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  • Rangers’ Lias Andersson dilemma may need trade resolution

    New York Post "Under six minutes remained in the third period of a tie game at the Garden on Sunday afternoon and there was Lias Andersson on the ice, entrusted with the assignment by David Quinn. “I’m definitely ready whenever the coach calls on me,” the 21-year-old Swede told The..." November 12

  • Don Cherry out as co-host of ‘Coach’s Corner’ following "You people" controversy

    Global News "Long-time hockey commentator Don Cherry is out as co-host of Coach’s Corner following televised remarks where he claimed new immigrants don’t wear poppies and implied they don’t support veterans “Following further discussions with Don Cherry after..." November 11

  • Don Cherry addresses firing: 'I speak the truth and I walk the walk'

    Yahoo! Sports "Sportsnet dismissed hockey commentator Don Cherry after anti-immigrant comments during Saturday’s broadcast. Cherry sneered at Toronto and its surrounding communities for not purchasing poppies ahead of Remembrance Day, snarling at “you people” in an unprompted,..." November 11

  • Ron MacLean apologizes for allowing Don Cherry’s “discriminatory” rant

    Daily Hive "Don Cherry wasn’t the only broadcaster under fire for Saturday’s anti-immigrant comments during Hockey Night in Canada. Ron MacLean, his friend and longtime Coach’s Corner sidekick, faced heavy criticism for being complicit in Cherry’s rant. Cherry has..." November 11

  • When will enough be enough with Don Cherry and Coach's Corner?

    The Score "Don Cherry doesn't represent me. He likely doesn't represent you. The Canada he longs for, and the hockey community he longs for, have both long since passed out of date. But, in choosing a set of carefully crafted words over swift action for his most recent diatribe,..." November 11

  • Gary Bettman: Olympic participation 'incredibly disruptive' to NHL season

    The Score "NHL commissioner Gary Bettman remains resistant to the idea of allowing the league's players to participate in the 2022 Olympics in Beijing. "I don't want to sound like a broken record on the subject, but I think going to the Olympics is a challenge for us," Bettman..." November 09

  • KHL Stars Generating NHL Interest

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Teams around the NHL are always looking for an opportunity to add talent through means other than the draft, especially those that consistently pick in the back half of the round. In that way the KHL has always been a mysterious proving ground, where some players that find great success then..." November 08

  • As more defensemen succeed away from the NY Rangers, the seat under Lindy Ruff gets hotter

    Blue Seat Blogs "Lindy Ruff joined the Rangers prior to the 2017-2018 season. In the time that Ruff has been with the Rangers, we’ve seen three blue liners either traded or bought out by the Blueshirts: Ryan McDonagh, Kevin Shattenkirk, and Neal Pionk. Every single one of..." November 07

  • Silicon Valley fund seeks major stake in New York Knicks, Rangers

    New York Post "A giant buyout firm in Silicon Valley is looking to acquire major stakes in the New York Knicks and New York Rangers, The Post has learned. Silver Lake Partners — a firm that’s better known for its investments in Tesla and Alibaba — is angling to buy a big stake in..." November 05

  • How Filip Chytil is thriving in this huge Rangers spot

    New York Post "Filip Chytil has been back with the Rangers for two games this season and has two goals and two wins to show for it. The 20-year-old center may have his defensive work to thank. Chytil arrived from AHL Hartford last Monday with a focus on playing a more complete game, and so..." November 05

  • NHL Player Survey Reveals Players Don’t Believe There Is A Cocaine Problem In The League

    BroBible "Fifty NHL players were asked a number of interesting questions in ESPN’s NHL Player Confidential survey and one of the big takeaways was that a majority of players don’t believe that there is a cocaine problem around the league. The results revealed that 58% of..." November 05

  • Do NHL Players Want To Play For Seattle In Year 1? New Poll Reveals Answer

    NESN "The NHL’s expansion into Seattle still is more than a year away as the league prepares to add a 30th team to the ranks. But here’s the big question: Do players want to play in the Emerald City in Year 1? An anonymous poll conducted by ESPN posed that very question to 50..." November 05

  • The ugly, gory, bloody secret life of NHL dentists

    ESPN "WHEN THE PUCK finally came to rest, it was almost entirely inside Craig MacDonald's mouth. It was Dec. 21, 2007, and with 1:51 left to play, the Tampa Bay Lightning winger, working in his own zone, stepped in front of an errant, elevated slap shot that instantly cleaved a..." November 05

  • Why NHL teams should blow up the bridge deal and bet on young stars

    Sportsnet "John Chayka was pretty fresh on the job in 2016 when Clayton Keller became the first player drafted under his tenure as GM of the Arizona Coyotes. The scene was exactly what you’d expect after Keller’s name was called seventh overall; big smiles, hugs from the family, a bunch of..." November 04

  • Ref You Suck: Subpar Officiating Hurting NHL’s Image, Integrity

    Sinbin Vegas "I’m not one to blame officials for the outcome of games. I always believe that you make your own luck in sports. And I have yet to see a referee actually score a touchdown, sink a basket or put a puck in the net. But when the officiating negatively impacts the outcome of games,..." November 04

  • League Notes: Waiver Priority, Power Play, AHL Trades

    Pro Hockey Rumors "November 1st marks an important day on the NHL calendar, but one many may not be aware of. Fortunately, CapFriendly is here for the reminder. This day marks the official change over to the waiver priority by current NHL standings. In the first month of the season, as the sample size is too..." November 02

  • The ugly, gory, bloody secret life of NHL dentists

    ESPN "WHEN THE PUCK finally came to rest, it was almost entirely inside Craig MacDonald's mouth. It was Dec. 21, 2007, and with 1:51 left to play, the Tampa Bay Lightning winger, working in his own zone, stepped in front of an errant, elevated slap shot that instantly cleaved a..." November 01

  • 'Miracle on Ice' player Mark Pavelich found incompetent to stand trial

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "A player on the 1980 “Miracle on Ice” U.S. Olympic gold-medal hockey team has been found incompetent to stand trial in a criminal case involving charges that he beat a friend with a metal pole. The case against Mark Pavelich, 61, of Lutsen, Minn., was suspended Monday as..." October 31

  • Trade Bait: Leafs facing deadline with Zach Hyman nearing return

    TSN "It’s so early in the season for a TSN Trade Bait board that it’s scary. But it is Halloween - and we do like handing out little trade treats to mark the occasion. The Trade Bait board will undoubtedly take different shape as we move closer to the Feb. 24 trade..." October 31

  • USA Hockey increases penalty for on-ice slurs

    ESPN "USA Hockey announced Wednesday that it is increasing penalties for racial and derogatory slurs of any kind by way of a directive from the governing body's president. Anyone penalized under the rule that covers racial and derogatory slurs will now receive a match penalty, which..." October 31

  • 2019 NHL Heritage Classic Delivers Unique And Valuable Partner Activation Opportunities

    Forbes.com "From the ice-making to the fan experience, it takes a village to stage an event like the NHL’s Heritage Classic. “The tentpole events are most important for the fans,” commissioner Gary Bettman said last week in Regina, in the leadup to Saturday’s 2019 Heritage..." October 31

  • NHL players are paid like other major pro athletes — and ticket sales cover those wages

    Seattle Times "A number of readers wrote in last week inquiring about my statement that NHL players make salaries comparable to other major professional sports leagues. The wording attempted to add context to why NHL ticket prices are so high, namely because hockey players earn salaries..." October 30

  • Several NHL clubs enduring scary starts

    The Guardian "The current NHL season is nearly a month old, but several teams and players are having difficulties in the early going. With Halloween just around the corner, here's a look at those that are enduring scary starts. Mediocre Maple Leafs With just six victories in their first..." October 30

  • The Rangers’ changing of the guard has arrived

    New York Post "Remember that snapshot from Sunday night? All of a sudden it seems sepia-toned. Because 48 hours after being manhandled in embarrassing fashion by the powerful Bruins, a changing of the guard took place at the Garden right in front of everyone’s eyes in the..." October 30

  • Filip Chytil and Ryan Lindgren recalled from Hartford Wolf Pack

    Bluebird Banter "The New York Rangers announced that forward Filip Chytil and defender Ryan Lindgren have been recalled from their AHL affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack. Coming off a three-game weekend, both call-ups will have a slightly easier workload this week as the..." October 29

  • Bringing NHL Feuds to Centre Stage

    The Hockey Writers "In the media, and all over Twitter, capturing the banter between these two stars seemed to be priority one. The rivalry is fun, it’s gripping, and it has been going on for several seasons with no real end in sight. Whenever the Flames and Kings play each other, Doughty and..." October 28

  • Analyzing the NHL’s luckiest, and unluckiest, teams so far

    Sportsnet "Do you believe this is the year Buffalo, under Ralph Krueger, finally gets back to the playoffs for the first time in nearly a decade? Are the Tampa Bay Lightning just a shell of the 62-win team that dominated the regular season in 2018-19? Will Edmonton and Vancouver claim two of the top three..." October 28

  • Rangers get snapshot of how ugly this rebuild can be

    New York Post "This is what it looks like when a powerhouse team decides to flex its metaphorical muscle against one of the NHL’s most vulnerable squads. This is what the snapshot of the 2019-20 Rangers looks like when Mika Zibanejad and Jesper Fast are out of the picture. It looks..." October 28

  • Rangers' Vitali Kravtsov returns to KHL

    TSN "New York Rangers 2018 first-round pick Vitali Kravtsov has decided to exercise his European Assignment Clause, Larry Brooks of the New York Post reports. Friday was the first day Kravtsov could exercise the clause and Brooks reports the 19-year-old is signing a one-year..." October 25

  • K'Andre Miller's unique path to becoming a top Rangers blue-line prospect

    ESPN "K'Andre Miller, a sophomore defenseman for the Wisconsin Badgers' men's hockey team, has a star quality about him that is unmistakable, whether he's on the ice or off. The New York Rangers noticed it, too. They took Miller with their second of three..." October 25

  • Blue Jackets haven’t fallen apart without Artemi Panarin, Sergei Bobrovsky

    Pro Hockey Talk "After Artemi Panarin, Sergei Bobrovsky and Matt Duchene all walked in free agency, outside expectations for the Columbus Blue Jackets weren’t very high. Why would they be? Panarin was their most talented player and Bobrovsky was a two-time Vezina Trophy winner...." October 25

  • Who will be the Craig MacTavish of visors?

    TSN "Ryan O’Reilly is among the last of a dying breed. The Conn Smythe Trophy winner became the face of the St. Louis Blues’ Stanley Cup victory last season – in part because he’s one of the few players remaining in the NHL whose face isn’t protected by a..." October 24

  • Kaapo Kakko doubles down on harsh Rangers self-evaluation

    New York Post "In Finnish or in English, Kaapo Kakko has been hard on himself. The Rangers’ precocious 18-year-old forward did not walk back any of the things he said in his native tongue this weekend during an interview with a reporter from Finland in which he vented his frustration with how..." October 24

  • Yes, let’s get alumni involved in the NHL Skills Competition

    Pro Hockey Talk "Recently, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported that the NHL was looking into making some changes to the NHL Skills Competition for the 2020 All-Star Weekend this January in St. Louis. Some events — looking at you, updated Puck Control Relay — have..." October 24

  • Sticker shock aside, NHL Seattle is banking on fans paying big to watch its team in person

    Seattle Times "To say some local hockey fans gulped when initial NHL Seattle season-ticket prices were released last week would be inaccurate — it’s tough to swallow while spitting out coffee or enduring other reflexive actions after learning 44-game packages will cost from $12,540 to..." October 23

  • How five former Ottawa Senators are doing on new teams in 2019-20

    Sportsnet "A favourite pastime of any fan base is checking the status of franchise ‘expats.’ At times it can feel as though a fan’s former fave player is engaging in a very personal form of torture by performing very well with somebody else’s team. Extreme..." October 22

  • The NHL rules players would love to unfollow

    Toronto Star "No game is ever perfect, and hockey seems to tinker with its rules more and more every year. Everyone seems to have an idea of how to make the game they love just a little bit better. Even the players, who sounded off about coaches’ challenges, offside reviews, icing..." October 22

  • Kaapo Kakko: 'There is no fun in my game right now'

    Trade Rumors "It seems the 2nd overall pick in the 2019 entry draft isn't enjoying himself a whole lot at the moment. The New York Rangers Kaapo Kakko recently spoke to a media outlet in his home country of Finland where he stated things aren't going how he had hoped so far. October 22

  • Space Needle time capsule includes NHL Seattle’s final five name choices

    Pro Hockey Talk "Seattle NHL’s expansion franchise will have an official name sometime in 2020, but as of Monday the team is down to five choices ahead of their entry to the league for the 2021-22 season. On Monday, a time capsule that was sealed and won’t be opened until the..." October 22

  • Rangers struggle to solve 'troubling' play in four-game losing streak

    NHL.com "The New York Rangers have lost four in a row and they're worried about what coach David Quinn is calling their "troubling" inconsistencies. "It's too sporadic," Quinn said. "The [good] stretches aren't long enough and then when we do have a drop..." October 21

  • Jimmy Fallon accepts bet from New Jersey Devils' mascot . . . and loses

    Sporting News "They say you shouldn't make a bet with the devil, and Jimmy Fallon may have just learned his lesson. Thursday afternoon NJ Devil, the New Jersey Devils' mascot, tweeted at the popular late-night host for NBC asking if he wanted to make a bet regarding that evening's..." October 19

  • Why Rangers need to give Kaapo Kakko a bigger role

    New York Post "It is true in the macro sense that what is good for Kaapo Kakko is good for the Rangers. At this moment, though, what is good for the Rangers is promoting Kakko from the second power-play unit to the first, if not also getting the second-overall draft selection onto the first line at..." October 18

  • Exclusive: NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman sits down with Mile High Hockey

    Mile High Hockey "It was 83 degrees in Denver on October 9th. By the morning of October 10th, Denver’s first snowfall of the season had ripped through town while thermometers in the Mile High City read 19 degrees, a record-breaking temperature drop in just a matter of hours. And it couldn’t..." October 18

  • A guru to the goalies

    Winnipeg Free Press "Somewhere in the wilds of B.C.'s Okanagan Valley, just north of Kelowna, lives a man who never played the game. Nevertheless, Adam Francilia's work during the six-month-long National Hockey League season takes him on the road. A lot. It's a grind he says averages out to..." October 18

  • Wysh List: The most overrated advanced stats in hockey

    ESPN "Ron Hainsey was a plus-30 last season. That means Ron Hainsey was sixth in the NHL in something, at a time when Ron Hainsey shouldn't be sixth in the NHL in anything. Go back 15 years, and a plus-30 would have been an indisputable measure of a defenseman's prowess. But..." October 17

  • Jack Hughes, Kaapo Kakko downplay rivalry ahead of 1st meeting

    NHL.com "Jack Hughes and Kaapo Kakko will be headliners when the New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers play for the first time this season, at Prudential Center on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN). It's the first chance the hockey world has to see the top two picks in the 2019..." October 17

  • New York Rangers’ personnel deployment is already starting haunt the club

    Elite Sports NY "The 2019-20 season has already been a relatively weird one for the New York Rangers. After starting the year playing just five games in 16 days, with two stretches of four days off or more, New York has yet to really see what its lineup looks like during a consistent..." October 16

  • New York Rangers prospect Vitali Kravtsov can still opt for the European Clause

    Elite Sports NY "Things have not been going well for New York Rangers prospect Vitali Kravtsov. The forward did not make the squad coming out of training camp and was sent to the Hartford Wolf Pack, the Rangers AHL affiliate. Things from there seemed to go downhill. He..." October 16

  • Kaapo Kakko impressing Rangers despite lack of scoring

    NHL.com "Kaapo Kakko's English is improving, and his comfort level and confidence are growing. Now, two games into his NHL career, the desire the New York Rangers rookie forward has to produce is slowly rising to a level matching the hype that preceded him.  "I want to score, so..." October 11

  • NHL, SMT announce expanded partnership for puck, player tracking

    Sport Business "The National Hockey League has expanded its 20-year partnership with real-time scoring system provider SportsMEDIA Technology (SMT), which will now also become the league’s puck and player tracking partner. The puck and player tracking technology is designed to aid the..." October 11