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Talking Brassard And Michalek

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

- Derick Brassard, a Gatineau native, picked up by the Rangers last year in a big deal with Columbus suited up for his 400th career game Saturday. Brassard, 26, who spends his off-season in Ottawa, has made his presence felt by the Rangers. Heading into the visit by the Senators, New York had a 23-8-1 record this season when he registers a point. With a cap hit of $3.2 million, Brassard will be an RFA on July 1.

- An interesting negotiation to watch in the off-season will be LW Milan Michalek. He has a cap hit of $6 million and has picked up his scoring pace dramatically down the stretch. The Senators have no issue with the way Michalek works and anybody will tell you he's highly-regarded by his teammates. The club will most certainly try to sign the UFA.

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Afternoon Line

JT Miller "must show more committment on and off ice to earn right to be in NHL"

 "hopefully Miller will figure it out...if not he will be a good minor league player."

-Alain Vigneault, head coach of the New York Rangers on J.T. Miller, via Larry Brooks tweets.

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Chris Kreider’s Injury Forces Rangers To Juggle Lines

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Vigneault was planning on just about mixing it all up for Tuesday’s match against the Canucks even in the wake of the Blueshirts’ 5-0 rout of the downtrodden Oilers on Sunday. The coach went so far as to return Brad Richards to left wing for the first time since Dec. 20 in conjunction with moving Carl Hagelin off the Richards-St. Louis unit into the spot that belonged to Kreider with Derek Stepan and Rick Nash, while also shifting Moore into a top-nine playmaker’s role.

“That’s just me being me,” Vigneault said following Monday’s practice here in which he rolled out his new combinations that included a fourth line of Carcillo and Dorsett flanking Boyle.

Actually, it was more like Vigneault being John Tortorella, the Vancouver coach who was famous — or infamous — for his constant line-shuffling when he roamed behind the Rangers bench for the last four-plus seasons.

The concept behind moving Hagelin into Kreider’s spot that he held from Dec. 15 through March 21 — a span in which the line was intact for 33 straight games and 39 of 40 — is to replicate the rookie’s speed and forecheck ability. But Hagelin lacks Kreider’s strength, physicality and ability to get to the front of the net and plant himself there as a screen. In other words, same speed but very different player.

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Balanced Scoring Coming From The New York Rangers

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

 We're already looking forward to the first-round matchup between the Philadelphia Flyers and the New York Rangers, with the longtime rivals still battling for home-ice advantage in that series.

The Flyers picked up a point in their shootout loss to Boston on Sunday, while the Rangers blanked the hapless Edmonton Oilers 5-0.

What's impressive about the Rangers is their surprisingly balanced attack. They have eight players with 15 goals or more, and defenseman Ryan McDonagh has 14. What remains shocking is that while Martin St. Louis is one of those players -- he has 29 goals -- he has yet to score since joining the Rangers at the deadline.

The two-time NHL scoring champ has three lonely assists in 14 games since the trade, and it's not like he's not getting his opportunities. On Sunday he had 5:09 of power-play time against the Oilers but was held pointless.

read on for Custance on the Selke, LeBrun on the Blackhawks and Strang on college UFA Christian Folin...

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Chris Kreider Out Indefinitely After Hand Surgery

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Glenn Sather On Retirement Talk Plus The Disappointing Senators

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

There were whispers reported earlier this week from a credible news outlet in Edmonton that this indeed would be that year, just as there were reports last season out of Boston that Sather would relinquish his day-to-day duties as Rangers GM while retaining his post as club president.

Someday, the story will be true. But not this time. Not, at least, according to an individual who ought to know.

“Everybody retires sometime, but I’m not intending to step away or retire from anything this year,” Sather told Slap Shots on Friday in Columbus, Ohio. “I don’t know how stories like this keep coming up, because I haven’t said anything to anybody about retiring. … One day, yes. But not now.”///

It is beginning to look like Daniel Alfredsson’s defection to Detroit has had a similar impact on the Senators as Mark Messier’s escape to Vancouver had on the Rangers in 1997, leaving a club behind and adrift without its leader.

The Senators are the league’s most disappointing team. The toughness, edge and swagger that complemented the club’s talent are gone. Ottawa has become just another easy team to play against — almost a welcome respite for an opponent.

By the way, one year remains on the contracts of both Jason Spezza and Bobby Ryan in advance of 2016 unrestricted free agency.

more on Sather plus what is going on in Carolina...

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Rangers Beat Blue Jackets, Rich Nash The Center Of Attention

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

There was the goalmouth fracas at 17:06 of the second period in which Nash launched a pair of gloved fists at Bobrovsky’s throat when the goaltender swatted away No. 61’s stick after the two men had collided on the winger’s right wing drive to the net on which an apparent goal was waved off for “incidental contact.”

Incidentally, that followed a first period in which Bobrovsky twice whacked Nash across the back of the legs in a game that began nasty and only ratcheted up as it evolved.

“What set me off? Did you see? It’s that [Bobrovsky] flings my stick away when I reach down to pick it up after he gives me two whacks,” said Nash, still on a high in the postgame room. “He’s an emotional guy trying to get into the game and I’m trying to get my team the game.”

Then, there was the fight with Matt Calvert at 0:12 of third, the game still scoreless, after the wingers jostled and sparred before and immediately after the opening draw of the period, and then went down in a heap before Nash started throwing punches when both regained their feet.

“That was probably the two cross-checks to the head, the slew foot and him saying he was going with me and doesn’t care,” said Nash, who had seven shots in 14:44. “Did you see?”

more and watch the Nash/Bobrovsky incident below...

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Morning Line

“One thing I’ve prided myself on is never burning bridges or cutting ties, I love Columbus. I love the ownership. It’s just the time we were at … it wasn’t working. At the time, I thought that was best for my career, but I’ve never burned bridges. The McConnell family (which owns the team) made me into who I am today.”

“I don’t know if this sounds bad or not, but I’m really excited that the Blue Jackets are doing well and they’re in a good spot (in the standings). The fans deserve it. They’ve been through a lot with 13 seasons and only four playoff games.”

-Rick Nash of the New York Rangers.  Nash will play in Columbus tomorrow for the first time since the trade.  More from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch.

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Morning Line

“I have great faith in Glen Sather and think he has made some fantastic moves with the team. He has pulled off some trades that I still don’t know how he has gotten the other team to agree.”

 “I trust Sather and think he is the best in the business. That team is competing for a playoff spot.”

-James Dolan, owner of the New York Rangers.  Dolan was on two radio stations in New York yesterday and Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post has more from Dolan.

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New York Rangers Offense Still Struggles Even With Nash And St. Louis

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

If the Rangers had lost a 1-0 game like this two years ago in which they owned a huge territorial edge and blasted 41 shots on net as they did Sunday at the Garden against the Sharks, the cry would have gone out for the front office to go get a big-time goal-scorer who would produce when it really mattered.

Someone, maybe, like Rick Nash.

If not Nash, maybe a Marty St. Louis.

What?

Oh.

The thing is, the Rangers and general manager Glen Sather already acquired those players, Nash about two years ago and St. Louis about two weeks ago in sending away three Bluebloods to get them. Yet, here are the Blueshirts, still struggling like mad to put the puck in the net as the season drip, drip, drips through the hourglass and the race — or is that the noose? — tightens.

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