Hockey Prospectus, www.puckprospectus.com, is the hockey sibling in the famous Prospectus sports advanced stats analytics family. Some of their writers not only appear on the home site, they also do guest features on ESPN and other sports sites. They do a great job of analyzing the sport through the prism of advanced stats.

Tom Awad, one of the talented scribes and stat analysts on the site, developed a metric whose baseball comparable would likely be Runs Above Replacement-level (RAR). Awad called his player evaluation stat, “Goals Versus Threshold” (GVT) and with it determines a player’s on-ice contributions relative to a “threshold” or “replacement” player. (Before I go further I want to thank Tom for the help he has given me as I try to understand the GVT metric. Sometimes I just can’t grasp the nuts and bolts of these advanced stats. Tom has gone above and beyond in helping me to better understand.)

If you are a fan of baseball you may have heard of the RAR stat. This stat is a close comparable to GVT in that it represents a player’s value above a “replacement” or “threshold” player in a term (runs for baseball or goals for hockey) fans are familiar with. A “threshold” or “replacement level” player would be defined as the top AHL/minor league player in the organization or the highest ranking free agent on the market in-season (not a prospect) and carries a GVT or RAR value of zero. Basically the guy a club would go get in the event one of their regular players went down to injury or something to that effect. For Rangers fans think Chad Kolarik, Andre Deveaux or Kris Newbury.

The GVT metric takes into account the offensive, defensive and shootout contributions of skaters and the goaltending and shootout performances of netminders. The calculations are done separately based on position; forward, defense and goalie. That’s because the responsibilities associated with each position and the stats that accompany them are inherently different. Forwards tend to be expected to produce goals; the blueliners are tasked primarily with goal-prevention; and of course goalies are supposed to stop the puck from crossing their goal line.

The complex formulation also weighs ice time and the quality of that ice time. Obviously players who receive the most ice time have a better chance of accruing the type of counting stats that would help boost his GVT. Factoring the quantity of a player’s ice time serves to normalize his GVT. Just as important as considering the quantity of ice time is factoring for the quality of that ice time.

Clearly ice time is not created equally. For example; it is much easier to score goals while on the man-advantage than it is to score a goal while killing a penalty or at even strength. Thus the formula weighs the different types of ice time differently. It doesn’t punish a PK guy for allowing a goal as much as it would that player at even-strength or the PP. Conversely a player isn’t rewarded quite as well when scoring a marker on the PP as he would if scoring at even-strength or on the PK.

As part of a project I was working on at the time, I attempted to quasi-reverse-engineer the GVT stat so I could track players’ real time performances. Unfortunately, Hockey Prospectus has not been able to make that available to its readers… yet. Mr. Awad told me in an email that they hope to have the GVT stat live on the site by October.

Regardless, I quickly learned just how complex and comprehensive the stat is. I can’t imagine any potentially useful data that may have been omitted from this calculation. At the end of the day, I learned two things: One being that I had a love/hate relationship with Microsoft Excel; the other being that Tom Awad put a ton of work into the GVT metric. He accounts for offense, defense and shootout performance for skaters while factoring for a goaltender’s performance for regulation and in the shootout.

Here’s how some of our favorite Rangers ranked in GVT this past year and for comparative purposes I’ll include the finalists for this year’s Hart, Norris and Vezina trophies.

[jcolumns]Rangers ForwardsRyan Callahan – 7.8

Brandon Dubinsky – 9.6

Marian Gaborik – 10.2

Artem Anisimov – 7.5

Brad Richards – 17.5

Mike Rupp – 1.4

Brian Boyle – 8.0

Brandon Prust – 6.3[jcol/]

Hart Trophy FinalistsCorey Perry – 23.3

Daniel Sedin – 26.2

Martin St. Louis – 20.4[/jcolumns]

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[jcolumns]Rangers Defensemen Marc Staal – 8.7

Dan Girardi – 9.9

Ryan McDonagh – 4.6 (in roughly half a year)

Michael Sauer – 7.1[jcol/]

Norris Trophy FinalistsNicklas Lidstrom – 16.1

Zdeno Chara – 12.8

Shea Weber – 12.7[/jcolumns]

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[jcolumns]Rangers RookiesMats Zuccarello – 5.5 (in roughly half a season)

Derek Stepan – 7.0[jcol/]

Calder CandidatesJeff Skinner – 13.9

Logan Couture – 16.1

Michael Grabner – 16.8[/jcolumns]

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GoaltendersHenrik Lundqvist – 29.6

Tim Thomas – 40.0

Pekka Rinne – 36.5

Roberto Luongo – 27.3

What I find interesting is that the Rangers had seven players with a GVT between 7.5 and 10.2. Gaborik was the highest rated skater at 10.2 but he wasn’t close to any of the Hart candidates. This suggests that the Rangers were a balanced club but lacked players who performed at a truly elite level.

Given that Hank rated slightly higher than Roberto Luongo, it stands to reason perhaps he deserved a Vezina nomination rather than the Canucks backstop. Regardless, even GVT backs up the voters awarding of the trophy to the Stanley Cup winning Tim Thomas.

I was surprised that Zuccarello rated so highly considering he played just half a season. Since GVT is more-or-less a counting stat, it is feasible that if the “Norwegian Hobbit” had played a full schedule he would have finished with a GVT around 11; or twice what he earned in half the campaign. That figure would have led Ranger skaters.

GVT is the one player evaluation metric that is close to being perfect. Unlike PC, GVT doesn’t appear to overvalue goaltenders quite like Ryder’s PC metric and it’s hard to argue either with the sheer volume of data included in the formula or with the actual mathematics behind it.

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Mar 24, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) celebrates his goal with left wing Chris Kreider (20) against the Buffalo Sabres 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 center Mika Zibanejad (93) celebrates his goal with left wing Chris Kreider (20) against the Buffalo Sabres during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

At NHL.com, Dan Rosen projects the Rangers lineup to start the season as:

  • Mika Zibanejad between Chris Kreider and Pavel Buchnevich
  • Filip Chytil between Vlad Namestnikov and Mats Zuccarello
  • Kevin Hayes between Jimmy Vesey and Jesper Fast
  • Lias Andersson between Ryan Spooner and Michael Lindqvist

He has Brady Skjei paired with Kevin Shattenkirk, Marc Staal with Neal Pionk and Brendan Smith with Fredrick Claesson. (NHL.com)

Rosen has the Rangers goalie duo as Henrik Lundqvist and Alex Georgiev. (NHL.com)

Sean Tierney of Charting Hockey put together a projection that would see the Rangers finish 26th in the NHL, included players like Tony DeAngelo, and Brett Howden and moving around of different players Rosen had projected.

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Rangers coach David Quinn was a guest at Kevin Shattenkirk's wedding this week.

Quinn and Shattenkirk go back to when Shattenkirk was at BU and Quinn was an assistant coach.

Other Rangers in attendance included Kevin Hayes, Brady Skjei, Brendan Smith, Chris Kreider and Jimmy Vesey.

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While working with the US National team in the early 2000s, David Quinn was named the 2003 USA Hockey Development Coach of the Year. (USA Hockey)

In that time he helped lead Team USA to first place finishes in three international tournaments. (USA Hockey)

While speaking with ESPN Radio after being hired, Quinn said that the key for him to get the best out of a player is to build a relationship and show that you care about them. (ESPN NY Radio)

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Mika Zibanejad, Mats Zuccarello and Henrik Lundqvist all attended Jesper Fast's wedding earlier this week.

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Nov 8, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) is congratulated after scoring a goal against the Boston Bruins during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Nov 8, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) is congratulated after scoring a goal against the Boston Bruins during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Jimmy Vesey was on NHL Tonight to discuss his new contract with the Rangers and said (NHL Network):

  • On staying with the Rangers, "it's a good situation for both sides and glad it worked out. We are a new look team this year with a lot of youth and changes. Looking forward to somewhat of a fresh start and the guys in our room, everyone can be a little bit better and that will bode well for us."
  • Where do you want to get better, "consistency for me has been big, I've had good stretches and then quieter stretches as well. I've gone from a younger guy on the team to pretty much one of the older guys. I want to step up my game and be more consistent and develop into a leader for this team."
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David Quinn has returned from his trip to Sweden after having met with Henrik Lundqvist, Mika Zibanejad and Jesper Fast. (NY Post)

  • Quinn said that if he was "better at geography" he would have visited Mats Zuccarello but he didn't realize that Norway was just a "hop away." (NY Post)

Quinn said that he has spoken with about 10 players so far and that the focus has been on getting to know each other, building a relationship and "getting onto the same page as far as clarifying our expectations of one another and as a team." (NY Post)

He said that he wants the players to believe that they can contend for the Stanley Cup and that if they work at that and buy in "people might be surprised at what we can accomplish collectively." (NY Post)

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New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) celebrates his game-winning overtime goal over the Florida Panthers in an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, in Sunrise, Fla. The Rangers won the game 5-4. (AP Photo/Joe Skipper) (Joe Skipper/AP)
New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) celebrates his game-winning overtime goal over the Florida Panthers in an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, in Sunrise, Fla. The Rangers won the game 5-4. (AP Photo/Joe Skipper) (Joe Skipper/AP)

Kevin Shattenkirk said that this season for the Rangers needs to be about establishing a "culture of winning" and that the focus isn't just to improve a little but to make the playoffs. (NHL.com)

Shattenkirk added, "when you drive that home into players especially early in their career, you don't accept anything less than making the playoffs and trying to make a run for the Stanley Cup." (NHL.com)

He said that when you look around the league at teams going through a rebuild it takes a year or two but that the Rangers are "fortunate" to still have some veterans as well as an "ace" in net."(NHL.com)

Shattenkirk said that it's on him and the veteran players to "bear the burden" and build that culture of winning. (NHL.com)

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The New York Rangers new head coach David Quinn speaks during a news conference in New York, Thursday, May 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)
The New York Rangers new head coach David Quinn speaks during a news conference in New York, Thursday, May 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)

David Quinn, while discussing why he hired David Oliver and Greg Brown, said that it was important for him to have assistants that he can "trust and have confidence in." (NY Post)

He noted that while he has a past with with both of them, he didn't just hire a "a couple of buddies."

Quinn said that both of them are "extremely well-respected throughout the hockey world" and will be "major factors in helping us become the team we want to be and can be." (NY Post)

Quinn noted that while both lack NHL experience, Lindy Ruff is still around and his experience is "one of the assets he brings to our group." (NY Post)

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The Rangers have announced that Jimmy Vesey has avoided arbitration and signed a two-year deal.

Larry Brooks tweets that the cap hit for the deal is $2.275 million.

Vesey, 25, played in 79 games for the Rangers last season, scoring 17 goals and 11 assists.

From the Rangers release:

  • He established career-highs in several categories in 2017-18, including goals and points, and he tied his career-high in assists.
  • Vesey tied for the team lead in game-winning goals (four) and game-deciding goals (one), ranked third in even strength goals (16), ranked fifth in goals and takeaways (46), and tied for sixth in hits (83).
  • The Rangers posted a 15-4-3 record in games which he registered a point, including a 10-2-1 record in games which he tallied a goal.
  • Vesey recorded nine points (five goals, four assists) in the final 13 games of the season, including six points (two goals, four assists) in the final eight contests.
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Mar 24, 2018; New York, NY, USA; A general view of Madison Square Garden before a game between the Buffalo Sabres and New York Rangers. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Mar 24, 2018; New York, NY, USA; A general view of Madison Square Garden before a game between the Buffalo Sabres and New York Rangers. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

9:51PM: Larry Brooks notes that right now the plan is for Oliver and Ruff to be with Quinn on the bench while Brown will be upstairs. (NY Post)

Brown and Ruff will work with the Rangers defensemen, Ruff will handle the Rangers PK and while Brown and Oliver will share duties on the PP. (NY Post)

11:50AM: The Rangers announced that David Oliver and Greg Brown have joined David Quinn's staff as assistant coaches.

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Adam Graves was a guest on TSN1050 Toronto radio earlier today and was asked about Lias Andersson and the Rangers.

Graves said that Andersson is an "incredibly competitive young man and wore the "C" for Sweden for a reason. People would say that any time a medal goes into the stands that you notice it, but he is a very well intentioned, character kid, loves to win, we were very fortunate to be able to be able to draft him, along with Chytil, our other first round pick and this year we had three first round picks and for us we are at a different stage after moving Rick Nash at the deadline and of course our captain in Ryan McDonagh and JT Miller and having 10 picks in a seven round draft. We are trying to develop these guys and put them in an environment to succeed, when you have character young kids like Andersson, it's much easier on the development side. He is a kid that will find a way to have an impact on the game every night because he is so hungry." (TSN 1050)

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Feb 13, 2018; Saint Paul, MN, USA; New York Rangers defenseman John Gilmour (58) looks to pass during the first period against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports (Brace Hemmelgarn)
Feb 13, 2018; Saint Paul, MN, USA; New York Rangers defenseman John Gilmour (58) looks to pass during the first period against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports (Brace Hemmelgarn)

3:05PM: Gilmour's salary for the NHL this season is $650,000 and is $100,000 if he plays in the AHL. (Cyrgalis)

1:03PM: The Rangers have announced that they have signed John Gilmour to a one-year contract.

The team also announced that Chris Bigras, Steven Fogarty, Boo Nieves and Rob O'Gara all accepted their one-year qualifying offers.

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According to Larry Brooks, while the Rangers preferred to have Vitali Kravtsov play this season in North America, the KHL was reportedly prepared to file a grievance to prevent him from buying out the final-year of his contract. (NY Post)

To avoid any potential lawsuits that might have kept Kravtsov off the ice, Brooks says that everyone agreed that it made sense to let him play this season in Russia. (NY Post)

The KHL season begins in September and concludes in late February with the playoffs ending in early April. (NY Post)

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Larry Brooks writes that the Rangers should treat Brady Skjei the same way that they did Ryan McDonagh and Marc Staal, when their entry-level contracts expired, and sign him to a long-term deal. (NY Post)

Staal, in his first three seasons, played 244 of 246 games, had 13 goals, 39 assists, a plus 6 rating, 21:02 per game, 5,133 minutes played overall, 491 hits, 234 blocked shots, 119 takeaways and 111 giveaways.

He signed a five-year deal with the Rangers, out of entry level, that had a cap hit of $3.975 million. (Cap Friendly)

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Mar 8, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Rob O'Gara (46) 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 defenseman Rob O'Gara (46) during the third period at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Rob O'Gara has reportedly accepted his one-year qualifying offer from the Rangers and signed a two-way contract.

O'Gara would get $874,125 in the NHL and $70,000 in the AHL.

He was acquired by the Rangers, along with a third round pick, for Nick Holden around the trade deadline.

O'Gara, 25, played in 22 games for the Rangers after being acquired and had 3 assists, a minus two rating, 19 shots on goal, 32 hits, 34 blocked shots, 4 takeaways and 7 giveaways in 17:10 per game.

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7/13/18 | When David Quinn was hired as head coach of the Rangers, Kevin Shattenkirk said that Quinn is not someone who will accept mediocrity and addded "that is what we need."

Shattenkirk said, "it's time for us to develop and he will be a great leader for our team and is truly invested in coaching players and making sure they achieve their full potential."

6/4/18 | When David Quinn was hired by the Rangers, Kevin Hayes said that one of the "major" things the former BU coach will bring is "accountability." (Newsday)

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Nov 2, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Rangers center Boo Nieves (24) during the first period at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Nov 2, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Rangers center Boo Nieves (24) during the first period at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Boo Nieves has reportedly accepted the qualifying offer extended to him by the Rangers and has signed a one-year, two-way contract. (Cap Friendly)

Nieves will have an NHL cap hit of $708,750 and an AHL salary of $70,000. (Cap Friendly)

Qualifying offers expire on July 15 at 5PM. (Cap Friendly)

Steven Fogarty also accepted his qualifying offer from the Rangers.

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Oct 31, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) skates with the puck against the Vegas Golden Knights during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Oct 31, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) skates with the puck against the Vegas Golden Knights during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

7/12/18 | Shattenkirk skated on Thursday, with the Junior Rangers, and said that it's been "reassuring" to slowly feel that his injured leg is returning to full strength. (NHL.com)

He said that he isn't "overdoing it" but that having the season end for the Rangers when it did allowed him to get into his summer program early and go through "intense" rehab to get things back on an even playing field with his other leg. (NHL.com)

Shattenkirk said that his rehab process is "pretty much done" and that he is in "full swing" of his summer workouts. (NYR)

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Mar 17, 2018; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Rangers left wing Cody McLeod (8) and St. Louis Blues right wing Chris Thorburn (22) fight during the first period at Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry)
Mar 17, 2018; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Rangers left wing Cody McLeod (8) and St. Louis Blues right wing Chris Thorburn (22) fight during the first period at Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry)

The Rangers have announced that Cody McLeod has signed a one-year deal to remain with the Rangers. (NYR)

McLeod was claimed off of waivers last season by the Rangers from Nashville.

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Mar 24, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei (76) and Buffalo Sabres left wing Johan Larsson (22) battle for the puck during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Mar 24, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei (76) and Buffalo Sabres left wing Johan Larsson (22) battle for the puck during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

7/12/18 | The NHLPA has announced that Vesey is scheduled to have his hearing on 7/30, Brady Skjei on 7/31, Kevin Hayes on 8/2 and Ryan Spooner on 8/4.

7/5/18 | 5:56PM: The NHLPA has announced that Kevin Hayes, Brady Skjei, Jimmy Vesey and Ryan Spooner have all filed for salary arbitration.

Arbitration hearings will be held in Toronto during a period of 7/20 to 8/4.

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Jeff Cox of the NE Hockey Journal is reporting that Boston College associate head coach Greg Brown is leaving BC to join David Quinn's staff with the Rangers.

He was a teammate of David Quinn's on the 1985-86 USA World Junior team.

Brown played at BC for three seasons in the late 80s and played 94 games in the NHL with the Sabres, Penguins and Jets.

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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)

The Rangers have multiple players participating in summer hockey leagues this year in Boston and Minnesota.

In the Boston league, Jimmy Vesey, Rob O'Gara and Kevin Hayes are playing.

  • Former Rangers playing include Paul Carey, Adam Clendening and Brian Boyle.

In the Minnesota league, Brady Skjei, Vinni Lettieri, Ryan Lindgren, Tyler Nanne and Steven Fogarty are playing.

Derek Stepan, Danny Kristo, Stu Bickel, Ryan McDonagh are former Rangers playing in the league.

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Sep 22, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning center Brett Howden (48) works the puck as Florida Panthers defenseman Alex Petrovic (6) defends during the second period of a hockey game at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)
Sep 22, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning center Brett Howden (48) works the puck as Florida Panthers defenseman Alex Petrovic (6) defends during the second period of a hockey game at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)

Brett Howden said that being cut by Team Canada's World Junior team, prior to the 2017 tournament, helped him become the player that he is now. (NY Post)

Howden had been a first round pick of Tampa Bay in 2016 and said that being cut opened his eyes to show him that "nothing's given to you and you gotta work for what you get." (NY Post)

Howden made Canada's World Junior team for the 2018 tournament and had 3 goals and 4 assists in 7 games.

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Ryan Callahan took over as captain in September 2011 and wore the 'C' through this past year's trade deadline, when he was dealt to Tampa Bay. (AP)
Ryan Callahan took over as captain in September 2011 and wore the 'C' through this past year's trade deadline, when he was dealt to Tampa Bay. (AP)

7/10/18 | 10:02AM: Tampa Bay has announced that Kucherov has signed an eight-year extension that will carry a cap hit of $9.5 million.

The extension starts following this coming season.

9:50AM: Larry Brooks writes that the Rangers are "maintaining a level of interest" in bringing Ryan Callahan back via trade if Tampa looks to clear the final two-years of his contract. (NY Post)

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St. Louis celebrates his game-winning overtime goal during Game 4 against the Canadiens. This gave the Rangers a 3-1 series lead. (AP)
St. Louis celebrates his game-winning overtime goal during Game 4 against the Canadiens. This gave the Rangers a 3-1 series lead. (AP)

7/9/18 | On Rangers Night Live, Marty told John Giannone about coaching, "It's something I see myself trying and liking, timing is everything. Right now I'm focusing on my kids and this is time you can't get back and it's been a blast. I'm gonna keep doing that for now and take it a year at a time."

5/17/18 | Marty St. Louis was on the 31 Thoughts Podcast this week and was asked about the rumors mentioning he could return to pro hockey as a coach. (Sportsnet)

St. Louis said, "I'm definitely interested, there will be a time and a place for that, hopefully it won't be too late for me. Right now it would take a lot for me to leave my kids. I'm enjoying seeing their development and being part of their everyday life." (Sportsnet)

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The New York Rangers new head coach David Quinn speaks during a news conference in New York, Thursday, May 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)
The New York Rangers new head coach David Quinn speaks during a news conference in New York, Thursday, May 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)

7/9/18 | Quinn has returned from his trip to Sweden, where he met with Henrik Lundqvist and the Rangers are in the process of "finalizing their coaching staff." (NY Post)

7/5/18 | Colin Stephenson of Newsday tweets that the Rangers are expected to announce the rest of David Quinn's coaching staff next week.

He noted that Lindy Ruff was at prospect camp last week and that Ruff, as has been noted, is believed to be staying on as part of the staff.

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7/9/18 | KHL team Traktor has announced that Rangers first round pick Vitali Kravtsov will remain with them for this season.

In the release, Kravtsov said that he will remain with Traktor and hopes that this season will allow him to grow "professionally."

Traktor GM Evgeny Gubarev said "we hope that the upcoming season will be no less successful for Kravtsov. The rest of the talk about the future career of this player will be appropriate in a year. 

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When asked to describe his game, Rangers first round pick Vitali Kravtsov said that he "excels" at being a "creative playmaker" and someone who will do "everything to help the team win." (NY Post)

He said that winning his his "No. 1 priority" and that he likes to play a "beautiful, creative" style that creates a lot of offense and allow his team to "win." (NY Post)

Kravtsov said that he feels he is good on the power play but needs to improve on the PK so that he can not only help the Rangers score goals, but also prevent them as well. (NY Post)

He told Steve Serby, "I will do everything in my power to make myself better so that I'm a meaningful part of this family and this family can win something together." (NY Post)

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Ryan Callahan took over as captain in September 2011 and wore the 'C' through this past year's trade deadline, when he was dealt to Tampa Bay. (AP)
Ryan Callahan took over as captain in September 2011 and wore the 'C' through this past year's trade deadline, when he was dealt to Tampa Bay. (AP)

7/9/18 | Larry Brooks writes that talks between Tampa Bay and Ottawa have "subsided" and that Dallas has "re-emerged" as the favorite to get Erik Kalrsson if the Senators decide to move him "within the foreseeable future." (NY Post)

7/7/18| Larry Brooks writes that the Rangers are willing to "aid and abet" a deal between Tampa and Ottawa if Tampa is willing to provide more than a guaranteed late first round pick as a sweetener. (NY Post)

7/5/18 | 7:02PM: Darren Dreger tweets that the Rangers may be involved in Ottawa and Tampa Bay's potential Erik Karlsson deal as the Lightning need to clear cap room. (Darren Dreger)

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Mar 12, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Vladislav Namestnikov (90) reacts after scoring a goal against the Carolina Hurricanes during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Mar 12, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Vladislav Namestnikov (90) reacts after scoring a goal against the Carolina Hurricanes during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Larry Brooks writes that the Rangers intend to start next season with Vlad Namestnikov as a winger and not a center. (NY Post)

Brooks notes that Namestnikov could switch back to center in the event that a player like Lias Andersson or Filip Chytil struggle and need time in Hartford. (NY Post)

Namestnikov had 4 points in 19 games after coming to the Rangers, playing both on the wing and in the middle.

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Nov 26, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) shoots the puck on Vancouver Canucks goalie Jacob Markstrom (25) during a shoot out at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Nov 26, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) shoots the puck on Vancouver Canucks goalie Jacob Markstrom (25) during a shoot out at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

6/16/18 |Jeff Gorton told the Boston Globe that Jimmy Vesey needed a bit of a "fresh start" and one of the players that Gorton thinks David Quinn will help.

Gorton said that Vesey needs an "opportunity to play a little more and show what he has . . . so I will be curious to see how David will help Jimmy." (Boston Globe)

Gorton said that it was an "obvious choice" for the team to hire David Quinn because of his past coaching at different levels and developing players.

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Apr 19, 2018; Columbus, OH, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Artemi Panarin (9) skates during player introductions prior to the game against the Washington Capitals in game four of the first round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)
Apr 19, 2018; Columbus, OH, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Artemi Panarin (9) skates during player introductions prior to the game against the Washington Capitals in game four of the first round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)

With the talk about the Rangers possibly being part of Ottawa and Tampa Bay's Erik Karlsson deal, or any deal to relieve a team in a cap crunch, Larry Brooks tweets that the Rangers need to make sure that any possible deal doesn't hurt their chances at free agency next summer.

Brooks tweets that Artemi Panarin could be a UFA next summer and had tweeted previously that the Rangers would be "all in" if that situation comes to pass.

He adds that the Rangers won't trade assets for Panarin this summer and Elliotte Friedman has noted multiple times that there is a belief Panarin wants to play in New York, LA or Florida. (Sportsnet)

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Jeff Gorton said on Monday that the Rangers will give Brendan Smith an opportunity to "get back" on the team and "help us."

Gorton said that the organization thinks Smith is doing "all the right things" this summer to get back into a position where he can play in the Rangers top-six and be "the player we know he can be.."

The Rangers GM said that all indications point to Smith having a good summer so far and that he understands it will be a "really important September" for him.

Smith has been working out at the Rangers practice facility and his agent has said that he is "determined and confident" to not just be the player he was when the Rangers acquired him, but "a better Brendan Smith." (NY Post)

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Feb 6, 2018; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri (21) chases Ottawa Senators defenseman Fredrik Claesson (33) in the third period at Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports (Marc DesRosiers)
Feb 6, 2018; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri (21) chases Ottawa Senators defenseman Fredrik Claesson (33) in the third period at Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports (Marc DesRosiers)

The Rangers signed Swedish defenseman Fredrik Claesson on Sunday to a one-year deal worth $700,000 after Cleasson was not qualified by Ottawa.

Claesson's top five on five partner last season was Erik Karlsson and when the two were on the ice the Senators had 51% of the shot attempts.

He is a left handed shot but has played on the right side in his career. (NY Post)

On why Claesson was signed, Jeff Gorton said that he can skate, play both sides and a physical game.

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Apr 2, 2018; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson (65) shoots the puck the puck in the second period against the Winnipeg Jets at Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports (Marc DesRosiers)
Apr 2, 2018; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson (65) shoots the puck the puck in the second period against the Winnipeg Jets at Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports (Marc DesRosiers)

7/5/18 | 12:36PM: On the 31 Thoughts Podcast, Elliotte Friedman said that the Rangers are not in on Karlsson and that he doesn't believe they ever were. (Sportsnet)

10:41AM: Larry Brooks tweets that the Rangers are "not in and never were' on Erik Karlsson but says that idea that Karlsson would not sign an extension with the Rangers is "slightly bonkers." (NY Post)

7/4/18 | Elliotte Friedman said on the radio yesterday that while the Rangers have been mentioned with Karlsson, he doesn't think they are in it.

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Rangers prospect and RFA Steven Fogarty has accepted his qualifying offer from the Rangers. (Cap Friendly)

The deal is for one-year and is a two-way contract that would pay Fogarty $708,750 in the NHL and $70,000 in the minors. (Cap Friendly)

He will again be an RFA next summer. (Cap Friendly)

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7/3/18 Jeff Gorton said that the Rangers are going to play "up-tempo" and that every conversation he has with Quinn focuses on "puck possession" and an "up-tempo" style.

6/5/18 | Bernie Corbett, the "Voice of BU hockey" says that Quinn will bring an "up-tempo, puck-possession approach that will allow for offensive creativity while stressing" defense and the appropriate times to go in transition. (NY Post)

Kevin Hayes said, "we are going to be a fast team and team that other teams don't enjoy playing against." (NYR)

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7/3/18 | Larry Brooks writes in the NY Pot that Quinn is en route to Sweden to meet with Lundqvist. (NY Post)

6/16/18 | Quinn is expected to travel to Sweeden in early July to meet with Lundqvist. (NY Post)

6/12/18 | Quinn said on Hockey Central at noon that he has been talking with Chris Drury and Jeff Gorton about when he will go to Sweden to meet with Henrik Lundqvist.

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Rangers GM Jeff Gorton was on Rangers Night Live on MSG on Monday and said the following:

  • On July 1 being different, "it's a lot different, over the years we have been pretty active on July 1 and trying to add players to our team and help us push for some of our runs as we move forward. We have a plan in place and if you saw development camp you saw how many young players we had and we are trying to develop these guys the right way and give them opportunity. Based on what was out there and some of the opportunities we felt it was better to stay with our young guys and keep moving forward."
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Mar 31, 2018; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Rangers forward Kevin Hayes (13) skates with the puck against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The New York Rangers defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)
Mar 31, 2018; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Rangers forward Kevin Hayes (13) skates with the puck against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The New York Rangers defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)

Larry Brooks writes that with how the market has developed, if Kevin Hayes is able to become a UFA next summer he would likely command a contract of around five-years and $30 million. (NY Post)

Brooks writes that the Rangers and Jeff Gorton will have to make a decision on whether to sign him to a similar deal now or move him in a trade. (NY Post)

He writes that arbitration, and a one-year deal that would allow Hayes to walk directly into free agency "is not an option." (NY Post)

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Jan 8, 2018; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs left wing Matt Martin (15) during their game against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Air Canada Centre. The Blue Jackets beat the Maple Leafs 3-2 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports (Tom Szczerbowski)
Jan 8, 2018; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs left wing Matt Martin (15) during their game against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Air Canada Centre. The Blue Jackets beat the Maple Leafs 3-2 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports (Tom Szczerbowski)

7/3/18 | 3:02PM: Matt Martin was re-acquired by the Islanders for goalie Eamon McAdam.

8:42AM: Larry Brooks writes that it seems like a "stretch" to think that Jeff Gorton would trade a "usable piece" or draft pick to get Martin. (NY Post)

7/2/18 | John Tavares signed seven-year deal worth $77 million on Sunday to join his hometown Toronto Maple Leafs.

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Mar 24, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Vladislav Namestnikov (90) awaits a pass against the Buffalo Sabres 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 center Vladislav Namestnikov (90) awaits a pass against the Buffalo Sabres during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

3:04PM: Pierre LeBrun notes that Namestnikov's contract breaks down as $3.5 million, with a 500K signing bonus, for this season and a base salary of $4 million for next season.

2:58PM: The Rangers have confirmed the Namestnikov contract.

2:52PM: Larry Brooks writes that Namestnikov is re-signing with the Rangers on a two-year deal worth around $4 million per season.

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Feb 6, 2018; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri (21) chases Ottawa Senators defenseman Fredrik Claesson (33) in the third period at Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports (Marc DesRosiers)
Feb 6, 2018; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri (21) chases Ottawa Senators defenseman Fredrik Claesson (33) in the third period at Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports (Marc DesRosiers)

The Rangers have signed former Ottawa defenseman Fredrik Claesson to a one-year deal worth $700,000. (McKenzie)

Claesson, 25, was not qualified by the Senators and has played 113 games in his NHL career, scoring 4 goals and 16 assists.

He was a fifth round pick of Ottawa in 2011 and played in 14 playoff games during the Senators run to the Eastern Conference Final in 2016-17.

 

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Nov 26, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Michael Grabner (40) skates during the third period against the Vancouver Canucks at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports  (Vincent Carchietta)
Nov 26, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Michael Grabner (40) skates during the third period against the Vancouver Canucks at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

7/1/18 | 12:32PM: Michael Grabner announced on twitter that he was heading to Arizona as a UFA.

Elliotte Friedman and Pierre LeBrun note that it's a three-year deal for the Grabner with a cap hit of $3.35 million.

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Apr 21, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Dan Girardi (5) and defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27)talk prior to game five of the first round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the New Jersey Devils at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports  (Kim Klement)
Apr 21, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Dan Girardi (5) and defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27)talk prior to game five of the first round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the New Jersey Devils at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Tampa Bay has announced that former Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh has signed a seven-year contract extension that will pay him $6.75 million per-year starting in 19-20.

McDonagh is still under contract with a cap hit of $4.7 million.

In a statement, McDonagh said "I'm very excited to sign an extension that will keep me with the Lightning organization for the next eight season. Since being traded to Tampa Bay earlier this year, my experience with the city, my teammates and the fans has been nothing short of world-class. My family and I are very excited to continue to play and live in Tampa with the ultimate goal of helping to bring the organization its second Stanley Cup."

Tampa Bay also recently signed JT Miller to a five-year extension.

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Free Agency opens up in the NHL today at 12:01PM with the Rangers expected to have over $28 million in cap space, for a roster that includes Brendan Smith, Lias Andersson and Filip Chytil but not Matt Beleskey or Peter Holland. (CapFriendly)

The Rangers are expected to go after character and role players in free agency and possibly a back up goalie.

The Rangers could also use their cap space to acquire a player from a team that needs cap relief.

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Apr 5, 2018; San Jose, CA, USA; Colorado Avalanche left wing Blake Comeau (14) celebrates after the team scored against the San Jose Sharks during the third period at SAP Center at San Jose. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports (Stan Szeto)
Apr 5, 2018; San Jose, CA, USA; Colorado Avalanche left wing Blake Comeau (14) celebrates after the team scored against the San Jose Sharks during the third period at SAP Center at San Jose. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports (Stan Szeto)

7/1/18 | 12:01PM: Blake Comeau is heading to Dallas. (Dreger)

6/30/18 | Larry Brooks writes that the Rangers plan of attack when free agency opens will likely focus on adding some bottom six wingers. (NY Post)

Brooks said that the Rangers hope to only sign players to two-year deals and lists guys like Tommy Wingels, Blake Comeau or Leo Komarov as veteran options. (NY Post)

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Mar 15, 2018; Buffalo, NY, USA; Toronto Maple Leafs center Leo Komarov (47) during the game against the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Hoffman)
Mar 15, 2018; Buffalo, NY, USA; Toronto Maple Leafs center Leo Komarov (47) during the game against the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Hoffman)

7/1/18 | 4:12PM: Komarov has signed a four-year deal with the Islanders for $3 million per season. (Johnston)

6/30/18 | Aaron Portzline notes that the Rangers and Blue Jackets have "expressed interest" in Komarov.

Larry Brooks writes that the Rangers "might" be interested in a one-to-two year deal for "fourth-liner" money. (NY Post)

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