Monthly Archives: September, 2010

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13 Post-game stuff

No cuts were announced, but most of those who played in the rookie game are expected to be headed to Hartford and/or junior teams tomorrow. Those who survive the first cut will have a complete day off Friday. Some lockerroom reax: John Tortorella: “I thought it was a good game.…

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391 It’s Go Time!

First one of the year. Take that, Jets. Seatbelts on. Here we go. ————————- Boy, talking to some Devils people, they are really, really in a bind with their cap issue. Wonder if they’ll “invent” a long-term injury to somebody and take a chance on circumventing the cap again and…

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61 Back at the Garden

Nobody available pregame. No John Tortorella presser. Nothing new to report, except that there were six fights in the rookie game (a 5-2 Devils win). See Tom Gulitti’s blog for some details. So we’ll be back with a game thread later. ———————- Not to belabor the point, but I believe…

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225 Sweet 16?

Sixteen days until the Opener. 16: Whitey Ford. Joe Montana. 16: Pat Hickey. Pat LaFontaine. Pat “Little Ball of Hate” Verbeek. Brett Hull. ——————————- And of course, 16: Sean Avery. The lightning rod. Today’s topic of conversation. And not just because it guarantees we will do big numbers. First, for…

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82 Almost game day

The Rangers have announced their entire roster for the game tomorrow — Martin Biron will play in goal, and Derek Stepan will center Alex Frolov and Marian Gaborik, at least to start. Also, according to Andrew Gross’s blog, Dylan McIlrath will play in the rookie game at Newark tomorrow afternoon,…

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111 About the defense

What we know: That it wasn’t nearly good enough last year. That, while defense must be played by all six players on the ice in order for it to be successful, each pair of defensemen must be better. That John Tortorella doesn’t seem to like having an extra defenseman around.…

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68 Rangers’ TV sked

So while we’re all complaining that the NHL Network blacked out the Devils-Flyers exhibition — how completely dumb and short-sighted is that? — the Rangers’ television schedule for the entire season was released today. And here it is, from MSG.com. ————————– And if you get this before 9:30, you can…

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49 Preseason games on NHL Network tonight

For those interested … here is the NHL Network’s schedule for preseason games, beginning with three tonight. 2010-11 NHL Network U.S. pre-season game schedule (All times listed as ET) Tues, 9/21  New Jersey Devils vs. Philadelphia Flyers 7:00 PM LIVE Tues, 9/21  Ottawa Senators vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 10:00 PM…

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27 Shoot pucks, win tickets

Got this from the Rangers, for those who will be in midtown tomorrow: New York Rangers Celebrate 2010-11 Season & New Marketing Partnership with Volkswagen The Rangers and Volkswagen are hosting an interactive event for fans to celebrate the start of the 2010-11 season, the Rangers first preseason game is…

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47 Stepan’s taking his shot

Derek Stepan: On the speed of the scrimmages: “It’s faster. It’s definitely faster. You’ve got to be thinking three seconds ahead. You’ve got to be able to get pucks on stick battles, you’ve got to be strong on your skates, you’ve got to be winning draws. Winning draws are very…

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27 Back in a bit

I’ll have some Derek Stepan quotes later on … Eighteen days until the Opener. 18: Walt Tkaczuk. 18: Peyton Manning, Darryl Strawberry, Phil Jackson, Eddie Westfall. ———————– The NHL has video of its new rules interpretations on its web site. You can see that here. ———————– Just got word that…

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25 The Whale lives!

The sea was angry that day my friends. … The Rangers brass is en route to Hartford as we speak for the press conference that will confirm the stories in the Hartford Courant, that former Whalers owner Howard Baldwin will assume control of the AHL Wolf Pack. He does not…

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29 Gilroy serious about camp

Here’s some of a conversation with Matt Gilroy today: On his summer, after sitting out the end of last season: “I just worked on my confidence a little more, and definitely my work down low and closing people out, using my skating in the defensive zone. Offensively I can jump…

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35 Drury out four weeks (updated)

In the morning scrimmage, Chris Drury broke a finger blocking a shot and he will miss four weeks. No surgery will be required. More later. —————— by the way … because of the schedule, he would only probably miss three games. ——————- Vinny Prospal, one of the alternate captains last…

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19 Skating and skating

It’s hard watching these guys get tortured skating and skating and skating and skating. There are scrimmages, too. But in between, they get tortured. There will be ruts in this ice for months from this camp. On the bright side, I got to chat with my all-time fave Ranger. Guy…

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43 Numbers game

Hope to chug on over to training camp for a little while today. If so, will check in with an update of some sort later on. I need to get a few numbers out there. First, Congrats Boneheads! Yesterday we hit our seven millionth — that’s 7,000,000! — page view…

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116 Three weeks to go

Twenty-one days until Opening Night. 21: Sergei Zubov. 21: Roger Clemens (the filthy cheat). 21: Paul O’Neill. Cleon Jones. —————————————- While we’re counting down, here’s a list of critical dates f0r 2010-11, from the NHL: September 17        Opening Day of NHL Training Camps 21      …

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172 Dreamers

Got this from MSG last night. A bunch of kids from Garden of Dreams were painting the ice at the Garden, with Rod Gilbert (the real one, the legend). They painted this message along the blue line: —————————————— Twenty-two days until the Opener. 22: Mike Gartner. Nick Fotiu. 22: Emmitt…

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158 Here’s Wade Redden

Everybody knows Wade Redden’s situation. He had a tough exit interview with John Tortorella last spring, and his contract is the obvious one that can be dumped to Hartford in order to get the Rangers under the salary cap before the season. I asked Redden how he can keep the…