Oh Yeah… Denis Potvin

SNY’s new show, Oh Yeah…, reflects on the Ranger fans classic reaction to Denis Potvin during his career with the Islanders.

Oh Yeah… takes viewers on a trip down memory lane by re-visiting the most entertaining, offbeat, and perhaps forgotten local sports topics over the past 40 years with each episode devoted to a specific year. New episodes air Sundays at 10 pm on SNY.




53 comments
chasct
chasct

its exactly like chanting Jeter sucks at citi field..its not the greatest chant ever Sid Rosenberg.it comes from jealousy, hatred and ignance..now "1940" was a chant worth analyzing

Jason Zimmermann
Jason Zimmermann

You have to be at least 35 to have the most remote appreciation of the type of player that Denis Potvin was. You have to be at least 40 to really remember seeing Ulf NIlsson play. I know it's a "fan thing" to do, but this chant has grown immature. It's immortalized him, but it's stupid.


Actual dirty hits included:


- Dale Hunter on Pierre Turgeon

- Darcy Tucker on Mike Peca

- Troy Mallette on Jeff Norton


... James Patrick on Pat LaFontaine... well, it sure looked like an elbow to me, but it was disguised fairly well.



Don22
Don22

One of the most irrelevant chants in hockey, if not sports.  Half the fans don't even know why they chant it. 


We might as well start chanting 1940 again.

mrcisback
mrcisback

  I read all those rumors about Keith Yandle being available for the right price. I like Yandle but wouldn't over pay for him. The guy was a minus 23 on a good defensive minded team last year. He only has 2 years left on his contract and if he doesn't sign an extension during the 2014-15 season then were going to be in the same position as we were with Vanek. If were going to trade for a top line left wing or top defenseman i want to make sure he has 3 years left on his contract or a player that we control his rights in case he wants to move on.

Chris Molloy
Chris Molloy

1940. Could be the best chant in sport history towards visiting player or team. Too bad the Devils hit the post in game 6 or that chant would still be going strong

camb33
camb33

POTVIN'S CUPS!!!!!!!


Our new chant for them should be, ANOTHER 54...ANOTHER 54 !!!

Chris
Chris

Easily the DUMBEST chants in sports. They hated 1940, but at least that was the truth before the fluke of 1994.


That chant just underscores the "gafone" Ranger fan mindset.

puckznpadz
puckznpadz

New York Islanders have interest in Arizona Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle. Michael Grabner could be the centerpiece of an offer. (SPECTOR’S NOTE: It wouldn’t surprise me if the Isles were interested in Yandle, as they need an experienced puck-moving defenseman. The Coyotes could use a scoring winger. Grabner’s only 26 and is among the league’s fastest skaters, but his numbers have significantly dropped from his career-best 34-goal, 52-point performance in 2010-11. It could take more than Grabner as the centerpiece of a package deal to get Yandle. 

jepliberty
jepliberty

@chasct 

But even back then even though they hated Potvin for that hit, I used to ask all the rangers fans would you like to have had him on your team, and to a person they responded in the affirmative, a resounding YES.

jepliberty
jepliberty

@Don22 

Even Neilssen admitted it wasn't a dirty check, but Rangers fans being Ranger fans didn't see it that way. 

shlo
shlo

@mrcisback I did not follow yandle, really did not realize he was minus 23, is he as good as people say?. All I heard that he was a top notch D.

bammer26
bammer26

@orange2327 - Like Mike Bossy, although a different position. Bobby Orr left the game way too soon, due to issues with his knees. Bossy left early due to his back. The closest D man IMO closest to either Orr or Pots IMO during was Paul Coffey. His speed, puck carrying abilities, and descent play in his own end was superb. Scott Stevens was probably the best and nastiest in taking care of his end. Give me Coffey and Stevens as a GM in building a team, along with a descent net minder in today's salary cap era, and I will take it all day long.

slapshot18_rs
slapshot18_rs

@shlo yeah he is as good as people say - BUT it depends what type of defenseman you're expecting.  he is an elite puck moving defenseman who can skate really well and has a big shot from the point...very good pp qb.  but hes on the smaller side and can get exposed defensively.  his real assets come from an offensive standpoint. last season was his only terrible +/- season 

Don22
Don22

@bammer26 Just imagine what Bossy could have done had his back not betrayed him.  His career was incredible as it was.....

slapshot18_rs
slapshot18_rs

@Chris @puckznpadz i agree i dont see it happening - arizona isnt exactly in cap trouble and yandle is very good. would take much more than grabner imo. 

bammer26
bammer26

48@orange2327 - LOL..Coffey had 48 goals and 90 assists in 85-86...frigging sick

jepliberty
jepliberty

@bammer26 @orange2327 

Bammer, not that those great Oiler teams needed him at that position, but I wonder why they never played him in a forward position on a regular basis, I suppose when the opposition was watching the Gretzky's, Messier's and Kurri's he was a hidden weapon coming from behind the red line, and it would be almost impossible to stop them all.

since72
since72

@Chris     I read recently someone say, "if you want a top D, draft him".  Snow did this with Reinhart.  No reason to move him under any circumstances.  

slapshot18_rs
slapshot18_rs

@Chris thats more like it to me too, although that would really be reinhart as the centerpiece and i wouldn't want to include him. yandle only has two years left.  reinhart should prove to be much more valuable over time than yandle would be in these next two seasons. 

bammer26
bammer26

@wangbegone- Hey Z...hope all is well.


You have been on a tear lately sir, keep it up. Always a pleasure reading you're intell..

bammer26
bammer26

@orange2327  Yes, agreed. #5 was gifted on both ends of the ice. Coffey was just plain stupid on the offensive zone. Yeah, he and goaltender Grant Fuhr had some issues with the white horse...LOL 

since72
since72

@slapshot18_rs    Right!  No way do you move Reinhart, Nelson, Strome or de Haan.  Grabner is the center piece because the Coyotes need offense.  As you say, there is only 2 years left on Yandle's contract.  Maloney can ask for whatever he wants, but that doesn't make it serious.  If Maloney wants Grabner and Donovan, Mayfield, Czurzman, or Pedan, then OK.  But if he is looking for Grabs and Reinhart and a number 1, he can just keep looking and keep Yandle.

isles23
isles23

Swap Reinhardt with Pokka or Pulock and I'd do it. I like those two a lot as well but your not gonna get a guy like Yandle for a bag of pucks.

slapshot18_rs
slapshot18_rs

@isles23 i agree.  only problem is i dont really see why exactly they want to move yandle - they might not bite on anything less then our best and most nhl ready prospects.  still worth inquiring about. 

bammer26
bammer26

@orange2327 - Yep. Just like some Rag's on that '79 team. Don Murdoch was publicly known for hitting every thing, including pills and harder stuff in that era.

since72
since72

@orange2327 You are correct, which means that this is not going to happen unless Snow reams himself again.  Fortunately, he has no number 1 pick to fritter away in any deal making him less dangerous.

isles23
isles23

Yup, IMO it would take a star player that is locked up or willing to sign an extension in order to trade Reinhardt, Strome, or Nelson. Those are 3 guys every team seems to ask for which means we should hold onto them.

slapshot18_rs
slapshot18_rs

@isles23 i'd be interested in going for tyler myers if hes actually available (as scary as it sounds to have snow trade with murray).  hes absolutely massive, is locked up for 5 years, and at only 24 years old still hasnt come close to his potential.  but again, the price is sky high. a top prospect would have to go back plus more. 

bammer26
bammer26

@orange2327 - Yes..! That '79 Rag's team could of given the Habs more. But after JD and Co. took out our Isles, it was nose candy, booze and ladies of the evening in Manhattan, well paid and traveled.

bammer26
bammer26

@orange2327 -Oh geez Vic, Doc and Straw...LOL...I heard Wally Backman and Lenny Dykstra were hitting the juice big. Remember how much size Dykstra put on over a winter..?

bammer26
bammer26

@orange2327 - Bro, I skated for a public rink in CT as a guard and got in with the manager. He was a huge Rag fan, but a very nice man, Taught me alot about the game and gave us some late ice time to develop our skills. 


His father was an original season tix holder in the old Garden, and he had tix in the Blues. He would give me tix to Isles/Rags games. Some of my best fights were coming out of the Blues wearing my Bossy and Potvin jerseys in that time. Thank god for wrestling and Karate. I made it to the famous ceiling and was able to touch it on the last row of the blues. The stench of weed was ridiculous. All in the concourse and even sparking up during the game. Not my thing, but yeah, I got a "wiff"..LOL

bammer26
bammer26

@orange2327 - Love your knowledge man...! There was a Brazilian Dman called Zerninno, wicked right foot. Part of my hood in CT was Portuguese, so I was into the Cosmos big. I remember driving to Giant's Stadium in the early 80's to watch them with one of my my buddies growing up who was a pork chop. Great times and people.


Gorgio and Franz...LOL..man you got some intell bro

jepliberty
jepliberty

@bammer26 @orange2327 

It was Duqueer, uh Duguay, Greshner, and I think Hickey, or Don Murdock who bought, and owned a bar on the upper east side called Cronies on 88 street and 2nd avenue, it didn't last that long, probably due to all the dust they were snorting.

bammer26
bammer26

@orange2327 - Dude, I left a small investment (not financial) in Waterbury CT, place called the "white parrot back in '85. I was connected and we would get VIP in. Felt like stars as early 20's men. Man, the tunes, women, and a drink called a "Blue Hawaiian"...priceless. Surprised I never got a knock on the door or my folks for parental verification..LOLOLOL

bammer26
bammer26

@orange2327 - Yeah man, they were. I was watching the game when Denis crushed Nilsson at my friend's house who was a huge Rag fan. He was one of the first to get cable and MSG in he burbs. We would get into some major bruhas...


I would get "in" to some good Met games at Shea back in the days. Tip the right person a couple of bucks and in you were in the orange filed seats or the green mezzanine..

bammer26
bammer26

@orange2327 - Jon Matlack, Jerry Kossman, Ed Kranepool, Cleon Jones, Gerry Grote

bammer26
bammer26

@orange2327 - Remember Felix Millan..? He would choke up on the bat so much, not sure which

side of the stick he would make contact with...

bammer26
bammer26

@orange2327 - I heard about that in the Am. I made it to about 8:30 before crashing out. A mere freshman in HS, and got home from practice.


. Watched s few innings on WOR channel 9 and that was it.