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New York Rangers
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No matter how much we choose to ignore it, injuries happen to every NHL club. Players get banged up, nicked up, and bruised just like everyone else. It is one of the reasons why teams spend some time and money building their depth in the AHL, as these players can come to define a season. Some players, like Ryan McDonagh, can even make veterans expendable (see: Rozsival, Michal). Others enter in an attempt to shake things up (Carl Hagelin) or due to large numbers of injuries (Stu Bickel). Either way, AHL depth is often an overlooked quality for perennial contenders.
As the Rangers call up more players, their depth in the AHL diminishes slightly. Gone are the big effects of Hagelin and McDonagh. Even Bickel has parlayed his call up into a two-year deal. The Rangers already have a spare forward (Michael Haley) and a spare defenseman (Steve Eminger) on the roster, but the injury bug isn’t always that friendly. As multiple players go down, others will need to be brought up.
Naturally, the role the injured player has will affect the player called up, so let’s look at the strong possibilities to fill these important roles:
Kris Newbury: Newbury, as always, will be the first call up if there’s a bottom-six injury. In fact, he may be the first call up in case of any injury. Newbury knows the Rangers, knows John Tortorella, and is very familiar with the way things are run. It all depends on the situation, but I’d expect the Rangers to shuffle the top-nine and insert Newbury on the fourth line before calling up a rookie.
Kyle Jean: Now if Newbury loses his NHL mojo, or if the Rangers lose a top six forward for an extended period of time, there is a significant chance that the rookie may see his first NHL action. While it’s important to realize that he won’t necessarily be lighting up the NHL the way he does the AHL, he still has the offensive skill to potentially contribute on the NHL club in an emergency. Jean is not going to get a call up to play on the fourth line. The organization has been very smart when it comes to bringing players up for the right situation.
Brandon Segal: Much like Newbury, Segal would be a call up if the Rangers plan to shuffle their top-nine and insert Segal on the fourth line. He is bigger than Newbury, so he may be called up for match up purposes (Flyers).
Matt Gilroy: Gilroy’s status with the Rangers is still up in the air, but it’s safe to assume the Rangers will look to ink him when the NHL resumes. With Eminger on board as the seventh defenseman, the Rangers would need two injuries on the blue line before a call up is necessary. Gilroy is the only one that really comes to mind when it comes to defensive call ups.
Sean Collins: Like Segal, Collins is one of those guys that may get a call for match up purposes. He offers a more physical game than Gilroy on the blue line, but he’s not as swift a skater. It all depends on match ups.
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Are the Whale doing right by the prospects?
Andrew Yogan has one point in 10 games. Marek Hrivik has no goals and five points in 10 games. Key prospects JT Miller and Chris Kreider have a combined 3 goals in 12 and 11 games played, respectively. Alternatively, Brandon Segal (29 years old, 102 NHL games) has eight points in 12 games and Michael Haley (26 years old, 43 NHL games played...
Katie Strang at ESPN.com was able to speak with Brad Richards and Ryan Callahan about Gary Bettman's ridiculous idea of a two-week moratorium on CBA talks...
"I don't know what good that's going to do, I don't know what the tactic is. We want to get to the table; we feel we're close. ... We've indicated to them in the last meeting...
Katie Strang at ESPN.com reports that Marian Gaborik is now skating four to five times a week with a group of his Rangers teammates.
Stang adds that Gaborik is also working out to regain strength in his shoulder and has been receiving treatment from the team's medical staff (players are allowed this contact with team employees if injured).
"I'm trying to take...
I guess Chris Kreider's hard work has finally paid off as he scored the game tying goal on the power play in the CT Whale' 2-1 win over Worcester last night (1:41 mark)...
It was just Kreider's second goal in 13 games.
...got to love Kreider going to the net and getting dirty to score.
...Bourque's game winning goal was an amazing individual effort...
Brandon Segal scored the lone goal for the Whale in last night’s 2-1 loss to the Portland Pirates (Phoenix’s AHL affiliate). Mike Vernace and Matt Gilroy added assists on Segal’s goal. The Whale wasted a stellar 31 save performance by Cam Talbot.
Two former Ranger farmhands played a direct role in Portland’s victory, with Ethan Werek notching an assist and Chad Johnson making...
Here's video of Derek Stepan scoring a shootout goal for his new team KalPa to take your mind off the mess that is the NHL lockout (2:34 mark)...
...i guess posting a video of a Rangers player scoring in Europe isn't the best way to take your mind off the lockout, but hey at least it's hockey right?
H/T to reader Anders D.
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Starting the season with just one goal in 12 games would have some young players questioning themselves and possibly pouting. But for Chris Kreider, it has motivated him to work even harder as Blueshirts United explains...
"Kreider routinely is the last, or among the last, player to exit the ice following Whale practice each and every day, usually with undrafted rookie Kyle...
Center Brad Richards and several of his New York Rangers teammates participated in a benefit skate Friday to help in the relief efforts on Staten Island after Superstorm Sandy.
Richards, who signed with the Rangers last offseason, and led them to the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference last postseason, partnered with a high school team to organize "Skating for Sandy.'...
In an extremely generous gesture that will also appeal to the fans, Brad Richards and Scott Hartnell have co-organized “Operation Hat Trick,” a Sandy relief game featuring some of the NHL’s top players.
Next Saturday at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall, Richards, who has been actively helping the effort on Staten Island, and Hartnell will lead squads that include NHL stars...
NEW YORK -- The conversations have restarted in the ongoing NHL labor fight. The negotiations have not.
One step at a time in the roller-coaster ride that holds the hockey season in the balance.
A day after NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman suggested to players' association chief Donald Fehr that the sides take a two-week break from seemingly fruitless bargaining, talking resumed...
The NHL may not be in action, but that is not to say that players from the league are not about to take action for others. After witnessing the devastation that Hurricane Sandy left in the New York and New Jersey and Philadelphia area, players from the New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers and other players are getting together – despite the current NHL Lockout – to play a charity...
Operation Hat Trick -- At 7pm on Saturday, November 24th, join some of hockey’s greatest including Brad Richards, Ryan Callahan, Scott Hartnell, Simon Gagne, Kimmo Timonen and other surprise guests...
Full story at Bob's Blitz ~ http://www.bobsblitz.com
The New York Rangers Blog, a fellow Bloguin site, has pieced together a fascinating analysis of the salary situations of players -- not just the upper crust of the league, but the more average players as well. Much has been said over this lockout about how much the players have conceded to the owners in terms of lost pay; obviously the lost pay the players are worried about most...
NEW YORK (AP) -- If the NHL and the players' association have run out of things to talk about, how can they ever find a way to make a deal to save the hockey season?
It is a question both sides seem to have trouble answering, and not because they are being guarded or coy. The lockout is in its third month, and there is no obvious path to progress.
There was a hint of optimism...