Posts Tagged ‘jagr’

NHL Winter Classic: Classic, or forgotten?

January 1, 2008

Today at 1pm eastern time, the NHL had its first ever outdoor hockey game in the US. With over 73,000 fans packed into the home of the Buffalo Bills, everyone was asking the same question: Does anybody care?

You see, here at Rangersin08, we find it hard to label any hockey game a ‘winter classic’ without having the most classy team in hockey, the New York Rangers, a part of it. So when it was all said and done, after the snow had fallen and Sidney Crosby scored the shootout winner, the fans quickly exited the stadium, and television sets were quickly turned off. Rumor has it that the nation was gripped with excitement, hoping to see an appearance of the Czech Cyborg, or the Swedish Rock Star, but were let down once again by two lackluster franchises.

Steven Johnson, long time NYR fan, took the 6+ hour trip to buffalo for the game. When asked about the outcome, he simply said “Predictable, as is any game without the Rangers. There were no winners in today’s game, only losers.”

Emily Adder, a 9 year old Pittsburgh fan, drove up from Pennsylvania with her family and her best friend, Rebbecca. The two youngsters were excited about seeing their favorite player, Sidney Crosby, take to the ice in the winter weather. When asked about how it was to watch a hockey game in the cold, Emily said “Well, my family is from Pittsburgh, so naturally, its usually this cold every winter in our house when we listen to the game on the radio, I just hope Sidney can take it, he’s so delicate…” When our corespondent asked Emily about if she thought Henrik Lundqvist should have been involved in tonights game, she added “Even tho he plays for the rangers, me and Becca always take turns fantasizing about what it would be like to be saved by Lundqvist…” Alas, there was no saves in Buffalo by Henry on this day.

The nation will look forward to tomorrow night, as the NYR will take its 3 game ‘we’re the lord of the rings’ winning streak to western Canada, where they will defeat the Calgary ‘we should be called the calgary ice’ Flames starting at 9pm eastern time.

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The Rangers are shown above reaching for the Stanley Cup.

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Get Brandon Dubinsky off the top line!

December 17, 2007

I like Brandon Dubinsky.

He seems like a decent enough guy. He’s tough and gutsy. By all accounts, he works hard and is coachable. But he’s not ready for the first line!

I can’t believe Tom Renney hasn’t noticed this. It’s apparent to all who watch the Rangers. He’s played 32 games for the team, scoring three goals, recording five assists, and has a -7 rating. That doesn’t cut it for a first-liner.

Dubinsky may mature into a top-six forward some day, but right now, the Rangers would do best with him in the role in which he started the season – fourth-line center. Otherwise Jaromir Jagr and Martin Straka might just go to waste.

How about putting Sean Avery between them at some point?

C’mon now, this is getting ridiculous.

December 14, 2007

The Rangers’ scoring woes have been much-documented this year. But surely none have cited the utterly frightening statistic which I am about to.

Former 30 goal scorer Petr Prucha and first-line center Brandon Dubinsky are on pace to fall short of the 2001-2002 scoring totals of … Sandy McCarthy.

Yes, that’s right. Sandy McCarthy, the former Ranger enforcer.

While fans were quite fond of McCarthy, they did not generally expect him to use his hands for scoring purposes. As enforcers go, he certainly could play, but come on …

While Dubinsky and Prucha are NHL-caliber players, the fact that two players the Rangers are counting on to produce offense are falling so far short of such a low standard is a problem.

Dubinsky, to me, projects as a second-line center if he improves his skating a bit more, but is not ready for more than a third-line role. Prucha needs to get more PP time, preferably on the ice at the same time as Jagr. He has shown that he can be deadly on the powerplay while playing with the captain.

Prucha, at least, should then be able to outscore Sandy McCarthy.

Has Renney gone mad?

November 3, 2007

The Rangers’ pregame just reported that Brandon Dubinsky will skate on the Rangers’ top line. How can he keep up with such a skilled linemate as Jaromir Jagr?

Jagr doesn’t need a brilliant center. What he needs is a guy who can pass him the puck in tight quarters and let him do his thing, and also someone who can take advantage of Jagr’s remarkable playmaking ability. Dubinsky, a somewhat below-average, though vastly improved, skater, has scored one point in 18 career NHL games. Jagr is so far above him that when Jagr is making brilliant plays, Dubinsky will be unable to take advantage.

Chris Drury, on the other hand, is the perfect center for Jaromir Jagr, as he is extremely well-rounded and can skate, score, and pass. Nigel Dawes would be a perfect left wing for the line, as he is a fine sniper. Avery would be a great choice too, with his amazing hockey sense. He’s always in the right place at the right time – a key skill for playing with Jagr.

Rangers win!

October 29, 2007

Big day for the big guns: a goal each for Dawes, Jagr and Shanahan.

Assorted thoughts:

  • Why does Renney insist on putting Jagr out in the last minute with a 3-1 lead?
  • Another solid effort by Lundqvist.
  • The Rangers ought to get Hollweg on the PK unit. It will cost them in the long run if they have to burn out their top players. Hollweg certainly has the speed to do it.
  • Dawes: A goal and no assists. HOCKEY IS A TEAM SPORT, NIGEL!

DAWES RETURNS TO BROADWAY

October 17, 2007

http://www.newyorkrangers.com/pressbox/pressreleases.asp?id=3067

NYR announced today that N. Dawes himself will be returning to Broadway.  Many were stunned when N. Dawes was sent down before the season began, as he had an excellent pre-season stint.

The big question becomes which line does he go on??  Are we going to see big line shuffling tomorrow against Atlanta?  Will he be with Jagr again like he spent some time with him in the pre-season?? WILL SYLAR STRIKE AGAIN??
ALL THESE BURNING QUESTIONS WILL BE ANSWERED TOMORROW NIGHT AGAINST ATLANTA THRASHERS 7PM!!!!

Authorities investigating cause of NYR’s Saturday night loss

October 15, 2007

Initial reports are vague, but it appears the supernatural is at work. At least 2 different sources have reported seeing Sylar, the super-villian from the TV show Heroes, coming out of the Ranger’s locker room shortly after the warm up skate Saturday night.

Sylar 2

Sylar, seen here after once again murdering, is known as many to be the worst super villain alive. He murders super heroes, and steals their powers. What was he after? Obviously, he was trying to steal the powers of the New York Rangers. It is still unknown how he weakened them Saturday night, but no one was unaffected. Some speculate memory loss, as most skaters on the NYR squad do not remember a series of events lasting no longer than 1 minute Saturday night. When we asked Captain America* himself, Jaromir Jagr, about this latest development, Jagr said “Why would the most powerful man on the face of the Earth be worried about Sylar? I will crush him!” Stay tuned to rangersin08 for all the latest developments!

*editors note: Jagr replaces the former Captain America, Steve Rogers, after he was murdered following the events of Civil War. Some speculate that Jagr, hailing from the Czech Republic (and the future) is not a true American. However, being the captain of the New York Rangers, which are red, white, and blue, makes Jagr the captain of the Red, White, and the Blue. Red, White, and Blue is America, so that makes Jagr Captain America.