Guest blogger: Miami Pimp … and you probably know the topic

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(Editor’s note: For those unfamiliar with today’s guest blogger, this qualifies as a positive, upbeat, glass-half-full essay given the lack of the use of terms such as “amateur hour,” “clowns” and “dogs’ breakfast.” And, well, he tends to favor a certain player. Also, he’s a tad unusual.)

“It’s all about THE, gentlemen. The rest is conversation.”

By “Miami Pimp”

Well, I appreciate the opportunity Mr. CARP’s given me, as the single biggest contributor to Rangers Report, to have my say. Well, ladies and gentlemen, we’re not here to indulge in fantasy but in regular-season and postseason reality. The New York Rangers, the New York Rangers continue to be a second-rate power. Its skill deficit and its onions deficit are at nightmare proportions.

Now, in the days of the Original Six when our team was a top league power, there was accountability to the ticketholder. The Rickards, the Hammonds, the men who built this franchise, made sure of it because it was their reputation at stake. Today, management has no such stake in the team! All together, the man sitting up there in his glass suite owns almost 70 percent of the franchise. But where do Mr. Dolan and cigar-chewing sidekick put their multi-million-dollar pocketbook? Not in improving the team; their level of care is at less than one percent. YOU live or die with the team. That’s right, you, the fan. And you are all being royally screwed over by these, these bureaucrats, with their luncheons, their hunting and fishing trips in Alberta, their corporate jets and their gifting of golden parachutes to bush-league talent.The Kreider

The New York Rangers, folks, the New York Rangers have 15 different players each earning over one million dollars a year. Now, I spent the past nine months analyzing what all these guys do, and I still can’t figure it out. One thing I do know is that our team did not win the Stanley Cup, and I’ll bet that if you went back and reviewed tape, half the postseason was spent in the defensive zone with the puck going back and forth between this cluster of court jesters. The new law of evolution in the Rangers seems to be survival of the unfittest. Well, in my book you either do it right or you get eliminated.

And eliminated you will be year after year unless you invest in liquid talent. Last season, there was only one player who actually showed himself worthy of a paycheck and who provided a silver lining for our squad. A player who, after audaciously starting the season in Hartford, rose to first-line duties and fought off injuries to single-handedly lead our amateur-hour circus act to within a hair of Lord Stanley. He battled in 15 playoff games in which he scored a total of 13 points. But more than score, he backed off defenses with his unparalleled speed and unmatched tenacity. This may have resulted in run-ins with lesser goalies. But he is not a destroyer of teams. He is a liberator of them!

He is THE Kreider. And the point is, ladies and gentleman, that THE Kreider, for lack of a better nickname, is good. THE Kreider is right, THE Kreider works. THE Kreider clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the winning spirit. THE Kreider, in all of his forms; THE Kreider for goals, for assists, for forechecking, is a beacon for talent and the upward surge of hockey promise. And THE Kreider, you mark my words, will not only save the New York Rangers, but that other malfunctioning corporation called the National Hockey League. Thank you very much.

From the capital of over-priced housing and under-handed politicians … this is Miami Pimp, over and out.

Photo of the jersey by Miami.

Photo of Chris (THE) Kreider by Getty Images.

 

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  1. ZzZz NYR ZzZz© East Champs on

    #1 Im FIRST!

    #2 Make THE KREIDER captain if hes that good.

    #3 One day I’ll guest blog and look out !!!

  2. ZzZz NYR ZzZz© East Champs on

    #7 Is this thing on!??

    #8 Carp will have his best golf game this week end.

    #9 BOO , Boyle , Stralman , Richards and jeer Callahan every hit we lay on him!

    #10 just win baby , that’s all I ask .

  3. Superman wears Chuck Norris pyjamas, but Chuck Norris wears his #20 “THE Kreider” shirt to bed and dreams of one day being able to skate that fast.

  4. Great work Pimp! Reads like Shakespeare..not that I ever understood a word of that either. Does this blog have a CiffNotes version?

  5. Great work Pimp! Reads like Shakespeare..not that I ever understood a word of that either. Does this blog have a CliffNotes version?

  6. Marc Weissman on

    As long as your reviewing tape, feel free to compare and contrast last year’s possession with the prior 4+ and get back to me.

    Oh, and nice to know that Hank didn’t earn his paycheck. Thanks for clarifying.

  7. Cross Check Charlie on

    Was listening to NHL Network on the radio the other day and a guy asked who would win a race, Hagelin or Kreider? The other guy said, Hagelin because Kreider would run into the goalie. haha

  8. How Suite it is! Thanks Manny!!!

    I wish I could play that good. Always have time for a scotch & a cigar, and love listening to jazz & the blues.

    Trouble is today, nobody lets you smoke a cigar :(

  9. Good Job Pimpster!

    It has a Wall Street Flair to it :)

    THE Kreider is bound to have a break out season. My only wish is that we get to see a game or two with the All American *Gold Standard* Line play together.

  10. Doodie Machetto on

    “I think Hagelin would win the race at the end, but I believe Kreider( THE) has more explosive first few steps.”

    I agree. I think Hagelin has higher top end speed, but THE Kreider’s first few strides are among the most explosive in the NHL, and are certainly the most explosive for anyone even approaching his measurables.

  11. How to build a team through the draft!

    http://blackhawks.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=728341

    I know it’s not about the Rangers. But here is something Sather needs to consider, before he trades the future away.

    Crazy how deep the Blackhawks are.

    Makes you wonder if they are TOO Deep that 1’st round draft picks aren’t signing with them.

    Any guesses where Kevin Hayes will sign in a couple of days?

    Will he choose to be a Ranger?

  12. Way to go out into he world and stake your claim, pimp.

    Let’s just hope the Rangers don’t end up getting gobbled up like Pacman.

  13. Funny take-off on the epic Michael Douglas “Wall Street” speech. Interesting how valid it is and how it applies in a variety of business environments. “Greed is Bad,” by the way, when there is just greed for money, without the greed for success at the artistic level, to go with it. Ranger fans painfully know that.

  14. Doodie Machetto on

    Sioux: How to build a team through the draft: Tank for a few years, and hope that the players at the top of your draft are generational talents, then get lucky that someone passes on one of your generational talents. Then trade for player who explodes out of nowhere into an elite scorer. Then sign a cap circumventing contract to acquire one of the best two-way players of this generation.

    I’ll give them credit for drafting Keith and Seabrook, though. Saad also was an excellent pick.

    But make no mistake about it, this team is good because of guys that most teams will never have the opportunity to draft and/or through trades.

  15. I agree Doodie the Rangers aren’t rebuilding after a Stanley Cup finals run.

    I posted it because it was a good read. I looked for something similar on the Rangers top 10 prospects but couldn’t find it.

    Then I was thinking August 15th is tomorrow, and where will Hayes sign?

    Will he consider the Rangers, or will he sign with his brother in Florida?

  16. inthearmsofbrianboyle on

    Miami – great read.

    I have now invested my humble savings in Blue Star shares..

  17. Hayes has a link with THE Kreider so we are in with a shout – he may also like his chances of landing a 3rd line role in NYC.
    I think, however, he will either sign with his big brother in Florida or signs with the Penguins so he can play on Skid or Malky’s shoulder for a few years and earn himself a good 2nd contract

  18. Doodie Machetto on

    The Pittsburgh connection goes further for Hayes. Assistant GM Tom Fitzgerald is his cousin.

  19. Doodie Machetto on

    Any fans of Star Trek here? Please be clear I am making the distinction between a Trekkie and someone who just likes Star Trek.

  20. Doodie Machetto on

    I also enjoy that show. I recently found out that every episode is available to watch for free on CBS.com, although you do have to sit through regular length commercial breaks, as if you were actually watching the show on TV.

  21. I’d say that Miami’s guest blog goes hand in hand with the last guest blog by Tom DeAngelo, who says we need more Ranger numbers hanging from the Garden rafters- Lets hang The Kreider’s number now. Why wait until he’s retired. He’s THAT good, right Miami?

  22. You know what’s a terrific show? *Treme* Booby recommended it to me a while back and I can’t get enough. Very, very well done.

  23. Dave’s dumb predictions ————————–>

    Rangers miss the playoffs this year.

    WHAT?

    Boyle makes the defense better, and the power play better. How do we go backwards? Because of Richards? Really?

  24. The Rangers are going to be worse this season than last season. That’s just a fact. They lost a lot and relied on some career numbers.

    And I die of a broken heart, Doodie

  25. EDDIE:

    EXXXCEEEELLLLLLENT IDEA!

    Rangers are morons for not having THE Kreider’s number retired.

  26. Franklin Kistner on

    Treme is (was) one of the greatest TV Events ever. It is done, unfortunately
    But at my age reruns are cool. Manny, I would rate it equal to Breaking Bad.

  27. Manny – there’s really not a lot of room to improve, they needed 3 more playoff wins.

    But to say the Rangers are NOT going to be a playoff team?

    No way 8 teams in the east are better than the Rangers!

    4 or 5 sure, could be – But NOT 8.

    Have a little Faith :)

    It’s going to be a SIOUXper year.

    Probably the BEST EVER!!!

  28. _What do dogs eat for breakfast?_

    What ever you put in their dish!

    But when I vision Pimps dog breakfast, it is a combination of something really good that has gone bad in the fridge, something left over with potatoes that are no good the second time, topped with a half of can of stale beer….. all topped over the HARD dog food that the dog won’t eat.

    If he’s lucky he will get left over pancakes on a Sunday :)

  29. We will see if they are better but I seriously doubt it. That team really clicked for a bit and a bunch of guys had absolute career years. The center depth is much worse and we lost some key grinders. PK will suffer.

    If we are going to do better Kreider better get ready to injure a bunch of goaltenders.

  30. It’s hard to be better than last year. You can only improve by winning the Cup!

    So the bar is pretty high.

    The defense will be better, the power play has reason to be better with Boyle.

    A full year with MSL scoring 70-80 points has to help the offense.

    The youth is a question mark! The vets signed will be available if the youth can’t handle the graduation from college or the AHL.

    But this is a PLAYOFF team!

    I know it deep down in my nuggets, this team will be in the top 8, in the East after 82 games.

  31. Hartford will also be a playoff team!

    All the vets signed over the summer have to shore up the Pack, here’s hoping they have a FULL TIME goaltender.

  32. Dan Boyle would seem to be an excellent addition, simultaneously replacing Stral on D and Richie on the PP. We’ll see.

  33. Ode to #19

    Irreplaceable,
    That’s what you are,
    Irreplaceable,
    Tho’ near or far.

    Like a song of love that clings to me,
    How the thought of you does things to me.
    Never before
    Has someone been more…

    Irreplaceable, You!

  34. Trade Staal for a top six scorer, a decent temporary D man, and some picks. Do this now before he deteriorates. If we don’t have a capable young D man in the system for 2015-16, we should be embarrassed.

  35. bull dog line on

    have not played a game yet, do not know what the final roster is going to look like, and yet it has been decided that they are going to be worse next year. why? because they lost a 4th liner, a journeymen, and a Dman who has already been replaced by somebody better. the reality is, the toughest guy to replace is going to be Richards. that may not happen till the deadline.

  36. Brian Boyle will be hard to replace. I promise. But I agree that Richards is a massive loss and people might not realize how big until the season actually starts.

  37. Dogs-breakfast, Pimp.

    Star Trek: TNG (and all Star Trek series) is on Netflix with *NO* commercials.

    And Manny, if you’re going to obsess over Deanna Troi and her tight cleavage-enhancing counselor uniform (because what counselor doesn’t wear one?), make sure you spell her name right. :)

  38. If you are going to sit through an entire Trek series to stare at a girl, then I also suggest Voyager for Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan, only from season 4 on) or Enterprise for T’Pol (Jolene Blalock).

  39. bull dog line on

    Boyle will be tough to replace, but the same thing was said about Blair Betts, and he was replaced by Brian Boyle. I know Boyle is much better player than Betts ever was, but, Boyle leaving is a chance for somebody else to step up and replace him. much like Boyle did when he got his chance.

  40. Expert fourth liners are often overlooked until one no longer has an expert fourth line. Let’s hope our new one delivers the goods.

  41. Doodie Machetto on

    Kristo displaying the education he got at that dog’s breakfast school he went to: The “ASL” challenge. I figure his ASL is 24/m/Minnesota

  42. Doodie Machetto on

    Treme is pretty good. I still have to watch the last season, but it’s a mostly pretty good show.

  43. ZzZz NYR ZzZz© East Champs on

    Brian Boyle can be easily replaced . His size , with that long reach …he was great at defending . Boyle is a little man in a big mans body. If Boyle had more grit and nastyness…he would be hard to replace . All we need to do is get someone with some toughness in his spot . Boyle made us look like pussies.

  44. We all thought Callahan was irreplaceable…our PK was supposed to suffer too w/o Cally…look how that turned out.

  45. You can get another Boyle. But you’d better not be wrong … and it’s probably going to cost more than it would have taken to keep him.

  46. Yeah but once again…he did *NOT* want to stay…

    Also, after the way he stepped up on D last season, Nash can easily take Boyle’s spot on PK.

  47. “You can get another Boyle. But you’d better not be wrong … and it’s probably going to cost more than it would have taken to keep him.”

    “Also, after the way he stepped up on D last season, Nash can easily take Boyle’s spot on PK.”

    CARP was right – It costs about $6 million more.

  48. Lol Latona! But that extra 6 million gets you a 30+ goal scorer too…so it turns out, Nash isn’t overpaid at all!

  49. ZzZz NYR ZzZz© East Champs on

    Nash was suppose to take us to the promise land . He got us there ..no wait he did n’t do squat! We got to the promise land and lost without Nash’s help . I’d say the 6 million could of landed us alot more..

  50. could of landed?

    $6,000,000 would buy me 100 2015 Corvettes, not that I really need that many.

  51. lots of guys who make it to the NHL can kill penalties. I doubt we’ll miss BBB there.

    Fourth line center….who also kills penalties? that PK time will be given to someone else.

    I doubt BBB will be missed that much

  52. I understand that BEAST MODE is not irreplacable, but those saying that it will be easy to replace 4th liners need only look back two season when they had Halpern, Powe, and Asham.

    Having a 4th line that can play a consistent shift, control the puck, wear down the opposition, and give your scoring lines a rest are invaluable.

  53. And, up until last season, almost everyone was complaining about how we always were outplayed and killed by other 4th lines.

  54. Boyle could have stayed in NY….. but he chose *NOT* to.

    Opens the door for a _player to be named_ …. never know it could off in spades :)

  55. I don’t think Money was the issue with Boyle. Clearly they would have exceeded the Tampa Bay offer.

  56. Doodie Machetto on

    I actually don’t think they did. Based on what Boyle has said in interviews, the Rangers lowballed him. He said that they didn’t make him much of an offer.

  57. IMO, Boyle was kind of told — or heard — during the season that the Rangers wouldn’t go over $2M, and might not approach it, when he first started thinking Prust-like $2.5M. Then he had the strong playoff and said he wanted a chance to have a bigger role, and AV shot that down very quickly. So he went UFA and he was gone. I doubt the Rangers made much of an attempt to keep him, and I am guessing he probably wouldn’t have stayed for slightly more than he got in TB.

    Educated speculation.

    Good morning, Hambone!

  58. Rob in Beantown on

    Ryan Mantha
    Extremely excited to be part of the Niagara Ice dogs @OHLIceDogs

    At first I read that as “Nicaragua Ice Dogs.” I thought it was a Miami Pimp joke.

  59. One can only wonder what would colon cancer challenge might be…

    So, as I understand, you either donate to ALS or get iced…so basically all those people who ice themselves rather do that than donate? Am I missing something?

  60. Is it a little bougie that Hank had somebody else dump the water on his head? I’d like to let it slide, but he hasn’t *won* a cup yet.

  61. Doodie Machetto on

    That was the original intent, CCCP, but I think now most people also donate anyway. The amount of donations has skyrocketed since this started.

  62. One of you fancy lawyers needs to do a ton of research on the Gophers so you can do a guest blog by summers end.

  63. Doodie Machetto on

    Why does it have to be a lawyer? I would think it should be one of those fancy scientific or medical types.

  64. I have heard of Attorneys specializing in “Dog Bite Law” (those guys suck) but never heard of anyone specializing in “Gopher Bite Law.”

  65. Doodie Machetto on

    Carp, since nobody has ever asked, can Minnesota be the official college hockey team of this blog? Can the Gopher be the official animal?

  66. And I’ll take that advise under cooperation, alright? Now, let’s say you and I go toe-to-toe on *bird law* and see who comes out the victor?

  67. Doodie Machetto on

    You know, I don’t think I’m going to do anything close to that and I can see clearly you know nothing about the law. It seems like you have a tenuous grasp of the English language in general.

  68. _Gravy, in my opinion, I’m really looking forward to the first preseason BMBBMWBM®._

    Booby, I think I’m going to have carpal tunnel after typing the abbreviation out two or three times.

    In my opinion.

  69. I was at a restaurant, I saw a guy wearing a leather jacket at the same time he was eating a hamburger and drinking a glass of milk. I said “Dude, you are a cow. The metamorphosis is complete. Don’t fall asleep, I will tip you over.”

  70. I’d like to see a forklift lift a crate of forks. It’d be so damn literal! You are using that machine to it’s exact purpose!

  71. I went to a heavy metal concert. The singer yelled out, “How many of you people feel like human beings tonight?” And then he said, “How many of you people feel like animals?” The thing is, everyone cheered after the animals part, but I cheered after the human beings part because I did not know there was a second part to the question.

  72. My belt holds up my pants and my pants have belt loops that hold up the belt. What the eff’s really going on down there? Who is the real hero?

  73. Rob in Beantown on

    Every time I go and shave, I assume there’s someone else on the planet shaving. So I say, ‘I’m gonna go shave, too.’

  74. I find that a duck’s opinion of me is very much influenced over whether or not I have bread.

  75. You know, I’m sick of following my dreams, man. I’m just gonna ask where they’re going and hook up with ‘em later.

  76. I’m sick of following my dreams. I’m just going to ask them where they’re goin’, and hook up with them later.

  77. My friend said to me, “I think the weather’s trippy.” I said, “No, man, it’s not the weather that’s trippy, perhaps it is the way that we perceive it that is indeed trippy.” Then I thought, “Man, I should have just said, ‘Yeah.'”

  78. Doodie Machetto on

    Someone was handing out flyers on the street, it was like he was saying “Here, *you* throw this away.”

  79. I want to hang a map of the world in my house. Then I’m gonna put pins into all the locations I’ve traveled to, but first I’m gonna have to travel to the top two corners of the map, so it won’t fall down.

  80. On a traffic light green means ‘go’ and yellow means ‘yield’, but on a banana it’s just the opposite. Green means ‘hold on,’ yellow means ‘go ahead,’ and red means, ‘where the hell did you get that banana at?’

  81. This one commercial said “Forget everything you know about slip covers,” so I did. And it was a load off my mind. Then the commercial tried to sell slip covers, but I didn’t know what the eff they were.

  82. Doodie Machetto on

    Manny, when I was in Maine, the grocery store was selling red bananas. I took a picture and then sent that joke out with it to all of my friends. Maine. That’s where I got that banana.

  83. Doodie Machetto on

    They were imported from Ecuador, so, ultimately, I think Ecuador is the answer to the question of where do you get the red banana?

  84. I like vending machines ’cause snacks are better when they fall. If I buy a candy bar at a store, oftentimes, I will drop it… so that it achieves its maximum flavor potential.

  85. Rob in Beantown on

    I like when you reach into the vending machine to grab your candy bar and that flap goes up to block you from reaching up. That’s a good invention. Before then it was hard times for the vending machine owners, “What candy bar are you getting?”, “That one… and every one on the bottom row!”

  86. A lot of death metal bands have intense names, like “Rigor Mortis” or “Mortuary,” or “Obituary”. We weren’t that intense. We just went with “Injured”. Later on we changed it to “Acapella”… as we were walking out of the pawn shop.

  87. Doodie Machetto on

    Foosball messed up my perception of soccer. I thought I would have to kick a ball, followed by doing several backflips, simultaneously with a bunch of dudes who look just like me.

  88. I got so much tartar, I don’t have to dip my fishsticks in &*^%! That’s, that’s actually kind of gross, you know? After that joke, I always clarify that I’m just jokin’. I do not know how much tartar I actually have. I believe it’s the average amount. If we all took a tartar test right now, my name would be right in the *^&%#@$ middle.

  89. Doodie Machetto on

    I like cinnamon rolls. That’s why I wish they made, like, a cinnamon roll incense. ‘Cause I don’t always have time to make a pan. Perhaps I’d rather light a stick, and have my roommates wake up with false hopes.

  90. See, this CD is in stores. The only way I could get my old CD into a store is if I were to take one in and leave it. Then the guys says, “Sir, you forgot this!” “No, I did not. That is for sale. Please alphabetize it.”

  91. I don’t have any children, but if I had a baby, I would have to name it so I’d buy a baby naming book. Or I would invite somebody over who had a cast on.

  92. Doodie Machetto on

    When I was a kid, I had a paper route. I had to go to 2,000 houses…or two dumpsters.

  93. I had a parrot. The parrot talked, but it did not say “I’m hungry,” so it died.

  94. If you’re watchin’ a parade, make sure you stand in one spot, don’t follow it, it never changes. And if the parade is boring, run in the opposite direction, you will fast-foward the parade.

  95. Doodie my wife does that with a Blueberry Muffin candle.

    I told her I’m throwing it away …….

    I wake up, smell it in the morning, mouth starts to water, so I get up and go down stairs….. and she starts laughing.

  96. What am I drinking? NyQuil on the rocks, for when you’re feeling sick but sociable.

  97. Doodie that’s old news. He had to choose junior.

    He didn’t have the grades to go to college.

    Every player has to pass through the NCAA “clearing house” he wasn’t academically eligible. So it didn’t matter who drafted him.

    To play at UND, you have to have a 2.3 GPA to play NCAA sports. The bar wasn’t set all that high, so you have to wonder how smart the kid really is.

    Right?

  98. If I was on death row and given one last meal I would ask for a fortune cookie. “Come on ‘long prosperous life!'”

  99. If I bought a company that made hot dog buns, on Day 1 we would add two buns to every package… Day 2, work on deliciousness.

  100. News from Clark ….

    On Kristo, New York Rangers director of player personnel Gordie Clark says: “We liked him in college. It wasn’t working out for him in Montreal and he turned out to be our No. 1 right wing in Hartford in his first full season. He’s got speed, skill and a knack of the puck somehow following him around. We’re hoping to improve our pool of prospects at the center position where we weren’t very deep as an organization in Hartford. We hope Danny can help us in that area.”

    Nice to see he still has a Chance, with the RW open on the 3rd line.

  101. Doodie – FYI – this is the caliber of a hockey player that plays for the Fighting Sioux.

    Mattson is an entrepreneurship major with a 3.97 cumulative grade-point average. In April, he received the NCAA Elite 89 Award for men’s ice hockey for having the highest grade-point average among NCAA Frozen Four participants. He was also named to the academic all-conference team by the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC), the second straight year he has earned academic all-conference honors.

    I can’t imagine how proud Nick’s Father was that his kid took this award home at the Frozen Four.

  102. Manny – I read it like he is going to play for the Pack, and make a Center look better, or start taking Faceoffs.

  103. Now if he’s traded, I’m fine with that. I would like to see him get a CHANCE to score for the Rangers.

    If not trade him to MN, Jets, or Calgary! At least I will get a chance to see him play closer to home.

  104. Doodie Machetto on

    Who are the Fighting Sioux? Oh, you mean the team formerly known as the Fighting Sioux?

  105. So Greene orders a party bus in Fargo to take the Cup around Grand Forks, you may have seen it in a few pictures.

    The Bus needs a repair before it leaves town, and our mechanic fixes it for them. Dallas gets a meet and great pass, so he doesn’t have to stand in line for the cup, and gets his picture before everyone. Lucky Duck.

    AND I find this out today.

  106. Doodie Machetto on

    It’d almost be worth it just to take a video of myself smashing it with a hammer, then mailing you each piece, one at a time.

  107. One of our mechanics. We have 75+ of them, can’t say I know them all. I get the AC office to sign all the financial docs, he gets the 90+ degree office under the trucks :)

    Little did he know, all drinks would have been on me that day :(

  108. Regionals are in Fargo this year, with the Frozen Four in Boston!

    Might have to make it to Beantown for a weekend :)

    Rob you want to go?

  109. I get a lot of miles out of my Siouxperman Jersey!

    It’s a run good thing at the Poker Tables, brings me luck!

    One has to stick with what works. Right?

  110. Robby Bonfire on

    Well, if you are going to play poker, where the money ~really~ is, for the first time in nine months, how good at it can you be? So that this Sunday excursion qualifies as a “hobby,” i.e. a losing pursuit, but one at which you “have fun.”

    This can be expensive, but the rationale among losers always seems to be: “Well, I would have dropped the same amount of money in a nightclub or at a swank restaurant.”

    Hey, management is waiting for your arrival, so don’t be late…..

  111. Best of Luck Gravy!

    I’m going to run down to Sioux Falls in the morning and play in a MSPT event.

    Here’s hoping we both RUN GOOD!!!

  112. _On June 5th, 2012, Christensen signed with HC Lev Praha, terms unknown._

    From Wikipedia. Last known address.

  113. One of many classics, Booby. That guy ( Coos) slays me. Also he’s a huge fan of a solid fourth line, which as we all know, is key to hockey happiness. At least it seems to be.

    In my opinion.

  114. Robby Bonfire on

    Sue – It’s not about “luck,” it’s about SKILL. In fact, the more skill you possess, you could say the more luck you have. The reliance upon “luck” is why Las Vegas continues to construct billion-dollar hotel, resort, casinos, and the “players” do not. There is no such think as “luck” UNTIL the percentages are on your side. Then you rake in the profits.

    Yours truly, Robby Bonfire, author of “Las Vegas, 101.”

  115. Yes, Carp…saw that. Do you think Glenn has the money to make it happen? Could be an interesting addition to the Rangers forward lines!

  116. Hayes didn’t want to play in Chicago? Must be, he thought he might not get any ice time?

  117. Kevin Hayes won’t like making 70 grand in the AHL for a couple, few years, thus he tanked on Chicago. Panthers or…?

  118. Robby Bonfire on

    iWicky –

    With all respect, surely you are aware that Texas Hold’em has rendered the other variations of poker virtually obsolete, over the past 10 years. To catch up with what’s happening and the size of the basic pots for this game, check out any Texas Hold’em venue at YouTube. You might start by searching at YouTube for: “Kara Scott,” a highly successful Texas Hold’em tournament player from Canada,and nice looking, to boot (as in “a-boot.”
    Kara has, with partners, a Texas Hold’em training and playing site on the internet, offering lots of free tutorials, for starters, at YouTube. Good place to start, if you want to go where the real money is falling down.

    If you like Europe, they have an ongoing Texas Hold’em tournament circuit there, rotating among places like Monte Carlo, and French and German venues. Another venue for this exploding game is ocean cruise liners. Why work hard when you can work smart, travel the world, and rake in good money just for showing up?

    The down side is that you have to play in close proximity with a bunch of smelly, loud-mouth guys, but, hey, nobody’s perfect and they want to give you their money!

  119. Haven’t seen the Bettman video, Wicky but I’ve known for awhile that he’s all wet.

  120. Staring at empty pages, centered ’round the same old plot
    Staring at empty pages, flowing along the ages

    Nash sucks, worse than ever.
    The sooner he ‘s gone, the better.

  121. I should add that to see the really big pots in play, YouTube “WSOP,” World Series of Poker. 8.4 Mill was the winner’s share, this year.

  122. Guest bloggers stink on

    Come on Carp, have a heart.

    Cant take much this much longer. Is it October yet?

  123. The Rangers have one of, if not, the worst farm systems in the NHL right now. Given our cap status, we need young players desperately.

    The Rangers should be in a good position to get him given that (1) he can theoretically make the team right away and (2) we are the reigning Prince of Wales Trophy winners.

  124. Robby Bonfire on

    We get him right away = we give him the J.T.Miller “Hartford Shuttle” treatment. The way this organization treats young players – like they are trailer trash, and like they are career journeymen, at best, cannot be a big secret in hockey circles far beyond New York.

    If we really want this guy best we keep him far from Miller and Hags, for starters, until he is in the fold.

  125. MDZ, Richie agents: “We turned down multiple, rather enormous offers elsewhere because of the (sic) skool systems.”

    “But your clients have no children.”

    “We took that into consideration.”

  126. Cross Check Charlie on

    *Can anyone explain what is the big deal about this Kevin Hayes kid?*

    The big deal is that Sather got rid of all the top draft picks and has a chance to get a guy that Chicago drafted in the first round. Since Stan Bowman > Glen Sather the guy probably has a shot to be decent.

  127. Robby Bonfire on

    My problem with the treatment of Hags, Carp, is not the limited time he spent in Hartford, it is with his limited “journeyman role” with the parent team of never, in two pucking, G.D. years, being given any kind of shot on the PP, when he’s an ACE at scoring on the PK. Tell me how it would have hurt to jack up our PP, this past season, given the disappointing outcome and how a timely PP goal from Hags might have turned one of those defeats into a victory?

    Surely I don’t have to – yet again – itemize the trailer trash treatment of Miller and Allen, this past season, and so many others, over the years. Defending Sather’s mania for procuring over-30 journeymen and FA’s to deliberately forestall the promotion of our own younger prospects, is not exactly the “cat bird seat” position to be in, in a discussion or a debate.

    The journeyman sludge Sather has brought in, this off-season, rivals that of any other off-season I have observed during his tenure, for its crass, collective stumble bum caliber. Even by Sather’s flea market standards, this looks like a disaster in the making as the team sets up for the new season. No playoffs this time around for New York. This season is going to get ugly, really quickly.

  128. Hagelin’s main weapon is speed which is pretty much useless on the PP. He doesn’t have great hands, size, vision or a shot so he really isn’t that useful on the PP.

    That’s why 2 pretty good coaches now have failed to use him there…

  129. Hags saw time on the 1st line in his rookie season.

    JT hasn’t shown that he had the drive or the awareness to play two-ways. Also had a tendency to overstay his shifts and pudder out at the end of his shifts. Wasn’t polished enough to play a top 9 role and he’s not a 4th line player.

    They called up Conor Allen to see what they had in him before they made the DZ for Klein swap. They weren’t comfortable enough with him for the run to the homestretch and they decided to trade for a RD in Klein.

    In recent years the Rangers have given young players huge opportunities. Step, Mac, Hags, Kreids, John Moore.

    If they are ready to play and won’t hurt the teams chances of winning games which put them in jeopardy of not making the playoffs, they play.

    If not, they go down to Hartford and they play. Key word management makes sure they play.

  130. I’m the GM or Head Coach, and you’re going to make me rich and famous, you play. If you don’t play, examine your conscience.

  131. You would think time on the first line would get you time on the PP. No such luck with Hags. They treat him like one of the over-30 bean bags Sather has brought in, this off-season. And tell me, how many times has Miller been shuttled back to Hartford, after playing well up here, because I have lost count? Sather LOVES to destroy young players psychologically. He loves to manipulate them, control them, and ruin them, and in so many cases, he succeeds in doing that. If I were J.T. Miller I would quit hockey, right now.

    Allen played well and got sent back. The greatest fault of this organization is that it puts ungodly pressure on young players, those who get the brief chance up here. To think that young players can come up here, play well, and get sent back, is mind-boggling.

    Tell you what, DuClair makes the team, or at least gets the full trial games this season, and I will change my stance. I am not saying he can step in and establish himself, immediately, but if they give him a shot at doing that, well, that would make amends for a lot of crap treatment of our younger players, over many years.

    This business of bringing in fringe, greybeard mercenaries every year, who always block at least a couple kids from the farm system from being promoted, boils my backside. Why the hell cannot Sather stay out of the FA market for a couple years and just prime the organizational pump, while holding on to prime draft choices?

    Sather has never seamlessly added youth to the mix, he just makes over the composition of the team, far too much, every off season. The lack of a deep, talented core, and the lack of cohesiveness, every damn season for at least half a season is brutal.

    This is how I see it, but others are welcome to interpret all this differently, if they choose.

  132. Delirious…You know as they say: Wisdom comes with an age. But, as it clear in this case, sometimes age comes alone.

  133. Much simpler to my eyes: Miller wasn’t even close to being ready to play in the NHL in any of the many chances he’s gotten. Not close.

    And Duclair isn’t going to be on the team this season barring a spectacular camp. And even then, probably not.

    Hagelin on the PP? I don’t see it.

  134. Robby Bonfire on

    As regards young players with who possess talent but who are “not ready,” you bring them up and go through the growing pains with them – that is if you want to ice a cohesive, championship contention team, every year.

    Best example in sports history of an organization being patient with talented young players and then reaping a big reward for doing that, is the Atlanta Braves. They lost their collective asses in the late 80’s while patiently waiting for their talented young core to mature. Take a look at their record in 1990, their last season of struggling, then take a look at their record in 1991, when they made it to the WS, which they lost, of course. Virtually overnight they exploded into one of baseball’s deepest, most talented, and most competitive teams on the baseball horizon for a solid 15-year run.

    Of course the backbone of all this success was a smart management team in the front office and all the field. A management team that had the guts and the patience to take a few steps backward, prior to taking the quantum leap forward. So please NOBODY here, tell me this Ranger prospect or that Ranger prospect is “not ready.” I know they are not ready to succeed immediately upon arrival here, but stunting their emotional and physical growth at the top, as Sather loves to do, is exactly why this organization is heading back into obscurity, after a nice hot run that fell short for ONE SEASON.

    That represents small gain when stacked up against all the other mediocre to poor seasons we have had to deal with, as Ranger fans, since this hack G.M. showed up.

    What this team needs is to promote at least fiven talented, young players who are not quite “ready” and then just sit back and see how it plays out – three years from now, because it will play out well, when we learn to apply that fundamental lesson.

  135. And if you miss the playoffs due to those growing pains … On a team that had proven it can make noise if it gets into the tournament? Just to make a rookie happy?

  136. Robby Bonfire on

    Missing a couple playoffs is the step backwards. Winning the Stanley Cup is the quantum leap forward. That, to some is a great trade. That, to the impatient, “instant gratification” crowd, is somehow too steep a price to pay.

    So – you pays your money and you takes your choice. Our myopic G.M. makes a slew of expedient choices every off-season, consistent with his self-defeating, short-term focus “philosophy.”

  137. Robby Bonfire on

    Miami Pimp –

    Please tell us DuClair is the second coming of THE, not of THE KREIDER, so we that we can all sleep better tonight. Thank you.

  138. that a boy JD. throwing the challenge out to Slats… I loved that

    a charity boxing match next?

  139. This stuff is about as dumb as it gets, but it’s for charity, so I withdraw my objection.

  140. bull dog line on

    Canada vs USA game one of 1996 world cup of hockey on NHL network right now. Richter confirming what I remember. Richter is better than Hank.

  141. Best hockey I’ve ever watched, bull dog.

    coos, STIHL is trying to sell me a BR 200 Backpack Blower. Got to be a few punchlines in there.

  142. America is bombing Iraq _again_ and is playing a key role in the civil war in Ukraine…and what do people in America do? They dump buckets full of ice on their empty heads… amazing.

  143. Good observation about the ice cubes into the warm water trick.

    Also some of these people are emptying those big bags of ice into the buckets and immediately dumping it on their heads. I keep thinking some of these guys are pelting themselves with these big huge ice chunks.

    How long b4 theres a youtube video of epic ice bucket challenges fails

  144. “Speed is useless on the PP.” Good grief! Same as “Fire Wagon Hockey” was a wash-out in Montreal, all those Stanley Cup winning seasons.

    So let me get this straight, players who are too slow are a waste. Players who are too fast are a waste. That leaves average speed players as the key to a team’s success. Thanks. Got it!

  145. Good morning, boneheads!

    Well, let’s hope we have a little more hockey news to talk about this week rather than discussing whether they should use Hagelin on PP.

  146. bull dog line on

    the Scotty Bowman Montreal Canadiens did not play “Fire Wagon” hockey. they played a combo of the LW lock, and the Trap. they were so skilled it did not matter what they played.

  147. bull dog line on

    as far as Hagelin on the PP, why not. speed kills and Hagelin has plenty of that. I don’t understand why speed is good to have at even strength, but not on the PP. one of the reason Kreider is good on the PP is puck retrieval. and that is partly because of his speed getting to lose pucks. speed also backs off the D man. this could make for easier entrance to the offensive zone.

  148. CCCP: I think we should assume is that potentially ALS and Bombing are both bad. Raising awareness about a disease for which there is no cure, is definitely a good thing. We shouldn’t be so quick to judge people for the apparent good that they do.

    We can, however, continue to voice our opinions about Americas imperialistic foreign power. They aren’t mutually exclusive.

    You are assuming that if these people were not dumping ice water on their heads they would be protesting America’s involvement (or lack thereof if we’re speaking about Africa) in a foreign conflict. I highly doubt these people would take to the streets (or the voting booth).

  149. What did happen to Gravy’s new girlfriend? She’s too good for us during the offseason? Typical…

  150. OH MAN HOW COULD I HAVE MISSED THIS POST?! This is THE best one yet.

    “he is not a destroyer of teams. He is a liberator of them!” Classic!

  151. As long as you’re dumping ice on your head, why not donate to multiple no known cure / hard to cure disease? Why should people with ms (for example) feel left out? Or their disease isn’t “cool” enough?

  152. Rob in Beantown on

    You can donate to whatever you want whenever you want! You don’t even need to dump water on your head first.

  153. I think there are other things that raise awareness for MS. ALS is getting a lot of attention right now. You can’t just go getting angry at people for not doing enough. It’s better to encourage what little we _can_ do

  154. Sure Rob…but apparently dumping buckets full of ice on ones head is the new cool thing on the block…see, there’s personal agenda there…dump bucket of ice on your head, post video on social media and boom! You’re the talk of the day! And this is how people are…always looking for “what’s in it for me”…99% of those people don’t even know what ALS stands for…

  155. When I retire, I—I don’t want to just disappear to an island somewhere. I want to be the guy who gives everything back. I want it to be like: “Hey, who donated that hospital wing that is saving so many lives?” “Umm, well, uh, I don’t know. It was anonymous.” “Well, guess what? That was Michael Scott!” “But— it was anonymous, how do you know?” “…Because I’m him!”

  156. CCCP, kind of like the NFL doing the pink thing for breast cancer awareness. It’s so cool. They can’t just wear pink armbands, they have to spend tens or hundreds of thousands for pink gloves, socks, chinstraps, shoes, headbands, hats, everything. Raises awareness and looks cool, but doesn’t really raise as much $$$ as if they’d just donate that money spent (and more from their own pockets).

    Still, they’re helping the cause, not hurting it.

  157. Ice bucket dumping has raised over nine million for ALS. It’s ridiculous, yet effective.

  158. That’s such great news, C-Dubs. I’m sure CCCP would like that money given back and then donated to other causes…

  159. I agree that I think it’s the “awareness” factor. Something like MS has telethons, many walks/runs, etc. But, in the end, donate wherever you like.

  160. There are an endless, insurmountable number of problems in this world. Everyone needs to just pick something and do what they can. For most people it’s awareness and a bit of money. Visibility really helps with these diseases.

    Speaking of….Maybe we should, as Boneheads, pick something and donate together. Maybe raise something for something.

  161. We should raise money to bring awareness to the shortage of 28 year old women from NJ on the blog.

  162. Coos, this past weekend my mother was complaining about her Hydrangeas not coming in this year.

    She was pretty mad about it. They really tied the garden together.

  163. Someone actaully got us a potted Hydrangea a few months back, and there are still no blooms. At first I thought it was because we didn’t water or fertilize it, but now I know better.

  164. Potted Hydrangea might eventually bloom. I think it was the unusually cold winter that stunted the in-ground ones. ??

  165. VERY strange with the JMoops non-contract. Could Slats be thinking of using Moops $ for the Boston College kid who refused to sign with Chicago?

  166. I think the J. Moops situation should have been expected. Has zero leverage. Slats plays hardball. Goes right to camp and gets settled quickly. Happens every year.

  167. Robby Bonfire on

    MANNY – A condo in Monte Carlo each one of us can contribute to and enjoy two weeks per year vacation at, might work….Where do I send my first 10 bucks deposit?

  168. Robby Bonfire on

    Carp –

    The National Football League is no longer about football, it is about “branding,” starting with overpriced merchandise huckstering, sucking up to the networks – starting with the vulgar and garish SB halftime show, and caving to “political correctness” to accommodate the prissies who don’t even follow football. You take away point spread betting and the TV ratings die and half the teams go belly-up.

    The NFL of today is a P.T. Barnum circus act without the tent.

  169. I agree with Robby on his latest post. Im a giant fan and its hard to watch the games it’s gotten so bad. I can complain about hockey and still watch every single game start to finish, I have a hard time sitting through a football game at this point. That league isn’t gonna be around 20 years from now. The truth about concussions is slowly going to kill the sport.

    well its already killed the sport as we knew it, no defense anymore, basically a skills competition and a free for all on the offensive and defensive lines.

  170. Robby Bonfire on

    MANNY –

    I too, have long pondered to where I can relocate to live out the duration in relative peace – not a small challenge for anyone who is a part of this tumultuous planet in this day and age.

    And I think I finally figured it out – after giving up my dream of a France – Sweden rotation (for practical survival reasons). And that is – Switzerland, with my own Alps chalet as my domicile. A neutral country populated with diplomats seems appealing to me, at this stage. Not too many street riots going on downtown Geneva, either.

    So stop by anytime, fondue, Chateaubriand,and Beaujolais on me. I will let you know when I get there in 2016, when I plan on joining the E.P.T (European Poker Tour).

  171. the most exciting aspect of the game, the open field hits are also the most dangerous aspect of it. I can’t watch a hard open field hit anymore without cringing and thinking, they need to stop hitting each other like that. They are trying to turn it into a skills competition but its gonna become a gimmicky sport as it becomes more and more watered down.

    Classic microcosm example of modern day society entertainment. Something we loved without knowing how bad and dangerous it was for us. Well that is people who played the sport.

  172. Robby Bonfire on

    I was listening, over WIP, to the Eagles -Pats game the other night, and the Eagles announcer said that if the officials keep calling penalties against the D for incidental contact in the secondary, they are going to ruin the sport. Really strong, in-game editorial that was for a play-by-play man.

    And let’s face it, the NFL wants high-scoring 40-30 games and movie star QB TD passing numbers, it doesn’t want 14-10 games dominated by D. I think a lot of this pressure to conspire against defenses comes from the networks, as a dictum to the NFL, too. The NFL ranks right up there with a street corner hooker, for character and quality. They sold out years ago.

  173. Michigan isn’t a bad spot either. Its becoming warmer and warmer up there. when i was there last september for the traverse city tournament it was 80 degrees during the 2nd week of sept. Decent growing seasons which are getting longer and a large body of fresh water. I dont know the exact %, but I think 20% of the worlds fresh water is held in the great lakes.

  174. Robby Bonfire on

    cooscoos –

    You forgot the “Frank Mahovlich,” Pete Stemkowski,” and Alex Delvecchio crossword questions.

  175. Gravy how did you do this weekend?

    I won by 1100 seat, but didn’t get to the top 27 for payday. But my buddy took 3rd for 18k. so all in all a good weekend.

  176. _jpp_

    _I agree with Robby on his latest post. Im a giant fan and its hard to watch the games it’s gotten so bad._

    If Jason Pierre-Paul is having a tough time sitting through Giants games, it’s going to be a long year for their defense.

  177. Robbie – Only boneheads would get the three letter word for Greschner’s ex-wife. :)

  178. Without gambling, there probably would be few poker players, few NFL followers, and no horse racing.

  179. Ha, when he first came up I was loving it, I was like ‘she-it who’s this guy’, im the original JPP

    And then I saw a tv spot in which I learnt his father Jean-Pierre Paul was the original JPP.

  180. love the JD video.
    classy
    as usual

    wonder if there really is any chance of getting Hayes?
    that and other college signings, if they pan out, could make the lack of 1st rounders less of a problem.

  181. CCCP

    for a second i was getting sick of all the Ice Bucket challenges
    especially if people
    are going around tossing water on their
    heads
    and NOT donating
    but it looks as if
    donations are coming in due to
    current awareness.
    so
    that’s a good thing.
    i think other diseases such as MS are
    pretty much embedded in the public’s
    consciousness.
    now
    if only my best friend’s bone disease
    problem could become
    more popular (or lucrative for med industry)
    then
    maybe
    he’d be cured

  182. Robby Bonfire on

    Without gambling, there would be no stock market dreams for brokers to dangle in front of investors, too. Don’t you just love the line: “Dip your toe in the water and let me show you a few points, before we really swing for the fences the next time around.” Those “home runs” looked more like strike outs in 1929, 1987, 2000, and 2008.

    Yes, I would call the stock market gambling too, even though it is considered more “respectable” to own a slice of American industry then to be holding a ticket on a favorite to show at the race track.

    State lotteries, of course, are not gambling, they are indirect support for underfunded social programs. lol.

  183. I have a friend who’s been playing EA sports NHL games since the early 90’s. He said Hayes Will Sign Withe Rangers. Insider info like that is good gold.

  184. Robby Bonfire on

    I am seeing reports that it is down to Calgary and Denver, re Hayes. It may already be official, somewhere.

  185. ZzZz NYR ZzZz© East Champs on

    Zucco with Brass , now that’s cool!! Those guys have sick chemistry together. Hanging out will only keep them feeding off each other during games. Having no Pouliot kinda sours the threesome . Can’t blame Pouliot , the money is hes now making is crazy plus the years he got…

    No NFL , NO PROBLEM!! CFL is awsome !! Saskatchewan Roughriders are the champs!! 3 down football , 10 extra yards , wider field and huge end zones!! Scoring is up up up .Having a real good quarterback helps. The one guy from Toronto last game ran back a missed field for a touchdown and he was on air (mask) for awhile , he’s new from the NFL.

  186. Time to light a Cigar, need to zone in on a Sather moment and sign Hayes!

    Sign a 1’st round draft.

    What’s it going to take kid?

  187. THE KREIDER will convince him….. win a Stanley Cup in NEW YORK. Calgary/Av’s don’t have a chance to get through both Chicago AND LA!

  188. If the kid is the real deal….. give him 10-20 games to prove himself.

    He won a championship with THE KREIDER already. Why not NY?

    He has a solid shot at an open RW position!!!

    I wouldn’t be surprised if he out performed Pouliot. Pouliot only had 15 goals last year. And he played 80 games. I would give him a shot right out of the gate, if he gets the job done, he keeps the spot. YOU score YOU STAY!

  189. CCCP
    thanks for linking
    to the laughs

    now, if Torts was to do it.
    i think someone else challenged him too
    i may just donate

  190. Robby Bonfire on

    Glen’s home has dozens of bean bags strewn all over the floor, in honor of all the dead-beat FA’s he has brought here, over the years. The Drury bean bag is the biggest and my favorite, with competition from the Redden, Gomez, and Richards bean bags.

  191. Robby Bonfire on

    Sioux – It seems that if the kid wanted to win a Stanley Cup, he would have signed with Chicago. His agent must be a really grimy s.o.b.

  192. Robbie I’m thinking he feels he will have to play all 3 years in the AHL, before he gets a real shot at playing RW for the Hawks in the NHL.

    So there’s a chance he could play for the Rangers, and get a real shot replacing Pouliot spot. If he truly is ready for NHL minutes.

    What team has MORE to offer!!!

  193. f’kin avery. ha ha. bettman chelios and torts. hes such an abrasive character.

    he should still be playing. Weird combo of circumstances took place to get him to the point, but he basically gave up on his teammates and the team when he retired.

    He should have rode it out and focused on getting back into peak shape and into his groove on the ice. He would have been called back up. The rangers of the last 3 seasons could have used what he brought to the table when he was invested 100%.

    I think he started to tune hockey out and tune into what the city could offer someone of his exposure, interests, funds; when Tort starting riding him.

    I liked avery as a player and a character. I didnt like how he become rattled unfocused and undedicated to the role he could carry for his teammates, for the team I pull for, etc. etc.

    I got tired of it at the end.

    Anyway me thinks, he strikes out and none of the 3 do it. But I’d love to bettman and torts do it.

  194. If he signs here, it could be awhile before he gets to NY. And, he may get “iced” to fourth line and PK duty, even if he has 40-goal potential.

    Hopefully Kreider, in their communications, is glossing over the reality of the purgatory the Rangers organization represents, for young players in the Sather era.

  195. Avery, unintentionally, exposed Torts for the jerk he was, and indirectly had a hand in Torts’ firing. Good for him. And he can bring his mommy into my locker room, any time, so long as he is making a positive contribution to the team, as he was.

    How did Torts make out in Vancouver, by the way? “Avery’s revenge,” you might call it. He who laughs last, singes your ass.

  196. “Watching Game 3 of the ‘96 World Cup on NHLN. Zero pansification.”

    Was THE Kreider on that team?

  197. bull dog line on

    looking at that list, you understand why these guys are still UFA’s. the only 2 players on the list that interest me a little for the Rangers are, Penner, and Setoguchi. Penner for his size, and the thought that he may fit as a replacement for Pouliot. Setoguchi, because of his age and past good seasons.

  198. Rob in Beantown on

    I keep reading about the “obscene gesture” a football player made in a preseason football game. Is a middle finger really an obscene gesture? I understand it’s rude, but “obscene?” Really? Were people offended by how *obscene* it was?

  199. There are some actual hockey players on that list. Not just Hal “Over the Hill” Gill.

    We should probably re-sign that Carcillo character. (Can’t believe I’m saying that)

  200. Legal Definition:

    *Obscenity* The character or quality of being obscene; an act, utterance, or item tending to corrupt the public morals by its indecency or lewdness.

  201. Does Sather cover up the McBust pick, and save his 2010 draft year by signing *Hayes* today?

  202. Rob in Beantown on

    If Hayes is so good why A) didn’t the Blackhawks sign him and 2) does Hockeysfuture say he is so *average*?

  203. They tried, but he wouldn’t sign an entry level deal with Chicago out of college.

    Chicago is too deep at RW, he list as a top 5 prospect for them. But I’m guessing he wants to sign with a team that will play him right away, to get his entry level deal to play NHL money, instead of AHL money.

    He has Kreider type size, scored 65 points in 40 games.

    Is it a “good” move by the kid to walk away from a Stanley Cup contending team that drafted him in the 1’st round?

  204. Rob,
    I saw Hayes play a couple of times last season (makes me an expert on him), I was not that impressed. he seemed to be an awkward player.

  205. Rob in Beantown on

    How can Chicago afford to let a talented RFA get away when it is tied up in two players for $22M/year for the next decade?

  206. I really hate signing these kids that teams that are much better than us refuse to sign.

  207. I don’t think it’s THAT at all Manny. *HE* didn’t want to sign with the team that drafted him.

  208. It’s like the Rangers with Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau.

    Not “good” enough to play for the Rangers, but he can score 67pts for another NHL team.

  209. From all speculation the rangers aren’t are the top of Hayes list. There in mix but Colorado Nashville Boston Florida appear be the front runners. Sather and rangers were one of 5 met in person yesterday. He will choose where he could play right away.

  210. He can only get an entry level contract Rob.

    He would get NHL money 950,000 only if he plays NHL minutes. AHL he would only get say….95,000.

    I’m guessing that is why he is walking away from Chicago. It’s all about the money.

  211. His “stock” is pretty high after last year and 65 pts, in 40 NCAA games.

    Rangers are in the top 5 teams to sign him.

    That’s why I brought it up.

    Not a lot on the hockey plate today.

    That is all…..

  212. How high could his stock be if the Blackhawks don’t want him? And who wants to sign some idiot that doesn’t realize the opportunity he would get playing for the Blackhawks fantastic organization all the way down to their WHL team!?

  213. Manny it is what it is.

    Prucha’d is the bonehead word for benching the playa.

    Is Kristo’d the “new”word for good enough to be signed, but not good enough to play in the NHL?

    Perhaps Hayes doesn’t want to be Kristo’d in Chicago.

  214. @TSNBobMcKenzie

    Note: While some sources suggest Bertuzzi-Moore settlement may be close, no legal agreement currently in place. Civil trial set for Sept 8.

    @TSNBobMcKenzie

    But multiple sources say a negotiated settlement to avert a trial is a possibility. Talks are ongoing.

  215. Perhaps Bull Dog?

    But if their is a *PRO-cess* every player should play a full year in the AHL, before graduating to the NHL.

    He’s done that. Lead the team in goals. So we shall see.

    Nelson did it for the Islanders, Frattin did it for the leafs, Parise did it for the Devils. So you never really know.

  216. I still think if a Player ends another players career as gutless as Bertuzzi did to Moore, he should have to sit out just as many games as the person he injured.

    EVEN if its the rest of his career.

    Or pay up for that type of hit.

  217. Sioux: what’s the standard in this type of civil case? Do you think Bertuzzi has responded with an “Assumption of the Risk Defense?” or do you think he went with the affirmative defense of “Unclean hands?”

  218. You would probably be disqualified as a juror for that statement, Sioux. Don’t you think?

  219. I think Bertuzzi is willing to pay $10M to keep it out of court. He may lose $30M+ if it went to court.

    Best guess from the cheap seats :)

  220. Yes.

    But if I was a Juror my response would be “Who is Bertuzzi”?

    Is that a new Italian restaurant?

  221. That’s why I chose UND of NDSU, was because of the Law school. Who knew the Hrkac Circus would be in town my first year?

  222. Personally if I had to do it all over again, I would have gone into medicine, more fun cutting people up, then defending the guilty.

  223. No but I had more of a surgeon back ground if that helps.

    Every year we had to turn 100 bulls into steers :)

  224. I’m just saying *IF* Burtuzzi went to court, he would lose Millions of dollars, that is why his Lawyers, are keeping it out of court for less. Who know maybe $10M upfront is better than $68 over 10 ….. if you would win.

  225. But back to “Willie Mays Hayes” … is it a good idea to sign a player that walked away from the team that drafted him? That was my thought of the day, before Manny’s Law derailed the train.

  226. Now looking back at Gaborik’s 42 goal season with 86 points.

    You notice PA Parenteau did get 22 games and had 8 points, so he did get a few more games than I thought. Then I noticed Voros got 41 games and got 7 points, Boyle got 71 games and got 6 points.

    Perhaps we let the wrong player get away that year.

    Who gets to pick up Boyle’s points this year :)

  227. Mark Divver ?@MarkDivver · 20m
    Hearing this morning that the Rangers are in the thick of the bidding for Kevin Hayes.

    Now back to you locally programmed network!

  228. In Hayes we trust. Since we treade first round picks every year guys like haggerty Hayes and any college players is our equivalent of a pick. Hayes and Kreider why not.

    I bet in end goes to avs or bruins.

  229. I wonder if you can even tuck in an UNTUCKit brand shirt? Would it pop right out? Would it burn you with acid?

  230. If the NYR is smart, it promises Hayes a spot on the top line with THE Kreider, right?

    I mean, Hayes has got to be a more clutch performer than Nash, no?

    Hail the Hayes, OK?

  231. The answer is: “If the Rangers sign this player, he is automatically the second-best talent behind THE Kreider?”

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