Official announcement of the Rangers call-up of Dylan McIlrath


From the Rangers:


NEW YORK, December 11, 2013 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has recalled defenseman Dylan McIlrath from the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL).

McIlrath, 21, has registered three goals and four assists for seven points, along with 115 penalty minutes in 24 games with Hartford this season. His three goals mark a career-high, while he established a career-high in points with his sixth of the season, an assist, on November 16 at Bridgeport. McIlrath currently leads the AHL in penalty minutes, is tied for third in the league with nine fighting majors, and is tied for second among Wolf Pack defensemen in goals. He notched a goal in consecutive games on October 6 against Albany and October 11 against Adirondack, including his first professional goal on October 6.

The Winnipeg, Manitoba native was originally selected as the Rangers’ first round choice, 10th overall, in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

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  1. D-Mc should be going out tomorrow night explicitly told not to fight. Last thing you want, as someone alluded to in the last thread, was him to feel like he has to and get popped.

  2. Dubinsky didn’t say that. He said: @BDubi17: NYC here I come! Looking forward to familiar faces and playing in MSG again! I’ll be there with my bells on!

  3. Desperation personified to satisfy the Citizens of Rome seeking a gladiator.

    And lest we forget “Emperor Nero Sather” as directed by the MSG distraction machine!

    More bread and circuses! Have a hot dog !

  4. I answered you once already Lloyd. Dubi said he is out to prove Ranger management wrong for trading him. said he was going to be at the garden with bells on tomorrow.

  5. He’s not going to get popped. Mcllrath is a terrific fighter. AHL has better fighters than the NHL.

  6. @BDubi17: NYC here I come! Looking forward to familiar faces and playing in MSG again! I’ll be there with my bells on!

  7. Manny, are you living vicariously again? Blood lust?

    The Coliseum is littered with the blood of those Sather slaves to satisfy the masses.

    Be in the world not of it! (;)

  8. So, this is when they decide to call up McIlrath?

    I guess it makes sense with Staal gone.

    Hope the kid does well but I’m not expecting much. At least he he tougher than most of the softies on the team. I know he can skate well for big kid. However, his play and decisions with the puck are big questions in my mind.

  9. MLB bans home plate collisions? Hybrid play-at-the-plate? Ump decides which would get there first, ball or runner? Pansification.

  10. having watched most of McIlrath’s fights, all I’m going to say is I hope he picks his spot very well

  11. Hey, kids. Was cleaning out a closet. Found a few copies of last year’s Rangers media guide. Anybody want one before I chuck ’em? If so drop me an email at first come, first served.

    beware, the cover includes Torts, Gaborik and Richards.

  12. Geez Carp, when you ultimately answer someone you need a better writer.

    That was so lame because you know I am not an Islander fan.

    I am a fan however of courtesy which apparently is not too common here when someone asks legitimate questions or poses simple requests.

    Please address these issues forthwith!

    McPeek Jr.! (;)

  13. Let me translate:


    GOTHAM, December 11, 2013 – New York Clowns Association President and World Dominator Dark Sather smoked a cigar at home today and was surprised when someone on his staff (likely an intern) announced that the “club” has recalled defenseman Dylan McDemort, aka MCMONSTER, from the Hartford Puppy Pack of the Amateur Hour League (AHL).

    McDermot, of legal age, has registered three goals and four assists for seven? points, along with 115 POULET minutes in 24 games with that no-name city in Connecticut this season. His three goals mark a career-high (and all-time team high), while he established a career-high in points with his sixth of the season, an assist, on November 16 at another no-name city. McDermot currently leads the AHL in POULET minutes, is tied for third in the league (and immediately first on the Rangers) with nine fighting majors, and is tied for second among Puppy Pack pylons in goals. He notched a goal in consecutive games on October 6 against yet-another no-name city and October 11 against Iraq, including his first professional score after late-night bar-hopping on the night of October 6.

    The maple syrup -sipping native was originally selected behind can’t-miss players like Cam Fowler as the No-Talents’ first round choice, 10th overall, in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

  14. You know what is entertainment? Paying $400-500 or more to sit outdoors ina half empty stadium and watch (sorta) two teams in the bottom half of the worst division.

  15. CARP, how come you didn’t answer any of COOKIE MONSTER’s awesome questions on the chat today?

    He’s always so insightful.

  16. Ode To A Flying Wing

    Take on McDonuts or Take on McTruck
    Go left or right, and lotsa luck
    You go left, you better duck
    You go right, you lose the puck.

  17. I want to go on record that I bet MACBOOK is going to make a big impression and stay.

    Not sure he’ll actually turn this Titanic around, but he’s going to stay.

    I can smell it.

    I can also smell amateur-hour and it seems to be coming from behind the closed-door meeting.

  18. Dubi,
    “I am going to go in there fired up trying to show Rangers management they made the wrong decision.”

  19. POULET,
    “I am going in to the penalty box fired up trying to show Rangers management they made the wrong decision.”

  20. Slats to AV: “Talkin’ trash about me? You want toughness? I’m gonna dump it on you all at once. What’s your next excuse?”

  21. Kenneth at clinchers of '89Flames '94Rangers '96Avs on

    _I am going to go in there fired up trying to show Rangers management they made the wrong decision._

    Nothing you do can prove that the Rangers made the wrong decision. There was no other decision to make.

  22. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    The rest of the dubi quote

    Dubinsky on Thursday: “I’m going to go in there fired up tomorrow night, trying to show (Rangers) management that they made the wrong …
    Retweeted by Steve Zipay

    “… decision trading me and let them know – try to make them feel – like they wish they still had me.”
    Retweeted by Steve Zipay

  23. Dubi is a distant memory, unless he comes back. Then, he’s a current memory. We have no permanent friends, nor do we have permanent enemies, what we do have are permanent interests.

  24. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Ok, so quite honestly I’m nervous as hell about this call up (thanks for the updates ILB and manny).

    I want him to stick up here very badly, I just don’t want him fighting every guy that comes along. I wish we had a heavy here before he was called up.

    He is a big middleweight level fighter, wins the majority of his class level fights, does take some punches tho, so I hope he doesn’t pick the wrong guy right away.

    I think his mobility and offencive skills have improved. He’s fearless, that’s for sure!

    I hope his first fight isn’t like dubi’s, who was knocked out by Luke Richardson.

    Either way I hope he gets a few games at least so we can see what we do or don’t have in him.

  25. I am having a rough night spelling. maybe you guys could look the other way once in a while.

  26. We are bull dog. Happens to all of us. No big deal. We all know you’re a smart regular human being. Don’t worry!

  27. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Dubi shanoobie, shattered shattered

    Some girls – the beginning of the end of the stones – what a lame tour ’78 was….now ’75, that was a good stones tour…

  28. Like to have $20 for every misspelling or typo I’ve contributed. It just sounded funny, NO MANNY!

  29. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    No Gatorade!!!

    No helmet!!!

    No manny!!!

    I don’t like the last one, but “well said”

  30. I wasn’t sure if I was going to watch tomorrow’s game; now, I sure will! Agree that they should have brought Bickel up too.

  31. ‘Some girls like to run around, like to handle everything they see
    But my girl has more fun around and ya know she’d rather be with,
    yeah she’d rather be with, ya know she’d rather be with

  32. If McIlrath doesn’t work out, Rangers bring up Mister Rogers and go with speed. “He loves that cardigan sweater, Joe.”
    “He sure does, Sam.”

  33. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    I wish Hank had a little billy Smith in him…..and believe me, I despised that guy….

  34. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Wicky – my brutha from anutha mutha. We all bleed red white and blue when you get right to it ….

  35. Matty"We'reAbunchOfCreamPuffs!!"Boy on

    Well, we are now going to be really tough. Gotta hand it so Sather. He is providing toughness, alright. We have once waived Asham. Rookie McIlrath. And Dorsett.

    I am sure Boston is shaking in their boots.

  36. Matty"We'reAbunchOfCreamPuffs!!"Boy on

    How many stay at home defensemen have been drafted first round? How many of them are great?

    Sure is an interesting first rounder.

  37. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    No one is asking the wrath to be the savior. We are asking wrath to clear the damn crease and play hard physical D. And should someone start taking liberties in the ranger end…maybe *for once, we will see some push back face washes*

  38. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Matty – half the bruin team is concussed, suspended, or out with broken bones..

    Say hello to my little friends

  39. Matty"We'reAbunchOfCreamPuffs!!"Boy on

    MacIlrath should change his first name to Atlas. The weight of the Rangers, grit, will be on his shoulders.

    Good luck!!!! Make a difference!!! LGR!!!! LGR!!!!

  40. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Say what you will but tomorrow’s team, for better or worse, has much more grit than it did 4 days ago…

  41. Matty"We'reAbunchOfCreamPuffs!!"Boy on

    I was wondering if we could change the NHL schedule so we could play the B’s this week!!!! Guess not.

    Seriously, they probably have call ups, like Tori, that are better than our top players, Prust saying.

    But, we will turn this around. What we need. What we need. What we need is a Tee Shirt Toss.

  42. Matty"We'reAbunchOfCreamPuffs!!"Boy on

    So, does it scare you that AV says he wants to model our team after Detroit????

  43. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Having just eaten a dose….Give me Evander Kane, Nystrom’s kid, and Milan Lucic and I’ll give you a team that ain’t F’ing around anymore.

  44. Matty"We'reAbunchOfCreamPuffs!!"Boy on

    I mean, I’d like to model our team after the 1986 Canadiens. It’s just that we may be short a few players. Like 10 or so.

  45. Matty"We'reAbunchOfCreamPuffs!!"Boy on

    How the $($* does a team get put together with so little grit, size an skill in 2013?????? Anyone?????

  46. When you draft a guy in the first round, he should be able to do more than just fight and clear the crease.

    I hear he’s kind of improved his skating, but as long as he isn’t a cone like he was in juniors, I’ll be impressed. His defense was terrible before and he couldn’t move the puck. Wasted 1st rounder, but he can be a serviceable 5-6 guy.

  47. Stranger Nation on

    _half the bruin team is concussed, suspended, or out with broken bones_

    and we all feel bad…not

  48. Stranger Nation on

    Who cares what round they are taken in, most are 18 when they are drafted, who the hell knows after the first 4 picks.

    What IS important is that we have a big Dman who has been tutored by Boomer over the last few months. Let’s see what happens.

    Henk was taken in 7th round and it has worked out for him

  49. Speaking of toughening up the Ice Charades, perhaps some night duty in those burned out areas of Detroit would instill a real survival instinct in the weenie brigade.

    Sort of an “in country” experience with General Sather as their C.O.

    On another non sequitur note, if Nosen doesn’t stop with his shilling of the Garden transformation.

    I intend to personally accost him in the street, grab his nose and run down to the Trade Center! (;)

    I mean, how about a nose and hair transformation!!!

  50. Having to glue Kreider to the bench the other night the last 6 minutes for his own protection tells you all you need to know.

  51. Matty"We'reAbunchOfCreamPuffs!!"Boy on

    Coos, quite sad. Kreider, Step, Nash, they all have had to defend themselves. Richards hasn’t yet, but he just shies away from anyone who comes near him.

  52. Matty, I think Richie’s incredibly nightly floating game is acceptable to management because of the devastating effect any injury would have on his contract. And their pathetic need of offense, of course.

  53. Matty"We'reAbunchOfCreamPuffs!!"Boy on

    Do the Flyers really have a rivalry with Chicago, now? These rivalry nights are a laugh. Must be thought up by someone who knows nothing about hockey.

  54. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Norm – I’m not hungering for blood…just tired of seeing the rangers pushed around like a 6th grader bullying a third grader….

  55. I want blood.

    I want guts.

    I want opposition players getting concussed instead of us.

    I want the smell of Napalm in the dressing room.

  56. AV to McIlrath: “remember whe your on the ice, Undertaker, you are an errand boy, sent by grocery clerks to collect a bill”

  57. Stranger – the round matters because the guys drafted around McIlrath have made an impact in the NHL and he hasn’t since he was never panned out to be a superstar pick.

    When you have an offensive need (which we’ve had for awhile) and Tarasenko, Schwartz, Bjugstad, Coyle, Etem, and others are on the board, you take them. I said it in 2010, and I’ll continue to say it until the kid proves me wrong (which I do hope for).

  58. Stranger Nation on

    jonny – I hear ya – but after the draft is done, what really does it matter. He was drafted before he should have been, but what are you really going to do about it now? Nothing.

  59. Just quoting Python, Eddie. I hope the Rangers win, and that McI. gets the winner. I also hope they don’t have to sink to the depths to get it done.

  60. And Henrik is European, most teams didn’t start focusing on drafting/scouting a ton out of there until post 1st lockout since they were too “soft”.

    And I’m one of the biggest Beukeboom fans there is, but I’m not sure he’s even be in the league in today’s NHL. He’d probably be a journeyman AHLer. Not saying he can’t coach, but if he’s grooming him to play like how he did, that’s not a good thing.

  61. Next, we need some forwards who can punish on the forecheck with size and ferocious hitting. Absolute punishment to the opposition D.

  62. Rumor has it that Nasal was told to wrap his nose in shrink wrap at bedtime.

    Apparently he missed his target and has now pulled out on Johnson!

  63. boxcareddiehospodar on

    hate to say i told you so but i told you so.

    zuccs,moore,stephan.hagelin,callahan 5/12 the same type of player
    boyle,pyatt,dorsett =: 4th liners at the very best. 3/12 same type of player.

    66% of this team is made up of the same types of players.

    blow the team up and get whatever you can for these players.

  64. I want to see someone punch the puck into next week. Failing that, into the net will also suffice.

  65. Boxcar, that may be the only way. A complete blow-up.

    Problem is Sather will be the one lighting the fuse again.

  66. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    I’d imagine we all want the wrath to succeed. I just want to see pushback. Not looking to goon things up….but seriously, how many guys does Lucic need to knock on their assens before *somebody* does something about. Part of Hockey is about intimidating the other team and imposing your will. Dorsett can now stop taking on the heavies…_Asham helps a little there….wish Bickel would get called up too….no need to see Pyatt and Pouliot do whatever it is they do anymore….

  67. Coosimo, that’s the Italian version, did I just read that in a current novel, “lying in the gutter but looking at the stars.

    Or was that a line from “I’ll be seeing you”?

    Very nice in any case, our own Fitzgerald!

  68. Hey, can we get Shawn Thornton on loan, like the weaker clubs do in soccer? That would take care of everything.

  69. Putting this team into the “Newly Transformed MSG” is like gifting a broken Timex in a Tiffany Box.

  70. boxcareddiehospodar on

    papa bear,

    maybe we get lucky and a flashback occurs.

    between the rangers/knicks/cowboys I’m ready to watch re-runs of f-troop!

    all incompetent GM’s!!!

  71. Fair point stranger. I just get annoyed when the wonderful GM continually does this and fans continue to be surprised when the player doesn’t pan out. Bobby Sanguinetti was essentially a 4th forward in juniors who couldn’t play defense, yet we picked him in the 1st and missed out on Giroux, Emmerton, Seabrook, and about 15 other guys that were rated significantly higher going into the draft.

    It’s the one consistent thing about Slats, he can’t draft. No need to believe the hype since he hasn’t had a guy back up his selection since the mid 80s

  72. boxcareddiehospodar on

    eddie eddie eddie,
    i like mcilrath but i would rather see bickel take on lucic than mcilrath.

  73. Sentiment of the blog…we want Bickel too.

    Of we are going to loose, I’d rather not loose like whimps.

  74. Stranger Nation on

    We barely have enough skaters for 2 lines and everyone wants three lines for offense.

    We need two lines of O forwards and two lines of D forwards, that’s how most in this league do it, particularly with the talent level we have.

    Richards – Brass – Nash
    Kreider – Step – Zuc
    Hags – Moore – Dorsett
    Bickel – Boyle – Ash/Haley

  75. As for the defensive struggles? Staal turning into a concussed cyclops didn’t help and is unfortunate, but the lack of defensive responsibilities of the forwards is why the defenseman and Henke don’t look so hot this year.

    Girardi has been spinning like a top since he entered the league. He’s not a great skater, average at best offensively, but he eats minutes and he’s tough as nails. With solid wing support, he’s an all-star. When he’s forced to cover more of the ice himself, he’s not a top d-man. That goes for everyone including McDonagh, who is able to make up for his mistakes with his skating ability but tends to drift too far out on D and leaves the pass to the slot wide open.

    Like AV said, the offensive puck possession personnel isn’t there. The forwards can’t play much D either. That is probably in part due to the more open system. If they close that up a bit, they can turn things around.

  76. “Do the Flyers really have a rivalry with Chicago, now? These rivalry nights are a laugh. Must be thought up by someone who knows nothing about hockey.”

    Maybe Bettman?

  77. Jonny – so true with your second sentence. Probably the reason for the Pyatts to linger, who can at least clog center ice boards, if little else.

  78. Coos, of course Wilde…………and speaking of Wilde what’s your thinking on the no collision rule at home plate?

    Perhaps in spring training they could have a Wilde one show them the art of “mincing”?

    Next they’ll be instituting tutus for summer wear!

  79. Kenneth at clinchers of '89Flames '94Rangers '96Avs on

    _These rivalry nights are a laugh. Must be thought up by someone who knows nothing about hockey_

    Mister D.

  80. Spoke earlier on the MLB collision rule. Hybrid icing. Now the ump decides what was going to get there first, the player of the ball, and make 3 errors a week?

  81. Stranger Nation on

    Jonny D – very astute analysis of the D system break downs. The lack of back check sets up our D for failure. No NHL D can deal with forwards flying in unimpeded into the zone.

  82. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    The Rangers D are also guilty of playing chase the puck. How many times do you see both ranger D men going after the puck carrier especially as the puck carrier moves behind the net….This problem is compounded by their forwards not picking up a man or playing a body in front – especially down low.

  83. True story. Very weird dream recently. Eddie and I bar hopping, physically fighting a couple times, meeting famous rockers, he was shorter than I imagined, but very tough. Ended the evening as blood brothers. And, no, I have no psychiatric insurance. How odd is that?

  84. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Too often the opposing forwards get whacks at loose pucks in front of Hank. This must stop.

  85. eddie, you are correct, sir, in your observations. McD, especially, feels responsible for the entire ice width on D. Forwards not helping.

  86. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Weigh 220..Big boned……little heavier than I should be…but what can you do…..still far from Chris Christie territory

  87. I’m 6’3, so you’re short! :) Everything’s relative, as Al Einstein said. :) Isn’t that the weirdest dream? BTW, you didn’t deny that you were drunk and tough. :)

  88. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Papa – i am devilishly handsome, virtually pretty, with a winning smile….eyes bluer than robin’s eggs…..

  89. Papa, how do I get stuck with an eddie dream when there’s so much….oh, well. Don’t remember the ladies, just the rock bands and the fights which we got over as soon as they were done, and headed out repeatedly, cheerfully searching for the next bright lights.

  90. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    I never ever go starting trouble, but I won’t run away and hide if that’s what you mean….I have been know to have a drink…

  91. Eddie with the looks, Coos with the fancy words, that’s a winning combo. I’d be happy hanging around to get a shot at your rejects.

  92. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Papa – I think we’d have a blast….We really all should go out next time we are back east….and anyone else who wants to join is invited….

  93. Was planning to play golf with Carp past summer, but came down with a lingering achilles problem. Bummer.

  94. Eddie x 3 – I have the first round. We’ll raise a glass to Norm & your jello wrestling match with him that will eventually break out

  95. Navy pilot lands on carrier, runs up to bridge, says, “I got three Jap Zeros.” Captain says, “werry good, Yank, but you randed on wong carrya.”

  96. eddie, in my dream, if Norm had been there after our third fist fight, he would have taken a swig on his Miller Lite and said, “Peasants!”

  97. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Snation but come along as well….wicky too….matty……Olga and the family….others too…Ilb in case someone needs stitches…

  98. Some interesting draft facts to follow. During Sather’s reign in NY he’s drafted:

    38 skaters who’ve played in the NHL
    6623 GP, 888 G, 1573 A, 2461 Pts, 4159 PIM

    3 goalies
    600 G, 305 W, 216 L, 62 ties/OT and shootout losses

    You could argue that a lot of players are drafted and play in the NHL but don’t stay. As an arbitrary cut-off point, what about those players that have managed to play more than a season’s worth of games, ‘impact’ players.

    Rangers – 19 skaters, 3 first round picks, average pick 108
    6707 GP, 864 G, 1534 A, 2398 Pts, 2398 PIM
    One highly paid goalie 535 GP, 285 W, 184 L, 58 T/Sht L

    Interestingly, everyone on this board holds up the Devils as being very adept in the draft. Since 2000 they’ve drafted the following ‘impact’ players –

    Devils – 19 skaters, 7 first round picks, average pick 94
    4777 GP, 611 G, 1025 A, 1636 Pts, 3736 PIM

    What about say Detroit? Players drafted since 2000 with more than a season of NHL games

    Detroit – 14 skaters, 2 first round picks, average pick 94
    4951 GP, 790 G, 1272 A, 2062 Pts, 3736 PIM
    1 goalie 255 GP, 137 W, 75 L, 33 T/Sht L

    How about Philly?

    Philly – 17 skaters, 10 first round picks, average pick 59
    6391 GP, 1260 G, 2053 A, 2053 Pts, 4776 PIM
    1 goalie 212 GP, 110 W, 64 L, 28 T/Sht L
    Interestingly – Williams, Sharp, Carter make up 600+ of those goals….add Richards its 800+

    How about a perennial loser, the Islanders?

    Islanders – 18 skaters, 9 first round picks, average pick 72
    5393 GP, 806 G, 1307 A, 2113 Pts, 3023 PIM
    One goalie 318 GP, 130 W, 136 L, 36 T/Sht L

    Food for thought….

  99. Eddie, I have an “establishment” on 11th ave we can hit up after the game. Good chance Avery has never been there!

  100. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Headzo – west end boys….let’s do it….but it’d be great running into Avery….he’s my fav

  101. Two funniest hockey youtubes of all times, Avery taunting Fatso, and Avery skating to the litter box, laughing and pawing at the air, mocking somebody’s slap fight with him.

  102. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Headzo – are you the proprietor of this establishment? Lovely barmaids I’m hoping,,,,,

  103. Jjp..interesting. Are you Carps intern aka Darren?
    Just proves there’s some luck involved as we all know.

  104. Re: Good advice…..My father once said to me “they’ll probably come a time when you and my good advice will stop being adversaries. Hope I’m around when it happens”

    Unfortunately, he was gone before I hit 20.

  105. I am as excited as anyone in captivity over this, UNTIL I ponder a couple things: 1. Yes, I understand and accept the fact that Mac’s overall game has deficiencies, which may render him a one-dimensional goon, at best, if he even makes the grade, up here.

    And, 2. You can hardly name one young Ranger player, in the Sather era, who has not been treated like trash by the G.M., to where we know, given one or two games and all the pressure in the world, this kid could well be packed off, a la the J.T. Miller merry-go-round, to AHL purgatory, in what could prove to be the first of many confidence-destroying demotions. It is hard to believe that the treatment this kid gets will be any better than anyone else in his shoes has gotten, over the years.

    I do think that as soon as he K.O’s some other team’s goon, it will inspire and motivate this otherwise lethargic and lackluster team. Just remember, if he does well, that doesn’t count for beans, Sather probably already has a timetable for his first ride back on the Hartford Shuttle. Just ask J.T. Miller.

  106. Tough to lose a dad that young, Papa. I think it was either Will Rogers or Mark Twain who said something like, ‘when I was 17 I though my father was a fool; when I turned 21, I was surprised at how much he had learned in 4 years.’

  107. ‘Young man, there’s a place you can go.
    I said, young man, when you’re short on your dough.
    You can always stay there, and I’m sure you will find
    Many ways to have a good time.

    It’s fun to stay at the Y.M.C.A.’

  108. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    I can see for miles and miles…..

    Pictures of lily

    Substitute, me for him, I look all white, but my dad was black…

    Got a feelin inside, can’t explain, certain kind….

  109. Like the work a lot, JJP. Should have recruited you when I was arguing last decade versus the decade prior a few days ago. Do you accept payment in the form of [internet hug]s?

  110. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    My fav who song….

    Deaf Dumb and blind boy, he’s in a quiet vibration land. Strange as it seems his musical dreams ain’t quite so bad….

  111. I turned 21 in prison doing life without parole,
    no one could steer me right,
    but mama tried, mama tried
    Mama tried to raise me better, but her pleadin’ I denied
    That leaves no one but me to blame cause mama tried.

  112. Eddie, to this day, my fav Broadway play is Tommy.

    My wife’s half laughs, half hangs her head in embarrassment when I say so in mixed company.

  113. ‘I ain’t lived forever, but I’ve lived enough
    I’ve learned to be gentle, and I’ve learned to be tough
    I’ve found just two things that last ’til the end,
    One is your heroes, the other’s your friends.’

  114. ‘Your heroes will help you find good in yourself
    Your friends won’t foresake you for somebody else
    They’ll both stand beside you through thick and through thin
    That’s how it goes with heroes and friends.’

  115. Slats to Jimmy D: “got a feeling ’21 is gonna be a good year”

    Jimmy D: ” what? That’s 4 years from now”

  116. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Greatest show I ever saw – ever – the who – 9/16/79 at the garden – a Sunday night – I was balls tripping

  117. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Kooz – apparently waters was inspired to write the wall during an episode with unruly fans at the Olympic Stadium – Montreal – 7/6/77 – I was there…

  118. ‘Wish a Ford and a Chevy
    Would still last ten years, like they should
    Is the best of the free life behind us now?
    Are the good times really over for good?

    I wish Coke was still Cola
    And a joint was a bad place to be
    It was back before Nixon lied to us all on TV…’

  119. Eddie – the synopsis for me is that the draft is a crap shoot. The super high impact picks like Crosby, Stamkos, Ovechkin, Malkin are easy to make. You and I can make those picks, it’s not rocket science. After that upper echelon though, it’s far less clear who is being successful.

    We consistently discuss the Rangers as being poor drafters but the numbers would show that their drafted players are comparable or better in NHL production with other teams held in higher regard, like NJ or Detroit. The Islanders have drafted high picks and Philly has drafted really skilled players yet neither team has sustained a competitive edge for multiple years.

    It just goes to show you that drafting is only one dimension to the success of the organization. Development, coaching, retention, free agent signings, trades – they all matter.

    Pouring through the numbers I’d say the Rangers drafts have been okay. They haven’t gotten the contribution others have from their first rounders but they’ve consistently found value in later rounds.

    I look at the Devils and I’m kind of surprised as I too thought they were good drafters. But the NHL has gotten 611 goals from their ‘impact’ draft picks in 13 years – 226 from Parise, 104 Zajac, would you believe Mike Rupp is next with 54, then Paul Martin at 39. Sather hasn’t drafted a Parise for the Rangers. But it shows that any team, whether through a high pick or luck – you’re only one or two impact players away from building around a core.

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    Gravy – I got to see Floyd once – above mentioned show – all of animals, all of wish you were here, half of dark side of the moon….

  121. I recently watched Brit Floyd on PBS, an unbelievable Pink Floyd cover band.

    If I closed my eyes there was know way I could tell the difference.

    David Gilmour can play a Fender Straocaster with the best.

  122. Tough call, Dark Side of the Moon, wishYou were here, the Wall.

    All three I guess, maybe Dark Side by a whisker.

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    Papa – re: dark side – for me “money” and “us and them” no longer listenable…..but “time” and “breathe” send me into orbit…

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    JJP – mentioned early in eve that picks 1-5 are easy but after that a crapshoot. Once they are drafted it becomes a navel gazing exercise to do a post mortem.

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    Animals and Wish You Were here are seminal classics.

    Didnt love the wall until I got into the lyrics later on. Loved the movie.

    Check out Dub Side of the Moon for great dub skanking versions of those classics

  126. JR – “My bust asset of mine is my sirius abilitide to hone in on different chunnels and frequenticities.”

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    Might just head down tomorrow night to see Darn Tootin, Mr Knee Hockey, and The Rifleman at Jimmy D’s House of Blues

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    Gravy – I’ve been lucky in that I’ve seen some fantastical shower over the years…..I’ll do a top 10 list someday,.,,

  129. To close the proceedings : Once yo’all get into the pop culture territory, all bets are off.

    Simply jejune, pathetic and challenging my sense of adulthood.
    But thank you all for that anyway, didn’t think that was possible.

  130. Dark Side Of The Moon is the BEST. End of story.

    What about Meddle? Pretty solid, has that Dark Side vibe.

    Wish You Were Here and Animals are really awesome as well.

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    they are forcing the issue b/c they are so desperate for toughness…not only is he slow afoot, but his fighting skills are hardly “honed” from what I’ve seen…

    .He will absolutely feel the need to prove himself as enforcer in short order -if he is in tonite not too bad -Boll and prout on Columbus- next game (Calgary) if he chooses to take on legit and seasoned heavy, McGrattan. -could be interesting

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