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Offensive Rangers

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?

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Souray Could Be A Fit With The Rangers

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…

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Lecavalier In The Big Apple?

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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96 Saves Combined- Brodeur (51) & Lundqvist (45) Battle It Out

Devils win 1-0 over the Rangers in a shootout.

In case you missed the game (Versus/Directv, you need to get this settled).

Game story by Dave Lozo of NHL.com.

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  Tags: henrik+lundqvist, martin+brodeur

Rangers Should Be Sellers

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The Rangers’ recent correction in which they have gone 8-1-3 since the Dec. 16 Garden defeat to the Islanders that prompted the twin two-game exiles of Wade Redden and Ales Kotalik presents a challenge for GM Glen Sather.

Because even though the Blueshirts seem to be a playoff caliber team in a conference overloaded with deficient squads, this run against a succession of terrible opponents should not and must not interfere with the real business at hand of constructing a Stanley Cup contender.

To that end, no matter the standings, no matter the “game with points streak,” no matter the revenue the Garden would stand to derive from a few playoff home dates, Sather has the responsibility to be a seller rather than a buyer as the trade deadline approaches.

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Rangers Request To Practice On Fenway Ice - The Answer Is No

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Chris Drury may have lived in the shadow of Fenway Park when he attended Boston University, but the Rangers’ captain and his teammates were denied permission to practice at the old ballyard this afternoon by Hockey East commissioner Joe Bertagna, The Post has learned.

The Blueshirts, who face the Bruins here tomorrow afternoon, had requested about a half-hour of outdoor ice time early this afternoon, prior to the Hockey East outdoor doubleheader at Fenway commencing at 4 with a women’s game between UNH and Northeastern before the 7:30 men’s nightcap between BU and BC.

read on

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Bring Back The Old Avery

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Avery has looked lost lately. It isn’t that his hands have turned to stone around the net, or that he hasn’t been able to contribute to the breakout without first going backward with the puck, or that he hasn’t been able to cleanly receive passes.

It’s that Avery is not fulfilling the role he was born to play, the one in which he forechecks, grinds and cycles like crazy and antagonizes like he’s certifiable.

The prevailing wisdom was that Avery would become a better player if he left the extra-curricular activities behind. But that wisdom was actually ignorance in disguise. Avery needs to play with bravado, he needs to stoke emotions and he needs to skate on the edge.

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No Limos, Just A Bus For The Rangers

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

“We’ve changed out travel into the Island and Jersey where it’s not going to be 10 freakin’ (cq) limos flying in from all over the place and come in for the morning skate,” Tortorella said. “We’re leaving the night before, on a bus, and going to Long Island and Jersey as a team from now on.”

Interestingly, the Rangers are 5-2-1 over the last three seasons taking their limos to New Jersey and 8-3-1 in their last 12 taking their limos to Long Island.

This proclamation about travel was made after Tortorella said that the way the organization treats the players is, “sometimes too good.

“That’s part of the problem, that’s something in the short time I’ve been here, I think we take too good care of them sometimes. I’ll leave it at that.”

more on the Rangers…

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Should The Rangers Bury Almost $40M In The Minors?

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post, I

f it is true that pride goes before the fall, then if Glen Sather is too proud to admit his mistakes in signing Wade Redden, Michal Rozsival the second time and Donald Brashear, he has no place running the Rangers any longer.

If Sather is not willing to, a) admit to his fantastic errors in judgment; and, more important, b) suck it up and inform Jim Dolan that Cablevision must be willing to send what amounts to $39M in remaining contracts to the minor leagues in order to begin cleansing the environment, then the GM’s tenure of nearly 10 years has run its course.

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Tortorella Stumped After Rangers 6-0 Thumping To Philly

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

It is not one thing not to be big enough or fast enough or skilled enough. It is quite another thing not to care enough.

And it is even something else altogether not to care at all, which is the impression the Rangers left with anyone and everyone who had the misfortune of watching last night’s 6-0 defeat to the Flyers.

Something is rotten at the Garden.

continued and watch the Tortorella post-game press conference….

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