June 14, 1994 |
The plot is getting thicker. So is the tension. One day before a game that will be the New York Rangers' greatest triumph or their darkest hour, Coach Mike Keenan accused Jimmy Devellano, senior vice president of the Detroit Red Wings, of attempting to sabotage the Rangers' Stanley Cup hopes by starting rumors that Keenan will leave New York to join the Red Wings. Keenan's charge added a bizarre twist to an already strange series.
June 13, 1994 |
One look at the grim expression worn by New York Ranger Coach Mike Keenan and one look at the smiling face of his Vancouver counterpart, Pat Quinn, told the story. The Rangers sense the Stanley Cup is slipping from their grasp, but they have been almost powerless to stop the Canucks. Their once-commanding 3-1 series lead has been erased by two convincing Vancouver victories, forcing them into a decisive seventh game Tuesday at Madison Square Garden.
June 11, 1994 |
Coach Mike Keenan of the New York Rangers, claiming reports he will leave for a general manager/coaching position in Detroit had undermined his team's chances of clinching the Stanley Cup, said Friday he has no intention of relinquishing his job. Keenan, speaking after the team's late-afternoon practice at the Pacific Coliseum, blamed an overly heightened sense of anticipation for the Rangers' failure to win the Cup in New York on Thursday night.
June 9, 1994 |
Margaret Cater's name won't be engraved on the Stanley Cup if the New York Rangers win the NHL championship, but maybe it should be. If not for Cater's interest in hockey, her son, Neil Smith, wouldn't have had anyone to shoot pucks at in their driveway as a child. And if not for that, Smith might not have grown up to become general manager of the Rangers, who can win their first Cup since 1940 with a victory over the Vancouver Canucks tonight at Madison Square Garden.
June 9, 1994 |
On the eve of what could be the New York Rangers' first Stanley Cup championship since 1940, talk centered not on putting to rest their past but on widespread speculation Coach Mike Keenan will leave to become general manager and/or coach of the Detroit Red Wings. A radio station in the Canadian province of Prince Edward Island reported Wednesday that Keenan's move to Detroit will be announced after the finals. The Rangers' triumph could be completed tonight at Madison Square Garden.
May 31, 1994 |
If Pat Quinn is to be believed, the Vancouver Canucks can skip the formalities and simply hand the Stanley Cup to the New York Rangers. Do the Rangers have weaknesses? "If they do, I'm not sure where," said Quinn, the Canucks' coach and general manager. "They have strong forwards, a couple of mobile defensemen, defenders who have been around for a long time and (goalie Mike) Richter has been on a roll. . . . I know some of our guys are going to be tight when they get out there.
May 30, 1994 |
It has been 54 years since the New York Rangers won the Stanley Cup. It has been 21 years since the New York Knickerbockers won the NBA championship. Good years, all in all. The only thing New York City needs more than a dose of strong air freshener is a dose of humility, and the ringless streaks of the Rangers and the Knicks have happily provided that. Remember when the Giants won their first Super Bowl, back in 1987? They beat the Denver Broncos. Big accomplishment.
April 12, 1994 |
With its proposed merger with Blockbuster Entertainment Corp. on increasingly shaky ground, speculation is growing that Viacom Inc. will soon put a chunk of assets up for sale to trim the debt from its $10-billion acquisition of Paramount Communications Inc. Meanwhile, regional telephone giant and Viacom partner Nynex Corp.
December 10, 1993 |
Bob Clarke knew it would come to this. That someday, unless Mike Keenan learned to release his bottled-up compassion, his life would be as empty as the dove-gray walls in his impersonal new office. "I used to tell him, 'Mike, one day you're going to win the Stanley Cup and you're not going to have anybody to share it with because everybody hates you,' " Clarke said. " 'Hopefully, you'll win it someday and guys will want to put their arms around you.'
October 20, 1993 |
With three minutes to go and the Rangers down by two goals, to a six-game-old expansion team , the Madison Square Crowd let out a collective growl and began chanting the name of the winning team. Or something close to it. "We (starts with 's,' rhymes with 'Duck')!" "We (starts with 's,' rhymes with Duck')!" There was no other way for a native New Yorker to look at it. A team from Disneyland, for heaven's sakes, was schooling Mark Messier and the boys on their own home turf.