After plodding their way to a frustrating series loss against the Penguins in 2015-16, Alain Vigneault changed the New York Rangers’ style, and it worked in 2016-17. The Rangers’ experience ranks up there as maybe the most indicative of just how ridiculously stacked the Metropolitan Division was. The Rangers were one of nine teams in the NHL to generate at least 100 standings points (in their case, 102), finishing just one behind the Montreal Canadiens, who won the Atlantic Division.
As the offseason creeps on, the Chicago Blackhawks have continued making moves throughout their organization. Though letting go of players and signing new ones is always a big part of the summer months, the Hawks are also making changes within their coaching staff. A big part of any game is the leadership that the coaching staff can give to their players and the Hawks are hoping that by switching things up a bit, they can get that additional boost to push them in playoffs like they did in previous years. After spending the past several seasons with Chicago, assistant coach Mike Kitchen was relieved of his duties in late April. Kitchen joined the Blackhawks in 2010 and was part of both the 2013
Little doubt out there right now that the new contract Leon Draisaitl signed at midweek was at least something of an overpayment. With that having been said, Peter Chiarelli was faced with that old familiar problem: He couldn’t not-pay for Draisaitl. The idea that Draisaitl is worth $8.5 million AAV right now is laughable.