Browsing: John Mitchell

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371 Rangers’ free agency scoreboard

While we wait on a major move, which will happen, though obviously there’s no rush, here’s the scorecard so far (hope I’m not missing anybody): Lost: Brandon Prust. Ruslan Fedotenko. John Mitchell. Jeff Woywitka. John Scott. Chad Johnson. Jonathan Audy-Marchessault. Added: Arron Asham. Micheal Haley. Taylor Pyatt. Kyle Jean. Retained:…

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1037 It’s Go Time! … free agency edition

Here we go. It’s like walking into Leapin’ Larry’s with a fistful of credit cards. Will update all day long. If you think we need a new thread later, just say so. As far as a blog crash … fingers still tightly crossed. I will say this again, just because…

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985 It’s Go Time!

Rangers-Devils Game 5. Ya boys are 1-1 in Game 5s, and have won both series anyway. Expecting some changes for the Rangers tonight. Brandon Prust returns from his suspension, and it looks as if Stu Bickel goes back on defense for Steve Eminger. Whether Brandon Dubinsky (or Mats Zuccarello, or…

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297 Prust goes back in; Dubinsky, Zuccarello or Newbury too?

Brandon Dubinsky, Mats Zuccarello and Kris Newbury all skated with the big team at the morning skate, and John Tortorella said that Brandon Prust will return from his suspension and that there could be additional changes to the lineup tonight. But anybody who’s guessing what those changes might (or might…

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86 Rangers-Devils Game 3 in review

Thoughts: 1) I am going to start off with the Brandon Prust elbow to the head of Anton Volchenkov, only because there’ve been so many such incidents in these playoffs and I want to be consistent, since I’ve pretty much led with all of them throughout. I thought Prust reached…

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434 Rangers-Senators Game 5 in review

Thoughts: 1) On the Chris Neil assault on Brian Boyle … not only did he drive-by, blind-side, head-target him, but after Boyle went down, Neil gave him another shot in the back of the head. I don’t think John Tortorella was correct in saying it’s the same as Raffi Torres…

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179 Rangers-Baby Buffaloes in review

Good to see that, after two pretty good wins over two pretty good teams, all it takes is a game in which a couple of mistakes turn into a loss against a desperate team playing well in front of a good goalie to return the panic level. Blame, blame, blame…

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17 Post-game interviews

The news on Mats Zuccarello’s fractured left wrist isn’t great. It doesn’t appear he will need surgery, but it is a long-term injury, and I’m guessing (not playing doctor) that it’s one of those 4-6 week deals as a best-case scenario. John Mitchell did not play a shift after his…

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245 Guest blogger Authorben: Rangers-Avalanche in review

First and foremost, thanks again to Carp for giving me the opportunity to take his place in the lineup for this game. There have been numerous occasions this season in which the Rangers goaltending has been the difference. Tonight, the tables were turned. Semyon Varlamov was a brick wall in…

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202 Guest blogger SG21: Rangers-Lightning in review

Thoughts: 1) Rangers snuck away with a point here. Even with a two-goal lead early on, TB outshot and outpossessed the Blueshirts. The absence of Callahan and Del Zotto was evident in puck possession, grit and creativity. 2) Pre-game, I knew that we’d be talking about Dubinsky after the game.…

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478 Rangers-Capitals in review

Thoughts: 1) This sure wasn’t the most exciting game ever played. But you know what? Ya boys don’t mind that either. Want to grind? Want to make it a battle for chances? Fine with them. Afterwards, John Tortorella said this is the type of game the Rangers expect to have…

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135 Rangers-Flyers in review

Merry Christmas Eve! The lead to my story in The Journal News and LoHud.com today was this: “Laughing all the way.” Because the Rangers go into the holiday break dancing, off four straight wins, three fairly decisive divisional victories in four nights, and in first place in the Patrick Division.…

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517 Rangers-Hurricanes in review

You know what? That was an imperfect game against a struggling team. OK, given. But that’s a good, good win. That’s a tough game to be the road team, with the coaching change and the feelings of getting the popular coach fired, and the new coaches on the bench. And…

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512 Rangers-Crosby, I mean, Penguins in review

This is as well as the Rangers have played in any three-game stretch this season, includng the seven-game winning streak … all against good Eastern teams. And I still don’t think they’ve nearly hit their stride, even at 10-2 in the last 12 and 7-0 in the last seven at…

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421 Rangers-Flyers in review

Thoughts: 1) I don’t believe most staged fights serve any purpose. But when two rival teams get together, or when there is an axe to grind, and two guys go at it right off the first draw, well, that does set a tone. 2) Brandon Prust is certainly willing, and…