaloo has now calmed down, here’s the final part of the greatest European Rangers series. It’s subjective and meant for debate and how much one man’s opinion truly matters is really open for debate. Some players like Ulf Samuelsson and Radek Dvorak don’t make the debate, some people may disagree but that’s the beauty of lists like this. Anyway...
Pretty much everyone knows that I’m a big Stu Bickel fan. While he may not have had a spectacular rookie season with the Rangers last season, he won my heart. He showed that with grit and determination, he could play in the NHL (longer than most had expected him to). But his rookie season wasn’t [...]
Now that the free agency period has more or less passed, Bovada, the sports betting agency in Las Vegas, has adjusted its odds for the NHL. And after adding Rick Nash (along with some other role players), the Rangers have jumped up all the way to second on the list, trailing only Atlantic Division rival Pittsburgh, who sits at 8/1. The Rangers, previously 7th at 12/1 odds, now sit...
New York Rangers
July has turned into August and even I have to admit that seeing the New York Rangers having this quiet an off-season is a strange feeling. I can't recall the last time when the New York Rangers were this quiet during the off-season.
Other than the Rick Nash trade the New York Rangers look almost like they don't want to spend any money. Rather strange...
Chris Peters over at The United States of Hockey breaks down the 17 American defensemen that will be looking to make the cut during the U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp which kicks off in Lake Placid, N.Y. on Saturday, including Rangers 2012 first round pick Brady Skjei..."There's not a better skater among the defensemen in camp and that's going to be a key tool...
I have to admit that I am really surprised that so many Ranger fans think that there will be opportunities for the Ranger prospects to earn roster spots if they have a training camp.
I really hate to burst anyone's bubble, but there is only going to be one Ranger rookie who's going to have an impact on the Rangers next season.
While I was away on vacation last week, the New York Rangers and Columbus Blue Jackets decided to do a little transferring of players. Even if I was here, I probably wouldn’t have written anything until now. That’s commitment! The Rangers acquired Rick Nash, someone they were rumored to be pursuing months ago leading up to their playoff run, along with Steve Delisle, in exchange...
If reports are to be believed, Shane Doan is currently seeking a four-year contract worth around $30 million if and when he concludes remaining in Phoenix is no longer a desirable scenario. A deal of that magnitude would call for a salary cap expenditure of $7.5 million annually. Doan will be 36 by the start [...]
Most Rangers fans were relatively unconcerned when the team parted with its 2013 first-round pick to help acquire Rick Nash. They recognized that the pick was likely to fall late in the 20s, giving it less value, and that New York’s farm system is already stocked with top tier prospects, making the pick less important to the club than it might have been a couple years ago.
With Rick Nash in the mix, there appears to be only one more target for the Rangers, and that is Shane Doan. Adding Doan to the club would solidify the Rangers depth at forward, making them true Stanley Cup contenders, and possibly the Cup favorites come October. Since the Phoenix ownership situation is still up in the air, Doan has already begun shopping his services, which included...
Today marks the beginning of August, which is most often the very worst month of the year for hockey fans. Most of the major transactions, as well as the minor ones, go down in July in the weeks that follow the opening of free agency, and then the fire dies down to a small flame come August. There's an extremely small chance we a see a move of the magnitude or larger than that...