I feel like Moe trying to break up all the little verbal scraps going on here in the last 24 hours.
It’s OK. Controversy is good in blog-world. But I hate to see it get personal. I’m not telling you what to do, but I just wish we could limit it a bit. Whatever.
Blog headquarters was blacked out for a while yesterday because the high winds knocked a tree down and it fell onto the power lines. So I couldn’t post if I wanted to during those hours.
That’s OK because there sure wasn’t much to report.
NBC-TV, which is doing Sunday’s game (12:30 against the Flyers) always provides some pre-telecast hype from its commentators. Here is this week’s:
Pierre McGuire on the Rangers troubles: “Everybody’s in a funk for the Rangers at the same time. They need to find a way to score goals, that’s obvious. Even earlier in the season when they were winning, it was with team defense and goaltending. Their puck movement from their defense, supposedly a strength, has been a glaring weakness. And they miss Jaromir Jagr. He and Marty Straka opened up somuch room for everyone else on the ice.”
OK, it’s not very deep or inside analysis. But it’s not bad.
Now here’s Mike (“The Shoe”) Milbury on the Rangers-Flyers rivalry:
“There are no two ways about it, these teams hate each other and always will.”
Gee, Mike, hope you didn’t spend too much time analyzing that, or researching those facts. Actually, Rangers-Flyers isn’t nearly the hate-filled blood war it once was. Yeah, Markus Naslund really hates Mike Knuble. Please.
One other nugget yesterday was that Gary Bettman visited Yankee Stadium (the new stadium) at the invitation of the Yankees’ brass. On his Sirius XM show “The NHL Hour” Bill Clement asked the commish if that was related to a possible Winter Classic in the Bronx next January.
“Obviously, that’s the reason they invited us,” Bettman said. “But this is EXTREMELY preliminary. To suggest we’re even at the ’embryonic’ stage would be an exaggeration.”
I’ll be back later with any updates, and will post a gamer before the 7:30 faceoff tonight in Sunrise, Fla.
Until then, try not to kill each other.