Found March 14, 2012 on Blue Seat Blogs:

The Rangers have returned goalie Chad Johnson to the Connecticut Whale of the AHL. Johnson was called up last night as an emergency call up to replace Henrik Lundqvist, who was out with the flu. Johnson served as the backup to Martin Biron in the Rangers 4-2 win over Carolina last night.


Chad Johnson called up

The Rangers have called up goaltender Chad Johnson from the CT Whale, likely to serve as the backup for tonight’s game. Henrik Lundqvist, who was not at the optional skate this morning (starting netminders rarely partake in these) is still likely to start. That means Martin Biron may have some sort of nagging issue that will keep him from dressing. No need to panic, this appears...

Report: Sean Avery to retire from NHL

Sean Avery is about to become a Mad Man. Officially, that is. The one-time New York Rangers winger told the New York Post Tuesday he will embark on his post-hockey career next month with an advertising agency that has a venture capital wing. The former on-ice agitator announced his retirement Monday night on the online "After Show" of Bravo TV's "Watch What...

Morning Skate Notes: Cally, Del Zotto Out; No Word on Lundqvist

Update, 11:11 a.m.:Brooks adds that Marty Biron was the first goaltender off the ice, while Lundqvist stayed on with the healthy scratches....big indication that it's probably Biron tonight.Update, 10:53 a.m.:According to Larry Brooks at the New York Post, John Tortorella has declined to announce the starting goaltender for tonight....gamesmanship from Torts.Original Post:Andrew...

Avery to retire?

It looks like Sean Avery may be considering retirement. Per, Avery was partaking in an After Show on Bravo TV, and when asked about his hockey future: Avery said Monday night during an After Show segment of Bravo TV’s Watch What Happens Live that he was leaving the game. When asked about his hockey future, Avery said, “I am officially retired. I threw my skates in the...

Pregame: Rangers Take On Hurricanes in "Sandwich" Game

It was crucial that the New York Rangers get a hard-fought win against the Islanders this past Sunday at Madison Square Garden to put an end to their losing streak. It will be even more important that they find a way to take down the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday, as the Sidney Crosby-led Pens will be entering MSG with the desire to inch closer to the first place spot in the...

Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award Voting Open

The Rangers have announced that it's time to cast your vote for the 2011-12 Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award.From now through March 29th, you can cast your vote for the Rangers player that you feel "goes above and beyond the call of duty" at the 1987-88 season, the Rangers established the award dedicated to paralyzed New York City police...

A Slice of Life With Henrik Lundqvist

...Alyonka is smokin' hot.Remember to follow me on Twitter & Facebook or e-mail me at

Not Just Numbers

You always have to overpay for talent in free agency regardless of the talent bought but especially for elite talent. With that simple hockey assumption out the way let us discuss Brad Richards and his arrival on the Rangers. His numbers are important (obviously) but he’s not just about the stat line and should not be judged as such. With a little luck and some extended form (and...

Game Preview: New York Rangers vs Carolina Hurricanes

TONIGHT’S GAME: The Rangers will face-off against the Carolina Hurricanes tonight at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m.; TV: MSG Network; Radio: 1050 ESPN Radio), as they continue their seven-game homestand. The Blueshirts currently sit atop the Eastern Conference standings, and rank second in the league overall, with a record of 43-18-7 (93 pts). The Rangers [...]

Bickel is Rangers' Biggest Surprise, Hagelin a Close Second

By Bruce Berlet When it comes to feel-good stories in the NHL this season, you’d be hard-pressed to find one better than New York Rangers defenseman Stu Bickel, who began the season playing on Asylum Street in Hartford. Though Bickel will never be confused with elusive Hall of Famers Bobby Orr or Cheshire-bred Brian Leetch, he has proven to be one of the NHL’s all-time steals...

Rangers 4, Hurricanes 2

Brad Richards scored twice and Martin Biron, a last-minute replacement for Henrik Lundqvist, made 27 saves as the New York Rangers beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-2 on Tuesday. New York's top line had a stellar night. Marian Gaborik also scored and Carl Hagelin had a goal and assisted on both of Richards' goals as they combined for four goals and nine points. The Rangers...

Sean Avery retires from NHL on live reality TV show

Sean Avery, the NHL's one-time bad boy, speaking during the on-line "After Show" of Bravo TV's "Watch What Happens Live" told host Andy Cohen and a live audience that  his 10-year NHL career was over. Cohen, reading from a fan's question aloud, asked, "What are you're thoughts about your hockey future right now?  What are your plans for...

Game Preview: New York Rangers vs Pittsburgh Penguins

TONIGHT’S GAME: The Rangers will face-off against the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.; TV: MSG Network; Radio: 1050 ESPN Radio), in an Atlantic Division match-up. The Blueshirts currently sit atop the Eastern Conference standings, and rank second in the league overall, with a record of 44-18-7 (95 pts). The Rangers enter [...]

Hurricanes-Rangers Preview

An ideal way for the New York Rangers to build some momentum heading into a matchup with the hottest team in the Eastern Conference would be to continue their recent success over the Carolina Hurricanes. The Rangers look to sweep the season series and defeat the Hurricanes for a fifth consecutive time Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden. With 93 points, New York (43-18-7) still...
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