This from the NYR about tonight’s game in Traverse City:
Thursday, September 10, 2009 – New York Rangers 5, St. Louis Blues 4
•The New York Rangers prospects defeated the St. Louis Blues prospects, 5-4, to finish in third
place at the 2009 Traverse City (Michigan) Prospects Tournament.
•The Rangers prospects notched three consecutive goals in the third period, including two
goals in a 94-second span. New York out-shot St. Louis, 43-31, in the contest.
•The Blueshirts prospects were five-for-five on the penalty kill to finish the tournament, 21-
for-22, in shorthanded situations.
•Evgeny Grachev, the Rangers’ third round selection (75th overall) in 2008, notched two goals
on four shots and posted a team-high, plus-three rating. Grachev finished the tournament with
a team-high, three goals in four games. He also tied for third in the tournament with a plus-five
rating, and sixth with 15 shots.
•Rangers’ prospects captain, Dale Weise, sealed the victory with an empty net goal in the final
minute, added an assist and registered a team-high, six shots. Weise, the Rangers’ fourth
round pick (111th overall), tied for second on the team with four points (two goals and two
assists) in four games, and tied for sixth overall in the tournament with 15 shots.
•Ethan Werek, selected in the second round (47th overall) in 2009, tallied one goal to finish the
tournament tied for second on the team with four points (two goals and two assists).
•Roman Horak collected one assist and posted a plus-two rating. Selected in the fifth round
(127th overall) in 2009, Horak finished the tournament with three points (one goal and two
assists) and tied for third among all skaters with a plus-five rating.
•Scott Stajcer, the Rangers’ fifth round selection, 140th overall, in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft,
turned aside 27 of 31 shots in net for New York to improve to 1-1-0 in the tournament.
•Defenseman Tomas Kundratek, selected in the third round (90th overall) in 2008, and free
agent signings Sam Klassen (July 27, 2009) and Paul Crowder (March 19, 2009) each
collected one assist in the contest. Kundratek (one goal and one assist) and Klassen (one
goal and one assist) finished tied for sixth in points among tournament defensemen.
Director of Player Personnel, Gordie Clark, on Evgeny Grachev:
“The top players came to play tonight. Grachev scored two big-time goals, and once again
dominated with his dynamic combination of strength and skill.”
On Michael Del Zotto:
“He controlled the puck all night, and logged playoff-type minutes.”
On Dale Weise:
“He showed why he was the team captain tonight, creating a number of scoring chances and
delivering solid hits. He salted the game away in the closing seconds, out-skating and out-
muscling two St. Louis players to score the empty netter.”
On the line of Daniel Bartek-Roman Horak-Luke Walker:
“They played well throughout the tournament, supplying a consistent dose of speed, skill and
Also, this just came down from the NHL:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE/SEPTEMBER 10, 2009
THEOREN FLEURY CLEARED TO PLAY
NEW YORK/TORONTO (September 10, 2009)—The National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players’ Association announced tonight that forward Theoren Fleury has been cleared to return to on-ice competition.
Fleury, who in June, 2006 was placed in Stage 4 of the Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program of the NHLPA and the NHL, will continue to participate in the after-care phase of the Program.
The program’s doctors, Dr. Dave Lewis on behalf of the NHL and Dr. Brian Shaw on behalf of the NHLPA, continue to administer Fleury’s care.