Monthly Archives: December, 2009

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60 More airing of Torts’ grievances

Apparently, as with us, John Tortorella wasn’t actually impressed with Wade Redden’s return from a two-game prucha-ing. Here’s Tortorella’s assessment of Redden’s first game back, borrowed from our friend Steve Zipay’s blog: “Reds, I thought he had some good shifts, I thought he had some crappy shifts, so it’s still,…

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121 Happy Festivus!

“Many Christmases ago, I went to buy a doll for my son. I reach for the last one they had – but so did another man. As I rained blows upon him, I realized there had to be another way! (The doll) was destroyed. But out of that, a new…

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518 How quickly it turns

Happy Festivus Eve. It’s remarkable how, in the Leastern Conference, where all the bad teams are bunched up, a three-game winning streak can completely change a team’s fate and its fans’ desperation. So here are the Rangers, after feasting on three cupcakes (and let’s face it, they didn’t really feast…

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74 Post-game notes

From the Rangers: NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES December 21, 2009 – New York Rangers 3, Carolina Hurricanes 1 (Game #36, Road #19) • The Blueshirts defeated the Carolina Hurricanes, 3-1, tonight at the RBC Center to improve to 17-16-3 (37 pts.) overall and 10-7-2 (22 pts.) on the road. • Henrik Lundqvist…

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222 Rangers at Hurricanes

OK. Better late than never. Here’s your game thread. What you need to know: Redden is de-prucha’d and Gilroy is in the lineup. Up front, Boyle has the dreaded undisclosed injury — and we all know how painful that can be, depending on what undisclosed part of the body is…

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166 About Wade

That’s what tonight’s game is. About Wade. It’s all about Wade Redden, because this is the first game of the rest of his Rangers career. And that career could be a long time. The question is, does the Rangers front office and coaching staff have the onions to actually banish…

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51 Gilroy returns

As we said last night … it became official today. I was at a family Christmas party all day and away from the laptop. Sorry. Here’s the word from the NYR: NEW YORK RANGERS TRANSACTION UPDATE New York, December 20, 2009 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen…

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79 White out

On a snowy Sunday morning, with the driveway and front walk still to be shoveled and plowed here at Festivus Blog HQ: I’m sure a lot of you guys are back off the ledges, and some are still not convinced, and there should be much confusion still about your favorite…

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69 Post-game notes (updated)

From the NYR: NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES December 19, 2009 – New York Rangers 2, Philadelphia Flyers 1 (Game #35, Road #18) • The Blueshirts defeated the Philadelphia Flyers, 2-1, today at the Wachovia Center to improve to 16-16-3 (35 pts.) overall and 9-7-2 (18 pts.) on the road.…

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249 Rangers at Flyers

Thursday night, I had a couple of scenarios that I thought could play out for the Rangers, but I ultimately felt, and wrote, that I thought the Rangers would have a bounce-back win. Today? I don’t have any feel for this game at all. I have very little confidence that…

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217 Rangers-Isles in review

Oz has spoken! Glen Sather was caught being quoted in the Post this morning, in Larry Brooks’ column, in which Brooks also correctly called out Wade Redden for complaining that he was singled out as a healthy scratch (a prucha, as we like to call it here) last night. Although,…

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70 Post-game notes

From the Rangers: NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES December 17, 2009 – New York Rangers 5, New York Islanders 2 (Game #34, Road #17) • The Blueshirts defeated the New York Islanders, 5-2, tonight at Nassau Coliseum to improve to 15-16-3 (33 pts.) overall and 8-7-2 (18 pts.) on the…

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292 Rangers at Islanders

First things first. Sather isn’t getting fired tonight or tomorrow or any time soon. I will be flabbergasted if he does. Next, for those just joining the Festivus universe for the first time today, Tortorella’s tough-guy action was wishy-washy at best. He is prucha-ing Redden and Kotalik tonight, and inserting…

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60 Predictions?

These things have a funny way of working out. Sometimes a move like benching Redden will work out. Sometimes it’s the tirade from the night before. Sometimes there is no hope. Sometimes no matter what you did or what you said, all is lost. So given last night’s embarrassment, Tortorella’s…

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303 W.W.T.D.?

What will Tortorella do? What can he do? Well, he can go the easy route and bench Ales Kotalik, who again made a dreadful play on the power play point (and got bailed out by Henrik Lundqvist) but who, if he can’t play the point, really doesn’t have a job…

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208 Post-game tirade, notes

As promised, here’s the Tortorella transcript from his f- and s-bomb-laden post-game press conference: First question was whether the first period was unacceptable: “Absolutely (unacceptable). More similar questions: “I have no explanation for how we started. I wish I could give you one.” I asked him about the Islanders getting…

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417 Game 33: Islanders-Rangers

Sorry I’m late. Had a lot of catching up to do here at MSG. The lineup has not changed, which means Sanguinetti is not playing, and Voros and Christensen get prucha’d. Lundqvist in goal against Roloson. Fair number of Islanders fans in the building. I’m going to be on the…

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147 Sanguinetti’s back (updated)

Here’s the official word from the Rangers: New York, December 16, 2009 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti has been recalled from the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL). Sanguinetti, 21, has skated in three games with…

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102 Potvin … well, you know

There is no such thing as a must-win in December of a hockey season. There just isn’t. But there are crucial junctures to seasons, and they can pop up at any time, and for the Rangers this might be one of them. A home-and-home against the Islanders, tonight at MSG,…

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145 Parenteau clears waivers

The Rangers just announced what everybody knew yesterday … that P.A. Parenteau was assigned to Hartford (AHL). Too bad he wasn’t in uniform for the skills competition last night — he has the winners in both of the Rangers’ slow-motion, practice-breakaway contest (a/k/a shootout) wins this season. Anyway, apparently, P.A.P.…