Certainly he’ll be good at “deflecting” criticism. Get it? Deflecting?

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Thanks to the boss for passing along this wire story about former Rangers great Mike Richter considering entering the political ring.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Chris Shays was one of the few moderate Republicans to survive a body blow by Democrats in November, but he may soon face a check from retired New York Rangers goalie Mike Richter.

Richter, a 40-year-old Democrat who lives in Guilford, said he expects to make a decision in the next few weeks about whether to run for the Fairfield County seat in 2008.

“I’ve considered entering public office in some form for a long time,� Richter told The Associated Press. “I’m getting positive responses.�*

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It’s probably smart for us to steer clear of political debate here seeing how we manage to call ourselves idiots just talking hockey. But I should add that I do have some experience with goalies/politicians since one of the goalies I play regularly with, Steve Otis, is also the mayor of Rye, New York.

The best part about this scenario is that you can make all sorts of stupid jokes, which I do often. For instance, Stevie is a Democrat so we always say shoot for his stick side since “he can’t go to his right.”

Or when he doesn’t have much help in his own end we say “the mayor’s weak on defense.”

Good stuff. I should start writing some of these down…

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  1. True Fans bleed RW&B on

    Sam…please. My ears are hurting. Don’t ask how, but they are.

    VOTE
    FOR
    RICHTER!

  2. Jonathan Probber on

    Steve played goal for Rye Country Day as did I (in 1969-1971). He must be in better shape than me; my stomach would drag the ice now.

  3. Doodie Machetto on

    Sam, I feel like the next thing out of your mouth is going to be “I’ll be here all week. Try the veal!”

  4. Renney is the one who should be a politician. his smooth lies and bonehead mistakes make him a perfect candidate.

  5. Just wondering why Montoya is still in Hartford. I know he was coming back from injury when we needed a call up, but are we not able to send valiquette back to bring up montoya?

  6. I remember at Superskate a few years ago Anthony Weiner (D – Brooklyn) was playing goal. He wasn’t too bad for a charity event. They could trade pointers, perhaps.

  7. Doodie Machetto on

    Sam, when the season is over, which is looking to be in early April for the Rangers, are you going to throw all of your faithful bloggers a pizza party?

  8. Thanks to the boss for passing along this wire story about former Rangers great Mike Richter considering entering the political ring.

    NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Chris Shays was one of the few moderate Republicans to survive a body blow by Democrats in November, but he may soon face a check from retired New York Rangers goalie Mike Richter.

    Richter, a 40-year-old Democrat who lives in Guilford, said he expects to make a decision in the next few weeks about whether to run for the Fairfield County seat in 2008.

    “I’ve considered entering public office in some form for a long time,� Richter told The Associated Press. “I’m getting positive responses.�*

    ************************************************************

    It’s probably smart for us to steer clear of political debate here seeing how we manage to call ourselves idiots just talking hockey. But I should add that I do have some experience with goalies/politicians since one of the goalies I play regularly with, Steve Otis, is also the mayor of Rye, New York.

    The best part about this scenario is that you can make all sorts of stupid jokes, which I do often. For instance, Stevie is a Democrat so we always say shoot for his stick side since “he can’t go to his right.�

    Or when he doesn’t have much help in his own end we say “the mayor’s weak on defense.�

    Good stuff. I should start writing some of these down…

  9. I always thought Richter seemed too smart to be a goalie.

    I know he is too smart (and too Honest) to be a politician.

  10. As a fellow goalie I take offense to that, just because we can’t learn to stake and people like to pummel us with hard pieces of plastic doesn’t mean we aren’t smart.

  11. Leetchy2- Why do we need Montoya up? Henrik has to play every game anyway, so why not let Montoya lead his team to the Playoffs and get some valuable exprience. He’s not going to get better sitting on the bench in New York. There are some good things going on in Hartford, and our callups should be only based on need.

  12. SAM Winston Churchill said something like ” to be twenty & not be a liberal, you don’t have a heart, but to be forty & not be a conservative, you don’t have a brain”…. Richter played hockey with alot of heart, but politics is a different game. He’ll be replacing his stick with a backscratcher.

  13. Malik looks dumb, but he is not really stupid.

    Lundqvist seems kind of dumb to me, especially compared to Richter.

    are there any atheists on the team?

  14. that’s better than “If we don’t all pitch in and do our part, we won’t have a part to pitch in”

  15. “â€? to be twenty & not be a liberal, you don’t have a heart, but to be forty & not be a conservative, you don’t have a brainâ€?”

    I would say �to be poor & not be a liberal, you don’t have a brain, but to be rich & not be a conservative, you don’t have a heart�

  16. czechthemout!!!!! on

    to bad richter is a lib.i will always love him for helping us win the cup,something i as a fan never thought i would see.will be watching the pack game today.will keep a close eye on:bourett,cally,dubinsky,jessiman,korpikoski,lifiton and potter.will post after the game with some thoghts on it.

  17. oops I meant �to be poor & not be a liberal, you don’t have a brain, but to be rich & be conservative, you don’t have a heart�

  18. Can you describe what is going on with Greg Moore? Is he getting little icetime? He looked fantastic in preseason, why is he not scoring?

  19. I am not conservative for sure. I hate traditions, religions and other things that people pass on to each other mindlessly.

  20. czechthemout!!!!! on

    moore is playing a defensive role with the pack.he is a good penalty killer,has good speed,and is some what physical.i’d like to see him given more of an offensive chance.they did this with korpikoski recently and he is starting to put points on the board.he has a six game point streak.also love byers a player i think you will love for his toughness and his offensive ability down low.

  21. It is ridiculous that Orr and Isbister and Krog get to play instead of young guys. Is Byers good enought to be a 3rd liner or is that pushing it a bit? He will probably be a good replacement for Ortmeyer in a year or 2.

  22. DumpJagrDope : On Byers I have herd both from people in Hartford. ita almost half with a bit more saying that he could play on the Rangers now, but almost half say that letting him finish the year would be smart, jsut that he has games and shifts were he looks like an AHL player, and that it might expose him at the NHL level, and possbily hurt his confidence…but from what they all say thaey expect him to really push for a spot on the Rangers roster next season. And I think calling up Isbister was smart not knowing if Straka was going to play…I mean, I would rather Isibister in the stands than a kid…

  23. “that he has games and shifts were he looks like an AHL player, and that it might expose him at the NHL level, and possbily hurt his confidence…”

    that is so much b.s. and Malhotra said so in his interview the other day during the Jackets-Ranger intermission on MSG. he said it did not affect him one bit.

    did Girardi get “exposed”. hell no. did Henrik or Prucha get “exposed” last year. hell no.

    who are you to tell a player he has to stay in the minors at 1/10th the pay because it might upset your apple cart?

  24. lowest IQ: (tie) Jim Dolan, Don Maloney, Colton Orr, Mychal Roszival.

    highest IQ: (tie) everyone else.

    thinks he has highest IQ but actually closer to lowest: Tom Renney

  25. “And I think calling up Isbister was smart not knowing if Straka was going to play…I mean, I would rather Isibister in the stands than a kid…”

    I think they knew Straka wouldn’t play

    “that is so much b.s. and Malhotra said so in his interview the other day during the Jackets-Ranger intermission on MSG. he said it did not affect him one bit.”

    I am sure it did, he just didn’t want to complain, but obviusly it is better than being forgotten in the AHL like Helminen, Wiseman, etc.

  26. dlv: IM jsut passing on what they said…and if its such BS why did so many Rangers fans get up in arms about rushing young player in the last 5 to 6 years? I havnt been able to see him play…I was just passing along info…

  27. czechthemout!!!!! on

    most ready:callahan,dawes,dubinsky,byers,lifiton,korpikoski,
    montoya,baranka,potter,taylor.jessiman looks good again tonite,scored again 3goals in 3games,taking the body well.the rest are not ready,most will never be ready.

  28. no, wildcard, I don’t know if Byers is ready or not, because I have not seen him play in Hartford this year. what I am talking about is the general tenor of some posters on this board to deny guys a chance to collect a big league paycheck.

    Pock gets paid about 10 times as much sitting in the stands in NY as he does playing in Hartford. and the same would hold true for Byers or any other kid.

    The kids want to be in NY, whether they play or not. If your boss said you could continue at your job for the same pay, or you could go to NY and sit and watch others from your company work, but you would get 10 tomes your usual pay, wouldn’t you be all for it? and wouldn’t you be upset if strangers said no, they don’t want you to get that chance because you are not ready to sit and watch the big boys?

  29. There are PLENTY of AHL “lifers” who would rather be playing in the AHL than sitting in the NHL….truly my job could NOT compair on all levels…HOWEVER once I get the job I want…I am working at getting into Law enfocement here in Colorado, or a paid Firefighter position, once I do, you better beelive I would take LESS money to stay IN the “game” rather than work a desk. As a cop I would NOT want to be a desk Sgt. and as a Fire fighter I would not want to be a saftey officer and sit outside the fire and not be able to go in a fight it…I imagine alot of hockey players, well sports peopel ingeneral would rather play at a lower level than sit int h stands at a higher level. But by letting a young palyer develope you can give them a better oppertunity to play longer at a higher level, and in the long run make more money…so letting him play out his rookie year in Hartford will probably be good for him on all accounts.

  30. Don’t know if anyone has realized it, but Renney has developed Hossa the same way Schoeny is developing guys like Immonen, Korpikoski, Moore, Byers in hartford.

    They are asking the players to build their pro game with attention to detail and defense and then once they are comfortable and an opportunity inevitably presents itslef, they are setting them loose offensively.

    This is makes a lot of sense because it gives these kids fundamentals and positioning they can fall back on when they struggle offensively.

    This is their approach, if you understand the philosophy it may make a lot of their decisions with youth make sense. It may not explain how they handle their vets but it does explain Prucha getting 3rd and 4th line minutes, it explains Hossa and explains why many of the hartford kids have taken a while to find their offensive game in their first pro seasons.

    AND FYI, it’s working. Slowly. But it is definitely working, especially in Hartford. As for Hossa, he hasn’t reached his potential yet so I would caution the optimism of recent games, especially considering that he always has great, inspired games against his former club, Les Habitants.

  31. I said 10 times as much money, wildcard, because that is what NHL pay is compared to AHL pay. NO AHL lifers would turn down half a million bucks.

    they just cancelled an entire season over money, and you are trying to tell me that this is all just fun and games and the players have no interest in money? hah, that’s a good one.

  32. czechthemout!!!!! on

    they should outlaw the devils.they slow the play down with icings.they play to win 2-1 games.just terrible to watch.now the pack have turned up the heat a little bit so the goalie skates to bench to slow momentum.

  33. sounds good, Neil, except for one thing. when they ask Renney why he does not bring up Callahan, etc. he says he doesn’t want them just playing a few minutes on a checking line. so that flies directly in the face of what you say Renney is doing.

    besides, when Hossa played with the Rangers last year, he was used mostly in offensive situations before he was found wanting, and then they changed tactics with him more out of desperation.

  34. czechthemout!!!!! on

    callahan doesn’t get called up because renney is a stubborn
    fool who refuses to look bad as to why he did not call him up before because cally will do well here.infact he will need to give him second line minutes and he won’t do it.

  35. I think Renney has little to do with Hossa’s development. Hossa’s father is a coach in Slovakiam his brother is a star and Canadiens spent a lot of time developing him.

  36. Doodie Machetto on

    dlv, it’s not about what the players want, it’s anout what’s best for their development.

    “that is so much b.s. and Malhotra said so in his interview the other day during the Jackets-Ranger intermission on MSG. he said it did not affect him one bit.”

    Yeah, not at all. What was he drafted, 7th overall? is 7 closer to as many hart trophies he’s won or goals he averages per season? Hm…

  37. Renney doesn’t trust rookies unless he has no choice that is why garbage like Isbister and Krog will always go before the prospects.

  38. “Byers is too small. He needs to put on at least 20 lbs of muscle, but ideally 30+”

    what is this based on?

  39. DLV, true… but you could argue the opposite with Callahan, that the reason why Renney doesn’t want to bring him up is because he has not rounded out his defensive game in hartford… and in fact that comment also explains why dawes hasn’t stuck up here yet. There is a danger in players that play pure offense in the AHL. I can think of countless players over the years who scored a ton in the AHL who never made it up here because of positioning and instincts… D. Armstrong, B Smyth are two good examples.

    As for Hossa… yeah, they may not have handled him right. I’m not sure they were aware just how much work needed to be done on his game when they got him. But now that his confidence is growing he can handle the responsibilities required to play two-way hockey.

    Also keep in mind that when you trade for a player it’s different then drafting them and guiding their development. A guy like Hossa or Bourrett come in and there’s a period of orientation that goes on and the only way to know where a player is at is to test them in different situations and see how they respond, from there, you pull back with an honest assessment and you say, okay, let’s start at the beginning because this is what you’re lacking to be successful at this level. And they work on that until they are confident enough to take on more responsibility. It’s not a fast approach, but its working. As for Bourret, i’ve read a bunch on him and i’m not convinced we’ll see him next season with the big club. Me thinks he’s still mentally immature and will need time and someone who speaks French to help him out in Hartford. I don’t think he was traded because of his talent, but more for his psyche. I hope we give him every opportunity to flourish.

  40. DM, this comes from the guy who said that Parise sucks. thus, I don’t trust your judgment on ANY young player.

  41. yeah, Bourret is a bit of a country bumpkin(lived most his life in a village of around 100 people), but hopefully Schoenfeld will help him catch up.

  42. I’d been asking about Bourret and his departure from Maine to be “closer to home” yesterday, but as another poster pointed out he has been playing in Chicago recently. That’s at least a step closer to NY(even if it’s still a one horse town) and so maybe his comfort level has grown accordingly. Let’s hope so.

  43. Doodie Machetto on

    I say it because he’s 6’3″ and only 190 lbs. Nigel Dawes is 190 and he’s only 5’8″. When you consider part of Byers’ game is banging and physical play, his small size won’t cut it in the big leagues. The only guys on the Rangers that weigh less than Byers are Avery, Straka, and Prucha. Blair Betts is 6’3″ and weighs 210, and I would hardly call him a physical threat. Avery is 185 but is 5 inches shorter than Byers, so he is a solid 185. Byers is a lanky 190. God, even Immonen is 209 at 6’0.

    And I stand by my assessment of Parise. This season is a fluke for him. I’ve never seen him score a goal that impressed me.

  44. DumpJagrDope on

    “I say it because he’s 6’3â€? and only 190 lbs.”

    those stats could be wrong or obsolete. He just turned 21 he should be able to bulk up some. And you don’t have to weight a lot to be a good hitter. Being heavier is more likely to hurt the other guy or hurt more. But still if a guy like Betts even if he weighted 225 he is just not a good hitter because he doesn’t really understand hitting like Ortmeyer and Hollweg, hitting is a skill maybe even an art. When mastered you can be extremely effective even if you are small or lanky. That said, I think I saw Byers only once in pre-season so I don’t really remember how good of a hitter he was, but remember being somewhat impressed with him.

  45. Canes got shutout again. they are not gonna make it.

    it may come down to the 2 Ranger-habs games, and the leaf game.

  46. czechthemout!!!!! on

    byers is lighter than jessiman,but he does not get knocked of the puck as easy as hugh does.he is good on his skates,can fight,score,and he was effective killing penalties tonite.oh and hugh is begining to put it together.
    he looked good tonite.good passer.can skate well,was very physical today,laid out two devil players with good open ice hits.one thing left for hugh to master,still gets knocked off his skates on occasion,although muchbetter than last year.may need one more year with the pack.lifiton should be brought up.have watched him play the last month or
    two.he looks good.very physical.not out of position at all the last ten or so games that i’ve seen.

  47. Doodie Machetto on

    CTO, good to hear about Liffiton. When I saw him about a month ago, all he was was out of position

  48. I ahve suddenly herd alot obout Liffiton good play, its almost as if it suddenly clicked or something. Everyone I have talked to out in Hartford has said he has been playing so great the last few weeks. I wonder waht started this up

  49. SAM is Pock the odd man out again, or is Rachunek finally going to get a well deserved seat? Malik can’t get one now that he wore the A, had an pr article about him, & a TV show. Is it a reality show? I saw the Pens in Fla last week, they will blow by Malik like he’s standing still. And that’s when he gets called for the bad penalties, hence the boos. Why doesn’t Renney understand that or is he in denial on it? He plays the puck not the man. With his size, he needs to be alot more physical. How does Mara look? For all the bad pr on Ward, he was physical & led the team in block shots. He seemed to take Tyutin under his wing. Losing a guy with 3 Cup rings will be hard to replace if they make the playoffs.

  50. Any word on Straka back for tonight? How is Shanny feeling? Pock shoud be in tonight and the Rangers need to play another two-way game. They can’t take penalties, must play disiplined.

  51. billybleedsblue on

    this is a little late, but…

    DumpJagrDope
    February 28th, 2007 at 7:34 pm
    Maybe I should go into politics as well? Any tips for me how to get started?

    DJD, you need to read “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie, whether or not you actually run for anything. *gentle ribbing*

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