Redden, Kotalik Benched

You wanted changes? Well, you got changes. Wade Redden and Ales Kotalik will be healthy scratches for tonight’s game against the Islanders. Bobby Sanguinetti and Erik Christensen will take their place.  We all expected something to be done, especially after the tirade by Torts. And Kotalik deserves to be benched. But I would have much rather seen Chris Higgins, or…

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Chris Higgins Can’t Buy A Goal, And Other Random Thoughts

As we try to digest yet another Rangers loss, I couldn’t help but think. So here are some random thoughts coming from my mind to yours. -Chris Higgins can’t buy a goal. Honestly. He’s been playing so well. He’s been aggressive on the forecheck. He’s creating chances. He just can’t bury the puck. And I don’t know why. I don’t…

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Kotalik a Game Time Decision

It seems the Rangers just can’t get completely healthy. With Chris Drury returning tonight, it appears that Ales Kotalik may not play. Kotalik took a hard hit against Columbus and was clearly shaken up. He finished the game, but he is clearly still hurting, as he missed yesterday’s practice. With Kotalik possibly out, the Rangers are going to need someone…

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Kotalik On First Line

In another line change, the Rangers have moved Ales Kotalik to the first line. According to Steve Zipay, the move was made because Kotalik can control the puck better than Lisin. I like the move. Kotalik has been the third best offensive player, behind Gaborik and Prospal, and deserves a shot on the first line. These would be my guesses…

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Finding Kotalik Ice Time

It’s becoming increasingly clear that Ales Kotalik will be an important member of the 2009-10 New York Rangers. Not only does he have a booming shot on the power play, he’s shown strong defensive responsibilities, and a nose for the net. So far, he has 3 goals and 2 assists,  and he’s done that while spending two games on the…

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Scoring: A Problem?

Before I start, I’d like to properly introduce myself: My name is Jeremy Fuchs and I’m really excited to join the team here at BlueSeatBlogs. A life long Ranger fan, I’m looking forward to sharing my thoughts on my beloved Blueshirts. You may have seen my other work on GiantsGab, or The Blog of Champions. Now that you know a…

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So Far, So Good

The new look Rangers dropped the preseason opener last night, 2-1 to the Boston Bruins. The score isn’t really telling of the game itself, in which the Rangers dominated the third period, when Boston looked gassed and unable to keep up with the Blueshirts. John Tortorella has already put his stamp on this team, as the puck movement, scoring chances,…

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Kotalik on the Point?

Yesterday, in an interview with Andrew Gross, newly acquired winger Ales Kotalik admitted that coach John Tortorella has spoken with him about playing the point on the power play. The Rangers had the second-worst ranked power play in the league last year, and it definitely cost them in the regular season and in the playoffs. Five or six well timed…

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More Ranger Bashing

In more bashing of the Rangers moves this offseason, Adam Proteau of The Hockey News mentions the Rangers twice thrice in his Worst UFA Signings of 2009. Sure, Sather shelled out a ton of money this summer on Marian Gaborik (#2 on this list), who’s injuries are well documented and really seem to be the only argument everyone has against…

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Kotalik Has a No-Trade

According to CapGeek, Ales Kotalik was able to secure himself a no-trade clause in his deal with the Rangers. The only rational explanation for this is that the Rangers were bidding with another team, and needed to use the NTC as leverage over the mystery team. I am guessing this is a limited no trade clause, much like those given…

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