To commemorate Sidney Crosby’s arrival at the Garden tonight, my 16-month-old son and I marveled this morning at some of his highlights on the “Penguins’ Web site”:http://www.pittsburghpenguins.com/multimedia/pplayer.php?rep=1551 (OK, I marveled. My little boy just tried to eat the keyboard). From purely a hockey player’s perspective, I’m excited to see how… Read More →
Apparently the defenseman’s sour mood after his on-ice conditioning test today came with a reason. Working out for Rangers assistant Mike Pelino, Kasparaitis’ sprint times were several seconds slower than those of both Colton Orr and Sandis Ozolinsh—a pairing that is not exactly Bure and Fedorov in their primes. When… Read More →
…consider today’s odd sequence with Darius Kasparaitis, the injured defenseman who has been out of the lineup for the first three games of the year. At almost every juncture over the past two weeks, the subject of Kasparaitis’ availability has been discussed either with Tom Renney or with Kasparaitis himself…. Read More →
Part of the reason my employers pay me the exorbitant salary that they do is because of my knack for uncanny insights. For instance: Peter Forsberg is really good. And also: if the Rangers want to win, they need to play better than they did last night. I know, why… Read More →
—Not sure if you can panic just yet, but I think I saw the Rangers’ training staff sewing the No. 2 on the back of a jersey after the game. —I know, you’re all sick of Brian Leetch talk. But be honest: isn’t the idea slightly more palatable than it… Read More →
For instance, the Rangers are fairly effective at preventing other teams from scoring during those times. So, you know, they’ve got that going for them…
Two goals in less than a minute by the Flyers. But good news: the Rangers have a power play!
The Rangers have Thomas Pock! The guy scores a goal, carries the puck out of trouble in the defensive end, even mixes it up behind the net. If we’re lucky, maybe he’ll even play the organ in between periods. Seriously, pretty good stuff from a guy who is supposed to… Read More →
David Wright, Paul LoDuca, Chris Woodward, and notorious hockey fan Tom Glavine. Maybe Tom Renney can plug them in on the power play, since right now, the Rangers’ unit is awful. For those of you scoring at home, they’ve now gone 10 man-advantages without a goal this season, and I’m… Read More →
Both enforcers, Cote and Orr, are scratched. I guess we’ll have to settle for hockey instead.
…which leads me to believe Colton Orr will play tonight. We’ll know for sure momentarily. By the way, this is Riley Cote. I don’t know if he has a future as a game show host, but I wish him luck.
Greetings from the Garden, where both Tom Renney and I were subjected to the same security measures as we walked in seconds apart this afternoon. I suppose it’s reassuring that in the eyes of MSG security, there is no difference between a schleppy newspaper reporter and the head coach of… Read More →
I realize it sounds pretty silly to be using the word “urgency” when talking about the third game of an 82-game season. It’s October. It’s 75 degrees and sunny outside. Should the Rangers somehow lay an egg this evening, most Rangers fans are still going to get out of bed… Read More →
Don’t look now, but the Flyers “might be making a play for Brian Leetch”:http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=180293&hubname, at least according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. In a familiar refrain, Leetch’s agent Jay Grossman said the defenseman hasn’t made up his mind about the season. Maybe Leetch should speed it up a little bit in… Read More →
When I was 11 years old and I dreamed about one day being a sportswriter (by that age, it was very apparent I’d never make it as a hockey player) I never thought I’d spend so much time asking grown men about the state of their groins. It’s glamorous stuff,... Read More →
Well, not really. But I figured you might be interested in this 60-second Q-and-A I did with Brendan Shanahan earlier this week. We’ve done this in the Sunday sports section of The Journal News for several years now, and it’s always been a good way to learn something more about… Read More →
Not much to report today as the Rangers rest up for a busy week ahead, with two home games and then a trip to Buffalo on Saturday night. In the meantime, here’s “my story”:http://www.thejournalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061008/SPORTS01/610080350/1034/SPORTS from today’s paper on last night’s theatrics. As I said before, you’ve got to love the… Read More →
I have to check, but I’m pretty sure this means you can’t pick on Marcel Hossa for at least a month. Or a week. OK, at least give the guy until Tuesday. Seriously, you have to love the shootout. It’s like Hockey for Dummies. No icing. No power plays. If… Read More →
The bad news is I’m blowing deadline….. 4-4 at the end of regulation and overtime.
No one on the Rangers is named T.O. They just showed a brief clip of the maligned ex-Eagles receiver on the video board here, and I think I even saw a 2-year-old boo. Man, by comparison, Jagr should feel like a favorite son. Meanwhile, a sloppy period for the Rangers,... Read More →