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Yesterday we discussed how the Rangers may eventually look outside of the organisation for help on the blueline. Unless you think Stu Bickel, Matt Gilroy or Steve Eminger are the answer then it’s perhaps inevitable that the Rangers are on the lookout. Of course, this is assuming that team brass do not want Girardi and McDonagh on the ice every other shift. So, with other teams such as the Red Wings signing viable alternatives such as Kent Huskins already, what’s still out there that could help?
Should the Rangers look to bring in another defenseman it all depends what the Rangers want from their last pair. The options from either a free agent or trade perspective are limited but there are some intriguing options, both defensive and offensively.
From the unemployed pool, Campoli would likely be the most expensive but at this stage of an abbreviated season anyone looking for work, aren’t likely to make dollars a major stumbling block. The former Islander has likely plenty of gas left in the tank but has been injury plagued in recent times. What makes him appealing for the Rangers is that he only costs dollars and given the issues with moving the puck out of the zone for New York, Campoli could help given that he’s a solid puck mover. If its offense and mobility the Rangers are after Campoli is the best of the rest at this stage.
If the Rangers wanted to make a splash, or get desperate – because of results – they could always call Montreal and see what it would take to get Subban. Nasty (dirty?), offensively gifted and with a bright future Subban would be a huge upgrade but again, the cap coming down and likely return demanded from Montreal to part with one of their sole high end, young players would be prohibitive. That said, it was probably assumed Ryan McDonagh would cost a lot and he was a now infamous throw-in. The longer Subban’s contract situation drags on, the more the rumours of a potential departure will grow.
Pavel Kubina and Milan Jurcina
Depending on how desperate or open to suggestion the Rangers are, there could be short term options in Europe such as veterans, Kubina and Jurcina. Kubina in particular offers an intriguing blend of size, experience and a solid shot from the point but just how much he (or Jurcina) has left in their tanks is doubtful. Kubina is in the Czech league and would surely have a preference for another NHL shot while Jurcina is in the KHL and playing poorly. Still, with plenty of NHL experience between them are they any worse than the current 6th defenseman option on the Rangers?
The minimal trade options
Aside from Subban, whose trade would be a huge surprise and at present highly unlikely, the trade options for any team in the league right now are by all accounts limited/unattractive in part because of supply and demand. Several general managers have stated demands are currently prohibitive and this would certainly be an issue for Glen Sather if he looked to acquire a player currently with an NHL club.
Want to look a little deeper? Other re-treads such as Derek Meech (former red Wing, currently in the AHL), Shane O’Brien (healthy scratch in Anaheim) or Aaron Johnson (over 250 NHL games, Bruins property) could probably be had for a minimal cost but as you can see, cheap, quick fix, short term solutions are going to be hard to find in the NHL this year.
It may well be a case that the Rangers have to ride out a rough period with their lack of current depth because of a lack of potential upgrades or give up a significant asset to upgrade the bottom pair. Either way, it’s a situation that’s far from ideal and one that could become a growing concern as the season develops.
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Taylor Pyatt has displayed impressive hockey sense in his first two games
A two game sample size is hardly enough to evaluate anyone, and clearly none of the Rangers played particularly well in the season’s opening weekend, but here are some initial impressions of the newest Blueshirts:
Rick Nash – As coach John Tortorella said following Sunday’s game, “he’s the real deal...
Gaborik goes to the net, something that’s he does more and more as a Ranger
This isn’t just about Marian Gaborik breaking out in the biggest of big ways with the hat trick against Boston last night. This is about his overall performance. Throughout the game Gaborik went to the net looking for chances, for scraps, and for rebounds. He wasn’t afraid to control the puck along...
Chris had a fantastic post yesterday urging Rangers fans to not be fearful of their 0-2 performance. He made great points and provided some interesting stats that should talk even the most critical fans off the ledge. To be honest, I’m not sure why anyone’s on the ledge to begin with.
I have been working in sports for most of my career and I don’t know a single suit around...
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The irony of the Rangers unimpressive start is that this team could really benefit from Wade Redden on the bottom pair. His passing ability and experience would have been a boost to the bottom pair. Clearly though, that was never going to happen, and all jokes aside two bad losses doesn’t mean a general manager should blow up his roster and beg for...
With Gilroy, Asham and Kreider scratched, Steve Eminger will play 2nd straight game on defense and Stu Bickel will play on fourth line again
— Andrew Gross (@AGrossRecord) January 24, 2013
Jim Cerny at newyorkrangers.com adds that Kris Newbury will also be in the line-up.
...i know with a shortened season, it's hard to give Kreider too long of a leash to figure...
The two Rangers prospects playing in the WHL –Michael St. Croix (Edmonton Oil Kings) and Shane McColgan (Saskatoon Blades– were each in action last night, with both teams posting impressive wins. McColgan notched an assist in the Blades’ 4-1 victory over Brandon, and St. Croix notched a goal and an assist in the Oil Kings’ 7-0 spanking of Mosse Jaw.
Michael St. Croix...
The Rangers got a scare Sunday night when one of their top prospects took a bone-jarring hit, but it sounds like there’s nothing to worry about.
Rangers rookie forward Chris Kreider skated into the offensive zone with his head down, and Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik made the youngster pay in a big way. Orpik delivered a huge hit, planting his shoulder into Kreider’s chest...
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2011-2012 Records: Bruins (49-29-4), Rangers (51-24-7)
2011-2012 NYR Leading Scorer: Marian Gaborik (41-35-76)
2011-2012 BOS Leading Scorer: Tyler Seguin (29-38-67)
2011-2012 NYR Goaltender: Henrik Lundqvist (62 GS, 1.97 GAA, .930 SV%)
2011-2012 BOS Goaltender: Tuuka Rask (22 GS, 2.05 GAA, .929 SV%)
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Rick Nash-Brad Richards-Marian...
NEW YORK -- Marian Gaborik's third goal of the game, 27 seconds into overtime, sent hats flying onto the rink while giving the New York Rangers their first win of the season and the Boston Bruins their first defeat. Gaborik completed his hat trick and the Rangers' 4-3 win at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night by tapping in a deflection of his own miss on a breakaway...
Per Pat Leonard, Torts has decided to shake up the lines a bit today:
#NYR practice lines: Nash-Richards-Gaborik, Kreider-Stepan-Callahan, Hagelin-Boyle-Pyatt, Rupp-Halpern-Bickel
It’s worth noting that Arron Asham is not in the lineup for now. The safe assumption is that Steve Eminger replaces Bickel on the bottom pairing. Although that can change by tomorrow.
At first glance...
Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid and New York Rangers forward Brian Boyle are two big boys and this was a pretty good fight in my opinion. This is one thing that I like about the NHL, something happens on the ice and it's settled the players on the ice and not the officials. I score the fight a win by McQuaid. Unfortunately, the Boston Bruins are losing 2-0 after one period of hockey.
Rangers 4, Bruins 3 (OT)
The Bruins headed into the Big Apple on Wednesday night for a nationally televised rematch of last Saturday’s season-opener against the Rangers, which the B’s won 3-1. Both teams had two games under their belt in this shortened season heading into Wednesday’s “Rivalry Night” – the Bruins undefeated after beating the Jets in a shootout on Monday...
Olympic silver medalist in fencing, Tim Morehouse, has scored a gig with E! News to act as a special news correspondent. This is not the first time the entertainment show has handed the mic over to an Olympic athlete. Swimmer Ryan Lochte served as a fashion correspondent for the program during New York Fashion Week in September.
Like Lochte, Morehouse is no stranger to the fashion...
The Penguins have announced that they have acquired forward Chad Kolarik from the New York Rangers in exchange for Benn Ferriero.
Ferriero has 4g, 14a this year for the Penguins AHL affiliate Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
Ferriero has played 92 NHL games for the San Jose Sharks scoring 14g, 18a. He also scored the game-winning goal in overtime against the Detroit Red Wings...