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.

Looking Ahead: How the ‘18-19 Rangers stack up

It’s never easy to assess a rebuilding team. Coming off their worst season in over a decade, the Rangers are a team in transition. Expectations aren’t that high as in years past. Fans should be realistic about what to expect. … Continue reading

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Awful job by the Rangers bridging Spooner while disrespecting Hayes

Let’s be honest here. You’re telling me it makes sense to bridge two unproven players you acquired last deadline to identical contracts?!?! I’m not buying it. It was bad enough the Rangers gave the inconsistent Vladislav Namestnikov two years at … Continue reading

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Rangers re-sign Hayes for one year and over $5 million

So much for logic and suggestion. Less than 24 hours after I advocated committing long-term to Kevin Hayes, the Rangers decided the best option was to re-sign him for one year at over $5 million. Credit goes to TSN insider … Continue reading

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HARD HITS: Hayes is the best center on the Rangers, Pay him!

Let me start off by saying what’s been on my mind for a while. How long exactly? Try since February of last season. There are many different perspectives on what needs to happen going forward for the Rangers. I’m here … Continue reading

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Rangers take calculated risk on new long-term contract with Brady Skjei

In what’s been a quiet summer, the Rangers took care of some business earlier today by re-signing defenseman Brady Skjei to a six year contract worth an average of $5.25 million per season. They decided to skip bridging him by … Continue reading

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Devils re-sign Coleman and Noesen

Today, the Devils announced the re-signings of restricted free agents Blake Coleman and Stefan Noesen. Two pleasant surprises who contributed to the team’s surprising return to the playoffs, both were revelations under second-year coach John Hynes. Used primarily in checking … Continue reading

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A good bridge deal for Vesey to prove himself

Today, the Rangers announced the re-signing of restricted free agent Jimmy Vesey. One of four players who filed for salary arbitration, he took a very fair bridge deal worth a reported average of $2.275 million through 2020. In his first … Continue reading

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The reaction to Cody McLeod re-signing

I never would’ve expected it. However, Cody McLeod will return to the Rangers in ’18-19. The veteran fourth liner re-signed for a year at $750,000. The 34-year old spent most of his career with Colorado before playing parts of the … Continue reading

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Summer of calm for Hudson rivals, Rangers and Devils

It’s now been over a week since all the fireworks 🎇 were fired on the first day of free agency. Following John Tavares’ impactful decision to go home like Dorothy to Kansas Toronto, leaving a gaping hole for the Islanders … Continue reading

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Are the Rangers in or out on the Karlsson trade?

Last night, rumors swirled that Ottawa and Tampa Bay had agreed in principle to a trade involving Erik Karlsson. Of course, it was refuted by reliable TSN source Elliotte Friedman. Getting denials on a Karlsson trade….we'll just have to let … Continue reading

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