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Often it is the smaller, less heralded moves that make the difference in playoff races. So as the Rangers approach the trade deadline in good form, but still with flaws, should they make any additions? In most cases you have to give to receive, and if the Rangers want to make a real upgrade to their team they will need to consider moving a current piece of the roster.
One player who has quietly had a solid season – even during the dark, inept start laid down by the Rangers – is Brian Boyle. He’s also one player whose future in New York is unclear. We have discussed here numerous times the merits of Boyle’s defensive game, his face-off skills, and his underrated role on the Rangers. While his 21 goal season has proved to be the exception to the rule, even his 10 points so far this year have been welcome help.
All that said, it appears Boyle may be an ex-Ranger soon. Larry Brooks published negative sounding comments from Boyle regarding his future, and pointed out his regressing role as the Rangers have become increasingly disciplined on the ice. Would it make sense to move Boyle? Can the Rangers replace his PK prowess?
While Boyle leads all Ranger forwards in PK ice time – 2:05/game – Dom Moore (with 1:56/game) has proven to be a strong penalty killer as well. Both Ryan Callahan and Carl Hagelin average well over a minute per game. Callahan, if not for the injuries he has sustained this year, would likely be averaging more. With Mats Zuccarello’s increasing relevance to the penalty kill this year, and Derek Stepan ability to play the PK (not to mention Derek Dorsett’s eventual return), there are plenty of capable players to fill the penalty killing role.
As the cliché goes: Your best penalty killer has to be your goaltender, and with Henrik Lundqvist’s return to form the Rangers could risk trading Boyle if it helps acquire an upgrade elsewhere. This is especially true if they don’t intend on bringing back the giant Ranger next season.
Penalty killers, size, and of course face-off ability are hotly sought after commodities come playoff time. It is probably in the Rangers interests to retain Boyle, but it all comes down to supply and demand. If Boyle is part of a package that brings back a solid offensive weapon or an additional right handed defenseman, then the Rangers need to consider moving Boyle.
BEST OF MAXIM
It wasn’t always pretty but the Rangers did what they had to, shrugging off a shaky start and tallying four straight goals to down the Senators 4 – 1 in a Saturday matinee affair in Ottawa. Cam Talbot was terrific again stopping 29 pucks, Brad Richards and Mats Zuccarello each scored their co-team-leading 13th goals […]
from Steve Zipay of Newsday,
... But if Glen Sather & Co. eventually offer, say, a four-year deal, Callahan and his representatives could try to drive that term longer, perhaps to take him to age 35. Then it's crunch time; Sather might dig in, even if Callahan is reluctant to leave.
Face it: A long-term, secure deal could be Callahan's swan song, and given the...
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The Rangers are one of the hottest teams in the league right now with a 6-2-1 record in January, and a 10-3-1 streak dating back to Christmas. Suffice it to say, the team is starting to find its stride and seems to have finally adapted to the new systems implemented by coach Alain Vigneault. The last player that needed to get going –Derek Stepan– had a huge...
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The Rangers came into this game on a 5-1-1 streak, riding their hot play into a four point swing game in Ottawa. Much like they did against Detroit, the Rangers dominated defensively and offensively, putting the Sens away by a score of 4-1. Derek Stepan came alive in this game, notching a goal and two assists. The goal was his first...
Brian Boyle: Worth keeping around?
After Tuesday’s disappointing and above all unnecessary loss to the Lightning, the Rangers take on Detroit tonight. Absolutely there for the taking, the Rangers need to avoid a let down game against the Wings who are depleted and not what they were a couple years back. Let’s hit the musings for the first time in a while shall we?
Still have no idea how he got this. (Photo by Scott Levy/NHLI via Getty Images)
Last night was probably the best 1-0 win you will every see. The Rangers and Red Wings combined for 86 shots on goal. Jimmy Howard and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 85 of them. Howard stopped 47 of 48, but was bested by The King, who stopped all 38 shots he faced. It took a bit of puck luck for the Rangers...
Derek Stepan broke a 13-game goal drought and added two assists in the New York Rangers' 4-1 win over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday.
After falling behind 1-0 in the first period, the Rangers (26-21-3) got goals from Brad Richards, Rick Nash, Stepan and Mats Zuccarello, and won for the fifth time in six games.
Cam Talbot gave Henrik Lundqvist a rest and made 27 saves for his...
When the puck hit the far post then barreled into the back of the net in the waning moments of the second period, the ring echoing through the Canadian Tire Center was a reminder Derek Stepan is the Rangers’ first-line center, and when he gets his game going, that is not a de facto title, but an apt one.
Stepan put together a terrific performance Saturday afternoon, notching a...
Mats Zuccarello broke up a scoreless duel between two Olympic goalies when he scored with 5:58 remaining, lifting the New York Rangers to a 1-0 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night.
Zuccarello floated a puck over Detroit's Jimmy Howard when he drove to the net, putting New York's 45th shot of the night into the net. That was enough for Henrik Lundqvist to...
John Tortorella will have an in-person hearing tomorrow in New York. Substantial fine and suspension both possible. #TSN — Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) January 19, 2014
Maybe John Tortorella lost it when he realized Bob Hartley had schooled him and made him look like a dope.
Maybe Tortorella just couldn't take Hartley standing on the Calgary bench looking as innocent as lamb.
Any way you look at it, Hartley won this one, even if the Flames lost the game to the Vancouver Canucks Saturday night.
Icing your fourth line or enforcers to start...
Let me recap- Henrik Lundqvist stopped all 38 shots, Jimmy Howard stopped 47 of the 48 puck fired his way.
from Katie Strang of ESPN NewYork,
According to Elias Sports Bureau, the last time an NHL game with that many shots in which only one goal was scored was back on January 12, 2010, when the Rangers and Devils combined for 96 shots before Patrik...
The New York Rangers are getting ready for their only road game in an eight-game stretch.
Unfortunately for them, the Ottawa Senators have dominated the overall series and the meetings in Canada of late.
The Rangers will be looking to end a five-game losing streak to the Senators and a three-game skid at Ottawa when these surging teams meet Saturday.
New York (25-21-3) rebounded...
Good win for @NYRangers tonight. Not sure about the showers here in Ottawa though. #standback pic.twitter.com/ZCxrN23cju
— Dominic Moore (@mooredom) January 18, 2014