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RUMOR MILL

Thursday - March 25th

With 18 days remaining until the NHL trade deadline, all is relatively quiet on the Rangers front.

Not unexpectedly, the Rangers are probably going to be minor players this time round, without much in the way of short term assets they would be looking to part with.

Clearly they would look at offers for those on short term or expiring contracts like Brendan Smith, Ryan Strome, Jack Johnson and perhaps the likes of Colin Blackwell.


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 INJURY REPORT
Kaapo Kakko 5/8
Sat out for preventative reasons in last game
 
Brendan Smith 5/8
Sat out for last game of season
 
Julien Gauthier 5/6
Left the game after seemingly twisting/spraining his knee on a hit along the boards
 
Jack Johnson 5/6
Tried playing, but ultimately was not effective done for the season
 
Artemi Panarin 5/4
Is expected to miss the rest of the season
 
Ryan Lindgren 5/10
Is feeling a lot better that he was, no mention of on-going concerns
 
Chris Kreider 5/10
Mentioned that he had back spasms that he could not shake the last two weeks of the season
 
Jacob Trouba 5/10
Feeling much better, and probably would have returned this week if the Rangers were still playing
 
Brett Howden 5/1
Broke his foot blocking a shot
 
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Question Of The Day

September 29th, 2017

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

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  BIRTHDAYS

Bill Boyd - 1898
Pat Hickey - 1953
Jim Hiller - 1969

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DAVE TATARYN
(1976-1977)
  Born: Jul 17 - 1950  
  Pos: Goaltender  
  GP: 2  
  Rec: 1-1-0  
  SO: 0  
  GAA: 7.50  
  Sv%: -  
 

Preseason Analysis
Posted by Daniel Akeson ≡ - September 24, 2007

The Rangers have played three vastly different games thus far in the preseason, defeating NJ, then falling to Philly and the Islanders. Where all three Atlantic Division rivals dressed near opening night lineups to the Rangers mixed bag, there have been some trends that have shown.

The first has been the inability to find a consistent left winger on the first line. Marcel Hossa, Petr Prucha, and Nigel Dawes have all seen some time next to Scott Gomez and Jaromir Jagr, but none have really stuck. Tomorrow night in Detroit, Martin Straka will give it a shot. Where this may not be a concern to many, it actually creates an interesting scenario that affects every other line.

Personally, I would like to see Petr Prucha in that spot, particularly with his offseason chemistry and relationship with Jagr and his strong camp.

A second issue has been who Chris Drury will mesh with. We have seen that Gomez and Jagr, as well as Sean Avery and Brendan Shanahan, have practiced a lot with each other and established some chemistry. However, we have yet to see that with Drury in any of the games. While he was strong individually, he hasn't clicked with anyone specifically. That's not to say that he won't play well with Shanahan and Avery, but we haven't seen it yet.

The defense is the most disappointing trend and a major cause for concern. As of right now, there is not one strong defender in camp. Some have had some flashes of brilliance, but overall there has been a major lack of cohesiveness and chemistry. Granted, these pairings may be significantly different from opening night, but even the Marek Malik and Michal Rosival pairing hasn't held up. After the assignments of Darius Kasparaitis and David Liffiton and assuming Mike Sauer is assigned, as well as Andrew Hutchinson and Thomas Pock given their poor performances, the defensive roster could be:
Malik - Rosival
Girardi - Tyutin
Mara - Strudwick/Staal

Is that a championship caliber defense? Hardly, particularly given the poor performances of everyone other than perhaps Girardi. Don't be surprised if this isn't addressed in the next week.

However, not all of the trends are bad. In fact, there are many encouraging signs. Blair Betts has been outstanding in the roles from faceoff man to penalty killer. The growing chemistries of Jagr with Gomez and Shanahan with Avery could be very special despite the missed drop passes and over passing thus far. The fact that the players have found niches is very important.

Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist has been strong and the backup role doesn't seem to be a major problem with Stephen Valliquette. Additionally, Ryan Callahan has found a real knack for the net and has shown that his strong showing last season wasn't a fluke.

The boys are in Detroit tomorrow and the lineup can be found over at my blog. Post-game analysis over there also as always.


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