…He used his shot all the time in the pre-season, why not now?
…There are so many people angry with the fact that McDonagh is starting in Hartford. I don’t see it as a detriment to his game. Don’t you want to keep as many assets as you can so that they play well for the Rangers or that they can play well enough to be moved for something in return. Losing Sauer for nothing would have been bad, you never want to lose someone for nothing, and its not like McDonagh blew him out of the water. If he did, McDonagh would be here right now.
Did the Rangers do something that was safe and keep Sauer because of waivers, maybe. But what is wrong with protecting your assets. McDonagh is 22 and was jumping from college. Some AHL time couldn’t hurt.
The Rangers have sent down Ryan McDonagh and Pavel Valenenko to Hartford of the AHL
…Well I guess Michael Sauer is your 6th defenseman. Good for him. He deserves it.
McDonagh doesn’t have to go through waivers to be sent down while Sauer does have to pass through waivers
Mats Zuccarello and Dale Weise were also sent down
No other cuts were made today
…So we get no answer on Todd White and Derek Stepan yet.
Larry Brooks tweets that the Rangers could get to 23 players by placing Chris Drury and Vinny Prospal on IR.
The Rangers practice tomorrow at 9AM
…This dude is AWESOME. He is just AWESOME. Breaks his nose, no problem. Someone to hit, he does it. A shot to take, he does it. He should probably go to Hartford to refine his bad-ass game, but man, he is someone to be excited about for the future
…With a little more seasoning, Valentenko could make this years team, but I feel like he is just a little too raw. I don’t think you bring a guy like Valentenko in if you are trying to make the playoffs this year like the Rangers are. He will hit, he will take his bomb of a shot, but he will take penalties and he just looks like he needs at least half a season in Hartford to get some kinks worked out.
He shouldn’t be the seventh defenseman and since I believe that Ryan McDonagh will capture the final defense spot, it comes down to Steve Eminger vs Michael Sauer for that spot.
….The talent is there is there with Tank. He doesn’t take any crap, hits, is physical and has an absolute cannon from the point. He took his shot last night and all I could dream of was that he replace Michal Rozsival on whatever powerplay he would be on with that insane shot. And boy, does he hit. He had five last night to co-lead the team with Brandon Prust in 20 minutes of ice time. He was a minus two, and he still has a lot to learn about playing defense at the NHL level, but when he gets a little bit more improvement, he could be a good one.
“He’s got a bomb of a shot and he’s always ready to shoot. I like his innocence. He’s not afraid to stand up and hit someone in the middle of the ice. Some guys get upset with it. But he’s a guy who wants to stand up and be counted.”
John Tortorella to Andrew Gross of the Record
…He could be a real darkhorse to make the team but it seems unlikely for this season. A year in Hartford he could have a spot on next years team. He is only 22 and very much like why the Canadiens traded Ryan McDonagh to the Rangers, because they thought he wouldn’t sign, once Vally went to Russia they probably thought he was gone for good.
He said over the summer that he went to Russia because the contract could help his family