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from the NY Daily News,
Having opened this season in London with a two-game series between Anaheim and Los Angeles, the NHL is close to awarding the opener for next season to a more avid hockey country - the Czech Republic. As you might imagine, there are several prominent Rangers who are dying to be a part of such a venture.
“I would love it,” winger Martin Straka said. “The Rangers are the team in the Czech Republic, because of Jags (Jaromir Jagr), of course. I think it would only make sense for us to go.”
Henrik Lundqvist robs Marc Savard with a fantastic save yesterday.
Savard thought so too- Notice the tap on the pads Marc gives Lundqvist at the end of the video.
New York Rangers veteran forward Martin Straka broke a finger on his right hand in a game against the Boston Bruins on Saturday.
Towards the end of the first period, Boston defenseman Zdeno Chara cranked a slap shot from the point that hit Straka in the right hand in front of the net.
Straka, who has two goals and one assist this season, is not expected to return.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Get this: The Rangers have been shut out in 12 of the season’s 18 periods. They have scored 10 of their 13 total goals in three periods (four in the third period of the opener against the Panthers, three in the first period of last Friday’s victory over the Caps, and three in Thursday’s third period). They have scored seven goals at even strength, two in the five games since the opener.
Jagr, who has scored once, has been on the ice for one even-strength goal since the opener. Chris Drury hasn’t been on the ice for an even-strength goal since opening night.
from the NY Times,
He is a veteran superstar who commanded a five-year, $35.25 million contract in the off-season, a former captain and Stanley Cup winner who is widely considered the best clutch player in the N.H.L. None of those prevented Chris Drury from feeling like the new kid at school when he started playing for the Rangers.
“I think a lot of times, you’re just trying not to step on anybody’s toes,” Drury said. “You don’t want to sit on anybody’s seat on the bus or anyone’s seat on the plane or get in someone’s way on the ice.”
But the acquisition of Drury and Scott Gomez, a free-agent center who arrived the same day as Drury, has not provided immediate success. The Rangers (2-3) have sputtered. Every time they want to hit the gas pedal, they grind a few gears.
Asked Tuesday about the situation, Rangers coach Tom Renney repeated his mantra of patience. He said again that he wants to get every defenseman into a game before long, and was aware of Pock’s plight.
“That sounds good,” Pock said. “I’m looking forward to playing. I didn’t practice my whole life to make it to the NHL so I could sit in the press box. Every player wants to be out there. At some point, something’s going to happen, I guess. I don’t think he’s going to keep me here all year and have me sit on the back burner. Who knows? Maybe they will.”
The player below will allow you to hear the whole conference here on KK (*or you can download the mp3 from here).
note1: written transcript of the conference will be available below the player, as soon as it becomes available. (update: now available below)
note2: photo of Eric, Marc, Jared and Jordan originally found on CBC.ca
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from the NY Post,
So far, Brendan Shanahan’s season has been a microcosm of the Rangers’. Through five games, Shanahan has 32 shots on goal - including 13 against the defending Eastern Conference champion Senators on Saturday. Yet, he still finds himself with zero goals and his team tied for last place the Atlantic Division.
The 20-year veteran knows it’s still early, and he’s not letting the slow start get to him.
“There’s a difference between a sense of urgency and panicking,” Shanahan said yesterday. “This team is not panicking.”
from the LA Times,
...The NHL on Friday filed an initial response that asks a federal court in New York to reject Madison Square Garden’s demand for a preliminary injunction that would keep the league from taking over the Rangers’ website—and stop the league from imposing a $100,000-per-day fine. The filing also linked the lawsuit to “the sour grapes of one disgruntled NHL team owner.”
The league filing included supporting statements from Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis, Minnesota Wild Chairman Bob Naegele and Pittsburgh Penguins Chief Executive Ken Sawyer—all supporters of the league’s new media plan.
read on (reg. req.)
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Through five games, the Blueshirts’ best players have been: 1. Henrik Lundqvist; 2. Fedor Tyutin; 3. Dan Girardi. In his role, the best forward has been Blair Betts. Uh oh.
In other words, is there any wonder why the Star Spangled Blueshirts have scored all of seven even-strength goals (and 10 overall) in a 2-3-0 getaway?
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