Moves Imminent on Broadway

12/29/2009
New York Rangers v Toronto Maple Leafs

Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun recently reported that the New York Rangers are shopping wingers Ales Kotalik and Christopher Higgins.

The Rangers brought in both players this past off-season to bolster their offense with hopes that they would fit into coach John Tortorella’s system.  GM Glen Sather hoped they would fill holes and perform at levels, but at this point both have vastly disappointed.  Now Sather looks for alternative options to “beef” up his top six in order to gain a bigger presence up front, something Kotalik should provide.

What do I mean?

The Rangers want size in front of the oppositions crease in order to create more traffic to generate more offense.

When the team they signed Marian Gaborik they had one goal in mind: the Stanley Cup playoffs.  Currently, the Rangers sit on the outside looking in, knowing some tweaking in the line up is a must.

Tortorella simply cannot work with the mix of forwards he currently has.  Outside of Gaborik, most of the team fail to put together a consistent effort. We know the personality of Mr. Tortorella, a fiery, intense coach with a limited tolerance.  The team’s current players show they cannot play his system properly.

It is time to make a change.

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NHLHS Endorsed Pickups

12/22/2009
Chicago Blackhawks v Washington Capitals

Any player written about is under 50 percent owned in Yahoo! leagues.

This week saw several players breakout, several produce above their means and others who continue to produce all of which leads us to an extended version of NHLHS Endorsed Pickups.

Here are today’s picks:

LW: Dean McAmmond, New Jersey Devils –  As of this writing, McAmmond slots between Zach Parise and Patrik Elias.  Having said that the veteran center boast a four-game point streak where he scored two and assisted on four more.  Although center is his position called upon in real life, the 36-year-old qualifies at LW due to playing there the majority of his career.  Does anyone remember the McAmmond – Craig Conroy Jarome Iginla line? I sure do, that was a looooong time ago.

Prognosis: McAmmond showed signs of life last year with the Isles when he posted 9 points in 18 games.  His current projection mirrors these numbers with 8 points in 16 games.  This production marks the veteran’s absolute ceiling.  At best he will pot 40 points, but with David Clarkson and Dainius Zubrus eventually returning even that is a stretch.  Stream if desperate, definitely not a keeper.  Otherwise read more for better options on the left side.

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Injury Updates 12/21/2009

12/21/2009
Florida Panthers v New York Islanders

This thread will be updated all day, so keep refreshing it as the day goes along. Just a quick note, if I omitted a source it is due to a previous report with no recent updates. Here are your injury updates for tonight:

Injuries Tonight

Florida Panthers

  • Dmitry Kulikov expected to miss significant time. [On Frozen Pond]
  • Nick Tarnasky, David Booth, Cory Stillman, Kenndal McArdle and Kamil Kreps remain out.

Philadelphia Flyers

  • Still out are Ray Emery and Darroll Powe.

New York Rangers

  • Matt Gilroy up while Bobby Sanguinetti and Ilkka Heikkinen demoted to Hartford.
  • Wade Redden and Ales Kotalik back in the lineup.

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Injury Updates 12/19/2009

12/19/2009
Boston Bruins v Philadelphia Flyers

This thread will be updated all day, so keep refreshing it as the day goes along. Just a quick note, if I omitted a source it is due to a previous report with no recent updates. Here are your injury updates for tonight:

Injuries Tonight

New York Rangers

  • No injuries but Wade Redden and Ales Kotalik remain healthy scratches.

Philadelphia Flyers

  • Simon Gagne returns. [Broad Street Bull]
  • Darroll Powe and Ray Emery remain injured.

Detroit Red Wings

  • Darren Helm back in.
  • Henrik Zetterberg, Jason Williams, Andreas Lilja, Niklas Kronwall, Daniel Cleary, Valtteri Filppula, Johan Franzen and Jonathan Ericsson still out.

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Injury Updates 12/17/2009

12/17/2009
Tampa Bay Lightning v Boston Bruins

This thread will be updated all day, so keep refreshing it as the day goes along. Just a quick note, if I omitted a source it is due to a previous report with no recent updates. Here are your injury updates for tonight:

Injuries Tonight

New York Islanders

  • No lineup changes since yesterday meaning…
  • Sean Bergenheim, Tim Jackman, Rick DiPietro, Radek Martinek and Doug Weight still missing.

New York Rangers

  • Ales Kotalik and Wade Redden healthy scratches. [Larry Brooks]

Phoenix Coyotes

  • Kurt Sauer still out.

Columbus Blue Jackets

  • Rostislav Klesla and Derek Dorsett out.

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Rumors Running Rampid in New York

12/17/2009
New York Rangers Headshots

It has finally come time for the New York Rangers to see the light.

Rumors circulating around the tri-state area state that if the New York Rangers are to fail in obtaining a victory tonight, long time GM Glen Sather will be handed his walking papers.

Radio personality Craig Carton, co-host of Boomer and Carton in the Morning Show, usually is not known for his role in the hockey community.  However, Carton reports that “Slats” will be relieved of his duties if the New York Rangers lose tonight’s tilt against the cross-town rival New York Islanders.

Craig told fellow co-host Boomer who the source was and in turn Boomer stated on the record  that it is a reputable source.  What Rangers fans have been calling for for quite some time now, is very close to becoming more and more of a possibility.

Larry Brooks also reported, via Twitter, that veterans Wade Redden and Ales Kotalik are healthy scratches for tonight’s contest.  What is even more puzzling is why Sather would give Kotalik a three year deal worth nine million while getting Vinny Prospal at an amazingly discounted rate.

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Injury Updates 12/09/2009

12/09/2009
Washington Capitals v New Jersey Devils

This thread will be updated all day, so keep refreshing it as the day goes along. Just a quick note, if I omitted a source it is due to a previous report with no recent updates. Here are your wounded bodies for tonight:

Injuries Tonight

Washington Capitals

  • Semyon Varlamov injured, as a result Michael Neuvirth was recalled from Hershey. Not an injury, but Matt Bradley also is not travelling with the team. [Capitals Insider]
  • Mathieu Perreault ill and may not play. If that is the case, John Erskine will play. [In the Room]

Buffalo Sabres

  • Andrej Sekera out tonight. Nathan Paetsch replaced him on D with Nathan Gerbe getting the callup. [Sabres Edge]

New York Islanders

Toronto Maple Leafs

Columbus Blue Jackets

  • Derek Dorsett activated off IR and ready to go tonight. [Aaron Portzline]

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