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Lias Andersson Could Be At The Crossroads With The New York Rangers

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Credit is owed the Rangers for treating Lias Andersson as they would any other young prospect required to earn minutes and not as an entitled seventh-overall selection of the 2017 entry draft that the Swede was just hours after the club had obtained that pick in the Derek Stepan deal with Arizona.

Credit to the front office led first by Glen Sather and now by John Davidson for not directing David Quinn to abandon his principles and give the youngster ice time the coach did not believe Andersson had warranted in order to make what appears an unwise draft decision look good.

But now that Andersson has been dispatched to the AHL for the third straight year, this becomes all about whether there is a path back to New York for the 21-year-old and if so, whether it might make more sense to shift Andersson to the wing once he suits up for the Wolf Pack.


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Goalie Change For The New York Rangers?

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

It is time for the Blueshirts to summon Shesterkin to Broadway in an exchange for Alex Georgiev, because three-into-two creates fractions in nets, and because Georgiev’s waivers-exempt status will expire after he plays eight more games in the NHL.

The Rangers only play one game over the next five days, Wednesday at home against the Capitals. But beginning Nov. 22, there will be six games in nine days. That represents the perfect time for Shesterkin to get into the NHL mix and work on a daily basis with goaltending coach Benny Allaire....

Davidson has known since the moment he took the job that the team ultimately would have to choose between Shesterkin and Georgiev, and on probably more of an accelerated basis than optimal. But unless the decision-makers are surprised by how well Shesterkin has played in the AHL (and that’s not likely), this was always going to be a matter of time.

And the time is just about now.

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Handling Kaapo Kakko With A Different Approach

from Mollie Walker of the New York Post,

Luckily for the Rangers, the coaching staff is beginning to figure out what approach is most effective with the young Finn and how to bring the best out of him.

“About 2 ¹/₂ weeks ago, I told him I wasn’t going to talk to him anymore,” coach David Quinn said following practice Wednesday. “I’m not joking when I say that. I literally felt that as a staff we really wanted him to be good so fast and all of us were spending a lot of time with him. You could just see it in his face. Finally, I told our whole staff [to lay off of him]. I said to him, ‘The only thing I’m going to say to you is hello.’

“The one thing I will say [to Kakko], I’ll talk about effort and being physical, those are the only two things we’ll talk about. I said, ‘But we’ve got to let you play.’ I think that might’ve helped him a little bit, but I also think adapting to the NHL is hard for any 18-year-old. Sometimes the best coaching is no coaching and I think this is an example.”

Quinn wouldn’t say if that was a direct result of Kakko’s recent success, but it’s hard to ignore the difference it’s made. At first, the second-year coach experimented with Kakko on the top two lines. But after posting just three points and a collective minus-12 rating through the season’s first 10 games, Kakko was demoted — something that probably seemed more detrimental to him in his first NHL season.

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Video- Boys Will Be Boys Rangers/Senators

Brawling at MSG.

Ottawa up 5-2 after period two.


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More Tough Decisions Ahead For The New York Rangers

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Regarding the Rangers, who, in getting from the present to the future, are going to face some pain dealing with the past.

1. You’re David Quinn, and you’re the guy who has to tell Marc Staal that he is a healthy scratch for the first time in his 13 years as a Ranger and an NHL defenseman.

You’re David Quinn, and chances are this is going to become at least a semi-regular event.

You’re David Quinn, and inevitably are going to face a critical decision on how to apportion time in nets between Henrik Lundqvist and Alex Georgiev — with the added complication of Igor Shesterkin’s work (.971/0.73/4-0 his past four starts and .955/1.18/5-0 overall for AHL Hartford) demonstrating he is not far from being NHL-worthy.

No one is crying for Quinn. This is what he signed up for. And the coach could not have been more clear in stating his guiding principle following the Party Like It’s 1994, 4-1 victory over the Lightning on Tuesday in which a bunch of his kids ran wild when he said, “We want to run a meritocracy here.”


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The New, New York Rangers

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Look! There’s 21-year-old Ryan Lindgren, also promoted from Hartford on Monday, on the ice with that one-goal lead with 3:30 to go and springing Chris Kreider up the right side to ignite the play on which the defenseman’s 21-year-old partner Adam Fox slammed home a rebound for his first NHL score and a 3-1 lead with 2:36 remaining in the match.

Look! There’s 18-year-old Kaapo Kakko on the puck and creating more time and space for himself than he had in any of his previous nine NHL games, notching his second goal on a right wing power-play drive to tie the score 1-1 at 9:37 of the second period.

Look! There’s 23-year-old Alex Georgiev, who has outplayed Henrik Lundqvist through the opening weeks, outstanding yet again in stopping 29 of the 30 shots he faced, yielding only a two-on-one score that was the result of the worst five-man line change in NHL regular-season history.

And look!!! There is 32-year-old Marc Staal in street clothes, a healthy scratch for the first time in his 13-year NHL and Rangers career that encompasses 849 regular-season games.

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Watch the game highlights of the 4-1 Rangers win over the Lightning below.

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Rebuild Pain For The New York Rangers

The Boston Bruins defeated the New York Ranger 7-4 yesterday.

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

It didn’t matter just which pair or what line David Quinn sent out to try and contend with Bergeron’s unit. Trouba was minus-three. Hajek, the rookie who’d been a bright spot, was minus-four. Bergeron recorded a hat trick, the final of his goals into an empty net. Marchand had two goals and three assists. Pastrnak had five assists.

The young team was bullied and exposed by a veteran team that has as good a chance as any team in the league to capture the Cup that got away last year after losing Game 7 at home to the Blues after having taken a 3-2 series lead in the final.

This is the state of the Rangers in this very early stage of the rebuild. And at this point, really, even if Zibanejad (“day-to-day”) is down for a while, you have to wonder whether it would be beneficial for Filip Chytil to be recalled and fill a top-six role here as opposed to remaining in Hartford, where the Wolf Pack are 8-0-0-1.

Because — and perhaps this is an overreaction to a bad, bad night on which a confluence of circumstances acted against the Rangers, but perhaps not — playing these kids against men could be detrimental to their mental health. And even if the Blueshirts could use help on the blue line, is this what you’d want to throw Ryan Lindgren into and expect him to succeed/develop? Here’s one: Kaapo Kakko, minus-four while looking out of place....

These are the Rangers, thin to begin with, young in critical spots, not particularly fast, not particularly rugged. This is the rebuild. This is the snapshot.


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The Struggling New York Rangers

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

“We’re obviously not in a great spot right now,” a somber and realistic David Quinn said after the match in which the Blueshirts were nearly blown crosstown into the 30th Street Heliport during the first period in which they were outshot 21-4 before steadying. “We’re nowhere near where we need to be if we’re going to have a season.”

You might have heard. The Rangers are young. That’s not the problem. The fact that the Blueshirts are playing like peewees is the problem. Compounding the problem exponentially, the kids aren’t the only ones struggling. The veterans with the responsibility to pick them up, they require a pickup, too.

The Mika Zibanejad-Artemi Panarin power couple on the first line has had difficulty connecting over the last handful of games and have encountered an almost impossible time getting into open ice. Chris Kreider has still not scored a goal. Brady Skjei hasn’t been able to locate his game. Marc Staal has had a couple of pretty bad ones in succession.

“There’s a lack of confidence out of the gates,” Kreider said.

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added 8:51am, Colin Stephenson of Newsday on Kaapo Kakko,

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Evening Line- David Quinn On Kaapo Kakko

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More Quality Ice Time For Kaapo Kakko Needed

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

It is true in the macro sense that what is good for Kaapo Kakko is good for the Rangers. At this moment, though, what is good for the Rangers is promoting Kakko from the second power-play unit to the first, if not also getting the second-overall draft selection onto the first line at five-on-five.

This is not a reaction to how the Devils are deploying first-overall Jack Hughes, who does play on New Jersey’s first man-advantage unit. Neither is this a knee-jerk response to the Blueshirts going 0-for-6 in 10:38 of power-play time in Thursday’s 5-2 defeat to New Jersey at the Rock. Not at all.


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