*I had yet to address the Matt Gilroy signing. So now I am. He had apparently given Toronto every indication that he would become a Maple Leaf but picked a real team instead. Gilroy looked great in the Frozen Four but let's face it, he wasn't drafted for a reason. Maybe he is indeed a late bloomer and he will join Staal, Girardi, Sanguinetti, Del Zotto, Potter and Sauer as the future Blue blueline but maybe not. No use getting all pumped up now, we still are hamstrung with Redden and Rozy.
*Apparently things are so bad that the Rangers are not giving up the usual cheap towels but instead the even cheaper Thunderstix. What do they think we are? Japanese baseball fans?!?! The inflatable noisemakers are annoying as hell and should never be allowed in a proper hockey arena.
*While I am not bringing a sign with me to the game, I did have a few ideas for the more motivated out there - "OVerrated," "Peanut Butter Poti Time," "Caps Fans, Rock The White," "The Bandwagon Stops Here" or just one of those incredibly big Hershey's bars for their fresh-from-the-farm netminder.
*A comment I had to pass along from one of the folks over at Japer's Rink during Game 2: everyone who wears a Lundqvist shirt/jersey should wear a crown. He meant it sarcastically, I think it would be fantastic.
*Over at Rangers Report Carp has done an adequate job replacing Sam but c'mon, how could he just now be writing "what has crossed my mind lately when I see [Callahan] and Dubinsky and Avery is this question: 'Why doesn’t everybody give that kind of effort all the time?' I don’t have that answer." We've only been asking that here in the blogosphere since last year.
*And it appears the Rangers are bringing the buses back this year. I rode one before a game against Atlanta and you basically stand up top and yell Let's Go Rangers at scared tourists while throwing out playoff towels - although who knows if there will be towels ...
New York Rangers fans will ride on two Rangers branded Double Decker buses prior to the New York Rangers taking on the Washington Capitals for games 3 and 4 of the Eastern Conference Quarter Finals. Fans will ride through midtown cheering on the Blueshirts and will proceed to Madison Square Garden for the start of Games 3 and 4, which will air live on MSG Network starting at 7 p.m. Lucky fans will meet Rangers alumni and will be given the chance to win Blueshirt gifts and prizes, including coveted playoff tickets.I won't be going along - can't ruin a routine that has helped the Rangers get this far (yes, I am superstitious) - but if you have the time, why not? At the least its a fun ride around midtown and you get some freebies out of it ... let's go Rangers!
WHAT: New York Rangers Fans Ride Double Decker Buses Through Midtown
WHO: Rangers Fans and Rangers Alumni
WHERE: Starting at Madison Square Garden (In front of 7th Ave at 31st St. continuing through midtown and returning to MSG.)
WHEN: Monday, April 20th and Wednesday, April 22 at 5:00 and 5:45 pm.