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.
Almost $60 million just got pushed to the center of the table in the Stanley Cup poker tourney by Messrs Dolan and adviser/president Sather, who are banking on Henrik Lundqvist to come up with four aces. Or a King-ly flush.
In a move that underscores the NYR ownership belief that this continues to be a win-now team, the brass is asking Lundqvist to carry them farther than they've been since...Read more »
1. Fourth game in six nights, and after an emotional defeat of Torts and Vancouver, kinda expected this. Unravelled in third.
2. Would the non-call on Tobias Enstrom, who pulled Derek Stepan down on a breakway in the third changed the tone of the game? Maybe.
3. Have a feeling John Moore might be back in the lineup on the third d-pair in Buffalo. Michael Del Zotto (minus-3) struggled,...Read more »
A blip or seeds of a goaltender competition?
I'll take Door No. 1.
Alain Vigneault declared Henrik Lundqvist his No. 1 goalie, as well he should be, although he is not been vintage sharp.
So Vigneault chose to give the game against the Winnipeg Jets to first-year netminder Cam Talbot, who has been solid, with a 6-1 record and a 1.49 GAA.
Does he give the Rangers (14-13) a...Read more »
In the hallway at MSG, Torts went on for awhile, past the schedule time for AV at the podium upstairs. With no audience, he left and retunred when the huddled masses arrived after Torts.
Torts still feels that it is hard to sever all the ties here, but in his headline quote, he says: with all due respect, "I'm going to coach this game, hopefully kick...Read more »
The Bs are the Beast of the East for a reason. They rebounded a from a 6-1 loss Wednesday, and down 2-1 in the third today, used their depth and skill to edge the Rangers 3-2 in TD Garden.
Here's some extra quotes, stats and thoughts you won't find in my game story or notes online and in the paper.
I'm thinking Cam Talbot get the start against the Canucks and Henrik...Read more »
1. For U.S. viewers, nothing different. NBC in second year of 10-year deal worth $2 billion. You may see some changes in online coverage outta the North.
2. For NYR, Isles, Devs, other U.S.-based teams, the dough is split evenly, though the seven Canadiens teams get a tad more. So about $15 mil per season, over 12 years, starting next year.
3. Cap will rise, some say to $80 million...Read more »
What went wrong with the Rangers in the 5-0 whippin' by the Lightning?
Oh for 6 on the PP, including a 5 on 3 for a minute.
Turnovers by Brassard, Staal, Dorsett led to goals.
Lundqvist wasn't sharp.
Wrote two days again that who ever scored first had an excellent chance of winning. Trouble came early.
And boy, were they soft. Could...Read more »
Having covered the entire pre-season, starting in Banff, all 23 regular-season games and virtually every practice and morning skate, it’s an understatement to say I’m thankful to be home for a Thanksgiving break. Hope everyone has a swell holiday with family and friends.
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Still waiting to find out if two consecutive shutouts is a record for by a first-year goalie for the Rangers. I’d be surprised if it wasn’t.
“You have to stay focused, you can’t take a...Read more »
Howdy from the Lone Star State, where the Rangers visit the Stars tomorrow in the first match of a five-game road trip.
I'm just here for the barbecue.
Kidding, of course; I consider Dallas just a stopover on the way to Music Row in Nashville.
Not really kidding on that.
Anyhow, encamped not far from American Airlines Arena and can report that head coach Alain...Read more »