Report: Former NHLer Sean Avery arrested following traffic stop

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Sean Avery (Getty Images)

Former NHL left winger Sean Avery was arrested last week following a routine traffic stop in Southampton, N.Y., but has since been released on bail.

According to the report from The Southampton Press, Avery, 35, was pulled over at a routine traffic stop by Southampton Village Police on Sept. 30. He was arrested at the traffic stop and, according to, “was charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief and two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, all misdemeanors.” Read more

Rumor Roundup: Potential UFAs Kopitar, Stamkos, Staal still without extensions

Anze Kopitar  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

With the new NHL season fast approaching, several potential UFA stars appear no closer to re-signing with their current teams. The status of Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos, Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar and Carolina Hurricanes captain Eric Staal remains a hot topic in the rumor mill.

The Tampa Bay Time’s Joe Smith reports the 25-year-old Stamkos denied recent trade speculation tying him to the Buffalo Sabres and Calgary Flames. The longer Stamkos remains unsigned, Smith believes more trade rumors will dog the Lightning captain this season.

As for Kopitar,’s Pierre LeBrun reports the two sides seem no closer to an agreement, though talks remain positive. Kopitar, 28, would like to get a deal done before the start of the season. There’s no word yet if he’ll shut down negotiations once the season begins. Read more

Can Emerson Etem hit a new level in New York?

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Emerson Etem (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The New York Rangers are coming off a Presidents’ Trophy and a second consecutive berth in the Eastern Conference final. They still have a future Hall of Famer in net with Henrik Lundqvist and one of the most frustratingly effective defense corps in the NHL.

So it’s hard to improve things over the summer, especially when salary cap constraints forced new GM Jeff Gorton to finely hone every contract put in front of him (Derek Stepans don’t come cheap, of course).

But the Rangers are still very much in their Stanley Cup window right now. Stepan, Rick Nash and Mats Zuccarello are all accomplished forwards and they’re far from alone. The Blueshirts did lose another future Hall of Famer in Marty St-Louis, however, while the aforementioned cap woes led to the trade of fast and effective left winger Carl Hagelin to Anaheim.

In return, New York received Emerson Etem, a celebrated first round draft pick from 2010 who was lucky enough to be selected by his home state Ducks. Results have been slow at the NHL level for the right winger, though he is still young and perhaps a change of scenery will help. Etem now honors his home town with a Long Beach State University tattoo behind his right ear, so how does he feel about switching coasts?

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Watch Keith Yandle earn penalty shot in 3-on-3 overtime, bury game-winner

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Keith Yandle. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

New York Rangers blueliner Keith Yandle has suited up for 579 games since entering the NHL in 2006-07, but even in the age of the shootout, the offensive defenseman has only participated in the game-deciding skills competition twice. He didn’t score on either attempt.

But Monday evening, Yandle changed his fortunes when going one-on-one with the netminder.

In overtime, Yandle followed Scott Laughton to the top of the zone, where Laughton lost his footing. Yandle hopped on the loose puck and broke up ice with Laughton pestering him from behind. While breaking to the inside and attempting to ward off Laughton’s stick checks, the Flyers center got his stick in around Yandle’s hands, which was enough for a hooking call to be made and a penalty shot to be awarded.

Skating in on Flyers netminder Steve Mason, Yandle made no mistake on the penalty shot attempt: Read more

Top 5 underrated and overrated players of 2014-15

Jori Lehtera (Scott Rovak/NHLI via Getty Images)

At one point or another in nearly every NHLers career, he will be either overvalued or undervalued. One great year can lead to big money contracts and pundits gushing about their ability and a down year can lead to cries that they’ve lost their scoring touch and should be sent to the minors.

At certain points over the course of a campaign, there are a number of players who will fall into either the underrated and overrated category, but there are a select few who stand out at the end of a season as the players who have been given far too little — or too much — credit. Read more

Korean girl group performs in Chris Kreider jerseys in absolutely bizarre music/hockey crossover

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There have been some bizarre crossovers between music and hockey, but this video from South Korean girl group DIA takes the cake.

In the live performance of the band’s first single, which is called Somehow, the seven-member girl group takes the stage wearing…New York Rangers jerseys?

Yes, for some reason the entire group is wearing Rangers jerseys, with six of the members wearing No. 20 Chris Kreider jerseys and one of the girls rocking a No. 61 Rick Nash jersey. Seriously. Take a look: Read more

New exhibit tells tale of Brooklyn NHL franchise that nearly was

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The Brooklyn Americans exhibit at the Brooklyn Historical Society (Scott Rudd/Brooklyn Historical Society)

Every hockey fan worth their salt can name the Original Six, but the seventh team, the one that didn’t quite make the cut, is the answer to one of the most interesting trivia questions in sports. That forgotten franchise, the New York Americans, is getting new life thanks to the New York Islanders’ move to Brooklyn and an exhibit at the Brooklyn Historical Society.

The story of the Americans is so bizarre that even Steve Cohen, the mind behind the exhibit, found it difficult to believe. Cohen was born in Brooklyn but began to play hockey in Illinois, where his father, a Brooklynite, would tell Cohen about the borough’s hockey history.

“There was always reference made to what always seemed to me like it was a mythical team, the Brooklyn Americans,” Cohen explained. “If you think about it from the standpoint of somebody who understands or was brought up in the lore of hockey, all you need to think is the great name is the Montreal Canadiens. Wouldn’t the analog be the New York or Brooklyn Americans?

In addition, the story was that the team had been founded by a bootlegger and had been here, in New York, a year before the Rangers, which seemed inconceivable…In all candor, I wasn’t really sure if it was true.”

But it was. All of it. The Americans were founded by a bootlegger, they were the original tenant at Madison Square Garden and their massive attendance in 1925 was one driving force behind the creation of the Rangers. But even with Cohen’s knowledge of the team, it was a chance encounter with a piece of Americans history that really sealed his obsession. Read more

Watch Jiri Tlusty and Tanner Glass exchange slashes, Glass nearly sucker punch Tlusty

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Tanner Glass (Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

There isn’t quite as much on the line in the pre-season as there is during the regular season, but that doesn’t mean some on-ice battles can’t get heated. And in the pre-season tilt between the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils, Tanner Glass nearly took it too far.

Late in the second period, the Rangers’ Glass delivered a whack to the legs of Jiri Tlusty as the Devils left winger skated through the neutral zone. The initial confrontation ended with Tlusty clutching the back of his legs, but he stayed on the ice long enough to pursue Glass before retaliating near the end of the shift. It’s there the situation almost got out of control.

Glass turned around and swung his stick wildly at Tlusty following his retaliation and then chased after him. With Tlusty in his sights, Glass dropped his gloves and delivered a punch to Tlusty’s head. Read more