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Free agency is upon us, only four days late after a pointless lockout. Earlier this week, the Penguins locked up Kris Letang, and the Flyers signed both Mark Streit (acquired via trade from the Islanders) and Vinny Lecavalier (bought out by the Lightning). There are a lot of interesting names on the market, but the overall strength of this free agent class is weak.
As for the Rangers, they don’t have much room to work with, so don’t expect them to be active. Use this as your open thread for the day.
11:35am- Panthers re-sign Shawn Matthias, 2 years/$3.5m.
11:56am- Former Ranger Lauri Korpikoski re-signs in the desert, 4 years/$10 million to stay with the ‘Yotes. (stick tap, Tim B)
12:02pm- Evgeni Nabokov re-signs with Islanders, 1-year, $3.25 million.
12:07pm- Kyle Chipchura re-signs with Coyotes, terms yet to be disclosed.
12:11pm- Andrew Ference departs Boston to sign in Edmonton for 4 years, $3.25 million AAV ($13m total).
12:13pm- Islanders sign depth forward Peter Regin to 1 year, $750k deal.
12:14pm- Florida signs Joey Crabb to a 2 year/$1.2 million contract.
12:17pm- Alfredsson deal official in Detroit: 1 year, $5.5 million (including $2 million in bonuses).
12:18pm- Goalie carousel in Philly continues, Ray Emery signs for 1 year, $1.65 million.
12:24pm- Formers Sharks backup keeper Thomas Greiss signs 1 year deal in Arizona (750k).
The Rangers lost this afternoon in overtime. But there are three other games tonight that are worth watching. The Leafs and Bruins (Bruins lead 1-0) drop the puck at 7pm on CNBC. The Ducks and the Red Wings (Series tied 1-1) start at 7:30pm on NBCSN. Finally, the Blues and Kings (Blues up 2-0) drop the puck at 10pm on NBCSN.
If you don’t want to watch the other games, and are in for the night, use this to discuss whatever you want. The Bulls and Nets are on tonight, if you like basketball. Enjoy.
Another three series kick off tonight, as the Bruins (#4) and Maple Leafs (#5) kick things off at 7pm on CNBC. At 7:30pm, the Sidney Crosby-less Penguins (#1) and Islanders drop the puck on NBCSN/MSG+. And the Canucks (#3) take on the Sharks (#6) at 10:30pm on NBCSN. If last night was a sign of things to come, then tonight’s games should be exciting as well.
The Knicks are also playing tonight, as they look to close out the series with Boston in Game Five. The Yankees are also in action. Or just watch the video a bunch of times and pray that Staal plays tomorrow.
The playoffs are here, and you have three games to choose from tonight for your enjoyment. Chicago (#1) and Minnesota (#8) drop the puck at 8pm on NBCSN, the Kings (#4) and the Blues (#5) also play at 8pm on CNBC, and the Ducks (#2) and Red Wings (#7) play at 10:30pm on NBCSN. Personally, I’ll be watching the Kings/Blues.
If you’re not into non-New York hockey, then the Yankees and Mets are both in action tonight as well. Use this to discuss whatever your heart desires. Or you can just watch the video above over and over again.
Sorry again about no goal breakdown, but the Rangers picked up two big points against the Devils today, winning by a score of 4-0. Hank bagged his second shutout of the season and Rick Nash enjoyed a dominating performance with two goals. There were contributions from all over the ice, including two point performances from Ryan Callahan, Brad Richards and Derek Stepan. The win gives the Blueshirts 56 points, 22 regulation wins and a temporary hold on the 6th seed in the East. I thought I’d use this post as an open thread for everyone to talk about the game, plus lay out the possible playoff matchup scenarios the Rangers could find themselves in.
6th Seed: Since the Islanders are already done, it comes down to the Ottawa Senators to change the seeding. The Sens have two remaining games and 54 points. For the Rangers to stay in 6th place, the Sens would need to lose at least one game in regulation or lose both in OT/shootout. In that case, The Sens would either finish with less or the same amount of points as the Rangers, and the Rangers would hold the tiebreaker on regulation victories. Read More→
The trade deadline is today at 3pm, and the Rangers have already been active. They’ve acquired Ryane Clowe for draft picks, and are rumored to be in on Ryan O’Byrne, a right handed defenseman form Colorado. Jamie McBain was a name rumored to be available, but with Joni Pitkanen getting hurt, it’s unlikely the Canes move him.
Use this as your open thread to discuss the deadline deals. Major deals will be posted here as well.
11:32 – Sounds like Miikka Kiprusoff will block any trade as Darren Dreger reports that he will stay in Calgary and may retire at the end of the season. Ben Bishop, Roberto Luongo and Ryan Miller just got more valuable.
12:03 – Not a trade, but the Winnipeg Jets picked up Mike Santorelli off waivers from the Florida Panthers.
It’s Super Bowl Sunday, so I hope you are all stuffing your faces with every kind of food imaginable. If you aren’t watching the game, then you really aren’t watching any sporting event. All hockey games end at 6pm, just in time for kick off.
Even if you don’t like football, I’d recommend watching the commercials. Discuss whatever.
Here’s the press release for last night’s Whale game, a shutout loss (1-0) to Portland. Feel free to use this as your open thread for the day. Lots of football on.
Portland Pirates 1, Connecticut Whale 0
By Wil Goldsholl
Hartford, CT, December 15, 2012 – The Portland Pirates shut the Connecticut Whale out, 1-0, at the XL Center on Saturday, leaning on an early Andy Miele goal and a shutout performance from Mark Visentin. The loss was Connecticut’s second at home in two nights, after a 4-3 defeat to the Albany Devils Friday evening.
Chances were few and far between for Connecticut, despite the fact that they only trailed 32-28 in the final shot count. There were close chances early for the Whale, including a wild bounce on a dump-in with the Kris Newbury-Shayne Wiebe-Christian Thomas line out and a Logan Pyett-Ryan Bourque two on one chance that never made it to the net. It took Connecticut over twelve and a half minutes to earn their first shot on goal. Miele was a assessed a holding minor at 10:41 and the Whale earned credit for their first shot just as the power play was expiring.
Miele, however, would come out of the penalty box and, receiving assists from Mark Louis and Rob Klinkhammer, cut through the slot and back to beat Cam Talbot in the Connecticut crease. Miele’s sixth of the year came at 13:04.
Again sorry for the inconsistency with posting these folks. We are going to do our best to get these up for the SCF games at a minimum. The Devils have their work cut out for them, and are looking to be the first team to win the Cup after losing the first two games at home. The Kings are inserting Simon Gagne into the lineup for some inexplicable reason. You don’t mess with what works.
No local teams are in action tonight. Use this as your open thread. Discuss the game, or whatever else you want. Just keep it civil.
Tonight the Kings will make their second attempt to close out the Coyotes and earn a trip to the Stanley Cup Finals. They would be the first 8 seed to defeat the top three seeds en route to Stanley Cup Finals, and just the second 8 seed to even make it to the Finals.
Use this as your open thread for the night to discuss the game, any of the local teams in action, or the NBA Playoffs. Keep it civil please.