Sean Avery

According to Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News, the slumping Rangers will place Sean Avery on re-entry waivers at noon today. Avery is expected to clear waivers and rejoin the club for Thursday’s match at the Garden with Anaheim. Larry Brooks of The Post is also reporting the Avery recall. Looks like the team expects Andre Devaux to fill the energy role tonight against the surging Sharks.

Prized Rangers’ prospect and junior Team USA captain Derek Stepan (above).

“His (Stepan’s) passing is all really top-end — under sticks and between skates to hit the right man that’s open all the time,” said Clark. “Everybody is watching the game, but Derek sees way more than all of us that are watching. Before he even gets the puck, he’s got a guy that he’s going to.”

Gordie Clark, author of the above quote and Director of Player Personnel for theNew York Rangers, obviously thinks very highly of Derek Stepan.  And so do we.  Clark has almost singlehandedly revamped the Rangers’ organization in a novel way for the Blueshirts–through the draft.  To be perfectly honest, we weren’t big on Stepan’s selection in 2008 when Clark grabbed the Minnesota native at # 51 overall.  A goofy looking kid still, Stepan was made to look all the more goofy back at the draft with low grade videos of the kid tap dancing, of all things.  I took a look, cringed, and thought, not NHL material.

Though NHL material is exactly what he is.  Stepan, out of Shattuck St. Mary’s–like Sidney Crosby and Zach Parise, went on to star in his 2 year stint at the University of Wisconsin, and last year, led junior Team USA to a gold as captain.  He will wear # 21 when the Rangers open their season tonight in Buffalo, and will center blue chip instigator Sean Avery and a big, hungry RW in Ruslan Fedotenko–more new blood for the Rangers and a Stanley Cup champion.

Fedotenko may be big, but if he were dropped to the 4th line, he’d be relatively small on the right of 6’7 Brian Boyle and 6’8 Derek Boogard.  Boogard is more new blood for this team, and comes in with a reputation as one of the most fierce enforcers in the game.  But he can’t play hockey right?  His zero regular season goals might suggest that to some, but Boogard is here to fight and to play.  When asked about his career long stay on the snide Boogard said he was looking to score in Buffalo Saturday night.  We like his attitude and absolutely love his fists.  And then there’s Brandon Prust, albeit a middle weight, but one who led the league in fighting majors.

A fighting team doesn’t necessarily win, but a winning team usually fights, figuratively and literally.  The biggest move the Rangers made to stamp out complacency on the team, by far, was by waiving D Wade Redden, the $ 39 M man who showed zero fight when he was in NY, who took the money and ran.  In his place this year will be big young defenseman Michael Sauer, who Rangers fans have been waiting for, and who most importantly, earned his way and wants to be here. 

This year?  It seems they all want to be here, and some might be extra motivated by being in contract years, like Callahan and Dubinsky–two of the league’s finer young American forwards.  Callahan grabbed a silver in Vancouver last winter, and we think that Dubinsky will be featured in a prominent role on the 2014 Olympic team.  As for this year, the Rangers are expecting big things from both, and from their young centerman, Artem Anisimov, the 6’4, 205 lbs. 22 year old, coming off an impressive rookie campaign. 

His countryman, Alexander Frolov, brought in to play with the Rangers’ most talented in-his-prime sniper/game changer, RW Marian Gaborik, perhaps ever.  Frolov, on a one year deal should flourish in New York, and needs to in order to secure a lucrative new contract.  Erik Christensen, a waiver claim from last season who played hard, and showed nice offensive skills, will be between the 2 Rangers big time wings. 

Coaching you ask?  Dumb-de-dumb-dumb.  We’ll say it.  We hate Tortorella.  For this team.  Did we love him in Tampa?  How could you not?  Winning the Stanley Cup from down 3 games to two, and needing a win on the road in Calgary to get back home for game 7, Tortorella gave his Bolts a stirring  speech during the pivotal intermission.  He told his troops that all the pressure was on them, that “the mayor of fucking Canada was in their locker room right now”–referring to the Canadian P.M.

Unfortunately for us, we think Torts might still believe Canada is governed by a mayor.  And we’ve come to see Tortorella in his time here as an ugly caricature–a screaming lunatic and a tyrant who, worse than that, does not hold all Rangers miscreants equally accountable.  This needs to be a kinder, gentler Tortorella, especially with our youth, and the coach must divorce himself of his awful habit of tethering guys to the bench. 

As for Henrik Lundqvist, we’ve saved the best for last.  The Swedish gold medal goalie who loves house music.  Is that king or god?  Neither, ’til he delivers the cup.  But he gets extra points for going to Pacha.  But Henrik?  Tiesto?  You can do better than trance, my man, but I’d even be willing to suffer Tiesto for a 2nd Stanley Cup in my lifetime.


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Newest Ranger, center Todd White (above).

Yesterday the New York Rangers acquired a much needed center iceman when they sent forwards Donald Brashear and Patrick Rissmiller to Atlanta for 5’10” veteran center Todd White.

Let’s look at White’s career stats:

Year Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM PPG PPA SHG SHA Shots Shot %
1997-98 Chicago Blackhawks 7 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 3 33.3
1998-99 Chicago Blackhawks 35 5 8 13 -1 20 2 2 0 0 43 11.6
1999-00 Chicago Blackhawks 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0
1999-00 Philadelphia Flyers 3 1 0 1 -1 0 0 0 0 0 4 25.0
1999-00 Total 4 1 0 1 -1 0 0 0 0 0 4 25.0
2000-01 Ottawa Senators 16 4 1 5 5 4 0 1 0 0 12 33.3
2001-02 Ottawa Senators 81 20 30 50 12 24 4 7 0 0 147 13.6
2002-03 Ottawa Senators 80 25 35 60 19 28 8 15 1 0 144 17.4
2003-04 Ottawa Senators 53 9 20 29 12 22 1 6 1 0 98 9.2
2005-06 Minnesota Wild 61 19 21 40 -1 18 5 10 0 1 109 17.4
2006-07 Minnesota Wild 77 13 31 44 8 24 6 8 1 1 162 8.0
2007-08 Atlanta Thrashers 74 14 23 37 -12 36 6 5 1 0 111 12.6
2008-09 Atlanta Thrashers 82 22 51 73 -9 24 12 22 1 0 150 14.7
2009-10 Atlanta Thrashers 65 7 19 26 -11 24 2 8 0 0 92 7.6
Totals: 635 140 239 379 21 226 46 84 5 2 1075 13.0

White, who was plagued by injuries last year, had a career year for Atlanta in 2008-2009, when he recorded 73 points.  Prior to that, White played for the Wild, where he got a chance to play a good deal with Rangers star forward Marian Gaborik, who the Rangers have had trouble matching with a centerman.  For that reason, some think that White could turn into a major addition to the club.

Mostly, White wants to prove that last season was an aberration. White suffered through two knee dislocations and then tore his labrum late in the season as he compiled seven goals and 19 assists in 65 games. White said his knees are not an issue and he was cleared to skate about three weeks ago. However, he has not yet been cleared for contact, though he believes he will be good for contact drills by the time the Rangers open training camp on Sept. 17.

“(The rehab) is going well,” White said by telephone. “I saw the doctors three weeks ago and I was cleared to start skating. I’ve skated a couple of times, passing and shooting. I had the shoulder surgery as soon as the season was done, that’s part of not being allowed to take contact. (The start of training camp), that’s my goal, that was the plan all along in Atlanta, to be ready.  I’ve been progressing really well. It’s just a matter of getting my strength, my range of motion is back.”

The Rangers have been actively trying to improve their offense, signing enigmatic Russian left wing Alexander Frolov last week.

White will become an unrestricted free agent after this season, when the Rangers are expected to have approximately $ 19 M in cap room.

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Rangers new forward, former King, Alexander Frolov (above).

After a largely inactive summer in free agency, no doubt due to their unmanageable salary cap, the Rangers finally made a move to land a top 6 forward, signing enigmatic left wing Alexander Frolov, who scored 19 goals and recorded 32 assists last year, collecting 51 points for the Los Angeles Kings.

Frolov signed a one year deal with the Rangers for an estimated $ 3.2 M, choosing the Rangers despite having a much more lucrative long term deal on the table from a KHL team in Russia.  Let’s take a look at Frolov’s career stats:

Alexander Frolov #24

  • Left Wing
    • Height: 6-2
    • Weight: 204
    • Shoots: Right
    • Born: Jun 19, 1982 – Moscow, USSR
    • Draft: 2000 – 1st round (20th overall) by the Los Angeles Kings

    Career Stats

    Career Stats
     Year Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM PPG PPA SHG SHA GW SOG Pct  
     2002-03 LA 79 14 17 31 12 34 1 2 0 0 3 141 .099  
     2003-04 LA 77 24 24 48 8 24 5 8 2 1 3 168 .143  
     2005-06 LA 69 21 33 54 17 40 4 10 3 2 4 174 .121  
     2006-07 LA 82 35 36 71 -8 34 10 18 1 2 6 195 .179  
     2007-08 LA 71 23 44 67 1 22 5 13 0 0 7 160 .144  
     2008-09 LA 77 32 27 59 -6 30 12 13 1 1 1 176 .182  
     2009-10 LA 81 19 32 51 -1 26 5 8 0 0 1 182 .104  
     Career   536 168 213 381 23 210 42 72 7 6 25 1196 .140

    The Rangers have had bad luck with enigmatic Russians, traditionally, and in the last 2 off-seasons especially.  Two summers ago, they traded promising defenseman Fedor Tjutin for Alexei Zherdev, and last year, they signed winger Ales Kotalik, who never saw eye to eye with Rangers’ coach John Tortorella.  But Frolov has put up 32 and 35 goal seasons, and many believe his drop in production had more to do with the number of outstanding young Kings’ players who stepped up and beat out Frolov for power play time and important minutes in big situations.

    In addition to Frolov, the Rangers have signed enforcer Derek Boogard, backup goaltender Martin Biron, and have acquired defenseman Steve Emminger from Anaheim, in addition to re-signing current Rangers Brandon Pust, Erik Christensen, and Vinnie Prospal.

    The team has also come to terms with highly esteemed defensive prospect Ryan McDonagh, and hope to sign McDonagh’s college teammate, Derek Stepan, before training camp.

    Let’s Go Rangers!

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    Lohan’s right nipple (above).

    Lindsay Lohan may be tough, but is she tough enough to take two out two of the toughest New York Rangers?  Recently Lohan had an altercation with Rangers lightningrod Sean Avery (giving the finger below to the camera), Avery’s girlfriend, Victoria’s Secret model Jessica Stam (pictured below), and 6’4 Ranger Aaron Voros (also below) at the New York City nightclub 1OAK, the same club where Bristol Palin partied underage, when she was in New York.

    Lohan must be an Islanders fan…

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