His coaching resume lacks the polish of Vigneault and Ruff, but he speaks the players’ language, and maybe that’s exactly what the Rangers need after Tortorella squeezed the confidence out of this team.
After quickly dismissing a question regarding the health and status of key defenseman Marc Staal, by saying there was no update regarding his eye injury, Tortorella became engaged when asked about rising star Derek Stepan.
The 750,000-square-foot project is to include nine rinks on two levels. One rink would be designed to host hockey tournaments and ice shows.
Saturday’s clash may be the most important regular-season meeting between the Rangers and Islanders in 10 years. And a defeat for either team could come with pitfalls.
A large part of Bettman’s role as commissioner is to successfully market the game, avoid labor unrest and protect the health of the league. He’s failed spectacularly in each of these areas throughout his tenure.
New York Rangers legend Mark Messier and Olympic gold medalist figure skater Sarah Hughes of Long Island have big dreams for the Kingsbridge Armony, which is currently a vacant fortress.
The 1988 trade of Wayne Gretzky to the Los Angeles Kings changed hockey forever, by taking a regional sport to new markets in America.
To kick off the WFAN 25th Anniversary Show with Mike Francesa at 1:00, Francesa spoke with Jeff Smulyan, the founder and CEO of Emmis Communications. Smulyan came up with the idea of an all-sports station.
Had Joe Sakic and Pavel Bure became Rangers in the their prime, it would have significantly changed the Blueshirts’ fortunes during a dark period.
The season was one of redemption and guts for the Devils after missing the playoffs a season ago. They have the stomach to win a game and extend the series, but any more than that seems way out of their reach.
A season of destiny has come crashing down for the Rangers who expected to reach the finals.
Eighteen years ago, Mark Messier set the stage for one of sports’ most dramatic moments. Suddenly-fiery Devils coach Peter DeBoer almost went there, too.
If confidence can be conveyed in words, then the Rangers seem loaded with it as their season hangs in the balance.
When the Rangers take the ice Friday night in Newark, they will find themselves in the same position that the 1994 Stanley Cup champions were when they faced the Devils in the Eastern Conference Finals.
The ‘Hudson River Rivalry’ resumes on Monday as the Rangers and Devils will begin Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals.