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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%. ...

Rangers Off-Season Officially Begins

Now that the draft is concluded it’s time to preview the upcoming off-season for the New York Rangers. I stayed away from submitting my own mock drafts or draft pick profiles since I don’t have the insights necessary to offer anything you haven’t already seen on TSN or other hockey websites. I don’t watch Canadian Junior hockey so aside from some highlights I haven’t seen enough to formulate my own thoughts. I will however convey the general feeling of disappointment felt by Ranger fans in the selection of Dylan McIlrath with our first round pick, 10th overall. Given the unexpected drop down the draft board by Defenseman Brandon Gormley and Cam Fowler, rated 4th and 5th respecti...

What's a Rangers To Do?

Ah yes, the Stanley Cup Finals; where my team has failed to reach again for the 16th straight season. Instead I'm subjected to seeing one of our most bitter rivals attempt to break their long cup drought, deeply envious of their opportunity. As a hockey fan I have to have some interest in the outcome, right? Of course I do. Let's see, Blackhawks versus Flyers, who to root for? On one hand you have an up-and-coming Western Conference club that hasn't won a cup in nearly 50 years battling a tough Flyers squad which is in the midst of a 35 year drought of its own. The Blackhawks are also an Original 6 team but I wouldn't say they've ever really been a bitter rival of ours. The Flyers o...

Defending Our Boy, Sean Avery

Defending Our Boy, Sean Avery Anyone with even a passing interest in the NHL knows who Sean Avery is. Unless you are a Rangers fan, you probably don’t like Sean Avery either. For those of you needing a refresher on some of Avery’s more noted antics, I offer the following: Sean Avery on ex-girlfriends; Avery talking about his good friend, Martin Brodeur; and finally, Sean’s innovative goalie screening tactics. There is little doubt Sean Avery can be a jerk on the ice. Opponents tend to form a strong dislike for him. He is always the most jeered player in opposing arenas. His act can even wear thing with his teammates. On the ice, as a Ranger, Avery can be an effective player;...