The Stu Bickel scenario

I was one of the ones who praised Stu Bickel when he came in to the side and looked pretty comfortable from the outset despite being an undrafted, unheralded kid out of nowhere. I was however, also the one who criticised him a few weeks ago when his positional play was interesting (at best) for a stretch, and I still…

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Still no call up, Bickel to play forward today

The AHL Transaction Log does not have any call ups listed for the Rangers this morning, thus it is expected that Stu Bickel will again play forward on the fourth line with Mike Rupp and John Mitchell. Bickel played fairly well as a forward in yesterday’s 5-2 stomping of the Flyers. With Ruslan Fedotenko out indefinitely, Bickel has been a…

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A Bickel/Eminger Rotation?

When news broke that Steve Eminger was activated off injured reserve, the assumption was that Stu Bickel would be replaced in the lineup. After all, Bickel played just ten shifts and six minutes in the previous game against the Sabres. However, coach John Tortorella gave us some relatively surprising news, and stated that Bickel would play against the Flyers, and Eminger…

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Bickel Still Needs To Clear Waivers, Something That Might Not Happen

When Stu Bickel was called up to replenish the Rangers blue line following injuries to Mike Sauer, Steve Eminger, and Jeff Woywitka, no one was really sure what to expect.  After ten games, four assists, 18 PIMs, surprisingly good defense with only one glaring error, and a physical presence that has been missed with Sauer out, Bickel has been one…

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Halfway There Report Card: The Defense

With the halfway point of the season upon us (for the most part), and the Rangers in first place, it’s as good of a time as any to begin with the mid-point report cards. We are going to do these in a series of posts, with Chris covering the top six forwards, Suit covering the bottom six forwards, Justin covering…

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Changes Are Coming On The Blue Line

Not sure if you guys caught this, but Marc Staal returned to the lineup in dramatic fashion, just in time for the Winter Classic. Again, if you missed this, I don’t blame you, the news was sort of buried amidst the other Winter Classic hooplah. All kidding aside, Staal’s return marked the 11th defenseman the Rangers have used this season….

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A Look At The NYR GVT/PVT Leaders

With the Rangers seemingly in cruise control heading as the season flipped to January, we have been taking the time to look at advanced metrics to determine who exactly is contributing and in what fashion. One of the overall metrics we use here, Points Versus Threshold (or PVT), has been unavailable because it is derived from Goals Versus Threshold (GVT),…

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Rangers Recall Stu Bickel

With the injuries mounting, the Rangers had to recall a defenseman just to have enough bodies on the blue line. That defenseman is Stu Bickel, who has been recalled by the Rangers. In 27 games with the CT Whale, Bickel has a goal, three assists, and 80 PIMs. He has been one of the more steady defensemen on the Whale’s…

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Quick Roster Notes

There has been a flurry of activity the past 24 hours, so let’s quickly summarize everything in one post: Sean Avery was placed on waivers yesterday and cleared. He has been assigned to the CT Whale. There is no known timetable for him to report or for him to seek other options. Stu Bickel and Brendan Bell were placed on…

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Brendan Bell And Stu Bickel Waived; Roster Appears Set

This sure has been a busy day for the New York Rangers organization.  First, we heard that Sean Avery is going to be waived, having lost out in the battle for the 13th forward position to Erik Christensen.  Shortly after, we heard that Dale Weise will indeed get a shot at the NHL, as he was claimed off waivers by…

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