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The State Of Hockey In New York

from John Grigg of The Hockey News,

So let’s do the math: perennially mismanaged basement dweller (the Islanders) + drastic underachiever with salary cap problems (the Devils) + the little team that just never quite can (the Sabres) + year-over-year mediocrity with little to look forward to (the Rangers).

What does that equal? A sucky time to be an NHL fan in New York.

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Video- Who Do You Root For?  Avery Or Tootoo

Sean Avery and Jordin Tootoo went at it tonight in Nashville.

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Tortorella Looking For His Best Players

from Tim Bontemps of the NY Post,

Marian Gaborik, outside of an assist on Derek Stepan’s 5-on-3 power-play goal with just over a minute remaining, was mostly invisible in 20:17 of ice time for the Blueshirts last night.

After the game, Tortorella didn’t hesitate to say so.

“He’s supposed to be our best player,” Tortorella said. “I looked at their best players, and they were pretty good tonight. I didn’t see our best players.”

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Rangers Won’t Overpay For Brad Richards

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

You know what, if Rangers general manager Glen Sather cares to pony up Marc Staal or Michael Del Zotto and Brandon Dubinsky or Ryan Callahan, then the Blueshirts undoubtedly would have Richards, the blue-chip Dallas first-line center in the final season of his contract at a $7.8 million cap hit, in time for tonight’s opening faceoff at Tampa Bay.

The Post has learned, however, that Sather has no intention of offering the financially distressed Stars that absurd combination of young guns, or indeed any permutation of emerging Bluebloods to fill the need for an upper-echelon playmaker to skate with Marian Gaborik, though the absence of such a pivot wouldn’t seem to have had anything to do with No. 10’s puzzling disappearing act against the Flames in Monday’s rollicking 2-1 victory at the Garden.

There is no doubt Sather will mount up, cry giddyup, and pursue Richards—who won the Conn Smythe playing for coach John Tortorella’s 2004 Stanley Cup-winning Lightning—once he hits the open market on July 1.

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Hammer Time

I only have a few minutes this morning, with a houseful already in town for Thanksgiving and the pressing need of locating some genie-style parachute pants in time for tonight’s game, what with M.C. Hammer in town for a postgame concert and all. (Rumor has it, if things go well for the Lightning, their very own “Hammer”, one Steven Stamkos, could join the genius behind “U Can’t Touch This”, “2 Legit 2 Quit” and “Here Comes the Hammer” on stage. Hope he’s been practicing that trademark Hammer shuffle…)

Anyway, I simply wanted to point out that, prior to their recent three-game road sweep of the Islanders, Philadelphia and Buffalo, I had noted that the Lightning were actually two points behind their record through 17 games last season and that they’d need to win two of three just to match that club’s pace at the indicative “quarter pole” of the twenty-game mark. Of course, they managed a perfect road trip and added a win over Boston on Monday night to run their win streak to four and to pull them within four points of division-leading Washington.

So forget that last year stuff, as all seems well, presently, in Lightningland…

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  Tags: dan+ellis, martin+st.+louis, mc+hammer, mike+smith, steven+stamkos

No Goalie Controversy For The Rangers

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Martin Biron got the start in nets for the second straight game when the Rangers faced the Flames last night at the Garden, but head coach John Tortorella made it abundantly clear that Henrik Lundqvist remains the club’s unchallenged No. 1 goaltender.

No controversy here.

“This is not a two-goalie system; it isn’t a 1 and 1A, it’s not that Marty is playing well so we’re going to rotate; that is not going to happen,” Tortorella said during the club’s morning skate. “Hank is our No. 1 goaltender, no question, and we’re going to ride him.

“He has to be the backbone of this team for us to get where we want to go.”

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Discussing the Staal Hit On Stajan

The hockey guys of Hockey Central at Sportsnet debate the Staal hit on Stajan.  Blindside hit or not?

Watch the hit here if you missed it earlier.

Also, Vicki Hall of Flames Insider turned to Twitter to take a small sampling of what some hockey people thought of the hit.

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  Tags: marc+staal, matt+stajan

Video- Marc Staal With A Booming Hit On Matt Stajan

No penalty on the hit.

I should have a better quality video shortly.

update 10:27pm, replaced the original video with one of better quality.

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Rotating Goalies For The Rangers

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Even as the Rangers are establishing a foundation of fundamentals critical to success by adopting a consistent work ethic and embracing the concept the logo on the front of the sweater counts far more than the nameplate on its back, coach John Tortorella is now facing the most sensitive issue of his reign behind the Blueshirts’ bench.

For the coach now must figure out the way to get the most out of a slumping, inconsistent Henrik Lundqvist, the goaltender who for the last three years has been the lone name above the title on the marquee, but who has essentially been outplayed thus far by backup Martin Biron.

It would be no surprise if Tortorella elects to go with Biron tonight at the Garden against the Flames off yet another fine performance in Saturday’s 5-2 victory in Minnesota. If that’s the call, it would mark Biron’s eighth start in 22 games—a year after backups got a total of 10 starts in 82 games.

Lundqvist has not operated in a legitimate two-goalie system since early in his rookie season of 2005-06, when he entered the year as veteran Kevin Weekes’ backup but emerged as the No. 1 by Thanksgiving, if not sooner.

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Gaborik Returns To Minnesota

from Jim Cerny of NewYorkRangers.com,

Many, including Wild forward Cal Clutterbuck, have said that, despite all of his success in Minnesota, Gaborik will be booed this evening.

“I can’t control how they are going to act,” Gaborik said of the Wild fans. “Hopefully it’s going to be pleasant. I think I’ve done a lot of good things there and had good success as an expansion team, so hopefully it’s going to be positive.”

Gaborik’s current teammate in New York, as well as former teammates in Minnesota, Derek Boogaard, hopes that Gaborik receives the warm response he feels he deserves.

“He put in a lot of good years for that organization and he did a lot of good things there, so if anything it should be all positive,” said Boogaard.

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  Tags: marian+gaborik

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