The Rangers pulled the plug on MDZ at the right time. Meanwhile, Kevin Klein has been trusted to play an increased role this season — and it’s paying off.
Ryan Callahan, Anton Stralman and Brian Boyle stormed into MSG to give Rangers fans a taste of what their team is missing: effort, execution and confidence.
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.
After being embarrassed by the lowly Edmonton Oilers on Sunday, the highly-motivated Rangers flipped the script by dominating the Metropolitan Division-leading Pittsburgh Penguins for the entirety of 60 minutes on Tuesday night.
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.
More than a few eyebrows were raised when the Rangers committed a five-year contract worth $25 million to 27-year-old center Derick Brassard. Those eyebrows are not raised anymore.
The injury-ravaged Rangers will be without inspirational captain and all-situation defenseman Ryan McDonagh for the majority of a packed November schedule.
At this stage of his career, it’s crucial that Moore gets consistent playing time to prove that he can repair his damaged image.
What unfolded was a comeback for the ages. The Rangers showed their fight, unleashing a hurricane in the form of Derick Brassard, Rick Nash and Mats Zuccarello.
Since making his NHL debut Dec. 28, 2010, Chris Mueller has been a wandering nomad, travelling from city to city hoping to force his way onto an NHL roster for a full season. He may not have to move again.
Even though Hayes is fresh out of college and only four games into his NHL career, head coach Alain Vigneault is impressed with Hayes’ poise with the puck and intelligent decision-making.
Nash has been an ever-present force, extinguishing any concerns that his $7.8 million annual salary through the 2017-18 season would be a burden on the Blueshirts.
Had John Tortorella still been coaching the Rangers, turnover-prone defenseman Mike Kostka would have been glued to the bench for the rest of Tuesday night’s 6-3 loss to the rival Islanders. As it were, Alain Vigneault had other ideas.
Rick Nash’s early season resurgence on the ice has coincided with joy off the ice. On Monday, his wife, Jessica, delivered a healthy baby boy named McLaren.
On Thursday night, the Rangers entered a rowdy building in St. Louis and emerged as the victors thanks to a bit of magic from their top line. It will have to continue.