Browsing: Jesper Fast

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200 Rangers player evaluations — Derick Brassard

I have not been looking forward to writing this one at all for a few reasons. I’ve beaten up Derick Brassard a lot this past season. I like Brassard as a person — how could you not? — and think he’s a very good player, especially when he plays with…

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86 Rangers player evaluations — Jesper Fast

Sometimes you think a player like Jesper Fast is an acquired taste, and one who would go unappreciated by fans. But when we did our poll to see who the fans thought should win the Steven McDonald Extra Effort award — which was won by Mats Zuccarello — Fast was…

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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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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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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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636 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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145 Game 3: McDonagh could play tonight; pre-game notes

Ryan McDonagh skated with the extras this morning, and will have his injured right hand examined by a doctor this afternoon. If he gets the OK, he could play tonight. Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said that if McDonagh does not play, he still hasn’t decided whether to use Dylan McIlrath…

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330 Game 1: Rangers-Penguins in review

Game 1: Penguins 5, Rangers 2. Click here for the boxscore with links to the official game summary, etc. Thoughts: 1) This is like shootin’ fish in a barrel. It’s almost too easy. There’s not a lot of analysis required, because A) you all saw it and it sure wasn’t…

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267 Rangers-Penguins matchups, first-round predictions

Here are my first-round series matchups, and below my series-by-series predictions. As always, I’d love to see your picks today. Maybe, if we can get a volunteer from our regulars to do the accounting, I can award a prize or two or three to the best selectors. No promises. Rangers-Penguins…

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445 Rangers-Red Wings in review

Rangers 3, Red Wings 2. Click here to read my game story from lohud.com. Click here for the boxscore with links to the official game summary, etc. Click here for Alain Vigneault’s post-game press conference video. Thoughts: 1) Through an entire regular season now, 82 games worth, we know very…

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172 Rangers-Islanders in review

Islanders 4, Rangers 1. Click here to read my game story from lohud.com. Click here for the boxscore with links to the official game summary, etc. Thoughts: 1) In a results-oriented business, I continue to be surprised at how the Rangers brush off the results and insist they played well.…

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383 Rangers-Sabres in review

Sabres 4, Rangers 3. Click here to read my game story from lohud.com. Click here for the boxscore with links to the official game summary, etc. Click here for Alain Vigneault’s post-game press conference video. Thoughts: 1) Maybe they really should tank. I mean, there’s no chance they’re doing this…

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228 Rangers-Hurricanes in review

Hurricanes 4, Rangers 3. Click here for the boxscore with links to the official game summary, etc. Thoughts: 1) Not sure which is worse … the first period played entirely without a pulse, without perspiration. Or another blown-lead third period. Or more just blown defensive-zone play. Of another far-less-than 60-minute…

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