It’s Go Time! … alumni game today


It will be fun seeing some of the old-timers back in uniform. Not sure it’s two and a half hours worth of fun.

I’m sure some of the players will be mic’d up and no doubt interviewed while on the bench. I just hope that the broadcast doesn’t become more about the televising crew (Pierre) than about the players on the ice. I worry that it will.

They’d better have Lauren Hart sing the national anthems today and Monday. And not some TV quasi-celeb who doesn’t know his/her ear-hole from his/her elbow pad.


Does anybody else think there’s at least a small chance that a couple of the knuckleheads in this alumni game will actually fight? A fake fight right off the opening faceoff would be funny and appropriate.


Three things:

1) In case you missed it earlier, Sean Avery cleared waivers at noon. Guess the Islanders weren’t that desperate.

2) I was told that Carl Hagelin was asked if he wanted to switch his number from 62 now that he’s probably here to stay, and that he declined.

3) Also in case you missed it, Michael Del Zotto (aka Del Zaster; copyright eric) and Tomas Kopecky were each fined $2,500 for their incident at the end of last night’s game. The NHL is cracking down on head shots … blah, blah, blah, blah. Wake me up when they get serious about it.


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  1. Another ignominious Carping!!! I must have the recent record!

    The game is on Versus, Staal…

  2. Latona – how you be? ORR, are you still rooting for the fishsticks? It’s Ken Morrow Day, after all!

    Happy New Year, Fran.

  3. Is Zucc a good skater? I’ve forgotten! I know he has good hands, but how’s his skating?

  4. No prob, Staal – ORR, you’re a good hockey man! They were gloating ad-nauseum about how Ken Morrow eliminated the Rangers with his OT goal on Glen Hanlon in some 1980’s playoff series – I guess they didn’t get the memo about us all sticking together for the sake of the league and all that is holy…

  5. you reinforce for us your hockey ignorance when you admit that you know nothing about Kenny Morrow.

  6. Alumni Game’s on MSG @ 4est.

    Sure wish Isles had made claim and eliminated any possibility for Wavery to return.

    I do feel much better though that this time, he will not find his way back.

    Despite Larry Brooks very best efforts. Which were disgraceful.

    And for which he should be barred from all NHL arenas.

    For life. And for which he should have his computer impounded.

    And his pencils taken away. Disgrace.

  7. Fran i was Reading your last post and it was very compelling to me :) you live in Florida Vidowed with a Huge Asset and i am a Bachelor…. I am still dreaming :):):)

  8. i think MSG’s 4 p.m. listing was supposed to be some sort of post-game show before the alumni game was moved from 1 to 3 p.m. Of course, MSG/Cablevision hasn’t had the wherewithall to change the listing.

  9. ZzZz NYR ZzZz© " Don't stepan the logo!!!"...says Greg L. on



    Rangers need to wipe the floor with these geezers on the Flyers!!!



  10. Thx Carp.

    The scheduling of this whole thing has been confusing.

    Isn’t the game supposed to be New Year’s day anyway?

    That’s Monday. WTH?

    Shultz. Just when you think these people are out of your life….

    Will Goodenough be there? One of the great nicknames. “Izzy” LOL.

  11. ZzZz NYR ZzZz© " Don't stepan the logo!!!"...says Greg L. on


    Parent looks perty cool though…

  12. ZzZz NYR ZzZz© " Don't stepan the logo!!!"...says Greg L. on

    Heyyyy isnt Kasperitis still in Hartford!!??? Who recalled him??? Boy oh boy Dathers gonna be mad.

  13. ZzZz NYR ZzZz© " Don't stepan the logo!!!"...says Greg L. on



    I know its only an exhibition but we really need to beat these old men!!!

  14. ZzZz NYR ZzZz© " Don't stepan the logo!!!"...says Greg L. on

    This is what the NHL IS abouttt , NEW YORK RANGERS!!!!!


  15. ZzZz NYR ZzZz© " Don't stepan the logo!!!"...says Greg L. on


  16. Buff, they’re still introducing the geezer players! They may not start the game for another hour!

  17. ZzZz NYR ZzZz© " Don't stepan the logo!!!"...says Greg L. on

    Messier Graves and Anderson line is saweeeeeet!!!

  18. Boom Boom Bathgate on

    Which would I prefer to have to attend in person as a punishment: hockey’s “Alumni Game;” baseball’s “Home Run Derby; or the Attica State Prison supervised playground smoke break? Tough one, but at least the human element in Attica is a little classier.

    Let me guess, the “First Star” of the Alumni Game” wins a dinner on the town with John Torturella, plus 15 weeks tuition for classes at the “John Torturella Finishing School of Warmth and Charm.” No sense letting all those social skills and that dazzling charisma go to waste, right?

  19. ZzZz NYR ZzZz© " Don't stepan the logo!!!"...says Greg L. on

    This game is mostly about reflection. Boom Boom , we get to see hall of famers all together moving the puck around…this is something that never happens anymore. When the last time you saw Messier with Leetch? TODAY!!!!

    Yeah baby!!!


  20. Thats it for me Today . See ya

    And don’t burn New York tonight with your Celebr. I Want to make a visit Next Year:)

  21. ZzZz NYR ZzZz© " Don't stepan the logo!!!"...says Greg L. on

    ddeb ,How many periods? Two? or are they doing just one?

  22. OK, Buff – if the world doesn’t end before then, we’ll be here next year! Happy New Year!

  23. Seriously – how long is this game? It can’t possibly be a full 60 minute regulation game, can it?

  24. “ddeb ,How many periods? Two? or are they doing just one?”

    First cardiac arrest ends the game?

  25. ZzZz NYR ZzZz© " Don't stepan the logo!!!"...says Greg L. on

    HaHA PACE-MAKERs only last a few hours in the cold. Are they outside? Don’t look like it…

  26. ZzZz NYR ZzZz© " Don't stepan the logo!!!"...says Greg L. on

    Come on , SUIT UP Richter!!! Get old Geeezer outta there!!!

  27. No way that will happen, Rod – we’ll be hearing about him for ever and ever….well, at least this season..

  28. Good to see that Ed Snider got all his Comcast guys doing the broadcast. Once again, this whole freakin’ weekend is about the Flyers.

  29. this idiot Coates ruins it. he makes the telecast about the announcers, just like Carp warned, instead of the players.

  30. It certainly is, Carp – like I said, Snider and Comcast/NBC has purchased the NHL, at least south of the border…

  31. They can make it all about the Flyers if they want as long as we skate out with 2 points on Monday…

  32. wait a minute…MDZ gets the same fine as the guy who cheap shots him? WTB? a cross check is a 2min penalty, a cheap shot to the head is dangerous and “is what the league wants out of the game” Byfuglien if you as me

  33. 2-0 Flys?? Package Beezer, Graves and Leetch for Lindros!

    Lindros is playing for the Flys? Must be so confusing for him… i wont be surprised if he scores a goal in the Flys net thinking he’s playing for the Rangers lol

  34. Where’s Steve Vickers? I’d like to see him get another award that Bill Barber expected to win..

  35. iDoodie machetto on

    Gartner has been our best looking player so far.

    I have no problem with MDZ’s fine. He intentionally cross checked Kopecky in the head. I would have even understood a suspension. That’s an intent to injure play. They both should have gotten one game. Good for Rupp though in beating the snot out of Kopecky

  36. ZzZz NYR ZzZz© " Don't stepan the logo!!!"...says Greg L. on

    GREAT SAVE!! See !! Drafting him wasn’t a waist!! Blackburn finally pays off sweeet!!

  37. iDoodie Machetto on

    Unfinished thought there. Sad to see Blackburn with the two blockers. A sad reminder of what could have been. It’s nice that the Rangers still keep him in the fold.

  38. He did ORR…FRiend of mine is a flyer fan and he said he bruised rib..No cut…should have bruised his mouth

  39. iDoodie Machetto on

    How were the rangers not able to get a better defenseman to play for them than Tom laidlaw?

  40. Was thinking the same Doodie.

    By rights Blackburn should be where Hank is.

    Has to suck for him; that was one focused, talented kid.

    Another reminder you can’t put all your eggs in the prospects basket.

  41. Btw, interesting segment on Behind the Bench today.

    Torts talking about decision-making with brass (everything HBO didn’t show).

    Said he makes his opinions known, but seemed to leave little doubt it was GMs call.

    And I have to fess up on something, cause I rapped Torts for not having Hagelin up @ start of the year, more than once.

    As he explained it, he was calling for it but was overruled.

  42. You guys never saw pretty girl before?

    Cause ya know, there are websites….

    And Emerick sounds great; except he makes up sayings never heard in the history of hockey, because he doesn’t really know the game.

  43. Emrick “knifes” the puck. he does not know the pokecheck exists. guys take “shovel” shots. he does not know the wrist shot exists. yeah, he is real pro all right.

  44. iWicky (Leeloo Dallas mul-ti-pass) on

    I voted for rupp in the all star poll just to annoy all the idiots on here that think character is overrated. Clearly the problem with society as well, so much character/////sarcasm

  45. ZzZz NYR ZzZz© " Don't stepan the logo!!!"...says Greg L. on

    Funny , The Rangers have been around longer and all they talk about is the Flyers…

  46. iDoodie Machetto on

    Why aren’t Ron low, John muckler, and Brian trotter on the rangers bench too? Oh right, they were an embarrassment.

  47. iDoodie Machetto on


  48. iDoodie Machetto on

    Hey look at that! LEETCH is still our only defenseman that know how to defend the 2 on 1

  49. Doodie – “I have no problem with MDZ’s fine. He intentionally cross checked Kopecky in the head.”

    I disagree. MDZ’s crosscheck is across the front of Kopecky’s shoulders. Kopecky’s falling forward from throwing his own crosscheck and MDZ might catch Kopecky in the chin or jaw but even that is hard to tell. IMO to say “He intentionally cross checked Kopecky in the head” is just wrong.

  50. years ago they telecast the did a
    test broadcast of the Oscars in hd
    and they found out that makeup
    needed to be applied differently
    since blemishes and everything else
    showed up

    today it
    doesn’t look like they caught up

  51. Olga Folkyerself on

    I just loved Rupp stalking him until Kopecky got loose from the pile.

    Then… Bam Bam Bam!

  52. Dead on Carp…the only city that could pull off a Flyer Kiss @$$ party…

    Lets get the 2 points and get the heck out of Dodge!!!

  53. YOU are correct, jpg – and the Ranger Alumni played the part of the Washington Generals today! Suck-Ola!

  54. I would have loved to see Fotiu body check Snyder and his arrogant you know what into the boards!

  55. Bad day for Ranger fans – Rangers Alumni lost, debbies and fishsticks won…..ah well, Happy New Year everyone!

  56. Olga Folkyerself on

    Tonight begins another Folkyerself family holiday tradition. Mother always invites exactly three of her kin over to celebrate the New Year. On this holiday just the four of us sit and we play pinochle until Midnight.

    So I want to wish everyone a Happy Mother Four Kin New Year!

    And don’t drink too much! Just enough…

    And don’t drive! (Putting is OK…)

  57. Nice to see all these guys having fun today.

    Lindros definitely enjoyed himself which was nice to see. Perhaps a little closure with the Philly organization.

    Messier took the loss like he would a game in his prime – vintage Mess.

    Felt bad Richter couldn’t play. There’s a lesson there in regards to all the players out with head injuries atm. Gartner still has legs!

    I still hate Shawn Podein

    Guess it was pretty cool to see Duguay’s teased locks flow on a break away in real time for the first time in my life.

    Did Keenan bench Gartner?

    No1 star for the night- Danny Blackburn. Played awesome. Smack dead in what would have been his prime. Woulda been a special player. If not for us then with another organization.

  58. Mess was wearing the M11, which he designed for the Messier project. Thus no WinWell.

    And Leetch played over 29 minutes, because we’ve been overplaying one D-man or another for about 20 years.

    Thought I’d enjoy that game but it was pretty painful to watch.

  59. My family is going to get busy in a few. It’s our parents’ 60th anniversary ( shuddup, I’m the youngest child ). So I want to wish all the boneheads and their families happy and healthy New Year!

  60. My wife and I are going to Philly to be near the action Monday and watch the game….does anyone know if any bars near the game have been designated as “Ranger” bars??

  61. Question por favor on

    Hasn’t joe beninati won Emmys? Doesn’t say much for Emmy winners. Bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

  62. Evening gang.

    Leetch looked like he could still play. So could Gartner. Anyone NOT shocked that the Flyers seemed to actually be attempting to hit out there while the Rangers were all ‘DUDES. This is an exhibition game, chill out!’

    A very Happy and safe New Year’s Eve to all the Boneheads out there, even the ones I disagree with at times.


  64. HageLinCalPruStepanlahan on

    lmao Orr, that’s why they gotta win now!!

    what was on your New Years Eve menu?

  65. JimboWoodside on

    Just to report – as of midnight, there is no longer *any* MSG programming on the TWC system here in Brooklyn – all they are airing is their side of the dispute, with commercials in between.

  66. Went to the alumni game today and had a blast. A few drunken idiot fans on both sides but overall everyone in the stands had fun.

    Carp – you were right about everything being about the Flyers. I thought this was an NHL event but there was very little about the Ranger alumni. They showed the MSG produced clips from Brian Leetch night and Bathgate/Howell night and that was about it.

  67. Will NBC sports stream the game online Monday? If not, anyone know where to find it?

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