Met Area Musings

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Free Agency Summary For Locals

By: Leo Scaglione Jr., Pinch-Hitting For The Maven It was fitting that thunderstorms rolled through New York and New Jersey yesterday when NHL free agency opened. If you didn’t know better, you would think the local hockey clubs – Rangers, Islanders, Devils and Sabres – were responsible for the lightning and thunder. But, alas, they […]

Rangers Play on, Isles & Devils Look Forward

1. Dan Girardi was not given many positive pre-playoff reviews and knows his game had been under scrutiny all season; often questioned. 2. After watching the Blueshirts workhorse in Game 1 against Montreal, I came away convinced that Girardi is among the most determined players on either roster, Habs or Rangers. Translated: Dangerous Dan wants […]

King Henrik Will Be Just Fine on His Throne

Overlooked amid the weekly, media X-Raying of Henrik Lundqvist‘s goaltending is the fact that his defense too often has failed to adequately defend for Hank. Any goalie hung out to dry the way His Majesty occasionally has been this season would wind up with unpleasant results whether it’s Carey Price or Cory Schneider. Defensive flaws […]

Will a Local Club Go After Kevin Shattenkirk?

The National Hockey League’s trade deadline is a month away (Feb. 28, 3 p.m.) and there’s no doubt that the Rangers, Islanders and Devils will be considering a move. After all, everybody talks deals, but few make them. The Game’s bible, The Hockey News, proclaims that St. Louis Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk should have “five trade destinations.” […]

Grabner Deserved to be an All-Star

A GRABNER SNUB: What gives with the NHL not awarding Michael Grabner an invitation to the All-Star Game? Hey, he’s only the Rangers‘ half-season MVP. And, if you don’t believe me, see below. Or, ask Alain Vigneault. WANT MORE: What else is Grabby supposed to do? He scores shorthanded goals. He scores game-winning goals. He kills […]

Are The Isles Turning it Around?

The Christmas Break should have been a tonic for the Rangers and Devils, more than the Islanders. At least in theory. Practice is another story as was the case, Post-Christmas. It’s far too soon to tell but this latest Islanders uprising really could be the start of something big. We’ll know more in a couple […]

Rangers Find Hidden Gem With Holden

Whoever tipped the Blueshirts‘ brass about Nick Holden‘s value as a defenseman should get some kind of medal. Buried on the list of “potentials” last October, the St. Albert, Alberta native has turned into one of general manager Jeff Gorton‘s finds among many finds. Even with several offensive regulars — Rick Nash, Mika Zibanejad, et. […]

Hank is Still Mr. Clutch

Sure, Henrik Lundqvist produces a now-and-then clunker — what goalie doesn’t? — but he’s still Mister Clutch between the pipes when it counts. In The Show, they call it “stealing games.” That truth was self-evident last Tuesday night when he single-handedly kept his unraveling — losing two-zip — Rangers from totally self-destructing. His two-period heroics finally […]

Who is the Rangers’ MVP So Far?

The Rangers are on top for a reason; many reasons actually. But if you were picking a Blueshirt MVP for the season so far, who would you pick? Reader Matthew Blittner goes with J.T. Miller. “I see him as most ‘clutch’ player,” Matty insists. My three picks for Rangers MVP are A. Captain Ryan McDonagh; […]

Hayes Becoming a Major Threat for Rangers

Forget about the loss to Vancouver — upsets happen — when you think about it, this season’s edition of the Rangers could be nicknamed “The Turnabouts.” For proof positive, check out the ascent of Kevin Hayes, Rick Nash, Ryan McDonagh and Michael Grabner. Most amazing is Hayes, whose performance last season can best be characterized […]

Is This Rangers Team a Juggernaut?

My enthusiastic preseason appraisal of the Rangers’ 2016-17 season drew many derisive chuckles from the critical social media crowd. But The Maven is having the last laugh now. The big question: Is this Rangers team a juggernaut? Listening to the wise St. Louis coach Ken Hitchcock after his Blues got walloped on Tuesday night you […]

Rangers, Islanders and Devils Roll Along

It’s not just that Dan Girardi scored the Rangers‘ winner against Arizona on Sunday. It’s that he’s playing like the warhorse of earlier seasons that’s so nifty. Dangerous Dan seems to sense his rejuvenation as well as his teammates who realize that he’s pivotal to the club’s success. “I just love the way he competes […]