Found December 21, 2013 on The Hockey Guys:
(Getty Images) By Tom Urtz Jr. (@TomUrtzJr) Back in July of 2012, New York Rangers general manager Glen Sather looked very smart by trading for Rick Nash of the Columbus Blue Jackets. When the trade was made, it looked like the veteran negotiator pulled off a move for the ages by acquiring a perennial 30-goal scorer in his prime for two bottom-six forwards and defensive prospect with some limited upside. Many months later; the optics of this trade are very different. Nash has tallied 55 points in his 63 games in a Broadway Blueshirt, and his most recent struggles have begged the question; what is wrong with Rick Nash? It is hard to pinpoint why Nash is struggling this year, but it could be that he is playing hesitant or scared. It is confusing that the 6’4″, 219-pounder doesn’t take advantage of his full frame, because he could be a dominant player if he asserted himself to his full potential. Too many times Nash tries to use his patented in-and-out deke move, which is as predictabl...

Isles – Rangers Pregame: New Lines (Again)

Tonight the Rangers prepare to take on their New York rivals, the Islanders, as they begin the final third of their season-long nine-game homestand. As has been the norm of late, AV has shuffled the lines at practice suggesting that once again he is trying desperately to find some combination with chemistry that will get […]

Can J.T. Miller make his third shot count with the New York Rangers

Well here we go again with J.T. Miller. 2013 has been nothing if not eventful for the former first-round pick, who, for the past two months, has rode the whims of team management like Disneyworld’s Tower of Terror. Up then down, up then down, up, up, up, and then down once more. And now, for the third time this season, the Rangers have recalled Miller from Hartford with the impulse...

Rangers roll over Wild 4-1

The Wild had come from their self-anointed State of Hockey that’s Minnesota while the Rangers were simply in a state of confusion midway through the first period, already trailing 1-0 and fortunate to be down by only one goal after 10 minutes of appalling defensive zone play. But then the Blueshirts received a spirited and effective shift down low from the Carl Hagelin-J.T. Miller...

Rangers use big 2nd period to beat Wild

The New York Rangers were running out of time to make anything out of the longest homestand in team history. The first seven games of the nine-game Madison Square Garden stay produced one win and only four of a possible 14 points for the Rangers, who seemingly lost their way in front of goalie Henrik Lundqvist. Enter backup Cam Talbot, who got the rare start and kept all but one...

Kid at Rangers hockey game not at all impressed by the action

One would think that having premium seats on the glass for Wednesday’s New York Rangers-Pittsburgh Penguins tilt at Madison Square Garden would inspire even the most underwhelmed and difficult-to-impress attendee to at least, you know, turn and face the action occurring directly in front of them. But not this young Rangers “fan.” Look at how […]The post Not impressed: Kid...

Garrioch: Rangers looking to move bodies once roster freeze lifts

The NHL's holiday roster freeze may be in effect, but the Ottawa Sun's intrepid Bruce Garrioch reports that the trade market steadily simmers along: Nobody has been described as more desperate to make a deal than the New York Rangers. The club is on a nine-game homestand and has only one victory in seven games and that could mean a trade not long after the roster freeze...

Brooks: Staal skating

Per Larry Brooks, concussed defenseman Marc Staal is skating again, having taken the ice yesterday and after practice today. There is still no timetable for his return, but Staal said that this concussion is nowhere near the same as the last concussion he had. The sooner Staal returns the better, as the Rangers could really use a boost on the blue line. Tweet

Where are they now? Rangers edition

I was casually watching (a DVR of) some Saturday afternoon hockey between the Senators and the Coyotes when something struck me as strange; no, it wasn’t that all of the Sens goals came from not-your-average offensive player, it was that Lauri Korpikoski (or as I fondly call him, the Korpedo) got an assist. “Wow,” I thought aloud to myself, as I often do in my apartment, ...

Practice notes: AV shakes up lines after roster moves

Per Pat Leonard, Alain Vigneault has shaken up the lines at practice in advance of tonight’s game against the Islanders: Rick Nash-Derek Stepan-Mats Zuccarello Chris Kreider-Derick Brassard-Carl Hagelin Brad Richards-J.T. Miller-Benoit Pouliot Brian Boyle-Dom Moore-Derek Dorsett Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi John Moore-Anton Stralman Michael Del Zotto-Justin Falk Have at it. Tweet

Neck stiffness unlikely to sideline Lundqvist

Apparently, neck stiffness isn’t anything Henrik Lundqvist can’t play through. The Rangers franchise goaltender might not have taken part in an optional practice on Thursday, but coach Alain Vigneault is expecting him to play on Friday night against the Islanders at the Garden, just two days after Lundqvist took an elbow to the head from Penguins forward Chris Kunitz. After...

Another Sub-Par Game From Lundqvist

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post, In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is King. If this means the Islanders represent the Battle of New York Royalty in the wake of their 5-3 victory over the Rangers at the Garden on Friday night, then so be it, for the position on our town’s hockey throne has been at least temporarily vacated by Henrik Lundqvist.... Three...

Rangers use big 2nd period to beat Wild 4-1

Carl Hagelin and Mats Zuccarello scored second-period goals, and backup Cam Talbot made 24 saves in the New York Rangers' much-needed 4-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Sunday night. Talbot allowed the first goal but was steady the rest of the way in relief of struggling No. 1 goalie Henrik Lundqvist, who started the previous eight games after signing a long contract extension...

Maple Leafs-Rangers Preview

While the New York Rangers have struggled of late, they had reason to celebrate after picking up two points their last time out. A visit from the Toronto Maple Leafs could help them make it two in a row for the first time in a month. The Rangers conclude a team-record nine-game homestand Monday night against the Maple Leafs, losers in nine of 10 on the road. New York (17-18-2...

Rangers and Blackhawks reveal terrible Stadium Series Uniforms

The New York Rangers and Chicago Blackhawks revealed their Stadium Series uniforms for their respective outdoor games and they are not good.  At least the Rangers had a hysterical video for their jersey reveal, because that’s about the only thing that’s good about it.  The dark blue in place of the normal Rangers blue is not a good look, nor is the “chrome” letters on the...

Rangers unveil jersey for Stadium Series against Devils, Islanders

The New York Rangers unveiled their 2014 Stadium Series jersey on Friday, which will be used for outdoor games at Yankee Stadium against the New Jersey Devils on Jan. 26 and versus the New York Islanders on Jan. 29. It’s a white jersey, with a darker blue than what is used on the team’s normal home sweater. Another major difference is the “New York” lettering on the front...
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