Blue Notes

Steve Zipay takes you inside the locker room, home and on the road, with the New York Rangers, and also writes about the NHL, off and on the ice.

My Sunday Feeling...

NHL Players' Association executive director Donald Fehr, center,

NHL Players' Association executive director Donald Fehr, center, is joined by Winnipeg Jets' Ron Hainsey as he speaks to reporters in New York. (Sept. 12, 2012) (Credit: AP)

 

              Yeah, archaic reference. First track on “This Was”. 

              Which segues us into the season that was.  

               So instead of being en route from Los Angeles to San Jose today, following the Rangers in the alternative NHL universe, we’re scanning the copper and gold of the autumn along the Hudson.

               By the way, you won’t get any fantasy results from EA Sports simulations or anything here. How silly is that? I’m not that bored.

               The reality is, unless this week’s CBA talks gain some traction, a further slate of games will be canceled, as I wrote on Friday.

               In case you missed it (ICYMI) if another two weeks are scrapped, through Nov. 6, a total of 86 more games would fall by the wayside, bringing the overall number lost to 168. 

              That would include the Rangers home opener---Nov. 1 against Dallas---and two other games at Madison Square Garden, Nov. 4 against Philadelphia and Nov. 6 against Ottawa.  Three road games also would be wiped out: Oct. 25 in Pittsburgh, Oct. 26 in Carolina, and Oct. 28 on Ottawa, shelving 11 Blueshirts games overall.

              And from the  “You can look it up department”.  Nice to see that some other observers are picking up my plea from back on Oct. 4, that each side needs to drop the pretense and offer a revised proposal to save the oh-so-important face and move toward middle ground. Or bring in a mediator already.   

              Other musings:

              Down goes Captain Jeets.  Didn’t that evoke memories of Ryan Callahan’s fracture from Chara’s shot on April 5, 2011?  Wounded club couldn’t recover.

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              Did I mention I toured the dusty construction site that is Madison Square Garden? Cup holders in the blue seats! Never would have imagined that when I was watching from 420 back in the day. Those thousand blue seats by the way, are up behind the goal on the west end, which also has the new 170-seat Madison Club, the party deck, suites and the current press box, which has been expanded because the upper-level media spot is gone. 

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             The two Rangers dates in the first 10 of in the planned 366-day tribute---which will be installed at MSG---are May 27, 1994, Stephane Matteau’s Game 7, double-OT winner, and April 18, 1999, No. 99’s retirement.            

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             Let’s see: the Whale are 0-1 and play the second game of the season tonight…Henrik Lundqvist is visiting family in Sweden, but not playing (yet)…D Brady Skjei, the 2012 first rounder, had a goal and assist for the Minnesota Gophers last night…Remember to follow me @stevezipay on Twitter.  Still predominantly hockey and CBA coverage for the moment, with some extras: Yanks, Knicks and other stuff to which I’ve been assigned.  But no malarkey.

            See ya back here soon…

  

Tags: NHL , CBA , Rangers , Matteau , blue seats , Brady Skjei , Jeets , Ryan Callahan , malarkey , "This Was"

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