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Don’t cancel that New Year’s skiing trip just yet. A report in USA Today today says the Rangers “outdoor game at Yankee Stadium may be in trouble”:http://www.usatoday.com/sports/hockey/nhl/2008-05-14-cupline_N.htm because of some construction issues at the Stadium.

My suggested alternative would be to play the game at Port Chester High School seeing how I could walk there, and everyone could come by for hot chocolate afterward.

Come to think of it, I should probably run that last part by my wife (“Uh honey, we’re going to need more marshmallows…”)

The same story also says that a Flyers-Penguins game at Penn State’s football stadium may also be in the works.

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  1. A Pens/Flyers game at Penn State?

    Yeah, that’d really help the league. What a joke.

  2. I hear the backup to the preferred Yankee Stadium venue is Soldier’s Field. The delay is largely NYC gov’t related, but as everyone wants to play in NY, there’s a great deal of patience. Probably too much.

  3. “Maybe this is a job for the crack statititions at the Journal News, but if the Pens win tonight, will this be the fastest a team has ever advanced to the Finals from the East? 13 games?

    That’s friggin sick right there.”

    I think thats correct.

    “A Pens/Flyers game at Penn State?

    Yeah, that’d really help the league. What a joke.”

    100,000+ fans at the stadium and national coverage of two of the best NHL superstars today. How is that not going to help the league?

  4. GoaliePG
    May 14th, 2008 at 8:28 pm
    Are the Rangers are stuck in mediocrity because they’ve often been able to buy a decent team but that doesn’t make a team great?

    What “decent” team was this guy watching “often”….not one “decent” team here between 1998 and 2004…shouldv’ebeen stocking up on drafts then right???They had their chances, made a lot of terrible draft choices ( when they kept them)

    Who cares about the outdoor game…anyone who knows anything about hockey out there…who watched the Pitt-Buff game knows the game actually stunk…if the spectacle brings in newbies go for it but a whole blog on it???

    lets get back to keeping or chasing Jagr out of town man!!

  5. “lets get back to keeping or chasing Jagr out of town man!!”

    HAHA

    I saw jags buying some new luggage the other day.

  6. Speed Ranger on

    I appreciate the take Salty and Beer Me offer on this issue. I don’t want Jagr to leave – and that will never change – but I feel like you guys are preparing me for it if he goes elsewhere so thanks.

    Kaspar you are cracking me up dude.

  7. “I saw jags buying some new luggage the other day”

    Could it be for the trip to Prague or…..
    the move to Omsk

  8. “He was buying a Broken English to Russian dictionary too’

    That settles it! he’s leaving….Now we must sign Petr Nedved

  9. I think the malik man is free agent………

    Yesterday was posted that shoot-out goal he scored in 05-06, say what you want about this guy-that maybe coolest shoot-out goal ever…apologies to one-foot forsberg

  10. Congrats to the NHL NOT, go have Crosby in another game on New Years when he is a little B

  11. Doodie Machetto on

    Beer, that was a really interesting article.

    What’s funny is that during the cap era, two players will definitely pass him (Crosby and Ovechkin), with a third likely (Malkin). So much for keeping salaries down. It just keeps the average player’s salary down. Superstars get paid more than ever.

  12. “It just keeps the average player’s salary down. Superstars get paid more than ever.”

    Doodie “Bolshevek” Machetto 5-15-08

    This sounds like Malicious hooliganism to me Comrades….15 years in Gulag ( Nassau Coleseum ) for the accused!!

  13. Johhny D., because no one wants to see a Pennsylvania rivalry game, just like no one wants to see a New York rivalry game between the Rangers & Isles.

    I’m really not of the belief that marketing the Penguins like the league does (or maybe I should call it “shoving Sidney Crosby down people’s throats”, because that’s really what it is) is really anymore beneficial that covering any major market teams like the Rangers, Wings, Leafs or Habs. I think most fans would rather watch two Original Six teams go at it than watch Sidney Crosby dive around the ice for two and a half hours. But hey, that’s just me.

  14. Speed Ranger on

    Jeff L — agreed. I think even a Canadian team and an American team would work well — within Original 6, maybe Rangers/Leafs. Ah but Neilson rating don’t count in the Great White North…..

  15. You guys will love this. I just got off the phone with the DJ that’s playing my wedding on saturday. We’re being introduced at the reception to the Rangers Goal Song. Kick ass.

  16. Hey Beer Me,

    This would take LOTS of working with the wife, but a friend of mine told me about a wedding he went to, and the wedding cake was in the shape of the Stanley Cup. you couldn’t ask for a cooler wedding cake.

  17. Beer me

    If you use Jeever’s idea, I could pop out of cake with hockey stick ( in my teeth)….scare other side of family silly

  18. kaspar – LOL. I’m in.

    Jeever – that’s awesome. My bro’s wedding back in Oct was a complete NHL/Rangers theme. Including having everyone sign a home/road jersey. One said “Groom”, the other “Bride”. Instead of a guest book.

    I come from a family of die-hards. But I’m not related to Bruce Willis.

  19. ok I actually teared up a little hearing about that wedding. That’s so beautiful I could freaking cry.

  20. Doodie "Bolshevek" Machetto on

    I need to appeal my conviction to the Rangers politburo.

    Kommandant Kaspar, can I go free?

  21. Speed Ranger on

    JEEVER — in the south that would be the Groom’s cake — they can be, and are, very outrageous.

  22. Komrade Doodie "Bolshevek" Machetto on

    OK, here is a little thought experiment: RFAs. Who would you give an offer sheet to and for how much. In deciding, consider how much money it would take to actually sign them, for the other team not to match, and be mindful of what draft picks you would have to surrender in exchange for the signing.

  23. Jeever – that’s awesome. My bro’s wedding back in Oct was a complete NHL/Rangers theme. Including having everyone sign a home/road jersey. One said “Groom”, the other “Bride”. Instead of a guest book.

    ………

    That is *very* cool/classy.

  24. I knew of a groom alst year who had authentic Sabres jerseys made up for all his groomsmen (are they called groomsmen?best mans?)…I thought that was totally cool. I’ve never ever been into jerseys at all, but If someone gave me an authentic NYR one as a surprise with my name and number on it, I would be very touched.

  25. puck the world on

    My sister works for this cake place in Baltimore and they got a request for a Stanley Cup wedding cake. So yesterday, they brought in the actual Cup for the decorators to look at it. I took the day off to go down and see it. Easily one of the greatest moments in my life.

  26. Hey puck, does your sister’s place make exotic cakes? And do the decorators have to look at it before they make it? Sorry, just bored with no NYR.

  27. My sister works for this cake place in Baltimore and they got a request for a Stanley Cup wedding cake. So yesterday, they brought in the actual Cup for the decorators to look at it. I took the day off to go down and see it. Easily one of the greatest moments in my life.

    ……….

    I’m sorry man, that sounds like ‘nannigans. Any pics? I find it rather hard to believe that the Cup is so readily available for something like that…!

  28. Who Needs Lohan on

    Hey all, havent posted in a while.
    Just wanted to come on and wish Mr. and Mrs. Beer Me Mozel Tov. I actually think that you should have invited 10 of us to your wedding and have a Blog Table. Now that would show devotion!

  29. puck the world on

    yeah, they make all sorts of crazy cakes. They have a show on the Food Network, which is how they were able to get the Cup. I think they’ve actually made cakes of it before, just working off of photos, but this is the first time they were able to get the actual Cup for reference. I took pictures and once they’re finished with the cake, I’ll get her to send me pictures of it.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/cathybites/sets/72157605067181067/

  30. Komrade Doodie "Bolshevek" Machetto on

    puck, I know the show you’re talking about, but I am still going to call shenanigans. I’d need a picture with her in front of the cake, and then a separate pitcure of you with her (not in the cake store), and then a separate picture of just you holding up a sign with your user name.

    Otherwise, I won’t believe it.

  31. Beer Me Congrats,

    hope you still have time to waste your life on this blog with the rest of us rationalizing, complaining, plotting waiting for Messier II and dreaming….

    As we used to say in the old country; “мы совсем как раз разочарованные генеральные директоры”

    Loosely translated; “we are all just frustrated GM wannabees at heart”

  32. “we are all just frustrated GM wannabees at heart”

    I meant except Komrade doodie…..I think he really is a GM

  33. puck the world on

    Salty – ha, no. We did think about eating cake out of it, though.

    Beth – yeah, Ace of Cakes

    Doodie – well, then call shenanigans. It’s really not that big of a deal to me if you don’t believe it.

  34. Don’t mean to interupt, but nobody mentioned anything about the in the crease call on holmstrom last night. Thought I’d bring it up considering in the crease isn’t even a rule anymore. Kelly “I wish I was Kiefer” Sutherland said Holmstrom was in the blue and interfered with Turco when A)he wasn’t in the crease and B) he never touch him except for a little tap way after the puck was in.

  35. JohnnyD
    I didnt see it yet…from what I heard it seems like people( even nuetrals) are embarrassed for the NHL’s image as a pro sport with WWE like referees

    I’ll check it out tonight when I get home…right after watching replay of Brett Hull in the crease in OT 1999 finals Game 6….Thats the night Komrade Linde Ruff’s face turned that way..ya know- the permanent frown

  36. Komrade Doodie "Bolshevek" Machetto on

    “I meant except Komrade doodie…..I think he really is a GM”

    I think that’s the best compliment anyone has ever given me.

  37. OK…Mr GM….what RFA’s we going after??

    How about this kid I hear is very lucky named Dawes ( I hear this from goaltender from NJ, while he’s pounding down cheeseburger in Fuddruckers)

  38. Hey, Sam, why not just have the game in your backyard. If the Staals can do it, so can you!

    If there are complications with Yankee Stadium, why don’t they look to the other stadiums in the area.

  39. Doodie Machetto on

    “How about this kid I hear is very lucky named Dawes ( I hear this from goaltender from NJ, while he’s pounding down cheeseburger in Fuddruckers)”

    HAHAHAHA

  40. Sam, you provide the marshmallows, and I’ll try to learn to knit 20,000 scarves.

  41. I’ll tell you right now that whenever or wherever they play an outside hockey game in New York,That is’s gonna be 55-60 degrees that day.

  42. Sam (not the Great Weinman) on

    I will hope Avery does well anywhere but Boston. Same thing with Jagr. Could you imagine how revered Avery would be if he put on the Bruins uni. The hockey world would talk about him like he was the 2nd coming of jesus christ.

  43. Could you imagine how revered Avery would be if he put on the Bruins uni. The hockey world would talk about him like he was the 2nd coming of jesus christ.

    ……….

    Um, why?

    Um, I also feel like they already do that here in NY…

    Um, we should all have a *vested interest* in the Bruins not getting any better… could you imagine Boston being dominant in EVERY sport?

    :shudders:

  44. Thoughts on a rainy day:

    i dont think losing Baranka is the end of the world, but it is troubling that some of these guys have never really been given a chance by the rangers. hopefully jagr is gone and management is forced to letting a lot of these guys get meaningful ice time. now it may well be that lots of guys in our system arent getting called up for a reason, but if I was in Baranka’s position I would probably not want to languish in hartford any longer.

    look at a player like jessiman who clearly is not the player sather and maloney thought he was going to be (of course i think they were the only two who thought he should be picked that high) but for him never to get a minute of time in the nhl is kinda sad. look at some of the players who have been on our third and fourth (and even first line a la Isbister and Hossa) lines the past couple years…its pretty pathetic.

    I don’t mind bringing in a free agent if he is top of the line but its time we stop bringing in other teams failed draft picks instead of letting our own guys get a shot, see Hossa, Ward, Sjostrom (who isnt horrible but i feel there are players in hartford that could do about the same).

    also time we start drafting some size, i feel we have about 5 ryan callahans in hartford

    sorry for the rant..just pretty bored here

  45. I agree Pete
    Granted not everone we draft for HArtford goes on to become a Ranger, but what the hell is the point of having them at all if they don’t get even a look in the big league? baranka should have at least played a full 2 or 3 games to give him a looksee and judgement for the next season.

    I’m hoping we see the cream of the crop in traiing camp, and at least 1 or 2 new bloods make the team next season.

    And this lack of Ranger news, coupled with it being a completely horrid rainy day only compounds matters.

    I took solice last night at least in watching the Shittburgh Stankguins lose the game and there cool to Philly. I cant beleive Im actually rooting for them , but now my 5 most hated teams have been re-shuffled to the following:

    1. Islanders
    2. Shittsburgh
    3. Debbies
    4. Montreal
    5. Philly

  46. Great post, Pete… I feel the same way… it’s not the end of the world to lose this guy, but you hear these names get thrown around with a bit of promise and then they are just gone…and we bring in more scrubs from the rest of the league… looks awful.

  47. Sam (not the Great Weinman) on

    Um, why?
    ———————
    Because he’d got to ESPN’s, ‘Everything Sox and Patriots Network’, favorite team.

    Um, I also feel like they already do that here in NY…
    ————————————–
    Yes, they do that in NY. I was speaking of the entire nation, including Avery’s NHL opponents. I guarantee Marty Brodeur and Gary Roberts would speak as if Avery was a key component to a team and how his skill level and work ethic is unmatched by any other.

    Why? Because he’s in Boston. People on ESPN and in newspapers the other day were praising Manny Ramirez for his catch, then jumping into high five someone in the stands and then doubling someone off at first. I even heard someone say “it was necessary for Manny to jump into the stands to brace himself”!!!!

  48. Sam (not the Great Weinman) on

    ESPN employees have their tongues shoved so far up the Bostons teams azzes, they’re tongues are stained brown. I even heard ESPN defend Tom Brady’s comments that insulted ESPN!!! Cant get any better than that.

  49. UpstateRanger on

    May 16, 2008
    NHL Players Ponder Next Labor Move

    By REUTERS
    Filed at 5:39 p.m. ET

    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – National Hockey League players have the option to reopen the current labor deal with owners a year early, but likely will not make a final decision until the middle of next season, the players’ union chief said on Friday.

    Three years since NHL teams imposed a salary cap after a bitter labor dispute wiped out the entire 2004-2005 season, the National Hockey League Players Association is weighing the merits and challenges of reopening the deal at the end of next season, NHLPA Executive Director Paul Kelly told Reuters.

    “We’re just beginning to have that dialogue with the players,” he said at the Sports Lawyers Association’s annual conference in San Francisco. “I don’t think anyone has a tremendous appetite for serious labor negotiations unless there’s a good, solid business reason for it.”

    While acknowledging the union would love to kill the salary cap, he warned that reopening the deal would also give owners a crack at renegotiating parts of the contract they do not like.

    “The players need to understand … be careful what you wish for; that you could be finding yourself embroiled in a much longer and more difficult discussion,” he said.

    The union also has the option of extending the deal a year through the 2011-2012 season, Kelly said. The owners do not have similar options.

    Kelly said the union will hold player meetings in Colorado Springs, Colorado, next month and in Rome in July to begin talks on contract issues. Those talks will continue during fall tours with each team and by the middle of next season the union will have established its views to make a final decision.

    In the meantime, the union also wants NHL revenue to grow so the players receive more money, and that means continuing to broaden the fan base with more games overseas, and possibly teams in Western Europe down the road, Kelly said.

    The NHL began the current season with two games in London between teams from Los Angeles and nearby Anaheim, and it plans to expand that program next season.

    The New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning will play two games in Prague and the Ottawa Senators and Pittsburgh Penguins play in Stockholm, he said. The teams also will play exhibition games in other countries, including Germany and Switzerland.

    Assuming that is successful, Kelly foresees the NHL sending eight to 12 teams to Europe the following year as the league gauges whether that region can support its own division. He added, however, any such move is several years away as the NHL first focuses on strengthening its financially weaker teams.

    “We will get there,” Kelly said. “Globalization of sport is the wave of the future. Soccer is already showing that. Frankly, if we’re not the next sport to globalize, then probably we’ve made a serious mistake.”

    Another high-profile game the league played last year was a heavily attended outdoor game between Pittsburgh and Buffalo in New York. Next season’s game will be played either in New York’s Yankee Stadium or Chicago’s Wrigley Field, he said.

    Yankee Stadium is the odds-on favorite because New York is the largest U.S. television market and a game there would be the last sporting event in the storied stadium before it is torn down to make way for a new ballpark, Kelly said.

    “The hook for us is what will best resonate with the U.S. television audience,” he said. “What will give us the broadest appeal to create the kind of buzz for our game that we’re looking to create.”

    If efforts to strengthen weaker markets fail, the NHL could eventually look to move teams to such markets as Quebec City, Winnipeg, Seattle, and Hamilton, Ontario, he said. Analysts say other possible new markets include Las Vegas and Kansas City.

  50. Ughh, Lundquist pulled before the third period of the SWE/CAN game at the World Championships. Note good for his confidence in my opinion.

  51. Anyone watching the Detroit team (not to mention Malkin and Ovechkin) has to laugh at all those idiots that still speak about Europeans as soft overall…

  52. Just checking up on Sean Avery…

    “Published: Friday, May 16, 2008 REPORTING FOR DUTY: Sean Avery started his internship at Vogue on Monday, and already staffers at Condé Nast Publications Inc. are buzzing about the New York Ranger star’s presence at 4 Times Square. Observers say he’s involved in all sections of the magazine, including features and accessories, and attends edit meetings. And while Avery pulled down $2 million last year with the Rangers, he’s earning minimum wage for his time at Vogue, a magazine spokesman confirmed, denying speculation Avery was being paid $5,000 for his summer job. While Vogue has been mum on the specifics of Avery’s internship, insiders say there’s been talk of the hockey hard man attending the couture shows in Europe next month along with Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour and editors André Leon Talley, Hamish Bowles and Sally Singer (which would be sure to raise the eyebrows of jealous Voguettes). No word yet on if he’ll be filing reviews on the shows, or, like tennis star (and Wintour favorite) Roger Federer, appearing on an upcoming cover of Vogue or Men’s Vogue.”
    http://www.wwd.com/memopad/article/124973

    …I’m dying for new Ranger news, but sadly, this isn’t it.

  53. puck the world on

    “…there’s been talk of the hockey hard man attending the couture shows in Europe next month along with Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour and editors André Leon Talley…”

    That reminds me, there was a picture a few months ago of Andre at a Rangers game, looking bored out of his mind, and my roommate and I joked that maybe he was scouting Avery to work for Vogue. ha. I knew I should’ve bought lotto tickets that day.

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