Monday, May 31, 2010
Mark Messier is the Knicks secret weapon for recruiting LeBron James. (Newsday)
Mats Zuccarello Aasen makes Mike Comrie look like Dustin Penner. (Edmonton Journal)
Rangers may be looking to draft Jeff Beukeboom's son Brock. (Edmonton Journal)
Modified "Betts Watch": 1g and the Flyers lost 6-5. Can't beat that for Rangers fans. (ESPN)
Aaron Voros has been tweeting all weekend long from the Hamptons and offers this pic of Henrik Lundqvist watching a three-year-old wash his car...
Friday, May 28, 2010
...with how cap strapped the Rangers are this would be a huge gift from Bettman.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
TSN reports the Pittsburgh Penguins will host the Washington Capitals at Heinz Field for the 2011 Winter Classic, while the Montreal Canadiens will travel to Calgary sometime in February to face the Flames at McMahon Stadium.
...hey at least we got the Super Bowl.
A reader just informed me that today on WFAN's Mike Francesa Radio Show, Gary Bettman said the NHL will announce the location of the 2011 Winter Classic tomorrow.
WFAN hasn't uploaded the interview yet. Once they do I'll link to it.
Citi Field has been rumored to be in the running.
...man I'm praying for Citi Field.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
"I was hoping he would sign for us but from what I understand he is ready for the New York Rangers. I do not know what it fell on but I know he has good contact with the (New York Rangers scout) Anders Hedberg past and the promise that maybe he would play in the first chain with Marian Gaborik."
...not sure how true this report is but i love the business tactics by the Rangers. Do whatever you need to close the deal. Now that's he's signed, Torts will tell him where to play and he'll have no choice but to be happy.
After submitting my question to Zuccarella Aason a confirmation page came up saying...
Thanks for your question!
We can't promise that your question for Chris Drury, Donald Brashear, Marian Gaborik, Christopher Higgins or Ales Kotalik will be used, since time permits only a small percentage to be asked, but we appreciate your participation.
Thanks again, and "Let's Go Rangers!
...how about updating that guys?
Newyorkrangers.com is giving Ranger fans the opportunity to ask the newest Ranger Mats Zuccarella Aason a question.
- Ryan Miller has been traded, probably to Dallas. Even though he's currently signed through 2014, the 6.25 million cap hit proved to be too much for Buffalo. Otherwise, there is NO way the Blueshirts amass 4 tallies on the American netminder on only 26 shots.
- Marian Gaborik hasn't died in a freak accident yet. I don't care what shades you wear, the future isn't bright enough to think that Artem Anisimov is doing the heavy lifting.
MYFO also looks at the Rangers personnel, the economy and other renderings.
...very funny stuff.
...h/t to Puck Daddy.
Zuccarello Aason on playing in the NHL per newyorkrangers.com...
"It's a big step up for me, because the level is much higher than what I'm used to," Zuccarello Aasen said of transitioning to a new style of hockey. "Of course, I'm going to need some time to get used to the smaller ice rink and everything around me and how the team plays, but I'm confident that I'm going to be able to do that as quickly as possible."
...while I've been down on the Hobbit, there's no denying the excitement generated by the move. It's nice to post on some meaningful Rangers news again.
The above link also has quotes from former Rangers Niklas Sundstrom and Markus Naslund.
Update, 12:56 p.m.:
Don't forget about Steve Zipay live chat at 1pm. Should be a lot of Hobbit talk. To participate click here.
Update, 12:44 p.m.:
Jim Cerny at newyorkrangers.com tweets that Zuccarello Aason has been coined "The Norwegian Hobbit".
...you think he'll be insulted?
Update, 12:41 p.m.:
This weekend Lary Brooks at the New York Post said the terms are a two-year deal believed worth the Entry Level base cap of $900,000.
Update, 12:35 p.m.:
Here is the official release per newyorkrangers.com.
Update, 12:30 p.m.:
Here's some video on Zuccarello Aason...
...still have my reservations, but there's no denying the talent is there.
New York Rangers tweet...
#NYR sign free agent Mats Zuccarello Aasen; Mats, 22, was Swedish Elite League's top scorer and MVP with 64 points in 55 games this year
...ok Mats prove me wrong.
While I'd love for it to be Redden, I'm assuming this is the signing of my favorite Norwegian Mats Zuccarello-Aasen.
Jim Cerny of newyorkrangers.com sends out this tweet...
Newyorkrangers.com also sent out a tweet.
...please be Redden, please be Redden.
Here is Heikkinen in an interview Carr was able to obtain...
Ilkka, how did the choice of continuing your career with Sibir come about?
- I had before me the choice of playing in the NHL or KHL, but the Rangers only offered me a two-way contract, which means they can send me to play in the AHL at any moment. I decided that the KHL is the best league for me, and Sibir offered the best terms from the KHL.
...with Carr's extensive knowledge of the KHL I'm going to go with her report.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Here is a scouting profile video on Niemi...
Newyorkrangers.com reports that the Rangers have acquired defenseman Jyri Niemi from the New York Islanders in exchange for a sixth-round pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
The Blueshirt Bulletin tweets that Heikkinen signed with Avangard Omsk this week.
Dmitry Chesnokov of Puck Daddy sends this tweet along regarding former Ranger prospect Ilkka Heikkinen's reason for bolting for the KHL...
Ilkka Heikkinen (who agreed to a contract w/#NYR in '09) said he moved to KHL bc he didn't like having a 2way deal in the NHL.less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®Dmitry Chesnokov
...i understand it's probably not fun being shipped to and from Hartford but it's got to be a heck of a lot better than traveling across Siberia.
Game 2 Monday, May 31 at Chicago 8 p.m. ET NBC, CBC
Game 3 Wednesday, June 2 at Philadelphia 8 p.m. ET VERSUS, CBC, RDS
Game 4 Friday, June 4 at Philadelphia 8 p.m. ET VERSUS, CBC, RDS
*Game 5 Sunday, June 6 at Chicago 8 p.m. ET NBC, CBC, RDS
*Game 6 Wednesday, June 9 at Philadelphia 8 p.m. ET NBC, CBC, RDS
*Game 7 Friday, June 11 at Chicago 8 p.m. ET NBC, CBC, RDS
Here it is in all its glory...
Monday, May 24, 2010
...everyone has to click on the link above to check out the quotes from fans talking about how this goal epitomized the resiliency of the team and how Drury is so clutch. Umm, the Rangers missed the playoffs and Drury hasn't been clutch since he broke Ranger fans hearts in the 2007 Eastern Conference Semis while with Buffalo.
Q: What’s your favorite NHL team, counting the Rangers out?
Del Zotto: “As I grow up in Toronto, I was a Maple Leafs fan, but many things changed now.”
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Rozsival and the Czech Republic upset Sweden with a 3-2 comeback shootout victory in Saturday's first semifinal. Anisimov and his Russian teammates then held off host Germany 2-1 in the second semifinal.
...nice to see at least two Blueshirts are going to win something this year.
Friday, May 21, 2010
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Artem Anisimov was on the ice for the first Russia goal and ended the night with two shots on gaol in 10:34 of action. For Team Canada, Marc Staal was a -2 while Michael Del Zotto was a healthy scratch for the second straight game and Chad Johnson again served as Chris Mason's back-up.
...tough start to Messier's GM career as Team Canada missed out on the Worlds medal round for the first time since 2002. Not his fault as many veterans are either still in the playoffs or chose not to play. Or maybe that is his fault. Isn't he supposed to get the top guys to play? If he can't get guys to play for their country how is he going to convince them to play for the Rangers if he eventually becomes GM?
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
...wonder what's going on there? Del Zotto hasn't played since he received stitches after a soccer accident. Concussion? Discipline?
The U.S. squad needed to finish first or second in the four-team relegation round, and it ended up first overall with a perfect 3-0 record and eight of nine possible points, outscoring its opponents 16-2 in regulation.
Brandon Dubinsky, who had a goal and an assist in the game, ended the relegation round with 10 points in three games. Matt Gilroy had four points in the tournament while Chris Kreider ended with two.
Michael Del Zotto, Marc Staal, Chad Johnson and Team Canada face Michal Rozsival and the Czechs in a qualification-round game today. Staal was likely to be the only Canadian Ranger in action, since Johnson is the backup goaltender and Del Zotto is a healthy scratch.
While Artem Anisimov and Team Russia meet Finland on tonight in the final qualification-round game before the quarterfinals begin on Thursday.
Monday, May 17, 2010
"With a decent core of young talent, the Rangers will count on internal improvement as part of the reason that they could be better next season, but there will be a temptation for the Rangers to sign proven talent; it's what this franchise seems to do every summer."
...the Rangers no doubt need to bring in a sniper or top line center, but cap restraints are going force the Rangers to look within the organization for help.