IN THE FORUMS >> VIEWS REPLIES  
  ■  Feel more comfortable without it, obviously . ... 0 0  
  ■  Trade Deadline discussion/announcements 7663 494  
  ■  Lias Recalled 2277 91  
  ■  Game 59: New York Rangers @ Carolina Hurricanes... 546 129  
  ■  Game 58: New York Rangers @ Pittsburgh Penguins... 713 170  
  ■  What If? 186 4  
  ■  Game 57: New York Rangers @ Buffalo Sabres 7 PM... 544 57  
OTG POLL

What do you think of the Rangers season so far?

Quite surprised
Modestly surprised
As expected
Worse than expected
Terrible

Previous Polls
 INJURY REPORT
Vladislav Namestnikov 12/14
Expected to be in the line-up tonight
 
Fredrik Claesson 1/16
Will be out until February with a right shoulder injury
 
Neal Pionk 1/16
Will be out of the line-up until after the all-star break
 
Kevin Hayes 1/16
Could be back in the line-up as soon as Thursday
 
  MORE INJURY NEWS...
SEPTEMBER 24TH, 2014
CAPTION THIS
Read the submissions so far and see if you can come up with the best caption for today's photo

Best Of:
2014-15 ~ 2013-14
2012-13 ~ 2011-12
2010-11 ~ 2009-10

RUMOR MILL

Tuesday - October 25th

Either Josh Jooris (New York Daily News) or Dylan McIlrath are likely to find themselves on waivers when Pavel Buchnevich returns from back spasms.

The team is expected to cut the roster down to 22 players, and as such one of the two will need to be either moved or sent down.

  MORE RUMORS...

Question Of The Day

September 29th, 2017

How many rostered players were on the ice for opening night 2016-17

Answer...
  BIRTHDAYS

Norm Burns - 1918
Gord Haworth - 1932
Phil Esposito - 1942
Glen Hanlon - 1957

  SEARCH BIRTHDAYS
  RANDOM RANGER

JOHN BEDNARSKI
(1974-1977)
  Born: Jul 4 - 1952  
  Pos: Defense  
  GP: 99  
  G: 2  
  A: 18  
  Pts: 20  
  PIMs: 114  
 
The Stempniak experiment should be over. Bring up fresh legs.

Time To Shuffle The Deck
Posted by Michael M. Ramos ≡ 1:48:05 PM - January 30, 2015

As the 2nd half of the season has begun, it seems like the Rangers are having a tough time putting their foot back on the gas to get going. Granted that they have started against two of the best teams in the Eastern Conference in the Islanders and Canadiens, but the offense can't seem to buy one right now and are out of sinc. It is well known that the Rangers are scouting Toronto, Carolina, and Arizona as the key targets to get the piece or pieces needed to make a long playoff run.  It is clear to anyone following the Rangers that their #1 need is a faceoff specialist--this a must! The Rangers have been chasing the puck all season off the faceoff cirlce and is the only place on the ice that they are outplayed on a nightly basis. The other area of need is a defenseman that neither  John Moore nor Matt Hunwick can seem to lock down the spot.

Now that the Rangers have extended Marc Staal with a 6 year extension to lock in the top 5 defensemen for the future, the Rangers need to address who else they extend and who they don't see in the future. An interesting player to watch how negotiations goes with is Carl Hagelin. He is home grown Ranger and could be dangled this summer to either agree to a multi-year extension at the most $3.3 mil per year and if another team offer sheets him for more than that $3.3 mil per year....if the Rangers don't match they would recieve at least a 1st round and 3rd round draft picks in the 2016 nhl draft. Mats Zuccarello is a totally different case, he will be an Unrestricted Free Agent this summer. If Zucc was happy with only $3.5 mil per year, he would have signed a multi-year contract last summer. Is Zuccarello worth a $4 million cap hit on a multi-year deal?  It would seem that the Rangers need to make that decision before they can figure out who they will bring in as it would be expected that one or the other would be used as a chip in bringing in a missing piece. Then again, the Rangers could use Zuccarello as their own "rental player" if they feel like they have someone that can fill his shoes next season, some like Anthony Duclair at a much better cap hit of less than a million at only $772,500 for two years after this. 

It is clearly time to either deal Lee Stempniak for a low draft pick or to put him on waivers to free up the $900,000 in cap space he uses up. Stempniak just doesn't seem to fit in the Rangers system and is taking time away from the Rangers trying out a prospect to see if any of Oscar Lindberg, Danny Kristo, or Chris Bourque could spark some offense since those three have earned a chance as they are the top three scorers in the Rangers AHL affiliate in Hartford. On defense, either Hunwick or Moore should be traded for a pick or put on waivers, John Moore should easily bring in a decent draft pick if not a solid prospect. The Rangers should call up Connor Allen and/or Mat Bodie and again see if they can make a difference and see where they stand in the organization.

The expected teams the Rangers are going to make a deal with are Toronto, Arizona, and Carolina since the have scouted them the most as of late. From Toronto the players being speculated are mid range players such as Mike Santorelli, Nazeem Kadri, or Cody Franson. Players going back would depend on the cap hit that the Rangers will have to absorb. Only Franson is the type of player that fills a Ranger need on defense as the two forwards aren't any better at faceoffs than what the Rangers already have. With Arizona the obvious fit is Antoine Vermette who fits exactly what the Rangers need, but will probably cost the Rangers either Zuccarello or Hagelin and a top prospect with a conditional high pick depending if Hagelin/Zucc are signed to an extension. If the Rangers were to trade for Vermette, it could be just as a rental for the playoff run as he is expected to want $5 mil per to sign an extension. Signing Vermette would be a home run for the Rangers as he is very good on faceoffs and make it hard for any team to match up against Rick Nash in a series, as Nash can play with all 3 centers as he played with Vermette in Columbus. The Rangers are also talking to Sekjera for defensive help but may also be looking at Jay Clement or Riley Nash as the center for the needed faceoffs. Both of those two centers in Nash and Clement fit more into the Rangers cap issues. A trade that can happen in the off season could easily be Cam Talbot to Edmonton for Nail Yakapov(a former #1 pick overall) or a #1 pick as the oilers believe that Talbot will be their #1 goalie, sort of like the Corey Schnieder deal last summer with the Devils giving up the #9 overall pick.

Rangers that will need to be extended this offseason are restricted free agent Stepan who is likely to get close to $6 million per on a multi-year deal. J.T. Miller who should be qualified at around $800,000 for a year. Martin St. Louis who will probably do yaer by year contracts for a team friendly $4 mil with bonus money. Carl Hagelin and Mats Zuccarello will be the tough choice as it would seem to stay within the cap, only one will be around next year. Staal and Talbot were already extended.

The Rangers management need to get a deal done because in this seasons Eastern Conference, you can't afford to leave too many points on the table when the needs are so clear and easy to fix. If they can win faceoffs, the Rangers will keep putting the pressure on instead of using all their energy chasing after the puck. Always losing faceoffs is a mentally wearing thing on the players as they lose faith in each other and play on the defense instead of pressing on offense and making things happen.

Let's Go RANGERS!!!!!

 




 Additional stories from Michael M. Ramos:


YOUR COMMENTS

 
February 19th, 2019
RBC CENTER
  1 2 3 T
0 0 0 0
0 0 0 0
7:00pm -
Preview Game Thread
  HEADLINES
young-talent-continues-to-make-...
- The Athletic 11/7

Rangers rookie showed his worth...
- New York Post 11/7

What Rangers Lack In Skill, The...
- WFAN 11/7

Brady Skjei's finish makes up f...
- New York Newsday 10/12

Brett Howden is starting to sho...
- The Athletic 10/12

Rangers Rookie Brett Howden Tur...
- WFAN 10/12

Rangers reaction to first win p...
- New York Post 10/12

David Quinn picks up first Rang...
- New York Post 10/11

No goalie controversy here, des...
- The Athletic 10/11

How David Quinns tackling a per...
- New York Post 10/11

More news...
  NEXT GAMES
Sunday Feb 24th
12:30pm - Road

Wednesday Feb 27th
7:30pm - Home

Friday Mar 1st
7:00pm - Home

Sunday Mar 3rd
12:30pm - Home

Tuesday Mar 5th
8:30pm - Road

Thursday Mar 7th
7:30pm - Road

Saturday Mar 9th
7:00pm - Home

Monday Mar 11th
9:00pm - Road

Complete Schedule
  STANDINGS
  Team GP W L OT Pts  
  Lightning 54 39 11 4 82  
  Maple Leafs 53 33 17 3 69  
  Islanders 53 31 16 6 68  
  Canadiens 55 31 18 6 68  
  Bruins 54 29 17 8 66  
  Capitals 54 30 18 6 66  
  Blue Jackets 53 30 20 3 63  
  Penguins 54 28 19 7 63  
  Hurricanes 54 27 21 6 60  
  Sabres 53 26 20 7 59  
  Flyers 54 24 23 7 55  
  Rangers 53 23 22 8 54  
  Panthers 52 22 22 8 52  
  Red Wings 54 21 26 7 49  
  Devils 53 20 25 8 48  
  Senators 54 20 29 5 45  
FULL STANDINGS

About Us -  Site Map  -  Contact Us


?Copyright OutsideTheGarden.com 2001-19
This site and rolex replica uk it's content is in no way affiliated replica watches sale with, or representative rolex replica sale of the 
NHL
, NHLPA or the New York Rangers