Posts tagged “Rangers

Rangers Shopping Alex The Not So Great?


By Eric Bancker

Alex Frolov’s short time as a New York Ranger has been painful for everyone involved. Frolov inked a one year/$3 million deal with the Rangers this past offseason in the hopes of adding some offense to the stale blueshirts attack.

Frolov started off somewhat strong, collecting five points in the first month of the season. Since November 1st, Frolov has only tallied seven points, four of which came in a 8-2 thrashing of the Edmonton Oilers. He hasn’t contributed on the powerplay either, as he has only one point on the powerplay so far this season.

Alex has been bounced around in the Rangers lineup, at first finding himself on the top line but he has now been banished to fourth line duty. This is very similar to what happened to him last year in Los Angeles. Frolov was benched because of lazy play and lack of production thus prompting the Kings to give him a one-way ticket out-of-town.

The Rangers have been able to have success without Frolov being at his best though, as they now sit in a tie for 5th in the Eastern Conference. Although there a numerous reports that the Rangers would like to add Dallas Stars center, Brad Richards, for their playoff run. Every single year Rangers fans have heard the rumors of Richards coming to New York but a deal was never worked out, but that could change this season, although it seems unlikely. The Stars are currently at the top of the Western Conference and its hard to imagine them trading a player of Richards caliber.

It seems as though Frolov has run out of time in New York as multiple news outlets, including the Ottawa Sun, are reporting that Glen Sather has been shopping the Russian winger. There is only one problem though, there aren’t many takers right now for Frolov. Ottawa has apparently kicked the tires on a possible deal but it doesn’t seem like there is even any sort of ground work for a deal to this point. Frolov was recently asked in an interview if he was going to ask for a trade, he said that he felt as though it wasn’t the time just yet. Sather doesn’t seem willing to wait for Frolov to ask for one.

Moving Frolov may not be easy but if there is one thing that Glen Sather is good at, and I’m positive that this is the only thing he is good at, is that he is a wizard when it comes to trades. He has the ability to ship bad contracts out-of-town, e.g. Scott Gomez.

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Rangers Look to Rebound Tonight Against the Devils

By Eric Bancker

The Rangers are coming off a poor performance last night as they fell to the Philadelphia Flyers 4-1. The Rangers found themselves in penalty trouble and just got beat down by the red-hot Flyers.

Now the Rangers come into Newark to face a familiar foe in the New Jersey Devils. The Devils have had an awful start to the season. After everything they went through to acquire superstar sniper, Ilya Kovalchuk, I’m sure they were expecting better results. They are the worst team in the NHL in scoring and they are third worst in goals against and also boast the fourth worst record in the NHL at 4-9-1. They are also 0-4-1 in their own building this year.

The Rangers are now 6-5-1 and are tied with Pittsburgh for second place in the Atlantic Division. The offense has been strong for the Rangers but the defense on the other hand has been a disaster, especially the penalty kill. They will be looking to get back on the winning track against the struggling Devils

Injuries:

Usually when you talk Rangers-Devils hockey two names are brought up instantly, Henrik Lundqvist and Martin Brodeur. These games are all about these two goaltenders, low scoring affairs with flashy goaltending is the standard for Rangers-Devils hockey. Henrik Lundqvist has been a Devil killer since he came into the league in 05-06. His record currently stands at 19-7-5 with a 1.89 goals against average, the Rangers put their faith in Lundqvist to beat the Devils and he does it time in and time out. Rangers head coach, John Tortorella had this to say about Lundqvist’s success against the Devils, “I’m playing Hank against New Jersey,” said Tortorella at the morning skate Friday. “I don’t care if it’s four games in four nights, Hank’s playing against Jersey.”

Brodeur on the other hand has a record of 42-24-15-5 with a 2.10 goals against average, he has been a thorn in the Rangers side ever since he stepped on to the ice in 1991. Now Brodeur will not be able to play in this game tonight due to a sore elbow so the great goaltending matchup that everyone loves won’t be here. Now the Rangers, as well as their fans, may feel better not having to face Brodeur but there is still one problem…the Devils signed Ranger killer, Johan Hedberg this off-season. Hedberg has a record of 11-4-2 with a 2.12 goals against average, so the Rangers don’t get much of a break here.

The Rangers have had their own mash unit this season. Marian Gaborik, Vinny Prospal, and Chris Drury have all been out for the past few weeks with injuries and Ryan Callahan can now be added to the list. The Rangers top scorer will not dress tonight as he is “too sore” to play, Callahan plays hard and his bound to get banged up but he is a really tough guy so if he can’t play then there is something really bothering him. Alex Frolov, who seems to be suffering from a case of  Chris Higgins syndrome, will most likely take his place on the top line tonight. Frolov has only two goals and five points in 12 games so far this season but being paired with red-hot forwards, Artem Anisimov and Brandon Dubinsky may help him breakthrough.

Rangers may also be without winger Ruslan Fedotenko was elbowed in the head by the wonderful, Daniel Carcillo in last night’s game. He seems to be ready to go but if he can’t then the Rangers will go with 11 forwards and seven defenseman. Todd White will also be back in the lineup tonight as well to help fill in with all the injuries to the Rangers forward corps.

Prediction:

Even with all their injuries the Rangers should still be able to beat the Devils and that’s because of one person, Henrik Lundqvist. When the Rangers need him he delivers and even if the Rangers forwards and defenseman were swapped with a pee-wee hockey team, sometimes they look like they are, the Rangers would still have a chance to win this game. Lundqvist is just that good.

Rangers win 2-1