September 30th, 2016 In New York Rangers 0 comments

Marc Staal had one of his toughest seasons as a New York Rangers defenseman last year, and at age 29, there is some concern about whether or not the veteran can return to being an elite shut-down defenseman. The issues in his game last season were similar to the issues that plagued Dan Girardi, as the two veterans struggled to make routine plays...

September 26th, 2016 In New York Rangers, Trades Contracts and Transactions 0 comments

News of Winnipeg Jets RFA defenseman Jacob Trouba requesting a trade surely grabbed the attention of many NHL general managers. A 22-year-old right-handed defenseman who can play on the top pair is something any team would want. It also just so happens to be exactly what the New York Rangers need. A Natural Fit With the Rangers The Rangers had a...

September 25th, 2016 In New York Rangers, Rangers Goaltending 0 comments

Antti Raanta will need to be as sturdy as ever this year to give the New York Rangers a chance at a playoff spot. Last year the Finish netminder was reasonable, posting 11 wins in 25 games played, but the fact is that the Rangers only felt comfortable giving the 27-year-old 18 starts on the year. It isn't that he was bad he just never really...

September 22nd, 2016 In New York Rangers, Rangers Transactions 0 comments

Following their five-game defeat at the hands of the eventual Stanley Cup-winning Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round of the playoffs last spring, the Rangers vowed to get younger, faster and bigger in 2016-17. They also sought to find players who could add juice to their offensive game, and others who could help a deficient penalty kill unit...

September 20th, 2016 In New York Rangers, Rangers Prospects 0 comments

One year ago, the Rangers sent a group of players to take part in the annual Traverse City Prospects Tournament that, quite honestly, largely consisted of non-prospects. While 2012 first rounder Brady Skjei, 2015 second round pick Ryan Gropp, and 2013 fourth rounder Ryan Graves were notable exceptions, the Blueshirts' roster at last year's...

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