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Anybody find it a coincidence that Sean Avery is unable to “suit up” for practices and preseason games due to a knee injury at the same time Fashion Week ‘09 is exploding onto runways in New York?

-via Daryl Reaugh of Razor With An Edge.

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Early Calder Talk

from Rory Boylen of The Hockey News,

When I was doing my due diligence for a “Fab Freshman” article for our annual Poolbook in the summer, I grabbed the opinions of a couple NHL scouts on which players they thought would impress the most in their inaugural run through The Circuit. Names on the list included Tavares, Nikita Filatov, Cody Hodgson, Matt Gilroy, Colin Wilson and more, but when the name Artem Anisimov came up, there was an underlining pause.

The Rangers prospect is the guy to watch out for.

“Honestly, I think he’s the best of the ones you’ve named so far,” said one scout.

Now, we’re not necessarily talking long-term potential here – though with what Anisimov brings to the table, it’s entirely possible he could bloom into a superstar. This is purely about Year 1 and how this year’s Calder Trophy race will most likely play out.

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Dubinsky Signs

via Steve Zipay’s Twitter,

Brandon Dubinsky signs two-year deal with Rangers.

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Dubinsky’s Agent Takes A Shot At The Rangers

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Entering the seventh day of the negotiating stalemate that has kept unsigned free agent Brandon Dubinsky out of training camp, the Rangers’ projected first-line center has reduced his asking price, The Post has learned.

“Of the three proposals on the table, we’ve altered the two- and one-year proposals that we believe are reasonable given the marketplace and the Rangers’ payroll,” Kurt Overhardt, Dubinsky’s agent, told The Post by phone late yesterday afternoon. “I think it’s unfortunate that Rangers’ management is treating this as a sum-zero game with this player.

“It doesn’t make sense.”

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Rangers Thin At Center & Defense

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

So the Rangers have reconstructed their flanks by essentially trading in Markus Naslund, Nik Antropov, Nikolai Zherdev, Lauri Korpikoski, Fred Sjostrom and Colton Orr for Marian Gaborik, Christopher Higgins, Vinny Prospal, Ales Kotalik, Enver Lisin and Donald Brashear.

It’s not exactly a cash-for-clunkers deal, but it sure does seem as if the ceiling for the new Rangers wingers is considerably higher than the one the departed could not crash through last season. And this does not take into account the potential impact the young and raw Evgeny Grachev might have at some point during the year if his development exceeds expectations.

Indeed, other than in nets, where Henrik Lundqvist reigns supreme, the Rangers are stronger on the wing than at any other position. This of course is the classic good news-bad news scenario. It’s good news they’re reasonably deep on the flanks, terrible news the Blueshirts are so thin on defense and down the middle.

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Rangers Looking For Veteran Dman

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

When I say I want two young defensemen on the team, I’m thinking of them as six-seven,” Tortorella said hours before the Blueshirts dropped last night’s preseason opener to the Bruins, 2-1, at the Garden.

“I think it’s asking way too much of rookie defensemen to play them together as a unit. Plus, the way we’re set up with Marc [Staal] and Danny [Girardi] being young enough themselves, I’m not sure it would be best to add two more kids to that mix, at least at the start.

“What I’m hoping is that a veteran defenseman might become available as things shake out during camp who we can have on our third pair with one of our kids, while we carry another as a seventh,” Tortorella said. “If it works out that a young player were sitting out too much, we’d send him to Hartford [AHL] to play games, but having kids at six-seven is the way I’d like to start, if possible.”

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Goalies & Their Equipment

Henrik Lundqvist talks about his Bauer equipment.

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Don’t Make It Personal Dubinsky

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Memo to Brandon Dubinsky: if Jeter and Rivera could wait their turn, so can you; if Jeter and Rivera could understand and live within the terms of their respective sport’s labor agreement, so can you.

If that means that Dubinsky, now entering the fourth day of his Ranger training-camp holdout, plays for less money this season than Enver Lisin, who is in for $790,000, then so be it. Jeter didn’t take it as a personal insult that he played for less than Sojo.

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Would Jagr Rather Be A Member Of The New York Rangers?

from Stan Fischler of Game On,

Talk about going from a BIG SPLASH to a drop-in-the-bucket, how about our old buddy, Jaromir Jagr, formerly the toast of Broadway. A year ago Jags detonated roaring headlines by emigrating to Russia. Now there’s hardly a whisper about JJ. Let’s not forget that Jaromir – same as Sean Avery – could have remained a Ranger. There was a reasonable deal there for him to return, but he chose to chase pucks in Putinville. It says here that he regrets the move – deeply!

continue for more hockey notes…

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Playing It Safe With Gaborik

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Marian Gaborik did not participate in the on-ice sprints due of a tender groin. This is not related to previous hip problems.

“We just want to be careful,” Tortorella said. “We don’t want to do anything stupid. We want to get him ready for the regular season.”

read on for the latest on Dubinsky and some talk about Zherdev offering to return to the Rangers…

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