And even more players …


I’m skipping some of the guys who said the same things about the inconsistencies, and for example Dubinsky, who kind of repeated what he said Sunday in Philly.

Henrik Lundqvist:

“It’s been tough. It was definitely not the ending we were looking for. I’m so disappointed right now. I’ve been a pro for nine years now, five years here and four or five years back home, and never missed the playoffs. I can’t find words right now. It’s disappointing. I understand if a lot of people were disappointed, and fans were expecting a lot more. So were we. We hoped to be playing right now. I’m going to, for the next few weeks, just think about what I could have done better, and I hope the other guys will too, and make sure next year we do it better.”

“You realize we didn’t lose our spot on Sunday. We lost it during the year when we didn’t have enough consistency in our game and we lost a lot of games we should have won. That’s where we lost our playoff spot.”

“I like to play, and I’m pretty happy the way I played down the stretch. I think I helped the team or at least gave them a chance to win, gave us a chance to win. We had a pretty good run, too. Nobody can say we didn’t try to the end. We really did what we could. That’s what makes me feel a little bit better. I know I did everything I could, and everybody in here did, too. It just wasn’t enough.”

“The thing is, I feel fine now, but the goal is to play in June. So if you want to play in June, maybe 65 games (during the season) is a good number. Our goal as a club is to have a good year, but also to have a better playoffs.”

“It is what it is. The same thing last year, talking about playing less. But I felt good playing down the stretch … but again, the goal is to play in June, and if you look at the last few years, the guys who have been playing in June, they didn’t play that many games during the year. I can’t complain because I love to play hockey. I’d rather be out there than on the bench.”

Had some issues with his knees and hip, so doesn’t know about World Championships.

“Im happy, as I said, going down the stretch, happy with the way I played. But it’s hard to be satisfied when it’s not enough. We didn’t make it so … It feels better when you know you did what you could, but it still doesn’t make up for missing the playoffs. It really sucks.”

“I don’t know (about changes). It’s up to management, whatever they think is the best path. But I think it’s important that whatever happens, whoever’s going to be here in September, we’ve got to realize we’ve got to do better; this is not where we want to be. We expect more of us. We want to be a playoff team, and we want to be a good playoff team. That’s our goal. Like I said, our fans expect more of us, and so should we.”

Marc Staal:

“You look back and it still hurts. It’s still a crappy feeling in your stomach every time you think back to that shootout loss. It is what it is.”

“Obviously it’s disappointing to end like that. You want to make the playoffs and play for the Stanley Cup. It’s going to be hard watching the playoffs again.”

“I thought I had a pretty good year this year, I felt pretty comfortable on the ice and what I was doing. So I think, you look to improve every year and I thought I did that again this year. So I look to have a good summer and come back at it.”

“I would like to (get a new contract done quickly). Nothing’s started yet. No conversations or anything. But we’re ready to go in there. … I’m not really anxious. I obviously want to be back and I like playing in New York, so I’m excited to get it done. … I haven’t really talked to anybody yet, but my brothers have gone through negotiations, so I have them to talk to if I need some help.”


I think that’s going to wrap it up for tonight. I left out a few guys. I think I sprained all my typing fingers. When the byfuglien is somebody going to invent a digital recorder than transcribes directly to your computer?

See youse.

PS, I have an idea for tomorrow, you know, since we’re not doing the Paul Mara Memorial thing.

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  1. Linda says FIRE SATHER!!!! on

    Carp, we’ll get TR working on that digital recorder thingie for you!!

  2. Linda says FIRE SATHER!!!! on

    well I figured with Carps poor fingers typing like a mad man, someone HAD to let everyone know there were new post. Carpy fell down on that job today, and Izzy is tanning in the Bahamas!

  3. Linda says FIRE SATHER!!!! on

    i think he said the same thing his last season with the Sens. OMG, wade redden in a hologram!!!!!!

  4. MAKO says GO CAPS GO on


    Linda, I didnt throw the keys on the table when I came home ;)

  5. Linda says FIRE SATHER!!!! on

    hope you didnt poke anything with them lmao!!

    ‘tonight is your night bro’ ;-)

  6. Oh, man, just caught up with you. Amazing job, Carp, just amazing. I still can’t believe it isn’t your main assignment.

    LMAO at Carp carping everyone without a warning and Linda policing it…

  7. MAKO says GO CAPS GO on

    YOU’RE THE MAN RICK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Thank you so much for all of the player interviews! Thank you for the insight into the team and all of the blips that come out of the lockerroom. You bring us right into the action with your post. Im going to speak for everyone and say you have given us the next best thing to going to the games my friend. Thank you for keeping the blog going and I really dont know what I would have done if I didnt find RR. And above all that – make the friends on here that I have. Some of you have impacted my life in an amazing way – and you know who you are. So Again Thank you RICK!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Linda says FIRE SATHER!!!! on

    we need to buy that for carpy!!! we can give it to him at bonehead fest, along with the TIES FOR TORTS!

  9. well… I just go out there and give my 110%… obviously i could’ve played better…but who cares?! i got paid anyway…so im pretty stocked aboot it! Next year I’ll show you what I made of and play even worse cuz I’m getting kind of old, you know.

  10. MAKO says GO CAPS GO on


    Not with the keys =P Nah its all good. Its a good way to work out and then go work out. Im ravenous when I come back from the gym LOL

  11. Linda says FIRE SATHER!!!! on

    mako, was that supposed to be a facebook message???lmao!

    and i 2nd what Mako and CCCP said. Carp is the father of all boneheads (except the skinhead ones lol)

  12. I like what Torts said. I wish someone could edit his English. Carp, perhaps? Or maybe Larry lol? Darn, I think even Shelley would do a better job.
    Don’t underestimate what he said about the room. His hands were tied up all year, so I’m sure he wouldn’t say anything like that without getting a ok from upstairs. And I feel that preliminary plans have already been made.

  13. MAKO says GO CAPS GO on

    No why? Im talking about working out and needing FOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD afterwards

  14. Hey Chris Drury…how does it feel to lose a season on a single point…remember the point that was supposed to get this team into playoffs? You funny guy, you

  15. MAKO says GO CAPS GO on


    Yeah we knew that. We fans arent as naive as they would like us to think. We know the deal. I knew his hands were tied with those contracts, but Im sure he had to play them.

  16. Linda says FIRE SATHER!!!! on

    “You funny guy, you” CCCP comedy gold right there!

    It’s still funny how Sather and SChoeny were not allowed to talk to the media. CCCP, if what you said earlier comes true, I have to get you a prize!

  17. Linda says FIRE SATHER!!!! on

    i know you wildman! i saw the aboot and thought ORR so i clicked it ;-) i just wanted to trick people who werent paying attention

  18. That was time span Dolan gave to Sather to either resign or get FIRED.

    That is what I heard from one of the kids who organized “Fire Sather” rally. lol

    I believe he has some MSG connections. He also offered me to buy “Fire Sather” t-shirt. I told him that I would buy it only if Sather is fired tomorrow and the kid was super excited to hear that and said it a done deal.

  19. Sorry Carp :)

    I appreciate everything you do, mister! Hopefully someday the Rangers will be a more exciting team to cover! Night!

  20. Linda says SIGN PRUST!!!! on

    to hell with sather! I’m gonna promote, until it’s done, the newest addition to my harem !!

  21. its pretty funny and pretty pathetic that somebody on here earlier thought that jamie langenbrunner is a defenseman, i mean its not like he plays in western canada or california, he plays in new jersey and has played there since 2001, a team we played 6 yo 8 times a year in the last 4-5 years, and was the CAPTAIN of the USA olympic team 2 months ago
    way to go

  22. Heh. In their defense, they didn’t ALL say the same thing!

    “Obviously, blah blah blah obviously blah blah.”
    – Dubinsky

  23. so…who’s rooting for who?

    Buffalo (at least this is a New York team…sort of)


    Ovechkin…ill root for him as a player not for the Caps as a team…does that make sense?

  24. prediction

    round 2 in west will be



    round 2 in east will be



  25. Linda says SIGN PRUST!!!! on

    sally, he’s the easiest one to figure out outside of me, you, beth and Krisy!!

  26. You guys and gals are hysterical tonight!

    Carp, thanks again for all your hard work today and all year long. Now go soak those aching digits :)

  27. Linda says SIGN PRUST!!!! on

    spread out over 8 posts today, we got 677 comments. we will easily blow up the blog on July 1

  28. Doodie Machetto on

    Carp, they make voice recognition software for computers. One that I can think of is called “Dragon.” Maybe you can set your tape recorder in front of your computer and have it transcribe for you.

  29. Linda says SIGN PRUST!!!! on

    great job today again carpy.

    good night everyone. And CCCP, if what you say happens, you definitely get a present!

  30. Nite Linda!!


    I was just thinking, it’s so sad. We have some, but little, hope for a better Rangers future, as Jimbo Dolan is just content with failure. If they weren’t Redden wouldve already been demoted to the AHL. :(

  31. Carp-

    Is Sather planning on talking to the media at all? Isn’t he going to address the season?

  32. Hey Carp, you have done a great job this year, and especially with the last couple of days here. great coverage, and quotes. thanks so much!

  33. What if the Rangers came back next year with the same drive they had at the end of this season, and carry it through mostly consistently through the entire season. What if.

    They kept shelley and prust and anisimov going into next year. trade rozsival who didnt look completely useless last season. Bring up sanguinetti, or potter. one of these guys is ready to make the jump? right? And gilroy of course. hopefully he has matured and will continue to grow, work with someone in the offseason. (leetch?) two american borns?

    Hopefully mess takes over GM, and makes all the right moves.

    What if, dubi gets his own line, with prospal back for a mill, and Gabby. christensen gets resigned, and jokinen doesnt.

  34. James G(et Redden outa here) on

    Well aside from break up day stuff I havent seen any mention that the Rangers got the 10th overall pick this year. Sucks that it’s not a very deep draft but I would hope that at 10 they could still bring in someone of quality.

  35. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " Locker clean out time !!! " … says Greg L. on

    10th pick , could be worse. Last year we got Delzotto , maybe this year we’ll get another starter?


  36. Its a shame but our entire offseason depends on Wade Redden and the management’s ability to subtract him from the roster.

    As for the draft, we need a legitimate top line LW or C from the first round (and Brock Beukeboom in the latter rounds..!!)

  37. Robby Bonfire on

    Players who think they are being played too much during the regular season – burned out – are going to take some regular season games off, when they are on the ice. No one can give 100 per cent effort, game after game. You can see the scattered mental focus, especially when east coast teams travel to the west coast. Those games, which are late night games back east, are more like training camp scrimmages, at times. I know, I attended enough of them in LA, over the years. So often the Rangers played like they didn’t want to be there.

    Thanks to Hank for his candor on the subject. Wonder if anyone in management even cares?

    Management never learns, just keeps repeating the same old mistakes with the handling of players, year after year. A fresh back-up, pressed into service, frequently will give you more than a stale regular. But that reality seems to elude too many “push button” coaches and managers.

  38. Rob M

    I thought that was funny too. The most amusing aspect of it was that he didn’t even hesitate to aver that on several occasions…now whoever he is will have to make his later entries under an assumed name, because in that single instance he totally destroyed any pretense that he knew what he was talking about……….a defenseman indeed.

  39. What is it about NYC teams? Mets are afflicted with the same disease that Rangers are…lousy front office management. And apparently clueless owners. Watching the Mets and Emanuel now, it looks like a replay of all of last season..same people doing the same things, and the manager making the same idiotic movements. The bottom line is that as a professional team, they both really stink out the joint, but it is much more obvious and prevalent with Mets than Rangers, who have their great moments…and I do mean moments. But the Mets..they reek from the opening pitch in practically all departments. Ahhh…… the Big Apple…where did it all go?

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