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Sunday June 28th 2009, 4:07 pm

Glen Sather broke media silence for the first time since the NHL trade deadline on Saturday, and in the process proved the old adage “it is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.”

In chatting with reporters at the NHL Entry Draft after swapping next year’s third round pick in the draft with the Los Angeles Kings for 2003 first round draft pick Brian Boyle, the Rangers’ reclusive general manager had the following to say about the third least productive player to come out of one of the richest draft classes in NHL history: “Boyle’s 6-foot-7, 245 pounds and he’s a good shooter. He’s a guy who needs an opportunity. He shut down [Artem] Anisimov in the [AHL] playoffs.”

The quote — particularly the last sentence — would suggest that the organization may be looking at Boyle, a center, as a replacement for fourth line pivot Blair Betts, who Sather suggested may be Edmonton-bound on Wednesday when he becomes an unrestricted free agent.  There’s only one problem: Boyle didn’t shut Anisimov down in the AHL playoffs.  In fact, Boyle didn’t even play against Anisimov in the AHL playoffs.  The Manchester Monarchs, the farm club of the Kings, for which Boyle played 42 games last season, didn’t even make the AHL’s post season.  Boyle hasn’t played a Calder Cup playoff game since the 2006-2007 season, his first year as a pro.

Anisimov didn’t arrive in North America until the 2007-2008 season.  The Hartford Wolf Pack’s leading scorer — playing without concussed veteran scorer P.A. Parenteau on his wing — was in fact held to just two points (three, if you count a goal in game five which was very obviously recorded wrong) in the team’s disappointing six game first round playoff loss to the Worcester Sharks (farm club of the San Jose Sharks, for which defenseman Dan Boyle, who’s never suited up for Worcester, plays.)  But it was the defensive tandem of Mike Moore and NHL veteran Kyle McLaren who were handed the task of neutralizing the Pack’s top line by Worchester coach Roy Sommer, who seemed just as happy to have his first line offensive guns go head-to-head with Anisimov’s line as he was his third line checkers.

Who Sather thinks he traded for on Saturday is anyone’s guess.

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    Hi Laurie, you are the talk of the Rangers Universe in the last couple of days near and far.
    Do you know if Boyle played against Anisimov in a regular season last year?

    Comment by Kovazub94 06.29.09 @ 5:17 pm

    Hmm. Is that a good thing or a bad thing?

    I actually pulled the regular season stats over the weekend, because when I originally saw the quote from Sather it was incomplete and didn’t mention the playoffs and I didn’t recall any particular player or team shutting Anisimov down consistently this season… until the playoffs when he was playing without Parenteau (against Worcester.)

    Boyle played against Anisimov 5 times in the regular season. Anisimov had 5 assists in those games, while Boyle had a goal and an assist. The Pack played the Monarchs 3 times without Boyle in the line up; Anisimov had 2 goals and 1 assist in those games. So he was a point-per-game player against the Monarchs whether Boyle was in the line up or not.

    Here’s the breakdown game-by-game:

    10/25 Manchester 1 @ Hartford 4
    Anisimov: 1g 1a (primary) +2, 3rd star
    Boyle: Did not play

    11/29 Manchester 1 @ Hartford 2
    Anisimov: 0g 0a even
    Boyle: Did not play

    1/31 Hartford 4 @ Manchester 3
    Anisimov: 0g 2a (1 primary, 1 secondary) +3
    Boyle: 0g 0a even
    Boyle was on the ice for the goal on which Anisimov got the secondary assist, which came about because Anisimov intercepted a pass and fed Parenteau and Pyatt on a 2-on-1. Anisimov was on for another even strength goal (the primary assist) and a 4-on-4 goal for.

    2/4 Manchester 6 @ Hartford 3
    Anisimov: 0g 1a (secondary, PP) -1
    Boyle: 0g 0a even
    Boyle was on the ice for Anisimov’s secondary, power play assist. He was also on the ice for a Manchester PP goal. Anisimov was on the ice for the power play goal, an even strength goal against (no Boyle), an even strength goal for (no Boyle) and a 4-on-4 goal against (no Boyle).

    2/22 Hartford 3 @ Manchester 2
    Anisimov: 0g 2a (1 primary PP, 1 primary ES) even
    Boyle: 1g (PP) 0a -1
    Boyle was not out for Anisimov’s power play assist, but was on the ice for the even strength assist, and, of course, was on for his own PP goal (Anisimov was not). Anisimov was on the ice for a PP goal for, and even strength goal for, and an even strength goal against (no Boyle).

    2/27 Manchester 1 @ Hartford 2 SO
    Anisimov: 0g 0a even
    Boyle: 0g 0a -1
    Boyle on the ice for an even strength goal against (no Anisimov). Anisimov left the game towards the end of the 3rd with an injury after taking a hit from Drew Bagnall and was not on the ice for any goals for or against.

    3/6 Hartford 0 @ Manchester 1 OT
    Anisimov: 0g 0a even
    Boyle: 0g 1a +1 (4 on 4)
    Boyle was on the ice for a 4-on-4 goal for (no Anisimov). Anisimov was not on the ice for any goals for or against and according to the game wrap I wrote, missed a number of shifts throughout the game on which Moore or Rissmiller played in his place.

    4/8 Hartford 4 @ Manchester 3
    Anisimov: 1g (unassisted) 0a +1
    Boyle: Did not play

    Now, it could be argued that Boyle shut down Anisimov in the last two regular season games he faced him, but I would argue that Anisimov wasn’t playing at 100% in the last one… Either way, I’m not seeing indisputable evidence of Boyle “shutting down” Anisimov with any sort of consistency. Anisimov finished the season at just over a point-per-game pace, which is exactly the pace he scored at against Manchester.

    Comment by laurie 06.29.09 @ 10:41 pm

    Laurie, do you have no life? It is not that important, just say yes or no to the question, what do you sit on this site all day waiting for people to post?

    Comment by Adam 07.16.09 @ 11:33 pm

    Adam –

    People in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones. You’re the one who posted under the name “Adam” and then replied to yourself under the name “Rangers_in_2010″ in the Grachev post.

    Consider this your one warning. You are welcome to post your opinions here, whether I agree with them or not, but I won’t tolerate you taking shots at me, or anyone else who posts here. I do have a life, and I don’t have the time to babysit people who have nothing better to do than cause trouble. Thanks.

    Comment by laurie 07.17.09 @ 2:03 am

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