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.

Artemi Panarin unveils his new Rangers Jersey

A day after agreeing to sign with the Rangers, Artemi Panarin unveiled his new Blueshirt jersey. The 27-year old Russian forward was all smiles at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers provided the entertainment on Twitter by showing the Bread Man’s … Continue reading

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Day 1: Rangers big Winners with Panarin, puzzling Islanders salvage a bad day by re-signing Lee

Day 1 is in the books. Not the books legendary Mets radio play by play man Howie Rose refers to when the Mets actually win a ballgame. But the Free Agent Frenzy had plenty of action and even some shockers. … Continue reading

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Rangers add Greg McKegg and Danny O’Regan

Business isn’t over yet. The Rangers signed free agent forwards Greg McKegg and Danny O’Regan. They just announced it on Twitter. OFFICIAL: #NYR have agreed to terms with free agent forwards Greg McKegg and Danny O’Regan. — New York Rangers … Continue reading

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Panarin chooses the Rangers over Islanders

Twelve hours ago, it was looking pretty bleak for the Rangers in their pursuit of Artemi Panarin. The bitter rival Islanders had the inside track to landing the high scoring Russian forward by offering more money. Even the Blue Jackets … Continue reading

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Rangers deal Vesey to Sabres

In a cost cutting move to prepare to land big fish Artemi Panarin, the Rangers sent forward Jimmy Vesey upstate to the Sabres in exchange for a third round pick in 2021. We have acquired forward Jimmy Vesey from the … Continue reading

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July 1 Madness is here

Well, it’s July 1. Unlike previous years, there are already contracts being leaked thanks to the annoyance of social media. I’m sorry to be a downer. But I preferred being surprised with the announcements on the Free Agent Frenzy show … Continue reading

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What’s not to love about Jack Hughes?

Okay. Judging by the title, I’m going to take a beating from my Ranger fans here. But before you roast me, let’s be honest. Jack Hughes is an American dream. The Devils’ top pick has the looks, smile and personality … Continue reading

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Kravtsov could be ready for primetime

At the Rangers Prospect Camp, Vitali Kravtsov is the one player making all the noise. The 2018 first round pick the team took ninth overall last year, has been drawing raves with his play in the rookie scrimmages. While most … Continue reading

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Devils troll the Rangers

Let the trolling begin. That’s what the Devils did to the Rangers earlier today. Following the announcement of the full NHL schedule for the ’19-20 season, the Devils Twitter account was in a hyper mood. Especially with the first meeting … Continue reading

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Sergei Zubov headlines Hall Class of 2019

It took nearly a decade. Sergei Zubov is finally a Hockey Hall of Famer. The former Rangers defenseman, who was a huge part of the team finally winning the Stanley Cup in 1994, is one of six new members who’ll … Continue reading

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