Monday, December 26, 2011

Rangers First In The NHL!

Here's what the Eastern Conference looks like right now:


Thanks to a loss tonight for the Blackhawks, the Rangers also sit first overall in the entire NHL! [Standings]
Image via @Pickledotcom
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Thursday, December 22, 2011

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Monday, December 12, 2011

Win 2 Tickets To Tomorrow Night's Game; Rangers vs Stars

TiqIQ has two tickets to the Rangers vs Stars game for tomorrow (12/13/11).  We're going to give them away to a lucky fan who gives us the best response to 'the #1 Reason Brad Richards is happy he's no longer a Dallas Star.' 

In order to enter to win the tickets, fans need to follow @TiqIQ and @PuckCentral on Twitter, and give their answer along with the hashtag #BlueShirtRichards so all entries can be tracked.

For example, a sample entry would look like this (after you followed @TiqIQ and @PuckCentral on Twitter)
Brad Richards is chasing his dream of singing on Broadway #BlueShirtRichards
TiqIQ will decide a winner by 1pm tomorrow, and contact the winner directly. In turn, tickets can be picked up at the TiqIQ offices (40th & Broadway).

Friday, November 25, 2011

Deveaux Suspended 3 Games For Elbow

Andre Deveaux will be suspended for 3 NHL games for his elbow on Wednesday night to the head of Thomas Flesichmann during the Ranger loss to the Panthers. I'm not surprised in the least by the suspension, I had predicted 3 games yesterday. The suspension will cost Deveaux approximately $8,500 bucks and may result in a demotion to the AHL, although not directly because of the elbow itself.

Listen to Brendan Shanahan explain the suspension here:



My initial reaction was that although the elbow looked nasty and was definitely suspension worthy that Deveaux just happened to react to a move by Flesichmann to avoid Deveaux. I didn't think that the hit was intent to injure and I'm glad that the NHL agreed.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Yablonski, Mirasty and Brennan Russian Street Fight




A lot of people have been talking about this video today. There's a good chance the video will be removed by Youtube. In the mean time, here it is for any of you interested. The action is very limited, no punches thrown until about the 2:55 mark of the video. Most of the discussion is in Russian. If someone understands the discussion or knows the background behind this please post it in the comments section below.

As most of you are aware Yablonski, Mirasty and Brennan are all North American hockey players, better known for their pugilistic skills than their puck handling, who are currently playing in the KHL. That's Yablonski who lays the guy in the purple out as he's walking past him at the end of the video.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Don't Look Now ... Rangers #1 In East!

I was going to post this in the morning but with late games tonight, the standings could always change before the morning. So here you go, feel free to stare at it long and hard .... I did!

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A Review of the Partially New & Improved MSG

Stadium Journey publishes reviews of pro and college sports stadiums and arenas. They recently posted a revised review of Madison Square Garden (NY Rangers edition) based on the recent improvements made this summer to the Garden.

I've heard some great things about the Garden but haven't gotten a chance yet to check out the new and improved (by all accounts) arena.

Check out the review over at Stadium Journey. Have you had a chance to check out a game or concert yet at the new look MSG? Live up to the hype?

The reviewer over at Stadium Journey gave MSG a 3.9 out of 5 using the following categories to rate the experience: Food & Beverage, Atmosphere, Neighborhood, Fans, Access, Return on Investment and Extras.
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Rangers Bring Back Voros! Well .... Sorta

 Update - 11/16/11
Read some more about the try out of Voros in Hartford here

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Larry Brooks tweets:
Former Ranger Aaron Voros skating with AHL Whale on PTO (Professional Try Out)...
Interesting to say the least. He may get a shot in Hartford, doubt he gets any further than that. In my opinion it just shows that Sather obviously liked the guy and that he was a good teammate. He's also good friends with both Avery and Richards, not that this is a reason why he's getting a try out with the Whale.

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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Let's Get Girardi in the All Star Game, Torts Says NHL Is "Ass Backwards"

Source: Zimbio
Last season we got behind the Sean Avery for the All Star campaign. This year the NYR Blog is campaigning for Dan Girardi to play in the All Star game and it's hard not to get behind that push to get out the vote for Girardi. Girardi is one of the most underrated defensemen in the NHL, one of the best shot blockers and one of the Rangers' best players night in and night out. He's been snubbed on the All Star ballot, while Marc Staal (who hasn't played a game this season) is on it.

Far too often the defensive defensemen of the NHL get overlooked because they aren't putting up 40 points a season or rushing the puck end to end. But, Girardi is as good as it gets at his position and certainly worthy of a spot on the All Star team. When it comes to the position of defensemen, you can't tell me that he's not top 10 in the league in his position right now. He's not flashy, but he gets the job done and done well.

Ranger Rants had some good stuff about Girardi after last night's 5-1 against Carolina. Tortorella was asked about Marc Staal being on the ballot and Dan Girardi being left off:
“Oh, this league,” said Tortorella, waving his hand in disgust. “It’s because he’s not pedigree. There’s no pedigree there. Our league is so ass-backwards when it comes to that. It’s not just this year that he’s been underrated. This guy has been a really good player. But if you don’t have the pedigree in this league, they don’t look at you.”

Not that this is about Staal because if both Girardi and Staal were playing this season, most likely, both would deserve to be on the ballot. But Staal was picked 12th overall in the 2005 draft and has two brothers in the league while Girardi signed with the Rangers on July 1, 2006 as an undrafted free agent out of the Ontario Hockey League, where he played for Barrie, Guelph and London. Girardi’s ascension as one of the better defensemen in the league is truly a great story of hard work and perseverance.

Hear what Torts has to say about the All Star Ballot snub at the 1:40 mark of the video...




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Friday, November 11, 2011

Marc Staal To See Concussion Specialist

According to Larry Brooks:

A news blackout has been imposed regarding Marc’s condition, but The Post has learned the 24-year-old defenseman will be examined next week in Boston by concussion specialist Dr. Robert Cantu.

The examination, sources have told The Post, will follow a one-month “shutdown” period ordered by Cantu when Staal visited him during the week of Oct. 16 while the Rangers were in western Canada.
Hopefully this is the final clearance before Staal gets back on the ice. Unfortunately, that doesn't seem to be the case. At this point it's completely up in the air when Staal will be back. He's been out since training camp scrimmages began.
 
Thankfully the Rangers have been playing well recently and the defense has been fairly solid for the past few weeks. This has been a great opportunity for the other Rangers young defensemen to step up, get more minutes and play in different situations they'd likely not get to play in if Staal were in the lineup. Staal's vacancy leaves about 30 minutes a game on average more ice time available for the other six defensemen. 
 
It's never a good thing when you are missing one of your top defensemen. For the past few seasons Staal has been the clear cut #1 defenseman, but the good news is now Dan Girardi is battling Staal for that title. As long as the Rangers continue to win there won't be much talk about Staal however fans may start to get antsy if the team goes on any type of losing streak. We must hang in there, this is one season and Staal still has a long career ahead of him. Before he steps back on the ice, he must be absolutely positive that he's 100% healthy.
 
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Thursday, November 10, 2011

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

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When DraftStreet approached me about a potential partnership I checked out the site and was super excited by what I saw. I signed up right away! Let's face it, if you play fantasy hockey and draft a garbage team or have a ton of injuries because of freak accidents, who wants to continue to manage that lifeless team for the rest of the year? With DraftStreet you can pick a new team every single night and get the chance every night to win tons of awesome cash prizes.

This is a salary cap league where everyone tries to assemble the best team out of the available players. You will have a $100k budget to build a team of 2 LW’s, 2 RW’s, 2 Center’s, 2 Defensive players, 1 Goalie, and a FLEX (which is any forward or defenseman). Each NHL player has been allocated a price based on their expected fantasy performance.

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Rangers & Capitals Make Prospects Trade

According to the offical NY Rangers offical twitter account:
The NYR officially announce that they have acquired F Francois Bouchard from Washington in exchange for D Tomas Kundratek
Although the Rangers may be seem a little short on defensemen at the moment who are NHL ready, they still have an abundance of defensive prospects in the system. It makes sense that Sather try and improve the depth at forward by shipping off one of the excess defensemen.

Wild Will Honor Boogaard November 27th


Source: IGossip
 I hope eventually this season the Rangers follow in the footsteps of the Minnesota Wild and hold some type of tribute for Derek Boogaard. I will say I'm surprised the Rangers didn't do much of anything to honor Boogaard at their home opener. I mean after all, he was a part of the Rangers organization for a season and not only was he a teammate to many of the current Rangers, he was also a friend.

According to a post on the team website, the Wild will honor The Boogey Man on November 27th:
While at the game, all fans in attendance will receive a Derek Boogaard poster featuring a re-production of a painting of "The Boogeyman" by sports artist Robert Blehert. They can also visit a Boogaard tribute in the main concourse near Gate 3 and adjacent to a similar tribute to former Wild player Sergei Zholtok.
The team will also unveil a commemorative Boogaard tribute T-shirt and puck along with releasing a limited number of Boogaard autographed items and game worn jerseys on November 27. Proceeds from the sale of these items will benefit Defending The Blue Line.

For more information on Defending The Blue Line, go to http://www.defendingtheblueline.org/.
We miss ya big guy!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Wolski Out A Month; Requires Surgery

Source: ESPN
The Rangers today announced that left wing Wojtek Wolski who left the game against Anaheim early due to injury will require surgery to repair a sports hernia. He's expected to be out for the next four weeks.

I guess this means that Wolski may be spending some more time in the hot tub.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Clarification On @NHL "Second Altercation" Rule

I think many people were as perplexed as me last night when Mike Sauer and Petteri Nokelainen were given game misconducts for a fight that occurred in the first few minutes of last night's game. The fight which occurred right after the fight between Michael Blunden and Ryan Callahan had ended was apparently deemed as a "second altercation." I consider myself to be fairly knowledgeable about the rules of the game and know most rules (even the rarely called ones). However, I was very surprised by this call because it seemed like a legitimate fight between two willing combatants that just happened to occur at the heat of the moment at the same time as another fight.

This morning I set out to find out exactly what the rule is, if it's new and how this fight qualified as ejection worthy. It appears that the game misconducts were discretionary, not mandatory. From what I can see, the only rule that this would violate is one of the sub-rules for fighting (Rule 46.16), "Third Man In."

The rule specifically states:
A game misconduct penalty, at the discretion of the Referee, shall be imposed on any player who is the first to intervene (third man in) in an altercation already in progress except when a match penalty is being imposed in the original altercation. This penalty is in addition to any other penalties incurred in the same incident. This rule also applies to subsequent players who elect to intervene in the same or other altercations during the same stoppage of play.
So basically the refs had the option to either give Sauer and Nokelainen five minutes to calm down in the sin bin or give them five minutes and give them a game misconduct. Of course, they chose to throw the book at them. Why? I understand the purpose of the "third man in rule" when it's protecting the primary two fighters from a third player intervening. However, here these two players engaged in a fight that in no way jeopardized the primary two fighters.

This is a lame rule. Even lamer that the refs had discretion and decided to hammer the two players. Some people just don't know how to use discretion, I guess.



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Saturday, November 5, 2011

Video: Deveaux vs Parros

If you watch the first few seconds of the clip you can clearly see Deveaux turn to the bench seeking approval before dropping the mitts with George Parros. It was a smart move by Deveaux because the fight took place off the ensuing faceoff after the Rangers had just taken a 1-0 lead. Usually a coach would prefer a player not to fight right after a goal for his team because of the possible momentum change the other way. However, Deveaux clearly got the approval of someone on the Rangers' bench.

Not a bad effort by Deveaux in the fight either. He hasn't looked out of place by any means skating on the Rangers fourth line. He's a big dude and looks like he knows how to protect the puck along the boards. So far so good.



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Video: Top 10 Goals of the Week, Captain Cally #1


Friday, November 4, 2011

Rangers Announce Mike Rupp Will Have Knee Surgery, Avery Playing Saturday

The Rangers announced today that Mike Rupp, who has been out of action for the past few games, will go under the knife (arthroscopic surgery), next week and as of now it's uncertain how long he'll be out. I'd bet he's out at least three weeks, possibly longer.

Wolski, who re-injured his groin in last night's win against the Ducks, won't play tomorrow night against Montreal. That means that super pest Sean Avery (who cleared re-entry waivers Tuesday) will make his 2011-12 Rangers debut. Expect the Garden to be rockin' when #16 hits the ice for the first time this season.

The signing of defenseman Anton Stralman may not be made official until tomorrow and there's a possibility than the Rangers may make another move, possibly by recalling Mats Zuccarello from the AHL.

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Rangers Sign Defenseman Anton Stralman (update, made official 11/5)

Updated 11/5 @ 3:25pm:

According to the Daily News, the deal was today made official and Mike Rupp who will undergo surgery next week, has been placed on injury reserve.

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 TSN confirms that the Rangers have signed Anton Stralman, a rumor that has been circulating for well over a week now.

According to TSN:
The New York Rangers signed defenceman Anton Stralman to a one-year, $900,000 contract on Thursday.
Stralman was an unrestricted free agent after the Columbus Blue Jackets did not make him a qualifying offer this summer.
Unfortunately this isn't the best of news, because it appears that Marc Staal may be out for much longer than had originally been expected. According to the NYRBlog the Rangers probably have not officially announced this deal because they are waiting to place Staal on long term injury reserve and clear some significant salary cap. I'm not sure how accurate that is, unless the Rangers are potentially ready to make another move, because right now the team would have the cap space to add the $900k cap hit.

As far as Stralman goes, it's a depth move for sure. However, from what I've read he's a very soft defenseman and as a PuckCentral commenter pointed out when the rumor began last week, he sounds like "Christian Backman 2.0." And that's not a good thing. Only time will tell, he'll likely rotate in and out of the lineup as needed for Eminger and Woywitka as long as the defense remains healthy (minus Staal of course).


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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

I Don't Think Anything Is Scarier Than....George Laraque In Drag!



H/T Hockey-Fights.com and the video of Laraque dressed up for Halloween is here courtesy of the HFBoards

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It's official Avery clears waivers and is back on NYR roster #AveryArmy #LetsGoRangers

Sean Avery cleared re-entry waivers today at noon. He's now offically eligible to be recalled by the Rangers and put back on the Rangers roster (seems like a technical matter).
In case you've been under a rock since Sunday, follow the entire story here and here

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Monday, October 31, 2011

Thornton Calls Rangers "Soft," Which Reminds Me Of The Time Lindros Broke His Face

After last night's loss to the New York Rangers by a score of 5-2, Sharks center Joe Thornton said:
To be honest, they were probably the softest team we played against on this road trip, and we should have had these two points.
Which may be true, but not certain what the point of the statement was. First of all, Thornton was pretty much invisible all night. Secondly, you just got beat 5-2. Finally, it's the only time that the two teams meet all year unless Thornton thinks this is some great smack talk for the rivalry if the two meet in the Stanley Cup Final.

For some reason Thornton's "soft" comments immediately reminded me of the night Eric Lindros broke his face with one punch.




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It's Official, Avery Placed On Re-Entry Waivers

Pat Leonard, NYR beat writer for the Daly News confirms that Avery was placed on re-entry waivers:
Sean Avery has, in fact, been placed on re-entry waivers. Rangers confirm. He would clear at noon Tuesday #NYR
Read more about the call up and the possible implications if claimed by another team from yesterday's blog post.


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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Rangers To Recall Avery!

Source: NYRZone
Update 4:25pm: Larry Brooks confirms that Avery will be placed on re-entry waivers Monday by the Rangers. 29 other teams can place a claim for Avery. It's expected that Avery will clear re-entry waivers and be available for the Rangers game on Thursday against the Ducks.
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Update @ 2:55pm: No confirmation yet and still a lot of speculation but Nick Kypreos tweeted:
Look for #Rangers 2 put Sean Avery on recallable waivers as early as Mon. He still wouldn't be eligible 2 play Mon vs #Sharks due 48 hr rule
Now, this still doesn't mean anything is set in stone to me. This could be confirming the rumors or just adding an explanation if the rumors were true. We'll just have to wait and see...

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Boomer Esiason did a pretty good job of getting all our panties in a bunch this fine Sunday morning. He posted on Twitter this morning:
Little birdie telling me Sean Avery is back! Thank God! Finally some energy! For the NYR.
And that was all it took to get the rumor rolling. As of 1:30pm there has been no additional reports of Avery being recalled and no one else in the media has picked up on this rumor. Does Boomer have a legit source for this? Is he playing around with us? Is someone he knows fooling around with Boomer and us?

If Avery were to be recalled he'd have to clear re-entry waivers on Monday. Something that is not a guarantee, but something that most NHL pundits seem to believe is likely. If Avery were claimed off re-entry waivers by another team then the Dallas Stars would be responsible for 50% of his cap hit, the Rangers for 25% (about $950k) and Avery's new team for the remaining 25%.

Avery has been saying the right things since being demoted prior to the start of the season. He played in two games this week with The Whale, scoring the game winner in the shootout last night. But, it does seem like a fast turnaround from the rumors last week that Avery would never play on Broadway again.

Keep checking the AHL transaction page, that's the first place you'll likely hear about the recall (if it happens)!

H/T NYRangers Blog
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Andre Deveaux Called Up By Rangers

 According to Carl Hagelin via Twitter:
Big win tonight! Good luck to my roommate Andre Deveaux on getting called up
Strange to see that the guy who breaks the news is the guy who some fans were hoping would be the call up! Deveaux is a big and physical player. To me this signifies that Rupp may be out a little longer. Unless Torts really wants a pounding 4th line with Rupp and Deveaux in the lineup. He's a big boy and can scrap.

Hopefully this means Christensen will be a healthy scratch, but who knows, Tortorella for some reason loves him.


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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Why The Hell Is Christensen (aka Charmin) Still On This Team?

If you've been following me on Twitter any length of time then you'd know of my serious problem with Erik Christensen being a New York Ranger. I had a problem with him when he was centering Gaborik last season and became the team's de facto #1 center and I have an even bigger problem with him this year now that he's ousted Sean Avery from the NHL and continues to be his useless self.

What I can't for the life of me understand is what the hell John Tortorella or Glen Sather see in this guy? He is in my opinion the most inconsistent player to have worn a Rangers jersey in the past decade. He's so anti-physical that he makes Petr Nedved look like a friggin power forward. It's not bad enough that this clown was getting a regular role on the fourth line, Tortorella is now experimenting with him as the team's number one center AGAIN. It didn't work last year and honestly, it looks like instead of taking a step forward, Mr. Christensen has taken a giant step backward.

Thankfully yesterday it didn't take long for Tortorella to replace him on the top line with Derek Stepan. But seriously, what the heck does this guy have that infatuates John Tortorella? Sure he's got some skill, the problem is he lacks any physical ability to make himself room. Sure he's fast, but he looks like he's skating with zero purpose 95% of the time. And whatever skill he does have is completely offset by what in my opinion is a complete lack of heart. Oh yeah, he was also semi-useful when he actually scored in the shootout, but now he even sucks at doing that! (0-2 this season)

Since day one  as Rangers head coach John Tortorella has preached about accountability and that players who deserve to stay in the lineup will and players that don't won't. Let's not even get into the Sean Avery debate. There are going to be Avery supporters and Avery haters, my position on this side of the debate is abundantly clear. But are you seriously telling me that Erik Christensen is even the 12th best forward in this organization? His skill set is that of a top six forward and if he ain't in the top six then he shouldn't be anywhere near the ice. He clearly isn't worthy of a top six position on this team. Therefore, get him the hell out of here.

After the game last night Tim Erixon and Kris Newbury were sent back to Connecticut and I can only assume that means that Zuccarello will be re-called. Don't get me wrong, Newbury hasn't done much to keep himself in the Rangers lineup but he sure brings more to the table than Christensen.

The only unresolved issue surrounding Christensen is what his new nickname should be? Personally I prefer "Charmin," while others liked the nickname I had given him "Tin Man."

The rationale behind each is below as I had posted on Twitter this week:
"Tin Man" - because he has no heart
 "Charmin" - both soft and good for $hit 
 Let's just hope he isn't around long enough for a new nickname to be worth getting used to!

Added 10/30/11:
I posted a poll over at HFBoards to see what the genuine consensus on Christensen was amongst NYR fans and not surprisingly at this point with 78 votes, more than 80% of voters say Christensen should be in the AHL.


Also, funny that while digging through old posts today I came across my post on PuckCentral when Christensen was claimed off waivers by the Rangers in December of 2009. Yeah, I wasn't that excited about the acquisition even then!


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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Mike Sauer Will Play Tonight

Some good news this morning from the morning skate, according to Katie Strang of ESPN:
Sauer first one on the ice this morning at MSG hours before home opener. He'll be in lineup tonight. Likely means Woywitka will come out
Not only is it a good thing to have a solid defenseman back in the lineup it also should reduce the workload of some of the other defensemen who have been playing top minutes like McDonagh and Girardi.
 
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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Will Anton Stralman Be a NYR? Offer Made

Source: The Star
There was a report yesterday on a Swedish website that the Rangers were interested in defenseman Anton Stralman. Stralman was in the New Jersey Devils training camp on  a tryout but was not offered a contract for this season.

According to Fire & Ice the Rangers have in fact made a contract offer for Stralman. Honestly, I'm not sure what to make of this. I don't know much about Stralman but from what I've read he's a semi-decent defenseman, a good passer but is "as soft as a pillow."
Stralman, who has 11 goals and 63 assists in 212 career NHL games with Toronto and Columbus, has yet to decline or accept the contract the Rangers offered. He also reportedly is weighing an offer to play for HV 71 in the Swedish Elite League.

The Rangers have been looking for help on defense with Marc Staal still sidelined with post-concussion symptoms.

Stralman had no points and an even defensive rating in four preseason games with the Devils.
Now, does this give any indication as to how Marc Staal is progressing? It's expected that Mike Sauer will return to the Rangers lineup within the next game or so. This likely means that Woywitka would be heading to Connecticut as the Rangers would immediately have eight defensemen, not counting Staal.

Defensively, the pairs would likely look something like this:

McDonagh-Girardi
Sauer-Del Zotto
Erixon-Stralman
Eminger (subbing in as needed)


Of course when Staal then returns another defenseman would be sent to the AHL. Unfortunately, if Staal's return were likely to be anytime soon I highly doubt that they'd be sniffing around Stralman.


With King Henrik and Marty Biron standing on their heads so far for the Rangers it's hard to tell how good/bad the defense has been. The more pressing issue for me (and likely anyone watching a period of this Rangers season) has been their inability to not only score but to have any sustained offensive pressure.


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Avery Continues To Say The Right Things ...

Source: intobolivian
Sean Avery continues to say all the right things when asked about his situation of being demoted to the AHL and the remote possibility of getting re-called to the NHL this year because of salary cap concerns. Avery who was claimed off of re-entry waivers from the Dallas Stars several years ago earns almost $4M per year, but while still playing in the NHL last season was only a cap hit of around $1.9M for the Rangers who split the cap hit with his former team, the Stars.

After being demoted to Hartford Connecticut before the start of the NHL season the chances of Avery being recalled this season by the Rangers is unlikely. Why? The reason being if the Rangers were to recall Avery, he'd have to first go through re-entry waivers. Meaning, 29 other teams would have first dibs at claiming him. In my opinion it's still very unlikely that any team would put in a waiver claim for Avery, but if they were to, Avery would still count as a $900k cap hit for the Rangers. The reason being the Rangers and his new team would be responsible for 25% of the cap and the Dallas Stars responsible for 50% of the cap. Truthfully, at this point the Rangers would likely need to be pretty desperate to risk that cap hit for a player not on the roster.

However, since his demotion, Avery has continued to say the right things. In an article in today's Bergen Record discussing the loophole to bury NHLers in the AHL Avery said:
I think that’s a consequence when they sign contracts, and it depends what team you sign with, some owners are willing to spend money to make their team better whether it’s to spend money to get rid of a guy or spend that money to sign a guy
He went onto add
That’s the sacrifice you make. You feel sorry for anybody making $5 million? Rip up your deal. If you want to play in the NHL that bad, rip your contract up.

Last week Avery said that New York is the only place he wants to play:
I have a lot of other things going on that is going to pay me when I'm done playing hockey.
I would play for the minimum, whatever that is, $500,000. Why not?
We'll see how that plays out, remember, it's not that long ago that he turned down an offer from the New York Rangers and jumped ship for more money with the Stars. Not that I fault him for that, maybe it was that lucrative deal that has him feeling financially comfortable enough to take a pay cut to continue living the dream. Truthfully, outside of the Rangers there may not be many teams willing to give Avery another shot, even for the league minimum.

I certainly hope we haven't seen the last of Sean Avery in the NHL. Love him or hate him, he was entertaining. On any given night he had the potential to have us all talking about something that he did.

He's an above average hockey player, despite what many critics would have you believe. His haters downplay his contributions to the team and whine about Avery's antics. Like it or not, those antics were pretty damn successful in drawing a lot of power plays for the Rangers and throwing many players off their game. In his time in New York he had a lot of penalty minutes, you may be surprised to know, he drew more minor penalties than he took.

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Friday, October 21, 2011

Callahan & Dubinksy Autograph Signing December 6th In Paramus, NJ

Photo source: Rangers Tribune
New York Rangers forwards Ryan Callahan and Brandon Dubinsky will be signing autographs on Tuesday, December 6th, 2011 from 6pm–8pm at Buddy’s Sports Corner (sports store located in Paramus Park Mall) Paramus, NJ.

Typically these stores charge a decent chunk of change if you want to get an autograph, the prices vary depending on what it is you want signed. An example of items that will likely be available include 8x10 photos, pucks and jerseys. Sometimes it's cheaper to bring your own high quality pictures with you to have them signed.





Sunday, October 16, 2011

Rangers Recall Bell & Newbury, Demote Zuccarello

With a rather slow start to the season for the Rangers and several injuries hampering the blue line it was not unexpected that the Rangers would make a few moves last night after a 5-3 loss to the Islanders.

The first move announced was that Zuccarello had been sent down to Connecticut and Kris Newbury recalled. It was expected that Newbury would be the first re-call as I tweeted Friday night, after all he did start the season in the AHL with 4 goals and 8 points in the first 8 games. However, I am surprised that once again Eric Christensen has managed to avoid the drop.

A poster on HFBoards may have just hit the nail on the head as to why Christensen is still with the team:
And yet Christensen stays? Does he have naked photos of Torts or something?
With the injuries on defense to Marc Staal and Mike Sauer, with no known return table for either the Rangers decided to play it safe and bring Brendan Bell, an eighth defenseman with them for the four game road trip out West.

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Friday, October 14, 2011

Expected NYR Lineup vs Isles (no Sauer or Wolski)

Expected lines for tomorrow's game against the Islanders (via Andrew Gross):
Stepan-Richards-Gaborik
Dubinsky-Anisimov-Callahan
Fedotenko-Boyle-Prust
Rupp-Christensen-Zuccarello

McDonagh-Girardi
Del Zotto-Erixon
Woywitka-Eminger

Sauer is injured and will not play on Long Island due to a shoulder injury. Wolski still remains injured because of a groin injury.


The most notable change in the forward lines is Dubinksy re-joining Anisimov and Callahan on the second line. Dubinsky started the season with Richards and Gaborik but Tortorella said that he wanted to re-united Dubinksy with Callahan and Anisimov because of their chemistry together last season. This gives second year NHLer Derek Stepan a chance to get some significant playing time with two of the elite forwards in the NHL.


And in case you didn't already know, King Henrik will be between the pipes. On the other end of the ice, it's no surprise that Rick DiPietro won't be.
 


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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Video: Arron Asham Plays Mike Tyson Punch Out With Jay Beagle



via Puck Daddy

And a different video that shows Asham's "go to sleep" gesture
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Monday, October 10, 2011

Video: Don Cherry Rips NHL's New Hitting Policies




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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Video: Avery Mic'd Up Threatening Giroux




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And Then There Were 33...

As expected after last night's pre-season game in Philadelphia the Rangers cut an additional two forwards from their roster before jumping on a plane to Europe.
Andre Deveaux and Andreas Thuresson who both got a last chance to play in Philly were the cuts made last night after the game.

As was discussed on here yesterday, the Rangers still have some tough decisions to make before their roster is finalzed to start the season.


NEW YORK RANGERS ACTIVE ROSTER:

Goal (3): Martin Biron, Henrik Lundqvist, Scott Stajcer

Defense (11): Brendan Bell, Stu Bickel, Michael Del Zotto, Steve Eminger, Tim Erixon, Dan Girardi, Ryan McDonagh, Dylan McIlrath, Blake Parlett, Michael Sauer, Marc Staal

Forward (19): Artem Anisimov, Sean Avery, Ryan Bourque, Brian Boyle, Ryan Callahan, Erik Christensen, Brandon Dubinsky, Ruslan Fedotenko, Marian Gaborik, Carl Hagelin, John Mitchell, Kris Newbury, Brandon Prust, Brad Richards, Mike Rupp, Derek Stepan, Dale Weise, Wojtek Wolski, Mats Zuccarello
 
 
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Monday, September 26, 2011

Video: Wayne Simmonds Clearly Calls Avery Homosexual Slur


video via Ryan Lambert
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Pavel Valentenko and Chad Kolarik Clear Waivers

According to Andrew Gross:
Pavel Valentenko and Chad Kolarik both clear waivers and are assigned to Connecticut (AHL).

I can only assume that Wade Redden also cleared waivers and will report to Connecticut.

Valentenko was seen as a disappointment by many Rangers fans on Friday night in his one pre-season game against the Devils. If you recall, last season Valentenko made it very tough on the New York Rangers and was the final demotion to Hartford when the team opted to instead keep Ryan McDonagh in New York. Many (including myself) were hoping that Valentenko would either make the lineup this year or at least make everyone else compete harder in order to keep him off the team.

However, that was apparently not the case because the Rangers right now are searching for a replacement for Marc Staal and instead of competing for a spot on the opening night roster, Valentenko was amongst the first round of cuts on Saturday.

Ranger Rants yesterday revealed a little more behind Valentenko's performance Friday, he has been injured with a groin problem. Valentenko also attempted to squash the rumors that he was heading to the KHL since he didn't make the Rangers by saying "I’m going to fight for the Rangers. I never quit.”

That's all the fans ask for and with an attitude like that he might be back in New York before we know it.



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Tough Moves Ahead For Rangers

Tim Erixon
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Saturday the first round of cuts were made as the Rangers sent 28 players to either the AHL or back to their Junior team. Larry Brooks reports that prior to the team heading to Europe to finish up their pre-season and start the 2011-12 regular season they will likely be cutting two more forwards. This would leave the roster with three goalies, ten defensemen (Staal not traveling to Europe) and nineteen forwards.

As far as the decisions at forward go, Brooks had the following analysis:
With Mats Zuccarello all but certain to start the season with the team, the Rangers have spots open for a pair of spare forwards. Unless Carl Hagelin comes out of nowhere with far more impressive performances in Europe than he’s delivered in his two exhibition outings thus far or Ryan Bourque forces himself into the mix, the candidates are: Sean Avery, who clearly has the highest ceiling of anyone else in the equation; Erik Christensen, whose role has been marginalized by the addition of Brad Richards; and John Mitchell and Dale Weise, both of whom would require waivers in order to be assigned to the AHL Whale.
If you've read PuckCentral for anytime at all you'd know my feelings about Eric Christensen. If it were up to me he would've been sent packing during the first round of cuts. I'm still a big fan of Sean Avery and recognize what he is capable of bringing on a nightly basis if he plays to his potential AND is given the opportunity. Far too many times since his infamous suspension Avery has moved away from the game that keeps him in the lineup. But, just as many times John Torotrella has limited Avery's ice time for no apparent reason. If you're expecting Avery to score 20 goals then you are certainly setting him up for failure. But, Avery can be a very effective third liner, he's very good on the forecheck, can create scoring opportunities for others (when he stays onside) and when at his best can agitate the hell out of most 95% of opponents. 

The problem for Avery is that with Brandon Prust playing the way he does the Rangers have similar style players, known for their gritty style. Add to the mix Dale Weise who is still fighting for a roster spot and you have several players that play a similar type of game fighting for one, possibly two spots. Out of the three, Prust is the only one currently guaranteed a roster spot to start the season. Chirs Botta wrote about Avery possibly being waived depending on how he plays in the team's final pre-season games. If Avery were to clear waivers he would start the season in Connecticut.
At this point I'd be extremely surprised if Ryan Bourque made the team. This is no slight against Bourque but there is just too much competition for only one or two forward positions and I don't see the Rangers keeping a young player around to be a regular healthy scratch. Hagelin has a better shot at making the roster (the kid is a speed demon), but he too should be considered a long shot.

With Marc Staal sitting out with post-concussion symptoms only Dan Girardi, Ryan McDonagh and Mike Sauer are guaranteed regular spots on the blue line. Steve Eminger who was re-signed this summer will also stick with the Rangers, but he may be given a more prominent role unless other moves are made. It's still possible that the Rangers invite someone else to camp (which doesn't look likely at this point), sign a player or made a trade. The Rangers announced on Sunday that Marc Staal would not be traveling with the team to Europe for the pre-season games, but wouldn't rule him out of the opening night lineup. I'd have to guess at this point if Staal is still being held out of games that he's highly unlikely for at least the first few games of the regular season.

With the sudden need for defensemen, Dylan McIlrath who was expected to be returned to his Junior team  is left amongst the final group of players. Tortorella told the media on Sunday that McIlrath wasn't yet ready for the NHL. So, unless he does something remarkable in the next few exhibition games, he's likely just along for the ride.

A lot of the decisions on the defense end will hinge upon the health of Marc Staal. What many thought of as the Rangers strength heading into the summer now looks like it could be suspect. I mean, Brendan Bell has seemed like a decent substitute so far, but over the course of the the regular season is a team with Bell playing a prominent role going to be very successful? As for Michael Del Zotto, he was all talk prior to the pre-season about being ready to prove he's ready to play in the NHL and being humbled by his demotion to Hartford last season. But, is he going to be consistent enough to help the team more than harm it?

There are certainly a lot of questions left and not much time to get those answers.

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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Rangers Make Cuts, McIlrath Still On Roster

Rangers training camp cuts were made today, sending 28 players to either the AHL or to their Junior team. Tortorella has said in the past that the Rangers plan on bringing 31 to 33 players with them to Europe to finish up the pre-season and to start the season. After today's cuts there are now 35 players on the Rangers roster, which means that after the next pre-season game there will be at least two more players cut from the roster prior to the team heading to Europe.

There aren't many spots left for grabs amongst the forwards but it will be interesting to see what decisions are made on the blue line for the Rangers. With Marc Staal sitting out with post-concussion symptoms only Dan Girardi, Ryan McDonagh and Mike Sauer are guaranteed spots on the blue line. Steve Eminger who was re-signed this summer will also stick with the Rangers, but he may be given a more prominent role unless other moves are made. It's still possible that the Rangers invite someone else to camp, sign a player or made a trade. With the sudden need for defensemen, Dylan McIlrath who was expected to be returned to his Junior team today is left battling for a spot on the roster opening night.

According to NYR.com:

PLAYERS STILL IN NEW YORK RANGERS TRAINING CAMP:

Goal (3):  Martin Biron, Henrik Lundqvist, Scott Stajcer

Defense (11):  Brendan Bell, Stu Bickel, Michael Del Zotto, Steve Eminger, Tim Erixon, Dan Girardi, Ryan McDonagh, Dylan McIlrath, Blake Parlett, Michael Sauer, Marc Staal

Forward (21):  Artem Anisimov, Sean Avery, Ryan Bourque, Brian Boyle, Ryan Callahan, Erik Christensen, Andre Deveaux, Brandon Dubinsky, Ruslan Fedotenko, Marian Gaborik, Carl Hagelin, John Mitchell, Kris Newbury, Brandon Prust, Brad Richards, Mike Rupp, Derek Stepan, Andreas Thuresson, Dale Weise, Wojtek Wolski, Mats Zuccarello


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Video: Rupp vs Boulton



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Friday, September 23, 2011

Rangers Headlines Heading Into Pre-Season Game 2

  • MSGHD finally coming to Fios. If you're a New York sports fan and have Verizon you've been stuck watching all Rangers games in standard definition. For Cablevision subscribers like myself, it's been one of the main reasons why we've stuck with Cablevision. Well, the FCC has ruled that Cablevision must offer the high definition channel to their competitors. [Link]
  • Michael Barnett who was Rangers director of U.S. amateur scouting and a senior advisor to Glen Sather has resigned. [Link]
  • The NY Rangers Blog has a look at what is likely going to be the Rangers and Flyers logos for the Winter Classic.
  • If the Rangers expect Marc Staal to miss a significant amount of time does that mean that Dylan McIlrath actually has a shot of sticking with the Rangers? I highly doubt it, but Blue Seat Blogs takes a look at the scenario. One thing's for certain, Michael Del Zotto didn't do himself any favors in the first game against the Devils.
  • Larry Brooks reports that the "Rangers' plan is to bring 6 lines, 5 D pairs and 3 goalies on trip to Europe."
  • Did J.T. Miller land himself a spot on the roster heading to Europe to finish up the pre-season and start the season? [Bleeding All Blue]
  • Jim Cerny reports this is the lineup for tonight's second pre-season game against the Devils:

    Goalies: Martin Biron, Chad Johnson

    Defensemen:
    Brendan Bell, Michael Del Zotto, Tim Erixon, Ryan McDonagh, Michael Sauer, Pavel Valentenko
    Forwards:
    Brian Boyle, Ryan Callahan, Ruslan Fedotenko, Marian Gaborik, Carl Hagelin, Kris Newbury, Brad Richards, Mike Rupp, Derek Stepan, Dale Weise, Wojtek Wolski, Mats Zuccarello
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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Video: McIlrath Fighting Bickel Tuesday At Training Camp


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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Video: NHL Rememberance Video


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Monday, September 19, 2011

Marc Staal To Miss Training Camp & Possibly Longer

According to the NY Post:
Marc Staal will not participate in training camp scrimmages or in any of the Rangers' three exhibition games in North America because of lingering issues resulting from a crushing hit from his brother Eric in Carolina last Feb. 22, The Post has learned.
The Rangers alternate captain has been medically cleared for contact after developing post-concussionlike symptoms over the summer, but management is taking a conservative, cautious approach this preseason. He skated through the first two days of strenuous testing and did take part in Sunday morning's drills after the conclusion of the first scrimmage.
Hopefully Staal gets better quickly and is able to play the majority of the season. Scary to think what concussions can do to someone; symptom free for six months and then all of a sudden feeling the effects of a hit that occurred half a year ago.

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Saturday, September 17, 2011

NHL Training Camp Invitees

Here is the complete list of players invited to NHL training camps:

Listed below is each player's name, position and team(s) that they played for last season.

Boston
Chris Clark RW (Columbus)
Kirk MacDonald RW (Providence, AHL)
Kevan Miller D (U. of Vermont, NCAA)

Buffalo
Joe Finley D (South Carolina, ECHL)

Calgary
John Armstrong C (Abbotsford, AHL)

Chicago
Ray Emery G (Anaheim/Syracuse, AHL)

Columbus

Trevor Ludwig D (Texas, AHL)
Adam Payerl C (Belleville, OHL)

Detroit
Fabian Brunnstrom LW (Texas AHL/Toronto AHL)
Ryan Johnson C (Chicago)
Ramis Sadikov G (Erie, OHL)
Artem Sergeev D (Val d'Or, QMJHL)
Adam Estoclet C (Darthmouth, NCAA)
Evan Mosher G (PEI, QMJHL)
Zach Franko LW (Kelowna, WHL)
Nick Oslund RW (St.Cloud, NCAA)

Friday, September 16, 2011

New York Rangers Training Camp Roster Released

According to Ranger Rants here is the official list of players at training camp this morning:
Group 1:
Sean Avery, Ruslan Fedotenko, Kris Newbury, Brandon Prust, Brian Boyle, Ryan Callahan, Erik Christensen, Mike Rupp, Steve Eminger, Dan Girardi, Ryan McDonagh, Marc Staal, Jonathan Audy-Marchessault, Tommy Grant, Kale Kerbashian.

Group 2:
Brandon Dubinsky, Marian Gaborik, Carl Hagelin, Dylan McIlrath, Artem Anisimov, John Mitchell, Brad Richards, Derek Stepan, Ryan Bourque, Andre Deveaux, Wojtek Wolski, Mats Zuccarello, Tim Erixon, Jordan Hickmott, Chad Kolarik, Dale Weise.
Group 3:
Lee Baldwin, Tomas Kundratek, J.T. Miller, Pavel Valentenko, Sam Klassen, Jyri Niemi, Jared Nightingale, Samuel Noreau, Brendan Bell, Stu Bickel, Michael Del Zotto, Michael Sauer, Andreas Thuresson.

Group 4:Peter Ceresnak, Blake Parlett, Christian Thomas, Jason Wilson, Tayler Jordan, Shane McColgan, Michael St. Croix, Collin Bowman, Chris McKelvie, Kelsey Tessier, Scott Tanski, Matt Rust, Andrew Yogan, Marty Biron, Chad Johnson, Henrik Lundqvist, Jason Missiaen, Scott Stajcer, Cameron Talbot.
 
 
Does the fact that Wolski is skating in the same group as Richards and Gaborik give us any indication as to which way Tortorella is leaning towards who will play on the top line?
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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Redden Won't Be Invited To Rangers Training Camp

According to Blue Notes
The training camp roster has not yet been announced, but Newsday has confirmed that defenseman Wade Redden, 34, who was waived on Sept. 25 last year and then assigned to the AHL, will not be on it.
Can't say this is all that surprising and even if he had been invited realistically what would his chances of making the roster be? Honestly, if Redden were invited it would likely be more of a distraction than anything else. There's also the risk that if he were to get injured during camp that his salary would count against the camp.

I still think that Redden is still player that should still be in the NHL, however he's not worthy of that crazy contract. There are at least a handful of teams that Redden could at least be the bottom pairing defenseman on.

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Monday, September 12, 2011

Rangers Name Ryan Callahan 26th NYR Captain

Last night the Rangers stated that today the next captain for the New York Rangers along with the two alternate captains would be named. So the speculation began and the front runner was clearly Ryan Callahan.

The only question I had was whether Brad Richards, the newly signed center, would be named as one of the alternates or whether that would go to Brandon Dubinsky. I got my answer a few minutes ago.

According to the NYR website:
New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that forward Ryan Callahan has been named the 26th captain in franchise history. Brad Richards will join Marc Staal as the club's two alternate captains.

"Ryan Callahan embodies all the leadership qualities we seek from our Captain," Sather said.  "He leads by example with courage and a tireless work ethic on and off the ice, which is why he is so deserving of this honor."

Callahan, 26, has served as a Rangers Alternate Captain for the last two seasons after being named to the post on October 2, 2009.  He captured a silver medal with Team USA at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, Canada, and is a two-time Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award winner (2008-09 and 2009-10).

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Sunday, September 11, 2011

Video: Dylan McIlrath Fight at Traverse City Prospects Tournament




H/T to Clutch from Hockey-Fights.com for the video

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Surprise, Surprise No Charges Against Avery

According to TMZ:
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ, "No criminal charges of any kind will be filed against Sean Avery stemming from his August 5 arrest for battery on a police officer."
But according to law enforcement sources, a further investigation revealed that no officer was ever actually pushed.
So why were the charges dropped?
We're told the officer who made the battery report did so after his foot was caught in Avery's front door -- and multiple witnesses have corroborated the story.
According to sources, police don't believe it's appropriate to charge Avery -- and agree the matter would be best handled by an informal meeting with the L.A. City Attorney, who's expected to officially close the case ... without prosecution.
Ok, I have to admit that even I'm a little surprised the way this turned out. I assumed that Avery would've gotten a slap on the wrist with community service or some other form of punishment. But I did predict that there was nothing for Rangers fans or Avery to worry about when the report was originally made by TMZ about Avery pushing a cop.

Unfortunately for the Avery haters this is terrible news.

Rather funny looking back at it how so many idiots people thought this was the end of Avery's Rangers and NHL career. Actually, it was pretty funny at the time too - now it's hysterical.

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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Hockey Franchise Changes For 2011-12

A comprehensive list of hockey franchise changes for the upcoming 2011-12 hockey season.

NHL:
Atlanta Thrashers become Winnipeg Jets

AHL:
Manitoba Moose become St John's (Ice Caps?)

ECHL:
Chicago Express expansion franchise
Colorado Eagles transferred from CHL
Trenton Devils folded
Columbia Inferno possibly returning

CHL:
Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs folded
Bloomington Prairie Thunder folded
Colorado Eagles moved to ECHL
Mississippi RiverKings moved to SPHL
Odessa Jackalopes to NAHL
Bloomington Blaze expansion franchise

FHL:
Danville Dashers expansion franchise
Green Mountain Rock Crushers expansion franchise
New Jersey Outlaws expansion franchise
Niagara Falls Nationals expansion franchise
Rome Frenzy suspended operations
Cape Cod Barons change name to Bluefins
New York Aviators change name to Brooklyn

SPHL:
Mississippi RiverKings moved from CHL

WHL:
Chilliwack Bruins become Victoria Royals

QMJHL:
Montréal Junior become Blainville-Boisbraind Armada
Lewiston MAINEiacs purchased by league and dissolved

BCHL:
Quesnel Millionaires become Chilliwack Chiefs
Langley Chiefs change name to Rivermen 

NAHL:
Owatonna Express become Odessa Jackalopes
Motor City Metal Jackets become Jamestown Ironmen
Kalamazoo Jr. K-Wings expansion franchise
Minot Minotauros expansion franchise

NOJHL:
Temiscaming Royals fold
Manitoulin Islanders become Kirkland Lake Blue Devils
Sudbury Jr Wolves become Sudbury Cups

OJHL:
Streetsville Derbys merge with Cobourg Cougars
Collingwood Blackhawks folded
Orangeville Flyers folded
Dixie Beehives folded
Villanova Knights become Orangeville Flyers
Upper Canada Patriots become Toronto Lakeshore Patriots

SIJHL:
Iron Range Ironheads expansion franchise 

All of the credit goes to JruGordon and Drewman of Hockey-Fights.com 

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Friday, August 5, 2011

Avery Arrested In California For Shoving A Cop

Sean Avery was arrested early this morning for shoving a police officer at his home in Hollywood Hills, CA.

According to TMZ:
According to law enforcement sources, a neighbor called police to complain about the noise coming from Avery's home. When police arrived at about 1:00 AM, we're told Avery answered the door ... then shoved a cop and slammed the door behind him.
Police then knocked again, and we're told Avery came to his senses and opened up. According to law enforcement ... Avery was extremely cooperative after that, but was still booked for battery on a peace officer.
If the report is true, what the hell was he thinking? Did he expect the cops to just go away? Makes me wonder how big of a role alcohol played in this fiasco, not that it excuses his actions.

One can only expect that as soon as he bails himself out of jail he'll have some explaining to do to Glen Sather, John Tortorella and the NHL.

Since he's a celeb he'll likely get a tap on the behind, doubt he actually serves any jail time beyond the time he spent in a cell last night waiting for the judge to set bail.




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Friday, July 29, 2011

Devils Sign Parise: 1 Year, $6M

The New Jersey Devils have re-signed RFA winger Zach Parise to a one year contract extension. According to Bob McKenzie the deal is worth $6M for the 2011-12 season.

As expected the Devils plan to now get Parise signed to a multi-year deal ahead of next July when he can possibly become a UFA.

Tom Gulitti of The Bergen Record reports:
Per CBA, the Devils cannot sign Parise now to a deal beginning in 2012-13 until Jan. 1, 2012.

The Parise deal does not contain a no trade clause because
An RFA can't get a no-trade unless it's for a season in which he would have been a UFA.

We are going to hear a hell of a lot of speculation now until the Devils get Parise signed up long term.
Every single rumor monger will have someone looking to sign him next summer and the Devils trying to trade him before they lose him for nothing. Honestly, I'd be surprised if Parise isn't signed to a deal for at least three years as soon as the CBA allows them to announce a new deal.


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Report: Kovalev to KHL

According to NHL.com
If reports are true, Alex Kovalev's NHL career could be over.
The website Sports Express is reporting Kovalev has agreed to a two-year contract with Atlant Mytishchi of the Kontinental Hockey League. The 38-year-old Kovalev will be 40 when that contract expires.
Kovalev has played for the New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Montreal Canadiens and Ottawa Senators during his 17-year career. He was most recently with the Penguins for a second stint after he was dealt by the Senators at the trade deadline.
It really sucks when the players that you grew up watching as a kid continue to either retire or leave the NHL. My best memories of Kovalev are when he was a young, ridiculously skillful winger just breaking into the NHL. As a 10 year old I'd watch Kovalev dazzle not only the fans but also other players on the ice as he took on players and not only stickhandled past them once, but twice! He was part of the 1994 Stanley Cup New York Rangers team and for that I will always be grateful.

Good luck in the KHL Alexei, it was a pleasure watching you. When he got that puck there were times when he was a joy to watch and had some jaw dropping moves. I'll remember the good times.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Callahan Re-Signs; 3 yr deal, Rumored $4.2M Per Season

As expected, and as I had predicted last week once Brandon Dubinsky had re-signed. The Rangers have re-signed winger Ryan Callahan to a three year deal. The contracts terms are not official yet, but Kevin Allen states:
Ryan Callahan's new contract breakdown: $4M, $4M, $4.85M for the three seasons...
Obviously that $12.85M figure can go up or down slightly and that will make a difference as to what the cap hit will be, but as of now that leaves Callahan's cap hit around $4.28M per season.

Honestly, I expected the Rangers to get Callahan under contract for at least four years based on the contract Dubinsky got last week. Callahan gets a little more money and a one year shorter deal because the Rangers are still buying out two seasons that Callahan would be eligible for UFA status. The Dubinsky contract, although one year longer, also buys out two years of Dubinsky becoming a UFA. The other smart part of this deal is that the next time Callahan and Dubinsky's contracts expire, they will not be in the same summer.

Now the questions is, will Ryan Callahan be announced as the next Rangers captain prior to the start of the 2011-12 season?

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