World Cup of Hockey set for September 2016

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The World Cup of Hockey is back. Gary Bettman announced the return of the tournament today, slated for September 2016. The tournament will be two weeks, beginning on September 17, 2016 at the Air Canada Center in Toronto. Eight teams will be competing in the tournament: Canada, USA, Russia, Sweden, Finland, Czech Republic, Team Europe…

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Why the Rangers should stay quiet at the deadline

Is Sather learning?

The Rangers, barring more trade robbery from Glen Sather, should stay quiet as the NHL trade deadline approaches. Several rumours are beginning to circulate around the Rangers and usually there’s no smoke without fire. Indeed, a lot of these rumours come from good sources (McKenzie, Dreger etc) but despite the rumours this Rangers team is…

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Why keeping Mats Zuccarello is a must for the New York Rangers

How will Zuccarello fare this season?

Yesterday I wrote how Marc Staal’s contract extension, combined with all other contracts on the books for next season, may mean that Carl Hagelin is the odd-man out for next year’s plans. Saying that people were divided on the issue would be an understatement. The loudest folks against dealing Hagelin were wondering why the Rangers…

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BSB live chat 1.23.15

Live Blog BSB Live Chat 1.23.15

Friday chat reminder

Happy Friday, BSB faithful!  I know it’s been a while (blame accounting), but the live chat makes its triumphant return this afternoon.  We can talk All-Star stuff, the recent run, contracts, whatever.  We will get started at noon, but make sure to stop by at 11:45am to fill the queue with questions.  See everyone in…

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Thoughts heading into All-Star Weekend

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After a tremendous stretch of hockey going all the way back to December 8 and winning 16 out of 19 games, the Rangers get a much deserved break for All-Star weekend. Once they get through the festivities, they face a tough trip to Long Island to get a second crack to show the upstart Islanders…

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McKenzie: Rangers may have interest in Antoine Vermette

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Per Bob McKenzie on NHLN’s NHL Live yesterday (via Nichols on Hockey), the New York Rangers may have interest in Phoenix Arizona Coyotes center Antoine Vermette. Vermette is one of the few offensive bright spots on the ‘Yotes, but the 32 year old center is also a pending UFA primed to get a decent pay raise…

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Are the Rangers stable of centers among the league’s best?

Can Derick Brassard be a top line center?Photo: Michael Ivins, USA TODAY Sports

What was meant to be an organisational weakness has become a strength for the New York Rangers. Understandably, there is instant angst when Derek Stepan misses any game time because of injury and his absence certainly creates a hole in the line-up but the Rangers have to be delighted with the way the center position…

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Does the Staal extension mean Carl Hagelin is the odd man out?

Carl Hagelin, even better than you think.

Whether you like the extension or not, Marc Staal is signed for the next six years at $5.7 million. The biggest concern across the board, outside of whether you wanted Staal re-signed, is about re-signing the rest of the key free agents: Mats Zuccarello (UFA), Martin St. Louis (UFA), Derek Stepan (RFA), and Carl Hagelin (RFA)….

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Dreger: Rangers have interest in Mike Santorelli

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Per Thomas Drance at The Score, Darren Dreger (via Insider Trading last night) mentioned that the New York Rangers are interested in center Mike Santorelli from the Toronto Maple Leafs. Dreger mentioned that the Rangers tried to get Santorelli this past summer, but due to limited cap space, could not seal the deal. Santorelli has…

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