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Wishing the Rangers Had a GM Like This

Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo Puck Daddy made reference to Rich Hammond’s excellent Los Angeles Kings blog today.

Why does this matter? Well, it matters because it shows New York Ranger fans that Kings’ General Manager Dean Lombardi is everything that Glen Sather isn’t.

Click here to find out why.

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Carpy Gets It Right Again

It’s nice to know that journalists who cover the New York Rangers are not afraid to tell it like it is whether it’s good, bad or something objective.

One Rangers’ beat writer who continues to point out all that is wrong with the Rangers is Rick Carpiniello, who covers the team for The Journal News.

To read about the club’s pathetic showing last night against the St. Louis Blues as well as other Ranger musings, click here.

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Rock Bottom

With the way the New York Rangers are playing, it’s hard to believe that they still hold a playoff spot. Currently, the team is tied for the fifth place with the Montreal Canadiens in the tight Eastern Conference.

The truth is that they really don’t deserve to be where they are right now. The team had the benefit of an easy schedule in the regular season, which allowed them to pick up a ton of points and build a solid cushion. Most fans and pundits alike figured that this cushion would be enough to help the team to solidify a playoff spot.

Unfortunately, they were wrong as the Blueshirts are currently up just five points over the ninth place Carolina Hurricanes, a lead that is quickly evaporating as the team continues to drop games left and right, much like they did this weekend with losses to the Florida Panthers, Philadelphia Flyers and the St. Louis Blues.

Uh, Houston, we have a problem.

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Rangers Round Table on Sean Avery

With the New York Rangers continuing to spiral downwards, Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo Pucky Daddy thought it would be appropriate to hold a round table discussion regarding the team’s potential new spark plug, Sean Avery.

Greg was kind enough to ask me to join Scotty Hockey, Dubi Silverstein of Blueshirt Bulletin, Joe McDonald of NY SportsDay, The Dark Ranger, Eric Roitman from 5-hole.com, and Lauri from Beyond the Blueshirts.

Click here to read more.

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Clemmensen Proving His Worth

When Martin Broduer went down with an injury in early November, many hockey pundits and fans thought that the New Jersey Devils were done. They weren’t scoring a lot of goals, they weren’t really winning and lastly, they would have to rely on Kevin Weekes and Scott Clemmensen.

Well, just over four months later, the team is near the top of both the Eastern Conference and the Atlantic Division thanks to timely goal scoring from the likes of Patrik Elias, Zach Parise, Jamie Langenbrunner, solid defense from Colin White, Bryce Salvador and Paul Martin and solid special teams.

However, one area that everyone is overlooking is the solid goaltending from Clemmensen. The 31-year-old netminder from Des Moines, IA, is proving to folks around the club and the league that he can play with the big boys and that ultimately, he can play well. Through last night’s game against the Boston Bruins, Clemmensen has compiled 24 wins in 37 games while posting a 2.23 goals against average and a .922 save percentage with two shutouts (both happened this week against the New York Rangers and Bruins).

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Carpiniello Gets It Right

In assessing last night’s loss to the Florida Panthers, Journal News New York Rangers’ beat writer Rick Carpiniello does a great job in pointing out this team’s flaws.

Here’s a sneak peek:

“This team lacks skill. You can argue all you want about the system being stifling, or the coach making bad personnel decisions, or whatever. And I’m not necessarily disagreeing with you.

But who is transporting the puck from the defensive zone to the offensive zone? Who? Gomez is capable of doing it, and in fact that’s one of his strengths when he’s playing well. Zherdev can do it. Callahan once in a while. That’s really all, and the transportation of the puck from defense to offense is a crucial element in any attack, whether the attack is passive or aggressive. It is a terribly under-appreciated facet of a good power play, and thus one of many reasons the Rangers’ power play stinks. And it truly does stink.”

To read more on the Rangers’ troubles, click here

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A King and an Ace

When Mike Richter suffered a concussion early in the 2002-03 season, the New York Rangers knew they were in trouble. Sure, they had youngster Dan Blackburn as a capable backup but nothing close to an elite netminder who could handle everyday life in the National Hockey League.

It would be that way for the rest of the season as the Blueshirts became a revolving door for goaltenders such as Blackburn, Mike Dunham and Jussi Markannen. However, when the lockout ended and play resumed in 2005-06, there was a new masked man in town that would change the culture of the Rangers to this day forward.

His name is Henrik Lundqvist, a Swedish goaltender that was drafted 205th overall in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. Lundqvist enjoyed much success in Sweden with Frolunda, especially in the season prior to coming to the NHL when he was 33-8-3 with six shutouts and a stellar 1.79 goals against average.

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Tough to Swallow

The New York Rangers were lucky to escape last night’s game against the Florida Panthers with a 2-1 shootout loss. I say lucky because they were outplayed, out hit, out forechecked, and out shot all night.

Luckily for the Blueshirts, they had the best of Henrik Lundqvist between the pipes and he did everything he could to get two points for his hockey club. However, the one point he did get his team helped put the club in fourth place in the tight Eastern Conference.

On a team that has the offensive talent to score goals, it’s amazing that out of all players, it was Fredrik Sjostrom who scored for the Rangers tonight. This isn’t taking anything away from him but the team’s big guns need to start stepping up.

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The Inability to Capitalize

One of these days, the New York Rangers will win a game in regulation time. Yes, two points is two points but there are no shootouts in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Last night, the Blueshirts won a wild one over the Washington Capitals in a 5-4 shootout victory. The team especially got outstanding play from Ryan Callahan, Markus Naslund, Lauri Korpikoski, Paul Mara, Henrik Lundqvist (to a degree). It was also nice to see the team score four even-strength goals, which is about as many goals the team scored in their previous four games.

The negative about last night’s game? You guess it: the power play.

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I wonder…

Yesterday afternoon over on the XM Home Ice Channel Hockey Blog, I had a few questions.

Let me know what you folks think!

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Patrick has a tremendous passion for hockey. Besides covering the Rangers and the NHL for Kukla's Korner, you can also find Patrick's work over at Sportsnet.ca, The Red Light District Hockey Blog, NHL Home Ice, and Liam Maguire's Ultimate Hockey web site.

Prior to writing for the above mentioned outlets, you could find Patrick's musings at hockey web sites/outlets such as TheHockeyNews.com, TheFourthPeriod.com, Spector's Hockey, Hokeja Vestnesis, Blueshirt Bulletin, SNYRangersBlog.com and many more.

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