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09-09-2007, 05:28 AM
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NEW YORK RANGERS

Opencamp: Sept. 13, Rye, NY.

CAMP CHATTER

Inking forwards Chris Drury and Scott Gomez may have created a splash on Broadway but Rangers have a dubious history of free agent busts .... Drury expected to start at centre for Jaromir Jagr and Martin Straka ... Gomez is slated to be the setup man for aging Brendan Shanahan ... Henrik Lundqvist should be a Vezina Trophy candidate again.

THE BIG QUESTION

Where have you gone, Brian Leetch? This team forked out millions to bolster the forward ranks instead of landing the defenceman it needed. No offence to Fedor Tutyn and friends but the defence remains the Achilles heel
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http://www.torontosun.com/Sports/Hoc...81354-sun.html

It's Tyutin.

Boston Globe.Fluto Shinzawa.His parents named him Fluto?

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Like every team, New York has its question marks. The Rangers are over the $50.3 million cap, meaning they'll have to shed some salary (sending defenseman Darius Kasparaitis to Hartford would be one solution). Aside from Michal Roszival, they don't have shutdown guys on defense. They're in big trouble if Lundqvist breaks down.
http://www.boston.com/sports/hockey/...oadway/?page=2

Which team won't be in trouble if their #1 goaltender goes down with an injury?His parents named him Fluto

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Can the Rangers' "D" get it done? The additions of Chris Drury and Scott Gomez give New York the league's most potent offense and Henrik Lundqvist is solid in goal. But a defense that wasn't very good last year looks even more shaky after losing Tom Poti and Karel Rachunek.

"It's brutal," said Panthers broadcaster Denis Potvin (who, truth be told, never will be accused of being a Rangers fan). "They'll be OK in goal, but the defense is a big issue."

"There seems to be an imbalance there, but some people in the know say it's not as bad as people think," national broadcaster Bill Clement added
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http://www.palmbeachpost.com/sports/...svc=7&cxcat=46

Thank you Bill Clement.Nice to see someone in the media who knows what is talking about.Does Denis still beat his wife?The Panthers beat writer Brian Biggane doesn't realize Poti was an Islander last season and Rachenek was the #5/6 defenseman

Potvin Sucks

OK in goal?

Potvin Sucks

Some blue seater produced a Potvin Sucks song a long time ago.It was sold on one of those small records where singles where released.I have a copy somewhere

Potvin Sucks

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09-09-2007, 06:31 AM
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Stupid Toronto media. And horrible reporting by the Panthers guy.

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09-09-2007, 06:50 AM
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Weekes will be the best Devil backup goalie in a long time? Whatever that means. Almost a meaningless pickup to me.

Losing Poti too--when did that happen? Now on top of that--Rachunek. The sky is falling. The sky is falling.

Our defense sucks but how does that comparably figure in relationship to goals allowed by us and allowed by other teams? No doubt it's an area that can be bolstered but if ours sucks what about those other teams that gave up a lot more goals? Anyway prospect wise we're strong on defense. I suppose if you don't have any names or big contracts behind your blue line you're screwed.

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09-09-2007, 09:17 AM
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Notice how each of them avoid the mention that maybe, just maybe, Rachanek was not resigned because we have this monster defensive prospects named Staal about the burst onto the scene.

All that those articles did was solidify each as a better player than they are broadcasters and in Clement's case not much better. As far as the Toronto writer goes, just goes to show that every city, even a big time canadian hockey city, have their own LArry Brooks!

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09-09-2007, 09:35 AM
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The Florida article is pretty bad, why would you ask a guy who's name is chanted with "sucks" at the end nightly amongst Ranger faithful , how he feels about the team. Furthermore a guy who in his hay day hated the Rangers, what do you think he is going to say? Then the loss of Poti is going to kill them, wait is this the opening of the 07-08 season or the 06-07? And then to top it off, "they will be OK in goal"......

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Talk about sounding bitter... Lets let the team do the talking

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First of all Poti was not even on the Rangers last year. Secondly, the loss of Poti would actually improve your "defense".

The Ranger defense was not that bad last year. Add Staal and possibly Sauer who will push the veterans to play their best.

Tytuin was AWESOME last year and will improve AGAIN this year. Look for the defense to raise their game as the offense has elevated their "puck possession" game.

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Denis Potvin is a ****ing tool. What a disgrace to the sport, really (his announcing and such). He's got to be one of the most biased announcers out there.

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First of all Poti was not even on the Rangers last year. Secondly, the loss of Poti would actually improve your "defense".

The Ranger defense was not that bad last year. Add Staal and possibly Sauer who will push the veterans to play their best.

Tytuin was AWESOME last year and will improve AGAIN this year. Look for the defense to raise their game as the offense has elevated their "puck possession" game.
Much like Giradi's play in Hartford forced the exile of Ozolinsh and the demotion of Kaspar, I'm predicting that the surprising (not to this observer) play of Sauer will allow the Rangers to move either Mara or Malik during the year.

How about a D made up of Staal/Roszival, Tyutin/Girardi and Mara/Sauer?

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yay, more preview articles. if you find more rangerboy hook us up, i love reading these.

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Rasputin was also a prophet
His End was not so enthralling

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Offense scoring and Defence stopping teams from scoring? just might be crazy enough to work.

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This really points out...

the lack of quality hockey analysts in the Hockey World. Without a name on defense, the pundits will default to say the defense is not good. Of course, they all forget that defense doesn't stop with the defensemen - Lundqvist counts as part of the defense - the forwards count as part of the defense - and puck control, i.e., Jagr skating around with the puck and having the other team chase after him - counts as part of the defense. I'm not going sit here and defend the Rangers' defense - just wanted to point out the lack of quality hockey analysis out there today.

Love the hedge by Clement - it's hard for him to be wrong with a two-sided comment such as that - but I guess Clement is not a guy in the know, and as such, should not comment on any 'imbalance' because he's he just doesn't know.

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when does THN come out with its season preview?

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The Rangers were second in the East in goals against last season! How could we be taking such a step back with only losing arguably our worst D-man in Rachunek. If you watched any of our games last year your would have seen that defense turned out to be our biggest strength down the stretch. These guys really have no clue what they are talking about. With all our important guys coming back (Rozi, Tutyin, Mara, Girardi, and Malik), hopefully Staal coming up, and Henrik in goal our defense is going to be big this year.

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The Rangers were second in the East in goals against last season! How could we be taking such a step back with only losing arguably our worst D-man in Rachunek. If you watched any of our games last year your would have seen that defense turned out to be our biggest strength down the stretch. These guys really have no clue what they are talking about. With all our important guys coming back (Rozi, Tutyin, Mara, Girardi, and Malik), hopefully Staal coming up, and Henrik in goal our defense is going to be big this year.
pundits dont care about silly things like facts.

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I bet people on this site can write much better previews than that Florida one.

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I hope the Rangers defense finishes above average just to prove all of these reporters wrong.

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the rangers defense is going to be just fine and will be way above average. Sure we dont have any real offensive defensemen but thats fine because we have plenty of firepower up front. They play a solid defensive game and thats all that matters.

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I bet people on this site can write much better previews than that Florida one.
you know...thats a great idea....

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"Aside from Michal Roszival, they don't have shutdown guys on defense. "

Staal should be one. Malik and Girardi could count as well.

"Henrik Lundqvist is solid in goal. But a defense that wasn't very good last year looks even more shaky after losing Tom Poti and Karel Rachunek."

Lund is merely solid? Poti was a Ranger? Rachunek mattered?

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I think it would be hard to get an unbiased opinion about the Rangers from Denis Potvin ...considering the fans here blasted him with such classic chants as "beat your wife potvin, beat your wife". I would think that that alone would make one always loathe anything from the NYR organization.

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A true shutdown defenseman is important, but not necessarily needed. As long as you are pretty solid on D you should be fine, and I think we have that. The only question is whether Girardi can sustain his effectiveness and Staal can learn the league quickly (if he plays). I also expect Tyutin to step it up a bit, especially offensively. It's really too hard to estimate how good this D is until we've actually seen some games though. We play Ottawa twice in the first ten games, if we can compete with them those two games then that will be a great sign

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A true shutdown defenseman is important, but not necessarily needed. As long as you are pretty solid on D you should be fine, and I think we have that. The only question is whether Girardi can sustain his effectiveness and Staal can learn the league quickly (if he plays). I also expect Tyutin to step it up a bit, especially offensively. It's really too hard to estimate how good this D is until we've actually seen some games though. We play Ottawa twice in the first ten games, if we can compete with them those two games then that will be a great sign
we have one, his name is Henrik Lundqvist.

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"Aside from Michal Roszival, they don't have shutdown guys on defense. "Staal should be one. Malik and Girardi could count as well.
"Henrik Lundqvist is solid in goal. But a defense that wasn't very good last year looks even more shaky after losing Tom Poti and Karel Rachunek."

Lund is merely solid? Poti was a Ranger? Rachunek mattered?
Malik a shutdown d man???

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