Mats Zuccarello has spoken to the Norwegian press for what seems like the billionth time these past couple of weeks. This time, Zuccarello all but admits that he's going to get far less money than he wants in order to accomodate the Rangers and, indirectly, Derek Stepan. From the article:
"I may have to sacrifice myself and take less pay, says Zuccarello"
The Rangers and Zuccarello have an arbitration date on July 31st and would almost definitely get more money awarded to him than the Rangers right now are offering. He could very easily tell the Rangers to deal with it, go to arbitration, collect a healthy sum, and let Sather deal with the consequences. If he accepts a sizeable paycut just for the sake of the team then Zucc deserves an "A" on his jersey; I say that only half-joking.
Nonetheless, perhaps this could work out for Zuccarello long-term. As opposed to getting a two or three year deal at $1.75 million or so, Zucc could take less on a one-year deal but, with a productive season, earn himself a better contract in the summer. Still, though I wouldn't say the Rangers have done anything unjust with Zuccarello since he first came to NY, it's been a rough ride for the young Norwegian. It almost feels like Stockholm Syndrome that dictates Zuccarello devoting himself to a team that has sent him back-and-fourth from the NHL to AHL with all sorts of uncertainty blanketing his entire career in North America.
Anyway, keep reading for more ridiculous thoughts that I feel compelled to bring to the website. Sorry, James.
A picture from someone I'm not even friends with ended up on my Facebook feed, and it was a photo of a black-and-white dog that apparently she just acquired that she named "Oreo." Is there a more lazy, played-out, unoriginal name for any pet? Go to any animal shelter and there's a 50/50 chance there will be a black-and-white dog named Oreo. Here's an entire gallery of 732 different dogs named Oreo. And that's just from one minor website. I bet if Cruella de Ville called the name "Oreo" roughly 72 dalmatians would come charging at her to see what she wanted. Hopefully Kim Kardashian gets knocked up by some other idiot and names the kid "Oreo" and the fad will be killed off once and for all.
I was watching Chopped yesterday (a cooking competition on The Food Network, for those unfortunate souls who aren't aware of the show) and, while I think it's a great show with a great concept, there become repetitive patterns that annoy me. Ted Allen should automatically disqualify and physically throw off the set any contestant who does one of the following:
1. Anyone who "disagrees" with the judges
This isn't a debate on climate change.The judges are brought in to give their opinion on how the food tastes to them. And, inevitably, everyone has different preferences and biases.Taste isn't something that can be objectively quantified. Geoffrey Zakarian isn't going to suddenly change his mind and decide that your sausage isn't too salty because you insisted he was wrong. If he doesn't like it then he doesn't like it. Even worse are the people who are told not to do something by the judges, and then go ahead and do it the next round anyway because they "disagree." THEY'RE DECIDING YOUR FATE. Is your ego that big that you're going to purposely serve them something you know they're going to complain about and potentially chop you for just because that's how you, despite not even having to eat it, prefer it? I'd bake a shoe and use cough medicine as marinade if that's what would make the judges happy and get me to the next round.
2. Anyone who serves french toast as a desert
Is there any restaurant in the world that serves french toast for desert? And I don't mean some chocalatey, sugary hybrid that serves as a half brunch, half desert kind of thing. I mean a place that actually offers you french toast on the desert menu along with the usual cakes and ice cream and whatever else. Anyone who opts to go for a french toast desert either has no clue how to make actual desert - and therefore doesn't deserve to win - or is using it as a safe, last resort because of a lack of any other ideas - and therefore doesn't deserve to win.
3. Anyone who claims to have the ability to win because of "heart" and/or "soul"
In hockey one can generally make up for a lack of ability to some degree by his willingness to put everything on the line and work hard every shift. Ryan Callahan is a pretty clear-cut example of this. It means absolutely nothing in a cooking competition. Either you know how to combine ingredients and cook things or you don't. Your dish is not going to taste better because you put "heart" into chopping the cucumber. Obviously you have to be motivated, but the guys you are going up against were chosen for the show a reason; they're going to want to win as well.
4. Anyone who insists that "it's anybody's game" or "anything can happen"
The whole skit where they have the contestents sit in another room and awkwardly banter while the judges talk is awful and needs to be done away with all together. But the worst is the schmuck who declares some variation of "at this point, it's anybody's game." Every other episode has at least one person declaring this. It's completely forced and adds nothing to the show at all. Even if it isn't "anybody's game" the producers are going to have the show edited in such a way that it seems like it is. Using a term like this should be like the Secret Slime Action in Figure It Out, except when it's uttered the guilty contestant doesn't get slimed but instead gets locked into a walk-in freezer with Guy Fieri.
Consider for a second that this is a live version. No lip syncing. No pre-recorded music or beats or anything. The girl is good, but Tyson Ritter sounds better live than most singers do in studio after fifty takes and all sorts of doctoring. His body gyrations freak me out, though.
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I'm watching summer ice and here's what I have taken away from last season...hags has to have the worst choices with his shot. ever game he has a golden opportunity that he squanders with a poor shot choice. if he gets some finish than he will be in the running for scoring titles. it would be a shame if he didn't put a ton of work this summer into his instincts and choices.
This is all great stuff Adam but does anyone mind if I comment on Hockey for a moment? I've been a huge advocate of this little dude in spite of the fact that all logic tells me we should be getting tougher, not smaller, but wait, he IS one of our toughest players who plays bigger than 6'7" "lead foot" - that's just so wrong, Slats??? but anyway he will IMO continue to develop and prove his critics wrong this season. He did not disappear in the playoffs as so many said he would and in fact became one of our more visible players against the hard hitting BBs. So many forget because unless a puck winds up in the net the play is forgotten by the masses but he, like a magician delivered so many unconverted tape to tape passes, some from seemingly nowhere to the player on the top of the crease during these playoffs - keep developing Zucc - work on those hands, learn the NHL game and defensive responsibility and you'll be a really good player in this league despite your physical disadvantage. I said early on in this process that even if he does not develop as a scorer he will be an asset on this team because he will inspire - especially the up and coming talent. His behavior, and his loyalty to this team who gave him a lick at the NHL as well as what has transpired during negotiations since my assertion is proving this to be correct. Lets get this done and give him at least a year to see if his development continues and if he can take the heat of a full NHL season.
And on the Food Network trend, I've been to a few of the places that Guy Fieri has profiled, and they really are money!!! His restaurant in mid-town however, not so much. It's basically the same as an Applebee's.
Hey Kevin, do you have that recipe for the baked shoe with Robitussin marinade? It sounds delightful and I'd really like to try it...
Gagner just for 14.4 for 3 years=4.8 a year. step had more points than him but Gagner also had arbitration rights. it should be interesting to see what Stepan gets in comparison to this deal.
As a chef myself, I totally agree about the chopped points except for one minor detail, zakarian was abad example because he currently has a multimillion dollar class action lawsuit against t him for basically being the world's biggest douche to his employees. As far as zuccarello, I think a one e year deal is the best thing for him. Zmaybe next year he'll get offered a big contract somewhere a la prust, not that I want to see him go.
I'm also going to scream if I hear any of the losers in Chopped say they are going to win in memory of a deceased loved one! It's a contest where things are judged by other people, you have no control over how they are going to vote. Don't be disrespecting your loved one's memory by leaving the decision in someone else's hands. Go run a marathon if you want to honor a deceased loved one, at least you have control over whether or not you finish. Also, (yes, I've watched this show for years), I hate it when people say "sure I lost, but I know my parents (kids, wife, etc) will still be proud of me". Did you really need to go on a competition and have to cook oxen's tongue to confirm your loved one's faith in you?? I'm done. It may not have been the best post on the blog, but I know my wife if proud of me for writing it.
After the Zucc part, i have no idea what the hell you're talking about. Really curious to see how the Zucc contract pans out. He really seems committed to this team.
Can't wait for Adam's next open thread day: The Complete, Hands-Down Must-See Guide to Robert Irvine's wardrobe.
I lol'ed at the Kim Kardashian thing.
Several years ago, I was in Park City, UT visiting family. This one restaurant out there had a dessert that was made up of fried vanilla ice cream served over french toast drizzled in cinnamon. After applying hot fudge on top of the ice cream, it's still to this day, the best dessert I've ever had.
As far as Zucc goes, he really isn't doing himself any favors by talking to reporters, even in Norway, before his arbitration hearing. I'd be surprised if it actually gets to that point now.
One of the thing that annoys me about chopped is when one of the judge says that the food he is tasting needs salt. That really piss me off, there are salt shakers on the tables in every restaurant, so put salt on it to satisfy your taste idiot, what is salty to me may not be salty to someone else.
@Betweentheworlds Hockey? In an Adam open thread? What's the matter with you?
I love DDD but would probably never go to his midtown spot. It's a shame he couldn't open a spot like any he profiles.
@FREE LINDBERG Well, we all wanted them to add toughness to the team. I personally thought it would be on ice players, but whatever ;-)
@thenyrblogneill Can you say "marketing ploy"?
i kinda didn't want that to happen, even though i kinda thought it would ... maybe it won't make much difference, but ... funny thing how the devs hang around when they're supposed to suck ... why don't they just go ahead and totally suck already?
Stepan, 5 years at $4.2 million per is the figure i gave when i was stirring up some ruckus here a couple weeks ago ... folks found it believable enough
@CareyBrandsdorfer I never claimed to LIKE Zakarian. But whether it's Gandhi or Pol Pot judging your dish... if you want his vote then you serve him something that he wants.
My other favorite is when a contestant who was chopped states that the judges "made the wrong decision." Did you taste the other guy's dish? How the hell do you know who deserved to be chopped? Just saying that tells me that the judges made the right decision to chop you.
@TheWrage I am literally the worst person to write about anything fashion. I'd wear a t-shirt and shorts to weddings if I could.
@thenyrblogneill The desert in that instance was ice cream with french toast as an accessory. If that happened on Chopped then I'd be okay with it. But 95% of the time it isn't. They just coat the french toast in whatever sugary crap was in the basket, then making some dipping sauce out of another ingredient. And that's "desert."
As for Zucc, I think to some extent it's culture. From my experience in following soccer Europeans players and teams tend to be more "honest" and outward compared to US sports. If a trade rumor surfaces tomorrow on Del Zotto then it's a virtual guarantee that nobody within the organization confirms or denies it. But in Europe when a player is rumored to be on the market it's almost expected that the manager say something about it. Still, he probably knows he isn't doing himself any favors. But then again, it doesn't look like he's trying to do much more than take whatever the Rangers have to offer him.
@gravey94 Cupcake wars is hilarious because it's basically Mean Girls but adapted to a baking competition. So many sassy girls who passive aggressively bicker at each other. Every time the French dude tells a contestent how much her cupcake sucked I wait in anticipation hoping that this time will be the time that a woman finally has a meltdown and goes into a teary, incoherent rant about her approaching menopause.
@_Jack I imagine he's got a place in CA somewhere that probably rocks. But the midtown place is an overpriced chain.
@gravey94@FREE LINDBERGHA! I just wrote something similar to that in my post on Lacroix: http://www.nyrangersblog.com/2013-articles/july/rangers-to-name-lacroix-as-third-assistant-coach-today.html
@TheWrage But I can totally ask Kelly to give her input if that's what it will take.
nice one, worlds, especially since you don't even particularly like the fighting
is this their year to be a bottom-feeder?