Rangers asked out of All-Star game for Jagr (Updated)

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Just talked to the ever-resourceful Brian Heyman down at the Garden, and word is the Rangers did in fact ask for Jaromir Jagr to not play in the All-Star game in 11 days.

That was the indication all along, but it explains why only Brendan Shanahan will be representing the Rangers. Actually, it only explain Jagr’s absence. Why Martin Straka isn’t going is beyond me.

Anyway, a good win for the Rangers, and it at least seemed from a distance that Jason Krog was halfway decent in his debut.

And of course, congratulations to Jed Ortmeyer for netting his first goal in 364 days. In one of those interminable sessions a while back when Ortmeyer was forced to practice only on his own, I remember watching him working on his finishing touch.

I said to him at one point, “That’s what I need to work on. I can’t finish.”

“Me neither,” Ortmeyer said.

Apparently one of us was wrong.

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Brian was kind enough to send along these quotes from post-game.

I think they’re all pretty self-explanatory, so here goes.

TOM RENNEY ON JAROMIR JAGR NOT GOING TO THE ALL-STAR GAME:

“It’s a tough situation. Everyone would like to participate, but he needs to continue to rehabilitate himself. He’s really, really valuable. I appreciate the fact that we’re able to do that.”

ON HOW THE DECISION WAS MADE:

“I think it was a discussion that Glen maybe had with Colie. They concurred. The type of surgery he had in the offseason was really, really significant. By his own admission, he’s still yet to be 100 percent right. So in fairness to our organization that pays him, I think that everyone is on the same page with the fact that he can take a deep breath and do some work on that thing. The league (also) needs him.”

BRENDAN SHANAHAN ON HIS ALL-STAR SELECTION:

“I’m turning 38 the evening of the skills competition. It’s been a few years since I’ve been in one of these (All-Star Games), and I don’t know that I ever thought that I’d play in them again. So I’m excited to go to it. Most of the All-Star Games I’ve played in, it’s been like Gretzky and Messier and Stevens and Francis. And now I’m going to be in the dressing room with Ovechkin and Crosby and Staal, some of the great young players of our game. I’m excited about that.”

SHANAHAN ON JED ORTMEYER:

“Somebody had said to me about three or four weeks ago that we could really use one more sort of north-south, North American-style guy who gets there and mucks it up and bangs bodies. I was agreeing with that. I didn’t realize we already had one of those waiting to get healthy. … And he’s good in the room. This isn’t a very talkative room and he’s talkative.”

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  1. I am so happy to Jed, thats an awesome way to get totally back into the game..And no Jags? That’s a bummer…what’s more of a bummer it that Marty Straka won’t be in the game, and he and Shanny are my 2 favorite players, so that would have been cool. Let’s just hope that Straka doesn’t decide to retire or go back to Czech Republic, and that Shanny stays wiht us again next year =)

  2. Whew. Glad to hear JJ is sitting. When they didnt annouce him, I figured thats what it was.
    nice finish for Ortmeyer, but I dont think any NHL goalie would have fallen for that insanely over the top foot fake. Haha. Made me think he was excited just to have the opportunity.

  3. Why do they keep saying first goal in a year for Jed? he scored against the Devils in the playoffs …

  4. Longtimerangerfan on

    Soooo happpy for Jed Ortmeyer…of all the Rangers, I think he deserved that goal the most.
    In response to Maloney’s comment about not bringing up younger players…here are a few players that came up to the big club while young,
    Rod Gilbert-19
    Ron Duguay-20
    Ron Greshner-20
    Vic Hadfield-21
    Alex Kovalev-19
    Brian Leetch-19
    Brad Park-20
    Jean Ratelle-20
    Mike Richter-22
    Mike Ridley-22…ouch, traded for Carpenter
    Tomas Sandstrom-20
    Walt Tkaczuk-20
    Steve Vickers-21
    Doug Weight-19
    Rick Middleton-21…double ouch, traded for Hodge
    Don Murdoch-20
    Mike York-21
    Sergei Zubov-22
    The list goes on and on and btw, Mark Messier started at 18 or 19 with Edmonton. Oops, I forgot two names…Dave Maloney-18 and last but not least…Don Maloney-20

  5. Great feel good moment for Orts. I’m sure most of us thought he was going to get stopped, I’m sure Orts thought he was going to get stopped. But when Timmy stretched out he didn’t get all the way back and Orts saw the open hole.

    Of course the B’s played a horrible game so it is impossible to gauge where the Rangers are.

  6. Good for Jagr. He needs some rest.
    Finally, we’ve played more aggresive game and that paid off. The only time I saw Krog was when he was blasted… He didn’t exist in the game… so let’s not talk about him.
    Kaspar & Hall scratched as we were predicting but Ward was a scratch too. I’d love to see some Hartford kid in their spots… and finally better game defensively.

  7. i luv chickens on

    good win for the rangers. great move by orty on the penalty shot. also it would have been nice to see straka go to the all star game.

  8. [quote]Soooo happpy for Jed Ortmeyer…of all the Rangers, I think he deserved that goal the most.
    In response to Maloney’s comment about not bringing up younger players…here are a few players that came up to the big club while young,
    Rod Gilbert-19
    Ron Duguay-20
    Ron Greshner-20
    Vic Hadfield-21
    Alex Kovalev-19
    Brian Leetch-19
    Brad Park-20
    Jean Ratelle-20
    Mike Richter-22
    Mike Ridley-22…ouch, traded for Carpenter
    Tomas Sandstrom-20
    Walt Tkaczuk-20
    Steve Vickers-21
    Doug Weight-19
    Rick Middleton-21…double ouch, traded for Hodge
    Don Murdoch-20
    Mike York-21
    Sergei Zubov-22
    The list goes on and on and btw, Mark Messier started at 18 or 19 with Edmonton. Oops, I forgot two names…Dave Maloney-18 and last but not least…Don Maloney-20[/quote]

    …and if you think any of our prospects are near the calibur of players you mentioned then you’re worse than Maloney LOL

  9. This was a good game to be at, and one that they had to win to maintain any credibility in the Eastern Conference race. All the more important now that the Devils beat the Islanders in overtime.
    The line shuffles looked like they were starting to pay off with Nylander’s goal being assisted by Hossa and Malik. Although Straka’s goal was with the usual cast of Nylander/Jagr, Renney shouldn’t abandon the line juggling just yet. I thought the juggled defensive pairing were decent… only 3 giveaways by them all game (forwards gave away 5).
    The goal by Orty was great, and couldn’t happen to a better person. I think Shanny’s comment is very telling. I remember reading another comment by Messier a while back that he thought Ortmeyer had the qualities to be a great leader in hockey, and would be a future captain somewhere.
    I watched Krog closely during the warmups. He seemed like a decent skater. I thought he played a decent game. We were reasonably impressed with him up in the 400 level. He seemed to be out there a lot, although I see it was only less then 12 minutes. He didn’t give away anything, had 2 hits, and best of all, won 5 of 6 faceoffs, the highest percentage (83) of any of the Rangers.
    They have to continue this in NJ Tuesday (I got tickets). They can’t afford to let the Devils get too far out in front.

  10. Longtimerangerfan on

    To broadwayblu
    How will we ever know if they are or are not the caliber of the aforementioned players if they never get the chance!!!

  11. rangers for life on

    “To broadwayblu
    How will we ever know if they are or are not the caliber of the aforementioned players if they never get the chance!!!”

    because they arent lighting it up in the AHL…why would they succeed in the NHL if their success is marginal at best in the AHL!?!

  12. david g, re: “nice finish for Ortmeyer, but I dont think any NHL goalie would have fallen for that insanely over the top foot fake.”

    If you remember the famous Washington shootout from last year, Ortmeyer used the exact same move and Kolzig definitely fell for it…but then the puck slid off Orty’s stick. And I’ve even seen Crosby use that foot fake, though I agree, I don’t see why goalies fall for it. But then again, I’m not a goalie.

  13. Im a goalie. I dont remember that though…
    it’s just so exaggerated, no one does that when they really fire the puck.

  14. Anthony (Abev) on

    I am not a goalie, but I know how to choke. I think with everything involved: the crowd noise, the game on the line, any silly thing to cause someone to lose half a step (like a seemingly meaningless foot fake) may move you 2 inches where you don’t want to, and in some cases 2 inches away from making the play you want to make.

  15. Immonen scored a point a game last season in the AHL, so did Dawes. In most cases that is considered lighting it up. Most rookies (as both were last year) who score at that pace in the AHL do not stay there for long. Also Dubinsky is now scoring a PPG AVG too if you look at his latest streak.

    And if you think none of the Rangers prospects are as good as Ridley or Sandstrom, you are not talking about guys like Dubinsky or Korpikoski who are every bit as talented.

  16. I think tonight was important becuase the Rangers, for once, did NOT play down to their opponent. they played a VERY solid 60 minutes and that is exactly what they needed. Yes, Boston wasnt playing so great, but usually the Rangers would
    A)play down to their opponent
    B) get a lead then stop playing
    but they didnt do either tonight and that i am proud of…its a stepping stone if they continue it….which from previous experience is doubtful…but theres always hope :)

  17. that step worked for orty because he pumped the foot to fake the shot, then deked on his backhand…it was a double fake. if he shot it on the backhand thomas read it the whole way, but he went back forehand and thats why the goalie was down and out

  18. Doodie Machetto on

    Has anyone noticed that in 6 games this season he has a goal in two assists? Last season in 78 games he had 5 goals and two assists. Jed is better than ever!

    Someone else that deserves some Kudos: Marcel Hossa. I thought he played an excellent game. He was strong enough in the first period to have people watching him in the second and third even after he had been shuffled away from Nylander and Shanny.

    Straka being overlooked for the all-star game is a travesty. But then again, so was Ilya Kovalchuk. Somehow Staal and Williams were selected. Other players that deserved it over those two: Malkin, Semin, Drury-Vanek-Afinogenov(although I understand the over-Buffalo concern), Jokinen, Savard, and even Nylander. Although I think Straka deserved it more than all of them.

    Those two weren’t even the most deserving on their own team. Rod Brind’Amour is by far their best player this year, as well as Ray Whitney. Staal and Williams- big mistake.

    I’m not crazy about Bouwmeester on Defense either. Or Rafalski.

  19. Doodie Machetto on

    One last thing-I missed the third period(including the penalty shot, although I plan on watching it tomorrow on NHL.com). But I was VERY pleased with how they played over the first two periods. They worked hard, they banged, they shot, they shut Boston down and didn’t let up. someone mentioned not playing down to their level and I couldn’t agree more.

  20. Longtimerangerfan: and you knwo hwat…if Calahan, Byers and even many many other wat even one more year after this they will still be in the early 20’s. ALSO IMHO its harder for ayoung players in todays NHL than even 10 years ago. It seems that looking back, there are some guys who wouldnt have looked as good NOW like they did than at the same age. The game is getting better, and the palyers are as well. I think that a season (or close to a fulle season) in the minors is good for players more than ever…and the AHL has improved as well, even teh ECHL is better than it was 5 years ago. The other thing, at this time let teh kids stay in Hartford winning like they are…they are tearing up the AHL…even Briare(sp) who is starting in Buf was left in the minors for a season…more than that, and he dominated, HE even says that it helped him come to teh NHL and paly his game and have the confidence to do it. Lots of players have said that teh AHL is were they learned to trust their own isticts and paly the gaem their way in the pros…so I dont think letting these kids get one seaosn in Hartford is bad. NExt year though, if the kids even do decent in camp they shoudl be in the NHL…the only reason not to be is if they had an injury much like Callahan had comeing into this year, a surgury, or if they just loko way out of place…but I think next year 3 or 4 kids should be “easy” ins.

  21. cherneski : I said it somewere yeasterday…I have a bud who my season tickets were next to in hartford when i lived there…he asid last year he though Immo was a 100 point (or close to 100) guy, but that he took to many shifts and nights off. Thats something that has followed him, read the scouting reportas and the scouts worry that he is to incosistant. He is still young, and IF he can play at his full tempo and energy level every night he could make it as a 2nd line center….but when he dosnt put 100% into it, he isnt all that great…I think its all mental with him..we all see that he has the skill, he jsut needs the metal part to come around…I for one hope it dose…

  22. # Wildcard January 14th, 2007 at 2:27 am

    Longtimerangerfan: and you knwo hwat…if Calahan, Byers and even many many other wat even one more year after this they will still be in the early 20’s. ALSO IMHO its harder for ayoung players in todays NHL than even 10 years ago. It seems that looking back, there are some guys who wouldnt have looked as good NOW like they did than at the same age. The game is getting better, and the palyers are as well. I think that a season (or close to a fulle season) in the minors is good for players more than ever…and the AHL has improved as well, even teh ECHL is better than it was 5 years ago. The other thing, at this time let teh kids stay in Hartford winning like they are…they are tearing up the AHL…even Briare(sp) who is starting in Buf was left in the minors for a season…more than that, and he dominated, HE even says that it helped him come to teh NHL and paly his game and have the confidence to do it. Lots of players have said that teh AHL is were they learned to trust their own isticts and paly the gaem their way in the pros…so I dont think letting these kids get one seaosn in Hartford is bad. NExt year though, if the kids even do decent in camp they shoudl be in the NHL…the only reason not to be is if they had an injury much like Callahan had comeing into this year, a surgury, or if they just loko way out of place…but I think next year 3 or 4 kids should be “easy� ins.
    # Wildcard January 14th, 2007 at 2:32 am
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    pure, unadulterated bullsheet.

  23. I Miss Steve Rucchin on

    1) Any reason J. Ward was scratched? After a 2 point night at MSG the other night, I figured he’d be in.

    2) Hard to pick all-stars this year, a ton of deserving people were left off. Notably, Straka, who is playing better than Jagr (probably, because of the attention Jagr gets), Maxim Afinogenov, Evgeni Malkin, and Ilya Kovalchyuk. I would have put any of those guys on the team instead of Staal/Williams.

    In the West… Rick Nash? C’mon!!!!! 30 points in 39 games for the “Phenom”? Okay, I made up the nickname, but that’s not an all-star season. Glad Thornton didn’t make it. Good to see Perreault and Boucher there, though.

    Not a huge deal, I know. I guess what I’m saying is Straka and Sykora should have made the All-Star game.

  24. HossaMVP: what??? why do you say that?? You dont agree???well, how many palyers have sad thaqt the year or two int eh minors helped?? if you say none…than you ither a liar or jsut dont care to pay attention. The guys who are on the pack right now..Callahan, byers and others are what..21…so if they make teh team next year they will be 22, or 23 depending onwhen their birthdays are…is that old?? Peopel brig up guys who began their careers in teh 70’s and early 80’s well you know what, teh NHL hase changed ALOT since than. There s NO gurantee that those palyers (at least some of them) would make any NHL team at 19, 20 years old in todays NHL, thats a fact. If you dont liek it to bad, the NHL is a better leauge than it was 10-15 years ago, let alone more than 20. There are 3rd and 4th line guys in the NHL today who would have cracked top 6 or top 3 25 years ago…SO MANY retired guys talk about how good the players are now compaird to when they played. But somehow because a guy who was 20 made it in 1979 it means a guy who is 20 in 2006 shoudl be given the chance regarldess of anything else…its a joke.

  25. I Miss Steve Rucchin : I agree, Straka is having a carer year, and alot of it he is doing himself regarless of the palyers aronud him. Sykors is having a better year than some of the west allstars. I dont get it sometimes…it shoudl be teh palyers who chose, and coaches…and thats it. I bet if it was JUST players and coaches the teams would look difrent. Why teh media has a hand in it I will never know…at last…i think they still do dont they?

  26. Wildcard:
    You have the most ridiculous outlook regarding the Rangers, their “system”, and their use of the farm. You are everything that the current Ranger management want in a supporter: retarded, blind optimism. If Sather took a dump on Renneys head in front of the media, you would see it as character building.
    You are either a shill, or an absolute maroon. Keep posting because you only confirm this more when you do.

  27. pptime : Its not blind optimism…I said BEFORE this season started that I hope the Ragners dont get stupid and rush kids just to make fans happy. ALOT of Rangers fans said teh same thing. I want this team to have a good future…its people like you who probably think kids learn more from being thrown into the fire than being taugh that will and HAVE hurt this team. Kids are HELPED by spending time int he minors, I am NOT calling for these kids to be tehre for 3, 4 or even 2 years…but some of the stupididt shows threw when people call for a kid who has less than 40 pro games to come into the NHL after haveing a slow start due to surgury, he has a good stretch and he is the answer to all teh ragners problems…I bet you would rip the Ragners if it ended up a kid was rushed. My outlook of teh Ragners system…or as you put it “system” liek it dosnt exist, is not so horrid…alot of people feel the way I do. The Rangers system might not be full of all star tallent, no Crosby types or anything like that. but they ave kids in the minors and in Juniors and over seas who are good. there are more young aplyers up and comeing than in teh last 10 years, but noone wants to beleive that the team could use them. Go ahead stay stuck int he past, but when the kidsget their shots, you shouldnt be aloud to say a word, you should ahve to jsut sit back and shut up…cause I am sure, when the kids make it to the NHL and they show that tehy are going to do well, and the team uses the youth they have gatherd you will suddenly be OK with the way thnigs have been done. Maybe by that time you will learn how to be something other than a jerk…retarded blind optimism?? Ummm no…what is so rediculous about my outlook?? That the Rangers have vets filling roles on the team, and the young players that will replace them over the next couple of years are being developed in the minors? Ummm…thats kinda whats going on…if anyone is retarded its the people who cant see waht is hapening, all most of the people who cry and cry can see is what tehy magicly know…like what peopel are thinking, and what the “really” mean…people liek those who said ” Pock wont play more than 5 min when he gets in the lineup” but when he palyed 19+ min in his first game were were they??? They couldnt come out and say, wow I was wrong. I was a Hall supporter, tghought he would bring something to the team…he hasn t, now I say get rid of him…I cahnge the way I lok at things..the ragners could get rid of every palyer over 28 and replace them with kids frmo hartford…and somone would still be pissed at teh way they handle youth, it not about whats actuly happens, its about an idea of what they have decided Sather and renny and co. are thinking.

  28. pptime: also…I am guessing you dont know waht the AHL is for…I bet you think ts were you put the players who wont make the NHL…there is a reason the AHL conciders itself a “developement leauge” that means, just in case you cant understand that, young palyers start their careers their alot of the time, and play there a season or two, and some (gasp) even three, before tehy move to the NHL…and you know what, as shocking as it may sound, sometimes a vet is palying in the spot they coud occupy in the NHL, wow…can you beleive that happens…kinda like teh senators sending down a kid this season right after e scored his first NHL goal, and by all accunts loked good on the ice…but the team thought time int he AHL would dvelop him even further…OMG!! those stupid senators…howcould they think that?!!?

  29. Someone brought up palyers who were still young when they got to the NHL…Richter was brought up…do you all realise he palyed 92 regular seaosn games in the IHL over 2 and about a quters seasons before he palyed his first regular season NHL game?? He played one NHL plaoff game in 88-89. than he palyed 13 more in teh IHL before he was called up for good…so it was OK for him to spend time int he minors, but not the kids today??

  30. Dave Maloney played a full seaosn and a half or so in the AHL before sticking with the Ragners…but somehow Callahan being int eh AHL more than 40 games, a half a season is bad…I dont get it…if you want to use the past to show something is being done wrong now, at elast make sure it dosnt show the same things were hapening…

  31. Sam any truth to the rumors Larry Brooks has started today? I hope not. He has the right name for this show, the SS Minnow, with Sather the skipper, Dolan Thurston Howell III, Don Gilligan Maloney, & Tom the Professor Renney…. They need a second line center and a good, tough, hard hitting, willing to drop the gloves D man.

  32. bklynblue: i thnik Brooks is reaching….probably herd soemthing about the teams talking about those players, and he or someone put them together as a possible trade…that happens so much its crazy. If a trade is made, I bet its nothing like what the rumors have to say.

  33. Those are the worst rumors i have ever seen. If it is remotely true, we should possibly have a public execution of Sather, Maloney, Dolan, Renney!

  34. Sather is back to operating as he did from 2000 to 2004. Dolan is an Islander fan and as long as the Rangers make money for him (see Mitch’s Musings at Blueshirt Bulletin)he couldn’t care less if the Rangers win or not.

    Sather is harboring a deep resentment of the Ranger organization from his days in Edmonton and is now extracting his revenge on the Ranger fans he hates so much. And why not, Dolan gave him a free pass with lots of $$$ to stay as long as he wants without any accountability. the perfect setup for Sather to sock it to us fans and make money for himself hand over fist.

    I have accused Mitch of being off the wall but I’ll admit that this post takes the cake.

    But with that in mind, can anybody say that it is not true!!!

  35. These rumors for Rucinsky and others from St. Loo have been around a few weeks and written about in a few places. Reportedly, JD wants Dubinsky from Hartford and Rangers said no. Can’t blame him for asking.

    Who knows what is true, what isn’t, what is speculation, what is trail balloon. What would be wrong is to get someone over 30 for one year just to get in the playoffs for kids in the organization who have potential upside. This includes Prucha and Pock, plus those at Hartford.

    Things may not get going right, unfortunately, until Sather is gone and Dolan takes a hands off like Steinbrenner is doing with Yanks.

  36. czechthemout!!!!! on

    HEY WILDCARD,IN AN EARLIER RESPONSE TO MY POST YOU SAID THAT IN THE 70;S THER WERE NO MINOR LEAGUES .guess you were wrong huh?.one year in the minors is fine. but immo has been there more than 2 years now he HAS NOTHING MORE LEFT TO PROVE OVER THERE.dawes as well .you just don’t seem to get that at some point what you are going to get is diminishing returns having a kid OVER STAY in the ahl.immo had 4 pts in 5 games on the second line then for some reason got demoted to the fourth line ,i defy you to show me one example of his not being diligent on d or hustle his ass off every time on the ice .

  37. czechthemout!!!!! on

    boy that rumor about prucha really does suck . if this moron sather,trades prucha for any of the aforementioned scrubs than i am completely done ,done with this sheeeeteeee organiztion and team sather is a moron .he was trying to swing deal earlier for seabrook for prucha now all he has left is malone another soft slow footed nothing like hall .tes wild card i know he had over 20 goaLS LAST YEAR.he plays wtih crosby and has about as many goals as prucha .prucha who plays with god only knows who on a nightly basis.hopefully brooks will be as right about this rumor as he is about all his other ones .but then you nevr know even a blind folded monkey in a cage finds A BANANA ONCE IN A WHILE.

  38. “but then you nevr know even a blind folded monkey in a cage finds A BANANA ONCE IN A WHILE.”

    Not Wildcard!!

  39. czechthemout!!!!! on

    JUST TO SHOW THAT I AMFAIR,I THOUGHT HOSSA PLAYED WEEL YESTURDAY.that now makes it 4 out of 43 games this year .wow

  40. He’s run out of them czech. Slap me once, it’s your fault, slap me twice, it’s my fault.

  41. Prucha and Hall for Rucinsky? That’s almost funny it’s so misguided. How about just Hall?
    Ryan Malone? Come on…

  42. czechthemout!!!!! on

    orpik sucks look at pittsburg gaa .why not try lifiton ,he is similar to orpik in style ,but he also has more speed,is abetter passer and probobly a better fighter.and if his name was lifitonsky he would already be playing here.

  43. czechthemout!!!!! on

    gratton – so would pittsburg .it would be yet another braindead deal with the pens similar to that great trade we made when we gave up arguably on of the 10 best d’s over the last 10 years in zubov

  44. Orpik doesn’t suck but if you don’t want him here that’s fine. I’ll take him over anyone we have but that’s just my opinion.

  45. czechthemout!!!!! on

    gratton- thats actually thats actually a sad comment on our d but mostly (tyutin,pock)true.

  46. I don’t agree. Orpik is only 26, he’s a rugged North American with a mean strak who will drop the gloves and for what? A dime-a-dozen smallish European forward who lost his scoring touch and has been relegated to the fourth line? Sorry, I do this deal before I even blink my eyes. Do we have this on our backline now? I don’t think so.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dMdkh_tZNOM

  47. czechthemout!!!!! on

    gratton- do you think we could get wildcard to try to sell the pens on the the great hossa and maybe get him/her to negotiate a deal for orpik?

  48. Something tells me that Shero isn’t that dumb to take Hossa for Orpik but it might be worth a shot :)

  49. czechthemout!!!!! on

    we have some just like that ,his name is david lifiton .he can drop the gloves ,make a pass,clear the front of the net the only problem is they unlike pens with orpik don’t let him play up here. he has to changehis name to petr,marek,karel lifitonsky to get a shot up here .

  50. czechthemout!!!!! on

    plus the pens don’t need offense they have plenty of it .they need defense so i don’t think they will trade orpik.that is why they are offering malone the stiff around the league.maybe we can trade them malik,rachunek,for armstrong,and a pick and bring up lifiton and baranka or girardi and give them a chance to show what they can do.

  51. I Miss Steve Rucchin, re: “Glad Thornton didn’t make it.”

    Thornton was voted an All-Star starter.

  52. I Miss Steve Rucchin on

    Angel24: I stand corrected. I thought it was just Cheechoo from the Sharks who was a starter. By the way, don’t think Cheechoo should have made it… Thorton deserves to be there I just didn’t want to see him there

  53. Nailed To Gold on

    Was Jagr voted to the all star game or not ? No one is clear on this. I saw he was 2nd in all-star voting behind Crosby.

  54. how do you all feel that Jagr is down in Miami with Straka and Kasper and NOT back in NY doing his rehab work? He backs out of the all star game cause of injuries and to heal them and then is out around town in Miami.. what a jerk

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