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Captain Material

Good morning folks. I am back from my European vacation, where I had a wonderful time in Paris, Venice, Rome and London with my wife. It’s good to be back home!

Well, with Chris Drury out of the picture, the time has come for the New York Rangers to name a new captain. This topic has probably been debated by many other Rangers’ blogs and message boards but I figured I would give you guys my thoughts.

Potential Captains

- Ryan Callahan: No one embodies what it means to be a Blueshirt more than forward Ryan Callahan. Callahan does everything a hockey player should do and he does it the right way whether it is scoring goals, setting up his teammates, forechecking, playing both ends of the ice, killing penalties, sticking up for his teammates and more. Head coach John Tortorella has expressed the same thoughts so this could be a potential no-brainer pick.

- Marc Staal: Since joining the Rangers in his rookie season during the 2007-08 campaign, defenseman Marc Staal has been one of the most consistent Blueshirts. He plays hard, rarely misses any games, hits, sticks up for his teammates and is someone that the team and its coaching staff can rely on.

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Drury Buyout Official

From the New York Rangers’ web site:

New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has bought out the contract of forward Chris Drury.

“Chris is a consummate professional, a tremendous competitor and an even better person,” stated Sather. “He gave his heart and soul to the Rangers organization in his time here and we wish him the best in his future endeavors.”

In four seasons as a Ranger, Drury registered 62 goals and 89 assists for 151 points, along with 116 penalty minutes in 264 games.

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A Look at the Rangers’ Salary Cap

From New York Rangers’ beat writer Jesse Spector at the Daily News:

It looks like Chris Drury will be bought out of the final season of his five-year deal, so now would be a good time to take a look at the Rangers’ salary cap situation heading into free agency.

These are the cap charges for the 2011-12 season, in millions of dollars, according to capgeek.com

SIGNED FORWARDS
Marian Gaborik: 7.5
Wojtek Wolski: 3.8
Sean Avery: 1.9375
Mats Zuccarello: 1.75
Erik Christensen: 0.925
Derek Stepan: 0.825
Brandon Prust: 0.8

Click here for more on the team’s cap.

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Sather On Grachev, Drury, Gilroy and Europe

Here is the following from New York Post New York Rangers’ beat writer Larry Brooks on his Twitter account:

Sather: Grachev asked out, wanted new start. GM had been shopping him for year, Blues only team interested

Sather would not discuss Drury potential buyout/medical issue

Per Sather: Rangers will open next 3 seasons in Europe, no sites yet selected.

Rangers did not qualify Gilroy, headed to market after rejecting alternate offer

 

 

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Rangers Buying Out Chris Drury?

From New York Rangers’ beat writer Jesse Spector of The Daily News:

I did want to update the blog, though, just in case you didn’t see the story in the paper or on the “main” part of the website, that a source said the final year of Chris Drury’s contract will be bought out. “He’s gone,” the source told the Daily News.

This news is not a shocker, even though it certainly is a big deal that the Rangers plan to cut ties with their captain. A buyout of Drury has been expected ever since John Tortorella spoke about the 34-year-old forward on breakup day, saying that while he has a “great relationship” with Drury, the Rangers must make their decisions based on what happens on the ice, and even as he pointed to intangibles being important, Tortorella also said, “You can’t let the intangibles override other things, too.”

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All About Hope Now

The New York Rangers did what they had to do this afternoon in defeating the New Jersey Devils by a score of 5-2 at Madison Square Garden.

With the victory, the Blueshirts finished the regular season with 93 points, putting them up two points over the Carolina Hurricanes. The Hurricanes will take on the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight and should they lose in regulation time or overtime, the Rangers will clinch the final playoff spot and prepare for a first round matchup with the first place Washington Capitals.

It was great to see hard-working guys like Chris Drury, Brandon Prust, Ryan McDonagh and Vinny Prospal all beat future hall-of-fame netminder Martin Brodeur. For Drury, it was his first goal of the season and a big one at that. He also did well on face-offs and overall, was a positive factor for the Blueshirts this afternoon.

For McDonagh, it was his first career NHL goal. It could not have come at a better time for the Blueshirts as it gave them a 3-2 lead in the second period as well as a game-winning goal for #27.

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Some Ranger Line-up Updates Via Twitter and Other Thoughts

Here are some Tweets from New York Rangers’ beat writer Andrew Gross regarding today’s line-up in the regular season finale against the New Jersey Devils:

Torts on Drury’s return: “He’ll give us some juice. Our captain’s back in the lineup.”

Torts says tough decision Gilroy over Eminger but thinks Gilroy can help get the puck out of the end zone a little quicker.

Drury in, Avery out. Gilroy in, Eminger out. Zuccarello in.

I am not quite sure what to think about the line-up changes that the head coach has decided to implement. While Avery has not played great, he is usually always a factor against Devils’ netminder Martin Brodeur. Yes, Drury is the captain and yes, it will be nice to have him in the game to kill some penalties and take key face-offs but to me, the move is still questionable.

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Why Ryan Callahan Deserves to be the Next Rangers’ Captain

Over at RLD Hockey yesterday, I wrote about why New York Rangers’ forward Ryan Callahan should be the next Blueshirts’ captain.

You can either go here to read the post or continue below.

Rangers’ Callahan is Deserving of the ‘C’
By Patrick Hoffman

When talking about team captains in the National Hockey League, they all have several common traits. These players are leaders and make sacrifices on and off the ice, they can be counted on to make big plays when needed and they have a never-say-die attitude.

One player who embodies this for the New York Rangers is forward Ryan Callahan.

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Time for Dubinsky and Callahan to Resurface as Leaders

With Arthur Staple reporting that New York Rangers’ captain Chris Drury will be out for six weeks after having his knee scoped, it is time for Brandon Dubinsky and Ryan Callahan to lead this team into the playoffs.

There are many out there that question why Drury was named captain in the first place but despite not producing, he did try and play hard, he blocked shots, he was great on the penalty kill and he was the consumate professional. Even head coach John Tortorella said he was tired of hearing negative things about Drury:

Tortorella on Drury: “It pisses me off that some things come out about Chris Drury, about him thinking he might be out of the lineup and thinking he’s given in here a little bit…It bothered me. Because he’s not built that way, and we all know that.”

With that in mind, it is time for Dubinsky and Callahan to lead this team both as leaders on the ice and off the ice. When it comes to the on-ice part, they will have to continue to play hard, play on special teams, kill penalties, hit, block shots and produce. The last part is extremely important considering how quiet Marian Gaborik has been.

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Is Captain Drury Hurt or Is He Just Struggling?

Well, according to New York Rangers’ head coach John Tortorella, he is.

Tortorella reported earlier today (view it on the team’s twitter account here) that Chris Drury will not be making the road trip with the team due to the following:

“He has had cranky knee and has progressively gotten worse…gone a few weeks and flared up last night.”

Chris Drury has had one heck of a disappointing season on Broadway this season. He’s been hurt and his play has not been the best since rejoining the lineup.

In my opinion, I think it’s the latter reason that Drury is out of the lineup. The organization and its head coach is trying to diffuse any sort of negativity surrounding the captain and is painting a somewhat rosy picture when in reality, his play has been terrible this season.

 

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Down on Captain Drury

When the New York Rangers’ signed Chris Drury as a free agent back in the summer of 2007, the organization and its general manager Glen Sather must have thought the club was getting a different player.

In his four seasons as a Blueshirt, it is easy to say that Drury has been a disappointment. He has not contributed offensively as much as the organization thought he would and for the money the team is paying him, that is simply unacceptable.

At the same time, Drury has been a solid penalty killer and is easily the best face-off man the Blueshirts have. If the Rangers are able to clinch a playoff spot this season, those skills will be a terrific thing to have.

With that said however, one has to wonder what exactly Drury has done for the Rangers this season. On paper, Drury has just four assists in 21 games, Yes folks, you read that right?

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Another Injury for the Blueshirts

According to Andrew Gross at Ranger Rants, New York Rangers’ forward Ruslan Fedotenko is expected to miss 2-4 weeks with an injury:

Ruslan Fedotenko will miss 2-4 weeks with a second-degree AC sprain in his left shoulder so in addition to calling up Chad Kolarik from Connecticut (AHL), the Rangers have also recalled Brodie Dupont.

So, let’s recap which Blueshirts have been injured this season: Chris Drury, Marian Gaborik, Vinny Prospal, Ryan Callahan, Erik Christensen, Brandon Dubinsky and now Ruslan Fedotenko.

One would figure that with all these injuries, the team should be out of playoff contention. However, the Blueshirts have responded in a big way to the various injuries and find themselves right in the middle of the Eastern Conference playoff pack playing solid hockey.

Hopefully, they will be able to keep it up long enough to stay in playoff contention come April.

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Rangers Get the Job Done on the Road Again/Lose Frolov for the Season

The New York Rangers continue to find ways to win on the road.

In their 15th road victory (league leader) of the season. the Blueshirts defeated the St. Louis Blues by a score of 2-1 by playing a perfect road game. The team got timely goals from Derek Stepan and Sean Avery, solid defense and excellent goaltending from back-up netminder Martin Biron (25 saves).

With that said however, it was reported today that the Rangers will be without forward Alex Frolov for the rest of the season with the following:

New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that Alex Frolov has suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament, a second degree sprain of his medial collateral ligament and a medial meniscus tear in his right knee, and will undergo season-ending surgery.

I am not sure exactly what any of that is but it is obviously bad enough to keep Frolov out the rest of the season.

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All About Hard Work for the Blueshirts

It may have been a 7-2 drubbing of the New York Islanders, but the New York Rangers certainly worked hard for their 21st victory of their season.

For starters, defenseman Matt Gilroy had a terrific game for the Blueshirts. He picked up his first two goals of the season, played well on both sides of the puck and looked poised and confident on the blueline. This is something that Gilroy needs to do conisistently but he certainly seems to be getting his game together at the right time for his hockey club.

It was another excellent game for grinders Brian Boyle and Brandon Prust. Boyle picked up his 13th goal of the season and added two assists for three points. As always, Prust worked hard, battled in the corners and generated several scoring opportunities for the Blueshirts.

The same can be said of Brandon Dubinsky and Derek Stepan, who are both having quite a season for the Rangers. Dubinsky scored his 15th goal of the season and added an assist while Stepan extended his goal-scoring streak to three games with his 11th goal of the season as well as picking up an assist.

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Two Points on the Line Against One of The League’s Best

If there was ever an opportunity for the New York Rangers to make a statement, tonight’s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins would be it.

The Penguins are coming off a 12-game unbeaten streak where they played some of their best hockey in franchise history. Yes, the team lost it’s winning streak last night when the Philadelphia Flyers beat them 3-2 but that does not erase everything that the Penguins accomplished during their winning streak.

The Rangers simply need to take advantage of the fact that the Penguins are probably still a bit stung from last night’s loss to their arch-rivals and do everything they can to make it a two game losing streak for the home team. With that said, however, it is certainly not going to be an easy thing to accomplish.

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Rangers Getting It Done on the Road

For the longest time, the New York Rangers used to be a solid team at home in Madison Square Garden.

This year, the story has been quite different as the team extended its record to 5-2 after shutting out the New Jersey Devils by a score of 3-0 at the Prudential Center.

For the Blueshirts, it was quite simple. Throw pucks to the net, finish your checks, block shots, let Henrik Lundqvist see the puck and play disciplined. When the Rangers are able to do that consistently, they are usually able to pick up two points.

Brandon Dubinsky had another great game for his hockey club as he picked up two goals, giving him 10 goals in 14 games. Believe it or not folks, that’s good enough to be tied for first in the NHL with Tampa Bay Lightning sniper Steven Stamkos and Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp.

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Without Gaborik and Drury, Who Will Step Up for the Blueshirts?

After losing both Chris Drury and Marian Gaborik to injury in Friday night’s home opener against the Toronto Maple Leafs, I pondered over at RLD Hockey which New York Rangers’ players would step up and provide offense and all-around solid play in their absence.

I will now share it with you:

Normally, home openers in the National Hockey League are suppossed to be ones where the home team comes out on top by playing a terrific brand of hockey.

Unfortunately for the New York Rangers on Friday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs, the home opener was anything but that. The team not only lost to the Leafs 4-3 in overtime, but also ended up losing forwards Marian Gaborik (seperated shoulder, 2-4 weeks) and Chris Drury (broken finger, 6 weeks) for extended periods of time.

While team captain Drury brings hard work, a super shot blocking ability and a timely goal here and there, it is the loss of Gaborik’s offense, particularly his goal-scoring, that will hurt the Rangers the most.

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Uh Oh

Not only did the New York Rangers lose their home opener in overtime to the Toronto Maple Leafs by a score of 4-3, but they also lost Chris Drury (6 weeks due to a broken finger) and Marian Gaborik (2-3 weeks with a separated shoulder) to injuries.

The Blueshirts lost Gaborik after Leafs’ winger Colby Armstrong hit Gaborik hard into the boards. Not too long after that happened, the team lost Drury when he broke his finger again. Not exactly the way to start the season at home, eh?

What’s concerning here is the loss of Gaborik for a few weeks. Coming into the season, Gaborik was expected to pile up the points like he did last season and be a scoring threat on a line with Alex Frolov, who has yet to score a goal in the team’s first three games.

Where is the offense going to come from? There are not going to be too many games where your club’s goal scorers are Michal Rozsival and team fourth-liner Brian Boyle.

For the next few weeks at least, others are going to have to step up, especially in the month of October since November looks like it is going to be one of the toughest months for the team.

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Captain Drury to be on top line in Home Opener?

According to Andrew Gross at Ranger Rants, there’s a good chance that on Friday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs in the team’s home opener, New York Rangers’ team captain Chris Drury will be put on the first line with Marian Gaborik and Alex Frolov.

Gross reported the following in his blog today:

Coach John Tortorella has confirmed that captain Chris Drury will return to the lineup for Friday’s home opener against the Maple Leafs. He’s not ready to say where Drury might fit into the lineup and answered it was still a possibility Drury could play wing.

However….

Tortorella also said Artem Anisimov’s line with Brandon Dubinsky and Ryan Callahan was the team’s best during Monday’s 6-4 loss to the Islanders and that Derek Stepan’s line with Sean Avery and Ruslan Fedotenko was not far behind. Therefore, Tortorella said he’s not inclined to tinker with those two lines. If that’s indeed the case, Drury would seem ticketed for the top line since nobody on the Derek Boogaard-Brian Boyle-Brandon Prust line is likely to fill a top-line role.

 

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Drury to Return on Friday Night for Home Opener?

It appears that New York Rangers’ team captain Chris Drury has a good chance of returning to the Blueshirts on Friday night when the team takes on the Toronto Maple Leafs in their home opener.

Larry Brooks at the New York Post reports the following:

It’s beginning to sound as if Chris Drury, sidelined since Sept. 20 with a broken left index finger, will be available for the Rangers’ home opener Friday night against the Maple Leafs.

“Friday is in sight; Friday is in sight,” head coach John Tortorella, hardly given to hyperbole, said at the Coliseum before this afternoon’s match against the Islanders. “We’ll see how it goes the next few days and take it from there.”

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Does a Door Open While Drury is Out?

I wrote this over at RLD Hockey last night.

I figured that since this is New York Rangers-related, I would throw it up here as well:

The New York Rangers can only hope the above motto is true when it comes to their captain, Chris Drury.

Earlier today, Chris Drury broke a finger while blocking a shot in a training camp scrimmage. As most Blueshirt and Ranger pundits know, Drury is one of the best shot blockers in the league and surprisingly, does it enough without injuring himself.

Unfortunately, that was not the case today as Jim Cerny, the team’s website beat writer, reported that he will miss four weeks. While that’s only three regular season games, it could still give one of the many prospects a chance to make some noise.

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Drury to Miss 4 Weeks with Broken Finger

This is certainly not a good way to start off the pre-season but New York Rangers’ captain Chris Drury broke a finger blocking a shot this morning and is expected to miss 4 weeks.

Here is the original Tweet from Rangers’ web site beat writer Jim Cerny:

Just learned that #NYR captain Chris Drury broke a finger blocking a shot this morning and will miss 4 weeks of action.

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Setting a Role for Chris Drury

Back in the off-season of 2007, Glen Sather went out and signed the two-headed free-agent moster of Scott Gomez and Chris Drury.

At the time, they were the two most sought after free agents on the market and Sather did his part by throwing a boat load of cash and years (Gomez now spending it in Montreal) to the duo. Unfortunately, for the Blueshirts, both have come up short in their end of the deal, in particular Drury since Gomez is no longer a Blueshirt.

The reason why Drury is struggling on Broadway is because Sather signed him to be a scorer and point-producer. Sure, Drury had 37 goals one season (2006-07) in Buffalo but that is NOT who he is.

Drury is a guy that can help on special teams, in particular the penalty kill, score big goals, make key defensive plays and play well on both sides of the puck. These traits are good for a second, third or fourth liner.

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The Captain and his Apprentice

From great friend of the blog Jim Cerny at NewYorkRangers.com:

It has become the norm the past couple of years that when Ryan Callahan’s name is mentioned, more often than not so, too, is Chris Drury’s. And vice-versa. The two have become linked more closely than any other tandem on the New York Rangers.

The reasons for that are many. Similar in physical stature, Callahan and Drury both play a grinding style and rely on their smarts as well as their skills out on the ice. Both players are outstanding penalty killers, and are usually paired on the same PK unit. In fact, Callahan spends quite a bit of his even-strength ice-time skating alongside Drury, as well. Drury, the team captain, wears a letter on his sweater as does Callahan, the team’s alternate captain. And, of course, both won silver medals while playing for Team USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics.

“I think we are similar types of players, but there is so much I can still learn from Dru,” explained Callahan, the 24-year-old right wing. “His experience; his preparation; his leadership. I am very fortunate to be able to spend so much time with him and be able to learn from him.”

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Drury Nominated for Bill Masterton Trophy

From good friend of the blog Andrew Gross at Ranger Rants:

Rangers captain Chris Drury is the team’s nominee for The Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, annually awarded to the NHL player who best exemplifies dedication, perseverance and sportsmanship to hockey.

Drury was nominated by a vote among the New York chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

The Rangers have had four winners since Trophy first was awarded in 1968:
1971 - Jean Ratelle
1976 - Rod Gilbert
1985 - Anders Hedberg
2001 - Adam Graves

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Rangers Have Plenty of Issues to Fix

From Michael Obernauer at The Daily News:

Forget about consistency with the forward lines - that was an issue earlier in the season, but now there is no more time to wait on under-producing combinations - the Rangers continue to struggle to find any kind of consistency in their game, and avoid falling backward just as quickly as they step forward. Chris Drury last night called it “immaturity”; Tortorella didn’t agree, and wasn’t comfortable with the captain’s assessment.

“No I don’t,” the coach said. “I think that’s the wrong word to use by Dru, and we’ve ironed that out within the locker room today.”

Asked what word he might use, the coach said, “I have some words, but not for you. With all due respect.”

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Drury Frustrated

From good friend of the blog Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy:

So Drury threw down the gauntlet, fueled by frustration. From the NY Daily News:

“Again, it’s consistency. It’s so obvious how we have to play and see how successful we can be with it, and it just again, it bites us in the ass. We’re just not consistent with it. What we did well against Philly was the opposite end of the spectrum tonight.

Why that consistency is not there, a seething Drury said: “It’s immaturity. That’s what it’s been all year.”

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Captain Drury Talks About The Team’s Playoff Chances

From good friend of the blog Andrew Gross of The Record:

The Rangers have a 19.4 percent chance of reaching the postseason, according to the calculations of http://www.sportsclubstats.com

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None of which fazes Drury.

“I think we are,” the captain said when asked if the Rangers were a playoff team.

“We’ve proven in the games that we’ve put it all together. We can beat Pittsburgh, we beat the Devils at home, we beat Washington early in the [season]. It’s just a matter of doing it consistently and doing it consistently over 60 minutes.

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Who is the leader?

Good friend of the blog Nicholas Montemagno of Rangers Tribune penned an interesting blog this morning on how the New York Rangers need leadership now more than ever if they want to qualify for the postseason:

Obviously this begins at the top with Captain Chris Drury. Drury has been through it all over the course of his life, whether it be a pitcher in the Little League World Series or a top winger on a Stanley Cup Champion Avalanche team. Out of anyone on this roster, Chris is the one that has the most past experiences with situations such as the one the Rangers are in right now, hence the reason he wears the ‘C’. Captain Clutch will in fact have to be clutch for his mates.

From what I have heard, Drury does not speak out often, but when he does, everyone listens. He has power within that dressing room, there is no doubt about that, but he does not like to abuse that power. Well, at this stage, he needs to use his power to his advantage and get his messages across to the rest of the squad.

I definitely agree with Nicholas but at the same time, I’m not sure which player is going to step up.

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The Jury is Still Out

There are many New York Ranger fans out there who believe that Chris Drury should not be the captain of the team. They claim that he has not gotten the job done and on most nights, cannot be found on the score sheet.

If the captaincy was based solely on those factors, I would certainly agree that he should not be the captain. However, the jury is still out for me.

At the awesome New York Rangers blog Blueshirt Banter, however, Joe Fortunato believes that the Drury captaincy should be maintained by Dru himself and that auctioning it off to simply send a message would not be a good idea:

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Rangers Push On Despite Injuries

From Jim Cerny at NewYorkRangers.com:

Last season, the Rangers had tremendous luck when it came to injuries, losing a remarkably low 31 manpower games to injury or illness. However, just six weeks into the 2009-10 campaign the Rangers have seen that last year’s good fortune regarding injuries has not carried over into a new season.

Just one look at their last game in Calgary on Saturday night provided a glimpse into what a difference a year can make.

Center Brandon Dubinsky will miss a few weeks of action with the hand injury he suffered blocking a shot last weekend in Calgary. Already without No. 1 goalie Henrik Lundqvist and rugged forward Donald Brashear in the lineup due to minor injuries, the Rangers lost their captain, Chris Drury, to a concussion just 49 seconds into the contest, and another top center, Brandon Dubinsky, who broke a bone in his right hand while blocking a shot in the second.

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Rangers hurting

With both New York Rangers’ forwards Chris Drury (concussion) and Brandon Dubinsky (3-6 weeks) expected to miss some time, the team is all of a sudden real thin.

According to Andrew Gross at Ranger Rants:

Chris Drury (concussion) was in the building briefly and rode the stationary bicycle, which is a good sign. Coach John Tortorella would not rule him out for Thursday’s game against the Thrashers but that seems like it’s a bit of a stretch. Regarding the Curtis Glencross hit on Drury, TSN’s Bob McKenzie is reporting via his Twitter account that the NHL has scheduled a disciplinary hearing with the Flames left wing. Tortorella said the NHL has not contacted him about the incident but he believed Rangers GM Glen Sather had spoken to the league. Tortorella said he believes the hit warrants disciplinary action.

Brandon Dubinsky, who has a broken right hand, was walking around with a cast. Tortorella said Dubinsky was out for “an extended period.” Henrik Lundqvist did not skate today and said he’s still not 100 percent, though he hopes to practice Wednesday after the team gets tomorrow off. He’s dealing with either a thigh or a groin issue but he sheepishly admitted he didn’t want to say to much because Tortorella doesn’t like his players talking about their injuries. Lundqvist obviously said too much in Canada when Tortorella said he was being rested for the Flames game and Lundqvist said he was dealing with a minor injury.

“It’s not perfect,” Lundqvist said. “I’m still trying to get to 100 percent.”

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What do Drury and Dubi mean to the Rangers?

From Rick Carpiniello at Rangers Report:

Drury had been a near-zero some nights, and Dubinsky maybe a 3 or 4 on a scale of 1-10 so far. … and yet now we will see how much they mean to the Rangers. We will also see how thin this roster actually is. And we’ve had an idea of that right from the start of the season, because some nights they barely have 20 bodies to put in uniforms.

Later on….

Drury’s probably going to be a while. Concussions are a nasty thing, and they get more severe with each one, and each one makes the next one more likely, or cause by a lesser collision. We know that from many experiences here with LaFontaine, Richter, Beukeboom and Lindros. Drury’s had some (upper body) concussions. This will be tricky.

Dubinsky, we don’t know what he has, but we know it’s his (upper body) hand or arm. And Tortorella seems to think he will be out for some length of time, too.

As for retribution … I don’t think it would have proven much, but you still have to stick up for a teammate—especially your captain, for God’s sake—in a situation like that. It’s hockey, for crying out loud. Somebody brashears your captain and you let it slide in a November game in Calgary because the two points are too important? Not. Not.

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What is Going on With Chris Drury?

When the New York Rangers signed Chris Drury as a free agent in the summer of 2007, Drury was coming off a season in which he scored 37 goals.

Unfortunately, Drury, who was named the team captain in 2008, has not come close to reaching the level he did in 2007 and has looked out of place offensively this season. Through the team’s first 15 games, the Trumbull, CT-native has just 5 points (2g, 3a).

Yes, he’s done a tremendous job with the defensive side of the game, especially on the penalty kill but offensively, he’s been practically non-existent.

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Cheechoo - A fit on Broadway?

Two days ago, Steve Zipay of Blue Notes asked New York Ranger fans if they would like to obtain San Jose Sharks’ winger Jonathan Cheechoo should he be made available:

The Sharks have Thornton, Marleau, Clowe, Pavelski, Setoguchi, Mihalek and more upfront and a lot of bitterness from the playoff loss to the Ducks. Little while ago, the word from a spy out West is that Jonathan Cheechoo is being made available. Makes sense, we heard the same thing at the trade deadline.

The right wing will be 29 in July. He’s 6-1, 200. Cap hit would be $3 mil in 09-10 and 10-11. Affordable, if you believe that he can turn it around once he’s off the third line.

Cheechoo did score 56 goals and 37 with Thornton before slipping to 23 and just 12 in 66 games last season.

Would you want him? If you do, who would you place him with? Could he help Scott Gomez or Chris Drury turn their games around or would he be another free-agent bust who signed on Broadway? What are your thoughts?

 

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Questioning Drury’s Captaincy

From The Schwab at Blueshirt Banter:

Chris Drury might have the toughest expectations to live up to as a captain for the New York Rangers. Not that all captains don’t have expectations put on them, but when a player is given a C for the Blueshirts, it’s something a little different if you ask me. With Markus Naslund gone and an Assistant role opened up, I wondered if there would be murmurs of changing Drury our as captain, as I have seen different rumblings from fans about Drury not being up to par as a Rangers captain over the season.

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What do you folks think? Does Drury deserve to be captain or would he be better suited for an assistant role?

Let’s hear your thoughts!

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Drury - Should he Have played?

I posed this question on my latest entry for SNYRangersblog.com and now, I am asking the same of all readers at Kukla’s Korner.

As Larry Brooks mentioned in his article in The New York Post, New York Rangers team captain Chris Drury played through the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs with a broken hand. This would explain why he didn’t shoot the puck much, why he had one hand on the stick a lot of the time and also why he seemed extremely tentative with the puck.

Do you think that Drury should have sat out so that the team could utilize someone who would be more effective or do you think that Drury did the right thing by playing?

What are your thoughts?

 

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More Rangers Reading on a Gloomy Day in Rangerland

It’s certainly a depressing day for the New York Rangers organization and their fans as the team is now out of the playoffs and heading into the offseason. For more on the Rangers’ first round loss to the Washington Capitals plus a look ahead at next season, please check out the following links:

- Blue Notes
- SNYRangersBlog
- The New York Rangers Blog
- The Dark Ranger
- The Manic Ranger

Quick Question: Do you think it was smart for Rangers’ captain Chris Drury to play with a broken hand or do you think it ended up costing his team in the end?

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Time for Game 7

There is nothing like a Game 7 in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Both teams go all out and when all is said and done, leave it all on the ice whether they win or lose.

Tonight, the New York Rangers (seventh seed) look to upset the Washington Capitals (second seed) in Game 7 at the Verizon Center. This was a series in which the Blueshirts led 3-1 but failed miserably in Game 5 and 6, leading to tonight’s do or die match up.

Tonight is also one of the main reasons why Rangers’ general manager Glen Sather signed Chris Drury back in the summer of 2007. Back then, Drury was known for coming up big in the playoffs and scoring goals/points when the team needed them the most. If there was ever a night for Chris Drury to be Chris Drury, tonight would certainly be that night.

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UGLY

Last night’s 4-0 loss in Game three to the Washington Capitals brought back memories of Tom Renney’s New York Rangers.

The team failed to score on the power play (what else is new?), failed to create quality scoring chances, left their goaltender Henrik Lundqvist out to dry and made Caps’ rookie netminder Simeon Varlamov look like the second coming of Patrick Roy. It was a game in which the Blueshirts had the chance to take a commanding 3-0 series lead. Instead, they have given the Caps’ some life and this could end up hurting the Blueshirts in the end.

It’s been said by many hockey pundits that special teams are crucial come playoff time. Well, the Rangers realize this when it comes to penalty killing but when it comes to power play, they do not seem to get the point. The team is still trying to look to make the perfect play more often than not and when they do get into prime scoring areas, they shoot the puck right into the goalie. What happened to the club that scored two power play goals in Game one?

Secondly, where was the defense? They allowed the Caps’ to fire at will (40 shots) on Lundqvist and many times, left Lundqvist all alone out there. What happened to the ‘d’ that tightened up for their goaltender and protected him when he needed it the most?

Third, captain Chris Drury should not be in the lineup. It’s obvious that he’s playing hurt and that the injury has something to do with his arm or wrist as he looks scared to shoot the puck, cannot take any face-offs and played the game with one hand on the stick.

Lastly, this team needs to start scoring goals. They were able to get four in Game one and then one early in the first period in Game two but since then, have been kept off the board. If you can;t score goals, you’re not going to win. It’s that simple.

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Thoughts Heading Into Game 2

Tomorrow afternoon at the Verizon Center, the New York Rangers look to go up 2-0 in their first round series against the Washington Capitals.

While the Blueshirts were able to pick up a 4-3 victory in Game one on Wednesday night, there are a few things that the team will most likely look to improve upon:

- Limiting Alex Ovechkin. In Game one, Ovechkin fired 13 shots at Rangers’ netminder Henrik Lundqvist. Luckily, the “King” was on his game.

- Staying out of the box. Markus Naslund was guilty of taking three penalties on Wednesday night. The last thing the Rangers’ want to do is give the Capitals power play time with lethal weapons such as Ovechkin, Mike Green, Nicklas Backstrom, Alexander Semin, and Sergei Fedorov.

- Face-offs. The Caps’ outclassed the Blueshirts in the face-off circle on Wednesday night. Hopefully, the return of captain Chris Drury will change that.

 

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Potential Good News for the Rangers

According to Dan Rosen of NHL.com, New York Rangers’ forward Chris Drury was on the ice today preparing as if he was going to play in Game 2 on Saturday afternoon at the Verizon Center.

This would be welcome news for a team that struggled mightily in the face-off circle in Game 1.

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The Right Stuff

Without their captain in the lineup, the New York Rangers went out and defeated the Washington Capitals by a score of 4-3 at the Verizon Center. They did it with timely goal scoring, great defense in the last few minutes, solid goaltending and a good power play (I’m not kidding).

Chris Drury skated in the warm-ups and realized that he couldn’t go and in the first few minutes of the game, it didn’t look like the Blueshirts were ready to go as they took a penalty 18 seconds into the game. However, the team killed it off and settled down into a barn-burner of a game with the Caps.

The Rangers got great performances from Scott Gomez (1 goal and 2 assists for 3 points), Nik Antropov (1 goal and 1 assist for 2 points), Markus Naslund (1 goal and 1 assist for 2 points…needs to stay out of the penalty box though) Brandon Dubinsky (game-winning goal) and goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, who stopped 32 of 35 shots, 13 of which came off the stick of Alex Ovechkin.

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Now What Will They Do?

Last night, the New York Rangers clinched a playoff spot after beating the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1 at Madison Square Garden. It was a playoff atmosphere that the Blueshirts took advantage of in the first period and rode it all the way to the final buzzer.

Fans can now rest easily knowing that their favorite team has made the playoffs and that a few more games will be played. However, the main question now is how far will they go?

It’s tough to answer that question. On paper, this looks like a team that should score a bunch of goals. In reality, however, the team is second to last in goals scored despite having players such as Scott Gomez, Chris Drury, Markus Naslund, Nikolai Zherdev, Nik Antropov, and Sean Avery.

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Win and In

It’s that simple for the New York Rangers tonight as they take on the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden.

It’ll be a playoff atmosphere on the Rangers’ turf as they look to wrap up their regular season on home ice by clinching a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. It certainly will not be an easy task as the team will have to battle with the likes of Jeff Carter, Simon Gagne, Mike Richards, Danny Briere, Scott Hartnell and Mike Knuble, guys who have consistently put points up on the board.

The Blueshirts will have to find a way to match the Flyers’ offense, which means that guys like Chris Drury, Scott Gomez, Markus Naslund, Nik Antropov and Nikolai Zherdev will have to step up to the plate and find a way to lead this team. Drury was able to do so on Tuesday night against the Montreal Canadiens and as such, needs to repeat performance tonight in a much bigger hockey game.

It’s still tough to think how the Rangers got off to such a hot start, only to find themselves in this kind of situation. However, a win tonight over the Broadstreet Bullies will make it all worth it.

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Big Two Points

Last night’s game was the kind of game that the New York Rangers may have lost under Tom Renney. However, it was a much different outcome for the Blueshirts under new guy John Tortorella, who overcame some bad bounces and bad goals allowed to beat the Montreal Canadiens 4-3 in a shootout at the Bell Centre.

Yes, I know that the team needs to continue to learn how to win games in regulation but let’s face it - they need all the points they can get and last night’s two points put them in sixth place in the ever-increasing tight Eastern Conference.

Nik Antropov continues to show the Blueshirts that he was worth getting at the deadline as he added another goal in regulation while also putting one in in the skills competition. He’s a big guy who has soft hands and a powerful wrist shot and is still working towards being a more consistent player with each passing game.

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Rangers With Avery : Win

All the New York Rangers do with Sean Avery in the lineup is win.

Last night’s 4-2 win over the New York Islanders extended the team’s record to 50-23-13 in the regular season when Avery is in the lineup. He had just over 10 minutes of ice time and was rather effective as he forechecked, stirred it up without crossing the line, generated a few scoring chances and in general, gave the team an extra spark.

Yes, the win came over the last place Islanders and yes, the team wasn’t great but in the end, they did what they had to do to win and even managed to get goals from Nikolai Zherdev, Chris Drury, Scott Gomez and Markus Naslund, guys that need to step it up down the stretch in order to help get this team into the playoffs.

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A New Beginning

In their first game after the trade deadline, the New York Rangers will have all their new guys in the lineup tonight against the last place New York Islanders.

With Nik Antropov, the team now has some size on the wing as well as a guy who can score goals (21 goals this season). If head coach John Tortorella can light a fire under this guy, the team may finally see more power play goals for. Newsday Rangers’ beat writer Steve Zipay believes that he’ll skate with Chris Drury and Brandon Dubinsky. Dubinsky’s and Antropov’s size should open up the ice more for Drury.

Zipay thinks that Sean Avery will skate with Ryan Callahan and Lauri Korpikoski, forming a small but very aggressive line. As most knowledgeable hockey/Ranger fans know, Avery can be tenacious on the forecheck and that is exactly what Tortorella wants him to do.

New defenseman Derek Morris will be paired with one of his former partners from the Phoenix Coyotes, Paul Mara. He gives the backline some added size as well as another player that can play the point on the power play. This is another player that Tortorella needs to light a fire to help be more consistent.

This team definitely got a bit better at the trade deadline and now, they need to show it by clinching a playoff spot in the tight Eastern Conference. 

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What Will They Do?

Obviously, the question that every New York Ranger fan wants to know heading into the NHL’s March 4th trade deadline is what are they going to do?

Will they clear roster spots? Well, I think they will because it appears that since the team will try and claim Sean Avery off re-entry waivers, they will need to clear some cap space. This afternoon, the team sent newly acquired Mark Bell down to it’s farm team, the Hartford Wolf Pack.

Will they trade Scott Gomez or Chris Drury? Well, unlike a well known rumor monger, I don’t think they will. General Manager Glen Sather signed these two guys to long-term deals in the summer of 2007 in hopes that they would produce and lead this team to a Stanley Cup. While they haven’t lived up to their billing, I believe that they will get their act together and perform for their new head coach John Tortorella, who expects nothing less.

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A New Season

When the New York Rangers beat the New York Islanders on Wednesday night, Rangers’ netminder Henrik Lundqvist said it was a good start to the new season.

It’s a good thing that the Blueshirts are looking at this as a new season since more than halfway through this 2008-09 campaign, a season that has been mired with a lack of scoring, a lack of finish, a terrible power play and overall, inconsistency.

This weekend, the team looks to continue its perfect new season with games against the Buffalo Sabres (tomorrow night in Buffalo) and Toronto Maple Leafs (Sunday night at the Garden). To pick up four points, the team will need to do the following:

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