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Rangers' Next Fourth-Line Center

Rangers' Next Fourth-Line Center

April 17th, 2018 An effective fourth-line center is a valuable asset for any NHL team. Regardless of whether the New York Rangers view themselves as a contender next year or not, solidifying the bottom of the roster will provide an interesting challenge for general manager Jeff Gorton and the new coaching...
Do You Know Your Rangers Trivia?

Do You Know Your Rangers Trivia?

April 13th, 2018 As one of the oldest teams in North American sports history, the New York Rangers have a rich past. They are one of the NHL’s exclusive Original Six teams. What follows are some of the pivotal moments, players and franchise memories. How Well Do You Know the Rangers’ History? Which player...

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April 7th, 2018
Rangers Goaltending

Henrik Lundqvist is onboard with the Rangers' rebuild that should really begin to pick up steam in the next few months. That might mean sitting and watching it happen more than The King would prefer over the next few seasons. The irony of the goaltender whose number will one day hang in the rafters of Madison Square Garden being committed to the Rangers' focus on the future is that such an admirable stance may very well require Lundqvist to gradually begin to step aside. Not substantially at first, of course. On the books for three more seasons at an annual salary cap hit of $8.5 million, a cynic might suggest that Lundqvist couldn't go somewhere else even if he wanted to. No, he'll certainly be seen as a stabilizing force in goal for a young team in 2018-19, and this first-class athlete has proved this season that he isn't going to complain about poor defense in front of him after facing a nightly barrage of shots. It seems likely that Lundqvist will continue to have plenty...
April 6th, 2018
Rangers Management

The New York Rangers’ 2017-18 disappointing season comes to a close Saturday afternoon against the Philadelphia Flyers in a game that only has meaning as to how low in the standings the Blueshirts can finish. Rangers’ management must now set their sights on how to continue their rebuilding efforts which were declared in earnest just prior to the trade deadline. There are many floating questions for general manager Jeff Gorton as the team prepares to clean out their stalls. Among them are what to do with the coaching staff, how to handle their burgeoning center depth, retooling a defense that no longer has a clear number one, how their aging superstar goaltender Henrik Lundqvist should be utilized, and what to do with an abundance of salary cap space. These questions are vital to the long-term health of the organization. Most rebuilding efforts fail in achieving the ultimate goal of winning a Stanley Cup. The waters are often muddy as there is no clear right path to that end....
April 5th, 2018
New York Rangers

As the New York Rangers have trended away from perennial playoff contenders to rebuilders this season, young players have been given more opportunities to take ownership of the franchise’s success. With ex-captain Ryan McDonagh’s departure, that hasn’t been true of anyone more so than Brady Skjei. Since McDonagh last played for the Rangers against Boston on Feb. 7, eight games before he was shipped to Tampa Bay at the trade deadline, the 23-year-old Skjei has been handed the reigns to the Rangers’ blue line. However, be it nerves, poor team play during a rebuild, or simply a lack of surrounding talent, Skjei hasn’t made it clear that he’s a bonafide top defender. In fact, he’s failed to elevate his game at all. As this season comes to a close and the Rangers move into offseason mode, it will be interesting to see how that might impact contract negotiations for the pending restricted free agent (RFA). Market for Skjei’s Next Contract Has a Foundation Last...
April 3rd, 2018
New York Rangers

Already in unfamiliar territory, having failed to qualify for the playoffs for just the second time in the Henrik Lundqvist era, the New York Rangers are set to drive further into the unknown as they enter June’s NHL Entry Draft with a veritable cache of ten draft picks at their disposal. Among the stockpile are three first-round picks and a total of seven choices through the first three rounds. For the Blueshirts, who’ve been in the business of sacrificing draft picks for better-known commodities in seemingly every season since the 2004-05 lockout, this is a different, new direction. Except that, according to hockey’s preeminent insider, Bob McKenzie, some of those picks could still be sacrificed to accelerate the rebuild they’ve already begun. Rangers Could Offer Early Picks for Promising Youngster During an appearance on last Wednesday night’s NBCSN intermission, McKenzie was asked about what Jeff Gorton and his Rangers have planned ahead of the...

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Rod Gilbert: Mr. Ranger

  Rod Gilbert and the New York Rangers were a perfect match. It's been over half a century since Gilbert made his debut at the old Madison Square Garden (located on Eighth Avenue between 49th and 50th Streets), yet many of the franchise records he set during his tenure still... September 18th, 2017

The New York Americans: How the NHL Came to MSG

The first National Hockey League team to claim home ice in New York City played at Madison Square Garden and wore red, white, and blue uniforms. This team was not the New York Rangers, but they were responsible for the Rangers coming into existence, and become the Rangers' first rival during the... August 16th, 2017

Missing Ryan Callahan

When Ryan Callahan departed from the New York Rangers in 2014, he took certain skills with him that the Rangers desperately need back. Don’t get me wrong, trading him at the time and not signing him to a massive contract that overpaid him was the right move but looking back on this past season,... May 19th, 2017