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Let’s Go Rangers

from Keith Yandle at the Players' Tribune,

I'll never forget the first time I saw that sweater. It was March 2, 2015. When I saw it hanging in my stall, I marveled at my name and number stitched on the back in red and white. Then, when I put it on, I ran both hands over those seven historic block letters:

R
    A
        N
            G
                E
                    R
                        S

I was a New York Ranger.

The jersey said so much with so little. There was no flash about it. The rough stitch of the letters made sense. It reflected New York.

For the first time in my career, I was wearing blue. I walked over from my stall to the bathroom so that I could catch the first glimpse of myself in the new jersey. To be honest, it was really weird to look in the mirror and see myself without the howling coyote that I had worn on my chest for the past 10 years.

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Eric Staal Is Ready For The Playoffs

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

So his story and the Rangers’ story aren’t exactly aligned. But the missions are the same. And if this will be this group’s last ride, Staal wasn’t acquired from Carolina on Feb. 28 just to come along for the ride. Staal was acquired to be the missing piece.

“We may be coming from somewhat different places and experiences, but we’re in the same place now, with the same objective,” Staal told The Post following the club’s first prep work for Round One and the Penguins. “They have a history here, they’re an experienced group and they’ve been able to go a long way the last few years. But they haven’t finished off the job.

“I think with my experience, I can help them do that,” said Staal, who has a Stanley Cup notch in his belt from 2005-06 with Carolina in his second year in the league. “My first couple of weeks here, I was doing a lot of observing and listening and trying to find my niche.

“Now, I feel very comfortable with the dynamic on and off the ice. If I have something constructive to add, I’ll speak up.

“Having won before, I think I can add something of value to the dialogue. We’re all on the same page. We’re all in this together.”

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Video- Eric Staal Injury

Rangers announced Staal is out for the rest of the game,

 

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Are The New York Rangers Losing To Avoid A Playoff Matchup?

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

The concept floating around that the Rangers would be better off losing down the stretch in order to fall into the crossover wild-card spot and avoid a potential Pittsburgh-Washington divisional meat grinder in the first two rounds of the playoffs made its way into the room.

“I’ve heard people saying it; sure I have,” Rick Nash told The Post after the Rangers did indeed slip out of third place behind the Islanders and into that wild-card spot and a potential matchup with Florida by losing a 4-1 game to the Brooklyns at the Garden on Thursday. “It’s been out there.”

But the Rangers did not dump this one any more than they laid down and died on Tuesday after falling behind the Lightning 2-0 within the first 6:07 before storming back to win 3-2. No, disturbingly, the Blueshirts lost this one on merit, just as they lost all four they played to the Islanders this year (0-3-1) and just as they have lost seven of the last eight Battles of New York contested on Broadway.

“I can understand why the question [about preferring the wild card] would be asked, but anyone who has ever been in a locker-room environment would know that would never happen,” Nash said. “The answer to the question is ‘no.’ It is the furthest thing from our minds.

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Video- Tanner Glass Hit On Vladislav Namestnikov

Five for interference and a game.

 

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Ryan McDonagh Out Indefinitely With An Upper-Body Injury

 

If you missed what happened to him last night, watch below...

added 5:09pm,

 

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Video- Eric Staal Returned To Carolina Last Night

The Carolina Hurricanes saluted Eric Staal with this video tribute.

 

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Morning Line- Eric Staal

I’ve been around the organization long enough to know that it’s in good hands. It’s led by smart people and has a lot of young talent that I think will bring a new wave of success.

As we go our separate ways, I want to express nothing but gratitude to the Carolina Hurricanes for everything they’ve done for me. From the fans to the players to people working in the meal room, thank you so much.

I may play for New York now, but Carolina is always going to feel like home.

-Eric Staal of the New York Rangers who play in Carolina on Thursday.  More from Staal at The Players' Tribune.

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The New York Rangers Could Keep Keith Yandle

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

It is folly to attempt to forecast the Rangers’ 2016-17 roster and therefore the amount of cap space with which GM Jeff Gorton will have to work. We do know Boyle’s $4.5 million and Yandle’s current $2.625 million will come off. In a vacuum, that alone would leave approximately enough to re-sign Yandle (currently earning a total $5.25 million split between the Blueshirts and Coyotes).

But if Yandle — who will be the object of affection of every team that can pay the going rate in need of a puck-moving defenseman who can run a power play — remains in New York, that would necessarily mean another year in Hartford for young left-side defenseman Brady Skjei, unless the Rangers trade or buy out Marc Staal, who would be entering the second year of a six-year contract at $5.7 million per that includes a no-move clause through the 2017-18 season.

That doesn’t seem likely at all.

Now, while it is true that the Rangers could create cap space by either trading Girardi (who would have to waive his no-move clause that runs through the end of next season) or by buying him out, that wouldn’t solve the depth-chart issue given that No. 5 plays the right.

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Afternoon Line- Travis Yost On The New York Rangers

The situation brewing in New York is almost indescribable. On most nights, it’s the world’s best goaltender smoothing over a colossally flawed roster that just hasn’t played very well. Their position in the standings is almost exclusively due to Lundqvist’s mere presence and the massive number of wins he’s individually added to the team.

Careful observers of the team have noted that there’s a frustrating disparity across the roster: A group of reasonably talented and capable forwards is being hamstrung by a struggling blueline.

-Travis Yost of TSN where you can read more on the Rangers.

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