Merry Christmas!

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In some ways, you guys had already gotten your gifts … these first 36 games by the new-look, new-attitude, new-commitment New York Rangers.

Yes, they’re only in seventh in the East, and that’s not worthy of a parade or anything, but you have to absolutely be ecstatic about this team so far this year, and the direction the organization is headed.

And as I was saying to some friends on a a blogtalkradio interview the other night, if this team gets into the playoffs — and it will — are there many teams in the East that you’d say they definitely could not beat in a seven-game series?

No.

So, before we get too far ahead of ourselves and start doing a season-in-review or a playoff preview, let’s celebrate this holiday break by appreciating the first 36.

And I thought, given the clever and creative way you all think, it might be fun to play Santa to the Rangers or to the NHL, or to each other, or whomever.

I’ll start:

To Glen Sather: A giant eraser for the free-agency side of the ledger, and a bright yellow highlighter for the trades list.

To Marian Gaborik: Six months of perfect health, and somebody to get him the darn puck.

To Gary Bettman: Snowflakes and an 8-7 overtime Pittsburgh win in the Winter Classic, in which all the goals are scored by Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin. And an unpenalized slew foot by Crosby. And people outside of Pittsburgh and Washington who give a crap.

To Martin St. Louis: Oh, never mind. Michal Rozsival already gave him his present.

Anybody want to chime in with some others?

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AP photo, above.

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  1. Merry Christmas Carpy and all. And remember…

    Santa speaks the language of all children, a notchie watchie dotchie do…

  2. Lindaasen CalPrustBoylahan on

    MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!!!!!!!!!!!

    BIG HUGS AND LOVE TO ALL YOUSE GUYS!!!!!!

    To Brian Boyle: another 15 goals and 25 assists

    To Brandon Prust: a healed shoulder, 10 more goals, 5 shorthanded

    To Ryan Callahan: the Captains C, a quick heal from the broken hand, and anything else he wants because he RULES!!!

    To Sean Avery: Laurel

    To Brandon Dubinsky: a career year and Sally

    To Hank: another season of over 30 victories and a Vezina lol

    To ALL Youse Guys: all the best life has to offer!!

    as I said earlier, I hope i got Rangers sleepy pants

  3. Joekuh-rury-mire on

    To Vinny Prospal: Todd White’s knee
    To Dale Weise: A already opened Gatorade bottle
    To EC: Confidence. A freakin truck load of it!
    To Ladislav Smid: A new jaw.

  4. Good morning all! And Merry Christmas!

    ha! Linda, I was going to give Aves the same thing! Here, I will anyway:

    to Sweet 16: me
    to Sauer: me too :)
    to Boyle: moi

    hmmm. I’m getting redundant ain’t I.

    oh well, to all the rest (for now) WINS WINS WINS!!

  5. Merry Christmas, boneheads!

    To boneheads- patience. With your beloved team. And with any new poster appearing on this blog.

    To Todd White- nice, soft, long stretch limo. Your choice of color.

    To the driver of that limo- after you drop off Todd in Hartford, can you please pick up mr. Weise on the way back? Gracias!

  6. Lindaasen CalPrustBoylahan on

    SCORE FOR ME ON RANGERS GIFTS!!! wooooooooo!!

    got my heart shaped Rangers watch from the man, Cally Prust and Boyle Ornaments (hehe thanks Nor!!), & a pillow & a jersey style bag (Lundqvist) from my daughter and son in law!

  7. Lindaasen CalPrustBoylahan on

    to Carp: another successful year at the helm the BEST Rangers blog on all the internets!!! You’re our leader Carp, and you get Coach of the Year EVERY YEAR!!!

  8. For Sean Avery : some more minutes , 25 or more goals , and 40 virgins so there will be plenty of sloppy seconds.

    For Henrik some goalie pants with magnets to make it easy for him to hug the post.

    For Chris Drury: some speech classes.

    for Brian Boyle : More of whatever he’s been eating drinking or doing this season.

    for Stepans Mom and sis : me as an escort when they come to town

  9. Thanks, mama….

    I know we are supposed to be nice today, but after suffering for so many years and waiting so long for this moment, I can’t help it:

    To all my former NJ neighbors and “friends”- 9-23-2, 30th. in the league. MERRY CHRISTMAS! Give me a call any time you want now. We’ll chat hockey!

  10. Mama, I lived there during our “dark” years, you can only imagine what I went through….
    But I forgive them all, it’s Christmas after all, time to forgive and forget….

    FORGET IT!! I’m Jewish, I don’t celebrate Christmas! Enjoy your season, Devils fans!

  11. Lindaasen CalPrustBoylahan on

    ilb, the Mrs. celebrates, so therefore, by marriage, you celebrate also!! lol

  12. You’re right, Linda…Then consider their record my Xmas celebration.

    To Vinny Prospal- change your lifestyle from G.T.L ( Gym,Tan,Laundry: lived by “The Situation”) to G.T.H ( Gym,Tan,Hockey))

  13. First off Merry Christmas Carp and to all the boneheads……

    To Joe Micheletti – a muzzle
    To Rosi and White – a one way ticket to the AHL
    To Sidney Crosby – endless supply of Kleenex tissues
    To all Rangers and the fans – A Stanley cup Championship in the near future

  14. Tiki - I heart Brett Favre on

    Merry Christmas All!

    Happy 26th ILBY!

    Mama – That was hilarious!!!! Hartnelling hilarious! But you forgot…..To Jaromir and Lundqvist: Tiki

  15. Thanks, Tiki. And thank you for your presents again. I still can’t believe you sent me presents.

  16. Tiki - I heart Brett Favre on

    Haha ilby! Youre a Rangers fan, animal lover, saver of lives, and i could go on and on, but i actually have to get outta here in 10 minutes!!

    To all the boneheads: A nickname that I hope will catch on for Torts. Since he’s a changed man and very kind this year….

    Tortsy Roll :)

  17. Santa Del Headzo on

    Carp – is that Crosby on Santa’s lap when he was a kid?

    Merry Christmas to all you Assen-heads!

    Fire Sather!

  18. To Sam Rosen: JD back in the booth

    To the Devils: Just enough wins to get a run of the mill draft choice but miss the playoffs

    To Hank: enough rest during the season to have a strong playoff run

    and to all boneheads: Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

  19. Lindaasen CalPrustBoylahan on

    we are having a NY style snow here right now! I hope the chinese buffet is still open!!! Guess I’ll have to put my shovel in the trunk of the car! HOLY CARP, we’re expecting 2 to 4 inches! Good thing it’s the weekend, the city will shut down for days!!!

  20. wicky(grating CCBG)© (The game’s not over until somebody cries!!) on

    Happy Xmas to all of you and a festive Boxing Day Eve!!!

    Happy Birthday to the most interesting man in the world!!!

    To the New York Rangers..a physical, hard hitting, crease clearing D man in the near future (sorry folks, just had to!!)

    For EC…a muzzle

    To all the injured players…recovery!

    For Prust and booger…150 more PIMs each!

    To all the men and women around the world defending freedom…..Thank You and the safest happiest holiday season you can possibly have!!

    Carp…..Thanks for all you do!!

  21. To Shawn Avery..a fair shake, Torts has been jerking him around unfairly long enough.
    Merry Christmas all.. Later.

  22. Thanks, Wicky and Lindzo.

    To all true boneheads who keep reading and are shy to post- clean and speedy keyboard! Start posting, you’re all welcome here, folks!

  23. Carp, you are really great even on Christmas you are doing posts unbelievable…
    Merry christmas and good health to everybody as we have some problems in our family (my father !!!)

  24. Lindaasen CalPrustBoylahan on

    shagahoqui… best wishes for your dad

    that lil kid up top with Santa CAN’T be crosby, he looks way too manly and his lips are normal sized!

  25. Doodie Machetto on

    Merry Christmas, boneheads!

    To Joe Michelletti: To officially be pardoned by Sam Rosen.

    To Ron Duguay: A new wardrobe.

    To Bil Pidto: A new job on another network.

    To Chris Drury: For Thursday’s loss not to ruin his holidays.

  26. Doodie Machetto on

    To Chris Drury: A personality.

    To Sidney Crosby: Hot dog buns

    To Eric Christensen: A round-trip ticket to Namby-Pamby Land (so he can find some self-confidence, the Jackwagon!)

    To Daniel Carcillo, Scott Hartnell, Chris Pronger, the rest of the Philadelphia Flyers and the City of Philadelphia: some class.

    John Tavares and Kyle Okposo: For free agency to come quickly.

  27. Good luck, shagahoqui.

    ilb, is today your 26th? Happy B-Day!

    Linda, thanks for the Jack Adams Award. And for the heads-up. I’m putting food in my car right now.

    Good morning, Sally!

  28. Lindaasen CalPrustBoylahan on

    LMAO @ hot dog bums, Carp putting food in his car right now, ORR not being allowed near a TV, and poor John Tavares needing free agency asap! I just said that to my daughter the other day!!

    You guys are THE ABSOLUTE funniest, and BEST GROUP of BONEHEADS ever!!

  29. Doodie Machetto on

    Body parts the Rangers need:

    To MDZ: A brain.

    To Brandon Prust: A shoulder

    To Chris Drury: a mouth

    To Ryan Callahan: a hand

    To Vinny Prospal: a knee

    To Lundqvist: legs that don’t collapse immediately upon a shot being taken

    To Alexander Frolov: hands

    To Eric Christensen: a spine

    To Marian Gaborik: a groin and hips

  30. wicky(grating CCBG)© (The game’s not over until somebody cries!!) on

    Carp
    just an FYI on the nun vid, I sent it to my mum (typical french canadian catholic, works for the church), she absolutely loved it and sent it to a ton of her friends!!! So thanks from wicky’s mum!!

  31. Lindaasen CalPrustBoylahan on

    lmfao @ “a spine” omg Doodie, you are killing me!

    I tried to get Cally a hand, but my man would not part with his! I pleaded and said it’d be for the good of the team, but he couldn’t be swayed..grrrr

  32. Thanks guys for the best wishes !!!!

    I have visited him today in the hospital and he is doing much better than a week ago
    So we need to give him time..when someone is 78…

    but anyway I am here to distract myself a little bit from this problem:)

  33. Lindaasen CalPrustBoylahan on

    shaga, he’s got the power of the boneheads behind him now! This is a great group of people every day, but they are even more awesome when situations arise where good wishes and prayers are needed! I hope he continues to improve and is back on his skates quickly ;-)

  34. Lindaasen CalPrustBoylahan on

    catch you guys in a few hours! enjoy the afternoon with your families and friends, and enjoy all the yummy Christmas foods before ya!!

  35. Doodie Machetto on

    Merry Christmas Carp. This blog is a present to us all, all year long (OK, maybe not so much in the summer).

  36. Johnny, that Santa is a commie.

    On Dasher on Donna!

    Santa, sorry, I forgot to put the caption under the photo. Here it is:

    Bill McCreary, dressed as Santa (left) consoles Sidney Crosby after calling him for a slew foot penalty, the first penalty of Crosby’s career. PS, Crosby is now halfway to the all-time points streak record held by some guy who, according to the league, wasn’t nearly as great as Sid the Skid.

  37. and always have the iPhone in the car in case you have to drive on it.

    Gotta go now. Having 23 boneheaded relatives over in a little while.

    Merry Christmas, all.

  38. I am watching a little bit the Knicks-Bulls game right now…Basketball is really not my favourite..
    crazy to play on Christmas on noon time..

    I didn´t have seen a whole shot in the Garden..wonder how many fans are in attendance ???

  39. Doodie Machetto on

    “Having 23 boneheaded relatives over in a little while.”

    One for every game in Crosby’s point streak and for the distance to the guy whom the league would have you believe was just the Moderately Good One.

  40. I’ve been in AZ for 30 years & I still can’t adjust to 72 degrees on Christmas day.
    But my wife is in the Kitchen with my daughter & it sure smells like Christmas !

  41. Merry Christmas!

    To me: Delicious Chinese food take out and a good movie! :P

    Gonna go see “Black Swan” i heard it was very good!

  42. C3, it was awesome. I’m gonna see True Grit or The King’s Speech, then Chinese!
    Nice vid wicky!
    p.s. belatedly to JJ and Hank: tiki :)

  43. A Merry and Blessed Christmas to my favorite Boneheads!

    To Torts: a continuation of the patience and deftness he’s shown so far this season

    To Chris Drury: clutch goals to spare

    To Hank: a lot of rest in the second half, and the ability to stay on his feet longer than 2 seconds

    To Boyle and Prust: for the chemistry they have to keep on keep on and create career years for both

    To Dubi: no extended scoring slumps

    To Cally: a speedy recovery that brings him back refreshed and ready for the stretch run

    To Staal and Girardi: better communication skills on the ice

    To Rangers fan: continued patience for this team

  44. PS, Carp that video of your nun friend is amazing, and funny. I know quite a few nuns and priests who would get a laugh out of that. Also, thanks for all you do for us Boneheads and the blog.

  45. Linda CalPrustBoylahan on

    Carp, you sure it’s not 26 boneheaded relatives??? C’mon, it’s gotta be 26!? Any pets coming??

    Shaga, glad you chuckled at the skates comment!

  46. wicky(grating CCBG)© (The game’s not over until somebody cries!!) on

    just watched Joyeux Noel, what a fantastic movie!

  47. if anyone wasnt a bonehead before seeing the hawaii cheerleaders last night you would be after….holy whatever….most stunning chicks assembled in one place

  48. This is my first post so be gentle.

    Gift list:

    To Messier: Teach the boys how to win a face off. Please!
    To Tony in AZ: Snow cones in your freezer on Christmas.
    To Linda: A speedy return to NY and let the buffet be open!
    To ILB: Bonehead MVP (MVB) Award for all that he does.
    To Staal Wart: Junk food for a day.
    To Orr: A limo to take you wherever you want to go til Spring!
    To Drury: Flavored mouthpieces
    To Aves: Moma
    To Moma: A job!
    To Carp: A limo to games at the Coliseum
    To Rozi: One way ticket to Reddenville
    To Cally: Speediest recovery
    To Boyle: 20 more goals

  49. Welcome aboard, Marjie. Good one! Thanks for the kind words, unless, of course that “B” stands for byfuiglen. :-)

    Got to go. The dinner and show after. Mrs planned. I have no idea. She doesn’t eat Chineese, so I bet you it’s a Russian place. What else is open today, lol?

  50. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " Go Boogaard!!!"...& Greg L. on

    Merry xmas to all of youse!!!!

    Rangers look good for shirley!!!

  51. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " Go Boogaard!!!"...& Greg L. on

    5 goals for boogaard

    Rangers in playoffs

    Zucco makes the team

    Stepan keeps scoring

    Is what I want for them for Christmas!!!

  52. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " Go Boogaard!!!"...& Greg L. on

    yo Margjie , nice to see a new Ranger fan on here , not that yer new to watching the Rangers …

    yeah I want 5 goals for Boogaard , think ya can hook a brother out!!???

  53. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " Go Boogaard!!!"...& Greg L. on

    I also want….

    more losses for the devils

    revenge on Philthy philly

    Ovetchkin to keep losing

    Chicago to suck

    Rangers to keep winning

    ahhhhhh life is good!!!

    Hey Linda , Hope ya having a great xmas!!!!!

  54. Linda CalPrustBoylahan on

    Hey {{{Greggy}}}} thanks, it’s been pretty good! Hope you’re having a blast, and that you got to spend time with your daughter!

  55. Chris Drury: Millions of dollars ( Whatever it costs to buy out the final year on his contract)
    Michal Rozsival: See Drury
    Henrik Lundqvist: A clear wall of Plexiglas behind his crease
    Sean Avery: GOALS!
    Erik Christensen: COALS!
    Derek Stepan, Ryan Callahan and Brandon Dubinsky: Contract extensions
    Todd White: A nice new home…..in Hartford
    Mats Zuccaerllo: A permanent callup
    Hartford Whale: New coach, new logo and new jerseys
    Glen Sather: A retirement party
    Gary Bettman: See Glen Sather

  56. Linda CalPrustBoylahan on

    aw carcillo miked. grrrrrrrrrrrr when i hit the lottery, you’ll never have to work on Christmas again lol

  57. Marjie, welcome! Excellent post and thank you!!! Pull up a bench and stay a while….you’re obviously a wise and frequent reader. LGR!

  58. Thanks, Mama. I think I need a bench warmer. Did you see that forecast? Tony, do you have room for a bunch of ‘heads? We’ll bring NY pizza!

  59. Well all, it’s been a grand holiday season here on the Report, as usual and expected. mama and her mama are about to close this one out til New Year’s, so I hope everyone had a grand day (and birthday :)

    Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night! TA!

  60. Tiki - I heart Brett Favre on

    Haha CCCP!

    Awww, we’re gonna miss BlogQueen, I mean BlogMama!

    Welcome to all the new posters today!

  61. Ria (the silent bonehead) on

    I hope youse all had a Merry Christmas and got all that you wished for! Ilb I think spending the last 2 1/2 hours catching up on all the post might qualify me as being a “true” bonehead although silent I maybe . I so missed this place if I miss a day but we now have a new little rangers fan . I introduced my little 2 1/2 year old granddaughter to the New York Rangers on Festivus Day. I baby sat her & her sister on Thursday but I told my daughter that I had to watch the hockey game in return for my services ! Truly a Festivus miracle as they don’t watch hours of T.V. especially a hockey game. Well this morning my daughter informed me on their way home last night from the time she got in the car she was chanting “shoot the puck” & “Lets go Rangers”. I am now going to work on teaching her the goal song. Carp thanks for the advice to spend time with loved ones family & friends. I absolutely lov this place! Thanks to you especially Carp & all the Boneheads near & far

  62. Tiki - I heart Brett Favre on

    And many many thanks to Carp for making this blog possible and integrating himself into the mix more than any other sports writer. And many thanks to all the boneheads that make this place such a special group to be a part of.

    I know many of you may not believe this, and oft times, I dont believe it myself…. Life and sports are about hope and faith, and I believe our Rangers can win the Cup this year. Why not us?

    Maybe it’s the Rangers time to rule the world!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvgZkm1xWPE

  63. To Drury – His Long Forgotten Clutchness
    To Avery – His Long Forgotten Edgeiness
    To Callahan – 4 inches, 20 lbs and the captain’s c
    To Dubinsky – 30 more goals and 40 more assists
    To Gaborik – 50 more goals, some hips, some legs, and a new doctor
    To Sather – A 20 year old Wayne Gretzky
    To Ranger Fans – A Stanley Cup
    To Lundqvist – A Vezina Trophy
    To Boogaard – Some Green Face Paint and Lou Ferrigno
    To Crosby – Some New Underwear

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