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What do Theo Fleury, Eric Lindros, Pavel Bure, Brendan Shanahan and even Jaromir Jagr all have in common? Despite varying levels of success as a Ranger, each of the aforementioned stars were acquired by the Rangers on the downside of their career.
In the case of Fleury and Lindros both players had productive spells as Rangers even if their spells in NY were classed as failures. Of course Jagr had a substantial impact on the Rangers, including perhaps the greatest scoring season in Ranger history. But even the great Jaromir Jagr came to the Rangers labeled as ‘damaged goods’ and past his Pittsburgh prime. Of course, Jagr managed to reclaim some of the shine from his career in New York. All this brings us to the Rangers’ newest superstar, Rick Nash.
As a player that brings the potential for so much more upon (and not before) his arrival in New York, Nash breaks the mold of these past superstar acquisitions. Brad Richards is also in this mold, but not as much so as Nash. This is a refreshing change for the Rangers and perhaps the greatest reason for optimism in the current squad.
Naturally, Rick Nash came to New York with questions as well. Was he worth the contract? Was he worth the amount given up for his acquisition? Could he take his own game to the next level? Perhaps the greatest question mark was about his failures to take Columbus beyond the stigma associated with expansion teams – the Blue Jackets have remained a failure on the ice for over ten years.
All of these questions are irrelevant. Not even Sidney Crosby could have single-handedly made some of those Blue Jacket clubs contenders. There’s also nothing Nash could do about being offered the sum of money Doug McLean threw at him to be their franchise player. Plus, he is already (comfortably) proving the trade made by Sather was highway robbery on the part of the Rangers GM; even allowing for a slight lack of depth at present.
Nash is a legitimate superstar. He’s a game changer who constantly influences games when he’s on the ice. His one goal total so far is no cause for concern. He draws coverage like no other Ranger, he’s contributing defensively (better than most anticipated), physically, and in the form of primary assists. Even without goals Nash is the impact player Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov, and Tim Erixon never will be. It’s because of Rick Nash (and Henrik Lundqvist) that this club has legitimate designs on the Stanley Cup.
Marian Gaborik came to the Rangers as a legitimate, yet underappreciated superstar, but one who also had legitimate question marks (health). Brad Richards still has question marks due to the somewhat crazy but necessary length of his deal (he’ll probably need to have at least five productive years to justify the term to many). The rest of the Rangers roster is made up of very good players who are not quite superstar level. Rick Nash is. He’s a genuine superstar player that the Rangers can put up against other clubs’ best with confidence.
It’s been a very long time since the Rangers acquired a current superstar (financial terms somewhat withstanding) that could be a Ranger for a very long time. Nash has the chance to leave his mark on the franchise for the next decade. He has the chance to help take this club to heights rarely visited. Rick Nash, with a little luck and some careful roster management, represents to Rangers fans true Stanley Cup ambition/hope. That’s a refreshing change, isn’t it?
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The Rangers are blessed with the King but shouldn’t assume he’s around forever.
The Rangers are in an enviable situation with Henrik Lundqvist manning their net at an age where he can continue playing at a high level for a long time behind what should be a contender for several seasons. The immediate future in net is bright, but those who think the club should sit back and...
Rick Nash has 1 goal on 26 shots. As well as he has played, and it has been very, very well, that's somewhat of a problem.
— Dave Lozo (@DaveLozo) January 30, 2013
Nash has five assists and is a +5.
...you know what's strange, until I saw this tweet I didn't even notice. His game is so complete, he's been helping the Rangers win (see his five assists...
After hearing the news that Ryan Callahan will only miss 10 - 14 days with a shoulder subluxation, Rangers Nation exploded into obvious rejoice. However, there was one person who sent out a word of caution...
Quick warning ... though it's probably uncommon, another NYR captain, Barry Beck, had his career wrecked by recurring shoulder subluxations
— Rangers Report...
The Rangers could be looking at some time without one of their best players.
Captain Ryan Callahan suffered what appeared to be a pretty painful left arm injury Tuesday night in the third period of New York’s 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers.
Callahan took exception to a little extracurricular activity from Philly’s Max Talbot around the Rangers net, and the two ended up...
The Rangers have not given an update on the status of the injury Callahan suffered tonight.
By the looks of it, is appears to be a shoulder injury.
Talbot on Callahan incident: "We decided to go and we were holding each other up and his shoulder popped out or something. Unfortunate."
— Dave Lozo (@DaveLozo) January 30, 2013
Per Bob McKenzie, captain Ryan Callahan is out 10-14 days with a shoulder subluxation, which means that Cally’s shoulder popped out of its socket real fast, then settled back in. This could have been a lot worse, but the Rangers will definitely miss Cally while he is out for those two weeks.
While he’s out, expect Carl Hagelin and Taylor Pyatt to get a lot of time with Derek Stepan.
Much of the fan base was in the tizzy about how the New York Rangers opened the lockout-shortened season and rightfully so. They looked out-of-sync, a step slow and, at times, completely lost. Not the winning brand of hockey we've grown accustom to here. And not the type of hockey that will get you a spot in the playoffs for a chance to win a Stanley Cup that everyone has predicted...
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2012-2013 Records: Flyers (2-4), Rangers (2-3)
NYR Leading Scorer: Marian Gaborik (5-3-8)
PHI Leading Scorer: Claude Giroux (2-2-2)
NYR Goaltender: Henrik Lundqvist (5 GP, 3.14 GAA, .893 SV%)
PHI Goaltender: Ilya Bryzgalov (5 GP, 2.22 GAA, .923 SV%)
Rick Nash-Brad Richards-Marian Gaborik
Carl Hagelin-Derek Stepan-Ryan Callahan
Taylor Pyatt-Brian Boyle-Benn Ferriero...
These videos were filmed before Ryan Callahan injury news was released...
...love seeing Torts staying so positive and confident about his team despite losing Callahan.
...while I'm just as guilty as the next guy for criticizing Torts on a multitude of issues, I can say that this guy cares about the success of the Rangers organization and his players. It's why...
The New York Rangers survived a frantic third period to defeat the Philadelphia Flyers tonight by a score of 2-1 at Madison Square Garden.
The way the Blueshirts played tonight is exactly the kind of style that won the team many games last season. They got some timely scoring from defenseman Michael Del Zotto and team captain Ryan Callahan before relying on their penalty killing...
Image courtesy of MSG. (Ryan Callahan left the game with an apparent shoulder injury)
If you watched the game, you know the Flyers lost this game. The Rangers played a strong game, but they certainly didn't win the game, we lost it. The Flyers again were unable to capitalize on their power plays, and they get the loss.
The Flyers went 1 for 6 on the PP tonight, they are now...
The New York Rangers appear to be back on track after a poor start to the season. The opposite has been true for the Pittsburgh Penguins, whose sudden dropoff after a solid opening has them searching for answers.
The Rangers, though, will try to begin making do without captain Ryan Callahan as they look to stop a pair of losing streaks against Pittsburgh on Thursday night.
The St. Louis Blues have been getting plenty of offensive production throughout their lineup.
The struggling Columbus Blue Jackets are just looking for someone to step up after trading star forward Rick Nash last summer.
St. Louis will try to extend its best start in 15 seasons on Thursday night when the Blue Jackets open their longest homestand of the season.
Playing six games in...