Thursday, January 31, 2008
"As mentioned as a strong possiblity here yesterday, Steve Valiquette is giving Henrik a breather. He last played Jan. 3 and faced the Flyers in the 5-3 loss at MSG last Feb. 17 when both Shanahan (concussion) and Lundqvist (shoulder) left the game.
One surprise is that D Paul Mara is sitting, Marek Malik and Jason Strudwick are dressing. Marc Staal will play, still a little flu-ish.
No callups. I'm mystified. Just 12 healthy forwards.
Some line tinkering: Straka back with Gomez, Jagr. Avery back with Dubinsky, Shanny. Might happen, but Renney said not to read too much into it."
...if Renney pairs Malik with Strudwick tonight, is there a slower d tandem in the NHL?
...I don't like Renney continuing to tinker with the lines. Its one of the reasons this team can't find any chemistry.
...still a little early to call this a must win, but this is as big a game as you can think of in January.
...all reports indicate that Valiquette will get the start tonight. With the Flyers scoring the third most goals in the league, this might get ugly. Or Valiquette could stand on his head and we'll only lose 2-1.
...well its finally happened, we are officially the worst scoring team in the league. 125 goals in 52 games. Ottawa leads the league with 179 in 51 games. That's 54 more goals in one less game.
...not sure whose in goal for Philly, but does it really matter when we make every goalie look like Patrick Roy.
...Scott Hartnell has the hot hand for the Flyers (11 goals - five game-winners - and six assists in his past 10 games). So he's good for at least four tonight.
...you think I'm down on this team right now. I'll have more when available.
"...the GM (Sather) rejected a formal request to take questions about the underachieving ninth-place team he constructed over the summer. Sather has not spoken to the New York press about the team all season.
It would be interesting to know what Sather thinks of Chris Drury, who continues to struggle. It would be interesting to know what the GM makes of Marek Malik's one-game banishment. It would be useful to hear his take as the Feb. 26 trade deadline approaches..."
...what's up with Sather? I wouldn't mind hearing what's going in his head. Not sure why he refuses to speak with the media on the state of this team. He's probably afraid he'll get ripped for all of the terrible signings he's made over the years.
...I think the fans deserve to hear from Sather at least once every couple of months. C'mon Glen, give us something, anything.
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
"No. 8 practiced, but is scratched tonight. 'Just hasn't been on the ice enough,' said coach Tom Renney. That makes five scratches in nine games. Didn't see the defenseman in the locker room...
...Petr Prucha took a shot off the right knee and his left shoulder was wrapped in the locker room. Drury was felled by a shot as well, but kept practicing; he was getting treatment..."
...maybe Zipay just didn't see Malik in the lockeroom, but he needs to be there kissing everyone's ass begging for their forgiveness for his handshaking incident with Renney.
...hey Renney can we tell our guys not to dive in front of shots during practice please. Save it for the game fellas.
Monday, January 28, 2008
"When I play bad, people don't ever just say that I'm playing bad, they always say that I don't care, or I'm unhappy, or I'm not trying, or I lost interest," said Jagr, who turns 36 on Feb. 15. "Maybe it's a compliment that people don't think that I can just play bad, I don't know . . .
"It bothers me, because I do care and I do try my best all of the time, but there's nothing I can do about what people say about me.
"I have to say this. When there are times that I think I get too much of the blame, there are also times when I get too much of the credit. That's for sure. I don't complain when people say all the good things, so I can't complain when people say bad things. I just wish if they want to say bad things, say I'm playing bad, not that I don't care.
"I believe in myself and I believe in this team. I do. Now we have to do it, all of us. If we do, I don't have to think about next year, because they'll want me here . . . at least I hope so."
...sorry so late in posting this story.
...I think all the Jagr haters need to read this article. Too me it shows he cares and like anyone else can lose his confidence when things go wrong. The last thing Jagr can be accused of is being a cancer for the Rangers and anyone who puts the blame solely on Jagr for the team's lack of success so far this season hasn't watched this team.
...by the way, in the last 19 games Jagr has 24 points (8 goals, 16 assists) and is a +5.
...having said that, Jagr needs to get over people saying he doesn't care and lead this team to the playoffs. Like I've been saying, if this team doesn't turn it around in the next two weeks, its time to trade players such as Jagr, Shanahan, Straka and Rozsival for picks and prospects.
Sunday, January 27, 2008
...If the club decides to deal Hossa, he will be a hot commodity with the likes of Detroit, Colorado, the Rangers, San Jose and Ottawa lining up to make an offer."
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Friday, January 25, 2008
Articles on the ceremony:
Daily News has two here and here.
New York Post
New York Times
Thursday, January 24, 2008
- Holder of more than 40 Rangers Team Records
- Six-time Rangers MVP
- 11-Time NHL All-Star
- Three-time U.S. Olympian
- Captain of 1996 U.S. World Cup champions
- Two-time Norris Trophy winner as NHL's best defenseman
- 1988-89 NHL Rookie of Year
- 1994 Stanley Cup Playoffs MVP
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
...earlier this year I posted a trade rumor (see here) between the Rangers and Avalanche which included Al Montoya, Petr Prucha, Marek Malik and a prospect to Colorado for defenseman John-Michael Liles and Marek Svatos. Maybe this is back on the table.
...like I said in an earlier post, I would give this team a few weeks to respond to Renney's threats, before pulling the trigger on a trade.
...After the game Kovalchuk tried to explain the hit. 'I just tried to finish my check, and he kind of turned right before I tried to hit him,' he said.
'He hit the boards; it wasn't my [intention] to hurt him or anything,' added the 24-year-old. 'It's a contact sport. I wasn't trying to kill anybody.'..."
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
"In order to create more energy, accoridng to the coach, Avery moves up to play left wing with Gomez and Jagr; Dubinsky will center Dawes and Shanahan, and Drury will center Straka and Prucha. The fourth line remains the same; Marcel Hossa is scratched again.
Marek Malik is back in, playng with Michal Rozsival. Strudwick with Marc Staal, Fedor Tyutin with Dan Girardi. Paul Mara, whose shot on the power play may be missed, is not being punished, said Renney, for his play. "It's to get Harry (Malik) in," he said.
If you're a skeptic, you may wonder whether a deal involving Mara or Malik, both unrestricted free agents, is in the works. I'll make some inquiries...
Henrik Lundqvist is in the net again...."
...I like the forward lines. A good mix of veterans and young players. The only thing I would have liked to see was Hossa put on the fourth line for Hollweg.
...not happy with Malik back in the lineup, but maybe as Zipay says, there's a deal involving Mara in the works.
...the only way to stop all of the trade talks, fire Renney demands and the overall doom and gloom is to go out and win.
...I've been reading the last two days about Renney saying he is going to play those who deserve it, let's see how much ice time the third line gets tonight. I'd also like to see the lines reconfigured with Shanahan's ice time being reduced. No offense to Shanny but he's a step slower this year with his age and injury.
...the Yahoo! Sports game preview mentions the Rangers possibly sitting Lundqvist in favor of Valiquette tonight. Rest isn't going to help Lundqvist. What Lundqvist needs is some competition. The Rangers need to bring up Montoya to see what he's got and let Lundqvist know that if he doesn't step it up soon they have a young capable goaltender ready to take his spot.
Glen Sather could go to Johnson & Johnson and order the largest band-aid ever produced in an effort to at least qualify for the playoffs. This, in actuality, is fairly possible considering the team is a mere two points away from taking the 8 seed at present, especially if the mandate from the higher echelons of management is to at least make the playoffs. Of course, though, it would be silly to trade assets that could be an integral part of the team next season. Since the return of the NHL it seems Sather is determined to maintain a reasonable quantity of prospects, which should signal that such a move is not coming. Maybe Glen the Savior will make a move resembling the one for Petr Sykora made a couple of seasons ago. I offer the name Michael Ryder, not suggesting he would be targeted, but a player of his ilk—a free agent at the end of the season, a struggling but previously proven commodity that may simply need a change of scenery.
There is also the possibility that Glen Sather will stand pat. Sather could holdout hope that the team will come together and make the playoffs, at which point it could potentially repeat last season’s performance. If the team fails to make the playoffs Sather can simply retool the roster given the number of potential free agents.
Perhaps the likeliest of all is dumping all free agents and veterans that will not be part of the team’s future. In my opinion, this is by far the best option, assuming status quo. Of course, if a free-fall ensues this is a must. There are several factors that account for my opinion. First, there is an awful lot of youth on this team, which could benefit from more ice time, which would be possible if the team goes into dump mode. Consider the fact that what I have christened the “Young Blood line” (Prucha-Dubinsky-Dawes) has been the most consistent line of late. Second, there are a few players that could bring a lot back in the form of prospects and draft picks given the sellers’ market. Keep in mind that the draft this year is reportedly very deep too. So, with this said, who would I trade and who would I keep?
...if you click on the Outside the Garden link at the top, you can read Waxman's take on who should be traded and who should stay.
...While I said in a previous post that this team needs to do something, I'd give this team, as constructed, another three weeks to turn this around. If they don't its time to sell. Jagr, Shanahan, Rozsival, Mara, get rid of them all for young talent and draft picks.
Monday, January 21, 2008
"Of course, if and when the team tunes out Tom Renney---and while a few players may have, there's no wholesale revolt---then there's no choice."
...by the looks of the Rangers play yesterday, I think its safe to say more than a few players have tuned Renney out.
...if Renney wants my support back, I'm going to need to see a few things. First, he needs to start playing the guys that deserve and want to play. I sat there in complete shock yesterday as I watched Renney continue to send out the same power play units that are currently 2 for their last 28, while the best offensive line the past week of Prucha-Dubinsky-Dawes sat on the bench. Second, I need to see Renney bench Rozsival for his horrid play of late and his absolute refusal to shoot the puck on the power play. And thirdly, this one is actually for Sather and Renney, I want to see the Rangers either cut or reassign Hollweg and sit Shanahan until he is completely healthy then recall Moore and Callahan to take their places.
John Dellapina has these quotes in his story for The Daily News...
"We deserved to be booed out of the rink today," winger Brendan Shanahan said after the Rangers indeed were booed off the ice following their eighth loss in 10 games (2-6-2). "I think we're all disgusted with ourselves."
Rangers coach Tom Renney said, "...We'll keep sending (the message). And if we have to rearrange lines or put people in the lineup or take people out of the lineup to ensure that we get at least what we're looking for in the attempt to do things right, then that's where we are. So step up or step back."
Larry Brooks at the New York Post had these...
"We're playing as bad as since I've been here," Shanahan said. "From the first day, we haven't developed any consistent chemistry. We don't work hard enough. We don't think well enough. We make the same mistakes. You don't have to be Scotty Bowman to figure out what's wrong."
"It kind of surprised me, but I think I should have had it," said Lundqvist, whose gaffe allowed Boston to take a 1-0 lead and then play lockdown the rest of the way.
...I have to first start with Lundqvist's quote. 'I think I should have had it." Please don't start going into denial Lundqvist. Except for the previous two games you have been an average goaltender for the last month and a half. I don't think you should have had it. I know you should have had it.
...I'm very interested to see if Renney sticks to his tough talk. We'll know right away on Tuesday when we look at the lineup or see the ice times at the end of the game. Please Renney, if you keep the third line in tact, play them more than the fourth line. I beg you.
Saturday, January 19, 2008
"Sean Avery pretty much called out the team for insufficient desire and effort after the game (check tomorrow’s paper for the quotes).
I don’t know where I stand on that. On the one hand, it’s hard to argue with Avery’s assessment that the Rangers’ approach of late hasn’t come close to the relentless drive they mounted to make the playoffs last February-April.
On the other hand, so many prominent Rangers are so wracked with fear of making game-blowing mistakes right now, that the damage-minimizing first two periods they played yesterday was hardly damning. Rather, it was the kind of stuff that should have been the foundation for a rousing win once Jagr and Avery scored early in the third to snatch a 3-2 lead."
I was actually able to find one of the quotes in the Yahoo! Sports game recap..."I saw urgency and intensity in the last 25 games of last year," said Avery, acquired by the Rangers last February. "That's urgency and intensity. Not right now, not how we're playing. I wish it were different, but it's not."
...its about time someone stood up and said something. Give Avery the Captain's 'C' right now. This is something Renney should have said about three weeks ago. Great job Sean.
...and why are so many prominent Rangers so wracked with fear of making game blowing mistakes? Its not like Renney's going to do anything about it if they did. What has Renney done to this team to put them in this mindset?
Friday, January 18, 2008
...a have to agree with Dellapina that it has been a mystery why Renney has left Mara off the power play. Although with Renney's history of incorrectly using personnel on the power play (see Matt Cullen and Chris Drury) I'm not too surprised.