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The great Evan Roberts of WFAN was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule of talking baseball, basketball and football to talk about the future of his favorite hockey team, the New York Islanders.
PH: For starters, do you see any way in which the New York Islanders stay on Long Island? How?
ER: I do. I think there is a chance they get a new arena in Nassau County. I know things look bleak now but with the possibility of Brooklyn looming it could pressure on the local government to make a move. Also, speaking of Brooklyn, things didn’t get done until a billionaire Proko got involved. Maybe someone we aren’t familiar with steps in to seal the deal.
PH: Given that the Nassau Coliseum is the only building that the Islanders have ever played in, what would it be like to see them play in a new arena?
ER: It would be bizarre…but much like seeing the Yankees in a new stadium and the Mets in a new park, after a while you get used to it.
The hockey blog community is a tight knit group that allows bloggers to bounce ideas off each other, have healthy debates, and talk about the game we all know and love: hockey.
Today, I am proud to present an e-mail interview I did with Neil Keefe of WFAN.com. Keefe is a writer/blogger and podcaster for New York’s No. 1 sports radio station and frequently writes/blogs and podcasts about hockey and the New York Rangers.
Neil was kind enough to take time out of his very busy schedule to tell us about how he got into hockey, how he got a gig at WFAN.com, and of course, his thoughts on the New York Rangers.
PH: How did you get into hockey?
NK: I started playing hockey when I was three years old and continued through high school and then a year of junior hockey (during senior year of high school) and then college hockey. My dad played growing up and my older brother too, so my family was a hockey family and I spent the majority of my childhood at rinks.
PH: Growing up, who was your favorite Ranger?
NK: My favorite player growing up was actually Ray Bourque because my grandmother won an autographed stick of his in a raffle and gave it to me, so I thought it was pretty much the coolest thing ever (I still have the stick). I was a Brian Leetch fan because he grew up in Connecticut like me and because he wore No. 2. My favorite players now are Chris Drury (also a Connecticut native and I got to watch him play when I was little), Marian Gaborik (became a fan in high school when he won the fastest skater competition with Minnesota and Brian Gionta (have been a fan of his since his time at Boston College).
WFAN producer, WFAN.com New York Rangers/NHL writer, and NHL Live producer Brian Monzo took time out of his hectic schedule to talk about the New York Rangers and what they may or may not do at the NHL Trade Deadline.
PH: What are some of your general thoughts on the trades that have been made so far prior to the NHL trade deadline? Which deal do you think was the best? Why?
BM: The amount of trades have been crazy. Hockey fans love their trades, as do people in the league. It’s fun. Tough to say which is the best trade this minute. The Av’s/Blues blockbuster (Johnson/McClement for Stewart/Shattenkirk mixed with some picks) caught everyone off guard. I think that trade will work out best for Colorado. Everyone seems to think St. Louis got the best of it, but Erik Johnson, despite some struggles is a sick talent. For the Av’s to now build around Johnson and Matt Duchene gives Colorado a lot to look forward to. Tomas Kaberle will obviously help the Bruins, but that aside, I love Rich Peverley going to Beantown too. He is a perfect for that, and can score 20 goals every season.
PH: In your opinion, why do you think so many moves have been made prior to the deadline?
BM: I think GM’s like the luxury of not have to rush and make last second deals. If they make a trade right now, they are getting who they want, when they want them.
PH: So, we are past the 1/2 point of the NHL season. What are some of your general thoughts?
BM: I am very happy with the level they (New York Rangers) have been able to compete at considering the injuries. Everyone has stepped up and the play out of the rookies had been better then expected. I am shocked they’ve been able to comeback in a lot of games and always come out thinking they can win. That speaks a lot of the coaching.
PH: Which teams/players have surprised you the most in a good way? Why?
BM: I loved the Lightning in the offseason and am glad they are turning back into a top team. They have a top GM and a great coach along with the best pure goal scorer in the league, in Steven Stamkos. With Brett Connolly in their system, and Victor Hedman getting better as the years go on, they will be a great team for years to come.
I am not breaking any news, but I am shocked with the play of the Stars. I did not think Kari Lehtonen was going to play this well in net, but he has proved me wrong, and the Stars record shows it.
As far as players, Ryan Kesler’s goal total in Vancouver has shocked me a little. Also, the point production of Dustin Byfuglien in Atlanta has caught me off guard.
One great thing about the NHL Winter Classic is that it grabs the attention of the non-hockey fan.
A perfect example of this is Evan Roberts of WFAN Sports Radio in New York. Evan is the co-host of the Joe (Joe Benigno) and Evan Show, a show that typically talks about baseball, basketball and football while talking about hockey may be every once in awhile.
Evan was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to talk about how he got into watching the Winter Classic, his thought’s on this year’s game and what the NHL can do to make it even better.
PH: How did you get interested in the NHL’s Winter Classic?
ER: When they announced the idea of an outdoor regular season NHL game, I couldn’t help but be intrigued. So like many others, I tuned in because of the curiosity factor. The fact that it snowed during the first game in Buffalo only made an interesting event even more so. I have watched everyone (despite the weather not being as perfect every time) since.
Brian Monzo was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule of working at WFAN and NHL Live to discuss all things New York Rangers with us.
He really has a fresh and positive outlook! Make sure to follow Monzo on Twitter at BMonzoNHL660.
PH: Besides the injuries to Marian Gaborik, Chris Drury and Vinny Prospal, why are the Blueshirts struggling so much?
BM: I don’t think they are struggling, in the sense of playing bad in a midseason stretch. The team is still coming together. I think you will see a lot of tight games. The one area that needs immediate attention is special teams. Killing 75% of penalities isn’t going to get it done. But once Drury comes back, and Lundqvist gets into a groove, you will see that number hit 83/84 percent. That still isn’t dominant, but will get you into the top 15.
PH: Why do you think the team’s defense is allowing close to 35 shots a game? -What can they do to improve on that?
BM: They are still very young. Marc Staal, Michael Del Zotto, Matt Gilroy and Mike Sauer are all still growing. That will lead to some defensive breakdowns. Also, they have a taken a lot of penalties. On a good note—a lot of shots have been taken from the outside and haven’t been high quality chances. The Kris Versteeg breakaway, which Marty Biron stopped, was a rare thing it seemed.
If you’re from New York and listen to WFAN, chances are is that you know who Joe Benigno is. He’s one of us - a fan who is passionate, knowledgeable and unlike some of us, has his dream job as a sports radio host, something he did not set out to do with his life.
Joe was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to answer a few hockey/Rangers-related questions for us:
PH: How did you first get into hockey
JB: Watching Ranger’s games on Saturday nights with Wynn Elliott on the “Schaeffer Cirlce of Sports.”
PH: Growing up, who was your favorite hockey team/player?
JB: Rangers/ Rod Gilbert
This past weekend, I was able to do an e-mail interview with Brian Monzo. Monzo is a hockey blogger and radio producer with WFAN New York, as well as the producer of NHL Live.
Monzo was kind enough to tell us how he got into the game of hockey, how he got involved with radio and his current thoughts on the New York Rangers. Take it away Monzo:
PH: How did you get into hockey?
BM: I got into hockey from playing with my friends as a kid. We all played baseball and basketball, but for whatever reason, we all took a liking to playing street hockey. Warm or cold, we loved it. Playing NHL 94 also a huge part of helping me learn the NHL and the players.
PH: Growing up, who was your favorite team/player?
BM: The Rangers were and are my favorite team. Originally I was a Darren Turcotte fan, but quickly moved to Adam Graves in 94. Still one of my favorite guys in the business.