Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Video: Top 10 Rick Nash Goals

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

The Departed Rangers So Far

Brandon Prust
I'm not going to lie, I'm going to miss this guy. He played hockey the way it's supposed to be played. A guy that meets all of the hockey cliches; wears his heart on his sleeve and leaves it all on the ice. Unfortunately for the Rangers and fortunately for Prust, the Montreal Canadiens decided to overpay him. A lot of Rangers fans got pissed off at Prust when it was rumored that he was demanding $2.2M per year from the Rangers or else he would sign elsewhere.

However, this is a business. The truth of the matter is, these guys (especially the 3rd & 4th liners) have short windows to make as much money as possible. For all Prust knows, this could be his last NHL contract. For all any of these players know, they go out tomorrow morning and have a freak accident that ends their hockey career. What then? A few hundred thousand may not seem like a lot of money when you're talking about millions of dollars but it's still a **** load of money.

$100k - $200k per year (which is what people are saying he should easily walk away from), is probably a hell of a lot more than he'll be making in any post-hockey career. For the most part these guys are finished playing hockey in their early 30s (yes some go longer, but the avg. career is long done by then).

As a fan, yes, we all want our players to take pay cuts due to loyalty. But, for the most part this is not the way the world works -- the NHL and hockey players are no different.

The only time he needs to wake up and realize "he's just a fourth line player" is if no one else in the NHL is willing to ante up the cash. Heck, if someone else comes along and offers him $2.5M (which the Habs decided to do) he's not just a 4th line player, now he's a 4th line player making $2.5M

Ruslan Fedotenko
Interestingly on the backend of his NHL career, Fedotenko continues to get pay raises. He joined the Rangers in 2010-2011 signing a one year contract for $1M and then re-signed with the Rangers for another year in 2011-12 making $1.4M. One day into free agency this offseason the Rangers were not willing to offer Fedotenko another pay raise as division rivals the Philadelphia Flyers  signed him to another a one year deal, this time for $1.75 million.

Fedotenko was a solid New York Ranger, another bottom six guy who gave it his all most nights. However, his offensive game has been on the decline, last season finishing with 9 goals, his lowest production in eleven NHL seasons. Fedotenko has been known for his playoff heroics, especially the way he played for the Lightning (2003-04) and Penguins (2008-09) in Cup winning years. He played better this post-season than he did during the regular season but it would be hard to argue offering Fedotenko the type of money that the Flyers signed him to. 

Some of these UFAs got some nice pay days this July with new contracts. Now they have plenty of cash to spend over at partybingo.com

Mats Zuccarello
Came to the Rangers with a huge fanfare after getting the MVP of the Swedish Elite League in 2009-2010. However, he never lived up to expectations in New York. Some will argue that he was never given the opportunity. However, Zuccarello is a highly skilled, finesse player who needs to be in the top six on an NHL team. He just was not good enough to demand top six minutes in either of his two seasons with the New York Rangers.

I won't say that Zuccarello will never play in the NHL but it takes a special player to make it in the NHL with Zuccarello's size. He may return one day, but with the core group of forwards that the Rangers currently have heading into the 2012-13 NHL season, it's likely that even if he were brought back he'd spend the majority of his time in Connecticut. 

He was an RFA this summer and signed a two year deal with the KHL team Metallurg Magnitogorsk.

John Mitchell
He was called up on my birthday (November 25) last season and stuck with the big club for the remainder of the season and played a role in getting the Rangers to the Eastern Conference Finals. He grew on me as the season wore on. There were quick glimpses of skill but he spent the majority of his 63 regular season games stuck on the fourth line. He got a 2 year deal ($1.1M per) from the Avalanche as a UFA. As the roster is now, his fourth line spot will be filled by Jeff Halpern, one of the better faceoff players in the NHL last season.

Jeff Woywitka
Played the seventh defenseman role until Stu Bickel was recalled and claimed a spot on the Rangers roster last season. He's returning to St. Louis where he played previously.

John Scott
"Big" John Scott who the Rangers acquired at the Trade Deadline last season for a fifth round pick will not return for another season on Broadway. He's been signed to a one year contract by the Buffalo Sabres. Not surprising to be honest. He's not a Torts type of player, he's a heavyweight that isn't going to get much ice time. We've seen over the years that if you can only fight and can't take a regular shift, John Tortorella isn't going to have much time for you.

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Monday, May 14, 2012

Betting On The Cup Winner

Even if you don't like to bet on hockey it's still interesting to see what the professionals have to say about the odds of each team winning the Stanley Cup.  If you are looking to bet on who is going to win either the Eastern Conference Finals match up between the Rangers and Devils or the Western Conference Finals between the Kings and Predators or even bet on the eventual Stanley Cup winner then a good way to find a reputable sports betting site is to check out the sportsbook review.

This sportsbook review is a site dedicated completely to sites offering a 50 year experience and knowledge to people interested in sports, horse racing and casinos online.
According to one top sports betting website if you are betting on the Eastern Conference winner the Rangers have 1/1 odds and the Devils have 5/4 odds. Meanwhile, the Rangers and Kings are now the favorites to win the Stanley Cup with 9/4 odds. The Coyotes and Devils have 7/2 odds on going on to win the Cup.

Heading into the NHL playoffs here were the odds:

Pittsburgh Penguins 4/1
New York Rangers 11/2
Vancouver Canucks 11/2
St. Louis Blues 15/2
Boston Bruins 8/1
Detroit Red Wings 12/1
Nashville Predators 14/1
Philadelphia Flyers 14/1
Chicago Blackhawks 16/1
San Jose Sharks 18/1
Los Angeles Kings 20/1
New Jersey Devils 25/1
Washington Capitals 30/1
Florida Panthers 35/1
Ottawa Senators 40/1
Phoenix Coyotes 40/1

Anyone who put a few dollars down on either the Predators, Devils or especially the Coyotes could do really well if one of those teams were to win the Cup. In fact, before the playoffs began, Puck Daddy said "You know, throwing $100 on the Coyotes at 40/1 and hoping Mike Smith stays hot isn't such a bad idea." At this point, if you have money on the Coyotes, you have to be getting antsy thinking a nice pay day could be coming your way. But, there's a lot of hockey left!

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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Rangers Guaranteed To Finish Regular Season 1st in East!

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Monday, March 12, 2012

Free Carl Hagelin Autograph Signing In Hackensack, NJ Wednesday, March 14th

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Monday, February 27, 2012

Cody Hodgson Traded From Caucks To Sabres For Zack Kassian

Cody Hodgson & Alexander Sulzer to Canucks for Zack Kassian & Marc-Andre Gragnani

See the rest of today's trades here

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Rangers Acquire John Scott; Physical Defenseman

The Rangers have added rugged defenseman John Scott from the Chicago Blackhawks for a 5th round pick. Certainly a depth move. Scott is known more for dropping his gloves than anything else. Oh yeah ... he's 6'8 and 270lbs!

See the rest of today's trades here

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Nashville Lands Paul Gaustad

See the rest of today's trades here

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Bruins Acquire Rolston & Mike Mottau for AHLers From Islanders

Bruins acquire Brian Rolston and Mike Mottau with AHLers Marc Cantin and Yanick Riendeau heading to Islanders.

See the rest of today's trades here

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Two Deals: Chicago Acquires Johnny Oduya, Vancouver Gets Pahlsson

  • Oduya goes to the Blackhawks and Chicago sends  second and third-round pick to Winnipeg
  • Sami Pahlsson goes from Columbus to Vancouver for for two fourth-round picks
 See the rest of today's trades here
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Senators Trade Brian Lee To Tampa For Matt Gilroy

Senators Trade Brian Lee To Tampa For Matt Gilroy

See the rest of today's trades here

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Sharks Acquire Winnik & Galiardi From Colorado

Sharks acquire Daniel Winnik, T.J. Galiardi  and a 7th round pick from Colorado for Jamie McGinn along with prospects Mike Connelly and Michael Sgarbossa.
See the rest of today's trades here

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Tampa Completes Trade With Toronto: Swap Prospects

Tampa trades Carter Ashton to Leafs for Keith Aulie.

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Schultz Traded To Oilers For Tom Gilbert

According to Oilers' twitter feed:
Oilers acquire defenceman Nick Schultz from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for defenceman Tom Gilbert.

 See the rest of today's trades here

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Tampa Acquires Commodore For Draft Pick

Detroit trades Mike Commodore to Tampa for conditional draft pick. 

I can only assume that this move was made by Tampa so that they can move out one of their defenseman before the deadline this afternoon.

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First Trade of the NHL Trade Deadline Involves Habs & Predators

Andrei  Kostitsyn has been traded from the Montreal Canadiens to the Nashville Predators

According to Pierre Lebrun:
In return for Kostitsyn, Preds deal 2nd rd pick in 2013 plus return the conditional pick they got in Hal GIll trade

Unsure where to go for the latest NHL trades? Go here

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NHL Trade Deadline 2012 - Where To Get The Most Up To Date Trades

The 2011-12 NHL Trade Deadline is upon us. NHL GMs around the league will be busy today trying to either get something of value for a player they no longer want or find that final piece to turn their team into serious Cup contenders. The official deadline is 3PM ET but I'm sure this year will be no different than in years past, with deals trickling in until after 5PM, as they await the NHL's approval.

Whether you are sitting at home on your couch all day, stuck in a classroom or feverishly refreshing your computer while you're sitting at work, here are the best places to get the latest trade information:
  • The HFBoards Trade Rumors forum is probably one of the best pages to keep refreshing throughout the day. I've been a member of HFBoards for a few years now and used to regularly visit their site long before I became a registered member. I've been using the site for the past few years because it is not just one source, you have thousands of members who are listening to all types of media throughout the day and are updating the forum with the latest news.
  • The NHL Network will have a special trade deadline special on the entire day from 8AM ET until 7:30PM ET. Throughout the day, the NHL Network "will simulcast TSN's 10-hour flagship show, TradeCentre '12."

  • If you use Twitter then you should follow @PuckCentral - we'll have the latest trade updates posted throughout the day. If you want to know the best hockey twitter accounts, we have that covered for you here.

  • If you are to follow no one else on Twitter then you must follow @TSNBobMcKenize and @DarrenDreger
Here's a Trade Deadline information sheet that the NHL had released two years ago, I'm sure that a lot of the information is still relevant, such as whether a trade can go through after 3PM ET and how a trade is made.

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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Are The Rangers Out Of The Running For Nash? Dreger Says So

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I don't know about all Rangers fans, I'm sure there are plenty out there that want Glen Sather to make a trade to land Rick Nash, but I'm certain that feel the same as me and we've all let out a collective sigh of relief tonight. If Darren Dreger is correct, it appears that the Rangers are out of the bidding for superstar sniper, who is far and away the biggest name rumored to be available prior to Monday's NHL Trade Deadline.

Dreger states:
Hard to blame NYR for not blowing up team to make Nash trade.

NYR wasn't willing to pay price established for Nash prior to today + today CBJ asked for more than they were originally after.
Yeah, I've been against this since the rumor came out and over the past week my opinion on the matter hasn't changed one bit. I'm not against the Rangers adding one or two players. In fact, I think they need at least one more person who can put the puck in the net on a regular basis. However, I'm not against blowing up this entire roster, a team that has done pretty damn well for itself this season.

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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Rangers Trade Wolski & Clear Cap Space Ahead Of Monday's NHL Trade Deadline

The Rangers this afternoon traded Wojtek Wolski to the Florida Panthers for AHL defenseman Mike Vernace and a 2013 3rd round draft pick.

Not a bad return for the Rangers as they were able to clear cap space ($3.8M) and get something of value for a player who has been either injured or a healthy scratch this whole season. Not to mention, he will be a UFA this offseason. 

Hopefully this was Sather's way of getting something for a player that wasn't being used before they lost him for nothing this summer. Or, clearing some cap for a move before Monday's NHL trade deadline to add someone who can score some goals.

Hopefully, that move doesn't involve Rick Nash, whose asking price right now according to rumors, is way too high. Not to mention, his cap hit for the next seven years is pretty insane as well.

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Friday, February 24, 2012

Flames Twitter Feed Busts On Oilers & Hemsky

Update: Flames official website confirms what I had speculated earlier, it was meant for a personal twitter account and was published to the official team feed instead by mistake.

So a rumor came out that Ales Hemsky had been offered a two year deal worth $10M to stay in Edmonton. It didn't take long for the Flames Twitter feed to tweet about it:

The tweet was deleted and then quickly the Flames stated "We apologize for a tweet that was sent out from our account inadvertently. We are looking into the matter."  I can only assume that the Flames social media intern guru meant to tweet the message out on their own personal account and somehow they were still logged into their work account. #Priceless

Truthfully, they probably said what most of us were thinking. Hemsky may be a good player but he's almost as injury prone as our good friend Rick DiPietro.

H/T HFboards.com

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

What Would You Trade To Get Ovechkin?

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You already know how I feel about the Rangers trading for Rich Rick Nash.

It's pretty much guaranteed that Alex Ovechkin is not going anywhere. It's almost a waste of our time discussing this. But, The Washington Times had this to say:
Whatever the case, it’s never good when a beloved former Capital such as Kolzig calls out the team’s leader, wonders about his “work ethic” and why he’s gotten away from playing “hard, no-nonsense, honesty type of hockey.” It also raises the possibility that, hey, maybe the front office is getting a little tired of Ovechkin’s act, too. Perhaps they would consider trading him if the right offer came along — if not now, under the gun, then in the less-hurried offseason.
Like I've already said, I think there's pretty much zero chance he's traded. But, what would you give up for him if you had the chance? I think it's safe to say he could command a hell of a lot more than Rick Nash.

As much as I like Ovechkin, I think he's someone I'd avoid unless the deal were something that you couldn't say no to.

This isn't just for Rangers fans, this is for fans of all teams. What would you give up for the man they call AO?

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Sunday, February 19, 2012

Is Dubinsky On The Trade Block? Rick Nash Not Such A Hot Idea

If you've read any rumor heading into next Monday's NHL Trade Deadline that involves the Rangers it likely involves forward Brandon Dubinsky heading out of New York. This isn't the first time that Dubinksky's name is being thrown around in potential deals and it likely won't be the last.

Dubinksy told The Bergen Record:
"You’ve just got to laugh that off," Dubinsky said after Saturday’s practice. "If it does happen, it would [stink]. I love it here."
I'm a huge Dubinsky fan and as disappointing as his offensive number have been this season he still brings a lot to this New York Rangers team. No matter how much he's contributed offensively he still has played an important role in helping this team get to number one in the East over half way through the season. He's a young leader on the team, plays a lot of minutes on the penalty kill and is always ready to stand up for teammates. He's strong as an ox and one of the better players on the team at cycling the puck down low and retaining possession of the puck.

I understand that in order to get you have to give. If the Rangers want to obtain a good player then they either have to give up someone good in return or else give up high draft picks or top prospects. Given Dubinsky's cap hit of $4.2M through 2014-15, the Rangers (or any team he plays for) certainly will be hoping for more offensively from Dubsinky. I'm not sure how realistic it is to expect Dubisnky to be a consistent 25+ goal scorer or a top 6 forward. I predicted several years ago that Dubisnky was likely going to be a consistent 20 goal scorer and a solid top 9 forward, with top potential being a second line forward. Unfortunately with playing time on Jaromir Jagr's wing a few years back I think many fans had much higher hopes for Dubi's offensive stats.

Unfortunately as we've seen over the years with guys like Chris Drury and Bobby Holik, when you pay a guy the money that a top offensive star gets paid, it doesn't necessarily equal offensive production.

If the right deal comes along I'd be willing to trade Dubinsky. I like him but like I said, you have to give to get. When the Rangers were a rumored suitor for Bobby Ryan earlier this year I had no problems including Dubinsky (although I was hesitant to see what other players/picks/prospects would also be included). However, I am very very very against a deal for Rick Nash. Not only is Nash going to require a lot of talent leaving the Rangers organization, Nash is going to take up a ton of cap space (to the rune of $7.8M) through 2017-18.

I see Rick Nash and his cap hit significantly tying up the Rangers cap-wise for the next 7 years. He automatically becomes top cap hit on the team. Does that cause any locker room problems? With this group the chemistry seems to be just right and right now. Rick Nash is scheduled to be a cap hit of $1M more per year than Lundqvist for the duration of his contract.

The one good thing about Nash is he's still pretty young at 27 years old, but as NHL snipers go, has he already peaked?
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Saturday, February 4, 2012

Video: Hartnell Tells Phaneuf To "Suck It"

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Friday, February 3, 2012

The Waiting Is Over, Christensen Traded To Wild!

Update: The Rangers also sent a  Conditional 2013 7th round pick to the Wild in the trade

I got some great news this afternoon when I popped my head onto Twitter. My most loathed New York Ranger since the days of Petr Nedved was today traded.

I'll admit, I was curious to read what the return would be once I heard that Christensen had been traded, but the truth is, I would've been happy with a fresh bag of dog poop in exchange.

According to Steve Zipay:
Breaking: NYR trade Erik Christensen to Wild for F Casey Wellman, who's going to AHL
If you really want to know how I feel about Erik Christensen, then read my post from October. Or, my reaction about the waiver acquisition back in December 2009. Or, any other post I've ever written on Puck Central that mentions his name.

I had coined the nickname "Charmin" for him because they are both soft and good for $hit. I've also said in the past that I'd trade him for a bag of dirty laundry.

Suffice to say, I'm kinda happy this glorious Friday afternoon.

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Monday, January 30, 2012

Rangers Roll Continues into Second Half While Improved Devils are Broke

The second half of the NHL season is underway and it looks as if the New York Rangers will not be going away any time soon on their roll towards the playoffs as one of the top seeds.

The Rangers had a NHL betting record of 31-12-1-3 and had one of the stingiest defenses in hockey as they ranked 2nd in goals against. The Broadway Blueshirts defense has long been the strength of the team led by goaltender Henrik Lundqvist’s 22-14-5 record with a 1.87 goals against average and 5 shutouts. Martin Biron had a 1.71 goals against average in a most helpful backup role with a 9-2-2 record and 2 shutouts.

The big surprise and improvement for the Rangers has been their offense, which was borderline anemic for the past few seasons and the reason that they could not be considered a true contender. The Rangers are ranked 11th in the NHL for goal scoring and were led by right wing Marian Gaborik’s 25 goals with 14 assists. Fellow right winger Ryan Callahan had 17 goals and 19 assists while center Brad Richards had 16 goals and 17 assists.

The Rangers were equally effective at home and on the road as they were 15-5-0-2 at Madison Square Garden while going 16-7-1-1 away from home. The Rangers were on a great pace heading into the All Star Break with 7 wins in 10 games.

Another surprise team in the Rangers Atlantic Division has been the New Jersey Devils as they are roaring back into playoff contention after their stunning collapse last year. The Devils were 26-19-1-2 and in the thick of the Eastern Conference race. The big problem facing New Jersey is money as the National Hockey League is looking to loan them cash just to get through the season while owner Jeffery Vanderbeek will look for what was called a “long term financial solution.”

The financial situation is so bad for New Jersey that they are considering a trade of captain Zach Parise in order to cut payroll. New Jersey would be looking to get draft picks in return for Parise. The Devils are looking at a season loss of $20 million and desperately need to make the playoffs to cut that amount down. New Jersey entered the second half of the season in 7th place with the top 8 teams in the Eastern Conference qualifying for the post season.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Video: Richard Zednik Avoids Death Again As Roof Collapses

If you remember back, Zednik had his throat cut by a skate during an NHL game a few years ago.

H/T Hockey-Fights.com
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NYR Blogger Round Table: Trade Deadline Edition

We did a blogger roundtable on Puck Central once before and I've taken part in these on other websites. I figured what better time than now to get a sense of how the NYR bloggers feel as we get close to the annual NHL trade deadline (2/27/12).

I decided to bring in the bloggers who are in my opinion among the best in the Rangers blogosphere: The NYR Blog, Blue Seat Blogs (represented by Dave and "The Suit"), Scotty Hockey and Blue Line Station.

If you're Glen Sather, who do you try and acquire ahead of the Trade Deadline? (Try and name at least one player by name, you can also add the generic "sniper," "stay at home dman", etc. if you choose)

Blue Line Station: I think the obvious answer is a top-six left winger. Right now we have solid options such as Dubinsky, Anisimov, and Hagelin but the addition of one more top-6 guy could be the difference between winning one playoff round and making the Stanley Cup Finals. Unfortunately, the market isn't too strong, but I see Ryan Smyth, Tuomo Ruutu, and Bobby Ryan as perhaps the three top choices who could realistically be moved.

Blue Seat Blogs (The Suit): I think the Rangers should stay the course and avoid the over-bidding that is likely to take place at the deadline. Maybe we can acquire a depth forward, prospect, or pick in exchange for a Wolski, or a MZA, or one of our spare defensemen if possible. I'd focus on acquiring a player who comes from a team that plays a similar system (i.e. 2-1-2 forecheck, dump & chase, etc). I'm tired of guys like Frolov, Wolski, EC, etc, who have no desire to forecheck or backcheck, and then we wonder why they don't fit our team concept. If we can't make a move...no big deal. 

Blue Seat Blogs (Dave): Tough question to answer, but the need for a top six LW has been there all season. Bobby Ryan has been the name that has been tossed around a lot, and the Ducks/Rangers make decent trading partners when it comes to team needs and team surpluses. I think Ray Whitney is a more likely target though.

The NYR Blog: Shane Doan is a player who could help the Rangers down the stretch and into the playoffs. While Doan doesn't have a load of second season experience, I think his veteran leadership on and off the ice would be very beneficial to the Rangers. He can also still put the puck in the net as his 14 goals would be 4th on the Rangers, while his three power play goals would tie him with Brad Richards for third on the Blueshirts. I also don't think it would cost more than a few picks and maybe a mid-level prospect which is what veteran rental players have gone for in the recent past (see Mark Recchi to Boston in 2010). Doan is in the final year of his contract that will pay him $4.55 million this season. So if he wants to stay with the Coyotes (as has been reported) he can try a run at the Stanley Cup with the Rangers then re-sign with Phoenix in the off-season.

A true power play quarterback is needed as well, but would cost too much in my opinion.

Scotty Hockey: If Shea Weber is on the block, get him. Not as fond of Ryan Suter but Weber is certainly worthwhile - he'd solve the power play woes with his rocket of a slapper and help take defensive pressure off the hurt Staal and Sauer. You just have to wonder how insane the cost would be

Ray Whitney would be an incredible addition with his scoring ability and experience and is my top target. If the Wizard can't be had, Vinny Prospal might help the power play a bit and won't hurt the room at all. Then again, Sammy PĂ„hlsson might be the better target on the BJs. Sure he doesn't add any scoring but Sammy played alongside Hank with Frolunda and Team Sweden and has a Cup to his credit. He would be a definite upgrade over Mitchell and Boyle, as would be our old friend Dominic Moore - should Stevie Y be silly and not want to re-sign him.

While I love the thought of Teemu Selanne as a Ranger, with the World Championships in Finland I don't see him accepting a trade away from Anaheim. My bet is that he stays in SoCal. Either he helps the Ducks make the playoffs or he accepts his NHL end and seals his career in his home country before an adoring crowd.

What NYR (if any) do you consider untouchable?

Blue Line Station: I think, technically speaking, there is no such thing as "untouchable." There is no player on the team I would refrain from trading if it tangibly benefited the team. Realistically speaking, though, Lundqvist, Staal, Callahan, Richards, Gaborik, Girardi, and maybe McDonagh are the players whom I see as 99% likely to stay.

Blue Seat Blogs (The Suit): Hmmm "untouchable" is a pretty ethereal term...but gun to my head, I don't consider anyone other than Lundqvist and maybe Callahan as someone who should definitely retire a Ranger.

Blue Seat Blogs (Dave): Everyone is available for the right price and the right return. There is no such thing as an "untouchable" in this business...barring no movement clauses of course.

The NYR Blog: All of the young core. The Rangers are building something special and any disruption to the current blueprint would be detrimental to the long term success of this team.

Scotty Hockey:  Cally, Step, Hagelin, Hank, Girardi and McD.

What NYR do you try and ship out? (I guess I expect everyone here to say EC lol)

Blue Line Station: Ideally, the Rangers would be able to move Wolski. His contract is not at all worth it and I don't see any reason to believe he will be a contributing member of the team. Getting rid of his cap space to open up room for a potential addition would be nice, and anything we got in return would be a bonus. Getting rid of Avery and Christensen wouldn't hurt, either. Other than that, there are players I'd be willing to move for an upgrade but nobody I'm hoping to see go. It says a lot about the state of this team that the only players whose departure in itself would be welcome are healthy scratches or in the minors.

Blue Seat Blogs (The Suit): Similar to my first point. If we can get a depth forward, b-level prospect, or mid-round pick for either Wolski, Mats Zuccarello Aasen, Stralman, Bickel, or Eminger, then I am all for it. Dubinsky is a guy people will probably bring up, but I wouldn't trade him just yet. Let him get his value higher.

Blue Seat Blogs (Dave): Well, guys like Christensen and Wolski are the "expected" responses here, but they aren't really moveable unless it's via demotion to the AHL, as no one wants them. In regards to trades, I'd expect a surplus prospect to be moved for a rental, someone like Valentenko perhaps.

The NYR Blog: Wojtek Wolski is a guy I'd like to see moved from a personnel and financial perspective. Unfortunately, his $3.8 million contract that I'd like to see come off the books, is the exact reason he will be almost impossible to move. Although we've seen Sather turn Scott Gomez and his horrific contract into Ryan McDonagh so you never know.

Scotty Hockey:  Wolski, Christensen, Boyle and Anisimov - all four are soft players who could not contribute in a tough, grinding seven game series. While Dubi has not been playing his best puck, that is the very reason he is worth hanging on to. Still think he can be a big time power forward if he ever gets his head right.

Is there any particular player on the rumor block that you don't want the Rangers to acquire?

Blue Line Station: Ales Hemsky. He is not an upgrade over Gaborik or Callahan and would not fit into this team's identity at all. He doesn't score enough to make his irrelevance defensively and physically acceptable and being healthy is a struggle in itself for him. I have no interest in giving up assets for him.

Blue Seat Blogs (The Suit): Pretty much all of them at this point haha. The national media doesn't see the intricacies that makes this team successful like deep forechecking, hits for turnovers, being defensively responsible, etc. I haven't seen any rumors linking us to guys of this nature other than Bobby Ryan who will cost us too much.

Blue Seat Blogs (Dave): Shane Doan, only for the cost though. He would cost an arm and a leg, and there's no guarantee that he would be here long term. The Rangers are close, and Doan is a superb player and would make a fine addition, but I don't think he puts the Rangers on the level of the Bruins by himself.

The NYR Blog: Shea Weber. I know he's the obvious answer to all the Rangers power play woes. But could you imagine what he'd cost? Assuming McD or Del Zotto, a top prospect (Miller?) and a first round pick. Not to mention the difficulties the Rangers will have finding room for his $7.5 million salary.

Scotty Hockey: Shelden Souray and his shot are interesting but he has been remarkably healthy to date so that is unlikely to last and just five of his 17 points came on power plays. Ales Hemsky is soft, damaged goods and Tuomo Ruutu is not worth it, if only to ensure his brother Jarkko never comes to MSG ever again.

Are the Rangers now close to being a Cup contender? If so, is it time to offload some prospects/young players for veterans for the Cup run?

Blue Line Station: I don't know how anyone can claim we aren't close to being a contender. We're one of the top teams in the NHL points wise and that's despite missing some key players for extended periods of time. Nobody in particular seems to be playing over his head so I don't see much reason to believe our success thus far is a fluke and everyone seems to be on the same page and buying into Torts' system. I would be willing to move some draft picks and prospects but it would have to be in the right move. I have absolutely no interest in moving Chris Kreder and it would take an incredibly high caliber player for me to consider moving Dylan Mclrath, Tim Erixon, or JT Miller.

Blue Seat Blogs (The Suit): In my opinion our window is just opening. I wouldn't trade youth for veterans at this point. Maybe next season, or 2014 depending on how Kreider, Thomas, & Miller are progressing.

Blue Seat Blogs (Dave): They are close, and if they can acquire a long term piece for a run in the next 1-3 years, then they should do so. Using the Bobby Ryan example, he is a guy I would unload Kreider for. Kreider at his peak projects to be a player in the Ryan mold. When you have the opportunity to trade the potential for the proven, you have to pull the trigger.

The NYR Blog: Calm down there Dolan. No need to jinx the team by talking Stanley Cup. I'm not ready to deal prospects such as Chris Kreider, Dylan McIlrath or J.T. Miller no matter how close they are, but I'd be ok if they needed to trade away the pint sized sniper Christian Thomas, who I'm not quite convinced can succeed in the NHL.

Scotty Hockey:  I don't believe that the Blueshirts are as close as the majority does at this moment, I feel their record belies the many issues. If the current lineup plays to their potential and plays consistently then perhaps they could make waves in the playoffs but nothing so far this season has provided evidence that either are possible. Still, a deal or two could help. While I wouldn't deal prospects like Kreider or Miller, I'd consider draft picks.

Looking around the NHL is there one particular team you think will be a huge buyer, a huge seller?

Blue Line Station: I think the Rangers, Canucks, Sharks, and Flyers are the obvious buyers and the Blackhawks, Red Wings, and Blues could very well be involved as well. And I believe the Flames have deluded themselves into thinking they should be buyers. The Hurricanes, Blue Jackets, and Ducks are the clear sellers at this point.

Blue Seat Blogs (The Suit): The Sabres (who are spent to the cap & awful) should be unloading certain players. The Ducks, Flames, Canes & the Blue Jackets would be smart to sell high on some players as well. I think most teams in the hunt could be making some swaps, but I could see Ottawa making a splash or the Wild, since they are in the fight, have Cap space, and aren't overly frugal.

Blue Seat Blogs (Dave): If the Coyotes fall out of the playoff race, they are the team that can benefit from a fire sale. Doan, Langkow, Whitney, Rozsival, and Aucoin should generate a significant return.

As for buyers, I'm going to go out on a limb and say the Bruins will be big time buyers. They know they are the best, but there is always room for improvement. They have a ton of cap space both at the deadline and heading into next season, so they may want to bring in a piece or two for depth purposes.

Of course, if the Rangers continue on their 116 point pace, they could be big time buyers too...perhaps by adding a top six LW and a good offensive defenseman?

The NYR Blog: With the Penguins most likely losing Crosby for another Spring I can see them trying to possibly acquire Jerome Iginla or Bobby Ryan to fill in the gap. Wouldn't be shocked to see Flyers land Weber or Ryan Suter. As far as a huge seller, I'd go with Anaheim. They're a mess and could get great returns for players such as Ryan, Getzlaf and Perry to begin a rebuild.

Scotty Hockey: Huge? I don't think anyone can do huge in this salary cap era -especially with a lockout looming this summer. But that very lockout is the reason why some teams will be willing to move some big contracts. Weber and Zach Parise certainly see new addresses on February 27th so it will certainly be an interesting afternoon.

I appreciate the response from all of the bloggers that I reached out to. It's always a pleasure. Let's Go Rangers!

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

NHL Rule Book Time, Why Callahan's Goal Was A Goal

Anyone watching tonight's Rangers game saw Ryan Callahan awarded a goal late in the third period when he was hooked down by Martin Erat and the puck never went into the net. I personally have known it's been a rule for a long time but never actually saw that call made during a live game that I was watching.

If you are interested in what the exact rule here, well here it is straight from the NHL rule book:
25.1 Awarded Goal – A goal will be awarded to the attacking team when the opposing team has taken their goalkeeper off the ice and an attacking player has possession and control of the puck in the neutral or attacking zone on, without a defending player between himself and the opposing goal, and he is prevented from scoring as a result of an infraction committed by the defending team (see 26.3 Infractions – When Goalkeeper is Off the Ice, below).

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Video: When The Gentlemanly Handshake At End Of Game Turns Violent

Nothing major to be honest. I'm actually surprised that we don't see this a lot more often than we do.

The best part is the player from North Dakota who decided to shove the Minnesota player is none other than a guy named, Ben Blood.

H/T to Hockey-Fights, originally posted on NESN

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