The Rangers went 54 years between Stanley Cup three and Stanley Cup four. Well, me and the missus are celebrating our 54th wedding anniversary today. Callers don't say congrats anymore. It's more like, "Mom is going to heaven", aren't we all. Our life somehow mirrors the Rangers. However, I will say our 54 years have had more ups than the Rangers. Thank God for that.
The Rangers come into the season with high hopes because of the addition of Brad Richards. But where have we heard that before? We had high hopes when Gaborik showed up. I forget the exact high hope before Gabby, but I do recall names like Bure, Lindros, Kaminsky and all the wonderful (?) draft picks.
Of course in those years we didn't have the all-knowing genius coach that we have now. But we have had for a long time the all-everything Stealth GM. You remember him? "If I had the money the Rangers have I would win the Cup." Guess what? He has had the money, and then some, and what has he won? Gotz!!
But like a good marriage, hope springs eternal. So we hope and pray and continue to change our lines more often than a two-bit politician changes positions. One thing about our marriage, for 54 years we were fairly consistent, sometimes boring. Meanwhile, the Rangers have been inconsistent and boring.
So marriage-wise we are shooting for another 20 years. I dare say that 20 years from now, me or my successor will be writing about how the Rangers picked up this great player and that we have a chance to make the playoffs. But first check out his linemates and see how long he stays on the same line.
ICINGS: I would ask a special favor from you viewers. My little friend Jake Feldman has suffered a relapse and is back in Sloan Kettering Memorial Cancer Center needing a bone marrow transplant. Please say a prayer for Jake Feldman. I would appreciate it. God bless you all!