Dominic Moore on the hell he’s been through, and on returning to the Rangers

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As you know, Dominic Moore signed with the Rangers as a free agent on July 5. Moore, who started his career as a Ranger, did not play last season as his wife Katie battled, then lost her life to liver cancer at age 32 in January.

Moore was on a conference call today. Here is a transcript of some of  his remarks:

Dominic Moore:

“I couldn’t be more excited. Obviously I have great memories from over the years of playing at Madison Square Garden, both as a Ranger and as a visiting player. It’s always been one of my favorite places to play, if not the favorite. The atmosphere is something special at MSG, as everyone knows, and I can’t wait to be back and put that Ranger jersey back on. It’s going to be a great feeling.”

On the layoff:

“I don’t know. I’ve never had that kind of absence at all since I was two years old. I’ve been playing games fairly steadily. At the same time, it’s something I’ve done my whole life, so I think it’ll be pretty quick getting back into the swing of things.”

In the weeks after the lockout, NYR expressed interest in bringing him back, but it was too soon after Katie’s passing:

“Just the timing of everything at that time just didn’t work out. Everything kind of came to a head, unfortunately, at an inopportune time back in January. It was a very, very difficult decision to not play. But at the same time it was definitely the right decision. The months after that gave me a chance to regroup and clear my head. I think going through – if anyone’s care for someone with cancer – it’s a battle that the whole family is in. It’s something that, after you’ve been t hrough that, you kind of need some time to reorganize … just kind of regroup.”

On what the last year has been like:

“That’s a question that could probably take a lifetime to answer. Obviously, in a way, the ups and downs throughout the course of dealing with the disease and what we went through there, it’s a lot to kind of describe in one simple answer.

“The one thing is, I’m grateful for the time we had and in a way those months were the most special months that we had with each other that anyone could ever ask for, despite it being the most difficult and painful months that you could possibly expect or deal with.”

“It is amazing when you see the community. Hockey is a small world and I’ve been very lucky – Katie and I were very lucky – to have the network of support and friends and family. A lot of that network was the hockey world we lived in for so many years. I’m very grateful for that support all the time, throughout the illness but also afterwards.”

What he’s been doing since January:

“I live in Boston in the off-season, so that’s where I’ve been. Basically I’ve been working out a lot, skating and training. I actually did some cross-training with the Harvard tennis team to keep myself in pretty good shape on that front. I’ve been using those months to try and get this foundation (katiemoore.org) off the ground. It’s been busy. There’s also been the charity events that I’m putting on for the second year in Toronto, a smashfest charity ping-pong thing (smashfest.ca). That’s quite a bit of work, and I’m trying to unify that event with this foundation, too. But mostly training and working out, trying to get back in shape.”

On whether he knew all along that he would play hockey again:

“I didn’t really try and get ahead of myself. There’s one thing that the process has taught me, to take one day at a time. That’s basically what I’ve been doing in general, is living one day at a time and not worrying about what’s going to happen too far down the road, what opportunities may or may not present themselves. That’s been good for to just focus on the things I control and my day to day routine.”

“There’s no doubt that coming back to New York was definitely what I wanted to happen, as my first choice for a variety of reasons. I’ve always been drawn back there and I’m grateful that it’s come to fruition.”

On Alain Vigneault:

“I have seen (Vancouver) play a lot the last few years under his guidance and their success is obvious. They have a pretty specific style of play which is not only successful but fun to watch. I also think will probably fits really well with the kind of team we have, more than a lot of rosters, I think. So there’s a lot of things to look forward to with our group including the new coaches.”

On his rookie season with rookie Henrik Lundqvist.

“It’s funny that he’s the only one still there from our rookie season. We bonded, both being rookies, that year and we stayed pretty close throughout the years. I can’t wait to be his teammate again.”

On his summer:

“Summer is all relative. A lot of guys are playing since January, and I wasn’t.  The good news is I’ve used that time to get myself in great shape and ready to go, and I’m ready and raring to play again. Obviously watching the playoffs over the course of the spring was a huge motivating factor, too. You watch those great games and you want to be a part of it. I did have a chance to watch a lot of the Ranger games and we have the makings of a great team. There’s a lot to look forward to with our group, I think.”

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  1. Didn’t know Moore’s personal life was so tragic this past year. Good for him for taking the time he needed and let’s hope he has a great year.

  2. Very glad he’s back. Looking forward to seeing him play for our team again.

    I can see it now: “Moore, feeds moore, Moore back to Moore, Moore scooores! It’s a power play goal!” (okay, maybe that last sentence was wishful thinking)

  3. 05-06 was such a fun year. Boring players on that team, but it was a fun year. That 15 round shootout was easily the best shootout in the NHL.

    Nylander, Neimenen, Strudwick & Malik with the goals. Classic!

    Anyway, glad to have Moore back.

  4. Micheletti: “Wonderful family, the Moores, Sam.”

    “Don’t think they’re related, Joe.”

  5. Interesting trade. Oilers stocking up the small, skilled forwards. I think wicky is ready to switch fandoms.

  6. Onecupin74yearsandcounting on

    We all go through Life’s bad times . Some more than others , unfortunately.
    But, he’s been away from hockey for a while , his head and body may or may not be into it.

    I can’t see what positives he’ll bring to team,, Sather should have turned the page .
    It is a business after all.

  7. I remember Moore being a very hard working player, with some good skills….sort of like a second tier Callahan. Happy he is back, but would really like to see Zucc back…sad that’s probably not going to happen.

  8. Obviously this impacts us HUGELY

    @NYDNRangers

    #NYR fans, take note for @HLundqvist30 future deal RT @reporterchris: Tuukka Rask gets a $56M, eight-year extension from the #bruins.

  9. if rask got 7 mi per year than lundqvist shouldn’t get more than 7.5 – 8 mil per year. Rangers can give him a 8 year deal which no other team can and supposedly lundqvist loves ny so if lundqvist wants more than that than I will lose respect for him because if lundqvist wants to win a cup than he shouldn’t want to take the rangers to the cleaners.

  10. Great to have Dom Moore back. He will be the hardest working player on this team and can easily chip in some points from the 3rd/4th line.

    Hank will get 8×8 I think and he’s worth every cent.

  11. Great post No matter what problems you have it gives you a new perspective on life. Rough sleding. Always liked Moore; a team player, leader, a Callahan type of player. Great move.

  12. Matty "HopeNashIsMonsterInYear2"Boy on

    Agreed, UK.

    “I know Henry Lundquist, He is a friend of mine, and Tukka, you are NO Henry Lundquist. ”

    If Tukka gets $7m, Hank is at least $8, but probably a little north of it for 8….if he wants to stay here, that is……..

  13. Ill tell you what he does is adds some of that ooomf that everyone was praising Gregory Campbell for while envying it during the Boston series. It also gives us a great start at improving the penalty kill.

    I can’t imagine what he’s been through personally and I don’t ever want to know but he’s obviously a strong individual and hockey’s been his life. It’s a bit of a risk but I think he’ll help. Funny, back in 05 no one wanted him here at the start either. By mid season they were singing his praises. After this past season I don’t see how any one could under estimate a valuable back of the line up player. Especially one with ties to this team who’s been solid here before

  14. Zucc has filed for arbitration!

    Just a formality. I expect a contract before the hearing…

  15. Czechthemout!!! on

    So, would you guys deal MDZ for Shattenkirk? Great skater, right handed booming shot, not very physical but plays well positionaly. Excellent passer and is a local kid from the mean streets of Greenwich, Ct. Brian Lawton who does have good insight in these things, thinks that he maybe traded.

    Thoughts?

  16. Man, Del Zotto sure has filled the void left by Dubinsky as the perpetual trade bait for Anyone eh? Blank and del Zotto for blank..blank del Zotto and a third for blank..I for one want to see him play 30 games under AV before we have the next Mattias Nordstrom on our hands.

  17. If he doesn’t agree to a deal beforehand, and the arbitrator gives him larger than expected, someone may have to go (Pyatt, Boyle?) to accommodate Step’s dollars. Rangers would probably like a 2 way, which Zucc doesn’t.

  18. Nice to see Moore back, he will be good for this team, IMO. And very classy by NY to bring him back after what he’s been through. I read about his wife’s illness and death before, but I never knew they tried to bring him back in January.

  19. Has anyone seen any single tweet/article/sneeze by anyone who is inside of the hockey world about MDZ even being available for trade?

  20. he sucks, therefore he should be traded for something good, ilb. and if they throw in Boyle, Pyatt, Powe and Asham they should be able to get a couple of first-liners and a No. 1 draft pick.

    With Walter’s special mustard, no problem flying Larchmont, coos.

    BTW, nobody commented on the Fog giving that piece of cooke Clarke the finger in the photo a few posts down.

  21. Nope, ilb, not in legitimate news, only wildly speculative. But Zotts is making just under 3M and is an RFA after next year, and will, of course, ask for large. I think it’s make it or break it for him in ’13 -’14.

  22. Old Foggy doesn’t have to worry. Worst thing could happen, his finger gets gummed. Unless Clarke skates away and calls in Schultz, as was his habit

  23. And then there was Jimmy Two Times, who got that nickname because he said everything twice, like…

  24. Not sure if anyone mentioned it, but NYR faceoff win % should improve with Moore around…

    Also, he is a PK specialist…

  25. Reminds me of Toronto fans a few years back when every one of them was trading Nazim Kadri left and right. I’m pretty sure the management is happy now they didn’t listen.

  26. 3C – I thought he got that name for buying the paper everyday, then forgetting he bought one and going out to buy another.

  27. Czechthemout!!! on

    Ilb

    Kadri is a half a year wonder. It just so happens that it was the most recent half season. MDZ is also a one year wonder. Difference is, MDZ had his best year three years ago. We need a real PP qb who preferably is a right handed shot that can actually get his shot to the net and can carry the puck into the zone. Shattenkirk can, MDZ can’t. If he is available and we can trade MDZ, the most logical player, for him, I do it. And I actually think MDZ’s game will come around without the lunatic coach yelling at him publicly.

  28. Czechthemout!!! on

    Carp

    Kevin Shattenkirk
    Defense
    Born Jan 29 1989 — Greenwich, CT
    [24 yrs. ago]
    Height 5.11 — Weight 193 — Shoots R
    Selected by Colorado Avalanche round 1 #14 overall 2007 NHL Entry Draft

    Its from Hockeydb.com

  29. Real nice move to bring Dominic Moore back; I remember being bummed when he was traded!!!

  30. Shattenkirk just signed this month with StL for 4 years, $17 million. Why in a million years would they want MDZ in his place?

  31. Czechthemout!!! on

    Ilb

    Why would it matter if there was any tweet about MDZ being available or not? Sather is very secretive ,as is everyone that works for Dolan. Did we know about the Kristo trade? No! And when Gross mentioned that Gabby maybe on the market, many people on this blog, including Carp, laughed it off. So the bittom line when it comes to trades and Sather is, yu never know what his mind is concocting at any given moment. Scary thought,no?

  32. Czechthemout!!! on

    Coos

    Dont know that they would. Just speculating about what it would take. Brian Lawton thinks he is available. He happens to have good insight from his being an agent and a GM.

  33. _so if lundqvist wants more than that than I will lose respect for him because if lundqvist wants to win a cup than he shouldn’t want to take the rangers to the cleaners._

    Nope. Owners are the ones who put artificial constrictions in place, its not up to the players to sacrifice against it. No more than you should take a 20% paycut for the sake of your company’s quarterly financials.

  34. _And I actually think MDZ’s game will come around without the lunatic coach yelling at him publicly._

    I don’t know that yelling was the problem, more that Torts had a player type (and that type was defense first, second and third) and he tried to mould every player on the roster into that. Worked a lot, didn’t work for a few guys, MDZ (and Wolski) right at the top.

  35. Think both McD, Moore, and MDZ will more offensive minded next season? Yes. But MDZ can’t recover.

  36. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Again, with the lack out toughness throughout the line up, you have to trade d men for forwards/picks so…

    Mdz to stl for Stewart or picks, not shattenkirk

  37. If Kayne West’s kid, North West, married Irving Berlin, she’d be Northwest Berlin.

  38. CCCP, that was funny. It says it was made in 2011, if so the guy who wrote the lyrics is a prophet.

  39. Rangers are deep enough in D, but needed a scorer. Trade MDZ for nice pick and use the money to grab Grabovski – proven scorer and AV type.

  40. Stranger Nation on

    In related news, Sather has signed Clayton Moore, Dinty Moore, and Dennis Moore of M Python fame to AHL contracts.

    when asked why he plafully flicked his cigar ash and laughed, “the moore the merrier!”

  41. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Jordan Nolan filed for arbitration, I would sign him in a heartbeat. I hope the kings walk away from the award and we sign him

  42. Players rarely make it to arbitration though.
    2011, only Shea Weber out of 21 players actually had a hearing

  43. LB looks at the team’s current cap status:

    http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/rangers/rangers_re_sign_hagelin_falk_khNPADvOLCRgvY0cqztSzJ

    Filing for arbitration essentially assures that MZA will be on their roster next year since no team can walk away from arbitration award unless a player is awarded over $3.5M per year. Not happening in this case. After signing Stepan the Rangers will have no wiggle room left once the summer allowance is over. They can use LTIR exception ( Callahan, Hagelin) if they think both or either will not be able to play for 24 days or 10 games. But not much after that. I believe they will have to make some salary dumping moves.

  44. Matty "HopeNashIsMonsterInYear2"Boy on

    ILB, don’t know about you, but I am SO pleased they held onto washed up-no foot speed-missed assignments every shift-drop passes to the opposition–small–out of shape–head case–Richards.

    Great way to dilute your team, kill morale, and spend $6,7M under tight cap limitations.

    BUT, Sather has a chance to redeem himself in the 1 out of 1,000,000,000 chance that what we saw last year was not where Richards is truly at now.
    Good for him.

  45. That was a mistake on their part, Matty. And if they can’t buy him out next year because he isn’t fit to play during the buy out window, it may be devastating. They have too many core players to resign after 2014-2015. Not to mention, haven forbid, some of the young guys may be ready to step in and won’t because of cap issues.

  46. JamesG- see my post at 7:54am. Nolan is staying in LA. Teams can’t walk from arbitration unless a player is awarded over $3.5M per year. Nolan is coming off the minimal league salary number, I believe.

  47. They will be strapped after signing Stepan. For sure. By my crappy math they have just enough to get Zuccarello and Stepan in, as long as Powe and Asham end up mostly off the books in the Minors.

    The scary thing is that Rask contract. He has 1 year of starting track record. I know he was a _terrific_ backup before that but, come on. That’s a whole bunch of monies for a whole bunch of time. I can only imagine what Hank thought when he saw that.

  48. Rob in Beantown on

    I think Rask is the real deal though. If I were a Bruins fan I’d be happy with the signing. Lundqvist has been better for longer, but he’s also older, so that might dampen some of the enthusiasm of giving him a big long contract. I do think Hank gets slightly north of $8M per year for the full 8 years.

  49. Totally agree, Rob. Rask is legit and elite. I hope you’re right about the age. I was just concerned about the track record.

  50. Either Dolan balked at the big Richards buyout or Sather didn’t have the nerve to ask, hoping against hope that everything works out. Can’t imagine that his responsible lieutenants advised this.

  51. Fat Guy- You cannot find yourself at the Chatterbox. You might, however, find yourself at a mental health facility.

  52. Matty "SatherShouldHaveKnownBetter"Boy on

    Yes, Manny and Rob, but Tukka is nowhere as established as Hank. Hank is the best goalie in the league, perhaps world right now. He’s got to be thinking he deserves a ton more than a possible ‘flash in the pan’ goalie on a great defensive team.

    Hank is our team.

    What’s that really worth??

  53. A few months ago, a few of youse guys were comparing good websites to use, to buy authentic but cheap jerseys.

    Can anyone remind me what those sites were?

  54. Matty "SatherShouldHaveKnownBetter"Boy on

    And the scary thing is, I mean the really scary thing is….do you saddle your team with $8.5 to 9M per year for 8, as so many of these long term deals go south, OR do you trade for a slew of draft picks and a better than average goalie, like a Miller, Schneider (well, he’s gone, but you get the point)?

    Chicago has won 2 of the last 4 cups with a slightly better than average goalie, not the absolute best. Then again, they have a great team in front of him. We don’t.

    Regardless, I play devil’s advocate, but I hope we are able to keep him long. He is our team.

    It’s a tough decision. Lucky we have a seasoned GM.

  55. Sather didn’t buy out Richards because Slats believes his best shot at winning one last Cup is with BR in the lineup. He could care less about potential salary cap hell because it will be Jeff Gorton/Doug Rosebrough/Jim Schoenfeld/Mark Messier/Insert Name who will be the GM who will have to clean up Sather’s mess.

  56. I think it was more simple: Sather thinks Richards will be better than he was last year and that there was nobody affordable who could have replaced him next season, nor anybody worth spending the extra cap space on, and that it’s not that big of a gamble to keep him. So they will buy him out next June.

    They will need his dollars to sign Callahan and Lundqvist next summer, and to improve the team (cap going up).

  57. if it wasn’t for the injury part of the equation it’s the right move. Lets all pray Richards doesn’t get hurt seriously. All I can think of is the hit he took from kaletta last year, oh vey.

  58. And that’s true, Carp. Richards will be better. Still a gamble. Still horrifying. Still have to buy him out next available opportunity.

  59. in a way it might turn out as a blessing that Richards wasn’t bought out because sather would have thrown stupid money at some other free agent that would have turned out to be a bigger disaster.

  60. bull dog line on

    to me the Moore signing was silly. you already have a better player in Boyle who plays the same role. unless the intent is to trade Boyle, the Moore signing was needless.

  61. Carp.is there any possibility that Sather might have one of his infrequent brain storms and if the Blue Jacketst don’t resign Gabby bring him back with some creative accounting?

    He would be a productive second line RW which we need desperately and if he could be had reasonably would add much needed scoring ability.

  62. But the Boyle + Moore pairing is an upgrade over how the bottom of our roster looked last year. There are worse things than redundant penalty killers who can take faceoffs.

  63. I gotta believe signing the Sedin twins is in the plans for next offseason, that’s where dumping Richards comes in.

  64. bull dog line on

    2.7 mill for penalty killers and face offs. if there were no salary cap, I would be fine with it. buy there is a salary cap, and 2.7 for guys who do the same thing is foolish.

  65. Gravy, Just Gravy on

    bull dog, I know you Boyle pigeonholed as a C, but he is a wing on this current roster. He can take a faceoff when needed. He will be on with Moore when they have a 1 goal lead with a minute left to play.

  66. Gravy, Just Gravy on

    Also, last year’s team proves that it is good to have more than one player capable of winning faceoffs.

  67. _You only need 1 PKer on the roster?_

    Right. The less time Callahan and Stepan have to spend killing off penalties, the better. Functional specialists are kind of cool.

  68. I’m with The Doctor. Eff the Sedins. I don’t want them.

    I thought you needed 4 PK’ers and then 2 guys that could fill in just in case a PK guy takes a penalty.

  69. bull dog line on

    like I said, no salary cap I’m fine with it. moving Boyle to the wing makes the team better? I don’t agree. he played wing for a handful of games this season, and was OK. Moore is not an improvement on Boyle as the 4th line center. you have downgraded.

  70. But what if you look at it as Moore + Boyle versus Boyle + Powe? I’d call that a bump up. Its not like “oh S, now we have a dude like Abdelkader on the 4th”, but its an incremental gain.

  71. Gravy, Just Gravy on

    Even if Moore is equal to Boyle, or a notch below, Boyle is an upgrade over Asham/Powe/Pyatt.

  72. Gravy, Just Gravy on

    It depends on length of contracts, but a top two of Sedin-Sedin-Callahan and Kreider-Stepan-Nash looks pretty.

  73. _the best penalty killer on every team is the goalie._

    Agreed, but that’s sort of why I think its important to keep the top 6 guys off the PK. Capable bottom 6ers eating those minutes effectively in front of Hank lets you come out firing post kill. (Subtitled: I sort of still miss Freddie Sjostrom)

  74. Re: Zucc arb

    I think the Rangers actually can walk away from the ruling based on:

    A team can walk away from an arbitration decision in specific instances:
    * the arbitration was player-elected (which would be the case with Zuccarello. If the team elects arbitration with a player, they cannot walk away under any circumstances).*
    * the arbitration award must be for 3.5mm/year or more
    * the term (in this case the team selects the term, since the player took them to arb) must be one year.
    – if the team elected 2 years, they can walk-away from the 2 year, but it reverts to a one year deal, so they’re still stuck for the upcoming season.

    CBA 12.10 Walk-Away Rights for Player-Elected Salary Arbitration. Paragraphs a) and b)

  75. bull dog line on

    I don’t see the benefit of spending 2.7 mill on 4th line centers who don’t score. they did not need Moore. are you OK if Moore forces them to dump Boyle? because I am not. and I have felt Boyle is going to get traded for awhile now.

  76. Bull dog: Knowing AV likes to specialize, I’m not seeing why Moore isn’t a logical add. A 4th of Boyle-Moore-Dorsett is exactly what you’d expect him to want in terms of defense and PK ability. A guy like Fast(h) or whoever would have made the team a little bit cheaper doesn’t fill that role.

  77. Would be nice if they could move Pyatt out of the glut of bottom 6 forwards then.

  78. _Would be nice if they could move Pyatt out of the glut of bottom 6 forwards then._

    Yeah, I like Pyatt more than most people here but the more I put together lines, the more he looks like #13 or a non-fit.

  79. Rob in Beantown on

    Fat Guy, I actually tried to answer you above but my comment is stuck in moderation and Carp hasn’t approved it yet. I think the filter thinks its spam because of all the links

  80. Gravy, Just Gravy on

    CTB, those seem like “and” criteria more than “or” (it must be player filed AND $3.5M or more), but it could just be the way it’s worded.

  81. King with no Ring on

    The Rangers should aim for versatility on their roster.

    While a PK specialist that cannot do anything else well or a faceoff specialist that cannot do anything else well (Boyle) have value for a team that is close to winning a Stanley Cup, versatility and depth are keys to building a Stanley Cup contender.

  82. Rob in Beantown on

    The websites I always hear are good are
    icejerseys dot com
    sportsk dot com
    rivercitysports dot com

    I don’t know if they’re cheap but they’re supposed to be good quality. Avoid the NHL online store because they use cheap plastic customization and are overpriced relative to what you get

  83. Rob in Beantown on

    Then there are the Chinese sites, but I don’t like the quality on those as much

  84. Sports K can have some great deals, as does River City. NHL.com will do the authentic customization as well.

    In the interest of saving time, and if geographically it’s an option, the NHL store will send out a jersey to get it stitched (in store they do a heat press of twill numbers), since customized jerseys online can take a while to process and ship.

  85. Rob in Beantown on

    I haven’t tested this, but you could also buy a blank premier jersey online for relatively cheap and then take it somewhere locally to get customized yourself.

  86. Rob in Beantown on

    Saying a goaltender needs to be your best PKer is a cop out answer. By that logic, team defense isn’t important either, you just need to have a good goalie. Obviously, team defense and PK are still important because even the best goaltenders get scored on when there are breakdowns.

  87. Sorry bull dog. Just teasing. Bad mood today.

    I would love to get rid of Pyatt. He is the most one dimensional player on the team.

  88. _While a PK specialist that cannot do anything else well or a faceoff specialist that cannot do anything else well (Boyle) have value for a team that is close to winning a Stanley Cup, versatility and depth are keys to building a Stanley Cup contender._

    I don’t really get this. Is there a pre-roster you build before jettisoning off some players for specialists, and we’re in the pre-roster stage?

  89. I just hope that who ever ends up killing penalties that they continue holding hands on the edge of the crease like last years team did. So effective and fun to watch.

  90. I just make my own Jersey’s. Buy a pack of Hanes v-Necks, buy a Sharpie, buy some shoelaces. Write the name and number on the T-Shirt. Lace the shoelace through the V-Neck and BOOM. Jersey/Sweater.

  91. Is that because real jersey/sweaters are too big and bulky to fit in your itty bitty condo?

    (Been a long time since one of those jokes, huh?)

  92. don’t know why Sather hasn’t traded zuccarella’s rights for a pick unless no one wants him and if that’s the case why do the rangers want him.

  93. MZA feels more like a “why not” guy you attach in a 3 for 1 sort of deal versus a guy you get a pick for.

  94. Because Zucc has shown in the limited playing time he was given in 3 years that he can be a reasonably productive middle 6 forward. For a team that’s been as offensively starved as the Rangers in recent years that’s not a bad thing to have.

  95. Henrik is going to sign a $5MM per year deal to show that he really wants to win, Carp. That plus Richards plus the cap going up will let us bring in old, half-ice twins.

  96. oh please!!! no sedin twins, enough of the 30 and over has been players getting paid to much money.

  97. Thanks to Rob, CTB and everyone for those sites.

    Now I just have to hope they have XXXXL

  98. Just factoring out the logic.. Your goalie is your best pk guy so you shouldn’t spend on guys that can kill penalties…BUT you only need an average goalie to win a Cup because its the players that get the job done in front of him..yeah Im definitely missing something

  99. Good Memory, The Doctor!

    I actually moved into a 1 BR about 3 weeks ago. I’m living in the lap of 650sq ft luxury!

  100. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Carp
    I’m disappointed, thought sure you would see my Moops post last night

    James G
    Glad you caught it

  101. Congrats. We moved out of our 750 sq ft (same layout, I imagine, plus a 2nd 100 sq ft bedroom) a couple months back. If we hadn’t had our daughter, that would have been plenty forever.

  102. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    ILB
    I’m actually the one who started the Nolan thing, I didn’t know if they couldn’t walk away if under 3.5

    I agree with salary dumps, hopefully they dump the hobbit along with two of OPG/Staal/mad bomber/Stralman

  103. i just don’t see zucarello on this team given the cap issues… i have never thought he was any good 5 on 5, but agree he’s very effective on the pp. i just don’t know if it’s worth the space that could allow us to put a kid in that spot for a guy who doesn’t really add much at even strength

  104. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    If we sign both sedins, u guys better be prepared to have John Scott, parrots, and westgarth on the team.

  105. “When you smile.
    And when you walk
    Across the room
    You make my heart go
    Boom-boom-boom
    Let it all hang out.”

  106. Tony, don’t search out other articles unless you want to feel worse. They had bought their dream condo right in Boston and she was headfirst into renovations when it all went bad.

  107. “Jackie Wilson Said”

    Not necessarily making the case for Zuc but if we could move our power play into the middle third of the league instead of the bottom third, we win a few more games and don’t have to sweat late March so much.

    That would be nice.

  108. Mr. D, i dont see either Henrik taking less $$ than Clowe or Clarkson or Horton … Or anywhere south of $7m. & if he only wants to win there are other teams closer.

  109. And, devastating power plays help greatly to negate the goons and the cheap shot artists. PP lions make leopards tame.

  110. The Sedins should be paid as one person. In fact, what if the NHL had inserted a clause in the CBA that said you could sign family members to one contract. The Hurricanes could sign all 4 Staals and have them split the money. Incentivise teams to sign people’s siblings. I like it.

  111. CTB, I think you misread what I wrote. Of course they can walk away, but either way it has to be over $3.5M per year. You think MZA will be awarded more than $3.5M salary? Or Nolan in LA for that matter. MZA is staying in NY.

  112. “I’d love Parros in the Springtime
    I’d love Parros in the Fall
    I’d love Parros in the winter when it drizzles
    I’d love Parros in the summer when it sizzles.”

  113. Rob in Beantown on

    Q: What is the highest scoring pair of brothers in NHL history?

    A: The Gretzkys. Wayne (2,857 points) and Brent (4 points).

  114. Carp, I was just being sarcastic about the notion that Henrik shouldn’t try to max out his contract here or wherever in order to “prove he wants to win”.

  115. Gravy, Just Gravy on

    Sioux tweeted that he had a little over 21k in chips to start day 3. If my math is right, the average stack is about 72k.

  116. _Sioux tweeted that he had a little over 21k in chips to start day 3. If my math is right, the average stack is about 72k._

    So I imagine the first 30 minutes or so are huge for him in terms of getting a little bit of luck and finding a dummy or two overanxious to knock him out.

  117. eddie eddie eddie on

    Commencing countdown, engines on
    Check ignition and may God’s love be with you

  118. bull dog- sorry, couldn’t answer before. The logical choice would be Pyatt. However, I don’t think he is going to be easy to trade and waiving him only saves $925K. Boyle may become the victim of their cap situation. However, considering that Callahan and Hagelin may not come back until November, they will need some reliable players to fill in. They aren’t that deep on defense, and very young. Unless they get a good return for Staal from Carolina, not sure who they can afford to move from their defensive lineup.

  119. Gravy, Just Gravy on

    _So I imagine the first 30 minutes or so are huge for him in terms of getting a little bit of luck and finding a dummy or two overanxious to knock him out._

    With 2 hour levels, there’s not need to hit the panic button too soon, but he’ll need two double ups to get comfortable.

  120. eddie eddie eddie on

    This is Ground Control to Major Tom
    You’ve really made the grade
    And the papers want to know whose shirts you wear
    Now it’s time to leave the capsule if you dare

  121. John Glenn when asked what it was like orbiting the earth, and what he was thinking, replied: “Truthfully, I was thinking about how everything went to the lowest bidder.”

  122. eddie eddie eddie on

    I’m stepping through the door
    And I’m floating in a most peculiar way
    And the stars look very different today

  123. eddie eddie eddie on

    Though I’m past one hundred thousand miles
    I’m feeling very still
    And I think my spaceship knows which way to go
    Tell my wife I love her very much (she knows!)
    Ground Control to Major Tom

  124. One of the funniest & scariest moments i ever witnessed in a lockerroom was Bubba Beck running out of the shower wearing nothing but a blue towel as a cape and singing/dancing karaoke style to the Kinks’ “Superman.”

  125. Gravy, Just Gravy on

    What’s the video e3? I get access to less internet sites than China at work. Need to upgrade my phone.

  126. My story is much too sad to be told,
    “Practically everything leaves me totally cold.
    The exception I know is the case
    When I’m out on a quiet spree,
    Fighting vainly the old ennui,

    I get no kick from champagne.
    Mere alcohol doesn’t thrill me at all.
    So tell me why should it be true
    That I get a kick out of youse?”

  127. Newish daddy, ilb, is no doubt tired of hearing Bowie’s “Ch-ch-ch-Changes.”

  128. eddie eddie eddie on

    Eight miles high and when you touch down
    You’ll find that it’s stranger than known
    Signs in the street that say where you’re going
    Are somewhere just being their own

  129. If you were a hot dog, what kind of condiments would you put on yourself? #AskBrodeur

  130. How many family get togethers have you ruined by either marrying a relative’s wife or eating all the food? #AskBrodeur

  131. Do you think you would play better if the cup was handed out filled with poutine? #AskBrodeur

  132. Rob in Beantown on

    Would you say pound for pound you are the best goaltender in history, or worst? #AskBrodeur

  133. Rob in Beantown on

    Whoa. My *smart* phone just said Ilya Kovulchuk is retiring from the NHL

  134. Rob in Beantown on

    Kovalchuk isn’t 35+ so no recapture? Does anybody know how the CBA works?

  135. I’m sure Lou orchestrated this and is going to trade Stephen Gionta for Crosby.

  136. how does that work, he retires this year, than decides to come back next year and resigns with the devils, WTF!!!

  137. Rob in Beantown on

    Can he play in the KHL? Don’t the NHL and the KHL have an agreement not to poach players?

  138. Doodie Machetto on

    I still maintain Kovalchuk would have been a better signing than Richards. No Kovalchuk/Richards > Richards.

  139. Doodie Machetto on

    I may be wrong on this, but I believe that if he tries to come back to the NHL at some point during what would be the term of his current contract, the Devils would have the right to enforce his contract.

    They would also have the right to prevent him from playing in Russia this year due to the non-poaching agreement between the KHL and the NHL. It does not sound like they will enforce that right.

  140. I wonder what lou has up his sleeve because the devils just got worse but that have clowe :-).

  141. Doodie Machetto on

    I guess Kovalchuk really couldn’t stand another year of Marek Zidlicky.

  142. Carp

    why is my comment awaiting moderation? it had “hell” in it and again it gets blocked lol

    anyway… im shocked to hear about Kovalchuk… crazy news… i guess all the scoring burned falls on Clowe now LOL

  143. Doodie Machetto on

    This is amazing. My friend that’s a Devils fan is just beside himself.

  144. Holy!!! News has reached Israel. What?? Why?? Devils going to be very aggressive next year in FA.

  145. maybe there is more to this than meets the eye like the devils couldn’t afford to pay him anymore. I think the devils are in financial ruins.

  146. Doodie Machetto on

    tommy, they won’t be fighting for the lottery because they have to forfeit their pick next year…because of the Kovalchuk signing.

    This is too good.

  147. Gravy, Just Gravy on

    Carp, why under the table? Couldn’t they have just bought him out last week?

  148. Doodie Machetto on

    Carp, why wouldn’t they have him play longer, then? There’s no reason to do buyout “hanky panky” at this point. If they felt, “OK we need to buy this guy out,” they still had another year to use an amnesty buyout, at which point they could have done hanky panky. No reason to do it now.

  149. maybe Lou will have kovy “hired” as a “scout”
    so the $$ goes off the books while kovy still gets his
    $$

  150. Gravy, Just Gravy on

    I don’t think that he would do the Devils a favor by accepting less.

  151. Gravy, i don’t know if they could have afforded to buy him out. This retirement is a blessing & a miracle for a financially strapped organization. Just sayin’ it doesn’t pass my smell test.

  152. What I read on tsn supposedly is that he wants to be with his family in Russia so I guess he will go and play in the khl. Than again it wouldn’t surprise me one bit he comes back and plays in the nhl in a year or two and signs with a contending team.

  153. carp, I agree, this has something to do with the devils financial problems, no doubt.

  154. Gravy, Just Gravy on

    Agreed something is fishy. I assume even if he decides to come back that he wouldn’t be able to before his Devils’ contract expires, right? If so, they should lose another pick for circumvention.

    Glad to see the CBA is helping the smaller market teams.

  155. eddie eddie eddie on

    this is marty, your afternoon DJ at WMEAT, give me a call to request a song at 1-800-eat-beef

  156. Jersey boy, ex-#NYR No. 1 pick D Bobby Sanguinetti leaves ‘Canes for KHL RT @Sangs2224 Excited to join @hcatlant for the upcoming season.

    biggest news of the day

  157. Well, if you had to choose between Russia and Newark…

    lol Gravy, i did…. and i chose Brooklyn in the early 1980s.

  158. people acting like this was some shrewd move by Lamoriello are missing that this is a cash grab by Kovalchuk, right

  159. Rob in Beantown on

    Mike Colligan @MikeColligan
    If Kovalchuk had played 5 more seasons (age 35), he would have earned $56m ($11.2m/yr) and left #Devils with a $3.7m cap penalty for 7 years

  160. A looper, you know, a caddy, a looper, a jock. So, I tell them I’m a pro jock, and who do you think they give me? The Dalai Lama, himself. Twelfth son of the Lama. The flowing robes, the grace, bald… striking. So, I’m on the first tee with him. I give him the driver. He hauls off and whacks one – big hitter, the Lama – long, into a ten-thousand foot crevasse, right at the base of this glacier. Do you know what the Lama says? Gunga galunga… gunga, gunga-lagunga. So we finish the eighteenth and he’s gonna stiff me. And I say, “Hey, Lama, hey, how about a little something, you know, for the effort, you know.” And he says, “Oh, uh, there won’t be any money, but when you die, on your deathbed, you will receive total consciousness.” So I got that goin’ for me, which is nice.

  161. Rob in Beantown on

    Yeah, people are acting like it’s a shock, but when you think about it it really isn’t. He gets to be in his home country, closer to his family, _and_ probably make the same amount if not more money

  162. gregm_oldsection403 on

    Carp,

    SO, “the Devils will be charged $250,000 against the NHL’s salary cap each season through 2025 as per the league’s CBA” because Kovy retired.

    Only $250k?

    How come Richards’ hit would be so much more if he retired? IS that because Richards is older at 33?

  163. can someome explain to me if richy retires before his deal is up the rangers get hit far worse then the devils only getting hit on cap charge of 300k over 12 year which is 3.6 million.

    anyone know why that is

  164. getting paid a comparable salary in the KHL which is actually more money because of the tax structure and the increased purchasing power where he’ll be living. plus he’s closer to the family and will be a mega star that opens him up to more endorsements than he’d ever get here.

  165. And, 13% flat tax…

    It’s a no brainer for him…

    But, we have a lockout sooner now…

  166. Carp – a Cash Grab is when you go in that plexiglass booth and someone turns the blowers on and cash flies all around you and you *grab* as much as you can.

    It’s very similar to a land grab.

  167. bill daly said if devs terminate the cntract which they will kovy is a UFA and can play in khl next fall and play for russia in olympics

  168. We need ilb or another CBA expert to explain. But i think if Richards retired now his recapture penalty would be a lot less than if he retired in the last 3 yrs when his salary is only $1M but cap hit $6.67M.

  169. I never like Kovalchuk, always a selfish player. I’m glad the rangers didn’t sign him, not to mention Kovalchuk is a 1 dimensional player, doesn’t want to play defense, just wants to hog the puck, skate around and score. When you look at this he really screwed the devils. They lost parise and a #1 pick and other draft picks and players.

  170. That is correct, Carp. But also, if Rad Bichards retired then he would be over 35.

  171. I don’t think that’s true about Kovalchuk, Tommy. The guy logs a ton of PK minutes.

  172. Oduya with his name on the Cup.

    Kovy with his name on retirement papers.

    Great trade!

  173. Gravy, Just Gravy on

    You can’t really blame Kovalchuk for the Devils losing their first rounder. That was the NHL penalizing the Devils for an unwritten rule.

    You can make an argument for Parise, but they signed Kovy to the extension knowing Parise would be a UFA the next year.

  174. Rob in Beantown on

    Dmitry Chesnokov @dchesnokov
    SKA will announce Kovalchuk’s signing tomorrow, per @plysenkov, wanted to do it today.

  175. Well it certainly seems like the Debbies squirmed their way out of some financial trouble. To repeat other’s sentiments, this stinks to high heaven.

  176. someone please i am so cofused explain to me diff btwn richy retiring now or in final three years vs kovy today for recapture penalty

  177. manny, just because Kovalchuk log allot of penalty killing minutes doesn’t mean he was committed to playing defense. The only thing kovalchuk had in his head killing penalties was to get a breakaway.

  178. Rob in Beantown on

    He’s leaving the Devils money behind but he is getting a new KHL contract and likely improving his quality of life by playing in Russia

  179. yea, I think it was a mutual feeling, kovalchuk wanted to go to Russia and be with his family and play in the khl and the devils ownership wanted out of that contract, problem solved.

  180. Isn’t it some form of tampering for the KHL to be negotiating contracts with a signed NHL player?

  181. I can see ovechkin definitely going next, especially after the comments he made during the lockout.

  182. When those guys see the absurd money that Kovalchuk will get….oh man. Between the Russian muff (that’s not dirty, it’s just cold there and you have to use a Muff) and the money. Those guys are going to bolt.

  183. Gravy, Just Gravy on

    If/when Kovy and others signs for more money in the KHL, I wonder how Bettman is going to feel about his cost certainty.

  184. Well Lou sounds pretty pissed over at Gulitti’s Fire & Ice blog. So either he’s a good actor or this took him by surprise.

  185. Kovie just did the Devils a huge solid. And I don’t mean that kind of solid. They would have had zero choice but to buy out that contract after next season, and frankly, they cant afford to. He did them a huge favor, he just could have timed it better although the NHL and NHLPA could have cried foul if he’d done it during the allotted buyour period. this may have been entirely deliberate by all parties from the get-go. kovie says – “I want out” the Devils say “fine we’ll buy you out but you’re never playing anywhere again”, and they work this out.

  186. If the Devils terminate his contract aren’t they still stuck with recapture penalty?

  187. Gravy, Just Gravy on

    Manny, they could have blocked him from playing in the KHL, but they wanted out from the contract.

  188. Don’t get all over me, Gravy! I can still ban you from the beard contest. (Just kidding. I never gave myself that kind of power for that exact reason)

    I’m just talking about the negotiating aspect. I imagine Russian teams are also calling Ovechkin, Malkin, Nabokov, etc. etc. etc….

  189. Gravy, Just Gravy on

    I’d never, Mannu.

    I just don’t think they want to make a stink because they’re pretty much getting what they wanted. Even though the timing could have been better.

  190. Interesting how Kovalchuk chose to announce this 1 week after most free agents signed. Wonder if Clowe and others wouldve signed with Devils knowing that Kovalchuk wasnt going to play for them.

  191. carp, lou should be pissed, probably would have resigned Clarkson and now there stuck with the clowe, who is slowe and doesn’t score any goals.

  192. In (relatively) simple terms, the cap recapture penalty spreads the total amount a team has benefited from years where salary>cap hit over the remaining contract term.

    At this point, the Rangers have “benefited” by more than $10m on the Richards deal (as his deal was so front loaded) and he has seven years left. The benefit amount would rise further over the next four years and the remaining term (obviously) diminishes, which would make the annual penalty rise.

    The Devils had only benefited by less than $5m on the Kovalchuk deal to date because salary<cap hit in the first two years (the really big money only kicked in last year). Plus the deal had a lot more remaining term to spread it over, so the annual charge is pretty low.

    It would've hurt the Devils a lot more (cap wise) had this happened a few years down the line. So I doubt Lou Lam is quite as upset by the timing of this as he might be.

  193. Mysterious disappearing text…

    That should say:

    _The Devils had only benefited by less than $5m on the Kovalchuk deal to date because salary was actually less than cap hit over the first two years of the deal (the really big money only kicked in last year). And there was obviously a lot more remaining term to spread the benefit amount over._

  194. Do they still have to pay $250k until 2025 if they fold as a franchise before then?

  195. Or if you really want a conspiracy theory, both sides knew from the start this was actually a three-year deal, with now being a mutually beneficial time financially for both sides for him to leave.

    (A theory that doesn’t really stack up, given the loss of draft picks, the non-playoff team losing its best player and the recapture penalty not existing when the deal was signed.)

  196. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    How much wood could a woodchuck chuck, if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

    Sally sells seashells by the seashore.

    Bugs black blood
    Bugs black blood
    Bugs black blood.

  197. Big Lou’s Kovalchuk Lament

    “We used to have good times together
    But now I feel them slip away
    It makes me cry to see love die
    So sad to watch good love go bad

    Remember how you used to feel, dear
    You said nothing could change your mind
    It breaks my heart to see us part
    So sad to watch good love go bad

    Is it any wonder that I feel so blue ue, ue
    When I know for certain
    That I’m losing you-ou-ou-ou-ou-ou-ou.”

  198. Lou pulls another rabbit out of his hat. I don’t believe he didn’t know about this one.

  199. “You look like an Angel
    Walk like an Angel
    Talk like an Angel
    But I got wise
    You’re the Devils in disguise.”

  200. Wonder if Kovalchuck is selling the 20,000 sq ft compound he built in Bergen County…

  201. Matty "SatherShouldHaveKnownBetter"Boy on

    Take it from me, FWIW, and trust me on this, Kovie leaving the Devils was a relatively mutual thing. They are not a team that works well with a super star, feeding him the puck and looking for him, catering to his defensive mistakes, etc.

    By the same token, he was offered more money, wanted it and wanted to be assured that he would actually get paid. Hence, Russia, where his relatives and friends are.

    There is no hidden motive here but the above.

    The Devils are missing payments and the NHL is bailing them out. It is not a good scene there. The public has not been informed of how bad it really is. The ownership issue is a big problem.

    Don’t be surprised to see their other ‘key’ people leave the organization, too. Seriously.

  202. Rob at the Jersey Shore on

    Jeremy Roenick @Jeremy_Roenick
    Hey Ilya hope u live comfortably in Russia w the money u made from the 23 million u stole from the devils Again I’m right in my analysis

  203. Rob in Beantown on

    JR – “w the money you made from the 23 million u stole from the devils”

    lol

  204. Rob in Beantown on

    I don’t see how Kovy “stole” $23 million, he played for the years he was paid, got the Devils to the ECF, and his contract was *not* heavily frontloaded like some. And both sides knew the whole contract would not be enforced

  205. I believe they still have to pay 250k a year. Also the biggest damage I think Kovy caused was potential free agent signings. Potentially praise, and clarkson would have resigned, and who knows who else. Also kovy was the devils biggest threat and one of the most talented players in the league. Overall a big loss in a lot off ways for the devils.

  206. Kovalchuk – I retiring. I go to muzer Russia

    Brodeur – Does this mean i can have your lunch?

  207. The lose one year of play and save like $45MM against next year’s buyout. It’s a big win for the Devils too.

  208. Everyone is jumping ship in NJ… Parise, Clarkson, Kovalchuk… Marty will retire next year most likely… that franchise is going down fast.

  209. Yea the cap space is nice, but I don’t see any free agents on kovy’s caliber in the near future. Vanek would be nice, but the absence of kovy will also be a big hit for players that would have liked to play with him. Just not seeing any upside to this situation at all.

  210. Just a matter of how many years it’ll be before something tops Henrique’s goal. Might be a decade.

  211. ugh….Henrique’s goal is such a huge blow bellow the waist… i still have nightmares!

  212. I ripped my hat and can’t find a replacement, but I feel a little better knowing that’s high water for a long while.

  213. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    I want to thank Eric for texting manny and keeping him in the loop, and manny subsequently texting me and keeping me in the loop. I was going to text cccp to keep him in the loop but apparently lost his number, so….sorry cccp

  214. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    You know who I feel bad for in this whole scenario…clowe!

    He gets traded to the rangers and thinks he might get a chance to play with gabby and gabby gets dealt. He goes to the devils and thinks he gets a chance to play with Kovy, and Kovy retires.

    If we are lucky, clowe gets traded to the pens at some point in the upcoming season and so long Sid !!

  215. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Wonder if kovy’s decision has anything to do with NHL players not being able to play in the Olympics next year?

    Or was that resolved?

  216. Wouldn’t surprise me if OvechCANT follows him at some point. Another playoff elimination or two then he’ll run back home.

    I bet Elmer Fudd is already letting Schneider know to start talking with the ginger freaks over in Vancouver. Bring those two over.

    I really hope the Devils don’t get their 1st round pick back though.

  217. Mertonian Norm on

    Kovalchuck leaving a good wake-up call for the NHL. Just as much money in the KHL, bigger rinks (though not as wide as they have been) so elite offensive players have room to create. No Stanley Cup equivalent yet, but if the league keeps getting stars, it could be a great world club championship in the making, could grow the sport in a way that the U.S. and Canada have been unable to pull off.

  218. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    JR – “hey kovie, the numeration is excluding the determination of the reality”

  219. a kovalchuk sounds like something you trap and make into a winter coat for Mike Keenan’s wife.

  220. Aaron Portzline ?@Aportzline 37m
    #CBJ have not stated it so bluntly, but seems unlikely – at this point – that RW Vinny Prospal will be back next season.

    Wow…I guess they don’t want to bring back their leading scorer. Off to Vancouver for a reunion with Torts perhaps?

  221. I hated how Prospal left NY. He should have never left and Richards should never have been signed.

    Oh well. At least we have Zucc ;)

  222. From Fire & Ice:
    “It’s tough because we gave up a lot to get him with the draft picks and the money and the penalties,” Brodeur said. “The organization did a lot for him to be in the position he was and he felt a certain way and I’m sure it wasn’t an easy decision to go through with it. It’s one thing to think about it, but to go through with it, that’s a different ballgame.”

    Bwaha!!

  223. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    When your son is your nephew’s sister’s brother – what’s up with that? #ask Marty

  224. how many bites does it take to get to the bottom of the family bucket from KFC? #AskBrodeur

  225. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    When the moon in the sky is a big pizza pie, is that amore? #ask Marty?

  226. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Which subway line would you eat if trains were food? My bet is the F train! Would I be correct? #ask Marty

  227. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Have you ever dreamt of eating the garden thinking MSG was good in Chinese food? #ask marty

  228. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    If you were really hungry, which borough would you eat first? #ask Marty

  229. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    What continent would go best with a nice bottle of Chardonnay? I’m thinking Europe, yes? #ask Marty

  230. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    What building would you eat first, Empire State Building or Sears Tower? #ask Marty

  231. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Which former coach have you wanted to roll in butter and eat the most? #ask Marty

  232. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Which in-between period meal is most important to your success? #ask marty

  233. Eddie3, please lay off Marty, pretty please… Methinks, NHL = National Harrumph League, a Confederation of Dunces, hopefully the Russians will compete for our players some day. Their disregard for statistics is legendary and their scouts have the money to flaunt. It is only a matter of time.

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