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Playoff Chances Fading For The Florida Panthers

from George Richards of the Miami Herald,

Sure, the Panthers have 33 games remaining in this season, but Monday was all but a must-win if this team hopes to make a serious run at the playoffs.

Looking at Erik Gudbranson in the hushed visitors’ locker room at Madison Square Garden, slumped over in his stall in full dress, told the story of how this one didn’t go as planned.

No, the Panthers didn’t get a win they desperately needed Monday as the Rangers scored three in the third period for a 6-3 win.

Florida has lost seven of its past eight games as that postseason light continues to dim. The Rangers now lead the Panthers in the playoff race by 10 points....

“It doesn’t feel like the end of the year,” said Dave Bolland, who had a goal and an assist.

“It’s no fun losing, but it’s not the end of the year. There’s always another game. We have another one [Tuesday], and we’ll be ready to play.”

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Trade Options For The New York Rangers

from Steve Zipay of Newsday,

... another worthy center in Arizona whom the Rangers should target: Martin Hanzal. The 27-year-old Czech has the goods: He's 6-5, 230 pounds, has eight goals in 37 games this season, has posted between 11 and 16 goals in five of the seven previous seasons, and carries a very reasonable salary-cap charge of $3.1 million through the 2016-17 season.

With the Rangers too dependent on their top two lines and needing more size to battle heavier squads in the East and West, Hanzal would be quite valuable -- and importantly, not a rental. An offer of Miller, defenseman John Moore and a midround draft pick might be tempting enough for the Coyotes to bite.

Acquiring a two-way center remains a top priority, and if Moore, an arbitration-eligible restricted free agent is traded, the Blueshirts will need a reliable, low-cost replacement as a sixth/seventh defenseman.

One player whose name has surfaced numerous times this season, after the Rangers auditioned Henrik Tallinder and Tomas Kaberle in Hartford while Ryan McDonagh and Dan Boyle were injured, was Jan Hejda, another unrestricted-free-agent-to-be. Currently with Colorado, The 6-4 Hejda, 36, another former Blue Jacket, is believed to be an option.

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I believe it was Elliotte Friedman last night who said the Coyotes are receiving more calls on Hanzal than any other player on the Arizona roster.

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Video- Henrik Lundqvist Is Okay After Taking A Puck To The Throat

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

For this was the night Henrik Lundqvist was able to survive taking a puck in the throat at 3:02 of the second period when Ryan McDonagh’s stick inadvertently lifted his goaltender’s mask just as Brad Malone had uncorked a rising drive from the right circle.

“I could feel the stick hit my chin and pull up my helmet so I lost my vision of the puck,” Lundqvist said. “I had a bad feeling because I could kind of see the puck coming and then I lost track of it.

“When I got hit, it’s obviously extremely painful and hard to breathe for a couple of minutes,” said The King, who fell prone on the ice immediately, kicking his legs, writhing in pain as trainer Jim Ramsay and a club physician attended to him. “I got very light-headed and a little worried the first couple of minutes, but they told me just to breathe and slowly I started to feel better.”...

“It wasn’t a concussion, so I didn’t need tests,” Lundqvist said. “I had the headaches because I didn’t get air for that time.”

Behind the Rangers’ bench, coach Alain Vigneault later would admit to having flashbacks of a previous incident while coaching the Canadiens 15 years ago when winger Trent McCleary suffered a fractured larynx and collapsed right lung when struck flush on the throat at point blank range while trying to block a slap shot from Philadelphia defenseman Chris Therien.

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The Best NHL Team In New York

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

If the Eastern Conference-leading Islanders provide a measuring stick for the also-running Rangers, then the Blueshirts came up about as small Tuesday night at the Coliseum as the meteorologists around these parts whose predictions of an historic blizzard panicked the populace.

Came up about as small … again.

For it’s now 0-for-3 for the city slickers against their suburban cousins following this 4-1 defeat in which the Rangers didn’t score until 10 seconds remained in the match. It’s 0-for-3 while outscored by an aggregate 13-4 … 11-2 over the last seven periods … 7-1 over the last two games just two weeks apart.

Suburban cousins?

Make that suburban daddies.

Three games constitute a small sample size, but it doesn’t take a seer to see the Islanders loom as a legitimate roadblock to the Rangers’ objective of returning to the Stanley Cup final. It doesn’t take a seer to see which team is New York’s best at the moment, either.

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The New York Rangers May Want To Avoid Playing The Boston Bruins In First Round Of the Playoffs

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Regardless of whether Mother Nature (or Gary Bettman) allows for this Rangers-Islanders showdown at the Coliseum to be played as scheduled on Tuesday or if it is pushed back to Wednesday — when both teams and the building are free — this next Battle of New York represents the Blueshirts’ best, if not last, chance to join the race for first place.

Which, other than ninth place, could be the worst place for the Rangers to be when the playoffs open.

Have you thought much about a hypothetical first-round matchup against the potential wild-card Bruins? No, didn’t think so.

But now do you see my point?

First things first: True enough, the Rangers still will have 35 games to go following this one, and at worst, a regulation defeat would drop them seven points back and still with two games in hand, so it might seem premature to get out the “Sky is Falling” placards.

But the NHL’s three-point game that creates the opportunity for losers to pick up points along the way has created an illusion of proximity in the standings. Even with games in hand, the likelihood of making up seven points in a little over two months on a team as strong as the Islanders is negligible.

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Marc Staal Signing Is Official

NEW YORK, January 18, 2015 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the team has agreed to terms with defenseman Marc Staal on a contract extension.

“Marc has been one of the cornerstones of our team since he arrived in New York,” Sather said. “His commitment and perseverance to the Rangers, and the game of hockey, has been an inspiration for everyone in the organization, and he has become a role model for young players and veterans alike. We are excited that he will continue to provide that leadership in a Rangers uniform.”

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The Signing Of Marc Staal

from Steve Zipay of Newsday,

For those wondering if president and general manager Glen Sather is overpaying for defenseman Marc Staal, consider this: Here's some of the free-agent blueliners expected to be available this summer: Paul Martin, Andrej Sekera, Cody Franson, Johnny Boychuk and Mike Green. Not exactly the Fab Five. Would you really replace Staal with any of them?

Staal, who turned 28 on Jan. 13, has played just 502 games, given concussions and a serious eye injury. Next season is the last on Dan Boyle's two-year contract, and perhaps Kevin Klein moves into the top four. So the opening down the road would be for a third pair d-man, who will be less expensive.

A potential side benefit of Staal signing long-term? Perhaps it could eventually help lure brother Eric from Carolina, the big center that the Rangers need to compete against top clubs. Salary would be an issue, though: $8.2 million next season, then free agency before the 2016-17 season. That might be when the Rangers can afford him.

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Report- Progress With Contract Talks Between New York Rangers And Marc Staal

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

The deal is not yet done, but the Rangers and Marc Staal are making progress toward a contract extension that would keep the alternate captain in New York for the next six years, The Post has learned.

A well-placed source said there had been “a productive meeting” here on Wednesday between assistant general manager Jeff Gorton and Staal’s representative, Paul Krepelka.

It is believed the sides are discussing a six-year deal between $5.6 and $5.9 million per season for the 28-year-old defenseman, who is in his eighth season as a Ranger after having been selected 14th overall in the 2005 Entry Draft.

Staal, Martin St. Louis, Mats Zuccarello, Lee Stempniak and Matt Hunwick currently are pending unrestricted free agents while Derek Stepan, Carl Hagelin, Jesper Fast and John Moore are pending restricted free agents.

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Video- You Make The Call, Brad Marchand On Derick Brassard

via Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

“You go shoulder-to-shoulder, but he brings his leg in the back and I felt I had a slew-foot there,” Brassard said. “I don’t want to [look for] any excuses, and I don’t want to be a crybaby or anything, but it could have been dangerous with the way I went down, caught my leg and hit my knee on the ice. I could have been injured for the rest of the season.

“Marchand is a good player, he’s feisty and competes hard,” No. 16 said. “But those kinds of things we don’t need in our game.”

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The New York Rangers Will Know More Today Regarding Derek Stepan’s Injury

via Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post,

The Rangers have already seen life without Derek Stepan, and it ain’t pretty.

They might have to deal with it yet again, as the top-line center left Tuesday’s 3-0 loss to the Islanders at the Garden with what coach Alain Vigneault called an “upper-body injury.” Stepan had received an unpenalized slash on the hand from Islanders forward Matt Martin in the first period, but Vigneault said the extent of the injury won’t be known until Wednesday.

Stepan played just three shifts after the first period, the final when he turned the puck over on a second-period power play that resulted in Frans Nielsen’s shorthanded goal. He was not on the bench for the third.

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