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Devils Make Dandy Deal for Vatanen

Poof! Just like that, the New Jersey Devils have established themselves as serious playoff contenders. And if there’s any doubt about that, well, forget about it. The trade General Manager Ray Shero pulled off, obtaining ace defenseman Sami Vatanen, 26, seals the deal. [Official Press Release: Devils Acquire Vatanen From Ducks] As one scout told […]

The Devils’ Reel is For Real

Check out a movie reel of the New-New Jersey Devils and you have to ask yourself, “Are these guys for real?” That’s what the Vancouver Canucks were thinking last Wednesday night after coach John Hynes‘ Garden Staters invaded Rogers Arena. Implausibly, the Devils were outshot, outplayed and even out-Corsied, yet exited laughing with a 2-0 […]

Rangers’ Roster Taking Shape

By: Leo Scaglione Jr., Pinch-Hitting For The Maven The Rangers have been anything but off this offseason. The latest moves by New York include signing unrestricted free agent center David Desharnais and re-signing restricted free agent right wing Jesper Fast. In 453 career regular-season NHL contests, Desharnais has notched 254 points (81 goals, 173 assists). […]

Kevin Shattenkirk Is Coming Home

By: Leo Scaglione Jr., Pinch-Hitting For The Maven Kevin Shattenkirk dreamed about playing for the Rangers as a kid. Two decades later, the 28-year-old defenseman turned those dreams into reality. Shattenkirk, a native of New Rochelle, NY, signed with the Blueshirts Saturday after becoming an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career. “This […]

Vegas & Expansion Draft Gambles

Poof! Like the shake of casino dice, big gambles were taken in the newest Hockey-land by The Strip. Naturally, the Rangers, Islanders, Devils and Sabres were all involved. Las Vegas welcomed the NHL Expansion Draft with all the hoopla one expected from the city, then got into the business of picking players. And as Islanders dynasty-maker […]

Housley Comes Back Home to Sabres

The expression “Genius will out” fits Phil Housley‘s appointment as new Sabres head coach like a bowling ball making a perfect strike. Arguably the greatest American-born defenseman in history, Phil now joins an impressive list of Uncle Sam’s ice geniuses populating major league hockey. Try Mike Sullivan and Peter Laviolette for starters. And for Buffalonians, […]

Rangers Restructuring Underway

The immediate and long-range quest to improve the Rangers for the 2017-18 National Hockey League season has begun. Where it stops, only the Blueshirts’ high command — Glen Sather, Jeff Gorton, Alain Vigneault — will know after the Expansion Draft (June 21), Entry Draft (June 23-24) and Free Agent Frenzy play out their scripts. But […]

Rangers Need a Rally at Home

Senators 6, Rangers 5 (2 OT) The Ottawa Senators can be beaten in the playoffs as proven by two first-round losses to Boston. It’s just that the Rangers haven’t found the formula so far. Although, as the late, great Yogi Berra would have observed, “It’s getting late early.” For the Blueshirts, that is, they return […]

How Do Rangers & Sens Stack Up?

It’s easy — perhaps too easy — to forecast a relatively comfortable Rangers romp through their second round playoff series with the Senators, which begins Thursday in Ottawa. But overall, the facts are more on the Blueshirts side, whether you’re talking goaltending, defense or offense. Not to put the smack on the Senators because they […]

Home Ice Not an Advantage in Game 3

Canadiens 3, Rangers 1 It was easy to dismiss the Rangers‘ home-ice struggles during the homestretch as a mere aberration caused by the marathon schedule‘s Dog Days. However, it’s not simple — nor worthwhile — to dismiss losses at The Garden during the postseason because they could be playoff-fatal. When the Canadiens exited The World’s Most […]

Blueshirts Blank Habs in Game 1

RANGERS 2, CANADIENS 0 One down, three to go. [Rangers-Canadiens Channel Listings] With Game 2 of the New York-Montreal playoff slated for Friday night in Beautiful Downtown Montreal, the Rangers are secure in the knowledge that any Bell Centre House of Horrors jinx is as mythical as Mickey Mouse. But there was nothing mythical about […]

Rangers Iced By Pens in Shootout

PENGUINS 4, RANGERS 3 (SO) Arriving on Seventh Avenue last night, losers of four consecutive contests, the Penguins looked more like a bottom-feeder team than defending Stanley Cup champions. That, however, was before the opening puck-drop at The Garden. The host Rangers had returned from a three-game West Coast expedition that left them with three […]

Rangers Rev It Up In Motor City

RANGERS 4,  RED WINGS  1 Having emerged from a Hurricanes blasting in Carolina, the Rangers jetted to Michigan where they hoped to subdue Detroit’s all-but-out-of-the-playoffs Red Wings. Losing two straight to NHL basement-dwellers is not a game plan for confidence nor a high place in league standings. Hence, a victory over the Winged Wheelers at […]

Blueshirts Cage Panthers

RANGERS 5, PANTHERS 2 Exhausted, but joyful, over Part One of their Florida Expedition in Tampa Bay, the Rangers hedgehopped over to Sunrise last night for Part Two. Facing them was a Panthers club not unlike the New Yorkers previous foe, the Lightning, in that each is desperately clawing for a playoff berth. As for […]

Islanders Derail Rangers Streak

ISLANDERS 4, RANGERS 2 Like a mountaineer desperately trying to hoist himself to the next ledge, last night the up-and-down Islanders encountered their biggest obstacle. Similar to a boulder blocking their path, coach Doug Weight’s skaters had to somehow surmount a roaring Rangers sextet seeking its seventh straight victory. Yet, somehow, the Brooklynites got their […]

The King Beats The Kings

RANGERS 3, KINGS 2 Ever since that fateful day — June 13, 2014 — when the Los Angeles Kings booted the Blueshirts out of the Stanley Cup Final, an extra special delight accompanies every Rangers victory over the Tinseltowners. That exhilarating feeling was perpetuated last night at The Garden when New York’s King of the […]

Canadiens Conquer Invading Rangers

CANADIENS 5, RANGERS 4 The Rangers stood at attention during the pre-game anthem rendition of “O Canada” but by the end of the evening the tune title could have been re-written, “Oy-Vey, Canada.” Two straight Rangers losses to Canadian teams will do that, especially last night’s defeat at Montreal’s Bell Centre where a seemingly secure […]

Up-Tempo Rangers Down Devils

RANGERS 3, DEVILS 2 In the old days, they called it “Fire Wagon Hockey,” which meant playing the game at the fastest possible pace. This season “Fire Wagon Hockey,” — Rangers-style — has been given a contemporary m.p.h. that sometimes appears to exceed any reasonable speed limits. Whatever you want to call it, what the […]

Blueshirts Win in Winnipeg

RANGERS 2,  WINNIPEG 1 Any trip to Winnipeg could be chilly for Wintry visitors, even though Jack Frost doesn’t officially arrive until December 21st. But the Rangers have a warm feeling today as they head to Chicago for a Friday night encounter with the Blackhawks, having emerged with a 2-1 victory last night over the […]

Rangers Get Back on Track in Pitt

The Rangers Limited is back on its tracks and rolling headlong toward a Wednesday night encounter with the Penguins. What had been a two-game losing streak, The Blueshirts Local turned into a high-speed express required overnight and the result was a Monday night 5-2 thumping of Sidney Crosby & Co. at Consol Energy Center. Most impressive for […]

And Rangers Beat Goes On

Rangers 7, Canucks 2  At the rate the Rangers beat is going, the Blueshirts figure to advance from “Among The NHL Elite” level to being THE elite team in the 30-club circuit. Completing their Western Canadian three-win hat trick by overwhelming the Canucks, 7-2, in Vancouver, the Blueshirts return East for a test in Columbus […]

Rangers Get Right Back On Track

RANGERS 4, FLAMES 1 THE OVERVIEW The juggernaut that went for “naut” in the loss to Vancouver is speeding along again. Alain Vigneault‘s thinking after the Vancouver defeat simply was “What’s broke needs fixing.” So, he did some tinkering and the results speak for its success. THE KEYS TO VICTORY Michael Grabner‘s quick goal at […]