• Nils Lundkvist dilemma pushing Rangers to trade Tony DeAngelo

    Nils Lundkvist dilemma pushing Rangers to trade Tony DeAngelo

    Here is another reason, perhaps the most significant one, that the Rangers won’t be signing impending restricted free agent Tony DeAngelo to a multi-year contract and instead are seeking to trade the 24-year-old righty defenseman: That is because a contract of longer than one year for DeAngelo would all but ensure losing 20-year-old righty defenseman …
  • Chris Drury bows out of star-studded Panthers GM search

    Chris Drury bows out of star-studded Panthers GM search

    Chris Drury is a rising star who soon enough will be an NHL general manager. But it won’t be next season. Slap Shots has learned the Rangers’ assistant GM has withdrawn from consideration for the vacant spot in Florida following an initial interview with the Panthers’ upper management conducted the week of Aug. 16. The …
  • Slap Shots: NHL going crazy inside bubble

    Slap Shots: NHL going crazy inside bubble

    Let me be the first to observe that there has never been a week like this in NHL history. The teams that finished 22nd, 23rd and 24th in the overall standings are in the Stanley Cup playoffs ,and a team that finished in the top 10 is alive in the lottery for the first-overall draft …
  • K’Andre Miller’s pain is call to action for all of hockey

    K’Andre Miller’s pain is call to action for all of hockey

    It would have been heartbreaking in any context to know the pain through which K’Andre Miller has lived, but somehow even more so when remembering how ebullient he was after being selected 22nd overall by the Rangers in the 2018 draft and how at the time the then 18-year-old spoke with pride and about his …
  • NHL’s attempt to change popular rule may spark restart tension

    NHL’s attempt to change popular rule may spark restart tension

    We’re not suggesting that an MLB-type public squabble is going to break out during the NHL’s negotiations with the NHLPA as the parties attempt to craft a safe, sane and equitable way to put hockey’s 24-team tournament on the ice this summer, but no one should expect the players to simply roll over and accept …
  • NHL better not cheat the teams bound for draft lottery

    NHL better not cheat the teams bound for draft lottery

    So what now of the Stigmatized Seven, those clubs who couldn’t play up to an NHL .500 level before the league entered its pause phase on March 12 and have thus been deemed unworthy of an invite to the league’s imagined 24-team Stanley Cup tournament? What about the fate, primarily as applies to the draft …
  • Fair playoffs never were NHL’s priority — so why start now

    Fair playoffs never were NHL’s priority — so why start now

    Not much draws a belly laugh these days, which is why I am so thankful to hear from the folks who are flipping out over a hypothetical 24-team Stanley Cup playoff because such a tournament might be lacking in the integrity department. Remind me where these fine, upstanding, guardians of the hockey galaxy were in …
  • NHL players poll is insult to Henrik Lundqvist, Patrik Elias

    NHL players poll is insult to Henrik Lundqvist, Patrik Elias

    Who doesn’t love rankings? Rankings exist to spark debate. Rankings are subjective, determined by opinions, educated or otherwise. Opinions can’t be wrong, Except, of course, when they are. Which brings us to the fun exercises in which the good folks at NHL.com have been intermittently engaged throughout this coronavirus-induced stoppage of play. A panel of …
  • NHL restart plans intensify with player health concerns at forefront

    NHL restart plans intensify with player health concerns at forefront

    The NHL and NHLPA are intensifying communications as the league moves forward crafting plans to reopen the season if it is safe to do so. Slap Shots has learned a Return to Play Committee established by the league and the union has conducted a pair of conference calls over the past three days with regularly …
  • NHL could face big backlash if this hypothetical comes true

    NHL could face big backlash if this hypothetical comes true

    So you tell me. In this hypothetical, the NHL is given the all-clear by the proper state health authorities and local governing bodies to resume the season at some point this summer at neutral-site, remote locations with games that would be played without spectators. For the purposes of this discussion, it does not matter whether …