Top Ten Most Memorable Goals from this Rangers Era

The dominant theme of postmortems to come out of the Rangers’ first-round exit last weekend is that the organization has reached the end of an era. I’m inclined to agree, and there’s a lot of (deserved) doom and gloom regarding┬áthe Rangers’ outlook. That said, I thought I’d put together a top ten list of the most memorable goals from this wildly successful era for nostalgic purposes.

10. Carcillo Opens the Scoring off Zuccarello’s Pass, G7 vs. PHI 2014

I remember experiencing high levels of anxiety prior to this game, as the Rangers let an inferior Flyers team push them to Game 7 after a rout in Philadelphia in Game 6. Scoring first was a huge sigh of relief, made sweeter by the ridiculous pass and unlikely scorer.

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The Trade Deadline Brings Thoughts and Here Are The Thoughts

Some years the trade deadline can be an episode of Let’s Make a Deal, with seemingly endless possibilities behind concealed doors. Other years, it’s much more clear. The 2012 trade deadline was focused on Rick Nash. The 2014 deadline was centered around Martin St. Louis and then-pending UFAs Ryan Callahan and Dan Girardi. This season, the two names leading the discussions were Keith Yandle and Eric Staal.

For a long time earlier in the season, it seemed like the Keith Yandle leaving the Rangers at the trade deadline was inevitable. The situation seemed to shift when McDonagh went down with a concussion on February 6th, and Yandle oddly went from playing 3rd pairing minutes to leading the Rangers in ice-time nearly nightly in McDonagh’s absence.

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Keith Yandle and the Long Tail

I try to live my life by two simple rules:

  1. When there’s trouble you call DW
  2. Be aware of the limitations of my own memory

While the application of Rule #1 is pervasive and obvious, Rule #2 has specific relevance to the early season discussions on the play of Keith Yandle. I think our memories left unchecked can be less than stellar evaluators of players like Yandle. Read more

The End.

After a tad over three years in operation, Rangers Unlimited will be no longer.

Thanks to all those who have read the blog over the years. Having a place to write down my thoughts, and having people seek them out was a fun experience for me.

A special thanks to those who have contributed to the site alongside me: John J. Werner, Andrew Wisneski, Zachary and Alex Ellenthal.

All the best,

Jared

Rangers to Meet With Mike Reilly Tomorrow

Elliotte Friedman reports that the Rangers, among others, will meet with pending UFA defenseman Mike Reilly tomorrow.

Reilly, who turns 22 next month, is eligible to be an UFA this summer, as he’s played one season of Junior A hockey and three seasons of college hockey after being drafted by the Blue Jackets in 2011.

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Ten Good Things that Happened to the Rangers This Season

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Marko Ditkun/Getty Images

The wounds from Friday night’s loss are still fresh, but it’s time to shift in to offseason mode. While they fell short of their ultimate goal, the Rangers accomplished a great deal in the 14/15 season, highlighted by a Presidents’ Trophy and 11 playoff wins. Here are ten positive developments from the year, which are in no particular order.

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