According to Larry Brooks of the New York Post, the Rangers and Marc Staal have begun talks on a contract extension.
There is no progress to note at this stage, with Staal's agent reporting that talks are amicable and ongoing - or something to that effect. The Rangers are reportedly offering a similar deal to what Dan Girardi received in January, 6 years at $5.5M, about $500K or so less than what Staal is reportedly looking for.
Defenseman Dan Girardi has declared himself "good to go" for tonight's Metropolitan Division clash with the New Jersey Devils. The Rangers are 1-3-0 against the Eastern Conference so far this season, and are 1-1-0 against teams in their own Division. The solitary win coming from last Thursday's 2-1 shootout victory over the injury-depleted Hurricanes.
They go into tonight's game against New Jersey on the back of Sunday's 4-0 shutout of the San Jose Sharks, a win that almost proved to be costly. Both Girardi and fellow defender Kevin Klein suffered injuries in the game that required stitches, though both will be in the line-up tonight.
Posted by Toby Ivey ≡ 3:26:12 PM - October 17, 2014
Right Winger Rick Nash is off to a fast start, with six goals and a game deciding goal in the shootout in his first five games. Could he finally be delivering the type of offense that the Rangers expected when they acquired him back in the summer of 2013?
Going back to last year, Nash played just three games before being side lined by a concussion. The injury seemingly held him back a bit, but he still took just twelve games to reach the six goal mark. In his first season on Broadway, it actually took him seventeen games to reach six goals more
Posted by Toby Ivey ≡ 2:53:05 PM - October 17, 2014
Hey, it was a win right? The losing streak is dead, long live the winning streak! Still, it's hard to take much positive out of the Rangers' 2-1 shootout victory against an undermanned Carolina Hurricanes last night. It could have been worse if a double deflection off of a Dan Girardi hadn't beaten Anton Khudobin midway through the third and final period. In fact, when Henrik Lundqvist stopped Ryan Murphy to make a lone shootout goal by Rick Nash stand up, there was probably more a sign of a relief than anything amongst the Blueshirt faithful more
Posted by Michael M. Ramos ≡ 9:46:28 AM - October 10, 2014
The Rangers matched the intense level of the St. Louis Blues in the Rangers opener last night and ended up winning 3-2 on an outstanding night by the Rangers new #1 line of Rick Nash-Martin St. Louis--Chris Kreider and of course outstanding goaltending from Henrik Lundqvist. Although the two points were nice, the Rangers lost top 4 defenseman Dan Boyle to a broken hand which will keep him out 4-6 weeks and since he is an older player, probably closer to the 6 week period. The game needed the Rangers to be at top form just to compete with the powerful St. Louis team, and the Rangers matched them in every step while missing Derek Stepan for at least the first 10 games of the season with his leg injury more
Posted by Michael M. Ramos ≡ 7:42:32 PM - October 6, 2014
It was made official that the New York Rangers have named Ryan McDonagh the Rangers captain for the 2014-2015 season. The alternate captains this season will be Marc Staal (still unsigned but with him being named an assistant it would seem like he should sign any day), Derek Stepan, and Martin St. Louis. McDonagh is the third straight American Captain in the New York Rangers organization following Chris Drury and Ryan Callahan more
Posted by Michael M. Ramos ≡ 9:07:45 AM - October 3, 2014
It is now crunch time for all fringe players hoping to make the Rangers opening night roster. Ranger fans got a good look into the Rangers practice and how the players deal with each other during the Rangers Training Camp Special on MSG yesterday. Along with seeing the Rangers do their drills and scrimmages, you were able to see interviews, players interactions with each other, and how players did during scrimmages. The Ranger prospects know that the Rangers will most likely start the season with players from within this camp and if each play well enough they can beat out a veteran brought in to fill the holes made by this summers departures. Coach Alain Vigneault said in his interview that the players fighting for a positition will have to win a spot as they play in both of the last two games more