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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Though it is impossible to predict general manager Glen Sather’s next move, last night’s benching of Wade Redden just 2:05 into the second period makes it likely that the Blueshirts will recall a defenseman from Hartford for the three-game western tour that begins with a game in Phoenix on Saturday….
“It was my decision,” coach John Tortorella said following the Rangers’ 5-1 loss at the Garden. “I don’t want to say more.”...
The Rangers had a meeting in the locker room following the defeat in which Sather addressed the team. The talking points memo delivered verbally focused on staying together as a team.
“We have a lot of negative stuff coming down on this team right now,” captain Chris Drury said. “During the game, after the game, before the game, I think we have to do the best we can to stay together.
“We got into this little four-game skid together, and we are going to get out of it together.”
more Rangers talk…
from Kevin Dupont at NBCSports,
As for the more motley likes of the Rangers and Islanders, well, they’ve still got some sprucing up to do if they want to escape the post-season DNQ badlands. And right now, if I had to pick one to make it, I’d go with the ever-rehabbin’ Islanders, that whacky bunch of Charles Wang misfits who have made it to the playoffs only once in the past four seasons (only to bow out to, yes, the Sabres in five games in 2007).
Not that I love the Islanders, mind you, but there is no denying that coach Scott Gordon has them playing with moxie, which sure ain’t what the Blueshirts are drinking. Blueshirts coach John Tortorella has more spunk than anyone on his roster, which isn’t the way it’s supposed to look. If they played like their coach coached, with fire and a sense of immediacy, they would be able to run away with the conference.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post, T
here is no better way to explain what became yet another blowout and yet another shutout, last night in an embarrassing 6-0 defeat to the Canadiens in which the Rangers competed only sporadically for one another and for head coach John Tortorella.
There’s a correlation, you know, between not protecting your goaltender when he’s run, not avenging your captain when he’s concussed, not protecting your all-world scorer when he fights with an opposition enforcer, and lame white flag performances like this that occur regularly.
Team character defects that are so glaring do not develop in a vacuum.
“You can say it’s a lack of preparation, but that’s BS; it’s a lack of competitiveness,” Sean Avery, perhaps the Blueshirts’ best player, told The Post. “We do not play hard enough.
“I don’t have the explanation for it. I don’t know if it’s us not holding each other accountable, or what, but it’s a total lack of respect for our fans and the organization. It’s a joke.”
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Despite Calgary general manager Darryl Sutter’s adamant denial that Dion Phaneuf is on the trade market, another NHL GM yesterday told The Post that the Flames are “desperate” to move the defenseman and the annual $6.5 million cap hit he will carry through 2013-14.
Which leads us to the Rangers, a team in desperate need of size and toughness that just happened to be scouted by Daryl Sutter and pro scout Ron Sutter during the Blueshirts’ 2-0 surrender in Philadelphia on Thursday….
The only reasonable target would be Brandon Dubinsky—reasonable, that is, for the Flames, but entirely unreasonable for the Rangers, who are essentially bereft down the middle behind No. 17.
If Phaneuf, 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds, were playing up to the reputation he established his first couple of years in the league as a Barry Beck-type multi-dimensional specimen, perhaps GM Glen Sather could justify moving one young piece for another to fill one hole even while creating another. Perhaps.
But Phaneuf isn’t . . . and hasn’t for a long time. Plus, adding that contract would tie up $34.425 million for the next two years in five players—Phaneuf, Redden, Marian Gaborik, Chris Drury and Henrik Lundqvist.
It’s not the best video, turn up your speakers and scroll to the 2 minute mark.
I’ll try to replace the video if I find a better one.
added 11:27pm, Found a better copy of the post game presser.
added 11:33pm, If you missed the Carcillo/Gaborik fight, watch it here.
I guess Carcillo doesn’t care who he fights.
added 11:05pm, Chris Drury, Marc Staal and Vinny Prospal talk about the fight after the game, watch below.
added 01/22/10 at 9:47am, The Flyers talk about the game, watch the video below…
John Halligan, the longtime hockey publicist, historian and author passed away Wednesday morning. The genial Halligan received the Lester Patrick Trophy in 2007 for his longstanding service to hockey in the United States.
“The thing that always stood out for me was the fun,” said NHL Group Vice President of Communications Frank Brown, who sold his first story—a piece that ran in the Rangers’ program—to Halligan nearly 40 years ago. “You get so bogged down in the work of it sometimes. I don’t think anyone who puts on a jersey is called a ‘hockey laborer.’ He’s a ‘hockey player.’ John always kept the ‘play’ in the game.”
Halligan was the New York Rangers’ publicist and historian for more than 40 years, working tirelessly to spread the gospel of hockey in New York and beyond.
He also worked in a similar capacity with the NHL.
from Stan Fischler of Game On,
No, I’m not going to call the Rangers a juggernaut; nor a jugger nor a naut. At least not yet.
But The Maven has this bit of advice for the Flyers whose City of Brotherly Love will be invaded by the Blueshirts on Thursday night: build a puck-shelter for whichever goaltender will face the new New York blitz.
And, a reminder to all of those pessimists in Rangerville who quickly are jumping back on the Seventh Avenue bandwagon; remember, it was The Maven who predicted at the start of October that John Tortorella’s skaters would finish FIFTH—read that again, FIFTH—in the Conference at season’s end.
That’s right; I based my prediction on the assumption that players such as Brandon Dubinsky, Marc Staal and Chris Higgins—among many others—would be meaningful contributors at some time or other this season. So, why not now?
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
The 33-year-old blueliner entered the weekend with 12 points (3-9) and a minus-14 rating in 30 games this season, not the kind of return you’d expect for a $5.4 million cap hit. On the other hand, he’s surrounded by the 2009-10 Oilers, not the 1986-87 Oilers. A change of scenery could very well bring out the old Souray, not to mention the fact his actual salary goes down to $4.5 million for the last two years of his deal (starting next season).
One NHL team I believe has interest is the New York Rangers, a club that could certainly use his offensive touch from the back end. I also think Souray would welcome a move to New York. But to make it happen, the Rangers would need to create cap room by shedding the contracts of either Michal Rozsival ($5 million cap hit; will earn $4 million next season and $3 million in last year in 2011-12) or Wade Redden ($6.5 million cap hit; four more years left after this season at $6.5 million for 2010-11 and 2011-12 and $5 million per year in 2012-13 and 2013-14).
more plus, Penguins, Predators, Senators and Stars talk…
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
Vincent Lecavalier could be headed to Broadway and a reunion with John Tortorella, his coach from the 2004 Stanley Cup-champion Tampa Bay Lightning.
A league source said New York Rangers GM Glen Sather — who’s desperate to find an answer to his club’s season-long, goal-scoring struggles — reached out to Lightning counterpart Brian Lawton to spark trade talks.
A second league executive insisted Lecavalier, who had just 11 goals in 46 games this season entering last night’s action — is on the market.
While the centre would have to waive his no-movement clause to be reunited with Tortorella, the talk is the Rangers are willing to offer up a package to kick-start an offence that had scored 120 goals in 47 games.
That whisper is that package would be D Matt Gilroy, D Wade Redden and either C Brandon Dubinsky or RW Ryan Callahan.
continued plus additional rumors…
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