Rangers add exhibition; MSG Network to televise Traverse City games


A few items that have been discussed already. But here are the official announcements.

From the NHL:


New York/Toronto (July 20, 2011) – The New York Rangers will play an exhibition game in Bratislava, Slovakia, against HC Slovan at SLOVNAFT Arena, on Sunday, Oct. 2, as part of the 2011 Compuware NHL Premiere Challenge.  Face off will be 5 p.m. local time/11 a.m. ET

“HC Slovan Bratislava is proud to welcome one of the classiest NHL organizations to our arena at the beginning of the new season,” said Maros Krajci, general manager of HC Slovan.  “Next season is an historic one in Bratislava, as we celebrate the 90th anniversary of playing hockey in our city.”

In 2008, HC Slovan hosted an NHL exhibition game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.  Vincent Lecavalier scored a power play goal early in the third period to tie the score a 2-2, with the Lightning prevailing 3-2 after a shootout.  Bratislava recently completed a successful experience as host of the 2011 IIHF World Championships.

For the 2011 Compuware NHL Premiere Challenge, the Rangers will play a total of four exhibition games in Europe:

· Sept. 29 – HC Sparta Prague at TESLA Arena in Prague, Czech Republic
· Sept. 30 – Frolunda Indians at the Scandinavium in Gothenburg, Sweden
· Oct. 2 – HC Slovan at SLOVNAFT Arena in Bratislava
· Oct. 3 – EV Zug at Bossard Arena in Zug, Switzerland

The Rangers will open their 2011-12 NHL regular season by playing two games at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, on Friday, Oct. 7 against the Los Angeles Kings and Saturday, Oct. 8 against the Anaheim Ducks.  2011 Compuware NHL Premieremarks a record fifth consecutive season the NHL will be playing regular-season games in Europe.  NHL teams will play a total of four games in three different European capital cities – Berlin, Stockholm and Helsinki – Oct. 7-8, 2011.  By the end of 2011 Compuware NHL Premiere™, 17 NHL teams – over half of the NHL – will have played regular-season and exhibition games in Europe since 2007.

From the Rangers:


Four Rangers Games on Network Slate

New York, NY – July 20, 2011 – MSG Network announced today that it will telecast four New York Rangers games from the 2011 Traverse City NHL Prospects Tournament. The tournament takes place September 10-14 in Traverse City, Michigan and features prospects from eight NHL teams. Jeep will be the title sponsor of the four telecasts on MSG Network.

The annual tournament will include eight teams from the NHL, split into two divisions: the Gretzky Division (New York Rangers, St. Louis, Dallas, Carolina) and the Howe Division (Detroit, Buffalo, Columbus, Minnesota). Each team will face its division opponents once in the opening round and the final day will feature the top seeds in the Championship Game, as well as the remaining teams in the third, fifth and seventh place games, based on their records.

Coverage of the games will include behind-the-scenes access to the Rangers coaching staff and scouting teams, as well as interviews with a number of the prospects. Participating players and the network telecast team will be announced at a future date.

2011 marks the 14th year of the Traverse City NHL Prospects Tournament, which has previously featured current Rangers players, including Marc Staal, Dan Girardi, Ryan McDonagh, Michael Sauer, Artem Anisimov, Brandon Dubinsky, Ryan Callahan and Derek Stepan.

Below is the schedule for the telecasts:

Saturday, September 10 – NY Rangers vs. St. Louis (7:00 PM)
Sunday, September 11 – NY Rangers vs. Dallas (6:00 PM)
Tuesday, September 13 – NY Rangers vs. Carolina (3:30 PM)
Wednesday, September 14 – TBD (depending on standings)

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  1. Gift of GAB-orik on

    REPOST: Calla-hand me more money.

    That should be his pre-arbitration name if he’s not signed. Or is Captain Callahan above the vitriol that gets directed at Dubinsky? I mean body checks and blocked shots make up for not scoring goals but still getting paid a bunch right? (sarcasm to enhance my point)

    I mean if you’re going to crucify Dubinsky for getting $4 point anything mil or more a year and not being a 25 goal scorer, then the same rules have to apply to Callahan.

    And don’t even begin to type intangibles.

  2. Traverse City:

    See the Rangers Mega Busts vs Other Teams Future Rangers FA Signing Busts

  3. Gift of GAB-orik on

    HAHA. Good one CT. I almost sprayed iced tea from my mouth all over my desk and computer. Which would have also been funny…. but then a byfuglien pain to clean up.

  4. Gift of GAB-orik on

    Carp will use these numbers against us in our Bonehead Arbitration hearing.

  5. REPOST:

    Brett Hull counts as a USA player.
    He also was the funniest player of all time. He sounded like Winnie The Pooh (after throwing back a couple beers and smoking a pack of cigarettes a day). He also cursed on national TV after a bad call in the 96 World Cup of Hockey.

  6. Wicky (Leeloo Dallas mul-ti-pass) on

    I was only joking about the leetch post last thread, just trying to incite unrest to drive up numbers! Instigating if you will.

  7. I wonder what those negotiations would be like:

    Manny will get his empty netters held against him
    wicky will be evaluated on effort (posting while packing to move)
    Orr would not be arb eligible as he hasn’t reached the minimum age
    LW would get less because he’s a Europansy

  8. I think $1.25 per comment is way too much for Carp! He doesn’t block any shots! Probably can’t even skate (anymore?) and doesn’t throw his body around!

    FIRE CARP! ;p

  9. Gift of GAB-orik on

    We can’t even get to 500 comments…

    Carp should get somewhere around $0.70 to $0.92. Considering he’s not hitting open market.

  10. Haha…Bonehead Arbitration…I will hold out forever! I am sure I can get a better contract over at Defending The Core!

  11. Defending the Core will give you an inflated deal Manny just to reach the post count floor.

  12. One thing is sure, Sather is crazy…How can you schedule four games in five nights as a preparation the two game series in Stockholm ????

    They probably play with two different squads but when you are a real hard core Rangers fan here in Europe, do you want to see playing them without their real stars ????

    This is a piss-take for all Rangers fans over here !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. Great news! I’m excited to watch these kids play!! Hockey in September!!

    I love Dubi(es). A good Dubi is worth the money…trouble is, you don’t what type of Dubi you’re going to get!

  14. LMFAO @ Did you expect to see your blog here? See: ‘I can’t find my blog on the Web, where is it?’

  15. Gift of GAB-orik on

    The internet walked away from David Klein’s arbitration ruling, thus he became an unrestricted gap in cyberspace.

    I guess i’ll have to delete his blog from my favorites tab.

  16. Gift of GAB-orik on

    Carp is the physical, hard hitting, domain name clearing D-man we’ve been looking for all along!

  17. It is just ridicoulous ! Nobody will take them serious over here ? How stupid can you be to see some second string player in those contests..Tickets par exemple for the game in Gothenborg are more expensive than regular season tickets at MSG !!!!!!

    You guys really sure you talk NY Rangers any more ?????

  18. billybleedsblue on

    If Team Canada chose Hull in ’86 for the World Championships, we never would have had any debate over his legitimacy as an American player. Fact is, the Golden Brett was still playing in college and Team Canada only wanted NHL’rs. Hull wanted to play so badly in the tournament that he scrambled to become a US citizen and was chosen to be on team USA’s mostly college roster, thus sealing his fate as an “American” in international competition.

  19. cluzzia

    come on in! take your hat and shoes off. have a sit… would you like a glass of cold water? it’s summer, after all.

  20. Doodie Machetto on

    Can’t be him. Every tweet doesn’t end with “Defending the Core – A Rangers Blog”

  21. CCCP..but you agree with me ?????

    Isn´t it a real business trip instead of sports, what we fans want to see ????

    Do you have an argument ????

  22. How can you discuss a frenchise, which wants to fool their own fans ????

    Do you have an argument ????

  23. I’m off to the KHL then, CTB.

    I was hoping I could go to an exhibition game in Sweden before the proper games in Stockholm, but this bizarre schedule has put paid to any thought of that.

  24. Gift of GAB-orik on

    Frenchise with bacon and cheese are delicious.

    Do you have an argument????

  25. I AM SURE YOU GUYS DONT HAVE AN ARGUMENT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  26. Gift of GAB-orik on

    I would argue, that i haven’t the slightest clue what your argument is about.

  27. Gift of GAB-orik on

    Though i do enjoy my frenchise with bacon and ranch. For dipping purposes.

  28. I am just waiting to hear they play the fifth game on Oct. 1st in the bull ring of Madrid Espana to make the game more popular in the south !!!!

  29. enough of all these pre season games in europe. this team will be dead tired by the time they play on oct 7th and 8th to start the year.

    this 7 game trip to start the season is vital.

  30. Doodie, you always discuss the Rangers very seriously, do you understand my points and what is your take about that ?????

  31. eddie eddie eddie on

    Carp – you are way off regarding JR…he is not even close to being adismal

  32. eddie eddie eddie on

    and JR’s language skills are a result of him being really really stupid……it’s not like it is his fault or anything…

  33. You guys like to be part of a business or you guys like to be discussing a real sports ??????

    and is real sports still existing ???????????????

  34. Xcluzzia,
    it was a name of one fancy rancho not far from Mexico, and realtors advertize it like all and total incluzzia. But your point is respectively taken and no, there are no arguments at all.

  35. LOL! I’ll never forget when JR cried on live TV when USA lost the gold medal game. Yup, he’s a dandy. He’s a real fancy boy.

  36. Wicky (Leeloo Dallas mul-ti-pass) on

    Carp mulched another blog???

    All bow to the mighty carpinator!!!

    HAIL CARP!!!

    HAIL CARP!!!

    HAIL CARP!!!

  37. Bless my soul.. I first thought it would be an actor in the role of Ovechkin but thats real Ovechink..

    How much blini or caviar can you eat to get such monsterous stomach ????:)

    He looked like a sumo to me and this guy wants to continue to be a top star in the NHL and it was talked about he wants to change his offseason workouts…

    God help the NHL :)

  38. sorry for this long post

    in regards to Dubi’s possible arbitration hearing
    and ongoing contract talks
    i’m just wondering
    who is his agent?

    because this is the second time that it’s been difficult
    signing him to a contract so
    either Dubi has a higher sense of self
    than what is shown in reality
    or his agent does.

    no, i’m not saying trade him unless a VERY good deal
    presents itself
    but if one is to believe Uncle Larry
    Dubi is not in the same class as Bobby Ryan
    at least not as consistent

    yes, i know there’s posturing in negotiations
    there’s stuff that leaks that’s true and untrure
    it’s a FACT that this is the 2nd time Dubi is up for
    a contract and it’s not getting done easily (again)
    unlike Hank or Boyle or Gabby or Richards or Cally or…
    what’s the problem?
    who’s the problem?

  39. JimboWoodside on

    Sweden and Slovakia – too bad they’re not also going to the Czech Republic – Orr, can you imagine the *women* that the boys are going to be sampling over there!? It’s gonna be a “smorgasbord” of trim for the Rangers at the season’s start – I hope they have something left for the rest of the season when they get back here! ;-D

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