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If the Rangers Peruse the Trade Market

It's time to move on and forget about the season that was. It's now time to move onto the season that will be; next season. No one is happy with our first-round flameout; improvement is both desired and needed. So, what does Ranger GM Glen Sather do to improve this club, to make it among the top teams in the East and a contender for Lord Stanley's Cup instead of the fringe playoff team they are now? Anyone watching the Rangers this season knows they've got a very good top four on the blue line with Marc Staal, Dan Girardi, Ryan McDonagh and Mike Sauer all under contract or otherwise tied to the team for the foreseeable future. Henrik Lundqvist is inarguably among the better goaltenders in...

Derek Boogaard Passes Too Soon

Tragic news today in the hockey world. New York Rangers forward Derek Boogaard was found dead today in his apartment. The cause of his passing has not been released. I don't care who you are or what team you follow, this is terrible news. Derek was just 28 years old. Our condolences to the family and friends of Derek Boogaard.

One Disgruntled Rangers Fan's Take on This Post-Season

My team is out and I have nothing better to do now than watch other teams pursue their Stanley Cup dreams. Here's a few of my takes on what's going on in the playoffs and the teams that were/are involved. Philly - They won't beat Boston much less win a cup if they can't settle on a goalie. I can't blame Laviolette for pulling his goalies when he has but if Bobrovsky was good enough to get the start to open the postseason then why wasn't he good enough to at least back Boucher up after he was yanked? Instead, Laviolette made Leighton, who hadn't even played for a while if I recall correctly, the backup. Then Leighton got the start in a must-win game six only to get yanked in favor of Bouch...

Resilient Rangers Not Going Out Without a Fight

Not many gave the Rangers much of a chance in their playoff series against the #1 seed Capitals. Washington won 16 of their final 20 contests and were doing it playing a style that was more likely to translate to postseason success than the free-wheeling offensive game they've employed in the past. In essence, the began playing the same way the Rangers have all season. The difference is the Capitals have a heck of a lot more skill on their roster to fall back on when they need a big goal. I broke the series down into three key components with the team winning at least 2 of the 3 having a great chance to advance to the 2nd round. Here are those components: 1. Skill 2. Hard Work 3. Goa...

Fortune Shines On Blue Shirts

As of Friday morning I had two obvious topics bouncing around in my head in regards to this blog post. I was either going to be doing the Rangers season in review or a playoff preview. Thanks to Tampa I get to postpone the review and touch on a preview of the upcoming Washington Capitals and New York Rangers series. Before I look at washington, let's recap how the Rangers got into the dance. I wasn't feeling too positive Friday morning. Last Sunday we were able to grind out a hard-fought shootout win over Philadelphia. Ironically, it was nearly a year to the day that Philly knocked us out of the postseason via that same shootout. That win enabled us to remain in control of our destiny. If...

The Morning After: One Fan's Day Following a Horrific Loss

Hey, I'm sure I'm not the only one that's gone through something similar. But for those of you that may not know what I am talking about, please continue reading. Every one of us probably handles it differently when our team loses in embarrassing fashion as the Rangers did last night to the Islanders. Not to take anything away from an Islanders team playing pretty good hockey of late but come on, how can we have just sucked like that in a game with so much importance. As I said earlier, everyone probably handles things a little differently but let me tell you how things work around my abode following a debacle like the one last night. First off, I'm sure my neighbors went to bed with poun...

Another Matt Cooke Incident: Time To Step Up Mario

A great and resilient win today by the Rangers has been overshadowed somewhat by yet another cheap shot by Penguins forward Matt Cooke. (For those of you who haven't seen the hit I will link to it in a bit). In essence, Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh was shooting the puck from the center red line along the boards into the Rangers offensive zone. Cooke skated from center towards an unsuspecting McDonagh. When the rookie defenseman moved slightly and Cooke realized he was going to whiff on contacting McDonagh, Cooke threw his left elbow out and caught McDonagh smack in the chin. The official saw it right away, handed Cooke a 5 minute major penalty and tossed him from the game. I am sick ...

Subban's Questionable Actions In Rangers Win

I’m not going to gloat about Friday’s big 6 – 3 win over Montreal. Okay, I won’t gloat too much. Seriously, it was a big win for the Rangers who happened to catch a Montreal team in the second-half of a back-to-back and in their 3rd game in 4 nights overall. The Canadiens were missing 4 regulars, Hal Gill, Tomas Plekanec, Jeff Halpern and Brent Sopel to injury or illness while scoring forward Mike Cammalleri was under the weather battling the flu. The Rangers caught a tired Montreal team and took advantage of them. The Rangers, by virtue of their position in the standings relative to Montreal’s, was the more desperate team and they played like it in the first period. New York we...

Rangers White Out Flyers

The Rangers have been abysmal at home this year. They are the only team currently in possession of a playoff spot with a sub-.500 mark in their own building. Last week, the Blue Shirts outplayed Tampa at home but lost, 2-1. They then dropped a heart-breaker to Buffalo, a team chasing NY hard in the standings, 3-2. The worst home loss last week was a 3-1 decision to Minnesota; a game in which the Rangers outshot the Wild 41-19 but couldn't take advantage of several glorious chances. Those were hard games to watch as a fan. It was difficult to be mad at the club since they were working hard, creating offensive chances and outplaying their opponents for the most part but coming up short. It ...

Rangers can’t hang in the Wild in 3-1 loss to Minnesota

New York, NY -The New York Rangers (33-29-4) got the offensive momentum early, but couldn’t hang on to the victory in the 3-1 loss to the Minnesota Wild (34-25-6) in hockey action on Thursday night. The Blueshirts could not pick up a win at Madison Square Garden, continuing a disturbing trend. For whatever reason the New York Rangers have not been able to take the energy their fans are giving them, and win games at Madison Square Garden. They are able to pick up emotional victories on the road, but on their own home turf with the Blueshirt faithful behind them there is no such luck. It seemed as if on this night the Rangers were going to pick up a victory, by gaining the early offen...