The first overall selection in the 2002 National Hockey League Entry Draft by the Columbus Blue Jackets is our topic of conversation, left winger Rick Nash. What came after that selection, would be a marvelous career, stretching 15 NHL seasons for three franchises. Continue reading →
Considered by many observers, as arguably the greatest American goaltender to don a pair of pads, Mike Richter is one of the special players who was able to stay with one NHL team his entire career. A native of Abington, Pennsylvania, Richter grew up a fan of former Philadelphia Flyers goalie Bernie Parent. Due to his mesmerizing playing style, Richter would blossom into a popular player among young hockey fans during his prime NHL years. His Statue of Liberty mask is still one of the most iconic designs.
Valeri Kamensky has a very full and fascinating Ice Hockey story. Born and bred in the town of Voskresensk Russia. It’s a town in which several former NHL players were born, including Igor Larionov, Vyacheslav Kozlov, and Andrei Markov. Known as one of the more dynamic players during his generation, he was a fluid skater along with being an adept passer and skills man. Kamensky’s infamous mid-air spinning goal on John Vanbiesbrouck, would, in fact, be added as the intro to the EA video game NHL 98. Continue reading →
99. “The Great One”. “Gretz”. Holding or sharing a grand total of 61 NHL records, will garner you a few nicknames now, won’t it? When you think of the beautiful sport of hockey, it won’t take long for the name, Wayne Gretzky to pop into your head. Continue reading →
Nicknamed the “moose” because of his large frame and presence on the ice, Mark Messier will go down in NHL history as the ultimate team-leader and captain. Many will regard him as one of the best of all-time in any sport. His likeness will be forever referenced to when teams start building Championship Franchises. Let’s throw it back to the ’80s and ’90s and take a closer look at Mark “Moose” Messier. Continue reading →
What an interesting season it has been for the supposedly rebuilding New York Rangers. The February 24th trade deadline has come and gone and the team comes to terms with power forward Chris Kreider for $45.5 M over seven years. The Rangers obviously see themselves as competitors in the race with a record of 32-24-4, It was once a foregone conclusion that Kreider was going to be traded. Not now. The Blue Shirts are in it for the here and now and the future. Let’s take a closer look at some players who are likely to join a team destined to make some noise in the ultra-competitive Eastern Conference. Continue reading →
It’s safe to say our featured games for our previous article didn’t pan out as expected. Edmonton and Philly failed to meet expectations on home ice, but we are not here to pout, it’s on to the next slate. Sunday has a few afternoon games on the docket but my focus will be on the 6:00 pm eastern tilt between the L.A. Kings and the New York Rangers as well as the Chicago Blackhawks visiting the Winnipeg Jets which is set to start at 7:00 eastern. Time to make your Sunday even better, time for some Ice Picks! Continue reading →
A decent slate awaits us for this Friday, January 31st. Tonight the focus will be squarely on a couple of home teams in advantageous spots. The Pittsburgh Penguins host the Philadelphia Flyers while the New York Rangers host the Detroit Red Wings. Get out your pens and pads to make some notes, it’s time for some Ice Picks! Continue reading →
We have hit 2020 and with the turn of the new decade, we here at The Scorecrow are putting together our All-Decade teams for each franchise. So who made the All-Decade team for the New York Rangers? Let’s take a look. Continue reading →
Happy New Year to all! With the new year and new decade here and the season just about halfway over, let’s take a look at what each team is wishing for in the new year as the second half of the season commences. Continue reading →
Another 12 game slate awaits us for Thursday, December 12th. The headlines continue to be dominated by coaches being fired as yet another one got dismissed this week. Jim Montgomery was relieved of coaching duties by the Dallas Stars. A bit of a surprise considering the Stars are playing better over the last month. We will have to monitor how these teams fair with their new bosses going forward. For tonight it’s Columbus at Pittsburgh, Winnipeg at Detroit in the second leg of their home-and-home, and the New York Rangers continuing their west coast swing in San Jose. Let’s break it down and make some Ice Picks! Continue reading →
Week six of the NHL Weekly Roundup is here! Touching on last week’s headlines, the Pittsburgh Penguins are fighting through injuries and keeping up the pace going 2-1 on the week where most of the issues are actually coming from their goalie play. The Edmonton Oilers top two stars are keeping up their pace as discussed last week, Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl put up three and four points respectively this past week.
Ten game slates are sometimes hard to decipher. There are many matchups to consider and numbers to sort through. The most important thing is to not play too many lineups because you can’t decide between lines to play or narrow your overall player pool. Continue reading →
Welcome in to another edition of Ice Picks. A nice nine-gamer on tap for us tonight. The slate has been trimmed down here to three games, Boston and Tampa are also on my radar but isn’t featured. (We should have some exposure to that game too as they are arguably the best two teams in the East). Teams with the best match-upsare as follows: Vegas at home to the Senators, Calgary home to the Red Wings and the Rangers at the bottom feeders, the New Jersey Devils. Let’s go for a skate and make some Ice Picks.
As of now, the debate rolls on as to who goes first in the Draft between Kaapo Kakko and Jack Hughes. Kakko is a 6″2 left-handed shooting right winger. You could argue, he is the most complete winger available in this year’s draft. He was able to work his way up through the TPS youth system, going back to 2015 with the U16 squad when he was only 14 years old. He ended his 2018 season with 22 goals and 16 assists in 45 games for TPS. Continue reading →
It is no surprise to the world of NHL Fans that teams would be willing to make trades prior to their players becoming Free Agents in two weeks. Many big names are set to be on the Free Agent block, and while some teams are opting to re-sign those key players, some are aiming to restructure; gaining skilled players for less money and free some of their salary cap space. Today we will focus on the recent news of the New York Rangers and Winnipeg Jets trade. Continue reading →
The New York Rangers have found their replacement for their longtime president Glen Sather yesterday, as the team announced that John Davidson will be the next team president. The move comes after Davidson resigned from the same position with the Columbus Blue Jackets early Friday.
Two surprise teams sit atop the top three spots in the Metropolitan Division, the New York Islanders and the Carolina Hurricanes with the Washington Capitals right there at the top with them. The Pittsburgh Penguins are just a single point away from third and the Columbus Blue Jackets are three points away with a game in hand on each of them. The Philadelphia Flyers are now slipping away, they are seven points back from playoff contention. The New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils round out the division and have been out of the playoff picture for a good portion of the season. Let’s go over each team’s situation for the rest of this season and beyond. Continue reading →
The Columbus Blue Jackets continue to make huge splashes in the trade market as the team announced today that they have acquired goaltender Keith Kinkaid from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for a 2022 fifth round pick. Also today, the Blue Jackets acquired defenseman Adam McQuaid from the New York Rangers in exchange for defenseman Julius Bergman, a 2019 fourth-round pick, and a 2019 seventh round pick.
It didn’t take too long after everyone rolled out of their beds on Monday morning for the Winnipeg Jets to add to their offensive core. The Jets acquired Kevin Hayes from the New York Rangers in exchange for a 2019 first-round pick, another conditional fourth-round pick, and Brendan Lemieux.
People were wondering what the Stars’ approach would be at the deadline, as they are deadlocked with Colorado as the first seed in the Western Conference Wild Card race.
They answered that question yesterday by making an under-the-radar trade with the New York Rangers, acquiring nine-year veteran winger Mats Zuccarello in exchange for a conditional second-round pick in 2019, and a conditional third in 2020.
The Chicago Blackhawks have made a trade with the New York Rangers. While it may seem like an interesting one, Darren Raddysh was traded from the AHL Rockford IceHogs to the Hartford Wolf Pack for Peter Holland.
Tonight, we will see one special game in the NHL. The New York Rangers are hosting the Los Angeles Kings at the Madison Square Garden. At first glance, you would maybe think, that it’s not an attractive game at all. You would be probably right. Both the Rangers and the Kings are far away from the playoff contention. However, they played together in the Stanley Cup finals from five years back. Those times seem to be long forgotten by both fanbases.
The NHL is finally back in action. The schedule has been very light with only two games played last night. Tonight we have just three games to break down, so every game is in play. The Jets/Bruins has the chance of being a high event game, followed by Flyers/Rangers and Sabres/Blue Jackets to round out the card. Let’s get to it!
Trying to solve Artemi Panarin‘s future, that has been a very tough task for the Columbus Blue Jackets ever since the last season. Panarin is set to become an unrestricted free agent in July later this year. Now it seems improbable that he will be re-signing with the Blue Jackets.
We all saw the celebration of Alex Ovechkin after winning his holy grail, the Stanley Cup. It can probably be safely said, that it never left his side unless it was in the hands of a teammate. Also having another huge first in his life, this time becoming a father, Ovechkin has had an incredible 2018.
In my opinion, the Eastern Conference is the more exciting conference of the two in the National Hockey League. I am going to be highlighting a player or an exciting line from each team to watch out for as you get your fill of hockey this year.