Monthly Archives: November, 2009

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167 Game night … finally

God, I hate these long stretches with no games. I’m sure the teams need them with the condensed schedule … but you have to wonder why a team (the Rangers) plays just three games in 13 days, then crams in five in the next eight days. Apparently, Ilya Kovalchuk was…

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160 Some hockey news

It was reported in different places yesterday: Ilya Kovalchuk is expected to return from a broken foot tomorrow against the Rangers. Don Maloney and Phoenix are considering talking to Chris Chelios about playing for the Coyotes. Buffalo decided to keep Adam Mair after he cleared waivers. The NHL will keep…

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222 Leetch memories

* Did you know that when Brian Leetch first showed up to join the Rangers as a teenager, his teammates — I think Ron Greschner might have been behind it — nicknamed him “Norm” after the Cheers character? I think it was because he had a fat little face when…

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59 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…

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188 No call-ups yet (updated)

The Rangers say that no call-ups are expected today, but of course there are no games until Thursday (I hate these long breaks). In case you missed it, Steve Zipay is reporting that Chris Drury is not ruled out of Thursday’s game at this point, and that Lundqvist was among…

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28 Goals and Dreams

The NHLPA e-mailed me about its Goals and Dreams world tour to celebrate the program’s 10th anniversary. Former players will donate $180,00 worth of hockey equipment to grassroots hockey programs in Sweden, Finland, Russia, Latvia, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Bosnia, Germany, the U.S. and Canada starting Friday. Those who will…

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179 Now what?

Drury had been a near-zero some nights, and Dubinsky maybe a 3 or 4 on a scale of 1-10 so far. … and yet now we will see how much they mean to the Rangers. We will also see how thin this roster actually is. And we’ve had an idea…

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38 Post-game notes

From the Rangers: NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES November 7, 2009 – New York Rangers 1, Calgary Flames 3 (Game #18, Road #10) * The Blueshirts were defeated by the Calgary Flames, 3-1, tonight at Pengrowth Saddledome to conclude their three-game road trip through Western Canada. * The Rangers are…

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340 Game time thread

I’ve got nuthin’ but frozen fingers… just finished my second of three football games. So I have no idea what happened today, if anything. No idea what you guys have been talking about. No idea about anything except where the heat button is on my dashboard as I attempt to…

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92 Rangers-Flames tonight

Calgary. The other Alberta meat. Once upon a time, this was a deadly double-stop. I actually kept track of stuff like this. In the 1980s through ’90, for a span of eight years, either Edmonton or Calgary was in the Stanley Cup final. And back then, most seasons, every team…

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168 Rangers-Oilers in review

This was pretty simple. A good win, good effort, against an undermanned team that played pretty poorly. So, no, I’m not putting much into the 4-2 victory in Edmonton, other than it is sure better than a loss, an overtime loss or one of those skills competition losses. Those would…

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26 Post-game notes

From the NYR: NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES November 5, 2009 – New York Rangers 4, Edmonton Oilers 2 (Game #17, Road #9) * The Blueshirts defeated the Edmonton Oilers, 4-2, tonight at Rexall Place to improve to 10-6-1 overall, including a 4-4-1 mark on the road; the win was…

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321 Rangers-Oilers

I’ll let this baseball thing go after this. My mom found this photo of me and some other guy after the World Series last night. Combined, he and I make more than $30 million a year. (actually, between the time of this photo and the time it took to actually…

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203 Forsberg scouted; Sather speaks

Which is more incredible? Here’s the link to Larry Brooks’ story today, about the Rangers’ interest in Peter Forsberg and Glen Sather actually admitting it. I wonder which of the bad contracts he will have to eat in order to afford Forsberg. The last thread reminded me of an idea…

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73 Vancouver winter wonderland

While the Rangers were in Vancouver, there was lots of talk about the Olympics — including that bit about fans should get H1NI flu shots before they go, and that the Canucks will be away from their home rink for 40 days — and this scenario kind of reared its…

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122 Byers suspended, Tortorella fined

NHL ANNOUNCES DISCIPLINARY ACTION TO NEW YORK RANGERS  BYERS AUTOMATICALLY SUSPENDED AND COACH TORTORELLA FINED         TORONTO (November 4, 2009) — The National Hockey League announced today disciplinary action resulting from NHL game #201 between the New York Rangers and Vancouver Canucks, November 3.      …

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133 Rangers-‘Nucks in review

Frankly, I expected John Tortorella to be more ticked off last night, after the tons of mistakes, and after some questionable effort on the part of some of his players. Overall, he said, the battle level was acceptable, and I agree. But some individuals, he said, did not work hard…

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72 Post-game notes

From the Rangers: NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES November 3, 2009 – New York Rangers 1, Vancouver Canucks 4 (Game #16, Road #8) * The Blueshirts were defeated by the Vancouver Canucks, 4-1, tonight at General Motors Place to fall to 9-6-1 overall, including a 3-4-1 mark on the road.…

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482 Game time in Vancouver

What a great city. Wish I was there. If you’ve ever had the pleasure, you know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t, and you get the opportunity, do get there someday. Did I mention that the Sedins remind me of the Proclaimers: “And I would walk 500 miles …”…

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70 Rangers-‘Nucks late night (updated)

While awaiting the transcript of the Brian Leetch conference call, here’s a story from NHL. com on No. 2, and also a story about John Davidson — who is going into the broadcasters’ wing — talking about Leetch. I will either post the whole transcript below, or link to it,…