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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Thoughts on the trade deadline deals two weeks later

– This is a rare trade where I think both sides have been pleasantly surprised with what they ended up with.  Columbus fans seem giddy with what Marian Gaborik has done so far and almost in disbelief that the Rangers didn’t know what they had in him, along with Artem Anisimov and Brandon Dubinsky.  On the flip side, few Rangers…

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Grading Gaborik’s career as a Ranger

Throughout the course of his career as a Ranger, I was always pretty supportive of Marian Gaborik. While I understand some fans appreciate powerforwards more so than pure snipers, I try not to weigh one skill set vs. the other. At the end of the day, teams need skill and will players to create offensive balance. Indeed, Gaborik wasn’t one…

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My two cents on the deadline deals

Wednesday was a big day in Rangerland.  As we all know by now, the Blueshirts acquired Ryane Clowe for three draft picks and traded oft-maligned sniper Marian Gaborik to the Blue Jackets for Derick Brassard, Derek Dorsett, and John Moore (with misc. non-prospects and a late draft pick thrown in).  Yesterday, Chris did a fantastic job adding some perspective in…

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Musings: the day after deadline day edition

It’s hard to call the Rangers 6-1 demolition of the Penguins last night anything other than an incredible first impact from the new guys. Wherever you looked, players were making a difference and it’s intriguing the momentum and impetus incoming players give the current roster. On to the musings; dedicated to the trade deadline You just know the TSN crew…

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Breaking: Rangers send Marian Gaborik to Columbus

Deadline day was a snoozefest until after 2:00, when all hell broke loose.  The Rangers have agreed to send Marian Gaborik to the Columbus Blue Jackets along with D Steven Delisle and D Blake Parlett in exchange for C Derick Brassard, RW Derek Dorsett, D John Moore and a sixth-round pick.  Gaborik has agreed to waive his no-trade clause to…

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Rangers should keep hold of Gaborik, for now

Regardless of how productive (or unproductive) Marian Gaborik is throughout the remainder of this season, the Rangers would be best advised to hold on to the Slovakian winger until the off season. With a glut of young forwards up and around the big club this season, and with the Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins comfortably ahead of the Rangers for…

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The Rangers will only go as far as their top players take them

We’ve spent a lot of time talking about how the Rangers, as currently constructed, are not a team that is rich with depth. It’s something that we’ve discussed on about a weekly basis at this point, but depth is only a part of the problem. The issue of depth is easy to address, but that won’t matter if the star…

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Five Marian Gaborik trades that make (some) sense

We have a category for “Irresponsible Rumormongering,” but this post probably belongs under “Completely Irresponsible Rumormongering That Might Raise Eklund’s Eyebrows.”  Sorry for that, but it’s that time of year… Marian Gaborik to San Jose for Dan Boyle Boyle for Gaborik is the rumor mentioned most frequently by those in the know and it also happens to be the deal…

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Gaborik’s future may hinge on the prospects

There’s a strong chance that after such an impressive performance against the Flyers (no matter how unimpressive the Flyers have been this year) that John Tortorella will stick with the line-up that pulled out the victory, and certainly the 5-2 win perhaps affords the coaching staff time with re-acquainting themselves with Mats Zuccarello. That said, when Zuccarello does eventually re-enter…

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