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Messier kind-of-sort-of endorses the Rangers’ contending status

I believe that the New York Post's Brett Cyrgalis snagged this quip from a certain Mark Messier, regarding the New York Rangers' Stanley Cup chances, to get people talking, so enjoy:

“They’re definitely playing well at the right time of year,” Messier, now a paid consultant to the Oilers, told The Post over the phone, as part of a media tour for the Can-Am Spyder motorbike. “I think that after a tough start, they’ve really come together as a team. They’re an exciting team to watch right now, they’re playing a good brand of hockey. They seem to be firing on all cylinders right now, getting a lot of contributions from a lot of different players.”

When asked the obligatory question about their chances to win the Cup, Messier laughed before giving an endorsement.

“It would start in goal, and Henrik [Lundqvist] is playing great right now.,” Messier said. “They have a lot of balance in their attack right now, and their defense is as stable as there is in the league, so I give them a great chance.”

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Rangers lose Ryan McDonagh to hit by Vancouver’s Alex Burrows

Twitter chatter can be the sign of something significant in the hockey world, and when you read the words "Alex Burrows" and "hit," you know something's happened, and in this case, near the conclusion of the New York Rangers' 3-1 win over Burrows' Vancouver Canucks...

In which John Tortorella was captured saying a naughty word by CBS Sports' Adam Gretz...

This happened:

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McKenzie: Rangers lose Chris Kreider to hand injury

This isn't good for the Rangers, via Sirius XM NHL Network's Twitter account:

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Brooks weaves Callahan saga into a critique of CBA, Sather

The New York Post's Larry Brooks' pre-trade deadline missive mostly focuses upon the Rangers' attempts to re-sign Ryan Callahan, but Brooks attacks the topic in a...unique...message-sending manner:

[It] is patently absurd for anyone to argue because [Rangers GM Glen] Sather lavished excess riches on, oh, take your pick from a cast of thousands — but Val Kamensky, Dave Karpa, Vladimir Malakhov, Scott Gomez and Wade Redden will do as illustrations — that the GM then should routinely “overpay” anyone in the organization coming up for an extension.

It is not, however, foolish for a Blueblood Ranger such as Callahan, or Henrik Lundqvist or Dan Girardi, to wonder why the Garden spigots seem to flow so easily with gold when it comes to signing guys from other teams but the process becomes so difficult when it comes to one of their own.

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Deadline land, many hope that Girardi signing and Miller-and-Ott deals are tips of the iceberg

For those of us who aren't glued to Twitter or the interweb, the Dan Girardi's re-signing with the New York Rangers and the Ott-and-Ryan Miller-for-Jaroslav-Halak-etc. trades were the first of perhaps a dozen or so meaningful moves that will result from literally thousands of trade rumors per actual transaction made...

But the Sportsnets, ESPNs and deadline-drama-loving fans are obviously hoping that Friday's transactions broke a dam's worth of inactivity ahead of what many of you are probably hoping will be a 35-to-45-transaction period of time between now and 3 PM EST next Wednesday, and both TSN's Bob McKenzie (on Twitter) and ESPN's Scott Burnside and Craig Custance suggested that we've not seen the last of Buffalo Sabres GM Tim Murray's pre-trade deadline moves...

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New York Rangers have re-signed Dan Girardi

Per TSN's Darren Dreger...


And TVA Sports' Renaud Lavoie:

Three Tweets from reputable sources = run with it:

Update: Fun with details:

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Garrioch provides a wider-focus estimation of the Rangers’ roster issues

The Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch's in fine form as we approach the NHL's pre-Olympic roster freeze, and I think this take on the Rangers' roster situation is important to spotlight given the fact that Ryan Callahan's status is stealing the show...

All eyes are on the Rangers. Forwards Ryan Callahan, Brian Boyle, Benoit Pouliot along with defencemen Dan Girardi and Anton Stralman all become UFA’s on July 1. The troubles don’t stop there, winger Derrick Brassard is in the last year of a contract he signed while with Columbus. He’s a restricted free agent and will come up a winner at arbitration if he can’t get a deal done. All this makes the buyout of Brad Richards pretty much inevitable and it also means other players will be packing their bags. The talk is Callahan wants a seven-year deal worth $6.85 million per-season (that’s exactly what Patrice Bergeron got with Boston) and it’s doubtful the Rangers will pony up. The Blues, Wings and Kings all need help up front. Girardi could be a headache as well because he wants $6 million per-season on a long-term deal.

If the Rangers buy out Richards, his status will obviously change the UFA market's landscape considerably...

And this isn't trade-related, but it's intriguing:

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Brooks: Henrik Lundqvist among many athletes asking their families to cheer Olympics from afar

The New York Post's Larry Brooks ponders the fates of Ryan Callahan, Thomas Vanek and Marian Gaborik in his weekly notebook, but the part that caught my attention involves an issue regarding which Sweden's starting goaltender at Sochi Olympics and Team Canada's coach are in complete agreement:

Team Sweden’s security blanket that goes by the name of Henrik Lundqvist has concerns over security in Sochi, but that’s not the only reason the royal family won’t be accompanying the King to the Olympics.

“It is a few different things,” Lundqvist told Slap Shots on Friday night. “Security is one of them, but I don’t know how things are going to be set up for families over there. So I’m not going to have anyone there with me. I think it is better that way.”

The NHLPA has not issued any broad-based advisories to its membership, and there is no unanimity on the matter, but several agents and players have said the union, citing a lack of suitable hotels and accommodations outside of the Olympic compound where the players will be housed, is recommending families don’t make the trip.

When Red Wings coach Mike Babcock spoke with our local NBC affiliate regarding bringing his family to Sochi versus bringing his family to Vancouver, he cited the distance, language, culture and the difficulties in coordinating familial activities half a world away.

Brooks continues, and I'm guessing that Lundqvist and Babcock aren't alone in choosing to ask their families to cheer from home...

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2014 Coors Light Stadium Series Yankee Stadium By The Numbers

The countdown is on for the start of the Stadium Series; and the NHL takes a look at the first game of two to be played in Yankee Stadium in New York City by the numbers.

NEW YORK (January 25, 2014) – A look at the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ New York outdoor games at Yankee Stadium “By the Numbers”:

0 Number of hockey games played at Yankee Stadium before the two games to be played at the historic ballpark as part of the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series

2 & 3 The Rangers are making their second and third appearance in a regular-season outdoor NHL game, having defeated the Flyers 3-2 at the 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia

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Garrioch: Rangers looking to move bodies once roster freeze lifts

The NHL's holiday roster freeze may be in effect, but the Ottawa Sun's intrepid Bruce Garrioch reports that the trade market steadily simmers along:

Nobody has been described as more desperate to make a deal than the New York Rangers. The club is on a nine-game homestand and has only one victory in seven games and that could mean a trade not long after the roster freeze is lifted at 12:01 a.m., Dec. 28.

League executives say Rangers GM Glen Sather has been working the phones trying to move several players — including blueliners Michael Del Zotto and Dan Girardi — in an attempt to try get his struggling club on track.

While Del Zotto has been the one the club has shopped heavily, the Rangers also need to sign Girardi, a UFA on July 1, so they may be starting to see what they can get in case they can’t sign him.

Garrioch continues at extended length...

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Morning After Skate

Welcome to the morning after! A recap of the games from the night before and quick hit hockey news.

In Case You Missed It

Ottawa Senators are New Jersey Devils

It wouldn’t take long for the Senators to get a power play as just over a minute into the game Devils are Zidlicky would get called for hooking Erik Karlsson. The Senators power play would lead to a short-handed goal from Stephen Gionta to give the home team the early lead.

Gionta’s goal would be his first of the season followed shortly by another first of the season and Reid Boucher would net his first of the season to give the Devils a 2-0 lead over the Senators heading into the first intermission.

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Brooks: Do the Rangers simply miss Tortorella, or were the Rangers nothing more than Tortorella?

The New York Post's Larry Brooks penned a Sunday column which does include his usual amount of GM-playing, but his focus upon the New York Rangers' struggles involves the team's new coach, Alain Vigneault, more than potential unrestricted free agents:

The Rangers have gone from having a maniacal control freak and his equally maniacal assistant (in professional temperament, that is) in their ears and faces to a seemingly detached coach who leaves much of the work to the players themselves.

The maniacal control freak and assistant would be John Tortorella and Mike Sullivan, respectively.

I asked one player this week whether he had been shown video relating to a specific play on the ice. The response, not offered as a criticism but in a matter-of-fact manner, was, “He says what he says and then expects you to figure it out.”

I’m not sure I’ve ever heard a coach unfavorably compare his team’s work ethic to another club’s the way Vigneault did last week in his evaluation of the Rangers and the Red Wings.

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Martin Biron Joins MSG Broadcast Team

It was not that long ago that the hockey world was wishing the former NHL goaltender good luck in his post playing career when he abruptly retired early this season.

MSG Network announced this morning that they Biron will be doing pregame, intermission and postgame studio coverage starting tomorrow (Tuesday, November 12) when the Rangers will host rival New Jersey Devils.

 

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The Morning After Skate

Before we get started with this the morning after skate this morning take a moment to reflect upon those that have served your country – no matter where you call home. Without those whom came before we would not be here today.

Now - Welcome to the morning after! A recap of the games from the night before and quick hit hockey news.

In Case You Missed It

New York Islanders at Montreal Canadiens

Power Play goal all around in the Bell Center last night.

The opening goal of the game came just shy of the two minute mark in the second period as Montreal’s Brendan Gallagher would give the home team the early lead.

It would be a holding call to Canadiens Francis Bouillon for holding that would give the Islanders their second power play of the period, this one leading to a slap shot goal from Pierre-Marc Bouchard to tie the game.

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The Morning After Skate

Welcome to the morning after! A recap of the games from the night before and quick hit hockey news.

In Case You Missed It

Anaheim Ducks at New York Rangers

As the Ducks continue on their East Coast road trip without Teemu Selanne, as he went back to California after injury, it would take just minutes after puck drop for the Ducks to establish dominance over the Rangers.

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Corey Perry’s double dip

You'll have to excuse this Wings fan from taking a little bit of fiendish delight in this clip found by Canoe.ca's John Matisz, because a certain Corey Perry had a difficult night in front of the New York Rangers' bench.

Oh, I could watch this over and over for an hour...

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Brooks: Oilers and Rangers talking trade turkey

Take this for what you will. The New York Post's Larry Brooks suggests that the Edmonton Oilers and New York Rangers may be pursuing a trade because the Rangers have come up short on offense minus the concussed Rick Nash:

The Oilers dispatched a scouting expedition featuring their president of hockey operations Kevin Lowe, general manager Craig MacTavish and special adviser Mark Messier to the Garden on Monday for the Rangers’ 2-1 defeat to the Ducks.

Edmonton, which has opened 3-10-2 under first-year coach Dallas Eakins, is believed to be accepting offers for veteran winger Ales Hemsky while also exploring the market for second-year winger Nail Yakupov, the first overall selection in the 2012 Entry Draft.

Even if interested in Hemsky, the Blueshirts would have to maneuver to get under the cap in order to accommodate the 30-year-old. Hemsky is on the final year of a contract worth a $5 million cap charge and is eligible for unrestricted free agency in July.

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The Morning After Skate

Welcome to the morning after! A recap of the games from the night before and quick hit hockey news.

In Case You Missed It

New York Rangers at New York Islanders

Twenty-four hours after their home opener the Rangers were on the road again. This time just a short trip to the neighbors the Islanders.

After losing at home long time starting goaltender Henrik Lundqvist sat out last night while rookie netminder Cam Talbot got the start.

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Alex Galchenyuk’s controversial goal sinks Rangers

The Montreal Canadiens defeated the New York Rangers 2-0 on Monday night, and Alex Galchenyuk scored a 2-0 dagger with 2:51 left in the 3rd period...With his foot. The NHL's "Situation Room" upheld the goal...

But the Rangers were not amused, especially given that J.T. Miller "scored" a similar game-tying goal against Philly which was waved off last Thursday:

I grew up playing soccer before I took up hockey as a teenager, and the fact that he both extends his leg and straightens his knee equal a kick in soccer. As far as I understood it, the point of the rule is to allow goals where a player simply turns his skate to allow the puck to deflect into the net off of his skate, but denies goals where the player extends his leg to propel the puck into the net.

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First Thomas, then Backstrom, Nash and Hartnell

As Paul noted, Tim Thomas appeared to tweak his groin or some othe part of his "lower body" in the Florida Panthers' 2-1 loss to Philly on Tuesday, and while I was preparing to have my beard trimmed for the first time in six years, Pro Hockey Talk's Ryan Dadoun notes that Niklas Backstrom got dinged in the Wild's 3-2 loss to Nashville...

[T]he Minnesota Wild are reporting that netminder Niklas Backstrom is done for the night due to a similar problem.

Backstrom lasted just 11:14 minutes against the Nashville Predators and surrendered two goals on five shots. He sustained the injury when Nashville forward Eric Nystrom crashed into him and seemed to accidentally jam Backstrom’s leg against the post.

TSN's Bob McKenzie noted that Rick Nash left what is currently the Rangers' 7-2 loss to San Jose after getting hit high and hard by Brad Stuart...

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The Morning After Skate

Welcome to the morning after! A recap of the games from the night before and quick hit hockey news.

In Case You Missed

It Tampa Bay Lightning at Boston Bruins Puck dropped in Boston to start the season for the two Atlantic teams’ first game of the 2013-14 season. Neither team wasted much time getting on the box score; however, to start it was on the penalty side. A hooking call to Bruins Reilly Smith would lead to a shorthanded goal by teammate Chris Kelly.

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Brooks: Rangers, Stepan likely to reach a contract agreement shortly

The Maple Leafs re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Cody Franson earlier this morning, and the New York Post's Larry Brooks reports that the remaining marquee RFA on the market, Derek Stepan, may re-sign with the New York Rangers shortly:

The stalemate between the Rangers and Derek Stepan appears to be coming to an end, with talks between the club and its presumptive first-line center having accelerated Thursday morning, sources have told The Post.

It is believed the parties are zeroing in on a two-year contract worth approximately $6.5 million. That would represent a split-the-difference agreement: Stepan had been seeking $7 million while the Rangers had been offering approximately $6 million.

Stepan, who has been skating in Madison with players from the Wisconsin varsity, would likely meet the Blueshirts in New York on Sunday after they return home from Friday night’s final exhibition game in Las Vegas against the Kings. That would leave time for merely a handful of practices for Stepan to get ready for the Rangers’ opener in Phoenix on Oct. 3 as he acclimates himself to new coach Alain Vigneault’s system.

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added 12:44pm,

 

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The Number One Ranger Of All Time

For over a week now Blue Line Station has been counting down the Top 10 Rangers players of all time and today they reached number one.

An Original Six franchise the organization has seen many greats grace the ice in Madison Square Garden ; so who would take the number one spot.

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How Slats can Dump Brashear

From the New York Post’s Larry Brooks:

The window of opportunity is closing on Glen Sather as the general manager looks for a team to take Donald Brashear and his over-35, $1.4 million albatross of a cap charge off the Rangers’ books.

For if Sather, who told Slap Shots two weeks ago that Brashear never again would play for the Blueshirts following last year’s debacle, is going to be able to move the faded 38-year-old enforcer, his best chance is to do it this week, so the acquiring team has time to buy out Brashear by the June 30 deadline.

Look, the only conceivable way Sather will be able to move Brashear is by taking back a bad contract of greater value from a low-revenue team hovering around the cap floor. The Rangers could then bury that contract in the AHL, if necessary, while gaining $1.4M in critical cap space.

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NY Rangers Talk

Sam Weinman of Rangers Report has been hosting a live video chat since 1pm ET, and it’s still going on.  It’s a wide-ranging talk about happenings in New York, prompted by questions from his readers and viewers. Among other things, it’s a great use of technology mixed with hockey.

Here’s the video feed embedded below, and it can be replayed from the beginning once the live broadcast ends:

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Story of a Trade

From Mike Smith’s blog at The Hockey News:

I was recently asked, of the many trades I made, which had the most interesting story to it? I answered immediately, “the Tie Domi-Kris King for Ed Olczyk trade I made with Neil Smith in New York while I was in Winnipeg.”

My first NHL job was as an assistant coach with the New York Rangers. The genesis of the Domi-King trade began when I went to a Ken Norton heavyweight fight at Madison Square Garden…

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KK LiveChat Game of the Week

With the new chat rooms opening up this week, I felt it would be cool if we had sort of a weekly “Hockey Gathering”.  Where there’s pretty much 1 important game going on at the time, the numerous and widespread KK readership could just talk intelligently (hopefully) about the game and the sport in general.  So I thought long and hard on a cool title, and came up with “The KK LiveChat Game of the Week”.  Please, feel free to suggest a better one.

Anyway, we’re going to start with tomorrow’s Bruins-Rangers game on NBC, and will continue with the All-Star Game next week. 

It doesn’t look as if there’ll be any pre-game tomorrow, so make sure to be in the KK Hockey Chat Room Sunday at 12:15 ET for some lively hockey discussion!

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Blake Heard No Disparaging Comments From Avery

From the CP,

If noted New York Rangers agitator Sean Avery made disparaging remarks toward Jason Blake the last time they faced off, the Toronto forward never heard them.

A Toronto radio report following the teams’ previous meeting last month in Canada said a pre-game scuffle between Avery and Leafs counterpart Darcy Tucker was fuelled by a comment that Avery made toward Blake regarding his current battle with leukemia.

FAN 590 reporter Howard Berger had claimed Avery made “cancer-related remarks” to Blake, citing an unidentified Rangers player. Blake was diagnosed with a rare form of the disease in October but has continued to play while being treated.

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Note: report earlier today that MSG denied Berger access to the press box tonight.

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Avery Gets His Retraction

from the CP,

...Avery denied making the comments and his lawyers served libel notices against the Fan and the Toronto Star over the matter. Berger voiced the 46-second retraction that aired Monday.

“It was my intention only to report accurately on what transpired during the pre-game warmup,” said Berger. “Based on Mr. Avery’s clear statement that he made no such remarks, my information and therefore my reporting does not appear to have been accurate.

“I truly regret reporting that Mr. Avery made any such comments. I apologize to Mr. Avery for having done so. And I hereby retract my comments about what transpired during the pre-game warmup on Nov. 10, 2007.”

update 8:22pm, Avery was just interviewed on MSG, said he is not done with this subject.  He doesn’t feel any better than he did before the statement read by Berger today and said the media cannot hide behind a pen and get away with it.  He plans to continue his fight on this topic.

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The Best In The East

from Stan Fischler at Game On,

You pessimists who frequent The Rangers Despair Society can dispatch your crying towels to the laundry pile; the Blueshirts are on the move, up, up, and UP.

A victory on Monday night against Carolina at The Garden SHOULD, if accomplished, establish New York as “la creme de la creme” of the East.

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Don’t Touch Those Stitches

from the AP via CBS Sportsline,

As players from both teams entered the fray, Martinek said Hollweg threatened him and then reached for his face.

“He said he is going to take my stitches out. I think that was stupid,” said Martinek, a 5-foot-11, 200-pound defenseman.

Martinek added that no damage was done, but said he had never seen a player act in such a way.

“No, no. Never, never,” he said. “I think he could show a little bit of respect, but he didn’t. I cannot respect him.”

Hollweg contended that he was merely defending Orr, a 6-3, 222-pound forward, who has five career points and 239 penalty minutes in 114 NHL games. Simon and Witt had already double-teamed Orr before Martinek got near.

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Avery Gets His Retraction

from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,

The FAN590 in Toronto will retract, on air, its report alleging that New York Ranger Sean Avery had ridiculed Toronto Maple Leaf Jason Blake’s fight with cancer during a trash-talking session at the Air Canada Centre on Nov. 10.

In addition to strongly denying the report, Avery also served the radio station with a notice of libel. The Fan’s Howard Berger had quoted a Ranger source saying Avery had alluded to Blake’s chronic leukemia during an exchange at centre ice before the start of the game.

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Avery to Undergo Wrist Surgery

From On the Rangers Beat,

Avery—-already sidelined once this season with a shoulder separation——will not only miss the Islanders game, but several more after arthroscopic surgery to clean out his left wrist tomorrow at 5:30 p.m.

Avery—-who reinjured the wrist against Tampa when hit by a shot—- practiced without shooting today, but was waiting for resuslts of a CAT scan on the wrist, which has bothered him since the start of the season. He said afterward that the decision had been made and didn’t know how long he would be sidelined. Avery said he had been playing with a fracture, and was worsened during a fight five games after he returned—-we’re thinking with Darcy Tucker in Toronto.

“Hopefully, it’ll only be a week or two,” he said. “But I don’t live in a reality world.”

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Watching The Wings Power Play

from the Blue Seats at the NY Post,

I bring this up because of the heavily European Red Wings roster. North American players are out numbered slightly in Detroit, but it hasn’t hampered the club’s regular season success. Granted, they haven’t won a cup since 2002 when their core was comprised of greats like Steve Yzerman, Brendan Shanahan, Brett Hull, Pat Verbeek and Luc Robataille…

What this all has to do with the Rangers is this: we complain about the Jagr-ization of the power play, decrying it as European hockey when it’s not exactly that simple.

more... and no Cup for the ‘Little Ball of Hate” with the Wings. He only played two seasons with the Wings, 1999 & 2000, both non-Cup years.

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Oh Jagr

A rough translation of this story from iDNES.cz,

Q: Writer Larry Brooks wrote in NY Post that Rangers shouldnt start next season in Prague but is not sure you will play for the team. Do you know it?
A: I dont solve this. I dont mind it.

You know, Nylander has left during summer. Straka was out for 15 games. That is not funny. I dont wanna complain, but with players, who Rangers bought in summer, i havent found clue, i didnt know how to play with them. Rangers invested big money into centers but i finished playing with boy from minors.

Q: You are captain, the biggest star on team. Rangers was Jagrs team. Is it stil Jagrs team?
A: I dont think so. Not now. If I dont play good, I am losing my position. But that is normal.

If you want to take a shot at more of the translation, feel free to post in the comments…

added 11:17am, You can find a better translation at HFBoards.

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Report- Jager Could Hit UFA Market

from Larry Brooks at the NY Post,

Jaromir Jagr’s contract no longer contains a team option for next season, meaning that the current agreement under which he would earn $8.36M for 2008-09 will be extended only if he hits the performance triggers included in the deal, The Post has learned.

That means that unless Jagr scores 40 goals or records 84 points while the Rangers win a playoff round in April, or unless he wins the Hart Trophy, Art Ross Trophy or Conn Smythe Trophy, a) No. 68 will be eligible to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1; and, b) beginning next season the Blueshirts will no longer be entitled to any cap discount on their captain.

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Power Play An Issue For Rangers

from Stan Fischler at Game On,

When I addressed Tom Renney with that point, he paused and then hit the nail on the head.

“We’re legitimately in the top four or five of the conference,” said the coach. “But if the power play is bad - or we beat ourselves - the stats will bear out where we belong. And we should be humbled by that.”

“There’s a level of excellence that’s acceptable and we expect.”...

When I asked Sean Avery about it, he was blunt.

“The power play is all about work ethic and there are not enough guys working hard at it,” said Avery, who labored as energetically as any Ranger against Dallas.

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It Is A Team Thing

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Funny, but when it was over no Rangers player stomped around the locker room complaining that his team lost 3-2 because it had been out-goaltended, although Lundqvist griped after Wednesday’s 2-1 victory in Tampa because he was unhappy with the players Tom Renney had on the ice when the Lightning scored at 19:43 of the third to spoil the shutout….

“I wasn’t questioning why any individual player was on the ice, but I had a conversation with Brendan about maybe having more defensive players on the ice,” Lundqvist told The Post yesterday. “I haven’t talked to Tom about it. I’m not going to.”

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Block Those Shots

from the New York Times,

“You have to break the fear,” Rangers defenseman Michal Rozsival said. “You try it once, it hits your shin pads and you say, O.K. We all played the game for so long. Nobody really thinks about it anymore. It’s like natural. I don’t think there’s any guy in the locker room who would be thinking, Oh, should I block it or not?”

The N.H.L. did not start keeping statistics for blocked shots until 1998. Since then, blocking shots has become an increasingly important — if still hard to fathom — part of the game. Coaches preach of them as a way to cut down scoring chances, to keep life easier for the goalies, and to turn defense into something practiced by the whole team, not just the defensemen.

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The Great Jagr, But…

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News (Sunday edition) via the Santa Barbara News Press,

I simply don’t have any great playoff memories of Jagr past 1992….

Maybe Jagr is more Scottie Pippen than Alex Rodriguez. Maybe he’s the sidekick who could never get it done on his own. Jagr floundered with the Penguins when Lemieux wasn’t there. He actually made the Washington Capitals a worse team. They are paying about $4 million a season for Jagr to not be on their team.

He’s all flash and no grind, and that’s a major sin in hockey.

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Sean Avery’s Fine Line

From Mark Herrmann at Newsday,

There is no neutral zone on the subject of Sean Avery, former boyfriend to actress Elisha Cuthbert, suitor to Paris Hilton (he was shut out), member of People magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” contingent, provocateur in Toronto Nov. 10 in a pregame dustup that left Avery denying a rumor that he had ragged Jason Blake for having leukemia. Avery later said that that’s over the line.

For someone like him, everything is a fine line. It’s part of NHL strategy for a team to have someone who challenges players physically and tries to intimidate them verbally. Euphemisms refer to them as “pests” or “agitators.” They are different from “tough guys” or “enforcers,” who are known for using their fists, not their vocabularies.

This protocol is one of hockey’s quirks that non-fans find hard to understand. Maybe the sport would be more popular if more people took the time to love or hate the likes of Avery.

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A friend of mine (not a Rangers fan) argues that—love him or hate him—Sean Avery is good for hockey in many ways.  I’m not always sure, myself… but he certainly does does know how to draw a spotlight.

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Funny Shanny

from Men’s Vogue,

The interviewer, Gary Thorne, pressed Shanahan about the cottage in Ireland and running with the bulls. Finally, he brought up the Canadian Jazz Festival. To Shanahan’s dismay, he handed him a saxophone. “So, Shanny,” he said, a trifle smugly, “we wanted to have the opportunity to hear you do it.”

Shanahan, cornered, stood the saxophone on his thigh. He turned strangely calm, and he spoke without hesitating. “I would,” he said earnestly, “except the coach says, ‘No sax before a game.’ ” Such suave aplomb is only one reason I admire Shanahan.

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Go To Dman

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

But it still is no less incredible that Dan Girardi, emerging as a go-to, first-pair defenseman at the age of 23, could have gone through both the 2002 and 2003 entry drafts without one of the 30 teams calling his name; no less incredible that 583 players were selected in those two drafts and Girardi was not one of them.

“We were just talking about that this morning,” Tom Renney, then part of the Rangers’ personnel evaluation staff and now the coach who will send Girardi onto the ice with partner Fedor Tyutin against the Islanders’ most dangerous line tonight at the Garden, said on Friday.

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The Home Team In Prague

from the Blueshirts Blog at Newsday,

The papers haven’t been signed yet, but the Rangers are all but signed, sealed and delivered to Prague to open next season with a two-game series against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

And that pair of games will only comprise half of the NHL’s season-opening plan for 2008-09. The Pittsburgh Penguins and Ottawa Senators are expected to open their season with two games in Stockholm.

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New Yorkers Watching

via Watchdog at Newsday,

For their eight games on FSNY, the Islanders are up spectacularly, from 0.07 percent of area homes last season at this point to 0.32.

The Rangers are up 102 percent on MSG compared to last year.

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They Meet Again

from Game On,

Alive and well. Patrik Elias and Scott Gomez.

By a remarkable scheduling coincidence, they meet on Wednesday night at The Rock for the Rangers’ first trip to Newark’s fabulous Prudential Center.

In a sense, it’s a meeting of The Comeback Kids: both player-wise and team-wise.

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Useless Trip To Toronto

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

But the language Avery slung at Darcy Tucker that provoked a skirmish on the ice prior to Saturday’s match in Toronto, was most certainly not worthy of supplementary discipline, even in the increasingly antiseptic NHL.

It is beyond belief that VP Colin Campbell would have summoned Avery to his office for a disciplinary hearing here yesterday, even if the winger was merely fined for “unprofessional conduct” and not suspended at the end of the day.

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Avery Statement

via the New York Rangers,

On Tuesday afternoon, the Rangers organization released the following statement to the press on behalf of forward Sean Avery.

Avery made the following remarks regarding recent media reports:

“I am extremely upset and hurt that false and damaging comments were attributed to me regarding Jason Blake. I made no such comments. I have lost two grandfathers to cancer and have been a consistent contributor to multiple cancer related charities, first and foremost, Hockey Fights Cancer. I am unable to comment further, as the matter is now being addressed by legal counsel.”

Update 5:48pm ET: From TSN,

Avery and Darcy Tucker began jawing at each other near centre-ice during the warm-up to Saturday’s game at Air Canada Centre. Blake was also involved before Avery and Tucker exchanged shoves as both teams gathered around. In the first period, Avery and Tucker hooked up in a fight and continued a heated conversation in the penalty box.

As a result of the incident, the Rangers were fined $25,000 and the Maple Leafs $10,000 while Avery was fined the maximum $2,500 and Darcy Tucker $1,000.  The Maple Leafs made no formal complaint about the incident to the league.

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Report- NHL Looking At Leafs/Rangers Pre-Game Incident

from CBC,

The NHL is investigating an on-ice incident involving abrasive New York Rangers forward Sean Avery, according to the Canadian Press.

Avery, 27, shoved Jason Blake and got into a heated exchange with Darcy Tucker during the pre-game warmup prior to Saturday’s 3-2 shootout victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre.

“He has no sense of class,” Tucker told reporters following Monday’s skate.

Avery allegedly irked Tucker by saying something inappropriate to Blake, who revealed Oct. 8 that he is suffering from a rare but treatable form of leukemia (chronic myelogenous).

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added 6:30am on 11/13/07, from the Globe and Mail,

The agent for New York Rangers forward Sean Avery was steaming mad that a radio report yesterday suggested that taunts made by his client during the pregame skate on Saturday evening were directed toward Toronto Maple Leafs winger Jason Blake, who is battling against cancer.

The FAN 590 in Toronto reported that an unnamed Rangers player said Avery ignited a scuffle with Leafs forward Darcy Tucker because of insensitive remarks.

Although Avery did not publicly comment yesterday on the radio station’s accusation, behind closed doors he and other Rangers said the remarks made by Avery were directed at Tucker and his family.

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added 7:01am on 11/13/07, from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Sean Avery is preparing to file a libel charge against a Toronto radio personality who reported yesterday that Saturday’s pregame skirmish between the Rangers’ winger and the Maple Leafs’ Darcy Tucker was incited by Avery referring to Jason Blake’s cancer condition, The Post has learned.

Advised by his attorney to decline public comment, Avery has privately denied the charge as broadcast by Howard Berger over The Fan 590.

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Keep Your Head Up Sean

from the Toronto Sun,

Citing Avery’s pre-game tomfoolery Saturday night as yet another example of why the instigator rule should be scuttled, Belak warns that the New York Rangers agitator is going to pay the price for his antics.

“He’s pissing guys off,” Belak said yesterday. “He’ll bring harm to himself and not too many guys around the league are going to be sad to see it.

“If he keeps this up, someone is going to kill him. One day he’s going to say something the wrong way and he’ll be clubbed.

“And I’m not saying it will be by me, either.”

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