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Getting Kovalchuk off His Game

There’s one player who seems to have Cliffs Notes on taking Ilya Kovalchuk off his game.

It’s not a top-pair defensive defenseman nor anyone who will ever have to clear space for a Selke Trophy on his shelf. 

No, the one guy who can infuriate Kovalchuk to the point of ineffectiveness is none other than Sean Avery

While the New York Rangers are going to have trouble finding answers for New Jersey’s top line—if their 4 goals and 8 assists combined in two games are any indication—Ilya will likewise lack an answer for just what it is that bothers him so much about Avery. 

And that could be an issue.

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Late Saturday Night Hockey Notes

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

• Ron Wilson has every reason to hate the schedule that Brian Burke and ownership have saddled him with in training camp. Wilson’s backside is on the line as this season begins and the Leafs have played five pre-season games in the past five days. That’s five days where he can’t practise with his full roster, work on what needs to be worked on: It’s wasted time for a coach with the clock ticking.

• The New York Rangers missed an opportunity Saturday. They placed defenceman Wade Redden on waivers. They should have done the same for the retired but still working general manager, Glen Sather.

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Kovalchuk Gives Avery Some Advice

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Yes, Devils wing Ilya Kovalchuk did make a gesture with his hand toward his mouth during his exchange of words with Rangers’ pest Sean Avery when the two were on their respective benches in the third period. But it was not the throat slashing gesture that earned Blackhawks defenseman Nick Boynton a one-game regular season suspension earlier this week.

“I just told him to zip it,” Kovalchuk said after the Devils’ 5-4 overtime loss to the Rangers tonight. “I didn’t tell him I will kill him, so don’t suspend me.”

Rangers coach John Tortorella confirmed that Kovalchuk made a “zip your lip” motion and Avery himself said Kovalchuk should not be suspended for whatever gesture he made.

“Yeah, yeah, yeah. I saw the whole thing,” Tortorella said. :It was just shut your mouth. There was no slash.”

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Redden On Waivers

from Jesse Spector of the Blueshirts Blog at the NY Daily News,

“It’s always difficult when you change someone’s life like this,” Sather said. “But in the end you have to do what’s best for the team.”

Sather said that Redden did not seem too surprised when he got the news, that “he’d seen the writing on the wall.” The Rangers’ president and general manager said that he would accept whatever decision Redden makes should he clear waivers, whether the 33-year-old defenseman chooses to accept an assignment to Hartford or tries to find a job in Europe.

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Mats Zuccarello Aasen Trying To Make The Rangers Team

from Jeff Z. Klein of Slap Shot at the NY Times,

Readers who have followed this blog for a few years will be familiar with Mats Zuccarello Aasen, the exciting, pint-size Norwegian Olympian now in Rangers camp trying to win a job as a right wing. Zuccarello (he’s dropped the “Aasen,” allowing his name to fit comfortably on back of his sweater) thrived in the Swedish Elitserien as part of a group of star forwards from Norway, a country not generally known for producing hockey players.

It’s much harder here,” Zuccarello said on Friday, the first day of Rangers camp. “In the Elitserien you come to camp and there are only the 20 or so players — it’s just getting ready for the season. Here you have maybe 50 players, doing tests, working to show you can be on the team.”

Zuccarello is 5-foot-7, as has been reported throughout his career. But the Rangers are listing him at 5-9, following the N.H.L. custom of inflating players’ heights.

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Evening Line

“If anybody tells you at this time of year that they know exactly the way their team is going to look, I think they are trying to give some sense that they know a lot more than anyone else does.  I think it’s impossible to tell now.”

-Glen Sather, GM of the New York Rangers.  More from Sather by Jim Cerny at Rangers.com.

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Carolina’s Push Toward Youth is Both Promising and Perilous

The future is now in Carolina, where the old guard is out, an influx of youth is taking over and everyone is looking to put the injury-plagued woes that ruined things a season ago far, far behind them.

With the retirement of former captain Rod Brind’Amour symbolizing the changing of the guard in Raleigh, which started with Eric Staal succeeding Brind’Amour as team captain in January last season, the process of remolding the club is well underway. The 25-year-old Staal will have some veteran support in his first full year wearing the ‘C’ but Carolina’s heavy reliance on several key youngsters is a make-or-break formula for success this season. If the kids collectively respond to the challenge, the ‘Canes have enough going for them to cause trouble in the Southeast and surprise a lot of people. Some growing pains are sure to be felt, however, in such a transitional year for the franchise and immediate success probably takes a back seat to more long-term achievements.

Avoiding the injury bug has to be high on the list of priorities for a club that holds the unfortunate distinction of hitting the 300 man-games lost to injury milestone a year ago.

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Afternoon Line

“Obviously, I’ve got to come in and play well and show I belong.  I know there are a lot of defensemen in camp, a lot of young guys coming in. Obviously, they’ve got some choices to make. I’ve got to feel good about what I do.”

-Wade Redden of the New York Rangers.  More from Andrew Gross of Rangers Rants at The Record.

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Are The Rangers Good Enough?

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

At the moment, the Rangers seem to be a collection of interchangeable second- and third-tier parts, nearly all of whom are coming off bad seasons. Nearly every addition, from free agent Alexander Frolov to trade acquisitions Steve Eminger and Todd White to tryout invitees Ruslan Fedotenko and Garnet Exelby, is at a career nadir.

This means that each one has something to prove, but with important Rangers incumbents—such as Chris Drury, Sean Avery and Michal Rozsival—seeking to re-establish themselves as impact players, it’s far better to have fewer question marks and more declarative punctuation to the organization.

But that’s not reality. It’s one thing to have interchangeable parts if the names attached are Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin or Steve Yzerman and Sergei Fedorov, quite another if you’re citing Vinny Prospal, Erik Christensen and Todd White.

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Did The Rangers Overpay Staal?

from Damien Cox of The Spin,

Now comes the news that restricted free agent Marc Staal has agreed to terms on a five-year, $19.875 million deal, one that will take him one year into unrestricted free agency before he can negotiate again.

Too much for your basic stay-at-home defenceman? A smart deal to lock up a 23-year-old core asset? A deal that should scare the heck out of the Maple Leafs, with Luke Schenn likely to be comparing himself to Staal when his contract expires in July?

With the NHL, it’s always difficult trying to compare apples and apples, let alone apples and oranges. Anaheim signs Bobby Ryan to a deal that’s roughly 25 per cent more than Staal’s, but Ryan is a 30-goal scorer with potential to score 50. There are so few of those kinds of scorers that its hard not to imagine that the price differential between the players should be greater.

Moreover, Staal had no real leverage with the Rangers. No offer sheet or a realistic expectation of one. No rival league. No arbitration rights.

But they paid up anyway, ostensibly to lock Staal up and obviously believing there’s greater upside to his game, particularly his offensive game, than has been demonstrated so far.

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