Monthly Archives: January, 2010

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148 Higgins or Gilroy going to Calgary? (with updates)

According to TSN, the trade of Kotalik to Calgary will bring back Olli Jokinen, but it will include either Christopher Higgins or Matt Gilroy. I think that’s a huge difference, don’t you ? I mean, Higgins has done zilch offensively and is probably not going to be re-signed. Gilroy still…

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97 Kotalik’s a goner (updated)

EVENING UPDATE, 7:40 P.M.: Larry Brooks is reporting from Denver that Ales Kotalik has left the team after being told he was going to be traded. No word on what the deal is. Kotalik apparently is done as a Ranger. ——————————- So it’s not bad enough the Rangers are playing…

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256 Hoo, boy

Heave ho, five in a row. All in regulation. Zero of a possible 10 points ripped right off the schedule. Your New York Rangers, right now out of a playoff position. That’s all it takes, just as it will only take a three-game winning streak for them to be right…

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60 Post-game notes

From the Rangers: NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES January 30, 2010 – New York Rangers 2, Phoenix Coyotes 3 (Game #55, Road #26) • The Blueshirts were defeated by the Phoenix Coyotes, 3-2, tonight at Jobing.com Arena, the Rangers’ first loss at Phoenix since Dec. 31, 2001 (5-0). • Marian…

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419 It’s go time!

In the desert, no less. Those of you who always pined to see Petr Prucha play might actually see him play tonight. I’ve been up to my eyeballs in basketballs, and incommunicado all day. But I did just hear something that you probably all know already: That Henrik Lundqvist is…

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131 My game day, your game day

Mine means three basketball games, then speeding home to catch the 8 p.m. faceoff tonight. Yours means being here all day, and counting the minutes to the 8 p.m. faceoff in Glendale. By the way, today is my actual anniversary. Sam left last Jan. 29 (We both posted that day)…

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258 Manny ways to look at this

Back in the late 1990s, the argument that polarized the Rangers’ management more than any other was Manny Malhotra. John Muckler disliked him, Neil Smith loved him. Muckler thought he was a dime-a-dozen player, Smith thought he was a first-line, next-Adam Graves. And I think most of my problems with…

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386 Oy vey!

Enough is enough with the entitlement and keeping on giving people ice time. And so the room has to handle it and then the room becomes better, I think. If it doesn’t, then we have the wrong lockerroom. -John Tortorella, Dec. 18, 2009, after a 2-1 loss to the Islanders…

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180 Post-game notes, quotes

From the Rangers: NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES January 27, 2010 – New York Rangers 1, Carolina Hurricanes 5 (Game #54, Home #29) ·         The Rangers were defeated by the Carolina Hurricanes, 5-1, tonight at Madison Square Garden. ·         The Blueshirts have now posted a record of 24-23-7 (55 pts.)…

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544 It’s go time!

Need to know: Donald Brashear and Erik Christensen get prucha’d, and Ales Kotalik returns after sitting out six, in hopes of sparking a power-play that was 0-for-9 in this three-game losing streak. Lundqvist in goal — I’m sure Ocho gets a game on the three-in-four nights Western road trip upcoming.…

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178 Good (game) morning

I’ve got to run off to do an interview this a.m. I’ll be back later today, and through the game. Not sure I’ll make it to MSG, though. Ales Kotalik is back in the lineup tonight. Not sure who is being prucha’d along with Erik Christensen. There are a long…

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140 Help NHLPA help Haiti

Just got this from the NHLPA: NHLPA ONLINE AUCTION TO RAISE MONEY IN SUPPORT OF HOCKEY FOR HAITI RELIEF EFFORT …Proceeds will go to Hockey for Haiti relief initiative through World Vision TORONTO, ON (January 26, 2010) – The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) announced today that hockey fans…

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210 Crack of noon again

All the good from that late-December/early-January run is being undone now. It’s six losses in eight games, with only five of a possible 16 points gained. 1) Don’t know about you (actually I do), but haven’t we seen enough of Drury and Rozsival on the power-play points? Isn’t it time…

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166 Post-game notes, quotes, bonus quotes (updated)

From the Rangers: NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES January 25, 2010 – New York Rangers 2, Pittsburgh Penguins 4 (Game #53, Home #28) ·         The Rangers were defeated by the Pittsburgh Penguins, 4-2, tonight at Madison Square Garden, and are now 10-6-4 in their last 20 games. ·         The Blueshirts have now…

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644 It’s go time!

So much for that fantasy story about the kid picked up on waivers and suddenly becoming a first-line center. Hey, we all knew that was as much of  a pipedream as it was an indictment of the Rangers’ lack of skill when Erik Christensen moved up to the penthouse. Tonight…

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263 If you can’t say something nice …

The thing that has remained consistent about the Rangers in the, oh, 31 years I’ve been around the team, is that no matter how poorly they do on the ice, no matter how much ammo they give us (me) to take them apart verbally or to scold them, there is…

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331 Speechless

I don’t know what else to say. I’ve said it so many times in the last 12 months. This is what the Rangers are. And nothing sums it up better than the following linescore. In their last seven games, over 21 periods (not counting an overtime), the linescore looks like…

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110 Post-game notes

From the NYR: NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES January 23, 2010 – New York Rangers 0, Montreal Canadiens 6 (Game #52, Road #25) • The Blueshirts were defeated by the Montreal Canadiens, 6-0, tonight at the Bell Centre, and are now 10-5-4 in their last 19 games. • The Rangers…

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