Which lineup is better: The 2014 Rangers, or the active ex-Rangers?

We’re (finally) just one day away from training camp! There will be a whole lot of real Ranger news coming up, but since we’ve exhausted pretty much every type of camp preview imaginable this summer – allow me just one more random post before the action kicks into high gear. What would happen if you were to pit the 2014…

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Morris to the Bruins

In relatively old news, deadline acquisition Derek Morris bolted New York to play for the Bruins, signing a one-year $3.3 million contract, taking a pay cut of $650,000 in the process. This means that the Rangers organization is really planning on having two rookies play as the third defense pairing next season. With five guys waiting in the wings to…

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Morris, Rangers in Talks

According to the gents over at The Fourth Period, the Rangers are in talks with UFA defenseman Derek Morris, who was acquired last season for Dmitri Kalinin, Nigel Dawes, and Petr Prucha (ugh), and was the subject of many a rant courtesy of me. Listen, was Morris an upgrade over Kalinin? Of course. But he did not give the Rangers…

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Non-Draft Roundup

I’ll get to the draft round up tomorrow. I want to get some specifics on the players before I post about them. As for the rest of the Ranger news: Sather made qualifying offers to most RFAs, but Fred Sjostrom was not included in that list. The notables included: Nikolai Zherdev, Brandon Dubinsky, Ryan Callahan, and Lauri Korpikoski. You can…

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Finals Thoughts and a Recap on a Season on the Brink

I allowed myself to decompress for 24-48 hours after the Rangers season officially ended to talk about what happened.  Much like a legendary player being asked to retire when he’s ousted from the playoffs, you have to sift through your emotions before you give an honest assessment of things.  100% agree with Dave that the better team won this series,…

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A Winning Streak

“Yesterday, we won a game, if we win today, that’s called two in a row. If we win tomorrow, that’s called a winning streak. It has happened before.” – Lou Brown. I know I quoted this already, but it holds true to the Rangers. They are currently on a three game winning streak, and have scored 14 goals in that…

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Game 65: Rangers at Islanders

Antropov, Avery and Morris are making their Ranger debuts tonight. Zipay is reporting that Antro will be playing on the right side on one of the top two lines tonight. My guess is that Antro will replace Cally on the 2nd line, and Avery and Cally will flank the Korpedo on the 3rd line. So my guess at the lines…

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More on Antropov/Morris

Let’s start with Antropov. Sather did a good job getting Antropov from Toronto, it didn’t cost him much at all, and it filled a huge void. Antropov will definitely help the anemic powerplay, placing a big body in front of the net, one with a scoring touch. He will probably play on a 2nd line with Avery and Drury, which…

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Nik Antropov and Derek Morris

The Rangers got at least one need for a relatively low price this deadline: Nik Antropov for a 2nd rounder and a conditional pick (I’ll try to fish out the details of the pick). My initial reaction to this pickup: Great job by Sather on this deal. Waiving Voros and Reitz and assigning Bell to Hartford cleared room for this…

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Rangers Showing Interest In Derek Morris?

This has been a very busy day, with Renney and Pearn out, and Tortorella in. But, according to TheFourthPeriod, the Rangers are showing some interest in Derek Morris. I love rumormongoring, but this one insults my intelligence. The last thing the Rangers need is another high priced, 30 year old defensemen who doesn’t play well in his own end (-11)….

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