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Neil Smith Welcomed Back By The New York Rangers

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Cheers for the architect of the Rangers’ only Stanley Cup-winning team since 1940 washed over Neil Smith as the 1994 champions were introduced Friday night to an adoring Garden audience that 25 years later still cannot thank them enough.

This was a hearty welcome back for the general manager, who has generally been an outcast around these parts since his dismissal in March 2000. On Thursday, Garden CEO Jim Dolan and Smith had a long, warm conversation at a dinner at a Manhattan restaurant for the players, staff and their families to kick off this 25th anniversary celebration.

The freeze that had marked the relationship between Smith and the organization appears to have thawed. This weekend could represent the former GM’s port of re-entry into the family.

“I pray that it would,” Smith told The Post hours before the on-ice ceremony preceding the Rangers-Hurricanes match. “I hope that it would. I am just so happy to be here.”


Below, watch the highlights of the 1994 Stanley Cup Champs reunion.

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Give Neil Smith A Shot In Buffalo

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

In 40 days and nights, Neil Smith might not have done what Noah was able to accomplish in that same time frame, but the Islanders general manager did construct the final pieces of the 2006-07 playoff team, no small feat in itself, before being told to step away by owner Charles Wang.

It was Smith — working at least partially in concert with Pat LaFontaine and Ted Nolan — who used his limited time and the Islanders’ limited resources to sign free agents Brendan Witt, Mike Sillinger, Tom Poti and Chris Simon, thus proving he did not require an unlimited budget to identify complementary pieces to a puzzle.

Now nearly 6 ¹/₂ years after Smith’s tenure ended under circumstances bizarre and contentious enough that LaFontaine left the Islanders’ family once and for all, there is an opportunity for the men to reunite in Buffalo.

continued plus some brief talk on Team USA, Igor Larionov, Rangers; contract talks with players and OT games...

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More Hockey Talk—Live From Gretzky’s

From Gretzky.com

imageLive From Wayne Gretzky’s is 2-hours of live, interactive radio from Wayne Gretzky’s Restaurant in Toronto. Host Rod Black, brings you inside the game every week starting with hockey’s pre-season; right through to the playoffs. Each show will feature big name guests and analysts from the world of hockey with the opportunity for callers to be a part of the show. Simply call 1-866-GRETZKY (473-8959) or listen to your local radio station every Saturday at 4pm (EST) or 1pm (PST).

Hosts are Rod Black and Doug MacLean, former GM of the Columbus Blue Jackets. Phil Esposito will be on the show today, and Neil Smith in the studio from 4-5pm as well.  Also, their ‘Outside the Box’ segment today features Kato Kaelin to talk about OJ Simpson. 

Can be heard online or by local radio via these stations:  XM 204 NHL Home Ice, Fan 590, Team 990, Team 1040, Team 1260, Fan 960 or 1290 CJBK.


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Story of a Trade

From Mike Smith’s blog at The Hockey News:

I was recently asked, of the many trades I made, which had the most interesting story to it? I answered immediately, “the Tie Domi-Kris King for Ed Olczyk trade I made with Neil Smith in New York while I was in Winnipeg.”

My first NHL job was as an assistant coach with the New York Rangers. The genesis of the Domi-King trade began when I went to a Ken Norton heavyweight fight at Madison Square Garden…


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Neil Smith on the NHL Hour

Neil Smith, former general manager of the New York Rangers, will be the guest on the NHL Hour today.  Hosting the show today will be Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly.

The NHL Hour broadcasts live Thursdays from 4-5 pm ET on NHL Home Ice, (XM channel 204) and NHL.com. The show will re-run on XM Satellite Radio and NHL.com, with archived shows available for download via a podcast on NHL.com.

*At showtime, listen live at this link.  While on the air, listeners can call into the show at 1-877-645-6696, or send questions/comments via this email address: nhlhour@nhl.com.

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Why The Delay

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

In his 40 days and nights as general man ager of the Islanders during the summer of 2006, Neil Smith ran the team’s Entry Draft, selecting Minnesota Golden Gopher right winger Kyle Okposo seventh overall, and he signed free agents Mike Sillinger, Brendan Witt, Chris Simon, Andy Hilbert and Tom Poti, the first four of whom remain with the club.

For his trouble, Smith, who unaccountably never signed the three-year, $2.1M contract to which he and owner Charles Wang verbally agreed before reporting for duty, has yet to be paid a nickel by the franchise as he waits for Gary Bettman’s ruling on the grievance he brought against the Islanders more than a year ago . . . and waits . . . and waits . . . and waits.

continued plus more NHL talk…

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