Rangers retire Graves’ No. 9

Atlanta (17-29-5) at NY Rangers (29-18-4), 7:00 pm EST

NEW YORK (Ticker) — The rafters overlooking Madison Square
Garden will become a bit more crowded on Tuesday.

Former New York Rangers left wing Adam Graves will have his No.
9 jersey retired during a ceremony prior to the team’s game
against the Atlanta Thrashers.

A key member of the Rangers’ 1994 Stanley Cup championship club,
Graves joins former teammates Brian Leetch, Mark Messier and
goaltender Mike Richter, as well as fellow icons Rod Gilbert and
Eddie Giacomin to be honored by the storied franchise.

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A native of Toronto, Graves finished his 17-year career with 329
goals and 287 assists in 1,152 contests with the Detroit Red
Wings, Edmonton Oilers, San Jose Sharks and Rangers.

New York is hoping to avoid its third consecutive loss after
getting blanked by the Boston Bruins, 1-0, on Saturday.

The Thrashers were also shut out in their last game, a 2-0
setback to the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday. Atlanta has
lost four straight contests.