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Lottery Thoughts For The New York Rangers

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

With Henrik Lundqvist, a seventh-round selection in 2000, and Brian Leetch, ninth-overall in 1986, as exceptions over the past four decades, the Blueshirts have had to trade for franchise players, and just about always when it has been too late to matter.

But this season that went irretrievably wrong within days of the calendar flipping to 2018 could be the one to put the Rangers into position to change the cycle.

Because, with lottery luck that was absent in 2004 when the Blueshirts entered the Sidney Crosby Sweepstakes as one of four teams with the best (6.25 percent) chance to claim the grand prize before somehow leaving with the 16th-overall selection, a continued deep dive could set up the franchise with at least a top-three selection for the first time since it was called the amateur draft.

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The Tampa Bay Lightning Have Interest In Ryan McDonagh

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

The Lightning are extremely interested in Ryan McDonagh, and if the Rangers can get the best return from Tampa Bay, then by all means.

But management should remember how Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman squeezed every last drop from the Blueshirts in the negotiations for Martin St. Louis at the 2014 deadline, though No. 26 had a one-team-only trade approval list that began and ended with the Rangers.

McDonagh is not just some guy out there. He is likely to be a missing link to the Cup if a top-end contender acquires him for not only the remainder of this season but next year as well. The Rangers should demand high-end return for this high-end defenseman who would slot perfectly behind Victor Hedman.

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Brendan Smith Deserves The Blame

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Sometimes when big-money contracts blow up, it is not on the team but on the player. In the case of the Rangers and Brendan Smith, it is the latter.

There is no joy in piling on Smith, placed on waivers Thursday on his 29th birthday just 54 games into the first season of the four-year, $17.4 million contract he signed with the Blueshirts days before he could have gone on the open market to score riches of that size from some other team. Surely, these are the worst days of a well-regarded hockey career in which he was Detroit’s first-round selection in 2007 and spent five years with the Red Wings before coming to New York at last year’s trade deadline.

But Smith, an affable Type-A personality who was one of the Blueshirts’ most important players in the playoffs, bears the responsibility for the train wreck that his 2017-18 became right out of the gate following a summer in which he got married and, as he told the Rangers’ website prior to camp, was a guest at seven other weddings. Maybe No. 42 was even able to sneak in some time for conditioning between bashes.

If placing the defenseman on waivers seems harsh, there is little doubt that management wants it to feel that way.

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The Process Begins For The New York Rangers

 

Below, a message from Glen Sather and Jeff Gorton...

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The New York Rangers Drop Another Game

from Steve Zipay of Newsday,

When the Rangers look back after this season ends, they may point to Wednesday as the day that the wheels came off.

In a 6-1 loss at the Garden to the Boston Bruins — who are a red-hot, legit Cup contender — the Blueshirts lost their fourth straight and looked like a distracted team just waiting for trades, with their minds on their uncertain futures.

Henrik Lundqvist, who was pulled for the third time in five starts, said: “It was disappointing, frustrating and embarrassing. The way things have been going lately takes me from being the way I want to be, on my toes, aggressive, to being a little passive in the second. I think it’s obviously a mental thing right now, it’s not technical. Those two goals in the first had a negative effect on my play.”

Lundqvist was chased in the second period after allowing four goals on 16 shots. He will still be around in April, long past the Feb. 26 trade deadline. But otherwise, this year’s team is officially a squad in transition, often lost on defense, and one that is expected to shed some unrestricted free agents and perhaps some more familiar faces in the summer as a re-tooling continues.

The Bruins, who won their fourth straight, steamrolled the Rangers, who have lost 7 of 8 and are 4-11 since the Winter Classic (all 11 losses coming in regulation).

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Rick Nash On The Possibility Of Being Traded

from Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post,

Rick Nash was expecting it, but that didn’t make it any easier when it finally became a reality.

Nash was asked by general manager Jeff Gorton to submit his list of 18 teams he would not accept a trade to, meaning there are 12 remaining that Gorton can deal with in the lead-up to the Feb. 26 deadline. The 33-year-old Nash is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer as his eight-year, $62.4 million deal expires.

Maybe never quite living up to the $7.8 million annual salary-cap hit, Nash always had huge respect inside the locker room and around the league. Now it’s up to Gorton to see what he can get in return as his team prepares for a retooling.

“It’s disappointing, it sucks,” Nash said before his (current) team’s game against the Stars on Monday night. “I love being a Ranger, love being in New York. It’s just the things that happen when your team doesn’t win and they have to make business decisions. It’s really disappointing.”

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Hard To Define The Value Of Ryan McDonagh When It Comes To A Trade

from Travis Yost of TSN,

It’s going to be difficult to assess the true talent of McDonagh on pure video. How do you effectively capture the fact that he’s almost always been the best player on his pair? How do you properly adjust for the fact that McDonagh has really never been put in a position to succeed?

It’s not easy, and it could make this one of the more complicated trade deadline deals of 2017-18. McDonagh is clearly a strong and capable player off the puck. But how do you weigh shaky team performance and limited individual offensive production against truly brutal deployment – both in terms of teammate quality and the mere fact that so much of his time is spent playing against the opposition’s best in unfavourable situations?

It will be fascinating to see what a team does pay if a trade materializes. There’s clearly a market for him. The question now is how high the price will go. 

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Video- Alexei Emelin Hit On Marc Staal

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Morning Line- Larry Brooks

There is no need for the Rangers to deep dive here if general manager Jeff Gorton can maximize the return for 2019 free-agent eligible Ryan McDonagh and Mats Zuccarello and for impending free agents Rick Nash and Michael Grabner.

There is, however, an unmistakable need for a reboot, made all the more evident by, of all things, the addition of McLeod for this embarrassment of a performance.

-Larry Brooks of the New York Post after the Rangers lost 4-0 to the Leafs.  More from Brooks on this topic.

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