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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
If Sean Avery hadn’t gone down with a sprained left shoulder, chances are pretty good Dave Scatchard would not have skated with the Rangers as he did yesterday on the first day of a tryout, and as he is likely to do regularly before too long as the club’s third-line center.
From the summer moment the Rangers sent Matt Cullen back to Carolina, it was all but inevitable Tom Renney would seek a veteran replacement to skate between young snipers Petr Prucha and Ryan Callahan, regardless of how good rookie applicants Brandon Dubinsky and Artem Anisimov looked in training camp.
from Stan Fischler of MSG Network,
What’s with the Blueshirts?
Perhaps the most telling observation was uttered by Tom Renney BEFORE the match when he talked of “minor anxieties” on his outfit from which so much is being expected.
Forget about “minor anxieties” and today it’s time to ratchet it up a notch to “MINOR anxieties.”
You know what comes after that, don’t you?
Game On, the blog area of MSG Network has been presenting numerous videos lately on the Rangers.
In this video, a few Rangers, including head coach Tom Renney, discuss the current state of the Rangers.
from The Blueshirts Blog at the Daily News,
Do not, under any circumstances, consider this a precedent. Because I have no intention of spending time and space on this blog shooting down ridiculous rumors—I already have a full-time job, thank you.
But as so many of you have asked about “reports” that Ed Jovanovski is headed to the Rangers, I’ll make an exception.
This makes no sense on so many different levels it’s difficult to know where to start. But let’s start with some simple math:
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
It isn’t only Scott Gomez, who appears to have fallen immediate victim to the well known Stephane Quintal Disease, named for the defenseman who lost his game on Broadway by trying to do way too much in order to justify his (comparatively) massive free-agent contract. It isn’t just Jaromir Jagr, who has looked in need of a GPS navigation system on the ice. It isn’t just Brendan Shanahan, whose start to the season has stalled shifting gears.
New York Rangers left wing Sean Avery suffered a Grade 2 shoulder separation in Saturday night’s game and is expected to be sidelined for four weeks, team president Glen Sather announced on Sunday.
During Saturday’s game, Avery was hit by Ottawa’s Chris Neil in the offensive zone with 7:23 gone in the opening session. Neil received an elbowing minor on the play.
Steve Zipay at On the Rangers Beat states Sean Avery has a sprained shoulder…
We don’t know how severe; he’ll be evaluated tomorrow (Sunday).
Check out the video of the hit Neil put on Avery…
from Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star,
The Rangers, who want the right to control their own website instead of adopting the league’s “homogenized ... cookie cutter” model, argue the addition of Drury and Gomez have “made the Rangers a strong contender ... creating enormous opportunities to increase traffic to the Rangers website, as well as to use the Rangers website to cultivate fan excitement, attract new fans, and enhance the Rangers business.”
The Rangers surely won’t need to draw on their new high-priced forwards in court. It looks like history may be on their side.
from Tom Gulitti of the Record,
The more I think about it, however, the more I believe that the Rangers don’t have enough to win the Cup. The additions of Gomez and Drury clearly make them a better team up the middle. The Blueshirts did nothing, though, to address their biggest weakness, which is their defense.
The hope is that rookie Marc Staal will develop enough over the regular season that he’ll be a top four defenseman by the playoffs. That’s a lot to ask of a 20-year-old.
from the Anchorage Daily News,
I got trapped by fans, and I basically got an autograph session going,’’ Gomez recalled, punctuating the story with his ever-present laugh. “I looked at my watch and it was 5:25, and I had to get hustling.
“It’s a different world here, man.’‘
But it’s the world Gomez has always craved.
Over most of his first eight years as a pro, he lived and worked and came of age in New Jersey. Continental Arena in East Rutherford is just an eight-mile drive from the Garden, but those rinks and the teams they house are worlds apart in terms of exposure and media buzz.
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