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What Are The New York Rangers Up To?

from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

The New York Rangers caused a huge stir Monday night when Glen Sather, Doug Risebrough, Jim Schoenfeld and Gilles Leger showed up in the Canadian capital for Montreal/Ottawa. Chances are they weren’t there for the beaver tails, although I thought it was odd a pure scouting mission wouldn’t include GM Jeff Gorton.

Whatever they were up to, the trip was a reminder that you could make a great argument no team could make a bigger impact on this NHL season than the Rangers. It goes back to last season’s draft, when they traded Derek Stepan and Antti Raanta to Arizona for Anthony DeAngelo and the seventh-overall pick, which became Lias Andersson. Twelve selections later they snared Filip Chytil, who already has eight points in six games at AHL Hartford.

The message was clear. The Rangers are ready to re-stock. Now comes the next question: How far will they go? My sense is they are honest about who they are. They’re not interested in the “dreaded middle.”

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Rangers Win, But…

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

The Rangers deserve credit for their 6-4 victory over Vegas on Tuesday night at the Garden just a few miles north of the lower Manhattan terror that had been on the minds of the players as they prepared for the match.

This one struck home, with enough of the Blueshirts residents of the affected neighborhood to make the issue a very personal one, just as the Golden Knights felt it when their city was targeted by a gunman on Oct. 1.

But this isn’t about conferring hero status on the Blueshirts, who, truth be told, have traditionally conducted themselves as first-class citizens of our city, regardless of their place in the standings. This isn’t about the power of sports or a sports team to heal civic and national wounds....

That would be the defense....

Keeping impending free agent Brendan Smith off the market and in a Blueshirt in the wake of a stout performance through the playoffs was supposed to solidify the right side. It hasn’t. Smith has not come close to resembling the effective, edgy player he was following his acquisition from the Red Wings a day before the trade deadline.

Smith, who was a healthy scratch from the third and fourth games of the season, could find himself back in street clothes for Thursday’s match in Tampa Bay against the Lightning if coach Alain Vigneault’s third-period deployment provides a hint.


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Questioning The Compete Level Of The New York Rangers

from Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post,

There are words that raise red flags around hockey teams that are struggling, phrases like the lack of “energy” and “compete” and “battle level.”

All of them were uttered inside the Rangers’ locker room and by their coach after one more disheartening loss in an opening month chock full of them, this being a 5-4 defeat to the equally struggling Canadiens on Saturday night at Bell Center.

“When someone questions your effort level and compete, it’s not a good feeling,” captain Ryan McDonagh said. “You want to prove it to yourself and prove it as a group that that’s not what we’re about, that’s not acceptable, that’s not who we are.”

But now at 3-7-2, it is at the very least who the Rangers have been. They might be trying to focus on some of the positives that have been there, but they are not delusional in their situation — especially coach Alain Vigneault, who knows how this start reflects on him.

“We’re 3-7-2, that’s alarming to me right now,” Vigneault said. “We need to obviously play better than we have.”


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The New York Rangers Are Not A Good Team Right Now

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

The Rangers are less than the sum of their parts. They look like a bad team and have looked like a bad team through sizable portions of nine of the 10 games they have played, the 2-0 victory over Montreal on Oct. 8 serving as the lone exception.

What’s more, they have often looked like a bad team getting bad goaltending. Henrik Lundqvist either surrendered two or three bad ones, depending on whether you think the goaltender should be held responsible for Logan Couture’s 50-footer that may have ticked off Chris Kreider at 1:56 of the first period.

There could be no arguments on the second goal that came from a weak-angle right-corner shot from Tim Heed at 12:45 of the first period or on Melker Karlsson’s 4-0 goal at 2:51 of the third after Lundqvist had been stripped by Couture trying to play a wraparound behind the net.

The Rangers may be shy some young talent after having traded away four consecutive first-rounders from 2013 through 2016 in attempts to win it all, but when you get nights on which your goaltender’s save percentage is under .900 — as in this one in which Lundqvist allowed four goals on 24 shots, and as in six of his nine starts, including three under .870 — even the most splendiferous young talent extant wouldn’t necessarily make a difference.


Highlights of the Rangers' 4-1 loss to the San Jose Sharks are below...

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Do The 1-5-0 New York Rangers Need A Change?

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

There is no indication that a change behind the bench or in the uniformed personnel is imminent, but everyone’s antenna should be up around the Garden because what we’ve seen from the Rangers is not even close to good enough.

“I can’t think about whether there could be changes. That’s not my job or focus,” Mats Zuccarello said after the Blueshirts fell to 1-5 with Saturday night’s 3-2 defeat to the Devils at the Garden. “For me as an individual and for us as a team, we have to go day by day and try to improve.

“When you lose five out of six any time, it’s tough, and it’s probably tougher when it comes at the start. We’re just not playing well enough.”

It is difficult to determine whether the Rangers, who dominated the young and fresh Devils for the first 25 minutes and the final 15, but yielded three goals while going AWOL for those other 20 minutes, need shock treatment — Darryl Sutter, anyone? — or simply a tune-up.


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Brendan Smith On Being A Healthy Scratch The Last Two Games

from Justin Tasch of the New York Daily News,

There was only so much Brendan Smith was willing to say about being scratched the last two games. Smith, on the first year of a four-year, $17.4 million contract, admitted he was surprised and “frustrated” because every player would rather play than not. But then came the question of whether his removal from the lineup just three games into the season was warranted.

“Warranted? I don’t know how to answer that,” said Smith, who will return to the lineup Friday in Columbus after he played an awful opening period in Toronto last Saturday. “You know what I think? I think that I should’ve played better in the first period — should’ves a tough word. I could’ve played better, and I think the team would’ve liked to have played better because it would’ve put us in a better position. I think everything that you do, there’s pros and cons, there’s consequences to everything. A lot of times you can get knocked off the horse. You’ve just got to get back on.”


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Is Joe Thornton A Fit For The New York Rangers?

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Regarding the Rangers, whose logo could well be a question mark heading into Tuesday’s Game 4 of the season, at the Garden against the Blues:

1. It is a long way to the Feb. 26 trade deadline, 60 games through which the Blueshirts must navigate from here to there. But the inability of longshot 18-year-old Filip Chytil to materialize into a lighting-in-a-bottle find in the middle makes it very likely that general manager Jeff Gorton will be hunting for an upper-echelon veteran rental center as the season evolves.

And Joe Thornton fits the profile perfectly.

The Post has learned the Rangers and Thornton had several productive conversations during the 38-year-old center’s free-agency period last summer that extended into midday of July 1.


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A Look At The Rebuild By The New York Rangers

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Their key players are beyond their best years. Winger Rick Nash, their Donaldson, is 33 and in the last year of his contract. Forward Mats Zuccarello is 30. Defenceman Marc Staal is 30 in January, and goalie Henrik Lundqvist is 35. Captain Ryan McDonagh, the team’s best player after Lundqvist, is 28, but right in his prime....

There’s absolutely no indication the Rangers want to do what the Leafs did, which was to use seasons of 84, 68 and 69 points to acquire blue-chippers William Nylander, Mitch Marner and Auston Matthews through the draft. Instead, Gorton has the Blueshirts on this rebuild-on-the-fly track.

That’s fine, except winning with an aging goalie as your best player is very difficult in the NHL, and the kids you’re likely to get while contending for the playoffs aren’t usually the franchise-type athletes you need to build a team around.

more which includes the Blue Jays as an example...

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The New York Rangers Should Have Traded Henrik Lundqvist When They Had The Chance

from Ben Arledge of ESPN,

The New York Rangers traded the wrong goaltender two years ago.

When Henrik Lundqvist was injured toward the end of the 2014-15 season, Cam Talbot stepped in and performed so well that many fans argued that he should start in the playoffs over the heralded No. 1 goalie. That was ridiculous from the start, and sure enough, doubters were shushed once the playoffs began. Lundqvist returned and posted a .928 save percentage and 2.11 goals-against average while bringing his team to Game 7 of the conference finals. He was a big part of the Rangers' deep playoff run. Nevertheless, the offseason brought about the "What to do with Talbot?" question.

On July 26, 2015, the Rangers sent Talbot and a seventh-round pick (No. 209 overall) to the Edmonton Oilers for a second-round pick (No. 57, subsequently traded to Washington), a third-round pick (No. 79) and a seventh-round pick (No. 184). Talbot was coming off an impressive performance in the season's second half and was entering the final year of his contract, set to become an unrestricted free agent the following summer. It made sense at the time. The out-of-nowhere goalie was at peak value and would likely be lost to free agency in a year's time. After all, it was the Henrik Lundqvist to whom Talbot was playing second fiddle, so the opportunity for him in New York was limited.

As the Rangers have consistently done over the past 10 years, they went all-in on the now.


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Andrew Desjardins Suspended For The Next Two Preseason Games

The explanation.


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