2018-19 NHL Season Begins. Opening Rosters Announced.

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NEW YORK (Oct. 3, 2018) -- Following are NHL club rosters, as of 9 a.m., Eastern time today. The 2018-19 regular season begins tonight with four games.

Anaheim Ducks

Pontus Aberg, Andrew Cogliano, Max Comtois, Cam Fowler, Ryan Getzlaf, Brian Gibbons, John Gibson, Adam Henrique, Hampus Lindholm, Isac Lundestrom, Josh Manson, Ryan Miller, Brandon Montour, Marcus Pettersson, Rickard Rakell, Carter Rowney, Luke Schenn, Kiefer Sherwood, Jakob Silfverberg, Sam Steel, Ben Street, Andrej Sustr, Troy Terry.

Injured: Patrick Eaves, Korbinian Holzer, Max Jones, Ondrej Kase, Ryan Kesler, Kalle Kossila, Corey Perry, Kevin Roy.

Arizona Coyotes

Kevin Connauton, Nick Cousins, Lawson Crouse, Laurent Dauphin, Jason Demers, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Christian Fischer, Alex Goligoski, Michael Grabner, Vinnie Hinostroza, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Clayton Keller, Mario Kempe, Darcy Kuemper, Ilya Lyubushkin, Jordan Oesterle, Richard Panik, Brendan Perlini, Antti Raanta, Brad Richardson, Derek Stepan, Dylan Strome.

Injured: Jakob Chychrun, Josh Archibald, Dave Bolland, Christian Dvorak, Alex Galchenyuk, Conor Garland, Barrett Hayton, Marian Hossa, Nicholas Merkley, David Ullstrom.

Boston Bruins

Noel Acciari, David Backes, Patrice Bergeron, Anders Bjork, Brandon Carlo, Zdeno Chara, Jake DeBrusk, Ryan Donato, Matt Grzelcyk, Jaroslav Halak, Danton Heinen, Steven Kampfer, David Krejci, Sean Kuraly, Brad Marchand, Charlie McAvoy, Kevan Miller, John Moore, Joakim Nordstrom, David Pastrnak, Tuukka Rask, Urho Vaakanainen, Chris Wagner.

Injured: Martin Bakos, Torey Krug.

Buffalo Sabres

Nathan Beaulieu, Patrik Berglund, Zach Bogosian, Rasmus Dahlin, Jack Eichel, Remi Elie, Zemgus Girgensons, Carter Hutton, Jake McCabe, Casey Mittelstadt, Casey Nelson, Kyle Okposo, Jason Pominville, Sam Reinhart, Rasmus Ristolainen, Evan Rodrigues, Marco Scandella, Conor Sheary, Jeff Skinner, Vladimir Sobotka, Matt Tennyson, Tage Thompson, Linus Ullmark.

Injured: Matt Hunwick, Johan Larsson, Sean Malone, Scott Wilson.

Calgary Flames

Mikael Backlund, Sam Bennett, TJ Brodie, Austin Czarnik, Dillon Dube, Michael Frolik, Johnny Gaudreau, Mark Giordano, Travis Hamonic, Noah Hanifin, Garnet Hathaway, Mark Jankowski, Curtis Lazar, Elias Lindholm, Sean Monahan, James Neal, Dalton Prout, David Rittich, Derek Ryan, Mike Smith, Michael Stone, Matthew Tkachuk, Juuso Valimaki.

Injured: Matt Taormina.

Carolina Hurricanes

Sebastian Aho, Calvin de Haan, Phillip Di Giuseppe, Justin Faulk, Micheal Ferland, Haydn Fleury, Warren Foegele, Dougie Hamilton, Jordan Martinook, Curtis McElhinney, Brock McGinn, Petr Mrazek, Martin Necas, Brett Pesce, Jaccob Slavin, Jordan Staal, Andrei Svechnikov, Teuvo Teravainen, Trevor van Riemsdyk, Lucas Wallmark, Justin Williams, Valentin Zykov.

Injured: Scott Darling, Victor Rask.

Chicago Blackhawks

Artem Anisimov, Brandon Davidson, Alex DeBrincat, Anton Forsberg, Erik Gustafsson, John Hayden, Luke Johnson, Henri Jokiharju, Dominik Kahun, David Kampf, Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith, Marcus Kruger, Chris Kunitz, Brandon Manning, Andreas Martinsen, Jan Rutta, Brandon Saad, Nick Schmaltz, Brent Seabrook, Jonathan Toews, Cam Ward.

Injured: Corey Crawford, Gustav Forsling, Connor Murphy.

Colorado Avalanche

Mark Barberio, Tyson Barrie, Gabriel Bourque, Matt Calvert, Ian Cole, J.T. Compher, Sheldon Dries, Samuel Girard, Philipp Grubauer, Erik Johnson, Tyson Jost, Alexander Kerfoot, Gabriel Landeskog, Nathan MacKinnon, Patrik Nemeth, Matt Nieto, Mikko Rantanen, Carl Soderberg, Dominic Toninato, Semyon Varlamov, Colin Wilson, Nikita Zadorov.

Injured: Sven Andrighetto, Vladislav Kamenev, Anton Lindholm, Conor Timmins.

Columbus Blue Jackets

Josh Anderson, Cam Atkinson, Oliver Bjorkstrand, Sergei Bobrovsky, Gabriel Carlsson, Adam Clendening, Brandon Dubinsky, Pierre-Luc Dubois, Anthony Duclair, Nick Foligno, Markus Hannikainen, Scott Harrington, Boone Jenner, Joonas Korpisalo, Dean Kukan, Sonny Milano, Riley Nash, Markus Nutivaara, Artemi Panarin, David Savard, Lukas Sedlak, Alexander Wennberg, Zach Werenski.

Injured: Seth Jones, Ryan Murray.

Dallas Stars

Jamie Benn, Ben Bishop, Connor Carrick, Blake Comeau, Jason Dickinson, Radek Faksa, Miro Heiskanen, Roope Hintz, Julius Honka, Mattias Janmark, Anton Khudobin, John Klingberg, Esa Lindell, Marc Methot, Valeri Nichushkin, Tyler Pitlick, Roman Polak, Alexander Radulov, Brett Ritchie, Tyler Seguin, Devin Shore, Gemel Smith, Jason Spezza.

Injured: Martin Hanzal, Stephen Johns.

Detroit Red Wings

Justin Abdelkader, Andreas Athanasiou, Jonathan Bernier, Tyler Bertuzzi, Dennis Cholowski, Trevor Daley, Danny DeKeyser, Christoffer Ehn, Jonathan Ericsson, Martin Frk, Luke Glendening, Darren Helm, Jimmy Howard, Nick Jensen, Niklas Kronwall, Dylan Larkin, Anthony Mantha, Frans Nielsen, Gustav Nyquist, Michael Rasmussen, Libor Sulak, Thomas Vanek.

Injured: Johan Franzen, Mike Green, Brian Lashoff, Evgeny Svechnikov, Henrik Zetterberg.

Edmonton Oilers

Ethan Bear, Matt Benning, Evan Bouchard, Kyle Brodziak, Drake Caggiula, Alex Chiasson, Leon Draisaitl, Jason Garrison, Zack Kassian, Jujhar Khaira, Oscar Klefbom, Mikko Koskinen, Adam Larsson, Milan Lucic, Connor McDavid, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Darnell Nurse, Jesse Puljujarvi, Ty Rattie, Tobias Rieder, Ryan Strome, Cam Talbot, Kailer Yamamoto.

Injured: Ryan Mantha, Kris Russell, Andrej Sekera.

Florida Panthers

Aleksander Barkov, Nick Bjugstad, Troy Brouwer, Evgeni Dadonov, Aaron Ekblad, Micheal Haley, Mike Hoffman, Jonathan Huberdeau, Roberto Luongo, Jacob MacDonald, Derek MacKenzie, Denis Malgin, Maxim Mamin, Mike Matheson, Jared McCann, Alexander Petrovic, Mark Pysyk, James Reimer, Colton Sceviour, Vincent Trocheck, Frank Vatrano, MacKenzie Weegar, Keith Yandle.

Injured: Josh Brown, Bogdan Kiselevich, Jamie McGinn.

Los Angeles Kings

Michael Amadio, Jaret Anderson-Dolan, Jack Campbell, Jeff Carter, Kyle Clifford, Drew Doughty, Oscar Fantenberg, Derek Forbort, Alex Iafallo, Adrian Kempe, Anze Kopitar, Ilya Kovalchuk, Paul LaDue, Trevor Lewis, Alec Martinez, Jake Muzzin, Tanner Pearson, Dion Phaneuf, Jonathan Quick, Nate Thompson, Tyler Toffoli, Austin Wagner.

Injured: Jonny Brodzinski, Dustin Brown, Gabriel Vilardi.

Minnesota Wild

Jonas Brodin, J.T. Brown, Charlie Coyle, Devan Dubnyk, Matt Dumba, Joel Eriksson Ek, Eric Fehr, Marcus Foligno, Mikael Granlund, Jordan Greenway, Matt Hendricks, Mikko Koivu, Nino Niederreiter, Gustav Olofsson, Zach Parise, Greg Pateryn, Nate Prosser, Nick Seeler, Jared Spurgeon, Eric Staal, Alex Stalock, Ryan Suter, Jason Zucker.

Injured: Luke Kunin.

Montreal Canadiens

Karl Alzner, Joel Armia, Jordie Benn, Paul Byron, Phillip Danault, Max Domi, Jonathan Drouin, Brendan Gallagher, Charles Hudon, Noah Juulsen, Jesperi Kotkaniemi, Artturi Lehkonen, Victor Mete, Antti Niemi, Xavier Ouellet, Matthew Peca, Jeff Petry, Tomas Plekanec, Carey Price, Mike Reilly, Nikita Scherbak, Andrew Shaw, Tomas Tatar.

Injured: Jacob De La Rose, Nicolas Deslauriers, David Schlemko, Shea Weber.

Nashville Predators

Viktor Arvidsson, Anthony Bitetto, Nick Bonino, Mattias Ekholm, Ryan Ellis, Kevin Fiala, Filip Forsberg, Frederick Gaudreau, Dan Hamhuis, Matt Irwin, Calle Jarnkrok, Ryan Johansen, Roman Josi, Zac Rinaldo, Pekka Rinne, Miikka Salomaki, Juuse Saros, Colton Sissons, Craig Smith, P.K. Subban, Kyle Turris, Yannick Weber.

Injured: Ryan Hartman.

New Jersey Devils

Brian Boyle, Jesper Bratt, Will Butcher, Blake Coleman, Jean-Sebastien Dea, Andy Greene, Eric Gryba, Taylor Hall, Nico Hischier, Marcus Johansson, Keith Kinkaid, Eddie Lack, Ben Lovejoy, Mirco Mueller, Stefan Noesen, Kyle Palmieri, John Quenneville, Steven Santini, Damon Severson, Sami Vatanen, Miles Wood, Pavel Zacha, Travis Zajac.

Injured: Cory Schneider.

New York Islanders

Josh Bailey, Mathew Barzal, Anthony Beauvillier, Johnny Boychuk, Casey Cizikas, Cal Clutterbuck, Jordan Eberle, Valtteri Filppula, Tanner Fritz, Thomas Greiss, Thomas Hickey, Ross Johnston, Leo Komarov, Tom Kuhnhackl, Nick Leddy, Anders Lee, Robin Lehner, Matt Martin, Scott Mayfield, Brock Nelson, Adam Pelech, Ryan Pulock, Luca Sbisa.

Injured: Andrew Ladd, Matt Lorito, Linus Soderstrom, John Stevens.

New York Rangers

Pavel Buchnevich, Filip Chytil, Fredrik Claesson, Tony DeAngelo, Jesper Fast, Alexandar Georgiev, Kevin Hayes, Brett Howden, Chris Kreider, Vinni Lettieri, Henrik Lundqvist, Cody McLeod, Adam McQuaid, Vladislav Namestnikov, Neal Pionk, Kevin Shattenkirk, Brady Skjei, Brendan Smith, Ryan Spooner, Marc Staal, Jimmy Vesey, Mika Zibanejad, Mats Zuccarello.

Injured: Matt Beleskey, Boo Nieves.

Ottawa Senators

Craig Anderson, Mikkel Boedker, Mark Borowiecki, Cody Ceci, Thomas Chabot, Mike Condon, Dylan DeMelo, Matt Duchene, Ryan Dzingel, Alex Formenton, Ben Harpur, Maxime Lajoie, Max McCormick, Magnus Paajarvi, Tom Pyatt, Bobby Ryan, Zack Smith, Mark Stone, Chris Tierney, Brady Tkachuk, Colin White, Chris Wideman.

Injured: Marian Gaborik, Clarke MacArthur, Jean-Gabriel Pageau.

Philadelphia Flyers

Sean Couturier, Brian Elliott, Christian Folin, Claude Giroux, Shayne Gostisbehere, Radko Gudas, Robert Hagg, Travis Konecny, Scott Laughton, Jori Lehtera, Oskar Lindblom, Andrew MacDonald, Nolan Patrick, Ivan Provorov, Michael Raffl, Travis Sanheim, Wayne Simmonds, Anthony Stolarz, James van Riemsdyk, Jakub Voracek, Mikhail Vorobyov, Jordan Weal, Dale Weise.

Injured: Corban Knight, Pascal Laberge, Alex Lyon, Samuel Morin, Michal Neuvirth.

Pittsburgh Penguins

Derick Brassard, Sidney Crosby, Matt Cullen, Casey DeSmith, Brian Dumoulin, Derek Grant, Jake Guentzel, Carl Hagelin, Patric Hornqvist, Jack Johnson, Phil Kessel, Kris Letang, Olli Maatta, Evgeni Malkin, Matt Murray, Jamie Oleksiak, Juuso Riikola, Chad Ruhwedel, Bryan Rust, Justin Schultz, Riley Sheahan, Dominik Simon, Daniel Sprong.

Injured: Kevin Czuczman, Tristan Jarry.

San Jose Sharks

Justin Braun, Brent Burns, Rourke Chartier, Logan Couture, Aaron Dell, Brenden Dillon, Joonas Donskoi, Barclay Goodrow, Tim Heed, Tomas Hertl, Martin Jones, Evander Kane, Erik Karlsson, Melker Karlsson, Kevin Labanc, Timo Meier, Joe Pavelski, Joakim Ryan, Radim Simek, Marcus Sorensen, Antti Suomela, Joe Thornton, Marc-Edouard Vlasic.

Injured: None.

St. Louis Blues

Jake Allen, Ivan Barbashev, Sammy Blais, Robert Bortuzzo, Jay Bouwmeester, Tyler Bozak, Chris Butler, Vince Dunn, Joel Edmundson, Chad Johnson, Jordan Kyrou, Patrick Maroon, Niko Mikkola, Ryan O'Reilly, Colton Parayko, David Perron, Alex Pietrangelo, Brayden Schenn, Jordan Schmaltz, Jaden Schwartz, Alexander Steen, Vladimir Tarasenko, Robert Thomas.

Injured: Robby Fabbri, Erik Foley, Carl Gunnarsson, Luke Opilka, Nikita Soshnikov, Oskar Sundqvist.

Tampa Bay Lightning

Anthony Cirelli, Braydon Coburn, Cory Conacher, Louis Domingue, Adam Erne, Dan Girardi, Yanni Gourde, Victor Hedman, Tyler Johnson, Mathieu Joseph, Alex Killorn, Slater Koekkoek, Nikita Kucherov, Danick Martel, Ryan McDonagh, J.T. Miller, Ondrej Palat, Cedric Paquette, Brayden Point, Mikhail Sergachev, Steven Stamkos, Anton Stralman, Andrei Vasilevskiy.

Injured: Michael Bournival, Ryan Callahan, Kevin Lynch, Ben Thomas, Daniel Walcott.

Toronto Maple Leafs

Frederik Andersen, Connor Brown, Travis Dermott, Tyler Ennis, Jake Gardiner, Frederik Gauthier, Ron Hainsey, Justin Holl, Zach Hyman, Andreas Johnson, Nazem Kadri, Kasperi Kapanen, Josh Leivo, Par Lindholm, Martin Marincin, Patrick Marleau, Mitchell Marner, Auston Matthews, Igor Ozhiganov, Morgan Rielly, Garret Sparks, John Tavares, Nikita Zaitsev.

Injured: Nathan Horton.

Vancouver Canucks

Sven Baertschi, Jay Beagle, Alex Biega, Brock Boeser, Michael Del Zotto, Alexander Edler, Loui Eriksson, Nikolay Goldobin, Markus Granlund, Erik Gudbranson, Bo Horvat, Ben Hutton, Brendan Leipsic, Jacob Markstrom, Tyler Motte, Anders Nilsson, Elias Pettersson, Derrick Pouliot, Tim Schaller, Troy Stecher, Brandon Sutter, Christopher Tanev, Jake Virtanen.

Injured: Thatcher Demko, Derek Dorsett, Yan Pavel Laplante, Antoine Roussel.

Vegas Golden Knights

Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, Jake Bischoff, Ryan Carpenter, William Carrier, Deryk Engelland, Marc-Andre Fleury, Erik Haula, Nick Holden, Brad Hunt, William Karlsson, Oscar Lindberg, Jonathan Marchessault, Brayden McNabb, Jon Merrill, Colin Miller, Tomas Nosek, Max Pacioretty, Ryan Reaves, Reilly Smith, Paul Stastny, Malcolm Subban, Shea Theodore.

Injured: David Clarkson, Cody Eakin, Alex Tuch.

Washington Capitals

Nicklas Backstrom, Madison Bowey, Andre Burakovsky, John Carlson, Brett Connolly, Pheonix Copley, Christian Djoos, Nic Dowd, Lars Eller, Braden Holtby, Dmitrij Jaskin, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Jayson Megna, Matt Niskanen, Dmitry Orlov, Brooks Orpik, T.J. Oshie, Alex Ovechkin, Devante Smith-Pelly, Chandler Stephenson, Jakub Vrana, Nathan Walker, Tom Wilson.

Injured: Mathias Bau, Travis Boyd, Michal Kempny.

Winnipeg Jets

Laurent Brossoit, Dustin Byfuglien, Ben Chiarot, Kyle Connor, Andrew Copp, Marko Dano, Nikolaj Ehlers, Connor Hellebuyck, Dmitry Kulikov, Patrik Laine, Brendan Lemieux, Bryan Little, Adam Lowry, Josh Morrissey, Joe Morrow, Tyler Myers, Mathieu Perreault, Jack Roslovic, Mark Scheifele, Brandon Tanev, Jacob Trouba, Kristian Vesalainen, Blake Wheeler.

Injured: None.

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And The Band Played On … This is Our City | The Spin with Michael Spinner

And The Band Played On … This is Our City
By Michael Spinner
Twitter: @MichaelSpinner
Instagram: @Michael_Spinner

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I grew up in New York City, close enough to Manhattan that I consider New York to be ‘my’ city, even though I have not been a resident for nearly 20 years. I root for New York teams. I drive like a New Yorker. I identify with New York City. The suburbs have not changed me enough to take the NYC out of me … and they never will.

New York City runs in my blood enough that when the City hurts, I feel the pain like any other New Yorker. And when I have a chance to take a trip to the City, I feel the same pride as other New Yorkers when I walk around and look at the magnificence that only the 212 provides. I recently took my five year-old to Times Square and Madison Square Garden for the first time. It was not a Rangers game, he is not quite ready yet. It was a right of passage. He saw New York City in all of its glory. He ate New York City pizza. He learned about walking faster than usual, and to not be offended if he gets bumped. He may not be a “New Yorker,” but he’ll have enough New York in him to get by just fine.

After all, New York is my city. Only true New Yorkers can understand.

On Tuesday, New York City wept again. Anybody who has ever been to Manhattan can certainly visualize a beautiful fall day in the city, and the hustle and bustle that only New York City can provide. If you have ever been to the City, you most certainly have seen tourists everywhere … in cabs, on buses, buggies, and even bicycles. It’s just such a New York City thing to do. We’ve all seen the cabs and the bikes, and the cars, and the trucks, and it is busy and crazy, but somehow everybody keeps moving in perfect harmony, whether fast or slow.

But Tuesday was different. On Tuesday, our way of life was threatened yet again as the scourge of evil found its way to our city. A man with a truck and a mission plowed through the masses and became a terrorist. He ended eight lives, changed countless others, and proved once again that the happiness and comfort I enjoyed with my child when we visited New York not long ago is so incredibly fragile these days.

But as Sayfullo Saipov lays in a hospital bed, celebrating his success as a beacon of terror, he has not yet realized that he failed. Yes, he killed innocent victims. Sure, he put yet another scare into us all. But, he is a terrorist that failed to generate terror. He did not attack innocent bikers, tourists, and student, he went after our American way. And he changed nothing. We gasped in horror. We hugged our loved ones tighter. We threw our hands up and begged to understand why this keeps happening. Many young parents like me took at least a moment to wonder if taking our children out for Halloween was the best idea. We all prayed it will never happen again.

But, we were all once again resilient. We moved on, quickly. We continued with our lives. New York did not skip a beat.

The band played on.

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Not far from where Mr. Saipov went on his evil rampage, we proved to him and those who convinced him that driving a truck into a pack of innocent civilians would ruin an entire city or nation that America continues. The New York Rangers met the Las Vegas Golden Knights in what was merely a hockey game between two teams. That’s all. 60 minutes of ice hockey. But it was 60 minutes of New York City being New York City. Enhanced security made sure that spectators and players were safe. A moment of silence allowed everybody to digest what had happened. And for 60 minutes, two teams sent a message that no act of terror can stop the American way, and no attack can bring New York City to its knees. The band did play on, and for yet another night we proved that we are bigger and better than a madman with a truck and a mission.

And for the New York Rangers, boy did they do their part. During a season that was lost before it really began, the Rangers heard the bell and answered it. New Yorkers needed a reason to cheer, and the Rangers happily obliged. They were down and out – as many in the City probably felt after the events of the day – but found a way to triumph, as an entire City will do after yet another horrible attack. Down by two, they scored four goals in the third period to earn an emotional win. During one of the most awful days in the history of New York City, the Rangers sent thousands of people back into that very city feeling like the world is doing just fine. While it was only a hockey game, it was also a statement. In the same city where a man tried to attack our way of life, a sports team proved that Mr. Saipov and his minions will never succeed. The will not stop our way of life. New York is bigger and better than that. It is resilient. It is a city that bounces back in a nation that cannot be overcome.

This is our city. The band will always play on.

20 years ago, a madman with a truck and a mission would probably have caused the game to be postponed. Had the game been played, Madison Square Garden probably would have been half empty as the City would have ground to a halt in order to process the events of the day. Had the game been played, it probably would have been more of a scrimmage between two teams overcome by the moment, and unsure of the world around them. But not anymore. We have become a City and a nation that does not bend to terror. We wept, but then moved forward with our way of life.

And the New York Rangers did what New Yorkers do, even though none of them are really New Yorkers. When their city needed something to help it recover, they did just that. It was not just the win for the Rangers, it was the way they won the game. As usual, they did not play well. As par for the course, their defense decided to take the night off. Like old hat, they sleep-walked through the start. But, last night ended oh so differently. Sensing the moment, they willed their way to a win. It was incredible.

Did they galvanize an entire city? Probably not. Between Halloween, the World Series, the place hockey holds within our society, and just the fact that it is a busy time of year, there were probably a lot of New Yorkers completely unaware that a hockey game was taking place just a short walk where a horrific act of terror took place. But for those who are truly New Yorkers, those who really understand our city, what the New York Rangers did last night was pretty darn special. And listening to the post-game reaction of the players, they knew it too.

Let’s face facts … this team stinks. Will their fire their coach? Will they decimate the roster and build for next year? Is a long, painful rebuild upon us? The truth is that we do not know. On Tuesday, shortly before the game began, a madman with a truck and a mission proved that the plight of the New York Rangers pales in comparison to the real issues that we face these days.

But, no matter what happens this season or next season, or for many seasons to come, what we do know for sure is that last night was a night when New York City needed a reason to be New York City. It needed something uniquely New York to pick up the way of life that only New Yorkers understand. Faced with an uppercut of adversity that only the horrors of terror can provide, our city needed to be picked up and reminded that the band does in fact play on.

And the New York Rangers did just that. It was painful and ugly, and tough to watch at times. But, when it ended, we felt like New Yorkers again.

No matter what happens the rest of the way this season, the New York Rangers gave its city exactly what it needed on a night when it needed something special the most. No matter what happens the rest of the way, what the Rangers did on Tuesday night was bigger and better than anything else this team can do the rest of the way. And an entire city thanks them for it.

Michael Spinner
@michaelspinner
HockeyActive.com

The Great Rangers Identity Crisis | The Spin with Michael Spinner

THE GREAT RANGERS IDENTITY CRISIS
By Michael Spinner

Twitter: @MichaelSpinner
Instagram: @Michael_Spinner

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Ten games into the 2017-18 NHL regular season, there is only one great thing we can say about the New York Rangers … “great” is the magnitude of the identity crisis facing this team as they try to find their way out of the quagmire known a 2-6-2 start. Where the Rangers’ method in the past under Alain Vigneault has been to sprint to a fast start, and then coast to the finish in order to maintain playoff seeding, the only speed to the start of this season is the way other teams have played.

The Rangers – in short – have been awful. Corsi or no Corsi, this team stinks.

We’ve seen some flashes here and there – battling back to tie the score after falling behind 5-1 against Toronto on Oct. 7 was cute – but overall, the pattern the Rangers have shown have allowed us virtually no reason to feel anything but indigestion while watching this team. They allow early goals, and then spend the latter parts of games playing desperate, giving fans reason to think they are putting things together, only to be disappointed by a sluggish start to the next game.

The start of this season is like watching ‘Groundhog Day On Ice,’ chronicling the miserable existence of a brutal hockey team, hoping the next day will bring about something new, when in fact it is the same, lousy game being played once again. Stanley Cup? Only if it’s on display in Toronto the next time the Rangers visit the Maple Leafs.

Is the season really over only 10 games in? Well, yes. This team cannot defend, refuses to take the body, and it seems that Henrik Lundqvist has literally become Swiss Cheese. Rick Nash is back to his, “I do everything right but score” phase. Mats Zuccarello might be the worst player on the team right now. Kevin Shattenkirk has allowed the Rangers to feature an improved Power Play, but their inability to put the puck past an opposing goaltender on a consistent basis has rendered their speed and puck movement abilities almost neutral.

This team hits the opposing goalie with pucks so frequently that they’re going to seriously hurt somebody. It’s like watching Dwight Howard at the free-throw line abusing rims and backboards, but this time human lives are at stake.

So the New York Rangers stink, and what makes them even worse is that they are playing for not one, but two Head Coaches after Lindy Ruff was hired as Vigneault’s right-hand man this past summer, and yet still fail to take the ice on a consistent basis with a real motivation to play. They look like a team that has tuned out their coach. They are zombies skating on a frozen surface … they same way they were when Tom Renney saw his time on Broadway come to an end in 2009, which led to the hiring of John Tortorella and subsequent near decade of success.

But is a coaching change really necessary? Not if it is merely going to mean a different face behind the bench. It does not matter who coaches this team, the Rangers simply do not have an identity. They do not need a culture change, they need an actual culture. Without which, they may play better hockey, but will absolutely not improve.

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Think this to yourself for two seconds and then answer: Are the Rangers a veteran team seeking a run to the elusive Stanley Cup, or a team in rebuilding mode behind a younger core? Go. Can’t answer it, can you? If the Rangers are a veteran team, then somebody might wish to inform Nash, Zuccarello, Lundqvist, and others that the season has started. If they are a rebuilding team, their way of going about it seems to be way off.

The veteran Rangers team is not winning games because their veteran players are playing like the pre-season never ended. Marc Staal seems to be an improved product, but not at the shut-down level the team needs, but will likely not get again. Ryan McDonagh continues to play like the victim of overuse, showing some flashes of amazing, but all too many moments where he cannot get out of his own way, but is able to get out of the way of opponents on the attack, at the same time.

And then there is Lundqvist. Rangers fans desperately crave a Stanley Cup for Hank. The reality is for Lundqvist that the window in New York has closed, and this organization has no chance to reverse its fortunes without coming to this realization. He is not winning a Stanley Cup here. Lundqvist will possibly win more than 500 NHL games, and walk his way into the Hall of Fame, but without a Stanley Cup if he remains a Ranger until the end. It is a reality for the New York Rangers and their fans, and it is tragic. But it is true.

Does this mean the Rangers trade Lundqvist the same way they did Eddie Giacomin so many years ago? There might not be another choice. While Lundqvist likely has another big run or two left in him, the Rangers have neither the resources nor the salary cap space to put the kind of team around him that can go deep into the post-season. So he is left with this roster full of holes, something he is used to … but now he is 35 years old. At 25, he made great saves every game to supplement his mastery of the routine. At 35, there are still many great saves, but just as many bad goals against. He is simply not the Lundqvist of old, and with a flawed team around him, if Lundqvist desires a Stanley Cup, it will have to be elsewhere.

So if the Rangers’ veterans are not performing at a level high enough to chase a Stanley Cup, and they do not have the salary cap space to attempt to purchase a Stanley Cup, they must be rebuilding around a young core, right? Well, not exactly. You cannot build a youth movement around a 35 year-old goaltender under any circumstances. Period. If the idea is to rebuild, it has to start in goal, the same way it did when Henrik Lundqvist first came to Broadway.

And you cannot go through a youth movement without developing your youth. Filip Chytil was a revelation during pre-season, and when it came time for the real games to begin, he averaged six minutes of ice time per game before being sent to the minor leagues. Did he play poorly? If he did, how could we have known with such a small sampling of ice time? Pavel Buchnevich seems to have all of the potential in the world, but has been – for the most part – relegated to the fourth line, while Zuccarello struggles on the first line. During a loss to San Jose on Monday night, they were flip-flopped, but what took so long?

There are other examples.

Which, of course, leads to the question of Alain Vigneault. If there is going to be a youth movement, is Vigneault, the right coach to oversee it? And the answer there is a resounding no. In Vancouver, and in New York, Vigneault proved to be the wrong coach to mentor younger players, regardless of talent. In New York, he has repeatedly gone back to underperforming veteran players time after time after time, stunting the development of younger players. This has happened for years, but previously he had enough veteran players producing to allow the team to succeed. Now he has zero.

In other words, if the Rangers are going to go with a youth movement, it starts behind the bench. It begins with a coach who is inspired by the challenge of developing a rebuild. It means cleaning house of underperforming veterans, allowing young talent to learn on the job, and developing a solid core for the future … none of which is happening now. The Rangers are sinking, and they are doing so under the weight of older underachievers and their massive contracts, being enabled by a coach who only knows how to deal with them.

Should Vigneault be fired for the bad start? Actually, he should not. Under his watch, the Rangers won at least one playoff series during three of his four seasons. He deserves some patience for that. But, he should be fired if indeed the Rangers are seeking a more youthful approach because he is not the right man for that job.

Sorry Rangers fans, if this season is going to turn around, and the trajectory of the organization is going to change, it starts with their identity. If the Rangers are a veteran team seeking a Stanley Cup for their beloved goaltender, they need more beloved veterans on this team to put a run together, and their current veterans to produce. If the Rangers are going to rebuild around youth, they must make the full investment, and they must do so now. Under John Tortorella and Alain Vigneault, the Rangers threw away heaps of cash and draft picks to gain the kind of veteran roster to win a Stanley Cup. And it almost worked. But when the Tampa Bay Lightning came to Madison Square Garden in 2015, and ended what seemed like a sure-fire Rangers Cup run in the Conference Finals, an era ended as well. This team has not been the same since then, and the way things are constructed right now, they are not bouncing back.

What we have today is a team stuck in the middle. Too many young faces for a youth movement, and too many experienced underachievers to act like a veteran team. The New York Rangers do not have an identity today, and they is why they are 2-6-2.

Actually, wait a second, the Rangers do have an identity. With this model, they know exactly who they are. They are headed right to the top. Unfortunately, their ascension is to the pinnacle … of the draft board.

Michael Spinner
@michaelspinner
HockeyActive.com

NHL Announces Opening-Day Rosters for 2017-18 Season

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NEW YORK (Oct. 4, 2017) -- Following are NHL club rosters, as of 10 a.m., Eastern time today. Some players who recently have agreed to terms with their respective clubs but whose contracts had not yet been approved by the League are not included. The 2017-18 regular season begins tonight with four games.

Anaheim Ducks

Francois Beauchemin, Reto Berra, Kevin Bieksa, Jared Boll, Andrew Cogliano, Cam Fowler, Ryan Getzlaf, John Gibson, Derek Grant, Korbinian Holzer, Ondrej Kase, Josh Manson, Jaycob Megna, Brandon Montour, Corey Perry, Rickard Rakell, Dennis Rasmussen, Nick Ritchie, Logan Shaw, Jakob Silfverberg, Antoine Vermette, Chris Wagner.

Injured: Patrick Eaves, Ryan Kesler, Hampus Lindholm, Ryan Miller, Sami Vatanen.

Arizona Coyotes

Adam Clendening, Kevin Connauton, Nick Cousins, Lawson Crouse, Jason Demers, Max Domi, Louis Domingue, Anthony Duclair, Christian Dvorak, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Christian Fischer, Alex Goligoski, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Clayton Keller, Jordan Martinook, Brendan Perlini, Antti Raanta, Brad Richardson, Tobias Rieder, Zac Rinaldo, Luke Schenn, Derek Stepan, Dylan Strome.

Injured: Dave Bolland, Jakob Chychrun.

Boston Bruins

Noel Acciari, David Backes, Matt Beleskey, Patrice Bergeron, Anders Bjork, Brandon Carlo, Zdeno Chara, Jake DeBrusk, Matt Grzelcyk, Anton Khudobin, David Krejci, Sean Kuraly, Brad Marchand, Charlie McAvoy, Adam McQuaid, Kevan Miller, Riley Nash, David Pastrnak, Paul Postma, Tuukka Rask, Tim Schaller, Ryan Spooner, Frank Vatrano.

Injured: Austin Czarnik, Emil Johansson, Torey Krug.

Buffalo Sabres

Victor Antipin, Nathan Beaulieu, Zach Bogosian, Jack Eichel, Zemgus Girgensons, Josh Gorges, Seth Griffith, Chad Johnson, Jacob Josefson, Evander Kane, Johan Larsson, Robin Lehner, Jake McCabe, Matt Moulson, Jordan Nolan, Kyle Okposo, Ryan O'Reilly, Jason Pominville, Benoit Pouliot, Sam Reinhart, Rasmus Ristolainen, Marco Scandella, Matt Tennyson.

Injured: Justin Falk, Evan Rodrigues.

Calgary Flames

Mikael Backlund, Matt Bartkowski, Sam Bennett, TJ Brodie, Troy Brouwer, Micheal Ferland, Michael Frolik, Johnny Gaudreau, Mark Giordano, Dougie Hamilton, Freddie Hamilton, Travis Hamonic, Garnet Hathaway, Brett Kulak, Eddie Lack, Curtis Lazar, Sean Monahan, Mike Smith, Matt Stajan, Michael Stone, Matthew Tkachuk, Kris Versteeg.

Injured: Marek Hrivik, Daniel Pribyl.

Carolina Hurricanes

Sebastian Aho, Klas Dahlbeck, Scott Darling, Justin Faulk, Haydn Fleury, Noah Hanifin, Josh Jooris, Marcus Kruger, Janne Kuokkanen, Elias Lindholm, Brock McGinn, Martin Necas, Joakim Nordstrom, Brett Pesce, Victor Rask, Derek Ryan, Jeff Skinner, Jaccob Slavin, Jordan Staal, Teuvo Teravainen, Trevor van Riemsdyk, Cam Ward, Justin Williams.

Injured: Lee Stempniak.

Chicago Blackhawks

Artem Anisimov, Lance Bouma, Corey Crawford, Anton Forsberg, Ryan Hartman, John Hayden, Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith, Michal Kempny, Tanner Kero, Connor Murphy, Jordan Oesterle, Richard Panik, Jan Rutta, Brandon Saad, Nick Schmaltz, Brent Seabrook, Patrick Sharp, Jonathan Toews, Tommy Wingels.

Injured: Marian Hossa, Nathan Noel, Michal Rozsival, Luc Snuggerud, Jordin Tootoo.

Colorado Avalanche

Sven Andrighetto, Mark Barberio, Tyson Barrie, Jonathan Bernier, Chris Bigras, Joe Colborne, Blake Comeau, J.T. Compher, Matt Duchene, Erik Johnson, Tyson Jost, Alexander Kerfoot, Gabriel Landeskog, Nathan MacKinnon, Andrei Mironov, Patrik Nemeth, Matt Nieto, Mikko Rantanen, Carl Soderberg, Semyon Varlamov, Colin Wilson, Nail Yakupov, Nikita Zadorov.

Injured: Sergei Boikov, A.J. Greer.

Columbus Blue Jackets

Cam Atkinson, Oliver Bjorkstrand, Sergei Bobrovsky, Matt Calvert, Gabriel Carlsson, Zac Dalpe, Brandon Dubinsky, Pierre-Luc Dubois, Nick Foligno, Markus Hannikainen, Scott Harrington, Jack Johnson, Seth Jones, Joonas Korpisalo, Sonny Milano, Ryan Murray, Markus Nutivaara, Artemi Panarin, David Savard, Lukas Sedlak, Alexander Wennberg, Zach Werenski.

Injured: Boone Jenner, Jordan Schroeder, Sam Vigneault.

Dallas Stars

Jamie Benn, Ben Bishop, Adam Cracknell, Radek Faksa, Dan Hamhuis, Martin Hanzal, Julius Honka, Mattias Janmark, Stephen Johns, John Klingberg, Kari Lehtonen, Esa Lindell, Marc Methot, Jamie Oleksiak, Greg Pateryn, Tyler Pitlick, Alexander Radulov, Brett Ritchie, Antoine Roussel, Tyler Seguin, Devin Shore, Gemel Smith, Jason Spezza.

Injured: None.

Detroit Red Wings

Justin Abdelkader, David Booth, Trevor Daley, Danny DeKeyser, Jonathan Ericsson, Martin Frk, Lucas Glendening, Mike Green, Darren Helm, Jimmy Howard, Nick Jensen, Niklas Kronwall, Dylan Larkin, Anthony Mantha, Petr Mrazek, Frans Nielsen, Gustav Nyquist, Xavier Ouellet, Riley Sheahan, Tomas Tatar, Luke Witkowski, Henrik Zetterberg.

Injured: Tyler Bertuzzi, Johan Franzen, Matt Lorito, Evgeny Svechnikov, Eric Tangradi.

Edmonton Oilers

Yohann Auvitu, Matt Benning, Laurent Brossoit, Drake Caggiula, Leon Draisaitl, Eric Gryba, Jussi Jokinen, Zack Kassian, Jujhar Khaira, Oscar Klefbom, Adam Larsson, Mark Letestu, Milan Lucic, Patrick Maroon, Connor McDavid, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Darnell Nurse, Iiro Pakarinen, Kris Russell, Ryan Strome, Cam Talbot, Kailer Yamamoto.

Injured: Brian Ferlin, Andrej Sekera, Ryan Stanton.

Florida Panthers

Aleksander Barkov, Nick Bjugstad, Connor Brickley, Evgeni Dadonov, Aaron Ekblad, Micheal Haley, Jonathan Huberdeau, Roberto Luongo, Derek MacKenzie, Denis Malgin, Mike Matheson, Jared McCann, Ian McCoshen, Jamie McGinn, Alex Petrovic, Mark Pysyk, James Reimer, Colton Sceviour, Owen Tippett, Vincent Trocheck, Radim Vrbata, MacKenzie Weegar, Keith Yandle.

Injured: None.

Los Angeles Kings

Andy Andreoff, Jonny Brodzinski, Dustin Brown, Michael Cammalleri, Jeff Carter, Kyle Clifford, Drew Doughty, Nic Dowd, Oscar Fantenberg, Christian Folin, Derek Forbort, Alex Iafallo, Adrian Kempe, Anze Kopitar, Darcy Kuemper, Trevor Lewis, Kurtis MacDermid, Alec Martinez, Jake Muzzin, Tanner Pearson, Jonathan Quick, Nick Shore, Tyler Toffoli.

Injured: Marian Gaborik, Austin Wagner.

Minnesota Wild

Jonas Brodin, Charlie Coyle, Matt Cullen, Devan Dubnyk, Matt Dumba, Tyler Ennis, Joel Eriksson Ek, Marcus Foligno, Mikael Granlund, Mikko Koivu, Nino Niederreiter, Gustav Olofsson, Zach Parise, Kyle Quincey, Mike Reilly, Jared Spurgeon, Eric Staal, Alex Stalock, Chris Stewart, Ryan Suter, Jason Zucker.

Injured: None.

Montreal Canadiens

Karl Alzner, Jordie Benn, Paul Byron, Phillip Danault, Brandon Davidson, Jacob De La Rose, Jonathan Drouin, Alex Galchenyuk, Brendan Gallagher, Ales Hemsky, Charles Hudon, Artturi Lehkonen, Victor Mete, Torrey Mitchell, Al Montoya, Joe Morrow, Max Pacioretty, Jeff Petry, Tomas Plekanec, Carey Price, Andrew Shaw, Mark Streit, Shea Weber.

Injured: Jeremiah Addison, Noah Juulsen, David Schlemko.

Nashville Predators

Pontus Aberg, Viktor Arvidsson, Anthony Bitetto, Mattias Ekholm, Alexei Emelin, Kevin Fiala, Filip Forsberg, Samuel Girard, Scott Hartnell, Matt Irwin, Calle Jarnkrok, Ryan Johansen, Roman Josi, Cody McLeod, Pekka Rinne, Miikka Salomaki, Juuse Saros, Colton Sissons, Craig Smith, P.K. Subban, Austin Watson, Yannick Weber.

Injured: Nick Bonino, Ryan Ellis.

New Jersey Devils

Jesper Bratt, Will Butcher, Blake Coleman, Brian Gibbons, Andy Greene, Taylor Hall, Jimmy Hayes, Adam Henrique, Nico Hischier, Marcus Johansson, Keith Kinkaid, Ben Lovejoy, John Moore, Mirco Mueller, Stefan Noesen, Kyle Palmieri, Dalton Prout, Steven Santini, Cory Schneider, Damon Severson, Drew Stafford, Miles Wood, Pavel Zacha.

Injured: Brian Boyle, Ryane Clowe, Michael McLeod, Travis Zajac.

New York Islanders

Josh Bailey, Mathew Barzal, Anthony Beauvillier, Johnny Boychuk, Jason Chimera, Casey Cizikas, Cal Clutterbuck, Calvin de Haan, Jordan Eberle, Thomas Greiss, Jaroslav Halak, Thomas Hickey, Joshua Ho-Sang, Nikolay Kulemin, Andrew Ladd, Nick Leddy, Anders Lee, Scott Mayfield, Brock Nelson, Adam Pelech, Ryan Pulock, Dennis Seidenberg, John Tavares.

Injured: Shane Prince, Alan Quine.

New York Rangers

Pavel Buchnevich, Paul Carey, Filip Chytil, Tony DeAngelo, David Desharnais, Michael Grabner, Kevin Hayes, Nick Holden, Steven Kampfer, Chris Kreider, Henrik Lundqvist, Ryan McDonagh, J.T. Miller, Rick Nash, Ondrej Pavelec, Kevin Shattenkirk, Brady Skjei, Brendan Smith, Marc Staal, Jimmy Vesey, Mika Zibanejad, Mats Zuccarello.

Injured: Jesper Fast.

Ottawa Senators

Craig Anderson, Mark Borowiecki, Derick Brassard, Logan Brown, Alexandre Burrows, Cody Ceci, Fredrik Claesson, Mike Condon, Ryan Dzingel, Alex Formenton, Mike Hoffman, Erik Karlsson, Johnny Oduya, Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Dion Phaneuf, Tom Pyatt, Bobby Ryan, Zack Smith, Mark Stone, Nate Thompson, Kyle Turris, Chris Wideman.

Injured: Clarke MacArthur, Colin White.

Philadelphia Flyers

Sean Couturier, Brian Elliott, Valtteri Filppula, Claude Giroux, Shayne Gostisbehere, Radko Gudas, Robert Hagg, Travis Konecny, Scott Laughton, Jori Lehtera, Taylor Leier, Andrew MacDonald, Brandon Manning, Samuel Morin, Michal Neuvirth, Nolan Patrick, Ivan Provorov, Michael Raffl, Travis Sanheim, Wayne Simmonds, Jakub Voracek, Jordan Weal, Dale Weise.

Injured: Cole Bardreau, Colin McDonald, Anthony Stolarz.

Pittsburgh Penguins

Josh Archibald, Ian Cole, Sidney Crosby, Brian Dumoulin, Jake Guentzel, Carl Hagelin, Matt Hunwick, Phil Kessel, Tom Kuhnhackl, Kris Letang, Olli Maatta, Evgeni Malkin, Greg McKegg, Matt Murray, Antti Niemi, Ryan Reaves, Carter Rowney, Chad Ruhwedel, Bryan Rust, Justin Schultz, Conor Sheary, Scott Wilson.

Injured: Patric Hornqvist.

San Jose Sharks

Mikkel Boedker, Justin Braun, Brent Burns, Ryan Carpenter, Logan Couture, Aaron Dell, Dylan DeMelo, Brenden Dillon, Joonas Donskoi, Barclay Goodrow, Jannik Hansen, Tim Heed, Tomas Hertl, Martin Jones, Melker Karlsson, Kevin Labanc, Paul Martin, Timo Meier, Joe Pavelski, Joe Thornton, Chris Tierney, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Joel Ward.

Injured: Rourke Chartier.

St. Louis Blues

Jake Allen, Ivan Barbashev, Robert Bortuzzo, Kyle Brodziak, Vince Dunn, Joel Edmundson, Carl Gunnarsson, Carter Hutton, Dmitrij Jaskin, Wade Megan, Magnus Paajarvi, Colton Parayko, Alex Pietrangelo, Nate Prosser, Brayden Schenn, Jaden Schwartz, Vladimir Sobotka, Paul Stastny, Oskar Sundqvist, Vladimir Tarasenko, Tage Thompson, Chris Thorburn, Scottie Upshall.

Injured: Patrik Berglund, Jay Bouwmeester, Robby Fabbri, Klim Kostin, Luke Opilka, Zach Sanford, Alex Steen.

Tampa Bay Lightning

J.T. Brown, Peter Budaj, Ryan Callahan, Braydon Coburn, Jake Dotchin, Gabriel Dumont, Dan Girardi, Yanni Gourde, Victor Hedman, Tyler Johnson, Alex Killorn, Slater Koekkoek, Nikita Kucherov, Chris Kunitz, Vladislav Namestnikov, Ondrej Palat, Cedric Paquette, Brayden Point, Mikhail Sergachev, Steven Stamkos, Anton Stralman, Andrej Sustr, Andrei Vasilevskiy.

Injured: Michael Bournival, Erik Condra, Dominik Masin, Jonne Tammela, Carter Verhaeghe.

Toronto Maple Leafs

Frederik Andersen, Andreas Borgman, Tyler Bozak, Connor Brown, Connor Carrick, Eric Fehr, Jake Gardiner, Ron Hainsey, Zach Hyman, Nazem Kadri, Leo Komarov, Josh Leivo, Martin Marincin, Patrick Marleau, Mitchell Marner, Matt Martin, Auston Matthews, Curtis McElhinney, Dominic Moore, William Nylander, Morgan Rielly, James van Riemsdyk, Nikita Zaitsev.

Injured: Frederik Gauthier, Nathan Horton, Joffrey Lupul.

Vancouver Canucks

Sven Baertschi, Alex Biega, Brock Boeser, Alexander Burmistrov, Michael Del Zotto, Derek Dorsett, Alexander Edler, Loui Eriksson, Sam Gagner, Markus Granlund, Erik Gudbranson, Bo Horvat, Ben Hutton, Jacob Markstrom, Anders Nilsson, Derrick Pouliot, Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin, Troy Stecher, Brandon Sutter, Christopher Tanev, Thomas Vanek, Jake Virtanen.

Injured: Cole Cassels, Brendan Gaunce.

Vegas Golden Knights

Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, William Carrier, Cody Eakin, Deryk Engelland, Marc-Andre Fleury, Jason Garrison, Erik Haula, Brad Hunt, William Karlsson, Brendan Leipsic, Oscar Lindberg, Jonathan Marchessault, Brayden McNabb, Jon Merrill, Colin Miller, Tomas Nosek, David Perron, Calvin Pickard, Griffin Reinhart, Luca Sbisa, Nate Schmidt, Reilly Smith, Malcolm Subban.

Injured: David Clarkson, Reid Duke, Mikhail Grabovski, James Neal, Clayton Stoner.

Washington Capitals

Nicklas Backstrom, Jay Beagle, Andre Burakovsky, John Carlson, Taylor Chorney, Brett Connolly, Christian Djoos, Lars Eller, Tyler Graovac, Philipp Grubauer, Braden Holtby, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Aaron Ness, Matt Niskanen, Dmitry Orlov, Brooks Orpik, T.J. Oshie, Alex Ovechkin, Devante Smith-Pelly, Chandler Stephenson, Jakub Vrana, Nathan Walker, Tom Wilson.

Injured: None.

Winnipeg Jets

Joel Armia, Dustin Byfuglien, Ben Chiarot, Andrew Copp, Marko Dano, Nikolaj Ehlers, Tobias Enstrom, Connor Hellebuyck, Dmitry Kulikov, Patrik Laine, Bryan Little, Adam Lowry, Steve Mason, Shawn Matthias, Josh Morrissey, Tyler Myers, Mathieu Perreault, Nic Petan, Tucker Poolman, Mark Scheifele, Brandon Tanev, Jacob Trouba, Blake Wheeler.

Injured: Matt Hendricks.

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THE NHL RETURNS | 2017-18 CAMPAIGNS BEGIN TONIGHT

COURTESY OF THE NHL

2017-18 NHL SEASON OPENS WITH DOUBLEHEADER IN U.S. AND CANADA
The 100th opening night in League history features a national doubleheader in both the U.S. and Canada as eight teams drop the puck on the 2017-18 NHL season:

* In the U.S., the Penguins raise their second straight Stanley Cup banner (fifth overall) to the rafters of PPG Paints Arena prior to their game against the Blues, the first of a season-opening doubleheader on NBCSN. The night closes in San Jose where Nolan Patrick, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, is expected to make his debut for the Flyers. The Sharks, meanwhile, aim to become the sixth team in NHL history to win eight consecutive season openers.

* In Canada, forwards Auston Matthews and Patrik Laine – who finished first and second, respectively, in rookie scoring in 2016-17 – are expected to meet for the third time in their careers when the Maple Leafs visit the Jetsin the opening game of the 2017-18 season. The SN and TVAS broadcasts then shift to Edmonton, where reigning Hart Trophy and Art Ross Trophy winner Connor McDavid leads the Oilers against the Flames in the first of five “Battle of Alberta” showdowns this season.

QUICK HITS: SEASON OPENERS
* The Lightning are 15-7-2 (.667) all-time in season openers, the best winning percentage in such contests in NHL history.

* The fastest goal from the start of a season opener was scored by Kent Nilsson of the Minnesota North Stars on Oct. 11, 1986, at 0:10 of the first period against the Quebec Nordiques.

* The NHL record for goals in a season opener is five, achieved by Joe Malone and Harry Hyland on Dec. 19, 1917, the first day of play in the League’s inaugural season, and matched by Babe Dye on Dec. 16, 1922.

* Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews is the only active player to score four goals in a season opener, achieving the feat on Oct. 12, 2016 when he became the first player in the NHL’s modern era (since 1943-44) to score four times in his League debut. Eight other active players have scored a hat trick in a season opener.

QUICK CLICKS: NEWS & NOTES

  1. Golden Knights, NHL make joint donation to Las Vegas first responders

  2. Senators to honor Murray with helmet decal

  3. Eichel agrees to 8-year, $80M contract extension with Sabres

  4. Capitals forward Tom Wilson suspended four games for boarding

  5. New season features intriguing storylines across League (via Dan Rosen)

2017-18 SEASON INFORMATION PACKAGE
The NHL has released its 2017-18 Season Information Package via the League’s Media site. Also now available are all player headshots as well as several NHL publications and all 31 team media guides.

Documents in the 2017-18 Season Information Package include:

Team-by-Team Offseason Summary

Rule Changes

Approaching Milestones

Key Dates

Season Openers

Bye Weeks

Schedule Matrix

Expansion Franchises and Inaugural Season Results

NHL Arena Firsts

2017 SAP NHL Global Series

Outdoor Games and All-Star Weekend

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JIM CERNY AT HOCKEY ACTIVE STUDIOS! - LIVE TRADE DEADLINE SHOW

On Wednesday March 1st, 2017, Jim Cerny hosted a special edition "Blueshirt Bulletin/Rink Rap" live NHL trade deadline show from the Hockey Active Radio Network Studios and was produced by Hockey Active's own Paul C. Cuthbert.

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Guests included former New York Rangers GM Neil Smith, Rick Carpiniello, Brett Cyrgallis, Tom Gulitti, Erik Erlendson and Di Michelle.

Listen to the full archive of the broadcast here - http://www.blogtalkradio.com/blueshirtbulletin/2017/03/01/rink-rap-with-blueshirt-bulletin

Listen to the featured interviews here - https://soundcloud.com/blueshirtradio

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MAPLE LEAFS’ NYLANDER NAMED NHL ROOKIE OF THE MONTH FOR OCTOBER

Courtesy of the National Hockey League

NEW YORK (Nov. 1, 2016) – Toronto Maple Leafs center William Nylander, who led all rookies with seven assists and 11 points in nine games, has been named the NHL’s Rookie of the Month for October.

Nylander edged teammate Auston Matthews (6-4—10 in 9 GP), Winnipeg Jets right wing Patrik Laine (6-2—8 in 9 GP), Philadelphia Flyers center Travis Konecny (1-6—7 in 10 GP) and New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (5-1—6 in 9 GP) for the honor.

Nylander, the eighth overall selection in the 2014 NHL Draft, collected at least one point in seven of his nine appearances, highlighted by his first career multi-goal performance Oct. 22 at CHI (2-0—2). He recorded three other multi-point efforts: Oct. 12 at OTT (0-2—2), Oct. 19 at WPG (1-1—2) and Oct. 25 vs. TBL (1-1—2).

Nylander also shared the League lead with seven power-play points, while placing second among rookies with three power-play goals and 31 shots on goal. The 20-year-old Calgary native has 10-14—24 in 31 career NHL appearances since making his League debut Feb. 29 vs. TBL.

William Nylander in October

Date Opponent G A PTS Result
Oct. 12 at Ottawa 0 2 2 5-4 OT L
Oct. 15 BOSTON 0 0 0 4-1 W
Oct. 19 at Winnipeg 1 1 2 5-4 OT L
Oct. 20 at Minnesota 0 1 1 3-2 L
Oct. 22 at Chicago 2 0 2 5-4 SO L
Oct. 25 TAMPA BAY 1 1 2 7-3 L
Oct. 27 FLORIDA 0 0 0 3-2 W
Oct. 29 at Montreal 0 1 1 2-1 L
Oct. 30 at NY Islanders 0 1 1 5-1 L
Totals 4 7 11 2-4-3

McDAVID, WEBER AND MARCHESSAULT NAMED NHL ‘THREE STARS’ FOR OCTOBER

Courtesy of the National Hockey League

NEW YORK (Nov. 1, 2016) – Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid, Montreal Canadiens defenseman Shea Weber and Florida Panthers center Jonathan Marchessault have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the month of October.

FIRST STAR – CONNOR McDAVID, C, EDMONTON OILERS

McDavid paced the NHL with 5-7—12 in nine games to power the Oilers (7-2-0, 14 points) to the top of the Pacific Division and Western Conference. He registered at least one point in six of his nine appearances, including four multi-point performances as well as consecutive three-point games to open the season (Oct. 12 vs. CGY: 2-1—3, Oct. 14 at CGY: 1-2—3). McDavid also notched a pair of game-winning goals (Oct. 12 vs. CGY, Oct. 28 at VAN), tied for second in the League. The 19-year-old Richmond Hill, Ont., native has 21-39—60 in 54 career NHL outings. His average of 1.11 points per game ranks fifth among active players, behind only Sidney Crosby (1.33), Evgeni Malkin (1.18), Alex Ovechkin (1.15) and Jaromir Jagr (1.14).

SECOND STAR – SHEA WEBER, D, MONTREAL CANADIENS

Weber led all defensemen with 4-6—10 in nine contests to guide the Canadiens (8-0-1, 17 points) to first place in the League standings, highlighted by a seven-game winning streak to close the month. He also paced the NHL with three game-winning goals (Oct. 20 vs. ARI, Oct. 26 at NYI and Oct. 29 vs. TOR) as well as a +12 rating. Weber recorded at least one point in seven of his nine outings, including three multi-point efforts. The 31-year-old Sicamous, B.C., native has 170-283—453 in 772 career appearances since making his NHL debut in 2005-06. Only Duncan Keith (84-381—465 in 842 GP) has more points among defensemen in that span.

THIRD STAR – JONATHAN MARCHESSAULT, C, FLORIDA PANTHERS

Marchessault shared the League lead with six goals and tied for third overall with 11 points in nine games to lift the Panthers to a 4-4-1 October (9 points). That included at least one point in seven of his nine contests, highlighted by his first career three-point performance Oct. 15 vs. DET (1-2—3), first career multi-goal effort Oct. 27 at TOR (2-0—2) and a pair of game-winning goals (Oct. 22 vs. COL, Oct. 30 at DET). The 25-year-old Cap-Rouge, Que., native has nearly matched his career NHL point total through the first month of the season; he had 8-11—19 in 49 appearances prior to 2016-17.
 

NHL AND FANATICS HIT THE ICE WITH LONG-TERM MULTICHANNEL APPAREL AND RETAIL PARTNERSHIP

Courtesy of the National Hockey League

NHL AND FANATICS HIT THE ICE WITH LONG-TERM MULTICHANNEL
APPAREL AND RETAIL PARTNERSHIP


Fanatics to become official manufacturer and supplier of replica NHL jerseys and on-ice
Stanley Cup® Championship merchandise beginning in 2017-18 NHL season

To support expanding NHL business, Fanatics launching wholesale sales division
and on-site presence in Canada

NEW YORK (Oct. 26, 2016) – The National Hockey League (NHL) and Fanatics, Inc. (Fanatics) jointly announced today a significant long-term agreement that expands the scale and scope of Fanatics’ relationship with the League. As part of the new agreement, Fanatics will now be the official manufacturer of a broad range of NHL® apparel and headwear, including replica jerseys, as well as hot market merchandise for the Stanley Cup® Playoffs and Final all starting with the 2017-18 NHL season.

Fanatics will also now operate on-site retail at numerous NHL marquee events, power the NHL’s auction web site and extend its relationship as the ecommerce operator for the League, which began in 2005.

"Our new long-term business partnership with Fanatics is a reflection of the growth and evolution of the consumer products and e-commerce business,” said NHL Executive Vice President and Chief Branding Officer Brian Jennings. “After a rigorous process, Fanatics emerged as an optimal choice given their commitments to expanding their already best-in-class capabilities in the e-commerce space, including building a sales and distribution infrastructure in Canada, and to produce lines of replica jerseys and apparel products that will excite NHL fans and drive sales for NHL retail partners."

This deal expands the multichannel relationship between the two companies, while also leveraging Fanatics’ innovative mobile, merchandising and production capabilities to the benefit of both fans and retailers. With technology, mobile and social media all contributing to a surge in the speed at which fans want the latest gear, this new agreement will allow fans to have access to a broad assortment of products at their fingertips.  The deal also ensures retailers are positioned with inventories of exciting products in short timeframes in order to respond to trends and sudden spikes in interest and demand as exciting moments unfold during the NHL season.

“The NHL is a league that has consistently been on the cutting edge of bringing fans closer to the game they love, and that passion extends to the paradigm shift we’re seeing in terms of in-the-moment purchasing patterns,” said Fanatics CEO Doug Mack. “With our scale and agility, Fanatics is uniquely positioned to greatly enhance both the assortment and speed to market of NHL merchandise for retailers as well as fans across all devices and at games or big events.”

Beginning with the 2017-18 season, Fanatics will become the exclusive manufacturer and supplier of all adult replica NHL jerseys, the top tier of which will be called “The Breakaway.” The replica jerseys will be produced by Fanatics Branded, the company’s merchandise division, and will be designed with fan-first features that are intended for enhanced comfort and versatility. Fanatics will also offer a line of youth replica NHL jerseys.

This agreement also gives Fanatics a broad range of apparel and headwear rights, including official rights to manufacture and supply hot-market products for the League.  These rights include the official locker room hats and t-shirts supplied to the Stanley Cup® Champions.

“Now, more than ever, NHL fans want an array of opportunities to show passion for their team and cherish unforgettable moments as they happen and we’re excited to be working closely with the League on creating a more innovative merchandise model best suited for the on-demand economy,” said Raphael Peck, president of Fanatics Branded. “This new model will offer retailers and fans an exciting selection of fan gear and jerseys across all NHL teams and in a wide range of colors and sizes.”

Fanatics Branded produced jerseys and apparel will be sold on shop.NHL.com and across the Fanatics network of sites, as well as being offered through NHL team retail operations and various domestic and international retailers. Shop.NHL.com will also continue to carry a wide range of officially licensed NHL merchandise produced by other NHL manufacturers.

To support its expanding NHL business, Fanatics is setting up a wholesale sales division covering both the U.S. and Canada, as well as establishing a new physical local presence in Canada that will include dedicated staff and a fulfillment center to ensure first class domestic customer support and timely delivery of merchandise to hockey fans across the country.  Fanatics recently hired veteran sports sales executive Glen Giovanucci to work closely with retailers and lead the company’s sales network, and also named longtime Canadian sports licensing executive Jeff Budway as GM of Fanatics in Canada.