New York Rangers 2005-2006

TEAM NAME: New York Rangers

TEAM PAYROLL: $ 32,154,348

GENERAL MANAGER: Glen Sather; 5th year with Rangers

HEAD COACH: Tom Renney; 2nd year with Rangers

Forgotten Moves: During the off-season before the lockout the Rangers had acquired forward Michael Nylander, and goaltender Kevin Weekes. The Nylander signing was a good move by Sather; Nylander has a great vision on the ice, and is a excellent playmaker. Since Mike Dunham’s contract was up, Sather went out and got Weekes. Weekes has proven himself in the past, with some decent seasons with the Hurricanes, and played great during the 01-02 playoffs. Weekes will be a mentor, for the backup goalie in this upcoming season who is yet to be named.

Team Mode: The Rangers are currently in a re-building phase. It has gone well, bringing up prospects that are ready for the NHL. Training camp will determine which players will start the season with the big club, and also end the year. It shall be exciting to see how the Rangers end up in the East.

To take charge: New York will need all the veterans to step up, and give it there all, especially Darius Kasparaitis, Jaromir Jagr, and Steve Rucchin. The youngsters will need guidance from these three. Jagr isn’t the guy who is a good leader, but Rucchin and Kaspar are great leaders. Rucchin has always been a good leader for the Ducks, and Kaspar is the guy for the young defenseman to look up to.

On the rush (offense): In the past few seasons, the Rangers have had bad numbers, in general as a team. Their key to the offense, is certainly Jaromir Jagr. Sather has surrounded Jagr’s offense with a Czech/ European back round. Guys like Straka and Rucinsky. Straka had a 95 point season on 00-01 playing with Jagr, and he had 121 points that season. These two back together will be the Rangers 1-2 punch. Other youngsters in the lineup including Josef Balej, Jed Ortmeyer, and Jamie Lundmark. Lundmark will be entering his 3rd season, he has only compiled 29 points in his first 111 games. Lundmark needs a breakout season. The power play will be interesting, in 03-04 they were ranked 25th. Jagr, Straka, Nylander, Balej, Poti, Tyutin should make the power play better this year than last season. The penalty kill scoring threat is good. Nylander, and Straka will be killing penalties, and all they’ll need is a strong pass to either one, and they have a chance to score a few goals on the PK.

Covering the D-zone: Sather has made a few moves for the defense. Signed Marek Malik, who is a solid defensive defenseman, which the Rangers have lacked for quite some time now. Also signed puck moving defenseman Roszival. They also have Kasparaitis, Tom Poti, and Fedor Tyutin. Tomas Pock and Maxim Kondratiev are also fighting for a roster spot. Before the lockout, Tyutin showcased his talent, and was very solid, played 25 games, scored 2 goals, and 5 assists. Expect Tyutin to log a lot of minutes this season. With the new rule changes, this is time for Poti to shine as a top scoring defenseman. In 02-03 Poti had 48 points, and he should get even more than that this season. The defense isn’t looking too young, but that’s fine, they’ll have two young defenseman this season, and that’s all they need at this time.

Guarding the net: Kevin Weekes is going to start the season in goal. Weekes is mainly here to mentor young Henrik Lundqvist who has the best chance to the back-up role. Weekes has had a couple decent seasons with the Hurricanes, makes him a decent number 1. Though throughout the season Lundqvist will probably take over the top spot. The Swede is expected to be the best goalie to come out of Sweden and he had a very solid training camp thus far.

Talking about my generation: The Rangers have a very solid farm system, and solid prospects. Fedor Tyutin is up there, he is the future of the team. He already has is roster spot has one of the top defensemen. Tyutin is a solid all around defenseman. Another one, is sniper Josef Balej. Balej has incredible speed, and a great shot. Terrific stick handler, and drives to the net. He has the ability to score 20-30 goals in this upcoming season. Henrik Lundqvist is going to be a very important piece to the puzzle for the Rangers. Lundqvist is a solid goalie, some say he will be the best goalie out of Sweden. He has a great glove hand, he’s got good vision, and great hockey sense.

Expectations: 14-15th in Eastern Conference

Projected: I think that the Rangers will finish 11-13th in the Eastern Conference. They have a real young team. After they get used to each other and create some chemistry I think they’ll turn it on.

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72 Responses to New York Rangers 2005-2006

  1. Beckfan5 says:

    No, they do have sticks on the fourth line, absoloutly. They just dont know how to use them to score. So Lundmark should have to look to create goals and scoreing opportunities for the crap hes put out there with.

    When youre drafted 9th over all, you should be expected to go out onto a 4th line with the likes of a Billy Tibbets, Dan Lacatoure, Sandy McCarthy and Ted Donato and be expected to score 20 and set up 30? Get real a$$hole. Get a damn clue!

    Remember when Lindros was in the dog house and played fourth line? Did he produce? And even Fluerry. What did he do? $hit, Messier didnt produce on the fourth line either. He got most of his points on the PP.

    But Lundmark has to find a way to pull goals out of his a$$ to move up in the lineup.

    And whats so brilliant about bringing in a soon to be 35 year old one way shakey offensive player. The trade may have been brilliant, yes. But bringing him back when theyre supposed to be rebuilding? And dont give me $hit that they needed a vet for the young players. Ruchinskys a pu$$y.

    I dont recall Ruchinsky or even Nylander haveing career years with Jagr. Actually, to cover your ass, Ruchinsky never played with Jagr and as a matter of fact, wasnt Lang Jagrs center in Washington? And Nylanders most probutive seasons came as a Blackhawk. But I guess my accusations are false on that one, right.

    Stats dont lie.

  2. Beckfan5 says:

    Personally I would like to see Morre center Lundmark and Ortmeyer on the second line.

    Look at it this way,all three are young and relitivly quick. Good start. Moore has good puck handling skills and seems like a decent play maker. Lundmark may be better suited as a winger because I dont see him as a play maker, well at least one good enough for the top two lines. And I know, Ortmeyer has no place on the top two. Well he hustles and hits real well with in turn creates scoring opps. and opens up ice. So why not. Hes the hitter on the line. And the guy to go to the net.

    Hey, look at it this way, what right did Adam Graves have being on the first line and even the first PP unit. Put him with a playmaker and look what happened. Well why not give Ortmeyer a chance to play that kind of role.

  3. GretzNYR99 says:

    This team still lacks on defense, but they have two young defensemen that should be with the club this year in Tyutin and Kondratiev. Kondratiev is an absolute beast, that kid is awesome. He can move the puck very well, and plays the body well and hard. If Tyutin played like Kondratiev, they’d be the most scary pairing the NHL one day.

    Prucha and Immonen have been impressive, as well as sparkplug Ryan Hollweg, who reminds me of good ol’ Matt Barnaby.

    A few things…

    – As for Straka, he played with Jagr in 99, not 01. The big line in Pittsburgh in 01 was Straka-Kovalev-Lang, with Mario having Jagr and Stevens flank him. Straka played with Jagr for a year or two, but they do have chemistry from outside of the NHL.

    – Rucchin on the 2nd line, are you kidding? Rucchin is best used as a checking center, we have young kids who can come up and play, put Lundmark as 2nd line center.

    – Balej is NOT a checking winger. That’s why we have Ortmeyer and Murray who are sparkplug/checking players. They’re young, gritty, fast, and they hit hard and are sound defensively. Balej will not go into the corners and muck for the puck. You’d have to be on crack to look at it that way.

    – Lundmark’s time to shine should not be spent on a checking line, as mentioned before. Like you said Lundmark has 29 points in his first 111 career games. Let’s give him some games with some valuable ice time, so that even if we’re going to trade him, his stock can rise somewhat. I’d like to see him pan out to be the 2nd line center he can though.

  4. wheresthesoda says:

    “Remember when Lindros was in the dog house and played fourth line?”…i remember that pretty good actually, and he might not of gotten a lot of ice time, but he worked his a$$ off so he can get back in the top 2 line mix, thats what lundmark has to do.

    he doesnt have to produce on the 4th line, he’s gonna work hard and show to the staff thats hes creating chances on the 4th line and busting his tale off. if lundmark wont give it hios all every shift on the 4th line then he shouldnt get a chance to play on the 2nd. give the time he shouldve gotton to someone like prucha, who might actually produce.

  5. wheresthesoda says:

    ok dude, i wasnt sure if jagr and straka played on the same line on 00-01, but whatever, my mistake, i’m only human.

    and on the lines, c’mon now:

    i had murray-rucchin-ortmeyer, thats the checking line, just b/c its 2nd on the list doesnt mean its the 2nd line, so i didnt put it in order, oh well

    and i have lundmark and balej and rucinsky, thats what i said might be our 2ND line, but balej was sent down, so its up in the air now, maybe prucha will get some ice-time.

  6. Beckfan5 says:

    But think of it this way…….

    Your saying that Prucha should get the time over Lundmark and your baseing that judgement on three preseason games. But remember, Lundmark started on the fourth line when he came up and was stuck there because he wasnt going to play over the big contacts and egos of Messier, Lindros Nedved and Holik, right?

    As a matter of fact, Lundmark played some 2nd line wing for Holik and at times Messier. So I dont think it was ever a case of him not hustling where it was more of a case as no room for a 20 something playing over proven, overpriced 30 somethings.

    So now according to you people, he doesnt deserve to play over 30 somethings Nylander and Rucchin and even over unproven players like Betts and Prucha.

    Can someone ever give this guy a real chance??

  7. wheresthesoda says:

    i was just making an observation, so i was saying if he doesnt work his ass of during this season, i want him to be given the real chance he deserves this year. this is his make or break season, after this year, if he doesnt do that great, then i want prucha to get his ice time, or balej

  8. GretzNYR99 says:

    I know you’re only human, but you’ve been here for a while, I know that you know better than that.

    Yeah, I’ve taken a liking to Prucha. He’s really shown a lot of promise, I hope he pans out to be what he can be. He’ll be a hell of a player if that is the case.

  9. oilfans_suck says:

    your an idiot

  10. wheresthesoda says:

    ??????…..that was pointless

  11. GretzNYR99 says:

    Why should he keep trying to prove himself?

    Because when you want to get somewhere, no matter what you’re faced with, you have to try your hardest to achieve your goals.

    I don’t know if you don’t get that point, if you have a half-ass philosophy on things, or you have no work ethic of your own, but you have to give it 110% every night, and there are nights where Lundmark looks sluggish.

    Just maybe because of not trying to prove himself on a fourth line flanked with enforcers and career minor leaguers, Lundmark hasn’t gotten the ice time he’s wanted.

  12. GretzNYR99 says:

    Dude, Rozsival sucks, I’d rather have Kondratiev in there, at least he’ll play the body and be back for the rush coming the other way.

  13. intelligentscorpio says:

    Sather screwed this team good in the past four years, not that they were any better before.
    We have to see now how they handle the salary cap and stay competitive?
    Jagr is past his prime and they have a lot of youngsters who will take time to mature. Will not be a fun place to play, if Jagr starts whining.

  14. GretzNYR99 says:

    “Signing leaders like Rucchin is certainly not hindering the development of any of the young players. Most of them are not ready for the NHL at all. A team of young players isn’t going to “develop” by losing 7-0 every night with no leadership.”

    Way to shut that toolbag up.

    Completely right, and I couldn’t agree more.

    Well said, Bretz.

  15. GretzNYR99 says:

    Yeah, seriously, at least he could have used the right text, and used the word “you’re” to save face and stop from making himself look like the idiot.

  16. wheresthesoda says:

    you’re damn right jagr is past his prime, but he still is one of the best offensive point producers in the NHL.

  17. Mullet says:

    I just received my recent Sports Illustrated issue today and it is the NHL Preview edition and it’s pretty ridiculous. Here’s how SI rates the teams in the NHL from #1 to #30.






    6. Canucks

    7.Red Wings







    14 Blue Jackets

    15. Thrashers







    22.Ducks,23.Blues,24.Kings,25.Sabres,26.Wild,27. Coyotes,28.Canes,29.Caps,30.Rangers.

    How the hell is Toronto rated #20. In no way are teams like Preds, Tampa, Wings, Panthers, Devils, Jackets, Thrashers, Canadiens, Avs and Isle better then Toronto. Toronto is one hell of a lot stronger and deeper than those teams. Also, the issue is pretty crappy! Doesn’t look like they spent much time on it! College sport previews are better then SI’s review on hockey.

  18. chanman says:

    That list is totally screwed. Calgary will not even be a # 5 team. Panthers, oilers and preds will not get in the top 10. Stars, kings, sabres and ‘yotes deserve better.

    Uh,,, yes U R right about the Leafs as well, although overlooking the other 29 names on the list in your blind leaf saturated mind like the fan you are.

  19. TrueBlue0917 says:

    Wow The Rangers acquired Marcel Hossa… I hope he turns out to be like his brother Marian, that would be sweet (which i highly doubt.) The rangers gave up Garth murray who was expandable due to the rangers depth of prospects at Center. I remember a few years back when the Rangers wanted to acquire Marcel for Eric Lindros. Sather really loves this guy, but i’m not sure if he will even be with the team this season. Bye Bye garthy

  20. wheresthesoda says:

    Marcel just scored a goal in his first pre-season game with the Rangers., didnt see the game but i hope he makes the team

  21. Marky2Fresh says:

    The Ducks and Leafs are definatly better than the BJ’s.

  22. wheresthesoda says:

    dude dont make judgements from one game, and its pre-season, so no one is really giving it there all except the kids that are trying to make a team, and the bruins were.

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