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Rangers Come Together As A Team

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

There was Chris Drury getting up off the deck to drop his gloves with Matt Cooke, who had been standing over him like Ali over Liston in Lewiston, Maine, and Michal Rozsival was right there to protect his captain the way Marian Gaborik should have been protected, but wasn’t last month in Philadelphia.

But this was a different night and this was a different Rangers team. This was a team that battled throughout, even and especially after Michael Del Zotto was lost to a nasty skate wound above the ribs just 2:29 into the match and Gaborik was forced out following the first period after trying to play three days after suffering a skate gash in the right thigh.

“I loved seeing what Dru did,” Henrik Lundqvist said the Blueshirts’ 3-2 overtime victory over the Penguins on Olli Jokinen’s right wing wrist shot at 1:02. “We need that energy and edge to our game so that if something happens we don’t take a step back.

“I think everybody took charge and really focused on what they had to do. We’re not like [the Penguins], with so much talent. We’re a different team. We have to accept that. It’s important that the leaders lead the way, but at the same time we need everybody focused and locked in on doing what they do best.”


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Jody Shelley To The Rangers

via Darren Dreger tweet,

Jody Shelley to NYR for a draft

added 3:53pm, via Bob McKenzie tweet,

NYR gave up sixth rounder in 2011 for Shelley. Become a 5th rounder if NYR re-sign Shelley.

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Ex-Flames Notes

via Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

• Hockey Night in Canada executives spared Albertans from Toronto’s ongoing Dion Phaneuf love-in Saturday by showing the Flames-Lightning game here. However, the nationally-televised Toronto Maple Leafs-Ottawa Senators game featured close-ups of the word ‘work’ Phaneuf has started writing on the butt-end of his stick. The Air Canada Centre announcer also went out of his way several minutes after a Leafs goal to point out Phaneuf’s first-period assist “was his first as a Leaf,” prompting a roar from the crowd. Memo to Toronto: Calgary fell in love with Phaneuf at first, too.

• On behalf of the media, I apologize for “costing the Flames two points,” as Olli Jokinen suggested after he had to play one last uninspired game in Calgary despite word of his trade to the New York Rangers had been leaked before the game. OK, now it’s your turn, Olli, to apologize for all the points your disappointing play cost the club.

• Interesting footnote to the Phaneuf trade: New teammate Mike Komisarek is an ex-boyfriend of Dion’s girlfriend, Elisha Cuthbert.

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Rangers Screw Up

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

This one against the powerhouse Caps came on a night on which the Blueshirts actually scored five goals, four of them on the power play, and even led by 5-3 in the final minute of the second period before collapsing in a heap of penalties on their way to 6-5 doom.

“For sure this is very, very tough to take, but we screwed it up ourselves,” Marian Gaborik told The Post after the Blueshirts yielded three power-play goals while shorthanded nine times overall, including three times in the second period and five times in the third.

“We have to be disciplined; we can’t take that many penalties against anyone, certainly not against a team like that.

“It’s our own fault.”

read on

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Why Was Phaneuf Traded?

from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

A candid Olli Jokinen suggests Dion Phaneuf may have been railroaded out of Calgary because of the loathing of disgruntled Flames supporters.

Speaking just minutes after he had made his New York Rangers home debut Thursday night, Jokinen strongly rejected the notion that Phaneuf was shipped to Toronto last Sunday because he was a cancer in the Flames dressing room.

“No, no, no. Not at all. He’s a great teammate,” Jokinen said after the Rangers’ 6-5 loss to the Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden.

Okay, then why did general manager Darryl Sutter trade the young defenceman?

“The biggest thing is, (Phaneuf) wasn’t accepted by the Calgary fans, even though he was once a Norris Trophy candidate,” Jokinen said.


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  Tags: dion+phaneuf, olli+jokinen

Establishing A Game Plan

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

We get it. John Tortorella is the chess master playing with one king, one rook, a knight, a bishop and about a dozen pawns. But at some point the head coach of the Rangers must declare and implement a strategy against more heavily fortified opponents that does not change every five minutes.


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Jokinen Must Adjust Quickly

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

While his new linemates Marian Gaborik and Vinny Prospal both suggested that it would naturally take time to develop chemistry with Olli Jokinen, the Rangers’ new Finnish center implied that he didn’t get much of it from the Flames.

“Everyone says, ‘Give it time, give it time,’ but I got 75 games in Calgary, if that’s a lot,” Jokinen said before last night’s 2-1 loss to the Kings.

Jokinen was acquired last March by the Flames from Phoenix before being sent to the Rangers late Monday night with Brandon Prust for Chris Higgins and Ales Kotalik.

“We don’t have time to wait,” he said. “There are six games until the Olympic break. We have to start getting used to each other tonight [last night]. It has to start tonight [last night] so I can show my teammates and management they made a good move.”


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Rangers Steal From The Flames

from Stan Fischler of Game On,

In plain Brooklynese, the Blueshirts got something for nothing. Actually, you can make that plural; SOMETHINGS for zippo. Zero. Zilch.

Face it, the total value of Ales Kotalik and Chris Higgins to New York was something akin to minus-the-radical-50. Translated: nothing!

Kotalik was so deep in John Tortorella’s doghouse, AK couldn’t even smell the biscuits.

As for Long Islander Higgins, Christopher arrived on Seventh Avenue with appropriate fuss and fanfare and simply proved to suffer a build-up to a letdown. No more; no less. He failed the club in every possible way and the fact that the Rangers could obtain two appropriate assets in exchange borders on the astonishing.

In the proper setting – which is The Big Apple – Jokinen will thrive, as he has in the not-too-distant past.


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Flames Panic

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

In all, the Flames will have turned over a third of their roster in the past 48 hours, a move that smacks of panic.

Jokinen and Prust both played in the loss to the Flyers, an odd gamble considering that if either had been injured, it would have likely scuttled the transaction.

“You’ve got to play hard every time you go on the ice, no matter what distractions you have,” Jokinen said. “You play for that sweater, that logo in front of you, until they tell you you’re no longer part of the team.

“I just got the news, I’m not part of the team any more, so I’ve got to turn the page and move on. Obviously, 11 months ago when I got traded over here, I was very excited. I was hoping I could stay here for the rest of my career. But it’s a cruel business and that’s the way it goes. It comes with the salary. If you make $5-million, 11 goals is not going to cut it, so ….

“It’s definitely a slap in the face to get traded.”


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The Rangers/Flames Trade Watch

via Daren Millard’s Twitter,

Trade call is going to go through. Calgary and the Rangers much talked about deal

added 12:40pm, via Bob McKenzie’s Twitter,

Cgy-NYR trade call is happening now. Deal is exactly as @DarrenDreger reported it last night - Jokinen/Prust for Higgins/Kotalik.

added 12:45pm, There is some talk the trade may not be officially announced until tomorrow morning so I am going to bed.

I have to be up at 5:00am so I need some sleep.

addded 6:14am,

CALGARY, AB – Calgary Flames’ General Manager Darryl Sutter announced today the acquisition of forwards Christopher Higgins and Ales Kotalik from the New York Rangers in exchange for forwards Olli Jokinen and Brandon Prust.

Higgins, a native of Smithtown, NY is playing in his fifth NHL season. Originally drafted by the Montreal Canadiens, 14th overall in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, Higgins was traded to the New York Rangers on June 30, 2009. During his first three seasons in the NHL, the 6’0”, 205lbs left winger has surpassed the 20 goal mark (23, 22 and 27). In 337 career NHL games, Higgins has notched 165 points from 90 goals and 75 assists.

added 6:31am, from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The key player in the deal for the offense-challenged Blueshirts is Jokinen, the very talented 31-year-old center who has scored 34 goals or more in four seasons, but who also has a terrible reputation around the league as a selfish player who also is a bad teammate.

GM Glen Sather did well to move Kotalik, whom he signed to a three-year, $9 million free-agent contract over the summer who but fell quickly out of favor with head coach John Tortorella and became a shell of himself over the last month.



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