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Mar 24, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) smiles during the third period against the Buffalo Sabres at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Mar 24, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) smiles during the third period against the Buffalo Sabres at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

4:16PM: On Mika, Quinn said " he's fine, he just got the wind knocked out of him. He's fine."

"I didn't see it, I was watching the other end and I saw him gliding to the penalty box area and asked him what happened and told me he got the wind knocked out of him and it all worked out."

3PM: David Quinn told reporters that Mika Zibanejad had the wind knocked out of him but is "fine" and could play tomorrow against the Devils.

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Mar 24, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) smiles during the third period against the Buffalo Sabres at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Mar 24, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) smiles during the third period against the Buffalo Sabres at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

Mika Zibanejad was Jeff Gorton's answer when he was asked which player needs to take a step offensively this season. (NHL Network)

Gorton said, "Mika has to go to another level offensively for us to compete for a playoff spot." (NHL Network)

Gorton added, "I think he has all the tools, at times he shown he can be a number one center, he can play against some of the better players in the league, defend and offensively push and PP is a threat, he is one guy that really jumps out to me that if he has a big year we should be competing for a playoff spot." (NHL Network)

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Mika Zibanejad posted a picture on Instagram today of him working out in Sweden with Edmonton's Pontus Aberg.

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Mar 24, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) and left wing Chris Kreider (20) celebrate a 5-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Mar 24, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) and left wing Chris Kreider (20) celebrate a 5-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

Chris Kreider has remained in Europe following the World Championships and is spending time with Mika Zibanejad in Sweden.

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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 scored the tying goal for Sweden before helping them win their second straight Gold Medal at the World Championships.

Zibanejad's goal came with Sweden down 2-1 late in the second period to even the score.

Overall, Zibanejad was 13 and 10 on faceoffs, 4 shots on goal and played 24:41, with 4:44 in the first, 5:24 in the second, 7:43 in the third and 6:50 of OT.

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Dec 27, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) celebrates after scoring a goal during an overtime shootout against the Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Dec 27, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) celebrates after scoring a goal during an overtime shootout against the Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

Mika Zibanejad had a goal, an assist and was named Sweden's "Best Player" in their win over Russia on Tuesday.

Zibanejad was 11 and 8 on faceoffs, scored on his only shot on goal and played 16:11, with 4:20 in the first, 5:49 in the second and 6:02 in the third.

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Mar 8, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Rangers center Kevin Hayes (13) is congratulated as he scores a goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the third period at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 8, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Rangers center Kevin Hayes (13) is congratulated as he scores a goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the third period at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

In his column on Sunday, Larry Brooks wrote that he would only trade Kevin Hayes or Mika Zibanejad if the Rangers could land a "legit" top-four right shot defenseman. (NY Post)

He notes that Jacob Trouba of the Jets is probably out of reach but that Calgary, with their "surplus" of right shot defensemen and need for a center could be a match. (NY Post)

Brooks suggests Dougie Hamilton as someone who might be "obtainable" but also wonders about 2016 third round pick Adam Fox. (NY Post)

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New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad and Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson fight for the puck during the second period at Madison Square Garden. (Danny Wild/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad and Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson fight for the puck during the second period at Madison Square Garden. (Danny Wild/USA TODAY Sports)

Mika Zibanejad scored the OT winning goal for Sweden in their 4-3 win over Slovakia on Saturday.

Zibanejad had 3 shots on goal, a minus one rating, played 19:49 and was 13 and 11 on faceoffs.

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Dec 27, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) celebrates after scoring a goal during an overtime shootout against the Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Dec 27, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) celebrates after scoring a goal during an overtime shootout against the Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

5/10/18 | 7:07PM: Zibanejad said that he is trying to help both Andersson and Filip Chytil as much as he can and added that he has liked what he has seen from both players. (NHL.com)

Mika said that he remembers how important the older players were for him when he came into the NHL and that he wants to have that same kind of role for Chytil and Andersson. (NHL.com)

5/9/18 | Mika Zibanejad said that he is looking to take Lias Andersson under his wing in the same way that Kyle Turris did for him when Zibanejad was a young player in Ottawa. (Hockey Sverige)

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New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad and Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson fight for the puck during the second period at Madison Square Garden. (Danny Wild/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad and Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson fight for the puck during the second period at Madison Square Garden. (Danny Wild/USA TODAY Sports)

Mika Zibanejad had a goal and an assist in Swedens' 7-0 win over Austria.

Zibanejad played 16:56, had two shots on goal, a plus three, rating and played 5:52 in the first, 5:30 in the second and 5:34 in the third.

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Oct 7, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) skates around the net with the puck against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports (Tom Szczerbowski)
Oct 7, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) skates around the net with the puck against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports (Tom Szczerbowski)

Mike Zibanejad had a goal, two shots and a plus two rating in Sweden's win over the Czech Republic.

Zibanejad played 18:21 with 6:38 in the first, 5:40 in the second and 6:03 in the third.

Lias Andersson only played 6:42 (2:37 in the first, 2:53 in the second and 1:12 in the third) and was called for tripping in the second period.

Filip Chytil was a minus one in 13:02 for the Czech team, playing 5:49 in the first, 6:06 in the second and 1:07 in the third.

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Dec 27, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) celebrates after scoring a goal during an overtime shootout against the Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Dec 27, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) celebrates after scoring a goal during an overtime shootout against the Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

Lias Andersson scored a goal, had 1 shot and played 11:10 in Sweden's win over Belarus to open up the World Championships.

Mika Zibanejad had a goal, an assist, two shots and played 19:29.

Andersson played 3:33 in the first, 4:13 in the second and 3:24 in the third.

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Oct 7, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) skates around the net with the puck against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports (Tom Szczerbowski)
Oct 7, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) skates around the net with the puck against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports (Tom Szczerbowski)

6:25PM: It has been announced that Filip Chytil will play for the Czech Republic at the World Championships.

Chytil represented the Czech Republic at the World Juniors this past winter.

3:15PM: Sweden Hockey has announced officially that both Mika Zibanejad and Lias Andersson will play in the World Championships beginning in May.

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Dec 27, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) celebrates after scoring a goal during an overtime shootout against the Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Dec 27, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) celebrates after scoring a goal during an overtime shootout against the Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

Mika Zibanejad said that he was happy with his start to the season and his end to the season but that overall he can't be pleased with his season because of how the Rangers as a team performed.  (Hockey Sverige)

Zibanejad dealt with a concussion during the season, missing 9 games and said that when he returned he played more of a cautious game. (NY Post)

He said that while it took longer than expected, he started to become himself again and play on instinct, get into battles and play his game." (NY Post)

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Mar 24, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) skates with the puck in front of Buffalo Sabres defenseman Marco Scandella (6) during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Mar 24, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) skates with the puck in front of Buffalo Sabres defenseman Marco Scandella (6) during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

The Rangers scored five goals to open the game and cruised to a 5-1 win over the Sabres on Saturday night to snap a three-game losing streak.  >> Box score


First Period

  • 16:29 NYR Chris Kreider; Assists: Mika Zibanejad, Jesper Fast
  • 18:02 NYR Jimmy Vesey Assists: Mats Zuccarello

Second Period

  • 3:59 NYR Neal Pionk; Assists: Jimmy Vesey, Kevin Hayes
  • 8:45 NYR Mika Zibanejad (Power Play); Assists: Chris Kreider, Neal Pionk
  • 14:47 NYR Jimmy Vesey (Power Play); Assists: Ryan Spooner, Kevin Hayes

Third Period

  • 15:26 BUF Sam Reinhart (Power Play); Assists: Kyle Okposo, Ryan O'Reilly
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Mar 17, 2018; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Rangers right wing Jesper Fast (17) is congratulated by defenseman Marc Staal (18) and left wing Chris Kreider (20) and center Mika Zibanejad (93) after scoring during the second period against the St. Louis Blues at Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry)
Mar 17, 2018; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Rangers right wing Jesper Fast (17) is congratulated by defenseman Marc Staal (18) and left wing Chris Kreider (20) and center Mika Zibanejad (93) after scoring during the second period against the St. Louis Blues at Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry)

In the past two games, the line of Chris Kreider, Mika Zibanejad and Jesper Fast has tallied six goals and six assists and that trio has scored six of he seven Ranger goals in that time. (NYR Game Notes)

Alain Vigneault said that he felt Kreider and Zibanejad were playing some of their best hockey of the year right now and that since he put Fast on that line, the trio has been the Rangers best at 5 on 5.

He noted that those three players have gone up against some of the other team's top players and done a "real good job for us."

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Mika Zibanejad score the Rangers' lone goal in their 2-1 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights on Sunday night. (AP)
Mika Zibanejad score the Rangers' lone goal in their 2-1 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights on Sunday night. (AP)

To start the season, Mika Zibanejad had 22 points in 24 games before suffering a concussion and missing nine games.

Since returning, in December Zibanejad has had:

  • December: 5 games, 0 points, 11 shots, 16:03 per game
  • January: 12 games, 6 points, 35 shots, 17:53 per game
  • February: 14 games, 4 points, 47 shots, 17:08 per game
  • March: 6 games, 8 points, 23 shots, 18:40

Alain Vigneault said that he felt Mika Zibanejad's game on 1/3 against Chicago was a step in the "right direction".

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Dec 27, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) celebrates after scoring a goal during an overtime shootout against the Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Dec 27, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) celebrates after scoring a goal during an overtime shootout against the Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

Mika Zibanejad scored his 100th career goal and second of the game to win Wednesady's game for the Rangers in OT.

From the Rangers Game Notes on Zibanejad, "tallied two goals, including the game-winning goal in overtime, led all skaters (and established a single-game career-high) with nine shots on goal, and posted a plus-two rating. Zibanejad's goal in overtime was the 100th goal of his NHL career. In addition, he recorded his 22nd goal of the 2017-18 season in tonight's contest, and his 22 goals are a new career-high (his previous career-high was 21 in 2015-16). He has also established career-highs in power play goals (11) and power play points (18) in 2017-18, and he leads the team in both categories this season. He has tallied five points (two goals, three assists) in the last two games, and he has also recorded nine points (five goals, four assists) and a plus-seven rating over the last seven games. Zibanejad's nine shots on goal are the most a Ranger has registered in one game this season."

Zibanejad spoke after the game and said (NYR Game Notes):

  • On tonight's game…"It was a fun game. A lot of chances, good battle out there. It's always nice when you get away with a win from a game like this."
  •  On whether this was one of the wilder games he has been a part of, with the penalty shot and ending…"I was a little shocked. I didn't know about that rule, but that sequence right there, Georgiev made a great save and got us a chance in overtime. It was good to see the puck go in and to get those two points."
  • On his game-winning goal…"I kind of came late into the zone. Kreids (Kreider) rolled up and I think my guy went to him and he made a great pass. I didn't really know what to do. I wanted to pass, but I ran out of room, just tried to get it on net and it somehow trickled in."
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Mar 14, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) reacts with New York Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei (76) after scoring the game winning goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the overtime period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Mar 14, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) reacts with New York Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei (76) after scoring the game winning goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the overtime period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Mika Zibanejad scored the tying and game-winning goals as the Rangers rallied from a two-goal deficit in the third period to edge the Penguins, 4-3, on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden. >> Box score


First period:

  • NONE

Second Period

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Dec 27, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) celebrates after scoring a goal during an overtime shootout against the Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Dec 27, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) celebrates after scoring a goal during an overtime shootout against the Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

11:37AM: Mika Zibanejad will miss tonight's game against Winnipeg with the flu. (Cyrgalis)

Peter Holland returns to the lineup after being scratched for the game in Edmonton.

David Desharnais moves up in the lineup to center Chris Kreider and Pavel Buchnevich. (Cyrgalis)

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GEICO SportsNite: Rangers' win 00:00:39
Henrik Lundqvist and Alain Vigneault discuss the importance of making key plays both offensively and defensively to finish the game.

Rick Nash and Mika Zibanejad posted two third-period goals for the Rangers to defeat the Flames, 4-3, to snap their four-game losing streak. >> Box score


First period:

  • 7:53 NYR Kevin Hayes (Power Play); Assists: Tony DeAngelo, David Deshamais
  • 18:15 CAL Brett Kulak; Assists: Michael Ferland, Johnny Gaudreau

Second Period

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Mika Zibanejad scored in a shootout and Henrik Lundqvist made a key save to secure the win for the Rangers in a 2-1 win over the Coyotes on Saturday night in Glendale, Arizona. >> Box score


First period: 

  • 10:50 ARI Anthony Duclair (Power Play); Assists: Derek Stepan, Christian Dvorak 

Second period: 

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GEICO SportsNite: Rangers lose 00:00:38
Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh and Henrik Lundqvist express their disappointment in falling short against the Blackhawks on Wednesday night.

Henrik Lundqvist stopped 30 of 33 shots but the Blackhawks added two empty net goals in the final minute to seal a 5-2 win over the Rangers on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden. >> Box score


First period: 

  • 16:09 CHI Vinnie Hinostroza; Assists: Jonathan Toews, Jordan Oesterle
  • 18:09 NYR Nick Holden; Assists: Paul Carey, Boo Nieves

Second period: 

  • 8:56 CHI Nick Schmaltz; Assists: Patrick Kane, Ryan Hartman
  • 11:32 NYR Mika Zibanejad (PP); Assists: Pavel Buchnevich, Mats Zuccarello

Third period:

  • 2:24 CHI Patrick Sharp; Assists: David Kampf, Alex DeBrincat
  • 19:06 CHI Toews (ENG); Assists: Brandon Saad, Tommy Wingels
  • 19:55 CHI Kane (ENG); Assists: Hartman, Schmaltz
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Dec 27, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) celebrates after scoring a goal during an overtime shootout against the Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Dec 27, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) celebrates after scoring a goal during an overtime shootout against the Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

Mika Zibanejad has not registered a point in the six games since returning from his concussion.

He is a minus two, has 13 shots on goal and an average of 15 minutes per game in that stretch.

Zibanejad was benched in the Rangers final game before the break against Toronto.

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Nov 26, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) carries the puck up ice in front of Vancouver Canucks left wing Sven Baertschi (47) during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Nov 26, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) carries the puck up ice in front of Vancouver Canucks left wing Sven Baertschi (47) during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Mika Zibanejad played only 1 shift in the third period for a total of 36 seconds.

Zibanejad was on the ice 1:15 into the third period and was off the ice at 1:51 of the third.

When asked why Zibanejad sat for most of the third, Alain Vigneault said that he wanted to go down to three lines. (MSG)

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Nov 26, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) carries the puck up ice in front of Vancouver Canucks left wing Sven Baertschi (47) during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Nov 26, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) carries the puck up ice in front of Vancouver Canucks left wing Sven Baertschi (47) during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

In his return to the lineup last night, Mika Zibanejad played 13:32, had one shot on goal, 1 shot that missed the net, 1 hit, 4 blocked shots and was 4 and 5 on faceoffs.

He played 4:45 in the first, 5:17 in the second and 3:30 in the third with 2:18 on the PP.

Zibanejad said that he felt a little rusty but that it was a "decent game" for his first time back. (NYR & NYR Game Notes)

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New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad carries the puck up ice in front of Vancouver Canucks left wing Sven Baertschi during the third period at Madison Square Garden. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad carries the puck up ice in front of Vancouver Canucks left wing Sven Baertschi during the third period at Madison Square Garden. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)

Mika Zibanejad is expected to return to the lineup when the New York Rangers host the Anaheim Ducks at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night.

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Oct 31, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) celebrates his goal against the Vegas Golden Knights during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Oct 31, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) celebrates his goal against the Vegas Golden Knights during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

Mika Zibanejad is expected not only to re-join Chris Kreider and Pavel Buchnevich on the Rangers top line but also re-join the Rangers top PP unit with Kevin Shattenkirk.

Alain Vigneault said that having Zibanejad back as part of the PP adds "more dimensions and looks to the PP."

Kevin Shattenkirk said that getting Zibanejad back "instantly" makes the Rangers PP more dangerous and that he will be glad to have his one-timer as an option on the PP. (Newsday)

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Oct 31, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) smiles after being named the first star after defeating the Vegas Golden Knights at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Oct 31, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) smiles after being named the first star after defeating the Vegas Golden Knights at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

3:58PM: Zibanejad spoke with the media earlier today and said (NYR):

  • Are you coming back tomorrow, "we will talk to the docs and make sure that the last little thing we have to go through and see from there."
  • Are you preparing to play, "absolutely. If the Docs give me to the good to go then I will be ready."
  • "Excited to get back and have a little bit more jump to the game and back with the linemates, it's tough to be out and tough to watch but always fun to come back."
  • "I think this is the right time. There are a few things we went over. We took it step by step, another step today to practice on my line. So far so good and I am staying positive and we will see what happens during the day."
  • "I just want to get back and contribute and play like I did before."

12/18/17 | 12:33PM: Alain Vigneault announced that Mika Zibanejad is expected to return to the Rangers lineup tomorrow, barring any last minute developments.

Zibanejad has been out since 11/28 and has missed the Rangers last nine games with a concussion.

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Oct 31, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) smiles after being named the first star after defeating the Vegas Golden Knights at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Oct 31, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) smiles after being named the first star after defeating the Vegas Golden Knights at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

12/15/17 | Alain Vigneault said that Zibanejad is still following the concussion protocol and that the plan is for him to practice with the team on Monday. (NYR)

12/14/17 | Sam Rosen noted during last night's broadcast that Mika Zibanejad skated on his own in New York on Wednesday.

Zibanejad had been skating for the last little while and practiced with the Rangers on Tuesday as a defensemen.

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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)

1:05PM: Mika Zibanejad spoke with the media on Monday and said (NYR):

  • "it's good to be back with the guys and see faces out there, it's always positive."
  • How do you feel, "it's getting better. We are following the procedures that need to be done and we are taking it day by day and we will take it from there."
  • Do you think you will be able to practice tomorrow, "we will see how I feel today. I can't look ahead too much in a situation like this. I felt good being out there again, we will see how the rest of the day goes and what else we are doing today and go from there."
  • Have you been cleared for contact, "I don't know, nothing new that I have been told so last time. I wasn't wearing a red jersey today so that was good."
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Oct 7, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) skates around the net with the puck against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports (Tom Szczerbowski)
Oct 7, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) skates around the net with the puck against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports (Tom Szczerbowski)

12/11/17 | 1:20PM: Zibanejad spoke with the media on Monday about how he is feeling and how everything went down.

10:40AM: Zibanejad is on the ice at the Rangers morning skate today. (NYR)

12/9/17 | 5:47PM: On Zibanejad, Alain Vigneault said "he's been skating for the last three days, three of the last four and is progressing and doing well. He's coming along." (NYR)

Has he been cleared for contact, "no, just skating now. I think today was a very positive day for him. I'm not sure what the time frame is but I do know that he skated hard."(NYR)

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Oct 31, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) smiles after being named the first star after defeating the Vegas Golden Knights at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Oct 31, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) smiles after being named the first star after defeating the Vegas Golden Knights at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

Rangers C Mika Zibanejad will miss Tuesday night's game against the Panthers with an upper body injury, the team announced.

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(James Guillory)

Chris Kreider and Jesper Fast scored two goals apiece and Henrik Lundqvist made 32 saves as the Rangers won for the ninth time in 11 games with a 6-1 win over the Hurricanes at PNC Arena on Wednesday night. >> Box score


First period:

  • 0:52 NYR Chris Kreider; Assists: Brendan Smith, J.T. Miller
  • 2:26 NYR Mika Zibanejad; Assists: Brady Skjei
  • 8:50 CAR Sebastian Aho (PPG); Teuvo Teravainen, Justin Faulk
  • 10:47 NYR Paul Carey; Assists: Jimmy Vesey, Nick Holden

Second period:

  • NONE

Third period:

  • 0:20 NYR Kreider (PPG); Assists: Mats Zuccarello, Zibanejad
  • 5:45 NYR Jesper Fast; Assists: Kevin Hayes, Rick Nash
  • 12:26 NYR Fast; Assists: Steven Kampfer
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New York Rangers center Kevin Hayes controls the puck past Ottawa Senators right wing Mark Stone during the second period at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Rangers center Kevin Hayes controls the puck past Ottawa Senators right wing Mark Stone during the second period at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

The Rangers scored once in the second period and twice in the third en route to a 3-0 win over the Ottawa Senators on Sunday at Madison Square Garden. >> Read more


First period:

  • N/A

Second period:

  • 4:46 NYR Kevin Hayes; Assists: Jesper Fast, Jimmy Vesey

Third period:

  • 4:52 NYR Michael Grabner; Assists: Marc Staal, Mats Zuccarello
  • 17:31 NYR Mika Zibanejad (ENG); Assists: Zuccarello, Chris Kreider
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(AP)

The Blackhawks scored four unanswered goals -- including the first three of the first period -- to chase Henrik Lundqvist and end the Rangers' six-game winning streak, 6-3, on Wednesday night in Chicago.  >> Box score


First period:

  • 9:58 NYR Mika Zibanejad; Assists: Chris Kreider, Pavel Buchnevich

Second period:

  • 19:08 CHI Alex DeBrincat; Assists: Richard Panik, Duncan Keith

Third period:

  • 1:07 CHI Artem Anisimov; Assists: Patrick Kane, Nick Schmaltz
  • 1:53 CHI John Hayden; Assists: Cody Franson, Keith
  • 5:14 CHI Anisimov (PP); Assists: Franson, Schmaltz
  • 7:08 NYR Kevin Hayes; Assists: Mats Zuccarello, Rick Nash
  • 11:56 NYR Nash
  • 16:12 CHI Anisimov; Assists: Schmaltz, Panik
  • 18:30 CHI Jonathan Toews (ENG); Assists: Brent Seabrook
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Oct 31, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) smiles after being named the first star after defeating the Vegas Golden Knights at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Oct 31, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) smiles after being named the first star after defeating the Vegas Golden Knights at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

Mika Zibanejad said recently that he wants to be the player that he is expected to be and contribute as much as he can. (Hockey Sverige)

This season Zibanejad leads the Rangers with 18 points in 18 games, 10 of which have come on the PP.

Zibanejad is averaging 18:31 per game and is winning 53% of faceoffs.

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Oct 31, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) smiles after being named the first star after defeating the Vegas Golden Knights at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Oct 31, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) smiles after being named the first star after defeating the Vegas Golden Knights at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

Mika Zibanejad met with the media following tonight's win over Columbus and said (NYR Game Notes)

On the power play …"I think we have been talking about winning those puck battles, outworking the opponent on the power play. We weren't very happy with our power play in the first two periods. I can't stress it enough that we have talked about getting those big goals from the power play. I think we were able to do that again today. We have to find a way to keep going."

 More on the power play…"It helps both units. I think both units have been doing a good job and luckily we've been getting a few goals at the end. I think to show them different threats, to not be a one-trick pony on the power play, that's important. I think using the players we have on the power play we have been doing a good job with that. It's just a matter of time."

 On the team's confidence…"It's high. It should be. I think we talked about that early on and especially after the second period that if we want to be a good team we have to find ways to win the game even though we are down. We did that and I think obviously the past three games helps that confidence and helps that feeling in the locker room of even if we are down coming into the third to be able to come back. It was important."

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Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault discusses the team's 5-3 comeback victory in the third period thanks to three total power-play goals.

The Rangers scored four goals in the third period en route to a 5-3 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday at Madison Square Garden. >> Box Score 


First period:

  • N/A

Second period:

  • 0:37 CBJ Artemi Panarin; Assists: Zach Werenski, Seth Jones
  • 4:24 CBJ Josh Anderson; Assist: Ryan Murray
  • 12:41 NYR Michael Grabner; Assists: J.T. Miller, Nick Holden

Third period:

  • 5:10 NYR Kevin Shattenkirk (power play); Assists: Mats Zuccarello, Mika Zibanejad
  • 8:01 CBJ Oliver Bjorkstrand; Assists: Brandon Dubinsky, Boone Jenner
  • 9:40 NYR Chris Kreider (power play); Assists: Pavel Buchnevich, Zibanejad
  • 11:27 NYR Buchnevich (power play); Assists: Zibanejad, Shattenkirk
  • 19:11 NYR Grabner (ENG)
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Oct 31, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) smiles after being named the first star after defeating the Vegas Golden Knights at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Oct 31, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) smiles after being named the first star after defeating the Vegas Golden Knights at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

Mika Zibanejad had a primary point on the first three goals the Rangers scored in the third period against Las Vegas on Tuesday.

Zibanejad has 7 points in the past four games and has points in 9 of the Rangers 13 games this season.

From the Rangers game notes, "Zibanejad leads the Rangers in several categories this season, including goals (eight), points (13), and power play goals (five)."

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GEICO SportsNite: Rangers' win 00:00:42
Ryan McDonagh and Alain Vigneault talk about the Rangers' toughness as they came from behind to defeat the Golden Knights at the Garden.

The Rangers scored four unanswered goals in the final period to beat the Vegas Golden Knights 6-4 on Tuesday  >> Box Score


First Period

  • 2:45 NYR Jimmy Vesey; Assists: David Desharnais, Ryan McDonagh
  • 5:22 LV Oscar Lindberg; Assists: Alex Tuch, Deryk Engelland
  • 19:21 LV Reilly Smith; Assists: Jonathan Marchessault, Colin Miller

Second Period

  • 1:29 NYR Mats Zuccarello; Assists: Rick Nash, Kevin Hayes
  • 7:06 LV Reilly Smith; Assists: Jonathan Marchessault, William Karlsson
  • 18:59 LV David Perron (Penalty Shot)

Third Period

  • 5:31 NYR Chris Kreider (Power Play); Assists: Mika Zibanejad, Mats Zuccarello
  • 9:26 NYR Pavel Buchnevich; Assists: Mika Zibanejad
  • 14:11 NYR Mika Zibanejad (Power Play); Assists: Kevin Shattenkirk, Pavel Buchnevich
  • 18:46 NYR Michael Grabner (ENG); Assists: Jesper Fast
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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)

Through three games, Mika Zibanejad has 4 goals (3 on the PP), a minus two rating, 15 shots on goal, 22 shot attempts and a 55.75 faceoff win percentage.

After scoring twice on opening night, Zibanejad said that he was doing his best to find open space and just shoot the puck. (MSG)

He said last night that the puck is going in for him and "I just am trying to place myself in a good spot out there and the guys are finding me and the puck seems to be going in. That's just the mentality. You just have to keep shooting when you are hot, I guess." (NYR Game Notes)

Alain Vigneault said on Sunday that the Rangers put a lot of faith in Zibanejad with his new contract and that he is expected to be "an impact player on our team. The way he started is the way he has to continue. He has to be a force on the ice and a difference maker and that is what we expect from him."

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New York Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei is congratulated after scoring a goal against the Montreal Canadiens during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei is congratulated after scoring a goal against the Montreal Canadiens during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

Brady Skjei and Mika Zibanejad scored while Henrik Lundqvist recorded a shutout as the New York Rangers beat the Montreal Canadiens 2-0 on Sunday at Madison Square Garden. >> Read more


First period:

  • 17:25 NYR Brady Skjei; Assists: Michael Grabner, J.T. Miller

Second period:

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Eamon McAnaney reports from Madison Square Garden where the Rangers fell to the Avalanche in their season opener.

Mika Zibanejad scored two goals in the first period, but the Rangers were unable to keep up with the Avalanche thereafter in a 4-2 preseason loss on Thursday at Madison Square Garden. >> Read more


First period:

  • 5:29 COL Matt Duchene; Assists: Patrik Nemeth, Nail Yakupov
  • 10:53 COL Mikko Rantanen (Power Play) Assists: Nathan MacKinnon, Tyson Barrie
  • 17:26 NYR Mika Zibanejad (Power Play) Assists: Kevin Shattenkirk
  • 19:58 NYR Mika Zibanejad (Power Play) Assists: Mats Zuccarello, Pavel Buchnevich

Second period:

  • 17:50 COL Tyson Barrie; Assists: Alexander Kerfoot, Chris Bigras

Third period:

  • 10:57 COL Gabriel Landeskog (ENG)
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10/4/17 | Zibanejad was listed at #30 on Sportsnet's list of people who could define this season in the NHL.

They write that Zibanejad is the Rangers top-line center now and has the opportunity "to become a star" this season. (Sportsnet)

9/29/17 | Mika Zibanejad said that he spent time this offseason with what he called a "shrink guy" to better prepare for his new role and expectations this season. (NY Post)

Zibanejad said that stepping into the role as the Rangers number one center is something that he wants to do but adds that it will be "nerve-racking" at times as he adjusts.(NY Post)

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9/22/17| On the first day of training camp, Alain Vigneault said that the organization has a "tremendous amount of faith" in Mika Zibanejad and Kevin Hayes.

He added "we believe they can get it done and at the end of the day they have to."

Jeff Gorton said early in training camp that both players want bigger roles and that moves the team made have opened up opportunities.

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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, after being sick and not playing in the Rangers first three preseason games, will play tomorrow against the Devils. (NYR)

Zibanejad said, "the whole week before camp I was in bed and sweating and shaking. Back on my feet now and getting some skates in and getting back into it and it feels good to get back into it tomorrow." (NYR)

Alain Vigneault said of Zibanejad on Friday:

  • On his being sick, "it is what it is, we pushed him. He was sick, had to restrain the first couple of days in off-ice workouts but we have been pushing him harder the last little while. Says that his legs feel good and he is ready to go so he will play tomorrow."
  • On expectations, "since he hasn't played I haven't spent a lot of time talking to him or feeling him out, my understanding, because I think there was something in the paper that as far as expectations, they are higher on him. He understands the pressure and accountability. We expect a lot from him, no doubt. The organization went out and gave him a 5-year deal. We are showing him confidence and in return we expect performance and results from his end. Very confident that with the right attitude and work ethic and dedication he can live up to our expectations and his expectations as well."
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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)

At least nine different times during his conference call after signing his extension, Mika Zibanejad said that he was either "super" happy or excited about his five-year contract with the Rangers.

Zibanejad said that he loved being in New York and said "I'm super excited and proud of our team and our chances to do better this year."

While speaking about Zibanejad earlier this summer, Mike Johnston of the NHL Network said "he has some holes in his game defensively but what he can do offensively, my goodness." (NHL.com)

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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)

Last season, Mika Zibanejad was projected by most prognosticators to produce in the 48 to 57 point range.

Zibanejad finished last season with 14 goals and 23 assists in 56 games, but on a pace for 54 points.

Zibanejad had a career high .66 points per game last season and scored 51 points in 81 games for Ottawa in 2015-16.

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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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