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The Good & Bad Zherdev

from Jay Greenberg of the NY Post,

Zherdev’s 16 points in his first 19 games projects to 67 for the season, which, barring a spectacular postseason, probably would make it his only one in a Ranger uniform. His contract is up and so likely would be the organization’s patience if someone this talented remains so invisible on so many nights.

“Alexei Kovalev,” Chris Drury offered as a Zherdev comparison after a game earlier this season. Both high and faint praise considering how unfulfilling became Kovalev’s tours of duty, particularly the second, in New York.

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Voros No Avery

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Can we please stop with the com parisons between Aaron Voros and Sean Avery? For better or worse, there are few similarities between the players beyond their shared willingness to go to the front of the net and absorb the punishment necessary to be effective in that hockey battle zone.

There are Rangers who celebrate the differences more than they celebrate the similarities, and that is surely their right. But be advised that Avery most certainly would not have been just another spectator in Washington, D.C., on Saturday when the Capitals made it their business to run Henrik Lundqvist and his teammates.

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Renney Calls For Smith Suspsension

from Stan Fischler of Game On,

Also feeling his oats was Aaron Voros who battled Ryan Malone in another excellent toe-to-toe bout in the first period and later traded punches with Tampa’s belligerent goalie Mike Smith at 18:19 of the third. Voros also took an ankle chop from Smitty preceding the bout.

“I think he (Smith) should be suspended for that,” says Renney.

more on the Rangers win against Tampa last night and watch the Smith/Voros battle below as captured by HockeyFignts.com…

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Rangers Want A Compensation Pick

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The Rangers are seeking a compensatory selection in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft for the loss of Alexei Cherepanov, The Post has learned.

Glen Sather raised the issue at the general managers’ meeting in Chicago two weeks ago, citing CBA Article 8.3 (b) that stipulates that compensatory picks be awarded to teams unable to sign first-round draft picks.

Sather is submitting that the Rangers should receive the 17th selection in the second round of June’s draft as compensation for losing Cherepanov, the 17th overall selection in the 2006 Draft who died in Russia on Oct. 13 while playing for Omsk.

“At this point, the league has taken no position on the Rangers’ request,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told The Post. “The matter is in front of the league’s general managers, who will address the subject at their next meeting in March.

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Renney Not Happy After Loss To Islanders

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Brandon Dubinsky, whose game has been slipping for over a week, reached his nadir. Aaron Voros had another too quiet game. Nikolai Zherdev was average. Drury wasn’t good at all. Scott Gomez was erratic. Wade Redden continued to turn almost every play available to him into a soft, ineffective one.

Renney was fuming, and it wasn’t only because of the amazingly inept power play. The Rangers did not assert themselves physically. They have no intimidating physical force. Instead, they allowed Andy Sutton to menace their small forwards anywhere he pleased.

“I’m [ticked] right off,” said the head coach. “We need to get a little more dirt on our faces, need to get nicked up a little. It’s the whole game; the entire game. We’ve lost two in a row for a reason.”

more on the Rangers loss to the Islanders last night…

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Give Gomez A Goal Scorer

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

...the most distressing pattern thus far revolves around the Renney’s reluctance to give his best playmaking center, his most creative pivot and his elite puck-carrying breakdown skater - they’re all Scott Gomez, by the way - complementary wingers who belong on his line. The head coach’s attempt to spread the wealth has created a fragmented offense lacking a go-to line with which the opposition must contend.

The Rangers have committed $51M over seven years to Gomez, yet they’ve assigned him to play with Nigel Dawes and Ryan Callahan, wingers who probably are more compatible to third-line responsibility. They have taken their most talented center and all but marginalized him as an offensive force.

more issues with the Rangers…

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How To Beat A Goal Scoring Slump

from Steve Zipay of Newsday,

“You try to find something that relaxes you, “Naslund said. “Whether it’s watching a movie or listening to music or playing with the kids. I think you need the mental release from thinking about the game and what’s going wrong ... Now, I’m just trying to enjoy it more than anything, have fun and enjoy the moment. I always think it’s nice to get your mind off hockey. I don’t watch hockey when I’m at home, I try to get a breather.”

more on Markus Naslund…

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Zherdev Getting Attention In The Big Apple

from Lynn Zinser of the New York Times,

After the Rangers celebrated their 3-2 victory, which gave them a 10-2-1 start, Zherdev shared few feelings. In his fifth N.H.L. season, Zherdev still speaks only a smattering of English. Still, he tried to get across what the move from Columbus to New York had done for him.

“I am very comfortable,” Zherdev said. “It is better here than Columbus. I am very comfortable.

“New team, new system, every game I try better and better.”

From all accounts, Zherdev has embraced the fresh start. He has scored five goals and possesses an electric quality on the ice. He has certainly enjoyed the club’s hot start, in contrast to the mediocrity of Columbus, which has never made the playoffs. And there, he had all the expectations that came with his high draft spot.

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Zherdev Has Real Leaders He Can Learn From

from Arthur Staple of Newsday,

Zherdev is older now than Kovalev was then. Wiser, too, one hopes, after four seasons of futility in Columbus. His plus/minus is a league- best +9, which says a little about his attention to detail in his own zone.

There’s another plus: He’s got teammates now who prefer to lead by example. Jaromir Jagr and Brendan Shanahan, who made his departure official Wednesday, were too far beyond their prime to be that kind of leader. Shanahan always knew the right thing to say, and Jagr played class clown well to Shanahan’s class president, but neither had the skills left to be the good example for a player like Zherdev.

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Good Mix In New York

from Craig Simpson of Blogs and Colums at CBC,

This season’s early success seems to justify the eight-year rebuilding process that general manager Glen Sather has endured.

At times it was painful, and after the first four years without playoffs, Sather’s team is now looking for its fourth straight playoff run.

For years the Rangers had hung on to veteran players and brought in big-name personalities that at times had more ego than they had game. Breaking the ties with Ranger heroes like Mark Messier, Mike Richter and Brian Leetch were difficult moves given their years of quality service and Stanley Cup history, but were necessary in order to move on and turn the page as a franchise.

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