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Steve Mason, Scott Hartnell, Luke Schenn, Jakub Voracek, Benoit Pouliot, Marc Staal

Rangers feel they didn’t make Mason work hard enough


The New York Rangers got 38 shots on goal in Steve Mason’s first start of the playoffs, including 16 in the first period alone, but they still don’t feel like they challenged him enough in tonight’s 2-1 loss to Philadelphia.

“I think we made it too easy on Mason,” Rangers forward Martin St. Louis said, per ESPN’s Katie Strang.

“We didn’t make it tough enough on Mason in his first game back,” defenseman Ryan McDonagh told Newsday’s Steve Zipay.

Forward Rich Nash argued that too many of the Rangers shots were fired from the outside and they didn’t put enough traffic in front of Mason, according to the Bergen Records’ Andrew Gross. In other words, he feels that the Rangers were lacking when it came to generating quality chances, even if the quantity of shots was there.

At least one Rangers player though was willing to give Mason some credit though.

“I don’t know if he made big save after big save, but he made some big ones,” Brad Richards said, per the Winnipeg Sun’s Ken Wiebe.

In particular, Rangers coach Alain Vigneault feels they were lacking on the power play. The Rangers were 0-for-4 with the man advantage and have a 15.0% success rate in the series.

Whether or not the Rangers feel they could have been better, Mason more than earned his first career postseason win tonight. If he continues to perform like he did tonight, then the Flyers have a fair chance of eliminating the Rangers.

With the series tied at 2-2, Game 5 will be played on Sunday.

Graves, Kypreos to coach Top Prospects game

Adam Graves

Former New York Rangers teammates Nick Kypreos and Adam Graves will once again work together, this time as coaches for the annual Greater Toronto Hockey League Top Prospects Game, to be played on Jan. 8.

The GTHL is the largest minor hockey league in the world, boasting over 40,000 registered participants from the ages of four to 20.

The league was founded in 1911 and has produced a number of NHLers — current players include John Tavares, Jeff Skinner, PK Subban, Mike Cammalleri, Rich Nash, Tyler Seguin, Dave Bolland, Ray Emery, Sam Gagner and Jason Spezza.

The annual prospects game features the 40 top minor midget-aged players in the league and, in addition to Kypreos and Graves, ex-Detroit Red Wing Kris Draper and former Columbus GM and coach Doug MacLean will also be behind the benches.

Last year’s GTHL prospects game featured Connor McDavid, the 15-year-old phenom that was granted “exceptional player” status to be eligible for the 2012 OHL Draft — where he was selected first overall.

McDavid has since gone on to dominate with the Erie Otters, scoring 40 points through 35 games this year.

Nash injures groin, returns to New York

Rick Nash

Rich Nash’s bothersome groin has forced him to leave Swiss club HC Davos, the New York Post reports.

The Post’s Larry Brooks passes along word that Nash left Switzerland on Friday after being bothered by a groin injury “for a couple of weeks.”

The Rangers’ prized offseason acquisition re-aggravated the injury this past weekend — in a 4-3 win over ECH Biel — and returned to North America to have it checked out further.

Nash signed with Davos on Sept. 15 — two days after the lockout began — reuniting with the club he played for during the 2004-05 work stoppage.

He’s since racked up 12G-6A-18PTS in 17 games, but has endured a couple of health issues (he was day-to-day with a shoulder injury earlier this season.)


Report: Dallas’ Eriksson to join Thornton, Nash with Swiss club Davos

Blockbuster: Minnesota wins Zach Parise and Ryan Suter sweepstakes — for $196 million


The Minnesota Wild have officially won free agency.

That’s the big news on this July 4 holiday as the Wild announced they’ve landed both of this year’s prize UFAs — former Nashville Predators defenseman Ryan Suter and former New Jersey Devils captain Zach Parise.

The deals cost Minnesota a fortune. ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun reports the pair got matching 13-year, $98 million contracts, meaning both will have an average annual cap hit of $7.54 million.

And yes, the Wild just dropped $196 million dollars.

This will go down as one of, if not the, biggest days in franchise history. The Wild instantly become a Western Conference contender and may have shifted the landscape in terms of free agent philosophy — in a market where heavy hitters like Chicago, Detroit and Pittsburgh were all angling for Suter and Parise’s services, a team that’s missed the playoffs four straight years (and never been considered a big spender) reeled in the two biggest fish.


— Turns out Lou Nanne was right all along.

According to Josh Cooper of The Tennessean, Nashville’s offer to retain Suter was 13 years, $90 million.

TSN’s Darren Dreger says Wild players are “ecstatic” about the signings. Dany Heatley has reportedly been in contact with both Parise and Suter. “Both asked: can we win,” Dreger tweeted.  “Answer: yes.”

— Based on annual cap hit, Parise and Suter are now the NHL’s seventh and eighth highest-paid players. Only Alex Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby, Eric Staal, Rich Nash and Vincent Lecavalier average more per year.

— Next season, the Wild will have $35.2 million (roughly half of the $70.2 salary cap) committed to five players — Parise, Suter, Heatley, Mikko Koivu and Niklas Backstrom.

Lundqvist motivated by falling just short of finals


The bar has been raised for the New York Rangers, and goaltender Henrik Lundqvist couldn’t be happier.

“I just like the feeling to expect, to expect more out of everybody on the team,” Lundqvist told the NHL.com. “When I got here some years ago I think a lot of people were hoping and were not really sure, but with this year, I hope we continue building, and that’s to expect more out of everybody, to want to be a top team. To be that you have to push yourself hard, because it’s not just going to happen.

“Everybody had a fun year, but we need to come back and try to be even better because we came up short.”

Although the Rangers’ roster could still use some work over the summer, there’s certainly plenty of reasons for them to be optimistic after making it all the way to the Eastern Conference finals. Lundqvist posted two shutouts in their final series against the New Jersey Devils, but they ultimately lost in six games.

“I can only speak for myself; it motivates me a lot to work on my game and come back, try to be even better,” Lundqvist said. “Just to get a taste of it, it’s exciting, but at the same time we didn’t reach the ultimate goal, we didn’t get to where we want to be. But to get a taste of it, I think it’s good for the future.”

It’s hard to see Lundqvist getting much better. He’s already a Vezina Trophy nominee. If anything the Rangers need to do more offensively.

Getting another star forward like Rich Nash would be an appealing solution, but Mark Messier thinks that the key is to add depth. Either way, they’re building on a superb foundation in Lundqvist.