Can’t catch a break

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Just when I was feeling sorry for myself for the unfortunate timing of my jury duty comes confirmation that I am better off than Marcel Hossa.

In line with the same injury sustained by Fedor Tyutin last week, an MRI today revealed that Hossa will miss three to four weeks with his left MCL sprain, essentially leaving his teammates to carry on their playoff push without him.

I’m not sure if it says more about the Rangers or Hossa that this qualifies as devastating news, but you can’t get around the fact that Hossa has been phenomenal over the last month — not only for his eight goals since the All-Star break, but in every other facet of the game as well.

More later…

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  1. Doodie Machetto on

    Thanks for the update Sam. I see you haven’t been sequestered. Good news.

  2. This sucks, how much bad look can the rangers have. I hope Hossa and Toots come back soon and play the way they have been before the injuries.
    -Sam any word on how Kaspar is doing. I thought if he was doing ok again, is their any chance of a possible call=up?

  3. wow, just when things were going good for him. its a real shame, he will definitly be missed on the ice.

  4. Sam-

    off-topic, but can someone ask Renney why Straka is playing the point on the 1st PP Unit when he’s basically admitted he can’t shoot at all because of his shoulder? we all know Straka and Rozsival rarely shoot it anyway, but with the injury Straka is basically worthless on the PP point…PLEASE TELL RENNEY IT MAKES NO SENSE

  5. onecupin67years on

    Too bad for Hossa ,I thought he was one of the few bright spots in the 2nd half . It looked like maybe we were seeing a role player develope into a reliable scorer like his brother,big ,strong on his skates ,and confident .

  6. To bad about Hossa he’s been playing so well. Just more of the Rangers bad luck .Sometimes its unreal how bad their luck can be.

  7. Wanna hear something funny? If this (Hossa injury)would have happened a month ago everyone would be celebrating.

  8. I don’t get the Dubinsky over Callahan/Dawes callup?
    We need scoring, callahan is our top scorer in hartford and we go with Dubi? We lost a wing and we bring up another center? I just feel cally would have fit nicely in hossa’s spot.

  9. Yeah, it’s obviously because Straka is gonna move to the wing (hopefully not on the top line) and Callahan will take 3rd line center.

    But then again…who knows, Callahan might play some D.

  10. DumpJagrDope on

    “I don’t get the Dubinsky over Callahan/Dawes callup?
    We need scoring, callahan is our top scorer in hartford and we go with Dubi? We lost a wing and we bring up another center? I just feel cally would have fit nicely in hossa’s spot.”

    I am guessing because of size and toughness and because Dubinsky loves to play dirty and agitate the opposition.

  11. Doodie Machetto on

    Evidence of the refs favoring the Devils:

    a 4-4 game, 3 mins left in the third period, they called a penalty against the Flyers for (and I’m not making this up) closing the hand on the puck.

  12. “-Sam any word on how Kaspar is doing. I thought if he was doing ok again, is their any chance of a possible call=up?”

    There was a story in today’s Hartford Courant that he is on a leave of absence now and is done for the season.

  13. Doodie Machetto on

    He’s done for his career. I’ve been saying that since they waived him the first time.

  14. DumpJagrDope on

    “He’s done for his career. I’ve been saying that since they waived him the first time.”

    I think he will have at least 3 more years in Russia.

  15. Kaspar was taken to the hospital the other night. I think shortness of breath or something related. After he was released, he asked for the leave of absence. Likely wouldn’t play much if any rest of AHL season. He was a scratch most of the last two weeks.

  16. Dubinsky is a no-brainer for Hossa. He’s a big boy who weighs roughly the same. I’ve never seen him play, so I couldn’t comment on his toughness, but his rep certainly precedes him.

  17. Hey guys,

    The fact that Marcel Hossa and Fedor Tyutin recently got injured, made me start thinking about the Rangers youth and their draft picks within their organization. If Dubinsky and Liffiton come up and get some playing time on the Rangers over the course of the next several weeks, it will be invaluable to their development as prospects. I see this as an opportunity for the Rangers and their organization.

    I looked this evening at some of the current Rangers prospects and players. Sather & company have long been bashed for their draft performance, but if you look at some of his draft picks since he arrived, they have become or will become the cornerstones of this team. Please note that several important prospects were drafted in 2004, the year of the infamous purge at the dealine that brought back many valuable draft picks that were used in return.

    Prospects:

    Brandon Dubinsky-Drafted: Second Round, 60th overall, 2004

    Nigel Dawes-Drafted: Fifth Round, 149th overall, 2003

    Ryan Callahan-Drafted: Fourth Round, 127th overall, 2004

    Lauri Korpikoski-Drafted: First Round, 19th overall, 2004

    Al Montoya-Drafted: First Round, 6th overall, 2004

    Ivan Baranka-Drafted: Second Round, 50th overall, 2003

    Current Rangers:

    Henrik Lundqvist-7th round, 205th overall, 2000

    Petr Prucha-8th Round, 240th Overall, 2002 Draft

    Fedor Tyutin-2nd round, #40 overall, 2001

    Ryan Hollweg-8th round, 2001

    Trades/Free Agent Signing:

    Marcel Hossa acquired in trade w/ MTL for Garth Murray

    Dan Girardi – signed as free agent in 2006

    Blair Betts – acquired in trade w/ CGY for Chris Simon (2004)

    Jed Ortmeyer-signed as free agent in 2003

    Jarkko Immonen-acquired in trade w/TOR for Leetch (2004)

  18. DumpJagrDope on

    Nick, the problem is they play every AHall, Shitbistro and Krog over promising rookies. They give extentions to players that can’t produce more than 2 assists a season instead of playing a prospect.

  19. anyone who watched the draft day MSG TV special a couple years ago saw the whole thing from the inside, with mikes on all the brain trust. and what was very evident from listening to that was the fact that Maloney and Renney did most of the talking, most of the rating and analysis, and most of the choosing. Sather was just there to sign off on their choices. So, if any success was done at the draft table, it was NOT Sather who gets credit.

  20. Doodie Machetto on

    DJD, A Hall was a promising young player. He turned out to be a bust, but was nonetheless a promising young player.

  21. DumpJagrDope on

    also Sather has been here for 7 years and out of 23 regular roster players we drafted only 4. On the positive side 2 more players are undrafted and together these 6 players are the main attraction at least for me.

  22. DumpJagrDope on

    “DJD, A Hall was a promising young player. He turned out to be a bust, but was nonetheless a promising young player.”

    nope, not if your scouts had any brains or if you understand stats. He only had 35 hits in 75 games last season and only 4 even strength goals, I knew he would suck, but he did surprise me and played more physical.

  23. Doodie Machetto on

    4 even strength goals and 10 PP goals. 10 PP goals is nothing to sneeze at.

    DJD, you’ve already admitted that you didn’t even get into hockey until 1996, yet in 11 years, you’ve mastered the art of evaluating prospects to the point that you are certain that you can do it better than GMs, coaches, and others who have been following the sport for their entire lives? unless 11 years is your entire life..

  24. Doodie Machetto on

    “nope, not if your scouts had any brains or if you understand stats.”

    looking at the numbers themselves doesn’t tell you anything about a player. If there is one thing about hockey that’s fantastic is that there is so much more to every player than his numbers.

    Baseball, basketball, and football are number sports. A guy’s stats says everything there is to know about him. Hockey is the polar opposite. go back to your fantasy league where stats are the only thing that matter and where you think you know something about hockey.

  25. DumpJagrDope on

    “yet in 11 years, you’ve mastered the art of evaluating prospects to the point that you are certain that you can do it better than GMs, coaches, and others who have been following the sport for their entire lives? unless 11 years is your entire life..”

    11 years is a long time, how many years of operating experience does a doctor need before operating on live humans?

  26. Doodie Machetto on

    I’m sorry, that was uncalled for and out of character for me.

    Back to hockey:

    Looking at the out of twon scoreboard tonight, Boston lost but Toronto won. That makes this next game really important(as if it wasn’t anyway) because we now have a game in hand on Toronto and trail them by 2 pts, and also we are no even in games with Boston and have a chance to put some distance between us.

    We have 2 games in hand on Montreal and Carolina and trail them by 1 and 2 pts, respectively.

    We have played the same amount of games as the fishes, but they lead us by 5 pts. Therefore, a loss in the upcoming game would essentially assure their finishing in front of us (barring some kind of chatastrophic failure on their part or incredible boon on ours), as we would trail 7 pts with 15 games remaining.

  27. Nick watch what you say they will suggest you work for the rangers PR department…

    based on the little I have seen of there youth the rangers future talent looks rather good. If they can bring some new blood into the system now it can only help for the future.

    I am not sure they will resign Nylander..I think jagr, straka, prucha, hossa, cullen and maybe 1 FA forward along with the 3rd and 4th lines they decide to keep and youth should be sufficient. I also think if they do not sign rachunek and bring up staal they will really have a young team with alot of upside. the only old timers will be jagr, malik, straka, and cullen. CUllen and Malik I think will have 1 yr left on there contracts after next yr. and that is it…

  28. Sam – please let us know the lines from practice, i’m curious to see where Dubi is used. Will they use him as 2nd/3rd line centre and move Straka or Cullen to the wing, or will they move Dubi to wing on one of the top 2 lines?
    Is Liffiton here just as cover for Mara or will he get a game?

  29. Liffiton is on emergency callup if Mara can’t go. Immo was on that and couldn’t play on Monday because Straka came back, but now Dubi and him are 2 regular callups out of the 4, so only 2 left.

  30. Hey Doodie Machetto,
    I agree 100% and than some. I’ve said this earlier in the season myself on this blog that the devils never get called for penalties like that organization is nhl royalty. Lou A. must have something under his sleeves against the nhl refs where the refs favor his team. I said it last year when I watch Jansen take penalties left and right and no calls. Look at that total cheap shot he took at the maple leafs defensemen and the guy is out for the season. I could not believe that there was no penalty in that case. I could have come up with a few different minor penalties and a major, no call, I don’t get it. Than you have the rangers who get caled for penalties you scratch your head about and wonder what is going on.

  31. If not for all the bad calls by the refs and few bad bounces we should be in first place. (/sarcasm)

    Sam – Are you serving jury duty with Ernie Palladino? Do you think that the Journal-News sports reports are being unfairly targeted?

  32. Yeah I saw that penalty too. “Closing the hand on the puck” I’ve never seen that before. The best part is that they only showed ONE replay, and the angle was from behind the player so you couldnt see if his hand closed or not. Then you have brainiac Chico, saying, “Oh yeah, doc, that was a good call. You can see it here on the replay.” If only they gave us real replay though.

  33. Colorado Mark on

    Now that makes sense: Immo was on emergency recall, which would mean he could only play if Straka couldn’t. Dubinsky is on emergency recall for Hossa and Liffiton is on emergency recall for Mara. That would be why Immo couldn’t play (even if Renney wanted him to) on Monday. From what Sam said, neither Liffiton or Dubi count as one of our 4 callups. I think if Immo is to play again, he will have to count as one of those 4. As soon as Mara is able to play again, I am sure that Liffiton will have to be sent down or not be able to play.

  34. As promising as our youth may look and may actually be, the real problem is that they are not given a real opportunity to grow and succeed at the nhl level. Also while we have selected some good players in later rounds, it is discouraging that none of our first round picks from the Sather era has played any games at the nhl level (if they have they didn’t make much of an impact). Even if we had drafted Parise or Getzlaf the question is would they even be in the nhl right now? Maybe one of the two? I dont want to be pessimistic, but I do not see things changing that much next year. If you look at how the current team is constructed, there will most likely not be that many open spots next year. Hopefully this management group will finally prove me wrong and give the kids a fair shake.

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