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High Draft Pick(s) Does Not Guarantee Success

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Seriously, though, Elaine, you hear so often about the need to bottom out in the NHL, and for sure it is better in any given year out of the playoffs to finish with the best lottery odds possible, but collecting a string of high picks does not guarantee success.

The Flames appear out for the seventh time in nine years, the Islanders are all but out for the eighth time in 11 years, the Canucks for the fourth time in five years, the Stars perhaps for the eighth time in 10 years, the Candy Canes facing extinction for the ninth consecutive year and the Oilers out for the 11th time in 12 years. If the Puddy Tats are out, it will be for the 15th time over the past 17 seasons.

All of these teams have one thing in common: an uncommon number of high draft picks. Well, two things in common: not have enough talent. Make that three: inferior management.

And that’s why the Rangers, who defeated the Sabres 5-1 at the Garden on Saturday night, are not planning on one of these slow, bottom-of-the-barrel rebuilding processes. 


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The New York Rangers Could Use Ilya Kovalchuk

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Of course and absolutely the Rangers should and will pursue Ilya Kovalchuk when the scoring machine hits the open market as a 35-year-old unrestricted free agent July 1.

He would have been the right guy this year for the intended retool had the Devils been more amenable to shipping his rights across the Hudson for less than a first-rounder, and he is the right guy for next year’s rebuild/rebound season in which the Blueshirts should be able to compete for a playoff spot with some fortification.

You’re delusional if you believe the Rangers are going to throw a bunch of young lambs onto the ice to be slaughtered in 2018-19. The Baby Blueshirts will need accomplished veterans to help show the way, and Kovalchuk — most certainly along with Rick Nash, no guarantee to return after experiencing life near the top of the league in Boston — is one of the guys management will attempt to enlist who can do that.


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Video- Susan Sarandon And Pierre McGuire?  Yep.

Now this is an interview I never expected to see.



from NHL.com,

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Almost An Unbelievable Stat- The Edmonton Oilers Have Trouble Stopping The First Shot Of The Game

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

Thirteen times.

That’s how many times this season the Edmonton Oilers have surrendered a goal on the game’s first shot.

A baker’s dozen.

In fully 20 per cent of their games, the very … first … shot … goes … in. That’s one out of every five starts, for you folks scoring at home.

If there is one malady that sums up an Oilers season that has just never been healthy, it is that. And very seldom has it been a bad goal.

Most often, it has been one like the New York Ranges scored just 54 seconds into the game Saturday night: amateurish puck management, beer league defensive zone coverage, and a player depositing a puck into a wide open net, as Chris Kreider did to open Saturday’s 3-2 Rangers victory.


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The Rebuild Is On For The New York Rangers

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Say their names: McDonagh, gone; Nash, gone; J.T. Miller, gone; Michael Grabner, gone.

Learn their names: Libor Hajek, coming; Brett Howden, coming; Ryan Lindgren, coming; Yegor Rykov, coming. Vladislav Namestnikov, here.

This wasn’t the Purge of ’04 in which assorted spare parts — and Brian Leetch — were shipped away toward the end of a seventh straight season out of the playoffs. This wasn’t even the great shake-up of ’75 in which Eddie Giacomin, Jean Ratelle and Brad Park were shipped out.

This, rather, was a reckoning for the Rangers, who might have been able to camouflage all of the emerging bald spots with a comb-over but instead chose the righteous path.

There is no instant gratification here. Ownership knows it and so does management. If the scouts got this wrong and get this draft wrong, in which the club currently holds three first-rounders, two second-rounders and two third-rounders, well, then everyone will become immediately reacquainted with the proverb about good intentions and the road to hell.


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The New York Rangers/Tampa Bay Lightning Trade Is Official

NEW YORK, February 26, 2018 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has acquired Vladislav Namestnikov, Libor Hajek, Brett Howden, a first-round pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, and a conditional first-round pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for Ryan McDonagh and J.T. Miller.

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Ryan McDonagh Headed To Tampa Bay




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Video- Celebrating Jean Ratelle’s Career

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

The celebration of Jean Ratelle first became a celebration of his era that is remembered so fondly by those of us who grew up in the Blue Seats with Emile and Eddie and Brad and Jean and Rod and Vic, and Stemmer, Wee Bruce and Walter and To the Boards, Billy Fairbairn, To the Boards.

And then, because he is Jean Ratelle, the night on which his No. 19 was gloriously, albeit belatedly, raised to the Garden’s famous spoked ceiling became about even more than that. Because just in the way this elegant center shared the puck, he would share the glory.

Ratelle passed the microphone to his right wing, Rod Gilbert, “for a very special announcement,” toward the end of a classy ceremony preceding Sunday’s match against the Red Wings. Gilbert then revealed the Blueshirts next season will retire the No. 11 in honor of left wing Vic Hadfield to join No. 19 and his own No. 7.


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Rick Nash Headed To Boston

Bob McKenzie tweets,

Not yet official yet because the trade call with NHL has not happened but BOS and NYR have a deal in place for Rick Nash. Return to NYR expected to include BOS first-round pick and prospect defenseman Ryan Lindgren, but there are other elements to the deal as well.

NYR will be retaining 50 per cent of Nash’s remaining salary and AAV for the balance of the season. Nash, of course,is UFA on July 1.

added 9:32am, NYR release is below...

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Michael Grabner Traded To The New Jersey Devils

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