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Around The League – A Fans View!

Ahh the New York Rangers, aka The Blue Shirts aka The New York Blue Jackets aka #CBJEast!  Ok, I’ll just call them the Rangers!  The Rangers are an Original 6 team, founded in 1926.  Winners of 4 Stanley Cups, the most recent coming during the 1993-94 season.  The Blue Jackets have a history with the Rangers.  All time the Jackets have a 6-5-1 advantage against the Rangers.  They also sport a 5-2 record at home as well.  Today marks the first time since 2-19-2012 that the two teams will face off against one another.  And if I remember right, most of the games that they have played, have been spirited, physical games, and the rivalry is about to be rekindled.

This time though, it’s different.  On the Rangers roster is Derick Brassard, Derek Dorsett, Anton Stralman, John Moore & #61.  Wearing a CBJ sweater is Tyutin, Gaborik, Anisimov, Dubinsky.  If you closed your eyes and were listening to Jeff Rimer doing the play by play, you would have no clue who was playing on what team.  All of these guys are going to suit up tonight, except one, #61.  Apparently he has a concussion, apparently!  Regardless, I think people will show up and root our boys on against some ex-CBJ fan favorites.

The cool thing about this rivalry, and Yes I call it a rivalry, because even though they haven’t played in almost 2 years, the trade history this team has is enough to spark a good rivalry.  Not to mention the fans.  So far, all of the Ranger fans I have dealt with on Twitter have been awesome.  Everyone jokes around supports each others team.  It’s weird actually, especially for rival teams.  And we have the two best Twitter accounts in sports! Each one jokes with the other, its comical sometimes.

Speaking of the fans, I had a conversation with Scott A, from New York.  A Ranger fan.  I wanted to get his opinions on a few topics and the CBJ. Enjoy!

FTC: How long have you been a Ranger fan?

SA : I have been a Rangers fan for a little over four years now.  My best friend introduced me to hockey in high school and I haven’t looked back since.

FTC : Late bloomer like me. But at least you had hockey! Who’s your favorite player?

SA : Sean Avery used to be my man, but as far as current players go, Ryan Callahan has my heart.

FTC : Yeah, I guess he’s pretty good, I mean he is the Captain and all! Why Do you like the Rangers?

SA :  I like the Rangers because they are the first hockey team I was introduced to.  There’s a special bond that comes with your first live game, your first pro hockey experience.  Mine came with the Rangers, and through thick and thin (mostly thick thus far) I’ll support them.

FTC : Oh trust me, nobody knows thick and thin like a CBJ fan.  And I agree with you, my first CBJ game, I will remember for the rest of my life. It was an amazing experience.  We lost to the Red Wings in overtime, this was in 2001, but it was well worth it.  So what are your thoughts about the realignment that has taken place?  The Rangers and CBJ now in the Metro Division!

SA : I think the realignment was interesting.  It makes sense geographically and it brings two really exciting teams into the same division, a refreshing shake-up for the league.  There are some great match ups coming up that are exciting me as a hockey fan in general, and as a fan of the Rangers.

FTC : I agree, as do all CBJ fans that this was needed, badly.  For Ranger fans, it only means seeing two new teams more every year, but for the CBJ, we get to see teams that a lot of us have never seen in person.  We’ve only played the Rangers 12 times in the history of the franchise.  It’s going to be exciting for sure.  Who do you think has been the Rangers biggest Rivalry?

SA : I have to say the New Jersey Devils.  There have been some hard fought, bloody and down right nasty games between these two teams.  This season’s meeting was a bit of a disappointment, but when these two teams are healthy, the stat sheets go out the window and it’s anyone’s game. Few things can compare to the atmosphere that comes from the battle between these two teams.

FTC : Yeah, we kind of piled it on the Devils a few weeks ago, felt real good too! I honestly hope that the CBJ can have that same kind of rivalry with the Rangers.  With the players on both teams that used to play for the other team, this could get fun.  So what do you know about my beloved Columbus Blue Jackets?

SA :  I know they’ve been on a steady incline since they traded Rick Nash to the Rangers.  They’re a solid club with great goal tending and decent defense.  I’m interested to see the impact Nathan Horton brings to the club when he returns from his injury.

FTC : Obviously having Bobrovsky helps, our D could use some help right now though.  This team needs to score, ALOT more, if they want to make a push for the playoffs.  I think we’re all interested in seeing what Horton brings to the table, hopefully he comes in and makes an immediate impact.  So, the big question on my mind.  What are your thoughts so far on #61 and the rest of the old Jackets?  I really miss John Moore and Derek Dorsett, the other two, not so much!

SA :  I don’t mind Nash.  I think he’s a talented player, but he’s battled the injury bug while in New York a bit much for my liking.  It is no fault of his own, just want him healthier.  I was a bit disappointed in Nash’s playoff performance, but I think if he is put in that situation again, he will thrive.  I love Brassard, think he has a great deal of bottled up talent that he graced New York with last post season.  He’s struggled to find his place so far this season, but I know he can bounce back, and I’m expecting big things from him.  Dorsett I don’t mind because he stands up for his teammates, but if he could be a bit more disciplined, I’d be a bigger fan.

FTC : I think it’s a 50/50 split in terms of CBJ fans wanting #61 to succeed! Some still love him, some hate him! Some refuse to say his name, some continue to wear his jersey!  For some, we won’t have closure until the first time he comes back to Columbus and we can boo him.  The other guys had better reputations.  Dorsett was a fan favorite.  Brassard had a love/hate relationship with the fans.  John Moore never really got to show his talents in Columbus before they sent him to NY.  I wish the best of luck to you and your team.  I do hope we beat you every time we play you though! Good talk!

This was a fun conversation with a fan of a division rival.  I do hope we beat them every time we play them.  And I can’t wait for #61 to come back and play, I need to get something off of my chest!




  1. prole30

    November 7, 2013 at 10:34 am

    You forgot Stralman, a key cog in the Rangers D. As for Nikitin, he came from the Blues not the Blueshirts.

  2. Jason Newland

    November 7, 2013 at 10:48 am

    Fixed, total accident. Appreciate it though

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