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With Halpern going to the Canadiens and Bickel going to the Connecticut Whale, forward additions were inevitable. It appears that the long-rumored reunion with Mats Zuccarello will be one of them.
According to Aftonbladet, Zuccarello and the Rangers have agreed on a contract. The article quotes Zuccarello's Swedish agent, Erik Ryman, as saying that the 25-year-old Norwegian has received an offer from the Rangers that Zuccarello is happy with and that his KHL team, Metallurg Magnitogorsk, simply need to sign off on it for the move to be official. Since Zuccarello has an out-clause to come back to the NHL in his contract with Metallurg this doesn't appear to be anything more than a technicality.
I can analyze this in two ways. From a purely emotional standpoint, I love getting Zucc back. He's incredibly easy to root for and plays with a ton of heart. Obviously you want to see anyone in a Rangers jersey succeed, but there's just something extra wond...
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As expected, Stu Bickel cleared waivers and will be sent to the Connecticut Whale in the AHL for tonight’s game. Bickel was not happy with the way he was treated, as Andrew Gross has some interesting quotes:
“It is what it is,” Bickel said. “It’s been tough for me to get an opportunity to play any minutes on the backend to develop some confidence.”
“I came up last...
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In case you missed it, the Rangers re-signed Mats Zuccarello, who will likely join the club within the week. Zuccarello will bring some stability and scoring to the bottom-six, something that is desperately needed. The addition of Zuccarello will lead to some lineup changes. When all the pieces fall into place, the odd-man out is not who you might think it...
Ranger fans tend to be a very opinionated bunch and this Blue Shirts roster offers them plenty of targets to express their diverse set of opinions upon. But even on a roster that boasts expensive and underachieving forwards Brad Richards and Marian Gaborik, no player attracts a wider array of assessments than D Michael Del [...]
Per several reports, the Rangers have re-signed forward Mats Zuccarello to a one-year contract through the end of the season. Zuccarello will be given a one-way deal, and the organization will reevaluate Zuccarello at the end of the season. The Hobbit adds much-needed scoring depth to the bottom-six, and will hopefully jump-start the third line, which is in desperate need of scoring...
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
The center position has become a black hole for the Rangers that is threatening to swallow the team alive.
And no one, no one, has fallen deeper into that abyss than Brad Richards, who hasn’t come close to resembling the player he always has been and must be in order for the Blueshirts to salvage something from this disappointing...
- Over the last 19 games, New York is 10 for 52 on the power play.
- Arron Asham is the first player in NHL history to score a goal for each of the five teams in the Atlantic Division. (Via @Liam_McHugh)
- 11 of Mats Zuccarello’s 26 career NHL points have come on the power play, including 10 of his 18 assists.
- Zuccarello posted 11 goals and 17 assists in 44 games with Magnitogorsk...
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The Rangers are going for the series sweep tonight against Washington, as the Caps come to town for their third and final matchup. The Rangers have taken each of the first two games by scores of 2-1 and 4-1, and need to get back on track after a letdown game against the lowly Florida Panthers.
On the ice, the Caps still play the 1-2-2 forecheck, but...
NYR Stu Bickel clears waivers. Will play for CT today.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) March 24, 2013
...i know Bickel struggled mightily this season, but I'm happy to see he cleared. He's still fairly young and as we've seen this year, toughness is an important part of any line-up. And if you don't remember, he was actually pretty good for the Rangers...
Andrew Gross at the Bergen Record reports that JT Miller (wrist) will likely return to the Rangers line-up in Philadelphia tonight as he was off the ice during the morning skate with the regulars and said he was able to shoot and pass without discomfort.
Henrik Lundqvist will make his eighth straight start.
...with Miller likely back, someone has to come out and I'm...
Barton Silverman/The New York Times
The Rangers are in Philly tonight to take on the Flyers for the fourth and final time this season. The Rangers have taken two games (1/29: 2-1, 3/5: 4-2) and dropped one (1/24: 2-1) so far, and a win tonight would seal the season series with the Flyers. It would also help the Rangers in playoff positioning, as they need every point they can get...
As ESPN hockey scribe Katie Strang reported last night, it appears that Mats Zuccarello will be returning to the New York Rangers.
The Blueshirts clearly need some offense and while Zuccarello is not exactly a Steven Stamkos or someone who can put the puck in the net on a consistent basis, he is someone that can create scoring chances with his speed, his willingness to go the net...
TONIGHT’S GAME The Rangers will face-off against the Philadelphia Flyers tonight at Wells Fargo Center (7:30 p.m. — TV: MSG Network; Radio: Bloomberg Radio), to begin a three-game road trip. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and rank eighth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 15-13-3 (33 pts). The [...]
In the game of hockey you never want to get down early. Unfortunately for the Rangers, they're making a habit out of it this season as they've now given up the first goal in 20 of their 31 games.
And once they're down, they haven't shown a great deal of resiliency as they were only able to comeback and win seven of those 20 games.
Some of the players addressed...
The Rangers fell tonight to the Washington Capitals 3-2 in a shootout. For a box score click here.
Not down on the Rangers' effort tonight despite the shootout loss and considering how things were going 10 minutes into the game. Fans have to put this game in their back pocket and move on to Tuesday's game against Philly.
Another strong showing by...
Pic courtesy of Blueshirts United
The New York Rangers (15-13-3) visit the Philadelphia Flyers (13-16-2) at the Wells Fargo Center starting at 7:30 p.m. For a preview go to Yahoo! Sports.
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