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Rangers looking for another defenseman

Chamber of commerce eyes Islanders move to Queens

Kostitsyn reports to AHL; Habs promise trade
Rangers looking for another defenseman


With the Rangers playing their worst defensive period of the season in the first last night against the Devils, no wonder coach John Tortorella was pretty adamant Sunday about acquiring a seventh defenseman to spell his current six.

Mathieu Dandenault is one player whose name has surfaced. Dandenault, 33, is an unrestricted free agent who was released by the Sharks. He was part of the Red Wings’ Cup teams in 1997, 1998 and 2002 and also played for the Canadiens.

The opening occurred after Alexei Semenov and the club agreed to a one-year, $600,000 contract Wednesday. Family issues arose, however, and the 6-6 Semenov, who had been in training camp on a tryout, left the team Friday in Pittsburgh.

Slow start for Anisimov

Artem Anisimov, who is centering the third line, led the team in scoring (4-2-6) in the preseason but is pointless so far. He played only 8:16 against the Devils.

“He’s a guy trying to find his way away from the puck, as all young guys are this time of year who are cracking into the National Hockey League,” Tortorella said. “He needs to be stronger in certain areas, on the puck, and a lot of that is away from the puck. But he’s a promising young guy.”

Chamber of commerce eyes Islanders move to Queens


The luring of the Islanders is officially underway.

Less than two days after Charles Wang said he is ready to explore all his options, the executive vice president of the Queens Chamber of Commerce said Wang’s search should begin in his borough.

“Option number 1 should be Queens,” Jack Friedman said. “We are ready for him.”

Friedman believes a potential new home for the Islanders would fit perfectly as a centerpiece in the city’s plans for the Willets Point area. The project is still in the early stages; Friedman said ground-breaking probably won’t take place for another four or five years.

But the Islanders’ lease with Nassau County stipulates that they must play their homes games through 2015, so the team is still six seasons from a potential move, anyway.

“You’re talking about a property that has access to the Long Island railroad, the subway system, the airports,” he said. “It already has a huge parking lot because of Citi Field. It already has the parkway access. It’s so ready for a development like this. The Lighthouse project would be a perfect fit.”

Kostitsyn reports to AHL; Habs promise trade

Disgruntled Montreal Canadiens winger Sergei Kostitsyn has agreed to report to the team’s American Hockey League affiliate, the Hamilton Bulldogs.

As a part of the agreement, sources tell Sportsnet, the Canadiens will try to move him to a new NHL team.

Kostitsyn split time between the two clubs during the last few years, but refused to report to the AHL just before the puck dropped on the new NHL season.

The 22-year old has played in 108 career NHL games with the Canadiens, scoring 17 goals and 50 points. Sergei’s older brother, Andrei, remains with the big club and has played in both of Montreal’s overtime victories this season.

The native of Novopolotsk, USSR (now Belarus) was drafted by the Habs in the seventh round (200th overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.