Tag: Pavel Buchnevich

Rangers Drop All Four Road Games…Great For Rebuild

The New York Rangers embarked on their four-game road rip starting Monday. They kicked off the four-game series in Alberta with the Edmonton Oilers. After Edmonton the Rangers traveled to Vancouver, Calgary and finished it off Saturday night with the Minnesota Wild.

Rangers last four-games

The Oilers, were the closest and most evenly matched opponent for the Rangers in the four-game series. A team very similar in talent compared to the Rangers and close in the league standings. The Rangers ended losing the first game of the four game road series 3-2 in overtime vs Edmonton. Alexander Georgiev stopped 30-33 shots, Brendan Lemieux scored and showed Rangers fans why they are going to love him after fighting Jujhar Khaira. Also Brett Howden got the monkey off his back scoring his first goal in 35 games.

The Rangers traveled to Vancouver to face an extremely young but talented Canucks team. A game in which the Rangers held off the Canucks in the first period, but managed to allow three 2nd period goals. That was the deal breaker in the Rangers 4-1 loss Wednesday night. In hindsight, Pavel Buchnevich found the back of the net for his 16th goal of the year and his 5th goal in eight games.

After a days rest it was off to Calgary for New York. The Rangers took on the top team in the Western Conference and one of the best/most consistent NHL teams this season the Flames. After leaving the first tied 1-1 off a Neal Pionk rocket from Ryan Strome. The Rangers allowed two second period goals as that would be the dagger in the game. Resulting in a 5-1 lose.

The Rangers went back to back, Friday and Saturday night. Traveling from Calgary to Minnesota to play a game within a 24-hour notice was not easy and it clearly showed Saturday for New York. The Rangers were out shot heavily 46-28 in the game and left Henrik Lundqvist out to dry. The Wild took advantage of a tired Rangers team as they controlled the pace of the game and used their speed to get on the Rangers early. The Wild scored two 1st period goals from Ryan Donato and two 3rd period goals from Jared Spurgeon and J.T. Brown for a 5-2 Wild win. On the bright side Buchnevich scored his 17th of the season for his sixth goal in 10 games.

Why is it good for the rebuild?

Well the Rangers are allowing these young guys like Filip Chytil, Lias Andersson, Brett Howden, Neal Pionk to play a little more freely, see how important it is to play consistent every night and what late season, playoff push hockey looks like. Although the Rangers have lost 10 of their last 11 games it really is not as big as some of us may be making it. The Rangers were playing .500 hockey all season and around the 22nd mark in the NHL, well they have dropped three spots and are getting closer to the bottom of the league. AND a better 2019 draft pick. The Rangers are in no shape to win.

The consistent losing is never easy to handle but the games have been close besides for 10-12 minutes of every game where the opposing team gets an advantage. The Rangers are competing, their young players are able to play more loosely, make mistakes and learn from them. Plus we are 10-games away from the end of the 2018-19 season, there is no need to win. Compete, yes but Rangers fans would rather a top-5 draft pick than number 12, 13 draft pick. There is no benefit in winning right now. Plenty of years to come when the Rangers will need to push for the playoffs but right now Rangers fans know that is not advantageous for the big picture.

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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.

New York Rangers; Rebuilding update through thirteen games

The real reason I am here to write this article is for multiple reasons. I will come out and admit I am a long-time Rangers supporter, I’ve watched them for now nearly 14 years, I’ve seen them through their lows and highs like the Stanley Cup final loss. I am a die-hard hockey fan, but also more importantly a very realistic and down to earth hockey fan. I am not your typical Ranger fan though. You may be imagining a stuck up, New York accent screaming “remember 2014 bro” fan you are thinking of. I will be the first to admit when the Rangers are struggling and right now they are. But the big reason I am here is because how cynical and disloyal some Rangers fans are. Listen and hear me out.

New York Rangers rebuild…

The Rangers hired a college coach, a Boston University coach, someone with no NHL experience as their head coach. This was for the reason to yes develop young players and get the rebuild going. I don’t think anyone had expectations of this team being a playoff team this season (2018-19) year and many fans knew it would be a rough and bumpy season. The part that disappoints me is that after a win vs the Ducks Thursday night and coming off a win vs the Sharks Tuesday night, Ranger fans were clearly not happy.

Head Coach David Quinn has scratched Pavel Buchnevich two games in a row and played Filip Chytil 10:05 in the game vs Anaheim Thursday and 8:53 vs San Jose Tuesday night. After seeing the minutes Chytil played Ranger fans and blog reporters turned to the internet and wrote articles like “Dan Quinn is failing Filip Chytil” this type of knee jerk reaction is what makes me scratch my head. What did Rangers fan expect? If the kid is not playing well to see 18 minutes a game? I understand the rebuild part but you don’t go into games and lose every game as a first year head coach, you still need to be competitive. The fact Quinn has taken two on the road now this week is a good sign. It is 13 games into the season, Chytil is in dry spell right now he will bounce out of it and Quinn will play him the minutes all fans want to see.

You need to take a breather and watch something. The article only gets more brutally honest.

Another reason I am writing this article is because before the game Thursday night Larry Brooks the reporter for the Rangers tweeted

“Buchnevich remains out of the lineup. Quinn said players who were in for victory at San Jose deserve to get another shot, “for their effort”.”

Brooks exaggerated the quote a little with the quotation marks over “for their effort”, indicating it to be a comical comment(in my opinion). To me, I don’t see the wrong in this, your team won against what is to be the best in the Western Conference therefore the guys who played that game obviously did something correct therefore they get another look next game and see what they can do. I think that is called playing the hand you have and giving everyone an opportunity. Fans are making it seem like Buchnevich has been scratched for 13 games straight, its an 82 game season people he will play. We have seen the guy for three years now and he is not showing anyone in the Rangers organization a reason to be a consistent player in the line up year in and year out everyone comes in with high hopes for Buchnevich and he does not live up to expectations.

After that tweet from Brooks fans started tweeting at him stuff like…

“4th line duty for Chytil. He will get his usual 8 minutes. Rebuilding is different with the Rangers.”

“The problem here is he was way to hyped way too much before he got here, and so far hasn’t really shown any consistency at the NHL level.” (Assuming this is Buchnevich)

“I agree, I’m almost at the point where I want him to be traded and flourish elsewhere so that the Rangers can see how badly he was managed in NY.”

“Yeah let’s continue to play bums instead of a struggling prospect. He will learn so much from the bench. AV 2.0.”

“Brotha. We need to lose every game and trade everybody in the pro. Cess. Wtf u talkin about.” 

To be fair, I did see some comments stating that Buchnevich is not ready for the NHL, he doesn’t show consistency ever and he is just not gelling in NY right now. As well as comments like “yup, that’s my coach. #accountability #bebetter” But a majority of these fans either one think Buchnevich is some Wayne Gretzky that is sitting on the bench and Quinn is doing this purposefully to torture the kid or that he should be traded and out of New York. Ranger fans are known for their knee jerk reactions, with very little logic/knowledge about the game. If you are not a Rangers fan, and from the NY area you probably joke about Madison Square Garden being filed with “suit fans” who just come to games because their company had tickets. Tons of suit fans screaming “shoot” while the shooter has 2 defenders in front of him is exactly how you imagine Ranger fans.

New York Rangers rebuild 2018-19Anyways back to Buchnevich, I agree with Quinn here, Buch is a player that does not show consistency and just seems to be the player who can easily be edged due to his effort and what he brings to the table, put someone else in and try something new. As for Chytil, people the kid is not an Elias Pettersson, all NYR fans are way to high on this kid and think he is going to be like a Pettersson or other top NHL prospect. Ranger fans they stretched on taking Chytil in 2017 at 21st overall. The kid is 19-years-old he is not going to be a Matt Barzal, Auston Matthews, Patrick Laine, Brock Boeser, Alex Wennberg, etc and come in at 18-y/o and dominate. He needs sometime to adjust and get used to the speed, not to mention he is a 6’2 around 190 lbs, once he gets some size, confidence and more experience at the  NHL level, he’ll be fine. Drop your expectations for these players and here’s your reality check. Buchnevich is not as great as everyone thought he was going to be, he showed an inconsistent pace since he has come into the league, he shows some great signs in the offensive end, moving with the puck, creating offense an using his size/speed but then there are times when he has nothing. Chytil has played a total of 22 NHL games, relax. He is a second rounder who we stretched to in the first round. He will come around and do just fine. He showed great development in Hartford last season and now is adjusting to a whole different nature.

This rebuild will take time, the more you jump the ship on your coach and put him down and don’t trust what he is doing the longer this process will be. They have great talent coming up and brewing right now, they are playing competitive also which is a great sign. On top of that all, they are getting used to this rebuild phase, Quinn is a brand new NHL coach he will make mistakes and he will learn from them. Relax, NYR fans, enjoy the rebuild and stay off Twitter some of you, sheesh.