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  1. And, if they have a deal with a company like Steiner or Frozen Pond. But, I wouldn't be surprised if the Rangers use 10 sets per year.
  2. Listen to this man, for he knows what he says. I have always told people the same thing when it comes to autographs. If I had a dollar for every time someone came to me to ask a question along the lines of, "Which would be worth more money, a signed puck by <insert player name> or a picture?", let's just say I would have tons and tons more dollars than I do now. I tell people, buy the stuff because you like it. Go to the shows because you want to meet the player as he signs your item, talk to other fans, etc. Don't buy this stuff because you think down the road you will sell it off and use the proceeds to put your kids through college. In most cases, you are LUCKY to even get 1/2 of what you spent. With game used items, there were 2 problems that are prevalent now. 1) Most people just do not trust the items. If you can photo-match the item like DevsMan did, great. But even then, there will be people who think you just found the picture and made the marks yourself. 2) Nowadays, the players use SO much equipment and jerseys compared to years ago. I don't know if they are still doing it, but in 2010 Steiner reps would go into the Rangers lockerroom after the players cleared out and take all the jerseys, pants, broken sticks, etc., every few games. Wouldn't be surprised if guys wore the jerseys for only 2 or 3 games each, then it was sold. As a result, the stuff is not anywhere near as rare as it once was. Funny your bring up cards. I worked with a guy this past summer who told me he "invested" in cards. I don't mean he bought a few. He spent easily hundred thousand dollars on cards between 1986-1990. Said in total, must have had 1,000 Don Mattingly rookies between Topps, Fleer, Donruss. A few hundred Strawberry rookies, a few hundred Gooden 84 Topps Traded and Fleer Updates. Guy is in his early 60s now. Asked me if I ever had anyone tell me, "If you have ten cents extra, put 5 cents into a mutual fund..". He said, he would take the whole 10 cents into cards. Needless to say, didn't quite work out as he planned. Luckily he sold off before the real crash in the mid to late 90s, but said he didn't get back even 1/2 the money.
  3. What do you expect? Hockey does not draw very good ratings outside of the home markets. The first NBC game this season is in 2 weeks, Rangers in Detroit at 12:30 before the NFC Championship game at 3:30. Game will likely do a horrendous rating outside of the NY-NJ-CT and Michigan, Northern Ohio. So, they want the big market teams otherwise it is not worth their time. I agree with you about them not wanting the game if they can't have one of those 7. If the NHL told them they want it to be Hurricanes-Wild, NBC would tell them they were not carrying the game, at least not on the OTA station.
  4. Yes. But, supposedly not next season but the following is the slate for the Rangers to play a road game in Michie Stadium at West Point. Sounds good to me. They have now lost 3 of their last 4.
  5. They were terrible, but probably had more listeners for that game just to hear them than any game this season.
  6. I don't know for certain. Could be a case of they know they are not going to win with him, so get something of value now? If you want to call Hamilton a B-dman (as compared to someone like Doughty or Weber being A's). Maybe they think they'd be better off with another young d-man who right now is a C and a young forward who is right now a C?
  7. Better than Desert Knights, or Dessert Knights. Surprised they didn't try to work the map of Nevada into the shading of the mask. Or the did, and I just don't see it.
  8. Don't read too much into Girardi. He hardly ever shoots. Well, hardly ever gets it on net. He only has 14 shots, less than 1 per game. Last year, he had 77 in 74 games. So, his shooting pct isn't going to help them much. Even now his pace is 14 goals. Do I think he will get it, no. But, even if he does, not going to make THAT much of a difference. Vesey had a very hot few games, but off the top of my head has only scored twice in the last 6 or so. So, his is coming down. Hayes, is just out of his mind right now. He dropped 20 pounds this off-season and clearly looks faster, so who knows. But no, do not expect 30%. Grabner? With him it feels like he only shoots when he is on an odd-man rush, but seems to be getting a lot of those due to his speed. Reality is no, they are not sustainable. BUT, if you do want to know where you should worry is a few have shooting pct below their career averages. Stepan is at 6.5%, but his career average is just over 11%. Zibanejad is at 7% and his career avg is 10.6. Kreider is 8.6 with a career avg of 12.1. McDonagh is 0, and a career average of 6.5. Most importantly, Lundqvist has found his game after a rough October. They have only given up 3 goals or more 6 times so far, and 3 of those were the first 3 games of the season. In the last 14, the opponent has scored 2 or less in 11 games. Edit: Saw this on I believe the Rangers facebook page last night: In his last nine starts, Henrik has posted an 8-1-0 record, along with a 1.89 GAA, a .936 SV%, and 1 SO.
  9. The good old days, when a Principal or teacher could just give it to you straight. If a principal did that now, there would be parents calling for his/her removal and at the very least they would be told to take sensitivity classes.
  10. Different time. They got the name for what they wore. Same with Cornell and Dartmouth being the "Big Red" and "Big Green". A reporter referred to Cornell's football team as "That Big Red Team on the hill" and it stuck.
  11. It is not so much 2 word names. Just unnecessary adjectives. I know it isn't the reason for the name, but there is a bird called a redwing. So it is an actual thing. Same with Maple Leafs. Things like, "Screaming Eagles", "Flying Dutchmen" etc.
  12. haha, oops.
  13. That would be terrible. I personally HATE when teams add an unnecessary adjective to a name. I know their was an issue with "Knights" and I know the NHL told them no gambling references. Just go with something else. "Dessert Knights" sounds like minor league baseball. But, I guess it is not as bad as "Rumble Ponies".
  14. Gracias and no, not on here just to annoy people. If that is how they take it, then they need to get over themselves. Yes, it is a long season. I'm hoping the D benefits from the extra rest this past off-season, but we shall see. For me, the REAL issue is whether Lundqvist finds his game as he has not been good thus far, this season.
  15. Wouldn't say I "hang out" on here. Popping on here once every few weeks, unless I get involved in a discussion is hardly, "Hanging out".