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Former NHL heavyweight Colton Orr discusses the evolution of the enforcer in today’s game

On Thursday, I had the pleasure of talking with former New York Rangers enforcer Colton Orr. We discussed his role in the movie Goon: Last of the Enforcers which is out in theaters and available on digital. The most important topics we discussed were about fighting in the NHL and as fisticuffs decline where the role of enforcer has evolved to today. Read more

Brandon Pirri headed to Swiss League

Brandon Pirri has signed over seas in the Swiss National League, with the ZSC Lions. This is the same team that Kevin Klein signed with just last week. Brandon wasn’t a huge part of the Rangers team last season, he put up 18 points in 60 games. He is a lethal shooter, who just never was solid enough defensively to keep the minutes up. However at the beginning of the season, he looked good scoring 9 power play points and netting 3 game winners. This move to the Swiss league, isn’t too much of a surprise as he wasn’t going to get re-signed by the Rangers and there was much interest league wide. Remember as well just like Klein, moving to Swiss League, makes them eligible for the Olympics, and with NHL players not participating look for these player to express interest.

Mika Zibanejad Contract Talks “Wide Open”

New York Rangers are only a few days away from July 1st when free agency opens. Now they will have to have some serious discussion over the next few days, as to how they will fill the holes in the lineup. These are the holes left by trading Derek Stepan, Antti Raanta, and the buyout of Dan Girardi. Sometimes a team’s best and worst off season signings are the ones they make “In-House”.

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Rangers Draft Czech (C) Dominik Lakatos

The New York Rangers selected Dominik Lakatos with the 175th pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. This draft pick may come as a surprise for most fans, because the Czech center is already 20 years old. This age is definitely higher then the usual 17,18,19 yr old draft picks in the NHL Entry Draft. Most players at this age will just end up signing a undrafted free agent deal with a NHL club. Gordie Clark and the rest of the Rangers brass must have saw a player they didn’t want to land on another team’s roster. Read more

New York Rangers Draft Swedish (D) Calle Sjalin

New York Rangers drafted with the 145th pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft Calle Sjalin a Swedish defense-man. This is a 17 year old kid, who played for Östersunds IK in Sweden. This could be a steal in the 4th round as he was ranked #44 for EU skaters by NHL Central Scouting. His numbers are pretty good for a young, 17 year old defense-man. Hopefully, we can see him in a few years as he transitions to North American hockey. He will be playing in Sweden next season, but he is definitely a player to keep your eye on over the next few years.

 

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