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New York Rangers Vs. Montreal Canadians Preview: the Mirror Image of Myself Is…
May 16th, 2014 at 4:05 PM
        #484491599 / gettyimages.com The Conference Finals matchup between the New York Rangers and Montreal Canadians features two teams that are remarkably similar. Both are small and speedy, have their greatest strength in net, are deep defensively, will struggle to score at times, and neither has made a trip to the Stanley...

New York Rangers Vs. Philadelphia Flyers Position-By-Position Breakdown
April 16th, 2014 at 10:20 PM
As a certain (in)famous wide receiver once said, getcha popcorn ready. New York Rangers-Philadelphia Flyers, for the first time since 1997, will be many things, and entertaining is sure to be one of them.  So without further ado, let's take a look at how this series breaks down in five categories:...

Ryan McDonagh is not Seriously Injured; J.T. Miller Returned to Hartford
April 2nd, 2014 at 6:42 PM
When Ryan McDonagh was injured late in last nights victory in Vancouver, everyone in Rangersland held their breath. Today, it appears they can collectively exhale. McDonagh, who was injured after taking a blindside hit from Vancouver's Alex Burrows, did not suffer structural damage -- nor a separation or dislocation -- to his left...

Trade Deadline Redux: the Martin St. Louis Deal Revisited a Week Later
March 12th, 2014 at 10:09 PM
Now that the dust has settled and the time for knee jerk reactions has passed, it's time to take a closer look at the swap of captains that took place when the New York Rangers sent Ryan Callahan and two draft picks to Tampa for Martin St. Louis. To Tampa, the...

Martin St. Louis Wants to Be a New York Ranger
February 26th, 2014 at 10:30 PM
 ***PHOTO1***What's the best way to get a Hart Trophy winner and two-time NHL scoring champ? Draft one. But having one engineer a trade to your side is a close second. And it appears that's exactly what Martin St. Louis is looking to do. Rumors broke last week that the mightiest of...

New York Rangers Living to Regret Selection of Dylan McIlrath
February 24th, 2014 at 10:52 PM
 ***PHOTO1***When the New York Rangers' made defenseman Dylan McIlrath the 10th overall pick in the 2010 draft, it raised more than a few eyebrows. Almost four full years later, those eyebrows are still raised. McIlrath, nicknamed "The Undertaker" in his junior hockey days in Moose Jaw, is a player who, if you...

On the Ryan Callahan Rumor Mill, and the Bizarre Source of the Latest Conjecture
February 23rd, 2014 at 10:12 PM
***PHOTO1***Boomer Esiason: Talk show host, former NFL Quarterback, and...NHL trade breaker? The first two we know, the third is apparently a new line of work Esiason is trying out. Saturday, Boomer took to twitter, and set the NHL rumor mill ablaze by tweeting this gem: Its coming and it will be huge. Surprising,...

Mats Zuccarello Out 3-4 Weeks, Derek Dorsett Close to Returning
February 22nd, 2014 at 12:55 PM
***PHOTO1***The New York Rangers confirmed the original diagnosis of a non-displaced fracture in Mats Zuccarello's left hand yesterday, and set the timetable for the wingers return at 3-4 weeks. The 3-4 week recovery estimate is from the day the injury occurred, not today, meaning the timetable actually started Sunday the...

Mats Zuccarello Has a Fractured Hand, Timetable for Return Uncertain
February 19th, 2014 at 2:16 PM
***PHOTO1***Hope for the best, be prepared for worst. That was the motto amongst New York Rangers' fans when Mats Zuccarello appeared in Sochi yesterday morning with his left hand wrapped in a bandage. Turns out, it's the worst, or pretty close to it at least. An MRI taken in Russia revealed today the...

Mats Zuccarello Injured, Misses Norway’s Game Against Host Russians
February 18th, 2014 at 1:37 PM
***PHOTO1***As if Norway wasn't a big enough underdog in their do-or-die qualification round match this morning with the host Russians, they went into the game down their lone NHL player, Mats Zuccarello. Norway lost 4-0. But the bigger story now becomes the status of the New York Rangers' Zuccarello. The Hobbit...

New York Rangers’ Player Grades, Part 3
February 16th, 2014 at 8:10 PM
***PHOTO1***Two forward lines down, two to go. Let's take a look at the New York Rangers third trio of Brad Richards, Ryan Callahan, and Carl Hagelin. Brad Richards Coming off a dismal 2012-13 campaign in which he was even worse than the numbers indicated, Brad Richards desperately needed a bounce back year....

New York Rangers Player Grades, Part 2
February 14th, 2014 at 4:38 PM
***PHOTO1***After a two-day hiatus for some Olympic material, it's back to report card time for the Blueshirts. Today, it'll be the New York Rangers' second line of Mats Zuccarello, Derick Brassard, and Benoit Pouliot on trial. Mats Zuccarello What Ranger has been better than the little big man so far? No forward, that's...

The Better Late than Never Olympic Hockey Predictions
February 13th, 2014 at 8:47 PM
***PHOTO1***Just about every Olympic hockey tournament has an underdog team that ends up medaling unexpectedly. 2010 in Vancouver had two: USA and Finland, neither of which was considered an odds-on favorite headed into the games.  This year may well be an exception. With the 2014 games in Sochi underway, four powerhouses--USA,...

Olympic Hockey Preview: What to Expect from the New York Rangers’ Sochi 7
February 12th, 2014 at 3:40 PM
***PHOTO1***In case anyone forgot, The New York Rangers sent seven players to the Olympics this year: Americans Ryan McDonagh, Derek Stepan, and Ryan Callahan, Swedes Henrik Lundqvist and Carl Hagelin, Canadian Rick Nash, and the Norwegian hobbit-wizard Mats Zuccarello. Some will play in unfamiliar roles, while others might not play at all. For the...

New York Rangers Player Grades, Part 1
February 11th, 2014 at 4:55 PM
***PHOTO1***With the 20-day Olympic break upon us, and very little in terms of NHL news as a result, it's the perfect time to take a look at how the Rangers have faired individually roughly three-quarters of the way through the season. This will be part one of we'll see how...

New York Rangers Enter Break on a High Note, Slip Past Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3
February 8th, 2014 at 12:46 PM
***PHOTO1***The Rangers followed up one of their most disappointing losses of the season with one of their most impressive wins, beating the Penguins on the road 4-3 in a shootout. Benoit Pouliot had two, Dan Girardi one plus a litany of blocks, and Brad Richards notched the shootout winner.  If they played...

Whether He Stays or Goes, If Ryan Callahan Heats up, the Rangers are the Beneficiaries
February 5th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1***In last nights 5-1 drubbing of the thoroughly overmatched Colorado Avalanche, Ryan Callahan scored two goals, giving him 11 in what's been an injury plagued, frustrating season for the Rangers' captain. Before last night, Callahan had tallied just two goals in his last 19 games. Unless you've been living under a rock for...

Mats Zuccarello, His NHL Career Risen from the Ashes, Continues to Prove That Size Doesn’t Matter
February 3rd, 2014 at 10:14 PM
***PHOTO1***It was the great philosopher Yoda who once said: "Size matters not." It's a saying the New York Rangers' Mats Zuccarello appears determined to prove true each and very time he steps on the ice. Zuccarello may not have the powers of The Force like our fuzzy green make-believe friend, but what...

If the New York Rangers Do Deal Ryan Callahan or Dan Girardi, Don’t Expect a King’s Ransom in Return
January 31st, 2014 at 4:28 PM
***PHOTO1***With the revelation that the New York Rangers would be willing to deal Ryan Callahan and/or Dan Girardi if they don't sign before the March 5th trade deadline, the next, most obvious, question becomes: What could they get? Probably not as much as John Q. Fan would like. A look at recent...

New York Rangers to Send 7 to Sochi for Olympics
January 7th, 2014 at 4:10 PM
***PHOTO1***With today's announcement of the outstanding Olympic rosters, the New York Rangers will officially send 7 players to the Olympic games beginning February 8th. In addition to previously announced Americans Ryan Callahan, Ryan McDonagh, and Derek Stepan, Rick Nash will represent Canada, Mats Zuccarello goes for Norway, and a pair of...