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

Tonight's Free Entry $50 Prize Pool Hockey Contest Ends In 4 hours! Sign Up To Win!!!

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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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