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Stunner! P.K. Subban Brings His Star Power to the Devils

Just when every Devils fan finished saluting Ray Shero‘s-nabbing-Jack Hughes, New Jersey’s General Manager made it a head-turning one-two punch. BAM-BAM; just like that, Newark’s hockey maestro then obtained dynamic, veteran defenseman P.K. Subban, thereby fortifying the one element that coach John Hynes needed fixing — defense. All things considered, the deal with Shero’s Nashville […]

Hughes and Kakko Provide Draft Dilemma for Devils and Rangers

To Hughes or not to Hughes? That is the question? With the National Hockey League’s Annual Entry Draft just around the corner, the spotlight will center on Jack Hughes, the enormously talented American, and The Finnish Flash, Kaapo Kakko. Heading into the homestretch, my random poll clearly indicates that New Jersey Devils general manager Ray […]

Isles Have What It Takes To Knock Off Penguins

The New York Islanders know all about the “difficult” and the “impossible.” While constructing a 103-point regular season record, they surpassed weekly challenges throughout the 82-game marathon. Cynics waited for them to fold; but they never did. [MSG Networks To Air Extensive Coverage of Isles First Round Series] As coach Barry Trotz often said, “We […]

Isles Get Their Trotz

With Lou Lamoriello already in the fold and Barry Trotz the latest to sign a contract, the Islanders have completed two-thirds of their personnel hat-trick. Completion, of course, will depend on whether the new Lou-Barry duet can persuade John Tavares to remain with the club as captain. That decision will likely come soon; around the July […]

Best Devils Rookie Seasons

The magic of Lou Lamoriello can best be translated by examining his outstanding rookie collection, which began with center Kirk Muller, no Mario Lemieux but a solid citizen all the way, productive, too. Emperor of them all was Martin Brodeur, whose nonpareil puck-stopping caused double-takes in his freshman year and seasons after. Following Marty’s first […]

NHL Draft Preview: Lamoriello to Stamp His Mark on Isles

With visions of landing another Mathew Barzal dancing in his head, Lou Lamoriello approaches the upcoming NHL Draft secure in the knowledge that he has chosen well in the past. Very well, as a matter of fact. The Islanders‘ spanking new director of hockey operations — not to mention general manager — constructed three New […]

Isles Find Missing Defensive D-Man And a Chimera Replacement

Still in playoff contention, the Islanders nevertheless announced weeks ago that they would not trade John Tavares, their captain and premier sharpshooter. Which meant that a potential blockbuster exchange essentially was removed from the table in Brooklyn while other plans were evaluated. Through Sunday, the Islanders’ high command was satisfied with the lone trade for […]

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 […]

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, […]