Found October 11, 2011 on
Gotta tell you, I’m starting to be fascinated on this No. 1 left-wing thing.
I mean, it shouldn’t be that hard to find a winger to play with the two most gifted forwards on the team, right? It could be all types of players, couldn’t it? Could be an offensive guy, a defensive guy, a big guy, a fast guy.
But the Rangers, for whatever reason, don’t seem to have that right guy. Or at least, they haven’t identified him.
I do think that Brandon Dubinsky would ultimately fit just fine there, maybe better than fine. He’s their best left winger, he does a lot of things, including retrieve pucks from dirty areas, and has some toughness for protecting Brad Richards and Marian Gaborik, and he certainly has enough skill to put up numbers.
On the other hand, the Dubinsky promotion, the whole robbing Peter to pay Paul thing, is a legit concern, because Dubinsky was so good with Artem Anisimov and Ryan Callahan last year, when that line was really the No. 1 line. And because, without Dubins...
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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...
From the NYR:
NEW YORK RANGERS TRANSACTION UPDATE
Brendan Bell Assigned to Connecticut; Scott Stajcer Returned to Owen Sound (OHL)
New York, October 9, 2011 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that defenseman Brendan Bell has been assigned to the Connecticut Whale of the American Hockey League (AHL), and goaltender Scott Stajcer has...
… 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...
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...
1) Yay! Skills competition. Pretty serious lack of skills in this one. Brad Richards lost the puck at center ice, and the winning goal was a complete whiff.
2) The Rangers shouldn’t fight the opponent’s goons unless it’s absolutely necessary. So far they have had two staged fights, and each was against the opposition knucklehead. There’s no need for it, it serves...