Rangers’ all-star announcement


As reported earlier, Marc Staal and Henrik Lundqvist were named to the all-star team(s) and Derek Stepan was chosen as one of the 12 rookies who will also compete in the skills competition.

Here is the Rangers’ announcement:


Derek Stepan to Participate in SuperSkills Competition

New York, January 11, 2011 – The National Hockey League announced today that New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist and defenseman Marc Staal have been selected to play in the 2011 NHL All-Star Game on January 30 at the RBC Center in Raleigh, North Carolina.  Derek Stepan will join them as one of 12 rookies named to participate in the SuperSkills competition, to take place on January 29 at the RBC Center.

Lundqvist, 28, will be making the second NHL All-Star Game appearance of his career, having previously represented the Eastern Conference All-Stars in 2008-09.  He has posted a record of 18-12-3, along with a 2.33 goals against average, a .923 save percentage and five shutouts in 33 games this season.  He is tied for first in the NHL in shutouts, sixth in wins, ninth in goals against average, and ranks eighth in save percentage.  He also leads the league with 12 road wins, ranks fifth with 904 saves and is tied for first with three assists.  Lundqvist recorded his second career 40-save shutout in a 3-0 win at Florida on November 26 (40 saves).  With his first shutout of the season, a 36-save effort in a 2-0 win at Toronto on October 30, Lundqvist passed Mike Richter, Chuck Rayner and Lorne Worsley to move into fourth place on the Rangers’ all-time regular season shutouts list with 25 career shutouts.  Entering tonight’s contest vs. Montreal, the six-year NHL veteran is five wins shy of 200 NHL wins and one shutout from 30 career regular season shutouts.

The three-time Vezina Trophy finalist was originally selected as the Rangers’ seventh round choice, 205th overall, in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.

Staal, 23, will be making the first NHL All-Star Game appearance of his career.  He has registered six goals and 11 assists for 17 points, along with 26 penalty minutes and a plus-nine rating in 43 games this season.  He is tied for 14th among NHL defensemen with six goals and 11th with three power play goals.  He is also tied for third in the NHL with two shorthanded assists and four shorthanded points, fifth with two shorthanded goals, and ranks fourth with a plus-12 rating on the road (third among defensemen).  Staal is tied for second on the team in power play goals and power play assists (four), ranks second in power play points (seven), and leads all team defensemen in goals, and is second in points and assists.  In his fourth NHL season, Staal leads the team and ranks eighth in the NHL in average ice time, logging 25:29 of ice time per game.  He has logged 30 or more minutes of ice time in four games this season, including a career-high, 33:06 of ice time at Dallas on Friday.  The last time a Ranger averaged 25 or more minutes of ice time per game was Brian Leetch during the 2003-04 season (26:14).

Staal, who appeared in the 2008 and 2009 NHL YoungStars Games, was originally selected as the Rangers’ first round choice, 12th overall, in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

Stepan, 20, has registered 12 goals and 12 assists for 24 points, along with eight penalty minutes in 43 games this season.  He is tied for third among NHL rookies in points and goals, and ranks eighth in assists.  He also ranks second on the team in points, third in goals, and is tied for first with nine road goals, second with 14 road points, and third with six power play points.  He posted a six-game scoring streak, which is tied for the second longest by a rookie this season, from November 17 vs. Boston to November 26 at Florida (three goals, four assists over the span).  Stepan registered a hat trick with three goals while making his NHL debut in the season opener at Buffalo on October 9 and, in the process, tied the franchise record for goals in a season opener and became the fourth player in NHL history and first Ranger to register a hat trick in his NHL debut.  Prior to the start of the season, Stepan captured the Lars-Erik Sjoberg Award as the top rookie in Rangers Training Camp.

The Hastings, Minnesota native was originally selected as the Rangers’ second round choice, 51st overall, in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

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  1. Oh the list of former 1st round picks to play with the Rangers since the lockout is quite extensive. Off the top of my head:

    Jason Ward
    Aaron Ward
    Derek Morris

    There might be more, but yeah that’s a pretty long list.

  2. I don’t see Jessiman on that list.

    Any of you cap-ologists know what the ramifications of Frolov’s injury are on the cap? Can they erase that $3M?

    I’m too lazy, and too busy, to look it up.

  3. Amazing. I guess what surprises me are the names of the reclamation projects like St. Louis. Dan Boyle, and now Brian Boyle, Emminger, and with any luck, Wolski.

    Torts is an Adams candidate right now. Imagine if Wolski pots 15 goals before the season is over?!?

  4. Carp, that’s just other teams 1st rounders. Given that the Rangers have done such a poor job in the 1st round the last decade you’d have another category for that.

  5. Prorated, Carp. Very close to $1.5M. And only if they use a “replacement player” to go over the cap. Eventually, it may help, for sure.

  6. According to Shanahan, all players will wear their regular numbers. Luckily, there’s not 12 guys with #19 in the ASG this year, with Yzerman and Sakic retired, and no Thornton.

    #91: Stamkos and B. Richards
    #30: Lundqvist, Thomas, Ward (at least the goalies don’t change on the fly)
    #33: Byfuglien, Chara, H. Sedin
    #10: Perry, Sharp
    #26: Elias, St. Louis
    #22: D. Sedin, D. Boyle

  7. Name the Ranger 1st round draft pick with the most games played in the NHL (regular season).

  8. it was mentioned that all teams had to represented in the All Star game. I do not believe this to be true. looking at the list, I do not see any Islanders, or Sabres.

  9. Carp – The Rangers would have to put Frolov on the Long-term injury list, then they will be allowed a replacement. I don’t know if it is of any benefit to do it immediately so they can’t bank Frolov’s cap hit the same way as they can when the team is under the cap with everyone healthy.

  10. bull dog line – All teams are represented when including the 12 rookies. Islanders, Sabres, Panthers, and Coyotes do not have a player in the actual game as of now.

  11. Doodie Machetto on

    Also, poor James Patrick, drafted first round in ’81, plays 12 years as a Ranger, then traded away after playing only 6 games in 93-94 for Nick Kypreos.

  12. Gift of GAB-orik on

    see what happens when i use multiple computers, can’t keep up with the different screen names.

    Glad to see Staal in the AS game… Hank too, he’s been stellar the past few weeks. Kinda makes those day by dayers who were calling him Softqvist and wanting to trade him eat their words no?

    HANK IS LEGIT KIDS. end of story.

  13. Spider- LTIRs still count against the cap, regardless. They can put him on LTIR any time after he is eligible. They will only be allowed to use it if they intend to go above the cap AND after they’ve used all available cap space

  14. If someone went back in time, and told Hugh Jessiman that he would be a heart breaker, he would probably think that he was going to get laid every single night, and dump chicks the next day in the future.

    Nope! He’s a different heart breaker.

  15. Doodie Machetto on

    Right, forgot about Larmer being part of the return. It was some weird contract scenario he had that found himself in Hartford but without a deal. Something weird.

  16. I think Chicago traded him there after a holdout? Trading people to Hartford was punishment those days. Like when Keenan traded Shanny to Hartford. Shanny got the last laugh though when he got moved to Detroit who in turn was punishing Keith Primeau.

  17. btw the Rangers 1996 draft has gotta be the worst in NHL history no? It resulted in 54 games played by all 8 players selected. Daniel Goneau with 3 goals and 3 assists in 53 career games and Mats Sundin’s older brother Ronnie playing only 1.

  18. I believe it was a 3 team trade, the Larmer trade. the Rangers recieved Larmer, Barry Richter, and Kypreos. Patrick and Turcotte left. I am not sure what Chicago got.

  19. Eh, the late 90’s drafts all the way up until 2003 weren’t that great outside of the first 3 picks. It goes in cycles, like I think this year it’s starting another downward cycle.

    Even if you compare the 03-08 drafts to 09, despite it being very early I don’t know if Tavares/Hedman/Duchene are going to be as good as Stamkos/Doughty for instance.

  20. Doodie Machetto on

    My vote is for 99. Two picks in the top 10, including #4, 11 picks total, and only Brendl and Lundmark ever played in the NHL, both to very undistinguished careers.

  21. Goneau had a 5 game goal scoring streak from Oct 12 through Oct 20 in 1996, scoring against MTL, CGY, PIT, STL, TB. 5 of his 12 career goals came in about a week, wow.

  22. Doodie Machetto on

    With this recent trade, Sather has erased the mistake of drafting Korpikoski over Wolski.

  23. Auld, the backup, is playing tonight for Habs, not Price. so, it is Auld Lang Syne, and the Price is wrong.

    also, Cally is skating again.

  24. Noah-el Zotto, 28 on

    Oh man…Daniel Goneau and Christian Dube. I’m getting Nam-like flashbacks.

    One guy I do miss from those days? TODD HARVEY! What an animal that guy was.

  25. speaking of which 2004 2nd round bust Darin Olver is the leading scorer in the German league.

  26. 1983 still one of the biggest mistake draft years I can think of. Minny and the Whalers took Brian Lawton and Sylvain Turgeon over LaFontaine, Yzerman, Barrasso, Neely, John MacLean, Dave Gagner.

  27. Hm, just think what Dubinski could be doing in the German league. Glad they salvaged that year along with Callahan.

  28. at least Gordie Clark seems to know what he’s doing. Im not a fan of the McIlrath pick b/c drafting players on size usually never works but I will give him the benefit of the doubt on that one.

  29. if you take a look at 1st round busts (especially just the North Americans), the majority are really big dudes. Im not going past 2005 because its a little early to consider them busts.

    2003: Hugh Jessiman (6’6 231) 12th
    2004: Boris Valabik (6’7 245) 10th, AJ Thelen (6’3 210) 12th, Andy Rodgers (6’5 227) 30th
    2005: Sasha Pokoluk (6’5 230) 14th, Joe Finley (6’7 240) 27th, Vladimir Mihalik (6’7 240) 30th

  30. Wolski!!

    ilb – nobody will be booing Wolski, because he’s coming to a new city filled with invigoration and he’s gonna make a statement, baby!

  31. I hope so, Tiki. I also hope the fans give him a bit of time, before they start that stuff. Bet you it wasn’t comfortable for Roszival to play here because of it. To me, if WW plays no worse than Frolov to begin with, I’d be ok.

  32. He’ll get an exceptional ovation initially although it will really be for Roszi being gone.

  33. Money had something to do with the trade. Rosival gets less salary next year than Wolski, so that is to Phoenix’ liking. And Wolski provides more cap room for the Rangers, so they like that part of it.

  34. ESPN’s Scott Bostonside and Pierre The Bruin Lebrun has the Coyotes as winning the trade!


    Loser s-bags! We clearly win this deal. One of the worst contracts in the sport for a 24 year old.

  35. “im a pittsburgh fan and watched roszi for years. i couldnt believe the Rangers gave him $5 million per season. thats hystericia. The Rangers got a 24 year old winger with potential. even if the Rangers got a man who could drive the zamboni, they came out on top on this one”

    From the espn boards.

  36. I think Pierre Lebrun is just Peter Gammons in disguise. Pierre Lebrun translates to Peter the Bruin, and I think it’s Gammons’ hockey pen name!

  37. I thought that they said the Rangers won on the long term side of the deal. Both teams win short term.

    Newbury got screwed according to Torts, haha. He’s the scratch.

  38. The Zharkovs will find someone to hate on because that’s what ‘the greatest fans in the world do’

  39. ddeb – I hate the fans for boooing also, but every fan base boos. You always have the good fans and the bad fans. New York has more of the good fans.

  40. Doodie Machetto on

    Tiki, the contract is bad for us, but it’s perfect for the Coyotes. In all honesty, I think both teams get what they wanted and needed. If anything, we took the much bigger risk in that our defense is now VERY young. For them, the jettisoned a player who was falling out of their lineup and managed to get a minute-eating defenseman at a cap hit higher than his salary.

    I’d say the fact that its a no lose situation for the Coyotes makes them the winners. Our side of the deal has more upside, but it also could prove to be a big mistake.

  41. Oh good, mama. Hope you’re right. You can always travel elsewhere. Leo is bored and Casey wants to play. And I’m too weak and feverish to help…

  42. I beg to differ Doodie,
    this is a no lose situation for the Rangers. big skilled winger, saved in cap space, for a 32 year old Dman whose salary was not on par with his worth. if Woelski does well it is a steal, if not they opened up a little more cap space for this season and next.

  43. You’re right mama, she’ll have to deal with two happy and one sick dog. The latter will also be watching hockey :-0

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

    I bully no one….I just keep my area clear!! And yes to the snow!

  45. I’m all for giving Wolski a fair shot as of right now. If he turns out to be a Michal Grosek or Marcel Hossa, well…

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

    Hakuna ma Tatar was assigned to the AHL by the wings…just wanted to type the name once!!!

  47. For the record- I was totally on the same page with wicky on McIlrath. And not because I was bullied.

  48. Doodie Machetto on

    “if Woelski does well it is a steal, if not they opened up a little more cap space for this season and next.”

    You ignore the fact that our defense is now very young and inexperienced. Say what you will about Rozsival, he was definitely among our top 6 defensemen and could log heavy minutes when he needed to. That’s where we could lose.

    So I maintain: more upside for us, but a much higher downside. For the Coyotes, it’s a small improvement, but there isn’t really any possibility of a downside.

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

    Seems most in the organization are on the same page with this

    JimCerny Jim Cerny
    Torts says it is risky going with such a young D group, though doesn’t rule out picking up veteran D-man along the way either

  50. Doodie Machetto on

    McIlrath bothered me because of what a talent Fowler projected and is demonstrating he could be. I know we already had a lot of guys in the system that were offense heavy, but the idea is you stock them and deal from your depth.

    Seeing Fowler excel this year and MDZ struggle only makes me angrier.

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

    as always, thank you for your support!

  52. Can we all let poor Wolski step on the ice first before we start getting ready to dismiss him ? Geez louise! took less than 24 hours for everyone to go from delirium to downers!!!

  53. Doodie Machetto on

    And for those simply brushing off our ability to pick up an experienced blueliner along the way: they cost assets. Think about it: Rozsival cost Wolski. That’s a pretty high price tag.

  54. bull dog lineski on

    the fact that the Rangers D is younger, I look at as a positive. they now have a little time to see if McD can help this season or bring back MDZ, and see if Gilroy is worth keeping around for the future. there are always veteran Dmen available at the deadline. if need be the Rangers grab one then.

  55. tiki – like jpg said, the booing affected Roszi’s play as well as the teams play, and it just pisses me off when supposed fans are hurting my team when they could be helping them. I’ll leave it at that but I could go on for sure.

  56. Doodie Machetto on

    Mama, I don’t think anyone is poo-pooing Wolski yet, just saying to temper expectations a bit.

  57. how can this trade be a mistake?

    Rozsival was going to be traded this offseason anyway. Lets say Wolski doesn’t do well, we still will have no problem moving him in the offseason. We’re also going to acquire a d-man anyway so its not like our defense will be this unproven come playoff time.

  58. the picking of the players on that Fri night will be the most interesting part of the all star weekend. the game itself is a big bore, if we wanted to see guys playing no-contact hockey at half speed, we could watch an oldtimers game, which is more interesting than current guys floating around.

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

    I was wondering how long it would take someone to bring up fowler again….sheesh!

  60. Fowler can easily struggle next year (see Tyler Myers), or even be where MDZ is this year, it’s almost traditional for offensive Dman.

  61. bull dog lineski on

    no matter how it turns out, I still think Mcilrath made more sense for the Rangers.

  62. Sally- you get paid to watch the game? Nice. Has it not been snowing in Bufallo since June anyway?

  63. My internship hired me to work reception two nights a week. I don’t have to do anything though, and I get to watch games if I can find a working feed. It’s awesome.

  64. I still think Del Zotto should be packaged in a deal to bring in an all-star caliber d-man. We have the assets to make a big move and still have a great farm system.

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

    At that point mcilrath did make way more sense. Like I said before, if we had mostly buekes in the system, then you draft fowler. We don’t, so we didn’t.

    Not only that, but we should realize that just because a player excels (or sucks) in one organization’s system, doesn’t mean he will in another. There is absolutely ZERO guarantee that if we had taken fowler that he would be doing well or even on the big club.

  66. Ilb, it hasn’t been snowing enough! I went night sledding a few days ago and busted my butt cause the snow was all packed down, not enough powder. More snow!!!

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

    depends on the d man IMHO!!

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

    what the hell is/are a/an golumpkies???

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

    8 inches is how we got the wicksters….wait, what are we talking about???

    Nice to see you again and they are doing FAB!! How are you doing??

  70. wicky

    the problem i have with the McIlrath pick is players his size are usually only highly touted because of their size and wind up being bad picks. To me it has nothing to do with Fowler’s early success but everything to do with how risky McIlrath was.

  71. Woah! Golubtsy looks awesome! I love pigeons way too much to eat them (I’ve got a tattoo of one on my shoulder), but lamb/beef is all good. Russians are so awesome!

    Mama, email me! I’m super happy YOU’RE here tonight!

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

    I think most picks are a risk to some degree (i’m sure you do as well), but in this case with the obvious lack of a big physical d man in our system (with improving skills) I think he was the obvious and only choice at that point for us.

    You could be correct and we certainly have not had the best track record with bigger players in the draft, but in this case all signs prior to the draft pointed to mcilrath (scouting and developmental reports) that he was on the rise and would be a solid NHLer.

    Time will tell I guess!

  73. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " Go RANGERS!!!"...& Greg L. on

    wow no more Rozi …sure is hard to fathom.

    I am super duper pumped for the game!!!!

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

    yep, it is. I don’t think we have seen the ground not white since october or early november. It is great though. Winter is AWESOME and the wicksters really enjoy the snow!!

    What have you been up to??

  75. it is an absolute joke that the albany area does not get the game on msg tonight.. how can the nhl honestly tell people that ALbany is a buffalo sabre market… MAKES NO SENSE….. argggggggggg

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

    I agree with the buffalo hottie, that looks good!

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

    show off!!

    I’ll see if I can get the mrs to make it!

  78. Even with the injuries Rangers find themselves in almost ridiculously good position depth and trade-wise, and this is talking about the ‘2nd tier’of prospects.

    Discount moving even AA from their core, and McIlrath & Kreider go nowhere.

    Still you have Ray Bourque’s kid, Steve Thomas kid, both having real good years.
    This kid Jesper Fasth had a great WJC. Werek (whose coach is Doug Gilmour) is putting up over a PPG, though he’s out with a hand injury, Hagelin is having a good year at U of M, they still have Pashnin in the KHL, who was nailing everybody at training camp. Even Grachev, at 6-4 and can skate with good hands, is a prosect anyone would take in a bigger deal. So we’ll see..

    Christ, Wolski looks like a ProActive ad. Before.

  79. ILB,

    You mean before or after Torts benched him?
    Jokes aside, never understood and hate boos and mob mentality. Always counterproductive.
    Agree with you on Rozsy and am sure, after initial surprise, he had kind of relief. On a top of his real problems, he had since re-signing this added negative pressure in MSG. It spoiled his already perforated confidence and sucked big time.
    As for the trade – it is definitely good for all parties. For us, if nothing else, gives an excitement of another hope and food for discussions.

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