Post-game musings


Really, if you’re a Ranger fan, what more can you ask for? Balloons from the ceilings? Exotic dancers behind the goals? The sudden reincarnation of Andy Bathgate as the team’s new third line right wing?

Seriously, I want to thank the Rangers for providing such riveting material for my first regular season game on beat. I’m assuming every game will be like this, right? No?

Anyway, a couple of stray thoughts:

— Thrilled as you are to win the game, who gets a worse deal than Blair Betts, who scores the tie-breaking goal in the season-opener but is relegated to a parenthetical aside in every game recap?

As in:



(Oh, and by the way, Blair Betts scored, too).

The ultimate insult to injury came after the game, when Betts at the time was the lone player in the locker room, and every reporter was looking for Jagr and Shanny. At one point, someone even yelled, “There’s no one here we want to talk to!” I feel your pain, Blair. Although, truth told, I didn’t have time to talk to you, either…

— Great touch by Shanahan to throw a game puck into the crowd after the game. The guy gets it. Give him a couple more games like that, and he might want to challenge Hillary for her Senate seat…

— Only after the game did Jagr divulge that Renney officially appointed him captain in front of the entire team on the ice in Lake George. Pretty cool, although it was sort of odd that everyone else on the team booed. Kidding, of course.

— Thanks to reader Alex for pointing out why Alexander Ovechkin wears the dark visor. I should know this stuff, really. I just ask you to give me a few more games to get my legs. Unlike Shanahan, I’m a slow starter…

OK, that’s all for me. I’m out of here…

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  1. FYI

    It became a bit of a tradition last season that all Rangers stars of the game toss a puck into the crowd. Lundy and Jagr handed theirs off to fans as they walked out.

    BTW, Great job on the blog!

  2. I find it very telling that the Ranger page on the says, and I quote,

    “There’s a new Rangers captain, and it’s Jaromir Jagr. Team president Glen Sather named Jagr the 24th captain in team history before Thursday’s 5-2, Opening Night win over the Capitals.”

    Yet Sam reports that coach Tom Renney, and I quote,

    “Renney officially appointed him captain in front of the entire team on the ice in Lake George. ”

    I guess Sather is still calling the shots from the GM box. And taking credit for it to boot.

  3. The Rangers now have some North American players who go hard to the net, who play tough, who shoot without hesitation, and who go north-south without all the Euro-weaving and overhandling of the puck.

    Shanny, Cullen, Hall, and A. Ward are doing all that, and providing some of the missing ingredients on special teams for the Rangers as well.

    They are a clear upgrade over Sykora, Rucchin, Rucinsky, and Poti.

    Good start to the season.

  4. Anthony (the other one) on

    Sam – any idea what happened to Rachunek at the end of the game?

    He looked completely hobbled after that knee-on-thigh hit he took, and then I didn’t catch a glimpse of him again after that. Just a charley horse, or was he not out there for the stick salute?

  5. So if Rachunek was out against Philly, does Kaspar play? Is Ozo activated? Is Baranka called up?

    questions, questions. I’d assume that Kaspar would just get to play, though.

  6. Sam, that was a great article on the first game. I like how you stuck with the big issues, and picked some really relevant quotes. You didn’t get into the play-by-play needlessly, which other writers do a lot.

    I recommend you post a new blog entry with a link when a new article is available – so we can find it easily. I had to hunt it down under sports –> professional on the top menu bar.

    Keep up the great work!!!!

  7. i really don’t think there is a chance of ozo playing tomorrow…whether kaspar dresses or baranka gets called up likely depends on the true reason for kaspar not playing last night. if it was simply because renney isn’t happy with him than he could play. but if he was a healthy scratch because of his conditioning than an injury to rachunek won’t change the fact that he’s not ready.

  8. Thanks for the kind words, guys. My latest post talks about the defense situation, although I don’t think there’s cause for too much concern.

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