Jul
21

What to expect from Anthony DeAngelo

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Since his acquisition in the blockbuster June trade that sent Derek Stepan and Antti Raanta to Arizona, Anthony DeAngelo has been the source of much analysis. From his off-ice issues to his on-ice predictions, DeAngelo is going to have the spotlight on him whether he likes it or not. While we all hope he can get his act together off the ice, his on-ice performance is going to make or break him in New York.

What we do know about DeAngelo is that he is supremely talented. He put up a line of 5-9-14 in 39 games on an abysmal Arizona team. It’s tough to really judge a player’s on-ice performance after 39 games on a bad team, so we can work with a combination of tools at our disposal to identify what kind of player we are dealing with.

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Jul
20

#TBT: Rangers vs. Devils – March 19, 2012

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Welcome back for another edition of Blue Seat Blogs’ Throwback Thursday.  In last week’s edition, we revisited Nikolai Zherdev’s last gasp, game-tying goal against the Penguins way back in 2008.  This week, we jump forward in the time machine nearly four years to reminisce about another memorable matchup with a division rival.

For fans of a certain age, hockey hatred was learned not by watching Rangers-Habs or Rangers-Isles, but Rangers-Devils.  While the rivalry has lost some steam in recent years, Rangers-Devils still evokes a distinct type of of animus among the Garden Faithful.

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Jul
19

Looking ahead to the 2018 free agent market

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James van Riemsdyk scored a career-high 62 points last season

Though there remains the possibility of a trade for a center, the dust has mostly settled on the 2017 offseason.

But what might the future hold? There will likely be significant changes again next offseason, when Rick Nash, Michael Grabner, David Desharnais, Nick Holden and Ondrej Pavelec are scheduled to be unrestricted free agents.

Assuming Mika Zibanejad re-signs, that will leave the Blueshirts around $23 million in cap space. A big portion of that will go towards re-upping RFAs J.T. Miller, Kevin Hayes, Jimmy Vesey and Brady Skjei, but there should still be some cash to play with.

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Jul
18

Scouting Alex Georgiev

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When teams invite players to their prospect development camp, it is rare to expect much from the players. After all they went undrafted, and usually for a feasible reason. But there was one name that stood out on this year’s list. Alexander Georgiev, a talented goalie prospect in Liiga was among the invites for the Rangers only weeks after they didn’t retain Magnus Hellberg and Mackenzie Skapski. The Rangers signed him late last night.

Georgiev is a name that is known among the European hockey fans, he although Russian, has been playing in the Finnish league to play against pro men since he was 19 years old and over the last 3 years has taken strides in that league along with significant international tournament exposure.

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Jul
17

Rangers sign goalie Alex Georgiev

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The Rangers have signed free agent Russian goalie Alex Georgiev, per Cap Friendly. While he was born in Russia, Georgiev didn’t play in the KHL. He played in the Finnish league (SM-liiga), posting a .923 SV% last season, his first full season as the starter. The 21-year-old will likely play in Hartford, who needs a goalie after the departure of Magnus Hellberg.

The contract is a standard three-year ELC, worth $792,500 per season. Josh was pretty jazzed about this signing, so sounds like another good one.

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Jul
17

What a move to center means for JT Miller

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As currently constructed, the Rangers have a decently sized hole at center. It’s the one major flaw of the roster right now that can’t be ignored. There are no names in free agency that make sense. There are some trade targets, but anyone worth while is going to cost an arm and a leg to acquire. The fix, as of now, appears to be internal, and one of the major names thrown out there is JT Miller, and shifting him back to center.

Miller was drafted as a center and played the position until he came to the Rangers. It was then that Alain Vigneault moved him to wing. On the surface, it made sense. Miller isn’t sound defensively, and AV requires a lot of defensive play from his centers. Even Martin St. Louis, one of the game’s greats, had trouble making the shift to center for a short period. There’s a good reason for that too.

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Jul
16

Sunday Rangers thoughts

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1. This offseason has been an interesting one for the Rangers. They addressed their defensive needs, to the point where they created a logjam on the bottom pair. Assuming Anthony DeAngelo is guaranteed a spot, then the Rangers are fine with Neal Pionk and Alexei Bereglazov starting in the AHL. That’s perfectly fine. But are they ok with Nick Holden or Marc Staal as the 7D? That’s a lot of money to have on the bench.

2. In addressing their defensive needs, the Rangers created a huge hole at center. Instead of letting Mika Zibanejad grow into the 1C role and Kevin Hayes into the 2C role, they are forcing each into those roles. It may work. It may not. But it’s still curious to say the least.

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Jul
15

Future’s Looking Bright for Rangers First Rounders

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It’s mid-July, which in the hockey world means any news is good news. These past two days’ news, also happens to be actual, real, good news to boot: the Rangers signed both of their 2017 first round picks, Lias Andersson and Filip Chytil to 3-year entry level contracts.

This bodes well for a few reasons; at the very least it means that the two of them will be coming to North America eventually but I’d propose that there’s reason for further optimism here too. The Rangers’ “rebuild on the fly” may wind up bearing fruits earlier than expected.

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Jul
14

Rangers sign Filip Chytil to entry level contract

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The signing of the Rangers’ first round picks this year is complete. The Rangers inked 21st overall pick Filip Chytil to a three year entry level deal, likely similar in payment/bonuses to the deal signed by Lias Andersson the other day.

Chytil has a little bit of time before he hits the NHL, but this is a step in the right direction for a Rangers club that looks to get quicker and more skilled. Unlike Andersson, he doesn’t really have an outside chance of cracking the roster this year.

But hey, I’ve been wrong before.

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Jul
14

The Pro’s and Con’s of Ondrej Pavelec

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When the Rangers dealt Antti Raanta to Arizona in the Derek Stepan deal, a quick survey of the market revealed plenty of useful options to serve as Henrik Lundqvist’s backup.  There was a decent mix of higher upside projects and relatively safe veteran choices.  When it came out that Benoit Allaire had zeroed in on Ondrej Pavelec for the role, many were surprised, myself included.

The 29 year-old Czech native (30 when the season starts) was a 2nd round pick of the Atlanta Thrashers back in 2005.  He had shown tremendous promise in the notoriously offensive environment of the QMJHL before getting his first cup of coffee the year after he was drafted.

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