Plenty of ground to cover and not much time to do it, so let’s start right in: Colton Orr is set to return to the lineup, in large part to counter the physical Leafs (who issued a beat-down of the first order last night against Carolina). But what’s most telling... Read More →
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Just when you thought a sense of order had returned to Rangerland (OK, you never thought that) the Rangers woke up this morning to find themselves back in ninth place in the East, trailing both Pittsburgh and Tampa, and tied with Toronto. In other words, maybe tonight’s not the time... Read More →
The great former Soviet goaltender Vladislav Tretiak is “pitching another Summit Series between Russia and Canada”:http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=194120&hubname=nhl. I think given who he is, if Tretiak suggested hockey switch to playing with tennis balls instead of pucks we should take it seriously. That said, what made those original matches between the best... Read More →
First off, are you sure you want to go with this “COP line” tag? For one, it has a connotation of three bloody knuckled enforcers in the Dave Schultz-Tiger Williams mold and not three fairly undersized speedy forwards. And second, if you really want to be literal, it should be... Read More →
Please take a moment to acknowledge there are two former UNH teammates, the Rangers’ Jason Krog and the Bruins’ Mark Mowers, facing one another tonight. I simply wouldn’t be doing my job as a UNH graduate…I mean, a journalist, if I didn’t mention that.
UPDATE, 5:50 p.m.: Same lineup against Bs. And that includes Thomas Pock out of the lineup for the second consecutive game. More later… UPDATE, 2:45 p.m.: Don’t order that No. 21 Liberty sweater just yet. Now comes word that Forsberg has NOT waived his no-trade clause. This is why I... Read More →
Some early morning thoughts while the Rangers are busy locking up Jason Krog to a multi-year deal. I’m kidding, of course… Put down the defibrillator…. Apparently all is well between Brendan Shanahan and Jaromir Jagr, with the two clearing the air after “Friday’s mild theatrics”:http://rangers.lohudblogs.com/2007/01/26/stuck-in-the-middle-between-two-hall-of-fame-wings/. I didn’t doubt that this... Read More →
As kids playing street hockey, we always referred to one of us playing goalie without a mask as “going Gumper.” The Hall of Famer, who was a Calder Trophy winner with the Rangers and didn’t wear a mask until the final season of his career, “died yesterday at 77”:http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=193916&hubname=nhl, depriving... Read More →
Maybe Brendan Shanahan is right: results have a way of making everyone happy. And with that in mind, the Rangers might well just need a power play goal or two and a win against the hapless Flyers, and this team can get past whatever philosophical differences that might exist “not... Read More →
I suppose some elaboration is in order for how this whole Jaromir Jagr-Brendan Shanahan thing shook out today, even if it turns out to be nothing more than a curious misunderstanding. For one thing, as much as I enjoy injecting myself into my daily accounts here, that’s purely for this—a... Read More →
I’ll have more later from practice, but in the meantime, some quick updates: Martin Straka is still out with some sort of flu and will not be traveling with the Rangers to Philadelphia when the team flies out at 3 p.m. There is a chance he’ll join the team tonight,... Read More →
Michael Nylander shaved his goatee. Is there really any stopping this team now?
I say that because as much as the Rangers’ promotion of Dan Girardi is significant, even more noteworthy are the remarks made by Jaromir Jagr just now. The message? This is all on him. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I think when your top guy and your captain does well, the team does well,Ã¢â‚¬? Jagr... Read More →
…..actually, it’s just Girardi. I don’t know the reasoning, but the defenseman is the lone call-up on the ice for the first practice back from the All-Star break. You may now begin second-guessing. I’ll have more after practice….
So say the Rangers, although they have yet to officially say who is coming up. Chances are we won’t know until closer to 5 p.m., when the team hits the ice for its first practice back from the All-Star break. But obviously if exposing Dan Girardi to waivers is not... Read More →