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It's a slow day in NYR news, and NHL news overall, and I've gotten into a debate with several Rangers fans on Twitter over what a team should/would be willing to part with in a trade to improve itself.Obviously, you want to trade from an area of strength to improve the team's weakness i.e sacrificing an abundance of defense for some scoring. It's the lay of the land to execute a trade, you need to part with something of value to get something of value. Not every sports executive is Bob Gainey.The debate centers around Shea Weber, superstar defenseman of the Nashville Predators. If he doesn't sign a new deal with the team, Nashville will be forced to explore trade options or risk losing him to free agency next season. Weber, 26, is a bruising 6'4'' 234 lb defenseman, with the deadliest right-handed shot in the game today and the ability to score goals from the back line (19 in 2011-12, including 10 PPGs)A package for Weber would realisticlly be greater...
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For years I couldn’t stand Glen Sather. The man steadfastly refused to stop star chasing and as a result the Rangers failed to make any progress, stuck as a perennial borderline playoff team and incapable of putting together a true contender.
Sather learned his lesson and now just as stubbornly refuses to abandon his plan of sticking with youth by including prized youngsters...
The Nashville Predators are in the same place they were one summer ago. They need to sign defenseman Shea Weber. Only this time, the urgency has increased. On July 4, defenseman Ryan Suter signed a 13-year, $98 million contract with the Minnesota Wild. His departure means that keeping Weber, a two-time Norris Trophy finalist and a player many consider the best defenseman in the...
One year into a massive nine-year contract is a pretty small sample size to determine if the signing of Brad Richards was a win or loss for the New York Rangers.
Though Richards’ production (25 goals, 41 assists) was a bit disappointing from a numbers standpoint, he still had a massive impact on the Blueshirts this season. It’s too early to make any concrete judgments on his...
The Rangers have needs this summer — one specific need, really. They need scoring. It was a struggle at times for the Rangers to score during the playoffs, and you can’t count on Henrik Lundqvist to shut out the other team every game. He is human, after all. But so far the Rangers haven’t signed [...]
In another depth move designed to strengthen the Connecticut Whale, the Rangers have signed RW Brandon Segal. Terms of the deal are still undisclosed, but Segal is likely going to be an insurance policy for the CT Whale, as the 29 year old winger has just 102 NHL games under his belt (11-11-22).
The 6’2″, 209 lb RW plays consistent minutes in the AHL, but has never found the...
Newly signed Taylor Pyatt has been on a few teams that made deep runs in the playoffs, and while he does admit that the Rangers were able to offer a more secure contract than the Coyotes, stuck in ownership limbo, were able to, it's clear that the state of the Rangers' organization also played a tremendous factor. As he told The Chronicle Journal, this might be his chance...
The other day Adam Herman reported on the blog that Chris Kreider was going to participate in The Big Assist IV charity hockey game last night.Now, Julie Robenhymer over at HockeyBuzz reminds us why Kreider is such a special person on and off the ice by giving this great account from the game..."After the game, the players posed for a team picture and then headed towards the...
Career AHL veteran Brandon Segal, who has appeared in over 500 games in the American Hockey League, has signed a new deal with the New York Rangers. A journeyman who has played for six AHL teams and three NHL teams, Segal was most recently a part of the Lightning organization, his second stint in Tampa [...]
McDonagh, Staal, Girardi, and Del Zotto collectively make up arguably the best top-four defensemen that any team in the NHL has to work with. Anton Stralman, who filed for salary arbitration, is likely to return to the team and find his home on the third pairing. But one spot on the blue-line is still available and there is, at this time, a lot of uncertainty as to who willl fill...
It really has been a quite summer for the New York Rangers this off-season. Sure, they have made some news but certainly not the big splashes we are used to seeing the team make during the free agency season.
Yesterday, the Blueshirts made another small move in signing forward Jeff Halpern to a 1-year deal worth $700k. Definitely cannot complain about the terms or the money being...
So what does Chris Kreider do for an encore two days after signing every autograph request during The Big Assist IV charity hockey game? Sign more autographs of course.The Rangers Facebooked out this pic of Kreider at today's NYR Youth Hockey Camp......and Columbus thinks the Rangers are going to trade this kid to them for Nash. I don't think so.Jim Cerny over at Blueshirts...
from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province at the Calgary Herald, Seriously, how can he be surprised? Suter had been on his way to unrestricted free agency for well more than a year and had rebuffed every previous attempt the Preds had made to re-sign him. The newspapers for more than two months were absolutely full of stories speculating whether it would be Detroit or Pittsburgh...
It is moving day for the Prospect Park and family as our house finally closed; the movers have come and taken all of our stuff away and I'm sitting here on the floor using a box as the table trying to write something about the New York Rangers.
I can't because as much as one chapter in my life is over another one "the great adventure" as my wife likes to call...
Photo by: Mark Humphrey/Associated Press
Another off-season and another Predator player is going into arbitration. For those of you not familiar with the arbitration process sometimes it can be good for a team in order to give them time to hash out a better contract with the player. Other times it is the go-to measure for a player who feels he is not getting paid what his skill...