Ulf Samuelsson Out, Beukeboom In?

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Today we found out that Ulf Samuelsson will be leaving the New York Rangers organization. Is this a good thing or a bad thing? That question can not be answered until the season starts and we see if any changes are made to the current style of play.

Off the bat this seems like bad news for the Rangers. Ulf has been instrumental in helping the organization develop talent in the minor leagues and produce NHL ready players. Clearly Ron Francis, the Carolina GM, and the Carolina Hurricanes organization see the potential of Ulf to mentor and develop their prospects to NHL caliber. My guess is that not only did Francis look at the present with Samuelsson coaching the AHL affiliate team in Charlotte, but also looked into the future at the potential to promote Ulf to coach the Hurricanes in the future. Bill Peters, the current NHL head coach will be going into his 3rd year as head coach, and something tells me if the Hurricanes get off to another rough start his head will be on the chopping block leaving a void that may be filled by Samuelsson.

As far as the Rangers are concerned, this may be an opportunity to bring in another talented assistant coach who can transform a defense that was abysmal this past year. As far as I’m concerned the defense needs a major facelift and given  that Ulf was primarily in charge of the defense I assume that his replacement will fall into the same role. Hopefully the new coach can see the potential in the younger D-men like Skjei and McIlrath, while also suggesting that Yandle takes a walk even though I know most of you don’t agree with that. A reasonable replacement in my opinion would be an old-time Rangers tough guy defenseman,  Jeff Beukeboom. For one thing Jeff could instill some toughness in an otherwise soft roster, and would have a soft spot for other tough guys namely, McIlrath. Beukeboom would add a fresh mind to the system, while also providing his expertise in defending against the oppositions top players. Beukeboom has been an assistant coach for Hartford for the past 4 seasons and may be looking to make the jump to the NHL.

Only time will tell who will replace Samuelsson, but my vote is cast for Beukeboom. In the meantime we wish Ulf Samuelsson the best of luck with Carolina.

Let’s Go Rangers!

Stanley Cup Poll

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With the Stanley Cup Final starting tonight, we figured we do a quick poll to see who everyone is rooting for. I have a feeling that the poll will be heavily weighted to one side but lets see.

I myself have to be rooting for a sweep from the boys in SJ. It will be good for the league to have a team win a cup for the first time. Joe Thornton deserves a cup more than anyone in the league (maybe besides Hank), and Joe Pavelski/Brett Burns have put on an absolute offensive clinic the past few months.

Vote and Let’s see who Rangers nation wants to hoist the cup!

Has Chris Kreider Lost His Edge?

Player: Chris Kreider

Position: LW

Cap Hit Outlook: Restricted Free Agent in 2016-2017, Previous Hit 2.475 Million

Status: Top Six Forward

2015-2016 G-A-P: 21-22-43 in 79 games

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 Chris Kreider has had an interesting road to the NHL. During John Tortorella’s tenure (2009-2013), Kreider was the source of plenty of ridicule from the ever-boisterous head coach. Continue reading

The Rangers Best Contract: Kevin Klein

Player: Kevin Klein

Position: D

Cap Hit Outlook: $2.9 Million/year, signed through 2017-2018

Status: Under Contract, Top 4 Defensive Defenseman

2015-2016 G-A-P: 9-17-26 in 69 games

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Kevin Klein has been a blessing in disguise ever since he was traded to the New York Rangers from the Nashville Predators on January 22, 2014 in exchange for struggling offensive minded defenseman, Michael Del Zotto. Continue reading

NYR World Championships Performances

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Now that the Worlds Championship has ended with Canada taking home the Gold (Shocker), lets discuss the impact of the tournament for the Rangers. The Rangers have 5 players representing their countries at the IIHF World championships. Included are superstars such as Derrick Brassard and Mats Zuccarello, along with established NHL/AHL player Raphael Diaz and hopeful up and coming NHL stars Nick Jensen and Brady Skjei. Below we discuss these players performances at Worlds and also their impact on the NYR in the upcoming 2016-2017 Season.

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