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@JoeyKocur Now Joey, leave Torts alone
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@Gianni74 @RobertChiarello @scrangersfan @betweentheworlds Gianni...I did not know that about Graves. Thank you. I just remember seeing him take some awful poundings on the ice (and I don't mean in fights) and it seemed like nobody was there for him. Certainly there was a double standard with the referees at the time. Had he been protected by his team and coaches I think he would have gone on to a Hall of Fame career. As it was, he still scored 430 NHL goals.
@gravey94 I take back my last comment. I just looked up Jeffries stats and had no idea that he played for 14 years and had 1500 hits and was twice an All Star. Another great call Gravey.
@gravey94 Gravey....Alexi had a far, far better career then Greg Jeffries. He scored 430 goals in the NHL. How about HoJo as a comparison? :)
@scrangersfan @betweentheworlds Agree 100 percent. Ranger management completely mishandled him. They never protected him on the ice. Talent level was as good as it gets.
IMHO the Rangers do not win the Stanley Cup in 1994 without Alexi Kovalev. In fact, the Rangers don't win Game 6 against the Devils without him. He played better than anyone, minus Messier, in that game and Messier would not have had as great a success in that game without him. I saw him as a 17-18 year old in a Ranger exhibition game in Phoenix and was floored by his puck handling ability. I have, to this day, not seen anyone exhibit his level of puck handling magic.
Having said all that, I have always felt that the Ranger organization did him a disservice by not protecting him like they would have a Canadian or American superstar. He used to get crushed in games and, I don't want to say that his teammates looked the other way, but Colin Campbell certainly did. It was no secret that Collie hated Russian players and did not handle Alexi right. Congratulations on your retirement, Alexi. One of the best natural talents I have ever seen.
With all due respect, your writing skills are horrific.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Personally, the Finals just ended late Friday night. I am nowhere near ready to think about this stuff, but by all means, carry on.
1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
In the immortal words of coaching great Mart Schottenheimer: "There's a gleam men, there's a gleam. Let's go get the gleam"
I know, it is corny, but I typed it on Wednesday night and they won. As Eli Manning would say, I'm a little stitious. LGR
1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/rangers-kings-game-5.html
IMHO I feel that the Rangers need to make Brad Richards a healthy scratch in Game Five if they really want to bring this back to NY for a Game Six. He is a major defensive liability at this point with his lack of speed and a fresh pair of legs would be welcome. Tortorella got blasted for doing the right thing last year. Alain obviously knows the locker room and whether the team wants Richards playing or not, but I don't see them getting back home if he stays.
1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/thursday-61214-headlines.html
@AnnoyingJoe In the infamous words of KC Chiefs head coach Marty Schottenheimer: "There's a gleam men. There's a gleam. Let's go get the gleam.!!!!!! LGR
@shootthepuckforpetessake Did we lay down when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no!!!!!! :)
Very strange feeling last night. I had flown with my son from Tucson to LA the morning of the game, got into the Staples Center at around three and left at nine (Pacific Time). When we left, for some reason I was not overly down with the loss, instead I felt encouraged by it. The Rangers were objectively the better team last night for all but 10 minutes of the third when the Kings made their patented push. You would think that after seeing them lose a double OT game and drop to 2-0 in the series that you would be devastated by it but something tells me that they are going to win this whole thing. You could see how much problem the Kings D had with the Ranger speed and if not for Quick, they would be 2-0 in this series. I see the Kings fading and the Rangers surging. Call me crazy, but IMHO they are going to make this a best of three series.
Also: Nash did not score but he really did do a lot of good things and played extremely hard. He was trying to make a difference. Richards, unfortunately, not so much.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Heading for LA from Tucson for Game Two in less than an hour. God, I hope the StubHub tickets are real :) LGR!!!!
@Pakifan1 Thank you for the reply and parking information. Greatly appreciated. Have a great time at Game 2.
@mdspwt You are the only person that I have seen write about the ice conditions. You are spot on...it was terrible.
@Pakifan1 Pakifan...I have decided to go to Game Two from Tucson. Any recommendations at the Staples Center? Easy parking? Thank you.
@zippy88 You wrote that a lot more eloquently than I did. Thank you.
I am not certain that I fully understand the article. I have no problems with John Amirante and his version of the national anthem. His appearance seems to be awfully dated to me, but that is a trivial matter. What I absolutely detest is people chanting and whooping it up during the National Anthem. It all started in Chicago a number of years ago and I was at one of their games and literally could not believe it. It is now being done at the Garden and it really does bother me. It's not about age, it's about respect IMHO. You can go crazy for the three hours that your at the game but how about shutting the fuck up for YOUR NATIONAL ANTHEM. Maybe that opinion is in the minority now. So be it. This is also a country who gave Ryan Braun a STANDING OVATION at his first home at bat this season in Milwaukee. Something is odd in the good old US of A,
@Herman_NYRBlog @RobertChiarello Herman, my last words on the subject. First, I have no idea who the heck Darren Rovell is. Second, maybe you are right, I may be taking a bit too harsh an opinion on it, I just feel that if you are saying that funds are going to a cause you should state what percentage. It is honest and fair. Anyone that does not agree, that's fine. You keep your ethics and I'll keep mine.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@Herman_NYRBlog @RobertChiarello Dear Herman....with all due respect, your "promise" in this instance is inconsequential. The buying public has no idea as to the mindset behind "We Bleed Blue", but given the fact that they are selling shirts to Ranger fans, we at least know that they, like most of us, are capitalists. If you are going to say that a portion of the proceeds go to the fund, state clearly that percentage. There is a huge difference between one tenth of one percent and twenty percent. Herman, it was not me seeing the worst in people. Full disclosure gets the guesswork out. Fair is fair.
If you say that a percentage goes to the Katie Moore Fund, what is the EXACT percentage? Is it one percent or fifty percent? Don't be disingenuous smucks just trying to sell shirts under the guise of giving to a charity.
You have to wonder how much weight loss Stepan will have without solid foods. He is certain to lose a fair amount and it may have an affect on his play. Hope not.
@Chris M Chris...look at the bright side....at least you won't have to listen to that idiot Millbury and the clown to his left (our right) during the first intermission.
I love Henrik but with all due respect to him, I felt that he was very shaky in Games 5 and 6 of the Ranger-Devil Semifinal Series two years ago. With the Rangers up 2-1 in that series, he clearly was not himself and was outplayed by an old Brodeur.
3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@Sean Clark @RobertChiarello I'm sorry. I don't remember exactly. It was just a disgraceful rant on MSL. I get so disgusted with him, I try to get it out of my mind as fast as I can :)
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/chris-kreider-out-indefinitely-after-hand-surgery.html
@Sean Clark @RobertChiarello Sean.....He is just an ass. He has always hated the Rangers and is never objective when he discusses them. He basically said that MSL is a choker. Everyone knows that he has not played up to expectations after a dozen games, but Millbury is classless. Show a HOF'er some respect. If you feel that way, word it differently.
The fact that he stays on NBC (especially after his altercation with a 10 year old kid) is unfathomable to me. He set the Islander franchise back 10 years by being their GM and he is just a bitter, biased asshole. (IMHO :) )
Let's start a Mike Millbury is a no-nothing asshole thread
Yes...the guys from Jersey Boys were definitely lip syncing.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Rangers 7, Devils 3
I am pretty sure that the drummer and horns were all playing. Johnny made a comment that it was really hard to play horns in the cold weather. Johnny was definitely singing.
Southside Johnny deserves credit for playing live unlike that Jersey Boy embarrassment.
Dear Herman;Loved your recap, but seriously you "journalist in training", you used the term "regression to the mean was inevitable" THREE times in one article :)
6 months ago on Rangers 4, Senators 1
Adam....Excellent article. I was (and remain) a John Tortorella fan. I think the Rangers organization let a great coach go.
7 months, 1 week ago on It's Time To Apologize To John Tortorella
I realize that this comment is unrelated to the article but the
Canucks are now 20-10-5 after beating Boston 6-2 last night. So much for getting rid of Torts.
7 months, 1 week ago on Miller, Kristo Continue to Roll in Pack Loss
@KevinDeLury @RobertChiarello Love the positive story this morning. I sit here in Arizona every morning during the playoffs waiting for your 9AM (6AM here) article(s) to appear. Heading to Boston Friday for Game 5 and reading your uplifting article made me feel that there may indeed be a Game 5.
1 year, 2 months ago on Why Not Us?
"like the alcoholic I mentioned, I'm officially back on the wagon"
Kevin...are you saying that you fell off the wagon so that you could get back on the wagon? :)
@PsychJukebox @CareyBrandsdorfer IMHO Doc Emerick is the best play by play announcer out there with Sam second.
1 year, 2 months ago on Bruins 2, Rangers 1
sorry... win one in NY
1 year, 2 months ago on You Still Want Torts Fired?
A nice article by you on Tortorella. Well done!!!! I find it amusing that "fans say he has lost the room" when they have never been in "the room" and have no idea of what is going on there. I for one (as you can tell) love Tortorella. He won a Stanley Cup in Tampa Bay of all places and I believe before he is done here, he will win won in NY.
@NYRfanInNC I find it amusing that Kevin takes another shot at Torts in a Game 7 on the road win. The Ranger organization has NEVER won a Game 7 on the road. Torts takes them to the Final four last year and wins a seventh game on the road against the hottest team going into the playoffs and people still find fault with him. Mindless.
1 year, 2 months ago on Rangers 5, Capitals 0
@Betweentheworlds Personally, I think that Ottawa is going to beat the Penguins. Anderson is a great goaltender and I don't think it will go 7.
Had to watch on the NHL Network feed which was the Pittsburgh announcers. I literally had to turn the sound off after the first period. Being a homer is one thing, but those guys are downright ridiculous. Plus, if I hear Malkin referred to as "Gino" one more fucking time...........:)
1 year, 3 months ago on Rangers 1, Penguins 2 (SO)
@IcyCup My only excuse (and it is a poor one) is that I read Kevin's post at 5:45 Tucson time. :)
1 year, 3 months ago on I'm Sorry I Hope You Can Forgive Me
Ah..4/1... I am a fool
Kevin; It has been a great blog site. Thank you very much for hosting it. Congratulations on the job with the Islanders and...in your case...GO ISLANDERS!!!
Having said what I just did, I agree with everything that Beckfan5 wrote.
1 year, 3 months ago on Critical Stretch of the Season This Week
I am a glass half full guy on this one. The Rangers get in and then cause a great deal of damage.
My 23 year old son is 9-0 as a Ranger fan seeing them live including multiple wins in Philly (ok...lately no big deal), Toronto, Buffalo, Game 7 against Washington and Ottawa last year and Game 1 against the Devils last years semifinal. He is in Montreal for the game tomorrow. My son WILL go 10-0 :)
1 year, 3 months ago on Zucc on Richards Line; Gabby to 4th Line; Biron to Start in Montreal
@SonLewis Son..thank you for the reply. I just thought it was a non Italian making another negative comment, when it clearly was not. My apologies to you and all the best.
1 year, 4 months ago on No Need for Torts to Disrespect Sam
@SonLewis It is "cafone" and is a slur against Italians. I am Italian and I do not appreciate it.
@cb1 @JoeNYR ( cb1-this comment is not posted at you-just put it under your heading)
The Rangers have won ONE Stanley Cup in 73 Years. The guy (Tortorella) who has won one himself took them to within two games of getting to the finals last year and you guys want to fire him after 27 games in a shortened season. Unbelievable.
1 year, 4 months ago on Rangers , Penguins
@JMK8363 JMK...you must have been watching on the DirectTV feed like me (in Arizona). Your comment was right on. The announcers were SOOOOO BAD that I actually watched the second and third periods without the sound on and I cannot remember ever doing that (even with the Capital announcers). My God, I have heard some announcers be "homers", but that was truly an embarrassment and ridiculous.
@MikeBlue Mike, while were at it, lets get rid of Madison Square Garden. It's only 2/3rds done and the fucking Islanders get to play at the new Barclays next year :) IMHO The Rangers will be fine. They will make the playoffs. Where they go from there is anybody's guess and that comment applies to almost all teams that get in. Gaborick and Richards are proven stars in the NHL and should return to form. Hamrlik goes when Staal returns. Eminger will see less time at that point. Boyle's problem is that he is a big man that does not play a "big mans game". He is a below average fighter and as a result, his effectiveness is diminished. He is not feared like a normal 6 foot 8 person on the ice would be. They need to get much more production from the bottom six. Will they? I don't know. They will start to get production again from the top six. They are all proven in the NHL.
Just want to say: Love Sam and love the Torts.
1 year, 4 months ago on Video: Torts Loses It on Sam & Team After Loss to Sabres
Pretty much why I rarely go to games anymore. So many morons convinced that THEY are the show. It has become a disgrace.
1 year, 4 months ago on Gotten So Bad at MSG, Rangers Fans Beating Each Other Up for Entertainment
@ivanricov Finally....a voice of reason. Thank God there are still some fans who get it. Thank you Ivanricov.
1 year, 4 months ago on Rangers 0, Canadiens 3
@coontzbloontz Bravo Coontz..your critique was dead on....I could not have said it any better.
1 year, 6 months ago on Bruins 3, Rangers 1
@maxie What I wrote did not come out the way it was intended. Personally, I love Henrik as a hockey player and how he conducts himself. I guess it came out much harsher then it was meant.
1 year, 6 months ago on Lundqvist Jams "Sweet Child O' Mine" on Fallon
Love Henrik...but he plays like Bernie Williams...simple chords and beginner skills.