Rangers Will Not Open In Europe Next Year

February 6, 2012, by

Per Larry Brooks, it looks like the Rangers will not open in Europe next year. It was previously expected that the Blueshirts would open next season and the year after in Europe because of the ongoing construction at The Garden, but next year is different.

With the current Collective Bargaining Agreement expiring at the end of the season, the NHL could not secure dates for any NHL team to travel to Europe to open the season. Although no lockout is expected, the NHL couldn’t commit to any dates.

Instead, it looks like the Rangers will simply open the season on an extended road trip to the west coast, and slowly travel back east until the end of October when The Garden opens again.

This isn’t exactly unexpected, as the end of the current CBA has been one of those situations that has been forced to the back of our minds for a while. There are many hot topics to be discussed. And although another lockout is expected, there is no guarantee that the labor situation will be resolved in time to send teams to Europe in September.

Considering how the Rangers played in October, and their hectic travel schedule to open this season, this may be a blessing.

Categories : Business of Hockey


  1. Walt says:

    We have to play west coast teams, so lets get it out of the way early in the season, and be in a position to have a reduced travel schedule at the end of the season, when we will need our energy the most!!!!!


    If Larry Brooks wrote this up, bet the house we open in Europe, ha, ha, ha!!

  2. Rickyrants13 says:

    They are all morons a Long West coast trip could set a team back way too much It almost hurt us this year. When will the Rangers brass wake the hell up and use the building right here to play in. THey have the New one in the Bronx. They could also use the Izod center play a game in Philly and one at the Island as well as NJ and band you dont have to change everything up so much

  3. Billrabatin says:

    Great point Just because you are playing away games it doesn’t have to be 3000 miles away!!!!.There will also be a new 14k capacity rink in Brooklyn.Play up and down the eastern seaboard.Montreal to Fla…Stay in the timezone Dummies!