Rangers honor Dan Boyle for reaching 1,000th career NHL game plateau

Surrounded by Rangers teammates and family, Dan Boyle accepts a silver stick to commemorate playing in 1,000 career regular-season NHL games. (Rebecca Taylor/NHLI via Getty Images)

The New York Rangers have more than their share of highly-decorated veteran players on the roster, and the franchise celebrated a major milestone by one of them – blueliner Dan Boyle, who reached the 1,000th career NHL game plateau – with a ceremony prior to Sunday’s game against Florida.

The 36-year-old Boyle, who is in his 15th season and first with the Blueshirts after previous stints with the Panthers, Lightning and Sharks, appeared in Game No. 1,000 on March 4 against the Red Wings to become the 298th player in league history to reach quadruple digits in the games-played department. The Rangers invited Boyle’s family on the ice to watch a commemorative video in his honor and help him receive gifts and thanks from the organization: Read more

Rumor Roundup: Futures for Stamkos, Elias, Talbot hot topics in off-season

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For several weeks during the summer of 2011, Steven Stamkos‘ contract negotiations with the Tampa Bay Lightning were a dominant topic among NHL followers. With the 25-year-old Stamkos eligible for unrestricted free agency in July 2016, he could become a fixture in this summer’s rumor mill.

The Tampa Tribune’s Erik Erlendsson reports the Lightning can open negotiations with Stamkos on July 1. If the Bolts don’t have their captain under contract in early-July, speculation will begin over his future in Tampa Bay. Erlendsson believes most of it will emanate from Toronto, as Stamkos is a Markham, Ont. native. Read more

Meet Kevin Hayes, the best free agent of the summer of 2014

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Kevin Hayes (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)

By the time the 2016 draft ends, the New York Rangers will have gone four straight years without a first-round pick. But when you have Glen Sather’s recent track record when it comes to first-rounders, you could argue the Rangers are far better off with the established players they have in their lineup than uncertain prospects.

And really, when you can bring in an NHL-ready player such as Kevin Hayes into your lineup, who needs a first-round pick? Hayes likely won’t receive final-three consideration for the Calder Trophy – although with the sagging fortunes of Filip Forsberg and the rising ones of guys such as Mark Stone, Mike Hoffman and Hayes, perhaps it’s time for a Calder race reboot – but you could argue that he should win the award as the best free agent signing of the summer of 2014. Read more

Rangers goalie Cam Talbot reaches back, robs Capitals star Backstrom in nick of time

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Cam Talbot (Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

The New York Rangers are one of the NHL’s hottest teams of late. And that’s the case not just because they bulked up at the NHL trade deadline in anticipation of a deep playoff run, but also because they’re getting tremendous effort from throughout the lineup – including backup goalie Cam Talbot, who reached behind him Wednesday night against Washington to rob Capitals star Nicklas Backstrom of what looked like a sure goal.

The 27-year-old Backstrom took a brilliant cross-crease pass from right winger Joel Ward for the host Caps and had a wide-open Rangers net to shoot at, but not for long; the 27-year-old Talbot stretched back toward the goal line and caught the puck at the last moment: Read more

Rangers’ Kevin Hayes shows incredible body control, co-ordination in stunning goal against Isles

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Kevin Hayes scores against Jaroslav Halak. (Mike Stobe/NHLI via Getty Images)

New York Rangers center Kevin Hayes has dazzled fans and confounded opponents in his first NHL season. And the 22-year-old continued that pattern Tuesday with an incredibly athletic goal against the arch-rival New York Islanders.

Hayes was the beneficiary of a tremendous pass from right winger Mats Zuccarello, but still had to fight off Isles defenseman Thomas Hickey, steady his body, turn around and wire a wrist shot past goalie Jaroslav Halak while rugged winger Matt Martin was bearing down on him: Read more

Eight NHLers who could break Mike Sillinger’s journeyman record

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Mike Sillinger is a name that almost every hockey fan knows, but it’s not for reasons you might think. He didn’t rack up any major accoldes and had a pedestrian career, racking up 240 goals and 548 points in 1,049 games. So, why do people know Sillinger?

It’s because in a 17-year NHL career, Sillinger played for 12 different franchises. For that reason, and that reason alone, his name is synonymous with the idea of an NHL journeyman. Drafted in the first round, 11th overall, by the Detroit Red Wings in 1989, Sillinger went on to suit up for the Red Wings, Ducks, Canucks, Flyers, Lightning, Panthers, Senators, Blue Jackets, Coyotes, Blues, Predators and Islanders. You could say he’s well travelled.

However, even though he played for so many teams, he was only moved at the trade deadline twice in his career, in 1999-00 from Tampa to Florida and the following season from Florida to Ottawa. But thanks to yesterday’s trade deadline, there are now a couple of players who are sneaking up on Sillinger’s NHL record as the player who suited up for the most teams. Read more

Here are your winners and losers of the 2015 NHL trade deadline

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Another NHL trade deadline has come and gone, and whenever it passes, there’s the urge to judge which teams were winners and which ones were at the other end of the competitive spectrum. Of course, any hockey fan paying close attention from year-to-year understands that 99 percent of all trades have to be judged over the long-term to be judged fairly. So bear that in mind as we do our best to break down the teams that came away from this season’s deadline – including the days leading up to it, when many of the biggest deals took place – looking great, and which ones came away looking questionable or worse.

Winners:

Arizona Coyotes: There were two types of winners on Deadline Day 2015 – the winners who are loading up for a long playoff run, and the winners who stripped down their roster as part of a long-term rebuild. The Coyotes are clearly part of the latter group, and GM Don Maloney did a ton of work that will quicken the franchise’s turnaround: he shook down Rangers counterpart Glen Sather for (among other things) a top prospect (Anthony Duclair) and first-round draft pick; he also landed Chicago’s first-rounder and a prospect for Antoine Vermette. Read more