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Likes: Hockey, the New York Rangers, King Henrik, singing the Rangers goal song, "The Save", the sound skates make against ice, heckling Marty Brodeur. Dislikes: 3-point games, front-office mismanagement, Denis Potvin, overpriced arena beer. Interested? Follow me on Twitter: @CC_927

Nothing Personal, Just Business

Nothing Personal, Just Business

Four summers ago, the New York Rangers metaphorically backed a Brinks truck up to  Newport Sports Management and unloaded a 9-year, $60-million contract to the most coveted free agent in 2011, Brad Richards. At the time, it seemed like a preposterous and pretty blatant attempt to circumvent the salary cap – with $12 million each [...]

The End Of The Line

The End Of The Line

The New York Rangers’ unexpected march toward the Stanley Cup ended in the wee hours of Saturday morning on the east coast with a dramatic 3-2 double overtime loss in game 5 to the Los Angeles Kings. There’s no denying that the Kings were the stronger, more complete team, getting offense from everywhere in their [...]

Down, But Not Entirely Out

Down, But Not Entirely Out

Inside the New York Rangers’ “Hockey House” prior to game three of the Stanley Cup final, one wouldn’t have known that the home team was in a 2-0 hole as it prepared to host its first Final game in 20 years. On the first floor, fans were taking photos in mockups of players’ dressing room [...]

Rangers Get Mad, Unable To Get Even

Rangers Get Mad, Unable To Get Even

Conventional wisdom would dictate that it would be the team that has led in 50:03 minutes of Stanley Cup Final play would have a 2-0 series lead, as opposed to the team that has led for none. Conventional wisdom has flown out the window in this series. In an agonizing case of deja vu, the [...]

Rangers Need To "B" Better

Rangers Need To “B” Better

The day after the New York Rangers’ 3-2 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Kings in game one of the Stanley Cup Final, coach Alain Vigneault put it quite simply: “One thing that’s evident to me, and it should be to our whole group, is we’re not going to beat this team if we do [...]

Well, Why Not?

Well, Why Not?

I really don’t know why they’re bothering to even drop the puck Wednesday night. After all, if the entire world is to be believed, Gary Bettman came out after the Los Angeles Kings defeated the Chicago Blackhawks in overtime Sunday night, congratulated both teams on a great series, then told Kings captain Dustin Brown to [...]

Above And Beyond

Above And Beyond

New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault might have had the quote of the evening in his postgame press conference following the Rangers’ 1-0 Eastern Conference-clinching win over the Montreal Canadiens, when a reporter asked him what his reaction would have been if, back in October, someone had told him they’d be in the Cup finals [...]

Suspension Of Disbelief

Suspension Of Disbelief

Sometimes, all it takes is one action to turn someone who was once so beloved into someone so hated. Once upon a time, Brandon Prust was a beloved New York Ranger. After delivering a late, high hit on Derek Stepan in the first period of the Rangers’ 3-2 overtime loss to the Canadiens Thursday night, [...]

Feeling The Love

Feeling The Love

  When the New York Rangers take the ice for game three of the Eastern Conference final Thursday night at Madison Square Garden, it will have been eleven days since the last time they played in front of the he home crowd. That was Mother’s Day, game six of the Metropolitan Division Final against the [...]

Answering The Bell

Answering The Bell

 It took less than three hours of a beautiful Saturday afternoon for the New York Rangers to destroy much of the narrative that existed before the puck dropped on their Eastern Conference Final series against the Montreal Canadiens. “The Rangers can’t score on Carey Price.” It was fitting that Martin St. Louis opened up the scoring, [...]

Broadway Revival

Broadway Revival

Most nights in New York City, the dramas are playing out on the Great White Way. The last two weeks have been an exception to the rule, as the New York Rangers starred in a comeback story that rivals the one currently playing at the Winter Garden Theatre. Tuesday night the Blueshirts pulled off what [...]

Just Deserts

Just Deserts

Over the course of an average NHL season, there are times where a bad bounce or a bad call could be the difference between winning and losing a game. Most of the time though, teams often get what they deserve. Boy did the Rangers get exactly what they deserved Tuesday night. After coming out of [...]

The Battle Of The Broads

The Battle Of The Broads

If one of the goals of the NHL’s restructuring of the Stanley Cup playoff structure was to have more rivals go head-to-head, Gary Bettman and company must have been dancing down the Avenue Of The Americas when the Philadelphia Flyers secured the third seed in the Metro Division and a first-round date with the second-seeded [...]

Captain Swap

Captain Swap

Jerry Seinfeld has a bit about “rooting for the laundry,” when it comes to sports, as opposed to the individuals who are wearing the laundry. When you’ve watched a player come through your team’s organization, put his heart, soul and body into every game every night, become the embodiment of a team’s persona and its [...]

Freezing Bronx Gives Rangers A Warm Welcome

Freezing Bronx Gives Rangers A Warm Welcome

Fans pouring out of the 161st Street subway station and heading into Yankee Stadium to support their team is not an uncommon sight. However, when it’s the end of January and it’s a sea of Rangers blue and Devils red, it certainly is. Over 50,000 people showed up in the Bronx to witness the first [...]

From Broadway To The Music City - Del Zotto Sent To The Preds

From Broadway To The Music City – Del Zotto Sent To The Preds

When 2008 first round draft pick Michael Del Zotto made the jump from the OHL to the NHL in the 2009-10 season, visions of the 19-year-old being a puck-moving, power-play quarterbacking defenseman danced in Rangers fans’ heads. Trade rumors have been swirling about Del Zotto for weeks. Rangers brass had met with his agent at [...]

It's Good To Be The King

It’s Good To Be The King

Any to-do about a goaltender controversy was  put to bed Wednesday when the New York Rangers announced an agreement with Henrik Lundqvist on a 7-year  contract extension worth $59.5 million that also features a full no-move clause. The contract will keep “The King” in a Rangers uniform until he is 39, essentially making him a [...]

The Ghosts of Rangers Past, Present And Future

The Ghosts of Rangers Past, Present And Future

Saturday was Kids’ Day at Madison Square Garden, so it seemed apropos that two rookies – Chris Kreider (first career hat trick) and Cam Talbot (35 saves) – led the way in the New York Rangers 5-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks. The present and the future closed the books on the  past. Those two [...]

Two Bridges To Nowhere

Two Bridges To Nowhere

The New York Rangers road trip from hell, necessitated by the  third and final year of the billion-dollar renovation of Madison Square Garden, concluded Saturday night with a dramatic 3-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings in the dying seconds of overtime. Monday night, Madison Square Garden opened the finished product up to Rangers fans, [...]

Rangers Search For New Net Results In Roster Shakeup

Rangers Search For New Net Results In Roster Shakeup

With the way the three games that followed went, it’s almost hard to believe that one week ago, Jonathan Quick’s gift goal to Ryan McDonagh was the talk of the hockey world. A 9-2 demolishing the next night at the hands of rookie Tomas Hertl and the San Jose Sharks, followed by a 6-0 blanking [...]