After Wilson flap, rougher, tougher Rangers set for 2021-22
No one player or executive had a greater influence on how the New York Rangers will look in 2021-22 than Tom Wilson of the Washington Capitals. A game after the Rangers had been eliminated from playoff contention last season, the Caps' enforcer gave the Blueshirts a black eye. In a span of seconds, Wilson punched a prone Pavel Buchnevich in the back of the head in a goal-mouth scramble and later rag-dolled star forward Artemi Panarin to the ice, ending his season.news.yahoo.com
Bicycle-riding Florida man bitten by alligator after falling into water
Bicyclist injured by alligator A Florida man who was riding his bicycle in a park was bitten by a nearly 9-foot alligator after falling into water. (Martin County Sheriff's Office)STUART, Fla. — A Florida man riding his bicycle at a park was seriously injured Monday when he fell into the water and was attacked by a female alligator, authorities said. Man seriously injured after being bit by an alligator at Halpatiokee Park in Stuart. Halpatiokee is a Seminole Indian word meaning “alligator water,” according to Martin County’s website. “He (Bassett) was saying, ‘Help me get out of the water’,” Shannon told the television station.wftv.com
Davidson returns to Blue Jackets as president of hockey ops
Rangers Front Office Firings Hockey FILE - John Davidson, the new president of the New York Rangers, speaks during a news conference in New York, in this Wednesday, May 22, 2019, file photo. The New York Rangers fired president John Davidson and general manager Jeff Gorton on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 according to multiple published reports. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File) (Seth Wenig)John Davidson returned to the Columbus Blue Jackets as president of hockey operations on Thursday following his unexpected firing by the New York Rangers earlier this month. The Blue Jackets also signed general manager Jarmo Kekalainen to a contract extension through 2025. Davidson had spent less than two full years as New York's president, which he considered a dream job after playing there.wftv.com
New York Rangers fire coach Dave Quinn, 3 assistants
Capitals Rangers Hockey New York Rangers' Alexandar Georgiev takes the puck from the net following a second-period goal by Washington Capitals' T.J. Oshie (77) during an NHL hockey game Wednesday, May 5, 2021, in New York. (Bruce Bennett/Pool Photo via AP) (Bruce Bennett)NEW YORK — (AP) — The New York Rangers fired coach David Quinn and three assistant coaches Wednesday after missing the playoffs with one of the NHL's up-and-coming young teams. Drury said the Rangers will begin our search for a new head coach immediately. In three years, Quinn posted 96-87-25 record in rebuilding the Rangers with a much younger team that included No. ___More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/hub/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportswftv.com
NHL fines Rangers $250K for criticizing player safety call
The New York Rangers have been fined $250,000 by the NHL for “demeaning” public comments about head of player safety George Parros. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File) (Seth Wenig)The New York Rangers were fined an extraordinary $250,000 by the NHL on Thursday for “demeaning” public comments about head of player safety George Parros. It's believed to be the largest publicly announced fine of an NHL team by the league office for making critical comments. “While we don’t expect our clubs to agree with every decision rendered by the department of player safety, the extent to which the Rangers expressed their disagreement was unacceptable. Buchnevich was thrown out of the game for cross-checking Capitals forward Anthony Mantha in the second period and has his own hearing with the department of player safety Thursday.wftv.com
New York Rangers abruptly dump team president, GM
Rangers Front Office Firings Hockey FILE - John Davidson, left, president of the New York Rangers, and Rangers general manager Jeff Gorton pose at a news conference in New York, in this Wednesday, May 22, 2019, file photo. The New York Rangers fired president John Davidson and general manager Jeff Gorton on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 according to multiple published reports. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File) (Seth Wenig)The New York Rangers abruptly fired president John Davidson and general manager Jeff Gorton on Wednesday with three games left in the season. Chris Drury was named president and GM. He previously served as associate GM under Davidson and Gorton.wftv.com
NWHL cancels rest of season after additional virus positives
The women's hockey league thinks it can make it work with the same kind of COVID-19 testing the NBA used in its Disney World bubble. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)The National Women’s Hockey League called off the remainder of its season Wednesday on the eve of the playoffs because of additional positive test results for the coronavirus. Despite not doing that, Tumminia called the NWHL season “successful.”“I actually see it as a success, she said. It will be the first professional women’s hockey game at the storied arena. The NHL’s New York Rangers are hosting the women's game with the team playing at Buffalo that day.
Rangers have work to do despite having top pick in NHL draft
1 pick in the NHL draft while also coming off an appearance in the expanded 24-team playoffs. The Rangers only made the playoffs because the NHL expanded the format to 24, rather than 16 teams. 1 pick is going to be a very good hockey player, there’s no question, maybe even a great player, hopefully. “To be maybe having the chance to play with him, it would be an honor,” Lafreniere said. General managers are bracing for a hectic weekend with numerous teams having to shed payroll this offseason with the NHL salary cap staying at $81.5 million.
Rangers buy out star goaltender Henrik Lundqvist's contract
FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2017, file photo, New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist celebrates his 400th career win, after an NHL hockey game against the Colorado Avalanche, in New York. The New York Rangers have bought out the contract of star goaltender Henrik Lundqvist. The New York Rangers bought out the contract of star goaltender Henrik Lundqvist on Wednesday, parting ways with one of their greatest players in franchise history after 15 mostly spectacular seasons. “We would like to thank Henrik for his immeasurable contributions to the New York Rangers,” Rangers President John Davidson said. His Henrik Lundqvist Foundation strives to create positive change in the lives of children and adults throughout the world through education and health services.
Throwback 5-game series force players to 'embrace the grind'
In a unique situation like this, youre going from not playing to playing playoff-style hockey, so youve got to embrace the grind mentally, physically.This is a different kind of grind after four-plus months off the ice. Eddie Olczyk won and lost one best-of-five series early in his playing career with Chicago and remembers the nerves of being 18 and 19 years old in those moments. Carolina coach Rod Brind'Amour understands that urgency despite being drafted two years after the NHL moved to all best-of-seven series. His Hurricanes face the Rangers, whose president, John Davidson, won the only two best-of-five series he played in with New York. In a short series, Quenneville said, anything can happen.___AP Hockey Writer John Wawrow contributed to this report.