Happy holiday. Officially, I’m back from vacation today. I know you didn’t miss me much, because we really had some sensational guest bloggers. And before I forget, our friend Mike G. is planning to send along something from the Rangers fan fest he attended over the weekend. Not sure how much I will be able to post, or if I can put up photos and/or video. We’ll see.
I have a lot to discuss with you guys the next few days, but first I have to tell you a story about my vacation.
We went to a family wedding in Fort Myers, Fla. Nice time of year to go to Florida—felt like 100 degrees and 100 percent humidity only when it wasn’t a thunder-and-lightning monsoon.
Anyway, Mrs. Carp and I and her sister and brother-in-law stayed at a nice place on Sanibel Island, about 35 minutes from the church.
So it’s the wedding day. The ceremony is at 4 p.m. It’s about 3:05 and my wife says we should get going. I’m in shorts and a T-shirt at this point, watching golf on TV and hanging out in the air conditioning. So I get out my jacket and shoes and shirt and tie, and like one of those bolts of lightning, panic hits me right in the heart. Holy %$@&! I forgot to pack my pants! I have no pants! None! Zero! Just shorts. I can’t go in shorts. And my new dress shoes won’t work with shorts, or my new jacket.
So I grab all my stuff and put it into a plastic bag. My wife gets dressed, and off into the pouring rain we go. We stop at a couple of places on Sanibel, and none of them has dress pants. Now it’s 3:30. We figured we better get to Fort Myers. That way I can at least drop her off, she can go to the wedding, I can go buy pants and meet her at the reception. Once we get back onto the mainland, we pass a Ralph Lauren store, so I stop the car, grab my bag of clothes and run in. First rack, I spot a pair of navy pants, my size, way more than I would spend on a pair of pants. I grab them, run to the register, and get stuck behind an old guy who’s stammering “which copy do I sign” to the clerk.
He finally gets out of the way, and I tell the girl, “This is an emergency. Please ring this up, take all the tags and everything off, and let me go change in your fitting room.” Like that, I’m out of there in about four minutes. I’m soaked in perspiration. My wife’s new dress is drenched from the rain. We go 70 mph in a 35 zone to get to the church at 4:10, run through the rain, and find out that they held up the wedding for us (it was a small gathering). Yikes! Then I had the pleasure of telling every single person at the wedding what an idiot I am, forgetting to pack my pants.
Next day, my poor sister-in-law slipped on wet cement stairs and fell, cracked her head on the steps and we spent the whole day in the emergency room. Then the skies opened up and a beach party scheduled for the families of the bride and groom was cancelled. What a weekend.
EVENING UPDATE, 7:48 p.m.:
Got this from the Rangers:
Sunday, September 6, 2009 – New York Rangers 3, Carolina Hurricanes 5
The New York Rangers prospects were defeated by the Carolina Hurricanes prospects, 5-3, in their opening game at the 2009 Traverse City (Michigan) Prospects Tournament on Sunday, September 6.
The Rangers prospects tallied two goals in a 21-second span in the third period to tie the score at three goals apiece, but Carolina notched the go-ahead goal with 2:25 remaining and added an empty net tally in the closing minute.
The Blueshirts prospects were five-for-five on the penalty kill (10:00).
Three of the Rangers’ four point-getters in the contest were selected in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
The Rangers prospects began their third-period comeback from a 3-1 deficit with a Ryan Bourque goal, assisted by Ethan Werek, at 4:49. Bourque, the Rangers’ third round selection, 80th overall, in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, finished the contest with one goal and tied for the game-high with five shots on net. Werek was the Rangers’ second pick, 47th overall, in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
Roman Horak notched an unassisted goal at 5:10 of the final frame to tie the score at three goals apiece. The Rangers’ fifth round selection, 127th overall, in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Horak finished the contest with one goal and two shots on net.
Scott Stajcer, the Rangers’ fifth round selection, 140th overall, in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, stopped 35 of 39 shots in net for New York.
Defenseman Sam Klassen, who signed with the Rangers as a free agent on July 27, 2009, registered a team-high, plus-two rating.
The New York Rangers prospects return to action on Monday, September 7, when they will face-off against the Atlanta Thrashers prospects at Centre ICE 1 in Traverse City, Michigan, in their second of three First Round contests at 3:30 p.m.
Director of Player Personnel, Gordie Clark, on Michael Del Zotto:
“He displayed high-end ability with his puck movement, vision of the ice and passing, particularly on the power play. He was very noticeable throughout the contest.”
On Scott Stajcer:
“Scott was excellent in this game, especially in the first half of the game. He made a number of outstanding saves and was able to keep the game close. He kept us in it, and gave us a chance to win.”
On Ryan Bourque:
“Bourque gave us a big offensive spark in the third period. He played hard throughout and created a number of scoring chances. His goal was the result of hard work, driving hard to the net.”
On Evgeny Grachev:
“He dominated the entire game and was dangerous whenever he touched the puck. In the second half, especially, he took his game to another level with his size and strength. He used his natural attributes to control the puck and the flow of the game.”