Author Archives: Derek Felix

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.

Vitaly Kravtsov is back with a bang

Vitaly Kravtsov missed some games due to a injury. However, the Rangers 2018 first round pick returned with a bang by scoring a nice goal for Traktor Chelyabinsk in a 4-2 win over Amur Khabarovsk on Friday. Here are two … Continue reading

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Devils sign Dmitry Kulikov, re-sign Nicholas Merkley, Alexander Holtz off to a good start

The Devils signed Dmitry Kulikov to a one-year deal worth $1.15 million. A veteran defenseman of 11 years, Kulikov will turn 30 on Oct. 29. He’s a good skating, left shooting D who can log around 20 minutes in a … Continue reading

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Legendary voice of hockey Doc Emrick hangs up the microphone

To the Voice of Hockey, HOF broadcaster, and friend, congratulations on an amazing career! Enjoy your retirement! #ThankYouDoc pic.twitter.com/dfnTavFvjK — Martin Brodeur (@MartinBrodeur) October 19, 2020 The year has been a trying one for so many people. In spite of … Continue reading

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Lundqvist continues to be more visible at new home

New surroundings 😎 pic.twitter.com/H5hv76bw5m — Henrik Lundqvist (@HLundqvist30) October 18, 2020 Henrik Lundqvist finally got to visit his new stall in the Capitals locker room. He posted the following photo above. He looks at ease in what will be his … Continue reading

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Rangers put together highlight package of DeAngelo, who must continue to produce while becoming a leader

A couple of days following the re-signing of defenseman Tony DeAngelo for two more years at a reasonable average cap hit of $4.8 million through 2022, the Rangers paid tribute to the breakout American offensive star on their improved Twitter … Continue reading

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Rangers make great bridge deal with DeAngelo

Guess who’s back. Tony D. Yes. The Rangers will have their Eminem version back for at least the next two years after avoiding arbitration. I thought bridging him for two years at $4.75 million would get it done. As it … Continue reading

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Rangers avoid arbitration, re-sign Alex Georgiev and Phil Di Giuseppe

In good news, the Rangers reached agreement with two restricted free agents on new deals. A couple of days ago, they re-signed forward Phil Di Giuseppe to a one-year, $700,000 contract. The 27-year old left wing was called up from … Continue reading

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Lundqvist ready to be a Washington Capital

Coming Soon To DC: Henrik Lundqvist will go back to wearing his old number 35 when he plays for his new team as a Washington Capital. AP Photo credit Washington Capitals via Getty Images It’s been a week since we … Continue reading

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Alexei Cherepanov passed away 12 years ago today

Remembering former Rangers 2007 first round draft pick Alexei Cherepanov 12 years later. It was thirteen years ago that the Rangers had a very talented Russian scoring forward fall to them in the 2007 NHL Draft. With the number 17 … Continue reading

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Lafreniere signs his entry level contract with Rangers

The Alexis Lafreniere Era is ready to begin after the Rangers top pick got a late 19th birthday present by signing his entry level contract on Monday. AP Photo credit Newsday via Getty Images by Mike Stobe. Yesterday, Alexis Lafreniere … Continue reading

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