Former King Brian Boyle poised to go from ‘bust’ to boom … Interactive season review now available

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Here is Josh Thomson’s story from The Journal News and lohud.com:

By Josh Thomson

GREENBURGH – Brian Boyle joined the Los Angeles Kings in 2007, right around the time they imported Jonathan Quick, Drew Doughty and other core players who have since turned the franchise into perennial Stanley Cup contenders. When asked now if he thought they were building something great back then, Boyle scoffed.

Back then, he never thought that far ahead.

“I was stupid. I didn’t know anything,” he said. “I was just trying to make it.”

The former first-round pick earned his label as a “bust” with the Kings. Seven years later, with free agency looming, Boyle has established himself as a fixture for the Rangers, who will play in L.A. Wednesday night in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.

“I’m 29 now,” said Boyle, who will enter the offseason as an unrestricted free agent. “I was 22 when I signed with them. A lot of things are different.”

For Boyle, who played some defense in the minors and then was viewed as more of a power forward, the most obvious changes are his role and the expectations for him. Both were reset when the Rangers traded a third-round pick for him at the 2009 draft.

At first, Boyle’s modest offensive contributions unnerved fans hopeful the Rangers had stolen a first-round talent. Instead, he has steadily established himself as the leader of the team’s checking line and a top penalty killer.

“He’s really solidified a good presence on our fourth line,” Brad Richards said. “He’s scored and done some big things in big games — really big games. You need depth, and he’s added depth. Obviously, the (penalty-kill) part is huge.”

Boyle has formed Alain Vigneault’s first-choice duo with another fourth-line forward, Dominic Moore. The two even have provided some offense at even strength.

Boyle has two goals and four assists in these playoffs; he fed Moore for the winning goal in Game 6, a 1-0, series-clinching win at home against the Canadiens.

“He’s a great athlete,” said Steve Dagdigian, Boyle’s former high school coach at St. Sebastian’s in Needham, Massachusetts. “I keep telling people that when he was in high school, he was a 6-6, 6-7 shortstop. He’s got hands. He can move. It’s not surprising to me that he can adapt in different ways athletically.”

Looking back, Boyle believes his inability to adapt off the ice was a major undoing at first. His prep school, college and minor-league hockey were all played within a 90-minute drive of Hingham, where he was the middle child of 13 kids.

“Oh, I grew up a lot. I know I was coming out of college and was older than some first-year guys, but I was never really away from home,” Boyle said. “To kind of go through the challenges when I was away from home was an experience that has ultimately made me better.”

With his maturity, the hulking 6-foot-7, 244-pound center has also channeled his nasty side, using his body to smother opponents or create traffic near the net.

Rarely does a period end without Boyle lingering near the bench to exchange words with some foe.

“He wasn’t naturally a physical guy,” Dagdigian said. “I don’t know if it’s just because he was so big so early, but he has really been able to add that into the game, which I guess you better do when you’re that big in the NHL.”

Twitter: @jthomson22

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VIGNEAULT: “I LIKE OUR CHANCES …”

GREENBURGH – In one long breath, Alain Vigneault was certain to get the message out that his Rangers will be the underdogs (and they are, according to Vegas) against Los Angeles in the Stanley Cup final.

In a shorter one, though, the Rangers’ coach made sure to voice his confidence.

“Going into Philly, people were probably 50/50 that we’d get through that (series),” Vigneault said before the team flew to Los Angeles Monday. “Going into Pittsburgh, I would probably say there were a lot more people, experts, picking Pittsburgh. … Going against Montreal, other than a few New York reporters, I think everybody else across Canada was, ‘Montreal in four or five.’ So throughout these playoffs, and it’s not going to change now, we’ve been the underdog.

“Even though a lot of people aren’t going to give us any chance, I like our chances. I like our group; I like our focus; I like the way we compete. And I know L.A.’s been there before; I know they’ve won before; I know they’ve been to three Game 7s and won (them all), they’ve beaten the Stanley Cup champions. I get that. But we’re going to try real hard, I can promise you that.”

Old friend Gabby: The leading goal scorer in the playoffs, with 12, is Marian Gaborik, a two-time 40-goal scorer for the Rangers who was jettisoned to Columbus at the 2013 trade deadline for Derick Brassard, John Moore and Derek Dorsett. Los Angeles got him at the ’14 deadline.

“He’s on fire,” said his old friend, Henrik Lundqvist. “He’s been playing really well the whole playoffs, and he can play a huge part for them. That’s why they’re in there. Twelve goals or something, and he’s doing his thing. He’s one of the guys we have to be sure we keep our focus on and make sure we know when he’s on the ice. He’s a sniper, he’s fast, and he finds the net pretty good. But they have a bunch of guys who like to get open ice and get going, so that’s one of many challenges for us.”

“They definitely have got size, and they added speed and scoring when they added Gaborik, obviously,” Vigneault said. “They’re the real thing. They’re the real deal. Big challenge.”

Ins and outs: Cam Talbot remains out day-to-day with an undisclosed injury, and David LeNeveu, who has been practicing and traveling with the team, could possibly back up Lundqvist in Game 1. He said he’s been having a blast. “This is why we play,” he said.

Winger J.T. Miller (probable shoulder injury) skated on his own again Monday, and Vigneault said he could practice with the team in L.A. on Tuesday. John Moore still has one game to serve on his two-game suspension, and Daniel Carcillo is awaiting word on the appeal of his 10-game suspension for abusing a linesman. He has served three games.

The Rangers signed goalie Mackenzie Skapski, their sixth-round pick in 2013, and defenseman Calle Andersson, a fourth-rounder in 2012.

Stanley Cup Final

(Best of seven)

Game 1: Wednesday at Los Angeles, 8 p.m., NBC

Game 2: Saturday at Los Angeles, 7 p.m., NBC

Game 3: Monday at Rangers, 8 p.m., NBC Sports Network

Game 4: Wed., June 11, at Rangers, 8 p.m., NBC Sports Network

Game 5: x-Fri., June 13, at Los Angeles, 8 p.m., NBC

Game 6: x-Mon., June 16, at Rangers, 8 p.m., NBC

Game 7: x-Wed., June 18, at Los Angeles, 8 p.m., NBC

x—if necessary

Twitter: @RangersReport.

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  1. Holy schneikes team usa plays Ghana at six pm and the rangers play a potential cup clincher at 8 the very same night. How can I contain myself?

  2. Brian Boyle, King of the WBM, Penalty Killer supreme and integral part of Stanley Cup Finalist New York Rangers!!

  3. Boreale – the good thing about soccer is it will never over-run more than a few minutes so you won’t miss any of either game!!

  4. Finally got around to reading the “predictions” by Hockey Writers across the US and Canada. To call us underdogs is an understatement. Virtually everyone is picking the kings.. I LIKE the roll as underdog. Hopefully, AV can use it for motivation….

    NO SOUP FOR LOS ANGELINGOS!

  5. inthearmsofbrianboyle on

    At last
    Stonehands gets his own piece.
    Very deserving.

    Watch him dangle graciously through the Kings D before he smothers the puck behind mr Slow for *at least* two gwg this series.

  6. Exactly. The game will be over at the latest 8:05

    Could be a glorious night!,

  7. Manny-O-War on

    It’s just so weird that an article would be written about Boyle when he’s going to be scratched in favor of *powe*

  8. Sioux says Rangers in 7 on

    Boyler making it big against a team that gave up on him.

    Just imagine if he plays a little bit bigger, meaner, and stronger against his “old” team.

    Boyler was played 4 years at Boston College. His senior year his team beat the Sioux in the Frozen Four. I drove all the way to Denver for the games. He was such a beast on the ice.

    I think Boyler & THE play better when they are on the edge and are hitting the snot out of the other team.

    I like our chances. The Kings are going to tire out, in this series :)

  9. Sioux says Rangers in 7 on

    *POWE* right in the kisser, here’s hoping Boyler boils over a few times and makes his OLD TEAM pay.

    He has always been twice the player in the post season, and his line is even better with Dom Moore on it. Here hoping they get another Game Winning Goal!!!

  10. I wonder if the Rangers know that the entire hockey universe is picking them to lose big to the Queens. Not to mention Derbil and Icelander fans who are snapping up Queen jerseys at a rapid clip.

  11. Sioux says Rangers in 7 on

    I dug my 20-1 ticket out today :)

    Thinking to myself….. fool why didn’t you put 1,000 on it :)

  12. -GREENBURGH – Brian Boyle joined the Los Angeles Kings in 2007, right around the time they imported Jonathan Quick, Drew Doughty and other core players who have since turned the franchise into perennial Stanley Cup contenders. When asked now if he thought they were building something great back then, Boyle scoffed.-

    -Back then, he never thought that far ahead.-

    -I was stupid. I didn’t know anything,” he said. “I was just trying to make it.-

    GREENBURGH – Darrol Powe joined the Philadelphia Flyers in 2008, right around the time they imported Claude Giroux, Antero Niittymaki and other core players who have since turned the franchise into perennial non-Stanley Cup contenders. When asked now if he thought they were building something “good” back then, Powe scoffed.

    Back then, he never thought that far ahead.

    “I was stupid” he said.

    *FIXED*

  13. Rob in Beantown on

    This is (probably) the last thing I’m going to say about the stupid #JerseyGate. It’s pretty cruel that in the original mea culpa email, which they sent to everybody, they use the language “We will be honoring the pricing shown on our website” because it’s pretty clear they honored it for virtually nobody. If you’re going to cancel our orders just come out and say you are instead of lying to cover your aasen and giving people false hope. It’s just really poor treatment of your customers in general.

  14. That article just highlights the fact that we should have traded Boyle at the deadline for whatever mid-round pick we could have gotten.

  15. inthearmsofbrianboyle on

    Sioux – i believe Josh (26) has a well-develloped *fingerspitzgefühl* and knows that #22 will tear the Kings apart.

    Also – if you drive the I94 down to Minneapolis for game 5, I will buy you all the hot dogs you want.

    Happy times!

  16. Sioux says Rangers in 7 on

    Rob – Is there an article that says they will not provide the Jerseys?

    They charged my card.

    Don’t they have to honor it.

  17. Sioux says Rangers in 7 on

    In- free hot dogs :)

    I’m in.

    Somehow I will have to get your number. What’s your email? We are down there often, our 2 oldest are there. I play some of the bigger tournaments at Canterbury & Running Aces :)

  18. the powe stuff was just outstanding…

    reading all of the stuff, it really does seem like the world is stacked against us here.

    still have a funny feeling about this team. they have a pesky habit of playing to their opponents… it’s a problem against the lesser teams, but a big strength against the better teams. i think the kings will get our best games here and if they aren’t ready for it, they could find themselves in a hole.

    both teams playing A+ i think the kings are the better team, but if we are playing our A game and they still defending at that B level, i like our chances.

  19. Rob in Beantown on

    They charged my charged my card and they cancelled my order anyway. They still haven’t credited the money back to my card though. Keeping an eye on that.

  20. What happened with the jerseys? Am I right to infer from the posts above that they were listed a low price in error and are reneging?

  21. That’s so sweet of the NHL to take your money, Rob. Remeber, you’re helping the Salary Cap increase!

  22. That lego doesn’t look like Brian Boyle. It can easily be Jimmy Bartlett, Mark Bell, Max Bentley, Shane Churla, Paul Cyr, Jason Dawe, Mike Donnelly, Benoit Dusablon, Nick Fotiu, Mike Gartner, Ted Hampson, Jerry Holland, Tomas Kloucek, Mike Knuble, Jim Krulicki, Nathan Lafayette, Ian Laperriere, Francis Lessard, Danny Lewicki, Donnie Marshall, Mike McDougal, Thomas Pock, Bobby Rousseau or Mike Wilson

    It’s definitely not DJ Cah-Tah though. Definitely not!

  23. Gravy: In a few seconds I will post both the email that I received and then the conversation I had with Customer service yesterday…

    Un momento por favor

  24. Here is the *e-mail*

    Dear Manny-O-War:

    We are emailing to let you know that unfortunately, there was a pricing error for the New York Rangers NHL jersey that you ordered on our website. Despite our best efforts, occasionally an item may appear on our website with an incorrect price and, in this case, a member of our staff mistakenly uploaded a product with the wrong price attached. This type of human error does not occur often, but we do apologize that it affected your order and are doing our best to make it right.

    We will be honoring the pricing shown on our website for orders placed on a first-come, first-serve basis for the limited number of jerseys we have in stock. Those customers will receive a confirmation email when their order ships. For the remaining orders for which we do not have stock, we will be cancelling the order for a full refund, and in the cancellation confirmation email we will be providing $10 in promotional credit for the trouble.

    Again, we apologize for the inconvenience that this mistake has caused and do hope that you will give us another chance to provide you with your NHL gear.

    Sincerely,

    Customer Service at http://www.Shop.NHL.com

    **********************************************

    Here is my *chat* with Customer Service:

    “I apologize there was a pricing error on this item. Since the order quantities were so great we expect to have an answer for all of our customers regarding their specific orders by the middle of this week. You will receive a cancellation email by Thursday or a shipping confirmation early next week.”

  25. Rob in Beantown on

    This is the email I got yesterday afternoon:

    Subject: Regarding your Shop.NHL.com Order

    Hi Rob in Beantown,

    Thank you for your recent order. We appreciate you choosing SHOP.NHL.COM for your merchandise needs from the best brands. Unfortunately, we were unable to fulfill a portion of your order and we apologize for the inconvenience.

    A refund in the amount of $61.99 which includes applicable shipping, taxes and discounts will be issued to the form of payment used at checkout for the item(s) listed below. We continuously strive to provide the best service in the industry, and as a result, have added $10 Promotional Credit (merchandise credit) to your account for use any time toward future purchases with us. Again, we are sorry for the inconvenience.

    New York Rangers Reebok 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Premier White Jersey [26~ST LOUIS~]
    Quantity: 1
    Product #:1825124 M

    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our Customer Service Team toll-free at 1-800-618-3211.

    We hope to have the opportunity to serve you again soon.

    Sincerely,

    Customer Service
    SHOP.NHL.COM

  26. I am not sure the Kings feel any pressure because they are heavy favorites – they have so much confidence and swagger – but it’s kind of nice to go into this with no expectations and almost everybody picking against the Rangers.

    Just split in LA these first two games and it’s a series! If they go down 0-2, the chances of a comeback diminish considerably. The Kings are not the Penguins.

  27. Are these the ones that are normally $169.95? If so, they could do better than a #10 credit.

  28. I’m really glad I never bothered to order a sweater. This crap from the league is infuriating.

    Manny said it best yesterday…it’s not like they would be losing money if they honored their prices, just MAKING less. Ugh…

  29. *Rob*: What you should do is what I plan to do: use that $10 to order the heaviest product I can under $10. Make sure they have to give me something for free.

  30. I complained to BBB and the AG.

    Nothing will come from it. But it would be nice to give the NHL a bit of negative publicity over this. They really didn’t do the right thin.

  31. It’s probably true, Booby. You’re paying for the name/license fees. Unless the NHL pays royalties to the team, in which case the league could lose. But, I assume it’s generally going into the same pot (or at least an adjacent one).

  32. I don’t know who owns the license. Since the teams have individual owners, they may be set up as individual “corporations”. Not sure what the structure is.

  33. Gravy: I think it matters more how the CBA is setup. I would imagine that there is some sort of collective ownership since so many teams are receiving so much financial help.

  34. I’m sure the NHL gets a cut either way. I would think a team like the Rangers would get a bigger percentage than the Hurricanes, but who knows?

  35. Typical NHL, they could be heroes (esp. after what they did to their fan base last year) and honor the orders anyway (guarantee you they have *plenty* of stock), but instead they opted to screw over their fans. This should’ve been a no-brainer. With the money they wouldn’t have made, they would’ve gained much respect and probably good PR. Oh well.

    In other news, I just want to shamelessly plug a silly little article I wrote for my blog, should you need something to read today:
    http://sundaybarrel.wordpress.com/2014/06/02/the-bandwagon-guide-to-the-2013-14-new-york-rangers/

  36. I’m not a lawyer (in other words, I never studied law), but I would imagine they’re within their rights to rescind the offer. Otherwise, disgruntled employees with access could completely ruin companies with pretend discounts.

  37. Dubi really needs to take on the ’79-’84 version of my dad in a combover contest.

  38. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    I haven’t heard back re: my Brassard jersey. Given all the Brassard hate, I might be the only one to have ordered #16.

  39. “According to another secondary ticket aggregator, Seatgeek, the difference in prices between the two cities is so great, that a Rangers fan could fly from N.Y. to L.A., book a one-night stay at the Crowne Plaza, buy two tickets for Game 1 and still save about $500.”

    http://www.cnbc.com/id/101723530

  40. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    I’m kicking around the possibility of going to game 5 in the city of angels.

  41. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Given the popularity of the Kings in SoCal, I’m surprised that SC tix are so cheap (s)

  42. The only real issue with that kind of trip is the fact that Los Angeles suuuuuuucks.

  43. So how many people got the jersey.

    As I stated other day selling one cup final game got me all my money back for every other postseason game I had

  44. Manny and Gravy…..and Carpus too, even though he doesn’t root like a fan (s)

    This Beast Mode Boyle Bus is filling up.

    Good thing we got on early for the prime seats!!

    All Aboard the BMB Bus!!!!

    Everyone

    Is

    Welcome !!!

  45. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    MrD – however, the beaches are beautiful….Especially Laguna, Redondo, and Huntington Beach…..

  46. Eddie,

    a very difficult decision I’m about to make.

    It’s either

    Game 2 in LA

    Or

    Game 3 in NY

    About the same cost.

    Game 6 and 7 decision yet come……

  47. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Praise Jesus.

    Just off the phone with nhl online – my order is still in play and it looks like I’m getting my premier D. Brassard #16. The other orders that were canceled had a “lot of funny codes that meant they were never going to happen” but “your Order, e3, doesn’t have those codes” however, they have 24 hours to still ream me.

  48. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Papa – for game 2, we will be in Pismo Beach (3 hours north of LA with traffic) chilling beachfront. Game 5 is a possibility for me…

  49. Actuary tables have me dead before the Rangers reach the SCF again…in 94 I was at the Garden for Game 7 against Devils and Game 5 (yuk) of the 94 SCF…………..

    I surely don’t need another house……

    maybe I’ll go to all the SCF games.

  50. I ordered 50 jerseys for re-sale and have not yet received a refund or cancellation e-mail.

  51. Now that they lost while he was wearing it……..

    Sonny Boy is selling his Lindros #88 White Jersey if anyone is interested. I can get you “such a deal”.

  52. It’s not in mint condition ( it may in fact have a small hard to notice, mint ice cream stain on the left sleeve, courtesy of PB) ….

    He (Sonny Boy) is hoping to find a nice home for it.

  53. Rob in Beantown on

    Andrew Gross @AGrossRecord
    Carcillo suspension reduced to six games by Bettman upon appeal. Eligible to return for Game 4 of Cup final.

  54. _If Carcillo plays a game, that means something bad happened._

    With the potential for further bad happenings.

  55. Rob in Beantown on

    Carcillo had to serve a 10 game suspension, but now he only has to serve a 6 game suspension.

  56. *ten* _minus_ *four* = *six*…the amount of games Carcillo will serve after his suspension was reduced.

  57. Yep, not disputing the information, just thought it had to be one of the three options, and if they reduced it, it would have been 3 games.

  58. Rob in Beantown on

    I thought so too Gravy. But it’s NHL Justice so I’m pretty sure they just make it up as they go along.

  59. Do you guys know how many games Carcillo *originally* received and how many he *now* has to serve?

  60. glad Carcillo suspension
    was reduced

    i think gary had to make it more than what was already served in order to not anger the refs
    but
    there had to be enough (embarassing) angles and information
    that showed the linesman got ahead of himself and didn’t do his job correctly

  61. It’s just like real life where you get executed for shooting a police officer but only get 10 years for shooting a regular person.

  62. Pierre McGuire has had 2 interviews with the Pens for their GM position. His DREAM job!

  63. So, if he was suspended for 10 games, but had it reduced by 4, how long is Carcillo’s suspension now?

  64. So, if he served 3 and has to serve 3 more, how long was his suspension? This is so confusing.

  65. “With the 22nd pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, the Pittsburgh Penguins select, from Halifax Nova Scotia Day School, then Halifax junior high, where he followed his two brothers, Gord and Gordie, Gord wearing number 21 and Gordie wearing number 22, both tributes to their father Gordon Senior who…”

    “The Penguins time has elapsed, the Colorado Avalanche are now on the clock.”

    “… wore number 20 when he played for Halifax …”

  66. Even if you were right, that would be one plus one plus two plus one, not one plus *two* plus one plus one.

  67. There was only one shot that got the chandelier. That’s one plus two plus *one* plus one.

  68. I for one think Pierre would be great in Pittsburgh. I’m hoping he doesn’t get the job.

  69. Rob in Beantown on

    I hope Bettman’s office didn’t forget the *order of operations* when they calculated the suspension. That’s a recipe for disaster, let me tell you

  70. Stranger Nation on

    Considering Bole has been away from LA for some years, Car Bong is the only guy familiar with most, if not all, of the team.

    Wonder if he pissed someone off to get traded. Maybe he knows some goods on Dough-boy or Quack and can get under their skin.

  71. Stranger Nation on

    Did you guys see the interview win the Ny (com)Post with THE Kreider?

    Great stuff

  72. _It’s just like real life where you get executed for shooting a police officer but only get 10 years for shooting a regular person_

    I guess you haven’t been in the south or the traveled through the Bible Belt lately

  73. Hulking? Always thought that was drinking and smoking so much ganja that you turn green and hurl.

  74. Andrew Gross @AGrossRecord

    From Bettman ruling: Carcillo knew a penalty on him had been called. Told Driscoll to “Eff off” but did not mean to elbow him.

    Lol, yes he did say that.

  75. “Luke Robatelli is one of the best players in Kings history I think.” – 70% of Kings fans

  76. does anyone need a copy of the Sports Illustrated issue with Rangers on the cover?

    going to buy a couple now.
    (took a lot of looking to find one!!)

  77. Stranger Nation on

    _does anyone need a copy of the Sports Illustrated issue with Rangers on the cover?_

    waiting for the one that comes out in 2 weeks ;-)

  78. For #13 bashers: If Richie played with Carcillo’s guts, fearlessness, and determination, he has the talent to score 50 a year.

  79. Gabby just turned 32. Why do I think of him as 42? Why, he’s just a tadpole in the scheme of things.

  80. Manny-O-War on

    Yes. Yes, I did it. I killed Yvette. I hated her, so much… it-it- the f – it -flam – flames. Flames, on the side of my face, breathing-breathl- heaving breaths. Heaving breaths… Heathing…

  81. James Dolan in studio with Francesa today at 5:00. Cannot imagine how riveting that will be.

    Francesa: “Jim, how enawmous is it for the Gahden to host a Stanley Cup Final game?
    Dolan: “Yeah, Phil Jackson has done a heck of a job there.

  82. Is there a litte girl’s room in the hall?

    Oui, oui, Madame.

    No, I just want to powder my nose.

  83. Most “experts” say this series won’t go beyond five games and some are saying a sweep for the Kings. It’s making me sick.

  84. Gentle men,

    Not sure if you guys have caught the awesome article that the NY Post had on THE Kreider. An one-on-one interview for the ages.

    If you have a chance, check it out.

  85. Slats: ‘You go on that Francesa freak show, I’m outta here.’

    Dolan: ‘Wait, wait, I’ll cancel.’

  86. But, it is dark upstairs, and I’m frightened of the dark. Will anyone go with me?

    I will!

    I will!

    No, thank you.

  87. Those idiots who are picking a sweep. Completely clueless.

    It’ll be Kings in 3. Rangers are so badly embarrassed that they forfeit.

    Book it.

  88. Oh, wait! The suspension started in game four, series went six, so I think he will be available for game four. I’m confused; unless, of course, the Rangers just forfeit this series because of the overwhelmingly awesomeness of the Kings of LA. They are just too stunning and amazing for the Rangers to even show up, of course.

  89. what in the world is katie strang alluding too when you she says the rangers ‘true captain’ brad richards. Are you f’ing kidding me?

    I know MSG won’t utter Ryan Callahan’s name, they haven’t said it once since he’s been traded.

    But this girl is that disrespectful. The players should give him one word answers for the series.

    Thats some BS to say.

    it pisses me off that anyone following the rangers would say that.

    I swear, the fact that their whole run could lead Brad Richards to become glorified, it infuriates me already. If I’m gonna be hearing 20 years from now about Mark Messier #2 brad richards. I dont think Ill be able to follow the team

    I hope Brad has his head on straight. Sometimes tells me he’d take remaining a ranger over winning a cup this year.

    I worry that he is satisfied.

    Yeah way to go Katie Strang, way to rub the BS in even more. I could say that Dom Moore has possibly been a bigger locker room presence then Richards. But Im not there, so I can’t just assume based on my gut. A beat reporter who is there, she shouldn’t be shilling.

  90. Carcillo’s suspension was reduced to 6 games. Its fair, Im happy for him, this helps the team. Its a downer for the room if Carcillo had that hanging over him.

  91. _Gabby just turned 32. Why do I think of him as 42? Why, he’s just a tadpole in the scheme of things._

    Same. Very young UFA.

  92. Stranger Nation on

    Latona – I hear, I mean, I reckon that Carcillo character is coming back some time soon I hear. That boy’s gotta mouth like a cannon, always shootin’ it off and such

  93. “In 1995, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman ruled that McGuire would forfeit half of the remaining salary owed to him by the Whalers for providing confidential coaching evaluations that had been prepared while employed by Hartford to the Edmonton Oilers.”

    I did not know that.

  94. jpp – couldn’t agree more with both your posts. I cannot imagine Richie being a locker room rah rah guy. He, however, never saw a microphone he didn’t like and gives endless yakking to the gullible Press, effectively pumping them to anoint him ‘virtual captain.’

  95. I would like to see The Kreider and Chara get into one of those swinging neck fights like the giraffes do.

  96. I’m willing to bet anyone here any amount of money that Bettman doesn’t reduce Carcillo’s suspension. No way, no how.

  97. Rob in Beantown on

    Are any of the “experts” really picking an LA sweep? I mean, I can understand why LA would be the favorite in this series, but predicting a sweep is some serious disrespect for the Rangers.

  98. _I’m willing to bet anyone here any amount of money that Bettman doesn’t reduce Carcillo’s suspension. No way, no how_

    Mr. d….I’d take than bet, except for 2 things: I’m not a betting man AND it sounds like you may have gotten some “inside information”. R u tapping Bettman’s sec’y?

  99. Manny-O-War on

    Gotta love it, Right Doc? And we wonder why the Whalers failed so hardcore in the NHL…

  100. When I go to LA, my daily 8:45’er becomes a daily 5:45’er.

    Wake up to poop? That’s a new one.

  101. _And we wonder why the Whalers failed so hardcore in the NHL_

    That’s an easy one. Connecticut is a pansy State.

  102. If the Rangers can’t get 20 goals, no defense, and a minus 8 at 7+ million a season for a replacement for #19, someone is palpably incompetent.

  103. Looks like the only way for Rangers to overcome LA is, if Dustin Brown will call names at Carsillo’s Mom before game 4, and all team united around him will become the flying lions, ripping and scoring…ripping and scoring, to naked kings oblivion(elimination).

  104. Once lived in Branford, Ct. on a rocky waterfront peninsula next door to the Yale Corinthian Yacht Club which was hardly a Yacht Club at all, but rather an undergraduate facility for windsurfing and racing dinghies. Though I make fun, I LOVED Connecticut.

  105. Manny-O-War on

    Whoah, Coos. I lived in Branford for a little while. In a gated beach community on Branford Cove nonetheless. SUPER CONNECTICUT.

    It’s a dorky, boring place full of overweight rich people but MAN is it beautiful in the summer.

  106. Manny-O-War on

    One of Connecticut’s best restaurants, Le Petit Cafe, is in Branford, CT.

  107. Mannu, I think that you might have been right across the narrow spit of LI Sound from me! (The big white house on a promontory of huge boulders with a dock davit.)

  108. Manny-O-War on

    Yea. That describes most of them. I was living in a quite large house, that I in no way owned, on the end of that point there. I think it’s called Johnson Point or something. Classic Connecticut Ocean side home

  109. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    JR – “Rangers – Montreal in game 7. Winner plays for the Cup. I like the Habs’ chances at home”

  110. Every time Carcillo nickname gets mentioned here, a bell rings in some geeks office and the NSA opens up a new case.

  111. Just so you envious grots don’t totally hate me, I had a ‘great’ divorce lawyer and ended up for two years back then in a 4 room apartment in Bronxville Improper.

  112. @PLeonardNYDN Pens GM candidate Pierre McGuire gets some hearty handshakes from Glen Sather, Jeff Gorton, #NYR front office as they enter Staples today

    Hmm, congratulatory handshakes?

    Anybody know what’s going on with Carcillo?

  113. My ex-wife and I split over religious differences. She worshiped money and I started to run out of it. :)

  114. Coos, Eddie has a lead on some apartments in the city you may be interested in.

  115. My wife told me to take her somewhere she’s never been before. I said, “how about the kitchen?”

  116. Sioux says Rangers in 7 on

    I haven’t received my money back or my cancelation notice. Maybe they had enough McDonagh in stock and shipped it :)

    Maybe????????

  117. Sioux says Rangers in 7 on

    Carcillo has a point. Just think of all the refs that have gotten puched or hit in the middle of a fight?

    Really all Carcillo did was motion to get the ref to get his hands off him. It’s not like he hit the ref.

    10 games, even six is a little over the top, for what really happened there.

    It shouldn’t stop him from having his name on the Stanley Cup.

  118. Sioux says Rangers in 7 on

    Coos my ex split because she got tired of playing Cowboys and Indians :)

  119. Sioux says Rangers in 7 on

    Then I *out kicked* my coverage… when Mrs Sioux picked me up in a bar :)

  120. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Pierre – “Kristopher LeTang, come here and kiss your new GM on the mouth”

  121. Rob in Beantown on

    New York Rangers @NYRangers
    California Love! Jockey Victor Espinoza supports #NYRCupFinal! California Chrome goes for 1st Triple Crown in 36 yrs! pic.twitter.com/XVSPjmBBcL

    The jockey is wearing a Zucc jersey!

  122. If Chrome wins the Belmont, his time will still be ten lengths behind Big Red’s.

  123. Don Cherry – Kings/Rangers will be Men against Boys.
    Hope the Rangers are reading all this dreck being spewed by the so-called “Experts”.

  124. Interviewer to Espinoza: “Where’d you get that Zucc sweater?”

    “$63.33 at NHL.com.”

  125. Sioux says Rangers in 7 on

    Rangers being the Men :)

    Quick and Co. are the boys that will get schooled!!!

  126. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    And California Chrome is moving like an ok sort of pretty good machine

  127. Pierre: “Fellas, let’s stop having fun out there and start playing hockey?”

  128. Manny-O-War on

    @NHLDevils 1m

    BREAKING: #NJDevils have re-signed defenseman Marek Zidlicky.

  129. Sioux, coincidence. My wife picked me up in bar, too. We were married for four years at the time and I ripped the knee of my jeans.

  130. Carcillo’s suspension cut to 6 games no doubt because of the over the top manhandling from the linesman. It will never be mentioned, but what other reason?

  131. Manny-O-War on

    Just heard that Carcillo might be granted a hearing to possibly reduce, by some complicated equation, the number of games that he has been suspended.

    Keep you posted.

  132. Just saw Lucic in Holyoke wearing a $63.33 humpback Carcillo jersey. Guess his nasty threats found receptive ears.

  133. Carp

    As sucky as he was last year, a serious contender would love to have a guy like Boyle. And he’d be really good in that role with a serious contender.

    August 21st, 2013 at 11:49 AM

  134. Manny-O-War on

    Mrs. Manny told me to order a Sweater with #22 on the back and *BOIL* above it.

  135. Stranger Nation on

    Did anyone else notice Mike Richards is the 4th line center for the Kings (without a castle)? Talk about depth

  136. Manny-O-War on

    If Nash can just go hard to the net and stop worrying about injury for 4-7 games he can retire happy.

  137. Stranger Nation on

    They wanna see the game on saturday
    They wanna be somebody’s friend

  138. I doubt anyones will gets one. (And it’s a typical scam to offer $10 off a future purchase when they have a 150% markup to begin with.)

  139. Stranger Nation on

    Ex3 – I did not know that…

    Solidarity was a 1984 composition written by “Little Steven” Van Zandt,a founding member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band.
    In 1984 Steven Van Zandt had left Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, to purse human rights issues through his music, particularly the struggle against South African apartheid. Steven was one of a number of artists who formed Artists United Against Apartheid.
    His original version is a true musical hybrid of Rock and Reggae, mastered with humanitarian lyrics… Presumably Black Uhuru / Sly & Robbie heard Solidarity, liked it,
    and decided to cover the song.

  140. When Mike Richards gets bought out, I’d like to take a look at Mike Richards.

  141. ZzZz NYR ZzZz© on

    Didn’t you hear Eddie ? The people who were looking to receive their premiums jersey got ripped off. The shop.com site wants the extra $140.00 before they deliver the goods.
    sorry dude ya got hosed!

  142. I, for one, carry human rights issues in my purse. Where else am I going to put them?

  143. ZzZz NYR ZzZz© on

    Yeah Eddie I’d be a little worried . If it looks too good to be true…maybe it was.

  144. That quote I pulled was from my guest blog, which coincidentally, was when Tiki got banned the first time.

  145. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Kooz – I got an email that said TBD. I called and I’m still on the good list. I told the dude to just level with me and he assured me that I should be getting it….

    We shall see. I ordered a bunch of other stuff as well and maybe it swayed them ;)

    One can hope

  146. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    I don’t even care about saving the $150 or so….I just like getting a great deal….

    It’s the catholic in me…

  147. Call me crazy, but I’m starting to think the Rangers do have a shot. The big underdog card can help drive a team to play amazing. If I were AV. I would be putting quotes from everyone in the media saying kings are heavily favored.

  148. Here’s a re-post of one of my better posts on the Blog

    Papa Bear
    Carp

    Rangers will play the Kings for the Cup in 2014

    August 21st, 1999 at 11:49 AM

    *i see dead people and SCF match-ups 15 years before they take place*

  149. I ordered the Brassard Jersey in a size small within the first hour. No jersey :'(

  150. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    909 – if I get my brassard, you’ll be the first to know…if not, I’m sending Lucic on a manhunt

  151. draxen559
    _I’m getting nauseated reading all these “experts” reviews._

    Here’s a suggestion,

    pretend you can’t read.

    Unless you dig being nauseous.

  152. Blew a stop sign once.

    Cop pulls me over and asks,”did you see that red sign”?

    I said, “it’s red? I’m colorblind”

    He continued, “well colorblind or not, did you see what it said”

    I said, “sorry officer , i never heard anything”

  153. not reading ANY of the pre-series
    thoughts

    yeah, kings are a good team that has had good enough moments to bring them to the Finals
    SO
    HAVE THE RANGERS

    happy at what’s happened so far
    hoping for the best in this series
    Rangers play the way they played at points
    during series with pens and habs
    and it’s very possible
    we’ll be
    celebrating

    that’s why they play the Game
    (just ask the Giants vs. the pats)

  154. If Pierre gets the job- who will give us “bang on” analysis? The more predictions of a Kings romp I hear…the calmer I get.

  155. If I find myself getting mad and sad that NHL hockey writers are predicting the better team will win the Stanley Cup, I console myself by remembering the Rangers are playing for the Stanley Cup.

  156. This is like the

    Mets / Orioles……

    Jets / Colts ……..

    All the experts picked the Orioles and Colts……

    Now those experts aren’t experts anymore….or they’re dead.

  157. bull dog line on

    I get that LA should be a slight favorite, but to disrespect the Rangers this much? I for one the LA is a tad overrated. if you think Emilin had wind burn, wait till you see Greene and Mitchell try to keep up. I have confidence in this series. I like the Rangers in 6.

  158. I think our underdog-ness is about right. If I weren’t a fan, I’d take LA in 5 or 6 but I don’t see a Rangers win as impossible. Especially with the massive advantage “between the pipes”. Even, I like LA. +150, I like NYR.

  159. Rob in Beantown on

    I actually *for real* just read that Kreider interview for the first time. Wow, glad I did. What a cool interview.

  160. Admiral, he is still suspended and waiting for his hearing with the Commissioner.

  161. The Rangers can win the Cup because they are playing in the Stanley Cup Final.

  162. I have 2 tickets for game 3. Anyone interested?

    I’ll start the bidding at $63.33.

  163. E3, if you use E=mc ^2^, where “c” is Carcillo, I think you may be able to figure it out.

  164. It would have at least brought a little comic relief to the bad PR if the NHL offered a $63 gift card instead of $10.

  165. Poor Coos is share cropping to feed his family and you guys are spending 64 bucks on a jersey?

    Madness.

  166. Thanks for all the effort in getting me the *link* to the sweaters (s)

    I found it on my own but as a good blog brother, I’ll share the *link* with anyone who wants to get in:

    *There’sasuckerborneverysecond.com*

    You’re welcome.

  167. _Poor Coos is share cropping to feed his family and you guys are spending 64 bucks on a jersey?_

    Seedubb, apparently you and I were the last to know…… Coos owns a palatial waterfront estate (with Yacht) on the Connecticut Riveria.

    Referring to Mr. coos @ 2:14.

  168. Wow, Papa. Comes as quite a shock. You’d think he would dress better. ;)

  169. Any truth to the rumor that Carcillo’s suspension was reduced? Any idea to how many games? Thanks

  170. It’s raining hard.

    Looks like Robataille will be going down in the mud!!

  171. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Gravy – I was more classical mechanics than quantum physics. That said

    E cubed = McDunner Carcillo Squared Avatars

  172. Sioux says Rangers in 7 on

    Did everyone get their money back?

    What kills me on “JerseyGate” all the Reebok merchandise is made in China, so the cost is what $20???? They could still sell them and make a profit.

    I was billed $27.50 from the company that made the Oshie USA jerseys.

  173. “I did not watch my -buddies- enemies die face down in the muck so this”…

    yada yada yada

  174. The Kreider gonna BRUNGS it tomorrow night, cause a RUC-KUS and creat some HAV-OC .

  175. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    I’m hearing that Carcillo is appealing his appeal and I heard that a hearing is will be heard

  176. Heard Dolan on the radio whilst I was out in my car. He should do a Novena that he was born with a silver skate under his tree.

  177. So they have that going for them, in addition to a long, quiet life in the tool shed (as opposed to enlightenment on their deathbed.)

  178. Coos said Boners. Think he was referring to Boner Stabone.

    Yeah Growing Pains is *metal*.

  179. I’m happy to see Carcillo’s suspension reduced to 6 games and will be available for game 4. Like to see that 4th line back together again in the stanely cup finals.

  180. How can I get one of those pictures over on the left? Something like gravity.nhl or something?

  181. From NY Post…

    Zuccarello told a story about when he met St. Louis’ wife for the first time after game six against Montreal.

    Zuccarello said that he was talking with Marty’s wife when Marty came over and jokingly asked if he was hitting on her.

    Zuccarello replied, “no, I’m too tall for her.”

  182. He also is unable to fund her shopping jones to the means in which she has become accustomed.

  183. When you type in Martin St Louis in google search bar, these are the things that show up in this order…

    Martin St Louis Legs
    Martin St Louis Rangers
    Martin St Louis Wife
    Martin St Louis Thighs
    Martin St Louis House
    Martin St Louis Quads
    Martin St Louis New York Rangers
    Martin St Louis Family
    Martin St Louis Stanley Cup
    Martin St Louis Calves

    WTF?

  184. The thighs of a Sutter make me stutter.

    poem submitted, Joseph Micheletti, grade 2

  185. I heard Carsillo is playing first 3 games of Final for LA and starting from 4th, – for Rangers. Any truth in that?

  186. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    No one knows what’s it like to be the bad man, the sad man, behind blue thighs

  187. Carcillo, trying to get into Le Poisson Rouge, Bleeker Street : “I’m with the banned.”

  188. rob in beantown on

    An AHL goalie would just come out of the woodwork and beat us in the Stanley Cup Final. Imagine that!

  189. Philosophically speaking, I Kant get a Locke on Nietzsche and Kierkegaard; too Confucian.

  190. Glad Carcillo got reduced and will be available last three games. This thing really should go the distance just to make it more nerve-racking for us fans and to finally decide who has the best record in game 7’s.

  191. I spent some time in Boston, honing my skills. Boston is a good town for honing.

    My honed skills where then utilized and refined in NYC. NYC is a good town for utilizing and refining.

  192. People go to Florida to evaporate their skills. Florida is the land of evaporation.

  193. A friend that brought me to a Pitt playoff game was talking about how selling his seats would pay for flight to LA and better seats than he’s got at MSG.

    Think he’s considering it.

  194. I have tickets to game 3.

    I was thinking of rolling them over to fund my retirement years.

  195. If I had 2 Game 6 tickets, I’d sell and go directly to Florida, start the evaporation process a little early.

  196. Value of game 6 will depend on whether the are playing either to win the Cup or stay alive.

  197. It’ll be fun to see Gaborik against H & McDonut et al. Wish Jags had chosen a better team to play with this year.

  198. ZzZz NYR ZzZz© on

    IT IS GETTING CLOSER!!!

    Game time is comming!!!

    GAME TIME GAME TIME !!! Rangers and The Kings!!!

    Yo NYR_FAN , our boy is against us now…do we still what him to beat Jari Kurri’s 19? I say we do and he still loses to us!!

  199. ZzZz NYR ZzZz© on

    Martin St Louis Legs are so strong , find out how!!
    Martin St Louis Rangers are in the Stanley Cup finals!!
    Martin St Louis Wife is hot!!
    Martin St Louis Thighs are huge , ” my your legs are so MSL.
    Martin St Louis House is a mansion , come look!
    Martin St Louis Quads are quaderrific!!
    Martin St Louis New York Rangers are his team!!
    Martin St Louis Family is sad from the loss of his mom.
    Martin St Louis Stanley Cup leading 15th goal!1
    Martin St Louis Calves are like popeyes.

  200. Stranger Nation on

    What’s with the BC guys not being able to grow a real beard. They look like the 2 Muskateers

  201. That “media day” was a sorry excuse for *wooden interviews* and *uninspiring analysis*…they need to join the Bobeheads and take some *lessons from Carp*!;>))

  202. Yo Greg! Gaby will beat Kurri’s record! Sure, we can still win if he does!

    I’ve been rooting for Gaby and feel good for him but he and the rest of the Kings are the enemy tomorrow night!

    RANGERS, BABY! One shift at a time.

  203. Have the Rangers decided whether or not to show up for game 1……all I hear is they have no chance….experts are never wrong, right?

  204. ZzZz NYR ZzZz© on

    Yeah NYR_FAN , LAK are enemies now. Ive never NOT cheered for Gabby…gonna be weird. I think Staal and Girardi know to keep close to him . Have to contain Carter too !

    No MSG over here…sad sad world.

  205. havent been reading around for predictions and from the sounds of it i guess i made a wise decision.

    Rangers win Game 1 tomorrow everyone starts backpedaling

  206. i’m hoping that it’s been a day of
    Carp silence
    because he’s going to surprise
    us tomorrow with a video of him
    at the stapler center

  207. ZzZz NYR ZzZz© on

    Got it CCCP , thanks!

    Tomorrow, the Kings drop the puck on a best-of-seven series with the Rangers that’ll put the most hallowed trophy (that grown men eat Cap’n Crunch out of) up for grabs: the Stanley Cup. One of the most interesting subplots will inevitably be the fact that the Rangers are… the absolute worst.

    Here’re 13 reasons why, so you can adequately troll your “friends” from NYC:
    related

    1. The Rangers’ home ice is the world-renowned Madison Square Garden
    A place that Dane Cook has not sold out just ONCE, but TWICE.

    2. Their fans also like the Yankees
    THE YANKEES.

    3. Sean Avery is a tool
    The guy has a rule named after him in the Official NHL Rulebook about excessively screening the goalie. The statute was enacted after multiple games between the Rangers and New Jersey Devils, where Avery would wave his stick in the face of Devils’ goaltender, Martin Brodeur.
    related

    4. The Rangers play Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida” after home victories
    Coldplay. Kings fan or not, I think we can all agree that we don’t want to hear these guys at all this series.

    5. The Rangers once appeared in a commercial for Sassoon’s short-lived jeans line
    Just watch it.

    6. No really, Sean Avery is a huge tool
    In 2008, he called out fellow NHLers Dion Phaneuf and Jarret Stoll, who were each dating former beaus of Avery. In an official press conference, he commented, “I just want to comment on how it’s become like a common thing in the NHL for guys to fall in love with my sloppy seconds.”

    7. The Rangers don’t have a captain for the Playoffs because they TRADED HIM mid-season
    Ryan Callahan was sent to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for veteran miniature-winger Martin St. Louis.

    8. The last time the Rangers won the Stanley Cup was June 14, 1994
    Three days later, Orenthal James Simpson took his infamous (victory???) drive.

    9. Their fans are terrible human beings
    Groups of crass, “working class” fans in the upper deck — dubbed “The Blueseats” — have a reputation poor enough to be BANNED FROM ATTENDING NEW JERSEY DEVILS GAMES. Because the Devils’ fans are a fan base you immediately associate with class and etiquette.

    10. New York Rangers owner, James Dolan, plays in a crappy blues band called JD & The Straight Shot
    And he forces all potential players and employees to take a copy of their CDs after meetings.

    11. Their goalie? Also a tool.
    Henrik Lundqvist has a pattern of spraying water and asking questions later. Lundqvist actually landed himself a $5,000 fine during the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Penguins for spraying Sidney Crosby in the face, the force of the water likely concussing him.

    12. This bald-headed idiot has been the unofficial mascot of the Rangers since 1988
    WTF.

    13. And the most important reason the Rangers are the worst?
    They’re not the Kings. GO KINGS, GO!

  208. I think MSG should bring back Bob Page to anchor the pre and post game in honor of 1994

  209. I walked into the Garden with Al once. He tripped up the steps, and I couldn’t help but laugh – he gave me a fiendish glance.

  210. Damn…no MSG for me. Am I missing anything other than Pidto’s creepyness?

  211. I think it’s appropriate to not have a Captain for this Cup run, sine last NYR was won by The Captain. This year we only have THE and a handful of Alt C’s.

  212. Media day in a nutshell.

    -they have a great team over there.
    – I just want to help our team win
    – we just have to stick to our game plan
    – I feel good, not tired at all.

    Why bother? Sprinkle in some Melrose and it’s must NOT see tv.

  213. WEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!

    Response By Email (Craig O.) (06/03/2014 10:21 PM)

    Hello NYR_FAN,

    We have good news! We will be able to ship the NHL New York Rangers jersey that you ordered. As previously stated, we will honor the incorrect price that you paid for this item. Your jersey should be shipping out in the next 3-5 business days, and you will receive another email when it does with tracking information.

    We are happy that we can send the jersey you ordered, and again we do apologize for the confusion you may have experienced due to the pricing error that was made on our website.

    Sincerely,

    Craig
    Customer Service Representative
    Customer Service at http://www.shop.nhl.com

  214. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Manny – I called them today – and it sounds like I’m getting mine too…know for sure soon enough…

  215. Sather referring to Richards as de facto captain in NYT. Good thing the two have made it to the Cup final or there might be some mild criticism of these two gentlemen here.

  216. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Slats just admitted that AV had as much to do with Cally trade as slats himself….

  217. I’m watching these interviews for the first time.

    Working my tail end off here in Denver, i needed this to get me fired up for tomorrow.

    I am ready now!

  218. iManny-O-War on

    I only got the email that said MAYBE we will ship it and MAYBE we won’t.

    Then I reached out to customer service and they said I would know by Thursday. Then I begged.

  219. I only heard part of Sather’s. But I did hear him say he didn’t know who McDonagh was, never heard of him…

    He gave all the credit to Jeff Gorton and Gordie Clark. That was pretty cool.

  220. i hope the players are as pumped as i am. cant fall asleep. too much excitement. too much humidity.

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