Coyotes at Rangers tonight (7 p.m.) … pre-game notes

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Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:
NEW YORK RANGERS vs. PHOENIX COYOTES
Monday, Mar. 24, 7:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 39-29-4 (82 pts)
Coyotes: 34-26-11 (79 pts)

TONIGHT’S GAME
The Rangers will face-off against the Phoenix Coyotes at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. ET — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in the first of two straight home games. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Metropolitan Division standings, and sixth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 39-29-4 (82 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the New Jersey Devils, 2-0, on Saturday at Prudential Center, to conclude their three-game road trip with a 3-0-0 record. The Blueshirts have won four of their last five games, including four straight on the road. The Coyotes enter the contest with a 34-26-11 (79 pts) record to rank eighth in the Western Conference, and have won three of their last four games. Following tomorrow’s contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday, Mar. 26, at Madison Square Garden (8:00 p.m.), in a Metropolitan Division matchup.

RANGERS vs. COYOTES:
All-Time: 38-25-6-0 overall (22-10-2-0 at home; 16-15-4-0 on the road)
• 2013-14: Tonight is the second and final meeting this season, and the only meeting at Madison Square Garden. New York is 0-1-0 overall (0-0-0 at home; 0-1-0 on the road), following a 4-1 loss in the season opener on Oct. 3 at Jobing.com Arena. The Rangers’ power play was 1-4 (25.0%) in the contest. Marc Staal notched the Blueshirts’ lone goal, off a feed from Rick Nash and Derek Stepan. Henrik Lundqvist made 28 saves.
Last Season: Did not play. In 2011-12, New York was 2-0-0 overall (1-0-0 at home; 1-0-0 on the road). Both contests were decided by one goal, including a 2-1 shootout win on Jan. 10, 2012, at MSG. The Rangers out-shot the Coyotes, 62-42, including a 21-10 advantage in the first period and a 23-12 advantage in the third period, and out-scored Phoenix 3-1 in the third period. Three different Rangers combined to score the team’s four goals in the series, including a game-winner by Brad Richards on Dec. 17, 2011 at Phoenix, and nine different Blueshirts tallied at least one point in the two games. Henrik Lundqvist was 1-0-0 with a 0.93 GAA and .947 Sv%, while Martin Biron was 1-0-0 with a 2.00 GAA and .913 Sv%.
• The Rangers have won eight of their last 11 games against the Coyotes, including a 5-1-0 mark at home over the span, dating back to a 3-2 win on Oct. 28, 2002
• The Blueshirts and Coyotoes have been separated by one goal in four of their last five meetings, including two contests that required the shootout
• New York is 16-16-4 at home; Phoenix is 13-14-8 on the road
• The Rangers are 11-12-0 vs. Western Conference opponents; the Coyotes are 15-10-3 vs. Eastern Conference opponents
• New York lists one former Coyote on their roster: Daniel Carcillo (2006-07 – 2008-09)
• Phoenix lists two former Rangers on their roster: Lauri Korpikoski (2008-09); Derek Morris (2008-09)

INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. COYOTES:
• Henrik Lundqvist – 5 GP, 4-1-0, 2.16 GAA
• Rick Nash – 35 GP, 17-17–34
• Brad Richards – 28 GP, 5-13–18
• Martin St. Louis – 18 GP, 8-8–16
• Dan Girardi – 8 GP, 3-1–4

SPECIAL TEAMS:
• The Blueshirts penalty kill is 26-27 (96.3%) with four shorthanded goals in the last 10 games
• Ranks eighth in the league in combined PP% + PK% (103.5%)
Power Play: The Rangers were 1-3 (5:55) on Saturday at New Jersey. New York ranks 12th in the NHL overall (44-233, 18.9%), and 23rd at home (18-119, 15.1%). The Rangers are 6-18 (8:36) in five-on-three situations (last – 3/21 at CBJ), and 0-6 (6:56) when four-on-three (last – 1/19 vs. WSH). Shorthanded goals allowed (6): 10/8 at SJS (Vlasic); 10/24 at PHI (Read); 11/19 vs. BOS (Paille); 12/20 vs. NYI (Clutterbuck, PS); 12/20 vs. NYI (Grabner); 3/2 vs. BOS (Campbell).
Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts were 1-1 (2:00) on Saturday at New Jersey. New York is tied for sixth in the NHL overall (176-208, 84.6%), and ranks eighth at home (81-96, 84.4%). The Rangers are 4-7 (6:27) in three-on-five situations (last – 3/7 at CAR), and 7-9 (6:36) when three-on-four (last – 3/22 at NJD). Shorthanded goals for (6): 10/7 at LAK (McDonagh); 12/27 at WSH (Hagelin); 1/19 vs. WSH (Callahan); 3/5 vs. TOR (McDonagh); 3/5 vs. TOR (D. Moore); 3/7 at CAR (McDonagh).
Four-on-Four: New York did not tally/yield a goal in one four-on-four situation (1:30) on Saturday at New Jersey. The Rangers are now -1 in 76 four-on-four situations (119:25), and even in one three-on-three situation (1:03) this season. Four-on-four goals for (7): 10/16 at WSH (J. Moore); 10/26 at DET (Brassard); 12/12 vs. CBJ (Girardi); 12/18 vs. PIT (Hagelin); 1/31 vs. NYI (Brassard); 1/31 vs. NYI (McDonagh); 3/7 at CAR (Nash). Four-on-four goals allowed (8): 10/3 at PHX (Vrbata); 10/7 at LAK (Muzzin); 10/12 at STL (Backes); 12/8 vs. WSH (Grabovski, PS); 12/18 vs. PIT (Sutter); 12/27 at WSH (Fehr); 1/6 vs. CBJ (Atkinson); 3/5 vs. TOR (Bozak).

PLAYOFF RACES
If the playoffs began today, the Rangers would advance to the Metropolitan Division Semifinals as the #3 seed against the #2 seed Philadelphia Flyers.

CROWNING ACHIEVEMENT
Henrik Lundqvist established two franchise records in a five-day span, becoming the Rangers’ all-time wins leader with his 302nd career victory on Tuesday at Ottawa (8-4, 35 saves) and the team’s all-time shutouts leader with his 50th career shutout on Saturday at New Jersey (2-0, 21 saves). He registered his 300th career win with a 30-save shutout, the 49th of his career, in the Rangers 3-0 victory over Detroit on Mar. 9 at Madison Square Garden. He became the 29th goaltender in NHL history to reach the 300-win mark, and is one of six active goalies with at least 300 wins. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Lundqvist is the fifth fastest goaltender to record 300 wins (560 games).

NHL ALL-TIME WINS LEADERS           NHL ALL-TIME SHUTOUTS LEADERS
24. Billy Smith – 305                                                        22. 4 tied with 51
25. Henrik Lundqvist – 304                                            T-26. Henrik Lundqvist – 50
26. Olaf Kolzig – 303                                                       T-26. Chris Osgood – 50
27. Walter Broda – 302
28. Mike Richter – 301

ROAD WARRIORS
New York is in the midst of a four-game road winning streak, and has won 21 of their last 28 contests on the road. The Rangers have posted two separate six-game road winning streaks this season for the first time in franchise history. The Blueshirts are now 23-13-0 on the road this season. Their 23 road wins lead all NHL teams, and is one shy of the franchise record for road wins in a season.

MAC TRUCK
Ryan McDonagh enters the contest with a three-game point streak (one goal, two assists) and has registered nine points (four goals, five assists) in the last 11 games, a stretch that began with a career-high, three-game goal streak. He has also logged 25:00+ of ice time in each of the last six games. He leads the Rangers and ranks 14th in the NHL in average ice time (24:45), and ranks second on the team with 121 blocked shots. McDonagh notched a shorthanded goal in consecutive games on Mar. 5-7, to become the first Rangers player to record a shorthanded goal in consecutive games since Michal Rozsival on Nov. 17-19, 2007. He has also tied Brian Leetch’s single-season franchise record for most shorthanded goals by a defenseman with three shorthanded goals this season. McDonagh is tied for fifth in the league in shorthanded goals (three) and ninth in shorthanded points (four). He is currently one point shy of 100 career NHL points.

RICK ROLLING
Rick Nash has posted four multi-goal performances and leads the Rangers with 23 goals this season. He has tallied at least 20 goals in each season since his rookie year in 2002-03 (17 goals), and is the only player in the NHL with an active streak of 10 straight 20-goal seasons.

THE HOT LIST:
• Henrik Lundqvist – Has held opponents to two goals or less in 16 of his last 23 games (16-6-1, 1.96 GAA, .935 Sv%, 3 SO), and is 6-2-0 with a 1.63 GAA, .945 Sv%, and two shutouts in his last eight contests
• Derek Stepan – three-game goal/point streak (three goals, one assist), and has recorded a point in 11 of the last 13 games (five goals, 10 assists)
• Ryan McDonagh – three-game point streak (one goal, two assists), and nine points (four goals, five assists) in the last 11 games
• Mats Zuccarello – Has registered 14 points (two goals, 12 assists) in his last 15 games, including four assists in the last three contests
• Rick Nash – three goals in the last three games
• Carl Hagelin – six points (five goals, one assist) in the last nine games, including five points (four goals, one assist) in the last five contests
• Derick Brassard – three goals and four points in the last three games
• Kevin Klein – four points (one goal, three assists) in the last seven games

MILESTONES APPROACHING:
• Ryan McDonagh – 1 point from 100th NHL career
• Brian Boyle – 3 points from 100th NHL career

INJURIES (102 Man-Games Lost):
• None

RECENT TRANSACTIONS:
• Mar. 17 – Agreed to terms with defenseman Ryan Graves

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  1. Eddie..Eddie…Eddie….great pic…man..talk about heart! Anyway…sure Columbus wishing Gabby was still around…he sure looks better when your team can’ t score. Sound familiar? Nice to have Joe back…he sure makes the radio broadcast that much better…but glad he is back. Gotta do two things tonight…get two points..preferably non-Bettman style…and keep Brad Richards healthy….hate to look ahead..but Philly can be quite the game…it is Onion’s time.

  2. Sioux-per-man on

    Rangers win at home!

    Setting up Wednesday game with a five game win streak!

    Great pic Carp!

  3. Love the pic! Eddie in all his old school mask glory.

    Tonight is the classic trap game and scares the crap out of me. Two emotional wins against division rivals, and another coming up on Wednesday. Do you give Hank a blow or do you ride the hot goalie and rest him against Edm or Cgy?

  4. This is has del zaster written all over it with flyers looming on Wednesday after two straight big intense div games. The only positive is the Yotes are desperate too.

  5. Robby Bonfire on

    ORR!! apparently is baby who needs to be “First,” like a kid needs a lollypop or whines his head off. Grow up, ORR!!

  6. 3 games, 3 wins 15-5 in the goals column.
    Please don’t have s tinker tonight boys!!

  7. Good morning, boneheads!

    NY started their season with a stellar 3-6 road trip in Phoenix. Remember Vrbata? He had a hat-trick that day. And Hanzal was hitting everything that moved. Also, that was Nash’s first fight this season. He fought Hanzal and didn’t look too good after. I suspect that was a setup for his concussion in SJ a few days later. They need to remember that game and come out swinging.

  8. Great picture! Anybody else notice no advertisements on the boards, no home/away sweaters/jerseys in the crowd, no team colors glove, blocker, pads and the size of it all. Old time hockey

  9. Eddie, probably the most popular Ranger of all time.

    Certainly of those home grown.

  10. Rob in Beantown on

    Being *first* is the greatest honor you can achieve on this blog, the worst on the internet

  11. I’d like to keep talking about that Stepan for Hanzal trade and how we’ll be much better off. (s)

  12. Remember that time ORR disappeared from the blog for like months? That was a huge bummer. It wasn’t the same without him.

  13. Stranger Nation on

    Out to pasture?

    Bucky the Back Stabber since Sochi Break:

    1 G, 3 A (2 Primary assists & 1 PPA)

    Now that is Leadership!!

  14. Doodie Machetto on

    I can’t wait until Richards is gone. I seriously dislike him, not just for how he plays, but for how he is off the ice as well.

    The end can’t come soon enough.

  15. I’m fearing that Philly comes out on Wednesday and tries to hurt Richards knowing how much we’d be screwed.

    That kind of crap is right in their wheelhouse.

  16. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Doodie – I feel the same tho my dislike has more to do with his terrible on ice performance…..the pretenders sang “The Cuban Slide”…Richards does “The Backcheck Glide”

  17. As the stakes get higher each game now Richards just looks like he can’t keep up. I find myself yelling at television every time he’s on ice late in game protecting a lead. He can’t skate or back check.

  18. Is this guy, #19, secretly married into the Dolan family or something? How can it be possible that Sather keeps him here and the coaches feel free to publicly point out small foibles of other players and Richards glides on month after month, year after year like he was the Duke of Cornwall?

  19. Rob in Beantown on

    Katie Strang @KatieStrangESPN
    #NYR Both Marty St Louis and Derek Stepan not skating this morning because of the flu

  20. We can’t even get lucky enough for Richie to catch the flu! Bring up the kid, #10. At least any of his errors will be errors of commission, not errors of disinterest.

  21. Doodie Machetto on

    Justin Faulk just resigned for 6 years, 4.83 million. That McDonagh deal just gets better and better every day.

  22. Stepan and St. Louis flu. Win 2 big games and now this crap. News not the time for this.

    Already was thinking del zaster tonight now I may have to go to ledge now.

  23. Ryan haggerty era is here. This kid better not crap his pants tonite. It’s a big boy game. Onionssss

  24. Rob in Beantown on

    Zucc could compete for the Extra Effort Award in my opinion, but he’ll have to have a strong finish to the season

  25. Haggerty should be in Hartford if his contract were properly worded, and unless the league objects. And that slug, Falk, should be sent packing if he refuses to go down. We need some experienced players here right now to replace Step and MSL.

  26. Stranger Nation on

    Would rather bring up Miller and play both Dorsett and Carbomb is Stephaine and Hack a loouie can’t go

    THE – Bros – Good
    Pullout – Bucky – MZA
    Hags – D Moore – Miller
    Carbomb – Olive Boil – Dorsett

  27. Stranger Nation on

    Falk has obviously been to Ho-ford. He ain’t no dummy, but this is not Sweden and he doesn’t get 6 months of paternity leave

  28. Can they even call up Miller with roster/cap limit? I assume they’d have to go with 7 D-men if Stepan and MSL couldn’t play.

  29. Boyle can play center, or call up Miller. Really not that big of deal.

    This is going to be a trap-fest anyway.

    Who ever wins the special teams wins the game.

    Call Kristo UP, he just scored his 20 goal of the year, or will the College Kid get a look?

  30. This is not the time to give a college junior from RPI Garden ice time, IMO, (the erstwhile Kreider injection notwithstanding.)

  31. If roster limit isn’t and issue, and I’m reading capgeek correctly, they have a bit over $1M in space, and Miller makes just under $900k.

  32. Stranger Nation on

    Miller is versatile at center or forward, has proven he can play at this level and has a two way game. Playing some college kid or 7 D is a mistake unless that 7th Dman is Bickel…

  33. If you have the FLU – how could you possibly be a game time decision?

    Seriously how much energy could you possible have in the 3rd period?

    And don’t you take the risk of the rest of the team getting it?

  34. ‘If any of you put a stumbling block before one of these little ones, it would be better for you if a great millstone were fastened around your neck and you were drowned in the depth of the sea.’

  35. Rob in Beantown on

    I don’t believe athletes actually get “the flu” as much as we’re told they do. These guys have to get flu shots, right? I think “the flu” is about a descript as “lower body injury.” For all intensive purposes.

  36. JR: “A fly, on the other hand, should always be closed, unless you need to take a leak.”

  37. Oops, meant BR practices with MSL over the summer and stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last night…no difference in result.

  38. I should add that, although I love Miller, I don’t know where he fits on this roster right now.

  39. Love that pic of Eddie…looks like a color version of the autographed black and white pic that hung in my barber shop for years (until my barber sold and moved to Florida)

  40. Rob in Beantown on

    Katie Strang @KatieStrangESPN
    #NYR Rangers will recall JT Miller on emergency basis. St Louis, Stepan and Dorsett all game-time decisions

  41. Rob you may be right on the FLU bug. It could very well be exhaustion, after playing 3 games in 4 days.

    Muscles, joints, bones start to ache after awhile.

  42. Stranger Nation on

    Green Flu –
    Ranger Complacency, commonly known as “the Green Flu”, is an infectious disease of the heart locally specific to the NY Rangers caused by signing long term UFA contracts, missing training camp as an RFA or being traded for during the last productive phase of your career. The most common symptoms are not back-checking, fear of attacking crease, unwillingness to engage opponents, and lack of desire in playing 2 way hockey.

    Green Flu is severe disease caused by a senile GM.[1] Green Flu may produce nausea and vomiting of the Garden faithful, particularly in diehards,[2] but these symptoms are more common in the unrelated alcohol overconsumption, which is sometimes referred to as “Irish Flu” or [3] season ticket holder reaction upon viewing cost of next season’s new and improved transformed ticket prices or “Blue shi(r)t Flu”.

  43. Lol, Stranger.

    Seriously, where would JT Miller fit in this lineup assuming Richards continues to be in it?

  44. “I don’t believe athletes actually get “the flu” as much as we’re told they do. These guys have to get flu shots, right? I think “the flu” is about a descript as “lower body injury.” For all intensive purposes.”

    I think you mean intensive porpoises.

  45. Doodie Machetto on

    If it’s this year, then he’s 4th line wing over carcillo and Dorsett. If it’s next year, he just takes Pouliot’s spot. Bingo-bango.

    And if Richards is bought out, then he becomes 3C.

  46. I mean now. I want him to be our 3rd line Center next season instead of trading Stepan for Hanzal (as some people have suggested)

  47. Doodie Machetto on

    Rats! moderated over my joke! Even my attempt to take the comment out of moderation failed.

  48. “This has been an emotional day for all of us. I think we should get naked. Don’t ask questions. Just give in to the power of the tea.”

  49. Doodie Machetto on

    oh I think I know why my joke keeps getting moderated. Damn. Well, in a couple of hours, whenever Carp finds it, you’ll see me make the same joke three times.

  50. Doodie Machetto on

    Damn! Still moderated when I tried to fix it. OK, I’m done. It was a joke about Hanzal and Carp is robbing you all of it.

  51. Doodie Machetto on

    And by all of you, I mean just Manny, since he would probably be the only one who gets it.

  52. Lol. You have no idea how badly I want Hanzal on this team ONLY for the _Zoolander_ references!

    Every single time he does anything we can say, “He’s so hot right now”

  53. I guess we won’t see the Stepan vs Hanzel match tonight.

    I never said I would trade Step for him, I’m just saying he would be a solid addition to the team as a 2nd 3rd line center.

  54. THE – Bros – Good
    Pullout – Bucky – MZA
    Hags – D Moore – Miller
    Carbomb – Olive Boil – Dorsett

    March 24th, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    From Strangers post earlier.

    Is it bad that I understand who he means?

  55. For some reason, Vinegar doesn’t want to use CarProblems and Dorsett together on the same night. When Boston comes calling, he might change his mind.

  56. How about we make room for the Staal Brothers, since Carolina will be cutting back on Salary.

    And Richie is bought out at the end of the playoffs right?

  57. Two great minds think alike!

    I can’t imagine what it would take to send Eric to the Rangers :)

  58. Manny – what is the best HOCKEY bar in NY?

    I’ll need to catch the Rangers/Sioux game on Friday night!

  59. I’ve been to the Flying Puck.

    The night Tampa Bay HAD to beat Carolina, so the Rangers would get in.

    That could be the place to be on Friday at 7:00!!!

  60. Wow. That’s awesome, Pimp. Carp should hire that youngster as an intern. Show him the ropes.

  61. To me, the best Hockey bar in NYC is that bar with an AMAZING beer list and a TV. Three I’ve enjoyed…

    The Ginger Man
    Alfie’s
    Rattle & Hum (very close to MSG)

  62. Doodie Machetto on

    I tried cleaning that word and it didn’t come. Don’t even bother. The moment has passed.

  63. Doodie Machetto on

    Going to the game tonight with Doodie Sr. First time we are getting to go to a game together this season. Pretty excited about it.

    Wish it was Wednesday’s game instead, but I’ll settle.

  64. Doodie Machetto on

    eric, how much are your tickets next season? how much of an increase is it? Mine went up four bucks.

  65. Doodie Machetto on

    Rutherford stepping down after the season in Carolina. Hopefully Sather does the same sometime in the next half century.

  66. Doodie Machetto on

    Anyone want in on a portion of my group’s season tickets for next year? We have two openings (one guy moved to Pittsburgh and we have one empty group from the additional cost of the tickets).

  67. Anyone who truly likes a relaxing, slowed-down game should try the ‘Hybrid Icing,’ on 2nd Avenue. AND they have a nice stock of AV’s Unused Timeouts in 12 oz. longnecks.

  68. Doodie – *e-mail* regarding your post.

    Also, I wouldn’t go to Northern Darfur/Sudan because they just get too much rain. I would go south of the mountains.

  69. Darfur refugees are fleeing to Chad, so tourists have plenty of room to walk around. Rumor is Richie’s agent is in talks with the Darfur Dingbats because he likes to skate in sand.

  70. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Lmfao

    2h
    James Duthie ? @tsnjamesduthie
    NHL on TSN tonight: MON at BOS 7:30et. Habs 4-1 last 5 (relatively hot). Bruins 12 straight wins (Kate Upton in a Finnish sauna hot).
    Retweeted by Bob McKenzie

  71. Doodie

    My seats went up 2 dollars.

    More pissed about first round playoffs from $76 per seat to $120 for 1st round.

  72. I’m staying out of Chad as well. I would probably head north east for Eritrea, maybe get into the Sinai Desert. Experience lawlessness at its best!

  73. Owners love the Playoffs. Effectively no salaries, all income. So they glom you $45 extra just for the first round.

  74. Doodie Machetto on

    They’re filming an episode of her tv show outside of my office. I was walking to get my lunch and she cam out of her trailer as I was about to pass it. She was flanked on either side by security or production people. I played it cool and walked between her and her people, like she was nobody important.

    Put her in her place.

  75. Oh man. That is gonna haunt her. I bet she’s sobbing into her gold dusted hot cocoa right now!

  76. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Doodie
    You should have started yelling “oh my god Michelle Kwan, you are the best ice skater ever”!!!

  77. If Stepan is out with the flu tonight, I would so trade him for Hanzal, then trade back for him tomorrow.

  78. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    I also think she could take doodie which is probably why he didn’t do what I suggested earlier

  79. When Pat Verbeek fought Leetch, Bergeron called him a “little pisspot” and said, “who can he beat up? His mom pro-bob-ly.”

  80. can anyone answer this—regarding Richards,if he gets hurt in the playoffs and can’t buy him out,do that count towards the recapture or is it only the regular season that counts towards recapture

  81. Robby Bonfire on

    You know something, if I am Miller and I get a call to report to New York, I don’t report. Screw it!

  82. Rob do you think he’s worried about his *Report Card*….. maybe that’s why he didn’t go to school.

  83. Think de Blasio could stick with Coughlin’s Giants after repeatedly showing up late?

  84. Just think had he stayed in school, he probably would have hung 2 Championship banners. He would have been a Siouxper ALL-STAR, perhaps up their with the legends, skating on a line with his Gold-Medal side kick.

    Shooting badgers next Friday….

    No such luck with this fan :(

  85. If Tiger Woods played hockey, he’d be looking for appearance fees to show up for the Playoffs.

  86. Dolan to eddie G: “We’d be happy to have you on the 24th to pay tribute to Henrik.”

    eddie G: “Uh, what’s the honorarium?”

  87. Of course, Mills makes 70 grand in Hartford, $925 thou up here. I think I’d get on the train.

  88. *Gernander*: “Good news, son. You got called up to the big show. They have some players down with the flu and, well, I recommended you. I can’t say how long you will be up there, but, if you make an impression you could possible help this team get to the playoffs.”

    *JT Miller*: “I ain’t going coach!”

    *Gernander*: “Why?”

    *JT Miller*: “Have to look out for my best asset. *Me*”

    *Gernander*: “Probably not your best career move, son.”

    *JT Miller*: “What do you know old man? You’re not my dad and you’re not my agent. I hate you!”

  89. *Gernander*: “Glen. Got some bad news. Miller isn’t going to get on the bus. I sent you Michael Haley instead.”

  90. *Sather*: “Who in the heck is Miller Haley? You mean the third baseman for the Phillies in the 1920’s?”

  91. *Gernander*: “No, Glen. JT Miller is a prospect in your system. He was up with the big club before. You remember? Haley is a veteran player you have for added grit. Actually. Glen, is Jeff around? Can I talk to Jeff?”

  92. *Gorton*: “What you got for me, Ken? Who? Glen? Oh you know. He has his good days and his bad days. Some are worse than others. Today’s actually a pretty good one for him.”

  93. *Sather*: “Who;s that, Jeff? Is that my Mom? I keep telling her not to call me at school! Mom! I can’t talk to you when I’m at school. The Nuns get mad!”

  94. *Gorton*: “Oh no. That’s nothing. Just, Glen was asking why Miller didn’t want to come up to the big club?”

  95. *Gernander*: “I can’t really explain it, Jeff. He told me he neeeded to protect his best asset. I think he means himself. Wait, I’ve got a letter here. It’s from Miller’s agent. Never heard of this guy before. Robby Bonfire of Bonfire Industries. Hm. Miller must have switched Agents without notifying the club.”

  96. *Gorton*: “What’s it say, Ken? I wonder why the letter didn’t make it to the Rangers’ front office. Can you read it to me or summarize it? This is a real puzzler”

  97. *Gernander*: “Well. I can read it to you, “heretofore my client, JT Miller, will not be reporting to the big club. We don’t feel it’s in his best interest to be bounced back and forth. You can keep your higher paygrade and we henceforth demand a trade.””

  98. *Gorton*: “Well ain’t that a hoot. He knows the traded deadline passed, right? I mean, no agent could be that stupid as to advise his client against coming up to the big club.”

  99. All you ever needed to know about Richy you learned when he tweeted about golf right after we got ousted by the Devils. Not the judgment or passion of a leader. I stand by the comment made at that time.

  100. *Gernander*: “You got me, Jeff. For now, you got Haley on his way up and he can fill in admirably. I will have one of the veteran players down here try to talk some sense into JT. Good luck.”

  101. _Later that day. Lights fade up into a small apartment filled with squalor. Miller is packing his bags and speaking on his cellular phone. There are empty bags of chips and other garbage strewn about the floor. JR is pacing and throwing jock straps into a duffel bag_

    *Miller*: “It’s just not fair, Mommy. It’s just not fair! I want to play with my friends and not have to bounce back and forth. It’s really hard. You don’t understand.”

    _JT Pauses while he listens to his mother respond. The audience does not hear her end of the conversation_

    *Miller*: “I don’t care, Mommy. You and Dad can send me more money. I don’t wanna go up to the Rangers. I would have to be in New York City and I would have to miss this awesome party tonight in West Hartford! SEND ME MONEY NOW, MOM. I want to get a round of Oysters at Max’s Oyster Bar!”

  102. _The door opens and in walks Asham carrying a six pack in his hand. His hair is down and his shirt is open. He has the likeness of a monster awkwardly drawn on his stomach. His pants are ripped pajama pants and he wears dormitory sandals_

    *Miller*: “Mommy. I have to go. My friend is here. HE UNDERSTANDS ME!”

  103. *Asham*: “JT. I heard that you got called up but don’t want to go. Why would you do something like that. You’re playing with fire, kid. You need to jump on every opportunity you get in this world. Take me for example. I met a nice woman downstairs. She drew all over my stomach. We ate Cheetos together and she taught me how to needlepoint. That was an experience I never would have gotten if I didn’t embrace it!”

  104. *Miller*: “Well. I got a new agent. His name is Robby Bonfire of Bonfire Industries. You ever meet him? Doesn’t matter. Great guy. The best. He advised me to hold out and refuse to go up. They need to treat me with some respect!”

  105. *Asham*: “Respect? You’re 21 years old, JT. If you refuse you will lose the chance to impress your bosses and get called up for next season. Listen, man. A lot of these guys are one 1 year contracts and they are going to get greedy. You can slip into the lineup as a regular next season when they demand too much money. Don’t burn these bridges, JT. You can end up traded. You’re just about to come off your Entry Level Contract and, while you don’t have arbitration rights, the team will certainly give you a nice raise. You can finally buy Rebecca that ring she deserves.”

  106. *Miller*: “I hear you, Ash. But my agent, Robby Bonfire, told me that I need to hold out. If the Rangers trade me that’s fine. I can catch on somewhere else. Maybe, if I’m lucky, I can get traded to a town where they respect me!”

    _Lights slowly fade out as Asham passes out on the floor. JT puts his bag together, takes one last look at his apartment and exits stage left_

    *END SCENE. END ACT ONE*

  107. ThisYearsModel on

    Brooks has a piece on Brian Boyle. Seems the Rangers have not responded to his requests for negotiation of a new contract. He is going to be a free agent. I like Boyle. He is a loyal soldier. I especially like in in his current role, which is appropriate for him. He is a valuable guy. I would be sad to see him go.

  108. Eddie Giacomin and Mike Richter will both be here for the ceremony, as will Lundqvist’s parents, who are in from Sweden. The video tribute — I caught a preview of it — will be done to the Foo Fighters’ “My Hero.”

  109. ilb, quite a Boneheads performance today. Good to see because they’ve been too focused on, you know, hockey talk lately.

  110. Admiral Bull Halsey, after being introduced as a “great’ man:

    “There are no great men. Just great challenges which ordinary men,out of necessity, are forced by circumstance to meet.”

  111. Halsey also made this comment about the Boston Bruins:

    “What kind of people do they think we are? Is it possible they do not realize that we shall never cease to persevere against them until they have been taught a lesson which they and the world will never forget?”

  112. Interesting day, indeed. Nice, Manny. Looks like Boyle isn’t very high on Sather’s list at the moment. But then again, who is? As long as he buys Richards out, I’d be ok.

  113. Wizard of Oz: Back where I come from there are men who do nothing all day but good deeds. They are called phila… er, phila… er, yes, er, Good Deed Doers.

  114. Richie says he might want to go into medicine when he retires. Maybe he’ll be assigned to ilb.

    ilb: “You’re going to have to pick it up a little, Brad.”

    FINALLY, someone speaks out!

  115. Dolan’s MSG stock up 114% in a year and some months, according to Barron’s, expected to go even higher with arrival of Phil Jackson. His response? Raise customer prices.

  116. @rangersreport

    J.T. Miller is not being recalled … so it looks as if two of the three flu-ridden players will/might play.

  117. So apparently the Mets had an all time dumb tweet today. Some type of Dice-KKK reference after the guy struck out the side during his start.

  118. Flu like symptoms, I’m sure the boys will be fresh in the 3rd period, that always adds up to a win.

    Perhaps Marty gets of the goose egg tonight!!

  119. Package Miller in a deal for the Staal brother. His salary should fit Carolina’s payroll “budget”!

  120. I was at the Meadowlands when Verbeek beat up Leetch…. I think the same night Shanny beat the tar out of David Shaw. Bergy then fell in love Rudy Poke check…no more beatings. Espo n Bergy now there was some hatred

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