The defenseman’s No. 2 will be just the fifth retired number in team history, joining Rod Gilbert (7), Eddie Giacomin (1), Mike Richter (35), and Mark Messier (11). Still no word on when Walt Podubny’s No. 8 is going up, but I’m sure that’s right around the corner as well.... Read More →
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That my head isn’t completely on hockey yet should be of little consequence to any of you. Of greater importance is that the people who count—i.e. the players—are already gearing up for the season ahead. Although I haven’t been over to the Training Center myself yet, the players skating there... Read More →
Just when you thought I had disappeared into a cave… Yes, apologies are in order for the lapses between posts. Between having a lot my golf plate and not having much new to report on the hockey front, I figured we should take the time to rest now so that... Read More →
The center signed with Columbus. Here’s “the story”:http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/news;_ylt=Aj7eoi6XJ9WearijURE1Lrh7vLYF?slug=ap-bluejackets-peca&prov=ap&type=lgns. I’m still in golf mode a little while longer, and then I’ll be back.
…the Rangers have hired Anders Hedberg as Head European scout! Now if they can only get Jan Erixon back in the fold, the Cup would be a certainty. My tenuous link to Anders Hedberg is that when I was in third grade or so, he lived in the house of... Read More →
I am indeed back from Tulsa and in likely need of a new wardrobe after sweating completely through every one of of my shirts. For proof, “you can find a photo here (courtesy of Chris Lewis’ blog)”:http://chrislewisgolfblog.typepad.com/.shared/image.html?/photos/uncategorized/2007/08/12/presspeople_2.jpg That’s me behind Tiger Woods in the blue shirt and blue hat (my... Read More →
Greetings from the heartland, where the temperatures are “again expected to exceed 100 degrees”:http://golf.lohudblogs.com/, and where spending the day at a hockey rink sounds nothing short of heavenly. Anyway, many of you have probably already heard the Rangers “may be on the brink of a deal to sign Michael Peca”:http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/hockey/rangers/2007/08/10/2007-08-10_exisle_peca_looks_for_blueshirts_fit.html.... Read More →
Among the reasons I’m looking forward to the start of hockey season is that I can stop providing you reasons why I’ll be out of touch. Until then, though, here’s another: The PGA Championship is next week in lovely Tulsa, Oklahoma, and I “will be there”:http://golf.lohudblogs.com sweating until I’m down... Read More →
This is hardly a surprise since the deal was all but official a few weeks ago, but in finally locking in the 19-year-old center, the Rangers now have an early candidate to take Matt Cullen’s place as third-line center. From what I saw of Anisimov in the late June prospect... Read More →
UPDATE, 1:10 p.m.: Moments after I posted that last part, the Rangers made it official by signing Avery. “We are pleased to have Sean under contract and are looking forward to him returning with the same passion and enthusiasm he brought to our team last year,” stated Glen Sather. “He... Read More →
UPDATE, 6 p.m. Hossa signed a one-year deal for $780,000, a raise of $180,000 from last season. There is still nothing new on the Sean Avery ruling. For all the potential animosity between the Rangers and Sean Avery, they avoided similar acrimony with Marcel Hossa by agreeing to terms with... Read More →
While we await the results of the Sean Avery arbitration hearing and marvel at “the harsh treatment”:http://www.nypost.com/seven/07312007/sports/rangers/rangers_rip_avery_in_faceoff_rangers_larry_brooks.htm the left wing is receiving from Rangers management, let’s try to put things in historical perspective. For much of his tenure in New York, Glen Sather has been known, depending on who you... Read More →
Sports Business Journal is reporting the NHL is in discussions with ESPN about “returning to ESPN2 as early as the 2008-09 season”:http://www.sportsbusinessjournal.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=article.main&articleId=55770&requestTimeout=900. Say what you want about the progress being made at Versus, but getting back to ESPN in any form would be a vital step for the league’s health.
Credit goes to Larry Brooks for uncovering “the particulars of a brief”:http://www.nypost.com/seven/07302007/sports/rangers/slats_not_fair__rangers_call_avery_detriment_in_brief_rangers_larry_brooks.htm submitted by the Rangers for Sean Avery’s arbitration hearing today in Toronto. In it, Glen Sather dismisses much of the left wing’s on-ice contributions last spring and even refers to him as a “detriment to the team.” Naturally,... Read More →
I’m still on vacation but at least back in front of a computer and I see not everyone in the comment section has been on their best behavior. Maybe it’s the heat…or maybe some of you need to make better use of your time. We’ll revisit that soon. Meanwhile, the... Read More →