Thursday, March 28, 2013

Rangers Sign MZA; 1 Year Deal - $700k

The signing of Zuccarello was confirmed this morning by the Rangers.

If you missed my blog post on Monday about how this is the last thing the Rangers need, then have at it.

Based on the way the Rangers have played offensively through two periods tonight in Ottawa, I'd be surprised if Zuccarello didn't make his season debut against Montreal on Saturday night.

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Zuccarello Signing All But Confirmed; Last Thing Rangers Need

According to Steve Zipay of NewsDay:
Zuccarello and Rangers have agreed to $$$ number, but docs yet to be signed, and clearance finalized. Not 100 percent done, but expected
While conference rival Pittsburgh Penguins have been busy the past two days adding Brendan Morrow and Douglas Murray it looks like the Rangers are set to bring back Mats Zuccarello.

In my opinion this is a pretty awful attempt to fix the Rangers. The Rangers offense has been awful most of this season which is not something you'd expect from a team with Rick Nash, Marian Gaborik and Brad Richards. The truth is, the Rangers have way too many skilled players in their top nine who are not willing to or not capable of using their body to get to the net for rebounds. The Rangers are a perimeter team and unfortunately perimeter teams don't win shit.

Night in and night out the Rangers throw lots of rubber at the opposing goalie. Night in and night out the Rangers make the opposing goalie look like a Vezina candidate. Even the biggest scrub in the NHL can pad his save percentage against the Rangers. Why? Because the Rangers take 30 shots a night from areas of the ice where an average AHL goalie would look like Patrick Roy. Shots from the blue line with no one screening the goalie, no second chance opportunities because no one is getting to rebounds.

The only New York Ranger on the top three lines who effectively uses his body to create scoring opportunities and play the grinding game is Ryan Callahan. The Rangers need size to create space for the skilled players. Instead, the Rangers continue to add more skill, more players with no ability to grind, another player who has no ability to make space for his teammates and another player who will have no ability to get to the high scoring areas.

This is a pathetic attempt by the Rangers to improve their hopes at getting into the playoffs let alone do anything if they do manage to grab a seventh or eighth seed somehow miraculously.

This team gets more and more awful to watch on a nightly basis. No offense ability with a team full of All-Stars. You'd think Rangers management was playing a video game, loading their team with stars. Is there no concept to acquiring players to play within a system or mixing players of different skills (grinders, power forwards, two-way forwards, super starts) to effectively play together? Not in the Rangers front office apparently. Here, the theory is get as much skill as possible and watch them suck. And when that doesn't work, keep doing it.

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Friday, March 22, 2013

Rangers Place Jeff Halpern On Waivers

Not the reason why the Rangers have been terrible for most of this season. But, at the same time he's not helping. Assuming this move is being made with Arron Asham ready to step back into the lineup on Sunday against the Capitals. Wonder if this is just a paper transaction or if Halpern is actually being sent to the Whale if he clears waivers.

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Video: This Is How You Handle That Punk Kaleta, Courtesy of Our Old Friend Mr. Orr

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Saturday, March 9, 2013

Some Lundqvist Art On This Fine Saturday Morning

 Ari Lankin has sent us over hockey art before and here's his latest creation featuring The King.

Over at his website he has other hockey art to view and details the steps in completing the drawing.

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Staal Update - Good News!

According to the New York Rangers official facebook page:
Following an injury suffered in last night's game vs. Philadelphia, Marc Staal was examined today in New York by 2 doctors. The injury has improved significantly and both doctors are optimistic that Marc will make a full recovery. Staal will be sidelined indefinitely.
In case you missed it, earlier today the Rangers picked up Roman Hamrlik off waivers.

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Rangers Claim Hamrlik Off waivers From Capitals & Staal Update

Apparently the Rangers were already discussing picking up Roman Hamrlik off waivers prior to the injury to defenseman Marc Staal on Tuesday night in the game against the Flyers. The Rangers were rumored to be on the lookout for defensive depth for the past few weeks and with the injury to Marc Staal, a key part of their defense, the Rangers decided to grab Hamrlik off waivers with a low risk move that doesn't cost them anything in return other than a cap hit of $3.5M.

Hamrlik was waived by the Capitals on Tuesday and will be a UFA this summer.

Meanwhile, with little information available regarding the injury to Marc Staal there was this update from his brother Eric, of the Carolina Hurricanes on
Marc Staal is waiting for the swelling to go down in the area around his right eye before further determination can be made about the extent of his injury, according to his brother, Carolina Hurricanes center Eric Staal. 
I'd expect Hamrlik to be thrown right into the swing of things tomorrow night against the Islanders.

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Saturday, March 2, 2013

Video: Harry Zolnierczyk Destroys Mike Lundin With Huge Hit

Pretty sure Harry Zolnierczyk will be getting a suspension of at least a few games for that one as it looks like he jumped into Lundin to deliver the big hit in open ice. Lundin is rumored to have a concussion as a result of the hit. Zolnierczyk has been scheduled for a meeting with Brendan Shanahan tomorrow to hear his punishment, if any.

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