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Kevin Schultz Rocks!

Kevin Schultz of Barry Melrose Rocks was kind of enough to take time time out of his busy schedule blogging for Barry Melrose Rocks, AOL FanHouse and Point Blank to tell us a bit about himself, how he got into hockey, how he started blogging about the game, what he sees happening with hockey blogs in the future and his thoughts on this year’s NHL season.

Enjoy!

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Uh Oh

After Friday night’s 10-2 loss to the Dallas Stars, it is quite obvious that the New York Rangers need to do something NOW.

However, what exactly can they do? Do they try and bring somebody like Sean Avery back? Do they fire head coach Tom Renney? Do they make a trade to try and bring in a sniper?

These are all questions that General Manager Glen Sather has to answer and unfortunately for him, he’s going to need to do it sooner rather than later.

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If You Can’t Score, You’re Not Going to Win

These guys almost sound like the New York Rangers.

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Yes or No?

For you New York Ranger fans out there, this is a blog that is short and to the point and is based on what Larry Brooks and Steve Zipay have written today.

I just have one question for you folks: should the Blueshirts reaquire Sean Avery?

Let’s hear your thoughts!

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What’s Your Fantasy?

With the expansion of the Internet, along with the development of many hockey-related web sites, fantasy hockey has become extremely popular.

For hockey fans across the globe, it’s the chance to be a GM and show that you have what it takes to win your league by drafting right, making smart moves and learning how to truly manage a roster.

One hockey personality that couldn’t agree more is Rob Higgins, member of the Canadian band Dearly Beloved but to us hockey fans, known for being the fantasy hockey voice on XM Home Ice. Rob was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to talk about how he got his start, the uniqueness and wonder of fantasy hockey, his fantasy surprises and disappointments and of course, his predictions.

Take it away Rob:

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Where’s the Spark?

Things certainly started right last night at Madison Square Garden when the New York Rangers raised Adam Graves’s No.9 to the rafters. It was a night filled with Ranger stars such as Mark Messier, Mike Richter, Brian Leetch, Rod Gilbert, Eddie Giacomin, Mike Gartner, as well as guys like Glenn Healy, Sergei Nemchinov, Tie Domi, Darren Langdon and Jeff Beukeboom, all there to give praise to one of their greatest mates, Adam Graves.

It was unfortunate that the current Ranger squad had to play afterwards because they put on a dismal performance against the lowly Atlanta Thrashers and lost 2-1 in a shootout. Yes, the team peppered Thrashers’ netminder Kari Lehtonen. Yes, Nikolai Zherdev played a tremendous game by generating many scoring chances. The team also got a good look at Artem Anisimov, who played well but needs more playing time to be effective. And yes, the team got a solid performance, with the exception of the shootout, from their goaltender Henrik Lundqvist.

However, it still wasn’t enough to be the second worst team in the NHL while also being a game in which they could have gained some ground on the New Jersey Devils as they lost to the Washington Capitals 5-2 last night.

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Honoring a Man More than a Player

As I am sure most of you are aware of by now, the New York Rangers will honor Adam Graves by retiring his No. 9 to the Garden rafters. Compared to the other Blueshirt retirees (Rod Gilbert, Eddie Giacomin, Mike Richter, Mark Messier and Brian Leetch), Graves did not produce as much statistically (280 goals, 227 assists, and 507 points in 772 games) but he certainly bled red, white and blue like no other Blueshirt for 10 seasons.

On the ice, Graves was a hard-nosed player who drove to the net to put in rebounds, deflect shots, create havoc for opposing netminders and generate many scoring opportunities. In 1993-94, Graves became one the league’s premier left wingers when he notched 52 goals, braking previous record-holder Vic Hadfield’s 50 goals. Five seasons later, he actually fired in 38 goals, proving that even though he was getting older, he could still play hard, do all the little things right and produce. He may not have been a Gilbert, Messier or Leetch but nevertheless, he did what he had to do to be an impact player.

“Gravey” was also a tough player. He stood up for his teammates, protected his linemates and when something needed to get done, he led by example. In a piece on the team’s web site, Messier called Graves the ultimate lieutenant. He also persevered through many obstacles and was able to capture the league’s King Clancy Trophy (1994) and Bill Masterton Trophy (2001).

With all that said, this still doesn’t show who Graves really is.

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A Quick Hello

Good afternoon folks. I’m currently busy at my day job but just wanted to inform you all that I’m back on vacation and will begin blogging about all things hockey again within the next two days.

I see that while I was gone, the New York Rangers won a game (Carolina Hurricanes) and lost two (Pittsburgh Penguins and Boston Bruins). Since I was gone, I would like you, the fans, to tell me who played well, who didn’t, what the lines were and what the Rangers need to improve on going forward.

I look forward to blogging again for you soon!

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It had to be said

We all know what happened regarding the NHL’s suspensions of a few Detroit Red Wings’ skaters due to skipping out on the All-Star game.

However, Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo’s Puck Daddy Blog wrote a great blog on why marketing our sport and the National Hockey League is more important than having a few Wings’ players suspended for a game.

Check it out here!

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Let the Games Begin

Tomorrow night, the New York Rangers will begin the second half of their season with a tilt against the Carolina Hurricanes at Madison Square Garden.

For the Rangers, the second half of the season will determine whether or not they are good enough to win the Atlantic Division title. For the team to do so, they will need to do the following:

- Score goals. It’s that simple folks. Being able to put the puck in the net wins games whether’s it an even strength, power play, or shorthanded goal. For this to happen, guys like Markus Naslund, Nikolai Zherdev, Scott Gomez, Chris Drury, Ryan Callahan and Brandon Dubinsky will need to step up and get the job done. And yes, it wouldn’t be a bad thing if Lauri Korpikoski or Petr Prucha were put in the lineup more often and as of this writing at least, it looks like they will be in tomorrow night.

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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.

For questions, comments and hip checks, feel free to e-mail Patrick at patrickhoffman3530@gmail.com.

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