Defense Not As Deep As It Looks

Looking at the Rangers roster, you might be mistaken in thinking that they have plenty of depth on the blueline.  The team now has ten blue-liners with NHL experience on the roster, and a further three who’ll be under contract this year. The starting six – barring injuries – looks pretty much set for the […]

The Silly Season Is Upon Us

New York placed veteran forwards Arron Asham and Darroll Powe on waivers yesterday, in the hopes that someone else will pick them up.  Both are in the final years of their respective contracts, with Powe at $1.06M and Asham and $1M in terms of salary cap.  Neither forward has particularly impressed in a Rangers uniform, although Asham did at […]

Mike Sauer Not Qualified

The Rangers have made it official, declining to offer pending RFA Mike Sauer a qualifying contract offer, meaning that the 26 year old defenseman will become an unrestricted free agent later in the week.   Not that it matters, Sauer hasn’t played hockey since December of 2011, when he was sidelined by a Dion Phaneuf hit.  Since […]

Season Preview

It took more than three months to get the season started finally, but now as we head to the eve of the season opener against the Bruins, there is plenty of optimism around, and one goal in mind: win the Cup. With 34 fewer games this year, and an abbreviated camp and no preseason, it’s […]

Stralman to go with #6?

Defenseman Anton Stralman joined the Rangers a few weeks into the season last year, after the organization went looking for depth following a slow recovery for Marc Staal and an injury to Mike Sauer in the preseason.  With few numbers to choose from, the Swedish native went with #32 in his first year with the Blueshirts. A solid post season that […]

Jumbo Sized Speculation

It hasn’t taken long for the dust to settle on the Rick Nash trade, with pundits already speculating that San Jose Sharks center man Joe Thornton would look good alongside the recently acquired left winger. The speculation, and I use that term because there’s been nothing more than some suggestions from a couple of reporters including Kevin […]

No Doubts about his Game

Ryan McDonagh still feeling his way around the League, force fed into a top pair position, by Coach John Tortorella this season, deserves some All Star Game votes. He latched onto a second pair spot last season with the intensity of a hungry Badger, showing the poise of a five year NHL vet, while paired with fellow rookie Michael Sauer. This seasons performance has been […]

Rangers sled on

A December Saturday night, a wander down to Buffalo, another W and the Rangers roll on. The Rangers continue morphing into a tough nut to crack come playoff time. A team receiving contributions from all hands nightly, is very difficult to beat over a seven game series. Torts has this team headed down that road. Witness the Broadway […]

Are The Rangers For Real?

As of November 29th, the Rangers have the best win percentage of any team in the league – .690 – are seventh overall with 29 points, just three behind the league leading Penguins, and have games in hand on all six teams ahead of them.  The have two fewer regulation losses than any other team […]

Homeward Bound

This Thursday the Rangers will finally get to do something they haven’t done so far this season – play a game on home ice.  It’s been an up and down start to the season, but what could easily have been an unmitigated disaster has proven to be an above par showing. In the seven games […]