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Henrik Lundqvist Deserves One Last Shot

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

I don’t know whether Henrik Lundqvist can reclaim the No. 1 job in nets from Igor Shesterkin when (and if) the Rangers reconvene at some point late next month or in early July.

But I do know that David Quinn and the coaching staff would be making a mistake if they enter camp with minds that closed in the middle of March in the aftermath of the NHL hitting the pause button due to coronavirus concerns.

And I also know that The King, given what almost certainly would become his final shot at earning playing time for meaningful games while wearing the Blueshirt, would be up for the competition against Shesterkin and Alex Georgiev.

And up for the competition in the best-of-five qualifying round against his cousins from Carolina, those Candy Canes who voted against the NHL’s 24-team return-to-play format because, in the words of player rep Jordan Martinook, “it kind of limits our odds.”

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Showing Bias?

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Who doesn’t love rankings? Rankings exist to spark debate. Rankings are subjective, determined by opinions, educated or otherwise. Opinions can’t be wrong, Except, of course, when they are.

Which brings us to the fun exercises in which the good folks at NHL.com have been intermittently engaged throughout this coronavirus-induced stoppage of play. A panel of writers has been polled to create a “Super 16” position-by-position ranking of the top players of the expansion era.

What could go wrong?

Well, Billy Smith ranked ahead of Henrik Lundqvist, for one. And Tony Esposito ranked ahead of Lundqvist, for another. Oh, and Patrik Elias failing to garner a single vote as one of the top 16 left wings from the 13 people who cast ballots, and what in the world is that all about? Then there’s the matter of Scott Niedermayer out-polling Scott Stevens on defense.

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Jacob Trouba’s First Year With The New York Rangers

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Part 20 in a series analyzing the Rangers.

The idea was for Jacob Trouba to be the Rangers’ top-pair, matchup right defenseman and on the point with the first power-play unit....

He recorded only 20 assists after compiling 42 the previous season; 27 points this year to 50 in Winnipeg in 2018-19. But Trouba had 15 power-play assists a year ago and only four this season in playing almost exclusively on the second unit after the opening month.

Again, the Rangers thought they were getting a first pair and first power-play unit guy. Trouba was not that, at least not this season. He has a no-move clause that kicks in July 1 (or the equivalent date if the offseason calendar is adjusted), so the Blueshirts would probably listen if someone comes knocking.

But the contract commitment makes that unlikely. Even if the Rangers could deal Trouba, chances are they’d be looking for someone just like him in another year.

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The End Of Henrik Lundqvist With The New York Rangers

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

The last two months of the season must have been exactly what Henrik Lundqvist envisioned at the 2018 post-Letter deadline purge when he chose to remain with the Rangers after he was given the chance to opt out of an embryonic rebuild program and pursue his Stanley Cup dream somewhere else.

Because here were the Blueshirts, powered to a great extent by kids and big-money free agent and trade acquisitions, storming into the playoff race by going 16-6 under just the type of accelerated rebuild program that the King foresaw two years earlier when he pledged his heart to New York.

Which made it even more cruel that Lundqvist was more apart from it than a part of it. As much The Franchise as Tom Seaver ever was in Queens, the goaltender essentially was airbrushed out of the team picture and watched as the pair of 24-year-olds, Igor Shesterkin and Alex Georgiev, took his job and ran with it.

When the NHL season came to a sudden halt following the March 11 match in Colorado, Lundqvist had started one of the Rangers’ last 19 games, and he got that one because Shesterkin was injured and Georgiev needed a break.

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Statement From The NHL And New York Rangers Regarding A Video Call With Prospect K’Andre Mille

NEW YORK (April 3, 2020) – The National Hockey League today released the following statement:

“The National Hockey League is appalled that a video call arranged today by the New York Rangers to introduce their fans to one of the League’s incoming stars, K’Andre Miller, was hacked with racist, cowardly taunts. The person who committed this despicable act is in no way an NHL fan and is not welcome in the hockey community.

“No one deserves to be subjected to such ugly treatment and it will not be tolerated in our League. We join with the Rangers in condemning this disgusting behavior.”


NEW YORK, April 3, 2020 – “We held an online video chat with fans and New York Rangers prospect, K'Andre Miller, during which a vile individual hijacked the chat to post racial slurs, which we disabled as soon as possible. We were incredibly appalled by this behavior, which has no place online, on the ice, or anywhere, and we are investigating the matter.”

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What Should The New York Rangers Pay Tony DeAngelo?

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

When you have a 24-year-old defenseman, and a righty, no less, who records the fourth-most goals and points in the NHL at his position and who is coming up on restricted free agency, it’s a no-brainer to lock him up for at least five years, isn’t it?

Or, in the case of one Tony DeAngelo, is it?

This is likely the most daunting question Rangers management will confront this offseason in evaluating whether it can afford to sign No. 77 for what likely would be at least $6 million per year on a long-term deal.

There are options, of course.

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Brendan Lemieux Will Be Suspended

 

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In A Rare Start, Henrik Lundqvist Was Not Very Good

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

This was not Willie Mays falling down in center field. Not even in the ballpark. So let’s get that straight.

But to have to issue that disclaimer up front about Henrik Lundqvist’s first start since Feb. 3 and fourth in 60 days is disheartening enough in itself.

For imagine having the obligation to inform the audience that the greatest goaltender in franchise history did not embarrass himself on the Garden ice....

“When you haven’t played in a long time, personally, you want to go out there and try to grow and build a good feeling, but obviously that was pretty tough when you give up three first-period goals,” said the reflective and realistic Lundqvist. “I don’t think I was very good.

“I was hoping for a better feeling personally coming out there but a lot of times you create that feeling by doing a lot of good things. I felt like I was doing a few good things and then when you put yourself in that kind of hole, three or four goals [down], it’s hard to play a patient game.

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A Big Loss For The New York Rangers

from Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post,

Their faces told the story far more than their words.

The Rangers looked tired and beaten, expectedly sulking after a 5-2 loss to the Flyers on Friday night that represented something distinctly worse than a broken a five-game winning streak or the end to a franchise-best nine-game road winning streak. It represented something even worse than not making up ground on their playoff chances.

It was the game when Chris Kreider fractured his foot blocking a shot, with the ink on his new seven-year, $45.5 million contract having hardly dried before the veteran spirit on and off the ice of this recent joyful run now may be lost through the end of the regular season.

“It’s tough,” said Kreider’s center, Mika Zibanejad, his head lowered and his voice soft. “I don’t know how to put it into words, really. Obviously a key player and a key guy in the locker room and on the ice, and for our line and the rest of the team.”

Zibanejad then paused, and summed it up: “This sucks.”

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