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Rangers Rebuild Won't Derail If Kovalchuk Signs

Rangers Rebuild Won't Derail If Kovalchuk Signs

June 17th, 2018 If you put 10 individuals in a room and ask them their views on the same subject, I'll guarantee that you'll get answers from every different direction. That's why it isn't surprising you cannot get a consensus opinion on whether signing free-agent forward Ilya Kovalchuk would derail the New York...
One Way Rangers Should Consider Lucic

One Way Rangers Should Consider Lucic

June 14th, 2018 The New York Rangers' season concluded on Apr. 7. shut out by a final score of 5-0, the group looked lifeless. Ex-Rangers head coach,Alain Vigneault had dressed rugged-winger Matt Beleskey and prospect Steven Fogarty, and both players looked out-of-place and combined for six minutes of penalties....

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June 1st, 2018
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Signing Kevin Shattenkirk as a free agent last offseason seemed like a fairy tale for the New York Rangers at first, with the defenseman coming home to play for the team he rooted for as a kid, and taking considerably less money and contract years to do so. Then reality hit, and if 2017-18 wasn't a full-blown nightmare for him, it was at least a waking bad dream. Shattenkirk suffered a torn meniscus during the preseason and tried, mostly unsuccessfully, to play through the injury with his game suffering in the process. The Rangers fell apart in the second half of the season en route to missing the playoffs for the first time since 2010, leading management to trade off much of the core and embark on a rebuilding program. Though it seemed like Shattenkirk arrived at the wrong time to live out his dream, coming to Broadway at the tail end of an era of exceptional competitiveness, he still has a chance to make the fairy tale happen -- even if it's been delayed. With old friend...
May 31st, 2018
NHL Coaching

The New York Rangers named David Quinn as the 35th head coach in the franchise's storied history. Quinn will leave Boston University's ice hockey program behind after spending five years at its helm. https://twitter.com/NYRangers/status/999349263808258053 The Cranston, Rhode Island native is a natural fit for the Rangers, who have a plethora of young players looking to develop as the team's rebuild continues next season. Beyond that, however, he stands a chance of making his stay in the Big Apple a long one. Quinn is a proven winner and he will try to continue that tradition with the Rangers. Quinn's Winning Ways Quinn had big shoes to fill upon taking the coaching position at Boston University. He replaced the legendary Jack Parker, who took charge of the team for 40 years. In fact, the Rangers' new head coach played under Parker during his collegiate career as an athlete. Prior to earning his way to the Terriers' helm, the BU alum was an assistant coach for the...
May 30th, 2018
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Marc Staal has spent his entire 12-year NHL career with the New York Rangers. One way or another that tenure with will have to end soon. Staal has three years remaining on a contract that pays him $5.7 million per season. The team is essentially paying Staal to be the lesser part of a top defensive pair. While the 31-year-old defender had a bit of a resurgence this season, his game is no longer suited for a key role in the modern NHL style of uptempo play. There are still players of his ilk and ability operating in depth roles, getting matched up appropriately and being used to kill penalties. However, paying them among the top salaries at the position (Staal's salary ranks 23rd among league defenders) is a mismanagement of the salary cap and hinders a team's ability to be competitive. How to Shed Staal's Contract There are a few ways to shed a bad contract. Staal has a No Movement Clause (NMC) in his that requires his consent for a trade or demotion to the team's AHL affiliate,...
May 30th, 2018
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Plenty of fans were surprised when the New York Rangers' pre-trade deadline selloff in February didn't include forward Mats Zuccarello. Following management's stated desire to trade off assets and rebuild the club, speculation swirled about how many suitors there would be for the diminutive but offensively talented Norwegian before the deadline. Invaluable to the Rangers during their years of Stanley Cup contention, he seemed a perfect trade target for a contender who craved the scoring and energy Zuccarello provides. The question wasn't if he would be traded but when and for what? The discussion focused on what he was worth: a second-round pick and a prospect, or a first-rounder? Then the deadline passed and the beloved Zucc kept his Blueshirt, unlike so many of his veteran teammates who were shipped off in deals for future assets. Though it might have stunned some, the reality was that Zuccarello was more likely to remain a Ranger than depart; the reason being that his...

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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... June 7th, 2018

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... May 22nd, 2018

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