November 8, 2020

Rangers Roundup: Jim Neilson passes, NHL holding firm on January start, and more

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The Rangers lost the Chief. Former Blueshirt, Jim Neilson has passed and the Rangers mourn his loss. The defenseman played for New York from 1962 to 1974 and was a Norris Trophy finalist.

The Rangers mourn the passing of Jim Neilson. The ultimate defensive defenseman, Jim’s quiet demeanor & selfless nature belied the integral role he played on some of the best teams in #NYR history. Our thoughts are with Jim’s family, friends & the countless people he influenced. -NYR

Rod Gilbert honors Jim Neilson

A Rangers icon and teammate to Neilson, who has Indigenous heritage honored his teammate. “It’s with a heavy heart that the Rangers’ family learned the passing of my very special friend and long time teammate,” Gilbert wrote. “Jim (Chief)Neilson made immeasurable contribution to the Rangers and was admired by all his supporters.”

NHL still targeting January 1

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NYR at MSG (Andy Marlin- USA Today Sports)

The NHL’s Deputy Commissioner, Bill Daly recently spoke with TSN’s Pierre Lebrun and reiterated a January 1 start date. Due to to the NBA news approving a December 22 start, it was wondered if the NHL would follow suit.

Bill Daly said that the league is still focused on a January 1 start date, but as Lebrun pointed out, the NHL-NHLPA Return To Play committee has not yet met.

Read the full story and more here.

Now that RFAs are handled here’s a list of the top UFAs

Mike Hoffman leads the list of UFAs that also include Mikael Granlund, Erik Haula, and Zdeno Chara. Check out the big names still waiting for deals.

Alex Ovechkin wants to finish in Russia

This news may have flown under some folks radar.

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