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Rangers-Sabres Game Tomorrow Postponed

November 20th, 2014 at 3:44 pm by Ross Rhea

The Rangers and Sabres game scheduled for Friday, November 21, at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo has been postponed due to the insane amount of snow that has and is continuing to hit the area. No make-up date has been announced just yet for the game. I hope this isn’t forecasting what winter could
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Kaberle rejects Rangers contract offer, life goes on

November 17th, 2014 at 2:43 pm by Bill

Tomas Kaberle rejected the Rangers contract offer, which was presumably a two-way contract that would have kept in Hartford for the time being.

Go back to living your life.

Let’s not flip our collective shit about the Rangers signing Tomas Kaberle

November 17th, 2014 at 11:37 am by Bill

I realize that the Rangers intranet is going to burst if (or when) the organization signs Tomas Kaberle this afternoon, but lets all drink down a nice tall glass of calming liquid.

The Rangers have been pushed to the brink of their organizational depth on defense. We’ve already seen Dylan McIlrath, Mike Kostka, Conor Allen, and Matt Hunwick this season. Adding in another body, even one that is just that, a body of a player who hasn’t been relevant in three years, is an improvement of sorts.

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Referee’s Crease: Late or Not, No Goal Call Stands

November 17th, 2014 at 7:00 am by Ross Rhea

I’m a referee, which means you probably hate me. But it also means I know what the right or wrong call is. Whenever there is a controversial call, I will weigh in with impunity. The game was over, the teams had began to leave the ice surface, fans filed out, and the New York Rangers had
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Dan Boyle To Play Tonight

November 13th, 2014 at 2:28 pm by Ross Rhea

The Rangers have announced the Dan Boyle will return to the lineup tonight after missing about 5 weeks with a broken hand. He sustained that injury on opening night against the St. Louis Blues when he blocked a slap shot. The will be Boyle’s MSG debut wearing a Rangers uniform. After practice this morning, he spoke
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Dan Girardi & Comparable Defensemen

November 12th, 2014 at 2:55 pm by Derek

In the couple months that I’ve been on board here, I’ve written a non-trivial amount about how much I dislike the fact that Dan Girardi is a first-pair defenseman on a long-term, big-money deal for the Rangers. He stinks on the PK, doesn’t produce on the power play, and seems to be a boat anchor
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Rangers recall Fast, demote Malone and Allen

November 10th, 2014 at 9:57 pm by Bill

The Rangers made a few moves this evening, recalling Jesper Fast and demoting the rarely used Ryan Malone and Conor “Shades of Anton” Allen to the AHL. The addition of Fast is something most of the Rangers intranet has been clamoring for. Though I do think he has a role to play on the fourth
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Brooks: The NHL’s salary cap may not rise next season

November 10th, 2014 at 10:00 am by Bill

‘Smart people’ who talk about hockey on the internet love to justify signings and trades by saying “the cap is going up next year”. Here is why that’s quite often a stupid assumption:

NHL general managers are no longer operating under the assumption that the cap is going to increase next season.

The projected decline in the Canadian dollar — up at least temporarily a tick to 88 cents on the U.S. dollar as of Friday — has had an impact on discussions regarding extensions in at least three cases, front office sources have told The Post.

Here is the issue, which I mentioned at points last season on twitter. The Canadian dollar has fallen off a cliff, which poses a problem for Canadian teams. Their largest expense (player’s salaries) are denominated in USD and their revenues are mostly denominated in CAD.  Sports team’s generally tend to have thin operating margins, so the loonie acting loony is a major problem. If they’re smart, the Canadian clubs will have long ago hedged their exposure and bought their dollars for players salaries already. But their timing may be off and the hedge likely will only serve to lessen the haircut they take on the exchange rate, not eliminate it.

Even with Stepan’s return to the lineup, the Rangers need to trade for a center

November 10th, 2014 at 5:00 am by Bill
Kevin Hayes has a promising future, but his time isn't now.

Kevin Hayes has a promising future, but his time isn’t now.

Brad Richard’s departure via buyout has left a void on the Rangers third line that they’ve never filled. Derek Stepan’s injury made their lack of center depth obvious, but his return doesn’t solve their original problem. The team does not have a third line center.

Alain Vigneault seems resigned to giving Dominic Moore third line center minutes, this isn’t a long-term solution. Although Moore is a solid hockey player, as we saw last season, he’s best suited for the fourth line. In fact, the Rangers really need him on the fourth line. He’s the only center capable of being given extreme defensive zone starts and not getting his teeth kicked in.

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Friedman: Rangers are waiting on Hurricanes’ Sekera

November 9th, 2014 at 6:06 pm by Bill

Elliotte Friedman mentioned in his latest ’30 Thoughts’ that the Rangers are one of the teams waiting on Hurricanes’ defenseman Andrej Sekera:

The Rangers are one of several clubs waiting to see what the Hurricanes decide with Andrej Sekera. There’s no guarantee that comes quickly, especially now that Carolina is healthier and stabilized. Depending on what happens with Slava Voynov, opponents think Los Angeles could be interested, too. Also heard some talk about Zbynek Michalek, a different player than Sekera, but a right-hand shot. Coyotes GM Don Maloney wouldn’t bite on an inquiry about it.

The team’s interest in Sekera makes sense and the Rangers’ intranet has already connected the dots and speculated on a potential deal. It’s not quite worth going on a deep dive on Sekera yet, but even though he’s a lefty I think we can say that the writers of this blog would be for it. As with anything, it depends on cost. John Moore seems like an obvious piece to a potential deal, but him alone won’t be enough in what is sure to be a competitive market.