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from Arthur Staple of Newsday,
Did they get better, though? The lasting memory of Jagr’s four-year Rangers tenure was him putting the team on his back for the final month of the 2007-08 and their brief playoff run. When Glen Sather decided to let Jagr head off to the continent, he let go a guy who can be as dominant as anyone in the league.
Jagr’s abilities as a leader weren’t as strong, but his quirky sensibility and penchant for funny, self-deprecating comments served a purpose in a locker room that had very few loud corners. Sean Avery, the loudest of them all, is gone too, and Brendan Shanahan may not be back at this late date….
And when there’s adversity, as there always is during an NHL season, Jagr won’t be there to crack a joke or shoulder the blame and attention.
“I want to be a consistent team from start to finish, a team that plays with speed and pace and tempo and energy and has work habits and intelligence. And I’d like to see a little better balance between our goal production and our goals against, more of a gap…We can place a premium on production, and every team does; I put more of a premium on being the best team on the ice every night. We believe with what we’ve been able to do with our roster is create a little more versatility in our offensive punch, we have some guys whose offense has been great in the past and we believe will continue here,...”
-New York Rangers Coach Tom Renney. More on the Rangers by Steve Zipay at his Blue Notes Blog.
from the New York Rangers,
Question: What does it mean for the Rangers to be playing NHL games on the European continent?
Lundqvist: I think it’s good for the game and for the league. We have a lot of fans in Europe. With the time difference in the U.S., sometimes it’s hard to follow it. But I mean now you can pretty much watch every NHL game. When I was growing up, you couldn’t watch the games that much. So, it’s definitely good.
Question: Will the games in Prague be emotional for you personally because you’ll playing in Europe?
Lundqvist: Well, maybe it would be if I played in my home in Sweden, especially in Gothenburg. Playing in Prague I think it’s going to be fun, but it’s not going to be the same feeling…
from Steve Zipay of Newsday,
After one season on Broadway, Gomez is settled. “Last year, I didn’t have my apartment ready; it was New York and all,” he said. “Now you know what to expect, how the fans are going to react. I’m not the new guy anymore.”
Just one with more responsibility.
“It’s a big year for a lot of us,” he said. “Talking to Chris and the guys all summer, the pressure’s on . . . The way we finished [losing in the second round of the playoffs] is still there, so it’s a big challenge. We’ve got to step up. We’ve got to be at our best.”
from Rangers Report,
In talking to a number of players about the preseason schedule, almost everyone is aware of the challenge it presents. Some just rolled their eyes and said it was unfortunate. Others were more direct.
“Who approved this?” one veteran asked me. “I know we approved the Prague games, but not this.”
Indeed, while players signed on for the Europe trip, the preseason schedule is made up by Rangers management. Almost everyone would agree that the six games, including trips to Ottawa and Tampa Bay, is a bit much on top of the Europe trip.
from Dan Rosen at NHL.com,
Even though it’s listed as the last preseason game on the New York Rangers’ schedule and an exhibition game thrown into the middle of Metallurg Magnitogorsk’s regular season, to the Russian team’s general manager, the Victoria Cup is hardly just for show.
“If it is truly just an exhibition game, let’s put away the glorious name—the Victoria Cup,” Gennady Velichkin told NHL.com in an e-mail. “An ordinary exhibition game cannot have such a big name.”
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
“The door is open,” Sather reported in an e-mail response to the Post’s inquiry regarding the status of the still-unsigned Brendan Shanahan. “However there are complications that need to be worked out.”
Now merely six days away from Rangers training camp medicals, it’s unclear what those complications might include beyond a contract negotiation that either hasn’t begun in earnest or is not going well.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Brendan Shanahan wants to play this season and he wants it to be with the New York Rangers. All that’s missing now is a contract.
The 39-year-old free agent has been skating with members of the Rangers over the past week but remains without a contract. There has been interest from other teams but Shanahan wants to re-sign with the Rangers.
“We’re continuing to have discussions with the Rangers with the hope of Brendan being able to play there,” Shanahan’s agent Rick Curran told ESPN.com on Tuesday evening. “Unless and until that changes we’re not interested in talking to anybody else right now.”
continued... and that should answer a few of the emails I have received from KK readers. All along I have said Rangers and not to pay any attention to the made-up rumors.
John Giannone of Game On talked with Marcus Naslund of the New York Rangers. One of the topics Naslund discusses is his thought process for signing with the Rangers.
Watch the video below…
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
“My priority remains signing with the Rangers and finishing the job I came here to do two years ago. I’ve spoken with Tom [Renney] and have told him that I’m willing to accept whatever role he thinks is best for the team.
“I want to stay in New York because I believe I can contribute, but if that door closes, I’ll have some other interesting options to consider.”
The most interesting of which might be the opportunity for the 39-year-old winger to move west and join the Ducks. It is believed that Anaheim general manager Brian Burke reached out last week to Shanahan, the Rangers’ third-leading goal-scorer with 23 last season behind 25-goal-scoring co-leaders Jaromir Jagr and Chris Drury.
more on Shanahan…
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