Rangers Winter Classic Jersey Leaked?

July 31, 2011

With the advent of the Internet, it is difficult to keep things a secret, especially in sports. Whether it be a player signing or trade, or a new jersey, sooner-or-later, the cat will be out of the bag.

The Rangers know this first-hand, when a photo of Sean Avery wearing last season’s heritage third-jersey leaked onto the Internet months before the jersey was unveiled. Well, it appears to have happened again, this time around with the Rangers’ potential Winter Classic jersey being leaked.

Personally, I like it more than the heritage jersey. It has the old-school feel these jersey’s usually possess, without looking out-dated. Pretty interesting Messier’s name was put on the back of this one, and not a current player.

What does everyone think of the jersey? Tell me in the comments.

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New MSG Brings Fans Closer

July 31, 2011


A preview of the zoo-like Delta Sky360

A story today on Pro Hockey Talk mentioned that the renovations taking place at Madison Square Garden this summer will brings fan closer, at least some of them.

The World’s Most Famous Arena will be introducing the “Delta Sky360 Club,” which will allow 800 lucky (and rich) Rangers and Knicks season ticket holders the chance to watch both teams leave the locker room and entree the ice before the other 17,000-plus fans do.

The fans and players will be separated by a glass window, making the area a zoo-type experience. The fans will also be able to view the MSG Network area for pre and post-game interviews, as well as the intermission reports. Great for big Al Trautwig fans.  Read the rest of this entry »

Lundqvist, Staal Among NHL’s Top Goalies, Defensemen

July 30, 2011

Henrik Lundqvist and Marc Staal have made Puck Daddy’s top-25 goalies and defenseman, respectively. They both join Marian Gaborik and Brad Richards who made top right-wingers and centers.

Staal came in at No. 19 among defensemen, with Sam McCaig saying the Thunder Bay, On.-native is turning into a very physical defenseman. “Physical rearguard is blending in some offense to his no-nonsense game,” said McCaig.

The King came ranked at No. 3 for goaltenders: “Give Captain Shutout a goal, and he gives you a victory.”

A pair of Boston Bruins topped both lists, with Zdeno Chara and Tim Thomas given top-honors. Read the rest of this entry »

Metro Rink Report: July 29, 2011

July 29, 2011

Here’s the July 29, 2011 edition of Metro Rink Report, hosted by Dan Friedman over NYI Faceoff Circle and yours truly.

This week’s show includes:

  • Charles Wang’s battle to keep the Islanders on Long Island with new arena
  • Brian Rolston headed to Islanders
  • Rangers re-sign Brandon Dubinsky and Ryan Callahan
  • Who will be the next captains of the three local teams?
  • News and Notes from around the NHL
  • Questions from listeners
Download the show here

Sather Deserving of Compliment?

July 29, 2011

Ryan Lambert of Yahoo.com’s Puck Daddy blog said today Rangers GM Glen Sather deserves some praise for the job he’s done since the end of the season, including trading for Tim Erixon and signing Mike Rupp, as well as signing all of the team’s restricted free agents.

“Sather takes one hell of a lot of crap from just about everybody because of his penchant for giving players way more money than they ever actually earned on the ice, and rightly so. But he deserves a metric ton of credit for engineering a plan to keep pretty much his entire team together, given that a healthy portion of it was up for free agency.”

It wasn’t all smiles for Sather, though, as Lambert said the team failed to improve their defense, opting to promote from within rather than signing a free agent. Lambert also said Sather over-paid for Brad Richards and that this team’s window to win is about three-to-four years, before much of the team become free agents.

Take it one step at a time. Part of me agrees the team didn’t upgrade much in terms of defense, but I don’t believe defense was the problem last season. Of course you’d love to have more offensive coming from the point, but that could be solved if Michael Del Zotto has a bounce-back season and returns to being the player he was two years ago as a rookie. I would not sacrifice the development of Michael Sauer, Ryan McDonagh or even Erixon, for a defenseman who will give you 30 points.  Read the rest of this entry »

Whatever Happened To: Nigel Dawes

July 29, 2011

We’re now a half-decade removed from the 2004-05 NHL Lockout, which cost owners, players and fans an entire year of NHL hockey. Since then, the New York Rangers have been one of the more successful NHL clubs in the league, qualifying for the playoffs in five of the first six seasons after the lockout, albeit just two playoff series victories.

In that time, many prospects with plenty of upside have come and gone from the Rangers. This series will look back at the players who didn’t quite work out here in New York, and where they are now.

Next up in the “Whatever Happened To?” series is shootout specialist and Marty Brodeur-dominating Nigel Dawes.  Read the rest of this entry »

MSG Renovation Video

July 28, 2011

Everyone is curious to see what is going on inside the “World’s Most Famous Arena” this summer as the first leg of its transformation is in full-swing.

A video was posted over at Blueshirt’s United showing all the work that has been done thus far this summer.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

MSG Renovation, posted with vodpod

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