New York Rangers: Derek Dorsett

Meet the Blueshirts: Derek Dorsett

June, 3, 2014
Jun 3
Derek DorsettTim Fuller/USA TODAY Sports
Position: RW
Number: 15
Age: 27
Born: Kindersley, Saskatchewan
Height: 6-0
Weight: 192
How Acquired: Acquired by the Rangers in a blockbuster trade with the Columbus Blue Jackets on April 3, 2013 along with Derick Brassard, John Moore and a 2014 sixth-round draft pick in exchange for Marian Gaborik and two minor-league defensemen.

In case you didn’t know ...

• Dorsett is a fighter. He once posted a career-high 235 penalty minutes for the Blue Jackets in 2011-12.

• Dorsett has never scored a playoff goal in 32 games (18 this season). Not like it’s his job. It’s just a fact.

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Rangers hit stride as playoffs approach

March, 27, 2014
Mar 27
They haven’t all been pretty. They haven’t all been dominant. Regardless, the New York Rangers embark on a four-game swing through Western Canada having stacked together five consecutive wins.

For some perspective: the Blueshirts have not managed such a streak since the 2011-12 season.

In beating the Philadelphia Flyers Wednesday night, the Rangers extended their advantage within the Metropolitan Division standings –- they now lead the Flyers by three points, though Philly has two games in hand –- but more importantly, they are showing the type of consistency, toughness and depth that have been conspicuously absent previously this season.

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Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY SportsRyan McDonagh scored his 14th goal of the season Wednesday vs. Philadelphia.
The Rangers held a high-octane Flyers offense without a goal for more than 48 minutes Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden. Meanwhile, their fourth line chipped in with a pair of goals and defenseman Ryan McDonagh dazzled the crowd and his teammates with a stunner for his 14th goal of the season.

Even without one of their top-six forwards producing -- trade-deadline acquisition Martin St. Louis is still searching for his first goal as a Ranger -- the Rangers are hitting their stride. Chris Kreider, by the way, may or may not require surgery for a hand injury sustained last week.

They have one of the best goaltenders in the game in Henrik Lundqvist, who has a franchise-best 306 NHL wins after Wednesday, and a potential Norris Trophy candidate in defenseman Ryan McDonagh.

And they boast considerable balance, as evident by their fourth line’s straight-forward, and effective, performance Wednesday night.

“They are simple and they compete,” coach Alain Vigneault said after the team's win Wednesday night. “That fourth line is big, grinding, you know, wear-the-opposition type line, and when they find ways to contribute, like they have the last couple of games offensively, it makes our team that much better, as far as winning hockey games.”

The trio of Brian Boyle, Dominic Moore and Derek Dorsett (who has split time with Daniel Carcillo in this spot) has provided the Rangers with energy and timely production. Considering how potent Boston’s fourth line was against them in the Eastern Conference semi-finals last spring, this is a valuable asset as the Rangers prepare for the playoffs.

“You have to have that,” said Moore, who also won six of seven faceoffs Wednesday. “You can’t win without that. You see every game every night –- it’s usually one-goal games. [Wednesday] wasn’t the case, but everyone has to chip in and everyone has to be firing on all cylinders.”

Boyle said that the team’s considerable depth is an encouraging sign, especially at this time of year. The last time the Rangers were regarded in a similar way, when they finished on top of the East after the regular season in 2012, the club made it to the Conference finals.

This team has some similarities to that one, according to Boyle. “It’s a pretty well-oiled machine,” he said.

Though their playoff position is favorable –- has the team’s chances of making it at 99% -- the Rangers will be tested during this upcoming stretch in travel alone. Though the Avs are the only playoff team they’ll face before returning home for the final week of the regular season, the Rangers will make stops in Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and Colorado.

Said Boyle, “There’s plenty on the line.”

Rangers miss chance to soar past Flyers

March, 1, 2014
Mar 1

PHILADELPHIA -- The Rangers fumbled a prime opportunity to pull away from the Philadelphia Flyers in the Metropolitan Division standings, surrendering a 4-2 loss to their longstanding rivals at Wells Fargo Center on Saturday.

The Blueshirts, riding high after a 2-1 win over the defending Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday, also wasted a chance to jump on the Flyers early with two power-play chances in the first five minutes of play, instead allowing the Flyers to build a 2-0 first-period lead.

Ultimately, the Flyers were able to gain traction in the divisional standings, in which they trail the Rangers by a mere point with 21 games remaining in the regular season.

"The power play could have given us a lead, but their goaltender made some good saves. They made us pay on a couple of opportunities after that," coach Alain Vigneault said. "We battled back hard, won the second period, and in the third just didn’t get enough looks."

Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist's return to net was spoiled 7:04 into play as Anton Stralman’s stick directed a puck past him in a flukey first goal that put the Rangers on their heels. Lundqvist was deked and beaten by Sean Couturier just 66 seconds later, putting the Rangers into an uncomfortable 2-0 hole.

The Rangers responded in the second, however, with a strong surge that allowed them to tie the game at two with Derick Brassard’s power-play marker at 11:42. But, despite a strong effort, the Rangers fell behind again on a couple of critical breakdowns that allowed Wayne Simmonds to spin and shoot from the left circle for a go-ahead goal on the man advantage.

The Rangers bungled a couple of Grade-A opportunities in the middle frame -- both Chris Kreider and J.T. Miller whiffed on what would have been gimmies -- and couldn’t solve Flyers netminder Steve Mason in the third, either.

Mason, who was terrific in the first period, finished with 33 saves in his star performance, a critical one in helping the Flyers bounce back from Thursday’s 7-3 drubbing received from the San Jose Sharks.

"We were having success in the second," Ryan Callahan said. "For whatever reason, if it was them or us, we didn’t generate enough of that in the third."

Derek Dorsett returned to the lineup for the first time since Jan. 3. The gritty winger, who missed almost two months with a broken leg, was used on the fourth line with Brian Boyle and Daniel Carcillo.

Before the game, Vigneault said he wanted to see both Dorsett and Carcillo together, but Saturday’s game, in which Carcillo spent the majority of the second period in the penalty box, made evaluating that trio a difficult task.

"We did a lot of good things," Lundqvist said, "But it wasn’t enough tonight."

St. Louis addresses trade talk

February, 26, 2014
Feb 26
GREENBURGH, N.Y -- Rangers forward Ryan Callahan isn't the only captain fielding questions about his future in the week leading up to the NHL's trade deadline on March 5.

Tampa Bay Lightning captain Martin St. Louis returned home from Sochi, Russia with little time to revel in Team Canada's gold medal-winning performance in the 2014 Olympic games. Instead St. Louis was asked to address the rampant rumors that he had requested a trade from Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman after he was initially left off Team Canada's roster Yzerman, who also constructed the Canadian national team, later added the 38-year-old veteran forward as an injury replacement for Steven Stamkos.

In short: St. Louis did not deny it.

"I've had talks with Steve about my future with the team and I'll leave it at that," St. Louis told reporters on Wednesday, according to the Tampa Tribune.

Why is this relevant in New York? According to the New York Post, Rangers general manager Glen Sather called Yzerman to inquire about St. Louis' availability, though Yzerman did not seem to reciprocate interest in a deal involving the Art Ross Trophy winner for a rental player in Ryan Callahan, who is a pending unrestricted free agent. The Rangers and Callahan's camp remain at an impasse in a contract extension for the 28-year-old winger.

A league source confirmed to that St. Louis was unhappy after the initial snub by Yzerman, though it is not immediately known if the damage has since been repaired. St. Louis does have a no-move clause in his contract, though it is believed that New York would be an appealing destination to him since he has a home in Connecticut and trains there during the off-season.

Though it does not appear anything is imminent on the trade front, the situation in Tampa is one to monitor closely as the deadline nears.

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Defenseman Marc Staal, who has been hampered recently by back spasms, said he felt better on the ice during practice Wednesday. Assuming he feels the same Thursday morning and experiences no setback or tightness, he expects to be in the lineup against the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday.

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Derek Dorsett (leg) took part in a full team practice Wednesday, though Alain Vigneault said he plans on holding the gritty forward out until the team's back-to-back set this weekend.

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With starting goaltender Henrik Lundqvist one of seven players returning from the Olympics, backup netminder Cam Talbot will get the start Thursday vs. the Hawks. Lundqvist will be back in goal Saturday against the Flyers.

Notes: Kreider's penalty, Miller's goal

November, 10, 2013
NEW YORK -- It was not immediately clear what led Chris Kreider take an uncharacteristically dumb penalty late in the game that gave the Panthers the chance to tie it up with 1:15 in regulation.

Kreider shoved Florida's Scottie Upshall to the ice near the Panthers bench and was whistled for a cross-checking penalty.

Coach Alain Vigneault said he wasn't sure what precipitated the action, but said that Kreider addressed the team after the win and apologized for putting them
down a man late in the game.

It is not immediately known whether Kreider will have a hearing for the hit or whether he is expected to incur any supplementary discipline on the play

Kreider was not available for comment after the game.

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J.T. Miller had a fine first-period effort, bringing energy and jump to the Rangers lineup in what goaltender Henrik Lundqvist deemed a "must-win" for the Blueshirts.

The 20-year-old prospect was rewarded for that jam, as he tallied his first goal of the season on a beautiful passing sequence that got the Rangers on the board at 9:49 of the first period.

Miller came this close to picking up an assist later in the frame, too. The former first-round draft pick made a sharp centering feed on a rush late in the first period but Benoit Pouliot couldn't convert the tip-in against Panthers netminder Tim Thomas at the 19-minute mark.

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Lundqvist said that Derek Dorsett's game-tying goal in the second period was a vital one in the team's third consecutive win.

Dorsett followed up on his own wraparound attempt to jam the puck home and knot the score at 2 with 6:02 remaining in the second period.

"I felt like the second goal for us when we tied it up was a big, big goal for the game and for us going out and getting that confidence knowing that we can do this, that we've been there before," Lundqvist said.

It was the gritty winger's second goal this season.

"He likes to be around the net there. He plays hard every night. I'm happy for him. He's scoring some big goals as well," Lundqvist said. "I think all four lines are playing really well."

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Brian Campbell's second goal of the night, which pulled the Panthers within a goal at 4-3, ended the Rangers streak of nine straight games giving up two goals or fewer.

Vigneault on Murphy hit: 'Very, very dangerous'

November, 2, 2013
NEW YORK -- Rangers coach Alain Vigneault made it clear after his team's 5-1 win over the Hurricanes on Saturday night that he did not like Ryan Murphy's second-period hit on Derek Dorsett.

The rookie defenseman appeared to undercut Dorsett, upending him in a play that infuriated Dorsett's teammates and resulted in a clipping penalty.

"I mean, in my opinion, that's real dangerous," Vigneault said. "Any time you're going for knees, you're looking at career-ending injuries here."

Dorsett appeared to be OK after the hit, but that didn't seem to placate Vigneault.

"That was borderline very, very dangerous."

Carl's cool: Though Carl Hagelin was wincing on the bench in pain during the third period after getting whacked on the left hand by Carolina's Riley Nash, he isn't concerned about injury.

"It hurt at the time," said the 25-year-old winger, who scored twice as New York won its third straight, "but it's fine." Hagelin doesn't anticipate it being a problem.