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Blueshirt Banter Oct 13, 2017
Bantering Points: 10/13/17

Bantering Points: 10/13/17

After shuffling up the team’s lines and defensive pairings, Alain Vigneault will look to get his team back on track tonight in Columbus. Here are today’s news and links: Rangers News: Brett Cyrgalis details how the organization’s dream pairing of Ryan McDonagh and Kevin Shattenkirk turned out to be a failure (NY Post) Justin Tasch heard that Brendan Smith will look to put his mysterious benching behind him and move on (NY Daily News) Steve Zipay notes that Vigneault is hard at work while trying to find a winning combination of eighteen skaters (Newsday) Becky from BSB examines...
New York Post Oct 12, 2017
Rangers veteran trying to put benching in the past

Rangers veteran trying to put benching in the past

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Brendan Smith was willing to admit that it was a surprise that he was a healthy scratch just three games into the season. But as the Rangers veteran defenseman prepared to return to the lineup for Friday’s match against the Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena, he was trying to put his benching...
New York Daily News Oct 12, 2017
Brendan Smith will return to Rangers lineup after 2-game benching

Brendan Smith will return to Rangers lineup after 2-game benching

There was only so much Brendan Smith was willing to say about being scratched the last two games.
New York Post Oct 11, 2017
Rangers coach sits veteran defenseman again

Rangers coach sits veteran defenseman again

The makeup of the Rangers defense is hardly what they thought it was going to be in training camp, and suddenly the question is whether that group is still a strength of theirs at all. For the second straight game, coach Alain Vigneault made veteran Brendan Smith a healthy scratch, this time also adding 21-year-old...
Blueshirt Banter Oct 8, 2017
Rangers Vs. Canadiens: Lundqvist, Rangers Rebound With 2-0 Win Over Montreal

Rangers Vs. Canadiens: Lundqvist, Rangers Rebound With 2-0 Win Over Montreal

Just 24 short hours after losing a 8-5 shootout to the Toronto Maple Leafs, the New York Rangers responded tonight with a 2-0 win over the Montreal Canadiens. Henrik Lundqvist, who was back in the crease tonight after being yanked during the first period last night, pitched a 34 save shutout to backstop the Rangers. There was a bit of outrage during the pregame warmups, when Brendan Smith was absent and Filip Chytil was listed as a scratch on the roster report. Alain Vigneault threw a concerning curve ball by inserting Nick Holden and Steven Kampfer into the lineup, and rolling with seven...
Newsday Oct 8, 2017

Rangers defenseman Brendan Smith benched against Canadiens

In a significant, if temporary, defensive shuffle, Brendan Smith, who struggled in the Rangers' 8-5 loss to the Maple Leafs on Saturday, was benched in favor of Nick Holden against the Canadiens and Steve Kampfer started as a seventh defenseman.
Blueshirt Banter Sep 27, 2017
Final Preseason Stock Report

Final Preseason Stock Report

For the final game of the preseason I always handle these reviews a little differently. I try to make out where I think players stand in terms of making the team itself. Enjoy. The (Deserved) Locks Henrik Lundqvist, Ondrej Pavelec, Rick Nash, Mika Zibanejad, Mats Zuccarello, Michael Grabner, Kevin Hayes, J.T. Miller, Chris Kreider, Jesper Fast, David Desharnais, Jimmy Vesey, Ryan McDonagh, Brady Skjei, Brendan Smith, and Kevin Shattenkirk: Nothing surprising here. Pavel Buchnevich: He’s a lock, too, but I have a few things to say about him. I think Buchnevich was as good as any other...
Blueshirt Banter Sep 18, 2017
Bantering Points: 9/18/17

Bantering Points: 9/18/17

News and notes for Monday, September 18th, 2017 The Rangers will hit the ice tonight as they welcome the Islanders into MSG for the first pre-season game of 2017. Here are today's news and links: Rangers News: Alex Squadron highlights Jimmy Vesey and Kevin Hayes as two players that must step up if the Rangers want to have successful season (NY Post) Larry Brooks took note Chris Kreider's desire to emerge as a star, as well as Brady Skjei's conditioning test scores (NY Post) Justin Tasch believes that Brendan Smith will add another layer of leadership to the Blueshirts' locker room....
New York Daily News Sep 17, 2017
Brendan Smith expected to bring leadership in Rangers return

Brendan Smith expected to bring leadership in Rangers return

One of the Rangers' best moves over the summer was re-signing deadline acquisition Brendan Smith, who could become a leader.

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