Browsing: Rick Nash

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94 Stanley Cup Final in review

Thoughts: 1) So the hockey season finally ends. Again, thanks to all of you for hanging in there start to finish, and hopefully you’ll stick around all summer. Going to be an interesting one, and I think the action starts next week, heading into, and at the draft. 2) The…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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327 Game 4: Rangers-Penguins in review

Game 4: Penguins 5, Rangers 0. Click here for the boxscore with links to the official game summary, etc. Thoughts: 1) Heave Ho, three in a row? As in three straight wins? As in three straight years coming back from 3-1 down? 2) Not bloody likely, especially since this is…

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212 Game 3: Rangers-Penguins in review

Game 3: Penguins 3, 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. Click here for Alain Vigneault’s post-game press conference video. Thoughts: 1) After so many games this season, in which I didn’t think…

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320 Game 2: Rangers-Penguins in review

Game 2: Rangers 4, Penguins 2. Click here for the boxscore with links to the official game summary, etc. Thoughts: 1) Hey, all year long, we knew – or thought — that game was in there. It’s just that the Rangers didn’t let it out nearly enough. But in an…

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