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What Will The Rangers Look Like Next Season?

It’s a great question and one that isn’t certain based on the teams performance this past season.

Management has made it clear that ever player outside of Lundqvist, Brady Skjei and Pavel Buchnevich are on the table as far as trade talks. The Rangers will listen to all trade inquiries, even for some of their top players you wouldn’t consider, like captain Ryan McDonagh. That’s pretty incredible, especially since this team has performed well over the last few seasons, coming as close as you can get to winning a Stanley Cup. But close is not good enough, especially if you’re an original six team in the biggest market under the most scrutiny day in and day out. A change is needed and so the team is open to trade conversations to see how they can rebuild or position themselves to get that Stanley Cup they’ve been chasing since 93-94 season.

So will it be a rebuilding year, or just a makeover for the Rangers? Regardless, Henrik Lundqvist must be feeling a little uneasy since his time and productive play will likely tick a little downward every season from this point forward. A cornerstone of the team in so many ways, Lundqvist is arguably the best and most consistent goalie in the NHL. Just in the last couple of season with coach Alan Vigneault, he’s had the necessary team around him to make playoff appearances and deep runs at the Stanley Cup. At his age, you’ve got to think he’s a little upset or curious of the choices the Rangers will be making in the off season.

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Posted by on May 26, 2016 in Bruce Heen

 

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When Will Henrik Lundqvist Get His Cup?

Bruce HeenHenrik Lundqvist is a true competitor, and he won’t back down from the overarching goal that comes with the territory of being a professional ice hockey player – a Stanley Cup Championship. Over the past two seasons, Lundqvist has come so close but to no avail. What could rock someone to their core after nearly receiving the greatest achievement in the sport’s history, in back to back seasons, continues to be the biggest motivation factor to one of the best goaltenders the sport has ever seen. Lundqvist believes he will get his Stanley Cup, and at his current age of 33, it calls to question how much he has left in the tank.

Lundvist will continue to prepare before every game with extreme dedication. He will take care of his body with a strict diet, keep his body in fantastic shape in order to handle the rigorous 82 game season, and lastly and maybe most important, believe. Part of believing in winning the one trophy that is missing from his illustrious career are the off season moves made by the New York Rangers.

The Rangers are bringing back a tight nucleus of young talent locked up in long term deals and are looking to build off the positive outcome of the past two seasons under the steady leadership of coach Alain Vigneault.

But still, you can’t help but questions Lundqvist age and how tough it is to get the big one. He only has two to three years and some may consider him to be past his prime after coming in to league back in the 2005-06 season as a rookie.

We will have to wait and see.

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Posted by on September 14, 2015 in Bruce Heen

 

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Rangers lose out on Stanley Cup race, but the future looks bright

The New York Rangers are a solid team every year as playoff contenders, and more recently they have had the type of relentless dedication on both sides of the puck that can carry a team all the way to a Stanley Cup title. A surprising run last year to the finals, followed by a season with huge promise this year, including a President’s Trophy during the regular season, panned out to be not enough. It is a big disappointment after what will be an unforgettable season, but the NY Rangers shouldn’t hang their heads in defeat, and instead should look forward to more great seasons much like this one, as they have found a great identity, with a phenomenal nucleus of young and seasoned veterans to lead the charge.

Taking a look at the team that will be coming back next year, you can’t help but like your chances again despite missing out on what seemed like a sure shot to the Stanley Cup finals, especially with the play of the team in Henrik Lundqvist absence. See below for three key areas that bode well for continued Ranger success next season:

1. World Class Goaltending

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Henrik Lundqvist can flat out play and he is absolutely coming into his prime as a goaltender. Not only is he hands down phenomenal, but he is also clutch in big time positions. You think Lundqvist would be rattled after what unfolded a couple weeks ago, but don’t fret – he is a competitor and a great professional. He will continue to show up every night and give it his all, standing on his head game after game, frustrating his counterparts and invigorating his team.

2. Young Talent / Veterans

You have to like this if you’re a coach and fan. Your young players are coming into their own at such an early age and your veterans have plenty left in the tank to motivate and provide developmental direction.

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Jesper Fast

We see this with the emergence of Jesper Fast in the playoffs and the heady play of Kevin Hayes during the regular season / postseason. You also can’t leave out Derek Stepan and Chris Kreider from the core of young players that can flat out play on the NY Rangers squad. These two can sometimes get lost in the veteran talk because they have been good for some time, and by some time we are talking 3-5 years, which is really quite young in hockey terms. They are growing, learning and their ceiling has yet to be met and should only continue to provide great scoring / playmaking touch that you can’t help but love. Not to mention,

Kreider is a freak athlete that is fast, strong, and is only truly starting to realize his

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potential. Just check out this video of him jumping out of the shallow end of a pool, it’s crazy.

Looking at the veterans, you can’t ignore Rick Nash and his scoring during the regular season, but you do need to point out his subpar play in the postseason. Subpar might be a bit harsh, but if you look at the stat sheet you can see how people could judge him, especially after a season filled with scoring and assists. Nash can do a lot of things, and that’s exactly what he did during the Rangers post season run this season. He didn’t always show up on the state sheet, but his presence was definitely felt most times he was on the ice. Another veteran worth noting is Derek Brassard. His play in the postseason was on display big time an you’d think if it wasn’t for him the Rangers wouldn’t have gotten nearly as far as they did with such little scoring than they are accustomed to in their postseason run.

3. Blue Line Presence

The Rangers have one of the best defenses in the league, hands down. Each line gets the job done and some, with a few capable providing offense on the other end. There’s not much to pick at here and they will continue to have this identity for years to come, as there major assets are locked into long-term deals.

The NY Rangers exit from the postseason came as a surprise to many, but it shouldn’t dissuade you in the least. This team won’t be changing drastically from the cast that carried them all the way to a President’s Trophy during the regular season. The future looks bright, so sit back and enjoy a team that will be fun to watch for the foreseeable future.

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Posted by on June 10, 2015 in Bruce Heen

 

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Cam Talbot Needs Help and the NY Rangers Aren’t Delivering

The NY Rangers have put together an impressive streak with back up goalie Cam Talbot filling in for injured starter Henrik Lundqvist. The only issue is Cam Talbot has been very busy during that streak and it is finally starting to come back to bite New York.

Eight games into starting Lundqvist, Talbot has posted an impressive record of 5-1-2, but if you look at his personal statistics you see a completely different story. He has a 3.10 goals against average and save percentage of .894. Talbot isn’t the one to blame, he is facing too much traffic in front and needs help from his team as a whole. One of the Rangers strong suites, defense, hasn’t been where it needs to be recently. Luckily they are clicking on all cylinders in the offensive department to make up for any defensive lapses, but you can’t always rely on offense.

The Rangers need to place a heavier emphasis on defense and they need to protect their goalie. This is first time in his career that Talbot has been a mainstay as a starting goalie in the National Hockey League. The last thing you want is for him to get rattled, because the team doesn’t have too many options after him. It makes you think, will the Rangers consider pulling up a goalie from their minor league system? Talbot has proven he’s capable, but can he handle being the #1 option for this long? It’ll be interesting to see how things play out!

See the video below for highlights of the Rangers most recent game against the Vancouver Canucks:

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Posted by on February 20, 2015 in Bruce Heen

 

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One Potential Record-breaking Ranger

HockeyOn March 14, 2013, Henrik Lundqvist, the goalie for the New York Rangers hockey team, tied Mike Richter’s franchise record of 301 regular season wins by helping to maintain the team’s 4 – 2 lead during the Friday night game.  However, after stopping 30 shots total during the game, Lundqvist had to commend teammate Carl Hagelin who scored three of the four points during the game that night.

Lundqvist allowed the team’s opponents for the night, the Winnipeg Jets, to score twice in a wide-open first period.  But, the goalie shut Winnipeg down in the second and third periods.  One of the spectacular points in the game occurred when Lundquvist made a left pad save just two minutes before Hagelin finished his hat trick, his third score of the night, off a Brad Richards assist.

Kevin Klein, a third-pair defenseman for the Rangers, also played his best game to date with two assists and multiple blocks of offensive shots.  Still, Alain Vigneault, coach for the Rangers, was disappointed when his biggest lineup change for the calendar year only resulted in 23 total shots on the Jets’ goalies, Ondrej Pavelec and Al Montoya.  However, Vigneault said that he was proud of the team’s performance overall and understands that changes will still need to be made to the lineup.  He said that hockey, as a sport, is all about adapting.

However, for the time being Lundqvist is more than contented by the fact that he has tied Ritcher for the record amount of wins during a season. Just one more win will allow Lundqvist to hold the record-breaking title.  Commenting on his own performance, Lundqvist said, “I’m really excited and proud about it, and I hope I have a lot more to give.”

For more information on the recent game please visit http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/hockey/rangers/hagelin-hat-trick-helps-rangers-fly-jets-article-1.1722407.

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Posted by on March 18, 2014 in Bruce Heen

 

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