Rangers announce additions to coaching staff


From the Rangers:

NEW YORK, August 14, 2013 New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has named Scott Arniel as the team’s new Associate Coach, while former Rangers Ulf Samuelsson and Daniel Lacroix will re-join the team as Assistant Coaches.

Arniel, 50, brings 13 years of professional coaching experience to the Rangers’ bench, which includes serving as Head Coach for the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets for 123 games.

The Kingston, Ontario native joins the Rangers after spending one season as Head Coach of the American Hockey League’s (AHL) Chicago Wolves, where he posted a 37-30-5-4 record. He has compiled a 218-136-21-21 record for a .604 winning percentage as a head coach in the AHL, including four seasons with the Manitoba Moose from 2006-07 to 2009-10. In 2008-09, Arniel guided the Moose to the Calder Cup Finals after posting franchise records with 50 wins and 107 points to finish atop the AHL standings. He captured the Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award that season as the AHL coach of the year.

Arniel previously served as an Assistant Coach with the Buffalo Sabres from 2002-03 to 2005-06, and with Manitoba from 2000-01 to 2001-02.

Prior to joining the coaching ranks, Arniel appeared in 730 NHL games as a player with the Winnipeg Jets (1981-86; 1990-91), Buffalo Sabres (1986-90), and Boston Bruins (1991-92), registering 149 goals and 189 assists for 338 points in 11 seasons. The left winger was originally selected by Winnipeg in the second round, 22nd overall, in the 1981 NHL Entry Draft.

Arniel also recorded 14 points (seven goals, seven assists) in 25 AHL games with the Maine Mariners and New Haven Nighthawks in 1991-92, and 460 points (194 goals, 266 assists) in 530 International Hockey League contests with the San Diego Gulls (1992-94), Houston Aeros (1994-96), Utah Grizzlies (1995-96), and Manitoba Moose (1997-99). He split the 1995-96 season with Houston and Utah, beginning the campaign as a player/assistant coach with the Aeros. He went on to win the 1996 Turner Cup with the Grizzlies.

Samuelsson, 49, joins the Rangers’ bench after spending the last two seasons as Head Coach of the Swedish Hockey League’s (SHL) Modo Hockey, where he posted a 38-15-16-41 record. He guided Modo to a playoff appearance in each of his two seasons with the team from 2011-12 to 2012-13.

Prior to joining Modo, Samuelsson spent five seasons as an Associate Coach with the Phoenix Coyotes from 2006-07 to 2010-11. During his tenure, the Coyotes posted a 198-173-39 record, and advanced to the playoffs on two occasions (2009-10, 2010-11). In 2009-10, he helped guide Phoenix to franchise records with 50 wins and 107 points. The former NHL defenseman was instrumental in developing the team’s core defensemen, including Keith Yandle, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, and Zbynek Michalek.

Samuelsson began his coaching career in the AHL as an Assistant Coach with the Hartford Wolf Pack in 2005-06, serving alongside Head Coach Jim Schoenfeld and Assistant Coach Ken Gernander. The Wolf Pack advanced to the Eastern Conference Semifinals following a 48-24-0-8 campaign.

A veteran of 16 NHL seasons, Samuelsson appeared in 1,080 career games as a player with the Hartford Whalers (1984-91), Pittsburgh Penguins (1991-95), New York Rangers (1995-99), Detroit Red Wings (1999), and Philadelphia Flyers (1999-00). Originally selected by Hartford as a fourth round choice, 67th overall, in the 1982 NHL Entry Draft, he registered 57 goals and 275 assists for 332 points, along with 2,453 penalty minutes and a plus-172 rating. Samuelsson is a two-time Stanley Cup Champion with the Pittsburgh Penguins (1991, 1992), and skated as an NHL All-Star in the two-game Rendez-vous ’87 series against the Soviet National Team.

In four seasons with the Rangers, Samuelsson registered 14 goals and 46 assists for 60 points, along with 475 penalty minutes and a plus-19 rating in 287 regular season games. The Fagerstad, Sweden native has also represented Sweden in several international competitions, including in the 1998 Winter Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan, and with the silver medal-winning team in the 1990 IIHF World Championships.

Lacroix, 44, joins the Rangers’ bench after spending six of the last seven seasons in the NHL as an Assistant Coach with the Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Islanders. He served three seasons each with Tampa Bay (2010-11 to 2012-13) and Long Island (2006-07 to 2008-09) and advanced to the playoffs on two occasions, with the Lightning in 2010-11 and with the Islanders in 2006-07.

Prior to joining Tampa Bay, Lacroix spent one season as an Assistant Coach with the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League (AHL) in 2009-10. He helped guide the Bulldogs to franchise records with 52 wins and 115 points to finish atop the Western Conference standings. Hamilton advanced to the Conference Finals that season, where they were eliminated in Game 7 by the Texas Stars.

The Montreal, Quebec native began his coaching career as an Assistant Coach with the Moncton Wildcats of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) for four seasons from 2002-03 to 2005-06. During his tenure, the Wildcats posted a 172-77-21-12 record and advanced to the President’s Cup Final on two occasions (2003-04, 2005-06), including an appearance in the 2006 Memorial Cup Tournament. In 2004-05, Lacroix also served as Moncton’s interim Head Coach midway through the season, compiling a 8-8-4-1 record through the final 21 games of the season, and leading the Wildcats into the second round of the playoffs.

Drafted by the Blueshirts as a second round choice, 31st overall, in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft, Lacroix appeared in 188 career games over seven seasons as a player with the Rangers (1993-94; 1995-96), Boston Bruins (1994-95), Philadelphia Flyers (1996-98), Edmonton Oilers (1998-99), and New York Islanders (1999-00). The left winger registered 11 goals and seven assists for 18 points, along with 379 penalty minutes, including four points (two goals, two assists) and 30 penalty minutes in 30 games with the Rangers.

In addition, Benoit Allaire will remain with the team as the Rangers’ Assistant and Goaltending Coach. Allaire will begin his 10th season with the Rangers coaching staff after being named to the post on July 15, 2004.

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  1. They announced that today? Maybe Sather just found out today, seems like old news?

    They will probably announce Gaborik to Columbus trade later this week.

  2. That’s funny Rob.

    “Why don’t you just tell me the name of the movie you’d like to see”

  3. Thanks, ilb, for the clear info. What bugs me is that, via lobbying, both the NFL, the NHL, and the PGA are all considered non-profits, giving them enormous tax breaks. If that were reflected in ticket prices, I could accept it. As is stands, it’s profane.

  4. Good afternoon all!

    ilb, belated kudos on the CBA post, even though my head is still spinning.

    Will be so happy to see Ulfie back on the bench! I always had a thing for him and met him a gillion years ago at a team event. Not wanting to rush summer’s end, but can’t wait for Go Time!

  5. I’m liking the depth of the coaches behind AV. 2 heads are better than one. Now there is 4 heads.

    You would think with that amount of experience, they will figure out how to coach a power play to score….. just saying :)

  6. With Ulfie’s playing experience and coaching under Tippet our Defense just got better on paper!

    Can’t wait to count the number of shutouts the King has this year. I’m thinking the over/under number is 8, and I’m going with the over :)

  7. Rob if we get anymore coaches on the ice, you would think the Fathers are going to start coaching their kids again. Ha.

    It reminds me of our “elite” grizzly team. 15 players – 10 coaches. Gotta love summer hockey.

  8. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    First of all, hello all!

    Great great post ILB.

    I like the hiring except for arniel, he makes me nervous with his past experience with brassard because I think brassard is vital to our success this season.

  9. Is Arniel really necessary? Who needs so many -interns- Asst. Coaches? Why is Vigneault such a nutjob about his science of coaching/training/sleeping/eating/dating/living/etc…….

  10. Cross Check Charlie on

    Geez, Manny. Training camp hasn’t even started and you’re already complaining about how AV coaches? Can’t we even give him one day of actually coaching first?

    Manny teams have an associate coach. Just because Arniel had a little tiff with Brazzard in Columbus doesn’t mean that they can’t get along in NY. Shoot, it wasn’t even Brazzard that complained. It was his agent, who has a reputation for having a big mouth.

  11. I like Manny vs. Many. I do that all the time.

    I’m just not a big believer in the science and advanced stat garbage. I think it’s a viscious cycle of pigeon holing the crap out of your players (particularly your centers) based on defensive and offensive zone starts. I’m not a believer in sleep science and all that jazz. I just want a team that plays hard and wins a cup.

    I am very excited about Vigeanult’s on ice coaching and seeing a more up-tempo system with more offensive minded, defensive positioning. That’s very exciting.

    Just definitely going to make fun of him for having a million -interns- assistant coaches or whatever he calls them around.

  12. Cross Check Charlie on

    I think any coach that is looking for that extra edge is OK is me.

    I don’t care how many assistants they have as long as they get the job done. If the power play improves beyond pitiful then get more assistants in there. :)

  13. Cross Check Charlie on

    From what I’ve read AV is more likely to adapt the style of play to his personnel. With the Rangers team as currently constructed I don’t see how they can play as defensive as they did under Torts.

  14. Cross Check Charlie on

    I would have to think that before Sather and AV hired Arniel they had a good discussion about the former Blue Jackets players on the roster and were satisfied that Arniel and Brazzard could work together.

    If they didn’t then Sather’s more of an idiot than I already think he is which is quite a bit.

  15. Just imagine a power play that was a threat. How many more points would you have at the end of the year. In the playoffs we would have swept the Capitals. I’m hoping that gets fixed by AV and his musketeers, if not, Fire These Clowns.

  16. Cross Check Charlie on

    If they can fix the power play then maybe they can work on world peace next.

    (and not Metta World Peace)

  17. I saw the video interview with ulfie and came away cautiously optimistic . Why not in August all things are possible!!

  18. “Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn (R) is out with the latest edition of an online chronicle of wasteful government spending, and he is taking aim at several of America’s professional sports leagues. Coburn objects to the fact that the leagues are classified as tax-exempt non-profit organizations, even as they rake in millions of dollars in profits.

    The National Football League, National Hockey League, and Professional Golfers’ Association, according to Coburn’s report, could be costing taxpayers at least $91 million a year because of their tax-exempt status, even though they generate billions in revenue, millions in profits, and pay their top executives multi-million dollar salaries:

    The National Football League (NFL), the National Hockey League (NHL), and the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) classify themselves as non-profit organizations to exempt themselves from federal income taxes on earnings. Smaller sports leagues, such as the National Lacrosse League, are also using the tax status. Taxpayers may be losing at least $91 million subsidizing these tax loopholes for professional sports leagues that generate billions of dollars annually in profits. Taxpayers should not be asked to subsidize sports organizations already benefiting widely from willing fans and turning a profit, while claiming to be non-profit organizations.

    The NFL raked in $9 billion in revenue last year and has more than $1 billion in assets, and according to Coburn’s report, it paid eight executives a total of $51.5 million in 2010, including $11.6 million to commissioner Roger Goodell. PGA commissioner Tim Finchem made $5.2 million in 2010; NHL commissioner Gary Bettman made $4.3 million and will reportedly earn nearly $8 million this year.

    The leagues, in their non-profit filings, claim to be promotion vehicles for their sports (the NHL’s mission, for instance, is “to perpetuate professional hockey in the US and Canada.”). These statements have little justification, Coburn wrote, as “major professional sports leagues are hardly in the business of simply promoting the hockey, football, or golf industry. They are in fact businesses — designed to make money.”

    Though they were unmentioned in Coburn’s report, other sports organizations that file as nonprofits have also faced scrutiny. Many of college football’s biggest bowl games, including the Bowl Championship Series, are classified as non-profit charities. After generating $261 million in revenue in 2009, bowl games gave just $4 million to charity. And in 2007, the New Orleans-based Sugar Bowl made $11.6 million in tax-free profits thanks to its non-profit status.”

  19. Amazing Coos…all I have to do is put in a little OT and the powers that be want nearly half!! The”perpetuation” nonsense explains the real reason behind the bs commercials and reaching out endeavors. Not to mention that it gets the leagues future fans!! Makes me sick when I think of ballplayers signing contracts for hundreds of millions guaranteed…

  20. “Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist has one year remaining on his contract with the New York Rangers, and he admits it’s difficult to envision a scenario in which he’s wearing another jersey at the start of the 2014-15 season.
    “The way the organization and fans have treated me and how much I’ve enjoyed it, it’s hard to picture myself playing elsewhere,” Lundqvist told Swedish TV network SVT2 when asked about his future with the Rangers and signing a new contract, according to translations by SVT’s Marie Lehmann via her Twitter account.
    …at least it is nice to hear…

  21. Even if Henrik faltered and fell back in the pack, he well knows that he would receive empathy and respect here. Elsewhere, under that scenario, after signing for large dollars, he’d be toasted.

  22. Coos, the NFL generated $11B in 2011-2012. Gary Bettman’s compensation same season was just over $8M.

    “wonder how many blocked shots, hits, fights, stitches, broken bones, concussions, and surgerys gary has had”. Brandon Prust (@brandonprust8 )

  23. ilb, who is that avatar? They’re so small on here, unless it is a duck or a rooster, I can’t make them out. And I’m working with 20/20.

  24. But, do you still have to pay for the sandwich?

    All Day Bobby Flay
    All Night Mousey Might (dyslexic show)

  25. Top of the morning! No news yet of the blockbuster trade that moves out BR? See ya! Oh, and Philly just topped the orange colors on the Empire State Building…they bought the Derbils? Ciao

  26. More coaches = better in my book. Clearly defined roles and hierarchy. Specialist video coach, powerplay and PK responsibilities already drawn up. Ulfie is going to improve an already good D Corps, hopefully make them a bit nastier too!
    Now if we could get Stepan signed soon and Hank’s extension sorted out thats a good summer.

    Anyone see the Vanek rumour this week? How the hell we would fit $7m under the cap i have no idea, especially as Jeff Gorton’s comments said they don’t plan to use the 110% summer cap.

  27. Where did you see the Vanek trade rumors connected with the NYR, UL? I googled Vanek Rumor and came up empty on the Blueshirt front.

  28. Can’t remember exactly – think it was on twitter somewhere. It said Derbils, Blue Jackets and Rangers were sniffing around and that NYR would have to include Staal or MDZ plus other pieces

  29. Matty "HopeNashIsMonsterInYear2"Boy on

    Word has it an extension is being added to the bench at MSG as we speak.

    AV is considering another important hiring, the ever important manicure coach. He or she will sit alongside the body rub coach, who is left of the trainers helper. That……in zone 4 of the bench area extension. Zone 1 to 3 will be the ‘playing’ coaches.

  30. That’s the attitude, Matty. MORE INTERNS please. This team needs more cooks in the kitchen.

  31. I don’t see any problems with extending Girardi and Callahan to $5-6m deals for as long as they want to stay. The cap will rise over the next couple of seasons, they are already talking about $70m+ for next year so thats a further $6m we’ll have to spend and the increase in these 3 contracts will probably amount to about that (Hank +$2m, Girardi +$2m, Cally +$1.5m).

    Brassard, Kreider and MDZ won’t be due huge raises barring a breakout year from any of them, and chances are Boyle & Richards and possibly Stralman will be gone, freeing up another $10m.

  32. I also think that an attention to detail, making those small improvements all over, be them in player treatment, diet, conditioning, injury recovery, video sessions can all add up to one large improvement on the ice.

  33. I think the rangers are screwed. There already low balling stepan and it appears the rangers organization will try and low ball there 3 other home grown players who will be free agents in 2014. The way I see it is the rangers window to win the cup has passed them by. It’s down hill from here.

  34. Where are you getting that info from, Tommy?

    Can I apply to be an intern, Carp? I would like to be in charge of mustard.

  35. IMO, they never really got to that window. but the team that was headed toward it in 2012, ahead of schedule, has sure been dismantled top to bottom.

    I still like the young core to make a run at some point. But now I don’t like the top end talent at the present.

  36. I plan on learning their recipe and then reproducing that special mustard and having it on hand for all your mustard needs.

  37. AV will have to adjust to ALOT less travel. I could see how he would have to have a rest schedule when you travel in the West. Just imagine the frequent flyer miles you build up playing for Vancouver vs the Rangers.

  38. So if Vigneault uses his frequent flyer miles to get from Game to Game, does that save some Cap Space for the Rangers?

  39. Perusing ancient Westchester Football, saw that the ’73 Harrison team is in the Harrison HOF. Guess who was old #61…?

  40. Good morning, boneheads!

    You’re already in charge of fresh post, Manny.

    Coos- it’s Mark Messier. Last game at MSG

  41. Had we traded for Nash for the 2012 run, I think that would have put us over the top, but you can’t Blame that on Sather. Can you?

    Who is our top end talent?
    Nash (Not in playoffs)
    Gaborik (Gone)
    Richards (nope – not so much- can he bounce back?)
    Lundqvist (Yes – but he can’t score)



    Who IS the “Cream of the Crop” – who rises to the top?

  42. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    I line the idea of trading Staal and/or the mad bomber, just need to get some forward with and grit back in the deal that can play some top 9 minutes.

  43. Deep down I feel we may be surprised, and the unknown goes beyond expectations like 2012. AV could get the whole to perform more than it’s parts.

    Similar feeling with the Sioux. We seem to win Championships with Freshman and the unknowns, more than the #1 Team all season, make the Frozen Four and get “upset”.

  44. Rob in Beantown on

    Would we have been better off in 2012 trading Anisimov’s 10 playoff points for Nash? Especially if Nash had a postseason like last year?

  45. That’s why I think Howzer stopped Sather from getting Nash.

    A better question would be should we have traded Kreider for Nash?

    With Nash, I seriously think, we would have won the Cup!

  46. Sioux – Lundqvist can score. He just wasn’t in the right system for it. Vigneault will let him open it up. Guy is a stick handling genius (S).

  47. Who knows what will happen this year. I think our “parts” may be better at the start of this year than at the start of last season, at least in the third or fourth line and a better D unit as well.

    One thing I take comfort in is that “1994” is much harder to chant than “1940”

  48. Sioux, speaking of work golf, a few years ago I was standing next to a stranger, a fellow golfer, just off the practice putting green at Maplemoor Golf Course, and he was telling his boss that he was hopelessly stuck in an I-95 backup and couldn’t possibly make the morning meeting. Had to smile. :)

  49. How in the world are the Devils worth $320M? That’s about 170% the value of the Coyotes.

  50. Sorry, Coyotes were $170M. But I think a large, large part of that was financed by the NHL and a bunch more by some unheard of financial group.

  51. The Coyotes sold for $170M broken down like this: $85M by the NHL $120M by Glendale taxpayers and only $45M by Renaissance Sports & Entertainment. That sale includes extra money because it’s predicted that the Coyotes are going to lose money for the foreseeable future.

    So they basically sold for $45M. But the Devils are worth $320M? Without Kovalchuk, without Clarkson and with Brodeur retiring. A Bankrupt team. $320M.

  52. Suspect we will eventually find out that Butt Man threw in some “League” dineros and perks to get this deal done. His alternative was to effectively run the team himself.

  53. McDonuts ‘Beginnings’ 3PM, MSG, for all boneheads lucky enough to not have to dance to corporate bagpipes.

  54. Do you go through your day dreaming of knocking someone’s teeth out? Dream no more! “Coat-Check Unlimited” is hiring new interns / assistants! Please send your resume and to thatsmycoatbtch.org

  55. I will certainly make you dance you no good, good for nothing, less than adequate, sorry excuse for a human and/or a grain! I’m gonna pull out these here two shooter and start firing so get to dancin’!

  56. Had to settle for Emeril’s mustard!!!

    It was good, but it doesn’t have the BAM the North Dakota Spicy Horseradish does, not sure there will ever be a better mustard.

  57. Manny I think the $320 Million include all the revenue from the Rock as well. Not just hockey rev. Someone said that arena is the 10th busiest in the northeast.

  58. But lets face it, when you have money to burn, and you want to OWN a professional sports team, does the price really matter? It’s almost as if the owners need a write off or something.

  59. You stupid North Dakotan giving me lies and fibs. First I thought you was telling me the truth but upon further investigation I know you’s a liar. Ain’t no arena called The Rock! I know him to be a bonafide wrestlin’ man!

    I’m a come over there and slap you into a better attitude.

  60. So, the $320M includes ownership of, or profit sharing or, The Rock Revenues generated from things _other_ than The Devils and their team of Ice -addicts- Girls. That’s a bunch of money I guess. Maybe the northeast is just that flush in money and activities.

  61. did any of you read this?? i think its wrong to deny ANY fans from ANY visiting team tickets to the game! Total BS!


    Whether you’re a player on the ice at Bridgestone Arena looking up into the lower bowl, a pedestrian walking down Lower Broadway or a business owner opening his doors to the armies of red-clad fans, it’s impossible not to notice when the Nashville Predators are hosting the Chicago Blackhawks — especially on a weekend.

    Since the Blackhawks’ resurgence began about five years ago — during which time they have claimed the Stanley Cup twice — Chicago fans have not only rediscovered their own team but they’ve rediscovered the attractive party city with the warm weather within their division.

    By droves they visit Nashville for games, at times attempting to take over the arena, and so now the Predators’ business operation is fighting back.

    The Predators instituted two new policies to their ticket sales that could have the added benefit of keeping out fans from the Windy City. First, when individual tickets go on sale on Sept. 7, they will be sold only at the Bridgestone Arena box office.

    Second, when tickets go on sale via the Internet about a week later, those who want to buy tickets for Blackhawks games will also have to buy tickets for a second non-Chicago home game.

    Read More Here: http://www.foxsportstennessee.com/fox-sports-networks/story/nashville-predators/story/Predators-tweak-ticket-policy-to-limit-B?blockID=929559&feedID=3732

  62. Wow. That’s kind of nuts. Especially considering they aren’t winning Cups or anything. It’s just some expansion team with a goalie with an interesting name and an arena with Pee-Ice.

  63. They also don’t win their division, conference or anything else relevant to getting people to come see your team.

  64. Exactly, Manny… who do they think they are? I hope this decision hits Nashville management right back in their faces…

    Imagine, Devils and Isles management will start doing the same thing to Rangers fans?! I don’t think they will, tho or they will go bankrupt but still…

  65. Cap circumvention, plain and simple. Alfredsson palpably gave the league all the info they need to proceed, but they will not investigate? Other teams have lost draft picks for similar chicanery.

  66. So I’m out on the street again and decide to hail a cab meaning to get to the reefer man. Knew I could count on Lester leaping in and trying to highjack the whole deal, says to me that he knows this guy, claims to be an unemployed duke but that don’t mean a thing, problem is he’s probably armed and strong and has trouble in mind but is only a couple miles away on Green Dolphin Street. So turns out it’s this mad monk I met previously and he tells me to meet him around that brilliant corner. Fool that I am, I do it and he gives me the bird again but this time it’s a whole lesson in ornithology. Well I
    sample the book and I’m getting dizzy but man am I groovin high, doing cannonballs and working that song. Time to catch the trane again cause I’m feeling a love supreme and want to go jumpin at the Apollo, can’t do that in Illinois.

  67. ESPN NHL – Flyers captain Claude Giroux had surgery on right index finger (suffered injury on a golf course)

    what a schmuck!

  68. This Giroux news is NUTS. His club exploded? Probably the old “exploding ball” prank gone horribly, horribly wrong.

  69. I call my dad, an avid golfer and golf coach, and tell him about the old exploding club trick and Young Claude. He goes, “Giroux? Hang on” Comes back on the phone and goes…”Yea. I work with a guy named Giroux who used to play hockey and someone in his family plays in the NHL. He said he was good. It must be this guy”

  70. ‘I coulda been somebody instead of a bum, which is what I am. It was you, Charlie.’

  71. Good morning, boneheads!

    Second that, Papa.
    Also, today begins the second part of August. Which means it’s closer to September.

  72. Cross Check Charlie on

    I’m constantly amazed how world class athletes suffer injuries that need surgery and guys like me haven’t had an injury in a lifetime. I’m old and play street hockey, soccer, golf, basketball. I can’t even remember the last time I had a pulled muscle. Giroux needs surgery after playing golf? The only thing I’ve ever hurt while playing golf is my pride.

  73. Sounds like Giroux needs to find his cojones. Worse than getting hurt golfing is having it become public…

  74. If you guys are playing golf today please be careful. Watch out for exploding golf clubs and remember to wear your protecting eye-wear and Teflon golf gloves.

  75. Once, when I was playing golf with my father (which we did a lot), we were closing out a round on a Par 5 Dogleg Right. He drove the ball trying to cut the corner and ended up about 20 yards closer to the dogleg than I did as I pulled my ball slightly. So I hit one shot and I’m not happy with it. I drop another ball and set up. Out of the corner of my eye I see my dad walking ahead of my and off the the right. I try to stop my swing, end up decelerating like crazy, dropping the clubhead on the ball, and just punch it straight right. Well, it nails me dad right above the buttocks and below his lower back (a virtual no man’s land). It hit him hard. He had a bruise with dimples like a golf ball.

    Bottom line, I suck as a son.

  76. True story, about 20 years ago. Was playing in a golf outing with my dad and two cousins in the rain at Willow Ridge. Hit my drive and the driver slipped out of my wet hands and up into a tree where it snapped in half. It came down at me and I put my arms up to protect my face and the broken shaft with the driver head on it stuck in my left forearm like an arrow. Swear to God. A few days later, a guy in Texas was killed like that when a driver shaft went into his chest or neck.

  77. Carp, a while back, when you would post, your post would be highlighted with a gray background. That part is gone.

  78. Good morning all! A belated shout out to ilb for his CBA guest post, even though my head is still spinning.

    And a happy 26th birthday to jpg!!!!!

  79. ?@WhalerWatch RT @Migla: Bruce Ratner just announced that the AHL Bridgeport Sound Tigers will be moving to Nassau Coliseum in New York after renovations.

    That’s the Islanders AHL team.

  80. Bride in wedding dress runs out to fiancee who is standing with buddies on tenth tee at Saxon Woods and says “Are you out of your mind, 200 people are waiting.”
    Guy responds: “I told you, only if it’s raining!”

  81. Gravy, Just Gravy on

    A pirate walks into a bar with the steering wheel from his ship where his zipper should be. The bartender says “Hey buddy, you know you have a steering wheel coming out of your pants?”

    “Aargh, it’s drivin’ me nuts!”

  82. Gravy, Just Gravy on

    I asked God for more money, but I know He doesn’t work that way. So I robbed a bank and asked for forgiveness.

  83. good interview with Ulf Samuelsson yesterday on tca.ca/podcast. its on page 15 of the podcast centre already.

    he talks about the Rangers “D”, Brad Richards, etc.

  84. Yes. They run this league like a 131st Street Stick Ball Tournament. The green Corolla is first base.

  85. Cross Check Charlie on

    I agree with not punishing Ottawa. They did that under the old CBA and a lot of teams did the same thing. Richards contract is similar. It was front loaded assuming that he would retire when the salary got to $1mil.

  86. LMGO, Carp! I remember. Janet looked scared carcilloless.

    CCC- I’d have no problem with that. This was all done before the new CBA was created. Except why do some of the teams have to still pay for the pitiful Cap Benefit Recapture Rule then?

  87. Gotta love all the 90 pound Paulina Gretskys with the 44Ds. Who do, who do you think you’re foolin’? (I’m a consecrated boy, singer in a Sunday choir)

  88. ilb, you have some hockey news?
    *Gorton offers Stepan 2 mil for 2 yrs as key core player
    *Rangers announce AV fired, first pre-season firing in Blueshirts history, bring in Ted Nolan as new coach
    *NYR appeal to Bettman for clemency compliance buyout of BR retroactive to July 2013
    *Sather quits over AV firing, citing lack of freedom to call the shots

    Bring on training camp!!

  89. “Comb your hair, wash your face
    Try to wipe out every trace
    Of all the other days in the week
    You know this’ll be the Saturday
    You’re reachin’ your peak.”

  90. wildplaces – meant to tell you, those jazzelicious magical mystery tours you posted are not only fun, but absolutely boffo writing.

  91. Via Flyers Facebook –

    Help us set a new Guinness Book of World Records for the most people to simultaneously watch paint dry when we paint the lines and logos into the ice at Wells Fargo Center this Monday at 11 a.m.!


  92. Over 10% of ML Baseball players enjoy “therapeutic use exemptions” (amphetamines) (PEDs) for Attention Deficit Disorders, a figure far higher than that of the general population. The NHL has not released numbers.

  93. What do you call 23 millionaires sitting around a TV, watching the Stanley Cup? The Toronto Maple Leafs.

  94. about 20-23 years ago,then devils owner,now dead john “I hate the rangers” McMullen tried to keep rangers fans out of the meadowlands till he realized that if it weren’t for ranger fans they would be playing in front of a lot of empty seats…the preds(and the city) should be happy to get anyone to see the games….

  95. Good evening all!

    Anthony (nee Tony) from AZ apologizes for being absent but sends this message:

    Tell them boneheads I said hi and refresh, refresh, refresh!
    I miss and love you guys!!!

  96. A skeleton walks in to a bar and says to the bartender,

    “give me a beer.”

    “and a sponge”.

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