Ryan to Rangers Heating Up?

November 30, 2011

According to a Tweet from John Boruk of CSN, the Bobby Ryan trade talks are heating up and a “trade is imminent.” The front runners, according to Boruk? Your New York Rangers.

The Ducks reached out to the Philadelphia Flyers about a possible trade, but the asking price was too much. According to Boruk, Ducks GM Bob Murray asked for top-prospect Brayden Schenn and James van Riemsdyk , and both were off the table.

Rangers GM Glen Sather has said who the team’s untouchables are, and they include both Derek Stepan and Ryan McDonagh, among others. The player that appears to be in play would be Brandon Dubinsky, who is off to a terrible start after signing a four-year deal with the organization this offseason.

You’d also have to think a top-prospect would be involved, namely Chris Kreider. Some would argue do you stick to the plan and see what Kreider has to offer in the NHL, or do you take the sure thing with Ryan, who has proven himself in the NHL?

Boruk said a deal could be finished by the end of the week. For the Rangers, hopefully it ends as soon as possible because trade rumors like this have a negative effect on the players involved.

Check back soon for an update

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Deveaux Waived, Rangers Interested in Ryan?

November 30, 2011

Some news and rumors away from the ice following last night’s big win over the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Garden. No piece coming because I’m feeling a bit under the weather, but these issues had to be addressed.

First, the Rangers today announced Andre Deveaux was placed on waivers. Deveaux has been suspended the past three games following last week’s elbow to the head of the Florida PanthersTomas Fleishmann. If he clears waivers by tomorrow, he could report back to the AHL. According to Rangers Rants, Deveaux did not participate in the team’s practice and was saying goodbye to several teammates.

“I guess I elbowed myself out of the league,” Deveaux said to the website when asked if he knew what the next step was.

The team left for Carolina this afternoon for its matchup against the Hurricanes tomorrow night. Joining the team will be injured forwards Wojtek Wolski and Mike Rupp, as well as defenseman Marc Staal. Read the rest of this entry »


Metro Rink Report Podcast: Nov. 29, 2011

November 29, 2011

We’re back with another episode of the Metro Rink Report podcast. This week we check in on the three metro-area hockey teams, as well as give our opinions of the New York Rangers’ Winter Classic jerseys. We go around the rink and discuss the two recent NHL coaching terminations, some suspensions and call Sidney Crosby a hypocrite.

Stream the show here


Dubinsky: Shelly is a “Terrible Hockey Player”

November 28, 2011

The war of words have begun between the Rangers and the Philadelphia Flyers follow the debut of HBO’s 24/7 series on Friday night.

In the 15-minute premiere, Flyers forward and former Ranger Jody Shelly compared Brandon Dubinsky to a “weasel.”

Well, Dubinsky didn’t take kindly to Shelley’s comment, and responded by calling the 35-year-old enforcer a “terrible hockey player” at today’s Winter Classic jersey unveiling.

“First of all, if I was him, I’d keep my mouth shut if I don’t play, especially since I never see him on the ice,” Dubinsky said of Shelly, who spent part of the 2009-10 season in New York. Shelley has played in just 10 games this season for the Flyers. “He’s usually just yapping from the bench, and I guess now he’s yapping from behind the video camera. So that’s about all I have to say.” Read the rest of this entry »


Rangers Unveil Winter Classic Jersey

November 28, 2011

A week after the Philadelphia Flyers unveiled their Winter Classic jerseys, the Rangers showed off their red, white and blue Winter Classic sweaters.

In a ceremony held Monday in Central Park that was attended by Brandon Dubinsky, Ryan Callahan, Dan Girardi and Henrik Lundqvist, the team finally debuted their Winter Classic jerseys.

Not much more news on this one. Personally, I dig it. It looks enough like the Rangers’ normal sweater but still adds a new dynamic. I like the trimmed-down version of the Rangers’ logo as well. 

It’s hard to find anything to complain about. The vintage white look goes great with the red and blue. It has the same feel the heritage jerseys the Rangers debuted last season has. 

The jerseys are a bit of a blend of all the rumored designs, taking the best from each design, even if that wasn’t the case.

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Game 20: Rangers Blank Flyers for Second Straight Win

November 27, 2011

The Rangers Saturday looked to stars and rookies- and Brandon Prust‘s fists- to overpower a very potent Philadelphia Flyers squad en route to 2-0 victory at Madison Square Garden.

New York opened up a 1-0 lead early in the second period on an off-speed slap-shot by Brad Richards. The goal came moments after a goal believed to be by Richards was waved off when it was determined Ryan Callahan swiped the puck into the goal with his glove.

Early in the third period, rookie Carl Hagelin put a rebound on net that Sergei Bobrovsky had trouble with. Hagelin buried the second rebound to give the Rangers the two-goal lead they would not relinquish.

“He’s not only fast but he’s playing smart,” said head coach John Tortorella of the former captain at the University of Michigan. “He puts himself in great spots in getting to pucks and is doing the right things because of his legs. Mitch has lonesome really good things on the wall. It’s been seamless in the first two games.” Read the rest of this entry »


Game 19: Rangers Double Up Caps to Snap Skid

November 26, 2011

After two lack-luster performances in which the tea totaled two goals and about 20 shots on net, the Rangers exploded Saturday against the Washington Capitals, winning 6-3 behind five different goal scorers, including two by Ruslan Fedotenko, who was given the Broadway Hat after the game.

After a first period that saw Henrik Lundqvist stand on his head against three big scoring chances by the Capitals, the Rangers escaped the opening stanza tied 0-0.

The Blueshirts opened it up in the second period. Marian Gaborik roofed a gorgeous saucer pass from Derek Stepan on a 2-on-1 to make it 1-0. Three minutes later, Artem Anisimov‘s wrist shot from the top of the circle rang off the post and in, the team’s first power play goal in what feels like 9 months. Fedotenko made it 3-0 after a giveaway by a Capitals defenseman.

The Capitals answered back quickly for two quick goals by Troy Brouwer and John Carlson to make it 3-2, but Brian Boyle‘s first goal since the fourth game of the season made it 4-2 and gave the Rangers some breathing room.

In the third, Brad Richards re-directed a Ryan Callahan pass in the slot and beat goaltender Michael Neuvirth to make it 5-3. Alex Ovechkin answer with a laser of a wrist-shot that beat Lundqvist, but a few minutes later, Fedotenko’s second of the game iced it at 6-3.

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