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from the Toronto Sun,
Citing Avery’s pre-game tomfoolery Saturday night as yet another example of why the instigator rule should be scuttled, Belak warns that the New York Rangers agitator is going to pay the price for his antics.
“He’s pissing guys off,” Belak said yesterday. “He’ll bring harm to himself and not too many guys around the league are going to be sad to see it.
“If he keeps this up, someone is going to kill him. One day he’s going to say something the wrong way and he’ll be clubbed.
“And I’m not saying it will be by me, either.”
via Steve Zipaty at On the Rangers Beat,
During warmups, a helmetless Darcy Tucker and Sean Avery renewed acquaintances—-with words and shoves—-at the red line near the boards.
Avery yapped, Tucker took exception, they separated, then came together again as players from both sides gathered around and eventually, Avery skated away.
Tucker was just interviewed during the first period intermission and called Avery one of the classless players in the league. Tucker and Avery did have a fight in the 1st period and Tucker was asked if it was over between Avery and himself. Tucker said it is never over…
from Multichannel News,
National Hockey League games on Madison Square Garden Network and Fox Sports New York have skated to a fast start during the 2007-08 season from a ratings perspective.
Through its first 11 New York Rangers telecasts, MSG averaged a 0.85 household rating in the New York DMA, according to Nielsen Media Research data, an 85% jump over the same number of contests last season. Network officials also noted that the Broadway Blueshirts have notched a better than 1.0 mark in four of their last five telecasts.
more and some Devils numbers too…
from the NY Daily News,
Rangers captain Jaromir Jagr ain’t happy with his twigs at the moment. And he believes that while much fuss has been made about his getting used to a new center, his modest start to the season is also due to unfamiliarity with his hockey sticks. But there appears to be little he can do about that, because Reebok doesn’t make his preferred model anymore.
“Look at this - just touch the stick, how slippery it is. How am I supposed to shoot?” Jagr said, disgustedly trying to get tape to stick to the ultra-smooth surface of the RBK sticks he’s felt stuck with this season.
from Fire & Ice,
Avery called Clarkson “a bonehead minor leaguer” after the game and called Brodeur, “Marty the diver”, a reference to the goaltender’s first period diving penalty. “I don’t even know who this guy is, why am I talking to him,” Avery said of Clarkson. “We’re not friends. It’s not an (expletive) secret. We’re getting ready for a game and we go to war.”
When asked if Brodeur said anything back to him, Avery said, “I can’t understand a word he says with his accent.”
thanks to a KK member for the pointer…
From John Dellapina at Blueshirts Blog (NY Daily News),
The Garden’s string of courtroom losses was extended today when a federal court judge ruled in favor of the NHL in MSG’s bid to independently control the Rangers’ Web site.
The NHL was going to fine the Rangers $100,000 a day unless they complied with league rules mandating that all team Web sites come under the NHL.com umbrella.
added 5:08pm (by Paul), from Watchdog Blog at Newsday,
MSG officials pledged to appeal the ruling against the injunction and also vowed to proceed with its overall lawsuit against the NHL. “This decision is one step in what will be a very long legal process and we look forward to having the opportunity to present the facts, which support our position.”
Update 12:35am ET November 3rd: More from the Canadian Press
from the NY Post,
Avery tested his shoulder as best he could when he took a run into the boards late in practice. Afterward in the locker room, he held his arm above his head and rotated the shoulder to show that his range of motion is not a problem.
“I think that [hit] was a good test - I got hit pretty hard - so we’ll see how it feels in the morning,” Avery said. “It’s sore, but I just don’t think that’s going to go away.
“I think Tom has a pretty good balance when dealing with me,” Avery said of his coach. “It’s his call and I think he can just gauge it by looking at me.”
From Larry Brooks at the NYP,
“After Saturday, Jaromir and I sat in the locker room until 12 o’clock, talking about changing the power play, and then [Sunday] we practiced it,” said Shanahan. “Jaromir really takes it personally, being here, and winning.”
Lundqvist was outstanding again. Ryan Hollweg had a mighty fine game going up and down the wing. Chris Drury was more involved in the action than he’d been since the opener. The defense played a simple game. The Rangers got pucks in and pucks out and Jagr got a puck in the mouth.
Someone wanted to know whether Jagr lost his original teeth.
“A gentleman never tells,” he said, with a Jack-o-Lantern grin. “But I think if I paid $20,000 for them, they’re mine.”
From Steve Zipay at ‘On the Rangers Beat’,
Sean Avery (separated shoulder) has been cleared for contact, and briefly skated with Jaromir Jagr and Scott Gomez this morning in what was not an optional practice. All healthy players were on the ice.
Rangers coach Tom Renney said Avery “probably has Thursday’s game circled on his calendar,” but that Saturday—-four weeks since the injury—-was more likely.
From Larry Brook at the NY Post,
“There are background story-lines for each one of us,” Shanahan said yesterday following a round of lengthy team meetings and a brief practice session. “With me, it’s age. With Jaromir, it’s not having Mike (Nylander). With Scott and Dru, it’s their contracts and coming into a new environment.
“Except there are no excuses for anyone. I think our situation is magnified because it’s the first 10 games of the season, but that’s on us. We’re not playing bad hockey, but we’re just making it very tough on ourselves.
“I think we’ve become consumed with scoring when our focus should be on winning. We’re putting the cart before the horse. When we get our minds off of goals, wins will come, I’m sure of that.”
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