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Feb 6, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan (center) watches during the fourth quarter between the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Lakers at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Feb 6, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan (center) watches during the fourth quarter between the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Lakers at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

James Dolan was on ESPN Radio with Michael Kay and Don La Greca to discuss the Charles Oakley situation and was asked about his involvement with the Rangers.

Dolan said "Glen and I and Jeff talk quite often and I don't seem to have had a negative impact there. They still like me to come and talk and give me my opinions. Glen still does have the final say of all matters Rangers."

When Alain Vigneault signed his extension recently he said, "my relationships here with the people from Jeff, who is my immediate boss, to my staff, to Jim Dolan who I get along with real well."

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During a Rangers road trip in February 2003, James Dolan joined the team on the ice in Anaheim after practice and proceeded to get into a :"tussle" with Dale Purninton. (NY Times)

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Following the Rangers win last night, Mats Zuccarello was speaking with a reporter from the Norwegian newspaper Nettavisen when Rangers owner James Dolan came by and "interrupted" the interview. (Nettavisen)

Dolan said that he expects to see Zuccarello this summer at a Blues festival in Notodden, Norway where Dolan's band JD and the Straight Shot will play. (Nettavisen)

Zuccarello told Dolan that he would come to the festival but that he would need a reminder because he was "going to forget." (Nettavisen)

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Knicks owner James Dolan angrily responded to an email sent from a lifelong Knicks fan?(Burke, Feb. 8).

Copies of the email exchange were released by?Aaron Bierman, whose father reached out to Dolan to air his grievances with how the Knicks owner has handled the franchise and later received his backlash.

Here's the email that was sent to Dolan:

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James Dolan was a guest on Boomer and Carton this morning and discussed the Rangers (WFAN):

  • ?On how he would handle a Ray Rice/Adrian Peterson situation, "first off, those behaviors are completely unacceptable and we all know that. As an owner, what I think you would probably do, and I am not in the NFL so I don't know, but I think you probably look to the league first to set the policy and deal with these things. The league is the right place for it, you can't have 30 different policies out there, it isn't a good idea when it's your player and it's the incident with your player and who you are paying millions of dollars to and who you are counting on to win, for you to be the arbiter of what happens. Even if you are on the side of god on this one, as an owner you are better off having the third party of the league come in and handle it."
  • Henrik Lundqvist will be on stage tomorrow for Dolan's attempt at a kazoo record before the Eagles concert.
  • More of a basketball or hockey guy, "I am split down the middle. As a fan, you can't beat what the Rangers did last year. At the Final, even though we didn't win, I had the most fun as an owner in the Finals. It was so much fun. We were half inchces away from the championship and it was so exciting and I loved how NY embraced the team and from an owner standpoint it's like heaven."
  • On the offseason, "Glen has done a fantastic job if you look at his trade records over the last 10 years, some of the things that he has been able to accomplish. Sometimes we have had players who have not worked out and he has magically been able to make trades where we get better. I don't think this offseason is any different. He is still operating there and I think we will be a better team. The big thing that happened with the Rangers in the post season is how they came together as a team."
  • On John Tortorella, "John and I are good friends......why is it that as you go forward it has to be a commentary on....can't you just be gentle and kind."
  • On grading himself as Knicks/Rangers owner, "I don't know. I don't think I could do it over a ten year period but I will say that I have learned a lot, I have learned a lot over the last 15 years and hopefully I am getting better at what I do and some of that is doing less and in the case of the Knicks it's doing less."
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8/31/14 | 8:44AM: James Dolan says that his job as owner is to make sure that the team has the resources that it needs. (NY Post)

When it comes to personnel decisions he rarely asks questions about the players that Glen Sather wants to bring in since personnel moves is not his area of expertise. (NY Post)

He said that when he takes part in the Rangers organizational meetings, the one thing that he does ask is if the players being talked about can play in New York because New York isn't for everyone and he wants everyone to have a personality that fits. (NY Post)

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In January of 2012, James Dolan took to the podium at MSG after the Rangers beat the Predators and talked about the state of the Rangers.

Dolan said, "I am particularly proud of Mr. Sather because all the way back to 2004 when things weren't going to so well and we had a lot of free agents there and we decided to re-do the strategy, Glen and I made a pact, I actually gave him something and I won't reveal what it is, but I gave him something to seal the pact with and I told him that he can't give it back to me until we win the Stanley Cup and I think we are close to me getting that thing back."

Former President of MSG Seth Abraham said that in meetings years ago Dolan would talk about the Rangers winning the Stanley Cup and how he wanted to go on the ice and lift the Stanley Cup. Glen Sather's response to Dolan was reportedly "absolutely, absolutely. You?ll be the first one on the ice." (NY Times)

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Rangers owner James Dolan was in studio with Mike Francesa at 5:05PM on WFAN:

  • What does it mean, "It's new ground for me. Never had any team in the Finals and I am obviously excited. A little nervous but I don't know what I will feel when the puck drops in LA. I will be there but I don't know what it will feel like."
  • On how the Rangers handled the Marty St. Louis situation, "I think the team did come together with it. I don't know what we did at the Garden, we did what we could to help. It was a tragedy for Marty. We used some planes and things but it was those guys that had a feeling for their teammate and what he was going through and they pulled together on it. How terrible it was for Marty and for him to play through it and like he did, it's amazing."

On Torts, "I am pretty good friends with Torts and we got along really well and had a fun time when he was here but Glen is the one who knows and he had good reasons for what he was doing. The only thing that I asked him to do was to treat Torts as fairly and kindly as possible because we considered him a friend and I think he tried really hard. I miss him. I missed him all season and I miss him today. I love Alain and we have a good relationship but I miss Torts"

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5:21PM: On Mike Francesa, Dolan said "I am pretty good friends with Torts and we got along really well and had a fun time when he was here but Glen is the one who knows and he had good reasons for what he was doing. The only thing that I asked him to do was to treat Torts as fairly and kindly as possible because we considered him a friend and I think he tried really hard. I miss him. I missed him all season and I miss him today. I love Alain and we have a good relationship but I miss Torts"

3:57PM: James Dolan said that he still keeps in touch with former Rangers coach John Tortorella and the two text from time to time.(NY Post)

Dolan said that the two are still friends that Tortorella will text him if he hears one of Dolan's songs, from his band JD and the Straight Shot, on the radio. (NY Post)

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6/3/14 | 7:14AM: Abraham says that no one, in his time at MSG, worked better with Dolan than Sather and Sather realized that Dolan had to be treated as a "partner" and brought into meetings rather than just being the boss. (Daily News)

Abraham says that Sather sees Dolan as a brother and Sather respects how Dolan grew up watching hockey, the Islanders, and has been a hockey fan. (Daily News)

6/1/14 | 9:39AM: Today is the 14th anniversary of Glen Sather being hired to be President and GM of the New York Rangers.

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Katie Strang tweeted that MSG Chairman James Dolan was "rocking a slick hat" as he was in the locker room after the game.

"I walked past James Dolan in the tunnel. Was tempted to ask him to to sing something for me. We all know how he likes to sing." (Sean Gentille)

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Brett Cyrgalis writes that in the post game locker room last night a voice, from a side room, was calling out "Henrik....Henrik." and when the Rangers goalie looked up he saw Rangers owner James Dolan. (NY Post)

Cyrgalis says that Dolan was calling out Lundqvist's name for a post game win "fist-pound." (NY Post)

When Lundqvist signed his extension in December, Dolan said "I just want to say how proud and pleased I am that Henrik is going to finish his career here with the New York Rangers and how appropriate that is because of the history.?

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James Dolan spoke on The Michael Kay Show and The Mike Francesa show about the Rangers yesterday:

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James Dolan spoke with Mike Francesa on WFAN at 5:05PM:

  • On his relationship with John Tortorella and allowing Glen Sather to make the call,? "It's a good example of how I expect it to go with the Knicks. Torts and I were very close and really enjoyed each others company and still talk today. I was, I have to say, extremely sad to see him go but it was Glen's decision and I didn't challenge him in anyway."
  • On his trust of Sather, "I do. I do. I trust Sather and think he is the best in the business. That team is competing for a playoff spot. This year in the NHL there are two teams at the top that did well early.... (Francesa interrupts and says that the standings are close)
  • Francesa says that Vigneault has done a good job, "Vigneault has done a great job and they are playing really really well and I do expect them to make the playoffs."
  • Were you involved with the Callahan decision, "That was Glen's decision on Callahan and I supported him on it."
  • Would you have jumped in said it's too much money for Callahan, was the money aspect bothering you, "No, it wasn't about that, it was much more about the strategy of running the team over the long term and that is completely Glen's area. Would the team take on that much salary for that player for that long of a term and that is his decision as to whether it is a good move for the team or not. He made his call and I support him on it."
  • On the Yankee Stadium games, "the second game really surprised me because it was middle of the week, night time game and it was FREEZING. It was a great sign for the Rangers and hockey in NY."
  • Do you go to as many Ranger games as Knicks games, "It's pretty even. I love both sports. Basketball is high scoring and athletic and enjoyable to watch, hockey, the strategy and tension of the teams playing it's like soccer and the speed of the game. Playoff hockey is really good. When the team scores a goal...the loudest I heard the place screaming is during a playoff hockey game."
  • Why are you talking today, "my PR guy made me talk (laughing) it's a big day to day and both Steve and I didn't feel great about not talking to the media when things weren't going well. We wanted to come out and explain things to folks. It's time for ownership to show up in a time like this. I expect that I will take more of a backseat and I hope my relationship is like it is with Glen. I go to the games and talk with Glen about them."
  • Dolan says that Sather doesn't talk and that is his decision.
  • Francesa admits to being a fake hockey fan who only likes going to playoff games.
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James Dolan was on The Michael Kay Show at 4PM and said this about the Rangers:

  • "I had a special relationship with John Tortorella. I loved him. He used to throw me out of his office. He is a great guy and he is tough. Alain has proven himself to be a very competent coach. In the beginning I was a little concerned but we knew it would take some time to adjust his style of play and they have and I think they are playing well. It's a very tight race in the NHL for the playoffs. I anticipate we will make the playoffs but it's tight. I have a lot of confidence in the team and the games that they lost, the game the other night they played magnificently and that goalie stood on his head. I hope we don't have many more like that. If they play like that they will win the lion shares of games, make the playoffs and go deep."
  • On Ryan Callahan being traded, "Ryan is a good player and he was the captain and St. Louis was the captain so it was an interesting trade. They, I think they...Ryan essentially was asking too much for his services and was going to hamstring the team with that and I think Glen did the right thing."
  • On bringing in Glen Sather and how it compares to Phil Jackson, "that was a while ago...was it more than ten years ago...it's been 14 years. You know, I have to say that 14 years ago I didn't know as much as I know now about running the Garden, I had just started....I couldn't grasp what bringing Glen on meant. It was a big move, it didn't get as much attention but it is like that and I would love if it turns out the same way except that I want to win a championship and Glen still wants to win a championship. I have great faith in Glen Sather and think he has made some fantastic moves with the team and he has pulled off some trades that I still don't know how he has gotten the other team to agree."
  • Did adding the cap help the Rangers, "this is all Glen Sather. We came to a point with the team where we were going into the lockout season and we basically traded away a lot of our players, players that people love. That was to get draft picks and build up a development system because you knew that with the cap coming in, you couldn't sign 5 all-star players. In hockey you have 20 guys and everyone is playing. Glen built that development system that you see now that has a lot of the guys on the ice."
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Rangers owner James Dolan made a statement today at Henrik Lundqvist's press conference:

"I have some prepared comments here but as usual I like to go off the script a little bit at the start. The New York Rangers have had a long history of having great goaltenders and great goaltenders who have been with the team for a long time. Ed Giacomin, John Davidson, Mike Richter to just name the ones in my time. I just want to say how proud and pleased I am that Henrik is going to finish his career here with the New York Rangers and how appropriate that is because of the history."

"He has proven himself to be a world class goaltender and I expect him to continue to play at a high level into the future...(To Lundqvist) Right?"

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In a chat with the NY Post a few weeks ago, Rangers owner James Dolan said that he missed former Rangers head coach John Tortorella and that the two had a "special relationship."

Dolan said that he would visit Tortorella before games and the two would trade playful insults at each other, with Tortorella complaining about his cable and Dolan going back by saying that the Rangers couldn't get the puck out of their own zone.

He added that having Tortorella around was "fun for me" and that Tortorella banned Dolan for the locker room for a little while.

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In the NY Post, Rangers owner James Dolan spoke with Mike Vaccaro about the Rangers, Knicks and Madison Square Garden.

Dolan said that he will have the ultimate call on a succession plan for Glen Sather but that he loves having Sather around as GM because of his "wealth of knowledge and experience."

Dolan said that he thinks Sather has to be one of the top GMs in the league and that "as long as he would like to stay I'd like to have him."

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James Dolan and his band "JD and the Straight Shot" performed Sunday night in Manhattan and according to the Daily News, Rangers President and GM Glen Sather was in attendance.

Dolan thanked the Rangers for winning on Sunday and guaranteed that the Knicks will win on Wednesday.

The article also notes that Metta World Peace (aka Ron Artest) was at the concert.

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The Jets vs. the Giants, the Yankees vs. the Mets, so why not the Knicks vs. the Nets?

According to a report by the New York Post, the NBA does not want any bad blood between the Knicks and Nets, so much so that Commissioner David Stern ordered a sit-down meeting between Knicks owner James Dolan and Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov this past season in an effort to end any tension between the two New York teams.

Both parties said the meeting was very cordial and pleasant, anonymous sources told The Post.

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The big news this morning is tangentially related to the Islanders -- their soon to be cross-borough rivals may have to vacate their home arena in Manhattan. 10 years from now.

By virtue of a 47-1 (!) New York City Council vote yesterday, Madison Square Garden has been granted an extension of it's operating permit?for the next 10 years. Mayor Bloomberg had recommended a 15-year extension and the Garden itself was hoping for literally an infinite extension, but the Council decided upon 10. The Garden?has to renew this permit every so often to retain the right to continue existing on top of Penn Station. In 1963, the old Penn Station was demolished to make way for the transit/sports sandwich that now sits on the site, consisting of Penn Station and the Garden, and was given a 50-year operating permit.

The reason this extension is so significant and possibly the beginning of the end for the Garden, is that the City Council seems to have every intention of kicking the Garden out of Penn Station after the 10 years is up. That time frame is the Council's guess as to how long it will take the city to come up with funding and, you know, a plan as to how to rebuild Penn Station.

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James Dolan was the first speaker at the Alain Vigneault press conference today and expressed gratitude to former coach John Tortorella and welcomed Vigneault to the Rangers.

Dolan said, "I would like to say thanks to John Tortorella. He served us well, brought us success and helped develop our players and helped put everything he had into helping us win. I respect John, we had a good relationship, I enjoyed our back and forth and I wish him great success and suspect he will be back behind an NHL bench very soon."

On Vigneault, Dolan said "I would like to welcome Alain to the Rangers, to MSG and NYC. NY is called the greatest city in the world for a reason and I think that he will love it here. Glen told me how impressed he was with Alain when they met in Palm Springs and when I met with him on Friday I quickly understood why. We are sure that our passionate and knowledgeable Ranger fans will be happy with him behind our bench. He knows how to get the best performance out of the roster. We believe he is perfectly suited to help the Rangers continue our drive towards winning the Stanley Cup which remains our first and only goal."

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Editorial note: This was meant to be posted earlier in the week, but we got sidetracked after that 7-0 game.

As wacky and upsetting as Saturday night's preemption of the Islanders-Devils game was, there was actually a time when you might have missed the game altogether. Way back when, in 1998 to be exact, there was actually a time when the Islanders wouldn't show up on the regional sports package that you paid for. Via the NYT archive:

[sny-box color=E6F1FF]Cablevision-run F.S.N.Y. refuses to carry Islanders games when they conflict with Devils games. Thus, viewers have seen only the Islanders-Boston telecast, not the games against Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay and St. Louis.[/sny-box]

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According to the NY Post, Rangers owner James Dolan stopped by the locker room at the MSG Training Facility in Westchester after practice yesterday.

Brett Cyrgalis says that Dolan shook hands and had a few words some of the players before moving on.

Dolan was reportedly very much against the lockout and pushed to have talks restart after they fell apart.

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According to Larry Brooks in the NY Post, Rangers owner James Dolan was one of the people who called Gary Bettman and urged him to return to the negotiating table to save the season.

Brooks says that many big market owners places calls to Bettman urging him to make a deal.

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According to Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com, James Dolan, along with Penguins owner Ron Burkle, were two of the people pushing the owners and players to get back together following the disaster of last Thursday.

LeBrun writes that the moderate people on both sides were "pushing like crazy for both sides to resume talks, back-channelling between owners, agents and players stressing the need to get right back at it in an effort to once and for all end a lockout that should have never lasted this long. "

THIS SECTION is about the role and impact Dolan is having on the lockout.

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http://twitter.com/#!/DamoSpin/status/275257627691347969

Cox adds two more tweets, saying "Players nominate Dolan, owners can nominate Sean Avery" and "Dolan will, then, of course, nominate Isiah Thomas. And round and round we go."

He then said, "Still, if its Dolan or whomever, if a new channel can be opened in this absurd standoff, that would be a good thing."

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9:17PM: John Shannon of Sportsnet is the latest to confirm that Dolan wants to get involved. He adds, "but shouldn't every owner want to be involved"

5:59PM: Darren Dreger adds that the owners in Pittsburgh and Montreal will also want to get involved as will Carolina GM Jum Rutherford who is a part owner of the team.

4:42PM: Katie Strang tweets that she is hearing the same thing and that Dolan wants to get involved if that meeting between the players and owners happens.

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At Sportsnet, Mark Spector breaks down some of the NHL owners and puts them into two groups, hawks and doves.

Spector spoke with someone who said that more than 20 teams are content to wait out the lockout and get the best deal they can.

The "hawks" are listed as Boston, Calgary, Anaheim, Carolina, Minnesota, LA, Columbus, Florida and Dallas.

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At CBC, Elliotte Friedman says that the NHL owners can be put into three different groups.

One group is the owners who want to play, another is a group in the middle who Friedman says "want a better collective bargaining agreement but recognize not playing is worse" and the third group is the hard line owners.

Friedman thinks that the final group, the hard line owners, are comprised of the Boston Bruins, the Islanders, the Panthers, Ducks, Blue Jackets, Coyotes, Blues, Capitals and Stars.

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At Sportsnet, they have a quote from Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk that sums up the feelings of the people most impacted, the fans, by the lockout:

"we should be playing hockey by now."

Melnyk adds "Everybody can finger point all they want but at the end of the day I don't think anybody cares who's at fault, all they know is we're not playing hockey."

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via Chris Botta comes an interview James Dolan did with Billboard Magazine that centered around his music and his new album.

Dolan was asked about the Barclays Center in Brooklyn and said that there is room in NY for another arena and that besides success on the basketball court, he wishes the arena well.

He was asked about how the Barclays Center could compete with MSG for concert bookings and Dolan said that with the hockey "strike" there could be a lot of holes in the calendar but if the Rangers season does get underway, MSG is booked up for 2013.

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At CBC, Elliotte Friedman writes about the stalemate that the NHL and the NHLPA are currently locked in.

He writes that while most owners don't want the work stoppage to last the whole season, Gary Bettman has more than enough support right now.

Friedman does write that there are some owners who are "dead set" against Bettman and that "one of them has a name that rhymes with James Dolan."

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In the NY Times, Jeff Klein writes about how Gary Bettman has complete control over the owners.

He notes though that Rangers owner James Dolan, who was on the NBA's negotiating committee during their lockout, is very quiet due to the big issues the Rangers and the league had in 2008.

The Rangers sued the league as they wanted to run their own website and the NHL wanted them to be uniform.

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At the Rangers Dog Walk yesterday, Rangers owner James Dolan gave a rare public comment to ESPNNY's Katie Strang.

While Gary Bettman has reportedly threatened large fines, supposedly up to $1 million against owners speaking about the lockout, Dolan told Strang "The only thing I can say is that I want us to play hockey."

Rangers assistant captain Brad Richards told Strang, "We just want to play. We just want to get it figured out. From my experience last time, no one even talked at this point. I don't even know if anyone talked for a while into the lockout, so, a lot of people are trying to figure things out right now."

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