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One of the best parts of the Rangers dedication to building the team from within, has been the willingness of the organization to trust top prospects to play major roles on the big club.In just the last three years we have seen Michael Del Zotto, Michael Sauer and Derek Stepan earn their way onto the Rangers roster out of camp, while others including Ryan McDonagh and Carl Hagelin were called-up before the halfway point of the season.And obviously we all know about Chris Kreider's signing before last year's playoffs.Now this year, a new crop of prospects will be looking to make an impression during training camp and hopefully find a spot on the opening night roster.Those players include JT Miller, Christian Thomas, Ryan Bourque, Michael St. Croix and Marek Hrivik.If the Rangers don't make another acquisition this offseason, there will be an open spot in the line-up for one of those guys to earn until Marian Gaborik returns from injury in November.So, who has the best cha...
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Recent reports from radio color commentator Dave Maloney and from Jess Rubenstein at The Prospect Park that Michael Sauer has made “tremendous progress” have added to what has been a spectacular late-July for the New York Rangers.
Though Tim Erixon was a necessary piece to acquire Rick Nash, trading him left the Blueshirts woefully thin on the blueline. The top-four of Ryan...
After all the Rick Nash hullabaloo has now calmed down, here’s the final part of the greatest European Rangers series. It’s subjective and meant for debate and how much one man’s opinion truly matters is really open for debate. Some players like Ulf Samuelsson and Radek Dvorak don’t make the debate, some people may disagree but that’s the beauty of lists like this. Anyway...
Pretty much everyone knows that I’m a big Stu Bickel fan. While he may not have had a spectacular rookie season with the Rangers last season, he won my heart. He showed that with grit and determination, he could play in the NHL (longer than most had expected him to). But his rookie season wasn’t [...]
Neil Greenberg at ESPN Insider warns Rangers fans about too high of expectations for Chris Kreider this season..."Kreider, on the other hand, should be met with some tempered expectations. The former Boston College Eagle scored five goals in the playoffs -- a record for players who began their careers in the postseason -- but fans shouldn't get carried away anticipating...
I'm going to let you in on a little secret. When I told you guys back in the beginning of June that I was taking a break and MAYBE it would be for good, I was lying.I had absolutely no intention of starting the blog back up. It was over. I was at peace with my decision and no one was going to change my mind.Then the e-mails, tweets, Facebook messages and comments started to pour...
It truly is the low point of the off season. The Rangers are quiet, at least publicly, and attention around the league is primarily focussed on the CBA talks. There are still a few things we can talk about though so welcome to another musings. Jump on in.
The Hockey News wrote an article recently on why the North West division is the league’s worst. It got me thinking again about...
Now that the free agency period has more or less passed, Bovada, the sports betting agency in Las Vegas, has adjusted its odds for the NHL. And after adding Rick Nash (along with some other role players), the Rangers have jumped up all the way to second on the list, trailing only Atlantic Division rival Pittsburgh, who sits at 8/1. The Rangers, previously 7th at 12/1 odds, now sit...
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July has turned into August and even I have to admit that seeing the New York Rangers having this quiet an off-season is a strange feeling. I can't recall the last time when the New York Rangers were this quiet during the off-season.
Other than the Rick Nash trade the New York Rangers look almost like they don't want to spend any money. Rather strange...
During the 2004-2005 lockout, NHL players had to figure out a plan B in order to earn a paycheck and stay in game shape. Many players opted to play in Europe for the season, and it was during this period that Henrik Lundqvist of Frölunda would make a name for himself, winning Sweden's equivalent of the Vezina AND Hart trophies. It appears that, should a lockout occur, Lundqvist...
Chris Peters over at The United States of Hockey breaks down the 17 American defensemen that will be looking to make the cut during the U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp which kicks off in Lake Placid, N.Y. on Saturday, including Rangers 2012 first round pick Brady Skjei..."There's not a better skater among the defensemen in camp and that's going to be a key tool...
While I was away on vacation last week, the New York Rangers and Columbus Blue Jackets decided to do a little transferring of players. Even if I was here, I probably wouldn’t have written anything until now. That’s commitment! The Rangers acquired Rick Nash, someone they were rumored to be pursuing months ago leading up to their playoff run, along with Steve Delisle, in exchange...
I have to admit that I am really surprised that so many Ranger fans think that there will be opportunities for the Ranger prospects to earn roster spots if they have a training camp.
I really hate to burst anyone's bubble, but there is only going to be one Ranger rookie who's going to have an impact on the Rangers next season.
If reports are to be believed, Shane Doan is currently seeking a four-year contract worth around $30 million if and when he concludes remaining in Phoenix is no longer a desirable scenario. A deal of that magnitude would call for a salary cap expenditure of $7.5 million annually. Doan will be 36 by the start [...]