Coyotes Interested in Christensen?

August 27, 2011

According to a Tweet from HockeyBreak, the Rangers and Phoenix Coyotes are in possible trade talks for center Erik Christensen.




Well, a trade between the two teams would not be shocking, as several deals have been done over the last few years, including players like Petr Prucha, Derek Morris, Nigel Dawes, Fredrik Sjostrom and more recently Wojtek Wolski for Michael Rozsival this past season.

Christensen is clearly the odd-man out down the middle, with the top-four slots all but sealed with Brad Richards, Artem Anisimov, Derek Stepan and Brian Boyle. Christensen is essentially useless in regulation and overtime, but still has value in the skills competition.

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Chris Drury Retires

August 19, 2011

Chris Drury retired Friday after 12 seasons in the NHL

Former Ranger captain Chris Drury announced his retirement Friday morning after 12 seasons in the NHL. Drury spent his last four seasons with the Rangers after signing a five-year, $35.25 million dollar contract with the team on July 1, 2007.

Drury, who signed with the team on the same day as center Scott Gomez, scored 62 goals for the Rangers in 264 games with the team. The Rangers advanced as far as the second round of the playoffs during Drury’s tenure.

The Rangers bought out the final year of Drury’s contract on June 29. Approximately $3.7 million dollars will count against the cap for the Rangers this season.

Drury finishes his NHL career with 255 goals. He appeared in 892 NHL games.

NBC/Versus Announces Regular Season Schedule

August 18, 2011

NBC Network has announced its television schedule, including games available on Versus, which will be re-branded as an NBC Sports channel.

The Rangers will appear in a total of 15 NBC/Versus games, though not all exclusive, meaning viewers in the New York market will be able to watch the games on MSG Network.

Both European games against the L.A. Kings and Anaheim Ducks will be aired on Versus. Each of the four games the Rangers play this season against the Washington Capitals will be aired on Versus or NBC. As a nice change of pace, the Rangers will be featured against teams not named Penguins, Flyers or Bruins as well, although both Boston and Pittsburgh are Versus games. The Blueshirts will square-off against the San Jose Sharks, Nashville Predators, Buffalo Sabres and Carolina Hurricanes.  Read the rest of this entry »

Battery Charges Against Avery Dropped

August 18, 2011

According to the ever-reliable TMZ, the battery chargers against Sean Avery have been dropped. Avery was accused of shoving an officer on August 5 after authorities were called due to noise at his home in the Hollywood Hills. He was taken into custody and was released on $20,000 bail.

TMZ reports it was all a misunderstanding. The celebrity gossip website claims Avery didn’t actually shove an officer, and that the cop’s foot was stuck in Avery’s door, and that story is backed by several witness testimonies.

Avery was also accused of calling the officers “Fat little pigs,” but that hasn’t been retracted. Read the rest of this entry »

NHL To Officially Announce 2012 Winter Classic

August 17, 2011

According to the Philadelphia Daily News, the NHL next week will officially announce the 2012 Winter Classic game between the Philadelphia Flyers and the New York Rangers, slated for Jan. 2 at Citizen’s Bank Park, home of the Philadelphia Phillies.

Sure, this isn’t exactly breaking news, but the NHL still has not confirmed the afternoon game is set to be the Winter Classic. According to a source, that will all change next week after the NHL and Citizen’s Bank Park finalize the deal.

“The event is just a unique one to the Phillies and it has taken time to go through the issues,” the source said.

Thanks to the lack of announcement, no ticket sales information has been released either, though the News said not only will Flyers season-ticket holders get early access to the game, Phillies season-ticket holders will as well, which doesn’t bode well for Rangers fans getting their hands on tickets for the historic game.

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Tortorella: We Must Keep Our Focus

August 17, 2011

Rangers head coach John Tortorella sat down with Stan Fischler at to talk about last season and the season ahead, including what Brad Richards will bring to this team. Here are some quotes.

Tortorella on his enthusiasm for the upcoming season: “We have gone along slowly building our club not only with quality personnel, but also with a specific mind-set. After three full seasons, I can say that the players are more comfortable with what we- the coaches- want to do and the coaches understand the players.”

On last year’s team stepping up and succeeding (for the most part) even through injuries: “We surmounted all those problems and found a way to hang in there and win. Players who were moved away from their normal positions still managed to get the job done and I was proud of them.”

On Brad Richards’ impact both on the ice and in the locker room: “Richie not only is a skilled center, but now we have a veteran- a Cup-winnin- to mentor some of our kids. Brad is a winner.” Read the rest of this entry »

Rangers Sign Andre Deveaux

August 16, 2011

Any Rangers news in the dog days of August is pretty coveted, so here it goes. The Rangers announced today the signing of Andre Deveaux, who spent last season with the Chicago Wolves of the AHL. He registered 23 goals and 46 points in 73 games, all career highs.

Deveaux, 27, has some NHL experience, skating in 22 games with the Toronto Maple Leafs between 2008 and 2010, scoring just one assist and 75 PIMS.

Not much else to say. Deveaux will more than likely spend the entire season in the AHL with the Connecticut Whale.

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