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Hey Ranger Fans, I'm Back......

And the NHL is coming with me!!!!! Ah yes, the dog days of summer are nearing their conclusion. NHL teams are shaking off the rust brought on by long months of inactivity and training camp is opening up for the prospects of many squads. The Rangers, for one, will be participating in the Traverse City Prospect Tournament. This will give Slats and Torts an opportunity to get an early look at several young, future Blue Shirts who have an opportunity to compete for a spot on the Rangers. Some of the more prominent forwards on the Ranger Traverse roster are C Derek Stepan, Evgeny Grachev, 2009 draft picks Ryan Bourque, Ethan Werek and Roman Horak. Some of the Blue Shirts’ 2010 draft picks in...

All Aboard! Henrik Hopes to lead the Rangers to the Promise Land

New York, NY - New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist was recognized by having a double-decker Gray Line sight-seeing bus. The All-Star net miner, who has accomplished a lot in his young career so far, has not yet led the New York Rangers to the Promised Land, of the NHL Playoffs and Lord Stanley’s Cup. Lundqvist hopes to do just that as the start of the 2010 hockey season is just around the corner. New York is going to need more then the Swedish net minder if they hope to hoist Lord Stanley’s cup once again. The return of Wade Redden, Marc Staal and Michal Rozsival to a solid core of defensive players will certainly help the Rangers in the up and coming season. In a nice a...

Rangers On Verge of Adding Former King Frolov

There are rumors circulating via twitter and some Ranger blogs including http://www.snyrangersblog.com/, that former Kings' winger Alexander Frolov is nearing an agreement with the Rangers. These reports are citing a comment made by Frolov's agent, Sergei Isakov, that Frolov is nearing agreement on a 1 year deal. Nothing is confirmed yet as the usual suspects (TSN, ESPN, Steve Zipay, etc.) have been silent on the subject. If true I like this for the Rangers. They need a boost offensively and by only committing a single season to Frolov they will hopefully benefit from a guy with a chip on his shoulder and looking to improve his marketability for next season. Frolov's scoring tota...

Kovy Signs: Now We Can Get On With Our Lives

Big news in the NHL today as Kovy finally decided on where he wanted to spend the balance of his career. The fact it was New Jersey which offered the most in terms of money was somewhat surprising as most pundits figured the LA Kings would go all-out to add a marquee talent to it’s roster to augment the impressive, young core already in place. New Jersey’s offer of a 17 year contract paying out a total of a reported $102 million trumped the Kings’ offer of 15 years and $80 million. Naturally the deal is heavily front-loaded to lessen the AAV and to make it cap friendlier. Kovy’s deal, according to Michael Russo of the Star Tribune, will pay out $95 million in the first 9 seasons a...

Rangers Re-Sign Girardi; Add D Eminger

Since the July 1st opening of free agency it has been very quiet on the transaction front. Much of the holdup is due to Ilya Kovalchuk’s continued presence on the market. Most felt Kovy, as the most attractive UFA available, would have been off the market early on in the process. That hasn’t been the case and the rest of the market has ground down virtually to a halt. The Rangers haven’t let the dragged out Ilya Kovalchuk negotiations stop them from taking care of some needed business. While the team got a few things done on July 1st by adding a backup goalie (Martin Biron), a legit eforcer (Derek Boogaard) and re-signing forwards Erik Christensen and Vinny Prospal, the team still n...

Early Thoughts On Free Agency

July 1st has come and gone with some surprising events and some not-so-surprising. There were a slew of signings but there were many good players still left searching for their new team; including star winger Ilya Kovalchuk, former Shark tender Evgeny Nabokov and veteran netminder Marty Turco. This year’s UFA frenzy seems to be moving slower than in years past. This is likely due to a combination of factors: the relatively weak class of free agents, the fact most teams with money have no cap space and the probability teams are finally starting to wise up on the pitfalls of spending boat-loads on free agents. Regardless, despite being 4 days into the signing period, many players sit wait...

Rangers Off-Season: Shopping In the UFA Market

UFA Day is fast approaching. We’re less than 24 hours away from what has turned into the most exciting time of the year for fans of the NHL. Fans of every team wake up on July 1st in great anticipation to see what their team does. Many fans are thrilled at the end of the day while others are grossly disappointed. Rangers’ fans have been subjected to a mixed bag over the years. Glen Sather is generally one of the more active GM’s on July 1st but not all of his moves have made us happy. The signing of Wade Redden I know specifically was met with anger as was last year’s signing of Donald Brashear. The addition of Marian Gaborik last season was viewed with cautious optimism which was...

Rangers Free Agents: Who Should Stay, Who Should Go?

Today I will look at the Rangers in free agency as it pertains to their own guys. Here’s a break down of several of the Blue Shirts top UFA’s and RFA’s. I’ve included last year’s stats, salary and free agency status along with arguments for and against retaining the player plus my final take on the situation. In no particular order here we go. Vinny Prospal – C (20-38-58, 75 GP) $1.15 million (UFA) Argument For: Vinny was the club’s 2nd leading scorer last year and often was the only consistent offensive threat aside from Gaborik. Prospal proved to be versatile in splitting time at both Wing and Center. He was effective in the face-off circle winning just more than 51%. ...