Good guy done bad


I don’t know if you saw this story about Ron Low, who is an absolutely wonderful person, a guy you all would personally love, despite his troubles coaching a dreadful Rangers team once upon a time.

Anyway, he was mugged in Calgary and in pretty bad shape.

Our best wishes are with him, and I hope the pieces of carcillo who did this are caught and spend a good long time inside.


We got a little sidetracked last night, so here are the post-game notes.

From the Rangers:

March 25, 2010 – New York Rangers 4, New Jersey Devils 3 SO (Game #74, Road #35)

• The Blueshirts defeated the New Jersey Devils, 4-3, in the shootout tonight at the Prudential Center, to close out their 11th of 13 back-to-back sets on the season.
• New York improved to 33-32-9 (75 pts.) overall, including a 17-15-3 (37 pts.) mark in 35 road games this season.  The Rangers finished their season series vs. the Devils with a record of 3-2-1, and are now 13-5-2 overall against the Devils with a 6-3-1 mark at New Jersey since the start of the 2007-08 season.
• The Blueshirts now own a record of 7-2-2 in the second game of back-to-back sets this season, including a 4-1-1 mark when the second game is on the road.
• The Rangers notched one power play goal in three chances tonight, and have now registered 10 goals in 46 attempts over the last 11 games (21.7%).  The Blueshirts penalty kill held the Devils scoreless in three attempts in tonight’s contest, and are now nine-for-nine on the penalty kill in the last three games (100.0%).
• Henrik Lundqvist made 35 saves through regulation and overtime, and turned aside all three shots faced in the shootout, to record his 30th win of the season and improve to 30-26-8 overall with a 15-10-2 mark on the road.  Lundqvist is the only goalie in NHL history to post 30 or more wins in each of his first five seasons, and became the first Rangers goaltender in franchise history to record five consecutive 30-win seasons. Lundqvist has now matched-up against Martin Brodeur in 26 career regular season contests, posting a record of 17-4-5 with a 1.75 goals against average, a .938 save percentage and four shutouts over the span.
• After trailing 1-0 following the first period, Brandon Dubinsky notched the Rangers first goal of the game with a power play tally at 7:32 of the middle frame, and finished the contest with a career-high eight shots in a season-high 26:48 of icetime.  The Rangers have now posted a record of 10-1-3 in games when he tallies a goal.
• Rangers Captain Chris Drury notched the game-tying goal with 17 seconds remaining in regulation to send the game into overtime, and finished with three blocked shots in 23:27 of icetime.  Drury has now tallied six points (one goal and five assists) in the last seven games.  The Rangers improved to 9-2-1 in games when he records a goal.
• Michael Del Zotto recorded two assists, including one on Dubinsky’s power play goal and one on Drury’s game-tying goal with 17 seconds remaining in regulation.  The rookie defenseman has now registered five points (two goals and three assists) in the last three games.
• Erik Christensen tallied the primary assist on Drury’s game-tying goal, and notched the game-deciding goal in the shootout.  Christensen improved to 18-of-34 in the shootout for his career (52.9%), including eight game-deciding goals.  He has now tallied 11 points (three goals and eight assists) in the last 13 games, and six points (one goal and five assists) in the last four games vs. Atlantic Division opponents.
• Rookie Artem Anisimov registered one goal and four shots in the contest, and he has now tallied a goal in back-to-back games.  The Rangers are now 7-2-2 when he notches a goal, and 12-5-2 when he records a point.
• Sean Avery recorded his second power play assist in as many games, and has now registered six points (three goals and three assists) in six games since not dressing on Mar. 12 at Atlanta.  The Rangers improved to 7-2-0 when he tallies a goal, and 15-6-2 when he records a point.
• Jody Shelley and Brandon Prust each collected an assist on Anisimov’s third period goal.  Shelley has now registered an assist in each of the last two games, and now has three assists in the last four games vs. Atlantic Division opponents.  Prust has recorded three points (one goal and two assists) in three games vs. the Devils since joining the Rangers on Feb. 2.
• The Rangers return to action on Saturday, Mar. 27, when they will face-off against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre (7:00 p.m.), in an Original Six matchup. The game will be televised live on MSG Network and can be heard on 1050 ESPN Radio.

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  1. I actually got an email yesterday from somebody complaining that my bio on the right — if you click on it — says I’m 26. The reader pointed out that it would mean that I was born no earlier than 1983 and it says I started at the paper in the ’70s.

    Hello? Sense of humor?

  2. If Dreary was there, Low would have been saved. The beat down would have only took 18 seconds, and it would have took 7.7 seconds for Low to fall asleep after hearing Dreary talk to him.

    Watch NYR get everyones hopes up, and they get shut out tomorrow, and then beat down by the Leafs.

    *That* is the New York Rangers.

  3. I was watching this movie “Bowling For Columbine”, and in it, Michael Moore is in Canada, and he keeps checking to see how many Canadians leave their front door unlocked, and pretty much everyone does, and they say they even leave it unlocked during the night.

    Goes to show you how safe it is over there. Well, except for Cal-Gary.

    Is Low sure that it was a mugging? He said he doesn’t know anything, maybe he just ran into Kotalgeek’s forearms?

  4. Sense of humor, Carp, unforunately can not be acquired at the deadline, even for an elite goalie…If one doesn’t have it, well…

  5. Drury actually had another late game tying goal vs the Devils his first season with the Rangers. I guess that got kinda lost that year because they owned the Devils. And it takes a lot for to admit that Drury done good last night, but hey a broken clock is wrong twice a day.

  6. I’m still wishing for them to tank … but if they do make the playoffs, they will have to string a pretty impressive win record together to do so, and a HOT team going into the playoffs can do some damage

    Im just saying

  7. Carp,
    So wait, your 26 too…lol
    Also I thought you were good on the radio last night. I was in one of the three spots in NJ where 1050 works and I turned it on, and there you were
    Good points on the kids.

  8. leetchhalloffame on

    Obviously the Calgary cops can rule out as suspects anyone on the 2009/10 NY Rangers roster – they’re all pacifists.

  9. SOMER

    It all comes down to those last two games. The Flyers are dropping, and we can replace them. I think the B’s are in, but the Flyers wont make it with the injuries they are dealing with.

    Beat them in those two games, in regulation, and we’re in. Just have to worry aboot the Trashers.

    I’d much rather have a top 3 pick, which we could have been another step closer to last night, if not for that fuggin goal.

  10. All these mugging jokes are really funny, guys. Nothing makes me laugh like all the humor found in that sort of situation. Let’s have some more.

  11. Hey, what the byfuglien? Somebody took down Josh’s bio?! Have you guys mentioned this? When did it happen?

    I’m on it.

  12. Carp, think Torts will start Auld tomorrow night? I think it makes sense…Hank just played back-to-back, and the Isles will be out for revenge comes Tuesday. He’d get a nice three-day break with Auld going tomorrow.

  13. THE REAL MikeyNJ on

    Carp does Josh still work for Lohud?
    he must be 35 by now?

    And lvoed the Torts spat last night, and him and other players are Bonehead Alumni

    Nice to know they read th eonyl Ranger blog that really matters and shows what the die hard fans are actually thinking and saying

  14. I remember Ron Low always sitting on the bench picking his nose. o well hope he gets better.

    about Canadians leaving their doors unlocked, my wife is from Pembroke, Ontario and yes, during the day, I could waltz into her house. At night they did lock the doors, but they probably didn’t have to.

    I’m born and raised in New Jersey, WE LOCK OUR DOORS!

    I remember when her mom got into my car, and I put it in drive, the doors automatically locked. She said thats so bad if I get into an accident the firemen can’t get me out. I said well its so I don’t get pulled outta the car and mugged while at a red light, lol.

    they don’t have to worry about that.

  15. Last night showed the rangers back line is horrible. Redden was a turnover machine and was the fault of the first goal. Gilroy is not a nhl defensemen. The rangers should try Gilroy at wing or trade him this off season for a draft pick. The same with Girardi, trade him for a draft pick. The only defensemen the rangers should keep are Del Zotto and Stall. The front line the only players that should be back are Dubi, callahan, Gaborik, christenson, avery, anisimov, prust, drury.
    Hopefully the rumor about sather retiring at the end of this season is true but since dolan is a clueless idiot he probably won’t bring in the right person for the job. One can only wish.

  16. What a horrible story about Ron Low. A good guy and I hope he recovers quickly.

    Another late game collapse by the Devils. I have had the argument on why with a Devils fan friend of mine. IMHO, their defenseman are well below average as a unit and when the other team raises their level in the 3rd period, they can’t match it. Then you have Marty who has allowed more bad goals especially late in games in his entire career than any goalie. One of my son’s friends is a goalie and he gets some goalie magazine and they reviewed a bunch of games from 09-10 and analyzed every goal scored. Broduer was ranked second for the most bad goals given up. FYI – Lundqvist was near the middle of the pack. Niklas Backstrom and Ryan Miller were ranked 1 and 2 on the least bad goals given up. It was a great article and they took maybe 8-10 variables into account for every goal scored.

  17. all the best to Ron Low in his recovery
    and all the worst to the scumbags who did him wrong.

  18. Agree about the Devils D. Man for man they are not that talented, aside from Paul Martin who is solid but not quite elite. That’s why, despite their 6-0 record against the Pens, I’d still pick the Pens to win a playoff series. The Pens have more talent and I think if they were to get that first win then the floodgates would open up.

    Marty leaves a lot of sloppy rebounds when they play the Rangers. He makes some great saves as well but he usually plays far from neat and tidy against the Rangers.

  19. Carp your profile says “For more than 20 years he covered the New York Rangers and the National Hockey League.

    Out of those 20 years, which Rangers team was by far the WORST?

    I know its hard considering you’d have to go through about 16 of those years to compare, lol.

  20. Ryan, wow, that’s a tough question. I’d have to give you a few:
    The 1999-00 team, the one that got Neil Smith and John Muckler fired and Glen Sather/Ron Low hired, was brutal: No Gretzky, no Messier. 29-41-12-3 and eliminated early.

    The ’84-85 team (26-44-10) led to the Ted Sator regime (and a great first-year playoff run).

    Of course, 97-98, after they kicked Messier out the door, didn’t get Sakic and went with Plan C (LaFontaine, who didn’t last) went 25-39-18.

    The pre-lockout team that I didn’t really cover went 27-40-7-8.

    That’s why I say to people who think this is the worst season they’ve seen: “You have short memories.”

  21. That’s pretty low of those Canucks to do this to Ron Low. I bet Drury would have broken a couple of sticks blocking some of those shots if he were there.

  22. We will beat Toronto on Saturday. The Flyers and Bruins are collapsing. Redo the playoff poll after Saturday.

  23. hey torts, if your reading maybe its time to stop reading blogs and teach ur players how to defend in front of the net (i.e. reddens brilliant stick check last night).

    …just a thought

  24. wicky (Why are we still WITTless??) on

    wow, sucks about low, and I agree with ilb……..Calgary??

    anyone have a link to the chico shoot out call??

    who is this elite league guy that we are interested in?

  25. or you can teach the team how to backcheck, show some heart, or maybe even what to do on a PowerPlay

  26. Amazing how Torts is finally using his 4th line and with success. It only took him 63 games. Nice to beat Marty but a loss and no playoffs isn’t a bad thing either. I know , I know it hurts when they lose but lets face it they aren’t winning the cup so i’d rather see a better draft pick and hope they don’t efff it up for once.

  27. Linda is random on

    Happy Friday afternoon boneheads and others!

    Tony, for the love of God man,check in!!! He’s shivering on a street corner somewhere!

    Carp, that’s a horrible story about Ron Low, hope he gets well soon and the person/people who did this to him are caught.

    Rick, Josh’s bio was definitely up there Wednesday. You couldnt access any more of the info like we can on yours though. I hope Josh wasn’t the latest cost saving move!!! Please bring Josh back

    Krisy and everyone else who linked up the Zuccarello-Aasen story (my 2nd fave olympic name), any rumors about VIKINGSTAD! We gotta make Pavel happy too!

  28. Ryan from NJ on


    thanks for answering my question. you’re right, this team could be a lot worse, we could be the Oilers.

    Though the Oilers have a great foundation growing there and now they will have the #1 or #2 pick in the draft.

  29. Artie makes that 4th line. He has a ton of talent, and can turn into a damn good two way forward.

    I laugh at all these people that are so quick to trade a rookie after a few mistakes, and say they don’t belong in the NHL. They’re fuggin rookies!!!

  30. I wish we were the Oilers. They got it going on!!

    That Eberle kid could be awesome, and they’re gonna get the 1st overall pick. Those are two guys to add to that roster within the next year or two. Not bad.

    They should trade Hemsky while they can still get something good for him.

    Trade him here! Maybe Renney can convince their GM to take some of his carp off our hands.

  31. Linda, I’m going to call all area hospitals to find out if they had any admissions with the frostbite the last few days. The only person to get a frostbite at this temperature would be Tony…

    Do you buy in this notion that BOTH Torts and Anisimov agreed that he is more comfortable on the 4th line? Ho did Artie say it to him, in Russian?

  32. let’s face it. I like Torts, but he is angry imho because his world is turned upside down.

    he made the famous “safe is death” remark about his style of coaching, and now he realizes that he cannot do that and win with this bunch. so, he has to play it carefully, he has to go conservative in OT, he has to use his 4th line more than he likes to, he has to use his stars less than he likes to, his relentless forecheck system has been modified to somewhat less relentless. etc etc

    so, when he reads his “safe is death” remark thrown back at him and used to suggest that he is not fulfilling it, then he goes off and starts boiling.

    I think he read that or someone else did and showed it to him, and he kept it in the explosion room in the back of his tnt mind.

    Carp was simply doing his job, but Torts was harboring an imaginary grudge, and was set to go off eventually.

  33. Linda is random on

    ilb, we have to find Tony! It breaks my heart to picture him with chattering teeth in the wintry depths of NY!!

    In part of my dream last night, Torts showed up at Bonehead Fest and starting going all crazy on us, veins popping out with that look on the Tortsadio pic i have of him. They we gave him the ties, and he melted like Winter Warlock! It was touching!

  34. Izzy Mandlebaum on

    Worst Team ever? I give you the 2002-2003 $76 Million Dollar Rangers! Record-32W 36L 10T 4OT for 78 points. Good enough to get beaten out of the last playoff spot by the Islanders. Just look at this group of over-the-hill, overpaid stiffs! This was Sather’s finest hour! With all the Rangers money, he could win the Cup every year! (Reason #1 for the salary cap.) All my favorite ex-Rangers, Lindros, Holik, Poti, Tibbetts, Oliwa. Mike Dunham carried the goaltending load with 19 wins. Just look at that defensive core! All coached by Trottier and Sather himself. Why, Lyashenko committed suicide after playing on this squad. This was the year that all my Ranger jerseys went into the attic. I haven’t spent a dime on the Rangers since.

    Nedved, Petr
    Lindros, Eric
    Poti, Tom
    Messier, Mark
    Barnaby, Matthew
    Holik, Bobby
    Bure, Pavel
    Leetch, Brian
    Dvorak, Radek
    Samuelsson, Mikael
    Lundmark, Jamie
    Malakhov, Vladimir
    McCarthy, Sandy
    Petrovicky, Ronald
    Kasparaitis, Darius
    Kovalev, Alexei
    Murray, Rem
    Bouchard, Joel
    Purinton, Dale
    Mironov, Boris
    Fata, Rico
    LaCouture, Dan
    Carter, Anson
    Cross, Cory
    Donato, Ted
    Tripp, John
    Lefebvre, Sylvain
    Karpa, Dave
    Lintner, Richard
    Dwyer, Gordie
    Tibbetts, Billy
    Oliwa, Krzysztof
    Ward, Dixon
    Green, Josh
    Pisa, Ales
    Lyashenko, Roman
    Wilson, Mike

    Dunham, Mike
    Blackburn, Dan
    Richter, Mike
    Holmqvist, Johan

  35. Linda is random on

    IF Torts got asked comparable questions to what they ask Joe Girardi, or Manuel, or Rex Ryan or Coughlin, he’d literally melt on the spot from the enormous amount of heat he’d generate.

    The guy has had to work with the square pegs he’s been given,and trying to have them fit into round holes this season has NOT been successful. He preached accountability and we know that only a few of the guys have felt that wrath. We are going to mention things here because it sometimes feels as if there were NO ACTIONS to back up what he promised in the off season. It is not totally his fault, there are about 5 guys on this team who truly need to be going going gone for next season. Let’s just hope Sather does right by Torts, (and us lol) and make some common sense moves over the summer, and get the right kind of players here, and not just because of their names

  36. Izzy,

    the name that jumps out to me on that list is Mikael Samuelsson… It’s amazing what the right coach and talent around a player can do to someone.

  37. Linda is random on

    wow Izzy, reading that makes me realize how many former Rangers i’ve seared out of my mind,hoping to never be reminded that they every WERE Rangers!!!

    And Billy Tibbetts actually played for my SPHL team down here:

    On February 18, 2009, Tibbetts signed a three-game contract with the Huntsville Havoc of the SPHL and would later sign a contract for the remainder of the season five days later. Tibbetts would finish his tenure with 15 points in 12 games, but would later get suspended for two games for blindsiding Columbus Cottonmouths defenseman Kyle Lundale with a blindside punch to the head.

    Currently, Tibbetts is an unrestricted free agent, free to sign with any team.

  38. Ryan from NJ on

    I remember when we got Bure, I just happened to have tickets to his first game as a Ranger. He scored that game, but I don’t remember much of his “ranger career” after that.

    Rico “Hello Mudda, Hello” Fata!!!! My brother and I used to rag on him so much!!! lol

  39. Yeah, Samuelsson … one of the few good players acquired in the past decade (for Graves, though) and of course they had to undo that and get rid of him. I think he’s got 30 this year?

    Izzy, that’s some motley list. The coach hired because of an essay he hand wrote!

  40. Izzy Mandlebaum on

    And some people want to tank the season and give Sather another chance to re-build.

  41. Ryan from NJ on

    Mikael Samuelsson is having a career year. 30 goals 23 assists.

    Up until the lockout, the Rangers were never able to get the full potential out of a young player.

    It’s like my report cards used to say as a kid “does not work up to full mental capacity” LOL

  42. Ryan from NJ on

    Here’s a valid question:

    Is Wade Redden the worst signing in NHL history considering the dollar value and value he brings, or lack there of?

  43. Probably, I think even DiPi’s contract is less bad because he’s always injured and you can LITR his cap hit. Redden on the other hand is allowed to play every game and stink it up for 82 games a year.

  44. Nah, Yashin had .83 PPG while an Islander. Not great numbers but Redden is so much worse.

  45. Linda is random on

    thats a tough question Ryan. I think I’d have to go with Redden though, seeing that he impacts OUR team. I wonder if milbury was still in management, if he’d battle sather on a yearly basis for worst singings/contracts.

  46. Oh, Billy Tibbetts. Epitome of Sather’s tenure. Does anyone have his jersey lol? We could frame it and deliver it to Glen’s house..

  47. I think that has been established … that because of the salary cap, Redden’s contract is the most toxic ever. I still think Vinny Lecavalier’s will be worse at the end.

    Yashin (and Holik) and others were able to be bought out pre-cap.

  48. Linda, agree, thar’s how milbury’s last name should be written. Not in upper case…

  49. I think Mad Mike did more damage with the trades than the signings. There was only so much he could sign anyway.

    Mad Mike was certainly responsible for making some other GMs look REAL good.

  50. Linda is random on

    good point carp, but at least they will get some decent production out of vinny. Redden was already on the downside, a shell of a shell of his former self, and GM Brainiac gives him a 6 year deal?? And answer me this, if Brashear acted as his own agent, how the hell did he wrangle 2.8 million out of Slats???? Do you think I could get $500,000???

  51. Ryan from NJ on

    GREAT CALL on the Vinny Lecavalier signing. He will be 41 at the end of that contract. His stats have gone down steadily the past 4 years. Though he will pass last years points total but a handful this year.

    There needs to be a max amount of years you can sign a player. These 10+ year deals are nuts. And there needs to be a max amount of years once you reach a certain age.

    Even Ovechkin, at the end of his 13 year deal he’ll be 36. I doubt he’ll be popping in 50+ goals then, let alone be worth $9.

  52. Linda is random on

    yes ilb, and you only use Mr. when talking about someone with respect. It cracks me up when criminals are referred to as Mister. At that point, you should forever be called POS…or, in the newfangled vernacular.. Carcillo

  53. Ryan from NJ on

    oh and I say NO MORE NO TRADE CLAUSES!!!!! worst thing to happen in sports cba ever! lol

  54. Providing different buy out options as well as the ability to share salary in a trade would probably cut down on the mega length deals. They 8-10-12 year deals are done to help spread out the cap hit and make buy outs over the last few years easier to carry.

  55. Linda is random on

    random item:

    for those of you with FACEBOOK, please join the group “CAN THIS DIAPER GET MORE FANS THAN SIDNEY CROSBY” its pretty funny

  56. Did Torts see Redden’s slow feet and stick check on the Devil’s first goal. He sits forwards because of poor “D” but still plays Redden and Gilroy. I would be willing to give my left (**) to prove that the Rangers would have been a 10 game better team this season if they would have sat Redden and Gilrow and played anyone from Harford.

  57. And please sign Christensen now cheep before he becomes a free angent and signs cheap somewhere eles and turns into marc sarvard or Dom Moore. We can always trade him, but he is an asset to this team.

  58. the saltmeister must be besides himself. seth can not be happy either.

    too bad boys the clutch legend continues

  59. CR9 (Torts the Bostonian giving Carpy the Brooks Treatment!) on

    Speaking of good guys done bad, the GM of the Maple Leafs and the American Olympic Hockey team…..

    Did anyone hear the sad story of his son?


  60. AGrossRecord

    #NYRangers recall RW P.A. Parenteau and veteran D Anders Eriksson from Hartford (AHL).

  61. Uh, why would they use those guys? Guess Voros is never going to see the ice again this year?

  62. Because callahan is probably out for saturday and voros cant play the role that cally does, not that parenteau can but he has a better chance of doing so.. i know torts says anisimov seems “more comfortable” on that 4th line but if cally is out he needs to move anisimov up in my opinion.. but torts wont
    and maybe eriksson is gona replace wade redden on saturday night, but thats probably doubtful and just wishful thinkin on my part

  63. Poor Salty,

    trust me i root for chris drury every night…i just pick on him a little extra here becaus IMO he is almost as bad as redden and definitely worse than Roszival…however somehow drury avoids the boos at MSG and joe and sam praise him all night long for blocking a shot or clearing a puck… he has been a complete bust as a ranger….roszival has obviously struggled since his hip injury and has definitely slowed down a bit but watch this guy be decent on another team…..

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