Breaking down Alain Vigneault’s even strength system

This is definitely going to be an interesting season covering NYR’s x’s and o’s, as coaching changes always bring about new looks and different styles of play. And while I was indeed a pro-Torts guy, I’m looking forward to seeing what AV and his staff have up their sleeves. Today we’re just going to cover even strength play, since I…

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Rangers downed by Kings – Do. Not. Panic.

In another one sided preseason game, the Rangers were out of luck in Las Vegas as they lost 5-1 to the LA Kings including conceding the first goal inside 15 seconds. Jon Quick made 22 saves while the Kings scored two goals on the powerplay. On a night of few bright spots, JT Miller continued to play catch up after…

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Vigneault’s preseason approach suggests long term approach

While the vast majority of NHL teams have trimmed their rosters down in preparation for the season, the Rangers are still carrying a large, oversized squad as they continue to work out what they need to cope with a harsh start to their regular season. The results haven’t been positive (yet) but when has the Stanley Cup ever been awarded…

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Musings: Will Chris Kreider shine with a new head coach?

So hockey has actually begun. The preseason games are underway and we’ve seen the preseason roster already begin to dwindle. So, what’s next? The Musings is of course. When hearing Alain Vigneault discuss the potential of Chris Kreider being used in front of the net it gave a small but significant insight into his different mindset compared to John Tortorella….

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5 biggest questions entering training camp

What’s the status of Ryan Callahan and Carl Hagelin? Both players underwent surgery on torn shoulder labrums following the 2013 season and their initial recovery timelines indicated they could each miss the first month of the 2013-2014 season.  However, both Callahan and Hagelin have been skating with teammates in the weeks leading up to training camp and have reported no…

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Don’t panic if the Rangers struggle on their season-opening road trip

Two years ago the Rangers went on their first prolonged road trip to start the season as Madison Square Garden underwent renovations.  The Blueshirts played their first two games in Europe, which they lost in overtime to the Kings and in a shootout to the Ducks.  New York had a week off before falling to the Islanders – then the…

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Our final hockey-less month

As a hockey fan, August is by far the worst month of the year.  Free agency, the major trades, the Draft, they have all long passed by and the dog days of summer have set in.  Traverse City is still a few weeks away.  The major headlines are the remaining few contract situations (Stepan and to some extent, Lundqvist), but…

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Master Plan: New York Rangers roster in 2013 & beyond

For several off-seasons running, I’ve been creating these “master plans” that talk about the future rosters of the Rangers. The purpose of these posts is to really come full circle on all of the topics and rumors we’ve been covering over the course of the season. During prior offseasons, creating these plans was pretty easy for me as John Tortorella…

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Master Plan: New York Rangers roster in 2013 & beyond

For several off-seasons running, I’ve been creating these “master plans” that talk about the future rosters of the Rangers. The purpose of these posts is to really come full circle on all of the topics and rumors we’ve been covering over the course of the season. During prior offseasons, creating these plans was pretty easy for me as John Tortorella…

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Musings on free agency eve

Welcome to the musings. It’s the day before free agency and on many occasions it has felt like Christmas Eve to Rangers fans – the day before the presents arrive. This year is likely to be different as the Rangers are set to be more cautious with the little money they have to spend. Or are they? Scott Arniel seems…

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