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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

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 [...]

Not only was Henrik Lundqvist sporting a new mask at practice Wednesday, but a new contract extension as well. (photo: @nyrangers)

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 [...]

Chris Kreider and Cam Talbot during Saturday's 5-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks. (photo: NHL.com)

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 [...]

Gardenvision before (left) and after (right) the completion of the renovation.

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 [...]

Will some of the NHL's most important silverware stay with their current owners, or fine new homes in 2013-14?

Hockey Independent Roundtable: 2013-14 Season Predictions Part III – The Big Winners, Surprises And Disappointments

In the third installment of Hockey Independent’s predictions roundtable,  Cris Cohen, Seth Levin, Christopher Triantafilis and Benjamin Woodward  dust off their crystal balls one final time to predict which teams will surprise, disappoint and win it all. They also guess who will take home some of the major hardware at the end of the season. Biggest Surprise Cohen (@CC_927) Columbus Blue [...]

Hockey Independent Roundtable: 2013-14 Season Predictions Part II – The Western Conference

Hockey Independent Roundtable: 2013-14 Season Predictions Part II – The Western Conference

  Members of Hockey Independent’s writing staff - Cris Cohen, Seth Levin, Christopher Triantafilis and Benjamin Woodward - continue giving their  take on the race for the playoffs. In part II, they predict which teams will finish at the top of the new Westerm Conference and which will wind up with the two wild cards. Western Conference Central Division Cohen (@CC_927) 1) Chicago [...]

Hockey Independent Roundtable: 2013-14 Season Predictions Part I – The Eastern Conference

Hockey Independent Roundtable: 2013-14 Season Predictions Part I – The Eastern Conference

The NHL ushered in major changes for the 2013-14 season. Realignment, new divisions and a new playoff format could have major repercussions on how the playoff picture shakes out when all is said and done. In this first of three parts, members of Hockey Independent’s writing staff – Cris Cohen, Seth Levin, Christopher Triantafilis and [...]

The Rangers'  training camp motto, emblazoned on shirts handed out day one. (@NYRangers)

Backup Battle

The last thing that would have been expected in New York Rangers training camp was a battle for the backup goaltending position. With Martin Biron under contract for a final season and no other goaltender in the system ready to make the jump, why would there be? Enter 40-year-old Johan Hedberg, whom the Rangers invited to [...]

A Welcome Sight: Ryan McDonagh's agent shared this photo of the defenseman signing a 6-year deal with the Rangers

One Down … Four To Go?

The New York Rangers were relatively quiet on the first day of free agency, signing Dominic Moore, Benoit Poiliot and Aaron Johnson to one-year deals in an attempt to address depth issues. Monday, they began to spend what cap room they have where they most needed to – re-signing their own restricted free agents. First [...]

Dominic Moore, Benoit Pouliot and Aaron Johnson were signed by the Rangers on the first day of free agency (photos NHL,com)

Everything Old Is New Again

When the New York Rangers made the decision to keep Brad Richards around for at least the 2013-14 season, it all but guaranteed that the Rangers would not be writing out massive checks to unrestricted free agents. With about $14 million in cap space heading into July 5th, they need a good part of that [...]

Hockey Independent’s 2013 NHL Mock Draft, Part II

Hockey Independent’s 2013 NHL Mock Draft, Part II

Hockey Independent’s  2013 mock entry draft continues and concludes today, as members of the writing staff  - Benjamin Woodward (Bruins), Christopher Triantafilis (New York Islanders), Cris Cohen (New York Rangers), Seth Levin (New Jersey Devils) and WB Philp (Tampa Bay Lightning) – finish up round one with selections sixteen through thirty. 16 – Buffalo Sabres (from Minnesota Wild) GM: Triantafilis (@ChrisTriants) Selection: Valentin Zykov, LW, Baie-Comeau [...]

Hockey Independent’s 2013 NHL Mock Draft, Part I

Hockey Independent’s 2013 NHL Mock Draft, Part I

As the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks battled in what turned out to be an incredible six-game Stanley Cup Final, twenty-eight other teams already turned their attention to their offseasons. For some, it was hiring a new coach. Others, decisions were being made about exercising compliance buyouts once the window opens Wednesday night. But for [...]

Alain’s The Man

Alain’s The Man

Reports surfaced Friday that Mark Messier had indeed interviewed for the Rangers head coaching vacancy and that the Blueshirts had  permission to speak to Los Angeles Kings assistant John Stevens as well. Later in the day, news broke that former Vancouver Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault had taken himself out of the running for the [...]

Big Apple Turnover

Big Apple Turnover

 “The biggest part of my job is that and how you handle your top players to get them to play, and that falls on my shoulders.” – John Tortorella, on breakup day Anyone in the market for a head coaching job in the NHL? The New York Rangers are now accepting applications, as  the club [...]

Breaking Brad

Breaking Brad

On the verge of elimination, John Tortorella did something he probably never though he would have to do in his coaching career: make Brad Richards a healthy scratch. Less than two years ago he was the prized free agent who had teams flocking to his agent’s office in Missisauga to woo. It took nine years [...]

MSG was again a sea of blue prior to what might have been the Rangers' penultimate home game.

Still Looking For Answers, Rangers On The Brink

New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist knew he needed to be better for game 3 than he was in game 2 for his team to have any chance to get back into this Eastern Conference Semifinal against the Boston Bruins. Despite a sore shoulder he was, turning in a 32-save performance that gave his team [...]