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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No NYR Awards, But A Few Vote Getters

Last night at the NHL Award Ceremony, no Rangers were called to the podium to accept an award. It is something we knew was going to happen, as they didn’t have any finalists for the major awards. The biggest question was where Henrik Lundqvist finished in the Vezina voting, as it was a bit of a shock not to see…

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Zuccarello Fractures Hand; Practice Notes; Lundqvist Snubbed?

There’s a lot of little bits and pieces of news here and there in the Rangers world.  First, there are some Swedish reports saying that Mats Zuccarello fractured his hand while playing in the CT Whale’s playoff game last night (stick-tap to Nick Montemagno of Rangers Tribune for breaking this).  Zuccarello will miss the remainder of the season with the injury. …

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Steven A. McDonald Award; Yogan Signs ATO

Tonight the Rangers give out the Steven A. McDonald Extra Effort Award to the player, as voted on by the fans, to have given the most to the team for this season. There are probably four Rangers who I wouldn’t be surprised to see win the award (Brandon Prust, Ryan Callahan, Brandon Dubinsky, Henrik Lundqvist), but personally I voted for…

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Lundqvist, Staal Selected to All-Star Team; Stepan For Rookie Skills

The NHL today announced the 2011 All-Star Game rosters and two New York Rangers were selected for the game and one for the rookie skill competition.  Defenseman Marc Staal and goalie Henrik Lundqvist were named to the game itself and center Derek Stepan was among 12 rookies selected. The selection for Staal is the first for the game itself even…

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Jack Adams Finalists

The finalists for the Jack Adams Trophy for the “NHL coach adjudged to have contributed the most to his team’s success” have been announced. These finalists really shouldn’t surprise anyone, as Dave Tippet (PHO), Joe Sacco (COL), and Barry Trotz (NSH) are the three finalists for this year’s award. Tippet’s Coyotes surprised everyone this season, finishing with a record of…

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Masterton Finalists, Lemaire Retires

The finalists for the Bill Masterton trophy, which is awarded annually to the National Hockey League player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to ice hockey, have been announced. Jose Theodore (WSH), who played this season in the wake of his infant’s son tragic death, Kurtis Foster (TB), who returned to the game over a year…

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Norris Finalists

The Norris Trophy finalists, for best defenseman, have been announced. There really shouldn’t be any surprises with this group of Drew Doughty (LA), Mike Green (WAS), and Duncan Keith (CHI). Simply put, Doughty and Keith are two of the best defensemen in the league, and will continue to be amongst the league’s best for many, many years. As for Green,…

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Calder Finalists Announced

As more finalists for the major NHL awards get announced, we meet with no surprises for today’s finalists for the Calder trophy, awarded to the top rookie. The three finalists are Colorado’s Matt Duchene, Detroit’s Jimmy Howard, and Buffalo’s Tyler Myers. In my opinion, I think this should go to Jimmy Howard, as he single-handedly got got Detroit into the…

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