What was supposed to be a quiet day…

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…actually proved to be quite eventful. And with that in mind, some follow-ups are in order.

  • First, the Malik injury. I made a wisecrack in my previous post about fans rejoicing, and I’ve since deleted it since I realize making jokes at another man’s pain isn’t what I want to be about (karma, folks. It all goes back to karma). Still, there are many of you who would like to see the lanky one out of the lineup, and that’s fine. No argument here. Only don’t get too used to it. Word from the Rangers is the shoulder strain sustained last night is likely only to keep him out for a week, so I don’t think an MSG special on Bryce Lampman is in the works just yet.
  • The conversation continued today about Brendan Shanahan’s defense of Jaromir Jagr last night, and I agree much of it is valid. There’s no question that referees turn a blind eye to some of the abuse that Jagr endures on the ice. And for a team that’s scrambling to make the playoffs, the Rangers need all the power plays they can get.

    Still, I go back to “my initial reaction”:http://rangers.lohudblogs.com/2007/02/01/and-now-playing-the-main-stage/ to Shanahan’s tirade, and that is it was a player knowingly trying to steer the storyline away from a tough 2-1 loss and toward something else. Whether that’s a bad thing or not is another matter. Mark Messier used to do the same thing all the time, and he’s widely considered the greatest leader in all of hockey.

    The question is, just because Shanahan wanted that to be the story last night, does that mean it was the story? I’m not sure. I happen to have a lot of respect for Brendan, both in how he plays the game but even more so in how he conducts himself off the ice. But that doesn’t mean he gets to write the script.

    To that end, I asked Aaron Ward at one point today what made Shanahan speak up when he did. Ward knew exactly where I was going, and wouldn’t touch it.

    “Nice try, though,” he said.

  • Finally, let’s talk about the harsh tone of some of the posts on this blog of late, some of which have even been directed — gasp! — at me. First off, I have this unfortunate habit of taking everything to heart, so when I read posters saying I’m not enough of this or enough of that, my initial reaction is to wonder if they have a point. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. For one, it helps me consider their side. But it also makes me appreciate those of you who rush to say that they actually like this blog and that I shouldn’t go back to delivering pizzas.

    But here’s the important point: criticism comes with the territory. I understand that. If I’m going to throw out my thoughts and observations for the rest of you to sift through, I can’t expect all of you to like them (as an aside, I find it funny that these sort of comments always arise when the Rangers lose. If you really want to criticize me for defensive zone giveaways and lazy penalties, you should at least come and watch me play).

    I don’t know if I’m too lighthearted or not. I know I love hockey. And I know my musings on the Rangers’ defensive pairings aren’t a matter of national security.

    But that’s not to say I don’t take the passions of Rangers fans seriously, because those passions are what makes this blog so worthwhile. Everyone cares, and that’s always in the back of my mind as I go through my day.

    So, long story short: if you have an issue, I say have at it, either here, or in an e-mail at sweinman@Lohud.com. My only request is that you keep it civil. Otherwise I’m calling in one of my enforcers.

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    48 Comments

    1. like I said last night Sam, You had it right (and write) in the first place. it was just Shanny trying to deflect attention away from a team that can’t get it done at home.

    2. Sam, this blog is great and you do a great job. Don’t let some negative people get you down. Keep up the good work.
      I was wondering if you get any feedback from the players on what they think of the changes Bettman is considering, as in bigger nets, stupid stuff like that.

    3. Sam, you have the best blog out in my opinion, and I love to read it. Don’t take these crazies to heart, all Rangers fans are always unhappy for some reason.

    4. i’d be in your corner any day Sam!!!

      but seriously….can we get a 3rd for Malik??? i’ll drive him to where ever he needs to go.

    5. the devs winning is irrelevant except when they play the rangers. Actually they can help by beating Pitt, NYI and other teams in the conf. We will not catch them in the standings as I don’t expect the devs to do this yr what the NYR did after the allstar break last yr. AND if the rangers opponent would be the Devs in the 1st round I would just as soon miss the playoffs this yr. No need for another embarrassment.

    6. if glen is gonna make a trade he needs to do it tomorrow. going into this stretch without that center is basically giving up on the playoffs imo. i think we’re done anyway but if they still think they have a shot they need to make the move NOW

    7. Sam, this is absolutely the best Ranger site there is. And we have you to thank for it.
      You taking criticism to heart show how much you really care.

    8. They are done. I think their only shot are the Kids. They need passion, young Legs, grit and most importantly heart. They are not going to get any of these things from a rental player.

    9. This is the best Rangers blog/site out there because you update it several times a day and write great articles! Hopefully I won’t get fired for checking your blog so much to see if it was updated haha

    10. great game Pitt-Mtl tonite. exciting hockey.

      bad news for rangers.

      Pitt wins in shootout, 5-4

      2 pts. for Pens, and 1 for Habs

    11. 1. * Buffalo 53 74
      2. * New Jersey 52 68
      3. * Atlanta 54 66
      4. Ottawa 53 62
      5. Montreal 52 62
      6. Tampa Bay 53 58
      7. Carolina 54 58
      8. Pittsburgh 50 58
      9. Toronto 52 56
      10. NY Rangers 51 54
      11. NY Islanders 51 54
      12. Florida 53 50
      13. Washington 52 49
      14. Boston 50 48
      15. Philadelphia 51 31
      * = Division Leader

    12. Doodie Machetto on

      It’s almost impossible for 4 teams from one division to make the playoffs under the schedule due to how many times divisional teams play against each other. That said, Toronto isn’t much of a threat because of Ottawa, Buffalo, and Montreal.

      We still have to find a way to either squeeze in front of the Pens, or to hope that we stay above the Isles and that Carolina or Tampa Bay goes on a major skid.

    13. the Pens are in. they are playing much better right now than earlier in the season, and they have 4 games in hand on Caro. and 3 on Tampa.

      of the top teams, only Caro. is playing bad right now.

    14. i can not explain how angry i am w/ all the outcomes in teh games tongiht. every game went in the opposite direction it needed to go to help out the rangers. freaking devils AGAIN score by pulling brodeur w/ less than a minute left and then win in OT. and the isles, oh god , cant wait to hear what the isles fans will say about this one -maybe, “Dunham’s the new starter” – or some other bonehead statement from a retard isles fan.

      buffalo over boston is the only one that slightly worked out, b/c buffalo is just too high in the standings to be caught.

      tampa bay over carolina justs make TB harder to catch.
      penguins over montreal is the worst, esp in a SO. penguins get two points (harder for rangers) and montreal gets 1(UGHH!). and florida & washington could have gone either way, cause they’re both near each other in the standings.

      wow can i just repeat how much i hate the devils and islanders?!

      on other note: congrats to joel lundqvist on his 2nd career goal in tonights game vs. san jose.

    15. Sam- Don’t let some negative comments from certain toolbags make you forget how good of a job you do for us Rangers fans, tons of people along with myself look forward to reading your blog every single day, more than once a day with the updates for us and we love it..there is not a place on the entire world wide web we can get ranger info like this from, and let me thank you for all the hard work you do for us, the good attitude you have and approach you use for the blog. Be good Sam and don’t let A-HOLES piss you off bro.

    16. sam,

      you are by far the best rangers beat writer out there…very insightful updates straight from the practices, interviews with the players. dont let a few crybabies bring you down

    17. Don’t change a thing, Sam.

      You’re right, taking crap is a part of the territory. Some of it may have substance to it (in my case, at least) but then there’s some of it that’s totally unfounded and ridiculous.

      I think you’ve done this long enough to know which stuff falls into which category…

    18. Hence why me blog has comments disabled sam lol

      and im sams enforcer, so back up peeps, or ill…uhh…run you over with my car or something.

    19. Sam, don’t listen to anyone who criticizes you. They definately have no idea what they are talking about. I come to your blog pretty much every day. Keep up the great work. Send me the email of people who criticize, I’ll take care of them for you, ;-P.

      If you see the Rangers before the Devils game next tuesday, please tell them to please win for their fans. Its frustrating going to my school being a Rangers fan while they keep losing to rivals like the Devils and the Islanders. (But as frustrating as it gets, I could never love any team as much as the Rangers!)

    20. I guess the writers as a whole could be a little tougher on Renney about his lineup choices. Of course, you might be and we would never know unless you write it that way. Renney is smart with the press, like Herman Edwards was. I would rather have someone that can coach, like Mangini. It’s Dolan and Sather that should be taking a beating on a regular basis.

      Great job Sam. I look forward to your blog every day.

    21. Doodie Machetto: Congrats to your sister and yourself on the new family member…prayers all around for a healthy and happy life for the little one and mother.

    22. Get that kid some skates! Probably already better than most of the Rangers…
      Or maybe a clipboard, cause he/she is definitely a better coach…

      That said, it would be nice to see the Bluehsirts win. It’s simply more fun when they do.

      Let’s go Rangers.

    23. Sam have you seen or talked to Sather lately? On Shanny, he was a part of these rule changes so he might feel partially to blame on how they are & are not being enforced. What’s wrong with the idea of you picking questions from here to be asked? I think that’s what most are trying to tell you. It keeps you somewhat in the clear so they don’t ban you .You can call it ‘Inquiring fans’ minds would like to know time’. My questions are 1. why doesn’t Renney call the refs over to have discussions during the game? There are many tactics that need to be used to keep them on their toes including embellishment to get a call. Not that the PP is really accomplishing much right now. 2. Why is Renney hardly using a #2 PP unit & does he realize if he did then Cullen could man the point on that unit? Thanks for being you .Now ask the questions;)

    24. Sam,

      the volume alone shows how much this blog is appreciated! There are some strong disagreements, but since your grammar and usuage works, have the pizza delivered and keep reporting. I don’t think there is a soul here that wants or expects you to run into the lockerroom and ask some powerfully insulting question and get yourself banned “in the name of journalism”.

      this is a great place to vent, if nothing more, and it deludes us all into thinking that our voices are heard by MSG! (actually, I think players and managment read/or are read this, ESPN, just as much as the post, newsday, nydailynews, etc…

      we are heard.

      and if not, 15,000 strong scream from the stands…

      thanks for a great blog!

    25. I personally don’t want the rangers to make any deals. The reason being it’s not going to matter much because even if they sqeaked in to the playoffs there going no where. Personally I would like them to loose as many games and get them selfs a good draft pick. This franchise needs to build a young or younger team. I am really tired of sather trying to bandage a team every year with his stupid free agent signings and his ridiculous trades.

    26. Doodie Machetto on

      It’s a boy, and he I think he has playmaking 2nd line center written all over him ;)

    27. This is a rather young team….4 of 6 Defenders are under 30 as well as 7 of 12 forwards….its not like before the seaosn started teh Ragners didnt need a D possibly, and a center…but its just not working out well….if the players signed all were playing well it wouldnt be such a big deal to anyone.

    28. Sam,

      This is an awsome blog, by far the most extensive coverage of the Rangers I have ever seen. Keep up the GREAT work

    29. Don’t you think it’s time to break up top-line? I’d like to see Nylander centering Shanny.

      Sam, it’s a great blog, keep up your great work. Unfortunately, that all comes from frustration and you shouldn’t take it personally. This blog is the best Rangers insider. Thank you for your continuous effort.

    30. Sam .. this is pretty much the only site I’m looking at nowaday’s — I skip the rest of the papers .. and its not just because you’re a wildcat!

    31. Anthony (Abev) on

      Sam, write what you want to write. How can you take someone seriously who is faceless typing into a square box?

    32. a casual observer on

      Your blog is BY FAR the best on the NY Rangers! You give me info that is very insightful while the other writers are just mailing it in. You need to tell Larry Brooks to go get his freakin shine box! Keep up the good work.

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