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Heart Of A Ranger

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

“I don’t know what the right words are, but my heart is pounding out of my chest. Can you tell?” Graves said.

Always the consummate teammate, Graves said it was his hope to go off the ice with his former teammates Mike Richter, Mark Messier and Brian Leetch. However, it was Messier who made Graves stay on the ice to absorb the final applause from one of the most adoring and appreciative crowds I have ever seen.

“Mess is Mess,” Graves said. “He gets greater joy out of other people’s success than his own. That’s just the type of guy he is. That’s Mark.”

more and watch the Graves tribute video below…

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Rangers Honor Adam Graves Tonight

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

They and we are honor ing a role model at the Garden tonight, honoring a superior Ranger who was and is a greater New Yorker than he was a hockey player, honoring Adam Graves for who he is as an individual, and not merely what he was on the ice.

He embodies all the qualities we wish for our children to inherit; generous, selfless and genuine. He is the friend you’d trust with your life.

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Rangers Need Some Color

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

And so here are the Rangers 51 games into the regular season that’s been far more successful than we ever envisioned, that’s for sure. But it all somehow seems so empty, doesn’t it?

Where is the color?

Where is the edge to their game?

Where is the player who can be expected to step up his game in the tournament?

Where is the player with the capability of inspiring his teammates?

Where is the player an opponent is going to have to worry about stopping in a best-of-seven?

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Wild Trade For Fritsche

via the Pioneer Press,

The Minnesota Wild have acquired forward Dan Fritsche (FRIHT-chee) from the New York Rangers in exchange for defenseman Erik Reitz, Wild general manager Doug Risebrough announced today.

“Dan is a versatile player who can play center or wing, a determined player who makes the game harder on the opposition, and a winning player — he’s won a Memorial Cup and a World Junior Championship for Team USA,” Risebrough said in a statement from the team.

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Rangers Laying Low

from Mark Hermann of Newsday,

This might be the first time in sports history that a team finishes first and then sneaks up on everybody. Who knew that the top of the standings would be such a good hiding place?

That is the spot the Rangers have been finding themselves in, even if most of the hockey world and the world at large has not quite found them yet. They have been at or near the top of the Atlantic Division standings all season—they are one point behind the Devils right now—but it really doesn’t seem that way.

When hockey observers talk about the elite teams in the NHL, they generally don’t mention the Rangers. To be honest, they are not the type of club that takes your breath away. They are not very flamboyant, witnessed again by a 3-2 win over the Hurricanes at the Garden Tuesday night. Still, they are pretty good.

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Rangers Place Fritsche On Waivers

via Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,

New York Rangers winger Dan Fritsche, a former Blue Jackets player and a native of Parma, Ohio, is on NHL waivers, The Dispatch has confirmed.

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Time For Rangers To Get Serious

from Stan Fischler of Game On,

Despite the uncontestable—it’s all there in the arithmetic—the fact that this 2008-09 Blueshirts edition is NOTICEABLY better in points and stands twelve wins over .500, scores of Doubting Thomases—coach Tom Renney excluded—abound.

The Thomases and Nervous Nellies worry about scoring; they fret over the power play and the absence of a MONSTER (Chris Pronger) defenseman. They suffer migraines over Nik Zherdev, wondering if he’ll ever do a reasonable facsimile of Allie Ovechkin.

No problem. Concern is the norm in a playoff race featuring the challenging likes of Washington, Boston, Pittsburgh and New Jersey, to name a few that fail the Pushover Test.

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Sather Needs To Dump Some Salary

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The record is 28-16-4, the Rangers are 10 points ahead of their pace of each of the last two seasons, but the most important number to digest is, 800,000 . . . as in $800,000 under the cap.

As in, only $800,000 under the cap….

Understand this: Glen Sather’s Summer of Folly has not only boxed in his team for the foreseeable future - next season and the one following that loom as pending cap catastrophes - but the GM’s hands-off approach to managing this season’s roster has compromised the team’s ability to add missing vital parts for the stretch run and the playoffs.

Where are the Rangers going to get the power forward they so obviously lack and so desperately need in order to be more than a one-and-done playoff team with so comparatively little to spend?

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With Other Options, Why Is Prucha Always Pulled?

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Petr Prucha doesn’t need to look up at Tom Renney’s greaseboard to read the writing on the Rangers wall.

“When the team needs a spark by changing players, there are not too many who can come out, and so it’s me,” Prucha told The Post following yesterday’s morning skate. “I’m disappointed.”

Prucha, a healthy scratch for 27 of the first 38 games, was in street clothes for last night’s match at the Garden against the Ducks after a run of nine straight played. The winger scored goals in each of his first two after being restored to active duty before recording three assists in the following seven matches.

“I feel like I need to [score] points to stay in,” Prucha said. “The coach probably doesn’t have much confidence in me to keep me in the lineup.”

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Forget The Penguins, Think About The Ducks

from Stan Fischler of Game On,

Don’t call me a quack just because The Maven smiles at the prospect of Ducks flying into The Garden on Tuesday night.

No matter that the Blueshirts otherwise successful road trip ended with a 3-0 defeat on Sunday at The Igloo.

The Rangers have endured 3-1-1 in their last five games and return to Seventh Avenue respectably atop the Atlantic Division. There’s no point sitting in the corner and sulking about that, is there?

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