Guest blogger: George Grimm … Catching up with Barry Beck


The Big Guy

By George Grimm

My father used to call me whenever the Rangers made a big trade, so on the night of Nov. 2, 1979 the phone rang and I heard him say two words: Bar-ry Beck, stressing each syllable for emphasis. Pop was happy. So were a lot of other Ranger fans. The Blueshirts had finally gotten the big physical defenseman they needed and perhaps the player that would lead them to the Promised Land.

Beck had been the Rockies’ first-round pick in the 1977 amateur draft (second overall behind Detroit’s Dale McCourt). He scored 22 goals in his rookie year and finished second to the Islanders Mike Bossy in the Calder Trophy voting that season. The next year his stature around the league grew and he was selected to play in the Challenge Cup series against the Soviets. It soon became apparent to all that at 6-3, 215 pounds the 22-year-old Beck had the size as well as the skill to be the big physical defenseman the Rangers needed after being manhandled by Montreal’s Larry Robinson in the Stanley Cup finals the previous spring. Beck became a highly sought after commodity since there were other teams looking to beef up their blueline as well. Luckily though for the Rangers, GM Fred Shero’s offer of Pat Hickey, Lucien Deblois, Mike McEwan, Dean Turner, Bobby Sheehan, cash and future considerations (Bobby Crawford) was enough to make Colorado GM Ray Miron pull the trigger on the deal. And so 10 games into the 1979-80 season Barry found himself headed to Broadway in one of the biggest deals in Rangers history.

“When I heard I was traded to the Rangers I was shocked,” Barry told me recently via email. “The previous week I had talked with Colorado GM Ray Miron about the rumors of me being traded. He assured me I would never be traded. There had been talk of our team moving to New Jersey. I guess this was the beginning of it. Since the Rangers were in town when the trade was announced I just moved from the home dressing room to the visitors and played two nights later. It wasn’t easy for me, plus Colorado won, I think 7-2.”

The pressure was on Barry from the moment he became a Ranger. He responded by scoring the game winner in his MSG debut, crashing into the crossbar in the process. In 61 games that first season Barry scored 14 goals, 45 assists with 98 PIM and led Ranger defensemen with four game-winning goals.  Barry welcomed the leadership role with the Rangers and was named captain on Feb. 4, 1981, a position he held until his retirement in 1985.

“There is pressure for everyone in New York to perform”, Barry said. “I personally love that part of the game. It means you have to be at your best every night. That’s what it is all about. Sure maybe there was a little more on me but that was fair. The Rangers traded five players for me so it was expected.”

Over the next few seasons Bubba established himself as one of the league’s dominant defensemen and was named to the NHL All-Star team in 1980, 1981 and 1982.

Bubba was among the most popular Rangers of his day. He shared the Frank Boucher Award (Most Popular Ranger) as voted by the Rangers Fan Club with Nick Fotiu in 1983-84. Beck was also honored for his work with children and charities with the Toots Shor “Crumb Bum” Award in 1982 and was given the Good Guy Award by the local media in 1981. He was also named the Rangers MVP as voted by the media in 1981-82 and 1983-84.

Injuries however kept Beck from becoming the final piece of the Rangers Stanley Cup puzzle. Because of his bruising style of play, Barry’s body took a beating, especially his shoulders, which were a constant problem beginning in the 1981-82 season. In the 1984 playoffs he suffered a separated left shoulder that he never really recovered from when checked into the boards by Pat Flatley of the Islanders. He then reinjured the same shoulder in the first game of the 1984-85 season and again at the end of that same year. In 1985-86 he missed 45 regular season and 16 playoff games with a separated left shoulder. It was that injury and the way it was handled by coach Ted Sator that led to Beck announcing his retirement at the age of 29. Mark Pavelich and Reijo Ruotsalainen also left the team that season after disagreements with Sator.

“Ted Sator got the Rangers to the semi-finals before losing to Montreal…that’s pretty good I’d say,” Barry explained diplomatically.

“Myself, Mark and Reijo all left for different reasons. I was injured and had worked hard to try and get back in the lineup. My shoulder was not 100 percent but I thought I deserved a chance to try and play. We were down 2-0 to Montreal heading back to the Garden. I asked Ted about playing the third game at the Garden. I thought I could give the team a much needed boost of energy. Ted told me he would talk it over with our team doctor. I was pumped when I went to the game thinking about the possibility of playing. When I got to the Garden the trainer told me I would not be playing. ‘God damn it!’ I thought. I was pissed. I thought, ‘okay Ted talked to the doctor and they agreed on what they thought was best.’ When the doctor came in to the dressing room I asked him ‘Did Ted talk to you about me playing?’ He answered, no, Ted did not talk to him at all. So that was it. I said ‘bleep you, you rotten bastard.’ Not to anyone, just myself. I thought I deserved that chance. Ted did not talk with the doctor and obviously that did not go over well with me. Mark and Reijo left because they didn’t respect him and wouldn’t play anymore for him.”

Beck returned the next season after Sator was fired and replaced by Michel Bergeron. But he dressed for only 25 games and retired at the end of the season. He attempted a comeback in 1989-90 with the L.A. Kings but found that he couldn’t contribute the way he wanted and retired for good at the end of the season.

For the past eight years Beck has been the general manager of the Hong Kong Academy of Hockey in Japan.

“Friends of mine play in a men’s tournament here every year. They contacted me and told me someone was looking to start an academy here. I was looking for someone else for them…I was already busy running youth programs in Canada. When they invited me to Hong Kong and told me of their vision and strategy for hockey in China I wanted to be a part of it so here I am. All of our programs are on our web site We really try and cater to local kids at the grass roots level. We have a primary school league, high school league all while training up to 400 kids a week. It ain’t easy!”

Overall in 615 NHL games with the Rockies, Rangers and Kings, Barry scored 104 goals with 251 assists and 1,016 PIM. in 51 playoff games he scored 10 goals, 23 assists for 33 points with 77 PIM.

Barry enjoyed the best years of his career in New York. The fans loved him and he loved them right back.

“I loved playing in New York.” Barry remembered. “There is nowhere else that has the adrenaline rush like the Garden has. NOWHERE!”

George Grimm is the former publisher of Sportstat, The Ranger Report and columnist for the Blueshirt Bulletin. He currently writes the Retro Rangers column for and is working on an oral history of the Emile Francis era New York Rangers.

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  1. nice job – Beck was my favorite player during those early years of watching the Rangers. Ted Sator really screwed things up, huh? Beck, Pavelich and Rexi were some of their top players. Sator also demoted VBK & Larouche to the minors. Not hard to believe he never got another head coaching job in the NHL.

  2. bull dog line on

    nice article. the Rangers did not lose in 79 because Robinson manhandled them. Robinson, in fact was awful in the series, and was booed a few times for bad give aways. Beck, was a very underrated Ranger.

  3. Rob in Beantown on

    It’s not like the desire to evict MSG was a secret. If they need to move and Dolan loses his $1B investment it’s his own fault, really

  4. Hate to interrupt the love fest but….the Rangers signed Yale Goaltender Jeff Malcolm yesterday?

  5. Manny – Malcolm must have something. He denied the Sioux a trip to the frozen four last year. Let’s see what he can do in Hartford. Maybe he is for real.

    Hartford doesn’t have anyone dominating the game down there do they?

  6. Rob in Beantown on

    It’s no problem Manny. I’ll DM you an address where you can send the royalty checks

  7. I’m very excited about that signing, Sioux. Really. I thought the kid looked phenomenal in the Frozen Four tourney.

  8. I can still taste the Verp in my mouth when we lost the game in overtime to go to the frozen four, because of him. That’s the thing about college hockey playoffs any goal tender at any given time can stand on his head and steal the game.

  9. Thanks George! Great read, loved that team. Those damn Islanders ruined everything.

  10. Malcolm shut down the Gophers the day before, now that was “Pure JOY” as I’m sitting in a bar deep in Gopher territory watching the game . Laughing on the inside, careful to be quiet because I could have ended up a rag doll after the place went deafly quiet. Ha.

  11. MSG forced to move is weird, I’ve never thought about the possibility I guess. It’s present location is all I’ve ever known.

    Perhaps Messier can rent them space in his new rink.

  12. It’s not square and it’s not a garden. Like the Holy Roman Empire, which was not holy, not Roman, and not an empire.

  13. Those politicians who voted against the Fighting Sioux moniker should be impeached, re-called, tarred and feathered and then placed in protective custody!

  14. Rob in Beantown on

    Sioux, I think the reason is because Penn Station is an embarrassment to the city and they finally have some support to fix it. And MSG just happens to sit on top on Penn Station so fixes to Penn Station can’t happen without impacting the Garden. As of right now, the needs of millions of commuters are taking priority over the needs of Dolan/Rangers/Knicks fans, but I wouldn’t be surprised if that changes before all is said and done.

  15. Rob in Beantown on

    A historian once bluntly assessed Penn Station’s two incarnations as follows: “One entered the city like a god, one scuttles in now like a rat.”

  16. After putting $1B of improvements in the building that’s been there “forever”, the politician want to move it……. don’t tell me….. are the Democrats in charge over there :)

  17. Coos – that is a great idea. I’m still scratch my head how that happened. That right up their with “You have 10 years to move the Garden”.

    If you ask me the NCAA board of “Governors” are all hypocrites. Take the name away from one school, what about the other 20+ schools??? No pick on a small school and prove a point. Who are these people – do they still have their jobs?

    I’ve lived my entire life in ND. I’ve met hundreds of native Americans (if not thousands) lived miles from them, went to school with them – never have a met one that was “offended” by the name. Not one!

    The “Board” didn’t even have the stones to meet with the Leadership of the Tribes, not 5 minutes to even hear them speak. I guess they are from a different state that “knows better” like in Indiana.

    Not starting a rant, but that was an epic fail by so many people on both sides.

    But it’s like this – EVERYONE loves the logo that we are not allowed to wear on our Jerseys. I’m playing in the WSOP and a native came up to me and wanted to buy the shirt off my back. There is a lot of Pride that comes with the Name, the Logo, the history, the tradition.

    But thanks for caring :)

  18. A billion dollars and still the worst ice in the NHL. Boston and Chicago put us to shame. I seriously doubt the billion dollar number, and I think they will move across the street to 9th Avenue and take half of the Post Office which wants to downsize. Dolan only awaits enormous tax benefits, which is why he doesn’t publicly complain about the 10 year deadline.

  19. Well stated, Sioux. Even here in NY, I am deeply troubled by this pansy-azz injustice.

  20. Coos – if its all about the ice then they have move it, and build it like the Ralph. Now that’s a HOCKEY Arena. You should fly over for a game, I find us some seats next to the glass or in the bar :)

  21. Are you the only person that thought of hot dogs and not the other Weiner when you heard about Anthony Weiner? #AskBrodeur

  22. Gozer the Traveler. He will come in one of the pre-chosen forms. During the rectification of the Vuldrini, the traveler came as a large and moving Torg! Then, during the third reconciliation of the last of the McKetrick supplicants, they chose a new form for him: that of a giant Slor! Many Shuvs and Zuuls knew what it was to be roasted in the depths of the Slor that day, I can tell you!

  23. I would guess in 10 years, he will get another 10 years to move it. Who demo’s a Billion Dollar Building?

    New York must have more money than North Dakota. No wonder your state is in the “Red”.

  24. Janine, someone with your qualifications would have no trouble finding a top-flight job in either the food service or housekeeping industries.

  25. Manny – put the book down. Back to reality. How do you “move” MSG…. on brick at a time?

    I’ve moved a house before. We had to raise power lines, widen a few approaches, and drive nice and slow.

    I’m thinking how do you move MSG …. put it on its side and roll it down the street :)

  26. You have been a participant in the biggest interdimensional cross rip since the Tunguska blast of 1909!

  27. Rephrase: Maybe the Rangers can just move to Brooklyn, play in the Barclay’s Center and displace the Islanders to Kansas City?

  28. Gee, I think all I got is acetylsalicylic acid, generic. See, I can get six hundred tablets of that for the same price as three hundred of a name brand. That makes good financial sense, good advice…

  29. I’m givin’ this whole thing as a promotional expense, that’s why I invited clients instead of friends. You havin’ a good time, Mark?

  30. Hey, this is real smoked salmon from Nova Scotia, Canada, $24.95 a pound! It only cost me $14.12 after tax, though.

  31. Ted! Annette! I’m glad you could come, how you doin’, give me your coats. Everybody, this is Ted and Annette Fleming! Ted has a small carpet cleaning business in receivership; Annette’s drawing a salary from a deferred bonus from two years ago! They got fifteen thousand left on the house at eight percent.

  32. Foghorn Leghorn on

    They already, I say, they already yanked MSG from my favorite suppers, so who’s to say, I say, to say they can’t yank it from above Penn Station? Pennsylvania, that is.

  33. Rob in Beantown on

    The west side stadium space or across the street at the post office seem like good bets. If they have to move I’m sure the city will give Dolan sweetheart financing, there will be way more luxury boxes, higher ticket prices, and they will continue to make money hand over fist.

    I bet they don’t wind up moving though. Just have a feeling they stay put.

  34. Rob in Beantown on

    The fact that Weiner is a goalie explains a lot of why he’s such an eccentric deviant

  35. Rob in Beantown on

    They should put the new Garden where Grand Central is now, since you can’t build a new MSG without destroying a national landmark

  36. Boneheads – where will Miller fall on the depth chart of Boyle, Pyatt, Zucc, Kreider, Pouliot, Moore, Kristo, & Lindberg.

    Even at a 100%, I don’t see him starting Varsity this year.

  37. Hagerstown MD Rangers fan on

    Nice write up on Barry Beck. He was my favorite player during the early 80’s. Was definitely a scary dude on the ice. One of my favorite Beck moments is when he jumped over the boards and beat the snot out of Paul Baxter of the Penguins. Another fun moment was the playoff melee or brouhaha if you will against the LA Kings in 81. He sucker punched Chartraw and opened him up with one shot. Not too many people wanted any part of Beck. On top of all that he was a pretty good hockey player.

  38. I think Beck falsified his birth certificate. At nineteen, he looked 35. I think his real age at retirement was 45, not 29.

  39. Amazing how many friends develop sudden debilitating injuries just as you’re about to move.

  40. James Patrick was my favorite Ranger defenseman, before Leetch.

    Looks like he joined Ruff in Dallas yesterday.

    My partner remembers being a rink rat, running around picking up pucks in practice that would go over the glass, filling water bottles, cleaning up after the boys when they played for the Sioux.

    When the Rangers drafted him, that is the day I became a Ranger fan. Very much like Kristo in July :)

  41. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Great write up george, thanks!

    I don’t care if mza signs for 1 mil or 10 mil, as long as he isn’t another midget on our team.

    I think you guys are undervaluing Pouliot. He is going to be everything some of you though pyatt was gong to be. He will add scoring, skill, and some grit and can play on about any line

  42. Yosemite Sam on

    I say he is easily the dumbest, rudest, lewdestest tootin’ bastage to ever step foor in this here city! Why I have a mind to go put a hurtin’ on him for what he did!

  43. I have to agree, Wick. I really like the Puliot signing. Of course, I also liked the Pyatt signing. So my credibility is negligible at this point.

    Bel Biv Deveaux for 4th line Banger!

  44. Wicki – I’m not. He’s the 4th overall pick in ’05, and scores 30 pts a year. I think Pouliot jumps ahead of Kreider, Boyle, Pyatt, and the train of youth behind them.

    Now about the short guy…. if he scores he STAYS.

  45. Bovada bookmaker Olympic Hockey opening lines:

    Russia 11/5
    Canada 9/4
    Sweden 4/1
    USA 6/1
    Czech 17/2
    Finland 10/1
    Slovenia 900/1

  46. Yosemite Sam on

    Dern you Foghorn! I got this one here. I don’t need some silly, no good, flap-jacking, clown wheeling Turkey joining my cause!

  47. Pouliet – only 5 Ranger forwards scored more than him last year. Just saying.

    With 8 years of playing PRO hockey, he jumps ahead of all the youth. So I’m not sure it is #MillerTime or if we will be cooking with Kristo right away, or if the Hobbit is going to get a full time gig with the Rangers.

    Clean slate with a new coach. Everyone will have to earn their stripes this year.

  48. I would bet on the Rangers at 25/1 and I would bet on the USA there. We have the best goaltending tandem and best defense. We probably have _enough_ scorers up front in Kane and Parise.

  49. So the Rangers send 8 players to Camp to play for their country in the 2014 Olympics. Did any other team send more?

    The Sioux program for Womens hockey sent 7 ladies to play for their country. Not bad.

  50. My favorite year was 40-1, right before they signed Richards. That got me 2 games away from the Finals.

    I guess we are getting better on paper.

  51. I have a feeling he is going to pull a “Grimaldi” and get 2 goals in the Gold Medal game and “steal” the show.

    But then “I got a feeling” was just on the radio.

  52. Foghorn Leghorn on

    I love, I say, I love Oshie. Wonder if we could hock, I say, hock him from St. Louis, MO. Missouri, that is.

  53. Rob in Beantown on

    The Penguins are sending MAF to a “sports psychologist,” for real. Did you guys hear about this?

  54. You’re also an incredibly positive person, Sioux.

    That’s great, Rob. I hope it’s the same one A-Rod saw. That worked out so well for him!

  55. Rob in Beantown on

    Maybe the whole Rangers roster should see one now that Torts is gone, in case he gave them any long term psychological damage (s)

  56. Torts reminded me of one of those half demented schoolmasters from a Dickens novel. Beat the kids with a large stick, humiliate them publicly, then tell them he does it all for their own good.

  57. moderation? oh, oh. I quoted an English novelist with a bad last name. Hint: Oliver Twist. Please, sir, I want some more.

  58. Rephrased: Torts reminded me of those half-demented schoolmasters from British literature who would beat the kids with a large stick, humiliate them publicly, then tell them he did it all for their own good.

  59. Now that the Devils have Jagr, the Rangers are in trouble. Jagr could score as many as 14 goals, making NJ an offensive juggernaut that cannot be stopped or even contained.

  60. He could call himself Mick Jagr and perform until he’s 75. Gotta have sympathy for the Devil.

  61. does a bell ring on Carp’s laptop with a flag that reads: Offensive Post. Offensive Post. Your attention is Needed.?

  62. I’d like to comment on the comment request, but I can’t make a current commitment.

  63. The Farley Post Office across from Penn Station is a national landmark built in the same style as the old Penn Station, not a chance in hell the Garden gets that spot. The West Side Railyards are, even as we type, undergoing a huge construction project, no chance there. My guess, if the Garden gets moved, it’s to the current site of Chelsea Piers which is involved in a big fight with the city over who has to provide maintenance to prevent the whole thing sinking into the Hudson. They’ll default on their lease, the city will offer the site to MSG cheaply, throwing in shoring up the pilings (worth millions) and Dolan will jump (and maybe drown). Just think of the visuals. MSG on the Hudson.

  64. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    I don’t hate the hobbit at all, I like him. To me it’s just between him or Hagar (not both) with the way this roster is constructed. Hagar is signed so hobbit must go!!

    I have the same feelings on the d men, I don’t hate the mad bomber, Staal, Stralman, or OPG, but the way this roster is currently constructed, 2 must go IMHO!

  65. Wicky – I’m wondering the same thing.

    With Pouliot coming in his stats are above Boyle, Pyatt, and Moore. So you would think he is going to make the team.

    Then we have Kreider, Zucc, Kristo, Lindberg, & Miller.
    Which on maybe two will play, depending the the shoulders of others.

    But who sticks with the Varsity? Who has to pass through waivers, we know Asham & Powe passed, so you have to think they are going down and out, unless one of them pulls a Boyle and earns a spot back on the team.

  66. Rob in Beantown on

    LMAO aneirin, it’d be funny if MSG destroyed old Penn Station and then for good measure destroyed it’s architectural twin 40 years later

  67. The Farley PO is 90% empty and the plans are for half of it to be an Amtrak Station, connected to Penn Station. What does anyone do with a humungous 100 year old, empty property, 2 blocks long in mid Manhattan? Let it sit there? It has been proposed, but not decided, that MSG could get approximately half of the property.

  68. LOL Manny’s on fire walking the thin line between a plethora of Ghostbusters quotes and solid hockey convo.

    Wanna know Jagr’s favorite quote from Ghostbusters Manny? The one his agent uses about his availability:

    Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. No job is too big. No fee is too big!

  69. I’ll donate 10 bucks to the cause of displacing the Islanders btw. Kansas City should have a team called the ribletts. They fit the mold

  70. I can see the post headlines now “Rangers slow cook KC 2-1. Brassard with OT goal”

  71. ‘Now you go through Saint Looey
    Joplin, Missouri,
    and Oklahoma City is mighty pretty.
    You see Amarillo,
    Gallup, New Mexico.
    Flagstaff, Arizona –
    Don’t forget Winona,
    Kingman, Barstow, San Bernandino.

    Get your kicks
    On Route 66.’

  72. Weiner Schnitzel on

    We’ve got the right to choose and
    There ain’t no way we’ll lose it
    This is our life, this is our song
    We’ll fight a 1000 legions
    Don’t pick our destiny ’cause
    You don’t know us, you don’t belong

    We’re not gonna take it
    No, we ain’t gonna take it
    We’re not gonna take it anymore

    Oh you’re so condescending
    Your goal is never ending
    We don’t want nothin’, not a thing from you
    Your life is trite and jaded
    Boring and confiscated
    If that’s your best, your best won’t do

  73. Weiner Schnitzel on

    Answer: With his wang out.

    Question: How does Anthony Weiner take selfie pictures with his iPhone?

  74. Happy Friday guys , gals, and inept politicians!! Enjoy the weekend knowing it gets us a little closer to hockey time.

  75. Twitter@ NHL: team Sweden to rely on strong goaltending and defense” who the flock do they think they are? The Rangers ? Maybe torts is an Olympics coach after all…

  76. Hard to believe that the Mets supposedly spent $400 mil for an entire stadium, head to toe, and Dolan claims he spent 1 billion re-arranging some seats in an already completed building.

  77. Well, -Shea Stadium- CitiField is sinking into the ground because they didn’t put enough support below it.

  78. Some Islanders fan tried to argue with me on Twitter. Here is the exchange

    @MrManager5 21h

    Maybe the Rangers can just move to Brooklyn, play in the Barclay’s Center and displace the Islanders to Kansas City? #msg #nyr

    @NYISLES22 5m

    @MrManager5 the Kansas City Rangers has a much nicer ring to it! Huzzah! #nyr

  79. lists G. Sather as the tenth greatest GM of all time. I’m sure Matty, Olga and a host of others will agree.

  80. 10th Greatest – only because of Gretzky & Co. in Edmonton. That puts him in the top 33%, I could see that.

    His 1 Stanley cup here in how many years? Isn’t going to pull him up the list.

    Got to give him credit for the No Gomez / McDonagh trade with Montreal. Then there’s the Kristo Kid for the half pint Thomas.

  81. Hello from A beautiful and sunny Odessa, Ukraine!!!

    Odessa Mama!! Let’s Go Rangers!!

    PS, PUNKS!

  82. hi Carp!!
    and fellow Boneheads

    been busy with festival time
    All Good
    Pearl Jam in London, Ontario
    then recovery
    (and other stuff)
    so not much time around here

    will catch up soon, especially with this “Shoot the Puck Barry” story. (jpg’s mom will be pleased. he was her favorite)

  83. I have a bad feeling that Debbies will grab Grabovsky,(and more), which instantly will make’em mucho better in the scoring and relentless efforts departments and could turn again, as it happened before, to a harsh contender on the bottom of already tough and highly competitive division. Predicting a major headache for Rangers in their fight at the regular season’s end for the jump to the last car of the PO train.

  84. 4ever – I think we flow into 2nd place in our division. This team is better on paper than last year, and will have more offense with our new coach!

    Besides some of the new blood might surprise you.

  85. If we get some energetic youth out there who can shoot and move their feet (unlike Richards), Nash could have a big year.

  86. I with ya Coos. I’m excited to see what Pouliot & Kristo can bring to the table. How AV can use Zucc & Kreider in an offensive role. This team is going to be faster, with a lot more scoring this year.

    Our defense is pretty solid, with 2 extra’s in line incase of injuries. We won’t need Bickel this year to fill in.

    In Hank we Trust. I still think Hank is at the top of his game.

    This is going to be a Siouxper Season!!

  87. Now …. I’ll walk out on a limb….. I believe that Richards will come to camp IN SHAPE, with something to prove. If he is an elite player, he will return to his old self, score 80-90 points.

    He KNOWS he’s gone at the end of the year, so he is skating for “next” years contract as well.

    The Rangers have Miller & Lindberg ready to replace him with younger/faster wheels. I’m sure they will both fill in over the 102 games we are going to play this year.

    20-1 … this could be the year.

  88. Thanks George. Nice article.

    Beck could have been one of the best ever. The playoff injury caused by Flatley seemed to bother him the rest of his career.

    However, I believe he liked the bright lights of NY hurt him. He was more concerned about having a good time than he was in being a dedicated, hard working, in-shape player. Unfortunately he is one of many that the trappings of NY makes one forget how they got there.

  89. jpg- awesome lineup. So far this spring we’ve seen DMB, Volbeat, Soundgarden and Black Keys with Pearl Jam’s North American tour right on the horizon.

  90. Sioux, your enthusiasm always fires me up.!

    I’m hoping for an improvement in special teams. That would be huge. It would be nice to be a real threat on the pp but I’ll settle for middle of the pack.

  91. bull dog line on

    just finished watching the highlights of USA, Canada 3 game series in the 96 World Cup. that was great hockey. watching Richter play in that series makes me see how far Hank needs to go to be considered as good as Richter was. and check out who the back up goalie was for Canada.

  92. Richter is my favorite, but if Henrik stays healthy, continues to play great, wins a cup, TBD.

  93. Tee it up, Buttercup! As they say about gossip at the supermarket on the Bronx/Pelham Manor border, “Keep it in the Fairway!”

  94. WOW! Blake Wheeler gets 6 years, 33 mil plus from Winnipeg. Rangers trying to force Step into a bridge deal? He will be seriously dismayed by that option.

  95. I saw that too. That and several other contracts this July have to make him wish he never said ” I want to stay a Ranger”

  96. Totally different situation, folks. Wheeler was an arbitration eligible RFA who would become a UFA in a year. So they essentially bought 5 of his UFA years. No to mention you probably need to overpay people to stay in Winnipeg. Stepan is coming off his ELC, and has 4 years until he becomes an UFA. So it’s either 2-3 year contract, so they still hold his rights, or 6-7 year to buy a couple of his UFA years. The latter contract would have to be at higher numbers than former.

  97. ilb, thanks for breaking it down. Do you think other contracts have any bearing on his negotiations?

  98. Rob in Beantown on

    ESPN VP talking about why they don’t talk about hockey on ESPN:

    _It’s a sport that engenders a very passionate local following. If you’re a Blackhawks fan in Chicago, you’re a hardcore fan. But it doesn’t translate to television, and where it really doesn’t transfer much to is a national discussion, which is something that typifies what we do._

    _Baseball fans are interested where Albert Pujols is going. NBA fans are interested in the Miami Heat. For whatever reason, and this is my unsubstantiated research on it, hockey doesn’t generate that same kind of interest nationwide. You look at national talk shows. Hockey rarely is a topic. People in Boston aren’t that interested with what’s going on with the Blackhawks._

    Discuss? I think ESPN confuses organic national conversation and national conversation that it manufacturers, e.g. Tebowmania

  99. SeeeDubbb- hard to say. You could probably find some similar situations, but it bears very little relevance anyway. The Rangers are very tight in their cap space, so may have no choice but “bridge” him for 2-3 years. I do not think it’s bad to do that, they’ll still hold his rights. Except he’ll be very close to UFA then, so they may have to pay a bit more eventually.

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