Once again, and by design rather than mere happenstance, one of the NHL’s top teams is guaranteed to be knocked out during the first round of the playoffs, while a lesser club is ensured of advancing. What kind of a league is it that perpetuates this manifest injustice?Well, it’s the
Rangerstown is filled with folks attempting to conjure ways for the Blueshirts to move into the entry draft’s top three if luck isn’t with the club at the lottery drawing, and yes, I see you there among the riffraff, Mr. General Manager Jeff Gorton.Entering Wednesday night’s NBCSN showcase game against
ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Congratulations to the 2021-22 Blues on a terrific season. In the first year after Owners Lockout III canceled the 2020-21 campaign, and with Gary Bettman’s new “rules of equanimity” in place, the Blues amassed 174 points and finished third in the Central Division.They won 22 of
For the first time in 52 years and the first time ever, that is the history the Devils can prevent from happening by locking down a place in the playoffs.Because if the team on the other side of the Hudson is unable to reverse the recent downward slides of 3-6
This was always going to be a big season for Vladislav Namestnikov, monetarily speaking. But now that he is with the Rangers, it might be even more so.The 25-year-old winger who came over from the Lightning in the trade that sent Ryan McDonagh and J.T. Miller to Tampa Bay is
The twilight zone the Rangers operated in between management’s Feb. 8 rebuild decree and the Feb. 26 trade deadline has given way to another dimension, one in which projections for the future are at least partially on hold pending resolution of their coaching issue.For impressions created over the final month
It appears Patrik Laine couldn’t get enough of Carolina’s southern hospitality.During Winnipeg’s Sunday showdown with the Hurricanes, the Jets winger was spotted checking out a female fan seated behind his team’s bench inside PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C.Laine, 19 and an All-Star this year, was the star of Sunday’s game,
There is a lot of discovery to be done by the Rangers in the coming months and years, but some of the most interesting subjects will be seen sooner rather than later.Both of the Blueshirts’ first-round picks from this past draft, centers Lias Andersson (No. 7 overall) and Filip Chytil
Misfits? Leftovers? Or, just the Rangers, in the wake of the wholly unanticipated and strange sweep of their three-game trek through western Canada?1. The mandate from ownership/management to deconstruct and reconstruct was righteous, but there is no doubt that it caused trauma within the room and the coaches’ office.You say
EDMONTON, Alberta — Here is the type of confidence imbued within Bulgarian native Alex Georgiev, the neophyte netminder whose first NHL victory in his third career game, moved the Rangers to the marginal periphery of the playoff race.“It might sound unreal, but I always believed I could play in the
The Leeds University Union Women’s Hockey team encouraged party-goers to dress up as "lower class" people for the bash and that "ASBO behaviour" was expected.
Furious Leeds University Union chiefs sacked the team captain and banned them from competing in the prestigious Christie Cup - a huge sports tournament between universities
VANCOUVER, British Columbia — This was Jeff Gorton as Walter White absorbing Mike Ehrmantraut’s warning against taking half measures before the general manager took full measures of his own in the midst of a season that broke bad for the Rangers.
The era that bridged Jaromir Jagr, Sean Avery,
The Russians aren’t just meddling in our elections. Now they’re disrupting our Olympic hopes.
US men’s hockey coach didn’t extend his hand to his Russian counterpart at the end of Saturday’s brutal 4-0 loss — because he probably wanted to give him the finger.
The former New York Ranger blew
A fairy tale once came true and it happened to “U-S-A, U-S-A,” but this isn’t 1980 and Pyeongchang isn’t Lake Placid.
So, pockets full of miracles a thing of hockey history, sit back and enjoy the lads with intriguing backstories who will represent the Red, White and Blue in
Rick Nash’s 12-team approved trade list cuts across the border and could be expanded upon further review, No. 61 told Slap Shots on Saturday.
“I included the teams that I think have the best chance of winning the Stanley Cup and are also places I think would be good
The Rangers have played 1,005 games since the NHL reopened for business in 2005-06 and not in a single one of them have they taken the ice eliminated from playoff contention, their only tournament miss over the past dozen years coming via that 2009-10 season finale shootout defeat
Maybe the point is that the Islanders don’t want their fans to think things have changed. Maybe the point is to get people to think that they are close to the culmination of long-term plan — well, a very-long-term plan — and that patience remains the most important
The letter of intent from the president to his team’s season ticket-holders left no room for doubt.
“There are no shortcuts for building a team the right way,” he wrote. “It will require patience and a long-term view, but it is important for you to know that the process
GANGNEUNG, South Korea — Thrown together from leagues all over the world, the players shook hands and introduced themselves to teammates they’d never met but know well thanks to a bit of technology.
Long before their first practice together Friday, members of the US Olympic men’s hockey team connected
Sometimes when big-money contracts blow up, it is not on the team but on the player. In the case of the Rangers and Brendan Smith, it is the latter.
There is no joy in piling on Smith, placed on waivers Thursday on his 29th birthday just 54 games into
In the history of the NHL modern era starting with the 1943-44 introduction of the red line, one coach and one coach only has won the Stanley Cup for the first time in later than his fifth full season behind his team’s bench.
That would be Al Arbour, who
The Rangers are operating in past present tense, even if they are just three points out of a wild-card berth according to the standings that surely are an optical illusion.
For in losing six of their last seven and going 3-9 in their last 12 for the Blueshirts’ least
DALLAS — Just how, exactly, were the Rangers supposed to react Saturday night in Nashville when two of their players were taken out with egregious headshots, neither resulting in a penalty? The emotional response would have been to retaliate, and that might have been easier to swallow the
The reason is unclear why, in 1999, the Hockey Hall of Fame’s board of directors voted to abolish the selection committee’s ability to waive the three-year post-retirement waiting period for induction while contemporaneously awarding the honor to Wayne Gretzky.
But then this is a body — the HHOF, not
Henrik Lundqvist recognizes the landscape as well as anyone. The 35-year-old franchise goaltender understands the implications of the dramatic reboot/rebuild that looms with the Feb. 26 trade deadline approaching and the Rangers drifting on the fringes of the playoff picture.
And yet, in his first comments regarding a potential
Just as Cody McLeod steps into his role as designated enforcer — um, energy guy — for the Rangers, Matt Martin apparently has stepped off his for Toronto, a healthy scratch for the fourth straight game Thursday night on Broadway.
The Maple Leafs, you see, get their energy from
If the Rangers can force management to rethink its course approaching the Feb. 26 trade deadline, they’ve got 13 games in which to do it. Thirteen games to convince management that this indeed is a group worth keeping intact, or even bolstering, rather than applying a facelift.
A "chav-themed" party held by a female hockey team from a top UK university has been slammed.
The Leeds University women's hockey team invited party-goers to "dress as lower-class people" and said that "ASBO behaviour" was expected in a private message sent to the group.
The women also
Regarding the Rangers, who hit the top of the stretch a nose out of a playoff spot with 32 games to go beginning with Thursday’s match at the Garden against the Maple Leafs:
1. Based on point-per-game numbers, the Penguins project as the conference’s second wild-card spot with 92
Be it resolved that the NHL become the first pro sports league to stop allowing the tail of technology to wag the dog of competition and stop the madness of interminable video reviews. They just as often create more questions than answers.
It is not that difficult. Really it