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via the NY Post,
“I saw urgency and intensity in our game the last 25 games of last season, but I don’t see it now,” Sean Avery Sean Avery said after the Rangers’ 4-3 shootout-decided loss to the Bruins. “I wish I could say it was different, but it’s not. I love every guy in this room, I’d go through a wall for all of them, but as far as individuals go, we’re not pulling our weight. A lot of guys need to be better, including myself and our line. I’ve been saying it for a while, but we need to look in the mirror and hold ourselves accountable.
“Throw all that into the pot and we don’t have a winning team right now.”
added 8:44am, from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
Standings aside, the real difference between Ken Holland and John Ferguson Jr. as NHL general managers: Next season, Henrik Zetterberg will be paid $2.7 million US and Tomas Holmstrom $2.25 million by the Red Wings. Next season, Mark Bell will be paid $2.5 million by the Maple Leafs.
With the new chat rooms opening up this week, I felt it would be cool if we had sort of a weekly “Hockey Gathering”. Where there’s pretty much 1 important game going on at the time, the numerous and widespread KK readership could just talk intelligently (hopefully) about the game and the sport in general. So I thought long and hard on a cool title, and came up with “The KK LiveChat Game of the Week”. Please, feel free to suggest a better one.
Anyway, we’re going to start with tomorrow’s Bruins-Rangers game on NBC, and will continue with the All-Star Game next week.
It doesn’t look as if there’ll be any pre-game tomorrow, so make sure to be in the KK Hockey Chat Room Sunday at 12:15 ET for some lively hockey discussion!
Today, Scott Gomez of the NY Rangers participated in an NHL conference call. He currently leads the Rangers in scoring with 42 points, and will be attending the All Star Game in Atlanta next weekend.
Here is a complete transcript from the Q & A session.
Q. Was there an adjustment for you playing and living in Manhattan, and if so, what was the adjustment and are you past that?
SCOTT GOMEZ: Well, I think, first, I wasn’t in my place. So it was a little—I’m not using it as an excuse, but it was a little different, just kind of being kind of in the hotel or whatever you want to call it.
from the Buffalo News,
As Lundqvist made the save, however, Rangers veteran Brendan Shanahan cross-checked Clarke MacArthur into the goalpost. That dislodged the net and caused a faceoff. It also raised the ire of Sabres coach Lindy Ruff.
“There should probably be a suspension on that last play,” Ruff said after the 2-1 loss in Madison Square Garden. “The league definitely has to look at it. That was a definite intent to try to hurt somebody. He could have a broken neck, he could have a broken shoulder, he could have a broken back, he could have a number of things….”
“It was harder than I would have wanted,” said Shanahan. “It certainly warranted a penalty. I’m glad the kid didn’t get hurt….”
Watch the video…
from Scott Burnside at ESPN,
If it is fair to suggest that the additions to the lineup have not produced success and that entirely missing the playoffs now is a distinct possibility, would it not follow that the route to rediscovering success might well be to subtract from the equation?
If this is true, the economics of the new NHL suggest Jagr, who will be an unrestricted free agent in the summer, is the most logical piece to move. It goes without saying that there would be a market for a player of Jagr’s immense talent, even in the face of this surprisingly disappointing season.
A team like the Colorado Avalanche, for instance, desperate to make the playoffs and wracked by injuries to top players Joe Sakic and Ryan Smyth, might be interested. The Avs have been rumored to be looking to move puck-moving defenseman John-Michael Liles, a member of the 2006 U.S. Olympic team.
from Stan Fischler at Game On,
So, despite another sizzling Gomez night and some good efforts by Jagr and Marty Straka, the dots failed to connect overall. Ergo: another loss.
Why should Wednesday night be different? A similar effort against Buffalo very well could produce a win.
Then, it’s home-and-home with the beatable Bruins.
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Baby steps come first.
A win over the Sabres and then, maybe, it’ll be time for “Oh, Baby!”
The Blue Jackets have three pro scouts in Pittsburgh tonight for the Rangers—Penguins game. According to sources in the Steel City, Bob Strumm, the Blue Jackets head of pro scouting, is there with Bryan Stuart and Kjell Larssen.
The easy assumption is that the Blue Jackets are looking at the Rangers, just another night in what has been a long flirtation between the two organizations….
But what about the Penguins? Pittsburgh had two scouts in Nationwide Arena for Saturday’s win over Nashville. Maybe the Blue Jackets and Penguins are having talks and tonight’s opponent is nothing more than a curve ball. Who would the Jackets want?
from the NY Daily News,
The NHL is working with the Yankees’ high command and representatives of the city to try to play a game at Yankee Stadium next winter. While there are plenty of logistical hurdles to clear, the principals are interested.
“We’d love to do it,” said Rangers GM Glen Sather, who is always up for a new hockey adventure.
Obviously, the NHL feels the same way. The Yankees might figure to be a bit hesitant about having the final pro sporting event at the old Stadium be a hockey game. But sources familiar with the discussions insist that the Bombers’ brass is into it, with COO Lonn Trost serving as the Yankees’ point man in discussions with the NHL.
from Blue Notes at Newsday,
With all facets of the Rangers game falling apart, if GM Glen Sather or his right hand man Jim Schoenfeld has a trade on the table to be made, he should pull the trigger in the next few days.
Too bad Dominic Moore was grabbed by Toronto off waivers. His d-presence and fondness for New York would’ve been valuable.
With seven games (five at home) before the All-Star break, the Rangers desperately need to regroup and pull out of the slide.
read on for a suggestion that Lundqvist go back to Sweden during the ASG break.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Last night’s tying goal was scored at 8:45 of the second because of the netminder’s indecision playing a potential icing. The third goal - the winner -was scored on a shot from the left corner that originated from below the goal line.
“I can’t let in goals like these in a game like this; I have to better,” Lundqvist said. “I think as a team we’re fighting the game right now, and the same goes for me.
“I want to be the one to make the difference for our team, and I haven’t been. It’s very disappointing, but I’m not going to give up.”
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