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11-01-2010, 01:58 PM
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Elliotte Friedman's Weekly Column-Rangers thoughts

Enjoy reading Elliotte Friedman's weekly column. 30 thoughts. This week,he has some Rangers thoughts. He covered the Rangers-Leafs on CBC Saturday so he spent some time around the Rangers

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22. Asked about Henrik Lundqvist, Martin Biron said he was amazed at how New York's franchise player sharpens his skates. Lundqvist asks for specific work on his inside edges, because he likes to play low and uses the T-push method Roberto Luongo is trying this season. His style of sharpening is unusual in North America, but common in Sweden.
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23. Ryan Callahan is becoming a star. He had a good take on how you become an effective player in the NHL. Basically, he said it's easy to play well when you're feeling great. What separates the best from everyone else is how they play when not feeling so good. In 82-game seasons, there are going to be several nights like that.
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25. Some Rangers fans were surprised to see Evgeny Grachev get a chance with the big club after a poor training camp and uninspiring start with AHL Hartford. Think New York wants to see what he does with NHL-level teammates. If he doesn't show something, he's going to get lost on a team with a lot of really good, but not well-known, young players.
http://www.cbc.ca/sports/blogs/ellio...-thoughts.html

A few more Rangers mentions in there also.

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That was a good read - thanks.

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I hadn't known that the Rangers are using a female pairs figure skater as a coach --

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Barb Underhill, 1984 world figure skating pairs champion, and the Rangers' new skating coach shows her pupils video of Mike Gartner so they can see what a perfect skater looks like. Her work with Brian Boyle's been incredible. (Underhill, by the way, also works with a few Ducks prospects.)
I would never have thought that it would work, but damn, apparently it is.

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I hadn't known that the Rangers are using a female pairs figure skater as a coach --
I would never have thought that it would work, but damn, apparently it is.
Why not? Former figure skaters are the best skating coaches. They just on average are better skaters than hockey players who, usually, are better athletes. While skating is a primary skill for both sports, hockey players pay less attention to it focusing more on the game, something figure skaters don't have to do.

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I hadn't known that the Rangers are using a female pairs figure skater as a coach --



I would never have thought that it would work, but damn, apparently it is.


Boyle worked with her all summer. Obviously it has helped.

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Boyle worked with her all summer. Obviously it has helped.
She should work with Boogaard next

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I hadn't known that the Rangers are using a female pairs figure skater as a coach --



I would never have thought that it would work, but damn, apparently it is.
I've done some camps where the skating instructor was a former Olympic speed skater.

She didn't even let us bring sticks onto the ice. She was brutal. Made Herb Brooks look like Tom Reeney.

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This summer they need to acquaint Underhill with Girardi, MDZ, Stepan, and Anisimov.... While Anisimov's skating is much improved, he would be even more of a threat out on the ice if he could refine it even more....

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http://www.albertahockey.com/story/3...sh_motion.aspx

This is a really good explanation of the "T-push" method Lundqvist implements in his game if anyones interested.

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"Star in the making" might be a little much for Callahan. However, I have no doubt he's on his way to becoming a player that every GM would kill to have on their team. In fact, he may be at that point already.

We really hit the jackpot with this kid.

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Why not? Former figure skaters are the best skating coaches. They just on average are better skaters than hockey players who, usually, are better athletes. While skating is a primary skill for both sports, hockey players pay less attention to it focusing more on the game, something figure skaters don't have to do.
Not that I know a whole lot about it. But I think the reason it may seem counterintuitive is because the way they skate may be different (power vs grace). Apparently there's enough overlap to make it worth while, but I don't think that was by any means clear, at least not to laymen like me.

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She should work with Boogaard next
She is a skating coach not a miracle worker

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"Star in the making" might be a little much for Callahan. However, I have no doubt he's on his way to becoming a player that every GM would kill to have on their team. In fact, he may be at that point already.

We really hit the jackpot with this kid.
I think that other teams' fans undervalue his play, while here we've overvalued his potential. Right now he's going at a great clip but if he's a 20-20 guy the rest of his career, the combination of his defense and leadership makes him untouchable. He's reached his potential, in my opinion, and I'm ecstatic about him, anything more is a HUGE bonus.

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I think that other teams' fans undervalue his play, while here we've overvalued his potential. Right now he's going at a great clip but if he's a 20-20 guy the rest of his career, the combination of his defense and leadership makes him untouchable. He's reached his potential, in my opinion, and I'm ecstatic about him, anything more is a HUGE bonus.
Actually I think Callahan is one of the few Rangers that fans of other teams are pretty fond of (others being Staal & Lundqvist).

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This summer they need to acquaint Underhill with Girardi, MDZ, Stepan, and Anisimov.... While Anisimov's skating is much improved, he would be even more of a threat out on the ice if he could refine it even more....
Artie did work with Barb, not as much as Boyle but still did

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24. Callahan scored huge points with John Tortorella when the winger spoke up about bad penalties during the second intermission of their Oct. 23 game in Boston. Number of third-period penalties that night: 0. New York won 3-2.

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