Marian Gaborik

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CBS Local Sports’ 2014 Stanley Cup Final Predictions

It’s LA vs. NYC. It’s Quick vs. Lundqvist. It’s west coast vs. east coast and with that being said … let the games begin! Here are our predictions for what is sure to be an unforgettable and thrilling Cup Final.

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

John Tortorella (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Tortorella Nearly Tasted Sweet Success With The Rangers

Had John Tortorella allowed offensively-gifted players to express themselves — he might’ve lifted the Stanley Cup down The Canyon of Heroes and been universally loved by Rangers fans.

11/30/2013

Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault ((Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images); Canucks head coach John Tortorella (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Vigneault Will Win Over Rangers Fans By Being The Anti-Torts

So begins hockey’s version of “Trading Places.” Two opposite personalities in Vigneault and Tortorella are thrown directly into each other’s former worlds.

09/26/2013

John Tortorella (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Tortorella Taking Over Canucks Is A Match Made In Hockey Hell

The hiring of ex-Rangers head coach John Tortorella by the Vancouver Canucks is an extremely risky appointment.

06/25/2013

Alain Vigneault (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Silverman: Vigneault Has Flaws, But Will Be Improvement Over Tortorella

Vigneault may not be a breath of fresh air, but he’s not the restrictive leader that Tortorella was and that’s good news for the Rangers.

06/19/2013

Lindy Ruff (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images), Alain Vigneault (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) and Paul Maurice (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Silverman: New Rangers Coach Must Have Creativity Coursing Through Veins

Glen Sather must find a coach who understands that the Rangers need to develop their offensive instincts. Tortorella crushed players like Marian Gaborik, those who wanted to put the puck in the net. The next coach can’t be so limited in his outlook.

05/30/2013

John Tortorella (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Silverman: Tortorella Must Go — Rangers Need New Philosophy And New Leader

Sather and the Rangers need a new philosophy and a new leader. Tortorella’s hard-edged discipline serves a purpose, but it’s not going to bring the Rangers a championship.

05/28/2013

Rangers center Brad Richards (credit: Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Buying Out Playoff Passenger Brad Richards Makes Too Much Sense For Rangers

Brad Richards is without a role and will soon be bought out by the Rangers because of a shrinking salary cap and long offseason checklist for GM Glen Sather.

05/27/2013

John Tortorella (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Tortorella Shoulders Some Of The Blame For Rangers’ Second-Round Exit

While Tortorella didn’t want to use injuries as an excuse, the Rangers were severely hampered by a number of key injuries.

05/26/2013

Brian Boyle #22 of the New York Rangers (C) celebrates his first-period goal against the Washington Capitals along with Mats Zuccarello #36 (R) and Dan Girardi #5 (L) in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Monzo: 3 Thoughts From Game 3 Of Rangers-Capitals, And Other Blueshirts Notes

The Rangers did a lot of good things and struggled in other areas. Here are three things I took from Monday night — good and bad.

05/07/2013

Brian Boyle of the Rangers. (credit: Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

Boyle Returns For Rangers, Dorsett Debuts Under Playoff Spotlight

Brian Boyle and Derek Dorsett were inserted into the Rangers’ lineup for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

05/04/2013

John Tortorella of the New York Rangers coaches against the Pittsburgh Penguins. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Silverman: Underdog Rangers Will Have Short Postseason Stay

The Rangers may be able to push the Caps, but this is Washington’s series to win. The Rangers may get two games, but it’s Oates, Ovechkin and the Capitals who will go on to the second round.

05/02/2013

John Moore #17 and Derick Brassard #16 (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Tortorella: Without Trade-Deadline Deals, Rangers Would Have Missed Playoffs

“I think it solidified our team,” Rangers coach John Tortorella said of the deadline dealing. “We have kind of grown since then … I thought it changed our team a little bit, and we took off.”

05/01/2013

John Moore and Derick Brassard of the New York Rangers (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers Struck Gold With Additions Of Moore And Brassard

While Gaborik is thriving in Columbus, the Blueshirts landed a haul of their own. Derick Brassard and John Moore are flourishing under the Madison Square Garden lights.

04/19/2013

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