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New York Rangers NHL Preseason Scrimmages

The New York Rangers are sweating it out for the season. They are fresh and just into their third day of training, pucks are flying left, right and center. Here are some of the highlights from their training sessions.

The Rangers have been training hard this week, working on some drills, pairing up with their teammates and playing a couple of scrimmages. The first of the scrimmages saw the team split into Team Red and Team Green.

The lineup:

The Green Squad had Sean Avery, Mats Zuccarello, Artem Anisimov, Dan Girardi, Marc Staal (late scratch) and Mike Rupp with Marty Biron in the goal. On the other side, forming the Red Team were Brad Richards, Marian Gaborik, Michael Del Zotto, Wojtek Wolski and Steve Eminger, with Chad Johnson and Jason Missiaen tending the goal post.

The Scrimmage:

To put it in a nutshell, the Reds defeated the Greens 4-2. The win was certain when two goals came from Wojtek Wolski. Marian Gaborik and Weise brought home the other two goals. For the greens much of the action came from John Mitchel, the last year’s trade-deadline acquisition from the Toronto Maple Leafs.

There were a few injuries too. The key defenseman from the team, Marc Staal, is staying away from the scrimmages due to minor injuries. The good news is that you will not miss him in action for the season opener. Michael Sauer, again on the defense front is also staying away from the practices for the third day due to knee tendinitis. Due to a shoulder injury, Brandon Prust also stayed away the third day of practice.

Though injuries become a concern before the season, it is good to see that the New York Rangers are taking precautions when it comes to their key players.

This should be helpful in the long run, hopefully. Anyway, now we are looking forward to the season to catch the New York Rangers in action!

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Rick Rypien Passes Away…Tragic Loss for Winnipeg Jets

Winnipeg Jets center Rick Rypien was found deceased in his home on Monday August 15th, just nine months after the player took an indefinite leave of absence from the Vancouver Canucks after six seasons with the team to focus on an undisclosed personal matter.   Rypien was only twenty-seven years old.

So far this offseason Rick Rypien is the second professional National Hockey Player to have been found dead.  Former New York Rangers Derek Boogard passed away in May due to an overdose of alcohol and oxcycodone.

Rick Rypian is 5’11” and 190lbs.  He has recently signed a $700,000 one-year contract with the Jets last month after six seasons with the Vancouver Canucks.  His mark on Hockey includes nine goals, seven assists and 226 penalty minutes in 119 career NHL games.

In a press release the official statement of the Winnipeg Jets was to have said the following : “We would like to express our sincere sympathies to the Rypien family as well as Rick’s friends. We also appreciate all of the support that has come pouring in from Rick’s fans. Rick was a talented player with an extremely bright future. His hunger for the game made him a valued team member both on and off the ice. This loss has impacted us as more than just a hockey team.”

The Canucks also made their offical announcement last year on Nov. 25 Rick Rypien had been granted an indefinite leave of absence.  It was the second time in just three years for Rypien that he had taken a hiatus to handle a personal issue. Rick also received a six-game suspension last year after grabbing a fan on his way to the dressing room in Minnesota.  Prior to that Rick Rypien was suffering ongoing injuries and missed 70 games in the 2008-2009 season.

The cause of death is not yet known.