RANGERS HEADING TO THE STANLEY CUP FINALS After 20 years the New York Rangers are back in the Stanley Cup Finals. A 1-0 win in Game 6 over the Montreal Canadiens has New York heading to the Stanley Cup Finals and now wait for the winner of Chicago – Los Angeles. The Stanley Cup Finals begin Wednesday, June 4. New York will be looked at as an underdog against LA or Chicago but this team isn’t going to be the 2012 New Jersey Devils who were a bit of a fluke team to get through the East and were no matchup for the superior Kings. Have to give New York a shot with Henrik Lundqvist in goal. New York is a better team that people wanted to give them credit for. The Rangers are four lines deep with speed, have a franchise defenseman in Ryan McDonagh, two No. 2 typeRead More »
ST LOUIS A GOOD BET TO BE TRADED BY THE SUMMER? The Marty St. Louis to the New York Rangers chatter is only heating up. St. Louis demanded a trade prior to the Olympics and the buzz around the league is that St. Louis stance has not changed one bit despite being added to Team Canada. One NHL source said St. Louis is a man of his word and won’t change his mind. St. Louis had every opportunity to kill the trade speculation today when he met with reporters and he didn’t. “The only thing I can say about that is I’ve had conversations with Steve on my future here,” St. Louis said, via the Tampa Times “Out of respect for my teammates I think that’s all I’m going to say about that. I’m not going to get into answering this question every day. I’ve had conversations with Steve aboutRead More »
INSIDE THE METROPOLITAN DIVISION 1. PITTSBURGH PENGUINS, 70 POINTS 2. NEW YORK RANGERS, 57 POINTS 3. PHILADELPHIA FLYERS, 56 POINTS 4. COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS, 54 POINTS 5. NEW JERSEY DEVILS, 53 POINTS 6. WASHINGTON CAPITALS, 52 POINTS 7. CAROLINA HURRICANES, 49 POINTS 8. NEW YORK ISLANDERS, 49 POINTS BLUE JACKETS SURGING The Columbus Blue Jackets have won a club record seven straight games and are 11-3 in their last 14 games. Things are starting to click for the Blue Jackets as their top players are healthy and rounding into form. The Blue Jackets have moved into the No. 2 wildcard spot and started peaking last year in between games 34-48, going 11-3 in their final 14 games and if the regular season had been 52 games instead of 48 games, they probably get in as they were playing some excellent hockey down the stretch. The key for them has beenRead More »
Henrik Lundqvist won’t be hitting the open market this summer. The New York Rangers have locked up the franchise goaltender to a seven year, $59.5 million extension. The deal will be the highest cap hit for a goaltender in NHL history. While the Rangers probably went a year or two longer than they wanted, the Rangers had no choice but to make this deal with the 31 year old netminder. With the cap expected to be in the $90-$100 million range in the next five to six years, this is not a bad contract, assuming the Rangers are getting another four to five great years out of Lundqvist. Lundqvist is having a down season, but has a career 2.26 GAA and .920 save percentage. That’s Elite. In the post-season, he’s 30-37 but his win-loss record is more of a product of the team around him. Lundqvist has a career 2.28Read More »
The New York Rangers have a deal in place for Sharks winger Ryane Clowe, a league source confirms. Clowe is in the procress of waiving his no trade clause to the Rangers and the deal will be completed this evening. TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports the expected price will be a second round pick, third round pick and a conditional second round pick if he resigns. Clowe who was extremely coveted, has as many goals as Tanner Glass has this season; ZERO.
NHL RUMOR THURSDAY *On TSN’s Insider Trading tonight, featuring NHL insiders Pierre LeBrun and Bob McKenzie, they listed the Los Angeles Kings as one of the top teams likely to be in the sweepstakes for Jarome Iginla. The Kings are interesting because all of the chatter this past summer and even at last years trade deadline among a few NHL sources surrounding Iginla, is that the Kings were the one team he had his sights set on joining were he to waive his no trade clause. There’s a good chance the Kings remain the destination Iginla wants to go. He will get to dictate everything.
NHL RUMOR SUNDAY The Atlantic Division could see some big names being moved by the April 3rd trade deadline or this summer. Marian Gaborik tops the list as the New York Rangers are shopping the star winger for a top flight center, NHL sources say. Sources indicate GM Glen Sather remains infatuated with trying to acquire Sharks center Joe Thornton but the buzz is this type of deal would be more likely to happen during the summer than before the trade deadline. Those around the league say the Rangers shopping Gaborik in the “right deal” is a sign that John Tortorella’s seat isn’t even warm as Tortorella is regarded as growing tired of Gaborik and a likely driving force to the Rangers at least exploring potential trade options for Gaborik. Meanwhile, struggling center Brad Richards is suddenly becoming a hot topic in league circles. In the second year of a 9 year,Read More »
NHL NEWS & NOTES Kunitz named NHL second star of the week: For the week ending February 3rd, Penguins left winger Chris Kunitz was named the NHL’s second star, the league announced today. Thomas Vanek took home the No. 1 star and Roberto Luongo was named No. 3 star of the week. Kunitz tallied eight points (five goals, three assists) in four games, including a pair of game-winning goals, as the Penguins (6-3-0) won three of four games to take the Atlantic Division lead. Kunitz recorded one assist in a 4-1 loss to the New York Islanders Jan. 29, tallied one goal, two assists and a +4 rating in a 5-1 win over the New Jersey Devils Feb. 2 and he finished the week with the first four-goal game of his NHL career on four shots in a 6-3 victory over the Washington Capitals Feb. 3. Kunitz has a club-leadingRead More »