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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.…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.…

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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…

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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!…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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312 Rangers player evaluations — Dominic Moore

Rangers coach Alain Vigneault promised changes this summer, and the easiest and most obvious way for the Rangers to change is to allow (most of) their unrestricted free agents to walk. One of those is Dominic Moore, who was a terrific soldier here during the Rangers previous two seasons –…

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206 Rangers player evaluations — Dylan McIlrath

All season long, I wondered a lot of things regarding Dylan McIlrath’s season, as did a lot of you. One of the those, right off the bat, was whether he made the team in training camp — instead of Raphael Diaz — just because it would have required waivers, and…

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299 Rangers player evaluations — Keith Yandle

Rangers GM Jeff Gorton’s most difficult decision – unless it’s already been made – revolves around defenseman Keith Yandle. The veteran with the perfect skills for coach Alain Vigneault’s system, will be a free agent July 1. He has said he absolutely loves it here, the franchise, the city. But…

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