Rangers-Frolunda in review

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(Editor’s note: Anybody interested in doing reviews of the Sunday or Monday games? If so, e-mail me at rcarpini@lohud.com)

Another round of cuts coming today for John Tortorella. As I’ve said all along, there really aren’t a lot of spots available for new guys. The Rangers still need to keep some extra bodies around with two more preseason games and the season opening in Europe, in case of injuries or whatever.

IMO, Sean Avery and Mats Zuccarello are going to be on the roster. So, my predictions (no big revelations here, I don’t think) …

Forwards: Richards, Gaborik, Wolski, Dubinsky, Anisimov, Callahan, Fedotenko, Boyle, Prust, Rupp, Stepan, Zuccarello, Avery. Bubble: Christensen, Bourque, Newbury. Out: Hagelin, Mitchell, Weise.

D-men: Staal (IR?), Girardi, Sauer, McDonagh, Del Zotto, Eminger. Bubble: Erixon, McIlrath, Bell, Bickel. Out: Partlett.

Goalies: Lundqvist, Biron (emergency backup first two games: Stajcer).

Thoughts:

1) That was just a very cool day all around for alternate captain Henrik Lundqvist, not to mention Joel, and their family.

2) I don’t have much doubt that Ryan Bourque could play in the NHL right now. But the question is, where does he play if he stays? Because if it’s fourth line and no special teams, then he’s better off going back and playing major developmental minutes.

3) Not sure I agree with the commentators that all of these guys are still around because of the way they’ve played. I’m certain some of them are around only because of four games in five nights in Europe, after three North American preseason games. You can’t have Gaborik and Richards and Callahan playing every game.

4) On Tim Erixon, I can see what they’re talking about, that the kid has a very good head on his shoulders and understands the game. But I’m not sure if he’s an NHLer at the moment, and if he isn’t, and if Michael Del Zotto is still going to be feeling his way around, the Rangers have some problems on the third pair. Toss that in with the HUGENORMOUS question mark on the first pair with Marc Staal’s absence, and now Mike Sauer’s ailments, and the Rangers sure look like a team that needs to make a deal for a D-man band-aid. Unless they think one of these other guys, Brendan Bell or Stu Bickel can hold the fort for a while.

5) … Though I wonder if there will be a temptation to keep Dylan McIlrath around for a while.

6) That play Del Zotto made on his goal, that’s the kind of play that’s going to be there with Brad Richards on the PP point, and the other point guy is going to have to be capable of making the play MDZ made. I don’t think the Rangers have anybody who can do that better than Del Zotto, unless they use a forward there.

7) Said this before, I think Kris Newbury and Dale Weise are going to be spending a fair amount of time on the Merritt Parkway between Hartford and New York this year, and neither one will ever hurt the Rangers.

8) A lot of us are/were taking a wait-and-see on Brian Boyle coming off his breakout year. Well, so far — and I know it’s a small sample — I think he looks better than last year.

9) Is the politically correct name for Frolunda Indians “Frolunda Native Swedes?” Sorry. I’m just so mixed up with all this PC stuff.

10) Totally unrelated to everything, here’s an idea for Bud Selig: Hey, on a day with a bad forecast late in the day, schedule the game to start at 8:40. Idiots.

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  1. Good morning, boneheads!

    Good review, Carp! Agree in Erixon. I was under impression tgat he was more NHL ready than he actually is.

    Keeping McIlrath for 9 games doesn’t hurt his development and gives them some time to sort Staal’s situation out. Also, Bell doesn’t need to clear waivers, IIRC. They have some bandaid options, no need to start trading the kids away. Last resort- Paul Mara is still available.

  2. And This One Will Last A Lifetime on

    I enjoyed wastching the whole kid line of Newbury-Bourque-Hagelin. Could they play as 4th line on the Rangers ? Who says the 4th line has to be a “grind line” ? Then we could cut loose EC and Avery. They both have great skills but do not make it work in the NHL.

  3. billybleedsblue on

    Carp, your 10th point… a valid one. Let’s see what happens tonight when the forecasted heavier rain arrives. Should have made the new stadium a dome… *sigh* haha

    Assuming they play through the game tonight, I think it’s pretty clear this all favors the Yankees. That being said, it’s really hard to predict this stuff, and that’s why they play these games. I’m 99% sure though this all favors the Yankees.

    Let’s Go Rangers!!!!!

  4. big surprise that Mitchell was cut. He looked like a very good player, fast, big, physical, skilled, hard working, solid defensively. Big mistake IMO.

    Glad Hagelin is finally cut.

    Glad they liked Bourque, be he will be among the next cuts, he can always be called up if needed.

  5. “Not sure how directly quoting the words “Staal confirmed that the headaches are post-concussion symptoms…” validates your certainty that it wasn’t concussion-related, Bob…”

    I think what Staal meant is that the headaches resulted from that hit that caused the concussion, most likely he hurt his neck from the hit and everybody missed it, so now he has pinched nerve in his neck that is the cause of headaches, not the concussion.

  6. I cannot remember what my old tag line is. It’s been so long.

    Just one thing….Wiese is good for hurting opposing teams hands with his face and head. His hands are not great for fighting and not so great for scoring. Newbury on the other hand shows me both skills with greater quality.

    I like Avery with Gabby and Richards more than Wolski. Aves is fast, works the office behind the net, and can hit people, protect those other two.

  7. unless it is Christensen going the other way, I would stay away from trading for a defenseman.

    Bell and Eminger are capable enough to fill in and so is Erixon and Del Zotto.

  8. PLAYERS ASSIGNED TO CONNECTICUT (AHL) ON 10/1/11:
    Defense (2): Tim Erixon, Blake Parlett
    Forward (5): Ryan Bourque, Carl Hagelin, John Mitchell, Kris Newbury, Dale Weise

    PLAYERS RETURNED TO JUNIORS ON 9/24/11:
    Defense (1): Dylan McIlrath (Moose Jaw, WHL)

    NEW YORK RANGERS ACTIVE ROSTER:
    Goal (3): Martin Biron, Henrik Lundqvist, Scott Stajcer
    Defense (8): Brendan Bell, Stu Bickel, Michael Del Zotto, Steve Eminger, Dan Girardi, Ryan McDonagh, Michael Sauer, Marc Staal

    Forward (14): Artem Anisimov, Sean Avery, Brian Boyle, Ryan Callahan, Erik Christensen, Brandon Dubinsky, Ruslan Fedotenko, Marian Gaborik, Brandon Prust, Brad Richards, Mike Rupp, Derek Stepan, Wojtek Wolski, Mats Zuccarello

    New York, October 1, 2011 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has assigned forwards Ryan Bourque, Carl Hagelin, John Mitchell, Kris Newbury and Dale Weise, and defensemen Tim Erixon and Blake Parlett to Connecticut of the American Hockey League (AHL). Dylan McIlrath has also been assigned to Moose Jaw of the Western Hockey League (WHL).

    The Rangers now have 25 players remaining on their active roster, including three goaltenders, eight defensemen and 14 forwards. The Blueshirts will continue their European exhibition schedule tomorrow, October 2 vs. HC Slovan Bratislava in Bratislava, Slovakia (11:00 a.m. ET), before opening their 2011-12 regular season schedule on Friday, October 7 vs. the Los Angeles Kings at Stockholm, Sweden (1:00 p.m. ET), as part of the 2011 Compuware NHL Premiere.

    again only Mitchell cut and Christensen still around really upsets me

  9. I hardly think Torts has exactly gone out of his way to express his love for Christensen at any point.

    Don’t have a major problem with keeping him around – he’s not going to be a major piece, but he must have more value as a spare part, 12th/13th forward, SO weapon (like it or not) than Mitchell.

  10. billybleedsblue on

    Hopefully the Rangers won’t be “playing for the SO” too often this season! *crosses fingers*

  11. Ryan Borque over Sean Avery seems like a good choice for the line up. Avery will give us a rare glimpse of grit against Philly, but 2 or 3 goals, lots of stupid penalties, and may be a cancer to young players.

    Ryan Borque may give us speed and light up the lamp more than a few times.

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