His First Day

So what does Tortorella get today when he comes to practice? Tortorella gets a team that is in free fall, a team that is 2-7-3 in their last 12. He gets a team that is currently 6th in the East with 69 points, but just 2 points out of 9th, and 4 points out of 10th. He gets a team…

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What About Columbus?

It is no surprise to anyone that the Rangers have a glut of centers. They have four on the roster, with two knocking on the door. Assuming the Rangers resign Betts and no one offers Dubi an outrageous offer sheet, they will have 6 centers for the foreseeable future. Columbus GM Scott Howson confirmed on Toronto’s Fan590 that his team…

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SEAN SEAN….GET IN THERE SEAN!!!!

So today is the day Sean Avery presumably clears waivers and will be assigned to an AHL affiliate of some sort.  As you all know, the Wolfpack seem to be the front (and only) runners to pick-up the agitator, which will begin the chain of events that may ultimately end in #16 returning to the Big Club.  While my colleague…

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What happened?

Believe it or not, the turning point of last night’s game was not in the 3rd period when the Rangers looked more like a high school team. It was actually the end of the 2nd period, when Marc-Andre Fleury stopped all 18 shots that he faced in that period. That must have deflated the Rangers, and maybe got their tempers…

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Special teams aren’t so special

14.0% power play efficiency, second worst in the conference and fifth worst overall 12 shorthanded goals allowed, worst in the league What in the world is going on here? The Blueshirts have had the third most power play opportunities in the league (179), yet are one of the worst teams when it comes to capitalizing on those chances (25 PPG)….

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Renney: “Brain dead hockey”

After another uninspired and rather dreadful effort last night, Tom Renney laid into his squad. Via Sam Weinman: “Awful,” Tom Renney said. “Brain-dead hockey.” … “I can tell you I’m not happy with how our team played. I’m not happy with performance from some very key members of our hockey club, who need to be better,” Renney said. “They need…

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The Odd Joys of Even

It’s amazing how much we as fans rejoice when we see that players are on the plus side of the +/-stat. Nick Lidstrom has been hovering around +182,000 for his career, and he’s going down as one of top defensemen of all time. The Rangers as a team are -75. This, unlike Nick Lidstrom’s +182,000 above, is not an exaggeration….

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