Over the past week, we were left wondering about the future of the New York Rangers, and how the team of 2015-16 will compare to that of last season. As we very well know now, one huge difference is that Alternate Captain, Martin St. Louis, won’t be apart of it, putting an end to his hockey career after 16 seasons in the NHL.
Roughly three weeks after the official announcement, St. Louis spoke to the press for the first time on July 20th about his decision to hang up the skates. Here’s what our Editor had to say about Marty’s press conference.
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Without St. Louis, and having lost Carl Hagelin and Cam Talbot in the off-season, the thought of this year’s New York Rangers is a little bit worrying. Is the team as whole now as they were last season? If the Blueshirts don’t bring the Cup to New York this time around, will Alain Vigneault be in the hot seat? Is Henrik Lundqvist‘s job in the Rangers crease coming to a close sooner than his contract implies? Check out the two links below for our answers to these questions and more.
Rangers Still Have Some Pieces Missing – Anthony
As the World Turns – Tony
As key players from the Western Conference, such as T.J. Oshie and Justin Williams, made their way to the East, it became apparent that the Metropolitan Division grew even more competitive. Should the New York Rangers be worried? Here’s who to keep an eye on this year.
Metropolitan Teams on the Rise – Jessica
There’s plenty to worry about this season, but let’s not forget that there’s also a few things to be excited about. A certain superstar rookie from last year is going to come back with a whole NHL season, Stanley Cup Playoffs experience and a summer of Rangers’ off-season training all under his belt. Knowing that Kevin Hayes can take his game to another level after a huge first season with New York is definitely something to look forward to. Here’s looking back at a couple of his best plays.
We also took a look back at some of Chris Kreider‘s finest work in this flashback Friday. The 24-year-old is also on his way up in his hockey career, and this year will most definitely be proof of that.
And the most memorable clip of the week was, of course, the dance of the Optimus Klein. Dominic Moore hosted the fourth annual Smashfest, a charity event dedicated to the research of rare forms of cancer. At the event, Kevin Klein demonstrated what Moore calls “The Tsunami Master” – a little dance that Klein does before games to loosen up the locker room.
Check out Klein’s sick moves below, and for more on Smashfest click on the article below.
Smashfest ’15 – Pat
And that’s all for your weekly wrap up.
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