Saturday, February 27, 2010

USA vs Canada - Gold Medal Game ... Need Tickets?

Looking for tickets for the Gold Medal game of the Men's Gold Medal Game between the United States and Canada? They're certainly hard to find, but there are some still available at Stubhub


Rangers Claim Alex Auld To Fill Backup Goalie Role

New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has claimed goaltender Alex Auld off re-entry waivers from the Dallas Stars.

The Dallas Stars waived goalie Alex Auld who was the odd man out after a trade in which they acquired Kari Lehtonen from the Atlanta Thrashers.

Initially this week Auld cleared waivers, but the Stars put him on re-entry waivers. Since the Rangers claimed Auld off of re-entry waivers, the Rangers are only responsible for paying 50% of the remaining salary owed to Auld this season.


It was expected that Sather would try to acquire a veteran backup for Henrik Lundqvist prior to the March 3rd NHL trade deadline because they have been rotating AHL call-ups Chad Johnson and Matt Zaba.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Today's Olympic Schedule

Click the image above to see an enlarged version of the schedule

Taken from NHL.com

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Monday, February 22, 2010

Easton's Newly Released S19 Z-Shock Helmet

I was selected as one of the few people around the world to receive Easton's S19 Z-Shock Helmet which will be released tomorrow at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. I received the helmet today in the mail and it lives up the promise of being the lightest hockey helmet on the market. Weighing in at just 325 grams it weighs less than a cup of coffee. Unfortunately I was sent a Medium sized helmet, too small for my big 'ol head, otherwise I would have posted pictures of it on.

Official Press Release
EASTON HOCKEY LAUNCHES S19 Z-SHOCK™ HELMET AT 2010 OLYMPIC GAMES,
SETS NEW INDUSTRY STANDARD IN PROTECTION, WEIGHT

S19 Z-Shock will offer more efficient impact protection at 325 grams,
half as much as its leading competitors.

VANCOUVER (February 22, 2010) – Easton Hockey today announced the launch of its new S19
Z-Shock™ helmet. Drawing on the innovations and experience of the Easton-Bell Sports Helmet Technology Center in Scotts Valley, Calif., the S19 Z-Shock has been developed to weigh about as much as a small cup of coffee at just 325 grams, about half the weight of a traditional hockey helmet. It immediately becomes the lightest and one of the most protective helmets in the NHL.

Using a solid state construction which combines polycarbonate plastic micro-shells and Expanded Polypropylene (EPP) foam laminated together in a patented process, the ultra lightweight S19 Z-Shock offers impact absorption numbers nearly 50% better than the requirements for certification.

“This helmet is as unique as the Synergy stick was when first released – there’s really nothing else like it in the world.” said Ned Goldsmith, Senior Vice President of Easton Hockey. “By combining our best minds from the Easton-Bell Sports Helmet Technology Center and hockey R&D team, we’ve been able to create a helmet that is both light weight and incredibly protective. Remarkably, we’ve been able to do so with a silhouette that has been an instant hit with elite players like Iginla, Zetterberg and Forsberg, who have all historically been traditionalists in their taste.

In an effort to reduce overall volume, the S19 Z-Shock utilizes a more efficient one-piece construction, allowing Easton’s engineers to replace air gaps and layers of plastic with EPP – a flexible, lightweight foam originally designed for automotive energy management applications. The lamination of these elements brings a new level of structural integrity to multi-impact hockey helmets that historically have only been available in motor sports and other high impact sports. The S19 Z-Shock also features strategically placed anti-microbial comfort pads to provide enhanced stability as well as amazing feel and comfort.

The S19 Z-Shock will be available at major sporting goods retailers in May 2010 and is currently being worn by men’s and women’s hockey players competing in the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games.


Marty Being Marty!

After last night's upset by the United States over Canada, Martin Brodeur blamed everyone and everything but himself for the loss:
"It was a tough game," he said. "I think they got some bounces to score some goals. Had one go off my player. I made some key saves I thought in the game to turn it around, we just didn't take advantage of it. After the two breakaway saves I made in the second, I feel that maybe something's going to happen and we went on to take three penalties in a row from there."

He also asked for more scoring support. "We're throwing 45 shots at these goalies and they're making stops facing forwards, backwards, sideways. Eventually, if we keep doing these right things offensively, we'll be more successful."
It reminds me of this Sean Avery interview:




Quotes from Puck Daddy

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

PuckCentral's Olympic Fantasy Hockey Picks

I told you all yesterday about an Olympic hockey fantasy hockey challenge being run by Rinktology

The rules are set so that you can only pick one player from each competing country. That leaves you with more of a dilemma than you might otherwise think. Do I go with Martin Brodeur or Sidney Crosby? Ovechkin or Nabokov? Who on from Belarus should I pick?

Each team consists of 12 players:  8 forwards; 3 defensemen; 1 goaltender

Each team must also name a Captain (who has their points tripled) and two Assistant Captains (who have their points doubled)

Forwards
  1. Canada: Sidney Crosby  (Captain)
  2. Russia: Alex Ovechkin (Assistant)
  3. Sweden: Nicklas Backstrom (Assistant)
  4. Latvia: Martins Karsums
  5. Slovakia: Marian Hossa
  6. Finland: Teemu Selanne
  7. Czech Rep.: Jaromir Jagr
  8. Belarus: Sergei Kostitsyn
Defensemen
  1. Switzerland: Mark Streit (who I think every team in the pool has selected)
  2. Germany: Christian Ehrhoff
  3. Norway: Mats Trygg
Goaltender
  1. USA: Ryan Miller

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Looking For Fantasy Hockey Olympics Edition?

Found a cool game for those looking for a fantasy hockey option for the 2010 Winter Olympics. There's a $10 registration fee but there is the chance to win some cash prizes.

I'm in no way affiliated with the website but found it and thought some others might be interested. The registration deadline is today at 3pm ET.

Click the image below to start playing some fantasy hockey!




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Monday, February 15, 2010

Fans Marriage Proposal @ NYR Valentine's Day Game Was Hoax

According to The Bergen Record "Not only was it a hoax, but it was a Rangers-sanctioned hoax."







The Record went on to add:
What was designed to be a humorous, in-game moment spiraled out of control once the Lightning television crew showed part of the fake proposal on their broadcast and it quickly was posted on YouTube.

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Friday, February 12, 2010

Rangers Acquire Jody Shelley from Sharks

According to Darren Dreger the Rangers have acquired tough guy Jody Shelley from the San Jose Sharks for a draft pick. It turns out that the trade involves a conditional draft pick.

Bob Mckenzie confirms saying "NYR gave up sixth rounder in 2011 for Shelley. Become a 5th rounder if NYR re-sign Shelley."

With this move it appears that Donald Brashear's days are over as a New York Ranger after he cleared waivers today.

Shelley in action the other night against Colton Orr:



Video of Chris Chelios DUI Arrest


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Michael Del Zotto and Vinny Prospal Autograph Signing


Michael Del Zotto and Vinny Prospal will be at Park East Restaurant in Hazlet, NJ on March 8th from 6pm-8pm Tickets are avaialble at InTheGameCollectibles.com You can call the store at 732-264-9500 for more information .

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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Brashear Asks For Trade

Updated @ 12:30pm ET According to TSN: New York Rangers have put Donald Brashear on waivers

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It was only a matter of time before some news broke on the Donald Brashear front. He's been spending a lot of time in the press box recently. It didn't sit well with Ales Kotalik when he was out of the lineup on a consistent basis and it's apparently not sitting very well with The Donald either. Brashear believes that the reason why he's been a healthy scratch for eleven out of the past twelve games is because he requested a trade.

According to Ranger Rants:
"It just shows me they don’t believe in me," Brashear told The Record. "I ask for a trade, that’s more likely why I’m not playing any games. Usually, when you ask for a trade, they don’t play you."
Usually when you play like crap they don't play you either ;) .... just ask Kotalik.
"When I talked to [coach John Tortorella] this summer, he was telling me he was going to play me in different situations," Brashear said. "I came here in shape ready to play. I thought I had a good camp. You think, why sign me for two years if you’re not game to use me?"
Donald, you had an ok camp. But, from there on in you haven't done anything productive for this team. I don't remember a significant fight this season where you went out there and pummeled someone or turned the momentum in the Rangers favor. Unlike Colton Orr, you are a defensive liability. The reason you are not playing may be because you requested a trade. But honestly, you shouldn't be playing anyway based on the way you have played this entire season!

But wait, there's more....
"At the same time, I don’t really understand what they expect,"  said Brashear, who injured his hand early in the season and recently had a hamstring issue. "Do they want a showman like they had in Orr or do they want a guy that can play and fight?"
That statement would be true if by "showman" Brashear means one of the most entertaining, toe-to-toe fighters in the NHL. Plus, by saying they wanted a guy that can play and fight he meant someone who is washed up, fights like he has no desire to do anything other than hang on and go for a five minute rest in the penalty box.

Don't get me wrong, I understand why Brashear is frustrated. But, let's be honest here, the Brashear that has worn the blueshirt is not the Donald of the past. He's a shadow of his former self. At this point, no one in their right mind would be willing to trade for Brashear at the remainning $1.4M on his contract for next season. Then again, Sather has found trade partners for Gomez and Kotalik, so I guess anything is possible.






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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Possible Gaborik Injury (Fingers Crossed!)

Update:
Jim Cerny is reporting that Jim Schoenfeld says " I don't want to say it's ONLY a laceration, but that's what it is, a laceration."
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According to Ranger Rants:
Marian Gaborik just skated gingerly off the ice at this morning’s Ranger practice, favoring his right leg. The team was doing a one-on-one drill and Gaborik came in on Henrik Lundqvist, who dove out to try and poke check the puck away. Gaborik tried jumping over Lundqvist and instead slid face first toward the corner, remaining on the ice for about a half minute as Lundqvist checked on him.

Gaborik then skated toward the bench bent over, holding up his right leg.
As grim as the Rangers' season outlook is, it is a whole lot worse if this injury to Gaborik is anything substantial. Queue the jokes about Gaborik's history of injuries in 3...2...1

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

It's Official! Rangers & Flames Make Trade

The trade between the Rangers and Flames which was expected to be announced late Sunday night was finally announced late Monday night. [Take a look at the timeline of events here]

According to TSN:
The deal, which sees Olli Jokinen and Brandon Prust heading to Manhattan in exchange for Chris Higgins and Ales Kotalik, was reportedly held up because the Flames wanted Jokinen in the lineup for Monday night's game against Philadelphia.  Jokinen played just over 15 minutes, took three shots on net and finished at a minus-one.  Prust skated just over seven minutes.
It's believed that Calgary were the ones who held up the deal because they wanted Jokinen to play against the Flyers on Monday night. That seems a little bizarre because not only are you trading away a player that you obviously think is going to help you win a hockey game, you also risk the chance of that same player getting injured in the game and causing the trade to break down completly.

It's still unknown when Higgins and Kotalik will join the Flames team, but it is expected to be sometime on Tuesday or Wednesday. Meanwhile, Prust and Jokinen will be meeting up with the Rangers in Los Angeles this morning and will likely both be in the lineup tonight to face the Kings.

A look at the contract situations:

  • Ales Kotalik has 2 more years left on his contract after this season, each season for $3M.
  • Chris Higgins is currenty on a one year deal that pays him $2.25M this season, he'll be a UFA come July.
  • Brandon Prust who is in the final year of his two year contract, is making $525K this season and will be an RFA this summer.
  • Olli Jokinen is also in the final year of his four year contract, currently making $5.25M and will be a UFA this summer.
Bottom line, from a Rangers perspective is they got Ales Kotalik's $3M cap hit off the books for the next two seasons. If they decide to re-sign Prust and/or Jokinen then so be it, but Sather's primary purpose here was to get some cap space cleared in my opinion.

On a side note, to all of the Rangers fans who are still bashing Kotalik, drop it already. Glen Sather signed him to a contract which unfortunately turned out to be way more than he deserved. His time in New York was not successful (outside of maybe the first month of the season). However, think about how much worse this could have been. How would you feel if you found out that this deal collapsed because Kotalik refused to waive his partial "No Trade" clause? It was well within Kotalik's right to refuse to go to Calgary, but he didn't. In the end, I'm damn thankful that he decided to not enforce part of the contract that Sather must have been willing to sign just a few months ago. He's off to Calgary now where I wish him nothing but the best. There's no bitter taste in my mouth because I see the Rangers as the clear winners of this trade.

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