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By cam (Mon Feb 13, 2006 at 06:08:52 AM EST) (all tags)
New York owns Canada. Hockey warning greater than Chelsea soccer diaries.

World Cup hockey poll inside. Pick the winner Tocchet/Gretzky style.

So the NY Rangers do a clean sweep of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Nothing exciting there, Toronto, like Boston, was built for the previous set of rules. John Davidson said there have been 2300 more calls of hooking over last year at the same time. This is a good thing IMNSHO. The hooking, holding and obstruction was affecting the game in a negative way. I prefer this more free flowing game.

But it means old, big teams who make a living obstructing and trapping are now dinosaurs. Witness Toronto and Boston. However, fast, puck possession teams like New York and Ottawa now get to break out with speed. The Rangers were also too fast in back checking for Toronto, and too quick to collapse around the net. Coupled with good goal tending this is unbeatable, as Ottawa found out last week when the Rangers slayed them handily.

At this stage of the season, NY, Ottawa and Philadelphia are the form teams. I am surprised that Philadelphia is doing well. They are in the Toronto/Boston cart for an over-sized, over-weight and overly-slow team. But they are doing well. They must be faster than expected. They do have a lot of Europeans on the second and third lines. Having a fast, big, forechecker like Knuble play with Forsberg is a positive. Philly must have got the balance between speed and size right.

New York used to be laughing stock of the league. They would buy and trade for any piece of junk on the market. For instance Messier at age 40 at 6 million a year. What a waste. He was old, slow and a media whore. Thanks for 96, now fuck off back to some frozen waste land in Intuitistan. MSG is constantly playing Messier week and other crap since he got his jersey retired. Better hope this current NY team doesnt string together a couple of Stanley Cups or retiring Messier's jumper will look a bit premature. Let Edmonton retire it.

The salary cup has been a bonus for NY, it has forced a fiscal discipline on them, that they were unable to do on their own. The old guys they do have are fast and skilled. If you are going to get an old free agent, it is a good thing to ensure they have the speed of Martin Straka. Other old folks include Jagr, Nylander, Sykora and Kaparitus.

Because of young folks like Ortmeyer and Ward, NY is probably one of the fastest clubs around. Probably only Ottawa and Montreal rival them for speed. NY also has a big and mobile defence corps - like Ottawa and Philadelphia. Montreal has a small defence and is not doing so well.

The Rangers go into the Olympic break looking fast, strong and confident. Since I started watching hockey in 1998, I cannot recall the Rangers looking this good. And to top it off, the Olympic ice hockey tournament is on! For lack of an Australian ice hockey team at the Olympics, GO USA.

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oddly enough by sasquatchan (4.00 / 1) #1 Mon Feb 13, 2006 at 06:24:52 AM EST
how are you watching the games ? OLN's covereage isn't bad, but they don't carry many games..

I get Comcast (former HTS/home-team-sports) from DC on my cable for Caps games, but even then it's spotty.

Hockey package on satellite by cam (4.00 / 1) #3 Mon Feb 13, 2006 at 07:00:22 AM EST

I am hoping it has it all and isnt blacked out. Best check before I get disappointed.

Freedom, liberty, equity and an Australian Republic

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<sigh> by Metatone (4.00 / 1) #2 Mon Feb 13, 2006 at 06:56:18 AM EST
Sounds like hockey rules have finally come good again. Maybe I should invest in some satellite TV in time for the playoffs...

Yes, they're great. by Driusan (2.00 / 0) #8 Mon Feb 13, 2006 at 11:21:31 AM EST
Assuming your definition of "good hockey" means "5 on 3 is good hockey because my team is full of a bunch of pussies who can't fucking score or take a hit so we need more special teams and other pointless rule changes to pump up the scores, devaluing the goals and making any records set require an asterix beside them because we're pandering to the American fucks who don't know a thing about hockey and think basketball and football type scores are how it should be."


I've said it before, I'll say it again. The only way to save hockey is to close every American franchise south of about Boston, get rid of the refs, and say "fuck you" to any team who doesn't have enough enforcers to protect their players.

In my humble opinion.

Vive le Montréal libre.

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See, the thing is, Canadians think... by Metatone (2.00 / 0) #10 Tue Feb 14, 2006 at 02:22:24 AM EST
they have the rink size right. That's the real problem. I'm all for everything you say, so long as you increase the rink size.

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bookmarking this diary by clover kicker (4.00 / 1) #4 Mon Feb 13, 2006 at 08:14:58 AM EST
for maximum gloating come playoff time. Or gold medal time, for that matter.

re: beating Toronto - those 2 losses have them out of the playoffs right now. Bwahahahaha. IIRC the Rangers have already clinched a playoff berth?

re: beating Ottawa - how quickly some forget

re: Rangers - are Rangers fans losing sleep wondering when if Jagr is going to have another motivational crisis?

re: salary cap - the Rangers were directly responsible for the cap, paying ludicrous salaries to a bunch of has-beens and driving up wages all over the league.

ps - what do you think about Carolina, or the western teams? I haven't seen many western teams this year, I'm not sure I like the new schedule.

You are only as good as your last game by cam (2.00 / 0) #5 Mon Feb 13, 2006 at 08:35:09 AM EST
and NY Rangers outworked and out-skated Ottawa last week. On the salaray cap, Philly, San Jose and St Louis were also big spenders who got zilch for their money. Colorado and Detriot on the other hand were big spenders whose monstrous payrolls paid off.

I havent seen many western teams either. I usually watch them late at night, but have been going to bed lately. As the play-offs near I will start watching them more to get a gauge of their abilities.

Freedom, liberty, equity and an Australian Republic

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heh by clover kicker (2.00 / 0) #7 Mon Feb 13, 2006 at 11:13:29 AM EST
> You are only as good as your last game

Meh, if that was true the Sens would have stomped the Rangers last week like they did in December.

> NY Rangers outworked and out-skated Ottawa last
> week.


There are 2 more OTT-vs-NYR games scheduled, and who knows what will happen in the playoffs?

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*ahem ahem* by clover kicker (2.00 / 0) #11 Fri Mar 31, 2006 at 09:02:22 AM EST

I cheerfully concede that crappy scheduling handicapped the Rangers.

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Ottawa has always been frighteningly good by debacle (2.00 / 0) #6 Mon Feb 13, 2006 at 10:23:15 AM EST
Always meaning 'since I was 10,' which is probably a near enough approximation.


Poll. by Driusan (2.00 / 0) #9 Mon Feb 13, 2006 at 11:24:53 AM EST
Gold is going to Russia in men's, Canada in women's. You can't stop the commies.

Also, the Republique du Qu├ębec can kick Alberta's ass in hockey any day (and will break away first.) It's just a simple fact.

Vive le Montréal libre.

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