Kukla's Korner Hockey
There are many different levels of fandom. I’m extreme! I’m one of those Rangers fans who doesn’t take defeat well. For example, if the Rangers fail to make the playoffs in a given season, I make it my mission—as do many other hard-core Rangers fans—to root against their most hated rival, the New Jersey Devils.
-Linda Cohn at ESPN New York. Read more about Linda’s love for the Rangers.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
It’s difficult to know what is more troubling, that Marian Gaborik played poorly enough (again) to merit benching for the final 8:15 of the second period in the Rangers’ 3-2 overtime loss in Toronto on Saturday night, or that coach John Tortorella believed that benching the team’s lone marquee forward was the only way to jump-start him.
Seriously, with all of the issues the Rangers must surmount over the final seven games that after a season of good health now include knee injuries to top-six forwards Ryan Callahan and Sean Avery, the most perplexing is Gaborik’s recent penchant for disappearing at both ends of the ice for shifts at a time.
May be considered vulgar.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
It’s a good thing that Tortorella recognized that The King is as indispensable as it gets in this league, as important to his team as any player in the NHL, and that includes fellow royal court members Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby.
You know, it’s strange. Tortorella came to New York with a reputation for chewing up and spitting out goaltenders. But he’s been a softie with Lundqvist, careful with his words in appraising the goaltender’s play as if he recognizes that alienating The King is the last thing he could afford.
from Jay Greenberg of the NY Post,
Just how many of these Rangers, after Gaborik, Henrik Lundqvist, Staal, Michael Del Zotto, Callahan, and probably young Artem Anisimov, should they want to go forward with?
Of course they will stick with Drury and Sean Avery, who will be paid for their character, if not point production commensurate with their salaries. Brandon Dubinsky is signed for next season, when he’s going to have to play consistently harder than he did in this one.
The Rangers, who will have to spend on role players to replace the ones they will let go, could use an influx of young, cheap, rising talent while big-tickets run out. They probably have one prospect, Hartford winger Evgeny Grachev, who has a chance to step into their lineup next season.
One game at a time, the players said last night, after so far playing exactly just one game. Still down five points to Boston, which has a game in hand, the Rangers don’t dare look too far ahead.
Meanwhile, it was less painful for the fans enjoying a rout of the Islanders to do exactly the same.
from Christopher Botto of NHL Fanhouse,
It looked good. It looked really, really good.
“I think it’s amazing,” said legendary Rangers and Oilers captain Mark Messier, now an executive with Manhattan’s hockey team. “To me, it’s another breakthrough in how hockey can be presented.”
“It looks spectacular,” said Islanders owner Charles Wang, who watched his team give up three early goals in three dimensions in a 5-0 loss to the rival Rangers. “Hockey stands to benefit from the technology ... maybe more than any sport.”
Oh, there were some mild complaints that there wasn’t a “wow” factor, that the 3D telecast crew didn’t show off enough, instead opting to make sure the 2,000 ticketholders, VIPs (Chloe Sevigny!) and guests saw the puck at all times. Other than an opening segment in which announcers Dave Maloney and Joe Micheletti appeared to reach through the screen with hockey sticks, the show was gimmick-free.
from Dave Lozo of NHL.com,
The broadcast of Wednesday’s game between the Rangers and Islanders at Madison Square Garden was aired by MSG Network in 3D, the first time a hockey game has ever been shown in that format.
Everyone from players to announcers were jumping off the television screen before and during the game. When the Rangers took the ice, it was as if they were jumping onto the ice and into your living room.
Any hockey fans have the capability to watch the game in 3D?
I know you need the following…
- HD box with HDMI
- 3D ready HDTV
- Compatible active stereo LCD Glasses and emitter (either incorporated with 3D HDTV or external)
from Stan Fischler of Game On,
The Maven wishes he had a dollar for all the premature Rangers “burials” prepared by the notoriously pessimistic media types, not to mention fans descended from the Nervous Nellie clan.
Granted, the 2-1 loss to the Bruins in Beantown on Sunday hardly is cause for cartwheels of joy but with a good two-and-a-half weeks left in the season, there’s still time for a revival in Rangerville.
If it’s going to happen, John Tortorella’s troops will have to get it into their heads that procrastination is the thief of time and, as Father Time would confirm, the games are running out on the Blueshirts.
The Islanders/Rangers game tomorrow will be broadcast in 3D.
I’ve posted five videos below with a behind the scenes look. The videos are pretty self-explanatory.
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
Let’s assume, for a moment, that with eight of their final 11 games on the road, the New York Rangers will not make the playoffs.
That would mean that a Glen Sather team would have missed the post-season for the ninth time in 19 season since winning his last Stanley Cup in Edmonton.
It would also mean that a Sather-built team will have more losses than wins for the 15th time in 19 seasons.
The Hall of Fame induction of 1997 seems a long time ago now: It’s well past best-before date for Sather and it’s time to say goodbye and hello to Mark Messier and Adam Graves.
It’s time to pass the torch.
read on for more hockey talk…
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