Mashinter returned to AHL; Nash/McDonagh/Del Zotto all skating

Brandon Mashinter was returned to the AHL this morning after playing four games for the Rangers. Mash finished with a -2 rating, 7 hits, and 1 blocked shot in extremely limited playing time. Returning Mash to the AHL leaves the Rangers with 11 forwards, so it is likely that Rick Nash, the player who was on IR, will be reactivated…

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Exhale time: Del Zotto, Girardi, Powe all on the ice for practice

Per Pat Loenard, Michael Del Zotto (lower body), Dan Girardi (foot), and Darroll Powe (concussion) are all on the ice today for practice. Del Zotto missed Saturday’s game, and Powe had been out since his incidental contact with Matt Hendricks. Girardi didn’t even miss a game. Still convinced he’s an alien. Ryan McDonagh, Rick Nash, and Arron Asham are not…

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Could McIlrath be rushed to New York?

With the injuries mounting in New York and the likes of Stu Bickel and Steve Eminger clearly not enjoying the trust of John Tortorella, could we see first round pick and great white hope, Dylan McIlrath rushed to New York? With a nickname like the Undertaker and a (listed) 6-5, 220 lb frame, McIlrath has the potential to be an imposing…

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Suggestion Sunday: Why not Leetch for a specialist coach?

I’m assuming the Rangers don’t have an issue with their former legend Brian Leetch and I’m assuming Leetch doesn’t hate Glen Sather for moving him out of New York to the Leafs all those years ago. So, why not get him on board and help right the wrongs of the current roster? This is just food for thought on a…

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Quick lineup notes: Asham, Staal, Biron, MDZ

There was a lot going on today in Rangerland, and there may be some significant roster changes for tonight’s game. Per Andrew Gross, the Rangers are dealing with the following injuries/lineup changes: Arron Asham is out with back spasms. Christian Thomas has been recalled to take his roster spot. To make room for Thomas, Rick Nash has been placed on…

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Musings: Del Zotto appreciation, Cally, Redden, and more

There’ll be no Marc Staal defence’s today (kudos Suit), no long-winded rants, just lots of discussion. I’m feeling concise today so let’s get straight into the Le Musing (ooh, very French…) Michael Del Zotto: The young and oft maligned blueliner is off to a great start to the year. He’ll never win over all his critics but he’s been the Rangers best…

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Horrible defense and bad start nothing to worry about

Here’s an interesting statistic I read after the Pittsburgh loss: The Rangers will play their 48 games in 99 days. Last year they played their final 48 games in 100 days. Basically there is no great concern or big deal to be made of the compressed schedule. There will also be sufficient practice time. The Rangers managed to win the…

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Rangers, Del Zotto agree to terms (Updated with terms of deal)

Update 10:55am: Larry Brooks is reporting that the deal is worth $2.55 million annually. Update 10:30am: Pierre LeBrun is reporting that the deal is two years. No monetary details have been released. Original Post: Per Bob McKenzie, the Rangers have agreed to terms with RFA defenseman Michael Del Zotto. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed, but Del Zotto will…

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The lockout is over, what can we expect from the Rangers?

With the official signing of the Memorandum of Understanding yesterday the NHL lockout officially ended, and teams are now free to pursue business as usual. Teams are now finally allowed to sign free agents (restricted or unrestricted), make trades, make call ups, and perform other duties required for the start of the season. For Glen Sather and the Rangers, there…

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Del Zotto’s next move is critical to his Rangers career

Michael Del Zotto needs to be very conscious of how the next few days play out. How the young blueliner deals with the contract situation and the start of the upcoming abbreviated season is – to an extent – a crossroad in his young Rangers career. The Rangers fan base can be an unforgiving one. When the crowd turns on…

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