Thursday, August 20, 2009

New York News

Here's a blast from blue lines' past.

The Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League (AHL) made a little announcement today. They signed a veteran Left Winger to a 1 year contract. That Left Winger's name (get ready for this):

Mike York.

That's right, Mike York. The same Mike York who played for your New York Rangers for 2 years 2000-01 and 2001-02. In that second season he notched 18 goals and 39 assists for 57 points (more than any Ranger managed to do last year - by the way).

York was part of the "FLY" line in New York, teamed with Eric Lindros and the recently mentioned Theo Fleury. And Mike was also famous for the way he left the Rangers - he was traded for (get ready to boo) Tom Poti, who was much maligned here (and rightly so). He then bounced like a loose puck from the Oilers to the Islanders to the Flyers to the Coyotes and eventually he slid right on out of the NHL.

That all seems like ancient history now - but Mike is somehow only 31 years old - born in January of 1978 - and he will continue his career this year as a Rochester American.

Maybe - if Fleury can't make the NHL this year - he can find a slot up in Rochester and re-unite with his former linemate. It's nice to think about anyway.

Good luck Mike - we remember you and wish you well.

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