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Old Man and the C


Chris Drury, the captain of the New York Rangers since 2008, will reportedly have the final year of his contract bought out by the club today. While I usually only comment on the Rags and Flyguys as part of my commitment to the blog and hockey, this one actually hits a little close to home.  I was lucky enough to attend the same high school as Drury, and my junior year history teacher was actually one of his line mates when they played puck together at Fairfield Prep (What’s up, Mr. Mauritz!). Drury was one of my favorite players on the 2001 Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche squad and the fact that the Avs traded him in ’03 is still something that makes me cringe. That and the fact that neither Derek Morris, Jeff Shantz, or that other bum play for the Avs or even did anything successful while rocking the “A”.

Holding. Back. Tears

While this certainly isn’t the end of Chris’ career, it is clear that it is turning in a new direction. He is no longer the young, speedy center he was back when he was scoring clutch OT goals for the Avs and the Sabres. He’s lost a step sure, but with experience comes age. Any team would be lucky to have him as a third line center and he certainly would add the type of depth and leadership a Stanley Cup contender needs (Washington?).  He never quite gelled in New York, but I blame that more on the mismatched way Glen Sather puts together a roster than his lack of competitiveness. Chris reminds me of Steve Yzerman, in the regard that when he became older he traded his dazzling skill for confident leadership. Look for a team to scoop up Chris to a comfortable and cheap 2 year contract in the coming months. I’d love for it to be with the Avs, but with their depth at center (currently 3 studs deep, with 1 in the minors and who knows what the draft holds) I don’t see that as a possibility. But god damn would I love it if he came back. As always, my favorite Chris Drury moment.

(NOTE: You have to fast forward about 2 minutes into the clip for Drury’s moment, or you can watch the whole thing while longing for the old day like myself.)

 

 

 

Yes, I Am a Dumbass


I got my swim trunks, and my flippy floppies- give me a break I was on a muthafuckin boat.

Well, I’ve decided to return from my self-imposed hiatus.  After making a ridiculous claim on Friday that the Knicks actually had a chance against the Celtics, I decided to quit for a while.  I know it was a retarded prediction, but I had a moment of weakness while I was fishin and drankin on a boat down in Florida.  Apparently self-deprecating posts are becoming a habit of mine (really I just wanted you to see the picture of Adam Morrison crying again).  Anyway, the Knicks suck, but who can expect them to have been good with Amare and Chauncy hurt (besides my dumb ass, obviously).  That’s like expecting a pizza to be good without cheese and sauce- just not gonna happen.  Maybe next year Knicks fans, maybe next year.  At least we got to see a whole 96 minutes of playoff basketball in the Garden (an astronomical 13.7 minutes per year after a seven-year absence from the playoffs). 

As upsetting as the Knicks’ playoff run (more like crawl) was, the Rangers were even more upsetting because they straight-up blew two overtime games.  In game 1 Marc Staal tried to clear a puck out of the defensive zone, but it ended up on the stick of Alexander Semin, and in the back of the net. 

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Happy Easter Philadelphia


Going back to Miami.

Philly. Tuesday. Game 7.

Sweep.

Swept.

HAPPY EASTER!

The Daily Drive – April 11th, 2011


The Daily Drive is a daily (duh) post of all the prominent things going on in the sports world we didn’t cover, and anything else we might want to share with you. Except the arm rest. Everyone knows you use the one to your right. Come on man, is this your first rodeo?

First things first, I’d like to throw my hat into the Jenna Fischer/Amy Adam’s debate.

Lawyered

With that, let’s take a look at the sport’s world today:

-Bill Simmon’s wrote a column about the Masters, a nice change of pace from writing about the NBA for the thousandth time this year. It’s not bad, actually. I’ll still stick to the podcasts though.

-Oh and as for the Masters itself, this guy won.  But of course as noted before, the story is about Tiger and how he lost it.

-A-Rod still isn’t feeling too well, as he was scratched from last nights Yankees/Sawx finale. I think someone just wanted another go around with the rectal thermometer.

-The Phillies swept took 2 out of 3 from the Braves this weekend, and continue towards D.C. during their NL East wrecking tour. Tonight Tomorrow night they face former right fielder Jayson Werth who hasn’t been playing so hot for his team. You could almost say he wasn’t worth the big contract. ::slide whistle,  avoids pie to face::

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Dancin’ in the streets


Thank you Tampa Bay Lightning.  I really hope the Rangers don’t get matched up against them at some point this postseason because I’d be hard pressed to root against them.  With nothing to do but rest their stars, the Lightning lit up Cam Ward and the ‘Canes for 6 goals en route to a victory in the biggest game of the year for the Rags.  The Lightning’s performance overshadows that of the Rangers, but they were equally huge.  Down 2-1 the Rags scored 4 unanswered, including Ryan McDonaugh’s first career NHL goal (golf clap).  You think this wasn’t huge? Check out Brandon Prust.

Call it out around the world

photo found via newsday.com

The good news gets even better.  Drury not only played, he scored.  And even more importantly, on face-offs he romper stomped anyone who lined up against him.  Can he help bring the cup back to NYC? I sure fuckin hope so, but we got a loooong way to go.

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Sitting, Waiting, Wishing


And now, we wait. It’s a scenario every fan fears – team Y is in as long as team X loses. For fans of the New York Rangers, that fear just started to kick in. They’ve got a healthy 4 and a half hours until the Carolina Hurricanes, 8-1-1 in their last 10 games, take on the “already in the playoffs, let’s rest our best” Tampa Bay Lightning. Worse still, the game is being played in Carolina, one of the loudest stadiums in the league and where the Zombie Whalers are 22-13-5. The Ranger faithful were chanting “Let’s Go Lightning” as the clock winded down at MSG. They know they need a big performance out of the Lightning, a team that is no longer just playing for glory. Around 5’oclock eastern, that fear is going to grow into paranoia as Rangers fan’s start to worry that maybe Tampa Bay won’t bring their A-team to the rink tonight. Should the Carolina game run scoreless or, even worse, should the Lightning surrender that crucial first goal, that paranoia will turn to anger. They’ll be mad at the Lightning, for not helping them win. They’ll be mad at the Rangers, for not scoring that crucial shootout goal, or not being able to close out a win in regulation. They’ll be mad at themselves for getting suckered into another season to only be left heartbroken at the final buzzer. That’s going to lead to hate. They’re going to hate Marian Gaborik for scoring his lowest amount of goals, in a season in which he played at least 60 games, since the lockout. They’re going to be mad at Chris Drury for getting injured early and often, and therefore suffering his worst pro-season ever (1 G, 4 A, 24 GP.) All that being mad is going to be for naught, cause in the end it will just be them suffering. Because fear leads to anger, and anger leads to hate, and hate leads to suffering. But you already knew that. But that can all be avoided with a Tampa Bay win. A rocket laser from Stamkos. A 40-save performance from Rolly the Goalie. But that’s only speculation. That’s something that only Tampa can control. The only thing Rags fans can really do is sit back and wait, and wish.

This guy is waaaay ahead of me.

Callahan Out for Season


Four words no New York Rangers fan wants to hear: Callahan out for season.  Yes, it’s true.  ESPN is reporting that Ryan Callahan broke his leg blocking a shot during the Ranger’s important comeback last night at Madison Square Garden.  Losing Callahan hurts the Rangers in so many ways.  Callahan, along with Brandon Dubinsky and Marc Staal, make up the young nucleus of a future contender.  I call them future contender because a team that struggles to score will do so even more in the playoffs without Callahan.  Callahan has played in 60 games this year and scored 23 goals, while tallying 25 assists.  Not only is he a cog in the offense, but he is 5th among forwards in blocks this year with 77.  This is the second time this year Callahan will miss extended time due to blocking a shot.  Defensive toughness comes with a price.  This young Rangers team shows a lot of promise, but it’s going to be tough this year.  The Rangers do still have one of the top goal scorers in the league though in Marian Gaborik.  Gaborik has been slowed by injury this year as well, putting up only 47 points after having 86 last year.  For the Rangers to have a shot in the playoffs they need Gaborik to return to elite form.  Sean Avery is going to have to play a bigger role facilitating the offense as well.  Mats Zuccarello should get called up from the Ranger’s AHL affiliate the Connecticut Whale.  Who knows, maybe Drury will come back from injury and be his old self and everything will be all good in Ranger-land.

The Thing About Henrik


I had this red blanket in college, all five years (hi mom!), and it brought me a lot of good. It was warm in the winter time, and yet not insufferable when the weather turned. Girls loved it and I’d like to think it was what kept them hanging around a little longer in the morning (that and the free weed.) It was incredibly soft, like an Oliver Perez fastball, and no matter how many times I washed it (“you pissed the bed again??”) it never lost that first time softness. You could almost say it was the perfect blanket. However I’ll be the first to tell you that underneath that mountain of softness, there was one problem with that blanket: it was too comfortable. The blanket was so good at keeping in your warmth and making you feel like you were nestled inside Brian Wilson’s beard (that’s two baseball references in a hockey post, it must be close to Opening Day.) The problem with this was that you never wanted to get out from under that blanket, it was like your own personal heaven. I can confidently say that that blanket was responsible for at least a third of all the classes I missed during college. It was a double edged sword. So comfortable you can’t help but get inside, yet too comfortable you didn’t want to leave. Like the world’s best vagina. Many of my roommates would come back from class to find me nestled in that blanket, sleeping in my very own Disney Land. “Red blanket kept you from class again today, huh,” Captain Dan would shout, before we’d fire up the Fifa and take a few waterfalls. The blanket was the best thing to happen to me, and at the same time, the worst.

That brings us to Henrik Lundqvist, goaltender extraordinaire for the New York Rangers. In 61 games this year, he has a career record 11 shutouts, with 6 games left.  Yes those 11 shutouts also lead the league. His goals against and save percentage aren’t to shabby either, a modest 2.24 and .924 respectively, also both career bests should they hold. The Rags are currently in a playoff race, his goaltending no doubt a huge contributor as they are 5th in goals allowed in the league. All this while on pace to play in the least amount of games in a season in his career since his rookie year, when he played 53. So to speak, Henrik Lundqvist is on pace for a MVP worthy year, which brings us to his team: The New York Rangers.

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