Tag:New York Rangers
Posted on: August 6, 2011 1:14 pm

Daily Skate: Avery talks arrest

By: Adam Gretz

"IT'LL ALL WORK OUT AT SOME POINT" Those are the words of New York Rangers agitator Sean Avery when talking about his recent arrest. The New York Post caught up with Avery after he posted $20,000 bond on the battery charge and sounded confident everything would eventually work itself out. He was arrested on Thursday night after the police were called to his home during a party, where he allegedly called them "fat little pigs" and challenged them to a fight.

BIGGER ROLE FOR CLEARY? Since joining the Red Wings six years ago, Daniel Cleary was able to jumpstart his career. He had a career year last season, scoring 26 goals in just 68 games, finishing second on the team in goals, trailing only Johan Franzen. Can he not only repeat that success, but also build on it in 2011-12? That's what Helen St. James of the Detroit Free Press tried to answer. Cleary has proven to be a great find for the Red Wings, and after struggling to find a consistent role with Chicago, Edmonton and Phoenix early in his career, he's become a nice complementary piece in Detroit.

ANOTHER CHANCE FOR O'SULLIVAN Patrick O'Sullivan's career has been a disappointment to this point but the former second-round pick is getting another look this season, signing a one-year, two-way deal with the Phoenix Coyotes. Originally selected by Minnesota with the 56th overall pick in 2003, he's already played for four teams in five years, scoring 56 goals in 311 games. He managed to score two goals in 31 games last season, which he split between Minnesota and Carolina.

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Posted on: August 5, 2011 9:38 am
Edited on: August 5, 2011 4:04 pm

Rangers' Avery arrested for battery on an officer

By Brian Stubits

Rangers forward Sean Avery was arrested early Friday morning for battery on a peace officer and was taken to jail in the Los Angeles area. He has since posted bail of 20,000 and was released. Here is video of him leaving the jailhouse.

The story was first reported by TMZ.com.

Lt. Jorge Pardo told City News Service that a neighbor's noise complaint sent police to the home at around 1 a.m. Friday. Pardo said Avery answered the front door, shoved an officer and slammed the door but cooperated when officers knocked a second time.

The officer wasn't injured.

Naturally TMZ reported more details.

NHL star Sean Avery challenged cops to a FIGHT when they responded to his Hollywood Hills home this morning ... calling them, "Fat little pigs" ... law enforcement sources tell TMZ.

We're told cops were dispatched to the home over a complaint about loud music -- and when they arrived to Avery's pad, the hockey star was NOT happy to see them.

Sources tell us 31-year-old Avery immediately began running his mouth at the cops -- telling them he would fight all of them ... even challenging them to, "Come back without your badges."

He has since been released after posting bail.

The incident comes a week after former teammate Alex Frolov was quoted as saying Avery did use racial slurs on the ice. Frolov denied ever saying them and called them fabricated. Still, there was this part of the "quote" that stands out today.

"[He] isn't a fool. Lately he has become calmer, smarter. Before he'd get swept away with emotions and do something stupid. To mention each and every one of his stunts ... something always happens around him, it's a part of his job. He needs to be talked about. He loves it, he feels at home in the spotlight."

It was starting to seem like Avery beginning to mature, put an end to his bad boy label. Earlier this offseason he opened up a restaurant in New York and did a highly publicized promotion for New York's gay marriage proposal. Moreover, he hasn't been making as much noise for his antics on the ice, instead becoming more of your typical lower-line grinder. Then something like this comes along and makes people think "Same ol' Sean."

As of now, the Rangers have yet to make a public statement regarding the incident, saying they first would like to discuss internally. That doesn't sound like good news for Avery, who figured to see his role diminished to a fourth-line player this upcoming season. It puts a dwindling position on the team in just a little more peril. Not to say this is something that should get a guy booted from a team, but it won't do Avery any favors with the Rangers brass.

Photo: Getty Images

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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Posted on: July 29, 2011 9:01 pm
Edited on: July 29, 2011 9:10 pm

Devils also support Islanders arena vote

By: Adam Gretz

On Thursday the New York Rangers organization urged their fans to support the New York Islanders and vote yes to the Nassau County referendum on Monday that would help finance a new arena for their long-time rivals.

The third team that occupies the New York/New Jersey market -- the Devils -- released a similar statement on Friday and urged Nassau County residents to approve the referendum.

The statement, which is posted below, was made by general manager Lou Lamoriello and also appeared on the Devils website:
"The New York Islanders are a proud organization with a championship history. Monday’s referendum vote on a new Nassau Coliseum is vital to ensuring that tradition lives on.

Since opening Prudential Center in 2007, we have seen first-hand the tremendous impact that a new facility can have for our fans and the surrounding community. A world-class facility is fundamental to success in the modern sports landscape, and a necessity for both the fans and the players.

Owner Charles Wang and General Manager Garth Snow have assembled a core of talented young players whose future depends on a new home on Long Island. We look forward to continuing our Atlantic Division rivalry for years to come.

The Devils support the Islanders in their quest for a new arena, and urge Nassau County residents to vote yes this Monday."
Along with what I can only imagine is a large portion of their own fan base the Islanders have the support of their two closest NHL neighbors, which is certainly good news. The isssue remains whether or not they have the support of the Nassau County voters that aren't hockey fans ... or at least the support of enough to approve the referendum.

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Posted on: July 28, 2011 6:31 pm
Edited on: July 28, 2011 6:42 pm

Rangers urge fans to support Islanders arena vote


By: Adam Gretz

The future of the New York Islanders could be on the line on Monday, as a referendum to fund a new arena to replace the archaic Nassau Coliseum will be put to the vote. The Islanders PR blitz has been in full force for a while now -- as highlighted here on Tuesday -- and now their biggest rival, the New York Rangers, is joining the campaign and urging their fans to help out.

The Rangers released a statement on Thursday stating their support for the Aug. 1 referendum, while also urging their fans to vote yes to help keep the 40-year-old rivalry going strong.

Said Rangers general manager Glen Sather in the statement: "The rivalry that has existed between the Rangers and Islanders for almost 40 years is one of the best in hockey and in all of sports. The intense passion and emotion involved in these games is something we cherish and would like to see continue for generations to come. We urge Rangers fans, Islanders fans and all hockey fans in Nassau County to vote yes for the referendum on Monday, August 1"

It's easy to see why the Rangers would support the vote, as the Islanders are their biggest natural rival, and it's not like they're going to put out a statement that is anything but supportive.

While this situation doesn't happen all that often in sports, it's not uncommon for rival teams and fans to show support for one another when the future of one of the franchises is in question. I remember back in 1995, for example, when the Browns were on the verge of being yanked out of Cleveland and Steelers fans, their biggest and fiercest rival, staged a Save The Browns rally before their last regular season meeting in Pittsburgh. Kind of a sports version of keeping your friends close and your enemies closer.

Photo: Getty Images

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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 26, 2011 10:34 am

Daily Skate: Yashin still looking, Boogaards talk

By Brian Stubits

STILL LOOKING: So far, the NHL interest in Alexei Yashin has come from one source, his former team in the Islanders. But that doesn't mean the 37-year-old is packing up for a return to Long Island yet. Yashin continues to consider all of his options -- which include multiple teams from the KHL. "There's not any rush to make a decision," Yashin told Newsday. So imagine this: The Isles could be rejected by somebody they once dumped (and are still paying) to go play in a league other than the NHL? Ouch.

BOOGAARD STATEMENT: As if grieving over the loss of Derek wasn't enough, the Boogaard family is now struggling with the charges brought against Derek's younger brother Aaron, who has been accused of providing Derek with the prescription drugs that contributed to Derek's death. Older brother Ryan released a statement for the family, expressing their disappointment in the authorities for the charges and maintaining everything will be set straight when Aaron has his day in court.

PROUD NEW PAPA: The Coyotes' Keith Yandle and his wife Krystin welcomed their first child on Monday, baby Mila according to teammate Paul Bissonnette. It's always nice to have this happen in the middle of the offseason so Yandle doesn't have to miss any time ... both with his team and his family.

LITTLE BITZ OF A MOVE: The Vancouver Canucks made a small acquisition on Monday, signing right winger Byron Bitz to a contract. Bitz, 27, comes over from the Florida Panthers after sitting out all of last season due to a sports hernia. He played seven games with the Panthers in 2009-10 after he was traded from Boston in a deal that shipped Dennis Seidenberg northward. How'd that one work out, Boston? In 87 career games in the NHL, Bitz has nine goals and nine assists. He is a big body that fits on a third or fourth line, but he will be hard-pressed to make the NHL squad.

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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 19, 2011 4:26 pm
Edited on: July 19, 2011 4:55 pm

Arbitration anticipation: Let the pain begin

By Brian Stubits

Nobody wants to go to arbitration. The next time you hear any involved party is excited for arbitration battles will be the first.

It can be dangerous. It can certainly be ugly. It is always contentious.

The nature of the best resembles part of Festivus with the Airing of Grievances. At least there are no Feats of Strength as an arbiter lays down the decision instead of the sides fighting it out. The involved parties are forced to justify their stance in the negotiations, resulting in teams putting down their own player. Not a desirable stance to have to take.

Because of the combative nature, the process has been known to cause strains in relationships between teams and players. It's exactly why teams try to avoid the process more fervently than someone looks to evade root canals.

For that reason arbitration meetings often times don't happen. It's amazing how much easier it is to strike a deal with a deadline speeding up the negotiations. Always worked that way for me to get book reports done in school; nothing like a deadline of two days away to read the first page.

So it is highly likely only a few of the names headed to arbitration will actually have their hearing. That goes for the two biggest names on the list, Shea Weber and Zach Parise. The Predators and Devils respectively will try and hammer out contracts before an arbiter gets to set the reward. This has happened to three players in the last day as the Jets avoided a hearing with Blake Wheeler, the Ducks with Andrew Cogliano and the Sabres with Andrej Sekera, all reaching new deals.

But there will still be hearings. Teddy Purcell and the Lightning will have their case heard tomorrow, the first day, along with Lauri Korpikovski and the Coyotes. The next case will be Brandon Dubinsky and the Rangers. All of those hearings should happen with the potential for the Rangers/Dubinsky battle to be a tough one seeing as the sides still seem to be pretty far apart.

Or you will have the cases where teams just walk away from the award. It happened last year with Clarke MacArthur in Atlanta and more notably with Antti Niemi in Chicago, the teams electing to let the player find another team than pay them the determined amount. It will happen again this year to a Blackhawks player as the team has already said it cannot afford to bring Chris Campoli back.

Last year in total five players got as far as the arbitration hearing. Three of those players' awards were not matched. Teams are only allowed to walk away in a situation where the player filed for arbitration and the reward is $1.7 million or more. Anything less than that and the player stays put, regardless.

Obviously the most interesting cases are those of Parise and Weber. They are both franchise players and are due for substantial raises. The case of Weber is particularly appealing since the signing of Drew Doughty in Los Angeles seems to be waiting for the precedent set by the future Weber contract.

With all of that as the background, here's a list of all the players who, as of now, are scheduled for their turns in the ol' testy tango of arbitration. Expect names to disappear from this list faster than Michael J. Fox in family photos.

Arbitration schedule
Date Player Team
July 20 Lauri Korpikoski Coyotes
July 20 Teddy Purcell Lightning
July 21 Brandon Dubinsky Rangers
July 28 Josh Gorges Canadiens
July 28 Ryan Callahan Rangers
July 29 Jannik Hansen Canucks
August 2 Shea Weber Predators
August 3 Chris Campoli Blackhawks
August 3 Zach Parise Devils
August 4 Mark Fraser Devils
August 4 Blake Comeau Islanders

Photo: Getty Images

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