Trade deadline today; Penguins at Rangers tonight (7:30 NBC start)

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Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:

NEW YORK RANGERS vs. PITTSBURGH PENGUINS
Wednesday, Apr. 3, 7:30 p.m.
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 17-15-3 (37 pts)
Penguins: 28-8-0 (56 pts)

TONIGHT’S GAME
The Rangers will face-off against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m. — TV: NBC Sports Network; Radio: 970 The Apple), to begin a home-and-home set. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and rank eighth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 17-15-3 (37 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Winnipeg Jets, 4-2, on Monday at Madison Square Garden, and have now registered a point in six of their last eight home games (5-2-1). The Penguins currently own a 28-8-0 (56 pts) record to rank first in the Eastern Conference, and have won 15 straight games heading into their contest last night at Buffalo. Following tonight’s contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Penguins on Friday, Apr. 5, at CONSOL Energy Center (7:00 p.m.), to complete their home-and-home set.

RANGERS vs. PENGUINS:
All-Time: 117-103-23-8 overall (65-50-9-3 at home; 52-54-14-5 on the road)
2013: Tonight is the fourth of five meetings this season, and the third and final meeting at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers are 0-3-0 overall (0-2-0 at home; 0-1-0 on the road), following a 3-0 loss on Mar. 16 at CONSOL Energy Center. Rick Nash, Taylor Pyatt and Ryan Callahan have each tallied a goal for the Rangers, while Brad Richards and Derek Stepan have recorded a team-high, two assists apiece in the series. Henrik Lundqvist is 0-3-0 with a 4.02 GAA and .865 Sv%, and Martin Biron is 0-0-0 with a 1.95 GAA and .950 Sv%.
Last Season: New York was 2-4-0 overall (1-2-0 mark at home; 1-2-0 mark on the road). The Rangers penalty kill was 15-17 (88.2% in the season series. Brad Richards led the team with four assists and six points, while Marian Gaborik (two goals, three assists) and Carl Hagelin (two goals, two assists) tied Richards with a team-high, two goals apiece. Henrik Lundqvist was 2-2-0 with a 2.28 GAA and .931 Sv%, while Martin Biron was 0-2-0 with a 4.54 GAA and .857 Sv%.
– New York ranks 12th in the NHL with an 11-6-2 (24 pts) record at home; Pittsburgh ranks third in the NHL with a 13-4-0 (26 pts) mark on the road
– The Rangers are 6-5-1 vs. the Atlantic Division this season; the Penguins are 11-4-0 vs. the Atlantic Division this season
– New York lists one former Penguin on their roster: Arron Asham (2010-11 – 2011-12)
– Pittsburgh lists one former Ranger on their roster: Pascal Dupuis (2006-07)

INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. PENGUINS:
– Henrik Lundqvist — 45 GP, 22-18-5, 2.49 GAA, 2 SO
– Martin Biron — 36 GP, 13-17-3-2, 3.05 GAA, 2 SO
– Brad Richards — 36 GP, 8-28-36
– Marian Gaborik — 27 GP, 10-12-22
– Rick Nash — 13 GP, 6-5-11
– Dan Girardi — 39 GP, 1-11-12

SPECIAL TEAMS:
– The Rangers’ power play is 11-61 (18.0%) in the last 23 games
– The Blueshirts have posted a record of 10-4-1 when not allowing a power play goal
Power Play: The Rangers did not tally a goal in one power play attempt (1:54) on Monday vs. Winnipeg. New York ranks 25th overall (15-105, 14.3%) and is tied for 21st at home (10-60, 16.7%). The Rangers are 3-9 (7:53) in five-on-three situations (last – 3/24 vs. WSH), and 1-1 (0:21) when four-on-three (last – 3/7 at NYI). Shorthanded goals allowed (4): 2/19 vs. MTL (Diaz, EN); 2/21 at OTT (Silfverberg); 3/3 vs. BUF (Gerbe); 3/21 vs. FLA (Kopecky, EN).
Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts held the Jets scoreless in five power play attempts (9:15) and notched a shorthanded goal on Monday at MSG. New York is tied for 17th overall (94-116, 81.0%) and ranks 14th at home (58-69, 84.1%). The Rangers are 7-7 (8:13) in three-on-five situations (last – 4/1 vs. WPG), and 4-4 (4:24) when three-on-four (last – 3/18 vs. CAR). Shorthanded goals for (4): 1/20 vs. PIT (Nash); 3/12 at BUF (Stepan); 3/19 at NJD (Del Zotto); 4/1 vs. WPG (Callahan).
– Four-on-Four: New York did not tally/yield a goal in one four-on-four situation (0:06) on Monday vs. Winnipeg, and are now minus-1 in 23 four-on-four situations (46:19) this season. Four-on-four goals for (1): 1/23 vs. BOS (Gaborik). Four-on-four goals allowed (2): 1/20 vs. PIT (Letang); 1/23 vs. BOS (Horton).

TYING A LEGEND
Henrik Lundqvist made 26 saves in a 4-2 win on Monday vs. Winnipeg to record his 267th career win, and move into a tie with Ed Giacomin for second on the Rangers’ all-time goalie wins list.

FINISHING THE JOB
The Blueshirts have registered a point in 85 consecutive games when leading after the second period, dating back to the 2009-10 season, posting a record of 79-0-6 over the span. The Rangers’ last regulation loss in a game when entering the third with the lead was Feb. 4, 2010 (6-5 loss vs. WSH). New York is 9-0-0 when leading after the second period this season.

MILESTONE MEN
Rick Nash and Brad Richards both reached significant career milestones in the Rangers’ 5-2 win on Mar. 26 at Philadelphia. Rick Nash notched two goals, including his 300th career NHL goal, and added an assist in the contest, while Brad Richards registered two points (one goal, one assist) to record his 800th career NHL point.

A BROADWAY HIT
The Rangers rank third in the NHL in hits (1055) this season. Brian Boyle leads the Rangers and ranks seventh in the NHL with 125 hits, while Ryan Callahan ranks second on the team and is tied for eighth in the league with 119 hits.

EXCLUSIVE CLUB
Rangers’ Head Coach John Tortorella recorded his 400th NHL coaching victory with a 5-2 win on Mar. 26 at Philadelphia, becoming the 30th head coach in league history to reach the mark. He is now two wins shy of fourth place on the Rangers’ all-time coaching wins list, with 162 career wins as the Blueshirts’ head coach.

MEASURING UP
The Rangers rank among the Eastern Conference leaders in several statistical categories…
– 5th (T-6th in NHL) in GAA — 2.37
– 5th (12th in NHL) in FO% — 51.1%
– 1st (1st in NHL) in Fewest PIM/G — 9.5
– 3rd (3rd in NHL) in Hits — 1055
– 3rd (6th in NHL) in BkS — 571
– T-2nd (T-5th in NHL) in OT wins — 2

QUICK HITS:
– The Rangers did not surrender a power play opportunity against on Mar. 7 at Long Island, marking the first time the Blueshirts did not have a shorthanded situation in a game since Jan. 10, 2012, in a 2-1 shootout win vs. PHX. The last time the Rangers did not allow a power play attempt against the Islanders was Jan. 7, 1989, in a 5-1 win at Long Island.
– The Blueshirts have had 13 players make their regular season debut with the team this season
– New York has registered a point in 11 of 13 games when scoring the first goal this season (10-2-1), and are 7-13-2 when allowing the game’s first goal
– The Blueshirts have posted a 7-0-1 mark when leading after the first period, and are 9-0-0 when leading after the second period

THE HOT LIST:
– Henrik Lundqvist — has held opponents to three goals or fewer in each of his last 15 games (8-6-1, 1.98 GAA, .929 Sv%)
– Rick Nash — 23 points (11 goals, 12 assists) in his last 21 games
– Derek Stepan — has tallied a point in 12 of the last 17 games (nine goals, nine assists over the span)
– Brad Richards — four points (one goal, three assists) in the last five games
– Michael Del Zotto — five points (one goal, four assists) in the last seven games

MILESTONES IN SIGHT:
– Steve Eminger — 3 points from 100th NHL career
– Carl Hagelin — 1 game from 100th NHL career
– Roman Hamrlik — 5 games from 1400th NHL career
– Henrik Lundqvist — 2 games from 500th NHL career
– Marc Staal — 3 points from 100th NHL career
– Derek Stepan — 1 game from 200th NHL career
– Anton Stralman — 2 points from 100th NHL career

MILESTONES RECENTLY ACHIEVED:
– Rick Nash — 300th career NHL goal (3/26 at PHI)
– Brad Richards — 800th career NHL point (3/26 at PHI)
– John Tortorella — 400th career NHL win (3/26 at PHI)
– Brian Boyle — 300th career NHL game (3/28 at OTT)
– Ryan Callahan — 100th career NHL assist (4/1 vs. WPG)
– Anton Stralman — 300th career NHL game (4/1 vs. WPG)

INJURIES:
– Michael Sauer (concussion, 12/5/11) — 35
– Marc Staal (injured, 3/5) — 14
Total Man-Games Lost: 88

RECENT TRANSACTIONS:
– Mar. 28 — Agreed to terms with free agent forward Mats Zuccarello
– Mar. 29 — Agreed to terms with free agent defenseman Conor Allen
– Mar. 31 — Assigned forward Kris Newbury to Connecticut (AHL)
– Apr. 1 — Agreed to terms with free agent defenseman Tommy Hughes

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  1. Let’s ice those black tie penguins…send them waddling and sliding into the sea to feed on another team (one with the nickname fishsticks?)

    Will be interesting to see if Clowe acquisition sparks the team. I think Boiyle is important to the penalty kill, would be foolish to give up on him after one shortened season. Will also be interesting to see if Sather makes any other changes before the deadline.

  2. If they are serious about keeping Clowe beyond the rental period then they are going to have to shift $3m from somewhere. Pyatt, Asham and Boyle are main candidates. Gilroy seems to be out of favour also. Not sure we’d get much in return for any of those guys other than the odd 3rd/4th round pick

  3. A lot of negative comments regarding Clowe signing last night I see. Why don’t we give him a few games in blue before we say he stinks? Yes, they seemingly gave up a lot for him, especially if he isn’t resigned. First of all, there is a good chance Sather recoups a few of those picks either today or during summer. Second, considering how young the core is at the moment, the Rangers can afford to lose a coupe of picks. Look at it this way: ideally he regains at least some of his scoring touch. If he does, and they resign him, we have a player for a few years that this team has been lacking forever. Do you think any of those potential picks can return similar results right away? It’s always a gamble, but I think this one has a great chance to be a good move.

  4. P.S. I think its a great move with low risk – if he starts scoring then brilliant, if not he adds size and toughness which is severely lacking

  5. I still think they need a defenseman who can play 5/6. Hamrlik gives me palpitations every time he attempts to skate. And Eminger’s play has deteriorated since he’s been paired with Hamrlik. Even if Staal comes back, they need more depth. I expect some moves today.

  6. Onecupin73yearsandcounting on

    Its a great move if Clowe produces… and if the sharks draft picks all bust.. which is a moot point sort of.. I’ll bet they get a stud..

  7. Watched the Bruins-Senators third period last night. Rangers are not even close to playing with those teams’ speed, intensity and toughness. Different league.

    Do we know who’s made room on the [game] roster yet?

  8. bull dog line on

    ilb,
    agree with all you said. I also think Sather attempts to recoup a few of those picks today. and I think they badly need another Dman.

  9. For people who are interested. Without moving any contracts the other way, Rangers can add around $4.2M worth of contract(s). That includes $2.9M available space as of this morning plus $1.25M LTIR (Sauer).

  10. I’m only concerned when I look at Clowe’s decreasing output. The life expectancy on power forwards like him is short and often the output drops dramatically. Think of guys like Tim Kerr and Kevin Stevens and how quickly they just stopped producing. They get beat on so bad, that after awhile they just don’t want to do it. I haven’t seen Clowe play all that much so I can’t say that’s the case here for sure, but I am concerned. I still don’t think grit is as big a problem as much as this not being a team built to play that way…ummm….trying to play that way. You can win many ways in the NHL. But we’ll see. I totally hope I’m wrong.

    My fear is that giving up now 1,2 and 3rd round pick now severely hampers our chances of getting something that we really need, a big defenseman (that’s where we REALLY need the grit) and a QB for the PP. Maybe we could pawn off some of our lower echelon guys for something good…but I doubt it. Gilroy, Bickel and Pyatt to PHX for Yandle? OK, that just made ME laugh!!

  11. Cross Check Charlie on

    “On the bright side, the Rangers don’t really have to go to the draft.”

    lol. That’s OK, that’ll just save us the aggravation of wondering when that great prospect that they drafted will make it out of the ECHL.

  12. You want a prediction? I’ll give you a prediction: it’s going to be cold, it’s going to be low-scoring (for the NYR), and it’s going to last 3 periods.

    9-0 Pens with a Malkin-trick.

  13. Ps. How is it that this Clow(e)n doesn’t have one goal this season? ONE? Even Boyle of all no-talents has one.

  14. I agree on Hammerlick and Eminger – those 2 looked terrible against the ‘Peg and havent looked good for a while now. I would much rather see Hobey Gilroy in there and pair him up with someone like O’Byrne from the Avs.
    Given that we now have Clowe, Fast and Frodo on the roster then the like of Asham, Pyatt, BBB could be moving today

  15. Could be a couple goalies move today. I am really interested to see what it takes to trade for Luongo or Miller.

  16. or Kipper iManny – hope he turns the lights out when he leaves the Saddledome!!

  17. They definitely need to attempt the acquisition of a defenseman today.
    And not some washed up old man (Boyle). They need someone who can play top 4 if necessary not another spare part.. Regher went to LA for less than what they paid for Clowe. Maybe they can luck out and not overpay

  18. Best possible move today is dumping Gaborik for a premium offensive defenseman with a shot.

  19. Leafs and Flames are already discussing Kipper apparently. I wouldnt be surprised if Ottawa get involved with the goalie merry-go-round if Anderson is not ready to come back for the playoffs

  20. Can see the Sens being happy enough with Bishop and Lehner, UK. More likely to shift a goalie out, if Anderson is healthy.

  21. The only D-men i see available that would be any help are Ryan Whitney and O’Byrne – both upgrades over Hammerlick and The Minger but depends on the price wanted for them….

    Getting Staal back would negate the need for a body but still leave us short in the Offensive D-man category

  22. Checking at Dailyfaceoff to see what they might say early about lines tonight — no Clowe yet, but Fast in for Miller. Is that for real?

  23. Sioux-per-man on

    Clowe has had 4 really good seasons the last 4 years. Not sure why he doesn’t have any goals this year but let’s see what he looks like tonight!

  24. on nhl network ray ferraro said clowe lacks foot speed he used to have. the east is more speed then west.

  25. Really, I know we don’t want Dan Boyle, and I don’t know how much he has left. But if you could get him for a lower level prospect and say Gilroy or Eminger, wouldn’t it be worth a flyer? I know he could wind up another McCabe, but as we are set up now, could it be much worse on the 3rd pair? As UKRanger said, look at what’s out there and consider what it will cost to get a REAL BIG upgrade and I don’t think most of you are willing to give up a Kreider or Miller or even Hags for someone like that.

  26. @stevezipay@ Ryane Clowe has just arrived in NYC on the red-eye…

    *******************

    He should be in great shape for tonight’s game.

  27. Stranger Nation on

    They need a 5/6 defenseman

    They need a PP QB

    They need a steadying presence on the back line

    this all leads to one, and one player only….

    CABER!!!!!!!!!

  28. Steve- Boyle carries $6.7M cap hit through 2013-2014. First, they don’t have enough space to add him right now. Second, having him next year means you either have to remove Gaborik or Richards from the roster without having any space to replace either.

  29. @stevezipay@ Another Ryan in NY? RT @SportsnetSpec@ : Still hearing that Colorado WILL move Ryan O’Byrne. Detroit, Rangers, two likely spots.

  30. ilb – luckily, from what I saw on Twitter (hardly inside information), Dan Boyle is *not* expected to be moved today.

  31. Stranger Nation on

    Lines Esta Noche Por Favor:

    Nash-Step-Cally (please don’t break these guys up)

    Zucc-King Richard-Gabby (oy vey – poor Frodo)

    Hags-Boyle-Clowe (any odds this line scores?)

    Pyatt -Powe-Asham (meh…)

    Send Kreider and Miller down

    Bring Haley and Bickel up

  32. @sbaickerCSN@ As @RenLavoieRDS@ basically indicates, Fedotenko is one of VERY FEW healthy tradable pieces on the Flyers right now.

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    I will keep doing this all day so you guys don’t have to scroll up.

  33. manny

    yes he can skate but i dont think he is much more an upgrade of gilroy defensively. lacks body who could move people out of front

  34. Doodie Machetto on

    Yev, we need guys that score goals, kill penalties, and are good on the powerplay. Does Clowe do any of that? No? Not exactly what we need.

  35. Doodie Machetto on

    Thanks, Manny.

    Also, in case you’re interested, Sportsnet is streaming their trade deadline coverage for free, with no locational restriction.

  36. Isn’t O’Byrne the idiot that got arrested for purse snatching a few years back?

  37. You guys worried about us trading for Dan Boyle, not going to happen now. Rumor in San Jose is that his wife cheated on him with Clowe (actually led to an incident in the locker room where Clowe’s nose was broken), so they were guaranteed to move one of them, if not both.

    Yev – it’s not that they couldn’t re-sign him, the Sharks didn’t WANT to re-sign him.

  38. ilb

    completely agree upgrade over hamilik. so yeah make sense i guess the key is o byrne ufa. if thats the guy so be it but not in love with him. watched him a lot in montreal

  39. Doodie Machetto on

    I thought we had 50 contracts already. And I thought we had the fifty before we added Clowe. Can someone tell me how many contracts we actually have?

  40. Yeah I thought I remembered seeing that. I don’t post that often but when I saw his name that just jumped into my memory.

  41. Doodie Machetto on

    Puck Daddy has a list of 20 players to watch, with a quick hit on why they might or might no be moved. Here’s what they had on Gaborik:

    “Why he might be traded: Gaborik is being paid a lot of money and he isn’t exactly putting up the offensive numbers to match.

    Why he might not: Gaborik is being paid a lot of money and he isn’t exactly putting up the offensive numbers to match.”

  42. Yep obyrne is the purse snatcher. Along with tom kostopolous who was knocked out 2 nights ago.

  43. Doodie-the D-man they signed from college is on ATO in Hartford, his contract doesn’t count until next season, so I believe it’s 50 with Clowe.

  44. Then O’Byrne will love the Big Apple. Plenty of opportunities for purse snatching here.

  45. Doodie Machetto on

    @strombone1
    Maybe the Blue Jays need a goalie to catch RA Dickey? Just sayin…….

  46. @TheWrage@ It would not shock me to see the depth D NYR acquires today is Derek Morris. Good relationship w/ PHX/Maloney, righty D, on the cheap…

  47. Doodie Machetto on

    ilb, thank you for the clarification. Didn’t pay attention to the specifics of signing of Allen, just that he was signed.

    As always, you’re the best.

  48. @RenLavoieRDS@ Mike Ribeiro is ready to accept a 4 year extension instead of a 5 year. It will be interesting to see what will be Capitals respond.

  49. Not sure if someone mentioned this already, but I like the new Twitter widgets Carp. ——->

  50. Doodie Machetto on

    eric, newbury being in CT affects roster limits (which expanded at midnight). That is separate from the maximum of 50 contracts per team.

  51. Thanks, doodie.

    Eric- Newbury still counts. The only contract they got rid of is Halpern.

  52. Doodie Machetto on

    erc, Morris sucks. One of the most overrated guys in the league, in that anyone thinks anything of him beyond a 3rd pairing guy.

  53. Eric

    Sending down a player doesn’t count. Right now the Rangers have 51 players on their contract list although I am counting Stu Bickel who was waived although I still think that counts.

  54. Almost anyone they sign today would be an upgrade over Hamrlik as #6. So that’s going for us today.

  55. Can’t we swap Pyatt with Vancouver for Mason Raymond? Or at least just give Pyatt to the Lightning to play with his brother?

  56. @SunGarrioch@ Lots of interest in Bishop: PHI, EDM, CAR and TBAY have all inquired. Sens would like a player and pick in return.

    Storm Trooper likely coming closer to us.

  57. 9:20AM: Mark Spector of Sportsnet tweets that Colorado will move 28-year old defenseman Ryan O’Byrne who is a UFA at the end of the season.

    Spector notes that the Rangers and Red Wings are two possible landing spots for O’Byrne

    He has a cap hit of $1.8 million.

    O’Byrne is 6-5, 234 and averaging close to 19 minutes a game. He has one goal, three assists and 76 hits this season.

    He ranks 26th in the NHL, ahead of Dan Girardi, in hits by a defenseman.

    O’Byrne averages over 2:30 per game on the PK.

  58. The history of their numbers is pretty similar and Pyatt has a lower cap hit. I know we might have to add a Gilroy to that trade or something but Mason Raymond could be a good fit for us.

  59. Jonny D- sounds just like the thing about Lindros and Mrs. Brind’Amour in Philly that partially led to us getting Lindros.

  60. Doodie Machetto on

    Puck Daddy is on the Sportsnet coverage today, and while I hate him personally because he’s a Devils/Capitals fan, he does have a hilarious thing going today. He will be rating trades on a “Milbury Scale” 1 Milbury is a mutually beneficial trade. 2 Milburies is a trade that might come back to haunt one team down the road. 3 Milburies is a trade with a clear winner at the time the trade was made. 4 Milburies is you just traded Luongo and Jokinen for Parrish and Kvasha.

    For the record, he said the Clowe trade is 3 Milburies. I say it’s two Milburies, with the potential for 3 if they resign him.

  61. We are up against the 50 with Clowe. So i’d imagine a bit of traffic today in both directions, any addition must include at least one subtraction

  62. But Mason Raymond is a UFA soon. Pyatt has another reasonable year and the Canucks could use some size and wall play.

  63. Manny

    Pyatt has a history of playoff scoring and he is a good fit on the 4th line. Once they finally send down Kreider and Miller, we should have a proper 4th line that can actually provide energy and fights.

  64. Stranger Nation on

    O’Byrne – read up a little on Avs blog – has been in and out of lineup in March – mostly because of bad penalties (the physical kind, not stick slashing)

    Bid stay at home Dman with limited O skills but good crease clearer and good team mate as long as you don’t carry a man purse.

    Solid upgrade over Em/Hamr pairing of the Stone Age

    Avs are in complete disarray with Sakic losing the locker room and the team in a free fall now.

    But PAP is a great player…should help them win…not

  65. @NYRNation@ RT @stevezipay@ : NYR’s Jesper Fast has been assigned to *Whale* , according to AHL

  66. I hope so, Oleo. But I don’t know about sending Miller down. I just don’t think he made it this far in the season only to be sent down. But who knows. I have been wrong many, many times in the past.

  67. Doodie Machetto on

    “But PAP is a great player…should help them win…not”

    I actually think he’s a great complimentary player to a young center. Everyone thought he was just Tavares but look at what he’s done with Duchene this year.

  68. Rob in Beantown on

    Non-hockey opinion: Having a purse-snatcher on the roster will taint our Stanley Cup. Don’t want him

  69. Yea. PAP is legit. It’s proven.

    @JSportsnet@ From Garth Snow. Mark Streit will not be moved today.

  70. I think Clowe just needed to get away from Gomez as the “No-goals” disease was catching!!

  71. no predictions here of doom or glory…but we can’t in our right minds feel good about how the next two games will go.

  72. Doodie Machetto on

    Of course the Islanders won’t trade Streit. Why do something to help their franchise in the long term?

    At least I know that they will always be run worse than the Rangers.

  73. Am I the only one who would rather another F than a D? I understand we’re thin and an injury would be a killer, but if we lose Girardi/McD/MDZ and backfill with O’Byrne, are we really saved anyway?

  74. deciding between another F or another D is like being down 8 to 2 in checkers and trying to decide between your friend’s charity offer of giving back either two new pieces or one new king

  75. I would be happy with the Rangers landing O’Byrne, but it depends on the price. However, I don’t think what they can/should/are able to part with is enough to bring O’Byrne back their way in a trade.

    I would love for them to trade Miller, Kreider and McIlrather for the rights to lure Kovalev back to the NHL. He didn’t get a fair shake in Florida. The Rangers need his scoring. He could easily Double Powe’s goal total.

  76. Isles are finally in the hunt for a playoff spot and playing well. Why would they trade their captain and one of their best players? At some point it has to be about now. Frankly if they were trading him I’d think worse of them.

  77. Mister D- similarly, if Gaborik and Richards don’t start producing, no additional forward would save us either.

  78. @RealKyper@ #Coyotes asking for significant piece(s) back if they were to trade Yandle to #Flyers or anywhere else. #TradeTracker

  79. “I would love for them to trade Miller, Kreider and McIlrather for the rights to lure Kovalev back to the NHL. He didn’t get a fair shake in Florida. The Rangers need his scoring. He could easily Double Powe’s goal total.”

    You do realize that April Fools Day was TWO days ago, right? You’re going to give up one of our three best prospects for Kovalev? I wouldn’t give up a 7th rounder for him. Maybe I give them Bickel or someone useless like that. But honestly, he’s toast and could never play for Torts

  80. Ilb – can we get a confirmation from you (or another Cap Geek) what the Rangers maximum amount of addable Cap is today?

  81. RE: Clowe trade, when the Sappy one traded Florida’s #3 pick and given their current standing might this not equate with a #2 pick near the top of that round?

    Also, a franchise with no current serious prospect at the minor league level and which obviously needs to build from the draft, why would they trade potential organization depth for a bottom six forward?

    Is there any question that Sappy’s off season attempts to build a bottom six are a disaster? Or for that matter the lack of reasonable quality depth on defense?

    And finally what happens if or when they don’t make the playoffs, do Sappy and friends simply head to the golf course?

  82. Not one of our three best, all three. Seeing that package will motivate Kovalev and he’ll score lots of goals and we’ll win the Cup and his troll doll will help. So I’m with Rangers West, lets go for it.

  83. Btw, NHL network last night said Clowe will replace some of the “sandpaper” guys the Rangers lost last year…and they included AA in that list.

    Loved the guy- but I literally laughed out loud as Prust = sandpaper, Anismov = not so much…

  84. Yes it does. I couldn’t be a hockey player because the game would have been cancelled when I tried to curl up in a ball forever rather than get up off the ice.

  85. Figured you guys would get a kick out of that; made me realize that some of the “analysis” is put in bullet point format for some of these shows…however, the NHL feed switched over to TSN- and those guys were pretty decent (as you’d expect).

  86. Stranger Nation on

    PAP is a ‘great’ player…hmmm…never scored more than 20 goals, though this season at a pt/gm pace but shooting % is 40% above career ave. so likely to revert

    Never been to POs – never been positive +/-

    Yes, a GREAT complementary player if you don’t want to win, I agree!!

  87. Manny

    I think Miller should have been sent down about 10 games ago, but that’s just me. He’s not producing offensively and he’s clearly having issues defensively so why is he still here?

    Send him down to HFD where he can try and regain his offense and play in some playoff games there

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