Back on September 26th, when the NHL announced the Winter Classic game, New York Rangers’ president and general manager Glen Sather said, “We are going to come to Philadelphia and we are going to win.” Well, much as the 1994 Rangers got behind team captain Mark Messier and his, “We will win game 6, I guarantee it.” statement, the 2011-2012 team backed up Sather’s words with a dramatic come-from-behind victory at Citizen’s Bank Park 3-2 over the Philadelphia Flyers Monday afternoon. Continue reading
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Expected to be Sidelined Four to Six Weeks
NY Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that forward Mike Rupp underwent successful surgery earlier today to repair a torn meniscus in his knee, and is expected to be sidelined four to six weeks. The procedure was performed by Dr. Andrew Feldman at the NYU Langone Medical Center Hospital for Joint Diseases in Manhattan.
Rupp, 31, has registered one goal and 14 penalty minutes in seven games this season. He has missed the last six games due to injury. Rupp is tied for second on the team with two fighting majors. He tallied his first point as a Ranger with the game-winning goal on October 18 at Vancouver, and made his Rangers debut in the season opener on October 7 against the Los Angeles Kings in Stockholm, Sweden. The nine-year NHL veteran skated in his 500th career NHL contest on October 15 at Long Island.
It’s only 10 games into the franchise’s 15th season, but the first full go-around as the Connecticut Whale has been quite pleasing for the man who has been around Asylum Street since Day One.
Except for a few blown leads and ill-timed penalties, coach Ken Gernander has had little to complain about as the Whale (6-1-1-2) moved to the top of the new Northeast Division with a record that’s tied for the AHL’s best and is the best start in team history since they won their first nine games in 2004-05, Gernander’s final season of a stellar 14-year pro playing career.
Lights. Camera. Action.
Yes, more than the usual number of faces was on hand for the opening of the New York Rangers’ training camp Friday at the Madison Square Garden training facility in Greenburgh, N.Y.
HBO has begun filming the Rangers for the second season of “24/7: Road to the Winter Classic,” which will keep Blueshirts fans across the country glued to their television sets this winter. The Rangers will play the Philadelphia Flyers in the fifth Winter Classic on Jan. 2 at 1 p.m. at Citizens Bank Park, though official announcement of the game might not be made until the end of the month. It originally was to be played at Lincoln Financial Field on New Year’s Day, which is when the Winter Classic has always been played. But the Philadelphia Eagles are scheduled to play at Lincoln Financial Field on Jan. 1, so the game was moved back a day.
OUT WITH THE OLD – IN WITH THE NEW
After re-signing RFA Brandon Dubinsky and UFA Steve Eminger this past week, the New York Rangers have seemingly one major move left to make, re-signing RFA and future captain Ryan Callahan. With $4,977,166 left in available cap space to re-up Callahan, not including the $6.4 million extra they can extend the payroll on the summer cap, finding the money to get the job done is not an issue for Glen Sather.
As a side note, the only team that appears to be taking advantage of the summer cap float seems to be the Buffalo Sabres who are now operating at nearly $3.6 million over the $64.3 million cap.
The Connecticut Whale likely will have another young candidate for the blueline this season.
Mikhail Pashnin wasn’t scheduled to play for the New York Rangers in the prospects tournament next month, but that could change after the 22-year-old defenseman decided to continue his career in North America.
The Rangers’ seventh-round pick in 2007 will not renew his contract with CSKA Moscow in the Kontinental Hockey League in Russia, opting to go to New York to pursue his dream of playing in the NHL, according to CSKA general manager and former Rangers forward Sergei Nemchinov.
There’s not suppose to be any cheering in the press box, but I can assure you that all those who have covered the Hartford Wolf Pack / Connecticut Whale over the franchise’s 14 seasons couldn’t be happier for New York Rangers defenseman Michael Sauer.
I can still picture Sauer with his arm in a sling from his latest in a series of injuries during the 2009-10 season, when he missed 38 of 80 games as the Wolf Pack failed to make the playoffs for the only time in team history. But the personable blueliner seemingly had a perpetual smile on his face, an upbeat hello and tone in his voice and a determination to return from any setback.
This past week the New York Rangers brought in two new faces and brought another back.
The main acquisition, as everyone no doubt has learned, is that the team bought was Brad Richards but what President and General Manager Glen Sather is taking the most heat on regarding this signing is not the salary, but the terms of the deal, specifically the No-Movement Clause on a NINE year deal.
Richards, the cream of the free-agent crop that began with more than 50 signings at noon Friday, met with several teams in agent Pat Morris’ office in Mississauga, Ontario, before saying he would wait until at least Saturday to decide where he’s headed.
Rupp, 31, is a former Stanley Cup Champion with the New Jersey Devils in 2003, having notched one goal and two assists in the Cup-clinching 3-0 victory in Game 7 against Anaheim. The eight-year NHL veteran has surpassed 100 hits in each of the last five seasons.