(De)Constructing Contenders: Stanley Cup Arms Race – Part 1 (1991-1995)

  (Click Here for Full Size Image) As we saw yesterday, teams during the dynasty era primarily built their clubs through the draft and other young players.  Each of the three main organizations went about this task in a slightly different way – Montreal through acquiring picks in trades, the Islanders by using their own, and Edmonton through a series of claims and good first...
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August 12, 2015  |  Discuss

(De)Constructing Contenders: Stanley Cup Dynasty Years (1976-1990)

  (Click Here for Full Size Image) Have you ever wondered how the great dynasties of the 1970s and 80s were created?  There’s no doubt they had great players, with nine future Hall of Famers on Montreal’s rosters (ten if you count Roy in ’86), five from the Islanders, and another six from the Oilers.  Even the Calgary Flames, the only team to crash the party during this...
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August 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Watch Mike Modano get dropped from a stretcher

When the New York Rangers played the Dallas Stars on Feb. 26, 1994, Mike Modano skated into the Rangers defensive zone. As he crossed the blue line, he received the puck, looked down, and was nstantly met by Rangers captain Mark Messier. Modano went down in a heap, and appeared to be knocked out from the blow to the head.Modano had to be carried off the ice on a stretcher. But as...
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July 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Sather Steps Aside; Gorton Era Begins

On Wednesday, the Rangers announced that Jeff Gorton was named as the 11th General Manager in the history of the NY Rangers, replacing Glen Sather who has been in the position since 2000. Sather turns 72 in September and rumors of him stepping down have been rampant in recent years, especially after Mark Messier was named as Sather’s “special assistant.” Sather leaves the...
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July 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Chicago's Jonathan Toews wins Messier Leadership Award

LAS VEGAS (AP) Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews has won the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award for his commitment to charities and service. Toews accepted the award Wednesday night at the NHL Awards show in Las Vegas. Toews participates in several off-ice endeavors with the Blackhawks, including Make-A-Wish Foundation activities and other charities back home in Winnipeg...
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June 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Jonathan Toews Wins Messier Leadership Award

Jonathan Toews was named the winner of the 2015 Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award presented by Bridgestone, beating out Andrew Ladd and Ryan Getzlaf. The post Jonathan Toews Wins Messier Leadership Award appeared first on Committed Indians.
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June 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Why the Chicago Blackhawks Are the NHL's Dynasty (Instead of the Pittsburgh Penguins) by @DXTraeger

Life Truly Sucks When Vince Vaughn Gets to Celebrate Instead of You All hail the Chicago Blackhawks, the 2015 Stanley Cup Champions and a true hockey dynasty!  With his third Cup win, Blackhawks Captain Jonathan Toews has effectively eliminated any and all discussion about being hockey's greatest leader (sorry Mark Messier, and sorry Sidney Crosby). Go ahead, read the rest »
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June 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Your 2015 Stanley Cup Final Announcing Schedule

2015 Stanley Cup Final Tampa Bay Lightning vs Chicago Blackhawks TV USA NBC- Mike Emrick, Eddie Olczyk, Pierre McGuire NBC Studio- Liam McHugh, Mike Milbury, Keith Jones Streaming- NBC Live Extra Canada CBC – Jim Hughson, Craig Simpson, Glenn Healy; Reporters: Scott Oake, Christine Simpson CBC Studio- George Stroumboulopoulos, Elliotte Friedman, Kelly Hrudey, Mike Johnson, Nick...
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June 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Messier, Gretzky ... Brassard? Center enjoys historic night after challenge from coach

Derick Brassard is not the type of player who frequently draws comparisons to some of the game's greats such as Mark Messier and Wayne Gretzky. In fact, the talk about Brassard ahead of Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals Tuesday was more about his meeting with coach Alain Vigneault early in the day.  According to, Brassard and teammate Derek Stepan both earned an invitation...
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May 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Islanders Insight’s Top Shelf: 5|27|15

The Rangers dominated Game 6 in Tampa, beating the Lightning 7-3 in what became a blowout in the third period. The series is now tied at 3 games apiece, and a decisive Game 7 will be played on Friday in New York. The Rangers yet again silenced their critics by scoring an abundance of goals in a lopsided game, just as they did in Game 4. The seven goals scored by New York are the...
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May 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Rangers 7, Tampa Bay 3

The New York Rangers defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning by a score of 7-3 to force a Game 7 in the Eastern Conference Finals. For a box score, click here. the city is going to be nuts on friday. can’t wait. — Neill Fowler (@NYRblogneill) May 27, 2015 OK, this has already been a strange series. This one… I don’t know how I’m not writing a season eulogy. Even in a 7-3 game...
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May 26, 2015  |  Discuss

#Elimin8ted: Rangers fans let Ovie have it after guarantee goes up in smoke

In looking back, Alexander Ovechkin's Game 7 guarantee was doomed to backfire. After all, he plays in Washington, where a politician's promise is about as air tight as the Edmonton Oilers defense. And he was guaranteeing a win in New York, where Mark Messier became "The Messiah" after delivering on his own guarantee (then going on to deliver a Stanley Cup in 1994) and Joe Namath...
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May 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Western Conference Finals Preview

The Anaheim Ducks will be facing the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2015 Western Conference Finals. The Ducks just finished up their series against the Calgary Flames in 5 games, easily handling the young inexperienced Flames. The Blackhawks swept the Minnesota Wild easily. This will be the Ducks first trip to the conference finals since their 2007 run when they won the Stanley Cup. The...
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May 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Capitals’ Alexander Ovechkin Guarantees Game 7 Win Vs. Rangers (Video)

Alexander Ovechkin has never played in an Eastern Conference final, but he’s very confident it will happen this season. The Washington Capitals captain channeled his inner Mark Messier after losing Game 6 on Sunday night and guaranteed a win in Tuesday’s Game 7 at Madison Square Garden. Alex Ovechkin still confident: "The character of this group, it shows a lot. We gonna come...
May 11, 2015  |  Discuss

He's a tough Ladd: Jets captain to undergo surgery in light of Messier nomination

Jets’ captain Andrew Ladd must have quite the pain threshold. While speaking on a media conference call about his recent nomination for the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award, Ladd revealed that the sports hernia he suffered during winter of the regular season will require surgery, which he will undergo Friday in St. Louis. Despite having to regularly miss team skates in order to...
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May 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Cup Dumps 5/5/15

MONTREAL, QC – MAY 03: Brandon Prust #8 of the Montreal Canadiens skates in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Bell Centre on May 3, 2015 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Montreal Canadiens 6-2 and take a 2-0 lead in the series. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis...
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May 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Jonathan Toews Named Messier Award Finalist

On Monday afternoon, Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews was named one of three finalists for the 2014-15 Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award. The other two finalists are former Blackhawk and current Winnipeg Jets captain Andrew Ladd and Anaheim Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf. The selection of the three finalists and winner are made by Mark Messier. The post Jonathan Toews Named...
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May 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Who Served As Rangers Captain Between Mark Messier And Chris Drury?

Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh hasn’t donned the “C” for long, but he joins an elite group of leaders in the New York organization. The first-year captain was handed the reins after forward Ryan Callahan was dealt to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for veteran Martin St. Louis last season at the trade deadline. Callahan earned the “C” after Chris Drury — who served...
March 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Which Defenseman is the Odd Man Out for the Playoffs? by @DXTraeger

Mark Messier at the NYSE Imitating Ray Shero at the Deadline by Buying & Selling Shares of Mark Messier-Brand EgoBefore we launch into the debate of which Penguin defenseman rides the pine for the post-season, a "How We Got Here" summary is important to understand the background and gravity of the situation facing both Mike Johnston and Jim Rutherford.The legacy of the Ray Shero...
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March 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Farewell to the Nassau Coliseum: Day 84

Talk about a Friday night heavyweight tilt. Tonight’s game at the Coliseum between the Islanders and Penguins will be an absolute barn burner. Those in attendance will surely have some kind of hearing loss and there will be approximately zero complaints about it when you wake up tomorrow morning with your ears still ringing. I’ll be in Section 337 with the missus. If you need...
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January 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Mike Francesa had Mark Messier on his show despite it being 'football, playoff time' and all

Mike Francesa interviewed the legendary Mark Messier because he (Mark) wanted to talk about 'a couple of things,' even though Mike knows its football, playoff time. And then a woefully unprepared Francesa went on to read through notes given to him by his EP...not all having taken the time to have read them beforehand. Follow us on Twitter for exclusive stories, Subscribe by Email...
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January 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Stars troll visiting New York Rangers with scoreboard list

The Dallas Stars found a clever way to get under the skin of the visiting New York Rangers Monday night.  In honor of the Rangers' visit to the American Airlines center, the Stars' scoreboard operator thought it would be nice to honor the all-time greatest Rangers. However the list turned out a bit different than one would expect. If the photo is a bit hard to make out, the list...
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December 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Could we steal one tonight? Why bother.

The Edmonton Oilers are going to get spanked hard tonight by the New York Rangers. On Saturday, the team from Manhattan manhandled the Vancouver Canucks. Could the Oilers get lucky facing a road-weary team on the second night of a back-to-back? Perhaps. I mean, the Oilers can't lose every single game, no matter how awful the roster is. This blog is going to be a number of random...
December 14, 2014  |  Discuss

This Week in Flyers History: Week ending November 16

It was one of the most emotional games in Flyers history, regular season or playoffs. Just days after the tragic loss of their All-Star goalie, Pelle Lindbergh in a car accident, the Flyers had to somehow summon their strength and push forward. They had to go on, emotionally numb as they were and find their way without their star in net. Awaiting them on this night was none other...
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November 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Dallas Eakins’ job saved by Oilers winning streak

The Edmonton Oilers were able to string together three consecutive wins over the past week and it couldn’t have come at a better time. After starting the year 0-4-1, the Oilers were floundering and barely looked competitive. The blame, as always, fell on the head coach and Dallas Eakins’ job appeared to be in serious jeopardy. It turns out those three wins at home may have spared...
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October 26, 2014  |  Discuss
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