Found November 27, 2013 on Blue Seat Blogs:
Is Dylan McIlrath ready? Alain Vigneault commented after the Rangers’ turgid performance in Tampa on Monday that “Nobody touched a soul”, referring to his team’s lack of physicality. This has been an underlying issue for large parts of the season so far. In the mean time, Michael Del Zotto continues to be, at best, inconsistent (and the subject of countless traded rumours in the media) and John Moore also has yet to find his game consistently. As you can see, there is plenty of room for improvement on the blueline. While the Rangers forward unit appears to be more settled with the demotion of JT Miller (who simply needs playing time at this stage), despite the relatively decent performance of the blueline corps, the Rangers appear in need of an injection of physicality. Is it about time they took a look at Dylan McIlrath? Mcllrath’s development curve is trending in the right direction. While in Hartford the big, bruising 1st round pick has begun to add an offensive dimension to his game but perhaps more appropriate is that he also leagues the American Hockey League in penalty minutes (with 102 penalty minutes in just 18 games) and if you check the box scores regularly enough, you’ll have noticed a few majors along the way. McIlrath has become the predominant physical presence for a young Hartford team and his style is certainly something that the Rangers could do with adding. Whether the Del Zotto rumours become more than a rumour will likely also depend on Mcllrath’s apparent readiness for the big club. We have seen prospects rushed recently (see Kreider and now Miller) but we have also seen prospects jump in and contribute immediately (Stepan, Hagelin and most recently Talbot). At this stage, the Rangers need to try Dylan McIlrath. They need him to be ready and they need to be a more physical team. The Rangers won’t out-skill the likes of Pittsburgh, Washington or even Tampa. They won’t outmuscle Boston or out-skate Montreal but this team can have a little bit of everything. That’s what makes the Rangers a potential contender. Throwing McIlrath in on the blueline should give Lundqvist and co. more protection and make other teams think twice about holding on to the puck for too long. McIlrath would also likely be more than happy to make the likes of Brad Stuart answer the bell if they continue to take liberties with the Rangers’ star players. It’s been a while since Del Zotto added anything of note to the blueline. It’s time to look at Dylan McIlrath and what he brings. Tweet

Dan Girardi’s uncertain future could hold up a Michael Del Zotto trade

Dan Girardi’s struggles may extend Michael Del Zotto’s tenure in blue Despite all the recent trade rumors swirling around Michael Del Zotto, the young D-man may remain a Ranger beyond this year. I’ll spare you the argument that Del Zotto is still very young for a defenseman at just 23 years old, because frankly I don’t buy that as an excuse for his erratic play any more either...

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Vigneault mulls offensive makeover for goal-starved Rangers

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Obligatory Del Zotto rumor updates

The more the season progresses, the more the Michael Del Zotto trade rumors swirl. Darren Dreger noted yesterday that the Rangers spoke to Ottawa and that no match could be found. The Rangers wanted either Marc Methot or Chris Neil, and Ottawa countered with Colin Greening, Eric Gryba, or Erik Condra. Those players did not fit with the Rangers. We all know what Chris Neil is, but...

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November 28th, 1993: Madison Square Garden, NY:  After suffering their first defeat in over a month yesterday afternoon on Long Island, the Rangers were right back at the next night, looking to start a new streak.  The Rangers were home to a Capitals team they had gotten the better of in their previous two meetings.  The Rangers defeated […]

Maybe Isles should trade for Michael Del Zotto

The Islanders are in trouble on defense -- bigger trouble now that Thomas Hickey, one of the few remaining reliable defensemen, is likely out. The Rangers need to make a change and want Michael Del Zotto to be the one moving out. Here is a not-so-modest, but sensible, proposal: A real trade between the Isles and Rangers. Garth Snow has been working the phones to find a defenseman...

Goal Breakdown: Rangers survive Florida’s blitz, win 5-2

The Rangers got away with another one last night after getting dominated in their own end for most of the game, yet they were able to come out with a big win on the road. The Panthers came hard, just as we expected they would, and put 51 shot attempts towards Hank’s direction, while the Rangers countered with 32. The Rangers faced a similar blitz several nights ago in Dallas and...

New York Rangers: Michael Del Zotto trade talk heating up

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Bolts blank Rangers on St. Louis' big night

Marty St. Louis appreciation night saw St. Louis squarely in the spotlight. Like so many times before, with so many eyes watching him, he found a way to deliver. After brushing aside an emotional pregame ceremony to honor St. Louis for appearing in 1,000 career games, the captain promptly went out and scored a pair of goals and added an assist to help lift the Tampa Bay Lightning...

Matching Up For Del Zotto, Ottawa's Enticing Trade Package

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Vigneault scratches Del Zotto for ‘D’ 4th time

Alain Vigneault wasn’t simply talking to hear himself speak two weeks ago when the Rangers’ coach said Michael Del Zotto hadn’t earned a spot on his defense’s top six. For Wednesday night here against the Panthers, Del Zotto was scratched in favor of Justin Falk for the fourth time in the last seven games. It is becoming increasingly clear the 23-year-old defenseman does...

Game 25: Beat the bad team from Florida

Photo: After Monday night’s humiliating loss in Tampa Bay, the Rangers are in Fort Lauderdale to take on the Florida Panthers. The Rangers beat this team on 11/10 by a score of 4-3, taking advantage of three defensive zone coverage fails by the Panthers (and scoring a powerplay goal). However, since then Peter Horachek (Flordia’s new coach) has been doing a good job trying...

Nash, Lundqvist lead Rangers past Panthers 5-2

Rick Nash scored his second goal of the season and Henrik Lundqvist rebounded from a poor game with 31 saves to lift the New York Rangers over the Florida Panthers 5-2 on Wednesday night. Mats Zuccarello, Brad Richards and Derick Brassard also scored for the Rangers. Carl Hagelin added an empty-net goal with 24 seconds left. Nick Bjugstad and Scottie Upshall scored in the third...
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