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Halfway through the season, NHL playoff picture is set

Who would have thunk it? Every season since this whole “loser’s point” thing that Senor Bettman introduced after Lockout: The Sequel, the playoff picture has been cloudy up until the last week of the season. This time around, the playoff picture is crystal clear, and the games remaining are more about jockeying for positioning than qualifying for the postseason. In…

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Klein is off to a pretty good start.

Is it time to sell high on Kevin Klein?

Continuing with the trend of posts that will get me yelled at, it’s time to look at Kevin Klein, his career season, his career averages, and if anything like what we’ve seen so far this season will continue. Klein is having a sensational season this year. He’s already doubled his career high in goals (8), is well on his pace…

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All Star Game open thread

Today is the NHL All Star Game, and Rick Nash will be the lone representative for the New York Rangers. Yesterday, Team Foligno beat Team Toews in the skills competition 25-19 after all six events were completed. I didn’t get a chance to watch that (or the draft, which was supposedly very cool), but it appears a good time was…

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World Cup of Hockey set for September 2016

The World Cup of Hockey is back. Gary Bettman announced the return of the tournament today, slated for September 2016. The tournament will be two weeks, beginning on September 17, 2016 at the Air Canada Center in Toronto. Eight teams will be competing in the tournament: Canada, USA, Russia, Sweden, Finland, Czech Republic, Team Europe (the remaining European countries not…

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How will Zuccarello fare this season?

Why keeping Mats Zuccarello is a must for the New York Rangers

Yesterday I wrote how Marc Staal’s contract extension, combined with all other contracts on the books for next season, may mean that Carl Hagelin is the odd-man out for next year’s plans. Saying that people were divided on the issue would be an understatement. The loudest folks against dealing Hagelin were wondering why the Rangers would keep Mats Zuccarello. But…

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McKenzie: Rangers may have interest in Antoine Vermette

Per Bob McKenzie on NHLN’s NHL Live yesterday (via Nichols on Hockey), the New York Rangers may have interest in Phoenix Arizona Coyotes center Antoine Vermette. Vermette is one of the few offensive bright spots on the ‘Yotes, but the 32 year old center is also a pending UFA primed to get a decent pay raise on his $3.75 million salary…

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Carl Hagelin, even better than you think.

Does the Staal extension mean Carl Hagelin is the odd man out?

Whether you like the extension or not, Marc Staal is signed for the next six years at $5.7 million. The biggest concern across the board, outside of whether you wanted Staal re-signed, is about re-signing the rest of the key free agents: Mats Zuccarello (UFA), Martin St. Louis (UFA), Derek Stepan (RFA), and Carl Hagelin (RFA). They will also need to…

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