Rangers Quick Hits

It’s official. The Rangers will have four players in Europe. (Photo: Robert Kowal/flickr)

Editors Note: Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone effected by Hurricane Sandy. I was very fortunate but many weren’t. I am continuing posts here in hopes of giving people a distraction from reality.

Yesterday we reported rumors that Michael Del Zotto would be signing in Switzerland with Rapperswill-Jona Lakers. Today that was confirmed by the team as well as by Del Zotto himself on Hockey Central show. Recap of that interview can be found here. He will join Ottawa Senators’ Jason Spezza who signed a few weeks ago. I am surprised he signed overseas but it sounds like he will have insurance so that’s a plus. It also tells me that we won’t be seeing NHL hockey anytime soon so get used to reports like this.

According to that report, it sounds like he will try to get there tomorrow so he can play on Friday before the break. Not sure why he would rush out there for one game but guess that’s what the team wants. Personally, don’t see it happening since he is in New York and I don’t believe our airports are open but anything is possible.

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One Year Ago Today: Who You Calling Soft?

I know I should put up a picture of Thornton with this post and make some snide remark but Cally was the number one star of the game plus is so much better to look at. (Photo: Bridget Samuels/flickr)

Throughout the lockout, many blogs are doing fake recaps of the games that should’ve been taking place. I’ve decided to go another route by doing real recaps…of the games that happened on that date one year ago.

It took ten games but the Rangers finally did something on October 31, 2011 that they hadn’t done yet that season – they outshot an opponent. One day I will sit and figure out how many times that happened over the 2011-12 season. I’m going to guess less than half. It amazes me how that team did so well knowing these stats.

As for the game itself, it brought us some beautiful goals and even better comments after it ended. You know which ones I’m talking about.

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Rangers European Update

Sounds like he will be the next Ranger headed overseas. (Photo: Bridget Samuels/flickr)

Editors Note: Please remember Google Translate is your friend. A lot of the articles linked to here are not in English.

Editors Note 2: This post was put together on Monday before I lost power due to Hurricane Sandy. There might be more up to date information regarding players leaving for Europe then what is stated below. I will update as soon as my power returns.

It’s been a week since we updated on how our boys in Europe are doing and not surprisingly, they are all still doing well.

Let’s start in Sweden where Carl Hagelin is a little bit of a superstar playing for his home team. A recent home game drew over 6,000 fans (which is a lot considering this is a second tier league).

Hagelin has played three games since we last updated with his team winning two and losing one. He had three goals and one assist over the three games bringing his total to four goals and five assists in five games. You can see highlights of the games here (for his two goal game, one being an empty netter), here (assist in loss) and here (one goal).

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One Year Ago Today: Bad Blood Started Early In Season

You had a good game. Unfortunately it wasn’t enough. (Photo: Robert Kowal/flickr)

Throughout the lockout, many blogs are doing fake recaps of the games that should’ve been taking place. I’ve decided to go another route by doing real recaps…of the games that happened on that date one year ago.

The great thing about looking back at games is you get to re-live games that would have even more meaning a year later. For instance, the game between the Rangers and Ottawa Senators on October 29, 2011; the first time the two teams met last season. The two teams played eleven total games last year (four in the regular season, seven in the playoffs). Throughout the playoff series, the bad blood between the teams reached a boiling point that I was surprised the two teams shook hands after it ended. But that was just the playoffs right? Any one remember any regular season games?

I’ll put it this way – one game between the two teams last year included nine goals, a five-minute major for boarding and a hit to the head that had everyone screaming for a suspension that didn’t come down.

That was October not April.

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Chris Won Battle Of Brothers But Whale Win 6-3

Whale Stick Salute = Whale Win! (Photo: @irishecho1/twitter)

The Connecticut Whale versus the Providence Bruins is more than just New York versus Boston. It is a battle of up-and-coming brothers as Ryan Bourque gets to go against his older brother Chris. It’s also a safe bet Bruins legend Ray Bourque (their father) is in the stands.

For the first time this season, the Whale kept the exact same lineup for two games in a row including Cam Talbot in net.

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One Year Ago Today: Rangers Finally Returned Home

Look it’s the Monster! Yeah I got nothing for this game… (Photo: Bridget Samuels/flickr)

Throughout the lockout, many blogs are doing fake recaps of the games that should’ve been taking place. I’ve decided to go another route by doing real recaps…of the games that happened on that date one year ago.

The Rangers had played 14 games spanning six countries and two continents and finally on October 27, 2011, the boys were able to play in front of their home crowd. The first game at the newly renovated Madison Square Garden was such a big deal that the team rolled out the “blue” carpet for pregame festivities.

I don’t know why but that’s never a good idea. The bigger the game, the less likely the boys will win. (How many retirement nights have they won recently?) And while this game was just another game in late October, the Toronto Maple Leafs had no problem coming in and ruining the night.

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Whale Make It Two In A Row

Welcome back, Cam! We missed you! (Photo: Bridget Samuels/flickr)

The Whale returned home tonight to verse the Hershey Bears. It was a very good home coming.

Lineup changes for the Whale included Cam Talbot starting his first game of the season and Chris Kreider returning to the lineup after serving his one game suspension in place of Kelsey Tessier. Oh and Kris Newbury “returned” to the lineup after his benching through most of the game Wednesday night.

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