The Rangers are coming off a thrilling overtime win over the Islanders. They are now winners of four straight games and are just four points out of the playoffs. It’s the perfect time for a brand-new “Up In The Blue Seats” podcast with former Rangers great Ron Duguay.
Ron and I open the show breaking down Tuesday’s exciting game and where the Rangers stand in the push for the playoffs. We talk about the wild week in Rangers news, including reaction to Chris Kreider’s contract extension, Ron’s thoughts on trading Brady Skjei to the Hurricanes and the unfortunate car accident involving Igor Shesterkin and Pavel Buchnevich in Brooklyn. Ron also talks about partying Tuesday night in Las Vegas with Cuba Gooding Jr., his time spent in Vegas with Jeremy Roenick, celebrities who like hockey and why he doesn’t play blackjack or gamble.
NY Post Rangers beat writer Larry Brooks then drops by the show in his weekly spot. Brooks talks about how Kreider’s seven-year deal came about Monday, goaltending being a big reason for their hot streak, the Skjei trade, Brendan Smith stepping up, Jacob Trouba growing into a top defenseman and when Shesterkin and Buchnevich might return following their accident.
Former Rangers defenseman and friend of the program Chris Kotsopoulos then joins the show. Kotsie addresses the Kreider deal, the Rangers’ young defensemen, Smith using his size, Brendan Lemieux’s leadership, fighting in the NHL and the “fake fighting” in today’s game, the communication between defensemen and goalies, Artemi Panarin’s play and whether the Blueshirts will make the playoffs.
Subscribe to the “Up In The Blue Seats” podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. Ron Duguay is joined every Thursday by our Hall of Fame Rangers beat writer Larry Brooks along with special guests.