Weekly Mailbag: Stepan, Glass, Klein, and more

Four questions for this week’s mailbag. As always, use the mailbag feature on the right to send us questions throughout the week.

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Stepan (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

Q: What do you think Derek Stepan is worth? What will he actually get?

I had to trim this question down a bit, since the email had about five paragraphs. I think Stepan is worth that $7 million number that seems to scare everyone. If you think about this in percent of cap, that’s 10% of the cap. I certainly think Stepan is worth that. As cap inflation, which is a real thing, rises, then the percent of that hit goes down. It may not go down much, but the alternative is to trade him? For what? This team is in win-now mode for good reason, and Stepan-Brassard-Hayes-Moore is a lot better than Brassard-Hayes-Lindberg-Moore.

In the end, I think he gets $6 million for his last two RFA years, matching what Ryan O’Reilly got in his last two RFA years, then an average of $7 million for the last four years. That averages out to $6.67 million per year. Well worth it for a 25 year old center, and the contract expires when he’s 31 years old.

Q: Realistically, what do you think happens with Glass?

Realistically, he’s not going anywhere. He will come to camp and compete for a roster spot. He’s not getting sent to the AHL, since the Rangers don’t like having dead cap space (sending him down only clears $955,000 of his $1.45 million cap hit). He will probably be the 13F, subbing in for injured players.

He may get traded next year to a floor team, as his actual salary is $1 million, compared to his $1.45 million cap hit. I don’t think he gets moved this season though. But based off of Gorton’s work this summer, it appears he was a Glen Sather signing. So you never know.

Q: Do you think Klein will get moved for cap space?

Considering Jeff Gorton’s wizardry this offseason, the Rangers don’t actually need to clear cap space right now. The club will head to training camp with all six starters returning and Raphael Diaz as the 7D. Dylan McIlrath and Brady Skjei will compete for spots. If one proves they belong, then we might see a defenseman moved.

Kevin Klein is the most likely player to get traded, since his contract is the most friendly. Ryan McDonagh and Keith Yandle aren’t getting moved. Marc Staal, Dan Girardi, and Dan Boyle all have no move clauses. Thus, Klein is the easy answer.

Q: What are those graphs you retweet on Twitter?

Those are part of Josh’s salary cap project, which will debut soon. To sum it up, he took every player in the league, by position, and bunched them into salary tiers. He then took the relevant stats for each player and compared them to each tier, to see if a player is meeting expectations. It’s a great project, and I can’t wait to see the results.

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  • There was enough said on Step yesterday.

    Glass probably stays, and sits until the splinters bother him to the point that he asks for a trade. (Wishful thinking)

    If Mc Ilrath proves he is ready for the NHL, Klein gets moved, because we then have a right handed d-man to replace him. Skjei will push his way on the team next year, not this coming season, only because he then compete with Mac Truck, Staal, and Yandle, who probably will be moved, or not signed.

    • Rangers #19

      Since there are no new articles currently for Sunday the 19th, let’s begin the #19 conversation right here.

      I defer to Eddie and Bobby to mention the greatest Ranger to wear 19 since I never had the pleasure of seeing him play.

      I’ll start with Brian Mullen. Born and raised in New York City gets Extra points in my book for sure!! He also had a pretty good career. With the Rangers alone he had 4 very good seasons. In 1988 he had 25 goals and 54 points. His numbers grew from there. In 1989 he recorded 29 goals and 64 points, and then in 1990 he put up an impressive 68 pts. with 27 goals. His last year with the Blueshirts was nothing to sneeze at either, scoring 19 goals and tallying 62 points in 1991. Not bad at all for a 7th round 128th overall draft pick from the Big Apple. Let’s not forget, he had some pretty big shoes to fill being the brother of NHL great Joey Mullen.

      • By far the best who wore #19, centered the GAG line of Rattelle, Gilbert, and Hadfield. Jean was a smooth skater, wonderful passer, and had the best chemistry with Rod than anyone ever had. The two grew up together, played as kids together, and was a class act.

        The day he was traded to Boston, for Espo, was the worst day of my hockey life that I can recall. Jean was a gentleman, good team mate, and probably the best center we ever had until Mess came along!!!!!!!!!

      • Yep, Mullen was a good Ranger, but the discussion can begin and end with Jean Ratelle. What a player. Classy, elegant to watch. Almost like a DiMaggio type. Consistent greatness. Amazing scoring and passing ability. One of the most complete players I have ever seen. It’s a tough call, but if you had said to me, you can only keep Gilbert or Ratelle, but not both, I might very well have gone with Ratelle.

        Trading him in November, 1975 was like ripping out what was left of the Rangers fans heart one week after Eddie was released. Just brutal.

        What’s worse is that Ratelle somehow has become almost a forgotten part of Rangers lore. He almost never returns for alumni events. How is it possible that his number isn’t retired? I’ve actually written to sports writers about it. Has there ever been a player in any sport other than Ratelle who played 15 years for one team, who is among the top players statistically in their team’s history, and who is, on top of that, a HOFer, who doesn’t have his number retired?

        It’s a disgrace, and with the 40th anniversary of the trade coming up, I’m hoping the Rangers will right this wrong and retire number 19 this season. Let’s get a petition going!

        • You’ll get my signature Eddie. I was looking forward to your post today about Ratelle and I really enjoyed the back and forth between you and Bobby B yesterday on Walter Tkaczuk. I went with Brian Mullen because I thought it was appropriate that someone who witnessed Ratelle’s greatness should get the honor of posting his name. Well done Walt and Eddie. I’m looking forward to some more Ratelle stories throughout the day from some of our other bloggers who had the pleasure of watching this Ranger legend night in and night out.

          Is that right that Ratelle got traded within a few days of Giacomin’s release? Wow!! I didn’t know that. I can’t imagine the emotions going through Rangers fans in that short amount of time.

          • Add insult to injury, we also lost the third best defenseman ever to wear our uniform, Brad Park, behind Leetch, and Howell, in that trade, for a washed up pair of Espo, and Carol Vadneis.

            That was when the new upstart WHA came along, and maybe these guys wanted more money, I don’t know for sure????? In any case, a terrible trade !!!!!!!!!!

          • Yuck!!! That’s brutal. Who was making the personel decisions for the Rangers during that time?

          • Chris, yes, it was just unreal. Within 2+ years, the following had happened–

            April, 1975–JP Parise shocks the Rangers in OT, and the Rangers lose a best of three series (who came up with that idea?) to the Islanders, effectively ending 5 years of very good Rangers teams that just fell short of winning it all.

            Halloween Night 1975–Giacomin told he was released and that Detroit picked him up.

            November 2, 1975–Atter getting over the shock of being released, Eddie reports to the Wings and tells the coach he wants to play vs the Rangers that night, setting up the most amazing, spontaneous outpouring of love for a pro athlete that has ever taken place. Everyone chanting “Eddie, Eddie, Eddie” while fans booed the Rangers at MSG.

            November 7, 1975–just 5 days later, Ratelle and Park traded to the arch rival Bruins of all teams for the hated Esposito and Vadnais. In the space of a week, the Rangers shipped out three players that defined an amazing era–three future Hall of Famers, for one future HOFer in return. Has their ever been anything like this on any other team in any other sport?

            January, 1976–Emile Francis, the long time coach and GM and architect of the Rangers run of success, is fired to make room for John Ferguson.

            May, 1976–Rick Middleton, an up and coming player with the Rangers, was traded for Bruins veteran Ken Hodge. Hodge was washed up and Middleton became a star.

            October, 1976–in an effort to make the team appear bigger and tougher, Ferguson dramatically changes the Rangers uniform, further making the team unrecognizable.

            1977-78–after a contentious relationship between Ferguson and Gilbert, the great Rangers legend was unceremoniously forced to retire mid season, thus becoming the first Ranger to have his uniform retired.

            The most bizarre 2+ years in Rangers history!

            Walt, as we discussed a few weeks ago, while the trade favored Boston, I really can’t say it was a bust. Espo was two years younger than Ratelle, and both players still had another very productive 4-5 years left. You can argue in fact that Espo was the slightly better player over those final seasons.

            Where the deal gets one sided was the Park for Vadnais swap. No question who the better player was, and Park was younger. But Vadnais, while not a HOFer, was a good solid defenseman, and a real leader with those young Rangers defenseman of the day.

            While I hated the trade at the time and still would not have done it, Espo and Vadnais won me and a lot of fans over. The run to the SC Finals in ’79 was an amazing memory, and both Espo and Vadnais were key cogs in that run for sure.

            Also, since I got to cover the team during that time, they were just two great guys. Espo, a future HOFer, couldn’t have been nicer to a nobody reporter like me and helped me to get some terrific interviews. Always appreciated that.

            Espo and Vadnais were like the team “dads” of that era that helped to mentor a young team that made that great run in ’79. So they do have to get credit for that, even though that trade was real hard to swallow.

            As for the WHA, I don’t know if that was the issue. I’ve read interviews with Harry Sinden who said the Bruins were concerned about Orr’s knees and wanted Park very much. So I get why Boston wanted to do it. But I have no idea what “Cat” Francis’s motivation was. Perhaps Brooks or someone will do an article on this as the anniversary approaches.

  • Today is the 18th, and it’s time to salute one of my all-time favorite players, Walt Tkaczuk. Simply one of the best two way players ever to wear the Rangers sweater. Was one the only player from the Emile Francis Era who transitioned to the Fred Shero Era, and in doing so, helped lead two different Rangers teams to the SC Finals.

    As a kid, I was first drawn to him because I’d look at his name on the roster and couldn’t figure out how to pronounce it. Who was this guy with the funny name, I thought? Some called him “Tay-Chuck”. I eventually figured it out and vehemently corrected my friends who got it wrong–“No, it’s ‘Ka-chook!”

    And having covered the team in the late 70’s and early 80’s, I got a chance to meet and interview him. It was amazing to discover that one of my heroes, someone I tried to pattern my own (extremely mediocre) game after, was just about the nicest guy you’d ever want to meet!

    A true class act and great player!

    • Thanks for starting the conversation Eddie. It always makes me smile to hear stories about players who are good guys as well as great players. I had the very same experience with Bobby Hull. He sat and talked one on one with me outside of Warner Wolf’s office for 30 minutes when I was 16 years old. Great memory in my life!

      My #18 selection is bitter-sweet. He was one of my favorites even after he got traded in one of the worst trades in Rangers history. Mike Ridley. He had 65 pts in 1986 as a rookie and then was traded to Washington (along with Kelly Miller) for Bobby Carpenter. (I just threw up a little) lol. Mike Ridley went on to record 544 pts. in 588 games over the next 8 seasons with he Caps. Still very painful to talk about

    • Eddie, Walter Tkaczuk, a Ranger legend. I remember a playoff series against Boston ( during the Orr/Esposito days) that we actually won ( mid $70’s?). Tkaczuk shut down Espo, and scored a few goals himself. The clinching game was at boston garden on channel 9 WOR ?? ( game 5 or 6?? ) Big WHISTLE ( BILL CHADWICK) kept shouting what a series for Walter Tkaczuk..

      • Bobby, great recollection! It was 1973, because I remember that was the only year in my lifetime that the Rangers beat the Bruins in the playoffs. Bruins were the defending Cup champs, had a better regular season than the Rangers, but the Rangers were determined to find a way to shut down Orr. And unlike ’72, when Orr could not be stopped, his knees were not the same in ’73. They also made sure they were not going to be outmuscled this time around by the big bad Bruins, so Teddy Irvine and, yes, Glen Sather played key roles in helping to match up physically. Big series from Tkaczuk (Game 1 beast), Stemmer, Fairbarn, and “young Steve Vickers” (as the Big Whistle like to call him!). Also Bobby Rousseau, who filled in admirably for what was probably a concussed Vic Hadfield on the top line during stretches of that series.

        Some other key reasons why we won…..Espo blew out his knee in Game 2. Obviously a huge loss for the rest of the series. The Bruins goaltending got old in a hurry. Jacques Plante, 44 years old, started Game 1 and 2 and was awful. Then Eddie Johnston….awful. Then their third string goalie Brooks….awful…..all old and past their prime.

        Game 4 was the pivotal game, as my guy Eddie Giacomin played arguably his finest playoff game, shutting out the Bruins 4-0 despite Boston absolutely dominating play in the second and third periods. Eddie stood on his head, turned away 33 shots, and the Rangers were up 3 games to 1 heading back to Boston.

        I vividly remember watching (or trying to watch) Game 5 on WOR! I had been hit in the face with a pitch playing baseball earlier that day and my vision was a little blurry, but I insisted on watching the game. Tkaczuk got what would prove to be the game winner in the second period, his 4th goal of the series, and the Rangers went on to win Game 5, 6-3 and the series 4-1.

        A number of Bruins refused to shake hands at the end of the series. Slime bags. Finally beating our hated arch rivals was one of the best highlights of my youth!

        • OMG Eddie, its AMAZING, the flash backs hit me so vividly. I remember after game 2, a picture of ESPO on the back cover of the NY daily news, down on the ice holding his knee.. I remember the announcers ( Gordon & Chadwick ) both commenting on how unprofessional the Bruins were, leaving the ice, not going through the customary hand shake. I remember we had a player ( Rod Seiling?) he might of been injured at the time,?? he was in the booth with the announcers as the final seconds ticked off, he took off his head set and said ” guy’s I have to get to the locker room and be a part of this!! ” Eddie, what happened that year??, we beat the Bruins, the Flyers were not yet a powerhouse, who knocked us out??, I thought a cup was in our hands after beating the Big Bad Bruins in 5!!

          • Yup, I sure felt like it too. The Blackhawks had other ideas though. Beat us in 5. They were really good. What made it worse was we won Game 1 in Chicago. Then Eddie had a rough game 2. After that, Tony Esposito stood on his head over the next three. Another missed opportunity. 🙁

            I have one other recollection, but can’t recall what series or year it was associated with. Rangers win a huge playoff game on the road against either Boston or Montreal. Either ’72, ’73 or ’74. Rangers win and Chadwick says the “Rangers are flying in on —— airlines Flight —- into —- airport (I remember many details, but not that!). I learn the next day that hundreds of fans spontaneously showed up in the middle of the night to greet the Rangers plane at the airport–even managing to get on to the Tarmac. It was like the Beatles! Do you remember this? I know for sure it happened, but I just can’t recall what year and series.

          • Eddie, not sure of the year??, I think it might have been a playoff game on the road, against Montreal??, Overtime goal by Ron Harris a rugged defense man, not known for his offense ( who I think had 3 goals scored in the entire season up to that point.) I remember it being a big THING, the older kids on the school bus were in constant chatter about it!!

          • Awesome job! You are absolutely correct, and I remember watching that game and went nuts when Harris scored. Game 5 1974 first round at Montreal, beating Bunny Larocque!

            Between the two of us, we’ve got the 70s playoffs covered! 🙂

        • The other memorable thing about that series was the fact that Plante was so good all season long, but we took long range shots from the blue line, and the guy just couldn’t see them at all. Made me question how he had won so many regular season games at all.

          Agree on Ka Chook, Walt’s name was a tough one, but he was great on the Bull Dog ling.

          Another #18 that we lost early in his career was Tony Granato, 30 goals his rookie season, then gone, for no reason?????????

          • Great recollection Walt! Was hoping you’d chime in on this!

            As for Granato, yeah that was a tough to lose him. Neil Smith traded him and Tomas Sandstrom to the Kings for Bernie Nicholls, who had just come off a spectacular 70 goal season with LA and was still in his prime. Of course, he didn’t come close to matching those numbers in NY, and in two years he was then traded to the Oilers for some guy named Mark something or other. 🙂

            So, really, it was Granato, Sandstrom, Rice and DeBrusk for Messier and future considerations (which turned out to be Beuekeboom). So hard to argue with that one! 🙂

          • I was a huge Sandstrom fan. Hated the deal at the time, but it really didn’t matter who was involved in the deal to get Mess, as long as we got him. One of the cheapest of cheap shots came to Tomas Sandstrom while he was on his knees on the side of the net by Dave Brown. Vicious cross check that could have done some serious damage.

          • I remember that cheap shot vividly, and was at the playoff game in ’86 I think it was when, during the National Anthem, someone unfurled a banner in the Blue Seats (of which I was a proud occupant!) with the classic sign…..”Dave Brown, Eat $&@% and DIE!”

            I almost fell out of the blue seats I was laughing so hard!

            I’ve seen some recent interviews on this. Brown still thinks he was in the right all these years later, so I say the sign still applies as to what he should do! 🙂

          • Eddie, as great as Mess was, without Beuekeboom we do not win the cup, You agree??, I believe we had to trade David Shaw, in addition to Nichols, DeBrusk, and Rice? to get him?

  • I do not see anything happening until the Stepan contract gets done or not. I am not giving him more then $6.0-$7 million deal. Closer to $6 million would be nice.Glass is staying an Klein is a possible move if we have a solid replacement. Don’t forget Boyle is gone also after this year, an we still have to deal with Yandle yet for next year. Stupid to trade Klein now an need him next year because we lose possible 2 defensemen. I think our defense is a very strong part of our team right now, an why ruin a good thing.

    • Agree. The only way they trade Klein is if they think Skjei or McIlrath are not just ready to play the NHL game, but ready to play effectively. I don’t think AV is going to tolerate a long learning curve on a Stanley Cup contender, especially on defense. So our two kids need to show they are ready fairly quickly if Klein is to be dealt.

      • I agree Eddie. Great points. This may also be the season where Girardi’s minutes begin to get managed to keep him fresh for the potential post season. That puts additional minutes on the other 5 Defenseman. Like you said Eddie, whoever gets a spot, will have to play effective and quality minutes.

        As far as Yandle goes, How can you not be a fan of his offensive abilities? That being said, there is no way possible we can afford him next year. I personally would rather move him quickly and get something back for him considering we gave up so much to get him. I would hate to see him walk after next year without getting a prospect or two, or some picks for him. He is our greatest tradeable asset. Moving him sooner rather than later would also allow Ulf to set his defensive pairings and give them time to gel.

        Glass isn’t going anywhere. AV likes him and trusts him. Personally, I think the Stalberg signing is a great one and he is gonna eat into Glass’ minutes.

        • Good points Chris.

          As to Yandle, I think you can make the argument either way on keeping him or trading him. You can make the case that we made this trade to not only go for the Cup last season, but also this year, have one of the best puck moving defenseman in the league for a full season for half of what he is actually worth. Hopefully, he’s more comfortable now in AV’s system now, he’s extremely motivated to win a Cup and cash in big as a UFA next summer. He helps us win the Cup this season, and then we get cap relief to make other moves. That works for me.

          On the other hand, IF and only IF the right deal were to come along, absolutely I would consider trading him either before the season or prior to the deadline. The problem I see with that is that since he is going to be a UFA, and should command some serious dollars next summer, I’m not sure what we could get in terms of quality NHL talent for him, unless a club thinks they can sign him.

          So personally, I think trading him is a long shot but I do see your point for sure!

          • Eddie, right on with Yandle, He should be one of the top puck moving defenseman in the game, that’s why Slats sent Duclair packing. U have to give to get. I see Yandle as a younger, stronger, faster version of Dan Boyle, thus Boyle should be shopped and sent packing, with Mcilrath ( my choice ) or Skeij as a member of the Defense crew.

          • Agree with everything, except Boyle has a NMC and I doubt he would agree to waive it. I think if Skjei or McIlrath prove to be ready, the only choice would be to move Klein.

          • Yes too bad about the NMC. That would be the best move. I don’t think the rangers will make any significant moves until after camp or after the season starts. There is no need to move Klein unless absolutely sure there are new D that can play in the NHL. Trading Klein prematurely comes back to bite you if the young guys fail. Next year Boyle is done. Potentially you give away Klein, Boyle is done and two prospects can’t make it. Hold tight for now.
            As for Glass he should be the 13th and only used in case of injuries or need the tuff guy aspect in a situation. Need to see the young guys get a consistent play which has worked. ( Miller Fast, Hayes )

    • JK: You are the first blogger that has been rational about Klein. I commend your forward thinking about our NYR.

  • Gorton is too smart to keep Glass around, so I predict he gets traded during or after training camp, probably for a late round draft pick. #18s–Tony Granato, Mike York & Marc Staal.

  • Everyone still dwelling on Trevor Glass and his 1.5 million of cap space. Funny how no one blinks an eye at Lundqvist 8.5 million per contract which doesn’t expire until he is in his 40’s.

    • And your point exactly is what? Tanner Glass’s contract and relative value to the team compared to Lundqvist and his? A 4th line guy who plays the least amount of minutes on the team of any regular compared to the star of the team and a future HOFer? What are you talking about here?

      Comparing Glass to Lundqvist is like comparing a used Kia to a well conditioned BMW!

      And just to make sure you have the facts straight, his contract expires following the 2020-21 season, when he’s 39–not when he’s in his 40s.

        • I’ll take 3 great, 1 good, 1 so-so, and the final one as a part timer. Im thinking (and I think the Rangers are too), that one of their fine young goalie prospects Halverson or Shestyorkin should be ready to slot in and take the majority of the games in the final couple of seasons, which is fine. The Rangers have had a great history of transitioning from Giacomin to Davidson to Beezer to Richter to Lundqvist in almost an unbroken chain. That’s a HOFer, a really good goalie who’s career was cut short due to injuries, two guys in the U.S. Hockey HOF and another who’s a sure fire HOFer once he’s done.

          The window doesn’t have to close once Lundqvist starts to slow down or retire if the team remains competitive. But yes, it would be nice to win one for Hank so that he doesn’t have to suffer the same fate as Eddie!

          • EDDIE, how do you explain the longevity of certain goalies who seem to be great for a decade ( Brodeur, Roy, Hasek) where the majority are great for 2 or 3 years then disappear?

          • I think it’s a combination of things. Genetics, work ethic, a little bit of luck, and most of all, extraordinary talent. The guys you mentioned had all four.

            We know Hank has at least two, the work ethic and the talent. We won’t know about the other two frankly for several more years.

    • Yea I’m not blinking an eye that the most important player on this team, that has been for the last decade, is making exactly what he is worth.

  • Yandle better not be untouchable! Are we kidding? Dan Boyle better start making a list of teams he’d be traded to too! Both UFAs at the end of the season, and we better not let Yandle walk for nothing

    • The Rangers thought they were getting a power play QB when they signed Boyle. He wasn’t the answer so they then traded for a true power play quarterback while having Phoenix eat half his contract. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that Yandles contract, and the cap savings expire when Boyles does. The plan is to extend Yandle with the 4.5 that comes off the books (the cap hit Yandle currently has plus the 4.5 from Boyle is enough to sign him if they have another ELC on the books in Skjei or Mclrath.)

      That’s my personal opinion.

      • Could be, but it will not be easy. Yandle right now is making $5.2 mil, of which the Rangers are paying for half. If he has a great year this year, he will make north of $6 bills next season, probably for five-six years, and of course the Rangers would be on the hook for all of it. He turns 30 prior to the start of the new contract next season, so what would that contract look like three-four years from now?

        If the Rangers opt to re-sign Yandle, how do they have the dollars to resign key RFAs Kreider, Hayes and Miller next summer (not even including Etem in this conversation)?

        My guess is that Yandle was acquired as a cheap season and a half rental, similar in strategy to the MSL deal except that Yandle is in his prime.

        • Ed

          Today on the TSN site, there is an article on how the Hawks lost many players this year due to cap hits, that will be difficult to replace. Interesting read, a good warning to people who want to give away money without thinking of the log term implications!!!!!!!!!!

          • Yep, real good points. It’s such a fine line. But the Hawks did what they did and have three cups to show for it. You have to take chances and in doing so, you are going to occasionally bang your head against the proverbial cap ceiling before having to tear things down again. But if you don’t take those chances, then you are constantly in development mode and will never likely crack through, especially in a hard cap league like the NHL.

            But no question, you have to be careful with which players you decide to go long term/big bucks with.

          • The 94′ Rangers were a perfect example of the “Strike while the iron’s hot” mentality. I’m sure we can all agree that without 1994, we are essentially in the same boat as the Chicago Cubs. Can you imagine how much worse the loss to the KIngs two years ago would have felt if we didn’t have 94′ to fall back on?

            After we traded for Messier, Neil Smith was handing out draft picks and 20 year old stud prospects for any piece that could help get the job done. Our window was wide open and we knew we had the core in place to do it. Years later, I wouldn’t change a thing. Tony Amonte went on to have an excellent career and Doug Weight was a very good pro as well. Their exits came at the price of doing business. And the NHL business is winning cups. Chicago did what they had to do in order to win.

  • Chris, if the Rangers did not win the cup in 94, I would be in a mental institution, using my Ranger Jersey as a straight jacket. The pain I endured over the years , is something that most of my fellow bloggers ( yourself, your uncle, and Dad included ) can relate to. I was 10 years old, when we lost to the 72 Bruins. 17 when Montreal beat us. By the time 94 came , Gray hair and ulcers and the Rangers were mentioned in the same sentence. The roller coaster of Emotions that the Devils gave us in game 6 and 7 were torture. When game 7 vs the Canucks came, I went to church that morning, I had a let’s go Rangers poster, placed it in front of a statue of St Jude, and lit a candle. On the way out of church, Father Reynolds taped me on the shoulder and told me the good Lord is a Ranger fan, we will win tonight. Thank God he was right.

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