Sauer debut, plus Thrashers

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When the Rangers lost to the Thrashers on Feb. 3, it was one of the lowest points of the current season. It was Adam Graves night, and a host of Ranger legends had taken the ice at the start of the evening to bring back the memory of that 1994 team.

And then the current Rangers couldn’t make a go of it against a team with a losing record. New York was booed, on it’s own ice and in front of a full house.

“I remember that was a really tough loss,” goalie Lundqvist said. “It’s funny how the energy and feeling can change really fast during the season. Right now we feel really good about how we play.”

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New coach, new system and an influx of players before the trade deadline have made a big difference. The Rangers (39-27-8) have now won seven of the last 10 and are tied for seventh place with Pittsburgh with 86 points. Atlanta is 30-38-6 and out of playoffs contention.

“They’re a dangerous team,” coach John Tortorella said. “Their goaltender has played very well. They’ve got some quality people. Again they’re not in the playoffs and sometimes that makes them a very dangerous club they’re looking to knock people off.”

Here’s Tortorella on the power play.

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“We got to keep them at bay,” Paul Mara said, “but we just have to concentrate on our own game and keep playing the way we have been and we’ll get two points if we keep playing with confidence and play the way we have been.”

Michael Sauer got good reviews for his Garden debut. His dad, Curt, was even there for the first time ever to watch his son play. But first, he took one of those doubledecker tours of the city. Here is some audio of me and Katie Strang of Newsday asking Sauer about how this opportunity can play out for him.

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Markus Naslund didn’t practice today, but Tortorella said he would play against Atlanta. Aaron Voros skated in the line with Chris Drury and Nik Antropov. Tortorella kept the lines the same.

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  1. “Grachev is now 4-4-8 in the 3 games which is good for 4th overall in the OHL playoff scoring race.”

    That’s 4th overall??!?!!?!?!

  2. Hmm… Any word on why Naslund didn’t practice, Jane? He doesn’t have a mild concussion from the Gaborik hit last night, does he?

  3. Imagine if Cherapanov was around. 3 top end russians. grachev, anisimov, and cherapanov real talented guys.

    Then maybe people would not be complaining all the time about sather only part of the time.

    BTW sportsfans the Rangers are real young look at the roster and think who may be on the big club next year…

    Zherdev is 24, sauer 21, staal 22, dubi 22, cally 24, korpedo 22, etc…

  4. Very good win last night. Tom Renney would have been proud. He probably watched the game in his underwear on the couch next to a pile of empty pizza boxes and beer cans, surrounded by life size cut outs of aaron voros and wade redden

  5. Jane

    Adam Graves Night was the same night Renney walked into the press room after the game to tell the world that “Atlanta is a good team.” Anyone who still had any shred of belief that the guy was up to the job could not possibly retain it after witnessing that performance.

  6. Thank you Jane and Carps.

    Sometimes the effects of certain hits aren’t felt right away. An extreme example would be Natasha Richardson’s fall on the ski slopes (RIP). Either way, I’m glad it’s nothing serious.

    Thanks again for the quick response.

  7. I just wanted to say, i love the audio clips Jane. The audio clips are hands down my favorite feature on this blog. Whenever I see a new post with audio clips, I say to myself, “god damn i love this blog and god damn i love audio clips.”

    much appreciated.

  8. MESSIEAVERY March 25th, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    Very good win last night. Tom Renney would have been proud. He probably watched the game in his underwear on the couch next to a pile of empty pizza boxes and beer cans, surrounded by life size cut outs of aaron voros and wade redden

    LOL hahahaha dude you’re killing me

  9. Riguere, Atlanta is a good team. Scoring is certainly not their issue. They lose a lot because their young defensive corp can’t keep the puck out of their own net. They also don’t understand the idea of quitting. No matter how far down they are, they will continue to fight until the bitter end, which is admirable. The ATL/LA game earlier this year could be one of the best I’ve seen all year.

    That said, our forecheck should be aggressive and force the young D, that should generate even more chances and seriously disrupt their offense.

  10. “Very good win last night. Tom Renney would have been proud. He probably watched the game in his underwear on the couch next to a pile of empty pizza boxes and beer cans, surrounded by life size cut outs of aaron voros and wade redden”

    No Betts ????

    I really hope Grachev is the real deal. We need another steal like we got with Lundqvist. I hate thinking aboot the potential “big three” we could have had with Cherry in there with Artie, and the cooler Geno, but we gotta move on. Too depressing to think aboot.

    Anyway, that was a nice win last night, Renney would be so proud of Nyr after that win. Those 2-1 wins are the closest things to sex that he’s getting these days. Unless Mrs. Renney likes to get down and dirty, but i don’t know how it’s done at that age, and don’t want to know.

    I thought Sauer Patch was good, and it was cool to see hiim out there with two minutes left. Hopefully Rozi slips on some milk and re-injures something so we can see this kid a bit longer. Sorry Rozi, but you suck.

    Someone on the last post wondered why Torts doesn’t use Staal on the PP. Id love to see that, and bashed Renney for not putting him there more often, but Staal is the most unlucky player on this team when it comes to sticks. Almost every scoring chance he gets, his stick breaks. I still want him on the PP though, Redden doesn’t do much, Pauly is off and on, Rozi sucks, and Danny G, is getting his game back, so i cant complain with him. I like Morris though, he’s the only one that’s willing to really fire it from the point.

  11. Joe in DE

    Atlanta is an improving team. They are not a good team. And when a coach meets the media after playing a scared trap at home against a team that by your own admission can’t keep the puck out of their own net, he is telling the world that he doesn’t know how to come close to maximizing his own players’ talents. That was the point of my post.

  12. Jane's Addiction on

    what are your thoughts on antropov? he is playing like a beast, real good hands and instincts, not the fastest skater but doesnt have to be because of his reach and long stride, he outmuscles guys on the boards and is very sneaky for a big guy

    now do you think hes playing out of his mind because of the his new surroundings? contract year? did he just really need to leave toronto and have a fresh start? is this what we can expect if we resign him for next year?

    now if you guys could only resign either zherdev or antropov, who do you pick? lemme hear your thoughts guys

    me personally, i do whatever i can to sign both of them

  13. JANES AD

    Id rather sign Nicky Z if i had to choose. He’s younger, and has potential, and has more trade value because of it, in my opinion. Unless he has a Prucha year like last season, where he goes from 20 goals, to under 10 goals.

    I really hope they can get the both of them back though. Along with Dubi, Staal, Cally, Mara, and ORR ! Id even like Morris back, im liking him

    Trading Rozi would help out. And who knows, maybe Del Z might surprise everyone and steal that spot, or one of these young guys like Sauer, Potter, or Sangs. Either way, we have to get Rozi out of here.

  14. Jane's Addiction on

    ORR WHAT?!

    nicky z is a headcase a bit, seems a bit on the dumb side with some of those moves when he could just dump it in or make a simple low risk pass, and those moves at both blue lines are killer(in a bad way) but i think torts is the right coach to really get him going

    antro seems to know the deal, stays within himself, and is just a beast, its next to impossible to find a guy with that size and those hands

    id like to sign dubi staal cally and orr, i dont think we need morris back, we just got him for the playoff push, we have too many good young cheap D-man to waste money on morris and if mara doesnt give us a discount then see ya later to him too, the youth movement is underway after this year, oh man if we could trade rosy and nasland oh man thatd be so perfect

    just wanted to say hi jane =)

  15. flippedturtle on

    Big win a few thoughts on last nights game.
    -Owen Nolan’s cheap jab as Orr was letting him get up after the fight is weak and so was the extra 2 min Orr got.
    -It is getting pretty annoying how quickly fans will boo this Ranger team, yes it was a boring and close game but the effort was there why all the booing?
    -If measured against each other for a contract next year between Z and Antro I would give to Antro he uses his size better than I thought and seems to be equal in skill IMO.
    -Sean Avery for his size is a pretty good fighter, I always expect him to get his butt handed to him but he always surprises me that head duck under the arm is a tactic he has used before I guess it helps being smaller all the time.
    -

  16. FLIPPED

    They were only booing the PP. The fans need to realize that they were up against a PK that was just as good as our own.

    JANE’S AD

    What i mean to say was, i only want Morris back if we can trade Rozi. As much as i like the defense in the organization, i don’t know if having a defense full of rookies is a great idea. So it would be nice for one to replace Rozi, and bring a guy like Morris back. But i do think he’s a rental, which pisses me off, cause i thought we should have at least gotten a draft pick for Dawes, and Pruchs.

  17. I am so hungry. I had to skip lunch for a meeting and I didn’t get to eat.

    Get this, a kid in my class asked if he could bring in his birthday treats today. I told him absolutely. So today, his mom comes in during 3rd period with boxes and boxes of donuts. Then she went out to here car and came back in with more bags. The kid turned 11, so each kid got 2 number 1 shaped donuts and to wash it all down, she made each of them a root beer float. A&W and vanilla ice cream. ARE YOU KIDDING ME??????????? Sugar rush city over here, and thank god I didn’t have them the period after that.

    When I was a kid it was cupcakes, 1 cupcake, maybe a cupcake inside of an ice cream cone, but this was just absurd.

    Sorry, had to share and vent a bit.

  18. What was the call on Orr ? Why did he get roughing, i thought he threw a clean hit at Nolan. It was complete BS that Nolan didn’t get the extra two. These refs need to get hit with a puck. They need some kind of punishment for making stupid calls. It’s a game between two teams that are fighting to make the playoffs, and they call garbage like that ? Idiots !!

    I like what Gerber did last night. Shoving the ref, good for him, take the suspension, at least you made your point. Now just apologize even though you don’t mean it, and it’s done.

    Hate the Refs !

  19. ANTRO all the way. size size size. Z may have a bit more skill but what good is it if he cant score consistently.

  20. UESBlueshirt on

    Nasty,

    I heard some schools don’t allow kids to bring in treats for their bdays anymore because of the possibility of allergies and the associated liabilities. But yeah, that does sound like an absurd amount of sugar. Not only sugar rush city, those kids would need to play 6 hours of flag football to probably burn those calories off.

    I still say the easiest of the larger contracts to move might be Naslund. He’s only got 1 year left and could provide some secondary scoring depth. He just doesn’t look like he’s got the wheels to keep up with Torts’ system. If you let one of Betts or Sjostrom walk then you should have an easier time resigning the forward RFA’s. On the blueline there are going to be much tougher calls. The only way that Rozi gets moved (I don’t even believe there’d be any interest in Redden) is if they take on an equally sized contract which accomplishes nothing in terms of cap space.

  21. ZzZz 13 ZzZz Rules !! says Greg L. on

    Well Nasty1 …its the year 2009 man , Sounds like an AWSOME birthday treat!!! awsome …you are only jealous because all you got was a teaser cup cake as a child..for shame on you.

    ORR , well this is how I saw it and maybe the refs did too :
    Colton Orr smashed owen Nolan down and Owen got up and went through the motions of “making it look good” by rushhing at Colton. Owen Nolan did not wanna fight Orr and as old as he is …gareneteed he doesn’t want any part of Orr ,would you want to fight Colton Orr?? I sure would not. Nolans pride was hurt and all he wanted to do was not embarrasss himeself. Colton Orr did bully Nolan into the fight and being a star player for Minnesota , he should NEVER fight Orr…Great exchange for us but we got the penalty cuz Orr got pritty agressive twards another teams star player. Don’t get me wrong because I loved it but justice was served fairly by the refs on this one sorry to say…Now as Orr was helping old man Nolan up , Owen punched him but then again was Colton Orr mocking him? I’d still agree that Nolan should get another penaty for that hit but our “Colton Orr” showed class and smiled at Nolan like a true warrior. Colton Orr is needed more that some Orr bashers are giving him credit for. Him taking out a wilds top player was great though but there was a small price .The penalty. Great move Orr , god I love this team!!

  22. ZzZz 13 ZzZz Rules !! says Greg L. on

    Uesblueshirt …yeah at Halloween kids eat wayyy more , we gonna ban that? I say treat ‘em and sugar ‘em up , yeah !!!
    Free treats man , got to soak it up!!!

    Keep Zherdev , HE IS OUR LEADING SCORER , Keep Antro HE IS OUR 2ND LEADING SCORER.

    Yeah dump two kids Pruchs and Dawes for a rental ? makes me puke , I’d keep Morris and maybeeee trade him later ..Sather can get our price and make this worth trading two character midgets.

  23. Jane

    I caught a huge proofreading mistake you made: Voros is described by you as “skating” instead of “snowplowing.” Please don’t be so careless in the future. :>)

  24. Jane,

    I really like your audios as well, but next time you need to tell the others standing around to s…up:) for a moment in order to understand the interview just a little bit better…

    Once in a while I need to go to the Rangers Website to hear and see it again, but no offense to you :)

  25. Everyone is trying to lessen the blow…

    at this time of year a good team trying to solidify a playoff spot- and worthy of one- needs to kick the snot out of a team like Atlanta…

  26. ZZ GREG

    It’s weird, cause Orr basically did the same exact thing to Stewart on the Avs. He dropped his gloves first, and pretty much forced him to drop the gloves, and he never got the extra penalty.

    These refs are morons, they need to go to refs school, and understand how to call penalties the right way.

  27. Nasty1
    Great “supermom” story

    We’ve had kids take limos to 4th grade graduation parties!!!

    Mom’s throwing parties everytime a kid loses a tooth

    These kids grom up like little overfed, over protected, over structured robots and we wonder when they turn adults that they cant handle the fact that in real life every second of the day isn’t about “them”

    Sorry for the G. Carlin-like rant…….

  28. KASPAR

    Exactly. Like i sai after the Sens game. I don’t care how dangerous a non playoff team is, we should be dangerous cause Nyr is fighting for their lives to clinch a spot in the playoffs.

    It’s a dumb excuse to lose to a team. I agree they’re dangerous, and there’s no much pressure on them, but that doesn’t mean a playoff team should lose to them.

    So this better be a win !! Treat Kari Lehtonen just like they did in game 3 !!!!!!! 7-0 buuuuuitch !!!!

    And go Panthers tonight, i want them to make the playoffs.

  29. Hey coach
    Those were good pix of the habs smoking and drinking…. on Halloween…when they were doing good by the way

    My favorite thing on that page was Tuuka Rask, the Providence goalie going bezerk after the shoot-out…what a temper tantrum!!

  30. Johnny LaRue on

    Which is harder to fix, the Rangers power play or Charles Barkley’s golf swing?

  31. Johnny LaRue on

    colin, I’m hooked on the Haney project. Rangers should hire him to teach Redden how to get some mustard on his shot instead of those molasses dribblers.

  32. Does anyone here recall when I predicted the Panthers would make the playoffs as the eighth seed when we all made our playoff projections in October?

    Is there anyone way I can reference that post so I can feel proud when they do?

  33. The Esteemed Doodie Machetto on

    Carp and Jane,

    Is it possible to record your next live chat like a podcast also so that it can be downloaded? I can’t really spend a half hour or so watching at work, but I’d like to be able to listen, especially on my ride home.

    I know I can watch the replay at home, but I don’t really have the time then either.

    Possible? If not that’s fine; the fact that you do the live chat is great in the first place. Keep up the fantastic work.

  34. perkins just remembered to change his name back, on

    MESSIEAVERY
    March 25th, 2009 at 1:23 pm
    Very good win last night. Tom Renney would have been proud. He probably watched the game in his underwear on the couch next to a pile of empty pizza boxes and beer cans, surrounded by life size cut outs of aaron voros and wade redden

    haha messiavery- more like aaron voros himself was there. he isnt playing, so most likely he was there with renny on the love seat, not the couch. pearn got the couch. hes in rennys chateau bow-wow.

    jive- yes longterm i pick zherdev too, but we need size and antro is huge, has a better shot, and is almost jagr-esque with his ability to fend off d men while holding on to the puck. he still needs to get faster, but right now, i definitely get both of them signed, while dumpin nazzy and rozy

  35. Nice article on Cally. I really hope he wins the Steven McDonald Extra Effort award and gets to like 23-34 goals and 20 helpers. He’s the type of player everyone in the organization should model themselves after.

    Zherdev or Antro? I think both are signable. Give them front loaded deals; pay Antro like $6 million next year but only $1 million in year for to get like a $2.85 million cap hit.

    I’m not worried about Dubi and Cally; even if they get one year deals via arbitration, they’ll figure it out. Korpi is RFA too.

    It’s more Mara, Orr, Vally, and Betts I’m worried about. They need to get AA up here as a 3rd line center with Dubi gonig back to wing but Betts is important for the PK.

  36. perkins just remembered to change his name back, on

    Anyway, that was a nice win last night, Renney would be so proud of Nyr after that win. Those 2-1 wins are the closest things to sex that he’s getting these days. Unless Mrs. Renney likes to get down and dirty, but i don’t know how it’s done at that age, and don’t want to know.

    nice one orr!!! freakin hilarious

  37. Random question and this is completely off topic, but I want to know if there has been any interaction between Avery & John Gianone since Avery rejoined the team….the last I heard Gianone had to be restrained in a hallway after Avery made some comments about his wife. Is there any story there?

  38. perkins just remembered to change his name back, on

    orr- i had the unfortunate sight of my dad cheating on my stepmom with my real mom. its funny. he gets divorced, gets remarried, then came over to bang my mom. lol i had just come from school,m and started walkin up the stairs with my friends, and i see this fat bastard runnin like carl lewis to the bathroom. he even hurtled the coffee table with ease. i never saw something so disturbing in my life, and equally funny too. one of my friends who was there to witness the horrific event, was like”holysh!@ free willy is airborne!!!” “and naked!!” it was funny but i had to smack him. thats my pops!! crazy as he is still love the old crazy fart

  39. perkins just remembered to change his name back, on

    giannone did averys first interview back on the team. they looked cool, like they had squashed whatever problems they had

  40. perkins just remembered to change his name back, on

    mikeA- i think betts is great for his role, i think hes a keeper. i think torts likes shoe, but hes tryin to see if he can add some offense to his game and if not, i think shoe might be gone next year. we have alot of good pkers now. as far as vally, i think wiikman can replace him, if he can play well in camp

  41. perkins just remembered to change his name back, on

    mikeA- cally will not come close to 30 this year, unless u mean next season. im sure he’ll be a 25 g-20 a guy for us, cant see him gettin more than that, possibly a good year has him gettin 30 tops. but hey ya never know, look at loui errikson on dallas. guy just like cally, sort of, and broke out this year. but yea hes definitely becoming on of my faves this year as well as antro, mara, and avery. doobs too, just needs to start scorin again.

  42. perkins just remembered to change his name back, on

    jane- nice pic, ur a fox, i like it better than your original.

  43. Orr, and others … Orr got the roughing penalty because after he and Nolan had the first exchange, Orr clocked him with a right to the chin. A good one, too. Nolan was knocked back a step. That’s when Nolan realized he had to fight this guy who just clubbed him and was now standing there with his gloves off. I don’t know what Versus showed, but I’m sure they missed the start.

  44. perkins-I think Cally can get like 23-24 goals this year. Hope he does but 20 is great.

    I like Betts a lot too the problem is AA needs to start soon as he is the future. It’s a tough call.

    I also think people are making too much of Korpi’s reduced ice time. It’s crunch time and Sjo has earned it, and Korpi will only get better next year and is versatile.

    It would be cool if they could trade Naslund and Rozi in the offseason but I know Nasty Nas has the no trade clause.

  45. Esteemed, I don’t think we’ve figured out how to make the videos download-able yet. I know when we put sports events on the site, coaches and players and families all want copies and can’t get them. Coaches even use the video to scout … but they have to do it on the site.

  46. Brandon reminded me…time to come clean…my “pre-season” pix..(with lame excuses)

    East
    1) Habs – before I knew they were gangstas
    2) Rangers- should’ve fired Renney in December?
    3) Caps- no brainer
    4) Flyers- maybe
    5) Penguins-I knew they wouldnt have Gonchar and Whitney
    6) Sabres- If they didnt lose Miller?
    7) Senators- Should’ve fired Hartsberg in December?
    8) Devils I knew they were good but…
    *********************************
    9) Bruins- Should have hired Renney in December
    10) Panthers-Maybe

    WEST
    1) Sharks- like every years is supposed to be
    2) Redwings- Snore
    3) Avalanche- worst pick
    4) Dallas- Hey, they lost Morrow, Zubov, Richards, Lehtinen for most of year
    5) Ducks- They got old quick…no?
    6) Flames- Win a playoff round already!!
    7) Coyote- If Gretzky weren’t Gretzky he’d be fired too
    8) Blue Jax- My proudest pick
    *********************************************
    9) Black Hawks- Yeah…I know
    10)Oilers- Maybe
    11)Canucks- I’d like to have this one back

    Pres Trophy San Jose
    last place Islanders
    Stanley Cup Penguins over Redwings

  47. perkins just remembered to change his name back, March 25th, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    orr- i had the unfortunate sight of my dad cheating on my stepmom with my real mom. its funny. he gets divorced, gets remarried, then came over to bang my mom. lol i had just come from school,m and started walkin up the stairs with my friends, and i see this fat bastard runnin like carl lewis to the bathroom. he even hurtled the coffee table with ease. i never saw something so disturbing in my life, and equally funny too. one of my friends who was there to witness the horrific event, was like”holysh!@ free willy is airborne!!!” “and naked!!” it was funny but i had to smack him. thats my pops!! crazy as he is still love the old crazy fart

    —————————————

    Where did that come from… How embarrassing hahaha

  48. At times, booing is justified… but I think the Garden just got so used to booing at the turn of the century that it’s now becoming an MSG ticket-right for some fans. The ‘Act’ has been abused.

    I’m all for giving it when it’s warranted, but lately it’s out of hand.

    New York has always been tough, but I can’t remember it being like this before.

    @@

  49. # CCCP March 25th, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    Is there a way for me to put up my own picture on the blog too? Whoo-ah!

    CCCP
    Just change your sign-in name to Josh Thomson…..
    Walla!!!

  50. orr- i had the unfortunate sight of my dad cheating on my stepmom with my real mom. its funny. he gets divorced, gets remarried, then came over to bang my mom. lol i had just come from school,m and started walkin up the stairs with my friends, and i see this fat bastard runnin like carl lewis to the bathroom. he even hurtled the coffee table with ease. i never saw something so disturbing in my life, and equally funny too. one of my friends who was there to witness the horrific event, was like”holysh!@ free willy is airborne!!!” “and naked!!” it was funny but i had to smack him. thats my pops!! crazy as he is still love the old crazy fart

    Haha, oh man id pass out if i ever seen something like that. Id have to stare endlessly at pictures of Megan Fox to go back to normal. The nightmares would be too much to handle though.

  51. doodie-

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  52. Watching Sens and Canes

    One of the worst trades in recent seasons had to be Corvo and Eaves, from Sens to Canes for Stillman and Commodore ( who both walk as UFAs)

    Corvo runs the Canes dee

  53. Nice head shot in Ottawa-Carolina game..Ruutu on Schubert…smelling salts and all….no penalty….NHL refereeing…continues to amaze

  54. Just think, if the NHL reverted to the one referee system, it could dump HALF – the truly incompetent half of the referee contingent. Bettman would NEVER allow that. His two referee system has failed, miserably, all the more reason he likes it. The world is upside down, from Washington to Beirut to Bettman’s office. Completely bonkers.

  55. Well, the only good news tonight was that Buff did the job in regulation which further separates the top 8 from the other teams. Everyone else won. Rangers just have to keep doing good things and cannot take Atlanta lightly. Avery better reintroduce himself to Kovalchuk circa 07 playoffs.

  56. Cakewalk – it’ll never happen, but I’m pretty sure the NHL positioned the multiple referee thing as a trial, with formal review afterward. That was a long time ago, and I don’t recall whether results of the review were ever released.
    Knowing my memory, there probably was a ‘study’ and I just forgot.

    Kaspar – the Corvo and Eaves trade, good call by you. I don’t really think about Ottawa all that much, but there’s a reason why Bryan Murray’s capabilities are questioned. That was a bad trade.

    My own opinion is that they can not fire Bryan Murray fast enough. He will probably be saved by their recent surge.

  57. and one more for a good morning!

    Why do women rub their eyes in the morning? Because they don’t have balls to scratch.

    now i actually have to work…

  58. TOPCORNER:

    You are probably right re no turning back on the two-referee system. What bothers me is that every time a BAD rule or policy is introduced, they never admit it and change it for the better. Some of us are still appalled by the entire overtime, shootout concept. Time was when, in a tie, teams split the two points and went home. It worked for 60-70 years, but it doesn’t work in this “made for TV” world we live in.

    They once played 50 games in an NHL regular season. 82 games, and then playoffs into mid-June is preposterous, but they cling to their tv ratings numbers game, at the expense of all sanity in the sport. 30 teams? Are you kidding me? 16 teams in northern climes would work fine and ensure a certain high-level of play, night after night.

    Bettman’s answer to all the above irrationality – widen the nets. Man, the NHL-Titanic is sinking fast.

  59. perkins just remembered to change his name back, on

    mikeA- yeafor some reason it looked as if you said 23-34 goals gor cally. idk y i thought that. kinda a long stretch between the 2 numbers lol. anyway, i do agree, he could def. reach 23, even 25, but i think he just went on a tear recently, and isnt gonna sustain it. remember, before he got the recent bunch of goals, he got 1 every 7-8 games. if he goes back to normal, i think 20/21 would do it. anyway, who cares, hes the man, and by next season, should be a mainstay on our top line. get zherdev the hell off and switch cally to play with gomer and avery. 2nd line could be android, rip van drury and zee. 3rd should be nas, doobs and corpsekoski. maybe shoe is gone and aa can start out on the 4th with paranteau and orr. now on d, i wish, but redden still be here, so redden morris, staal girardi, mara and sauer. rozy is in russia playing for team jagr!

  60. Hey Carp,

    I meant to mention this before, but you’re goddamn right this garbage with the injuries pisses us off. Or at least me. WTF is ‘lower body injury’ anyway? A distended testicle? A broken toe nail? No way do I believe this nonsense about players targeting reported injuries. No way. Players may go after each other with the intent to injure, but targeting specific parts of the body? That seems like a little much to be thinking about on the ice in the whole grand scheme of things. As a long hockey player, I can say I’ve targeted guys(i.e. ‘I’ve got your number’), but to hone my hit in a way I could deliver something that would aggravate a certain focal point of the body? That’s a bit much to be thinking about on a 45-second shift without becoming thoroughly ineffective.

    Frankly, the whole affair this season reminds me a lot of the HIPAA garbage the news media deals with on a day-to-day basis; where hospitals can only tell if a patient’s condition is fair, serious or critical. And that’s only if the injure person(or their family) signs a waiver. In the case of NHLers, medical privacy seems even more ridiculous, since these guys are paid entertainers. The NHL simply doesn’t feel like giving out injury reports, IMO.

  61. perkins just remembered to change his name back, on

    CCCP- this blog has made me late for work a few times. im gonna take your cue and start haulin ass before i get fired. im already late again.

  62. perkins just remembered to change his name back, on

    cccp- at least you got a choice for dinner. my choice was no and go f yaself . now i am divorced and now make tv dinners!!!!! time to get the grill out cause i can grill my ass off!!! haha, thats right mia, youre gonna miss my juicy steaks and i’ll never ever teach you my marinade mixture!!!!!! i mustbe bought at least 10-15 cans of bush beans
    (all the new ones they got)!!!! they rock

  63. They better pull out a win tonight. They need to respect the Thrashers and still go for it at the same time. Shut down Ilya and Little and score a few goals and we win. Simple as that. Who is starting in goal for us tonight?

  64. UESBlueshirt on

    Just pull the goalie whenever Kovalchuk is on the ice, we’ve already seen his ineptness with empty nets.

  65. Jane, could you explain Aaron Voros’s status with the team? I know he was put on waivers but I also read on this blog that he continues to practice with the team. What does he do and where does he go when they are playing games? I mean, if Naslund were injured and could not play, would Torts insert Voros in the lineup?

  66. Remeber Jan Erixson? He used to be “the shadow” for Lemieux back in the day. I think Avery should shadow Kovy – piss him off :)

  67. Artie Art
    Voros is still part of the Rangers. He was put on waivers to make space for the trade deadline, and when he wasn’t picked up he was automatically a Ranger again. Like you, I was initially confused because in the NFL they put you on waivers and immediately clean out your locker, so I asked Voros about it and he patiently explained the process.

    That won points in my mind, because it probably wasn’t something that he had to do and it can’t be something he wanted to rehash.

  68. Kaspar, I think you’ll like the website I linked in my profile.

    Jane, is there a morning or optional skate today? I so, will you be attending the morning or optional skate today? If so, will there be an update?

  69. Doodie

    thats Great!!!

    I have one like it saved at home from Finland I think

    I’ll remeber to look for it when I get home

    Crazy communist cats…I love them!

  70. jane

    “lucky” bearings?
    got to join the bones brigade! lol
    when your movin all the time the swiss labyrinths basically need no effort to move.

    they call me an idiot savant. i know a lot of useless info.

  71. Jane,

    Did you ever have the experience of a family member or friend being unable to turn off or get off of a treadmill or some kind of exercise equipment, and have them yell, “Jane, get me off this crazy thing!!”

    Ha, sorry, just felt like being funny in a stupid Spacely Sprocket kind of a way.

  72. Jane, thnx for elaborating on Voros. I actually kinda feel bad for the guy, esp. when I see him on those betw period specials, visting sick children in the hospital or giving to the garden of dreams! He actually was a victim of his own early success. He came out of nowhere with Dubi & Z, scored a lot of goals as a line but when the nhl caught up to him, he was exposed as a slow footed, 3rd or 4th line grinder!! I always felt bad when bloggers here roasted the guy. There is no room for non-performers and Voros wasn’t performing, even with all the ice time Renney gave him. But as you say, he’s been humbled and maybe, just maybe, he can bear down under Torts’ system, be physical and be an injury replacement (hopefully that won’t be needed). Thnx again for replying to my question. I can see how you get to relate to these players as “people” rather than ust a subject of a newspaper column or blog report! You & Carp provide such a great service to us Ranger fanatics, giving us inside info that we all crave and never dreamed we’d get!! Thnx to the internet!!

  73. Yes, we sucked as a team, with Lunker in there we win, plain and simple, no if and or buts about it. We need a more competent backup. When was the last time this guy won a game?

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