It looks like Alain Vigneault did a pretty good job managing Henrik Lundqvist this year

Though much has changed with the New York Rangers over the last 12 months, one thing remains the same: the team goes as Henrik Lundqvist goes.  During the early part of the season when the Blueshirts were regularly getting crushed by Western Conference foes, The King was not himself. And not coincidentally, during the second half of the year when…

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The reasons for keeping Cam Talbot beyond this year are adding up

When Henrik Lundqvist re-signed with the Rangers for seven years, $59.5 million on December 4, one of the possible dominoes was the team trading backup goalie Cam Talbot this summer. Talbot has produced at probably an unsustainable level. With just one season separating the 26-year-old from unrestricted free agency, you have to assume Talbot is eyeing a chance to compete for a…

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With continued strong play, Cam Talbot’s future must be away from New York

The dilemma is always there: A franchise always wants to have strong goaltending and a strong, reliable back-up, but the threat of losing such a commodity to a club dangling a starting gig is constant. Cam Talbot may be approaching this kind of situation in his near future and the Rangers need to be ready to deal with it. The…

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Attempting to quantify goalie puck handling

The request for this post came from reader Max Steuer.  Keep those suggestions coming! If you have a post idea you’d like one of us to run with, make sure to reach out to your desired author via email or twitter. Throughout Henrik Lundqvist’s stellar career to date, one of the common detractions from his game has always been his…

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Rangers mid-season grades: the goaltenders

So far, the crew here at BSB has covered the GM, Coach, defense and bottom six forwards in our mid-season grades series.  Today, we touch on something of a sore subject: the goaltending.  Even though Marty Biron played in several regular season games, he immediately retired and gave way to Cam Talbot.  For this reason, I’m not going to grade…

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So, what about Cam Talbot?

Now that all the hemming and hawing over Henrik Lundqvist’s contract situation has been completed, Cam Talbot’s future has been an oft-discussed topic.  Whatever you may think about the specific details of the contract, Hank is going to be manning the pipes at the Garden until 2020-2021. This brings us back to Talbot.  His emergence this season as a viable…

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A simple goalie controversy answer: There is none

If you read some of the papers this morning, then there is quite a bit going on about a goalie controversy here in New York. It was solidified even more when coach Alain Vigneault announced that Cam Talbot is the starter for tonight’s game against Winnipeg. Talbot has been phenomenal in his first seven starts, and could push himself into the…

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Style analysis: Cam Talbot

The request for this post came from reader Michael Noltemeyer.  Thanks for reading Michael, and feel free to submit requests for posts on specific topics or questions for a mailbag at the author addresses on the right margin. A couple years ago, I broke down the specific goaltending styles of both Henrik Lundqvist and Marty Biron.  There wasn’t really much…

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Musings: Are the Flyers coming at the right time?

Well, now that the Rangers roster looks more like an AHL club, tonight’s game is a sure fire win, no? This is a quick Musings, and a pretty negative one generally. Buckle down folks. Here’s hoping better news arrives tonight! Cam Talbot. How he deals with the expectancy and pressure tonight will be very telling to his potential. He doesn’t…

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Missiaen, Powe sent to Hartford; Talbot (Update: Kreider/Mashinter too) recalled

Update 6:15pm: Per Steve Zipay, the Rangers have recalled forwards Brandon Mashinter and Chris Kreider. Original Post: The Rangers have returned forward Darroll Powe and goaltender Jason Missiaen to the Hartford Wolfpack. Missaen served as Henrik Lundqvist’s backup in last night’s loss to New Jersey, and Powe was a -2 in 8:30 of ice time. Cam Talbot has been recalled…

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