Just thought I’d take a second out of my Ranger-centric blogging pattern to touch on some of the other local hockey news lines out there. It’d be a crime to not at least mention that John Tavares is doing unreal things out in Nassau. Kid’s a freaking stud who stuck with one of the worst franchises in hockey while lesser men would have bolted to some crappy Canadian team, cough cough Kyle Turris. Too bad no one’s out there to watch JT dice it up with home attendance numbers coming in lower than Coyotes games. So there’s your proof right there - no one cares about the Islanders. So how’s the Rangers’ other local rival team doing these days?
Holy hell, do the Brodeur-less Devils suck or what? It’s like a tale of two team with these goalie stats. 8-2-3 with Marty, 2-6-2 with the Moose. A four game losing streak became five last night as Hedberg was yanked and replaced with alien crime fighter Keith Kinkaid from the epic film Chubby Rain. Kovalchuk’s cooled off. Clarkson’s Art Ross run is falling apart. Is this what the post-Marty era of Devils hockey going to look like? I know he’s just a backiotomy and a couple more missed games away from starting again, looking better than ever, and single handily dragging New Jersey into the post-season, but this little preview of the future is a funny one for Rangers fans. You’ve been trotting out the same muscle car since 1993 and it’s finally breaking down on you. One more season, tops, and then this sieveliness becomes your reality. Seriously, Devils fans, what do you do when the ol’ fat goat retires? Trade Larsson for Luongo? Suit up David Puddy and hope no one notices you simply swapped out ’90′s icons? I’m generally interested in the game plan here cause with Tavares on the brink of super stardom and Marty on his way out the door, the Devils are dangerously close to becoming the new Islanders. @PhilOsgood