A good Rangers beat writer Rick Carpiniello loses his job

I wasn’t sure where to file this. It is newsworthy because a good man lost his job Tuesday. Rick Carpiniello is one of the good guys who has covered the Rangers for many years. A great beat writer who gives great insight on the team and always is a fun follow for fans on Twitter, he’s covered the Rangers and NHL for 39 years at The Journal News.

Somehow, he was let go by Gannett Co. Inc. A media company that’s been around since early last century, they created USA Today in 1982. The media giant split up into separate organizations in August 2014. From looking at recent news on Gannett, they have been doing cut backs. The layoffs hit The Tennessean on Monday.

It’s reducing its workforce by about 2 percent. What this means for many workers who are part of the media giant across the country is depressing. By cutting costs- something that hit much closer to home at my company the past year where many good people lost their jobs- it leads to unemployment. Something we’ve seen also hit the New York Daily News.

Unfortunately, this is the depressing side of business. Cut backs result in loyal veterans like Carpiniello who has done a wonderful job covering the Rangers on Rangers Report, losing their jobs. The news came surprisingly on Twitter. Veteran New York Post sports columnist Mike Vaccaro voiced his displeasure:

It really is a shame. Carpiniello is well known throughout the hockey community. A knowledgeable and passionate writer who covered the Rangers since 1978 and wrote three books including Hockey’s Dragon Slayer on Mark Messier slaying the dragon in 1994, he was the pulse of the team. An honest man with a sense of humor who fans and bloggers like myself could count on for good information.

There really isn’t a suitable replacement. Unlike other writers who cover the team that don’t give you as much interaction or respect different opinions, Carpiniello was a man of the people. Someone who took pride in his job while reminding fans not to use their phones while driving. He genuinely cared.

It really is too bad. There just aren’t many beat writers left you can interact with. The fans and bloggers had great relationships with Carp. The Journal News just posted an online article on the cutbacks with five people losing their jobs.

“It is difficult day for the newsroom as we struggle with the realities of transformation,” said Executive Editor Traci Bauer. “It’s important we stay focused on the journalism and serving the community, even as we grieve the loss of incredibly committed colleagues.”

Obviously, no one likes for this to happen. Unfortunately, it’s part of a sad reality. These are the difficult times we live in. Where you can lose your job without valid reasons. We are all just day to day trying to make a living and pay off our bills and debts.

I’ll definitely miss Carpiniello with his fantastic Rangers Report game reviews which were second to none. I’m hopefully he’ll catch on somewhere and stay on Twitter. He can be followed on here for now. I hope that doesn’t change. Here’s wishing him the very best.

About Derek Felix

Derek Felix is sports blogger whose previous experience included separate stints at ESPN as a stat researcher for NHL and WNBA telecasts. The Staten Island native also interned for or hockey historian Stan Fischler and worked behind the scenes for MSG as a production assistant on New Jersey Devil telecasts. An avid New York sports fan who enjoys covering events, writing, concerts, movies and the outdoors, Derek has covered consecutive Staten Island Yankees NY Penn League championships in '05 and '06. He also scored Berkeley Carroll high school basketball games from '06-14 and provided an outlet for the Park Slope school's student athletes. Hitting Back gives them the publicity they deserve. In his free time, he also attends Ranger games and is a loyal St. John's alum with a sports management degree. The Battle Of New York administrator and chief editor can be followed below on Twitter and Facebook.
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4 Responses to A good Rangers beat writer Rick Carpiniello loses his job

  1. Seriously- go to hell Gannett! Carp is the best in the business! There’s a hole now where the Rangers Report used to fill my post-Ranger mornings. I very much appreciated Carp’s straight-shooting, tell-it-how-you-see-it view of the Rangers. Please keep me up to date on where Carp goes from here because I’m done visiting lohud.com!

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  2. siouxperman says:

    Derek not to be picky but the title should read “ONE OF THE VERY BEST” in place of good. Good just doesn’t measure up to the quality of the Game Reviews, or Go Time, or a Blog with a 1,000 comments under it. He’s a Pro’s PRO, so I’m sure it won’t be long before he is covering the Rangers or hockey in short order, NBC and NHL could use the talent that’s for sure 🙂


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