If the Rangers struggle this season, jet lag cannot be used as an excuse as Dirk Hoag at On the Forecheck tells us that the Blueshirts will travel the fewest miles in the NHL this season (29,839) in his 6th annual "NHL Travel Miles" blog post.
To put that in perspective, the most traveled team, the San Jose Sharks, will travel a whopping 57,612 miles this season. Almost double that of the Rangers.
Meanwhile, Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy reports that the Rangers will find themselves on NBC four times this season and NBCSN 12 times.
For the Rangers entire national television schedule visit Puck the Media.
...and you guys thought re-alignment was a bad thing. Not for the Rangers travel schedule it's not. Now their frequent flyer miles? That's another story.
...no travel and lots of national television exposure. No wonder every high priced, over the hill player wants to come here.
...for today's open thread, I'd love to hear whether you think travel really has that big of an effect on a team's success.
And while I do send a big hardy congrats to the Royal Family on their new baby boy, I think I speak for every Rangers fan when I say "No thanks, we already have our King."
Make sure to leave your congratulatory messages for William and Kate in the comments section before the official unveiling.
Finally, if anyone is interested, Ryan Callahan will be making an appearance at Legends Gallery in Chatham N.J. tomorrow:
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We had the best travel schedule out of everyone last year as well and we took absolutely NO ADVANTAGE of it. Maybe that can change this year.
I think its a good thing to start with the long road trip because it means a lot more home games later in the season and less traveling.
I've got some related experience regarding travel. Looking at the team,
travel matters in different ways, and it's not the same for everybody.
Some folks like it more than others and some just travel better than
others. For some it messes up their sleep, others sleep right through
it. And then the schedule means that all travel is not equal -- not
just talking about distances but the time between destinations and games
varies and that can add stress. And then there's the other aspect of
travel that the team spends more time together -- they don't go home
after or between games; they're on the road -- and this is regularly
cited as, potentially and hopefully, chemistry building circumstances.
Logistically, it has to be a bit easier to cover less ground, but it's a
small factor in a team's overall success. But every little bit helps! Fewer miles has to be a slight edge (albeit very slight).
Friends don't let friends collect autographs.
Seriously, do everything you can to stop this insanity. A signature...really? Even for free I wouldn't take it.
Something is out of whack when we prize a piece of paper that someone wrote on to the point of it having value to anyone over 10 years old. (unless it's a check lol)
That it is actually a commodity now where players simply sit at a table and crank them out for the sole purpose of making money for themselves and/or others is such a sorry indictment of the people on both sides of that table - though worse for those doing the signing.
If Cally is doing this he just dropped about 5000RPM's on my respect-o-meter.
As for the buyers, or collectors, I am NOT making fun of them, but really want to encourage them to reflect bit as to what they are truly doing and then gather up the courage to get out of line and tell these a**holes to pound sand.
(not that I have an opinion on this....lol)
While I'm at it, for the open thread. Who do you think is the most underrated NYR of any era? From when I started watching the NYR, I would have to go with James Patrick. Quietly played at a high level with not much fan fare or accolades.
Think travel affects a team a lot. AV had mentioned that he and his staff plans out travel/rest against optimal performance, so it'll be interesting how he handles that this coming year. I bet a lot less flying the same night after road games.
As Brendy mentions below, I'm a big fan of the extended road trip to start the season again. I think it had a huge positive influence on the team two years ago and I'm hopeful it'll happen again. Also much easier to have that kind of trip in the beginning of the season than in the middle or end.
Although they travel in complete luxury (which has been seen in HBO 24/7, that plane looks amazing) I think the travel does play a role. Getting in at the wee hours of the morning and then having to wake up for a morning skate just a day after the game probably is a bit tiresome. But at the same time they don't get paid the big bucks for nothing so travel really should not ever be at all an excuse and I am sure they are used to it anyway.
I think in 2011-12, starting in Europe and traveling allowed them to bond (they bought the broadway hat there) and won the divison...I hope travel means something...otherwise we're screwed, where's the panic button!
King Blanket I...I like it! I don't think travel matters all that much. It's not like these guys are going from rink to rink on a bus. And I'm pretty sure they're not sitting in coach seats with their knees under their chins and snack pack comprised of a turkey-like substance on 2 pieces of what was once a roll, some packaged cheese from 1941, a brick formed in the shape of a brownie, and some tap water (one can only hope) poured into a plastic container and sealed with tin foil. Nope, my bet is travel doesn't affect them much at all.
BTW, on the Cally signing, I live near Chatham and I looked into it. It costs $85 minimum just to stand in line so Cally can sign a puck or piece of paper, $100 if you want him to sign anything else, and another $20 if you want him to personalize any of the signatures. I love Cally and I'm sure he would sign anything for anyone if you met him off the street or at MSG, but this is just a money-maker for Legends Gallery.
@jmacwilli There's nothing wrong with a signature one something meaningful, IMHO. My brother-in-law has a signed baseball from Mickey Mantle that he got at a game in the 60's because my father-in-law was a cop in the Bronx at the time. He's not a collector, but the ball means a lot to him. I have a program that the same brother-in-law game me from 1970 with Rod Gilbert on the cover. If I ever had the chance to get him to sign it, you can be damn sure I would. I'm a little older than 10, but it would still mean a lot to me. Cally's getting paid a fee to sit there and sign things, and it's probably written into his contract somewhere that he has to do so many per year, or something like that. I don't like the pay for signature events myself as I think they're just trumped up money makers for the host venue, but I don't think it's fair to lump them in with legit autographs that people get at games, or on the street. The table events are for collectors, spontaneous autographs can be personalized and they actually lose value from a collector's standpoint.
@jmacwilli I was definitely up in the air on posting it, but felt I'd let the individual person decide whether or not they'd be interested. Personal preference, I guess.
@shoot_the_goalie Underrated by whom? For non-Rangers fans, I would have to say Jan Erixon. That guy was amazing to watch on a penalty kill and he basically invented the "shadow" for other team's top players. Rangers fans know and appreciate him well, but I don't know if the rest of the hockey world does. On a whole, I think Kelly Kisio would be mine. Everyone remembers Messier when he came, but before him Kisio held that team together for the 5 years he was here. Honorable mention to Patrick, Brian Mullen, and Sergei Nemchinov as well.
@shoot_the_goalie Good answer. I'd have to agree. I've been watching since Espo and the Maloney brothers and was going through the rosters in my head and his name didn't even come up!! That is how under the radar he was. He was a solid player that did everything right, smooth skater, good outlet passes, worked in front of the net, good offensive skills and a good locker room guy. He would be my choice. He was like Ken O'brien of the Jets - solid.
@shoot_the_goalie Marek Malik?
I was just about to type the same thing. I really believe that trip forced the guys to come together and create more of a family/brotherhood feel. Last seasons team was discombobulated, and you could argue part of it was that the guys could just go off and do their own thing.
I think using up a lot of road games in the beginning will help this team come together, then later in the year when guys are banged up and want to be operations in more of a routine, the minimal amount of travel will be a huge plus.
@BrandonFranz Oh really? Thanks for the heads-up.
@pkh33 Now she's an official MILF.
I thought they found the original hat? The travel that year seemed to help the team gel so lets hope it does it again this year!!
@gravey94 Agreed on the Cally signing. The guy from Legends asked if I could plug the event. I linked to the site so everyone is aware there is a cost. Figured I'd put it out there as some Rangers fans have no issue paying a fee to get signatures. I am not one of them, however.
Rod Gilbert signed my cast at a ranger game when I had a broken wrist. Only person to sign it, and I still have it.
@KevinDeLury @jmacwilli No worries...it's out there, so it's fodder for discussion. That's what blogs are for. I think it was the right call. And if you didn't post it, I wouldn't have had the chance to go on that little rant. A rant can't be a non sequitur. That would just be madness. Haha. Thanks for the diving board!
Yeah, buddy! Jan Erixon! That's my main man (and my avatar). Back when he was active, and winning those extra effort awards, not too many people called him their favorite player, but I did. He was my favorite for a lot of reasons, but the shadow was the most fun. He frustrated the hell out of M.Lemieux (and not in the way Avery frustrates guys). What a skater! He was always in the way. Other teams' top guys had to deal with him, and he made them work. When people used to ask who was my favorite player and I'd tell them Erixon, people may have been a little surprised, but seems like all fans appreciated him back then.
Great call on Kelly Kisio! Loved that guy. and I hear you on Brian Mullen too.
@gravey94 @shoot_the_goalie Good point Gravey. I meant underrated by NYR fans, not fans in general. Erixon was definitely underrated by fans in general, but as you said NYR fans definitely saw what he was worth and what he brought to the table. I remember Jan getting standing ovations from the crowd at MSG for single handedly killing off a penalty.
Nemchinov is a good one too. Consistent and rarely made mistakes.
@shoot_the_goalie Actually, I'll probably get killed for this, but I'll say Sean Avery. The guy does not get enough credit for what he did to help turn around three separate seasons.
The Jan 19 and March 9 games could end up on NBC or NBCSN. I would guess based on the other choice for each date that Jan 19 will be NBCSN, March 9 on NBC. Two NBC games for sure.
@gravey94 @FREE LINDBERG I agree that there is a distinction. Lol...I also do have a picture of Willie Mays signed to me (so probably worth little) and The Daily News Messier holding Cup 11x17 and Ted Williams baseball. BUT...I value none - other than the Ted Williams ball and that ONLY b/c my grandfather would hold that ball in his hands while watching the Sox play. In fact, if we ever get a group of us locals together to grab a beer the Messier photo is free to anyone who buys me a beer.
Maybe it's b/c I can't stand how we champion these athletes as heroes. Maybe it's because I can't stand the inflated sense of self importance many famous people have. Maybe it's b/c I'm a father and older and now see the world through slightly different eyes.
The simple fact is that this is a bloody game and I am not fawning over anyone unless they are curing a disease, or righting a social wrong...and in that case I would be happy simply to shake their hand and say thank you. A Lot of these athletes are a**holes, OR we have zero idea who they are. You have to earn my respect.
So...I get it for those people who hold on to things b/c it is a keepsake of a special event....totally. But as you said, it is invariably b/c of some person close to you and not the autograph that makes it special. I would trade that Ted Williams ball 10x over for a ball that my grandfather signed and held in his hands watching the Splendid Splinter play.
@FREE LINDBERG You still have the broken wrist or the cast ;-)
@KevinDeLury @shoot_the_goalie Wasn't around for the James Patrick era. Sean Avery would be the guy for me. The records for the Ranger's teams he played on were so much better with him in the line-up than when he was out of the line-up. That guy would do absolutely anything to win a game. Also second place - Dan Girardi lol