TDR is a working professional in entertainment and is obsessed with the game of hockey. More four years ago, this site emerged as a means (or an outlet) to tell some truth'isms about the game post-lockout, rather than the crud fed to us through knuckleheads like Jimmy Dolan and his lemmings universe. Today, there are a hundred Rangers sites and is thankful and grateful to all those that have come after him, but honorable thanks go to his fellow Dark-writers, Graying Mantis and J_Undisputed. And "Let's Go Rangers!"
Bio of Graying Mantis
Graying Mantis is in fact a graying legal practitioner by day (and sometimes, alas, by night). In the cobwebs of his memory, he recalls starting to follow the Blueshirts in 1970 and remembers watching pivotal playoff games against the Blackhawks on a snow-covered Hartford t.v. channel in their 1972 march to the Finals. Giacomin, Gilbert, Ratelle, and Hadfield seen skating on a small B&W TV screens always will be among his first Ranger memories. He is grateful beyond words for the opportunity to work with his colleagues here in their never ending battle to inform and entertain. Most of all, he appreciates the chance to engage with fellow hockey fans.
Bio of J_Undisputed
"J_Undisputed is an Information Tech Professional; a student, and on and off in his dreams, Mike Richter. He caught his first glimpse of Rangers Hockey when an overtime preempted his favorite pro wrestling broadcast on WWOR-9 one late saturday night when he was 5 and he's been hooked ever since. He's been watching the Rangers for 30 years despite family attempts to make him an Islander Fan (Rest easy...they're out of the will). What started as a minor annoyance has become a life long passion (and at times, a frustration...But he wouldn't trade it for anything). Lets Go Rangers!"
Bio of General Ganz
General Ganz is a cynical yet well-informed student of the human spirit. He's a professional of sorts, with a post-graduate education, some experience working in real companies, and some limited athletic ability. The total small package. He got picked on a fair bit as a kid, and he experienced his first human-non-relation kiss in his teens. He also grew up on the other side of the tracks, thereby helping to cultivate a healthy contempt for dreamers and optimists whose rosy upbringing gave them something to smile about, even when "life produced lemons." Like it or not, his only mission is to point out the potholes you're lucky enough to miss on your drive to work. To find the blemish on your daughter's carefully-stitched (and not-yet-paid-for) wedding dress. To take that little smidgen of hope that your favorite hockey teams fill you with, and pour orange paint on it. Oh, and he is a Blueshirts fan, and takes most of his fashion direction from Ron Duguay (whose name he dropped as a way to close the deal on that first kiss).
Games 2-9 shows what this roster can do when everyone's motivated and roster spots are not guranteed. Anyone notice that right after the roster was set is when everything started to fall apart. Del-zo was here to stay, Semenov's wife crushed his dreams, Gilroy was a sure thing to make the team. Dubi got his money and was never put too far from the first line center spot. Voros was the odd man out most nights. None expected much out of Higgins and his slump was just a series of bad bounces at that point. The options became limited and reporters kept pushing the human side of it. Everyone gets along and hangs out and is binded by their the opinion that Lisin can't sing. We have a New York Team and a Coach with a NY attitude whos finally gonna straighten these f*ckers out!.. blah blah blah.
Then everyone settled in for their long winters nap... content their position was secure. This team needs a swift kick in the balls (because a kick in the @$$ aint doing it). Maybe hitting this team where it hurts and making them earn their money will get everyone's attention and break up this encore of cumbaya by the campfire girls.
A Few things:
- I think we need to go back to practices without pucks. This team is so focused on the puck they race to get to it only to turn away from the hit and lose it or make a rushed "hot potato" pass that becomes an instant turn over. Ok Bobby Clark was a tool, but he had a point when he said "“We take the shortest route to the puck and arrive in ill humor.”
- If I had been at that game in Pittsburgh, I think after Cally dropped 'em with cook, I would have hopped the glass behind the bench, Ripped the "C" from Drury's chest and handed it to Cally. The the mere fact that he knew what was called for, stepped up even though its out of his comfort zone and did it says more than anyone else has (sans Gaborik) in the past few games.
The d-system is a friggin nightmare now. Where the hell is Schoeny. The last 3 games have been absolute nightmares with D-men switching off at the worst possible time. Stay in your freakin lane and let our captain, or any other limp d*ck forwards, hustle back and pick up the man. It won't happen because we spend too much time letting our forwards cruise deep behind the net and work the puck around the damn boards when because theyre afraid to take the training wheels off and play the puck in open ice. Half the reason Gaborik is the one scoring all the goals is because hes on the right side of the freakin net.
For a team that's weak on D, and don't like the physical play, we spend too much time bullsh*tting along boards, keeping our forwards too deep to help out on the backcheck and sending open invitations to be run by any knuckle dragger looking to land a good helmet-popper. I agree that we have too many damn cap problems for then number of kids we have in the rebuild. Even without buying power, I think we either need to:
Skate better; pass crisper and get back to being in better condition that the other teams. (Gaborik, Parentau)
Suck it up, get used to taking the abuse and start dishing it out and buying ourself enough time with the puck to do the right things; Go right to the net and scrap for the dirty goals. Stand up for our goalie while we're at it. (Avery,Callahan, Prospal, even Brashear is having some success with it)
...because this in between, mousey bullsh*t (Everyone else) is getting on my nerves.
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