March 22 2017 07:00AM
Over the past decade, the New York Rangers have become known or their goaltending. Stolen games, highlight reel saves, and a generally elevated PDO figures have become the hallmarks of the team’s backend. I’m referring, of course, to their exceptional backup goalies.
While Henrik Lundqvist has generally held down the fort as more or less the best goalie of the past ten years, the Rangers have quietly developed some solid backups. Goalie coach Benoit Allaire is to thank for this, masterfully turning diamonds in the rough into, well, diamonds. Although Martin Biron tapered off towards the end of his Rangers career, he was generally solid. Cam Talbot had that wonderful stretch of games while Lundqvist was out with a throat injury, and these past two seasons, Antti Raanta has stepped up to the plate in a major way for the team.
January 31 2017 08:00AM
The New York Islanders may have signed goaltender Thomas Greiss to a three-year, $10 million extension on Monday, but there was another bit of news that evening that perhaps piqued the interest of Isles fans.
Bloomberg News reported that people familiar with the financials of the Barclays Center organization have let on that a financial projection shared with potential investors indicates that the stadium, currently home to the New York Nets and a lucrative concert venue in its own right, would make more money without the Islanders. According to Bloomberg’s sources, the fact that the Islanders aren’t set to contribute any revenue after the 2018-19 season is a “clear signal that the team won’t play there”.
November 28 2016 11:00AM
At this point, Rangers vs. Flyers the day after Thanksgiving has become a part of the holiday tradition (or just another hockey game if you’re Canadian). And if you watched, you saw the Rangers eke out a win in front of an exceptional performance by Henrik Lundqvist.
You may have also noticed that the Rangers didn’t play particularly well, not having the puck much but capitalizing on their scoring chances when they did. This has been the story of the Rangers for some time now, with the team miraculously pulling out wins despite poor process – the Rangers currently have a league-high 12.15% shooting percentage.
All of this leads to a very valid question: what’s going on with the New York
October 10 2016 11:22AM
As a result, the pair of restricted free agents have gone unsigned and may miss time during the regular season that begins in just a few days. While the matter of how the Ducks will manage to sign both players with just $7.5 million in cap space is a discussion for another day, it’s worth looking at, in a vacuum, what kind of contracts the players might receive.
August 12 2016 01:00PM
The Colorado Avalanche are in need of a new coach, and may be on the verge on turning a new leaf. Patrick Roy resigned his post yesterday as head coach and vice president of hockey operations due to disagreements with general manager Joe Sakic. In a statement, Roy said "I have thought long and hard over the course of the summer about how I might improve this team to give it the depth it needs and bring it to a higher level.
To achieve this, the vision of the coach and VP-Hockey Operations needs to be perfectly aligned with that of the organization. He must also have a say in the decisions that impact the team's performance. These conditions are not currently met.” Sakic, for his part, described being caught off guard by Roy’s resignation, saying that he believed the two of them were on the same page as far as decision-making went. In any event, a new era is about to begin in Colorado, so let's take a look at what that might mean.