Tony DeAngelo Will Miss 3-to-4 Weeks with Sprained Ankle

The New York Rangers have have many reasons to want to move on from this season. Not only has it cemented their new goal of rebuilding to contention, which has forced their hands in saying goodbye to long-time players like Rick Nash and Ryan McDonagh, but it’s been a year from hell regarding the sheer volume of players who’ve missed time due to injury.

To date, over the course of this season that still has a dozen games left to complete, the Rangers have seen a staggering sixteen (!) players lose man games to a variety of injuries both short-term and long. Now they can add another body to the pile: Tony DeAngelo.

Quick Hits - Rome Wasn't Built in a Day

Pain is the Name of the Game

If you could only take one thing away from Thursday night’s drubbing at the hands of the league’s best Tampa Bay Lightning, it’s this: the Rangers have a long way to climb to return to contention. Part of the reason why is of their own doing, having dismantled much of what made them competitive for the last few years at this year’s trading deadline. But even with the likes of Rick Nash, Ryan McDonagh, and Michael Grabner, they still couldn’t hang with the best the NHL has to offer. It’s why Jeff Gorton was so proactive about proclaiming his team a lost cause weeks before the February deadline. Hope is not a strategy, even if it can be marketed for a short while.

What the Lightning dominatingly illustrated is that there are no shortcuts to rebuilding a Cup contending team. Like the Pittsburgh Penguins and Chicago Blackhawks before them, the Bolts did it right. Not only did they suffer the requisite pain for multiple seasons to allow them to draft franchise types like Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman in back-to-back drafts in 2008 and 2009, but they also proved that the draft is the key to establishing a pipeline to fill out the remainder of a competitive roster.

With ten selections in the coming draft, perhaps the Rangers will get as lucky as the Lightning were in 2011 when they drafted Vlaidslav Namestnikov (27th), Nikita Kucherov (58th), Nikita Nesterov (158th), and Ondrej Palat (208th) all in the same class. But like Tampa, it’ll likely take at least one more painful season of enduring more losses than victories to establish the kind of prospect pipeline that years from now might be looked back on as the start of something special.

The Rangers might even be lucky enough to land a franchise-changing talent with their own first-rounder while drafting a bevy of complimentary talents with their remaining selections.

“Pain heals. Chicks dig scars. Rebuilds don’t last forever.”

Quick Hits: Rangers Suddenly Deep at C, but D May Kill Hank

Harrowing Hayes

Clearly still reeling from the deep cuts Jeff Gorton made over the week of the trading deadline, Kevin Hayes—now a young veteran of the team, whether he likes it or not—had some candid things to say about the state of his club in the aftermath of the trade deadline.

There’s no denying that Hayes, who has excelled in the role of shutdown center, has been one of the Blueshirts’ most important players this season. On paper, it makes sense for them to keep him. But he’s now one of five key Restricted Free Agents who the Rangers will need to make long-term decisions on. Also in that mix are 26-year-old Ryan Spooner and 25-year-old Vladislav Namestnikov – both of whom also play center.

With Mika Zibanejad still under contract for another four years and assuming the Rangers will walk away from Unrestricted Free Agent David Desharnais, the Rangers center depth—wholly deficient prior to the deadline—now might actually be too deep. Especially if the Blueshirts intend to give Lias Andersson and/or Filip Chytil an honest opportunity to make next year’s roster out of training camp. It’s a good problem to have, but a problem nonetheless. One that might require more cuts at the draft this June.

New York Rangers Schedule Wallpaper – March 2018

The trading deadline is past us and it’s totally #tankszn, but we’re all gluttons for punishment. March is here, and so is this month’s schedule wallpaper.

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J.T. Miller: Requiem for a Captain Who Never Was

A Rangers’ first-round pick in a decade lacking them. A first-line talent on a team jammed to the brim with middle-sixers. A growth and maturation process that’s endearing to every fan base. A leadership pedigree amongst elite peers as a youngster. A willingness to drop the gloves and stand up for himself and his teammates. A sterling confidence to pull off a highlight reel first career goal.

A no-nonsense attitude and no fear of the NHL’s elite.

Great hair.

The story was ready to write itself.

J.T. Miller, on paper, had the resume to be a long-term Rangers captain. With the void created by the trade of Ryan McDonagh to Tampa Bay, the table was set for Miller’s reign and the “C” could have, potentially, moved seamlessly to the #10 sweater. Instead, due to a number of factors, including Miller’s own enigmatic persona, he was offloaded to Tampa Bay with the former captain and the story of Miller as a Ranger comes to a close with no grand ending.

Get Used to This Feeling; There's More Pain Coming

In the span of about 72 hours, the New York Rangers traded away three of their longest-tenured players in Rick Nash, J.T. Miller, and Ryan McDonagh – mostly for long-term futures. The cuts were deep, but necessary components of what could be a multiple-year rebuild designed to return the club to contention.

The knife cut particularly deep when the Rangers agreed to deal away McDonagh, who has another year remaining at a team-friendly $4.7M, marking the second time in five years the club has traded its captain – coincidentally enough, to the Lightning.

Yet, as painful as these moments were—and there could be more on the immediate horizon, like agonizingly watching McDonagh win a Stanley Cup alongside a bevy of ex-Rangers, or trading Mats Zuccarello at the draft—the real pain is still to come.

Report: Ryan McDonagh, J.T. Miller Headed to the Lightning

For the second time in five years, the New York Rangers have traded their captain.

And for the second time in five years, it’s to the Tampa Bay Lightning:

Rangers Deal Rick Nash to Boston Bruins

The Rick Nash era in New York is officially over. At least for now. According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the former All-Star has been to be traded to the Boston Bruins.

Rangers Deal Grabner to New Jersey Devils for Pick, Prospect

The New York Rangers’ rebuild has officially begun! Fresh off the heels of sending Nick Holden to Boston on Tuesday, the Blueshirts have dealt Michael Grabner to the New Jersey Devils. Yup. Seriously. The Devils.

Nick Holden Traded to Boston Bruins for Defenseman Rob O'Gara and 2018 Third Round Pick

The New York Rangers have acquired defenseman Rob O’Gara and a third round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft from the Boston Bruins in exchange for Nick Holden.