During the dark ages, the New York Rangers saw many players come and go. Big names, no names, team couldn’t win for shit and couldn’t make playoffs.
In the pic above Jeff Toms is gettin sticked and is celebrating one of his three goals he scored one night against the Boston Bruins. He skated with Theo Fleury and Eric Lindros that night. Think about that for a second…I vividly remember watching this game on a Wednesday night with my dad and finding it very funny. Ffej stuck around long enough to get over 200 games in the league. Amassed 22 goals. And finished his career in the Swiss-A league. Sounds about right.
Look at the ref in the back pointing “YO THAT’S NUMBER THREE JEFF.”
Before the Washington Capitals signed Richards to a one-year deal last month, he had essentially been exiled from professional hockey for nine months. He knew he needed to keep skating to stay in shape for a probably return, so he got creative.
Two nights a week, the two-time Stanley Cup champion would go to the Kenora Recreation Centre on 18 Mike Richards Way and suit up for the Kenora Kings, his brothers’ team in the local beer league. He played defense, silenced trash talk with seven-goal performances and occasionally got grumpy requests to slow down.
That seriously better have been the best beer league team on the planet for Mike to land a deal with the hottest team in the league. You would’ve thought with how shit went down he’d hire like Dolph Lundgren to be his trainer or something to make a severe comeback. Naaaa gonna drink a couple reebs..snipe..you know
In all seriousness though shit went sour with Mike and that shit happened for a reason the way it did.
He’s a proven player that “knows what it takes to win.” That’s being honest too. But I hate that fuckin sentence because all I heard during Chris Drury’s tenure with the Rangers outta Rosen’s mouth was “ohhh Joe he’s a proven winner.”
Couple 7-8 point nights for Mike and here we are now. He’s reunited with Wustin Jilliams. He and his team have a great shot of winning the Cup. Shit man, if only a couple hat tricks and a good celly got me a pro contract.
This is Ovechkin callin up Mike to come play in D.C.
It was truly something out of a movie.
You have your piece of shit villain, Gary Bettman, who in real life is a terrible person. You have your underdog hockey player in John Scott who is being pulled in two different directions. Should he play in the All Star Game that the fans voted him in to or listen to the naysayers?
After a Players Tribune article came out it turns out the naysayers were in fact people who run the league and particular General Managers. And once they threw at him and asked that if he participated in the game would it be something his children were ‘proud of’. Scott says fuck that and that lights a fire. He moves forward and is now set to captain the Pacific Division.
With 5 career goals, multiple suspensions, trades to different teams and cities, uprooting his family on several occasions. It hasn’t been a glamorous NHL career that someone like Jonathan Toews enjoys. Regardless Scott takes this probably once in a lifetime opportunity.
As typical as a Hollywood ending goes for a story about the underdog: John Scott scores two goals and is the MVP of the All Star Game. He also given a classic lift from his teammates and had his ‘Rudy’ moment. Easily the best All Star Game in recent memory. He stuck it to the naysayers, he burned Jeremy Roenick on the bench in an interview.
Must’ve felt pretty sweet taking that million dollar check from Gary Bettman’s hands after being named MVP of the game he tried keeping John Scott from.
Another one in the books. The Rangers won their 6th straight last night, Nash scored a sweet fuckin goal and Hank was setting records and adding another shut out to stats. After the Rangers rejoiced because of another victory Hank was named number 1 star of the game and he tossed his stick into the crowd for a lucky fan to have as a souvenir. Then all hell broke loose.
You would’ve thought he started World War 9.
Me and my fiancé’s brothers were watching the game and we caught this war live I thought I had heart palpitations I was laughing so hard at this. So glad it made its way onto the Internet.
This guy was gonna do whatever the hell it took to leave MSG with that staff. I wonder what was going through this guy’s head at this very moment? He may have thought that this was it.
The goaltending fiasco that has plagued the Philadelphia Flyers organization for years is beyond evident. Roman Cechmanek was their starter in 2000. I laughed writing his name because he was in the 2001 NHL All Star Game. He was egregiously bad at his position. For Christ sake their two goalies in their Stanley Cup run in 2010 were Brian Boucher and Michael Leighton.
Here’s a picture of Cechmanek holding a helmet.
And then there’s Bryzgalov. Acrually I really can’t even get into the Ilya Bryzgalov era.
Just go to YouTube and watch his other scene stealing monologues in the HBO Sports 24/7 winter classic for Rangers/Flyers. Jagr didn’t even wanna sit with him and eat lunch. That speaks volumes. Jagr’s easily top 5 weirdest guys alive.
Petey Lav gets the team to the cup immediately after being hired. Gets the boot couple years later. Craig takes over. They weren’t very good. They fire Craig and bring in this Dave Hakstol guy. I’m fuckin tellin ya, GM Ron Hextall absolutely hired him because they borderline have the same last name.
10 goals allowed in two games. You can say after two games into the season Philly looks like dog shit. Saturday night was a pure shallacking. Jagr and the Cats put up 7 against the Flyers. Jagr scored twice against his former team and my boy Trochek put up 4 points that night. The team already had a closed door players only meeting. I mean whatever you gotta do to get the morale back up do it because you guys play the Panthers again tonight and you might wanna figure some shit out.
Check out Jagr’s two goals from Saturday.
Alex Ovechkin is fuckin good. Plain and simple. He scores highlight goals more often than not and I think we’re all so used to these by now. But, nothing pleases me more than him dancing around Devils defenseman and embarrassing whatever goal they have in net. Last year the Great 8 danced around Merrill and beat Schneider and it looked a little something like this:
And finally here’s what he decided to do last night to be his first goal of the 2015-2016 season. Already a goal of the year candidate.
Keith Kinkaid had no chance on that one.
It’s ok the Keith Kincaid from Bowfinger has some advice for you.
Here’s the full size picture:
His beer league look is exceptional. I feel like I’ve written several posts about my encounter with John at the Flying Puck after a ranger game in the city. Myself and my beer league team hung out with Giannone for an entire night and it was just an awesome time. The guy is a real dude and a good man. We all hung out told stories, talked hockey and he and I yelled GET IT.. Truly a remarkable time.
Because today is Left Handers Day, everything has to be done today your left hand.
People that are in the right state of mind don’t say things like that. He looks forward to the challenge that lies ahead. Right off the bat that just sounds bad. Mike’s anticipating clashing with the winger… Probably gonna have another Kostitsyn on their hands. Take a look at Semin’s stats since the 06-07 campaign: