Rosen: Leetch almost returned to Rangers

Dan Rosen at NHL.com had an interesting nugget of information this morning, noting that “Brian Leetch was prepared to move back to New York to join Mark Messier on the New York Rangers’ coaching staff” should Messier win the head coaching job in New York. Leetch would have been one of Messier’s assistants, likely –my assumption– working with the defensemen and the powerplay. Instead,…

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5 key questions in the wake of the Vigneault hiring

The Rangers have yet to schedule a formal announcement, but it’s all but official that Alain Vigneault will succeed John Tortorella as head coach.  The Suit will have more on the pros and cons of the hiring tomorrow, but let’s take a look at some key questions in the immediate aftermath of today’s news. How does this affect Mark Messier’s…

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Suggestion Sunday: Why not Leetch for a specialist coach?

I’m assuming the Rangers don’t have an issue with their former legend Brian Leetch and I’m assuming Leetch doesn’t hate Glen Sather for moving him out of New York to the Leafs all those years ago. So, why not get him on board and help right the wrongs of the current roster? This is just food for thought on a…

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Leetch inducted to Connecticut Hockey Hall of Fame

Brian Leetch will be in Hartford next week on March 10 to be inducted into the Connecticut Hockey Hall of Fame. We all know what Leetch is and what he has done and what he has meant to this organization. Bruce Berlet has a great write up for the CT HHOF, and you can read it here.

The Brian Leetch trade: Eight years later

On March 2, 2004, Ranger fans had their hearts ripped out. In the midst of another losing season, General Manager Glen Sather decided it was time to start over, and began with a fire sale that eventually led to the Rangers we see before us today. The prized piece of the fire sale was Brian Leetch, and Slats shipped him,…

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Comparing HOF Classes: 2009 vs. 2007 (New Poll Added)

With the induction of possibly the best HOF class ever yesterday, it sparked some debate on which class is better: the 2009 class of Yzerman, Hull, Leetch and Robitaille, or the 2007 class of Messier, MacInnis, Stevens and Francis. It’s a tough call, and there probably is no wrong answer here. But let’s run through the NHL regular season numbers:…

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Leetch Punches HOF Ticket

As expected, Brian Leetch was voted into the Hall of Fame today, joining Steve Yzerman, Brett Hull and Luc Robitaille as possibly the best HOF class of all time. Leetch’s Career Stats: 247 goals 781 assists 1,028 points Two-time Norris Trophy winner (1992, 1997) Calder Trophy winner (1989) 11-time All Star Conn Smythe Trophy winner (1994) Stanley Cup winner (1994)…

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The Best Class Ever?

Hey all, Been a while since I last wrote here.  Things like Hall of Fame Inductions always interest me, and I usually feel the need to ask the question posed in the title when it includes names like Yzerman, Hull, Robitaille, Leetch, Richter, Dino, etc etc etc.  While it seems that the general consensus is that the first four mentioned…

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My Hall Picks

Tomorrow at 3pm, a max of four players will get the nod to the Hockey Hall of Fame. The noteables eligible for the first time: Steve Yzerman, Brett Hull, Luc Robitaille, and of course, my favorite Ranger of all time, Brian Leetch. Other players that are eligible, but seems to be looked over, Alex Mogilny, Dave Andreychuk, Dino Ciccarelli, Pavel…

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First-Time Hall Nominees

Brian Leetch is one of the many on the Hall of Fame ballot for the first time. He should be a shoe-in, as should other first timers Steve Yzerman, Brett Hull, Alexander Mogilny and Luc Robitaille. I don’t know who else is on the ballot, nor do I know what the maximum number of players voted in per year is….

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