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Alain Vigneault is not using Keith Yandle effectively

Bobby Bevilacqua

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Photo courtesy of MSG Photos.

Keith Yandle isn’t doing enough this season.

Normally, this is where an article would begin to criticize the player for his play, what he isn’t doing enough of and what, in this case, Yandle would need to do better.

It’s true. Yandle hasn’t been doing enough. But it’s not his fault.

It’s Alain Vigneault’s fault. Read the rest of this entry

Despite Rangers’ postseason defeat, Yandle trade was worth the price

Bobby Bevilacqua

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The Rangers made a gamble when they acquired Keith Yandle, but it paid off, as Sather was able to acquire an elite defenseman in his prime. Photo courtesy of MSG Photos.

Glen Sather, the president and general manager of the New York Rangers, has a knack for making big deals at the trade deadline in an effort to make his team more versatile and balanced. He’s not afraid to take a calculated risk in an effort to obtain these players, trading draft picks and prospects.

On March 1st, Sather sent John Moore, top-prospect Anthony Duclair, a first round pick in either 2016 or 2017, and a second round pick in this year’s draft for Keith Yandle and career AHL defenseman Chris Summers.

Duclair was one of the Rangers best prospects, putting up massive numbers with his QMJHL team, the Quebec Remparts, and playing with the Rangers for 18 games, tallying one goal with six assists. He looked at home with the Rangers, playing pretty well when he was in the NHL.

While it’s obviously not optimal that the Rangers have traded away their first round draft picks (the last first round draft pick for New York was in 2012, Brady Skjei), Sather said that it helps when they sign players like Kevin Hayes, who was in the midst of a 17 goal, 45 point season. Read the rest of this entry

Rangers Prospect Watch; Duclair scores in pre-tourney game

Bobby Bevilacqua

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Anthony Duclair played well in his first game for Team Canada, playing right wing on the first line, and picking up a goal and an assist.

About two weeks ago, the Rangers announced that they would loan 19 year rookie to Anthony Duclair to Team Canada for the World Juniors Championship. The tournament doesn’t officially start until the 26th of December, but teams have already played some pre-tourney games, similar to a preseason.

Last night, Team Canada defeated Team Sweden by a final score of 5-2. Duclair scored the third goal of the game, and also picked up an assist in the game.

Duclair skated on Team Canada’s top line alongside other top prospects, like Sam Reinhart of the Buffallo Sabres, and Max Domi of the Arizona Coyotes. The trio generated a ton of scoring chances, and was one of the best lines on the team. Read the rest of this entry

Rangers loan Anthony Duclair to Team Canada for World Juniors Championship

Bobby Bevilacqua

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The Rangers announced that rookie forward Anthony Duclair will play for Team Canada in the IIHF World Junior Championship. Photo courtesy of MSG Photos.

This afternoon, New York Rangers General Manager Glen Sather announced that rookie forward Anthony Duclair will be loaned to Team Canada for the 2015 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Junior Championship.

Duclair has played in 18 games with the Rangers, and has one goal and six assist, totaling seven points, as well as a plus-four rating. Duclair’s first game was the Rangers season opener on October 9th against the St. Louis Blues. His first career goal came against the Minnesota Wild on October 27thRead the rest of this entry

Why Anthony Duclair belongs in the NHL

Bobby Bevilacqua

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Anthony Duclair has been one of the Rangers better forwards, and the 19 year old has done enough to prove that he belongs.

Anthony Duclair, the exciting 19 year old rookie making headlines with the New York Rangers, may only have a few games left with the Blueshirts before being sent back to juniors.

Let’s clear up a few things first. The “9 game rule” that applies to 18 and 19 year old players allows them to play 9 games in the NHL before being sent back to their respective clubs and “slide,” or delay, the first year of their entry level contract.

However, this rule does not apply to Anthony Duclair. Duclair signed his ELC on January 2nd, 2014, missing the December 31st cutoff to be considered 18 under the CBA.

This means that the Rangers can use Duclair for as long as they like, because he signed as a 19 year old and only maintained one “slide.” The Rangers will burn a year of his ELC whether plays in the NHL or with his junior team. Read the rest of this entry