Derek Boogaard; RIP

When something as tragic as Derek Boogaard’s death happens it puts everything else into context. In the world of hockey contract negotiations, who’s coming or going to a club and results on the ice all become secondary when remembering a person in a better, happier light. Derek Boogaard was known as a fearsome fighter on the ice, a giant man…

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BREAKING: Derek Boogaard found dead at home

Via Michael Russo of The Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Derek Boogaard was found dead at his Minneapolis home today by family members. The Rangers have confirmed the death according to Jesse Spector. He was just 28. No further word on the cause of death or anything, but obviously this is just awful. Condolences to Boogaard’s friends and family. More to come, eventually.

Glen Should Fix A Boog Mistake

I try to be fair when talking about Sather’s acquisitions, I really do. Knowing people in the organization and understanding the work that they do, I try to be somewhere between an objective businessman and an over opinionated (but equally entertaining!) fan. But every summer I seem to be scratching my head, as most Rangers fans do. One year it’s…

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Boogaard Hopes To Play This Season

Per Andrew Gross, Derek Boogaard appears to be symptom free, and is hoping that he can play again this season. Boogaard is the forgotten Ranger injury this year, as he only played in 22 games this season before getting a concussion on December 9 that effectively ended his season. Boogaard fought a myriad of injuries this year, which included the…

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Remember Boogaard?

Remember Derek Boogaard? He’s the enforcer that Glen Sather signed to a four-year $6.5 million deal ($1.65 million a year) on the first day of free agency last summer. After coming to camp overweight, he played 22 games for the Rangers, fighting a few hand injuries along the way, before going on LTIR with a concussion after a fight with…

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Boogaard Shut Down

As per Larry Brooks, Derek Boogaard is experiencing some headaches, and has been shut down by the team. It is possible that he suffered a concussion following his fight against Matt Carkner during the Ottawa game two weeks ago. Concussions are a tricky thing, and you don’t want to risk much activity and making it worse. So the Rangers have…

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Boogaard, Eminger Injured

As per Andrew Gross, the Rangers were without tough guy Derek Boogaard and defenseman Steve Eminger at practice yesterday due to injury. Boogaard is out with a strained right shoulder, and will not play against Columbus tonight. He has been sent back to New York for reevaluation. Eminger is day-to-day with a hip flexor, but is expected to play tonight….

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Tough Decisions Looming When Drury Returns

For all intents and purposes, Rangers captain Chris Drury has missed the entire season to date with a broken finger. The news came last week that Drury’s return is going to be delayed until at least next week because he is still having trouble gripping a stick. Drury has spent the entire season on long term injured reserve, and thus…

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The Rangers Can Play Physical

This Rangers club is different from other Rangers clubs of the past. Sure, the Rangers have generally been in the top-five in hits, especially in the Ryan Callahan and Brandon Dubinsky years, but there has always been something missing. There was always a level of ferocity that the Rangers simply would not go to previously. This year is different. The…

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Evgeny Grachev Called Up

As per Steve Zipay the Rangers will call up highly touted prospect Evgeny Grachev to replace the injured Derek Boogaard. Boogaard cut his hand during his fight with Shawn Thornton, and his hand is now infected. He will unlikely be able to go tomorrow or Saturday. Grachev, still just 20 years old, has a goal and an assist in nine…

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