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New York Rangers Should Trade Pavel Buchnevich, Adam McQuaid & Mats Zuccarello And Keep Kevin Hayes

The Rangers have about three weeks and 28 days to figure out what they are going to do with Adam McQuaid, Kevin Hayes, Mats Zuccarello and Pavel Buchnevich. The news has told us that the Rangers are going to trade Kevin Hayes, Mats Zuccarello and probably Adam McQuaid. Which really hurts most if not all long-time Rangers fan Zuccarello has been a fan favorite for so many years in New York and Kevin Hayes is becoming a fan favorite as he continues to be a more integral part of this team.

The headline may show that I would like to see Buchnevich and Zuccarello traded over Hayes but in all honesty I would like to see Zuccarello stay but I do understand this is a business and decisions need to be made. I am all in favor of getting rid of Buchnevich though. He is an RFA at the end of his entry-level contract he would cost very little to re-sign for most teams and the Rangers really do not need him.

Mats Zuccarello is 31-years-old yes he is definitely nearing his mid-thirties and we are all aware of that, he is valuable to any top contending playoff team so it makes sense to get rid of him, it sucks to see but it makes sense. The Rangers can probably receive a decent amount for Zuccarello, probably a first rounder and mid-level prospect.

Now, my case to get rid of Buchnevich and keep Hayes. Hayes is 26-years-old he has already gone through his years of “adjusting” to the NHL speed, level, style of play and has solidified himself as a top-six forward in the NHL. If the Rangers are looking to the future why would they not want to keep Hayes? He is the perfect age, in his prime, and for young players that are going to be coming into the Rangers organization by the time they develop and get adjusted to the NHL game Hayes will probably be 29-30 years old, which is again a great age to help teach these young players, be a play-maker for these young guys, and if Hayes re-signs his contract will probably end by the age of 31-32 so we get his best years out if him then he moves on.

Let’s be honest Buchnevich has not panned out to be anything the Rangers imagined, he has been a healthy scratch this year, and previous years and has not quite adjusted to the NHL level yet, therefore why would they continue to give this guy a shot, sign him back and get nothing out of him when they can probably trade him get a 2nd or 3rd round pick and move on from that situation. Buchnevich has played one full season with the Rangers and aside from his 43 point season last year he has been extremely inconsistent when he is in the line up. I know I am not the only one who believes this about Buchnevich but the 23-year-old has not been what the Rangers expected him to be, he may still be developing but I’d rather not take a shot on Buchnevich when the Rangers already have a solidified solid 45-50+ point guy in Kevin Hayes. Trading Hayes may be “best” for the re-build but the Rangers have already chosen five first rounders in the last two years, they have another one this year, two second rounders (maybe a 1st this year if Tampa wins the Cup) so really how much can the Rangers bank on draft picks to make them a legitimate playoff team again.

Call me crazy but I’d rather have a guaranteed top-six winger/center, someone who can be effective with whoever he plays, is a leader, veteran and a good player for young players to play alongside then a player who is 23-years-ole, someone we have a 147 game report on that shows some major flaws and inconsistency in his game, can only play with top guys to be effective and is a question mark as to what he can be int he future.

Say the Rangers trade Zuccarello, Buchnevich, McQuaid, don’t re-sign Cody McLeod or Fredrik Claesson that will leave 9.62 million to re-sign Hayes, Pionk and Deangelo.

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New York Rangers David Quinn’s Report Card

The New York Rangers are coming off a rough three-game stretch, all three games coming on the road and all resulting in a lose. The Rangers most recent road trip does not do David Quinn much justice, therefore looking past these three games but still considering them to some extent. Here is my take on the Rangers new head coach report card up until this point.

The Rangers entered this season with very little, to no intention on making playoffs. I’m sure there was still that one fan named Antonio from Brooklyn, New York who grew up a die hard Ranger fan that still believed the Rangers had a chance of making the playoffs this season. Sorry, Antonio but the Rangers are not going to be a playoff team for a little while. Quinn came into the Rangers organization for a few reasons (1) to help develop young players, he did a great job with players at Boston University (Jack Eichel, Charlie McAvoy..) (2) The Rangers were heading into a new direction, a younger more patient, looking to the future direction. Which made Quinn perfect role for this job. (3) They needed a new face, some new ideas, a shake up from a coach who never coached professional hockey, someone who can come in and brought new philosophies, attitude and certainly a new voice to that locker room.

I am not sure many thought Quinn would 17-18-7 with 41 points and 6th in the Metropolitan division. The Rangers were regarded as a team destined to finish last in the division and near 28th to 31st in the NHL. For that reason alone Quinn has, in my eyes exceeded my expectations for the first four months of the season. I cannot speak for every Ranger fan, I am a little less biased and realistic than most Ranger fans therefore the Dancing Larry type Ranger fans probably will disagree with me. Either way looking at three main key takeaways from Quinn’s first four months and 42 games in.

(1) Youth development: B- 

Speaking for myself I’d have to give him a B- in this area. In the beginning of the year it was frustrating to see Filip Chytil on the fourth line for many games. Pavel Buchnevich scratched, not many young defenseman on the roster and still playing Brendan Smith. Vinni Lettieri still in the minors, a glimpse of Lias Andersson, a cup of coffee for Steven Forgarty, no sign of John Gilmour, Rob O’Gara, Ryan Lindgren yet. We have seen Neal Pionk be the Rangers number one defenseman which is due to Quinn trusting the young defenseman in every situation, no matter the game, time, etc. I say a B- because while he did a decent job with Chytil and Buch it was the right move at the time. Buchnevich has not been the player we all expected him to be, he was struggling early on and still is therefore he probably deserved less minutes. Also not playing Chytil a lot early on has helped him see the game a little better. As well O’Gara, Gilmour will and hopefully be up very soon… and unpopular opinion. Either Quinn was not playing Andersson correctly or Andersson really is going to be a bust. My opinion, Rangers wasted that first overall pick in 2017.

(2) Game Management: B

I do like the way Quinn manages the lines and game honestly. Although he does change the lines a decent amount throughout the game and mixes guys up a lot, I think he is still trying to see what works. Plus he does a good job of playing the hot hand, some nights guy are hot and some are not and he does a good job recognizing who is on and who is not. My only concern is his defensive line choices late in games, numerous times I have seen Adam McQuaid or Smith out there on the back end when the Rangers are up by one-goal.

(3) Style of play: B

The Rangers were known to be a pretty gritty, get in the ugly areas, throw pucks on net and hope for the best type of team. While in the d-zone the Rangers D were not responsible, and hoped Hank made the first and second save. I like how Quinn in a sense has made us a better transitional team, a little more responsible in the d-zone and a little hungrier in the offensive zone. He has done a great job trusting Neal Pionk, reviving Marc Staal, not a great job with Kevin Shattenkirk but that is on Shattenkirk as well. He has also done a great job giving Mika Zibanejad, Chris Kreider and Kevin Hayes the free reign to do things and be creative in all areas of the ice. I like how Quinn allows the players to make mistakes, learn from their mistakes and not play such an old school game backed by an old school philosophy of “get pucks deep and chase”.

Overall: B

The Rangers will more than likely finish with a top-10 pick for the NHL 2019 draft which will really make or break Quinn’s time in New York. They will also probably be trading Kevin Hayes and Mats Zuccarello in the coming weeks. Quinn has done in my opinion a good job, he was not given an easy job, a young team, a crazy hockey market, the big city and bright lights. Quinn has come in and done what he can with what he has. It will be interesting to see the roster moves they make later in the season after the All-Star break in terms of bringing up AHL players so they can see some more NHL time before next season.

A Look At The New York Rangers Upcoming Road Trip

The New York Rangers have touched down in Denver, Colorado to begin their three-game road trip. The Rangers are coming into this road trip having dropped three of their last ten in regulation but another four in overtime/shootout. The Rangers have won just three games in their last ten games and to make matters worse they are not a favorable road team. Posting a 6-10-2 record on the road, and of their last ten games four have come on the road, in which they have lost two and won two (Nashville, St. Louis). Despite a big win in Nashville the other week, the Rangers have not done a great job in terms of scoring. In their last ten they have averaged, 2.3 goals per game, while allowing 3.3 goals per game. Sure, Penguins scoring seven Wednesday night does not help the case but even so they still have allowed 2.89 goals per game.

The Rangers head to Colorado Friday night, a team that is struggling greatly, on a six-game skid, 2-5-3 in their last ten and not playing the Colorado hockey we saw earlier in the year. They then travel to Arizona Sunday for an afternoon game vs a team that is subpar at home (7-12-1 at the moment) and cap the trip with one of the better home teams and best team of the three in this trip, Vegas Tuesday night. Vegas has lost three games at home this season (at the moment 13-3-3) and is starting to become the team we saw go on a immaculate run last season.

The big takeaway for this Rangers team and this road trip is be better than last road trip which they lost 2 of 3 and two of those games lost were to the leagues worst. Point two, how this young team responds to a rather difficult task at hand. This is not bizarre to see a team travel for three-straight away games but they get rest and a day in between each game yet with this young line up we will see how they fair in the thick of the schedule.

I would honestly expect the Rangers to take 2 of 3 this trip, the Avalanche struggling a win Friday is possible, a win in Arizona is more than possible and a loss to Vegas is likely. But at the same time the Rangers could lose all three, get a struggling Colorado team that needs a win badly, an Arizona team that is no cake-walk and the best home team in the NHL in Vegas. It will be interesting, that is why as writers we just sit here, drink a beer, relax and let the players do the playing.

Players to watch…

Kevin Hayes, Hayes is coming off a 8-point streak that was snapped vs St. Louis December 31st but this season Hayes has been one of the Rangers overall best players. He has 10 goals, 23 assists in 39 games and has honestly been the most noticeable and all around best player for the Rangers this season.

Neal Pionk-Marc Staal combination, the Rangers number one d-pairing has been to the test this season and it has been very surprising to see Staal’s game elevated this season and Pionk rise to the occasion. Pionk has 5 goals and 14 assists on the season with a -2 plus/minus rating and 12 power play points While Staal has 3 goals and 7 assists (already surpassed his total of 8 pts from last year) with a +1 plus/minus and zero power play points.

Chris Kreider, the 20 goal scorer has been involved in every Rangers scoring play it seems this year. Kreider has finally started to use his speed and quick shot to his advantage this year and keeping his game a little simpler than he has in years past. It will be interesting to see how Kreider comes out this trip.

Dan Quinn, the Rangers new head coach and former college coach has taken this team above expectations thus far, posting a 17-15-7 (41 points) record, eight points behind the last wild card spot and not dead last in the division or conference. He has head-scratching moments when he constantly shifts lines, dresses Cody McLeod more often than not, plays Filip Chytil on the fourth line, etc. But overall he has done a good job but this road trip will be a nice test for the young head coach and we’ll see how he can rally the troops to play on the road for three-straight.

Rangers upcoming schedule after road trip before All-Star break: 

New York Islanders @ MSG

New York Islanders @ Coliseum

Columbus Blue Jackets @ Nation Wide Arena

Carolina Hurricanes @ MSG

Chicago Blackhawks @ MSG

Boston Bruins @ TD Garden

 

 

Rangers earn 13th win over Ottawa Senators off goals from Andersson, Staal and Kreider

The New York Rangers people, sure it was a win over the Ottawa Senators but it is extremely satisfying to see this team score goals and have it done by people of all different names. As well as seeing this team play as a unit, everyone chip in and never give up or look out of it. 

The Rangers picked up their 13th win of the year vs the Ottawa Senators at Madison Square Garden winning 4-2. It was a back and forth game until the end. The Rangers and Senators combined for 64 shots on net total, Rangers with 33, Senators with 31, neither team scored a power play goal as the Rangers went 0/4 and Senators 0/2. Despite the numerous turnovers between the two, the Rangers managed to pull ahead in this game and take control of third place in the Metropolitan division. 

First period scoring

Tonight’s scoring led off with Marc Staal (1). The play originally starts with a Staal shot that got blocked into the corner, Staal followed his shot kicked it to Mika Zibanejad behind the net, as Zib walked the front, Staal was back door waiting for a one-timer, where he netted the first goal of the game and of the year for him. The second goal of the game and the Senators first to tie it at one a piece was off the only Senator goal scorer of the night. Mark Stone, who led the rush in the zone and made a beautiful saucer pass to Brady Tkachuk coming in late to the zone, Tkachuk just threw it to the net as Stone cleaned up garbage for his 10th of the year. There was nothing in the second period just an even period where both teams registered 9 shots on net. 

Third period scoring

The third opened with nothing in the first 3.5 minutes until the Rangers struck first to make it 2-1 off a Lias Andersson goal and Ryan Strome assist. Music to Rangers fan ears. Andersson scored his first of the year off Strome’s second assist with the Rangers. This was an odd goal as it came off a shot from and just happened to bank off Andersson’s back and just like that the Rangers went up 2-1. Not a pretty way to score your first of the year but a goal is a goal for the young Rangers forward. The next goal was the Rangers to make it 3-1, off a two on one, Filip Chytil with Chris Kreider a simple, saucer pass over the defenseman right on Kreider’s stick made it 3-1 and Kreider’s 13th of the year, as well as the game winning goal. Senators scored late but it would not be enough. Mark Stone scored his second of the night but the Rangers would eventually score an empty netter to seal the deal and make it 4-2. 

Rangers can thank Henrik Lundqvist for his 29 save performance helping the Rangers get their 13th win and Hank’s 9th win of the year. Lundqvist improves to 9-7-2 on the year and a .927 save percentage. The Rangers hit the road to play in Ottawa on Thursday and Montreal on Saturday before returning home to face the Jets on Sunday. 

All around a gritty win for the Rangers getting insurance from Andersson, Staal and having their top performers show up when they need it most is exactly what has made the Rangers successful. The Rangers top players are there when they need them, Lundqvist is playing great and their role players are chipping in when it is needed. Another win, and another Ranger prospect making a mark on the game.

New York Rangers vs New York Islanders; The Islanders have won 12 of last 13

The New York Rangers have not beat the Islanders since the beginning of the 2016-17 season. 

The Rangers head into Brooklyn to play the New York Islanders for the second time in the last week. The bigger head line is the Rangers track record vs the Islanders in the last few years. The Rangers typically never had a hard with the Islanders number, yet now it is the other way around. The Islanders have won 12 of the last 13 meetings.

The Islanders on the season are two points behind the Rangers on the year. The Rangers are 11-8-2 with 24 points the most surprising team in the NHL right now as the Islanders another surprising start are 10-7-2 with 22 points. The two teams have in a sense shifted their roster make up to a little younger style, neither team posses a real super star (Can we call Matt Barzal one yet?), both of them have three solid lines that can score, both are shifting to a younger core on the back end and both have brand new head coaches. These two teams for the first time in probably 20 years are pretty similar on paper yet the Islanders seem to always get in the head of the Rangers. 

Henrik Lundqvist sat vs Islanders 

The Rangers are not going with Henrik Lundqvist in net, whom has a poor track record vs the Islanders over the last few years. Lundqvist has been pulled three times vs the Islanders, has a 3.24 goals against, .894 save percentage in 10 starts vs Islanders. Tonight Alexander Georgiev will be getting the nod for the Rangers. Georgiev has started in 4 games this season with a 3-2 record, 3.61 goals against (GAA) and .894 save(SV) percentage. 

New York Islander vs New York Rangers key players 

Another key thing to focus on going into tonight is the key players for the Islanders and Rangers. Filip Chytil has scored in the last four straight games, Neal Poink has 10 assists on the year, Chris Kreider leads the team with 11 goals, Mika Zibanejad is second on the team in points with 17. The Islanders top scorers are Josh Bailey(19) and Matt Barzal(18), Anthony Beauvillier has 4 goals in two games, the Islanders bottom guys like Leo Komarov and Vlatteri Filppula have combined for 6 points over the last week. 

This game will be played on the Islanders home ice where they are 5-5 on as the Rangers are 8-3 on the road this season. The Rangers come into tonight’s game winning 8 of their last 10 getting a point in nine of those games as the Islanders are 6-3-1 in their last ten coming off a loss vs Dallas. Tonight’s starters are Robin Lehner 4-4-1, 2.77 GAA and .915 save percentage vs Alexander Georgiev 3-2-0, 3.61 GAA and .894 SV percentage. 

Can the Rangers snap the skid and take a game vs the Islanders for the first time since 2016-17 season?

NHL Headlines: Cal Petersen blanks Blues, Laine scores hattrick in win over Vancouver, Chytil scores GWG in Rangers win, Leafs win fourth-straight

Who doesn’t like a long headline? If you don’t like well too bad. Here we go now. 

Kings Cal Petersen blanks Blues in 2-0 win

The Kings forced the Blues to asically fire their head coach Mike Yeo. Cal Petersen blanked the Blues in the Kings 2-0 win. Petersen made 29 of 29 saves to life the Kings past the Blues for their 7th win of the season. The Blues ended up firing Mike Yeo following the game and now have a big hole to fill. It is a sure disappointing season for the Blues but now they have a very difficult road to travel without their head coach and now a shaken up dressing room. Petersen the highlight of the day though in his third start of the year Petersen managed to shut the Blues out for his second win of the season and much needed Kings win. 

Laine scores hattrick in Jets 6-3 win 

Patrik Laine keeps on scoring. Laine now has 11 goals on the year and once this kid gets going on the score sheet and puts pucks home it seems like it is never ending. He came into the game with nine which really is not all that great for the Rocket Richard favorite but this is a good sign for the Jets and Laine as he walks away with now 11 goals on the year and feeling extra confident. Laine has 7 power play goals this season, 8 power play points and most of his shooting comes on the power play. He has a near league high with 75 shots on net this season already. The Jets ended up winning this game 6-3 and improve to 12-5-2 on the year. 

Chytil scores fourth goal in four games as Rangers win 2-1

Filip Chytil scores in his fourth straight game and what happened to be the game winning goal for the night. Chytil now has four goals on the year and has certainly caught the eye of head coach Dan Quinn as he goes from fourth line minutes to top six minutes now. Chytil was struggling before his recent goal spree. He has now 7 points in 21 games and 5 of those points coming in the last 10 games. 

Leafs take over first place in the Atlantic

Leafs win again, a big one too and an eventful one. The Leafs were trailing 2-0 going into the second period until Tyler Ennis broke open the scoring and it was no looking back for the Leafs as they scored four unanswered in the second and third period. Goal scorers on the night were John Tavares, Zach Hyma (2) and Tyler Ennis. The Leafs improve to 15-6-0, one point ahead of the Lightning for the Atlantic lead and two points ahead of the Sabres. The Leafs have Carolina and Columbus on the road before they finish out November with three home games in five days.

New York Rangers News: Ryan Strome heads to Broadway in exchange for Ryan Spooner

Yeah, not breaking news here we all know by now, but felt the need to cover it. The coverage will RAMP up once I get NHL.TV but anyways the Rangers welcome the “best” Strome to emerge in the league for Ryan Spooner.

Ryan Strome spent his first 4 years with the New York Islanders was traded for Jordan Eberele in 2017-18 off season.  Strome spent 82 games with the Oilers collecting 34 points (13G, 21A) last season. Strome scored 7 goals in the first half of the season and 6 in the second half. He went 22-games without scoring, then scored in his next four games. This is brought to light because this is Strome’s career in a nutshell, he is either ice cold or on fire. A former 2011 1st round fifth overall pick by the Islanders emerged in the league in 2013-14, he played 258 games with the Islanders collecting 126 points. Strome came in the limelight after his 2014-15 50 point season, since then he has not been the caliber player the Islander nor hockey reporters expected him to be. Strome spent 100 games with Edmonton tallying 36 points (14G, 22A). 

His counter part he was traded for Ryan Spooner has been the down the same path as Strome, spending time with three different clubs now in a matter of three years. Spooner came into the league in 2013-14 playing 23 games assisting on 11 goals, without scoring that season. The following year he played again 29 games for 8 goals and 10 assists this time around. Much like Strome, Spooner broke out in his second full season. Spooner played in 80 games in 2015-16 collecting 49 points (13G, 36A) spending another two years with Boston until he was shipped to New York mid-season in 2018. Spooner was involved in the Rick Nash deal many are aware of but Spooner  quickly made his presence known in New York, playing in 20 games tallying 16 points (4G, 12A) for the remainder of the 2018 season. Again, much like Strome, Spooner has just 1 goal and 1 assist on the year. Spooner has the chance to crack a struggling top-six in a hockey crazed market and possibly play alongside the games best Connor McDavid. 

Who won the trade?

Calling it a push. Spooner has 289 games played (46G, 114A) for 160 points in his career vs Strome’s 358 career games (59G, 103A) for 162 points. Both get young forwards with potential that maybe need a change and kick in the a**. This trade is a head scratchier to some because over the summer the Rangers signed Spooner for 2-years 3.1 million a year plus this was a complete shock to many because there were no rumblings, no releases to the public before this, it just happened and some were caught off guard. Strome still also has 2-years of a 3.1 million dollar deal left to him, therefore this really is a push of a trade, nearly the same production, same price tag and sort of similar type of game. Spooner now plays alongside Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Ty Rattie now as Strome plays alongside Lias Andersson and Vinnie Letttier on the fourth line. The Rangers centers are now Strome, Zibanejad, Howden, Hayes as the Oilers left wingers improve to Caggiula, Spooner, Lucic and Khaira