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Thursday - April 23rd

The Rangers are apparently one of four remaining teams in competition for UFA Boston University goaltender Matt O'Connor.

O'Connor would be an addition to a relatively deep pool of goaltender prospects that include Mackenzie Skapsi, Igor Shesterkin and Brandon Halverson.

Per Bob McKenzie on twitter, the Rangers are competing with Ottawa, Edmonton and Buffalo.

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February 26th, 2016

Glass improved his average to 1 goal every 34.33 games with NYR. What three forwards are worse?

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Sniper.
BE CAREFUL
Posted by RRanger ≡ 9:29:43 AM - June 3, 2016

Many are the New York Ranger fans, bloggers, forum posters and unpaid experts calling for big roster changes before the next puck drops. Big, when you consider most are hoping Rick Nash, Kevin Hayes, Marc Staal and Dan Girardi are all on the other side of the rink, when the summer ends. Indeed a monumental task for Mr. Gorton, when you consider contract effects on teams salary caps, no move, and no trade clauses. So monumental the afore mentioned experts will be disappointed when reality kicks in, and maybe Nash and Hayes are the only two moved. If Gorton is able to move Staal and Giradi and their cap gobbling contracts, for any nugget of note, then just give him the  "Executive of the Year" already, he will have earned it. Realistically there will be a market for Nash, he's had his ups and downs, usually, season ups and playoff downs, but teams will be calling. He's been a goal scorer most of his career and hopefully a couple three teams will think he can do it again. The problem for those who want him gone is replacing his 104 goals in 248 games. For the stats geeks that's 35 goals over a 82 game season for three years. Certainly respectable numbers and in the park for his salary range. If they trade him, they better get some scoring back or the offensively challenged Ranger attack might be positively anemic without him. Kevin Hayes is another often mentioned trade candidate who seems to have fallen out of favour in his two Broadway campaigns. Trading 6'5" 230 lb skilled players averaging a point every two games, including and during what most would call a sophomore slump, is risky business. Many's the sorry team that traded a player to early and watched his career takeoff elsewhere. Personally I think he's not getting enough direction from the coaching staff. His game has to much soft indifferent play without the puck, and a little to much dipsy doodle with it. If he could be convinced to play a lot more straight line and physical going after the puck, and taking it to the net, he could be a force indeed, and a power forward X 2. The Rangers would be foolish to trade him before they figure out his ceiling, which could be as high as a solid number 2 center. It's up to the Coaching staff to figure out how to motivate players to get better, and reach their potential. The Rangers need to be careful of big moves this off season, and should be thinking more of a 20 game assessment period next season, to evaluate young players development, veteran player rejuvenation, and coaching performance, and then decide the direction. Right now its to easy to blame last season on certain players.

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Teflon Coach?
Posted by RRanger ≡ 12:12:15 AM - May 5, 2016

I'm more than a little surprised some of the New York Rangers local newspapers, and pundits, haven't been more critical of Coach Vigneaults body of work this season. Since the Rangers 2014 Stanley Cup finals appearance the Rangers have been on a decline. Culminating in this springs embarrassing toasting by the Pittsburgh Penguins in a five game blowout. 113 regular season points last season 101 this season, another 12 point drop off next season and the Rangers won't make the playoffs. This off season is not geared around adding players to compete for the Stanley Cup, its about adding players to make next seasons playoffs. You take away Henrik Lunqvists scintillating start to the season and the Rangers would NOT have made this seasons playoffs. Let that sink in, this season was a disaster only masked by Lundqvists early season dominance. 

Compound that by delving into the overall poor team play and poor special teams play and there  is certainly subject matter for debate. Five on five play was a inconsistent adventure usually preceded by seemingly nightly forward line shuffles. The top lines appeared to be more of a who you are placement, than what have you done lately reward.  The compete level and battle intensity level just wasn't there most nights, as it appeared the plan was to win with as little effort as possible. 

The once vaunted defence was a shell of its former self. Individually the veterans all struggled, and looked confused in their defensive zone responsibilities. Some more so than others, yet quality minutes were handed to some who were struggling enough to make most observers wonder why they were even in the lineup. Instead of being recognized as having a physical style that could impact games in a way no other defenseman could, Dylan McIlrath sat far to often. McIlrath and late season call up Brady Skjei both showed potential and promise, the lone bright spots in the underachieving defensive group  more

 
Thud.
Posted by RRanger ≡ 6:07:56 PM - April 26, 2016

 I'm not sure anyone following the Rangers realistically expected a much different first round playoff result, than the whupping the Penguins put on the disorganized Rangers. It was ugly. The last two games in particular showed just how unprepared and unmotivated the Rangers were. For whatever reason the Rangers mailed it in against the Penquins. But as mentioned it should not have been a surprise based on the regular season performance of the Rangers. 

How could such a promising start to the season end in such a free falling thud in the playoffs? The great start was on the back of Henrik Lundqvist who's play had the Vezina Trophy talk going. In front of him, it was apparent all season the rest of the team was struggling. Lundqvist was left exposed to a nightly barrage of high quality shots the team seemed incapable of stopping. For a team with visions of a Broadway spring parade, the Pittsburg series was a stinging notice its retool time  more

 
Do Something.
Posted by RRanger ≡ 10:09:18 AM - April 15, 2016

Why do I envision A.V. going down with the boat, standing next to the drain hole with the plug in his hands when this series is over. I guess because he's done it all year. He's talking about making changes for the second game in Pittsburg Saturday, and thats exactly what it will be is talk. Who will he sit? Hayes? Giradi? Moore? No chance! The only one with a degree of possibility is Hayes, because AV's done it before. Even though he's a good candidate, based on his no hit, no battle style of play, he likely won't sit. Why on earth would coach put in Oscar Lindberg and his energetic, competitive, physical style of play?  

Moore? Please, he's had a pass all year, except for the earlier game or two he sat, so the Rangers could evaluate and then ultimately make the wrong decision, on keeping Jarret Stoll or Moore.  If the Rangers move on that mistake will be more and more apparent. Moore has a reputation of stepping it up in the playoffs, that stepup was not seen in game one. In fact he was standing holding a anchor for AV's sinking boat, most of wednesday night, while Tanner Glass and Viktor Stalberg did their best without him. Pretty much a continuation of his season long effort. I've never liked players with that reputation, your supposed to bring it every night, not when you feel like it  more

 
Let's Get At It!
Posted by Michael M. Ramos ≡ 8:52:56 AM - April 12, 2016

Well Rangers fans, it's that magical time of the year where visions of Stanley Cup raising is all in our heads. Being a Rangers fan, it also brings in memeories of very good teams that have fallen short of the ultimate prize. The BIG question is where does this team fit in the drive for 5? Is this the year for the 5th Cup in Rangers history? Was Eric Staal the missing piece? Can Keith Yandle recapture his All-Star staus he had with the Coyotes with more ice time replacing Ryan McDonagh? Did the Rangers make themselves stronger for a long playoff run by not going all out during the regular season like last season that wore them all down deep into the playoffs? Can the Rangers make it 3 times in a row knocking the Penguins out of the playoffs? SO many questions and we will see an answer soon. The Rangers start the 1st round on the road for the 1st time in years and it could be the best thing that happens for them  more

 
Optimism?
Posted by RRanger ≡ 9:07:45 PM - March 26, 2016

Any combination of Stepan, Brassard, Miller, Nash, Kreider, and Zuccarello, in the top six is fine by me and probably most Ranger fans. I've never understood Jesper Fast being in the top six mix, when all hands are on deck, and even when Rick Nash was down, and then while he was being eased back into the lineup. But if Nash's game against Montreal was any indication, it appears he has his legs. If the Rangers can keep the afore mentioned in the top six, and healthy, then some potential for some playoff success exists. 

With the fourth line of Moore, Glass and Stalberg kicking in a consistent, gritty effort since their inaugural debut, a little more playoff optimism exists. Left to make up a neccessary third line is Eric Staal, Kevin Hayes, Jesper Fast and the forgotten Oscar Lindberg. Fast could be a key cog on that line, bringing his defensive awareness to the mix. Eric Staal and Kevin Hayes both showed a bit of chemistry, against the Canadians just missing on a couple of neat passing plays. Staal has to take charge on that line and make it work. If he does, and Hayes and Fast follow along, then some real playoff optimism exists  more

 
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