It’s no secret to any Rangers fan that this summer the Rangers seriously need to upgrade their defense. When you take a look around the league it’s not about having a big hulking defense anymore. It’s about having a mobile defense that can skate, join the rush, and make that crucial pass. Having a great shot doesn’t hurt either. The Rangers need to retool their defense this summer and one key move may have already been a step in the right direction: the signing of UMD defensemen Neal Pionk.
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The FullTilt writers give you their thoughts on round one, and what to expect in round two.
The New York Rangers, if you haven’t heard by now, are heading to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. After six intense and hard fought games against the Montreal Canadiens and their star goaltender Carey Price, the Rangers closed the series out and will now face the Ottawa Senators and star defensemen Erik Karlsson in the second round. You can view our second round preview here
. There are three storylines that make this Rangers/Senators matchup extremely intriguing. This is going to be a fun one.
As long as I’ve been a Rangers fan there have been a few things I’ve noticed. One is that the unity that people show around this team is something to be admired. No matter who you are, where you’re from or what your beliefs are, once we all step into the Garden or flip our screens on we all become a part of Ranger nation. We all become united in Blue. Read more
Eight games into this young season for the New York Rangers and there have been a lot of positives for the team so far. These include their blistering speed, their play away from the puck and their puck management which have all looked better than last season. Even the powerplay has had some life in it which as fans know is much different than recent years. Read more
Sometimes all someone needs is a chance to show what they can do. New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton had a plan this summer and he executed it spectacularly. Read more
Well, here we are. The Stanley Cup has been awarded and the Pittsburgh Penguins organization has a fourth championship to put in their trophy case. The 2016 entry draft finished last weekend and fans are looking forward to free agency to see where Steven Stamkos will sign and just when the dominoes will begin to fall. Before we get to July 1, and all the craziness that will be sure to follow let’s take a look back at this past weekend’s entry draft and see how the New York Rangers performed, despite not having a first round pick once again. Read more
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The New York Rangers have been one of the most successful teams in the NHL over the past half decade. With three trips to the Eastern Conference Final, one trip to the Stanley Cup Final and more playoff wins than any other team over the past few years, they certainly have had some amazing moments. Read more