Rangers Hail Hated Rivals: 'They Run NY'
New York Post, Tuesday, May 27, 1980
"I guess the Islanders run New York now," said Dean Talafous.
"Sure it hurts that they won it and we haven't won it," said Steve
Vickers. "I'm sure we'll all be hearing a lot about that, too."
The two rangers were reacting to the Islanders winning the Stanley
Cup, something the rangers haven't done for New York in 40 years. It
took the Islanders only eight years to do it.
"The Islanders winning the Cup for New York is definitely going to
put a lot of added pressure on us," said Talafous, speaking last
night by phone from his home in Apple Valley, Minn. "We'll be hearing
a lot about what they did in such a short time and what we haven't
been able to do in such a long time. I think most of us realize now,
more than ever, that we had a very mediocre season, didn't work hard
enough or well enough together as a team."
Talafous believes the rangers could learn a valuable lesson from the
Islanders' championship season. "We can learn that if we work hard,
stick together as a team, like they did, hopefully we can get a
chance next year to do what they did."
Vickers and Talafous said they were happy for the Islanders. Garden
president Sonny Werblin agreed. "I'm glad they won it. It's good
for New York and the New York fans." But it should be embarrassing
to Garden and ranger management. A relatively new team in established
ranger territory has proved conclusively it has better management,
coaching and player development than the older, established team. It
could bring a fierce new backlash of anti-ranger feeling.
Rod Gilbert, who it seems has spent a lifetime with the rangers, is
still waiting to see his club bring the Cup to New York. "I'm
envious of the Islanders winning it but I give them credit," said the
former star and present team executive.
Former goalie Eddie Giacomin said: "The Islanders winning the Cup
definitely hurts the rangers image. I'm sure there will be a big
effect on the rangers for the Islanders doing so quickly what the
rangers haven't done for so long."
And why have the rangers failed to produce a Cup winner in recent
"Too much Sassoon," said former ranger Lucien DeBlois, "and too little
concentration on hockey."