Monday, July 21, 2014
Thursday, July 10, 2014
When you look at the Rangers off season moves it may look a little jaded in the fact that more have left and few have replaced. Gone are Pouliot, Stralman, Boyle, Dorsett and Richards. New are Dan Boyle, some tough guy named Tanner Glass and a few players that seem to fit in well in Hartford.
Don't sweat it. Stralman may be a loss but a healthy Dan Boyle will more than make up for it. Brian Boyle and Dorsett leave the fourth line but Dominic Moore is signed, Dan Cartcillo could fill in and who knows what this Tanner Glass will bring. Richards was destined for somewhere else and Pouliot was the ultimate enigma, either strong offensively or stupid defensively. $4 mil per seems like an awful lot of money for Pouliot, but good luck with it and enjoy.
Arbitration wise the Rangers have to close the deals on Brassard, Zuccarello, Kreider and John Moore, all crucial to the Rangers success. Rememberr, that a young, eager JT Miller is ready to sprout his wings this year and young Swede, Oscar Lindberg could be a big surprise. So I am optimistic that the Rangers led by Henrik Lundqvist will do quite well this year and make another run for the Cup.
Number two son, aided by his friends will host the Fourth Annual Cocktails With A Cause on Tuesday July 15th from 6:30 to 9:00 PM at the STK Rooftop Downtown in Manhattan. The fundraiser is to support cancer treatment programs at St. Mary's Healthcare System for Children in Queens. In its first three years the program has raised more than $600,000 for St. Mary's Hospital for Children.
The event will feature celebrity guest appearances by actor Steve Baldwin, former Miss USA 2012 Nana Meriwether and ABC 7 Eyewitness News entertainer reporter Sandy Kenyon. Also noted brain specialist, Philip DeFina, the founder, chief executive officer and chief scientific officer of the International Brain Research Foundation Inc, will deliver the evenings keynote address which will focus on brain injuries.
Tickets are $200 for the event which includes open bar, food and a DJ and a chance to bid on a variety of prizes. $175 of the fee is tax deductible. If you are in the area, try to make it. If you can't make it and wish to support it, any donation, none too small will be appreciated.
Send whatever you can, nothing too small to:
Director, Income Development
St. Mary's Healthcare System for Children
S. Dakota Drive, Suite 200
New Hyde Park, NY 11042
Saturday, June 14, 2014
For the second time in three games at Staples Center the NHL officials lived up to their reputation as the worst officiating in all sports and determined the outcome of a game. With the Rangers up 2-1 in the third, in pivotal game five, there was a collision near the boards where the King skater clearly put his leg out and tripped Zuccarello. The cross eyed ref called the penalty on Zuccs and lo and behold Gaborik scored the tying goal which eventually forced the game into two OT's and a Ranger loss when Martinez scored the game winner.
Needless to say the NHL highlights this am are glossing over the incident. Bettman's boys, and girls, know who pays them. You remember the first bad call. Brown sitting on Lundqvist while the Kings score a goal. No other sport would tolerate these missed and bad calls. This series should be back in New York for game six with the Rangers up 3-2.
But congratulations to the Kings. They are a big, tough, hard skating team. I'ts not their fault they had some help on the ice. It's the breaks. For the Rangers, the breaks were all bad.
The Rangers also should be congratulated. They gave it their all. Lundqvist was heroic. The defense, tired and battered, left it all on the ice. The offense, with a little bit of luck, might have won it with excellent chances by Kreider, Nash and McDonagh. But playing a tough team with aid from the officials was just too much for the Rangers to overcome. Maybe the Kings should have gotten a penalty for too many men on the ice.
More to come. In the meantime, great job Rangers. We are proud of you.