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Carolina Hurricanes Fans And An Empty Arena

For the past few weeks, all that I have been able to do is drive by the PNC Arena and look into an empty parking lot and think about what could have been. These past two weeks were to be the culmonation of something new and exciting in Raleigh, North Carolina. 

Being a hockey fan in North Carolina has its perks but it also has many drawbacks. First of all, the die-hard hockey fans in the area have migrated here from another state. Most of them enjoy it in its purity whenever possible. I pride myself on being a real Carolina Hurricanes fan but this week has been tough for me.

I was a major New York Rangers fan before North Carolina got a team. I have been a fan...

The Penguins odds

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS:  FAVORITES TO WIN THE STANLEY CUP

The Penguins traded Jordan Staal to the Carolina Hurricanes for Brandon Sutter, a defensive prospect and a first round pick (with which they drafted another defensive prospect). Shortly after, they shipped defenseman Zbynek Michalek back to the Phoenix Coyotes for a couple of prospects and a third round pick.

Then, during the free agency frenzy, the struck out on their main target former New Jersey Devils captain Zach Parise and their assumed secondary targets defenseman Ryan Suter and winger Alexander Semin (the verdict is still out on Shane Doan, though the rumored four year, $30 million asking price and ...

Rick Nash joins NYR

In a long awaited trade, the New York Rangers officially acquired Rick Nash from the Columbus Blue Jackets. The 28 year old Canadian forward, who stands at 6'4" and weighs in at about 218lbs met with the New York Rangers media Wednesday and was all smiles as he explained his goal of embracing the pressures of the bright Madison Square Garden lights. The five time NHL All-Star was awarded the gold metal after playing for Team Canada in the 2007 World Championships and took home his second gold in the 2010 Winter Olympics. Nash scored 30 goals and tallied 59 points during the 2011-2012 season. The New York Rangers are confident Nash will flourish under Coach Tortorella's system...

Long Island: Lub it or Leave it

The recent news of Lubomir Visnovsky filing a grievance with the NHLPA has Islander fans hanging their heads in despair. He has filed a grievance in an attempt to uncover a “No Trade Clause” that wasn’t honored at the time of the trade. It’s hard to decide if the actual news was the most painful or the fact that the Rangers netted Rick Nash for a bag of sweet tarts and a draft pick in a similar time frame. (Photo Credit, clydeorama/Flickr)

For playing under the same city name, the Rangers and Islanders could not be more different at the moment. Consistently, the Rangers keep improving on an already well stocked roster. They are able to speed up the process of rebuilding with their young players by pairing them with proven and perennial All Stars. It is a formula that leaves the Islanders in the dust.

In terms of young, raw talent the Islanders have the edge. However, an unproven stock- pile of draft picks does not win many games. The Rangers are able to introduce young players into the fold while adding great players in their prime.

It is like the Islanders rebuild plan but on steroids.

Columbus Blue Jackets Trade Rick Nash to New York Rangers

 

According to TSN's Bob McKenzie, the trade between the New York Rangers and Columbus Blue Jackets for Rick Nash has now been approved by the NHL making the trade official.

The final deal will see the Blue Jackets sending Nash, minor-league defenseman Steve Delisle and a conditional third-round draft pick (which goes back to Columbus if the Rangers reach the Stanley Cup Final) in exchange for forwards Artem Anisimov, Brandon Dubinsky, 21 year-old defenseman Tim Erixon and a first-round selection in the 2013 NHL Draft. 

Afte...

Rick Nash Trade To New York Rangers Approved By League, Now Official

According to TSN's Bob McKenzie, the trade between the New York Rangers and Columbus Blue Jackets for Rick Nash has now been approved by the NHL making the trade official.

Jeff Halpern goes to NY

As we approach what seems as of this morning to be an impending lockout,  the New York Rangers have been hanging back in this offseason with a few 'depth' signings.

Out of the few new members of the team, the one most noticeable has been Jeff Halpern.

Halpern played with the Washington Capitals for his third time ('99-'04, '04-'05) signing in July 2011 for one year at $825,000.

He has also adorned the jerseys of the Habs, Kings, Stars and Lightning. In 69 GP this year, Halpern totaled 16 points, none which occurred in the two games he played during the playoffs.

So what peaked the Rangers interest?

For the  Capitals,Halp...

Where Are They Now? Brad Isbister

The first player that will be looked at in the new revamped ‘Where Are They Now’ is Brad Isbister. For those who don’t remember Isbister was apart of the Islanders team that finished 5th in the Eastern Conference and lost in seven games to the Maple Leafs in 2001-2002 season.

Isbister was drafted in the 3rd (67th overall) 1995 NHL draft by the Winnipeg Jets; this was the same draft the Islanders selected Wade Redden then moved him in a package to the Ottawa Senators for the 1st overall pick in 1995 Bryan Berard.

Jeff Halpern Agrees to One-Year Deal With The Rangers

 

The New York Rangers announced Monday night that they had reached an agreement with free agent center Jeff Halpern on a one-year contract worth $700,000. 

Halpern spent last season with the Capitals, appearing in 69 regular season games, scoring four goals and tallying 12 assists.  He played in just two playoff games for the Caps, as then coach Dale Hunter preferred Jay Beagle as the fourth line center.


The biggest facet of Halpern’s game is his ability to win face-offs.  Even as a fourth-line center getting limited minutes, Halpern was second on the Caps in face-off wins with 365 during the 2011-12 season.  Only Brooks Laich...

What the Martin Biron signing with the New York Rangers means for the NHL.

 

Last week, goalie Martin Biron signed a two-year, $2.6 million contract to remain with the New York Rangers.

The Buffalo Sabres 16th overall pick in the 1995 draft has become quite the journeyman in the Atlantic Division. He’s played for the New York Islanders, Philadelphia Flyers, and the Rangers. He’s also played over 500 career NHL games.

But, how much of an impact does his new two-year contract have on the rest of the NHL?

For starters, this takes one of the league’s top backup goalies off the market. Though he’s aging (34), he might still be able to carry the load for a team.

Some teams, such as the Chicago Blackhawks, seem...