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SeanAvery1BY: Adam Gavriel

It appears that the Sean Avery saga is finally coming to an end with the Rangers…again. Though this time it seems to be for good and not just with the Rangers, but with the NHL, KHL, SEL, AHL, or any hockey league you can think of.

Last night on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live, Sean Avery proclaimed that he was retiring from hockey and that he, “…Threw his skates into the Hudson.” Many had speculated that the end of Avery’s career was right around the corner, that he had, between his actions and words, burned too many bridges in the NHL and its affiliates to have a legitimate shot at being put on re-entry waivers this season by the Rangers. Turns out, those speculations may have been correct.

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New York RangersBY: Adam Gavriel

The trade winds on Monday were blowing quite the storm through Columbus. At the eye of that storm was the seemingly never-ending story of Rick Nash, Scott  Howson and Glen Sather. Right down to the 3pm Eastern Time deadline it was believed that the New York Rangers and Toronto Maple Leafs were the final suitors for the star left-winger’s services. Throughout the rather slow and uneventful trading deadline day, both of TSN’s TradeCentre Insiders, Darren Dreger and Bob McKenzie, reported that the Rangers were in the midst of trying to swing a deal to secure the Brampton, Ontario native’s services as the Blueshirts made a big push to bring back to the Big Apple it’s first Stanley Cup since 1994. However, in the end, the king’s ransom that Howson was seeking for Nash was ultimately  rejected leaving the disheartened Nash chained to Columbus, Ohio, a place he unequivocally wants to leave.

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New York RangersLarry Brooks reported on his Twitter page Tuesday that New York Rangers goaltender Marty Biron, who was scheduled to start for the Blueshirts tonight against the Winnipeg Jets has come down with the flu and will be out.

Taking Biron’s spot on the Rangers’ bench will be Chad Johnson, who has been recalled from the CTWhale.

Henrik Lundqvist will make the start between the pipes.

Game time is 7pm.

The Whale have reported that Erik Christensen has also been sent back to New York from his conditioning assignment.


bruce mug shot 1BY: Bruce Berlet

The run of Trumbull native Chris Drury as center and captain of the New York Rangers is over.

The Rangers bought out the final year of Drury’s five-year, $35.25-million contract on Wednesday, making one of the world’s all-time great winner an unrestricted free agent after he decided against applying for a medical exception because of a left-knee condition.

The buyout will open considerable salary-cap savings for the Rangers to re-sign free agents such as Brian Boyle and former Hartford Wolf Pack forwards Ryan Callahan, Brandon Dubinsky and Artem Anisimov and be active in the free-agent market that starts Friday, especially in the pursuit of Dallas Stars center Brad Richards, the No. 1 target of president and general manager Glen Sather.

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bruce mug shot 1By: Bruce Berlet

Talk about being way off base.

Larry Brooks, longtime New York Rangers beat writer for the New York Post, rightfully took George Laraque to task in his column Sunday for saying the NHL team somehow turned their back on Derek Boogaard in his time of need.

Laraque told NHL HOME ICE on SiriusXM Radio that the Rangers handled Boogaard poorly and criticized coach John Tortorella for his feelings about the left wing/enforcer.

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bruce mug shot 1By Bruce Berlet

The cause of Derek Boogaard’s death was never going to be easy to accept, but it was especially sad to hear that it was from an accidental mixture of alcohol and oxycodone toxicity.

That’s what the Hannepin (Minn.) County Medical Examiner’s Office revealed Friday afternoon on the eve of family members laying to rest the New York Rangers left wing/enforcer who was found dead in his Minneapolis apartment a week earlier by his brothers, Ryan and Aaron.

Unfortunately, Boogaard’s death at the far too young age of 28 was related to taking medication for pain, oxycodone, which has warnings not to mix with alcohol that could cause severe injury or death. It is also considered a very addictive drug, a narcotic pain reliever similar to morphine.

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New York RLarry Brooks has stated the following on his Twitter account, “Indication is that (Alex) Frolov is going to be out for a while with knee. Another recall will be necessary.”

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Connecticut WhaleAndrew Gross and Larry Brooks are both reporting on their Twitter accounts that Michael Del Zotto has been sent to the Connecticut Whale to find his game and that Ryan McDonagh has been summoned to New York to take his place.

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Hartford Wolf Pack CT LotteryAccording to Larry Brooks in his Twitter account and theahl.com Corey Potter is on his way to New York as “precaution against injury…and not as a first step in a deal for (Sheldon) Souray.”

Potter is not expected to play. He also has just come back from a concussion that kept him sidelined for nine games. He had three assists in the Pack’s 5-1 wipeout of Norfolk Saturday night.

Here’s the official release:

New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that defenseman Corey Potter has been recalled from the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Potter, 26, tied his AHL career-high with three assists, and registered a plus-three rating in a 5-1 win at Norfolk on Saturday.  He has skated in 43 games with Hartford this season, registering two goals and 10 assists for 12 points, along with a plus-six rating and 44 penalty minutes.  His plus-six rating is tied for second on the team overall, and he ranks third among team defensemen in assists, and is tied for third in points and fourth in goals.  Potter also ranks fourth among Hartford defensemen with 68 shots on net this season.  He has recorded three multi-point efforts, including back-to-back two-point performances in a 5-2 win vs. Lowell on October 24 (one goal and one assist) and a 4-3 win vs. Worcester on October 25 (two assists).  Potter’s goal vs. Lowell on October 24 was his first career shorthanded tally.

The 6-3, 206-pounder recorded one goal and one assist in five games with the Rangers last season.  He recorded his first career point with an assist in his second NHL game on December 27, 2008 vs. New Jersey, and notched his first NHL goal on April 2, 2009 at Carolina.  He made his NHL debut on December 7, 2008 vs. Calgary.

Potter has skated in 220 career AHL games with Hartford, registering 19 goals and 67 assists for 86 points, along with a plus-52 rating and 249 penalty minutes.  He established a career-high with 10 goals and 141 shots on goal, and tied his career-high with 32 points last season.  In 2007-08, Potter recorded a career-best 27 assists and a plus-33 rating, which led Hartford and ranked second in the AHL overall.  In addition, he has skated in 18 career post-season contests with the Wolf Pack, registering two goals and eight assists for 10 points, along with 42 penalty minutes.

The Lansing, Michigan native was originally the Rangers fourth round selection, 122nd overall, in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.


Larry Brooks reports on his Twitter page that Rangers left wing/centerVinny Prospal will miss the next two weeks of action due to arthroscopic surgery on his knee today. Zipay asks whether P.A. Parenteau could be recalled to take his place.

Parenteau certainly deserves the chance to showcase what he can do in that kind of a role. Since returning from New York on December 13th, in the four games he has played in, the HUll, Quebec native has 1 goal and 4 helpers. He also scored the Pack’s only goal in the shoout out against Bridgeport.

Here’s the official release from the Rangers:

New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that forward Vinny Prospal underwent arthroscopic knee surgery this morning to repair a lateral meniscus tear, and will be sidelined 10 days to three weeks.  The injury was sustained during Saturday’s game against the Islanders at Madison Square Garden.

The procedure was performed this morning at Phelps Memorial Hospital in Westchester by Dr. Anthony Maddalo.

Prospal, 34, has registered eight goals and 24 assists for 32 points, along with 22 penalty minutes in 38 games this season.  He currently leads the Rangers and is tied for 19th in the NHL in assists.  He also ranks second on the team in points and third in goals.  Prospal has recorded seven multi-point performances this season, including a three-point performance (two goals and one assist) on the night he tallied his 200th career NHL goal on October 14 against Los Angeles.  In addition, the 15-year veteran registered his 600th career NHL point with a goal in his Garden debut on October 3 vs. Ottawa, and skated in his 900th career game on November 28 at Pittsburgh.