Signs of Life from Grachev

While the Rangers lost 2-1 to Tampa Bay on Saturday, a key prospect was showing signs of life in Connecticut. Young Russian forward Evgeny Grachev scored 1 and added 2 assists for a career high 3 point (pro) game as the Connecticut Whale scored a 6-2 victory over Providence on New Year’s Day. The game was a huge one personally…

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Grachev To The Wolf Pack The Right Thing To Do.

There are a few differences between the situations of Derek Stepan and Evgeny Grachev. The Rangers did the right thing when they sent down Grachev yesterday because despite showing willing he wasn’t ready for NHL play. So what are the differences between the two players’ situations? Firstly Stepan has shown he can contribute offensively and Grachev hasn’t. 3 shots in…

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Grachev Returned To Hartford

Evgeny Grachev is on his way back to Hartford. The AHL Transaction Log has him being returned to Hartfrod today. In his six games with the Rangers, Grachev did not register a point, and averaged about six minutes of playing time per game. It is widely speculated that the Rangers knew Grachev was not ready at the time of recalling…

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Grachev Will Remain With Rangers

Evgeny Grachev, the Rangers 3rd round pick in 2008, will be sticking with the Rangers for the time being. As per Jesse Spector, coach John Tortorella has stated that Grachev will be staying in the NHL: “He’s gonna play,” Tortorella said. “We’re gonna keep him here right now, and I want to see more of him, and hopefully he can…

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Grachev Will Play Tonight

As per Jesse Spector, recently recalled Evgeny Grachev has been informed that he will play tonight against the Carolina Hurricanes. Grachev will either take the spot of Derek Boogaard, who has an injured hand, or Erik Christensen. Both Boogaard and Christensen skated in this morning’s optional skate. As per Spector, Boogaard was the last off the ice at the skate…

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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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AHL Review

The Hartford Wolf Pack (or Whale, you choose) has had a mixed set of results over the past few games but the positive news is that key Rangers prospects have started to turn in good performances after quiet starts. The Weekend Set Last Friday saw the Wolf Pack lose 3-2 to The Devils affiliate in Albany. The Pack however did…

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The Whalepack is Stacked

The Rangers had some very stiff competition for the NHL club this year. With stiff competition comes some very difficult cuts, which leads to a very strong AHL club. This year, the Rangers AHL affiliate Hartford Wolfpack Connecticut Whale are the beneficiaries of some of that Ranger depth. Currently, the Rangers have 16 forwards on the club, with two (Chris…

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How Todd White Fits

Glen Sather woke up earlier this off season, after a stormy fishing trip with his pal Brian Burke up North, and felt a little light headed. He set off to his office in New York and proceeded to go about his business. Glen was struck by lightning on his trip. Something had changed. He had acquired the voice of reason….

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Prospect Pipeline: Evgeny Grachev

With all the hullabaloo over Derek Stepan’s signing (I am among the guilty parties that has got caught up in the ‘hysteria’) it’s easy to forget that right now The Rangers have a lot of great talent on the horizon. One such player is Evgeny Malkin Grachev. Grachev, who has stated he wants to be like his illustrious namesake could…

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