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Remembering Derek Boogaard

From New York Rangers’ beat writer Jesse Spector at The Daily News:

About 40 members of the Rangers’ organization made the trip, including nearly the entire roster of players. NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr was there, as was NHL vice president Brendan Shanahan, who flew in with the Blueshirts delegation that included Madison Square Garden Sports president and Rangers alternate governor Scott O’Neil.

Boogaard was mourned by teammates and rivals alike, as Jody Shelley, the Rangers’ enforcer at the tail end of the 2009-10 season, came from Philadelphia to pay his respects. Boogaard was remembered as a menacing figure on the ice, but quite the opposite once he had taken off his skates.

“He was a giant with a giant heart, and he leaves behind a giant hole,” longtime friend Jeremy Clark, who met Boogaard and trained the 6-7, 265-pound hockey player to box, said in one of the eulogies. It was a theme echoed by former Wild GM Doug Risebrough, now a Ranger consultant, as well as Minnesota defenseman Brent Burns and agent Tobin Wright.

Click here for more on the funeral of Rangers’ enforcer Derek Boogaard.



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More on Derek Boogaard

From good friend of the blog Stan Fischler at MSGNetwork.com:

Because his playing time was short in New York, few got to know Derek as well as freelance writer and magazine editor, Allan Kreda of Stuyvesant Town in Manhattan.

Boogaard and Kreda hooked up when the big forward still was playing in Minnesota for the Wild.

“Derek and I talked often when he skated for Minnesota,” Kreda told me. “At the time, we co-wrote a blog-diary for FHM magazine and that’s when I got to know him well.”

The Boogaard that Kreda got to know was a pleasant fellow and a joy with whom to work.

“He was endlessly accommodating,” Kreda recalled, “and gracious with his time and insights. Derek always struck me—as he did others—as a ‘gentle giant.’”

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Never Saw This Coming

That was my exact reaction when I heard that New York Rangers’ forward/enforcer Derek Boogaard passed away.

While he may not have done much in a Blueshirts’ uniform, there is no doubting that he had a positive impact in both the NHL and in the general community. That, I know, we will all miss.

When it comes to the NHL, Boogaard showed that an enforcer could make a living in the National Hockey League and have an every day role doing so. Yes, Boogaard was known for his fisticuffs but every once in awhile, he showed that he had the hands to put the puck in the net, something the Rangers’ saw back in early November in a game against the Washington Capitals when he absolutely fired a puck past the Capitals’ goaltender for his first goal as a Blueshirt.

Off the ice, Boogaard was well liked, as could be seen with the Tweets that guys like Jeremy Roenick, Paul Bissonette, Brandon Prust, Michael Del Zotto, Scottie Upshall, Brad May and Kevin Weekes wrote upon hearing the news of his death. He was also very friendly with terrific hockey writer Michael Russo.

This is a tough loss for both the Rangers’ organization and the entire NHL Community. Thanks for everything, Derek, and we’ll miss you very much.

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Rangers With Great Response in Minnesota

After losing to the Colorado Avalanche on Friday night, the New York Rangers were an entirely different hockey club on Saturday night in their 5-2 win over the Minnesota Wild.

It was a 60-minute effort that saw timely goal scoring, solid defensive play and a good game from back-up netminder Martin Biron (25 saves). None of these things were present in Colorado on Friday night.

The Blueshirts got goals from Arterm Anisimov, Michael Del Zotto, Alex Frolov, Brandon Dubinsky, and Ruslan Fedotenko en route to the team’s seventh road victory (7-3).

Many fans were probably surprised that Rangers’ head coach John Tortorella went with Biron in goal, especially since Henrik Lundqvist only played a little more than half the game in Colorado on Friday night. However, Tortorella made the right decision in starting the back-up netminder and Biron responded by picking up his fourth victory of the season (4-2-0, 2.33 goals against average, .907 save percentage).

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Rangers Singing the Blues

In what was supposed to be a game in which the New York Rangers took advantage of a team playing in back-to-back games, it was instead a 2-0 shutout loss to the St. Louis Blues at Madison Square Garden.

The Blueshirts looked very out-of-sync and one has to wonder if that was due to the shape of the Garden ice or to the team’s actual play. I would say it was a little bit of both as the puck was bouncing all over the place and the team had trouble getting the puck on their stick.

Unlike his first game at MSG, this loss cannot be blamed on back-up goaltender Martin Biron. Biron was strong between the pipes and did everything he could to give the team in front of him a chance to win the hockey game.

It must be said that guys like Derek Stepan, Derek Boogaard and Evegny Grachev did not play strong hockey games. Stepan looks snake bitten while Boogaard and Grachev look lost. It may be time to go back to the drawing board with these guys.

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Expectations for Derek Boogaard

When the New York Rangers signed Derek Boogaard during the off-season, many eye brows were raised by both fans and hockey pundits alike.

Together, they wondered things such as: “Why does the team need this fighter?”, “How else can he help the team besides fighting?”, “What kind of offense, if any, will he be able to contribute?”. People have a right to ask these questions given Boogaard’s history.

Today, Jesse Spector (Rangers’ team beat writer) of the Daily News wrote about how Blueshirts’ head coach John Tortorella expects a lot more out of Boogaard than just fisticuffs:

“I’m not sure how he was treated in Minnesota - if he was just told to go out and fight - that’s not what we’re looking for here,” said the coach. “He’ll have his opportunities to do that, but we also want to try to help him become a better player and help us by adding some minutes to our lineup.”

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Too Much Waiting and Not Enough Doing By Sather

In the dog days of summer, many NHL general managers and their teams are waiting and looking.

Waiting and looking to sign a free agent, make a trade or do anything they can to make their team better. While that’s what most GM’s are doing this off-season, one has to wonder what New York Rangers’ GM Glen Sather is trying to do with his hockey team.

Yes, he went out and signed/re-signed players such as Marty Biron, Derek Boogaard, Vinny Prospal, Erik Christensen, Vinny Prospal and Daniel Girardi. While that’s great, with the exception of the somewhat questionable Boogaard signing, one has to wonder what’s next for Sather.

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An Interesting Day for the Blueshirts/Forgot to Mention Christensen and Biron

As always, it was an interesting first day of free agency for the New York Rangers.

Olli Jokinen is gone. Jody Shelley is gone. Vinny Prospal resigned for one year and in the team’s most interesting move of the day, they signed Derek Boogaard to a four-year deal at $1.625 million per year.

The team also signed UFA goaltender Martin Biron to be their back-up goaltender and also resigned Erik Christensen for two years.

The Vinny Prospal deal is definitely a good one. He racked up 58 points this year and was the club’s second most consistent point producer next to Marian Gaborik. He worked hard, was not afraid to speak out and say what the team needed to do and provided veteran leadership in the locker room. He’ll bring all these intangibles to the team for at least one more season.

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