Yesterday I was talking to a friend of mine (flyers fan) about Jeremy Roenick. One of the fond memories I have of Roenick was when his jaw was shattered at the hands of the Rangers. I couldn’t remember who it was that shot the puck that broke Jeremy’s jaw into a million pieces but a quick google search solved that. Here’s how it played out:
Roenick was injured at 4:09. After losing a face-off to Petr Nedved, Roenick was hit on the left side of his jaw by a slap shot from Rangers defenseman Boris Mironov.
Don’t believe me? Click here.
To blow your mind a little more, Jussi Markkanen got to start to give Mike Dunham a rest and Brian Leetch scored the Rangers’ lone goal that evening. The Rangers took out two of the Flyers top Centers and they still lost the game! Effin Flyers.
Before I get too far off course, what I’m trying to say is that after not thinking about Petr Nedved for a very long time, I am suddenly reminded of him one night, and the next morning I wake up to hear that he is trying out with the Rangers to try to get “a few minutes on the third or fourth line.” Thankfully, a Rangers spokesman confirmed, “There is no commitment on [the Rangers'] end.”
Is this a good thing? It’s not really a good or a bad thing. On the one hand, he does have more experience than a lot of the other guys the Rangers have for the third and fourth lines, but this would be his third stint with the Rangers. Stint one was pretty bad but stint two was alright. He even managed to get 32 goals and 46 assists in the 2000-01 season. One good thing that came from Nedved was Steve “Flyer Killer” Valiquette. He was involved in the trade that sent Nedved to the Oilers.
Some other transactions he was involved in either joining or leaving the Rangers:
- July 24, 1994- Traded by the St. Louis Blues to the New York Rangers in exchange for Doug Lidster and Esa Tikkanen.
- August 31, 1995- Traded by the New York Rangers, along with Sergei Zubov, to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for Ulf Samuelsson and Luc Robitaille. (Way to go Neil Smith)
- November 25, 1998- Traded by the Pittsburgh Penguins, along with Sean Pronger (Chris’ brother) and Chris Tamer, to the New York Rangers in exchange for Alexei Kovalev and Harry York.