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Three New York Rangers Prospects Who Could Impact the 2016 – 17 Roster

In Blueshirt Insider, Blueshirt Plus (*) by Dan Akeson

It is no secret that the New York Rangers aged, battered and bruised NHL roster will need an overhaul this offseason with a priority towards youth. Despite New York’s bold (and controversial) recent moves aimed at a championship at the expense of draft picks and prospects, the Blueshirts are now faced with bringing some players from their system back into …

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A Special Three Spot

In News, Prospect Park by Jess Rubenstein

The three remaining Ranger prospects still in action all moved one step closer to playing in their league championships after a special three spot saw all three win and take a commanding 3-0 series lead. Not all three can win their league championships but at least two will have a chance to possibly play in the 2016 Memorial Cup. Have …

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Big Game For Bernhardt

In News by Jess Rubenstein

Daniel Bernhardt picked the perfect time to have a big game during the 2016 OHL playoffs. It has been a rough season for the Ranger’s 2015 fourth round pick from Sweden Daniel Bernhardt, try as he did he could not find regular playing time in his native Sweden, it was not until his services were “loaned” to the London Knights …

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New York Rangers Breakup Day Recap

In News by Dan Akeson

Today the New York Rangers said goodbye to their Tarrytown practice facility for the last time of the 2015 – 2016 NHL season and, for some, perhaps their Blueshirt careers. Dan Boyle – The most newsworthy tidbit of the day was Boyle’s berating of NY Post Beat Writers Larry Brooks and Brett Cyrgalis. Catch the whole transcript here. Aside from …

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Change Must Start At The Very Top

In News by Jess Rubenstein

It has not been a good playoff season for those associated with the New York Rangers, after Saturday’s action there were just three prospects still playing. As mad as you more than likely are over the Ranger’s self-destructive exit to the Pittsburgh Penguins, it goes deeper than this. Hartford (AHL) failed to make the playoffs nor did the Greenville Swamp …

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Rangers Eliminated in Embarrassing Fashion

In Blueshirt Bulletin Main Blog, News by Scott Charles

The question has to be asked after the Rangers were eliminated from the 2016 postseason with zero dignity, is this not only the end of this season, but the end of one of the most successful era’s in franchise history? Henrik Lundqvist sat on the bench with a towel draped over his shoulders, a cap on his head wondering what …

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Rangers Look To Rebound In Game 5

In Blueshirt Bulletin Main Blog by Scott Charles

After a humiliating loss at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night, the Rangers will look to turn the page quickly and rebound in Game 5 against the Pittsburgh Penguins Saturday afternoon at Consol Energy Center. The feeling on Broadway after that 5-0 disaster was eerily similar to 2014, when the Rangers turned in a Game 4 clunker before turning the …

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A Half Full Night

In News, Prospect Park by Jess Rubenstein

Two Ranger prospects saw action on Friday night with the results giving us a half full night. As one prospect was starting a new series the other was in a short “best of five” series and his results put his team on the brink of elimination. It is ironic too as the two prospects in action on Friday evening were …

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Mantha The Man

In News, Prospect Park by Jess Rubenstein

The OHL’s Eastern Conference finals got underway tonight with 2014 fourth round pick defenseman Ryan Mantha being the man for his Niagara IceDogs after helping them come from behind for a 3-2 win over the Barrie Colts. The game one win was a huge shock as the Colts really looked as they had this game well in hand for the …

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Knights Take Game One

In News, Prospect Park by Jess Rubenstein

One has to think about how after all Daniel Bernhardt (2015 fourth) went through to get playing time that here he is in the OHL conference finals after his London Knights took game one 7-4. This in many ways could be the OHL Finals as you have the two teams who had the best records in the entire OHL facing …

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Changes Needed on Rangers Blue Line

In Blueshirt Bulletin Main Blog by Scott Charles

If the New York Rangers plan on moving past the opening round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Alain Vigneault must alter his strategy of which defensemen to dress on a nightly basis. Options were limited throughout the course of the regular season but now, with Brady Skjei’s emergence, Vigneault has a responsibility to his team, and Rangers fans to …

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Heartbreaking End

In News, Prospect Park by Jess Rubenstein

Just one game on the prospect schedule for Tuesday and it was a heartbreaking end for Sergey Zborovskiy (2015 third) and his Regina Pats. The Pats saw their season come to an end with a 2-1 loss to the Red Deer Rebels in game seven of their WHL Eastern Conference semifinal series. It was a pretty solid game for both …

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Rangers’ McDonagh, Might Return Sooner Than Expected

In Blueshirt Bulletin Main Blog by Scott Charles

It was not supposed to happen this quickly, but the Rangers’ captain could return to the lineup for Game 3 at Madison Square Garden Tuesday evening. McDonagh has not played since April 4, when he injured his right hand, blocking a shot against the Columbus Blue Jackets. “Ryan is going to meet our doctors this afternoon and from there will …

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Subscribers Only: Three RFAs Play for Contracts, Only 2 Step Up

In Blueshirt Insider, Blueshirt Plus (*) by Dan Akeson

The list of New York Rangers unrestricted and restricted free agents is fairly vast. In addition to newcomer and trade deadline blockbuster Eric Staal (UFA), the Rangers have 11 players on the current playoff roster who will be seeking contracts in the offseason. UFA: Eric Staal, Dominic Moore, Viktor Stalberg, Dan Boyle, Keith Yandle, Raphael Diaz, Antti Raanta RFA: Chris …

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Overtime Heartbreak

In News, Prospect Park by Jess Rubenstein

Game two of the Green Bay Gamblers/Dubuque Fighting Saints would lead to overtime heartbreak me when the Gamblers could not hold a lead. The Fighting Saints would score at 15:02 of the first overtime to earn a 3-2 win and tie the series up at 1-1. Unlike the rest of North America, the USHL playoffs in the first round are …

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Rangers recall veteran Raphael Diaz

In Blueshirt Bulletin Main Blog, News by Dan Akeson

Following the end of the Hartford Wolf Pack’s 2015 – 2016 AHL season, the parent-club New York Rangers prepared for call-ups to form a “Black Aces” practice squad. This is a common move in the NHL during playoff time, as teams can keep extra skaters on hand without fear of salary cap or roster implications. Today, as expected, the Rangers …

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Winning Or Going Home

In News, Prospect Park by Jess Rubenstein

Sunday was a day of contrasts as for Sergey Zborovskiy (2015 third) and his Regina Pats it was either winning or going home while Adam Huska (2015 seventh) and his Green Bay Gamblers were just beginning their playoff run. Forget the scores as Sunday was more about intense hockey for both teams as they looked for wins. In Regina where …

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Rangers Coach Defends Veteran Blueliner

In Blueshirt Bulletin Main Blog by Scott Charles

Dan Girardi has been the subject much criticism throughout the 2015-16 campaign, but after missing Game 2 with an injury, Rangers’ coach Alain Vigneault quickly defended the alternate captain as the team returned to New York. The alternate captain has taken a lot of grief from Rangers’ fans this year, mostly due to subpar play, but Vigneault was quick to …

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Lundqvist Returns As Rangers Even Series

In Blueshirt Bulletin Main Blog by Scott Charles

The Rangers scored two goals in 18 seconds in the second period to swing the momentum in their favor and lead them to a 4-2 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Henrik Lundqvist returned between the pipes to start his 113th consecutive playoff game after leaving Game 1 with a scary eye injury. The franchise goaltender made save after save as …