Found September 24, 2013 on
from Dan Rosen of NHL.com
New York Rangers general manager Glen Sather appears to be growing impatient with center Derek Stepan.
The restricted free agent has yet to sign a contract with the club and has held out of training camp. Stepan, 23, led the Rangers with 44 points (18 goals, 26 assists) in 48 games last season.
"I don't think Derek is going to let this thing linger that long," Sather said in an interview on MSG Network during the Rangers' preseason game against the Calgary Flames on Monday night. "I don't think he is a big enough fool to think that he will sit out the year and it will do any good. He is in a gap contract and every one of our players has signed a gap contract.
"You look at the football players who are making minimum wage, they get paid after they go through that time. I find it frustrating that some teams are in a hurry to sign these guys to big contracts. I think it's because the owners or managers panic ...
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Ryan McDonagh is the Rangers top player under 25 years of age.
Over the past few weeks, the guys over at Copper n Blue (Oilers blog) have put together a voting contest where their fans vote on the best young core in the league. The guys at CNB have annually put together their list of top 25 guys under the age of 25, and many others have taken that idea and ran with it for their own...
Per Andrew Gross, the Rangers have cut the following players, and sent them to the AHL’s Hartford Wolfpack:
Goalies: Cam Talbot
Defensemen: Tommy Hughes, Aaron Johnson, Dylan McIlrath, Danny Syvret
Forwards: Micheal Haley, Michael Kantor, Andrew Yogan, Danny Kristo
While most of these were predictable (I got 8 of 9 correct), Kristo being sent to the AHL is a bit of a surprise....
Per Steve Zipay, the lines for tonight’s game against Edmonton will be:
Benoit Pouliot-Derick Brassard-Mats Zuccarello
Marek Hrivik-Oscar Lindberg-Danny Kristo
Micheal Haley-Dominic Moore-Derek Dorsett
Chris Kreider-JT Miller-Arron Asham
Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi
Marc Staal-Conor Allen
Aaron Johnson-Tommy Hughes
Martin Biron (full game)
There are a few things worth noting...
Hasn’t missed a beat (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
The Rangers lost their third preseason game –and second straight– tonight in Edmonton, but it was not all negative. J.T. Miller and Connor Allen played extremely well tonight. Allen is leapfrogging kids on the depth chart very, very quickly. We all know about Miller’s potential, and the kid played will with Arron Asham and...
One of the best moments of Nazem Kadri’s free-agent contract squabble with the Toronto Maple Leafs was when he called out the team’s irresponsible cap management in a martyr-ish way:
“I know I’m being pretty reasonable taking cap into consideration when really that’s not my job."
Alas he had zero leverage and took the money ($2.9 million against the cap) the Leafs...
The message from the New York Rangers bench might not be any different than in years past. The tone in which it is delivered most likely will be.
Whether the softer approach new coach Alain Vigneault offers in comparison to the barking tones of deposed bench boss John Tortorella is what the Rangers need remains to be seen.
Despite getting the club to the Eastern Conference semifinals...
(Andrew Theodorakis/New York Daily News)
Although the Rangers lost tonight’s game in Calgary, we learned a lot of important things about Alain Vigneault and his coaching style. The first, and it’s something we’ve heard a lot about, is that he preaches offense, and getting offense from his defensemen. We saw that on the first goal, when Marc Staal was down by the circles for...
By now, most of our regular readers are aware I was a big supporter of John Tortorella and the team concept he constructed for the New York Rangers. To say the least, I was very disappointed with Glen Sather’s decision to fire him.
Although I had an up close perspective of John that most did not, I still disagreed with some of his decisions/strategies. And while AV isn’t...
Henrik Lundqvist for Head & Shoulders in your 12-year-old sister's leather jacket [The Nosebleeds]
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The Rangers are in Edmonton tonight to take on the Oilers in their second of back-to-back games, and second of a four-in-five stretch to close out the preseason. The lines for tonight’s game have generated some discussion, particularly when you look at the forward lines. This is a team that needs to shake off the rust, but needs to give their highly touted prospects...
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
They came down from the mountains Monday to start a week of NHL exhibition games – first in Calgary, then Edmonton, and then Thursday, in what might be September’s most-anticipated meaningless game, Alain Vigneault’s New York Rangers face off against John Tortorella’s Vancouver Canucks.
Three networks are televising the...
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The Calgary Flames took on the New York Rangers last night in what was an entertaining game to watch with some big saves and big goals. The Flames played well against the Rangers as most felt that with Lundqvist in net and a few of their stars on the ice, it would have been a much closer game.
The final tally for the night was 4-1 for the...
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The Calgary Flames will take on the New York Rangers at home later this evening as both teams prepare to make their final player assessments and cuts before regular season.
Given the difference between the two teams, the Rangers have arguably all but decided upon their cuts and will be testing a few young guys for future roles, whereas the...
We’ve finally arrived at the third and final part of our attempt to project the Team USA roster for the Sochi Olympics. If you missed the previous two installments, Part One focused on goaltending while Part Two took a look at defense.
What’s good about this group of American forwards is the fact that they have experience playing in international competition. Many of these...