Following a loss in their first game out of the bye-week, the Rangers (28-14-1) are on the road to close out their back-to-back series when they take on the Montreal Canadiens (26-11-6) for the first time this season.
The Rangers were sloppy in the 4-2 loss to the Maple Leafs last night, with some poor defensive coverage and decisions as well as some shaky goaltending from Henrik Lundqvist. Chris Kreider and JT Miller scored to make it closer, but Toronto had control of the game from the early stages.
The Canadiens were dominated in their last game, a 7-1 loss at the hands of the Minnesota Wild. Carey Price allowed all seven goals and it continued a trend of the team getting scored on a lot lately. Montreal has allowed four goals against in each of the last three games, and they’ve surrendered 21 goals in the last five games. However, their nine point lead atop the Atlantic Division makes things a bit more comfortable for them. Read the rest of this entry
A few days ago, Jeff Gorton inked Russian prospect Pavel Buchnevich to his entry level contract, a three year deal with performance bonuses and a $925k cap hit. Buchnevich is poised to be an impact player pretty early into his NHL career, but he’s missing one thing; a mentor.
Just about every big name Russian NHL prospect has had another player on their team, also Russian, to help the transition to the NHL and serve as a translator on the ice and in the locker room. Most recently, Artemi Panarin had Artem Anisimov to help him with that, and guys like Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin have all had a mentor from their homeland.
The Rangers are fortunate that Chris Kreider speaks fluent Russian, and that will certainly help ease Buchnevich’s transition onto the smaller ice and into North America. And we all know that chemistry between the speedy Kreider and Buch, an excellent passer and playmaker, would be absolutely fantastic. But to make the move as easy as possible, it would be wise for the team to go out and get a native Russian to mentor their newest player.
With that in mind, here are some options for the Rangers this offseason. Read the rest of this entry