Browsing: Jeff Gorton

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89 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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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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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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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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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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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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634 Game 5: Rangers-Penguins in review

Game 5: Penguins 6, Rangers 3. Click here for the boxscore with links to the official game summary, etc. Thoughts: 1) Well, that was fairly predictable. I know a lot of you guys held out hope, and with good reason. You counted on the core of this team that had…

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61 Eric Staal returns home, but longs for return to the playoffs

Planning on going to Rangers practice today (they’ve been off ice for two days), then probably going to do a Live Chat Thursday at noon-ish leading into the Carolina game that night. Also, ICYMI, the Rangers signed Steven Fogarty yesterday. The announcement is below.  And finally, for those who’ve asked,…

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92 Rangers prospect report March 21-27

ICYMI: The Rangers signed Cristoval “Boo” Nieves to a pro contract Monday (see announcement below). They were reportedly close to signing Steven Fogarty as well. From the NYR: NEW YORK RANGERS PROSPECT REPORT: MAR. 21 – MAR. 27 Marek Hrivik, LW, Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL) – Hrivik registered a point…

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137 Bruins at Rangers tonight (8 p.m.) … pre-game notes

ICYMI: The Rangers were officially eliminated in the race for the Metro and Eastern titles last night when Washington clinched both. As if … Dylan McIlrath was cleared for contact yesterday, but he is not expected to play tonight. Rick Nash didn’t skate Tuesday (maintenance day) but is expected to…

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