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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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FAN-FARE: 82 Games – The Marathon

New York RBY: Adam Gavriel

As a fan of a hockey team playing in the NHL it is important to remember that the season is one of the longest out of all the professional sports. The 82 games span six months from October to April, and if you’re lucky your team will be playing through June which would make it an eight month season. Baseball’s 162 games and playoffs span from April to November, seven months. Football’s sixteen games and playoffs span from September to February, 5 months. Only the NHL and the NBA (when they’re playing) can boast an eight month regular season to playoffs marathon. With this, as a fan it’s important to remember that all teams will experience their ups and downs as the season goes on, and it’s a long one.

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Bruce Berlet 7BY: Bruce Berlet

It’s nice to see former Hartford Wolf Pack defenseman Corey Potter finally get regular shifts in the NHL with the Edmonton Oilers.

Potter, the New York Rangers’ fourth-round pick in 2003, was always a steady presence on the Wolf Pack blueline and among the AHL leaders in plus-minus, even finishing third in the league in 2007-08 at plus-33. But despite showing well with the Wolf Pack and his occasional visits to Broadway, Potter always seemed to be caught in a numbers game with the Rangers.

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Giannone & Renney 1There are just certain people that touch your lives and leave an impression that nothing and no one can replace.

For me that person is Tom Renney, the current coach of the Edmonton Oilers and the head man in New York with the Rangers prior to John Tortorella taking over a couple of years ago.

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New York R VERSUS Edmonton


New York Rangers 8, Edmonton Oilers 2 (Game No. 17, Home No. 10)

Click Here For The Official Game Summary

  • The Rangers defeated the Edmonton Oilers, 8-2, today at Madison Square Garden to improve to 9-7-1 overall, including a 4-5-1 mark at home.  The eight goals were the most by the Rangers since they defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning, 8-2, on Jan. 19, 2010 at MSG.
  • New York and Edmonton combined for six goals in the second period, including back-to-back goals by both teams in less than 30 seconds with the Oilers’ Ryan Jones and Shawn Horcoff registering goals in a 28-second span (2:45 and 3:13, respectively) and Marian Gaborik and Brian Boyle recording goals in a 25-second span (7:12 and 7:37, respectively).  The Rangers’ four goals in the second period were their most in a period since they registered four in the third period at Florida on Apr. 3, 2010.
  • Marian Gaborik tallied his second hat trick as a Ranger, and 11th of his career, with three goals, added an assist and registered a career-high, plus-five rating.  Gaborik recorded his first hat trick as a Ranger on Jan. 31, 2010 at Colorado.
  • Alex Frolov notched two goals and two assists, recorded a career-high, plus-five rating and tied for the game-high with five shots on goal.  His last four-point game was on Mar. 8, 2010 vs. Columbus (one goal, three assists), and his last multi-goal game was on Dec. 31, 2009 at Minnesota (two goals).
  • Erik Christensen registered career-highs with three assists and a plus-five rating, and won a team-high, eight face-offs in 11 attempts (73%).  His three points also tied his career-high, last accomplished on Feb. 14, 2010 vs. Tampa Bay (two goals, one assist).
  • Martin Biron stopped 19 shots to improve to 3-2-0 overall and 2-2-0 at Madison Square Garden.  He has held opponents to two or fewer goals in four of his five starts this season, and has won each of the last two games.
  • Brian Boyle notched the game winning goal at 7:37 of the second period, and has now tallied four goals in the last five games.  He is tied for 12th in the NHL with eight goals on the season.
  • The Blueshirts’ penalty kill has surrendered just one goal in their last five contests, registering a 93.3% success rate (14-15) over the span.
  • Artem Anisimov recorded one goal at 13:17 of the second period, and tied for the game-high with five shots on goal.  Anisimov has registered seven points (three goals, four assists) in the last seven games.
  • Ruslan Fedotenko registered two points (one goal, one assist), including the primary assist on Brian Boyle’s game winning goal.  Fedotenko has recorded four points (two goals, two assists) in the last two games.
  • Rangers’ rookie Derek Stepan tallied a career-high, two assists, recorded a plus-two rating and won seven of 11 face-offs (64%).
  • Matt Gilroy, Brandon Prust and Sean Avery each registered one assist in the contest.  Gilroy also recorded a career-high, plus-three rating in 16:08 of ice time.
  • The Rangers will conclude their fourth of 18 back-to-back sets tomorrow, Nov. 15, when they face-off against the Pittsburgh Penguins at the CONSOL Energy Center (7:00 p.m.).  The game will be televised live on MSG Network, and can be heard on 1050 ESPN Radio.


John Tortorella on today’s game…

“I like the way we played when the game was there.  I thought we played well defensively.  I thought we played well.  I think this is an important step for a team to make in the last game of a home stand.  We win a game on a 4-on-4 (in overtime) which we didn’t too often last year against Buffalo and win another one at home…that is what I am focusing on…how we approached it and I thought we did a pretty good job of that today.”

Marian Gaborik on today’s game…

“I felt good.  It is a relief when you get one under your belt in the first period.  I felt good and hopefully I can keep it up.”

Martin Biron on today’s game…

“In the first period, both teams were just feeling each other out.  We ended up being in a hole early in the second and that is when the guys stepped it up.  They played extremely well on both sides of the ice. 



Sunday, Nov. 14, 12:30 p.m.
Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
Rangers: 8-7-1 (17 pts)
Oilers: 4-8-3 (11 pts)
* All information through NHL games on Nov. 12

The Rangers will face-off against the Edmonton Oilers tomorrow, Nov. 14, at Madison Square Garden (12:30 p.m.), to conclude their four-game homestand. The Blueshirts currently rank second in the Atlantic Division standings, and sixth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 8-7-1 (17 pts). The Rangers enter tomorrow’s contest having defeated the Buffalo Sabres, 3-2, in overtime on Thursday at Madison Square Garden, and are now 1-2-0 on the four-game homestand. The Oilers enter the contest with a 4-8-3 (11 pts) record to rank 15th in the Western Conference, and are 1-2-1 on their current five-game road trip. Tomorrow’s contest will begin the fourth of 18 back-to-back sets for the Rangers, who will face-off against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday, Nov. 15, at the CONSOL Energy Center (7:00 p.m.), to close out the set.

Rangers’ head coach John Tortorella will be available to the media at 10:30 a.m. in the multi-purpose room located on the fifth floor of Madison Square Garden.
* Schedule and availability subject to change

* TV: MSG Network
12:00 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game Show with Al Trautwig
12:30 p.m. – Rangers vs. Oilers?
Broadcasters: John Giannone (Play-By-Play), Joe Micheletti (Analyst), Al Trautwig (In-Game Reporter)
* Radio: 970 The Apple?
12:00 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game with Bob Galerstein
12:30 p.m. – Rangers vs. Oilers
Broadcasters: Joe Tolleson (Play-By-Play), Dave Maloney (Analyst)

* All-Time: The Rangers are 25-26-9-2 all-time against the Oilers: 11-14-6-1 at home and 14-12-3-1 on the road

* 2010-11: Today’s contest marks the first and only meeting between the Rangers and Oilers this season

* Last Season: New York was 1-0-0 against Edmonton in 2009-10, defeating the Oilers, 4-2, in their only meeting on Nov. 5, 2009 at Rexall Place

* New York ranks 22nd in the NHL at home with a record of 3-4-1 (7 pts) in eight games; Edmonton has posted a record of 2-4-3 (7 pts) in seven road games to rank 22nd in the league

* The Rangers have posted a record of 0-1-0 vs. Northwest Division opponents; the Oilers are 0-0-1 vs. the Atlantic Division

* Henrik Lundqvist has posted a record of 1-0-2 with a 2.54 goals against average in three career regular season games vs. Edmonton

* Marian Gaborik has recorded a team-high, 18 goals and 23 assists for 41 points in 45 career regular season appearances vs. the Oilers; Alex Frolov has registered 10 assists and 16 points in 27 career regular season contests vs. Edmonton

* New York lists no former Oilers on their roster

* Edmonton lists one former Ranger on their roster: Jason Strudwick (2005-06 – 2006-07, 2007-08)

* Current Oilers’ head coach Tom Renney served as the Rangers’ head coach from Feb. 25, 2004 to Feb. 23, 2009, posting a record of 164-121-42 in 327 regular season games; his 164 wins rank fourth on the Rangers’ all-time coaching wins list

* Power Play: The Rangers did not convert on five power play opportunities (9:21) on Thursday vs. Buffalo, and are now 8-44 (18.2%) with the man advantage over the last 11 games. New York ranks 15th in the NHL with a 15.9% (10-63) success rate, and ranks 23rd at home with a 12.8% (5-39) success rate. The Rangers did not convert on one, five-on-three chance (0:39) on Thursday vs. the Sabres, and are now 0-3 on five-on-three attempts (2:47). 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 Sabres scoreless in two shorthanded situations (4:00) on Thursday at MSG, and are now 11-12 (91.7%) over the last four games. New York ranks 24th in the NHL with a 78.5% (51-65) success rate, and are 28th in the league at home with a 76.5% (26-34) success rate. The Rangers held the Maple Leafs scoreless in one, three-on-five situation (0:31) on Oct. 30 at Toronto, and are 4-6 on three-on-fives (5:08) this season. The Blueshirts yielded one goal in two, three-on-four situations on Tuesday vs. Washington, and are now 3-5 (2:34) in those situations this season. Shorthanded goals for (2): 10/9 at BUF (Dubinsky); 11/5 at NJD (Dubinsky).

* Four-on-Four: New York tallied one goal in one, four-on-four situation (1:32) in Thursday’s 3-2 overtime win vs. Buffalo, and are now plus-one in 14, four-on-four situations (15:21) this season. Four-on-four goals for (2): 10/18 vs. COL (Frolov); 11/11 vs. BUF (Anisimov). Four-on-four goals allowed (1): 10/15 vs. TOR (Kessel).

The Rangers and Knicks have played on the same day at the current Madison Square Garden on 35 occasions, with the Rangers posting a record of 14-15-6 (0-1-0 in 2010-11) and the Knicks registering a 21-14 (0-1 in 2010-11) mark in those games. Today is the second of three occasions the Rangers and Knicks are scheduled to play at MSG on the same day this season, having previously done so on Nov. 7 (NYR vs. STL, NYK vs. PHI) and scheduled to do so again on Dec. 12 (NYR vs. WSH, NYK vs. DEN).

Tomorrow’s contest will begin the Rangers’ fourth of 18 back-to-back sets this season. The Blueshirts are currently 1-2-0 in the first game of back-to-backs following a 4-1 loss at Philadelphia on Nov. 4, and are 0-1-0 when the first game of the set is at Madison Square Garden.

The Rangers have had seven different players credited with at least one game winning goal this season, which is tied for third most in the league. Montreal and Washington each have eight different players with at least one game winner, while Anaheim, Boston, Detroit, Los Angeles, Ottawa, and Vancouver are tied with New York entering today’s action.

The Blueshirts currently lead the NHL with 289 blocked shots on the season, averaging a league-high, 18.1 blocked shots per contest. Dan Girardi ranks first in the NHL with 52 blocked shots, and Ryan Callahan leads all NHL forwards with 25 blocked shots.

The Rangers currently rank second in the NHL with 463 hits on the season, and lead the league with an average of 28.9 hits per contest. Ryan Callahan leads the team and ranks second in the NHL with 61 hits, and Brian Boyle ranks 19th in the league with 43 hits on the season.

* The Blueshirts’ penalty kill has surrendered just one goal in their last four contests, registering a 91.7% success rate (11-12) over the span

* Artem Anisimov has registered six points (two goals, four assists) in the last six games

* Brian Boyle has tallied three goals in the last four games

* Dan Girardi has recorded an assist in three of the last four games

* Brandon Dubinsky has notched five goals and six points in the last six games

* Ryan Callahan has registered 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in his last 11 games

* Henrik Lundqvist is 5-3-0 in his last eight starts, registering a 2.15 goals against average, .923 save percentage and two shutouts over the span

Henrik Lundqvist posted his first shutout of the season with a 36-save performance on Oct. 30 at Toronto and, in the process, passed Mike Richter, Chuck Rayner and Lorne Worsley for fourth on the Rangers’ all-time regular season shutouts list with 25 career regular season shutouts.

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.

* John Tortorella: 3 wins from 300 NHL career

* Artem Anisimov: 1 game from 100 NHL career

* Michael Del Zotto: 4 games from 100 NHL career

* Dan Girardi: 4 games from 300 NHL career

* Michael Sauer: 1st career NHL assist/point (10/23 at BOS)
* Ryan Callahan: 100th career NHL point (10/23 at BOS)
* Evgeny Grachev: 1st career NHL game (10/29 vs. CAR)
* Sean Avery: 500th career NHL game (11/1 vs. CHI)

* Vinny Prospal (IR on Sept. 24/knee surgery on Oct. 18, 6-8 weeks) – 16
* Chris Drury (IR – fractured finger on Oct. 15, 6 weeks) – 13
* Michal Rozsival (shoulder strain, 7-10 days) – 1
Total Man-Games Lost: 48

* Nov. 8: Assigned forward Evgeny Grachev to Hartford

Lots of news…

NY Rangers logo There’s been some news coming out of New York today…how it all plays out is anyone’s guess. The big news of the day is of course the signing of Tim Kennedy, a left wing formerly from the Buffalo Sabres. According to Steve Zipay and Andrew Gross, it is expected that Kennedy will be moved to center. Which brings me to the next item.

Howlings has heard from one metsa-metz source and then read it later in a couple of places that the Rangers are about to pull the trigger on a three-for–one deal sending three forwards somewhere for on stud defenseman.

The two names out there that make the most sense in terms of the defenseman would be Tomas Kaberle and Sheldon Souray. Kaberle would likely warrant a three-for–one deal from Glenn Sather’s pal, Brian Burke.  Kevin Lowe might be asking for three, but could Sather actually believe that Sheldon Souray is worth that much? Stranger things have happened.

But let’s roll the dice here a moment shall we? And since we’re the ones writing, we shall.

Who would the three players be that other teams would want off the Rangers’ roster up front?


Here are the names other teams would want: Artie Anisimov, Ryan Callahan, Brandon Dubinsky, Marian Gaborik. From the prospects, Dane Byers, Dale Weise, Evgeny Grachev and MAYBE Brodie Dupont. There are even more prospects but none of them even have AHL experience so we highly doubt that any of them are going anywhere.

Of the current roster players, the only one potentially going would be Dubinsky. Gaborik isn’t going anywhere and neither is Anisimov, who is expected to be going up to one of the top two lines. John Tortorella got Ryan Callahan on the Team USA Olympic team and gave him an “A” last season. He’s not going anywhere. Of the Hartford guys, only Weise is ready for the NHL on a game-in, game-out basis. Byers is a fourth line banger and Grachev still has to prove he can play at an American League level. There’s an awful lot of hype surrounding the 20 year old Russian. Maybe they move him? Who knows?

So let’s assume it’s Kaberle.

Who would Brian Burke want? He knows Dubinsky from Team USA. He would most certainly ask for Callahan, but won’t get him. So two others? Sean Avery is despised in Toronto, but he’s certainly their type of player more than say Brandon Prust or Brian Boyle. Burke would love Chris Drury except his insane contract for the level of gas still in the tank is going to negate that. So it goes on again to the young guys. Dale Weise is far more of a Brian Burke type of player although Byers would excite the Toronto GM as well.

So would you make a Dubinsky, Avery and either Weise or Grachev for Kaberle?

What about for Sheldon Souray? Avery certainly played well for Tom Renney in the past and so did Dubinsky. But we ask you again, “Is Sheldon Souray worth three players?”

Stay tuned to see where this all goes…

Here’s the release on the signing of Kennedy.


New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the Rangers have agreed to terms with free agent forward Tim Kennedy.

Kennedy, 24, skated in 78 games with Buffalo in 2009-10, registering 10 goals and 16 assists for 26 points, along with 50 penalty minutes.  He recorded two multi-point performances, and registered a four game scoring streak from March 26 to March 31.  Kennedy also tallied three game winning goals for the Sabres (October 28 at New Jersey, November 30 at Buffalo and March 29 at Boston).  In addition, he appeared in six postseason games with the Sabres, recording a goal and two assists for three points, along with a plus-three ranking.

In 2008-09, the 5-9, 175-pounder, appeared in 73 games with the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League (AHL), registering 18 goals and 49 assists for 67 points, along with 51 penalty minutes.  He collected three points (one goal and two assists) in his first game with the Pirates, a 6-3 win over the Manchester Monarchs on October 11, 2008.  Kennedy recorded a nine game scoring streak from October 11, 2008 to November 5, 2008, registering three goals and 11 assists in that span.  In addition, Kennedy skated in five postseason contests with the Pirates.

The Buffalo, New York native played three years at Michigan State University, 2005-06 to 2007-08.  He played in 113 regular season contests, recording 42 goals and 63 assists for 105 points, along with 130 penalty minutes.  Kennedy recorded the game tying goal and an assist on the game winner as Michigan State defeated Boston College in the 2007 NCAA Championship game, and was named to the all-tournament team in the Midwest Regional and the Frozen Four.  He led the Spartans in scoring in both 2006-07 and 2007-08, recording 43 points in each of the two seasons.

Kennedy played two seasons with the Sioux City Musketeers of the United States Hockey League (USHL), 2003-04 and 2004-05, playing in 110 regular season contests, recording 39 goals and 41 assists for 80 points, along with 154 penalty minutes and a plus-39 ranking.  In 2004-05, he played in 54 games, tallying 30 goals and 31 assists for 61 points, along with 112 penalty minutes and a plus-26 ranking.  In addition, he appeared in 20 playoff contests with the Musketeers, registering eight goals and 13 assists for 21 points, along with 24 penalty minutes and a plus-24 ranking.

Kennedy was originally Washington’s sixth round choice, 181st overall, in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

Rangers roster courtesy of Newyorkrangers.com



UPDATED: Howlings spoke with former Rangers head  coach and current Edmonton bench master Tom Renney who had this to say about Alex Giroux, “Alex has proven himself at the American league level and has now put himself in a position to do the same in the NHL. Being that I am familiar with him doesn’t hurt. His vision, ability to score, and legitimate desire should help him and us.”

Alexandre Giroux, who scored 110 goals in 138 games the past two seasons has signed a one-year, one-way contract with the Edmonton Oilers. The Quebec City native will be reunited with ex-Rangers coach Tom Renney. The left handed shooting winger played for Renney in the one game he got in with the Rangers back in 2005. In that game he played just three shifts and drew a key penalty on the second shift that led to a power play goal.

Giroux told Howlings, that he had other NHL options, including an offer from the New York Islanders. He also had a much more substantial $1.3mm offer from the KHL that he leaves on the table in order to complete his dream of being a regular NHL player. He does it with no regrets. “It was a lot of money and it was a hard decision, but I’m really excited to have this chance to make an NHL roster,” the recently turned 29-year old said. “Coach Renney is a great coach and the organization has such a great history. I’m looking forward to going there and giving it everything I’ve got to help the team become a contender once again and prove I belong there.”

The 6’3 202-pounder played for the Hartford Wolf Pack for three seasons from 2003-2006 where he registered 74 goals, 56 assists for 130 points in 167 regular season games.  In 35 playoff games for Hartford, Giroux tallied 13 goals and 16 assists for 29 points.

Giroux has won back-to-back Calder Cup Championships the past two seasons as a member of the Hershey Bears and also saw 21 games in Washington. There he tallied 2 goals and three assists in limited action.