2021 New York Rangers Offseason Primer

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As a shortened and hectic offseason approaches, Last Word on Hockey is looking ahead towards how teams will deal with the reality of a flat salary cap. In terms of building a franchise, the offseason is the most crucial time of the year for front offices. However, due to COVID-19, the short-term future of how […] READ MORE


New York Rangers Jack Johnson to Miss at Least Three Months Following Surgery

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Defenseman Jack Johnson may have had his season come to a close following a sports hernia surgery Friday. TSN’s Darren Dreger tweeted the news Saturday afternoon saying the New York Rangers defenseman successfully underwent the procedure and would be in recovery until June/July. This effectively puts an end to his season, unless the Rangers make […] READ MORE


Unlikely Columbus Blue Jackets Playoff Heroes

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Post-season heroes come in all forms from the star player to the unknown fourth-liner. We all know the exploits of the great playoff performers. However, we hardly hear about the unlikely playoff heroes. These unlikely post-season stars can contribute in many ways. Contributions could be for an entire playoff run, a series, a game, or […] READ MORE


Jack Johnson Signs with the New York Rangers

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It was announced today that veteran defenceman Jack Johnson has signed a contract with the New York Rangers. Johnson was recently bought out by the Pittsburgh Penguins. However, clearly, both sides feel he has more to give. The deal is one-year for one million dollars. Jack Johnson agreement with the NYR when complete, expected to […] READ MORE


Pittsburgh Penguins Buyout Jack Johnson

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After trying to trade Jack Johnson after the Mike Matheson trade, the Pittsburgh Penguins decided to buy him out instead. For the next three years, he will be making a little less than $2M against the salary cap for the Penguins, and then for three years after, his cap hit will be $917K. With 3 […] READ MORE


Juuso Riikola Demands More Respect From the Pittsburgh Penguins

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The Pittsburgh Penguins just re-signed Juuso Riikola to a two-year deal. The deal has a cap hit topping $1 million, officially clocking in at $1.15 million. This inking has shocked Penguins fans. Many rumours have said that head coach Mike Sullivan was less than fond of Riikola. This, and the log-jam at left-defence, led many […] READ MORE



Pittsburgh Penguins Extend Marcus Pettersson

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The Pittsburgh Penguins have locked up defenceman Marcus Pettersson for the next several years. The team has given its 23-year-old a five-year extension worth $20 million that will carry through the 2024-25 season. Elliotte Friedman broke the news early Tuesday morning. PIT announces extension for Marcus Pettersson. Five years, AAV just over $4M — Elliotte […] READ MORE


Pittsburgh Penguins Jake Guentzel Out Four-to-Six Months

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The Pittsburgh Penguins announced that forward Jake Guentzel underwent successful surgery on his shoulder but will miss four-to-six months of action. From nhl.com: INJURY UPDATE: Jake Guentzel underwent successful shoulder surgery after a nasty collision with the boards last night. Guentzel is expected to miss four to six months. Full details: pens.pe/2SJ09uG Jake Guentzel on […] READ MORE


Pittsburgh Penguins Kris Letang Ruled Day-to-Day

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The Pittsburgh Pengiuns announced that defenceman Kris Letang is out for Thursday’s game with the New York Islanders with a lower-body injury. Head coach Mike Sullivan told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Matt Vensel that Letang likely won’t play Saturday against the Chicago Blackhawks. Kris Letang is out tonight. Coach Mike Sullivan isn’t sure about Saturday. — […] READ MORE