The Maven's Haven

  • Monday, June 11, 2012

    Cheers for Rick, Devils Four(th) of a Kind, and the Next Messier?

    • Congratulations to Rick Jeanneret, the voice of the Sabres! The longest tenured play-by-play announcer in NHL history has been selected to receive the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award, the most prestigious honor given to hockey broadcasters. Jeanneret will be formally recognized at a Hockey Hall of Fame ceremony this fall. “Our organization has always been extremely proud and humbled to have a legend...
  • Wednesday, January 02, 2013

    Greatest Rivalries: Gaborik's Goal Fest vs. Isles

    Two of the more perplexing questions confronting any hockey coach are: 1. When does he start his backup goalie in a tense rivalry game?  2. At what point in such a game does he yank a supposedly slumping netminder? These two challenges were presented to John Tortorella on the night of Dec. 2, 2010 during which Martin Biron was yanked and eventually replaced by Henrik Lundqvist at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum....
  • Tuesday, January 15, 2013

    The Maven's Rangers Season Preview

    For of all sad words of tongue or pen,
    The saddest are these: "It might have been!"
    --
    John Greenleaf Whittier, from his poem "Maud Muller." To this day Rangers fans hark back to that Brad Richards' playoff overtime breakaway against Martin Brodeur that just missed torpedoing the Devils last Spring. Ah, what might have been had the Blueshirts sharpshooter beaten New Jersey's netminder. But the goal never happened and a Cup march...
  • Tuesday, January 22, 2013

    The Maven Previews Rangers-Bruins

    RANGERS RECORD: 0-2-0. THEME: Oh-for-two-and-what-do-they-do? PLUS: Ryan Callahan is leading his club; hasn't missed a beat. Arron Asham still has a useful role and hasn't lost his punch. Jitter-less Rick Nash comes as billed; the real goods. MINUS: So far, Henny Lundqvist's goaltending has been somewhat spotty. A more physical Michael Del Zotto would help. This segue from playoff stardom to non-playoff...
  • Thursday, November 15, 2012

    Greatest Rivalries: Rangers-Islanders: April 10, 1984

    To some observers-- mostly Islanders fans-- this was the greatest hockey game ever played. To other critics, it was the best of any Met Area showdowns. And there were plenty of reasons to underline the point.  For one thing, the Islanders-Rangers rivalry had reached the white heat level by the 1983-84 season. Having won four straight Cups, the Isles were hell-bent on a Drive For Five. On the fl...
  • Friday, December 28, 2012

    Greatest Rivalries: Avery's Infamous Screening of Brodeur

    There are many ways to describe Sean Avery depending on your rooting interest.

    For example you can include his personality, his outlook on life, as well as your view of hockey decorum and personal fan favorites.

    Because of his idiosyncratic behavior -- mostly as a Ranger -- Avery has alternately been called Puck's Bad Boy, The Great Gabbo and Superpest, among the kinder nicknames.

    In the minds...
  • Thursday, December 13, 2012

    Greatest Rivalries: Richer Stuns Rangers

    Something new had developed in the Rangers-Devils rivalry that would affect the teams for almost two decades. That was the arrival of Martin Brodeur as New Jersey’s premier puck-stopper. The affable French-Canadian from Montreal made a brief debut during the 1991-92 season, but really didn’t emerge as a factor until the 1993-1994 season. Brodeur posted a 27-11-8 record with a 2.40 goals against...