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Do The 1-5-0 New York Rangers Need A Change?

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

There is no indication that a change behind the bench or in the uniformed personnel is imminent, but everyone’s antenna should be up around the Garden because what we’ve seen from the Rangers is not even close to good enough.

“I can’t think about whether there could be changes. That’s not my job or focus,” Mats Zuccarello said after the Blueshirts fell to 1-5 with Saturday night’s 3-2 defeat to the Devils at the Garden. “For me as an individual and for us as a team, we have to go day by day and try to improve.

“When you lose five out of six any time, it’s tough, and it’s probably tougher when it comes at the start. We’re just not playing well enough.”

It is difficult to determine whether the Rangers, who dominated the young and fresh Devils for the first 25 minutes and the final 15, but yielded three goals while going AWOL for those other 20 minutes, need shock treatment — Darryl Sutter, anyone? — or simply a tune-up.

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A Sit Down With Ray Shero And Mike Babcock

from Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic,

On Wednesday morning, ahead of Shero’s Devils taking on Babcock’s Maple Leafs, the two caught up in the stands at the Air Canada Centre, and allowed me to hang out for it.

They began their conversation asking other about each other’s families before the conversation shifted to hockey, specifically what it’s like to break into the NHL as a rookie head coach when you’re not a former player:

SHERO: I talked to (Devils head coach) John Hynes about that. I said to him, you want to earn the veterans’ respect but you don’t want to overdo it. I had told him the story about Mike Babcock and his first year in Anaheim as a rookie coach in the NHL and how he handled some of the veterans.

BABCOCK (smiling): They were mad right away. But you know what, I say to coaches all the time, when you first arrive in the NHL, the No. 1 thing has to be confidence. When you walk in the room, they got to know. Now, if you’ve played in the NHL for 15 years, you’ve got a better resume than us guys. No matter how much winning, even if you’re a serial winner, you haven’t been in the league. They don’t care. If you didn’t play in the NHL, you didn’t play hockey.

SHERO: After we talked about Tony Granato that year, you also called me about John Hynes. I remember saying, ‘The guy in Wilkes-Barre?’ And you said, ‘Yeah.’ And I said, ‘How do you know him?’ And you said, ‘I don’t. But everyone I speak with tells me he’s a guy I should get to know.’ 

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Mike Babcock Not Happy With Team Effort By The Leafs

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

Well, there goes the 82-0 season for the Maple Leafs — and with it just a little shine comes off this team of mammoth expectations.

It was one thing to lose to the New Jersey Devils, as the Leafs did Wednesday night. It was another thing, as coach Mike Babcock said, to cheat themselves on their way to their first kicking of this National Hockey League season.

“I don’t think we worked,” said Babcock, after the 6-3 loss to the shockingly speedy new Devils. “They skated us into the ground.

“I expected us to compete. That didn’t happen. When you cheat yourself, you look like that.

“I was disappointed. I can’t remember the last time we played with that kind of effort. We didn’t have any juice. We didn’t do our part.”

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Video- All Nico Hischier

via Sportsnet's YouTube channel,

Christine Simpson sits down with first overall pick Nico Hischier to get his thoughts on his draft experience and being in the NHL.

 

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The Buffalo Sabres Need Much More From Their Top Players

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

As the slogan sort of says, it's time to Sharpen Our Swords about the ungodly opening of this Sabres season.

It's only taken us three games to clearly deduce that, in fact, it wasn't all Dan Bylsma's fault. Even though the denizens of the dressing room at One Seymour H. Knox III Plaza wanted you to believe backward coaching was what last season was about.

Well, the supporting cast is quite a bit different, but almost all the players in starring roles are returnees. And other than Evander Kane, they haven't been remotely good enough.

Embarrassing actually seems too meek a descriptive for Monday's 6-2 loss to the New Jersey Devils, an atrocity that dropped the Sabres to 0-2-1 and has to have alarm bells ringing throughout the organization.

This is not how Phil Housley had to picture his career as an NHL head coach would start. And the improvements new General Manager Jason Botterill made on paper are flaming out on the ice, headlined by Nathan Beaulieu's egregious giveaways in back-to-back games that have turned into goals.

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Video- Erik Johnson With A Knee-On-Knee Hit To Kyle Palmieri

Erik Johnson gets two for kneeing, Kyle Palmieri has not returned for the 3rd period.

 

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Facts On The New Scoreboard At The Prudential Center

NEWARK, N.J. (Oct. 6, 2017) — Prudential Center in Newark, home to the NHL’s New Jersey Devils’, along with LED solutions company Trans-Lux, has unveiled today the largest, in-arena, center-hung scoreboard in the world.  At 88,401 pounds, 9,584.9 square feet and almost four stories tall, the massive scoreboard contains 29,610,024 SMD pixels.

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This Is Nico Hischier

from Nico Hischier at The Players' Tribune,

People keep telling me that I make them feel old. Ever since the NHL draft, I’ve been hearing it from the reporters. Then, when I got to New Jersey, I started hearing it from the older players. I guess they see the year I was born and it blows their minds for some reason.

I was born in 1999. I was eight years old when the iPhone came out. People think that is really funny. I don’t know why.

I’ll tell you another story that people think is crazy. When I was 11 years old, my Swiss hockey team came over for the big pee-wee hockey tournament in Quebec City. It was my first time in North America, and I had never seen an NHL game before. So our whole team drove to Ottawa to watch the Senators play the Oilers. We were sitting up so high that we could barely see the puck. We were like two seats from the roof. So we just kept trying to look for number 4 on Edmonton.

We were all like, Wow, that guy is a big deal.

It was Taylor Hall. He had just been the No. 1 pick in the draft. From where we were sitting, he looked really small.

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Thoughts For Brian Boyle

Boyle has not skated in camp.

 

 

 

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Damon Severson’s New Deal With The New Jersey Devils

via Bob McKenzie tweets,

RFA D Damon Severson on the verge of getting a deal done with NJD.

Severson's deal is $25M for 6 years, an AAV of $4166.72. Does not include a NTC.

added 9:54am, New Jersey release is below...

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