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Brendan Smith On Being A Healthy Scratch The Last Two Games

from Justin Tasch of the New York Daily News,

There was only so much Brendan Smith was willing to say about being scratched the last two games. Smith, on the first year of a four-year, $17.4 million contract, admitted he was surprised and “frustrated” because every player would rather play than not. But then came the question of whether his removal from the lineup just three games into the season was warranted.

“Warranted? I don’t know how to answer that,” said Smith, who will return to the lineup Friday in Columbus after he played an awful opening period in Toronto last Saturday. “You know what I think? I think that I should’ve played better in the first period — should’ves a tough word. I could’ve played better, and I think the team would’ve liked to have played better because it would’ve put us in a better position. I think everything that you do, there’s pros and cons, there’s consequences to everything. A lot of times you can get knocked off the horse. You’ve just got to get back on.”


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Is Joe Thornton A Fit For The New York Rangers?

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Regarding the Rangers, whose logo could well be a question mark heading into Tuesday’s Game 4 of the season, at the Garden against the Blues:

1. It is a long way to the Feb. 26 trade deadline, 60 games through which the Blueshirts must navigate from here to there. But the inability of longshot 18-year-old Filip Chytil to materialize into a lighting-in-a-bottle find in the middle makes it very likely that general manager Jeff Gorton will be hunting for an upper-echelon veteran rental center as the season evolves.

And Joe Thornton fits the profile perfectly.

The Post has learned the Rangers and Thornton had several productive conversations during the 38-year-old center’s free-agency period last summer that extended into midday of July 1.


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A Look At The Rebuild By The New York Rangers

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Their key players are beyond their best years. Winger Rick Nash, their Donaldson, is 33 and in the last year of his contract. Forward Mats Zuccarello is 30. Defenceman Marc Staal is 30 in January, and goalie Henrik Lundqvist is 35. Captain Ryan McDonagh, the team’s best player after Lundqvist, is 28, but right in his prime....

There’s absolutely no indication the Rangers want to do what the Leafs did, which was to use seasons of 84, 68 and 69 points to acquire blue-chippers William Nylander, Mitch Marner and Auston Matthews through the draft. Instead, Gorton has the Blueshirts on this rebuild-on-the-fly track.

That’s fine, except winning with an aging goalie as your best player is very difficult in the NHL, and the kids you’re likely to get while contending for the playoffs aren’t usually the franchise-type athletes you need to build a team around.

more which includes the Blue Jays as an example...

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The New York Rangers Should Have Traded Henrik Lundqvist When They Had The Chance

from Ben Arledge of ESPN,

The New York Rangers traded the wrong goaltender two years ago.

When Henrik Lundqvist was injured toward the end of the 2014-15 season, Cam Talbot stepped in and performed so well that many fans argued that he should start in the playoffs over the heralded No. 1 goalie. That was ridiculous from the start, and sure enough, doubters were shushed once the playoffs began. Lundqvist returned and posted a .928 save percentage and 2.11 goals-against average while bringing his team to Game 7 of the conference finals. He was a big part of the Rangers' deep playoff run. Nevertheless, the offseason brought about the "What to do with Talbot?" question.

On July 26, 2015, the Rangers sent Talbot and a seventh-round pick (No. 209 overall) to the Edmonton Oilers for a second-round pick (No. 57, subsequently traded to Washington), a third-round pick (No. 79) and a seventh-round pick (No. 184). Talbot was coming off an impressive performance in the season's second half and was entering the final year of his contract, set to become an unrestricted free agent the following summer. It made sense at the time. The out-of-nowhere goalie was at peak value and would likely be lost to free agency in a year's time. After all, it was the Henrik Lundqvist to whom Talbot was playing second fiddle, so the opportunity for him in New York was limited.

As the Rangers have consistently done over the past 10 years, they went all-in on the now.


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Andrew Desjardins Suspended For The Next Two Preseason Games

The explanation.


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GIF- Andrew Desjardins Will Be Meeting With DoPS


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Rick Nash Is Playing For A Contract

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

"I don't have a contract for next season," the New York Rangers forward said Monday, "so that's what I'm playing for."

Nash has never gone into an NHL season without the security of being signed for the next one. He has never been an unrestricted free agent. He might be July 1 because he is going into the last season on the eight-year, $62.4 million contract he signed with the Columbus Blue Jackets on July 3, 2009, when he had one year remaining on a five-year contract.

Nash is 33 years old and fully expects he'll have to take a pay cut after this season because that's just how it works in the NHL now for players in their mid-30s who need a new contract.

The way he sees it, the size of the cut, how big or small, is on him and how he plays this season.

"The ball is in my court," Nash said. "It's no secret, it's a huge season for me personally."

read on

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Brendan Smith Is A Vocal Leader In The Room

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Brendan Smith, who blossomed in the playoffs paired with Brady Skjei after being acquired from Detroit at the deadline, is one of the few Type-A personalities on the squad. Vigneault made it clear he believes No. 42’s personality is among his most valuable assets and he should be counted on to assume a leadership role.

“Smitty is vocal, intense, and our room … that’s a good thing to have in the room,” Vigneault said of the 28-year-old defenseman who eschewed free agency to re-up for four years at $4.35 million per. “He’s not only vocal, but he shares a lot of his inner feelings with his teammates, which is good.

“It’s about keeping everyone accountable. I like that aspect of him, I like that energy that he brings. I’ve already talked to him about that expanded role in the dressing room. Coming from Detroit, he’s had some real solid leaders there, so I expect a lot more in that area from him.”

more NYR topics...

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The New York Rangers Believe They Are In The Stanley Cup Mix

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

The words seemed to come easily to New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault, not practiced or prepared, just honest and believable.

"We believe we can compete for the Stanley Cup," Vigneault said Thursday during his first press conference of the season.

Vigneault's words are reasonable, just. The Rangers have made the Stanley Cup Playoffs for seven straight seasons, got to the Eastern Conference Second Round last season and have won six series in four seasons under Vigneault.

Goalie Henrik Lundqvist, 35, is healthy and, according to Vigneault, looks lighter and younger.

"In my mind, he's still in the elite top-five goalies," Vigneault said, "and he wants to prove that."


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Rich Nash Is On A Contract Year

from Justin Tasch of the New York Daily News,

Rick Nash has never been an unrestricted free agent, but the veteran Ranger who will be 34 years old when free agency begins next summer is entering the final year of his contract, which carries a $7.8 million cap hit.

“Every year I want to have the best year possible. But this year, it’s an important year for me personally,” Nash said Friday at Citi Field during an event promoting the Winter Classic between the Rangers and Sabres on New Year’s Day at the ballpark. “It’s an important year for the Rangers, too. We still haven’t achieved that goal (winning the Stanley Cup) that we all want to achieve.”

The venerable winger knows his performance during the upcoming season will inform his next contract but offered a very matter-of-fact view on his situation. “Your contract’s up and you play for another contract. That’s what I’m facing this year,” he said.


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