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Another Year, Another Eulogy

We are gathered here today to say farewell to the 2015-16 New York Rangers, a flawed group with high expectations following two somewhat successful seasons that fell just short in the end. This group couldn’t hold a candle to the two teams that came before them as the 2014 and 2015 teams went out with their dignity and heads held high. The 2016 team, as predictable as they were...
Via NY Rangers Blog
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Winds of change coming to Rangers after early playoff exit

GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) Change is coming to the New York Rangers, and it probably will hit the core group that carried the team deep into the Stanley Cup playoffs the past two seasons. It's the price of failing miserably when expectations are high. After reaching the Stanley Cup Final in 2014 and making the Eastern Conference Final last year, coach Alain Vigneault felt Ryan McDonagh...
Via AP on Fox
5 days ago  |  Discuss

NYR Breakup Day Begins Offseason Of Turmoil

“It starts tomorrow” #NYR @DerekStepan21 on the preparation for next season. pic.twitter.com/Rja27cuCei — New York Rangers (@NYRangers) April 26, 2016 Tense moment. Dan Boyle asks Brett Cyrgalis and Larry Brooks to leave the scrum. Says the rest of the press can stay. — Sean Hartnett (@HartnettHockey) April 26, 2016 #NYR Marc Staal says he’s healthy in the off...
Via NY Rangers Blog
5 days ago  |  Discuss

New York Rangers: Death by implosion

In five playoff games, the New York Rangers put out five different lineups. The doors blew off, and the Rangers were knocked out in five games, just as predicted they would if the lineups weren’t correct. It was clear heading into the playoffs that this team was looking terrible. It was clear that the New York Rangers should have been trying to get a first-round match-up with the...
Via isportsweb.com
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Shannon: No eye damage for Lundqvist, swelling an issue

Per John Shannon, there appears to be no damage to Henrik Lundqvist’s eye after getting hit in the eye by Marc Staal’s errant stick. This is obviously good news, as permanent eye damage was a major concern for all parties, and the recall of Magnus Hellberg threw more fuel to the fire. Swelling appears to […] The post Shannon: No eye damage for Lundqvist, swelling an issue appeared...
Via Blue Seat Blogs
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Rangers 2, Pittsburgh 5

The New York Rangers dropped Game 1 to the Pittsburgh Penguins by a score of 5-2. For a box score, click here. Maybe, just maybe I should have pumped the brakes on my Marc Staal praise. Because a wayward stick into the facemask of Lundqvist, may have actually cost whatever chance the Rangers may have had. And it’s a shame too, because tonight wasn’t a night as a coach where you...
Via NY Rangers Blog
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Henrik Lundqvist poked in the eye, replaced in Game 1

The Rangers/Penguins first-round playoff series already featured a third string goalie in Jeff Zatkoff. And now the backup goalie is getting work on the other side, as Henrik Lundqvist was replaced by Antti Raanta to start the second period of Game 1. Here’s why: Lundqvist was poked in the eye inadvertently by the stick of defenseman Marc Staal with under a minute left. And...
Via Puck Drunk Love
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Rangers-Penguins Preview

PITTSBURGH (AP) Marc Staal noticed the gaudy record, the highlight reel goals, the unrelenting speed and can't help but be impressed with the way the Pittsburgh Penguins have ripped through the NHL over the last three months. Yet the veteran New York Rangers defenseman has seen it before. Many times. So he's not caught up in the narrative about the new and improved Penguins as...
Via AP on Fox
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Rangers 3, Tampa Bay 2

The New York Rangers (45-26-9) defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning (45-30-5) by a score of 3-2. For a box score, click here. To be honest, I had something much, much different in store for this recap after the Rangers disastrous first period, in which they looked like they were about to get run out of MSG in a hurry. It seems like Lundqvist has put his 5 game rough patch behind him...
Via NY Rangers Blog
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Rangers-Hurricanes Preview

(AP) - Eric Staal has made the mundane commute hundreds of times over the years from his home in Raleigh to the Carolina Hurricanes' rink. But it will be different Thursday night. When he walks into the arena, he'll make a left into the visitors' dressing room. The former Hurricanes captain and face of the franchise will play his first game as a visitor at PNC Arena looking to...
Via AP on Fox
March 30, 2016  |  Discuss

Rangers' Staal ready for 1st game at Carolina as a visitor

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Eric Staal has made the mundane commute hundreds of times over the years from his home in Raleigh to the Carolina Hurricanes' rink. But it will be different Thursday night. When he walks into the arena, he'll make a left into the visitors' dressing room. The former Hurricanes captain and face of the franchise will play his first game as a visitor at PNC Arena...
Via AP on Fox
March 30, 2016  |  Discuss

Thoughts From The Weekend

Apologies for the lack of recaps this weekend, as I had a bit of traveling to do, so let’s do a sweeping recap of the weekend. I think if you said that the Rangers would take 3 of 4 points over the weekend on Friday, which included a game in the black hole also known as the Bell Centre, you would’ve been satisfied with that. Watching Montreal on Saturday was particularly brutal...
Via NY Rangers Blog
March 28, 2016  |  Discuss

AV Keeping Rangers Twisting In The Wind

As the 15-16 Rangers season continues to take on water, the man at the helm of it all, Alain Vigneault, has absorbed a great deal of criticism. And from this blog in particular. But instead of doing hit pieces on the coach in game recaps, I thought I would lay it all out on here. This season, AV has resembled little more than a boat captain, who denies that the ship is taking on...
Via NY Rangers Blog
March 23, 2016  |  Discuss

Florida Panthers vs. New York Rangers Game Preview

The New York Rangers and Florida Panthers rank among the most efficient teams in the NHL as far as taking advantage of their shots, although there's no doubt they would like to increase their volume.They'll complete their season series Monday night at Madison Square Garden after splitting their first two meetings.These clubs are among the worst in shots per game, with New York (40...
Via AP on Fox
March 20, 2016  |  Discuss

Why ‘back spasms’ didn’t fully encompass Marc Staal’s injury

DETROIT — What Marc Staal just went through really isn’t described properly as simply “back spasms.” The Rangers defenseman and alternate captain returned to practice Friday and is set to play in Saturday afternoon’s game at Detroit after missing the previous two games because of the ailment. He also missed a game on Feb. 23...
Via New York Post
March 12, 2016

McIlrath, Staal out versus Buffalo

Both Dylan McIlrath (knee) and Marc Staal (back) will not travel with the team to Buffalo for Tuesday’s game. Staal is still dealing with his back spasms, and McIlrath tweaked his knee in last night’s game against the Islanders. Both are considered day-to-day. The Rangers will recall a defenseman from Hartford for tomorrow’s game. The post McIlrath, Staal out versus Buffalo...
Via Blue Seat Blogs
March 07, 2016  |  Discuss

New York Rangers: A game of draws

The New York Rangers suffered a heartbreaking loss against the New York Islanders at MSG yesterday. It was a game that the Rangers should’ve at least been able to get a point out of, and that’s the most disappointing part of all. After going down 3-0 literally five minutes into the game, the Rangers managed to impressively crawl back and make it a 4-3 game by the end of the first...
Via isportsweb.com
March 07, 2016  |  Discuss

Rangers 4, Islanders 6

The New York Rangers (38-22-6) dropped a tough 6-4 decision to the New York Islanders (36-20-7). For a box score, click here. OK. The talk will be about the lost draw by Stepan that broke the tie late. But let’s not forget about the first period with the Rangers negating to even show up for the first 10 minutes. The Rangers know that the Islanders are hot on their heels in the...
Via NY Rangers Blog
March 06, 2016  |  Discuss

Marc Staal reveling in his first chance to play with big brother Eric

The Staal brothers have been playing hockey for a long time and somehow, Monday was the first time Marc Staal was on the same team as his older brother Eric. That goes from their days growing up in Thunder Bay, Ontario, to their NHL careers. “Three years is a long time in the hockey world,”...
Via New York Post
February 29, 2016

Short-handed goal costs Jackets in 2-1 loss to Rangers

NEW YORK (AP) -- Derek Stepan's short-handed goal snapped a tie with 2:48 to play and the New York Rangers beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-1 on Monday night in Eric Staal's much-anticipated debut.Mats Zuccarello also scored and Antti Raanta made 26 saves in giving the Rangers their 13th win in 18 games (13-4-1). Henrik Lundqvist's backup denied Cam Atkinson on the doorstep with...
Via AP on Fox
February 29, 2016  |  Discuss

Stepan lifts Rangers over Blue Jackets 2-1 in Staal's debut

NEW YORK (AP) Derek Stepan scored a short-handed goal with 2:48 to play and the New York Rangers beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-1 on Monday night in Eric Staal's much-anticipated debut. Mats Zuccarello also scored and Antti Raanta made 26 saves in giving the Rangers their 13th win in 18 games (13-4-1). Henrik Lundqvist's backup denied Cam Atkinson on the doorstep with less than...
Via AP on Fox
February 29, 2016  |  Discuss

Game 63: Oh good god it’s Staals Are Brothers for an eternity

Eric Staal and Marc Staal are brothers. I hope you knew that. Because if you didn’t, then you will tonight. I’m setting the over/under of “brothers” references tonight at 100,000,000,000. I still take the over. Don’t play the drinking game tonight. Please. Don’t. We like you guys. We want you to be around. As for […] The post Game 63: Oh good god it’s Staals Are Brothers...
Via Blue Seat Blogs
February 29, 2016  |  Discuss

Eric Staal's young son had an adorable reaction to his father's trade

The trade deadline can be a confusing time for NHL players and their families, so it is no surprise that Eric Staal's 4-year-old son needed a little help understanding his father's trade from the Carolina Hurricanes to the New York Rangers. Staal, the former captain of the Hurricanes, was dealt to the Rangers Sunday in exchange for two draft picks and Finnish prospect Aleksi Saarela...
Via Fox Sports
February 29, 2016  |  Discuss

Eric Staal is a Raanger

The day before the trade deadline wasn’t as active as it usually is, but that’s likely because it was a Sunday and everyone was getting ready for their Oscar parties (Patrick Kaleta throws an AWESOME Oscars party). Since this is the NHL, and this IS a trade deadline, there were still a couple of trades. Sunday, it was Carolina’s turn to make moves (the day before was Florida...
Via Barry Melrose Rocks
February 29, 2016  |  Discuss

2016 NHL Trade Deadline: Carolina Hurricanes trade Eric Staal to the Rangers

The Carolina Hurricanes have traded veteran forward Eric Staal to the New York Rangers in exchange for two future second round picks and center prospect Aleksi Saarela. OFFICIAL: #NYR have acquired Eric Staal in exchange for Aleksi Saarela and two second-round picks ('16 & '17). pic.twitter.com/zWc3xODsIn — New York Rangers (@NYRangers) February 28, 2016 Staal will be reunited...
Via Total Sports Live
February 28, 2016  |  Discuss
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