Read: The Pressure/Fun and How To Play A 48 Game Season

In the Toronto Globe and Mail, Erik Duhatschek writes about the pressure and the fun of the 1994-95 season that was only 48 games.

Former Rangers coach Colin Campbell said that “it was hard to catch up that year” and LA Kings goalie Kelly Hrudey said “it was amazing to feel that sort of pressure that quickly in a season. Every game was just so important.”

He went on to say, “but it was also the best hockey I’ve ever been a part of.”

Hrudey also spoke with the CP and talked about the real sense of urgency that players feel from the first game on.

Barry Melrose, who coached the LA before being fired near the end of the 94-95 season said that the team is for the coaches to make sure the players know that they don’t have a cushion this season and “you’ve got to be ready at the drop of the puck in the first game.”

38% of readers think that the NHL should have a shorter season.

On the 48 game season, captain Ryan Callahan told the Rangers website “your finish will be just as important as your start is. We have to grow as the season goes on. Obviously it is a shortened season and each point means more, but we just need to get better every game.

He added that for the Rangers to be successful, they just need to work and “stick to our system, game plan and identity that we have tried to create over the last few years. We need to carry over the confidence of knowing that we can be there, we should be there and now we need to take that next step.”

Josh Cooper has more on this at USA Today.

In the NY Times, Jeff Klein and Stu Hackel spoke with Scotty Bowman about his style of coaching during the 1994-95 season.

Bowman said that a key thing that he drilled into the Red Wings that season was short shifts and proper line changes.

He also said that organizational depth is going to be key as many players are likely to become injured during this stretch.

Ron Francis, who was playing for Pittsburgh during the 94-95 season said that the games took on more playoff like/low scoring feel.




243 comments
a57se
a57se

Great line...

I can think of a few guys who fit that one!

a57se
a57se

Lou is trying to become another Yogi!

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se 57, when you were banned we didn't have anything like this. Stop being an ashole and people will stop fighting with you. 

bradysucks
bradysucks

Ridley loves to fumble - He'll be great for Geno

Oh wait

Brendan
Brendan

@tsjc68 I'd be willing to spend what limited non-rookie/emergency funds the team has left on Vereen. He's a perfect complement for Ivory. 

Brendan
Brendan

@tsjc68 Oh god, wrong Pats RB. 


I'd still take Ridley, though. 

tsjc68
tsjc68

@Brendan @tsjc68

Yeah.  Vereen was obviously my preference of the two, but Ridley would make a lovely backup to Ivory.

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se YEAH WHAT A FCKING FAILURE BRENDAN, HOW DARE YOU MAKE A MISTAKE WHEN TALKING ABOUT SOMETHING. 100% ACCURACY ALL DAY EVERYDAY JUST LIKE ME, 57 THE MASTER OF TJB'S UNIVERSE. 



a57se
a57se

I'd rather spend a good draft pick on a RB...

I'd even take two RB's (One with one of the 7th rounders) if the right guy falls that far.

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se  "I'd rather spend a good draft pick on a RB..."


And they still could if they signed Ridley. 

Brendan
Brendan

@jetlanding INTO THE PIT OF DESPAIR WITH YOU, JETLANDING. WE'RE TOO DUMB FOR THIS WORLD, TIME TO GO. 

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se No, it's actually kind of obvious, but you seem to not understand basic function of what mutually exclusive statements mean, so I had to clarify. 

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se Limit his  touches and you limited his fumbles. And, you know, that's a problem that RB's can fix through practice and technique. 

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se So, to recap: you can sign Ridley and draft 6 RB's if you want, nothing's stopping you. 

tsjc68
tsjc68

@bradysucks

Ridley: 9 fumb in 672 career touches (74.66 tpf)

Curtis Martin: 29 fumb in 4002 career touches (138.00 tpf)

Tiki Barber: 53 fumb in 2803 career touches (52.88 tpf)


It's a concern, but he's not unplayable or anything.

tsjc68
tsjc68

@a57se @tsjc68 @bradysucks

Belicheat still kept playing Stevan Ridley until he got hurt.  Ridley's fumbling was a concern, but not enough to force SuperCoach Billy Boy to refuse to put him on the field.

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se You can discuss it instead of being a passive aggressive baby. 

a57se
a57se

@tsjc68 @bradysucks 

Tell that to belicheat where they underinflated the footballs to help their guys hang onto them and this guy still fumbled like crazy...

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se If you are going to do this, just don't comment at all. 

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se Yes, great. So what you please, right now, is to incite arguments, and then pull back and do one-word troll answers instead of discussing something. 


Hey, remember when earlier today you told me I shouldn't assume and ask you? That sure was a long-lived practice on your part. 

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se I will not. If you post things here, I will talk about them. You could just try to be less of an terrible person and be normal, for once. 

a57se
a57se

@Brendan @a57se 

Interesting that you disappeared for most of yesterday and everyone got along JUST fine with no arguments!

No personal attacks!

then as soon as you came back, it started up again!

But it is ALL my fault, right?

Keep playing the innocent.

SackDance99
SackDance99

@a57se 2011 was an interesting draft by the Pats.  They took Vereen with a 2nd rounder and then Ridley with a 3rd.  I wouldn't mind if the Jets doubled up like that (maybe not the same rounds) and drafted 2 RBs.


As for Ridley, for the vet minimum or a contract that is easy to cut during training camp would be okay.  The Jets should be able to do much better in the draft.

a57se
a57se

@Brendan @a57se 

Liar.

you were calling someone an idiot in another thread when i got 'filtered' as bent said.

I also saw plenty of stupid arguments and you personnally attacking other people the whole time...


a57se
a57se

@brendan @a57se 

YOU are the TJB BULLY...

I just don't let you get away with it when you try that crap on me...

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se No. 


What you still do not comprehend, somehow, is that a disagreement =/= an argument. 

I disagree with people all the time. Literally everyone here. Evvvvvveryone. There are maybe 3-4 people who I disagree with and get into fights with. 

You are the only one who take someone disagreeing with your opinion as a personal insult. 

And the bully of TJB? Get a grip. You're not a victim, and you never will be so long as you continue to pick fights. 

funkymonk
funkymonk

@Brendan @tsjc68 I dunno, Ridley is a similar kind of power back to Ivory, but with EVEN MORE injury concerns. I don't think he really adds anything to our backfield. I would have been all aboard with Vereen, but Ridley... meh.

a57se
a57se

@SackDance99 @a57se 

I have said that for a while though I was mocked by 68 when I suggested it...

I am sure he won't mock you for suggesting it.

I could see Gordon in the 2nd or Duke Johnson in the third with a Dominique Brown/Karlos Williams in the 7th type of combo...

Bruiser and speed guy.

funkymonk
funkymonk

@Brendan @a57se "Practice and technique", that's code for deflating the football until fumbling is physically impossible, right?

SackDance99
SackDance99

@a57se @SackDance99 Unlike 2011, which I thought was a lackluster draft for RB, this is a good draft.  So, if the quality is there, why not take a chance on a 3 down guy and maybe a receiver, like the Pats did?  


No matter who the QB is, I suspect that there will be a 50/50 run/pass split (at least) and RBs do have a habit of getting banged up.  What I was against was signing any free agent RB for more than minimal $$$.  I'm okay with Ridley, but this is a draft to get RB talent.