Wild sign defenseman Justin Falk to 1-year, 2-way deal

Justin Falk comes back to the Wild organization, as he signs a 1-year, 2-way contract. There is an old saying that goes, “the devil you know, is better than the one that you don’t.”  It wasn’t the first time in the Wild’s history that the team brought a player back after a season or two away from the organization.  The team brought back Sergei Krivokrasov after trading...
Via State of Hockey News
August 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild Ink Falk To One-Year Deal

The Minnesota Wild has signed defenseman Justin Falk to a one-year, two-way contract. Falk, 25, was originally drafted by Minnesota in the fourth round (110th overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft and totaled 15 points (1-14=15) and 100 penalty minutes (PIM) during 108 regular-season games during parts of four seasons with the Wild (2009-13).
Via Pro Sports Daily
August 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Rangers to Hire Williams as Asst. Coach?; Falk Returns to Minnesota

Welcome to August and the literal dog days of the NHL offseason. The good news is we only have a few weeks left before training camps begin and all of us can once again salivate over the idea of watching hockey games. The bad news is it’s going to feel like an eternity before camp arrives. Two pieces of news surfaced over the last 24 hours. Lets take a look at them… 1) Rangers...
Via NY Rangers Blog
August 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Falk returns to Wild on one-year deal

Justin Falk is returning to his original team. Falk signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Minnesota Wild on Friday, returning to Minnesota after spending last season with the New York Rangers. Originally a fourth-round draft pick by the Wild in 2007, Falk had one goal, 14 assists and 100 penalty minutes in 108 regular season games with the Wild from 2009-13. The 6-foot-5 defenseman...
Via Fox Sports North
August 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Rangers sign Mike Kostka

The Rangers have signed defenseman Mike Kostka to a one year deal. I haven’t been able to link the dollar figure, but it is below $700K per. He replaces Justin Falk as the Rangers right handed seventh defenseman. You remember him, right? He’s serviceable in that role. With that, the Rangers defense is basically set. Dan Boyle is the round peg that will be sledge hammered into...
Via Save By Richter
July 01, 2014  |  Discuss

All except Justin Falk receive qualifying offers

As expected, all restricted free agents received qualifying offers. Justin Falk did not receive a qualifying offer, making him an unrestricted free agent on July 1. No formal announcement has been made about the AHL RFAs. The qualifying offer amounts are listed below. NHL Derick Brassard – $3.7 million Mats Zuccarello – $1.15 million Chris Kreider – $850,500 […] The post...
Via Blue Seat Blogs
June 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Quick Notes On A Saturday

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post, - There is no doubt (Brad) Richards will receive attractive offers from a number of clubs. He will be made more than whole on his new contract. He will get to choose. But just as this most amicable of divorces wasn’t sought by the Rangers, it wasn’t sought by Richards, either. His heart was/is all here even if his head knew it would...
Via Kukla's Korner
June 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Rangers Recall JT Miller

The New York Rangers have recalled JT Miller today, just ahead of the first round playoff matchup with the Philadelphia Flyers. The Wolf Pack’s season is practically over and I would expect an influx of ‘black aces’ in the near future. Miller was scolded in the media by Alain Vigneault on April 2nd, following his demotion to Hartford. Jesper Fast has fit nicely in his brief...
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April 14, 2014  |  Discuss

McDonagh 100%, But Won’t Play Tonight; Girardi & St. Louis Also Out; Talbot Starts

#NYR Lineup Update: McDonagh, Girardi, and St. Louis are all healthy but will not play tonight..Talbot starts in goal — New York Rangers (@NYRangers) April 12, 2014 McDonagh says his shoulder is 100% and he has full range of motion. “I feel ready to play, I am ready to go, but you have to respect the coach’s decision..I’ll be ready when the playoffs start,” McDonagh added...
Via NY Rangers Blog
April 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Game 77: Alain returns to Vancouver

Source: Getty Images It’s almost fitting this game takes place on April Fools’ Day. What is sure to be a media circus today with a lot of foolish questions and baiting for jabs, hopefully the Rangers can see past the narrative and just go about their business to get the two points. Under Tortorella, the Canucks play an aggressive 2-1-2 forecheck and aim to keep the opposition...
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April 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Game 76: Rebound in Edmonton

Photo: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports The Rangers gave away a golden opportunity on Friday night in Calgary, and lost two important points in the race to avoid the wild card. Tonight, they face another bad team that can’t play defense in Edmonton, and would truly benefit from two points, no matter how they come. Edmonton has more weapons than Calgary, the product of years of top...
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March 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Kreider has surgery; Falk not with team on trip; Straka retires

Per Sean Hartnett, injured winger Chris Kreider had surgery on his hand and will be out indefinitely. Kreider was not on the road trip with the team, and will be out for at least the remainder of the regular season. Kreider’s 37 points (6th on the team) and 17 goals (3rd) leave a big hole in the lineup that will need to be filled by the snake-bitten Martin St. Louis, among others...
Via Blue Seat Blogs
March 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Game 69: Redemption against San Jose

Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images The last time the Rangers faced San Jose, they lost 9-2 in an absolute embarrassment of a game. This time around, it will be different (hopefully). The Sharks are no longer the white-hot team that steamrolled the opposition in October. After their absurd start, they have fallen off a bit. They are still playing great hockey, but they aren’t blowing...
Via Blue Seat Blogs
March 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Where does Raphael Diaz fit in?

Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images When the Rangers sent a 2015 5th round pick to Vancouver for Raphael Diaz, many wondered where he would fit in. The Rangers seem set in the top-four with Ryan McDonagh, Dan Girardi, Kevin Klein, and Marc Staal. They also have a fairly effective third pair in John Moore and Anton Stralman, although that pairing has been rather inconsistent of late. With Justin...
Via Blue Seat Blogs
March 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Rangers acquire defenseman Raphael Diaz from Vancouver

The Rangers upgraded on Justin Falk as their 7D as the deadline expired, nabbing Raphael Diaz from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for a 2015 5th round pick. Diaz has a line of 1-11-12 in split time with Montreal and Vancouver this season, and would be a solid fill in on the bottom pair in case of injury. This is a depth move for the Rangers. It should be noted that Diaz has better...
Via Blue Seat Blogs
March 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Game 61: Rebound against Boston

Time to get back on track. The Boston Bruins come to town tonight as the most balanced team in the Eastern Conference, and the favorites (yes, over the Pens) to play for the Stanley Cup in June. The Rangers are one of the hottest teams in the league, but are coming off a pretty sloppy loss against Philly yesterday afternoon. The way the Blueshirts have been playing lately, we can...
Via Blue Seat Blogs
March 02, 2014  |  Discuss

SOCHI SCENE: Blown out in bronze

A tournament that started with such promise for the Americans came to a crashing halt in the bronze medal game against Finland on Saturday. Team USA looked like one of the strongest teams in Sochi when it took down the home Russians in the preliminary round and rolled into the semifinal against Canada. The Americans lost to Canada on Friday, then got thrashed by the Finns, 5-0,...
Via AP on Fox
February 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Game 58: Avoid the trap game against the Oilers, make it five in a row

Nostalgia time! (Photo by Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images) The Rangers enter tonight’s game on a four game win streak. Edmonton is a bottom feeder again. Pittsburgh is tomorrow. Naturally, this is a trap game. The Rangers are at risk of looking ahead to their big divisional matchup. Problem is the Oilers are very skilled and can take advantage of that. Their goaltending got a...
Via Blue Seat Blogs
February 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Game 55: Yankee Stadium finale against the Isles

Rich Graessle/Icon SMI The New York leg of the Stadium Series comes to a close tonight as the Islanders host (sort of) the Rangers at Yankee Stadium tonight. Becky wrote a brilliant post about her experience at the game on Sunday, and you should definitely check it out. From a standings point of view, the Rangers really need two points in this game, whether in regulation or in the...
Via Blue Seat Blogs
January 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Game 54: Stadium Series against the Devils

Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-Ledger The Rangers and Devils will be the first two teams to ever play a hockey game at Yankee Stadium. That’s pretty cool. As for the game itself, this has pretty big implications in the standings. The Devils are two points back of the Rangers (who are in second place). So it goes without saying that this game is very important for both clubs. Both should...
Via Blue Seat Blogs
January 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Game 53: Rebounding against one of the West’s best

Marty Biron sighting (Photo: blues.nhl.com) The Rangers were pretty sloppy on Tuesday, blowing a pair of two-goal leads –that they probably didn’t deserve to have– en route to a 5-3 loss to the Isles. St. Louis is fresh off a 7-1 embarrassment in New Jersey. Suffice it to say, both teams are looking to right their respective ships. The Rangers need the points more than the...
Via Blue Seat Blogs
January 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Game 52: Polar vortexing the Isles

Andrew Theodorakis/New York Daily News The Rangers are one of the hottest teams in the league right now. They are 11-3-1 in their last 15, including 6-1-1 in their last eight. The Isles are also playing strong hockey, posting a 7-2-1 mark in their last ten, making them relevant in the Metropolitan Division once again. Tonight will be the first of three meetings between the clubs...
Via Blue Seat Blogs
January 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Game 45: Facing the best in Chicago

Cally Face (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images North America) The Rangers are in Chicago for the first time in close to two years to take on the NHL’s best (in my opinion they are better than the Ducks, who are two points ahead). The Hawks are stupid good, and the Rangers are going to need to be at their best to win this game. Luckily they’ve played very well the past couple of weeks...
Via Blue Seat Blogs
January 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Lineup notes: Falk, Carcillo scratched

Per Andrew Gross, Justin Falk and the newly acquired Dan Carcillo will be the healthy scratches tonight when the Rangers take on the Columbus Blue Jackets. Michael Del Zotto and J.T. Miller will be in the lineup. Henrik Lundqvist will start (as expected). Starting Del Zotto over Falk is a no-brainer at this point, although few will agree. Miller over Carcillo is also a no-brainer...
Via Blue Seat Blogs
January 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Lineup notes: Cally in; Miller, Falk, Del Zotto out

Per the beat writers (multiple), Ryan Callahan will make his return tonight against the Penguins. J.T. Miller will be a healthy scratch, but it’s important to note that AV said the kid is playing well, and that it’s just a numbers game. Derick Brassard will move back to center. On defense, Justin Falk and Michael Del Zotto remain the healthy scratches. Tweet
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January 03, 2014  |  Discuss
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