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When the Rangers traded away Ryan Callahan, they traded away a major part of their core to be able to acquire an injection of elite skill in veteran Martin St Louis. It also indicated a change in emphasis on the roster – have the Rangers truly embraces a win-now mode? Barring an unexpected turn of events, Brad Richards will be joining Callahan as an ex-Ranger after this season, and more may follow – think Derick Brassard, Brian Boyle, Dominic Moore et al. Major roster turnover may be around the corner, as Dave mentioned this morning.
With the absence of first round draft picks, the Rangers can’t be expected to land any can’t miss prospects through the draft for the foreseeable future. This subsequently cranks up the pressure on the current youth in the organisation. Enter Chris Kreider.
While the Rangers undoubtedly live and die by Henrik Lundqvist’s form and the scoring ability of St. Louis and Rick Nash, Kreider is the closest thing the franchise has to a sure-fire elite offensive weapon in the long-term. With Ryan McDonagh, Dan Girardi and Lundqvist anchoring the team defensively, the team should be in enough games to be competitive. But where do the goals come from?
With St Louis closer to 40 than 30, Nash’s injuries beginning to mount, and the likes of Carl Hagelin, Derek Stepan and J.T. Miller (probably) better suited to secondary roles in the long-term, Kreider is perhaps the one young Ranger that can be expected to carry a line offensively in the future. This all makes Kreider a pivotal Ranger.
Kreider has a lot of issues still needing attention. More often than not he’s an adventure in his own end. Regardless of where he is on the ice, his game away from the puck is not pretty. That said, no player in the Rangers system can come close to combining his size, speed, shot and all round package. With some fine tuning from the coaching team Kreider should become a consistent 25-30 goal scorer.
The Rangers have been fortunate to find a solid second goalie in Cam Talbot. They have been able to lock up two high quality defenseman long-term. But looking two or three years down the line (already looking beyond the St Louis era), the Rangers have very little that can be counted on up front. There are a lot of question marks long-term.
There are prospects in the system that generate optimism, and St Louis himself is exhibit A as to why a draft status – or lack of it – doesn’t guarantee anything. That said, the Rangers cannot count on the draft in the immediate future. Ranger fans better hope the organisation can harness all of Kreider’s natural ability and turn him into an offensive leader. Kreider’s success will have a massive influence on the franchise over the next decade.
BEST OF MAXIM
Lots of questions this offseason for Slats.
One of the major concerns for next year is the payroll. The Rangers have a lot of money tied into a few players, and about half of the roster will be hitting some form of free agency. Dan Girardi’s contract is done, so that hits the payroll. Martin St. Louis is on the payroll instead of Ryan Callahan, which actually saves a few...
Anton Stralman was absent from practice this morning as he was given a maintenance day after getting nicked up from blocking a shot during yesterday's 1-0 loss to the Sharks.
Raphael Diaz took his place alongside Marc Staal.
…wouldn't be a bad time for the Rangers to give Stralman a night off after struggling mightily since the Olympic break. I thought he was better...
This is from November, 2010. Quick, find the current Ranger. Hint: Trick question.
When Suit wrote about the Rangers and their inability to find consistency, it struck a chord with me. I realized that despite management’s best efforts, this is a Rangers club that has had significant turnover year in and year out for quite some time. We know about the constant turnover from the...
For the second time this season, Rick Nash admitted he's not getting to the net often enough.
Back in early January, Nash went on a nine-goal in nine-game run after publicly acknowledging that he was spending too much time on the perimeter.
Rangers fans are now hoping for a repeat as he again reflected on his unwillingness to be aggressive on the offensive end after yesterday...
Derick Brassard broke an eight-game point-less drought with two goals and an assist
Boy, did I pick the wrong night to do a goal breakdown. Both teams played atrocious defense in this game, but at least the Rangers broke out of the offensive slump that saw them score just six goals in their last four games. Oh yeah, and Henrik Lundqvist became the team’s all-time winningest goaltender...
Well, it wasn’t pretty, but it was a night of both ending droughts and history for the New York Rangers. Derick Brassard, Rick Nash, Benoit Pouliot, and John Moore all snapped their respective scoring droughts to give the Blueshirts aContinue readingThe post The King Stands Alone as the Rangers Beat Ottawa 8-4 appeared first on NYR Center Ice.
Martin St. Louis (1 A, 2 PIM, +3) was supposed to help continued to struggle for the blue shirts, but managed to tally his third point in nine games as a Ranger. This is not the scoring boost that Rangers GM Glen Sather was hoping for when he moved Ryan Callahan to the Bolts for the veteran scoring monster. Cally, on the other hand, has four points in six games for Tampa.
The offensively challenged Rangers met the defensively inept Senators on Tuesday. Something had to give, and fortunately, it was the Rangers that came out on the right-end of the score. The win looks wonderful but there were several defensive breakdowns by New York in their own zone that resulted in many scoring changes for Ottawa, and if it wasnât for Henrik Lundqvist, who...
The Rangers were home for a matinee matchup yesterday against the Sharks, who came in battling the Ducks for top position in the Pacific Division. The Rangers were fresh off a win against Winnipeg which featured Carl Hagelin’s first career hat trick and Henrik Lundqvist’s 301st career win, which tied him with Mike Richter for the lead on the Rangers’ all time list.
One of the biggest regrets I’ve had in my six plus years of administering this blog was not getting Sean Avery voted into the All Star Game back in 2011.
While it was an amazing accomplishment that the “Vote for Avery” campaign was able to get him the 15th most votes for a forward ahead of players such as Henrik Zetterberg, Martin St. Louis, Rick Nash, the Sedin twins, Joe...
New York Rangers owner James Dolan has said that the trade of Ryan Callahan to the Tampa Bay Lightning, was predicated on the Callahan's money demands for a contract extension with the club. The comments were made during an interview on ESPN radio, in which Dolan talked about the trade in which the Rangers acquired Martin St.Louis, last seasons Art Ross Trophy winner, in...
Pressure is mounting on Martin St. Louis and the New York Rangers.
The New York Rangers (36-29-4) visit the Ottawa Senators (28-26-13) at the Canadian Tire Centre starting at 7:30 p.m. For a preview, visit Yahoo! Sports.
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from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
- Is it possible Hockey Hall of Famer Glen Sather, 70, may be thinking of retiring as a general manager if the New York Rangers make the playoffs this season? I’ve heard that. There was no response to a recent inquiry by me from Sather. If true, the Oilers can get his banner raised next season. The Oilers have put off a ceremony because...