Zuccarello leads Rangers past Canucks 5-1

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) Mats Zuccarello had two goals and Henrik Lundqvist made 29 saves to lead the New York Rangers to a 5-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night. Ryan McDonagh, J.T. Miller and Marc Staal also scored for New York, which had lost two of three. Rick Nash and Derick Brassard each had two assists. Nick Bonino had the only goal for Vancouver...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

The odd career arc of Marc Staal

Marc Staal has been a polarizing player for the New York Rangers this year. A pending free agent with a $3.975 cap hit, the Rangers are facing a critical decision involving another core piece –their third decision to make in two years. On one side of the coin, the Rangers can re-sign Staal, who is […] The post The odd career arc of Marc Staal appeared first on Blue Seat Blogs.
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Is John Moore’s future linked to fellow Rangers blueliner Marc Staal?

Right now, John Moore hasn’t earned a new deal with the New York Rangers. However the young, underperforming yet talented blueliner’s future may be closely linked to that of Marc Staal. This season the Rangers are discovering what too much roster turnover in one offseason can cause. Part of the Rangers’ problems to begin the […] The post Is John Moore’s future linked to...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Open Thread 12/4: Tidbits From Practice, NYR Cap Situation

Dan Boyle on the ice today at #NYR practice. Inference: No mumps for him. Tanner Glass (mumps) still absent. — Andrew Gross (@AGrossRecord) December 4, 2014 Based on today’s practice, appears John Moore and Anthony Duclair are the extras. — Andrew Gross (@AGrossRecord) December 4, 2014 Vigneault is showing practice D pairs of McDonagh-Girardi (the right call, IMO)...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Rangers 3, Tampa Bay 6

The New York Rangers (11-9-4) fell to the Tampa Bay Lightning (17-6-2) by a score of 6-3. For a box score, click here. I’m going to try to look for some positives to take away from this loss before getting to the doom and gloom…. It may not seem like it now, but the Rangers played a fairly decent game against one of the top teams in the league. Whereas the prior 2 meetings against...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Should the Rangers be worried about Dan Girardi and Marc Staal’s form?

With a few exceptions the Rangers have been abysmal in their own end for almost the entire season. Whether it’s been the disruptions to the line up caused by the myriad of injuries or ‘a lack of desperation’ (says Rick Nash) or execution on any particular game night, it doesn’t matter. The Rangers have not […] The post Should the Rangers be worried about Dan Girardi and...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Rangers 3, Avalanche 4 (SO)

The New York Rangers (7-6-3) fell to the Colorado Avalanche (5-8-5) by a score of 4-3 in the shootout. For a box score, click here. Classic letdown loss. Rangers coming off a big win against a fierce division rival. Avs blown out 48 hours prior. The next game tends to not favor the Rangers. What is it with the Rangers being unable to beat some of the basement teams in the league...
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November 14, 2014  |  Discuss

The Rangers’ Marc Staal dilemma

It’s amazing the difference one dominant performance can make. Prior to the Pens game I was ready to criticise Marc Staal pretty heavily, and all of a sudden he turns out his best performance of the year. However, the point of this post remains. For now. This year, on a consistent basis, the Rangers have […] The post The Rangers’ Marc Staal dilemma appeared first on Blue Seat Blogs.
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November 13, 2014  |  Discuss

The Penguins Apparently Have a Bone to Pick With Marc Staal

Remember this? There are some in the Pittsburgh camp who actually believe that the lack of retaliation from the way Staal manhandled Crosby directly contributed to the Penguins blowing a 3-1 series lead to the Rangers in the Eastern Conference Semis last May. This is obviously blatantly ignoring that the return of Kreider from a hand injury in Game 4 on the ice and how the Rangers...
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November 11, 2014  |  Discuss

The Rangers have had too many passengers

Marc Staal quite frankly has been awful, Henrik Lundqvist has been inconsistent, Martin St Louis has been on the periphery, and core players such as Mats Zuccarello have either been invisible or terrible, depending on how forgiving you are as a fan. Throughout the Rangers line-up too many players haven’t kicked into gear yet or […] The post The Rangers have had too many passengers...
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October 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Is Impending Free Agency Negatively Impacting Staal, Zuccarello?

One of the big quandaries through the first month of last season was the mystery behind Henrik Lundqvist’s struggles. Many theories were discussed including new equipment regulations and injury. But the ultimate culprit was the All World goaltender’s contract negotiations as he immediately rediscovered his netminding magic upon signing a seven-year, $59.5 million extension...
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October 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Here is Marc Staal being bad at hockey, with pictures!

I’ve written at length about Marc Staal being a bad, or at best, mediocre defenseman. The latest from Larry Brooks is that the Rangers are believed to have offered Staal the same six year, $32.5 million anvil contract that they gave to Dan Girardi. Staal is believed to be seeking at least $6 million per. For continue reading...
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October 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Status Quo on Staal Contract; Nash’s Workout; Hagelin Is Fast; Miller Scores Again

While the Rangers defense has seemingly gotten back on track, one thing that hasn’t are contract negotiations with Marc Staal (via New York Post)… “Talks are open-ended,” Staal’s agent Paul Krepelka said. “No deadline has been given as yet, though that’s obviously subject to change as we move further into the season.” Staal is believed to be seeking approximately...
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October 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Rangers Rumors: Marc Staal contract talks status quo

New York Rangers defensemen Marc Staal, was hoping to have a contract completed, before the start of the regular season, were now seven games in and negotiations are at a stand still. #456356272 / Andrew Gross of Rangers Rants asked Staal about his contract situation, Staal replied that everything is "status quo".  Staal told Larry Brooks of the New...
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October 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Should the New York Rangers sign Marc Staal?

After a rough 1-3 start to the season, the New York Rangers have bounced back with two straight victories, in which they outscored opponents 6-1. However, despite the apparent return to form of Henrik Lundqvist and the improved play of the defense, the first six games have compounded a dilemma that has been bothering upper management for months: Should the Rangers resign Marc Staal...
October 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Rangers Defensive Woes Could Mean Big Bucks For Staal

The Dan Boyle injury has exposed the Rangers lack of depth on the blueline as Alain Vigneault has had a difficult time finding a competent replacement. While the Rangers lackadaisical defense has been far from amusing… …one Blueshirt who could be laughing all the way to the bank is Marc Staal. You see, every time Michael Del Kostka gives the puck away in the slot, Kevin Klein...
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October 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Mckenzie: Rangers negotiations with Staal have gone “quiet”

McKenzie “My understanding with M.Staal is that he’s negotiating a deal with NYR but it’s gone quiet of late.” — Hope_Smoke (@Hope_Smoke) October 15, 2014 On TSN radio, Bob Mckenzie mentioned that the Rangers negotiations with Marc Staal have gone quiet of late. The belief is that Staal is seeking more than the albatross contract the continue reading...
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October 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Lineup notes: Hunwick back in, Kostka skating as extra

Can’t really say this was unexpected, but after Mike Kostka’s two turnovers last night, he was skating as the 7D in practice today, per Seth Rothman. Marc Staal was skating with Matt Hunwick, and Kevin Klein was still with John Moore. The forward lines remained unchanged, as Jesper Fast and J.T. Miller were the extras. The post Lineup notes: Hunwick back in, Kostka skating as...
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October 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Brooks doesn’t understand the ‘lunacy’ of the Marc Staal contract negotiations

I hope Marc Staal’s agent, Paul Krepelka, is paying Larry Brooks well. Since March, Brooks has campaigned for the Rangers to re-sign Staal. Yet, like so many Rangers fans he hasn’t offered up a sound argument as to why the Rangers should be so desperate to offer Staal $5 to $6 million per year on a continue reading...
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October 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Looking at the Rangers with a rosy hue and clarifying the criticism

We have spilt quite a bit of digital ink on Save By Richter bemoaning the Rangers disastrous off-season. I’ve spoken at length about the Rangers lack of depth at center and letting Anton Stralman walk. I’ve even gotten my gears grinding about the impending Marc Staal contract, which hasn’t even happened yet. Then there is continue reading...
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October 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Ryan McDonagh Named Captain

The New York Rangers have announced Ryan McDonagh has been named the 27th captain in franchise history. Dan Girardi, Martin St. Louis, Marc Staal, and Derek Stepan will serve as the Rangers four alternate captains. McDonagh is the Rangers 4th youngest captain in history at 25 years of age and will lead the team after continue reading...
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October 06, 2014  |  Discuss

What to do with Marc Staal

When we last checked in on Marc Staal, he was rumored to be looking for a Dan Girardi contract, roughly $5.5 million over six years. The cost isn’t that big of a deal with a rising cap, and the term is fine by me since Staal is just 28 years old (34 when that contract would […] The post What to do with Marc Staal appeared first on Blue Seat Blogs.
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October 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Marc Staal, Rangers could see contract talks drag

Last year, the New York Rangers let their contract negotiations with defenseman Dan Girardi drag on to the trade deadline before finally locking the veteran defenseman down. In 2014-15, they could have a similar situation on their hands with defenseman Marc Staal. The team is reportedly offering Staal the same six-year, $33 million deal they gave Girardi last year, which comes out...
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October 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Nash Diminishing; Staal Waiting; Hayes Adapting; Sather Leaving?; Buchnevich Thriving

The performances of JT Miller and Ryan Malone Monday night were impossible to miss, but easily the most noticeable thing to take away from the first five days of training camp is this… 2013 2014 Yes, Rick Nash has shown up this September in ridiculous shape and here’s how he’s done it (via New York Post)… “For sure, the staff wanted me to get in better shape over the...
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September 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Why I’m not happy about the Marc Staal contract negotiations (and why you shouldn’t be either)

Marc Staal has been a trending topic for #NYRTwitterati for at least a week now. Last Monday, I added my third piece of evidence as to why Staal should not be re-signed. Based largely on Staal’s poor WOWY (with you and without you) statistics, I concluded the following: Staal’s performance heavily relies on the quality of his teammates. continue reading...
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September 22, 2014  |  Discuss
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