With Mats Zuccarello signed for the long-term and newly acquired defenseman Keith Yandle added to their arsenal, the Rangers are primed for another run at Lord Stanley.
There will be plenty of Rangers fans shocked upon learning that super-prospect Anthony Duclair is heading to Arizona. But for GM Glen Sather, this was a no-brainer.
The Rangers are getting healthier, and they will likely add a couple of depth pieces before the trade deadline passes. And most importantly, they’re going to eventually find their “A” game.
Here’s a statistic that should put a scare into the rest of the NHL: The Rangers have gone 8-1-2 without all-world goaltender Henrik Lundqvist.
Rangers fans are wondering how Glen Sather will go about supplying head coach Alain Vigneault with the final pieces required for a deep playoff run. If anything, the veteran GM rarely shies away from bold moves.
Lately, the Rangers have been playing with fire. It was only a matter of time before their defensive warts would cost them points. On Thursday night, they finally got burned.
New Yorkers are craving a Rangers-Islanders playoff showdown, and it almost seems inevitable that the Battle of New York will be fought in an epic playoff clash sometime in April or May.
The Metropolitan Division-leading Islanders have won all three meetings this season, outscoring the Rangers 13-4. The Isles have dominated, pinning their rivals deep in their own end by dictating pace with their relentless forecheck.
Just 50 games into his NHL career, forward Kevin Hayes is giving Rangers fans reason to feel very, very enthusiastic about his future.
Rangers wingers Mats Zuccarello and Martin St. Louis have blown hot and cold throughout the 2014-15 regular season. Both are pending unrestricted free agents and neither has made any progress toward reaching a contract extension.
The Rangers’ bottom six took a significant hit when 23-year-old winger Jesper Fast was ruled out for two to three weeks following the Rangers’ 3-2 overtime loss to the Dallas Stars on Sunday.
For however long Henrik Lundqvist is out, the Rangers are in good hands with backup goalie Cam Talbot manning the fort.
Should Henrik Lundqvist miss extended time due to his neck injury, backup goaltender Cam Talbot has proven he can protect the castle.
Lundqvist has always possessed the refuse-to-lose mentality and gritty toughness of beloved New York sports icons Derek Jeter and Willis Reed.
The Rangers have a possession anchor in their lineup. Put Tanner Glass on any line, and that line is going to suffer.