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.
Besides the intrigue surrounding Ryan Callahan's future, although a deal appears to be getting closer for him to remain in New York, there were a few developments at Rangers practice.
Mats Zuccarello, sidelined since his broke his left hand blocking a shot for Norway in the Olympics, won't play tomorrow against Toronto, the fourth game he has missed, but is day to day. He practiced, and has...Read more »
With the trade deadline about 30 hours away, some musings:
If the Rangers are interested in C Ryan Kesler (perhaps to keep him away from Pittsburgh and Philadelphia), it will take either Derek Stepan or Derick Brassard, a prospect, (would be lucky if it's Danny Kristo or someone Torts likes, say, Marek Hrivik) and maybe a No. 2 pick if GM Mike Gillis can't pry a No. 1 from the...Read more »
More AV from Wells Fargo center:
On the trio in final year of contracts:
"Hank, Ryan and Dan, they’re a big part of our team, not just how we play, but the chemistry within our group and the accountability within our group, and all those guys have handled it extremely well. Hank has found his rhythm, but in Dan’s case, it never seemed to affect them. Guys were able to focus on what’s...Read more »
In a surprising pre-game briefing here in Philadelphia, when asked about Dan Girardi's six-year, $33 million contract, coach Alain Vigneault offered a strong opinion on Ryan Callahan's status:
“I’m very confident that the other half will get done as well. Dan’s been a New York Ranger all his life, he’s a big part of our team. For that to get done is very positive for our group....Read more »
The six-year, $33-million contract that Dan Girardi and his camp agreed to earlier today is a win for both sides.
The Rangers needed to lock up their fearless, reliable (four games missed in eight seasons), shot-blocking, right-handed first-pair defenseman, who would have been the target of a dozen clubs had he gotten to unrestricted free agency in June. It's simple supply and demand. There's...Read more »
It’ll be Cam Talbot (10-5-0, 1.79, .935) and Corey Crawford (22-9-10, 2.35, .916) in nets tonight, the first post-Sochi game for both clubs, and for Rangers fans feeling the trade winds, captain Ryan Callahan and defenseman Dan Girardi, at least at this point in the afternoon, are set to play.
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That's what the Rangers captain told reporters after practice Wednesday when asked if he was prepared for the possibility of being dealt before March 5th. But he is, of course, no agent wouldn't prepare a client who is an unrestricted free agent during an impasse in talks with a team.
As noted, there has been no progress on a long-term contract between his camp and the Rangers front office,...Read more »
Again, busy day today, so just got around to transcribing and editing some of the the interviews today from some of the Rangers Olympians. I've whittled it down to some pertinent (in my opinion) quotes, not the whole enchildada. Hmm.. why am I hungry all of a sudden?
From Ryan Callahan: “I don’t think we met the expectations we had going into the tournament. The first three games I thought...Read more »
Apologies, some delayed bullets here:
Had to travel and exhange laptops with the office. Apparently I burned out the motherboard. Insert joke here.
* As we suggested as a possibility during the weekend, J.T. Miller was recalled from Hartford this afternoon, and presumably will dress against the Hawks Thursday. Figure he'll be on the third line with Brassard/Pouliot in place...Read more »
It’s official: Mats Zuccarello will be MIA for at least six games, according to the latest diagnosis.
The Rangers leading scorer and an important part of the power...Read more »