The New York Rangers (31-23-3) defeated the Colorado Avalanche (36-15-5) by the score of 5-1, tonight. For a box score, go to Yahoo! Sports.
...any chance the Rangers can have three days off before every game? Most jump the Rangers have had all season as they completely dominated a damn good Western Conference team from start to finish. It helps that Colorado was playing their third game in four nights, but the Rangers were the hungrier team as they were the first to every puck and won every one-on-one battle.
...here's exclusive video footage of Callahan talking to his agent immediately after the game courtesy of reader AnnoyingJoe...
...in all seriousness, I have no idea if one game can sway contract negotiations, but Callahan pretty much provided a clinic of what he's capable of. Awesome to watch.
...absolutely loved Richards getting pissed off at Callahan for setting him up for the goal late, because he wanted the Captain to get the hat trick. Callahan's teammates love him. Would hate to see what happens to team morale if he's shipped out.
...even when the Rangers power play is struggling the way it is now, it's still 1000x better than it was under Tortorella.
...speaking of special teams, how special was that 5-on-3 penalty kill to end the second period. Could have been a much different third period if Colorado gets one there.
...and the biggest reason for that kill was Lundqvist, who wasn't tested often, but when he was, damn was he good.
...if the Rangers are interested in Ryan O'Reilly it wasn't a very good audition for him as he ended the game pointless with a -5.
...Hagelin has had an inconsistent season, but when he uses his speed the way he did tonight, he's a huge weapon.
...eight goals against in the five games since the acquisition of Klein. Also great to see Klein take Moore under his wing, as during the telecast Micheletti commented that the veteran defenseman is constantly talking the youngster on the ice.
...also impressed with AV's confidence in the lineup as every player had double digit ice time tonight.
...as Adam pointed out on Twitter tonight, that was the sixth straight Brassard goal that Zuccarello has assisted on. Can you say chemistry?
...the best part about this team right now is that it's a different group of players stepping up every night. They're not just dependent on one line or one player. If they can continue to play as a unit instead of a group of individuals, the sky is the limit for this team. Unless of course they trade Callahan.
...off tomorrow then the Oilers are in town on Thursday.
The New York Rangers (30-23-3) host the Colorado Avalanche (36-14-5) at Madison Square Garden starting at 7:00 p.m. For a preview, visit Yahoo! Sports.
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Henrik Lundqvist - 20-18-3, 2.46 gaa, .917 sv%, 3 so
Semyon Varlamov - 28-9-5, 2.43 gaa, .925 sv%, 1 so
- The Avalanche have won four straight and nine of 11, including last night's 2-1 overtime win against the Devils.
Apparently, the new Olympic pads that Henrik Lundqvist will be wearing in Sochi do in fact comply with NHL regulations, despite IIHF and IOC rules permitting him to play with larger-sized equipment.
Lundqvist told Larry Brooks at the New York Post that he prefers the smaller equipment as he's able to move more easily.
...i'm not sure if it's the angle of the below picture or because the Olympic pads haven't been broken in yet, but the blue and yellow pads definitely seem much taller in this pic (via Lundqvist Twitter)...
Lundqvist also had a message for those so-called experts who blamed his early season struggles due to an adjustment periond with the reduced pad size...no comments
After last night's bombshell that Ryan Callahan's contract demands are closer to $7 million per year than the originally reported $6 million, it seemed like a foregone conclusion that the Rangers captain will be playing elsewhere before the end of the week.
But Katie Strang at ESPN.com gives us a glimmer of hope as she reports that Callahan and the Rangers will sit down this week to discuss a possible extension...
"I'm going to circle back with the Rangers this week," Callahan's agent Steve Bartlett told ESPNNewYork.com.
Strang adds that Callahan's agent has fielded calls from multiple teams, but the sense is that many of those calls were to gauge just how seriously the Rangers are about trading the 28-year old.
Bergen Record - Gross: Keeping Ryan Callahan could be worth it to Rangers
Bergen Record - All systems go for Rangers' defenseman Moore
New York Post - Rangers’ Lundqvist to don NHL-sized pads for Sochi
New York Post - Tortorella: Unpaid suspension was ‘embarassing’
Newsday - Callahan in limbo and in lineupno comments
UPDATE (7:15) - Darren Dreger elaborated on TSN's Insider Trading, saying that Sather is "moving towards" moving Callahan and that it's "50/50" that a deal gets done. He does, however, state that it's unlikely a deal gets done prior to Friday's Olympic roster freeze, but mainly so they can maximize trade value. Dreger says the deal with the St. Louis Blues including Chris Stewart is "still there" and implies that there would be more coming from St. Louis. He finishes by warning that the clock is equally ticking on Dan Girardi and that, if he isn't signed this week, then he might enter trade talks as well.
(6:54) - It appears that the price for Ryan Callahan could be even higher than first thought. Both TSN's Darren Dreger and CBC/NBC/NHL Network analyst Kevin Weekes have reported independently that Callahan could be seeking well above the seven-year, $42 million deal that has been thrown around in recent days.
Weekes went on Sportsnet The Fan 590 in Toronto and claimed that sources in New York told him that Callahan wants seven years and "between six and seven... closer to the 7 million dollar range." The conversation regarding Callahan begins around the 4:15 mark.
Dreger, meanwhile, went on TSN Drive on TSN 1050 in Toronto and gave similar news, claiming that Callahan wants "north of $6.5 and close to $7 million."no comments
And the injuries continue to mount for Dylan McIlrath.
Upon finally returning to the Hartford lineup on January 17th after missing three weeks with a knee injury, McIlrath is again on the shelf as Wolfpack broadcaster Bob Crawford reports that the Rangers 2010 first round pick has missed the last three games with an upper body injury.
Crawford tweeted out last Wednesday night that McIlrath was a scratch due to being a little banged up, but then confirmed on Saturday night that he also missed the weekend set of games because of the upper body injury.
McIlrath missed half of last season because of surgery to repair a dislocated knee cap.
...it's obviously easy to call McIlrath injury prone at this point, but it's just the nature of the game he plays. Whenever you're a tough, physical-minded defenseman, who isn't afraid to drop the gloves, injuries are a guarantee.
After today's practice, Alain Vigneault announced that while Henrik Lundqvist will get the start tomorrow night against the Avalanche, Cam Talbot will start one of the final two games before the Olympic break.
Those two games are Thursday against the Oilers and Friday at Pittsburgh.
...if I were a betting man, I'd put all my money on Talbot starting vs. the Oilers.
Vigneault added that because he expects Lundqvist to get a large Olympic workload, Talbot will be counted on in March.
Vigneault is hoping Talbot will end up with around 20 appearances this season. Talbot currently has 16 up until this point.