Talking Rangers Hockey


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The Rangers are back in action tomorrow night when they host the Capitals. With both defensemen Jack Johnson and Brendan Smith uncertain for the game, I ponder if we could see defenseman Libor Hajek play with Anthony Bitetto.

Hajek was part of the trade that sent Ryan McDonagh and J.T. Miller to Tampa Bay. He and Brett Howden were key pieces that came back with former Ranger Vladislav Namestnikov, ’18 first round pick Nils Lundkvist and ’19 second round pick Karl Henriksson.

If you want to listen to my latest Pushing Buttons Podcast, please click on the link above to hear more on the Rangers. Or find it on Spotify.

It includes the organization moving forward without Tony DeAngelo, who’s drawing interest from teams with the Rangers willing to pick up part of his $4.8 million salary cap hit. Plus some praise for Howden, who still has a chance to establish himself in a more defined role.

I discuss the trade GM Jeff Gorton made almost three years ago. Plus more hockey.

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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