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The additions of skilled players like Rick Nash give the 2013 Rangers a higher ceiling
John Tortorella was a deserving Jack Adams Award finalist in 2011-2012 because he squeezed every ounce out of an under-talented, overachieving group. The Rangers made it to within two games of the Stanley Cup Finals well ahead of their anticipated window for contention because Tortorella got virtually every soldier on the roster to buy into the Black & Blueshirts mentality. It was a tremendous achievement, but in the end it still fell well short of the ultimate goal.
So rather than continuing forward with a group that simply didn’t have the firepower to go all the way, the Rangers spent the offseason upgrading their skill. Rick Nash was the big prize, but it could be argued that both Taylor Pyatt and Arron Asham have been upgrades offensively as well. The influx of youngsters like Chris Kreider, J.T. Miller and Christian Thomas has only continued the organization down that path.
The early results this season have been disappointing. The Rangers are floundering outside the playoff picture and haven’t done a very good job convincing uneasy fans that they’re capable of turning it around. But as we’ve continued to preach here at BSB, it’s still very early, even in a shortened season. The Rangers remain just a single point out of eighth place (with a game in hand) and have 31 games left to make it up. The team can’t do much about its mounting injuries and if that trend continues, then the season just might be lost. But it’s just too early to say that, especially without knowing the actual conditions of Nash, Michael Del Zotto, Dan Girardi and Ryan McDonagh.
Is the team “softer” than it was a year ago? Probably, yes. But that’s the tradeoff. Things haven’t gelled quite yet, but remember that there are four new veteran forwards on board that didn’t have the benefit of a Tortorella training camp to learn exactly how this team plays. Darroll Powe has had even less time to adjust as a midseason addition, while the youngsters are in over their heads to begin with and are learning on the fly. It’s possible that there’s just been too much overhaul and New York won’t be able to get its act together in time to make a Cup run this year.
But it’s still way too early to jump to that conclusion, especially given the injuries that have plagued the team. The key fact remains, this is a much more skilled team. The new additions have actually been some of the team’s better players; it’s up to guys like Brad Richards and Ryan Callahan to start producing. The goals will come, there’s just too much talent on the roster for that not to happen. The same couldn’t be said for last year’s group. That team was a joy to watch every night, but it didn’t have the ceiling the 2013 Rangers have. Again, they may not get it all figured out this season, but if they do, there’s still a chance for a better ending than last year.
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Fantasy hockey owners can soon look forward to reactivating superstar Rick Nash into their starting - lineup. As reported by ESPNNewYork.com's Katie Strang, the sighting of winger Rick Nash Tuesday morning is good news for fans of the New York Rangers. "... Nash was back on the ice (wearing contact jersey) with the team for the morning skate as the Rangers prepare to...
Great news this morning as Rick Nash is on the ice for practice, per Pat Leonard. Nash is also in a contact jersey, which hopefully means he will be playing tonight. Leonard also noted that Ryan McDonagh is not on the ice this morning, and neither is Marc Staal. Staal is probably just off for maintenance, but McDonagh is likely still feeling the effects of that Max Pacioretty hit...
The New York Rangers are sputtering along at 8-7-1. Their roster is riddled with injuries. They are winless in their last three games.They don’t appear to be responding to coach John Tortorella’s motivational prods. This team bears watching during the next few weeks.“We’ve just got to try to stabilize ourselves,” Tortorella told reporters after the Montreal game. “We...
In a piece of good news, which Rangers fans are in desperate need of these days, Rick Nash practiced for the first time in nine days during the Rangers pre-game skate this morning.
However, it is doubtful he will be ready to play tonight vs. Winnipeg (via Bergen Record)...
“I’m feeling good, getting better, it’s a positive day for sure when you get back out and skate...
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The 2013 New York Rangers are a disappointment so far during this lockout shortened NHL season. Coming off an impressive overachieving season where the Rangers finished first in the east and reached the conference finals, expectations were raised over the summer when the Rick Nash trade was consummated. Nash, plus a full year of Chris Kreider, [...]
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Tonight the Rangers are in Montreal for a rematch with the Canadiens, but are doing so extremely shorthanded. The Blueshirts will be without Rick Nash (unknown), Darroll Powe (concussion), Arron Asham (back spasms), and may be without Michael Del Zotto (lower body) and Marc Staal (flu). Christian Thomas was called up and will play tonight...
Lars Eller had a great response to John Tortorella's claim that Tuesday's game against the Canadiens was a boring one between two bad teams, with the Rangers being worse. Eller told a couple of reporters after Saturday's game, and quite candidly: "We love to piss that guy off."
"It's not a coincidence after two games like that. They were bad because...
Not sure how it's possible for a team to be dependent on a player who's scored just three goals in 14 games this season, but that's just what's happened to the Rangers.
In the three games since Rick Nash was injured, Rangers forwards have scored exactly one goal (Ryan Callahan). That's right, in the last nine periods, one goal from Rangers forwards. Just let...
After winning the Atlantic Division, finishing first in the Eastern Conference and coming to within two wins of making it to the Stanley Cup Final since 1994, the New York Rangers came into this season as Stanley Cup contenders.
Throw in the fact that they had a Vezina Trophy winning goaltender between the pipes, traded for power forward Rick Nash and had the same defensive corps...
After Chirs Kreider took the NHL by storm in the playoffs last year, we all thought the sky was the limit for him. He was guaranteed to score 30 goals this season and a lock for the Calder Trophy.
So when he struggled playing in the AHL during the lockout (5g in 34 games), we used every excuse in the book. "He's working on other aspects of his game." "The...