Vigneault, Rangers Ready To Drop Puck On Season ThursdayNew York begins its first season under coach Alain Vigneault with the opener of a nine-game trip Thursday night at Phoenix. Renovations at Madison Square Garden will force the club to wait until Oct. 28 for its home opener.
Lamoriello, Devils Looking At Options Up Front A week after the New Jersey Devils lost star forward Ilya Kovalchuk to sudden retirement, general manager Lou Lamoriello is still plotting out the future of the Devils.
Reports: List Of Candidates Grows As Sather Searches For Next Rangers CoachThe list of candidates to become next Rangers coach has grown to Alain Vigneault, Mark Messier, Lindy Ruff, Wayne Gretzky and Dallas Eakins.
A New Jersey Reunion: Devils Acquire Forward Steve Sullivan For 7th-Round PickA 38-year-old left wing, Sullivan started his NHL career with the Devils, playing parts of two seasons in New Jersey from 1995-97.
Hartnett: The NHL’s Image Problem Must Be Addressed NowWant these ugly incidents to go away? A 25-game suspension won’t stop a thug like Kaleta from doing this again.
Silverman: NHL Must Drop Stubborn Act To Avoid LockoutEventually, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman will want hockey players to return to the ice. Right now it seems like he wants another pound of flesh from them more than he wants labor peace.
Silverman: Signing Shane Doan Would Make The Rangers Stanley Cup FavoritesThe acquisition of Rick Nash should mean that the Rangers have an excellent chance to repeat their performance as the top team in the Eastern Conference. But signing free-agent forward Shane Doan would put the Rangers in the driver’s seat for the Stanley Cup.
Silverman: Status Quo Will Not Get It Done For RangersThe Rangers are at a critical point at the start of free agency. If they do nothing and stick with their roster as currently constituted, they figure to have another solid year that will get them to the second or third round of the playoffs.