Rangers Depth Just Fine

The primary reason most pundits predict a season less grand than the one resulting in last year’s run to the Stanley Cup Final is the offseason loss of key depth players. Leaving New York over the summer as free agents were forwards Brian Boyle, Brad Richards and Benoit Pouliot along with blue liner Anton Stralman. […]
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September 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Unscientific and Unwanted Projections, Part I

It’s that time of year, when little of anything relevant or interesting is going on in the world of hockey so many writers and websites, this one included, scrape the bottom of the barrel looking for anything marginally entertaining to write. Some sites are publishing their player projections, aimed mostly at fantasy fanatics but still […]
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September 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Ranger News and Random Thoughts On Other League Business

In what is now old news, the Rangers avoided arbitration with their final eligible RFA agreeing to a five-year, $25MM deal with Derick Brassard. The 27-year-old pivot, coming off a season in which he tallied a career-high 18 goals, will now be expected to live up to the terms of the deal and increase his […]
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August 12, 2014  |  Discuss

What to do with Marc Staal

With franchise net minder Henrik Lundqvist, heart-and-soul captain Ryan Callahan and top-pair, RH defender Dan Girardi all scheduled for unrestricted free agency after the 2013 – 2014 regular season and limited cap space to re-sign those players, Glen Sather had some very difficult decisions to make. Despite being in the mix for a playoff berth, […]
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August 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Rangers Agree with Zuccarello, Kreider; Exchange Numbers with Brassard

The Rangers are on the verge of wrapping up the heavy lifting of the offseason after coming to terms on contracts with RFA’s Chris Kreider and Mats Zuccarello this week. Kreider, as many expected, received a two-year bridge deal worth just a shade less than $5MM total. Zuccarello meanwhile got just a one-year pact calling […]
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July 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Brian Burke Out of Touch with Today’s Game

First off allow me to say that I greatly respect Brian Burke, both for what he has accomplished in the sport of hockey and for the person he is away from the game. Obviously he was GM in Anaheim when they won the Cup in 2007 and has had a great deal of success running […]
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July 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Way Too Early to Worry About Next Season

In the eyes of much of the mainstream NHL media, the New York Rangers have not had a good summer. They bemoan the losses of Brad Richards, Benoit Pouliot, Anton Stralman and Brian Boyle while suggesting the club didn’t adequately replace those losses in free agency. Many pundits also point out that some of the […]
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July 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Rangers Sign Steady Stempniak

The New York Rangers surprised many by qualifying for the 2014 Stanley Cup Finals and did so based in large part on the strength of their club’s depth. Salary cap constraints have conspired to rob the team of some of that depth with Benoit Pouliot, Brad Richards, Anton Stralman and Brian Boyle all departing as […]
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July 20, 2014  |  Discuss

The Replacements – Welcome to the Club

It’s hard to argue that the Rangers have lost more talent than they’ve added so far this summer. Losing four key guys from the team that managed to get to the Cup Final can’t be considered good, particularly when the club’s salary cap situation prevents them from doing much about it. Yet the Rangers, cognizant […]
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July 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Rangers in Free Agency: The Departed – Ranger Reunion

I’m not necessarily a fan of actors Leonardo DiCaprio or Matt Damon yet I loved the movie, “The Departed.” And this blog almost cried out for that title since this Rangers club lost some key players from a squad that surprisingly made it to the Cup Final a month ago. Despite the wishes of fans, […]
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July 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Rangers Free Agent Primer: Mats Zuccarello

If I had to peg the most irreplaceable UFA or RFA on the Rangers roster it would without a doubt be Mats Zuccarello. There is not another player I feel more comfortable with the puck on his stick in key situations (i.e. protecting a one-goal lead or chasing one) than Zucc. Unlike some of his […]
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June 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Rangers Free Agency Primer: Brian Boyle

Despite falling short of their ultimate goal, no one can characterize the 2013 – 2014 season as anything but a tremendously successful campaign for the New York Rangers. Few predicted the Blueshirts to successfully navigate through the postseason to represent the Eastern Conference in the battle for Lord Stanley’s Cup. Fewer yet gave them a […]
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June 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Rangers Free Agency Primer: Benoit Pouliot

Despite falling short of their ultimate goal, no one can characterize the 2013 – 2014 season as anything but a tremendously successful campaign for the New York Rangers. Few predicted the Blueshirts to successfully navigate through the postseason to represent the Eastern Conference in the battle for Lord Stanley’s Cup. Fewer yet gave them a […]
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June 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Rangers Cut Richards Loose, Confronted With More Difficult Decisions

Buying Brad Richards out was maybe the easiest decision Glen Sather will make this summer but finding an adequate replacement will prove far tougher in this market. With 11 pending UFA’s and RFA’s the Rangers need to make decisions on, the summer of 2014 is lining up to be one full of uncertainty for the […]
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June 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Railing Against the Unfairness of the Cap Recapture Clause

If Gary Bettman had not had his way during the contentious CBA negotiations late in 2012, early in 2013, Brad Richards would still be, in all likelihood, a New York Ranger. That’s not to say Bettman has anything personal against either Richards or the Rangers, or that he secretly wanted to see Richards suit up […]
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June 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Summer Pivot Market Preview

Ordinarily at just past the halfway point in the season it might be considered early to ponder what moves the Rangers may or may not make next summer. But with a compliance buyout of Brad Richards a virtual certainty and Derick Brassard failing to distinguish himself as a consistent top-six forward as he heads to […]
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June 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Rangers go out fighting

Quick thoughts from the heartbreaking season ender: 1. I would be doing a disservice to this website and to this team if the first thing mentioned wasn’t about you, the fans and our beloved New York Rangers. You guys and gals have been tremendous all season long. You’ve argued. You’ve agreed. You’ve cheered. You’ve been […]
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June 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Rangers avoid sweep, have pulse

Quick points from last night’s sweep avoidance: 1. It’s about damn time the Rangers got some puck luck, right? 2. I thought that the Rangers came out on fire. They were tremendous in throwing their body around and then proceeding to move with the puck. It almost felt like they switched up the game plan […]
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June 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Rangers on brink of being swept

Quick points from last night’s game: 1. Welp. Now this is the situation no team ever wants to be in in a Stanley Cup Finals series. And your Rangers now find themselves in a nearly impossible situation. 2. Let’s start with the good. I thought that Mats Zuccarello was fantastic last night – has been […]
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June 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Rangers shoot themselves in foot, while refs help pull trigger

Whew. Ok. Quick points from last night:1. This first point will not be a complaint about the refs. Absolutely not. That being said, if your team is up by two goals not once, not twice, not three times, but FOUR times in two games, FOUR (and three times in Game Two), and you can’t win […]
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June 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Quick points from the ECF clincher

1. I was 12 the last time the Rangers made it to the Stanley Cup Finals. How old were you? 2. Has your heart stopped racing yet? 3. Wow. What an epic game for your New York Rangers. They put all of the off-ice nonsense in this series aside and brought their A-game. Talk about […]
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May 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Thoughts from a night to forget..

1. Ya know, for a team that was told to absolutely stay out of the box and to stop being undisciplined, the Rangers sure as hell didn’t listen. Chris Kreider takes a stupid, dumb penalty less than a minute into the game which set the tone for Montreal, as they took an early lead. That […]
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May 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Stepan likely to miss game four, reports say

Those hoping for a storybook or movie moment where the hero defies the odds, steps out onto playing surface and leads his team to victory when the chips are down (ala Willis Reed or Mark Messier) will be disappointed tomorrow evening when Derek Stepan is officially scratched from the lineup. Stepan had surgery inserting a […]
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May 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Penguins fans and media slam Marc Staal’s hit on Sidney Crosby

Well, folks, to the surprise of absolutely no one, the primary focus for Penguins fans and media on Tuesday morning and into the afternoon was not of Pittsburgh winning its second consecutive game or Marc-Andre Fleury recording his second consecutive shutout against a lackluster and extremely fatigued New York Rangers squad. No. The focus was […]
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May 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Keys to Beating Pens

The New York Rangers survived a rough second period last night and came away with a huge game one OT win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Taking the first contest on the road shifts home ice advantage to the Rangers and puts them in the proverbial driver’s seat. However, I doubt you’ll find many analysts comfortable […]
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May 03, 2014  |  Discuss
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