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Morning Line- David Quinn

“You’re going to lose hockey games. But you better want to battle somebody. It’s just ridiculous. hree games where we feel good about our effort and our compete, and then we come out here and do that? It’s a freaking joke.”

“That’s a team that competes hard on pucks and tests your mettle. We failed miserably tonight. Miserably. Our lack of determination in our one-on-one battles, fishing for pucks; you do that in this league, that’s what happens. You get your asses handed to you.”

“We’re going to watch this and we’re going to learn from this. “We have zero chance if we’ve got 20 guys in uniform not wanting to compete for pucks and get into people and have a little bit of snarl to your game.”

-David Quinn, head coach of the New York Rangers.  Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post has more.

Below, watch the game highlights of the Rangers 7-5 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets

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Afternoon Line- Larry Brooks

Never before and never since has a forward taken at least 80 shots in the Stanley Cup playoffs and scored fewer than five goals. And yet, that was the dubious achievement that stayed with Rick Nash throughout his profoundly mixed tenure as a Ranger — in which he graced New York with his presence for nearly six seasons but left the city, and ultimately the game, with a hole in his résumé as large as his smile and his good heart.

-Larry Brooks of the New York Post, where you can read more on Rick Nash and other topics like this...

So how much is the NHLPA willing to give back in its negotiations with the NHL and Gary Bettman in order to allow a minority of players are allowed to play in the Olympics (and World Cup), when the NHL itself has made it an internal marketing priority to participate in the 2022 Games in Beijing?

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Video- Rick Nash Highlights

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

In honour of Rick Nash recently announcing his retirement, we count down the top-10 plays from his illustrious career.

 

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Time To Think Development For The New York Rangers

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

If you want to rate degree of demoralizing defeats, be my guest. If you believe that Thursday’s 4-3 loss to the Islanders at the Garden in which the Nomads got the winner with 1:26 remaining in the third period on their only shot of the final 20 minutes — while the Rangers poured 17 on Robin Lehner — leaves more scars than the four defeats preceding it, in which the Blueshirts were outscored 22-5, well, OK.

But while this five-game skid is discouraging, it has also served a constructive purpose in exposing the Rangers’ personnel once and for all as not fast enough, skilled enough or deep enough to compete on even footing with credible playoff contenders. For this high-speed crash six weeks after the slide began at Thanksgiving also should be liberating for the organization....

Now, with the fewest non-shootout victories (12) in the NHL accurately representing the Rangers’ spot on the league ladder, general manager Jeff Gorton and his staff are freed to retrain their focus exclusively on what was the season’s original intent, anyway.

That, lest anyone forget, was development.

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Video- Fight Of The Night

Ryan Reaves And Adam McQuaid.

 

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Time To Trade Mats Zuccarello

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

It is time for Jeff Gorton to do the right thing. Time for the general manager to do what’s best for his team and for Mats Zuccarello by moving the impending free agent as soon as he gets a legit trade offer and thus end the waiting game that is eating away at No. 36 and sure isn’t helping the Blueshirts.

“I’m a human being, so obviously it has been on my mind and I’ve allowed it to get into my head, probably too much,” Zuccarello told The Post following Sunday afternoon’s 5-0 rout by the Coyotes in which the Rangers put up no fight and Henrik Lundqvist was pulled for the second straight game. “When it affects my game the way it has been, that’s on me; I shouldn’t have let it get to that point.

“I mean, I’m a professional and have a responsibility to the team and my teammates. It’s been hard. I let it get to me. I need to let go of it and get back to being the Zukey everyone knows. I thought actually that it was a little bit better that way in this game for me, but obviously not close to being enough.”

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Showcase Shattenkirk

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

It is not about whether Shattenkirk — who had been receiving limited second-unit power-play time even before he suffered his shoulder separation in Tampa on Dec. 10 — merits the time over Pionk (clearly, he does not) or merits the time at all. It is about putting Shattenkirk, who will turn 30 before the end of next month and has two years at an annual $6.65 million cap hit remaining on his contract that includes a limited no-trade clause, in the best possible situation to increase — if not, establish — his value on the market. And if not on the market, then to the Rangers.

If Shattenkirk does not get substantial time on the power play — and with the team’s loaded unit that features Chris Kreider, Mika Zibanejad and Kevin Hayes — then the Rangers have a $6.65 million third-pair defenseman who gets occasional time on the power play even though running the man-advantage unit has been one of his prime assets. It is Keith Yandle on the third pair and second power-play unit. It is Bobby Holik as first-line center. It is Eric Staal at third-line left wing.

Shattenkirk failing to get a first unit assignment upon his return is self-defeating.

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Evening Line- Wayne Gretzky

“Alex definitely is the guy who has a chance. It’s great for the game and it’s a great watch. If he’s close I’ll be the first guy to go there (to see it).

“To break that record you have to be on a good team with good players … so that fits with the ultimate opportunity. He’s got a couple of centremen there (Nick Backstrom and Evgeny Kuznetsov) who find him on the power play where he sets up. He can play the whole two minutes and find open ice like Bossy did and like Brett (Hall) did. He can handle the whole power play because he’s on the point and he’s rarely carrying the puck in or hunting the puck in the corners behind the net.”

-Wayne Gretzky on Alex Ovechkin attempting to breaking his goal scoring record.  Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal has more.

Gretzky finished his career with 894 goals, Ovechkin has 636.

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The Bar Has Been Set High For The New York Rangers

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

There is no confusing what David Quinn wants and expects from his team. He wants consistent, hard-edged, straight line, fast hockey that necessarily must be accompanied by the same chip on the shoulder that the coach carries, and pulls off, with ease.

It may be somewhat less clear why the Blueshirts, who meet the talent-rich Maple Leafs in Toronto on Saturday before they’re home to the Flyers on Sunday, have been unable to meet this ideal on even a period-to-period basis, let alone from game-to-game, though the personnel mix would seem to have way more to do with it than inattentiveness or lack of desire.

Measured against outside expectations, by retaining relevance in the playoff picture at this date at 15-13-5, it’s pretty good so far. But not according to the measurement of the first-year head coach, who was asked whether he was satisfied with where the team stands two games before the holiday recess.

“Not really. I think we can be better,” Quinn said. “I think we can be in a better place. I do. Certainly we want to play a more complete game, we want to play for 60 minutes, not 30 or 40 … or sometimes 25. I don’t think our consistency has been there.”

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Morning Line- Larry Brooks

I will say this, not for the first time and certainly not for the last: It is terribly unfair to penalize teams who are not good enough to win anything for trying to put representative lineups on the ice during a rebuild. The draft, even with a lottery system that makes it dicey for clubs to go into full tank-mode, is unfair. Front offices should not face implied pressure to gut their teams and force season ticket-holders to pony up big bucks to watch an intentionally bad team. It is unfair when a team like the Rangers can lose for winning. But that is the reality.

-Larry Brooks of the New York Post. Read more on how the above statement applies to the New York Rangers.

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