Monday Morning (PP) Quarterback: The Weekend That Was August 20-22

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A happy 35th birthday to Chris Drury (www.newyork.cbslocal.com)!

Former Rangers captain Chris Drury celebrated his 35th birthday on Saturday, a day after announcing his retirement from the NHL. Happy birthday to Chris, and I’ll also reiterate a point I made when the Rangers bought out Drury. The contract he got was a disaster and the signing ultimately didn’t work out, but Drury himself doesn’t deserve to be ridiculed. He was a leader on and off the ice and gave it his all on every shift. Drury will probably take a few years off and just relax, but I envision him getting involved in hockey again under some capacity.

With that, let’s look at this weekend’s links:

We’ll start things off by reminding ourselves how awesome the Heritage Jerseys are. Look at this abysmal 3rd jersey that the Islanders will be wearing next season. [Icethetics]

My friend Jess Rubenstein over at The Prospect Park references the mental health-related deaths of Derek Boogaard and Rick Rypien and argues that the programs set up by the NHL and NHLPA are not to blame for failures but instead the mindset in the locker room that admitting the need for help is a sign of weakness.[The Prospect Park]

A good post from Chris over at Blue Seat Blogs reminding us that, as much as the Rangers are greatly improved and have a bright future, we still might be a piece or two away from matching the talent that the elite teams in the Eastern Conference have. [Blue Seat Blogs]

Michael Gleich makes the case that the Rangers are the favorites to win the Atlantic Division this year, and believe me; he’s not one to be blindly optimistic. [Bleeding All Blue]

A brief but solid statistics roundup by Steve Zipay. [Newsday]

Loose Pucks, an OHL Blog, had its followers vote on who would win the OHL scoring title for the upcoming 2011-2012 season. Christian Thomas got plenty of acknowledgement. See where he ranked in the voting. [Loose Pucks]

Neill Fowler argues that, while Ryan Callahan might not be the next Mark Messier, he deserves to be the next Rangers captain. [Just Blueshirts]

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