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The Hiring Of Gerard Gallant

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from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

This will not represent quite the culture shock of Alain Vigneault replacing John Tortorella behind the bench in 2013, or maybe not even of David Quinn being hired for his first NHL gig in 2018 to succeed Vigneault.

But the hiring of Gerard Gallant as the Rangers’ 36th head coach as first reported by The Post on Monday afternoon, will represent a marked change in approach. The voice will be different, the tone will be different and so, perhaps most importantly, will the relationships between the players — especially the veterans — and the coach.

Chris Drury’s first coaching search as president and general manager came to a conclusion Monday when the parties reached an agreement for Gallant to take over the club that has missed the playoffs the past four seasons.

Gallant was identified as the front-runner for the job from the outset and was interviewed for the job by Drury on May 14, two days before jetting off to Latvia for the World Championships as coach of Team Canada. He returned last Sunday from the tournament with a gold medal in hand after steering his team to the title after starting with three straight defeats.


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NHL Short Notes

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* Defensemen continued to shine for the Golden Knights as they won their fifth straight game and grabbed a 1-0 series lead.

Pekka Rinne, a Predators franchise icon for his sparkling playing career and unwavering commitment through the years to improve the lives of so many in Middle Tennessee, won the 2020-21 King Clancy Memorial Trophy.

* The Islanders, who dropped the first two games against the Lightning in the 2020 Conference Finals, will look to take a 2-0 series lead over Tampa Bay in the Stanley Cup Semifinals.

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Open Post- Day 29 Of The Stanley Cup Playofffs

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An intriguing matchup starts tonight with the Vegas Golden Knights hosting the Montreal Canadiens.

We are about to find out if the Canadiens can continue their strong play or will the Golden Knights offensive power be too much?

Pre-game stats and numbers are below.

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The Next Coach For The New York Rangers Is Gerard Gallant

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from Michael Blinn of the New York Post,

Time to meet the new boss.

The Rangers have agreed to hire Gerard Gallant as their next head coach, The Post’s Larry Brooks first reported on Monday.

Gallant, 57, most recently coached the Vegas Golden Knights from 2017-2020 after stints behind the Florida Panthers’ and Columbus Blue Jackets’ benches. He was considered the front-runner in the Rangers’ search, and holds a 270-216-4-51 career record over parts of nine NHL seasons.


added 5:32pm,


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Video- Goals Of The Week

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3 1/2 minutes to watch.


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Trading For Jack Eichel Or Seth Jones

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Max Bultman of the Athletic answers some fan mail,

For Eichel, one of the league’s top scorers under contract for five more years, the cost would be immense. It could mean a deal headlined by Lucas Raymond or Filip Zadina, the No. 6 pick this year, plus either another current top-six NHL forward or another high draft pick or top prospect.

It’s possible Eichel’s neck injury changes that price a bit, but the safe assumption is that Buffalo will be able to command a mint for a 24-year-old right-shot center who has been near or above a point per game for five seasons.

And if that is the price range, it probably doesn’t make sense for the Red Wings to be a major player in those talks. It’s always worth checking in, but that kind of package would be so costly, with so many of the pieces Detroit is counting on in its rebuild, that the Red Wings may not end up being significantly better off than Buffalo is right now. Eichel is a great player, but Detroit still needs so much more....

Columbus would be effectively starting a rebuild if it traded Jones, which means they’d surely want tone-setting value for their No. 1 defenseman. But while Jones is a highly respected blueliner — he earned Norris votes in the four seasons preceding the most recent one (2021 voting has not yet been announced) — exactly where he fits among the league’s top defensemen is up for some debate. His shot share and quality numbers were down in a big way last season on a bad Columbus team.

The team context matters in that, no doubt. But it certainly doesn’t make it easy for an acquiring team to justify giving up premium value, especially if that team would then need to turn around and sign Jones to a huge extension. It just doesn’t look like a good fit for the Red Wings.

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The New York Islanders Prove They Can Play With The Tampa Bay Lightning

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from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

For the NHL’s ultimate underdogs, this was a moment worth savouring.

In their first look at the Tampa Bay Lighting since last year’s Eastern Conference Final, the New York Islanders landed a solid counter-punch by bottling up the defending champs with a 2-1 victory to open this third-round rematch.

Mathew Barzal and Ryan Pulock scored the only goals Semyon Varlamov needed to secure the Islanders a win nine months in the making. That’s how long they’ve had to stew on a six-game defeat at the hands of Tampa inside the Edmonton bubble last fall.

“Both teams were familiar [with each other] and both teams went at it,” said Islanders coach Barry Trotz.

“They’re the standard of the league, I would say,” added Barzal.

And yet New York was full value for its win at Amalie Arena, keeping the Lightning’s most dangerous shooters at a safe distance. Brayden Point broke Varlamov’s shutout bid in the final minute, but he, Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos were held to just four total shots in the game.


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NHL Short Notes

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* The Islanders stifled the Lightning in Game 1 of their Semifinals matchup, rewriting a different outcome than their series-opening contest during the 2020 Conference Finals. 

Ryan Pulock leads all defensemen with four goals during the Stanley Cup Playoffs, three of which have stood as the game winner for New York. 

* The Golden Knights and Canadiens are set to begin their Semifinals series tonight with a couple of decorated goaltenders at the helm.

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Video- New York Islanders Take Game 1 Of The Stanley Cup Semi-Finals

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As I said in the open post for the game, the Islanders played their game, the Tampa Bay Lightning did not and I'll add could not.

Tampa is going to need to make some adjustments.

Final score 2-1.

Game highlights are below.

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Open Post- Day 28 Of The Stanley Cup Playoffs

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The New York Islanders enter game 1 against the Tampa Bay Lightning as the underdog.

We are about to find out how these two teams matchup against each other.

Below, find out more about the Islanders and Lightning.

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