Carolina Hurricanes Shopping for Defenseman

I have recieved credible information that the Carolina Hurricanes’ GM, Jim Rutherford, is actively searching for a defenseman to fill out his defensive core. With a relatively young defense, I would assume that he will be looking for a veteran with experience to fill out the 3rd/4th defenseman hole. Willie Mitchell who played 48 games for Vancouver last year may be a solid option for the Hurricanes. At 33, he offers that veteran presence the ‘Canes need; the only concern may be the concussion problems he faced last season. _x_

2009-2010 stats: 48 GP, 12 pts, +13.

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The Cross Check Will Return Better than Ever

Hey all, it has been quite a few years since I’ve updated and I appologize for the inconsistency. My senior year of college was very busy and rendered me unable to continue updating this site. I assure you all that The Cross Check is back and will be better than ever.

I have recieved my Bachelors of the arts degree in the field of English so expect improved writing, and with new technology (specifically Twitter), updates will be more constant and reliable. As stated, I appologize for my inability to serve your daily hockey/NHL/Rangers news needs, but promise that starting today, right now, that this site will return to credibility and become your number one stop for all hockey information/news. Thanks everyone!! _X_

-Evan Bogris (site creator/writer/editor) 

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Dubinsky, Staal Rated Top Rookies in NHL by Sports Illustrated.

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Staal rated 12th, and Dubinsky 14th represent the Rangers on SI’s top rookies list. Both are maturing into strong NHL players and it’s nice to see them get the recognition they deserve.

Staal 12th

Dubinsky 14th

(Photos courtesy of Sports Illustrated Inc.)

NHL Considers Cancelling All Star Game

“While some league officials privately are wondering why the NHL continues to have the all-star game, there could be changes after next year’s game is held in Montreal to help celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Canadiens.

Though cancelling the game seems a little harsh, there are proponents of that route in the NHL headquarters.”

Sounds like a bit much to scrap the game completely. The skills competition on the other hand is a complete bore and lacks a sense of competition. Scratch the skills competition, but keep the all star game intact. _X_

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East Beats West in Allstar Game

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“Late goals by Eric Staal and Marc Savard held off a strong third-period rally as the Eastern Conference escaped the 2008 NHL All-Star Game with an 8-7 victory over the Western Conference at Philips Arena Sunday.”

Good game between the two teams, and best of all the East won. Eric Staal was named MVP of the game after 2 goals and an assist. Gomez, representing the Rangers, had an assist on the night. _X_
For more on the night click here.

Dubinsky Named YoungStars MVP

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“It was a particularly big night for Dubinsky, who was named the MVP of the annual YoungStars Game. The game brought the top 16 rookies from the NHL’s two conferences together for a 3-on-3 game, and Dubinsky led the East with two goals and an assist.”

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Dubinsky continues to establish himself as one of the bright new players in the NHL. He has really impressed me as of late in games as he is more aggressive and confident than ever. He’s becoming a good set up man, and is dangerous in the slot. His fore checking ability is starting to really shine as well. Congratulations to Dubinsky, and hopefully he continues to mature and grow into a strong 2nd line centerman for years to come. _X_

Rangers- Thrashers Game Recap: Slow and Steady

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Congratulations to Brian Leetch as last nights game was really about him. The ceremony was “first class,” and deserving for the Rangers legend. It was also nice to hear that Adam Graves will gain immortality at the Garden as his jersey will be retired next year. Well deserved for such a class act.

The game was not as entertaining as the ceremony that preceded. The fans were treated to a slow paced, defense first hockey game. The Thrashers were well award that the ice was tilted in New Yorks favor. With the loss of Ilya Kovalchuk who was serving his one game suspension, Atlanta knew they would have difficulty generating much offense. Don Wadell kept that in mind as he had his players structured as defensive wall.

The Rangers generated 9 shots in the first period, but failed to get quality scoring chances. The Rangers also passed up the opportunity to scored on a long 5 on 3 power play. In a game where the opposition is stifling your offense it is important to capitalize on opportunities on the man advantage. The Rangers failed to do so, and even worse failed to really pressure on Johan Hedberg. Gomez forced the puck too much on the power play resulting in turnovers and time lost on the advantage. The Rangers failed to take shots from the point, or use the defense to help set up a scoring chance. The power play has been non existent now for a solid three weeks, and is integral if the Rangers are to make a playoff run. Tom Renney needs to fix the power”less” play, and using Prucha on it more often.

The Rangers stayed disciplined throughout the game minus the hook from Drury. One penalty a night would be a great habit for the Rangers to pick up, but you need to kill it. The Rangers didn’t and it almost cost them the game. Special teams failed to show up for this game as the penalty kill went 0 for 1.

Speaking of Drury, he has got to shoot more. It is becoming more and more apparent that his confidence is in the gutter as he has taken a chapter out of Rozsival’s book telling him not to shoot. Drury gave up at least two good scoring opportunities by passing rather than shooting. COME ON DRURY GET YOUR HEAD IN THE GAME! Shanahan was looking mighty hungry to get his game going again as he took 6 shots on Hedberg which was good to see.

Tyutin, Staal, and Rozsival must have watched some of the Leetch footage before the game because they all look strong offensively tonight. Tyutin look great on the power play in the second period taking many chances at the net, and joining the cycling effort deep in the zone. Staal looked like a winger on numerous plays last night as he came deep along the boards to help out and set up chances.

Rozsival’s goal was reminiscent of Leetch’s notches in the past. The way he waited for Hedberg to come across and lunge out of position before shooting the puck top corner made him look like a real finisher. Also the passing work by Dubinsky and Dawes was great to watch. Dubinsky has really impressed me this year as each game he just gets better. The kid is making major steps to becoming a bonafide second line center men for years to come.

Lundqvist had a strong game, although he didn’t have to be superb. If you take a look at the shot chart you will see that the majority of shots he faced came from the outside. He played well in the shoot out as well stopping all three shooters from Atlanta.

As far as the new lines are concerned they did not help the Rangers generate anymore offense than the lines of old. Avery missed the net on a couple opportunities that were set up by Jagr. Like I said Avery is not a finisher and does not belong on the first line. Drury’s line with Straka and Prucha looked strong last night along with the fourth line. Straka continues to play strong as he generates chances just by his speed and tenacity.

The Rangers continue to look very strong in overtime. The 4 on 4 play really benefits the Rangers as they have more room for their speedy wingers to get free. The shoot out was anyones game tonight and fortunately Shanahan buried the first shot giving Lundqvist the confidence he needed to blank the Thrashers.

Good to go into the all star break on a good note. The Rangers are tied for a playoff position and can work on fundamentals this weekend and try to fix the ailing power play. Hopefully the rest will help Lundqvist as we are going to need him at his best for the final push to the playoffs.

Congrats to Leetch for a well deserved honor. His tremendous play and dedication earns him the title as the best Ranger to ever play in my book.

And how about that poke check Hedberg pulled on Jagr in the shootout. _X_