New York Rangers Daily Dose:Red Army, Hanifin, KHL


Welcome back, New York Rangers fans.

Here are a few happenings in the world of the NHL today:

Scotty Bowman and Russian players- THEHOCKEYNEWS.COM

Nine-time Stanley Cup champion head coach Scotty Bowman reflected on his time with the Detroit Red Wings, specifically with his Russian players (Slava Fetisov, Igor Larionov, Vladimir Konstantinov, Sergei Fedorov and Slava Kozlov).

His thoughts were put into a documentary called Red Army, a story of the rise and fall of the former Soviet Union’s most famous hockey team during the Cold War era.

Bowman provides his thoughts about having the five members from that Red Army hockey team playing for him in Detroit and how some of today’s NHL players share the same qualities and playing style.

Noah Hanifin, the projected third pick behind the big two- SPORTSNET.CA

You know Conor McDavid. You know Jack Eichel. But, who comes after the big two are picked?

That might be American-born defenseman Noah Hanifin, who will be 18-years old at the time of the NHL Entry Draft.

He was ranked 3rd in the NHL Central Scouting North America and been a member of several Team USA national teams, including winning gold at the 2014 Under-17 World Hockey Challenge in Canada.

Hanifin is currently enrolled in Boston College, and plays for the Eagles hockey team. He is the second youngest player to skate for the team. Here is what had to say of the young defenseman:

"“Hanifin is a smooth-skating defender with good size and acceleration who can generate some offense from the blueline but is also solid defensively. Although not a truly physical defenseman, he does not shy away form contact and will initiate it when necessary. Hanifin also has leadership qualities that could make NHL captain material down the road. Overall, he is an elite defender with few holes in his game.”"

Former Soviet Union goaltending great voices his opinion about Russian players- TODAYSSLAPSHOT.COM

In an article written by Cat Silverman, former goaltending great Vladislav Tretiak of the Soviet Union national hockey team, sounded off on former NHL defenseman Slava Fetisov.

Last month, Fetisov commented on Russian-born players participating in the NHL. To help promote and strengthen Russian hockey, he recommended that there should be legislation restricting players from traveling overseas to play for an NHL club till they were of the age of 28.

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  • Tretiak is of the belief that players have the right to make their own choices. Silverman explains the two are in disagreement at what needs to be done to improve the state of the KHL.

    What makes this ironic are the two hockey greats and their stances.

    Fetisov is now a politician within the Russia government. His stance on the restriction for Russian players staying in-country, when he was part of the first wave of Russian hockey players to play in the NHL, is confusing.

    Perhaps, his love for country has outweighed his feelings for players having a choice.

    On the other hand, Tretiak was a product of the Red Army and never made it overseas. He is the president of the Ice Hockey Federation in Russia; and, he desires for players to have the choice of staying with the KHL or leaving for opportunities with a NHL franchise.

    And that’s the topics for today. Catch you later, Rangers fans.

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