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Blueshirts Get Their Boy

Maybe it's no surprise in the end. Most people felt that Brad Richards would ultimately become a New York Ranger. And he did, passing over better offers (allegedly) to rejoin his former coach with Tampa here on Manhattan. The surprise isn't that he's now the newest new number one center in New York, the surprise, at least to me, is the flak the Rangers got for signing him.

Richards was the most coveted UFA on the open market this year. Prior to free agency no fan in their right mind would have said they wouldn't want Brad Richards on their team if price tag wasn't an issue. Yet when the Rangers agreed to terms with Richards, the consensus opinion was the Rangers ...

Blue Shirts Draft Relatively Uneventful

Compared to the draft weekends of Philadelphia, Columbus and Minnesota, just to name a few, the New York Rangers had a pretty quiet draft weekend. After acquiring D Tim Erixon from Calgary for two second-rounders, the Blue Shirts owned just one pick (15th overall in round one) in the first three rounds. It was believed they could move down if the player they wanted wasn't there at 15 to add a second or a third but they must have liked J.T. Miller enough not to do that.

Let's take a look at what the Rangers added to the organization this past weekend.

Round one, 15th overall - J.T. Miller, C-RW, US U-18

Miller, in addition to having a great last name, is a solid two-way ...

Drury Can't Be Bought Out?!?!

It all seemed so clear just a few days ago. How the Rangers were going to upgrade their roster and become a legitimate cup contender. They would fill their primary need, that of a #1 center, by signing Brad Richards. They would easily have enough cap space to offer Richards a market-value deal by buying out the utterly disappointing Chris Drury's contract as soon as the buyout period began. Drury was even warned by GM Glen Sather that this was going to happen. Yep, it was all good. The last stain of Slats' irresponsible free agent spending sprees would be gone. Except when is it ever that easy for Ranger fans? Never, never is it that easy for us. Now comes news from the New York Post's...

Blueshirts, Buyouts and Brad, oh my!!

As soon as the Bruins complete their improbable comeback in the Stanley Cup Finals and bring the championship to Boston for the first time in nearly forty years, I'm advocating we just skip ahead to the draft on June 24th. Let's dispense with all of the pointless rumors and BS that are already dominating the news in Hockeyland. It's insane, it really is. A report will surface in one publication or on one website which seems credible enough. At least until it is completely debunked or contradicted by another, equally credible appearing source. Want proof? Look no further than what is going on around the Rangers with stories of buyouts and rumors on where Brad Richards wants to be and wher...

Blue Shirts Add Defense Prospect Erixon to the Fold

The New York Rangers, taking advantage of the Calgary Flames inability to get their 2009 first-round draft pick signed ahead of today's 5 PM deadline to do so, acquired young defenseman Tim Erixon. In exchange, the Rangers shipped off F Roman Horak and both of their second-round draft choices this month. Erixon, the son of former Ranger F Jan "the Shadow" Erixon, was rated as the Flames top prospect by both TSN (15th overall in the NHL) and the Hockey's Future website. He quickly reached an agreement with the Rangers on a three-year, entry-level contract. If Calgary had not dealt Erixon and the deadline to sign him had passed, the Flames would have received a compensatory draft choice,...

Rangers Off-Season May Mirror Yankees

It's no secret the Rangers primary target this off-season will be UFA center Brad Richards. Not only does it make perfect sense to any hockey fan worth his salt but nearly every pundit who is supposed to know something about the game has speculated the same. There is no guarantee that Richards signs with the Blue Shirts though and not getting him under contract would be a tremendous blow to New York's plans. In many ways, this off-season is shaping up very similar to that the New York Yankees experienced this past winter. Think about it, the Yankees went into the off-season with one very specific target in mind; adding a front-of-the-rotation starting pitcher. Being the Yankees, they imm...

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...