Tag:Brian Boyle
Posted on: March 4, 2012 11:04 am

Video: Rangers GM Sather talks Chris Kreider

By Brian Stubits

Amid all the trade talks surrounding Rick Nash and the New York Rangers, there was a pretty lengthy list of untouchables as deemed by New York that the Blue Jackets really wanted/needed in a potential deal. Needless to say, it didn't happen.

One of the names on that list was Chris Kreider, the Rangers' first-round draft pick in 2009 who is currently starring at Boston College.

While Rangers fans might be familiar with him, a lot of the fans around the league probably don't. So consider this your introduction.

With BC hosting Vermont this weekend on CBS Sports Network, New York general manager phoned in and had a conversation about Kreider. It includes some pretty positive praise of not only Kreider, but another BC product with the Rangers, Brian Boyle.

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Posted on: February 10, 2012 10:15 am
Edited on: February 10, 2012 10:16 am

Rangers angry with Dominic Moore hit; suspension?

By Brian Stubits

It's been quiet -- almost too quiet -- on the Brendan Shanahan discipline front lately. Of course that's a good thing, everybody would prefer if Shanahan didn't have to do a thing at all in his job.

But it's time to wake the man up, he has some footage to review.

The Tampa Bay Lightning were visiting the Rangers on Thursday night, a game the Rangers won in overtime. It was early in the third period that Bolts forward Dominic Moore was given a two-minute roughing penalty. Doesn't sound like your run-of-the-mill penalty to sound the Shanahan alarm, but it wasn't exactly a roughing penalty. More like a hit to the head.

A blindside hit away from the puck where the principal point of contact sure looks to me like it was Ruslan Fedotenko's head? That's a recipe for a hearing at the least.

Moore told the Tampa Bay Times that he was "competing for body position" while "trying to make myself available for a shot. I guess [Fedotenko] wasn't ready for that."

Player agent Allen Walsh weighed in as he often does and called it a "textbook blindside hit." Not sure I'd put that one in the textbook, but OK.

The Rangers, meanwhile, we're just a tad upset (from Rangers Rants).

“There’s no puck there,” Brandon Prust said. “It looked like he was looking for him. There’s no puck and he got head contact. We’ll let the league decide on the rest.”

Brian Boyle was a little more emphatic about his view on the legality of the hit.

“Yeah, we’re still pretty angry about that. It’s a very dirty, dirty play. We’ve talked about it enough. We’ve got to get away from that stuff.”

Every time I have talked to players about these hits and Shanahan's job so far, I always get close to the same response: We have to respect each other out there. That's at the crux of what Boyle is saying and was made even clearer from Brad Richards.

“I’m pretty sure that’s what we’re trying not to do to each other,” Richards said. “If we want to keep doing it to each other, we’re going to have a problem. It’s idiotic.”

There is no word yet on Fedotenko's status after the hit but he didn't return in the game. Right or wrong (and I say wrong) that could carry an impact in any punishment for Moore. To be fair, Shanahan recently explained that he doesn't use that in helping to determine the verdict, just the sentencing.

When looking at Moore, he doesn't have a reputation that precedes him; he's not a bad apple. This strikes you as being out of character. And possibly even accidental. But I'm not a believer in punishing the intent; you have to punish the action.

But while Shanny has that game fired up, he might want to take a look at Victor Hedman's supposed slew foot on Prust too, another play that had the Rangers a little fired up after the game.

“I just wanted to get the puck and, all of a sudden, my legs went out from underneath me,” Prust said. “I don’t know what he did but it was pretty dangerous. I didn’t see the replay. I was in a grumpy mood today anyway, I just needed an excuse.”

Back to work, Shanny.

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H/t to Kukla's Korner for the video

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Posted on: February 6, 2012 8:56 pm
Edited on: February 6, 2012 8:58 pm

Rangers' Boyle pays up to bet, wears Giants gear

Mass. native Boyle in Giants garb. (Twitpic)

By Brian Stubits

Rangers forward Brian Boyle is from Massachusetts. Despite playing in New York, he's still a New England Patriots fan and proud of it.

So it stung badly enough when the New York Giants beat the Patriots 21-17 in the Super Bowl. That didn't spare him from a bet adding insult to his injury.

If his face sporting Giants gear as the loser of a bet doesn't scream insult, I'm not sure what does. That photo is courtesy of teammate Brandon Prust's Twitter account.

Of course, I'm not going to feel too bad for the guy. It's not like the Patriots fans don't remember what it's like to celebrate a championship.

As a proud non-bandwagon hopper myself, I always admire seeing athletes stay true to their favorite teams they liked growing up. It's nice and all to support the teams in the city you play, but loyalty has its place for me. Although it's a tougher spot to root for your hometown team when they are playing the local team in such a big game.

It seems like it made Boyle pretty salty too when sporting the Giants hat in the locker room after Monday's morning skate. Love the barb he throws Martin Biron's way.

I doubt the New York fans will care too much if Boyle brings them their first Stanley Cup in almost 20 years come Spring.

H/t to Puck Daddy

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Posted on: December 29, 2011 12:04 am
Edited on: December 29, 2011 12:09 am

24/7: Flyers-Rangers Episode 3

By: Adam Gretz

When Flyers coach Peter Laviolette and Dallas Stars forward Steve Ott had their little "shoving" match after the first period of a recent game the first thing that popped into my mind was, "I can't wait to hear what was actually said on the next episode of 24/7."

As it turns out, and it's probably not much of a surprise, the actual encounter was pretty lame and consisted of nothing other than Ott telling Laviolette to wait for the remainder of the Stars bench to head into the locker room, and Laviolette telling Ott to "go [expletive] yourself" two times. WIth a couple of shoves thrown in for good measure. In other words, it was just another day at the office for Steve Ott as you can be darn sure that's not the first time those words were spoken to him by an opposing player or coach during a game.  

It's no wonder the NHL didn't fine either participant: nothing happened.

Episode 3 of HBO's 24/7 probably wasn't one of the best ones in the series over the past two seasons. We had an opportunity to see a lot of the players hanging out with their families over the Holiday break, including Rangers forward Brian Boyle as he went home to spend time with his 12(!) brothers and sisters. There was an ugly sweater party, probably not unlike the ones you've had at work, and we also watched as Marian Gaborik awkwardly carried a massive Christmas tree over his shoulders through the streets of New York in an effort to get it back to his pad.

Three moments that stood out

1) Episode 3 focussed the Flyers-Rangers game at Madison Square Garden last week, which the Rangers won, and we were able to get a good listen to all of the trash talk that takes places on the ice and on the bench during a heated rivalry game. The best line of the night came from Rangers forward Brad Richards in response to Flyers call-up Tom Sestito, whom had been chirping the Rangers bench and talking about how he was going to knock all of them out. Said Richards, "This is fantasy camp for you," an obvious jab at Sestito's status as a call-up from the American Hockey League.

2) That game also gave us an opportunity to get a quick glimpse at the War Room in Toronto that keeps an eye on every single game taking place in the NHL and handles all of the questionable goal reviews that come up in a given night. During the second period of the Rangers-Flyers game Ruslan Fedotenko's goal had to be reviewed to make sure the puck actually went in the net (it did) and we managed to get a look at what can only be described as a dream job for a hockey enthusiast: a wall of massive HD flat screen TV's with nothing but hockey games taking place ... and one TV that, for reasons unknown, happened to have a close up angle of a dog.

3) The unquestioned star of the first two episodes, we had to wait nearly 49 minutes before we had our first real look at Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, and like many of the players, was seen celebrating the holiday with his wife, two children and his now-famous (after the previous episode in the series) Husky that he referred to as "a hot girl, man."

I'll say this, he wasn't lying about the dog: it is a sharp looking animal.

More 2012 Winter Classic News Here
24/7 Flyers-Rangers Episode 1
24/7 Flyers-Rangers Episode 2

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Posted on: July 27, 2011 2:53 pm
Edited on: July 27, 2011 3:48 pm

Rangers reach three-year deal with RFA Callahan

By Brian Stubits

The New York Rangers have reached a deal with alternate captain Ryan Callahan, avoiding an arbitration date for the second time in as many weeks with one of their young players.

Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet says the deal is for three years, $12.825 million. That would be a cap hit of $4.275 million.

"We were both working out three, four and five year deals and I think we agreed the numbers worked for a three-year deal," Callahan told the Record. "We couldn’t come to a conclusion on a longer deal."

Just last week the Rangers gave Brandon Dubinsky a four-year deal worth $16.8 million, avoiding arbitration there.

The deal comes just when pessimism was starting to seep in that a deal would be done before tomorrow's meeting. Just yesterday it was being reported that no progress had been made in the negotiations. Again, nothing like a date with an arbiter to serve as a nice kick in the rear.

After chasing (and ultimately landing) Brad Richards on the free-agent market, getting their four restricted free agents back in the fold was priority No. 2 for the Blueshirts. Mission accomplished. They also re-upped Artem Anisimov and Brian Boyle, helping them keep intact a very nice young core.

Callahan was in the middle of a very nice season for the Rangers when he broke his ankle and had to sit out the remainder of the season, including the playoffs. Before that, however, he had 23 goals and 25 assists in 60 games, his highest point total in five NHL seasons.

"I'm thrilled to be back for three years," Callahan added. "I love playing for the Rangers. I'm excited to be back and to have this behind me and concentrate on the season. I was hoping it would get done but you never really know how it's going to go in these negotiations. I definitely didn't want to go to arbitration and only go on a one-year deal. I'm really happy it didn't have to come to that."

If he comes back fully healthy -- and there is no reason to believe he won't -- he will likely remain on the second line where he will probably be joined by Dubinsky at center after Richards' arrival. With that, New York has the makings of a solid pair of lines to try and give Henrik Lundqvist a little more scoring support to play with.

Photo: Getty Images

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Posted on: July 21, 2011 11:05 am
Edited on: July 21, 2011 11:26 am

Rangers sign Brandon Dubinsky, avoid arbitration

By Adam Gretz

The New York Rangers were facing two of the bigger arbitration hearings in the NHL with Brandon Dubinsky and Ryan Callahan.

Dubinsky's case was set to be heard Thursday morning, but thanks to some last-minute dealings, the two sides were able to avoid arbitration and reached an agreement on a four-year contract that will pay Dubinsky $16.8 million, an average annual salary of $4.2 million, according to Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet.

The 24-year-old Dubinsky has spent his entire career with the Rangers and is coming off a career year offensively that saw him score 24 goals to go with 30 assists; he led the team in both categories. His offensive production has improved every year he's been in the league, and he's proved to be one of the Rangers' best all-around forwards; he can win faceoffs (52 percent in the circle last year), kill penalties (averaging over two minutes of shorthanded ice-time per game last year) and be a focal point of the offense.

With Dubinsky signed, the Rangers have just over $6 million in salary-cap space remaining and still have one more contract to work out -- whether it be on their own or via arbitration -- with Callahan, whose arbitration hearing is scheduled for July 28.

Last week the Rangers avoided another arbitration hearing by signing Brian Boyle to a three-year contract.

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Posted on: July 14, 2011 7:40 pm
Edited on: July 14, 2011 8:27 pm

Brian Boyle avoids arbitration, signs 3-year deal


By: Adam Gretz

During the first three years of his career Brian Boyle registered just 12 goals and four assists in 107 games. Traded by the team that originally drafted him with the 26th overall pick in the 2003 draft (the Los Angeles Kings), Boyle ended up in New York after his second NHL season, and during the 2010-11 season the massive 6-foot-7, 240-pound forward found a way to put everything together on the ice.

His production exploded (at least when viewed in the context of the previous three seasons) with a 21-goal, 14-assist effort, and he managed to turn that into a nice little raise on Thursday.

A restricted free agent, Boyle had an arbitration hearing scheduled for July 25 but avoided it by signing a new three-year contract. The deal is worth a reported $5.1 million overall and carries an average annual salary of $1.7 million.

The encouraging thing about his 2010-11 performance, if you're the Rangers, is the situations he often found himself playing in. For one, only four of his 21 goals came on the power play, with the other 17 coming in even strength (16) or shorthanded (one). He saw plenty of time on a line with Ruslan Fedotenko and Brandon Prust, and the only Rangers forward who started fewer shifts in the offensive zone was Chris Drury. So it's not like he was piling up points on the man advantage or riding the coattails of a superstar forward on his line. He was scoring goals in tough situations. The obvious question is whether he can repeat that level of offensive play going forward.

Along with finding a way to put pucks in the net last season, he was also a physical presence (he led the team in hits), and he kills penalties and is a willing shot blocker. The total package turned out to be a fine player for the Rangers, and well worth the price they paid to acquire him (a third-round pick) before the 2009 season

The Rangers still have to work out contracts with their two biggest restricted free agents, Ryan Callahan and Brandon Dubinsky.

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