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FROM THE CREASE with BRUCE BERLET

bruce mug shot 1BY: Bruce Berlet

With goaltending and defense in lots of good hands, it wasn’t surprising the New York Rangers’ first four picks in the NHL draft Friday night and Saturday were forwards.

With the 15th pick, the Rangers chose center/left wing Jonathan T. Miller, who led Team USA in scoring with four goals and nine assists in six games en route to winning the gold medal in the Under-18 World Junior Championship in Germany. He tied for third among all skaters in points and was selected by tournament coaches as Team USA’s top player in the elite event.

Miller’s selection at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn., came with some emotion, as it was announced by Aaron Boogaard, the younger brother of Derek Boogaard, the Rangers’ left wing who died at 28 at his apartment in Minneapolis on May 13. Boogaard, whose late brother was a seventh-round pick of the host Minnesota Wild in 2001, was introduced by Rangers director of player personnel Gordie Clark.

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FAN-FARE with ADAM GAVRIEL

New York RangersBY: Adam Gavriel

In our ever-expanding pursuit of making Howlings.net the best coverage possible on the entire New York Rangers organization, we have been looking long and hard for a young person who could write well, knew the Blueshirts and could share what they felt in an intelligent, cognitive and logical way. We think we’ve found that person in Adam Gavriel.

Adam has been writing his Rangers-centric blog, NYRBlueshirts.com for the past couple of years. Adam is NOT a professional journalist, but he is an avid hockey fan and his passion is the New York Rangers.

Adam begins his new column writing strictly from the fan perspective about things concerning the Rangers. We’re calling it Fan-Fare.

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COMINGS AND GOINGS

New York RangersThe New York Rangers have made it clear that head coach John Tortorella will be back next season having already signed a three-year extension. He milked the most out of a low-scoring squad dealt more than its fair share of injuries, and they still gave the top-seeded Washington Capitals all they could handle in the first round of the playoffs. He deserves to be back. But who’s coming with him?

The Rangers refused to mortgage their future at the traded deadline to acquire Dallas Stars center Brad Richards, but now that he’s an unrestricted free agent, he would look pretty good in a Rangers uniform on the top line next to Marian Gaborik. There will be plenty of rumors in the hockey news pairing the two parties together as Richards played for Tortorella during their Cup-winning season in Tampa Bay back in 2004.

That might be tough for the Rangers, who are already strapped for cash. The Rangers have seven restricted free agents to deal with – including key cogs Brandon Dubisnky and Ryan Callahan – so they may not have enough room under the salary cap to welcome a big contract like Richards, who is coming off a five-year, $39 million deal with the Stars.

The Rangers will have to talk to Chris Drury and see if he’ll take a buyout as right now, he’s making just over $7 million and he notched only one goal, albeit a key one, in an injury-filled season. The Rangers are likely considering moving Sean Avery, Wojtek Wolski and Derek Boogard. The AHL Whale might be one of the places they are considering although Europe could also be a possible destination to unload their contracts as that would clear more than $7 million.

There will be a few big names coming off the books as Alexander Frolov, Vaclav Prospal, Ruslan Fedotenko and Bryan McCabe are all unrestricted free agents. The Rangers will have to carefully maneuver to find a way to replace some of these key cogs but also find a way to trim down their spending. There is no question that they are a team that has too much money tied into players who are not contributing enough.

The Rangers had a productive 2010-11 campaign and while the offseason has just started, it is clear they will have a different look to them next season.

SEASON OVER

New York Rangers VERSUSWashington

NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals – Game Five
New York Rangers at Washington Capitals, April 23, 2011

Game Summary:

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FROM THE CREASE with BRUCE BERLET

bruce mug shot 1By Bruce Berlet

John Mitchell isn’t going to win many fastest skater races. He’s not going to win many fastest shot competitions. He isn’t likely to win many trick-shot contests, though his insurance goal Sunday night defied that premise.

But the Connecticut Whale’s veteran center can play five-on-five. He can play well down low on the power play. He can kill penalties. He can win face-offs in key situations.

In simplest terms, John Mitchell is a pro’s pro.

TURNING IT AROUND

New York Rangers VERSUS Philadelphia

NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES
April 3, 2011 – New York Rangers 3, Philadelphia Flyers 2 SO (Game No. 79, Away No. 41)

*       The Rangers defeated the Philadelphia Flyers, 3-2, in a shootout today at Wells Fargo Center to improve to 42-32-5 overall, and completed their 2010-11 regular season road schedule with a 24-16-1 record.  Their 24 road wins are the most by the Blueshirts since 1993-94 (24-16-2). New York is now 9-3-1 in their last 13 contests, and are 7-3-0 in their last 10 road games.

RANGERS WANTS TWO FROM HABS FRIDAY

clip_image002NEW YORK RANGERS vs. MONTREAL CANADIENS
Friday, Mar. 18, 7:00 p.m.
Madison Square GardenNew York, NY
Rangers: 37-30-4 (78 pts)
Canadiens: 38-25-7 (83 pts)
* All information through NHL games on Mar. 16

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FROM THE CREASE with Bruce Berlet

bruce mug shot 1By Bruce Berlet

For the past month, the Connecticut Whale proved the tough really can get going when the going gets tough.

The stretch epitomized their coach, Ken Gernander, who has carried his dislike for losing from his playing days to behind the bench.

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RANGERS LOOK TO GROUND FLYERS

Rangers Chase Centered 4CNY RANGERS vs. PHILADELPHIA FLYERS
Sunday, Mar. 6, 12:30 p.m.
Madison Square Garden • New York, NY
Rangers: 34-29-4 (72 pts)
Flyers: 40-17-6 (86 pts)
* All information through NHL games on Mar. 4

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RANGERS LOOK TO IMPEACH SENATORS

Rangers Chase Centered 4CNEW YORK RANGERS at OTTAWA SENATORS
Friday, Mar. 4, 7:30 p.m.
Scotiabank Place • Ottawa, Ontario
Rangers: 33-29-4 (70 pts)
Senators: 22-33-9 (53 pts)
* All information through NHL games on Mar. 3

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