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Moving MSG

from the Buffalo Chronicle,

Governor Kathy Hochul is preparing to relocate Madison Square Garden to a permanent new home on the site of Dewitt Clinton Park, a 5.8 acre city park in a trendy section of Manhattan, overlooking the Hudson River between 52nd and 54th Streets.  The relocation of the nearly 20,000-seat multi-use arena event center is intended to accelerate Hochul’s sweeping improvement plan for Penn Station, which sits under the 60s-era venue that critics have always lamented as congested and misplaced.

The Governor believes that the new arena’s construction could be completed in as little as three years, and she wants to hire a ‘star architect’ with deep ties to New York to begin designing the facility as soon as possible.  Hochul envisions that the arena will ‘sit on-top’ of glassy television studios at street level, which she hopes that businessman James Dolan will populate with nationally-broadcasted sports and entertainment programming on MSG’s television network.


Thanks to a KK member for the pointer.

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Solid Play By Kaapo Kakko And Alexis Lafreniere Is Needed

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Regarding the Rangers, who are somehow playing at a 116-point pace entering Friday’s match at the Garden against Vegas:

The two most positive developments out of Wednesday’s date in the desert could be the most encouraging and meaningful of the season if it represents the start of something and not just a one-off.

And that was the play of Kaapo Kakko and Alexis Lafreniere, the Ping-Pong Ball Twins, who both elevated their respective games when called upon to split the assignments left behind by Artemi Panarin.

Let’s face it. While the ultimate success of the rebuild surely depends on them, so does a lot of the present.


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Imagine Patrick Kane Playing For The New York Rangers

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

If the Rangers could somehow make the cap numbers work for next year, perhaps by bringing a third team (Arizona) into it, would you do whatever it takes to acquire Patrick Kane from the Blackhawks?

Would you get Kane if it cost you Kaapo Kakko (but not Alexis Lafreniere), Nils Lundqvist (or Zac Jones or Matthew Robertson but not Braden Schneider), Vitali Kravtsov (but not Will Cuylle or Brennan Othmann) and a 2022 first-rounder?

Would you go for it if you were general manager Chris Drury, knowing that acquiring Kane would give the Rangers a Super Line with one-time running mate and old BFF Artemi Panarin on the left and No. 10’s new BFF Ryan Strome in the middle?

Would you push your chips into the middle and go for it off of what you have seen through this getaway that hit a speed bump in Wednesday’s 7-3 defeat to the potent and dazzling Avalanche at the Garden in front of fourth-string goaltender Adam Huska in an effort that was not becoming of a 17-5-3 team.


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Video- Igor Shesterkin Injury

Lower-body is all we know right now.


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Video- Artemi Panarin Throws His Glove At Brad Marchand

from Daniel Rainbird of Sportsnet,

Brad Marchand is among the league's best at scoring goals and setting up teammates, but his ability to get under his opponent's skin is unmatched.

On Friday afternoon, he caught his latest victim: Artemi Panarin.

As the clock wound down on a 5-2 New York Rangers victory over the Boston Bruins, a Marchand-Panarin argument from their respective benches reached a tipping point when the Rangers star took his glove off, whipped it across the benches and nailed Marchand in the centre of his chest.

What could Marchand have said to push Panarin over the edge? If you're taking the Boston winger's word as gospel, Panarin might've taken issue with Marchand's decision to opt for something other than turkey on his Thanksgiving dinner plate.

"We were just asking each other how Thanksgiving dinner went and he didn’t like what I ate," said Marchand post-game, cheekily stoking the fire on the situation a day after the American holiday.

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A Trip To The AHL Might Be Beneficial For Alexis Lafreniere

from Steven Ellis of The Hockey News,

Yeah, Alexis Lafreniere hasn't been good this year.

But how is he going to improve playing limited minutes?

In a game where the New York Rangers needed an offensive spark against the Toronto Maple Leafs (both teams had 23 points heading into Thursday), Lafreniere only played just 13:25 and registered zero shots on net. It was the sixth time over the past nine games that Lafreniere has failed to put up a shot in what has been a challenging stretch for the top pick from the 2020 draft.

That's not what the Rangers should be getting out of their top young forward. But his usage has been just odd, to say the least. Lafreniere struggled early on, recording just three points in his first seven games despite playing top-six minutes. It wasn't working, and Lafreniere has found himself playing fewer than 15 minutes over the past 10 games.

It has been one way or the other in terms of ice time. Maybe a trip to the Hartford Wolf Pack is in order....

That's far from ideal from your second-year player, one many expected to be a game-changer for a young, developing Rangers team.

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Hang Brad Park’s Sweater At MSG

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

If a reason is needed, beyond the fact that Brad Park is one of the greatest two defensemen in franchise history and thus deserves to have his No. 2 retired and raised to the top of the Garden’s pinwheel ceiling beside his peer, Brian Leetch’s, there is this:

It would mean the world to a generation of Rangers fans who have watched their team for 50 or 60 years and have one Stanley Cup to show for it. How about that one?

How about the franchise, now led by a gentleman from Connecticut who grew up rooting for the Blueshirts and later became captain of the team, giving a little bit back to its fan base by honoring the last of the five pillars of Emile Francis’ beloved teams the way Rod Gilbert, Ed Giacomin, Jean Ratelle and Vic Hadfield have already been recognized?

This is not a plea to president and general manager Chris Drury that is based on sentiment alone. If you ever saw Park wearing the Blueshirt, you would know that. I don’t care that he played only 465 games for the Rangers before being sent away to the Bruins in the trade, 46 years ago this very Sunday, which signaled the End of Times. Why should anyone? It is not as if he walked out on his own.

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Videos- “What Can You Say?”

Talking with KK members and visitors over the years, the majority of people would rather read a story than watch a video of the story.

But that changes in this post.  As a hockey fan you know how to get the story from a short video.  Check the score, the clock and enjoy, especially this one.


Highlights below.

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There’s Winning And Then There Is Really Winning

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Who am I to refute Bill Parcells, but Regarding the Rangers, does anyone think that 6-2-2 is what they truly are even though much of the time they look like they are 2-6-2, instead?

1. There are underlying concerns throughout much of the lineup, but let’s start at the top, because the Blueshirts are not getting nearly enough from neither Artemi Panarin nor Mika Zibanejad, and if this somehow keeps up, the team has no chance.

Zibanejad has scored one goal at five-on-five, that one in Toronto in the fourth game of the season. Panarin, horribly deficient coming back on J.T. Miller’s second-chance decisive overtime goal in Monday’s 3-2 defeat in Vancouver, somehow doesn’t even have one, yet. 

Is there any wonder that the Rangers have scored the sum of 13 five-on-five goals through 10 games?

Not to provide cover for these two essential players who by the way were going to be liberated with the change behind the bench from David Quinn to Gerard Gallant, I do wonder whether the new head coach’s simpler d-zone system that features a fair number of whack-it-outs has had the unintended consequence of suppressing odd-man rushes and open-ice possession through the neutral zone triggered by headman passes.


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A Seven-Year Deal For Adam Fox With The Rangers

NEW YORK, November 1, 2021 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Chris Drury announced today that the team has agreed to terms with Adam Fox on a seven-year contract extension.

“We are thrilled that we have agreed to terms with Adam on a contract extension and that he will continue to play for the team he grew up cheering for,” Drury said. “In just over two seasons, Adam has consistently shown why he is a cornerstone for our organization and one of the best players in the NHL. It has been a privilege for us, and our fans, to watch Adam showcase his ability on a nightly basis, and we are glad to have that opportunity for seven more years.”

Fox, 23, has skated in 134 career NHL games over parts of three seasons (2019-20 – 2021-22), all with the Rangers, registering 15 goals and 83 assists for 98 points, along with a plus-46 rating and 48 penalty minutes. He won the Norris Trophy in 2020-21 as the “defense player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position”; he skated in 55 games with the Rangers last season, registering five goals and 42 assists for 47 points, along with a plus-19 rating and 14 penalty minutes. Fox became the fourth Ranger to win the Norris Trophy since it was first presented in 1953-54, joining Doug Harvey (1961-62), Harry Howell (1966-67), and Brian Leetch (1991-92 and 1996-97). In addition, Fox became only the second defenseman in NHL history to win the Norris Trophy in one of his first two seasons in the league, joining Bobby Orr (Orr won the award in his second NHL season in 1967-68). He led NHL defensemen in assists, ranked second in points and power play assists (21), tied for second in power play points (23), ranked third in takeaways (38), and ranked 11th in average ice time (24:42) in 2020-21.

Multiple reports state $9.5M aav

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