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Chris Kreider Out Indefinitely After Hand Surgery

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Glenn Sather On Retirement Talk Plus The Disappointing Senators

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

There were whispers reported earlier this week from a credible news outlet in Edmonton that this indeed would be that year, just as there were reports last season out of Boston that Sather would relinquish his day-to-day duties as Rangers GM while retaining his post as club president.

Someday, the story will be true. But not this time. Not, at least, according to an individual who ought to know.

“Everybody retires sometime, but I’m not intending to step away or retire from anything this year,” Sather told Slap Shots on Friday in Columbus, Ohio. “I don’t know how stories like this keep coming up, because I haven’t said anything to anybody about retiring. … One day, yes. But not now.”///

It is beginning to look like Daniel Alfredsson’s defection to Detroit has had a similar impact on the Senators as Mark Messier’s escape to Vancouver had on the Rangers in 1997, leaving a club behind and adrift without its leader.

The Senators are the league’s most disappointing team. The toughness, edge and swagger that complemented the club’s talent are gone. Ottawa has become just another easy team to play against — almost a welcome respite for an opponent.

By the way, one year remains on the contracts of both Jason Spezza and Bobby Ryan in advance of 2016 unrestricted free agency.

more on Sather plus what is going on in Carolina...

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Rangers Beat Blue Jackets, Rich Nash The Center Of Attention

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

There was the goalmouth fracas at 17:06 of the second period in which Nash launched a pair of gloved fists at Bobrovsky’s throat when the goaltender swatted away No. 61’s stick after the two men had collided on the winger’s right wing drive to the net on which an apparent goal was waved off for “incidental contact.”

Incidentally, that followed a first period in which Bobrovsky twice whacked Nash across the back of the legs in a game that began nasty and only ratcheted up as it evolved.

“What set me off? Did you see? It’s that [Bobrovsky] flings my stick away when I reach down to pick it up after he gives me two whacks,” said Nash, still on a high in the postgame room. “He’s an emotional guy trying to get into the game and I’m trying to get my team the game.”

Then, there was the fight with Matt Calvert at 0:12 of third, the game still scoreless, after the wingers jostled and sparred before and immediately after the opening draw of the period, and then went down in a heap before Nash started throwing punches when both regained their feet.

“That was probably the two cross-checks to the head, the slew foot and him saying he was going with me and doesn’t care,” said Nash, who had seven shots in 14:44. “Did you see?”

more and watch the Nash/Bobrovsky incident below...

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Morning Line

“One thing I’ve prided myself on is never burning bridges or cutting ties, I love Columbus. I love the ownership. It’s just the time we were at … it wasn’t working. At the time, I thought that was best for my career, but I’ve never burned bridges. The McConnell family (which owns the team) made me into who I am today.”

“I don’t know if this sounds bad or not, but I’m really excited that the Blue Jackets are doing well and they’re in a good spot (in the standings). The fans deserve it. They’ve been through a lot with 13 seasons and only four playoff games.”

-Rick Nash of the New York Rangers.  Nash will play in Columbus tomorrow for the first time since the trade.  More from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch.

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Morning Line

“I have great faith in Glen Sather and think he has made some fantastic moves with the team. He has pulled off some trades that I still don’t know how he has gotten the other team to agree.”

 “I trust Sather and think he is the best in the business. That team is competing for a playoff spot.”

-James Dolan, owner of the New York Rangers.  Dolan was on two radio stations in New York yesterday and Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post has more from Dolan.

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New York Rangers Offense Still Struggles Even With Nash And St. Louis

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

If the Rangers had lost a 1-0 game like this two years ago in which they owned a huge territorial edge and blasted 41 shots on net as they did Sunday at the Garden against the Sharks, the cry would have gone out for the front office to go get a big-time goal-scorer who would produce when it really mattered.

Someone, maybe, like Rick Nash.

If not Nash, maybe a Marty St. Louis.

What?

Oh.

The thing is, the Rangers and general manager Glen Sather already acquired those players, Nash about two years ago and St. Louis about two weeks ago in sending away three Bluebloods to get them. Yet, here are the Blueshirts, still struggling like mad to put the puck in the net as the season drip, drip, drips through the hourglass and the race — or is that the noose? — tightens.

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Get It Right

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

- Yes, everyone wants to get the correct calls on the ice. But instead of expanding video review that would undoubtedly add 10-15 minutes of standing around during games waiting for officials to get it right (or, as is obvious with the current kicked-in rule, get it right a little bit more of the time) the NHL’s priority should be improving the standard of officiating around the league so the referees actually get it right the first time.

- This idea hatched at the GM’s meeting of essentially giving teams free faceoff victories by moving a violator at the dots back 12-18 inches rather than removing him from the draw is about as absurd as it gets, given the often arbitrary nature of the way certain linesmen drop the puck.

- Henrik Lundqvist was very good in the playoffs two years ago in taking the Rangers to the conference finals, and he has been the backbone of the team from the moment his salary started to be paid in U.S. dollars rather than Swedish krona. But until he has a tournament equal to the ones fashioned by Mike Richter in 1994 and 1997, the King doesn’t get to wear the franchise’s goaltending crown.

more including Ryan Haggerty,recently signed by the Rangers, receiving a guaranteed roster spot this season...

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Morning Line

“Individually I guess it’s been a tough start for me. I’ve gotten my looks, but they haven’t gone in, and it hasn’t been good enough.”

“No one is going to give you anything; you have to go out and earn it. Getting chances this time of year is definitely not good enough.

“I expect more out of myself. I’m going to keep working at it.”

-Martin St. Louis of the New York Rangers on his lack of production since being traded.  More from Larry Brooks of the New York Post.

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Marc Staal Want To Avoid Last Minute Contract Negotiations

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

The trade deadline-driven contract negotiations with Dan Girardi and Ryan Callahan were instructive to Marc Staal, who could be in the very same position as an impending free agent next year but sure isn’t savoring the possibility.

“I saw those two guys go through it with the negotiations and all of the rumors that are impossible to avoid if you’re on the last year of your contract, and it’s not something I really want to go through,” Staal told The Post on Sunday following the Rangers’ buttoned-down 3-0 victory over the Red Wings at the Garden.

“You can say all you want that it’s not on your mind and it’s not a distraction, but it’s something that has to weigh on you,” No. 18 said. “I know my brother, Jordan, went through a lot of that early on in a season when he was in Pittsburgh and basically said, ‘Enough of that.’

“For me, the contract situation is definitely something I would like to take care of over the summer. That’s the goal, but that also has to be the way management looks at it, too, in order to get it done.”

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Alain Vigneault Uses Mike Babcock’s Advice

from Andrew Gross of Ranger Rants at The Record,

Another good anecdote from Vigneault today came when he was asked about using Rick Nash as a penalty killer, as he is now and as Red Wings coach Mike Babcock did for Team Canada. Vigneault was asked whether he got the idea to use Nash as a penalty killer came from watching the Olympics, where Nash played on the fourth line and killed penalties.

“It’s funny it’s a combination of a few things,” Vigneault said.  “Our last game against Detroit I was talking to Babs before the game and he said, ‘In Canada’s best interests, why don’t you start using him on the PK because we might use him there.’ I had already had him before in our thinking spreading the minutes around. I’m not a big fan of using players on both situations (power play and penalty kill) but Step’s (Derek Stepan is) our only right-handed centerman when he’s good I like using him there and I started using Nasher for different reasons, not just that Babs wanted me to help, and then all of a sudden, he had a couple of good shifts on it, played well, Cally (Ryan Callahan) leaves and we need another penalty killer. Zuccy (Mats Zuccarello) was hurt, that’s when it started. He’s doing pretty good,  we’re going to continue to use him.”

more on the Rangers...

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