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So, Ondrej Pavelec Kinda Sucks

On July 1st, the Rangers began their foray into the league-wide unrestricted free agency spending spree by signing former Winnipeg Jets netminder, Ondrej Pavelec. The 29 year-old native of Kladno, Czech Republic replaces fan and team favorite Antti Raanta who provided the Rangers with two solid years back-stopping Henrik Lundqvist. Raanta was included in the Derek Stepan trade with the Arizona Coyotes that left the Rangers with massive holes at the first-line center and backup goaltender positions.

Pavelec comes to the Rangers on a one-year, $1.3 million “show me” contract, and he has a lot to prove. He is fresh off an injury-riddled 2016-2017 season that saw him lose his spot in the Jets lineup and ended with him having knee surgery in March.

Expectations will certainly be high given the fantastic play of his predecessors. He is going to be called upon to play in at least 20 games. Can he win ten of them? Maybe.

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Report: NHLPA to Vote on $75M Salary Cap

Reports emerged this afternoon that the National Hockey League Players Association (NHLPA) is expected to vote to approve a 2.7% increase to the salary cap – making it $75 million for next season. That would leave the Rangers with roughly $13.3 million in cap space as of right now and $16.2 million in cap space if the rumors of Kevin Klein “retiring” are true.

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Rick Nash Finally Sparking His Postseason Flame

In his previous playoff appearances, Nash was infamous for his lack of willingness to make a difficult play. He resembled more of a basketball player in that he would take the puck into the offensive zone, reach the top of the faceoff circle, and sort of “post up” by turning his body to the defender (and the net) to make a pass backwards or make a weak play towards the net.

Now, however, Nash has figured out a way to use both his superior size and “hockey sense” to generate scoring chances, particularly in the series against Montreal.

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It's All Coming Together For Kreider

Flying somewhat under the radar among Derek Stepan’s goal-scoring slump, Michael Grabner’s goal-scoring resurgence, and J.T. Miller’s team-leading points totals is Chris Kreider. With eight games remaining in the regular season, Kreider has already established a career-high in goals and points with 26 and 49, respectively. He’s two assists away from setting a career-high in […]

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Set Sail For The Atlantic

Let’s get one thing out of the way right off the bat—the Rangers are making the playoffs. At this point, it’s a foregone conclusion. Sports Club Stats has the Rangers at a 99.9% chance of making the playoffs with the Blueshirts currently sitting in the first Wild Card spot with 75 points. That’s 14 points […]