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.
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 »
For the third time in four games on this season-opening Western trip, the Rangers (1-2) will face a club staging its home opener, with all the inherent ceremonies, introductions and an energetic crowd.
For the Blueshirts, tonight's clash with the Ducks (2-1) will have a greater emphasis on intensity.
They presumably will be without Rick Nash, who apparently sustained a concussion on...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 »
Derek Stepan, who practiced for ther first time since signing his two-year, $61.5 million contract on Thursday, said he needs some more conditioning and time to adjust to the head coach Alain Vigneault's system, which requires different reads on offense than under John Tortorella.
And he was met with a twist: Brad Richards on left wing, a Vigneault experiment, and Ryan Callahan...Read more »
The deciding factor in not using a compliance buyout on Brad Richards, Glen Sather said today, was because he believes the veteran center is “a really good player. I think he had an off-year, and we think he’ll be much better next year.”
Sather, the Rangers president and general manager, said the seven-year term did not have an impact “right now” on the decision to keep his annual cap charge...Read more »
The text from the Rangers really surprised me, although some people had a gut feeling that Brad Richards wouldn't go anywhere in 2013-14.
It read: "The Rangers will not be using our one remaining compliance buyout during this offseason."
In other words, Richards, coming off the worst campaign of his career, and his $9 million salary and $6.7 million cap hit will be with the...Read more »
In what could be an elimination game at Madison Square Garden against the Bruins on Thursday night, Rangers coach John Tortorella has shaken up his lineup by benching struggling veteran Brad Richards.
Tortorella also is replacing injured defenseman Anton Stralman with Roman Hamrlik, and apparently will insert one of the little-used forwards Micheal Haley and Kris Newbury for Arron Asham.
Richards,...Read more »