Browsing: Mike Rupp

Hockey
344 Winter Classic: Rangers-Flyers in review

Glad that’s over. The NHL will be thrilled — and Gary Bettman clearly was, bogarting the stage as NHL Network’s first interview on the never-ending post-game show — because it made a ton of money, got a zillion eyeballs to watch, sold a gazillion pieces of merchandise. But the all-Philadelphia…

Hockey
89 Rangers-Panthers in review

This is what’s special about this team. The most hyped game they have played in years, if not decades, coming up next, a bad loss in the game previous. I know some of you guys worried about this being a trap game during the live chat yesterday and we talked…

Hockey
300 Rangers-Capitals in review

This is what happens when you play well for an extended period of a season and people take notice … teams that might not be so good, or not playing so great, find another gear when they play you. It becomes a big game for them. And that really hasn’t…

Hockey
58 Tortorella pre-game

Short and sweet. Same lineup tonight. Jeff Woywitka re-injured his foot this morning and won’t play. Not sure if it’s now worse or if he’ll be out longer. He talked about Martin Biron very briefly, and about  Mike Rupp. Wouldn’t answer questions on “24/7″  John Tortorella:

Hockey
564 Rangers-Devils in review

Thoughts: 1) Another staged fight to start the game. Whatever floats your boat, I guess. Maybe it’s hypocritical, but to me they don’t seem as senseless when it’s archrivals playing. I did think Rupp had some good, solid hits, though he wasn’t credited with any, officially. 2) I liked the…

Hockey
82 Tortorella pre-game press conference

Here are the highlights about why the Rangers decided to re-call Sean Avery (or at least, put him on re-entry waivers). Will have audio in a few minutes right below this: John Tortorella: Why Avery now? “Rupper. Rupper has a lot to do with this. We’re concerned about this. So…

Hockey
324 Rangers-Maple Leaves in review

I missed Beavis & Butt-head’s return and that  World Series Game 6 for this? Are you kidding me? I’m going to break this review into three parts. First, about the game. Second, about the new building. Third, a mea culpa. Thoughts: 1) For years … for decades … maybe a…

Hockey
181 First day in the new digs

Needless to say, the Rangers would have been perfectly happy coming home to the old arena after the trek they’d just completed. But to come home to the new lockerroom, new benches, and a one-third renovated Madison Square Garden for the home opener tomorrow, and for Brad Richards to be…

Hockey
353 Rangers-Oilers in review

Last year, “It’s Just Pain” was the defining quote from Brandon Prust, the one that said it all about the Rangers. You’d better hope that this year’s mantra isn’t John Tortorella’s “We sucked from head to toe.” I thought that was hilarious, but true. And very, very calculated. Coaches and…

Hockey
352 A few more thoughts on this Rangers’ start

You know, some of the negativity is absolutely crazy. I say that a lot around here. It’s kind of like the NFL, where every loss is Armageddon and every win means Super Bowl. Just look at the coverage of the Giants and Jets in this town, and listen to some…

Hockey
272 Rangers-Islanders in review

Told ya. This game was exactly what I expected … except that it really wasn’t very nasty. Come to think of it, other than the fights in the stands, it wasn’t nasty at all; and as I recall, last year the Rangers played better and played tougher in games that…

Hockey
181 Rangers-Mighty Ducks in review

Thoughts: 1) Yay! Skills competition. Pretty serious lack of skills in this one. Brad Richards lost the puck at center ice, and the winning goal was a complete whiff. 2) The Rangers shouldn’t fight the opponent’s goons unless it’s absolutely necessary. So far they have had two staged fights, and…

Hockey
505 Bye, bye Avery (again)? (updated)

Regarding Sean Avery … I don’t think he was/is going to play much at all this season if he stayed/stays. Mike Rupp, for one, completely takes away his position in the lineup, and is a much, much better and more versatile player. Mats Zuccarello had a great camp. You could…

Hockey
145 Mike Rupp on making his Rangers debut in Newark tonight

(Editor’s note: This guy really seems like a great team guy, and that’s what everybody says about him, too). Mike Rupp: On the firefighters and policemen skating with the team yesterday: “A bunch of them wanted to work on their fighting. Some of them probably get more reps in the…