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The Value Of Jagr

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

When the Rangers look to next year, Glen Sather’s obligation will be to find a first-line right wing who is compatible with Gomez, rather than to find a first-line center who is compatible with Jagr.

Which is why the Rangers GM is obligated now to find out what he can get in return for Jagr as the Feb. 26 trade deadline approaches….

Again. This is not a cry for the Rangers to dump Jagr. There is no reason whatsoever to send him away on the cheap. He does have the ability to get hot. He does present a huge challenge for a potential playoff opponent.

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Crucial Games For Rangers

from the NY Daily News,

Saturday in Philadelphia and Sunday afternoon in Washington, the Rangers get a chance to get turned back around again - and to bank four precious points in the standings before sitting and watching for the following five days. During that time, their closest pursuers in the standings will make up some of the games they have in hand on the Rangers.

“We’re not there yet, but it will be tough watching for five days, yeah,” Rangers coach Tom Renney said after yesterday’s practice in Greenburgh. “We’ve certainly talked about the fact that we’ll be idle while the teams we’re competing with will be playing and, in a lot of cases I’m sure, securing points, too.

“So what we’ve got to do is take these next two games as meaning a whole lot.”

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The Weighted Scale

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

“Gary Bettman made it very clear that I was going to be one of the players watched with a second eye,” said Hollweg, whose suspension was automatic for having been assessed a third game-misconduct this season. “I know they have my number, I know I’m being watched, but what does that have to do with it when I get hit in the face by an elbow?

“It shouldn’t matter who it is. If I do something to another player or if another player does something to me, it should be judged on the same scale.”

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Malik Gets a TKO

From The Rangers Report,

If I hadn’t seen Sean Avery and Marek Malik throwing punches at one another during practice today, I wouldn’t have believed it.

But what had been a mere one-on-one battle during drills today quickly escalated into shoves and then an all-out fight between the 6-foot-6 Malik and the 5-10 Avery, lasting maybe 30 seconds before it eventually ended. For those scoring at home, we’ll call it Malik by TKO.

Words were exchanged after that. At one point, Avery could be heard saying, “What are you,a tough guy? Why don’t you play like that in a game?”

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*hat-tip to HockeyFights.com for the link

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Renney To The Rescue

from the New York Daily News,

Tom Renney understands that absorbing some physical punishment is part of being a top player. But Renney has just about had it with the unpenalized bashing he believes Jaromir Jagr receives most games….

“He’s the best player on our team and he is never going to dive,” Renney said of Jagr, who on Sunday took an on-ice pounding from Montreal defenseman Mike Komisarek and the usual over-the-air hammering from NBC analyst Mike Milbury. “He’s always going to play the game straight up to the best of his ability. Whereas those that oppose him - that stop him - in my mind, play outside the rules of the game at times.

“And for whatever reasons, it seems to go unnoticed because he doesn’t fall down; he doesn’t embellish; he’s strong; he uses his size well; he’s a puck-possession guy. And yet, protect the integrity of the game and allow the player to play.

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Addressing Hits From Behind

from Dan Pollard of TSN,

I’ve changed my tune. I think it’s time to set a standard suspension for hits from behind in the NHL. It can’t hurt.

In the latest incident New York Ranger forward Ryan Hollweg, the man who took a Chris Simon stick to the face a year ago, ran Montreal Canadien Sergei Kostitsyn.

There’s no irony that Hollweg was involved in the two incidents.

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In case you missed the hit from Hollweg, you can view it here on KK...

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Kovalev Elbows Hollweg Who Then Hits Sergei Kostitsyn

Alex Kovalev delivered an elbow to Holweg that was missed by the refs.  Hollweg’s first shift after the hit, delivered a hit from behind on Sergei Kostitsyn.

Ryan Hollweg was given five for boarding and a game.  According to Mike Emrick, this type of penalty also brings an automatic one game suspension.

Watch video of both hits…

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  Tags: alex+kovalev, ryan+hollweg, sergei+kostitsyn

The King Of The Rangers

Risto Pakarinen is a freelance writer living in Sweden and also blogs for NHL.com.

He just sent me this nice piece he did on Henrik Lundqvist titled, Superman Plays it Cool (will open pdf file).  Risto wrote it back in November and is now making it available to his readers at his own blog, RPlog.

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Clutch Time

from Stan Fischler at Game On,

The clutch weeks have just begun.

Which is why tonight’s melodrama also will indicate which goalie—Brodeur or Lundqvist—has more clutch-ability. That is, assuming that Renney opts for Henny.

In his past two games, Marty has allowed leads to dissipate—first to Montreal and then Pittsburgh—before the home fans. He needs a win for confidence to be restored.

more on the Rangers and Devils…

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Rangers In Trouble On The Road

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The schedule commands the Rangers New York Rangers to go to Philadelphia for their next game tomorrow night, but it sure seems as if the Blueshirts are going nowhere on the road to the oblivion….

But in addition to all their other issues, the Rangers have become a dreadful road team. They’re 0-4-2 in their last six away from the Garden, 1-5-4 in their last 10, 7-11-6 overall.

Know this: 17 of the ninth-place team’s final 30 will be played on the road, including tomorrow night’s match, Friday night’s game in New Jersey and Sunday afternoon’s contest in Montreal.

Road to oblivion, indeed.

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