September 29, 2009, 1:32 pm
Hockey Night in Blogdom: 30 Teams in 30 Minutes, Eastern Edition
By The New York Times
Graying Mantis of The Dark Ranger
Will the Rangers be better or worse than last year, and where will they finish?
The Rangers will be more youthful, exciting and energetic. They’ll go as far as Gaborik’s groin can carry them; I’ll wince every time he’s hit. Better? Worse? Who knows. The East is even tougher now. I’ll be hopeful and say a repeat seventh place.
What team would you most like to see fail this year, and why?
Flyers. Simply because they decided to go with ugly and nasty. Emery in goal? Pronger on defense? I can hardly wait. I relish the idea of another year celebrating their futility streak — 35 years and counting.
Your fondest memory of the Rangers or a Blueshirts player?
Eddie Giacomin’s return to MSG as a Red Wing because the fans showed that players count more than the jersey. My classmates and I were never so happy to see our team lose a game.
What player would you most like to see checked right through the Zamboni doors?
Is it O.K. to pick one of my own players? Brashear, because he ate up cap space and caused the exile of Colton Orr and departure of Blair Betts.
Automatic penalty for a check to the head – yea or nay?
Depends on who gets hit. Ranger player? Game misconduct. Opponents? A get-well card. N.H.L. welcomes back Sean Avery with makeup calls.
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Thanks to Jeff Klein of The New York Times for including THE DARK RANGER and our writers as one of their Blueshirt Beat Bloggers. (tipping the glass)
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