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Michael Del Zotto
New York Rangers
It’s been a while since I’ve written the musings here. This is generally Chris’ post, but he’s currently “indisposed.” So I’ve taken them over. Feel free to use your own interpretation of “indisposed” and make fun of Chris in the comments.
How about that Ryan Callahan eh? He does everything for the Rangers. It is clear why he is the heart and soul of the team, and why he was named captain at the beginning of this season. There are very few captains in the NHL that mean as much to their team than Cally does to the Rangers. In fact, I can only think of a few: Jonathan Toews, Jarome Iginla, Dustin Brown, and Shane Doan.
Brad Richards sure has been something of late. With last night’s goal, the alternate captain has 15 points in the month of March (6-9-15), a span of 12 games. He has the most points in the month of March than any other player, and is getting back on track to clear 60 points. When the Rangers signed Richards, expectations were that he would clear 60 points most seasons, and have a few seasons clearing 70 points. Considering the effect he’s had on Michael Del Zotto’s turn around, I’ll take 60 points and leadership/bettering others over 70 points any day.
Rough stretch for Del Zotto
Speaking of Del Zotto, he hasn’t looked the same since that hip injury. Maybe he’s just favoring it a bit, or maybe he’s just hitting a slump. But that lateral pass on the powerplay last night was last year’s version of Del Zotto, not this year’s version. The kid still has a lot of learning and growing to do, but mark my words, every mistake he makes he will learn from. Patience.
The Rangers definitely miss Mike Sauer, but not as much as you might think. Tim Erixon and Stu Bickel have filled in very well for the injured defenseman, and while both have a lot to learn still, they are making the loss of Sauer easier to manage. Bickel and Sauer play extremely similar games, so it’s like he was never injured in the first place…except for that stint where Steve Eminger and Anton Stralman comprised the bottom pairing.
Stralman gets a bad rap
One quick note about Stralman: Boy he gets a bad rap here. The guy came in as an UFA signed in the beginning of the season, and had to work his tail off to even get into the lineup. When injuries started to mount, he played top four minutes and helped Del Zotto along in his development. Once players like Bickel started to emerge, and Stralman started to slump, he started getting blame for a lot of things. He filled in well, and was a great signing to help deal with injuries.
So long Fedotenko
Ruslan Fedotenko may be one of the more under appreciated signings Glen Sather has made in the past few years. Last year Feds was magnificent while playing on a line with Brian Boyle and Brandon Prust, forming one of the most formidable shut down checking lines in hockey. This year, the magic just wasn’t there. It wasn’t so much that he appeared to lose a step, it was that others played better, thus passed him on the depth chart. The emergence of Mats Zuccarello was the final nail in the coffin for Feds.
- Has Bickel’s emergence made Sauer expendable in the right deal?
- Would you trade Sauer and Brandon Dubinsky for Bobby Ryan at the draft?
- Which team scares you more in the playoffs: the Penguins, Flyers, Bruins, or Caps?
- Over/under 60 points for Cally this year?
- Over/under 30 goals for Richards?
- Over/under 40 points for Del Zotto?
BEST OF MAXIM
Two little tidbits hit the news waves this morning. First, as said here on Monday, Rangers prospects Andrew Yogan and Peter Ceresnak have officially joined the Connecticut Whale. Both are on ATO’s, which means that Ceresnak can return to the OHL next year. Yogan is playing for his Rangers career, and will need to earn an entry level contract.
The other news is that Dan Girardi...
With all the Rangers forwards finally healthy and Mats Zuccarello playing like his NHL life is on the line (it is), the Rangers have 14 forwards for just 12 spots. John Scott is obviously one scratch, but John Tortorella had an interesting decision last night and he decided that Ruslan Fedotenko was going to be the other healthy scratch. Here's his reason why (via Newsday).....
Steve Zipay at Newsday has this quote from Ryan Callahan on the Rangers play of late..."We're starting to play how we were playing earlier in the year. It's an important time of the year, and we've got to keep building."...wasn't it just a couple of days ago Rangers Nation was in full panic mode over this team. Great teams learn how to fight though slumps...
On the heels of an emotional win over the Devils, the Rangers went out and defeated the Detroit Red Wings on the back of birthday boy Ryan Callahan. What started off as a slow-paced game, gained steam as the night wore on and ended in fireworks when Cally ripped a shot from the high slot to secure a 2-1 victory in overtime.
On to the notes from the game…
The game started...
Yesterday John Tortorella went on the Michael Kay Radio Show (ESPN Radio 1050) and said if the playoffs started today Mats Zuccarello would be in the Rangers line-up....it was only a few months ago when Zuccarello was buried in Hartford with rumors swirling about him wanting to be traded. Now the guy is basically penciled in the starting line-up for the playoffs. Amazing.Tortorella...
The final score of tonight’s original six battle between the New York Rangers and Detroit Red Wings may have only included three total goals, but the display put on by these two clubs at Madison Square Garden was spectacular. It was a hard-fought, tightly-played defensive contest including two defenses and goaltenders who were not prepared to give up very much at all. And to the...
Elliotte Friedman at CBC Sports has this quote from former Rangers back-up goaltender Alex Auld on what makes Henrik Lundqvist so good..."Henrik is so efficient. Because he plays so deep, he doesn't need to move much. He's able to take in more [mentally] and there's less confusion going in his head. He's focused. Able to read the play. It's very hard to teach...
Andrew Gross at the Bergen Record speak with Glen Sather about the possibility of re-signing Mats Zuccarello..."We want to re-sign him. But there are a lot of guys we have to deal with. Usually, we handle it at the end of the season. We don't want to throw anybody off their game."Zuccarello welcomed the Rangers interest..."For sure, my first choice is to stay here...
It was one of the toughest remaining games for the Sabres on the year, but Buffalo met the challenge head on and dominated the New York Rangers 4-1 at MSG. The win brought the Sabres back into a tie for eighth place, and just two points behind 7th place Ottawa. Entering the night Buffalo had lost their first three match-ups against New York on the season – the last two being overtime...
The hockey helmet saved Dubinsky on this play.
HARTFORD, March 22, 2012: Connecticut Whale general manager Jim Schoenfeld announced today that the parent New York Rangers have reassigned defenseman Blake Parlett from the Whale to its ECHL affiliate, the Greenville Road Warriors.
Parlett, a second-year pro, had returned to the Whale from Greenville March 10 and played in four games in his latest AHL stint. All told this season...
A man accused of beating two New York Rangers fans in a brawl after the NHL Winter Classic in Philadelphia will be tried on assault charges.
A judge ordered 32-year-old Glassboro, N.J., resident Dennis Veteri to stand trial following a preliminary hearing on Thursday in Philadelphia.
The fight occurred outside a cheesesteak stand after the Jan. 2 game between the Rangers and the...
The New York Rangers (46-20-7) host the Buffalo Sabres (35-29-10) at Madison Square Garden starting at 7:00 p.m. For a preview go to Yahoo! Sports. Rangers Game Notes TV: MSG 2 Click here for complete MSG2 channel listings; Radio: WWRL 1600AM, XM 212Live...
By Bruce Berlet
Large green letters on a bed sheet at the XL Center on Sunday read: Tommy 10 Terrific.
For most of the season, Tommy Grant, who wears No. 10, has been part of the Connecticut Whale’s “energy line” with another second-year pro, center Kelsey Tessier, and rookie wing Scott Tanski. Whenever the Whale needed a lift, coach Ken Gernander didn’t...