Vezina comparison: Quick vs. Lundqvist

The race for the Vezina trophy may come down to three finalists, but this year it’s a two horse race between Henrik Lundqvist and Jonathan Quick. To be fair, both are very deserving of the award. They have had tremendous years, and are clearly the two best goalies this year. While we have been spoiled by having the best goalie…

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Yogan/Ceresnak join Connecticut; Girardi is Masterton nominee

Two little tidbits hit the news waves this morning. First, as said here on Monday, Rangers prospects Andrew Yogan and Peter Ceresnak have officially joined the Connecticut Whale. Both are on ATO’s, which means that Ceresnak can return to the OHL next year. Yogan is playing for his Rangers career, and will need to earn an entry level contract. The…

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Leetch inducted to Connecticut Hockey Hall of Fame

Brian Leetch will be in Hartford next week on March 10 to be inducted into the Connecticut Hockey Hall of Fame. We all know what Leetch is and what he has done and what he has meant to this organization. Bruce Berlet has a great write up for the CT HHOF, and you can read it here.

2012 All Star Game Thread

A little late on this one, but here’s the game thread for the 2012 All Star Game. Lineups are below, with Marian Gaborik and Henrik Lundqvist starting for their respective teams: Team Alfredsson: Michalek – Spezza – Alfredsson Couture – Giroux – Stamkos Sedin – Sedin – Hartnell Neal – Tavares – Pominville Karlsson – Letang Yandle – Weber Edler…

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NHL Skills Competition Participants

The NHL has announced the participants of the NHL Skills Competition, to take place tonight. The four Rangers participating will be in six events: Marian Gaborik Skills Challenge Relay Elimination Shootout Dan Girardi Shooting Accuracy (passer) Carl Hagelin Fastest Skater (side note: he only loses if he blows a tire) Elimination Shootout Henrik Lundqvist Elimination Shootout The remaining contest listings can…

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Chad Johnson Returned To AHL, Hagelin To Play In Rookie Game

As expected, goaltender Chad Johnson was returned to the AHL immediately following last night’s 3-0 victory over the Winnipeg Jets. Johnson was called up to serve as the backup to Henrik Lundqvist. Martin Biron was supposed to start the game, but was scratched with the flu. With no games for the next week, it is likely that Biron will be…

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Should Girardi Garner Norris Trophy Consideration?

Any one that saw highlights (or the full game) in Boston would have seen Dan Girardi play a brilliant game all-round. It’s not a shock anymore, however, as Girardi makes his way through a brilliant season individually. However, can a defensive defenseman really garner Norris Trophy consideration? Is Girardi a sexy enough brand name, are the points missing from the…

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Lundqvist, Gaborik, Girardi Join Tortorella In All Star Game

The NHL announced the rest of the rosters for the 2012 All Star Game, and joining John Tortorella for the festivities over the January 28-29 weekend will be Henrik Lundqvist, Marian Gaborik, and Dan Girardi. Lundqvist and Gaborik were the shoe-ins, with Gaborik among the league leaders in scoring (23-11-34 in 40 GP) and Lundqvist leading the Vezina race (1.85…

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Tortorella To Coach At All Star Game

Per Dan Rosen of NHL.com, Rangers coach John Tortorella has clinched his spot to coach in the All Star Game. Tortorella clinched his spot with last night’s win over the Panthers, ensuring that the Rangers will have at least the second best record in the Eastern Conference. The best record may wind up belonging to the Boston Bruins, but Claude…

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Girardi Not On All Star Ballot; Time For A Write-In Campaign

When the All Star ballots for this year were released, there were four Rangers on the ballot: Henrik Lundqvist, Marian Gaborik, Brad Richards, and Marc Staal. Lundqvist, Richards, and Gaborik were expected to be on the ballot, but Staal hasn’t played a single game this year. It is just another flaw in the All Star balloting, as the Rangers best…

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