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Bleeding All Blue:
There were some updates on the Rangers injured today with Mike Rupp taking part in his first contact practice since his knee surgery. Following practice Rupp, according to Andrew Gross, told reporters that the earliest he could play would be Saturday against the Coyotes because he still needs to work on stopping and starting. With Rupp being within a week of coming back to the lineup the Rangers would likely demote either John Mitchell or Sean Avery as I speculated yesterday. Mitchell has a lower cap hit and is seemingly in better standing with coach John Tortorella, so Avery would be the more likely of the two to be sent out.
In other injury news, Marc Staal skated with the team for the first time since training camp, even if it was in an orange non-contact jersey. Staal referred to it as the "next step" in his recovery and getting back. There have been no reports of setbacks in Staal's recovery of late though still no sense of a timetable on when he might be back.
Wojtek Wolski was also on the ice in a non-contact jersey, but is hoping for contact soon.
While those three had positive news, the report on Michael Sauer was not so uplifting. The Rangers announced that Sauer will not travel with the team on their road-trip to St. Louis and Phoenix. Sauer has not skated since the concussion and no timetable exists for him.
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Updated, 11:18 a.m.:The Rangers have announced that Michael Sauer (concussion) will not accompany the Blueshirts on their up-coming trip to St. Louis and Phoenix....ugh.Torts also hasn't ruled out Rupp being able to play in those games.Finally, Andrew Gross says that Staal's skate this morning was the first time he's been on the ice with a full Rangers squad since the...
As part of New York Magazine's "Reasons to Love New York 2011", Will Leitch points to Sean Avery moonlighting as a fashion maven and gay-rights activist the 13th biggest reason..."It's more than a little ironic, then, that the most despised person in a sport full of despicable people has, amazingly, become one of the most progressive athletes in all of professional...
Michael Del Zotto is ninth in the entire NHL in plus/minus. While many people don’t place much stock in the statistic (after all Marek Malik did lead the league in plus/minus one season) it does provide some indication how the young blue liner has begun to turn his game back around this season.
Del Zotto could have been forgiven for stalling in recent times when Mike Sauer was...
The Rangers announced they recalled defenseman Tim
Erixon from the CT Whale of the AHL. Erixon has played well in 13 games for the Whale, recording one goal and 11 assists, though he did miss some games with injury a few weeks ago.
The recall does not mean Erixon is guaranteed to play, but could be precautionary since the Rangers have no extra defenders as they head out to St...
For those who credit the recall of Sean Avery to the New York
Rangers with the team turning around their slow start this season to be 17-6-4
through 27 games there should be cause for concern that Avery might be sent
away again. Coach John Tortorella
scratched Avery for last night’s game, replacing him with Erik Christensen, but
more than the scratch itself, the
After Derek Stepan and the New York Rangers put on one of their most impressive offensive displays of the season, all they could do was tout their defense, grit and hustle.
Stepan scored twice, including a pretty coast-to-coast goal just after the Rangers killed a penalty, and New York beat the Florida Panthers 6-1 on Sunday night for as comprehensive-looking a win as New York has...
Adam Kimelman at NHL.com fills out his roster of the greatest U.S. players ever, which includes former Rangers Brian Leetch, Mike Richter, Mike Knuble, Pat LaFontaine, Chris Drury and Kevin Stevens.Here's what Kimelman had to say about Leetch..."The first U.S.-born player to win the Conn Smythe Trophy, he led the League in playoff scoring in 1994 with 34 points in 23 games...
Not going to get all wrapped up in who did what on a lopsided scoresheet, though I’m sure you all enjoyed the heck out of it, and you should have.
Instead, how about numbers?: 17-6-4, second best record in the improving East and fewest regulation losses in the NHL; 8-2-2 at home. Points in 16 of 19. 24-8-3 in second of back-to-backs since 2009-10. 38 points in 27 games, the best...
By Christopher Decker (@HockeyGuy_Chris)
(Photo by Scott Levy/NHLI via Getty Images)
There have not been many big-name free-agent signings that worked out well for the Rangers in the past 10 years or so. But the biggest and brightest signings that have brought the Rangers organization back to its feet and rejuvenated an entire fan base were the signings of Jaromir Jagr (who has...
The Rangers must feel nervous that they aren't going to wind up making good television when they make their HBO debut this week.
As we all know, good drama requires conflict or obstacles to overcome with great difficulty and the Rangers haven't had much of either recently.
They crushed the Panthers 6-1 at the Garden on Sunday night, completing a weekend sweep in grand...
By Bruce Berlet
It was hardly surprising that the New York Rangers called up rookie defenseman Tim Erixon from the Connecticut Whale on Wednesday.
Erixon’s role with the AHL’s Northeast Division leaders has expanded, and his play has steadily improved since he was assigned to the Whale on Oct. 29. The 20-year-old had been on the Whale’s No. 1 power-play unit and become among...
Set to begin the eastern part of their five-game road trip, the Dallas Stars will visit a familiar face tonight as they visit Brad Richards and the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.
Dallas Stars (16-11-1, 33 pts. – T1st in Pacific Division)
at New York Rangers (16-4-4, 36 pts. –2...
That is the kind of attitude the New York Rangers should take after beating the Buffalo Sabres and Florida Panthers over the weekend by a combined score of 10-1.
The team is clicking on all cylinders as they are supplying the offense, solid defense and getting timely goaltending from both Henrik Lundqvist by Martin Biron. Put that all together and you have part of the winning formula...