- On day 1 of camp, "looks good, all the kids are in shape, ready to go. For a lot of them it's a lot of travel and they are tired but it's good, first impressions are all good so far."
- On seeing the 3 first rounders, "K'Andre is going out now, I think, so we will see in a minute but for why we took them, skill, speed, competitiveness, character, all the things we are trying to look for and rebuild around, we feel that they all have those characteristics so that is what sticks out the most."
- How many guys at this camp do you think can be on the roster, "when you are looking at the two first rounders from last year, they will give it a go and be close. We signed a few Euro free agents in Lindqvist and Meskanen that we like a lot. There is so much time now, but we will never stop anybody from doing it if they are good enough. We will let it play itself out this summer and see how they do."
- On rushing players, "we want young kids to make it and do well but we won't put them in a tough spot, 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. We will take it day to day and see where we go."
- On seeing the prospects from the trades, "if you go back 12 months and all the pieces we added and young players we brought in, it's a lot. We are putting it on the board today as far as what we added, if you start with Filip and Lias and then Hajek and Howden and Lindgren, and then the three first rounders and some other players. There are a lot of young players there, a lot to digest. It suggests that our future is bright and we have a lot of good players. When you talk to other teams around the league and GMs are telling you about it's good and makes you feel good about where you are going."
- On K'Andre, "very intriguing, you look at the whole package, size, skating, the fact that he plays hard, that he likes to jump in the play, it sounds redundant with Hajek but they have a lot of similar qualities. With K'Andre it's that he is just learning a new position and has show well so early is what really attracted everyone to him. Like I mentioned at the draft, his upside is really good and there is a lot of it and we don't really know how far he can push it. It's going to be exciting where he can take it."
- Will you go after a back up goalie, "I think we are still trying to figure that out, with free agency, we will go in and look at people and see the prices and availability. At the same time we do like Mazanec a lot and Georgiev, last year he showed a lot and those are two guys we are looking at as well. We will see what is out there but we are happy with those two."
- On Lundkvist playing in Sweden next year, "there are so many Lundqvist's and LIndqvist's that you had to make me think here of the defenseman, Nils. If you look at the track record of younger players in Sweden, sometimes it's best for them to stay over there. He was in the elite league already and that is the best course for him, he played a lot of minutes, is one of the younger guys who actually played a lot of minutes. We are encouraged with where he is at and going."
- On Kravtsov's situation for this season, "it's a little premature to give you a great answer. In our conversations with him and his agent, he does want to be over here sooner than later. We are going to watch him closely this week and see what our options will be there. I'm not gonna rule anything out now. He is a really talented kid but he is a kid and we will see where he is going to be."
- On what goes into the decision of where Kravtsov plays, "that is a tough one. You look at if he is doing well and playing well there, do we leave him over there to develop or should we put him on a smaller sheet of ice now and under our control, wherever that may be, English, all of that that goes into it. A lot of different factors go into this one. It's a little too premature, I know his agent is coming out here at the end of the week and we will go from there."
- On Lias Andersson, "When Lias flew through France, his connection, his equipment and luggage didn't make it. We had to get him clothes from other people and right now we are waiting for his equipment to show up."
- On if Chytil's situation reminds you of Kravtsov's, "I think it's similar. All situations are different and that when Filip came here he had shown an interest in coming here, whether he wanted to go to Juniors or not, he started thinking about playing in Hartford, he liked the idea, his agent liked the idea and if he was under our control we could control his schedule and nutrition and English. It has really worked out well for him and I think that is something we look at with Kravtsov's."
- On Libor Hajek wanting to make the team, "that would be great, something that this organization could really use, especially on defense. What we like about him is his character, skill, that he can eat minutes, can PK, PP. We love his character and how he plays, going to the front of the net is something that he makes you pay a price for, jumping into the play is something that he can do, a very well rounded player, high character, he really wants to be good, evidenced by that statement. If he comes to camp and is close and is ready and pushing, we will keep giving him rope and see far he can take it."
- He can go to Hartford, "he and Howden are ready to turn pro."
- Where will K'Andre play next season, "he's going to Wisconsin, we have talked to him about that, we talked to his coach Tony Granato, who we have a great relationship with. We are comfortable with that, their assistant that handles the defense, we have had a lot of success with him, he has turned in a lot of NHL players, really comfortable with where he is going and for where he will be at next year."
- Was K'Andre on your radar before going to defense, "no, I'd say that when he switched to defense he went up. Thinking of him as a first rounder, once he turned to D he had that meteoric rise for what he was doing."
- On stockpiling defense, "I think that when you look and are trying to build your franchise and prospect pool, everyone talks about centers and D. There is an emphasis there and we had a number of centers from last year and with Howden and on D, specifically dealing with the Bruins and Tampa, we saw some D that we liked and obviously at the draft, in our position, we liked defense in this draft a lot."
- Have you spoken with any free agents, "we have talked to a lot of them, a lot of that going on right now."
- Does free agency put trade chatter on hold, "I would say, we have had some conversations that have carried over. A lot of people are focused on free agency and maybe having people come in might take a little bit away from that."
- What are your expectations for free agency, "the expectations is that we will have opportunities for young kids. We want to add a few guys, some character players that can come in and teach these guys the ropes and that have a pretty good pedigree to come here and help us."
- Is Sean Day someone who can be ready, "he has all kinds of talent, looks as fit as he ever has. Great skating ability, he has all the tools."
- On talking to the players who were traded, "we are going to talk to those guys, see where they are at and what their interests are.'
- 6:41 Cody McLeod Assists: Peter Holland, Kevin Shattenkirk Rangers 1-0
- 17:55 Anthony Beauvillier Assists: Thomas Hickey, Josh Bailey Tied 1-1
- 0:46 Josh Bailey (Power Play) Assists: Mathew Barzal, Jordan Eberle Islanders 2-1
- 12:46 Anders Lee (Power Play) Assists: Josh Bailey, Mathew Barzal Islanders 3-1
- 18:26 Anthony Beauvillier Assists: Brock Nelson, Parker Wotherspoon Islanders 4-1
- 19:59 Ryan Spooner (Power Play) Assists: Mats Zuccarello Islanders 4-2
- 8:05 Ryan Pulock Assists: Jordan Eberle, Parker Wotherspoon Islanders 5-2
The Rangers have announced their projected lineup for tonight's game in Bridgeport against the Islanders:
Forwards: Cody McLeod, Peter Holland, Ryan Spooner, Bobby Butler, Jimmy Vesey, Cole Schneider, Mats Zuccarello, Brett Howden, Lias Adersson, Filip Chytil, Vlad Namestnikov, Vinni Lettieri
David Quinn said on Friday that Kevin Shattenkirk is "huge" for the Rangers this year not only on the ice but with how he acts off the ice as a role model. (NYR)
He noted that veterans are so important for the Rangers right now because they are the ones that the young players will look to follow and emulate as they learn about being in the NHL. (NYR)
Quinn said that people are drawn to him because of his personality and noted that Shattenkirk is "in a much better place physically and mentally." (NYR)
Shattenkirk said over the summer that he wants to be a "sound board" for players, answer questions and work with them on "anything they may need." (NYR)
In his preseason debut on Wednesday, Filip Chytil played 19:17, centered Jimmy Vesey and Vlad Namestnikov, scored a goal and was 5 and 8 on faceoffs.
After the game, David Quinn said "Chytil obviously showed a lot of spurts, a lot of good moments for him. He's an explosive player and he's a threatening player every time he has the puck out there." (NYR Game Notes)
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In his preseason debut on Wednesday, Henrik Lundqvist allowed 5 goals on 22 shots in 26:37.
Lundqvist said after the game that he was "hoping for a better feeling" and that you try to look for timing, good movement, but I definitely have some work to do here." (NYR Game Notes)
He added that you need to be "patient in the process" and that if he works hard "things will start to come." (NYR Game Notes)
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The Rangers have announced that Joey Keane has been sent back to Barrie of the OHL.
Keane played for the Rangers on Wednesday against the Flyers, was a minus two, played 13:00, had two shots, two hits and 1 blocked shot.
Keane played 6:49 in the first, 4:29 in the second and 1:42 in the third with 1:23 of that time coming on the PK.
David Quinn had said of Keane on Wednesday, "I like Joey. He's done a lot of good things and has great feet and good skills and sometimes kids his age try to do too much and if he keeps it simple and lets his talent influence the game he will have a good night."
9/20 | 8:04AM: David Quinn spoke with the media after the game and said (NYR Game Notes):
On the play of Filip Chytil…"Chytil obviously showed a lot of spurts, a lot of good moments for him. He's an explosive player and he's a threatening player every time he has the puck out there. Good to see him out there in an exhibition game and get a game under his belt. It's nice to get a goal. Obviously, it's been duly-noted how we feel about him and what a big part of our future he is."
On the play of Tony DeAngelo…"Tony has played well. Tony is a guy that's got an awful lot of skill and he's still young for a defenseman. He played an awful lot of minutes the past two years and we want to continue to work with him and make him a better player because we think there's a lot there."
On his first game at MSG…"I said to the guys, I've coached in this building, I've stood here before. So maybe it makes me a little bit more comfortable, but it certainly didn't take away from the moment. Coaching the Rangers at Madison Square Garden, it's pretty special."
Through the first few days of training camp under David Quinn, Kevin Hayes said that the new Rangers coach is "very vocal" and "always teaching." (NY Post)
Chris Kreider and Brady Skjei said that there was constant communication between the players and the new coach and Skjei noted that Quinn "listens, too, if you know what I mean." (NY Post)
Hayes said that things that "should have been addressed and weren't" were now being addressed under Quinn and that "everyone is held accountable." (NY Post)
He added that "you are going to work hard or you're not going to play." (NY Post)
The Rangers have announced their lineup for tomorrow's game against the Flyers at MSG:
Goalie: Henrik Lundqvist, Dustin Tokarski
Defense: Brendan Smith, Libor Hajek, John Gilmour, Brady Skjei, Tony DeAngelo, Joey Keane,
Forward: Peter Holland, Ryan Spooner, Jimmy Vesey, Gabriel Fontaine, Matt Beleskey, Brett Howden, Filip Chytil, Ryan Gropp, Vladislav Namestnikov, Mika Zibanejad, Vinni Lettieri
In his preseason debut last night, Lias Andersson had two goals, 3 shots, 1 shot that missed the net, 1 hit and was 4 and 8 on faceoffs in 19:11.
Andersson played 19:11, with 9:45 at even strength, 6:03 on the PP and 3:23 on the PK. He played 5:24 in the first, 6:38 in the second, 6:33 in the third and 33 seconds inOT.
Speaking before the game on Monday, David Quinn said that Andersson has gotten better each day and that the two had a conversation about playing a simple game and doing what got him to this point. (SNY via NYR)
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9/17/18 | 6:46PM | The lines that the Rangers are using in warmups before tonight's game against the Devils are (Cyrgalis):
- Chris Kreider, Kevin Hayes, Pavel Buchnevich
- Michael Lindqvist, Lias Andersson, Jesper Fast
- Tim Gettinger, Boo Nieves, Ville Meskanen
- Cody McLeod, Steven Fogarty, Cole Schneider
Marc Staal is paired with Tony DeAngelo, Rob O'Gara is paired with Freddy Claesson and Ryan Lindgren is paired with Neal Pionk.
3:19PM: Georgiev is slated to start tonight's game against the Devils and play about half of it. (Cyrgalis)
4:16PM: On Mika, Quinn said " he's fine, he just got the wind knocked out of him. He's fine."
"I didn't see it, I was watching the other end and I saw him gliding to the penalty box area and asked him what happened and told me he got the wind knocked out of him and it all worked out."
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Henrik Lundqvist met with the media on Saturday for the first time in training camp and said (NYR):
- On the first practice, "It felt great, I'm excited to be back here, back in New York. Had a great summer in Sweden, enjoyed the weather, friends and family but it's the time of the year where you focus on what is ahead and the new season and new challenge and it's great to see everyone. Some new faces with the coaching staff and players but camp is always fun. It's always the same feeling, you are anxious to get going, nervous, excited. It feels really good to be here."
- On his meeting with Quinn over the summer, "I got a really great impression of how he likes to discuss things, he is very open, seems like a great guy. Now it's the other part of him, to see him as a coach. Moving forward it will be under different circumstances, it's one thing to sit in July and discuss and another to discuss under pressure. Curious to see how things will feel in here. Each time there is a new coach there is a new feel, the way they coach, how they speak and you always learn something."
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Larry Brooks writes in the NY Post that for the first time since 2005-06, the Rangers may enter and play a season without a captain.
The Rangers have been without a captain since Ryan McDonagh was traded last year at the deadline.
Brooks notes that players like Mats Zuccarello, Chris Kreider, Kevin Shattenkirk, Marc Staal and Jesper Fast could be options but he notes that none may be with the Rangers past their current contracts. (NY Post)
David Quinn said that when he gathers the team together at the start of training camp that the message for the season will be built around "we." (MSG)
Quinn said that the coaches and players need to "be on the same page" and the players need to buy in and believe that the coaches "care" about them and want to do everything possible to "help them succeed." (MSG)
Jimmy Vesey said that when he spoke with Quinn they discussed that "that the answers for us are in our own locker room."
The Rangers are wearing shirts at training camp this year that say "fast" and "physical" on the front and "relentless" on the back.
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Rangers coach David Quinn met with the media on Thursday as training camp for the 2018-19 season gets underway (MSG):
- On being prepared for training camp, "I've been very fortunate in my career and I feel that every stop along the way has prepared me for this. I felt like summer ended a month ago so I've bee looking forward to getting going and getting training camp started."
- On knowing the players, "I've been fortunate to be around the last few months so I've been able to get together with a bunch of the guys so there is a familiarity with a bunch of them. It will take some time once we get on the ice and I get a clearer picture of what everyone is capable of doing, strengths and weaknesses, guys are always getting better and every year brings on a new challenge."
- "We are certainly excited about the veterans coming back, got a bunch of guys that will help lead us in the right direction and we are excited about the young core."
The Ottawa Senators have traded pending UFA Erik Karlsson tot he San Jose Sharks.
San Jose gets Karlsson and Francis Perron with Ottawa getting a first round pick in 2020, 2nd round pick in 2019, forwards Chris Tierny, Rudolfs Balcers, defenseman Dylan Demelo, prospect Josh Norris and a 2021 second round pick if Karlsson re-signs with the Sharks.
The Rangers had long been mentioned as a potential match for Karlsson and then as a third team that could help facilitate a trade between Ottawa and a team that needed cap space.
San Jose is projected to have $25.7 million in cap space after this season.
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Brad Marchand said that it was "tough" to see Adam McQuaid get traded and that "when you look around the room, you want guys like him." (NBC Sports Boston)
Joe Haggerty described McQuaid as a "great teammate" and someone who stands up "without hesitation for his teammates against the biggest, toughest NHL foes." (NBC Sports Boston)
Haggerty notes that while McQuaid had fallen down the Bruins depth chart, they are going to miss his "toughness" and "selflessness."
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Adam McQuaid was on NHL Tonight earlier to discuss his move to the Rangers and said:
- Were you surprised with the trade, "you should never be surprised but I showed up at the rink prepared to go to China. It caught me off guard a little bit but things can change quickly and I headed home, packed up and drove down to NY. Was able to get in last night and meet all the guys and staff and management today. I've heard nothing but great things about the organization and everyone was kind and welcoming and excited about the new opportunity for sure."
- On his fit with the Rangers, "I hope to be able to come in and help out on and off the ice and there are some young guys and a lot of promise. Boston has so much depth and a real bright future as well but being in Boston as long as I was and the friendships that you create with being with guys for 10+ years, not only that but the people you meet outside of hockey, it's tough to leave a place you are so entrenched in. A place you have given so much to and has given so much to you over the years. Getting here and the New York Rangers, it's pretty exciting and I'm taking it one day at a time but excited to see what is in store for our team."
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David Quinn says that the Rangers are going to be a team that pressures the puck, possess the puck and combine all of that with "good, structural defense." (NHL.com)
Quinn said that the Rangers want to have "five-man gaps" all over the ice, want to be on top of people and make it "uncomfortable" for the other team. (NHL.com)
He added that in order to play the way that the Rangers want to play they will need to be in "world-class shape."(NHL.com)
The Rangers begin training camp on Thursday, with physicals, and the first on-ice session will be on Friday morning.
The Rangers have invited 52 players to training camp:
- Forwards: Lias Andersson, Matt Beleskey, Pavel Buchnevich, Bobby Butler, Filip Chytil, Jesper Fast, Steven Fogarty, Gabriel Fontaine, Tim Gettinger, Ryan Gropp, Kevin Hayes, Peter Holland, Brett Howden, Chris Kreider, Dawson Leedahl, Vinni Lettieri, Michael Lindqvist, Cody McLeod, Ville Meskanen, Vlad Namestnikov, Boo Nieves, Ty Ronning, Cole Schneider, Ryan Spooner, Jimmy Vesey, Mika Zibanejad, Mats Zuccarello
- Defense: Chris Bigras, Fredrik Claesson, Brandon Crawley, Sean Day, Tony DeAngelo, John Gilmour, Nico Gross, Libor Hajek, Joey Keane, Ryan Lindgren, Adam McQuaid, Rob O'Gara, Vince Pedrie, Neal Pionk, Kevin Shattenkirk, Brady Skjei, Brendan Smith, Marc Staal.
- Goalie: Jeremy Brodeur, Alexandar Georgiev, Brandon Halverson, Henrik Lundqvist, Marek Mazanec, Chris Nell, Dustin Tokarski
With their trade for Adam McQuaid, the Rangers will enter training camp with 47 of their 50 reserve list slots filled and between $2.6 million and $3.5 million in cap space.
The Rangers top-six heading into camp is likely to be Kevin Shattenkirk, McQuaid and Neal Pionk on the right side and Brady Skjei, Marc Staal and Fredrik Claesson/Brendan Smith on the left side.
Larry Brooks noted that Smith will be in competition on the left side with Claesson, John Gilmour, Rob O'Gara and possibly Libor Hajek.
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The Rangers dropped their final game of the Traverse City tournament to St. Louis, 8-4.
Their goals were scored by Kyle Potts, from Ryan Lindgren, Nico Gross on the PP from Joey Keane and Reese Johnson from Nico Gross and Johnson from Drew Melanson and Jakub Stukel.
- Michael Lindqvist: 1 shot, minus four, hooking penalty
- Ryan Lindgren: 1 assist, plus two
- Ty Ronning: 1 shot
- Ville Meskanen: 2 shots, minus four
- Joey Keane: 1 assist, minus two, two shots
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The Rangers have acquired Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid in exchange for Steven Kampfer, a 4th round pick in 2019 and a conditional seventh round pick.
McQuaid, 31, is a right shot defenseman and a UFA following this season.
He has a cap hit of $2.75 million this season but an actual salary of $2 million.
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Jeff Gorton said recently that the Rangers plan to start Filip Chytil, Lias Andersson and Brett Howden at their natural position of center. (NY Post)
Gorton said that the trio will be evaluated as they go but there are no plans to move any of them to the wing, adding "we think of them as centers." (NY Post)
Gorton added that neither Mika Zibanejad or Kevin Hayes are likely to move to the wing, adding that there is mutual interest in Hayes staying with the Rangers long-term. (NY Post)
The Rangers dropped the third game of the Traverse City tournament 5-0 to Detroit on Monday.
- Michael Lindqvist: 2 shots, elbowing penalty
- Libor Hajek: minus two, 1 shot, slashing penalty
- Brett Howden: minus two, roughing and fighting penalty
- Lias Andersson: minus one, high sticking penalty
- Ryan Lindgren: 2 shots, high sticking penalty
- Ty Ronning: minus one, 3 shots
- Filip Chytil: minus two, 1 shot, tripping penalty, too many men on the ice
- Ville Meskanen: 2 shots
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Many of the Rangers took in today's Giants season opener against the Jaguars including Brendan Smith, Mika Zibanejad, Jesper Fast, Pavel Buchnevich, Steven Kampfer, Jimmy Vesey, Vlad Namestnikov, Henrik Lundqvist, Boo Nieves, Brady Skjei, Ryan Spooner, Neal Pionk, Marc Staal, Mats Zuccarello and Kevin Shattenkirk.
9/6/18 | Jeff Gorton told Larry Brooks that if a young player proves that he is ready to play in the NHL than the team will make "whatever roster moves are necessary" to make that happen. (NY Post)
He said that the Rangers won't hold anyone back because of veterans under contract but that the Rangers are operating on a "merit system" and that if someone is going to play in the NHL they have to earn it. (NY Post)
8/5/18 | 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."
The Rangers defeated Minnesota 4-2 in their second game of the Traverse City tournament.
The goals the Rangers scored were from:
- TIm Gettinger from Jakub Stukel
- Brett Howden from Ty Ronning and Dawson Leedahl
- Ville Meskanen
- Ryan Lindgren into an empty net from Michael Lindqvist and Brandon Crawley
Jeremy Brodeur stopped 24 of 26 shots to pick up the victory.
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9/7/18 | While describing his skill level, Gordie Clark said that while Buchnevich will score on a slap shot once in a while, "his passing ability is on another planet." (SI)
Buchnevich's agent said that when Buchnevich feels he has been "slighted" it puts him in a bad mood and that "when he's pissed off, he can produce." (SI)
Alain Vigneault said of Buchnevich in March, "there is some learning, there is some adjustments, Buchie is going through that like any young player like I've had in my career. There is a learning curve, peaks and valleys and Buchie is a lot like younger players. There is a tremendous amount of upside with that young man, we just have to work with him to get it more consistent."
Vigneault said that when Buchnevich struggles it is usually because of his decisions with the puck and that "you get to making the right plays by working on your game, improving your knowledge and understanding and there are less of those when you become a better and more experienced player."
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9/6/18 | Jeff Gorton said that people should not assume that the Rangers will be "one and done" with Hayes and that both sides are interested in staying together. (NY Post)
Gorton said that Hayes should come to camp in "great shape, be a leader, have a big season" and then things can go from there. (NY Post)
8/25/18 | Kevin Hayes said that a one-year contract was the best situation for both himself and the Rangers this summer but that he still hopes to stay with the organization past this season. (NHL.com)
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The Rangers announced recently that Jeremy Brodeur would be part of their squad for the annual Traverse City Prospects tournament.
Brodeur is set to be the Rangers second goalie in Traverse City, behind Chris Nell, and said that he is hoping to showcase his ability and compete at this level. (Newsday)
Larry Brooks writes that Brodeur is with the team as a replacement for Brandon Halverson who is out for six-weeks with a knee injury. (NY Post)
Brodeur was 15-13-4 in the ECHL with a 3.15 GAA and .917 save percentage.
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The Sports Forecaster Magazine projects that the Rangers lines and defense combinations, for most of the season, will be:
- Chris Kreider, Mika Zibanejad, Mats Zuccarello
- Vlad Namestnikov, Kevin Hayes, Pavel Buchnevich
- Jimmy Vesey, Filip Chytil, Vinni Lettieri
- Ryan Spooner, Lias Andersson, Jesper Fast
On defense, they have Brady Skjei and Neal Pionk, Freddy Claesson and Kevin Shattenkirk, Marc Staal and Tony DeAngelo.
Their power play projections included:
- Chytil, Buchnevich, Shattenkirk, Namestnikov, Kreider
- Vesey, Skjei, Spooner, Zibanejad, Zuccarello
Variations on the above line combinations were mentioned earlier in the summer.
The Rangers have announced that Vic Hadfield's #11 will be retired on December 2nd against Winnipeg.
Rangers President Glen Sather said in a release, "As a player, Vic Hadfield embodied the heart, soul, and determination of a New York Ranger," Sather said. "His willingness to contribute in any way necessary to help the Rangers win earned the respect and admiration of his teammates and fans alike. It is only fitting that Vic takes his rightful place alongside the Rangers legends in the rafters of Madison Square Garden."
The Rangers have announced that they have hired Steve Konowalchuk as an Amateur Scout.
Konowalchuk will primarily be responsible for scouting in the WHL.
He spent last season as an assistant coach with Anaheim after spending the previous six seasons as head coach of the Seattle Thunderbirds.
9/6/18 | Jeff Gorton told Larry Brooks that they have seen the returning veteran players all play at a higher level than they did last year and that "there is nobody in the room who can't be better." (NY Post)
Gorton said that it will be on the veteran Rangers to show they belong just a much as the young players. (NY Post)
9/3/18 | While speaking about the players in the Rangers organization, Jeff Gorton said that there are guys on the roster who are "trying to emerge" and show that they are better than what people think. (NHL.com)
Brady Skjei described fellow University of Minnesota defenseman Ryan Lindgren as a "character player" and someone that can shut down the other team's top line. (NYR)
Chris Drury said that the Rangers view Lindgren as someone who can help set "the right culture" for the team moving forward. (The Athletic)
Lindgren is considered to be more of a "throwback" type of shutdown defenseman and Chris Drury said that he was someone the Rangers wanted from Boston because of his character, leadership and compete levels. (The Athletic)
Lindgren skates well, move the puck "competently" and is a "great defender who battles at a high-end level." (The Athletic)
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9/1/18| Craig Custance spoke with a number of people around the NHL and had the Rangers listed in the fourth tier of teams labeled "just outside the bubble." (The Athletic)
Custance spoke with an executive that said that while he doesn't think the Rangers can win the Stanley Cup, they could be a team that surprises people.The Athletic)
The Sports Forecaster Magazine has the Rangers finishing last in the Metro.
8/31/18 | The Hockey News Yearbook expanded a bit on the Rangers prospect list, below, and included when those players might be expected to make the NHL.
The Sports Forecaster Magazine listed the Rangers top prospects as Chytil, Andersson, Shesterkin, Kravtsov, Georgiev, Howden, Hajek, Lindgren, Patrick Virta and Yegor Rykov.
8/14/18 |The Hockey News has released their annual pool guide and with it a list of the Rangers top 10 prospects.
- Lias Andersson - "Relentless on puck pursuit, skilled, gritty style. Strong winning mentality and natural leader." NHL Projection: 18-19
- Filip Chytil - "Good stickhandling and instincts, difference maker on the ice. Learning to utilize size effectively." NHL Projection: 18-19
- Vitali Kravtsov - "Skillful in 1-on-1 battles. Gritty, physical style. Plays better against tougher competition."NHL Projection: 21-22
- Igor Shesterkin - "Incredible lateral movement with a quick glove. Extreme focus.Winner of Olympic Gold Medal." NHL Projection: 19-20
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The Rangers posted pictures today showing a number of players on the ice working out including:
- Brady Skjei, Marc Staal, Chris Kreider, Mats Zuccarello, Pavel Buchnevich, Henrik Lundqvist and Brendan Smith.
Mika Zibanejad was also skating and showing off that his "flow" is ready for the season.
Training Camp is expected to start in mid-September, following the Traverse City Tournament.
A number of the players spent part of the summer training with Rangers strength and conditioning consultant Ben Prentiss in Connecticut.
8/31/18 | 9:19AM: Portzline writes again that sources tell him that the Rangers are Panarin's first choice. (The Athletic)
He notes that John Tortorella "loves" Panarin's intensity and never "hesitates" to use him in all situations. (The Athletic)
8/23/18 | According to Aaron Portzline, there is a belief around the NHL that Artemi Panarin's top choice for his next team is the Rangers. (The Athletic)
Portzline notes that it doesn't mean for sure that Panarin will end up with the Rangers at some point but that three different people, from three different teams, all mentioned that they have heard the Rangers are at the top of his list. (The Athletic)