Let’s be clear. What the Rangers are going through isn’t an effort issue. They’re struggling to understand Vigneault’s concept of uptempo hockey that also requires sound positioning.
The Rangers defeated the Los Angeles Kings, 3-1, on Monday night at Staples Center. Richards was front and center in Vigneault’s first victory as head coach of the Blueshirts as he scored two of three Rangers goals.
The return of Callahan’s inspirational and wholehearted play couldn’t come at a more important time. New York’s preseason slump carried into Thursday’s regular-season opener as it lost to the Coyotes, 4-1.
“It kills me, it kills me,” Tortorella told TSN. “That kid there … that kid there, I grew up with him. I learned a lot from him in Tampa. We grew up together in Tampa. I don’t know where (the relationship) went.”
The new NHL comes to life when the puck drops on Tuesday night. Four brand spanking new divisions (some with geographically confusing names) will be introduced. From there, it should be chaos as usual.
So begins hockey’s version of “Trading Places.” Two opposite personalities in Vigneault and Tortorella are thrown directly into each other’s former worlds.
A number of prospects including Marek Hrivik, Danny Kristo and Connor Allen could crack the Rangers’ opening-night roster.
The message from the New York Rangers’ bench might not be any different from in years past. The tone in which it is delivered most likely will be.
There’s zero chance that Glen Sather’s bully tactics will accelerate stalled talks with restricted free-agent center Derek Stepan.
Cory Schneider’s competitive start to his Devils career couldn’t have gone more swimmingly.
Zuccarello showed Rangers fans the clearest indication of his staying power when he returned from the KHL at the back end of last season.
With the start of free agency looming on Friday, the Rangers should be looking to shed salary in order to get in on the action.
Big trades could dominate Sunday’s 2013 NHL Draft at Prudential Center in Newark.
The Rangers announced on Friday that they will not use a compliance buyout on the former Conn Smythe Trophy winner, and he will be back with the team for the 2013-2014 campaign.
First, it was the Philadelphia Flyers announcing Briere’s buyout, then the Lightning sending Lecavalier packing. Are the Rangers ready to break up with Brad Richards?