Rangers create scholarship in Boogaard’s memory


From the NYR:


NEW YORK, July 13, 2011 To honor the legacy of former Rangers left wing Derek Boogaard, the New York Rangers have announced that they will present two scholarships annually for Rangers Summer Youth Hockey Camp to children from the Defending the Blue Line program.

Defending the Blue Line is a nonprofit organization created by soldiers with the goal of making hockey accessible to children of our nation’s military heroes, a program Derek supported wholeheartedly throughout his hockey career. Throughout the 2010-11 Season, Boogaard donated four seats at every Rangers home game for military families to attend as part of a group which he dubbed “Boogaard’s Boogaardians.”

This year’s scholarship recipients are two 8-year old boys from New York City who each have family members currently serving in the military. The boys will be attending the week-long camp from July 18-22 at the Madison Square Garden Training Center in Tarrytown, NY. Current Blueshirt center Derek Stepan, also an advocate of Defending the Blue Line, and defenseman Michael Sauer will be visiting the camp on Friday, July 22nd.

Rangers Youth Hockey Camp provides children with top-level hockey instruction with a focus on team participation and personal development. The Derek Boogaard Youth Hockey Scholarship will be awarded annually to honor Boogaard’s memory and continue the Rangers mission to help grow the game of hockey by making it accessible to all.

For more information on the Derek Boogaard Youth Hockey Scholarship, or to cover Rangers Youth Hockey Camp, please contact Lauren Buchman Lauren.Buchman@msg.com.


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  1. Oops..I BANJed


    Speaking of Giroux, he spent most of his Flyers’ career on the R wing. Now he is ready. You think his center ice man skills diminished from playing on the wing for a couple of years?

  2. bull dog line on

    Giroux played as much center as wing. they moved Carter, and Brier to wing. I remember him being a good face off man as well.

  3. bull dog line on

    a piece of trivia for you.
    what was Astros name given to him by his original owner?

  4. bull dog,

    I think we can agree that there are other teams that are deeper down the middle. Like I said, the Pens are one of them and definitely Tampa. Philly will be interesting just to see how Giroux plays as their top center and the growth of Schenn to see if he ever matches the hype. Staal/Sutter/Skinner should be a force for the next few upcoming years too.

    As for some of the other teams, I’d definitely say that Backstrom is better than anything the Rangers have. But I wouldn’t place guys like Plekanec and Zajac higher than Brad Richards. Let alone the overall depth that Montreal/NJ/NYI have down the middle.

  5. Gift of GAB-orik on

    There is a report on TSN that the WPG Jets will play in the Central Division of the Western conference next year, and it’s most likely Detroit will move to the Eastern Conference to accomodate the move.

    Detroit in the East? Great.
    They would instantly be perrenial favorites every year.


  6. Doodie Machetto on

    I think with the Richards signing, we are now above average down the middle, but not by much. Pittsburgh, Tampa, Boston, Philly, and the Caps all are ahead, and we are about even with Carolina. Really, a lot will depend on how Anisimov, Stepan, and possibly Dubinsky depending on how the lines shake out, grow. Honestly, if our 1-2 was Richards and Dubinsky, I would put our team squarely in 5th.

  7. Detroit’s average age is above 31. And they have a truckload of long term contracts.

  8. I’d still like to see Winnipeg swap with Minnesota in the NW and then Nashville move to the SE.

  9. i don’t know… Detroit is a pretty old team. Once Lidström is gone, they won’t be the same…even with Dats and Zetterberg

  10. Gift of GAB-orik on

    Detroit had 104 Points last season playing in a tough Western conference.

    Pit-Phi-Wsh had slightly more points, but only by a few, and played lesser teams.

    When DET is putting up over 100 points playing against Vancouver, San Jose, Anaheim, and Chicago… think of what they’ll do in the East.

  11. Doodie Machetto on

    Skinner played wing this year. I don’t think they intend on shifting him to center, especially after resigning Ruutu.

  12. It’s blasphemy to break up the old Norris Division. Even if they already moved Toronto. But that was more acceptable because it moved them into the save division with Montreal and Boston.


  13. I’ll be honest. I wish there was more attention being paid to the fact that pain pill addiction has become a serious serious issue in this society and that’s part of the reason this kid is dead. It’d be nice to see a program to help such people that was dedicated to him.

  14. bull dog line on

    I miss the old divisions, and division playoffs, CT.
    there was a lot of hate back then. I miss it.

  15. James G- there are 10 centers in Manhattan and many more in each borough dedicated to that. Unfortunately it isn’t enough. Also, the issue is that it requires voluntary admission. When it isn’t voluntary, it’s probably too late.

  16. eddie eddie eddie on

    Re: MDZ – i dont think its the offensive side of his game that bothers the rangers’ brass, aside form the 400 foot passes he likes to throw, as much as it is his D. He is terrible in his own end. Until he understands what playing defense means, he wont be playing the blue line any time soon…. Brian Leetch would make an excellent tutor for players like MDZ. MDZ has potential to be very good…just have to tap into it…

  17. Doodie Machetto on

    CCCP, I’m with you. I’d be happy with Detroit moving to the East. Their team is old and years of being good has left their pipeline pretty thin.

  18. Mister Delaware on

    First time checking in today and thank god I didn’t wait a minute longer. Not knowing what Kevin Weekes had for breakfast was literally killing me. To death.

  19. eddie eddie eddie on

    MD – i had oatmeal with blueberries, a cup of OJ and some really strong coffee….

  20. bull dog

    The Penguins and Flyers are obviously relatively strong down the middle, but you’re reaching just a bit by comparing Anisimov unfavourably with Jacob Josefson and Frans Nielsen, no?

  21. Doodie Machetto on

    LW, I wouldn’t put Anisimov behind those guys, but I would put him behind Brooks Laich, keeping DC in front of us.

    Kreijci-Bergeron (or Savard)

    All better than our 1-2.

    Staal-Ruutu (or Sutter) about even.

    That’s where I think the Rangers fall in terms of 1-2 centers. If Dubi is our 2nd line center, I put us ahead of the Caps also.

  22. Doodie Machetto on

    Carp, I think Detroit is a ninth place team in the east in 3 years. Two in the west.

  23. Can you imagine though if someone got hurt? Poor Myers. He would have done nothing wrong (in my opinion) and he would be probably suspended, fined and maybe arrested and definitely sued.

  24. Doodie Machetto on

    “He would have done nothing wrong (in my opinion)”

    Shooting the puck directly at the sideboards in reaction to a fan sounds wrong to me.

  25. They just try to provoke the players over and over and then somebody finally shows them attention and they say the players a jerk and he’s horrible.

    I would punch that guy in the face if I saw him. He looks SO annoying.

  26. Doodie Machetto on

    Bad defensive control is forcing midfield to play too close to goal. Space between midfield and forwards is so large that they can’t build any real offensive possession.

  27. Detroit in the East. That’ll certainly revive the old rivalry between my x and I. I hate to say it but those of you in agreement that it would make the playoffs a race for 7 spots in the East are absolutely right. Not too good of news for fans of a team that doesn’t have a regular season win at the Joe since I was about 12 years old.

  28. Doodie Machetto on

    They’re on a down turn. Lidstrom, Holmstrom, Bertuzzi, all old, Datsyuk is getting there, Zetterberg is a speed player that’s pushing 30.

  29. And This One Will Last A Lifetime on


    2 Very Important reasons that it will be Detroit to move to the East (or Columbus – 1 reason)

    TIME ZONES…Nashville is Central time. Detroit and Columbus are E S T.

    It makes all the sense in the world to move an eastern time zone city to the Eastern Conference.
    For their FANS…for their travel schedules, etc.

    That is why it would be Detroit or Columbus.

    The reason it will be Detroit, is because it was well documented (as well as a handshake agreement behind closed doors can be documented) that the NHL promised Detroit that could have the first dibs on the next move if and when this situation arose again (the last time this happened).

    Except for losing the great Chicago-Detroit historical rivalry, the rest of it all makes the most sense. I guess Philly will move to S. E. (with Fla/TB/Car/Wash).

  30. bull dog line on

    I was not comparing AA to anybody. I was comparing teams overall strength at center to the Rangers. having said that, the Neilson comparison is more than fair. I could make an argument that Neilsen is a better player. I won’t, but I could.

  31. And This One Will Last A Lifetime on

    By the way, it would be offerred to Detroit first. They could pass on the offer and let Columbus be the team to move over. Their choice. They will move because their fans will benefit.

  32. Doodie Machetto on

    They wouldn’t move Philly to South-east. Break up the rivalries with the Rangers and Penguins? Two teams in one state in different divisions? Not happening.

    Realignment is going to be much larger than just pushing one franchise.

  33. Losing Lidstrom would be the biggest blow to them. But they do have a lot of cap space open for next year. Semin and a few D from a decent FA crop to Detroit?

  34. Here’s some more classlessness from the NFL…

    Pittsburgh Steelers defensive juggernaut James Harrison just BLASTED NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, claiming, “If that man was on fire and I had to piss to put him out, I wouldn’t do it.”

    He also blasts two of his teammates, including Rapelessburger, which I don’t have a problem with :P

    National Felons League

    And to think, there’s a lockout going on. These guys will have so much time to cause trouble, it’s scary!!

  35. They did have Pitt in the NE when they first realigned the divisions in 94. Then whenever they went to the 3 division format they moved back.

  36. Doodie,

    Yeah he’ll get paid. I wonder if they could lure the other big Swede FA defenseman, Douglas Murray.

  37. Doodie Machetto on

    Goal on the corner. Funny that it was Wambach because I was just thinking about how she had been totally invisible this half because of the all of the poor spacing I mentioned earlier.

  38. Doodie Machetto on

    If I were Detroit, I’d be focused on Suter (assuming he hits the market).

  39. But if they did lose Lidstrom that would open up cap space for them to retain Kronwall and with other available cap space go after guys like Murray and Mark Streit (figured a Europansy would want to go where all the others end up in Detroit).

  40. Doodie Machetto on

    But they absolutely have to lock up Kronwall. But I think more than anything, they need centers.

  41. Well, either way they’ll have the room to acquire a couple of guys and I think Detroit is definitely an organization that people would leave money on the table to go to. We already saw that with Marian Hossa that one year.

  42. Doodie Machetto on

    CT, I just think they’re going to have way too many holes in a couple of years.

  43. And This One Will Last A Lifetime on


    I think Philly is geographically really close to Wash…just sayin…

  44. Doodie Machetto on

    Which was really ballsy on his part. That’s pure confidence that you will have a great year and not hurt your market value.

  45. bull dog line on

    NYR, NYI,NLD,Philly,Boston.
    Wash,TB,FLA,Car, Pitt.
    Detroit,Toronto,Montreal, Buff, and OTT.

  46. Open question. Based on the past 2 years, who’s contract would you rather have on the books. Gaborik or Hossa’s?

  47. Doodie Machetto on

    CT, they equal less money if he has a bad year. They equal more money if he has a good one, or wins a Cup. Seeing as how his next (current) contract pays him 7.9 million, it turns out he made a good business move.

  48. Doodie Machetto on

    Gaborik purely because it’s shorter.

    Hossa has a smaller cap hit and provides solid defensive play when he isn’t going offensively. But he just isn’t going to be worth 5.75 in a few years, and you will be stuck with him for at least another 6.

  49. bull dog

    No direct comparisons, maybe. But if we’re in agreement that Richards right now is better than Tavares and Zajac, then the implication is that the #2s on those teams must be significantly better than Anisimov.

    Nielsen probably is better, certainly defensively, but hardly by a mile. Josefson’s only played half a season.

  50. And This One Will Last A Lifetime on

    Perhaps Doodie is right and the realignment in 2012-2013 will be HUGE…and not just a one team moving.

    Becasue there are 16 EST teams, and assuming symmetry is a must, then instead of 2 conferences, they will go to 3 conferences. Eastern, Western and Central…with 10 teams in each conference. (2-5 team divisions?)

  51. billybleedsblue on

    a la Stepan’s tweet, maybe instead of a movie day and video games (after workout and skate), how ’bout you work on faceoffs for the rest of the day? Is it too early to get good on the draw? C’mon kid, look at the big picture.

  52. billybleedsblue on

    ATOWLAL — in a 3 conference setup, how many teams from each conference make the playoffs? Something tells me the post-season becomes really complicated with 3 conferences…

  53. Doodie Machetto on

    I’m thinking more like a contraction of divisions. Bettman had mentioned switching to a four division system. I would see that play out like this:

    North East: Toronto, Detroit, Montreal, Ottawa, Boston, Pittsburgh, Buffalo

    Atlantic: Rangers, Devils, Islanders, Philly, Caps, Canes, Panthers, Lightning

    Central: Winnipeg, Minnesota, Nashville, Chicago, Columbus, Edmonton, Calgary, St. Louis

    Pacific: Anaheim, San Jose, LA, Phoenix, Vancouver, Colorado, Dallas

  54. Doodie

    US is being totally outclassed




  55. Doodie Machetto on

    Wow. I had no idea about that. Absolutely insane.

    Does that mean Weekes stays in the widget?

  56. bull dog line on

    Stepan does not need to practice faceoffs. he is being moved to left wing, remember.

  57. Doodie Machetto on

    CCCP, the addition of Rapinoe really helped stem the French offensive tide but creating at least the threat of SOME attack. But really, it was fitting that it was a set piece that got the goal since there was just nothing doing in their possession. The third goal was just France having a really bad touch at the back. and too many attackers committed forward.

  58. billybleedsblue on

    ATOWLAL, I’m sure there’s a way to figure it out, but one conference would get an extra team into the playoffs, assuming they would keep the post season to 16 teams. *shrugs* I dunno…

  59. Doodie Machetto on

    bull dog, but with how often our guys get chased, probably would help if he practiced them anyway. Honestly, I’d rather most of our other wingers take faceoffs over him.

  60. Doodie Machetto on

    billybleedsblue, MLS currently allows for that. When the NY team went to the Final in 2008, they were technically playing out of the Western Conference.

  61. Doodie Machetto on

    Actually, I should say they at one time allowed it. I don’t know what the current rules are since they expanded the league by three teams, two of which were in the West.

  62. billybleedsblue on

    Doodie, I was totally unaware of how MLS operates. It’s an interesting idea ATOWLAL proposed there. and Doodie, in that system you posted with 4 divisions, would that be an East/West thing or would it be teams 1-16 in the post season? I’m asking because…wouldn’t it be neat if the Rangers and Islanders (or Rangers/Philly, or others) could have a Cup Finals showdown???

  63. Doodie

    i agree…Rapinoe really sparked the team because France was pretty dominant for most of the game. US looked tired but defended well.

    One more game!

  64. Doodie Machetto on

    And I really like Stepan. I thought they should have given him a chance this year instead of signing Brad Richards. But man, he is just AWFUL at faceoffs. One of the worst I’ve ever seen. Which means that Renney would have had him on the ice against Buffalo at the end of game 5.

  65. Doodie Machetto on

    I think it would still be East/West.

    And don’t hold your breath for Rangers/Islanders in the playoffs!

  66. billybleedsblue on

    LOL Rangers/Icelanders was just an example! :D

    Stepan – video games + extra work on the ice = better faceoffs

  67. Orr, MZA actually used the SAME stick as Chara before switching to a slightly shorter one!!

  68. Weekes never left widget … haven’t had time to do that yet. … but he is a very good guy and he does provide some interesting stuff when he’s not tweeting about breakfast and vacations.

  69. Ah! NYR nailed it!

    I kept defending ^hobbit wizard^ by saying that he was just having trouble with the smaller stick!

  70. wicky(grating PIBG)© (HIT the mullet!!) on

    so I missed the damn footy game because of work (priorities folks…??).

    What did we name the Wombach—>??

    I have to preface this by saying I’m not advocating trading either player, but if it came down to brass tacks I think I would trade dubi before AA. I think there are a few guys in the system that could play dubi’s role on the team and not so many that could do AA’s. Just an opinion though, we just seem deeper on wing than centre!


  71. Actually, NYR – isn’t the ^hobbit wizard’s^ old stick illegal in the NHL? He probably uses the same size as Chara now but before he used an even bigger stick!

  72. wicky(grating PIBG)© (HIT the mullet!!) on

    I honestly wish the NHL would go to North and South conferences to make travel a bit more “equal”!

  73. I don’t know for sure, Manny. I just remember during the pre-season Micheletti (all gitty) explaining how Wizard used the same sized stick as Chara…And, I also rememeber that he cut it down when he was called up to the NHL…

  74. And This One Will Last A Lifetime on

    Wow…what a story.

    I hope thay byfuglien piece of carcillo DB does not get parole

    I guess if they went 3 conferences it would be complicated to make a playoff system. You could go back to seeding the teams 1-16 with the conference champs all getting 1,2,3 regardless of overall record. Then you could have two teams from the same conference playing in a Stanley Cup Final.

  75. I have heard the Rangers signed Brad Richards during vacation in ??????????

    Well the guys is merely 31 years old and had some injury problems recently but was granted a mega nine year deal..well looks like Honcho Glen back to his best ????

  76. Doodie Machetto on

    wicky, I disagree. I’d much rather have Dubi on the team than AA. Dubi can fill AA’s role, but AA cannot fill Dubi’s. That said, if forced to trade one, I’d probably move Dubi too, because I think he would get a much higher return, and because his salary is much larger.

    I also am not advocating trading either.

  77. Doodie Machetto on

    Matthias, the deal is heavily front loaded. Think of it more like a 6 year deal. If Richards doesn’t go gracefully, the Rangers will be able to comfortably absorb his salary in the minor league.

  78. I confess that I still don’t understand how the front-loading eases the burden on the back end … if the cap hit remains at $6.67 M per even for the last three years.

  79. Yeah I was in the same hotel as the world famous footballers of Bayern München as they held their preparation camp in this spot and I found it amazing how such athletes were treated firsthand and how those preparations going on !!!!

    I dont know if you guys have heard about Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben or Philipp Lahm..Usully those trainings camp are used for a tremendous amount of work but when I consider that wednesday then its really amazing how much effort they put in, making a merely one hour session and a friendly against fifth league amateur side like a walk in the Park…

    I could really see how our favourite sports can become such a business or promotion way of live…

  80. Because Richards is only leaving $3M behind if he retires after year 6. Is there a lot more you can do for $60M that you can’t for $57? Do we have anybody here that earns $60M?

  81. Do we have anybody here that earns $60M?


    yes…Carp! he said it will take him 4 years to earn that :)

  82. no red wings to the east please. yes there getting old but not too the point where they wont be a contender and take a playoff spot away.

    if they put up over 100 pts in the west then they will so in the least confrence as well.

    and if somehow the rangers get through divisional play in the playoffs you have to figure the wings will be waiting. this based on playing divisional first in the playoffs which has been discussed. can you imagine beating flyers and pens somehow and the wings are next or caps. the road to a cup final gets tougher if wings come east

  83. Doodie Machetto on

    Carp, it can do it in two ways:

    1) There may not be much of an incentive for him to play out the last three years for only 3 million after having made 57 million in the previous 6 (combined with his previous contract, he will be one of the top earning hockey players in history)

    2) If he wants to keep playing, he will be very attractive to a salary cap floor team. $1 million in salary for 6.67 in cap space is the dream of a small budget team. Whether Richards accepts a trade to one is a different story, but I can easily picture him waiving it to go back to Tampa and I can easily picture Tampa still being a budget team with the cap space to absorb it.

    If he didn’t have a full NMC, it would also be very easy to bury the late years in the minors. I need to correct myself for Matthias as I forgot that he had the NMC when I put that it could be buried.

  84. Mister Delaware on

    “I confess that I still don’t understand how the front-loading eases the burden on the back end … if the cap hit remains at $6.67 M per even for the last three years.”

    It doesn’t ease the financial burden, it just makes a lot of contingency plans more palatable. Richards could retire away from $3MM over the last 3 years much easier than from $20MM. If there’s a new CBA, which I imagine both sides knew is possible, and Richards is exposed to a buyout, he still got a lot of his money up front. And, if he decides to waive his NMC at some point, $3MM cash for a $20MM cap hit could appeal to some of the lower budget teams.

  85. And sorry Carp I really came in contact with journalist mafia around the team of Bayern and learnt how they behave when they are making the coverage around the team of Bayern talked to a TV Guy i see every second or third day in televisiion in our sports channels here in Germany..

    And then you read and then you see what is real or what they are all about..that makes you thoughtfully…

  86. eric, they put up 100 points beating up on the Blue Jackets and Blues.


    and in the Least they will get even more beating up on Islanders, Panthers, Toronto

  87. But if he doesn’t retire, they’re on the hook for a cap hit of $6.67M per through the ninth year, right?

  88. Doodie,

    Not to mention that the NW outside of Vancouver this year wasn’t too good either.

    DET vs the Western divisions

    Central: 12-10-2
    NW: 15-3-2
    Pacific: 8-8-4

  89. Doodie Machetto on

    CCCP, yes, but only one of those bottom feeders would be in their division (assuming the three division system remains) as opposed to two. They also got the bottom feeders in the Northeast (Edmonton, Colorado, Minnesota) four times. Although, in fairness, they played all four against Colorado before Colorado started its free fall.

  90. and then when you get to see firsthand what they get for 24 hours supply from hotel and team staff earn in the case of Ribery around 10 Million Dollar in the year and then you see how they do in a simple trainings day….

    ..you are more than worried about beeing a sports fan….

    okay I confess Bayern is the most profitable football team around the world without a mogul as a sponsor but….

    I have a history with this place the reason to go there probably my first vacation spot in a different hotel more than 30 years ago as an eight year boy..

  91. ddeb, I couldn’t believe it when I read it this morning….

    Ouch is an understatement!

  92. On the flipside, the Rangers were tied for 3rd most points vs the West out of the Eastern teams with 22 out of 36.

    In fact the Rangers had a better points winning % against the West than they did vs the East (.611 vs .445)

  93. Doodie Machetto on

    Yes Carp, that’s correct. If he doesn’t retire or if they can’t trade him, they are on the hook all nine years.

    As I said, if he didn’t have the full NMC, it would be very easy for him to be buried in the minors.

    With the NMC, the front-loading functioned more as protection for Richards to ensure he will get a lot of money paid to him in his contract even if salaries end up getting rolled back in the next CBA (or even the one after that).

  94. Trut to to be told if NY would be a normal place is the Richards move the last attempt from Sather to stay as a Rangers president and general manager

    If the Rangers are not going to the playoffs again and making some noise in the playoffs, it should get fired right away after the season…

  95. Doodie Machetto on

    CTB, I think a lot of that was tied to the fact that we were a good road team this year.

  96. Doodie Machetto on

    Matthias, I think the Rangers, even without the addition of Richards, were well positioned to make the playoffs, simply due to the fact that the other bubble teams haven’t done much to improve, while some of the top teams have probably gotten worse (I’m looking at you Philly).

  97. When the Rangers have to deal with Richards’ $6.67m cap hit in 2019/20, the Islanders will still be clinging on to DiPietro’s $4.5m cap hit to keep them above the floor for another couple of years.

    By then, they will be also planning the ceremony to celebrate his 100th NHL game.

  98. Ok – let’s just do divisions by who sucks and who doesn’t. Wild, Thrashers, Hurricanes and Blue JAckets can all be one division. Sharks, Kings, Canucks, etc.. can be another?

  99. Yeah Doodie, thanks for your explanations but that is more and more confirmations that it only and just only business instead of ….sports….

    but I confess its not only in the sports, but anyway…

  100. Doodie Machetto on

    McDonald, Arnott, Cheechoo, Langenbrunner, Steen, Jackman, Collaiacovo… the Blues are going to be AWESOME in 2007.

  101. who was the player signed a new contract and got shipped away the next day..happened couple of days ago ……

    Come on, how can you get serious about that ?????

  102. by the way tonight on msg plus at 8pm

    rangers pens from november

    staal ties it late cally wins it in ot from a dubi feed.

    thats after rangers had 1-0 lead and pens score 2 goals in 30 sec. great game.

    i will be tuned in

  103. Wow…what a story. The question that I have is why is this guy still alive?

    Richards contract is designed to protect both him and the team, considering circumstances…

  104. Doodie Machetto on

    “staal ties it late cally wins it in ot from a dubi feed.

    thats after rangers had 1-0 lead and pens score 2 goals in 30 sec. great game.”

    Way to spoil it for me!

    (I kid, I kid)

  105. Doodie Machetto on

    ilb, the NMC really removes a lot of the protection for the team. Even if it was just a NTC, the team would be protected. But the full NMC basically means he has to accept a trade somewhere or retire. Otherwise, the Rangers are stuck with him for the full duration.

  106. Doodie, I don’t think he’d sign anywhere without NMC ( Redden, anyone?). But the way it is constructed, besides the obvious 3 years at the end, they can still buy him out after 5 years, if need to- that will be just a year or so before the next CBA. I think I explained that before.

  107. Yeah, the game where the Rangers were called for 6 penalties and the Pens didn’t have one?

  108. I don’t know. I see a scenario where Richards is in his late 30s, wants to keep playing and the Rangers are stuck with another Drury at $6.67 M cap hit each year.

    Don’t the Penguins score the second goal because of Lundqvist’s conduct penalty after the PPG?

  109. Doodie Machetto on

    ilb, they can’t really buy him out late in the contract unless there is an amnesty buyout period. Almost his full cap hit will remain on the books in the event of a buyout over the last three years of his contract, except on double the remaining term.

    Carp, I think the Rangers scored shorthanded on the penalty for LQ’s conduct.

  110. Mister Delaware on

    “I don’t know. I see a scenario where Richards is in his late 30s, wants to keep playing and the Rangers are stuck with another Drury at $6.67 M cap hit each year.”

    I imagine that’s the known worst case scenario. I guess you could always press box him which doesn’t save the cap at all but might force him to accept a trade if he wants to play.

  111. We will all forget about the last 3 years of Richards’ contract after the 5th straight Cup.

  112. Amnesty is what I’m referring too when I talk about it being close to a new CBA. And they do save $6.16M first year.

  113. Doodie Machetto on

    If bought out in 2017:

    * 2017-18: $6,000,000
    * 2018-19: $6,000,000
    * 2019-20: $6,000,000
    * 2020-21: $333,333
    * 2021-22: $333,333
    * 2022-23: $333,333

    It’s the same if bought out in 2018 or 19, just subtract a 6 million and a 333k for each year after 17.

    That’s just not much in the way of protection for the team. Honestly, no matter how much his skills degrade, he will still be better than whatever we could get with the additional 667k.

  114. EC is tended to do well against the Pens this year. Keep EC for the Pens games!

  115. Hopefully Richards will not be the same story like Drury, signing a big contract, playing maybe a good first year and then will get some more injuries and production disappears from season to season…….

  116. Doodie Machetto on

    ilb, yes, they would save 6.1 million in 2016-2017, but at the cost of 6.5 million in dead cap space thereafter. Richards will be better than whatever the three years of saving 170k would get us.

    Honestly, unless there is an amnesty buyout period, or unless there is just a complete revision to the buyout cap hit under the new CBA which would apply retroactively to current contracts, there’s no way he will be bought out.

  117. I am so glad we can relive the sadness and horror of these games…..We won! Go Rangers!!

    Trade Everyone. Fire the Rest!

  118. Right. The short-hander came on the Lundqvist penalty …

    and forget it about the contract. I’m never going to grasp this. I still predict Drury 2.0 the last three years.

  119. Doodie Machetto on

    * 2016-17: $500,000
    * 2017-18: $6,500,000
    * 2018-19: $6,500,000
    * 2019-20: $6,500,000
    * 2020-21: $833,333
    * 2021-22: $833,333
    * 2022-23: $833,333
    * 2023-24: $833,333

    One year of 6 million in savings isn’t worth three of 6.5 in dead space and four of 800k thereafter.

  120. Carp, the contract is so long that Gaborik could become Drury 2.0 by then thus making Richards Drury 3.0.

  121. Actually I think at that point we should give them all OS names like Macintosh.

    Drury can be “Drury Cheetah”
    Gaborik can be “Drury Panther”
    Richards can be “Drury Snow Cheetah”

  122. Doodie Machetto on

    Carp, I’m with you on Richards/Drury. I think the real difference though is that Richards will be a lot more palatable to cap floor teams. Drury was still slated to make a pretty hefty chunk this year (5 million). But look at teams like the Avs, Panthers, Isles, Phoenix, etc. Paying a guy only 1 million for 6.67 in cap hit is an amazing deal.

    And as I said earlier, I can really envision a scenario where he waives his NMC to go play for Tampa, who will still have plenty of cap space available since they are a budget team.

    Who knows, maybe Quebec will have a franchise by then and he might want to play for them because they are much closer to PEI and he played his junior in the QMJHL (Rimouski).

  123. yes you folks are nailing it to the point thats its more a question of dollars instead of a good right handed shot ore improved power play strategies…

  124. Mister Delaware on

    There’s also going to be atleast one new CBA, possibly two, before Richards hits his cheapy years.

  125. Doodie Machetto on

    BTW, I think Kovalchuk is a lot less likely to be that Drury-esque albatross. He has a full NMC only through 2015-16, and then just a NTC. After 2019, when he is 36 and paid 86 million dollars over the first part of his contract, he can be shuffled to the minors for 4 million in year one (or keep him around for the one year if he is still any good), but then 1 million for the next three years, and then 3 and 4 in the last two. Can you picture him riding a bus for 6 years, starting at age 36 to collect $14 million after already making 86? Not to mention, he can bolt for the KHL where he will likely get more money than he would under his NHL contract AND it would be TAX FREE.

    God I wish we had signed Kovalchuk instead.

  126. And This One Will Last A Lifetime on


    The way to understand it is simple…

    After getting paid $57 million for 6 years, do you really think he (or anyone with half a brain on how to save some money) would even consider playing for less than a million $ per year ? (at age 37/38) no he won’t. He will then retire and free up the cap space.

    Whole Life Insurance policies are much harder to figure out than circumvent the cap deals.

  127. All I am saying is that the Contract that was signed is likely to be the Contract enforced.

  128. Doodie Machetto on

    Can anyone think of anybody that has left money on the table to retire other than Naslund and Rafalski?

    Injuries don’t count.

  129. Doodie Machetto on

    oh wait. Rafalski doesn’t count. He retired because of injuries.

    So just Naslund basically.

  130. And This One Will Last A Lifetime on

    “suppose he does”
    If Richards plays the last 3 years of the contract then I will…………………be wrong

  131. Mister Delaware on

    But what’s the minimum they’d leave, Doodie? I’m sure plenty of guys have hung it up knowing they could get a $1MM deal for 1 year.

  132. Manny, there were 891 players that appeared in the NHL. 6 of them were 40 by the playoffs ended. You can expand that to 9 if we’re counting the guys that will turn 40 by the end of the calender year. I’ll say that 1% suggests that most people don’t play until 40.

  133. Yeah Doodie, Joe Sakic…The AVS would have signed him to any contract he would have asked for :)

    But that made him to that great player he was…gell Marc Messier :)

  134. Doodie Machetto on

    “Andyogs One pound burgers will slow u down #epicmealtime”

    Awesome. Glad to see he takes his fitness seriously.

  135. Guys – it’s not happening. No one is retiring because they think they can’t play at their top level anymore. Everyone thinks they have something left in the tank.

    Except….what? Naslund? Mike Mussina? It’s a HUGE rarity. Richards didn’t take a “discount” to come here so I am pretty sure money is important to him.

  136. But how many of those guys were given the long term front loaded deals where 95% of the value of the deal was distributed in the first 70% of the term?

    Have we seen any of those types of deals reach the point where players are hitting their dummy years yet?

  137. maybe he didnt have a valid contract when he retired, if you mean like that ?????

  138. BTW, could the Rangers have signed Kovalchuk last year and kept themselves under the summer cap?

  139. Doodie Machetto on

    Sakic actually retired because of injuries Matthias. Herniated disc. I don’t know if you will be able to understand that in English, but it means he has a permanent injury to his spine.

    And CTB, that 40 year old stat is misleading. Most guys who hit 40 don’t get contracts because they aren’t good anymore.

  140. Doodie Machetto on

    Actually, correction, I think Feds came after Redden was demoted. So just Prospal.

  141. Well its not easy to discuss NHL matters seriously these days you need to flick in a little bit of sarcasm once in a while…

  142. Well I didn´t know about that herniated disc but you dont need to worry about my english anymore Doodie but it will not happen very often any more that I will appear here….

    Maybe you have realized that I am disillusional right now what is going on right now in the world of sports in general….

  143. And CTB, that 40 year old stat is misleading. Most guys who hit 40 don’t get contracts because they aren’t good anymore.


    So if Richards has the same type of decline he could very well decide to retire. And if the Rangers manage to win a Cup during his tenure, particularly when he’s past 36, he could decide to go out a winner rather than hang on as a straggler. None of us know how it will play out, but the deal is structured in such a way that he won’t be leaving behind a significant amount of his contract behind if he retires.

  144. What about signing Caber? The guy can actually play the 2-on-1 effectively. Hands to the chest baby, hands to the chest…

    (He wont dive half way across the ice to block a pass! And that never works anyway! I’m talking to you Girardi!)

    I wonder when Avery will be named Captain…

  145. Doodie Machetto on

    “So if Richards has the same type of decline he could very well decide to retire. ”

    I think you’re misreading what I’m saying. I’m saying that the older guys don’t even get offered contracts, even if they want them. Also, you’re focusing on the 40, which is what he will be at the end of the deal. But what about 39, 38, or even 37. Who knows when and how he will decline. I think the only thing we can be fairly sure of is that he won’t be worth 6.67 by the time the contract ends.

  146. because you discussing matters seriously which is not worth the time any more…..and because I have such a nice hobby the traveling which is way more interesting because it got nothing to do with any kind of business….

  147. and otherwise I dont have the nuts any more to support those arrogant overpaid idiots any more…enough is enough..25 years it was a sport for me but its not longer existing either in football soccer tennis or hockey…it is just show for bussiness and nothing more…

    There is no more to say about it…

  148. Hmmmm. I just logged on and scrolled to the bottom so let me know if I’ve got this right.

    A guy is leaving the hockey blog because there are people talking about hockey? Is that it?

  149. Doodie Machetto on

    39 legit NHL skaters (no goaltenders, no Forsberg) from this season will be 37 or older at the end of the calendar year.

    About 170 of the 891 skaters are fringe players/prospects that played less than 15 games. So let’s say, for argument’s sake, that about 150 of those guys don’t count because there are some guys like Parise and Markov who basically missed the whole season due to injuries in there too.

    That means slightly more than 5% of the league is 37 and older at the end of this calendar year. Still a low number, no doubt, but still a real possibility that Richards hangs on for at least one or two of those low paying years.

  150. Thanks Manny..have an nice time with your parents..

    I returned earlier from my trip to Italy from the Lago di Garda because my father returned earlier as exspected from his recovery time in a hospital after suffering from apoplexy to support my mother and then you learn there are way more important things in live if a contract of a overpaid hockey player is more front laden or not or if he will be able to buyout after six years…

    have a nice time guys….

  151. Doodie,

    I understood what you meant about the current sample of 40 year old players. My point was, that if players in their late 30’s decline and stop playing, then the same could very well happen to Richards. By the end of his 6th year we know he won’t need to play for the money anymore. So maybe he decides to retire and what to him amounts to a small amount of money on the table. Maybe his body does start to break down at 36 or 37. They made him a deal to make sure he’s taken care of for the rest of his life in the first couple of years of the deal and provide very little monetary incentive to stay on past the first 6 years.

    And you cite Kovalchuk as no longer using money as a factor to stick around at age 36. Even with the ability to demote him to the AHL due to the conversion of his NMC to a NTC do you think the Devils want to pay him $14M over the remainder of his deal to play in the minors? Or are they counting on him to retire or leave the NHL as well?

  152. Doodie Machetto on

    CTB: “My point was, that if players in their late 30’s decline and stop playing, then the same could very well happen to Richards”

    But your point ignores my point entirely. You make it sound like the players decide to stop playing because they have declined. I posit that they are “forced” into retirement by the fact that nobody wants them in their declined state, especially with the 35+ contract rule. Most 35 and over players just have to take it one year at a time, until teams stop offering them contracts. Richards will already have a contract. That immediately puts him one up on most 35+ players in the NHL.

    “So maybe he decides to retire and what to him amounts to a small amount of money on the table. Maybe his body does start to break down at 36 or 37.”

    And maybe he decides he wants to keep playing. It’s just a big risk for the team not to have any fail safe other than hoping he walks early.

    “do you think the Devils want to pay him $14M over the remainder of his deal to play in the minors? Or are they counting on him to retire or leave the NHL as well?”

    Absolutely they are. The big differences with Kovalchuk that makes leaving the NHL so much more likely is that 1) there’s a big difference playing for a million bucks in the NHL than riding the bus in the in the minors; and 2) Kovalchuk, instead of reporting to the minors, can bolt for Russia, where he will make even more than the remaining $14 million, and will be a rock star the entire time he’s there. I don’t know what his plans are post-retirement, but if he intends to make Russia his home, then this would certainly play into that as well.

    That’s not really an option for Richards. I mean, he can go to the KHL, sure, but I don’t think he has the incentive to like Kovalchuk.

  153. Doodie Machetto on

    Can I count being a bonehead as my sports industry experience? I’ve got all of the other requirements.

  154. That should clinch it, Doodie. You can use a lot of us as references …

    imagine putting down CCCP or Tiki or Orr or Matthias as a reference. hahahaha.

  155. But your point ignores my point entirely. You make it sound like the players decide to stop playing because they have declined. I posit that they are “forced” into retirement by the fact that nobody wants them in their declined state, especially with the 35+ contract rule. Most 35 and over players just have to take it one year at a time, until teams stop offering them contracts. Richards will already have a contract. That immediately puts him one up on most 35+ players in the NHL


    So you acknowledge that Richards deviates pretty substantially from the standard situation of most 35+ players? Also there’s less incentive to give any 35+ a deal because of the 35+ cap hit rule. Richards will approach his late 30’s under much different circumstances than the typical player of that age. I guess we’ll see some more valid comparisons as some of these supersized contracts reach the point where the player decides whether to walk away from the last couple of years of the deal. I maintain that after year 6 the risk and reward of putting his body through an NHL schedule for a relatively insignificant amount of money will be something he takes into serious consideration. Especially if he has suffered a significant injury leading up to that point.

    As for Kovalchuk, who knows what condition the KHL will be in over the next few years. Suppose if the league folds or sees a talent drain. Maybe Kovalchuk will decide that staying in the NHL wouldn’t be a bad option.

  156. Thanks for the job tip guys! However…

    Requirements: College graduate with experience in the sports industry would be preferable; experience in the legal field is an asset. Strong organizational and time management skills. Excellent communication skills and ability to interact with all levels of management. Strong attention to detail and ability to maintain a high degree of confidentiality, diplomacy and professionalism at all times. Ability to work independently. Ability to work in a fast paced environment and demonstrate flexibility in order to formulate/implement appropriate solutions.

    I’m great on all except for the first two. Unless, my time here counts as sports industry experience, and covering trials as a reporter and getting parking tickets count as legal experience.

    Anyone who gets this job from here is obligated to hire me as your assistant!

    Carp, I’m still really waiting to work with you.

  157. Doodie Machetto on

    Laurel, I already intend on counting being a bonehead as sports industry experience. I will use Orr as a reference (since he is the voice of reason).

  158. Wicky (Leeloo Dallas mul-ti-pass) on

    I was really basing on who to get rid of by our organizational depth.

  159. Matthias,

    If you’re still here, glad to have you around! If not, it was nice seeing you comment again. Hopefully you’ll be around more.

  160. Manny, belated TA and hope all goes well on your trip!

    Matthias, what wicky said.

    Doodie, whoever gets the job must insist on the other being the assistant. If you get it, you can be my assistant :)

    So many LOLs to hand out on this thread I can’t name you all, but LOL.

  161. Colorado signs Shane O’Brien (sorry, wicky…)

    The Avs must be going for the Irish market, now they have O’Brien, O’Byrne and O’Reilly.

  162. What did I miss? What happen to Matthias? And did we buy out Richards yet? AA traded?

  163. We’re buying out Richards after year six, ilb.

    Mama, put on your resume that you co-hosted live Rangers Report video chats. And use the Voice of Reason as a reference.

  164. Starting with the October game where both Gabby and Drury got hurt, Brian Boyle scored 7 goals in the 13 games that Gabby was out.

    If you include the Pittsburgh game where Ryan Callahan broke his hand, Cally missed 20 games from mid Dec through January. Boyle scored another 7 of his goals in that span of games.

    3 of those goals were scored in the 5 games where both Cally _and_ Dubi were out.

    In essence, during the combined 33 games where the Rangers were without their top offensive players, Brian Boyle scored 14 goals in 33 games. (A 35 goals per season clip)

    Additionally, of his 21 goals last season:

    4 goals tied the game
    6 goals gave the Rangers the lead
    4 more were scored when leading by one goal

    That ability to step up offensively says a lot IMO, especially doing so while playing largely a defensive role.

    Most nights he was part of a line whose primary job was to create havoc for the opponents top lines.
    Killing penalties – His total Short Handed Time On Ice was second among the teams forwards.
    On the other hand, of all Rangers forwards playing at least 25 games only Prust and Avery got fewer _total_ PP minutes.

    He lead the Rangers in hits.
    He lead all Rangers forwards in blocked shots.

    His ice time more than doubled from the year before, going from under 600 minutes to nearly 1300.

    Git-R-Done, Glen

  165. Malkin is a chippy player…some battle between him and Del Z on that last play…

    (Yes, I’m watching the replay on MSG+…thanks eric)

  166. wicky(grating PIBG)© (HIT the mullet!!) on

    great stats. it wasn’t me, but someone had said give boyle a shot on the top line, at this point, why not. I would rather have him physically and defencively on that line instead of dubi or WW.

    I also see no reason to keep the “pack” line intact. If torts would roll four lines like he should, it would not matter what line guys were on in “name” because the minutes would be relatively even. I would like to see cally get less minutes because of the way he plays and his size.

    boyle br gabby
    stepan AA cally
    feds dubi prust
    ? Rupp ?

    You still have avery, thuresson, newbury, WW, EC, MZA (who might be good on a line with rupp), and mitchell to consider to some degree for roster spots at this point. I think you juggle the guys a bit to get the ice time evened out a bit. Just musing folks (sorry to break up the pack line).

  167. Mama,

    You can cite me as a reference when you explain to the office that you can pick out superb lunches to order for parties, events, or even just Tuesday afternoon. And when you can showcase your diverse knowledge of nomenclature, i.e. Waseka. And a little bit for Rangers stuff.

  168. eric,

    Which game are you talking about? Game one, game two, game three, game four…

  169. I think I actually researched the power play differentials in Rangers/Pens games. I’ll have to see if I can find it on here.

  170. Evening gang.

    No hockey, no baseball… I am reduced to watching re-runs of ‘Family Ties’, ‘The Wonder Years’, ‘Doogie Howser’, ‘Happy Days’ and ‘Laverne and Shirley’. In other words, the classics.

  171. Not on this network, Orr. Though, those are very good shows.

    They did have ‘Fraggle Rock’ on the other day. It was like reliving my childhood.

  172. Latona, I LOVED Fraggle Rock. Still do. Was stunned to see it the other day.

    Down in Fraggle Rock! clap clap Down in Fraggle Rock

  173. Then there was Schoolhouse Rocks. Which I vaguely recall, but the songs were awesome. It’s the only reason I know what a conjunction is, lol

    (Aaaand my Journalism prof just cried at hearing me say that. Damn you, Dr Wilkins.)

  174. I used to have nightmares about the “Conjunction Junction” song. I can still see the horrible images of that train and the hear the tune in my head..

    “Conjunction junction, what’s your function?”

  175. Mister Delaware on

    If Family Guy ever did a spinoff starring Consuela or Bruce, I’d watch every week.

  176. HEE, Latona. I have that song on my ipod.. and the Fraggle Rock theme song. Guaranteed to make me grin and bounce whenever they come on.

  177. Huselius is s’posed to miss 4-6 months for Columbus. Think Glen can pull one out of his aasen (again) and unload Wolski? Columbus should yield some prospects and/or a pick or two.

  178. Nice goin’ ddebened.

    I see Boyle somehow routinely dissed and dismissed around the internets as some kind of fluke, despite an OUTSTANDING all-around season. I said many times he’d have easily had 30+ goals playing with someone other than Feds and Prust, which isn’t a critique of them either.

    I thought he deserved some frickin’ PP time too, but Tortorella doesnt believe in 6-7 bodies screening goaltenders.

    And maybe the most overlooked things were that Boyle had never played so much at such a high level and did slow a bit around the 3/4 mark, and also might’ve had some back issues.
    So he stands to be even better this year.

    It was me who suggested he get a look on LW with Richards and Gaborik, though I think Torts loves that 3rd line so much, and will even more with Rupp on it (they’ll be miserable to play against) that it’s unlikely to happen.

    I also haven’t discounted one more major move yet in the forward ranks.

  179. Boyle did get PP time, here and there, he just never did anything productive on the PP, including planting himself in front of the net.

    The guy’s still learning to use his size.

    And Dd’s facts, are exactly why we need to move Artie or Step-On to the wing. Need to give Boyle some more minutes.

    Need some flavah explosions in ya mouts!

  180. I think they did Carp (with Callahan and Dubinsky all but making out with each other at the end, lol)

  181. eddie eddie eddie on

    Rod – I have preached long and hard about BB parking his assen in front of the net to screen the G during PP’s

  182. Rod, really good points about Boyle. He had an outstanding season, although slowed by the numbers of minutes he was playing and nagging injuries. As good as his offense was, I would prefer to see him kept on a third line checking role, with lots of PK duty. I wouldn’t mind if he and Prust were the top PKers instead of Cally and Dubi.

  183. Actually Eddie there’s a good argument to be made BB was needed more on PK, and with significant ice on the PP he would have worn out.

    He came pretty close as it was. Ya know, it’s also a bit unfair just because the guy is tall to mandate him in front. truth is he scored on quite a few nice wristers thru the year.
    I still think he’s got offensive upside.

    Also think I’m starting to miss numbers guy LOL.

  184. eddie eddie eddie on

    Mick – I just a bill….great melody……Rod – we are on the same page…

  185. eddie eddie eddie on

    rod – but Semin is not unlike the Cher-devs and non-physical forwards russia is so famous for…he tends to shrink after getting hit a few times….

  186. eddie,

    That whole line that russian players are soft and enigmatic is not something I perpetuate.

    I don’t believe you can score 40 goals in the National Hockey League, or 25+ as Semin has every full season, being a wussy boy.

    You have to take an inordinate amount of abuse and be quite tough.

    On the flip side wasn’t it Semin who got into a fight with a NYR (Staal) and was swinging like a girl? LOL

  187. Rod, yes it was Semin beating on Staal with his purse. I felt for his manhood and I’m a lady!

  188. eddie eddie eddie on

    Mick – access to a boat….but only the Pacific…slightly bigger than a lake…..Rod – Semin really shrinks after getting hit…which is why is playoff scoring tends to be less than regular season…..and he totally disappeared vs TB round 2…i focused a lot on him vs rangers and TB…..i was not impressed….

  189. eddie eddie eddie on

    Mick – after lindros’ second dui….it turned out that he was driving and hit a tree….tried to switch seats with his gf…..driver’s side windshield smashed in…he has cut on head…gf nay a scratch…..this was when he was with filthy…then i coined my email addy…in honor of the turd…..

  190. eddie eddie eddie on

    i have a white zin…i have about a hundred bottles of wine in my cellar……mostly Cabs and pinots….but tonight a nice buttery chardonnay…..great with the scallops i am eating :)

  191. I prefer a lake (spent a glorious 24 hours on a sailboart on Lake Champlain last summer), but the ocean is always a good second option.

  192. Without launching into a full-throated defense of Alexander Semin,
    he’s 12-18-30 in 37 playoff games.

    4-2-6 in 9 games last year, including killing us with a deadly wrister (in OT?) if Im not mistaken.

    I think the thing to remember if you’re looking to add a dynamic player – as the Rangers still need to – is there are not only no perfect players, but you’ll never get a fantastic player from another team. You have to draft or sign one, and there are none to sign.

    So I think you have to look for a potential breakout player, whomever it may be.

    Otherwise, any terrific player in his prime, you’re not getting him unless something goes wrong.

  193. Niiice, eddie. I don’t remember that story about Lindros, but am not surprised.

    100 bottles? Dang man. MMmmm, scallops. YUM. The seafood sucks here in STL

  194. eddie eddie eddie on

    Rod – Semin would simply need someone to ride his wing that will protect him and be his bodyguard…then no problem….he is a major talent…fast as the wind…and a bomb of a shot especially of the fly…..i would never say never to anyone…

  195. eddie eddie eddie on

    mick – there are wineries galore where i live…and the docks have the freshest fish you can imagine…the scallops i had tonight i picked up off a boat this afternoon….

  196. yum, that sounds good eddie.

    Nice way to live!

    I was hanging near a pier on LI last week and the kids fish for crabs by throwing a chicken leg on a string into the water!

    And it works!!!!!!

  197. eddie eddie eddie on

    ,,and the scallops were so simple to prepare….butter salt and a glass of chardonnay…3 minutes per side on medium heat till they change to an opaque color…then done…delicious…here…have a taste….

  198. eddie eddie eddie on

    rod – i am out in monterey CA…major fishing industry goes wayyy back…..follow golf?….just minutes from the famed pebble beach………i love seafood….so healthy, tender, and it melts in your mouth….you must have my almond crusted sea bass…its orgasmic…

  199. eddie eddie eddie on

    mick – i am yours for the taking, should you want, …no need for jealousy….

  200. Do you know I havent been able to find chilean sea bass in NY for months?

    I don’t know if it’s BP-related or what, but I was just getting hooked.

    Anyway, some people are on diets Eddie!

  201. eddie eddie eddie on

    …and my only regret is that i am running an evening colloquia series for my differential equations students from last semester so i dont get home until 9pm my time….so i miss normal dinner time and chatting with you fine folks…

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