Rob O’Gara accepts qualifying offer

July 14, 2018, by · Comments (11)

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Per CapFriendly, Rangers defenseman Rob O’Gara has accepted his qualifying offer.

O’Gara was acquired in the Nick Holden deal, as mentioned. I’m not surprised he received a two-way deal, he has a bunch of prospects ahead of him for a roster spot next year. Should be interesting what happens with him.

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Boo Nieves accepts qualifying offer

July 13, 2018, by · Comments (11)

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Per CapFriendly, Rangers center Boo Nieves has accepted his qualifying offer.

Nieves will be in his third professional season, and is expected to compete for a fourth line roster spot this year. He played in 28 games with the Rangers this year, and was quietly solid on a team that was anything but.

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The biggest story at the end of Alain Vigneault’s tenure in New York was the defense. The Rangers hemorrhaged shots left and right. They did so from almost point blank range. At first it was supposed to be the personnel, but the players on the blue line changed over, and the defense got worse.

While I don’t have much insight into new coach David Quinn’s systems, I have oodles of time analyzing and evaluating AV’s systems. It’s lazy analysis to say it was the system, and then not provide any real proof. So let’s take a look at what AV did, and what Quinn can do to make improvements regardless of the roster makeup.

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Rangers re-sign Cody McLeod to one year deal

July 12, 2018, by · Comments (30)

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The Rangers have re-signed forward Cody McLeod to a one-year deal. McLeod played 25 games with the Rangers last year after being picked up off waivers from Nashville. He put up a pair of assists while playing primarily fourth line minutes.

I’m a little puzzled by this signing. The Rangers had 8 forwards signed, with 3 more RFAs pending signing. This doesnlt count guys like Boo Nieves, Vinni Lettieri, Lias Andersson, and Filip Chytil. McLeod is rather useless on the ice. He’s a face puncher who doesn’t do much else.

Embrace the tank, I guess.

Update: Now with some time to digest, McLeod will likely be a 13/14F. He won’t be a regular in the NHL lineup. He won’t be sent to the AHL to take up a spot there. He’s an injury replacement. I’m not overly concerned.

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Per Jeff Cox, BC’s Associate Head Coach Greg Brown is joining David Quinn in New York as one of his assistants. Brown has been coaching with BC since 2004-2005 after a 12 year pro career in the NHL, AHL, and Europe.

Brown was an assistant coach for eight years before being promoted to associate head coach in 2012-2013. Brown will join Lindy Ruff (presumably) as another of Quinn’s assistants.

Current Ranger Chris Kreider played under Brown at BC from 2009-2012, so there is a Rangers connection behind this rumor.

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If the Rangers were Avengers…

July 11, 2018, by · Comments (22)

It’s the summer. The draft and free agency are behind us. The Rangers look like they aren’t going to be big players on the trade market. Infinity War hit theaters. Ant Man and The Wasp hit theaters. There is no better time to have some fun. Much like how we compared the Rangers to Game of Thrones characters, let’s see who our heroes would be if they were, well, heroes.

Spoiler warning: There are some minor plot points that will be discussed here. I’m assuming if you haven’t seen Infinity War by now, you won’t. As of the writing of this post, I haven’t seen Ant Man and The Wasp, so that won’t be discussed here. DO NOT POST SPOILERS FOR THAT MOVIE IN THE COMMENTS.

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The Rangers went into this offseason on record saying they weren’t done retooling the roster. The draft came and went, and while the Rangers had many balls in the air, the only one that landed was a simple trade to move up in the draft to take K’Andre Miller. Outside of that, it’s been a quiet offseason.

There are many players on the current roster that would fetch a decent amount of assets. Ryan Spooner, Kevin Hayes, and Vlad Namestnikov –who was recently re-signed– are at the front of that list. However names like Kevin Shattenkirk –whose NMC recently changes to a NTC– and Jimmy Vesey could also fetch good returns.

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Vitali Kravtsov to remain in Russia this season

July 9, 2018, by · Comments (27)

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Vitali Kravtsov, the Rangers’ 9th overall pick this year, will remain in Russia for one more season before coming over to the US. Alex Nunn did the translating on this, and he also noted that Kravtsov, Yegor Rykov, and Igor Shestyorkin all have their contracts in the KHL end after this season.

Kravtsov is the potential elite talent, but don’t sleep on Rykov and Shestyorkin. Shesty is the heir apparent to Henrik Lundqvist, and there’s a reason why the Rangers targeted Rykov at the deadline. Expect a Russian invasion next summer.

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Who really drives the KZB line?

July 9, 2018, by · Comments (41)
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As the offseason turns to the dog days of summer, us fans are left counting the days until October. The roster appears to be set, and the Rangers look like they won’t be making any big moves. Naturally, that can all change, but I think it’s safe to say that Chris Kreider, Mika Zibanejad, and Pavel Buchnevich will be on the club and form the Rangers’ top line next season.

The KZB line has been phenomenal when together. They seem to gel together, and complement each other nicely. Zibanejad is the scorer, Kreider is the beast, and Buchnevich is the visionary. Everything seems to work for them. But there seems to be an argument that Buchnevich (or Kreider) is the passenger on the line. So let’s look at those claims. Who really drives that line?

*-Note: I am forming conclusions as I write the post, based on what I’m seeing. This is not a preconceived notion/post.

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The Case for Captain Callahan

July 8, 2018, by · Comments (61)

Definition of essential: Ryan Callahan

With all the buzz about the Erik Karlsson trade that’s coming any day/week/month/year/millennium now, there’s also been a good amount of scuttlebutt about the Rangers playing middleman in such a deal. As Dave noted yesterday, one of the possibilities for the Rangers in facilitating the eventual acquisition of Erik Karlsson by the Tampa Bay Lightning would be the return of Ryan Callahan.

This would be a doozy from a salary cap standpoint, sort of, as he’s signed for $5.8 million dollars for another two years, but the “sort of” comes in when you consider that the Rangers are not likely to be super competitive for the next two years (although I’m with Dave in that they won’t be as bad as everyone thinks) and the Rangers in any event will be subsidizing his big ol’ cap hit with the amount of players on cheap deals that they’ll have (Andersson, Chytil, Buch for another year). So it wouldn’t be such a bad idea to take him on as a way to induce TBL into sending us something sweet as a thank you for helping them find room for the best defenseman of the past billion years. Beyond that though, I have a modest proposal, first suggested by the elder statesman of the Rangers beat himself, Larry Brooks.

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