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.
SAN JOSE -- Rick Nash walked out of SAP Center late Tuesday with a headache that had worsened as the game went on, and was worried about a possible concussion. The rest of the Rangers walked out humbled and sullen after a pathetic effort in a 9-2 trouncing by the Sharks in the third game of the season.
Nash was caught by a high elbow from defenseman Brad Stuart just 2:32 into the game...Read more »
The Rangers third goal will make all the highlight, or lowlight, films, Ryan McDonagh's 180-foot shorthanded clearing pass/bank shot off the right boards that Kings netminder Jonathan Quick totally misplayed at 4:39 of the third period here in Staples Center. It was a moment that left 18,118 fans and players and media stunned, scratching noggins and looking for a replay.
“I didn’t...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 »
One goal, falling away from the net, showed skill. Another, with a pass on a 2 on 1 that deflected under Jonathan Quick, was fortunate.
Here's Brad Richards, after his second game on left wing:
"Some nights you get a lot of chances and they don’t go in, some nights you get one or two and they both go in. It was bound to happen eventually, our line had a lot of good chances, we were...Read more »
Finally, Game 2 at the Staples Center tonight.
Captain Ryan Callahan, out since May following labrum surgery on his left shoulder, pulls on the No. 24 jersey. Expect to see him on the third line, power play and penalty kill.
"I’ve made predictions before that I was going to ease somebody in, and once the game was there and if the guy looks good….", Vigneault said. "In...Read more »
LOS ANGELES---Back to the Pack.
J.T. Miller, who along with Jesper Fast, were two of the youngsters who made the Rangers opening day roster, has been sent to Hartford.
A team spokesman said this morning here in California that the club wanted Miller to get more ice time.
With captain Ryan Callahan (shoulder) returning on Monday, presumably that wasn't going to happen in the NHL.
Miller,...Read more »
Not one to remember, not one that signals doom for the Blueshirts either.
Can't leap to judgement without full roster. A healthy Callahan and Hagelin would've helped.
Still, the Rangers were sloppy, not getting enough of a forecheck to really force Mike Smith to work (24 shots) and Radim Vrbata's hat trick was deadly.
The good moments:
A power play goal from Marc Staal...Read more »
A couple of notable things to pass along:
Brad Richards will indeed open on left wing, with Derek Stepan and Rick Nash. Coach Alain Vigneault said he believes players should be able to handle two positions, and that he believes Richards is a top six guy. I'm not so sure about top six, but I'm not the coach...
Second line remains same as it has been for a couple weeks: Benoit...Read more »
It's warming up...
In the first game of the Alain Vigneault era, the Rangers are here in Glendale, Arizona to battle the Coyotes tonight.
The Blueshirts will skate at 11:30 am, (2:30 ET), so swing back for updates here, and of course, follow daily @stevezipay on Twitter.
Been attracting lots of new followers/readers as we begin what should be a fascinating season, with the new...Read more »
Darroll Powe, Stu Bickel and Brandon Mashinter have all cleared waivers and will be assigned to AHL Hartford.
The three were among the seven cuts made on Sunday.
Head coach Alain Vigneault said that "selfishly", he hoped Powe would clear, because he might be of use during the season.
If Bickel, a physical, right-handed d-man, plays well in the AHL, he might also be added...Read more »