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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.

via Bruce Heen http://bruceheen.net/what-will-the-rangers-look-like-next-season/

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Posted by on May 26, 2016 in Bruce Heen

 

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NY Rangers Gaining Momentum Without McDonagh, Nash

Bruce HeenThe NY Rangers have stringed together four straight wins without two of their best players. Both Ryan McDonagh and Rick Nash are huge contributors to the winning formula of The Rangers. First reaction is to think New York will have issues scoring and defending, ultimately losing games and falling out of the tight playoff race in the east. Luckily this just isn’t the case, and what’s occurring for The Rangers is very reminiscent of the teams success and eventual President’s Trophy last year. They are getting contributions up and down the roster with some unlikely players making a mark on the stat sheet.

One player that is experiencing a great hot streak over the last 10 games is J.T. Miller. Miller is young, energetic, but early on has had a tough time finding his place on the team. He has been up and down and in and out of The Rangers team and there AHL affiliate, The Hartford Wolfpack. With Miller’s latest output of scoring, it is hard to imagine him making a return to the AHL and likely has cemented himself as a solid NHL player.

Outside of Miller, we are seeing players like Jesper Fast, Dominic Moore, and Kevin Hayes making their presence felt. The Rangers most recent game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, a 3-0 win, Fast, Moore, and Hayes each scored a goal. For Dominic Moore it was his first goal of 2016!

In summary, The Rangers are playing some of their best hockey at a great point of the season. Once McDonagh and Nash get back in the action they should only strengthen the team.

via Bruce Heen http://bruceheen.net/ny-rangers-gaining-momentum-without-mcdonagh-nash/

 
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Posted by on February 12, 2016 in Bruce Heen

 

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