The Hall calls


I just wanted to put this up because the Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony is going on right now on NHL Network, and if you can watch it, please do.

I thought we might have some discussion here about the Hall, especially about Brian Leetch, one of my favorite all-time athletes and people.

Right off the bat, when they introduced Brett Hull, I was surprised that I forgot just how unbelievable he was. I forgot he did 50 goals in 50 games, which is so rare. And I forgot that he slapped up three straight seasons of 70, including 86, I believe the third highest-total ever.

I do remember when the Rangers’ blockbuster for Eric Lindros fell through — a judge awarded him to Philadelphia, which had a simultaneous deal with Quebec worked out. John Vanbiesbrouck, who was part of the package offered to Quebec, asked, “Why wouldn’t you make the same offer for Brett Hull?” I never could come to a reasonable reason why they wouldn’t. But they didn’t. Hull was lazy at times, and a detriment in his own end, but boy, few ever scored goals like him.

Shhhhhhh. Brian’s next!!

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  1. It really is an amazing class. Also good to see The Great One put aside his feud with the NHL and showed up. The Hall needs him to be there.

  2. I turned it on just in time to see Leetchie make his speech, and he brought tears to my eyes for several reasons:
    CLASSY CLASSY CLASSY Individual, his humility, him being a great Ranger, and I’m a big emotional wuss! Congrats Brian, on a great career and your well deserved induction into the Hall of Fame. And wow, he looked like he could STILL play!!!

  3. Excellent point Carp. If I’m not mistaken, and I may be, Gretz at some point played with all of them did he not? If so, that probably factored into his decision to attend.

  4. Carp, Leetch is my favorite player of all time! One of the best, and classiest individuals to ever play any sport.

    And man, I sure miss JD. As much as Doc Emerick’s voice gets on my nerves, he and JD are two of the best ever.

  5. DId anyone else BOO at the TV when Buttman came on?
    and to follow that up did anyone else turn it off when Lamorwhateverhisnameis came on?

  6. As a Ranger fan, I have no problem saying that Lamoriello is the best GM today by leaps and bounds.

  7. Brett Hull was absolutely incredible when he teamed up with Oates in St. Luis… Yzerman is just a class act. Lucky-Luc had his moments. BRIAN LEETCH is a legend and one of my all-time favorite Rangers alongside Jan Erixon, Tomas Sandström, Mike Richter and The Captain.

  8. Olga Folkyerself on

    If Lou is the best GM today, then on a scale of 1 to 10, Sather couldn’t get the needle off zero.

  9. wicky229(this team is spineless) on

    And sather traded graves, even more unforgiveable!!!


    if I may ask, what branch were you in?

  10. Buffalo put Mair on waivers…while he will not provide much offensively, he’s good defensively and provides much needed grit. Also makes under a mil and is in a contract year.

  11. nyr guy

    i was thinking the same thing. i think the rangers if no one in the stanings below them claims him then we should at 775,000 salary which would be prorated after 14 games. hes also a free agent so no onligation.

    worthy pickup but have feeling teams below us will claim him first

  12. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " Brian Leetch , a class act!!!!"... says Greg L. on

    ” Lamoriello is the best GM today by leaps and bounds.”

    Someone please get me a barf bag!!! Lou is a great GM , ok , yeah I know that….but Gionta,Madden and scott Neidamyer are all gone !!!! He trades away them or doesn’t resign them and makes his team play boring trap hockey!!!??? There is a reason NO ONE watches Devils hockey…cuz it is BORING. Every player Lou drafted that came to NY was a BUST!! ALL the Devils players are a bunch of clones playing a good system …the GM, Bahhhhh he aint all that and a bag of chips.

  13. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " Brian Leetch , a class act!!!!"... says Greg L. on

    Send LOU to NEW YORK and he would last maybe 2 seasons untill we would be calling for his head ala Gomez and Holik . I’m sick of pansies on here saying how good the crappy Devils and thier owners and staff is….what a crock of crap!! New Jersey is a great defensive team that no one cares about. No body actually cares about NJ at all!!! If Broduer wasn’t there that team would be worse then the azzlanders. New Jersey Devils play second fiddle to the Rangers is right fully so. Sickens my stomach hearing some pathetic expansion team say garbage about us , a Original 6 team. We have so much history that anyone who saying anything bad about us can go take a flying Firetruck!!

  14. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " Brian Leetch , a class act!!!!"... says Greg L. on

    Amen Nasty1 , Grachev could spend some 3rd line time with zero pressure to preform. Him getting to know the “boys” is great for his developement. Mind you shipping him up and down could also be a distraction so keeping him down could also be in his best interest. Saying that…anytime a player has a chance to be called up and play for the “big club” should jump on his chance and not say , nawwww i’ll have a shot next year. I can’t think of one player who would say that. Grachev should be here , hes our new Cherapanov (god rest his soul). Give ’em a shot.

  15. I was lucky enough to grow up in Hamden, Ct, one town away from where Leetch grew up in Cheshire, Ct. Watched him play every High School game he played the two years he was at Cheshire High. He was incredible then and it went on from there. When the Rangers drafted him, I was so happy he would play for the team I loved.
    I lost enormous respect for Sather when he traded him with no warning. You can tell Leetch was hurt. That was very cold of Sather. I know it is a business, but there had to be a more professional way to handle it than what Sather did.
    Leetch only could tell me he was “disappointed” in Sather when I talked to him a few years ago at Yale field (he was part owner of a Baseball team).

  16. Where's Pavelich? on

    Leetch is the ONLY name I have ever worn on any jersey in any sport (Team USA jersey)…Sather cannot be forgiven for trading him esp in the manner he did.

    Is he the best American-born player ever?

  17. Bet you, if Sather asked Leetch in 2004 about the trade to help the team, he would’ve said yes. As a rental. He never did. Slats wasn’t very popular before 2004 in NY, that move just cemented the feelings.

  18. Where's Pavelich? on

    I agree, Carp…I always thght LaFontaine was incredibly skilled, but Leetch brought the whole package and opened up a whole new light for American D-men – in my opinion he is the best

    I had tix to go to ceremony, but had to bail at the last minute.. for a mid-30s hockey fan – this is just a fantastic HOF class

  19. Laurie, at Beyond The Blueshirts, tweets that Arnason was suspended because he left the team to sign in Europe.

  20. I don’t know if I’d say he’s better, but Chelios has had a pretty distinguished career even if he’s held on for a decade too long. Not the point producer that Leetch was, but he played a meaner physical game.

    And looking past his birthplace (and his dual citizenship), you could include Hull as an American player. As good as Leetch was, he wasn’t the best D of his generation, but Hull is an all time great goal scorer.

  21. good for leetch and jd. two great people and grew up with both of them, hearing jd say ohh baby!! and leetch scoring the first goal in teh cup finals was one of the happiest moments i have of leetch. i was 13 then, but i felt like i grew 30 years older by the time that playoffs was over. he’ll always be the best ranger d man ever and american born d man.

    i also nominate saltys post from last thread as one of the best posts but even if its freakin nasty!!!

    and greg- ur crazy bro!! lol. i love this blog

  22. wicky229(this team is spineless) on

    Is there anyone left out there, did the T virus get everyone…….did umbrella succeed???

  23. The two things that Slats did that I could never forgive him for is trading both Leetch and Graves. They both should have stayed and retired as Rangers.

    2 of the classiest guys I have ever seen.

  24. Is anyone else deaf from the silence? Why havent we heard one word about what the team plans to do down 2 centers

  25. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " Brian Leetch , a class act!!!!"... says Greg L. on

    Olga , I’m probally not gonna calm down but thanks for trying.

    John Davidsonn was a great announcer but a crappy Goalie. Give Ron Maclean or Dick Irvin credit too if were dishing out announcer awards.

    Crazy , yeah Mike haha ..have ya ever read yer own posts? Frickin funny and kinda crazy too..ya crack me up !!! Someone should nominate you on half the stuff ya said.

  26. leetch is the reason I play defense…
    I always like how he could command a game/ come through at the most opportune times…

  27. Olga Folkyerself on

    Crappy goalie? I beg to differ, Greg- JD took a young ’79 team to the finals on his back. I suspect you were not around then, but that was my first shot at the Cup as a Ranger fan. JD was good- not great, but “crappy” is just wrong…

  28. wicky229(this team is spineless) on

    Glad to know that umbrella did not get everyone!!!

    I would love to see us acquire Tuomo Ruutu from carolina somehow!

    Now that we are on the sather subject, can’t believe he frakking traded ulfie and simon either, that pissed me off a whole helluva lot!!

  29. just finished watching HOF Ceremony… Leetch is the greatest! I feel very lucky and privileged to have seen him play for the team i love. Brian is a great speaker too… he should go into politics or something. Great HOF class this year… Stevie Y, what a great hockey player… a true definition of a leader. I always loved watching him play…Hull, Lucky Luc… well deserved honor for all of them.

  30. Potvin on NHL on the Fly just said that Leetch’s game seven goal (which as we all know was the first goal of the game) was a Cup winning goal. How aboot, no?! Do your homework douche… i guess Potvin does suck!

  31. wicky229(take the "A" from cally and give it to sally! on


    good on ya!!

    Night all and have an anti-rozy and anti-cally night!

  32. wicky229(take the "A" from cally and give it to sally!) on

    Oh, it might have been smith that traded ulfie, I can’t remember. I think smith was the one that let the little ball of hate go as well (I really liked the little ball of hate alot also)!

    I just laureled didn’t I, really going now, night all!

  33. “Is anyone else deaf from the silence? Why havent we heard one word about what the team plans to do down 2 centers”


    yeah, sure… right away! Sather is gonna drop everything and personally will tell all of us what he plans to do! Because that is what he does all the time, right?

  34. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " Brian Leetch , a class act!!!!"... says Greg L. on

    Z ahhhh feels mush better!!! Thanks !!!

    Olga , I was definatly around in ’79 ,I just wasn’t on the Ranger bandwagon at age 11.

  35. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " Brian Leetch , a class act!!!!"... says Greg L. on

    GoodMorning Carp and Sally!!! Haha !!! Wickey , you did pull a Laurel, but atleast ya never got “Carped”!!

  36. What Leetch could teach these young Rangers now…


    Manning the point at the opponent’s blue line..quick now how many times did you ever see Leetch stoned at the blue line and his man get by him hmmmm???? Almost nevaire!

    How often did he ever get beat in a one on one in his own end???? I can’t recall ANYONE getting past him.

    How often did he block shots dropping to one knee and facing the shot???? Constantly. ( He got hurt bad once doing this that I can recall.) But he continued to do it.

    HOw often did he mount an attack in the opponent’s zone, skate in for a shot and amazingly was always back at his D position without getting trapped.These are individual skills that none of these players have, but could be taught by the master.

  37. I too recall Leetch from his Cheshire days…my son used to skate against him and Craig Janney, when they were home at vacation and got in local ice time with the local kids. Very
    good examples for youngsters even then.

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