The Rangers sent a resounding message Wednesday night, not only to one of the best teams in the NHL, but also to their own general manager, Glen Sather: Leave us be. We’ll get it.
Derek Stepan scored his first three goals of the season, and Carl Hagelin added his first two as the New York Rangers’ had their best offensive output of the season in a 5-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night.
Ever since his October 20 recall, Chris Kreider has been the Rangers’ most effective player on a nightly basis.
While Hagelin’s inevitable Tuesday return will give the Rangers a significant lift, it’s clear that every man inside the locker room must accept their share of burden for the Rangers’ underwhelming 3-7-0 start.
The 22-year-old isn’t harping on his previous disappointments. This is an entirely fresh chance under a new coach in Vigneault, whose uptempo system could make best use of Kreider’s array of offensive abilities.
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 Rangers have locked up a key piece of their present and future.
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.
Derek Stepan does not have a leg to stand on, and let’s be honest, the Rangers have held the power cards throughout the summer.
There isn’t any reason why Rangers GM Glen Sather should play with fire and potentially expose Henrik Lundqvist to free agency in 2014.
Talented prospect Danny Kristo will be given every opportunity to the crack the New York Rangers’ opening night roster.
Next time the wheel comes around, Stepan is going to get paid. Big-time. His offensive game will flourish under new head coach Alain Vigneault.
Rangers fans don’t have anything to worry about when it comes to two of their key pieces in Lundqvist and Stepan. It’s only a matter of time before their new deals get done.