Saturday, July 31, 2010

Rangers, Staal Still Far Apart

Andrew Gross at Ranger Rants says this about the contract negotiations between the Rangers and Marc Staal...

"From what I gathered yesterday, the sides are still far apart. This is also not a negotiation that will be playing out in public so, one day, Marc Staal will be signed. As I mentioned in my last blog post, John Tortorella is not looking to have Staal in training camp if the restricted free agent defenseman is not signed but Tortorella is “optimistic” a deal will be reached." far apart can the sides be. I hope Staal doesn't think he's a $5 million a year player. Because he's not. And the Rangers better not be offering the same amount as Girardi as he is worth more. $4.5 million for four years. Lock it up.

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Avery #5 Agitator of All-Time

For the top four agitators click here.

...just great commentary from Shanahan and Barnaby on Avery. Outstanding stuff.

...h/t to reader Dave for e-mailing this to me.

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Ranger Prospects Not Being Given a Chance

Jess Rubestein at The Prospect Park says he doesn't buy what the Rangers are selling regarding giving young guys a chance this year...

"Missing the playoffs could be something to handle if there was a long term goal that was being built upon. But sadly despite the hype, Ryan McDonagh, Derek Stepan and Evgeny Grachev might have to hope for serious injury or an early exit from playoff contention in order to have a shot at wearing Ranger jerseys for more than a cameo appearance next season."

...i hear what Jess is saying, but a lot of these prospects probably aren't ready for a full time role with the Rangers this season, so getting loads of playing time down in Hartford combined with some "cameo" appearances for the Blueshirts may not be the worst thing.

...i've been on the give the prospects a chance bandwagon all summer, but I think easing them in while fine tuning their game in Hartford is probably the best way to go. Plus lots of contracts are up next year including Dubinsky, Callahan, Boyle, Prospal, Frolov, Gilroy and Emminger meaning there should be plenty of room for increased playing time with an eye on 2012 (when Drury, Avery and Rozy come off the books) for these guys to play a serious role.

...maybe I'm naive but I do think the Rangers have a long term goal for our prospects and I for one am excited for it.

...what do you think? Do the Rangers have a long term goal for their prospects?

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Frolov a Wing to Watch

Scott Burnside at gives us his winges to watch including newest Ranger Alexander Frolov...

Alexander Frolov, New York Rangers
A free agent who flew pretty much under the radar before signing a one-year deal worth $3 million with the New York Rangers, Frolov has the potential to score 30 or more goals and likely will play alongside Marian Gaborik. Frolov fell out of favor with Los Angeles coach Terry Murray, and it remains to be seen whether he can work with the demanding John Tortorella on Broadway. If he can, it's a good move for both sides.

...i'm hoping Frolov will be a fun wing to watch for every Ranger fan this season. Really looking forward to what he can bring to the team.

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Moore Signs with Lightning

TSN reports that the Tampa Bay Lightning have signed former Ranger Dominic Moore to a two-year contract.

Moore played a huge role for the Canadiens during their playoff run last season including two Game 7 goals as was documented during my "Moore Watch" series.

...Tampa is definitely a candidate for a big bounce back season this year.

...i've always been a big Moore fan. He wouldn't fit on the Rangers now (how many third & fourth liners does a team need), but his hustle and defensive responsibility makes him an asset for any team.

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Friday, July 30, 2010

Frolov Answers Your Questions

Earlier in the week I posted that Alexander Frolov was going to be answering fans questions via Twitter. Today @thenyrangers tweeted out some of the answers. Here's one...

Good question, but no name for fanbase-yet! RT @Papagolash: Do u have name for fanbase? Fromen? Frofans? Frokamaniacs? Fro-lovers? #askfroless than a minute ago via UberTwitter

For the rest of the Q&A click here.

...i think my last 10 posts have been Frolov related. The Rangers are really rolling out the red carpet for the guy.

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Amazing Live Chat; Guest Blog Deadline

Just wanted to thank everyone for another amazing live chat last night. To me it was the best yet as we got away from the Q&A format of the first two and had more of a discussion. Lots of fun.

I plan on doing these after most games this season so stay tuned.

Also, this is the final reminder that tomorrow is the last day to get your guest blog submissions in. So if you want a chance to win a Glass Bangers t-shirt, e-mail ( your post to me as soon as possible.

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Video: Exclusive Frolov Interview

Alexander Frolov talks about coming to New York, how he will adjust to the city and its fans, and the type of season he expects.

Sean Avery and Frolov talk to reporters just outside MSG two days after Frolov joined the team as an unrestricted free agent here.

For Avery & Frolov's appearance on Knicks Night Live last night click here.

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Welcome to New York

From @thenyrangers...

Picture taken before Frolov's appearance with Sean Avery on "Knick's Night Live" last night. For more photos click here.

For a recap of Frolov and Avery's appearance click here.

...during the appearance Avery called the newest Ranger by his nickname "Fro". I love it.

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Guest Blogger #13: Better or Worse

By Ernie

Take a look at last year's starting line-up on October 11, 2009.

Prospal / Dubinsky / Gaborik
Higgins / Drury / Callahan
Lisin / Anisimov / Kotalik
Brashear / Boyle / Avery

Staal / Girardi
Del Zotto / Rosival
Redden / Gilroy


Now take a look at a possible starting line-up for October, 2010.

Frolov / Christensen / Gaborik
Prospal / Drury / Zuccarello-Aasen
Dubinsky / Anisimov / Callahan
Avery / Prust / Grachev (Boogaard)

Staal / Girardi
Del Zotto / Rosival
Redden / Emminger


Granted, someone is going to be traded or else demoted to Hartford before then but the core of the team is going to remain intact. And of course you can come up with your own line-up that makes more sense, but the bottom line is I believe this team is going to do better than last year's barring injuries (dare I say). I am anticipating a more balanced scoring attack, a better PP, and more depth. The only downside could be giving up more goals against but hopefully the added offence will compensate for that. Overall I'm looking forward to an exciting season and my hopes are higher than last year.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Reverse Late Night Live Chat

Staal: Nothing Really to Report

In a piece on unsigned RFAs, Dan Rosen at has this quote from Marc Staal (originally published at on the negotiation process with the Rangers...

“There hasn’t really been too much going on,” Staal said Tuesday when asked about the situation. “I’m not really (allowed) to talk too much about it. There’s nothing really to report on it other than what’s been written.”

Rosen adds that because Glen Sather has stated that the Rangers would match any offer sheet Staal receives from another club there is no rush to sign the Rangers top defenseman.

...i'm not too concerned. You have to assume the Rangers are just trying to figure out rosterwise what they're going to do (Demote Redden?) to get themselves under the cap after signing Staal based on different contract amounts.

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Ranger Promises Led to Frolov Signing

Laurie Carr at Beyond the Blueshirts translates an interview Alexander Frolov had with Sport-Express which includes this quote on why he signed with the Rangers...

"Yes, I communicated with them before signing the contract. It was very important for me to understand in what capacity they would count on me. I heard that on the Rangers I’ll receive a lot of playing time, will regularly be on the ice during the power play. Most likely, I’ll play on a line with the leader of the team, Gaborik. In New York they want me to create a high-powered offensive unit with Gaborik."

...Frolov is definitely a player who feels like he was disrespected by the Kings last season and that the Rangers are an organization that will give him the opportunity to prove his worth to the league. almost seems like he's using the Rangers for his own gain, but if it means a 30+ goal season I could care less.

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Some Quick House Cleaning

Just a reminder that tonight I will be having another Late Night Live chat starting at 10pm.

Also this Saturday, July 31st will be the deadline for the guest blogger contest.

Thank you as always for everyone's participation.

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Torts Talks the Possible End of Redden & Much More

Andrew Gross at Ranger Rants was able to sit down with John Tortorella to discuss numerous issues...

On Wade Redden...

“I told Wade at the end of the year, during the exit interviews, I felt we gave him, along with a couple of other players, we gave him a great opportunity to play,” Tortorella said. “Really, at times, we probably kept him in too long where we should have put somebody else in because of his play. We had a frank discussion. It’s not going to be, ‘Wade Redden is a veteran guy and has a big contract, he’s going to stay in the lineup.’ We need to move by that. He’s going to dictate that.”

...not sure what to think about this quote on one hand I feel that the Rangers have finally had it with Wade on the other it seems like they're going to give him one last chance to turn it around.

...i'm thinking if he struggles in camp and preseason he's gone.

On Sather's offseason moves...

“I think one of the biggest positives of the summer and during free agency is that we have kept the core of our team,” Tortorella said. “We haven’t gone out and signed big contracts. We’ve tried to sit tight with our youth and keep the building blocks there. We are going through a bit of a process. I think Dan Girardi and Brandon Prust (both who were re-signed this summer) jumped right into being in that core. They were big signings. Everybody rants and raves that it’s time for the Rangers to really stay pat and build with youth. I think the deal Frolov signed, it’s not a long-term deal. He can show us what he can do and maybe it will turn into the same.”

Torts also talks Rozsival, McDonagh, Biron and whole lot more.

...great job by Gross.

...and great job by the Rangers again giving the fans some insight on what the organization is thinking.

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Frolov, Avery to Appear on MSG Tonight reports that Alexander Frolov will join Sean Avery during tonight's broadcast of "Knicks Night Live", hosted by MSG's Al Trautwig starting at 8 p.m. The show will be re-broadcast at 10pm.

Frolov and Avery, who were former teammates in LA, will discuss Frolov's joining the team, the adjustment athletes must make when relocating to New York from other cities, and what it's like to play in the nation's biggest local market., this is awesome. Can't wait to watch.

...maybe down the road MSG will do a show with Avery and Frolov hitting Fashion Week.

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Guest Blogger #12: Captaincy of the Rangers

By J. Earle

Let me begin by saying I love Chris Drury. Ignoring his cap hit, he is a great role model and seasoned professional who would benefit any team in the league, including the Rangers.

If the Rangers were to win the cup this year, there is no doubt in my mind that Drury would limp to the podium, bleeding from somewhere, with a partially dislocated shoulder and a broken hand to receive the trophy on behalf of his team. It would be a beautiful and inspiring site to see the captain smile through his pain.

This image of a battered leader, reminiscent of Lord Nelson dying at the moment he hears of his victory over Napoleon, is fine for most cities…. But this is New York.

New York does not like to see its leader looking defeated at the moment of victory. New York does not want to simply out last its opponents in order to be victorious; it wants to beat them.

In New York we prefer Napoleon to Nelson. We need Joe Namath, George Steinbrenner and the great Mark Messier to speak about the championship as if it’s already ours. If any other team is drinking champagne from Lord Stanley’s cup in June, it is a direct insult to us, and we need a captain who makes us feel that way.

Currently, the closest thing the Rangers have to that player is the King. No matter how bad things are, Hank makes us feel like we can win, not simply endure.

Lundqvist cannot only contain Ovechkin; he can out play him. That’s what we need in a captain.

Unfortunately, he cannot be our captain, but we can hope that he can inspire young Ryan McDonough or Derek Stepan to take up that role in the years to come.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Rangers Have to Dump Redden to Afford Staal (Updated)

Update, 3:56 p.m.:
James Mirtle of the Toronto Globe and Mail tweets...

"Looking at the Rangers' salary situation, it seems all but inevitable Wade Redden is headed to the minors."

Original Post:
Yesterday in the aftermath of the Alexander Frolov signing, I stated that the Rangers didn't necessarily need to send Wade Redden down to Hartford to open up enough cap space to sign Marc Staal at $4.5 million per and get under the salary cap to start the season.

One scenario I mentioned was sending MZA ($1.75 million) and Gilroy ($1.75 million) to Hartford.

However, I received an e-mail today from Aaron Tarnow of Play Petr Prucha (love the name!) stating I was wrong...

"I just wanted to help clarify something about the cap situation, after your post yesterday about signing Frolov. You mentioned that a reader pointed out that we could still sign Staal at $4.5m and keep Redden around, by dumping MZA and Gilroy. The logic was that we still have $1.4m of space, so we only need to free up $3.1 to afford Staal at $4.5. Gilroy at $1.75 + MZA at $1.75 = $3.5, which is enough. However, this doesn't actually work out. We only have that $1.4m free because of the performance bonus cushion - we have $2.2m in performance bonuses. MZA's $1.75m hit is actually $850,000 in bonuses and $900,000 in salary. So, dumping him will only save us $900,000 more - the other $850,000 is already part of the bonus cushion, and doesn't free up any more room under the cap. Dumping MZA and Gilroy saves us $2.65m, which would give us enough room to sign Staal at more like $4m, but not at $4.5."

For more analysis from Andrew click here. what you're saying is the Rangers WILL have to dump Redden to re-sign Staal and get them under the cap? Glad I was wrong.

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Rangers & Frolov Meant for Each Other

Ryan Dixon at The Hockey News says the Rangers signing of Alexander Frolov continues the team's trend of entering high-risk, high-reward scenarios...

"Enter the Blueshirts, who are happy to enter high-risk, high-reward scenarios. No team that isn’t would have committed $7.5 million per season through 2013-14 to Marian Gaborik, a player who sends writers scrambling to find a much stronger word than prone when describing his relationship with injuries.

Frolov is a lighter version of another he-loves-me, he-loves-me-not player the Rangers used to employ, Alex Kovalev. The latter, in his prime, possessed more game-changing ability than Frolov, but they’re still cut from the same maddening cloth.

Another player who fits that mold? Nikolai Zherdev, whom the Rangers employed for one season in 2008-09 before cutting ties with him last summer after he was awarded a one-year, $3.9-million deal in an arbitration hearing."

...both Kovalev (his first stint with the Rangers) and Zherdev were much younger than Frolov and neither of them came to the Rangers with a chip on their shoulders.

...and even if Frolov does end up in Torts' doghouse, they only have to deal with it for a year.

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Ask Frolov a Question

From @thenyrangers...

Get to know Fro! What would you like to ask newest #NYR, Alexander Frolov. Submit your question w/ #ASKFRO. We'll pick the best & ask himless than a minute ago via TweetDeck

Deadline for questions is tomorrow at 12noon.

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Reverse Late Night Live Chat Tomorrow @ 10pm

With all the positivity going around the blog after the Frolov signing, I thought this would be a good time for another live chat.

So I've scheduled it for tomorrow, Thursday, July 29th at 10pm.

The first two live chats have been more of a Q&A. This time what I'd like to do is throw out a couple of subjects or questions and just have everyone contribute. Then at the end maybe do some questions.

Unless everyone likes the old format. Let me know.

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Prospects to Get Going this Week reports that the preseason has already begun for Rangers prospects playing in Europe and auditioning for North American national junior teams will start this week.

Forwards Chris Kreider, 2009 first-round pick, and Ryan Bourque, a 2009 third-rounder, will be competing for spots on the 2011 U.S. World Junior Championship roster starting Friday at the USA National Junior Evaluation Camp begins in Lake Placid, N.Y.

While, next Tuesday, fellow Rangers prospect Ethan Werek will begin his quest for a spot on Canada's World Junior roster, when the Canadian National Junior Team Evaluation Camp gets under way in Newfoundland.

...nice to see some actual hockey is starting to take place. Who's excited?

Also check out Dan Blackburn teaching at the Rangers second annual camp for goaltenders here.

...i love that the Rangers have kept Blackburn involved with the organization.

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Gabby & Frolov May Not Play Together

Larry Brooks at the New York Post has this quote from John Tortorella on Marian Gaborik and Alexander Frolov playing on a line together...

"I think Frolov makes us a more formidable team. I like him on the power play. I think we'll certainly take a look at him with Gabby, but nothing is set. I don't want to lock myself into anything in July. I don't want to lock myself into anything in September."

...we touched on this a bit yesterday. I actually would like to see the two split up to spread the offense around. Don't want to rely too much on one line. Although I'd want them both on the top power play unit.

Torts also spoke about spots still being available for kids...

"Plus, nobody should make the mistake of thinking that we're closing off opportunities for the kids," Tortorella said. "They're going to get their chance."

...this is great to hear, but I don't see too much opportunity at forward one maybe two spots tops. On defense obviously if Redden gets demoted there will be a spot open for McDonagh or maybe Sauer.

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Frolov Headlines

New York Post - Scoring winger boosts Rangers' attack

Daily News - New York Rangers sign former Kings winger Alexander Frolov to one-year, $3 million contract

Newsday - Rangers add talented goal-scorer Frolov

Bergen Record - Rangers sign Kings' Frolov

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Guest Blogger #11: That was then and this is now

By Edmo

Raise you hand if you remember this time last year when Torts said "I can't wait to get a hold of Brandon Dubinsky, he doesn't realize he can be a 30+ goal scorer"?

I would have thought Torts would have gotten a hold of him by now, but we'll give Dubi the benefit of a shortened season. We'll just have to watch closely to see if they have that conversation this season.

How many of ya'll remember Tom Renney commenting as follows on Wade Redden's performance? "It is hard to play with one foot on the gas and the brake at the same time".

For what it is worth, there are few coaches with as much class as Renney.

Okay so lets do the numbers. The last three seasons Redden's point totals have been 38 (Ottawa), 26, and 14. So if he continues on that track he should have 2 points this season. Now we all know points don't always tell the whole story (cue photo of Drury) but remember he was signed as a QB for the power play. So now what, well, they say three is a charm, so maybe this is his year.

Was it Sather that said, Colton Orr was asking too much back then. We'll, lets do the math. Is Orr 4 years at $1 mil/year greater than, equal to, or less than Donald Brashear for 2 years at $1.4 mil/year + Derek Boogaard at 4 years, $1.625 mil/year. (we won't count Shelly's cap hit last season).

Well, at the end of the day, it's only money and entertainment. I think Dolan said that.... ;-)

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Frolov's Excited to Be a Ranger (Updated)

Update, 11:43 p.m.:
Adam Gretz at NHL Fanhouse takes a look at Frolov's declining production.

Original Post:
Andrew Gross at Ranger Rants has some quotes from the newest Ranger Alexander Frolov...

On coming to the Rangers...

“I’m really excited. The Rangers are a great organization, a great hockey club with a great history. I’m really excited to be a part of it now. It’s been a long month for me. I think it’s going to be a really good year.”

...and we're excited to have you here Alex.

On whether he’s sure last season’s issues are behind him...

“I’m pretty confident. I’ve been in this league for a long time now, it’s like it’s my first or second year. I’ve been here a long time. I think I know what I can do. I think people around the league know what I can do. Last season, I had a couple of issues. I would say when youu play a different role, play on the second or third line, you do have the power play but it’s the second power play. It’s kind of tough to produce 30-plus or 35-plus goals. I don’t know too many players who can do that. In my whole career, when I’ve had a chance, when I’ve had a lot of offensive time and opportunities, I always was producing. I’m pretty confident.”

...sounds like someone who had a tough year and is looking to prove to the league he's still got it.

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Video: Frolov Highlight Reel

For Alexander Frolov highlight reel click here.

For a Frolov player spotlight video click here.

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Rangers Sign Frolov for One-Year, $3 Million (Updated)

Update, 2:48 p.m.:
Arthur Staple at Newsday joins the "it may not be Redden who's sent down to Hartford to open up cap space" bandwagon.

Update, 2:16 p.m.:
Andrew Gross at Ranger Rants weighs in on the Frolov signing.

...Gross has a nice way of opening up a roster spot for a young player by having Drury as the fourth line center and Prospal as the third line center leaving the third line wing position available.

...that could be a nice competition between MZA and Grachev.

Update, 1:41 p.m.:
CapGeek tweets Rangers cap space is actually $1.4 million.

...assuming the Rangers sign Staal at $4.5 million per they will need to open up $3.1 million. reader Brett Crawford points out this cap space doesn't necessarily need to be opened by demoting Redden. Sending MZA ($1.75 million) and Gilroy ($1.75 million) to Hartford would open up enough space.

Update, 1:22 p.m.:
Larry Brooks tweets that including the Frolov contract, the Rangers have approximately $6.8M remaining under summer cap. And that they are not in distress regarding signing Staal.

Under the CBA, teams are allowed to be 10% over the salary cap during the offseason. Once training camp begins they must make the appropriate roster moves to get under the cap.

Update, 1:12 p.m.:
MSGNetwork's John Giannone tweets that Frolov's first NHL goal was against Mike Richter.

Update, 12:10 p.m.:
Arthur Staple at Newsday tweets that it's one-year at $3 million.

...that's the number that's been thrown around so I'm not surprised.

...bye, bye Redden. Unless the Rangers aren't re-signing Staal. I kid, I kid.

Update, 12:03 p.m.
The Rangers make the signing official. No terms announced.

...remember where you heard it first.

...i'm going to reserve judgement until I hear the terms. Although, the higher the price the more likely Redden is gone.

Original Post:
A Russian news outlet is reporting that the Rangers have signed Alexander Frolov to a one-year deal for more than $3 million.

...russian news outlets are never very credible so I wouldn't get too crazy about the amount yet.

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Get Your Guest Blog Submissions In

Let me take a second during the calm before the Frolov storm today, to give a friendly reminder that the deadline for guest blog submissions is this Saturday, July 31st.

So anyone who is still interested, not sure you want to after the beating Rick F. took this morning, please get your posts in as soon as possible. Remember to e-mail them to me at

Don't forget the reader with the best guest blog post will get a free t-shirt from Glass Bangers.

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Guest Blogger #10: To Tank is Not a Four Letter Word

By Rick F.

What is wrong with the idea of a couple of losing seasons? Now wait and hear me out before answering.

When you consider the idea of finishing in the eighth spot and securing the playoff position, a first round exit and the subsequent 15-17 draft pick. Compare that to finishing in the bottom five and securing a top rated draft pick - maybe even the first overall pick and you have Gordie Clark doing the evaluations instead of Glen Slather.

Besides the culture shock, the idea of the Rangers actually floundering near the bottom to replenish and become a strong team should be a welcome alternative.

We don't have the GM to play in the free agent market when considering his 10 year track record so why not embrace a plan that gives us the alternative to control cap spending with the influx of new, young, and talented players. This plan already has a proven track record of success if done properly.

What do we have to lose? Our reputation? One cup in 69 years reputation?

Monday, July 26, 2010

Frolov to Sign 1-Year Deal with Rangers (Updated)

Update, 10:22 p.m.:
Andrew Gross at Ranger Rants says the deal will probably be less than the $2.9 million Frolov earned last season.

Update, 10:15 p.m.: pointed out in the comments section, the deal is probably going to be worth more than $800,000. But as Frolov's agent says in the below interview, the market was down for Frolov so maybe the Rangers did get a great deal. Although if it's a $3 million deal no way they can afford to keep Redden on the roster after re-signing Staal. Killing two birds with one stone.

...i've been on the "give the young guys a chance" bandwagon the entire offseason, but if the Rangers have the opportunity to bring in a potential 30-goal scorer on the cheap, I think they have no choice but to do it.

...i would still like to see Torts and Sather find a way to get some of the prospects into the line-up at different points during the season.

Original Post:
According to TSN, Russian newspaper SovSports is reporting that Alexander Frolov is on the verge of signing with the New York Rangers; however they have learned that while the two-sides are in discussion, no deal has been finalized.

Arthur Staple of Newsday tweets that the deal won't be finalized tonight and could wrap up tomorrow.

Dmitry Chesnokov at Puck Daddy has this quote from Frolov's agent Sergei Isakov...

"Alexander Frolov will soon put his signature on a contract with the New York Rangers. He made a decision that he will play one more year in the NHL," he said. "And then it will be clearer where he will continue his career."

Isakov adds that the contract will be similar to Maxim Afinogenov's one-year $800.000 deal he signed with Atlanta last year.

...geez I take a few hours off to hang with my family and all hell brakes loose.

...if Sather is able to get Frolov for one-year $800,000 that could be the steal of the off-season. I would have thought you were out of your mind if you said the Ranger would be able to sign Marc Staal and a potential 30-goal scorer for $5 million per combined.

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Brown Bag it to MSG

ESPN did a vendor inspection report for every stadium of the four major sports and had this to say about MSG...

Madison Square Garden
New York Knicks, New York Rangers
Vendors with critical violations: 61%
Inspection report excerpt: At one stand, inspectors found "53 mouse excreta" (38 on top of a metal box underneath the cash registers in the front food-prep/service area and 15 on top of a carbonated-beverage dispensing unit).

For more on this click here.

...i always knew the Dolans didn't give a you know what about the fans but I never thought it was this bad. I may never go back to MSG again.

...and for all the crap we give Islander fans about the Coliseum they had exactly zero violations.

...h/t to Puck Daddy.

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Rangers Offer Two-year Deal to Frolov

From Arthur Staple of Newsday...

UFA A. Frolov mulling 4-year offer from KHL and a likely 2-year offer for less $ per year from #NYRangers, sources say.less than a minute ago via mobile web

Staple also tweets that the Rangers offer isn't close to Frolov's $4-$5 million per year asking price. to figure the offer is two-years $3 million per. Which I'd be all for.

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Traverse City Roster Announced released the Rangers Traverse City Prospects Tournament roster today...

Ryan Bourque LW, Evgeny Grachev RW, Roman Horak C, Colin Martin LW, Chris McKelvie RW, Randy McNaught RW, Brendan Shinnimin C, Derek Stepan C, Christian Thomas RW, Ethan Werek C, Jason Wilson LW, Andrew Yogan LW

Lee Baldwin, Sam Klassen, Tomas Kundratek, Dan Maggio, Brandon Manning, Dylan McIlrath, Ryan McDonagh, Jyri Niemi

Scott Stajcer and Cam Talbot

For the Rangers prospects schedule click here.

...that's a pretty awesome squad minus Kreider who is back at BC. Surprised to see no Chad Johnson in goal.

...we've been hyping these guys pretty good this offseason, so I've got to ask would anything other than a Traverse City Tourney championship be a disappointment to you? Leave your answer in the comments section.

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Rangers Speak to Ponikarovsky's Agent

Inside Pittsburgh Sports tweets...

#NHL Buzz: #Rangers have spoken with Rich Curran the agent for Alexei Ponikarovsky but are pushing forward in talks with Alexander Frolov.less than a minute ago via web

Ponikarovsky had 21g and 29a splitting time between the Maple Leafs and Penguins last season.

...the only thing bringing in Ponikarovsky does is give one less chance for a young player such as Grachev to make the team. The Rangers are full of 15-20 goal scorers. I don't need another.

Steve Zipay at Blue Notes says that the Rangers may have a tough time signing Frolov as the Kings will have much more money to offer after losing out on both Kovalchuk and Gagne.

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Gaborik to Be Under Pressure this Season

John Kreiser at takes a look at which players are going to be under pressure to perform this season and lists Marian Gaborik...

Marian Gaborik, New York Rangers -- Here's a scary thought for Rangers fans: Gaborik had 42 goals, stayed healthy enough to play 76 games -- and the team still missed the playoffs. With no new offensive savior on the horizon and no one else on the roster who scored more than 20 goals, Gaborik will have to do at least as well (and stay at least as healthy) in his second season in the Big Apple as he did in his first for the Rangers to get back into the playoffs.

...despite all the rumors this summer about the Rangers interest in players such as Richards, Frolov, etc. I still don't see Sather bringing anyone in, meaning Gaborik will be relied on heavily to carry the offensive load once again.

...i said this yesterday, guys like Dubinsky, Callahan, Anisimov and Drury are really going to have to step it to alleviate some of this pressure off of Gaborik. It's just not fair that he will be counted on night in and night out.

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Rangers Very Interested in Frolov

Laurie Carr at Beyond the Blueshirts tweets this quote from Alexander Frolov's agent Sergei Isakov which was published at

"The #NYR have also showed great interest in Frolov. It's quite possible that Sasha will continue his career in NY."

Frolov had 19g, 32a last season for the Kings. Before last year he had scored over 30 goals two of three previous years ('06-'07 & '08-'09).

...i have read in a few places that Frolov is looking for $5 million per, which the Rangers cannot afford unless as with every other move we've discussed this offseason Sather sends Redden down to Hartford.

...i think Frolov would be a great pickup at $3-$3.5 million per.

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Guest Blogger #9: Six road Rangers games worth checking out

By Pete Jeffrey (@TravelingNYRfan)

There are so many amazing cities through out the US and Canada that are home to NHL teams.

A great way for us Ranger fans to travel is to follow our boys, bringing NYC attitude to cities across the continent. It’s a strange but extremely fun feeling rooting for the enemy in an unfamiliar setting. The game is always fun, but exploring the city before and after can be just as rewarding. So far I’ve seen the Rangers at 4 road arenas. Don’t get me wrong, the Garden is still the best place to catch the Blueshirts in action. If you’re looking to travel this season, here are 6 dates to mark on your calendar:

I’ll start off with 3 arenas I have been to.

Saturday 10/09/10 @BuffaloThe 2010-11 season opener takes place at HSBC arena in Buffalo, NY. After spending my 4 year college life in Buffalo I have been to my share of games here. HSBC is a fairly new arena, but remains unpretentious. The Sabres price their games on a sliding scale based on opponent, with the Rangers usually falling under the Gold category. Gold games make the upper level pricey, with a center ice ticket costing around $75. No matter where you sit, expect to hear it from the fans. But hey, that’s part of the fun isn’t it? The weather in this infamously frigid town is usually pleasantly mild in early October. If you want wings do yourself a favor and avoid the famed Anchor Bar. While it’s true they invented the wing, nearby Duffs has mastered it.

Time from NYC: 1-1.5 hours by plane or 6 hours by car

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Drury to Get a More Consistant Role

Arthur Staple at Newsday has a piece on Chris Dury and the Rangers needing more consistancy this season...

"Dru and I really got to know one another, and I love the guy," Tortorella told Newsday. "I think we really bounced him around last year, because the guy will do whatever is asked of him, whatever we need him to do. I want to be able to put him in a more consistent role." me the perfect role for Drury would be the third line center position. Not too much pressure for him to score allowing him to relax and play his game. I'd like to see a rookie (Grachev?) on his line maybe to get him going.

Torts on the younger players...

"The kids were starting to get it, I think," Tortorella said. "[Michael] Del Zotto, Cally [Ryan Callahan] - they had some bumps, and Cally got hurt, but they were getting there. Dubi [Brandon Dubinsky] made terrific strides, but he's got a long way to go."

...the kids are going to be depended on this season to make giant steps forward if this team wants any kind of success. I'm looking at you Dubinsky, Callahan, Anisimov and Staal.

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Boogaard: Teams Will Not Take Advantage of Rangers Players

John Shipley at the Pioneer Press spoke with Derek Boogaard about enforcers still being valued in the NHL and said this about the his role with the Rangers...

"You saw that there were some teams taking advantage of guys in New York; you could see that just watching highlights," he said. "That probably won't be happening as much now."

...while I'm still not a fan of the contract there is no denying the importance of having a guy like Boogaard in the lineup, hopefully, every night.

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Jessiman Signs with Blackhawks

Capgeek tweeted yesterday that the Stanley Cup Champion Blackhawks have signed former Rangers 2003 first round bust Hugh Jessiman for one-year $500,000.

...and the Blackhawks have just guaranteed themselves back-to-back Stanley Cups.

...we all know Jessiman's story so no need to depress anyone today. And if you don't know his story you're better off not knowing.

In other former Ranger news Dan Cloutier is now the goaltender coach of the OHL's Barrie Colts and former Avangard Omsk coach and current Tampa Assistant Wayne Flemming talks about the death of Ranger prospect Aleksei Cherepanov.

...thanks to Mike M. and Joe for e-mailing me these links.

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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Staal Situation Similar to Park's

Gerald Eskenazi at the New York Times "Slap Shot" blog looks back at Brad Park's contract dispute with the Rangers in 1970...

"As the summer of 1970 came to a close, and the season loomed, Emile offered about $20,000 to Park. Park wanted $45,000. According to Park’s agent, Emile told him, “I’m offering a 50 percent raise!” to which the agent replied, “Fifty percent of nothing is still nothing.”

Well, guess what. The night before the season opened, Park went to Francis’ home in Long Beach, L.I., and signed a contract for about $30,000."

...see Ranger fans it usually all works out in the end. One way or another Staal will be signed before the season starts. Even if he has to drive to Sather's house.

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As If I Didn't Love Prust Already (Updated)

Update, 8:59 a.m.:
Video of Prust discussing offseason prep and contract:

Original Post:
From @thenyrangers...

Lots of good guesses. Brandon Prust's favorite TV shows are : #Entourage & #Seinfeld.less than a minute ago via UberTwitter

...two of my favorite all-time shows. Although this season of Entourage has been a disappointment so far. Except for Drama.

...speaking of Seinfeld if you're a fan you've got to check out these two fake trailers for Seinfeld movies called "Serenity Now" and "George". Very funny stuff.

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Friday, July 23, 2010

Traverse City Roster to be Announced Monday

From @thenyrangers...

Heads up #NYR Tweeps. Official Traverse City roster will be announced on Monday.less than a minute ago via web

For Rangers Traverse City schedule click here.

...who would you most like to see on the Traverse City team? Pick just one and leave the name in the comment section.

...Stepan for me.

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Avery Rockin' the Mets Cap


Sean Avery at The Cinema Society & Sony Alpha Nex screening of “Get Low” at the Tribeca Grand Hotel on July 21, 2010 in New York City. a Mets fan it's nice to see not everyone has jumped on the Yankees bandwagon.

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TheNYRBlog is Officially 'Home of the Gnome'

Once again the readers of The New York Rangers Blog have stepped up. Last week I begged someone to purchase the Rangers garden gnome I found on and send me a picture of themselves with it.

And of course you guys came through as reader Warmachine e-mailed me this pic of his dog and the gnome....

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Video: Del Zotto Nails Kovalchuk

Since this was being discussed in the comments section of today's guest blog post here you go...'s to hoping we see a lot more of that this season.

Video was posted on YouTube by @blueshirtfr.

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Rangers Release Longtime European Scout

Jim Matheson at the Edmonton Journal reports that the Rangers have released longtime European scout Crister Rockstrom.

Rockstrom was the man behind bringing Henrik Lundqvist to the Rangers. He also helped with the drafting of Kim Johnsson, Mattias Norstrom and Fedor Tyutim among others.

Since the Rangers moved Andres Hedberg to Head of European scouting three years ago Rockstrom has not had as much influence.

Rockstrom is rumored to be replaced by Kent Nilsson who played under Sather in Edmonton.

...Rockstrom's legacy is obviously going to be that he is the man who brought Ranger fans "The King."

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Traverse City Schedule Released recently released the annual Traverse City Prospects Tournament Schedule. Here's who the Rangers prospects will be facing...

9/11 @ 3:30 p.m. - Rangers vs. Columbus
9/12 @ 5:30 p.m. - Rangers vs. Carolina
9/13 @ Noon - Rangers vs. Detroit
9/14 @ 9:30 a.m. - Rangers vs. Minnesota

There will be a playoff format after these round robin games.

No roster has been announced by the Rangers yet.

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More McIlrath & Graves Bus Tour

Yesterday I posted a picture TheNYRBlog reader William sent to me from the Rangers Manitoba to Manhattan contest.

Today, has a summary and photos of Adam Graves and Dylan McIlrath with the contest winners on a bus tour of Manhattan.

The NHL's Facebook page also posted an interview of the two after the tour.

...McIlrath is a scary dude. I love it!!!

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Rangers Goaltending from Lundqvist to Stajcer

Jess Rubenstein over at The Prospect Park takes a look at the goaltending stituation throughout the Rangers organization.

After obviously stating the Rangers will only go as far as Henrik Lundqvist will take them, Rubenstein expresses his unhappyness with the signing of Marty Biron...

"If the idea was to lighten Henrik's workload then why sign a guy who is coming off a really poor season for the New York Islanders of all teams? If the goal is to have a backup goalie who in a pinch can also step in as a every day starter then you are praying that Biron has found a way to regain the form he had as a Flyer." to disagree with Jess here. I think Biron is a great pickup. Sure he struggled with the Islanders, but that was because he didn't know his role over there. He started the season alternating with Roloson then found himself in the press box when DiPietro came back. Now that he has a defined role and is back with his mentor Benoit Allaire I expect Biron to be a solid addition to the Rangers.

Rubenstein also says that Chad Johnson has to watch his back in Hartford as Cam Talbot may pass him by if he doesn't continue to work hard.

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Ranger Fan Blog Review

Scotty Hockey takes a look at what Ranger fans should expect the roster to look like this Fall.

The Dark Ranger tells Blueshirt fans to relax Sather has a plan.

The Ranger Pundit offers Tortorella and Sather new material to hurl at the media or fans after the Rangers under perform.

Inferno at Rangers Review gives us a video of Brandon Dubinsky's greatest hits.

Replay the Rangers Tribune's live chat.

M Huley at My Blueshirt Heaven discribes the fiasco in New Jersey.

Rose at the Henrik Lundqvist Blog has pics of Lundqvist testing new Bauer equipment.

Greg Caggiano at From New York to San Francisco says Lundqvist's prime is being wasted.

...i've gotten away from doing this feature on the blog recently and I hope to do it on a more consistent basis as the writers of these blogs do an amazing job. And they are doing it for nothing other than their love for the Blueshirts and most of the time without much fanfare as they don't have the luxury of being part of a blog network or affiliated with a television network or newspaper.

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Guest Blogger #8: Summer

By Chris Jones

The days are warm and the beer is cold. The birds are singing and kids are playing. Local ponds are filled with swimmers. Baseball fills the airwaves and the back pages. Not a hockey puck to be found.

God, I hate summer.

Even though the NHL is credited (or not, depending on your view) with having the longest season of all professional sports, it still seems like an eternity ago when the Blackhawks hoisted the cup and sent the Flyers crawling back into their hole.

Summer is the time when Sid the Kid gets shipped back to Canada so mom can wipe the snot from his nose. Summer is the time when Alexander Ovechkin fulfills his duty to God and Mother Russia by showing kids that it’s not so bad to be taken away from your family, shipped to Siberia and forced to play hockey for 20 hours out of each day. Summer is also the time when Dan Carcillo gets locked back in his cage for a few months.

This is the time of year when the rinks have melted, the sticks have been put away and the MRI machines at New York City hospitals are no longer experiencing a Blueshirt-induced backlog. This sucks.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Ask Prust a Question (Updated)

Update, 4:17 p.m.:
Photo of Prust signing autographs after Youth Hockey Camp today. Also from @thenyrangers...

Original Post:
@thenyrangers tweets...

LW Brandon Prust is helping out at #NYR Youth Hockey Camp. If u could ask him 1question what would it be? We’ll pick the best & ask him tom.less than a minute ago via TweetDeck

The Rangers don't indicate how they want you to submit the question, but I'm assuming through Twitter.

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Sather Talks Rangers Future

In part two of Jim Cerny's interview with Glen Sather at the Blueshirts GM talks the future...

On the developing prospects...

“Our goal has always been to try and develop our own players to build a core group of players that are going to grow up together,” said team President and General Manager Glen Sather. “It takes time to develop players, and it takes time for them to develop into National Hockey League players. But there are some kids that are really starting to come in the right direction now.”

...when Sather says it has always been their goal, I'm assuming he means starting this offseason.

On the current group of prospects...

“I don’t want to paint a picture where I am being a little too enthusiastic, but we have a good group of kids coming along,” said Sather. “There were a lot of players that really looked good in our (prospect development) camp.”

...i'm with you Glen, I'm pumped for this group of prospects.

Sather also says it won't be easy for Stepan to make the team out of camp, that Grachev has a legitimate chance of maiking the club and that Pasnin (who I posted about earlier today) reminds him of Kasparaitis.

...once again, really loving Sather's take on the Rangers prospects and his thoughts on their chances to make an impact this year. Great job Glen. Did I just type that?

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Gaborik is NOT Being Traded

I really didn't want to post this because I didn't want to give any credibility to the Marian Gaborik to Kings rumor, but I've received too many e-mails about it to ignore.


And if you don't believe me listen to Nick Kypreos...

Going through NY area was asked if ‎​Gaborik might get moved now that Kovy is still free. Answer to that is zero chance. They love Gabby.less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®

...for those of you who have been following the blog since the beginning you'll remember I used to post Eklund-type rumors all the time. However, I stopped because a) I felt it hurt the credibility of the blog b) most of the readers begged me to not post them and c) HE MAKES ALL OF IT UP.

...i held off on posting this for as long as I could but too many of you were e-mailing me and I could only imagine how many more are freaking out about it. Gaborik isn't going anywhere so relax and go back to worrying about how the Rangers are going to open up cap space to bring in someone to compliment their only scoring threat.

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