Browsing: Hockey

Hockey
158 Game 3: Penguins at Sharks … It’s Go Time!

Stanley Cup Final Game 3. Penguins at Sharks. (Penguins lead 2-0.) “Captain Sidney Crosby, come get the Stanley Cup” … unless the Jumbo Shrimps can win four of the next five. Game 3 would be strongly suggested as a place to start. You might recall the 2014 SCF.…

Hockey
75 Rangers player evaluations — J.T. Miller

You can go up and down the Rangers 2015-16 roster and be hard-pressed to find more than a couple who met or, arguably, exceeded expectations. You could sure make a case for J.T. Miller being one. Rangers coach Alain Vigneault, time and time again, talked about “the process” through which…

Hockey
109 Game 2: Sharks at Penguins … It’s Go Time!

Stanley Cup Final Game 2. Sharks at Penguins. This qualifies as major news when you have a zillion media types in one place for a pair of morning skates and not much else is happening: Bryan Rust, who was walloped high by Patrick Marleau in Game 1, is a game-time…

Hockey
103 Rangers player evaluations — Derek Stepan

Before we resume our series today, I just want to try to make it clear again. The grades are based on my expectations of each player. So I’m not comparing Jesper Fast to Mats Zuccarello or Dylan McIlrath to Ryan McDonagh, OK? Also, FWIW, the grade is actually an afterthought.…

Hockey
188 Game 1: Sharks at Penguins … It’s Go Time!

Game 1. Sharks at Penguins. My prediction: Penguins in 7. What’s yours? ICYMI, NHL commish Gary Bettman did his annual state-of-the-league presser today. Some highlights included: That the NHL probably won’t be going to the Olympics unless the IIHF and the IOC pick up the tab for transportation and…

Hockey
110 World Cup of Hockey rosters announced; five Rangers selected

From the NHLPA and the NHL: TEAMS COMPLETE ROSTERS FOR WORLD CUP OF HOCKEY 2016 173 NHL Players Selected To Compete in Best-on-Best International Tournament; Two Blue-Chip Prospects for 2016 NHL Draft Also Named TORONTO (May 27, 2016) – All eight teams announced today their final, 23-man rosters for the…

Hockey
104 Rangers player evaluations — Brady Skjei

And, yeah, there were bright spots during the Rangers’ season. And, yeah, there are some reasons to feel good about the future. One of those was rookie defenseman Brady Skjei, who made his NHL debut in December with two games before returning to Hartford, came back for one in February…

Hockey
335 Rangers player evaluations — Oscar Lindberg

The fact that Oscar Lindberg needed some serious post-season surgery on his hip, an injury that occurred over time, makes you wonder to what degree he was hampered during his rookie season. We know that Lindberg pretty much lost his spot as a regular player after the Rangers acquired Eric…

Hockey
233 Rangers player evaluations — Tanner Glass

OK, let’s see if we can’t burn down Twitter. Now, remember, before you get your torches and pitchforks out, I’m grading these guys based on expectations — my expectations, and the expectations I believe should have been put upon them — against what they actually accomplished. I’m not comparing Tanner…

Hockey
198 Rangers player evaluations — Dan Girardi

More than anybody else, Dan Girardi believes he can still be the defenseman he once was for the Rangers. “One hundred percent I can be,” he said. “That’s why they signed me to a long-term deal. Obviously this year wasn’t the best for me and the whole team, but I…

Hockey
160 Rangers player evaluations — Marc Staal

All the advanced stats indicate Marc Staal had an awful year. I don’t disagree. I also don’t believe he’s necessarily done, that he will now be in a speedy decline at age 29, which really usually is the prime of a defenseman’s career. But I don’t know that he’s not.…

Hockey
257 Rangers player evaluations — Eric Staal

To say that the rental of Eric Staal didn’t go well would be an understatement. How much of the fault for that is on Staal is debatable. But the Rangers were the second best team in the East, behind runaway Washington, and playing their best hockey of the entire season when…

Hockey
142 Rangers player evaluations — Kevin Hayes

Before we get to today’s evaluation, I just want to take a minute to congratulate Howie Rose (huge Rangers fan), who has told MSG Networks that he is hanging up his hockey microphone. Rose will continue to be the incomparable radio voice of the Mets.  “Matteau, Matteau, Matteau! Stephane Matteau!…

Hockey
209 Rangers player evaluations — Mats Zuccarello

I admit, I was probably too hard on Mats Zuccarello throughout the season based on what he went through during the previous off-season. You know, after being hit in the head by a Ryan McDonagh shot during the clinching game against Pittsburgh a year ago, Zuccarello was hospitalized with skull…

Hockey
260 Rangers player evaluations — Chris Kreider

Chris Kreider didn’t take a big step backward in 2015-16, but he sure didn’t take a big step forward, either. And ’15-16 was supposed to be his break-out season. Everybody thought so, including the fans, the media, coach Alain Vigneault — who said so on the first day of training…

Hockey
188 Rangers sign top prospect Pavel Buchnevich

Even before the Rangers traded Anthony Duclair, many in the organization thought Russian winger Pavel Buchnevich was their top prospect. It was a matter of if and when he would get to North America. That should happen in mid-June, as the Rangers signed Buchnevich, 21, to an entry-level contract (approximately…

1 2 3 4 221