Winter Classic veteran Mike Rupp scored two goals last night in his eighth game back from knee surgery.

John Tortorella said, with a big smile, on his post game news conference on the NHL Network that he couldn't be happier for Rupp after the season he has had, he is a "great" teammate and that he brings an intangible to the young core of the team as a veteran.

Rupp said earlier this year that he was thankful for the chance to join the team on road trips while he was injured.

Rupp was awarded the Broadway Hat following the win.

I have been a big Rupp supporter since he was signed and I think his game is finally coming along. I certainly didn't see him scoring two goals, especially the slick first one, but he stepped up in a big moment. I loved seeing Brandon Prust basically jump into his arms after Rupp scored the second goal. I love that John Tortorella calls him a "glue guy." He understands his role on the ice and his role in the locker room. He is a very valuable player.

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Feb 13, 2017; Columbus, OH, USA; New York Rangers right wing Kevin Hayes (13) carries the puck as Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson (7) trails the play during the third period at Nationwide Arena. New York beat Columbus 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports (Russell LaBounty)
Feb 13, 2017; Columbus, OH, USA; New York Rangers right wing Kevin Hayes (13) carries the puck as Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson (7) trails the play during the third period at Nationwide Arena. New York beat Columbus 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports (Russell LaBounty)

Larry Brooks wrote, when the season ended, that the Rangers need more consistency from Kevin Hayes moving forward. (NY Post)

Brooks wrote that Hayes has not been "forceful enough" in using his size, reach and puck skills in getting to the net. (NY Post)

He did note that Hayes adapted well to being put in different positions by Alain Vigneault, including more time in the defensive zone. (NY Post)

Alain Vigneault said in February that Kevin Hayes is "rounding out as a player" and starting to better understand the game at both ends of the rink.

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Apr 9, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) and defenseman Dan Girardi (5) congratulate goalie Magnus Hellberg (45) after the 3-2 win over against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Apr 9, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) and defenseman Dan Girardi (5) congratulate goalie Magnus Hellberg (45) after the 3-2 win over against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Magnus Hellberg has reportedly signed with Kunlun Red Star of the KHL, who play in China. (Elite Prospects)

Kunlun's head coach is former Rangers head coach Mike Keenan.

For Hartford this season, Hellberg was 12-15 with a GAA of 2.95 and save percentage of .903.

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Mar 18, 2017; Saint Paul, MN, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei (76) shoots during the second period against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports (Brace Hemmelgarn)
Mar 18, 2017; Saint Paul, MN, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei (76) shoots during the second period against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports (Brace Hemmelgarn)

Brendan Smith said during the playoffs that he had been "really impressed" with Brady Skjei since joining the Rangers and that he is sometimes "in awe" of the plays that Skjei makes. (NYR)

Smith said that Skjei is "wiser" than his age and that he doesn't see the kind of mistakes that other rookie defensemen tend to make. (NYR)

Smith said that Skjei is "strong" at both ends of the ice and "that's what you need from a defenseman." (NYR)

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New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad scores a goal past Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson during the second period in Game 6 of the second round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad scores a goal past Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson during the second period in Game 6 of the second round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

While speaking about Mika Zibanejad on breakup day, Alain Vigneault said that Zibanejad is at a crossroad in his career and needs to "figure it out."

Vigneault said that Zibanejad has the "tools and capabilities to be a high end center in this league and needs to put it together."

He said that Zibanejad is in a phase of figuring things out and understanding how to play in different situations and what those situations may require him to do.

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(Danny Wild)

JT Miller said earlier this season that the Rangers expect him to bring his "A" game on nightly basis and that is what he also expects of himself. (CBC)

He said that he challenges himself to be better every year and that he has high expectations for how he wants to perform. (CBC)

  • Larry Brooks writes that Miller was the Rangers best forward through the first 50 games of the season before going through an "unfortunate slide." (NY Post)
  • Miller had 16 goals and 19 assists in the first 49 games this season, prior to the All-Star break, and 6 goals and 18 assists in the 45 games that followed, including the playoffs.
  • In 24 games in January and February, Miller had 7 goals and 15 assists.
  • In 19 games in March an April, Miller had 3 goals and 5 assists.
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Defenseman Neal Pionk said that he chose the Rangers after visiting with the organization, meeting the management team and speaking with Alain Vigneault. (Duluth News Tribune)

It was reported when he signed that around 20 teams were interested in Pionk.

Pionk said that he likes the Rangers style of play as well as the success they have had the past few years. (Duluth News Tribune)

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May 4, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Oscar Lindberg (24) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the Ottawa Senators during the second period of 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; New York Rangers center Oscar Lindberg (24) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the Ottawa Senators during the second period of 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)

In 5 games at the World Championships, Oscar Lindberg had 2 assists, a plus 6 rating and 18:10 per game while helping Sweden win the Gold Medal.

Lindberg spent most of the tournament on a line with Washington's Nicklas Backstrom and Toronto's William Nylander.

Sweden's coach Rikard Gronborg said that despite Lindberg playing more of a defensive role with the Rangers, they view him as an offensive player who fit in well with Backstrom and Nylander. (HockeySverige)

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New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) looks to make a pass against the Philadelphia Flyers during the second period at Madison Square Garden. (Danny Wild)
New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) looks to make a pass against the Philadelphia Flyers during the second period at Madison Square Garden. (Danny Wild)

Mats Zuccarello said that the hopes to be able to play for Norway in the Olympics next year despite the NHL saying that they won't shut down their season. (Nettavisen)

Zuccarello said that he would like to have a chat with the Rangers about possibly playing in the Olympics and that if the decision is up to him then he will go." (Nettavisen)

Asked why he didn't go play for Norway in the World Championships after the Rangers season ended, Zuccarello said that the team was doing well without him and that he wanted to take some time to relax. (Nettavisen)

Henrik Lundqvist has said that he would like the chance to play in the Olympics again.

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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)

Brendan Smith's agent Anton Thun told Larry Brooks that Smith enjoyed his time playing with the Rangers and that he would "certainly consider" signing a new contract prior to becoming a UFA on July 1. (NY Post)

Thun noted though that Smith has not told him to "get a deal done" with the Rangers and that Smith will be looking for a "good fit with a good organization in his next contract. (NY Post)

He noted that the Rangers definitely "qualify" as a good fit but that for Smith to pass up free agency he will need to sign a contract that "reflects market value." (NY Post)

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Dan Girardi and Marc Staal watch the final seconds during the third period of a first-round NHL playoff game. (Gene J. Puskar)
Dan Girardi and Marc Staal watch the final seconds during the third period of a first-round NHL playoff game. (Gene J. Puskar)

Alain Vigneault was asked on breakup day about Marc Staal an Dan Girardi and if they are both still 20 minute a night players.

Vigneault said that if you were to ask the players that question then they would likely say yes, while adding that from his perspective everything will sort itself out at training camp.

  • Girardi played 63 games this season, scoring 4 goals, 11 assists, 19:06 per game, 44% of the shot attempts at 5 on 5. He played in all 12 playoff games, 2 assists, 22:06 per game 45.4% of the shot attempts at 5 on 5.
  • Staal played 72 games this season, scoring 3 goals, 7 assists, 19:11 per game, 46.6% of the shot attempts at 5 on 5. He played in all 12 playoff games, 0 points, 19:15 per game, 44.9% of the shot attempts at 5 on 5.

He added that there are some players who are "taking strides" and deserve more minutes and that would mean that other players would get fewer minutes.

Asked about his season, Girardi said that it was definitely an improvement over his 2015-16 season but that he wishes he could have done more in the playoffs. (SNY)

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Sep 25, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Team Sweden goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) during a break in the action against Team Europe during a semifinal game in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey at Air Canada Centre. Team Europe defeated Team Sweden 3-2 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports (John E. Sokolowski)
Sep 25, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Team Sweden goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) during a break in the action against Team Europe during a semifinal game in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey at Air Canada Centre. Team Europe defeated Team Sweden 3-2 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports (John E. Sokolowski)

Henrik Lundqvist said that he suffered a knee injury in Saturday's semi-final win over Finland.

Lundqvist said that around lunch time on Sunday he did not think that he would be able to play but the pain "disappeared" after undergoing acupuncture treatment. (Expressen)

He said that some pain returned to his knee about halfway through the game but said that all he was thinking about was stopping the next shot.(Expressen)

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Following his win in the Gold Medal game of the World Championships, Henrik Lundqvist said:

  • What does winning mean, "so many things. Sitting in NY ten days ago, this is what I pictured myself, to be here with my brother, to hold this trophy. What a game, so exciting. It's been an amazing week, to be part of this team, this group, to spend time with my brother and then play exciting hockey, that is what I was looking for. It was very disappointing being in New York, the way we ended it. This really, makes me feel a lot better." (IIHF)
  • What was going through your mind in the shootout, "stay calm." (IIHF)
  • Is the trophy heavier than you thought, "yes. Not the medal, but the trophy is pretty heavy." (TSN)
  • What part of the experience will you take with you, "everything. I think 5-6 reasons why I came here and it turned out to be an amazing time for me. To come and play with my brother and win this. It's a great group to be part of, I knew that coming here. To play for your country and to see the flag go up, it's just an amazing feeling. It was very disappointing end in New York the way we did but I recharged and wanted to play with my brother again and come here and experience this was awesome." (TSN)
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Sep 14, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; Team Sweden goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) takes to the ice prior to Team Sweden game against Team Europe during a World Cup of Hockey pre-tournament game at Verizon Center. Team Europe won 6-2. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)
Sep 14, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; Team Sweden goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) takes to the ice prior to Team Sweden game against Team Europe during a World Cup of Hockey pre-tournament game at Verizon Center. Team Europe won 6-2. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)

Henrik Lundqvist and Sweden defeated Canada 2-1 in a shootout to win the Gold Medal at the World Hockey Championships.

Lundqvist stopped 42 of 43 shots during regulation and OT including 20 of 21 in the third period and OT.

He also stopped all four shots he faced in the shootout and was named the Player of the Game. 

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Dec 11, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei (right) celebrates after scoring his first NHL goal against the New Jersey Devils during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Dec 11, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei (right) celebrates after scoring his first NHL goal against the New Jersey Devils during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

While speaking about the defense on breakup day, Alain Vigneault said that the Rangers are "definitely" looking at bringing in another young defenseman next year.

Dan Girardi (33), Kevin Klein (32), Marc Staal (30), Nick Holden (30), Steven Kampfer (28), Ryan McDonagh (27) and Brady Skjei (23) are all under contract for next season.

The Rangers signed Alexei Bereglazov (23), Vince Pedrie (23) and Neal Pionk (21) this spring and had John Gilmour (24) and Ryan Graves (21) in Hartford this past season.

Brendan Smith (28) is a UFA and Adam Clendening (24) is an RFA.

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While writing about the center position and potential moves this offseason, Larry Brooks writes that the Rangers could try and use Derek Stepan to land a top-pair right defenseman. (NY Post)

Moving Stepan would also allow the Rangers to give Oscar Lindberg a bigger role at center as well as protect him in the expansion draft. (NY Post)

Brooks notes that potentially moving Kevin Hayes, as opposed to Stepan, likely wouldn't bring "close to the yield" that the Rangers could get for Stepan. (NY Post)

He writes that Lindberg has been under-utilized so far in his time with the Rangers and that it would be a "shame" to lose him in the expansion draft because of limited ice time. (NY Post)

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Sep 25, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Team Sweden goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) warms up prior to the semifinal game against Team Europe in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports  (John E. Sokolowski)
Sep 25, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Team Sweden goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) warms up prior to the semifinal game against Team Europe in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports (John E. Sokolowski)

6:22PM: Lundqvist reportedly made an "acrobatic save" in the final moments of the third period and had to receive treatment after the game.

Reports indicate that as of now Lundqvist should be able to play in the Gold Medal Game. (Expressen)

3:27PM: Sweden defeated Finland 4-1 today to advance to the Gold Medal Game at the World Championships.

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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)

5/22/17 | 3:25PM: Michael Grabner posted on Instagram, "Looking back at the last season,even tho we didn't reach our ultimate goal ,it was a lot of fun and honor playing a long side these guys and playing in front of our fans.now it's time to get back to the grind and try to come back faster and stronger!#thankstoallthefans #greatteammates"

5/20/17 | 11:56AM: Mika Zibanejad posted on Instagram, "Just wanted to thank my teammates and the fans for this year! A different year for me with the trade and the injury. With that being said, I don't think I could've done it without all the help and support from all of you! Season ended way to early but I'm already looking forward to next season! #LGR #blueshirts"

5/19/17 | 8:56AM: Ryan McDonagh posted the following on Instagram last night about the end of the Rangers season, "Always a lot to reflect on after a long season ends too early but I had a lot of fun playing alongside these guys. And thank you rangers fans for always sticking with us through the ups and downs. Hopeful for a lot more ups next season!!"

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Mats Zuccarello is back in his native Norway and while he was driving through the town of Oslo he stopped in the street when he saw a 12-year old taking shots on net in his driveway. (Dagbladet, Aftenposten)

The child, Edvin Velle, said that Zuccarello is his favorite player and that it was "really cool" to meet him.

His mom posted a photo on Instagram, which you can see below, and a message that translated to, "#hverdagsmagi When you stand outside your farm and works on shot after shot for yourself and maybe daydreaming a bit about hockey and heroes and suddenly stands @mats_zuccarello there right beside it and turn a nice and long chat. When that is. " (Aftenposten)

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Sep 14, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; Team Sweden goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) takes to the ice prior to Team Sweden game against Team Europe during a World Cup of Hockey pre-tournament game at Verizon Center. Team Europe won 6-2. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)
Sep 14, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; Team Sweden goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) takes to the ice prior to Team Sweden game against Team Europe during a World Cup of Hockey pre-tournament game at Verizon Center. Team Europe won 6-2. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)

Henrik Lundqvist has been run into multiple times during his brief time at the World Championships and Swedens' coach said that not enough is being done to protect goalies. (Expressen)

Lundqvist was run into during Sweden's game against Denmark a few days ago and against Switzerland yesteray.

Trainers came out to check on Lundqvist after both incidents but he remained in both games. (Expressen)

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Brian Compton, Adam Rotter, and Nick Licalzi bid farewell to the podcast as the the guys run the gamut on the Blueshirts. They discuss the team's biggest concern - defense, the trade values of Derek Stepan and Rick Nash, the enigma that is Chris Kreider, and the window left for goaltender Henrik Lundqvist.

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Jan 19, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers forward Michael Grabner (40) reacts after scoring a shorthanded goal on Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen (31) in the third period 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 Michael Grabner (40) reacts after scoring a shorthanded goal on Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen (31) in the third period at the Air Canada Centre. New York defeated Toronto 5-2. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports (John E. Sokolowski)

In late March, at ESPN, four writers chose potential rosters for the Vegas Golden Knights.

  • Scott Burnside had the Rangers losing Nick Holden.
  • Craig Custance and Pierre LeBrun had the Rangers losing Antti Raanta.
  • Joe McDonald had the Rangers losing Oscar Lindberg.

As of now, the Rangers list of protected players is expected to be Henrik Lundqvist, Rick Nash, Derek Stepan, Chris Kreider, Mats Zuccarello, JT Miller, Mika Zibanejad and Kevin Hayes at forward and Ryan McDonagh, Marc Staal and Dan Girardi. (Cap Friendly)

Lundqvist, Nash, Staal and Girardi are all required to be protected due tot their no-move clause but all can be exposed if they are asked and agree to waive their no-move clauses.

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Sep 14, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; Team Sweden goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) takes to the ice prior to Team Sweden game against Team Europe during a World Cup of Hockey pre-tournament game at Verizon Center. Team Europe won 6-2. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)
Sep 14, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; Team Sweden goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) takes to the ice prior to Team Sweden game against Team Europe during a World Cup of Hockey pre-tournament game at Verizon Center. Team Europe won 6-2. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)

Henrik Lundqvist stopped 26 of 27 shots in Sweden's 3-1 win over Switzerland in the World Championships today.

He was named the "Best Player" of the game.

Lundqvist stopped 22 shots in the second and third period but appeared to be in discomfort after making a save int he second period. He went to the ice and trainer came out but he stayed in the game. (Expressen)

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Apr 20, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New York Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei (76) plays the puck during the second 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 defenseman Brady Skjei (76) plays the puck during the second 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)

Team USA has been eliminated at the World Championships after losing to Finland 2-0.

Hayes had 1 shot on goal, 3-4 on faceoffs, was a minus one and played 16:12 (4:37, 5:20, 6:15).

Hayes was called for two penalties in the third period, "playing without a helmet" and "slashing."

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( Adam Hunger)

Brendan Smith said on breakup day that this Rangers team was "arguably" the best team he had ever been on and while it was only for a short time, "it was fun to be part of it." (SNY)

Smith continued that it was a lot of being being a Ranger and after thanking Red Wings GM Ken Holland and Rangers GM Jeff Gorton, called his time with the Rangers "a blast." (SNY)

Smith said that he will see what comes with being a free agent but again added that he "really enjoyed" being with the Rangers, liked the group of players, said that the Rangers "do it right" and again called it a "blast." (SNY)

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Apr 20, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal (18) and defenseman Dan Girardi (5) battle for the puck against Montreal Canadiens right wing Alexander Radulov (47) during the second period in game five 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 defenseman Marc Staal (18) and defenseman Dan Girardi (5) battle for the puck against Montreal Canadiens right wing Alexander Radulov (47) during the second period in game five of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports (Jean-Yves Ahern)

Rick Nash said on breakup day that the Rangers have had a good "core group" but said "when you don't provide a championship in those amount of years there will be changes. (SNY)

While speaking on breakup day, Derek Stepan said that as a core group they can't worry about what might happen and said "we've been real close and real good but that doesn't do us any good. It's part of the business and part of the job. We have been real close and haven't been able to get it done. (SNY)

Ryan McDonagh said noted that this is a "results business" and that the organization will do "whatever it can to put a team on the ice that can win. (NYR)

Dan Girardi said that he thinks that the current core group with the Rangers can "get the job done" and while he noted that they haven't been able to reach their "ultimate goal" he thinks that the team has the "right guys in here." (SNY)

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New York Rangers forward Pavel Buchnevich celebrates after scoring a goal. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Rangers forward Pavel Buchnevich celebrates after scoring a goal. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

In his rookie season with the Rangers, Pavel Buchnevich:

  • Played in 41 games
  • Missed 31 due to injury (5-back spasms, 26- back) and 1 game due to illness
  • Was a healthy scratch 7 times
  • Missed two games because he was with Hartford.

In the playoffs, Buchnevich played games 4,5,6 against the Senators and then games 1 and 2 against Ottawa.

In his first 10 games that Buchnevich played he had 4 goals and 4 assists, 18 shots on goal and averaged 15:06.

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(Brad Penner)

Ken Gernander, who was fired yesterday as coach of the Wolf Pack, said that he has been offered a position with the Rangers. (Courant)

Gernander said that he wouldn't discuss details but said that the opportunity is with the Rangers, not the Wolf Pack, and that he is considering it. (Courant)

Gernander noted that he wasn't Jeff Gorton's hire as AHL coach and that Gorton wanted to "have his own person in place." (Courant)

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Asked on breakup day about his career and possibly not winning a Stanley Cup, Henrik Lundqvist said that he takes things year by year and doesn't want to look "too far ahead."

He said that his dream is still to win the Stanley Cup and that when the season ends you need to reflect on what happened and how you can get better from it.

Lundqvist said that he still had his "A" performance in a lot of games this season but that the games were he was just "ok" or "good" dropped.

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Russia forward Ilya Kovalchuk (71) shoots and scores a goal against Finland in the men's ice hockey quarterfinals during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Bolshoy Ice Dome. (Scott Rovak)
Russia forward Ilya Kovalchuk (71) shoots and scores a goal against Finland in the men's ice hockey quarterfinals during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Bolshoy Ice Dome. (Scott Rovak)

Elliotte Friedman cites Russian Sources who believe that Ilya Kovalchuk has had "serious interest" in joining the Rangers as part of his comeback to the NHL. (Sportsnet)

Friedman notes that he isn't sure of the Rangers interest in Kovalchuk and also notes that even if they did have interest they would need to work out a trade with the Devils. (Sportsnet)

Reports have indicated that Kovalchuk would like to stay in the NYC area or possibly in Florida and that his family will be a major factor in determining where he plays. (Malamud)

Kovalchuk is planning to return to the NHL and will can either play for the Devils or signed and then traded to another team. (NY Post)

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Mar 22, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Rick Nash (61) scores a goal past New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss (1) during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hunger)
Mar 22, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Rick Nash (61) scores a goal past New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss (1) during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hunger)

The Bridgeport Sound Tigers, the Islanders AHL affiliate, announced that the the Rangers will play the Islanders in Bridgeport on 9/22/17 at 7:30PM.

The Rangers played the Islanders during this past seasons preseason, defeating them 5-2 at MSG and losing 3-2 in OT in Brooklyn.

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Kevin Hayes gets into position for a face-off during the second period against the Minnesota Wild. (AP)
Kevin Hayes gets into position for a face-off during the second period against the Minnesota Wild. (AP)

Team USA defeated Russia today 5-3 in the World Championships.

Kevin Hayes had two goals, 3 shots on goal, a plus one rating, 2 and 6 on faceoffs and played 18:36 (6:41 in the first, 6:09 in the second and 5:46 in the third).

Brady Skjei played 15:13 (4:56 in the first, 5:52 in the second and 4:25 in the third) and was on the ice for a goal for and a a goal against.

In two teams for Team USA, Hayes has two goals, two assists and 6 shots on goal.

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New York Rangers' Chris Drury celebrates his goal which tied the game in the final minute of the third period of an NHL hockey game against the New Jersey Devils Thursday, March 25, 2010 in Newark, N.J. The Rangers beat the Devils 4-3 in a shootout. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
New York Rangers' Chris Drury celebrates his goal which tied the game in the final minute of the third period of an NHL hockey game against the New Jersey Devils Thursday, March 25, 2010 in Newark, N.J. The Rangers beat the Devils 4-3 in a shootout. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

The Rangers have announced that Assistant GM Chris Drury has also been named GM of the Wolf Pack.

Drury replaces Rangers SVP and Assistant GM Jim Schoenfeld as GM of the Wolf Pack.

Schoenfeld will remain with the organization and focus solely on his duties with the Rangers.

Drury spent this past season as Assistant GM after being promoted from Director of Player Development.

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The Rangers have announced that Ken Gernander has been relieved of his duties as coach of the Hartford Wolf Pack.

Rangers GM Jeff Gorton said, "we want to thank Ken for his service and all of his contributions to the Wolf Pack and the Rangers organization. We wish him and his family all the best in his future endeavors."

From the Rangers release, "Gernander served as the Wolf Pack's Head Coach for the past 10 seasons, posting a 388-304-84 record in 776 games. He guided Hartford to the playoffs in five of his 10 seasons as the team's Head Coach and helped the Wolf Pack advance to the Eastern Conference Final in 2014-15. "

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Sep 25, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Team Sweden goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) during a break in the action against Team Europe during a semifinal game in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey at Air Canada Centre. Team Europe defeated Team Sweden 3-2 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports (John E. Sokolowski)
Sep 25, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Team Sweden goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) during a break in the action against Team Europe during a semifinal game in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey at Air Canada Centre. Team Europe defeated Team Sweden 3-2 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports (John E. Sokolowski)

Sweden defeated Slovakia 4-2 this morning at the World Championships behind a 13 save performance from Henrik Lundqvist.

In two games so far for Sweden, Lundqvist has stopped 32 of 36 shots.

Oscar Lindberg had 1 shot on goal and played 15:05 (3:35 in the first, 4:53 in the second, 6:37 in the third) and was on the ice for William Nylander's first period goal.

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Mar 6, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Rangers goalie Antti Raanta (32) looks on during the first period against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 6, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Rangers goalie Antti Raanta (32) looks on during the first period against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Antti Raanta is entering the final year of his contract with the Rangers and has a cap hit of $1 million.

Raanta said on breakup day that every goalie wants to be a No. 1 and that you work hard in the summer because "you never know what happens." (NY Post)

Larry Brooks writes that Vegas may take Antti Raanta in the expansion draft, unless the Rangers make a side deal to prevent it but also notes that Raanta could be used in a trade package. (NY Post)

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May 3, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Washington Capitals defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) skates with the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period in game four of the second round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the PPG PAINTS Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
May 3, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Washington Capitals defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) skates with the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period in game four of the second round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the PPG PAINTS Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

While talking about a possible return to the Washington Capitals, pending UFA Kevin Shattenkirk said that if he did return he would want a bigger role. (TSN)

Shattenkirk was acquired by the Capitals at the trade deadline and in 19 regular season games played 20:12 and had 14 points, 18 hits, 26 blocked shots, 18 takeaways and 11 giveaways.

In the playoffs, Shattenkirk had 1 goal, 5 assists, a minus r rating, 20 hits, 22 blocked shots, 5 takeaways and 12 giveaways in 18:27 per game.

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Sep 25, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Team Sweden goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) during a break in the action against Team Europe during a semifinal game in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey at Air Canada Centre. Team Europe defeated Team Sweden 3-2 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports (John E. Sokolowski)
Sep 25, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Team Sweden goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) during a break in the action against Team Europe during a semifinal game in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey at Air Canada Centre. Team Europe defeated Team Sweden 3-2 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports (John E. Sokolowski)

Henrik Lundqvist and Oscar Lindberg helped Sweden defeat Denmark 4-2 at the World Championships today.

Lundqvist stopped 19 of 21 shots and his brother Joel, the captain of Team Sweden, scored the first goal today.

Lundqvist also took a knee to the head from a player on Denmark, spent some time on the ice before getting up and finishing the game. (Expressen)

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Nov 12, 2016; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; New York Rangers center Kevin Hayes (13) during the face off against the Calgary Flames during the second period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports (Sergei Belski)
Nov 12, 2016; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; New York Rangers center Kevin Hayes (13) during the face off against the Calgary Flames during the second period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports (Sergei Belski)

5:53PM: USA coach Jeff Blashill said of Hayes and Skjei, "that is the first time that I have ever been around Brady, he's a heck of a defenseman. They are two good pieces and we already had a good core here but they are two good pieces."

Hayes said "it was my first game, I was just trying to get acquainted out there."

Anders Lee of the Islanders said that "Hayzer and Brady stepped in and played a couple of great games."

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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)

Rick Nash said on breakup day that New York is his home, he loves being a Ranger and plans on being with the Rangers when training camp opens for next season. (SNY)

He said before the season that he needed to show that he belonged on the roster.

Larry Brooks writes that the Rangers aren't going to shop Rick Nash but will listen to a trade offer that made sense. (NY Post)

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May 2, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Kevin Hayes (13) brings the puck up ice against the Ottawa Senators during the second period in game three of the second round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hunger)
May 2, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Kevin Hayes (13) brings the puck up ice against the Ottawa Senators during the second period in game three of the second round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hunger)

Kevin Hayes and Brady Skjei have arrived at the World Championships in Germany and spoke about joining Team USA.

Hayes said, "when I got asked to come I was really excited and started following the team. They lost their first game and have rattled off four straight. It's a great young group and we have a chance to do something so I am pretty excited about it."

On his role, "this year I was a bit of a PK guy so I think I will be on the PK here. Not really sure where I will be playing in the lineup, I will talk to coach and figure it out and I will bring hard work."

Skjei said, "really excited to be here. It's a good young team, lots of speed and skill and they are on a roll right now. Just trying to join and help anyway that I can."

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Apr 20, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New York Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei (76) plays the puck during the second 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 defenseman Brady Skjei (76) plays the puck during the second 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)

Former Ranger Colton Orr was on SNY's Daily News Live and GEICO SportsNite earlier this week and said the following about the Rangers:

  • "They need to look at and see what they can do on defense. They need to get younger and faster on the back end."
  • On Chris Kreider, "I think sometimes that he is too cute. He is such a physical specimen, I work out with him in the summer and he is so strong and powerful and I think he just needs to play that game all the time, drive the net. Sometimes he wants to make that extra pass and he needs to continue to play that physical game and use his size and strength."
  • On getting through to Kreider, "whether it's the coach or some players reinforcing that, playing your game, play your strength and power and size and I think a player can get through to him, I think that would be the best way."
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Nov 15, 2016; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; New York Rangers forward Derek Stepan (21) goes down after a hit by the Vancouver Canucks during the first period at Rogers Arena. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports (Anne-Marie Sorvin)
Nov 15, 2016; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; New York Rangers forward Derek Stepan (21) goes down after a hit by the Vancouver Canucks during the first period at Rogers Arena. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports (Anne-Marie Sorvin)

Derek Stepan said on Tuesday, after Game 6, that he was "disappointed, ashamed and flat out embarrassed" with his performance in the playoffs and how he couldn't find his game. (Rosen)

He had two goals and four assists in the playoffs, a minus 3 rating, 33 shots on goal and averaged 20:59.

Stepan said that he struggled to make the "right plays" throughout the playoffs and that while he was very hard on himself he wasn't "as bad" as he said he was. (NY Post, SNY)

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Sep 14, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; Team Sweden goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) takes to the ice prior to Team Sweden game against Team Europe during a World Cup of Hockey pre-tournament game at Verizon Center. Team Europe won 6-2. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)
Sep 14, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; Team Sweden goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) takes to the ice prior to Team Sweden game against Team Europe during a World Cup of Hockey pre-tournament game at Verizon Center. Team Europe won 6-2. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)

Henrik Lundqvist and Oscar Lindberg are expected to play tomorrow for Sweden against Denmark. (Expressen)

Lundqvist said that he made the decision to join Team Sweden after taking some time to "reload" and that he likes playing in the World Championships because there is a "party atmosphere among the fans." (Expressen)

He said that the end of the season was a big disappointment and that he and the team were preparing to play until June. (Expressen)

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New York Rangers' Oscar Lindberg (24) shoots the puck past Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson (41) during the second period of Game 4 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series Thursday, May 4, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)
New York Rangers' Oscar Lindberg (24) shoots the puck past Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson (41) during the second period of Game 4 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series Thursday, May 4, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)

Oscar Lindberg will join Henrik Lundqvist on Team Sweden in the World Championships.

Lindberg lands in Germany on Saturday morning.

Sweden's coach said that Lindberg had a good season with the Rangers, is a trusted player and someone who can play in a lot of different situations. (HockeySverige)

 

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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)

Joe Micheletti was on Mike Francesa on Thursday and said the following about the Rangers (WFAN):

  • Joe said that the four remaining teams all have a group of defense that are mobile, handle the puck well, get it out quickly and "when you talk about what happens with this team, I don't think there is any question that Jeff Gorton and his staff would try to rearrange their defense to get more mobility back there. It's not an easy thing to do but I would think it's one are the Rangers would like to shore up and get better on the back end."
  • "They had a good year and a disappointing finish. I go back to last year, they got younger in the offseason. Vesey showed in the playoffs that he will be a player. I don't know what happened to JT Miller and Kevin Hayes, whether it was a confidence thing..."
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GEICO SportsNite: Rangers speak 00:02:34
Michelle Yu looks at what the Rangers had to say after their season ended Tuesday night as they reflect and ask what could have been.

Alain Vigneault said yesterday that all members of the organization believe that the Rangers should still be playing and said, "we are not, it's very disappointing."

Vigneault said that it will take some time to get over the Rangers loss to Ottawa and added later that he was still in a bit of "shock" that the Rangers season was over.

He noted that effort wasn't an issue for the Rangers in the playoffs but that some players need to be better at "handling the moment" and then going out and executing.

Dan Girardi said that the Rangers aren't happy with how the season finished and that while they left wins on the table there is nothing they can do about it now. (SNY)

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Dec 29, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault looks on prior to the game against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports (Matt Kartozian)
Dec 29, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault looks on prior to the game against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports (Matt Kartozian)

Alain Vigneault met with the media on Thursday during Rangers breakup day and said (SNY):

  • "I think that I expressed it, in my opinion, fairly clearly, at the end of the last game. They made a couple of more plays. A defense play at a timely time, an offense play at a timely time and, we might believe that we deserved a better outcome, that we had maybe a little more as far as taking control of things in this series but at timely times they made the plays and that is why they won the series. It's a series, to a man, and Gorts and I just talked to all the players, to a man we all believe that we should still be playing. We are not, it's very disappointing. It's going to take some time to get over but I also think it's important to note that there were a lot of positives this year. We came in and retooled a little on the fly. For the most part we were one of the top five teams, top five in scoring. A lot of good things for a team that is retooling and wasn't given a lot of chance as far as getting into the playoffs. This disappointment will go into our bank of experience and maybe we will use it better next time."
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Rangers look back on season 00:01:26
Henrik Lundqvist, Derek Stepan, Brendan Smith and Rick Nash talk to reporters on clean out day at the Rangers practice facility.