Found December 12, 2012 on NY Rangers Blog:
#NYR F Derek Stepan leaves Finnish league's #KalPa. Believes "the #NHL will start in the next few weeks". He was 2-2-4 in 12 gms. #SMLiiga — Pasi Tuominen (@PasiTuominen) December 12, 2012 With Stepan's return, there are currently no Rangers still playing in Europe. ...ok, something's going on. As I said earlier today, I don't want to get my hopes up, but I'm really liking that so many players seem to be coming home. Let's just hope it isn't for the holidays. And to completely contradict what I just said, here's a tweet from Henrik Lundqvist who just returned to Sweden after being in New York, so who knows... Landed in Gothenburg this morning. Right back to the trainer room of Frolunda Junior team to get dressed for practice.… — Henrik Lundqvist (@HLundqvist30) December 12, 2012 Remember to follow me on Twitter & Facebook or e-mail me at

All Rangers have returned from overseas; Foreshadowing the end of the lockout?

Connecting the dots. I’m not one to speculate, I’m just one to use logical reasoning to come to a conclusion. Unfortunately in this post, my logical reasoning is leading to speculation, so take this with a grain of salt. Earlier this morning, Adam Rotter at SNYRangersBlog picked up this little tidbit from the Kalpa website noting that Derek Stepan has returned to the US, stating...

HF: Rangers rank 17th in team prospect rankings

Hockey’s Future released its updated tea prospect rankings, and the Rangers have fallen quite a few spots to #17 overall. A few years ago, the Rangers were much higher in these rankings, but have dropped as many of their top prospects (Michael Del Zotto, Ryan McDonagh, Carl Hagelin, etc) have graduated from the prospect ranks. One of the main strengths HF notes is that the Rangers...

Around the Farm: Hrivik notches two assists in win

Marek Hrivik, a prospect that most fans have heralded as another undrafted gem, had a strong game last night, notching a pair of third period assists in the Whale’s 2-1 victory over Worcester. Hrivik was credited with the secondary assist on Chad Kolarik’s game-tying powerplay goal 1:23 into the third period, and picked up the primary assist on J.T. Miller’s game winner five...

Rangers #17 in Organizational Rankings

Hockey's Future is currently releasing their organizational rankings and have ranked the Rangers at #17... Strengths: The Rangers have focused on building a team based on speed over the last five years. Top prospect Chris Kreider was one of the fastest skaters in the NHL during last season's playoffs. New York continues to add defensive prospects, and although several...

Injured Rangers Would Be Ready for January Start to Season

Pat Leonard at the Daily News reports that Marian Gaborik (offseason shoulder surgery), Rick Nash (aggravated groin) and Carl Hagelin (shoulder) all would be available for an early-January training camp and start to the season. Leonard adds that Gaborik did some rehab work in Slovakia but has spent a significant amount of time recently in New York. Finally, Leonard says that...

Jason Missiaen assigned to ECHL; Bryan Hince called up

The Whale made a pair of roster moves to help shore up the goaltender position. Whale goaltender Jason Missiaen was sent to the Greenville Road Warriors of the ECHL, while the Whale “recalled” Bryan Hince from Greenville. Recalled is in quotes because Hince himself had to be signed to an AHL PTO. For all intents and purposes it’s a recall, but there was some additional paperwork...

Miller Scores Winner for Whale; Kreider Pointless in Nine Straight

Last night, JT Miller scored a late third period goal to give the Whale a 2-1 over Worchester (2:40 mark)... Miller also had an assist in the game to give him five points (3g, 2a) in the last four games. Chris Kreider, who was stopped on a breakaway in the first period, was again held off the scoreboard and is now pointless in his last nine games dating back to November...

Nash Groin Injury Minor

Larry Brooks at the New York Post reports that Rick Nash's groin injury is considered minor after medical exam. ...a lot of minor injuries forcing players home from Europe. If I was a conspiracy theorist, I'd say the players might know something regarding CBA negotiations. Remember to follow me on Twitter & Facebook or e-mail me at

BNHL 12/12-12/13 Update, Phoenix @ Detroit

12/12/12 Montreal (11-14-3) @ New York Rangers (15-8-5) MON 3 – 2 NYR Minnesota (12-12-4) @ St. Louis (10-14-2) STL 3 – 2 MIN SO 12/13/12 Phoenix (11-12-3) @ Detroit (19-8-1) Detroit is 8-1-1 in their past ten games, and look to bounce back from a tough loss to Boston at home Monday, they welcome [...]

Del Zotto Leaving Swiss Team

Breaking: Word on the street is, #NYR D Michael del Zotto has left #Rapperswil #Lakers and will not return. He played 9 games (2G/4A) — Nicola Berger (@BergerNeueLZ) December 10, 2012 According to a Swiss media outlet Del Zotto has a back injury. ...uh oh. Hope it's not a serious injury, because if there does end up being a season, Del Zotto could be losing a lot...

2013 Draft Preview: Zachary Fucale, Tommy Panico, Atte Makinen

Tommy Panico could be a draft sleeper. Even if the entire season is lost (unlikely), the NHL will still hold it’s 2013 draft. The Rangers first pick will likely draft in the later half of the second round, so it’s extremely likely they won’t be drafting someone who gets a lot of hype. Instead, they will be looking for more of that second round magic that has worked so well...
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