It’s Official

I went to bed last night, so I wasn’t awake to get this post up when it happened. The trade is official. The Rangers have acquired Olli Jokinen and Brandon Prust from Calgary in exchange for Ales Kotalik and Christopher Higgins. In the end, Jokinen essentially replaces Higgins in the lineup, as Kotalik had been a healthy scratch for the…

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Assuming Jokinen Is A Ranger, What’s Next?

We can’t be entirely sure if Olli Jokinen will be a Ranger, but signs are pointing that way. As a refresher, the deal was: Jokinen and Brandon Prust to Broadway, and Ales Kotalik and Chris Higgins going out to Calgary. I love this deal. Jokinen, who is essentially replacing Higgins, since Kotalik doesn’t play anymore, is a very good player,…

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Rangers Acquire Olli Jokinen

The Rangers are in the process of finalizing a deal with the Calgary Flames, a deal that would see Olli Jokinen come to Broadway in exchange for Ales Kotalik and one of Christopher Higgins or Matt Gilroy. More details to come. Update 10:22pm: Matt Gilroy will not be involved in the deal. Update 10:25pm:The final deal will be Ales Kotalik…

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Garrioch: Higgins/Kotalik on the Block

According the Bruce “Malkin to the Kings” Garrioch, the Rangers are actively trying to move underachieving forwards Christopher Higgins and Ales Kotalik. NY RANGERS: New York has been trying to move potential UFA W Chris Higgins, who only has four goals and six assists in 36 games this season. The Rangers don’t have any complaints about his effort, but he’s…

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Garrioch: Rangers Interested in Demitra?

According to Bruce “Malkin to the Kings” Garrioch, the Rangers are in a desperate search for a top-six forward, and the injured Pavol Demitra is on the radar. Demitra, currently injured with the Vancouver Canucks, has played with Marian Gaborik in Minnesota before, and would be an interesting fit between Gaborik and Vinny Prospal. Depending on what it would cost…

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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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Higgins Should Stay At Center

With Drury and Dubinsky out for the near future, and no real viable center candidates in Hartford, or on the waiver wire (Joel Lundqvist anyone?) the Rangers have to start looking on their current roster for replacement. Chris Higgins, I thought, was spectacular defensively at center against Ottawa. Clogging lanes, making responsible decisions. That’s why, until Drury and Dubinsky gets back, Higgins…

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Higgins at Center

Looks like P.A. Parenteau’s call up is having an effect on Chris Higgins as well. Higgins has been shifted to center, with Parenteau and Ales Kotalik flanking him. The fourth line of Aaron Voros-Brian Boyle-Donald Brashear has been reunited, and can expect five minutes of playing time a piece in Ottawa.

Higgins at Center?

Michael Obernauer is reporting that Chris Higgins could be lining up at center on Thursday against the Atlanta Thrashers: “Higgins has played center before, he’s perfectly capable of doing it,” the president/GM said as he made his way to the auditorium. “You’re better off letting your people have an opportunity and see what they can do, and if they can’t…

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