Matthew Blittner

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Gorton Looking For New Voice, Fresh Start for Rangers

By Matthew Blittner Special Contributor to Nothing lasts forever. That’s especially true about the tenure of NHL coaches. On Saturday night — not even six hours after the Rangers’ 5-0 loss to the Flyers — the team relieved Alain Vigneault of his coaching duties. [Fischler: Why Vigneault Got The Hook] The house cleaning continued […]

What’s Next for the Blueshirts?

By Matthew Blittner Special Contributor to The Rangers most trying season this decade has come to an end. In the Rangers 5-0 loss to the Flyers Saturday afternoon at Wells Fargo Center, the Blueshirts looked out of sorts from opening faceoff to the final horn. And now, with their season finale in the books, let’s […]

Graves, Richter Honored By Ice Hockey In Harlem

By Matthew Blittner Special Contributor to There’s no more potent a compliment I can give to former All-Star athletes than calling them, world-class gentlemen. On Wednesday night, Ice Hockey in Harlem hosted its annual Winter Sports Celebration; honoring two New York hockey legends: Adam Graves and Mike Richter. The first thing that comes to […]

Spooner Continues to Impress

By Matthew Blittner Special Contributor to No matter what, this rivalry never gets old. And with an influx of new talent, it will continue to evolve. In the Rangers 5-2 loss to the Devils Tuesday night at Prudential Center, Ryan Spooner — one of the “new guys” in the rivalry — was responsible for giving […]

How Long Does it Take To Become a “Ranger?”

By Matthew Blittner Special Contributor to There’s an old saying amongst athletes that it’s not enough to wear the jersey. You have to have some seminal moment that truly makes you a member of your team. For MSG Networks analyst, Joe Micheletti, that moment was more the culmination of his hard work rather than […]

Skjei Emerging As Leader on Rangers Blue Line

By Matthew Blittner Special Contributor to It’s not often a sophomore player is looked upon as a leader. But that’s exactly the situation Brady Skjei is in. The Rangers’ 2012 first-round draft pick has played under the burden of high expectations for most of his life. But he loves the added responsibilities. And his […]

Familiar Faces, Different Jerseys, Back At The Garden

By Matthew Blittner Special Contributor to For Dan Girardi, Ryan McDonagh and J.T. Miller, Friday night’s game at The Garden will be a homecoming. The trio of former Rangers are returning as visitors for the first time in their careers. And, they will be joined by Ryan Callahan and Anton Stralman, who have been […]