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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]