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How About Rangers - Islanders For Next Winter Classic?

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Now that it has a hit on its hands, the NHL should whenever possible use the Winter Classic as a vehicle to help needy markets and franchises.

Which is why next season’s Winter Classic should be played in New York between the Islanders New York Islanders and Rangers New York Rangers , whether at this new rich mans’ palace masquerading as Yankee Stadium or at the Mets New York Mets ’ new ballpark with the stigmatized name, or in Central Park….

We know. The national TV ratings would take a beating. So what? It’s a singular affair. The NHL claims that TV ratings are secondary, anyway, when they lag, so what is the purpose of constructing a one-day exhibition simply to inflate numbers on a fleeting basis?

A Jan. 1, 2010 outdoors Battle of New York would energize and elevate the Islanders. It would give this woebegone club a spotlight event. It would put hockey on the back page in New York, and not only for a day, but for a number of days.

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Staal Becoming Rangers Top Defenseman

from Steve Zipay of Newsday,

The main difference in his game this season, Staal said, is a growing comfort level.

“I’m not the type of person who gets nervous,” said Staal, whose low-key public demeanor brightens considerably away from the media, teammates said. “Sure, in my first game and my first playoff game, but otherwise I stay loose. When the anthem starts, I focus on the game.”

Don’t consider him laid-back, though. Staal is pushing to get better “in everything, from bringing the puck up ice to getting better shots,” he said. “There’s no doubt that the more I play, I have more confidence, I’m seeing the ice better and I’m learning a lot just by watching other players. And I worked hard over the summer to get stronger.”

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Rangers Win Despite Refs

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The Blackhawks’ 2008-09 slogan is, “One Goal.”

Perhaps that should be amended to include, “Plus Two Referees.”

Look, the Rangers New York Rangers have brought a lot of adversity on themselves this season, but the mindless, bush-league exhibition here last night by officials Mike Hasenfratz and Dean Morton was impossible to assimilate. The referees somehow saw their way to awarding Chicago five distinct five-on-three power play advantages amounting to 5:15 of time.

“I haven’t seen anything like this in my 15 years in the league,” Markus Naslund said after the Rangers somehow surmounted it all to register a 3-2 victory…

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added 10:15am, Tom Renney wasn’t too happy either, watch below…

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Rangers Just Win

from Stan Fischler of Game On,

For a month I have been pleading patience to those who have been so quick to rip the likes of Wade Redden and Dmitri Kalinin, yet both are now showing their worth. It was Redden who set up the game-winner after Drury won the face-off deep in the home team’s zone. The defenseman looked up, noticed the captain on his radar and delivered a drive two feet off the ice that was deflected behind Nik Khabibulin for the winner.

Perhaps it’s too soon to start thinking about the Rangers possibly catching Boston for the Conference lead, but I’ll tell you this: I was not overly impressed after seeing Boston on the Island on Thursday night.

We’ve got almost half-a-season left and lots can happen. One of those things could be a Bruins slump and a Rangers streak.

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Talking Pens-Rangers With Mike Milbury

I had the opportunity to speak with Mike Milbury this morning to discuss the NHL on NBC game this Sunday at 12:30pm ET.

We talked about the upcoming game and a few other hockey topics.  Also note, I got my Pierre’s messed up, referring to McGuire as LeBrun in the interview.  Hey, it is Friday morning and -16 right now.  That is my excuse!


If you wish, you can download the interview in mp3 format here.

 

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Rangers Need A Power Player

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Before last night’s slate of games, the Rangers were 27th in power-play efficiency - and last in the East - at 14.3 percent. They and the Blue Jackets are the only two teams in the NHL not to have a 10-point power-play scorer. Michal Rozsival, who leads the Blueshirts with nine power play points (3-6), was tied with many players for 120th in the league.

Scott Gomez, who leads the team with 3:54 of power-play ice per game, has not scored a power play goal. He scored nine for the Devils in 2005-06, his 33-goal season. Wade Redden, who leads Rangers’ point men with 3:44 of ice per game, has one goal and four assists with the man advantage.

The power play operation has been dysfunctional from the start. It lacks the booming shot. It lacks decisive puck movement. It lacks strength in front and at the half-wall. It lacks the ability to pound pucks on net. In short, it lacks a weapon.

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Rangers Talking Extension With Zherdev

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The Rangers New York Rangers and the agent for Nikolai Zherdev are in the preliminary stages of negotiations aimed at extending the talented 24-year-old winger’s contract and thus preventing him from reaching the Group II free-agent market, The Post has learned.

“This is where I want to be,” Zherdev told The Post yesterday. “I don’t want to play in Russia next year. I want to stay here and play in the NHL, in New York, with the Rangers.

“I’m very happy here. I like the team. I like the guys. I like living here. Everything is good.”

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Ten Reasons Why Avery Should Not Be A Member Of The New York Rangers

from Mark Hermann of Newsday,

There are very good reasons why Rangers fans are so hot to get Sean Avery back.

One is he has a rare combination of skills: He is a world-class provocateur and he also is, as coach Tom Renney used to say during Avery’s time with the Rangers, a good hockey player.

Two, he was effective, especially when he first came to New York from the Los Angeles Kings in February, 2007….

Not to be spoilsport, but there are more and better reasons why the Rangers shouldn’t come within 100 miles of him…

• His reputation is radioactive now. No flying under the radar to get under opponents’ skin in the crease. He would be the big Rangers story every day. At every stop, people would clamor to get a few words from him, hoping to hear him say something outrageous.

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Lundqvist Must Be Better

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

...And, most damaging, the goaltending was sub par. Coming off one of his sharpest efforts of the season, Henrik Lundqvist was pedestrian in nets, if that. He was shaky from the start when he committed a stick-handling gaffe that gave the Canadiens a freebie just 3:05 in.

“I thought I battled back after that bad first goal but giving up five obviously is not good enough,” said Lundqvist, who watched Montreal’s final goal, Robert Lang’s hat-trick score, sail into an empty net. “I thought the team played really well, but we can’t expect to win if I give up five goals.

“I have to play better than that. I was definitely not good enough.”

Lundqvist has allowed four goals or more in six of his last 11 starts after having surrendered that many in two of his first 24. He has yielded five or more goals in five of his last 17 starts after allowing that many in four of his previous 61. It’s a troubling trend, to say the least.

more on the Rangers loss to the Canadiens last night…

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Time To Beat The Penguins

from Stan Fischler of Game On,

As the old punch-line goes, “TONIGHT’S THE NIGHT!”

And so it should be for the Rangers at The Garden this evening when the shaky Penguins come to town.

With apologies to the punch line (“Tonight’s The Night”), perhaps the theme should be simply to pick apart the Pens whose confidence appears to be leaking out of every pore.

Granted, the Rangers have not been playing in the manner of Boston nor San Jose, but on Saturday night, they gave the capricious Capitals a good run for their Ovechkin before losing by a mere goal. Considering that Washington virtually never loses at home, the Blueshirts played them hard and well.

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