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The Bolts Beat, 10/12/10: Lightning Home Opener, Road Trip Ahead, Devils Dilemmas, Wisniewski & More

In the latest episode of The Bolts Beat, Jon, Mike and Mark recap the Lightning’s successful home opener and preview their road trip ahead. The boys also discuss the current (disasterous) state of the New Jersey Devils and the James Wisniewski/Sean Avery incident (how about that? “Sean Avery” and “incident” in the same sentence? Shocker…) Finally, JJ blows his top (again) in the latest installment of “What the Hell Was THAT?”


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The Aggressive Rangers

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The Blueshirts’ byword from Day 1 of training camp has been “consistency.” They are certain that inconsistency kept them out of last year’s playoffs, though the case could be made that two separate runs during the gut of the season where they went 7-15-2 and 9-15-2, respectively, indicates consistency of a kind better left unspoken.

There’s a different mentality. Perhaps most significantly, head coach John Tortorella, who consigned his “Safe is Death” philosophy to the scrap heap very early last year and even at times tried to pretend it had never existed at all, has dusted it off.

“Some of the inconsistency we had last year kind of knocked us back and we played too safe,” Tortorella said following yesterday’s 45-minute practice. “We want our defensemen up and we want them taking chances.

“There were mistakes, sure, but I liked the aggressiveness through most of the game. Our guys bought into taking the puck to the net. I liked our flow. We were manufacturing goals.”

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JJ’s Three Cheers: 10/10/10

Today’s three cheers for those who deserve as much from their performances of a night ago:

***Cheers to Derek Stepan of the New York Rangers, who burst onto the NHL scene last night with a hat trick in his first career game. Dallas’ Fabian Brunnstrom was the last player to manage three goals in his NHL debut and Stepan became the fourth player in league history to accomplish the feat. That it came against the reigning Vezina Trophy winner in Buffalo’s Ryan Miller, too, makes the performance that much more impressive. If Stepan’s contributions in the early-going are any indicator, New York will fare far better than some of us may have predicted.

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Foundation Set For Rangers

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Henrik Lundqvist and Marian Gaborik, the lone two names above the team title on the marquee, will be able to carry the Rangers only so far and for only so long.

Where and when it all ends for the Blueshirts, who open against the Sabres tonight, largely will be dependent on the degree of growth of the corps of young Bluebloods. Their core features Ryan Callahan, Marc Staal, Brandon Dubinsky and Dan Girardi, each of whom is entering his fourth full season on Broadway.

“The bottom line is that the kids are intact and the core is here,” coach John Tortorella said. “They’ve stayed together. They’ve grown together. They’re familiar with the team concept, and that’s where we’re going to get better. We have our foundation.”


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The Bolts Beat, 10/5/10: Predictions Special

In the latest episode of The Bolts Beat, the boys offer their conference forecasts, predicting teams 15 all the way to 1 for both the West and the East. Cramming details for all 30 teams into an hour show proved to be a formidable task, with those projected as non-playoff clubs getting far lengthier explanations than those the hosts see qualifying for postseason play. Spoiler alert: Obligatory Alex Tanguay cracks included, the Lightning make the playoffs and Jon’s orange-and-blue hallucinations return (sort of).


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Too Many Right Shot Defensemen?

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Though there is no way that general manager Glen Sather and head coach John Tortorella could actually want to open the season with five righties out of seven on the blue line, that’s where the Blueshirts stand at the moment after trimming the roster to 23 players plus two (Chris Drury and Vinny Prospal) headed to IR.

The call to add Steve Eminger and Mike Sauer to the right-handed complement already featuring incumbents Dan Girardi, Michal Rozsival and Matt Gilroy leaves Marc Staal and Michael Del Zotto as the only left-side defensemen on the roster after management took the path of least resistance by assigning the two kids who don’t need waivers to the minors.

Sources continue to report Sather’s interest in acquiring Edmonton’s excommunicated veteran lefty defenseman Sheldon Souray, but even if the Blueshirts could move enough offsetting salary in a deal (say, hypothetically, Eminger, Todd White and Derek Boogaard), taking the full $5.4 million hit would destroy the 2011 summer cap when Wade Redden’s $6.5 million charge returns to the ledger.

Barring an unlikely immediate 50-percent discount re-entry claim of Souray, the Rangers will scour the waiver wire for a veteran lefty who might become available because of his contract.

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Derek Boogaard Uses His Stick On Chris Neil

Suspension worthy?

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Sather Knows How To Move Bad Contracts

from John Grigg of The Hockey News,

Sather is now reviled – for his managing, not his personality – by many in New York. So much so that “Fire Sather” chants at Madison Square Garden are not uncommon and there was even a ‘Fire Sather’ rally staged outside MSG last March.

The decisions his haters point to other than bad signings include a revolving door of coaches; the selection of Hugh Jessiman 12th overall in 2003 – the only first-rounder from that year who has yet to play an NHL game and those chosen later in Round 1 include 2010 Olympians Brent Seabrook, Zach Parise, Ryan Getzlaf, Ryan Kesler, Mike Richards and Corey Perry; and trading away fan favorites Adam Graves and Brian Leetch.

But for all his perceived faults, you have to give Sather credit for at least one thing: he’s sly as a fox when it comes to divesting himself of bad contracts.


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Redden Arrives In Hartford

from Jeff Jacobs of the Hartford Courant,

So you weren’t surprised by being waived? Not at all, he said.

“Statistically or whatever, I wasn’t doing what a lot of people thought I should have,” Redden said. “I always try to play the same game. Sometimes it doesn’t fit into what teams are looking for. I guess I have to accept that and just move on. It didn’t work out, especially with the salary cap. I wasn’t in their plans. I have to live with that.

“Anything can happen, but certainly [a return to the Rangers] is down on the list of expectations. To be honest, it didn’t go well there. I’ve got to come here and play as well as I can. Obviously, I want to get back to the NHL, but I can’t look down the road. This is the first step. I’m coming here with a fresh slate.”


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All Redden’s Doing

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Let’s be clear about this: Wade Redden earned yesterday’s demotion to the AHL for his two miserable seasons on Broadway after signing with the Rangers as a free agent out of Ottawa.

If he were making $3 million rather the average of $6.5 million that he is getting under his six-year, $39 million contract—which may represent the worst free-agent signing in the history of hard-cap pro sports—he still would have had those two miserable seasons and he still would be in Hartford this season instead of Manhattan.

Redden, who will report to the AHL Wolf Pack tomorrow after clearing waivers at noon yesterday, is not a cap casualty.

Rather, Redden is a casualty of his own deterioration as a player that ranged from a steady decline his final couple of seasons with the Senators to a complete collapse with the Rangers.


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