Why the Rangers Can Replicate the Bruins (Part one)

It all starts with a simple formula. Be difficult to beat. Have a world class goaltender and a deep defensive corps. Be a gritty team and forecheck well. Don’t lose games on special teams. Then every now and again flash some offensive depth. The only significant difference between the Rangers and the Bruins appears to be the absence of a…

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The Whale and Rangers Prospect Low-Down (Part One)

A lot of change is happening in the Rangers organisation. Many prospects are coming up through the organisation and developing; whether it be after their first year as a pro, promotion from the Canadian Junior Circuit (CHL) or leaving college to join the pro ranks. In most cases the prospects will taste the pro level for the first time with…

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Christensen, Anisimov Switch Spots

As per Andrew Gross, John Tortorella switched up his first and fourth lines, swapping Artem Anisimov and Erik Christensen. Anisimov is now centering the fourth line between Chris Drury and Sean Avery/Mats Zuccarello, and Christensen is centering the first line with Vinny Prospal and Marian Gaborik. When asked about the switch, Torts was very candid, saying that he is not…

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Reasonable Expectations: The Dubinsky/Anisimov/Callahan Line

There are many Ranger fans out there that believe that the Brandon Dubinsky-Artem Anisimov-Ryan Callahan line is the Rangers top line. All the evidence is there: two of the team’s top scorers are on the line, they get the most ice time, they get the most important minutes, and they are relied upon heavily by the team and the coaching…

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Patience With Anisimov Will Be Rewarded Down The Line

Frustration and impatience with young players who take some time to develop is nothing new for New York Rangers fans. One of the targets for the frustration and impatience for many fans has been second year forward Artem Anisimov. The 22-year-old center has 16 goals and 19 assists in 68 games this season, which puts him on pace for 19-23-42…

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If Richards Wants Too Much, Walk Away

Brad Richards, assuming he even gets to free agency, stands to be far and away the best free agent now that – as of today – Alex Semin is off the market. With that said Richards can probably ask for whatever he wants and chances are there will be a team willing and desperate enough to give it to him….

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Does Anisimov Need the Del Zotto Treatment?

Artem Anisimov is a very good, responsible hockey player and should be a solid player for the Rangers for a long time however right now he is struggling mightily on the offensive side of the game and could benefit from the same time in the press box as the young defenseman, Del Zotto. Anisimov is currently mired in a 9…

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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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Need a Sign

The Rangers have done a good job this year of competing against and holding their own against superior teams even if the results haven’t always shown it. Refereeing aside, the Rangers may have been the better team against the Caps; they beat the champion Blackhawks and took a decision over Boston. Then there’s the other side of the Rangers. They…

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If Stepan Stumbles… Let Him.

When a baby takes his first steps he inevitably falls over trying. You don’t stop him trying again. Derek Stepan is going through growing pains as a young Ranger right now and the Rangers need to let him learn on the fly. Let the player make his mistakes and teach him; show him patience and develop him in New York…

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