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No question, the Rangers made a huge splash this summer with the acquisition of Rick Nash. Thanks to the move the Rangers find themselves with more (legitimate) elite talent than they have had in well over a decade but at some stage even top line players need offensive support. Even the dominant Edmonton Oilers of the 1980’s had role players step up when needed.
With the loss of Brandon Dubinsky and Artem Anisimov the Rangers lost two core role players. They lost two home grown Rangers that proved they had offensive ability, even if they lacked consistency. Unfortunately you have to give to receive. With those two gone however, it offers a bigger chance for another player or two to step up. Forget Callahan, Stepan and Kreider. All three could be needed in the top six and will be counted on to various degrees.
The opportunity that presents itself is a perfect chance for Brian Boyle to reassert himself as a critical piece in the Rangers line up. Boyle needs a good season. While he came on toward the end of last year, offensively he wasn’t as effective as he was during his breakout season a year prior.
Despite continuing in his role as a defensively reliable player Boyle will need to offer more up the other end of the ice given the Rangers’ up and coming array of centers in the system such as Steven Fogarty, Mike St Croix and Oscar Lindberg. Each offers legitimate NHL potential either as an offensive player or as a checking center while offering the benefit of significant cap savings as opposed to Boyle.
That all said Boyle can be a unique player. When he chooses to use his considerable frame to his advantage it is hard to stop him and he has the ability to be a difference maker both ends of the ice. Boyle is the club’s third choice center but this role should offer plenty of offensive possibilities this coming season.
Boyle could start the season with the likes of Carl Hagelin and Ryan Callahan or when Gaborik returns from injury Boyle may find himself centering Chris Kreider. Assuming Boyle starts on the third, there won’t be a shortage of offensive ability on his line. With Anisimov and Dubinsky gone, there is ice time to take advantage of while the presence of Nash and co. in the top six could open up numerous, advantageous match ups for the Rangers third line. In short, there is the chance for Boyle to step up offensively. Thanks to the Rangers prospects en route, he may need to.
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In case you didn’t know already, Sean Avery is retiring from hockey. Because he didn’t say it a few months ago. And it hadn’t been repeated since then. But he felt it necessary to repeat it on Q104 on Thursday morning to make it “official.” Because saying it at least twice before wasn’t making it “official” [...]
Obviously we have no idea yet whether there will be a 2012/13 NHL season starting on time, a training camp or a pre-season. Hey, right now we have no idea whether there will be regular season play at all. Regardless, there are plenty of prospects in the organisation that offer legitimate intrigue. Whether they will be fighting for NHL jobs, making waves with the Connecticut Whale...
During trying times of emptiness and pessimism like the current CBA holdout period, it's understandable for Ranger fans - correction: sports fans - to get very disillusioned with the pro athletes we so revere and admire. For hockey fans around the globe,
discussions that once were excitable about how much we enjoy their play, their commitment, their passion and
Sean Avery went on New York's Q104.3 yesterday morning and officially announced his retirement. He also said this about the Rangers loss to the Devils in the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals last season..."The New York Rangers would have beaten the New Jersey Devils if Sean Avery was on the team this year."Here's full interview......there's been a lot of ups and...
While all the talk this offseason has been about which prospect is going to win the final Rangers line-up spot with Marian Gaborik out until November, Bruce Berlet at The Howlings says Kris Newbury is a player who should get a long look during camp.Here's Newbury on the opportunity with players such as Brandon Dubinsky and Artem Anisimov departed..."It might help a bit,...
Are we really still in August? Hands up who thinks the season starts on time. Anyone? No one? Ok, let’s just muse a little.
I read this about the CBA discussions on Wednesday: “The league’s Tuesday proposal didn’t address team revenue sharing”. I can’t imagine which owners must be the drivers behind this area; *cough* Ed Snider *cough*…
A reason for optimism regarding...
From Stan Fischler at MSGNetwork.com:
"We're ready," Tortorella told me, sounding very much like he'd like to open camp in about two seconds. "Camp is set for the 21st (of September) and I'm enthused."
He should be; with an impressive crop of maturing Whiz Kids such as Derek Stepan, Carl Hagelin and Chris Kreider, Torts' challenge will...
Jess Rubenstein at The Prospect Park says this is a big year for Rangers prospect Shane McColgan (2011 - 5th), who was traded from Kelowna Rockets to the Saskatoon Blades of the WHL this offseason because he has not lived up to expectations..."The Blades traded for McColgan to give them an experienced scorer who adds grit and a willingness to work hard but they also need McColgan...
The Wisconsin Badgers have churned out a whole plethora of professional hockey players, including many at the NHL level. And so Wisconsin invites their alumni back during the summer to train and get ready for the upcoming season. And for the Wisconsin players, they get to train with the pros and learn a few things. Attending the alumni camp is, among other NHL players, Ryan McDonagh...