NHL Stanley Cup Final predictions: Staff picks for Panthers-Golden Knights, Conn Smythe and more

How long have we spent waiting, anticipating, building towards the 2022-23 Stanley Cup Final? In other words: When the puck drops Saturday for Panthers-Golden Knights Game 1, it will be 313 days since the first time. Athleticism asked his NHL staff about which team they think would win the series. At the time, on July … Read more

Marc Staal is back at the Stanley Cup, minus the Rangers

Three years later, here’s Marc Staal, set to make the Stanley Cup Finals as a Panthers game, and here’s the Rangers, still looking for a third-pairing left fielder to fill the hole left by the number 18 when traded. at the Red Wings on September 26, 2020. It was a salary cap change; everyone remembers … Read more

NHL Power Rankings: Which team is next in ‘Succession’ for the Stanley Cup?

Pittsburgh, Washington, St. Louis, Tampa Bay, Colorado – which team will be the last team standing in 2023? Which team will follow Colorado? Which team will remain to sit on the throne? Which team will be next to… Succession? It’s been a while since we’ve done one of those tracks where we awkwardly link hockey … Read more

Kakko strives to become a ‘better player’ amid changes with Rangers

TAMPERE, Finland — Kaapo Kako doesn’t expect to have a big voice in the upcoming changes the New York Rangers face this offseason. But he’s also not about to wait for a new manager to improve his position. Instead, Kakko, who had a career-high 40 points (18 goals, 22 assists) in the NHL this season, … Read more

What we’re hearing about the search for Rangers coaches as interviews have begun

It’s been two weeks since the Rangers and Gerard Gallant parted ways and the search for the next coach is well underway. Chris Drury’s first coaching search, the one that ended with Gallant being hired two years ago, was pretty close – the then-new GM interviewed Gallant and Rick Tocchet before deciding his trainer. This … Read more

NHL Playoff Predictions: Panthers vs. Hurricanes, Stars vs. Golden Knights, MVP and Stanley Cup Champion

The NHL’s final four are set, with the Panthers and Hurricanes kicking off the Eastern Conference Final on Thursday night, and the Stars and Golden Knights opening the Eastern Conference Final. West Friday. It’s not a conference-championship field that many of us saw coming. In fact, none of the 41 members of AthleticismThe staff who … Read more

Peter Laviolette could be Rangers’ annoying pick and best coach

None of us really approve of the concept of retraining coaches. Everyone wants someone fresh. Every organization wants to find its own Jon Cooper or Rod Brind’Amour. Every franchise yearns for stability. But take a look at conference runner-up Dallas, his fourth coach in five seasons. Take a look at the Vegas conference finalist, on … Read more

Artemi Panarin ‘pretty empty’ after Rangers playoff nightmare

Read an expert’s take on blue shirts Sign up for Larry Brooks’ Inside the Rangers, a weekly Sports+ exclusive. For Artemi Panarin, the 2022-23 season ended the same way as the 21-22 season: facing questions about his ability to perform in the playoffs. While Rangers had drastically different finishes for the two campaigns, last year … Read more

Rangers coaching candidates: Could Peter Laviolette replace Gérard Gallant?

The Rangers cut ties with Gerard Gallant on Saturday. Chris Drury said he hoped to compile a “good, long, strong list” of candidates to replace Gallant. Since Rangers won’t be sharing said list, we’ve compiled our own, based on conversations with league executives and coaches. One name that will definitely not be considered for the … Read more