Adrian Dater at the Denver Post reports that the Rangers have asked the Avalanche about the availability of 22-year old defenseman Tyson Barrie.
The 5' 10", 190lb Barrie has 2g, 6a in 25 games this season. He is in the final season of his entry level deal that pays him $715K this season. He will be a RFA at the end of the year.
Speculation is that the Rangers are dangling Michael Zotto in exchange for Barrie. However, Spector's Hockey feels that Avalanche GM Greg Sherman would hang-up on Glen Sather if that was the Rangers trade proposal.
...from what I've read about Barrie, he sounds like the Avalanche's version of Del Zotto. Started the year with high expectations, but was sent to the AHL just five games into the season after frustrating head coach Patrick Roy with his lack of physicality and bad decision making on the power play. It seems as though his demotion did him well as since his recall in November he's had more grit and is making things happen with the extra man. He has five points (2g, 3a) in the last nine games. Four of those five points are on the power play.
...it doesn't sound like the Avalanche would make this trade, but this would be a deal I would absolutely endorse.
Meanwhile, Bruce Garrioch at the Ottawa Sun continues to perpetuate the "Bruins are interested in Dan Girardi" rumor.
The New York Rangers (21-20-2) defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs (21-17-5) by the score of 7-1, tonight. For a box score, go to Yahoo! Sports.
...don't look now, but the Rangers are actually on a little bit of a roll here. Despite all the warts, the Blueshirts have somehow found a way to win five of their last seven and now have some much needed snarl on the way with Carcillo. Time for a run?
...man, I would have paid to see Kreider skate past Phaneuf on the bench after his goal and give him the Buchnevich treatment. More impressive than the goal was his willingness to throw down with Phaneuf later in the game. When you play with an edge, eventually you're going to have to drop the gloves. Kid was a beast tonight.
...i'm really not trying to cry goalie controversy but AV has to ride Talbot right now, right?
...you think you can contain Dominic Moore? Fuhgeddabootit.
...wonder if Carcillo will try to take Gaborik's old locker while Girardi just stands there and watches.
...Pouliot continues to go hard to the net and he continues to score. Hope Nash is taking notes.
...speaking of Nash, 15 Rangers players with points tonight. He was not one of them.
...good for Boyle to get one tonight. I still contend he's having a very under-rated season.
...i've seen a number of Toronto defensemen's names attached to Del Zotto rumors. After watching them play tonight, I think I'd rather keep Del Zotto.
...assuming the numbers game is going to go Miller's way from now on.
...i guess Staal's vision is ok. Which might not be a good thing considering how much he's struggled defensively this season.
...a lot of us on the blog put a ton emphasis on the Rangers playing with toughness. Unfortunately, some misconstrue it as solely meaning fighting. While fisticuffs are part of the equation, tonight's effort included the TEAM toughness that is needed on a nightly basis for the Blueshirts to continue to be successful. Tough forecheck, winning puck battles and hitting. It's not enough for one individual player to play with grit and sandpaper. The entire team must have that mentality.
...having said that, when the team comes out flat, which the Rangers have done way too often this season, that's when a guy like Carcillo can prove his worth by sparking the team with a big hit, fight or agitating the opponent.
...secondary players continue to carry Rangers. Team might be dangerous if top players ever start producing.
...off tomorrow then Columbus in town Monday night. Let's hope the Rangers saved some goals.
Update, 7:09 p.m.:
The Rangers have obtained Dan Carcillo from the Kings for a conditional 7th round pick.
Carcillo is in the final year of his $825K per contract.
...wow, this morning I said the Rangers needed an Avery-like trade, but no way I thought they were getting another idiot from the Kings.
...listen, Carcillo isn't even close to being the same agitator we saw pound Gaborik in Philadelphia, but he does bring some toughness that the team is in desperate need of. Hopefully, he can utilize his agitating style to get opponents off their game. It's a low risk move. If he doesn't work out, to Hartford he goes.
...Richards says the locker room is too comfortable, I'm not sure what could make it more uncomfortable than bringing in a former hated player.
The New York Rangers (20-20-2) visit the Toronto Maple Leafs (21-16-5) at the Air Canada Centre starting at 7:00 p.m. For a preview, visit Yahoo! Sports.
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Cam Talbot- 8-3-0, 1.72 gaa, .936 sv%, 2 so
Jonathan Bernier - 13-11-4, 2.40 gaa, .931 sv%, 1 so
- The Leafs have dropped five of the past six with the Rangers.
I can already hear people slamming at their keyboards because they didn't actually read the article so let's get this out of the way first: No, I don't think Mats Zuccarello is on his way to becoming an Art Ross and Hart Trophy winner. I don't think he's going to be a consistent 40 goal scorer. I don't think he's going to match Martin St. Louis' career to perfection. Is that out of the way now? Can we move on?
Martin St. Louis is the gold standard for undersized wingers and late bloomers. Any time a team picks up a skilled but tiny winger in the later rounds of the NHL draft or via free agency the sentiment that "maybe he can turn into a St. Louis" prevails. Most of the time it's a pipedream.
Mats Zuccarello might just be making his case as one of the few exceptions. Keep reading to see the comparison and how much better Zuccarello might just become.
No formal morning skate for the #NYR in Toronto today, four players on ice now: Lundqvist, Del Zotto, Falk, Miller— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) January 4, 2014
Lundqvist's appearance at the optional skate likely indicates Cam Talbot gets the start in Toronto tonight.
Miller will return to the lineup due to the Derek Dorsett injury.
...sure, why not. I really don't think Lundqvist was to blame for any of the goals last night, but his game definitely regressed from the previous two starts.
...surprised that Falk isn't re-inserted into the line-up with the Rangers only morsel of toughness in Dorsett out with injury. The Leafs are going to come at the Rangers and come at them hard tonight. And from what I witnessed last night, there's no one capable of pushing back.no comments
As I said in my game recap last night, despite how horrific the Rangers have looked this season, I'm not ready to blow this team up.
There's still plenty of talent on the roster, who, in my opinion, just need a jump start. Brad Richards has even admitted that the climate on and off the ice has become too comfortable.
This is eerily reminiscent of the underachieving 2006-07 team who was hover around .500 and on the outside of the playoff bubble looking in despite a roster boasting such players as Jaromir Jagr, Brandon Shanahan, Michael Nylander and Martin Straka.
And ONE trade completely turned that team's fortunes around. It was the acquisition of Sean Avery. He brought a sense of arrogance and passion that Rangers team wasn't capable of generating on their own. And the result? A more passionate team and MSG crowd, which led to a Eastern Conference Semi-Finals run where they were done in by Chris Drury's heroics and Marek Malik's turnovers.
So, is a trade like that out there for this Rangers team? Is there a move that can spark this emotionless group to reach their potential? I think there is.
The New York Rangers (20-20-2) lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins (30-12-1) by the score of 5-2, tonight. For a box score, go to Yahoo! Sports.
Before I get to the recap, Derek Dorsett is out 4-6 weeks with a broken fibula after blocking a first period shot.
...i can take a loss. I really can. The Penguins are better than the Rangers, so I'm really not surprised they lost, but where is this team's balls? The Penguins absolutely manhandled the Rangers from one end of the ice to the other. Eff passion and emotion, how about some dignity? It's baffling how an entire team can sit there and watch the Penguins run roughshod over them with zero response. Embarrassing.
...Zuccarello is excused from everything written above.
...and I'm really getting sick and tired of the Nash apologists. What exactly has this guy done in a Rangers uniform that warrants any kind of defense from Blueshirt fans? I don't care that no one around him is producing. If he's truly the elite player we all expected, he should be bringing up everyone's level of play around him.
...worst part about the loss is that it likely means Del Zotto will be back in the lineup tomorrow.
...so much for the being inspired by the return of their captain.
...i told you guys Richards needed to be the healthy scratch for Callahan tonight. Instead, AV decided to completely revamp a lineup that had shown a ton of chemistry while winning four of their last five games.
...i hate to say it, but I'm not sure it's safe to keep Staal in the lineup. He's vision is obviously still very much compromised as he's lost out there.
...does anyone else see the irony in the Rangers grittiest player breaking their leg blocking a shot tonight?
...we Rangers fans can rip Crosby for whining all we want, but he'd be the toughest player on the Rangers right now.
...wonder how long till Team USA management regrets taking Stepan over Dubinsky?
...the Rangers were so bad tonight they made Pyatt look like a real NHL player.
...I can sit here and blame the players all I want, but the bottom line is that Glen Sather constructed this team. Instead of building on the success of the gritty, blue collar 2011-12 Rangers, he decided to gut the heart and soul of that team and replaced them with losing players. And when his players complained about their winning coach being too tough, he bent over instead of showing those players the door. Disgraceful.
...now that I've gotten that all out of my system. I'm still not ready to blow this team up just yet. Let's remember that the Rangers have still won four of their last six games and a win tomorrow against the Leafs will make tonight's abomination a distant memory. Despite pretty much every player other than Zuccarello and Talbot underachieving this season, the Rangers are somehow just two points out of a playoff spot. Let's see where this team is at the trade deadline and take it from there.
Highlights (LOL!!!!)...no comments
The New York Rangers (20-19-2) visit the Pittsburgh Penguins (29-12-1) at the Consol Energy Center starting at 7:00 p.m. For a preview, visit Yahoo! Sports.
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Henrik Lundqvist - 12-15-2, 2.70 gaa, .908 sv%, 2 so
Marc-Andre Fleury - 22-10-1, 2.15 gaa, .920 sv%, 3 so
- The Penguins have scored 39 goals during their 10-game home unbeaten streak. They're 17-3-0 at Consol Energy Center this season.
Update, 12:10 p.m.:
#NYR Lineup Update: Ryan Callahan returns from knee injury...J.T. Miller scratched...Lundqvist in goal..Del Zotto and Falk scratched on D— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) January 3, 2014
Alain Vigneault says Miller's been playing well but it's a numbers game.
...hey, at least Del Zotto's not playing.
Original Post, 10:00 a.m.:
Larry Brooks at the New York Post reports that once Ryan Callahan returns from injury, possibly as early as tonight in Pittsburgh, JT Miller is likely the odd man out.
Brooks speculates that Callahan would be inserted on the second line with Richards and Zuccarello, while Brassard would slide down to Miller's spot centering Benoit Poiliot and Carl Hagelin on the third line.
Brooks adds that Callahan could replace Kreider on the second power play unit or AV could move Stepan to the point on the second unit which would bump Moore or Stralman off the power play.
...i don't like this one bit. I know Callahan has to be put back into the lineup, but since Miller's return from Hartford he has stabilized the lineup and is the reason for improved play of both Pouliot and Hagelin. If he's a healthy scratch, what is the long term plan with Miller? Will he remain with the Rangers to be a perennial press box spectator or is he headed back to Hartford? Whether it's with the Rangers or the Wolfpack he needs to be playing. Maybe a fourth line role could be in his future with either Moore or Boyle taking a seat. I guess the depth is a good problem to have, but I'd hate to see a young promising prospect get screwed.