Found October 28, 2011 on
NHL Hot Stove:
New York Rangers
By Alexander Monaghan
“]By Bridget Samuels from College Park, MD (IMG_8730.jpg) [CC-BY-2.0 (www.creativecommons.org/ licenses/by/2.0)This morning Katie Strang of ESPN New York reported, via Twitter, that Marian Gaborik and Brad Richards were not skating on the same line. Instead, the team’s newest free agent prize found himself between the heart-and-soul of the team – Ryan Callahan and Brandon Dubinsky – while Gaborik flanked Erik Christensen and Wojtek Wolski. Although this move makes sense due to the New York Rangers‘ disappointing 3-3-2 record after eight games, it further begs the question: Is coach John Tortorella being hasty with his line shuffling?
At this point it simply depends on how long he plans on keeping these tandems together. If past history is any indication, he likely changes these lines again and again until finding the perfect combination. Considering the current configuration places young pivots Derek Stepan and Artem Anisimov on the fourth line, more...
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Sadly, this is not a joke.
Head coach John Tortorella switched the offensive lines up in practice again today (insert joke here), and in the process moved Erik Christensen up to the first line, where he centered Marian Gaborik and Wojtek Wolski. So, in place of the All-Star center in Brad Richards that was signed for an arm and a leg this summer, $925,000 Erik Christensen finds...
You can bet that John Tortorella never told Jim Dolan, “I can’t say we definitely want [a Brad Richards-Marian Gaborik combination] to happen,” when lobbying the Garden CEO in May and June to invest $60 million over nine years to sign the blue-chip free agent center specifically to combine...
from Mike Sielski of the Wall Street Journal, ...But the notion that Richards will have to make some significant change to his personality or his play to adjust to New York seems a stretch at best. Yes, this is a rite of passage that every superstar athlete new to the city must undergo. CC Sabathia, Amar’e Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony, Jason Bay—they’ve all been through it....
When Brad Richards scored 8:05 into the third period
to give the New York Rangers a 4-1 lead many thought it was a safe two points
in the standings for the team. That
assumption was a bad one as the Rangers absolutely collapsed in the second half
of the third period giving up three goals in the final 10:42 of the game to
send the game to overtime. Milan
When the Rangers signed him to a nine-year, $60 million deal, center Brad Richards was supposed to be the missing piece of the puzzle that fit next to right wing Marian Gaborik. So far, however, he has fit like a square peg in a round hole.
The Rangers' effort in their 2011-12 home opener against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday was disgraceful. Actually, maybe I am wrong in using the word "effort" to describe what happened that night because there simply was no effort beyond the first period of play. From top to bottom, everything with the Blueshirts' game was ugly, even the goaltending, which...
John Tortorella believes so much in Brad Richards that he uses the veteran center as a barometer for younger Rangers. When second-year forward Derek Stepan earned his way onto the top line after two games, Tortorella said the 21-year-old was receiving the opportunity because he "gets it," because he understands how to play and carry himself as a professional at a young age.
John Tortorella may be impatient over Brad Richards’ lack of chemistry with Marian Gaborik, but as Saturday’s 5-4 shootout loss to the Ottawa Senators demonstrated, the Rangers have bigger problems.
First, he did not give out his lineup, or his lines, saying he wasn’t sure. (Andrew Gross loves when he says that, LOL). But he said it will probably be the same lineup as the home opener.
He did say that Mike Rupp (knee) remains out.
I asked him a few questions about the possible breaking-up of Brad Richards and Marian Gaborik—at practice yesterday Gaborik played with Erik...
Post columnists Mark Hale and Larry Brooks preview the Rangers' home opener against the Toronto Maple Leafs at noon today.
The Rangers (3-2-2) and their big offseason acquisition Brad Richards will christen the newly-renovated Madison Square Garden tonight against Toronto after opening the season on a seven-game road trip.
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• A parrot playing air hockey. Bet he chirps well. Having seen a little pecker-head play that well since _____. (In the comments, please.)
• Interesting revelation out of Boston concerning Tyler Seguin:...
Holy cow, what an ordeal getting home. Never thought 4-6 inches of snow could create such problems, but roads froze, trees fell, power went out. Yikes. October byfuglien 29th.
Well, at least ya boys are still NHL-.500, even though they’ve won three and lost six.
1) Marian Gaborik=Beast. Bet you never thought you’d read that.
2) The Brian Boyle penalty? Pansification...