CBA Negotiations Take a Undesired "Step Backward"

The worst that could possibly happen for the National Hockey League and its fans right now happened this afternoon.  After Tuesday's new '50-50' proposal by the league to the NHLPA  in attempt to salvage the 2012-13 season, talks between the two parties took a "step backward" according to Commissioner Gary Bettman after meeting with Donald Fehr and company...
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October 18, 2012  |  Discuss

Breaking: NHL Makes Promising Proposal in Effort to Save Season

While the NHL and NHLPA have been meeting a few times a week over the course of the past month, economic issues -- the heart of the CBA dispute -- have not been a topic of conversation. That is, until late this afternoon.  The National Hockey League has placed a new proposal on the table, and this one is promising. Among the outstanding aspects, hockey-related revenue is split...
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October 16, 2012  |  Discuss

The League's Destruction of the Sport of Hockey

In order to understand the magnitude of the NHL lockout, all you have to do is take a look at the other notable lockout that took place at the beginning of fall. Remember back when the NFL referees were locked out? Of course you do. It was not very long ago, and the headlines were so large they were
nearly impossible to miss. If you did not know the difference between...
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October 15, 2012  |  Discuss

Ryan McDonagh Signs in KHL

New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh has become the third Blueshirt to sign overseas during the current NHL lockout, inking a deal with HC Barys Astana of the KHL. McDonagh follows in the footsteps of teammates Rick Nash and Carl Hagelin, who made the jump from North America several weeks ago. McDonagh actually held out for quite a while, turning down two previous offers to...
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October 09, 2012  |  Discuss

NHL Season Takes a Turn for the (Even) Worse

As many of you probably know by now, the National Hockey League announced the cancellation of regular season games through October 24 on Thursday. Between the thirty clubs, that is a total of 82 games of hockey that already will not be played in 2012-13. Needless to say, the situation is getting pretty ugly for everyone involved in the sport right now.  A few months ago, back...
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October 05, 2012  |  Discuss

Carl Hagelin Signs in Sweden as CBA Meetings Resume

According to the Daily News, New York Rangers forward Carl Hagelin has signed with Södertälje SK of the Swedish Elite League during the current NHL lockout here in North America. He will be headed to Sweden to join the team some time next week. Hagelin, age 24, is the second of the Rangers to depart to overseas while the lockout drags on in the NHL, as Rick Nash is currently...
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September 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Preseason Cancelled, Don't Expect Players to Give In

The National Hockey League has not come out and officially said that the current lockout may become a tad lengthier than once expected, but that can be assumed based on Wednesday's news that the league has cancelled the 2012 preseason schedule.  In addition, beginning on October 1, the NHL will be cutting employee salaries by 20% and will only have them work four days each...
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September 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Nash Close to Playing Overseas, Kreider to Open Camp with Whale

Nothing new has surfaced on the NHL vs. NHLPA front in regard to the current lockout, but some of the Rangers are making moves to play elsewhere during this work stoppage.  The first of those is newly acquired winger Rick Nash. According to the Daily News, Nash is close to signing a deal with Swiss A-League hockey club Davos, where he spent his time during the lockout of 2005...
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September 18, 2012  |  Discuss

It's Official: NHL Season Locked Out Until Further Notice

It's officially official. The 2012-13 NHL hockey season has been locked out until further notice. Negotiations between the league and the NHLPA will continue in the coming weeks/months (we hope), hopefully ending in a resolution that will bring about a delayed start to the season rather than a year-long lockout, but nothing is certain.  As for the rules applied to players...
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September 15, 2012  |  Discuss

NHL Issues Final Offer Before Season is Locked Out

Take it or leave it.  That was the gist of NHL commissioner Gary Bettman's statements on Wednesday afternoon, as the league prepared its final CBA offer to the players before the 2012-13 season is officially locked out as of Saturday at midnight. Completely disregarding the previous offer from the NHLPA, which Bettman claimed was not much different from their original,...
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September 13, 2012  |  Discuss

Video: Rick Nash Talks New York and Rangers

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September 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Rangers Shouldn't Budge on Del Zotto

Since nothing is going much of anywhere in regard to the CBA talks right now, Ranger fans everywhere have found a new target of discussion to yammer about as of late: Michael Del Zotto.  The 22-year-old restricted free agent defenseman is still without a contract on September 11 -- ten days away from the scheduled start of training camp, which we know more than likely will...
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September 11, 2012  |  Discuss

Rangers Re-Sign Steve Eminger

The #NYR have agreed to terms with free agent defenseman Steve Eminger — New York Rangers (@thenyrangers) September 10, 2012 Eminger's deal is for one year at $750,000.  The re-signing of Eminger does two things: 1) With head coach John Tortorella stating yesterday that Michael Sauer (concussion) is still a long way from fully recovering to the point where he...
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September 10, 2012  |  Discuss

Interviews: Glen Sather and John Tortorella

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September 10, 2012  |  Discuss

News & Notes: Potential Full-Season Lockout, Shane Doan, McIlrath, Etc.

It is inevitable, at this point, that the 2012-13 NHL season will at the very least be temporarily locked out on September 15 (exactly a week from today) due to the inability of the NHL and the NHLPA to come up with a newly written collective bargaining agreement prior to the deadline previously set by team owners. But, as it's been made very clear, there are more than just...
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September 08, 2012  |  Discuss

Gary Bettman Treating Fans as Doormats

In the past, I've discussed the disservices commissioner Gary Bettman provides for the National Hockey League. In the past, I've also discussed how it is the fans who take the largest beating when a season lockout occurs. Well, now just over a week away from the 2012-13 campaign being delayed, which could later become a full-on cancellation, we are going to mesh the two...
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September 06, 2012  |  Discuss

Video: "Together We Can" #NoLockout

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September 04, 2012  |  Discuss

Time to Forget About Shane Doan?

If you originally thought that the Rick Nash saga was one filled with aggravating prolonged time extensions, you were only appetizing yourself for what was to come with the Shane Doan ordeal that has unfolded over this past summer.  The 35-year-old winger officially hit the free agent market on July 1, along with all other unrestricted free agents across the National Hockey...
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September 03, 2012  |  Discuss

Headed Towards a Lockout

If there was any hope in existence that the NHL and its Player's Association were going to work out a new collective bargaining agreement before the September 15 deadline that will officially mark a lockout of the 2012-13 season, it flew straight out the window on Friday afternoon.  The League made its second proposal to the NHLPA on Tuesday in New York, reconstructing...
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September 01, 2012  |  Discuss

Hot Topics: Shane Doan Saga, Future of the Islanders, Hockey Withdrawals

The Shane Doan Saga What’s the old adage about getting off the pot? Free agent winger Shane Doan’s camp says they will decide on a team before the September 15th CBA expiration date. This saga (and it is now officially a saga) has worn me out to the point where I couldn't care less where he ends up. I’ve come full circle with how I feel about him joining...
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August 31, 2012  |  Discuss

"GAVE" and a Beauty; A Look at the Rangers' Incredible Charity Efforts

During trying times of emptiness and pessimism like the current CBA holdout period, it's understandable for Ranger fans - correction: sports fans - to get very disillusioned with the pro athletes we so revere and admire. For hockey fans around the globe, discussions that once were excitable about how much we enjoy their play, their commitment, their passion and their...
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August 30, 2012  |  Discuss

NHL Reconstructs Offer to NHLPA

Gary Bettman and company met with Donald Fehr and members of the NHLPA in New York on Tuesday to present their latest proposal for a new collective bargaining agreement, which must be in place by September 15 before the 2012-13 season is locked out.  As you likely recall, the original proposal from the League and its owners was not one that went over very well with the players...
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August 29, 2012  |  Discuss

Video: MSG Transformation Update

The latest on Part II of the Madison Square Garden Transformation:  
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August 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Lundqvist Remaining Optimistic for 2012-13 Season

Vezina Trophy winner Henrik Lundqvist (that sounds so damn cool) has had quite the summer, from the Awards to welcoming his first child to the world, fashion shows, GQ gatherings and sporting events among many other occasions on his agenda - all of which I am knowledged of because of his continuous tweets about all of them. Don't take this wrong like I am some sort of stalker...
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August 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Shane Doan's Decision Will Come Soon

Other than the currently stalled CBA talks and potential season lockout that could come along with it, fans of the New York Rangers have had one other concern on their minds since the acquisition of Rick Nash last month. That concern revolves around free agent winger Shane Doan, who has now been on the market for nearly two months without making a decision on where he will play...
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August 26, 2012  |  Discuss
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