Nightmare on 33rd Street: A Long Season With the New York Rangers (英語) ペーパーバック – 2001/11/15
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After the New York Rangers missed the NHL playoffs for the third consecutive season in `99-2000, big changes were in the air at Madison Square Garden. Glen Sather was hired as team president/general manager, and he named Ron Low coach and brought back Mark Messier, the captain of the Rangers` 1995 Stanley Cup championship team. In Nightmare on 33rd Street: A Long Season With The New York Rangers, veteran hockey beat writer Rick Carpiniello takes a day-by-day, game-by-game journey with a team in transition.
From the preseason to the season`s bitter end and the important off-season dealings, Carpiniello brings hockey fans inside the locker rooms and boardrooms and onto the ice with a team struggling to regain its winning form. Sather, the architect of championship clubs in Edmonton, discovers that running a team in the big city is a different story. In trying to find the right mix of talent, players are traded or sent to the minors while others are brought to the big club in their places. Constant trade rumors and turmoil sweep through the locker room. Key Ranger players, including goalie Mike Richter, fall victim to injury. Coach Low juggles the ever-changing roster, while captain Messier, now 40 years old, attempts to rally the troops.
Nightmare on 33rd street is an inside look at the tumultuous New York Rangers` 2000-01 season by a seasoned observer of the hockey scene.
Rick Carpiniello has covered the New York Rangers and the NHL for The Journal News for over 20 years. He is the author of the best-selling "Messier: Hockey's Dragon Slayer". His work also regularly appears in USA Today, and other Gannett Newspapers as well as the Hockey News and Blueshirt Bulletin.
The team's leading scorer, Theo Fleury, has rebounded from a terrible prior season, when he was signed as a free agent – only to leave the team mid-season to enter substance abuse rehabilitation. All-star goaltender Mike Richter returns from knee issues, only to struggle as he regained his comfort on the ice, only to injure the other knee after he began to turn the corner. Leaders Mark Messier (newly returned as a free agent) and Adam Graves are having terrible seasons. And, new General Manager Glen Sather demonstrates a willingness to spend money AND an appreciation of saving on salary – usually at the wrong times.
Author Carpiniello spent a year observing the team and its players & management, and provides an in-depth chronology of how the team attempted to recover from its doldrums, only to enter NEW ones. For better or for worse, Carpiniello is not afraid to offer opinions as to the success or failure of individuals' actions, or of their motives. This is especially true in his writings about Sather, who is obviously not near the top of the author's Christmas Card list.
Enjoyable for most hockey fanatics, whether or not you are a fan of the Rangers, but probably too detailed for casual and non-hockey fans.
Rating: 3 ½ stars, rounded up to 4 stars.
This book sorely needs an editor. Long rambling quotes permeate, while there isn't nearly enough analysis. The writer also has a penchant for doing things like saying the Rangers poor play is not acceptable. He follows by quoting Theo Fluery who says "No, it's not acceptable," and Mark Messier, who says "Losing isn't something we can easily accept." NO KIDDING.
It's a difficult read and way too repetitive. Did I mention it repeats itself--over and over? I ended up skipping paragraphs at a time. I don't know how this guy made it out of J-School.