Vincent Trocheck had a goal and an assist while Jaroslav Halak made 33 saves as the New York Rangers knocked the Las Vegas Golden Knights out of first place in the Pacific Division with a 4-1 win at home on Friday night.
Normally when it's announced during the preseason that a team has signed a QB to replace a third-string player, no one seems to care much. It's a common thing that happens, and they're not expected to see the field during the regular season, but are expected to man the 4th quarter of preseason games. But I'm sure when the Browns signed Rex Grossman earlier this week, it turned a few heads with a QB competition going on in Cleveland. Add in the fact that Grossman is a former Super Bowl quarterback himself, leading the Bears to Super Bowl 41 in 2006. (Losing to Peyton Manning's Colts). Before Grossman came along, it was a battle between Brian Hoyer and the most talked about draft pick, Johnny Manziel. Hoyer started in week 1 of the preseason, doing nothing special and completing less than half of his passes. Johnny Manziel was "solid", completing 7/11, but that was with the second-string, and against the second-string. He also relied on his legs a good amount, which will not get a quarterback far in the NFL. It was announced that Brian Hoyer will start Monday night in Washington, and it's expected to be the same as it was in week 1. Hoyer will start, Manziel will back him up, except instead of Tyler Thigpen (who was waived), it will be Rex Grossman behind Manziel. Granted that Grossman will be with the 3rd-string, it will be a much different story this upcoming week. Hoyer has minimal experience as a starting QB, and Manziel has a lot of maturing to do before becoming a proven starter. He also has a lot to learn, including to be on time to team meetings, which he wasn't on Monday (reported today). Grossman, as I previously mentioned, is a former Super Bowl QB, so his audition may be a little different than the other two. He is the only QB with history on his side, so if they're looking for a "proven" NFL QB, Grossman is the guy. As long as he shows some signs of still having that type of play in him, he could could easily becoming the front-runner in this competition. With the signing of Grossman, the order of which these three quarterbacks play in any preseason game no longer matters. That will not be a clue of who is ahead this competition. Gorssman hasn't played in the NFL since 2011 with the Washington Redskins, and he only has approximately 1 week to prove himself by week 3 when they want to name a starter. With that in mind, I am not saying Grossman will jump ahead of the other two, but he will be the quarterback to watch on Monday night.