Monthly Archives: December, 2009

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166 Wings-Rangers in review

Wow! Maybe I’m nuts, but I thought that was, overall, as well as the Rangers played all year. They had tons of chances against a banged-up Detroit team that still — still, with all the injuries — had far more talent on the ice than did the Rangers. 1) I…

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38 Post-game notes, quotes

From the NYR: NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES AND QUOTES December 6, 2009 – New York Rangers 1, Detroit Red Wings 3 (Game #29, Home #14) The Rangers were defeated by the Detroit Red Wings, 3-1, in front of a sold-out crowd (18,200) at Madison Square Garden. New York have…

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319 Gamer, Wings-Rangers

Hey, sorry for the delay. Had a bit of an emergency … Hope to be back at blog HQ to see some of the game. Might have to settle for Rangers in 60 though. The Knicks played at MSG this afternoon, which means slushy ice (or slushier than usual) tonight.…

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98 From Buffalo to Wings

I was having this discussion with a member of the Rangers’ organization. Which game is more difficult, at Buffalo, or home against Detroit the next night? He thought the first game was tougher, because it was on the road, because Buffalo was playing so well, especially Ryan Miller, and because…

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53 Post-game notes

From the NYR: NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES December 5, 2009 – New York Rangers 2, Buffalo Sabres 1 (Game #28, Road #15) • The Blueshirts defeated the Buffalo Sabres, 2-1, tonight at HSBC Arena, in the first game of a back-to-back set. • The Rangers improved to 14-13-1 overall,…

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188 Rangers-Sabres, gamer

So arguably the league’s best goalie to date, Ryan Miller, against one of the league’s most impotent offenses, with a new, minor-league flavor, and on a three-game losing streak to close November. Should be interesting. For the Rangers, Chris Drury and Ales Kotalik return to Buffalo, where they were once…

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104 And now, back-to-backs

Tough weekend. I know, stating the obvious. I’m hearing some snow in Buffalo (gee, that’s odd). Maybe Sally can confirm. The Rangers might want to put a little extra emphasis on this one, because Detroit looms tomorrow. Again, stating the obvious. ——————— I was curious about Marian Gaborik leading the…

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164 The weekend plans

According to Andrew Gross’s blog, from practice: Lundqvist will play both games. Chad Johnson will back him up. Heinken, er, Heikkinen, will (at first) partner with Matt Gilroy. Brashear apparently out with a right wrist/hand injury. Redden out for both games with a shoulder injury. Dubinsky skated for the first…

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126 Off-day conversation

So it’s another off-day. Byfuglien! This is horrible waiting for games. So I thought I’d start off with a couple of little conversations readers brought up yesterday, which probably deserve to be discussed a bit more: 1) The worst and best Rangers trades of the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and 2000s.…

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90 Heikkinen too

The official word from the NYR: NEW YORK RANGERS TRANSACTION/PRACTICE UPDATE New York, December 3, 2009 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that goaltender Chad Johnson and defenseman Ilkka Heikkinen have been recalled from the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL),…

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80 Valiquette clears waivers

He cleared at noon, as expected, and will be assigned to Hartford, with Chad Johnson being called up. Whether this is a permanent thing depends on how Johnson plays as the backup, and how Valiquette plays for the Pack. I don’t know if they’ve necessarily given up on him as…

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56 Ocho Cinco day

Whether Steve Valiquette is claimed on waivers or clears waivers at noon, Chad Johnson will be summoned from Hartford to be the new backup goalie. I don’t think Valiquette will be claimed. Johnson has already been assigned No. 29, according to Andrew Gross, who added the goalie will not be…

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132 Rangers claim Christensen, waive Valiquette.

According to Bob McKenzie, backup goalie Steve Valiquette has been placed on waivers. Also, this from NYR: RANGERS CLAIM ERIK CHRISTENSEN OFF WAIVERS New York, December 2, 2009 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has acquired forward Erik Christensen off waivers…

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198 “Get rid of everybody!”

I know it’s to be expected at a place like this, where people really do bleed when the team loses, really suffer with any losing streak. I have come to expect the ultra-negative when the team loses, and I’m probably as negative as anybody, even though I try to keep…

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91 Toys for Tots

This, in my opinion, is the best thing the Rangers do every year, with Adam Graves at the steering wheel. If you are in the city tomorrow, try to get there: NEW YORK RANGERS HOST 16TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY TOY DRIVE TO BENEFIT U.S. MARINE CORPS TOYS FOR TOTS PROGRAM Rangers…

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166 Sanguinetti back to Hartford

The kid wasn’t awful, but he wasn’t great, either. If Redden’s coming back and Rozsival is going to remain in the lineup (don’t ask me why) then it makes sense for Sanguinetti to go back and play pro minutes and continue to grow. Here’s the release from the NYR: New…

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104 Pens 5, Rangers 2 in review

I don’t even know where to begin. Do you? The company line is that the Rangers  played a lot better, that they did a lot of good things. You know what? They did. Much better than the two disasters that preceeded it. Of course, it would have been hard to…