Rangers Lose In OT In Preseason Opener

September 21, 2011, by

Well, the Rangers dropped the preseason opener to a Fatty-less Devils, who still had a majority of their NHL roster playing tonight.  As for the Rangers, well, it looked sloppy, but all signs point to the ice being a mess, which may account for a few miscues.  Ice should never be an issue, as the Devils dealt with it too, so a loss is a loss.  I think I’m going to try a bullet point review for all games, so let me know what you think of this instead of the usual game summary types.

  • Cam Talbot played his tail off during his time. He made great saves, and it wasn’t really his fault on the OT winner, it was just a bad giveaway.
  • That turnover was the result of a bad pass from Steve Eminger that was fumbled by Dale Weise. It happens. No use crying over spilled preseason milk.
  • Dale Weise did have a good game though, scoring a goal and dropping the gloves as well. I have pretty much written him off for the preseason, but more games like this and he may just crack that roster.
  • John Tortorella said that Sean Avery was part of a line that was most impressive this game. That’s funny, because I didn’t see Avery after the first period.
  • Dylan McIlrath had some early jitters, but settled down as the game went on. Being paired with Traverse City partner Tim Erixon likely helped.
  • Ryan Bourque continued his strong play.
  • Erik Christensen continued his “WTF am I doing here” play.  He’s gone. You heard it here first. No, seriously, you did. I said it last year.
  • Michael Del Zotto…oh boy. This spot is yours to lose and you’re doing a good job losing it. You must be better. Stop forcing passes, just make the simple play that comes naturally.
  • In the Bourque vs. Hagelin battle, Bourque took round one. Carl Hagelin is fast, but he didn’t do much else.
A loss is a loss, but it’s preseason.  The first cuts come after Friday’s game.  Expect the kids in Juniors to be sent back, and maybe a few others to the AHL.
Categories : Game Wrap-ups, Preseason


  1. Jess says:

    Right on the money Dave as I saw someone wearing 16 in white for the Rangers but never saw him get involved.

    Maybe it was me but I too am not sold on Dale Weise other than being someone’s punching bag. Yes he scored the only NYR goal but what else did he do that I missed?

    But like you I totally agree on Michael Del Zotto but what is even more frustrating is why doesn’t somebody pick up a telephone and call somebody by the name of Brian Leetch?

    If there is anyone who is going to understand and help Del Zotto before he royally screws up his future it would be Leetch.

    • Chris says:

      that’s a great call. The Rangers have got former players involved before. Leetch would be ideal for bringing along MDZ. Even just a little advice, nothing formal.

  2. Mikeyyyy says:

    Do you think haggy, baby bourque, and Thomas make it past the first cuts?

    Kinda surprised aa and dubi didn’t click more but that’s what you get when you keep them separated during camp and plop them together for a game.

    I used to be an Avery fan. But I am now hoping both he and ec get cut to allow younger players into the lineup.

    • Chris says:

      Thomas won’t make it past Friday. Hagelin and Bourque will. I’m pretty confident both will go to Europe.

  3. mhurley says:

    I think it is waaaaay to soon to pass judgement on ANYONE who played last night. When players are tossed together like bingo balls, some will hit the jackpot and some won’t.

    To his credit Tortorella said the same thing in the post game interview.

    I do like the idea of Leetch helping the kids, especially MDZ. Glad to see it was a vet who fubarred on the giveaway. Maybe instead of throwing MDZ under the bus, Sather should unload Eminger and resign Mara. (PS, and I have liked Eminger!)Okay, maybe not.

    Can we please not start with the Avery bashing already? If you put Gaborik out there last night with all those noobs, he’d have been invisible.

    Realistically, there are only two spots at forward that are to be decided, unless Richard’s is hurt, making three. With Sauer and Staal question marks moving forward,three spots could be up for grabs on defense. Christensen is the forward most likely to suffer by a young comer.

    I think I’ll wait a little longer before writing anyone off.

    • scrangersfan says:

      mhurley,please tell me that you are kidding about replacing Eminger with Mara. Because if you’re not,then I must say that you sir are an idiot.Eminger at his werst is better then Mara was at his best.You need to judge players by their play on the ice instead of their beard. Mare is a washed up hasbeen.

  4. Mikeyyyy says:

    Ok so locks into the lineup at forward


    This leaves 2 spots up for grabs. Likely candidates


    • Chris in MA says:

      I dont think WoWo is a lock… i’d throw him right down with the other candidates

      • Dave says:

        I disagree. I think he’s a lock to at least start the season on the big club.

        • Chris in MA says:

          Yes, to start the season I’d say hes a lock. But I dont see him having very long of a leash. He could see himself in the pressbox sooner rather than later.

  5. Blueshirt in Paris says:

    Man, this whole MDZ situation is not getting any better. He looked no different out there then from last year. I doubt at this point a fireside chat with BL really changes what is going on upstairs.

    When faced with a choice between home-run pass or safe play in that microsecond of firing synapses the outcome is already predetermined. Going to the AHL will just mean those plays work more often reinforcing his poor decision making.

    Problem is he can play on the big club. And if you send him down again then bring him back up with the same results his trade value will have to take a big hit.

    I know it’s just one game but this organization is going to have to take a hard look and maybe make a difficult decision very soon. We lack any real offensive threat from the back end. Waiting around hoping MDZ puts it together and fills that role might not be the best plan at this point.

  6. Zen says:

    I have nicknamed John Mitchell “the offense killer”. He was terrible.

  7. Chris in MA says:

    Ive been saying it all summer to those who kept talking about how much harder MDZ had been working etc.

    Hes got the skill, but he doesnt have the drive or maturity. He just doesnt have what it takes… yet. Though his time is going to start running out

    • The Suit says:

      MDZ will get there, he just needs more time and seasoning. We have to remember we are witnessing someone who has not completed his development. Until he’s “ready” show some restraint to calling for his head. *And no one knows what his maturity level is. We’re not in the locker room with him.

      • Chris in MA says:

        Touche on not knowing his maturity level. And yes, hes not totally developed, however, by having such a great rookie year, he virtually ruined any chance he has at being able to ‘fully develop’ before being criticized.

        If he played well before, why cant he now?

        We have guys who are seasoned and developing at a ‘normal’ pace that dont already have a solid NHL season under their belt. He looks to be be regressing while others are progressing… which makes him look bad and thus, he needs to step up and show what hes got, before his time runs out with NYR

  8. Bluesboy says:

    What you saw last night was the guys fighing for the last two spots against most of the Devil’s top players… I was pretty impressed. I think WoWo will start on the wing of the first line and thrive… Eminger is a #7 guy and made a #7 mistake (Mara is a #7 guy with no speed or mobility so he is a downgrade from M’s). Dale Wuss is not (and never will be) a top 12 NHL’er.
    There is no way to fix MDZ… he no longer wants to be here. His head is not in the game and he is farther back in the doghouse today. We didn’t see Avery much because he will be with the club and had nothing they needed to see…

  9. becky says:

    +3 on the format

  10. HARLEMBLUES says:

    MDZ still forces the home run pass from deep in his end time after time.The league has adjusted MDZ hasn’t. He doesn’t rush the puck up ice or make the safe pass to start the rush.Time 2 call LA about Drew.

  11. KC says:

    I guess you’re giving Bourque a pass for the perfect setup to Kovalchuk in the slot?? He doesn’t get credit for playing well just because you wanted him to.
    MDZ just can’t skate well enough, his first couple strides after making a pivot are painful to watch.