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Is Richie the most important Ranger outside of Lundqvist?
The hockey world is back up to full speed, and it’s hard not to be excited. See you soon New York; my annual regular season trip is now in the planning phase. Cannot wait to be back at the Garden, something I’m sure we all are excited for. Musings Time!
Pat Leonard of the NY Daily News reported that the goalie starts for the Rangers will continue like last year’s split which would mean Hank getting ‘only’, (approximately) 36 starts. That’s bad news for you fantasy hawks that drafted the King in the first round of your drafts but good for Henrik in terms of staying fresh for the playoffs. The Rangers are blessed that they’re able to lean on a back up of Biron’s quality.
I’m going to predict the Rangers regular season: 35 wins.
I can’t express enough disappointment that Chad Kolarik got waived this week. Clearly he wasn’t a serious option for the Rangers management even though he’s always produced at the AHL level when healthy.
The Rangers added Brandon Mashinter yesterday and as Dave suggested it’s a minor deal but he does add size, some offensive ability and should help make the Whale nastier. A friend of mine is a Sharks fan and while he said his NHL upside is limited he did say that Mashinter was good defensively and unafraid to take on anyone in a fight (including George Parros a few years back). Could be an option for a bottom six role.
Given the compressed schedule/abbreviated season news that the Rangers will travel the second fewest miles in the league is worth noting. The Rangers had a long year last season were running on empty at the end. Anything that can give them an edge toward the Cup finals has to be a good thing.
Stu Bickel. The more I saw of him last year the less I liked yet he’ll have an important role to play this year given the lack of reliable depth behind him including the lack of NHL readiness of Dylan McIlrath. I think Bickel has some potential but a limited ceiling.
Wade Redden. That is all.
Food for thought (and I’m not against Mike Rupp, just his contract): Had the Rangers not brought Rupp on board would they have kept Brandon Prust (A far more accomplished Ranger)?
I drafted Brad Richards in a fantasy league. I really hope he’s a point per game player this year and with his potential line mates think he has a great chance to do just that. Being a Ranger fan and a Richie ‘owner’ I’d consider that a win-win scenario. Richards having a strong regular would be huge and you could argue he’s a more critical part than Nash or Gaborik.
Not sure there are many teams with a tougher start to their seasons than the Rangers with Boston and Pittsburgh first up. Coach Tortorella will know quickly, where his team is at and what he’ll need to address.
The TSN top 50 list was released this week and the Rangers had four in the top fifty led by Lundqvist at 15. I agree with the general (Ranger fan) consensus that Gaborik – third in the league last year in goals don’t forget – should be rated higher than 45. Brings us to the theory: has Gaborik ever received the league-wide respect he has deserved?
Henrik Lundqvist total wins – over or under 25?
Who will score the most powerplay goals for the Rangers?
Are you happy with the Rangers depth at NHL level?
If you could add one of the two prospects mid season: Lindberg or Fasth?
Did you laugh as much as I did when reading the Flyers/Luongo rumour? (p.s. Please do it Ed)
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Henrik Lundqvist might have just found his new best friend around the ESPN offices. Everyone's favorite chef from The Muppets, Swedish Chef, has joined the ESPN ranks and is dishing out culinary insight to all those that will listen. Unfortunately, only fellow Swede Henrik Lundqvist can understand what he's saying...which is rather impressive. [follow]
I love when NHLers get to star in “This is SportsCenter” commercials, in my opinion it doesn’t happen enough. The commercials themselves are absolutely classic, and it’s always good to see a fresh face get a shot at starring in the commercial. Pairing Henrik Lundqvist with Swedish Chef is absolutely outstanding and the mastermind behind this should be commended. My...
Henrik Lundqvist might have just found his new best friend around the ESPN offices. Everyone's favorite chef from The Muppets, Swedish Chef, has joined the ESPN ranks and is dishing out culinary insight to all those that will listen.
Unfortunately, only fellow Swede Henrik Lundqvist can understand what he's saying...which is rather impressive.
Rangers star netminder made an apperance in the latest "This Is Sportscenter" commercial. In this episode, the ESPN cafeteria has a new chef, and the only person who can understand him is Henrik Lundqvist...
... Wait, did I just see ESPN acknowledge hockey? Must have been dreaming.
... No Carl Hagelin cameo either? Lame.
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ESPN has another great commercial out -- This Is SportsCenter - Henrik Lundqvist feat the Swedish Chef.
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Yesterday, Henrik Lundqvist was a guest on WFAN's Mike Francesa Radio Show and discussed his thoughts on the upcoming season...
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Pat Leonard at the Daily News reports that John Tortorella will use the same philosophy as last year with his goaltending rotation. Henrik Lundqvist started 75% of the regular-season games (62), with Biron starting the other 20.
Leonard adds that in this year’s 48-game schedule, that would translate to 36 starts for Lundqvist and 12 for Biron.
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1) Henrik Lundqvist, Rangers: Last season he had the fourth-best goals-against average (1.97) and save percentage (.930), along with the third-most wins (39). His GAA has dropped each year, from 2.43, to 2.38, to 2.28, to 1.97. His save percentage has improved during that span from .916, to .921, to .923, to .930.2) Jonathan Quick, Kings: His GAA went from 2.54 to 2.24 to 1.95 during...
The lack of depth on defense could be an issue
Heading into this season, the Rangers are one of the favorites to not only take the division and conference crowns, but to possibly bring the Stanley Cup back to New York. Playing in such a condensed season, the Rangers are not only going to have to be good, they are going to have to be lucky as well. There are a multitude of things...
Finally, after months and months of everyone involved being morons, causing 113 days, 625 games, and the biggest outdoor hockey game in history to be cancelled, hockey fans can finally say “Game On!” The NHL has a new 10-year labor agreement, and is set to start the shortened, 48 game 2013 season on Saturday, January 19. Find out what you need to know about every team...
Although it may be tough to believe, hockey season is actually here. The Bruins are back. The regular season opens up Friday, when the Rangers come to town to take on the B's at the TD Garden.
When the puck drops at seven, the two teams will battle it out for the first time this season. Both teams are relying on the little bit of practice that they've had as a whole...
This is exactly how New York Rangers' fans should approach the upcoming 48-game shortened NHL season.
Last season, the Blueshirts shocked many and were one of the best teams in the entire league last season. They did it with great goaltending from Henrik Lundqvist, great defense, and a committment by the whole team to play well on both sides of the puck.
With the start of the season finally here, the Eastern Conference is going to be packed with talent. Lots of teams could be fighting for playoff spots when the time comes, so why don't we take a look at some preseason predictions for the Eastern Conference.
One team that is sure to come out of the gates strong is the New York Rangers. The Rangers, like the Bruins, are...