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from Mark Hale of the NY Post,
He’s also at minus-five through nine games. That’s the worst mark on the Rangers.
Heading into tomorrow’s game in Columbus, the 32-year-old captain is very much struggling. Drury’s managed a not-so-grand total of one point this year, thanks to paltry stats of no goals and one assist
“I’m getting there. Nothing’s really clicking too good right now,” Drury said after practice on Tuesday. “But obviously importantly our record is pretty darn good and that’s what this is all about.
From Paul Kukla at NHL.com:
Must admit, I felt kind of “dirty” watching the Dallas Stars beat the New York Rangers Monday night. Why? Well, I was glued to the game for one reason and one reason only—Sean Avery
You never know what is going to happen during a game Avery participates in, especially coming back to NYC to take on his former team. The back of my brain was thinking “train wreck,” my heart was saying “get the game over before the wreck occurs.”
continued with notes on various topics today
Stan Fischler of Game On talks with Sean Avery after the Stars defeated the Rangers last night.
from Adam Kimmelman of NHL.com,
One of the early stars of the New York Rangers’ strong start has been described by teammates as a “motormouth” with “sickening” skills.
That’s how teammates see Nikolai Zherdev, who seems to have a new lease on life in the NHL in his first season on Broadway….
“We have good chemistry,” Voros told NHL.com. “We hang out on the ice and off the ice. … We’re good friends on the ice and good friends off the ice, so it’s kind of seamless.”
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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Sean Avery returns to the Garden tonight as an anti-hero. Number 16 in the Stars’ lineup understands that. What he does not understand, however, are implications from one-time teammates that the Rangers are better off without him.
“If anyone feels that I was disruptive or had my own agenda, I wish those guys would have the [guts] to say it to my face,” Avery told The Post by phone late last week. “I don’t think I was disruptive or selfish.
“All I did was give everything I had for the team, I don’t think that was a question. If my [former] teammates feel that way about me, that would certainly be very disappointing.
“I played hard for my teammates.”
via Rangers Report,
Stephen Valiquette gets his second start of the season. “Two out of three,” Renney said when explaining why he went with the backup tonight. “I’d like Henrik to beat the Detroit Red Wings.”
From Mark Herrmann at Newsday:
[The New York Rangers] trip seems to have more than compensated in team chemistry what it had cost in practice time during a rushed training camp. That’s more tangible than the cool million dollars they earned by beating Metallurg Magnitogorsk for the preseason Victoria Cup in Switzerland.
American professional leagues do not release figures on exactly how much real compensation they receive for these trips, but the fact that they keep doing it tells you it is worth their while.
“Playing overseas is a marketing investment—for the league and the team,” said Stefan Szymanski, professor of economics and head of the MBA program at Cass Business School in London. “The long-term benefit is that the league will develop a new fan base.”
from Stan Fischler at Game On,
New York’s defense is playing as a solid unit, Gomez is backchecking and, as demonstrated against the Devils on Monday, the Blueshirts can clog the middle with the best of them.
Right now, the Rangers are inspiring smiles on the mugs of their loyalists. Perhaps a win tonight will change the minds of skeptics such as my bud, Dave. Not that The Maven wants to be pushy or anything, but a red light or two from Naslund wouldn’t be the worst tonic in the world.
from Gare Joyce at Sportsnet,
They took satisfaction and considered themselves validated when Brandon Sutter, Colton Gillies and Milan Lucic ran Cherepanov and the Canadians knocked out him out of the Summit Series in the summer of ’07. Cherepanov had a concussion. Sutter had his own diagnosis: “He’s a pretty soft player and when you hit him, he doesn’t like it.”
They said that he stayed in Russia instead of coming over to the NHL because the Summit Series put a scare into him. One account: “The alleged Russian star maybe never want to go anywhere near the New York Rangers, where [sic] he’ll have to face those big hitters in the NHL.”
At best, they’re xenophobic stereotypes. At worst, slander. Maybe they’ll be cleaned up in remembrances and tributes. Maybe they’ll be given an extra layer of veils.
A KK reader sent me the link of the video showing Cherepanov receiviing treatment from the medical staff while on the bench.
As the reader pointed out to me, no stretcher, they had to carry him out with manpower.
Watch the video below…
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