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63 Wilson, not Hobey

Not sure what to make of this, if anything, but USA Hockey announced its annual award winners today and the college player of the year award went to Boston University’s Colin Wilson, the son of ex-Ranger Carey Wilson. In other words, it did not go to Wilson’s teammate, defenseman Matt…

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79 Memorial Day, and memories

First of all, I hope you enjoy your Memorial Day and remember what it is about. It’s not just a three-day weekend. It’s about remembering those who sacrificed so much for us. Second, a memory … and it’s just a coincidence that it falls on Memorial Day, and I’m certainly…

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48 Playoff vacation?

The NHL announced the other day that if both conference finals end by Tuesday, May 26, the Cup finals would begin Thursday, May 28 — in other words, one day off for the Eastern Conference winner. If not, Game 1 of the finals would be Friday, June 5. Now Chicago…

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88 Sailors, sailors

It’s Fleet Week in NYC, and I have to tell you a story about that. I used to buy tickets to all the Rangers’ playoff series because I had so many friends who always asked me for them. You had to buy strips of tickets for all possible series. So…

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29 Got questions for Shanny?

 Just got a release about Brendan Shanahan appearing on Gary Bettman’s radio show today. The show airs from 4-5 p.m. on NHL Home Ice (XM Channel 204 and on Sirius Channel 208). To ask questions, call 1-877-645-6696 or e-mail at nhlhour@nhl.com.

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88 Rangers sign Heikkinen

No. Not Heineken. I have no idea if this is big news or not. Probably not. Here’s the release from the Rangers: RANGERS AGREE TO TERMS WITH FREE AGENT DEFENSEMAN ILKKA HEIKKINEN             New York, May 20, 2009 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club…

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81 Gotta run

Today is one of those days we talked about earlier … where there isn’t much happening, and I don’t really have time to chat other than to say Hi and to give you a blank canvas. So … Hi. As Mike Myers used to say on Saturday Night Live: “Talk…

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165 Hard to watch

I really hope to not make too big an issue out of this, especially since we have almost two full rounds of playoffs still to go. But, man, last night we had a great game, played really hard, entertaining to the end, and yet I found myself going back to…

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132 Back to hockey

The weirdest thing happened. I was unable to blog for a week and … I missed you guys. I really did. I couldn’t wait to get back in here, even though I had nothing to add and nothing in particular to say. I just missed the back-and-forth, all the hockey…

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170 Last day of recess

What a week it’s been. You dubbed Henrik Lundqvist “Wonderwall,” guessed who the Rangers were in my three stories, wrote some killer stories about which Rangers had been naughty or nice off the ice, and wrote some hysterical job descriptions. I really liked The Esteemed Doodie Machetto’s idea of taking…

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272 The games continue

Brief post this morning and then I’m off to the Jets, but I want to steal another idea from Nasty 1 and another poster from Monday’s thread. Hockey can’t last forever. and eventually all players have to retire. Now if you’re Mark Messier or Adam Graves, that probably means a…

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192 Just between us

That was great yesterday. I could not believe how fast you all were able to figure out who each one was. For today’s post, I’m going to do something a little different. Get out your hankies. Before he left on “vacation,” Carp suggested I do a little something to reflect…

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91 Guess who?

For today’s post, I got an email from Adam suggesting that I take you backstage to the locker room, and give you a glimpse of what people are like. So I am going to do three vignettes about three players, without telling you who is who. Your job is to…

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331 Cat’s away

With Carp gone living the good life in New Orleans, you all are stuck with me for the week. I will try to get any hockey news up here, but I have a full slate of assignments so I won’t be able to monitor everything. Be kind, and send me…

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74 Happy Mothers’ Day

And for all you non-mothers, call your mom right now and wish her a Happy Day. Today’s my last day for a week. I can’t even come on to say hello starting Monday, and I will definitely miss you guys until I return the following Monday. Hopefully Jane will be…

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80 Just (not) chillin’

Hey, y’all. Down in the bayou. Had a Po’ Boy sandwich last night. Awesome. But it’s been a tough few days. Went to a charity golf outing Thursday. No carts allowed on the course because of the wet conditions. Fine. I don’t mind walking. But the minute we hit our…

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94 We’re back!

Sorry for the technical difficulties. I’m sure you guys had to find something to do with the time away from the blog … like work or something. Anyway, I’m en route to New Orleans and I’ll check in tonight or tomorrow morning. Before I forget, Congratulations!!! to the inaugural Paul…

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19 Evgeni Malkin = Monster

There, I took your suggestion for a headline, CCCP. We aim to please here at the Festivus Blog. In other news, Josh Thomson (photo on the right side of the page) is no longer 26. Finally, don’t forget — you ballot-box stuffers — that today at noon is the deadline…

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147 Ryan Getzlaf = monster (updated)

The headline has nothing to do with the post. I just wanted to write that. —————————– In case you missed it, the Phoenix Coyotes have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Gee, how did we not see that coming? Hockey didn’t make it in Glendale, Ariz.? Anyway, here’s the statement from…

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203 Gotta have Hart (updated)

I was wondering what the mighty Canadian media, especially that redneck Don Cherry, thought about the three finalists for the Hart Trophy (MVP) being Alex Ovechkin, Pavel Datsyuk and Evgeni Malkin? What do those three have in common? Hmmmm. Well, all three are still playing in the playoffs. Anything else?…

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