Stats to chew on: Olympic break edition

– Only five players have more game-winning goals than Rick Nash (6). – Only Alex Ovechkin is averaging more shots per game than Rick Nash (4.1). – Only nine players have more points against their own division than Mats Zuccarello’s 21. – Only eight players have more penalty minutes on home ice than Chris Kreider (53).  Only Dallas’s Antoine Roussel…

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Rangers midseason grades: The top-six forwards

The Rangers have struggled to score consistently all season. Successful teams get the bulk of their scoring from their top six forwards, but no Ranger forward has covered himself in glory this season. Before going on to look at the individual grades at the halfway mark consider this: Mats Zuccarello is leading this team in scoring – a team designed…

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Rangers’ resurgence won’t last long if top forwards don’t start producing

The Rangers were able to salvage their franchise-record homestand with wins over Minnesota and Toronto, but things still need to change if the Blueshirts are going to turn their season around. New York’s 27th-ranked offense has been carried by the likes of Mats Zuccarello, Chris Kreider and Benoit Pouliot over the last two weeks, while the team’s top players continue…

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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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Musings: The Rangers open up in the desert

Today it all begins. The Rangers open their season today as the season, tone setting, nine game road trip gets under way tonight in Phoenix. Let’s jump straight into the first Musings of the new season. It will be interesting to see how Derek Stepan starts tonight. Will he be a step behind? Will the lack of reps, preseason games,…

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Friedman: Rangers, Stepan agree to 2-year deal

According to Elliotte Friedman, Derek Stepan and the New York Rangers have agreed to terms on a 2-year deal.  The value is estimated in the $6.5 million range, but is yet unconfirmed.  Looks like Sather got his bridge deal, after all.  Welcome back Step, now get to work.

A quick note regarding Glen Sather’s comments on Derek Stepan

For those that missed it, General Manager Glen Sather had some harsh words for holdout center Derek Stepan. Slats, in a rare moment, said that he doesn’t think [Stepan] is a big enough fool to think that he will sit out the year and it will do any good.” Naturally, that was the line that the media caught on to…

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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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Musings: Will Chris Kreider shine with a new head coach?

So hockey has actually begun. The preseason games are underway and we’ve seen the preseason roster already begin to dwindle. So, what’s next? The Musings is of course. When hearing Alain Vigneault discuss the potential of Chris Kreider being used in front of the net it gave a small but significant insight into his different mindset compared to John Tortorella….

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Derek Stepan and CBA inefficiency

Up until pre-season games start up in earnest, the fan focus around Rangerland will continue to be Derek Stepan’s unresolved contract situation.  The boys around here have done a fantastic job covering the specifics, comparables and negotiating leverage surrounding the Blueshirt’s final RFA, but I wanted to examine a slightly different facet: the gaping hole in the CBA that lead…

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