Archive for February 20th, 2008


Wednesday, February 20th, 2008
Rangers Rumors & News

After taking a 5-0 lead early in the second period against the Canadiens, the Rangers collapsed and lost 6-5 in a shootout Tuesday night in Montreal.

Jaromir Jagr stretched his goalless streak to 12 games, but made up for that with four assists as his line clicked early and often. Brandon Dubinsky, who scored the first goal of the game, had a Gordie Howe hat trick as he assisted on a Sean Avery goal and fought Long Island’s own Mike Komisarek.

Jagr’s line was so good they helped chase Canadien goalie Carey Price after he gave up three goals on 11 shots in just 13:56.

Chris Drury and Brendan Shanahan each picked up their 20th goals of the season in the second period. The Rangers were playing a fast paced and physical game and did a decent job staying out of the box and away from the best power play in the NHL.

Then with a 5-0 lead the Rangers went home early. At …

Reese discusses off-season decisions

Giants Rumors & News

Giants’ GM Jerry Reese was apparently on Sirius Radio the other night talking about the teams’s off-season plans.

The following was taken from Ralph Vacchiano’s Blue Screen blog. I have simply added some of my own thoughts to each of Reese’s responses.

Reese on Michael Strahan: “We’d like for him to come back for another season, but it’s really going to be a tough decision for him. He’s got the ring. He’s a first-ballot Hall of Famer. He’s got to think, ‘Can I really get myself up to do this again?’ … We’d like to know sooner than later so we know what we have to do personnel-wise.”

My thoughts: I would love to see Strahan come back. He is obviously still a terrific player when he’s healthy and committed. Yet, with Justin Tuck and Mathias Kiwanuka a Strahan retirement would not be devastating.

Reese said moving Mathias Kiwanuka back to DE is a possibility, if Strahan retires. However, it’s not a certainty: “We’re committed to getting him on the field because we …

Excited about the Combine? I’m not

Giants Rumors & News

The NFL Scouting Combine will be held in a few days, and that means the frenzy of anticipation and speculation leading to this April’s NFL Draft will be kicking into high gear.

I hate all the craziness that surrounds the Combine, with players moving up and down ‘draft boards’ based on how high they jump, how much they lift, how fast they run and how well they perform on a batttery of psychological tests.

I think it’s over-hyped, over-analyzed and over-utilized as a tool to determine which players to draft.

Don’t get me wrong. The importance of getting the draft right can’t be overstated when it comes to the future success of a franchise.

Look no further than your 2007 Super Bowl champion New York Giants (that still sounds incredible, doesn’t it?) for an example. All eight of last year’s Giants’ draft picks made the team, and many played significant roles. A miss on two or three of those players and the Giants might not be champions today.

So, it’s not that I don’t understand the importance of scouts, general …

Another One Bites The Dust

Islanders Rumors & News

Drew Fata has been called up from Bridgeport to replace Andy Sutton, who suffered a hamstring injury during the Islanders comeback win against the Sharks Monday afternoon. Last night, the Islanders found out Sutton will be out 4-6 weeks and will join fellow defensemen Brendan Witt, Chris Campoli and Bruno Gervais on the Islanders injured list.                                         
Fata, who has been up and down with the Islanders and Soundtigers, has big shoes to fill (literally, Sutton is 6’6, he has big feet). Fata has shown a willingness to block shots and step up to join an offensive rush in his previous call-ups. He will need to play to the best of his abilities to keep the Islanders 4-game winning streak alive as they face off against the Washington Capitals and Alexander Ovechkin tonight.

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