Archive for March 2009


Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

Hot Stove New Jersey Devils Quiz

Devils Rumors & News

The Devils started out in Kansas City, moved to Colorado and have settled in Newark (“Gateway to Secaucus”). See how much you know about the third (but best) team in the area. The answers will be posted tomorrow.

1. When was their first season in New Jersey?

2. Who was the team’s leading scorer in their inaugural season in Jersey?

3. Who was the first coach in franchise history?

4. Who is the franchise’s all-time leading goal scorer?

5. Who is the franchise’s all-time games played leader?

6. Who is the franchise’s all-time assists leader?

7. Martin Brodeur is the all-time games played and wins leader for franchise goalies (obviously). Who is second in those categories?

8. The Devils have had three different coaches lead them to Stanley Cups. Who are they?

9. Who holds the franchise single-season goals record?

10. In which season did the team first qualify for the playoffs after moving to New Jersey?

Monday, March 16th, 2009

Superteams Smackdown: 1980 Islanders vs. 1994 Rangers

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Here is the third installment of our Superteams Smackdown series (for the first two, click here and here). The Islanders won their first Stanley Cup in only their eighth season. The Rangers won their first in their second season, but nobody remembers that one. Their 1994 Cup win was the Blueshirts’ first in 54 years, so it felt like the first time. If the team that started the Islanders dynasty faced the Rangers Cup-winning team that “will last a lifetime,” who would win? And would somebody from Def Leppard be there to place the Cup upside down?

After winning the President’s Trophy the year before, but being upset by the surprising Rangers, the 1979-80 Islanders finished in second place in the Patrick Division (91 points), but went all the way this time, to win the first of four straight Stanley Cups. They were coached by the great Al Arbour, and the architect of the team was Bill Torrey. Bryan Trottier (42 goals, 62 assists) and Mike Bossy (51 goals) led the offense. Three-time Norris …

Friday, March 13th, 2009
Rangers Rumors & News

“We kind of wet our pants a little there and had that look,” said John Tortorella poetically after the game on Sunday against the Bruins. And Henrik Lundqvist has been suffering from the stomach flu, and threw up between periods last Sunday. So the Rangers are peeing in their pants and throwing up, but isn’t that what playoff-style hockey is all about? The standings change every day, and the Blueshirts are still hanging in there for the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference. Or is it the seventh spot? Or sixth? How about fifth? Anything but ninth.

Apparently Tortorella ripped the team a new one between the first and second periods of last night’s game in Nashville. And it paid immediate dividends, as they scored twice and then went on to win, 4-2. It’s now Tortorella’s way or the highway. Just ask Nikolai Zherdev. He was benched for the last two periods in Nashville. Or Markus Naslund, who’s playing time has diminished. Or consult Ryan Callahan and Sean Avery, who …

Hot Stove Player of the Week: Larry Hughes

Knicks Rumors & News

Heading into the homestretch of basketball and hockey season, the Knicks, Nets and Rangers are fighting for their playoff lives, the Islanders are just fighting to stay in existance and the Devils are fighting to stay awake as they coast into the playoffs. Down in Florida, the Mets search for a fifth starter is turning into an “ugly competition” (what’s Jim McAndrew doing these days?), and the Yankees are standing pat with journeyman Cody Ransom at third (is Mike Pagliarulo still in shape?). It’s still pretty damn cold outside, so the prize for this week’s Hot Stove Player of the Week is the greatest invention of the 21st century: The Snuggie, so he can keep warm and still have the maneuverability to use the remote control to keep track of the all the games with playoff implications this coming week.

Winner

Larry Hughes: He didn’t have the greatest week in Hot Stove Player of the Week history, but he had two monster games, helping the Knicks kick off their road trip with two wins and …

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009
Yankees Rumors & News

There is no doubting that Joba Chamberlain possesses the makeup of a front line starter in the majors. He has the command of four devastating pitches and the attitude that you want from someone at the top of the rotation. But being a starter is not in his best interest nor the Yankees.

The Yankees, like their fans, are excited about what Chamberlain can bring to the team for many years to come, and who can blame them? But it is simply not the right decision for a variety of reasons.

With the signings of C.C. Sabathia and A.J. Burnett, Chien-Ming Wang being healthy, and Andy Pettitte coming back for a possible final swan song, placing Chamberlain in the bullpen makes the most sense both short term and long term.

By being in the bullpen, it allows Chamberlain to affect the outcome of 60 to 70 games a year instead of just 35 if he were a starter. The Yankees do not need him to be a starter. …

Hot Stove 1979 Rangers Quiz Answers

Rangers Rumors & News

Here are the Answers to yesterday’s quiz.

1. Fred Shero coached the 1978-79 Rangers.

2. The Rangers lost to the Montreal Canadiens in the Stanley Cup Finals.

3. They beat the Kings, Flyers and Islanders in the playoffs.

4. Anders Hedberg and Phil Esposito led the team in points, with 78.

5. Esposito led the team in goals, with 42.

6. Nick Fotiu led the team in penalty minutes, with 190.

7. Don Maloney scored 26 points in 28 games after he was called up from the minors during the 1978-79 season.

8. Mike McEwen (58 points) and Ron Greschner (53) were the two Rangers defensemen with more than 50 points.

9. Wayne Thomas and Doug Soetaert backed up John Davidson.

10. Walt Tkaczuk was the only player to appear in the 1972 and 1979 Stanley Cup Finals while playing for the Rangers.

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

Hot Stove 1979 Rangers Quiz

Rangers Rumors & News

This is the 30th anniversary of the underdog 1978-79 New York Rangers, who made it all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals. See how much you remember about this team. The answers will be posted tomorrow.

1. Who coached the 1978-79 Rangers?

2. What team did they lose to in the Stanley Cup Finals?

3. What teams did they beat in the playoffs to reach the Finals?

4. Who led the team in points during the regular season?

5. Who led the team in goals during the regular season?

6. Who led the team in penalty minutes?

7. What rookie was called up during the regular season and recorded 26 points in 28 games?

8. The team had two defensemen with more than 50 points. Who were they?

9. Who were the two backup goalies to John Davidson?

10. Who was the only player on the team who also played for the Rangers in their last Stanley Cup appearance in 1972?

Monday, March 9th, 2009
Jets Rumors & News

Since being drafed out of North Carolina State in the first round in 1999, Torry Holt has amassed 869 catches for 12,660 yards and 74 touchdowns. Among active WR’s he is second in yards per game (80.1). He was selected sixth by the St. Louis Rams because of his impressive season year and strong combine. The 6’0″ receiver ran a 4.34 40 and had a 37 inch vertical jump. He was selected as first team All-American complying 88 catches for 1,604 yards and 16 Tds for the Wolfpack.

Entering his 11th year in the NFL he is 11th all time in receptions, 14th in yards, and tied for 26th in receiving TDs. He had a streak of eight 1188+ receiving yards seasons snapped last season where he set career lows in catches, yards and TDs. However, he has missed just two regular seasons game in his 10 year career.

Henry Ellard was hired by the Jets in January to be their Wide Receivers coach. The former NFL great  previously held the same position for …

Week 20 pickups

Fantasy

Teams with four games: Atlanta, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, L.A. Lakers, Miami, Minnesota, New Orleans, New York, Orlando, Phoenix, Portland, Utah, Washington

Guards

Kyle Lowry (Rockets)- Lowry played a season high 28 minutes for the Rockets yesterday against the Grizzles. He scored eight points and had nine assists. In five games this month he is shooting 53% from the field and 91% from the foul line.

Bobby Jackson (Kings)- Over his past four games Jackson is averaging 13.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists in 33 minutes. He has started each game and knocked down six three-pointers in this span as well.

Honorable mention: Marco Belinelli (Warriors)

Forwards
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (Bucks)- Moute scored a career high 21 points vs. the Bulls last Friday. In five games this month he is averaging 7.5 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 0.8 blocks per game. The rookie has been in the starting lineup since February 7th.
Renaldo Balkman (Nuggets)- Balkman has averaged nine points, 12 rebounds and shot 53.5% from the field over his …

Saturday, March 7th, 2009

This Week in Rangers Hockey (Post-Trade Deadline Edition)

Rangers Rumors & News

First of all, we’ll miss Petr Prucha a lot. He always worked hard, and his 90-pound bag-of-bones body was thrown around the ice like a ragdoll, but he always got up, dusted himself off and forechecked like a bastard, and would even get into a fight or two. We’ll kind of miss Nigel Dawes. But we won’t miss Dmitri Kalinin. See ya in the funny papers, Dmitri. But all three are free agents to be and weren’t in the Rangers long-term plans.

They’ve been replaced by Sean Avery, Nik Antropov and Derek Morris. Antropov and Morris, both somewhat of career underachievers, will be free agents also, so the trades consisted of rentals for rentals. Is Avery better than Dawes? Yes. Is Antropov better than Prucha? Yes. Is Morris better than Kalinin? Yes. (Is anybody better than Kalinin? Yes.) So the Rangers improved themselves, and didn’t mortgage the future, unless Prucha turns into a consistent 30 or 40 goal scorer (highly doubtful). They sent Toronto a second-round pick and a conditional …

Friday, March 6th, 2009

Hot Stove Player of the Week: Martin Brodeur

Devils Rumors & News

Welcome to New York (or welcome back, in some cases). This week saw a plethora of new players entering the New York sports scene – free agent acquisitions for the Giants and Jets, players acquired at the NHL trading deadline, a prodigal son returned and a future hall-of-famer is back from injury. The prize for this week’s Hot Stove Player of the Week, Martin Brodeur, is the return of Sean Avery to the area. Enjoy!

Winner

Martin Brodeur: The Devils goalie made his triumphant return, and has won all four games he’s played. He threw two shutouts in those games, and only let in a total of four goals. He’s about to break every goaltending record there is. And now his old nemesis is back. The new kinder and gentler Avery wouldn’t dare call the goalie Fatso again, would he?

Runners Up

Bart Scott/Jim Leonhard/Lito Sheppard: The Jets improved their D with two former Ravens joining their old coach, and an ex-Eagle thrown on the pile for good measure.

Chris …

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Hot Stove 1999 Knicks Quiz Answers

Knicks Rumors & News

Here are the answers to yesterday’s quiz.

1. The Knicks defeated the Heat, Hawks and Pacers in the 1999 playoffs.

2. They swept the Hawks in the playoffs that year.

3. The Spurs defeated the Knicks in the Finals.

4. The team’s record was 27-23.

5. Patrick Ewing led the team in scoring during the regular season, with a 17.3 average.

6. Latrell Sprewell led the Knicks in scoring during the playoffs, averaging 20.4 points per game.

7. The Knicks finished in fourth place in the Atlantic Division.

8. Charlie Ward led the team in assists, averaging 5.4 per game.

9. Kurt Thomas was second on the team in rebounding, with 5.7 boards per game.

10. Herb Williams coached the Knicks for one game in the 2003-04 season and 43 games in 2004-05.

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