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Rangers Laying Low

from Mark Hermann of Newsday,

This might be the first time in sports history that a team finishes first and then sneaks up on everybody. Who knew that the top of the standings would be such a good hiding place?

That is the spot the Rangers have been finding themselves in, even if most of the hockey world and the world at large has not quite found them yet. They have been at or near the top of the Atlantic Division standings all season—they are one point behind the Devils right now—but it really doesn’t seem that way.

When hockey observers talk about the elite teams in the NHL, they generally don’t mention the Rangers. To be honest, they are not the type of club that takes your breath away. They are not very flamboyant, witnessed again by a 3-2 win over the Hurricanes at the Garden Tuesday night. Still, they are pretty good.

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Rangers Place Fritsche On Waivers

via Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,

New York Rangers winger Dan Fritsche, a former Blue Jackets player and a native of Parma, Ohio, is on NHL waivers, The Dispatch has confirmed.

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Time For Rangers To Get Serious

from Stan Fischler of Game On,

Despite the uncontestable—it’s all there in the arithmetic—the fact that this 2008-09 Blueshirts edition is NOTICEABLY better in points and stands twelve wins over .500, scores of Doubting Thomases—coach Tom Renney excluded—abound.

The Thomases and Nervous Nellies worry about scoring; they fret over the power play and the absence of a MONSTER (Chris Pronger) defenseman. They suffer migraines over Nik Zherdev, wondering if he’ll ever do a reasonable facsimile of Allie Ovechkin.

No problem. Concern is the norm in a playoff race featuring the challenging likes of Washington, Boston, Pittsburgh and New Jersey, to name a few that fail the Pushover Test.

read on

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Sather Needs To Dump Some Salary

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The record is 28-16-4, the Rangers are 10 points ahead of their pace of each of the last two seasons, but the most important number to digest is, 800,000 . . . as in $800,000 under the cap.

As in, only $800,000 under the cap….

Understand this: Glen Sather’s Summer of Folly has not only boxed in his team for the foreseeable future - next season and the one following that loom as pending cap catastrophes - but the GM’s hands-off approach to managing this season’s roster has compromised the team’s ability to add missing vital parts for the stretch run and the playoffs.

Where are the Rangers going to get the power forward they so obviously lack and so desperately need in order to be more than a one-and-done playoff team with so comparatively little to spend?

read on

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With Other Options, Why Is Prucha Always Pulled?

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Petr Prucha doesn’t need to look up at Tom Renney’s greaseboard to read the writing on the Rangers wall.

“When the team needs a spark by changing players, there are not too many who can come out, and so it’s me,” Prucha told The Post following yesterday’s morning skate. “I’m disappointed.”

Prucha, a healthy scratch for 27 of the first 38 games, was in street clothes for last night’s match at the Garden against the Ducks after a run of nine straight played. The winger scored goals in each of his first two after being restored to active duty before recording three assists in the following seven matches.

“I feel like I need to [score] points to stay in,” Prucha said. “The coach probably doesn’t have much confidence in me to keep me in the lineup.”

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Forget The Penguins, Think About The Ducks

from Stan Fischler of Game On,

Don’t call me a quack just because The Maven smiles at the prospect of Ducks flying into The Garden on Tuesday night.

No matter that the Blueshirts otherwise successful road trip ended with a 3-0 defeat on Sunday at The Igloo.

The Rangers have endured 3-1-1 in their last five games and return to Seventh Avenue respectably atop the Atlantic Division. There’s no point sitting in the corner and sulking about that, is there?

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Did You Know The Staal Brothers Will Play Against Each Other?

from Empty Netters,

Also, with NBC doing the game, prepare yourself four quite a few “Staals are brothers” references. Even more than an FSN Pittsburgh broadcast. Network television is generally geared towards the most broad, generic mentally dull audience available. So instead of actually explaining the Penguins’ power play, they’ll just bring up the Staals 902 times.

more on today’s Rangers/Penguins game…

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How About Rangers - Islanders For Next Winter Classic?

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Now that it has a hit on its hands, the NHL should whenever possible use the Winter Classic as a vehicle to help needy markets and franchises.

Which is why next season’s Winter Classic should be played in New York between the Islanders New York Islanders and Rangers New York Rangers , whether at this new rich mans’ palace masquerading as Yankee Stadium or at the Mets New York Mets ’ new ballpark with the stigmatized name, or in Central Park….

We know. The national TV ratings would take a beating. So what? It’s a singular affair. The NHL claims that TV ratings are secondary, anyway, when they lag, so what is the purpose of constructing a one-day exhibition simply to inflate numbers on a fleeting basis?

A Jan. 1, 2010 outdoors Battle of New York would energize and elevate the Islanders. It would give this woebegone club a spotlight event. It would put hockey on the back page in New York, and not only for a day, but for a number of days.

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Staal Becoming Rangers Top Defenseman

from Steve Zipay of Newsday,

The main difference in his game this season, Staal said, is a growing comfort level.

“I’m not the type of person who gets nervous,” said Staal, whose low-key public demeanor brightens considerably away from the media, teammates said. “Sure, in my first game and my first playoff game, but otherwise I stay loose. When the anthem starts, I focus on the game.”

Don’t consider him laid-back, though. Staal is pushing to get better “in everything, from bringing the puck up ice to getting better shots,” he said. “There’s no doubt that the more I play, I have more confidence, I’m seeing the ice better and I’m learning a lot just by watching other players. And I worked hard over the summer to get stronger.”

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Rangers Win Despite Refs

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The Blackhawks’ 2008-09 slogan is, “One Goal.”

Perhaps that should be amended to include, “Plus Two Referees.”

Look, the Rangers New York Rangers have brought a lot of adversity on themselves this season, but the mindless, bush-league exhibition here last night by officials Mike Hasenfratz and Dean Morton was impossible to assimilate. The referees somehow saw their way to awarding Chicago five distinct five-on-three power play advantages amounting to 5:15 of time.

“I haven’t seen anything like this in my 15 years in the league,” Markus Naslund said after the Rangers somehow surmounted it all to register a 3-2 victory…

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added 10:15am, Tom Renney wasn’t too happy either, watch below…

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