Rangers Recall Erixon, Callahan, Lundqvist to Play

March 17, 2012

Some notes on this St. Patrick’s Day that will see the Rangers host the Colorado Avalanche at Madison Square Garden.

To combat a recent string of injuries — and to keep Jeff Woywitka out of the starting lineup — the Rangers recalled Tim Erixon from the Connecticut Whale of the AHL.

In 43 games with the Whale this season, Erixon has 3 goals and 33 points.

It’s been a few months since we last saw Erixon with the Rangers. Some people were really pushing for him to play with the big club all season, but the organization did the right thing with him to not rush him. We’ll see how much he’s improved tonight.

In addition to the call up, Ryan Callahan said he will play tonight against the Avalanche at Madison Square Garden. Artem Anisimov, who injured his shoulder Thursday, will not play.

According to Rangers Rants, Michael Del Zotto may also return tonight after missing the last few games with a hip injury.

After missing Thursday’s game with the flu, Henrik Lundqvist will start tonight.

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Richards Faces Stars, Staal Skates and Rupp Day-to-Day

December 13, 2011

Just inside an hour until the drop of the puck at Madison Square Garden, and there’s a lot to get to.

Brad Richards faces the Dallas Stars for the first time as a member of the New York Rangers. Richards, who signed a nine-year, $60 million deal in the offseason, said although he has friends in Dallas, he wants to beat them.

“It just didn’t work out,” Richards said of his time in Dallas. “It’s was time we start over.”

The lack of success in the Lone Star State, along with questionable ownership led Richards to head east to the bright lights of Broadway.

“We were not in the playoffs for three straight years, and we were not spending the money that six, seven, eight teams are in a tough Western Conference,” Richards said. “I wanted that stability. It’s not body’s fault.

Marc Staal skated with the Rangers today for the first time since training camp, and he said although it was a big deal to skate with the club, there is still no timetable for his return.

“I felt pretty good through the workouts and skating so I decided to jump on the ice,” Staal said.

With the recent Sidney Crosby set-back, Staal is set on not returning until he is 100 percent. “Every situation is different,” he said. “The biggest thing is you have to know yourself when you’re ready to play. It’s different for everybody. You wait until the workouts get harder then you see what happens after that.”

Mike Rupp, who hasn’t played since Oct. 24 after having arthroscopic knee surgery, said he could be back as early as Saturday night against the Phoenix Coyotes. “I’ve got to find my way through this week to use these practices to really test it,” Rupp said. “Not that we don’t skate hard all the time but maybe treat it like a game.”

He said the last step is stoping and jumping into the play. “If it [the knee] doesn’t respond with that, I may have to take longer. If it does [respond well], I think I’ll be fine.”

Wojtek Wolski began skating last week and said his injured groin didn’t show signs of soreness, which is a good sign for him. It’s now a waiting game for conditioning before he could crack the lineup again.

Michael Sauer has not been with the team over the past week after suffering a concussion last Monday against the Toronto Maple Leafs. He will not accompany the team to St. Louis and Phoenix.

The lineup tonight will be the same as Sunday, so expect Henrik Lundqvist to start, and Erik Christensen to take up space on the bench.

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Deveaux Suspended Three Games

November 25, 2011

The NHL’s long arm of the law ruled today on the Rangers’ Andre Deveaux, handing the winger a three-game suspension following his elbow to the head of the Panthers‘ Tomas Fleichmann in Wednesday night’s 2-1 loss to Florida.

The Rangers knew a suspension was forthcoming, and have called up Carl Hagelin and John Mitchell from the Connecticut Whale (AHL) for today’s game agains the Washington Capitals.

This was expected and pretty fair I suppose. Deveaux obviously isn’t a repeat offender, as he hasn’t played much in the NHL. I wouldn’t be surprised if his days with the Rangers are over following the suspension. The hit- which was very dirty- put the Rangers really behind the 8-ball Wednesday night. Derek Stepan had just made it a 2-1 games, and rather than building on the momentum, the Rangers had to kill off a five-minute major penalty following the elbow. There’s no need for those types of hits in the NHL, and no place for those who commit them.


Update: According to several reports, Erik Christensen and Anton Stralman scratches today, making way for both Mitchell and Hagelin to suit up. It will be Hagelin’s NHL debut. Jeff Woywitka will also dress in Stralman’s spot.

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