Steve Zipay takes you inside the locker room, home and on the road, with the New York Rangers, and also writes about the NHL, off and on the ice.
In a strong affirmation of his philosophy, Rangers coach Alain Vigneault set aside all the talk about “system change” today and is challenging his players to compete consistently.
“There’s still some understanding on their part to be...Read more »
Should there be some concern about the team's No. 1 goalie?
It's a little bit of a mystery, but I don't think so.
Ludnqvist was on ice here at the MSG Training Center for a few minutes before the team went on for pactice, wearing a t-shirt, shorts, socks and skates, and appeared to be testing his skates. not far from the bench, while the Zamboni cleaned the ice.
When asked...Read more »
Feeling the need for more offense, size and toughness, the Rangers have recalled Chris Kreider and Brandon Mashinter from Hartford.
On a day that started with the retirement announcement from goaltender Martin Biron, with the corresponding callup of Hartford's No. 1 goalie Cam Talbot to back up Henrik Lundqvist, there were four other moves, but the Kreider and Mashinter transactions...Read more »
Always enjoyed talked hockey and almost anything else with Marty, who had a very solid NHL career. Best wishes to him and his family. Sure we will see him down the road, probably in a broadcast or radio booth....
Here's the Rangers release:
NEW YORK, October 20, 2013 –New York Rangers goaltender Martin Biron announced his retirement today, ending a 16-year National Hockey...Read more »
NEWARK--- For the first time this season, defenseman Michael Del Zotto is a healthy scratch.
“In our first five games, we had one where I was pleased with how our six d had played and that was the L.A. game, (a 3-1 win)” said head coach Alain Vigneault...Read more »
Problem: Ryan Callahan, who has three goals and plays in all situations -- 5-on-5, 5-on-4 and the PK -- will miss three to four weeks with a broken thumb.
First AV solution: Try Taylor Pyatt on the first line and PP and use Darroll Powe on the PK.
"You can't replace what he brings to the table, you hope other guys take advantage of the opportunity to play more minutes,"...Read more »
In prepping for the first visit to Newark this season on Saturday, the Rangers front office and head coach Alain Vigneault are opting to fill the hole left by Ryan Callahan (broken thumb, hit by shot against Caps), with experience raather than youth.
The message, it appears, is that the 2-4 Rangers need to nail down a few winnable games, and let the youngsters simmer a bit in Hartford. Vigneault...Read more »
WASHINGTON -- He never saw it coming. Fifty-one seconds into the third period Wednesday, Caps forward Troy Brouwer blindsided Rangers center Derek Stepan with a forearm in neutral ice, clipping him in the helmet.
Stepan went down and eventually skated to the dressing room; Brouwer was not penalized. The Rangers center returned to the bench with about 13 minutes left.
“The referee...Read more »
So, fellow citizens, the last time that the Rangers---and yours truly---were at the Verizon Center here in Washington, it was May 13, Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, and with a 5-0 win, the Rangers eliminated the Capitals from the playoffs.
Lot of water under the bridge since, eh?
To be sure, both squads are off to tepid starts: The Caps are 2-4; the Blueshirts 1-4.
The...Read more »
Just a quick memo before I leave for D.C. ahead of tomorrow's AM skate and the game against the Caps...
As expected yesterday, J.T. Miller and Cam Talbot were officially summoned from Hartford and practiced; vets Martin Biron and Arron Asham cleared waivers at noon.
Asham (if you read Newsday or newsday.com or my twitter account) had agreed to go to the WolfPack, work...Read more »