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from the Palm Beach Post,
Can the Rangers’ “D” get it done? The additions of Chris Drury and Scott Gomez give New York the league’s most potent offense and Henrik Lundqvist is solid in goal. But a defense that wasn’t very good last year looks even more shaky after losing Tom Poti and Karel Rachunek.
“It’s brutal,” said Panthers broadcaster Denis Potvin (who, truth be told, never will be accused of being a Rangers fan). “They’ll be OK in goal, but the defense is a big issue.”
“There seems to be an imbalance there, but some people in the know say it’s not as bad as people think,” national broadcaster Bill Clement added.
more NHL talk... including the Panthers, Flyers, Thrashers, Ducks and some Calder talk…
from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,
The farmyard rink is pretty much gone now. The chain-link fencing that kept stray pucks in play and the wooden poles that held the outdoor lights have been taken down. Only a few rotten boards remain on the rich northwestern Ontario soil that lies near the slope of Candy Mountain.
“There’s really nothing there,” Linda Staal says of the rink her husband built. Besides, she has a couple of sick boys at home. Sore throats. “Let’s go somewhere else for a coffee,” she suggests.
And with that, Henry and Linda Staal, parents to a Stanley Cup champion, two world champions, a two-time world junior champion and a promising forward in the Ontario Hockey League, sit down with a reporter in a setting so suited to their lifestyle it could be put to canvas and entitled Canadian Gothic.
The New York Rangers will retire the No. 2 sweater of former star defenseman Brian Leetch during the upcoming 2007-08 regular season, the team announced Thursday.
Leetch, who officially retired from the NHL last May, enjoyed an outstanding 18-year career and is widely considered the best defenseman in Rangers’ franchise history.
The Rangers will honor Leetch on Jan. 24, when they will raise his jersey to the Madison Square Garden rafters in a ceremony before the team’s contest against the Atlanta Thrashers.
from the NY Rangers,
NYR.com Tell us about your summer. Did you spend a lot of time at home in Sweden?
Lundqvist: I stayed in New York until mid-June. Then I went back to Sweden for a few months and spent time with friends and family. I got back here a week ago, and now I’m getting ready.
NYR.com Are there are a lot of NHL and Rangers fans in Sweden these days? Do people come up to you and talk about the Rangers?
Lundqvist: Yes, they do. They think it’s fun, and they’re happy that it’s been going well for me. Obviously there are lots of Swedes in the NHL, but a lot of people are now following the Rangers, for sure. That’s happened.
from OK Magazine,
According to sources close to the pair, actress Elisha Cuthbert and her hockey playing beau Sean Avery have called it quits after almost two years together.
One pal of the ex couple says it was Elisha who pulled the plug on the relationship. But don’t feel bad for Sean, who didn’t appear to be brokenhearted about the breakup when he was spotted hitting on Elisha’s good friend Paris Hilton at the LG House in Malibu on Aug. 26.
from the Detroit Free Press,
QUESTION: You grew used to seeing bold moves while you were with the Wings. What are your thoughts on the Rangers signing marquee free agents Chris Drury and Scott Gomez last month?
ANSWER: “I think they identified those two players as the top two on their wish list, so to be able to get both was a success. Center ice is such an important position, and to know that that position basically has been solidified for the next five years, I think that’s pretty important. They have similarities in that they’ve both played on championship teams, but they’re different in their styles and both bring a lot of different things to the team.”
A few more questions for Shanahan…
via the Blueshirts Blog,
Michael Peca will not be a Ranger this season.
Agent Don Meehan confirmed moments ago that the Rangers did not make Peca a contract offer.
Meehan said that he expected to complete negotiation on a one-year deal for the 33-year-old center within a couple of hours. Columbus appears to be the city where the former Islanders captain will be playing his home games this season.
added 9:06pm, On the front page of the Columbus Dispatch but no link yet- Peca expected to sign
added 9:08pm, Link now working,
Michael Peca is likely to sign a contract with the Blue Jackets either late tonight or early Wednesday.
It’s a one-year contract with incentives, according to a source.
As of 8:45 p.m., Peca’s agent, Don Meehan, was negotiating with Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson over the final details.
added 10:57pm,, The same link from the Dispatch now stating Peca has agreed to terms with Columbus.
from the Czech News Agency, translated below…
Knee injury stopped Martin Straka’s training for upcoming NHL season. 34-years-old NY Rangers player had surgery at doctor’s Petr Nepras office on Thursday. Nepras is the only Czech doctor with NHL licence to do surgery for NHLers. This information comes from the daily newspapers Blesk and Aha!
Straka should be okay in three weeks. After surgery he will not attend tonight’s Golden hockey stick (which is Czech player of the Year).
Thanks to KK friend Roman of eNHL.cz for the pointer and translation…
added 3:34pm, update from Roman… Straka was at the awards show tonight for the Golden Stick Awards. Jagr was named the best Czech player (8th time), followed by Hasek and Straka.
from the Blueshirts Blog,
In short, the puck remains on Glen Sather’s stick and the Rangers’ GM has yet to decide whether to shoot or pass.
“He is thinking about it,” was agent Don Meehan’s response tonight when I asked him if any progress had been made in his discussions with Sather.
Meehan insisted that, though he anticipates no problem working out a contract, no conditional agreement has been reached that would be consummated if and when Sather decides he wants Peca to join the Rangers.
from the New York Rangers,
New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that Anders Hedberg has been added to the club’s scouting staff as the Head Professional European Scout. Hedberg will be responsible for assessing free agent talent playing in Europe.
Hedberg, 56, joins the team after working with the Ottawa Senators organization for the past five seasons. Hedberg served as Ottawa’s Director of Player Personnel from 2002 to 2006 and spent the 2006-07 season as the team’s North American and European Hockey Coordinator.
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