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Rangers Hall of Fame winger Rod Gilbert passes away at 80

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The hockey world has lost another legend of the game.

Hockey Hall of Fame forward Rod Gilbert, who spent his entire career with the New York Rangers organization and helped Team Canada win the 1972 Summit Series, was pronounced dead on Sunday due to undisclosed reasons. He was 80 years old.

“I am deeply saddened by the passing of Rod Gilbert — one of the greatest Rangers to ever play for our organization and one of the greatest ambassadors the game of hockey has ever had,” said Rangers owner James Dolan.

“While his on-ice achievements rightly made him a Hall of Famer, it was his love for the Rangers and the people of New York that endeared him to generations of fans and forever earned him the title, ‘Mr. Ranger.’”

Gilbert amassed 406 goals, 615 assists and a plus-36 rating over a span of 18 seasons and 1,065 regular-season games from 1960-1978.

Mr. Ranger was also an eight-time NHL All-Star, a recipient of the 1976 Bill Masterton Trophy, and holds the franchise record for goals and points.

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Canadiens goalie Jake Allen sidelined for eight weeks with lower body injury

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This season is already a write off for the Montreal Canadiens, we know that. But this is essentially the icing on the cake for what has become a disastrous season for the 2021 Stanley Cup finalists.

The team announced that veteran netminder Josh Allen will be sidelined for at least the next eight weeks due to an undisclosed lower body injury.

He hasn’t played since hurting himself during the team’s 5-1 loss to the Boston Bruins on January 12th.

Allen has posted a 5-16-2 record with a 3.15 goals-against average and .901 save percentage in 24 games this season.

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MUST WATCH: Tom Wilson lays out Bruins player with MASSIVE open ice hit!

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We still can’t get over the legendary open ice hit Washington Capitals enforcer Tom Wilson laid on Boston Bruins forward Anton Blidh last night!

And unlike other Luke Wilson hits, you can’t argue that this one was dirty.

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Jack Eichel expected to be out another ‘month or two’ before making Golden Knights debut

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It may take a little longer than initially expected for Jack Eichel to make his highly-anticipated Vegas Golden Knights debut.

Golden Knights bench boss Peter DeBoer spoke to the media about Eichel’s recovery timeline, and essentially put to bed the rumours that the All-Star forward could return is imminent.

“It’s going to be at least a month or two months before he plays,” said DeBoer.

“Being around the guys every day, he’s going to be coming on the road with us, on the trip at the end of the month here and start traveling with us, which provides great team-building opportunities”

The 25-year old star, who is currently practicing with the team as a no-contact participant, was traded to the Golden Knights in a blockbuster deal back in early November 2021 that sent forwards Peyton Krebs and Alex Tuch, a top 10 protected first-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft, and a second-round pick in the 2023 NHL Draft to the Buffalo Sabres.

Eichel has not played since March 7, 2021 due to a lingering neck injury, which led to him having controversial artificial disk replacement surgery shortly after he was acquired by the Golden Knights on November 12.

The former second overall pick has posted 139 goals and 216 assists over a span of 375 combined games and six NHL seasons.

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