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EPISODE 26: Playoff-Bound Blueshirts feat. Dave Maloney
May 27, 2020
Stop. The. Presses. Hockey looks to be on the horizon and the New York Rangers are slated to be in the NHL playoffs.
On the latest episode of the “Up In The Blue Seats” podcast, Ron Duguay opens the show talking about the announcement of a return to play for the NHL, which would be a 24-team playoff format. That field includes the Rangers, who would play the Carolina Hurricanes in a best-of-five series with the chance to get into the round of 16.
There are still hurdles for the NHL to clear before it can resume play, but Tuesday’s development was promising.
NY Post Rangers beat writer Larry Brooks then joins Doogs. Brooks discusses being a beat writer right now and what he misses most about covering the team in person. He also breaks down the outlook for the Rangers moving forward.
EPISODE 25: WOMEN’S HOCKEY NEEDS MORE LOVE FEAT. AMANDA KESSEL
May 20, 2020
It seems we are getting closer and closer to hearing about the potential return of a NHL season. That was how we started this week’s edition of the “Up In The Blue Seats” podcast with Ron Duguay.
Ron and I open talking about the rumored plans of how the season might return. Does a 24-team playoff make sense? Ron talks about his conversations with a team executive about where discussions are at right now and when we can finally get an answer. Ron also talks about women’s hockey not getting enough attention from the NHL and more money needing to be put into it.
Speaking of women’s hockey, Ron and I chat with U.S. Women’s Olympic hockey gold medalist Amanda Kessel. Kessel talks about 5K for the frontlines challenge, having to sit out two years with a concussion and the feeling of winning gold in 2018. She also discusses the competition with her brother Phil, who plays for the Coyotes. Kessel talks leaving the NWHL, the lack of support by the NHL for women’s hockey and being a part of NHL All-Star Weekend. She also talks being an ambassador for the junior Rangers girls hockey program and playing alongside Ron in an exhibition game.
EPISODE 24: RANGERS IN THE ’70S FEAT. ROD GILBERT, PETE STEMKOWSKI
May 13, 2020
Ron Duguay opens the show talking about two reported plans for a potential NHL return and what it means for the Blueshirts.
Rangers legend Rod Gilbert then joins Ron and NY Post Rangers beat writer Larry Brooks. Gilbert talks about memories from his playing days in New York in the 1960s and ’70s and his journey to the NHL. The Hall of Famer also talks about his old teammate Brad Park and why his number should be retired in the rafters at Madison Square Garden.
Pete Stemkowski, a Rangers teammate of Gilbert’s in the ’70s, then joins the show. The Rangers radio voice looks back at how his career started with the Maple Leafs, going to the Red Wings and the trade that sent him to New York. Stemkowski shares memories of being around Gordie Howe. He also talks about his time in New York, his teammates, Park’s number potentially getting retired and what made those Rangers teams great.
EPISODE 23: STANLEY CUP LAMENT FEAT. ROD GILBERT, BARRY BECK
May 6, 2020
Ron Duguay opens the show talking about how sports may be on the horizon within the next couple of months. With professional baseball being played in Korea, the UFC and golf planning to return soon, the hope is hockey could return this summer.
Rangers legend, all-time franchise points leader and Hall of Famer Rod Gilbert then joins the show. Gilbert talks about the auction he is doing for the All In Challenge with Brian Leetch. The winner will sit in a suite at a Rangers game with them and get autographed gear, with all the money going to charity.
Rangers great Barry Beck then joins Ron and NY Post Rangers beat writer Larry Brooks. Beck talks about what he’s doing in Hong Kong and teaching kids how to play hockey there. Beck discusses the beginning of his NHL career in the 1970s in Colorado and then the big trade that sent him to the Rangers. Did he feel a lot of pressure coming to New York and replacing the three players he was traded for?
EPISODE 22: THE MARK PAVELICH STORY FEATURING FEAT. EDDIE MIO
April 30, 2020
It’s a special edition of the “Up In The Blue Seats” podcast this week with Ron Duguay. Brett Cyrgalis has a story out about what exactly happened to former Ranger Mark Pavelich. Cyrgalis joins Ron to talk about the story.
Pavelich is in a Minnesota treatment facility now after being ruled mentally ill. Cyrgalis talks about speaking to family members and friends of his and what he has gone through. Ron speaks about how quiet he was as a player in the ’80s and how he never knew him that well, but that they played well together.
Eddie Mio, a former Rangers teammate of Duguay and Pavelich, then joins the show. The former goalie tells some incredible stories, especially about Wayne Gretzky. Mio talks about playing alongside Gretzky when he first got to the NHL, his time with the Oilers and being the best man at Gretzky’s wedding. He takes the listeners inside his wedding, the bachelor party and the story of him finding out he was going to end up getting traded right before he got on the stage to get married.
EPISODE 21: THE FIGHTING CAREER OF ULTIMATE RANGERS ENFORCER FEAT. TIE DOMI
April 22, 2020
Ron opens the show talking about what he’s up to during the quarantine, staying healthy, doing Cameos, and his ties to Tie Domi, which include the China Club and Diana Ross.
Domi then joins Ron, Brett Cyrgalis and I for an in-depth interview.
Domi talks about where his toughness came from, his son Max’s style of play with the Canadiens, his dad’s role in his life, memories with the Rangers, fighting Bob Probert, and his minors fight with a chicken mascot. He also gets into his memories with Adam Graves marrying his cousin Violet and how that came about. Domi responds to whether he regrets asking for a trade the year before the Rangers won the Stanley Cup. The former Ranger discusses the changes in fighting in the game today, his friendship with Mark Wahlberg, doing TB12 workouts and his China Club memories with Wahlberg, Mario Lemieux and Ron dancing there with Ross. This is a must listen interview.
EPISODE 20: FINALLY WINNING THE CUP FEAT. NEIL SMITH
April 15, 2020
Ron Duguay and Larry Brooks are joined this week by Neil Smith, the former Rangers general manager who led the team to the Stanley Cup in 1994.
Smith talks about his roots working with the Islanders in the 1980s, how he ended up getting hired as the Rangers GM in 1989, his philosophy of making big trades, why he defends trading Sergei Zubov, the one trade he regrets, why he hired Mike Keenan as coach in 1993, what was going through his mind when the Rangers were losing 2-0 to the Devils in Game 6 in ’94, whether they could have won more titles if he didn’t make some of the trades, how special the 25th anniversary was, whether he feels unappreciated for what he did and whether he should have gone all-in after getting Wayne Gretzky.
EPISODE 19: NO. 2 HAS HIS SAY FEAT. BRAD PARK
April 8, 2020
Ron opens this week’s show talking about Brad Park, his time playing with Park and being coached by him in Detroit. I then ask Ron some questions that we received from Twitter. He answers why he was No. 44 in his second stint with the Blueshirts, his living and roommate situation in his playing days and his cameo on “Beverly Hills, 90210.”
Ron and NY Post Rangers beat writer Larry Brooks interview Park. The Rangers great talks about being drafted, his time in New York, playing at MSG, whether his jersey should be retired, going to Detroit and coaching, as well as today’s game and whether he would succeed in it. Park also answers the question: Does he consider himself more a Ranger or a Bruin?
EPISODE 18: THE RANGERS RETIRED NUMBER DEBATES FEAT. DAVE MALONEY
April 1, 2020
Ron Duguay opens the show talking about his routine during the quarantine, what shows and movies he’s been watching and producer Jake Brown explains why he should watch all of “Tiger King,” not just the first 20 minutes.
NY Post Rangers beat writer Larry Brooks drops by to talk about James Dolan’s contributions to MSG employees, why Brad Park’s number should be retired, whether Frank Boucher’s number should be retired and if Mika Zibanejad should be named captain.
Rangers great and MSG Network analyst Dave Maloney then joins the show. Maloney discusses memories from their Rangers 1979 team that made the Stanley Cup Finals, playing with Park, the idea of a Rangers Hall of Fame room, if he was too young at 22 to be a captain, thoughts on the current team and how they should handle Henrik Lundqvist’s future.
EPISODE 17: LOOKING BACK AT RON DUGUAY’S CAREER FEAT. CHRIS ROACH
March 25, 2020
Ron Duguay opens the show talking about how he is spending his time during social distancing, maintaining good health and if he would ever do a reality TV show.
NY Post Rangers beat writer Larry Brooks then reverses roles with Ron and asks him questions about his career. They discuss Ron’s activity off the ice getting a lot of attention, his coaches, the year the Rangers made it to the Stanley Cup and the following year, his ending with the Rangers and whether Brad Park’s No. 2 should be retired at MSG.
Comedian, actor and diehard Rangers fan Chris Roach then joins the show. He talks about getting into comedy, working and touring with Kevin James, his love for the Rangers and when hockey could return.
EPISODE 16: LIFE WITHOUT HOCKEY FEAT. SEAN AVERY
March 18, 2020
The NHL season is paused. Ron Duguay opens this week’s episode of the “Up In The Blue Seats” podcast talking about the coronavirus pandemic and what he has been doing during this strange, scary time. He also explains what the NHL could do if and when the season resumes in the summer.
NY Post Rangers beat writer Larry Brooks then drops by. Brooks talks about his life without hockey and what he enjoys doing away from the rink. He also looks at some of the biggest differences between players in the past versus players today. The Hall of Fame writer examines when the season might return and lays out some different playoff formats the league could use.
Former Ranger Sean Avery then joins the show. Avery talks about his playing career, how players have changed over the years, private jets and team chemistry, why he wrote a book, his “No F*cks Given” podcast and what else he’s doing these days.
EPISODE 15: KAKKO’S RANGERS MOMENT FEAT. DON MURDOCH
March 11, 2020
Ron Duguay opens the show reacting to the big win in Dallas Tuesday night and Kaapo Kakko’s big two-goal game. Ron and Jake Brown talk about the playoff race, where the Rangers stand and them playing better on the road.
NY Post Rangers beat writer Larry Brooks is back in his weekly spot to discuss Kakko’s improved play, the Blueshirts’ home vs. road performances, Mika Zibanejad’s success and if Chris Kreider can return this season.
In “Ron Remembers,” he tells a funny story of a prank they played on a plane with Don Murdoch. The former Ranger Murdoch then joins the show. He talks about his time with the Blueshirts, the ups and downs of his career, what would have happened if he started his career in a smaller market, Studio 54 memories and what he’s doing today.
EPISODE 14: THE RANGERS’ NEWEST OBSTACLE FEAT. MIKE ERUZIONE
March 4, 2020
After a 12-3 stretch following the All-Star break, the Rangers have cooled down, losing three straight games.
Ron opens the podcast talking about the Rangers’ 2-1 loss to the Blues Tuesday and the schedule the team faces ahead. Can the Blueshirts overcome the Chris Kreider foot injury?
NY Post Rangers beat writer Brett Cyrgalis drops by the show for the second time this season. Cyrgalis talks about the Rangers’ effort against the Blues, trying to replace Kreider, when Igor Shesterkin might return and what the future holds for Henrik Lundqvist in a Rangers uniform.
EPISODE 13: INSIDE THE RANGERS’ PLAYOFF PUSH FEAT. CHRIS KOTSOPOULOS
February 27, 2020
Ron Duguay and Jake Brown open the show breaking down a wild week for the Rangers, their push for the playoffs and Ron hanging with Cuba Gooding Jr. in Las Vegas.
NY Post Rangers beat writer Larry Brooks drops by to discuss Chris Kreider’s contract extension, the Brady Skjei trade, the car accident involving Igor Shesterkin and Pavel Buchnevich and when they might return, Brendan Smith’s play and Jacob Trouba’s defense.
Former Ranger and friend of the program Chris Kotsopoulos then joins the show. He talks about the Kreider contract, the Rangers’ young defensemen, Brendan Lemieux’s leadership, fighting in the NHL and whether the Blueshirts will make the playoffs.
EPISODE 12: THE RANGERS AREN’T DEAD YET FEAT. BERNIE NICHOLLS
February 20, 2020
Ron Duguay opens the show talking about the Rangers’ win over the Blackhawks and their recent hot streak. Ron and Jake Brown talk about what the team might do ahead of the trade deadline.
NY Post Rangers beat writer Larry Brooks then drops by in his weekly spot to discuss whether the Rangers will be buyers or sellers, the goalie situation with Henrik Lundqvist, Chris Kreider’s future and the playoff race.
Former Ranger Bernie Nicholls then joins the show. Nicholls talks about playing alongside Wayne Gretzky, scoring 70 goals in a season, his time in New York and memories with Hollywood Ron. In “Ron Remembers,” he tells a story about partying with Jack Nicholson.
EPISODE 11: IGOR SHESTERKIN’S BRILLIANCE FEAT. MIKE RICHTER
February 13, 2020
Ron Duguay opens the show talking about the brilliant Igor Shesterkin, who won six of his first seven career starts in net for the Rangers. Ron and producer Jake Brown then get into the future of Henrik Lundqvist in New York.
NY Post Rangers beat writer Larry Brooks then drops by in his weekly spot to discuss Shesterkin’s play, the goalie situation, Chris Kreider, playoff race and the trade deadline.
In “Ron Remembers,” Ron looks back at his times hanging out with Andy Warhol.
Stanley Cup champion Rangers goalie Mike Richter then joins the show. Richter discusses how good Shesterkin has been, goalies today vs. when he played, going up against Martin Brodeur and memories of Mike Keenan and the 1994 championship team.
EPISODE 10: CHRIS KREIDER’S RANGERS FUTURE FEAT. EDDIE OLCZYK
February 6, 2020
Ron Duguay opens the show talking about the Rangers’ 5-3 win over the Maple Leafs on Wednesday at MSG. Ron and Jake Brown talk about being at the game, the atmosphere and seeing the game from right next to the ice. They also discuss Ron’s daughter’s tattoo of his face on her arm.
NY Post Rangers beat writer Larry Brooks then drops by. He talks about Chris Kreider’s future, whether the Rangers should keep Tony DeAngelo and whether the three-goalie situation will end soon.
Former Ranger and NBC Sports NHL analyst Eddie Olczyk then joins the show. He discusses the current Rangers rebuild, the job David Quinn has done and winning a Stanley Cup with the Blueshirts in 1994. He opens up about his book, overcoming cancer and how he developed his horse betting expertise.
EPISODE 9: WHAT IT WAS LIKE TO FACE GRETZKY FEAT. CHRIS KOTSOPOULOS
January 30, 2020
Ron Duguay and Jake Brown open the show honoring Kobe and Gianna Bryant and the lives lost in the tragic helicopter accident. Ron talks about the time he met Kobe in 1997 at the Miss Teen USA pageant. He then compares Kobe to Wayne Gretzky and tells a story about playing against Gretzky.
NY Post Rangers beat writer Larry Brooks discusses Gretzky’s Rangers days, whether Alexander Ovechkin can break his goals record and All-Star weekend losing its luster.
Chris Kotsopoulos, Ron’s former Rangers teammate, then joins the show. He talks about how tough it was going up against Gretzky, why to never compare Ovechkin to “The Great One” and thoughts on the current Rangers rebuild.
EPISODE 8: ALL-STAR BREAK, FARRAH FAWCETT FEAT. TOM LAIDLAW
January 23, 2020
Ron Duguay opens the show talking about the Rangers’ loss to the Islanders Tuesday, the upcoming All-Star break and his experience playing in one. NY Post Rangers beat writer Brett Cyrgalis makes his debut on the pod. He talks about the important stretch ahead, whether the Blueshirts are in a playoff race, the most improved player and thoughts on the All-Star Game and weekend.
In “Ron Remembers,” Duguay tells an incredible story of a night out with Farrah Fawcett, who he ended up dating.
Tom Laidlaw, a Rangers teammate of Ron’s in the early ’80’s, then joins the show. He talks about his time in New York, the Islanders-Rangers rivalry, going on the show “Survivor” and what it entailed, and he tells stories about Ron on and off the ice.
EPISODE 7: RANGERS-ISLANDERS RIVALRY FEAT. BRYAN TROTTIER
January 16, 2020
Ron Duguay is joined by NY Post sports writer Mollie Walker to discuss the Rangers-Islanders matchups this week. Ron then surprises Mollie’s mom with a call, who was obsessed with Ron and still loves him.
NY Post Rangers beat writer Larry Brooks then drops by to talk about the Rangers-Islanders rivalry, the three-goalie situation, the Henrik Lundqvist-Avalanche trade rumors and Tony DeAngelo’s development.
In “Ron Remembers,” he tells a funny Gordie Howe story.
Bryan Trottier, the Islanders legend, former Rangers head coach and Hockey Hall of Famer, then joins the show. He talks about the Rangers-Islanders rivalry when they played, stories playing Ron, MSG vs. Nassau Coliseum, comparisons to Wayne Gretzky, what he’s doing now and he tells his own Gordie Howe story.
EPISODE 6: IGOR SHESTERKIN HAS ARRIVED FEAT. KERRY FRASER
January 9, 2020
Ron Duguay opens the show talking about Igor Shesterkin’s big debut in a win Tuesday over the Avalanche. NY Post Rangers beat writer Larry Brooks drops by in his weekly spot. Brooks talks about Shesterkin’s outing, the future at goaltender and what they might do with the three goalies and the Lias Andersson saga.
In “Ron Remembers,” he looks back at the Studio 54 days and tells a funny story involving Don Murdoch.
Kerry Fraser, the referee who has officiated more NHL games than anyone, then joins the pod. Fraser talks about his 30 years officiating, reffing games at MSG, favorite memories and what his book entails.
EPISODE 5: IS THIS A PLAYOFF CONTENDER? FEAT. CHRIS NILAN, ADAM GRAVES
January 2, 2020
Ron Duguay opens the show discussing how he rang in the New Year in style, then looks back at the Rangers this past decade and where this team stands starting off 2020. NY Post Rangers beat writer Larry Brooks drops by to talk about guys he has loved covering in the past decade, his favorite memories, the current team’s resiliency, Artemi Panarin making the All-Star Game and Brendan Lemieux’s injury.
Producer Jake Brown plays a few clips from his chat with Rangers legend Adam Graves about the current team, the 1994 championship team and his thoughts on Ron and a Rangers alumni cruise. In “Ron Remembers,” he tells a story about that cruise ship with Graves.
Former Ranger Chris Nilan then joins the show. He talks about his time in New York, being a Bruins fan, hating the Rangers growing up and overcoming addiction.
EPISODE 4: LEMIEUX’S BRIGHT FUTURE FEAT. LINDA COHN, NICK FOTIU
December 26, 2019
Ron Duguay opens the show talking about the 5-1 loss to Kevin Hayes and the Flyers. NY Post Rangers beat writer Larry Brooks then drops by the pod. Brooksie talks about the Lias Andersson situation and if they can get anything for him, how good Brendan Lemieux is becoming and how the officiating against him is a “disgrace.”
In “Ron Remembers,” Doogie tells a pranking story with his old teammate Nick Fotiu, who then joins the show. Fotiu talks about what pranks they would pull off, the current team needing some more toughness and what he would tell Coach David Quinn.
Longtime ESPN anchor and diehard Rangers fan Linda Cohn then joins the show. She talks about how she became a fan, watching Doogie play, her “In The Crease” show and working with Barry Melrose, whom she likes on the current team and what she still wants to do in her career.
EPISODE 3: HOCKEY SOCK ROCK FEAT. PHIL ESPOSITO
December 19, 2019
Ron Duguay opens the show with NY Post Rangers beat writer Larry Brooks. They talk about Artemi Panarin’s terrific season, changes head coach David Quinn has made to the lines and whether they would consider trading Henrik Lundqvist.
Former NYPD detective Kevin Schroeder drops by the studio and brings his pal Steven Van Zandt on over the phone. They talk about their charity event Friday that raises money for the NYPD and widows and children. Little Stevie talks about them honoring James Dolan at the event and the charitable work he does.
Hall of Famer and Rangers great Phil Esposito then joins the show. Doogie and Espo talk memories from their time in New York, Ron tells the story of losing the “Hockey Sock Rock” gold record, getting the band back together, their careers and the changes in the game today.
EPISODE 2: KAAPO KAKKO REVIEW FEAT. RON GRESCHNER
December 12, 2019
Ron opens the show chatting with NY Post Rangers beat writer Larry Brooks. They talk about the current West Coast trip, how Kaapo Kakko has looked, Henrik Lundqvist and if his playing time could decrease and whether the Rangers could end up trading Marc Staal.
In the “Ron Remembers” segment, he tells the story of his first week after being introduced by the Rangers.
Rangers great Ron Greschner then joins the show. He talks about his memories playing alongside Duguay, getting on Page Six and the current Rangers team.
Ron then answers questions from fans on Twitter in “Ask Doogie” to end the show.
EPISODE 1: STANLEY CUP MEMORIES FEAT. MIKE KEENAN
December 5, 2019
It’s the debut episode of the podcast with host Ron Duguay. Ron opens the show talking about his time with the Rangers and what the future of the team looks like.
NY Post Rangers beat writer Larry Brooks then chats with Ron. They discuss Larry’s time covering Ron when he played, thoughts on the team right now and Artemi Panarin’s return to Columbus.
Ron then tells the incredible story of the night he met Cher in his “Ron Remembers” segment.
Former Rangers head coach Mike Keenan joins Ron in studio. He talks about memories coaching the 1994 Stanley Cup championship team, how the game has changed, coaching in Russia and thoughts on the current Rangers.