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So rookie camp standout Nik Jensen is taking it on the chin in the early preseason.
Dominating at times in the Penticton Young Stars tournament Jensen has been unable thus far to stand out among the men.
He’s been more like dim background music so far this preseason.
He has been tentative and ineffective. He’s played 25:08 in two games and is still without a shot on net.
“Up and down” John Tortorella said when asked to describe his game.
“I’ve heard a lot of good things about him (a favourite Torts line). He’s done some good things and there’s been some struggles.”
“Just like any kid goes through.”
He did play some 3:35 on the power play in that first game but in both he started on a fourth line.
First it was with Brendan Gaunce and Pascal Pelletier against San Jose. Then it was Bo Horvat and Colin Stuart against the Oilers.
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Per Andrew Gross, the Rangers have released their roster for tomorrow night’s preseason game against Calgary:
Forwards: Brandon Mashinter, Marek Hrivik, Taylor Pyatt, Chris Kreider, Darroll Powe, Brian Boyle, Brad Richards, Oscar Lindberg, Arron Asham, Rick Nash, Jesper Fast and Danny Kristo.
Defensemen: Michael Del Zotto, Marc Staal, Justin Falk, Anton Stralman, Stu Bickel and...
Kreider and Richards will be given every opportunity to succeed (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
In a series of tweets from Andrew Gross, coach Alain Vigneault started to shed some light on the future lines and defensive pairings heading into the season. The new coach has kept Chris Kreider on a line with Brad Richards and Rick Nash, which will probably be the top line when the season starts...
In an Insider only piece at ESPN, Corey Pronman listed his top 100 NHL prospects, and three Rangers made the list. The top prospect is Jonathan Drouin from Tampa Bay, and the rest of the prospects are behind the pay wall. Chris Kreider (41), Danny Kristo (54) and Pavel Buchnevich (69) made the list. Pronman also noted the organizational ranks in a separate Insider piece, with Colorado...
One of the more intriguing prospects in the Rangers system is Calle Andersson, an offensive defenseman currently playing in Sweden’s HockeyAllsvenskan (second tier league). The 19-year-old defenseman is good enough to play in the SHL (top tier Swedish league), but is better served getting the ice time needed for his development in HockeyAllsvenskan. That said, he was suffering...
Per Bob McKenzie, the biggest obstacle for the Rangers and locking up franchise goalie Henrik Lundqvist won’t be dollars, but it years:
Bob McKenzie: And that’s also the thorny issue there could be withHenrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers. When Henrik Lundqvist‘s current deal expires and he’s on an extension, he’ll be 33-years-old on the first year of that extension...
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
As much as the move was talked about, extensively rumoured, and considered a formality for about six months, Rick Nash didn’t know much about New York City, in all of its oddball glory, until he was actually traded there and started living in the Big Apple.
Laymen view it as part Woody Allen movie and part Lou Reed song. The...
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Since the emergence of Henrik Lundqvist during the 2005-2006 season, many Ranger fans haven’t put much thought into the future between the pipes. Fast forward eight years later, Hank is still only 31 years-old and likely to sign a 7-8 year extension within the next 12 months. The stability The King provides has masked (no pun intended?) a rather glaring...
from Sarah Baicker of CSNPhilly,
Vinny Lecavalier was here once before, to watch his younger brother play.
That was certainly fun for Lecavalier and his family, but to actually take the ice at the Lake Placid Olympic Center was a far different experience -- much better than sitting in the crowd cheering on Clarkson University.
“It means a lot,” Lecavalier said. “I’m...
John Tortorella is assembling the puzzle pieces that are his Vancouver Canucks and he still doesn’t know just where Zack Kassian fits.
It’s clear he’d like Kassian to slide in alongside the Sedin twins on Vancouver’s first line and develop into the type of power forward many project him to be.
So far that Kassian puzzle piece hasn’t exactly snapped into place. The 22...
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The Edmonton Oilers got the better of the Vancouver Canucks for the second time in as many games.
Edmonton iced a lineup filled with more star power than Vancouver so the result wasn't all that unexpected, albeit not the result John Tortorella wanted in his first game behind the bench.
Sam Gagner, David Perron, Ryan Smyth...
Weâre now two (preseason) games into the Alain Vigneault era and so far, Rangers fans have to be at least content with what they see. Itâs tough to compare AV to John Tortorella in terms of who the better coach with this roster is considering the extremely small sample size we have of AV, but the contrast in styles is already clear. The team looks more...
from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,
There’s ample evidence tribalism is thriving like never before in the NHL. In Chicago – where fans once stayed away from the arena in droves – the Blackhawks just had their sixth annual, wildly successful fan convention. In Toronto, the Maple Leafs sell out the Air Canada Centre as they always have, but now they’re also luring thousands...