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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
Tags: Brandon Pirri, Henrik Lundqvist, J.T. Miller, Kevin Hayes, Mats Zuccarello, Mika Zibanejad
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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
Tags: Adam Clendening, Chris Kreider, Dallas Stars, Derek Stepan, Kevin Klein, Mats Zuccarello, Mika Zibanejad, Pavel Buchnevich, Rick Nash, Ryan McDonagh
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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)
(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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Vigneault after Rangers' loss 00:00:38
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.

Tags: Brady Skjei, Jesper Fast, Kevin Hayes, Mika Zibanejad, Pavel Buchnevich, Rick Nash
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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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The Rangers have officially announced that Zibanejad will wear #93, following Keith Yandle and Petr Nedved

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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)

Speaking Monday on a conference call, Jeff Gorton said that he thinks newly acquired forward Mika Zibanejad is "just scratching the surface" at age 23 and noted his potential for upside.

Gorton said that it was a trade where the the Rangers got younger, faster and picked up a player who "plays well" in his own zone and is "trending" the right way.

He noted that Zibanejad kills penalties, has gotten better on draws and has improved each year in the NHL.

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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)

Mika Zibanejad spoke with the media on a conference all at 11:30AM to discuss his trade to the Rangers:

  • Are you just scratching the surface, "Yeah, I think so. The whole process as far as how my career has been going towards the right way and I feel like I haven't really got the break yet and I feel like there's a lot more to give, to get this chance with the Rangers and that moment in my career to be able to do that and hopefully it'll be a breakout year.
  • Were you caught off guard, "I mean yeah. It wasn't anything I counted on. It wasn't anything I was waiting by my phone, to get that phone call. But I was kind of surprised and kind of shocked in the beginning but once that settled down and I realized that I was going to be part of the New York Rangers organization. I'm obviously thankful, I'm grateful for the five years here."
  • On rumors about almost going for Rick Nash in 2012, "I mean I heard the rumors about it. I've been hearing rumors before about other trades. But I guess at that time I felt like it was close. I didn't know how close it was but I don't know, there's always room to go along and go around. And this trade wasn't really on the radar for me at least, I didn't hear anything about this. So it came as a shock and surprise but like I said before, I'm happy right now at the moment and I'm really excited to kick off the season."
  • On leaving Ottawa after just building a house, "Well it's not convenient , I'll tell you that much. But it is what it is. I'm happy with the way things have been going and obviously would like to have stayed here for a longer time. But I'm glad this happened and am not too worried about it, I know that I'll figure it out and I'll be fine so I'm just looking forward to moving to New York now."
  • Do you plan on staying with the Rangers for a long time, "Yeah I mean obviously you want to stay with the organization that you're playing for. Obviously I was hoping to play for a very long time with Ottawa, and that's changed now, and I'm just hoping to have a big impact for the Rangers year and just stay."
  • On his game and where he needs to improve, "I'm a big guy. I feel like I can skate very good for a bigger guy. I feel like my shot is always getting improved every year. I feel like I'm a pretty good all-around solid and good player and I think obviously as a young player you can always improve different aspects of your game. I'll just keep working on the faceoffs and keep working on the little details that will help me and the team be successful. I feel like I'm solid all-around but I'm not happy just yet with what I have accomplished and where I am. So I'm just looking for every year that goes by to get a little bit better and make a bigger impact every year as well."
  • On the roster, "I'm exicted. We've been playing New York three times or whatever it is every year and it's always a tough game. It's an Original Six team, the status of the team is very high anywhere you go and I think as far as the roster goes it looks very, very promising and very, very interesting. It's a team that goes for the Cup every year and is a big contender for it. So I'm really happy to be a part of it and hoping that I can add more to that as well. And some of the guys reached out yesterday after the trade and welcomed me and just texted me a little bit. And I had a conversation with some and I'm happy. I'm really excited to get this season started."
  • How has your game improved, "More experience. You get more and more comfortable, you get into how things work around the league and how the game is going. And I think just working on the little things and working on the details I find all the time gets you in. I've been working hard this summer now to improve my game in different areas. I'm really, really looking forward to the season starting and am thrilled to get on with this new chapter that I've started and hoping I can get a little bit better every year. I'm not going to say it just comes with experience, it comes with the way you train, the way you do the different things to help your game I think. And that's what I'm trying to do."
  • Do you know Henrik Lundqvist, "No. I spoke to him a couple of times, just said hi. But I haven't interacted with him too much or know him on a personal level I guess. So I guess I just know he's really, really good friend with Erik Karlsson, one of my closer friends in Ottawa and he had nothing but good things to say about him, so I'm excited."
  • Do you feel you have something to prove, "Yes and no. I don't know how to say this in the best way but obviously you want to prove that they're going to miss, I guess. But I'm excited now that the team believes in me and thinks I can make an impact. I'm happy the way things went down and I'm happy with the team and think we have a really good chance to win in this city and with this team and I'm really looking forward to it. That's obviously the goal and coming to the Rangers, that's the mindset as well so I'm excited."
  • On playing at MSG, "It's a great atmosphere. I think every season you look forward to be able to play at MSG and in front of that crowd. It's a great atmosphere and to be able to call that your home arena will be very special and probably take some time to get used to. But it was a hard rink to play at, but a fun one, and I'm just really looking forward to calling New York my home and MSG my home."
  • On the presence the Rangers have in Sweden, "Yeah I think that being them being Original 6 a lot of my friends congratulated me on this trade and people that aren't even hockey-interested relate to hockey that way. They just hear the team Rangers and it has a status. And especially coming from Sweden as well, when Henrik has been here as long and had a great impact on the city and on the team, I think that helps a lot well to re-establish the name for the younger guys. So I mean it's a fun opportunity to be able to be part of this organization and a lot of people in my surroundings are happy for me and excited to watch me play."
  • Are you motivated by the trade, "Yes and no. Cause it's not my goal and it's not like all my energy is going to prove Ottawa wrong that they didn't keep me but at the same time I want to prove the Rangers right that they went to the right guy as well. And I see that as a new chapter, I see it as a new chance to be able to prove myself to a new team and make a presence there. That's what traded guys want, I guess. More than to prove people wrong it's proving people right and to New York as well that I'm the right guy."
  • On his memories of Ottawa, "Yeah I'm really, really thankful for all of the things that this organization has done for me. And obviously they gave me the chance to become an NHL player and come in this league and going through diverse things and all that. I have nothing bad to say about the organization or anything about the players. I have a lot of good friends and also the team. So sort of like I said, I'm just happy with those memories and I'm really, really happy and excited to create some new ones with the Rangers and get that whole process started."
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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)

Henrik Lundqvist said that Mika Zibanejad is an "exciting player" who is skilled and has a "really good shot." (Hockey Sverige)

He said that he hopes Zibanejad will "fit in well and thrive in New York" as it's a "lovely place to play hockey when you play well and deliver." (Hockey Sverige)

Lundqvist said that he has "all the potential to do it." (Hockey Sverige)

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Ottawa Senators GM Pierre Dorion was on TSN1200 today and said:

  • On how long he has been talking with Jeff Gorton, "Jeff and I started this, I think the first phone call was when he called to congratulate me. Jeff and I have known each other for many years, from his days as a scout and assistant GM with the Bruins and then when he moved on to the Rangers in a similar position to the one that I had and then assistant GM and then GM so we have had a long history together. He called to congratulate me and we talked about replacing legends and then we started talking and Glen and Bryan never made a deal. I said how about you and I make a deal and I threw some things out and he came back and we started talking, first week on the job."
  • On Brassard, Dorion said that the Sens have lacked a lefty playmaking center and are getting a player in his prime and who has had playoff success."
  • "We gave up a good player in Mika but as a group we felt this was a a really positive step in the right direction to make us better right away."
  • On the 2nd round pick, "For us, the price was significantly higher when Jeff and I started talking. At the draft, if anyone would have stood around, Jeff and I just sat at their table while everyone had gone back home. We talked for around 40 minutes and the asking price was significantly higher and we talked for those 30-40 minutes just at their table with everyone in their suite and we just felt that what they were asking didn't make sense but we agreed that Derick was better than Mika and giving up a second rounder is not something that we like to do and a lot can change between now and then."
  • On waiting until after the bonus was paid to Brassard, "I was just stalling them. We talked about it over the course of last week and said why don't we think about it over the weekend. To me, the money didn't have a thing to do with it. I'm happy we saved $2 million but it was more of a hockey deal than anything."
  • On trading Zibanejad, "I never lost faith in Mika and our coaches were excited to coach him, but it's about what we got in return. We are not able to get Derick Brassard for 7th round picks in the next three years, we have to give up something. It was never a loss of faith in Mika. It was a tough phone call today in Mika. You are maybe the player most responsible for drafting him, the guy who has seen him the most, you have gone through 5-6 years with the player since drafting him. You are moving on in another direction, it was not about losing faith in Mika but about making our team better."
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Rangers GM Jeff Gorton spoke on a conference call with the media at 3PM to discuss the Derick Brassard trade to Ottawa:

  • How drastic do you feel you need to change the team, "I think that as you go through the season and go back 4-5 years we have had some success in the playoffs and all the sudden, even with a 100pt season, we lose in the first round. You assess your team everyday. One thing we talked about was getting younger and faster and not giving up too much and that is something we thought about that we would do. There is a lot of perception that you need to overhaul and do all these things but I am not sure how realistic that is, we look at each deal differently and see where it takes us. I would say that I am not sitting here and mandated to change 10 things, this is an opportunity to get better and that is why we took it." 
  • On clearing cap space, "to be honest, answering those questions isn't too bright. If I had another move, I wouldn't tell you even though I like you. It's an opportunity. You can say cap space if you like but for us, this is a younger player who is almost 6 years younger who has two 20 goal seasons that we think is heading to the prime of his career. The ability to get him, a younger player, someone who is fast, plays well in his own zone, can do a lot of things for us. That is the exciting part, the fact that we have some cap space is good. We will look at everything now but even if I had a move I promise I wouldn't tell you."
  • On Zibanejad replacing Brassard, "I think the potential is there for more upside. He is just scratching the surface at age 23. Not a lot of guys have done what he has done as far as score 20 before that age. You look at how the game is played, he kills penalties, really emerged on draws. He has gotten better every year and I think we are just scratching the surface. I really wouldn't want to compare him to Derick because he has been a real good player for us. That trade we made for him coincided with a lot of good years and success for him and us. He was a real good player and good guy. I wouldn't want to put them player for player and say that he is going to do this and he is going to do that. This is a trade where we get younger, a player with upside and we like how he is trending."
  • On the trade market this summer, "I think it's always difficult. We are in a cap world, you have expansion, different scenarios. Trying to do something to improve your team and finding a trade partner isn't always that easy. I would say that it was somewhat difficult to find deals that made us better, and that is why you see a lot of the guys back right now, but we will continue to look at things that make us better all the time."
  • Did you ever consider buying out Girardi, "no, I would say no. Listen, I know that Girardi is taking a beating in the media but you are talking about a player who is 32, has had significant injury. We have seen some real good production out of him for many years. He did, by all accounts, not have the year that we wanted or he wanted. We expect Dan to be better and he expects to be better. The buyout didn't make sense for us if you look at it from all sides and it's not something I really considered. I really believe and the organization believes that Dan Girardi will be better this season."
  • On Zibanejad being a two-way player, "everything goes into it. When you make a trade you don't just look for one thing, you look at all scenarios. You are looking at where the upside we think he can be, where does he fit in our lineup, can he be on the PP. Where does he fit on the PP, is he on the point, is he on his offside with one-timers. Is he on the PK, how good is he. Can he play against the bigger centers in the league. All those things went into this. It took a lot of thought and effort from everybody and this is a trade that at the end of the day we thought would make us a better team."
  • On the PK, "There is no secret, our PK was not good. Some of the moves we made, if not all, have had some part in that. We have to be better there. When we have a guy like Grabner, Holden, Jooris, Gerbe or whomever, and not Zibanejad that is a significant part of the game and for us to be in the top of the league is important and something that we strive for. It didn't happen this year and it says so in all the moves we made."
  • On Brady Skjei, McDonagh and puck movement, "we don't have Yandle in our lineup right now. We don't have that type of player but Ryan McDonagh, if you trace back, has been pretty successful on the PP and can move a puck and do a lot of things for you. As far as Brady, we will see how that plays itself out. Here we are in the middle of July trying to figure it out and we don't know what else can change. I don't really want to talk about how it will play out, what is going to happen, I think it's way too early we will see how it goes. Brady is a bright young prospect for us and he looked good in limited time. Lets hope that after a great summer he looks even better and can do more for us. McDonagh has a history of being a real good player in this league and I wouldn't expect anything else."
  • On Kevin Hayes, "With Kevin, I don't think it's dissimilar to a lot of players who come into the league and had a good year and the second year is not quite at the level we expected, anybody expected or the player expected. For us, it's a 6-5 center who has shown at times how good he can be in this league and I expect that he comes back with a chip on his shoulder and plays really well. I would expect that from a lot of our players, after losing in the first round I would expect that most of our players, if not all of them, will come back with a little bit of a chip on their shoulders."
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