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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Boston University head coach David Quinn watches his players during an NCAA hockey practice before the Frozen Four tournament in Boston. (AP)
Boston University head coach David Quinn watches his players during an NCAA hockey practice before the Frozen Four tournament in Boston. (AP)

UCONN hockey coach Mike Cavanaugh, a long-time friend of David Quinn's, said that the new Rangers coach is a "great communicator, very bright and intelligent." (The Athletic)

Cavanaugh said that Quinn is very confident with who he is "as a person" and that the organization has "spelled" out that they need him to "develop their young players." (The Athletic)

He said that Quinn will get the Rangers to "play hard" and believe in the system that he instills, adding "David will do a great job with their young players." (The Athletic)

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Mar 2, 2018; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) during the third period against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome. New York Rangers won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports (Sergei Belski)
Mar 2, 2018; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) during the third period against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome. New York Rangers won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports (Sergei Belski)

Brendan O'Callaghan, an 11-year-old boy who was severely injured in a bus crash that killed a student and teacher in New Jersey last Thursday, can thank Rangers G Henrik Lundqvist for making him smile for the first time since the horrific accident. 

O'Callaghan has been in the hospital since the accident with a broken collarbone, punctured lung, fractured temple bone, and bruised orbital bone. His father, Arnie, said that his son has no recollection of the incident as he asks if he is in a bad dream. 

O'Callaghan, who is a fifth-grader from Paramus, N.J., has been in constant pain during his hospital stay. But it was a gift from his favorite hockey player that generated his first smile in days. 

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Boston University hockey head coach David Quinn, right, hands the Beanpot trophy to Matt Grzelcyk (5) and Evan Rodrigues, left, after their overtime win against Northeastern in Boston.  (AP)
Boston University hockey head coach David Quinn, right, hands the Beanpot trophy to Matt Grzelcyk (5) and Evan Rodrigues, left, after their overtime win against Northeastern in Boston. (AP)

5/21/18 | 5:03PM: According to Mike McMahon, Quinn initially turned down a four-year offer from the Rangers worth $2 million per season before agreeing to a five-year deal worth around $2.4 million. (College Hockey News)

8:33AM: Renaud Lavoie notes that Quinn rejected the Rangers first offer two weeks ago but was not able to "resist" the second. (Journal de Montreal)

Quinn will reportedly earn around $2.4 million with the Rangers after reportedly earning $600,000, with an expense account and car, at BU. (Journal de Montreal)

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(James Carey Lauder)

The Vegas Golden Knights eliminated the Winnipeg Jets in five games to advance to the Stanley Cup Final.

Vegas will play the winner of Tampa Bay/Washington, a series that Tampa Bay currently leads 3-2.

Last summer Vegas selected Oscar Lindberg from the Rangers in the expansion draft.

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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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Mar 3, 2018; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider (20) celebrates a first period goal against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports (Perry Nelson)
Mar 3, 2018; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider (20) celebrates a first period goal against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports (Perry Nelson)

Chris Kreider scored twice and was named "Best Player" of the game in Team USA's 4-1 win over Canada.

The win awarded Team USA the bronze medal.

Kreider had five shots on goal, a plus two rating and played 17:34, with 4:05 in the first, 7:38 in the second and 5:51 in the third.

Neal Pionk played 11:57, with 4:20 in the first, 3:04 in the second and 4:33 in the third.

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The Rangers are likely going to name BU's David Quinn as head coach this week.

Jeff Gorton said, after Alain Vigneault was let go, that the Rangers would plan to speak with a number of candidates but that "I think someone is going to have to convince me and our group that they should be the next coach of the Rangers."

At the time, Gorton said that the Rangers were looking for "highly qualified individuals" that would be more "hands on" with the young players on the roster.

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Boston University head coach David Quinn talks to his players during an NCAA hockey practice before the Frozen Four tournament in Boston. (AP)
Boston University head coach David Quinn talks to his players during an NCAA hockey practice before the Frozen Four tournament in Boston. (AP)

5/19/18 | 12:19PM: According to John Buccigross, Quinn has informed BU's athletic director that he is taking the position of head coach with the New York Rangers.

The deal, according to Buccigross, is believed to be five-years and $12 million. (John Buccigross,)

12:05PM | Rick Carpiniello tweets that Quinn's hiring by the Rangers is reportedly getting close but that it's not yet a done deal.

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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)

Sweden defeated Team USA 6-0 to advance to the Gold Medal game of the World Hockey Championships.

Mika Zibanejad had an assist, was 9 and 3 on faceoffs, a plus two and played 14:51.

Zibanejad played 5:59 in the first, 4:51 in the second and 4:01 in the third.

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Boston University head coach David Quinn watches his players during an NCAA hockey practice before the Frozen Four tournament in Boston. (AP)
Boston University head coach David Quinn watches his players during an NCAA hockey practice before the Frozen Four tournament in Boston. (AP)

5/18/18 | 7:47PM: McKenzie says that Jeff Gorton is in Denmark at the World Championships right now so nothing is believed to be "imminent."

He adds that Quinn has already interviewed with the Rangers and appears to be a "primary target." (McKenzie)

7:43PM: Bob McKenzie says that while a deal is not yet done, David Quinn "appears to be fairly well down the road in the process" of becoming the next coach of the Rangers.

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Nov 6, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 6, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Henrik Lundqvist skated for the first time since getting a PRP injection in his knee and indicated that he will skate more than normal this summer to work on his game.

Lundqvist told SNY's Justine Ward last week that his knee was feeling really good after getting a PRP shot a few weeks before.

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(AP)

Bob McKenzie spoke about the Rangers in the latest episode of The Bobcast and said (TSN):

  • He believes Jeff Gorton, who is part of Team USA's management team, was in Europe watching the World Championships
  • "I believe their guy was Jim Montgomery, that that was who they wanted to be their head coach. I don't know whether a contract was ever offered or not and if Montgomery had a choice between the Rangers and the Dallas Stars, but in any case, Montgomery is the head coach in Dallas, not in NY."
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(AP)

Both Canada and the United States have advanced to the semi-finals of the World Championships after wins on Thursday.

Chris Kreider, Neal Pionk and Team USA defeated Filip Chytil and the Czech Republic 3-2.

  • The score was tied at two in the third period when a Czech defender fell and Patrick Kane scored the eventual game winner.

Kreider played 15:44 (6:28 in the first, 4:29 in the second and 4:47 in the third) and had no shots on goal or anything on the scoresheet.

Pionk was a plus 1 in 11:53, playing 3:38 in the first, 4:16 in the second and 3:59 in the third.

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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)

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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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)

5/17/18 | On the 31 Thoughts podcast this week, Jeff Marek asked Elliotte Friedman about the Rangers and Sheldon Keefe and Friedman responded, "I don't think that it would be a huge surprise, Keefe's name has been out there a lot but I have been led to believe he is not the guy for the Rangers." (Sportsnet

Friedman continued, "Keefe's a name I have heard a lot but I have been told it's probably not him, he is the first guy that jumped into my head. They must be waiting to talk to Keefe who has the Marlies in the playoffs but guys tell me that they don't think that is it."

He added that he has heard that it likely won't be Washington assistant Layne Lambert or Pascal Vincent, the coach AHL coach for the Jets.

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Feb 15, 2018; Saint Paul, MN, USA; Washington Capitals head coach Barry Trotz in the third period against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Rempel)
Feb 15, 2018; Saint Paul, MN, USA; Washington Capitals head coach Barry Trotz in the third period against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Rempel)

The Washington Capitals hold a 2-1 series lead over Tampa Bay in the Eastern Conference Final with game four in Washington tomorrow night.

Capitals coach Barry Trotz's contract expires after this season and many around the NHL believed that he would not be back in Washington next year if the Capitals didn't advance in the playoffs.

Renaud Lavoie said that part of the reason that the Rangers are taking a slow approach in their search for a new coach is because they want to see what Trotz's future in Washington could be. (Journal de Montreal)

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St. Louis controls the puck during Game 3 against the Canadiens. (AP)
St. Louis controls the puck during Game 3 against the Canadiens. (AP)

5/15/18 | On Hockey Central at Noon on Tuesday, former Rangers forward Marc Savard said that he is "hearing" that St. Louis could join the Rangers "team of coaches."

Savard and St. Louis were teammates in Calgary in 1999-00.

4/8/18 | In the NY Post today, Larry Brooks writes that the Rangers spoke with Marty St. Louis about "taking over" the Hartford Wolf Pack when he retired. (NY Post)

Brooks says that the timing wasn't right then for St. Louis but that now, if he wants to be, St. Louis could be "on-the radar" as a possible assistant coach. (NY Post)

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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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Ilya Kovalchuk, of the team from Russia, works out at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
		
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Ilya Kovalchuk, of the team from Russia, works out at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)

5/15/18 | Mika Zibanejad, in an interview with IZ.RU said that he would be "happy" to see Ilya Kovalchuk join the Rangers but that he doesn't know how likely that is. Zibanejad said that questions about Kovalchuk should be directed to GM Jeff Gorton and that all he is thinking about right now is how to help Sweden win at the World Championships. (IZ.RU)

5/11/18 | Larry Brooks writes in the NY Post that it would be a "significant" mistake if the Rangers did not pursue Ilya Kovalchuk. (NY Post)

Brooks writes that Kovalchuk is the exact type of player that the Rangers are missing and competes, leads and plays with a chip on his shoulder. (NY Post)

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Nov 22, 2017; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider (20) points after his third period goal against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The New York Rangers defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 6-1. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)
Nov 22, 2017; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider (20) points after his third period goal against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The New York Rangers defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 6-1. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)

Chris Kreider picked up a secondary assist in Team USA's 6-2 loss to Finland on Tuesday morning.

Kreider had 2 shots on goal and played 14:57, with 4:57 in the first, 5:37 in the second and 4:23 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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Sep 20, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Filip Chytil (72) celebrates his game winning overtime goal against the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Sep 20, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Filip Chytil (72) celebrates his game winning overtime goal against the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

Filip Chytil scored his first goal of the World Championships in Monday's win over Austria.

Chytil had four shots on goal, a minus two rating and played 11:51.

He played 4:17 in the first, 3:33 in the second and 4:01 in the third.

In six games, Chytil has 1 goal, 1 assist, a minus two rating, 7 shots on goal and an average of 7:52 per game.

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(AP)

Rangers prospect Igor Shesterkin stopped all 23 shots that he faced in a 4-0 shutout of Slovakia in the World Championships.

  • Shesterkin has made three appearances for Russia in the tournament, stopping all 45 shots he has faced in his 140 minutes played.

Pavel Buchnevich appeared to skate on the fourth line for Russia and only played 4:30, with one shot on goal.

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Sep 20, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Brendan Smith (42) against the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Sep 20, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Brendan Smith (42) against the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

According to Larry Brooks, in the NY Post, Brendan Smith has been working out at the Rangers practice facility in the hopes of bouncing back after his struggles this past season.

Smith's agent told Brooks that Smith is "determined and confident" to not just be the player he was when the Rangers acquired him, but "a better Brendan Smith." (NY Post)

Smith was sent to Hartford in February and saw his season end after he broke his hand during a fight at practice.

He has three-years left on his contract after this season with a cap hit of $4.35 million.

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Daily News Live: Sports gambling 00:03:44
Eric Chemi of CNBC joins Daily News Live to discuss the legalization of sports gambling and the ramifications of this newly amended bill.

The United States Supreme Court struck down a 25-year old law on Monday that had basically prevented all states except Nevada from having legalized sports gambling. "The legalization of sports gambling requires an important policy choice, but the choice is not ours to make," the Supreme Court announced. "Congress can regulate sports gambling directly, but if it elects not to do so, each State is free to act on its own."

The ruling was an enormous immediate victory for the state of New Jersey, which could have a gambling venue open in Monmouth Park within a few weeks, according to the NY Post. There will be a press conference in Monmouth Park Monday at 1 p.m. Aside from New Jersey, The Post notes that New York and Illinois are among roughly 15 other states who have "introduced bills to legalize and regulate sports betting tied to the Supreme Court outcome." 

The NBA and MLB have been preparing for Monday's potential outcome, reports Brian Windhorst of ESPN, who said each league had hired lobbying firms, submitted written statements, and sent executives to testify in statehouses. Windhorts added that every professional sports league had been involved, with the NBA and MLB at the forefront...

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Mar 2, 2018; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) during the third period against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome. New York Rangers won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports (Sergei Belski)
Mar 2, 2018; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) during the third period against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome. New York Rangers won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports (Sergei Belski)

5/8/18 | Henrik Lundqvist spoke with SNY's Justine Ward at the BTIG event in midtown today.

When asked about his knee, Lundqvist said "I had a PRP shot for me knee three weeks ago, everything is going as planned. Super excited about it, the knee is feeling as good as new. Going back to Sweden soon, probably start skating a little early this summer to work on some things but physically I start to feel pretty good."

On what he wants to see the Rangers do in free agency, Henrik said, "Hard to say, there are a lot of players out there, it's important that you put together a plan. You can point to different players that are great but in the end it's about getting the best team on the ice, the right pieces. That is for management to figure out what we need. If you ask for a great player, I can find them but it's more important to find the right type of player that will fit nicely into our team and the plan we have for this group next year."

On his desire for the Stanley Cup, "It's why I play, it's why I will start skating in a few weeks and work hard to get better, that is what pushes me the most right now. One step at a time, try to rebuild over the summer and take it from there, it won't happen overnight but it's definitely something that inspires me a lot to maybe one day hold that trophy."

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Mar 30, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Filip Chytil (72) is congratulated after scoring his first NHL goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Mar 30, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Filip Chytil (72) is congratulated after scoring his first NHL goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Filip Chytil hit the crossbar and had an assist in the Czech Republic's win over France.

Chytil played 5:47 (3:59 in the first, 1:48 in the second, 0:00 in the third)

In the tournament, Chytil has played in five of six games for the Czech team, with 1 assist, 3 shots on goal and an average of 7:05 per game.

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Feb 13, 2018; Saint Paul, MN, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Neal Pionk (44) during a game between the Minnesota Wild and New York Rangers at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports (Brace Hemmelgarn)
Feb 13, 2018; Saint Paul, MN, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Neal Pionk (44) during a game between the Minnesota Wild and New York Rangers at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports (Brace Hemmelgarn)

Neal Pionk scored his second goal in two-games for Team USA in their 9-3 win over Norway.

Pionk had two shots on goal, a plus two rating and played 10:40, with 3:48 in the first, 4:27 in the second and 2:25 in the third.

Pionk was also called for hooking.

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Feb 25, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Ryan Spooner (23) plays the puck against the Detroit Red Wings during the overtime period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Feb 25, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Ryan Spooner (23) plays the puck against the Detroit Red Wings during the overtime period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Larry Brooks writes that he doubts Ryan Spooner fits into the Rangers long-term plans and adds that Spooner is an RFA with arbitration rights and a free agent after next season. (NY Post)

Brooks writes that it may be "difficult" for the Rangers to move Spooner and that the organization will have to consider whether to sign Spooner to a one-year deal, so he can be used as a trade chip at the deadline, or non-tender him and allow him to be a free agent. (NY Post)

For more on Spooner and this summer, click HERE.

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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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5/12/18 | 2:14PM: Larry Brooks writes in the New York Post that David Quinn of Boston University is till a "viable candidate" to become coach of the Rangers.

Brooks adds that it is believed Jeff Gorton is waiting to speak with coaches who remain in either the AHL or NHL playoffs. (NY Post)

11:36AM: Elliotte Friedman writes that it should not be a surprise if the next coach of the Rangers has not been a head coach in the NHL before. (Sportsnet)

Friedman mentioned D.J. Smith, an assistant in Toronto, and noted that Smith was the head coach in Oshawa Generals when they won the Memorial Cup in 2015 and that Adam Graves is a part owner of the Generals. (Sportsnet)

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5/21/18 | According to Jeff Cox, Jim Montgomery turned down "significantly more money" from the Rangers to take the position of head coach with Dallas.

5/11/18 | Elliotte Friedman writes at Sportsnet that it's "no secret" that Dallas moved quickly on Jim Montgomery because of the interest the Rangers had in him. (Sportsnet)

Montgomery told Friedman that he really enjoyed "interviewing with Glen Sather, Jeff Gorton and Chris Drury" but that Dallas GM Jim Nill is a big reason why he chose the Stars. (Sportsnet)

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Feb 13, 2018; Saint Paul, MN, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Neal Pionk (44) during a game between the Minnesota Wild and New York Rangers at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports (Brace Hemmelgarn)
Feb 13, 2018; Saint Paul, MN, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Neal Pionk (44) during a game between the Minnesota Wild and New York Rangers at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports (Brace Hemmelgarn)

Team USA defeated South Korea 13-1 at the World Championships on Friday.

Chris Kreider had an assist, 3 shots on goal, a plus one rating and a total of 13:43.

He played 5:09 in the first, 6:17 in the second and 2:17 in the third.

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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)

The Washington Capitals begin the Eastern Conference Finals tonight against the Lightning in Tampa Bay tonight.

It's the first time the Capitals have been to the Eastern Conference Final since 1998.

A group of five members of Tampa Bay's roster helped eliminate the Capitals in the playoffs twice in the second round (2012, 2015) and once in the first round (2013).

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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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Oct 28, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New York Rangers right wing Pavel Buchnevich (89) celebrates his goal against Montreal Canadiens with teammates during the second period at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports (Jean-Yves Ahern)
Oct 28, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New York Rangers right wing Pavel Buchnevich (89) celebrates his goal against Montreal Canadiens with teammates during the second period at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports (Jean-Yves Ahern)

Filip Chytil did not take a shift in the Czech Republic's 4-3 victory over Russia on Thursday at the World Championships.

The Czech team just added David Krejci and David Pastranak from the Bruins.

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Mar 3, 2018; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider (20) celebrates a first period goal against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports (Perry Nelson)
Mar 3, 2018; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider (20) celebrates a first period goal against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports (Perry Nelson)

Chris Kreider scored a PP goal for Team USA in their 3-2 OT win over Latvia in the World Championships.

Kreider had two shots on goal, played 12:24 overall and was called for holding 29 seconds into the game.

Kreider played 3:11 in the first, 4:37 in the second and 4:36 in the third.

Neal Pionk had one shot on goal in 11:58, playing 4:14 in the first, 4:41 in the second and 3:03 in the third

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Jan 16, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Rick Nash (61) celebrates his goal during the first period against the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Schneidler)
Jan 16, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Rick Nash (61) celebrates his goal during the first period against the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Schneidler)

Rick Nash spoke on Wednesday at Bruins break up day and said that he would love to return to Boston and that winning is his number one priority while choosing a new in free agency this summer. (NHL.com)

Nash said that the number two priority is finding a "good place to live" and a place that his family he enjoys. (NHL.com)

He said that Boston fit that criteria and that it was a seamless transition for them. (NHL.com)

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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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Mar 22, 2018; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes assistant coach Rod Brind'Amour reacts during the first period against the Arizona Coyotes at PNC Arena. The Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Arizona Coyotes 6-5. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)
Mar 22, 2018; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes assistant coach Rod Brind'Amour reacts during the first period against the Arizona Coyotes at PNC Arena. The Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Arizona Coyotes 6-5. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)

Elliotte Friedman reports that Rod Brind'Amour will become the next coach of the Carolina Hurricanes. (Elliotte Friedman)

Brind'Amour has been an assistant with Carolina since 2011-12 and has no head coaching experience.

He played 1,484 games in his NHL career, scoring 452 goals and 732 assists.

The Rangers are now the only team without a head coach.

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Oct 27, 2016; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma watches his team during the second period against the Minnesota Wild at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports (Timothy T. Ludwig)
Oct 27, 2016; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma watches his team during the second period against the Minnesota Wild at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports (Timothy T. Ludwig)

According to Brett Cyrgalis of the NY Post, former Penguins and Sabres coach Dan Bylsma is not a candidate to replace Alain Vigneault.

Bylsma is currently an assistant for Team USA at the World Championships and noted that the Rangers seem to be interested in hiring a coach that can develop with their young group. (NY Post)

He added though that while the talk has been that the Rangers may be looking for a "younger coach," that it shouldn't preclude them from looking at someone like Dave Tippett. (NY Post)

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Feb 13, 2018; Saint Paul, MN, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Neal Pionk (44) during a game between the Minnesota Wild and New York Rangers at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports (Brace Hemmelgarn)
Feb 13, 2018; Saint Paul, MN, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Neal Pionk (44) during a game between the Minnesota Wild and New York Rangers at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports (Brace Hemmelgarn)

Chris Kreider and Neal Pionk helped team USA defeat Germany 3-0 in the World Championships today.

Kreider played 15:46, did not register a shot on goal and played 5:22 in the first, 6:14 in the second and 4:10 in the third.

Pionk played 12:45, was a plus one, and played 4:53 in the first, 2:21 in the second and 5:31 in the third.

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Igor Shesterkin stopped 18 of 18 shots in Russia's World Championship win over Belarus.

Shesterkin was making his first start of the tournament and stopped 4 shots in the first, 6 in the second and 8 in the third.

Shesterkin has made two appearances in the tournament, stopping all 22 shots he has faced.

Pavel Buchnevich played 13:32 in the game, didn't register a point and had 1 shot on goal.

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May 6, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA;Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman (6), Boston Bruins left wing Rick Nash (61) defend in front of Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) during the first period of game five of the second round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Boston Bruins at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
May 6, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA;Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman (6), Boston Bruins left wing Rick Nash (61) defend in front of Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) during the first period of game five of the second round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Boston Bruins at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Tampa Bay defeated Boston 3-1 today to eliminate the Bruins in the second round of the playoffs.

For the Bruins in the playoffs:

  • Rick Nash: 3 goals, 2 assists, minus seven, 10 PIM, 39 shots on goal, 16:13 per game
  • Nick Holden: 2 games played, 1 assist, 12:25 per game.

In the Nash and Holden trades the Rangers made with Boston, they received Rob O'Gara, a 2018 third round pick, Ryan Spooner, Matt Beleskey, prospect Ryan Lindgren, a 2018 first round pick and 2019 7th round pick.

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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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Mar 2, 2018; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; New York Rangers right wing Pavel Buchnevich (89) skates against the Calgary Flames during the second period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports (Sergei Belski)
Mar 2, 2018; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; New York Rangers right wing Pavel Buchnevich (89) skates against the Calgary Flames during the second period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports (Sergei Belski)

Pavel Buchnevich had an assist, 4 shots on goal and a plus three rating in 16:26 of ice time during Russia's win over Austria.

He played 6:01 in the first, 3:52 in the second and 6:33 in the third.

In two games, Buchnevich has 1 goal and 1 assist.

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Sep 20, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) readies for play during the third period against the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Sep 20, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) readies for play during the third period against the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

5:36PM: Kreider had a goal, an assist and was named as the Player of the Game for Team USA in their win over Denmark.

Kreider had four shots on goal, a plus one rating and 12:36 of ice time.

By period, Kreider played 4:54 in the first, 4:09 in the second period and 3:33 in the third.

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Oct 7, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers center Filip Chytil (72) tries to control the puck as Toronto Maple Leafs center Patrick Marleau (12) backchecks at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports (Tom Szczerbowski)
Oct 7, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers center Filip Chytil (72) tries to control the puck as Toronto Maple Leafs center Patrick Marleau (12) backchecks at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports (Tom Szczerbowski)

In their first game at the 2018 World Championships, Filip Chytil and the Czech team defeated Slovakia 3-2 in OT.

Chytil did not register anything on the scoresheet and played 11:05.

By period, Chytil played:

  • 1st: 3:26
  • 2nd: 4:05
  • 3rd: 3:34
  • OT: Did not play

Chytil skated on the fourth line as a winger, for the Czech team, along with former Rangers prospect Roman Horak at center. (Czech)

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