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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Poll: Which Nik?

With the offseason upon us, the Rangers, and GM Glen Sather, have a very difficult choice ahead of them. Do they go with Nik Antropov, or Nik Zherdev? Let’s analyze this a bit: Zherdev Pros: Younger, has the ability to be a superstar, great hands, more on the faster side, should come relatively cheap and probably for two years max….

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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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The Importance of Momentum

The Rangers played, from a standings and seedings point of view, a meaningless game yesterday. Arguments can me made that the Rangers should have rested Nik Antropov, who is still less than 100% with his knee injury. Arguments can be made that the Rangers should have rested Henrik Lundqvist, who has been slightly overworked this season. But the Rangers didn’t…

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Antropov OK

Andrew Gross is reporting that there was no structural damage on Lurch’s Antropov’s knee following the knee-to-knee collision with Milan Lucic. This is great news, as the Rangers will need to be 100% in the final three games to make the playoffs. I cringed at the thought of Voros playing again. Update 4:20pm: Baseball has begun. The Yankees are on…

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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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Notable Scratches Tonight

I’m flipping between the Devils game (MSG+) and the Penguins game (Vs), and I should note that Dominic Moore and Nik Antropov were both healthy scratches for Toronto, as was Mark Recchi for TB. GM Brian Burke said that they had deals on the table for both players. Some more irresponsible rumor mongering from me, but with Zipay quoting Torts…

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