It appears that Marc Staal and the Rangers have dodged a pretty significant bullet.
If you’re not a skilled team or a physical team, what are you? The answer is a blindingly mediocre team. Right now, the 15-15-1 Rangers are lacking any sliver of identity under head coach Alain Vigneault.
The Rangers were trounced 4-1 by the Capitals at Madison Square Garden on Sunday.
Marc Staal is one of the league’s foremost shutdown defenseman. Unless the Rangers receive an unexpected stroke of luck, they will need to figure out how to cope with losing Staal for an extended period of time.
J.T. Miller clearly believes in his own abilities. That’s a very healthy asset for a 20-year-old trying to cement a place on an NHL roster.
With Henrik Lundqvist’s extension completed, Glen Sather is going to need to get very creative to supply the goaltender with the talent required for a legitimate Stanley Cup run.
According to a report, the deal is for seven years and $59.5 million. The new contract would make Lundqvist the highest-paid goalie in the league starting in the 2014-15 season.
Henrik Lundqvist will have to wait his turn. Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault announced that Cam Talbot will start in goal against the Winnipeg Jets on Monday night.
The Rangers’ lack of a cutting edge is essentially forcing general manager Glen Sather to make a move.
“I’m excited, kind of a controlled emotion,” Nash told reporters on Tuesday. “It’s been a long six weeks, so I’m excited to get in there.”
Nash has not suited up for the Rangers since suffering a concussion in San Jose on October 8. The 29-year-old winger has skated for nine consecutive days.
Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault confirmed that winger Rick Nash will participate in full practice on Wednesday.
On Saturday, Rangers winger Rick Nash skated for the first time since suffering a concussion on October 8 in San Jose.
The Rangers have turned their miserable start around, but they must keep hitting the accelerator hard. If they do, their win over the Penguins will not be a fluke. It will be the jumping off point of a team that is going to be in contention for the Eastern Conference title for the remainder of the season.
Perhaps a package of Girardi, Miller, a minor-league forward and a combination of draft picks could be enough to sway MacTavish into parting with Yakupov.