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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Rangers reportedly hire Ulf Samuelsson as assistant coach

07.01.13 at 8:04 am ET
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MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Tigers at Blue Jays, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Giants at Reds, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
Tennis: Wimbledon, 7 a.m. (ESPN2), 8 a.m. (ESPN2)
Cycling: Tour de France, 6:30 a.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Ulf Samuelsson

Ulf Samuelsson

♦ The Rangers-Bruins rivalry just got turned up a notch, as new Rangers coach Alain Vigneault reportedly is in the process of hiring Ulf Samuelsson as an assistant coach.

Samuelsson is best known for tormenting (and cheap-shotting) Bruins star Cam Neely while with the Penguins in the early 1990s. His knee-on-knee hit on Neely in the 1991 playoffs was believed to have contributed to Neely’s health woes that shortened his career.

Samuelsson played for the Rangers for almost four seasons in the late 1990s, toward the end of his 16-year NHL career.

“What Ulfie was [as a player] was a hard-nosed, competitive, son-of-a-b. When he’s on your side, you just loved him,” former Rangers teammate and current TSN analyst Ray Ferraro told the New York Daily News. “As a coach, he is extremely hard-working, and very, very diligent about trying to be better.”

He served as head coach of Modo Hockey in the Swedish Elite League the past two seasons following a four-year stint as an assistant coach with the Coyotes. Prior to that, he was an assistant coach of the Rangers’ AHL affiliate in Hartford for a year.

The Bruins eliminated the Rangers in the Eastern Conference semifinals in five games, leading to New York firing coach John Tortorella (who now is coach of Vigneault’s old team, the Canucks).

♦ The Canucks finally broke up the Roberto Luongo-Cory Schneider goaltending duo, but instead of the oft-criticized Luongo leaving town, it’s Schneider who was shipped to the Devils for the No. 9 pick in Sunday’s NHL draft.

Schneider, 27, a former Boston College standout, steps right into another goalie controversy, as 41-year-old Martin Brodeur still is playing at a high level. And Brodeur made it clear that he doesn’t plan to relinquish his No. 1 spot.

“He will have to fight me for it,” Brodeur said.

Brodeur was at the draft Sunday, as the team allowed him to announce the seventh-round selection of his son, Anthony, who also is a goalie.

♦ Astros first baseman Carlos Pena, who grew up in Haverhill and played at Northeastern University (and had a stint with the Red Sox), missed Sunday’s game and will skip Monday’s as well as he traveled to the Dominican Republic following the drowning death of his wife’s nephew.

“Obviously, we need to keep Carlos Pena and his family in our prayers,” Astros manager Bo Porter said. “It’s a very unfortunate situation.”

Pena was not expected to be placed on the bereavement list, as he’s scheduled to return Tuesday.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On July 1, 1973, during a 9-5 loss to the Brewers, which player who was in his third and final season with the Red Sox (and the final season of his 18-year major league career) stole his 500th career base?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I think a lot of people doubted this team, the capabilities that we had. We’ve got that target on our back because we’re in first place. But you know what? We’re up for the challenge.” – Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino, following Sunday’s 5-4 victory over the Blue Jays that gave the league-leading Sox their 50th win of the season

STAT OF THE DAY: 31 – Home runs for Orioles first baseman Chris Davis — a team record for before the All-Star break — after he hit one in Sunday’s 4-2 victory over the Yankees

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): From the San Francisco Pro-Am summer basketball league, Drew Gordon takes an alley-oop pass off the backboard and dunks over Jeremy Lin.

Major League Soccer player D’Hassoun Camara of the Montreal Impact volleys the ball and kicks it over his head into the goal — all while sitting on the ground.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Luis Aparicio

SOOTHING SOUNDS: The late Bobby Day was born on this day in 1928.

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