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Rangers’ salary cap issues are mitigated by NHL ready prospects

Much has been made of the Rangers’ salary cap woes with the likes of Mats Zuccarello, Martin St. Louis, Derek Stepan and Carl Hagelin set to be free agents and the ceiling unlikely to increase much in the offseason. However, the emergence of several top prospects has made biting the bullet of letting a key player or two go much easier. Obviously every franchise…

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Sather’s trade deadline strategy continues to evolve

What a time it is to be Glen Sather these days. One of his favorite times of the year is quickly approaching, but Sather’s carefully crafted trade deadline plan has been continuously influenced by new developments over the last few weeks. First Henrik Lundqvist went down with a scary vascular injury, ceding his throne to backup Cam Talbot. The Prince had played well…

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Mats Zuccarello has a six-game scoring streak

Rangers’ best reinforcements may come from within

Henrik Lundqvist’s injury may have you feeling otherwise, but the Rangers remain in excellent shape to make the postseason. With an eight-point cushion over ninth-place Florida, securing a wild card berth shouldn’t be difficult even if overtaking the Penguins and Islanders for the Metro Division title may now be unrealistic. Of course the team’s playoff hopes are pinned to Lundqvist, but…

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Unlike Antoine Vermette, Martin Hanzal has another year remaining on his contract

Trade possibilities with Arizona

Much of the early trade deadline fervor both around the league and in New York has been about what the Arizona Coyotes might do. GM Don Maloney has been screaming “WE ARE SELLERS” at the top of his lungs and Arizona has several attractive pieces, including pending free agent Antoine Vermette. Suit also suggested looking into Yotes defensemen Michael Stone….

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Kevin Klein is having a career year

Midseason grades: Defense

With the All-Star Game coming up this weekend, we’ve been handing out our annual midseason grades. Dave tackled the goaltending and coaches, Chris wrote about the top-six forwards, and today I’ll be reviewing the defense. Dan Boyle Boyle’s season got off to a slow start after the 38-year-old D-man missed the first five weeks of the year with a broken wrist….

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Are the Rangers willing to deal Pavel Buchnevich?

The massive trade deadline decision awaits

With the Blueshirts’ ridiculous stretch of winning 13 games in 14 now concluded, the Rangers will soon be faced with a decision perhaps as difficult as the one they had to make at the trade deadline a year ago. Then, the club reached a contract negotiation stalemate with Ryan Callahan and shipped its beloved captain, along with two top draft choices, to Tampa…

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Igor Shesterkin posted a .938 SV% and a 1.98 GAA for Russia during the World Juniors

Rangers’ prospect pool shining despite low preseason rankings

In their latest team prospect rankings, Corey Pronman and Hockey’s Future each had the Rangers 28th, while The Hockey News put the Blueshirts dead last. Granted, each of those outlets has its own set of criteria, but the general consensus among the so-called experts was that the Rangers didn’t have much talent on the way. Many that followed the baby Blueshirts more closely knew the…

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Rangers can re-sign Mats Zuccarello starting tomorrow, but it won’t be an easy decision

Starting tomorrow, the Rangers will be allowed to sign Mats Zuccarello to a contract extension in accordance with a clause in the CBA that prevents teams from re-signing their players until January 1 after they agreed a one-year pact during the summer. Zuccarello inked a one-year, $3.5 million deal in July despite interest by both sides in a longer term commitment, but…

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What is Kevin Hayes’ ceiling?

There haven’t been too many 6-5 22-year-old rookie centers in NHL history, so it’s a little difficult to project the player Kevin Hayes might turn into. He seems to be getting better and better with each game and has turned into a solid third-line center in no time. Hayes wasn’t all that impressive in the preseason. Prospect pundits had been gushing…

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Is J.T. Miller here to stay this time?

Stop me if this sounds familiar: a heralded first-round pick impressed immediately in his first professional season, but struggled as a sophomore and spent much of that season in the American Hockey League. In his third year, the prospect looked like a lock for a full-time job out of training camp, but was sent back to Hartford after just a few games. But about…

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