Poll: Do you think the Rangers are better or worse heading into the season?

Dan Rosen of NHL.com thinks that the Rangers are in the “same position” as last season with almost the same team minus Carl Hagelin. Rosen thinks that Kevin Hayes could be pushed to the wing where he thinks he can “thrive” and that Chris Kreider should push for 30 goals this season. (NHL.com)


Some of the traits Ryan McDonagh picked up from Ryan Callahan when he was captain

Ryan McDonaghRyan McDonagh said that “accountability” and “trust” in your teammates are two of the biggest things that he took away from Ryan Callahan ‘s time as captain of the Rangers. (Daily News)

McDonagh said that Callahan taught him to focus on doing his job and not trying to “extend and do too much.” (Daily News)

He said that while some guys are expected to take on bigger roles “here and there” everyone needs to pull their weight and “be prepared to play the way they need to play.” (Daily News)

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The story of how Mackenzie Skapski’s hockey career almost ended at age 15

Skapski1In 2009, Mackenzie Skapski and his team, the Fraser Valley Bruins were involved in a bus crash where the bus “lost control, slid across a highway backwards and into a ditch before falling on his side. (CBC)

Skapski, 15 at the time, was the only member of the team “seriously hurt” and suffered a broken nose, plates to rebuild his cheek and emergency brain surgery to remove a clot. (CBC)

He said that the bus hit some “black ice and barrel-rolled down an embankment,” everything went numb and that it was “the typical cliche nightmare.” (Hockey Canada)

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Could Raphael Diaz end up back in Switzerland at some point this season?

DiazAccording to reports from RSI in Switzerland, Raphael Diaz could end up back in the Swiss league with Lugano at some point this season. (He Shoots He Scores)

They indicate that the situation could be like that of Damien Brunner who mutually agreed to terminate his contract with the Devils last season in order to play in Switzerland. (He Shoots He Scores)

Rumors about Diaz potentially returning to the Swiss league are being thrown around after Rangers prospect Calle Andersson’s “unexpected” departure to play in North America. (RSI)

Diaz was signed to be the Rangers seventh defensemen this season. He has a one-year, one-way contract worth $700,000 (RSI)

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Picking the Rangers to finish third in the Metro

Rangers8/26/15 | 3:31PM: Justin Bourne has the Rangers finishing second in the Metro. (Backhand Shelf)

8/22/15 | 2:28PM: The 2015-16 Hockey News Yearbook also has the Rangers finishing in third place in the Metro, behind the Capitals and the Islanders. (The Hockey News Yearbook 2015-16)

8/17/15 | 12:38PM: The Sports Forecaster 2015-16 Guide has the Rangers finishing this season in third place in the Metro Division, behind the Caps and Blue Jackets.

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