Posts tagged: Dominic Moore

Sather: Lots of interest in Brian Boyle

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Rangers GM Glen Sather raised some eyebrows last week when he told Edmonton’s Team 1260 that he’s received lots of interest in center Brian Boyle, but is loath to deal the 28-year-old.

“I’ve had a lot of requests for Brian’s services,” Sather said. “I’m not anxious to trade him. I think he’s a good player, he’s a great team guy and I think he has still an upside to go to. He’s one of those guys you may regret trading if you do trade him so I’m not anxious to do anything with him at this time.” Read more »

Who will Alain Vigneault use in shootouts?

Dominic Moore is five-of-12 in his career

Though the skills competition isn’t really a fair way to determine the winner of a hockey game, success in the shootout has granted some teams entry to the postseason and – as Rangers fans know all too well – denied others.

Thanks in large part to Henrik Lundqvist’s heroics, New York has traditionally been a solid shootout club.  The Blueshirts went 4-4 in the event last season and are 53-40 overall since its inception in 2005.

Last season, coach John Tortorella relied heavily on Ryan Callahan and Rick Nash in the shootout and it’s likely that new coach Alain Vigneault will do the same.  It also seems like a no-brainer that Vigneault will deploy one of New York’s most deadly shootout weapons – Mats Zuccarello – now that the Norwegian is back for a full season.  So who could Vigneault turn to in Callahan’s absence to start the season and in the event of future slumps/injuries?  Let’s take a look at how New York’s forwards did in the skills competition last year: Read more »

New Rangers round out much-needed depth

Pouliot is one of those signings people will love (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images).

Pouliot is one of those signings people will love (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images).

During the free agent frenzy, the Rangers added just three depth players, and spent less than $3 million in the process. All the big names went elsewhere for a significant amount of money, so it was refreshing that the organization decided to fill depth holes and not chase big money guys. After acquiring Justin Falk, Danny Syrvet, and Danny Kristo in trades, the Rangers signed Dominic Moore, Aaron Johnson, and Benoit Pouliot.

Pouliot and Moore –who sat out last season while tending to his late-wife’s cancer– are both on cheap deals to help address the fact that the Rangers really haven’t been able to roll four lines that much. With Arron Asham and Darroll Powe on waivers, the two new additions will likely slide into a bottom-six role with the club. On paper, they appear to be upgrades, and address the tertiary scoring needs.

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Quiet Rangers do the right thing

Sather spent wisely. (Photo credit: Jim McIsaac)

Sather spent wisely. (Photo credit: Jim McIsaac)

It is definitely a concern that the Rangers’ association with the sad sack Blue Jackets has grown stronger this week. Putting that aside however and Glen Sather was right to exercise caution in a free agency period that may have been the most idiotic ever. The Rangers went out and added depth. They went out and acquired players who will not excite anyone but in Benoit Pouliot and Dominic Moore in particular, they brought in two players that should help the team down the road.

On a day when players who had just finished abysmal seasons managed to have their agents get them four year deals or significant pay rises based almost solely on availability Glen Sather spent minimally. Benoit Pouliot – whose 2012-13 season would have pro-rated to close to 50 points – got 1.3m while Moore got one million and Aaron Johnson got close to the league minimum. There should be no complaints over the money doled out.

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Rangers sign Dominic Moore

Per Larry Brooks, the Rangers have signed center Dominic Moore to a one-year contract worth $1 million.  You may remember Moore played with the Blueshirts in 2005-2006. Moore sat out last season as a result of his late wife’s battle with rare liver cancer. Moore was someone we talked about signing before last season kicked off. Welcome back Dominic.

Notable Scratches Tonight

I’m flipping between the Devils game (MSG+) and the Penguins game (Vs), and I should note that Dominic Moore and Nik Antropov were both healthy scratches for Toronto, as was Mark Recchi for TB. GM Brian Burke said that they had deals on the table for both players.

Some more irresponsible rumor mongering from me, but with Zipay quoting Torts that the Rangers are looking for size, I can’t help but think Antropov is the big bodied scorer the Rangers made an offer for.

I personally don’t think the Rangers should be mortgaging future picks or prospects for this season. They simply aren’t built to compete with Boston or Washington in s 7 game series. That said, if they can dump some long term salary and resign Antropov, I’m all for it. I think I’m giving Sather too much credit there though.

A notable non-scratch was Miro Satan, who is in the lineup for Pittsburgh tonight despite being placed on waivers earlier today.

Also, a side note. I’ll be live blogging the trade deadline tomorrow. So check back often tomorrow.

Remember Him?

We all remember the center on the popular HMO line, Dominic Moore. He was traded to Pittsburgh in the deal that brought Adam Hall to NY.

Ever wonder what he’s been up to recently? Well, he has found himself a home as the first line center in Toronto, centering Jason Blake and Ian White (ironically enough, Ryan Hollweg has found himself on this Maple Leaf team too). He is also having a breakout season, with 11 goals, 18 assists for 29 points in 49 games this year. This also includes a stretch of 6 points in the previous 3 games. He has impressed new GM Brian Burke enough that he is not being included in all the Maple Leaf trade rumors.

Moore was used primarily as a defensive and penalty killing specialist while in NY. He showed some offensive flair while in NY, netting 9 goals and 18 points while playing in a limited role. It’s good to see him getting more playing time and succeeded on both sides of the puck.