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Pyatt has proven to be a nice addition so far by Glen Sather
Strike up another successful acquisition by Glen Sather. Taylor Pyatt –all 6’4 and 230 lbs of him– has proven to be a solid add to the Rangers, even though we’re still too early in the year to make significant conclusions. While Sather goes about adding integral pieces to roster like Rick Nash and Brad Richards, it’s the additions of the likes of Pyatt that give the Rangers a chance at success; and it’s not just about the numbers on the ice but those off it as well.
Pyatt has already grabbed 5 points in 8 games and has at times looked pretty impressive. Despite a lack of foot speed he offers a physical presence, an ability to hold on to the puck, and has shown good chemistry with a few different Rangers. Of course, he won’t be able to maintain his 30% shooting percentage. Nor will he be able to produce as much as he has thus far when a second line staple such as Ryan Callahan returns but he won’t have to.
Pyatt is establishing himself as a role player and a solid depth player for the Rangers. He also represents the kind of risk free acquisition that Sather has found several of in recent seasons. The Thunder Bay native is signed for a sensible cap hit of $1.55m for this year and next. That’s not a number that will cause a headache and, assuming a prospect or two demands inclusion, it’s certainly not a number that can’t be moved either. Pyatt, so long as he produces, is a welcome and solid addition. Should his production nose dive he’s easy to move thanks to that lack of contractual commitment. In short, there’s not a lot to dislike about Pyatt.
Pyatt represents a moving part of the roster. Guys like Pyatt, Anton Stralman (cap hit of $1.7m/year through 13/14), Brian Boyle ($1.8m, through 13/14) and Marty Biron (1.3m) are all solid roster parts that likely don’t represent the Rangers future, but certainly help the current club’s performance. They all have appropriate cap hits and contractual commitments, and even in the case of Boyle (where the offense isn’t in line with his defensive contributions) they are all playing at least up to (if not above) their contracts. Highlighted by these current Rangers, Glen Sather keeps finding good value role players to compliment the established core.
Pyatt appears to be the latest non-essential, replaceable but productive Ranger. It’s a general manager’s ability to find value for money in the cap era that can go a long way in the success of a franchise, both on and off the ice. The last few years year we have seen Brandon Prust, Ruslan Fedotenko and Vinny Prospal as examples of good value for money Rangers. If anything, Sather’s post-lockout ability to find these bargains will be even more critical when the cap comes down after this season. Be thankful right now for guys like Taylor Pyatt and co. Their importance shouldn’t be underestimated.
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The Rangers made their real trade of the 2012-2013 season early on Monday when they shipped center Mike Rupp to the Minnesota Wild in exchange for center Darroll Powe and right wing Nick Palmieri. Rupp and Powe will swap places on the fourth line for the Wild and Rangers respectively, while Palmieri has been sent [...]
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This morning, Suit gave us a good qualitative analysis of what the Rangers got in trading Mike Rupp for Darroll Powe and Nick Palmieri. As he mentioned in the post, I like to do the quantitative analysis of these moves. For the sake of this post, we are going to focus on Powe, as Palmieri hasn’t seen enough NHL time over the past few...
Andrew Gross at the Bergen Record reports on a welcome sight today as Ryan Callahan joined his teammates during practice today.
Gross notes that Callahan was wearing a yellow non-contact jersey.
Callahan shooting puck fine, just ripped a one-timer. Key here for him is contact.
— Patrick Kearns (@PatrickKearns) February 4, 2013
Kearns also has this quote from...
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The Minnesota Wild and New York Rangers are trying to shake things up after getting off to slow starts by engaging in a trade. The Wild sent forward Darroll Powe and minor-league forward Nick Palmieri to the Rangers in exchange for forward Michael Rupp. The Wild also also recalled top prospect Charlie Coyle, who was expected to make his NHL debut on Monday against Phoenix. ...
The New York Rangers have traded forward Mike Rupp to the Minnesota Wild for forwards Darroll Powe and Nick Palmieri. More on this trade later. … shocked the Rangers were able to trade Rupp and get two forwards back in the deal. At the current moment I do not know what to make of it [...]
The New York Rangers traded rugged forward Mike Rupp to the Minnesota Wild on Monday for forwards Darroll Powe and Nick Palmieri.
The deal was announced hours before the Wild faced the Phoenix Coyotes in Arizona.
The Rangers have been looking for depth at forward to complement their top line of Rick Nash, Brad Richards and former Wild star Marian Gaborik. New York is also dealing...
Pat Leonard at the Daily News reports on how John Tortorella's decision to move Brian Boyle to the wing against Tampa on Saturday night benefited him and the team.
Here's Boyle on the move...
"It's just a little bit more concentrated on one spot," Boyle said of the wing, where he's played "certain shifts here and there, maybe a game or two...
The last time the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils squared off, the Devils scored in overtime to advance to the Stanley Cup Final, where they would lose in six games to the Los Angeles Kings.
Fast forward close to nine months later and things are very different. Both teams are in the midst of a 48-game schedule, both teams have new faces and both clubs are not quite sure...
New York Rangers (4-4-) @ New Jersey Devils (4-1-3)
The Rangers return to the Prudential Center for the first time since the words “THEY SCORE!!!...Henrique…IT’S OVER!!!!” was so gloriously shouted by Mike “Doc” Emrick.
The Devils Last Game – Give them credit for what they did on Sunday afternoon in Long Island. Coming off a game against the Islanders that...
Taylor Pyatt has been the one exception to an almost universal rule
Countless factors go into individual player evaluations, but one quality continues to dictate how the Rangers construct their roster: speed.
It’s not exactly a new revelation, the altered NHL demands that players possess speed and skill as the league has phased out the plodding physical specimens that were impact...
By Kristin Tullo (@K_Tullo)
There will be anything but a shortage of talented, elite superstars tonight in Newark when the New York Rangers face off against the defending Eastern Conference Champions for the first time since game six of the Conference Finals last spring. The top lines from both sides of the Hudson will present equal threats to their opponent, but only...
The New York Rangers (4-4-0) visit the New Jersey Devils (4-1-3) at the Prudential Center starting at 7:00 p.m. For a preview go to Yahoo! Sports.
Rangers Game Notes
TV: MSG; Radio: ESPN Radio (FM 98.7), XM 215
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Match-up - New York Rangers (4-4-0) @ New Jersey Devils (4-1-3)
Road/Home records - 1-2-0 -------------- 2-0-1
TV - MSG, MSG Plus
Puck drop - 7:00 PM ET
Season series - Tied 0-0
Last 10: Rangers 4-4-0 / Devils 4-1-3
Projected starting goalies - Henrik Lundqvist (NYR) vs. Martin Brodeur (NJ)
Battle of the stats
Goals for/against per game
New York (R) - 2.38 / 2.75...