Daniel Friedman

Members of the 1980 New York Islanders (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images), 1994 Rangers (Photo by Mike Powell/Allsport/Getty Images), and New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur in 2003  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images/NHLI).

New York And New Jersey’s 11 Stanley Cup Champions, Ranked

Where do those Cup-winning Rangers, Islanders and Devils squads stand when compared to each other? Read on and find out.

06/05/2014

The Los Angeles Kings celebrate defeating the Chicago Blackhawks 5-4 in overtime in Game Seven to win the Western Conference Final in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at United Center on June 1, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

Friedman: They’re Just Too Good — Kings Will Oust Rangers In 6

Los Angeles is better offensively, has a slight edge on defense and has an elite puck-stopper, even if he’s not the better one in this series.

06/04/2014

The Los Angeles Kings celebrate a goal by Dustin Brown during the first period of Game 4 of the Western Conference finals against the Chicago Blackhawks at Staples Center on May 26, 2014. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Friedman: Kings Aren’t Sexy, They Just Beat The Tar Out Of Everyone

The Los Angeles Kings’ seven-game struggle in the first round exemplified their modus operandi over the last few years — rise to the occasion when it matters most, and, when it’s least expected. But why don’t we expect it?

05/28/2014

Islanders prospect Griffin Reinhart, right, is seen here playing for the Edmonton Oil Kings during Game 5 of the Memorial Cup against Val-d’Or at Budweiser Gardens in London, Ontario, on May 20, 2014. Val-d’Or won 4-3 in double overtime. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

Friedman: Criticism Of Islanders Prospect Reinhart A Classic Case Of Overanalyzing

Top Islanders prospect Griffin Reinhart has yet to play a game in the NHL, but there are already some out there who are using mathematics to predict he’ll be a bust. These are people with tons of time on their hands.

05/22/2014

The Penguins’ Sidney Crosby waits to take a faceoff against the New York Rangers during Game 5 of the teams’ playoff series on May 9, 2014 at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Friedman: Penguins’ Crosby Is No Longer The Captain Or Leader He Once Was

The Penguins’ captain and franchise superstar has been at the epicenter of the NHL universe since his arrival in 2005. Nine years later, he’s still the most talked-about player in the league, but right now it’s for all the wrong reasons.

05/14/2014

Mats Zuccarello #36 of the New York Rangers fights for the puck against Kris Letang #58 of the Pittsburgh Penguins during Game Four of the Second Round in the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 7, 2014. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Friedman: The Rangers’ Offense Just Isn’t Deep Enough

The Rangers’ offense wasn’t good enough before. One coach and one year later, it still isn’t good enough.

05/08/2014

NHL referee Greg Kimmerly  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Friedman: Incredible NHL Playoffs Marred By More Bad Officiating Than Usual

By virtually all accounts, this year’s Stanley Cup playoffs have been outstanding. Just about everything has gone right for the NHL. Everything, that is, except for the officiating.

05/02/2014

Nick Foligno #71 of the Columbus Blue Jackets is congratulated by his teammates after beating Marc-Andre Fleury #29 of the Pittsburgh Penguins for the game-winning goal during the overtime period in Game 4 of the First Round of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

Friedman: This Might Be Best 1st Round NHL Has Had In Years

Blown leads in games, blown leads in series. You name it, it’s happened. However, there are multiple explanations for this phenomenon, and the reasons vary from one matchup to another.

04/25/2014

Head coach Claude Julien of the Boston Bruins gestures from the bench in third-period action in an NHL game against the Winnipeg Jets at the MTS Centre on April 10, 2014 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. (Photo by Marianne Helm/Getty Images)

Friedman: Predicting The 1st Round Of The Stanley Cup Playoffs

The Stanley Cup Playoffs begin on April 16, and despite the new format, you can expect the same fast-paced, exciting hockey you crave this time of year.

04/14/2014

An exterior view of the Nassau Coliseum (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Friedman: Islanders Better Get It Right For Fans Before Bolting Coliseum

It’s almost astounding how quickly the tides turned; how fast chants of “We Want Playoffs!” were replaced with “Fire Cappy!” and “Sell Wang Sell!” and how suddenly everything went wrong.

04/10/2014

Islanders forward Ryan Strome. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Friedman: Isles Not Nearly The Trainwreck Everyone Thought Without Tavares

When John Tavares went down for the season no one thought the Islanders would be remotely watchable, let alone competitive. However, just the opposite has occurred.

04/04/2014

New York Islanders owner Charles Wang back in 2011. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Friedman: Wang Selling Islanders Has Been Inevitable For Quite Some Time

Whether it happens now or in two years, it is going to happen. A change of ownership isn’t a pipe dream. It’s an inevitability, and it has been for quite a while. It makes complete sense, from a number of different perspectives.

03/28/2014

Toronto Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

Friedman: A Realistic Guide To Fixing The Islanders

I don’t need to sit here and tell you about everything that’s gone wrong with the Islanders this season, but I will tell you this: By no means is this team completely lost.

03/20/2014

Islanders forward Anders Lee, right, works the boards against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Nassau Coliseum on Feb. 27, 2014. The Islanders defeated the Maple Leafs 5-4 in overtime. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Friedman: Season May Be Lost, But Islanders’ Lee Has Been Found

The Islanders’ Anders Lee has played 11 games in the NHL. He has cracked the scoresheet in all but three, and has 12 points overall. He might very well be just what this transitioning franchise needs.

03/17/2014

Islanders GM Garth Snow

Friedman: How And Why The Islanders Failed On Trade Deadline Day

For a franchise that’s had several low points over the past two decades, March 5, 2014, might’ve been the lowest from an emotional perspective.

03/06/2014

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