(Editor’s note: I had to edit some things out of this guest post … not for any particular reason other than I didn’t completely understand where they were going. I normally wouldn’t point out such edits, but you guys familiar with our friend e3 know what I mean.)
First, a big shout out to Tony, THE PIMP, Tomb, and MickeyM’s dad as they continue to recover. Be strong my bruthas…Never Surrender and know that you are all in my prayers. Also, let’s hope everything goes perfectly for mommas doodie and Ilb as they move closer to delivery. Second, a big thanks to my brutha Carputha for allowing me fill this space. Third, to the poster known as “Guest Bloggers Stink” — go byfugle yourself.
The owners have put forth their first draft of a new agreement. Generous to a fault, I imagine their offer will be unanimously accepted by the players union. What’s not to like? The owners are merely asking for massive give backs such as cutting the players percentage from 57 to 46 percent. Additionally, the owners want to recalculate the definition of the related revenue pot thereby cutting the players’ pool of dollars even further. The players make enough money as it is. And let’s face it. It’s just part of the national trend for upper management to give themselves ridiculous pay raises based on their “contribution” to the bottom line. It’s simply good economics to reward those that are the most inept … I mean adept, at making the business decisions.
The owners are also pushing for 10 years of player service instead of today’s seven before UFA status is granted. Geez, the owners are not saying infinity!! It’s not like hockey is a physical and demanding game. The average NHL player’s career is what? Less than 10 years? Oh wait … never mind. But if Katie Holmes can stay married to Tom Cruise for five years, surely an NHL player can wait 10 before filing for UFA. (Oh wait, Katie Holmes reportedly got 3.2 million per year of marriage to …)
Back on earth, what I hope happens is that there IS a lockout lasting until mid-January. Here are the top 10 reasons why:
1. If the players are going to be paid less, might as well play less;
2. Dubi will have extra time to seek a sports psychologist so that he can get back to being the next John LeClair;
3. Gabby will return not having missed a single game;
4. The Rangers’ players will be fresher come playoff time having played fewer games;
5. More time off means that Hank will be well rested come playoffs;
6. It will give Avery and Torts extra time to bury their hatchet, and kiss and make up. Then Avery can re-sign and play on the first line;
7. Captain Cally’s wrist/hand, Dubi’s foot/ankle and Rupp’s hand and knee will have more time to fully heal. While Rupper will never be confused with Hags or THE KREIDER, he seemed to really labor last season and I think he was hurt;
8. Brian Boyle’s, Marc Staal’s and Michael Sauer’s noodles all could use more time to heal, especially Sauer Power. Given a lockout, Sauer won’t feel forced to rush back;
9. Torts’ codependency on a small number of players to play the entire game can continue, thereby alleviating him from the tiresome chore of developing the rest of the talent on the team, especially come playoffs; The NYR could roll four defenseman in a shortened season. McD and Danny G could play 30 minutes per game with MDZ and Stahl playing the other 30. In fact, in a few games McD and Girardi could play the entire 60… both showed they can handle 50+ minutes if needed;
10. The NHL channel could turn all that dead air time into the JR Show – treating us all to more of the greatest comedy on TV today.
In related news, do not trade the farm for Nick Rash. This team had a great season last year. Give them at least one more season before we trade everyone. Stepan, McD, MDZ, THE KREIDER, Hags, Stall, Girardi, Dubi, AA, Cally, and Boyle are all young and will get better … let them get better together … There are players in the pipeline that could be dangled at the trade deadline if the Rangers are to be buyers … Conversely, if these pipeline players prove to be NHL ready sooner than later, then perhaps think about trading some of the current roster at the deadline. But, let’s see what happens first.
Las Vegas has posted its odds to win the 2013 Stanley Cup. The Penguins are the favorites at 6-1. The Kings are next at 11-1. A glut at 12-1 includes the Blackhawks, Blues, Red Wings, Canucks, and the NYR. The Bruins and Flyers are next at 14-1. A loose interpretation of this is to say the Penguins and Rangers are Vegas’ pick to play in the EC finals next year. A lot of money is at stake to be won or lost by these gambling houses and while they are not perfect, they don’t make many mistakes. The Rangers, as comprised, are the No. 2 team in the East to win it all.
Does this mean stay put with what we have today? I watched a lot of Phoenix’s playoff games this past year and Shane Doan impressed me. He is tough, hard-nosed, and a great leader. If he can be signed I would do it in a heartbeat … He is familiar with many of the Rangers staff and you can never have enough good players that have uber character. Plus, he doesn’t take any carcillo from anyone and stands up for his teammates as well as anyone in the league.
One last thought. Call me crazy, but I like Stu Bickel a lot. I think the kid has a bright future on this team. He is tough, likes to hit, not afraid to drop the gloves, and he is quite capable of that all important first pass out of his own end.
“What?” you say? “Say what again!. I dare you. I double dare you.