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Life around the Rangers has gotten clearer and murkier at the same time.  While the Blueshirts reached an agreement with developed Larry Gottesdiener to keep the Wolf Pack in Hartford for at least the next four seasons, viagra aus usa the Rangers and Wolf Pack front office are in a state of minor upheaval.

With Don Maloney heeding Horace Greeley’s advice to go west, viagra aus usa the Rangers have a whole in their front office.  A plethora of names have been mentioned as the new Assistant General Manager.  It has been assumed that Mark Messier is the leading candidate based on his throwing his helmet into the arena to replace Glen Sather as GM – comments that might have started greasing the skids for Maloney’s departure given Sather’s rather tepid backing of Maloney.

Another ex-Ranger also had his named kicked around the water cooler.  Messier’s former linemate Adam Graves has been working as the team’s Special Assistant, viagra aus usa Prospect Development and Community Relations for almost two years.

Jim Schoenfeld’s name has also surfaced as a replacement for Maloney.  Schoeney has coached the Wolf Pack for the past two seasons after being named GM in July 2003.  There was some talk that Schoenfeld would give up the coaching reigns to Ken Gernander and concentrate on his GM duties in Hartford.

However, viagra aus usa in his May 30 article about the Pack’s return, viagra aus usa “Hartford Courant” writer Bruce Berlet asked Schoenfeld about rumors that he was under consideration for an assistant coaching position with Tampa Bay.  Ironically, viagra aus usa that position opened up when the Lightning fired Schoenfeld’s former Buffalo Sabres teammate Craig Ramsay.  Schoenfeld told Berlet he had not spoken to the Lightning, viagra aus usa nor had he spoken to Sather about Maloney’s position.

Another name who has been mentioned is Gordie Clark, viagra aus usa the Rangers head Amateur Scout.  Clark has NHL front office experience after spending six years as the Assistant General Manager and Director of Player Personnel for the New York Islanders.  As part of his duties, viagra aus usa he was the de facto GM of the Isles AHL affiliate in Bridgeport.

One additional possibility is that Tom Renney could return to the front office.  The Rangers’ coach spent two years as Director of Player Personnel before being promoted to Vice President, viagra aus usa Player Development in June 2002.

If it were my call, viagra aus usa I would like to bring in someone outside the organization in order to get a different perspective.  Kevin Cheveldayoff was one of the finalists for the Phoenix Coyotes job and would bring in a young perspective to the organization.  Cheveldayoff has spent the last nine season’s running the Chicago Wolves.  In 2002, viagra aus usa he led the Wolves to the AHL championship and helped lead them to the IHL championship in 1998 and 2000.  In addition to those championships as General Manager, viagra aus usa Cheveldayoff also won IHL championships as the Assistant Vice President and Assistant Coach for the Denver/Utah Grizzlies in 1995 and 1996.

Cheveldayoff, viagra aus usa a first round draft pick of the Islanders in 1988, viagra aus usa played five minor league seasons before an injury cut the defenseman’s career short.

Hmm, viagra aus usa a former Islander minor league defenseman turned front office executive.  When was the last time I heard that type of description for a Rangers front office member?  Oh yeah, viagra aus usa those were the qualifications that Neil Smith brought to the Rangers – and that didn’t turn out all that badly.

However, viagra aus usa it is highly doubtful Sather would go outside the organization for an Assistant GM – especially when he has a couple of in-house selections.  While Messier still debates whether or not he wants to commit to the grind of a front office position, viagra aus usa I still contend that his best position in the NHL is as coach.  Can you imagine Messier’s steel-eyed glare to the first player who did not give 100%?!?

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The Rangers could very well be facing the pressure of whether or not to draft a player with ties to the New York Islanders. What is viagra used for In 2003, what is viagra used for the Rangers passed over Zach Parise and drafted Hugh Jessiman instead. What is viagra used for Ever since then, what is viagra used for the son of J.P. What is viagra used for Parise has been making the Rangers rue that selection. What is viagra used for

In 2007, what is viagra used for they have two more chances to draft an Islander legacy. What is viagra used for Colton Gillies is the nephew of former Islander Clark Gillies and Brandon Sutter is the son of former Islander Brent Sutter and the nephew of the rest of the Sutter clan. What is viagra used for

However, what is viagra used for the NHL’s version of “Family Affair” does not stop with these two players. What is viagra used for Two more players with famous NHL relatives are sure to be drafted in the first round on June 22. What is viagra used for Sam Gagner is the son of Rangers 1983 1st round pick Dave Gagner. What is viagra used for Defenseman Keaton Ellerby is the cousin of Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan.

In addition to these names, what is viagra used for I have come across a few other “generation next” draft prospects who were ranked by the NHL’s Central Scouting Service.

Jeremie Dupont – son of former NHL defenseman Jerome Dupont

Blake Kessel – Brother of Boston Bruins Phil Kessel

Dwight King – Brother of St. What is viagra used for Louis Blue D.J. What is viagra used for King

Logan MacMillan – Son of former NHLer Bobby MacMillan

Brad Malone – Son of former Rangers 1980 Rangers 1st draft bust Jim Malone. What is viagra used for Cousin of Pittsburgh Penguins Ryan Malone. What is viagra used for Nephew of former NHLer Greg Malone.

Mickey Renaud – Son of former NHLer Mark Renaud

Vladimir Ruzicka – Son of former Toronto Maple Leafs Vladimir Ruzicka

Maxime Tanguay – Brother of Calgary Flame Alex Tanguay

Justin Vaive – Son of former NHLer Rick Vaive.

While not ranked by CSS, what is viagra used for one has to wonder if Mark Messier becomes Assistant GM of the Rangers, what is viagra used for will he push to draft puck-moving defenseman Lyon Messier of the NAHL’s Texas Tornado? Lyon Messier was eligible in 2006, what is viagra used for but was not selected.

Conversely, what is viagra used for goaltender Charles-Antoine Messier is no relation to the former Rangers captain. What is viagra used for Also, what is viagra used for not related are Phil and Tony Esposito to top 10 prospect Angelo Esposito.

One interesting side note is that potential second round draft Ben Ryan’s grandfather was a five-star general in World War II.

After my original post, what is viagra used for I came across an excellent fan site that provided some additional “family affair” fodder. What is viagra used for Tom Mascioli’s IslesInfo {http://www.islesinfo.com/DraftCentral.html} is an excellent site for insight on the draft. What is viagra used for While he is an Islander fan, what is viagra used for he more than makes up for it with great insight and with the fact that he is a fellow Iona College graduate :-)

Tom made note of the following additions to the list I originally provided.

Roman and Ruslan Bashkirov – Both Russian brotehrs are eligible for this year’s draft. What is viagra used for Roman is viewed as a mid-draft prospect while Ruslan is seen as potential second round selection

Michael Biega – Brother of Buffalo prospect Alex Biega

Brandon Brickley – Cousin of former NHLer and current broadcaster Andy Brickley

Marcus Carroll – Son of former NHLer Billy Carroll

Justin Courtnal – Son of Geoff Courtnall and unclde of Russ Courtnall

Keaton Ellerby – In addition to being Shane Doan’s cousin, what is viagra used for he is also the cousin of Montreal prospect Carey Price

Jordan Nolan – Son of former Sabre and current Islander coach Ted Nolan

Cale Ridderwall – Brother of Islander prospect Stefan Ridderwall

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As some of you might know, viagra no prescription I am one of those draftniks that enjoys pouring over scouting reports. Viagra no prescription Hey, viagra no prescription it beats working.  Anyway, viagra no prescription I just got my hands on the 2007 NHL Draft Media Guide and I can’t wait to delve into it. Viagra no prescription A quick perusal of the Guide reminded me that 2007 is the 30th anniversary of the New York Rangers passing over Mike Bossy, viagra no prescription not once but twice. Viagra no prescription The Rangers selected Lucien DeBlois with the 8th overall pick and Ron Duguay with the 13th overall pick. Viagra no prescription Bossy went two selections later to the New York Islanders and the rest is history.

At that time, viagra no prescription the “knocks” on Bossy were that he didn’t play any defense and he was not a physical player. Viagra no prescription Considering some of the Rangers past draft mistakes (e.g. Viagra no prescription Jim Malone who never played a single NHL game), viagra no prescription Bossy would have fit right in with the Blueshirts if that scouting report were his lasting legacy. Viagra no prescription What they forgot to add was that Bossy was a natural born sniper – something the Rangers have never seemed to draft.

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Ladies viagra It wasn’t a surprise that the Buffalo Sabres eliminated the New York Rangers with their Game 6 victory.  It wasn’t a surprise that Game 6 was a one-goal game – the fifth straight in this series in a playoff season that has seen about 60% of games be decided by one goal.  What is surprising was the 5-4 final score – especially when you consider 2-1 scores decided the previous three games.

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The second was the Blueshirts inability to hold on to their 1-0 lead during the closing seconds of regulation in Game 5.

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The third was the second Rangers second period meltdown as they allowed four Buffalo goals in 10 minutes during Game 6.

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The problem for the Rangers is their newfound offense came at the expense of their defense.  While the Blueshirts were victims of a couple of deflections and bad bounces, ladies viagra far too often they were caught running around in their zone and leaving Sabres open in the slot.  When they weren’t doing that, ladies viagra they were getting caught for odd-man rushes that the Sabres finished off.  Despite all of that, ladies viagra they still came within a Matt Cullen attempt of forcing yet another overtime game.

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The only complaint I have on the game is that the referees were far too willing to play a part in this game.  They were making some borderline calls against both teams.  When you get to this point in a series, ladies viagra the referees need to let the players decide the game.

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How ironic was it that Tom Renney turned to Nigel Dawes in the Rangers biggest game of the season yet he could not find a spot for him earlier in the season? 

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Despite that bit of irony, ladies viagra the Rangers did learn that it is okay to trust young players with important ice time.  The development of Ryan Callahan and Daniel Girardi should help pave the way for Rangers’ management to have more faith in their younger players.

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Congratulations go out to the Madison Square Garden crowd for their “Let’s Go Rangers” chant following the final buzzer.  It was as classy a move as is the Rangers salute at the end of games. 

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At least Ranger fans can take solace in the fact they lasted longer in the playoffs than the New Jersey Devils and New York Islanders.

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Free trial viagra Tom Renney finally addressed his decision to send out Jaromir Jagr, free trial viagra Michael Nylander and Brad Isbister in the waning moments of Game 5. Free trial viagra The Ranger coach’s defense comes courtesy of John Dellapina’s Blog for the Daily News.

Free trial viagra So, free trial viagra Renney was asked, free trial viagra you wanted Jagr and Brad Isbister on the ice for that final sequence?

Free trial viagra “And even Michael, free trial viagra” the coach replied. Free trial viagra “What I wanted was somebody with the hands who could make the little chip behind the net and help support it and help move the puck out.”

Free trial viagra “And you take a chance with that kind of rationale. Free trial viagra And I’m completely prepared to accept what might come my way for thinking that way.”

Free trial viagra “But I believe I did the right thing.”

Free trial viagra One has to wonder if Renney truly believed what he was saying or is covering up for the fact that Jagr wanted out on the ice and Renney won’t or can’t stand up to him? After all, free trial viagra flash back to one year ago when Jagr was on the ice for a meaningless shift at the end of Game 1 against the New Jersey Devils.

Free trial viagra Even if we take Renney at his word, free trial viagra as I wrote previously, free trial viagra the Jagr line is the Rangers worst defensive line and two-thirds of the line was either sick (Nylander) or hobbled with a banged up knee (Jagr). Free trial viagra While the icings late in regulation did not allow Renney to make the line changes he needed to make, free trial viagra there is still no reason why he did not put his best defensive players on the ice. Free trial viagra Besides, free trial viagra who would you rather have working the boards while holding a one-goal lead late in third period – Brad Isbister and Jaromir Jagr or Sean Avery and Brendan Shanahan?

Free trial viagra The beat writers all reported interesting lineup changes at practice today. Free trial viagra Nigel Dawes was placed on the first line with Nylander and Jagr while Marcel Hossa was demoted to the fourth line while Brad Isbister the potential player on the bubble. Free trial viagra In addition, free trial viagra they reported that Renney spent some time talking with Thomas Pock. Free trial viagra Is it possible that Renney might dress seven defensemen given the banged up state of the Ranger blueliners?

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Cialis philippines It would be an understatement to say the Rangers’star players have to step to the forefront in Game 6.  That is to be expected when a team faces an elimination game.  With the Rangers gaining the last change at home, cialis philippines Tom Renney will have the opportunity to keep Jaromir Jagr away from Toni Lydman and Henrik Tallinder, cialis philippines as well whatever forward combination Lindy Ruff will use. 

Cialis philippines If Jagr is up to the ice time, cialis philippines Renney needs to double and maybe even triple shift Jagr.  This is no time to be saving any bullets in the chamber.  Given the fourth line’s inability to capitalize on their scoring chances, cialis philippines more specifically Blair Betts, cialis philippines Renney will have to juggle his lines in order to find some offense.  The only way he doesn’t do that is if he instructs his forwards to forecheck the daylights out of the Sabres.  In that case, cialis philippines the Blueshirts will need to run four lines.
 
While the Rangers need Brendan Shanahan and Martin Straka to shake down their past scoring exploits, cialis philippines the team needs Matt Cullen to step and play as well as he did last year with the Carolina Hurricanes.  In fact the whole Cullen line needs to start producing.  While Cullen, cialis philippines Petr Prucha and Ryan Callahan have drawn praise for their play, cialis philippines they have not been able to translate that play into goals. 
                       
It is essential that the Rangers open a two-line front against the Sabres.  If a second line can draw some defensive attention away from the Jagr line, cialis philippines the Rangers will have a good chance to put more than one or two dents into the old onion bag.

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Real viagra Well, real viagra the four-minute second period letdown in Game 1 has been replaced by the horrible final 1:47 of regulation in Game 5.  On a night when the Rangers almost did everything they could not to win – they managed to step up and find a way to one-up themselves.

Real viagra I can try and whine away the loss to the weak hooking call on Blair Betts in overtime that was a makeup call for an earlier weak call against the Sabres.  I can wring my hands over the phantom goalie interference penalty on Brad Isbister when it appeared, real viagra to me anyway, real viagra that Buffalo goalie Ryan Miller initiated any of the contact – especially when the referees overlooked a Daniel Briere cross check on Henrik Lundqvist during a goal mouth scramble late in the second period.  The bottom line is the Rangers, real viagra after playing a lackluster game, real viagra had this game won going into the final two minutes when the wheels fell off the wagon.

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Real viagra The funny thing is you can pile all of those mistakes, real viagra one on top of another, real viagra and they still don’t compare to the one coach Tom Renney made in the final two minutes.  Why in the world was the Jaromir Jagr line on the ice in the final two minutes?  Arguably, real viagra they are the Blueshirts worst defensive line.  Then toss in the fact that Michael Nylander has been battling a flu bug and Jagr was not 100% after bumping knees with Dainius Zubrus and you left wondering which team Renney was coaching last night.

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Real viagra I am still wondering why the Rangers just didn’t start pulling people down and holding and hooking.  With so little time left in the game, real viagra a penalty wasn’t going to play a big difference.  In fact, real viagra it would have allowed Renney to make up for his brain fart of using the Jagr line to protect a one-goal lead with less that two minutes left in the game.

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Real viagra Ah, real viagra offense.  I wrote previously that offense is overlooked when it comes to the playoffs and the Rangers sure overlooked it last night.  They let the Sabres dictate the tempo of the game as the Blueshirts seemed more interested in not losing the game than winning the game.  Instead of forechecking and stopping the Sabres before they got started, real viagra the Rangers lapsed into a more passive game, real viagra as they seemed more intent on clogging the neutral zone than doing anything else.

Real viagra Unfortunately, real viagra I was right about one other thing prior to Game 5.  I wrote that Maxim Afinogenov would be a player to be watched – and he was.  It seems that Lindy Ruff’s benching of the enigmatic winger might have saved the series for the Sabres.

Real viagra History does not look kindly on the Rangers uphill climb.  The Rangers are 1-11 when they have lost Game 5 during any best-of-seven series – as opposed to their 8-1 record when they win Game 5.  In fact, real viagra teams winning Game 5 go on to win 80% of those series.  Of course, real viagra that one Ranger win was in 1994 when they came back to defeat the New Jersey Devils – after blowing a one-goal lead in Game 7 with, real viagra yup, real viagra 7.7 seconds remaining in regulation.  However, real viagra there is no Mark Messier, real viagra Brian Leetch or Stephane Matteau to rescue them in 2007.

Real viagra Conversely, real viagra the Sabres are 2-1 win they win Game 5 and are 1-9 when they lose.

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The bottom line for Game 6 is the Rangers have to throw everything at the Sabres.  They need to regain their focus and intensity and must be willing to forecheck the Sabres from the start.  They are going to continue to need to get traffic in front of Miller and the Sabres net.  And much to the chagrin of Jagr, real viagra the Rangers power play must shoot more, real viagra get traffic in front and play dump and chase when the Sabres line four across at the blue line.

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When the Rangers left shuffled out of Buffalo, discount brand name cialis things were not looking too good for the Blueshirts even though they responded with a solid Game 2 after a clunky Game 1 which got away from the rangers in the space of four minutes.  What a difference a week makes!

The Rangers return to Buffalo with series knotted at 2-2 on the scoreboard and tied at 1-1 in video replays.  Seriously, discount brand name cialis outside of some hairy moments during the last half of the third period on Tuesday, discount brand name cialis the Rangers have been able to control the tempo of the game – a must if they are to counter the Sabres’ speed.

The Rangers were so effective in countering the Sabres, discount brand name cialis Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff changed his game plan and asked his team to try and grind it out more and rely less on finesse.  If the Sabres are going to continue that strategy, discount brand name cialis then the rangers will be making plans for Ottawa or New Jersey.

So how will the rest of the series go?  Many hockey experts (and actually experts in all sports) will agree that defense wins championships – and they would be right to an extent.

It has always been my contention that in order to win in the playoffs you have to score goals.  Almost every team knuckles down on defense when playoff time comes around.  As a result, discount brand name cialis goal scoring is at a premium.  The Rangers-Sabres series is the perfect example.  Both teams are struggling to find offense in a series that has seen three of four games be decided by one goal.

However, discount brand name cialis this one-goal phenomenon is not unique to the Rangers and the Sabres.  According to the Elias Sports Bureau, discount brand name cialis 37 of 60 games have been decided by one goal – a rate of 61.6 percent.  That is the highest percent of one-goal decisions since the 1941 playoffs when 12 out of 19 games (63.2 percent) were decided by one goal.

As a result, discount brand name cialis the Rangers’ special teams must continue to excel in this series.  The Rangers’ power play is 5 for 19 (38 percent) against the Sabres while the penalty killers are 22 for 25 (88 percent) against Buffalo and 38 fir 42 (90.5 percent) in the playoffs.

The heat will be on the Blueshirts’ offense and Coach Tom Renney because Buffalo has the last line change and you can expect Ruff to match lines and defensive pairings to eliminate Jaromir Jagr’s effectiveness.  As a result, discount brand name cialis the Rangers are going to have to work harder at getting more traffic in front of Buffalo goaltender Ryan Miller and they must do a better job of converting on their odd-man rushes.

The bottom line is the Rangers need to win at least one game in Buffalo if they want to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals.  Their best shot might be in Game 5 because they have a little momentum going their way.  If the Rangers can find a way to win their first game in Buffalo since November 2005, discount brand name cialis you can expect the Garden to be rocking on national television on Sunday afternoon.

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First things first, cialis strenght mg the video replay officials blew it again.  It was a goal.  You can talk all you want about not seeing white between the puck and the goal line but the bottom line is if it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, cialis strenght mg and it isn’t in Anaheim, cialis strenght mg it is a goal.  With that said the Eastern Conference Semifinals stands at Rangers 2, cialis strenght mg Buffalo 2 and NHL Video Replay Officials 2.

The NHL really needs to sit down and review their video review procedures during the summer.  How they could reverse the Karel Rachunek goal and then find the Daniel Briere shot inconclusive is beyond me.  If anything, cialis strenght mg it should have been the other way around.  Goal or not, cialis strenght mg the best-of-seven series shuffles back to Buffalo and is now the best-of-three series.

Give Versus studio analyst Brian Engblom some credit.  Prior to the game he referred to Sean Avery and Brendan Shanahan as the Rangers’ “transmission” and Jaromir Jagr as the “engine”.  Engblom was on target with Shanny and the captain, cialis strenght mg but Avery nearly wore goat horns for his ill-advised attempt at the empty net that was the precursor to the heart-stopping final minute of play.  At least Brad Isbister was trying to feather the puck out but ended up with a little too much oomph in the dump out.

For the sake of brevity, cialis strenght mg here are some quick observations.

  • Could the NHL please beg ESPN to take them back?  Could Versus be any more annoying with all of their intrusive graphics and promos?
  • Speaking of annoying: note to Ranger fans and Garden personnel – enough with the balloons already.  Between the balloons, cialis strenght mg the annoying graphics and the score/clock at the top of the screen there is hardly any room for the game.
  • The Rangers have to pay more attention to those give-back goals.  It cost them in Game 2 and nearly cost them last night.  All of the energy and momentum the Rangers had following Shanahan’s goal left the building when the Sabres scored.  The final 10 minutes of the game went the way most thought the series would go with the Rangers hanging on for dear life.  For the first time since the ill-fated four minute span of Game 1, cialis strenght mg the Rangers did not play defense as a five-man unit.  They were left running around reacting to Buffalo.
  • The cure to the above problem is for the Rangers to remember about the need to forecheck.  For the first time in the series the Rangers sat back and let the Sabres dictate the tempo.
  • Memo to the offense: see what happens when you put the puck on net and get shots from inside the triangle.  Both goals were the result of getting the puck on or near the net and having bodies in front.
  • I have kept quiet far too long on the whole Marek Malik booing story.  Could we at least wait until Malik screws up before we start booing him?  Here is the best way to sum up Malik – he is not as bad as the fans are making him out and he is not as good as most of the writers say he is.  His positive plus/minus rating shows why plus/minus is a poor stat to use when measuring a player’s effectiveness.  Four players can play stellar defense but if one player turns the puck over or leaves his check uncovered everyone gets a minus.  Malik is an average to a little above average blueliner in the Rangers system.  The problem is that whenever he makes a mistake it is usually a costly one.
  • The Rangers must convert on their transition chances – especially when they get odd-man rushes.  I have been noticing that the Rangers are too quick to fade to the boards with the puck or curl just inside the blue line, cialis strenght mg looking to make a pass.  The Rangers need to drive to the net and try to draw more penalties against the Sabres – much like Brad Isbister in drawing the penalty that set up Shanahan’s power play tally.  The biggest culprit is Jagr who often pulls up at the top of the circle or at the half-boards rather than using his size and strength.
  • The Rangers better beware Maxim Afinogenov if Lindy Ruff inserts the speedy forward back into the lineup.  He has the speed and offensive ability to cause problems and he has to be motivated after being benched in favor of Daniel Paille.
  • One final note.  Someone please chain Henrik Lundqvist to the cross bar so he can’t get caught out of position again.  His mishandling of the puck nearly cost the Rangers a win and I know it shaved a few years off my life!
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