So do the Rangers.
The Blueshirts are coming off an overtime loss in Edmonton on Monday and have only two wins in their past 10 games, both against another non-contender, the New Jersey Devils. The Rangers have struggled since they amped up their rebuilding program by sending forwards Kevin Hayes and Mats Zuccarello to Winnipeg and Dallas, respectively, at the trade deadline.
Some young Rangers, such as forward Brendan Lemieux, acquired from Winnipeg in the deal for Hayes, are seeking to earn more ice time. Meanwhile, older Rangers, such as defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, are fighting to keep their jobs.
Lemieux, 22, has five points in seven games with the Rangers after only producing 11 in 44 contests with Winnipeg. He appears to be making the most of his increased ice time.
"That's what I've loved about being here is I'm playing when the game counts," Lemieux told teehe New York Post. "I feel like the trust is there, it's just managing my minutes." >> Read More
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