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Bringing on Ryan O’Reilly would upset the Rangers’ salary structure
For years financial ineptitude crippled the Rangers franchise, but what was once an enormous weakness has turned into the backbone of the organization’s success.
Last week I advocated for the possibility of trading for Ryan O’Reilly (before news of Colorado’s asking price of Michael Del Zotto + Chris Kreider/J.T. Miller broke). A few days later, Larry Brooks reported that the Rangers would not pursue O’Reilly because of his contract demands and more importantly, how they would affect the organization’s salary structure.
As much as I would like to see O’Reilly on Broadway, Brooks makes a very strong point.
That salary structure is the reason the Rangers are a contender right now and not upsetting it is absolutely crucial. It’s something New York has mastered in the last few years far better than almost any team in the league.
The Rangers employ cheap young talent and always make their youngsters “prove it” on their second deals before cashing in. The team’s insistence on sticking to its core salary principles has allowed it to afford high-end talent (Brad Richards, Rick Nash), which has propelled New York to the next level in a hurry.
The CBA is carefully crafted to allow teams to build their rosters in this way, but few have perfected the formula as well as New York.
We all know that the Rangers have made numerous awful signings in the past, but the team’s recent track record of sticking to a strict pay model has paid huge dividends. Bringing on a guy like O’Reilly might help on the ice, but it may not be worth the conflicting message it would send to key upcoming homegrown RFAs.
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Gaborik needs to step up, the Rangers need him.
I almost didn’t want to write this post out of protest at losing valuable sleep having to watch the Montreal game Tuesday night. That said, it probably should have sent me to sleep. Anyway, it’s another musings on another game day. Let’s get at it.
Brad Richards and Marian Gaborik need to be much, much better. Inconsistent at...
For some reason the Rangers refused to play physical with the undersized Canadiens who should have been a pushover last night, especially with them playing on the second night of back-to-backs.
What makes it worse is that based on Michael Del Zotto's post game remarks it was actually their game plan going in...
"They're coming off the back-to-back. We should...
Elliotte Friedman at CBC Sports reports that Derek Stepan was never a part of the Rangers/Avalanche trade discussions for Ryan O'Reilly.
Yesterday, Adrian Dater at the Denver Post said that the Avalanche were looking for Michael Del Zotto and either JT Miller or Chris Kreider in return for O'Reilly.
The Rangers were said to be looking for a defenseman in retun as...
Adrian Podpirka creates this interesting video of the travels of a Brad Richards bobble head doll...
Where in the World is Brad Richards!? from Adrian Podpirka on Vimeo.
...looks like Brad Richards is showing up everywhere but MSG.
H/T to the guys at We Bleed Blue.
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The Connecticut Whale have announced that they have recalled goalie Scott Stajcer from the Greenville Road Warriors, the Rangers ECHL affiliate. Stajcer was assigned to Greenville in late October, and went 8-4-3 with a 2.72 GAA and a .918 SV%. Stajcer was the Rangers fifth round pick in 2009.
This could have been one of the most boring games I have ever seen. The teams combined for just 13 shots in the first, 25 total through the second, and very little offense. In the end, the Canadiens took advantage of two big Ranger miscues, while the Rangers couldn’t take advantage of the 27 icings the Canadiens took. The Habs won a boring game against a shorthanded Rangers team...
Jeff Klein at the New York Times reports that John Tortorella is the surprise favorite to get the head coaching job for Team USA at next year's Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Klein adds that Tortorella's recent cooperation with reporters is in stark contrast with his normal style and, if it lasts, can only help his Olympic chances.
Klein then notes that the coach of the...
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Tonight the Rangers are without Rick Nash as they head to Ottawa, who is without Erik Karlsson and Jason Spezza. The Sens, like the Rangers, also had a lot of roster turnover, losing Filip Kuba, Matt Carkner, Zenon Kenopka, and Bobby Butler. All that while adding Nick Foligno, Marc Methot, Mike Lundin, and Guillaume Latendresse.
The Sens gave the...
Despite a third period surge with goals from Ryan Callahan and Ryan McDonagh, the New York Rangers lost to the Ottawa Senators in a shootout, 3-2. For a complete box score of the game, check out Yahoo! Sports.
- Felt the overall effort was better in comparison to the Montreal game (a beer league game would have been better), but we've yet to see the Rangers play at the...
TONIGHT’S GAME: The Rangers will conclude their three-game homestand when they face-off against the Montreal Canadiens tonight at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in an Original Six matchup. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and rank seventh in the Eastern Conference, with a record of [...]
Last spring, the Rangers and Senators played a grueling seven game series that at times got pretty nasty with Carl Hagelin injuring Daniel Alfredsson with a hit from behind and Chris Neil concussing Brian Boyle with a hit to the head.
Another hit that may still have repercussions is when Michael Del Zotto caught Neil with his head down behind the net in Game 4 and dropped him...
Bergen Record - Rangers' Darroll Powe out with concussion
Bergen Record - Andrew Gross: Canadiens' Brandon Prust was a special player for Rangers
New York Post - Rangers expect muscle from old pal Prust
Daily News - Say it ain't Powe: Rangers penalty-kill unit suffers major loss
Newsday - Hagelin can't explain his recent surge
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from Will Leitch of Sports On Earth,
Tuesday night, I went to the Montreal Canadiens-New York Rangers game at Madison Square Garden with Sports On Earth hockey writer Joe DeLessio and I was reminded once again how hockey fans are the greatest fans in the world. There is no such thing as a casual hockey fan. When you go to a baseball game, or a football game, or (especially...
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
So this is what the NHL has as a matter of entertainment, after at least three times within a week codifying as legal checks, on which the attacking player finishes off his opponent with a forearm or elbow that drives his prey into the glass or boards.
The NHL has a quagmire like last night’s aesthetically displeasing match at the...
If the New York Rangers want to have any kind of chance to both get into the postseason and go far in them, they will need a lot more offense.
In Tuesday night's 3-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens, the Blueshirts probably had one of their worst offensive performances. There was no sustained pressure, not enough pucks thrown at Canadiens' netminder Carey Price and not enough...