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We're All Islanders: Reasons For Voting Yes

I originally lived in Brooklyn, NY, which for those of you outside of New York is not very far from New York City, Madison Square Garden and the New York Rangers. I lived in Brooklyn as a kid for most of the 90's but couldn't tell you a damn thing about hockey. My closest friend and his father were die hard Rangers fans so every now and then I used to see a game on TV, especially when they were in the playoffs. But still, I couldn't say I knew much. Only when I went to my friends house would I pick up a plastic stick and fool around with a ball in his driveway, but other than that, the game of hockey was a complete unknown.

I moved to Long Island with my family in 1996. ...

Islanders Acquire Brian Rolston From Devils

The New York Islanders completed a trade today with the New Jersey Devils, acquiring 38-year old veteran, Brian Rolston in exchange for 31-year old Trent Hunter, an Islanders forward for all of his nine year career in the NHL.

According to TSN, the Islanders have also received a conditional draft pick in 2012 along with Rolston. (EDIT: Scratch that, the pick was taken out of the deal, making it an even swap of Rolston for Hunter)

This trade seems to work well for both teams. The Devils were looking to shed some salary as they are trying to sign RFA forward, Zach Parise before his arbitration hearing. The Islanders, on the other hand, are below the cap floor and are trying to f...

Dubi, Dubi, Done

The New York Rangers took care of what looked to be their most challenging item of business this summer; signing F Brandon Dubinsky to a long-term deal ahead of his arbitration hearing. Well, mission accomplished as the Blueshirts and Dubinsky agreed to a four-year deal worth a total of $16.8 million. In actuality, the arbitration hearing scheduled for 9:00 AM Thursday was postponed because both parties felt they were close to an agreement. It was imperative the deal get done without an arbitration hearing being held and that's exactly what happened.

Why is arbitration such a bad thing, anyway? In order to convince the arbitrator the player is only worth the salary figure the te...

Rangers RFA's

Even though signing Brad Richards was summer priority number one and he is officially signed, sealed and delivered to Manhattan, the Rangers still have a lot of work to do in preparation for the start of the 2011-2012 regular campaign. With five key RFA's, four of whom filed for arbitration, Slats still has some work to do before heading off on his annual summer vacation.

Many Rangers fans were nervous about the RFA's and rightfully so. Just two years ago Brandon Dubinsky was embroiled in a contentious negotiation with the club and his situation was not resolved until after the start of training camp. Coach Tortorella was displeased and went public with his unhappiness. Give...

Blueshirts Get Their Boy

Maybe it's no surprise in the end. Most people felt that Brad Richards would ultimately become a New York Ranger. And he did, passing over better offers (allegedly) to rejoin his former coach with Tampa here on Manhattan. The surprise isn't that he's now the newest new number one center in New York, the surprise, at least to me, is the flak the Rangers got for signing him.

Richards was the most coveted UFA on the open market this year. Prior to free agency no fan in their right mind would have said they wouldn't want Brad Richards on their team if price tag wasn't an issue. Yet when the Rangers agreed to terms with Richards, the consensus opinion was the Rangers ...

Blue Shirts Draft Relatively Uneventful

Compared to the draft weekends of Philadelphia, Columbus and Minnesota, just to name a few, the New York Rangers had a pretty quiet draft weekend. After acquiring D Tim Erixon from Calgary for two second-rounders, the Blue Shirts owned just one pick (15th overall in round one) in the first three rounds. It was believed they could move down if the player they wanted wasn't there at 15 to add a second or a third but they must have liked J.T. Miller enough not to do that.

Let's take a look at what the Rangers added to the organization this past weekend.

Round one, 15th overall - J.T. Miller, C-RW, US U-18

Miller, in addition to having a great last name, is a solid two-way ...

Drury Can't Be Bought Out?!?!

It all seemed so clear just a few days ago. How the Rangers were going to upgrade their roster and become a legitimate cup contender. They would fill their primary need, that of a #1 center, by signing Brad Richards. They would easily have enough cap space to offer Richards a market-value deal by buying out the utterly disappointing Chris Drury's contract as soon as the buyout period began. Drury was even warned by GM Glen Sather that this was going to happen. Yep, it was all good. The last stain of Slats' irresponsible free agent spending sprees would be gone. Except when is it ever that easy for Ranger fans? Never, never is it that easy for us. Now comes news from the New York Post's...

Blueshirts, Buyouts and Brad, oh my!!

As soon as the Bruins complete their improbable comeback in the Stanley Cup Finals and bring the championship to Boston for the first time in nearly forty years, I'm advocating we just skip ahead to the draft on June 24th. Let's dispense with all of the pointless rumors and BS that are already dominating the news in Hockeyland. It's insane, it really is. A report will surface in one publication or on one website which seems credible enough. At least until it is completely debunked or contradicted by another, equally credible appearing source. Want proof? Look no further than what is going on around the Rangers with stories of buyouts and rumors on where Brad Richards wants to be and wher...

Blue Shirts Add Defense Prospect Erixon to the Fold

The New York Rangers, taking advantage of the Calgary Flames inability to get their 2009 first-round draft pick signed ahead of today's 5 PM deadline to do so, acquired young defenseman Tim Erixon. In exchange, the Rangers shipped off F Roman Horak and both of their second-round draft choices this month. Erixon, the son of former Ranger F Jan "the Shadow" Erixon, was rated as the Flames top prospect by both TSN (15th overall in the NHL) and the Hockey's Future website. He quickly reached an agreement with the Rangers on a three-year, entry-level contract. If Calgary had not dealt Erixon and the deadline to sign him had passed, the Flames would have received a compensatory draft choice,...

Rangers Off-Season May Mirror Yankees

It's no secret the Rangers primary target this off-season will be UFA center Brad Richards. Not only does it make perfect sense to any hockey fan worth his salt but nearly every pundit who is supposed to know something about the game has speculated the same. There is no guarantee that Richards signs with the Blue Shirts though and not getting him under contract would be a tremendous blow to New York's plans. In many ways, this off-season is shaping up very similar to that the New York Yankees experienced this past winter. Think about it, the Yankees went into the off-season with one very specific target in mind; adding a front-of-the-rotation starting pitcher. Being the Yankees, they imm...