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01-15-2008, 07:53 PM
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NYR to play European club teams in exhibition (Open 08-09 in Czech Republic)

This just in from Dellapina. He notes that the formal announcement for the Prague games will come during All-Star weekend, and then also:
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It appears as if they will open training camp at the MSG Training Center a few days early and eventually move their base of operations to Bern, Switzerland, to complete camp and play some exhibition games against European club teams.

They’ll then move to Prague to take on the Lightning while Ottawa and Pittsburgh are opening the season in Stockholm.
http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/ran...pean-club.html

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The Kings did this before this season. Actually, they played in a tournament.

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that is AWESOME news! I wish I had the money to go over there and watch this. More NHL teams should be playing Euro club teams in friendly games as part of the preseason instead of playing meaningless games vs the same NHL teams we see each year.

Glad the Rangers are doing this!

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Dont like it.


Maybe for the European fans its great, because they get to see the Rangers or some NHL team play there, thats all good.

But i dont see how this can actually help the Rangers pre season or the marketing/ratings in the US, which is were the real $$$ comes from.

The only positive i can see here is that they can pick up Cherepanov on the way and bring him back to the US

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Sounds good, better than your usual pre-season NHL games.

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Dont like it.


Maybe for the European fans its great, because they get to see the Rangers or some NHL team play there, thats all good.

But i dont see how this can actually help the Rangers pre season or the marketing/ratings in the US, which is were the real $$$ comes from.

The only positive i can see here is that they can pick up Cherepanov on the way and bring him back to the US
I like it. Aside from the seats they make season-ticket holders buy, these preseason games probably aren't huge cash cows. They sure don't get ratings, nobody besides us diehards watch them let alone know they are going on. I'm a Rangers/hockey fanatic and I usually leave/turn off those things in the second period.

I don't think another Rangers preseason game is going to help market the game anywhere in the US, so why not take it to europe where people might actually be excited about it.

Europe is a potentially big revenue source.

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Not comparing the teams, but the Rangers opened preseason on the 93-94 season in London.

Not such a bad ending to that season if I remember correctly.


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Europe is a potentially big revenue source.
If Jagr stays, think of all the Rangers sweaters we would sell over there!

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So are they gonna play just Swiss teams or are teams from around Europe going to come to Bern to play them?

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So are they gonna play just Swiss teams or are teams from around Europe going to come to Bern to play them?
I'd love to see the Rangers play Red Bull Salzburg.

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Ranger fans, demand that they should play one game against Frölunda!!! We gave you Lundqvist, give ous this!

Seriously though, you see many Rangers jerseys at every Frölunda home game (Lundqvist 30 of course...). The game would be an instant sell out. Frölunda are playing Ottawa before their opener in Stockholm, maybe a small tournament which would also feature a Ottawa v. Rangers game would be a good pre-season.







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The Kings did this before this season. Actually, they played in a tournament.
Färjestad BK of the SEL almost beat them in the final. Kings scored the game winner (4-3) in the final minute.

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So are they gonna play just Swiss teams or are teams from around Europe going to come to Bern to play them?
I would guess that the Rangers will travel to their opponents home arena since the tour is to market the NHL and the Rangers. It's not a long flight (max 3h) from Switzerland to basically any top team in Europe (except the siberian RSL teams...).


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Ranger fans, demand that they should play one game against Frölunda!!! We gave you Lundqvist, give ous this!

Seriously though, you see many Rangers jerseys at every Frölunda home game (Lundqvist 30 of course...). The game would be an instant sell out. Frölunda are playing Ottawa before their opener in Stockholm, maybe a small tournament which would also feature a Ottawa v. Rangers game would be a good pre-season.



Färjestad BK of the SEL almost beat them in the final. Kings scored the game winner (4-3) in the final minute.
I'd rather they play teams from the top Euro leagues than the Swiss one, which I understand is just slightly above average.

I've thought about getting a Lundqvist Frolunda jersey, they have a pretty cool logo and color scheme.

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I'd rather they play teams from the top Euro leagues than the Swiss one, which I understand is just slightly above average.

I've thought about getting a Lundqvist Frolunda jersey, they have a pretty cool logo and color scheme.
This was my guest in the other thread, based on the Ranger players history. But one or more games against Swiss opponents are likely.

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Renney will give the HBO line 20 minutes of ice time and we'll lose by 3 or more goals since 2/3 of those players should probably be fourth liners somewhere in Sweden.

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Renney will give the HBO line 20 minutes of ice time and we'll lose by 3 or more goals since 2/3 of those players should probably be fourth liners somewhere in Sweden.
The 4th liners are doing better then your Jagr.

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The 4th liners are doing better then your Jagr.
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I'd rather they play teams from the top Euro leagues than the Swiss one, which I understand is just slightly above average.

I've thought about getting a Lundqvist Frolunda jersey, they have a pretty cool logo and color scheme.
I'd say the swiss league is pretty much the fourth best league in europe. VERY technical teams, just not very physical.

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going to Prague pretty much implies Jagr will stay with Rangers otherswise - what's the point.

yes the swiss league is very good - but I can't imagine it being better than Russian, Finnish, Swedish or Czech league.s

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going to Prague pretty much implies Jagr will stay with Rangers otherswise - what's the point.

yes the swiss league is very good - but I can't imagine it being better than Russian, Finnish, Swedish or Czech league.s
It IMO beats the Czech league in overall quality. It pretty much has the best level of foreigners playing in the league thanks to the taxes, and the climate which makes many finns, swedes, czechs, north americans and so want to play there for almost NHL salaries.

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Färjestad BK of the SEL almost beat them in the final. Kings scored the game winner (4-3) in the final minute.

Didn't the Kings lose a game in that tourney and also have to win another game like 7-6 after losing 3-0 in the first 5 minutes? I think it was a game where Anze Kopitar decided that the Kings weren't going to lose and won the game by himself.

By the way, that's an impressive looking arena? Looks like they might have speed skating there too?

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It IMO beats the Czech league in overall quality. It pretty much has the best level of foreigners playing in the league thanks to the taxes, and the climate which makes many finns, swedes, czechs, north americans and so want to play there for almost NHL salaries.
In preseason - CSKA Moscow played Geneva in a friendly. Geneva is the 2nd best team in Switzerland at moment. budget around 6/7 million bucks.

CSKA dominated at will....a team a class better than geneva with a budget of around 20 million bucks /year.

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they opened in London against Toronto (and beat them, and was it twice?). I'm not sure European clubs will present the same level of competition as Toronto.

I'm split on playing games overseas. On the one hand it's something that can ultimately increase viewership of the overall product as the chance to see games could mean more interest in watching the games. But playing a game here and there, and now and then, is not enough to sustain a real impact other than the initial interest and ultimately could be a waste of time.

Further, does playing European clubs equate to playing NHL clubs and will the Rangers get the needed preseason exercise that's required to get up to speed for the beginning of the NHL season?

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I would love to see them play against the local team SC Bern!
If anyone would have the oportunity to visit this game...thrust me, it's just amazing to watch a game in the PostfinanceArena (former BernArena)!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1wQh...eature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=be2_w...eature=related

I'm pretty sure, this would be a close one...normally the rangers should win, but if bern has a good day...


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Lets hope this means none, or at least fewer. preseason games at the garden for season ticket holders to pay for.

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