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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Rangers Make Big Splash, Martin St. Louis To Big Apple

Ryan Callahan’s future in New York has been in question for quite some time now. Massive contract demands have put strains on his relationships with both management and the fans of the New York Rangers. Coming into the deadline it was either Callahan would sign an extension to stay as captain of the Rangers, or […]

If It Comes Down To a Choice, Who Should Rangers Keep: Cally or G?

Tuesday’s “Insider Trading” segment on TSN sure got Rangers fans into a royal tizzy. The assertion that if both Ryan Callahan and Dan Girardi go until the trade deadline without singing extensions that it is the Blueshirts plan to trade one or both in order to avoid the possibility of losing them for nothing in […]

Ranger News and Random Thoughts On Other League Business

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 […]

What to do with Marc Staal

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, […]

Rangers Agree with Zuccarello, Kreider; Exchange Numbers with Brassard

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 […]

Brian Burke Out of Touch with Today's Game

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 […]

Way Too Early to Worry About Next Season

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 […]

Rangers Sign Steady Stempniak

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 […]

The Replacements - Welcome to the Club

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 […]

Rangers in Free Agency: The Departed - Ranger Reunion

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, […]

Rangers Free Agent Primer: Mats Zuccarello

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 […]

Rangers Free Agency Primer: Brian Boyle

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 […]