Who will be the first injury call ups?

One thing that we can be sure about next season is that there will be injuries. If we learned anything from this postseason, it’s that you can never have enough depth, because you never know when the injuries will begin to mount. It was one area that Slats worked very diligently to address this offseason, and he did a mighty…

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Justin’s 2nd Annual Pre-season Top 30 Goaltenders List (30-21)

Welcome to Justin’s 2nd Annual Top 30 Goaltenders List.  If this is the first time you are reading the list, last year’s entries can be found here, here and here.  The methodology of the list is the same as last year: taking into account present ability, future projection, durability, consistency and technique, this is the order in which I would advise…

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Taking a look at a possible Henrik Lundqvist contract extension

Henrik Lundqvist’s contract situation has been quite the hot topic since the season ended.  Prior to his non-committal remarks as to his future, it seemed like a foregone conclusion that Hank would remain in New York long-term.  Since extension-gate and the coaching change, combined with news that Lundqvist’s camp and the Rangers are commencing negotiations at the Draft in a…

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Rangers final grades: Goaltending

The plan for this lock-out shortened season was to be able to keep Hank in a rhythm, but to also make sure he was well rested for what should be a long playoff run.  As we all know, things rarely go according to plan, and the Rangers ended up using Henrik for 43 of the 48 regular season games this…

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Addressing Henrik Lundqvist’s extension comments

After a frustrating end to the Rangers’ season in Boston several days ago, the voracious New York media was bestowed with the “We’ll see” heard round the world.  Henrik Lundqvist’s non-committal response to his future in New York almost imploded the entire hockey media.  Articles were written, page hits were had, and ad revenue rained down on media outlets.  Many…

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Is Lundqvist Vezina worthy again?

Although he has been criticized –especially early in the season– and he is without a shutout (yet), could Henrik Lundqvist quietly have moved into the Vezina candidates once again, this season? With Craig Anderson and his other worldly numbers surely out of contention because a lack of games (16 games is surely not enough to warrant consideration), Lundqvist has a…

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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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Appreciating the Bauer One100 goalie skate

Since the Rangers have been kind of bumming me out recently (last night’s domination notwithstanding), I thought I’d take a look at a relatively recent development in goalie equipment and how it has revolutionized the industry.  In the skate department, that innovator generally tends to be Bauer.  On both the player and goalie side there have significant landmark products that…

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Upcoming stretch of games offers opportunity to get Biron some action

Coming into the lockout shortened year, a consensus emerged that due to the abbreviated schedule, Marty Biron was going to play a major role for the Blueshirts this season.  Back at the beginning of January, The Suit did a great job highlighting this need.  Our sartorially inclined colleague opined that Biron should get at least 12 games this season in…

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Is it time for the Rangers to draft a goaltender?

The Rangers are in an enviable situation with Henrik Lundqvist manning their net at an age where he can continue playing at a high level for a long time behind what should be a contender for several seasons. The immediate future in net is bright, but those who think the club should sit back and rest on their laurels should be warned….

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