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)

Rangers coach David Quinn was on Hockey Central at Noon earlier today and said the following:

  • On being contacted by the Rangers, "I probably got a phone call 2-3 days after the coaching change and I've had a long relationship with Chris Drury and Jeff Gorton, two guys that I have known for a long time. We've talked a lot of hockey over the years and I've been very fortunate in my career to coach at a lot of different stops and the more we talked the more it felt like a good fit for both sides and I feel very fortunate to be in this position."
  • What is your philosophy on hockey, "you want to play a fast game, I don't think a coach has ever said they want to play a slow game. We want to play a fast, puck pursuit, puck possession game built around good structural defense. That is something that, when you look around the league and see how things have gone in the playoffs, it's a track meet but also teams that are responsible defensively. For any team to have success those three things need to be part of the philosophy. Sitting here and saying what we are going to do is one thing but coaching is getting people to do it. Our job as coaches is to get players to do it, not to tell them to do it. That will be the challenge."
  • On hiring NCAA coaches, "the game is evolving at the NHL level and I think you are seeing more college players play in the NHL. We have been very fortunate at BU to have a lot of high-end players and the direction the league is going in with the salary cap and the challenge that poses, younger players are coming into the league, probably sooner than they should be, but that is the ramification of having the hard cap in the NHL. I was fortunate, I'm a college coach but I have some pro coaching experience, I was in the AHL for three-years, an assistant in the NHL. I think that may have opened up doors for me than guys that hadn't had that experience. There are a lot of good coaches in college hockey and a lot that goes into it. I'm biased and think college hockey has been overlooked but I am fortunate that in this day and age, people are being more open minded."
  • On the rebuild and still wanting to win, "I'm excited. I mentioned this in my press conference, when I left BU in 2009 to become a head coach in the AHL. I had never coached pro hockey before, I had only been a head coach for three-years so there was a not in my stomach when I left BU to become a coach in Lake Erie because of the uncertainty. I'm sure we have all gone through that when we have taken on a new endeavor. There is that knot in your stomach but I don't have that today. I've been fortunate that all the stops along the way have prepared me for this, fortunate I got a familiarity with a lot of the guys on the team. I've coached probably 5-6 of them, have a relationship with 8-10 of them. Certainly having the relationship with Jeff and Chris, everyone being on the same page, the comfort level, it really made it a no-brainer decision for me and I think that is why I have the excitement I have and not maybe the nervousness you would think a first time coach in the NHL would have."
  • On leaving pro hockey to return to BU, "Marc has been in Boston and I think has a feel for college hockey and what it means to the city of Boston, being an alum at BU and the great tradition and the opportunity to coach at one of the premiere programs in the country and get high-end players and to be a head coach, made a lot of of sense for me at that time. One of the things I missed in pro hockey was the relationships that you have at the collegiate level, when you coach a guy it's not just a four-year experience, you are friends with them when they move on, lifelong friendships and it was something that I kind of missed in my four-years coaching pro hockey. It was a great opportunity and I think that in coaching you have to be careful in trying to plant your next move. The key is to do the best job in whatever job you have and be totally in on that and whatever happens from that happens. I had no plans to come back to the NHL, I just wanted to do the best job that I could at BU and my plan was to stay there and maybe retire. That was something that I was hoping to do and I think that this profession is very volatile and sometimes opportunities come up that you never anticipate. This was an incredible opportunity I could not pass up."
  • Have you spoken with Henrik, "we haven't had a chance to talk yet. I was actually talking with Jeff and Chris today about when I am going to head over to Sweden. That is something that I am going to do and he and I will talk in the next few days for sure."
  • On Henrik skating already, "that is what I've heard. I've been in the NY area so I have been out with 4-5 guys to grab lunch or dinner and introduce myself and get to know the team and the players."
  • On how much Henrik plays, "that is something we will talk about and monitor. To have one of the best goalies in the world and NHL is a big advantage when you are going through something we are going through, a little bit of a rebuild or reset but that isn't the mindset of the staff or players. We want to win as many games as possible, make the playoffs and see how far we can. Starting with a goalie like Hank certainly makes that a little easier."
  • On Henrik likely wanting to play 82, (laughing) "that is why that at his age he is so damn good."
  • On the players at BU he is leaving behind, "it's very similar to what the players go through at BU when they leave early. It was probably the hardest thing I've had to do, after I agreed to be coach of the Rangers, was to go back and talk to the team and tell them that I was leaving. It was incredibly emotional, more so for me than the players because at 19 and 20, it's like 'coach is leaving, who is next?' (laughs) That is just the way it is. They understand. Anyone who is in the hockey world understands that leaving BU is not easy for me but this one just checked all the boxes. It's two guys that I have a lot of faith and trust in and two guys that I have great relationships with and like I said, the more we talked, we were all on the same page. It's the New York Rangers. I'm 52, not getting any younger and this wasn't going to come up again."
  • On thinking about standing behind the bench for the first time at MSG, "I've been fortunate to coach in the rink twice before but this is going to be a lot different for sure. I remember the first time as head coach, we are going to play Cornell at MSG and then you start making the walk and the chills start and it's 'holy moly this is MSG.' I imagine there will be a level of excitement that I probably haven't had in my coaching career but, as you guys know, once the puck drops it's amazing how you get dialed in to what you are doing and the butterflies leave and you just start coaching or playing or whatever your responsibilities are for that night."
  • On Vegas, "The league put them in a position to get good players. The expansion rules changed for them and I don't know if they had six first rounders and seven second rounders or vice versa, they had talent and they had an unbelievable goalie. Gerard did an unbelievable job and they were playing fast and there was clarity and never any indecision with how they were playing. They were all pulling in the same direction. You don't get to the Stanley Cup Final without talent, but did they have the most talent? No but they had enough talent combined with how they played and the goalie to get where they were."
  • On players developing, "that is our job as coaches. Everyone is looking for answers outside the locker room but when you look at our roster, if everyone can get 5-10% better you are going to have a big improvement and a much better hockey team. I don't want to go Bill Belichick on you, but if you get dialed in and focused on the moment, get better on a daily basis and create an environment where people want to come to the rink, I think you have a chance." 
  • Gonna wear a hoodie, (laugh) "no, cut off sleeves maybe."
  • Marc Savard said that he is available to be a PP consultant.

11:26PM: Jeff Gorton said on NBCSN, "we were trying to get the best players that we could. We got three players that were pretty high on our list. The move for Miller was something that we felt wasn't going to be there with our later picks so we moved up a few spots to get him. To get Lundkvist there, we are feeling pretty good about the day so far."

On the rest of the draft, "we are really comfortable, we like our list, we think it's deep and that we have a lot of players left, we have quite a few picks left so we are ready for tomorrow."

On David Quinn, "he fits right in, looks the part and is happy to be here and so far so good, he hasn't lost any games."

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With the 28th pick, the Rangers selected Swedish defenseman Nils Lundkvist.

From the Rangers release:

  • Lundkvist, 17 (turns 18 years old on July 27), split this past season between Lulea in the Swedish Hockey League (SHL) and Lulea's junior team in SuperElit.
  • He skated in 28 SHL games with Lulea, registering two goals and three assists for five points, along with a plus-two rating.
  • His 28 games played were tied for the second-most among SHL defensemen younger than 18 years old in 2017-18 (Dahlin - 41). He averaged 16:00 of ice time in his 28 SHL games and posted a plus/minus rating of even or better in 22 of the 28 contests.
  • The 5-11, 172-pounder was selected as the Best Defenseman in SuperElit in 2017-18. In addition, he registered five assists and posted a plus-five rating in six playoff games during the season.
  • Lundkvist participated in the 2018 IIHF U18 World Championship, registering two assists and a plus-one rating in seven games while helping Sweden earn a bronze medal.
  • At the 2018 NHL Scouting Combine, Lundkvist ranked second in the Vertical Jump (26.7 inches), finished third in the Standing Long Jump (114.5 inches), and finished fourth in the No Arm Jump (20.69 inches).
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With the 22nd selection, the Rangers chose defenseman K'Andre Miller.

  • The Rangers traded 26 and 48 to Ottawa for 22. 48 was the pick the Rangers acquired from New Jersey for Michael Grabner.

From the Rangers release on Miller:

  • Miller, 18, skated in 58 regular season and tournament games with the U.S. National U18 Team in the United States Development Program (USNTDP) this past season, registering nine goals and 20 assists for 29 points, along with a plus-23 rating and 26 penalty minutes.
  • The 6-3, 199-pounder has been a member of the USNTDP for each of the last two seasons (2016-17 and 2017-18).
  • Miller helped the United States earn a silver medal at the 2018 IIHF U18 World Championship, as he registered three points (one goal, two assists) and a plus-four rating in seven games.
  • In addition, he represented the United States at the 2016 World U17 Challenge, the 2017 U18 Five Nations Tournament, the 2016 U17 Four Nations Tournament, and the 2017 U17 Five Nations Tournament. Miller has also been invited by USA Hockey to the 2018 World Junior Summer Showcase.
  • At the 2018 NHL Scouting Combine, Miller led all participants in the Left Hand Grip (170 pounds) and the Right Hand Grip (180 pounds).
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With the 9th overall selection, the New York Rangers selected winger Russian winger Vitali Kravtsov.

From the Rangers release:

  • Kravtsov, 18, received the Alexei Cherepanov Award as the Kontinental Hockey League's Rookie of the Year in 2017-18.
  • In 16 games with Traktor Chelyabinsk during the 2018 Gagarin Cup Playoffs, Kravtsov registered six goals and five assists for 11 points. Kravtsov's 11 points were the most a KHL junior player (younger than 20 years old) has registered in one playoff year in the league's history, eclipsing the previous record of nine held by Evgeny Kuznetsov and Valeri Nichushkin.
  • In addition, Kravtsov's six goals in the 2018 Gagarin Cup Playoffs were tied for the second-most a KHL junior player has recorded in one playoff year in the league's history.
  • The 6-3, 184-pounder was selected as the KHL's Rookie of the Month in both March and April of 2018, and he was also named the KHL's Best Rookie in each of the first three rounds of the 2018 Gagarin Cup Playoffs.
  • Kravtsov led all KHL players younger than 19 years old in assists and points, and he was also tied for first among KHL players younger than 19 years old in goals during the playoffs this past year. In addition, Kravtsov tied for seventh among all players in the KHL in goals in the 2018 Gagarin Cup Playoffs, and he was also tied for second among all players in the league in game-winning goals (three) in the playoffs.
  • He registered at least one point in seven of his first nine playoff games in 2018, posting four multi-point games over the span, and he registered the game-winning goal in overtime in his first playoff game of the year on Mar. 4 against Neftekhimik.

David Quinn said on NBCSN that Kravtsov, has "a lot of hockey sense and skill, people rave about his character. He is someone we have talked an awful lot about over the last month and we are ecstatic to get him."

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6/22/18 | 3:38PM: Jeff Gorton said on Thursday, "for anybody that would be skeptical of a rebuild, all you have to do is look at the last few months and the trade deadline and some of the things we have done. I think it's pretty obvious we are trying to accumulate young players and assets and trying to get better and give these players opportunity."

He added that the Rangers won't be a team of 18-19-20 year olds and that "we need to have the necessary players on our team that can help these guys learn the game and help us do everything we can to win every night. I think that is pretty clear where we are at."

Larry Brooks wrote that the Rangers will "jump in" if a "price-is-right" player is available but they are not trading away a "boatload of draft picks and prospects."

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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)

6/22/18 | Larry Brooks tweets that while it remains "unlikely," Ilya Kovalchuk reportedly still has "eyes" for the Rangers.

6/17/18 | According to Larry Brooks, in the NY Post, Ilya Kovalchuk has not ruled out signing with the Rangers but that he "probably" won't. (NY Post)

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9:46PM: Gorton's full comments included (NYR):

  • On the 3 first round picks, "we intend to use them but they are in play. As of right now we will use them but if something comes up that will change."
  • On how important this is, "it's very important, 3 firsts, 2 seconds, 2 thirds. We have a lot of opportunity to make our team better for the future, build pieces that we need. It's a vital time for us."
  • How excited are you, "You think it's a couple of months away but it goes fast. Our scouting staff has done a great job of going through the process and we are excited about what is going to happen."
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(Brad Penner)

The NHL has announced the Rangers schedule for the 2018-19 season and the Rangers have sent through the following information:

  • Six of the first nine games are at MSG
  • First five games at MSG are against Western Conference teams
  • 12 of their final 23 games are against Metro opponents
  • They have a season-long five-game homestand from 2/2 to 2/10
  • 11 back to back sets, same as 2017-18 and tied for the fewest among Eastern Conference teams.
  • March is their busiest month with 15 games, 9 of which are on the road
  • Their longest road trip is four games and that happens three different times (10/25/18 - 11/1/18), (2/12/19 -2/19/19), (3/11/19 to 3/16/19)
  • They reach the mid-way point of the season on January 6, 2019 against the Coyotes
  • The Rangers bye-week begins on 1/20/19 and leads into the All-Star break on 1/26. The Rangers last game before the bye week is 1/17 at Boston and their next game is 1/29 against the Flyers.
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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)

The NHL has announced that the upper limit for the 2018-19 salary cap will be $79.5 million.

The salary floor will be $58.8 million and the mid-point is $69.15 million.

With the salary cap at $79.5 million, the Rangers are projected, as of now, to have at least $24.9 million depending on different roster construction. (Cap Friendly)

With a roster that includes Brendan Smith, Filip Chytil and Lias Andersson, the Rangers should have around $26.6 million in cap space.

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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)

6/21/18 | 9:06AM: Larry Brooks writes that Namestnikov's agent has not heard yet from Rangers GM Jeff Gorton about anything related to contract talks. (NY Post)

Namestnikov is two-years away from being a UFA and his agent said that he isn't reading anything into not hearing from Gorton yet. (NY Post)

6/11/18 | Elliotte Friedman wrote over the weekend that he is "curious" to see what the Rangers will do with Vlad Namestnikov. (Sportsnet)

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6/21/18 | 9:06AM: Larry Brooks writes that unless Jeff Gorton can work out a deal with Montreal for the third pick, it's likely the team will remain at #9. (NY Post)

Brooks says that at #9 the Rangers could possibly select from a group of Noah Dobson, Evan Bouchard and Oliver Wahlstrom. He notes that Swedish defenseman Adam Boqvist is not believed to be a target of the Rangers. (NY Post)

6/18/18 | According to Larry Brooks, while the Rangers have spoken with the Carolina Hurricanes about potentially acquiring the second overall a pick, a deal seems "extremely unlikely." (NY Post)

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The 2018 NHL Awards were held on Wednesday and the Rangers had the following players pick up votes:

  • Lady Byng: Ryan Spooner (tied for 26th) one 2nd place vote, one 3rd place vote

The Rangers did not have any players generate a vote for the Norris, Calder, Selke, Vezina, Hart Trophy or any of the end of season All-Star teams.

Jeff Gorton did not receive a vote for GM of the year.

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Apr 4, 2017; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; The Ottawa Senators celebrate a goal by defenseman Erik Karlsson (65) in the first period against the Detroit Red Wings at Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports (Marc DesRosiers)
Apr 4, 2017; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; The Ottawa Senators celebrate a goal by defenseman Erik Karlsson (65) in the first period against the Detroit Red Wings at Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports (Marc DesRosiers)

Darren Dreger said on TSN on Wednesday that his "gut feeling" is that Erik Karlsson will be traded by the Ottawa Senators. (TSN)

Ken Warren of the Ottawa Sun wrote that the Rangers have a number of draft picks this weekend and have the "bankroll" to acquire a "marquee name."

Warren notes that in addition to the seven picks the Rangers have in the first three-rounds this season, they already have three picks in the first two-rounds next year. (Ottawa Sun)

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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)

The Rangers have announced that they will open the 2018-19 season at Madison Square Garden against the Nashville Predators on 10/4.

The NHL will release the full schedule tomorrow.

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In his mock draft at TSN, Craig Button has the Rangers selecting Oliver Wahlstrom at 9 and:

  • Jay O'Brien (center) at 26
  • Vitali Kravtsov (winger) at 28

Corey Pronman, of The Athletic, has the Rangers selecting defenseman Noah Dobson at 9 and says that he is someone he thinks would "tick" boxes for them because of his mobility and hockey IQ.

At 26, Pronman has winger Serron Neal and winger Jonatan Berggen at 28.

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6/19/18 | 4:47PM: The Rangers have announced their preseason schedule:

  • 9/17 at NJ
  • 9/19 vs Philly
  • 9/22 at Islanders (Bridgeport)
  • 9/24 vs NJ
  • 9/26 vs NYI
  • 9/27 at Philly

12:36PM: The Devils have announced that they will play the Rangers twice in the preseason, on 9/17 in New Jersey and 9/24 at MSG.

6/15/18 | The Flyers have announced that they will play two preseason games against the Rangers.

  • The Rangers host the Flyers on 9/19 at 7PM
  • The Rangers visit the Flyers on 9/27 at 7PM

The Rangers also play the Islanders in Bridgeport on 9/22 and at MSG on 9/26.

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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)

Kevin Hayes, Ryan Spooner and Vlad Namestnikov are all listed on TSN's trade bait board.

Hayes is listed at 8, Spooner at 18 and Namestnikov remains at 23. (TSN)

It was reported over the weekend that Hayes is drawing a lot of interest around the league and some have noted that Calgary is believed to be interested in him.

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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)

The Rangers have placed defensive prospect Sergey Zborovskiy on unconditional waivers with the intent to terminate his contract.

He was a third round pick of the Rangers in 2015 (79th overall) and spent last season playing in the ECHL and AHL.

He played 47 games for Greenville in the ECHL with 5 goals and 12 assists and 10 games with Hartford where he didn't record a point and had 10 PIM.

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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)

6/18/18 | Larry Brooks writes that Brendan Smith has remaining in New York this summer and is working with Ben Prentiss to improve his "fitness." (NY Post)

Brooks writes that the Rangers not only expect Smith to be in the mix for a job on deffense but to be the player they signed last summer. (NY Post)

5/14/18 | 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.

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Bob McKenzie, of TSN, released his final draft rankings for Friday's draft and had Brady Tkachuk listed at 3 behind consensus 1 and 2 Rasmus Dahlin and Andrei Svechnikov. (TSN)

McKenzie listed Filip Zadina at 4, Finnish center Jesper Kotkaniemi at 5 and then defensemen Noah Dobson, Evan Bouchard and Quinn Hughes at 6, 7,8 respectively. (TSN)

He listed Oliver Wahlstrom 9th and Adam Boqvist 10th. (TSN)

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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)

6/17/18 | Larry Brooks writes that Kevin Hayes is generating "significant interest" around the league. (NY Post)

Brooks notes that the Rangers could have a glut at center and that if Hayes were to be moved it would likely be as the "centerpiece" of a deal to acquire a defenseman. (NY Post)

He wrote that it's unlikely the Rangers would move Hayes in an effort to move up in the draft. (NY Post)

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Dec 9, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) reacts after scoring a goal against the New Jersey Devils during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Dec 9, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) reacts after scoring a goal against the New Jersey Devils during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

6/16/18 | According to Larry Brooks, in the NY Post, Mats Zuccarello is not expected to be moved. (NY Post)

Brooks writes that unless there is a "dramatic shift," Zuccarello is "expected" to be at training camp in the fall. (NY Post)

Zuccarello is in the final-year of a four-year deal with a cap hit off $4.5 million. (NY Post)

For a lot more on Zuccarello, click HERE.

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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)

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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This past season in the KHL, Rangers prospect Igor Shesterkin was 20-4-4 with a 1.70 GAA and 93.3% save percentage.

In all of his time, including playoffs, in the KHL, Shesterkin is 60-16-15 with a 1.87 GAA and 93% save percentage.

Shesterkin has split time the past two seasons in SKA with Mikko Koskinen but Koskinen has left the KHL and signed with the Oilers.

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(David Banks)

The NHL has confirmed the draft order for next Friday's draft and the Rangers have the following picks:

  • First Round: 9, 26, 28
  • Second Round: 39, 48
  • Third Round: 70, 88
  • Fourth Round: 101
  • Fifth Round: 132
  • Sixth Round: 163

The Rangers acquired 26 from the Boston Bruins for Rick Nash, 28 from Tampa Bay in the Ryan McDonagh trade, 48 from New Jersey for Michael Grabner and 88 from Boston for Nick Holden.

The Rangers made seven picks in total at last year's draft, six in 2016, seven in 2015, seven in 2014, five in 2013 and four in 2012.

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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)

The first buyout window for NHL contracts began this morning at 12:01AM and Rick Carpiniello, of The Athletic, tweeted not to expect the Rangers to do anything "in that regard."

The Rangers bought out Dan Girardi's contract last year during the buyout period and will carry a cap charge of $3.6 million for this season and next season and then a cap hit of $1.1 million from the 2020-21 season through 22-23. (Cap Friendly)

The Rangers are expected to have more than $20 million in cap space this summer.

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