The Musings: Original Six Thursday

January 16, 2014, by
Brian Boyle: Worth keeping around?

Brian Boyle: Worth keeping around?

After Tuesday’s disappointing and above all unnecessary loss to the Lightning, the Rangers take on Detroit tonight. Absolutely there for the taking, the Rangers need to avoid a let down game against the Wings who are depleted and not what they were a couple years back. Let’s hit the musings for the first time in a while shall we?

Careful what you wish for: For all the moaning and concerns about the Rangers start to the year, consider the state of the Wings franchise right now. A squad with a few core aging players (think Alfredsson, Kronwall, Bertuzzi, Samuelsson and Cleary) and not a huge amount coming through their system (relatively speaking, of course). The Rangers on the other hand are younger, with a pipeline that while not chock full of talent is far from empty. The Rangers could be in a lot worse shape compared to many teams in the league.

Just when you thought he’d turned a page, Michael Del Zotto has a major lapse in the Tampa loss. That’s why he is so frustrating; for all the good, there is always some bad just around the corner.

The Rangers MVP after the halfway mark? Ryan McDonagh. Undoubtedly without McDonagh, the defense – which has been in a state of flux all year anyway – would have been in big trouble. His offense is also developing quickly.

Talking contracts: How much can Ryan – I can’t stay healthy – Callahan really command and get come contract time? Is it possible that he demands more than the Rangers can offer?

Talking contracts II: Do the Rangers keep Brian Boyle after this year and if so, how much is enough? He’s been good defensively, tolerable offensively and is a key penalty killer on a team that needs it’s special teams. Has he earned a pay rise? If Boyle would re-sign for the same money he’s pulling down now, he’s worth keeping around. It’s never a good thing to have too much roster turnover.

There is no way (thinking realistically) that the Rangers trade Dan Girardi. Even if he regresses back to early-season form, this team cannot lose a 23 minute a game guy if they have designs on a deep playoff run.

We’ve talked about it before; but if Chris Kreider continues his current projections and hits close to or above the 50 point mark are we thinking Calder trophy? The Rangers have more upside as a team (for this season) than the massively overachieving and in the tougher conference Avalanche (with McKinnon), or the Lightning (Johnson) and will Antti Raanta play enough for the Hawks to stay in the mix? Prediction: If Kreider reaches 25 goals for the year he’ll grab the trophy.

I hated the acquisition of Dan Carcillo but so far he has been a pleasant surprise. Let’s hope it continues.

Question time:

  • How many wins will Lundqvist finish the season with?
  • Who will lead the Rangers in goals?
  • Pittsburgh aside, what teams do you fear in the Eastern conference?
  • Should the Rangers consider trading Brad Richards if there were takers?


  1. RangerSmurf says:

    1) 34 games left, assume he gets 25 starts (75%) .  A 15-10 record sounds about right, so 30. 
    2) Nash.
    3) Don’t fear any of them, PIT included. Would least like to face TBL/BOS 
    4) Not at this point.  Need his production the rest of the year, and the cap recapture threat is enough risk to just take the buyout.

  2. Walt says:

    Hank can win up to 24-26 games, if he has a strong run at season’s end.
    Chris Kreider will lead the team with 23 goals.
    Boston, Montreal, Tampa, and Caps.
    If there are takers, I’d trade BR in a heart beat.  He started real hot, but his production is going down, and probably will continue in that direction!

    • @Centerman21 says:

      And you realize that if he is allowed to play for another team on that contract and gets seriously injured or retires before completing the years on the deal that the cap recapture penalty goes against the Rangers. Sather can’t be that dumb.

      • Rangers Fan in Boston says:

        Nope.  I think we can all safely say Richards will be with the team until the offseason where he is then bought out.  No other option makes sense.

      • Walt says:

        Why would the cap hit revert back to us????  Never heard of such a thing!  If that is the case, no damn way would I trade BR!!

  3. Chris A says:

    Hank should finish with 33 Wins (He’ll start 27 of the last 34 games)
    Nash and Kreider will lead the team with 27 G each
    Only Boston scares me in the playoffs, if MAF has one bad playoff game I could see the wheels flying off of the Pitt train
    Can’t trade Richards because of his NMC and his potential Cap Recapture penalty.  Anyway, he’s too important to the team to move him this season.

  4. JoeS. says:

    nice job Chris!