Blueshirt Insider: Could a Former Ranger be the Key?

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

It’s no secret that the New York Rangers are looking to adjust their defensive group. A team once built from the back out, has now found tremendous forward depth, but inconsistent defensive effort. When you look over the past several seasons, the Rangers attempted to acquire defensive players to ail a failing power play. Look at the acquisitions of Keith …

Blueshirt Insider: Vesey and Nash Developing Chemistry & More

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

THE AK ATTACK by Daniel Akeson, Editor & Publisher This week…. Vesey and Nash Developing Chemistry When the New York Rangers signed collegiate standout Jimmy Vesey, they likely foresaw him alongside budding center and fellow-Massachusetts-native Kevin Hayes, perhaps matching game styles with winger J.T. Miller. A mid-six role predominantly on the third line, with some specialty teams time and a few shifts …

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New Look Wolf Pack Showcase Youth, Talent and Speed in 6-3 Season Opening Victory

In Blueshirt Insider, Blueshirt Plus (*), In The System (*) by Tom Urtz Jr

The Hartford Wolf Pack picked up where they finished the 2015-16 AHL season with some fury and passion by recording a 5-3 win over the St. John’s IceCaps. The Pack’s 2015-16 campaign ended with a defeat at the hands of the IceCaps, but a new look roster made an impressive debut on Friday at the XL Center in Hartford. The …

Rangers’ Selection of Sean Day Simply Exceptional

In Blueshirt Insider, In The System (*) by Tom Urtz Jr

John Tavares. Aaron Ekblad. Connor McDavid. Sean Day. This fab four shares the distinction of having been granted “exceptional” status by the OHL. Each player was allowed to start their career at age 15 because of the immense level of talent possessed. The group–sans Day–also shares the distinction of being selected No. 1 overall in their various draft year. There …

From One Defender to Another: Will Rangers call upon Beuk’?

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

Who would have thought that defensemen known for a rugged, fists-first style of play would make such effective coaches? Yesterday, the New York Rangers said goodbye to former defenseman and Assistant Coach Ulf Samuelsson, 52, who took a head coaching position with the Carolina Hurricanes AHL-affiliate, Charlotte Checkers. In addition to his four seasons with a Blueshirt jersey as a …

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 …

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 …

Rangers Quotebook

In Blueshirt Plus (*) by Scott Charles

The quotes below were provided by the New York Rangers Alain Vigneault, New York Rangers head coach On the first period… “I’d rather give credit to Tampa Bay. Right before the game they find out that they lose two of their key players, and they had a real strong push. It happens in hockey sometimes. A team will come out …