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The New York Rangers finally ran out of patience with forward Brad Richards even though he helped the club reach the Stanley Cup Final this season and have bought out his contract. The Rangers announced on June 20 that Richards will be paid off the last six years of his $60 million nine-year contract. Richards signed the long-term deal back in 2011 and was costing the Rangers $6.67 million of salary-cap space per year. The Rangers will pay the player two-thirds of the contract price over the next 12 years in the buyout agreement.
Richards released a statement though the Rangers franchise which said the past few days gave certainly been tough on him since he loved living in new York and being a Ranger. He added that the fans, his teammates, and team staff were all great to him and he had the chance to make many new friends during his time in the city. He went on to say that he’ll cherish his time as a Ranger and thanked general manager Glen Sather and club owner James Dolan for handling the situation with class.
The Los Angeles Kings won the Stanley Cup for the second time in the past three NHL seasons with a dramatic and thrilling 3-2 win in double overtime at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on June 13. Alec Martinez notched the winner on a rebound at the 14:43 mark of the second overtime period to send the home fans into a frenzy. All three games in Los Angeles went into overtime with two of them being double overtimes as the Kings wrapped up the best-of-seven series in five games.
The Kings played 26 playoff games this season, which ties the record for a cup-winning team with the Calgary Flames and Philadelphia Flyers, and went 5-2 in overtime outings. They won four games while trailing at the end of the second period and fought back from a 3-0 game deficit against the San Jose Sharks in the first round of the postseason to win the series in seven. The Kings faced seven elimination games during the playoff run and won them all while the Rangers went five out of six.
Sam Bennett is a 17-year-old center who plays for the Kingston Frontenacs of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) and is the top-ranked North American player in the upcoming NHL Draft on June 27. He scored 36 goals and added 55 assists this season for 91 points in 57 league games. However, he may now become famous for the number one. This is because the hockey player couldn’t manage even one single pull-up at the NHL’s recent Combine training facility.
This is a bit hard to believe considering that 99 per cent of kids can get through at least one pull-up while fooling around on the Monkey Bars at the local playground. The Combine is an annual event where most of the players ranked by the NHL Central Scouting Bureau are invited to a mini training camp. This allows the 30 NHL clubs to watch them workout physically and then test them out mentally with one-on-one interviews.
The Stanley Cup Final showdown is all set to go when the puck drops on June 4 for game one of the best-of-seven series at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. This season’s battle features the east coast vs the west as it’s the New York Rangers up against the Los Angeles Kings. However, in a bit of a cruel twist of fate, it’ll be cheaper for Rangers fans to fly all the way across America to watch their team play out in LA.
The reason for this is basically because all seats at New York’s famous Madison Square Garden are sold out and the only way to land a single or pair is to visit one of the notorious re-selling sites on the internet. Of course, these businesses often make loan-sharking look legitimate since they jack up the prices by as much as 10 times a ticket’s face value.
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- June 23rd, 2014
New York Rangers buy out Brad Richards
- June 14th, 2014
Los Angeles Kings win Stanley Cup in dramatic and thrilling fashion
- June 4th, 2014
Top NHL Prospect can’t manage one pull-up during physical testing
- June 3rd, 2014
It’s cheaper for Rangers fans to fly to Los Angeles to watch their team play
- May 27th, 2014
Edmonton Oil Kings capture Memorial Cup
- May 27th, 2014
Carcillo and Prust, two more player bans in the NHL
- May 19th, 2014
Pittsburgh Penguins fire GM Ray Shero
- May 19th, 2014
Unsportsmanlike NHL player threatens opponent while shaking hands
- May 14th, 2014
Henrik Lundqvist fined $5,000 for squirting water at Crosby
- May 7th, 2014
Peter Laviolette named head coach of the Nashville Predators