From the Rangers:

New York, March 16, 2012– The Garden of Dreams Foundation announced today that Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist is the recipient of the 2012 Garden of Dreams Hero Award. The award, established in 2009, honors one person or organization annually who embodies the spirit and commitment of the Garden of Dreams Foundation, with active, on-going dedication to children facing obstacles.

The Garden of Dreams Hero engages in personal, sustained support of, or involvement in organizations and activities that directly enhance the lives of children and their families, while serving as a driving force and inspiration for others. Lundqvist has exemplified this throughout his work with Garden of Dreams, particularly this season.

After being named the official spokesperson of the Garden of Dreams Foundation in 2009, the three-time NHL All Star has worked diligently to help fulfill The Foundation’s mission to “make dreams come true for children facing obstacles”. In the past six months alone, Lundqvist has granted a special “wish” for a young cancer patient whose dream was to meet him, hosted a group of children for a special afternoon at Radio City to watch the Christmas Spectacular, participated in a team 9/11 memorial event for police and firehouses in the city, and donated game tickets for Garden of Dreams families.

In addition, this past January, Lundqvist commissioned an extra mask for the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, which raised $35,000 for Garden of Dreams. Later that month, Lundqvist unveiled “The Crown Collection,” a line of specialty t-shirts and hats available at The Garden, with proceeds from the sale benefiting the Foundation. Then in February, Lundqvist hosted the first-ever “Rock of Dreams” private benefit concert, with his band “Noise Upstairs,” at the Canal Room. With bandmate John McEnroe joining him on the stage and almost the entire Rangers team in attendance, Lundqvist raised over $48,000 for Garden of Dreams. This season alone, Lundqvist’s charitable efforts with the Foundation has totaled more than $100,000.

“All of us at The Madison Square Garden Company recognize that our work with the Garden of Dreams Foundation is perhaps the most meaningful thing we do - and no one has been more consistent or sincere in his commitment to the children of Garden of Dreams than Henrik Lundqvist,” said Hank Ratner, President & CEO, The Madison Square Garden Company and Chairman of the Board, Garden of Dreams Foundation. “Our goal is to brighten the lives of children facing enormous obstacles, through access to our athletes, entertainers and events, and to do that we rely on the dedication of leaders within the Garden community. Henrik epitomizes what Garden of Dreams stands for and is the perfect example of a world-class athlete who truly cares about helping others. We’re very proud to honor him with the 2012 Garden of Dreams Hero Award.”

Past recipients of the Garden of Dreams Hero Award include tennis legend Andre Agassi and Rangers great Adam Graves.

"I am extremely honored to have been chosen for this award,” said Lundqvist. “Garden of Dreams is an amazing organization that I have been lucky enough to be a part of for many years now. I look forward to continuing and expanding my involvement with the Foundation and creating more life-long memories with our deserving kids.”

Garden of Dreams works closely with all areas of The Madison Square Garden Company, including the New York Rangers, Knicks, Liberty, MSG Media, MSG Entertainment and Fuse. Since its inception in 2006, Garden of Dreams has created unique and unforgettable events and activities - often involving unprecedented access to MSG celebrities and athletes at Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, the MSG Training Center, Fuse and the Beacon Theatre - for more than 200,000 tri-state area children. Nearly 175,000 tickets have been donated to organizations served by Garden of Dreams and more than 2,300 special events have been designed for children and families.

Garden of Dreams strives to be heroic, inspirational and unforgettable – all attributes of the children the Foundation has had the privilege to meet over the course of its history. Partnering with a diverse collection of outstanding children’s related organizations, including hospitals, foster organizations, homeless shelters and “wish” organizations, the Garden of Dreams Foundation has a singular goal each and every day – to utilize the power and magic of Madison Square Garden and its properties to bring joy and happiness to children facing devastating problems – whether they relate to illness, homelessness, poverty, foster care issues or tragedy.

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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 the game winning goal for the Rangers, see it below.

Chytil said after the game (NYR Game Notes):

  • On scoring the game-winning goal…"It was an amazing feeling to score a goal in overtime. My first goal was a winning goal, and it was a great pass from Mats Zuccarello. It was an amazing feeling. I'm glad that we won."
  •  On the pace of the game…"I felt great. It was my first game after four weeks (off). It was a great game. I played with great players, some of the best players in the league so I enjoyed every moment on the ice. It was really exciting."
  •  On playing more games going forward…"I will see next game if I will play. I'm really happy I played my first game in Madison Square Garden and I will see what (will happen) in the next days. I am looking forward to the next day and next practice."
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New York Rangers center Kevin Hayes (13) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the New Jersey Devils during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Rangers center Kevin Hayes (13) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the New Jersey Devils during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports)

With four seconds left in overtime, Filip Chytil scored to give the Rangers a 4-3 win over the Devils on Wednesday night. >> Read more


First Period 

  • 15:54 NYR: Kevin Hayes (Power Play); Assists: Jimmy Vesey, Kevin Shattenkirk

Second Period

  • 4:11 NJD: Pavel Zacha; Assists: Drew Stafford, Miles Wood
  • 4:32 NYR: Chris Kreider; Assist: Mats Zuccarello
  • 7:15 NJD: Brian Gibbons (Power Play); Assists: Drew Stafford, Jimmy Hayes
  • 10:16 NYR: David Desharnais; Assists: Kevin Shattenkirk, Chris Kreider
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May 2, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault coaches against the Ottawa Senators during the third period of game three of the second round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 2, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault coaches against the Ottawa Senators during the third period of game three of the second round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Alain Vigneault met with the media on Wednesday prior to tonight's game against the Devils and said (NYR):

  • On Chytil, "to show his skill. We haven't had the opportunity to see him because of his injury and he has only had a couple of practices. So far in practice we have seen a highly skilled, really good skater. He will get the opportunity, his first NHL game and he will remember that for the rest of his life."
  • On Desharnais, "so far it's just been practice but it's been what I expect from a veteran player coming from another team. He is trying to learn the system, understand the little differences that we have from where he has played before. A couple of years ago he was a 50 point player, he sees our middle and the opportunity he has. I think he is excited about that and tonight he will get a first chance to play an exhibition game and hopefully he will be good."
  • On versatility, "being able to play more than one position in the NHL is a big bonus and I would say that it's a must. You need to be able to play the wing and if you are a center you have to be able to play sides and contribute. Right now we are trying to sort out our things, it's only our second exhibition game. We are giving a few kids an opportunity and that is what we will do in the next couple of games also."
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The Rangers have anonunced that the projected lines for tonight's game against the Devils are (NYR):

  • Chris Kreider, Filip Chytil, Mats Zuccarello
  • Jimmy Vesey, Kevin Hayes, Ryan Gropp
  • Matt Puempel, David Desharnais, Daniel Catenacci
  • Andrew Desjardins, Lias Andersson, Adam Tambellini

Brady Skjei & Kevin Shattenkirk, Marc Staal & John Gilmour, Vince Pedrie & Brendan Smith.

Henrik Lundqvist & Alexandar Georgiev.

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Filip Chytil will make his preseason debut for the Rangers tonight and is expected to skate between Jimmy Vesey and Adam Tambellini.

Chytil is now expected to skate between Chris Kreider and Mats Zuccarello. (NYR)

Chytil said that he is a "long way" from making the team, said that he will work hard and "I want to be part of the team as soon as possible." (NYR, NY Post, Newsday)

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Kevin Shattenkirk will make his Rangers preseason debut on Wednesday against the Devils.

Alain Vigneault has spoken about Shattenkirk many times since the start of training camp and said on Tuesday that he is going to have a "major role" on the team.

He said that playing against top players will be a good challenge for Shattenkirk and that "I am sure that he wants and will live up to."

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Sep 18, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Anthony DeAngelo (77) and left wing Rick Nash (61) battle New York Islanders defenseman Adam Pelech (50) for the puck during second period 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 defenseman Anthony DeAngelo (77) and left wing Rick Nash (61) battle New York Islanders defenseman Adam Pelech (50) for the puck during second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Anthony DeAngelo played 21:01 last night against the Islanders and had 4 shots on goal, 1 shot attempt blocked, 1 shot attempt missed, 2 giveaways, 1 takeaway and 1 blocked shot.

DeAngelo was called for unsportsmanlike conduct in the third period last night.

He played:

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Apr 20, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault reacts during the third period in game five against Montreal Canadiens of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports (Jean-Yves Ahern)
Apr 20, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault reacts during the third period in game five against Montreal Canadiens of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports (Jean-Yves Ahern)

Alain Vigneault met with the media on Tuesday after practice and said the following (NYR):

  • What do you want to see from Shattenkirk, "same thing we have been talking about since we signed Kevin on the first of July. Not only that puck moving ability at 5 on 5 and on the PP but he is going to have a major role on our team and part of being a successful team is having players that play hard with and without the puck. As much as brought him in for his offensive abilities, we need him to defend well and show the right reads when he doesn't have the puck because he will be playing important minutes for us and important minutes are against the best players in the league. It's a good challenge for him and one that I am sure that he wants and will live up to."
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Sep 18, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers Vinni Letter (95) and New York Islanders defenseman Kane Lafranchise (43) battle for the puck during third period 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 Vinni Letter (95) and New York Islanders defenseman Kane Lafranchise (43) battle for the puck during third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Last night the Rangers were called for 9 penalties, slashing (2), hooking, holding (2), cross checking, unsportsmanlike conduct, face-off violation and hi-sticking.

The Islanders were called for 9 penalties, 7 of which were slashing calls.

Alain Vigneault said before the game that the organization received an email earlier on Monday with a video explaining that they are looking to call more slashing penalties. (NYR Game Notes)

He added, "the faceoff situation is also going to be real stricter. Those are the rules and we know what they are. It's like with everything else, you have to adjust. They are definitely calling the slashing and want to take it out of the game." (NYR Game Notes)

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Robin Kovacs, Adam Chapie, Brenden Kotyk, Tim Gettinger and Ty Ronning have all been reassigned from Rangers training camp.

Kovacs, Chapie and Kotyk have all been sent to Hartford.

Gettinger (Soo St. Marie) and Ronning (Vancouver) have been loaned back to their junior teams.

The Rangers have 49 players remaining in training camp and Alain Vigneault said recently that he wants to keep two groups of players through most of camp.

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Against the Islanders last night, Lias Andersson assisted on the game winning goal, played 16:10, was called for a cross checking penalty and had 1 shot on goal.

Andersson was credited with 2 hits and was 7 and 4 on faceoffs, seeing 10:54 at even strength, 5:16 on the PP and 44 seconds on the PK.

Andersson played:

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Apr 16, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault gestures behind the bench as he talks to referee Steve Kozari (40) against the Pittsburgh Penguins in game two of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Rangers won 4-2 to even the series. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Apr 16, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault gestures behind the bench as he talks to referee Steve Kozari (40) against the Pittsburgh Penguins in game two of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Rangers won 4-2 to even the series. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

Alain Vigneault met with the media on Monday night following the Rangers OT win over the Islanders and said (NYR Game Notes, NYR):

  • On the game winning goal…"There's no doubt it was a really good move against an experienced player. I think Neal played a good game today, he got that goal. He was good in his decision making with the puck and played a real strong game."
  • On the penalties being called…"We received an email with a short video today on exactly that. They're going to be looking for slashing and making those calls. The faceoff situation is also going to be real stricter. Those are the rules and we know what they are. It's like with everything else, you have to adjust. They are definitely calling the slashing and want to take it out of the game."
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Sep 18, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers Neal Pionk (44) scores the game winning goal against New York Islanders goalie Eamon McAdam (34) in overtime 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 Neal Pionk (44) scores the game winning goal against New York Islanders goalie Eamon McAdam (34) in overtime at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Neal Pionk scored the OT winner for the Rangers in tonight's game against the Islanders.

To see the video, click below.

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

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New York Islanders right wing Josh Ho-Sang controls the puck against New York Rangers left wing Andrew Desjardins during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders right wing Josh Ho-Sang controls the puck against New York Rangers left wing Andrew Desjardins during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

Neal Pionk scored in overtime to lead the New York Rangers to a 1-0 win over the New York Islanders on Monday at Madison Square Garden. >> Read more

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9/17/18 | The Rangers have announced that the following players will play tomorrow against the Islanders in the Rangers preseason opener:

  • Forward: JT Miller, Bobby Farnham, Boo Nieves, Andrew Desjardins, Paul Carey, Cole Schneider, Michael Grabner, Lias Andersson, Gabriel Fontaine, Rick Nash, Pavel Buchnevich, Vinni Lettieri
  • Defense: Ryan McDonagh, Neal Pionk, Steve Kampfer, Nick Holden, Ryan Graves, Anthony DeAngelo
  • Goalie: Ondrej Pavelec, Brandon Halverson
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3:35PM: Alain Vigneault said on Monday that he really likes Andersson's skill set and how he interacts, and asks questions, of his teamamtes.

He likened it to when the Rangers acquired Marty St. Louis and how Mats Zuccarello would follow him and ask him questions about what he was doing.

Vigneault said "I see the same type of personality as far as asking questions. I hear that in his teams back home he had been a captain and leader. I believe that in Lias' case we have real good personality and a real good person."

On Chytil, Vigneault said "Filip doesn't know the language as well and he is just coming back from injury but what I saw him yesterday skating wise was real good."

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Alain Vigneault met with the media on Monday morning before tonight's game against the Islanders (NYR):

  • Will some guys play on Wednesday, "right now we have a tentative lineup for Wednesday and there are a couple of guys playing both games. See how they do tonight and go from there."
  • On what he wants to see tonight, "you want your guys to show you what they can do, if they can play at this level and compete and contribute and help the team win. We have quite a few young players getting and opportunity tonight. I know they are excited and we are excited to see where they are and if they do fit in the puzzle. When we had orientation I told the players that they were going to make the decisions for us with how they play. Guys play well and deserve to be here they will be here, if guys don't prove they can play at this level they won't be here. They will make the decisions for us by how they perform on the ice."
  • On DeAngelo, "for the last 3 days I have been getting a closer look, I remembered him and watched some tape of him of his time in Phoenix. I talked with Tippet, who I have known for a long time, and Newell Brown ran their PP and they all said the same thing, young player, lots of tools, lots of skills, sees the ice well. He has a bit of experience. Tonight will be his first game with the Rangers and he will probably be a little nervous but I have seen some real good things as far as his decision making with the puck in the time we have been on the ice and hopefully he will bring that tonight."
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Feb 2, 2017; Dallas, TX, USA; Winnipeg Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec (31) faces the Dallas Stars attack during the first period at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)
Feb 2, 2017; Dallas, TX, USA; Winnipeg Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec (31) faces the Dallas Stars attack during the first period at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)

Ondrej Pavelec will play for the Rangers tonight in their preseason opener against the Islanders.

Pavelec spoke yesterday and said that it has been "great" working with Benoit Allaire for close for two weeks and that Allaire "knows what he is doing." (NYR)

He said that he hasn't been told he will play a set number of games but said that even if it's 10-15-20 or more he jut wants to be "ready" when he has the chance to play. (NYR)

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Mar 18, 2017; Saint Paul, MN, USA; New York Rangers forward Jimmy Vesey (26) celebrates his goal on Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk (40) during the second period at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports (Brace Hemmelgarn)
Mar 18, 2017; Saint Paul, MN, USA; New York Rangers forward Jimmy Vesey (26) celebrates his goal on Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk (40) during the second period at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports (Brace Hemmelgarn)

9/17/17 | 4:57PM: Vesey spoke with the media and said (NYR):

  • "I'm stronger and I think a little bit bigger and excited for the year."
  • "Consistency, I think I showed some flashes last year where I played well for a stretch and I want to do that every night even if it's not scoring goals it's being accountable in my own zone and someone that coach can put out in any situation."

8:40AM: Jimmy Vesey said that he is hoping that his play in the playoffs last spring will help carry over into his second season. (NYR)

Alain Vigneault said that he thinks Vesey is a "gamer" and that he took the pressure of the playoffs "head on" last season.

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Mar 28, 2017; San Jose, CA, USA; New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault watches the game against the San Jose Sharks in the third period at SAP Center at San Jose. The Sharks won 5-4 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports (John Hefti)
Mar 28, 2017; San Jose, CA, USA; New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault watches the game against the San Jose Sharks in the third period at SAP Center at San Jose. The Sharks won 5-4 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports (John Hefti)

Alain Vigneault met with the media on Sunday and said the following (NYR):

  • On tomorrow, "exact same lines, except for the PP, but what you saw is what you will see tomorrow. Good opportunity for us to see some of our younger players and for our veterans it's an opportunity for them to get where they want to be before Game 1."
  • On Andersson and Chytil, "both of our first round picks. Today was the first day that I saw Chytil. Very impressed with both young players. Andersson has a lot of drive, good set of hands, made some good plays working on the PP. Filip, he skated yesterday with Group C, today is the first day he is officially back practicing since his injuries and he looked big and smooth and strong on the ice. Very impressed with his skating ability. Hopefully he reacts well to his first practice and in the next couple of days we can get him also into a game."
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New York Rangers forward Rick Nash against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. (Brace Hemmelgarn/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Rangers forward Rick Nash against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. (Brace Hemmelgarn/USA TODAY Sports)

Alain Vigneault said on Saturday that he and Ryan McDonagh have discussed but have not yet decided on whether they will go back to four alternate captains.

Currently Rick Nash and Marc Staal are alternate captains but last season the Rangers also had Derek Stepan and Dan Girardi as alternate captains.

Vigneault said that he and McDonagh have talked about letting training camp and the preseason play out before they decide which route to take.

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Apr 14, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault reacts as Montreal Canadiens center Tomas Plekanec (14) scored a goal during the third period in game two of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports (Jean-Yves Ahern)
Apr 14, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault reacts as Montreal Canadiens center Tomas Plekanec (14) scored a goal during the third period in game two of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports (Jean-Yves Ahern)

Alain Vigneault met with the media on Saturday and said (NYR):

  • "right now one of the first things we said in orientation is that this is our time in training camp to build the foundation to have a successful season. Building that foundation is getting on the same page as far as systems, being one of the best conditioned teams in the league. We got our results and a few guys have some areas to work on, 20 something days to work on it. As a team, you work on coming together, understanding your role and contribution. Today was a very important day as far as teaching, D-zone coverage, different responsibilities in D-zone coverage from 1 on 1 to when we go 5 on 5. It was our first day and I thought it went extremely well."
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Apr 2, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) warms up before the first period against the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Apr 2, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) warms up before the first period against the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

9/16/17 | 11:47AM: Lundqvist, on Friday, said about this change "I always like that mindset, not to focus on one number, that is the approach that I like. You need to feel it out and it's a long season and a lot of things happen and you need to go with the flow and sometimes you need more practice, it's hard to predict in November what is best for you in April. I agree with that approach and I look forward to playing as hard as I can and earning my minutes by playing well." (NYR)

9/15/17 | Alain Vigneault said on Thursday that he had spoken with Henrik Lundqvist and Benoit Allaire and that they won't be giving out a number or projecting out how many games Lundqvist will play this season.

Vigneault said that Lundqvist won't have a "set number of games" and that he will be in communication with Allaire and Lundqvist on a game to game basis.

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Apr 20, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider (20) prepares for a face off during the overtime period in game five of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Bolte)
Apr 20, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider (20) prepares for a face off during the overtime period in game five of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Bolte)

9/16/17 | Kreider is skating and practicing today.

9/15/17 | 11:42AM: Kreider told John Giannone that he went to the locker room after hitting the boards so that he could get his skates resharpened.

11:32AM: The Rangers have announced that Chris Kreider is "fine" after leaving the ice during testing today and that he will finish up with Group C later today. (NYR)

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Alain Vigneault wrote a piece for MSG and said that with the new players the Rangers have and the changes the coaching staff are planning to implement "we're actually going to be quicker than we were a season ago." (MSG.com)

Vigneault said that the Rangers trademark the last number of year has been "speed" in all areas of the game and added " the quicker you get to your assignment and check well, then the quicker you get the puck back, and that means you'll be quicker into the offensive zone." (MSG.com)

He said that the Rangers were "quick" last season but felt they were "a little behind" and needed someone like Kevin Shattenkirk that can help transition the puck. (MSG.com)

While speaking with the media on Thursday, Vigneault said that the moves the Rangers have made will allow them to move the puck quicker and then go quicker in transition, on breakouts and hopefully "more effective in the offensive zone."

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Jeff Gorton met with the media earlier today and said the following (NYR):

  • On looking for a center, "I think it's fair to say that we are always looking. We are comfortable with JT and know he can play all three positions. He hasn't played a lot of center in the NHL but in the past he has been able to do it. In the preseason we will take a look at him there and see where it goes."
  • Are you comfortable with your forward depth, "I'm never comfortable with anything, you are always looking to get better at all positions, you always want to be deeper. We have some players we want to look at, two first round picks we want to look at in camp. A bunch of different things we are working on, we will see where it takes us. Everything now is on paper, we haven't seen pucks yet."
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Jan 19, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers forward J.T. Miller (10) skates against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. New York defeated Toronto 5-2. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports (John E. Sokolowski)
Jan 19, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers forward J.T. Miller (10) skates against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. New York defeated Toronto 5-2. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports (John E. Sokolowski)

6:12PM: Jeff Gorton said that the Rangers are comfortable with Miller at center and that he can play all three forward positions.

Gorton added "in the preseason we will take a look at him there and see where it goes."

12:56PM: JT Miller said that he had an "idea this summer," after the moves the Rangers made, that he might be asked to play center this season. (NYR)

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Dec 1, 2016; Buffalo, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal (18) against the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports (Timothy T. Ludwig)
Dec 1, 2016; Buffalo, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal (18) against the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports (Timothy T. Ludwig)

6:12PM: Jeff Gorton said that Staal has been a good player for the Rangers, can defend top players and "there is a lot that he can do for us."

He added that Stall will "come in and try to play well and get as much ice time as he can."

11:04AM: Staal spoke with the media earlier today and said (NYR):

  • On the end of last year, "you always want to take some time and relax and reflect and start gearing up for the upcoming season. It was another good summer."
  • How do you feel, "I feel good, feel healthy, good shape and ready to get started."
  • Does anything in your offseason prep change, "I've always been a guy that comes to camp in shape and feeling good. That didn't change this summer, I feel really good and fresh and healthy and feel good."
  • On fighting for ice time, "It's his opinion and I've been here, I think it's my 11th season, I'm not naive, I don't take anything for granted. I come into camp with that mindset every year, you gotta earn your minutes and that doesn't change my mindset going forward. I've been a Ranger a long time and plan on being a Ranger for a lot more years and am excited to get started and help this team win some games and get started on the right foot."
  • On the offseason moves, "He is a highly skilled guy, moves the puck well, very exciting for us on the back end and should be a good fit for him."
  • On last season, "some ups and downs like every year. It took me a while after I got injured to get back to where I wanted to be and I think any time you lose like you do against a team like that in the second round, on a personal level you need to be better and that goes for me and you want to be at your best going into those situations and the goal for this year is to build on that and be at your best come that time again."

 

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As the Rangers take the ice for the first official day of training camp, they are using the motto "New Team, New Talent, New Time, New York" on their training camp shirts.

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New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal (18) and defenseman Marc Staal (18) prepare for a face-off against the Florida Panthers during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, in Sunrise, Fla. The Rangers defeated the Panthers 5-4 in overtime. (AP Photo/Joel Auerbach) (Joel Auerbach/AP)
New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal (18) and defenseman Marc Staal (18) prepare for a face-off against the Florida Panthers during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, in Sunrise, Fla. The Rangers defeated the Panthers 5-4 in overtime. (AP Photo/Joel Auerbach) (Joel Auerbach/AP)

Alain Vigneault said on Thursday that Marc Staal is a player who is "fighting for ice time, fighting for a spot on the team.

He followed that up by saying that the Rangers brought Staal because they "believe in him."

Vigneault continued, "I like Marc Staal, I believe in Marc Staal but at the end of the day this is probably the first time in a while that he is fighting for a spot and minutes. He knows that and that is why you have training camp and then you take it a day at a time and make the best possible calls for the team

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Apr 20, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New York Rangers forward Jesper Fast (19) reacts with teammates after scoring a goal against the Montreal Canadiens during the first period in game five of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Bolte)
Apr 20, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New York Rangers forward Jesper Fast (19) reacts with teammates after scoring a goal against the Montreal Canadiens during the first period in game five of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Bolte)

Alain Vigneault said on Thursday that Jesper Fast is on schedule to return in late October after undergoing hip surgery over the summer.

Vigneault said that Fast is "feeling real good" and has been skating for about three weeks.

He added that Fast is "exactly" where the Rangers doctors and medical staff think he should be.

Fast signed a three-year deal with the Rangers this summer and has cap hit of $1.85 million.

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Alain Vigneault met with the media on the first day of training camp and said (SNY):

  • "added good pieces to our back end, we have a tremendous opportunity at the center position. Looking forward to camp, we got quite a few decisions to make moving forward. I think we have a good team and we will gear ourselves to get ready for another good season."
  • "I think we have some real strong leadership in our group. JR (Rangers PR) and I were talking about it that when I got here we had Callahan, G, Step, Marc Staal but before that it was Jagr and Shanahan and Chris Drury and now is the evolution. A lot of guys who have been with me, now, starting our 5th year together. Zuccarello, Kreider, it's their turn to assume that leadership role and I think that quite a few of them have been waiting for this opportunity for quite some time. McDonagh is evolving into a true captain and using the people around him real well and has great influence in the dressing room. He is one of the best examples I have ever been associated with. I am very confident in this leadership group, I think we will see in camp and the season that some of our players, and I have named a few, will really step up and assume a bigger role like Rick Nash did last year, a lot more vocal, Nasher had been a captain before but you could tell that he knew that he had to step up in certain situations and I think he did a great job and will continue."
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Mar 17, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing J.T. Miller (10) controls the puck against Florida Panthers left wing Jonathan Huberdeau (11) during first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Mar 17, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing J.T. Miller (10) controls the puck against Florida Panthers left wing Jonathan Huberdeau (11) during first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

5:55PM: Vigneault said that the Rangers want to see Miller at center and that "at some point" he is going to "play a little bit of center."

He said that there is an opportunity at center for the Rangers and that right now their depth of "natural centers" is "on the respectable line" so it's worth it to see Miller in that spot.

Vigneault added that Miller is also a veteran player now who has a lot of experience.

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Alain Vigneault is looking forward to his fifth season as head coach as the Rangers report to training camp this week.

The Rangers begin the 2017-18 season by undergoing medical exams today, doing physical testing on the ice tomorrow and then taking the ice in three groups on Saturday and Sunday.

The Rangers begin the preseason this coming Monday at home against the Islanders:

  • 9/18 - Islanders
  • 9/20 - Devils
  • 9/22 - @Islanders in Brdigeport
  • 9/23 - @Devils
  • 9/25 - Philly
  • 9/26 - @Philly

The regular season begins on 10/5 when the Rangers host the Avs.

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May 4, 2017; New York, NY, USA; The New York Rangers salute their fans after defeating the Ottawa Senators in game four of the second round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 4, 2017; New York, NY, USA; The New York Rangers salute their fans after defeating the Ottawa Senators in game four of the second round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

9/20/17 | Andersson said that the comments from Gordie Clarke were fair and that he was tired while playing in Traverse City, saying that he was jet lagged and a little sick during the tournament. (Hockey Sverige)

9/14| Gordie Clark spoke after the Traverse City tournament and said the following about the Rangers performance (MSG):

  • On the tournament, "disappointed. We knew that once Chytil went down there was going to be a problem with our offense up front. He's a big horse and would have gotten a lot of ice time. I thought our defense would have been able to hold up. I knew the goalies would both be good, they were probably our two best players. Crawley played better than I think we all thought he would play here. He has been an interesting fourth round pick."
  • "The defense overall didn't do what I thought they were going to do. They are a little older, should be more experienced. That didn't happen but that is the way it goes in a rookie camp. It was getting guys ready for the big camp and from Pionk playing college and Bereglazov playing in the KHL, to get them acclimated to this kind of hockey before heading to the big camp."
  • On Lias Andersson, "he had a very average camp, he is maybe tired or whatever but he's gonna have to pick it up for the big camp."
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Dec 20, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei (76) moves the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period at the PPG PAINTS Arena. The Penguins won 7-2.Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Dec 20, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei (76) moves the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period at the PPG PAINTS Arena. The Penguins won 7-2.Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

9/13/17 | Skjei said that he is excited to hopefully take on a new role this season but said that he doesn't need to change how he plays to do that. (NY Post)

For a lot more on Skjei, click HERE.

9/3/17 | Brady Skjei is back in New York and skating with some of his teammates during informal workouts after spending the summer training with Ryan McDonagh.

Skjei said that right now he is "feeling great" and that he and McDonagh worked hard 5 days a week and skated a lot during their time in Minnesota.

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9/13/17 | Skjei said that the Rangers need their "younger core" to step up and have some "new leaders emerge." (Newsday)

He said that even though he has only played a little more than one season he thinks he can "step up too."

9/11/17 | Last week, Rick Nash spoke about the moves the Rangers made this summer and pointed to leadership in the locker room that has been lost since Derek Stepan and Dan Girardi are not longer with the team. (NYR)

Nash said that it's on guys like himself as well as Kevin Hayes, JT Miller and Chris Kreider, saying that it's time for that trio to "jump to the next level and become leaders." (NYR)

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The Rangers have announced that they start training camp tomorrow and will have the following 54 players in camp:

  • Forward: Lias Andersson, Pavel Buchnevich, Paul Carey, Daniel Catenacci, Adam Chapie, Filip Chytil, David Desharnais, Andrew Desjardins (PTO), Bobby Farnham (PTO), Jesper Fast, Steven Fogarty, Gabriel Fontaine, Tim Gettinger, Michael Grabner, Ryan Gropp, Kevin Hayes, Scott Kosmachuk (AHL contract), Robin Kovacs, Chris Kreider, Dawson Leedahl, Vinni Lettieri, JT Miller, Rick Nash, Boo Nieves, Matt Puempel, Ty Ronning, Cole Schneider, Malte Stromwall, Adam Tambellini, Jimmy Vesey, Mika Zibanejad, Mats Zuccarello.
  • Defense: Alexei Bereglazov, Brandon Crawley, Sean Day, Tony DeAngelo, John Gilmour, Ryan Graves, Nick Holden, Steven Kampfer, Brenden Kotyk, Ryan McDonagh, Vince Pedrie, Neal Pionk, Brady Skjei, Brendan Smith, Marc Staal, Sergey Zborovskiy
  • Goalie: Alexander Georgiev, Brandon Halverson, Henrik Lundqvist, Chris Nell, Ondrej Pavelec

The Rangers will have medical testing tomorrow, on-ice testing on Friday and then be split into three groups for practice on Saturday and Sunday.

The Rangers open the preseason on Monday at home against the Islanders.

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Mar 18, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Andrew Desjardins (24) has the puck knocked off his stick by Toronto Maple Leafs center Brian Boyle (24) at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports (Tom Szczerbowski)
Mar 18, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Andrew Desjardins (24) has the puck knocked off his stick by Toronto Maple Leafs center Brian Boyle (24) at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports (Tom Szczerbowski)

Larry Brooks tweets that former Blackhawks center Andrew Desjardins will attend Rangers training camp on a PTO.

Desjardins, 31, has played in 408 career NHL games and is a career 52.8% on faceoffs.

Last season he played in 46 games for Chicago, averaging 9:24 while only putting up 1 assist and a minus 6 rating.

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Apr 14, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New York Rangers center J.T. Miller (10) skates with the puck against Montreal Canadiens during the second period in game two of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports (Jean-Yves Ahern)
Apr 14, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New York Rangers center J.T. Miller (10) skates with the puck against Montreal Canadiens during the second period in game two of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports (Jean-Yves Ahern)

Corey Pronman of The Athletic has a ranking of the top 100 players in the NHL under the age of 25.

Pronman cites the criteria of the list to be "based on talent assessment of who I believe will have the best NHL careers."

Players from the Rangers who are on the list include:

  • 99: Jimmy Vesey
    • On Vesey, Pronman says that he is "reasonably good at most of the traits you look for in a scoring forward and depending on how his overall game shakes out, he could be a 20 goal/40pt player. (The Athletic)
  • 92: Pavel Buchnevich
    • On Buchnevich, Pronman says that he isn't "much use" away from the puck but that he showed promise last season that he could be a "useful PP weapon." (The Athletic)
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Mar 17, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) and defenseman Marc Staal (18) defend against Florida Panthers left wing Thomas Vanek (26) during first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Mar 17, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) and defenseman Marc Staal (18) defend against Florida Panthers left wing Thomas Vanek (26) during first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Elliotte Friedman was on the radio in Vancouver today and said that at one point this summer he had heard that the Rangers were "really interested" in Thomas Vanek. (Today's Slapshot)

Friedman adds that he thinks Vanek was interested in the Rangers but that things "fell through for whatever reason." (Today's Slapshot)

Vanek, 33, signed with Vancouver for one-year and $2 million recently.

He had 17 goals and 31 assists for Detroit and Florida last season. Detroit received Dylan McIlrath as part of the package for Vanek.

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The Rangers finished 1-3 in the Traverse City tournament, scoring 5 goals while allowing 14 goals.

For the Rangers:

  • Ryan Gropp: 4 games - 2 goals, 1 assist, minus one, 6 shots
  • Malte Stromwall: 3 games - 2 goals, 1 assist, plus two, 10 shots
  • Gabriel Fontaine: 4 games - 2 assists, minus three, 6 PIM, 7 shots
  • Sean Day: 4 games - 1 goal, plus one, 4 shots
  • Lias Andersson: 4 games - 1 assist, plus one, 4 PIM, 9 shots
  • Ty Ronning: 4 games - 1 assist, minus four, 2 PIM, 4 shots
  • Brandon Crawley: 4 games - 1 assist, minus two, 10 PIM, 4 shots
  • Vinni Lettieri: 4 games - 1 assist, plus one, 4 PIM, 12 shots
  • Alexei Bereglazov: 4 games - minus three, 2 PIM, 0 shots
  • Neal Pionk: 4 games - minus three, 2 PIM, 8 shots
  • Tim Gettinger: 4 games - minus three, 9 shots
  • Sergey Zborovskiy: 3 games - minus one, 3 shots
  • Robin Kovacs: 3 games - minus one, 2 PIM, 2 shots
  • Vince Pedrie: 2 games - minues one, 2 PIM, 2 shots
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5:21PM: The Rangers lost to Dallas 4-1, giving up four answered goals, including 3 in the third period, to finish the Traverse City tournament 1-3.

  • Alexei Beregelazov: +1, roughing penalty
  • Neal Pionk: minus 1, 3 shots
  • Lias Andersson: 1 assist, plus 1, 5 shots, high sticking penalty
  • Gabriel Fontaine: Nothing on scoresheet
  • Ty Ronning: 1 shot
  • Sergei Zborovskiy: plus 1
  • Brandon Crawley: minus one, 1 shot, slashing, roughing and boarding penalties
  • Ryan Gropp: 1 assist, plus 1, 1 shot
  • Malte Stromwall: 1 goal, plus 1, 3 shots
  • Sean Day: Nothing on scoresheet
  • Vinni Lettieri: 3 shots, goalie interference penalty
  • Robin Kovacs: 1 shot
  • Tim Gettinger: 2 shots
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Feb 23, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) celebrates the game winning goal in the shootout against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. The Rangers beat the Maple Leafs 2-1 in the shootout. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports (Tom Szczerbowski)
Feb 23, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) celebrates the game winning goal in the shootout against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. The Rangers beat the Maple Leafs 2-1 in the shootout. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports (Tom Szczerbowski)

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

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

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

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Apr 29, 2017; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save in the second period of game two in the second round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Ottawa Senators at the Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports (Marc DesRosiers)
Apr 29, 2017; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save in the second period of game two in the second round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Ottawa Senators at the Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports (Marc DesRosiers)

Henrik Lundqvist was on NHL Tonight last night and said (NHL):

  • On his knee, "I'm feeling good. I took some time off after the World Championships, rested up in Sweden and then started training the way I have been training the past 12-13 years. Nothing really changed, I just need an extra couple of weeks before the start of training but I've been skating since the start of August. No issues at all, feels really good to be back on the ice and August is a month where you have to work really hard to get."
  • On his Statue of Liberty pads, "when it comes to design, as a goalie you have an opportunity to express yourself on the mask and now the pads will be more design. Working with Bauer they can print design on the pads and you can get a lot of detail work in there. For my design, I like sharp edges and find it more aggressive and I like that look. The Statue of Liberty has been there but it's just the beginning, I'll probably switch the design a couple of times during the season and we will see where it ends up."
  • On 9/11, "I've been in NY for 12 years and coming over for my first year, you understand the impact, not only companies but families, friends, colleagues, they were all impacted by this day. You understand the importance of this day. You reflect but you also appreciate how the City came together after it happened. I really admire the way the City bounced back and it's important to really not forget and to remember what happened but also how the City moved on. As an athlete you understand importance but also want to help and honor and support people who have been through it."
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9:25PM: The Rangers fell to Detroit 4-1 in Traverse City.

  • Alexei Bereglazov: minus one
  • Neal Pionk: minus one
  • Lias Andersson: 1 shot
  • Gabriel Fontaine: minus two, 2 shots
  • Ty Ronning: minus three, 5 shots, slashing penalty
  • Sergey Zborovskiy: 1 shot
  • Brandon Crawley: 1 assist, minus one, 3 shots, boarding penalty
  • Ryan Gropp: 1 goal, 3 shots
  • Malte Stromwall: minus one, 3 shots, high sticking penalty
  • Sean Day: minus one
  • Vinni Lettieri: 1 assist, plus one, 7 shots
  • Robin Kovacs: minus one, 1 shot, slashing penalty
  • Tim Gettinger: minus two, 4 shots
  • Chris Nell stopped 32 of 35 shots.

The Rangers will finish the Traverse City tournament tomorrow.

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9/11/17 | More than 20 Rangers are on the ice at the MSG training center today, according to Steve Zipay.

Zipay says that some of the players skating today include Mats Zuccarello, Mika Zibanejad, Kevin Hayes, JT Miller, Kevin Shattenkirk, Nick Holden, Brady Skjei, Pavel Buchnevich, Brendan Smith, Matt Puempel, Ryan McDonagh, Jesper Fast, Bobby Farnham, John Gilmour, Ryan Graves, Michael Grabner.

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Apr 2, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Brendan Smith (42) is honored as one of the stars of the game after scoring a goal to help beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3 at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Apr 2, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Brendan Smith (42) is honored as one of the stars of the game after scoring a goal to help beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3 at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said before the 2015-16 season that Brendan Smith has good offensive instincts and is a strong, competitive player that can retrieve pucks.

He added during the season that for Smith to be effective he needed to "manage" his game and play well at both ends of the ice.

During the playoffs in 2013, Henrik Zetterberg said that Brendan Smith was a player who created a lot, but "sometimes" created a lot for both teams. (Daily Tribune)

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