Monthly Archives: July, 2010

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136 Today’s quiz (updated)

There are two anniversaries approaching which began a total transformation of the Rangers’ landscape. One of them is tomorrow, July 15. The other is Aug. 28. Can you tell me what happened on either of those dates? ——————————- Reached out to some former Boneheads about guest posts. Sam Weinman (over…

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336 Just a few things

1) Because this is bigger, in sports today, than anything else that’s happening, including the All-Star game: Rest in Peace, George Steinbrenner III. 2) Back to hockey and the Rangers and the blog: I am always amazed, when we do something like the guest blogging, how many readers we have…

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359 Calling all Boneheads (updated)

Ok, youse guys. I’m going to be on vacation next week, and while I’m not going anywhere (other than several meetings with Mr. T) I probably am not going to be posting every day. Which brings us to a very popular episode we began last summer: Guest blogging. If you’d…

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274 More on Ilya

I see we’re still talking about LeBron … er, Ilya Kovalchuk. Will this ever end? Well, I’ve said all I can say about it. I wrote around July 5 that the Rangers should at least consider it, that this kind of talent comes along only once in a while, that…

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267 Kovalchuk? Or not?

I’ve banged the drum enough about the pros and cons of Ilya Kovalchuk’s free agency. There are some pros. But … First of all, he’s way more Amar’e Stoudemire than LeBron James. In other words, he’s in the upper crust of NHL players, forever playing in the All-Star game, probably…

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367 Rangers trade Voros to Ducks for Eminger (updated)

Blog reader tr-808 deserves credit for the scoop on this one. The Rangers  traded Aaron Voros and minor-league forward Ryan Hillier to Anaheim for D Steve Eminger. Here’s the official release from the Rangers: NEW YORK RANGERS ACQUIRE DEFENSEMAN STEVE EMINGER FROM ANAHEIM DUCKS New York, July 9, 2010 –…

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177 Rangers sign Girardi

The team avoided arbitration and signed the restricted free agent, for a reported four years, $3.325M per. From the NYR: RANGERS AGREE TO TERMS WITH DEFENSEMAN DAN GIRARDI New York, July 9, 2010 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed…

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80 Difference between hockey and hoops

In the fallout of the LeBron clown show: 1) Maybe now Knicks fans won’t cheer him when he comes to MSG and beats the living tar out of their team. You would never see hockey fans do something like that. Oh, they might cheer a Messier or a Leetch or…

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260 Noise, noise, noise

Blah, blah, blah, blah, LeBron James, blah, blah, blah, LeBron, blah, blah, blah, Kovalchuk, blah, blah. Enough! Tonight, thank God, the LeBron speculation stops, and then the LeBron fallout begins. It’ll be a news story with its own legs for weeks to come, months or years if he lands in…

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403 LeBron to MSG? Maybe, but not Ilya

Still nothing to report on where Ilya Kovalchuk will land. Except this: He’s not going to be a Ranger. They aren’t in it, they never were in it, and they won’t be in it. Book that. The odds-on favorite remains the Devils, though it’s hard to imagine what’s holding it…

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122 McDonagh turns pro

Looks like the Rangers’ D might have gotten a new member. He’ll still have to make the team. But he’s certainly got a good chance to do that. From the Rangers: RANGERS AGREE TO TERMS WITH DEFENSEMAN RYAN McDONAGH New York, July 6, 2010 – New York Rangers President and…

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102 No Kovalchuk for Isles

Now that the Islanders have dropped out of the Kovalchuk sweepstakes, you have to wonder who is in it besides the Devils. Perhaps the LA Kings are still involved, and were just posturing when they said they were out. Could it be that the Rangers make a late push? I…

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311 Ilya > Gaborik? (updated)

I’m not sure the Rangers should be in it for Ilya Kovalchuk. I’m not sure they could possibly afford him and still have enough cap money to have 18 skaters on a given night. I’m pretty sure he doesn’t make them a contender. But I am also pretty sure he…

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135 Independence Day (updated)

Happy Fourth of July!!!!!!!!!! I was watching the PGA Tour event in Philly yesterday and they kept showing all those historic places and things, and the one that got my attention was the Liberty Bell — still cracked, jeez, you’d think somebody might fix it by now. But it sure…

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204 Deserted Isle?

The Islanders have all sorts of cap space, and in fact need to spend money to get to the cap floor. And they have a bunch of good young players who could eventually be a core of a terrific team if they could plug holes with elite free agents. GM…

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130 Rangers sign Prust

From the Rangers: RANGERS AGREE TO TERMS WITH FORWARD BRANDON PRUST New York, July 2, 2010 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with forward Brandon Prust on a new contract. Prust, 26, skated in 69 games with…

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253 The day after …

We kind of said it all yesterday. And with the picture Larry Brooks paints today about the salary cap, well, it doesn’t appear much more can happen other than signing Marc Staal, Dan Girardi and Brandon Prust unless a cap-clearing trade or other transaction happens first. The Redden chip –…

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265 Glen Sather Live

Live highlights of this evening’s conference call with Glen Sather: On Shelley discussions, and Boogaard signing: “I wouldn’t say I turned to Boogaard.  I got the indication speaking to Shelley’s agent  … we were only interested in doing a two-year deal because of his age. I got the feeling it…

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341 Go Time: Free agency, part III (updated)

Had to start a new thread again. For all the craziness today, see the previous two posts. Here we go again: Vancouver, according to TSN, signed Dan Hamhuis, 6 years, $4.5M per. Not a done deal yet. LeBron James signed with LA Clippers. Just want to see if you’re still…

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450 Go Time!: Free agency, part II

New thread … the other one was getting too long. For earlier transactions, etc., see the previous post. Just a thought: that three-year deal for Gonchar — an over-35 contract — could turn out to be worse than Redden’s. That number never comes off the salary cap books, even if…