Lazy Hockey…Simple as That

So I let myself cool off for a lil more than 12 hours, and I thought long and hard about the hockey game I was actually in attendance for last night.  While the pre-game/1st five-minute atmosphere was so electric and exciting that I literally had goosebumps and my heart was racing well over 150, it became very apparent early on…

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It Won’t Be Long Until He’s Not So “Under the Radar”

ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun wrote a very nice piece on Ryan Callahan, even pointing out himself that its just a matter of time until the 24-year-old winger erupts on the national scene.  The playoffs are an excellent time to do it.  While many of the local writers and broadcasters have continuously praised Callahan’s play, this may be the first column written…

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Hobey Baker Winner and Fellow New Yorker Matt Gilroy Signs Two-Year Deal with the Rangers

TSN is reporting that Hobey Baker Award Winner and hometown hero Matt Gilroy of Boston University has signed a two-year, 3.5 million dollar deal to play for the New York Rangers.  Below is the link: http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=275400 A week ago I wrote a piece on Gilroy and a surge of Long Island talent beginning to emerge at significant levels.  Nice to…

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AHHHHH…now THAT’s more like it!

Gary Thorne doing play-by-play, Barry Melrose on color commentary, and hockey on ESPN.  Just like the good ole’ days, except its not the NHL, but the NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey National Championship Game between the Boston University Terriers and the Miami University Redhawks.  A couple weeks ago I wrote a bit on how the NHL brass is butchering…

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Wade Redden and the Proverbial Mud

Part of me still doesn’t believe it.  I’ve never seen an NHL defenseman flat-footed so often.  He just doesn’t have the size or the reach to compensate.  Not blaming the loss on him, but he was certainly exposed (again) tonight.  Not good. Lundqvist was certainly below par, and he was shaky after getting rattled by Ruutu early in the 1st. …

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3rd and Season

Kinda weird to use a football reference here, but the Rangers have to look at the next 20 minutes as the rest of their season.  With the Islanders doing their best to make it impossible for the Blueshirts, a loss here puts them squarely behind the eight-ball.  Love Tortorella’s fire going into the locker room though.  Hopefully it translates to…

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Not Getting Much Love

Maybe its just me, or is every team fighting for a playoff spot/position in the East playing pretty well?  Carolina and Pittsburgh are on fire, and even though Philly hasn’t been spectacular, they have been good enough to stay afloat in the 4th spot.  The teams chasing the Rangers aren’t giving them any room to breath either.  I feel that…

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Versus – Bettman’s Finest Work To Date!

Yeah, the title is a huge dose of sarcasm.  For the channel that claims to be the flagship channel of the National Hockey League, it is probably the greatest abomination in the history of sports coverage.  I always knew that Versus was awful, but it became awfully apparent to me while watching the Rangers-Devils game on Monday night.  Below are…

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At risk of overstating the obvious….

That was a big win.  A huge win.  I sometimes laugh at sports reporters and anchors who ask questions that they know the answers to (i.e. “is this a big game tonight?”) and make statements to players that are so obvious its disgusting, but you can’t deny the magnitude of tonight’s W.  Sure, every game this time of year is…

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HOW CAN WE GET THIS WORK DONE WITH ALL THE SHOUTING???…WE’RE THROUGH WITH THE SHOUTING!!!!

Alright….let’s put things in a little perspective.  This team was a massive disappointment this season.  All the complaining that is being done in regards to players who helped this team barely keep their head above water really has no logic.  For the sake of Petr Prucha’s career, he needed to leave New York, for reasons we have discussed ad nauseum…

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