Veteran goalie Tim Thomas, who has said he won’t play this season, was traded by the Boston Bruins to the New York Islanders on Thursday for a conditional second-round draft choice either next year or in 2015.
“How do you think we feel?” Gary Bettman responded to Esiason’s displeasure. “It’s to say the least disappointing, frustrating.”
“It was good, good at first. It tailed, to be expected,” Tortorella said following a two-hour practice at the team’s facility in Greenburgh.
Ilya Kovalchuk will be back in the United States Tuesday and practice with the Devils on Wednesday.
The New York Rangers announced two signings before the opening of training camp.
The lockout finally ended Saturday night following another tough negotiation that nearly delayed training camps even longer.
New York Rangers have given Wade Redden permission to begin speaking to other teams in hopes of arranging a trade.
NHL players are ready to go back to work, but the lockout isn’t over yet. The owners and union now must sign a memorandum of understanding before training camps can open.
“Most importantly to our fans, who love and have missed NHL hockey, I am sorry,” Bettman said. “I know that an explanation or an apology will not erase the hard feelings that have built up over the past few months, but I owe you an apology nevertheless.”
Kovalchuk has been playing in the Kontinental Hockey League, and is on the roster for the KHL All-Star Game set to take place on Sunday in Chelyabinsk. And therein lies the confusion.
Kovalchuk, who signed a 15-year, $100 million contract with New Jersey in 2010, played in a KHL game Tuesday. He told Russian media he was playing to stay in shape pending the end of the lockout.
Instead of merely bean-counting, the NHL’s caretakers should be looking for ways to bring the game back from the muck it’s become.
“I think 48 is most likely at this point, unless the players can expedite their ratification process,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly wrote in an email Monday to The Associated Press.
Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist received the wakeup call he waited to hear for 113 days. Locked out for months, the NHL was indeed ready to drop the puck.
Needless to say, as we are in the new age of social media, Boomer’s heads-up was met with resistance.