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Defensively efficient prospects unfairly take the backseat to the skilled offensive guys. A three-point game and a nice move in the shootout makes for a good highlight video whereas a couple good pokechecks and neutral zone interceptions do not. It’s easy to look at a statsheet and see that a player had two goals, and therefore surely did something right. But there’s little in the way of stats (at least, readily available at lower levels) that will show the performance of a player defensively. As such, the skilled, offensive guys get their names “out there” more often. But here’s your chance, Brady Skjei! The 2012 New York Rangers First-Round Pick has played the shutdown defenseman role all season long for the top-ranked Minnesota Gophers; a team stacked with offensive prowess. Skjei does have some offense in him though, and he turned some heads this past weekend in back-to-back games against Boo Nieves and Michigan, scoring three of the team’s five total goals. Skjei’s first goal c...

Projecting the Rangers’ 2014-2015 payroll, part two

Lots of questions this offseason for Slats. Part One One of the major concerns for next year is the payroll. The Rangers have a lot of money tied into a few players, and about half of the roster will be hitting some form of free agency. Dan Girardi’s contract is done, so that hits the payroll. Martin St. Louis is on the payroll instead of Ryan Callahan, which actually saves a few...

Stralman Has Maintenance Day; Haggerty Joins Team; St. Louis Faces Music

Anton Stralman was absent from practice this morning as he was given a maintenance day after getting nicked up from blocking a shot during yesterday's 1-0 loss to the Sharks. Raphael Diaz took his place alongside Marc Staal. …wouldn't be a bad time for the Rangers to give Stralman a night off after struggling mightily since the Olympic break. I thought he was better...

At what point is there too much turnover?

This is from November, 2010. Quick, find the current Ranger. Hint: Trick question. When  Suit wrote about the Rangers and their inability to find consistency, it struck a chord with me. I realized that despite management’s best efforts, this is a Rangers club that has had significant turnover year in and year out for quite some time. We know about the constant turnover from the...

Nash Wants to Get Inside, But…

For the second time this season, Rick Nash admitted he's not getting to the net often enough. Back in early January, Nash went on a nine-goal in nine-game run after publicly acknowledging that he was spending too much time on the perimeter. Rangers fans are now hoping for a repeat as he again reflected on his unwillingness to be aggressive on the offensive end after yesterday...

Nash Thinks McDonagh Next In Line For Captaincy

In a fairly lengthy interview this morning posted by Aaron Portzline for the Columbus Dispatch, Rick Nash was asked about his time in Columbus among other subjects. But at the very end of the interview, Portzline asked Nash about what he thinks about the vacant Rangers captaincy bid and whether he would have interest in the job. “Nash: (laughs) Oh, no. They have a great defenseman...

Rangers double up on Senators in defensive nightmare

Derick Brassard broke an eight-game point-less drought with two goals and an assist Boy, did I pick the wrong night to do a goal breakdown. Both teams played atrocious defense in this game, but at least the Rangers broke out of the offensive slump that saw them score just six goals in their last four games. Oh yeah, and Henrik Lundqvist became the team’s all-time winningest goaltender...

The King Stands Alone as the Rangers Beat Ottawa 8-4

Well, it wasn’t pretty, but it was a night of both ending droughts and history for the New York Rangers. Derick Brassard, Rick Nash, Benoit Pouliot, and John Moore all snapped their respective scoring droughts to give the Blueshirts aContinue readingThe post The King Stands Alone as the Rangers Beat Ottawa 8-4 appeared first on NYR Center Ice.

St. Louis Still Can’t Score, Khudobin Finally New No. 1 For Canes?

Martin St. Louis (1 A, 2 PIM, +3) was supposed to help continued to struggle for the blue shirts, but managed to tally his third point in nine games as a Ranger. This is not the scoring boost that Rangers GM Glen Sather was hoping for when he moved Ryan Callahan to the Bolts for the veteran scoring monster. Cally, on the other hand, has four points in six games for Tampa. Anton...

Vote for Avery Part II

One of the biggest regrets I’ve had in my six plus years of administering this blog was not getting Sean Avery voted into the All Star Game back in 2011. While it was an amazing accomplishment that the “Vote for Avery” campaign was able to get him the 15th most votes for a forward ahead of players such as Henrik Zetterberg, Martin St. Louis, Rick Nash, the Sedin twins, Joe...

Rangers Rumor: Trade of Ryan Callahan was a money play

New York Rangers owner James Dolan has said that the trade of Ryan Callahan to the Tampa Bay Lightning, was predicated on the Callahan's  money demands for a contract extension with the club. The comments were made during an interview on ESPN radio,  in which Dolan talked about the trade in which the Rangers acquired Martin St.Louis, last seasons Art Ross Trophy winner, in...

John Tortorella reminisces on 2004 Lightning title run

FOX Sports Florida's Paul Kennedy catches up with former Lightning coach John Tortorella to discuss his memories of the team's 2004 Stanley Cup run.

Rangers @ Senators (Game 70)

The New York Rangers (36-29-4) visit the Ottawa Senators (28-26-13) at the Canadian Tire Centre starting at 7:30 p.m. For a preview, visit Yahoo! Sports. Rangers Game Notes TV: MSG Radio: ESPN Radio (98.7 FM) Live Stream (Don’t click on ads in stream, may download virus): Probable Line-up: Kreider...

Circus Recap vs. New York Rangers - Loss 8-4


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