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The New York Rangers And Their Cap Issues

fro Sreve Zipay of Newsday,

Fifteen players are under contract -- seven forwards, six defensemen and goalies Henrik Lundqvist and Cam Talbot -- putting the club about $11.5 million under the salary cap, which is projected to be about $71 million.

With 10 of those players having various no-move or no-trade clauses, that's a serious squeeze, which means to sign their key restricted free agents -- center Derek Stepan and wingers Carl Hagelin, J.T. Miller and Jesper Fast -- the Rangers must make tough choices.

They cannot afford to keep unrestricted free agent Martin St. Louis, who is 40 years old and carries a $5.6-million cap charge. He wore down late in the season and the playoffs. They almost certainly will trade Talbot, a valuable backup who is being sought by teams in need of a No. 1 netminder. He is due to earn $1.45 million in 2015-16.

And that still might not provide enough flexibility to resign RFAs and add depth, which is why there has been speculation about trading players such as defenseman Kevin Klein, who earns $2.9 million a season.

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What Happened To The New York Rangers?

from Stan Fischler of the Daily Freeman,

I can tell you in 20 different ways.

1. Winning the President’s Trophy is good and well, but it guarantees zip in the playoffs.

2. Almost everyone — me included — underestimated the Lightning.

3. The Rangers easily beat a very weak Pittsburgh Penguins team in the first round, giving New York a false sense of security.

4. Only a lucky break enabled Alain Vigneault’s skaters to beat Washington in the second round. That should have been the tip-off that the Rangers were going to be challenged.

5. Losing the team energy pounder Mats Zuccarello in the first round turned into a mortal setback.

6. Future Hall of Famer Marty St. Louis didn’t quite cut it as the necessary replacement for Zuccarello.

7. Goalie Henrik Lundqvist can stop pucks but he cannot score goals.


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Hockey Notes From Larry Brooks

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

- ...there appears little chance the Rangers will extend Yandle, who likely will command at least $5.5 million on the open market — a price way too expensive for a club with cap issues that has its top two left defensemen in Ryan McDonagh and Marc Staal locked up long term, and that’s even if No. 93 plays well.

So the time to move Yandle — whose acquisition wound up costing McDonagh, whose 2013-14 represented the best offensive season by a Blueshirt defenseman since Brian Leetch roamed the blue line, power play time and offensive zone starts — is now.

Perhaps Yandle becomes part of a package with Cam Talbot the Rangers can use to bring back a strong, grinding physical forward who can get to the net in the playoffs, when most obstruction infractions are ignored.

- So the league’s competition committee authorized a coach’s challenge for calls/non-calls pertaining to goaltender interference and offside goals, but did nothing regarding video review on pucks-over-the-glass delay-of-game calls, which simply is unfathomable. Maybe the people on the committee forgot?


- So we slide Antoine Vermette from the Terrible Deadline Deal list to the Stan Bowman Got It Right Again column. See how easy that was?

- Meanwhile, there couldn’t have been a better deadline deal than the one pulled by Flyers GM Ron Hextall, who turned Kimmo Timonen into a pair of second rounders given the combination of the
Blackhawks’ advancement to the Cup finals and the defenseman having played in at least half of the club’s games in the conference finals.


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Glen Sather Not Sure If He Will Return As GM Of The New York Rangers

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Glen Sather indicated in an email exchange with The Post on Friday that he is undecided about continuing as Rangers general manager.

Asked whether he would be returning for his 16th year as GM, or whether he had yet to make that decision, Sather replied: “Sorry, I don’t have anything to tell you.”

To the follow-up email in which The Post asked whether it would then be accurate to write that he is, in fact, undecided about his future, Sather responded: “OK.”

Sather, who has a “lifetime contract” with Garden CEO Jim Dolan, has held the dual position of club president-GM since June 2000. It is believed the 71-year-old, a finalist for the NHL’s GM of the Year Award, is contemplating whether to step up exclusively into the presidency.


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Successful Surgery For Dan Girardi And Marc Staal

NEW YORK, June 5, 2015 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that Dan Girardi underwent a bursa excision on his ankle and Marc Staal had a bone chip removed from his ankle. Both players are expected to be fully recovered prior to the start of training camp. The surgeries were performed yesterday by Dr. David Levine at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City.

Girardi, 31, skated in all 82 regular season games with the Rangers in 2014-15, registering four goals and 16 assists for 20 points, along with a plus-12 rating and 22 penalty minutes. He is tied with Brian Leetch for the most seasons in which a Ranger has played all 82 games since the NHL adopted an 82-game schedule in 1995-96 (five). Girardi tied for sixth in the NHL in blocked shots (184) and ranked fifth among NHL defensemen in hits (224) in 2014-15.

Staal, 28, skated in 80 regular season games with the Rangers in 2014-15, registering five goals and 15 assists for 20 points, along with a plus-18 rating and 42 penalty minutes. He established a career-high in plus/minus rating. Staal ranked third on the Rangers in average ice time (21:08) and led the team in average even strength ice time (18:49) in 2014-15.

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Injury Update On Mats Zuccarello


Below, watch how the injury occurred.

added 3:54pm, Also added below, Zuccarello talking with the media...

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Should The New York Rangers Move Rick Nash?

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

A scapegoat, no, because others including Big Game Derick Brassard were also nowhere to be found on Friday, but where do the Rangers go from here with Nash, who has a limited no-trade clause and carries a $7.8 million cap hit through 2017-18?

If general manager Glen Sather — there is no indication he is thinking of stepping down or up, though that doesn’t mean it would be out of the question — and the staff believe that no more is required than some tweaking on the margins, then the Rangers go into next season with Nash as their first-line left wing with Brassard and Mats Zuccarello, presuming the Norwegian is cleared to play.

But if there is a belief that something more is required, then the Rangers would be wise to look at St. Louis, where coach Ken Hitchcock is an unabashed fan of No. 61, and the Blues are in desperate need of changing their own postseason narrative.

In order to make any sense at all for the Rangers, for whom Nash has scored 15.1 percent of the team’s regular-season goals since putting on the Blueshirt and whose 42 this year were twice as many as co-runners up Chris Kreider and Marty St. Louis produced, the conversation on a return package would have to feature T.J. Oshie, Jaden Schwartz and Alexander Steen.


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The New York Rangers Need More ‘Fight’ To Their Game

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

This team is too homogenous. The Rangers need to add a measure of size, strength and malevolence on the wing to wear down the opposition and score the dirty goals they didn’t manufacture enough of during the playoffs, though the emerging J.T. Miller has the physical attributes and the grit for the job, if encouraged to play to those strengths.

And the Blueshirts most certainly need to add a physical defenseman capable of forcing the opposition to think twice before either crashing through the crease and into Henrik Lundqvist, as the Capitals did with impunity in Round 2, or zooming through the slot, as the Lightning did without a care in the world throughout Round 3.

Vigneault has had no use for 22-year-old righty Dylan McIlrath — the 2010 first-rounder who is owed a qualifying offer, will no longer be exempt from waivers, whose game in the AHL has received mixed reviews, but who is of the very ilk the Blueshirts require.

Now, the Rangers will either have to use him or lose him. It would be ridiculous to lose McIlrath without seeing what he has to offer in a regular season that will mean less than ever (as long as they get into the playoffs).

If that means buying out the final year of Dan Boyle’s contract even though his over-35, $4.5 million cap hit would remain on the books if he is unwilling to waive his no-move or nobody will take him in a trade, then so be it.

The Rangers have to diversify.

And they have to stop turning the other cheek.


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Believe It Tampa Bay

from Tom Jones of the Tampa Bay Times,

Step aside, Brad Richards. Move over, Vinny Lecavalier. Make some room, Nikolai Khabibulin. The stars of the 2004 Stanley Cup championship team now have some company. For the second time in franchise history, the Lightning will play for the Stanley Cup.

"This is a special group," Killorn said. "We've known that since Day 1."

Survive and advance. Three rounds down and one to go. The dream is alive and well thanks to Friday night's improbable 2-0 victory over the Rangers in a winner-take-all Game 7 at Madison Square Garden.

"I can't tell you how excited I am to play for the Stanley Cup," Lightning captain Steven Stamkos said.

Few gave the Lightning a chance. Not against the Rangers. Not in New York. The Rangers had played seven Game 7s at home and had never lost. They couldn't be beat.

Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, an elimination-game specialist, is the best big-game goalie in the business. He couldn't lose.

The Lightning, after losing at home in Game 6 and seemingly blowing its chance to wrap up the series, had to go all the way to New York in what seemed like a death march. It couldn't win.

"There weren't many people picking us," Lightning goalie Ben Bishop said.

"We were kind of underdogs coming in," center Tyler Johnson said.


from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

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The New York Rangers’ Offense Fires Blanks

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

The ending did not change, except it came one round earlier this time, one period and one game shy of the Stanley Cup final to which the Rangers had vowed to return from the moment they were beaten in Los Angeles 50 weeks ago to the night.

The ending did not change, but the mood in the locker room following Friday’s 2-0 Game 7 defeat to the Lightning in the Eastern Conference final could not have been more different.

For where a year ago there were tears, despair and excruciating pain, this time there was shared numbed acceptance of the team’s fate. This team that had come so far still had so far to go and couldn’t get there.

“I don’t feel mad, angry or sad,” Derek Stepan told The Post. “It just sucks right now. It just sucks.”

Game 7 at the Garden with Henrik Lundqvist was supposed to be a Sure Thing. But there are no sure things in pro sports — as Mariano Rivera’s misadventure on the mound in the bottom of the ninth inning in Game 7 of the 2001 World Series in Arizona can attest.

There are no sure things when a team comes up with no goals.


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