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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Rangers Stay Quiet at Deadline, No Nash, Acquire Scott

February 27, 2012

The weeks leading up to the NHL Trade Deadline are fun. The speculation of what players a team will acquire, what deals will be made, the breaking news; it’s all great. But sometimes it doesn’t live up to the hype. Today there were only about 15 trades, with one real headliner.

Columbus Blue Jackets forward Rick Nash is staying put in Ohio, at least for the time being. According to the NY Post, the Rangers made one last ditch effort in the dying seconds prior to the deadline, offering up Brandon Dubinsky, 2011 first-round pick J.T. Miller, defensive prospect Tim Erixon, prospect Christian Thomas and a first-round pick in this year’s draft, but it was not enough.

In the same report, it is believed Columbus G.M. Scott Howson actually increased his demands, wanting Dubinsky along with either defensemen Michael Del Zotto or Ryan McDonagh, either Derek Stepan or Carl Hagelin, Boston College star and 2009 first-round pick Chris Kreider, and a first-round pick at this year’s draft.

Following the deadline, Howson said he was approached by Nash asking to be traded, less than two years after signing an eight-year contract extension.

The Rangers did make one minor move, acquiring defenseman John Scott from the Chicago Blackhawks for a 2012 fifth-round pick. Scott, 29, has one assist and 49 PIMs in 29 games this season.

At the end of the day, I think this was the right move for the Rangers to make. As I’ve written, Nash is a world-class talent, but he isn’t worth the asking price. Chris Botta of the NY Times Tweeted that this team as is, should be given a shot to show what they could do in the post-season. Nash will still be on the market, and if this team falls short of the Eastern Conference Finals, then go make a move.

Scott won’t be much of a difference maker. He’s a 6-foot 8-inches and about 260 pounds, but doesn’t bring much in terms of offense. 

I still would have liked to see the team add a scorer, but the market just wasn’t there this year. Too many potential movers re-signed with their teams, while others’ asking prices were just too high.

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Sather Willing to Blow the Farm on Nash?

February 20, 2012

We still have about a week left in the Rick Nash trade madness, and the latest report could scare Blueshirts fans everywhere.

According to Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com, Glen Sather could be more willing to create a package of J.T. MillerChris Kreider and Tim Erixon, along with Brandon Dubinsky, rather than include either Michael Del Zotto or Ryan McDonagh.

Obviously you can only put so much stock in these rumors, but this is from a reliable source. The only saving grace is that the Jackets reportedly want a big-time player they could insert into the lineup immediately. 

Nash — or maybe anyone — isn’t worth that price. That would deplete the Rangers’ strong farm system big time, leaving little to be had for future trade possibilities. There’s no doubting Nash’s skill, but not for that price.

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Rangers’ Log-Jam Fills Up As Wolski Nears Return

December 26, 2011

After missing two months with a sports hernia, Wojtek Wolski is nearing a return to the Rangers lineup as soon as the end of the week. With that, the log-jam that is the Rangers’ roster becomes even more congested, with Sean Avery and Erik Christensen already spare forwards.

In short, something has to give. We know the top six players are safe, along with Brandon Dubinsky, Brian Boyle, Brandon Prust and Ruslan Fedotenko probably won’t be removed from the lineup. But players like Mike Rupp, John Mitchell, Avery, Christensen and Wolski are all on the bubble, one that is going to pop pretty soon.

According to Brooks, if Jeff Woywitka returns from injury tonight against the New York Islanders, the team would send Tim Erixon back to the AHL. If that happens, Wolski could return off IR without Glen Sather having to make another personnel move, such as trading or waiving Avery or Christensen.

Brooks said the team is unlikely to carry three spare forwards, which could lead to a move being made with either Avery or Christensen. Once Marc Staal returns from injury, which could be as early as the Winter Classic, the team would then have to make a move. It is unlikely they’d return Mitchell to the AHL, but they could send defenseman Stu Bickel back to Connecticut, though he has played well since his call-up last week. Brooks believes Rupp will be used as a rotational insert into the lineup.

Just like training camp, it will come down to Avery against Christensen to be the second spare forward on this team.

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Rangers Re-Assign Erixon, Rozsival Plays Former Team

December 17, 2011

The Rangers Friday sent defenseman Tim Erixon back to the Connecticut Whale (AHL). The 20-year-old was re-called earlier in the week when it was unknown as to whether Steve Eminger‘s left arm would hold up for him to take the ice in St. Louis after blocking a shot Tuesday against the Dallas Stars.

Former Rangers defenseman Michael Rozsival will play his first game against his former club tonight when the Rangers take on the Phoenix Coyotes. It will be Rozsival’s fifth game of the season after suffering a concussion on opening night.

“I think any player, when they play against their old team, it means a little more to you,” said Rozsival, who was traded Jan. 10 for Wojtek Wolski. “You have memorie. When you get traded, you want to do well. You’re play against players you use to play against. It is interesting.”

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Staal Continues to Skate, Rupp Close to Returning and 24/7 Reaction

December 15, 2011

The morning after the debut of 24/7, and it appears most people— including myself— were pretty pleased with the outcome. Now, back to the season.

Marc Staal skated hard today at the Rangers’ morning skate in St. Louis, where they’ll take on the Blues tonight at 8 pm. Staal, who has been out the whole season, said “today was the hardest I’ve skated in a really long time. Yesterday, I had a tough, hard workout. The last week has gone really well with the workouts I’ve been doing. It’s kind of a wait-and-see how I’m feeling, but with the way my work has gone, the rest of the day should go pretty well.

“The unknown is the hardest part,” Staal added. “You’re waiting for things to happen and it does, it’s really frustrating.” There is still no timetable for Staal’s return.

Mike Rupp, who has been injured since late October, did a bag skate today and said he’s shooting for Saturday night’s game against the Phoenix Coyotes for his return, and if not, Tuesday night against one of his former teams, the New Jersey Devils.

Tim Erixon was recalled Wednesday from the Connecticut Whale (AHL) for insurance reasons after Steve Eminger took a shot off the wrist against the Dallas Stars Tuesday night. Eminger is expected to play against the Blues.

Onto 24/7, which as I said above, received positive reviews throughout the hockey world.

Like many, Brian Boyle pinpointed the Artem Anisimov riffle incident against the Tampa Bay Lightning as one of his favorite moments. “There were a few moments,” Boyle said. “When Aves [Sean Avery] came into the room and laughed, no words, just a smirk, I thought that was priceless. That probably when I laughed the hardest.”

Ruslan Fedotenko, who to my knowledge did not appear in the episode at all, said “it was pretty funny. I was able to catch the second-half. It was pretty funny with Artie, to see his side.”

What did the man of the hour think? “Nothing. I don’t want to comment,” Anisimov said. “But I like the show. The idea is great. HBO did a great job.”

In his best John Tortorella, head coach John Tortorella said “I’m not going to have a running comment on the show.” What a party-pooper.

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Rangers Reassign Erixon, Newbury, Recall Deveaux, Avery to Return?

October 30, 2011

Some quick roster moves for this Sunday afternoon as the Rangers prepare to host the San Jose Sharks tomorrow night at Madison Square Garden.

The team announced today that it has re-assigned defenseman Tim Erixon and forward Kris Newbury to the Connecticut Whale (AHL), and recalled forward Andre Deveaux.

Erixon, who didn’t make the team out of camp but was recalled when it was determined Marc Staal would not be playing and Michael Sauer went down with a shoulder injury, went pointless in nine games with the team with a minus-2 rating.

Newbury was recalled after the 3-2 loss to the New York Islanders when Mats Zuccarello was sent down. He too went pointless but was a plus-2.

Deveaux was one of the last training camp cuts before the team left for Europe in September. He is most known by Rangers fans as the player who was hit from behind by the Flyers’ Tom Sestito, which led to a small melee that ultimately led to Wayne Simmonds‘ alleged anti-gay slur towards Sean Avery. He has four goals and two assists thus far with the Whale.

Speaking of Avery, WFAN host and avid Rangers fan Boomer Esiason tweeted today that someone from within the Rangers organization informed him that Avery would be getting recalled by the big club. No writers have reported this, so I won’t give it too much attention, although I personally would be in favor of it.



For Erixon, he just wasn’t ready for the NHL yet, and I’m sure he understands it. The nine games he played here will go a long way towards his development, but some seasoning in the AHL will help him even more. Newbury for Deveaux seems like an even swap, though I would have preferred Zuccarello or Carl Hagelin get the nod over Deveaux.

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