Monthly Archives: September, 2010

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21 From training camp

Training camp and no pucks. That’s what the Rangers are doing today, and probably tomorrow. Just skating, four groups in short sessions. There are these radar things on the blue lines, I’m guessing, to measure skating speed during the drills.  No pucks make it nice and quiet. Mark Messier is…

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47 Day 1 …

… of a new hockey year. So Happy Hockey Day everybody! Me, I’m going over to training camp in a little bit. I can only stick around for a while, and not linger all afternoon, but I’ll post some stuff as soon as I can from there. See youse later.…

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147 Staal in the house; he and Torts to talk

The Rangers will have Marc Staal and John Tortorella meet the assembled media today at the MSG training facility, as a pre-camp press get-together. Yours truly will be in the car returning from a vacation (fooled you this week, didn’t I?) and unable to attend. So if youse want to…

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59 Staal in the fold

Hey, Boneheads. Sports editor Sean Mayer here with some excellent news to report for Rangers fans: Here’s the brief from The Associated Press: NEW YORK — The Rangers have agreed to terms with Marc Staal on a multiyear contract, assuring that the young defenseman will be at training camp when…

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152 No shootouts in new tiebreaker

From the NHL: NHL BOARD OF GOVERNORS APPROVES TIE-BREAKER REVISION  Board Joins Competition Committee In Supporting The Change           NEW YORK (Sept. 14, 2010) — The National Hockey League’s Board of Governors today approved a By-Law revision that would use a team’s total of victories in regulation…

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11 Rangers lose at Traverse City

From the Rangers: 2010 Traverse City Prospects Tournament New York Rangers fall to Minnesota Wild, 5-4  September 14, 2010 – The New York Rangers prospects were defeated by the Minnesota Wild prospects, 5-4, in their third and final round-robin game of the 2010 Traverse City Prospects Tournament today in Traverse…

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28 Captain’s Night

Got this from MSG Network, which will show “Mark Messier’s Greatest Moments” tonight at 8 p.m.: “MSG Countdown” Tuesday, September 14, 8:00 p.m. (30 min) “MSG Countdown” unveils the top 25 moments in different categories from Knicks, Rangers, Devils and Islanders games…and players. On Tuesday, “Countdown” presents “Mark Messier’s Greatest Moments,” from…

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71 Here’s Schoeny … finally

Twenty-six days until Opening Night. 26: Dave Maloney. ————————————- This is late, but I had a chance to sit down with Rangers assistant GM Jim Schoenfeld a few days ago, and we talked about the Traverse City prospects camp, and about the young players who will vie for jobs when…

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45 Devils slapped over Ilya

This from the NHL: NHL, DEVILS RESOLVE KOVALCHUK CONTRACT DISPUTE         NEW YORK (September 13, 2010) — As a result of the finding by Arbitrator Richard Bloch on August 9, 2010, that Ilya Kovalchuk’s initial free agent contract with the New Jersey Devils, dated July 19, 2010,…

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90 Individual tickets on sale Thursday

Sorry I didnt get  a chance to transcribe my Jim Schoenfeld interview yet. I will. I promise. Twenty-seven days until the Opener. 27: AK27 (aka Alexei Kovalev). 27: Elliott Maddox of the New York Yankees. 27: Catfish Hunter (with Oakland). ——————————— This from the Rangers: RANGERS INDIVIDUAL TICKETS FOR  85th…

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23 Rangers prospects blanked

From the NYR: 2010 Traverse City Prospects Tournament Carolina Hurricanes def New York Rangers, 1-0 September 12, 2010 – The New York Rangers prospects were defeated by the Carolina Hurricanes prospects by a score of 1-0 in their second game of the 2010 Traverse City Prospects Tournament today in Traverse…

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57 Tryouts, prospects, etc.

So Garnet Exelby will be in Rangers camp as a tryout.  Here’s what I wrote in the comments late last night: No harm in creating some competition at camp and adding a missing dimension to the group, right? If they are going to dump Redden to Hartford, they might even…

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14 Fedotenko accepts

It’s official about Ruslan Fedotenko, who accepted the Rangers’ invitation for a training camp tryout, according to TSN. And I’m sure some of you have seen that Steve Zipay has Alex Semenov in camp on a tryout for the second year in a row. And, of course, Garnet Exelby, too.…

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25 From Traverse City

From the Rangers: 2010 Traverse City Prospects Tournament New York Rangers def Columbus Blue Jackets, 5-4 September 11, 2010 – The New York Rangers prospects defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets prospects by a score of 5-4 in the opening game of the 2010 Traverse City Prospects Tournament today in Traverse…

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78 Never forget

I was going to go off on a big rant about Sept. 11, but I decided to keep it simple and brief because we’re back into hockey now, and so I don’t want to go too far off topic. But to me, Sept. 11 and the Rangers are forever connected,…

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60 From Rangers prospects workout

I will give you a few quick hits from some of the kids I interviewed today. Some thoughts first: Evgeny Grachev and Ryan McDonough are big, big boys, and sure don’t look as if they would physically have any problem fitting into an NHL team.  The Traverse City team will…

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27 Prospects skating

I’m headed over to the MSG Training Center where the Rangers’ prospects are skating in preparation for the Traverse City tournament, which begins tomorrow with the Rangers against Columbus. Here’s the Rangers’ schedule in the eight-team tournament. No, it is not televised, as far as I know. Hope to come…

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88 Going to the Rock?

The Devils are putting single-game tickets on sale tomorrow at 11, for those who like to go to the Rock for a road game. Tickets are available online through newjerseydevils.com or prucenter.com, or through Ticketmaster (ticketmaster.com or 1-800-745-3000). Thought you’d like to know this. This has been a public-service announcement…

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73 Happy New Year

And Shana Tova to all who celebrate the new year 5771 (hope I spelled that right). ———————————- Well, it looks like the typical internet wildfire, everybody jumping the gun that Marc Staal’s signing is imminent. Most legit news sources were guarded in reports of the negotiations. But some just took…

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90 Staal talking

Our friends Andrew Gross and Steve Zipay are reporting that there have been talks between Marc Staal’s agent and the Rangers, and that there may have been progress made. I will be surprised if he’s in camp when it opens next Friday. These things usually need some leverage to shift,…