Found December 28, 2013 on Blue Seat Blogs:
The Rangers have recalled defenseman Connor Allen in response to the injury to Anton Stralman last night. Allen, who had a very strong preseason, has a line of 5-8-13 in 29 games with the Hartford Wolf Pack this season. The loss of Stralman is a tough on the Rangers, who are short on right handed shots from the blue line. The club is saying that the injury to Stralman is not serious, but the immediate recall of Allen signals that Stralman will likely be out for at least a game, possibly more. This recall probably kills two birds with one stone: Allen will serve as an injury replacement for a few games, and the Rangers will see what they have in the undrafted free agent that impressed in September. For those wondering why Dylan McIlrath was not recalled, he reinjured his knee last week. Tweet

Addressing the Dan Girardi rumor; Michael Del Zotto rumor update

Photo: Jim McIsaac/Getty Images North America A lot of noise has been made over the past 12 hours about Glenn Healy’s comments on Hockey Night in Canada last night. For those who missed it, Healy said the following: If the Rangers trade (Del Zotto) it will be a D for a D because of the Stralman situation but look for the Boston Bruins to call the Rangers about Dan Girardi. That...

Staal, Callahan with Rangers on road trip

Per Seth Rothman, both Ryan Callahan (knee) and Marc Staal (concussion) are with the Rangers on the current road trip. Staal has been out since the December 7 loss to New Jersey, and Callahan since the December 10 loss to Nashville. Staal has been skating for a few days now, and it was rumored that he would return on this road trip. Callahan was supposed to be out 4-6 weeks with...

Rangers lose Stralman to injury, recall Allen from minors

The last thing the New York Rangers needed was an injury on the blue line, but that’s just what they’ve got. Rangers defenseman Anton Stralman was hurt in their 3-2 loss to the Washington Capitals on Friday and will miss some time as Blueshirts United shares. “They don’t think it’s anything serious at this time, but we’ll know more (Saturday),” Vigneault said. The...

Henrik Lundqvist, balance and the Bauer OD1N line

Weight too far forward. On December 19th, Bauer Hockey held a media event to unveil a new line of both player and goalie equipment that they claimed was going to be a “game changer”.  Their basic approach was to charge their research and product design engineers in St-Jérôme, Québec to change the way hockey players could perform on the ice.  The concept was made analogous...

The best is yet to come for the New York Rangers

You might look at the New York Rangers today, 38 games into the season, and think 2013/14 is but another lost year. The team sit in 4th place – and out of the playoffs – in a horribly weak Metropolitan Division, they just lost six of nine at home, and their best players are either hurt or missing. With a .500 record, the glass feels half-empty.  But add all that up again, and...

Ranger Rumor Roundup

The never-ending Michael Del Zotto trade rumors are in full swing yet again. Maybe we should call this feature the “Michael Del Zotto Rumor Roundup,” at least until a trade is actually made. The Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch, who has been prolific with his reports on MDZ trade possibilities, says the Senators will have some […]

Rangers mulling their options with unsteady Del Zotto

As the holiday roster freeze lifts hours after the completion of Friday night’s match here against the Capitals, the most immediate pertinent question concerning the Rangers is how much longer Michael Del Zotto will wear the Blueshirt? Management has all but settled on dealing the erratic 23-year-old defenseman, who will play in his ninth straight game on Friday since sitting...

Rangers going with Talbot over Lundqvist — again

Alain Vigneault sees no reason to break up a winning combination. As such, the Rangers coach is going with Cam Talbot in nets for the third consecutive game for Friday night’s match against the Capitals. The decision thus relegates Henrik Lundqvist to backup status for the third straight match, the first time he has sat on the bench while healthy for three straight since Nov....

The Asking Price For Michael Del Zotto

via Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun, The Senators have spoken to the Rangers several times in the last six weeks about defenceman Michael Del Zotto but aren't alone in their pursuit. The Leafs and Shark have held talks and a report in the New York Post says Colorado has shown interest as well. Sources say if the Senators are to close a deal for the 23-year-old Del Zotto...

Rangers take Marc Staal on road trip

Concussed defenseman Marc Staal will travel with the team on their five-game road trip, which begins Friday night in Washington D.C. against the Capitals.#NYR say Marc Staal, recovering from concussion and skating, will travel with club on five-game road trip.— Steve Zipay (@stevezipay) December 26, 2013 The rugged blue liner sustained the injury on December 7th in an overtime...

Game 40: Continue doing the right things in Tampa

Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images The Rangers played a very good game against Washington on Friday night, but came out on the losing end after Philipp Grubauer made 38 saves. If the Rangers continue to play like they did on Friday night, they shouldn’t have a problem beating a lot of teams in the Eastern Conference. They face a tough matchup in Tampa Bay tonight, and the Rangers...

Rangers play strong game, can’t manage a win in Washington

Photo by Patrick McDermott/NHLI via Getty Images This loss is a tough one. Not because the Rangers were outplayed, not because they had a ton of defensive breakdowns that masked a strong performance, but because they controlled the majority of the game and still managed to lose. Dan Girardi’s third period post on the 4-on-4 foreshadowed the impending doom that was the Eric Fehr...

Rangers Fall to Capitals

Once more the Rangers played well but couldn’t get it done when it mattered. Dan Girardi rang a shot off the post just moments before Eric Fehr put one past Cam Talbot to put the Caps up for good. It was one of those games again for the Rangers as they came back twice from […]

Michael Del Zotto Linked to Ottawa: Part Deux

I’m a little late on this, but Michael Del Zotto’s name was linked to the Senators once again courtesy of Darren Dreger who appeared on TSN radio this past Monday. If you’ll recall, the TSN panel was the first to broach news back in November that the Senators were one of the teams at the forefront of discussions with the Rangers because of their need for a puck-moving defenceman...
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