The Islanders can also clinch a spot Thursday night with some help from other teams, including the Rangers. It just doesn’t look like the Blueshirts feel all that inclined to help their long-time rivals out.
The Rangers may have to wait until Saturday to find out who they will play in the first round.
Let’s take a look at the 10 biggest deals handed out by the local hockey teams over the last five years.
What a difference a year makes. Rangers winger Rick Nash is dominating all areas of the ice and is in the mix for several awards.
The New York Rangers and defenseman Marc Staal have agreed on a contract extension, keeping Staal off the free agent market this summer.
Staal, 28, is in his eighth season with the Rangers. The former first-round pick of the Blueshirts has scored a goal and added six assists in 41 games this season.
When the Rangers and the Islanders take the ice Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden for their second meeting of the season, the rivalry will be back front and center in the minds of New Yorkers for the first time in a long while.
Are the Rangers a playoff-caliber team? Certainly. Are they Stanley Cup contenders? It sure isn’t looking that way.
At some point, Marc Staal will put pen to paper on a lucrative, long-term contract. It just remains to be seen if the Rangers will be the ones to pony up the dough.
This weekend, the Rangers subjected their fans to back-to-back nights of brutal hockey. And a wake-up call is needed after Sunday’s loss to last-place Edmonton.
Last season, the Rangers surprised many by reaching their first Stanley Cup Final since 1994. The 2014-15 Rangers have more of a youthful look after a number of familiar faces moved on to new teams.
The sting of the double-overtime loss in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup finals is mostly gone. However, don’t think for a second that it is forgotten by the New York Rangers.
After taking part in his first practice under new head coach Alain Vigneault on Friday, Boyle spoke of his desire to remain at the top his game and deliver in New York.
If the Rangers are to return to the Stanley Cup Final, head coach Alain Vigneault will have to work some more magic.
If the Rangers wish to make a return appearance — or two, or three — in the Stanley Cup Final, locking down Staal to a long-term extension is an absolute must.