Free Agency Watch: Simon Gagne

The Rangers are 99.99…..% likely to at least try and seduce Brad Richards into making Madison Square Garden his home from home – should he make the free agency madness that begins July 1st. Whether they get him or not however, the Rangers would be foolish to put all their eggs in one basket and not consider other targets, either…

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Stay Or Go: Alex Frolov

Now, before you go and laugh at me for even writing a post about this, let me say that if Alex Frolov hadn’t torn his ACL, I think he would have found his game and had a good second half.  That said, you can’t go on “what ifs”.  Frolov was a bit of a disaster of a signing for the…

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Rangers Recall Kris Newbury (Update: Frolov Done For Year)

As per Andrew Gross, the Rangers have recalled forward Kris Newbury from the CT Whale. Newbury has been called up to replace Alex Frolov, who injured his leg in the third of the Rangers win against St. Louis last night. Newbury is one of the the Whale’s leading scorers this season, with 35 points (5-30-35) in 41 games this season….

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Frolov Unhappy

First off, thanks to Laurie Carr for finding and translating this interview Alex Frolov had with the Russian media. Laurie, who runs Beyond the Blueshirts, does a great job tracking what’s going on behind the scenes at the Connecticut Whale, and overseas with the Rangers prospects in Russia. If you haven’t checked out her site, you should. As per Laurie,…

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Tough Decisions Looming When Drury Returns

For all intents and purposes, Rangers captain Chris Drury has missed the entire season to date with a broken finger. The news came last week that Drury’s return is going to be delayed until at least next week because he is still having trouble gripping a stick. Drury has spent the entire season on long term injured reserve, and thus…

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Gaborik The Glue

Marian Gaborik is more than just an elite goal scorer; he’s the player that causes the Rangers lines to be appropriately allocated. Against Edmonton we saw what Gaborik can do with the puck; score on opponents almost at will. However perhaps more important than his scoring ability, is Gaborik’s presence and what that means to players such as Erik Christensen…

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What To Do with Frolov

Its far too early to draw any conclusions, let alone panic, but The Rangers need to find a place for Alex Frolov and given Gaborik’s absence, sooner rather than later. Frolov hasnt yet looked particularly comfortable and didnt seem to mesh with his new line mates in the loss against Colorado despite scoring his first goal as a Ranger. Derek Stepan…

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Difference Makers and Opportunity

Difference makers… Alex Ovechkin? Sidney Crosby? Marian Gaborik? Duncan Keith? Joe Thornton? Zach Parise? Well yes, obviously. However teams only have a few of these players each, the cap doesn’t allow for Edmonton Oilers circa 1986 to exist anymore. Name the elite teams in the league. Chicago has a trio of studs in Toews, Kane and Keith. The Pens have…

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Prospal Out Provides Opportunity

UPDATE: this post was published prior to seeing Tim Kennedy and Todd White placed on waivers. One or both may clear waivers and stick with the team like Aaron Voros did in the past but this clearly isn’t a good situation for the two forwards.  We’ll look at other players who will get opportunities to impress at a later date….

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Looking Ahead: Camp Time!

Training camp is upon us. The excitement level and anticipation for a training camp may never have been higher despite the fact the Rangers had a relatively low key off season (for their recent standards) and despite the fact the message coming from the staff has remained the same for the past five months.  That message comes in three main…

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