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In a season full of surprises, none was bigger than 22-year-old defenseman Ryan McDonagh.
The former Wisconsin Badger was stolen from Montreal in the laughable Scott Gomez salary dump, arguably Glen Sather’s greatest transaction as general manager of the New York Rangers.
McDonagh spent the first half of the 2010-2011 season quietly honing his game in Connecticut before being called up on January 3, 2011.
He immediately clicked with Michael Sauer, bolstering New York’s second defensive pair just in time for the playoff push.
But even McDonagh’s stellar rookie season couldn’t prepare us for his monster 2011-2012 campaign.
With Marc Staal lost to a concussion, McDonagh joined Dan Girardi on the top pair and matched the 2012 All-Star every step of the way.
McDonagh really stole the spotlight in the postseason and his signature moment came in the triple overtime Game Three thriller against Washington when McDonagh logged a ridiculous 53:17 and blocked eight shots.
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One of the biggest parts of the New York Rangers great season was their defense. So far we have graded all of the forwards but now it’s time to look at the likes of Dan Girardi, Ryan McDonagh and company. Stu Bickel: Grade – B- Schoeller: Bickel started off hott (yes, it warrants 2 T’s), [...]
We had a blast grading the center and left wingers. Nothing was better than the haters coming out to rip a part our grade for John Mitchell. Keep those comments coming! Now it’s time to grade the Rangers right wingers. So let’s start with the Captain….. Ryan Callahan: Grade – A Decker: The grade I gave [...]
Is Ruslan Fedotenko worth re-signing? That's the question the New York Rangers and their front office will be asking themselves this summer, as the 33-year-old veteran forward hits the unrestricted free agency market come July 1. He's a proven winner and someone that head coach John Tortorella has a very trustworthy and tight bond with, so the decision may not be as easy...
Brandon Dubinsky was often one of the most commonly debated names on the New York Rangers, at least this season, here on the blog. The fan base is split fifty-fifty on number 17 and whether or not he should be playing as a Broadway Blueshirt in a few months from now or not. He was nearly traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Rick Nash just prior to the 2012 trade deadline during...
In terms of regular season play, 2011-12 was the second best of Marian Gaborik's three seasons with the New York Rangers to date. His offensive prowess coming off not only a rough year in 2010-11 on the ice, but off the ice as well when he lost two dear friends in Derek Boogaard and Pavol Demitra, carried the Blueshirts very far. Without Marian, there's not doubt that this...
Now it’s time to grade the left wingers of the New York Rangers. We loved the heat our grade for John Mitchell brought to our comments section, it was great. But then again, hater’s who consistently hate on one name will always go after guys like Mitchell, especially in New York. And yes, for the [...]
I wrote about this for another blog a few days ago but figured I would post it here as well.
Lundqvist Changed The Rangers For The Better
When it comes to the National Hockey League, there have been a lot of great netminders that have graced our game.
Hockey fans will always mention the likes of Patrick Roy, Terry Sawchuk, Martin Brodeur, Glenn Hall, Jacques Plante, Dominik Hasek...
The Rangers bottom six forwards are likely to go through a bit of turnover this summer with Ruslan Fedotenko, Brandon Prust, and John Mitchell all being unrestricted free agents and Mats Zuccarello seemingly headed to the KHL. Although discussion about signing third and fourth line players isn’t the most enthralling topic in the world, these transactions are still critical when...
Gordie Clark, NY Rangers
This is the strangest of the year, the period between when the New York Rangers stop playing and the NHL Entry Draft. I won't lie and say that that the longer the Rangers play the less time there is for some of these "draft experts."
Let me start off with some friendly advice, put your wallets away and stop buying all of these draft guides...
The New York Rangers are scheduled to select 28th overall in the June draft (barring a trade for Rick Nash) meaning they will make their first pick later than they have since 2002, when New York selected center Lee Falardeau 33rd overall out of Michigan State.
By pick number 28, all of the “can’t miss” prospects will be long gone and there won’t be a whole lot of top talent...
Don’t laugh, don’t get angry, don’t ignore the rest of the post. I’m serious on this one. Michael Rozsival could be a good temporary solution to the defensive depth issues we saw during the Rangers playoff run this year.
His name brings out the boo birds at MSG, and to be honest, it’s easy to see why. Many looked at his contract, that $5 million per year contract, and saw...