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The Rangers Tribune:
In the eyes of head coach John Tortorella, forward Mats Zuccarello earned a spot on the Rangers roster in training camp. He showed improvement in his footspeed and his decision making with the puck, and those were the two major factors that contributed to his descendance to the AHL for a majority of last season. But still, three games into the regular season this year, Zuccarello again finds himself with the Connecticut Whale. What gives?
Well, the reason Zuccarello is in the AHL this season differs from why he was there last season. Simply put, there is just no roster space for him to stay with the team. The first three lines are completely filled with players who deserve and have earned the right to be there. That leaves only the fourth line for Zuke, which doesn't make sense on several levels.
First, Zuccarello is far too skilled of a player to be skating on the fourth line. Did you see how lost Mike Rupp looked trying to keep up with Mats on Saturday against the Islander...
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I’m not going to bicker about the calls. We’re in the (penalty) box too much. Simple as that. I’m not going to sit here and gripe. We have to be more disciplined. No excuses. (The Islanders) were the better hockey team, and the more disciplined team. - John Tortorella on loss to Islanders … yes, [...]
After being a non factor for the New York Rangers opening three games this season, only playing 7:55 tonight, Mats Zuccarello has been sent down to the Connecticut Whale according to Andrew Gross. The early performance is disappointing for Zuccarello as he had an excellent camp/preseason to secure the spot to start the year.
Kris Newbury who has eight points (4G, 4A) already...
Coach John Tortorella met with the media following tonight's 4-2 loss to the Islanders and while he took some of the blame for the loss on himself he was not having any of the blame game on the officials or the schedule. While some of the calls were lousy against the Rangers tonight, Tortorella is right that it is a discipline problem from his own team that has had them behind...
… yes, this was a BEAUTIFUL goal but the best part about it was the amazingly accurate pass from Brad Richards. Richards is worth his weight in gold and if both he and Gaborik stay healthy this will be a fun line to watch all season long.
The opening game in the North American leg of the 2011-12 New York Rangers season opened last night on Long Island. There is a tendency for most fans to exaggerate the outcome of a Ranger-Islanders game. Depending on the result, it’s either “we’re gonna win the Cup!” or “good Lord, we are the worst team [...]
You want to blame the refs. But you can’t blame the refs. You need to blame the refs. But you can’t blame the refs. Every fiber of your being is telling you that the refs are to blame for this loss. But you can’t blame the refs. Why? Because only 1 of the calls against the Rangers was not legit. That was the Brian Boyle call. So while that may have been a bad call...
Tonight begins a critical stretch for the Rangers as they embark on a road trip to the dreaded western Canadian cities of Vancouver, Calgary, and Edmonton.
TONIGHT”’S GAME The Rangers will face-off against the Vancouver Canucks tomorrow, Oct. 18, at Rogers Arena (10:00 p.m.), to begin a six-game stretch against Canadian opponents including four on the road to begin the set. The Blueshirts enter the contest having been defeated by the New York Islanders, 4-2, on Saturday at Nassau Colieseum, and [...]
… I totally agree with Adam… the Rangers are just warming up!
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By Christopher Decker (@HockeyGuy_Chris)
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After what seemed like an eternity in Europe, the Rangers finally returned home – well not quite, even though some might consider the Nassau Coliseum a home away from home for the Rangers, as they took on the Islanders for their third game of the season and first in North America. The general feeling surrounding...
John Tavares’ third career hat trick jolted the Islanders past the New York Rangers for a 4-2 victory at Nassau Coliseum on Saturday in front of a sell out crowd of 16,234.