Marc Staal, the name that is a borderline swear for some New York Rangers fans, left plenty to be desired last season. Read more
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It has been said that “too much of a good thing can be bad,” and the New York Rangers are experiencing that first hand. There has been much to do about the lack of depth at the center position. There has been mention of the top four defensemen, and there have been rumors of Nick Holden being on the move. While Tyler Bozak has been mentioned as a target, and places like Edmonton have been named as potential destinations, one fact remains; the New York Rangers cannot keep Nick Holden.
Jesper Fast is the New York Rangers version of a Swiss Army Knife, he can virtually do it all. This summer, Fast was a headline several times for the team. First, as we reported back on May 16, it was revealed that Fast would be out most likely until November due to hip surgery. Then, there was the risk that the Vegas Golden Knights could pick him in the expansion draft. After that, he signs a nice three-year contract that is both club and player friendly. Finally, he picks his new number for the season after the Rangers announced his number 19 was being retired in honor of Rangers legend Jean Ratelle.
After last year’s series of late collapses in round two of the Stanley Cup playoffs against the Ottawa Senators, we conclude our 2 part series on Alain Vigneault. Read more
There’s a saying in sports ‘players play and coaches coach’. While the simplicity of this saying is both strong and smart, it really is not true. When it comes down to it, the players may play, but it really all comes down to the coach. It’s the player’s job to do their job, but it’s the coach’s job to put the player and team in position to do so. When a player like Marc Staal gets vilified by the media and the fans, it falls on the player. When Henrik Lundqvist gives up a goal late to tie the game, it somehow falls on the coach.
Prior to last season, Jimmy Vesey was a hot commodity in the NHL. The Vesey sweepstakes ended when the Harvard standout chose the Big Apple as his desired destination. The 2016 Hobey Baker Award winner joined a team with plenty of depth at the wing position. This caused a good problem for the New York Rangers. Read more
Last summer New York Rangers GM Jeff Gorton made a move that flew under the radar by signing Michael Grabner. Many fans and hockey experts believed that Grabner would be a nice role player for the Rangers and nothing more. 27 goals later and Grabner was the steal of the summer. Read more
In the 3rd round of the 2013 NHL Draft, the New York Rangers selected Pavel Buchnevich with the 75th pick; a speedster with a high offensive ceiling. Since then fans have been hearing about Buchnevich being the future. Finally before the 2016-17 season, Buchnevich signed an entry level contract and made his debut against the New York Islanders. Read more
There are three certainties as a New York Rangers fan; death, taxes and a reliable goaltending tandem. Any expectations for NYR goalies would be impossible without acknowledging Benoit Allaire. Read more
Rick Nash is a New York Ranger that fans either support or criticize. Rarely will Nash receive the benefit of the doubt and rarely will he be praised for his value. Nevertheless, Rick Nash is a former superstar with a $7.8 million cap hit this season. A player getting paid that high is expected to produce more than 23 goals and 15 assists, and there really is no debating that.