The legendary Doc Emrick, lead hockey play-by-play announcer for NBC and NBC Sports, joins Kenny Ducey and Kelly Kultys to discuss all things New York hockey. Emrick offered his insights into the Henrik Lundqvist situation and the Devils' poor shootout play as well as offering his New Year's resolutions for the team.
The anticipation is over. After rumors have circulated for months about a potential contract extension for New York Rangers’ star goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, the Swedish seventh round draft pick in 2000 finally signed a seven year extension worth $59.5 million on Monday morning.
Fan reaction to the Matt Moulson-Thomas Vanek swap has been extreme on both ends of the spectrum. Depending on who you listen to it was either the worst trade of all time and signifies an extreme disconnect between the organization and the fan base, or an example of why this Islander franchise is emerging from their recent history of ineptitude and moving towards a formidable power in the East.
The Simpsons provided a hilarious example of fan treatment of athletes in the classic episode “Homer at the Bat.” Bart and Lisa are taunting Darryl Strawberry when Marge says to them, “Kids, that’s not very nice.” Lisa responds by saying “Mom, they’re professional athletes! They’re used to this. It rolls right off their back.” It then cuts to Strawberry on the field, wiping away a lone tear.
Last weekend before the NHL Draft, I spoke with Chris Botta at a Sports Management Worldwide conference about the Islanders' upcoming move to Brooklyn. While cities like Seattle were potential destinations for the Isles, they decided to re-locate to the brand new Barclays Center in Brooklyn in an attempt to keep their fans from Long Island.
Botta, a former PR executive and blogger for the Islanders, told me just how many fans he thinks will make the trip to Brooklyn from out on the Island, as well as how crucial John Tavares is to this transformation. How long will it be until #91 wins a Hart Trophy?