Rangers camp update


Before I drive headlong into rush-hour traffic …

The Rangers will announce their roster for tomorrow’s game in Albany later on. I’ll put it up as soon as I get it.

Chad Kolarik tweaked a knee today and is going to be checked out.

Michael Sauer did his fitness (torture skate) then scrimmaged then practiced and said he feels just fine. In fact, he enjoyed it (masochistic?).

I will post John Tortorella’s press conference transcript later on … unless the video goes up on the team web site first, in which case I’ll link to the video.

In terms of lines that matter: Ruslan Fedotenko skated with Brad Richards and Marian Gaborik today; Artem Anisimov was back between Ryan Callahan and Brandon Dubinsky.

Random thought: Ryan McMonster looks even bigger this year. So does Sauer. And Del Zotto.

See youse.























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  1. Manny, the VHS tapes I store in a storage facility along with DVDs of classic NFL games and older NFL games. All the rest I have in my apartment on 100 pack DVD+r spindles, organized by sport. Golf tournaments I put in DVD cases. They’re all in closets, it’s not as organized as it could be, but I usually know where to find everything. Oh, of course I do college football and basketball. I have the entire 2011 March Madness!

  2. I like that roster. Looking forward to seeing a lot of those guys play tomorrow.

    LOL! I swear, it took me almost 15 seconds to read Erik Christensen’s name backwards. I didn’t know who it was at first. This is a sign that we will soon forget him, because he wont be with the team.

    Wishful thinking!

    I’m seriously tempted to run to the store and get some Ben & Jerry’s! But, I feel like such crap!

  3. Yeah, Manny! Ryan Bourque has been really fun to watch. He’s a gamer! A World Junior Champion (along with Stepan and Kreider). USA! Son of a Hall of Famer and Cup winner…has done great on Patrick Roy’s team in the QMJHL…

    What’s not to like?

  4. lol ORR

    just fought Kovalchuk with Hank in NHL12 and won! Though, lost the game 2-1 on a crappy wrap-around goal with 30 seconds to go in the third

  5. I will be at the game tomorrow and was anxious to see the line-up. Overall, looks like a decent mix of vets and kids. I was a bit worried it would be just all the kids, so I’m happy with this line-up!!!

  6. Wicky(grating PIBG)© (The she/it on our D is sofa king SOFT!!!) on

    First time poster here…

    Is this a blog about the kitchner rangers?

  7. Hey wicky – great to have you aboard. Please don’t be afraid of our weird language and closed off attitudes. We are really nice people. We mostly talk about the Lone Ranger. Real historic television!

  8. Wicky(grating PIBG)© (The she/it on our D is sofa king SOFT!!!) on

    thanks! I feel a very warm and family like vibe here to go along with a fraternity like jovial nature from its posters. I think I’ll hang around a bit!

  9. billybleedsblue on

    Carp September 20th, 2011 at 3:12 pm
    “I also think there’s a lot of good comedy here and that’s part of what makes this place unique and great.”

    This place isn’t funny at all. All you guys ever talk about it hockey. If you ask me, it’s too serious all the time, and most everyone takes themselves too seriously too.

  10. “Hey Mike. Vinny from the Bronx, First Time, Long Time. I just have a question and then I will hang up and listen to your answer. What’s going on with the mets. I mean they spend a lot of money how come they aren’t winning?”

  11. sure did, Voice.

    Good evening, Sally! You are certainly around a lot lately :)

    Welcome, Wicky.

    Isn’t Bork the name of one of the FBI guys or something from Beavis & Butt-Head Do America (greatest movie ever)?

    Stop trying to be funny, billy, or I’ll have to ban you.

  12. Wicky(grating PIBG)© (The she/it on our D is sofa king SOFT!!!) on

    Thanks, I’m excited about my first day!!!

  13. I don’t See Jagr on the ice in the Phi-Tor pre-season game. He mustn’t be in the lineup tonight.

  14. billybleedsblue on

    Ahhh, yes, the not-so-subtle difference between trying to be funny and being funny. Awwww, I thought I was being funny… sad panda :(

    Also sad panda, Tzsahul and the PCS. You see Eric? This is why we can’t have anything nice. I hope somebody beats him like a red-headed child.

  15. NHL Net announced Deb Placey’s return to NHL Live tomorrow. Glad they saved me the trouble of vomiting profusely when she came on screen.

  16. can’t wait to see McIlrath beat the Carcillo out of a Devil. any nickname ideas for McIlrath? does he already have one from his WHL days?

  17. Hey, Jimbo!

    I’ll never forget it. During a pre-game bit on MSG, when they wanted to switch back over to Rangers’ coverage, she said something like “and now we’ll send you over to the OTHER team.” And she did this little sarcastic laugh. The Islanders suck and have no fans!

    She also has limited hockey knowledge, from what I’ve seen. She only knows about the Fishsticks. She could be an amazing human being, but, I don’t like her from what I know.

  18. NHL Live ticks me off, anyway – with Hradek, Placey, and LaGreca on there, they all are fans of our rivals – Rangers never get much talk there, unless it’s bad news…..

  19. Czechthemout!!! on

    Hagelin will make the team this year. Also like the fact that JT Miller is getting some games in.
    I was not a fan of this pick mainly because I never saw him play unlike a few of the others who I did get a chance to see. That said, he really impressed in the prospect tournament and looks to me a little like Mike Richards.

    On the other hand, Hugh Mcilrath looked awful during the tournament. He was outplayed by the likes of Blake Parlett and Lee Baldwin, two stiffs who will never make the NHL. But hey perhaps, he will drop the gloves a few times and win some fights which is a lot more than Huge Bustaman ever did. But hey, what more do you expect out of the 10th overall pick in a strong draft year?

  20. Pidto, too!? I’m thinking of the early show they air from the NHL Store in Midtown. Is that the show you’re referring to, ORR?

  21. He probably isn’t. I’m sure it’s a prerequisite of NHL Live, and probably the league as a whole, to be a Rangers hater before you can even apply for a job.

  22. I think so, Jimbo, I saw him there with EJ Hardon yesterday. Also a few times last season during the trade deadline.

    McIlrath wasn’t outplayed by any d-man other than Erixon. Besides Erixon, every d-man sucked equally.

    Let’s complain aboot him in three years. I know it’s a lot of fan to do it now, but let’s just wait. No harm in that!

  23. I wish only actual NYR fans or former players, coaches, etc would work for MSG.

    That would mean no Pidtophile or Joe Mich. It bugs me that he worked for the Isles.

    And I wouldn’t want Howie Rose back. If he’s a Rangers fan, why would he work for the Isles?!

    Though, that dig at the Isles, during what he thought was a commercial break, was absolutely priceless!!

  24. Wouldn’t it be great if the new owner of the Blues fired JD, and then we rehired him as color analyst?

  25. I think Leetch does a good job when he works as an analyst on MSG…

    Remember that guy Don LaGreca? NHL Live fired him…I guess they replaced him with Pidtophile and Placey….

    Ummm…is it ‘Go Time’ yet?

  26. I never had a real issue with LaGreca. Even though he was a Swamp Rats fan, he was fair enough when talking about the Rangers. Don’t like EJ, though.

    I wish the Rangers would bring more former members in, though; they’ve been doing it a lot more lately, which is a good sign.

  27. I’d love it if JD would come back – and I felt bad when Howie Rose went to Sportschannel and the Isles at the time – but it was a career move for him, I think. To get a TV gig.

    Is LaGreca officially off NHL Live for this season? I know he had scheduling conflicts with his time on there and with his radio gig on ESPN Radio with Michael Kay….

  28. Leetch looks like a cyborg, but he does know what he’s talking aboot. I could actually listen to the guy when he talks, as opposed to everyone else.

    I don’t mind Keenan, but I get the feeling he’s only taking the job, so he can swoop in if/when Torts gets fired. I don’t appreciate that!!

    Grachev scores for the Blues! Who’s the BUST we got for him? Steven Fogarty, I think we drafted. BUST!

    Latona, I’d feel bad for JD, but that would be awesome!

  29. I don’t think Keenan will be getting another shot at coaching an NHL team – I think he’s too “old school” for the league now. He “flamed out” badly in his last few jobs…

  30. We’ll probably still have LaGreca on the radio games, though – he did quite a few for NYR last season, with Albert’s other commitments..

  31. Carp, you’re right, I have been around a lot lately. Sick of me yet? :)

    LETS GO RANGERS! Clap clap clapclapclap!

  32. jimbo

    yes la greca is off nhl live. he was not fired but since the show moved from 12-2 now this year to 5-7 it conflicts with his real job at espn 1050 with michael kay.

    the show will have bill pidto and deb placey working with ej hradek.

    the show wont be the same without la greca

  33. I heard his joy the other night at getting to call the Matteau goal, I wonder why he doesnt work for us instead of us having to deal with that know-nothing jerk Joe Micheletti. All that jerk can say is they’re skating, they’re skating. Hey, last time I checked Joe, you have to skate to play hockey, you weasel.

  34. Cool, then I’ll hang around a while longer, especially if you guys are gonna talk more about Beavis and Butthead…

  35. Carp,

    I’m watching the 96 playoff game vs Montreal tonight on MSG, remember watching it when I was 14.

    Why didn’t the Neil Smith bring back Pat Verbeek? He put up 41 goals that year, and though he would never come close to those numbers again I would have figured they would have wanted him back to ride shotgun with Graves and Messier…

    What went down there? Was it because he was a little ball of hate? Or was it that they went all in on Gretzky that summer…just curious…

  36. Wicky(grating PIBG)© (The she/it on our D is sofa king SOFT!!!) on

    the little ball of hate was awesome and I agree, never should have let him go!!

  37. Must be tough for Howie since that’s the case, Carp….

    Please, no Giannone or Traut……they aren’t ready for prime-time……

    I think Maloney is very good – opinionated, sometimes more than management probably likes!

  38. Wicky(grating PIBG)© (The she/it on our D is sofa king SOFT!!!) on

    I’ve said it before, I don’t mind Joe M at all and we could do a lot worse than him. Giayardgnome I am not very fond of! Sam is actually a bit annoying to me at times, but I like the guy!

  39. Thanks for the explanation, eric – I like LaGreca, but I just can’t forget that he’s a lifelong Devs fan – that clouds my enjoyment, I’m afraid.

  40. i may not agree with everything he says, and his big and strong comments may annoy me as much as the next guy, but “know-nothing weasel” is a bit much. easy.

  41. WPG home uniforms look very much like the Maple Leafs ones, at least on TV! Colors, maple leaf-type logo on the chest…..

  42. Just because you play in the NHL doesnt mean you know anything about the NHL. I’d bet that Doodie Machetto or ilb or any number of posters here know infinitely more about hockey than Joe Micheletti could ever dream of knowing. The only thing Joe ever talks about is big, strong blah blah blah, who gets credited with a goal or an assist, and some player is really skating. He provides nothing to the broadcast but idiocy. This isnt meant to cause any trouble, Id expect everyone else on here to despise Joe Micheletti, considering that he’s always licking the opposing players clean. Every opposing player need not take a shower after each game, they have Joe Micheletti to lick them clean.

  43. Just last night on the NFL broadcast of the Giants game, the loser Mike Tirico said the Giants are a good screen pass team. The Giants have always been a notoriously bad screen pass team. The guy is commentating football for a national audience, and he has no clue what he’s talking about. Obviously, Tirico never played football like Micheletti played hockey, so its kind of comparing apples and oranges. You want the proper way to run a screen pass, you watch the Patriots. Not the Giants.

  44. Does anyone else think Ron Artest is one annoying son of a witch?? Any time I see him on TV I have to change the channel! Metta World Peace? He should have just changed his name to I Need Attention, or preferably, I’m A Piece Of Carcillo

  45. Ria(the silent bonehead) on

    Hi Tiki how are you doing?I haven’t watched nhl live ever since they changed the host . Take Placey’s notes & monitor , computer etc. away & shes lost .I can’t believe they brought her back! Don’t remember who said it earlier (Latona)? maybe but there are plenty of posters on here who could do a much much better job

  46. im not even going to bother arguing. let’s just agree to disagree. i’ll just say that i dont mind comments on opposing players. if the entire game was all rangers all the time, he’d be known as a homer and we’d die of boredom.

  47. Ok, we’ll agree to disagree. I will say this, Ive always wanted a homer for a broadcaster. Never experienced one. JD wasnt one, but he absolutely knew hockey.

  48. Without that clutch 3 pointer in Game 7 2010 NBA Finals from Metta World Peace, the Lakers dont beat the celtics for the title. Metta World Peace!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  49. Dubinsky’s going to be in Smallbany and I’m not there? GRRRRRR. I’d totally take him out for ice cream at Friendly’s if I was still there.

    And of course, meeting up with the Boneheads that are going to the game. :)

  50. Tiki, I’ll be home in upstate for 2 weeks from the 24th through the 7th of January. I haven’t made up my mind about going to the City though.

  51. Upstate, Tiki, as in THREE hours north of NYC. As in a 2.5 hour train ride or a 4 hour drive. Not that easy to figure out logistics wise :/

    But we’ll see what happens.

    Hit me on up on fb if you wanna talk more about this. I’m off to bed.

  52. Wicky(grating PIBG)© (The she/it on our D is sofa king SOFT!!!) on

    I hate homer announcers, it”s why i always liked the ESPN guys. Probably why I don’t mind Joe M.

  53. Oh man! I have to find this game live on the ‘net somewhere.
    I need to see McIlrath beat the snot out of a Devil, Erixon and DZ on the PP and up front Miller, Thomas, Bourque and Hagelin.

    ORR, maybe that trade gave Grachev the kick up the rear he needed, he didnt exactly tear it up in the AHL last 2 years….

  54. I simply dont understand the big fuss over the Giants faking injuries to slow the tempo. Well, of course I do, because it’s a New York team.

    The Patriots made this famous throughout the last decade. Whenever they played Peyton Manning and the Colts, which was pretty much every year, they would fake injuries after nearly every play to stop Peyton and the Colts from running the no-huddle offense.

    The fact this is being made into a deal by our Super Bowl winning mastermind Spagnuolo is another sign of New York disloyalty. The fact this is being made into a deal by ESPN and these zero-integrity journalists is sickening.

    The Patriots made this famous, but somehow, they’re all acting like this is the first time it’s ever been done. But when the Patriots cheated and videotaped other teams’ practices and walk-throughs and they were the only team that there was evidence against, the media claimed that every team did it, so it wasn’t cheating. The guy who uncovered Spygate, John Tomase of the Boston Herald, got ripped by the national media and fans alike, even receiving death threats, for daring to uncover the Patriots cheating ways, and was forced to issue an apology by the Boston Herald.

    This is the world we live in! Boston owns it, we’re all just livin’ in it. Yay!

  55. That felt good. They say you gotta adapt to the times…. it’s fun to now recognize these things and realize there’s nothing I can do about it, and just smile that the Yankees have the insurmountable 27 World Series titles and know that these media disparities are solely due to jealousy! :)

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