PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.
Canadiens goaltending coach Pierre Groulx talks about how being benched for the majority of the 2009 playoffs helped Carey Price develop into a top-tier goaltender. (Montreal Gazette)
23-year-old defenseman Drew Doughty has an NHL-worst minus-10 rating. Los Angeles Kings coach Darryl Sutter thinks that Doughty “clearly” needs to play better, but he doesn’t want him singled out. (LA Kings Insider)
A man in Winnipeg has lost his Jets season tickets in court to his sister-in-law. (NHL.com)
After spending eight of the New York Rangers’ 12 contests in the press box, 29-year-old defenseman Steve Eminger has been sent to AHL Connecticut on a conditioning stint. (The Bergen Record)
The Chicago Blackhawks have been getting good production from their checking line so far this season. (Chicago Tribune)
So far, 28-year-old forward Rick Nash has been exactly what the New York Rangers were hoping for when they acquired him from the Columbus Blue Jackets. (Newsday)
22-year-old forward Andrei Loktionov, who was recently called up by the New Jersey Devils, is happy to be reunited with his former OHL Windsor Spitfires’ teammate, Adam Henrique. (New Jersey Online)
Even though the Florida Panthers surrendered two late goals to the Washington Capitals on Tuesday en route to a 6-5 overtime loss, they can take some positives from that contest. In particular, the Panthers’ “Kid Line” had a great showing. (The Miami Herald)
The Rangers added a bit of defensive depth for the season by welcoming back and old, young face.
The team announced they’ve signed Matt Gilroy to a one-year deal. Larry Brooks of the New York Post says it’s worth $650,000. Gilroy began his career with the Rangers during the 2009-10 season and spent two seasons with the Blueshirts.
Now he rejoins the team after spending last year with both Tampa Bay and Ottawa. Gilroy has been playing this season in the AHL with the Rangers’ affiliate in Hartford, Connecticut.
One thing’s for sure about the Rangers, they’re not lacking on depth on the blue line as they kept both Anton Stralman and Steve Eminger after last season. Put those two with Gilroy behind Ryan McDonagh, Dan Girardi, Marc Staal, Michael Del Zotto, and Stu Bickel and the Rangers will have the ability to rest guys as needed in the condensed schedule.
Brad Richards, Marian Gaborik, and Steve Eminger already participated charity event to help those impacted by Hurricane Sandy and raised $10,000 in the process.
That alone was a great service to the community, but when former New York firefighter Matt Long asked Richards if he’d help clean up Breezy Point community, Richards agreed and brought Gaborik and Eminger along with him, according to an ESPN report.
Richards had previously met Long at a Rangers’ team event and at the time had offered his services to Long if he wanted to partner up.
“There were no cameras, no one was watching. It was just Brad Richards, down there getting dirty, ankle-deep in water, pouring garbage out of 100-year-old houses,” Long said.
Long’s brother, Chris, was among those who needed his house gutted and torn down. Chris is also a big Rangers fan and cheered up when Richards came to help him out.
“It was the first time he smiled since it happened,” Long said of his brother.
Richards is known for his community work and with the lockout dragging on, he’s spent some of that extra free time helping others.
“We’re doing it because we can. We’re in a position to do it and it’s fun for us,” Richards said. “A lot of us don’t like talking about it. We want awareness for it because we want to get the numbers up, [but] guys do a lot of this stuff and it goes unnoticed.
“We just want to be part of the community. It’s a tough time for these guys.”
Much like the New York Islanders did Monday, members of the New York Rangers are hoping to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy.
Ranger Rants’ Andrew Gross reports that Brad Richards, Marian Gaborik, Marc Staal, Ryan Callahan, Dan Girardi, Brian Boyle, Carl Hagelin and Steve Eminger will hold a fundraiser at The Staten Island Skating Pavilion on Friday afternoon.
Specifically, the players will lead two one-hour clinics that day, skating with people who make $75 donations to provide relief through the Cardinal Egan Fund.
Click here if you want to find out more about actually attending the event, but either way, it’s great to see local teams pitching in after the storm.
The New York Rangers have agreed to terms with UFA defenseman Steve Eminger on a one-year deal worth $750,000, according to the New York Post.
Eminger, 28, spent last year with the Rangers on a one-year, $800,000 deal — meaning yes, he took a pay cut — appearing in 42 games while recording 2G-3A-5PTS.
Eminger also appeared in four postseason contests with the Blueshirts, including a whopping two minutes in the sixth and deciding game of the Eastern Conference final, a 3-2 OT loss to New Jersey.
The move is a depth signing, something the New York defense needed after shipping Tim Erixon to Columbus in the Rick Nash trade and the uncertainty surrounding Michael Sauer’s return from a concussion. (The Rangers also lost Jeff Woywitka to free agency, as he signed in St. Louis.)
Eminger, the 12th overall pick in 2002, has spent time with the Capitals, Flyers, Lightning, Panthers and Ducks before landing with the Rangers.
His career year came in 2008-09, when he posted 4G-19A-23PTS in 71 games with Philadelphia, Tampa Bay and Florida.