I was at grasshopper off the green in Morristown last night and watched the 3rd period and OT there. Place had a number of Rags fans watching the game, and a live Irish band playing. After the Rags won in OT, this slob Rags fan goes up to the lead singer of the band and asks him to play a "rangers song." The singer tells him that he doesn't know one, and hates the Rags. He also told the little puke that this is NJ, and offered to play Hells Bells. When the guy looked at him all puzzled, he says "let's go devils" in a thick Irish accent.
I bought the singer a pint cause that little exchange totally made my night.
People have made a similar point already, but in terms of overall franchise success, the Rangers are basically the equivalent of the Mets. If Met fans were as arrogant about their team and other teams as Ranger fans . . . well you get the idea.
Or for whatever reason, it reminds me of Yankee fans that bring "We Believe" signs to games. Like "we believe" that outspending everyone for over a decade will eventually get us a World Series or two.
The Lady Byng standards and I quote "player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability"
I think whining your way out of town from a place that adored you isn't very sportsmanlike
What you're forgetting is that he's a NY Ranger, which means anything he did in his career previously pales in comparison to what he has done under the bright lights of Broadway, at the World's Most Famous Arena, because, as everyone knows, there's no place on Earth better than NYC.
Quick question...is a "fanboy" the same thing as a "manchild?" Just wondering...
Brodeur was not great this season, but he surely isn't the number 1 reason this team is going to miss the playoffs. The fact that they can't score consistently and, as others have pointed out, have been shutout in over 12% of their games this season is the main problem here. Should Cory have started more...sure. I think most reasonable people would agree with that. But too say that Marty "killed this season" and attempting to blame everything on him is ludicrous.
Laviolette calling him the "best player in the world" or whatever a season or two ago was a colossal mistake. I think he's going through a Kovalchuk-ian slump right now, where he's clearly squeezing the stick and thinking wayy too much out there. Remember how bad Kovy was under MacLean right after signing the huge contract? I think Giroux's going through the same thing right now. He'll bounce back like Kovy did. Giroux also fvcked up his finger/wrist/whatever in the offseason, that's probably causing him some issues right now as well.
If he could be acquired now while his value is on the low...I mean, it'd never happen, you never see the Devils and Flyers trading. But it'd be something else.
There is a lot more to this drama than we think. Possible scenarios that I have reviewed in my mind (being the analytical person that I am):
1. The Devils/NHL took some "under the table" money from the KHL to let Kovy walk without a fight
2. Kovy is entrenched in some kind of "black market" business in Russia where mobsters basically said "you play or suffer the consequences"
3. Kovy is just being the "Che Guevarra" of hockey and being a revolutionary wanting to make a statement to the NHL
Certainly, the NHL and teams must monitor this closely as we could see an exodus of players from the NHL. I wouldn't be surprised if this signing by SKA is followed by another high-profile signing by another team in the KHL - perhaps Ovechkin / Malkin
If you ask me, this is the DAY THE NHL died.
You watch too many movies brother. I like the Oliver Stone conspiracy theorist in your thinking, but this is as simple as Kovy wanting to be the conquering hero in Russia where he is carted around on golden chariots, plays with his mini-giraffe and swims in a pool filled with rubles. At the end of the day, Lou is too classy to toll his contract and prevent him from playing in the KHL. Plus, he knew he had an open offer from SKA that would pay him the same or more than he made here in pre-tax dollars, then he pays a 13% flat tax rate on his deal there, instead of the 45+% he has been paying to play here.