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.
What Marc Staal saw through his tinted visor didn’t really concern him. Columbus defenseman Nikita Nikitin was skating with the puck on the right side of his own zone, perhaps 80 feet away. Staal was on the left side of the Rangers zone.
Nikitin began to shoot, hesitated, took another stride, and whipped a wrister in Staal’s direction, apparently trying to get the puck deep.
Instead,...Read more »
"Good to have our captain back," said Alain Vigneault, after Ryan Callahan delivered a check to Robyn Regehr on his first shift after shoulder surgery in May. "It was my first time seeing him live, being with him as a coach; he brings a lot to the table, poise with the puck, competitive nature when he doesn’t have it, finishes every check. For a player who’s not big in size, he certainly...Read more »
1. Have a sense that Rangers brass is waiting to see if they have a real shot at Phoenix’ Dave Tippett and will see how the interviews (with Alain Vigneault, Dallas Eakins and presumably others) evolve.
2. Prediction: John Tortorella will be back coaching -- if not this year, the next -- in a smaller U.S. market, and be successful. Networks better be careful though, if Torts wants an out from...Read more »
Rangers coach John Tortorella will not disclose his lineup this morning, and not speaking before game here at Verizon Center, so it sounds as if there will be some changes, unless this is just shadow-boxing.
We'll see in warmups, or get some inkling.
But between one and four players could dress for the first time since their injuries:
Forward Ryane Clowe, who has missed...Read more »
Albeit in a non-contacrt jersey, Ryane Clowe skated and shot for the first time since he was drilled by Bobby Sanguinetti against Carolina in the next to last game of the year.
He said he would not rule out playing in Game 2 tomorrow, that his conditioning was okay, but needed to check with doctors to determine whether he could take hits. He would not discuss his undisclosed injury.
Derek...Read more »
WASHINGTON, D.C.----So judging from an optional skate at Verizon Center, some interviews and observations, it appears the Rangers will deploy the same lineup against the Capitals tonight that closed...Read more »
Marc Staal’s younger brother, Jared, 22, who was called up from the AHL’s Charlotte Checkers on Wednesday for his Hurricanes debut, on Thursdaynight will be part of the fourth brother trio to appear in an NHL game.
“It’s awesome,” said Marc, the Rangers defenseman who would have been part of the quartet if not for a right eye injury from a deflected shot on March 5. “I was excited yesterday...Read more »
RALEIGH -- Marc Staal, who hopes to return soon from an injury that damaged his right eye---the second major setback in two years to the former All-Star defenseman---has been nominated for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy.
The trophy, awarded annually since 1967-68 to the NHL player whobest exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to the game. The nomination...Read more »
1. Chris Kreider, recalled yesterday, as covered here and in the paper, will indeed play tonight at home against Florida. Brian Boyle is out indefinitely with a lower-body injury, the team confirmed. Boyle injured his right leg on a check Tuesday in Philadelphia. It appears to be a knee problem, but team is not discussing.
2. Henrik Lundqvist will start his ninth...Read more »
Marc Staal is progressing, but he’s not ready for the lineup yet.
Staal, wearing a visor to protect his right eye, which was struck by a deflected puck on March 5 against the Flyers, skated twice Wednesday, once in a full practice with the team in a “non-contact with the eye [jersey]”, he joked.
Fellow blueliner Ryan McDonagh was encouraged: “He is getting better fast, which is a good...Read more »