From the honest assessment file: Limping around like The Mummy today after grinding out a 2-out-of-3 squash match victory over my estimable foe last night in the Apple. Sux getting older. Ya don't rebound as quickly.
Couple clarifications/misunderstandings on yesterday's live chat:
If anyone thought I was picking Chris Kreider to make an impact this season -- I was thinking long-term -- perhaps I was not clear. Kreider is in Boston at school and will not be in camp or at Traverse City.
Also, I'm told WHL Calgary not really an option for Derek Stepan. It's NY or Hartford.
By the numbers:
In aggregate, NYR only outshot opponents in second periods last season. Were outshot in first and thirds... Blueshirts had one shot in a period three times....When scoring two goals, they were 5-10-3. But three? 9-5. ...The only hat trick? Marian Gaborik vs Colorado.
Anybody heard latest Los Lobos? I'm told it's brilliant.
Should be speaking with a prominent Ranger later this afternoon about expectations for next season. Stay tuned...And happy birthday Steve Valiquette, wherever you are....
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