Kukla's Korner

Kukla's Korner Hockey

Category: New-York-Rangers

Video- Toews, Crosby And Lundqvist Talk Leadership With George Stroumboulopoulos

via Sportsnet,

 

Filed in: NHL Teams, Chicago Blackhawks, New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: henrik+lundqvist, jonathan+toews, sidney+crosby

Marty St. Louis May Play Center

from Andrew Gross of Ranger Rants,

Following this morning’s roster cuts, the Rangers worked on the power play (which they’ll also do on Thursday).

And one thing that jumped out was that Marty St. Louis was in the middle on one of the units, taking draws. St. Louis says, other than faceoffs, playing center on the power play is not really that big of an adjustment.

However, coach Alain Vigneault said today that St. Louis will be tried at center for not just power plays but five-on-five play in at least one of the last two preseason games.

A couple of factors at work here:

1. As Vigneault constantly stressed today, salary cap considerations are going to impact the makeup of the Opening Night roster. It sounds as if there’s a good chance Derek Stepan (out until likely late October with a broken left fibula and still on crutches) will have to be included rather than put on long-term injured reserve. If that’s the case, the Rangers’ roster may be just 22 players (rather than the 23-player maximum) including Stepan, again meaning if the Rangers carry 13 forwards, there will really only be 12 healthy ones.

continued

Filed in: NHL Teams, New York Rangers, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

No Movement In The Marc Staal Contract Talks

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

There has been no progress whatsoever in the contract extension talks between the Rangers and Marc Staal, The Post has learned from several informed sources.

And that essentially is because there have been no meaningful talks for weeks between management and the 27-year-old defenseman’s camp.

The Rangers are believed to be offering Staal, who can become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, the same six-year, $33 million deal ($5.5M per) to which they signed Dan Girardi last year when he was a pending free agent. They don’t appear inclined to move off that number.

Staal, two years younger than Girardi, is believed seeking at least $6 million per on a six- or seven-year deal, which he certainly would be able to get on the open market if he remains healthy throughout the season.

continued

Filed in: NHL Teams, New York Rangers, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: marc+staal

The Middleweights Are Taking Over

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Snapshot of a changing NHL: The Rangers and Devils are lined up for the Sept. 22 preseason opener at the Garden, New Jersey’s pugilistically inclined Jordin Tootoo on right wing, New York’s similarly inclined Tanner Glass adjacent to him on left wing.

In the old days, the gloves would have dropped right off the opening draw and the night would have featured a long card of bouts. These days, the two men jostled briefly, then skated away to join their teammates in hockey.

“I was actually a little surprised,” Glass told The Post before the Blueshirts’ 6-3 victory over the Flyers at the Garden on Monday. “I wasn’t sure why I was starting, but then when I saw [the Devils’] opening lineup, I got it, and I definitely thought there’d be something, especially with him on a tryout looking for a job.

“But he didn’t really even say anything, and so we just played,” said the six-year NHL veteran who joined the Rangers over the summer as a free agent who played with the Penguins last season. “Definitely the thinking in this league has changed.

“You don’t see nearly as many heavyweights out there whose main job is to fight. Now you’ve got middleweights who fight, but who also can skate, kill penalties, and play a regular shift. That’s how it should be.”

continue for more from Glass...

Filed in: NHL Teams, New York Rangers, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: tanner+glass

Previewing The New York Rangers

from Gare Joyce of Sportsnet,

Biggest story to watch: At 32, is Henrik Lundqvist in a career wane? If somebody had told you that the Rangers were going to make a run to the final, you’d have assumed Lundqvist would be at the top of his game. Likewise, if you were told that New York was going to lock up Lundqvist with a seven-year, $59.5-milion contract last December, you’d assume he was playing at the top of his game. Yet in the 2013-14 regular season, Lundqvist was no better than a middle-of-the pack netminder. His .920 save percentage ranked 15th in league, likewise his GAA of 2.36. Compare these desultory numbers to his stats from his 2011-12: His .930 save-percentage and 1.97 goals-against won him the Vezina Trophy. Lundqvist returned to form in the playoffs—his .927 and 2.14 were better than the marks set by the other goalies in the respective conference finals, Carey Price, Corey Crawford and Jonathan Quick.

2014-15 prediction: The Rangers will figure out a way to squeeze into the seventh or eighth playoff slot in the Eastern Conference and make a top seed’s life miserable or even cut a heavyweight’s spring short.

more

Continue Reading »

Filed in: NHL Teams, New York Rangers, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Morning Line - Rick Nash

“Coming back from the concussion, it was tough for me to feel comfortable on the physical side of it. You can say maybe I was a little ‘careful,’ but it wasn’t as much being ‘careful’ as just not being comfortable in certain situations.

“When you come back from a knee injury, you might not be immediately comfortable on cross-overs, or if you have a groin pull, you can’t shift on the edge to gain speed when you come back. You don’t feel comfortable doing those things that always come naturally.

“Coming back from a concussion, you want to get hit and prove to yourself that you can handle everything of that nature, but that’s hard to do in practices. It was different for me.”

-Rick Nash of the New York Rangers.  More on Nash from Larry Brooks of the New York Post.

Filed in: NHL Teams, New York Rangers, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: rick+nash

Positive Signs With The Marc Staal Contract Negotiations

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Look, there’s dialogue between Rangers management and Marc Staal’s representation that is constructive. And talks will continue.

That’s all good.

But even as No. 18’s agent, Paul Krepelka, told The Post on Wednesday afternoon that “we’ve made some progress,” an agreement on a contract extension for the alternate captain is by no means imminent. There remains a substantial gulf between the parties....

“I’m not giving daily updates, not getting into ‘close or not close,’ ’’ Krepelka said. “The tenor of the talks has been good, so we’ll keep going and keep working on it. There’s certainly no deadline on our part for getting this done.

“If this becomes a distraction at any time for Marc, then we’d have to take another look at it. But it’s all been positive to this point.”

more

Filed in: NHL Teams, New York Rangers, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: marc+staal

Ryan Malone Signs With The New York Rangers

added 2:07pm,

 

Filed in: NHL Teams, New York Rangers, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: ryan+malone

John Moore Agrees To Re-Sign With The New York Rangers

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

The Rangers hard-balled restricted free agent John Moore from start to finish, offering the 23-year-old defenseman his $850,500 qualifier and nothing more.

Wednesday, Moore—who has been participating in the club’s informal pre-camp workouts at the practice rink since last seek—accepted general manager Glen Sather’s only pitch, agent Don Meehan told The Post.

Moore, who was not eligible for salary arbitration coming off his Entry Level deal, had no leverage absent an offer sheet that he apparently never solicited and certainly never received. The Rangers had limited cap space.

Hence, the stalemate that lasted through the summer but ended just over a week before the Blueshirts report for medicals on Sept. 18.

continued

Filed in: NHL Teams, New York Rangers, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: john+moore

Marc Staal Looking For A Long-Term Deal With The New York Rangers

from Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News,

Marc Staal remains unsigned to a long-term contract extension with NHL training camp just eight days away, but the Rangers defenseman’s agent told the Daily News on Wednesday morning that he has had substantive discussions with the club toward that end.

“We have had some productive discussions with the Rangers with the goal being to secure a long-term extension for Marc,” Paul Krepelka of The Orr Hockey Group wrote in an email to the Daily News.

The Rangers had no comment.

Staal, 27, is entering the final season of a five-year, $19.875 million contract, but he has said on multiple occasions that he would prefer to sign a new deal before the 2014-15 season begins. He watched negotiations between teammates Henrik Lundqvist and Dan Girardi and former teammate Ryan Callahan become distractions last season, and Staal doesn’t want to repeat that process.

continued

Filed in: NHL Teams, New York Rangers, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: marc+staal

« Previous        < 1 2 3 4 >  Last ›      Next »

About Kukla's Korner Hockey

Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.

Email Paul anytime at pk@kuklaskorner.com

 

image

image

Feed

Most Recent Blog Posts