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from Game On,
In typical New York Rangers fashion, Brian Leetch’s jersey retirement ceremony was a fantastic event at The Garden on Thursday.
Check out the highlights right here, including Mark Messier and Brian Leetch’s speeches and No .2 taking its rightful place in the rafters.
continue on to the videos…
via Blue Notes at Newsday,
Defenseman Marek Malik’s equipment was not in his practice locker and could be on the move.
“Right now it’s just an internal matter,” said Tom Renney. Asked if Malik would be at tonight’s game, Renney responded:.“That’s to be determined.” Asked if he was suspended, Renney declined to answer. Asked if he was still on the team, the answer was: “He’s a Ranger.”
For how long, who knows?
Renney wouldn’t confirm that the 6-foot-6 Malik, 32, an unrestricted free agent who has played just and the target of Garden boo-birds all season, was being traded. Malik was scratched for four of the last nine games.
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
The plans to open the 2008-09 NHL regular season on two European fronts are now finalized.
The league is apparently ready to formally announce this weekend at the NHL All-Star Game in Atlanta that, as expected, the Ottawa Senators will play the Pittsburgh Penguins in Stockholm and the New York Rangers will play the Tampa Bay Lightning in Prague.
from the New York Times,
Leetch will get the credit he deserved Thursday night when the Rangers raise his No. 2 sweater to the rafters at Madison Square Garden.
“It’s important for people to recognize how great he was,” said Leetch’s longtime teammate, goaltender Mike Richter. “But it’s also important for him to recognize how much he meant to his teammates, to this city, to his sport. He’s one of the best that’s ever played his position, for sure.”
Leetch, perhaps the best American-born player, came to the Rangers fresh from the United States Olympic team in February 1988. He was 19.
The Rangers have set up a tribute page on Leetch, check it out for videos, stories, stats, etc…..
added 12:53pm, from Stan Fischler at Game On,
After scanning the morning papers today, the first thought that came to The Maven’s mind was that everything that could be said about Brian Leetch HAD been said.
The second thought—without coffee, mind you—was that NOT everything has been said.
So, here are a few of my personal reactions to Brian’s fabulous—and I rarely use that term—night at The Garden.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
“It’s not really on my mind whether I’m going to be a free agent or not,” Jagr told The Post yesterday. “The only thing that bothers me is that even if I do become a free agent, I would like to continue playing next year in the NHL and in New York, no other place, but we have to do good this year because why keep someone around if they don’t do it?...”
Michal Rozsival hit by Ilya Kovalchuk who received a major for boarding and game misconduct.
Rozsival went off the ice on his own with a cut near above the eyebrow I believe.
from Bellowing Moose at MSNBC,
Not since Suzanne Somers’ one-woman show has Broadway seen an act as disappointing as the one Jaromir Jagr is putting on with the Rangers this season. And although Jagr’s run has been longer than hers, his too might also be coming to an abrupt end….
Jagr has been in a funk all season, enduring long scoring droughts and doing little to lead a Rangers team that began the year as a preseason favorite and now looks hard-pressed to make the postseason.
from the NY Post,
Last year the Blueshirts made a trade to shake things up, acquiring Sean Avery Sean Avery on Feb. 5 from the Kings, a move that sparked them to a 17-6-6 record down the stretch. Despite the positive impact a move at this point in the season had a year ago, coach Tom Renney would prefer to see no one moved off his roster this year.
“You don’t want to break up the guys you’ve committed to all year,” Renney said. “You’re asking for blood and guts from guys, and deep commitment and all that kind of stuff, and you’re offering that up yourself every day as best you can. . . . You want to do it with the group you brought to the dance, so if we didn’t move a single person, I won’t have a problem with that whatsoever.
“I believe this team can win.”
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
The marquee names up front were ineffective again. The defense gave away the puck under minimal pressure. The goaltender yielded yet another killer soft goal. The power play was miserable. What else is new?
Well how about this: Brendan Shanahan Brendan Shanahan was benched in the third period, with head coach Tom Renney saying he needed to protect the 20-year-veteran and his team in the final minutes of a dispiriting 3-1 loss at the Garden to the Bruins.
“This wasn’t so much a commentary on his play, but he’d played a lot, and there were diminishing returns,” said Renney, who gave Shanahan 1:43 of ice time in the third for a total of 11:46, and who seemed shaken by the defeat.
added 8:45am, from Stan Fischler at Game On,
If you’re not going to get your nose dirty,” says Renney, “and get chances from a second and third effort, then the shot total looks sexy, but it doesn’t mean a thing.”
For the second post-game chat in a row, there was talk about players “looking at themselves in the mirror.”
Sean Avery stressed it after the shootout loss in Boston.
On Sunday, Renney’s post mortem underlined the idea that all oars are failing to pull hard simultaneously and throughout the game.
“We’ve got different people working hard all of the time,” Tom concludes. “What we need is everybody working hard all of the time.”
Brendan Shanahan after losing to the Bruins today, via Rangers Report,
“Right now the biggest enemy is ourselves,” Shanahan said. “We repeat the same mistakes and it’s no one else’s fault. You don’t have to be Scotty Bowman to figure out what’s wrong with our team. We beat ourselves. So we have to fix it ourselves, and we can. It’s tough to be positive after a game like this. But it’s not like we’re playing our best hockey and we just can’t win. We’re playing as bad hockey since I’ve been here.”
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