Found January 28, 2012 on Blue Seat Blogs:
The Rangers need to get rid of Wojtek Wolski one way or the other. His presence may not be that of a locker room cancer but his salary, tantalising ability and mere presence make him a distraction and a temptation for the coaching staff. Wolski clearly cannot play consistently in Tortorella’s system. A few good shifts here and there are simply not enough for someone with his skill set and contract. Erik Christensen is in a similar position to Wolski but doesn’t possess the same cap issues that Wolski does. Christensen’s ability, but above all his cap hit, are what give him a regular stay of execution. Wolski doesn’t have that luxury. If the Rangers don’t intend (and nor should they at this stage) to give Wolski an extended run in the side – in a position that befits his skill set – then they should look elsewhere within the organisation. Wolski clearly doesn’t have a future in the organisation so it would make sense to have a guy like Christensen be the extra man and perhaps audition players like Zuccarello and Audy-Marchessault who have been excelling in the minors and who may, or may not have a future with the big club. The Rangers can afford to try out a few players on the roster because of their record, because of the quality goaltending and defense keeping them in practically every game and because many players aren’t making themselves indispensible up front. If Zuccarello finally fails to convince he has a Rangers future or Audy-Marchessault looks more minor league than major league then by ridding themselves of Wolski it at least gives the club manoeuvrability within the salary cap. Whether they can get something in return for him (unlikely at this stage) or by demotion or releasing him, the Rangers need to let go of Wolski for a variety of reasons.

What can NHL do about concussion problem?

When New York Rangers forward Wojtek Wolski elbowed Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson in the head earlier this season, causing a concussion, NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan declined to suspend Wolski. Shanahan cited Wolskis clean track record and the specifics of the play, arguing that Wolski didnt see Alfredsson until the last minute, then tensed up to protect himself. When...

Zuccarello Healthy; Can He Help Rangers Offense?

Amid the Rangers stumbling offense and the awful nine game losing streak the Whale find themselves in down in the AHL, perhaps unnoticed to many, is the pending return of Mats Zuccarello. Many have given up on the small Norwegian and depth has certainly helped pushed him back in to the AHL but his talent and skill have never been doubted. It just so happens that the Hobbit’s game...

High Praise for Rangers Players

Chris Peters at the United States of Hockey lists his 2011-12 Mid-Season All-America Team with Brandon Dubinsky (C), Derek Stepan (C), Ryan Callahn (RW) and Ryan McDonagh (D) all receiving Honorable Mentions at their respective positions....while I'd like to argue that Callahan should have gotten First or Second Team right wing consideration it's hard to argue that he should...

NHL Skills Competition Participants

The NHL has announced the participants of the NHL Skills Competition, to take place tonight. The four Rangers participating will be in six events: Marian Gaborik Skills Challenge Relay Elimination Shootout Dan Girardi Shooting Accuracy (passer) Carl Hagelin Fastest Skater (side note: he only loses if he blows a tire) Elimination Shootout Henrik Lundqvist Elimination Shootout...

Avery Scores, Fights in Whale's 10th Straight Loss

Sean Avery returned to the CT Whale line-up and scored his second goal in the seven games since being re-assigned, but it wasn't enough as the Rangers AHL affiliate lost their 10th straight game 3-2 to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in overtime last night.After netting his goal, Avery got into an altercation with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton's Joey Mormina and was given roughing...

Gabby Gets a Little Confused During All Star Draft

Similar to last season, the NHL All Star Draft was highly entertaining and filled with suspense as we waited to see who would get Kessel'd this year. But the obvious highlight was Marian Gaborik mistakenly walking over to Team Alfredsson after being chosen by Team Chara. With the grin he shined afterward (see above pic), I wouldn't be surprised if he did that on purpose....

2012 All Star Game Thread

A little late on this one, but here’s the game thread for the 2012 All Star Game. Lineups are below, with Marian Gaborik and Henrik Lundqvist starting for their respective teams: Team Alfredsson: Michalek – Spezza – Alfredsson Couture – Giroux – Stamkos Sedin – Sedin – Hartnell Neal – Tavares – Pominville Karlsson – Letang Yandle – Weber Edler – Girardi Lundqvist...

Now’s a good time for Girardi

Dan Girardi leads all players by averaging 27:22 of action per game, more than two minutes above what Bruins strongman Zdeno Chara logs per appearance. The 27-year-old Girardi has become New York’s version of Chara - a stay-at-home shutdown presence - for the Bruins’ most viable competitor in the race for the Eastern Conference crown.

Team Chara wins NHL All-Star game, beating Team Alfredsson, 12-9

Rangers' Marian Gaborik earns most valuable player honors with three goals and an assist. Tim Thomas makes 18 saves in the final period, and extends his record by winning his fourth All-Star game.OTTAWA — Marian Gaborik scored against New York Rangers teammate Henrik Lundqvist twice in the first period, and finished with three goals and an assist to earn most valuable player...

MVP Gaborik's hat trick leads All-Stars

Marian Gaborik made New York Rangers teammate Henrik Lundqvist pay for not selecting him to play for Daniel Alfredsson's team in the NHL All-Star Game.

Video: Gaborik scores, pokes fun at Lundqvist

Team Chara's Marian Gaborik opened the scoring and had some fun with Rangers teammate and Team Alfredsson goalie Henrik Lundqvist. (NBC Sports)

Gaborik's trick leads Team Chara to All-Star win

Marian Gaborik made New York Rangers teammate Henrik Lundqvist pay for not selecting him to play for Daniel Alfredsson's team in the NHL All-Star game.

Gaborik claims NHL All-Star Game MVP

Marian Gaborik staked his claim to NHL All-Star game MVP honors.

Video: All-Star highlights: Gaborik leads victory

Marian Gaborik had the hat trick in leading Team Chara to a 12-9 verdict over Team Alfredsson. Hometown star Daniel Alfredsson scored twice. (NBC Sports)

Red Wings' Pavel Datsyuk records three assists in Team Chara All-Star game win

Marian Gaborik made New York Rangers teammate Henrik Lundqvist pay for not selecting him to play for Daniel Alfredsson's team in the NHL All-Star game.
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