Found October 11, 2011 on
Hockey has gone global. At least as global as it can at the moment, taken into consideration that little hockey is played in Latin America or Asia or Africa. But within in the hockey community, there are few isolated pockets anymore.
That’s why the New York Rangers Swedish goaltender Henrik Lundqvist’s mask is decorated with a commemorative “Liv 1” sticker just like all goalies in the Swedish Elitserien have. The idea was Linköping’s Finnish goalie Fredrik Norrena’s who was just as shocked as everybody else with the Yaroslavl Lokomotiv’s - Liv’s team’s - plane crash.
There are Finnish players and coaches in Russia, Americans in Sweden, and Canadian coaches and players … well, everywhere.
We all tweet and text, and information travels faster than ever. Anything interesting happening in Russia tonight will be on Kuklas Korner by the time it’s time for New Yorkers to go home. (If New Yorkers went home at 5 pm like people in Sweden).
Unfortunately, even the problems travel fast....
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Former New York Rangers enforcer Chris Nilan and former NHL enforcer Jim Thomson disagree on the future of fighting in the National Hockey League, but both stand united to see CBC analyst Don Cherry make amends for his recent comments, according to Jesse Spector of The Hockey News. “I was kind of caught off guard [...]
Looks like we didn’t have to wait long to see new lines. At practice today, the Rangers showed off new lines and pairings in preparation for their Friday matchup at The World’s Crappiest Coliseum (I don’t mean that as a slight against the Islanders, who may turn some heads this year. I mean that as a slight against the arena itself. My shoes stick to the ground while I’m...
… good for Avery. He will play his butt off in Connecticut, be one of the first to get called up and stay with the team for the rest of the season. I see it happening. As much as I wasn’t against what Tortorella did this offseason with Avery, the team misses his grit and [...]
It’s the start of hockey season so it’s time to keep our regular check on the next wave of Rangers.
Chris Kreider has been guilty of slow starts in seasons past. Not this year. In the first two games of Boston College’s season, Kreider came up with big goals (and an assist) to help his side open the season in impressive fashion. Throw in a healthy +3 to boot and you have yourself...
The Rangers are home from their European vacation, two losses, two points in hand, and undefeated.
They now get an obviously much-needed five days of practice before going to (ugh) Nassau Coliseum Saturday, then to Western Canada.
They have to find a left winger for that No. 1 line (if that line stays together), have to figure out how to stop taking so many mindless penalties...
New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal is not expected to rejoin the team this week.
Staal has been dealing with concussion-related symptoms that kept him out of the lineup for the team's first two games in Europe.
Rangers coach John Tortorella said he does not anticipate seeing Staal prior to Saturday's game against the New York Islanders.
Staal suffered the concussion...
(I asked him what kind of things the Rangers can do now that they’re home):
“Practice, practice. Practice, practice. Who used to say that?”
Told it was Allen Iverson, then told that Iverson used it in a different vein …
“Put it in the opposite vein of him. That’s how I feel about it, yes.”
“We need to, again, the biggest part is the grinding...
Sean Avery reported to the AHL Whale yesterday as directed by the Rangers, but it's unclear when the winger will be able to practice, let alone play, as he is receiving treatment for a right shoulder issue. Avery, who has not skated since playing in his third and final...
Sean Avery finally decided that staying within driving distance to Manhattan was more important than ice time in Zurich or with Vityaz Chekhov, so the New York Rangers agitator reported to the AHL's Connecticut Whale on Tuesday after being waived last week.
While the demotion is now "official," the cap ramifications of his demotion have been known for some time. Avery...
With their European adventure behind them, the Rangers now must decide who will skate next to Brad Richards and Marian Gaborik on the left wing of their top line.
After an up-and-down beginning to the Richards-Gaborik partnership in the Rangers' two one-point losses in Sweden, coach John Tortorella did not...
Just two days after indicating he didn't want to shuffle lines until he had more games to evaluate, John Tortorella pulled Derek Stepan, his fourth-line center, into the left wing position alongside Brad Richards. Stepan replaced Brandon Dubinsky and joined Marian Gaborik on the first line.
It's good to have Winnipeg back in the league, but Sean Avery's act has grown old.It's good to have Winnipeg back in the league, but Sean Avery's act has grown old.
By Christopher Decker (@HockeyGuy_Chris)
Niklas Larsson – AP
There is no need to panic, Rangers fans.
At least not yet.
The Rangers are the only team in the NHL this year that has had to endure a prolonged European stay due to the renovations currently going on at Madison Square Garden. After four exhibition matches in Prague, Slovakia, and Switzerland; and an exhibition and...
Been working on this since Monday, because I want to be able to post audio for youse guys when I go to games and practices this season.
So here’s a test of some old audio from John Tortorella and Henrik Lundqvist.
Hope it works. Let me know if you like it. And thanks to our tech guy, Jeff Marx (hockey fan) for setting this up for me.