Archive for the ‘New York Rangers’ Category

Sean Avery Most Effective in Small Doses

The New York Rangers’ Saturday night shootout win over the San Jose Sharks was interesting in that it was the first time this season Sean Avery was a health scratch. Avery seems to have spent most of this season in coach John Tortorella’s doghouse, but this was the first time Tortorella felt compelled to scratch […]

Rangers Need More Talk (Therapy) and Less Chalk

Psychology is an interesting aspect to sports. You can’t really quantify it, so you have to kind of leave it to the side, even though psychology is a huge part of just about any competitive game. The psychology of the New York Rangers is a complex thing to try and understand, though. They’re a team […]

Bryan McCabe Makes Rangers Slightly Better, Which Is Actually Pretty Impressive

The New York Rangers were kind of smart in trading for defenseman Bryan McCabe. First of all, they didn’t give up very much. Just Tim Kennedy, who seems to have been accidentally been signed in the off-season and was never really given a shot to return to the NHL, and a third-round draft pick. In […]

Stars and Rangers: ‘Was the Season Always This Long?’

Photo by Anna Enriquez Earlier this season, both the New York Rangers and the Dallas Stars drew accolades for their physical play. Neither team was very deep and neither played with much finesse, but both teams could grind an opponent down. But is that kind of play sustainable over the course of an 82-game season? […]

Rangers Making the Best of Chris Drury

Photo by bridgetds Yesterday, Larry Brooks had a column wondering what the New York Rangers’ plan is for Chris Drury. Drury has two years left on a contract with a cap hit of over $7 million per season and he’s been relegated to the fourth line. Drury has yet to score this season (he’s been […]

The Return of Trapping Isn’t All Bad

Photo by Cindy Andrie Darren Eliot is complaining that more NHL teams are returning to the dreaded neutral zone trap. Eliot’s hypothesis is that after a brief glory period for stretch pass driven hockey, more and more NHL coaches are returning to the safer trap: The eyeball test tells me the game is now backsliding […]

Struggles of Marian Gaborik Becoming Struggles for New York Rangers

Photo by Anna Enriquez For years, pretty much going back to the final season or so of Jaromir Jagr’s tenure with the New York Rangers, the team has suffered with a lack of secondary scoring. Even when Jagr was essentially replaced with Marian Gaborik, Gaborik had no one to help him, goal-wise. But now, the […]

Michal Rozsival for Wojtek Wolski is Good for Phoenix and New York

Photo by bridgetds Yesterday the New York Rangers traded defenseman Michal Rozsival for Phoenix Coyotes forward Wojtek Wolski, straight-up. In addition to clearing cap space, the move brings some experience to the Rangers forward corp. Decimated by injuries, the Rangers were in danger of starting to look like an AHL team. Rozsival was a fan […]

Michael Del Zotto Needs His AHL Demotion

Michael Del Zotto has spent much of this season struggling for the New York Rangers. The second-year defensemen often seemed confused, unable to generate offense, but also unable to play defensively. And so Del Zotto, who finished second among defenseman in Calder voting last year, was sent down to the AHL. Ryan McDonagh, a rookie […]

Rangers Are the Hummingbirds of the NHL

It amazes me what a difference attitude can make for an NHL team. Look at the Rangers. On paper, the team shouldn’t be significantly better than last year’s model. The biggest difference is the absence of defenseman Wade Redden. Yet, this is simply a much better team than last season. This team has 41 points […]