Found April 01, 2013 on
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
There has been no edge and no resolve from the Rangers, who don’t even resemble distant cousins from last year’s Black-and-Blueshirts who spit out nails and pucks on their way to storming to the East’s regular season championship before being stopped in the conference finals.
The team that led the NHL with 65 fighting majors last season is currently in a four-way tie for 26th/29th in that category with 12 in 34 games, and just four in the last 29 matches.
Moreover, players who engaged in eight of those bouts are no longer on the roster. Only Arron Asham (three), who was a puzzling scratch in Montreal, and Brian Boyle (one), who well could be gone by Wednesday’s trade deadline, remain on the squad.
It is true that taking a hit to make a play equates to hockey toughness every bit as much as dropping the gloves, but the absence of pugilists in the lineup — was Micheal Haley really so bad that he had to be demoted to the Whale following...
BEST OF MAXIM
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We’ve spent a lot of time talking about how the Rangers, as currently constructed, are not a team that is rich with depth. It’s something that we’ve discussed on about a weekly basis at this point, but depth is only a part of the problem. The issue of depth is easy to address, but that won’t matter if the star players on the Rangers...
Earlier today, the Rangers announced that they have sent Kris Newbury back to the Connecticut Whale of the AHL. In his second stint with the Rangers this season, Newbury played in four games, collecting an assist, a +1 rating, 2 PIMs, and 4 hits while averaging a little more than 8 minutes of ice time.
Just win please.
The Rangers lost to Montreal last night, which wasn’t all that unexpected considering past success there. With the loss, the Rangers sit in 8th place in the East with a 16-15-3 record. They are tied with the Islanders in points, but hold the tiebreaker at the moment. In essence, with the Islanders the only team tied in points, the Rangers control their own destiny...
Larry Brooks at the New York Post reports that Marc Staal (eye) has not yet begun skating and with only 14 games remaining in the season there might not be enough time for him to be cleared and properly conditioned before the end of the season.
Brooks adds that Staal is being monitored continually and has undergone regular exams.
...got to assume the reason he hasn't...
Andrew Gross at the Bergen Record reports that Jesper Fast skated with the Rangers for the first time today on a line with Brian Boyle and Taylor Pyatt.
...talk about trying to stunt a guy's scoring. Fast is supposed to be an exciting offensive threat with a ton of speed and Torts puts him on a line with these two slugs?
Despite Fast skating today, John Tortorella said...
While I am not ready to throw in the towel on this season I am prepared to say that barring an improbable Stanley Cup run this spring the 2012 – 2013 season has been a disappointment for the New York Rangers. We all had big expectations for the team following last year’s appearance in the [...]
After attending last night's New York Rangers vs. Winnipeg Jets' NHL game at Madison Square Garden, it is easy to see who the real catalysts are for this Rangers' hockey club in terms of playing the game the right way.
Believe it or not, I am not talking about players such as Rick Nash (he has been great this season), Brad Richards or Marian Gaborik. While Nash is the...
With the Rangers in full free fall mode, you have to assume Glen Sather will do something to shake things up. Well, according to Jason York at Sportsnet, Martin St. Louis might be that move.
While York said he doesn't expect St. Louis to be traded he did add that list the Boston Bruins and New York Rangers as possible destinations.
In related news, Steve Zipay at Newsday...
Derek Stepan scored twice, including the go-ahead goal in the third period, to lead the New York Rangers to a 4-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Monday night.
Ryan Callahan had a goal and three assists as the Rangers snapped a two-game losing streak, picking up two vital points in their fight to hold onto a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. New York started the night clinging...
As has always been the case at The New York Rangers Blog, we will have extensive coverage of all the trade deadline happenings tomorrow. But this year, we'll have a triple threat.
First, as I've done since the blog was created in 2007, I'll be doing a trade tracker throughout the day. Basically I'll be posting every trade and rumor out there as well as any Rangers...
When I first started The New York Rangers Blog back in 2007, it was out of my love for the Rangers. I wanted to create a one-stop shop for Blueshirt fans to get their Rangers fix. Updates, stats, rumors and more in one easy to find spot. There was nothing similar available and I felt Rangers fans deserved a blog with the same dedication and commitment they had.
Along the way...
Two straight shutouts. Offensive ineptitude on a grand scale. No sign of desperation. And with just 14 games remaining, the door is slowly starting to close.
These are your New York Rangers.
Now you can look at this two ways. The glass half-full person will say despite the recent stretch of losing, New York is still in a playoff position and can turn things around quickly...
The New York Rangers have acquired forward Ryane Clowe from the San Jose Sharks for three draft picks.
The teams announced the deal Tuesday night. The Sharks get the Rangers' second-round pick and a third-round pick in the 2013 draft, and a conditional second-round pick in the 2014 draft.
If Clowe re-signs with the Rangers or the team wins two playoff rounds, the pick remains...