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Hockey Success Found in Somewhat Odd Places

When one thinks of hockey, one probably thinks of places like Canada (obviously), the Northeast, the Northwest, upper Midwest and so on and so forth.

One does not, however, think of places like Florida, Phoenix, Nashville, Los Angeles or San Jose. With warm climates such as those, who would think that hockey could be so successful?

Well, the above-mentioned areas have done the unthinkable and have all had various degrees of success not only in the National Hockey League, but also in developing the game in surrounding areas. This all starts from a place of building a winning NHL franchise.

In fact, all five of cities/states mentioned above all had NHL teams in the Stanley Cup Playoffs this year, where the Los Angeles Kings won their first Stanley Cup in franchise history over the New Jersey Devils in six games.

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Lack of Offense Hurts Blueshirts in Loss to the Oilers

That might be an understatement as the New York Rangers were shutout by the Edmonton Oilers last night by a score of 2-0.

The Blueshirts were outshot 27-19, which is par for the course for the team as they usually get outshot by 10 or more shots per game this season. The team also went 0-4 on the power play and could not seem to get into any kind of a rhythm out there.

To try and get the offense going, Rangers’ head coach John Tortorella juggled his lines throughout the game. Not one worked or was able to establish enough chemistry to be kept together to have some consistency.

One forward who did stand out for the Rangers was Marian Gaborik. Gaborik had a lot of jump in his game, had several good scoring chances and showed good speed. Gaborik definitely looks like the Gaborik from the 2009-10 season so hopefully for the Rangers, he will continue to play this way because it is obvious that the team needs to establish a consistent offense.

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Timing is Everything

That was certainly the case last night for the New York Rangers as they scored with just over a second left in overtime to defeat the Calgary Flames by a score of 3-2.

Brandon Dubinsky did all the work to get the puck into the offensive zone and feed the puck to defenseman Dan Girardi, who then fired the puck wide off the boards for defenseman Ryan McDonagh to come in and put the puck into the open side of the net. Some might say it was a set play but it was really all about the timing.

In the team’s second straight win, the Blueshirts got solid performances from the likes of Marian Gaborik (1 goal and 8 shots), Brandon Prust (shorthanded goal), and of course, Henrik Lundqvist, who made 33 saves. The club also got a terrific game out of their penalty killing unit as the team was once again somewhat undisciplined.

The Blueshirts find themselves with two straight wins on this four game Western Canada road trip and should be feeling pretty good about themselves. With that said, there are still a few things that the team needs to work on such as staying out of the box, not allowing high quality scoring chances and getting scoring from their second line.

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Time for Biron to Play

Even though New York Rangers’ netminder Henrik Lundqvist has been terrific to start the season, team head coach John Tortorella should consider giving backup goaltender Martin Biron a chance to play one of the three games coming up against the Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, and the Winnipeg Jets.

On Twitter, there were rumors circulating that Biron might be starting tonight but considering that the morning skate has yet to take place, we probably will not know who is starting until early this afternoon.

With a healthy Biron, Tortorella needs to be willing to give him some playing time. The last thing the team needs is Lundqvist being overworked and tired heading into the Stanley Cup Playoffs come April.

Biron is a solid netminder who had a very good shortened season with the Blueshirts and showed the team and its fans that he can be relied on in big games if need be. He also showed the organization what it is like to have two good netminders on the team, something the Rangers had not had in the past few years.

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Are the Rangers In Trouble?

Obviously folks, the answer to this question is a resounding NO.

It is only three games into the season and while the the team is 0-1-2, thanks to a 4-2 loss to the New York Islanders last night, it is certainly nothing to panic about. With that said, there are obviously things that the team needs to work on.

For starters, taking too many penalties. Throughout the team’s first three games of the season, it seems like the Blueshirts have constantly been making trips to the penalty box. Last night, the Rangers gave the Islanders eight power plays, some of them absolutely needless such as Marian Gaborik’s penalty in the third period.

Not only does going to the box put the team at a disadvantage man-wise, but it also kills the flow of the team. Last night, it was clear that the top line of Derek Stepan-Brad Richards-Marian Gaborik was clicking and creating scoring opportunities. However, when the team takes too many penalties, there is only so much time that line can get out on the ice.

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Is Sheldon Souray the Answer for the Rangers?/UPDATE: No Souray for the Blueshirts

UPDATE: From Mark Spector via Sportsnet:

The New York Rangers got an eyeful of exiled defenceman Sheldon Souray over the weekend, but didn’t like what they saw.

As a result, the NHL club will be moving on in its search for a powerplay defenceman.

“You want to like him,” said a source familiar with the Rangers activities over the weekend. “But you can’t deny what your eyes are seeing.”

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FROM EARLIER: Rangers scouts dispatched to three Hershey Bears games over the weekend came away with serious concerns over Souray’s foot speed at the American League level, let alone how that pace would translate to the National Hockey League.

With the trade deadline right around the corner, it will be interesting to see what, if anything, the New York Rangers will do.

One thing the team needs is a shot from the point. According to recent reports, the Blueshirts have been scouting former New Jersey Devils, Montreal Canadien and Edmonton Oiler Sheldon Souray, who is currently with the Hershey Bears.

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Gaborik Shines in Rangers’ Explosive Offensive Output Against the Oilers

While it was against a weak Edmonton Oilers hockey club, the New York Rangers flexed their scoring muscles in the name of Marian Gaborik in an 8-2 victory on home ice.

Gaborik had a hat trick and an assist in a game that was his coming out party for this season. Remember folks, this was really Gaborik’s fourth game of the season as he missed close to a month with a shoulder injury.

Two of Gaborik’s three goals came on breakaways where he made Oilers’ goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin look foolish. The first breakaway, he deked Khabibulin out of his pants and on the second breakaway, he ripped a shot past him to pick up his second hat trick as a Ranger.

His linemates, Alex Frolov (two goals and two assists for four points) and Erik Christensen (three assists) also had solid games for the Blueshirts in what was a dominating game. For Christensen, it was a huge game because he could potentially be the odd man out when injured captain Chris Drury comes back. However, if Christensen continues to play like he did this afternoon against the Oilers, he may make it hard for both head coach John Tortorella and general manager Glen Sather to send him down.

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Biron Gets The Job Done

In what was suppossed to be another start for New York Rangers’ goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, it turned out that Lundqvist came to Madison Square Garden feeling ill, forcing the Blueshirts to start back-up netminder Martin Biron in goal.

It turns out that Lundqvist being sick was a blessing in disguise as Biron played another solid game for his hockey club in helping them to a 3-2 overtime victory on home ice against one of his former team’s, the Buffalo Sabres.

Much like Henrik Lundqvist does on a nightly basis, Biron made the big saves when the team needed him the most and kept them in the hockey game, allowing the team to be able to create offensive chances of their own and win the hockey game.

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An E-mail Interview with Oilers Radio Broadcaster Dan Tencer

If you can’t tell, I love doing e-mail interviews with hockey personalities, beat writers, bloggers, etc. Since it’s my birthday today (27 years old), I figured I’d give you folks another e-mail interview I conducted.

To begin the week, I did an e-mail interview with Dan Tencer, an Edmonton Oilers radio broadcaster/talk show host for 630 CHED in Edmonton. Dan was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to tell us about he got into the game of hockey, how he’s made it into a career and he also tells us his thoughts on this year’s edition of the Oilers.

PH: How did you get into hockey?
DT: I played minor hockey starting when I was 6 years old and can remember attending Oilers games prior to that. Like most other Canadians, the passion for the game seemed to be inherent in me and I’ve always loved the fast-paced, fluid and intense competition that the game allows for. After my playing “career” ended in my teens, I switched to officiating for a bunch of years until the hassle of dealing with over-the-top coaches and parents didn’t make it fun or worthwhile any more. There’s a bunch more I can say about that, but it’s for a different article.

PH: Growing up, who was your favorite team/player?
DT: Have loved the Edmonton Oilers with an unhealthy passion since I was young. I always had a soft spot for Vladimir Vujtek because I had his hockey card and loved his name, but I think Curtis Joseph is probably my favorite Oiler of all time.

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A Blast from the Not so Distant Past

Andrew Gross over at Ranger Rants has a great blog/transcript with former New York Ranger head coach and now Edmonton Oilers associate coach Tom Renney:

On taking the job as Quinn’s associate coach:
“He hired me for my first coaching job in Vancouver in 1996 as the GM of the Canucks and as soon as he (Oilers GM Steve Tambellini)  said it, I said, ‘OK, this could work.’ I said, ‘Steve, listen, I’m going to need a little time to think this through. Tell me about your program.’ When I finished with Steve, I thought there probably isn’t another guy in the league that I could do this with and feel good about it. And I don’t mean that with any disrespect to anybody else. But I’m a head coach. And yet Pat is the type of guy, he gives the horse the bit. He’s given me a lot of freedom, lots of opportunity, lots of voice with all those types of things. He is the head coach and there are no two ways about that I certainly don’t blur the lines. But it’s one of those situations I think to myself that this will definitely work.
“I consider myself a hockey leader of sorts. I think I can help anybody win given the opportunity to contribute to my strengths. When I landed in Edmonton for my press conference, there were two voice mail messages to come to head coaching interviews. But I knew this is where I wanted to goo, the look of it all, the longevity of it, the whole setup. I said this is going to add years to my NHL career.”

On what he learned from his Rangers’ tenure:
“First of all, it’s all good. If you’re going to fall, fall forward and I think I always do that. The big thing for me is recognizing, again, the pulse of your team. I certainly had a voice of where we were going and how we were going about it and I certainly appreciate it. The big thing is tapping into the room, your people, keeping your finger on the pulse of what’s going on with those guys but, at the end of the day, making sure you continue to draw the line. Democracy doesn’t work in a crisis, not to suggest that we were in one. But at some point, you’ve got to step up. I think I did a decent job of that.
“I think I learned that I’m a pretty good coach. I think I learned I can adapt. I can put a game plan on the ice given whatever the talent might look like. Whereas, coming out of Vancouver, I came out of there wondering, ‘Am I right for this?’ I was certainly disheartened, disappointed. Pat was fired before I was and he was the GM. I didn’t feel real good about that. I didn’t have that feeling this time. I honestly felt like I could turn it around and why would I feel that way? If you don’t feel that way, don’t do that job. Coming out of Vancouver I felt, ‘Ehhh, I missed the mark a little bit.”

Click here for more on a truly decent human being and an above average hockey coach.

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More Penguins/80’s Oilers Comparison

From Larry Wigge at NHL.com:

There have been plenty of comparisons of this year’s Penguins and the start of the Edmonton Oilers dynasty in 1984, when Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier and Co. were swept in the Stanley Cup Final by the New York Islanders in 1983 and then came back to beat those same Isles in five games the next year, starting a era in which the Oilers won five Cups in seven years.

What we know is this is the first time since 1984 that the same two teams have met in consecutive years. Back then, the Islanders were coming off four consecutive Cup wins. This year’s Red Wings have won the Cup four times since 1997.

Coincidence? Not even close. The Penguins and Oilers are/were two young teams on the way up, both with a swagger, looking to learn how to win ... and dominate the NHL. And you could say that the last time a teen began as the dominant player in a major team sport occurred in 1979-80, when Gretzky was Crosby’s age.

Click here for more. May be there is actually some truth to these comparisons. What do you folks think?

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If Jagr Returns to the NHL, Edmonton is the place to be

From the Canadian Press via TSN.ca:

Jaromir Jagr can see himself in an Edmonton Oilers jersey someday.

While the 37-year-old plans to play out the final year of his contract with Avangard Omsk of the Continental Hockey League next season, he hasn’t ruled out a return to the NHL in the future.

And if he does decide to go back to North America, he’d love to play for the team that offered him a free-agent contract last summer and made inquiries about his services during the season.

Do you think Jaromir Jagr, who last played with the New York Rangers, would be a good fit for the Oilers?

What do you folks think?


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Oilers Interested in Tom Renney?

From Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal:

The Edmonton Oilers have asked for permission to speak to former New York Rangers bench boss Tom Renney about their vacant coaching job.

Renney was fired two months ago in his fifth season as Rangers coach. He has a history with Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini from their days in Vancouver.

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Just Wondering…

With Craig MacTavish out as the head coach of the Edmonton Oilers, I wanted to gauge your thoughts on whether you folks think that former New York Rangers bench boss Tom Renney would be the right fit in Edmonton.

Let’s hear it folks.

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Drury Breaks Out

This may be his second season as a New York Ranger but in last night’s 5-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning, Chris Drury finally broke out.

He helped the team’s power play break out of its funk with two goals with the man advantage. Drury also scored the team’s first shorthanded goal of the season.

All in all, not too shabby for the Trumbull, CT native.

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