Marc Staal, Sidney Crosby

Rangers’ Staal delights in Penguins’ frustration


Marc Staal indicated that the New York Rangers are glad if they’re indeed under the Pittsburgh Penguins’ skin – if not in their heads – after beating them 3-1 in Game 6 on Sunday.

“Yeah they’re getting chippy,” Staal said, according to Andrew Gross of the Bergen Record. “It’s a good thing. If they weren’t getting like that we’d be doing something wrong.”

Brian Boyle praised Dominic Moore’s ability to get under his opponents’ skin after the win (Moore was the target of Sidney Crosby’s stick infraction at the end of the second period).

The Rangers seem to be taking this angle with stride. While Staal seems delighted and Boyle is choosing the lighthearted approach, Henrik Lundqvist just avoided the subject entirely after being asked about spraying Crosby with his water bottle during that exchange at the end of the middle frame.

Watch the whole wild scene for yourself in the video below:

So far, a frustrating Crosby and Penguins team in general has been a good thing for the Rangers. We’ll see if that trend continues in Game 7 on Tuesday.

Flames release Ryan Wilson from PTO

Ryan Wilson, Sidney Crosby
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The Calgary Flames have released Ryan Wilson from his professional tryout.

The 28-year-old was trying to make a comeback after missing 79 games with a shoulder injury last season.

Even with T.J. Brodie sidelined because of a broken hand, Wilson still faced long odds to make the final roster.

The veteran will be hard-pressed to find NHL work with another team.

He hasn’t suited up in more than 12 regular season games since 2011-12.

The Stockton Heat, Calgary’s AHL affiliate, also made some news on Sunday.

The club announced that they’ve signed Colton Orr to an AHL contract.

The 33-year-old tough guy suited up in just one game for the Toronto Maple Leafs last season. He has 12 seasons of NHL experience under his belt.

‘Yotes return Dylan Strome to OHL

Dylan Strome, Nikita Nikitin

The Arizona Coyotes have returned Dylan Strome to the Erie Otters of the OHL.

Strome, 18, was the third overall pick in the 2015 NHL draft.

The 6’3, 185 pounder was hoping to stick with the Coyotes this season, but the team decided to take the conservative approach with their top prospect.

Strome will look to build off an incredible junior season that saw him score 45 goals and 129 points in 68 games.

Strome seems to be taking the demotion in stride.

The team also announced that they’ve assigned goaltender Louis Domingue and forward Matthias Plachta to their AHL affiliate in Springfield.

Domingue, 23, had a 1-2-1 record with a 2.73 goals-against-average and a .911 save percentage in seven games last season.

Plachta, a free agent signing, will begin his first pro season in North America. The 24-year-old had 14 goals and 35 points in the German League last season.