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As of the writing of this post, yesterday’s 5-12 matchup was too close to call. So while the results are made final with the publishing of this post, we move on to the 4-13 matchup. Martin St. Louis on Mother’s Day vs. Ryan Callahan sending the Rangers to the playoffs in 2013. Both of these are self explanatory.

(4) Marty on Mother’s Day

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The next matchup in our top play bracket has the chance to be the first upset. Marian Gaborik’s triple OT winner against Washington was the first real OT winner we remember from the 2011-2017 era. It’s only a #5 seed because it wasn’t done at MSG, and it just doesn’t have that goosebumps feel.

Henrik Lundqvist stopping Danny Briere’s penalty shot didn’t have any real value in the grand scheme of things, but it was the Winter Classic. It was the Flyers. It was when the Winter Classic and outdoor hockey wasn’t watered down. It solidified the first of many outdoor wins.

(5) Marian Gaborik 3OT winner vs. Washington

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brendan smith

It’s a slow summer in hockey. There aren’t many questions coming into the mailbag, so I held on to a few to have enough for a post. As always, use the widget on the right to send us questions.

Scott asks: What do you make of Brendan Smith this year?

This is a very loaded question. Smith is reportedly in tremendous shape this summer, knowing he needs this year to revive his NHL career. He also knows that he has stiff competition from the youngsters trying to crack the roster. He also knows that the Rangers have no qualms sending him to the AHL. That’s the trifecta right there. I expect him to have a bounce back year. But I also don’t expect him to finish that contract in New York.

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As expected, Derek Stepan’s overtime winner beat out Ryan Callahan’s gutty shift in Winnipeg. This round won’t be so easy, with two critical goals in the 2014 and 2015 playoff runs. The first is Chris Kreider’s goal in Game 5 against Washington in 2015 that tied the game late and paved the way for a dramatic comeback. The second is Dom Moore’s Game 6 goal against Montreal in 2014 that wound up sending the Rangers to the Stanley Cup Final.

(8) Kreider’s Game 5 Goal

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vitali kravtsov

It’s no secret anymore. The Rangers are rebuilding. They sold off major assets at the deadline, acquired assets, and have had the luxury of five first round picks over the past two seasons. While the focus has been on the draft and the prospects, there are eyes on the current players and their contracts.

As of today, only Mika Zibanejad, Kevin Shattenkirk, Marc Staal, Brady Skjei, Brendan Smith, and Henrik Lundqvist are signed beyond the 2019-2020 season, two seasons from now. Only Skjei and Zibanejad (and likely Pavel Buchnevich) are signed beyond 2020-2021. While we will see some of that turnover after this season, it is after the 2019-2020 season we will see it all change. After that season, Chris Kreider, Ryan Spooner, Vlad Namestnikov, Jimmy Vesey, Matt Beleskey, and Jesper Fast all become UFAs.

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The first round is upon us in the Best Ranger Play Tournament. The first matchup is the perceived favorite: Derek Stepan’s OT winner against Washington, taking on Ryan Callahan’s monster shift against Winnipeg. For those who forgot, that was the shift where Cally, without a stick, blocked a pair of shots and laid two hits before changing. It’s one of those blue collar plays that we love to talk about.

(1) Derek Stepan OT Winner vs Washington

(16) Ryan Callahan shift vs Winnipeg

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The Rangers gave us one amazing run from 2011-2017. It was filled with overtime winners, great saves, big shifts, a President’s Trophy, two ECF appearances and one SCF appearance. To have a little fun, I created a bracket of the –my opinion– best/most memorable plays from that era.

These plays will go up against each other in single elimination fashion, with one post per matchup. For those who were here five years ago, I did something similar with the best post-lockout Ranger. I’ll be posting these daily, starting tomorrow, for the next 30 days until we get down to the winner. I limited it to just 32 plays. Some are a bit of a stretch in the “play” category, like Undefeated Outside, but I wanted to include them because they were important plays.

Same rules as last time apply: Upvote for the higher seed (1 seed is higher than 16 seed, etc) and downvote for lower seed. I will be posting videos of each play as well.

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Aug
06

Where could Kevin Hayes wind up?

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kevin hayes

Ever since Kevin Hayes inked his one year deal, a deal that brings him to unrestricted free agency at 27 years old, Rangers fans have been buzzing with where he might wind up. It is no longer a matter of if, but a matter of when. Hayes will be traded by the trade deadline. A player of his skill set, a top/middle-six center, should garner a good amount of attention as well.

1. San Jose is my leading guess. They missed out on John Tavares, they are still competing in their closing window, and you never know when Joe Thornton can’t handle big minutes anymore. Hayes addresses some team needs. The big discussion is cost. I have no idea what Hayes could fetch, but it’s safe to assume a first round pick and a solid prospect is the starting point. But SJ doesn’t have their first rounder this year. That’s a wrench.

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kevin hayes

The Rangers are likely done making moves this summer, which means we are in the dog days and there isn’t going to be new stuff to analyze and write about. Luckily we have a good group of writers here, and the content will keep coming. It’s been close to 10 years here after all, and we’ve never disappeared in August. So here’s what’s on the docket until summer is over.

1. Pat is going to continue with his David Quinn video breakdowns. They are great posts, and he’s really putting in a ton of effort on them. I love the posts. So that will continue. When the Blueshirts start playing actual games under Quinn, I’ll be looking into how it ties to NHL systems.

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Aug
02

Rangers interested in Sergei Shumakov

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The Rangers appear to have interest in 26 year old winger Sergei Shumakov, currently in the KHL with CSKA.

The 26-year-old winger put up 17-23-40 in 47 games last season, which likely translates well to the NHL (NHLe has him at a shade over 50 points). The fact that he’s a righty is an added bonus. Alex Nunn has more details on Shumakov.

Shumakov is a low-risk bet for a team that could use some secondary scoring. At just 26 years old, there’s still good prime seasons remaining as well. There’s a bunch of unknowns here though.

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