Leetch on getting the nod


Brian Leetch knows his place in the Hockey Hall of Fame has a lot to do with 1994. Yesterday, on a fuzzy conference call with fellow inductees Steve Yzerman, Brian Leetch, Luc Robitaille and builder Lou Lamoriello, (minus inductee Brett Hull), Leetch put his team in the context of all that history.

“Unlike the Wings when Steve was there or the Devils when Lou was there, this was our one shot at it,” Leetch said. “We never got back to the finals, we never won another Cup with that group. And the Rangers are still trying to get back to that point. So it’s a single season that sticks out in a lot of people’s minds in the New York area.”


Leetch also described the impact the 1980 Olympics had on his decision to play, and how much more imprtant a goal that was than the NHL.


And remember, please don’t text and drive unless you have a hands-free device or are about to be named to a Hall of Fame in your chosen field. Here, Leetch describes where and how he found out he had been chosen for this year’s class.


ALSO ON THE TICKET: Former Rangers goaltender and commentator John Davidson was selected as the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award recipient for his broadcasting.

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    You can even argue the Avery trade was pretty brilliant, since he helped us so much that year. And the Tyutin deal was a bit of a steal, but at the same time Tyutin had a career year, and Nicky Z had a bit of a disappointing year. I have to disagree on the Jessiwoman draft, he might have replaced him with Z, but he could have had Perry. Getzlaf, Carter, Richards, Brown, Parise, and all the other stars in that draft, along with Z, so it’s still kind of a slap in the face. The Jagr trade was a steal, but nobody knew it would be, and everyone thought Jags was on the downside of his career. As for the Monty trade, supposedly there was a time where teams were willing to give a top prospect for Monty, and supposedly the Flyers were interested in him, and Slats for what ever retarded reason waited till the bitter end, even though he knew Hank was going to be the future of this team, he let him rot and turn into a backup AHL goalie, and got nothing for him. Shoes is a good PK’er but we could have gotten more at one point. And to tell you the truth, i think we might have got raped on that deal, Monty looked pretty damn good in his few games in the NHL. He got a shutout in his first game, and even got a win over the Sharks i think. He was good, so who knows, if he turns out to be a worthy first rounder, then Slats screwed up yet again

    As for Heater, he is still young, he’s a game changer. Slats might go a little overboard to acquire him.

    I hope he doesn’t give too much, but i do hope they get him. It’s like i said, go for it, or start from scratch, that’s all there is to it. The team we have is not going to do sh*t, so you have to do one or the other. I just hope what ever prospects are given up, turn out to be major busts, cause it would seriously suck if we dumped Grachev who grows up to be a Malkin, or an Anisimov who turns out to be a Datsyuk, or a Del Zotto who turns out to be a Neidermeyer, and so on. That would be really depressing.

  2. Laurel Babcock on

    Ahhh. OK. My bad…..I guess I confused your frustration with the topless shot and Bonnaroo with overall disdain…but it was just me :)

  3. UESBlueshirt on

    Wonder what to make of Leetch’s comments about the 94 team being a one and done team? I mean it was transparent that they were loading up for a run with the deadline deals but they still had a decent core for another couple of years but just complimented it with trash.

  4. Ohhhh, no i just thought it was unfair that the girls get topless Avery, and topless fat guy next to Avery, but us guys/me cant get a Megan Fox pic to satisfy us !

    I like Avery, as long as he’s clothed, and out of the penalty box, and in some guys face.

  5. congrats to Leetch a great player and classy guy.

    man this team can be mediocore for years, sather is a disaster….

    they need to get rid of 1 of the big contracts some how some way……

  6. Hey Brian now that your in come back and play for the Rangers.It’s been done before.Remember Guy Lafleur.
    Right now today he’s better then any of our guys.

  7. ZzZz 13 ZzZz saga continues... says Greg L. on

    Welcome back Jane , Ya got perty burnt on yer holidays eh? Laurel’s great in here and it seems everyones kinda getting along.

    (UESBlueshirt) Yeah the Rangers were loading up in 94 to go for a run but come on…1st place team here, hell yeah were loading up!! The day the Rangers got Mess ..loading was begun!! Thats why I came too because in 1991 the Rangers acuired Messier and the franchise has never been the same , winning the cup in 94 made alot of teams jealous and we just did what we wanted in aquiring players and always tried to stay competetive. New York Ranger : A Class Act ….Leetch , arguble the greatest Ranger Defensman of all time. Brian Leetch :Class Act.

  8. reginald dunlop on

    Title 9………equal rights…… have to agree with Orr what? on this one……or does that only work one way???? ha ha ha

  9. ORR …

    Montoya is a wash in my opinion i guess. The reason i listed it was we took a guy being wasted in our system behind Lundqvist and got a great skating, great PK’er in Sjostrom, and still got a goalie prospect in Leneveu (even though he sucked).

  10. ZzZz 13 ZzZz saga continues... says Greg L. on

    ORR ..thats right!! ” it would seriously suck if we dumped Grachev who grows up to be a Malkin, or an Anisimov who turns out to be a Datsyuk, or a Del Zotto who turns out to be a Neidermeyer, and so on. That would be really depressing.”
    Glen Sather getting heatley is like a cheetah going after a gazelle. Hes gonna chase it …When Glen Finally got Eric Lindros , Sather said something about about being a Lion and not refusing his catch…I dunno something like that ( someone could find what he said?)

  11. Laurel, When you wanted a new watch for your birthday, did your man ask you ..Whats wrong with the clock on your stove.

  12. SOMER

    But Shoes might not get re-signed, and what if Monty becomes a solid starter, and the real future of that team, and does for them what Hank did for us. Bryzgalov is good but not great.

    And he was being wasted behind Hank, and he should have been dealt at the deadline of 07, because it was clear as day that Hank was the real deal, and he was going to be the starter of this team for a long time.

  13. ZzZz 13 ZzZz saga continues... says Greg L. on

    We all would like to keep our core guys (Hank,Dubi,Staalsie,Cally,AA,Gravchev and Girardi)But GLen Sather has this ITCH that has to be scratched. When we got Drury anddddd Gomez , Glen scooped up two!! TWO!! 2 ,yes tew guys !! Thats enough meat to feed a pride of lionesses.
    Sather is on the prowl …this Cat is gonna have his day. He licks his chops at the Draft table as he looks around eyeing his next victom. Free agency day -July1 – is Glens hungriest time of the year!!! But untill now , in the jungle , the mighty jungle ..the lion sleeps tonight.

  14. ZzZz 13 ZzZz saga continues... says Greg L. on

    Rangers draft history is jinxed and having a gem like Cherapanov not in our mix is devestating!!(Cherry will never be forgotten)

    It’s Del Zotto’s time to shine here , If he makes the team…hes definatly in the mix!!The passing of Cherry makes Grachev more valuble to us. Gravchev,AA and Del Z could be lacing it up for the big club this winter!!

  15. we all know when july 1 comes sather has to do something. we are the NEW YORK RANGERS. in the next 2 weeks the rangers will make a major move. he won’t sit still, he’s a tiger on that day looking for his prey.

    cross your fingers and prey it’s the right one.

    gomez drury july 1 2007 = born losers
    redden = born loser
    2009 =

  16. damn u tyler!!! send me some frozen in the mail!1. j/k.

    good news for #2. congrats leetchynut!!

  17. k, back for 1 more post real qwik. tyler is skull city there still there too? used to get my “paraphanelia” there back in the day.

  18. If the link doesn’t work….”You can be a lion maybe once in your life,” said a defiant Sather, who is starting his second season with the Rangers. ”If you don’t make this deal, you’re a mouse forever.”

  19. ZzZz 13 ZzZz saga continues... says Greg L. on

    excellent find BANJ , I didn’t realize it was in his 2nd year. So yeah , the lion maybe sleeping now but hes gonna wake soon . Look out!!!

  20. ZzZz 13 ZzZz saga continues... says Greg L. on

    Brian Leetch was a modern day Paul Coffey . Rangers lost a real great player when it was his time to go. Only Brian could take over for Mark Messier as Captain . Speed , agility,accurate shooter and smart!! Humble guy who deserves this honour , he deserves his place in the Hockey Hall of Fame. I was privilaged to watch his carreer and I will always see that #2 and remeber Brian Leetch.

  21. just wacthed tsn mock draft online

    pierre mcguire has rangers taking tim erixon
    craig button of nhl network has rangers taking ryan ellis

    both dmen

    we need a winger. i like zach kassian prob neeed to move up

  22. we were able to avoid a major loss with this twister, two cows lost, including the wife. mabel will be missed more.

  23. I have that damn song stuck in my head too, just that one part. Also now i desperately feel like watching Lion King. What a damn good soundtrack the Lion King has, I don’t care what anyone says !!!!

  24. Ugh, i hate EJ Hradek, he was talking aboot the 4 HOF inductees, and he sounded so happy for the other three, explaining why they deserved it, then once he got to Leetch, he left it short and sweet, and it sounded as if he was disappointed. I want to take this guy by the head, and stick his face in Mickey Rourkes arm pits !!! Bastard !!!!

  25. EJ Hradek is a clown. He’s an Islanders fan from Westchester, which means he jumped on the bandwagon in the 80’s. His opinion means less than nothing.

  26. ZzZz 13 ZzZz saga continues... says Greg L. on

    A wingo whip~~~A Wingo whip~~ the lion sleeps tonight!!!

    When Sather awakens from his slumber ….watch out , who knows whos gonna get !!

    Lion King movie is still quite a show …Banj/Orr , it does stick in a guys head , haha!! Sather theme song!!

  27. ZzZz 13 ZzZz saga continues... says Greg L. on

    All I know is Torts is gonna have a hey day with our over-paid underacheavers!! I can’t wait till Torts kicks Drury’s azz , Gomez gets called out and redden gets sent down!!

    Would be good if these floaters started swimming and we didnt have to pull the plug on any of ’em , we got ’em for a reason and if Torts can’t do what Renney couldn’t . time to send these clowns down to Harford. ( btw if Drury,Redden and Gomez do good ill take back the clowns part.

  28. ZzZz 13 ZzZz saga continues... says Greg L. on

    God knows there Rangers so I’m gonna give ’em a clean slate.

  29. couldnt agree more with that article.

    fact is with drury gomez and redden contracts we will never be on top

  30. ZzZz 13 ZzZz saga continues... says Greg L. on

    Even if New York didn’t win the cup in ’94 , I’d still say Leetch would have been a shoe-in for the Hall anyways.

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