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A nice quiet Sunday from the New York Ranger and New York Islander prospects which allowed me time to work on interviews with Cristoval Nieves on Monday and then a surprise on Tuesday. Those interviews will be in the season opening issue of the Blueshirt Bulletin.
Michael Del Zotto (NYR 2011 4th) is in a bit of a slump having no goals in his last 7 games (and just 1 point in that time) but his teammates on the Edmonton Oil Kings are doing a great job picking up the slack. St. Croix's Edmonton Oil Kings won their 3rd straight game shutting out the Medicine Hat Tigers 3-0.
The Oil Kings got their goals from one player Curtis Lazar who did one of the coolest "natural" hat tricks seen in a while. For starters Lazar scored what wound up being the game winning goal just 32 seconds after the opening puck drop.
Goal number 2 came at 2:40 of the 2nd period while on a power play. Finally goal number 3 was an empty netter that sealed the game with just 1:16 left to play.
The win allowed Edmonton to leap past Calgary for the top spot in the WHL's Eastern Conference. The Oil Kings have a 1 point lead plus hold a game in hand.
As for St. Croix; don't feel so sorry for him and his scoring slump as he is still contributing like stopping a Medicine Hat 3 on 1 by himself with some rock solid defense that broke the odd man rush up. Not bad for the "defensive liability" that St. Croix is supposed to be.
Jesse Graham (NYI 2012 6th) had a secondary assist on his Niagara IceDogs 3rd goal but that was the last highlight for the IceDogs as the Kitchener Rangers scored the next 4 goals all in the 3rd period to wipe out a 2 goal IceDog lead and earn a 5-3 win.
Welcome to life without your 3 best scorers Niagara as they just don't have the firepower to match up with many OHL teams now. Jesse Graham needs to turn those assists to goals as he is now 2-16-18 but a -10 too.
Andrey Pedan (NYI 2011 3rd) was sitting out the 2nd game of his 2 game suspension as his Guelph Storm defeated the Kingston Frontenacs 4-1. Pedan will be able to return to action on January 17th but some friendly advice to Pedan, next suspension will be your 3rd of the season and it will be a lot longer.
Loic Leduc (NYI 2012 4th) missed his 4th game for the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles and the latest word is there is no timetable for his return. I am reading that as he might be done for the season.
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Per Bob McKenzie, the Rangers have agreed to terms with RFA defenseman Michael Del Zotto. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed, but Del Zotto will be in camp today. MDZ was priority number one for the Rangers in their “preseason” agenda.
We will post more updates as they become available.
According to Andrew Gross, the Rangers opened camp with a condensed roster. Here’s what has been reported.
Brad Richards, Rick Nash, Marian Gaborik, Ryan Callahan, Derek Stepan, Carl Hagelin, Brian Boyle, Taylor Pyatt, Chris Kreider, Jeff Halpern, Mike Rupp, Arron Asham
Marc Staal, Ryan McDonagh, Anton Stralman, Dan Girardi, Michael Del Zotto, Steve Eminger...
A depth forward could be on the radar for the Rangers.
Looking over the Rangers training camp roster, one thing that really stands out is the lack of depth, particularly on offense. Right now, the following has been reported as Torts’ early line combos.
Carl Hagelin – Brad Richards – Rick Nash
Marian Gaborik – Derek Stepan – Ryan Callahan
Waivers Rangers: Sean Collins, Michael Haley, Chad Kolarik, Kris Newbury, Logan Pyett, Brendon Segal, Mike Vernace, Tommy Grant.
— Renaud Lavoie (@RenLavoieRDS) January 15, 2013
Kolarik leads Whale with 15 goals and tied for team lead in points with 29.
...scratching my head at Kolarik being on that list. I was originally surprised when he wasn't in training camp...
Hockey will be back soon and finally we can start talking about the systems and strategies of this great game we all know and love. One of the most critical – and contested – aspects of the Rangers system in 2012 was their power play.
For the sake of brevity, I will just say that last year’s mediocre power play was not due to coaching decisions or their umbrella formation...
Larry Brooks at the New York Post reports that despite Marian Gaborik scoring 41 goals on right wing last year, his natural position, John Tortorella will be moving his Solvakian sniper to left wing in camp.
Here's Gaborik on the move...
“Torts [coach John Tortorella] told me that’s where he’d like to see me, so I’m going to prepare and practice at left wing,...
Katie Strang at ESPN.com reports that the NHLPA is reviewing the developing situation between Wade Redden and Rangers in which the Blueshirts will sit the veteran defenseman for the remainder of the season to ensure he is not injured and jeopardize their ability to buy him out this summer.
The Rangers have also been in contact with the league. The Canadiens have deployed the...
New York Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto has agreed to a new contract with the team, according to a TSN report. Del Zotto would become the first restricted free agent to sign under new Collective Bargaining Agreement, which went into effect Saturday. The 22-year-old was selected 20th overall in the 2008 Draft by the Rangers.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
This is the organization Rangers fans have dreamed of for generations — one that is rich in blue-blooded, blue-collar laborers who come to work with a single-minded sense of purpose that honors the season ticket-holders who pay the very expensive freight.
In New York, we expect our top athletes to make top dollar. All we expect in return...
These are the exact words that can be used to describe New York Rangers' defenseman Michael Del Zotto's new two-year deal with the club.
There is no doubting Del Zotto's offensive skills. Last season, Del Zotto was fifth on the team in the regular season with 41 points (10 goals and 31 assists) while adding another 10 (2 goals and 8 assists) in 20 postseason games....
poll by twiigs.com
Question: Which team do you expect to challenge the Penguins for the most points in the Eastern Conference?
The New York Rangers rang up four times more votes than any other Eastern Conference squad. The Rangers collected 62 percent of votes while runner-up Philadelphia finished with 15 percent. New York ended up with one more point than P...
If you were to ask people who they felt would be the first two amnesty buyouts under the NHL's new CBA, they probably would have said Wade Redden and Scott Gomez. Apparently lots of folks have ESP, or at the very least have been alive and conscious the past couple of years, because who will be the first two guys bought out? Why, Redden and Gomez, of course!
The New York Rangers signed defenseman Matt Gilroy to a one-year contract, and the New York Post reported the deal is worth $650,000. He provides depth for the Rangers after getting three goals and 17 assists in 67 games last season, which he split between Tampa Bay and Ottawa. Gilroy has been playing this season in the AHL with the Rangers' affiliate in Hartford, Conn.
Hershey, PA, January 12, 2013 – The Connecticut Whale gained a standings point for the fourth straight game (2-0-1-1) Saturday night at Giant Center, but lost 4-3 in a shootout to the Hershey Bears.
The Whale outshot Hershey 36-23 in the game, including 26-11 in the first two periods, but trailed 2-1 heading into the third before coming back to get the point.