Jul
18

What do the Rangers have in Matt Beleskey?

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When the Rangers made the big Rick Nash trade, the prize bounty was the first round pick, Ryan Lindgren, and Ryan Spooner. The name Matt Beleskey caught some attention, but mostly because it appeared to be a salary dump by the Bruins to fit Nash’s salary. Beleskey was finishing up the third year of his five year, $3.8 million cap hit deal, but was doing so in Providence in the AHL.

Beleskey was signed to that deal by the Bruins –one that most thought was a bad deal at the time– after his “monster” 2014-2015 season with Anaheim. Beleskey put up 22 goals and 10 assists that year, and was viewed as a breakout player. After a decent but not worth the salary year in 2015-2016, Beleskey was eventually a healthy scratch and then demoted to the AHL.

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Check off another RFA. Jimmy Vesey has re-signed with the Rangers on a two-year contract with a cap hit of $2.275 million. Vesey will be a UFA at the end of the contract, but regardless a short term deal made sense for Vesey. In two years with the Rangers, Vesey has put up 33 goals and 22 assists, split almost evenly through both seasons.

Vesey on a short term deal is ideal, since his peak is likely a bottom-six forward. He has a nose for the net, and is a very useful player. His work ethic has made him a fan favorite as well. This is a very good deal for the team and for Vesey.

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The search for the remaining assistant coaches appears to be complete. David Oliver and Greg Brown have been named as assistant coaches, joining Benoit Allaire and presumably Lindy Ruff. Oliver was a Ranger for a hot second (14 games) in 96-97, and has spent the last 11 years with the Avs organization.

Brown was rumored to be coming to the Rangers last week, and this makes it official. Chris Peters, one of the best prospect writers on social media, noted that Brown is one of the best tacticians in college hockey. In addition to his role at BC, Brown was on the staff for three US Junior teams, one of which won gold (2017).

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Anthony DeAngelo is a polarizing figure for Ranger fans. The key cog –in addition to the 7th overall pick– in the Derek Stepan trade, DeAngelo came to the Rangers with high upside, but has yet to put it together on the roster. He didn’t stick with the Yotes, playing in 39 games before being shipped to New York. Last year, he played 32 games with the big club, notching 8 assists.

DeAngelo, a former first round pick in 2014, is approaching his make or break season. At 22 years old, he either needs to show what he has, or be passed by other, probably less skilled, defensemen in the pipe. There’s no doubt the kid has skill, and perhaps new coach David Quinn can hone that skill into something tangible on the ice. But even then, there are going to be questions regarding DeAngelo.

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Jul
16

Rangers re-sign John Gilmour to one-year deal

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The little work is done for the Rangers. John Gilmour has re-signed for one more year (contract details pending), marking the final RFA outside of the big names that need to be re-signed.

Gilmour, 25, was a midseason call up last season after spending a year and a half in Hartford. In 28 games, he put up 2-3-5 while playing primarily bottom pairing minutes. Gilmour will be in the mix for a roster spot next year, but nothing is guaranteed.

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Jul
16

Tale of the Tape: David Quinn’s BU, Part I

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The Rangers have a new head coach as you may have heard, and with that comes a new style of play. The latter part of the equation there raises some questions about the style of play he intends to implement and the way he hopes to use his personnel, all of which can be alluded to in press conferences but have to be seen to be believed.

As such, a little bit of video analysis is called for, and although this is just a short clip and the analysis here will be pretty cursory (I’m unfortunately writing this on a bit of a short schedule, for no fault but my own, so apologies) I hope to go more in depth in the future. Without further ado, here’s a clip of BU playing Denver from 2017. It’s worth noting in this clip that BU ends up losing, which is not totally unexpected given that Denver was ranked first overall and BU only sixth, however, BU hangs in there and creates some nice plays worth picking apart.

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Jul
15

Some Sunday Thoughts

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We are officially in the dog days of summer. The Rangers have made some housekeeping moves, re-signing Boo Nieves and Rob O’Gara to their qualifying offers this week. But it looks like until the Erik Karlsson deal is finalized, nothing else on the trade market will materialize. So we wait. But there’s still some stuff to talk about.

1. I’m not surprised that both Nieves and O’Gara signed their QOs. It’s a standard 5% bump on their salary from last year, with a normal AHL salary. For borderline players who may or may not have a future with their current club, it’s a show me deal. Personally, I think Nieves has a good shot at sticking with the NHL roster, whereas O’Gara is likely headed to the AHL.

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Jul
14

Rob O’Gara accepts qualifying offer

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Per CapFriendly, Rangers defenseman Rob O’Gara has accepted his qualifying offer.

O’Gara was acquired in the Nick Holden deal, as mentioned. I’m not surprised he received a two-way deal, he has a bunch of prospects ahead of him for a roster spot next year. Should be interesting what happens with him.

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Jul
13

Boo Nieves accepts qualifying offer

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Per CapFriendly, Rangers center Boo Nieves has accepted his qualifying offer.

Nieves will be in his third professional season, and is expected to compete for a fourth line roster spot this year. He played in 28 games with the Rangers this year, and was quietly solid on a team that was anything but.

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The biggest story at the end of Alain Vigneault’s tenure in New York was the defense. The Rangers hemorrhaged shots left and right. They did so from almost point blank range. At first it was supposed to be the personnel, but the players on the blue line changed over, and the defense got worse.

While I don’t have much insight into new coach David Quinn’s systems, I have oodles of time analyzing and evaluating AV’s systems. It’s lazy analysis to say it was the system, and then not provide any real proof. So let’s take a look at what AV did, and what Quinn can do to make improvements regardless of the roster makeup.

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