Tag:New York Rangers
Posted on: July 15, 2011 1:57 pm
Edited on: July 15, 2011 2:40 pm

Richards' Twitter 'hacked' by drummer Tommy Lee

By Brian Stubits

For a little while Thursday, it appeared new Rangers center Brad Richards' Twitter account (@brichards_1991) had been hacked. That seemed to be the case even more when the "hacker" said he was Tommy Lee. Just take a look at the tweet on Richards' account above.

Turns out it actually was Tommy Lee, the Motley Crue drummer. But the account wasn't hacked. Lee just had a little fun with Richards' account after the Rangers center forgot to log out while in a New York hotel that Motley Crue happened to be in, too.

So I suppose you could say it was Motley Crue to the rescue of Richards. There's a good amount of people who would have had some of their own fun with his account.

It's a great story that makes for a pretty memorable visit for Richards to his new home. And the Rangers might have just gained a new fan in Lee, who Richards invited to a game this season.

In the end, it's a Dr. Feelgood story.

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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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Posted on: July 13, 2011 3:35 pm
Edited on: July 13, 2011 6:07 pm

Rangers honor Boogaard with scholarship program

By Brian Stubits

There figures to be numerous tributes to former Rangers and Wild forward Derek Boogaard this year after his sudden and stunning death in May.

First there were the moves at the draft by both of his former teams that included the Rangers having Boogaard's brother Aaron announce their first-round selection. Now the Rangers have announced the creation of a scholarship program in Boogaard's honor called Defending the Blue Line that will award scholarships to two children each year to the Summer Youth Hockey Camp.

From the team's press release:

Defending the Blue Line is a nonprofit organization created by soldiers with the goal of making hockey accessible to children of our nation’s military heroes, a program Derek supported wholeheartedly throughout his hockey career.

This year’s scholarship recipients are two 8-year old boys from New York City who each have family members currently serving in the military. The boys will be attending the week-long camp from July 18-22 at the Madison Square Garden Training Center in Tarrytown, NY. Current Blueshirt center Derek Stepan, also an advocate of Defending the Blue Line, and defenseman Michael Sauer will be visiting the camp on Friday, July 22nd.

Rangers Youth Hockey Camp provides children with top-level hockey instruction with a focus on team participation and personal development. The Derek Boogaard Youth Hockey Scholarship will be awarded annually to honor Boogaard’s memory and continue the Rangers mission to help grow the game of hockey by making it accessible to all.

"A really giving, first-class organization," Rangers forward Brandon Dubinsky said. "It speaks volumes for the Rangers and MSG how amazing they are with charity... It rubs off on the rest of us to be more giving."

A-plus move from the Rangers.

Photo: Getty Images

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Posted on: July 11, 2011 10:05 am
Edited on: July 11, 2011 3:42 pm

Daily Skate: Hanson joins Capitals

By: Adam Gretz

HANSON SIGNS WITH WASHINGTON: Christian Hanson, the son of Slap Shot's Dave Hanson, signed with the Washington Capitals over the weekend and is expected to compete for a roster spot with their minor league affiliate, the Hershey Bears, according to Katie Carrera of the Washington Post. The 25-year-old Hanson spent parts of the last three seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs and scored three goals in 42 career games. He appeared in six games last season and did not record a single point. He played most of the season with the Toronto Marlies of the AHL and scored 12 goals.

STALBERG RE-SIGNS WITH CHICAGO: The Chicago Blackhawks and restricted free agent Viktor Stalberg reached a two-year agreement over the weekend for a reported salary of $875,000 per year, according to the Chicago Sun Times. He has great speed and recorded 24 points (12 goals, 12 assists) with the Blackhawks a year ago.

MORE ON RICHARDS DEAL: Larry Brooks of the New York Post has some thoughts on the Brad Richards signing with the Rangers (Brooks likes it) and also believes the NHL anticipated more deals like this (a front-loaded, nine-year contract) even after last year's saga with Ilya Kovalchuk and the New Jersey Devils.

HOWSON TALKS JACKETS: It's been an exciting offseason for the Columbus Blue Jackets as they've added a top goal-scorer, Jeff Carter, to go with Rick Nash, and they made a huge investment in defenseman James Wisniewski. General manager Scott Howson spoke with Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch about the team's record payroll and what, if any, additional moves could be made.

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Posted on: July 9, 2011 9:57 am
Edited on: July 9, 2011 1:36 pm

Daily Skate: Flyers shopping Bobrovsky?

By: Adam Gretz

PHILADELPHIA SHOPPING BOBROVSKY? After a promising start to his rookie season it appeared that Sergei Bobrovsky was going to be the goaltender of the future for the Philadelphia Flyers. Now that the team has acquired Ilya Bryzgalov, and signed him to a nine-year, $50 million contract, Bobrovsky's role with the club is up in the air. According to Frank Seravalli of Philly.com, the Flyers are apparently shopping Bobrovsky in a trade, even though general manager Paul Holmgren denied it. It might be tough to move a goaltender at this point in the offseason given how few openings there are at the position around the league. Last week the Avalanche gave up a first-round draft pick to acquire Semyon Varlamov from the Capitals, who then turned around and signed free agent Tomas Vokoun to a one-year, $1.5 million contract. Bobrovsky started 52 games for the Flyers last season, winning 28, and finishing with a .915 save percentage.

NEW YORK RE-SIGNS ANISIMOV, SAUER The New York Rangers signed a pair of their restricted free agents on Friday, agreeing to terms with forward Artem Anisimov and defenseman Michael Sauer. The 23-year-old Anisimov set career highs across the board last season, finishing with 18 goals and 26 assists in 82 games. His deal is a two-year contract. Sauer, also 23, is coming off his rookie season with the club where he played in 76 games, recording three goals to go with 12 assists while averaging over 17 minutes of ice-time per game.

MARTINEZ AVOIDS ARBITRATION Defenseman Alec Martinez and the Los Angeles Kings avoided salary arbitration on Friday by agreeing to a two-year contract. He had five goals and 11 assists a year ago. Los Angeles still needs to work out a deal with its other restricted free agent along the blue line, 21-year-old sensation Drew Doughty.

ARBITRATION DATES ANNOUNCED All of the scheduled arbitration dates were released on Friday, and you can check them all out at the NHLPA website. Some of the big ones: Brandon Dubinsky (Rangers), July 21; Ryan Callahan (Rangers), July 28; Shea Weber (Predators), August 2; Zach Parise (Devils), August 3. Deals can still be worked out prior to the arbitration dates to avoid the awkwardness -- and brutal honesty -- that often comes during the hearings.

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Posted on: July 7, 2011 12:09 pm
Edited on: July 7, 2011 12:21 pm

Daily Skate: Islanders arena vote splits groups

By Brian Stubits

ON AN ISLAND: Aug. 1 will be a monumental day in Islanders history. That's the day residents vote on an arena proposal that will essentially decide the fate of the team on Long Island. Owner Charles Wang has previously said if he doesn't have a new arena for his team to play in by 2015, the Isles will relocate (and rename, I'd hope -- nobody wants another Lakers). But two local and influential groups can't agree on the plan that calls for Nassau County to borrow nearly $400 million, which ends up being about double that after interest. Newsday has the whole story.

WHAT A RIOT: After the Game 7 riots in Vancouver, the police said they were determined to detain and punish the hooligans who took part in the vandalism. Well, they are getting some help. The Vancouver Sun reports that 10 rioters turned themselves in to police this week, bringing the post-riot total to 34 people. Although as of now, none of them has been charged.

RICHER WITH RICHARDS: Previously in the Daily Skate, we shared with you a breakdown of how Brad Richards was a bad fit for the New York Rangers. In the interest of fairness, we now share Blueshirt Banter's opposing view and why Richards fits like a glove on Broadway. It starts with the obvious (past relationship with coach John Tortorella) and goes well beyond.

TAMBEL ON: Jeff Tambellini, who grew up in Vancouver, had a chance to play with the Canucks last season and came within a game of winning the Stanley Cup with the hometown team. But now he has to find a new home ... at least in the hockey sense. Not welcomed back by the Canucks, Tambellini has instead signed a contract with Zurich of the Swiss League.

INTO THE Wild BLUE YONDER: The Colorado Avalanche will return to something they did from 2007-09, playing their annual Burgundy-White game at the Air Force Academy this September (from the Denver Post. It's a great move by the Avs to their local Air Force members (the academy is located in Colorado Springs) as ticket sales benefit military families as well as Colorado youth hockey.

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Posted on: July 6, 2011 1:51 pm
Edited on: July 6, 2011 4:18 pm

Burke: Richards deal designed to circumvent cap

By Brian Stubits

Brian Burke is a neverending bowl of fun. The guy is seemingly always doing something to get people talking, whether it's trading two first-round draft picks for Phil Kessel to the recent saga of visiting troops in Afghanistan on Canada Day -- which was also the first day of free agency.

Well he's at it again.

Speaking for the first time about his the Maple Leafs' unsuccessful pursuit of prized free agent Brad Richards, the Toronto GM cried salary cap-circumvention foul. From the Globe and Mail:

“I’ll make it clear, we made a very substantial offer to Brad Richards,” Burke said, referencing what was believed to be a six-year, $42-million offer the Leafs made on July 1.

“We lost out on the Brad Richards sweepstakes for two reasons. One, we didn’t offer as much money as other teams and more importantly we didn’t structure the contract like other teams did.

“These deals that are front-loaded and have small amounts at the back end in my opinion are designed to circumvent the salary cap. I won’t do them, I never had, I’m not going to. And that’s why we were unable to sign Brad Richards.

“I wish him well. He’s a good guy. But that’s not a contract structure we’re interested in.”

Uh, Mr. Burke, contracts like Richards' are allowed by the CBA. The NHL will determind their legality, not you. So while you might not agree with them or like the rule, it's one the league -- and you -- are free to play by. Taking moral stands on free agents isn't the best way to endear yourself to a rabid fan base that is beyond frustrated with the team's playoff drought.

Since Marian Hossa's contract with Chicago raised eyebrows and Ilya Kovalchuk's contract in New Jersey led to the team's forfeiture of a draft pick, there has been a much closer watch on such contracts. The deal Max Talbot signed with the Flyers has been questioned, but it would just require a very minor fix.

But as long as the deals are allowed, Burke has no reason to handicap himself and his team with his own stubbornness.

Photo: Getty Images

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Posted on: July 5, 2011 11:30 am
Edited on: July 5, 2011 11:49 am

Daily Skate: Burke not too pleased with criticism

BURKE BURN: If you happened to catch the free-agency coverage on TSN (Versus was carrying the stream) you probably noticed Toronto Sun columnist Steve Simmons more or less lambasting Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke for not being present on the opening day of free agency, which included the team's meeting with Brad Richards. Instead, he was spending Canada Day with troops in Afghanistan. Burke, who had plenty of communications with everybody back in Canada via cell phone and Skype, is offended by the criticism, saying he would do it again. The National Post has the whole story.

RICHARDS OR POORER? Since Brad Richards elected to sign with the Rangers, it's been a lot of euphoria in Blueshirt land as they finally got a top-line center they hope can give them close to the production that messiah Messier once did. But it's not all rainbows and sunshine. Blueshirt Banter reins in the party on Broadway a bit by looking at the downsides to Richards, going deep into the world of statistics to do so.

COLE AS GOOD AS GOLD: As you might have gathered by now, this was not a deep free-agent class by any means, so it was tough for teams to fill their needs. But Montreal Canadiens blog Lions in Winter thinks the team did a fantastic job of taking care of its principle need: a top-six power forward. Outside of the pipedream of signing Richards, the conclusion is that Erik Cole was about the best fit they could find.

HEAT-ING UP? Dany Heatley had 26 goals and 38 assists for the San Jose Sharks last season. For most players in the league, those are great numbers. For a guy that has shown he can score 50 goals in a season? A little lackluster. So he gets a fresh start in Minnesota, a team that will be looking for every ounce of scoring it can find. Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune takes a look at the new partnership between the two and how they all hope it brings a return to form for Heatley.

TORRES' TREK: Raffi Torres is the son of a Mexican father and Peruvian mother who hails from Canada and has red hair. All make for one interesting player ... and determined. Torres, who just signed with the Phoenix Coyotes, gained that proverbial chip on his shoulder growing up facing the prejudices of playing hockey as a Latino. The Arizona Republic explains.

By Brian Stubits

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