Found October 13, 2013 on Blue Seat Blogs:
Lundqvist: must do better. (Bennett/Getty) Henrik Lundqvist has forgotten how to control rebounds and his decision making around the net has been abysmal. Martin Biron can’t even stop a shot from the blueline.  Every aspect of the Rangers (Brad Richards aside) has been awful to start the year but it has to start and end in net and the Rangers are nowhere near good enough in goal so far. It’s been that bad that maybe Glen Sather is reducing his next contract offer to Henrik Lundqvist as we speak. To be fair, the Rangers defense has been almost as bad; coverage has been terrible, positioning and decision making even worse and the Rangers goaltending tandem have had opposing players open, right in front and have often faced far too high a quality of shot. That said, it comes back to your goaltender giving you a chance and neither goalie has done that so far. For all the teams other issues this team current has the Rangers goalie combo have already let in far too many ‘soft goals’ at this stage of season. No goaltender is perfect but when your starting goaltender earns close to $7m (and is looking for a max contract in his next deal) it is fair to expect more – especially when the team in front of him is in a period of transition. After just five games and a whopping twenty five goals conceded, the pressure is mounting for the Rangers, for Alain Vigneault and the goaltending situation. The Rangers still have a great goaltending situation but until Lundqvist and Biron start actually stopping some pucks with regularity the awkward questions will start to get asked with more regularity. Tweet

Should Alain Vigneault send a signal to his team?

McIlrath is one of several prospects that may be considered soon   The Rangers entered the regular season with multiple inconveniences behind them so the horrid start to the regular season does come with some sort of asterix attached to the team record. With a long road trip, multiple key injuries, a bloated (but necessary) preseason roster and a new system all to deal with it is...

Nash placed on IR

Per Pat Leonard, the Rangers have placed concussed winger Rick Nash on injured reserve. The move is a paperwork move, and it allows the Rangers an extra roster spot to call up an additional forward for Wednesday’s game in Washington after waiving Arron Asham. It is expected that the Rangers will call up one or both of J.T. Miller and Chris Kreider. Note that this is not LTIR, the...

Rangers bench Lundqvist in favor of Biron

Saturday will in essence be a mental health day for Henrik Lundqvist for with his team breaking down — and breaking bad — in front of him through the season’s hellish first week the goaltender will watch from the bench as Martin Biron gets the start in St. Louis against the Blues. Lundqvist in his ninth season as a Ranger has never looked as fried as he did following Thursday’s...

New York Rangers dig early hole out west

No one said it would be easy. The New York Rangers opened the season in the teeth of the Western Conference, miles away from home and, apparently, miles away from ready. They completed the swing with four games in six nights – three against legitimate Cup contenders – with the final one coming last night in St. Louis against a polished Blues team. Brad Richards was one of the...

The Rangers will only get better from here

Five games are hardly enough of a sample size to evaluate much of anything — not the players, not the coaches, and not the system. With that said, I think we’ve seen enough by now to not have our heads in the sand with where this team is at physically and mentally. While I expected the Rangers to have some growing pains in the early goings, I never expected them to be this bad...

Game 5: Just don’t get embarrassed

(Jeff Gross/Getty Images) The Rangers are in St. Louis trying to avoid getting embarrassed for a third straight game after losing the last two by a combined score of 15-2 in San Jose and Anaheim. That 15-2 shellacking includes a four period run where the Rangers were outscored 13-1. Suffice it to say, I think we would be ok with New York not looking like a pee-wee team tonight. That...

Rangers waive Aaron Asham and Martin Biron

The New York Rangers are off to a simply abysmal start with a 1-4-0 record and a minus-16 goal differential so something has to change. On Monday GM Glen Sather made the first moves. Joining the waiver wire on Monday were forward Arron Asham as well as veteran backup goaltender Martin Biron. Biron being cut is a surprise even though his numbers are as bad as you'll see in the...

What, What, What, Episode Two: The Anaheim Debacle

What I liked Again, as happens every time I attend a Rangers game in either Anaheim or LA, I love how Blue Shirts fans represent on the road. I wear my Rangers sweater and Rangers fans in cars passing by honk their horns and yell, “Lets’ go Rangers,” out their windows. I get high-fives and […]

Rangers Making Some Moves

from Andrew Gross of Ranger Rants, As was indicated after Saturday’s 5-3 loss at St. Louis, the Rangers certainly do have questions about Marty Biron’s suitability to be their backup goalie this season. GM Glen Sather said today as the Rangers began their noon practice that Biron and right wing Arron Asham are indeed both on waivers today. There is a 24-hour period prior...

Game Preview: New York Rangers vs St. Louis Blues

TONIGHT’S GAME The Rangers will face-off against the St. Louis Blues tonight, Oct. 12, at Scottrade Center (8:00 p.m. — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in their fourth game in six days. The Blueshirts enter the contest having been defeated by the Ducks, 6-0, on Thursday at Anaheim, and are now 1-3-0 (2 pts) this season. The Blues enter the […]

Tootoo On The Slash From Newbury

from Ansar Khan of Mlive, “It caught the right nerve, I guess,’’ Tootoo said. “Other than that it just flared up a little bit, but I’m fine.’’ Asked if he has a history with Newbury, who has appeared in 74 NHL games over nine seasons with Toronto, the New York Rangers, Philadelphia and Detroit (four games in 2009-10), Tootoo said, “No clue who he is.’...

Henrik the Horrible Falters Again, Ducks Squash Rangers 6-0

Lundqvist makes a rare save in this Orange Country Register photo. Will the real Henrik Lundqvist please stand up? In the fantasy community we’re used to Lundqvist being a reliable and dominant goaltender. He’s one you could build a team around and feel confident with. But that was then and this is now. Last night, Lundqvist gave up six goals on 37 shots and stank again as...

Pick The Winner (10/12)

And now from the home office.....Pick The Winner. Good luck. 2 UNIT = New York Rangers @ St Louis Blues - BLUES -1.5 [Puck Line] (+155) (Note: I'm risking 2.00 units to win 3.10 units) Another fade of the New York Rangers here, as we take the Blues to win by 2 or more at home. The Rangers start the season off with a 9 game road trip, and it hasn't been pretty for...

Foreshadowing moves to come

One or both of Miller and Kreider are expected to be recalled today. After Arron Asham and Martin Biron were placed on waivers yesterday, there was a lot of discussion about what moves the Rangers would be making. I heard everything from a trade (no specifics, just “they are going to make a trade”) to a much more rational call up. In my humble opinion, the Rangers aren’t going...
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