Ranger fans were worried about Derek Stepan when he wasn’t able to go in the team’s first preseason game against the Devils on Monday night. Stepan had a leg injury, but the one he sustained Wednesday afternoon at practice was far more severe.
The New York Rangers opened their preseason at home last night with a 5-4 loss to the New Jersey Devils. While there was a great deal of room for improvement, a lot of the Rangers’ new acquisitions had some impressive first games that could be a great sign of things to come.
Yesterday the NHL announced a few rule changes for the 2014-15 season that ranged everywhere from the rink to the shootout to face-offs. Looking through the rules, many of them focus on incidents or issues that players, coaches and fans have complained about over the years and wanted changed in some way, while also showing the NHL is looking to make the game safer and will not tolerate players taking advantage of obscurities in old rules.
Earlier this summer, I discussed how the New York Islanders young talent indicated a bright future for the franchise. However, recent reports show the team’s future could be just as murky as ever.
The reigning Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings find themselves in another outdoor game in their home state, this time in Levi’s Stadium, the brand new home of the San Francisco 49ers’ NFL franchise, against an all too familiar opponent, the San Jose Sharks.
The Detroit Red Wings re-signed 23 year-old winger Tomas Tatar to a three year deal worth $2.75 million per year after 19 goals and 39 points in his first full NHL season. Tatar is just one of the many young players on the Red Wings that performed well last season, and will be instrumental in his team’s success next season and beyond.
Aside from re-signing Dominic Moore and acquiring Dan Boyle and Tanner Glass, the Rangers haven’t been very active in acquiring some of the league’s best free agents this offseason, but they haven’t exactly been quiet either. The Blueshirts have made a handful of depth moves since picking up Boyle and Glass that could prove very beneficial.
After a busy first ten days NHL free agency has calmed down a bit, and there have been some interesting deals to say the least thus far. There have been some overpaid players, veterans that have gone to play elsewhere and some deals that just leave you scratching your head.