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Thanks for making the greatest game in the world even more enjoyable through your insight, passion, and wit.
Your writing will be missed. I hope you can throw an odd post our way every now and again.
Congratulations on a job well done.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Just wanted to point out the typo in your headline - "or Release."
Keep up the good work!
7 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
LIke the man said, "Ninety-nine percent of the game is half mental."...Thanks Drew!
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Couldn't disagree more. I consider it my RESPONSIBILITY as a fan of the game to let that miserable little p@$&k know how I feel about him. The league may be worth more than it was when he took over but the officiating is a total embarrassment and player safety is a joke. Yeah, the owners love him. Doesn't that say it all?
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Just look at all the press...NYT runs not one but 3, count em, 3, articles on the NYR.
Shame that the general public in NY is only excited because it's the finals and not because this is the greatest game in the world.
NHL brass needs to think about how to retain the bandwagoners but of course it won't. Hard to to see clearly with your head shoved up your ass.
7 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/monday-6214-headlines.html
Although it may seem like Habs fans are spouting a bunch of crap with the blame game stuff, I think what we're seeing here is a knowledgeable fan base that understands that their chance of elimination is pretty high. I mean, they've all but given up (http://www.montrealgazette.com/sports/hockey/montreal-canadiens/Jack+Todd+Therrien+nothing+lose+going/9856002/story.html)
Still, NYRs have NOT fared well this year when everything was on lock down...especially at home. Fortunately, they guys seem to know this and their demeanor shows it. As someone else pointed out, Richards post loss or win - same temperament. I'll take determination over desperation any day. LOVING AV right now.
Two down, six to go. One at a time.
8 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Spot on, Kevin. If Hank is Hank and our top guys do what they're (over?)paid to do, then no reason why we can't win. Apart maybe from the fact that we've been humiliated for 3 straight games and what little character we've been able to muster as a team this year seems to have incrementally disintegrated after every PP shift and Penguins goal.
Kreider was one of the few players last game who was consistently generating something virtually every shift. Putting him together with Zucc could be great. And can I just say that watching the first three strides when he turns it on is worth the price of admission every time? Superhuman. Torts had to go just for messing with him like he did.
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@yankee04 @_Jack I hate to be a hockey snob but yeah, when the asshat couple next to you keeps yelling "What are you doing! Go after the puck!" after EVERY dump in line change, you kinda wanna hit em.
I basically got my season tix for playoff rights, but it's a real disappointment every year to have hockey high season coincide with amateur fan night.
The "amazing" Garden transformation has virtually priced out all the real fans, not that Dolan give a crap - as long as the tickets sell there's no problem, right? Good luck filling those seats over the next few seasons if 2nd round is the best we can do. F Dolan. LGR.
I think my username says it all.
How can this league possibly claim to have any concern for player safety?
Tack on the now THREE phantom penalties that were given to the NYR so far and the level of negligence in officiating on display in this series makes it easy to believe that there's something terribly corrupt going on. He won't show it in the press but I would love to have been in the room to see AV's reaction when this ruling came down.
As much as I'd like to see revenge for this on Friday, I'd rather see the team run AV's system and shut them down HARD in games 4 and 5. Real opportunity here to establish an identity that was missing all season, but in the way that AV wants it done.
Car Bomb is the man.
9 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Near picture perfect win on so many levels.
Boyle haters need to zip it. Heart of a fourth line that is a silently critical to the team as Boyle is.
Nice to see the one guy who has shown up all season be the one to get us on the board and have that followed up by the guys who now need to show up for every game in the post season.
Hank gets a night off in the playoffs? Hope he's not too thrown by that, probably never experienced it before.
The D was a thing of beauty - hard to believe it's the same crew from the start of the season. Oh wait, Del Zero's gone. OK, maybe that one makes sense.
Loving AV right now.
Lots to be optimistic about but a certain line by Harvey Keitel in Pulp Fiction comes to mind...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8NlrgjgOHrw
Word. A little perplexed as to why Kreider doesn't show up more in a game like this. He's been too quiet lately.
10 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Is Roger Daltrey covering Ranger games for The Who now? What's with the duct taped old school mic on the right side of the screen during the Nash and McD interviews?
I think the head office told the team that the playoff packages and season renewals were hitting mailboxes yesterday. Whatever it was, let's hope the same team (plus Kreider) shows up against NJD.
Thanks for this, Kevin. Posts like these are what makes this blog such a great read and what keeps me coming back after every game.
1 year ago on Boyle Proving His Worth
Totally right. Gotta think long haul.
1 year, 2 months ago on Talbot To Start Tonight in Columbus
I'd let Del Zero go for a used puck bag.
1 year, 2 months ago on Nash Skating on His Own
Never mind where Hank left off, I'm hoping Cam picks up where HE left off!
Excellent game analysis.
Anyone else f'n thrilled to see lines actually be given the chance to develop?
Zucc is a rare combo of heart and skill. Works as hard as Cally and seems to be reading the ice like Richards. Wow.
Props to AV and his staff. Looking forward to seeing the team tested in the games ahead.
1 year, 2 months ago on Final: Rangers 5, Hurricanes 1
F me...Nash, Cally...what's next? Oh I know, Del Zero returning to the lineup.
Hey AV - you better work, bitch!
1 year, 3 months ago on Callahan Out 3-4 Weeks With Broken Thumb
That was one of the highlights of the game for me. Awesome moment.
1 year, 8 months ago on Rangers 4, Capitals 3
As someone who was calling for the C by the end of 24's rookie season, I could not agree more. He's obviously not Messier but I can't really think of anyone else who is as dyed in the wool blue as Cally. I'd love to see 24 in the rafters someday.
1 year, 9 months ago on The Goal That Saved the Season?
For the love of all that is sacred, if Hank is dealing with a concussion get him the hell off the ice now. I feel like he's been so screwed in not being able to lift the cup yet despite his stellar career. Permanent brain damage in the name of trying to salvage a pretty terrible season would be criminal. And even if we win the cup this year there's no way it would have been worth it if his health is compromised. He's got a baby at home who needs him much more than the franchise does. Not so sure it would be a bad thing for this team to not be able to rely on him anyway.
1 year, 10 months ago on Is Lundqvist Playing With a Concussion?
I wasn't able to watch the whole game and I gather that I missed a lot of bad play but it seemed to me that some of the 'heart' that has been missing from this team started to show through a bit last night. Not talking about the usual suspects either. Answering a goal with a goal, standing up for your goalie, and best of all putting one in the back of the net seconds after Hank makes a series of saves to keep them in the game. A bit more of that could go a long way toward compensating for Gabby and Richie's lackluster play...maybe even wake them the F%*# up.
1 year, 10 months ago on Video: Torts; Players Talk 3-2 Win vs. Devils
As a longtime "blue seats" season ticket holder the increase won't be much for me as mine are already among the cheapest seats in the arena. But that said, the increase in my tix over the past few years has been ridiculous. Sad fact is, there's always someone waiting to take my place so they keep ratcheting up the price. as someone else said, it really is all about putting more suited asses in the seats - people who don't know shit about the game or the team. You can already feel and hear the difference in the arena every year but Dolan can't because the cash register ringing is much louder in his ears. Would love to take part in an organized protest to send a message to that bastard. At the very least a 'we bleed blue' shirt that sends a message would be useful.
1 year, 10 months ago on Rangers Season Tickets to Increase Next Year
How about Cally's move in front of Gaborik's goal? When did David Lee Roth join the coaching staff?
1 year, 10 months ago on Mr. Third Period
A 20 game minimum sounds brilliant to me. 5 is total BS as is the idea that the effect of the hit should matter. INTENT should be the only measure for assessing the severity of the punishment. And as we can see there are plenty of classless a--holes for whom malicious intent is obvious. Torts is right - total lack of respect. And kudos to him for not tolerating that kind of crap from his players.With so many problems facing the Game in a good year do we really need such incompetency INSIDE the league? Violence is a part of the game but the league needs to get real about this crap because careers and more importantly, lives, are at stake. Maybe His Royal Highness, Cindy Crosby will have to end up in a wheelchair before they do anything about the problem. But we all know that will never happen with the fleet of zebras constantly on watch.
1 year, 10 months ago on Kaleta Suspended Five Games for Hit on Richards