Game day


Good mornin’ Boneheads.

It’s a game day. I’ll be heading into Manhattan later on, and hope to have a lineup in a little bit.

I want to thank our buddy, tr-808, for sending along this pic in regard to yesterday’s No. 11.

Adam Graves wore it for one game, but he also wore it during the preseason, and tr-808 had this classic photo of No. 11 checking the Kings’ No. 99 (unidentified) during an outdoor game in Las Vegas. Note the hooking and holding-the-stick infractions which weren’t called in the good old, pre-wussification days.


Ten days until Opening Night.

10: The Scooter. Chris Chambliss.

10: Walt “Clyde” Frazier.

Fran Tarkenton. Eli “Lefty” Manning.

10: Oooh-La-La Duguay. Pierre Larouche. Esa Tikkanen.

See youse later.

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  1. Arnold Braunschweiger on

    Graves 91-92 Pro Set hockey card has him wearing #11, you can see the Bruins fans in the background.
    Had to search online to make sure my memory was correct ;-)

  2. Good morning, boneheads!
    Happy game day!
    This photo is priceless. LMAO at “pre-wussification days”. Wicki will like that one.

  3. #10, Endy Chavez, “The Catch”. One of the more famous plays made by a player on a losing team (Carlton Fisk might take #1).

  4. Strange that holding the stick wasn’t a penalty until around this time (maybe a season or two later?). If you look at video of Graves goal against the Devils in 1997 he is clearly holding Scott Stevens’ stick although Stevens was also going him a pretty decent hook while he rounded the net.

  5. Yes LIRF…..#10 Pele….I mean maybe the world’s most recognizable athlete in history along with Ali.

  6. 10 (Downing Street) – David Cameron
    Ten – probably the best album ever made
    10 – Bo Derek (thank you lord!!)
    Ben 10 (that one’s for my son, who loves that TV show)

  7. Gravey (Formerly known as jor71) on

    I ordered the center ice package and cannot wait till they drop the puck!!!!

    Ten is the second discrete semiprime (2.5) and the second member of the (2.q) discrete semiprime family. Ten has an aliquot sum ?(n) of 8 and is accordingly the first discrete semiprime to be in deficit. All subsequent discrete semiprimes are in deficit. The aliquot sequence for 10 comprises five members (10,8,7,1,0) with this number being the second composite member of the 7-aliquot tree.

    Ten is the base of the decimal numeral system, by far the most common system of denoting numbers in both spoken and written language. Ten is the first two-digit number in decimal and thus the lowest number where the position of a numeral affects its value. Any integer written in the decimal system can be multiplied by ten by adding a zero to the end (e.g. 855 * 10 = 8550). The reason for the choice of ten is assumed to be that humans have ten fingers (digits).

    Messier object M10, a magnitude 6.4 globular cluster in the constellation Ophiuchus.

  8. Shoot the puck Barry on

    Pierre Larouche… One of my all-time favorites.

    Hopefully, by the time all is said and done, Gaborik will be the best to wear that # for the Rangers.

    Carp, what odds would you give for Stepan making the team?

  9. Guy LaFleur wore #10 for his post-retirement season with the Rangers.

    Sandy McCarthy- “Hit ’em with your purse, Sandra!!!”

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

    morning ILB and all!!

    pre-wussification days… it!!!

    #10 Zizou!!!!

  11. Carp, Arnold,

    Here is the Pro Set card of Graves in Boston wearing #11 during the season opener wearing the 75th anniversary jerseys.

  12. The “which rookie” poll seems a bit silly now, huh? Though I guess they could come back.

    Go Stepan!

  13. So far this pre-season I think Old Cigar Face and Torts have lived up to there word:

    -Giving the youth a chance
    -Not giving players roster spots based on salary
    -Trying to put the most competetive team on the ice

    With that said after looking over the last 27 players left in training camp these are the following fighting for spots

    Kennedy, Fedotenko, Boyle, Prust, Stepan, White
    Valentenko, Sauer, Eminger

    Goaltending Tandem is set – Hank & Biron
    Captains & Assistants are set – Drury, Cally & Prospal

    and if Torts holds ture to what he said the other day, the roster wills tart with 23 players and Drury on IR for the first few games.

    I think White is the obvious one to not make the team. Big salary, is tradeable and demoteable, and is not impressing all that much, although not doing a horrible job

    So if One more defensmen and three more forwards are to make the team, who are your choices?

    Mine are – Sauer or Eminger on D as 7th Defenseman
    Valentenko sent to HArtford to tighten up his game and be the first D on call up for injury, etc.

    Forwards are a bit harder, I definitely want Kennedey on the team, but then its a toss up between which two other players make it out of Stepan, Fedetenko, Prust & Boyle.

    Decisions Decisions. Glad I’m not the coach


  14. Gross reporting that mcdonagh not playing tonight. Does this mean front office has seen enough to send him down or seen enough to put him in NHL? Seems like team wants to evaluate tank and sauer side by side.

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

    prust is NOT fighting for a spot. He probably has one of the more secure forward spots behind cally, gabby, and fro.

    Fire torts!!

    Fire Bettman!!!

  16. Shattenkirk…He will get 10 garbage goals and score 1 game winner so he can keep his “Captain Clutch” nickname in tact.

  17. I think Sauer stays based on the fact that he would have to go through waivers. I think he stays with the big club or there is a trade to shed some of the extra bodies.

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

    I didn’t know he had to go through waivers. You are probably right, he stays…maybe to show case for a trade.

    With mcilrath and pashinin plus mcdonut and vtank, it would be nice to see a top six of those four plus staal and mdz over the next couple of seasons.

  19. Jlone2Bubblehead on

    I am still celebrating the redden demotion. It just makes me smile.

    Gday all.
    Wicky, I trust all is well.

  20. I think Sauer and Valentenko will both be sent down, depending on the health of Eminger.
    Forwards its a bit more tricky, i dont like the idea of Fedostinko getting a contract especially if it means the likes of Kennedy or Stepan might get sent down. White doesnt seem to have locked down a job yet, nor does Boyle.

  21. CCCP, I’m not asking for opinions on when it’s appropriate to take off your shirt when your favorite soccer scores a hat trick mmmmkay?

  22. CTBlueshirt, actually if a footballer scores a hat trick (which is pretty hard to do) then the scorer can even take his shorts off too, because he deserves all the glory!

    BUT…since you weren’t asking for my opinion…then forget it…MMMMM’KAY?!

  23. CCCP or was it Krukov? ( these Russian names get me all twisted up and transported back to Tolstoy’s classics.)

  24. Lineup per Andrew Gross:

    Alex Frolov-Erik Christensen-Marian Gaborik
    Tim Kennedy-Artem Anisimov-Ryan Callahan
    Sean Avery-Derek Stepan-Ruslan Fedotenko
    Derek Boogaard-Todd White-Brandon Prust

    Matt Gilroy-Pavel Valentenko
    Michael Del Zotto-Michal Rozsival
    Marc Staal-Mike Sauer

    Henrik Lundqvist will play the whole game tonight as well as one of the two games against the Senators.

  25. Larionov played on famous KLM (Krutov-Larionov-Makarov) line

    I believe Maltsev was a setup man for Kharlamov back in 1972 Summit Series…not sure who was third man on that line.

    I also know that Alexander Ovechkin idolized Maltsev growing up.

  26. Fran- I think you forgot I’m Russian too…Maltsev played for Dynamo Moscow, not Red Army, so he couldn’t play with Larionov or Krutov, he was also before their era. He did play with Kharlamov during 1972 Summit and set him up for many of his goals. Btw, he had the best outside speed I’ve seen in any league.

  27. Interesting lines, don’t know what to make of it…

    Boogart against the Wings? He will be as useful as some of those gadgets sold on SkyMall magazine…

    I do like Gilroy- Valentenko pair.

  28. All that Summit talk made me wanna watch those games again… i have all of them on my PC

    watching game 1 now… Pete Mahovlich opens the scoring

    1:0 Canada

    i can burn couple DVD’s if someone is interested :)

  29. CCCP

    Im interested. If you want old hockey games, let me know, I have many DVDs of old hockey games, including the entire 91-92 Penguins Playoffs…for Jaromir!

  30. CCCP & ilb2001

    Thanks for the heads up, I get some ERAS twisted.

    I was greatly impressed by the game of those CCCP teams back then largely because of the high speed flow and passing game, without a break in capability. They were stunning after the clutch and grab of the NHL in those days.

  31. Vikulov, yes. Couldn’t remember. I’ll take the DVD’s, CCCP, thank you. I’ll give the movie Fran sent me in exchange, you will like it.

  32. LOL at twisted ERAS. I bet you do, good for you. I hope I’m able to be as sharp at your age, Fran.

  33. I keep reading a lot of the names of skaters that many of the bonesters would like to see banished, and many of them in thruth haven’t seen all that much ice time. And some seem to have been judged rather harshly for their inadequacies as interpreted by the viewers, but a remarkably mild reproach has been reserved for the vets of last season. For one…
    Gaborik. I don’t know about you all, but he has been seen in two games now and frankly has looked very casual about his play. Gilroy…he has exhibited an intense effort to play a physical game, and although he has now and then messed up in his timing, the effort was truly there. And anyone who doubts that he has very good hands with the puck is missing a bit of reality. And he is also a fine skater. ( I cannot imagine them keeping Boyle over him). IMOP he is earning a shot at a spot.

    Girardi has looked like…well..Girardi.

  34. >>…#10 Pele….I mean maybe the world’s most recognizable
    >>athlete in history along with Ali.

    Maradona sends his regards. He says to tell you that he’s less than amused.

  35. quick Pierre LaRouche story:

    Rangers played a pre-season game at the old Richfield Coliseum south of Cleveland.

    get there and pregame skate just started.
    Pierre is standing next to the boards and some little kid is asking for a puck. he makes a perfect throw that goes over the glass and i catch it.
    decision time! keep it or give it to the kid?
    i do the right thing and hand it over.
    then i say, “Hey Pierre! How about one for me?”
    i think he saw what i did and threw another puck perfectly over the glass. caught that one, too.

    after skate was over, i head back to the mezzanine area, wide grin.
    then, got chewed out by girlfriend at the time because i forgot i had the ticket for her friend’s boyfriend. i showed him the puck…he understood.

  36. ilb2001… not only great hands by Gilroy but a nice play all the way up the ice. Avery starts the play with a nice pass to Voros (it appears Gilroy lets that pass go by him so Voros can take it) who then makes a great pass to Gilroy springing him in alone on the Devil’s goal.

  37. >>…#10 Pele….I mean maybe the world’s most recognizable
    >>athlete in history along with Ali.

    Maradona sends his regards. He says to tell you that he’s less than amused.


    agree! i think Maradona is a much more recognizable persona than Pele…

  38. You mean Sidney Crosby isn’t the most recognizable person ever?!?!? Somebody has to let Lord Buttman know about this.

  39. Fran
    I wouldn’t worry too much about Gaborik looking casual in pre season games. 40 goal scorers don’t have to prove anything, they just need to get into game shape and stay healthy.

  40. Is Torts shedding some light on the Opening Night lineup? It would not be that crazy to tonight’s first and fourth lines kept together with Dubi replacing Kennedy on the second line. You could probably toss the rest of the names in a hat to come up with a third line – especially if Prospal is not ready to go.

    The defensive pairing seem to be set with Girardi replacing Sauer as the team gets one final look at Sauer to see if he is worth of the seventh spot or if he can draw some interest on the trade front.

    Get a feeling that McDonagh and Stepan will be eased into pro hockey with an apprenticeship in Hartford. I wonder if the way Gilroy hit the wall last year is playing a big part in the team’s thinking?

  41. JB and CCCP: maybe it’s related to your age and the era that you followed. For folks my age, I think that Pele is hands-down more known than Maradona. Just my opinion…

  42. Agreed. Once upon a time it was: 1. Pele. 2. Ali.

    At this point, though, I’d have to think Woods and Jordan have moved into that stratosphere, too.

    And Drury. (LLWS, you know?).

  43. LI RangerFan

    KNOWN maybe…but *recognizable* i still think Maradona takes the cake.

    but i must agree with CTBlueshirt… Crosby is by far THE most recognizable asshat around! lol

  44. I’d put Kobiyashi up there too. Guy goes around the world and eats obscene amount of food.

    Hey, it’s on ESPN so it’s gotta be a sport right? Full contact spelling bee FTW!

  45. Nylander probably made the biggest mistake of his career by not resigning with the Rangers. From playing on one of the best lines in NHL to being thrown around the minor league…

  46. LI RangerFan,

    I was only injecting a bit of humour by referencing their ongoing feud. I honestly do not care who’s more recognisable. It’s not something I’d even give a nano second of thought to.

  47. Nylander ruined dinner at my favorite steakhouse (Peter Luger’s). I was eating my birthday dinner there the night he scored a hat trick against ATL. I kept checking my phone and wanting to rush dinner to see the game.

    Luckily I was at Game 4 for that series. Hearing the crowd chanting “nah nah nah nah, nah nah nah nah, hey hey hey, GOODBYE!” was awesome.

  48. pretty soon the AHL is going to be an over-35 league with teams banishing all of their bad contracts – lol

  49. Gravey (Formerly known as jor71) on

    I am sure now that more teams are doing this, the league is going to put an end to sending these vets down to the AHL.

  50. There’s a limit to how many veteran players a team can send down to the AHL and have them dress for games.

    And there’s a select few teams (fortunate for us the Rangers are one of them) that can afford to pay an AHL player $24mn over the next 4 years to stay out of the NHL.

  51. with all these veterans being sent down… they must be taking someone’s place in the minors…what happens to those players that Wade Reddens of the NHL take roster spots for?

  52. im sure these AHL clubs must like having recognizable names to help in some way with attendance…. I will be more concerned with this team if TORTS doesn’t implement his high speed pressurized style that seemed to work initially before our defense caved in. Dubi was a monster in that system albeit overworked…season is too long to rely so heavily on two lines. This team going to need to be a ‘sum is greater than all the parts’ to be above average. Just hope these young guys hustle and give us what we havent had in years: a workhorse team. MDZ seems to have gotten quicker feet. I said this many times in offseason he needed to work on his skating as he grows into a more mature body. LETS GO RANGERS!!

  53. ilb

    Indeed I’ve noticed the passing being far better than even in the midst of last season, prior to their total dissolving in the last couple of months where they all looked like river rustlers. In fact what they did could not even be called “passing” They’d just loft the puck in the general direction of where they apparently hoped someone would be, and often a looping easily intercepted “pass” was effected. Of course that usually meant that the so called receiver could corral the thing, ..which often he could not. I cannot number the times I watched Girardi and Roszival make those moves from deep in their zone to a guy way out past the red line. You could watch the clock tick off time while they were in the air. Maddening. It got so that by the end of the season, even DelZotto was doing it.

    I would just like to be able to know who is on the ice and what number he is wearing..that is if the garrulous duo, ever get around to doing ANY play by play instead of
    orating about nothing.
    Is the term infectious or contagious? It just reeked of a team not giving a hoot.

  54. McD, Eminger, and Boyle not playing tonight?? Right before the last cut date??

    I guess these guys have all made the team then, so it doesnt look good for my boys VTank and FTank

  55. Good evening all!

    CR, it’s 2010-11…what you talking about!?

    Meant to note from last thread..Carp, what about the goals we have been scoring, not just been scored against?


  56. I may be wrong, but I think Maradona was the big star for Argentina, during the Falklands War.

    ECHL is a league below AHL…I believe that Rangers have a team there in southern part of NC..forgot the name of the town, but think it begins with a C.

  57. CCCP,
    #11 was an absolutely legedary and Soviet Great One – Firsov. And BTW, Vikulov played with center-Polupanov, with Maltsev as a right wing.

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