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Rangers Need Energizing

from Stan Fischler of Game On,

Let’s face it, SOMEBODY must energize the New York sextet, which not only appears as forgetful about scoring as it does about winning hockey games.

In the wake of New Jersey’s 3-0 win (third goal an open-netter) at The Rock on Monday night, the Rangers now are attracting scrutiny beyond the Metropolitan Area and the reviews are indubitably harsh ... but on target.

Versus analysts Keith Jones and Brian Engblom were surgically precise and exquisitely succinct in their harsh reviews of the Seventh Avenue sextet.

“The Rangers,” says Jones, “are in trouble.”

To a certain extent, that is true. Their record stands 29-20-5. That’s better than at the same time last year, but frankly, The Maven is tired of using that comparison because if the Rangers continue the current trend, they’ll be on a treadmill to NHL oblivion.

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Avery & Sather Statements

via the NY Rangers,

On Tuesday, the Dallas Stars assigned forward Sean Avery to the Rangers’ American Hockey League affiliate in Hartford. The following are statemtents from Avery and Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather:

STATEMENT FROM SEAN AVERY:
“I would like to thank Glen Sather and the Rangers organization for giving me the chance to resume my hockey career by affording me this opportunity with the Hartford Wolf Pack.  I am looking forward to getting back on the ice,  working my way back to the NHL and playing the game I love.  While I appreciate the many interview requests, at this point in time, I would like to focus on hockey and will not be making any further statements while with the Wolf Pack.”

STATEMENT FROM GLEN SATHER:
“Sean and the Dallas Stars approached me looking for an American Hockey League team for him to resume playing, and I am happy to provide him with the opportunity to continue his career.  Sean was a good player for the Rangers during his time here and has worked extremely hard off the ice over the last two months.  He remains under contract to and property of the Stars, therefore, any further comment would be inappropriate.”

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Some Rangers Should Join Avery In Hartford

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Sean Avery is on his way to Hart ford, where, The Post has learned, he will be assigned today by the Stars for an indeterminate period before going on re-entry waivers that all but assuredly will lead back to Broadway.

After last night’s display in the 3-0 loss in New Jersey that extended the losing streak to five games (0-4-1) in which they have been outscored 21-5, not only can’t Avery’s return come soon enough, but a handful of Rangers on the current roster should feel fortunate not to be making the reverse commute to Hartford, themselves.

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Get Avery Now

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

It would be the smart play for the Rangers to accelerate the process rather than allowing the Stars to assign Avery to the Blueshirts’ AHL Hartford affiliate for an indeterminate period of time before going the re-entry route.

The Rangers gain nothing by allowing teams to get a free look at Avery for a week or two before deciding whether to pluck him. That’s a time frame in which some club might suffer a series of injuries and thereby choose to take a shot at him. If any team wants him, the Rangers should force the decision to be made immediately, sight unseen.

Plus, it best serves the Rangers’ interests to get Avery into the organization as quickly as possible in order to integrate him into the equation as smoothly as possible and to have complete control of the process and the timetable.

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The Rangers Need Avery

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The last week of February, that’s when you should expect to see Sean Avery in a Rangers uniform, assuming all goes well in the rehabilitation and waiver processes designed to bring the winger back home to the only NHL city in which he can play.

It can’t come soon enough for a team that is in need of shock treatment to avert a complete breakdown in the wake of last night’s colossally humiliating 10-2 defeat in Dallas that extended the losing streak to a season-high four games (0-3-1).

Just like that, the Rangers are somehow just six points up on the ninth-place Hurricanes and 10th-place Penguins, with one game in hand on Pittsburgh. Just like that, the Rangers are no sure thing.

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Rangers Want Avery Back

From Larry Brooks at the New York Post:

The Rangers have conducted thorough internal discussions regarding the feasibility of bringing Sean Avery back to Broadway and appear to be on the verge of allowing Dallas to send Hockey’s Public Enemy No. 1 to Hartford in what would be the first step of the process, The Post has learned.

The organizational meetings included management personnel, coaches and players. They yielded a consensus that Avery’s return to the Rangers New York Rangers is very much worth pursuing and that his injection into the lineup this season would be a constructive move.

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Update 10:14am ET: From Steve Zipay at Blue Notes:

Should the Rangers reacquire Avery—-who hasn’t played since Nov. 30 after being suspended for an inappropriate televised remark about former girlfriends and would first have to pass through waivers twice—-it could pretty much detour any other significant deals before the trade deadline.

I think the Rangers could be kicking the tires—-team execs speak a lot—-but I can’t believe this is anything but a long shot for this season, especially after Avery’s remarks about some current Rangers as a Star.

Update 11:36am ET: An overview of all the speculation and issues from Stu Hackel at the NYT Slapshot blog.

Update 12:19pm ET: Deadspin today is looking forward to Avery return, and speculates on his recent behavioral therapy—

The details of his treatment haven’t been specified, but I imagine it’s Avery being shuffled around from doctor to doctor trying to explain that there’s actually nothing wrong with him, and the NHL is just antiquated and boring. Then they show him a picture of a black splotch on a white piece of paper, give him some Prozac, and then pump him full of positive reinforcement before he goes off shopping for chinchilla-lined pea coats.

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Rangers Lacking Creativity

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The team is tight. Confidence is seeping out of the room in the manner of a balloon slowly leaking air. Frustration is mounting.

What’s more, there is a sense of widespread belief within the room that the team’s creativity is being stifled by a system whose tenants are becoming more conservative than Sean Hannity. The Rangers appear to be consumed with not making mistakes rather than attempting to force the opposition into making mistakes of its own. They seem obsessed with limiting scoring chances against, as opposed to generating chances themselves.

They seem, that is, to be following the game plan.

If Renney thought his players were inattentive during the first half hour of practice, the head coach had every right to put his team through the punishing bag skate. The Rangers would be better off, however, if Renney actually exerted his authority during games by enforcing accountability by benching repeat offenders.

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Rangers Go For A Bag Skate

from Arthur Staple at Blue Notes,

An old hockey term for a punishing assortment of wind sprints and no-puck drills to punish hockey players for poor performance.

Or, a new term for the Rangers, who went through 35 minutes of brutal sprints and exercises today, when Tom Renney decided his team’s inability to drive to the net and create scoring chances had driven him to his breaking point.

“I had a pretty good practice lined up,” said Renney, who had not dropped such a hammer in any of his three-plus seasons as Rangers coach. “We were planning to do some good things. But maybe we did the best thing we could have done for ourselves today.”

continued and the title of the post is “The Bad Skate”.  Hope it is just a typo…

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Heart Of A Ranger

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

“I don’t know what the right words are, but my heart is pounding out of my chest. Can you tell?” Graves said.

Always the consummate teammate, Graves said it was his hope to go off the ice with his former teammates Mike Richter, Mark Messier and Brian Leetch. However, it was Messier who made Graves stay on the ice to absorb the final applause from one of the most adoring and appreciative crowds I have ever seen.

“Mess is Mess,” Graves said. “He gets greater joy out of other people’s success than his own. That’s just the type of guy he is. That’s Mark.”

more and watch the Graves tribute video below…

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Rangers Honor Adam Graves Tonight

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

They and we are honor ing a role model at the Garden tonight, honoring a superior Ranger who was and is a greater New Yorker than he was a hockey player, honoring Adam Graves for who he is as an individual, and not merely what he was on the ice.

He embodies all the qualities we wish for our children to inherit; generous, selfless and genuine. He is the friend you’d trust with your life.

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