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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, […]

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 […]

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 […]