Rangers talent levels not sole concern

As the Rangers struggle to mount any kind of offense or physicality, the team is being increasingly exposed for the obvious flaws that they have. We’ve discussed ad nauseam how the Rangers should turn to some of the prospects to help the ailing offense (Kristo) or the putrid levels of physicality (McIlrath). One player that hasn’t had much airtime is…

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Vigneault right to put the onus on New York’s top players

As is always the case when the Rangers are struggling, fans, players and the media alike are all searching for answers to the team’s woes.  And though everything from bad puck luck to injuries has been a factor, coach Alain Vigneault hit the nail on the head yesterday when he put much of the blame for the team’s poor start…

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Time to demote J.T. Miller

With apologies to Taylor Pyatt, the forward roster last night finally resembled the one Ranger fans were so excited about over the summer. The lineup didn’t include J.T. Miller, but coach Alain Vigneault insisted yesterday that Miller would be back on the ice with the Blueshirts soon.  But barring further injuries, the team’s top-six is clearly set, and Miller will…

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The NHL missed the mark on goalie fighting

Unless you’ve been living under the proverbial hockey rock, then you at least heard something about the Ray Emery/Braden Holtby incident from a few weeks back.  For those of you who didn’t, here’s the short version: during a 7-0 drubbing of the Flyers at the hands of Washington, a scrum ensued down in the Caps’ end.  Clearly frustrated, Ray Emery…

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August heat starting to get to hockey bloggers

You know the dogs days of hockey’s offseason are here when bloggers start grasping for proverbial straws with odd trade proposals and anxiety over the 2014 UFA list.  This week I’ve already read three posts that made me want to delete my hockey bookmarks until at least preseason and it’s only Tuesday. If you haven’t been following the latest happenings…

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Debunking the myth that Henrik Lundqvist isn’t a great playoff goalie

For reasons unbeknownst to me, some members of the national media seem to be under the impression that Henrik Lundqvist has been a failure as a playoff goaltender. I could understand that sentiment a little prior to last season, but a trip to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2012 should have quashed any conversation about Lundqvist’s postseason struggles. Instead, an…

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The handling of Chris Kreider has been the biggest disappointment of the season

The Rangers’ recent success has made Chris Kreider a forgotten man, but the handling of Kreider has been the most disappointing aspect of the 2013 season. You can’t blame the 21-year-old for hitting a bump in the road, but the organization’s treatment of its prized winger has been a mess since the season-opener.  Kreider got off to a miserable start…

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Up on my soap box: Doug Wilson edition

Every once in a while, something happens in the hockey world that compels me to get up on my soapbox and rant about it.  The last time this happened, it was the heated debate over the Milan Lucic/Ryan Miller hit.  That one helped get me a gig writing for BSB, so unfortunately for all of you, it has emboldened me…

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State of the Rangers

As I mentioned yesterday, we here at Blue Seat Blogs like to dig deep and cover the Rangers from a very analytical level. Sometimes that’s systems posts, other times that’s advanced stats post, other times it’s scouting report-type posts. Today we wanted to go a different direction and get off our high horse. We reached out to one of our…

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What would get you back in the stands?

With the season on the brink of destruction, and the loyalty of the fans wavering, the NHL is going to need to come up with some very creative marketing schemes to get fans back in the stands. I, along with many others, am fed up with the game of chicken that is going on in the negotiating room, and am…

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