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Players The New York Rangers Are Interested In Besides Eric Staal

from Steve Zipay of Newsday,

There’s at least three other players that the front office is believed to have on the radar.

Bruins forward Loui Eriksson is one. If a suitable swap can’t be worked out for Staal, Eriksson has tools than can help as a top six player. But Boston, where Gorton spent time as an assistant general manager and interim general manager, is only a few points behind the Rangers and its management is trying to negotiate a multi-year extension for the 30-year-old Swede, who has 23 goals and 48 points in 62 games this season.

Then there’s Kris Versteeg. The former Blackhawks right wing is 29, and currently with the Hurricanes. He has good career numbers and is 11-22-33 in 62 games.

And what about PA Parenteau? The Leafs are stockpiling picks. He’s now 32, but in good physical shape. Parenteau is 16-16-32 in 59 games. He’s an affordable right-handed shot, and knows New York, having played for the Islanders and briefly for the Rangers.


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Video- You Make The Call, Rangers/Stars

I RT'd a gif of this earlier, but here is a video which you can enlarge.

The no goal call was upheld.


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The New York Rangers Could Avoid An Early Matchup With The Washington Capitals In The Playoffs

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

As a rule, losing is never its own reward. But there might be an exception to that rule, even when it does not involve tanking, and that exception just might apply to the Rangers. Because just the proper amount of losing between now and the finish line likely would benefit the Blueshirts if that lands them the first wild-card spot in the playoffs and thus moves them into the Atlantic Division bracket and away from the Capitals for the first two rounds.

This is nothing that can be planned or even finessed. The difference between the conference’s seventh- and eighth-ranked teams is a point or two. Sliding to eighth, and therefore the second wild-card spot, would mean facing Washington in the first round.

Several teams are bunched just below the Rangers, who not only have to play well enough to lock down a spot, but who play nine of their next 12 games on the road. Four of those games are against teams they trail in the overall standings, starting with the Blues on Thursday and the Stars on Saturday, with four more against teams well within range of New York.

So the Rangers will have to play well in order to win enough to qualify. If that lands them in second or third place in the Metropolitan Division, with (most likely) the Islanders or Penguins up first and the Capitals next, so be it. But if they play well enough to qualify, but slide to fourth in the division while landing in that sweet spot and thus face the task of getting through a combination of Florida/Tampa Bay/Detroit/Boston before facing Washington in round three, well, that wouldn’t be so bad, either.

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Eric Staal A Fit For The New York Rangers?

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

The New York Rangers know they shouldn't be in the high-rent(al) district at this trade deadline, but I'll be curious to see if they can resist the temptation.

Especially where it might concern Eric Staal.

The Rangers haven't had a first-round pick since 2012 and they don't have one this year either. Anthony Duclair, a third-round pick who developed like a first-rounder, was sacrificed‎ last year to get Keith Yandle, who is now an expiring contract who can't/won't be re-signed in New York.

Tuesday night's poor effort against New Jersey notwithstanding, the Rangers have played well enough over the last couple of months to not want to shop Yandle in the rental market in an effort to recoup some future considerations. They surely must think they still have a shot; that contending in the East is something they can still see if they squint a bit and don't look too closely in Washington's direction.

But the Rangers also haven’t played so well as to think they're just one notable player away to continue throwing caution to the wind and loading up the mortgage even more. Their current deadline philosophy calls for more cautious spending of lower-level future assets than first-rounders or blue-chip prospects. Or maybe they would consider moving a younger roster player. That is, if they're to add a piece at the deadline‎ - the operative word being if.

But you know how it is when you're in debt. The temptation is always there to go a little deeper. You know, in for a dime, in for a dollar. 

And Eric Staal ‎may represent a unique opportunity.

more on Staal and the Rangers...

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Keith Yandle May Be Staying With The New York Rangers

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Multiple sources report keen interest in the 29-year-old, much of it coming from the Western Conference. Dallas has been dogging the Rangers for weeks. The Blueshirts perhaps would be able to get the Stars’ immensely talented 20-year-old winger Valeri Nichushkin as part of the return package. Such a possibility would surely tempt Rangers general manager Jeff Gorton.

But league sources also say the Blueshirts are no longer signaling Yandle’s availability. No kidding. The Rangers, 7-1-1 in their past nine and 13-5-2, instead appear to be preparing to bulk up for another run at the Stanley Cup that has eluded them since 1994. Subtracting Yandle from the equation would not seem to be in the team’s immediate best interests.

“Of course I hear a lot of the talk whether I want to or not. It’s just about impossible to escape,” Yandle said. “But I wouldn’t categorize it as a ‘challenge’ not to allow it to be a distraction. I come to the rink every day and do my job.”

There are three games to go before the Blueshirts come up against the deadline, set for 3 p.m. Monday. Hours later, the puck will drop at the Garden for a match against the Blue Jackets. And there is no part of Yandle that doesn’t want to be part of it on the Rangers’ side.


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Would The New York Rangers Actually Move Chris Kreider?

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

He is faster than a speeding bullet and more powerful than a locomotive, yet Chris Kreider hasn’t been anyone’s idea of a superhero this season.

Unless, that is, he has used his powers to disappear for significant stretches before reappearing as he did in Sunday’s 1-0 overtime victory over the Red Wings at the Garden, and never more so than on the final shift when he came back to sweep an on-edge puck out of Henrik Lundqvist’s crease before it might have wobbled in before triggering the 2-on-1 on which Kevin Klein converted Kevin Hayes’ feed at 1:59....

The common wisdom regarding this uncommonly intelligent athlete is he is his worst enemy, he overthinks the game. Still in only his third full NHL season, the winger who turns 25 on April 30 remains a work in progress even if progress isn’t always easy to discern.

And now, a week away from the Feb. 29 trade deadline, Kreider’s name has begun to pop up with more frequency, though it is far more likely that is because he is a target for clubs seeking to do business with general manager Jeff Gorton than it is because the Rangers have made it known that the winger is available.

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Video- Bad Turnover By Morgan Rielly At The Wrong Time

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

Rielly coughed up the puck in front of Jonathan Bernier, playing his 200th game. Derek Stepan scored the winner with 1:31 remaining.

“I just tried to turn back and it rolled,” Rielly said. “Obviously, they got it.”

Brassard added an empty-netter to seal the win for New York in a game dominated by Toronto.

Rielly apologized for the mistake. Babcock said it was part of the young defenceman’s learning curve.

“He didn’t mean to do it,” Babcock said. “He’s a good player for us. I don’t know what happened. It was one of those situations that we count on him for big minutes and make good decisions and he’s done a lot of good things, he’d like to have that back.”

more on Toronto's 4-2 loss to the New York Rangers...

Watch the Rielly turnover below...

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Video- Leo Komarov With A Flying Elbow On Ryan McDonagh

Leo Komarov receiced a match penalty for this elbow.


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The New York Rangers Could Use Eric Staal

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Staal is an impending free agent whose future in Carolina is unclear. The 31-year-old has a no-move clause, but if GM Ron Francis is not willing to commit to him as the franchise’s ongoing standard-bearer, there would seem more than just a chance Eric would waive it in order to join younger brother Marc on Broadway. Know this: the Rangers have talked about Eric Staal before.

The Candy Canes are on the outskirts of the playoff race after seven straight misses, so maybe they won’t be willing to send their captain out of town. And Staal is having a very good season, third in the NHL among forwards in 5-on-5 Corsi while playing for a very strong possession team.

But realistically, the future isn’t going to be now for Carolina. So what would it take to get him? What will it take in a market that will be directed by Eric’s willingness to waive his no-move?

The Rangers have either this year’s or next year’s first-rounder available, depending on which pick they opt to send Arizona to complete the Yandle deal. Trading the other one would keep the Blueshirts out of the first round for five straight years. But the team hasn’t won the Cup for 21 years, the window is closing, and the makeover can be postponed until the summer.


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Video- The New York Rangers Answered The Bell

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

This was as much a statement from Alain Vigneault, the coach with the reputation as a peacenik, as it was from the Rangers and Dylan McIlrath.

For while credit is due McIlrath for taking on Wayne Simmonds just 39 seconds into Sunday’s match at the Garden, nine days after the Flyers’ winger concussed Ryan McDonagh with the gloved sucker punch that left the Blueshirts steaming, the rookie would not have had the opportunity if Vigneault hadn’t sent him out for the straight-up match on a draw 26 seconds in.

“Oh, no, I didn’t have to look back [at Vigneault],” McIlrath said after the Rangers’ commanding 3-1 victory that vaulted his team into fifth-overall in the NHL. “I knew I was going to go.”


Watch the fight below...

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