2014 WJC: Skjei, Buchnevich continue strong play

Aside from three straight USA wins, one thing that has been very nice to watch over the past few days is the impressive play of the Rangers prospects in action in the 2014 World Junior Championship. Both Brady Skjei (USA, 2012 1st) and Pavel Buchnevich (Russia, 2013 3rd) have had strong tournaments thus far, and have been key cogs as…

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2014 WJC: Buchnevich with another assist; both Russia and USA win

Yesterday both Pavel Buchnevich (Russia) and Brady Skjei (USA) were in action in the 2014 World Junior Championships, with both teams winning to improve to 2-0-0-0 for the round robin. Buchnevich (2013 3rd) notched an assist on the powerplay for Russia’s 7th goal in their 7-1 win over Switzerland. Skjei did not register a point and was a +1 in…

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2014 WJC: Buchnevich notches assists in win; Skjei strong in win

Both Ranger prospects participating in the 2014 World Junior Championships contributed to their teams victories this afternoon. Pavel Buchnevich (2013 3rd) had 2 assists and 4 PIMs in Russia’s 11-0 blowout of Norway. Brady Skjei was a +1 USA’s 5-1 win over the Czech Republic. Skjei, who got comparisons to Ryan McDonagh on the air during the game, is a…

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2014 World Juniors kick off today

The 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship kicked off this morning, with Canada dominating Germany by a score of 7-2. The other game that is currently underway is Russia against Norway, with the Russians leading 10-0 in the second period (not on TV). USA faces off against the Czech Republic today at 11:30. The Rangers have two players in the tournament…

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USA Hockey debuts 2014 Olympic jerseys, to mixed results

As Olympic orientation camps get under way this week, many of the new unis that the teams will wear are being unveiled.  On Tuesday, Nike revealed the uniforms for the 2014 American Squad, to mixed results. The jerseys continue the trend of Edge® style moisture wick design, however, these two have something of a euro influence, perhaps more common on…

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Nieves, Skjei make final USA evaluation roster

Boo Nieves (2012, 2nd) and Brady Skjei (2012, 1st) both made it to the final round of cuts for Team USA for the World Juniors. The team still needs to be cut by six forwards and four defensemen (and a goalie), so Skjei and Nieves haven’t made the roster yet. Skjei was one of the final cuts last year for…

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The solution no one wants to think about (including me)

Things are a little slow here in Rangerland as we count down to the pre-season, so I thought I’d tackle a more global topic. Not withstanding the (now completely predictable) labor squabbles of recent years, the NHL has consistently investigated and implemented ways to improve its overall on-ice product.  They aren’t plagued with the constant felony arrests of the NFL…

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McDonagh, Callahan, Stepan invited to US Olympic Camp

Ryan McDonagh, Derek Stepan, and Ryan Callahan have all been invited to US Olympic Camp, to be held in the last week of August. Callahan, who could serve as one of the captains or alternates, is returning after earning a silver medal in the 2010 games. McDonagh and Stepan will by vying for their first Olympic appearance.

Nash, Staal invited to Canada Olympic camp, but not Girardi

Rick Nash and Marc Staal were 2 of 47 invited to Canadian Olympic camp, as Canada looks to form their team from this group. Nash was on the 2006 and 2010 rosters, but Staal was left off the 2010 roster after receiving an invite. Dan Girardi was notably absent from the list, but there are a lot of big names there.

NHL/IIHF reach Olympic agreement

The NHL has announced that NHL players will be participating in the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia. This announcement was expected for a few days now, and it comes as no surprise that NHL players will be participating. The Olympics –at least the hockey portion– will run from February 12, 2014 until February 23, 2014 and the NHL will be…

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