Accountability, Thy Name is Rozsival

The one thing John Tortorella brings to the table is making his veterans accountable for their actions on the ice. The first player reprimanded was Nikolai Zherdev. In what is sure to become an on-going occurrence, Tortorella made his second veteran accountable for his actions. This time, it was struggling defenseman Michal Rozsival. Did any of you notice that Michal…

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A Look at the Defensive Pairings

With Michael Del Zotto officially making the team, I thought it would be interesting to look at defensive pairings. Who fits well with who? Let’s take a look: 1st pair: Staal-Rosival Ideally, your first pair is your best. You have a good offensive defenseman, and a strong shutdown d-man. This combination gives the Rangers just that. Staal is the Rangers…

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So Who Gets the ‘A’?

With the departures of Scott Gomez and Markus Naslund, the Rangers are left without their two alternate captains from 2008-2009. As the 2009-2010 Rangers roster begins to take shape, who will be taking up the leadership role alongside Chris Drury? What qualifies someone as a leader of the team? Locker room presence? Of course. Handling the media? Definitely. Tenure with…

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Dreger: Rangers in Top Three for Heatley

As per Blueshirt Banter, Darren Dreger has reported that the Rangers are one of three teams (Sharks and Oilers) in the final running for Heatley. This is the second rumor we have heard about the Rangers closing in on Heatley. Again, the players rumored to be involved: The players involved are Heatley(contract plus $4 mil bonus) to the Rangers for…

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Rangers NTCs

As draft day nears, there are always “ideas” of trades, especially of the large contracts. Before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s look at who the Rangers have given no-trade clauses (NTC) and no-movement clauses (NMC). Information courtesy of NHLSCAP.com: Chris Drury: Full NMC Scott Gomez: NTC – has 3 teams he will not accept a trade to. Wade Redden:…

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Finals Thoughts and a Recap on a Season on the Brink

I allowed myself to decompress for 24-48 hours after the Rangers season officially ended to talk about what happened.  Much like a legendary player being asked to retire when he’s ousted from the playoffs, you have to sift through your emotions before you give an honest assessment of things.  100% agree with Dave that the better team won this series,…

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Game 79: Rangers at Boston

I’m real late with this, sorry. I have a work function I have to go to and I was prepping for that. Harry Corey Potter is back down in Hartford, Michael Rozsival is back. Florida lost last night, so the Rangers remained in 8th place. 1-0 Boston, Wheeler gets the goal off a deflection.

Rozsival Out 7-10 Days

As per Andrew Gross, Michael Rozsival will be out 7-10 days with a lower body injury. The results of the MRI on his left knee were not made public, but based on what we know (left knee, 7-10 days) you have to assume it’s just a strain, maybe a mild sprain. Anything more serious and he would be out much…

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Alex Auld Owns the Rangers

Simply put, he does.  He is 3-0-2 with a slightly about 1.00 GAA against our Blueshirts. He put up a solid performance in net, perhaps helped by the Rangers failures on the PP, which is just under 19% now under John Tortorella. That’s a 5% increase in effectiveness from the Tom Renney era. The current 19% would put them in…

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Rozsival hurt, Sauer recalled

Michal Rozsival was seen limping around with a knee brace after the game yesterday thanks to a Sean Donovan check, and chances our he’ll be out of action for at least a little while. He’ll be getting an MRI sometime today, and will almost assuredly miss Tuesday’s game against the Wild. No one in Hartford will be able to replace…

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