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Apr 9, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Dylan McIlrath (6) skates to the bench past Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall (55) after the Rangers scored a goal during the third period at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers defeated the Red Wings 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hunger)
Apr 9, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Dylan McIlrath (6) skates to the bench past Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall (55) after the Rangers scored a goal during the third period at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers defeated the Red Wings 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hunger)

Former Rangers prospect Dylan McIlrath is playing with Grand Rapids of the AHL in the Calder Cup against Syracuse.

The Rangers traded McIlrath to Florida for Steve Kampfer on 11/8/16.

McIlrath played 5 games for the Panthers, 18 for Springfield, Florida's AHL team, before being traded to the Red Wings organization, and sent down to the AHL, for Tomas Vanek at the trade deadline.

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Dec 18, 2015; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; New York Rangers defenseman Dylan McIlrath (6) watches a loose puck during the second period against the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports (Bruce Fedyck)
Dec 18, 2015; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; New York Rangers defenseman Dylan McIlrath (6) watches a loose puck during the second period against the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports (Bruce Fedyck)

Florida has traded former Rangers prospect Dylan McIlrath to Detroit as part of a package to acquire pending UFA Thomas Vanek.

The Rangers sent McIlrath to Florida in November for Steven Kampfer, who played lat night for the Rangers but was sent back down today.

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Dec 18, 2015; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; New York Rangers defenseman Dylan McIlrath (6) watches a loose puck during the second period against the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports (Bruce Fedyck)
Dec 18, 2015; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; New York Rangers defenseman Dylan McIlrath (6) watches a loose puck during the second period against the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports (Bruce Fedyck)

2/1/17 | 2:21PM: McIlrath cleared waivers and has been sent to the AHL by the Panthers.

1/31/17 | 12:28PM: The Florida Panthers have placed former Rangers defenseman Dylan McIlrath on waivers. (Johnston)

The Panthers acquired McIlrath back in November in exchange for defenseman Steve Kampfer.

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Nov 17, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Florida Panthers defenseman Dylan McIlrath (8) dumps the puck in against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. Toronto defeated Florida 6-1. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports (John E. Sokolowski)
Nov 17, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Florida Panthers defenseman Dylan McIlrath (8) dumps the puck in against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. Toronto defeated Florida 6-1. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports (John E. Sokolowski)

Dylan McIlrath made his debut with the Panthers last night in Florida's 6-1 loss to Toronto.

McIlrath was a minus two in 17:18 and had 1 shot on goal, 3 shot attempts blocked, 1 shot that missed the net, 4 hits, 2 giveaways and 1 takeaway.

McIlrath flubbed a pass that led directly to a goal by James van Riemsdyk.

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Dec 18, 2015; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; New York Rangers defenseman Dylan McIlrath (6) watches a loose puck during the second period against the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports (Bruce Fedyck)
Dec 18, 2015; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; New York Rangers defenseman Dylan McIlrath (6) watches a loose puck during the second period against the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports (Bruce Fedyck)

Panthers President Dale Tallon said that he felt it was "necessary" to add some "size and a little grit" to their defense. (Sun Sentinel)

Before making the trade Tallon spoke with former Ranger Keith Yandle about his time with McIlrath and Yandle told him that he could help the Panthers. (Sun Sentinel)

Panthers coach Gerard Gallant says that McIlrath adds a dimension to their team and that they were in need of a physical presence. (Sun Sentinel)

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Apr 9, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Dylan McIlrath (6) skates to the bench past Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall (55) after the Rangers scored a goal during the third period at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers defeated the Red Wings 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hunger)
Apr 9, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Dylan McIlrath (6) skates to the bench past Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall (55) after the Rangers scored a goal during the third period at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers defeated the Red Wings 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hunger)

The Rangers have traded Dylan McIlrath to Florida for Steven Kampfer and a 7th round conditional pick. (McKenzie)

The Rangers signed Kampfer two years ago before trading him to Florida so that the Rangers could have Anthony Duclair to start the season.

Kampfer was battling for the 7th defense spot in 2014 before being traded. That spot went to Matt Hunwick.

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Dec 18, 2015; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; New York Rangers defenseman Dylan McIlrath (6) watches a loose puck during the second period against the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports (Bruce Fedyck)
Dec 18, 2015; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; New York Rangers defenseman Dylan McIlrath (6) watches a loose puck during the second period against the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports (Bruce Fedyck)

On Friday, Alain Vigneault said that Dylan McIlrath "needs to play" and they talked about him improving his skills and his quickness while down in Hartford. (NYR)Vigneault said that McIlrath had to go to Hartford "and work hard, work on his skill level, work on his puck skills and that is what he is going to do. Anyone that knows him knows that he has a great attitude and great work ethic and that he is going to work real hard." (NYR)

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Apr 9, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Dylan McIlrath (6) skates to the bench past Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall (55) after the Rangers scored a goal during the third period at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers defeated the Red Wings 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hunger)
Apr 9, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Dylan McIlrath (6) skates to the bench past Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall (55) after the Rangers scored a goal during the third period at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers defeated the Red Wings 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hunger)

12:12PM: The Rangers have announced that McIlrath has been assigned to Hartford.

12:05PM: Dylan McIlrath has cleared waivers according to Elliotte Friedman.

McIlrath will be sent to Hartford for play for the Wolf Pack.

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Jan 14, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Dylan McIlrath (6) checks New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) into the boards during the second period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jan 14, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Dylan McIlrath (6) checks New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) into the boards during the second period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Dylan McIlrath said on Thursday that he was "obviously disappointed" to be placed on waivers but that it's not the end of his career "by any means." McIlrath said that he was disappointed in himself for not earning a spot in the top-six and that he takes the full onus.

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Feb 14, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Dylan McIlrath (6) and Philadelphia Flyers right wing Wayne Simmonds (17) fight during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
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Feb 14, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Dylan McIlrath (6) and Philadelphia Flyers right wing Wayne Simmonds (17) fight during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

Rangers place defenseman Dylan McIlrath on waivers

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Dec 18, 2015; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; New York Rangers defenseman Dylan McIlrath (6) watches a loose puck during the second period against the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports (Bruce Fedyck)
Dec 18, 2015; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; New York Rangers defenseman Dylan McIlrath (6) watches a loose puck during the second period against the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports (Bruce Fedyck)

Alain Vigneault said on Wednesday that he liked how Dylan McIlrath played on Monday against the Sharks but that McIlrath won't play tonight.

Vigneault said that there is a bit of a numbers game being played right now and that Adam Clendening's right shot on the second PP unit is something that factors in when deciding the lineup.

Clendening is averaging 17:06 through three games and when he is on the ice at 5 on 5 the Rangers have 67% of the shot attempts. (Natural Stat Trick)

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Dec 18, 2015; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; New York Rangers defenseman Dylan McIlrath (6) watches a loose puck during the second period against the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports (Bruce Fedyck)
Dec 18, 2015; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; New York Rangers defenseman Dylan McIlrath (6) watches a loose puck during the second period against the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports (Bruce Fedyck)

Dylan McIlrath said that his mindset tonight is to play a "hard, physical game and make my presence felt." (NY Post)

He said that he wants to get into the game early "with a few bumps" and after that it's just "hockey." (Newsday)

McIlrath also said today (NYR):

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Feb 14, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Dylan McIlrath (6) and Philadelphia Flyers right wing Wayne Simmonds (17) fight during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
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Feb 14, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Dylan McIlrath (6) and Philadelphia Flyers right wing Wayne Simmonds (17) fight during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

Larry Brooks writes that the Rangers are "believed to be seeking a trade partner" for Dylan McIlrath. (NY Post)

Alain Vigneault said today that the Rangers plan to start with 7 defensemen and while it's possible the Rangers go down the "path of least resistance" and send Brady Skjei to Hartford since he doesn't require waivers, "it is far more likely McIlrath becomes the casualty." (NY Post)

Vigneault was asked about McIlrath today and said "Dylan, I thought played well during training camp. The games that he was asked to play, played to his strengths, he is trying to get better every day with and without the puck. He's given it his best, he is working extremely hard, very professional and works really hard in the gym and is trying to put his best foot forward and we need to decide where that is on our team."

Adam Rotter: I"m sure the Rangers are exploring different options with McIlrath including keeping him, sending him down or trading him. He's an asset to the Rangers because he knows the system and has played fairly well in it before, but I don't know how much value he has around the league. You wouldn't trade him expecting to land big picks or prospects but more as a way to get something in return for a player who just doesn't seem to be in the plans right now. It's not an ideal role for him, but I think he's good 7th defensemen and could still play a nice role on this team if injuries take hold or there need to be performance based changes on the right side.

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The New York Rangers lost to the New York Islanders, 3-2, on Tuesday at Barclays Center.

Second Period:

  • 16:42 NYR: Chris Kreider; Assists: Marc Staal, Nathan Gerbe
  • 17:33 NYI: Cal Clutterbuck

Third Period:

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Feb 14, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Dylan McIlrath (6) and Philadelphia Flyers right wing Wayne Simmonds (17) fight during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
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Feb 14, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Dylan McIlrath (6) and Philadelphia Flyers right wing Wayne Simmonds (17) fight during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

Dylan McIlrath said that his goal last season was to just get his foot in the door but this season he wants to be in a consistent top-six role. (NYR)

He said that he needs to prove that he is a reliable defenseman and play consistently and use his tools to play "every night." (NYR)

McIlrath said that he was on the ice 4 times a week from July on to get as many reps on the ice as he can. (NYR)

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First Period:

  • Jason Chimera (1:33) - ASST: Stephen Gionta, Jesse Graham
  • Mika Zibanejad (4:55) - ASST: Adam Clenending, Brandon Pirri
  • Chris Kreider (18:10) - ASST: Adam Clendening, Matt Bodie

Second Period:

  • Brandon Pirri (Power Play, 17:05) - ASST: Mika Zibanejad, Chris Kreider

Third Period:

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Dec 18, 2015; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; New York Rangers defenseman Dylan McIlrath (6) watches a loose puck during the second period against the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports (Bruce Fedyck)
Dec 18, 2015; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; New York Rangers defenseman Dylan McIlrath (6) watches a loose puck during the second period against the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports (Bruce Fedyck)

Last season Dylan McIlrath played in 34 games for the Rangers, averaged 14:07 and played in one playoff game where he played 9:07.

He described last season, his first full season in the NHL, as "successful" and had 2 goals, 2 assists, 93 hits, 35 blocked shots and 4 fights. (NYR)

When McIlrath was on the ice at 5 on 5 the Rangers had 50.8% of the shot attempts and he started 51.6% of his shifts in the defensive zone.

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Dec 18, 2015; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; New York Rangers defenseman Dylan McIlrath (6) watches a loose puck during the second period against the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports (Bruce Fedyck)
Dec 18, 2015; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; New York Rangers defenseman Dylan McIlrath (6) watches a loose puck during the second period against the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports (Bruce Fedyck)

12:39PM: Larry Brooks reports that if McIlrath doesn't play at least 42 games this coming season he will be a Group 6 UFA. (NY Post)

9:38AM: The Rangers have signed Dylan McIlrath to a one-year deal worth $800,000. (Wharnsby)

McIlrath, an RFA, was scheduled to have an arbitration hearing next week.

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New York Rangers center J.T. Miller celebrates his goal during the first period against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center. (Kelvin Kuo/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Rangers center J.T. Miller celebrates his goal during the first period against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center. (Kelvin Kuo/USA Today Sports Images)

The NHLPA has announced that Chris Kreider, Dylan McIlrath, Kevin Hayes and JT Miller have all filed for salary arbitration.

Hearings will take place in late July through early August.

Kreider has previously filed for arbitration but avoided a hearing by agreeing to a new contract minutes before it was scheduled to start.

Tommy Hughes and Marek Hrivik are arbitration eligible but did not file.

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Dec 15, 2015; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Dylan McIlrath (6) celebrates his goal against the Edmonton Oilers with New York Rangers defenseman Keith Yandle (93) during the second period at Madison Square Garden. The goal is McIlrath's first career goal. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 15, 2015; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Dylan McIlrath (6) celebrates his goal against the Edmonton Oilers with New York Rangers defenseman Keith Yandle (93) during the second period at Madison Square Garden. The goal is McIlrath's first career goal. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Dylan McIlrath said during the regular season that Keith Yandle took him under his wing on and off the ice to help him get comfortable. (Ranger Rants)

McIlrath said Yandle helped teach him how to be a pro and make sure that you are always on top of your game. (NY Times)

He added that there is a lot of "communication" when he is playing with Yandle. (NY Times)

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Jan 14, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Dylan McIlrath (6) checks New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) into the boards during the second period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jan 14, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Dylan McIlrath (6) checks New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) into the boards during the second period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Dylan McIlrath said that coming into this year he was on the outside looking it but earned a spot and because of that he feels it was a successful season. (NYR)

He said that he got his foot in the door and he hopes that next year he will come to camp with a sense of confidence. (NYR)

McIlrath is an RFA and said that he hasn't thought about his contract too much other than that he wants to stay with the Rangers. (NYR)

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Mar 3, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brian Dumoulin (8) and New York Rangers defenseman Dylan McIlrath (6) jockey for position as they chase the puck during the third period at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Penguins won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Mar 3, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brian Dumoulin (8) and New York Rangers defenseman Dylan McIlrath (6) jockey for position as they chase the puck during the third period at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Penguins won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

Dylan McIlrath was a plus one in 9:07 of ice time in Game 2 yesterday.

He had one shot on goal, 3 shot attempts blocked, 1 giveaway but 0 of the Rangers 57 hits.

By period, McIlrath played:

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New York Rangers defenseman Dylan McIlrath (6) plays during an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) (Gene J. Puskar/AP)
New York Rangers defenseman Dylan McIlrath (6) plays during an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) (Gene J. Puskar/AP)

Dylan McIlrath is likely to come into the Rangers lineup today in place of the injured Dan Girardi.

Alain Vigneault said that McIlrath has been with the Rangers all year and that if they need him to play "I am sure that he will play well." (NYR)

McIlrath added on Friday that "I'm definitely ready if the team needs me." (NYR)

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5:36PM: Alain Vigneault announced that Dylan McIlrath and Oscar Lindberg will enter the Rangers lineup tonight. (Zipay)

Kevin Hayes and Dan Boyle will be scratched.

Brady Skjei will also play after being called up earlier today.

Henrik Lundqvist is in net.

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3/30/16: McIlrath has been cleared to play and it's now up to the coaches when he will return. (Gross)

3/26/16 | Dylan McIlrath skated today in Montreal and said that his knee is feeling good. (Gross

McIlrath said that he is confident he will be ready in 5-6 days and that the extra time being taken is as a precaution because of his previous knee injuries. (Gross

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3/22/16: 12:01PM: McIlrath is on the ice today in a regular jersey. (NYR)

3/21/16 | 3:39PM: McIlrath said that he could tell right away that this injury wasn't "super serious" and certainly not like the last knee injury he suffered. (NY Post)

McIlrath said that things have healed quicker than anticipated, he feels good about where he is at right now and said that it's "just a matter of conditioning." (NY Post)

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New York Rangers defenseman Dylan McIlrath (6) plays during an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) (Gene J. Puskar/AP)
New York Rangers defenseman Dylan McIlrath (6) plays during an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) (Gene J. Puskar/AP)

Dylan McIlrath is making progress with his right-kneecap injury but is still being considered "week to week." (NY Post)

Alain Vigneault said before the team left for the West coast that he was riding the bike. (NY Post)

Vigneault said that it was a "positive" step for McIlrath and that he is "getting better." (NY Post)

For more on McIlrath, click HERE and HERE.

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Dylan McIlrath will miss at least two weeks with a knee injury that he suffered in the first period against the Islanders on Sunday. (NYR)

McIlrath left the game and did not return.

The injury is not to the same knee he had surgery on in the summer of 2012.

McIlrath has played in 31 games this season, has two goals, one assist, 60 PIM and an average of 13:50 per game.

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The New York Rangers team wait while a Dallas Stars goal is reviewed during the third period at the American Airlines Center. (Jerome Miron/USA Today Sports Images)
The New York Rangers team wait while a Dallas Stars goal is reviewed during the third period at the American Airlines Center. (Jerome Miron/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Rangers' first game without Henrik Lundqvist was a pleasant surprise against the top team in hockey. The second might have had them saying enough is enough.

There's at least one more game separating their No. 1 goaltender from a return, and it's Tuesday night in Buffalo against a Sabres team seeking its first five-game point streak in nearly four years.

Lundqvist is expected to return from a neck injury this weekend - either Saturday in Detroit or Sunday at home against Pittsburgh - while Rick Nash is also nearing a return. He'll miss his 20th consecutive game with a bone bruise in his leg, but he's finally returned to practice on a no-contact basis.

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Rangers defensemen Marc Staal and Dylan McIlrath will not play on Tuesday against Buffalo, head coach Alain Vigneault said.

Vigneault said the Rangers would call up a defenseman from Hartford. 

Staal has been dealing with back spasms and missed Sunday's game against the Islanders.

McIlrath left Sunday's game in the first period after injuring his knee and did not return.

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New York Rangers defenseman Dylan McIlrath (6) plays during an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) (Gene J. Puskar/AP)
New York Rangers defenseman Dylan McIlrath (6) plays during an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) (Gene J. Puskar/AP)

3/7/16 | 7:24AM: There was no update on McIlrath after the game but the injury is not believed to be serious or to the knee that he had previously had issues with. (NY Post)

3/6/ 7:04PM: Dylan McIlrath suffered a leg injury in the first period after taking a hit from Cal Clutterbuck and will not return. (MSG)

McIlrath gingerly skated off the ice with Rangers trainer Jim Ramsay and went into the locker room.

He took a turn on the ice to start the second period but went back to the Rangers locker room.

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Feb 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Jared Boll (40) and New York Rangers defenseman Dylan McIlrath (6) fight during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Feb 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Jared Boll (40) and New York Rangers defenseman Dylan McIlrath (6) fight during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Against the Blue Jackets Monday night, Dylan McIlrath came into the lineup as a forward to replace Jesper Fast who missed the game with an illness.

McIlrath played 4:54, had five hits and a fight.

He had four shifts in the first period for 3:33 and had three shifts in the second period for 1:21 and his fight.

McIlrath didn't play in the third period and Alain Vigneault said after the game, "he didn't get to play much, I didn't play him in the third. For the most part, I caught him off guard this morning finding out that Jesper couldn't go, told him that there was a chance he might play tonight up front and he did alright. I didn't play him in the third but in the first two periods he was alright. (MSG)

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New York Rangers defenseman Dylan McIlrath (6) plays during an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) (Gene J. Puskar/AP)
New York Rangers defenseman Dylan McIlrath (6) plays during an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) (Gene J. Puskar/AP)

Alain Vigneault said that if Marek Hrivik is not able to play tonight due to the flu, Dylan McIlrath would move up to forward. (NYR)

Vigneault said that the Rangers trainers do believe that Hrivik will be able to play. (Zipay)

The Rangers are only carrying 12 forwards on their road trip.

Adam Rotter: This would obviously be a last resort for the Rangers but I do think that McIlrath makes some sense playing up front on the fourht line as opposed to Dan Boyle. There is always the idea of putting an offensive defenseman who struggles defesensively up front and using him at forward, but Boyle's skills offensively don't mesh with how the Rangers want their fourth line to play. McIlrath would certainly bring size and physicality up front which would mesh better with Dominic Moore and Tanner Glass.

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Dylan McIlrath will return to the Rangers lineup tonight in place of Ryan McDonagh who will miss the game.

McIlrath sat out Thursday's win over the Maple Leafs.

On Thursday, Alain Vigneault said that McIlrath can play at the NHL level and has "everything to be able to play in the league on a regular basis."  (NY Post)

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Jan 14, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Dylan McIlrath (6) checks New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) into the boards during the second period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jan 14, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Dylan McIlrath (6) checks New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) into the boards during the second period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Marc Staal will return to the Rangers lineup tonight after missing last night's game due to the birth of his daughter.

Dylan McIlrath will be scratched tonight. (Zipay)

McIlrath played 11:10 against the Blackhawks last night and only saw 1:09 in the third period.

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Feb 14, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Dylan McIlrath (6) and Philadelphia Flyers right wing Wayne Simmonds (17) fight during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
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Feb 14, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Dylan McIlrath (6) and Philadelphia Flyers right wing Wayne Simmonds (17) fight during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

Dylan McIlrath fought Wayne Simmonds on the first shift of last night's game against the Flyers.

Seconds after McIlrath fought Simmonds, Tanner Glass fought Ryan White.

Click HERE for what Simmonds and McIlrath said said and to see the fight.

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11:11PM: Simmonds said after the game (via the Rangers Game Notes):

On his fight with McIlrath…"He (McIlrath) wanted to fight. I told him to do it on my terms. (He) said he was going to run around and hit my guys. He hit Jakie (Voracek) so I stepped in. Stopped it early."

 On the early fights…"I wanted to come in and just play hockey, worry about that later. But obviously they wanted to do something about that. That's the way it is, that's how hockey goes. I've got no problem with that, it's the way the game is played."

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Feb 4, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Dylan McIlrath (6) checks Minnesota Wild left wing Jason Zucker (16) into the boards during the third period at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers defeated the Wild 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Feb 4, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Dylan McIlrath (6) checks Minnesota Wild left wing Jason Zucker (16) into the boards during the third period at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers defeated the Wild 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

In his return to the Rangers lineup, Dylan McIlrath played 11:42, his third lowest ice time of the season, with one shot on goal, 1 shot that missed the net, 3 hits, 1 giveaway and 1 blocked shot.

In the first period McIlrath played 3:44, in the second he played 3:39 and in the third he played 4:19.

He played 9:56 at even strength and 1:46 on the PK including the Wild's second goal where he was in front of Henrik Lundqvist.

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Alain Vigneault said that there is "no doubt" that McIlrath's experience will help him and that when McIlrath has come in he has "played well." (MSG)

He added. "he will get a chance again and hopefully he will do a good job." (MSG)

McIlrath said that he knows he can play in the NHL now and that when he stepped into the lineup in December it was a "feeling out process" to see if he could handle playing in the NHL. (MSG)

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Jan 14, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Dylan McIlrath (6) checks New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) into the boards during the second period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jan 14, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Dylan McIlrath (6) checks New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) into the boards during the second period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

In 20 games this season, Dylan McIlrath has 2 goals, 1 assist, a plus five rating, 42 PIM, 21 shots on goal, 52 hits, 23 blocked shots, 10 giveaways, 6 takeaways and 15:23 of ice time.

By month, McIlrath played:

  • October: 1 game: 12:20 per game
  • November: 5 games: 13:34 per game
  • December: 11 games: 16:52 per game
  • January 3 games: 13:57 per game

McIlrath has two fighting majors this season, one misconduct, 4 roughing penalties, 2 hooking penalties, and 1 each of unsportsmanlike conduct, hi-sticking, slashing, instigator and interference.

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GEICO SportsNite: Rangers 00:00:30
The Rangers defeated the Sabers 6-3 Monday night behind five points from Derick Brassard and solid team defense.

(AP) -- Red-hot J.T. Miller scored from in close after the Rangers squandered a two-goal third-period lead and New York came back to beat Buffalo 6-3 Monday night for its eighth straight win over the Sabres.

Derick Brassard scored twice and Mats Zuccarello added a power-play goal after Miller snapped a 3-all tie for the Rangers, who headed into the NHL All-Star break with three wins in four games.

Rookie defenseman Dylan McIlrath and Viktor Stalberg also scored for the Rangers.

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Against the Capitals yesterday, Dylan McIlrath was a plus one with two shots on goal, one shot attempt blocked, 2 hits and one blocked shot in 13:09.

McIlrath took a slashing penalty that the Capitals scored on and was on the ice on the PK when Alex Ovechkin tied the game in the first period.

He played 5:16 in the first, 3:08 in the second and 4:45 in the third.

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Jan 5, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Jayson Megna (23) and Dallas Stars left wing Patrick Sharp (10) battle along the boards for a loose puck during the third period at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers defeated the Stars 6-2. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jan 5, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Jayson Megna (23) and Dallas Stars left wing Patrick Sharp (10) battle along the boards for a loose puck during the third period at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers defeated the Stars 6-2. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Jayson Megna and Dylan McIlrath will be scratched today when the Rangers play the Flyers. (NYR)

Oscar Lindberg and Dan Girardi are back in for the Rangers. (NYR)

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Jan 14, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Dylan McIlrath (6) checks New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) into the boards during the second period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jan 14, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Dylan McIlrath (6) checks New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) into the boards during the second period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Against the Islanders on Thursday, Dylan McIlrath played 14:30, had two shot attempts blocked, 1 shot that missed the net, 5 hits, 1 takeaway, 2 blocked shots and three penalties.

By period, McIlrath played 5:03 in the first, 4:57 in the second and 4:30 in the third.

McIlrath had two coincidental minors with Matt Martin and was then called for roughing in the third period which led to the Islanders game winning goal.

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Dylan McIlrath will return to the Rangers lineup tonight in place of Dan Girardi. (NYR)

Asked what he wants to see from McIlrath, Vigneault said on Wednesday that he has the same expectations for him as for when McIlrath was a regular in the lineup.

Vigneault said that he was improving every game, his gap was better and he was making "high percentage plays." He added that McIlrath has a powerful shot that he was finding a way to get towards the net which is "something we need from our back end."

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1/11/16 | 3:50PM: On Saturday, Vigneault said that he thinks "at this time" that both Kevin Klein and Dan Girardi are better defensive and overall defensemen than him. (Daily News)

He added that with Dan Boyle's impact on the PP, the "right side right now it's tough to crack." (Daily News)

Adam Rotter: McIlrath is the Rangers 7th defenseman. That was the job he knew he was getting when he made the team in training camp, it's the job he had earlier in the season and with all the Rangers defensemen healthy, it's the job that he has now.

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Marc Staal said during the Rangers game in Vancouver that Dylan McIlrath is a "NHL defenseman" who has been playing a "hard, big, physical" style that makes the opposition think twice about going into the corner with him. (MSG)

Staal added, "he has played great, is better everyday and it's fun to watch (MSG)

Joe Micheletti said, when the Rangers were in Edmonton, that McIlrath is improving and showing that he can play in the NHL. (CHED)

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Dec 15, 2015; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Dylan McIlrath (6) celebrates his goal against the Edmonton Oilers during the second period at Madison Square Garden. The goal is McIlrath's first career goal. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 15, 2015; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Dylan McIlrath (6) celebrates his goal against the Edmonton Oilers during the second period at Madison Square Garden. The goal is McIlrath's first career goal. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Larry Brooks writes that with Dan Boyle likely to stay in the lineup and Dan Girardi and Kevin Klein coming back soon, Dylan McIlrath is likely to be the odd-man out on the Rangers defense. (NY Post)

Brooks says that McIlrath is deserving of a spot in the lineup and that Alain Vigneault needs to recognize that rotating McIlrath in for Girardi and Boyle for certain games will help the Rangers in the long-run this season. (NY Post)

McIlrath has played in 11 straight games and 13 of the Rangers last 14 games.

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Dec 15, 2015; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Dylan McIlrath (6) celebrates his goal against the Edmonton Oilers during the second period at Madison Square Garden. The goal is McIlrath's first career goal. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 15, 2015; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Dylan McIlrath (6) celebrates his goal against the Edmonton Oilers during the second period at Madison Square Garden. The goal is McIlrath's first career goal. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Dylan McIlrath said yesterday that his 93-year old grandma will be in attendance when the Rangers visit Winnipeg on Friday. (NYR)

McIlrath is a Winnipeg native.

He said that she hasn't seen him play in person since junior hockey in Moose Jaw and added "she is really excited and it will be pretty special to have her in the building." (NYR)

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