Rangers, Isles and Devils TV schedule

The NHL released its national TV schedule today, which includes 11 games on Versus for the New York Rangers. That number matches Detroit, Chicago, Boston, Pittsburgh and Washington for the most appearances in the league. Meanwhile the Islanders have but two dates on Versus, but that's two more than the Panthers, Oilers and Senators combined. That group combined for exactly zero games on the home of the Tour de France. Neither the Oilers nor the Senators are currently in consideration for an NBC telecast either.

The Peacock may pick up as many as five Rangers games (all against the Flyers or Penguins), while the Devils have three contests in consideration. The Islanders' Jan. 23 game with the Sabres is on the board as well. The schedule for each team on Versus (and the potential NBC games) are below.

New York Rangers (All times ET)

  • Oct. 18, Colorado, 7 p.m., Versus

  • Nov. 9, Washington, 7:30 p.m., Versus

  • Nov. 17, Boston, 7 p.m., Versus

  • Dec. 15, @Pittsburgh, 7 p.m., Versus

  • Jan. 24, @Washington, 7 p.m., Versus

  • Feb. 1, Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m., Versus

  • Feb. 7, Detroit, 7:30 p.m., Versus

  • Feb. 13, Pittsburgh, TBD, NBC

  • Feb. 20, Philadelphia, TBD, NBC

  • March 1, Buffalo, 7 p.m., Versus

  • March 6, Philadelphia, TBD, NBC

  • March 20, @Pittsburgh, 12:30 p.m., NBC

  • March 30, @Buffalo, 7 p.m., Versus

  • April 3, @Philadelphia, 3 p.m., Versus

  • April 4, Boston, 7:30 p.m., Versus

  • April 17, Atlanta, 7 p.m., Versus

New York Islanders

  • Oct. 13, @Washington, 7 p.m., Versus

  • Jan. 23, Buffalo, 3 p.m., NBC

  • Feb. 2, @Pittsburgh, 7 p.m., Versus

New Jersey Devils

  • Dec. 21, @Washington, 7:30 p.m., Versus

  • Jan. 4, Minnesota, 7 p.m., Versus

  • Jan. 23, Florida, 3 p.m., NBC

  • Jan. 26, @Detroit, 7 p.m., Versus

  • Feb. 22, @Dallas, 8:30 p.m., Versus

  • March 20, @Columbus, 5 p.m., NBC

  • April 5, @Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m., Versus

  • April 10, Boston, 3 p.m., NBC

Langenbrunner talks Kovalchuk

Puck Daddy contributor Nicholas J. Cotsonika spoke to Devils captain Jamie Langenbrunner today about Ilya Kovalchuk. Langenbrunner, currently in Toronto for the World Hockey Summit, says he believes Kovalchuk "wants to be a part of our team."

Earlier today, Greg Wyshynski posted that the revised contract framework the Devils and Kovalchuk's agent, Jay Grossman, discussed with the NHL placed the deal's interminable term at 15 years instead of the original 17. That would take Kovalchuk to age 42, instead of 44. That's not good enough for the NHL, who is perhaps afraid a tennis ball-tipped walker could prove unwieldy on the ice.