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For those that remember last year’s “epic fail” series between the Flyers and the Penguins last year, recall the aftermath of the Game Three bloodbath. Arron Asham was suspended for four games following his intent to injure Brayden Schenn. The Penguins played three more games that series, before bowing out to the Flyers in six. That leaves one game remaining on Asham’s suspension.
This means that Asham will actually need to serve the final game of his suspension on Saturday while the Rangers are in Boston. This leaves the Rangers with a hole to fill on the fourth line for one game.
I reached out to Jim Cerny, who kindly responded that the Rangers will likely deploy Stu Bickel at forward for that game. This was on Monday, about 24 hours before the Rangers placed eight players on waivers.
It’s still probable that Torts decides to deploy an actual forward for that one game, especially when you look at the players that were placed on waivers. Michael Haley and Kris Newbury are the front-runners to get that one game, as they both have NHL experience. Newbury is familiar with the Rangers style, although Haley is the better skater.
Before we go ahead and anoint one of them as the definite starter, let’s remember that the Rangers could have placed these two on waivers earlier, but decided against it. Reading between the lines, it may show the organization’s hand in regards to these two players. Of course, it may just be a timing issue, considering the Whale’s schedule.
The Bruins are a tough team, and Bickel is the player that is most familiar with facing them, which plays into Torts’ favor with deciding to dress the defenseman as a forward. Regardless of the position change, Bickel is still better –albeit marginally– than what Haley and Newbury can bring to the lineup.
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Waivers Rangers: Sean Collins, Michael Haley, Chad Kolarik, Kris Newbury, Logan Pyett, Brendon Segal, Mike Vernace, Tommy Grant.
— Renaud Lavoie (@RenLavoieRDS) January 15, 2013
Kolarik leads Whale with 15 goals and tied for team lead in points with 29.
...scratching my head at Kolarik being on that list. I was originally surprised when he wasn't in training camp...
The New York Rangers are buying out the final two seasons of disappointing defenseman Wade Redden's contract.
The Rangers made the move Thursday, one day after placing Redden on waivers. Now the 35-year-old Redden is an unrestricted free agent.
Redden has spent the past two seasons with Connecticut of the AHL after notching five goals and 35 assists in 156 regular-season games...
According to Melissa Andus at Black and Blueshirts, the AHL transaction list reports that the Rangers have recalled Brandon Segal.
Segal has 9g, 7a in 38 games with the Whale this season.
The 29-year old Segal has played 102 NHL games with Tampa, Dallas and Los Angeles.
...with Asham suspended for the first game and Bickel likely to take is spot on the wing, this is a...
#NYR practice the PP today with Del Zotto & Richards at points, Nash, Callahan, Gaborik at forward "that's an impressive group"-Cally
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) January 17, 2013
With Richards on the point, Andrew Gross at the Bergen Record reports that Callahan was taking the faceoffs.
Here's Tortorella on the power play...
NEW YORK, January 17, 2013 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has recalled forward Brandon Segal from the Connecticut Whale of the American Hockey League (AHL).
Segal, 29, has registered nine goals and seven assists for 16 points, along with 60 penalty minutes in 38 games this season. He is tied for third on the team in...
Katie Strang at ESPN.com reports that the NHLPA is reviewing the developing situation between Wade Redden and Rangers in which the Blueshirts will sit the veteran defenseman for the remainder of the season to ensure he is not injured and jeopardize their ability to buy him out this summer.
The Rangers have also been in contact with the league. The Canadiens have deployed the...
Steve Zipay at Newsday posts this e-mail exchange between a Rangers fan, Joseph Hellman, and owner James Dolan on the lack of fan outreach by the Rangers since the lockout ended...
“With all due respect,” Hellman wrote, “I think the way the New York Rangers organization has responded to the NHL lockout is terrible. In other cities, there have been open...
Rangers coach John Tortorella says it's the right time for Rick Nash to be in New York.
The franchise is going for its first Stanley Cup since 1994.
Nash improves the Rangers' chances.
On the other side of North America, the Vancouver Canucks can't wait to resume their quest for their first NHL title.
The Rangers, Canucks - and their fans - won't want to talk...
New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has acquired forward Brandon Mashinter from San Jose in exchange for forward Tommy Grant and a conditional pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Mashinter, 24, has registered two goals and three assists, along with 44 penalty minutes in 30 games [...]
This is exactly how New York Rangers' fans should approach the upcoming 48-game shortened NHL season.
Last season, the Blueshirts shocked many and were one of the best teams in the entire league last season. They did it with great goaltending from Henrik Lundqvist, great defense, and a committment by the whole team to play well on both sides of the puck.
Portland, ME, January 15, 2013 – Kris Newbury scored two goals, and Cam Talbot made 29 saves, as the Connecticut Whale rolled to a 6-1 win over the Atlantic Division-leading Portland Pirates Tuesday night at the Cumberland County Civic Center.
Portland had won eight straight home games, tying a franchise record, and 13 of its previous 15 overall. The Whale won despite being...
Yesterday, John Tortorella was a guest on WFAN's Mike Francesa radio show...
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...i've listened to a couple of Torts' radio interviews recently and man, is he obsessed with making sure his players don't get injured in camp.
Tortorella wasn't the only Ranger on the radio yesterday, as...
Hi...Short blog for today. Sorry.
I have a valid excuse. I got carried away with fantasy hockey leagues tonight. It got so bad that my wife, in protest, started playing Whitney Houston songs really, really loud to punish me for the six-hours straight of drafting. Celine Dion; Whitney Houston; Mariah Carey - I hate that type of "music". A bunch of screaming for no reason...
As mentioned yesterday, both Wade Redden and Scott Gomez are widely expected to be bought out at the end of this season. Both players are being told to go home, sit, and get paid for it -- the NHL's teams can't buyout injured players. While this is a smart strategy for the New York Rangers and Montreal Canadiens, the NHLPA is taking issue with two of their players being told...