Official word on Andrew Yogan signing


From the Rangers:


Originally Selected by the Rangers in the Fourth Round, 100th Overall, in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft           

New York, March 26, 2012 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with forward Andrew Yogan.

Yogan, 20, became the first player born and raised in the state of Florida to be drafted by an NHL team when the Rangers selected him in the fourth round, 100th overall, in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.  This season, Yogan established career-highs with 41 goals, 37 assists and 78 points, along with 96 penalty minutes in 66 games with the Peterborough Petes of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL).  He led Peterborough and tied for 15th in the OHL in points, and ranked first on the Petes and tied for sixth in the league in goals.  He also led the team in power play goals (nine), and tied for second in assists and penalty minutes (96).  Yogan was one of only two Petes, and the only one who skated in more than 13 games, to post a positive plus/minus rating with a team-high, plus-eight rating.  He registered 21 multi-point performances, including a season-high, five points, and a career-high, four goals, on March 18 at Oshawa.  Yogan finished the season with a career-high, eight-game point streak from February 26 vs. Belleville to March 18 at Oshawa, recording 12 goals and eight assists for 20 points over the span.

The Coral Springs, Florida native has skated in 240 career OHL games over five seasons with the Windsor Spitfires, Erie Otters and Peterborough Petes, registering 96 goals and 90 assists for 186 points, along with 287 penalty minutes.  He recorded single game, career-highs with four assists, six points and a plus-six rating with Erie on January 30, 2009, vs. Oshawa.  Yogan tallied two goals while making his OHL debut on September 21, 2007, vs. Erie as a member of the Windsor Spitfires.  In addition, Yogan has registered two assists and 10 penalty minutes in eight career OHL playoff contests with Windsor and Erie.

Last season, Yogan made his professional debut with the Connecticut Whale of the American Hockey League (AHL), registering two goals and one assist in two games.  He notched two goals while making his AHL debut on April 9, 2011, vs. Bridgeport.



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  1. Doodie Machetto on

    “We have been scoring goals at a much higher level than we did in previous months.”

    What are you talking about? Our offense in March has slowed considerably. 2.5 goals per game in March. For the rest of the season it was 2.8. And the fact that Richards and Gaborik have been playing so well is only more of a reason to separate them so we can stop being a one line team. One line teams don’t win.

  2. Will Yogan be assigned to Hartford? Any chance he gets a look, even in practice?

    Where do the Rangers stand on their four call ups? Does replacing Zuc count?

  3. I he were any good, he would score 200 goals a year in the OHL, which would translate into ten in the NHL.

  4. Doodie Machetto on

    Wellman’s misuse is the biggest indictment of Tortorella’s work as coach.

  5. Doodie Machetto on

    Any word on who is the goaltender tonight? Soft matchup for Biron to get his last start in so Lundqvist can play out the string as long as we are battling for seeding. If we get locked into the 4 spot though, Biron can have an end of season game or two. Hard to imagine though with Philly also right on our heels.

  6. Good point, Doodie. If I didn’t know any better, and I don’t, I would say that Torts hates Wellman.

    Question: Who does Torts hate more: Avery or Wellman?
    Answer: (as always) Wellman

  7. So, by Monday you mean Tuesday.

    By the same process, who does Torts love more, Avery or Wellman?

    A: Wellman.

  8. Stranger Nation on

    Zoolander 2 script will take 17 minutes to write, about 30 minutes less than the original

  9. Congrats LW3H on a well played and won playoff finale. I tried my best but couldn’t keep my 13 game winning streak alive. I thought I had another epic come from behind win left in me, but I carcillo’ed the bed. As I concede defeat I will also dedicate this properly punctuated post to you, my fine friend from across the pond. Cheerio mate

  10. Perhaps I don’t follow the blog as closely as most of you, although I do read it every day (who doesn’t?), but is Wellman, Christensen?

  11. Wellman is the guy they got for Christensen. And the day of the trade, somebody declared that Wellman is the Answer!

  12. Thanks Carp, I knew I was wrong but I was close to the “inside” meaning!!! Funny stuff – lots of witty boneheads here, Carpie!!

  13. Doodie Machetto on

    By the way, Christensen has been pretty good for the Wilds. Enough so that he probably earned himself another professional contract.

  14. doodie, its hard to believe that philly is so close to us in the standings isnt it? if we even lose 2 of those games against them, were probably fighting for 5th right now.

  15. Doodie Machetto on

    Actyually, I retract that statement entirely. He’s toast at the NHL level.

  16. What the HECK on

    Zubov and I guess anyone else concerned with playing for first instead of resting,

    I just don’t see how resting our guys will be beneficial in the end.
    Suppose we get the number 1 seed:
    First we will play a team like buffalo or Washington or Ottawa. All teams that you must play your ausens off against, but in no way will tire you out the way a Pittsburgh or Philly team would. Second round, they’ll most likely be playing against the first seed, so Philly or Pittsburgh again. Two rounds in a row of those teams is going to tire them out. And supposing that Boston is probably going to be the third team to play, it would be playoff suicide to not try and get the easiest team possible first and try to win it in 4 or 5 games.

    Prust saying.

  17. Doodie Machetto on

    Anyone read Brooks’ ill-informed opinion today? I love how he says benching Dubinsky hasn’t produced results. Dubi was benched against Carolina to start this month (which Brooks mentions), and Torts said the next day he would’ve scratched him against Tampa if we had enough healthy forwards. Remember what happened next? He started out on the 4th line but finished the game as by far our best player. Two nights ago after his defensive gaffe, he again found himself on the fourth line. And again he responded by finding the back of the net on a great individual effort.

    Sorry Brooksie, you are wrong, yet again.

  18. Doodie Machetto on

    WTH, there is also significant chance that the 8 seed will actually be Florida.

  19. FWIW,

    I think getting the number one seed is just critical because assuming the rangers win their first round series and either the 2 or 3 seed loses in the first round (even odds), we don’t get Pittsburgh or Philly until the ECF.

  20. I hope we are 1 and Florida is 8 … that way I can drive the ONE HOUR up to Sawgrass Mills to watch the first round.

    That’s right, the arena is ONE HOUR from downtown Miami … bush-leaguemus.

  21. And of course, Miami…you would make that drive to watch the Rangers lose in 4 games….right?

  22. But guys, there is no way we’re winning the #1 seed the way we’re playing vs the way Pitt is playing these last 8? games. And IF we do start playing better and win at least 6 of our last 8 games, then we’re just dead in the first round.

  23. *Yogan* – naturally born Left Wing, Nash in developing, big kid 6’3″, 203 lb. of aggressive flesh, bones and liquid on the move, in short – our next Future Everything.
    Easily compete with the best in the League – much more handsome than Malkin, (which not to say a lot, I know) and can challenge Cindy in a lips contest, if not in popularity.

  24. Gentlemen, hold your horses …

    I would be there for the end-of-Game 3 fofeit … Rangers lose by 14 and just give up on the series.

  25. Oh, and probably got to use of playing on a bad, melted ice in his childhood, therefore will feel at home in MSG immediately, which is a + !

  26. Orr, thank u, i forgot about that comment lol but i did remember that exchange between them….

  27. Doodie Machetto on

    Zubov, if they win 6 of 8, why are they dead in the first round? That’s a solid team right there.

  28. Pretty much every year (post lockout) there is a 1 v 8 or 2 v 7 matchup that either goes the distance or the lower seed wins.

    06: 8 Oilers upset 1 Red Wings
    07: only one 1st round match went 7
    08: 8 Boston took 1 Montreal to 7 games, 7 Flames took 2 Sharks to 7 games
    09: 7 Rangers took 2 Caps to 7 games, 8 Ducks upset 1 Sharks
    10: 8 Canadiens upset 1 Caps
    11: 8 Blackhawks took 1 Canucks to 7 games, 7 Sabres took 2 Flyers to 7 games

  29. Evan

    you are absolutley right. The way the team is playing now, our chances of beating Philly (regardless of home ice advantage) is low.

  30. I guess the big question is how many people believe that over the next couple of weeks (counting the playoffs) is Bryzgalov as good as his last 10 games or Lundqvist as bad as his last 10?

  31. I agree. Stick a fork in this team already! To hell with the best winning percentage in the league!

  32. CTBlueshirt

    it’s not just the goaltending. I’m sure Lundqvist will outplay Bryzgalov, but Philly’s offense weapons are scary.

    They have one of the top 5-10 players in the league in Giroux plus they have 8 other players on pace to have 40+ points. Oh and one of them is Jaromir Jagr…

  33. thanks grabby i would dedicate a long 500word punctuation free paragraph to you in return but i do not have the patience to compile such a thing nevertheless it was a good final which swung on the sheer number of brendan witt type dmen i managed to fit in my lineup because of wickys scoring system that made steve ott the most valuable player to own

  34. The thing about the Phlyers is that they are VERY easy to take off their game. Throughout the season they have proven that they are poorly coached and they are more interested in fireworks and taunting than they are in winning.

  35. Doodie Machetto on

    If Bryzgalov keeps up his current form, Philly is formidable, no doubt.

    Likewise, if Lundqvist keeps up his current form, the Rangers are very beatable, no doubt.

  36. When I say they are poorly coached I mean that Lavi-eau-de-toilette clearly doesn’t understand WHY the Rangers were having success. His idea was to put Sestito in the game and have him scream at people and fight them. That doesn’t phase this team. It just shows me that he misunderstands the concept of being a grinding, hard-hitting, hard-working, physical team. He just doesn’t get it.

  37. Doodie Machetto – because we will be too beat up to truly play our style throughout the playoffs, a style that batters and abuses players more than any other style out there. Over time, there is just an endurance factor that becomes evident in 7-game series. I just can’t explain how all these “mental” errors have crept into our game lately, for a team who showed such great overall system discipline throughout the year. I think physical weariness is part of that. And we do look weary. Then we go down 2 goals, and come back to life…for a bit.

    I worry, okay?

  38. It’s a good thing that Stepan has put up 150% of Jagr’s goal scoring in his last 15 games.

  39. Doodie Machetto on

    Preinjury, he had exactly 1 goal and 0 assists in 7 games (including the game in which he was hurt after playing 9 minutes).

  40. Doodie Machetto on

    Since being permanently removed from Gaborik’s line, Stepan has exactly 1 goal and 2 assists.

  41. Doodie Machetto on

    In fairness to Stepan though, he did have 2 goals that came without Gaborik in the two games immediately prior, although he did play portions of those games with Gaborik.

  42. I think it just highlights the teams need for secondary scoring. Stepan is an assist guy and if no one is burying (or even cleanly receiving) his passes then he isn’t going to look as effective on paper.

    Anisimov is an odd character for long stretches of time. He’s like Dubinsky, but not as good.

  43. Doodie Machetto on

    Against Boston he scored with Anisimov and Hagelin (Hagelin with an assist). Against NJ it was with Fedotenko and Prust.

  44. Callahan is pegged by most as a 2nd line guy, especially given that Gaborik also plays RW. I’m not complaining about his production. So is it secondary scoring that’s an issue or another elite/top line scorer?

  45. I think it’s both, CT. Dubinsky and the likes are not scoring this year. Those are the secondary guys. Another elite scorer would obviously stretch our lineup. Especially with a guy like Callahan there to bounce around the top two lines wherever needed.

  46. The answer might be Wellman, a mature Hagelin and a more confident Brad Richards. (Plus, of course, Zach Parise and/or R. Nash)

  47. Jagr is notorious for taking it easy during reg season games and then going all out in the playoffs. Granted he is 40 but I would bet he’ll be among their leading scorers.

    and forget the regular season. It means NOTHING come playoff time. Remember how we beat Washington 7-0 last year? How did that work out?

  48. iWicky "If you don't stop flapping your jaws, I'm going to knock you out on national tv" on

    I’ll take that as a compliment lol!!!

    Just think next season, brich centres Nash and step centres gabby…..two line threat!!!

  49. Obviously.

    and really, isn’t it this simple: If the Rangers are back to playing the way they played most of the season, should they be worried about any first-round opponent? And if they are playing the way they have been playing, what chance will they have against any opponent?

    I think the seed and the opponent in the first round if greatly irrelevant as long as they’re not eighth. And whether they’re fourth, fifth or first, they will have to play Pitt next if all the higher seeds win.

  50. oleo,

    Are you looking for reasons as to why the Flyers might beat the Rangers? The converse of what you said you could very well be true.

    Jagr is 40, he’s been slowed by nagging injuries for the 2nd half of this season and what some might call taking it easy could very well be him just not being able to produce like he did when he was 25.

    Remember that season when the Rangers dominated the Devils all season long and then were a bad bounce off of Marc Staal’s skate from sweeping them in the 1st round?

  51. iWicky "If you don't stop flapping your jaws, I'm going to knock you out on national tv" on

    Doesn’t gabby prefer playing his off wing?

  52. iWicky "If you don't stop flapping your jaws, I'm going to knock you out on national tv" on

    Well(man) said!!!

  53. I think they could beat Carolina in a 1st round matchup Carp, no matter how well the Canes are flying.

  54. Doodie Machetto on

    Carp, I think the Capitals and Sabres could be a serious threat to the Rangers regardless of how the Rangers are playing, provided that the Capitals and Sabres continue their current level of play, especially the Sabres.

    The Capitals, at any point, could become the team we all expected them to be before the season. While everyone was busy writing off Ovechkin, he quietly snuck up to 4th in goals. If they get Backstrom back for the playoffs (seems unlikely), they could be VERY dangerous.

  55. The Rangers are 11th in GF/G. The Blues are 19th. The Kings are 29th and 1 point out of the 3 seed. These 3 teams are top 3 by far in GA/G. Though, if I play my own devil’s advocate, the Pens are 1st.

    Anyway, they are far from the worst offensive team in the league, and they have found a way to score goals enough times to give them the benefit of the doubt. Sure, a team like the Pens has more room for error. That doesn’t mean the Rangers can’t win with their style.

  56. The Sabres scare me WAY more than the Capitals because of the whole goaltending thing. Miller is more capable of stealing a series than either of those idiots in Washington. (I know they have had success in the past, including against us…blah blah) Caps have big time question marks.

  57. I think Backstrom is like Pauly. You won’t be seeing him no more. Seriously, isn’t his thing as bad as Sauer’s?

  58. Doodie, in terms of how the Rangers are currently constructed, by default the answer is secondary scoring since outside of Gaborik they don’t have anyone who’s main job it is to score. Now Callahan has shown that he fill the net better than I think most of us would ever give him credit for (even as little as 2 seasons ago) but his value and role extend so much more beyond his goal scoring. Certainly more productive seasons from Anisimov and Dubinsky, and if Stepan could produce more when not paired with Gaborik then yes it would help them immensely.

    In general needs, it wouldn’t hurt them to get another 30 goal guy.

  59. If the regular season means nothing, then I won’t be surprised when the playoffs come around, Scott Hartnell and Wayne Simmonds fail to live up to their career years and Matt Read hits the rookie wall.

  60. Doodie and Carp,

    I think there is genuinely no easy first round series though I’d rather face a team that doesn’t have super hot goaltender (Washington) than one that does (Buffalo). But I think I’d rather face Buffalo in a 1-8 match up than Philly in a 4-5 match up.

    For those who plan their logistics way in advance (I have to because I travel a lot for work), if the Rangers have home ice in the first round, first round games will almost definitely be Thursday (4/12) and Saturday 4/14 (likely NBC afternoon telecast) because the band MANA is booked for the main arena on 4/11 and the Knicks are at home on 4/13 and 4/15.

  61. April 1st against Bruins and the Filthy game on the 3rd will begin the shift of gears, back to some mean hateful hockey.
    Yogan the bear had that silly Ranger every time

  62. Buffalo won 4 in a row…if they continue that level of play, they would beat the Rangers in the first round. The Rangers won 1…if they continue that level of play, then what would happen to the universe?

    We’ll have to ask Bryzgalov.

  63. LW,

    Or are you looking for Bryzgalov to continue his playoff performances with the Yotes?

  64. JimboWoodside on

    Capitals also have a rookie goalie (Holtby?) who has looked very good – much better than their tandem of failures that they’ve gone the whole season with, until recently.

  65. bull dog line on

    can’t defend Anisimov, so attack Stepan. you know the guy last year who did all his scoring against 3rd an 4th line players. this year all of his numbers are because of Gaborik. who by the way sees top pair Dmen all the time.

  66. Anyone know if the game time has been confirmed for the last regular season game on Saturday 4/7?

  67. Doodie Machetto on

    Evan, good eye on the playoff dates. Are the Knicks an afternoon game on Sunday? If so, might be Rangers at night on Sunday as well.

  68. Yes, Knicks are 1pm against Miami on Sunday 4/15.

    Agree that Rangers could host Game 2 on Sunday at 8pm but but that’d mean that NBC (network TV) wouldn’t have an NYR game on either Saturday or Sunday which seems unlikely to me.

  69. Doodie Machetto on

    Why wouldn’t NBC have a Sunday game if Rangers play in prime time on Sunday?

  70. NBC has in the public channel or the former VS NBC? I would actually think NBC the public channel would love to have a Crosby/Ovechkin 1st round matchup.

  71. Yes, Knicks are 1pm against Miami on Sunday 4/15.


    Miami Pimp is going to play the entire Knicks team!? Is he that good at hoops?

  72. Or is that the Knicks are that bad that they’d probably lose to Miami Pimp anyway?

  73. Doodie Machetto on

    Manny, he doesn’t need to be good at hoops in order to take on that bush league squad. A third-rate wheel-chair team could beat them.

  74. If it is a Pitt/Washington, completely agree it might be more attractive. NBC (public) has rarely turned down the opportunity to put the Rangers on the public afternoon games so I was just saying I’d be surprised if Game 2 is not an afternoon NBC (public) telecast.

    I prefer night playoff games greatly…fewer kids, louder crowd.

    Also, this is the first year where NBC will be carrying all playoff games on one of their networks (NBC, NBCSN, CNBC) or NHLN

    More confirmation of my original thesis at below link (Rangers could play a road Game 3 on Sunday after a Game 2 on Saturday…

  75. Doodie Machetto on

    Evan, don’t forget the possibility of the Rangers being the 5 seed against Philly as the 4.

  76. Evan, don’t forget the possibility of the Rangers being the 5 seed against Philly as the 4.


    Season over at that point.

  77. Judging by the reactinos here the past few weeks, getting fired or traded would be letting them off easy. I’m thinking drawn and quartered would be the likely response.

  78. Doodie…Very true. Truly all hypothetical…

    Here are the remaining schedules for each team:

    NYR: @Min, @WPG, MON, BOS, @PHI, @PIT, WAS


    PHI: TB (tonight), @TOR, OTT, @PIT, NYR, BUF, @PIT

    If Rangers go 4-3, Pitt will need to go 5-2 and PHI would need to go 7-0 to pass the Rangers. That would mean that Philly beats Pitt in regulation in both of their games, both Pitt and Philly beat the Rangers in regulation in each of their remaining games and that the rangers third loss is not an OT/SO loss (Rangers have the tiebreaker over both teams).

    Not saying its impossible surely but rangers would really need to falter down the stretch to end up the fifth seed.

  79. CTBlueshirt

    The 2 teams playing in the 4/5 game are going to be the 2nd and 3rd best teams in the entire conference (and possibly 2 of the top 5 in the entire NHL). The Flyers are going to be one of those 2 seeds.

    Sure its very possible the Rangers handle them like they have done all season, but given how both teams are playing right this second, I have a hard time believing the Rangers will win a series against them.

  80. home ice advantage is extremely overrated. Playing the Flyers is going to suck equally regardless of what order the home games are played…

  81. Doodie Machetto on

    A lot will be riding on those games late in the season.

    Also, I love the possibility that the Rangers could decide their playoff matchup on the last day of the season. Let’s say they have the 1 seed locked up and the Capitals have a tenuous hold on the 8 spot. Do you go for it and potentially knock out the Caps, or do you rest people and take the Capitals matchup?

  82. Doodie Machetto on

    oleo, my inquiry re: being the 5 seed only has to do with game scheduling, not with actual worry of who we play, where.

  83. Doodie Machetto on

    Ideally, we get the Panthers in a 1-8 matchup. I’d be licking my chops for that. Goddamn Devils.

  84. Do the Rangers have any obligation to play hard and a full line-up if WAS is playing for the playoffs given that last year, the Rangers only made the playoffs because TB played their full line-up?

  85. Doodie Machetto on

    Too bad they are locked into the 2 spot and Chicago is locked in the 6. A Vancouver-Chicago series would have been AMAZING.

  86. The Caps have their hands full with the Sabres. It’s looking a lot like our race for first with the Penguins. Sabres are on fire.

  87. “Given how both teams are playing right this second, I have a hard time believing the Rangers will win a series against them.”

    I thought the regular season meant nothing, oleo?

  88. Ottawa is only two points up on Washington at this point too. interesting that NYR, PHI and PITT all have seven games left while OTT, WAS and BUF all have six…

  89. Doodie Machetto on

    We match up poorly with the 7-9 seeds. Probably Washington the best, then Buffalo, then Ottawa. We match up very, very well against Florida.

  90. Doodie Machetto on

    6:30? I guess they want extra time for Blueshirts Off Our Backs? They do that after the game, right? That’s great for me: I get home an hour earlier.

  91. That’s great news, Carp. Thanks for the heads up. My wife is dragging me to an Orchid show (the flowers not the thrash band) in the early afternoon and I was getting scared of missing a period. Thank god nothing exciting, interesting or real about life will interfere with hockey for me!

  92. Doodie Machetto on

    Oh crap, just realized I don’t have the last game of the season. My last regular season game is against Boston. Anybody else going to be at that one?

  93. Doodie Machetto on

    Manny, you don’t know how excited I got when I saw that you were going to an Orchid show. I immediately started googling it, but when nothing came up, I finished the rest of your sentence and was thoroughly, thoroughly disappointed.

  94. Doodie Machetto on

    Reminds me of the Mitch Hedberg joke: “Do! Alright! I get to disturb this guy! Not! [Carcillo!] I need to read faster!”

  95. Thanks Carp for the info but feh!

    I was hoping for an afternoon game because I now have a Passover conflict. Perhaps Joe T can lead the singing of the four questions during the intermission?

  96. Doodie Machetto on

    Unless you’re using the word “Orchid show” the way Georgia O’Keeffe would, but with less flowers, that Orchid show sounds pretty weak.

  97. bull dog,
    Quite honestly I don’t understand your long standing personal hatred for Anisimov (unless some idiosyncrasies). This guy was drafted in 2nd round 54th overall and by any standards already exceed scouts expectations. What 3 years of “wasted potentials” you’re talking about? In Hartford at his 19, he was more than point per game, best scorer. In his rooky season he showed pretty good results, playing with all different partners. Second season playing again big chunk of it on 4th line, he was in a team’s top 6th forwards in scoring goals, as well as this season (in 5 top goal scorers,tied with Hags, who played less games, but more on a top line). He plays a very special role in a game, with his unique back checking skills, so valued by most coaches, and become obviously one of the best defensive forward on the team. (btw, Datsyk, yes, Datsyk started like that – low drafted, playing his first seasons the same role, gradually becoming magic offensively also). As little as we respect +/- system (he has +15), it still shows, in a certain way, how good defensively he is, particularly considering he plays every PK, which can kill your statistic rather quickly.
    What is, probably, his downside in his overall play, it is his lack of physicality, considering his size. In the eyes of demanding Rangers fans, who know, that lack of scoring talent on their team could and should be compensated only by non-stop physical play, hits and winning fights for puck on every sq.inch on ice, it is a sin. Understood. But yes, he is still 23 (one of the youngest player on this team) and big boys develops differently in this particular department, some slowly. But he has undoubtedly talent in puck handling, shooting and skating as well in hockey IQ and positioning (hence, his defensive play), which is not too often commodity find in our team. Not lack of Rangers spirit either, I would say. I believe you have to trust coach’s instinct for this guy and him in right development for the team sake.

  98. Doodie Machetto on

    “particularly considering he plays every PK, which can kill your statistic rather quickly.”

    PK has no effect on plus/minus.

    Also, He has played on a top line just as long, if not longer than Hagelin.

    I’ve described him this way before and I stick to it: He is Sergei Brylin playing in Sergei Nemchinov’s body.

  99. And I’m not sure what you were taught in biology class, but going to an orchid show almost certainly won’t result in you missing a period.

  100. Doodie Machetto on

    Which is to say, he’s a perfectly fine two-way forward that is better known for his defense than his offense. A great third-liner.

  101. JimboWoodside on

    >>>And I’m not sure what you were taught in biology class, but going to an orchid show almost certainly won’t result in you missing a period.


    Manny – an Orchid show!? Really!?

  102. Manny I would have hammered you as well but Carp and Pimp were supportive of me when i was looking for a place to keel overin Macy’s yesterday.

  103. Doodie:

    Pretty much agree with your assessment of Anisimov. On a more offensively gifted roster, he’s a third line forward. On this squad, he’s too good to be on the third line. In a perfect world, I think he’d be a good 3rd line compliment to Dubinsky.

  104. I hate to get down a guy normally but all this chit chat about Wellman is beginning to make me ill man.

    He’s been with several teams ( I believe for a west coast team,and if memory serves me right he was also with the Leafs when they were bloody awful.

    How many of these teams was he sensational with? OK, how about really really good with? Uh Huh…let’s try exceptional with? Hmmm…could it be that he was a leader of the team and the guys all looked up to him for leadership? Maybe he was a “clutch” player ( not and grab) but a guy who always came thru in the clutch…..still no hurrahs?A tower of strength on the PP perhaps? Ye Gods tell me SOME reason why Rangers think they cannot do without him.

  105. Ria(the silent bonehead) on

    Carp does this time change for the last game mean that we don’t get to see “Blueshirts off our back ” ceremony? I so despise that little weasel Buttman for selling us out to comcast snider & the rest of the CRUD from philly I wish Malkin would slew foot him & take him out permanently. I absolutely can not stomach that piece of CARCILLO COOKE HARTNELLING little person!

  106. Manny Astronomo on

    Those are some GEMS guys. Nice job!

    “Don’t Disturb”

    “I saw a lady on T.V. She was born without arms. Literally, she was born with her hands attached to her shoulders… and that was sad, but then they said, “Lola does not know the meaning of the word ‘can’t.'” And that to me was kinda worse… in a way… ya know? Not only does she not have arms, but she doesn’t understand simple contractions. It’s very simple, Lola, you just take two words, you put them together, then you take out the middle letter, you put a comma in there and you raise it up!” – Mitch Hedberg

  107. Ria(the silent bonehead) on

    I relly can’t Jimbo Carp will ban me & that weasel isn’t worth me being banned from this GREAT blog!!!

  108. Ria(the silent bonehead) on

    Jimbo that piece of carciilo cooke has ruined the game I lov for almost 20 years its time for him to go.I’ll even help him pack up his office if it means we get rid of him sooner. He has sold us out time & time again.

  109. Ria(the silent bonehead) on

    Because of Buttman kissing the owners assens we lost a whole season back in 2004-05 and we’ll probably lose another season because of him & the GREEDY owners that he bows to.

  110. Wellman has always been the answer…

    The real question….how long is it going to take rat-face Turderella to figure that out?

  111. billybleedsblue on

    I thought the real question was, “How was the orchid show, Manny?”

    hehehe, hey look, vanilla is from orchids, so that’s pretty legit… 2nd most expensive spice… wow I’m really stretching here. Manny, you’re married, you don’t need an excuse for having to go to an orchid show.

    lol, there… better?

  112. Atta girl, Ria.

    The 6:30 start is for NBC, so no doubt the game ends, Pierre does his little cute bench interview/genuflection, and then they cut to the studio for JR and his miscombobulations. Short version, I’m sure you won’t be seeing Shirts off Backs ceremony again.

    Atta boy, Tony.

    Doodie, our ticket contest winner will be there.

  113. iWicky "If you don't stop flapping your jaws, I'm going to knock you out on national tv" on

    Hockey sucks!! I love the Knicks!!!

  114. Tiki XLII XLVI on

    BFF, if MSG does postgame (if its not a Versus exclusive), then the postgame might show the Shirts off our Back.

    Love you and miss you Tony!

  115. Ria(the silent bonehead) on

    I think we should overload msg’s e-mail demanding that they switch over to the post game so we can see it ! Whos with me? LMAO

  116. Yes, BFF. I don’t know if it’s a Versus exclusive. Seems to me it would be if they’re setting the start time specifically for NBCS.

    DO IT, RIA!

  117. Just read the press release again … it is an NBC Sports exclusive April 7. So no Shirts off Backs on TV. Again.

  118. Orr, our Celts are trying to continue their crawl up the Atlantic Division standings as they take on the lowly Charlotte Bobcats tonight….I’ll probably tune in for the 4th period…

    Bill Russell! HOF! Legend!

  119. That’s Michael Jordan’s team? The fact that he hasn’t left that pathetic organization only means one thing! He’s a true professional! I know he’s a HOF’er, but I don’t know if he’s an Emmy winner. He might be an Oscar winner. His performance in Space Jam exceptional.

    Tiny Archibald! HOF! Legend!

  120. bull dog line on

    Anisimov is the new Avery here. say one thing negative about him, and you get a 10 paragraph response about how wonderful he is. being that he has played on the first line most of this season, I would say his production has not warranted any praise. he has had a so so season at best.

  121. Slatsko Folkyerself on

    Little know fact: Those first Blueshirts off our Backs Ceremonies were actually Sather’s way of auditioning for better players. With the Rangers constantly missing the playoffs Sather figured that anyone who got a shirt on the last day would be invited to the next season’s training camp.

  122. JimboWoodside on

    Dammit to Hell! I just got home – What are the Bolts doing? They scored 2 early goals and then went into an (ineffective) defensive shell!? Flys tie the game right before me eyes…

  123. JimboWoodside on

    Well, that tying goal wasn’t Roloson’s fault – he made a great “bang-bang” save on Hartnell just before the tying goal – the Bolts defense is sucking mightily, and they can’t get the puck away from the Flys players to save their lives…

  124. JimboWoodside on

    When I turned off the game in disgust, the SOG were 25 Flys, 8 Bolts – at 2 minutes from the end of the 2nd period! What is TB thinking?

  125. And with that loss, if the Rangers go .500, the Flyers have to win all their games just to catch up…

  126. Tiki XLII XLVI on

    As Carp will attest, I was so totally drunk and out of it, when I asked Stepan for the pic, I couldnt figure out how my phone worked, so I asked Steppers, “Im totally drunk and cant figure this out, can you take the picture for me” so he took the phone and took the pic of us 2. LOL Mama had a field day w that one!

  127. G’night, everyone. Finally a game tomorrow. Not used to a 2,day break between the games anymore…

  128. Good evening all! WTB…”I’m sure you won’t be seeing Shirts off Backs ceremony again.”
    I mean holy hartnell!!

    Dang I hate not being able to check in all day … seems I’ve missed a lot of stuff and gibberish….tiki, drunk at 4:30?….I let him out of my sight for a few hours and oh my….never will show him the Blarney Rock again :)

  129. iDoodie machetto on

    Fran, the Wellman talk is just a joke. Nobody actually thinks much of the guy. Solid AHL player, nothing more.

  130. ilb, I was nervous all day about going into city alone, and was angry and having a bad day, so I had 6 bloody marys at the Blarney Rock before heading to MSG, and I cant hold my liquor!

  131. Stranger Nation on

    Artie should play on 3rd line as a very effective checking forward in place of Feds who has been productive in that role, but losing a step or two. Artie with Boyle is some combo. Leave Dubi on Line 4, seems to motivate him.

  132. Bull dog,
    I usually like and agree with most of your posts. That’s why it is so strange to me, your beef with Anisimov. Last post again, is a proof of certain obsessions– not to have a basic logic and admitting the facts, not to mention getting angry, that someone try to argue the case.
    1.What a silly comparison: Avery,- notoriously controversial figure here, on and off ice, in locker-room and media, and more than humble, hard working kid – Artie, whom everybody around him really like.
    2.I never said he is next Great One or even close, but yes, in this admittedly low scoring team, he still IS in top 6 forwards every season so far, which is not bad at all for 23 years old, who is a role player and as such, have additional, expected duties every shift, besides scoring. Undoubtedly, he is one of the rare talents and youngest one on the team. At least it is not warranted to be single out by you amidst bunch of other mediocre players on this team and be every time negatively mentioned, regardless of his real play or achievement. Just not fair, IMO.

  133. billybleedsblue on

    Flyers sure looked good earlier… 3 goals (allowed) on 10 shots?!

    My point is, things ain’t so bad.

    Let’s Go Rangers!!!!!

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