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Retro Rangers: Rangers Sign a Living Legend!

Reading recently that the Rangers were on the verge of signing Swedish ace Jesper Fast, their sixth round pick in the 2010 amateur draft, reminded me of a similar episode twenty years ago. I was writing and edi...

Retro Rangers: The End of an Era

It was clear that changes were on the horizon as the Rangers entered their 50th anniversary season in 1975-76. The previous season ended in bitter disappointment when they were unexpectedly eliminated in the fi...

Retro Rangers: The Sawchuk Tragedy

Terry Sawchuk was one of the greatest goaltenders in NHL history. During hockey’s “Golden Era” of the six-team league, Terry’s records stood above those of his netminding brethren that included Glenn Hall, ...

What’s Next for Brian Burke?

By J.P. Hoornstra, AllPuck.com Brian Burke was named Senior Advisor to Maple Leafs Sports & Entertainment President and C.O.O. Tom Anselmi and the MLSE Board of Directors on Wednesday. Put differently...

Lockout Lesson Learned: Too Many Teams

By J.P. Hoornstra, AllPuck.com. A high-profile sports agent1 once told me that the job of every commissioner is to keep the owners of his eight poorest teams happy. It makes sense. Think of an NHL owners’...

Retro Rangers: The Big Guy

My father used to call me whenever the Rangers made a big trade, so on the night of November 2nd, 1979 the phone rang and I heard him say two words: Bar-ry Beck, stressing each syllable for emphasis. Pop wa...

Retro Rangers: Emile Francis and the Goal Judge

Goal judges are a part of hockey’s proud and sometimes innocent past. They have been replaced in the NHL by cameras and video reviews in the War Room in Toronto and perhaps it’s safer that way. Arthur Reiche...

Retro Rangers: Reminiscing with Teddy Irvine

Teddy Irvine was the kind of gritty, character player that every team needs, no matter what era you’re talking about. He was a relentless checker, had good speed for a man of his size (6’2’’ 195 pounds) and...

Retro Rangers: Howie Meeker Interview (Part 2)

Retro Rangers: What do you think about the Players Union? Howie Meeker: "Well as far as I’m concerned they’re doing a hell of a job. I played eight years in the NHL. For five of those years I put 1/3 of my s...

Retro Rangers: The Howie Meeker Interview Part 1

With the Stanley Cup playoffs underway, the spotlight is on the NHL and its many problems, both on and off the ice, even more than usual. So I thought it would be a good idea to step outside of the Retro Ra...