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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Two games do not make a season no matter how impressive you might be in winning them. But two games might just be enough to establish an identity. And as far as the New York Rangers are concerned, establishing a personality is as much about deconstructing the old as introducing the new.
“I think the main thing is, I think we kind of showed our identity, how we’re going to be this year. In your face, four lines, the speed,” Scott Gomez, newly appointed associate captain, said Sunday after the new-look Rangers had completed a sweep of the Tampa Bay Lightning by identical 2-1 scores.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
What in the world could coach Tom Renney be thinking? How on earth could he deny Prucha, who has been among the most energetic Rangers throughout training camp, a uniform in his homeland and hand one instead to Fredrik Sjostrom, Nigel Dawes or Aaron Voros, three players whose preseason work was lukewarm, at best?
If No. 25 does not play today, and that certainly appeared the plan yesterday when Prucha remained on the ice late following practice and then stormed away from the O2 Arena, this will be nothing less than humiliation, and coming from a coach who is nothing but decent, kind and caring.
It doesn’t compute. None of it computes. This entire disjointed training camp does not compute.
added 7:43am, from Steve Zipay of Blue Notes at Newsday,
Good morning, all…Yesterday, Czech Republic native Petr Prucha believed he wasn’t going to dress for tonight’s game against Tampa.
This morning, however, Prucha and assistant coach Perry Pearn had a heart-to-heart discussion along the boards near the red line at the morning skate here at O2 Arena, and a visibly relieved Prucha will play tonight, likely on the third-line with center Lauri Korpikoski and Ryan Callahan.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
The Rangers will open the season in Prague tomorrow against the Lightning with Chris Drury wearing the captain’s “C” and current linemates Scott Gomez and Markus Naslund wearing the associate captains’ “A,” The Post has learned.
from František Bouc of the Prague Post,
Twenty-seven hours. This was all it took in late April to sell out more than 10,000 tickets reserved for Czech fans for the NHL Premiere games between the New York Rangers and the Tampa Bay Lightning to be played Saturday, Oct. 4, and Sunday, Oct. 5, at Prague’s O2 Arena. Tickets disappeared quite fast despite the fact the game’s organizers had not announced the date of the sale in advance.
“We would have been able to sell at least double the amount of the tickets [had the sales date been announced],” said Vladimír Šafařík, chief event organizer.
from Sam Weinman of the Journal News,
No one understands the enormity of the trip better than the Rangers’ equipment staff, led by Acacio Marques. The Harrison resident already works marathon days shuttling the team’s gear between the MSG Training Center in Greenburgh, Madison Square Garden and various road sites. But Europe has been an entirely different endeavor, beginning with something as simple as incompatible electrical outlets for essentials such as skate-sharpening machines and video equipment.
Other challenges have run the gamut from hot to cold - literally.
In the NHL, teams rely on heated rooms to make sure players’ sweaty gear has dried from one skate to the next. At the rinks in both Bern and Prague, there’s no such thing, so the Rangers have been forced to bring over their own space heaters. On the other end of the spectrum, when Marques asked both rinks for 300 pounds of ice a day for the team, he was met with a quizzical response.
from the New York Islanders,
The New York Islanders have claimed defenseman Thomas Pock off waivers from the New York Rangers. Pock has played in 59 career NHL games and has scored seven goals with seven assists for 14 points.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
How then to categorize Renney’s straight-faced assertion that he has, “liked [Wade Redden’s] game?” Maybe it’s simply Redden, a veteran, attempting to prepare for the season on his own timetable, but no Rangers played more poorly in the exhibition matches than Redden.
Now, this worthless week that ended with this worthless game - the Rangers were bullied by the Devils, something that never happened with Sean Avery in the lineup - sends the team to Bern. That’s where they will try to get ready for the season by playing two exhibition games on the larger international ice surface against European clubs, all the while trying to be ambassadors for the NHL.
more on the Rangers
From Sam Weinman at Rangers Report:
So much for Petr Nedved at least making the trip to Europe. The 36-year-old center was among those given the pink slip before today’s practice.
It looks like Greg Moore, Artem Anisimov were also reassigned.
“I told him this summer we had a lot of young guys and we have only so many spots,” Glen Sather told me just now. “Plus, there’s a cap issue to deal with. I thought he played well. I just knew what we’d be up against. But I didn’t want to not give him the opportunity.”
from Tony Gallagher of the Province,
As he looked back Thursday, Naslund admitted he wasn’t overly happy here last season and that the Todd Bertuzzi incident weighed heavily on him, given he and his former linemate are close and it was he who was, in a small way, part of the reason the whole thing took place. After all, it was Naslund who was originally nailed by Steve Moore in Denver….
“It still bothers me what Todd has had to go through over this and the way it’s dragged on and on over the years,” said Naslund.
“I still keep in close contact with him and it’s been tough on him. It’s taken its toll. There’s no question he was standing up for me and for his teammates when it happened, and it all went too far. All of the circumstances around it went the wrong way and got out of hand. It’s been a long road and he’s been through a lot. I feel bad for him and the way it’s worked out for everyone involved.”
more from Naslund as he talks about his days in Vancouver…
from Andrew Gross of the Record,
“The camp is so short and there are only so many games,” said Nedved, who scored a goal and was named first star in the Rangers’ 2-1 win over the Ottawa Senators on Monday night at Madison Square Garden. “I’m not in the position where I could say I’ll play good next month because, next month, I’ll be playing somewhere else.”
Most likely, that will be with Liberec in the Czech league, which reached an agreement with Nedved to allow him to try out for the Rangers.
Nedved knew his chances were slim given general manager Glen Sather and coach Tom Renney’s desire to make the Rangers younger and faster.
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