Chad Johnson could be a factor for the Blueshirts down the line. (www.rangers.nhl.com)

BlueLINES for BlueSHIRTS: August 3rd – Chad Johnson & more


News came out yesterday (while I was nowhere to be found) that G Chad Johnson had resigned with the Rangers on a one-year, $525k contract. With Marty Biron healthy and signed through next season, Johnson will be competing down in Connecticut for a spot with the Whale.

In Johnson’s limited time with the Blueshirts, I like what I’ve seen from the kid. He looks calm in net along with poised and that calmness, combined with his progress this season, could make him a quality, young backup to Henrik Lundqvist for the 2012-2013 season.

Join me after the jump for today’s Rangers headlines around the Internet.

 

Not Rangers related but it’s in the Metro area – Since the Islanders referendum was voted down, Craig Custance looks at the other options for the Islanders’ future as a franchise. [Sporting News]

Adam Gretz (nice last name) has a look at how the Rangers, and other teams, have significant amounts of money tied up in just a few players. [CBS Sports]

Patrick Kearns believes Ryan Callahan and Brandon Dubinsky are ready to lead the Rangers. [The Fourth Period]

Nick Montemagno believes this offseason has been an “immaculate” on for Glen Sather. While I don’t think it’s been immaculate, it’s certainly been, on paper, his best to date. [Rangers Tribune]

Think Derek Stepan will be stricken by the dreaded “sophomore slump?” Crunch the numbers with this in-depth analysis of past sophomore slumps in the NHL. [Blueshirt Banter]

After conducting an interview claiming Sean Avery made racist comments, Alex Frolov denies making those comments and claims he was misquoted. Likely story, Alex… [Jesse Spector]

After a one-and-done with the Flyers, former Ranger Nik Zherdev has decided to take his talents to Siberia to play for Atlant of the KHL. [SNY Rangers Blog]

Michael Gleich contends that John Tortorella has the Rangers in his image now and the pressure turns to him to win. [Bleeding All Blue]

 

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