Rangers Stay Quiet at Deadline, No Nash, Acquire Scott

February 27, 2012

The weeks leading up to the NHL Trade Deadline are fun. The speculation of what players a team will acquire, what deals will be made, the breaking news; it’s all great. But sometimes it doesn’t live up to the hype. Today there were only about 15 trades, with one real headliner.

Columbus Blue Jackets forward Rick Nash is staying put in Ohio, at least for the time being. According to the NY Post, the Rangers made one last ditch effort in the dying seconds prior to the deadline, offering up Brandon Dubinsky, 2011 first-round pick J.T. Miller, defensive prospect Tim Erixon, prospect Christian Thomas and a first-round pick in this year’s draft, but it was not enough.

In the same report, it is believed Columbus G.M. Scott Howson actually increased his demands, wanting Dubinsky along with either defensemen Michael Del Zotto or Ryan McDonagh, either Derek Stepan or Carl Hagelin, Boston College star and 2009 first-round pick Chris Kreider, and a first-round pick at this year’s draft.

Following the deadline, Howson said he was approached by Nash asking to be traded, less than two years after signing an eight-year contract extension.

The Rangers did make one minor move, acquiring defenseman John Scott from the Chicago Blackhawks for a 2012 fifth-round pick. Scott, 29, has one assist and 49 PIMs in 29 games this season.

At the end of the day, I think this was the right move for the Rangers to make. As I’ve written, Nash is a world-class talent, but he isn’t worth the asking price. Chris Botta of the NY Times Tweeted that this team as is, should be given a shot to show what they could do in the post-season. Nash will still be on the market, and if this team falls short of the Eastern Conference Finals, then go make a move.

Scott won’t be much of a difference maker. He’s a 6-foot 8-inches and about 260 pounds, but doesn’t bring much in terms of offense. 

I still would have liked to see the team add a scorer, but the market just wasn’t there this year. Too many potential movers re-signed with their teams, while others’ asking prices were just too high.

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Thomas Named CHL Player of the Week

December 10, 2011

I know I’m a little late on this one, but bobbling the ball is better than dropping it entirely, right?

Rangers prospect Christian Thomas was named the CHL’s Player of the Week for the week of for last week, when he scored a hat trick and nine points in two wins by his club, the Oshawa Generals. On Friday, he registered five points— including the hat trick— in the Generals’ win. He followed that up the next game with his first four-assist game of his career.

The 2010 second-round pick, and son of former NHLer Steve Thomas, was invited to Team Canada’s National Junior Team camp, which begins today in Calgary.

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Rangers Announce First Training Camp Cuts

September 24, 2011

The Rangers today announced the organization’s first round of cuts, as the team prepares for the 2011-12 season.

Players Assigned to the Connecticut Whale (AHL)

Players Returned to Juniors

Rangers Fall to Devils, 2-1, in Preseason Opener

September 21, 2011

Talk about a boring, bland, vanilla game. Sure, it was the first of six pre-season games with many prospects and a few guys we’ll never hear form again sprinkled into the mix, but this game was just not fun to watch. Some bullet points followed by some quotes courtesy of the great Andrew Gross over at Rangers Rants, who I had the pleasure of exchanging some pointless tweets with during the game.

  • Henrik Lundqvist looked good in his 30-plus minutes tonight. The goal by Peter Sykora just had eyes, and Hank didn’t on the play. He made some pretty saves throughout, and looked to be in good shape. The Devils had their three best offensive players in the game tonight in Ilya Kovalchuk, Zach Parise and Patrick Elias. No slouches there.
  • Dale Weise could make it difficult for the coaching staff to send him to Hartford after his performance, including the Rangers’ only goal late in the third period. I still like Sean Avery as a third-line winger, but Weise brings a toughness and some offense. I do think Avery will make the team, with Weise being the first call-up. I think this team just has too many inexperienced players, and Avery’s time in the NHL will help him out.
  • Erik Christensen was invisible, and I couldn’t be happier. Simply put, I don’t want this guy on this hockey team this season. I don’t even have anything else to say. Read the rest of this entry »

Roster for Preseason Game Against Devils

September 20, 2011

Feels like training camp started just a couple days ago, doesn’t it? That’s the beauty of the NHL: training camp starts and before you know it, there are games to be played. I’m not complaining.

Anyway, John Tortorella announced the roster for tomorrow night’s tilt with the New Jersey Devils up in Albany.

Forwards: Sean Avery, Brandon Dubinsky, Dale Weise, Andre Deveaux, John Mitchell, Erik Christensen, Artem Anisimov, J.T. Miller, Christian Thomas, Ryan Bourque, Shane McColgan and Carl Hagelin.

Defense: Michael Del Zotto, Dan Girardi, Brendan Bell, Steve Eminger, Tim Erixon and Dylan McIlrath.

Goaltenders: Henrik Lundqvist and Cam Talbot. Read the rest of this entry »

Rangers Traverse City Roundup

September 15, 2011

After two impressive wins to open the Traverse City tournament, the New York Rangers prospects lost two straight games, including last night against the Buffalo Sabres, falling 5-2 in the championship game.

Unfortunately, the Rangers were unable to win the tournament, but there is still plenty to be happy about. For one, the Rangers’ top prospects of Tim Erixon, Dylan McIlrath, Ryan Bourque and Christian Thomas all looked very strong over the five-day tournament.

Starting with Erixon, the kid has given the Rangers’ brass every reason to consider him for the big club this season. He looks poised and calm every shift, and sees the ice very well. It’s clear his time in Sweden has helped him develop quicker than most. He was clearly the most NHL-ready Ranger throughout the tournament.

McIlrath showed his toughness and grit all week, especially in his fight in one of the earlier games. I like that he was given the C, and he showed why throughout the tournament. I don’t think he’s NHL-ready, and a season in the AHL would no-doubt do the 2010 first-round pick good. This kid is going to be a main-stay on the Rangers blue line sooner rather than later. Read the rest of this entry »

Rangers Defeat Blues, 5-2, In Traverse City Opener

September 11, 2011

Well, that is surely how you want to open up a tournament. The Rangers really just seemed to have their way with the St. Louis Blues prospect team last night. They controlled the puck, forced penalties and capitalized on their opportunities. Here are some of my thoughts from last night’s game.

  1. Jason Missiaen is one big guy.He stand 6-foot 8 inches tall, and is just a monster between the pipes. That begin said, he went 10-33-8 last season in the QMJHL, so the size doesn’t help much, albeit in an offensive-oriented league. He had a strong game though.
  2. The power play last night moved the puck very well, and like the broadcast team said several times, it didn’t look like a team that had been together for one practice. They cycled the puck and looked for the open shot while having some traffic in front. The big squad could take something from it.
  3. Really liked seeing Dylan McIlrath be given the “C” for the tournament. He is the type of player who appears to be a born leader. He’s still a kid, but you can tell what type of force his on the ice and in the locker room. I think he handled himself well out there. Read the rest of this entry »