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i too grew up on LI during the isles cup run, but a bit older than you kev. i'm sure my experiences in JHS and HS were just as if not more brutal as yours. i moved to DC in the fall of 1993, but held on to my partial season tickets with the realization it was probably the last chance i'd have to see the rangers win a cup in person at the garden. in those days a partial season ticket plan came with a right to purchase full playoff tix in the same seats. i came up for an occasional game during the regular season but mostly let my buddy whom i shared the tix with use my ticket to take whomever he wanted to those games. we had a clear understanding though that the playoff tix were all mine. 


i was only a few months into a new job in DC when the playoffs started, but thankfully my boss was a cubs fan and understood what winning the cup and ending a 54 year drought meant to me.  we worked out an arrangement where i would put in extra hours on non travel/game days and could work my schedule around the home games. it was a brutally exhausting stretch of driving up and down 95 and the turnpike every few days but i was a young(er) and determined man 20 years ago, and somehow i made it to every single home playoff game that year. every one. even made it to one of the road games against the caps in the old capital centre. i became a bit of a legend in my office, sometimes walking into work the morning after a late night OT game (i.e game one of the final against vancouver) on 3 hours sleep, but nothing was going to stop me from being a part of that glorious spring of 1994 in NYC. after we won the cup, my boss called me at my parent's house on LI the next morning and told me not to come back until after the parade. i will forever be grateful to her, and to my old 1984 nissan 300zx for getting me thru all of those 250 mile drives from DC to MSG and back. 

4 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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so let me get this straight. sather refused to negotiate in good faith with callahan until it was way late in the game, and then unceremoniously dumped him off in TB, yet callahan should refuse to sign with certain teams who may be willing to meet his asking price out of loyalty to his former employer? LOL, good one. 


fans who side with owners over players in salary negotiations just dont get it imo. anybody who hates callahan has either a very short memory or hasn't been a ranger fan very long. he was a great ranger, very few in this team's history played the way he did, but the business side got in the way of his continuing/ending his career in the blueshirt, so lets wish him the best and move on. this is the nature of modern day sports. 


whether you think he was "worth" his asking price or not (its arguable), if you wanna boo callahan you should probably be a devils fan anyway. that's their gig. 

6 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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no chance brooks is reporting anything other than his opinion or a random rumor. since cally isnt a free agent yet it would tampering on the part of buffalo to indicate anything about what they are and are not willing to do, never mind already giving him the C. lets face it, at this moment in time any column that includes the name "callahan" is getting tons of clicks and reads, a fact not lost on brooks (or our blogger friends). in reality, we have no idea what buffalo or any other team is willing to offer. we dont really even know what's going on in house, which is why i personally am taking everything with a grain of salt. as tight lipped as sather normally is about everything, it seems very odd that suddenly every aspect of this negotiation is out for us all to see. there are many moving parts to this, and we probably know none or next to none of it. 

8 months, 4 weeks ago on Only One Team Calls Callahan; Sabres Willing to Meet His Contract Demands

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a "character guy"? come on kevin. he is a 29 year old top pair, right handed, shut down d-man who plays 25 mins a game, never gets hurt, and occasionally chips in a goal. how many more of these can you name? sure he makes some mistakes but you can count on one hand the number of d-men who dont. unless slats has a replacement in mind, and there really arent very many, you have to get this done. the salary cap is rising every year, the number of right handed d-men who play his game is not. 

9 months ago on Rangers Still Not Making Girardi Available

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@Kevin DeLury @carylev i think we're saying the same thing here kevin. my only disagreement with your assertion is that i dont think AV's statement is killing DZ's trade value as much as others (not just you) seem to think. AV seems to be a pretty thoughtful guy, i doubt he's doing anything to undermine his/slat's long term plans here. maybe we get lucky and DZ responds and makes this whole discussion moot? hey, stranger things have happened!

 


11 months, 1 week ago on Not Another Del Zotto Trade Rumor

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have to disagree with all the talk about AV hurting DZ's trade value. if you read his actual quote, he says that DZ is a better d-man than AV has seen during the first quarter of the season. in other words, he is a good player that has not lived up to expectations. another way to read that: perhaps a change of scenery or different coaching staff could get him to realize expectations. underachieving players get traded all the time for their potential, why do people feel the circumstance is different here? i'm not necessarily on the DZ hate train and would just as soon give him more time to show more of the flashes we've seen intermittently over the past few years, but i also dont have a problem with AV's handling of this situation at all.

11 months, 1 week ago on Not Another Del Zotto Trade Rumor

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