Simmonds Talks to NHL Over Gay Slur

September 27, 2011

No game thoughts from last night because I didn’t see the whole game. Sadly, real life got in the way and I wasn’t able to watch the game in its entirety. But, I did see what was worth watching.

By now, we’ve all heard Sean Avery‘s not-so allegedly  accusing Flyers‘ winger Wayne Simmonds of using a gay slur at him on the ice last night. I won’t repeat it here, but it’s pretty easy to find it on the Internet.

Simmonds hasn’t denied to admitted to anything, but did play the “It’s Sean Avery” card, so we should never believe a word he says. Today, though, Simmonds spoke with NHL VP Colin Campbell about the situation.

According to the NY Post,Simmonds said “nothing has been decided,” but didn’t rule out that punishment could be headed his way.

“[Campbell] asked me if I called him a gay slur and I said no,” Simmonds said. “I said a lot of other things, but that wasn’t one of them. There are a lot of things I said to him- and obviously I’m not going to repeat them- but I didn’t say that to him.”

Last week Simmonds was the butt-end of a racial prank when a fan in London, Ont., threw a banana at him during a shootout.

Let’s be real. It’s obvious he’s lying. The video has never lied, and it’s certainly not starting now. Simmonds said what he said. There is no reason for Avery to lie and throw Simmonds under the bus. Avery exchanges words with everyone on the ice on a daily basis and has never brought up something like this before. 

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Sather: Rangers Will Win Cup

September 26, 2011

The NHL today formally announced the 2012 Winter Classic will be played between the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers on Jan. 2 at Citizen’s Bank Park in Philadelphia. During his speech, Rangers GM Glen Sather took the time to take some shots against the Philadelphia faithful on hand, and make a Mark Messier-like statement on behalf of his team, as well as the New York Yankees.

“At end of year we are going to be carrying Cup just like Yankees will (win) World Championship,” Sather said, which was received with some boos. He also brought up his Edmonton Oiler teams “kicking the hell” out of the Flyers in the 1980s.

Bold statements by Sather. More than Messier, he pulled a Rex Ryan. I don’t think he was as serious in his claims as Mr. Rex, but none the less, I don’t think anyone was expecting that. Personally, I like it. Definitely adds something to the game (as if it needed more), and shows Sather thinks he has a team that can contend in the Eastern Conference.

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NHL Formally Announces Winter Classic

September 26, 2011

Even though it’s been thrown around for months, the NHL formally announced the New York Rangers will meet the Philadelphia Flyers at the 2012 Winter Classic in Philadelphia at Citzen’s Bank Park, home of the Philadelphia Philies. The game will be played Jan. 2.

“The Rangers- Flyers rivalry is one of our very best,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said at the news conference held today in Philadelphia. “It is only a short distance from Broadway to Broad Street, and over the years, these not-so-neighborly teams have provided an assortment of memorable games. I have every expecation that the 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic will provide great moments to remember.” Read the rest of this entry »

Staal Not Traveling With Team to Europe

September 25, 2011

Well the bad news that most were expecting rained down today, as the New York Rangers announced All Star defenseman Marc Staal will not be traveling with the team as the head to Europe following tomorrow night’s preseason tilt with the Philadelphia Flyers.

Staal has been battling post-concussion syndrome all summer and throughout training camp, which has prevented him from participating in scrimmages and the first two preseason games against the New Jersey Devils. Read the rest of this entry »

Rangers Waive Redden, Valentenko

September 24, 2011

Just hours after being cut from training camp, the New York Rangers have waived defenseman Pavel Valentenko, per TSN.

Valentenko, 23, has a very poor camp just a year after nearly making the team thanks to his blistering shot and physical presence. He was sent to the Connecticut Whale (AHL) earlier today, but there have been some rumblings that he may be headed back to Russia.

Along with Valentenko, the Rangers also put Wade Redden on waivers.

In total, 40 players were waived around the NHL today, including former Ranger Ales Kotalik, Cristobal Huet, Eric Godard,

Pretty surprised here, as Valentenko is still considered one of the better Rangers defensive prospects in the system. He must have showed the coaching staff something this week to make them think otherwise. That, and the Russia rumors obviously led to his waiving.

No surprise with Redden. 

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Rangers Announce First Training Camp Cuts

September 24, 2011

The Rangers today announced the organization’s first round of cuts, as the team prepares for the 2011-12 season.

Players Assigned to the Connecticut Whale (AHL)

Players Returned to Juniors

Rangers Edge Devils, 4-3, In Richards Debut

September 24, 2011

Unlike Wednesday, last night’s pre-season game had more of an NHL feel. The Rangers dressed more NHLers and had its No. 1 line, including Brad Richards, was in tact the duration of the game en route to the Rangers’ first preseason win of the year, 4-3, over the New Jersey Devils.

Richards tied the game at 1 in the first period after the Devils scored an early powerplay goal. Derek Stepan made it 2-1 just over a minute later. A powerplay goal by Marian Gaborik early in the second period made it 3-1. The Devils scored two goals in the second period to make it 3-3 going into the third. Defenseman Brendan Bell made it 4-3 with about four minutes left. Martin Biron gave up three goals on 16 shots.

Some notes and quotes.

  • The No. 1 of Richards, Gaborik and Wojtek Wolski played very well. For the first time since 2005-06, the Rangers have a legitimate dangerous top-line that can make things happen every shift. Partly because it was the first game they’re together, but I was excited each time the line took the ice. Richards and Gaborik already showed signs of chemistry, and Wolski complements their skill very well. He’s just got to be consistent.  Read the rest of this entry »