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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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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The power play is beginning to feel the Dan Boyle effect

Martin covered Boyle’s impact yesterday, but here’s a little more. It’s Thanksgiving week so forgive me for not rewriting this one. Though contract length and roster construction played a part, the Rangers basically chose between two distinct skill sets when they elected not to re-sign Anton Stralman and inked Dan Boyle as his replacement in July. The argument for Boyle was that…

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The Rangers haven’t been able to replace Brad Richards

We’ve spent a lot of time bemoaning the loss of Anton Stralman, whose departure has coincided with a drastic drop in possession numbers. We’ve also talked about the impact losing Brian Boyle has had on the penalty kill and on faceoffs. Heck, we’ve even reminisced about Raphael Diaz. But one key veteran has been quickly forgotten since his forced exit just…

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