You know, as much as I have never lost sight of how lucky I am to have a job where I spend most of my time watching hockey (or golf, or baseball) and then writing about it, there are days when it’s certainly reinforced. Count today as one of those... Read More →
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Here on The Blog, we make every effort to be free of partiality when discussing hockey’s highest level. Not so, though, when talking about the amateur game. You already know my devotion to my beloved UNH Wildcats. But not to be discounted as well is my allegiance to my old... Read More →
Just when I was feeling sorry for myself for the unfortunate timing of my jury duty comes confirmation that I am better off than Marcel Hossa. In line with the same injury sustained by Fedor Tyutin last week, an MRI today revealed that Hossa will miss three to four weeks... Read More →
Hey everyone. Since our judicial process is currently holding Sam hostage from you, I will step in here quickly to tell you the team has recalled Brandon Dubinsky and David Liffiton. I don’t have much time, so here’s the release. Note at the bottom that Hossa is due for an... Read More →
This isn’t good, folks. Because as much as I tried to seem A) mentally unstable and then B) just plain dim-witted (OK, not much of a stretch), I was still tabbed for a jury on a trial that begins this afternoon. Even my plea of “But the Rangers are only... Read More →
The line of the night belongs to one of my editors, Joe Erwin, who, in reference to Rick DiPietro’s 56-save effort, said, “After a performance like that, DiPietro should demand a contract extension.” It was impressive stuff, but equally impressive was how the Rangers still squeezed out the very type... Read More →
The left wing won’t return, and will be evaluated tomorrow.
There’s been some debate about the suddenly prominent role Brad Isbister has been playing on the Rangers of late, particularly since it may be at the expense of a younger, more promising player. First came news that Isbister was not placed on Hartford’s “clear day roster,” meaning he’ll be with... Read More →
Though Tom Renney still insists that Martin Straka will be a game-time decision, the coach helped the 34-year-old center test out his left shoulder by feathering some one-timers to Straka at mid-ice during the morning skate. Straka looked good to me, although I am not a doctor (nor do I... Read More →
Flash back to two days ago, to the second intermission of Saturday’s matinee against the Blues: The Rangers were down 2-0, and their season was essentially over—not so much because they would be back six points or whatever in the playoff race, but because it was apparent they lacked the... Read More →
Actually, it’s not technically me, either, but a faulty LoHud server that is preventing any of you from making comments. I’m told it’s not something that’s going to be resolved until tomorrow, so you’ll just have to press on without the poetic musings of “DumpJagrDope” for another day. If you... Read More →
A few thoughts at the end of a long day: Tom Renney hardly sounded optimistic when talking about Martin Straka’s availability for Monday against the Islanders. I take “we’ll see” to mean “no way,” but maybe we’ll be surprised. In trying to capture everything that happened today, I failed to... Read More →
Man, even when I take shots at guys I end up off the mark. With that in mind, I’ll step aside and give you audio from the unlikely hero of the day, Stephen Valiquette. More later….
“John, to commemorate your return to New York, we present you with this silver mask, this framed collage, and last but not least….Stephen Valiquette in goal! “After so many loyal years of service, it’s the least we could do!”
Yikes… No, Henrik Lundqvist isn’t hurt, or even sick. But he has started 19 straight games, and Tom Renney figured better to rest his starter now than in two games against the Islanders next week. Personally, I think the team should have called up Al Montoya, who is playing in... Read More →