Bettman’s Salary More Than Doubles, Kids in Somalia Still Starving

As reported by ESPN (since this is about the only thing they can report about hockey), Gary Bettman has seen his worth double during the post-lockout NHL.  SportsBusiness Journal initially reported that the commissioner’s current salary comes in at $7.5 million, which ranks him last among the big-4 commissioners: Selig of MLB, Goddell of the NFL, and Stern of the…

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A Lot to Like, But a Few Things in Particular

The 2010 portion of the Rangers season is now completed, with the Blueshirts sitting right in the thick of the Eastern Conference standings.  Pretty comforting stuff considering that this has traditionally been the portion of the season the Rangers find themselves struggling for an identity.  We’ve seen it all too frequently: a strong start, a mid-season collapse, and then a…

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Trade Winds: Rangers Acquire RW Chad Kolarik from Columbus

As being reported from various media outlets, the Rangers have acquired Columbus Blue Jacket RW Chad Kolarik in exchange for LW Dane Byers.  Originally drafted #48 overall by the Rangers in 2004, Byers played in only 6 games for the Rangers, tallying a single point, that being a goal against the Minnesota Wild.  Kolarik was drafted 199th overall by the…

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In-Game Blog: Rangers vs. Islanders

Pregame: It’s already started.  Brandon Dubinsky and Zenon Konopka (???) were getting into it during warm-ups.  Nothing too crazy, just a lot of jawing back and forth.  Avery felt the need to get into it at some point also.  You gotta love that no matter either team’s successes/failures in recent years, this is still a heated rivalry played with tons…

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Dylan McIlrath = YouTube Sensation

Hello all.  After a long hiatus, I’m finally back doing posts here.  Forgive my almost year-long absence.  The recent NHL entry draft seemed like a good enough transition point for me to re-enter the blogosphere, and something about a recent top-10 pick has me pretty riled up… A lot is being said about the Rangers newest first-round pick, Dylan McIlrath,…

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That Messier Guy is Back

ESPN reports that Mark Messier has taken a position in the Rangers front office as a special assistant to general manager Glen Sather.  The report mentions that this may be the first stage in Messier assuming the post of general manager when Slats finally hangs it up. Nice to see Messier taking a more active role in the front office…

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Go see the Captain

Chris Drury was at a team event yesterday signing autographs and received several questions about his new teammates.  One question that stood out to me was when he was asked about new Rangers enforcer, Donald Brashear, and how the team would respond to him after he nearly decapitated Blair Betts during the playoffs last season. I don’t think any guys…

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Will The Real Nik Zherdev Please Stand Up?

Well, its finally official.  The Rangers have officially said no to Z’s $3.9 million award, making him an unrestricted free agent.  Zherdev’s value  and upside have been discussed ad nauseum on this and other Rangers websites, and hopefully this will be one of the last posts in an otherwise tragic story of seemingly untapped potential.  Even though it removes a…

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Our Very Own Paul Bunyon Has Left Us

Paul Mara has signed a one year deal to go north of the border and play for the Canadiens.  I thought this deserved its own post, so we could at least stare at that perfectly groomed rug one last time.  In my opinion, Mara was a great acquisition several years ago and brought stability and leadership to the Rangers blue-line. …

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Prospect Profile: Matt Gilroy

With all the commotion of free agency and Glen Sather’s dedication to add scoring, its easy to forget about the defensemen the Rangers have in their system.  Among them is Matt Gilroy, who signed a 2-year $3.5 million deal on April 17th, 2009. BIO: A native of Long Island, Gilroy, 24, played high school hockey for St. Mary’s, where he…

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