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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Somehow, the sixth-place Rangers are only four points ahead of the ninth-place Sabres, though they do hold a game in hand on Buffalo. Somehow, the Rangers are fighting for their playoff lives following last night’s 3-0, empty-net-abetted defeat here to the Lightning.
Somehow? Here’s how: The power play, even more pathetic last night than usual while going 0-for-3, is operating without purpose, confidence or competent play from the point, yet coach Tom Renney refuses to adjust his personnel….
Somehow? Here’s how: Despite diminishing returns from veterans Martin Straka and Brendan Shanahan, Renney opted against a rest-and-replenishment night for either, even with three games in four nights coming up this week beginning with Tuesday’s Garden match against the Penguins that will be followed by games in New Jersey and Philadelphia.
from the NY Daily News,
Asked after practice on Thursday about Sather’s comments - including the GM’s pronouncement that he wants to re-sign Jagr and expects to do so - Jagr sounded neither relieved nor convinced.
What’s more, given yet another of many recent chances to merely spout the easy line that he would love to be back with the Rangers if everything could be worked out, Jagr wouldn’t bite.
“I know where I’m going to finish my hockey career - in my hometown,” he said, smiling. “I know that for sure - because the league is not (as strong as) the NHL. I know I can play there longer than here. That’s one I know for sure.
“If nothing bad happens, I’m going to finish my hockey career in Kladno (Czech Republic), that’s for sure.”
But when pressed upon whether he wanted to end his NHL career in New York, Jagr replied: “I’m not sure. I don’t know. I haven’t thought about it.”
via Rangers Report,
Sean Avery was fined $2,500 and the Rangers were tabbed for $25,000 as a result of the left wing’s water bottle throwing incident on Sunday. This news came courtesy not of the league or the Rangers, but of Avery himself.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Although nothing is official, the momentum to play Winter Classic II in New York, preferably at Yankee Stadium, live on NBC, on New Year’s Day 2009 is growing, with NHL quietly exploring the possibility by conducting a feasibility study to discuss the pros and cons of the venture.
Even though outdoor games can be risky, expensive and bothersome to stage, there is a growing sentiment in the league to schedule one every year for the foreseeable future, preferably on New Year’s Day, to take advantage of its potential as a made-for-TV event.
Baseball fans have their own concerns when it comes to the rumors of a hockey game closing out Yankee Stadium next season. From Ian O’Connor via NorthJersey.com,
A slapshot cannot be the last athletic act performed inside Yankee Stadium, not when the stadium’s only power plays unfolded inside George Steinbrenner’s suite.
Hockey absolutely, positively cannot be the game that closes down the greatest baseball temple on earth. Nothing personal, just business. The business of giving a proper burial to a building that shouldn’t die on a marketing gimmick hatched by a sport with no place in stadium lore.
The Rangers have a monument they can send to the grave in the near future. It’s called Madison Square Garden, and it won’t be around for much longer, not with every other team in the market moving into new and improved digs.
New York/Prague—The dream of bringing NHL hockey to Prague, Czech Republic, became a reality today as Prague Mayor Pavel Bem hosted representatives from the New York Rangers, Tampa Bay Lightning and the National Hockey League at the city’s Old Town City Hall. The group officially announced that as part of “NHL Premiere 2008” the Rangers and Lightning will open the 2008-09 NHL regular season with two games against each other Oct. 4th and 5th at the newly-named O2 Arena in Prague.
The Pittsburgh Penguins and Ottawa Senators will also open the 2008-09 regular season Oct. 4th and 5th in Europe, with two games in Stockholm, Sweden.
via the STATS Wizard at Elias Sports Bureau,
For the second time this season, the Rangers and Bruins played 65 minutes without either team scoring a goal. On Oct. 20 in Boston, the Bruins prevailed in the shootout, and on Sunday afternoon in New York the Rangers won the shootout tiebreaker.
It’s been more than half a century since a pair of NHL teams played two goalless games against each other in the same season. The Bruins and Red Wings played to a scoreless tie in the first two of their 14 meetings in the 1955-56 season.
from Mike Brophy of the Hockey News,
The most sought-after unrestricted free agent next summer could be a third-liner.
That’s right, if the New York Rangers don’t lock up super-pest Sean Avery with an extension, you can bet your bottom dollar the NHL’s other 29 teams will get into a bidding war for his services.
Avery is clearly an effective player whose team has much better results with him in the lineup than it has when he’s out.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
“I have a pretty good idea what I’m going to do next year, and I’ve known for three or four weeks, but I’m not going to say anything. I don’t want that to become an issue,” Jagr said. “I’m not going to say something that’s going to be a distraction to the team.
“It’s not about me or my future. It’s about doing the things we need to win the Stanley Cup.”
from the NY Post,
Sean Avery , apparently angered by a second-period penalty call against him during the Rangers New York Rangers ’ 1-0 shootout victory over the Bruins yesterday at Madison Square Garden, hurled two water bottles from the penalty box, one of which whizzed by the heads of three small children seated behind the box
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