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Don’t believe the talk, Rangers desperately need a top line center

They are all saying the right things. From the players to the coaches, it’s all textbook sports talk. Alain Vigneault talks about players like Mika Zibanejad and Kevin Hayes seizing the opportunity ahead. Now he’s even added J.T. Miller as one of those players to show what he can do at the center position. Read more

The Broadway Doughnuts?

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This time last year, there was plenty of reason for optimism amongst Rangers fans. They brought their most highly regarded prospect, Pavel Buchnevich over, from Russia. They defied all of the hockey insiders by signing Jimmy Vesey to add to an already talented group of forwards. Trade acquisitions Mika Zibanejad and Nick Holden, along with a full season of another rookie, Brady Skjei, added to the intrigue of a fairly complete, and well-rounded squad. But this year feels different to me.

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Why in the world would the Rangers be interested in 36 year old Danis Zaripov

We are weeks away from camp opening and the Rangers still have a few questions about their lineup going into the season.  What will the top two defensive pairings look like?  Who will win the 5th, 6th, and 7th defenseman slots?  Most notably the Rangers have a hole at the 3rd line Center position that looks like it will be a battle between Lias Andersson and Christoval “Boo” Nieves.  Another option that has been discussed is moving JT Miller back to Center.  Read more

Anthony Deangelo could be a real steal or a major bust

This off-season has been one in which we have seen the Rangers experience a significant amount of roster turnover.  Dan Giardi was bought out, Kevin Klein retired (and signed in Europe), and Derek Stepan and Antti Raanta were traded to the Arizona Coyotes. The Rangers were also able to sign the biggest free agent available, Kevin Shattenkirk, to replace Dan Giardi.  They signed Ondrej Pavelec to fill the hole left by Raanta, and drafted Lias Andersson with the 7th overall pick.  In addition, as has been the case the past few years, the Rangers dove deep into non-traditional markets.  Alexei Bereglazov was signed out of the KHL while Vince Pedrie, Neil Pionk, and Vinnie Lettieri were all signed out of the NCAA ranks.  However, the most intriguing addition this off-season is Anthony Deangelo, who was part of the return from the Coyotes for Derek Stepan and Antti Raanta. Read more

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