Replacing Richards

I think most of this fan base understood that Richards needed to be bought out. It was certainly something I pushed for last summer and I fully support the move. However, the obvious downside to this decision is now we have a major hole on our roster that needs to be filled. Assuming the Rangers want to keep Stepan as a 1…

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Thoughts heading into the Draft

The 2013-2014 postseason was such an emotional ride, I needed to take a little step back after the Rangers were tragically eliminated in Los Angeles two weeks ago. Sure, I did a report card and may have twittered once or twice, but I needed a break to collect myself. Big props to the crew here for putting together fantastic content,…

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Potential UFA target: Mikhail Grabovski

New York’s top two offseason needs are a No. 1 center and an offensive defenseman. There’s not much denying that, but sometimes there just aren’t players available to fulfill those needs, and sometimes the cost of doing so makes for unwise decisions. With Andrei Markov now off the market, the lone offensive-minded blueliner of note that’s set to hit free agency next week…

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Potential UFA target: Paul Stastny

With the buyout of Brad Richards, the Rangers created a hole at center. Assuming Derek Stepan is still slotting in as the 1C, the Rangers still have a hole at either 2C or 3C, depending on where you slot Derick Brassard. There aren’t many attractive options on the market, but the best player available is clearly Paul Stastny. Let’s get the…

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Would the Rangers and Jason Spezza make sense?

The Rangers need an elite playmaking center, Jason Spezza wants out of Ottawa and the Senators General manager, Bryan Murray has already publicly admitted he won’t get full value for his star center. There are countless reasons why Jason Spezza makes sense for the Rangers, not least because of positional need. Of course, with the Ducks, Blues and other Western…

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Report card: Defense

Dan Girardi – What a roller coaster year Girardi just completed. He looked totally lost at the beginning of the season (like several Blueshirts), but quickly turned around his game and played like his old self during the second-half. Management was convinced that Girardi’s early-season hiccups were an anomaly and rewarded him with a six-year, $33 million contract, essentially choosing Girardi over captain Ryan…

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Rangers final grades: Coaching

Back by popular demand, we’ve decided to kick start our annual player, coaching, and management report cards. As always, these grades aren’t just based on stats, but also the execution of each personnel or player’s respective role within the organization. Obviously there’s some subjectivity here, but that’s what makes this interesting and conversational. Before I get started on AV and company,…

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The reasons for keeping Cam Talbot beyond this year are adding up

When Henrik Lundqvist re-signed with the Rangers for seven years, $59.5 million on December 4, one of the possible dominoes was the team trading backup goalie Cam Talbot this summer. Talbot has produced at probably an unsustainable level. With just one season separating the 26-year-old from unrestricted free agency, you have to assume Talbot is eyeing a chance to compete for a…

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Best post-lockout Ranger tournament: Henrik Lundqvist is your champion

This shouldn’t have come as a surprise to most, but Henrik Lundqvist defeated Dan Girardi yesterday to win the Best Ranger since the 2005 lockout tournament. This tournament was pitched to us by Matt Josephs of Blue Line Station (Twitter: 11Matt_Josephs8), and we would like to thank him for the hard work putting this together. We certainly had a lot…

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Best post-lockout Ranger; Championship Game: Henrik Lundqvist (1) vs. Dan Girardi (2)

Today is the championship game in the Best Ranger since the 2005 lockout tournament. Naturally, it is the two longest tenured Rangers who meet up in the Finals: Henrik Lundqvist, the tournament favorite, and Dan Girardi, the longest tenured defenseman on the club. We want to thank Matt Josephs of Blue Line Station (Twitter: 11Matt_Josephs8) for pitching this idea to…

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