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Placing Some Blame on Tortorella

With the New York Rangers on a three game losing streak, many Blueshirts' fans are clamoring to have team head coach John Tortorella fired.

While it is typical for fans to overreact and make impulse decisions, it is a somewhat understandable feeling. After making it to the Eastern Conference Finals last season and getting Rick Nash during the off-season, many fans thought that the team had the makings of getting to the next level and once again being a Stanley Cup contender.

Unfortunately, these same fans have been let down. As of this writing, the team is tenth in the conference and three points out of the eighth spot. What is even worse for Rangers' fans is that the New York Islanders currently have one more point than their favorite hocckey team.

This is not the way it was supposed to be this season. The Blueshirts were supposed to be one of the best teams in both the East and the NHL and instead, are flirting with the possibility that they might not make the postseason at all.

While it is on the players to perform and produce, it is understandable that some of the blame must be placed on Tortorella. There is no doubt that while playing a defense-first system is smart, the team that Tortorella has includes several high-end forwards who might be being held back.

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A Steal by Sather?

UPDATE: Dreger said this as well:

Darren Dreger ‏@DarrenDreger
Nash, cond.3rd (goes back to CBJ if NYR make Cup final), mnr leaguer Steve Delisle to NYR for Anisimov, Dubinsky, Erixon and 1st rnd pick.

Darren Dreger ‏@DarrenDreger
Howson managed this trade his way, but the components of this deal were availabe at the deadline and again at the Draft.

It appears that New York Rangers’ general manager Glen Sather is more than capable of making solid hockey deals for the Blueshirts.

According to Darren Dreger at TSN, the Blueshirts will be acquiring Columbus Blue Jackets’ sniper Rick Nash for Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov, young defenseman Tim Erixon and a 1st round pick. The trade is still pending the official call but should it go through, the Rangers should be considered the winners in this deal.

While Dubinsky has scored more than 20 goals before, he did not look the same last season. He did not look as confident, had trouble putting the puck in the net and was quiet offensively.

Anisimov, although a decent offensive player, was someone who was easily knocked off the puck and was not noticeable in every single game. Again, he was not a bad player but is someone who still has things to work on.

When it comes to Erixon, there is no doubt that he is a good, young defenseman but the Rangers already have a good stock of those. As such, Erixon became expendable.

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Small Signing in Jeff Halpern

It really has been a quiet summer for the New York Rangers this off-season. Sure, they have made some news but certainly not the big splashes we are used to seeing the team make during the free agency season.

Yesterday, the Blueshirts made another small move in signing forward Jeff Halpern to a 1-year deal worth $700k. Definitely cannot complain about the terms or the money being given out with this deal as Halpern certainly fits the bill.

Halpern is a solid depth player who will help on faceoffs as well as on the penalty kill. With both Brandon Prust and Ruslan Fedontenko no longer on the Blueshirts, Halpern will fit in nicely on the penalty kill and should really help the team in that area.

With the signing, the team has certainly shored up its third and fourth lines. With that said, the team’s first two lines need some tinkering and one has to wonder if Rangers’ general manager Glen Sather is getting set to make another move.

There may still be some time left in the off-season but one has to wonder if this could be a summer without a big move made by the Blueshirts. Certainly seems to be headed down that path, doesn’t it?

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Rangers Will Miss Prust If Not Re-Signed

Over the weekend, New York Post mentioned that New York Rangers’ general manager Glen Sather said that the team is unlikely to re-sign forward Brandon Prust.

Sather said the following about Prust:

“I don’t think we’re going to get that one done,” said Sather during the first round of the NHL Draft on Friday. “I like him, the team likes him, everybody likes him ... but I’m not married to him.”

While Prust may not add a lot of offense or be a big name in the league or even on the team, Prust was an extremely valuable Blueshirt since he was traded to the club in 2010. He worked hard, played hard every game, played within John Tortorella’s system and was one of the more versatile forwards the Rangers had on their roster.

Prust is also a fan favorite. Rangers’ fans loved watching him be physical, go out and block shots, kill penalties, get in fights now and then and do his job well. In turn, Prust loves/loved the fans right back.

Brandon Prust ‏@BrandonPrust8
I wish management wanted me back as much as the fans.. Thanks for the love everyone

While Sather probably has his reasons for not wanting to re-sign Prust, the team and its fans will miss Prust and wish him well wherever he ends up signing.

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Say No to Patrick Kane

With the NHL Draft and Free Agency just a week and two weeks away, respectively, this also means that there will be tons of chatter and rumors to follow.

One rumor that has come to the surface is that Chicago Blackhawks’ forward Patrick Kane might be available via trade. While Kane has not been a problem on the ice, it is his off ice activities that have the Blackhawks’ brass wondering if they should try and deal him.

New York Rangers’ general manager Glen Sather needs to stay away from Kane. Yes, Kane has a lot of offensive talent, can put the puck in the net, has won a Stanley Cup and is still very young, but according to one Blackhawks’ beat writer, there is also a lot of downside.

Not Defensively Responsible

We’re talking about a player whose initials are P.K. but penalty killing is the last place you’d put Kane. I have no idea if Quenneville gets the irony, but he certainly knows he can’t trust Kane defensively. He also certainly knows Kane isn’t a center, not after that disaster of a playoff series with zero goals and barely more faceoff wins.

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Rangers Quiet/Ready for Tonight

It appears that the 2012 NHL Trade Deadline has come and gone for the New York Rangers, with the team having acquired defenseman John Scott from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for a fifth-round draft pick.

So now, the Blueshirts will go forward with the team they currently have as team general manager Glen Sather and team head coach John Tortorella are showing that they believe in the hockey team they have. Given that the Blueshirts are first in the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference, it makes sense that team management and its coaching staff believe in this hockey club.

Now, the Blueshirts must focus on their big game tonight (7:30 p.m.) at Madison Square Garden against the New Jersey Devils. With both teams currently in a playoff spot, tonight’s tilt will certainly have a playoff feel to it as the Devils look to further advance in the Eastern Conference standings while the Rangers look to continue to have a firm hold on both the Atlantic Division and the East in general.

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Rangers Win Classic in Philly

When the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers were a part of the press conference at the Citizens Bank Ball Park to announce that they were the two clubs in the 2012 Winter Classic, Rangers’ general manager Glen Sather said that his team would win.

While it was no Mark Messier-like guarantee, his and head coach John Tortorella’s team did all the hard work to beat the Flyers by a score of 3-2. The win enables the Rangers’ to stay in first in the Eastern Conference while also giving the team a four-point lead over the Flyers in the Atlantic Division.

For the Rangers, this was a typical victory for them. The team overcame a 2-0 lead by working hard, forechecking, getting different guys to contribute and getting timely goaltending from their netminder.

In this particular instance, the Rangers came back from a 2-0 deficit on two goals by Mike Rupp. On both goals, Rupp put two accurate shots through Flyers’ netminder Sergei Bobrovsky and showed that if put on the ice with the right guys, he can provide some offense.

The team’s go-ahead and game winning goal also came from a summer pick-up in Brad Richards. Richards, known for his clutch plays and being in the right place at the right time, did those two things to give the Blueshirts a 3-2 lead 5:21 into the third period.

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The Right Combination: Sather and Tortorella

Many of you will probably read this headline and say “what the heck is this guy talking about?”

While I understand your reasoning for doing so, the New York Rangers’ combination of general manager Glen Sather and head coach John Tortorella has been great for the organization. Due to Sather and Tortorella, the team is younger, has depth, an identity and an extremely bright future.

When Sather started out with the Blueshirts, there was no question that he was interested in signing overpriced free agents to try and get the team back to the top. When that did not work, he started investing in youth and making smart draft picks leading to guys like Ryan Callahan, Bradon Dubinsky, Marc Staal, Derek Stepan, Chris Kreider and more.

Tortorella is a coach that wants to see youth succeed and unlike Rangers’ past bench bosses, Tortorella is allowing the kids to do just that. He even made Callahan the 26th captain in team history and he knows that going forward, having good youth will be one of the keys to success for the Rangers.

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What will Glen Sather Do?

With the NHL trade deadline right around the corner, one must wonder what New York Rangers’ general manager Glen Sather has up his sleeves, if anything.

Sather already mentioned that he does not want to give up a significant piece of the puzzle to Arthur Staple of Newsday:

Every team has issues, every team has ebbs and flows,” Sather said. “You can’t start panicking about all the things that happen.

“I think we can compete [in the playoffs]. It doesn’t mean we’re going to do anything [at the deadline] or not do anything. The whole goal this season has been to keep these young guys going as well as they can, to create a team that takes some ownership in itself. It took us a while to get to that stage, but we’re getting there.”

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Rangers Win with Youth

For many years, New York Rangers’ fans wanted a team that worked hard every night, won hockey games and had a bunch of young players on the roster.

Believe it or not, Rangers’ general manager Glen Sather has succeeded in making that happen and it showed last night in the team’s 2-1 overtime victory last night over the Carolina Hurricanes at Madison Square Garden.

The key players in last night’s victory are all home-grown Blueshirts and all contributed to a Blueshirt victory. Defenseman Matt Gilroy scored to give the Rangers’ a 1-0 lead off a great feed from Mats Zuccarello.

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A Deserved Point by the Blueshirts

While the New York Rangers did lose 4-3 in a shootout last night at Madison Square Garden to the Tampa Bay Lightning, it was a game in which the Blueshirts worked hard, brought a lot of energy and had plenty of chances to win the hockey game.

This is a loss that the Blueshirts should be able to deal with. They battled back to tie the game with less than nine minutes to go in the game when Derek Stepan scored a great goal, they generated plenty of scoring opportunities throughout the game and for the most part, played solid defensively.

With that said, however, it was two giveaways that cost the Rangers’ on two goals. In the first period, the Blueshirts’ Michal Rozsival coughed up the puck to Lightning superstar Martin St. Louis and St. Louis beat Rangers’ netminder Henrik Lundqvist to give the Lightning a 1-0 lead. After the Rangers went up 2-1 on goals by Ruslan Fedotenko and Alex Frolov, St. Louis victimized the Rangers’ again on a turnover and the Rangers’ once again gave away the puck to St. Louis who this time made a between the legs pass to sniper Steven Stamkos and Stamkos buried it to tie the game up at 2-2.

One of the stories of this game was the play of Rangers’ rookie Mats Zuccarello Aasen. Zuccarello played a solid game, brought a lot of creativity to the offense and looked good playing with Stepan and Brandon Dubinsky. Even Rangers’ head coach John Tortorella had positive things to say about the Rangers’ youngster.

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Who’s the Boss?

According to New York Rangers’ beat writer Jesse Spector of the Daily News, it appears that team general manager Glen Sather and team head coach John Tortorella have a difference of opinion when it comes to the roster.

This is not hard to believe given that this is Sather we are talking about. He has not changed much when it comes to the way he has gone about business and building a hockey team. While it’s hard to understand, you cannot fault him for being that way.

However, the team head coach should be able to have control of who he puts on the ice, considering he is the closest to the action game in and game out.

The Rangers (1-2-1) face the Maple Leafs Thursday night in Toronto with no reinforcements from Hartford of the AHL to fill in for Chris Drury and Marian Gaborik, who were injured in the Rangers’ overtime loss to the Leafs on Friday at the Garden.

“It’s not my call,” Tortorella said after the Rangers lost to Colorado on Monday at the Garden. “I haven’t even talked to Glen about that. We’re going to have to reassess it. We’ll reassess it and see where we go.”

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Back in the Saddle

Good evening folks. Sorry for not posting anything this weekend but I was in Massachusetts for alumni weekend at my college.

While I was away, it seems liked I missed quite the pre-season game last night between the New York Rangers and Ottawa Senators. I know the Blueshirts suffered an 8-5 loss but it’s nice that at least during the pre-season, the team scored some goals.

The question, however, is will they be able to score goals once the regular season begins next Saturday night against the Buffalo Sabres? Only time will tell but until then, it appears that both head coach John Tortorella and general manager Glen Sather have some tough decisions to make when it comes to selecting the team’s roster, something I am sure I will be writing about this week as the start of the regular season gets closer and closer.

Thanks for understanding and I look forward to bringing you the best Rangers’ coverage I can during the season. If there is anything that you would like me to do to make the blog better, please do not hesitate to tell me by either leaving me a comment or dropping me an e-mail at patrickhoffman3530@gmail.com.

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A Look at Erik Christensen

When the New York Rangers acquired forward Erik Christensen from the Anaheim Ducks, many fans and pundits were shaking their heads.

Both were wondering what Christensen had done to merit GM Glen Sather’s attention as well as playing time rather than look inward and use someone from their farm team down in Hartford. In fact, both fans and media are still wondering that today but we’ll get to that later.

As it turned out, Christensen had a solid season on Broadway with 26 points (8 goals and 18 assists) in 49 games. In fact, a lot of his time was spent on the team’s “first” line with Marian Gaborik and they seemed to have some chemistry.

With all that said, is Christensen really the answer as a top-flight player for the Blueshirts? Looking at his track record, it does not seem that he would be.

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Ranger Fan Feedback

It appears that New York Rangers’ General Manager Glen Sather has been busy over the last week or so.

First, he goes out and signs Alexander Frolov to a one year deal and then, gets rid of Donald Brashear and Patrick Rissmiller and acquires veteran Todd White. As such, Ranger fans cannot say that he hasn’t done anything this off-season.

I wanted to get your thoughts on a few things related to the Rangers:

- What do you think of the Todd White signing?

- What kind of player will Todd White be for the Blueshirts?

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Where Will They Finish?

When it comes to hockey, it’s obvious that every team focuses on winning the Stanley Cup.

As such, GM’s from all 30 clubs build their teams so that they can qualify for the playoffs in order to get closer to their gaol of one day winning the Cup. So, where does this leave the Blueshirts?

If I had to look into my crystal ball, it is very possible that the 2010-11 version of the New York Rangers may not even make the playoffs. I know, I know, the season hasn’t even started yet but let’s take some time and look at the reasons why this club may not make the postseason for the second straight year:

- Scoring: While the team may have Marian Gaborik and have added Alexander Frolov, the team is still missing a sniper. This team struggled to score goals at crucial times last season and if Gabby and Frolov cannot do it this season, fans can expect much of the same.

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Too Much Waiting and Not Enough Doing By Sather

In the dog days of summer, many NHL general managers and their teams are waiting and looking.

Waiting and looking to sign a free agent, make a trade or do anything they can to make their team better. While that’s what most GM’s are doing this off-season, one has to wonder what New York Rangers’ GM Glen Sather is trying to do with his hockey team.

Yes, he went out and signed/re-signed players such as Marty Biron, Derek Boogaard, Vinny Prospal, Erik Christensen, Vinny Prospal and Daniel Girardi. While that’s great, with the exception of the somewhat questionable Boogaard signing, one has to wonder what’s next for Sather.

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What if Don Maloney was the Rangers’ GM?

Once upon a time, current Phoenix Coyotes General Manager was the Assistant GM to Glen Sather in New York with the Rangers. Maloney did a terrific job in drafting current Ranger players such as Ryan Callahan, Brandon Dubinsky, and Henrik Lundqvist. These three players have reached various levels of success on Broadway and its because Maloney believed that they could.

This past season, Maloney won the GM of the year award and with good reason as his Phoenix Coyotes had a terrific season. The Coyotes went 50-25-7, good for 107 points and a fourth place finish in the powerful Western Conference.

Of course, the New York Rangers finished ninth in the Eastern Conference, going 38-33-11 and losing the final regular season game to the Philadelphia Flyers, costing the team a chance to make the playoffs for the fifth straight season. Should this come as a surprise given the way the Blueshirts played this season? No, but it’s still amazing that there is such a noticeable difference between the Coyotes and the Rangers.

With that in mind, one has to wonder what the Blueshirts would be like if Don Maloney was at the helm rather than Sather. If this were the case, I believe that things would be very different in Rangerland:

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Sather Needs to Stay True to His Word

Earlier today, our fearless leader posted a quote from New York Rangers’ General Manager Glen Sather that basically said that he wants the organization to develop its own players and insert them into the lineup on a regular basis.

Well, this is something that Sather has been saying for awhile as well as something that Blueshirt fans have been clamoring for for years. However, the team has yet to really implement this kind of system and this is why Ranger fans will continue to doubt Sather when it comes to the club’s young players.

Yes, it’s been incredibly refreshing on how open Sather has been this off-season as he’s talked about the team’s wants and needs, its prospects, the draft, etc. Again though, it would appear that Sather is banging the same drum and producing the same tune, which could lead to unhappy fans.

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Sather Still Has Work to Do

In the Jim Cerny article I pointed out to you folks earlier today, New York Rangers’ General Manager says that the team is still working to improve themselves.

While that is refreshing to hear, what has Sather really done to improve the Blueshirts besides get a qualified back-up goaltender and re-sign Vinny Prospal and Dan Girardi? Not too much, right?

Obviously, Blueshirt fans are tired of having Sather over-pay high-priced free agents who turn into nothing once they hit New York (a.k.a. Wade Redden). Yet, Sather goes out and over-pays, at least in my opinion, for a guy like Derek Boogaard.

There is no doubt in my mind that Boogaard will provide some much needed toughness and will get the crowd pumped up. However, it would appear that Sather is paying him the money of a solid point producer, something that Boogaard is clearly not.

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Sather Gives Update on Rangers’ off-season

From Jim Cerny at NewYorkRangers.com:

“Obviously we want to get Marc Staal signed,” said Sather. “If someone comes along and gives him an offer sheet, which is always possible, we’ll match it. But we are going to keep negotiating with him.”

With more than 30 years of experience as an NHL general manager, Sather understands that some negotiations are resolved quicker than others, as was the case this summer with Girardi, Prospal, Christensen, and Prust. He also understands that other summer negotiations can carry into training camp or beyond, although he doesn’t anticipate that being the case with Staal.

“We don’t want to see that happen,” said Sather. “I don’t think it serves the player any good to do something like that. As far as I’m concerned, it only puts him behind the eight-ball when he does come back and play.”

Click here for more. I’ll have more to say tonight when I’m not at work but figured this would be a good starting off point.

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Checking In

Good morning folks. I haven’t posted here in awhile so I figured I’d check in.

Unfortunately, not too much is going on in Ranger-land these days. Sure, they had a minor league signing in Jeremy Williams but other than that, it’s been pretty quiet.

One would have to imagine that GM Glen Sather is trying to get a deal in place for RFA defenseman Marc Staal while also trying to figure out a way to waive defenseman Wade Redden. Pretty good, right?

Hopefully, I’ll have more to check in with next time but feel free to check out my work over at Hockey Independent and RLD Hockey whenever you get a chance.

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What’s Next?

Many Ranger fans are wondering the same thing that I am: what will GM Glen Sather do next to help make this a better hockey team?

At this point, and may be every other point for that matter, it’s tough to read Sather. Sather will say all the right things to the press and the things he says make sense as he mentions giving the prospects a chance to play and trying to grow the team from within.

With that being said, he does things to the contrary and goes out and signs deals that don’t make too much sense, a.k.a Derek Boogaard. Yes, I know that Boogaard was not signed to put pucks in the net but the amount of money and years for a third/fourth line player do not make sense to me.

One thing all Ranger fans that Sather must do is find a way to get rid of defenseman Wade Redden. Sather needs to admit that he made a mistake and move on whethere that’s finding a way to trade him or even demote him to the Hartford Wolf Pack. If Sather can do that, in their heart, Ranger fans may find a way to forgive him for that.

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Blueshirts With a Busy Week on the Horizon

From Nicholas Montemagno at The Rangers Tribune:

Tortorella takes an awful lot of criticism from the fanbase and the media, but one thing I must admit he does well is run organized camps. He knows how to get the most out of the players by making them go through very involved drills and ones that test them in all areas, especially physically. This will eventually separate the ‘maybes’, the ‘no ways’, and the ‘definitelys’. Whoever impresses Torts and the rest of the staff will be invited to regular training camp in September where they will try to crack the NHL lineup.

A list players who will be attending prospects camp can be found HERE. Among those you may recognize Derek Stepan, Chris Kreider, Ryan Bourque, Ethan Werek, Evgeny Grachev, Ryan McDonagh, Dylan McIlrath and Roman Horak.

In addition to this, general manager Glen Sather, Mark Messier and the rest of the Rangers brass also have free agency opening up on Thursday at noon, yet do not have a single one of their free agents signed. I doubt Slats is in panic mode just yet, but he is running out of time and needs to get his priorities in order because he is in a hairy situation. First off, Marc Staal remains unsigned as I talked about yesterday. Secondly, Jody Shelley and Alex Auld have barely been mentioned since the season’s end. Dan Giradi is en route to becoming a restricted free agent, as is forward Brandan Prust. These are all guys the Blueshirts were supposedly interested in bringing back but none have been inked yet….. Not a good sign in my eyes.

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Talking Rangers Draft

Good evening folks. Now that the NHL Draft is over, I figured I’d weigh in on my thoughts regarding what the Blueshirts did.

First off, the team’s first pick, Dylan McIlrath, caught me off guard. I thought the team was looking for some scoring talent up front and yet, they selected McIlrath. However, after reading what Gordie Clark had to say about the kid, I think this pick may turn out to be exactly what the Rangers need.

As all Ranger fans now, a guy like Michael Del Zotto has a lot of offense in him. If he were to have a partner like McIlrath, Del Zotto could take even more chances on offense because McIlrath would stay back, play his position and be physical. I know it’s too early to tell but this kind of pairing could end up compairing to the likes of a Brian Leetch-Jeff Beukeboom tandem.

I also liked the pick of Christian Thomas, Steve Thomas’s son. The younger Thomas has a nose for the net and scored 41 goals and 66 points in 61 games this season with the Oshawa Generals of the OHL.

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Sather talks Rangers’ Off-season Plans

From Jim Cerny at NewYorkRangers.com:

“I think the guys are going to come back a lot hungrier next year,” Sather said of his team. “But we’ve got spots that are available. If you look at the organization we’ve got ourselves into a position where we have a lot of young people coming that are going to challenge for jobs.”

That is the challenge Sather faces this off-season in trying to gently restructure the Rangers and continue to integrate the young prospects the organization is developing onto the NHL roster. The organization wants to give youngsters a chance to make an impact at the NHL level, while at the same time realizing that adding a key veteran or two could also be imperative to provide leadership and help the team return to the postseason.

“If you are going to give certain kids the opportunity, then they have to play,” explained Sather. “But they have to be ready to play.  You can’t force it and put them on the team before they have earned the opportunity.”

Sather’s preference, as stated on Tuesday, is to sign his own restricted free agents before delving into unrestricted free agency. Unlike recent years—when the Rangers made big splashes on July 1, including last year’s signing of star winger Marian Gaborik—Sather instead expects to closely monitor the market for unrestricted free agents while trying to get his own players signed.

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A “Meeting” with Sather

Well folks, many Ranger bloggers commented on Larry Brooks’ article in the New York Post on Sunday regarding Glen Sather’s master plan.

The general consensus: Sather is saying all the right things but he needs to do a much better job of showing it and put his money where his mouth is.

With that in mind, I want you folks to pretend that you get to have a one-on-one meeting prior to the NHL draft and free-agency season. This would be a chance for you to speak your mind about the team and give Sather ideas for the team going forward.

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Sather States the Obvious - Now Do Something About It

Earlier this morning, Paul linked to an artcile penned by Larry Brooks describing Sather’s master plan for the Blueshirts.

In my mind, this was the understatement of the century:

“We just weren’t quite good enough over the course of the season…”

THAT is why the Blueshirts didn’t make the playoffs. Yes, they lost in the pivotal shootout against the Flyers in the last game of the season but that is not why this team didn’t qualify for the postseason.

They struggled to score goals, they were inconsistent, they relied too much on Gaborik and Lundqvist and they were one of the worst teams in the league during the second half of the season.

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Glen Sather: Unimpressive with the Blueshirts

From great friend of the blog Scotty over at Scotty Hockey:

Sather starts season number 11 under seemingly the same accountability his coach demanded from his players: none. Looking back at the last decade of epic disasters, I can’t imagine what the next 10 years will hold for us. But, that being said, we keep buying tickets for this ride aboard the Hindenburg, despite the fact we’ve been going down in horrible, burning flames for years so the question is who is the bigger failure - Sather or us?

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Low Grades for Rangers’ Brass

From good friend of the blog Scotty at Scotty Hockey:

Glen Sather: Sather started high and ended high. He dealt away Scott Gomez and Tom Pyatt for Chris Higgins, Ryan McDonagh and (basically) Marian Gaborik. It was and I still think is a masterful stroke even considering how Gomez and Pyatt became big parts of Montreal’s surprising success. Gomez never acclimated to New York (on the ice, off it is something else) and was a massive disappointment for a massive salary. Gaborik came in and provided all of the Ranger offense. After all of that goodwill generated by the Gomez deal, Sather pissed it all away by acquiring Donald Brashear and Ales Kotalik - two utter failures that rank up there with the Bobby Holik and Wade Redden signings in the Hall of Shame Sather has created in New York.

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Three In A Row = Somewhat of a Winning Streak

It feels weird writing that considering that this was the New York Rangers’ first game since returning from the break. However, the Blueshirts came out and played a solid road game in defeating the Northeast-leading Ottawa Senators 4-1 to pick up a crucial two points and their third straight win in as many games.

Ryan Callahan, despite not really having a break since he was on Team USA, had a terrific game in scoring two goals while also being his all-out hustling self. The team also got solid performances from the likes of goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (24 saves), Erik Christensen (2 assists), Brandon Dubinsky (1 goal), Sean Avery (1 goal, 1 assist) and a few others.

The team was able to score four goals without it’s leading goal scorer and point getter, Marian Gaborik, who was out with a lower body injury. This should show you that when the team plays the right way, it can score goals without having to rely too heavily on its superstar.

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Souray and the New York Rangers: Not Going to Happen?

From Lyle Richardson at The Hockey News:

Rozsival and Redden have almost no trade value, so moving their contracts is almost impossible unless Sather is willing to package one of them with a more tempting option (such as, perhaps, center Brandon Dubinsky), but that would do more harm than good to the Blueshirts roster.

Demoting players seems the only realistic option to free up cap space, but, as the Post indicated, Sather thus far has shown no interest in going that route. If that’s the case, he can forget about landing a big fish like Souray by the deadline.

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If you were Rangers’ GM Glen Sather…

David Shapiro of Blue Seat Blogs played this game in a recent blog and this is some of what he had to say:

In the summer, assuming Sather doesnt do anything TOO ridiculous lets assume the only definite roster members of the squad are this;

Gaborik, Lundqvist, Staal, Dubinsky,Callahan, Del Zotto, Drury, Avery, Anisimov.

Personally my changes would start from within. I’d tell Tortorella his job is safe but we’re going young – no matter what. I’d entice Stepan out of college, the same with McDonagh and i’d put up with the growing pains you’ll get with Sanguinetti up in the big league. I’d go young. Then I’d add a mid tier sniper, for short term. I’d bring back Prospal to help lead the kids brigade.

Players I’d move out? I’d trade Girardi at this years deadline. He’s asolid top 4 guy with some upside and given the picks that have gone on players so far a 2nd rd pick would be within reach. I’d be willing to move anyone other than the above for picks. No mercy.

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A Quick One before Rangers-Isles Tonight

Good evening folks. Sorry I wasn’t around today but I was busy at one of my part-time/freelance jobs.

I’m sure you didn’t miss me too much since there wasn’t exactly much to say after last night’s loss to the New York Islanders. The team was absolutely dreadful and showed the Isles no respect. In the “new” NHL, anyone can beat anybody so the Blueshirts should not exclude themselves from that.

Both teams are back at it again tonight with a new wrinkle for the Blueshirts: both Ales Kotalik and Wade Redden are healthy scratches. Kotalik has been inconsistent, at best, while Redden has been horrible since joining the Blueshirts in the summer of 2008.

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Grading the Blueshirts on July 1

If I had to grade New York Rangers General Manager Glen Sather on yesterday’s performance on the first day of free-agency, I would have to give him an incomplete. Yes, he signed two players and yes, one of them has a lot of potential to succeed on Broadway but we’ve all seen Sather do stuff like this before and nothing ever come to fruition.

Signing Marian Gaborik was extremely risky. On one hand, Sather managed to sign an offensive superstar who has scored 30-or-more goals in five of his eight seasons, including a career-high 42 in the 2006-07 season. He totaled 437 points in 502 career games, all with the Minnesota Wild, and he’s just 27 years old. If these were the only things that Ranger fans knew about him, there’d be no problems and even Sather thinks that the team improved with this signing.

“Gaborik is an exciting guy to watch play,” Sather told Jim Cerny of NewYorkRangers.com. “He can skate, and he does a lot of great things. He’s a great player, and he’s young. I certainly think he’s in the top ten in this league.”

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Blogger Plays Ranger GM

From Puck Central:

If I’m Glen Sather, here’s what I do between now and October to have a better team for the 2009-10 NHL season.

1) Attempt to move up in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft (NYRs currently have the 19th overall pick) or trade that first round pick if it can significantly improve the Rangers offense. [Example]

2) If I’m not able to move up & choose with the 19th overall pick, I choose the best player available. Currently the Rangers need forwards because they have many defensive prospects in the system. But, making a trade in the future is always possible. In my opinion, you always choose the best player available, I don’t endorse drafting based on organizational needs for the most part. So, if the best player available is a defenseman, that’s the player that you pick. Then, down the road it’s always possible to trade that player or another defenseman in the system for a position that is needed.

3) Try to trade Redden, Drury, Gomez & Rozsival - in that particular order. All four players have contracts that are a burden to the Rangers roster and getting rid of any of the four would be a major help. The main goal is to clear salary cap room, getting something of value in return would be a bonus!

Click here for more. Certainly looks like a lot of people want to be Glen Sather these days. I wonder why?

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Time for Game 7

There is nothing like a Game 7 in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Both teams go all out and when all is said and done, leave it all on the ice whether they win or lose.

Tonight, the New York Rangers (seventh seed) look to upset the Washington Capitals (second seed) in Game 7 at the Verizon Center. This was a series in which the Blueshirts led 3-1 but failed miserably in Game 5 and 6, leading to tonight’s do or die match up.

Tonight is also one of the main reasons why Rangers’ general manager Glen Sather signed Chris Drury back in the summer of 2007. Back then, Drury was known for coming up big in the playoffs and scoring goals/points when the team needed them the most. If there was ever a night for Chris Drury to be Chris Drury, tonight would certainly be that night.

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What Will They Do?

Obviously, the question that every New York Ranger fan wants to know heading into the NHL’s March 4th trade deadline is what are they going to do?

Will they clear roster spots? Well, I think they will because it appears that since the team will try and claim Sean Avery off re-entry waivers, they will need to clear some cap space. This afternoon, the team sent newly acquired Mark Bell down to it’s farm team, the Hartford Wolf Pack.

Will they trade Scott Gomez or Chris Drury? Well, unlike a well known rumor monger, I don’t think they will. General Manager Glen Sather signed these two guys to long-term deals in the summer of 2007 in hopes that they would produce and lead this team to a Stanley Cup. While they haven’t lived up to their billing, I believe that they will get their act together and perform for their new head coach John Tortorella, who expects nothing less.

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Sather Speaks!

For a great look at what New York Rangers General Manager Glen Sather had to say about the firing of Tom Renney and the hiring of John Tortorella, I would suggest reading Rick Carpiniello’s Rangers Report blogs here and here.

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Wishing the Rangers Had a GM Like This

Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo Puck Daddy made reference to Rich Hammond’s excellent Los Angeles Kings blog today.

Why does this matter? Well, it matters because it shows New York Ranger fans that Kings’ General Manager Dean Lombardi is everything that Glen Sather isn’t.

Click here to find out why.

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An Interview with a Rangers Blogger

Since I’m sure all you die hard New York Ranger fans know what happened last night and know what this team needs to do to be better on a consistent basis, I figured I’d forget about talking about last night’s debacle against the New Jersey Devils and instead post an interview I did with a Rangers Blogger: Scotty Hockey.

Scotty was kind of enough to take time during this holiday season to tell us how he fell in love with the game and the Rangers, how he got into writing/blogging about hockey, what the future of hockey blogging will bring and of course, his outlook on the Blueshirts.

Enjoy and remember to visit Scotty Hockey for thoughts and opinions on the Broadway Blueshirts.

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A Brand New Day

First off, I hope you all had a happy and safe holiday, especially you New York Ranger fans out there who were looking to shake off Tuesday night’s terrible loss to the Washington Capitals.

Tomorrow night’s game against the New Jersey Devils should be looked at as a fresh start for the Rangers. Again,  they’re coming off a terrible collapse against the Caps’ and have displayed rather inconsistent hockey over the past month or so.

So what better way to shake off the cob webs and play the best hockey they can play than by beating their Hudson River rivals?

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Intrigued

I know that many of you New York Ranger fans out there were certainly intrigued by reports that Mats Sundin had selected the Blueshirts as the team he wanted to play for this season.

However, Sam Weinman, Rangers’ beat writer for The Journal News, reported that Sundin’s agent, J.P. Barry, said in an e-mail that the big Swede has yet to make a decision but at the same time, noted that the Blueshirts have expressed their interest.

The plot thickens folks. It will be interesting to see what happens in the next couple of days because it’s a rematch of the 1994 Stanley Cup Finals for Mats: the New York Rangers vs. the Vancouver Canucks, who already offered him a two-year deal worth $20 million.

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Is He Worth It?

As I’m sure all of you New York Ranger fans are now aware, Rangers’ GM Glen Sather will be sitting down with Mats Sundin on Saturday.

I want to hear your thoughts on the following items:

- Would Sundin be worth it to the Rangers?

- Who would you be willing to give up to sign Sundin?

- Do you think he’d sign for two years?

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Chris Drury: New Leader of the Red, White and Blue?

The Jaromir Jagr era is over on Broadway which leaves a very valuable and respected position open in the organization: the team captaincy.

For the past three seasons,  Jagr did everything he could to make the Blueshirts a better hockey team better. He scored a lot of points (290), played well in the Stanley Cup playoffs (27 points in 23 games), and he said all the right things about the team to reporters whether they won or lost. However, the time has come for a new player to step up and lead this team to hockey’s promised land and that guy should be Chris Drury.

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