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After signing his five-year contract on Tuesday, Mika Zibanejad talked about how the Rangers traded Derek Stepan and that set off an "alert" that he might get a bigger role.

Zibanejad said that he is working hard this summer to make sure that he takes advantage of the chance that will present itself this season.

He said that he has had moments in his career where he has felt he could bring his game to "the next level" and that is what he has been working on this summer.

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Nov 15, 2016; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; New York Rangers forward Mika Zibanejad (93) skates against the Vancouver Canucks during the second period at Rogers Arena. The New York Rangers won 7-2. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports (Anne-Marie Sorvin)
Nov 15, 2016; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; New York Rangers forward Mika Zibanejad (93) skates against the Vancouver Canucks during the second period at Rogers Arena. The New York Rangers won 7-2. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports (Anne-Marie Sorvin)

Mika Zibanejad was on NHL Tonight on Tuesday and said the following (NHL.com):

  • On the deal getting done, "you are always hoping for the deal to be done earlier but I am super happy it got done and got done before the hearing."
  • On his role changing, "you are hopeful for a bigger role every time it comes to a new season. You work for more responsibility and work hard for it and now it looks like I have the opportunity to do that. You ask anyone, no one is going to say no to an opportunity like that. I will make sure that I am prepared and doing everything I can to further the opportunity."
  • On playing in New York, "I can only speak for myself being a Swedish player, a lot of people know about the Rangers even if they aren't hockey interested. It's special, as an opponent and playing in Ottawa, you always look forward to playing at MSG and being on the road in New York."
  • On Henrik Lundqvist and his window to win, "It sounds very cliche but just focus on the next year. You can't look forward or ahead too much, you want to take the opportunities ahead of you and be as good as we can next year and really be prepared to go further than we did this year."

Zibanejad also conducted a conference call with reporters shortly after his deal was signed.

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Mar 21, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider (35) makes a save on New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) during the first period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland (USA Today))
Mar 21, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider (35) makes a save on New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) during the first period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland (USA Today))

Mika Zibanejad spoke on a conference call with the media this afternoon and said:

  • On Stepan being traded and his role, "seeing Derek being traded was a little bit of an alert to me that I might get a chance to play a bigger role. As a player you always want to more responsibility and a bigger role. It's something that I am working really hard to make sure that I take advantage of the chance that I am getting."
  • On not going to arbitration, "it's something that we were hoping would happen, just like it did. We were sitting in the room and Jeff and my agent were negotiating basically until the last hour. I am super happy that the deal got done and super happy to be staying in New York for the next five years and I am just really really looking for to next season."
  • On being the number one center, "you always want to improve and develop and there has always been moments where you feel you can take your game to the next level and that is what I am working on in the summer, doing all the things that I can do to prepare myself for this opportunity and I don't think there is a single guy out there that would say no to an opportunity like this. I'm super, super happy and excited for the season. You always want to improve and be better than last season. I'm super pumped and excited for this upcoming season."
  • On him and Hayes being the top two, "Hayes had a great year last year, great center, very skilled and he can score. He's a really good center and it will be a fun challenge to step into this season with him and obviously try to help each other as much as we can and push each other to be better. I'm just super, super excited right now."
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Sep 27, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) reacts after scoring a first period goal against the New York Islanders during a preseason hockey game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Sep 27, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) reacts after scoring a first period goal against the New York Islanders during a preseason hockey game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

11:25AM: The breakdown for the deal is (Craig Morgan):

  • 17-18: $5 million + $1 million signing bonus
  • 18-19: $5.5 million
  • 19-20: $5.35 million
  • 20-21: $2.650 million + $2.5 million signing bonus
  • 21-22: $4.750 million

10:52AM: The Rangers have announced that Mika Zibanejad has signed a five-year deal worth $5.35 million per season.

It was believed that the Rangers and Zibanejad were heading towards having an arbitration hearing today.

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Oct 13, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) plays the puck against New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic (3) during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 13, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) plays the puck against New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic (3) during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

10:55AM: The Rangers and Zibanejad avoided a hearing and came to terms on a five-year deal worth $5.3 million per season.

9:24AM: Larry Brooks tweets that "barring a last minute settlement" the Rangers and Mika Zibanejad are heading for an arbitration hearing.

The hearing, scheduled for today, was supposed to begin at 9AM in Toronto.

In 2014 it was believed that the Rangers and Chris Kreider were in an arbitration hearing before it was announced that they had come to terms on a deal.

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Mar 21, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider (35) makes a save on New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) during the first period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland (USA Today))
Mar 21, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider (35) makes a save on New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) during the first period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland (USA Today))

7/24/17 | Jeff Gorton is expected to meet with Zibanejad and his agent before tomorrow's hearing to try and hammer out a multi-year deal that would likely come in between $5.25 million and $5.5 million. (NY Post)

7/23/17 | 11:49AM: Zibanejad submitted $5.35 million to the arbitrator and the Rangers submitted $4.1 million to the arbitrator.

7:49AM: The Rangers and Mika Zibanejad remain "far apart" in talks with his arbitration hearing set for Tuesday. (NY Post)

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Oct 13, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) plays the puck against New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic (3) during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 13, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) plays the puck against New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic (3) during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Rangers have submitted a request of $4.1 million to the arbitrator for Mika Zibanejad's hearing and Zibanejad has requested $5.35 million. (Friedman)

Zibanejad is two-years away from being a UFA so the Rangers are opting for a one-year award.

 

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Feb 25, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) celebrates his game winning goal in overtime at Prudential Center. The Rangers defeated the Devils 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Feb 25, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) celebrates his game winning goal in overtime at Prudential Center. The Rangers defeated the Devils 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

Mika Zibanejad has an arbitration hearing scheduled for this coming Tuesday, July 25.

If no contract has been reached by Sunday than both parties will submit their numbers to the arbitrator for Tuesday's hearing.

Last summer the Rangers submitted $3.2 million and Chris Kreider submitted $4.75 million, for a one-year deal, before they settled on a four-year contract worth $4.625 million per season.

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New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Larry Brooks writes that the baseline contract for Mika Zibanejad is likely around $4.8 million per year but that number could increase depending on the length of the deal. (NY Post)

Zibanejad has an arbitration hearing scheduled for later this month and if he goes through with the hearing he would be eligible for a two-year reward that would allow him to become a UFA in 2019. (NY Post)

Brooks writes that Zibanejad is likely interested in a shorter term deal that could land him a bigger contract in a couple of years while the Rangers are likely interested in something around a 5-year deal. (NY Post)

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Feb 23, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) celebrates the game winning goal in the shootout against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. The Rangers beat the Maple Leafs 2-1 in the shootout. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports (Tom Szczerbowski)
Feb 23, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) celebrates the game winning goal in the shootout against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. The Rangers beat the Maple Leafs 2-1 in the shootout. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports (Tom Szczerbowski)

Mika Zibanejad said on breakup day that he wants to be a Number One Center and that he feels there is a "great opportunity" with the Rangers for him to do that.

He said that he feels he can take on the role but added, "it starts with me and I have a great opportunity this summer to work on the things I want to work on." (NYR)

He added that the opportunity is there and it's "just up to me to go out and get it." (NYR)

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The NHLPA has announced that Mika Zibanejad has filed for salary arbitration:

Negotiations with Zibanejad can continue on a new contract right up until the hearing is about to start.

Larry Brooks wrote today that Zibanejad will likely get between $4.5 million and $5.5 million depending on the length of his contract. (NY Post)

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Nov 15, 2016; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; New York Rangers forward Mika Zibanejad (93) skates against the Vancouver Canucks during the second period at Rogers Arena. The New York Rangers won 7-2. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports (Anne-Marie Sorvin)
Nov 15, 2016; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; New York Rangers forward Mika Zibanejad (93) skates against the Vancouver Canucks during the second period at Rogers Arena. The New York Rangers won 7-2. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports (Anne-Marie Sorvin)

6/25/17 | Jeff Gorton said that the Rangers are "open to anything" regarding Zibanejad's next contract.

He said that he has spoken with Zibanejad's representatives and that they will see how the market starts to play out.

6/1/17 | In the latest issue of The Hockey News, they have project Mika Zibanejad's next contract to come in with a cap hit between $3 million and $4 million.

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New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad scores a goal past Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson during the second period in Game 6 of the second round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad scores a goal past Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson during the second period in Game 6 of the second round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

While speaking about Mika Zibanejad on breakup day, Alain Vigneault said that Zibanejad is at a crossroad in his career and needs to "figure it out."

Vigneault said that Zibanejad has the "tools and capabilities to be a high end center in this league and needs to put it together."

He said that Zibanejad is in a phase of figuring things out and understanding how to play in different situations and what those situations may require him to do.

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Marc Malusis and Sal Licata break down the Rangers' loss to the Senators in Game 6 and debate what caused this team to not go further.

The New York Rangers were eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a 4-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden.

The Senators will face the winner of the Washington Capitals-Pittsburgh Penguins series in the Eastern Conference finals.>> Read more


First period: 

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Mika Zibanejad had an assist, a plus two rating, 6 shots on goal, 1 shot attempt blocked, 3 shots that missed the net and 3 hits in the Rangers Game 3 win over Ottawa.

Zibanejad played 17:14 and has 7 points in his last 7 games.

On NBCSN, Keith Jones said that it was the best game that Zibanejad had played as a Ranger.

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Apr 20, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New York Rangers forward Mika Zibanejad (93) plays the puck during the second period in game five of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Bolte)
Apr 20, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New York Rangers forward Mika Zibanejad (93) plays the puck during the second period in game five of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Bolte)

Mika Zibanejad scored the game winning goal in OT last night and had an assist, 3 shots on goal, 3 shot attempts blocked, 1 that missed the net and 4 hits in 17:53.

Zibanejad said on MSG that after he scored he blacked out.

While presenting Zibanejad with the Broadway Hat last night, Rick Nash said "good players find the puck and the puck finds good players."

Zibanejad said that his goal last night was the most important one in his NHL career and said that there is nothing like winning in OT in the playoffs. (Expressen)

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Apr 20, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New York Rangers forward Mika Zibanejad (93) reacts with teammates after scoring the winning goal against Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price (31) during the overtime period in game five of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Bolte)
Apr 20, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New York Rangers forward Mika Zibanejad (93) reacts with teammates after scoring the winning goal against Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price (31) during the overtime period in game five of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Bolte)

Mika Zibanejad scored the OT winner for the Rangers in Game 5 and put them up in the series 3-2.

Derek Stepan said on MSG, "There were four of us standing next to each other, me, Millsy, Hayes and Zucc and we jumped higher than I have ever seen the four of us jump. It's a big goal and we move on."

On the play, Zibanejad said "I just tried to whack it to the net and when I saw it go in I just blacked out and can't remember much more." (MSG)

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Alain Vigneault, Henrik Lundqvist and Ryan McDonagh talk after the Rangers' 3-1 loss in Game 3 to the Canadiens.

The New York Rangers lost to the Montreal Canadiens 3-1 in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference first round to fall behind in the series 2-1 on Sunday at Madison Square Garden. >> Read more


First period:

  • N/A

Second period:

  • 17:37 MON Artturi Lehkonen (power play); Assists: Brendan Gallagher, Tomas Plekanec

Third period:

  • 7:42 MON Shea Weber (power play); Assists: Alex Galchenyuk, Alexander Radulov
  • 15:35 MON Radulov; Assist: Phillip Danault
  • 17:04 NYR Brady Skjei; Assists: Kevin Klein, Mika Zibanejad
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Larry Brooks writes that Chris Kreider has not been making an impact in this series, other than blocking a shot from Shea Weber in Game two. (NY Post)

Vigneault said on Sunday that he is expecting more from Kreider after playing two "ordinary games." (Engels)

Through two games Kreider had four shots on goal, 3 in game two, and has averaged 18:33.

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New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi tangles up with Pittsburgh Penguins center Nick Bonino during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi tangles up with Pittsburgh Penguins center Nick Bonino during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)

Jimmy Vesey scored the go-ahead goal in the third period as the New York Rangers ended the regular season with a 3-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday at Madison Square Garden. >> Read more


First period:

  • 9:16 PIT Nick Bonino; Assists: Dominik Simon, Phil Kessel
  • 13:54 NYR Ryan McDonagh; Assist: Michael Grabner
  • 18:31 NYR Derek Stepan (power play); Assists: McDonagh, Mika Zibanejad

Second period:

  • 13:38 PIT Carter Rowney

Third period:

  • 7:23 NYR Jimmy Vesey; Assist: Zibanejad
Tags: Derek Stepan, Jimmy Vesey, Michael Grabner, Mika Zibanejad, Pittsburgh Penguins, Ryan McDonagh
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Feb 25, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) celebrates his game winning goal in overtime at Prudential Center. The Rangers defeated the Devils 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Feb 25, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) celebrates his game winning goal in overtime at Prudential Center. The Rangers defeated the Devils 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

Mika Zibanejad returns to Ottawa to play his first game against the Senators since being traded to the Rangers last July.

Zibanejad was injured when the Rangers visited Ottawa earlier in the season.

In the 35 games that Zibanejad has played since returning from injury he has 8 goals, 11 assists, 66 shots and an average of 17:17.

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New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello, center Mika Zibanejad and center Oscar Lindberg pose before the first period against the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden. (Danny Wild/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello, center Mika Zibanejad and center Oscar Lindberg pose before the first period against the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden. (Danny Wild/USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Rangers snapped a three-game losing streak with a 4-3 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday at Madison Square Garden. >> Read more


First period:

  • N/A

Second period:

  • 0:33 PHI Valtteri Filppula; Assist: Jordan Weal
  • 3:57 NYR Mika Zibanejad (power play); Assist: Mats Zuccarello
  • 7:10 NYR Brendan Smith; Assists: Zuccarello, Derek Stepan

Third period:

  • 7:01 NYR Oscar Lindberg; Assists: Dan Girardi, Zuccarello    
  • 9:10 NYR Chris Kreider; Assist: Stepan
  • 17:54 PHI Brayden Schenn; Assist: Shayne Gostisbehere
  • 18:45 PHI Filppula; Assists: Jakub Voracek, Gostisbehere   
Tags: Chris Kreider, Dan Girardi, Derek Stepan, Mats Zuccarello, Mika Zibanejad, Oscar Lindberg, Philadelphia Flyers
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Feb 25, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) celebrates his game winning goal in overtime at Prudential Center. The Rangers defeated the Devils 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Feb 25, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) celebrates his game winning goal in overtime at Prudential Center. The Rangers defeated the Devils 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

9:51AM: Mika Zibanejad had two goals against Carolina on Thursday, giving him three in the past two games.

Zibanejad has 6 goals and 6 assists in the past 23 games since returning from his leg injury, has 39 shot son goal in that time and is averaging 17:05 per game.

He does have four goals and 2 assists in the past 10 games, with 19 shots on goal and 17:03 per game.

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Mar 9, 2017; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes forward Valentin Zykov (39) celebrates his first period NHL goal with forward Sebastian Aho (20) and defensemen Brett Pesce (22) against the New York Ranger sat PNC Arena. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)
Mar 9, 2017; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes forward Valentin Zykov (39) celebrates his first period NHL goal with forward Sebastian Aho (20) and defensemen Brett Pesce (22) against the New York Ranger sat PNC Arena. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)

Mika Zibanejad scored two power play goals, but Sebastian Aho tallied twice in the third period as the Hurricanes rallied for a 4-3 win over the Rangers Thursday night at PNC Arena. >> Read more


First period:

  • 7:24 NYR Chris Kreider (power play); Assists: Derek StepanRyan McDonagh
  • 13:15 CAR Jeff Skinner; Assists: Victor Rask
  • 13:44 CAR Valentin Zykov; Assists: Sebastian Aho, Jordan Staal

Second period:

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Feb 25, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) celebrates his game winning goal in overtime at Prudential Center. The Rangers defeated the Devils 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Feb 25, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) celebrates his game winning goal in overtime at Prudential Center. The Rangers defeated the Devils 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

Mika Zibanejad spoke on MSG following tonight's win and said:

  • On the winner, "score! You get those opportunities in OT and you want to take advantage and glad I was able to do it."
  • On the play, "it's 3 on 3 and it usually does go one chance one way and another chance another way. Luckily Mac got the puck and a great pass and just glad it went in."
  • On how they played, "we gave up some chances to a skilled team but we talked about a lot of things and the things we talked about we did well. It's a step forward for progress and we just gotta keep going."
  • On Raanta, "it's a pretty cool feeling to have two goalies you can trust back there. Antti, for only playing once and a while and not in a rhythm, its very impressive. We want to make sure that we have his back because he is really saving us out there, same with Hank, but in this game Antti held us in the game and gave us a chance to win.
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Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat shoots the puck as New York Rangers goalie Antti Raanta defends during the first period at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat shoots the puck as New York Rangers goalie Antti Raanta defends during the first period at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Mika Zibanejad scored in overtime and Antti Raanta recorded a shutout as the New York Rangers beat the Tampa Bay Lightning, 1-0, Monday at Amalie Arena. >> Read more


First period:

  • N/A

Second period:

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Nov 15, 2016; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; New York Rangers forward Mika Zibanejad (93) skates against the Vancouver Canucks during the second period at Rogers Arena. The New York Rangers won 7-2. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports (Anne-Marie Sorvin)
Nov 15, 2016; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; New York Rangers forward Mika Zibanejad (93) skates against the Vancouver Canucks during the second period at Rogers Arena. The New York Rangers won 7-2. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports (Anne-Marie Sorvin)

10:29PM: Alain Vigneault spoke on MSG and said that:

  • Zibanejad couldn't handle the puck after blocking a shot in the last game
  • He will know more about Jesper Fast tomorrow since he was being evaluated by the Rangers doctors at the time
  • Chris Kreider had a lower body injury, went to the locker room and, "tried to come back."

Fast left the game with 11:18 left after taking a hit from Alex Ovechkin.

Kreider missed the last 10:45 of the first period before returning to play 4:27 in the second period and 5:50 in the third period.

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Feb 25, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) celebrates his game winning goal in overtime at Prudential Center. The Rangers defeated the Devils 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Feb 25, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) celebrates his game winning goal in overtime at Prudential Center. The Rangers defeated the Devils 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

Mika Zibanejad had a goal and an assist last night in the Rangers OT win over New Jersey.

Zibanejad was a plus three in 15:46, with two shots on goal, 1 shot attempt blocked and 1 that missed the net.

He played 4:40 in the first, 5:02 in the second, 5:23 in the third and 41 seconds in the third.

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Feb 23, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) celebrates the game winning goal in the shootout against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. The Rangers beat the Maple Leafs 2-1 in the shootout. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports (Tom Szczerbowski)
Feb 23, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) celebrates the game winning goal in the shootout against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. The Rangers beat the Maple Leafs 2-1 in the shootout. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports (Tom Szczerbowski)

Mika Zibanejad has not scored a goal for the Rangers in 15 games but has put the puck in the net twice in the last week for the Rangers.

Last Sunday Zibanejad scored on the PP against Washington but it was disallowed because it was offside.

Zibanejad scored the shootout winner on Thursday in Toronto.

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Feb 23, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs center Frederik Gauthier (33) draws an interference penalty as he hits New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports (Tom Szczerbowski)
Feb 23, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs center Frederik Gauthier (33) draws an interference penalty as he hits New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports (Tom Szczerbowski)

Henrik Lundqvist made 32 saves and Mats Zuccarello and Mika Zibanejad tallied shootout goals as the Rangers defeated the Maple Leafs, 2-1, on Thursday night at the Air Canada Centre. >> Read more


First period:

  • 10:56 TOR Connor Brown; Assists: Tyler Bozak, Jake Gardiner

Third period:

  • 10:50 NYR J.T. Miller; Assists: Kevin Hayes, Brandon Pirri

Shootout:

  • William Nylander: STOPPED
  • Mats Zuccarello: SCORED
  • Auston Matthews: SCORED
  • Mika Zibanejad: SCORED
  • Nazem Kadri: STOPPED
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Nov 15, 2016; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; New York Rangers forward Mika Zibanejad (93) skates against the Vancouver Canucks during the second period at Rogers Arena. The New York Rangers won 7-2. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports (Anne-Marie Sorvin)
Nov 15, 2016; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; New York Rangers forward Mika Zibanejad (93) skates against the Vancouver Canucks during the second period at Rogers Arena. The New York Rangers won 7-2. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports (Anne-Marie Sorvin)

2/21/17: Alain Vigneault said on Tuesday, "I think that for Mika, the last couple of games have been better. There has been, more confidence in maybe his health, that was a serious injury he was coming back from and you can work out all you want but you need to get back in the groove and feeling good about himself and the last little while he has taken a step in the right direction. He is competing harder for loose pucks, he is hanging onto the puck more and making better plays." (NYR)

2/18/17 | Since returning from his broken leg, Mika Zibanejad has played in 13 games and has 2 goals and 4 assists.

Zibanejad has not scored since netting two in his first game back and only has 1 assist in the past five games.

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Nov 15, 2016; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; New York Rangers forward Mika Zibanejad (93) skates against the Vancouver Canucks during the second period at Rogers Arena. The New York Rangers won 7-2. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports (Anne-Marie Sorvin)
Nov 15, 2016; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; New York Rangers forward Mika Zibanejad (93) skates against the Vancouver Canucks during the second period at Rogers Arena. The New York Rangers won 7-2. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports (Anne-Marie Sorvin)

In his return to the Rangers lineup Tuesday night, Mika Zibanejad scored two goals, was a plus-1 and had seven shots on goal.

Zibanejad played 18:07, had 10 shot attempts and was 9-for-12 on faceoffs. He played 5:37 in the first period, 5:27 in the second period and 7:03 in the third period with 57 seconds on the power play.

Zibanejad skated with Rick Nash (2 assists) and Pavel Buchnevich (1 goal, 2 assists).

After the game, Alain Vigneault said "other than the one where I thought they left the front of our net too quick, they had a strong game. Lots of possession time. They had some good rush opportunities. For first game back it was a step in the right direction."

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Dallas Stars left wing Jamie Benn scores a goal past New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger)
Dallas Stars left wing Jamie Benn scores a goal past New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger)

The New York Rangers' three-goal third-period rally fell short as they allowed three goals in the first period and four goals in the second en route to a 7-6 loss to the Dallas Stars on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden. >> Read more


First period:

  • 0:27 NYR Derek Stepan; Assists: Chris Kreider, Mats Zuccarello
  • 12:34 DAL Patrick Eaves (power play); Assists: Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin
  • 12:46 DAL Patrick Sharp; Assist: Radek Faksa
  • 17:54 DAL Jamie Benn; Assists: Cody Eakin, Eaves

Second period:

  • 4:32 DAL Antoine Roussel; Assist: Lauri Korpikoski
  • 9:56 NYR Mika Zibanejad; Assists: Rick Nash, Pavel Buchnevich
  • 12:06 NYR Buchnevich; Assists: Kevin Klein, Adam Clendening
  • 12:54 DAL Patrick Sharp; Assists: Devin Shore, Faksa
  • 15:53 DAL Adam Cracknell; Assists: Korpikoski, Dan Hamhuis
  • 17:40 DAL Eakin; Assists: Eaves, Benn

Third period:

  • 3:11 NYR Kreider; Assists: Stepan, Zuccarello
  • 5:31 NYR Stepan; Assists: Ryan McDonagh, Zuccarello
  • 7:26 NYR Zibanejad; Assists: Nash, Buchnevich
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New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

1:22PM: On Tuesday, Vigneault said of Zibanejad (NYR):

  • He re-did the skating tests they do in training camp and had better results than in training camp.
  • He has used his time rehabbing really well and deserves credit along with the Rangers conditioning staff

12:45PM: Alain Vigneault said on Monday that Mika Zibanejad will return to the Rangers lineup tonight against Dallas but that there will need to be patience with his game.

He said that Zibanejad will need to get his hands, lets and conditioning levels back up and hopes that he will pick up where he left off when he was injured.

Vigneault said that Zibanejad started the season hot, then saw his game dip and then he raised it again prior to his injury.

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Sep 27, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) reacts after scoring a first period goal against the New York Islanders during a preseason hockey game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Sep 27, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) reacts after scoring a first period goal against the New York Islanders during a preseason hockey game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

1/16/17 | 2:30PM: Zibanejad said that everyone was on the asme page about playing tomorrow and that it's been a "long time coming" towards his return. (NYR)

He said that it's hard to mimic a game in practice and that it will be good for him to get game action. (NYR)

1:38PM: Alain Vigneault announced today that Mika Zibanejad would return to the Rangers lineup tomorrow after being out since 11/20 with a broken leg.

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Oct 28, 2016; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Rangers forward Mika Zibanejad (93) gets off a shot during the game against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The Carolina Hurricanes defeated the New York Rangers 3-2. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)
Oct 28, 2016; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Rangers forward Mika Zibanejad (93) gets off a shot during the game against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The Carolina Hurricanes defeated the New York Rangers 3-2. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)

1/13/17 | Alain Vigneault said on Thursday that Zibanejad hasn't had any practice time and that he would skate on Friday and Monday and then likely be day to day.

Zibanejad said that he has been feeling good but is taking things day by day and that after a few more skates they will see where things are. (SNY)

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New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Mika Zibanejad broke his left fibula last night and is slated to miss 6-8 weeks.

This season, Zibanejad is:

  • 1st in Faceoffs taken (341)
  • 1st in Faceoff win percentage (53.7%)
  • 3rd on the Rangers in points (15)
  • Tied for 2nd in assists (10)
  • 2nd on shots on goal with 47
  • 3rd in overall time on ice at 316:58
  • 4th in even strength ice time per game (13:32)
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(Adam Hunger)

10:36PM: Alain Vigneault said on MSG that the team won't call anyone up before tomorrow's game and that he hasn't yet decided how the Rangers will plan to replace Zibanejad.

10:20PM: The Rangers have announced that Mika Zibanejad has a broken fibula and is expected to be out 6-8 weeks.

In the first minute of Overtime Zibanejad lost his balance while skating to defend Reilly Smith and saw his left leg go into the boards.

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Sep 27, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) reacts after scoring a first period goal against the New York Islanders during a preseason hockey game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Sep 27, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) reacts after scoring a first period goal against the New York Islanders during a preseason hockey game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

6:25PM: Alain Vigneault said on Tuesday "his compete level to retrieve pucks, his backchecking...he is working extremely hard with those elements and that will enable him to generate some good quality opportunities at the other end. In my mind he is playing the right way right now. Him and Zuccy are finding some chemistry and that is good for our team."

10:19AM: Mika Zibanejad has two points in the last three games after going pointless in the previous three games.

In the last six games Zibanejad has 7 shots on goal including 0 in one game and just one shot on goal in four of them.

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Oct 13, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) plays the puck against New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic (3) during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 13, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) plays the puck against New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic (3) during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

With his third period goal on Tuesday, Mika Zibanejad ended a nine game goalless streak.

Zibanejad had 2 goals and 6 assists in 8 games with a minus one rating, 27 shots on goal and an average of 17:09.

In the past six games Zibanejad had one goal, one assist, a minus one rating, 11 shots and an average of 15:48.

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Rangers coach Alain Vigneault discusses his team's performance after a 5-3 loss to the Vancouver Canucks.

The Rangers struggled in the third period as they lost to the Canucks, 5-3, Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden.

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Sep 27, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) reacts after scoring a first period goal against the New York Islanders during a preseason hockey game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Sep 27, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) reacts after scoring a first period goal against the New York Islanders during a preseason hockey game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

10/10/16: Alain Vigneault was asked about this trio on Monday and said, "One, there is a speed element as far as Chris and Mika, both have a lot of speed and quickness, Mika, a right hander going to that side and for some reason Pavel has just been able to fit real well with his skill level and doesn't shy away from anything. He goes into the tough areas, the traffic, corners, and is able to retrieve pucks, makes plays when there are a lot of people around. I tried a multitude of things during camp but that line has stood out and played well during camp." (NYR)

10/8/16 | Larry Brooks writes that the Rangers should open the season with Chris Kreider, Mika Zibanejad and Pavel Buchnevich as the team's top line. (NY Post)

Brooks writes that Kreider had the most "locked-in" training camp of his career so far, said that Zibanejad was "outstanding" and that Buchnevich showed a willingness to engage as well as a "nose for the net." (NY Post)

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Sep 27, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) reacts after scoring a first period goal against the New York Islanders during a preseason hockey game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Sep 27, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) reacts after scoring a first period goal against the New York Islanders during a preseason hockey game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

In his preseason debut with the Rangers, Mika Zibanejad had a goal, two assists, 5 shots on goal and was named first star of the game.

He also had 1 shot attempt that was blocked, 1 shot that missed the net, 1 giveaway, 3 takeaways, 2 blocked shots and was 11 and 10 on faceoffs.


Nov 14, 2015; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save on a shot from Ottawa Senators center Mika Zibanejad (93) in the shootout at Canadian Tire Centre. The Rangers defeated the Senators 2-1 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports (Marc DesRosiers)
Nov 14, 2015; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save on a shot from Ottawa Senators center Mika Zibanejad (93) in the shootout at Canadian Tire Centre. The Rangers defeated the Senators 2-1 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports (Marc DesRosiers)

Alain Vigneault said that all of the Rangers scouts and members of management feel that Mika Zibanejad is "on the upswing."

He said that Zibanejad has played PP, PK and 5 on 5 in Ottawa and brings speed, skill and youth with him.

Vigneault said that the Rangers don't believe Zibanejad has fully developed yet and that by putting him in the "right environment" with teammates and coaches that they can "get more" from him.

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Mar 8, 2016; Raleigh, NC, USA; Ottawa Senators forward Mika Zibanejad (93) celebrates his shoot out goal against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Ottawa Senators 4-3. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)
Mar 8, 2016; Raleigh, NC, USA; Ottawa Senators forward Mika Zibanejad (93) celebrates his shoot out goal against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Ottawa Senators 4-3. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)

While speaking with the media, Mika Zibanejad said that he wants to take the "next step" in his career and he wants it to be a "big jump."

He said that people have been waiting, as he has, for a breakout year and that is what he is hoping for this season and working towards.

Zibanejad added, "I feel like at this stage in my career I am ready for that as well."

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Jan 16, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Ottawa Senators center Mika Zibanejad (93) reacts after scoring a goal in the third period of the game against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center. Senators won 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports (Jayne Kamin-Oncea)
Jan 16, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Ottawa Senators center Mika Zibanejad (93) reacts after scoring a goal in the third period of the game against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center. Senators won 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports (Jayne Kamin-Oncea)

When Mika Zibanejad was drafted 6th overall by the Ottawa Senators, Gord Miller said that he was one of the two wild cards in the early part of the first round and said that he was the player with maybe the most "intriguing background."

Bob McKenzie then said, "his father is Iranian, his mother is Finnish. Mika speaks Farsi, Finnish, Swedish and English. Big, strong, physical center who also has good offensive ability.

Pierre McGuire said that the biggest thing about him is that he looks "like a nice guy, plays like a nice guy but if you get in a one on one battle he isn't so nice. This is a player who is not far from being NHL ready."

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Apr 7, 2016; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; Ottawa Senators center Mika Zibanejad (93) celebrates his goal with teammates in the first period against the Florida Panthers at the Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports (Marc DesRosiers)
Apr 7, 2016; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; Ottawa Senators center Mika Zibanejad (93) celebrates his goal with teammates in the first period against the Florida Panthers at the Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports (Marc DesRosiers)

Ottawa Senators GM Pierre Dorion was on TSN1200 recently and said that he never lost "faith" in Mika Zibanejad and that the new coaching staff of Guy Boucher and Marc Crawford were excited to coach him.

Dorion said that moving Zibanejad was all about who they got in return and that they had to give up "something" to acquire Derick Brassard.

He reiterated that it wasn't a loss of faith in Zibanejad but "about making our team better."

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Nov 14, 2015; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save on a shot from Ottawa Senators center Mika Zibanejad (93) in the shootout at Canadian Tire Centre. The Rangers defeated the Senators 2-1 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports (Marc DesRosiers)
Nov 14, 2015; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save on a shot from Ottawa Senators center Mika Zibanejad (93) in the shootout at Canadian Tire Centre. The Rangers defeated the Senators 2-1 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports (Marc DesRosiers)

Mika Zibanejad met with the media at the Rangers practice facility today and said (NYR):

  • How different is this for you, "a little different but it's exciting. A new chapter in my career and I am just really excited."
  • On settling in, "the first couple of days, first week was hard to get used to. I was still in Ottawa and nothing that I was expecting but now that I have been here a couple of days, it's fun. It's fun to see what the city has to offer and the team and the organization."
  • On his house in Ottawa, "we finished that, we lived in it a couple of weeks and we get to go back now and be there for August and then come back in September again."
  • What are you going to do with it, "I don't know yet, we will see. That is a question we need to solve in the next month and go from there."
  • Do you know Brassard, "not well. I have known him, he has been in Ottawa and skating and training and skating together, but not buddies I guess. I would say that I know him just saying hi."
  • On the Sens saying they got the better player in the trade, "I guess they wouldn't make that trade if they didn't think so. In my mind, he is a real good player and doing great things in New York and for me it's just focusing on more proving the Rangers right than Ottawa wrong. I am just really excited for this opportunity and looking forward to it."
  • Where are you in your career, "I feel and am expecting the same things as last year but better. I am a big guy down the middle and try to do the little things right, the details and pass, shoot. Try and be as all around as possible. As far as where I'm at at this stage in my career, the level I am at right now, I want to take the next step and I want that to be a big jump. I am trying to go step by step but I think I'm waiting and people have been waiting form y breakout year and that is what I am hoping for and working towards to have. I feel like at this stage in my career I am ready for that as well."
  • On filling Brassard's role, "we are similar but different players. We can bring different elements to the team and I am focusing on what I can do to help the team to be as successful as possible as well as individual. He was a big part of it so stepping into that role, just try and do it as well as I can and do it my way."
  • On the roster, "I've been looking at the roster and going through the guys and it's hard to say what the coach wants and the vision. Really talented forwards and I feel that wherever I play it's going to be good hopefully, and hopefully get the time in training camp to work on chemistry and work on the system together. I am excited for whomever I am going to play with."
  • What do you know of AV's system, "I don't know too, too much. I have been talking to him and some assistant coaches as well as far as the system. I like to review that before I get here so that I have some knowledge and that when I come here I will have some background thoughts. It's a fast team and I feel like I can play that game and I am hoping I will fit where they put me and where they want me to play."
  • What would a breakout year mean, "I think point wise you want to get higher every season, I have been improving that, but just more consistency in my game and with that consistency the points will come. I think it's more for me a mindset of not worrying about who I am playing against or the other way around, to be more of a threat and the other teams know that I am out there and be a big presence and that is kind of what my definition of that is."
  • Have you heard from teammates, "Right away I think that I got 5-6 guys that messaged me and emailed me and called me. They have been really good and welcoming me. A lot of the guys are saying the same thing and that I will love it here, New York is New York and you can't get much better than this. Being from Stockholm, a city as well, going back to that will be nice. It's a change from Ottawa and little bit busier but I like that."
  • Will you rent in the city, "We will see. I am working on moving that house here somewhere, I don't know if that is possible. We are looking right now and looked yesterday and looked today as far as a place and where to live."
  • Who reached out, "Girardi did, McDonagh did, Hayes, JT, Lundqvist, Staal did. It was a couple of guys. I can't remember them all now but quite a few guys did and obviously it makes it more comforting and helps the process of a new team before you even meet them. Guys in this league are really good about taking you in and making you feel welcome right away."
  • Did you have any previous relationships, "not really. I played against JT since under 17 and I know I bumped into him at under 20 when we had our preseason tournament in Lake Placid. I know him probably the best of all the guys, but I met the Swedes as well and that is always comforting to have one or a couple of Swedes help you out a little bit."
  • On playing at the Garden, "it was fun. You always look for that date when you are coming here. Playing in MSG, it's a fantastic atmosphere playing here. It doesn't seem to matter what team, it's always going to be packed and busy. It was tough, a team like the Rangers, it's easy to feed off the crowd and I think that is one of the things I am really looking forward to. It's a tough building to play in but a great atmosphere, can't wait to play on the home side."
  • Can the team make another run, "I think so. I am really excited for this team that we have and the guys and the core group that have been going far are still here. It's a fun group to be part of and fun to have that goal and mindset not just to make the playoffs but go far and aim for the Cup. It's going to be exciting."
  • On special teams, "I played a lot in Ottawa and our special teams were up and down, PK wasn't great. Our PP was up and down and we had times we worked really well and times we didn't. For me, the times that didn't go well are a learning experience and the things that I take with me. You need to get out of slumps and at times we did and at times we didn't. I am hoping to bring what I had there and improve on it. Obviously as a young guy you want to improve on it. It's going to be interesting where I fit in and what thoughts they have for me."
  • You didn't see it happening, "it's nothing that I counted on, obviously. That is why it took me like a week to figure it out or, not accept it, but figure out what has been happening but it's one of those things that can happen and if it does it's a great team to come to."

Zibanejad also spoke on a conference call after being acquired.

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