Musings: Has the tide turned for the Rangers?

The Rangers faced a ton of adversity, a fierce rival with a new star acquisition and the pressure of facing up to back to back defeats and yet, they found a way to win. Do not underestimate how much the victory on the Island could mean to the season as a whole. Musings time! It’s amazing how perceptions can change…

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Richards clicking at LW creates need for third line center

When the Rangers opened camp in September, the assumption was that Brad Richards would play either second or third line center and Chris Kreider would be playing first or second line left-wing. It’s amazing how quickly things change. Six games into the season, Richards has solidified himself as the top LW, while Kreider is working on his game in the…

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Brad Richards is off to a promising start

Highlighted by his two goal performance in the impressive win over the Kings, Brad Richards has started the season well; which is a great sign for the Rangers. Having played a lackluster preseason – which came on the heels of his well documented (abysmal) 2012-13 season –  Richards has begun to lay to rest the lingering concerns for this season….

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Patience is a vitrue

Last night, the Rangers lost their 2013-2014 opener in Phoenix.  It was neither pretty nor particularly encouraging.  Sure, there were some bright spots; Brad Richards showed signs of life, Marc Staal looked great and the defense as a whole looked much more active in the offensive zone. Since the pre-season started, the staff here at BSB has been preaching patience….

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Best case/worst case scenarios for Ranger forwards in 2013

Arron Asham Best case: Asham continues to provide comedic relief on Twitter and plays in a handful of games with the Blueshirts. Worst case: New York is unable to find a taker for Asham on waivers and he spends the final year of his contract in Hartford. Benoit Pouliot Best case: The former fourth-overall pick puts it all together as…

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Stepan the focus as Ranger camp opens – The Musings

Training camp is here, the hockey world is back full time and the Rangers have what appears to be a significant amount of questions as they enter first camp under Alain Vigneault. Let’s hit the musings to open the season. Derek Stepan: Over his first three years in the league he outscored highly rated youngsters such as Jeff Skinner and…

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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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Can hard skating Richards rebound?

Perhaps the smallest but most intriguing piece of news that has come out of Ranger land in recent days is that of Brad Richards already spending significant time on the ice ahead of the up coming season. Last season Richards wasn’t prepared (at all) for the abbreviated, condensed season and it showed all year long. The Rangers did fine without…

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Getting the most out of Brad Richards

It’s no secret. I was very vocal about using our last compliance buyout on Brad Richards this summer. Rather than run the risk of injury and getting stuck with his cap hit —for what will seem like perpetuity if he does get injured— the Rangers decided to give him one last shot at glory. While I’m disappointed in the decision,…

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Brassard and prospects key to center future

Despite coming in at 17th and 19th respectively on various prospect website rankings, the Rangers need not worry when it comes to the talent pipeline just now. Everyone assumes cap mathematics will be the driver behind letting Brad Richards go in twelve months time, and this is indeed true, but the Rangers are especially blessed with promising centers making their…

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