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Posted On Wednesday, 09.28.2011 / 5:33 AM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - Rangers World Tour

Is that Sean Avery in the stands?

PRAGUE -- Petr Rada has the light goatee, the dark-rimmed glasses, the short hair and the No. 16 on his back.

If you didn't know better, you would think that he was Sean Avery. That's exactly the reaction Rada, a buyer for a sporting goods company, is going for.

Avery is Rada's favorite player and the obvious influence behind his look.

"He's a very funny guy," Rada said. "For example, if you remember four years ago in the playoffs, Rangers-Devils, his thing with Martin Brodeur, it was very funny. Sean also likes fashion and I like fashion. The last time the New York Rangers were in Prague he wasn't here, but he is now and it's great."

Rada, who was among the roughly 2,000 people at Tesla Arena watching the Rangers practice Wednesday morning, said he caught up with Avery prior to the skate and was able to convince him to take a picture together.
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Posted On Tuesday, 09.27.2011 / 5:34 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - Rangers World Tour

Enjoying some fine local cuisine

PRAGUE -- This blog will be focused mainly on the Rangers, but from time to time over these two weeks I will interject some of my own experiences from this trip away from the team. As much as it is about them, it's also about the experience here and I want to do my best to bring you here with my words because I can't bring you, the readers, here physically.

So, after finishing up my work around 8 o'clock Tuesday night (still only 2 o'clock my time), I met up with good friend and media colleague Jim Cerny, who covers the Rangers for the team's website and does a darn fine job at it may I add. We headed out for dinner, with both of us looking for some traditional Czech food.

Hey, when in Rome, right? Or, when in Prague? You get the point.

Thanks to the helpful English-speaking gentleman at the front desk of the hotel, we made our way up the street to Kolkovna, a restaurant that advertises itself as being a traditional Czech eatery.

Sounds perfect...and it was. The guy at the front desk was spot on, even though I found out later that it was a chain.

I started out with an assortment of starter meats, including pickled sausage, ham, some type of cheese, and a few other things on the plate. To be honest, I didn't care what was there, I was hungry, it was good, I was happy.

Keeping with my traditional theme, I ordered Pilsen Goulash for my main course. The meat was succulent, the sauce was fantastic, the potato pancake was spot on and the bread dumpling pulled it all together.

Forgive me if I feel like I'm on the Food Network right now, but it was just really good. What made it even better was the Pilsner that I washed it down with.

Hey, again, when in Rome...or Prague.

After taking a long walk around the cobblestone streets, we made it back to the hotel, where I am now blogging about the meal.

The Rangers have an 11 a.m. practice tomorrow. That means it's 5 a.m. ET.

By the time you guys are either awake or at work, I'll likely have a new blog post up and be itching to do more.

The Pilsner Pub is calling my name for tomorrow night.

Follow Dan Rosen on Twitter at: @drosennhl
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Posted On Tuesday, 09.27.2011 / 4:55 PM

NHL.com - Roster Call

Roster Call for September 27, 2011

The following NHL teams have announced the following roster moves today.

  Chicago Blackhawks

Re-assigned to AHL: Brett McLean.

  Columbus Blue Jackets

Re-assigned to AHL: Cody Goloubef, Allen York.
Placed on waivers: Cody Bass, Dane Byers, Nick Drazenovic, Andrew Joudrey.
Released from tryout: Paul Dainton.

  Los Angele Kings

Re-assigned to AHL: Marc-Andre Cliche, Rich Clune, David Meckler.

  Montreal Canadiens

Re-assigned to AHL: Gabriel Dumont.

  San Jose Sharks

Re-assigned to AHL: Ben Guite, Matt Pelech, Sean Sullivan.

  Winnipeg Jets

Re-assigned to AHL: John Albert, Peter Mannino, Akim Aliu, Julian Melchiori, Chris Carrozzi, Eric O’Dell, Ben Chiarot, Edward Pasquale, Kevin Clark, Travis Ramsey, Mark Flood, Zach Redmond, Mike Forney, Marco Rosa, Riley Holzapfel, Cody Sol, Jason Jaffray, Shawn Weller, Arturs Kulda, Shayne Wiebe.
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Posted On Tuesday, 09.27.2011 / 1:11 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - Rangers World Tour

Sauer still a possibility for preseason game

PRAGUE -- Rangers coach John Tortorella didn't want to rule out defenseman Mike Sauer playing in one of the team's four remaining preseason games before the regular season begins Oct. 7. Sauer sprained his right shoulder early in Monday's game in Philadelphia and has been ruled out for at least a week, but that's not set in stone.

"It depends," Tortorella said. "His injury, we're talking about a week, but you never know how he'll heal. If he feels well enough, we want to try to get him some action."

Sean Avery also sat out Tuesday's practice after injuring the big toe on his right foot blocking a shot in the second period Monday night. Avery, who did not wear a shoe on his right foot when he got on the plane, may have lost the entire nail.

"He's got a sore foot," Tortorella said. "I'm not sure where he'll be (Wednesday)."

There was no update on Marc Staal's status on Tuesday. He remains in New York. I'll try to get an update Wednesday because maybe Tortorella will know more by then.

Follow Dan Rosen on Twitter at: @drosennhl
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Posted On Tuesday, 09.27.2011 / 1:07 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - Rangers World Tour

Rangers make it through Day 1

PRAGUE -- The Rangers started Tuesday's practice at Tesla Arena with some skating drills. They did laps around the ice to get their legs moving, the blood flowing.

The pucks came out a little later and they did some basic passing and shooting drills, including 2-on-0s. The practice closed with a game of mini 3-on-3 with the nets situated on each blue line and the players jumping on and off the ice rapidly.

It wasn't exactly light-hearted because Tortorella did some yelling and made sure to get his message across in a pair of impassioned speeches, one during practice and one after practice, but the workout was crisp and there was a purpose to it.

"We're trying to get into the time zone," Tortorella said in front of a larger than anticipated media throng. "We had a long, good travel night. It worked out very smoothly, but we're trying to keep them up, get them accustomed to this time zone and just get a sweat.

"Sometimes when you switch venues, especially coming this far, we forget what we're doing. It's not to look at a beautiful area out here; we're here to get ready for a hockey season. We have a lot of work to do."

After months of talking about the trip, the Rangers are just happy that they're finally here and it's under way.

"It's really nice to get a practice under your belt, get off the plane, just relax and get organized and settled in the city," captain Ryan Callahan said. "We've been talking about the trip now for a long time, so to be here now and get settled, it's a good feeling."

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Posted On Tuesday, 09.27.2011 / 10:49 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Road to 2012 NHL Draft

NTDP defenseman Trouba commits to Michigan

Jacob Trouba, one of the more highly touted draft-eligible players from the Under-18 U.S. National Team Development Program, has announced his destination in the fall of 2012.

The 6-foot-1, 175-pound defenseman made it official on Monday via his Twitter account when he verbally committed to the University of Michigan. He was reportedly also considering the University of Notre Dame.

"Commited," Trouba tweeted. "It's great to be a Michigan Wolverine!"

Trouba won a silver medal for the U.S. at the 2011 Under-17 World Hockey Challenge, producing 2 goals and 9 points in six games. He also scored a goal in the gold medal game of the 2011 U18 World Championships in a victory over Sweden.

Al Jensen of NHL Central Scouting paid close attention to Trouba during the USHL Fall Classic last week. He liked what he saw.

"I really liked the way he played in all three games I viewed; he's a very good size D man," Jensen told NHL.com. "He skates exceptionally well and likes to rush up ice with the puck and with good speed. He'll also join the rush himself, is very confident and has great agility. He's strong physically, can handle the puck and is always alert. He also did a good job with one-on-one rushes against ... he has great upside."

There was speculation that the Rochester, Mich., native would make the jump to the Canadian Hockey League following his first season with the USNTDP U-18 team this campaign. Trouba was chosen in the third round of the Ontario Hockey League's priority selection by the Kitchener Rangers.

The decision undoubtedly is music to the ears of veteran Wolverines coach Red Berenson, who will likely lose All-American sophomore defenseman Jon Merrill (New Jersey Devils) following this season, as well as senior goalie Shawn Hunwick. Michigan has made 21 straight NCAA Tournament appearances and dropped a 3-2 overtime decision to Minnesota-Duluth in the tournament final last year.

In 2010-11, Trouba played 37 games for the U-17 NTDP team and registered 6 goals, 19 points and 35 penalty minutes before being promoted to the U-18 team for the final 21 games of the season.

Former NTDP goalie John Gibson, who was committed to Michigan and was drafted in the second round by the Anaheim Ducks in June, pulled out of his commit over the summer to instead join the Kitchener Rangers for this season.

It seems as though Trouba has no interest in opting out of his commitment.

"I don't want to make a commitment and then back down from it," Trouba told the media during the NHL's Research, Development and Orientation Camp in August.

Follow Mike Morreale on Twitter at: @mike_morreale

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Posted On Tuesday, 09.27.2011 / 9:52 AM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - Rangers World Tour

Rangers have arrived, time to sweat

PRAGUE -- The flight was about as uneventful as it gets. The players sat in the first-class seats of the giant 767 we flew to Prague while the Rangers coaches, executive staff, doctors, trainers, equipment managers and NHL personnel such as myself lounged in coach, each with our own row.

Dinner was served shortly after we took off from Philadelphia and then it was lights out until the captain said we were close to Prague and the breakfast service began.

We landed here at 1 p.m. local time, which for us was 7 a.m. The crew on the tarmac seemed genuinely thrilled to see the Rangers. One of them even had a jersey that he was getting signed. They were all using their camera phones.

The bus ride from the airport to the hotel was long and eventful as the drivers of our giant buses tried to navigate through the narrow, hilly roads that were further constricted by construction.

Once we got to the hotel there was a sizable contingent of autograph seekers waiting for the Rangers. They all had their binders with hockey cards and they were eager. The Rangers obliged on their way into the hotel.

After taking about 45 minutes to shower and refresh, the players met to head over to Tesla Arena.

Rangers coach John Tortorella wants to put his team through a practice so they can get a sweat and get the jet lag out of their systems.

That's where we are heading now.
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Posted On Monday, 09.26.2011 / 11:09 PM

NHL.com - Roster Call

Roster Call for September 26, 2011

The following NHL teams have announced the following roster moves today.

  Anaheim Ducks

Re-assigned to AHL: Nick Bonino, Mat Clark, Nicolas Deschamps, Peter Holland, Kyle Palmieri, Dan Sexton, Sean Zimmerman

  Buffalo Sabres

Re-assigned to AHL: Marcus Foligno, Zack Kassian, Jonathan Parker, Michael Ryan, Colin Stuart, Corey Tropp, Phil Varone, Derek Whitmore, TJ Brennan, Joe Finley, Brayden McNabb, Dennis Persson Drew Schiestel, Drew MacIntyre, Ales Kotalik, Shoane Morrisonn.

  Calgary Flames

Re-assigned to AHL: Carter Bancks, Chris Breen, T.J. Brodie, Leland Irving, Stefan Meyer, Brendan Mikkelson, Greg Nemisz, Joni Ortio, Gaelan Patterson, Joe Piskula, Ben Walter, Clay Wilson.
Re-assigned to juniors: Sven Baertschi, Max Reinhart.

  Chicago Blackhawks

Re-assigned to AHL: Kyle Beach, Jimmy Hayes, Peter LeBlanc, Brian Connelly, Joe Lavin, Brandon Segal.
On loan: Cristobal Huet (HC Fribourg-Gotteron SA).

  Colorado Avalanche

Re-assigned to AHL: Cameron Gaunce, Jonas Holos, Ryan Stoa

  Dallas Stars

Re-assigned to AHL: Jace Coyle, Hubert Labrie, Brad Lukowich, Ondrej Roman, Mathieu Tousignant.
Released: Stephen Schultz

  Los Angeles Kings

Re-assigned to AHL: Andy Andreoff, Nicolas Deslauriers, Martin Jones, Ray Kaunisto, David Kolomatis, Brandon Kozun, Patrick Mullen, Linden Vey, J-F Berube, Robert Czarnik, Justin Johnson, Rob Mignardi.
Re-assigned to juniors: Tyler Toffoli, Michal Cajkovsky, Colin Miller, Alex Roach.
Released: Shaun Heshka

  Montreal Canadiens
Re-assigned to AHL: Alexander Avtsin, Andrew Conboy, Dany Massé, Mark Mitera, Joe Stejskal, Robert Mayer, Peter Delmas, Philippe Lefebvre, Alain Berger, Brock Trotter.
Re-assigned to juniors: Olivier Archambault, Morgan Ellis, Nathan Beaulieu, Jarred Tinordi.

  New York Rangers

Re-assigned to AHL: Andre Deveaux, Andreas Thuresson.

  San Jose Sharks

Re-assigned to AHL: Thomas Heemskerk, Brandon Mashinter, Nick Petrecki, Tyson Sexsmith.
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Posted On Monday, 09.26.2011 / 8:27 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - Rangers World Tour

Rangers lose Sauer to shoulder sprain

PHILADELPHIA -- New York Rangers defenseman Michael Sauer left Monday's preseason game against the Flyers early in the first period with what was diagnosed as a right shoulder sprain.

Sauer was run into the boards by Flyers forward Zac Rinaldo. He hit the end boards awkwardly and was immediately taken to the dressing room.

With the Rangers set to travel to Europe after Monday's game, Sauer reported to the security screening at Wells Fargo Center wearing a sling. Rangers coach John Tortorella said X-rays on his right shoulder were negative, but he is thought to be out at least a week.

The Rangers are already without No. 1 defenseman Marc Staal, who has been suffering from headaches that are likely a result of a concussion he suffered last season. Staal will not travel with the Rangers to Europe, but the team remains hopeful that he will join them overseas before the start of the regular season on Oct. 7.

Sauer is one of 10 blueliners the Rangers are planning to take to Europe. The list also includes Ryan McDonagh, Dan Girardi, Steve Eminger, Tim Erixon, Michael Del Zotto, Dylan McIlrath, Brendan Bell, Stu Bickel and Blake Parlett.

Rangers forward Sean Avery also had X-rays on the big toe on his right foot, which came back negative. He blocked a shot in the second period and spent the rest of the game icing his toe, which was bloody.

Follow Dan Rosen on Twitter at: @drosennhl
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Posted On Monday, 09.26.2011 / 6:55 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - Rangers World Tour

Bags are packed, time to fly

PHILADELPHIA -- Welcome to a blog that will focus strictly on the world tour the New York Rangers will embark on beginning Monday night from Philadelphia. I'll be on this 13-night, four-country trip the team and will be taking you through their days, providing some color on what the boys are up to, who makes the final roster, and of course, how they the beginning of their season in Stockholm against Los Angeles and Anaheim.

This is my fourth straight season going over to Europe to cover the Compuware NHL Premiere. It's my second time traveling with the Rangers as we were together in 2008 when they opened the season in Prague against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The trip begins Monday night from Philadelphia, where the Rangers are playing a preseason game and earlier in the day the 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic was officially announced. Shortly after the game at Wells Fargo Center concludes, we'll be bussing to the airport, where a plane awaits to take us to Prague.

We will land in Prague Tuesday afternoon local time. The schedule from there remains up in the air, but the first of New York's four preseason games in Europe is Thursday night at Tesla Arena against HC Sparta.

The Rangers also play in Gothenburg, Sweden on Friday, Bratislava, Slovakia on Sunday and Zug, Switzerland next Monday before traveling to Stockholm. They open the regular season Oct. 7 against Los Angeles and then face Anaheim on Oct. 8.

As long as you follow here you'll know exactly where the team is, what they're up to, who they're playing, who's playing well, who is not, what foreign cuisine I'm trying, and anything else you're interested in, however small it may be.

That said, there is already some major news. Marc Staal is not here in Philadelphia and will not be making the trip overseas with his team.

Staal, the Rangers No. 1 blueliner, has been having headaches believed to be from a concussion he suffered in February. The Rangers remain hopeful that Staal will join them in Europe sometime before they open the regular season against Los Angeles on Oct. 7.

The Rangers also trimmed two forwards off their current roster before the plane leaves the tarmac, Andreas Thuresson and Andre Deveaux. Coach John Tortorella was adamant prior to Monday's game that he knew who the team was going to take to Europe and provided there are no monumental surprises or debilitating injuries, the list is set.

Tortorella plans to have three goalies, 10 defensemen and 19 forwards in Europe for the final four preseason games. Some of them will obviously be coming home before the regular season begins.

To find out who, and anything else about the Rangers world tour, make sure you follow along with me. We'll go on this journey together.

Follow Dan Rosen on Twitter at: @drosennhl
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