Browsing: Steve Eminger

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187 Rangers-Coyotes in review

Well, that was about as wild as it gets. Not one for the archives in terms of how to play, or how to win. But, wow, was that a finish. I am racking the rusty rolodex between my ears trying to remember a similar game, and I’m sure there was…

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128 Rangers-Stars in review

This was the lead to my story in The Journal News and on LoHud.com about last night’s game: Get ready, hockey fans. The NHL is going to shove more nights like this down your throats with realignment. More non-conference games, more games with zero playoff implications. Less passion. Quieter arenas.…

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172 Rangers-Panthers in review

Not going to get all wrapped up in who did what on a lopsided scoresheet, though I’m sure you all enjoyed the heck out of it, and you should have. Instead, how about numbers?: 17-6-4, second best record in the improving East and fewest regulation losses in the NHL; 8-2-2…

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601 It’s Go Time!

Game 25. First of three in four nights, and four in six. Rangers still one away from 2,500 all-time wins. Anton Stralman makes his second start as a Ranger, in place of injured Michael Sauer (concussion). Steve Eminger moves up to the second pair with Michael Del Zotto. Erik Christensen…

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66 Rangers-Capitals in review

Temper the giddiness over the six goals for a moment, because, well, you have to realistically say that some of that was on Michal Neuvirth and some of that was on a Washington team that wasn’t great in its own end. But the truth is, the Rangers had the puck…

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353 Rangers-Oilers in review

Last year, “It’s Just Pain” was the defining quote from Brandon Prust, the one that said it all about the Rangers. You’d better hope that this year’s mantra isn’t John Tortorella’s “We sucked from head to toe.” I thought that was hilarious, but true. And very, very calculated. Coaches and…

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272 Rangers-Islanders in review

Told ya. This game was exactly what I expected … except that it really wasn’t very nasty. Come to think of it, other than the fights in the stands, it wasn’t nasty at all; and as I recall, last year the Rangers played better and played tougher in games that…

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525 It’s Go Time!

Live from Nassau Coliseum … no accidents, no tickets, no roadrage incidents … First game in North America, only game in the U.S. until the home opener Oct. 27. Rangers are without Marc Staal and Michael Sauer, so the third D-pair is Steve Eminger and Jeff Woywitka, making his NYR…

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181 Rangers-Mighty Ducks in review

Thoughts: 1) Yay! Skills competition. Pretty serious lack of skills in this one. Brad Richards lost the puck at center ice, and the winning goal was a complete whiff. 2) The Rangers shouldn’t fight the opponent’s goons unless it’s absolutely necessary. So far they have had two staged fights, and…

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41 Rangers preview Part II: Position by position

Forwards The look all changed when Brad Richards signed for $60 million over nine, years. Throw a legit No. 1 center onto any roster and it trickles down mightily. Now the Rangers have an elite playmaking center to play with Marian Gaborik, who had a terrible second season (22 goals,…

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100 The first weekend of camp

I’m not sure what to make of it all. First, I appreciate the Rangers being cautious with Marc Staal, especially, but also with Brandon Prust and Michael Sauer and Artem Anisimov. Again, especially Staal. Concussions are the scourge of sports — I’m actually working on a story with former Giants…

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315 Rangers sign Steve Eminger

As expected, unrestricted free agent defenseman Steve Eminger has re-signed with the Rangers. The deal is believed to be one year at approximately $800,000. Here is the official announcement from the Rangers: RANGERS AGREE TO TERMS WITH DEFENSEMAN STEVE EMINGER New York, July 25, 2011 – New York Rangers President…

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405 You wanna talk hockey?

Some interesting discussion yesterday. The Devils hired another DeBoering coach. Chris Osgood hung ’em up. Steven Stamkos re-upped for five years in Tampa Bay (what a surprise, no offer sheets). Here we talked about Brandon Dubinsky and Ryan Callahan, too, and their arbitration dates and contract discussions. We talked a…

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64 Tortorella (Part II):

John Tortorella (continued): I said that on breakup day he mentioned the need to upgrade the skill level, and that July 1 is an opportunity to do that without altering the plan of staying with the youth, and asked how crucial tomorrow is. “It’s an important day for us because…

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389 Capitals 4, Rangers 3 (2OT): Game 4 in review

Here’s the bad news. Teams trailing 3-1 have won 23 of 240 series in history (9.6 percent). Here’s the good news: Twenty-one  of those have happened since 1987, including twice last year. And the Capitals did it to the Rangers in 2009, and had it done to them by Montreal…

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23 Tortorella pre-game

Not much news. Same lineup. Eminger and Zuccarello prucha’d. Quotes from the coach in a bit, and some from Bruce Boudreau as well. John Tortorella: “Same personnel. Emmy and Zucc will be out.” On whether the Capitals have taken runs at Staal: “Oh, well, I’d do it. That’s part of…

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290 Rangers-Devils (Lightning-Hurricanes) in review (UPDATED)

AFTERNOON UPDATE, 1:57 P.M.: Here’s the info on playoff tickets, from the Rangers: RANGERS INDIVIDUAL PLAYOFF TICKETS GO ON-SALE Monday, April 11th – 12 PM (Editor’s note: That means noon.) New York, April 10, 2011 – The New York Rangers announced today that tickets for the first two rounds of…

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128 Drury in, Zuccarello in; Avery out

Will have Tortorella quotes, however brief, soon. Chris Drury is back in (he’ll add some juice, the coach said). Mats Zuccarello is in, presumably in case of a shootout. That means Sean Avery — who agitates the heck out of the Devils — is prucha’d. Also, Matt Gilroy is in…

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260 Thrashers-Rangers in review … and then there was one

Looking forward before looking back: Do you know the last time all three metropolitan New York teams missed the playoffs in the same year? How about never? Do you remember 1988? That was the year the Rangers shut out Quebec at the Garden (John Vanbiesbrouck doing the honors) on the…