Author Archives: Derek Felix

About Derek Felix

Derek Felix is sports blogger whose previous experience included two stints at ESPN as a stat researcher for NHL and WNBA telecasts. The Staten Island native also worked behind the scenes for MSG as a production assistant on New Jersey Devil games. An avid New York sports fan who enjoys covering events, writing, concerts, movies and the outdoors, Derek has scored Berkeley Carroll basketball games since 2006 and provided an outlet for the Park Slope school's student athletes. Hitting Back gives them the publicity they deserve. From players, coaches to administrators, it's a first class program. In his free time, he also attends Ranger games and is a loyal St. John's alum with a sports management degree.

HARD HITS: Johansen gets paid, Crosby biggest bargain

The latest big contract was handed out by the Predators. They gave an eight year deal worth $64 million to restricted free agent Ryan Johansen. The top center becomes one of the highest paid players. He’ll make an average of … Continue reading

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Rangers, Zibanejad agree on new five year contract worth $5.35 million per season

As the clock passed 9 AM this morning, nothing had happened yet. However, the Rangers and Mika Zibanejad were able to agree during salary arbitration on a new five year contract that’ll pay him an average of $5.35 million per … Continue reading

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HARD HITS: Hot summer continues, Zibanejad comparables, Canadiens con fans, Hischier can change Devils

On another balmy July summer afternoon in the Big Apple 🍎, the longest month of the hockey offseason continues. One which seems to be crawling along like the 90 degree temps and 100 heat index with sticky humidity. Indeed, a … Continue reading

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Long hot summer continues in quiet hockey off-season

As we near the end of July, the temperatures continue to hit a feverish 90 degree pitch with humidity levels skyrocketing. They don’t call it the dog days of summer for nothing. Speaking of which, did anyone else enjoy ESPN’s … Continue reading

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Random Thoughts: A boring NHL summer

Even in a dull summer, there are plenty of NYR thoughts and hockey ones. Continue reading

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A Fast resolution for Rangers

Earlier today, the Rangers and restricted free agent Jesper Fast reached agreement on a new contract. It was a Fast resolution with the 25-year old checking right wing and the club agreeing to a new three-year deal worth an average … Continue reading

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Happy 4th! Rangers sign Desharnais, Kovalchuk stays home

On the 4th of July, the Rangers filled one spot by signing David Desharnais for one year, $1 million. It’s a low risk move in hopes that the undersized, speedy veteran center can play fourth line. There once was a … Continue reading

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A wild Canada Day: Shattenkirk chooses Rangers, Devils sign Boyle, Sabres add Pouliot, Johnson

Day One has come and gone. On a wild Canada Day, there was plenty of activity on the first day of NHL free agency. July 1 was as busy as expected. Even if this year’s class isn’t loaded with stars, … Continue reading

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The Latest on eve of July 1: Sabres acquire Scandella, Devils all in on Shattenkirk

As July 1 approaches, the Devils are after Shattenkirk and Sabres make a move getting Scandella and Pominville. Continue reading

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News and Notes: Girardi close with Lightning, McDavid big contract, offer sheeting Draisaitl

New Post: The Eve of July 1 for Rangers and hockey fans

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