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94 Stanley Cup Final in review

Thoughts: 1) So the hockey season finally ends. Again, thanks to all of you for hanging in there start to finish, and hopefully you’ll stick around all summer. Going to be an interesting one, and I think the action starts next week, heading into, and at the draft. 2) The…

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172 Stanley Cup Final Game 6 … It’s Go Time!

Stanley Cup Final Game 6. Penguins at Sharks. (Penguins lead 3-2.) Can the San Jose Sharks (a.k.a. Martin Jones) extend the hockey season a few more days? Speaking of which, Game 7 wouldn’t be until Wednesday. This series started May 30. Could it be stretched out any more?…

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118 Stanley Cup Final Game 5 … It’s Go Time!

Stanley Cup Final Game 5. Sharks at Penguins. (Penguins lead 3-1.) Will it be “Captain Sidney Crosby, come get the Stanley Cup!” … or “Do you know the way (back) to San Jose?” I won’t be surprised one bit if the mediocre Sharks — easily one of…

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109 Game 2: Sharks at Penguins … It’s Go Time!

Stanley Cup Final Game 2. Sharks at Penguins. This qualifies as major news when you have a zillion media types in one place for a pair of morning skates and not much else is happening: Bryan Rust, who was walloped high by Patrick Marleau in Game 1, is a game-time…

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188 Game 1: Sharks at Penguins … It’s Go Time!

Game 1. Sharks at Penguins. My prediction: Penguins in 7. What’s yours? ICYMI, NHL commish Gary Bettman did his annual state-of-the-league presser today. Some highlights included: That the NHL probably won’t be going to the Olympics unless the IIHF and the IOC pick up the tab for transportation and…

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188 Rangers sign top prospect Pavel Buchnevich

Even before the Rangers traded Anthony Duclair, many in the organization thought Russian winger Pavel Buchnevich was their top prospect. It was a matter of if and when he would get to North America. That should happen in mid-June, as the Rangers signed Buchnevich, 21, to an entry-level contract (approximately…

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312 Rangers player evaluations — Dominic Moore

Rangers coach Alain Vigneault promised changes this summer, and the easiest and most obvious way for the Rangers to change is to allow (most of) their unrestricted free agents to walk. One of those is Dominic Moore, who was a terrific soldier here during the Rangers previous two seasons –…

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206 Rangers player evaluations — Dylan McIlrath

All season long, I wondered a lot of things regarding Dylan McIlrath’s season, as did a lot of you. One of the those, right off the bat, was whether he made the team in training camp — instead of Raphael Diaz — just because it would have required waivers, and…

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299 Rangers player evaluations — Keith Yandle

Rangers GM Jeff Gorton’s most difficult decision – unless it’s already been made – revolves around defenseman Keith Yandle. The veteran with the perfect skills for coach Alain Vigneault’s system, will be a free agent July 1. He has said he absolutely loves it here, the franchise, the city. But…

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267 Rangers’ coach Alain Vigneault: ‘I’ll be back’

We interrupt our player analysis series for some sort-of breaking news. In an interview with La Presse’s Richard Labbe, Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said, in French, that upon speaking with the Rangers’ front office, “first thing they said is they wanted me back next year.” CLICK HERE TO READ THE STORY…

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393 Rangers player evaluations — Rick Nash

(Third in a series) “I know I need to be better,” Rick Nash has said so many times. He wasn’t spouting lip service, in my opinion. He honestly knew he had not met expectations. He wanted to do more. But he failed to do more. And now, after this season…

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310 Rangers player evaluations — Henrik Lundqvist

When it came time to vote for Rangers’ 2015-16 MVP, I was really torn. I mean, I didn’t think this was Henrik Lundqvist’s best season overall, and I thought he stumbled a bit down the stretch. But there really were no other candidates, and I voted for him partially by…

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70 NHL awards finalists, and what that means

Happy May Day. Hope to have more analysis on why the Rangers aren’t still playing — though I think even if they played well, they weren’t beating Pittsburgh — starting Monday. Then soon after I will start my individual player analysis. You’ve probably noticed that the NHL has begun announcing…

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132 One expansion draft hurdle down, more to come

In case you missed it, there was some new noise about the expansion draft on Friday. Of course, it’s only noise at this point because the NHL has yet to officially announce that it will expand next summer into Las Vegas. And of course the NHL will reap $500M in…

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