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03-21-2009, 09:54 PM
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Walt Poddubny Dead

Don't know if anyone saw this. Former Ranger: http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=414813

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Wow.. Loved his game... played real well for the Rangers..

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My father played with him with the Leafs in 85-86.

Sad to hear this... R.I.P.

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My father played with him with the Leafs in 85-86.

Sad to hear this... R.I.P.
Who is your dad??

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I had the luxury of watching this super-sniper play for us for a couple of season.

He was just lethal on the PP and had on of the sickest wrist shots I had ever seen. He was big, and moved OK for his size.

I remember how sad I was when i heard we traded him to Quebec (for Rochefort that clown), and Walt scored a goal against us in the first meeting with the Nords.


The Great No. 8.

Rest in peace, Walt.

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03-21-2009, 10:22 PM
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that's sad...would not have thought he was that old...

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Only the Rangers under Esposito would trade a 40-goal scorer in his prime for an overrated defenseman.


God I hated Espo for trading him...I got a letter from my cousin while I was at camp telling me about the trade...Bruce bell, jari gronstrand and Walt for Rochefort and Lafreniere...both bums

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Sorry to hear this. A big guy and a good player. Played something like Esposito. Maybe that's why Espo traded him.

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Too young. RIP

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Sorry to hear this. An entertaining player. One of the Rangers I truly admired in the 80's as an opposition fan. My condolences to the Poddubny family.

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Too young to remember him playing and scoring for the Rangers. I guess I was 9 or 10 and at the time, I was a bigger baseball fan. I do have a fond memory though. It was one of my first hockey games. Before the end of the pregame warm up, Walt Poddubny skated over to the Rangers fans standing right behind the glass at the Coliseum. He was about to flip the puck over the boards and many fans were there ready to catch it. He caught site of me and could obviously see how young I was. So he pointed directly at me to basically tell the other fans he wanted to give me the puck. And that's what happend. He flipped it over the boards, skated away, and I got a puck.

Thank you for that memory Walt Poddubny. I'll never forget it and may you always R.I.P.

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I was shocked to see this. Very sad. Underrated player and I liked how Scott Van Pelt would occasionally reference him on SportsCenter. RIP Walt.

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Holy crap. That's really unfortunate. He was a good player.

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Wow. 49 years old?!?! So young, my prayers are with his family.

Anyone in the know, please let us know the type of game he played for the Rangers. His numbers are great, I'd like to put a style of game with the face.

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wow... I play scrub with his bro sunday nights... Walt was a stand up guy...

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Only the Rangers under Esposito would trade a 40-goal scorer in his prime for an overrated defenseman.


God I hated Espo for trading him...I got a letter from my cousin while I was at camp telling me about the trade...Bruce bell, jari gronstrand and Walt for Rochefort and Lafreniere...both bums
Michel Bergeron wanted Normand Rochefort because he coached him with Quebec who was really good player but could never stay healthy.

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Wow. 49 years old?!?! So young, my prayers are with his family.

Anyone in the know, please let us know the type of game he played for the Rangers. His numbers are great, I'd like to put a style of game with the face.

RIP
Poddubny was big finesse player.He wasn't very physical.

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Poddubny strides around the rink with a long, loping gait that's deceptively quick. He's a 6'1", 205-pounder who shoots without a windup, snapping off shots with the strength of his wrists and forearms. The puck flies off the ice so fast that goalies often react more out of fear than skill. "Walt's a big, big man with a heavy, heavy shot," says Ranger left wing Don Maloney. "I don't know if he got it milking cows as a kid or what."
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Poddubny's hesitant smile and placid demeanor conceal his Stoogemania. "I never need an alarm clock when Walt's my roommate," says Jan Erixon, another leftwinger on the Rangers. "He wakes me up with the Tre Idioter every morning."

Poddubny's lantern jaw and jutting features have led some teammates to call him Sarge, after pro wrestler Sgt. Slaughter. Others just call him enigmatic. "The guy sits in his stall and doesn't say much," says Ranger center Pierre Larouche. "He's a pretty weird dude
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When Esposito became New York's general manager after the 1985-86 season, a top priority was to beef up his team's anemic attack. One of his first moves was to trade for Poddubny. But some Rangers thought Poddubny might be a dud. "When we got him, the question was not how he'd do as much as whether he'd even make the team," says Maloney.

But Esposito, who was traded from Chicago to Boston before becoming an NHL star, says, "Sometimes you've got to change teams before getting a chance to show what you can really do."

Poddubny was moved from left wing to center, a position he had not played since leaving Wichita. "I thought if Walt played in the middle, he could be more creative," says Espo. "I hoped he would be more productive offensively with a little more room to roam." In Poddubny's first 11 games he had six goals and 14 assists, and showed an array of behind-the-back and between-the-legs passes that most of his teammates would not even attempt. "Some guys are sluggers and muggers," says Maloney. "Walt is an artist
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You can tell his teammates loved him.

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