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Healthy Rangers Lineup Needs Consistency

December 1st, 2014 at 10:20 am by Ross Rhea

As of Monday, the Rangers sat in 3rd place in the Metropolitan Division with 26 points, an 11-8-4 record behind that number. Considering that wouldn’t be good enough for a playoff spot in any other division right now, it shows the Rangers have plenty of work to do now that they are healthy. Ryan McDonagh and Dan
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Metropolitan Divison: Through The First 20

November 25th, 2014 at 7:00 am by Ross Rhea

After Monday night, all 8 Metropolitan Division teams will have played at least 20 games, which pretty much means 1/4 of the NHL regular season is already over. There still is plenty of time to gain ground, however, early season trends usually will help show how a team fits in their division and a possible
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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.