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Lias Anderson has 4 goals and 8 points in 10 games. It took him awhile to get going but he now has 4 goals and 2 assists in his last 4 contests. 

The Rangers should try to bring him back!

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2 hours ago, BROOKLYN JET said:

Lias Anderson has 4 goals and 8 points in 10 games. It took him awhile to get going but he now has 4 goals and 2 assists in his last 4 contests. 

The Rangers should try to bring him back!

No way man. Guy burned his bridges here, he’s a baby and can’t play in NY. 

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3 minutes ago, JustEndTheSuffering said:

No way man. Guy burned his bridges here, he’s a baby and can’t play in NY. 

Whatever happened happened. The Rangers burned a top pick on him, they should try make it work. If not they can move him, but the return will be better if he's back with the team, than it will if they move him from Sweden.

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8 minutes ago, BROOKLYN JET said:

Whatever happened happened. The Rangers burned a top pick on him, they should try make it work. If not they can move him, but the return will be better if he's back with the team, than it will if they move him from Sweden.

Not necessarily. If he comes back he’ll probably start playing like crap again and his value will plummet. 

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4 minutes ago, JustEndTheSuffering said:

Not necessarily. If he comes back he’ll probably start playing like crap again and his value will plummet. 

They have nothing to lose, his value is nada, maybe he learned from this like Kratzov did.

Making him feel wanted may go a long way, they had high hopes for him.

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Terrible give away by Tony D, leads to a bad call on Stome and a PP goal for STL.

Mika almost got it back, great save by Binni.

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5 minutes ago, BROOKLYN JET said:

They have nothing to lose, his value is nada, maybe he learned from this like Kratzov did.

Making him feel wanted may go a long way, they had high hopes for him.

If he comes back and they make it work then great but I’m personally done with the guy. 

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2 minutes ago, JustEndTheSuffering said:

If he comes back and they make it work then great but I’m personally done with the guy. 

I hear you, it's been ugly, just hoping for the best.

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Really tough and good game thus far. 1-1 thru 2, Rangers need to have a big 3rd. If they can beat the Blues, they can beat any team in the league.

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Giorgiev has been sharp tonight

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18 minutes ago, EM31 said:

Giorgiev has been sharp tonight

He looks good, love the way his new mask matches his pads. 😊

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Chris Kreider’s injury exposes Rangers’ youth problem

By Larry Brooks

March 3, 2020 | 8:53pm

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Vitali KravtsovAnthony J. Causi

There were, as the saying goes, 45.5 million reasons why the Rangers signed Chris Kreider to a seven-year contract extension hours ahead of the Feb. 24 trade deadline rather than sending the winger elsewhere as a pending free-agent rental. Just about 45.499 million of the reasons were on display the final two periods in Philadelphia on Friday and all three periods at the Garden against the Flyers on Sunday when Kreider was sidelined with the broken foot he sustained blocking a shot in the first period of the lost weekend’s home-and-home.

For in approaching the deadline, management surveyed the organization and the league and could find no suitable replacements for the power forward. Funny (not haha), but that’s what David Quinn might have said after failing at finding a reasonable facsimile to skate on Mika Zibanejad’s left side until the coach moved Artemi Panarin up to No. 93’s flank for the third period of Sunday’s 5-3 defeat.

A Panarin-Zibanejad combination would form one of the league’s elite power combinations, there is no debate about that with Panarin entering Tuesday’s Garden match against the Blues fourth in the NHL with 90 points (32 goals, 58 assists) and Zibanejad 17th with 65 points (32-33) despite having missed 13 games with a neck issue earlier in the season.

Thing is, the Rangers’ greatest strength this season has been their ability to send Panarin out (with Ryan Strome in the middle) after sending Zibanejad and Kreider out for their turn. The two-pronged attack forced opposition coaches into difficult decisions on matchups with both forward lines and defense pairs. It was a pick-your-poison scenario primary in the Blueshirts’ surge into playoff contention.

So it was if Quinn and his team swallowed a poison pill when Kreider went down for what will likely cost the winger — who had scored 12 goals in 21 games before the injury — the rest of the regular season. This is no excuse for the twin hammerings by the Flyers, the first one by 5-1, just as injuries are never an excuse for not having the organizational depth to overcome them.

The Blue Jackets have been decimated and the Candy Canes are playing without both of their varsity netminders. The Rangers don’t care about that, just as nobody is going to care that the Rangers opened both Sunday and Tuesday with Phil Di Giuseppe on left wing of the first line with Zibanejad and Buchnevich.

(Well, the Di Giuseppe Family undoubtedly cares, but that’s not particularly relevant.)

Di Giuseppe is a 26-year-old, earnest, hard-working grinder who was drafted in the second round, 38th overall, by the ’Canes in 2012. He went from Carolina to Nashville on waivers, then was signed by the Rangers as a free agent last summer and played most of the year with the AHL Wolf Pack before his second recall on Feb. 2. He has 44 points (15-29) in 165 career NHL matches, three points (1-2) in 15 games wearing the Blueshirt, the goal scored Thursday in Montreal.

Putting Di Giuseppe on the first unit is kind of like putting Marcel Hossa or Brad Isbister on the first line with Michael Nylander and Jaromir Jagr, as Tom Renney would do back in the day. It’s a square peg into a round hole. But, other than moving either Brendan Lemieux, who has had a very difficult time of it since returning in mid-January from a broken wrist, or recent acquisition Julien Gauthier up to the top unit from the fourth line, that might be Quinn’s best alternative.

Injuries are not an excuse but they can be a flashlight, illuminating areas of weakness within an organization. Obviously the Blueshirts are lacking up-front. But it is not as if management hasn’t been aware of the deficiency for a fair amount of time.

Indeed, how much different would the picture be if 2017 seventh-overall pick Lias Andersson were ready and/or 2018 ninth-overall pick Vitali Kravtsov were ready and/or 2019 second-overall pick Kaapo Kakko were ready? Actually, if one, two or all three of them had been knocking on the door, management might have sent Kreider through it.

But the three young’uns are not ready. Andersson, who abruptly bolted Hartford in December and was suspended/reinstated weeks later, is playing reasonably well in Sweden for HV71, could be an option come training camp if he is not traded over the summer, but he will not be summoned now. Kravtsov, back with the Wolf Pack after a few weeks in the KHL, is not close. And though Kakko remains with the Rangers, skating a regular shift on the third line, he is not ready for the responsibility that would come with first-line minutes against a more difficult matchup.

There is a lesson here for the Rangers. That is, not to count on 21-and-unders to come to the rescue in a playoff race.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/nypost.com/2020/03/03/chris-kreiders-injury-exposes-rangers-youth-problem/amp/

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1 hour ago, EM31 said:

Giorgiev has been sharp tonight

Spoke a little too soon. Let’s up a softie for the winner. Really tough loss. 

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It may be a little unrealistic to go from bottom feeders (as we were last year)  to the top of the league in one year but i am encouraged that we can skate with some of the best teams in the league.  Last night with St. Louis and before that with the Bruins a few weeks ago.

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Just heard on The Michael Kay Show that official timetable for Kreider is 4-6 weeks. That’s the season unless we can sneak into the playoffs. 

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Rangers get great news with talk of huge salary cap bump, how to use the cash

News out of Florida has the NHL believing next year’s salary cap could be between $84 and $88 million which is much higher than the originally projected $83M. Cap pressed team’s like the Rangers will now have even more flexibility this summer to not only lock up their RFA’s but maybe even dabble in the free agent market.

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Bill Daly says he gave GMs a salary cap projection today for next season: the cap will be anywhere from $84 million to $88.2 million. The exact figure will be negotiated with the NHLPA.

 

Daly also revealed that in CBA negotiations with the NHLPA there has been talk of creating a multi year salary cap number(s) in order to provide more stability and allow teams to better plan ahead....

 
 
 
 

Taking care of the house

Heading into the offseason the Rangers have a lot of work to do, primarily dealing with their RFA’s. This summer they need to make decisions on Alexandar Georgiev, Tony DeAngelo, Ryan Strome, and Brendan Lemieux. They will have about $16M (@84) to $20M (@88) to take care of those key players.

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Looking at Cap Friendly the Rangers have 15 players under contract for next season (8F, 5D, 2G) for $67.1M including $7.5 in dead cap space (Shattenkirk, Girardi, Spooner). At $16M the Rangers can work out 2 year bridge deals with all 4 RFAs. I can see both Strome and DeAngelo combining for about $7M, Lemieux and Georgiev for about $5M bringing the total to $12M.

Once you bring up Kravtsov and maybe a defenseman on an ELC the Rangers would have about $2.5M to add 2 more forwards (12th, and an extra). Of course if the cap is 88 that jumps to 6M, and enough to keep Jesper Fast at about $3M AAV.

Trade or Free Agency Players

Hard decisions will need to be made if the Rangers want to be players at the draft or free agency and it starts with Henrik Lundqvist. Should he retire that would give the Rangers 8.5 back to the cap and increase that number to between 11-15.5M. If it is a Hank Trade that drops to about $7M-11M. A buyout of Brendan Smith would be your next likely scenario and that gives them another 1.5M this season. A Marc Staal waive and trade with a 50% retain, makes it an additional 2.6M.

While a Hank retirement and the other two scenarios being unlikely to happen at once, it would give the Rangers $15-20 to play with this off-season (at worse 10-15). Mind-blowing when you think about it and definitely music to Jeff Gorton’s ears no matter how you slice it.

https://www.foreverblueshirts.com/rangers-get-great-news-with-talk-of-huge-salary-cap-bump-how-to-use-the-cash/

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3 minutes ago, JustEndTheSuffering said:

Holy sh*t Mika just had the performance of a lifetime. We’re watching greatness. 

3rd Ranger to score 5 in a game.

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