The Maven's Haven

  • 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...
  • Tuesday, June 03, 2014

    Read Stan Fischler's Series Preview

    Let's start at the end; the Rangers will beat Los Angeles in six games; maybe even five. It's easy to figure. The Blueshirts have the better goaltender, superior defense right down to the sixth man (Raphael Diaz) and a better balanced attack. New York also boasts the hitherto un-unused Secret Weapon (Rick Nash) and the factor you cannot quantify, freshness thanks to an early vanquish of Montreal. Want more? ...
  • Wednesday, June 04, 2014

    Rangers-Kings Game 1 Pregame Notes

    Everyone -- including The Maven -- has a theory on winning in the Stanley Cup Final. In Los Angeles, for example, the thinking is that the bigger and -- supposedly -- stronger Kings can triumph by battering the Blueshirts at every turn. That plan makes sense until you consider that the Big, Bad Bruins figured that they could intimidate the Montreal Canadiens and guess who exited Stage Left. Hint: It wasn't the...
  • Saturday, June 07, 2014

    Hear -- As In Hearing -- There and Everywhere in the Rangers-Kings Cup Final

    Talk may be cheap, but when it comes to the arrival of Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final in Los Angeles, the chatter actually is priceless. The following are some verbal gems, not to be confused with filibusters. You get the voices of the chief protagonists. After that, The Maven comments. And, as an added attraction, you'll hear from my Associate in Hockey Knowledge, Jake Becker, direct from New...
  • Saturday, June 28, 2014

    Rangers Hunt for Late-Round Bargains in 2014 Draft

    The Rangers, who didn’t get a pick until the second round, addressed their goaltending needs in the future. But before we get to that, let’s not forget that the Ranger Nation cannot complain about the club’s march to the Stanley Cup Final. However, if there is one area that needs stocking -- at least short-term -- it is offense. In that regard, the Rangers will rely on trades and free agent signings...
  • Friday, June 05, 2015

    Rangers' Alain Vigneault Sees Things Clearly And Sees Them Whole

    Alain Vigneault knows only too well that his Rangers played not one, but two seasons of hockey in 2014-15. That, by the way, is a key point that many observers patently ignore. Each of those two seasons is a War of Attrition and rare is the team that can conquer both the 82-game schedule, win the Presidents' Trophy and follow that with a Stanley Cup triumph. As a matter of fact only two teams (Detroit 2008, Chicago 2013)...