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from Andrew Gross of The Record,
This is about Rick Nash now and how much more production he can give the Rangers.
This is about Nash now, even if hockey is never about one player, because heâs the Rangersâ one, true, offensive superstar.
And this is about offense now for the Rangers because, heaven knows, it hasnât been for a while at Madison Square Garden, where the Rangers slog out 2-1 and 3-2 wins thanks to the brilliance of goalie Henrik Lundqvist.
This is about offense and Nash now because Alain Vigneault is the coach and not John Tortorella. Vigneaultâs Canucks were one of the NHLâs better teams in terms of goal production and power play efficiency in his seven seasons.
Nash is the Rangersâ best threat since Jaromir Jagr set a team record with 54 goals under Tom Renney â another coach who ran afoul of the Blueshirt faithful because of a lack of offense â in 2005-06.
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Rick Nash is facing a huge amount of pressure. Starting Thursday
As the Rangers prepare to open their season on Thursday against the Phoenix Coyotes, they will do so missing two of their presumptive top six forwards and with their de facto top line center behind the eight ball thanks to Derek Stepanâs (partial) holdout. Throw in the continued struggles of the likes of Chris Kreider...
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The Rangers are a very deep team this season, especially at forward. They are in a position where âwhen fully healthyâ they have three scoring lines and a solid defensive fourth line. However there is one glaring weakness (on paper); the apparent lack of physicality and toughness on the roster. Even with a healthy Ryan Callahan...
The Rangers start their season this upcoming Thursday, October 3rd, against the Phoenix Coyotes. The Blueshirts roster will be missing captain Ryan Callahan and Carl Hagelin both recovering from surgeries they had in the offseason. This gives an opportunity for two lucky guys to claim those last two spots on the roster. The preseason is [âŚ]
Could Hrivik be well placed to become a Ranger despite being in the AHL?
With the Rangers facing the reality of opening the year without Ryan Callahan for at least a game and Carl Hagelin for much longer â without even considering the lack of practice time for Derek Stepan â would the Rangers be best prepared leaning on the veterans to begin the year?
With Jesper Fast and JT...
Per Pat Leonard, the Rangers practiced the powerplay for an extended period of time today with two distinct units:
PP1: MarcÂ Staal-Brad Richards, JT Miller-Derek Stepan-Rick Nash
PP2: MichaelÂ Del Zotto-Dan Girardi, Benoit Pouliot-Derick Brassard-Mats Zuccarello
Miller getting the nod on the powerplay is likely due to Ryan Callahanâs absence. Considering Rick Nashâs goal locations...
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After the Rangers announced their final cuts yesterday, they practiced and showcased some new lines. These lines are not quite set, as Ryan Callahan is not cleared to play in games (just cleared for contact). Rick Nash, who missed practice, would take Callyâs place on the top line:
Brad Richards-Derek Stepan-Ryan Callahan
Darroll Powe is one of many options the Rangers have in Hartford
Though the Rangers certainly canât replace core players like Ryan Callahan and Carl Hagelin flawlessly, the organization does have substantially more quality depth this year. Â Whereas last season New York was forced to call-up the likes of Kris Newbury, Benn Ferriero and Brandon Segal when AHL reinforcements were...
Per Bob McKenzie, defensman Stu Bickel and forwards Darroll Powe and Brandon Mashinter all cleared waivers yesterday. The trio will be assigned to the Hartford Wolfpack of the AHL. All three were cut yesterday as part of the final round of cuts, but required waivers to be sent to the AHL.
Over the summer the Rangers had a lot of deliberating to do about the future of Brad Richards and the prospect of using an amnesty buyout to get out from under his contract. GM Glen Sather elected not to go that route and instead hung on to Richards.
Now he's playing on the Rangers' top line.
Richards who was a healthy scratch in the playoffs last season part of an overall...
The Vezina Trophy is given to the National Hockey Leagueâs most exceptional goaltender. Last year, Sergei Bobrovsky of the Columbus Blue Jackets was awarded this coveted piece of hardware. Bobrovsky won the Vezina by putting up statistics including a 21-11-6 record, and career highs in both goals against average (GAA) at 2.00 and a .932 save percentage.
To make his way atop...
First off Henrik Lundqvist said again there was nothing new to report in negotiations for a new contract extension with a potential deadline on the talks coming with the start of the season Thursday at Phoenix. Lundqvist said on Sunday the sides would talk at least once more before the team left for Arizona.
Rick Nash was back on the ice today after missing Sundayâs practice with...
Alain Vigneault already has âa Lincoln Tunnel story.â
Letâs just say it involves a wrong turn by a man living on the upper West Side of a new city.
âIâm embarrassedâ Vigneault 52 said last week in his former home of Vancouver.
Living adjustments are normal although especially in the Big Apple. Vigneaultâs bigger challenge in his first season as Rangers head coach...
The Rangers roster began to take full shape on Sunday and for the first time since training camp opened that roster included Derek Stepan.
The presumptive first-line center took part in a practice that lasted more than an hour days after signing his two-year $6.15 million deal. He centered a line with Brad Richards on the left â yes that Brad Richards who won a Conn Smythe trophyâ...
We will do a team preview every day up until the season opener.Â Today we will cover the New York Rangers.Â Predicted to finish 2nd in the Metro Division.Â Check out our other previews here.
2012-13: 26-18-4-56 6th in the East.Â Lost in Conference Semi Finals 4-1 vs. Boston.
Key Additions:Â C Dominic Moore, LW Benoit Pouliot, D Justin Falk, D Aaron Johnson, D Danny Syvret...
Take a deep breath everyone. Inhale, hold it, exhale slowly. Feel better? Yes, the Rangers did not look good this pre-season going 1-5. Yes, Ryan Callahan, at least for a few more games, and Carl Hagelin are not in the lineup. Yes, Henrik Lundqvist is not signed long-term, setting him up to potentially be a UFA. Yes, the zone strategy and style of play is a work-in-progress. With...