Rangers-Islanders in review


(Apologies … tech problems overnight prevented me from including photos in the review. Dammit).


1) I have no idea how this is going to turn out, but the trading deadline is closing in, with the two and a half weeks roster freeze over the Olympic break, and the Rangers are going to have to make some tough decisions on Ryan Callahan and Dan Girardi as they head to unrestricted free agency and huge paydays if they hit the open market. That was my column today. You can read it here.

2) And here is Josh Thomson, 26’s game story from the Stadium Series finale.

3) Marc Staal. I thought he was pretty darn good before his first concussion, and better when he finally came back from it. Then he had the eye injury and I wondered if he’d ever play again, or if so, if he’d play at a high level. Then he had a strong start to the season. Then I thought he slipped badly in the several weeks before his second concussion, and I wondered again if his days were numbered. And since he returned from that concussion, IMO, this is the best hockey I’ve ever seen him play. Just sensational. That’s pretty cool to get the Broadway Hat and to be one of the top stars of the game on most ballots in a game where you don’t even get a point. Couldn’t happen to a better guy.

4) Henrik Lundqvist. He had a better start than he had Sunday, in a game where he had to be better than Sunday, and he was. In fact he was terrific. Again. Except for that first period against the Devils, he’s been the old King for nine games now. That save on Kyle Okposo with the Isles skating 6-on-4 at the end was vintage, as important as the penalty shot save on Daniel Briere in the Winter Classic. Just not as dramatic.

5) Ryan McDonagh and Dan Girardi. After a couple of games where they had some hiccups, right back to completely throwing a blanket over a very dangerous first line. Girardi, Staal and Callahan were back to the old Block Ness Monster style they played under John Tortorella, too. Girardi ate four ice pucks, Staal three. Ouch.

6) Benoit Pouliot scored an enormous goal and I thought had a strong game. His goal came off a lot of hard work by Derick Brassard, who I almost had on my three stars list. Brassard said on the goal that twice he got caroms of shots behind Evgeni Nabokov (shots by McDonagh and Mats Zuccarello) and knowing how far out Nabokov plays, he tried twice to bank the puck off Nabokov’s back. The second one hit Nabokov, flipped up in the air, hit Pouliot in the chin and fell onto his stick before he buried it 40 seconds after the Islanders went up 1-0. I thought it was fitting because Pouliot was somewhat responsible for the Isles’ goal, not recognizing that John Moore had run way out of position to chase the puck.

7) Rangers-Islanders always has a whacky stretch like that, doesn’t it? Other than that, the first period was really tight, and the Rangers were very good defensively all night. Combined with a puck bouncing like a superball, and you get a low-scoring game.

8) The Daily Nash-O-Meter. A couple of times, again, he showed how dangerous he is. After listening him in both post-game lockerrooms, it sure seemed like he didn’t like playing in those conditions and couldn’t wait to get back inside, and to get this series over. On that “embellishment” penalty, I thought it’s the  right call. A lot of people argue that you either call the hook or the embellishment but not both. Not me. I love having both called because it is indeed possible for there to be a foul and an embellishment — and that play proved it. Nash took a swan dive. They will always call the hook (or trip or whatever), and I don’t want them to stop calling the embellishment or we’ll be back to the late 1990s (think Penguins) with all the embarrassing diving.

9) Nash’s linemates, Derek Stepan and Chris Kreider had another solid game, IMO. But Stepan took a really dumb icing in the last minute, going for the empty net, especially the way he’d been losing faceoffs (lost 18 of 26). Just awful. Sure enough, the Islanders got several good chances thanks to that icing.

10) Daniel Carcillo. He claimed he would fight, and he didn’t (probably a good thing). He took a bad penalty — Who had Game 11 in the Carcillo bad penalty pool? But give him credit. Carcillo has now scored two huge goals for this team, and his fourth line has had a big hand in every win recently, even before he arrived. Brian Boyle and Dominic Moore were very effective throughout the Stadium Series, and that line was involved in three goals.

11) Alain Vigneault sure had the Rangers ready to play a bouncing-puck game after Sunday. Played it near flawlessly. Safe plays, patience, then counter-attack.

12) The Islanders are a pretty good 40-minute team, but man they’ve had some nightmare third periods this season. That’s why they have 15 regulation wins in 56 games. Well, that’s one reason. That kid Brock Nelson, who scored the only Islanders goal, has a chance to be a monster.

13) The Empire State Building was lit in orange and blue. Don’t panic. I’m told it was because the Denver Broncos fans and Seattle Seahawks fans were in a contest to light up the ESB their colors. Guess Denver won.

14) I’m glad everybody backed off the talk about the history in the building this time. Because not only did the Ruths, DiMaggios and Mantles not play here, neither did the Bernie Williamses. Too bad they didn’t get to play one of these outdoor hockey games at the old Yankee Stadium — the real World’s Most Famous Arena. Or at least the most famous in New York.

15) Said this Sunday/Monday, and will say it again. This two-game event was spectacular, just a grand slam for the NHL and by the NHL. I hope they don’t force-feed these every year or even every two years, but when they do have them, they can be really special. Maybe they can have them a little earlier in the season, in late November? I don’t know. Seems to me that might be more fan friendly and allow for better ice and more decent conditions for the athletes. Problem with this whole thing is it’s always going to have to be Rangers-Devils/Islanders. Since the Rangers aren’t allowed by their Garden lease to play home games outside of the Garden, one of the other metropolitan-area teams will have to host. Either that or you get the messed-up situation where Boston or Philly is the home team at Yankee Stadium. That can’t happen. Can it?

16) How cold was it? I saw a politician with his hands in his own pockets. I saw a guy eating his coffee with a fork. Some guy on the Deegan flipped me the mitten.

17) Let’s do this again, under a roof, Friday.

My Three Rangers Stars:
1. Marc Staal.
2. Henrik Lundqvist.
3. Dan Girardi.
Josh Thomson, 26’s Three Rangers Stars:
1. Henrik Lundqvist.
2. Marc Staal.
3. Dan Girardi.
Kenny Albert’s Three Rangers Stars:
1. Marc Staal.
2. Daniel Carcillo.
3. Henrik Lundqvist.
Your poll vote for Three Rangers Stars:
1. Henrik Lundqvist.
2. Marc Staal.
3. Daniel Carcillo.

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  1. Someone flipped you off with a mitten! Carp, thanks for the laughs and for the great review, as always.

  2. I loved the Carcillo addition when we got him….commented here that he deserved our respect and support until his actions wearing OUR sweater gave us cause to reconsider…well so far..so good…and does Dorsett go at the deadline? Of course it would take but one injury upfront to change the team dynamic…but I would hesitate making any move. unless it was too receive some real value for Cally and Girardi..shame that Devs great player seemed to opt for remaining (well up until recently) and the Rangers seem ready to bolt….maybe.

  3. Good morning, boneheads!

    Great review, Carp! LMGO @16.

    The fourth line has won a few games for NY this season already, and they’ve played exceptionally well for some time now. Something we haven’t seen here in years. I thought D. Moore played one of his better games, and his work led to Carcillo’s goal directly. Boyle had a couple of thunderous hits that rocked the Garden..er…Stadium. Let’s get inside, as much fun as it’s been, this isn’t the same hockey we are used to.

  4. Great job as always Carop – one thing I dont get though – aren’t MSG and the Rangers owned by the same corporation/people? Couldn’t MSG decide to let the Rangers play an outdoor home game? Not sure I get it. Frankly though if you think about it
    1. These were as much home games for the Rangers as for the actual home teams, meaning the Rangers play 43 home games this year instead of 41.
    2. From a revenue perspective, the Rangers will sell out their 41 home games, but the Devils and Isles will have trouble selling out their other 40 so financially this benefits them as well. Seems like a win-win-win.

  5. Peter hit the nail on the head there. It all adds up to a bigger total revenue for the league to lose games in the swamp and replace them with 50k fans paying big bucks. Good business sense by the league, even if it was a decision partly forced by the Garden lease.

  6. gregm_oldsection403 on

    Ha, Flipped my the mitten!

    I enjoyed the series. But if they do it every year, it will get old, quickly.

  7. Morning Boys.

    Great review Carp!

    #12- Nelson has some silky mitts. I wish you could have seen him play with Kristo & Knight! I still think if Miller played with them 2 years ago they win the whole thing.

    Carcillo sure has made the 4th better! Nice to see a game winning goal from the 4th line!

  8. I hate to say it but i think it will be every year or at least every other year. They will need to move it around to keep it fresh. Montreal, Toronto, San Jose, Minnesota, Winnipeg, Columbus, Colorado are all options

  9. Just when you think Piece-of is going to ruin everything with some stupid boarding penalty, he goes and scores the winning goal. Hated that trade with a passion — still do — but what the heck, if the guy is going to keep things relatively under control during this rental… I still think he’s going to embarrass the organization eventually, but so far so good.

  10. Peter, Rangers can’t play anywhere as the home team except MSG because they receive $17 million in tax breaks to play all their home games at the garden.

  11. Good article ilb – all comes down to money. Both the league and the Rangers stood to lose money if they are the home team

  12. Great review, nice article about the Callahan quandary, Carp. I’ve spent New Year’s Eve popping popcorn in 10 degree weather over a camp fire while sitting on a log in the wilderness, but you would not have caught me in a seat a Yankee Stadium in 15 degree weather and 15+ MPH winds!;>)) Wow, that was a bouncy puck! Like your metaphor of the Superball…wonder how many on this blog remember those toys. Back to the snow cave…it’s cold out there! Time for hibernation.

  13. Good for Staal..he’s been playing great…makes 3 or 4 great defensive plays a game and is usually underappreciated

  14. Staal especially good on the game-winner — helps get the turnover and skates through the middle of the whole play straight to the net, creating space. A meaningful + in the +/-, as so many aren’t.

  15. Wild we sleep in igloos for fun around here :)

    Rangers should have an advantage playing on bad ice! They are use to it.

  16. As I saw somebody mention last night, the Rangers played a “home” game in Prague in 2008, so the tax issue can’t be the only reason these two games were road games.

  17. 4th/5th Oct 2008 – @ Lightning and vs Lightning in Prague. Both 2-1 wins and the 2nd game is listed as if it were a home game for the Rangers

  18. Enough already with these outdoor games. Ice bad as it always will be in really cold weather. 1 NHL outdoor game is enough for me. Boring. And POOOOYO another big goal!

  19. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    LW and Sally? On the same day? Have the heavens been that good to us?


  20. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    I *hate* Carcillo and I never want to *root* for him (I will root for the Sweater he wears) but I will *admit* that he’s played very well. The 4th line has been MUCH better since he joined it and he’s timely with his goal scoring. Not to mention the physicality he can bring.

    What can I say? I guess it’s good having the guy on our team.

  21. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    I find it humorous when *Mayors* of *NYC* think that they have *control* over the taxation system. The *NY State* constitution gives *very* limited power to the *Mayor* to actually change the taxation, even the *city tax*. Other than that, a *Mayor* have literally *NO* control over the *State* and *Federal* taxation.

  22. …search and ye shall find the truth!

    “Including the Winter Classic and last weekend’s game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, the combined attendance for outdoor games this season is 259,722.”

    ..instead of 18k at Staples, 20k at the Joe, 16k in Nassau and 16.5k in the swamp.

    Thats 3.5 times the normal attendance for those games (multiplied by the increase in the ticket prices), plus merchandising, HBO TV rights, sponsorship etc…

    At a basic guess i’d say that the league has got between 8-10 times the money they would have if they’d been regular games.

  23. UK: I have no idea how much of an offset it is, but there are presumably also a ton of costs incurred using a venue not designed for hockey, including the rental itself.

  24. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    Thanks, The Doctor. I feel *passionately* about both *criticizing* politicians and *listening* to metal.

  25. Ah man, Carp. Trip + Embellishment. It’s either one or the other. It can’t be both! If they are embellishing, as you say, it’s probably just to get the attention of the refs who always miss obvious calls. What’s so bad about that?

  26. I think one of the big reasons for the 4th line’s success is actually the “3rd” line. Because the 666 line has been fairly consistent, it’s given them three lines that have stayed together and have a chance to score. It’s also allowed the 4th line to settle into their role and forecheck.

    And each player on the 4th line has scored double-digit goals before, so it’s not like the offense is completely out of left field (one baseball pun).

  27. You can have a hook and an embellishment. The hook can slow the player down, but then he throws his feet up in the air. I don’t have a problem with both.

  28. @TSNBobMcKenzie: NHL expected to announce for the 2014-15 season, every game will be played outdoors, with KISS and Nickelback splitting national anthem duties.

  29. If we can beat the Islanders at home Friday, I really think we can do some serious playoff damage in the East without making any more changes, assuming that there are no major injuries. Hank REALLY looks back on his game. His decisions are excellent now and he’s seeing the puck well. Our D really has adapted the new system, and we have 3 solid sets. And the lines all seem to mesh well. Assuming you can only play one, who do you play Carcillo or Dorsett?

    On Girardi / Cally. I’ll take my chances and keep them here rather than trade them. My thought process is that we could replace both of them through free agency. As much as I love Cally and what he’s done for the team, with his injury history it’s hard to justify such a long term deal. And I’ve always felt Girardi was slightly overrated, but I really don’t want to break up the continuity we have now. We’ll see.

  30. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    And also *of course* De Blasio would say something *stupid* like that because he’s a *Boston* fan. He’s probably paid by *Jeremy Jacobs.* It’s completely *RIGGED*

  31. New York Rangers=Lords of All Outdoors!

    As for #10 on Carp’s list, I didn’t think it was that bad of a penalty – maybe because I expect him to really do something stupid. At least it was a penalty where he was trying to make something happen, as opposed to a lazy hooking penalty in the offensive zone.

  32. A hook can slow you down without taking you off your feet. If a player gets hooked on the gloves, it’s a penalty. If he then proceeds to whirl around, throw his arms in the air, then fall, it’s both.

  33. Embellishing is exaggerating the penalty. A dive, to me, is when a player who completely tries to sell a play that isn’t a penalty.

  34. When Brodeur gets nudged and flops. That’s an outright dive and should only be called on him.

  35. One time when we were first dating, I playfully pushed my wife’s arm and she dove into someone’s yard to see how I would react. That was embellishment.

  36. But why should a player get penalized for calling to attention an infraction that the refs should’ve seen in the first place?

    There are plenty of plays where a player blatantly dives (see: anyone on the Boston Bruins) and the other player gets called for a trip without any evidence of a trip occurring. THAT’s a dive; THAT’s embellishment. When Carl Hagelin, who is chasing the puck into the offensive zone looking to make a play and perhaps a 2 on 1, gets tripped at the blue line by the defenseman, do you REALLY think he would rather take a dive in the offensive zone rather than try to create a solid scoring chance with a 2 on 1? Yet, against Dallas a few weeks ago, that play happens and a trip/dive call occurs! That is a ridiculous call. You either trip or you dive, if a trip is called, then there was an obvious penalty and therefore a player should not be called for a dive if he is tripped, since something caused him to fall.

  37. On the first date with Mrs. Gravy, I lost control of my car in the snow merging onto the Thruway and almost crashed into a flatbed. The hitch was about 3 inches from my side view mirror. Fun times.

  38. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    I agree with *Gravy* that either there *is* or *isn’t* a penalty. If a player goes crazy diving then fine but in most cases the embellishment should *supercede* the actual penalty.

  39. I imagine its in for instances where the ref is afraid he might have been baited. He doesn’t have to let a penalty go and he doesn’t have to get baited by a dive, so he can just half-ass and call both.

  40. Rob in Beantown on

    Embellishment is, as the penalty is called, bad sportsmanship, which is why I am fine with when they call it. True, it sometimes draws attention to real penalties, but if the penalties are so egregious they should have been called in the first place. It’s just really embarrassing when you have guys springing and flopping to the ice all over the place. Get it out of the game. This isn’t soccer.

  41. Rob in Beantown on

    I’d be okay with embellishment wiping out the original penalty too. That’s how much I don’t like embellishment.

  42. I wish diving and embellishment were just handled after the game with fines and/or suspensions and a strong dose of public shaming.

  43. Yergs, I’m differentiating between a dive and an embellishment. To me, a dive means you are trying to *create* an infraction, where there isn’t one. The embellishment is calling attention to an infraction through excessive flopping/throwing hands/feet flying up/etc.

    In either case it’s a penalty on the *diver*, but only in the embellishment case should both be called.

  44. Yergs

    You are totally wrong here, which probably boils down to your misunderstanding of the word embellish which is different than the word dive.

    Embellish essentially means to exaggerate. I would refer to Mr. D’s post above for a beautiful explanation.

  45. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    Those are some *great* dating stories guys. I’m shocked you’re not *single*

  46. _“Oh, wow. That was close. I shouldn’t be alone tonight.” – Gravy_


    I pretty much thought I *ruined* everything, but maybe I made it more *memorable*. Maybe she thought I was a *badAasen* stunt driver.

  47. I’m reaching the stage with Boyle that I reached with Dubinsky where I miss him before he’s even gone.

  48. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    Then I *disagree* with you *Gravy* and may Lord *Satan* have mercy on your *soul* as you burn in the *fiery* pits of *hell*

  49. Doodie Machetto on

    I had it the same as Josh Thomson, 26. Honorable mentions to Brassard and Boyle, both of whom were excellent.

    I still don’t cheer for Carcillo, that little carcillo. NEVAR!!!

  50. I don’t see the point of pretending Carcillo isn’t still Carcillo. He’s going to do something, eventually, because that’s what he does.

  51. Rare case when I totally disagree with Carp’s 8).
    Have you ever seen on the National Geo or else how Chita hunts gazelle? On a speed of aprox.50mph., as soon as she reaches behind, with a very light movement of its one paw she just touches one of gazelles rear leg from the side, which immediately tangles gazelles rear legs entirely and poor thing goes about 50 yards, scenically somersaulting and tumbling chaotically before inevitable end.
    Now, tell this gazelle embellishment situation and rules.

  52. RE: #15: Bettman’s NHL will force-feed these outdoor spectacles every year. Why? $$$. What worked once must work forever right? Enjoy these “special” games while they’re special. Soon it will be old hat, just like BCATHGEs. I love the game of hockey and will always love our beloved NYR, but today’s NHL is a travesty. Break out the t-shirt cannons.

    P.S. Thanks for your frosty observations, Carp. First-class.

  53. Rob in Beantown on

    Yup. Outdoor games are the goose that lays golden eggs, and the NHL will kill them by overdoing it, because money ruins everything.

  54. Good win for NYR. Great write-up Carp, as always. I’d flip you the mitten anytime.
    Who will be first bonehead to show up @ MSG with a number 26 Josh Thomson jersey?
    Can somebody tell me how to do bold? Would have come in handy a second ago…

  55. Doodie Machetto on

    I hear the number that they’re set on from now on is 4 a year. I do not know if that is inclusively of the Winter Classic.

    Carp, they won’t have Stadium Series games in November because the Winter Classic is supposed to be the kickoff event for outdoor games. Having an outdoor game prior to the Winter Classic takes some of the luster off of their premiere event.

    But four outdoor games a year? I can totally dig that. It’s not even about watching it on TV. It’s about the local fanbases getting to enjoy the spectacle in person once every few years. The Winter Classic is the one that matters for TV, and that’s why it gets the 24/7 treatment. You think anyone outside of NY/NJ gave a crap about these two Yankees Stadium games? The LA game probably had a few more casual viewers simply because it was the novelty of outdoor hockey in California. But nationally, nobody cared about these two games, nobody is going to care about Soldier Field, and only in Canada people will care about the Heritage Classic.

  56. Doodie Machetto on

    I also hear that Coors is pushing very hard for one of these to be in Denver next year (since they own the stadium there and are the sponsor for the Stadium Series).

  57. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    The number should be *ONE* They should have the *Winter Classic* and nothing else. Thank god the *Rangers* got a full *Four* points out of these jokes.

  58. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    _money ruins everything_

    A truer statement has *never* been uttered on this, the *worst* blog on the *internets.*

  59. Doodie Machetto on

    Whatever. I know I’ll be in the minority here, but I like it. Everyone at the game likes it. As I said, it’s not for TV. It’s for being there in person.

  60. Bah humbug! I understand the difference, but maybe I’m not articulating my argument correctly. Agree to disagree. Still think, as all the women in my life have said, it’s either one or the other, it can’t be both.

  61. ‘Some guy flipped me the mitten.’ Still laughing at that one, and a number of others from last night. Good work, boyos.

    And I think ’embellishing’ maybe should be just one minute in the kitty litter box.

  62. Next year the weather could be pouring rain with temps in the 40s…I wouldn’t bet on an arctic blast every year. The hockey gods were helping with the weather this time around.

    Sioux, an igloo in ND is *much* warmer than a seat in Yankee Stadium in this weather!

  63. I like the *outdoor* games, but they should *not* be played at night. I think we got *multiple* this year because we got *zero* last year. However, the *turnout* and *reception* might make this an annual thing. I would limit it to the *Winter Classic* and one other game.

  64. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    I still think this team is better suited for the playoffs with carcillo and dorsett in the line up.

    Can’t imagine slats not doing anything during the trade deadline (especially the way we have been scouting the avs).

  65. Carcillo’s an UFA after this season, presently making $850. Dorsett has one more season, and it’s at $2 mil, then UFA. Due to the successful and similar contributions of each, one or the other seems likely to be a trade chip i a package. For what it’s worth, have the distinct feeling that Dors is much better liked by the troops.

  66. RetireBradPark's#2 on

    Last night’s atmosphere at Yankee Stadium was great….the back-and-forth between Isles and Rangers fans was fun and respectful, unlike the vitriol and testosterone of a-hole Devils fans (“three cups….three cups…three cups…..f lundqvist” yada yada yada)

    The weather was fine, your beer got colder as you drank it, and the boys nailed down another win.


  67. Sauvigneault blanc on

    Interesting fact:
    Kevin Klein played more outdoor games (2) in his career with the Rangers than indoor ones (1)! Probably the all time record!

  68. Doodie Machetto on

    I think the Rangers are indoors for sure next year. Maybe in two years they are the road team for some other city’s event. Otherwise, in three years we will definitely be hosting something. Maybe we get the Winter Classic at Giants Stadium or something.

  69. A “home” game in Prague is not the same as a home game in New York. The basis for the tax break was an incentive for the Rangers to not move from MSG to another part of the city or state. A Rangers home game elsewhere in NY would nullify the tax break.

  70. 15) Interesting that the Rangers can’t play a home game away from the garden. Doesn’t Dolan own the Garden as well?

  71. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Rumour has it Dolan is at this very moment in his back yard with a garden hose trying to ice it over and is planning on having an outdoor game at his house next week prior to the Olympic break….

    Tickets will go on sale immediately once the water freezes!

  72. Zucc’s from Norway, but his Italian blood dictated use of that balaclava. Nash looked colder than Frosty the Snowman’s huevos.

  73. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    *Gravy* is correct that an *AVATAR* also known as a *GRAVATAR* can greatly assist your *credibility* around here

  74. Imagine if the Rangers had lost both games. I think we’d have a legit point that the conditions made winning harder than an indoor game, and the Rangers were the only team to play 2 games. Let’s hope going forward the Rangers only get 1 game in a season where they have no choice (not that they’d turn down 2, since marketing trumps winning for the mugs that own the NYR,)

  75. I agree. Nash looked cold and stiff. Even though he’s played better with limited to no beard lately. Maybe more facial hair could have helped in the outdoor games?

  76. Knew a guy once who was on a psych list. Think his name was Trek. Big handlebar mustache, all geared up, wheeler-dealer.

  77. The chatter about Girardi and Callahan is one more example that contracts for Nash, Lundquist,and Richards are the gifts that keep on giving, whether those guys are playing well or like mutts, in a cap system.
    That Callahan and Girardi were blocking shots in that frigid
    stadium last night is at once a fine reason to keep them, and a great one to not. (Think neither has ever fully recovered from the gauntlet that was 2011-2012).

    Some of the resident cap-informants seem to think that
    if the first check of a newly acquired albatross doesn’t bounce, it is proof of their assertion that there are no cap problems associated with the contract…and then submit a list of disenchantments about the quality of
    our fourth lines as opposed to others, who routinely beat us with theirs.

    IN a cap system, EVERY contract has serious implications,
    ALL of its life. Even a relatively small outlay might prevent you getting a key cog on waivers who surprisingly makes the list at a crucial time for your particular needs
    (Callahan out again for six weeks with a massive butt bruise from a shot block – who knew?). That’s why the best orgs always leave some room to wiggle.

    Cally and Girardi are tough decisions for more than their play. (Cally is heart for this team, but that heart did not prevent the loss to a decent-not-great Devils squad after they squeaked and lucked by an 8-seed and a 7-seed
    in his and the Rangers’ best year by far). His heart just ain’t all that.

    And, yes, the McDonagh-Girardi combo has been very good of late, but if Mac can stay at this level, the McDonagh-
    Carpiniello duo would probably do almost as well, and y’gotta trust that the money you dumped on All-World Goalie will make up the difference for whoever takes over for Dan (who was serious Norris stuff in mid-season 2011-2012, but not anywhere near that since, even of late).

    So, do what the Giants do: set a fair price for each, then deal them if they think they need more. (With regard to Cally’s leadership: you can’t build a team by relying on one guy to provide that; if he’s the only one who can, you’re finished in October).

    (And, yes, the biggest albatross of all appears in that scenario, since it is Glen and Company who will strike whatever deals are to be made to replenish a mediocre farm system with more mediocity. Who ya gonna call?)

  78. Does Kenneth come with a voice recording system that we can examine after the crash to see what went wrong?

  79. funny, I choose to trade him also and that seems to be the majority census. If the rangers can trade Dubi than they can trade Callahan.

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

    _he IS a good hockey player, so you are incorrect._

    Boyle is a better player than Dorsett. That speaks to Dorsett as a player.

  81. Re: Embellishment

    Isn’t the reason they got rid of the instigator penalty that the refs would use it to even up after a cross check or slash had caused a fight?

  82. Girardi I’m 50/50 on because defensemen don’t grow on trees, specially your #1 right handed defensemen but it does appear Girardi is starting to show mileage and a 5 year deal probably is to much. Than again in a few years you could find a trade partner to trade him to and get back decent younger players/draft pick and the same with Callahan.

  83. not sure how credible that poll is … one option is to keep him for the playoffs and trade him at the draft. Hello?

  84. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    My biggest concern with cally is injuries…and how much of his potentially new contract he will actually be healthy for.

    While I have zippo problem with Boyle, dorsett is just as good as Boyle, just different roles/positions.

  85. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    #NYRalumni b’days 1/30: Bill Sweeney (1959-60); Chris Simon (2003-04)

    Chris mofo’n Simon!!!!

  86. Say what you want about Girardi, but the guy missed 2 games in ’10-11 and 2 games last year. Otherwise, he’s played every game since 2007.

  87. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Does anyone else think Kenneth is actually jt miller? And he just wants a 4th line roster spot!

  88. whatever happen to commsnse? Not that I miss his combative, irritating post but it looks like his son has taken his spot :-).

  89. @rangersreport

    Wonder if NYR would pay Callahan $42M/7 years if he was a UFA from another team, not theirs. History says yes.

  90. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    So if the rangers are wanting a roster player that can contribute right away plus a prospect for cally, who is the roster player?

    Marchand? Kadri? Jvr?

    Are any of those realistic?

  91. Rob in Beantown on

    I think that poll is just designed badly. If you add up all the votes for the “keep Callahan” options they far exceed the votes for the “Trade him” option, which is closer to what you would expect.

  92. Last two minutes, one goal lead, a majority of the ice time went to Boyle, Stepan, Callahan, Girardi, McD.

    Not that either of the last two coaches know anything.

  93. C’mon, why would Toronto or Boston give up one of those guys for 30 games of Ryan Callahan.

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

    Boyle cannot do anything offensively. If he wants to stick around as a borderline NHL player, he better be able to play well defensively 5v5 and on the penalty kill.

  95. My favorites are the Daily News’ keep ’em/dump ’em polls at the end of every team’s seasons. Don’t explain how you’re going to replace ’em. Just dump ’em.

  96. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    The last minute plus of the *game* last night Boyle and the rest of the *dime-a-dozen* crew were out there holding the lead. Wasn’t even a *regular* line. Boyle and Stepan. Killing it.

  97. I’d be fairly surprised if this NYR-NYI-NJD series within a series wasn’t rotated around Citi Field and MetLife Stadium in the coming years, with the Islanders and Devils claiming home status in their respective nearby stadia.

  98. Cally is only traded if he doesn’t sign Sathers deal by the first week of March.

    Rather have something, than nothing at the end of the year.

    So my question, as our Captain, and if he’s not here in NY, where would you want him to go?

    I could see the Sharks, Ducks, Blues, even Torts renting him for the playoff run. He would have a solid chance at putting his name on the Cup if he got to one of those teams.

    I don’t see a lot of teams going $6M for 7 years, but there might be ONE.

  99. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    The whole concept of *addition by subtraction* rarely works out. Luckily it did for the Rangers *once*

  100. Its a useful stat in the hands of someone who doesn’t know how to use stats, Carp. Think of it as giving the world’s most beautiful cello to an angry 3 year old.

  101. Carp: Carcillo was bizarre in interview shown on post game last night. Did you see any of that?

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

    _Boyle 2-0. Tavares/Jagr 0-2._

    Is hockey not a team sport?

  103. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    I can still *beat up* an angry 3 year old. No *matter* how angry he/she is.

  104. The nonsense will never end, because some people have no understanding of the team game, until it suits their argument.

  105. Whereas Dorsett seems like a nice perhaps insane guy, Carillo looks like an angry perpetual drunk. Even his smiles seem mean-spirited.

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

    CF% is a statistic used to determine a team’s shot differential. With Jagr on the ice, the Devils dominated shot differential.

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

    You are speaking of a team game in one post, while in another, you are giving the sole credit for the two wins to Boyle and the sole blame of the two losses to Tavares and Jagr.

  108. Somebody please tell me!
    Why is Zucca on third line and Hagelin on second???
    Third time I ask this, but no answers.

  109. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    Because *Zucc, Brassard and Pouliot* a/k/a the *666* line, are $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ together.

  110. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    Also, in a sloppy game, Hagelin and his speed could really create something with the *dump* and *Chase* style of play

  111. rumpljon- welcome back! It’s been awhile, different name again. Very well thought through and presented post, as always. Except one omission on the Cap situation. This year, when the Cap is as difficult to manage as it will ever be, with all large, and some albatross contracts, the Rangers will still be able to add nearly $8M worth of contract(s) at deadline. So you’d be better off calculating actual numbers instead of just saying “every dollar counts”

  112. Don’t want to brake up that line, Rob!
    Just wonder about Zuccs points if he’d been on another line.

  113. _Just wonder about Zuccs points if he’d been on another line._

    I sort of wonder that too. Passing is his best asset, but he’s playing with a pass-first center and a garbageman scorer versus a pure sniper. You wonder what he’d look like w/ Nash or Kreider.

  114. ill-informed, for starters. argumentative for the sake of argument and disagreement. thinks a backup goalie is in the Hall of Fame. Roots against the team he allegedly roots for.

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

    Incorrect on all four counts. As you were saying, chief.

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

    Incorrect on the next three counts as well. Continue, boss.

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

    I assure you that you are incorrect on all seven counts.

  118. Even if Kenneth were the second biggest dummy in the world, he’d have to admit to #7 being true.

  119. I saw you ask him why he is repeating that phrase abou Zucc, “not every team would want Zuccarello”. He is mocking someone who said it not long ago, don’t remember who. Just to show how much Kenn knows, just over a month ago he called me a scmo for suggesting that Zuccarello earned his contrac and needs to be resigned.

  120. That was me, ILB. I said every team would take Boyle on their 4th, not every team would take Zucc on their 3rd. I can’t remember if that was before or after Kenneth tried to do his own math and failed miserably, but it happened.

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

    _how much Kenn knows, just over a month ago he called me a scmo for suggesting that Zuccarello earned his contrac and needs to be resigned._

    The word is “schmo” and a well-run organization does not re-sign a player to a hefty pay raise based on a couple months of success.

  122. fine print in terms of service:

    “We also reserve the right to deny access to the Site or any features of the Site to anyone who violates these Terms of Service or who, in our sole judgment, interferes with the ability of others to enjoy our website or infringes the rights of others.”

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

    I have acted peaceably and not denied anyone the right to enjoy the site. I speak eloquently and knowledgeably and I do not seek attention or disagreement.

  124. I am a very nice person. I am the best worker at my company. I am very attractive and everyone likes me a whole lot. I can drink the most beer and eat the spiciest food. I do hobbies very well.

  125. ‘Come on, come on, Who?
    Who are you? Who, who, who, who?
    Who are you?
    Who are you? Who, who, who, who?
    Who are you?
    Who are you? Who, who, who, who?
    Come on tell me, who are you?
    Who are you?

    I really wanna know
    I really wanna know
    Come on tell me, who are you, you, you, you?
    Who are you?’

  126. I tried to look at Callahan’s situation from a different point of view. I was making sure it wasnt my emotional attachment related to him being a home grown kid, heart and soul of a 2011-12 team, etc. Nope, the more I think about it the more I’m convinced letting him go would be a mistake. He means more to this team than he would to any other in the league.

  127. Groucho: “Sign this.”

    Chico: “What is it?”

    Groucho: “It’s a Sanity Clause.”

    Chico: “You can’t fool me; there is no Sanity Clause.”

  128. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    I actually get *praised* at work for being one of the most *productive* people in my Department. *NO JOKE*

  129. Carp: Do you ever hear the players talking about high cost of NYC living and taxes etc. when faced with signing elsewhere?

  130. _He means more to this team than he would to any other in the league._

    If you mean that as “his loss would hurt us more than his gain would help anyone else”, I totally agree. Would be devastating.

  131. Stranger Nation on

    _Why is Zucca on third line and Hagelin on second_

    Richie needs two handlers, er, wingmen who can play both sides of ice

  132. Zucc: “My stocks are down. I’m cash poor or something. My accountant says I got no cash flow. I’m not liquid. Something’s not flowing.”

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

    _State income taxes have an impact._

    Yes, they do.

  134. Look, if I argue with you, I must take up a contrary position, even if that’s just saying, ‘No it isn’t,’ or, ‘Yes it is!’ It’s not some sort of intellectual process. It’s the automatic gainsaying of any statement the other person makes. Yes, it is.

  135. Even you guys said Kevin Klein must have been shocked when he saw the cost to live here. Probably when he saw his 1st paystub too.

  136. Even if you don’t make the playoffs, you are considered a resident of NY for seven months, which makes you a bona fide taxable robot.

  137. I don’t think Zucc is complaining about NY taxes at all. Norway has a minimum income tax on 36%.

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

    Professional athletes must pay state taxes to any state, any state with taxes, where they play.

  139. Someone wrote an article the other day that there is a scenario where Payton Manning could pay over 100% to New Jersey on his Super Bowl earnings. I believe if he retires.

  140. If he was in Norway he would have paid st least 50 maybe 60% tax of everything he earned in a year!

  141. Sather Must Go! on

    What is Zucc’s next contact going be? Stepan-ish (2 yr for 6mm)??

    I think Zucc has been more productive/valuable this season (thus far) than Step was in the shortened season….

  142. There is one sport that taxes absolutely rules where it is played is boxing.

    No big fights in MSG mainly Nevada.

  143. Sather Must Go! on

    thanks, Gravy.. I didn’t look up the #s… he could argue the shortcoming in points relative to Step is made up with his effectiveness on the PP…

    I know Slats will squeeze every dime out of the zucc’s contract as he tends to do with most of the RFAs… while spending freely on UFAs

  144. But Stepan has never looked out-of-the-league bad either. Have to be careful about paying production versus talent.

  145. Is it not more respectful to use shorthand with the obviously acknowledged “THE” unspoken?

  146. Good afternoon all! Watching cool show on Hank on MSG. Driving around his hometown in a Maserati … Sweet!

  147. If I had to have Fran Healy buzzing in my ear from the shotgun seat, I’d give away the Maseraati to charity.

  148. Re: Phil – California will miss his substantial contributions. As they do many, many pro golfers who have fled that confiscatory State.

  149. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Mr d
    I was just musing, I would guess most teams would want to re-sign him prior to FA

  150. Ilb got to agree,there’s a reason he is captain. When he plays the team is that much better.

  151. jpg!!!!

    Nice thanks for sharing! Kristo was looking good last night :)

    What a Goal! That has to make a top ten list somewhere. Don’t you think?

  152. Callahan represents everything I love about the sport of hockey. His departure under nearly any circumstance would be too much for this bonehead to handle.

  153. I think even ol’ cold-hearted Slats is agonizing over this one, Latona. I can’t say he’d be wrong to trade him.

  154. I’m just think the ones I know. Parise, Toews, & Callahan for that matter, they are the perfect person to lead by example.

    Humble, Down to earth, hard working, easy to talk to.

  155. Retire Brad Park's #2 on

    If I had Fran Healy sitting next to me, droning on like he had marbles stuck in his throat, I’d drive the Maserati into a tree and hope the driver’s side airbag works well.

  156. Carp – We will have to bring you a Fighting Sioux Hat to pull out of the dusty closet, when you get a chance to interview him one of these days :)

  157. Retire Brad Park's #2 on

    Heads – I feel your your pain re: Callahan, because I think he’s as passionate about being the Rangers’ captain as we are about the team itself. He understands what an honor it is, and what a tremendous responsibility, and this Rochester boy is living the dream.

    But just as we worry about his health and durability, I’m sure he does as well, and I’m sure he worries about the shelf life of his career — and the last shot he has to have to create generational wealth for the Callahan family.

    So if it means accepting a king’s ransom to play for say, the Sabres, he would be crazy not to consider it.

    I hope it doesn’t happen, but I understand if it does.

  158. Healy to Henrik: ‘When you see that puck flying toward you at 100 mph, do you wish you weren’t there?’ Major oral flatulence worthy of Babba Waawaa.

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

    _Name one that isn’t the hardest working guy on the ice_

    Jagr. He only displayed effort when he chose to.

  160. Kenneth I always thought of him “pacing” himself :)

    He’s been playing in 4 different decades now. That has to put him on a short list with Gordie Howe. Right?

  161. Retire, you’re right I wouldn’t begrudge him. I am also a Ranger fan first and if they traded him to better the team, I get that too, it’s just that this kid is so much what a Ranger player should be. I haven’t been as big a fan of any Ranger since the guy who’s number two is hanging in the rafters.

    We know how that ended.

  162. Half of me thinks it’s going to happen Dubb.

    Unless Cally goes into Slats office with a box of Cigars and hammers it out himself, and doesn’t leave until the Cigars are smoked and the ink has dried.

  163. I’m bracing for it Sioux but hoping it won’t happen. UK Ranger made a good point if it just being some posturing by both sides in the negotiation, I’m going with that.

  164. If there is a definition of intangibles it ‘s in Cally, but can it overweight the increasing lost of games every season and potential disproportional to skills and contribution paycheck? Or sorry and bitter feelings he will inflict to the fans and himself after couple years of his long contract, when he becomes a pale shadow of former Cally. (remember another hard working captain pizza)?

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

    _Raymond Bourque was a captain traded at the deadline. Jarome Iginla._

    Neither teams were playoff-bound, winning teams. Both teams traded their captains to allow them the opportunity to win elsewhere.

  166. Things are going well, just wish there were a place for Miller to contribute, and Allen to develop on the big-club roster.

  167. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    The only thing about cally that bothers me is his lack of size and injuries.

    I think they resign him, but I agree with carp, better be a helluva deal.

  168. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Cally and NATW to the sens for Neil, methot, and zibnejad (I have no idea how to spell his name…clearly)

  169. I can distinctly recall a shift midway through the third period last evening where at the end of his shift Callahan just hounded a Fishstick blueliner stride for stride, forcing him back into his own zone, before he headed to the bench. I really couldn’t think of any other player on NYR who would do that, and that’s Callahan practically EVERY shift.

  170. The idea of trading Cally and/or Girardi is a great idea and the worst idea I can think of. I think either player could get a lot more than they’re worth in a trade. However the very real fear is that they could get traded for some young talent never reaches their potential and ends up being life long AHL’ers.

  171. Also, those are two guys who will probably have value for their teams even after they’re effective players. It’s really hard to image either (Although I would miss Cally more) in a non-Rangers jersey.

  172. Hard for me to believe that pile of crap team up in Toronto is ahead of the Rangers, though it has built its record without winning many games in the first 60 minutes.

  173. Kessler is great, but when you factor in chemistry, loyalty, etc. is it really worth trading Cally for hime? They’re very similar and Kesler is not that much better than Cally, if he is better.

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

    Kessel is a much better player. It’s not close. Toronto would never make that trade.

  175. Latona, agree St. Louis and Datsyuk play very good off the backhand, but IMO Crosby and Tavares are alone at #’s 1 and 2.

    Be very interesting stat, # of assists and goals off the backhand.

    Tavares amazed me last night with some of his backhand plays. Maybe because I’m used to watching Richards and his futile attempts at making the blind, cross ice backhand pass to the opponent?

  176. Captain Cally isn’t going anywhere. Any speculation to the contrary is a media creation.

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

    _Boyle’s hit in the neutral zone_

    Due to the fact the Rangers rarely possess the puck with Boyle on the ice.

  178. Apparently they possessed it long enough last night to score the game winner.

    Time to Open Your Eyes While You Watch the Game.

  179. Hopefully Slats is as unsettled about this as we are, resulting in an organization-acceptable captain-for-career sort of deal that Callahan deserves.

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

    My eyes tell me that Boyle better hit people and play excellent defense because he is unable to do anything else.

  181. When the mind is closed, it doesn’t really matter what your eyes tell you.

    Out To Lunch.

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

    It is fun to watch Beast Mode. He uses sheer strength when carrying the ball and does not shy away from contact.

  183. Oh my god Kenneth thinks Phil Kessel and Ryan Kesler are one player ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!!!!!!

    (I’d trade Callahan for Kesler but I’d do so with tears pouring down my face. Then I’d give him 7 years and a billion dollars in UFA because I’d be so sad without him.)

  184. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    What’s the *real* different between Kesler and Kessel aside from one getting an EA Sports cover and one being bald?

  185. Kesler’s facial features aren’t tightly bunched together on an otherwise normal sized head leaving far too much empty surface area?

  186. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    I tried that sentence like 5 times until I confused *myself*, Comrade. I *blew* it.

  187. Now that you have a $50, you can buy NEW pants so you won’t have OLD pants anymore.

    No More Old Pants.

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

    The coach that got suspended again for losing control of his actions?

  189. CCCP
    Buy some inexpensive prostitutes and set them free…

  190. _Which quote!? Give me details_

    “Shouldn’t have been standing there” referring to a picture of him running through some dude in a game. He was like 4 when Happy Gilmore came out which means he’s very *mature* and respects the *classics*.

  191. Send the fifty to the guy who was wearing the Broduer jersey last night. Tell him in a note:

    No More Broduer Jersey

  192. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Aaron Hernandez only murdered about 6 people. It’s not like he is a total serial killer…

  193. ‘Once upon a time you dressed so fine,
    You threw the bums a dime in your prime, didn’t you?

    How does it feel?
    How does it feel?
    To be on your own
    With no direction home
    Like a complete unknown
    Like a rolling stone?’

  194. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Still can’t believe the cops caught Hernandez. It looked like the perfect crime. How they were able to trace it all back to him is mind boggling.,.

  195. Hope that poor girl didn’t come to Manhattan with $200 bucks in her kick, looking for a 3 bedroom on Riverside Drive.

  196. Hernandez joins prison touch football league at prison, sings: “I am a Lineman for the County…”

  197. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    For $200 you should be looking at some nice digs. Upper east side – most places are in the $125/month range…

  198. If I was awarded the Broadway Hat, I’d take it back to MooseHump Manitoba and wear it in all the bars.

  199. No hat, seemed subdued, said it’s nice to be something more than the “energy” guy. He sees the handwriting on the subway walls. I’d rather see him and Dorsett than Richie any night. Jam.

  200. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    MDZ – “I’m a little bit country”

    MZA – “and I’m a little bit rock n roll”

  201. MDZ to MZA, parting tenderly after touring Tennessee next summer: “Well, we’ll always have Graceland.”

  202. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Carcillo has played very well. The 4th line playing much better than cally-hags-secretariat

  203. “…And down the stretch he comes, moving towards the bench like a tremendous manual can opener…”

  204. And he gets nothing but praise. I think Slats has the word out to make sure he avoids injuries at all costs and Richie revels in it.

  205. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Ranger D have really tightened up. Since that Pittsburg game, they’ve been pretty good….maybe the 4-3 islander loss the exception

  206. Sadly, if Richie played all-out like a Cally, he could be a serious factor and leave himself a heritage.

  207. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Islanders don’t suck anymore. Some holes for sure. But they’re improving. Certainly gave the pens all they could handle last year…

  208. D has been good. Klein for MDZ also frees up JMoops to join the rush from his natural side and use his exceptional speed.

  209. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Klein is a major upgrade. He made several poor decisions with the puck last few games but he is much more dependable than MDZ ever was in his own end…

  210. You could get a three bedroom in the Dakota, John Lennon’s old haunt, on 72nd for $12 a month, in 1884.

  211. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    I have a Black and white, taken from Wollman rink, of the Dakota from 1884. It was the only building on the upper west side at the time…

  212. I think they called it the Dakota because it was like in ‘Dakota territory,’ so far away from the action.

  213. this made my night!

    Dominic Moore favorited your Tweet
    8h: Thinking of @mooredom .jealous? pic.twitter.com/vX8JmqmpqK

  214. Maybe this was brought up before…maybe not…

    Perhaps it was partly just his performance (CeeLo doesn’t exactly scream hockey, does he?) or maybe it was a little more that got CeeLo and the fans all riled up against one another. Here’s a little more from the SNY Rangers Blog.

    This morning on Leafs Breakfast on TSN1 1050, Darren Dreger recounted his experience at Yankee Stadium last night.

    Dreger said that one of the highlights for him was “Cee Lo Green, I don’t what was it, before the game, whatever it was, he was taunting Islander fans and boy did they turn on this short, little, stout man in a hurry. He would break into his own song and just stop and say ‘the Rangers are gonna kick the Islanders a$$es’ and they were outraged. So when he came up in the first intermission they put a slate up on the big screen at Yankee Stadium saying ‘coming up next Cee Lo Green’ and there was just this enormous ‘boooo.’ That was one of the highlights for me.”

    CeeLo just gained a few small points from me.

  215. I mean c’mon. sealow is a 5 time Grammy winner.

    There you have it – Grammys are now dogs-breakfast.

  216. Good News: Met owners now talking about having an NHL team play a home game at CitiFeild Ballpark.

    Bad news: it would be the first professional sports franchise to play a home game at CitiField since the ballpark opened.

  217. Seablow blames poor outing on the “worst sheet of ice he’s ever had to perform on”

    Seablow Pulls a Marty.

  218. Seablow enroute to North Korea to perform at KimJongs uncle’s funeral.

    Asked to perform a special version of “Who Let the Dogs Out…..Who, who, who? “

  219. Kim Jong to most favored Advisor Uncle:

    “Uncle. You picked the wrong time to play with my dogs. They haven’t been fed since last Tuesday. ChopChop.”

  220. Read that the NSA is worried that if No Korea leadership falls, China will make the whole country a huge “buffer zone” and say to the US, ‘What are you going to do about it?’ True.

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