It's been a while, folks. Apologies for the lack of notes, but, simply, there hasn't been much in the way of Rangers news these past few weeks. With Traverse City right around the corner, and a few new stories in the docket, it seemed like a good time to revive notes. And hopefully, enough will happen from here on out to keep these on a daily basis. But, for now, here are your morning notes.
As you've probably already heard, Ryan Malone attended an informal skate with the Rangers on Tuesday. And that's about it right now; Malone attended the skate, and will probably continue to attend these skates. But there's no tryout offer or contract to report, so no reason to speculate yet. Meanwhile, Malone is looking for a second chance. [NY Post] [Ranger Rants] [Blueshirts Blog] [Newsday]
A few general Malone thoughts. I don't expect him to get a contract from the Rangers. With the team so close to the 50 contract limit, and this seemingly a group that's going to give a young player a chance, Malone simply doesn't fit.
Raphael Diaz has accepted a tryout invitation from the Flames, spurning the Red Wings, who also showed interest. Diaz presented a great option for the Rangers as a sixth or seventh defenseman, but cross him off the list. [The Score]
Henrik Lundqvist certainly hasn't forgotten some of the bad luck that befell the Rangers in the 2014 Stanley Cup, but he also likes the team' chances moving forward. [NY Post]
And what else did we learn about Lundqvist as the NHL opened its media tour? He's not good at something. [ESPN NY]
Some video breakdowns, which are a fun way to pass the time:
Lundqvist has become a better puck handler. He may not be the league's best, but he's much improved, which is a good thing. [Blueshirt Banter]
Martin St. Louis shoots, he scores, Rangers win. How the end of Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final played out. [Blueshirt Banter]
NHL.com has been publishing lists of the best players in the league by position. But just how many 'top players' does it take to win a Stanley Cup? [Blueshirt Banter]