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from Jay Greenberg of the NY Post,
Just how many of these Rangers, after Gaborik, Henrik Lundqvist, Staal, Michael Del Zotto, Callahan, and probably young Artem Anisimov, should they want to go forward with?
Of course they will stick with Drury and Sean Avery, who will be paid for their character, if not point production commensurate with their salaries. Brandon Dubinsky is signed for next season, when he’s going to have to play consistently harder than he did in this one.
The Rangers, who will have to spend on role players to replace the ones they will let go, could use an influx of young, cheap, rising talent while big-tickets run out. They probably have one prospect, Hartford winger Evgeny Grachev, who has a chance to step into their lineup next season.
One game at a time, the players said last night, after so far playing exactly just one game. Still down five points to Boston, which has a game in hand, the Rangers don’t dare look too far ahead.
Meanwhile, it was less painful for the fans enjoying a rout of the Islanders to do exactly the same.
from Christopher Botto of NHL Fanhouse,
It looked good. It looked really, really good.
“I think it’s amazing,” said legendary Rangers and Oilers captain Mark Messier, now an executive with Manhattan’s hockey team. “To me, it’s another breakthrough in how hockey can be presented.”
“It looks spectacular,” said Islanders owner Charles Wang, who watched his team give up three early goals in three dimensions in a 5-0 loss to the rival Rangers. “Hockey stands to benefit from the technology ... maybe more than any sport.”
Oh, there were some mild complaints that there wasn’t a “wow” factor, that the 3D telecast crew didn’t show off enough, instead opting to make sure the 2,000 ticketholders, VIPs (Chloe Sevigny!) and guests saw the puck at all times. Other than an opening segment in which announcers Dave Maloney and Joe Micheletti appeared to reach through the screen with hockey sticks, the show was gimmick-free.
from Dave Lozo of NHL.com,
The broadcast of Wednesday’s game between the Rangers and Islanders at Madison Square Garden was aired by MSG Network in 3D, the first time a hockey game has ever been shown in that format.
Everyone from players to announcers were jumping off the television screen before and during the game. When the Rangers took the ice, it was as if they were jumping onto the ice and into your living room.
Any hockey fans have the capability to watch the game in 3D?
I know you need the following…
- HD box with HDMI
- 3D ready HDTV
- Compatible active stereo LCD Glasses and emitter (either incorporated with 3D HDTV or external)
from Stan Fischler of Game On,
The Maven wishes he had a dollar for all the premature Rangers “burials” prepared by the notoriously pessimistic media types, not to mention fans descended from the Nervous Nellie clan.
Granted, the 2-1 loss to the Bruins in Beantown on Sunday hardly is cause for cartwheels of joy but with a good two-and-a-half weeks left in the season, there’s still time for a revival in Rangerville.
If it’s going to happen, John Tortorella’s troops will have to get it into their heads that procrastination is the thief of time and, as Father Time would confirm, the games are running out on the Blueshirts.
The Islanders/Rangers game tomorrow will be broadcast in 3D.
I’ve posted five videos below with a behind the scenes look. The videos are pretty self-explanatory.
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
Let’s assume, for a moment, that with eight of their final 11 games on the road, the New York Rangers will not make the playoffs.
That would mean that a Glen Sather team would have missed the post-season for the ninth time in 19 season since winning his last Stanley Cup in Edmonton.
It would also mean that a Sather-built team will have more losses than wins for the 15th time in 19 seasons.
The Hall of Fame induction of 1997 seems a long time ago now: It’s well past best-before date for Sather and it’s time to say goodbye and hello to Mark Messier and Adam Graves.
It’s time to pass the torch.
read on for more hockey talk…
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
The Rangers might be able to overcome deficiencies on the power play, problems in their own end and the inability to create a sustained attack, but they simply cannot overcome an average performance from Henrik Lundqvist.
Which is exactly what the Blueshirts got last night—at best—from their elite goaltender in the 4-3 Garden defeat to St. Louis that leaves them three points behind the Bruins for the final playoff spot, with a losers’ bracket confrontation set for Boston on Sunday afternoon.
Then, too, the Thrashers are even in points with the Rangers, with the same game in hand that the Bruins hold on the 10th-place Blueshirts.
“I have to do better, I have to be better,” Lundqvist said after allowing three goals on the Blues’ first eight shots and four on the first 13 shots, including one stinker. “I tried to battle and give the team a chance to win, but the bottom line is that I have to be better.
“Personally, I [stunk]. I am really, really disappointed.”
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
So now John Tortorella has made it clear he wants the title of Ranger team captain as well as the ones of head coach and travel director he already owns.
He has made it clear that he not only wants to control what the players do on and off the ice, but also wants to correct what they think.
He tells the players to claim ownership of the locker room, but then simply repossesses it when he dislikes something one of the athletes says.
via Richard Sandomir of the New York Times,
MSG Network will show next Wednesday’s Islanders-Rangers game in 3D, the first time a hockey game has been carried in the technology, the network said. It will be available to Cablevision subscribers and offered to other providers.
The game will also be shown on a screen at the Theater at Madison Square Garden.
For the game, five 3D cameras will be set up on platforms lower down in the arena than for high-definition broadcasts. “You produce 3D games differently,” said Mike Bair, the president of MSG Media. “And you have to hold shots longer and not cut as quickly.” Kenny Albert and Dave Maloney, the Rangers’ radio team, will shift to the 3D broadcast.
“I think, as a goalie, you can’t think that you have to win. You have to think, ‘Just play as good as you can and give your team a chance to win,’ because I can’t really effect how we play as a team or if we score or not. If I get too involved emotionally with how we do as a team, I’ll lose focus on my end, my job.”
-New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist. More on Lundqvist from Scott Burnside of ESPN.
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