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If The New York Rangers Want To Sign Brendan Smith

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Brendan Smith’s sights are not necessarily set on hitting the open market on July 1, but the impending free-agent defenseman’s agent made it clear Monday that while the 28-year-old could eschew free agency to remain with the Rangers, it would have to be for a fair market value deal.

“Brendan has told me that he enjoyed the entire experience of playing in New York and being with the Rangers and that he certainly would consider signing a new deal and going back instead of becoming a free agent,” Anton Thun told The Post. “But at the same time, I want to make it clear that he hasn’t told me, ‘Get a deal done with the Rangers.’

“He’s looking for a good fit with a good organization, and the Rangers certainly qualify. But to pass up free agency, Brendan’s going to need a contract that reflects market value.”...

It is difficult to project the Rangers’ cap space for next season until a resolution is reached regarding potential buyouts of Dan Girardi and/or Marc Staal and possible trades of core forwards. Suffice to say, however, it will likely take a deal of four or five years between $4 million and $4.5 million per to keep Smith from sniffing around the open market. The Blueshirts certainly should be able to afford that.


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Would Any Team Trade For Henrik Lundqvist?

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

All right, Lundqvist’s age, which will be 36 next spring. Tim Thomas won the Vezina during his age-36 season and the Stanley Cup two months after turning 37. Dominik Hasek won the Stanley Cup at age 37. Patrick Roy was four months shy of 36 when he won his last Stanley Cup. Martin Brodeur was 40 when he outplayed the Vezina-winning Lundqvist and carried the Devils over the Rangers in the 2012 Eastern Conference finals.

Now, would the Rangers consider trading Lundqvist, who, as you know, has a no-move clause? I believe that if approached, management would inquire whether the goaltender would accept a trade to the interested party.

Putting aside lifestyle and family issues for the sake of this conversation as far as Lundqvist granting his permission, it would have to be from a team fancying itself only an upper-echelon goaltender away from the Cup and could afford the $8.5 million cap hit on Lundqvist’s contract, which runs through 2020-21.

I just don’t see any of those clubs out there. I don’t see Florida — which missed the playoffs — attempting to bring in Lundqvist when they have Roberto Luongo. I don’t see St. Louis making that leap, though could you imagine Brodeur as Lundqvist’s goalie coach? I don’t see a single analogous scenario to the one in 2001, when the powerhouse Red Wings, superseded by the Avalanche and Roy, obtained Hasek from the Sabres after the Czech asked to be traded to a contender.


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Erik Karlsson Leads The Way For The Ottawa Senators

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

There are exactly 65 steps to the visitor’s dressing room after players step off the ice at Madison Square Garden.

Erik Karlsson limped painfully through each and every one of them.

He had just skated for more than six of the final eight minutes, holding his nerve while the New York Rangers threw everything they had at the Ottawa Senators. This was a man who had carried his team to its first Eastern Conference Final in a decade and then went from looking super human to fragile right before our very eyes.

The playoffs, man. What a grind.

“That’s the way it should be,” Karlsson said after Ottawa’s stirring 4-2 victory on Tuesday. “That’s the fun part of this sport: It’s going to hurt, it’s not going to be easy.”

We are still only two rounds into this Stanley Cup marathon, but it’s undeniable that the 26-year-old Swede is authoring something special this spring. The kind of performance that will be spoken about with reverence no matter what happens next.

The hockey world is naturally looking at this Senators team this morning and wondering: How did they do this? How did they possibly reach the final four?

And then, perhaps, they’ll watch the highlights and see No. 65 in the middle of absolutely everything. He put up five points over the final two games as Ottawa pushed the Rangers off the cliff.


Below are two videos, Karlsson post-game and Guy Boucher too...

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Expect Changes For The New York Rangers

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

And so it ends.

It ends for the 2016-17 Rangers with Tuesday’s second-round, Game 6, 4-2 defeat to Ottawa at the Garden through which, almost unforgivably, the Senators were the ones to exhibit the desperation of a team facing elimination.

It ends for this group that exceeded expectations throughout a 102-point regular season and the six-game, first-round victory over the Canadiens but did not live up to them against Ottawa, and not by a long shot.

It ends with a thud.

Ends with a dud.

And as this 22nd straight season without a Stanley Cup championship ends, this least defensible playoff series defeat of the Henrik Lundqvist Era all but certainly will mark the end of the core group featuring the King, Dan Girardi, Marc Staal, Ryan McDonagh, Derek Stepan that has been intact since midway through 2010-11 and was augmented by Chris Kreider, Rick Nash and Mats Zuccarello by 2012-13.

Changes will be made.

Everything will be on the table.


Game highlights and handshakes are below...

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2018 Winter Classic Announced

NEW YORK (May 9, 2017) – The 2018 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® will feature the Buffalo Sabres® and New York Rangers® on Jan. 1, 2018 at Citi Field, home of the New York Mets, the National Hockey League (NHL®) announced today. The New Year’s Day game will be broadcast live on NBC, Sportsnet and TVA Sports at 1 p.m. ET.

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The Ottawa Senators Are One Win Away From The Eastern Conference Final

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

As the Ottawa Senators gathered around the boards to start their first drill in an optional skate Monday morning at Madison Square Garden, a bunch of kids who were likely on a tour started heckling the players.

“Let’s go Rangers. Let’s go Rangers,” they chanted from the stands.

“Kids, don’t chant or we’re going to get kicked out,” someone told the group.

If only it were that easy for the Senators to silence the Garden faithful.

Sitting one win away from the a trip to the East final for the first time in 10 years with a 3-2 lead in this Round 2 series against the New York Rangers, the Senators need to find a way to do it themselves Tuesday night on Broadway.

Trying desperately to avoid a Game 7 showdown at the Canadian Tire Centre on Thursday, the Senators will be trying to turn their fortunes around in New York after back-to-back 4-1 losses in Game 3 last Tuesday and Game 4 last Thursday. The best bet for Ottawa is to get this series over with and get rested up for Round 3.

They’re well aware that’s going to be a difficult task and if it’s going to change then the Senators need a way better start than the last two games held here.


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Sometimes Experience Doesn’t Matter

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

They have won nine playoff series and 46 postseason games since the start of the 2012 tournament, more series than anyone other than Chicago and Los Angeles and more games than anyone other than the Blackhawks. I respect the hell out of the Rangers for what they’ve done and how they’ve carried themselves over the last six years.

But enough.

Enough of playing the experience card.

Better to play with urgency, discipline and attention to detail.

Because the truth of the matter is that every single experience has ended the same way.

In defeat.

If experience were determinative, wouldn’t it have been the Blueshirts, and not the Senators, to score a late third-period tie-breaking winner in Game 1? Wouldn’t the Rangers have been able to close out Games 2 and 5 in which they held one-goal leads with under two minutes to play before losing each in overtime?


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The Ottawa Senators Outplayed The New York Rangers

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

A bounce or two went against them again, the net-crashing craze that has become a staple of pulled-goaltender-six-on-five hockey cost them again, but make no mistake, the Rangers got what they deserved in Saturday’s 5-4 overtime Game 5 defeat to the Senators on Saturday.

The Blueshirts had way too many players who delivered C-minus efforts throughout this defeat that places them on the brink of second-round playoff extinction heading into Tuesday’s Game 6 at the Garden, when more diligence, commitment and passion would have given them a choke hold on the series.

They did not measure up against an Ottawa team that played as if their lives depended on this after having mailed in a pair of puny performances in Games 3 and 4 in New York. It wasn’t even close, despite how close the Blueshirts came to winning it.


Watch the game highlights below...

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Video- Kyle Turris With The Game Winner

Ottawa wins 5-4 in OT.


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The Ottawa Senators Need To Regroup Quickly

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

The "Kanata Wall" is in need of some repairs.

As the Ottawa Senators left Madison Square Garden with two humbling losses, they were seeking adjustments in system, personnel and execution – or perhaps some combination of the three. It all depended on who you asked.

Guy Boucher dismissed the notion that the New York Rangers had found a way to exploit his team’s defensive approach while generating a slew of odd-man rushes in back-to-back 4-1 defeats here.

Speaking about Game 4 specifically, he seemed to suggest that the Senators fell victim to bad luck on Thursday night.

"I’m not going to start blaming our guys because pucks were going over their sticks," said Boucher. "It happens, and they capitalized on them, so good for them."

His players didn’t sound quite so sure.

Many of them zeroed in on specific aspects of the game that eluded them.


Below watch the game highlights plus some of the 'rough stuff' near the end of the game...

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