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New York Rangers’ Player Grades, Part 4
February 21st, 2014 at 2:49 PM
***PHOTO1***Feeling down? In need of a distraction after Team USA's loss? Let's turn our attention back to the NHL, and take a look at how three of the New York Rangers' top-six defenseman--Ryan McDonagh, Dan Girardi, and Anton Stralman--have performed so far. Ryan McDonagh Already one of the best defenders in the...

The Better Late than Never Olympic Hockey Predictions
February 13th, 2014 at 8:47 PM
***PHOTO1***Just about every Olympic hockey tournament has an underdog team that ends up medaling unexpectedly. 2010 in Vancouver had two: USA and Finland, neither of which was considered an odds-on favorite headed into the games.  This year may well be an exception. With the 2014 games in Sochi underway, four powerhouses--USA,...

Olympic Hockey Preview: What to Expect from the New York Rangers’ Sochi 7
February 12th, 2014 at 3:40 PM
***PHOTO1***In case anyone forgot, The New York Rangers sent seven players to the Olympics this year: Americans Ryan McDonagh, Derek Stepan, and Ryan Callahan, Swedes Henrik Lundqvist and Carl Hagelin, Canadian Rick Nash, and the Norwegian hobbit-wizard Mats Zuccarello. Some will play in unfamiliar roles, while others might not play at all. For the...

Latest Ryan Callahan/Dan Girardi Rumors: Could Both Be Wearing Different Sweaters This Time Next Year?
January 28th, 2014 at 10:03 PM
***PHOTO1***Of the New York Rangers' 12 pending free agents, the two biggest--and longest tenured--names are Ryan Callahan and Dan Girardi. But tonight, courtesy of TSN's Bob McKenzie and Darren Dreger, comes the not so startling revelation that one or both Rangers' stalwarts could be on the move. Glen Sather has reportedly...

Anton Stralman, the New York Rangers Forgotten Man on D, Paying Dividends
January 25th, 2014 at 1:53 PM
***PHOTO1***If you polled 50 hockey fans, asking them to name the New York Rangers top-6 defenseman, you can take it to the bank that the name that would be omitted most frequently is that of Anton Stralman. The 27-year old Swede is neither big--just 5'11--nor offensively inclined--only 4 points this year--allowing...

Litmus Test: New York Rangers Host Blues, Kevin Klein Makes His Debut
January 23rd, 2014 at 3:14 PM
***PHOTO1***The St. Louis Blues, despite losing 3 of 4, have been one of the the leagues very best teams. At 33-11-5, the physically imposing Blues are 4th best in the league, and are tied for the lead with a 1.49 5 on 5 Goals For/Against Ratio. They're big, defensively sound,...

Sayonara DZ: Rangers Ship Michael Del Zotto to Preds for Defenseman Kevin Klein; is There More to Come?
January 22nd, 2014 at 3:28 PM
***PHOTO1***Bringing to fruition a move that's seemed inevitable for a long time now, the New York Rangers have shipped underachieving defenseman Michael Del Zotto to the Nashville Predators for fellow D-man Kevin Klein. The 29-year old Klein--a right handed shot--has a goal and two assists this season for Nashville, to go...

Conor Allen Sent Back to Hartford; Notes About Last Night’s Throttling of Toronto
January 5th, 2014 at 4:47 PM
***PHOTO1***After being made a healthy scratch last night, Conor Allen is headed back to Hartford. The Chicago native played 3 games with the big club, and didn't look bad, but for the time being is the victim of a numbers game. The move really doesn't come as a surprise, given that...

New York Rangers’ Marc Staal Back in, Anton Stralman Close
December 30th, 2013 at 9:11 PM
***PHOTO1***Marc Staal, who has missed the last ten games with a concussion, will be back in the lineup for the New York Rangers tomorrow night in Florida. Staal last played 12/7 against the New Jersey Devils, when he was injured after taking a Reid Boucher shoulder to the jaw. With Staal back...

New York Rangers News: Marc Staal Takes Part in Full Practice
April 17th, 2013 at 3:35 PM
***PHOTO1*** Wednesday brought along good news for the New York Rangers as Marc Staal took part in a full team practice for the first time since his eye injury. Staal had been staking on his own recently, and took part in some practices wearing a non-contact jersey, but today marked the first...

New York Rangers Should Add Depth at Trade Deadline
March 25th, 2013 at 3:20 PM
***PHOTO1*** With the April 3 NHL Trade Deadline looming, the pressure is on for all 30 general managers to make the right move(s) for their teams moving forward. The man under the most pressure may very well be Glen Sather of the New York Rangers. The Rangers came into the lockout-shortened season as...

New York Rangers: Trade Rumors Involving Michael Del Zotto Need to Stop
March 20th, 2013 at 1:33 PM
***VIDEO1*** It is no secret that the New York Rangers are in the market to make a move at the trade deadline. ESPN's Pierre LeBrun notes that Dan Boyle of the San Jose Sharks would be a fit for the Rangers, as he's the right-handed, top-four, offensive minded forward they've been looking...

New York Rangers Eyeing Defenseman Andrej Sustr
March 19th, 2013 at 11:41 AM
***VIDEO1*** It has been no secret that the New York Rangers are looking for defensemen as the trade deadline nears. Two weeks ago, they put in a waiver claim for veteran Roman Hamrlik, who really hasn't panned out in his first few games as a Blueshirt. With the timetable for Marc Staal's...

Jordan Staal Optimistic Brother Marc Staal of New York Rangers Will Return This Season
March 19th, 2013 at 10:53 AM
***PHOTO1*** Prior to last night's game between the Carolina Hurricanes and New York Rangers, Jordan Staal saw his brother, Marc, for the first time since the defenseman suffered his eye injury. Marc Staal has missed six games since his left eye was struck by a slap shot in the team's 4-2 win...

New York Rangers: Marc Staal ‘Still a Ways Out’ According to Brother Eric in Wake of Rangers Vs Carolina Hurricanes Matchup
March 18th, 2013 at 11:16 AM
***PHOTO1*** Be prepared to hear Sam Rosen of MSG Networks tell you that three Staal brothers won't be on the ice tonight when the New York Rangers take on the Carolina Hurricanes. The three Staal brothers in the NHL had tonight's game at Madison Square Garden circled on the calendar, as it...

New York Rangers Expect Marc Staal Back in 2-3 Weeks
March 11th, 2013 at 12:21 PM
***VIDEO1*** There is some positive news on the Marc Staal front, as the New York Rangers expect Staal to miss only about another 2-3 weeks. ***PHOTO1*** This may be the best possible scenario for Staal, who was believed to be out much longer when the puck made contact with his eye. Initial thoughts...

New York Rangers’ Roman Hamrlik Won’t Play Vs Former Team
March 9th, 2013 at 8:42 PM
***VIDEO1*** After sitting as a healthy scratch for all but four of 21 games with the Washington Capitals earlier this season, Roman Hamrlik was claimed off waivers by the New York Rangers. He played against the New York Islanders and Ottawa Senators, but when the team travels to Washington D.C., tomorrow to...

New York Rangers: Offense Must Step up in Marc Staal’s Absence
March 7th, 2013 at 3:51 PM
***PHOTO1*** With Marc Staal out of the lineup, the offense needs to play better than it has just about all season. Staal returned to his old self prior to being blasted by a hockey puck in the eye, meaning the New York Rangers are without a solid defender who eats minutes and...

New York Rangers Expect Marc Staal to Make Full Recovery; OUT Indefinitely
March 7th, 2013 at 9:25 AM
***VIDEO1*** When New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal was struck in around the left eye by the puck in Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers, media and fans feared for the worst. Staal, who missed half of last season with a concussion, is not new to head trauma, so instantly it...

New York Ranges Claim Defenseman Roman Hamrlik Off Waivers
March 6th, 2013 at 12:42 PM
***VIDEO1*** The New York Rangers made a move to bolster its defense Wednesday by claiming Roman Hamrlik off waivers from the Washington Capitals. The move makes the defensive unit better and deeper, and likely removes the Rangers out of trade speculation for a D-man. The Rangers have been in the middle of...