Worlds are colliding (again)


As we suspected, Jed Ortmeyer will sit tonight to rest his knee, which the Rangers are describing as day-to-day. It’ll be interesting to see whether Ortmeyer returns tomorrow against the Maple Leafs, although my guess is given what Tom Renney may have been looking for out his lineup tonight, the decision to rest Ortmeyer against the Flyers was an easy one.

As many of you have already noted, Ortmeyer will be missed primarily on the penalty kill, where he is one of the Rangers’ best in that role (he and Matt Cullen would be neck-and-neck in that department in my view, although Cullen’s offensive tools make him more of a shorthanded threat). But with Brendan Shanahan already calling for more minutes, you can expect to see Renney to use him in Ortmeyer’s spot tonight.

Beyond that, Fedor Tyutin will also be out, although tomorrow remains a possibility to play his first game in a month.

Also, I promised yesterday a clip of Sean Avery talking with Jaromir Jagr pestering him in the background. Sorry for the delay, but here it is:


*Now, a brief word about my curious situation:*

In the “Horrific Timing Department,” I’ll miss the next week to “cover the Masters in Augusta, Ga.”:, a conflict that has been on my radar ever since I took over this gig last summer. At times, I thought it wasn’t going to be that big of a deal seeing how I originally thought the Rangers would have a playoff spot locked up by now; and then, midway through the season, it looked liked they’d be out of the playoff race altogether and I’d just be missing irrelevant hockey.

Instead, the next five games will obviously be the biggest of the season, and you can bet I’ll be poring over every last detail whenever I’m not hoofing it with Tiger and Phil amidst the azaleas and dogwoods. It’ll actually be a difficult week for me in that sense, and that’s actually saying a lot given that the Masters is usually one of the highlights of my year.

The good news is the very capable Josh Thomson will be stepping in to take over for the next week, and should the Rangers make the playoffs, I’ll be back before the start of the first round.

As an impartial journalist, it shouldn’t matter to me one way or the other whether this happens. And yet any journalist will also tell you that they always root for a good story, and to me, nothing would be more compelling than chronicling this team through the postseason.

So that’s where I stand. Maybe it’s not ideal, but it is when you consider I get to cover two sports that I love. I’ll be sure to chime in here when I have the chance, because like I said, I’ll surely be interested. And should any of you be pining for my lame attempts at humor, you can always “visit my golf blog”:, which will be the other focus of my attention next week.

Like I said, my guess is this won’t be it for us. But I’d still be remiss in not thanking you all again for your interest and support this season. Whatever any of you have taken away from this space these past few months, you can be sure no one’s enjoyed it more than I have.

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  1. Sam, i have been reading your blog daily for the last 3 months, sometimes 3-10 times a day. I have never posted before, but i love reading the comments and i always look for your comments in your own posts.

    With that said, I just wanted to thank you so much for the excelent job you have been doing, and im sure everyone appreciates it. Keep up the good work, and hopefully when your back the rangers will have locked up the 6th place spot!

  2. Well PO’s or not, I’d like to thank you for all the work you put into this blog. Hockey may not grab the front pages like A-Rod dropping the soap in the showers, but it’s great to know that we still have some great sports journalists covering the team and sport we all love. I’m not sure when I started reading your blog, but after the first time, I embedded the RSS feed right onto the tool bar in Firefox, and I’ve been checking daily ever since (most times hourly). Thanks again Sam. And don’t worry, we definitely have more than five games left.

  3. Fruity Cupcake on

    Yeah Sam, enjoy the Masters because you’ll be back covering the NYR post-season just in time! Check out the Rodent’s Berth-o-Meter for the math that will make your head spin, but your heart happy :-)

  4. Sam – you’re class all the way. you’ve been an amazing fountain of information all season. I hope we all have a long run on this blog both this yr and down the road.

  5. Thanks everyone for the kind words. By the way, I had some problems with the Sean Avery clip I promised. But I finally got it up in the post above.

  6. Thanks everyone for the kind words. By the way, I had some problems with the Sean Avery clip I promised. But I finally got it up in the post above.

  7. Enough with the mushy good-byes. Sam, see you in the playoffs. Good luck down in Augusta. Green jacket or bust!

  8. onecupin67years on

    Sam , May I suggest a Ranger Report Open at Split Rock for all us golfers..after the rangers A) win the cup
    B) Blow another playoff series against NJ.
    I think the ambience of split rocks fits the demeanor of most bloggers and its near Dudley’s for us drinkers.
    You can invite your Rangers to join the fans .

  9. onecup–
    Split Rock was the closest thing I had to a home course right out of college, when my brother and I used to play in T-shirts and sneakers. Good times. I haven’t been back for a few years, so a return is long overdue.

  10. Sam, great blog, you will be missed next week, but we will all be here in two weeks for the playoffs.

  11. Sam, you’ve done a great job this year. Reading your blog was a very enjoyable experience. Keep up the great work. I beleive there’s more Rangers hockey to cover after this week!

  12. Who would’ve thought the Eastern Conference would have 6 teams fighting for 3 spots and the Rangers would be one of them going into the final week of the season. Kinda like having a Masters tied up at the turn on Sunday.

  13. I have crappy dial-up so i can’t listen to the audio clip can anyone tell me what it said?

  14. onecupin67years on

    Great job Sam! Too much talk about the season ending early but thats what being a Ranger fan is all about.
    the last time I played golf was at Split Rock I’m only good for nine holes then my thirst sets in .rangers in 5.

  15. Where's Bure? on

    Is anyone else worried about the Philly game tonight? We’ve lost to them once before when we should’ve won and Shanny got injured in the process. I’m a bit worried that they’ll be a bit deflated by the loss to Montreal and, let’s not forget, Marty Biron (from his Buffalo days) has a pretty good record against the Rangers.
    The Flyers have nothing to lose and have been playing a lot harder lately than they normally have. The biggest mistake the Rangers can make is to take this game for granted especially since we got real lucky yesterday with NYI, Carolina, and Montreal losing.

  16. Bure,

    They’ve had all week to think about the embarasment in Montreal. They will not let that affect them tonight.

    They will be ready.

  17. Sam did Renney trick you or have a change of heart putting Shanny with Straka & Avery?

  18. Flyers announcer on the Eager goal: “I don’t know WHAT Marek Malik was doing.”

  19. This stinks…I usually get MSG2 on one of the local access channels if both rangers and knicks on. Well i turn to it and it says MSG on top but they have this week in NBA on…UGGH!


  20. First Ranger game I am missing all season! Sucks to be away sometimes-

    Am I missing anything?

  21. Yeah, freaking Knicks are on… but I live in NJ, right next to PA so I can watch the game on the Flyers’ channel…. their commentators suck! One just said, “Callahan has been great for these Montreal Canadians.”

  22. Two very funny things I caught on the radio broadcast.

    Pre-game interview with assistant coach Mike Pelino. Kenny Albert asks what they’re expecting from Isbister. Answer – “More of the same.”

    Dave Maloney on Malik, after Flyers goal, “Malik just has to be stronger in his own zone. Not a very good job by the Rangers defense here.”

  23. Yeah, we might complain about Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti a lot, but a number of other teams and networks have it much, much worse. Philly, Buffalo, Devils, Washington, Hockey Night in Canada’s main crew, etc.

  24. 3-1=2. I feel like Rosen had to pause for a second to make sure that didn’t go in off Malik.

  25. I’m not getting this game-
    Can someone please enlighten me as to how the
    heck Ben Eager has his 5th and 6th goal of the year tonight
    against us…i.e. Lundqvist-


  26. Eager got lucky on his first goal. On the second one, he was the last Flyer to touch the puck before Hollweg put it into his own net.

  27. Wow, Malik had that one good play per game just now holding the puck in at the blue line.

  28. Malik's laser guided poke check on

    see this is what happens when you accumulate way too many prospects. If you fail to trade them or play them they will just refuse to sign and sign with your rivals and kill you for many years. I am sure if Ranger prospects are watching they are wondering why they signed with the ranger or why they should sign with the Rangers when they can follow in the footsteps of Guenin, Umberger, etc.

  29. Out-of-town games are not going our way, so…. good thing we’re up by 3 in this one.

  30. there is another goal scored while Malik is in the penalty box, and he does not get a minus for it.

  31. Malik's laser guided poke check on

    Shanahan stinks, starting to look more and more like over the hill useless Messier

  32. I feel Philly’s announcers are pretty good, besides that Canadiens mistake. I do hate announcers that don’t admit their mistakes, though that was the guy between the benches who said that I believe.

  33. Yeah it was the guy between the benches…and he didn’t correct himself… but oh well…come on Jagr hat trick!

  34. onecupin67years on

    For Malik to skate around the flyers like Fred Astaire ,you know the Flyers are Crap.
    I hope shanny comes back from the injury ,he may be playing to avoid another concussion and thats when your done as a player.

  35. “The game is not on MSG2. It’s on FSNY.”

    Mike- Here in CT(Valley) game schedule on MSG…If Knicks playing they switch to an MSG2 station on local access..F.
    For some reason they have the Knicks on both of the stations.

  36. If the Rangers think this game is over, it is NOT. Rangers are terrible in the starts of periods.

  37. Good quote from Cullen: “We won ugly game”. Defensively that was one of the ugliest Rangers games I’ve seen this year. Thanks God Jagr was at his best. Now, I cheer for Penguins in OT.

  38. The Pens forced overtime at the Air Canada Centre with 4 seconds left in the third, but the start of the OT period has been delayed because of a medical emergency in the crowd.

  39. the penguins/maple leaf OT game is being upheld because a fan collapsed. fan as in person, not a fan from the ceiling.

  40. Canes and Isles are virtually out of the race. Beat the Leafs tomorrow and a playoff spot is ours.

  41. Where's Bure? on

    Please tell me we’re not seeing the Lundqvist of the first half of the season…
    This was one of the ugliest wins all year. If they play like this against Toronto and Montreal they will get torn up. Jagr played phenomenal tonight and Straka put in a good game as well for once.
    Who said Shanahan is playing like an over the hill Messier? Shut up.

  42. Malik's laser guided poke check on

    Shanahan is making bad plays, terrible passes, looks slow and is now as physical as Nylander. I hope he is not coming back next season.

  43. what your seeing is Lundie having to cover for and save their rears in their sloppy dangerous play. He has to be getting frustrated with some of the stuff that goes on in their own zone and the constant trouble on clearing it out.

  44. Not pretty, but We’ll take it….JJ was flying, another good game by Callahan. Defense has to be better tomorrow…

    LETS GO RANGERS!!!!!!!

  45. Jags’ best game in awhile – Cally was right on , Avery great as usual, Straks looking a bit better. Henrik had an average game at best- Need better defense and goaltending to beat a hot Toronto team tomorrow!!

  46. ThisYearsModel on

    Awwwwww…..poor Sammy……he has to spend the week at the Masters………what a poor, unfortunate plight. Of course, the rest of us have to befriend some huge corporation or some down-home southern bigot to get in for a day of PRACTICE. Don’t worry, Sam……Josh and the rest of us will hold the fort during your week off. Don’t forget the sunscreen.

  47. The ACC line kicks butt.

    Two egregious problems on defense:

    1) Malik.
    2) Inability to clear.

    Girardi shouldn’t even be allowed to look at Malik, much less play with him.

  48. Malik's laser guided poke check on

    poor motherfuckers are in denial that Shanahan is playing bad. He is not the same player he was in the beginning of the season.

  49. Maliklaser – (your name for this week). You are by far the most negative person I’ve ever had the displeasure to read comments from. Its not just your comments re Shanny. The no empty net goal comment was another classic. if you’re so miserable supposedly being a Ranger fan just give it up it will be better for your health. Were you happy June 14, 1994 (or too young to appreciate or maybe a fishstick fan in disguise). Come clean you’ll feel better.

  50. Fruity Cupcake on

    People, PEOPLE! It was a full two-point WIN, let’s calm down!!! Malik can be brutal and yet is a plus player with a decent outlet pass. Shanny and Straka are coming off injuries. We ALL wanted them back, and tah-daaaah, here they are a little gimpy. Relax. They’ll be fine and we’ll be fine. Breathe in, breathe out. It’ll all be better over pancakes in the morning and another win tomorrow night. Sweet dreams Ranger fans amd let’s keep off each others’ backs….

  51. Fruity Cupcake on

    And LOL on Cally being un Habitant! The unis are awfully similar, being red white et bleu, non? Those who can’t do, announce :-)

  52. Amen Cupcake. Let’s get 2 more points tomorrow at the Garden. A win virtually guarantees a playoff spot.

  53. im not jumping into anything, but i think its safe to say that the race is now down to tampa bay, the rangers, montreal and the leafs for the three final spots. isles and canes shot themselves in the foot, and even if they win out they would have to jump too many other teams.

  54. I think Lundqvist played alright. Remember, he really only gave up three goals, the other one being put in by Hollweg. Another was through a lot of traffic I believe. He did well, being that he fought off repeated shots a few times. I think his biggest problem today was bad rebounds.

  55. Malik's laser guided poke check on

    at 13 I had higher IQ than LI Joe ever had. Poor LI Joe does not like negative people. He also is scared of black people and females. He likes to smoke weed because there is nothing more to do on Long Island.

  56. maliklaser what are you sniffing or smoking ? look in the mirror, scare yourself.

  57. Think any sports writer will take note that when fisticuffs were expected to break out early and throughout last night’s game between two hated NHL rivals, they did nothing but play a game of hard hitting hockey?

  58. gumper it doesn’t sell and isn’t controversial.But they should do a follow up . They’ll wait until next year if Orr & Fedouryck? meet up again. That pre-sells while trying to predict. Eager thought about and instead played hockey getting named the 3rd star. Got to give credit to Bettman for his comments instead of being PC.The people that say the don’t like hockey because of the fighting should continue to watch golf. Right Sam? ;)

  59. A win tonight is a must. It will separate them once again from the rest of the pack and put them in position to clinch a spot on Tuesday.

    Where are all of the Jagr naysayers now?

    Lets go Rangers!!

  60. Isbister must stay on first line with Nylander and Jagr. If Ortmier is ready, he should replace Orr (it may change for the game on the Island).

  61. A word to the wise…

    Curse and insult other bloggers all you wan’t, but never and I mean never, at the risk of being ousted and unable to post, question Sam Weinmans journalistic integrity. I simply prefaced a statement with “If you had any guts…” Yes my friends that is what got me banned from posting for the last two weeks. Sorry Sam, I wasn’t trying to insult you, I was just trying to get clarification on one of your posts and used some antagonistic (though never fowl) language, which I suppose did exactly what it was intended to (with some unforseen consequences.) I just didn’t think that you would sink so low as to silence me dictator style, for some relatively minor goading. Well just be careful all…so as to not suffer a fate similar to mine.

    P.S. If you don’t see my name around for a while you’ll know why.

  62. GB – for what its worth there have been times I was unable to post as well. This happened right after the blog had system problems and if you try to post several times when the blog is having a problem the system locks you out (mentions something about failing 4 times). Customer service can help you get back in again.

  63. GB —

    I’m sorry for the inconvenience, but I can promise you you were never banned from this site. In fact, no one has been banned, and I don’t even know how to do it.

    The reality is a lot of people have had trouble posting here because of server problems on our end. But again, that’s completely random and has nothing to do with what people are saying. If you want to discuss this further, feel free to e-mail me at


  64. wow… the hockey discussion on this blog is so mature and positive.

    All I see is complaining about Shanny, Malik, Renney, etc… yet the Rangers keep on winning.

    They are playing the “worst record in the league” Flyers who are running around in their own building with nothing to lose and the Rangers skate through them all night to blow em out of their own building. This game was never close. It was one of those games that happen at the end of the year when a team that has everything to lose is playing a team that has nothing to lose.

    Let’s go Malik, Let’s go Shanny and Let’s go Rangers!

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