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May 23, 2020
NHL better not cheat the teams bound for draft lottery
So what now of the Stigmatized Seven, those clubs who couldn’t play up to an NHL .500 level before the league entered its pause phase on March 12 and have thus been deemed unworthy of an invite to the league’s imagined 24-team Stanley Cup tournament? What about the fate, primarily as applies to the draft...
May 19, 2020
NHL players’ fear of Carey Price part of messy return equation
Carey Price. That’s right, Carey Price. For it is largely due to the remarkable reputation of the Montreal goaltender among his peers that much talk about the format of what appears to be a summer 24-team tournament has fixated on how unfair it would be to face Price in a best-of-three, multiple sources report. We...
May 13, 2020
Gary Bettman pushes back against nightmare NHL scenario
It wasn’t quite Mark Messier’s famous 1994 guarantee against the Devils, but this week NHL commissioner Gary Bettman went as far to say he wasn’t “even contemplating” canceling the season. “I believe that if the right time comes, and the right circumstances, based on all of the options that we’re considering and our ability to...
May 9, 2020
Chico Resch became unlikely conduit to my Islanders fandom
We pick our favorite teams for a variety of reasons: family, friends, team colors. A good friend of mine became a Cowboys fan when he was 6 years old for the simple reason that he liked the star on the helmet; it was simply a nice bonus that he enjoyed many subsequent years rooting for...
May 2, 2020
NHL players poll is insult to Henrik Lundqvist, Patrik Elias
Who doesn’t love rankings? Rankings exist to spark debate. Rankings are subjective, determined by opinions, educated or otherwise. Opinions can’t be wrong, Except, of course, when they are. Which brings us to the fun exercises in which the good folks at NHL.com have been intermittently engaged throughout this coronavirus-induced stoppage of play. A panel of...
April 29, 2020
NHL cools speculation that a season restart is imminent
The NHL is pumping the brakes on speculation the league is ramping up for an impending return to the ice. But in doing so by issuing a joint statement with the NHLPA following Wednesday’s virtual meeting of the Return to Play committee, the parties do seem to be contemplating a timeline that would get the...
April 25, 2020
Discovering a new appreciation for New York sports teams’ logos
We have a lot of time to notice things that didn’t seem terribly noticeable before. That’s the beauty — or the curse — of having time on our hands. Maybe you didn’t quite see the scratch on your TV screen before; now that’s all you can see. That patch of brown on your lawn? That’s...
NHL restart plans intensify as Columbus, Toronto are leading host-city contenders
The NHL and NHLPA are intensifying communications as the league moves forward crafting plans to reopen the season if it is safe to do so. Slap Shots has learned a Return to Play Committee established by the league and the union has conducted a pair of conference calls over the past three days with regularly...
April 22, 2020
NHL’s draft plan would throw crazy twist into Stanley Cup chase
The only question the NHL and NHLPA must answer when it is time to declare its intentions on reviving the season is the one that Sir Laurence Olivier repeatedly asked Dustin Hoffman in the guises of the evil Szell and the naïve Babe in the movie masterpiece, “Marathon Man.” Is it safe? Beyond that, it’s...
April 19, 2020
Ranking the best Rangers, Devils and Islanders regular-season performances
I’m just watching the classic games go ’round and ’round, Rangers, Devils and Islanders from yesteryear on MSG. And while it is the playoff memories that tend to endure for a lifetime, there have been a boatload of regular season performances that captivate the imagination. For instance, by Mika Zibanejad. As follows, the top 14...
April 18, 2020
NHL’s new restart plan is just one of its coronavirus hurdles
We can tell you that while it is true that the NHL has explored the possibility of completing the 2019-20 season in a remote location such as Manchester, N.H., Sixth Avenue has determined that the infrastructure in such a locale would be insufficient to support such a massive endeavor. Rather, Slap Shots has learned that...
Final rankings of greatest New York-New Jersey hockey teams
We’re being treated to classic rewinds on MSG, with the network televising noteworthy games from the 1980s and 1990s as well as many of the best and brightest from this century. The trip down memory lane provokes memories and the opportunity to create rankings. In this case, The Post is ranking the greatest teams in...
April 17, 2020
First rankings of greatest New York-New Jersey hockey teams
We’re being treated to classic rewinds on MSG, with the network televising noteworthy games from the 1980s and 1990s as well as many of the best and brightest from this century. We’ve seen the Devils make the playoffs for the first time in their history; we’ve seen the first game of the first round of...
April 15, 2020
Andy Greene’s Islanders transition cut short by coronavirus pandemic
There were several factors that made Andy Greene’s transition from the Devils to the Islanders work. He and his family could continue living in New Jersey, he was reuniting with the general manager who took a chance on him when he was an undrafted free agent in 2006 and, as a 14-year NHL veteran, Greene...
April 12, 2020
Anthony Causi’s kindness, talent touched everyone in NY sports
The numbers are numbing, the tales terrifying. You can spend all day reading and learning and discussing COVID-19, and the way it affects our lives every day. You can spend a portion of every hour doing your part — praying, if that’s your way, or thinking positive thoughts, or keeping the afflicted close to your...
April 11, 2020
What my sports year of dreams would look like
Well, I guess this is one way to stanch our disappointing string of championship-free seasons around here: stop having any kinds of seasons. I prefer the alternative, even if it takes place in an alternate universe, a fantasy world in which we are allowed to have the sports year of our dreams. What would that...
April 5, 2020
What New York-area sports owners have given to coronavirus fight
As the novel coronavirus has wrecked the New York area, sports owners with deep pockets have emerged to help in the fight to battle this deadly pandemic. Here’s a look: James Dolan The Madison Square Garden chairman, who has tested positive for coronavirus, but is said to have mild symptoms, is paying arena workers in...

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