Tag:New York Rangers
Posted on: September 26, 2011 10:04 pm

Video: Tom Sestito ejected for boarding

By: Adam Gretz

It seems one of two things is happening around the NHL this preseason: either players aren't aware that there is a new sherrif in town that is dropping the hammer in terms of discipline, or they're enjoying these suspension videos Brendan Shanahan is putting together as much as the rest of us (because they are awesome and extremely helpful).

During the Flyers 5-3 win over the New York Rangers on Monday night, Philadelphia's Tom Sestito received a five-minute major for boarding and a game misconduct for taking a run at Andre Deveaux of the New York Rangers. The hit resulted in a fight between Sestito and Stu Bickel.

Here's the video, via Hockeyfights.com:

And with that Shanahan gets more work and another Flyers player is likely to miss a bunch of regular season games. Jody Shelley was one of the first players to be issued supplemental discipline under Shanahan's watch, receiving a 10-game banishment (five preseason games and the first five games of the regular season) for his hit from behind on Darryl Boyce of the Toronto Maple Leafs last week. It appeared that Sestito's hit might have been worse, especially given how far across the ice he traveled to deliver the hit.

This game was an exhibition preview of the Winter Classic, which was officially announced earlier on Monday, and both teams showed that just because it doesn't count in the standings the still don't like each other all that much. Along with the Sestito boarding incident, the game also featured a fight between Dale Weise and Zac Rinaldo, while Max Talbot was sent off for boarding -- and the player on the receiving end of that hit was Deveaux, the player that was hit earlier in the game by Sestito.

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Posted on: September 22, 2011 3:27 pm
Edited on: October 24, 2011 12:53 pm

NHL to reveal Winter Classic in worst secret ever

By Brian Stubits

The NHL has scheduled a news conference for Monday to make a big announcement. Let's take a look at the release.

The National Hockey League will host a major press event Sept. 26 at Citizens Bank Ballpark in Philadelphia.
The press conference will start at 1:30 p.m. ET, and will be televised by the NHL Network and streamed at NHL.com. Coverage of the press conference on NHL Network will begin at 1 p.m. and be streamed on NHL.com.

The suspense is killing everybody; what could it be? Why have it at the home of baseball's Phill ... oh.

Yes, the NHL is going to finally announce the worst-kept secret going in sports, that the New York Rangers will play the Philadelphia Flyers in Citizens Bank Park for the Winter Classic. This thing has been leaked more than the U.S. Department of Defense's reports.

Just today the below video began making rounds around the Internet. Also, a pretty professional logo is floating out there too. Throw in the fact that it is the only game scheduled for the daytime on Jan. 2 (Jan. 1 belongs to the NFL this year ... absolute sacrilege the Rose Bowl won't be on New Year's Day, same goes for the Winter Classic) and HBO already beginning to film for its 24/7 series, and you could see this one a mile away. Make that 20 miles.

Whether or not the video or logo are genuine doesn't really matter. First of all, either could be used even if they aren't official, they look to be close enough. Secondly, it just underscores the point of how poorly this has been kept quiet.

Maybe this will be a lesson for the NHL. There has been no reason to delay making this announcement. Things have appeared to be wrapped up for months on this game. Instead, the NHL has taken away any suspense whatsoever from the announcement of its most spectacular event.

Photo: Courtesy of Puck Daddy

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Posted on: September 20, 2011 9:52 am
Edited on: September 20, 2011 12:08 pm

Daily Skate: Second Stars suitor; Sid's bodyguard

By Brian Stubits

INTEREST IN BIG D: The Stars sale is actually moving along, with the team agreeing last week to sell the team to Vancouver businessman Tom Gagliardi. Now, enter former Texas Rangers owner Chuck Greenberg and we might actually have a bidding war for the debt-ridden franchise on our hands. (Biz Journal)

SID'S BODYGUARD: There is a new enforcer in Pittsburgh, and he knows exactly what he is supposed to do. Steve MacIntyre, one of the game's most feared, says "My job is to make sure [Sidney Crosby's] transition back to hockey goes smoothly." (Pittsburgh Tribune- Review)

BROTHERLY LOVE: Rangers defenseman Marc Staal is struggling with post-concussion symptoms and is sitting out the first three preseason games for precautionary reasons. He seems to be OK, but that isn't helping the man who caused the concussion, his own brother Eric Staal with the Hurricanes, to feel better. (News Observer)

PLAYING THE GOAT: Todd Bertuzzi has a new role this season with the Red Wings, dropping down to the more defensive-minded third line. There he joins Darren Helm and Justin Abdelkader, resulting in one of the better line names: the Two Kids and a Goat line. For Bertuzzi, it's a whole new world. (Detroit Free Press)

SOPHOMORE STEP UP: In the playoffs, the Bruins had to turn to rookie Tyler Seguin in the playoffs after Nathan Horton's injury sidelined him. The former No. 2 pick responded immediately but then went quiet. After an offseason of heavy work, the B's might be ready to count on Seguin more. (Boston Herald)

SUPER HUBER: The Florida Panthers' No. 3 pick in this summer's draft isn't likely to make the team as a rookie. But he's doing all he can to make the roster instead of going back to the junior level, scoring a goal and an assist in the Panthers' doubleheader game against the Predators on Monday. (Sun- Sentinel)

READY FOR MORE: Shea Weber took the role of captain last season and the Predators went further than they ever have before in the postseason. Now, armed with a huge new contract for this season, he's excited about Year 2 wearing the C having learned a lot already. (Hockey Night in Nashville)

HOCKEY CRAZE: Throw this under less-than surprising tid-bits: sports fans in Toronto chose the Maple Leafs' first preseason game over one of the Blue Jays' final home games of the season. More than 18,000 showed up to see the Leafs while just over 11,000 were on hand to see the Jays. (The Canadian Press)

CAPS GM DEFENDS SEMIN: Washington Capitals general manager took his chance to defend forward Alexander Semin after he took heat this summer from former teammate Matt Bradley, saying Semin is just a quiet kid and Bradley regrets having said it. You can watch the whole interview on NHL Live! below.

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Posted on: September 18, 2011 3:01 pm
Edited on: September 18, 2011 4:36 pm

Rangers' Staal has post-concussion issues

By Brian Stubits

Training camps just opened and already the Rangers have a little concern within their defensive corps.

Marc Staal, one of the alternate captains behind Ryan Callahan, sat out the team's intrasquad scrimmage on Sunday and is going to miss the first three preseason games -- at least -- because of post-concussion symptoms.

The team stressed, however, that it is completely precautionary and Staal has already been cleared.

"[Staal] skated hard today and yesterday ... I saw him before he left and he is feeling good. Just want to be smart about this."

The hit that likely caused the concussion came from none other than Staal's brother Erik of the Hurricanes back in Februrary of last season, missing three games but then playing the remainder of the season, including the playoffs.

Staal reportedly began suffering the symptoms during the summer, explaining the early shutdown just days into camp opening.

Post-concussion symptoms are becoming a hotter topic day by day as they have been responsible for sidelining Penguins star Sidney Crosby the last nine months.

Staal has become a big part of the Rangers' back end. Last season the 24-year-old scored seven goals -- four on the power play, two more short-handed -- and had 22 assists. All told, he avearaged more than 25 minutes a game on the ice.

Photo: Getty Images

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Posted on: September 17, 2011 1:35 pm
Edited on: September 17, 2011 1:45 pm

Brandon Prust still supports fighting

Prust1By: Adam Gretz

Following an offseason that saw three players -- Derek Boogaard, Rick Rypien and Wade Belak -- suddenly pass away, players that were all primarily fighters in the NHL, the debate as to whether or not fighting should remain in hockey has gone to another level. One of the most common discussions to take place has been whether or not fighting played a role in the deaths.

The danger with making any sort of decision at this point is we still don't know if there's any sort of connection -- and if there is how big the connection is -- between the on-ice role the three players shared and the off-ice tragedy. In the end there's two pretty definitive sides in the debate -- keep fighting or ban fighting -- and New York Rangers forward Brandon Prust, a player with over 50 fights to his credit during the past three seasons, is somebody that wants to see fighting remain in the NHL.

Here's what he had to say on the subject to Jesse Spector of the New York Daily News:
"I'm pro-fighter," Prust said. "I believe it should be in our game, and I don't think anything should be changed. I think it's what makes our game unique is that we can have the ability to police our own game. Obviously, the league steps in if it gets out of hand, if there's a dirty hit. But if someone's going after Gabby or Hank (Henrik Lundqvist) or Richie (Brad Richards), I have to be - that's my job to get in there and make sure they don't do that. ... It's a tough job, but it's a job I chose, and I love doing it."
Prust, who was Boogaard's roommate on the road last season with the Rangers, also added that he does get nervous the night before he knows he might have to drop the gloves, and even loses a little sleep over it, but that he enjoys the rush and embraces it as his job.

Will this be one of those topics that continues to roll on with neither side likely to budge? Or will it be like the headshot debate where more players start to speak out against them, as players like Sidney Crosby, Brent Seabrook and David Booth have done in recent months?

It's already against the rules, technically speaking, since it's a five-minute major penalty, but there would be further steps that could be taken to "eliminate" it (automatic ejection, automatic suspension, etc. etc. etc.).  I don't know the answer to whether or not fighting should or should not be banned, or if it helped lead to the untimely deaths of Boogaard, Rypien and Belak. All we know is three guys that happened to fight in the NHL died in a span of three months. Beyond that, we know nothing, and there's not enough information there to draw any definitive conclusions.

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Posted on: September 16, 2011 10:31 am
Edited on: September 16, 2011 12:53 pm

Daily Skate: Seabrook takes stand on head hits

By Brian Stubits

ANOTHER CALL: Meanwhile, another player has stepped up to take a stand on the hits to the head Crosby and other players have been campaigning against this offseason. The Blackhawks' Brent Seabrook has made his feelings clear on head shots, wanting to see more punishment (CSN Chicago). Seabrook has suffered his own concussions in the past two seasons.

MCCRIMMON UPDATE: While most of the Lokomotiv players that were aboard the tragic flight that went down in Russia have been laid to rest, coach Bobby McCrimmon still hasn't. The funeral services for the coach of the Lokomotiv team and former Red Wings assistant will take place this weekend (NHL.com) in the Detroit suburb of Farmington, Mich.

LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION! The pre-production work has begun on the next installment of HBO's 24/7 series, this year featuring the Winter Classic combatants of the Rangers and Flyers. On Thursday the crew from HBO was with New York, grabbing some promotional footage (Pro Hockey Talk) for the popular show.

BRING HIM BACK: Speaking of the Winter Classic, the fans in Philadelphia are trying to bring back Eric Lindros for the game. A petition is making its way around to try and bring back for the former Flyers star as part of the alumni celebration.

FILLING A VOID: The Bruins have a hole to fill in their leadership program with the retirement of Mark Recchi. So who whould wear the voided A? Joe Haggerty at Comcast Sports Net New England suggests that Shawn Thornton is ready and a great choice.

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Posted on: September 13, 2011 7:56 pm

Rangers, 'Canes prospects play 3-on-3 overtime

By: Adam Gretz

One of the ideas that was tested at the NHL Research and Development camp earlier this summer was three-on-three overtime, which could potentially help cut down on the number of shootouts in the NHL.

The idea, which comes from Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland, would feature four minutes of four-on-four hockey, and if no goal is scored, the two teams would switch sides and play three minutes of three-on-three hockey. If the tie still isn't broken after all of that, the two teams would then go on to a shootout.

This format woud not only potentially add two minutes to the overtime period (the current NHL overtime period is five minutes, all of which are played at four-on-four, assuming there are no penalties) but it would also create more space on the ice for a significant portion of it by taking four players out of the game for the three-on-three portion. Given the additional time, as well as the extra space on the ice, it would be reasonable to expect more games be decided before a shootout would be required.

During the Traverse City prospect tournament on Tuesday, the Carolina Hurricanes and New York Rangers prospects were tied at the end of regulation, and used a variation of this overtime format (they actually played four minutes of three-on-three). The Hurricanes would win the game in the three-on-three portion, 4-3, thanks to a breakaway goal from Justin Shugg, the team's fourth-round pick in 2010 after a huge season with the Mississauga Ice Dogs of the Ontario Hockey League.

I still like the three-on-three overtime proposal, mainly because I think the extra open ice and the level of talent in the NHL would create quite a few exciting moments, probably filled with up-and-down action and odd-man rushes.

Is it another gimmick? Sure it is, and it no doubt has its share of critics from hockey traditionalists that don't want to see any sort of radical change to the way the game has been played for the past 70-plus years. But it's not quite on the level of the shootout, which is also loathed by many hockey fans since it determines a winner and loser with a skills competition after 65 minutes (regulation and overtime) of hockey. At least with the three-on-three the game is still being decided with the two teams actually playing against one another.

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Posted on: September 13, 2011 9:51 am

Daily Skate: Charges for Byfuglien? Captain picks

By Brian Stubits

GETTING TOUGH ON BYFUGLIEN: Dustin Byfuglien is facing criminal charges for his foray on Lake Minnetonka over Labor Day weekend. The Winnipeg Free Press reports the district attorney has given the OK for the sheriff's office to formally charge Byfuglien with drunk boating.

CAPTAIN CAROUSEL: In the last week David Backes has been named the captain of the Blues and Ryan Callahan picked to lead the Rangers. But there are still six vacant positions across the NHL, so Pro Hockey Talk took the liberty of picking a captain for the remaining teams. Among the nominees is John Tavares for the Islanders.

CONCUSSION CRACKDOWN: With the attention on concussions growing every day in the NHL with each high-profile case, the concern is trickling down. Canadian youth leagues are planning to begin putting players as young as 10 through the same tests as NHL players this upcoming season (ESPN.com).

BICK IS BACK: After missing some of the seven-game series against the Canucks in the first round of the playoffs, the Blackhawks' Bryan Bickell is recovered and ready for the season (Chicago Tribune). He had surgery in April to repair two lacerated tendons, an incident that happened in Game 2 against the Canucks. He did return in time for Chicago's wins in Games 4, 5 and 6 but wasn't the same.

MAKE THAT TWO: The Sabres are in the same position with Jason Pominville as the Blackhawks and Bickell. They weren't counting on having Pominville back in time for training camp (Buffalo News) after having a tendon severed in the playoff series against the Flyers, but his recovery has gone faster than expected and he "[doesn't] think there will be any issue."

GREAT EXPECTATIONS: The Dallas Stars don't have high expectations this season, and that's great for the team, Brendan Morrow says. He told Kevin Allen of USA Today that the Stars have plenty of young talent to surprise as underdogs, and it starts with Jamie Benn and Alex Goligoski.

SEEKERS OF THE CUP: As the release of EA Sports' NHL 12 told us on Tuesday, hockey season is right around the corner. Here's a great promo video from the MSG Network in New York for the metro area's three teams, the Rangers, Devils and Islanders.

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