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Kershaw 12-02-2012 01:04 AM

Dennis Potvin....Almost became a Ranger??
 
We know Fischler can be a senile old man, but this is absolutely shocking news. This is almost unbearable to stomach.

Look at his tweets.

https://twitter.com/StanFischler

SNYR Blog also mentions it:

http://snyrangersblog.com/rangers/bu...in-in-1993-94/

Quote:

Mike Keenan was unhappy with his team prior to the 1994 trade deadline and made a comment saying that he wished he had Denis Potvin on his team. Potvin retired after the 1987-88 season and was a broadcaster with the Panthers at the time.

Vescey writes “Potvin was flattered. Potvin was also smart. He said thanks but no thanks. The damage, however, was done. The players and the fans could see that Mike Keenan was so uncomfortable with his team that he would banter the name of the suave, slap shot-firing, ankle-snapping, hope-breaking symbol of that half-a-century-plus of frustration.”

gravey9 12-02-2012 01:17 AM

You don't remember this? It was a big headline when it broke. I was a freshman in college at the time and almost died when I saw the front page of the post.

bubba5 12-02-2012 08:56 AM

This was big news at the time. I remember working in the city and it was all over front page news.

pld459666 12-02-2012 10:32 AM

didn't think it was serious at the time, but turns oput he was asked by Keenan. However, he was not asked by Neil Smith who I have no doubt wold not have made that move.

haohmaru 12-02-2012 12:27 PM

It's ridiculous that he was even asked. Retired for years, hated by Rangers fans, and our '94 defense wasn't exactly lacking.

pld459666 12-02-2012 03:49 PM

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Originally Posted by haohmaru (Post 56183055)
It's ridiculous that he was even asked. Retired for years, hated by Rangers fans, and our '94 defense wasn't exactly lacking.

I believe that at some point during that season, the Rangers had lost like 6 in a row. It was a PR ploy to sebd the team a message

Bleed Ranger Blue 12-02-2012 04:02 PM

Just another example of a newcomer coming to the organization and saying/doing something stupid.

Similar to how Brian Trottier got hired to be head coach.

Brooklyn Ranger 12-02-2012 04:23 PM

Keenan knew exactly what he was saying. And even 18 years later people are falling into his trap. HAHA

x BEUKEBOOM x 12-02-2012 07:22 PM

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Originally Posted by Brooklyn Ranger (Post 56190047)
Keenan knew exactly what he was saying. And even 18 years later people are falling into his trap. HAHA

^this.

As tame as Mike Keenan is now, back in the day he was the master of mind fu****g players, fans, media, management, trainers, the stick boy, the Zamboni driver....

I Am Chariot 12-03-2012 10:50 PM

Yep this was major news back in the day...

Just Keenan being a *********. The guy you see on TV is not the guy who use to coach, at least his public persona now is quite a mask for his persona as coach and motivator.

The guy was a lunatic.

That said, the guy gave hockey a lot of funny stories. Remember when he made Kovalav play like 6 shifts in a row?

Or when he changed goaltenders 5 times in the same game

haohmaru 12-04-2012 09:35 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by pld459666 (Post 56189023)
I believe that at some point during that season, the Rangers had lost like 6 in a row. It was a PR ploy to sebd the team a message

The Rangers were 30-12-3 at the All Star break and 44-22-6 right before the trade deadline. They lost 3 in a row twice the entire season. Ridiculous that people bought into this or took Keenan seriously.

pld459666 12-04-2012 11:39 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by haohmaru (Post 56232325)
The Rangers were 30-12-3 at the All Star break and 44-22-6 right before the trade deadline. They lost 3 in a row twice the entire season. Ridiculous that people bought into this or took Keenan seriously.

I didn't buy it for a second myself, but the rumors were aplenty enough to have been a back page story in the NY papers.

As for the 6 game losing streak, I must have gotten the Rangers mixed up with another team.

Bird Law 12-04-2012 11:40 AM

Potvin sucks.

War Admiral 12-05-2012 08:55 AM

It's DENIS Potvin ;)

Brooklyn Ranger 12-05-2012 03:02 PM

Denis, Dennis, we don't care. :D


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