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about 3 hours ago
Carl Hagelin’s  speed is unmatched It’s far too early in the season to make any fair assessment of the 2013-2014 Rangers, but already several things have become apparent – chief among them that the Blueshirts have impressive depth ...
Carl Hagelin’s  speed is unmatched It’s far too early in the season to make any fair assessment of the 2013-2014 Rangers, but already several things have become apparent – chief among them that the Blueshirts have impressive depth this season. The return of the team’s heart and soul, Ryan Callahan, on Monday night provided a huge boost against the L.A. Kings and further solidified New York’s top-nine.  The one key piece that remains out of the lineup is 25-year-old LW Carl Hagelin, who underwent surgery on a torn shoulder labrum last spring but is on a slightly slower recovery path than Callahan. Of course, an extended injury to Rick Nash would put a big dent in the depth, but we are optimistic that it won’t be a lingering injury. Hagelin was placed on LTIR before the season and is slated to miss a minimum of 10 games and 24 days, keeping him out until at least October 29th against the Islanders.  It could be longer than that; since Hagelin still hasn’t been cleared for contact we have no real way of knowing his timeline. Still, it’s exciting to think about how the roster might look when #62 does return.  There are a handful of players more valuable to the Blueshirts than Hagelin, but there might not be anyone that single-handedly changes the game as much as he does.  Obviously Henrik Lundqvist is the club’s backbone in net, Nash is as good a goal scorer as you’ll find in the NHL, and three Blueshirt blueliners are frequently mentioned among the NHL’s best.  They’re all great players, but none of them possess that one singular quality that tilts the ice the way Hagelin’s lightning speed can. Shortly after Hagelin’s arrival, John Tortorella began instructing his players to dump the puck deep into the far corner and let his thoroughbred chase it down regardless of the risk of icing.  That may not be possible for Alain Vigneault given the league’s new attention to hybrid icing, but rest assured that Vigneault is chomping at the bit to give his new toy a spin. Already against the Kings we saw that the Rangers can be very effective playing at a faster tempo and that will only come more naturally when the quickest player in the league returns. Like Callahan and Derek Stepan, Hagelin will surely need a bit of time to shake off the rust when he hits the ice.  But there were plenty of encouraging reports from training camp that Hagelin’s speed wasn’t affected at all by his offseason recovery and he is overall in tremendous shape. Besides his legs, Hagelin is also a puck possession monster, dependable penalty killer and has at times in the past shown touch around the net.  He’s absolutely among the top-nine forwards on the squad, and probably among the top-six. Knock on wood that the Rangers remain healthy, but the idea of adding Hagelin to an already deep bench is cause for excitement.  If Nash is OK, Hagelin’s return in a couple of weeks could make New York free of significant injuries for the first time since early last season.  If you remember, at that point many viewed the Blueshirts as a Stanley Cup favorite. Tweet
about 4 hours ago
At the end of the 2013-14 season the Rangers are going to have $33,395,000 in cap space (if the salary cap stays where it is) and will have ten players from the current roster become unrestricted free agents. Ten sounds like a lot of UFA...
At the end of the 2013-14 season the Rangers are going to have $33,395,000 in cap space (if the salary cap stays where it is) and will have ten players from the current roster become unrestricted free agents. Ten sounds like a lot of UFAs because it is. Those ten potential UFAs represent 43.5% of this year's roster. Among those names are the team's best player Henrik Lundqvist, its captain Ryan Callahan, and all-star blueliner Dan Girardi. Below is a list of all the players slated to become UFAs and what their cap hit is this season according to capgeek.com. Player (Age) Cap Hit in 2013-14 Henrik Lundqvist, 31 $6,875,000 Ryan Callahan, 28 $4,275,000 Dan Girardi, 29 $3,325,000 Anton Stralman, 27 $1,700,000 Brian Boyle, 28 $1,700,000 Taylor Pyatt, 32 $1,550,000 Benoit Pouliot, 27 $1,300,000 Martin Biron, 36 $1,300,000 Dominic Moore, 33 $1,000,000 Arron Asham, 35 $1,000,000 Obviously there are some players on this list that the Rangers can let walk without suffering much worry of losing someone truly irreplaceable but there's also no denying that there are some important names on that list. In addition to the ten players that will become unrestricted free agents the Rangers also have five players on the current roster that are becoming restricted free agents and some noteworthy names that are currently in the Rangers system including Chris Kreider and Danny Kristo. Player (Age) Cap Hit in 2013-14 Derick Brassard, 26 $3,200,000 Michael Del Zotto, 23 $2,550,000 Mats Zuccarello, 26 $1,150,000 Justin Falk, 24 $975,000 Danny Kristo, 23 $875,000 (EL) John Moore, 22 $840,000 (EL) Chris Kreider, 22 $800,000 (EL) The remainder of the Rangers RFAs and UFAs currently playing in the minor leagues can be found here. ...That's a lot of hockey players that need new contracts in the 2014 offseason and though the Rangers obviously won't be keeping all of their pending free agents, cap space is going to get tight because several of the players that the Rangers are planning to bring back are almost certainly going to demand pay raises. Obviously the biggest names on the list are Lundqvist and Callahan. I can't imagine the Rangers dropping the ball on re-signing them but anything could happen. Getting their contracts done first, hopefully at some point during this season, would be in the team's best interest because it would allow for a clearer picture of how much cap space is left for the pending RFAs and UFAs of lesser importance. I can see Callahan taking the Dustin Brown route and staying under a cap hit of six million to help the team he captains to stay competitive but I do expect his next contract to take up more than his current one does by a significant amount (his current cap hit is $4.275 million). Henrik Lundqvist, on the other hand, deserves big money and is almost certainly going to ask for it. In my opinion, Henrik Lundqvist is the best goalie in the NHL and he'll be getting a contract that represents that. Below is a breakdown of the highest paid goalies in the league to give you an idea of what elite goaltenders are making. Name Age Cap Hit Salary Length (Years Left) Pekka Rinne 30 $7,000,000 $7,000,000 7 (5) Tuukka Rask 26 $7,000,000 $6,000,000 8 (7) Henrik Lundqvist 31 $6,875,000 $5,125,000 6 (0) Carey Price 26 $6,500,000 $5,750,000 6 (4) Cam Ward 29 $6,300,000 $6,600,000 6 (2) Ryan Miller 33 $6,250,000 $6,625,000 5 (0) Kari Lehtonen 29 $5,900,000 $6,625,000 5 (4) Jonath
about 5 hours ago
Oct 8, 2013; San Jose, CA, USA; San Jose Sharks center Tomas Hertl (48) shoots the puck between his legs past New York Rangers goalie Martin Biron (43) during the third period at SAP Center at San Jose. The San Jose Sharks defeated the N...
Oct 8, 2013; San Jose, CA, USA; San Jose Sharks center Tomas Hertl (48) shoots the puck between his legs past New York Rangers goalie Martin Biron (43) during the third period at SAP Center at San Jose. The San Jose Sharks defeated the New York Rangers 9-2. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports The Rangers lost pretty badly last night to the Sharks. If you thought 6-1 at the end of two was bad enough, how about a final of 9-2! Crazy right? But hey, they scored on the powerplay so there’s that! Here’s some sort of reaction to all this: Well I’ll start off with the elephant in the room, and that’s the potential of Rick Nash having a concussion. He talked to Larry Brooks of the NY Post, and complained of headaches, and how it was worrying him. After taking the hit he was seen shaken up holding his head. Granted he did play the remainder of the first period, but it’s not looking good. The last concussion he got was earlier this year, during last season against Boston, after a Milan Lucic hit, that was a clean hit. The Brad Stuart hit, while a hit to the head, was done with his shoulder, not his elbow like many thought, and the penalty suggested. Brad Stuart has an over the phone hearing today with Brendan Shanahan and his team of misfits. What will Stuart get out of this? I expect a 1 game suspension tops. If this was the playoffs, he’d be in the next game playing. It was with his shoulder various angles showed that. There was no intent, this wasn’t vicious. He’ll get a game most. Tomas Hertl should be out for an extended period of time after.. Wait no one crushed him in the boards after his fourth goal of the game? Are you sure? Okay, well looks like he’ll be good to go against Vancouver. Typical rookie over reacting to a goal. Should of gotten slammed into the boards for acting like it was his first career goal. That move, Malik-esque. But Malik did it better. The defensive breakdowns were a plenty. And none more to blame then the rest. But seeing Girardi and McDonagh do it, was disheartning. I expect this from Stralman, John Moore and public enemy number one, Michael Del Zotto, but from our shut down pair? Not so much. Staal’s worst game as well. This wasn’t pretty, this wasn’t good, this was a drubbing. An embarrassment that proves that speed kills. No kind of new system will help teach players the defensive aspects of the game. The positioning. Your top pair of defensemen, a -5, second pair -7, third pair -3 (how’d John Moore break even? Good for him.) Your top line -3, second line -5, third line -5, and fourth line -5. Well that’s awful now isn’t it. A total of a minus -33 last night. The game was all Sharks, and yes, the Rangers did score a powerplay goal (on a 5 on 3), but they gave up a short handed goal. Shocked that the Sharks didn’t score any more short handed. You have to wonder, what happened in that locker room last night. Brooks was also proud to report that Glen Sather was in the room listening in on the conversation. After three games. Should AV be nervous? No, not yet, give it another 10-15 games to really start worrying. Let’s worry if Nash doesn’t play tomorrow, which for precaution he probably shouldn’t. But, his second concussion in a year, has to have many worried. Oh, so you want to blame Hernik Lundqvist for the loss last night? No that’s okay. There are many people you should blame before you blame Henrik. He shouldn’t really be at fault for last nights loss. Were there some goals that had me scratching my head that he gave up? Sure, but I mean he didn’t exactly pull a Jonathan Quick. Poor Marty Biron, you have to think he was going to start either tomorrow or Saturday’s game. Now I bet he’s afraid to go dress for the upcoming two games. You have to think Henrik wants some sort of redemption to prove himself after what happened last night, and I suspe
about 6 hours ago
Oct 8, 2013; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; New Jersey Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov (28) and Vancouver Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa (3) collide during the third period at Rogers Arena. The Vancouver Canucks won 3-2 in overtim...
Oct 8, 2013; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; New Jersey Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov (28) and Vancouver Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa (3) collide during the third period at Rogers Arena. The Vancouver Canucks won 3-2 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports So, yes last nights game happened. A 9-2 drubbing at the hands of the San Jose Sharks. We could talk about positives. They scored on the powerplay, but that’s pretty much all I have. They went missing after Brad Richards third goal of the year, and to make matters worse, Rick Nash could be out for an extended amount of time. We’re hoping to get an update on his condition sometime later today, and when we do. You’ll hear it first. Congratulations to both Filip Forsberg, and Seth Jones who both recorded their first points last night in the NHL. Forsberg scored his first NHL goal, while Jones assisted on his goal. Also a big congratulations goes out to Matt Niesto of San Jose for scoring his first, and Matt Donovan of the Islanders. In the battle of former teammates, now enemies, Roberto Luongo and the Canucks defeated Cory Schneider and the Devils 3-2 in overtime. The game lived up to the hype, and Luongo and the Canucks got the last laugh. For the Devils, they are still looking for their first regulation win. Also, picking up their first win of the season in the Craig Berube era, the Philadelphia Flyers. They defeated the Florida Panthers 2-1. Finally, as we finish our trip around the NHL, Penguins forward Jussi Jokinen got a hat trick in last nights 5-2 victory against the Hurricanes. Oh, this just in: Brad Stuart to talk with Brendan Shanahan and the department of players safety regarding his high shoulder hit on Rick Nash during last nights game. NHL Scores Avalanche 2 Coyotes 1 Panthers 1 Hurricanes 2 Lightning 3 Maple Leafs 1 Islanders 6 Flyers 2 Penguins 5 Sabres 2 Wild 2 Devils 2 Rangers 2     Predators 3 Canucks 3 Sharks 9     Twitter Rumblings Stepan missed most of #Rangers camp, Cally missed it all. There an adjustment period where the team learns AV & AV learns the team… — Seasick Crocodile (@Mac7880) October 9, 2013 Well this is awkward…#IsItThursdayYet — New York Rangers (@NYRangers) October 9, 2013 Who does Tomas Hertl think he is, Marek Malik? — James Wrabel, Jr. (@TheWrage) October 9, 2013 Goal of the Night Yes – it was Tomas Hertl, and while we may not like the move he did, and the reaction he made after it, it still was a fantastic goal. Here it is, for those who forget last nights game.
about 7 hours ago
Was that a freight train that ran over the Rangers last night in San Jose? Or was that the ultimate Shark attack in the San Jose shark tank. One of my readers was quite prophetic. Save doctor predicted that if the Rangers play Pittsburgh...
Was that a freight train that ran over the Rangers last night in San Jose? Or was that the ultimate Shark attack in the San Jose shark tank. One of my readers was quite prophetic. Save doctor predicted that if the Rangers play Pittsburgh the way they played Phoenix they would be blown out 10-1. Well it wasn't Pittsburgh, it was San Jose and they were blown out 9-2. Good call save doctor. A young
about 7 hours ago
It was a busy night in the NHL and a busy night for team trainers as three key players were forced from games and did not return. The New York Rangers trip out west took a turn for the worse on Tuesday. They were rocked 9-2 by the San Jo...
It was a busy night in the NHL and a busy night for team trainers as three key players were forced from games and did not return. The New York Rangers trip out west took a turn for the worse on Tuesday. They were rocked 9-2 by the San Jose Sharks and they lost one of their best players in the process. Rick Nash, who missed four games with a concussion last season, left the game after taking an elbow to the head from Brad Stuart. The Rangers did not release an update on Nash’s status after the game, but expect some more information later in the day. Niklas Backstrom was hurt when he was crashed into by Predators forward Eric Nystrom. Nystrom was in a foot race with Keith Ballard and proceeded to lose his balance and fall hard into the Wild netminder. Backstrom’s right leg was driven into the post and he left the game with a lower-body injury. Minnesota head coach Mike Yeo said “he didn’t know the severity and Backstrom would be reevaluated Wednesday in Minnesota.” Backstrom was unavailable to the media last night, but was reportedly limping noticeably. Lastly, the 39-year-old Tim Thomas left with what the Panthers are calling a “slightly pulled groin.” Thomas appeared to injure himself on a long shot from Sean Couturier and then unsuccessfully reached over to stop the second shot from the right half-boards. Following the goal Thomas skated off of the ice and did not return. Jacob Markstrom played very well in relief, stopping all 25 shots he faced. Editors Note: Expect an update on all THREE of these players at some point today.
about 8 hours ago
- I have a confession to make. With some new (good) things happening at work I haven't been able to stay up for these 10:30 games. I watched about three minutes of the game last night (enough to see the Brad Richards goal and then the Sa...
- I have a confession to make. With some new (good) things happening at work I haven't been able to stay up for these 10:30 games. I watched about three minutes of the game last night (enough to see the Brad Richards goal and then the San Jose Sharks shorthanded goal) and then I went to bed. So imagine my surprise when I woke up this morning to see the final score was 9-2. - This isn't going to be too in depth since I didn't watch the game, but you can't panic after three games. A loss is a loss; it doesn't matter if it's 9-2, 15-1, 150-1 or 1-0. Those two points are gone, regardless of the score. Yes, it was an embarrassment, and yes, we're going to have to live with the mockery for awhile. But it is what it is. - With that being said, there are some things you should be concerned (note: concerned, not panicked) about. The goals against is a big issue. The Rangers have been outscored 14-6 in the first three games. Four goals in the loss to the Coyotes, a single goal in the win over the Kings and nine goals against in the loss to the Sharks. Again, it's only three games and one of those games skews the numbers heavily, but it happened. The goaltending has been shaky (is it the adjustment to the smaller pads?) and the offense has been close but hasn't been able to finish. Again, it's been just three games. - A lot of people are going to have a ball ripping into Alain Vigneault's system by claiming it doesn't work since the New York Rangers defense has taken a heavy hit in two of the three games. Don't get suckered in to those debates. It's been three games. We'll talk if this continues. - It's hard for me to get too worked up about this result. I didn't see the game (that might be part of it) but it's also just three games into the year. Yes, it's an unacceptable score, and yes, the start of the season hasn't exactly been overloaded with offense; but we've talked about the Rangers potentially getting off to a rough start. I think things will be better. I hope things will get better. And if they don't get better (and soon) we'll talk then. Thoughts on this?
about 9 hours ago
This one got ugly fast (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) If you didn’t stay up to watch this one, don’t worry because you didn’t miss much. The Rangers were absolutely dismantled by a stronger, bigger, and fa...
This one got ugly fast (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) If you didn’t stay up to watch this one, don’t worry because you didn’t miss much. The Rangers were absolutely dismantled by a stronger, bigger, and faster San Jose Sharks club last night. The Rangers actually had a halfway decent first period, but some bad luck put them down a goal heading into the intermission. Then the second period happened, with the Sharks scoring four times in four minutes, chasing Henrik Lunqvist halfway through the barrage. There really isn’t much to talk about on a positive side. The Rangers got thrashed, and they may have lost Rick Nash for an extended period of time courtesy of Brad Stuart. On to the goals: Rangers 1, Sharks 0 That’s a lot of empty space for Richards to work with. With the Rangers on a 5-on-3, an initial shot from Brad Richards went wide and to the corner. All three Sharks, including Logan Couture, coasted to the puck. The problem here is that Couture is responsible for the pair of Rangers up high, and his drifting allowed Derick Brassard –who received the puck from Derek Stepan– to get the puck across the ice to the weak side, where Richards had all day to fire away. Ryan Callahan made sure that Antii Niemi would not see the puck. Sharks 1, Rangers 1 Three Rangers, one Shark down low. How does this pass get through? San Jose answered back right away with a shorthanded goal of their own. After some bad luck, which saw Joe Pavelski gain control of the puck after a pass hit the ref behind the net, Pavelski was able to find Marc-Edouard Vlasic at the high slot, who wristed it past Hank. The two miscues that stood out were: 1) How Pavelski got the puck through three Rangers on that pass, and 2) How Cally did not turn around to see Vlasic behind him. Sharks 2, Rangers 1 Bad luck. This was just bad luck. After a clean face off win, the Sharks move the puck to the weak side boards, where Dan Boyle just lets it go. The shot hit Marc Staal and deflected past Hank. This one makes up for the Jonathan Quick goal last night. Sharks 3, Rangers 1 Swivel-head fail number two of the night. This was the goal that opened the floodgates. First, the Rangers coughed up the puck in the neutral zone turnover when no one can handle Anto Stralman’s clear of the zone. Joe Pavelski was able to move the puck along to Tommy Wingels deep, who hit Matt Nieto in the slot. Aron Asham didn’t pick up Nieto in the slot, nor was he able to deflect the pass. Sharks 4, Rangers 1 Swivel head fail #3 of the night. I think, once we all saw what was going on, that we knew this was going to be a goal. The picture explains it all here. Sharks 5, Rangers 1 Uh, does anyone else see Couture here? This was another weird one that didn’t bounce the Rangers way. After another clean San Jose face off win Patrick Marleau took a weak shot that went wide, but the carom went straight up in the air and over the back of the net. All three of Staal, Stepan, and Michael Del Zotto were caught watching the puck, and no one bothered to put a body on Couture. Couture was able to bat this out of the air and into the empty net. Sharks 6, Rangers 1 Can’t even make this stuff up. Another goal, more bad luck. This time, a Ranger breakout is thwarted by the knob of a broken stick. Seriously, it hit the knob and bounced away from all Rangers, but right to –of all people– Joe Thornton. With the Rangers all out of position because of the freak play, Thornton was able to get a pass through the Dan Girardi-Ryan McDonagh pairing to Nieto, who beat Martin Biron for his second of the game. Rangers 2, Sharks 6 This was a very quick passing play that covered all 200 feet of the ice. With Derek Dorsett cutting down the weak side wing, Stralman threw a homerun pass from behind the net to Brian Boyle at center ice. Boyle deflected the puck with a nice touch pass right to Dorsett, who got behind the defense for the breakaw
about 10 hours ago
Well folks, when it rains it pours. After taking an early 1-0 lead on the strength of a Brad Richards 5-on-3 goal, the Rangers did about nothing else right en route to a 9-2 shellacking at the hands of the Sharks. And just like the sky w...
Well folks, when it rains it pours. After taking an early 1-0 lead on the strength of a Brad Richards 5-on-3 goal, the Rangers did about nothing else right en route to a 9-2 shellacking at the hands of the Sharks. And just like the sky wasn't falling after the Rangers dropped their opener in Phoenix, the season isn't over after another lopsided loss. It was the second game of a back-to-back, and against a good San Jose team. Without further ado, here are your morning notes. A seven goal loss really doesn't need much else explaining, but some recaps on last night's debacle. [Blueshirts United] [Daily News] Possibly bigger than any scoreline was Rick Nash leaving the game after taking a check to the head. [SB Nation] Nash suffered a concussion last year after taking a hit from Milan Lucic. And no one needs to be preached on the severity of recurring concussions. If you do want to draw any positives from last night's game, Brad Richards once again found the back of the net. A look at his power play goal. [NHL] An inopportune time to post this, fittingly with the inopportune time his injury came about, but the performance Nash put in against the Kings two nights ago is what the Rangers are looking for out of their top forward. [Daily News] Gotta show respect where respect is do. Tomas Hertl, playing in his second career NHL game, at the tender age of 19, having already scored two goals in his first career game, not only scored four goals against the Rangers last night, but put on the best move I've seen since Marek Malik. [NHL]
about 11 hours ago