Game 53: All in for Dahlin

February 5, 2018, by · Comments (28)
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The tank and sell machine is in full effect for the Rangers. Rick Nash has been asked for his no-trade list. Tampa Bay is interested in Ryan McDonagh. The Rangers are in the news, and this time for the right reasons. Selling, and recognizing a retool is needed, is the right move. Injuries may have forced their hand, but this was always the right move.

There is a game tonight, though, as the Rangers are in Dallas to take on a Stars team that could probably use some defensive depth. That said, this is a solid Stars team that can tear a defense apart. Plus Ken Hitchcock is a good coach. Good thing the Rangers have Steven Kampfer in the lineup.

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Add two more to the injury list for the Rangers. Jimmy Vesey is out with a concussion, suffered at the hands of an elbow to the chin by Filip Forsberg (pitiful three game suspension). Staal was hit high by Alexei Emelin, who left his feet for the hit. No suspension for Emelin, of course. Because the NHL plays suspension roulette. It’s embarrassing.

Vinny Lettieri was recalled to replace Vesey. No defensemen were recalled to replace Staal, so it’s Steven Kampfer in tonight. I’d expect both of these injuries to last a while, too.

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Rangers ask Rick Nash for 18 team no trade list

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Trade deadline season is heating up. Bob McKenzie and Larry Brooks are reporting that the Rangers have asked Rick Nash for his 18 team no trade list, leaving 13 teams he can be traded to. Brooks also mentioned that all Canadian teams are likely to be on his list, so we can rule out any Winnipeg or Toronto rumors.

I can see Nash as a good fit in Nashville, if just for the puns. Nash will get a good amount at the deadline, especially since the Rangers are more than likely to retain 50% of his $7.8 million salary. Nash will likely be the first domino to fall for the Rangers, especially if they are already asking for his list. Nash is just waiting to know, at this point.

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Checking in on the Tampa smoke

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Over the weekend, Rangers world lit up with news that the Blueshirts were talking to Tampa Bay about a deal, potentially involving Ryan McDonagh. It was a rumor that came from Elliotte Friedman, which had more fuel added to it when it came to light that Chris Drury was in Syracuse scouting Tampa’s AHL team, the Crunch.

Someone else on the broadcast (I’m drawing a blank here, sorry) mentioned that the Bolts might try to dangle Tyler Johnson in this type of deal. That makes little sense for the Rangers, as they already have Mika Zibanejad and Kevin Hayes with solid center roles, and have Filip Chytil and Lias Andersson on the way. Plus, why would the Blueshirts take on Johnson’s six (!!) remaining years at $5 million, with a full no-trade kicking in next season? The kicker is that Johnson is already oft-injured.  No, the Blueshirts would want something totally different from the Bolts.

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Lettieri nets game winner for Pack against Providence

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Hartford Wolf Pack 3, Providence Bruins 1

By Matt Morin

Hartford, CT, February 3, 2018 – The Hartford Wolf Pack allowed a season-low 17 shots on goal Saturday night at the XL Center in a 3-1 win over the Providence Bruins, earning a split of a home-and-home series between the two teams.

The Wolf Pack had fallen to the Bruins 2-1 in overtime Friday night in Providence, and were outshot 50-21 by the Bruins in that game.

“We kept the shots down, and that was our emphasis before the game,” said Wolf Pack forward Vinni Lettieri, whose late first-period goal turned out to be the game-winner. “I thought we played a lot better, our puck security was a lot better, too, than the night before. We came out and played as a team, we stuck with it, even when stuff wasn’t going our way, when the puck was in our zone for a little longer than we wanted. We just kept fighting back and just kept shifting the momentum back to our side, and that was a big win for us.”

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Rangers recall Vinny Lettieri

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The Rangers have recalled forward Vinny Lettieri from the Hartford Wolf Pack. The recall was relatively expected, as the injury bug has hit another forward. Jimmy Vesey was elbowed in the chin by Filip Forsberg last night and did not return. It’s expected he has a concussion. Lettieri, who will turn 23 on Tuesday, has already played in 10 games with the Rangers, registering a goal and three assists. He has a line of 14-9-23 in 35 games with the Pack.

It’s worth noting that there was no defenseman recalled. This means at least one of two things. First is that Marc Staal is ok after being on the receiving end of a hit by Alexei Emelin (not likely), or that Alain Vigneault will just rotate Steven Kampfer into the lineup (more likely).

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The on-ice issues plaguing the New York Rangers have truly come to a head, with the team playing listless hockey and getting blown out on a regular basis.  Everyone knows why this is happening, and it’s useless to discuss it further.  Once the dust settles on the impending sell-off, we’ll begin to assess what lies ahead.

Perhaps more concerning than the terrible hockey is the culture of the Rangers, which appears to be completely broken.

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Game 52: Cody McLeod returns to Nashville

February 3, 2018, by · Comments (59)

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The Rangers, after failing to show up against Toronto, are now in Nashville to take on my Cup pick. It should be a teary reunion in Nashville, as noted enforcer Cody McLeod returns for the first time since the Rangers grabbed him off waivers. I kid, of course. Mostly making fun of Thursday night’s broadcast where McLeod was seen as a savior by Sam and Joe.

As for the actual game, I don’t expect much anymore. Pavel Buchnevich got added to the walking wounded with a concussion. So now the Rangers look more like the Wolf Pack than the Rangers. But hey, if it helps drive them towards the proper decision to sell, then I’ll take that silver lining. I will never root for them to lose, but I really do dislike how they play right now. Show some emotion every now and then.

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The Rangers have officially waved the white flag

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In early December, I made my maiden voyage to MSG to the first-ever boxing match between two time Olympic gold medalists. The historic Vasyl Lomanchenko-Guiellermo Rigondeaux fight was supposed to be a high-speed chess match between two of the world’s top fighters. It was instead, a bloodletting. The younger and much faster Lomanchenko peppered Rigondeaux so thoroughly for 6 rounds that “The Jackal” made up an injury and refused to fight any longer.

You see where I’m going here.

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Trading Lundqvist is a fool’s errand

February 2, 2018, by · Comments (94)

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With the possibility of the Rangers selling for the first time in forever coming more acutely possible, the focus from the fan base has understandably turned to hypothetical returns for the teams’ more attractive trade chips.  Naturally, the logical discussions (many of which have been examined in this space) involve Ryan McDonagh, Rick Nash, Michael Grabner and Mats Zuccarello.  One target that a fairly vocal minority of the fan base has consistently brough up has been, oddly enough, Henrik Lundqvist.

Now, the reasons why Hank’s detractors (or trade advocates) feel moving the King would be a prudent move aren’t all that far-fetched.  He takes up a significant amount of cap space.  His overall performance has delayed a (probably necessary) rebuild longer than it should have taken.  The organization clearly wants to win as long as they have a generational talent on the roster, etc., etc.  These are valid opinions.

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