The Need for a Seventh Defensemen Intensifies

The Rangers need a seventh defensemen, and the last two games are definitive proof of this. In both games, players that we as fans have come to trust as defensive stalwarts have been playing shaky defense at best. Marc Staal and Dan Girardi have been fairly unspectacular this year, with the latter being downright terrible at points. We saw it…

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A Look at the Defensive Pairings

With Michael Del Zotto officially making the team, I thought it would be interesting to look at defensive pairings. Who fits well with who? Let’s take a look: 1st pair: Staal-Rosival Ideally, your first pair is your best. You have a good offensive defenseman, and a strong shutdown d-man. This combination gives the Rangers just that. Staal is the Rangers…

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In the “I Can’t Make This Stuff Up” Department…

Some funny item’s I’ve come across lately: I bought NHL 10, and before I started the season, the game automatically had to get the Rangers under the cap. It put Wade Redden in the minors. No. Seriously. It did. Found this NHL 10 review. Laughed hysterically at “In Front Office mode, the “fire general manager” option is permanently greyed out…

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Wade Redden’s Second-Half “Resurgence”

Suffice it to say, Wade Redden is not a fan favorite in New York. He was signed as a premier free agent last offseason to a six-year deal worth $6.5 million a year on average, and in return, he had a very poor first year with the Rangers. His first half of the season was downright terrible, and fans mercilessly…

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Stan Fischler Interview with Torts

The age-less Stan Fischler caught up with John Tortorella to discuss the offseason, 2009-2010 outlook, and just general expectations. He asked all the questions that are definitely on our minds, from Sean Avery to Marian Gaborik, but one thing caught my attention: IMPROVING THE POWER PLAY: “The biggest thing we need is to have someone to settle it down. We…

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Garrioch: Rangers May Waive Redden

Well, this is a bit of stunning news. Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun, who tends to always have rumors, so take this one with a bit of “professional skepticism”, mentions that the Rangers have been trying to deal Wade Redden, but have been unsuccessful. Taking this further Garrioch states that: There is talk the Rangers might waive D Wade…

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Rangers NTCs

As draft day nears, there are always “ideas” of trades, especially of the large contracts. Before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s look at who the Rangers have given no-trade clauses (NTC) and no-movement clauses (NMC). Information courtesy of NHLSCAP.com: Chris Drury: Full NMC Scott Gomez: NTC – has 3 teams he will not accept a trade to. Wade Redden:…

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Buying Out Wade Redden

With the Rangers cap situation, a lot of talk has been tossed around about buying out troubled defenseman Wade Redden. His cap hit is currently $6.5 million, and is a real road block for trying to re-tool this team. As part of building the ‘Understand the Cap’ page, I calculated what it would cost to buyout Wade Redden: As of…

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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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Wade Redden and the Proverbial Mud

Part of me still doesn’t believe it.  I’ve never seen an NHL defenseman flat-footed so often.  He just doesn’t have the size or the reach to compensate.  Not blaming the loss on him, but he was certainly exposed (again) tonight.  Not good. Lundqvist was certainly below par, and he was shaky after getting rattled by Ruutu early in the 1st. …

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