Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Daily Recap: Stepan, Zuccarello MagicTogether; Prospal Finished?; Flyers Punch Prust Over Avery?

After a long weekend for the New York Rangers I wanted to start the regular week off on a positive note so instead of focusing on Gabby and his struggles I looked at what I saw as the highlight of the weekend; the emergence of Derek Stepan and Mats Zuccarello as a pair.  These two Rangers rookies have both shown great skill, poise and maturity in their short NHL careers, but they took it to another level this weekend when in both games they combined to lead the team charges back after subpar efforts early in both games.  The Rangers and their fans had high hopes for both of these young players when they signed their respective contracts this past summer, but I do not think anyone honestly envisioned either or both of them being this integral to the Rangers as they are right now this soon.  In the article I took a look at what makes them special individual and apparently as a pair, along with what it means for the Rangers this season and in the future.

In team news that is certainly not officially Vinny Prospal spoke at an event for season ticket holders about his future and to say he was not optimistic would be an understatement.  I took a look at the reports out of the event and whether the Rangers have already accounted for Prospal’s feelings with their moves.

With all the “controversy” that surrounded Sean Avery breaking the code and fighting Carle last night it was lost for the most part that Hartnell and Briere punched Brandon Prust from the bench towards the end of the game Sunday night.  The idea was that this move was a combination of Prust hitting Timmonen too hard and payback for Avery taking liberties on Carle. Watch the video and see what happened, but the most comical part of the whole scenario was Flyers fans talking about Prust was afraid to fight Richards on the play.  In the end only Briere was fined a whopping one thousand dollars just like what Dubinsky got for the Oilers incident where he got involved from the bench.

Finally there is video from the Rangers pregame of Mats Zuccarello playing goal against Martin Biron’s son Jacob.  It is hilarious not only to see Zuke play goal at his hobbit size, but the reaction of Jacob after is the best part.