Eh. Slow news cycle for Rangers stuff. I even waited a bit to see what might come out this morning. Not much. So I went league-wide. Enjoy your day. Help a stranger. Pet a puppy. Drink a really good cup o' coffee. Call your mom just to say hello.
Analyzing the Rangers' Powerplay. [The Hockey Writers]
Everyone seems to be writing this article lately, but once again, Ryan McDonagh needs to be better, because he is key to the Rangers' success. [NY Daily News]
The Rangers are up against it, cap-wise. Having a few guys sick doesn't help. But really, it isn't so much about the present, and more about the decisions that lie ahead. Here is one take, that I think overvalues Staal even in the present. [NY Post]
The Mumps. Mumps. Enough about the mumps. It seems to be on everyone's mind. The Rangers and Knicks are taking precautions. Teflon Tanner is still recovering. [NY Daily News]
Why did the Rangers keep Girardi over Stralman? Well, that wasn't really how it went down as the decisions didn't appear to be one or the other. But this article does a good job comparing the impact of each. [Blue Seat Blogs]
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Don't lose to the Oilers. Sometimes, they are quite competent. Doesn't matter. They have lost 11 straight, including a heartbreaker last night. Their fanbase is hilariously tortured. [CBC] [Edmonton Journal] [The Hockey News] [NHL]