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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.

Day Two: Chytil gets bridge deal, Rangers acquire tough guy Reaves, Bruins do well in off-season despite losing Krejci, Plus more

It was a much calmer Day Two for the July frenzy. After so many signings on Day One, it was like a light wind cooling off the hot summer heat. Coincidentally, the temperatures here didn’t even reach 80 degrees. However, … Continue reading

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Rangers sign defenseman Nemeth, add depth with Tinordi and McKegg, DeAngelo put on trial in conference call with Hurricanes, More on a hectic July Frenzy

It was a busy first day in NHL free agency. When it was over, more than $500 million had been spent on 98446712562 players. At least that’s how it felt. Headlining the long list was top free agent defenseman Dougie … Continue reading

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Rangers prepare for Free Agency, to sign Patrik Nemeth, Buchnevich gets paid by Blues, DeAngelo could land in Carolina, Vegas trades Fleury to Blackhawks

In around 12 hours, NHL Network will be live on the air with a July Free Agent Special at 11 AM. As Hasan mentioned in his Devils preview which may or may not include a big fish starting tomorrow, the … Continue reading

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Rangers select Brennan Othmann in first round, Drury keeps pick, Sabres’ price for Eichel too high, Reinhart to be traded to Panthers

Last night was the return of the NHL Draft on ESPN. Well, at least the first round was televised on ESPN2. They did a good job working together with NHL Network, who had Kevin Weekes on the set with host … Continue reading

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Buchnevich Traded! Hello Kraken, Rangers make it official with Goodrow, Sabres rip off Flyers for Ristolainen, Eichel Watch, NHL Draft Weekend

So, how’s your Friday going? On what’s a beautiful summer day minus any humidity here in Staten Island, it’s already a busy one for the Rangers. We knew the writing was on the wall following what Chris Drury said regarding … Continue reading

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A Foxy Proposition For Rangers’ Drury due to Heiskanen contract, Carey Price Update

This past weekend, amongst all the activity came a significant move that will impact the Rangers very soon. In signing restricted free agent Miro Heiskanen to a brand new eight-year contract worth a reported $67.6 million on Sunday, the Stars … Continue reading

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Rangers deal for rights to Goodrow, ship Howden to Vegas, Rooney a surprise protect, Price and Landeskog among big names left unprotected

In a move that felt like a home run, the Rangers acquired the exclusive negotiating rights to center Barclay Goodrow before Saturday’s 3 PM freeze. They parted with a ’22 seventh round pick to the Lightning, who knew they were … Continue reading

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Protection Lists Due Saturday, Rangers add Mike Kelly and Gord Murphy to coaching staff, Panthers buyout Yandle, Devils trade for Ryan Graves and re-sign Mike McLeod

It’s the quiet before the storm. In anticipation of next Wednesday’s Seattle Kraken Expansion Draft on July 21, teams are preparing for a hectic off-season. Each of the 31 teams will lose an unprotected player off their roster to Seattle. … Continue reading

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Stanley Cup Wrap Up: Lightning Repeat, Kucherov trolls Canadiens’ fans, McDonagh dominant, Vasilevskiy wins Conn Smythe, Rangers sign Howden in preparation for Expansion Draft

It’s already been three days since the Stanley Cup wrapped up. Indeed, Lightning struck twice with the dominant Bolts blanking the Canadiens 1-0 in Game Five to repeat as Stanley Cup Champions at home in front of a near capacity … Continue reading

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RIP Matiss Kivlenieks (1996-2021)

Tragedy struck the hockey community on Independence Day. It was revealed yesterday that Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks tragically passed away late Sunday night due to a horrible accident involving fireworks in Novi, Michigan. He was only 24. According … Continue reading

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