IN THE FORUMS >> VIEWS REPLIES  
  ■  OT: Other Sports 4971 458  
  ■  Spammers 21 1  
  ■  Game 30: Dallas Stars @ New York Rangers 12/11/... 852 157  
  ■  Most effective NBA live Mobile Coins shop for l... 18 0  
  ■  Carlisle Pandora a hit for Christmas shoppers 14 0  
  ■  Pandora présente son bracelet en argent 925 New... 14 0  
  ■  Echa un vistazo a los encantos exclusivos de Pa... 14 0  
OTG POLL

Have the Rangers turned the corner?

No, still fundamentally flawed
Too early to tell
Yes, absolutely

Previous Polls
 INJURY REPORT
Mika Zibanejad 12/5
Not travelling with the team, but did manage to get on the stationary bike today
 
  MORE INJURY NEWS...
SEPTEMBER 24TH, 2014
CAPTION THIS
Read the submissions so far and see if you can come up with the best caption for today's photo

Best Of:
2014-15 ~ 2013-14
2012-13 ~ 2011-12
2010-11 ~ 2009-10

RUMOR MILL

Tuesday - October 25th

Either Josh Jooris (New York Daily News) or Dylan McIlrath are likely to find themselves on waivers when Pavel Buchnevich returns from back spasms.

The team is expected to cut the roster down to 22 players, and as such one of the two will need to be either moved or sent down.

  MORE RUMORS...

Question Of The Day

September 29th, 2017

How many rostered players were on the ice for opening night 2016-17

Answer...
  BIRTHDAYS

Len Wharton - 1927
Don Johns - 1937
Kevin Klein - 1984

  SEARCH BIRTHDAYS
  RANDOM RANGER

VIC HOWE
(1950-1955)
  Born: Nov 2 - 1929  
  Pos: Right Wing  
  GP: 33  
  G: 3  
  A: 4  
  Pts: 7  
  PIMs: 10  
 
Michal Rozsival seems to be the most likely player to be replaced

The Best Defense Is A Good Offense
Posted by Toby Ivey ≡ 10:13:40 PM - July 8, 2009

One of the issues last season was undoubtedly the Rangers' power play. Ranked second last in the league during the regular season, they not only managed a pitiful 13.9 percent - Detroit lead the league at 25.5 percent - but they also gave up the second most shorthanded goals of any team, an embarrassing 14 against.

Chris Drury lead the Rangers with 10 power play goals last season, good enough for just 39th in the league and Markus Naslund's 8 put him in a tie for 75th league wide, simply not good enough for a team looking to compete at the highest levels.

You could certainly argue that coaching contributed to the poor showing, the Rangers went from eighth in the league through Tom Renney's first two seasons, to a less stellar 22nd in 2007-08, before dropping down to 29th last season. But to put all the blame on Renney - or his power play designate Perry Pearn - would be overlooking other major contributing factors.

Even after John Tortorella took over the reins, the problems continued. In the final 21 games of the season, the Rangers went 13 of 93 on the power play, good enough for just a 14.0 percent conversion rate.

Clearly the Ranger's problems on the man advantage go beyond the coaching staff.

After receiving his pink slip, a clearly frustrated Renney pointed out that the roster he was given was far from perfect. Michal Rozsival has for the most part, failed to live up to being a first string power play quarterback. He's picked up points here and there, but too often he's not made the quick and concise play, or when offered the shot, he's elected to pass the puck.

Enter last Summer's big name free agent signing, Wade Redden. After two sub-par years in Ottawa, Rangers' GM Glen Sather opened the checkbook and gave Redden perhaps one of the five worst contracts in the league since the Cap was put in place. The then 31 year old blueliner, not only didn't bring the promised offense, but became a liability in his own end as well. Compounding the issue, Sather then went and re-signed Rozsival to a four year deal at a premium of $5M per year.

In all fairness, Rozsival's contract probably wouldn't look half as bad if Redden wasn't also on the roster. His durability and relative steadiness most nights, has allowed the Rangers to bring up the likes of Dan Girardi and Marc Staal with less immediate pressure on the youngsters. It's just that he's really just a second tier defenseman who has been thrust (and paid) to be a top tier guy.

Perhaps not surprising then, that it's Rozsival's name that's the one that is most mentioned in the rumors this Summer. While Wade Redden's contract - and performance - remain the bigger issue, it is likely that Rozsival will be the one moved, if the Rangers are to make a change.

So who realistically are the candidates...

Sergei Zubov
The most talked about option has been former Ranger Sergei Zubov. After a season in which he saw just 10 games with the Dallas Stars due to injury, Zubov has reportedly decided to consider moving on from the Big D. With a home in the New York area, and his previous ties with the team, it's not surprising that the Rangers are in the mix.

But what can we really expect from a soon to be 39 year old defenseman who has missed 108 games in the past two years while registering just four goals. Zubov's best days are clearly behind him, and any sort of encore with New York is likely to be superficially effective at best.

Paul Mara
Tried and true, the Rangers would certainly know what they're getting in Mara, and for the most part it's a 2nd/3rd pair d-man that has added a little jam to his game. Mara hasn't done much on the power play, and is clearly not the answer to that particular problem.

Derek Morris
Late last season the Rangers acquired Morris in a deadline deal that saw them part with Nigel Dawes and Petr Prucha. It was a relatively high price to pay for a rental defenseman, and one who failed to score a goal in 25 games as a Ranger. In fact, Morris hasn't done much of any kind of scoring since the 2002-03 season when he had 48 points for Colorado - Both Redden and Rozsival have scored more each season than Morris since that year.

There is a possibility that he could regain some of that form next year, but with his career on a downward trajectory, it seems unlikely.

Matt Gilroy
The 2009 Hobey Baker award winner was richly rewarded by the Rangers with a two year, $3.5M contract. Gilroy showed could vision on the ice, and finished his NCAA career with a solid 37 points in 45 games. While respectable, they're certainly not the best stats we've seen from an undrafted college blue-liner - Thomas Pock had twice as many goals, and 41 points in his senior year, and far short of Tom Preissing's 23 goals and 29 assists before turning pro.

Some prospect camp observers already think that Gilroy has a good shot at making the Rangers out of camp, but it's hard to imagine that he'll be able to produce right off the bat.

Mathieu Schneider, Chris Chelios, Patrice Brisebois, Bret Hedican and Teppo Numminen
They've had some impressive careers, but these five veterans - in every sense of the word - are well past their best. Schneider did manage to get 9 goals last year, but was previously let go by Glen Sather early in his tenure as Rangers GM. The other four combined for just 8 goals, with the defensively weak Brisebois picking up 5 of those.

Clearly there isn't much out there on the market this time round, and spending dollars chasing a sub-par option likely only puts this team further into the hole they've put themselves into. Perhaps the best scenario in this case is to try and get some production out what they already have, as they try to work one or two of Gilroy, Del Zotto, Sanguinetti or even Heikkinen into the mix.

With that said, it's hard to see Sather standing pat. The Rangers' GM has consistently worked his team up against the Cap, and looks to be heading that way once more. It's to be expected that the Rangers will add at least one veteran d-man, and possibly two if Rozsival is indeed dealt.

Whatever the case we can only do what we always do at this time of year as Ranger fans - anxiously await news on the wire, and hope for the best.


Profile of the Author:
Has been an active follower of the New York Rangers since the 1996-97 season. Began OutsideTheGarden.com in 2001, and has continued to collect data and provide analysis on the team through to the current day.

 Additional stories from Toby Ivey:


YOUR COMMENTS

 
December 13th, 2017
CANADIAN TIRE CENTRE
  1 2 3 T
0 0 0 0
0 0 0 0
7:00pm -
Preview Game Thread
  HEADLINES
Rangers give up another early g...
- New York Daily News 10/11

Rangers coach sits veteran defe...
- New York Post 10/11

Kevin Shattenkirk cant discover...
- New York Post 10/11

Rangers assign Filip Chytil to ...
- New York Daily News 10/10

Adam Cracknell to play on Range...
- New York Newsday 10/10

Rangers send Filip Chytil to AH...
- New York Newsday 10/10

Rangers bottled up by Blues for...
- New York Newsday 10/10

Lethargic Rangers undone by ano...
- New York Post 10/10

How treasured rookie talked Ran...
- New York Post 10/10

FacebookTwitterGoogleEmailCopy ...
- New York Post 10/10

More news...
  NEXT GAMES
Wednesday Dec 13th
7:00pm - Road

Friday Dec 15th
7:00pm - Home

Saturday Dec 16th
5:00pm - Road

Tuesday Dec 19th
7:00pm - Home

Thursday Dec 21st
7:00pm - Road

Saturday Dec 23rd
7:00pm - Home

Wednesday Dec 27th
8:00pm - Home

Friday Dec 29th
7:30pm - Road

Complete Schedule
  STANDINGS
  Team GP W L OT Pts  
  Lightning 29 21 6 2 44  
  Maple Leafs 31 20 10 1 41  
  Blue Jackets 30 19 10 1 39  
  Islanders 30 17 10 3 37  
  Capitals 31 18 12 1 37  
  Devils 29 16 9 4 36  
  Rangers 30 16 11 3 35  
  Penguins 32 16 13 3 35  
  Bruins 27 14 9 4 32  
  Canadiens 31 13 14 4 30  
  Flyers 29 11 11 7 29  
  Hurricanes 29 11 11 7 29  
  Panthers 30 12 14 4 28  
  Red Wings 30 11 13 6 28  
  Senators 28 9 12 7 25  
  Sabres 30 7 17 6 20  
FULL STANDINGS

About Us -  Site Map  -  Contact Us


?Copyright OutsideTheGarden.com 2001-17
This site and rolex replica uk it's content is in no way affiliated replica watches sale with, or representative rolex replica sale of the 
NHL
, NHLPA or the New York Rangers