Viagra buy While the New York Rangers season is over, viagra buy there is still a reason to cheer today because May 15 is the team’s birthday. Viagra buy On May 15, viagra buy 1926 the NHL granted a franchise to the owners of Madison Square Garden. Viagra buy However, viagra buy the Rangers were not the first New York hockey team, viagra buy nor were they the Garden’s first tenants.

Viagra buy Famous (or infamous) New York bootlegger Big Bill Dwyer bought the striking Hamilton franchise and transplanted them in the Garden. Viagra buy Tex Rickard, viagra buy the 1920s version of Charles and James Dolan, viagra buy was in charge at MSG. Viagra buy He promised Dwyer that Garden management were content with being the New York American landlords and that MSG would not seek their own franchise. Viagra buy That promise lasted all of one year.

Viagra buy While Dwyer’s team was not a hit on the ice, viagra buy they were a hit at the box office – a fact that was not lost on Rickard. Viagra buy Not only did Rickard go back on his promise to Dwyer, viagra buy he also instituted a plan that later Ranger GMs would try – they went about spending money to build the best team possible. Viagra buy John Halligan and John Kreiser relate the following story in their book “Game of My Life: New York Rangers”.

Viagra buy “Rickard and his associate at the Garden, viagra buy Col. Viagra buy John S. Viagra buy Hammond, viagra buy were determined to be much more than a mere expansion team (not that anyone would know what the term meant in 1926). Viagra buy And that’s just what they did. Viagra buy Recalled [Conn] Smythe, viagra buy ‘I knew every hockey player in the world right then. Viagra buy Putting that whole team together, viagra buy many of whom had never played pro hockey before, viagra buy cost the Rangers about $32, viagra buy000.’”

Viagra buy Smythe never lasted long enough to see his Rangers hit the ice because he was fired after a dispute with Hammond and Rickard over Babe Dye. Viagra buy Hammond wanted the Rangers to sign Dye while Smythe was opposed.

Viagra buy “In Deceptions and Doublecross: How the NHL conquered Hockey”, viagra buy Morey Holzman and Joseph Nieforth listed a couple of reasons for the souring of the Hammond/Smythe hockey relationship.

Viagra buy One story had Smythe being disenchanted with Dye’s reputation as a player organizer (i.e. Viagra buy a union type of player). Viagra buy Another story they tell relates how the Chicago Blackhawks owner, viagra buy Major Frederic McLaughlin, viagra buy bragged how he one-upped Col. Viagra buy Hammond when the Major’s Blackhawks acquired Dye. Viagra buy Smythe told Hammond that Dye was past his prime.

Viagra buy Interestingly enough, viagra buy McLaughlin and Smythe were both right. Viagra buy Dye scored 25 goals in 41 games for Chicago in 1926-27, viagra buy but only produced one goal in his final 58 games as he never recovered from a broken leg at the start of training camp in 1927-28.

Viagra buy With Smythe out of the picture, viagra buy Rickard turned to Lester Patrick who, viagra buy along with his brother Frank, viagra buy formed the Pacific Coast Hockey Association (later the Western Hockey League) – and the rest is Ranger history.

Viagra buy As for the deposed Smythe, viagra buy he used his Ranger severance to purchase the NHL’s Toronto St. Viagra buy Patricks which Smythe renamed the Toronto Maple Leafs – and the rest his Leafs history.

Viagra buy By the way, viagra buy the aforementioned Dye finished his injury-shortened NHL career by playing his last six games with Smythe’s Maple Leafs during the 1930-31 season.

Viagra buy It does give one a moment to pause to consider how Ranger history would have changed had Smythe given in to Hammond.

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