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Hiding Behind The Rule Book

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

John Tortorella wants the instigator rule removed from the book as it currently stands.

The Rangers’ head coach expressed that opinion after Matt Cooke elbowed Artem Anisimov in the head at 7:34 of the third period of last night’s 8-3 defeat to the Penguins and escaped all punishment other than—get this—a two-minute penalty for interference.

Anisimov, who lost his helmet and went to the ice hard after absorbing the blow on which Cooke appeared to leave his feet, remained on the bench for the duration of the game.

“The big thing this year is head shots and what the league is going to do about it, but to me it’s pretty simple,” Tortorella said. “There’s no fear at all [of] retribution.

“That’s why there’s more violence. Guys hide behind the rule book.”

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Redden Out 5-7 Days

from Brett Cyrgalis of the NY Post,

Since the start of the season, coach John Tortorella has been consistent in reminding everyone that defense is the toughest position to teach to a young player.

Well, his job just got tougher as one of the youngest backlines in hockey will get younger tonight at Tampa Bay.

Yesterday, the Rangers called up 21-year-old rookie defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti from Hartford (AHL) to replace 12-year veteran Wade Redden. Redden left Wednesday’s 2-1 shootout win over the Panthers with a right arm/shoulder injury just 4:50 into the first period and will be out five-to-seven days.

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Brian Mullen’s Heart Still With The Rangers

from Matt Caputo of the NY Daily News,

Sixteen years after his NHL career was cut short by a stroke, Brian Mullen is still on the ice.

Much of his life has revolved around Madison Square Garden, but on this day, the former Ranger and Islander is standing on the practice rink at the Prudential Center in Newark, coaching the New Jersey Rockets junior hockey team.

“Coaching these guys is a lot of fun. They soak everything up,” says Mullen, pointing out his 19-year-old son, Chris, warming up before a game. “I loved broadcasting and working for the NHL, and it’s good to be around the game again. If something like an NHL coaching job happened, I’d jump at it.”

Since his playing days came to an end in 1993, when he was 31, Mullen has worked for the Islanders, the Rangers and the NHL.

These days his office is about a mile north of the Garden at the CBS’ “The Early Show” where he is a stagehand for the popular morning program.

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Rangers Need More Consistent Play

from Jeff Z. Klein of the New York Times,

“Twenty-one games into it, it’s way too early to be looking at standings,” Tortorella said Friday. “But having said that, we need to play more consistently, especially at home. I don’t want to get too far ahead as far as what’s going to happen if we lose. But we have concerns about our consistency, and that’s what we’re trying to work on.”

The Rangers are 6-4 at the Garden — not a good sign, because, as Tortorella said, “You have to take care of business at home.”

There are other signs of diminishing returns. The explosive attack that yielded 46 goals in the first 12 games has produced only 17 in the nine games since — and one of those 17 was a goal the league automatically credits to the team that wins a shootout.

Only the kinetic pairing of Marian Gaborik and Vinny Prospal has continued to score at a high rate, while almost everyone else has hit a slump. Gaborik has 15 goals, tied with Washington’s Alex Ovechkin for most in the league, and 27 points, second only to Anze Kopitar of Los Angeles.

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Rangers Roster Out Of Balance

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Let’s face it. The Rangers are in trouble. Not only are they plagued by roster deficiencies that have been exacerbated by a couple of injuries with which the organization seems unequipped to cope, but nearly every team in the East that finished behind them last season seems improved, perhaps dramatically so.

The Islanders are better. The Thrashers are better. The Lightning is better. The Senators are better. The Sabres are better. And they are all harder to play against than the Rangers, every single one of them.

See, that’s the most disturbing part of the season, the most disturbing part of the way the team has been constructed and, to an extent, the way it has been coached. This mix of personnel selected almost entirely on skill level and skating ability by head coach John Tortorella and GM Glen Sather is as passive as a hockey team gets.

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LeBrun Responds To Questions

Pierre LeBrun answers some email…

I am a Rangers Fan and have big problems with what’s happened the past year with their team. First of all, Glen Sather has been here for long enough, that he no longer gets any passes in my book….

They have the two most hated players in the game in Avery and Brashear, and Avery looks lost in this system. They have no center to play with Gaborik. Basically, this team is getting worse year to year, and I am sick of it.

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LeBrun:  My, my, haven’t we become a little greedy in Manhattan? Have we already forgotten that this franchise rode a seven-year, non-playoff streak entering the lockout? Since then, four straight appearances in the postseason….

I do agree, this team is not championship caliber at this point. The majority of Cup champions are built down the middle, and the fact is, the Rangers don’t have a bonafide No. 1 center….

more answers from Pierre…

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Afternoon Line

We all know about Forsberg’s long and distinguished career, but at this point in time, the last thing the Rangers need is a washed-up Swede trying to make a big buck with one last swing around the NHL.

-Stan Fischler at Game On.

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Early Rangers Report

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

What they’ve been, for the most part, is whatever Henrik Lundqvist, Marian Gaborik, Vinny Prospal and the first power play unit have allowed them to be on any given night.

“I think we’ve shown that if we give our best we can be right up there, but that if we don’t it could be tough for us,” said Lundqvist, who was superb throughout Saturday’s 2-1 shootout victory in Ottawa. “It’s good that we’ve seen both sides already.

“We know that we have to be aggressive in order to be successful, but not to the point where we want to be going back and forth and trading two-on-ones all game or all year. That’s not the plan. We’re still learning. We’re still developing an identity. I don’t think we’ve established who we are yet. I don’t think we’ve figured it out. I know that I have to play better. I think our whole team can play better. But I think we’ve seen we can be a very good team when we’re at our best, and that gives us some confidence that we have something to build on.”

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Rangers Must React To Goalie Crashing

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

So Henrik Lundqvist, who may or may not return to net tonight at the Garden against Atlanta, says that the right thigh or groin injury he’s nursing was not sustained during the couple dozen times he’s been crashed into and knocked down in the crease.

Even if that is the case, however, the goaltender told The Post yesterday that the Rangers will have to begin retaliating in some manner if he continues to be a target of onrushing attackers.

“I don’t think it’s been as bad the last little while, but I know it’s been a lot more than last year, and if it continues, of course we have to stand up and respond,” The King said. “As long as we get calls, I don’t mind getting hit if we get power plays, but if we don’t get the calls, then we have to respond to it.”

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Rangers Go As Gaborik Goes

from Jay Greenberg of the NY Post,

The more things change, the more they stay the same for the Rangers. Two seasons removed from the daily grind of checking Jaromir Jagr’s pulse, they now will go as Marian Gaborik goes.

Different personality. Different coach. Similar reliance on one player to carry the offense, however, and in Gaborik, not quite Jagr’s ability to do so.

Gaborik broke 40 goals just once in eight Minnesota seasons and 35 goals twice, though admittedly with a Jacques Lemaire harness attached. John Tortorella wants Gaborik, off to a fine start with 12 goals and 10 assists, to go, go, go, and the Rangers, a healthy 11th in the league in goals scored thanks largely to their 11 in two meetings with dreadful Toronto, will succeed as he does.

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