Gotta have Hart (updated)

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I was wondering what the mighty Canadian media, especially that redneck Don Cherry, thought about the three finalists for the Hart Trophy (MVP) being Alex Ovechkin, Pavel Datsyuk and Evgeni Malkin?

What do those three have in common? Hmmmm. Well, all three are still playing in the playoffs. Anything else?

It’s actually funny that they are listed as finalists, since all the voting is done by the end of the regular season. In other words, one of them has already won the MVP, and the others have already finished second and third. But it’s a nice way to hype the awards show in Las Vegas — the NHL just the latest to suddenly embrace Sin City.

But it’s got to be Ovechkin, right? I mean, Malkin’s great and Datsyuk is the most complete forward in the game, but it has to be AO.

He’s got a pretty good playoff beard going, too. 

Speaking of which, you have until Thursday at noon to vote for the inaugural (unofficially Paul Mara) Rangers Report playoff beard contest. We’re still in the process of fixing a couple of things, and attaching names to the photos. So if you’d like your actual name, or your screen name, up there with your photo, please e-mail me which you’d prefer at rcarpini@LoHud.com.

And you can view the ballot and vote by clicking here.

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Just got this from Cycle Like The Sedins: What the Rangers might try to do with all that extra Naslund cap space.

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AFTERNOON UPDATE, 12:37 P.M.: The Rangers just signed Jordan Owens. Here’s the release:

RANGERS AGREE TO TERMS WITH FORWARD JORDAN OWENS 

           New York, May 5, 2009 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with forward Jordan Owens.

            Owens, 23, skated in 67 games with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL) this season, registering 12 goals and 25 assists for 37 points, along with 66 penalty minutes.  He established career highs in goals (12), assists (25), points (37), and penalty minutes (66).  Owens ranked fifth on the Wolf Pack in assists, tied for eighth in points and tied for ninth in goals.  He also finished fourth on the team with a plus-17 rating.  The Toronto, Ontario native recorded a career-high, seven multi-point performances, including a three-point effort on April 3 at Providence (three assists).  In addition, Owens tied for fifth on Hartford in playoff scoring, registering one goal and two assists for three points in six post-season contests.

The 6-0, 189-pounder has skated in 110 career AHL games with Hartford, recording 19 goals and 32 assists for 51 points, along with 110 penalty minutes.  Owens notched his first professional point with a goal on October 6, 2007 vs. Bridgeport.  He also recorded three goals and 10 assists for 13 points, along with 28 penalty minutes in 20 games with the Charlotte Checkers of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) during the 2007-08 season.  Prior to turning professional, Owens appeared in 192 games with the Mississauga IceDogs of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), registering 69 goals and 84 assists for 153 points, along with 143 penalty minutes.  In 2005-06, he led the IceDogs in goals (26), tied for the team lead in points (54) and ranked fourth in assists (28).  He established OHL career-highs during the 2006-07 season with 32 goals, 42 assists and 74 points.

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  1. One Ranger Love on

    …It has to be AO…and I remember everyone used to say “I know you are but what am I?”

    It got so over used for the longest time. Thankfully those times are past us and everyone has settled down with it.

    And about Gilroy…some people were asking about him in the post before, as far as I can tell it sounds like Gilroy might have a chance to make the team next year (I mean obviously he will be given some kind of look at training camp), but the one way contract does make it hard if he makes the team and then you want to send him to Hartford later…so unless he has some real eye bulging improvements to what we got now (which he probably does, I mean lets face it, our defense, aside from staal and girardi, blows)

    Either way…lets hope he can score, because defense didn’t lose us the first round match up, our scoring deficiency did.

  2. One Ranger Love on

    Oh yeah, I forgot to mention Happy Cinco de Mayo!

    Think they are pushing the “celebrations” back in Mexico because of the swine flu? haha

  3. Sure, this blog fun, but not going-to-the-circus fun or fly-fishing-in-Montana fun. It is more shoving shards of broken glass up your butt and then sitting in a tub of Tabasco sauce fun.

  4. UESBlueshirt on

    Ok, so is there anything that Cindy won’t whine about:

    Ovechkin nailed a one-timer from the left circle that beat Marc-Andre Fleury on a power play with 7:07 left, then skated between the circles before unleashing a slap shot that sailed past Fleury’s glove with 4:38 remaining for his third goal of the game and seventh of the post-season. After the first wave of hats came a second wave, prompting Crosby to speak to the referee about the long delay.

    “People kept throwing hats,” Crosby said. “And I was just asking if he could make an announcement to ask them to stop.”

  5. UES, thanks for the quote. “People kept throwing hats,” Sidney Crosby said tonight. “I was just asking if he could make an announcement to ask them to stop”

    Holy sh*t, is there anything this fairy won’t cry about?

  6. I read the Cycle Like the Sedins blog post.

    It’s funny, sure. But really, what should the Rangers do? They don’t have any true top-end talent on the farm. They’re not going to get an NHL-ready stud in the draft this year.

    My point goes back to the title of this blog post. All of the playoff teams left, except for maybe the Bruins, have at least one, and sometimes more than one, true top-flight, high skill level, gamebreaker:

    Pitt: Crosby, Malkin
    Caps: Ovechkin, Semin
    Wings: Datsyuk, Zetterberg
    Ducks: Getzlaf, Ryan
    Hawks: Kane, Toews
    Canes: Staal
    Canucks: Sedins
    Bruins: Savard

    All of these players are 80-100 point guys. The Rangers don’t have one. And there isn’t one in the system. I personally am convinced that they need someone. They had JAROMIR JAGR and let him walk.

    I know I’ll get flamed for this, but I think they need to take a run at Gaborik. If they can’t get him, then I guess you build from within…I don’t want Hossa, Havlat, etc. But building from within will probably just result in a lot of 7-10th place finishes over the next few years because of Lundqvist, mostly. And so we’ll be in hockey purgatory.

  7. There was ONE hat thrown on the ice for Cindy’s hat trick. I hope Ovechkin brought that to the referee’s attention too.

  8. Nasty, will do.
    Uncle Jimbo, is there something you’re trying to say?
    Rob C, I agree. But Gaborik would be a huge risk, and not cheap.
    Vitaly, exactly.

  9. I must say Russians in the NHL have come a LONG, LONG, LONG way. When the first batch came over in ’89 (i.e. Mogilny, Nemchinov, Larionov, Fetisov, etc) Russians were thought of as finesse players who couldn’t play the ‘American’ style of hockey and/or understood what it takes to lead an NHL team. In the last 20 years they have come a long way in large part due to the popularity of the NHL in Russian and having kids like Ovechkin, Malkyn & Datsyuk dream about being in the NHL some day and really understanding what it takes to succeed and be a leader. WAY TO GO!!!

  10. The Rangers need a star veteran. Tampa had Andreychuk, and stunk after he retired. Caps have Federov, Carolina had Brind’Amour, Detroit has a bunch of star vets — they are crucial to a winning team. Dolan should get on his private jet and fly over to Switzerland, where Jagr is playing great in the World Cup, beg him to come back, trade Gomez, and bring in Kovalchuk.
    Then Sather can take a tip from Naslund and graciously hand over the reins to Schoenfeld. Or just fire Sather, whatever works.

  11. Here is the thing about the Rangers and needing a star vet. We have two people that could be star vets in Drury and Gomez. He is the problem though. Those two “star vets” are supposed to be our go to payers and our offensive threats as well. Well, 2 years later, it just isn’t a good formula here. If they were each making 4 million each and we had a power forward, a sniper, and a PP quarterback dman, they could easily be “star vets”. That is my opinion, but when our experienced vets are not offensive threats and are being paid to be, it causes A. Hatred from the fan base, and B. not being able to do anything because of financial handcuffs.

  12. SAM (not the great Weinman) on

    Rick,

    Are you a Rangers fan? If not, what team are you a fan of, if any?

  13. Zach Parise should be MVP nominee. The fact that he has been overlooked is a pure joke. He meant more to the devils than Malkin (this year, he certainly elevate his game like last year when Sid was hurt) and Datsyuk (On a team with Zetterberg, Lidstrom, Hossa, you name that superstar they have them. As a Ranger fan and hockey fan there were times this season when Parise elevated his game and helped the Devils win some games himself.

  14. gardenfaithfulinfla on

    So, if by some remote chance it comes down to Detroit and Pittsburgh – what’s Crosby going to do when they start throwing octupi on the ice? Probably scream like a little school girl who just saw a spider and skate into the locker room and refuse to come out until they’re taken away!

  15. wow… major signing! Hope that kid will see some time with the big club…which is highly unlikely.

    The only disappointing line in that updated post by Carp was this line:

    *New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather*

    He is still here…

  16. Who cares who they signed. Its not like the kid will every play for the Rangers. :(

  17. Who the F is Jordan Owens?

    And watching the Caps/Pens game, I don’t see how the Rangers can compete with either of those teams.

    I’d rather have AO beat us than Cindy beat us.

  18. Great, another undersized forward that can’t score! Whoop-dee-frickin’-doo!

  19. Marian Gaborki in 35 GP will outscore any Ranger on this team in 80.

    Dude averages more than a ppg whether he plays 60 or 6 games. Bonafide stud.

  20. If I knew that he wouldn’t get hurt again, I would sign Gabbo. But the guy has never played a full season. I’d love to see his numbers through 82 games. I bet they’d be sick.

  21. I do remember that game from late in the season, when we played the Wild, and Gaborik leveled Naslund along the boards. Anyone else remember that hit? Naslund was actually shaken up from it.

  22. Yeah Gabo would be an awesome addition if he ever learns to stay healthy, but if he did he probably wouldn’t be the same player.

  23. We should take a chance of Gaborik. When he’s playing he’s pretty much unstoppable. Plus, the Rangers have a good track record of keeping their players healthy (credit to Jim Ramsey and his staff).

    I’d use our excellent training staff as a bargaining chip to sign him … maybe something like 11 million over 2 years.

    If he gets hurt we put him on LTIR and his money doesnt count against the cap anyways and that will open up some space to let a young guy replace him for awhile … its a win/win really.

    oh, and tell em’ Large Marge sent ya !!!!!!!!

  24. “The mind plays tricks on you. You play tricks back! It’s like you’re unraveling a big cable-knit sweater that someone keeps knitting and knitting and knitting and knitting and knitting and knitting…”

  25. Amazing Larry (Formerly known as Nasty 1) on

    Carp, I am changing my name today, just for you, but only for today.

  26. Amazing Larry (Formerly known as Nasty 1) on

    Actually, I retract my Post at 1:20, I believe it went more like this, “On this very night, ten years ago, along this very stretch of road in a dense fog just like this…..”

  27. ZzZz 13 ZzZz Rules the contract talks!! says Greg L. on

    Rangers getting younger so new guys are a good thing ..dump the old , pick up the new( young) players..good move so far.
    Need to dump a few more aging vets and let’s build this team around Dubinsky and Cally!!

    Carp , you know who is me …but i’m not quite sure if I want that reveiled yet…

  28. I think the Rangers should go acfter Goboric. Even being injured he probably helps the rangers win 4 or 5 more games at a minimum, along with maybe helping them get into OT once or twice in those games were the PP went 0 for 5 and they lostby one, that’s 10-15 points, and perhaps home ice. The rangers with a 15-16% PP are slot scarier than with a 12-13% PP, and Gaboric is the type that could bring them to that level.

  29. I don’t think it’s within the powers of the Rangers staff to keep a player healthy. It’s their playing style. Read: Richters knee injuries, Lindros’ head injuries…

  30. The Most Interesting Man In The World (formerly MiamiPimp) on

    Can’t wait to see what bush-league moves Sather makes this offseason …

  31. Chris in MA on

    I love how this Owens is the 1st move Sather makes in the off-season *slams face against keyboard*

  32. “i’m a loner dottie, a rebel..”
    “AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAndy!!!”

    One of my favorite movies of all time!

  33. Large Marge. LMAO. FRENCH FRIES!!!

    Nasty, I’ll be very disappointed if you don’t switch back. Well, not really.

    Back to our usual for a moment: Has anybody wondered on this rainy Cinco De Mayo if Elaine is still outside Gladys Mayo’s store dancin’ and struttin’?

    Chris, I wonder how many had the exact same reaction.

  34. Bored,

    I’ve been following that blog for a while now, it’s actually pretty good. Not a lot of comments from Ranger fans, but definitely a great spot to get the latest Ranger news.

  35. Amazing Larry (Formerly known as Nasty 1) on

    Hey Carp, what are you thoughts as far as what you THINK will happen with the Rangers this summer?

  36. Amazing Larry (Formerly known as Nasty 1)

    I got at least one guess to what will happen with the Rangers this summer…

    THEY WILL DEFINITELY PLAY LOTS OF GOLF!

  37. bearded lady on

    Jordan Owens is a combination of Michael Jordan and Terrell Owens.

    he dunks the puck, celebrates with staged gimmicks, and argues with coaches

  38. Surprised some other people on here feel the same way I do about Gaborik. I think it’s worth a shot. Somehow, I don’t think Jordan Owens is going to solve this team’s scoring problem.

  39. I know Jordan Owens because he was a 69 overall in NHL09 for Hartford lol

  40. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    Damn, all these upgrades! I don’t know if I can stand it!

    $4million cap space cleared by Nazzy’s retirement.
    The Rangers upgraded at the forward position by replacing Drury with Owens… what else is next, anson carter comes back?!

    I was thinking, remember when we were all down on Anson Carter, Matt Cullen, and those types of players? Please, someone tell me how those 2 guys are any different than Chris “THE CAPTAIN” Drury, besides not costing the team $7+ million?

  41. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    Gaborik’s NOT worth a shot.

    Ever heard of Rick Dipietro? Gaborik is the Rick Dipietro of forwards. Period.

  42. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    In other words, Gaborik could be called “Dick Ripietro”

  43. I heard the beat reporter for the Minn paper say on NHL live the other day that the fans there are excited to be finished with the Lemaire-Risebrough era. it reminds of Renney with his boring trap, the fans in Minn had to put up with that crap for a long time

  44. [i]”I know Jordan Owens because he was a 69 overall in NHL09 for Hartford lol”[/i]

    But what was his ‘potential’

  45. ZzZz 13 ZzZz Rules the contract talks!! says Greg L. on

    Rangers live and die on King Hendrick’s performance night in and night out . Aquiring scoring free-agents always sound appealing but it isn’t gonna help our goalie out when other teams start attacking us.

    Hank ,Staalsie and Girardi need help and Redden,Rosi and Mara are NOT gonna cut it.

    I think Ranger fans are sick of gambling on a star to lead them to the promise-land , we need to rebuild , rebuild and in this day and age..the builing processe can go really fast …buy out all the aging vet’s and trade the ones ya can for draft picks , today kids are fast , strong and lean .

    Hate to say it but the asslanders did the right thing and tanked the season for Tavares ….sick. Now it is our turn , but hey our kids have learnt alot and who know maybe they can lead us to the promise-land.

    Rangers need to relax and not go after any free-agent and just worry about dumping the ones they have now…

  46. I dont get the “rebuild chants” we are the 7th youngest team in the NHL, and now with Naslund retiring will be even younger by default next year

    http://www.nhlnumbers.com/compare.php?season=0809&type=averageage&order=ASC

    Plus, because we have Lundqvist, I think that makes all the more sense to go out and get more proven offensive fire-power. How many 1-0 or 2-1 games can we lose until Lundqvist says “I’ve had enough and want off this no-scoring crap team”.

    Our D was fine last year and with Staal and Girardi being another year older next season, and having decent D-men to complement them we just need to score more nd esp. on the PP…
    if we score more goals next year, we will win more games next year !!

  47. somerset: age is a really good stat to projet how well a team will do. What about Detroit, are they a bad team? They are the OLDEST one in the league. I don’t think performance has a lot to do with age, it has to do with the quality of players and the people running the organization.

  48. Vitaly…

    I only put the “age stat” up there, because so many people comment on here – to cut our veterans and bring more kids up next season. Honestly, i think we need some older players on this team.

    I think we are too young, and bringing up more kids will make us even more inconsistent next season. With Naslund retiring that makes the oldest players on our team Redden and Drury at the ripe, old, age of 32.

    And most people want to replace those guys the most with still “wet behind the ear” 19 year olds from Hartford.

    On a side note ..

    DOES ANYBODY THINK PHOENIX WILL RESIGN PRUCHA AND DAWES AND FOR HOW MUCH??

  49. Carp , you know who is me …but i’m not quite sure if I want that reveiled yet…

    ……..

    Somehow I think I’ve got you pretty narrowed down.

  50. Chris Drury on

    Captain Clutch update: I’m not letting blowing that 3-1 series lead ruin my Cinco de Mayo! Party at Redden’s tonight!

    (***note to self*** Gotta thank Wade once again for signing with us and taking the heat off my own insane contract)

    Also did you guys know that it’s always been my dream to be a Ranger??? I wanted to be a Ranger so bad it ONLY took $35 million and a full no-movement clause to sign me! These clutch goals don’t come cheap you know! Remember that clutch goal in Game 4??? Wait what was that? There was a Game 5, Game 6 and Game 7? Uhhhh…did you see my performance vs. Taiwan in ’89? Little League World Series champs baby!

    Nap Time!

  51. somerset: It’s not that we are young or we are old it’s that we don’t have enough QUALITY athletes PERIOD to compete at the highest level.

  52. Jordan Owens is signed now I can sleep peacefully through the summer nights to come

    The Mouth

  53. mike in ia on

    the 2nd best quote of the season was when hank said after game 4 win.” thats why they pay me the big bucks!! to make the big saves”!! he follows that statement up with giving up 9 goals on the next 34 shots during games 5 and 6. that comes a close second to drurys”i wont let it ruin my christmas”

  54. Man, funny bunch of posts today!

    I’m sure we are all going to be disappointed AGAIN with Uncle, -er, Grandpa Glen this summer, but we gotta at least try to be fair – there are no real moves to be made until the playoffs are over and contracts officially expire.

    Then we can officially get pissed!

  55. mike in ia on

    mouth, i hear that!! im partying tonight baby!! jordan owens baby!!!!!!! i know this signing must have drury fearing for his job bigtime! lots of sleepless nights on capn crunches horizon

  56. mike in ia on

    well said vitaly. but now with the owens signing, the rest of the teams will have to come up with a different secret weapon to use against us instead of the dreaded ahl backup goalie that has struck fear in the hearts of capn crunch and speedy gonzalez for the past 2 years.

  57. “Captain Clutch update: I’m not letting blowing that 3-1 series lead ruin my Cinco de Mayo! Party at Redden’s tonight!”

    Haha, there’s nothing i look forward to these days then the Drury updates. I wonder if the loss will not only not ruin his Cinco de Mayo, but also the upcoming Mothers Day. Interesting.

    And great job signing Owens. He’s a big part of the future……the future of the Wolf Pack.

    Anyone who’s interested, click on my name, and that will send you to the website egotastic.com, and scroll down until you see a Megan Fox video. It’s a photoshoot for Esquire magazine, and she’s smoking hot, and will make your day better, if you’re interested.

    Go Fox !!!

  58. mike in ia on

    jordan owens is most likely betts replacement. i know mikeA said hes a great pk’er so hes most likely bets or shoes replacement. i would rather see byers , moore or dupont fill the spot, but this guy better be tough. i dont wanna see a 4th line that cant score and cant hit.

  59. mike in ia on

    orr- watch tonights versus games, they will probably have lindsay soto as the blonde bimbo interviewing players between periods. shes a saucy flirt!! not christine simpson who is annoying and looks like martha stewarts sister

  60. ZzZz 13 ZzZz Rules the contract talks!! says Greg L. on

    somerset , I don’t like the rebuiling idea too much at all either but let’s face it , when NYR’s go out and “buy” someone … we always get duped. ( Ala Gomez , Drury ,Redden , and Naslund. I’m just saying , why not pay our own young guys and let other teams scoop up the old stuff. Core players like Dubinsky and Cally are our foundation with Hank and Staalsie part of that too. AA coming up and other come in ( Z or Antro) are also young so who knows…

    Old aging vets wont last 30 games in a Tortarella type system …let’s not get into another “Sundin” type sweeepstakes because by doing that we doubt our own system.

  61. Amazing Larry (Formerly known as Nasty 1) on

    Orr, I am willing to bet money that you stumbled across egotastic.com while you went to Google and typed “Megan Fox naked” in the search. Come on? Admit it.

  62. Hockey Guy on

    Just glancing at that press release, isn’t the ECHL just known as the ECHL now and not the East Coast Hockey League?

    I thought that’s the case (it’s kinda dumb), but does anyone know for sure?

    (I know this has nothing to do with anything, but I’m bored)

  63. lol… that Florida Panther fan chick looks like a dude! Florida management does all they can to attract people to come see the game.

  64. How many other sports do you think Glen Sather could be so impotent and covered in Epic Fail sauce from head to toe season after season as a GM in New York and still keep his job ?

    It’s simply redonkulous

  65. Florida management does all they can to attract people to come see the game.

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    During the 05/06 season, Chicago couldn’t give tickets away via promotions. They didn’t even have a dedicated tv network.. and when they had home feeds, Hawk employees would go on craigslist and say they had free tickets… this was done to fill out the front rows on camera.

    I’d imagine the Thrashers did the same.

  66. H. G. Pennypacker on

    I’ve changed my mind. I think I’ll build a roller coaster instead.

  67. that drury update was the best since the season ended. great job. this team is going to be the same again.

    anyone want to buy some games off me now

    section 330 row g

  68. NASTY

    She’s never been naked, although there is a pic of her on that website with pasties on, you can see the boob but no nip, so it’s like peanut butter without the jelly, it’s good, but you still need the jelly to complete it. The bread is the skin, just encase you were wondering.

    I don’t know how i came across that website, but im glad i did.

    thefeedingtube.com is another good one.

    BTW – Anybody hear Crosby crying in the Pens press conference last night, aboot the fans throwing hats non stop. He said he wasn’t complaining, but CLEARLY, he was complaining.

    I cant believe the Craps are up 2-0. You gotta hand it to the Rangers, they really suck, they were able to control OV, and they didn’t let him dominate in most of the games, and they had a 3-1 series lead. The Pens cant control OV, and they’re down 2-0. It makes you wonder, what if Nyr finished the series off, would they have had a shot against the B’s ?

    I guess we’ll never know….

    MIKE

    Oh, ill be sure to check Soto out. Id like a piece of that to go !

  69. noonan
    May 5th, 2009 at 6:35 pm
    at least she has a nice rack

    No she does not! Bad boob job… too wide apart. Not my favorite set of “wopbopaloobops”

  70. This One Will Last A Lifetime on

    Carp:

    I am just back from Switzerland and the World Ice Hockey Championship Tournament. I saw 9 games in 5 days. The quarterfinals start tomorrow.

    Regarding your post:
    What the three all have in common is that they are all Russians !!! Russia already has the best team at the tourney and that is without the three Hart finalists AO, Datsyuk and Malkin. Imagine how great that team would be. Team Russia does have major goaltender issues, I do not believe Bryzgalov is all that great.

    Other observations:

    Latvia has become my favorite team outside the USA. Their fans are so passionate and their players are so close with each other, really showing comradiere and closeness.

    The USA team is really really young ans exciting to watch but Esche and Montoya ? Come on. Why does such a big country like the USA have no world class goalies? (I guess Ryan Miller is hurt and Conklin is backing up Osgood, but they are not world class anyway). I think Mike Richter may have been the last time the US had a goalie that might have been won of the best in the world.

  71. Chris Drury on

    Haha, there’s nothing i look forward to these days then the Drury updates.

    ……………………………………

    Captain Clutch update: Nap time is over! Thanks ORR!

    Bout to take the Clutchmobile out and head to Redden’s! The hand is still sore so I’ll be driving with one hand, but I’m not gonna let that ruin Redden’s party! What guts to get out there on the road like that! What a winner!

    If you see someone chewing on a mouthpiece while driving up the West Side Highway, make sure to say hi!

    And if you want we can even talk about your favorite Chris Drury Clutch Ranger moments! How about the goal I scored vs. Colorado??? 5th goal in a 6-1 win! Hey, it doesn’t even have to be a goal- how about the unforgettable clutch dump-in vs. Philadelphia! Coach Torts and the media couldn’t get enough of that! See winners make winning plays, and losers blow 3-1 series leads in the playoffs…oh wait…uhhhh…Little League World Series Trophy baby! #23 for Mattingly!

    I’ll be back after the next nap time!

  72. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    All that I would say has been said by Mike the Mouth Milbury:
    ‘You’re whimpifying the game’ (ie. our fun) Carpy! Ok… I guess there are children. LoL

    * Rick Carpiniello
    May 5th, 2009 at 7:05 pm
    OK, fellas, new topic.

  73. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    And, cough cough, the “game-winner” 2:33 into period 2 of game 4! Yea, super-clutch. That’s almost as good as 2 outs in the bottom of the ninth! You can talk about last year’s game winners where he scored the 4th goal against Montreal when it was 4-1 and the Rangers let up 3 horrid goals late in the game! True clutch players know when to score the game-winner, even if it needs to be scored in the second period and it seems like you’re padding the stats. No, that was clutch ladies and gentlemen.

    The best is everyone who oogle’d over Drury’s game 4 goal. I’d like to call Varly’s screw up… but hey, it was a game winner so what do I know?

    Great material, btw!

    * Bout to take the Clutchmobile out and head to Redden’s! The hand is still sore so I’ll be driving with one hand, but I’m not gonna let that ruin Redden’s party! What guts to get out there on the road like that! What a winner!

    If you see someone chewing on a mouthpiece while driving up the West Side Highway, make sure to say hi!

    And if you want we can even talk about your favorite Chris Drury Clutch Ranger moments! How about the goal I scored vs. Colorado??? 5th goal in a 6-1 win!

  74. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    I’m still thinking we gave St. Louis something to think about too guys! And that Atlanta is a “surprisingly good and under-rated team!” ahhh….

    Damn it, Tom Renney!

  75. True Fans, no, no. Have your fun. I just don’t want it to escalate too far. I think it’s hilarious, personally.

    Speaking of hilarious, these Drury updates are awesome. The Clutchmobile!!!

  76. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    Last comment before I have to get back to studying.

    Hank stood on his head and got 3 wins. Fleury hasn’t done it yet. That’s the difference in rounds 1 and 2.

    I also can’t blame Hank in game’s where he lets up 4 and his team scores 0. Sorry, I can’t do it. Hank had a bad game 5 (which I unfortunately drove to DC to watch), but he was better game 6 and phenominal game 7. The whole Avery and Tortorella things were more to blame (behind Kaptain Krutch) in games 5 and 6 I would say.

    Hey, how about Sean Avery and Hank being the best 2 Rangers to end the season?! Who would have guessed that tandem? LoL.

    BTW: I bet Tom Renney signs with Edmonton and acquires Kevin Weekes! hahaha…. damn it, Tom RenneY!

  77. John Davidson, Andy Murray and the entire St. Louis Blues organization on

    It was hard to stay focused on Vancouver during our 1st round series when all we kept thinking about were the Rangers.

    Tom Renney ruined our playoffs.

  78. i wonder if Chris Drury was as much in love with himself playing for other teams as he is right now playing for the Rangers.

  79. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    Couldn’t have been this much in love with himself…. didn’t make 7.1million!

    Actually, Buffalo offered him 22million for 4 years and then pulled it off the table. That’s $5.5million and they took it off when he was ready to sit down and talk (you can google that just searching 22+million+drury btw).

    The JD comment is awesome, whoever did it!

  80. BTW: I bet Tom Renney signs with Edmonton and acquires Kevin Weekes! hahaha…. damn it, Tom RenneY!

    ——

    *NO DOUBT ABOUT THAT!*

  81. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    God made the Pope and the Popemobile but then broke the mold when he made Drury and the Clutch-mobile!

    Remember when this team had players with charisma, personality, and integrity? Ok, maybe Messier didn’t have the utmost integrity, but the likes of Leetch, Richter, Graves, and Messier are SOOOO different than Gomez and Drury.

  82. John Davidson, Andy Murray and the entire St. Louis Blues organization on

    Speaking of hilarious, these Drury updates are awesome. The Clutchmobile!!!

    …………………………………

    Captain Clutch BONUS update: Thanks Carp! I thought this blog could use a little more clutch! I want to make sure this blog stays a winner even during the offseason! I’m not gonna let a little playoff loss ruin the Festivus Blog!

    Speaking of clutch, I’m typing this on my Blackberry with my one good hand and driving the Clutchmobile at the same time! What a hero! I would never let a teammate like Wade down and miss his party! Cops might pull me over, but once they see how much courage and leadership I have just by getting out there with one hand they’ll understand!

    And you already know what I’m bringing to the party- marble rye! Ultra-Clutch!

  83. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    You’re right Carp, there was no one to make fun of Gianone’s, or back then Mike Crispino’s ties!

  84. mike in ia on

    whatever happened to bob page? remember bob page at the sportsdesk after the game

  85. Bullet Bob Page. What a sour SOB. Used to absolutely rip the Knicks, the Rangers, MSG … got railroaded right out of town.

    Can’t ever have enough clutch at the Festivus Blog.

  86. versus is the worst. they just had a player interview in which Patrick Sharp said this national anthem will be something special. and then versus decides,”NO, we will not let the fans see it”

    what a disgrace.

  87. mike in ia on

    damn chicago has some guys that really stickhandle very well. and they go to the net!!! even kane that little sob. thats ok, who needs that when we got buttman and throbbin(dru and gomo)

  88. mike in ia on

    really carp? lol i was a little lad when bob page was around. what did he used to say about the rangers?

  89. mike in ia on

    carp did they put a hit out on him? were you the guy in the backseat with the canolis and the gun?

  90. mike, he had a perma-smirk, and any time the Rangers lost, they choked, or they were embarrassed or they were disgrace. They never just got beat. If he were around after Game 7 he’d be second-guessing everything Tortorella did and calling out Lundqvist for giving up the second goal … that was his act.

  91. Crosby whines about hats falling, but does not apologize for Kunitz’s vicious cross-check on Varmalov.

  92. mike in ia on

    wow. good stuff carp. this blog rules all. we got the blogfather of all blogs. don carpy!!

  93. mike in ia on

    why cant we have a guy like ben eager on our 4th line? guy hits everything. and hits hard too. i hope byers can hbit like that. id like to see him on the 4th next year

  94. mike in ia on

    hawks- they never show the national anthem on versus. they need to have as many commercial breaks as possible to make up for their horrible production. and they barely have a pregame show. they have maybe 2 minutes of a preview and then back to 5 minutes of commercials. 30 seconds back to show bill patrick say a few things nobody cares about, then 5 more minutes of commercials and so on

  95. mike in ia on

    pavel- i saw the crosscheck last night. it was pretty nasty. crosby really complained about the hats? why is he such a little bi@#$?? hes a freakin sore loser. how old is he 22/ 23? time to grow up son.

  96. Local papers reporting the Coyotes will be sold & moved to Canada.
    Who would buy this team that has losses of over 30 million a year for over 3 years ??

  97. “Who would buy this team that has losses of over 30 million a year for over 3 years ??”

    The United States Government.

  98. mike in ia on

    of course versus has to milk game 2 again from last night. ” a special look back at game 2″ lol. ” a show nobody could find because crosby and ovie stole it!!”

  99. mike in ia on

    yup, phoenix would have to win the stanley cup every year just to keep the fans they already had from winnipeg. nobody cares about hockey in the south!. bettman youre retarded!!! they would rather watch cars go round and round in a circle for 2 hours!!

  100. If we don’t sign Z (and I hope we don’t) How much was he making that we will have under the cap?

  101. ZzZz 13 ZzZz Rules the contract talks!! says Greg L. on

    Vancouvers leading 3 -1 Carp , heading into the 3rd period.
    Don Cherry saw footage of OV faking a hit to the face the other day during the game . Ov held his face and bent over , the footage actually showed him getting “missed” by the other player!

  102. Here’s the statement from the NHL re: Phoenix:

    *STATEMENT BY NHL DEPUTY COMMISSIONER BILL DALY REGARDING THE PHOENIX COYOTES*

    NEW YORK (May 5, 2009) – National Hockey League Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly issued the following statement regarding the Phoenix Coyotes:

    “We have just become aware of today’s Bankruptcy Court filing purportedly made on behalf of the Phoenix Coyotes. We are investigating the circumstances surrounding the petition, including the propriety of its filing. We have removed Jerry Moyes from all positions of authority to act for or on behalf of the Club. The League will appear and proceed before the Bankruptcy Court in the best interests of all of the Club’s constituencies, including its fans in Arizona and the League’s 29 other Member Clubs.”

  103. I just saw Chris Drury at my college cafeteria. It was about to close, but with 7.7 seconds before closing, he ran in and nabbed a turkey wrap. I was like “Chris, how do you do it?” And he just winked and flipped me his change.

  104. No Country For Old Rangers on

    Messier murders Bettman, convinces Sather to become Commish and takes over as GM. All in 60 minutes

  105. Smilin' Bob on

    Arizona is no place for hockey…like the Phoenix Roadrunners of the old WHA, the Coyotes have fallen by the wayside.

  106. You know, I don’t post much, but I read this blog every day, and dammit if today’s isn’t some of the funniest stuff ever. I am literally LMAO here, multiple times.

    Anyone know where I can download the new Bonnie Raitt tune “Let’s Give ‘Em Something to Think About”?

  107. Chris Drury on

    I just saw Chris Drury at my college cafeteria. It was about to close, but with 7.7 seconds before closing, he ran in and nabbed a turkey wrap. I was like “Chris, how do you do it?” And he just winked and flipped me his change.

    ……………………………………..

    All with one hand too! I wasn’t gonna let some college cafeteria ruin my dinner!

    *goes back to Redden’s sick Cinco de Mayo party*

  108. I heard Redden’s wife wasn’t allowing hard liquor at his party, so he tried to smuggle some whiskey in. But she caught him, pressured him and he just threw the bottle up the middle of the kitchen floor and she grabbed it and went high glove side on Lundqvist into the liquor cabinet.

  109. I wonder how dumb (myself included) do the 330 people feel that picked the Rangers to top the Caps and reach the second round in the Rangers Poll on the right. *WOW*

  110. Linda

    Great letter! I laughed my butt off just now! Did any of the Washington fans actually read the letter? Thanks for the midnight laugh… I left a comment there about how I met bunch of Caps fans after game 6 I think on the street in Brooklyn ALL wearing Ovechkins t-shirts!

  111. ok… that story deserves another round! here it is…

    ——

    CCCP April 27th, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    I must tell you guys what happened about hour ago…
    I went on Brighton Beach to buy some Russky food for dinner… So, I parked my car by the boardwalk and start walking towards where all the shops at… I see in front of me a group of people (five of them, 2 dudes and three chicks, one of which is at least over 50) walking in the same direction with me but a bit in front of me… so anyway… they all have red t-shirts on…I get closer and I see number 8 on the back and name above the number “Ovechkin” … for a minute I felt like I was in the movie “Being John Malkovich” where John Malkovich gets inside of his own head and sees nothing but himself… it was so weird seeing so many “Ovechkins” at the same time… so, me being me… with my big mouth I had to of course say something… so I get a little closer to them, but still behind them.. I said: “Ovechkin sux” and already playing all sorts of comeback lines in my head to throw back at them… but, I get no response… they keep walking… “OK!” I thought… so I level up with them and say “Are you guys ok? Or should I squirt you with some water?” and I say it with a big smile on my face… They all turned to me at the same time and I could see fear in their eyes … (I have my 3 weeks old beard with hairs pointing in every possible direction and a clean shaved head) they look at me in silence and suddenly older woman grabs one of the girls by hand and says this to me in very broken English “no thank you, we no need water” at this point I couldn’t hold it anymore and sprayed them with my laughter! I swear, they were scared of me! LOL they stopped and waited for me to go way ahead of them! I was laughing so hard that in the store I bought 2 pounds of blood-sausage which I absolutely can’t stand! Don’t ask me why I did it…
    WE MUST WIN TOMORROW! LET’S GO RANGERS!

  112. No Country For Old Rangers on

    drury now turns his attention to coaching his son’s little league team. they are 1-3 on the season.

    gomez has re-invented himself as a humorist. he’s been contributing cartoons to the new yorker.

    redden is in the depths of harrowing cocaine addiction. he’s hit rock bottom, living under a bridge in new jersey leaving his family behind.

    Sather is watching Matlock and wondering why we the NYR didn’t play the Nordiques or the Jets this season.

    Tortorella is in jail after losing it in a Taco Bell and attacking an overzealous Devils fan who made an innocent joke about squirting him with water.

    any banjo players on here?

  113. Carp

    I meant to ask you this before… how did you manage to say a “non-fan” through all these years of covering sport and the Rangers in particular?

    I got addicted to NYR the first time I saw them play back in 1992. You can say “it was love at first fight” :P

  114. watch more hockey on

    btw, for those who wanted to watch the IIHF tourney, I found out that Universal sports, which carries the games, is on the HD channels of the local NBC stations

    you just go to http://www.universalsports.com/fls/23000/tv/where-to-find-on-tv.html

    put in your zip code and find your station

    for instance, WNBC channel 4.4 HD has the games

    they start tomorrow at 10:15 am russia- belarus

    and at 2:15 pm USA-finland

  115. Chris in MA – Re-signing Valiquette was the first offseason move.

    One Ranger Love – We can still send Gilroy to the minors. A one-way contract just means he will still get paid his NHL salary no matter what, which is no problem for this team.

  116. Chris Drury on

    Captain Clutch update: Leaving Redden’s party. Best Cinco de Mayo ever! Best part was when we told Voros to wait outside and never let him in…he’s still out there! In the rain! I wasn’t gonna let Aaron Voros ruin Wade’s Cinco de Mayo party!

    Just realized the Clutchmobile is automatic, not clutch…that’s not clutch! Gonna talk to my dealer, see if Captain Clutch can get a Clutchmobile with clutch! Now that would be clutch!

    Last update for the night…then sleep time! After I wake up I’ll make sure the Rangers millions are still in my bank account…then nap time again! Talk to you guys again soon!

  117. I don’t get all the negativity/sarcasm for the Owens signing. He’s a great PKer, a fast skater, and will provide a lot of energy. He’s only gonna cost the league minimum as he was an undrafted FA. You guys will all like him. This is a very good move.

    They can’t do anything big before the playoffs are over anyways, so do the right things now.

    Carp-Do you know where Bob Page is? It seems like he was erased from this earth KGB style after the Dolans fired him. I’d love to buy that man an adult beverage. He was sarcastic, arrogant, and rude; but in my youth he entertained me.

    “Talk about trading Tweedle Dee for Tweedle Dumb”-Bob Page on the Rangers trading Jay Wells to the Blues to reacquire Doug Lidster. That quote will stay with me forever.

  118. Red Wings totally got douched out of OT. The puck is clearly loose, sitting in the crease, Detroit scores with ~1 minute left to tie, and the goal is disallowed because retard ref blew the whistle. What horsesh*t.

  119. Not to change the subject, but I am “Contestant #5″ in the beard-growing contest (Carp, I just sent you an email). I wanted to thank the readers for the shout-out. It is true, I did not tend to it at all during that time, which is why I looked like a castaway.

  120. MunDoNYC13 on

    So if Sean Avery was in goal for the Ducks that 2nd goal would have counted for the Red Wings…. I see… the refs would have just watched the replay and made the call

  121. ZzZz 13 ZzZz Rules the contract talks!! says Greg L. on

    Yeah Carp just put ZzZz on mine .

  122. Heh, it’s good to know that I’m not the only one that finds Drury’s contract ridiculous.

    Honestly, I think the Rangers are going to have to settle for medium free agents until … oh, 2012 or so at least. It’s not like they ONLY have one or two bad contracts (Rosival’s deal is pretty damn shocking too).

    At least you guys have Lundqvist, though.

  123. To catch up…That panthers fan’s face….”It was the worst accident I’ve ever seen…”

    And dont mess with Drury for the following reasons:

    1- Chris Drury once bit off more then he could chew. He ate it anyway.

    2- Chris Drury once won the olympics. All of them.

    3- A man once asked Chris Drury if his first name was “Christopher” Chris Drury did not respond. He just stared at him til the man exploded.

    4- Chris Drury once shot a German plane down with his finger by pointing and saying “bang”

    5- Chris Drury once took a slap shot so hard that the puck broke the speed of light, went back in time, and killed Amelia Earhart while she was flying over the Pacific Ocean.

    :)

  124. Cycle – we all know Drury’s contract is ridiculous, and Gomez’s, Roszival’s and Redden’s. What we should be paying is $5-6m each for Gomer, Redden and Dru and $3.5-4m for Roszi and if we were we’d have nearly $8m extra cap space.

    We have a GM who still lives in the 80’s and when entering into negotiations forgets about other teams and the salary cap. He signed 2 centers when we needed one the previous summer, he signed 2 d-men when we only needed one last year….this summer we need 2 wingers, will he sign one and pay twice as much as he should?

    Its always puzzled me why we overpay, i mean, we have a schedule where the players get to live in Manhattan and spend 80% of it sleeping in their own beds, they get to play at MSG and use possibly the best training facility in the league, and the kudos of an original six team…etc….it baffles me?

  125. Who am I?

    My favourite mode of transportation is a golf cart.
    I take 2 hour naps on a daily basis.
    I just love spending other people’s money.
    I have little Jimmy totally bamboozled.
    My title ‘President and GM’ is in big bold letters on my office door.
    I never go to my office with the big bold lettering.
    I’m a living legend.

    Who am I?

  126. NYRanger4Life on

    Whenever Chris Drury’s wife asks him nicely to do the dishes he throws them into the garbage and tells her she looks fat.

  127. Let me ask this…let’s say Wash goes on and runs the table and gets to the cup…

    How far away is NYR? If we solidify our back line with these prospects (Sangunetti, Del Zotto,) and with Girardi and STaal taking a step forward, and maybe Callahan and Dubinsky develop into consistent 25g types. Obviously, the team revolves around Hank.

    I think it would be stupid to try to trade for Kovalchuk and have to give up Staal, Cally, and/or Dubinsky. I say let’s develop the guys we got.

  128. UESBlueshirt on

    NYR I think are a pretty decent way off from being a force in the East. It comes down to consistent goal scoring and they don’t have a world class sniper or point producer (Ovechkin, Crosby, Malkin, Parise) or deep enough lineup (Flyers, Bruins). None of Drury, Gomez and Dubi would be top line centers on the 5 or 6 top teams in the conference and none of the wingers would be surefire 1st line wingers. Although you could make a case that Callahan would be a great complimentary winger on a 1st line if you had a purebred sniper on the LW.

    Now if someone like Gratchev busts through the minors and develops into a 30+ goal scorer that will certainly help. At the very least the Rangers are developing a decently solid blueline (no legitimate PP QB but Staal will be a premier shut-down D) and of course they already have an upper tier goalie. It seems as if the staff is not convinced that Sanguenetti nor Del Zotto are ready for prime time.

    Without developing some in-house options, and the amount of high ceiling scoring talent in the Rangers system is pretty low, cap constraints are going to work against them for the next 3 seasons. Who knows they could get lucky and draft a sleeper, but the scouting staff seems to only get that right about once a decade and they already got Lundqvist in 2000.

  129. Where's Pavelich? on

    UES is right, we are a ways off from being a force in the East. With Sather handcuffing the team, there is no short term solution to the scoring woes and we will likely be stuck with the veteran core currently in place.

    The team will not finish last and will flirt with the playoffs each year (w/Torts and the existing talent base), which will prevent us from any real chance at the next phenom in the draft (Tavares, Stamkos, who know whos on Pitt and Caps, etc.)

    On the positive side, if we make the playoffs, we won’t be the favorite.. and everyone loves the underdog (oh wait, we have Aves, nevermind that positive note)

  130. Probably the best analysis in here I’ve seen in a while UES; well done, couldn’t agree more.

  131. Joe in DE,

    The whole referee-must-blow-whistle-when-he-loses-sight-of-puck is ridiculous. If he loses sight of the puck, he should either move to a position where he can see it, or wait five seconds before blowing the play dead. And, a goal can be disallowed if the referee was in process of blowing his whistle before the puck crossed the line. Those rules make it way too easy for a referee to screw a disliked team.

  132. You can call me crazy, but I think Avery is going to have a career year next year.

  133. UESBlueshirt on

    Nasty, a career year in which way? Games played (> 76) or PIM (> 261)?

    Just kidding, I hope he nets 20 since he has the speed and deceptively decent shot but his style of play sometimes prevents him from being in the lineup every day. I’m happy if he gets about 40-45 points next year since that’s basically what he’s shown capable of doing during his career.

  134. UESBlueshirt on

    Avery career year = 1 B-list starlet, 1 cougar ex-model, 1 fashionista, 1 “madame”

  135. Where's Pavelich? on

    I mean what is his (Avery’s) upside for goals and assts? Given what we pay him.. 20-30g; 50-60 pts.. would be fine (plus “intangibles”)

  136. I just think he is FINALLY in the right direction on the right team with the right coach. And NO, a player shouldn’t need to have all of those things to be a good player, but it is what it is, and I expect some good things from him this year.

  137. JamesG
    May 6th, 2009 at 3:59 am
    To catch up…That panthers fan’s face….”It was the worst accident I’ve ever seen…”

    And dont mess with Drury for the following reasons:

    1- Chris Drury once bit off more then he could chew. He ate it anyway.

    2- Chris Drury once won the olympics. All of them.

    3- A man once asked Chris Drury if his first name was “Christopher” Chris Drury did not respond. He just stared at him til the man exploded.

    4- Chris Drury once shot a German plane down with his finger by pointing and saying “bang”

    5- Chris Drury once took a slap shot so hard that the puck broke the speed of light, went back in time, and killed Amelia Earhart while she was flying over the Pacific Ocean.

    :)

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

    another tornado warning day here in the south, but just had to

  138. sorry about that, didn’t finish the thought

    Props to James G, that post was hysterical! It’s almost like the, what I call, ode to sean avery posted by Inferno i think last season…the one with “superman wears sean avery pajamas” i’m sure you’ve all see it.

    Ok sirens going off again! You guys and ladies have a nice day, check back later.

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