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.
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.
Magic tends to happen when the 31-year-old Swede takes his customary place between the pipes at The World’s Most Famous Arena.
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.
On Thursday evening, the Rangers announced the discouraging news that their heart-and-soul captain is expected to miss three-to-four weeks due to a broken thumb.
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.
While medical science has progressed, true progress has yet to be made by the league regarding headshots. Players are still targeting the heads of fellow professionals, and are only receiving small bans for their actions.
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.
A number of prospects including Marek Hrivik, Danny Kristo and Connor Allen could crack the Rangers’ opening-night roster.
After putting his team through the paces, Vigneault spoke of his excitement to be to working with “elite” winger Rick Nash.
Lundqvist would probably trade in all of his endorsement deals, give away closets full of designer suits and hand over the keys to his Maserati in an instant if it meant he could take one sip from Lord Stanley’s Cup.
Vigneault needs to do what comes naturally for him, and that means developing offensive creativity on a team that’s been nearly bereft of that commodity.
Vigneault is ready to breathe fresh life into the Rangers. It’s going to be a new era of exciting, offensively-expressive hockey now that Vigneault is replacing John Tortorella behind the Blueshirts’ bench.
Vigneault may not be a breath of fresh air, but he’s not the restrictive leader that Tortorella was and that’s good news for the Rangers.