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During the past few years, the trail of thought was that if the Rangers could find a way to get their All World goaltender extra rest, he would be better prepared for the grind of the playoffs. Last season saw the Rangers finally able to give Henrik Lundqvist extra rest (thanks to a healthy and reliable Martin Biron) and promptly the Rangers made the conference finals; their finest season in years.
It is worth considering whether, during the lockout, if Lundqvist would benefit from an extended break or whether he’d be better off padding up and getting back on the ice. Media reports have recently suggested Lundqvist may head back home to the Swedish Elite League. What is best for Lundqvist however is influenced by the potential length of the lockout, which right now, is like guessing the length of a piece of string.
If the lockout lasts the entire the season (and/or beyond) then some competitive hockey in Europe for Lundqvist makes sense, but the difficulty is in anticipating when a season may begin. If NHL play resumes before the turn of the year then Lundqvist would be better off, certainly in the long term, staying off the ice. A few months of extra rest may extend the goaltender’s career and keep him fresh. A well rested Lundqvist is a dominant Lundqvist.
The Rangers should be in contention if there is a 2012/2013 season, and if Lundqvist plays during the lockout – and how much he plays – could be a situation worth monitoring.
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It was going to be tough for Rick Nash to repeat his performance in his 2012 Davos debut, where he scored a hat trick and added an assist in a 9-2 win. Nash didn’t score in regulation, being held to a -1 rating and seven shots on goal, but he did net the shootout winner. His shootout goal gave Davos a 3-2 win, and makes the club 2-0 since inking Nash and Joe Thornton.
The hype machine started at the beginning of last season and, ahead of the upcoming campaign, was cranked up even further with the immediate impact Chris Kreider made as an untested rookie in the NHL playoffs last spring. Then came the lockout.
With the AHL season set to commence on October 12th, and with the Connecticut Whale training camp roster announced, Chris Kreider’s presence...
According to the New York Post's Page Six column, the New York Rangers engaged in a "team bonding" exercise over the weekend. Newbie to New York Jeff Halpern was treated to a night out with the boys by teammates Marian Gaborik, Michael Del Zotto, Steve Eminger and Carl Hagelin.
Here's the rundown of what they did:
..."They had dinner at Bagatelle...
Kevin Allen at USA Today reports that 15 of the league's 50 highest-paid players will be paid during the lockout because of bonuses or injury, including Brad Richards and Marian Gaborik...
"According to CapGeek.com, Buffalo Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers received a $10 million bonus this summer while New York Rangers center Brad Richards ($8 million), Buffalo Sabres defenseman...
Yesterday, Corey Pronman at Hockey Prospectus released his revised Top 10 prospects right now in the Rangers farm system. The list is as follows:
Michael St. Croix
There aren't too...
Sudostschweiz.ch reports that Rick Nash scored the game winning shootout goal to lead HC Davos to a 3-2 victory of the SCL Tigers last night.
Nash, who had eight shots on goal in the game, missed on his first shootout attempt.
It was Nash's second game winning goal in as many games since joining HC Davos.
...nah, we Rangers fans didn't want Nash doing that...
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
At this point, Wade Redden has pretty much seen it all.
Redden is locked out just like 700-odd other NHLers and facing nary a paycheck until the labor impasse is resolved.
Except that, well, Redden hasn’t played in the NHL in 2½ years.
Talk about adding insult to injury. If it didn't hurt his pride enough to be turfed...
In an interview with Jesse Connolly at the Hockey Journal, Chris Kreider discussed his highlight of the Rangers playoff run last year...
"I’d have to say the two overtime wins over the Capitals, with Marian Gaborik scoring the winner in triple overtime in Game 3 down in Washington and then Marc Staal scoring in the first overtime in Game 5 back home. It was pretty...
Generally the AHL rosters get filled as the NHL rosters start cutting players. This year it’s different, and the Connecticut training camp is the only training camp we will see this month. As such, they have announced their training camp roster:
Goal (4): Bryan Hince, Jason Missiaen, Scott Stajcer, Cameron Talbot
Defense (12): Sean Collins, Steven Delisle, Kyle Haines, Colten Hayes...
Good news out of Sweden, as touted prospect Jesper Fast (formerly Fasth) is planning on coming over to North America after this season. In an interview with Hockey Sverige (s/t to Adam Rotter of SNY Rangers Blog for finding this), Fast stated that he is happy to be in Sweden for one more year, but plans on coming over to play in North America (either with the Rangers or the Whale...
...man this video pisses me off that we could potentially miss a full season of watching this special player.
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Michael Russo at the Star Tribune reports that Ryan McDonagh recently turned down a really good offer from a team in Europe.
...McDonagh might be regretting that decision in a couple of weeks when there's still no NHL hockey and that offer isn't on the table anymore.
...i criticized Nash for leaving his Rangers teammates too early for Europe, but he'll likely...
The NHL announced today that they have canceled the remaining preseason schedule.
Last week the NHL had canceled all September preseason games.
Rangers games affected include:
10/4 - @ Islanders
10/6 - vs. Avalanche in Kansas City
10/8 - @ Kings
...guess we're going to have a few more faux recaps to do over at The New York Rangers Blog.
While many are quick to blame Gary Bettman for the third lockout under his regime, the blame lies equally with the owners as well. Over 50% of owners in the NHL barely break even or lose money, and they have no qualms with locking out the players. These owners lose less money with a lockout than they do while the season is in full swing.
James Dolan is not one of these owners.