Can Derick Brassard be a top line center?Photo: Michael Ivins, USA TODAY Sports

Are the Rangers stable of centers among the league’s best?

What was meant to be an organisational weakness has become a strength for the New York Rangers. Understandably, there is instant angst when Derek Stepan misses any game time because of injury and his absence certainly creates a hole in the line-up but the Rangers have to be delighted with the way the center position has developed this season. A…

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Midseason grades: the top six forwards

It’s the half way point in the season and our collective egos are such that we like to hand out some mid-season grades to your New York Rangers. Dave got the ball rolling with the goaltending and coaching grades and I have been tasked with the top six forwards so let’s jump on in. Rick Nash: 40GP 26G 15A 41Pts…

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How Stepan fares over the next four games could be telling
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Derek Stepan will not return

New York Rangers center Derek Stepan will not return to the game tonight at MSG. Stepan took a nasty slash from Matt Martin in the first period, toughed it out for a bit, but did not play for the second half of the game. The Rangers will probably lose this game tonight (losing 3-0 at the moment), but losing Stepan…

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How Stepan fares over the next four games could be telling
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Rangers group of centers under the microscope

The Rangers start a very tough four game stretch in Anaheim on Wednesday night when they take on the Ducks. With the Sharks, Kings and the vastly improved Islanders all to come during this short, but brutal stretch, the Rangers will find out a lot about the readiness of their team as they look to return to the Stanley Cup…

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Can Derick Brassard be a top line center?Photo: Michael Ivins, USA TODAY Sports

Has Derick Brassard become one of the most important Rangers?

The clamour for top line centers is league wide and certainly nothing new. Every team wants one but not every team has one. The Rangers are in a fortunate position where they have two excellent (and comparatively young) top six centers in Derek Stepan and Derick Brassard but neither would be compared to the Crosby’s, Getzlaf’s and Seguin’s of the…

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Derek Stepan’s Bozak-ian season

Derek Stepan is always a focal point of discussion for Ranger fans. He’s the teams 1C, but he’s not an elite center, so people think he’s better off as a 2C. Since returning from injury, Stepan has put up 14 points in 16 games, and has helped stabilize –prior to Derick Brassard’s mumps diagnosis– the center position. But something is…

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The far-reaching impact of Derek Stepan’s return

It was just over four weeks ago that Chris Mueller was the third-line center for the New York Rangers. Feels like a lot longer than that, right? New York’s problems down the middle began when the team failed to bring in a replacement for Brad Richards and were exacerbated when Derek Stepan broke his fibula during training camp. But since Stepan’s return to…

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Rangers have legit excuses for early struggles, but show they’re capable of much more

When we look back on the season at the end of the year, there’s a good possibility that last weekend will represent its low point. A blown lead against Toronto followed by another embarrassing performance at home against Edmonton seemed unacceptable over the last couple of days, but last night’s 5-0 drubbing of Pittsburgh was a good reminder that the Blueshirts…

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Reinforcements are on the way

The Rangers are so shorthanded right now that they’re bringing in Tomas Kaberle to skate with the team today, but that won’t last much longer. Derek Stepan’s return is imminent, Dan Boyle’s recovery is also in it’s final stages, and John Moore’s suspension will be over after Sunday’s game. Kevin Klein could follow soon after, though no official prognosis has…

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Dominic Moore’s tremendous start to the 2014/15 season

Dominic Moore became a fan favorite last year and continues to impress now in the 14/15 NHL season. On a team severely lacking depth down the middle of the ice, the Rangers have been able to tread water with Derek Stepan out thanks to the play of Moore. Averaging 12.08 TOI, Moore needed to step up and help out in a…

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