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Rangers Playing Their Best Hockey Of The Season

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

It was 4-3 here last night over the Canadiens in a shootout during which the Rangers went three-for-three against a Still Not Ready for Primetime Carey Price, and even though Montreal did get the loser’s point, the point is that the Blueshirts are playing their best hockey of the season.

“We’ve become a very aggressive team in every sense,” said Paul Mara, part of a defense corps that punished the Canadiens all night long, taking the body and with menace at every opportunity. “We’re on the attack, and we’re not shying away from anything anywhere on the ice.”

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Rangers Playing Canadiens At The Right Time

from Stan Fischler of Game On,

All you had to do is watch the Canadiens on Saturday night, losing 3-1 to the Devils to understand why the Blueshirts have a legit chance to make it two in a row.

The Habs forwards appeared to be allergic to shooting and the defense had more giveaways than The Ford Foundation. G.M./coach Bob Gainey’s embattled Czech goalie, Jaroslav Halak, appeared ready to jump on the next jet to Bratislava; except Gainey wouldn’t pay for the ticket.

Not that John Tortorella’s troops have two points in the bag already. (As a matter of fact, they don’t even have the bag. But that’s a Satchel for another Paige!)

Hey, we’re talking about a Canadiens club that’s right up there, standings-wise, with New York and the Guy Carbonneau-less Habs have shown in the past that they occasionally have had the Rangers number.

However, the Blueshirts’ numerology has dramatically changed since the teams last met.

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Sather’s Moves May Have Saved The Season

from Mike Milbury at Blogs and Columns at CBC,

Give GM Glen Sather credit for recognizing that Plan A was not working out. And blame him for putting together Plan A, while you’re at it. The game humbles us all, including the hall of fame GM and coach with a fistful of Cup rings on his resume. And befitting the competitive son of a gun that he is, Slats went to work.

Not only did the coaching change occur, personnel moves followed rapidly. Sean Avery, who from the beginning told associates that he had made a mistake by signing with Dallas in the summer for the most cash as opposed to playing where he wanted to be, made an impact with teammates and fans akin to prodding a lazy cow.

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NHL/MSG Battle Coming To An End

from Tripp Mickle and Eric Fisher of SportsBusiness Journal,

The NHL and Madison Square Garden are close to completing a settlement in their contentious, two-year-old legal battle over new media rights, a letter filed with U.S. District Court shows.

Terms of the settlement aren’t disclosed in the letter, but it does say that the settlement is expected to be completed by the end of March, at which time documentation of it will be submitted to the court and the lawsuit will be dismissed.

Sources familiar with the pending settlement say that it will see MSG cover all of the league’s legal fees, which are more than $15 million. Additionally, MSG will receive a seat on the NHL’s digital committee, NHL governors will be given the right to motion for anonymous votes on issues put before the board, and ownership groups will be able to propose a 30-day waiting period before the board votes on an issue brought forward by the NHL.

continued and thanks to SBJ for making the link available to KK readers…

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Avery Back To His Old Antics According To Flyers Coach

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Avery got into the Flyers’ heads early in confronting Jeff Carter-What; touch Philadelphia’s 38-goal-scorer???-and the Flyers not only never got over it, they responded in their historical nature by trying to take off their opponents’ heads, witness the Braydon Coburn match penalty of a high stick across Nik Antropov’s face late in the second.

“We got emotional and used it the wrong way,” said Flyers’ head coach John Stevens. “I think [Avery’s] probation period is over and now he’s back to his old antics and we got sucked in, to be quite honest.

more and watch the Coburn hit on Antropov below…

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Redden Hurting The Rangers

from Jay Greenberg of the NY Post,

Wade Redden, who either needs to have his attention caught at the end of the bench or simply can’t play in the NHL anymore, probably would be helping the Rangers best from Hartford, but there is no alternative to him in the system and, with five years to go in a depressing, cap-killing, six-year, $39 million deal, surely no takers. So what is a new coach to do besides what the old coach did?...

On Arron Asham’s back-breaking first of two goals, Redden, a defenseman of 12 years NHL experience, mindlessly put his stick blade to the outside, allowing rookie Claude Giroux’s pass out to go inside for a slam dunk.

Redden didn’t lose this game by himself, but do you need a full hand to count one he has helped the Rangers win?

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Rangers Could Have Had Guerin

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Slap Shots has learned from well-placed sources that the Rangers were offered Billy Guerin by the Islanders and could have rented the 38-year-old right winger under the same terms as later were found acceptable to the Penguins - a fifth-round draft choice that would become a third with advancement to the East final.

But Sather wanted something else back with Guerin for the fifth rounder, according to one individual familiar with the scenario. Islanders’ GM Garth Snow, who offered Guerin to the Rangers at the captain’s request, rejected that offer. Sather, we’re told, never made a counter-proposal.

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Zherdev Salary Demands May Be Lower Than Expected

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

There’s an unintended consequence to Nikolai Zherdev’s disappointing production that, unlike the winger’s mediocre 19-31-50 numbers, actually stands to benefit the Rangers.

Barring a goal-scoring spree over the final 14 games, which the Blueshirts would more than welcome, the impending 24-year-old Group II free agent will not be in position to hit a salary arbitration home run should he fail to reach a contract agreement with GM Glen Sather before July 1.

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‘The Embalmer’ Passes Away

from Greatest Hockey Legends,

Sad news to pass along your way tonight: New York Ranger Alf Pike has died at the age of 1991.

Alf Pike has one of the game’s all time great nicknames: The Embalmer.

Pike did not earn his nickname by being one of the game’s great villains like you might expect. No, he came about his handle much more innocently and literally - he was a licensed mortician.

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Rangers A Singing Success In Nashville

from Stan Fischler of Game On,

“We Can Make Such Beautiful Music Together, Baby.”

It’s a good tune that symbolizes a wonderful way to win a hockey game. And you can bet the Rangers will be singing their own version of it as they move on to Philadelphia for their Saturday afternoon encounter with the Flyers. All together, the Blueshirts are now in almost-perfect harmony.

John Tortorella’s team was on key Thursday night in Music City, de-toothing the Predators, 4-2, in a match that once again featured the versatility, vivacity and — yes, yes, yes — the scoring ability of Sean Avery who was the game’s Most Valuable Player in The Maven’s view.

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