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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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242 Rangers player evaluations — Dan Boyle

Whatever happened on the negative side in Dan Boyle’s two seasons as a Ranger, some of it wasn’t his fault. I happen to not think he was as bad as many of my media brethren over the two years. I just didn’t. I actually liked his compete level, and thought…

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267 Rangers’ coach Alain Vigneault: ‘I’ll be back’

We interrupt our player analysis series for some sort-of breaking news. In an interview with La Presse’s Richard Labbe, Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said, in French, that upon speaking with the Rangers’ front office, “first thing they said is they wanted me back next year.” CLICK HERE TO READ THE STORY…

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393 Rangers player evaluations — Rick Nash

(Third in a series) “I know I need to be better,” Rick Nash has said so many times. He wasn’t spouting lip service, in my opinion. He honestly knew he had not met expectations. He wanted to do more. But he failed to do more. And now, after this season…

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310 Rangers player evaluations — Henrik Lundqvist

When it came time to vote for Rangers’ 2015-16 MVP, I was really torn. I mean, I didn’t think this was Henrik Lundqvist’s best season overall, and I thought he stumbled a bit down the stretch. But there really were no other candidates, and I voted for him partially by…

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289 Rangers player evaluations — Antti Raanta

The first in a series of Rangers players evaluations: Was going to start elsewhere, but since there’s news, and since he’s one of those who apparently will be here on opening night, let’s start with Antti Raanta. On Monday he signed a two-year extension worth $1 million per, to stay…

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70 NHL awards finalists, and what that means

Happy May Day. Hope to have more analysis on why the Rangers aren’t still playing — though I think even if they played well, they weren’t beating Pittsburgh — starting Monday. Then soon after I will start my individual player analysis. You’ve probably noticed that the NHL has begun announcing…

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