Found October 21, 2013 on Blue Seat Blogs:
Chris Kreider returns to the Rangers at a very interesting time. Our new “offensive system” has generated 1.57 goals per game. Three of our top players are injured. And when Life of Pyatt is 2nd among forwards in ice time, as he was last night, you can understand some of the negative sentiment percolating this fan base. Although it’s only been 7 games, something has to give. Enter Kreider, who scored 7 points upon joining the league during the 2012 playoffs, but has since scored 5 points in 31 regular season games while being shuffled back and forth between the AHL and the Show. And while it’s certainly debatable the Rangers brass has mismanaged the kid a little bit, that can certainly become the prologue in this story if he finally sticks in the top 6 of this lineup. Right now the Rangers really have no choice but to give Kreider top 6 minutes and hope he grabs it. At some point Richie is either going to run out of gas, or defenses are going to start doubling him. Someone else has to step up and start finding twine. His 4 points in 6 games at Hartford this season lends some hope. Kreider’s scouting report says he is supposed to be that guy, but I haven’t seen anything that even remotely resembles his scouting report in his young career. He was supposed to be a power forward, someone who uses his (listed) 6’3 frame to protect the puck and get after it on the forecheck. Yet, all we have seen at this point is a perimeter player, who has occasionally converted on transition rushes. He needs to bring more than that if he wants to avoid I-84. I’m not looking for him to excel in all three zones off the bat, but he certainly has to make an effort in all three zones. I’m certainly not expecting for him to pop a point per game either, but he can only help his cause by bringing more offense to the table than Taylor Pyatt, who by some stroke of miracle is his competition for the top LW spot. Of course, sometimes one needs to be put in a position to succeed in order to have success. Hopefully AV gives Kreider more faceoffs in the offensive zone than he is currently giving JT Miller and Jesper Fast. Both of whom are getting a minority of their zone starts in the offensive zone (after a whistle) since their respective recalls. Hopefully Kreider can get going and show us that his potential will start to intersect with his performance. After all, with the injuries we have, there isn’t anyone else. Tweet

Making sense of yesterday’s line combinations

(Andy Clark/Reuters) When the new line combinations were made public knowledge during yesterday’s practice, a lot of questions and a lot of heat were directed at the coach. The top line of Derek Stepan as the pivot between Brad Richards and Chris Kreider made sense. All three defense pairings made sense. But the second, third, and fourth forward lines looked like something out...

Roman Hamrlik retires from NHL

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Rangers embarrass themselves in Jersey, lose 4-0

Drew Hallowell/Getty Images I’m not as high-tech as Dave is, so you don’t get pictures tonight.  Not that you wanted them… Well, that was fun.  The Rangers dropped a laugher tonight to the Devils in Newark by a score of 4-0.  Let’s break down the ineptitude… Devils 1, Rangers 0 This play started in the offensive zone, where Derick Brassard made an ill-advised pass through...

Early season struggles early for New York Rangers’ netminder

After another shaky performance in goal last night, Henrik Lundqvist was pegged, as he often is, as that player that has to be better for the Rangers. It’s not unfamiliar rhetoric surrounding The King, who, by virtue of being the team’s best player, is the one who people point to when things aren’t going well. When a team depends on a guy the way the Rangers depend on Lundqvist...

Netminder Martin Biron Announces His Retirement

Martin Biron officially announced his retirement today and will moving on to the next chapter is his life. According to New York Rangers Martin Biron has officially announced his retirement from the National Hockey League after 16 seasons. Biron has been spending the last several days back at home in Buffalo where he was deciding his next move with his family. His two options were...

Injuries hampering New York Rangers to start season

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Around the Farm: Connor Allen nets first pro goal as Pack stays unbeaten

Connor Allen, the last defenseman cut from the roster during preseason, notched his first professional goal last night in Hartford’s 3-2 win over Portland. Danny Kristo also scored in the contest, with his goal holding up as the game winner. The scoring lines from all prospects from the AHL, CHL, NCAA, and international play are below. International Calle Andersson (Malmo, HockeyAllsvenskan...

Injuries testing Rangers depth early

(Brian Snyder/Reuters) Every team has to deal with injuries over the course of the season, it’s a part of the game. The Rangers are one of those teams dealing with such injuries right now, and it’s testing their depth early in the year. Not only is New York dealing with injuries, they are dealing with injuries to significant players. They are missing three of their top six forwards...

Rangers’ goaltender Martin Biron retires from the NHL after 16 seasons of service

Today, Martin Biron of the New York Rangers announced his retirement from the National Hockey League after sixteen seasons of action. Biron played 508 games in the league as a member of four Eastern Conference clubs (Buffalo Sabres, Philadelphia Flyers, New…Read more →The post Rangers’ goaltender Martin Biron retires from the NHL after 16 seasons of service appeared first...

Marty Biron Retires

After thinking about it it with my family, I've decided to retire as a player and move on to a new chapter. Thank you all for your support. — Martin Biron (@martybiron43) October 20, 2013 Word is Biron will take a broadcasting job soon.

Tortorella: No ticking time-bomb with calm, direct, effective, straight-forward approach

The jaw wasn’t jutting out. The lips weren’t forming a pout. And there was nothing to suggest he was about to shout. John Tortorella stood there and methodically reviewed a game in which the Vancouver Canucks coach didn’t get the pace push presence and consistency he demands on a nightly basis. The tactician and teacher didn’t turn into a tormentor after a 3-1 loss to the...

Rangers Fall To New Jersey In Shutout

Coming into this matchup, both the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils were struggling offensively. The Devils had yet to win a game in regulation this season. The Rangers are trying to fight through tough losses and an inconsistent start to their season. Both teams are coming into this game trying to prove something. […]

Martin Biron Hangs Up The Pads by   Steven Ellis

After sixteen seasons as an NHL goaltender, Martin Biron has announced his retirement. Drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in the first round (16th overall) of the 1995 NHL Entry Draft, Biron played with the Buffalo Sabres, Philadelphia Flyers, New York Islanders, and New York Rangers. During his career, he appeared in 508 career regular season contests posting a record of 230...

Afternoon Line

“We can’t say 100 percent sure he’s going to be good to go on Thursday, but I can’t say 100 percent he’s not going to be. He’s getting better. He’s got something he’s been dealing with for a little bit of time, and since we had four days between games, we figured it was the right time to try to nip this in the bud.” -New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault...
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