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The New York Rangers Are Developing A “Pack Mentality”

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

A pack mentality has developed under David Quinn and it has been in force since the coach reprimanded his team in the wake of the same-old, same-old in the exhibition opener at New Jersey, in which no one answered Eric Gryba’s concussion-inducing headshot against Boo Nieves.

This all-for-one, one-for-all approach is not only in stark contrast to the bygone era under Alain Vigneault in which the Rangers turned more cheeks than a prison guard conducting strip searches, it is all but antithetical to the franchise’s historical pedigree. That is why it is so welcome....

Historically, the Rangers have worn white gloves to the party while opponents called Bobby Orr and the Animals and Broad Street Bullies have slipped into their brass knuckles. A pair of Cups got away in the early ’70s, and the one identifying incident with which Emile Francis’ teams have to live with forever is the Dale Rolfe-Dave Schultz bout in Game 7 of the 1974 semis in Philadelphia.

And, boy, does that irk those players no end.

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Too Many Men On The Ice Penalties Hurting The New York Rangers

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

The Rangers right now are bad at just about everything. That, unfortunately, includes being bad at math.

For the third straight game and the fifth time in their first 11 matches, the Blueshirts could not count accurately to six and were assessed yet another too-many-men-on-the-ice minor.

There might be an excuse for being bad at scoring, might be an excuse for being bad at passing or skating. There is no excuse for being bad at adding one plus one plus one plus one plus one plus the goalie and failing to come up with the right number.

“It’s mental,” Kevin Hayes told The Post. “I don’t know if maybe guys get too excited and jump on early. Nobody wants that, but it shouldn’t happen. It can’t happen.”

Guess what?

It is happening, over and over and over again.

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Evening Line- Henrik Lundqvist

“We’re good enough to win games; we are. Other people might want to let us off the hook because of the rebuild or the third period or whatever, but we are not allowing ourselves off the hook. We’re here to win.”

-Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers.  Larry Brooks of the New York Post has more.

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You Just Can’t Throw Young “Players Onto The Ice”

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

The coach who was hired to develop kids didn’t dress either of his two youngest defensemen and benched one of his top-six kids up front for most of the third period of Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to the Oilers at the Garden in which the Rangers played well enough to lose to a bad team.

Guess what? Ten days and five games into the season, David Quinn is allowed. This is not a sprint but rather a marathon. If in the long run it benefits defenseman Neal Pionk to have watched a second consecutive game, so be it. If Tony DeAngelo did not play well enough in Thursday’s victory over San Jose to merit a third straight game, fine.

And if Pavel Buchnevich continued to struggle to have an impact on the outcome, as he has pretty much since the opener five games ago, then a seat on the bench for the final 8:35 (and all but three shifts worth 1:28) of the third, well, then that’s exactly where No. 89 belonged while Vladislav Namestnikov and Filip Chytil took his place.

Development means more than just throwing players onto the ice.

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Kevin Shattenkirk Appears To Be A Healthy Scratch For The New York Rangers

from Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post,

Less than a week into the Rangers season, less than a week into David Quinn’s tenure as coach, and this is what it has come to: Kevin Shattenkirk as a healthy scratch.

The veteran defenseman is more than likely to be benched for the team’s Garden match against the Sharks on Thursday night, with Quinn’s team 0-3-0 and failing to gain any traction. Thus far, Shattenkirk has been more of a problem than answer, struggling to find his game following offseason knee surgery.

“You have to learn from it, obviously. I’m not a guy that would take that the wrong way and mope about it,” Shattenkirk said after Tuesday’s practice about the coming benching. “It’s the NHL; if you’re not playing well, there are guys that are playing well. Tony DeAngelo played a phenomenal game the [Sunday] night [in Carolina]. He’s earned a spot on the roster. I think all the ‘D’ have earned a spot on the roster, and I’m probably the guy that needs to fight a little bit harder to get my spot back. It’s on me, for sure.

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A Confident Henrik Lundqvist Entering The Season

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

You’re going to be seeing the old Henrik Lundqvist in nets this season, and that has nothing to do with the goaltender’s March 2, 1982 birthdate.

“I’ve been reflecting this summer and over the last few days and what I come back to is that I am consistently most successful when I’m confident in my game plan and stick with it,” Lundqvist told The Post following Sunday’s practice session. “For me, it’s about getting back to my base and not changing too much because of what’s going on in front of me.”

The past few years, there have been as many “New Lundqvists” as there were “New Nixons” in the ’60s, and you could look that up, kids. At different points during each of the past three seasons, the Swede enthusiastically talked about how he had become more aggressive in challenging shooters. Why, there were stretches last year when the King looked like the second coming of Mike Richter, and that is not a reference to the time No. 35 went on IR with what was essentially battle fatigue, and you could look that up, too.

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Brendan Smith Looking For A Bounce-Back Year

from Colin Stepehnson of Newsday,

Brendan Smith was more than willing to say that, yes, he did lose weight from a year ago, when he struggled so much in the early part of the season that the Rangers eventually sent him down to Hartford in midseason.

He wouldn’t say how much weight he lost, but officially, the Rangers have the 6-2, 29-year-old defenseman listed at 195 pounds, which is 16 pounds less than the 211 he was listed at last year. Being lighter, Smith said, makes him feel quicker in a game that has continually gotten faster since he broke into the NHL in 2011.

“I feel good,’’ he said before the Rangers lost to the Flyers, 6-4, in their second game of the preseason Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden. “Hopefully there’s a little bit more pep in my step because I’m lighter.’’

Smith is hoping for a major bounceback from his disastrous 2017-18 season, and the Rangers are, too. The rugged, take-no-prisoners defenseman was such a force for the Blueshirts down the stretch and during the playoffs in 2017 after he was acquired at the deadline that they rewarded him after the season with a four-year, $17.4 million free agent contract. But after signing the contract, and getting married over the summer, Smith showed up to camp overweight and things did not go well.

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David Quinn Is The Voice The New York Rangers Needed

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Four days into training camp, David Quinn is losing his voice. This is not a particularly good thing because this coach uses it quite a lot. On the ice, behind the bench, in meetings.

“Very vocal,” says Kevin Hayes. “Always teaching.”

“Constant communication,” says Brady Skjei. “He talks to us all the time, but he listens, too, if you know what I mean.”

“Communication,” says Chris Kreider. “A lot of teaching moments. Nothing is assumed.”

These are not Alain Vigneault’s Rangers anymore, and before tap-dancing in celebration, you may want to consider that Lester Patrick is the only coach in franchise history to preside over more playoff-round victories than the one who was dismissed in the immediate aftermath of last season’s crash. Patrick’s teams won 14 rounds (and two Cups) from 1928 through 1937, while Vigneault’s squads won six in his first three years behind the bench.

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Boston Bruins/New York Rangers Trade

 

added 10:35am, NYR release is below.

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Chris Kreider’s Recovery From Blood Clots

from Emily Kaplan of ESPN,

It began late last fall, when he began coughing up blood. It would happen randomly for New York Rangers winger Chris Kreider. For a few days, he'd be symptom-free. Then Kreider would wake up and spew blood, then break out in coughing fits throughout the day that he describes as "pretty gruesome."

The 27-year-old knew something wasn't right. When he was on the ice, he sometime felt a shortness of breath -- like his cardio wasn't all there -- and sustained light-headedness, too. But it was the time of year where everyone would get sick, especially road-weary professional hockey players, so he didn't blame doctors for a misdiagnosis of pneumonia.

Two days after Christmas, Kreider woke up and felt numbness in his right arm. He examined his arm at his house, and couldn't help but think it looked discolored. It was game day -- the Rangers were hosting the Washington Capitals -- so when Kreider arrived to the rink for morning skate, he received treatment. But when he returned later that night for the game, his arm looked twice its normal size -- and purple. He logged seven shifts in the first period, and when he returned to the locker room and took his gloves off, his arm was now three times its size. Team doctors examined, and sent him right to the hospital.

That's when he first heard the words "blood clots."

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