Sunday, September 26, 2010

Rangers Rolling

The Rangers pre-season continued perfect as the Blueshirts won another OT thriller over the Devils. Let's face it, The Devils are loaded. The Rangers are not. However the Rangers have the opportunity to give its fans an exciting year if they make the proper personnel decisions. To that end they started out with a great move, waiving Wade Redden. There are two other players they should think about moving, Michal Rozsival and Chris Drury. Moving them would give an opportunity to two young players.

Discounting the quality of play the game had a playoff atmosphere thanks to The Grate One, Sean Avery. He was his irritating, agitating self, throwing Ilya Kovalchuk, David Clarkson and Johan Hedberg, that old Ranger nemisis, off their games. Avery screened Hedberg on two power play goals, one by Gilroy and the other by Fedotenko. He also drew Clarkson into taking a penalty and his jawing with Kovalchuk from their respective benches was pure entertainmernt clearly outshining the Obama/McCain so called debates. It's hard to imagine Avery not being a top six forward.

Speaking of youth, Del Zotto scored the winner in OT. His goal reminded me of the goal Leetch scored against Vancouver in game seven of the 1994 finals. However, as great as Del Zotto is on offense, his defense is atrocious. I would consider moving Giradi along side Del Zotto and Rozsival, while he is still with us, with Staal. However, it's early. Let's see if Avery can put on another show against the Red Wings. Let's see if he plays.

ICINGS:

Nothing surprising here. We know there is a double standard when it comes to officiating and Avery.

Arthur Staple / Newsday / Twitter:

Here's Avery on misconduct for messing with Kovalchuk: "I'm specifically told it's because he's a superstar, and I can't go after a star."
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Kevin Weeks / former Goaltender / Hockey Night Canada / Twitter:
Rangers had stunning comeback vs. Devs @ The Rock last night ! Amazing crowd at he United Center for Wings @ Hawks too.
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The Hockey News / Puck Panel / Video:
Bobby Orr is best; who is the No. 2 all-time defensemen? -- In 1997, The Hockey News ranked the top 50 players of all time. Of course, the great Bobby Orr was the top blueliner.

This fall, THN will release a special edition magazine that lists the top 20 players at each position and Orr is still the No. 1 defenseman. But who is No. 2?
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Don Brennan / Ottawa Sun:
The mighty have fallen -- Redden just isn’t the same guy who was selected second overall in the 1995 entry draft and, over 11 seasons with the Senators, established himself as one of the best blue liners in the league.

Meanwhile, Rangers GM Glen Sather said the move had to be made for the good of the organization. So does the firing of Sather, if only for signing Redden to such an outlandish deal in the first place.
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UFC President Dana White is also on Twitter and he's pretty funny and straightforward, unlike a certain hockey commissioner. Regarding his UFC fight card last night, Dana had this back and forth with various UFC fans:
@don_from_vegas: @danawhite need a ride from the airport?
@danawhite: @don_from_vegas I'm good but thanks

@mirfanz
: @Mrs_Mir whatever. @thefrankmir is a bad man. more motivation yet for him to tear through that division and make @danawhite choke on it
@danawhite: @mirfanz sounds good to me

@etrizzle: @danawhite What happened last night. Such a great card on paper. Cro Cop's done. Have him fight Liddell, then they can both retire.
@danawhite: @etrizzle I agree, but there were some awesome fights last nite

@RickeyRossManzo: @danawhite your a thief you shoulda gave this card for free charging 44 dollars for this sh*t u crazy
@danawhite: @RickeyRossManzo f**k u rickey martin



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