Sep
11

Rangers acquire Adam McQuaid from Boston

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The Rangers have made a minor trade, acquiring defenseman Adam McQuaid from Boston in exchange for Steven Kampfer, a 4th round pick, and a conditional 7th round pick. McQuaid has one year remaining on his deal at $2.75 million.

This appears to be a bit of a locker room trade. McQuaid has a reputation for being tough to play against and a good locker room guy. For this year, that’s all the Rangers care about. In terms of on-ice production, this doesn’t move the needle much.

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Sep
11

Guest Post: Rob Luker and Paraphrasing the season projections

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This post is a guest post by Rob Luker, who has contributed here a few times, and it is always good stuff. Be sure to follow him on Twitter.

78.6.

Of the four models that I am tracking as we move towards the 2018-19 NHL season, the New York Rangers come in at an average of 78.6 points. The models/individuals include Game Score (Dom Luszczyszyn), Corsica (Emmanuel Perry), Rob Pizzola, and Andy MacNeil. I do plan to add the HockeyViz (Micah Blake McCurdy) model when he releases it in a public manner.

As all Ranger fans know and as most projections are pointing out, the main issue with the Rangers is the weakness on Defense. Outside of extending Brady Skjei and a depth signing of Fredrik Claesson, NYR did nothing else in terms of improving one of the worst defensive units in the NHL last season. Of course, the prospect pipeline now has a few more names for the blueline, but at this moment it is still very much lacking for impact NHL players within the next two seasons. The Offense, meanwhile, hasn’t been an issue for the organization in nearly a decade and certainly doesn’t appear that worse for the wear looking forward.

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Sep
10

Some thoughts on goaltending

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As we head into training camp, the prevailing thought is that Alex Georgiev will backup Henrik Lundqvist in net. It’s an easy conclusion to draw, since he and Dustin Tokarski are really the only guys with NHL experience that will be at camp.

For most of the summer, I thought the Rangers would bring in a veteran backup for Lundqvist. It wasn’t necessarily about winning games, but it was ensuring Georgiev would have a buffer if his game disappeared. It also ensures Lundqvist gets a rest, something that, as he gets older, is going to be brought into the spotlight.

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Sep
09

Baby Rangers tighten up defense, beat Minnesota

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After the defensive train wreck that was the first game on Friday, the Rangers tightened things up against Minnesota, allowing just a pair of goals in their 4-2 win. It was Jeremy Brodeur in net for this one, stopping 24 of 26 shots. Four Rangers scored in this one:

This was a nice rebound win after the loss in the first game. It’s also nice to see that this club has some offensive talent to it. We had a feeling that the defense might be an issue, so let’s hope the first game was an anomaly, not the norm.

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Sep
08

Baby Rangers allow four in third, fall to Baby Stars

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Not the best opening to the Traverse City Tournament last night. The Baby Rangers allowed four goals in the third to Dallas, eventually losing 7-5. On the bright side, five different Rangers scored in the game:

That’s multi-point nights from Howden, Andersson, Stukel and Lindqvist, plus a pair of powerplay goals. Looks like these Baby Rangers have the same defending issue the adult Rangers have too. Hopefully they clamp down in the next games.

Andersson, Ryan Lindgren, and Gabriel Fontaine wore the ‘A’s.

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Sep
07

Three things to look for at Traverse City

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The Traverse City Tournament kicks off today, with the Baby Rangers taking on the Baby Stars tonight at 7pm. The team will play four games between now and Tuesday, just in time for training camp to open. This year’s tournament has a different feel, as more eyes are on the prospects with the Rangers expected to be bottom-feeders. There are a few things to focus on, if you’re new to following this tournament.

1. The Top Prospects

Filip Chytil and Lias Andersson are going to garner a significant amount of attention, and rightfully so. The two first rounders from 2017 are expected to make the Rangers roster this year and be the faces of the rebuild.

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Sep
06

Initial lines for Traverse City

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Per Matt Calamia, these were the first lines at practice for the Rangers at Traverse City:

Gabriel Fontaine-Filip Chytil-Ville Meskanen
Michael Lindqvist-Lias Andersson-Jakob Stuckel (invite)
Tim Gettinger-Brett  Howden-Tyler Ronning

Libor Hajek-Brandon Crawley
Ryan Lindgren-Joey Keane
Sean Day-Nicholas Gross

That third line has me a little giddy. I’m intrigued by Lindgren-Keane as well, since it has the feel of a prototypical stay-at-home/offensive defenseman to it.

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After almost a month of voting, we have reached the top two plays of the recent Rangers playoff era. Not surprisingly, the two plays are two of the biggest goals in Rangers history, and the crowd reactions for both goals were electric. These goals need no introduction.

(2) Marty wins it in overtime against Montreal

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Sep
06

On coaching and accountability

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David Quinn brings a new look to the Rangers bench. He’s tasked with an almost Tom Renney like goal, which is to bring a young roster that is not expected to make the playoffs into its own, develop kids, and tame the personalities of the veterans. Of course Renney’s teams wound up making the playoffs frequently because of some kid named Henrik Lundqvist and some Czech hockey player named Jaromir Jagr (and a healthy balance of skilled vets/kids), but the comparison still remains.

Quinn will be managing the personalities of seasoned veterans like Kevin Shattenkirk, Marc Staal, Brendan Smith, and Mats Zuccarello. He will be in charge of bringing young veterans like Chris Kreider and Mika Zibanejad into the next stages of their careers. The rookies, the second year kids, and the third year kids are all looking to grow as well. We have been focusing on steady systems for most of the summer, but more important than that is accountability.

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Brad Richards’ goal with 6.6 seconds left has run away with the left side of the bracket. Perhaps I under-seeded that play. Today the right side of the bracket will be decided. Henrik Lundqvist’s windmill save may be the best save I’ve ever seen. Watching it in real time, he goes from right to left to right and keeps control of his body and his eye on a knuckling puck that is changing direction and gets a blocker on it.

Martin St. Louis’ overtime goal is when we all as fans had that moment of “oh my…….they are going to the Finals. We have a shot at the Cup.” It was the overtime goal of that 2014 run. The play. The shot. The reaction.

(1) Lundqvist’s windmill save

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