Rangers at Devils tonight

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Final game of 2010, and the first in a stretch of three in a row and five of six on the road.

Here are tonight’s pre-game notes, from the Rangers:

NEW YORK RANGERS at NEW JERSEY DEVILS
Wednesday, Dec. 29, 7:00 p.m.
Prudential Center • Newark, NJ
Rangers: 21-14-2 (44 pts)
Devils: 9-24-2 (20 pts)
* All information through NHL games on Dec. 27

TONIGHT’S GAME:
The Rangers will begin a three-game road trip when they face-off against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center (7:00 p.m.). The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and sixth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 21-14-2 (44 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the New York Islanders, 7-2, on Monday at Madison Square Garden to improve to 14-7-1 in their last 22 games, and have earned a point in eight of their last 11 games at MSG (7-3-1). The Devils enter the contest with a 9-24-2 (20 pts) record to rank 15th in the Eastern Conference, and have lost nine of their last 10 games including each of their last five. Following the contest, the Rangers will continue their three-game road trip when they face-off against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday, Jan. 1, at St. Pete Times Forum (7:30 p.m.), in the first game of a back-to-back set.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

  • TV: MSG Network
    6:30 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game Show with Bill Pidto and Ron Duguay
    7:00 p.m. – Rangers at Devils
    Broadcasters: Sam Rosen (Play-By-Play), Joe Micheletti (Analyst), John Giannone (In-Game Reporter)
  • Radio: 1050 ESPN Radio and newyorkrangers.com
    6:30 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game Show with Don LaGreca
    7:00 p.m. – Rangers at Devils
    Broadcasters: Kenny Albert (Play-By-Play), Dave Maloney (Analyst)

RANGERS vs. DEVILS:

  • All-Time: 96-80-27-5 overall (53-28-20-2 at home, 43-52-7-3 on the road)
  • 2010-11: Tonight is the third of six meetings this season, and the second at Prudential Center. New York is 2-0-0 thus far, including a 1-0-0 mark on the road following a 3-0 win at New Jersey on Nov. 5.
  • Last Season: New York was 3-2-1 overall and 2-1-0 on the road. Five of their six meetings were decided by two goals or less, including three that were decided by one goal and two that required the shootout.
  • The Rangers rank third with a 12-6-0 (24 pts) record on the road; the Devils rank 30th with a 5-10-2 (12 pts) mark at home
  • The Rangers are 7-4-0 vs. the Atlantic Division; the Devils are 1-7-0 against the Atlantic Division
  • Henrik Lundqvist is 20-7-5 with a 1.83 goals against average and five shutouts in 32 career games vs. the Devils; Martin Biron is 8-15-2-2 with a 3.20 goals against average and two shutouts in 29 career contests vs. the Devils
  • Chris Drury leads the Rangers with 13 goals, 13 assists and 26 points in 39 career regular season contests vs. the Devils
  • New York lists no former Devils on their roster
  • New Jersey lists no former Rangers on their roster

SPECIAL TEAMS:
The Blueshirts have posted a plus-seven rating on special teams (PPG+SHG minus PPGA+SHGA) this season, which is tied for eighth in the league.

  • Power Play: The Rangers tallied two goals in four power play opportunities (5:57) on Monday vs. the Islanders, and have now registered a goal in eight of the last 11 games (9-40, 22.5% over the span). New York ranks 14th overall (24-135, 17.8%) and 11th on the road (12-62, 19.4%). The Rangers are 1-5 (5:01) in five-on-three situations (last – 11/24 at TBL), and 0-2 (2:23) when four-on-three (last – 12/3 vs. NYI). Shorthanded goals allowed (2): 11/20 at MIN (Cullen); 12/5 vs. OTT (Kelly).
  • Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts held the Islanders scoreless in two shorthanded situations (4:00) on Monday at MSG, and are now 64-74 (86.5%) over the last 25 games. New York ranks 13th overall (104-127, 81.9%) and is tied for 13th on the road (57-70, 81.4%). The Rangers are 4-6 (5:08) in three-on-five situations (last – 10/30 at TOR), and 4-6 (2:41) when three-on-four (last – 11/15 at PIT). Shorthanded goals for (8): 10/9 at BUF (Dubinsky); 11/5 at NJD (Dubinsky); 11/15 at PIT (Staal); 11/24 at TBL (Boyle); 11/26 at FLA (Prust); 12/5 vs. OTT (Prust); 12/12 vs. WSH (Staal); 12/16 vs. PHX (Prust).
  • Four-on-Four: New York did not skate in a four-on-four situation on Monday vs. the Islanders, and are now plus-three in 28, four-on-four situations (51:15). Four-on-four goals for (4): 10/18 vs. COL (Frolov); 11/11 vs. BUF (Anisimov); 11/15 at PIT (Callahan); 12/12 vs. WSH (Callahan). Four-on-four goals allowed (1): 10/15 vs. TOR (Kessel).

SINCE 2007-08…
The Rangers own a record of 15-5-2 vs. the Devils since the start of the 2007-08 season, including a 7-3-1 mark at New Jersey during the stretch, dating back to a 2-0 win on Oct. 25, 2007. Henrik Lundqvist, who has started in each of the Rangers’ last 27 meetings with the Devils, has registered a 2.08 goals against average, .927 save percentage and five shutouts in the 22-game stretch.

HEAD-TO-HEAD
Henrik Lundqvist has faced-off against Martin Brodeur in 27 career regular season contests, posting a record of 18-4-5 with a 1.72 goals against average, .938 save percentage and four shutouts over the span.

SHOOTING GALLERY
The Blueshirts were credited with a season-high, 52 shots in their 7-2 win vs. the Islanders on Monday, their most since they registered 57 shots vs. the Islanders on Mar. 5, 2007 (2-1 win). The Rangers tied their season-high for most shots in a period with 18 in each of the first two periods, and their 36 shots through two periods is the most since recording 37 shots through two vs. Washington on Oct. 12, 2007 (20 in the first, 17 in the second in a 3-1 win). The Blueshirts’ 32-shot advantage over the Islanders on Monday (52-20) is tied for the second largest in the NHL this season, behind St. Louis’ 39-shot advantage over Anaheim on Oct. 11 (53-14).

MARATHON SHOOTOUTS
Thursday’s shootout vs. Tampa Bay lasted 11 rounds, which is tied for the sixth longest in NHL history and longest since Mar. 27, 2010 (Detroit defeated Nashville in 11 rounds). The 11-round shootout is the third longest in Rangers history behind their NHL record 15-round shootout on Nov. 26, 2005 vs. Washington (3-2, 4-3 in the shootout) and a 13-round shootout at Philadelphia on Oct. 7, 2006 (5-4, 1-0 in the shootout), which stands as the longest one-goal shootout in NHL history.  Henrik Lundqvist was in net for all three contests, posting a 2-1 record and stopping a combined 34 of 39 shots for a .872 save percentage.

20-WINS
The Rangers registered their 20th win of the season with a 4-3 shootout win vs. Phoenix on Dec. 16, reaching the mark in just 34 games which is tied for 12th fastest in franchise history (full list below).

  • 28 (1993-94)
  • 29 (1971-72)
  • 30 (1941-42)
  • 31 (1939-40, 1970-71)
  • 32 (2005-06)
  • 33 (1938-39, 1972-73, 1991-92, 1995-96, 2008-09)
  • 34 (1937-38, 2010-11)

WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES
Compared to last season, the Blueshirts have shown a three wins, five points improvement, having tallied 12 more goals (including a four-goal improvement while shorthanded) while allowing six fewer goals against through 37 games.

BACK-TO-BACKS
The Rangers completed their ninth of 18 back-to-back sets with a 4-3 shootout win vs. Phoenix on Dec. 16. The Blueshirts improved to 9-0-0 (4-0-0 at home, 5-0-0 on the road) in the second game of back-to-backs this season, having out-scored their opponent, 31-9, in those games. Over the last two seasons, New York is 18-2-2 in the back-end of back-to-back sets, including a 8-1-1 mark at MSG and 10-1-1 on the road over the span.

STARTING STRONG
The Blueshirts have started games off strong this season, tallying the first goal of the game in 22 of their 37 games and posting a record of 16-5-1 in those contests. The Rangers own a record of 10-1-1 when leading after the first period, having out-scored their opponent, 27-21, in the opening frame.

TEAM EFFORT
The Rangers have had 13 different players credited with at least one game winning goal this season which is tied with Washington for the most in the NHL.

LITTLE THINGS MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE
The Rangers currently lead the NHL with 1,058 hits and rank second with 599 blocked shots. Ryan Callahan ranked second in the league with 128 hits and led all NHL forwards with 40 blocked shots prior to his injury on Dec. 15, while Dan Girardi currently leads the league with 106 blocked shots and Brian Boyle ranks 12th in the NHL with 104 hits.

THE HOT LIST:

  • The Rangers lead the league in shorthanded goals (eight), are tied for fifth in wins (21), ninth in points (44), seventh in goals (115), and rank seventh with a plus-18 goal differential
  • Henrik Lundqvist is 8-4-1 with a 1.89 goals against average, a .929 save percentage and three shutouts in his last 13 games
  • Derek Stepan enters the game with a four-game goal streak (four goals), and has registered 17 points (eight goals, nine assists) in the last 21
  • Brian Boyle has recorded 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in the last 10 games
  • Chris Drury has tallied four assists in the last four games
  • Brandon Dubinsky has registered 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in the last 11 games
  • Alex Frolov has tallied five points (two goals, three assists) in the last six games
  • Marc Staal has tallied 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in the last 15 games, including six points (two goals, four assists) in the last seven
  • Dan Girardi has recorded five points (one goal, four assists) in the last six games
  • Artem Anisimov has recorded five points (two goals, three assists) in the last six games

WORLD JUNIOR UPDATE
Four Rangers’ prospects are competing at the 2011 World Junior Championship in Buffalo, New York. Chris Kreider and Ryan Bourque are making their second appearance with Team USA, having both been members of last year’s gold medal-winning team. Roman Horak is also making his second appearance with the Czech Republic, while Jesper Fasth is making his first appearance for Sweden at the elite tournament.

MILESTONES APPROACHING:

  • Dan Girardi: 1 point from 100 NHL career
  • Alex Frolov: 3 points from 400 NHL career
  • Brandon Dubinsky: 7 assists from 100 NHL career
  • Henrik Lundqvist: 8 wins from 200 NHL career

MILESTONES RECENTLY ACHIEVED:

  • Mats Zuccarello: 1st career NHL game (12/23 vs. TBL)
  • Mats Zuccarello: 1st career NHL assist/point (12/27 vs. NYI)

INJURIES:

  • Vinny Prospal (IR on Sept. 24/knee surgery on Oct. 18, 6-8 weeks) – 37
  • Derek Boogaard (injured shoulder on Dec. 9) – 7
  • Ryan Callahan (broken hand on Dec. 15) – 4

Total Man-Games Lost: 112

RECENT TRANSACTIONS:

  • Dec. 26 - Recalled forward Mats Zuccarello from Connecticut

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149 Comments

  1. Columbus Ohio to Harrison in 8hrs and 45 minutes post blizard. I’m as cool as that cheetah in those cheeto commercials!

    What’s going on Ilb????????????

  2. Beware the falling sea and the falling devils. I’ll restate what I said yesterday. After 2 losses and a Christmas break our boys should come out fired up and sharp regardless of whoever they play or what that teams record may be. Still our biggest rivalry for sure but the Devils are down and it’s up to Torts and co. to kick them in the face with the big boot and nail them with the atomic leg drop tonight!

    Looking forward to finally being able to watch a game! haven’t seen a full one since right before the game against Philly. interested to see our newly formed 1st line.

  3. I’ll be at the Pebble tonight. Hope to see the Rangers chase MMMAAARRRTTTYYY early with a few goals right off the bat.

  4. enjoy the game man. if you drive out that way be careful. Apparently the left lane of the Jersey turnpike is for storing snow in the winter. was out that way last night and it was messy.

  5. PATH/NJ Transit for me. Fortunately staying with a friend from Jersey City so no automobiles for me. Don’t wanna end up like those Devils players having to share a car on 280.

  6. Understood. Huddling with Patrick Elias for warmth is one of the top 20 things I try to avoid in life.

  7. Brodeur would be the worst. I’d have serious fears he’d try to re-enact the Donner party after about 5 minutes.

  8. HAHA 10:00pm: “Looks like we’re stuck here for a while”….10:04pm: “Well, looks like we have no choice” ::sinks teeth into your arm::::

  9. Hockey media, just please stop with “The Streak” for the Skid, it’s only hit halfway to TGO’s record. It’s really annoying that even when the Pens lose the streak gets mentioned.

  10. HAHA 10:00pm: “Looks like we’re stuck here for a while”….10:04pm: “Well, looks like we have no choice” ::sinks teeth into your arm::::

    ***

    Uh, Marty do you always carry bottles of A1 and all Heinz 57 varieties with you?

  11. I love how so many writers (especially at Espn) work in cute little phrases like “as he strides towards being the greatest of all time”…it’s 25 games. commendable. But they need to get over it for now. I just read Scott Burnside’s blog – he did a 2010 in review and he beigings and ends with Crosby moments. Not taking away what the guy has done in the past year but is that really ALL that’s worth mentioning aside from the Kovalchuk trade and Stevie Y becoming GM in TB?

  12. 4generations 4 cups on

    Good piece on Wade Redden helping out. Turns out he could be a very valuable asset in Hartford with our young kids and moving them along the path. Maybe he can turn some prospects into blue chips? How about that?

  13. LMAO @ “the greatest of all time”. He is 23 now. And is a great player, no doubt about that. His best season was 120 points. If (IF!?) he can amass that amount every year, it will take him another 19 years to catch up with TGO. They need to let it go.

  14. The Hawks ending the drought, the upsets in the East during the playoffs, the Olympics and not just OT in the gold medal game.

    Like every year a lot has gone on in hockey. Crosby didn’t win a single major award last season. You want a boring but good story about a guy that represents the skill-side of the sport. How about Nik Lidstrom? Playing at a high level at his age and always regarded with class amongst his teammates and competitors. In the post-Greztky/Lemieux era, you can make the argument that Lidstrom has been the best player of the past decade plus.

  15. Cally's Broken Hand Del Headzo on

    If the whiner gets lip balm what does Carcillo get? Toilet paper?

    LGR!!!

    Sire Father!

  16. Crosby doesn’t have anywhere close to the class that Nicklas Lidstrom has. He wouldn’t even shake Lidstrom’s hand after winning the cup!

  17. Morning all – I noticed some comments from Carp’s last blog about the Slovaks dirty play yesterday against the Americans.

    I watched the Canada/Czech game and let me tell you, the Czechs were dirty right from the start, including a match penalty handed out for reefing a stick up and across a Canadian player’s gonads.

    Nasty stuff – the Czech players are lucky the Canadians have been schooled to turn the other cheek. In the past, they didn’t and subsequently were constantly in the box.

  18. Great story on Redden, indeed. Goes to show how little we know about hockey players sometimes. All we see is big contracts, and them not living up to our expectations and such. Well, glad to know you better, Wade.

  19. And I, too, like the story on Redden. Like the author, I’m not surprised he’s decided to embrace his role in the AHL – it’s pretty obvious this guy isn’t an a-hole. What is he is a 3rd pairing d-man (at the NHL level) making all-star money and that combination has resulted in his banishment to the minors.

    With regards to the younger Ranger d-man listening to him, that, too, isn’t surprising. Let’s not forget that until 2 to 3 seasons ago, he was considered a top defenseman in the NHL and had a couple of Norris candidate seasons.

    Perhaps a career in NHL management awaits him when his lucrative contract runs out…

  20. Jim- if fighting wasn’t totally banned in WJC, bet you neither Czechs or Slovaks would be brave enough to pull that dirty stuff. Do I sound like Wicky, lol?

  21. wouldn’t it be great if Cindy “baby mustache” Crybaby’s point streak ended at Winter Classic game?? I WOULD EAT MY DIRTY SOCKS IF THAT HAPPENS!

  22. wicky(grating CCBG)© (The game’s not over until somebody cries!!) on

    Morning ILB and all!

    ILB
    You are correct and I couldn’t have said that better myself!

    I’d still take redden over rozy (but would rather they are BOTH gone).

    cccp
    that would be hilarious!

  23. CCCP it’s Crosby we’re talking about. The streak will end and he’ll dedicate the breaking of it to an ill kid somewhere and SI will make him man of the year.

  24. wicky(grating CCBG)© (The game’s not over until somebody cries!!) on

    oh, and I still love the way that hrasko kid plays!

  25. Agreed 100% Jim. Redden is an NHL-caliber defenseman on virtually any squad, but his cap hit makes him unusable. Glad to see he’s embracing the role as a player/coach, like Reg Dunlop. That was the reason I wanted to see Chelios signed here a couple seasons ago. Maybe Wade can help the organization after all.

  26. wicky(grating CCBG)© (The game’s not over until somebody cries!!) on

    lastly, for all the nhl11 folks out there, still can not find patrice cormier anywhere in the game. He isn’t on the chicago wolves where I thought he would be, not on the thrashers roster…..a little help please!!!

  27. Joekuh-rury-mire on

    wicky check the downloadable rosters created by users. I’m sure someone’s created him already.

  28. wicky(grating CCBG)© (The game’s not over until somebody cries!!) on

    joekuh
    thanks, i’ll give that a shot tonight.

  29. wicky(grating CCBG)© (The game’s not over until somebody cries!!) on

    tiki
    sorry bro best of luck to you both!

  30. thanks wickster…he’ll be alright…he can deal with tough stuff, he’s a man like that…unlike me :)

    you joining us for the final game of 2011 tonight, wickster?

  31. off to walk the pups!! I just learned something new about my princess, Tiki, last night. She SNORES!!!!!!

  32. thanks James….really glad you got home safely! and in 9 hours?? You ought to be in BYFUGLIEN Nascar!! :)

  33. wicky(grating CCBG)© (The game’s not over until somebody cries!!) on

    tiki
    via dvr later, I’m off to work in about 5 minutes and won’t be home until the game is about 2 hours old.

    so LGR and later assens!!

  34. lmao-funny thing Tiki- we stayed the extra day since everyone was up in arms saying that PA was getting whacked with the storm. roads were dry and there wasn’t any significant accumulation til we got on the NJ turnpike (where by the way I saw Marty parked in the shoulder feasting away on a human leg)

  35. Noah-allahan, 28 on

    ORR, can you give me lottery numbers too? After last game, your Rain Man-ingness freaked me out a bit.

  36. I’ll be at MSG west as well tonight
    Free corporate tickets from the wife’s work
    Front row on the glass to the right of Fatso to start the game

    Look for hte Blue Rangers JErsey on the glass screaming his head off and its me

    LETS GO RANGERS!!

  37. lmao @ donner party

    Is fighting banned in the WJC? See the Punch-up in Piestany, I was reading about it the other day.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ydbATVriqA

    Some participants: Brendan Shanahan, Theo Fleury, Sergei Fedorov, Vladimir Konstantinov, Alexander Mogilny, Mike Keane and Valeri Zelepukin

    Vladimir Konstantinov leveled a head-butt that broke Greg Hawgood’s nose; Brendan Shanahan later described it as “the greatest head-butt I’ve ever seen.”

    Good story on Redden.

  38. Via Gross – no nameplate over any stall in the Ranger dressing room today; guess he’s finally farmed out. Like Redden, he will be paid handsomely to play in the AHL – will he embrace the challenge as well as Redden has? Maybe not, seeing as he doesn’t have 3 years left on his deal (I believe he’s done after this season).

  39. awww wickster! we’re gonna miss you :(

    James – lmao! Was Fatso dining with Jeffery Dahmer? :)

    ilby – thanks! i always know who to go to if a question arises! the BlogDoctor!

    by the way, he’s the only brother that DOES NOT like the Rangers (or hockey) or the Yankees (or baseball)!

  40. Joek:

    Great Tortorella press conference clip – what’s especially interesting is his words on MDZ and MDZ’s continual penchant for the long breakout passes when he should be making way more little passes. Tortorella says they are constantly hammering away at MDZ to make the ‘non-noticeable’ plays (ie the little 15 foot passes) as opposed to the long bombs. He says MDZ keeps looking way down the ice for teammates rather than look at what’s close to him. We’ve been complaining about this habit of MDZ’s for at least a month – nice to see the coaching staff seeing it and working with the player to correct it. What Tort doesn’t say is that by making more of the little short passes, the ability to successfully complete the long bombs increases because the opposition cannot focus on 1 vs the other.

    The MDZ comments are about 6 minutes in…

  41. HockeymanRangers on

    It is real good to see Redden making a difference. I wonder what Redden’s response would be if you aksed him other than a salary issue why was he sent to the AHL. Why couldn’t he get his game together enough to stay in the NHL???

  42. That’s the summer menu CCCP, winter is endangered species venison and scrambled Faberge eggs.

  43. Tiki sorry to hear about your brother, Hopefully it will not be that serious, although I know a number of people who have crohns disease, and they seem to live a good quality of life. I guess it’s controllable with meds and watching what you eat. I am sure it’s not fun to live with, but it beats the alternative.

  44. >>I’ll be at the Pebble tonight.

    The Pebble will be rocking with Rangers fans tonight.

    It would be sweet if the boys could wrap up 2010 with a win. Eight wins over .500 would be quite nice.

  45. Joekuh-rury-mire on

    Jim, you’re right. People have been speaking on it since the season 1st started. Torts used a really good phrase to describe it: “unnoticeable plays for the good of the team”. I think it would be better if MDZ did go down there, if only to play a couple games and show the Rangers staff that he is learning the lesson.

    Speaking of the Whale, here’s a link to a jersey I REALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLY like: http://www.snyrangersblog.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/47625_172008562836909_148845768486522_350253_2516365_n.jpg

    I’m hoping there’s a New Era hat to match it, because i WILL buy it.

  46. ilb – There the new midriff jerseys that are becoming all the rage. I think they started in the Brazilian Hockey League.

  47. uummm no thanks! i’ve seen enough! thanks for helping me with the decision what to have for lunch… i settled on NOTHING!!

  48. Because Redden has been such a good influence on our young d-man and because he’s a classy guy (who said money can’t buy class?!) we should all get Wade Redden Connecticut Whale jersey! who’s in? :)

  49. Does anyone know White’s new address? I’m sending him a nice Edible Arrangements and a bottle.

  50. I think MZA would have to play pretty poorly to be sent down…look for MDZ to be a Whale(er?) sooner…

  51. so who sits when and if the Rangers get healthy? I think the candidates are obvious myself.
    Prospal, Stepan, and Gabby.
    Dubi, AA, and Cally.
    Fedotenko, Boyle, and Prust.
    Frolov, Christensen, and Drury.
    Avery shares time with Frolov maybe.
    MZA back to the AHL.

  52. Based on recent play, I’d say Avery is the most likely to take a seat if Prospal returns any time soon. But who knows how long that will be and someone else could be in Torts’s doghouse by then.

  53. If MZA plays well during the next couple of weeks he could force the Rangers hand. maybe then they look into trading Frolov, but you do not want to get to young and inexperienced up front. so I would would hold onto Frolov. Drury would be on the 4th line in name only, as he would kill penalties and play power play. a lot of depth on this team, and I think they are close to being contenders.

  54. They’re getting closer to being contenders, but seeing how they’ve gotten run over by Philly both times this year and still have trouble with high pressure teams like Colorado, I’d say there’s still a few more steps before they’re contenders.

  55. I agree CT,
    but they are getting closer, and may have to make a decision at the deadline this year to make a run or wait one more season. they need a play making center, and solid left winger. I think they have the assets in the system to acquire players if they decide to.

  56. I say wait. It does two things.

    1)They have Kreider to fill the top 6 winger role and see which of their defensive prospects are ready to assume the big league job. Not every one of McIlrath, McD and Valentenko are going to pan out.

    2) It also passes time for the legit contending teams to age another year and have to make tough decisions with regards to their teams. For example the Caps are most likely going lose Semin after this year. The Pens have only 5 forwards under contract for next year. The Flyers are going to keep most of their core intact although they’ll be in a cap squeeze because Giroux’s new deal has a bigger cap hit starting next season and they have some RFAs to worry about with a small budget. The Rangers should be on the rise after 2011-2012 with a lot of salary cap to burn (shudders when thinking of Sather and salary cap space).

  57. This team can deff. make a run, how come they still dont play our goal song each time we score at the Pru?

  58. Just like Stepan, MZA will prove he deserves to be on this team by playing with skill and a high hockey IQ. Mark my words. He is now a Ranger.

    When Vinny and Cally are back, Aves is the odd man out. We thought the same thing in the beginning of the season. Since he is in the Torts carcillo-house, Avery will wind up being the Todd White replacement, i.e. a utility player, scratched more often than not…

    I like Avery but I can’t stand to see him regeressing into a utility player!

  59. CT,
    but they do have tradable pieces because of depth in the system. you can trade any of the Dmen you mentioned, or trade Gilroy and Sauer and replace them with the guys you mentioned. Grachev is also a guy you can trade at this point because of Kreider and others up front. we know that Sather is a better trader than he is at free agency. I can wait one more season, but if the situation arises this season, I say go for it.

  60. Sure, the team could make a Cinderella (Tortorella?) run this season and surprise us. But I want the team to be among society’s (NHL’s) elite and get invited to the ball every year, not just by chance. There are potentially pieces to make that happen, but they’re a little bit down the road. Mortgaging the future right now would be a big step backwards.

  61. Haha, Orr. Regarding the rumors from last night, check out @incarceratedbob on Twitter….

    He knew aboot the Wisniewski deal weeks before it happened….

  62. CT, id sell this Blog to Carcillo if we can win the cup and throw in ORR and CCCP as a bonus… you guys are great , i dont usually participate but read the blog pretty often, keep it going

  63. I did not say to mortgage the future to make a run this season. any young player they may trade, they have a replacement already in the system. they are deep enough to absorb a trade of a Grachev, or a Dman. I agree with you that you want to be in position to be good every year, and I think the Rangers may very well be on there way to that, but not every prospect makes it. you have to identify the ones you think have the goods and keep them, then you have to move the others to teams that may really want them.

  64. tr

    the MZA guy that everyone’s talking about is this cute little norwegian hobbit who has a lot of hockey skill and hopefully will be a Ranger for a long time. also, according to Al Trautwig, the little norwegian kid looks like “Ferdo” (as pronounced by the Trautwig).

    __

    btw, Ive never seen the Lord of the Rings movie, but even i know how to pronounce Frodo!

  65. >>I like Avery but I can’t stand to see him regeressing into a utility player!

    Avery is not part of the Rangers future. The sooner you realise this, the sooner your stress level will start going down.

  66. tr

    I knew you were joking :)

    i still cant believe that Trautwig asked him that question. How absurd and embarrassing for the kid, and Traut couldnt even say Frodo correctly.

    Orr – Im not a movie-seer. Ive seen some movies, but my hobby is TV shows.

  67. if MZA is Frodo, then I go with Dubi as Aragon (the swagger) and Gabby as Legolas (sniper). and EC kinda looks like Golem o_O

    Jokes! sheesh!

  68. Avery is not part of the Rangers future. The sooner you realise this, the sooner your stress level will start going down.

    ***

    I am too blessed to be stressed ;)

    So, then why does Blowzi get so much more ice time then Sauer? Is Blowzi a bigger part of the NYR future? Lord, I hope not.

  69. its twentyfive past midnight, i had a wonderful dinner and a couple of wonderful drinks in a cocktailbar, and I feel little bit of tired, but its just another 40 minutes left for the Devils vs. Rangers…

    You guys tell me , should I or should I not ?????

  70. 40 minutes to face-off and you’ve just had a large meal? Does your coach know you are posting on here on gameday, Marty?

  71. LW3H ..

    Do you think, that tonights match is worth, to watch it from 1 am to 3.30 instead from 7pm to 9.30 pm ????????????

    Who is Marty ??????????????????????????????????????????

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