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Skjei Headed Back to Minnesota; Duclair Has Groin Injury; Rangers Sign Tarnasky; Kovalev Retires & Giroux “The Assman”

With Marc Staal in the final year of his contract and his future with the Rangers in doubt, Blueshirts management has been hoping that 2012 1st round pick Brady Skjei would leave the University of Minnesota early this summer to begin his pro career in the AHL. Apparently, Skjei had other plans as last night he confirmed that he’ll be going back to school for his junior season (via U of Minnesota)…

“I can’t wait to come back and build off of what we accomplished last year,” Skjei said. “It’s a new season and a new team, but I’m excited about our potential.”

…while I selfishly would have liked to see Skjei in the Rangers organization familiarizing himself with Vigneault’s system, I can’t criticize the kid for doing what he thinks is right for himself.

…absolutely no need to rush the 20-year old. Let him go back to school, work on his deficiencies and be ready to compete for a roster spot in 2015. Hey, McDonagh went back to Wisconsin for his junior season when he could have easily jumped to the pro level and we all know how that worked out.

Some unfortunate news from prospect camp as Leslie Treff of Hockey’s Future reports that 2013 3rd round pick Anthony Duclair did not participate in Wednesday’s prospect camp scrimmage because of a groin injury. The Rangers have indicated that it’s not serious.

…first a concussion to end his season and now this. Please don’t be injury prone. Please don’t be injury prone. Please don’t be injury prone.

Yesterday, the Rangers also continued adding depth to their organization…

In some nostalgic news for Rangers fans, 1994 hero Alexei Kovalev has officially retired from the NHL.

…the first thing I thought when I heard this news was “Kovalev isn’t already retired?!?!”

…the second was this…

…loved that stupid troll.

…Kovalev reminds me so much of the wasted potential of Darryl Strawberry and Dwight Gooden with the Mets. You know, minus the cocaine abuse. The sky was the limit for Kovalev after his masterful performance in the 1994 playoffs. He could skate, shoot and compete with the very best in the NHL. Unfortunately, his enigmatic ways led to his departure out of New York. Don’t get me wrong, he produced some amazing moments with the Rangers, but he was never able to duplicate the 1994 magic during the remainder of his time on Broadway. I’m pretty sure this line from “Bronx Tale” sums up Kovalev’s tenure with the Rangers…

Finally, I have to admit, I’ve definitely been negligent in mentioning the hilarity that is the Claude Giroux police ass grab incident. And to make up for it, I give you this…

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The most amazing part of this entire episode is this pic of the shirt Giroux wore the last time he was in the bar he apparently patronized before getting touchy feely with the police officer…

…last summer it was destroying his hand swinging a golf club and now this. Someone really needs to get to the bottom of Giroux’s problems. For his sake, I hope the Flyers organization can turn the other cheek.

…btw, how appropriate is it that this incident happened the same week as the 25th anniversary of the first episode of Seinfeld…

Kevin

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