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.

 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

The Hockey News has released their annual pool guide and with it a list of the Rangers top 10 prospects.

  1. Lias Andersson
  2. Filip Chytil
  3. Vitali Kravtsov
  4. Igor Shesterkin
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Rangers first round pick Vitali Kravtsov scored a first period goal for Traktor in a KHL preseason game on Tuesday.

Watch below.

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Brady Skjei and Vinni Lettieri each scored on Monday in their Minnesota summer league games

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Mar 24, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) skates against the Buffalo Sabres 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 left wing Chris Kreider (20) skates against the Buffalo Sabres during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

David Quinn said that talk about who will be the next Rangers captain is "on the back-burner" and he wants to wait until the team is assembled. (MSG)

Quinn said that "you can't force" something like picking a captain and that he believes in "letting the team decide if it should have one." (MSG)

The Rangers have not had a captain since trading Ryan McDonagh last year at the trade deadline.

At the end of last season the Rangers had Marc Staal, Mats Zuccarello keep their "A"s and rotated the third one between Chris Kreider, Jesper Fast, and Mika Zibanejad.

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(David Banks)

The Athletic's Scott Wheeler put together his list of the Top 50 drafted prospects in the NHL.

The only Ranger to make the list was Filip Chytil at 23. (The Athletic)

On Chytil, Wheeler writes that Chytil projects more as a second line center than a first line center but that he is someone that "loves" to have the puck on his stick and, despite his size, has a "fluid, light stride" and more agility than "you'd expect." (The Athletic)

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Mats Zuccarello scored three goals in the charity game that he and Henrik Lundqvist put together in Norway.

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Mar 12, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) celebrates his goal against the Carolina Hurricanes with teammates during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Mar 12, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) celebrates his goal against the Carolina Hurricanes with teammates during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Henrik Lundqvist said that he hopes Mats Zuccarello is part of the Rangers plans moving forward.(VG)

Lundqvist said that Zuccarello adds a lot to the team on and off the ice and sets an example with his work ethic. (VG)

Zuccarello is entering the final-year of a four-year deal that has a cap hit of $4.5 million.

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Mats Zuccarello's skates for tomorrow's Summer Classic Outdoor Game in Norway feature cartoon versions of Zuccarello and Henrik Lundqvist.

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Oct 7, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) shoots 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 left wing Chris Kreider (20) shoots the puck against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports (Tom Szczerbowski)

Chris Kreider said that he is feeling "really good" this summer and is continuing to stay at a lower weight like he did when he returned last season. (Salem News)

Kreider said that he played at around 230 pounds prior to his injury last season and that now he is under 220 but still feels "really strong." (Salem News)

He noted that the lighter weight could help him be more mobile and "quicker to an extent." (Salem News)

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Feb 17, 2018; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save against Ottawa Senators during the first period at Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports (Jean-Yves Ahern)
Feb 17, 2018; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save against Ottawa Senators during the first period at Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports (Jean-Yves Ahern)

Henrik Lundqvist and Mats Zuccarello are putting on an outdoor charity game in Oslo. Norway this season.

In addition to Zuccarello and Lundqvist, some of the other NHLers expected to play include Filip Forsberg, Roman Josi, Mattias Ekholm, Derick Brassard, Carl Hagelin, Antti Raanta, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Victor Hedman, Ryan McDonagh,William Nylander, Zdeno Chara, Artem Anisimov.

To see the full list, click HERE.

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New York Rangers Wayne Gretzky reacts after scoring his third goal for a hat trick during the third period against the Philadelphia Flyers Sunday, May 18, 1997. The Rangers won 5-4 and tied the series 1-1.(AP Photo/Joe Hampshire) (AP)
New York Rangers Wayne Gretzky reacts after scoring his third goal for a hat trick during the third period against the Philadelphia Flyers Sunday, May 18, 1997. The Rangers won 5-4 and tied the series 1-1.(AP Photo/Joe Hampshire) (AP)

Today is the 30th Anniversary of Wayne Gretzky's trade from the Edmonton Oilers to the Los Angeles Kings.

Gretzky was traded to LA for a package that included Jimmy Carson, Martin Gelinas, three future first-round (traded to NJ for Corey Foster, Marty Rucinsky, Nick Stajduhar) draft picks and $15 million.

Reports from the New York Times in 1988 indicate that Rangers GM Phil Espositio was approached by Edmonton GM Glen Sather about Gretzky at the draft that June.

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Vinni Lettieri scored off the rush tonight in his game in Minnesota summer league Da Beauty League.

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Craig Custance took a look at the Capitals, how their roster fit into five categories and then compared that to the rest of the teams in the Metro. (The Athletic)

The criteria he looked at included "great centers," "a game breaker," "offensive defenseman," "playoff experience" and "size." (The Athletic)

Custance notes that the Rangers have had "good" but not "great" centers lately and that the hope is that they will be able to find a "great" center during their rebuild." (The Athletic)

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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)

New Rangers assistant coach David Oliver was a 7th round pick of the Edmonton OIlers in 1991 and after playing four years at the University of Michigan, he played half a season for the Oilers in 1994-95.

Oliver then spent the next season and part of another with the Oilers before joining the Rangers for 14 regular season and 3 playoff games at the end of the 1996-97 season.

Edmonton's GM throughout Oliver's entire time in the Oilers organization was current Rangers President Glen Sather.

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Feb 18, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save against the Philadelphia Flyers during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Feb 18, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save against the Philadelphia Flyers during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Henrik Lundqvist is on the ice practicing ahead of this weekend's outdoor charity game in Norway with Mats Zuccarello.

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(Kim Klement)

Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy, who played at BU under David Quinn for two seasons, said that he couldn't be happier that Quinn is now the head coach of the Rangers. (The Athletic)

McAvoy praised Quinn for "the way that he cares" and said that Quinn was around to help him with extra video, one on one meetings and how his game was going.(The Athletic)

He added that Quinn "did so much" for me." (The Athletic)

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Mar 24, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) skates against the Buffalo Sabres 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 left wing Chris Kreider (20) skates against the Buffalo Sabres during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

8/1/18| Jeff Gorton said that Chris Kreider is not a "young player anymore" and that right now he is in his "prime years." (MSG)

Gorton said that because of Kreider's experience and stature with the team he will be a good player for the young Rangers to "lean on" and added that he feels Kreider is "ready for that role." (MSG)

Kreider, 27, has played in 381 regular season games and 77 playoff games in his NHL career.

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Sep 18, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Lias Anderson (50) during warm up before game against New York Islanders at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Sep 18, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Lias Anderson (50) during warm up before game against New York Islanders at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Jeff Gorton said recently that while the Rangers want their "young kids" to make the team and "do well" they aren't going to be putting any of them in a "tough spot."

Gorton said, "if they are not ready we aren't going to put them in, won't force them in there. We will take our time and it's the right thing to do for the players, for the team, for us."

When he was asked at development camp which players he thinks could make the team, he pointed to Filip Chytil and Lias Andersson as well as European free agents Michael Lindqvist and Ville Meskanen.

Gorton added that the Rangers won't stop anyone from making the team if they are "good enough."

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Sep 19, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Libor Hajek (43) pressures Carolina Hurricanes forward Warren Foegele (37) during the third period of a hockey game at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)
Sep 19, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Libor Hajek (43) pressures Carolina Hurricanes forward Warren Foegele (37) during the third period of a hockey game at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)

Libor Hajek's coach in the WHL, John Paddock, said that he is close to being NHL ready, could compete for a roster spot next season and also has the ability to be a "top-four defenseman in the league for a long-time." (Newsday & NY Post)

Paddock describes Hajek, a left hand shot, as "low maintenance" and is a "real good, solid, all-around player who does a lot of things well." (NYRangers.com)

He added that Hajek was like a "sponge' and always doing extra work and talking to coaches about how to become a better player. (NYRangers.com)

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New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. (Aaron Doster/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. (Aaron Doster/USA TODAY Sports)

Kevin Shattenkirk said that he is "very" excited to play under David Quinn again and said that Quinn "is someone who really fits the bill perfectly for us in what we need to do moving forward."

Shattenkirk said that Quinn had a "huge impact" on his career and helped develop him not just in their three-years together at BU but also at the start of Shattenkirk's pro career in Lake Erie.

He said that Quinn took him as a raw player in college and helped develop him to succeed at the next level. (NYR)

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According to reports out of Russia, the Rangers are interested and possibly willing to offer a contract to Russian winger Sergei Shumakov.

Shumakov, 25, is reportedly holding out from CSKA Moscow due to promises that were not kept and that he has offers from other teams. (Championat)

He is supposed to be heading into the second-year of a three-year deal with CSKA and he had 40 points in 47 games last season.

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

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

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

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

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(USA Today Sports)

Over the weekend the Rangers signed 24-year old defenseman Brady Skjei to a six-year deal worth $5.25 million per season.

On Monday the Rangers signed 26-year old Kevin Hayes to a one-year deal worth $5.125 million.

On Tuesday, the Rangers came to terms with Ryan Spooner, 26, on a two-year deal that has a cap hit of $4 million per season.

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Feb 25, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Ryan Spooner (23) during the third period against the Detroit Red Wings at Madison Square Garden. This was Spooner's first game with the Rangers after being acquired from the Boston Bruins. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Feb 25, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Ryan Spooner (23) during the third period against the Detroit Red Wings at Madison Square Garden. This was Spooner's first game with the Rangers after being acquired from the Boston Bruins. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Rangers have announced that Ryan Spooner has come to terms on a two-year deal.

The deal is worth $4 million per season. (Elliotte Friedman)

Spooner and the Rangers were scheduled to have an arbitration hearing on Saturday.

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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)

With the signing of Kevin Hayes on Monday, the Rangers only have one arbitration case, Ryan Spooner on 8/4, remaining.

According to Cap Friendly, the Rangers have $9.67 in cap space right now but that includes Matt Beleskey, Cody McLeod and Peter Holland up front and Brendan Smith, Rob O'Gara and Steven Kampfer on defense.

On a roster that has all of the above players in Hartford but adds Filip Chytil, Lias Andersson and Neal Pionk, the Rangers have just over $12 million in cap space.

The Rangers currently have 45 contracts signed on their 50 contract list and 69 out of 90 spots taken on their reserve list.

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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)

5:42PM: Hayes' contract is worth $5.125 million, a number that Larry Brooks calls "surprisingly high."

5:39PM: Kevin Hayes will avoid arbitration with the Rangers and sign a one-year deal worth just over $5 million. (Elliotte Friedman)

Hayes will be a UFA after next season.

Reports circulated over the weekend that Hayes and the Rangers were running into issues on a long-term deal and that a one-year deal was the most likely solution.

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Mar 31, 2018; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) celebrates with forward Mika Zibanejad (93) after there win 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 goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) celebrates with forward Mika Zibanejad (93) after there win 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)

Following the last game of the Rangers season, Henrik Lundqvist spoke about how the last few months of the season were about "learning and new experiences" but that next season is about "winning games and getting back into the playoffs." (NYR)

Lundqvist said that the Rangers need to set a goal right away that if you are on the team you are there to make a difference. (NYR)

He said that he thinks the Rangers can turn things around quickly with the experience that some of the young players got as well as with other moves the team can make. (NYR)

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Mar 31, 2018; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider (20) celebrates forward Kevin Hayes (13) after his second period goal against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)
Mar 31, 2018; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider (20) celebrates forward Kevin Hayes (13) after his second period goal against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)

7/29/18 | Rick Carpiniello, of The Athletic, confirms that there is a "significant gap in contract talks and that if Hayes signs a one-year deal it's likely he will be traded before being a UFA next summer.

7/28/19 | According to Larry Brooks, Kevin Hayes is likely to sign a one-year deal with the Rangers that would allow him to be a UFA next summer. (NY Post)

He writes that there has been "little traction" in talks for a long-term deal and that Hayes is believed to be seeking a deal between $5.5 million and $6 million for five or six-years. (NY Post)

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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)

7/29/18 | Namesnikov said that he has not yet spoken with David Quinn and doesn't know if the plan is for him to start the season at center or at wing. (NHL.com)

He said that he has to earn his ice time and that he is looking forward to the "fresh start." (NHL.com)

Namestnikov said that he thinks he has had a "long, productive summer," skating in suburban Detroit, and just needs to "keep it up." (NHL.com)

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

The Rangers have announced that Brady Skjei has avoided arbitration and signed a six-year contract.

The deal is worth $5.25 million per season. (Johnston)

It was suggested earlier in the offseason that the Rangers could sign Skjei to a long-term deal in the same way that they had previously signed Marc Staal and Ryan McDonagh to long-term deals.

Skjei was slated to become a UFA in three season.

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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)

7/27/18 | On the NHL Network on Thursday, they had the lines projected as:

  • Kreider, Zibanejad, Zuccarello
  • Namestnikov, Hayes, Buchnevich
  • Vesey, Chytil, Fast
  • Cody McLeod, Andersson, Spooner

7/21/18 | At NHL.com, Dan Rosen projects the Rangers lineup to start the season as:

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

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

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7/26/18 | Dave Maloney was on the NHL Network earlier today and said that Brendan smith has reportedly lost 15 pounds this offseason while training with Ben Prentiss in Connecticut.

Maloney said that Smith is in "tremendous shape" and could be someone who provides some veteran presence and snarl for the Rangers.

7/5/18 | Rangers will give Brendan Smith an opportunity to make the team

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(Jerome Miron)

USA Hockey announced today that Rangers first round pick K'Andre Miller will not take part in next weeks USA World Junior showcase due to illness.

Miller will play this season at the University of Wisconsin and could still play for Team USA at the World Juniors this winter.

The Hockey News said of Miller that the main word to describe him is "potential" and one scout said "he has a beautiful, powerful stride, and he's becoming a real stout defender. At the least, he'll be a minute-eater because he's such a great athlete. I love his floor and I love his ceiling."

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Mar 3, 2018; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; New York Rangers goaltender Alex Georgiev (40) makes a save on Edmonton Oilers forward Anton Slepyshev (58) during the third period at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports (Perry Nelson)
Mar 3, 2018; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; New York Rangers goaltender Alex Georgiev (40) makes a save on Edmonton Oilers forward Anton Slepyshev (58) during the third period at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports (Perry Nelson)

Jeff Gorton said in June that he believes the Rangers have internal options, Alexander Georgiev and Martin Mazanec, to back up Henrik Lundqvist this coming season.

Gorton said this week that Georgiev looked "good" during his time with the Rangers this past season but that when it comes to the back up situation right now, they will "let it all play out." (MSG)

Current UFA goalies include Kari Lehtonen, Steve Mason, last year's back up Ondrej Pavelec, Anders Lindback and Jeff Glass.

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David Quinn said recently that when he gathers the team together at the start of training camp one of the main things he will bring up first is "defense." (MSG)

Quinn said that playing good defense is "a want" and that "you can be a good defensive player if you determine that is what you want to be." (MSG)

He has said previously that the style he wants to play is a "pressure, puck possession game that is built around defense."

Quinn said that the Rangers need to work on getting better each day and that the focus will be on getting everyone on the same page and understanding that "the answers are within the walls of our locker room."

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Jan 20, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; New York Rangers right wing Pavel Buchnevich (89) controls the puck in the first period against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Jan 20, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; New York Rangers right wing Pavel Buchnevich (89) controls the puck in the first period against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

While speaking about the Rangers rebuild, GM Jeff Gorton said that he can see this as a "big year" for Pavel Buchnevich. (MSG)

Gorton said that David Quinn will bring in a new system for Buchnevich, and the team, to play, and that the Russian will have "bigger minutes. (MSG)

  • As a rookie, Buchnevich had 8 goals, 12 assists and 13:16 per game in 41 games.
  • Last season he had 14 goals and 29 assists and 15:01 per game in 74 games.

Gorton said that Buchnevich will be a "top-six forward" for a long time and should be able to build on the 43 point season he had last year. (MSG)

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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)

Penguins coach, and former Rangers assistant, Mike Sullivan said that the Rangers are getting a "really good coach" in David Quinn. (NHL.com)

Sullivan and Quinn were teammates at BU in the late 80s and Sullivan aid that the Rangers are getting a "real competitive guy" that will "build relationships" and get the most out of players. (NHL.com)

He added that Quinn is a "real good coach, a good teacher. I think he's going to bring that to the table at the pro level with the young Rangers team." (NHL.com)

Sullivan said that Quinn's "biggest strength" is how he builds relationships and brings a love and passion of hockey to the rink every day. (NHL.com)

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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)

While at development camp recently, Filip Chytil said that he wants to show the organization in training camp that he is ready to play in the NHL and ready to play in the Rangers top-six. (NYR)

Chytil said that he feels he can play against the best players in the NHL and said that he wants to improve in all areas of his game and "be better and be ready to play in the NHL." (NYR)

He said that he wants to spend all of next season in the NHL, felt that last year in the AHL was great and was able to receive a lot of support from everyone. (NYR)

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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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