Training Camp – Center

Going into July 1st, there were nothing but questions as to who would play center for the Rangers. Negotiations with Michael Nylander had gone nowhere, Matt Cullen had proved to be only a minimal improvement over Steve Rucchin and the Rangers had finished the season using Sean Avery as a stop gap second line center. Less than 24 hours later and the situation […]

The Story So Far…

With the benefit of reflection (and a good deal of hindsight) I have come to the conclusion that last year indeed was a fluke.  The planets aligned, it was a perfect storm…call it what you will, but the Rangers finally had fortune on their side and that, more than anything else, enabled them to have […]

Remember The Penguins

t’s now been over 36 hours and the Rangers have made five moves, none of which could be confused with the wild 90s, or the early 2000s for that matter.  The biggest profile name involved with the Rangers to date is probably the return of Martin Straka, a move that was not unexpected and perhaps […]

Don`t Stop Believing

by Eric Vecchione Here we are, November 1st, almost one month into this very different journey, and the New York Rangers – Tex’s perennially disappointing, listless, oftentimes embarrassing Rangers – are in first place. Certainly it would be my greatest fabrication (some class cutting excuses in college are close) if I were to say that […]

Alternative Power Sources

by Mike Aker The Rangers recent three-game slide can be attributed as much to their one-dimensional power play as to tired legs playing seven games in ten nights. While the Blueshirts is ranked in the top ten in power play conversions, their production will continue to decrease if teams take notes from both Buffalo and […]

Blueshirts Keep It Going

The Rangers were coming off an emotional 4-1 victory over the Devils on Thursday night.  The visiting Thrashers were down to their fourth string goaltender (fifth if you count the unplanned retirement of Pasi Nurminen in the Summer), and had given up seven power play goals in a 9-1 loss to Toronto the previous night.  […]

Another Loss

The positive vibe that has surrounded the Rangers since the opening night victory over the Philadelphia Flyers took a hit today, with a loss reminiscent of many in recent memories.  New York traveled to the nation’s capital for a Matinee game and appeared to take their lowly opponent too lightly, allowing the Capitals to twice […]

Blueshirt Fall In OT

The last time the Rangers played in Madison Square Garden for an NHL regular season game, was back on March 31st, 2004.  That night the home team lost to the Buffalo Sabres 3-4, in what was perhaps a premonition of things to come.  New York was looking to build on the momentum of an improbable […]

Captain Crunching

by Mike Aker With the preseason ending, the Rangers still have a plethora of questions left to answer beginning with final roster spots, forward/defensive pairings, and ending with the inauguration of their new captain, most likely at the home opener on Thursday night. Many non-hockey fans and casual observers question the importance of having a […]

Ranger Danger

by Eric Vecchione When Glen Slather unloaded many of the Ranger’s oldest and highest salaried players last spring, many fans thought they had seen the end of the longstanding ineffective strategy of importing and overpaying old players past their primes.  However, many of Sather’s moves in the new NHL are raising eyebrows and making Ranger […]