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THE BATTLE FOR MOMENTUM

clip_image002NY RANGERS at ATLANTA THRASHERS
Friday, Feb. 11, 7:30 p.m.
Philips Arena • Atlanta, GA
Rangers: 29-23-4 (62 pts)
Thrashers: 24-22-10 (58 pts)
* All information through NHL games on Feb. 9

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GOING UP…AGAIN, BOYCHUK RECALLED

Charlotte Checkers‘CANES RECALL ZACH BOYCHUK FROM CHARLOTTE

Forward has seven points in 18 NHL games this season

RALEIGH, NCJim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has recalled forward Zach Boychuk from the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League (AHL).

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ZUCCARELLO TO THE RESCUE

New York R VERSUS Atlanta

NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES
January 22, 2011 – New York Rangers 3, Atlanta Thrashers 2 SO (Game No. 50, Away No. 26)

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RANGERS LOOK TO BURN DOWN ATLANTA

clip_image002NEW YORK RANGERS at ATLANTA THRASHERS
Saturday, Jan. 22, 7:00 p.m.
Philips Arena • Atlanta, GA
Rangers: 27-19-3 (57 pts)
Thrashers: 23-18-8 (54 pts)
* All information through NHL games on Jan. 20

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FROM THE CREASE with Bruce Berlet

Bruce HeadshotBy Bruce Berlet

While the parent New York Rangers are on a youth kick, the Connecticut Whale added two thirty-something forwards this week who will make their Whale debuts Friday night perhaps on the same line in a key rematch with the Portland Pirates in Maine. Continue reading

FROM THE CREASE with Bruce Berlet

Bruce HeadshotBy Bruce Berlet

HARTFORD, Conn.Howard Baldwin and his Whalers Sports and Entertainment group have been working feverishly for months in an attempt to revitalize the local hockey market and get back into the NHL.

But one of the major rivals of Baldwin’s New England Whalers in the World Hockey Association and Hartford Whalers in the National Hockey League made a major statement Saturday night at the home of one of the NHL’s weakest links, the New York Islanders. Continue reading

NEW YORK RANGERS vs. CAROLINA HURRICANES PREVIEW

clip_image002NEW YORK RANGERS vs. CAROLINA HURRICANES
Friday, Oct. 29, 7:00 p.m.
Madison Square Garden • New York, NY
Rangers: 4-3-1 (9 pts)
Hurricanes: 4-4-0 (8 pts)
* All information through NHL games on Oct. 27

TOMORROW’S GAME:
The Rangers will conclude their three-game homestand tomorrow when they will face-off against the Carolina Hurricanes at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.). The Rangers enter tomorrow’s contest having been defeated by the Atlanta Thrashers, 6-4, last night at MSG to end their three-game winning streak, and are now 4-3-1 (9 pts) on the season. The Hurricanes enter the contest with a 4-4-0 (8 pts) record, following a 3-0 loss to the Capitals last night in their home opener. Tomorrow’s contest will begin the second of 18 back-to-back sets this season for the Blueshirts, who will travel to Toronto on Saturday, Oct. 30, to face-off against the Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre (7:00 p.m.).

RANGERS PRACTICE SCHEDULE:
Please note there is no morning skate scheduled prior to tomorrow’s contest.  Rangers’ head coach John Tortorella will be available to the media at 5:00 p.m. in the multi-purpose room located on the fifth floor of Madison Square Garden.
* Schedule and availability subject to change

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

  • TV: MSG Plus
    6:30 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game Show with Al Trautwig
    7:00 p.m. – Rangers vs. Hurricanes
    Broadcasters: Sam Rosen (Play-By-Play), Joe Micheletti (Analyst), John Giannone (In-Game Reporter)
  • Radio: 970 The Apple
    6:30 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game with Don LaGreca
    7:00 p.m. – Rangers vs. Hurricanes
    Broadcasters: Kenny Albert (Play-By-Play), Dave Maloney (Analyst)

RANGERS vs. HURRICANES:

  • All-Time: The Rangers are 53-46-7-2 all-time against the Hurricanes’ franchise: 33-16-4-2 at home and 20-30-3-0 on the road
  • 2010-11: Tonight’s contest marks the first of four meetings between the Rangers and Hurricanes this season, and the first of two meetings at Madison Square Garden
  • Last Season: New York was 2-1-1 against Carolina in 2009-10, including a 0-1-1 mark at MSG
  • New York has out-scored Carolina, 353-310, in 108 contests between the two clubs
  • Henrik Lundqvist and Cam Ward have started in net against each other in 13 of the last 15 meetings between the Rangers and Hurricanes
  • Lundqvist posted a record of 2-1-1 with a 2.22 goals against average in three contests vs. Carolina last season, and is now 8-6-1 with a 2.31 goals against average and one shutout in 15 career games against the Hurricanes
  • Brandon Dubinsky tied for the team lead with two goals, and added two assists for four points in four games vs. Carolina last season
  • Ruslan Fedotenko has registered 14 goals and 21 points in 43 career contests vs. Carolina; Todd White has recorded 13 assists in 29 career games vs. the Hurricanes
  • First NHL Goal: Michal Rozsival recorded his first NHL goal on Dec. 15, 1999 at Carolina (Irbe)
  • New York lists no former Hurricanes on their roster
  • Carolina lists no former Rangers on their roster

SPECIAL TEAMS:                                                 

  • Power Play: The Rangers did not convert in one power play opportunity (2:00) on Wednesday vs. Atlanta, and now ranks 21st in the NHL with a 12.1% (4-33) success rate. The Rangers did not convert on one five-on-three chance (0:30) on Oct. 9 at HSBC Arena, and are now 0-1 on five-on-three attempts (0:30). New York is 0-1 (1:05) with a four-on-three advantage this season. Shorthanded goals allowed (0).
  • Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts surrendered one goal to the Thrashers in three shorthanded situations (3:28) on Wednesday at MSG, and now rank 25th in the NHL with a 78.4% (29-37) success rate. The Rangers held Atlanta scoreless in one, three-on-five situation (0:50) on Wednesday at home, and are 3-5 on three-on-fives (4:37) this season. The Blueshirts yielded one goal in three, three-on-four situations on Oct. 15, and are now 2-3 (1:10) in those situations this season. Shorthanded goals for (1): 10/9 at BUF (Dubinsky).
  • Four-on-Four: New York did not skate in a four-on-four situation on Wednesday vs. Atlanta, and are now even in eight, four-on-four situations (11:28) this season. Four-on-four goals for (1): 10/18 vs. COL (Frolov). Four-on-four goals allowed (1): 10/15 vs. TOR (Kessel).

SIBLING RIVALRY
Rangers defenseman Marc Staal has faced off against his older brother, Carolina forward Eric Staal, 12 times in his career, amassing a 6-5-1 record with four points (one goal and three assists), 10 penalty minutes and a plus-two rating. Eric has registered a 6-5-1 mark behind four goals and four assists, along with six penalty minutes and an even plus-minus rating in those 12 games.

BLOCK PARTY
The Blueshirts and Hurricanes are currenlty tied for second in the NHL in blocked shots per game, with both clubs averaging 16.6 blocked shots per contest. Dan Girardi leads the team and is tied for fourth in the league with 25 blocked shots on the season, and Ryan Callahan is tied for third among NHL forwards with 12 blocked shots. Atlanta ranks first in the league with 17.3 blocked shots per game.

THE HOT LIST:

· Henrik Lundqvist has won each of his last two games, registering a 1.50 goals against average and .954 save percentage over the span

· Ryan Callahan enters tonight’s contest on a four-game scoring streak, recording six points (two goals and four assists) over the span, including a goal in each of the last two games and an assist in each of the last four

· Brandon Dubinsky enters the contest with a three-game scoring streak, registering four points (one goal and three assists) over the span

· Ruslan Fedotenko has registered five points (one goal and four assists) in the last six games

· Michal Rozsival has registered four points (one goal and three assists) in the last four games

· Sean Avery has tallied three points (one goal and two assists) in the last two games

· Artem Anisimov has tallied three points (two goals and one assist) in the last four games

RANGER MILESTONES
Rookie Derek Stepan (three goals) and Alex Frolov (one assist) both registered their first point as a Ranger in the 6-3 season-opening win on Oct. 9 at Buffalo. Three new Blueshirts tallied their first point as a Ranger in home opener on Oct. 15 vs. Toronto, with Ruslan Fedotenko, Derek Boogaard and Steve Eminger each recording one assist in the contest. In addition, Sean Avery registered two assists in the game to record his 100th point as a Ranger. On Oct. 18 vs. Colorado, Frolov notched his first goal as a Ranger with a four-on-four tally assisted by Stepan, who picked up his first career assist on the play. Fedotenko tallied his first goal as a Ranger to open the game’s scoring on Oct. 21 at Toronto, and Martin Biron backstopped the Blueshirts to a 2-1 win in the contest with a 24-save performance to record his first win as a Ranger in his first appearance with the team.

YOUTH IS SERVED
Based on opening day rosters, the Rangers have the ninth youngest team in the NHL with an average age of 27 years and 44 days, and the second youngest defensive corp in the league, trailing only Los Angeles with an average age of 25 years and 51 days.

GETTING STARTED:

  • Entering the season, the Rangers have posted a record of 276-266-90 all-time in the month of October, including a 175-114-47 mark at home and a 101-152-43 record on the road. New York is scheduled to play 10 games during the season’s opening month in 2010-11, with five games being contested at MSG and five scheduled on the road.
  • Legendary Rangers’ defenseman Brian Leetch holds the franchise record for most points in the month of October, having registered 43 goals and 130 assists for 173 career points in the season’s opening month.
  • The Blueshirts’ all-time leader for most career wins in the month of October is Mike Richter, who registered 40 career wins during the season’s opening month.
  • Last season, New York tied the franchise record for longest winning streak in the month of October, winning seven consecutive games from Oct. 3, 2009 vs. Ottawa to Oct. 17, 2009 at Toronto. The Rangers also won seven straight October games in 1988-89, beginning on Oct. 16 vs. Vancouver and ending on Oct. 30 vs. Pittsburgh. Their seven-game winning streak last season was also the team’s longest since they won seven straight from Feb. 1, 2006 vs. Pittsburgh to Mar. 2, 2006 at Philadelphia.

MILESTONES IN SIGHT:

  • Sean Avery: 3 games from 500 NHL career

MILESTONES RECENTLY ACHIEVED:

  • Derek Stepan: 1st career NHL game and 1st career NHL goal/point (10/9 at BUF)
  • Derek Stepan: 1st career NHL assist (10/18 vs. COL)
  • Michael Sauer: 1st career NHL assist/point (10/23 at BOS)
  • Ryan Callahan: 100th career NHL point (10/23 at BOS)

INJURIES:                                  

  • Vinny Prospal (IR on Sept. 24/knee surgery on Oct. 18, 6-8 weeks) – 8
  • Marian Gaborik (IR – separated shoulder on Oct. 15, 2-4 weeks) – 5
  • Chris Drury (IR – fractured finger on Oct. 15, 6 weeks) – 5

Total Man-Games Lost: 22                                            

RECENT TRANSACTIONS:

  • Oct. 24: Recalled forward Jeremy Williams from Hartford
  • Oct. 25: Assigned forward Jeremy Williams to Hartford
  • Oct. 28: Recalled forward Evgeny Grachev from Hartford

NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES AND QUOTES

New York R     VERSUS     Atlanta

October 27, 2010 – New York Rangers 4, Atlanta Thrashers 6 (Game No. 8, Home No. 4) 

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The Rangers were defeated by the Atlanta Thrashers, 6-4, tonight at Madison Square Garden to end their winning streak at three games.  New York is now 4-3-1 overall, including a 1-2-1 mark at home.  Martin Biron started in net for the Rangers, marking the first time Henrik Lundqvist did not start at The Garden since October 19, 2009 vs. San Jose (L, 3-7).

Ryan Callahan opened the game’s scoring just 38 seconds into the first period and added an assist to extend his scoring streak to four games.  He has registered six points (two goals and four assists) during the stretch, including an assist in each of the four games, and is now tied for the team lead with six assists and eight points in eight games.

Sean Avery registered his third multi-point performance with one goal and one assist, and has now tallied three points (one goal and two assists) in the last two games.  Avery is tied for the team lead with six assists and ranks third on the team in scoring with seven points on the season.

Ruslan Fedotenko recorded his first multi-point effort as a Ranger with two assists, and registered three shots and three hits in 15:39 of ice time.  He has now registered five points (one goal and four assists) in the last six games.

Todd White notched his first goal as a Ranger with an even strength tally at 7:56 of the third period, and won seven of nine faceoffs for a 78% success rate.  White, who played for the Thrashers from 2007-08 to 2009-10, has now registered 17 points (seven goals and 10 assists) in 13 career regular season games against Atlanta.

Brandon Dubinsky tallied the primary assist on White’s third period goal to extend his scoring streak to three games, registering four points (one goal and three assists) over the span.  Dubinsky also recorded four hits and logged 20:31 of ice time.

Brian Boyle notched his third goal of the season at 10:07 of the third period to pull the Rangers to within one, and finished the contest with four hits and two blocked shots.

Artem Anisimov and Dan Girardi each registered one assist in the contest.  Anisimov recorded the only assist on Callahan’s first period goal, and has now tallied three points (two goals and one assist) in the last four games.  Dan Girardi registered the primary assist on Avery’s second period goal, and led the Rangers with 22:58 of ice time.

Brandon Prust led the team with five hits in 17:40 of ice time, and has now registered 10 hits in the last two games.

The Blueshirts’ practice schedule for tomorrow, October 28, is 12:00 p.m. at the MSG Training Center.

The Rangers will close out their three-game homestand on Friday, October 29, when they will face-off against the Carolina Hurricanes at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in the first game of a back-to-back set.  The game will be televised live on MSG Plus, and can be heard on 970 The Apple.

POST-GAME QUOTES

John Tortorella on tonight’s game…

“We have had a little bit of a run here…three games.  This, we talked about it before the game, is an important game.  These are the games we need to learn how to take the next step and be consistent and we didn’t do that.  We did it in minutes of the game but certainly not for 60 (minutes).  We do not do it consistently enough.  That is on us.  We have to find a way to do it better.”

Marc Staal on the comeback…

“We didn’t give up. We were down three goals and kept going after them and kept playing. That’s a positive we can take into Friday. Obviously, we can’t get down 5-2 but to be down three goals, usually you’re out of it, we managed to get ourselves back in the game and gave ourselves a chance to win it.”

Ryan Callahan on tonight’s game…

“We have to get pucks in there.  We have to do that the whole night.  We cannot do that every once in awhile and expect to win.  It was a good push but it was too little too late.  You have to give credit to them.  They executed their game plan pretty well by running the trap on us.”

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Game Preview – New York Rangers vs. Atlanta Thrashers

clip_image002NEW YORK RANGERS vs. ATLANTA THRASHERS
Wednesday, Oct. 27, 7:00 p.m.
Madison Square Garden • New York, NY
Rangers: 4-2-1 (9 pts)
Thrashers: 3-4-1 (7 pts)
* All information through NHL games on Oct. 25

TOMORROW’S GAME:
The Rangers continue their three-game homestand tomorrow when they will face-off against the Atlanta Thrashers at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.). The Rangers enter tomorrow’s contest having defeated the New Jersey Devils, 3-1, on Sunday at MSG to extend their winning streak to three games and improve to 4-2-1 (9 pts) on the season. The Thrashers enter the contest with a 3-4-1 (7 pts) record, having lost each of their last three games. Tomorrow’s contest will begin a stretch of four games in six nights for the Blueshirts, who will return to action on Friday, Oct. 29, when they face-off against the Carolina Hurricanes at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), to close out their three-game homestand.

RANGERS PRACTICE SCHEDULE:
Please note there is no morning skate scheduled prior to tomorrow’s contest.  Rangers’ head coach John Tortorella will be available to the media at 5:00 p.m. in the multi-purpose room located on the fifth floor of Madison Square Garden.
* Schedule and availability subject to change

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

  • TV: MSG Plus
    6:30 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game Show with Al Trautwig
    7:00 p.m. – Rangers vs. Thrashers
    Broadcasters: Sam Rosen (Play-By-Play), Joe Micheletti (Analyst), John Giannone (In-Game Reporter)
  • Radio: Bloomberg Radio
    6:30 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game with Don LaGreca
    7:00 p.m. – Rangers vs. Thrashers
    Broadcasters: Don LaGreca (Play-By-Play), Dave Maloney (Analyst)

RANGERS vs. THRASHERS:

  • All-Time: The Rangers are 18-12-1-9 all-time against the Thrashers: 7-7-1-5 at home and 11-5-0-4 on the road.
  • 2010-11: Tonight’s contest marks the first of four meetings between the Rangers and Thrashers this season, and the first of two meetings at Madison Square Garden.
  • Last Season: New York was 1-1-2 against Atlanta in 2009-10, including a 0-1-1 mark at Madison Square Garden. Two of their four meetings were decided in the shootout.
  • Henrik Lundqvist posted a record of 1-1-1 with a 2.61 goals against average in three contests vs. Atlanta last season, and is now 6-3-0-6 with a 2.17 goals against average and one shutout in 16 career games against the Thrashers
  • Michael Del Zotto led the Rangers with four assists and five points in four games vs. Atlanta last season
  • Ruslan Fedotenko has registered 10 goals and 14 assists for 24 points in 46 career regular season contests vs. Atlanta; Todd White has recorded six goals and 10 assists for 16 points in 12 career games vs. the Thrashers
  • NHL Debut: Artem Anisimov made his NHL debut vs. Atlanta on Feb. 3, 2009
  • First Goal: Dan Girardi recorded his first NHL goal at Atlanta on Oct. 18, 2007 (Hedberg)
  • First Shutout: Martin Biron posted his first NHL shutout with an 18-save performance at Atlanta on Nov. 19, 1999 (3-0)
  • New York lists two former Thrashers on their roster: Erik Christensen (2007-08 – 2008-09); Todd White (2007-08 – 2009-10).
  • Atlanta lists one former Ranger on their roster: Nik Antropov (2008-09).

SPECIAL TEAMS:                                                 

  • Power Play: The Rangers tallied one goal in seven power play opportunities (13:02) on Sunday vs. New Jersey, and have now notched a power play goal in each of their last two games. New York is tied for 19th in the NHL with a 12.5% (4-32) success rate. The Rangers did not convert on one five-on-three chance (0:30) on Oct. 9 at HSBC Arena, and are now 0-1 on five-on-three attempts (0:30). New York is 0-1 (1:05) with a four-on-three advantage this season. Shorthanded goals allowed (0).
  • Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts held the Devils scoreless in four shorthanded situations (7:51) on Sunday at MSG, and now rank 25th in the NHL with a 79.4% (27-34) success rate. The Rangers yielded one goal to Boston in two three-on-five situations (2:02) on Saturday at TD Garden, and are 2-4 on three-on-fives (3:47) this season. The Blueshirts yielded one goal in three, three-on-four situations on Oct. 15, and are now 2-3 (1:10) in those situations this season. Shorthanded goals for (1): 10/9 at BUF (Dubinsky).
  • Four-on-Four: New York skated in one, four-on-four situation (0:09) on Sunday vs. New Jersey, and are now even in eight, four-on-four situations (11:28) this season. Four-on-four goals for (1): 10/18 vs. COL (Frolov). Four-on-four goals allowed (1): 10/15 vs. TOR (Kessel).

BLOCK PARTY
The Blueshirts currently lead the NHL in blocked shots per game, averaging 17.0 blocked shots per contest. Dan Girardi leads the team and is tied for third in the league with 24 blocked shots on the season.  The Atlanta Thrashers enter tonight’s contest ranked second in the NHL, averaging 16.9 blocked shots per game.

THE HOT LIST:

· The Rangers enter tonight’s contest riding a three-game winning streak, and have tallied a power play goal in each of the last two contests

· The Blueshirts’ penalty kill has allowed just one goal in 15 shorthanded situations over the last three games for a 93.3% (14-15) success rate

· Henrik Lundqvist has won each of his last two games, registering a 1.50 goals against average and .954 save percentage over the span

· Ryan Callahan enters tonight’s contest riding a three-game scoring streak, recording four points (one goal and three assists) during the stretch including one assist in each of the three games

· Michal Rozsival has tallied an assist in each of the last three games, and has registered four points (one goal and three assists) during his three-game scoring streak

· Brandon Dubinsky has notched three points (one goal and two assists) in the last two games

· Dan Girardi has registered 12 blocked shots in the last three games and Callahan has tallied 15 hits in the last three contests

RANGER MILESTONES
Rookie Derek Stepan (three goals) and Alex Frolov (one assist) both registered their first point as a Ranger in the 6-3 season-opening win on Oct. 9 at Buffalo. Three new Blueshirts tallied their first point as a Ranger in home opener on Oct. 15 vs. Toronto, with Ruslan Fedotenko, Derek Boogaard and Steve Eminger each recording one assist in the contest. In addition, Sean Avery registered two assists in the game to record his 100th point as a Ranger. On Oct. 18 vs. Colorado, Frolov notched his first goal as a Ranger with a four-on-four tally assisted by Stepan, who picked up his first career assist on the play. Fedotenko tallied his first goal as a Ranger to open the game’s scoring on Thursday at Toronto, and Martin Biron backstopped the Blueshirts to a 2-1 win in the contest with a 24-save performance to record his first win as a Ranger in his first appearance with the team.

YOUTH IS SERVED
Based on opening day rosters, the Rangers have the ninth youngest team in the NHL with an average age of 27 years and 44 days, and the second youngest defensive corp in the league, trailing only Los Angeles with an average age of 25 years and 51 days.

NEW FACES
The Rangers have had eight new players dress so far this season: Martin Biron, Derek Boogaard, Steve Eminger, Ruslan Fedotenko, Alex Frolov, and Derek Stepan each skated in the season opener on Oct. 9 at Buffalo. Todd White made his Rangers debut on Oct. 18 vs. Colorado at Madison Square Garden, and Biron saw his first game action with a 24-save effort in a 2-1 win on Thursday at Toronto. Most recently, Jeremy Williams made his Rangers debut in Sunday’s 3-1 win vs. New Jersey after being recalled from Hartford earlier in the day.

GETTING STARTED:

  • Entering the season, the Rangers have posted a record of 276-266-90 all-time in the month of October, including a 175-114-47 mark at home and a 101-152-43 record on the road. New York is scheduled to play 10 games during the season’s opening month in 2010-11, with five games being contested at MSG and five scheduled on the road.
  • Legendary Rangers’ defenseman Brian Leetch holds the franchise record for most points in the month of October, having registered 43 goals and 130 assists for 173 career points in the season’s opening month.
  • The Blueshirts’ all-time leader for most career wins in the month of October is Mike Richter, who registered 40 career wins during the season’s opening month.
  • Last season, New York tied the franchise record for longest winning streak in the month of October, winning seven consecutive games from Oct. 3, 2009 vs. Ottawa to Oct. 17, 2009 at Toronto. The Rangers also won seven straight October games in 1988-89, beginning on Oct. 16 vs. Vancouver and ending on Oct. 30 vs. Pittsburgh. Their seven-game winning streak last season was also the team’s longest since they won seven straight from Feb. 1, 2006 vs. Pittsburgh to Mar. 2, 2006 at Philadelphia.

MILESTONES IN SIGHT:

  • Sean Avery: 4 games from 500 NHL career

MILESTONES RECENTLY ACHIEVED:

  • Derek Stepan: 1st career NHL game and 1st career NHL goal/point (10/9 at BUF)
  • Derek Stepan: 1st career NHL assist (10/18 vs. COL)
  • Michael Sauer: 1st career NHL assist/point (10/23 at BOS)
  • Ryan Callahan: 100th career NHL point (10/23 at BOS)

INJURIES:                                  

  • Vinny Prospal (IR on Sept. 24/knee surgery on Oct. 18, 6-8 weeks) – 7
  • Marian Gaborik (IR – separated shoulder on Oct. 15, 2-4 weeks) – 4
  • Chris Drury (IR – fractured finger on Oct. 15, 6 weeks) – 4

Total Man-Games Lost: 18                                            

RECENT TRANSACTIONS:

  • Oct. 24: Recalled forward Jeremy Williams from Hartford
  • Oct. 25: Assigned forward Jeremy Williams to Hartford

HOW DOES HE DO IT?

NY Rangers logo Glen Sather pulled off a move that has got to leave some people scratching their heads wondering how he does it.

The NY Rangers have announced that they have traded Donald Brashear AND Patrick Rissmiller to the Atlanta Thrashers for a serviceable center in Todd White. The move creates a minimal amount of cap space and is a low risk shot at easing a major shortcoming the franchise has in the middle.

If this move doesn’t work out, the Rangers send White to Hartford and are free from his contract at the end of the season…if he does play well then they have dealt with a severe issue.

Brashear was set to earn $1.4mm and Rissmiller was guaranteed $1mm ($2.4mm total). Todd White makes $2.375mm. It’s get rid of two issues, take back one and hope to catch lightning in a bottle. On the negative side, once again it’s another reclamation project. In order to free even a miniscule amount of space as they did, to move Brashear and Rissmiller, you were going to have to take back a bad contract or a struggling player to do it. They did that but filled a need at the same time.

However, on the plus side of the ledger, they get rid of a serious malcontent in Brashear who, while a good soldier while in Hartford clearly has nothing left in the tank, and Rissmiller who was essentially useless in both New York and in Hartford and was anything short of a team player in his time in Connecticut’s capital which explains why he was “loaned” to Grand Rapids.

It’s a GREAT move by the much maligned President & General Manager.

For those of you calling for Glen Sather’s head, you have to tip your cap to a move like this. At the same time you must acknowledge that he got himself into this mess in the first place, but just like he did with Scott Gomez, he found a way out of it.

If Sather REALLY wants to impress anyone, find someone OTHER THAN HARTFORD who’ll take Wade Redden’s contract… I know someone who might be able to pull that one off…CALLING CRISS ANGEL….

Here’s the official release:

NEW YORK RANGERS ACQUIRE CENTER

TODD WHITE FROM ATLANTA THRASHERS

In exchange for forwards Donald Brashear and Patrick Rissmiller

New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the Rangers have acquired center Todd White from the Atlanta Thrashers, in exchange for forwards Donald Brashear and Patrick Rissmiller.

White, 35, has skated in 635 career regular season games with the Chicago Blackhawks, Philadelphia Flyers, Ottawa Senators, Minnesota Wild and Atlanta Thrashers, registering 140 goals and 239 assists for 379 points, along with 226 penalty minutes and a plus-21 rating.  The 12-year NHL veteran has reached the 20-goal and 50-point plateaus three times, and has registered 75 career multi-point performances.

In 2008-09, White established career-highs in games played (82), assists (51), points (73) and power play goals (12) as a Thrasher.  He led Atlanta in assists, tied for the team lead in power play goals and ranked third in points.  White reached several career milestones that season, including his 500th career game on November 2 vs. Florida, his 300th NHL point with a goal on November 28 vs. Nashville, and his 200th career assist on February 8 vs. Philadelphia.  He also recorded a career-high, nine-game point streak from March 6 vs. Montreal to March 21 at Tampa Bay, tallying 10 points (three goals and seven assists) over the span.  White finished the season strong, recording 28 points (eight goals and 20 assists) over the final 26 games.

The 5-10, 195-pounder skated in 65 games with Atlanta in 2009-10, registering seven goals and 19 assists for 26 points, along with 24 penalty minutes.  He recorded four multi-point performances, and posted a three-game assist streak from November 22 vs. Tampa Bay to November 27 at Carolina (three assists).  White also skated in his 600th career game on December 12 vs. Montreal.

The Kanata, Ontario native originally signed with the Chicago Blackhawks as a free agent on August 27, 1997.

Brashear registered one assist and 73 penalty minutes in 36 games with the Rangers this past season.  He also skated in 27 AHL games with Hartford in 2009-10, recording two goals and four assists for six points, along with 25 penalty minutes.  He signed with the Rangers as a free agent on July 1, 2009.

Rissmiller skated in 69 AHL games with Hartford and Grand Rapids this past season, registering 20 goals and 27 assists for 47 points, along with 26 penalty minutes.  He signed with the Rangers as a free agent on July 1, 2008.