It’s Go Time!

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The first night of Life after Redden begins tonight with this forewarning from me:

And I’ve said this about the captain, and I’ll say this about Michal Rozsival, and others. If the contract hadn’t been so obscene, we probably wouldn’t look at Wade Redden this way.

If it wasn’t so out-of-whack, this wouldn’t be necessary. I don’t honestly believe the Rangers have six better defensemen than Wade Redden, or at least not much better. If he was making $2.5M per, he’d make the team and play a lot, if not every night.

That said, it’s good and right that he’s been expunged, because he stunk a lot of nights during his ill-fated, never-should-have-happened Rangers tenure. And we all knew it was wrong right from the start, didn’t we? A lot of his stinking was from his own lack of effort or care, too.

PS, I love all those people who said they’d never do this, when anybody with half a brain (and that includes me, I guess) knew they would. You think eating that money makes MSG suits blink? Have you even heard of the Knicks?

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Tonight’s lineup vs. Devils, per Andrew Gross:

Ruslan Fedotenko-Todd White-Ryan Callahan
Sean Avery-Tim Kennedy-Jeremy Williams
Dane Byers-Artem Anisimov-Evgeny Grachev
Derek Boogaard-Kris Newbury-Dale Weise
Michael Del Zotto-Steve Eminger
Garnet Exelby-Matt Gilroy
Alexei Semenov-Pavel Valentenko
Henrik Lundqvist, Chad Johnson 

So we’re definitely looking at some fireworks, with Boogaard getting another shot at LeBlond, who declined the fight him Thursday, and with Avery making his debut needing to also make an impression, and the Devils dressing Clarkson. We can only hope.

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  1. ack, waited to long!

    CR, don’t know what that list is about, but I’ll take Denzel and Mess.

    ORR, from last thread, I can never watch that enough.

  2. I’m annoyed with 94. It’s better for those who were there. But, as I’ve said many times, it’s annoys me, and I can’t watch it anymore.

    I want a new fuggin Cup! And I want the old Avery! And I want Booger to beat up LeBlonde!

  3. wicky (Our D is SOFT and give Prust an A!!!!) on

    This should be fun.

    looking forward to seeing a few of the d men play.

    not talented enough to post while game is on, so see you assens after!!

    LGR!!

  4. I was in the pool! on

    I am happy to see Kennedy getting a second straight game. My biggest question is, If no one will fight booger is he worth having? Will we still get pushed around and then they turtle on him? I’m anxious to see valentenko tonight. Hats off to sather for droppin redden down now. It tells me they are serious about putting the best team out there.

  5. *WICKY, MRS WICKY, 2 little WICKYs and 4 doggy WICKYs*

    I shant forget the WICKYs!

    In case ya couldnt tell, Ive had a little too much to drink today, this Yankees loss is very concerning.

    Mama, I see you blushing!! :)

  6. ORR, my young sir, here you are so wrong:

    “I’m annoyed with 94. It’s better for those who were there. But, as I’ve said many times, it’s annoys me, and I can’t watch it anymore.”

    maybe because you didn’t experience it personally, it annoys you, but I don’t know why. If you did live through it, it never gets old, IMO.

    Here I agree:
    “I want a new fuggin Cup! And I want the old Avery! And I want Booger to beat up LeBlonde!”

  7. thank you atdhe.net

    grrrrrrrrrr damn hockeystreams and their downed dataservers! and to have to hear that asshat Chico AGAIN! oy vey

  8. I’m sorry you didn’t ORR, but don’t hold it against us who did. Hey, your year will come and then youngsters will get pissed at you : ) 2013!

  9. hank goes down, kovalchuck shoots it over the shoulder. flashbacks.

    I really like Tim Kennedy so far.

    p.s. friggin hockeystreams already got my $100, now they are pulling this.

  10. I’ll say something good about them, you can watch replays late at night with way better quality than anywhere else. But live, its a struggle for bandwidth.

  11. i’d love to see avery pull an ocho cinco and hand brodeur a twinkie during a break in the action lol

  12. wicky (Our D is SOFT and give Prust an A!!!!) on

    guess i’ve kinda laureled here…..but had to pause game to take care of wickster issue soooooo

    best five rangers at this point…not even close… cally, kennedy, feds (just have a feeling he is making the team), valentenko (has looked better than mcdonut to this point, but it’s early) and semenov.

    cr
    The wicky clan says thanks for the shout out and please don’t drive your iphone after drinking.

  13. foists pucks

    shuffleboards, waffles, microwaves, boogeyboards, knives, forks, spoons, refrigerators, freezers.

    Have I mentioned that I hate Doc Emrick??

  14. “Stuff a sock in it, Chico.”

    Chico already has stuffed a sock in it. Why do you think it looks much larger than it actually is? :)

    If you dont get it, nevermind, it’s inappropriate.

  15. In response to Orr’s post:

    Anyone want to set the over/under for how many games I mention and complain about the referees this season?

  16. So far, I haven’t seen anything from Grachev that tells me he deserves a spot. Valentenko doesn’t look out of place at all.

  17. In all seriousness, I think the Rangers will get a much fairer shake with both Bill McCreary and Kerry Fraser no longer in the league.

    Cant watch the game tonight. Enjoy the game all! Ciao!

  18. you’re right this game is boring, without Redden out there coughing up the puck for opposition breakaways.

    Every time I think about him actually gone, I get cheered up. Talk about addition by subtraction.

  19. This so called game is a living nightmare.I can’t watch this two chaotic, pathetic, backyard teams,with negative collective hockey IQ and no brainpower.Arghhh!Regular scrimmage compare to this – SC Final.May be I’m sick? Where is my team?

  20. lmao at ‘THEY ARE THE SAME SIZE!” this guy should not have a job, he makes a mockery of the game every time he opens him mouf

  21. Okay okay so I watched a little of the game before going out.

    And Im dead serious, this is no joke.

    Clarkson is out at the faceoff. He didnt get a 5 minute major for dropping his gloves, and he didnt get a penalty or get thrown out for 3rd man in.

    I mean, SERIOUSLY?????????? Already in the preseason, we get cheated!!!!!!!! Luckily, this game doesnt mean anything. ARRRRRGHHHHH!

  22. I guess the referees are sending us an early preseason message, with the message being “You Rangers aint gettin’ nothin’ as long as we have something to say about it”

  23. And Chico Resch having the audacity to say that Avery wont fight someone his own size???

    Who does that clown think he is???

    You have a goalie that sleeps with sister-in-laws.

  24. looks like the officiating is as good as ever. nic clarkson got zilch.

    resch is a baffoon.

    wow on redden just heard……..

  25. according to asshat Chico, Leblonde does not have to fight Boogard, but Avery has to fight Clarkson. and Joe M called him on his stupid inconsistent statements.

  26. Thank god this game tonight means nothing because I would have had a coronary because of these refs calling this game, just awful.

  27. Linda would have seen the 3rd man in on Clarkson even with my uncorrected 20/400 vision on

    lmao debbies, and chico was looking for some sausage and peppers to shove in his mouth because he was upset

  28. Even though the game means nothing, that was the WORST call I have seen in I cant remember how long.

    The guy dropped his gloves, then became the 3rd man in and was whaling on Avery as the referee was on top of Avery on the ice.

    And somehow they end up with a 4 minute PP.

    Ya just cant make this stuff up. It’s unreal. I feel like Im living in some kind of nightmare when this crap happens repeatedly.

  29. Linda would have seen the 3rd man in on Clarkson even with my uncorrected 20/400 vision on

    who the hell are the officials tonight?

  30. Linda would have seen the 3rd man in on Clarkson even with my uncorrected 20/400 vision on

    Mr. Magoo, Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles??

  31. CR, LMAO! “I wouldnt be surprised if the officials were the sons of Kerry Fraser and Bill McCreary.”

  32. Linda would have seen the 3rd man in on Clarkson even with my uncorrected 20/400 vision on

    lmao deja, mr. magoo too eh!

  33. Linda would have seen the 3rd man in on Clarkson even with my uncorrected 20/400 vision on

    i should send bettman a picture of my shot group from the last time i went to the range lol ;-)

  34. if this is what life will be like for the next 6 months, I’m gonna …well, something…I am pissed!

  35. Linda would have seen the 3rd man in on Clarkson even with my uncorrected 20/400 vision on

    asshat = Sather, and anything that insults common sense

  36. Linda would have seen the 3rd man in on Clarkson even with my uncorrected 20/400 vision on

    very sad that they are playing this song AT A HOCKEY GAME! are you firetruckin kidding me??

  37. Linda would have seen the 3rd man in on Clarkson even with my uncorrected 20/400 vision on

    LMFAO @ JOE! ‘i dont agree with you on anything’

  38. Linda would have seen the 3rd man in on Clarkson even with my uncorrected 20/400 vision on

    i am gonna send some free hydrolyze to Boogie for those dark circles. YIKES!

  39. Linda would have seen the 3rd man in on Clarkson even with my uncorrected 20/400 vision on

    Yes LW, he really is! he confirms it each time he opens his piehole

  40. Linda would have seen the 3rd man in on Clarkson even with my uncorrected 20/400 vision on

    actually, I got it from Chris Jericho several years ago…so all glory goes to Y2J for that word

  41. Now it’s really time for me to go. The combination of alcohol, Chico, and the referees could send me into a tailspin for a couple weeks.

    Ciao!

  42. Linda would have seen the 3rd man in on Clarkson even with my uncorrected 20/400 vision on

    God ruined a perfectly normal ass when he put teeth in Chico’s mouth

  43. Linda would have seen the 3rd man in on Clarkson even with my uncorrected 20/400 vision on

    Mickey, when did it become November??

  44. Linda would have seen the 3rd man in on Clarkson even with my uncorrected 20/400 vision on

    lmao JB! hey, how did you like Fringe the other night?

  45. it’s only game 2 of pre-season all. I’m not thrilled, either, but let’s call calm down.

    (Claws out, hair raised, tail up…!)

  46. Linda would have seen the 3rd man in on Clarkson even with my uncorrected 20/400 vision on

    omg ORR, you are so right! That show is so mind boggling!

  47. is it me or do the rangers have no offense. It appears without Gaborik the rangers have no offense. The same problem they had last year. I’m not impressed with anybody from hartford or the scrap pile heap sather has brought in. Looks like another long year, jeez.

  48. Linda would have seen the 3rd man in on Clarkson even with my uncorrected 20/400 vision on

    lmao tomb… at least we can commiserate here

  49. Linda would have seen the 3rd man in on Clarkson even with my uncorrected 20/400 vision on

    maybe MDZ is getting too much oxygen to his repaired nose. He’s kinda scaring me.

  50. Grachev needs another year in the AHL. He’s good but he’s no Duschene, Toews, etc. it will be good for him and good for the Rangers

  51. Grabby in IA? I still have a crapload of cousins out there in farmland.

    best times of my youth were on the farm with my cousins

  52. Linda would have seen the 3rd man in on Clarkson even with my uncorrected 20/400 vision on

    knifed down. hmm next time i cut a piece of cake or lasagna for someone, I’m going to say I am KNIFING IT DOWN. would that sound hockeyish?

  53. Linda would have seen the 3rd man in on Clarkson even with my uncorrected 20/400 vision on

    lmao “talk about missing a pair” i guess leblonde is looking for something

  54. >>…how did you like Fringe the other night?

    I enjoyed seeing Liv [both of her] again, especially when kicking arse.

  55. Linda would have seen the 3rd man in on Clarkson even with my uncorrected 20/400 vision on

    lmao @ buy ‘em an eer! do they share the town tooth also?

    OH OH CALLY!!

  56. I think this is to be expected when your top 6 is Fedotenko White Callahan Avery Kennedy & Williams

    and NJ is playing their whole friggin team

  57. MickeyM is STILL unpacking on

    GRR at sdthe.net for having audio/visual issues during the Cally interview. Your boy looks good though, Linda.

    Hey hey, it’s Duguay.

  58. for some reason it didn”t work for Wade? It hadnt worked for years Glen you ASSHAT.

    haha i learned a new word today

  59. Linda would have seen the 3rd man in on Clarkson even with my uncorrected 20/400 vision on

    tomb just impressed me!

    glad i got you to chuckle grabby! udderly!

  60. Blue Seat Horror on

    By my count the Rangers are playing 14 bubble players. Can’t really expect an A-game tonight, but Hank looked a little shaky at the start of this one.

    One thing that is encouraging…This B-squad (Avery and Callahan look pretty good) looks like last year’s A-squad, so there has been improvement.

  61. Grabby, I’m taking out an ad in your local paper warning women about you.

    ha, tomb loving asshat!!!

  62. Linda would have seen the 3rd man in on Clarkson even with my uncorrected 20/400 vision on

    grabby, you gotta look at the “American Hair Band” link on my FB, it’s awesome

  63. Linda would have seen the 3rd man in on Clarkson even with my uncorrected 20/400 vision on

    liked you assessment Blue!

    Olga, I think we’ll see the “A Team” for the next preseason game. I am guessing more cuts come tomorrow?

  64. Tank The Season on

    I think our opening night roster is going to be this:

    Frolov-Stepan-Gaborik
    Prospal-Christensen-Dubinsky
    Avery-Anisimov-Callahan
    Boogaard-Boyle-Prust

    Extra forwards: Tim Kennedy
    When Driry clmes back: Christensen is gone

  65. Linda would have seen the 3rd man in on Clarkson even with my uncorrected 20/400 vision on

    I hope the Stars win that game lol

  66. Blue Seat Horror on

    Love that quote from Sather.

    “For some reason it didn’t work out.”

    Maybe because the guy was obviously past the prime of his career and was trending downward and EVERYBODY but Sather knew he had a flat tire and no spare, not even one of those little donuts.

  67. Tank The Season on

    Defense: Staal, Girardi, Del Zotto, Rozsival, McDonagh, Gilroy, Eminger
    Goalies: Lundqvist and Biron.

    I don’t think Fedotenko or Exelby or Semenov will be making the team.

  68. Linda would have seen the 3rd man in on Clarkson even with my uncorrected 20/400 vision on

    WOW, Joe just answered my question! OH a game tomorrow night too, so yea, the team will be set to start the week.

  69. Linda would have seen the 3rd man in on Clarkson even with my uncorrected 20/400 vision on

    i’m about to get some ben and jerry’s Mickey, it IS cheat day! lol

  70. Blue Seat Horror on

    Form this point on #22 Devils will be known as Pierre Letourneau-Lewuss.

    Todd White a -3 tonight. Enjoy Hartford.

  71. wicky (Our D is SOFT and give Prust an A!!!!) on

    joe m cracks me up most of the time and the fact that he just had chico blubbering all over himself makes me like him even more.

    is grachev playing?? Htfd..

    So mrs wicky said during the whole avery clarkson stuff, when cally was over by parise and the ref that she read cally’s lips telling parise to F OFF!! I’ll have to rewind later to see it, but if so…HILARIOUS!!!

    mdz must have hung around staal and overpriced girardi too long, looks bad! Valentenko on the other hand , looks physical and not afraind to mix it up around the net, same with semenov.

    xlb does not look that good at this point!

    feds always hitting and always around the net in scrums.

    back to the game

  72. Linda would have seen the 3rd man in on Clarkson even with my uncorrected 20/400 vision on

    DID AVERY SCORE THAT??????????????

  73. Linda would have seen the 3rd man in on Clarkson even with my uncorrected 20/400 vision on

    grabby, is atdhe having annoying flashes of black on their video stream?

  74. MickeyM is STILL unpacking on

    Ben and Jerry’s sounds mighty fine, Linda. I have no ice cream here, but there are chocolate chip cookies and pumpkin pie so my dessert options are good.

    Aww, firetruck!

  75. wicky (Our D is SOFT and give Prust an A!!!!) on

    carp’s boy Byfuglien just sent samsonov off on a stretcher!

    blue seat
    that has a lot to do with semenov and valentenko I think. You are correct though, he is getting nice PHYSICAL support tonight.

  76. Linda would have seen the 3rd man in on Clarkson even with my uncorrected 20/400 vision on

    wtb???????

    are they all upset that Redden waved goodbye?????

  77. Linda would have seen the 3rd man in on Clarkson even with my uncorrected 20/400 vision on

    deja, he better get used to it. maybe he needs some new contacts

  78. Blue Seat Horror on

    I don’t know if anybody caught it, but Emerick said tonight that Del Zotto played for Team USA in the World Cup. Ha Ha Ha.

    I didn’t know Ontario had filed for statehood.

  79. Linda would have seen the 3rd man in on Clarkson even with my uncorrected 20/400 vision on

    back to atdhe…. that black flashing was starting to make me twitch

  80. Linda would have seen the 3rd man in on Clarkson even with my uncorrected 20/400 vision on

    Ray Liotta got some bad plastic surgery and is now behind the devils bench

  81. Hate hate to bring this up…But Hank? It’s not just the b-team?

    I think Lin or someone brought this up…are they really stealing our goal song!!!!???

    Libel, lawsuit, something!

  82. Linda would have seen the 3rd man in on Clarkson even with my uncorrected 20/400 vision on

    like that byers stepped in… he needs to go to Prusts fighting camp!

  83. Linda would have seen the 3rd man in on Clarkson even with my uncorrected 20/400 vision on

    i dont like to wish bad things upon people, but kovalchuk needs a rude awakening

  84. Linda would have seen the 3rd man in on Clarkson even with my uncorrected 20/400 vision on

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! ANI!!

  85. Linda would have seen the 3rd man in on Clarkson even with my uncorrected 20/400 vision on

    double a looks like he has a bit more size to him

  86. Linda would have seen the 3rd man in on Clarkson even with my uncorrected 20/400 vision on

    ok, it’s about time Boogie leveled a devil

  87. Linda would have seen the 3rd man in on Clarkson even with my uncorrected 20/400 vision on

    walled, a new term from “doc”

  88. Olga Folkyerself on

    I was thinking the same thing linda. Boogy should pop Leblonde, whether he wants to fight or not… just start wailin’ on him.

  89. Blue Seat Horror on

    I think I just saw the Russian Cap Vaccuum make a slashed throat gesture. Didn’t somebody just get suspended for that?

    Ha. We need to keep Avery just to watch him get Kovalchuk’s panties in a bunch.

  90. Linda would have seen the 3rd man in on Clarkson even with my uncorrected 20/400 vision on

    time for some berry voluntary

  91. Tank The Season on

    Del Zotto doesn’t have a quality defense partner or anyone good to pass to, of course he’s gonna suck.

  92. Linda would have seen the 3rd man in on Clarkson even with my uncorrected 20/400 vision on

    “oooh it is a push with the stick” wow Chico, Captain Obvious

  93. Linda would have seen the 3rd man in on Clarkson even with my uncorrected 20/400 vision on

    WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!

  94. Linda would have seen the 3rd man in on Clarkson even with my uncorrected 20/400 vision on

    write this down…. 75% power play!!!!!!

  95. Linda would have seen the 3rd man in on Clarkson even with my uncorrected 20/400 vision on

    i kid, i kid lol

    4 goals with no Gabby

  96. Tank The Season on

    Damn Fedotenko is making his case….

    Oh and I interpreted Boynton’s “slashed throat gesture” as something else and possibly more offensive…

  97. Linda would have seen the 3rd man in on Clarkson even with my uncorrected 20/400 vision on

    how can you swagger AND whine??? sheesh

  98. Linda would have seen the 3rd man in on Clarkson even with my uncorrected 20/400 vision on

    omg this leblond guy is such a feminine hygiene product

  99. Linda would have seen the 3rd man in on Clarkson even with my uncorrected 20/400 vision on

    have some butterscotch my friend!

  100. Linda would have seen the 3rd man in on Clarkson even with my uncorrected 20/400 vision on

    Avery has had an impact on this game

  101. can someone photoshop the yellow guy from Sin City and put a Le-wuss jersey on him …. you know … because he’s yellow

  102. Linda would have seen the 3rd man in on Clarkson even with my uncorrected 20/400 vision on

    LMAO Blue {{{SHATTENKIRKHEADZO!!!}}}

    GO 45!!!!! Salvador has been cut from the team lol! NICE JOB NEWBURY!!

  103. Kovalchuk got pitchforked? how is that not a forkin penalty? all these announcers are pathetic. i don’t understand how it could happen out East.

    sorry guys all your announcers are idiots

  104. Linda would have seen the 3rd man in on Clarkson even with my uncorrected 20/400 vision on

    we know tomb! carp needs to institute voice chat here so we can call the games ourselves

  105. Linda would have seen the 3rd man in on Clarkson even with my uncorrected 20/400 vision on

    Missed you in the off season PIMP! good to see ya back

  106. Linda would have seen the 3rd man in on Clarkson even with my uncorrected 20/400 vision on

    nice lil play by aves

  107. Linda would have seen the 3rd man in on Clarkson even with my uncorrected 20/400 vision on

    cool the man brought home a movie he’ll hate because he knew i wanted to see it!!

  108. Linda would have seen the 3rd man in on Clarkson even with my uncorrected 20/400 vision on

    deja, what was the point of that shot when it was 6 feet wide lol

  109. Shattenkirkheadzo on

    Listening to WFAN online & watching bruins vs panthers (up in VT). Talk about torture. Like having drury make your pizza & redden delivering it.

  110. all I can say is the Rangers will be here in Denver Nov 19th and I already have red line tickets.

    last year I got to see Chads fist NHL victory (he’s from my alma mader) Gabby gets a hat trick. There were a lot of hats on the ice too.

  111. Linda would have seen the 3rd man in on Clarkson even with my uncorrected 20/400 vision on

    at least you’d get a free mouthguard with that pizza though!

  112. Linda would have seen the 3rd man in on Clarkson even with my uncorrected 20/400 vision on

    kovalclucken needs a smack to that smug face of his

  113. Linda would have seen the 3rd man in on Clarkson even with my uncorrected 20/400 vision on

    tony is a hard workin man!

  114. Linda would have seen the 3rd man in on Clarkson even with my uncorrected 20/400 vision on

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! BEAKER SCORES!!!!!!!!!!

  115. Blue Seat Horror on

    For as bad as he’s playing, MDZ does have 3 assists tonight.

    And now a goal.

    Wooohoooohoohooohoohoooho!

  116. Linda would have seen the 3rd man in on Clarkson even with my uncorrected 20/400 vision on

    5 goals with NO GABBY!

    way to go BEAKER! MSG SOUTH ERUPTS IN CHEERS!

  117. Shattenkirkheadzo , one can only hope! someone’s getting the job done early.

    tomb, no carcillo :( pathetic

  118. Linda would have seen the 3rd man in on Clarkson even with my uncorrected 20/400 vision on

    time to remind everyone that I LOVE RYAN CALLAHAN…

    holy crap atdhe just cut off the feed… lame!

  119. Tank The Season on

    MDZ redeems himself for a crappy defensive game by putting up 4 points. We love that guy for a reason. Didn’t see him drill anyone tonight, though.

  120. Linda would have seen the 3rd man in on Clarkson even with my uncorrected 20/400 vision on

    priorities Tony! you set the properly!!

    headzo, make sure you decontaminate it!

  121. Linda would have seen the 3rd man in on Clarkson even with my uncorrected 20/400 vision on

    pathetic about the announcers tomb

  122. wow, I said earlier how the rangers looked horrible with no offense without Gabby when they were losing 3-1. They must have heard me, next thing I know they win in OT with 5 goals. Oh yea, by the way, can someone take out Chico in the parking lot, I can’t stand to listen to him anymore, what a complete buffoon.

  123. MDZ!!!!!! I’ll take OT wins over no wins any day….we came back baby!!

    and don’t forget the Sweetness!

  124. red wings tomorrow. they are playing the hawks right now, and they are not using a lot of their stars. they are saving them for the Rangers tomorrow at home.

  125. Linda would have seen the 3rd man in on Clarkson even with my uncorrected 20/400 vision on

    lmao Dr. Phil Boogie

  126. Linda would have seen the 3rd man in on Clarkson even with my uncorrected 20/400 vision on

    Tank,didnt he score in two consecutive games to start his reign of error? that may have been the 2 highlights they showed lol

  127. Shory, I noticed that!

    tomb, what Linda said, pathetic announcers, not you :)

    ahhh, I can go to bed happy. And to repeat :) Sweet 16! Good game my man!

  128. Another nail biting, hair pulling, skin tearing night. And many more to go….Damn, I love this sport!

    Niters all! and Happy 16th!!!!

  129. Didn’t read the blog tonight, and just now watching the game on DVR.

    2 things.

    1. Kovy is a jackhole wimp for throwing shots when a ref was on top of Avery.

    2. Joe Mich earned a little respect in my eyes for telling Chico to pretty much take his double sided comment and cram it up his carcillo tunnel.

    I love how Chico then is totally okay with Clarkson not getting a penalty.

    Chico is the ultimate in homers that ever called a game.

  130. Olga Folkyerself on

    Nice comeback win in OT for the Blueshirts,

    Now back to our regularly scheduled Sather bashing…. FIRE SATHER!

  131. Blue Seat Horror on

    Malkin and Rick Nash dropped the gloves tonight (or at least got fighting majors). Hope Gina took the worst of it.

  132. Been away from my computer all day.

    First off, glad to see Redden is gone.

    Second, Del Zotto’s goal gave me major deja vu of Leetch’s game 7 goal in the finals.

    Third, is anybody gonna fight Booregard! I hope this isn’t a sign of things to come. I don’t want opposing teams goons going after our star or non fighting players then not square off when Boogey man comes along, thats just lame and if thats the case our players won’t be protected unless the Boogeyman does something stupid, then he’ll probably just get suspended.

    And lastly, Avery kinda annoyed me tonight, Clarkson may be bigger and a better fighter but Aves gotta drop the gloves too and man up once in awhile.

  133. and then dummy Goring says he wants Prospal at C

    I love how guys who got a chance as kids like Duguay to play at the young age, now are old fogeys about letting the new generation get the same chance they did.

  134. N.Country. Obviously I disagree. It’s not just about dropping the gloves, when it comes to drawing the penalty. Aves manned up plenty tonight IMHO.

  135. Not for nothing, but Fankist did do well at center with Gabby.

    But yeah, Du-Gay said when it comes down to it, he’d rather have a veteran in that position. That’s why he’s NOT A COACH!!!! Vinny I can understand, but EC? Noooo!

  136. wicky (Our D is SOFT and give Prust an A!!!!) on

    I liked valentenko’s game a lot and semenov played physical. I think they both should hopefully be in our top six. XLB did one thing well in front of hank, then was penalized and pretty much was invisible the rest of the game…..goner! grachev=htfd……..newbury, I’d seen play a couple times with detroit, wouldn’t mind seeing him at 4th line centre. gilroy was ok, eminger ok. I’d rather have either one of those two than rozy…hell i’d take redden over rozy. I think kennedy and feds both have a serious shot at the final 23.

    Best thing of all is our team had a bunch of physical guys that beat the devils with many of their starters in the line up by being physical all the time….how refreshing form all the soft teams we have had since the lockout. play the majority of these guys with gabby and frolov and we will have a good season.

    Byers still can’t fight, he should go to the newbury school of fighting…byers to htfd…weise I also am still fairly impressed with and also a good candidate for still making it I think.

  137. Blogmama…Don’t get me wrong Avery had a good game and did what he does best, but I would have loved to see him drop the gloves and knock that smug look off of Clarkson’s face.

    And I agree with many posters here, that the officiating against Avery is the most biased I’ve ever seen. If the roles were reversed no way that Avery doesn’t get tossed if he had done what Clarkson did tonight.

  138. wicky (Our D is SOFT and give Prust an A!!!!) on

    dubiii
    at least 8 ft…I think he elbows everyone in the head just because he is 8ft tall.

  139. Wow…Carey Price let in 6 goals tonight…is that 10 goals in two games…not good…MTL let the wrong goalie go I think.

    Back to the Rangers, Byers (34) did his best impersonation of Aaron Voros tonight by using his fave as a punching bag.

  140. catching up on my rangers twitters…

    AGrossRecord Sean Avery says ref told him he got a 10-minute misconduct because “he’s a superstar and I can’t go after a superstar.”

  141. I know it’s only two games but things are starting to get clearer.

    Goal is obvious with Lundqvist and Biron

    Defense if they keep 7 is, Staal, Girardi, Del Zotto, Roszival, Gilroy, McDonagh, and Semenov. I think McDonagh’s game the other night hastened Redden’s waiver move.

    Fwds – Gaborik, Stepan, Frolov, Callahan, Dubinsky, Drury, Anisimov, Prospal, Boorgaard, Prust, Avery, Boyle, Fedetenko

    with White, Kennedy, Christenson, and Zuccarello fighting it out for the last spot. Zuccarello will probably go to Hartford to get used to the NHL game for a little bit. He has not shown much offense in camp or the one game he played so far. I prefer he goes to Hartford with the lack of minutes he will probably get with NYR anyway.

    It’s reasonable for 2 kids to make the team each year – Del Zotto and Gilroy last year, Stepan and McDonagh this year.

  142. Let’s face it…those first 4 goals were all Henrik’s babies. He’d fallen back into the old goal tending from his knees, and they took rightful advantage of it. He settled down a bit later ( as they all did). this bunch of guys new to one another, trying to get their sea legs. They finally managed, and the Devils were so giddy all night long about trying to get a piece of Avery that they simply forgot what they were there for. ( I couldn’t help laughing at the perpetual “Wha’ ..who… me?” attitude, by Avery, knowing that the Devs were gnawing each others spinal columns to get at him.

    The play was disjointed and sloppy at first, but you could see that there is some real talent there ( who is this Newbury?) I thought that the Williams kid looked fairly competent, and I did not see Exelby do anything wrong, or anything outstanding. He was as ordinary as most of them.
    Fedotenko surprised me a bit..he played a better game thanI had expected. Semenov too. Again, one of the first starts…any conclusions drawn from this about keeping or discarding should be put on the shelf for a few more games, before making ANY judgments. Who was good tonite, may well be lousy next time, and vice versa. Take it slow and very calculatingly.No emotional outbursts sil,vous plait.

    Thaaat’s the way. I enjoyed the game. But those idiotic mike men, did you notice what I referred to about the Ranger’s crew and their incessant sideline chatter instead of following play by play? These guys are even worse if such a thing is possible. I spent much of the game just trying to determine who was on the ice. They never mentioned the guys names or numbers even though they must know that they are all new to us.

    I tell you folks ..the only place you will find true amateurism, in these games will be in the broadcast booths.

  143. Wicky – I love Valentenko’s game too but he’s probably set for Hartford for this year. Hopefully, he will be up later this season or out of camp next year. All accounts are that he needs to work on his foot work. He will be a stud when he’s ready. Plus, the numbers aren’t in his favor until we get rid of Roszival.

  144. >>…Semenov

    Scott, I’d rather see Valentenko on the squad. You never know when Semenov’s wife might tell him to stay home and not show up for an important match.

  145. JBytes – I’m assuming that Semenov has put the wife problem in the past if he’s here again. You are absolutely correct with Valentenko in the long run but Semenov still plays an NHL caliber game with some snarl now. Valentenko then gets to work on his game in Hartford for now. Obviously, I could be wrong but my gut feeling is why rush him now when you don’t have to.

  146. Carp
    Gotta admit. I was one of those that didn’t think they’d swallow all that money. I said I would believe it when I see it. Now that I saw it, I almost still don’t believe it.

    I guess I’m a few cells short (maybe more) of half a brain.

  147. Holy Carcillo over 400 replys wow. Carp. I musr disagree the Rangers do have at least 6 defencemen better than Redden. I hated him go this way but as you said his contract was way out of line. I do have to give management some credit for biting the bullet.

  148. get rid of Gilroy and Rozi…insert Valentenko and Semenov

    and if Fedotenko makes the team instead of Boyle i wouldn’t be too upset either…the guy knows how to play and constantly drives to the net. Good game

  149. wicky (Our D is SOFT and give Prust an A!!!!) on

    CCCP
    exactly on the d men….agree 100%!! and on feds actually as well.

  150. ORR

    not when you have two physical dmen like Valentenko and Semenov playing hard. Gilroy is just too soft and making way too much.

  151. No,ORR.It is a well known ethnic group mostly in Russia, came from Goby (Mongolia) many centuries ago. Turks based language, Muslims, between 5-6 millions population, concentrated mostly in Tatarstan (capital-Kazan) and different branch in Crimea.
    You, guys better learn how to spell right Ruslan Fedotenko,he will definitely make a team.
    Oh,ORR,and another meaning of word tatar or tartar is, of course, meal of raw meat or tuna (came from Tatars nomads) which probably much more appropriate for hockey player.lol.

  152. I get that you’d want physical guys, but it’s a bit too soon to throw him away after one game.

    But, as I’ve said many times, he should really be played as a forward, especially with his speed. Not much room though with all the forwards in camp.

  153. Linda would have seen the 3rd man in on Clarkson even with my uncorrected 20/400 vision on

    Fran, the broadcast booth and the on ice officials ;-)

  154. I was just quoting Golem/Smeagul from Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers.

    He catches a rabit or some small animal, and Sam decides to cook it by adding some carrots, and taters, and making a stew.

    Smeagul doesn’t like it, and asks “What’s taters..precious? And Sam replies “PO-TA-TOES, boil ‘em, mash ‘em, stick ‘em in a stew”

    Then Smeagul says, “give it to us RAW and w-r-r-riggling! you keep nasty chips”

    Yeah, great Trilogy!!

  155. Steve C
    I don’t know about you, but I found any kind of so called deep analyses for preseason games just plainly ridiculous, therefore for years I use this wonderful place mostly to express some very current emotions and impressions and will do, mind you…? No need for pills yet, if you’re so quick to use, I can recommend few for raising IQ and stimulate brain cells. Thanks for touching care.

  156. MickeyM is STILL unpacking on

    I don’t mind Valentenko and Zuccarello getting their feet wet in Hartford to start the year. They’ll both be up at some point this season. Fedentenko makes the team, I believe. He’s looked very good the past two games.

  157. the only good thing comes from this game besides win itself is that Rangers B team beats the Devils A team and Devils almost all their goals generated by first line,not unlike Rangers last season with Gaby(19%). however, I’m afraid this line will be a killer.

  158. Hugo Folkyerself on

    Sather really sounded sad talking about having to waive Redden. I guess it’s better than admitting he was stupid for signing him to that outrageous contract to begin with.

  159. Midas Will Folkyerself on

    Now we just need to get rid of Rozival and Drury without Ol’ Stogypuss making another bloated free agent signing…

  160. Yukon Al Folkyerself on

    Jessiman made the first cut. He’s still on the team. This could be the year! He’s only 2 NHL goals behind Boogaard…

  161. Grachev needs more AHL work.
    I really wanted Exelby to lay some fools out and impress me, he didn’t and did nothing to prove his worth. Dissapointed.
    Gilroy didn’t do much either.
    Fedentenko looks like he deserves a spot, but at who’s expense?

  162. Olga Folkyerself on

    Well, as a general rule, Sather will give the spot to someone he can’t send down without clearing waivers as opposed to someone he can send to Hartford or Juniors or College.

    So if there is a hard choice to make, look for the “utes” to be sent down, so that he can play with the “free” older vet for a few more weeks.

    Grachev, McDonough, Stepan, may need more “seasoning”.

    It’s the Sather Way….

  163. I thought Gilroy looked pretty good in the last half of the game. I don’t know what anyone was expecting from him. He’s not gonna be the physical bruiser that the team needs, and was never supposed to be. His game is offense, and he had a PP goal, and he helped set up the game winner in his first pre-season game. In fact, he made Del Z switch spots with him, and Del Z went down low where Cally eventually set him up 10 seconds or less later, so that was a good call on his part. He definitely deserves a spot on this team.

    Anyway, does anyone know how Sanguinetti is doing with the Canes? I’m still curious aboot him.

  164. Blueshirt in Paris on

    Kennedy and Semenov make the team.

    Also, disappointed that nobody will dance with Boogie but at least you can see his presence has an effect. things seem to calm down a bit quicker with after whistle scrums when he is out there. and he does engage himself so some focus from the other team is on him, not on our stars.

  165. Bwaaaahaaaahaaaaa. Sean Avery is a funny guy.

    “He specifically told me I got it because [Kovalchuk] is a superstar, and I can’t go after a superstar,” Avery said of the dialog that took place in the box with 9:07 to go in the second. “I told him I make $4 million. I’m a superstar, too.”

  166. Well, that’s just the sickest thing Ive ever heard. First, Kovalchuk seeked Avery out to begin with. In addition, what’s the referee’s excuse for no penalty on Clarkson?

    I hope nobody – mainly Sean Avery – buys into that pitiful excuse. That was an anti-Avery, anti-Ranger call. The referee was getting his practice in for the upcoming season.

  167. If Fedotenko makes the team what’s his cost for cap purposes? He’s looked pretty good and he would also, like Frolov, being playing for next years contract. Correct?

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