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Aug
30

Sorry about that, folks

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If you are subscribed to emails or follow me on Twitter, you got a whole bunch of unnecessary emails and saw my timeline flooded with incorrect tweets. Those weren’t spam. I loaded something into my test environment for the blog, and forgot to turn that stuff off. Sorry!

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Henrik Lundqvist now has two performances in the final eight plays of the recent playoff era. Now it’s time to finalize the last spot. These are pretty self explanatory goals, and both are pretty important when it comes to Rangers lore. Both solidified a lead –either in a game or in a series– that would propel the Rangers to series victories.

(2) Marty wins it in overtime against Montreal

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Aug
30

Finding the next captain

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The Rangers are heading into next season having traded their last two captains to Tampa Bay. The players wearing the ‘A’ both have questionable futures in New York as well. Mats Zuccarello, a fan favorite and potential captain in his own right, only has one more year remaining on his deal. Marc Staal has the years on his deal, but has seen his game take a significant decline and is headed towards a buyout.

With the David Quinn era set to kick off next month, the Rangers are going to need a leadership group to help develop the kids and bring them along. It seems likely that Zuccarello and Staal keep their A’s, but the question becomes who the next captain will be, if there will be one.

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Yesterday’s was the closest matchup we’ve seen in a while, with Marc Staal’s OT winner getting enough votes to outlast the Derick Brassard/Benoit Pouliot OT winner. Next up is the Carl Hagelin series winner in OT against one of Henrik Lundqvist’s iconic Game 7 performances, a Game 7 gem of 35 saves against Pittsburgh.

(3) Carl Hagelin series winner

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Aug
29

A peak at 2019 trade deadline chips

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It is almost September, which means the Rangers are almost back on the ice for preseason hockey. The 2018-2019 season is expected to be a rough one for fans, as the Rangers are expected to be bottom feeders in the Metro and not compete for a playoff spot. They are not tanking –and there’s a big difference between tanking and not winning– though, which leads us to believe they are going to try to be competitive, but with the bigger picture in mind.

The bigger picture is loading up on young assets by deadline assets. Those assets are usually expiring contracts, but someone with multiple years left can be dealt in the right deal. The Rangers have a few of those guys, so it’s expected they will look to grab more prospects and picks in 2019.

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As expected, Henrik Lundqvist’s windmill save advanced to the next round, and will face the winner of today’s matchup. Marc Staal’s OT winner was iconic, and a cap to a dramatic comeback against a Caps team that really should have won that series. The Derick Brassard/Benoit Pouliot OT winner was a big win in Game 1, and without that win the series could have been a lot different.

(4) Marc Staal OT Winner

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Aug
28

Quick hits on the Traverse City roster

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The Rangers released the Traverse City roster yesterday, and with that comes the unofficial start of hockey season. The Traverse City Tournament is the first bit of hockey we get, but unfortunately it isn’t televised (update:┬áthis will be streamed on the FOX Sports Go app). The tournament precedes the preseason, so it’s our first look at some of the kids that may compete for a roster spot. Some thoughts:

1. The roster this year is light years ahead of last year’s. There is significantly more talent up front and on the blue line. That should lead to a potential stronger showing this year. However the guys in goal (Chris Nell, Jeremy Brodeur) aren’t Alex Georgiev.

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The Rangers have announced their Traverse City Tournament roster. The roster has the guys you’d expect, including the 2017 first rounders and most of the kids acquired at the 2018 trade deadline.

Notably absent are the 2018 draftees, most likely because they are committed elsewhere (KHL, SHL, etc). Funny that Martin Brodeur’s son got an invite. That should be interesting.

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With Ryan McDonagh’s OT winner advancing to the next round yesterday, we move on to the right side of the bracket. Today it’s two big plays against Montreal. First is Henrik Lundqvist’s windmill save, one that left us with our jaws dropped wondering what just happened. The other is Chris Kreider’s tying goal in the third to tie Game 3.

(1) Lundqvist’s windmill save

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Categories : Offseason
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A grim reality hit me yesterday. August is almost over. Summer is ending. For some reason, summer always goes the fastest. But then again, with summer ending comes hockey. There is always a silver lining. Soon training camp will begin, and soon we will get a better look at how new coach David Quinn will run his show. And with that comes a potentially huge role for Pavel Buchnevich.

This is a big season for Buchnevich. He comes with huge hype and results that appear to have barely scratched the surface of his potential star power. His KHL numbers were on par with Evgeny Kuznetsov and Vladimir Tarasenko. His first two seasons in the NHL were also on par with those two stars. Now in his third season, there is an expectation that he is going to take the next big jump into stardom. That’s the optimistic expectation. But there are more realistic, and possibly pessimistic expectations that we must also come to terms with.

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