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In October of 2008, Pierre LeBrun and Scott Burnside had a conversation, at ESPN.com, about the NHL expanding to Europe.

LeBrun's main point about European expansion is putting the game in front of people who actually want to watch it and taking it out of places where it isn't watched.

In January of 2009, Kevin McGran wrote in the Toronto Star that the future of the NHL could be in Europe.

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According to Larry Brooks in the NY Post the Rangers WILL NOT open next season in Europe.

Brooks says that the expiring CBA has prevented the league from locking up and finalizing dates to play in Europe next season.

He says that the Rangers will open next season in California and then work their way east as construction finishes on Madison Square Garden.

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At TSN, during the Insider Trading segment, Pierre LeBrun says that the NHL is considering an option to push the games in Europe to late October or early November.

Glen Sather has said that the Rangers are going to open the next two seasons in Europe because of the ongoing renovations at MSG.

This is very interesting in how it can impact the Rangers. First, it would keep them in North America for all of training camp and the preseason, definitely a good thing, and maybe they don't go to Europe at all. I don't see why they can't open in California for three games, come home for a week like they did this year, and then do another road trip to play the Central division teams or just knock out one each against the Isles, Devils, Bruins and Flyers

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Update: 7:30AM: Larry Brooks says in the NY Post that the Rangers "must never be burdened with this type of a schedule again, no matter how much cash the organization might rack up in exhibition game appearance fees."

Original Post: The Rangers returned home from two weeks in Europe last night and return to practice at the MSG? training center tomorrow at 11AM.

Brad Richards told Larry Brooks of the NY Post that the trip wasn't ideal to start the season because the team only had two practices on NHL ice.

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"It felt kind of normal again (Wednesday). Things have been out of whack. It is what it is and we've dealt with it, but this was a great day of work."

Brad Richards to NHL.com

Today was and tomorrow will be big for the Rangers to re-acclimate themselves to playing on the smaller ice and working the schemes out on there.

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Update: 10:42AM: Katie Strang also reports that the two sides have not stopped talking.

Update: 10:30AM: Pat Leonard writes in the Daily News that Mara's agent says that the Rangers are just one of the teams that his client is talking to.

Update: 9:47AM: Larry Brooks says in the NY Post that the Rangers have re-initiated talks with former Ranger Paul Mara.

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Nice to call him up. He certainly won't care about flying to Sweden. Probably take the red eye, sleep on the plane and head to practice tomorrow.

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Update: 9:10AM: Pat Leonard tweets that the Rangers PP unit this morning was Marian Gaborik, Brandon Dubinsky and Ryan Callahan with Brad Richards and Michael Del Zotto at the point.

Update: 7:34AM:

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All this really means is that they can be sent down in the next 30 days without having to pass through waivers again. It gives them options if/when Michael Sauer and Marc Staal are ready to come back.

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This is one the things that I thought of when I saw that Avery was scratched. Torts probably wanted to see EC on the wing and in different situations which could provide more depth in the lineup. I am on record as preferring EC to Avery for the last spot, but I really have no idea who will get it. My money is still on Sean Avery to get it even though I would prefer Christensen to.

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Original Post: John Tortorella told the media after the Rangers loss in Switzerland that Marc Staal WILL NOT join the team in Sweden this week.

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Rangers Goals:
  • Ryan Callahan
  • Mike Rupp
  • Artem Anisimov
  • Ruslan Fedotenko
Thoughts:
  • Four games in five days with a ton of travel may have finally taken it's toll on the Rangers. Too many mistakes today, but it is good to get them all out of the way in preseason and start working towards Friday.
  • It will be nice to see them go back to playing on the NHL sized rink. The big rink is fun, but the games that matter aren't played on the big rink.
Update: 6:43PM: Ranger game notes:

  • -The Rangers were defeated by EV Zug, 8-4, tonight at Bossard Arena, to complete their preseason schedule with a 4-2-1 record.

-The Blueshirts out-shot EV Zug, 45-28, in the contest.

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Dan Rosen tweets that Martin Biron is starting today and Scott Stajcer is backing up.

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Ranger goals:

  • Mats Zuccarello from Brad Richards
  • Brian Boyle from Dan Girardi and Derek Stepan
  • Artem Anisimov from Brandon Prust
  • Ryan McDonagh from Ryan Callahan
Thoughts:
  • Not the best start for the Rangers and they continue to take a lot of penalties. I think the start issue is due to them getting into Slovakia only a few hours before the game and the Slovak team coming out amped to try and set a tone.?
  • Henrik Lundqvist is ready for the season to start.
  • Another solid game from Mats Zuccarello.

  • They tried to get Gabby a goal, he wore an "A" today, but he couldn't convert on his chances.
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Update: 11:34AM: Wolski isn't playing today due to a groin injury according to Katie Strang

Update: 10:25PM: Rosen says that the lines are:

  • Brian Boyle, Brad Richards, Marian Gaborik
  • The Pack Line
  • Ruslan Fedotenko, Erik Christensen, Brandon Prust
  • Mike Rupp, Derek Stepan, Mats Zuccarello
The defense is:

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At 3:27 AM EST, Brandon Prust tweeted:

"3 countries in 1 day today... Yipppyyyy! Swedan --> Slovakia --> Switzerland. Oh ya and we have to squeeze a game in there somewhere too"

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Have to let Brad Richards know what kind of committed owner he is....

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PLAYERS ASSIGNED TO CONNECTICUT (AHL) ON 10/1/11:Defense (2): Tim Erixon, Blake Parlett

Forward (5): Ryan Bourque, Carl Hagelin, John Mitchell, Kris Newbury, Dale Weise

PLAYERS RETURNED TO JUNIORS ON 9/24/11:Defense (1): Dylan McIlrath (Moose Jaw, WHL)

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The New York Rangers will play the Frolunda Indians of the SEL today for their second European exhibition game. Refresh every minute for most recent updates.

Final score: Rangers 4, Frolunda 2

Game notes and observations

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Dan Rosen tweets that Artem Anisimov, Marian Gaborik, Brad Richards, Ryan Callahan, Brandon Dubinsky, Derek Stepan, Dan Girardi, Ruslan Fedotenko, Ryan McDonagh, Michael Sauer and Steve Eminger are scratched today.

Michael Sauer practiced with the scratched players today.

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CLICK HERE to see pictures from the game, via Cathy.

Updates come courtesy of Jim Cerny?(@jimcerny) and Dan Rosen (@drosennhl)?who are at the game...

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Update: 7:12AM: Dan Rosen says that the lineup is likely:

  • Wojtek Wolski, Brad Richards, Marian Gaborik
  • The Pack Line
  • Ruslan Fedotenko, Derek Stepan, Mats Zuccarello
  • Mike Rupp, Erik Christensen, Brandon Prust
Brian Boyle (flu) and Sean Avery (foot) will not play.

Ryan McDonagh, Michael Del Zotto, Steve Eminger, Tim Erixon, Stu Bickel and Brendan Bell will play today.

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Dan Rosen tweets that Brian Boyle didn't skate today because he has the flu. He was sent back to the hotel as soon as he got to the rink.

Marty Biron will play the entire game tomorrow and Henrik Lundqvist will play the whole game on Friday.

He didn't have an update on Marc Staal yet, but expects one later today.

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At NHL.com, Dan Rosen spoke with Ryan Callahan about the crazy start to the season that the Rangers have that includes Europe and Western Canada.

Callahan said that slow start wouldn't kill the Rangers, but a fast start could be huge for them:

"I don't know if it can break us, but I do think it can definitely make us," Rangers captain Ryan Callahan told NHL.com. "If we come out of that month on top or playing some good hockey, we put ourselves in a good situation. We have to look at it that way and not think if we don't do well it's going to hurt us. It's the matter of a mindset of going in and being prepared to deal with the travel and the road games. If we do that, we'll be OK."
Win or lose, there will be eighty games left after they come back from Europe. There will be 75 games left when they return from Western Canada. A 2-5 start won't doom the Rangers, it just means that they need to regroup and play better. It is a long season with many ups and downs. There is too much of a belief, work ethic and talent to let the Rangers stay in a funk for an extended period of time this season.
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Update: 11:32PM:

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Update: 11:22PM: Rosen tweets: "Tortorella's message sending continued at end of practice. He gave a long, impassioned speech about needing to be better and it starts here."

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Steve Zipay says that Glen Sather thinks that Marc Staal could join the Rangers in Europe later this week.

Larry Brooks says that Wojtek Wolski won't play tonight because he suffered a slight groin pull. Carl Hagelin will take his place according to Andrew Gross.

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John Tortorella said earlier today that the team will cut two forwards after the game against the Flyers tomorrow.

The team will take 19 forwards and 10 defensemen with Henrik Lundqvist, Scott Stajcer and Marty Biron.

Dale Weise and John Mitchell have to go through waivers to be sent down to Hartford.

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At NY Mag, Joe Delessio spoke with Brad Richards about the Rangers upcoming trip to Europe and then Western Canada.

Richards said that he is looking forward to the trip as a way to better get to know the guys on the team.

We have to deal with it, we have to face it, and we?ll get some good time together anyway, and we'll be a close group coming back from it.
It will be a good experience for him and the team and help in the long run as the team develops into a big unit that fights and cares about each other. The chemistry will be a big thing that is developed and re-developed on that trip.

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They had said previously that the plan was to bring 30-32 players to Europe.

They are making cuts on Friday, so it would seem like anyone who isn't cut will go to Europe while the rest go to Hartford or back to juniors.

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Jim Schoenfeld told Bruce Berlet at Howlings that the Rangers plan to bring "30 to 32" players to Europe and hope to be down to the maximum of 23 after their second preseason game in Europe.

The Rangers play three preseaosn games in the USA and then four games in Europe.

He also said that he expects six or seven guys to be battling for the last couple of spots on the roster.

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In the NY Post, Larry Brooks spoke with John Tortorella who said that with all that is going on around the Rangers, staying sharp mentally will be the biggest thing this season:

"With all the stuff that's going to be swirling around us, our mental approach and ability to keep our focus on the right things is going to a huge, huge part of our season; even more than systems and the X's and O's.
Tortorella went on to say that there will be no excuses from himself or the team about anything interfering with how they play this season.

The best way to stay sharp is to win games. John Tortorella is great at motivating the guys to play at a high level and he should make them feel like all of these distractions are challenges that they have to face and the best way to do that is to win. It was gonna be a tough road as it was, but the Rangers should come away stronger and closer together as a team after all of this passes.

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