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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
When the season is over, when the final tallies are counted and the standings are established, no one will differentiate between good points and bad points.
Know this, however - the term, “loser’s point” was made for last night’s Rangers hockey team that conspired to blow a 5-0 second-period lead on their way to an astonishing 6-5 shootout defeat to the Canadiens.
from Dave Stubbs at Habs Inside/Out,
Incredible. Impossible. Unbelievable.
The Canadiens scored five straight goals tonight to rally from a 5-0 deficit, then got a goal from Saku Koivu in the shootout and Cristobal Huet stopped all three himself, giving Montreal a 6-5 victory over the New York Rangers.
continued and at times, the sight is loading a little slow, probably being flooded by Habs fans…
The first time in the Canadiens history that they have had a comeback win after being down by five goals.
from David Kolb at Game On,
It always seems like there is something going on with Avery in the extracurricular realm; however, in-game he’s been the Rangers most important and effective player both down the stretch last year and now during the current playoff push
This is why in this space I will chronicle Avery’s game-to-game activity, be it zany or just productive, from this day until the Rangers either win the Cup, or get eliminated from the playoffs.
Every time he hits the ice, his legs are moving. There’s no standing around or loafing, if you will. His defensive coverage is one of the most overlooked aspects of his game, while on offense he has been nothing less than a sparkplug for the Rangers.
From Blueshirts Blog,
It’s 1:15 p.m. and I believe Jaromir Jagr just finished answering the last question from Montreal reporters who were delighted with the opportunity to enter the Rangers’ captain’s mind — after many marvelled at how he spent an extra 30 minutes on the ice after the morning skate working on his shooting with assistant coach Perry Pearn.
When told that that is not unusual for Jagr — that he, in fact, often returns to the Rangers’ practice facility in the afternoon for a second session on non-game days — some were stunned. Amazing how this guy can have been in the league for so long and yet be such a mystery to so many. Could it be that it’s easier to ridicule him if you don’t know anything about him?
Update 5:07pm ET— Quotes from Jagr to the CP via TSN,
‘I still believe in myself,’’ Jagr said. ‘‘When you’re not scoring, you want to do a little extra and maybe later it will help me.
‘‘Maybe there’s bad before something good. I don’t know. I don’t question it. I just work harder than I did before on my shooting and just believe that it’s going to come sooner or later.’‘
from the New York Times,
The Rangers hope giving him long-term security helps spur another hot stretch.
Lundqvist’s original contract expired after last season and he signed a one-year contract worth $4.25 million last summer so the Rangers could fit his long-term deal into their salary cap. The two sides could begin negotiating again after Jan. 1.
By then, Lundqvist had his father’s health weighing on his mind as well.
“Henrik is, in our minds, if not the best goaltender in the league, then one of the top two or three,” Coach Tom Renney said. “My feeling is, he’s been able to keep his eye on the ball anyway, with all the issues going on all around him.”
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
The offense is just now starting to show signs of life, thanks mostly to Chris Drury’s recent spurt of productivity (he is still minus-11 and has just 18 goals after a career-best 37 a season ago).
The main issues confronting Sather are what to do about Jaromir Jagr and how to improve his average defense. One issue seems to naturally lead to another. Jagr is done in New York—that much seems clear. Once again, this isn’t about a mercurial star quitting, but a talented star (and captain) who has hit the wall. It is not a stretch to suggest Jagr’s departure would free up the rest of the forward contingent to be more productive; addition by subtraction, if you will.
from the NY Daily News,
The Rangers have locked up their franchise goaltender for the foreseeable future.
Henrik Lundqvist and the Rangers have agreed upon a contract that will keep the 25-year-old netminder between the Garden’s pipes well past his 30th birthday.
While the length and value of the deal - believed to be for six years at more than $6.5 million per - have been set, there is language in the contract that is still being hashed out. So the Rangers are not expected to make a formal announcement until tomorrow at the earliest.
via Bob Duff of the Windsor Star,
Former Windsor Spitfires captain Adam Graves is a wonderful person and deserves every accolade he receives, but aren’t the New York Rangers getting a little carried away when the recent announcement that they plan to retire the No. 9 sweater worn by Graves sometime during the 2008-09 season? Sure, he was a 50-goal scorer, a Stanley Cup winner and a stand-up guy in the community, but sweater retirements should be rare occurrences and left for players headed to the Hall of Fame - like Andy Bathgate, another Ranger who wore No. 9, won a Hart Trophy with them and is already enshrined in the Hall.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Something is going on with Avery, who has not spoken to the press since last Tuesday morning. He did not talk after what must have been a mortifying game for him that night against the Kings, his worst as a Ranger. He did not talk after the following day’s fight with Marek Malik. Teammates have said that he’s been uncharacteristically quiet.
And what’s going on with Avery can likely be traced back to his impending free agency and the perception in his own mind that he’s no longer a favorite son.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
They’re off today, but when the Rangers New York Rangers return to the practice rink tomorrow to open what in essence will be a four-day mini-camp preceding their next match on Saturday, the team will be charged with building off this weekend’s work ethic while Tom Renney will work on implementing changes within the current structure.
“I think this weekend gives us reason to believe that we can battle with anybody relatively well when we play within our system,” the head coach said following yesterday’s 3-2 overtime defeat here to the Capitals. “At the same time, there are adaptations that can be made to help our confidence.”
There are adaptations that can be made to improve the power play while contemplating a major deal for a PP quarterback like Tampa Bay’s Dan Boyle
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