Rangers Roundup: Tarasenko rumors, Hayes off wing, and Andersson in jeopardy

Andersson (NY Post)

The latest news impacting the Blueshirts.

Tarasenko apologizes, Blues in trouble

Yesterday the St. Blues looked like a team that has packed it in for the season. They were outmatched by the Canucks in every facet of the game and the result was abysmal to the point that Vladimir Tarasenko apologized to the fans.

That prompted many insiders to speculate that the fire sale in St. Louis may begin soon and key forwards up front aside from Ryan O’Reilly and recently acquired, Tyler Bozak will be moved.

“Armstrong has already fired one coach. He’s not going to throw Craig Berube under the bus, so it’s going to be one of the core guys that gets moved out. So you’re either talking about a stud-like forward, or you’re talking about one of the big boys on the back end. Because he’s not moving O’Reilly, he’s not moving Bozak, and he’s not moving the pieces that he just brought in last summer.”

Darren Dreger via Nichols On Hockey

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, if a player like Tarasenko becomes available, Gorton should look into it seriously.

Hayes off wing, back in the middle
Hayes (Jerome Miron-USATS)

Well that was brief.

David Quinn said after the game against Florida that he was going keep the reasons to himself but Hayes was going to be taken off that top line with Kreider and Zibanejad. There’s no reason to speculate why because it may not be anything they did or maybe it was more of what was lacking on another line.

Andersson demotion coming?

As the Rangers get healthy, Lias Andersson looks destined to be regulated to 4th line minutes at best and could be sent down. Larry Brooks wrote about the situation here in the NY POST.

The bottom line is Andersson needs to develop and even though he’d rather do it on the 4th line at MSG, it might be best for him to get top line minutes in Hartford.