From the latest issue of The Hockey News
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9:46PM: Gorton's full comments included (NYR):

  • On the 3 first round picks, "we intend to use them but they are in play. As of right now we will use them but if something comes up that will change."
  • On how important this is, "it's very important, 3 firsts, 2 seconds, 2 thirds. We have a lot of opportunity to make our team better for the future, build pieces that we need. It's a vital time for us."
  • How excited are you, "You think it's a couple of months away but it goes fast. Our scouting staff has done a great job of going through the process and we are excited about what is going to happen."
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The NHL has announced the Rangers schedule for the 2018-19 season and the Rangers have sent through the following information:

  • Six of the first nine games are at MSG
  • First five games at MSG are against Western Conference teams
  • 12 of their final 23 games are against Metro opponents
  • They have a season-long five-game homestand from 2/2 to 2/10
  • 11 back to back sets, same as 2017-18 and tied for the fewest among Eastern Conference teams.
  • March is their busiest month with 15 games, 9 of which are on the road
  • Their longest road trip is four games and that happens three different times (10/25/18 - 11/1/18), (2/12/19 -2/19/19), (3/11/19 to 3/16/19)
  • They reach the mid-way point of the season on January 6, 2019 against the Coyotes
  • The Rangers bye-week begins on 1/20/19 and leads into the All-Star break on 1/26. The Rangers last game before the bye week is 1/17 at Boston and their next game is 1/29 against the Flyers.
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Mar 24, 2018; New York, NY, USA; A general view of Madison Square Garden before a game between the Buffalo Sabres and New York Rangers. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Mar 24, 2018; New York, NY, USA; A general view of Madison Square Garden before a game between the Buffalo Sabres and New York Rangers. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

The NHL has announced that the upper limit for the 2018-19 salary cap will be $79.5 million.

The salary floor will be $58.8 million and the mid-point is $69.15 million.

With the salary cap at $79.5 million, the Rangers are projected, as of now, to have at least $24.9 million depending on different roster construction. (Cap Friendly)

With a roster that includes Brendan Smith, Filip Chytil and Lias Andersson, the Rangers should have around $26.6 million in cap space.

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1:02PM: Darren Dreger said that the mandate from Jeff Gorton and Rangers management is "to be patient" and to assess what they have within the organization in terms of youth. (TSN)

He noted that players like Tavares, Kovalchuk and Karlsson are not the "right fit for the direction of the New York Rangers right now. They are going to vow to be patient." (TSN)

12:34PM: Larry Brooks tweets that the Rangers would be open to signing Kovalchuk as a UFA but "are not" packaging 4-5 assets for a player that is one-year away from being a UFA.

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Mar 12, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Vladislav Namestnikov (90) reacts after scoring a goal against the Carolina Hurricanes during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Mar 12, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Vladislav Namestnikov (90) reacts after scoring a goal against the Carolina Hurricanes during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

6/21/18 | 9:06AM: Larry Brooks writes that Namestnikov's agent has not heard yet from Rangers GM Jeff Gorton about anything related to contract talks. (NY Post)

Namestnikov is two-years away from being a UFA and his agent said that he isn't reading anything into not hearing from Gorton yet. (NY Post)

6/11/18 | Elliotte Friedman wrote over the weekend that he is "curious" to see what the Rangers will do with Vlad Namestnikov. (Sportsnet)

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6/21/18 | 9:06AM: Larry Brooks writes that unless Jeff Gorton can work out a deal with Montreal for the third pick, it's likely the team will remain at #9. (NY Post)

Brooks says that at #9 the Rangers could possibly select from a group of Noah Dobson, Evan Bouchard and Oliver Wahlstrom. He notes that Swedish defenseman Adam Boqvist is not believed to be a target of the Rangers. (NY Post)

6/18/18 | According to Larry Brooks, while the Rangers have spoken with the Carolina Hurricanes about potentially acquiring the second overall a pick, a deal seems "extremely unlikely." (NY Post)

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(Danny Wild)

The 2018 NHL Awards were held on Wednesday and the Rangers had the following players pick up votes:

  • Lady Byng: Ryan Spooner (tied for 26th) one 2nd place vote, one 3rd place vote

The Rangers did not have any players generate a vote for the Norris, Calder, Selke, Vezina, Hart Trophy or any of the end of season All-Star teams.

Jeff Gorton did not receive a vote for GM of the year.

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Apr 4, 2017; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; The Ottawa Senators celebrate a goal by defenseman Erik Karlsson (65) in the first period against the Detroit Red Wings at Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports (Marc DesRosiers)
Apr 4, 2017; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; The Ottawa Senators celebrate a goal by defenseman Erik Karlsson (65) in the first period against the Detroit Red Wings at Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports (Marc DesRosiers)

Darren Dreger said on TSN on Wednesday that his "gut feeling" is that Erik Karlsson will be traded by the Ottawa Senators. (TSN)

Ken Warren of the Ottawa Sun wrote that the Rangers have a number of draft picks this weekend and have the "bankroll" to acquire a "marquee name."

Warren notes that in addition to the seven picks the Rangers have in the first three-rounds this season, they already have three picks in the first two-rounds next year. (Ottawa Sun)

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Mar 24, 2018; New York, NY, USA; A general view of Madison Square Garden before a game between the Buffalo Sabres and New York Rangers. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Mar 24, 2018; New York, NY, USA; A general view of Madison Square Garden before a game between the Buffalo Sabres and New York Rangers. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

The Rangers have announced that they will open the 2018-19 season at Madison Square Garden against the Nashville Predators on 10/4.

The NHL will release the full schedule tomorrow.

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In his mock draft at TSN, Craig Button has the Rangers selecting Oliver Wahlstrom at 9 and:

  • Jay O'Brien (center) at 26
  • Vitali Kravtsov (winger) at 28

Corey Pronman, of The Athletic, has the Rangers selecting defenseman Noah Dobson at 9 and says that he is someone he thinks would "tick" boxes for them because of his mobility and hockey IQ.

At 26, Pronman has winger Serron Neal and winger Jonatan Berggen at 28.

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(SNY)

6/19/18 | 4:47PM: The Rangers have announced their preseason schedule:

  • 9/17 at NJ
  • 9/19 vs Philly
  • 9/22 at Islanders (Bridgeport)
  • 9/24 vs NJ
  • 9/26 vs NYI
  • 9/27 at Philly

12:36PM: The Devils have announced that they will play the Rangers twice in the preseason, on 9/17 in New Jersey and 9/24 at MSG.

6/15/18 | The Flyers have announced that they will play two preseason games against the Rangers.

  • The Rangers host the Flyers on 9/19 at 7PM
  • The Rangers visit the Flyers on 9/27 at 7PM

The Rangers also play the Islanders in Bridgeport on 9/22 and at MSG on 9/26.

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Feb 25, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Ryan Spooner (23) plays the puck against the Detroit Red Wings during the overtime period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Feb 25, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Ryan Spooner (23) plays the puck against the Detroit Red Wings during the overtime period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Kevin Hayes, Ryan Spooner and Vlad Namestnikov are all listed on TSN's trade bait board.

Hayes is listed at 8, Spooner at 18 and Namestnikov remains at 23. (TSN)

It was reported over the weekend that Hayes is drawing a lot of interest around the league and some have noted that Calgary is believed to be interested in him.

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Mar 24, 2018; New York, NY, USA; A general view of Madison Square Garden before a game between the Buffalo Sabres and New York Rangers. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Mar 24, 2018; New York, NY, USA; A general view of Madison Square Garden before a game between the Buffalo Sabres and New York Rangers. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

The Rangers have placed defensive prospect Sergey Zborovskiy on unconditional waivers with the intent to terminate his contract.

He was a third round pick of the Rangers in 2015 (79th overall) and spent last season playing in the ECHL and AHL.

He played 47 games for Greenville in the ECHL with 5 goals and 12 assists and 10 games with Hartford where he didn't record a point and had 10 PIM.

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Sep 20, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Brendan Smith (42) 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 defenseman Brendan Smith (42) against the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

6/18/18 | Larry Brooks writes that Brendan Smith has remaining in New York this summer and is working with Ben Prentiss to improve his "fitness." (NY Post)

Brooks writes that the Rangers not only expect Smith to be in the mix for a job on deffense but to be the player they signed last summer. (NY Post)

5/14/18 | According to Larry Brooks, in the NY Post, Brendan Smith has been working out at the Rangers practice facility in the hopes of bouncing back after his struggles this past season.

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(Adam Hunger)

Bob McKenzie, of TSN, released his final draft rankings for Friday's draft and had Brady Tkachuk listed at 3 behind consensus 1 and 2 Rasmus Dahlin and Andrei Svechnikov. (TSN)

McKenzie listed Filip Zadina at 4, Finnish center Jesper Kotkaniemi at 5 and then defensemen Noah Dobson, Evan Bouchard and Quinn Hughes at 6, 7,8 respectively. (TSN)

He listed Oliver Wahlstrom 9th and Adam Boqvist 10th. (TSN)

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Mar 8, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Rangers center Kevin Hayes (13) is congratulated as he scores a goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the third period at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 8, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Rangers center Kevin Hayes (13) is congratulated as he scores a goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the third period at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

6/17/18 | Larry Brooks writes that Kevin Hayes is generating "significant interest" around the league. (NY Post)

Brooks notes that the Rangers could have a glut at center and that if Hayes were to be moved it would likely be as the "centerpiece" of a deal to acquire a defenseman. (NY Post)

He wrote that it's unlikely the Rangers would move Hayes in an effort to move up in the draft. (NY Post)

Tags: Kevin Hayes
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Ilya Kovalchuk, of the team from Russia, works out at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
		
		 (Julio Cortez/AP)
Ilya Kovalchuk, of the team from Russia, works out at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)

6/17/18 | According to Larry Brooks, in the NY Post, Ilya Kovalchuk has not ruled out signing with the Rangers but that he "probably" won't. (NY Post)

Brooks adds though that Kovalchuk "would only come" to the Rangers if they acquired a "player or two" that would help "vault" them into contending status. (NY Post)

Kovalchuk has said that his top priority is trying to win a Stanley Cup and has drawn interest from teams like LA, San Jose, St. Louis and Boston.

Tags: Ilya Kovalchuk
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Dec 9, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) reacts after scoring a goal against the New Jersey Devils during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Dec 9, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) reacts after scoring a goal against the New Jersey Devils during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

6/16/18 | According to Larry Brooks, in the NY Post, Mats Zuccarello is not expected to be moved. (NY Post)

Brooks writes that unless there is a "dramatic shift," Zuccarello is "expected" to be at training camp in the fall. (NY Post)

Zuccarello is in the final-year of a four-year deal with a cap hit off $4.5 million. (NY Post)

For a lot more on Zuccarello, click HERE.

Tags: Mats Zuccarello
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Nov 26, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) shoots the puck on Vancouver Canucks goalie Jacob Markstrom (25) during a shoot out at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Nov 26, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) shoots the puck on Vancouver Canucks goalie Jacob Markstrom (25) during a shoot out at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Jeff Gorton told the Boston Globe that Jimmy Vesey needed a bit of a "fresh start" and one of the players that Gorton thinks David Quinn will help.

Gorton said that Vesey needs an "opportunity to play a little more and show what he has . . . so I will be curious to see how David will help Jimmy." (Boston Globe)

Gorton said that it was an "obvious choice" for the team to hire David Quinn because of his past coaching at different levels and developing players.

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(AP)

This past season in the KHL, Rangers prospect Igor Shesterkin was 20-4-4 with a 1.70 GAA and 93.3% save percentage.

In all of his time, including playoffs, in the KHL, Shesterkin is 60-16-15 with a 1.87 GAA and 93% save percentage.

Shesterkin has split time the past two seasons in SKA with Mikko Koskinen but Koskinen has left the KHL and signed with the Oilers.

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 (David Banks)
(David Banks)

The NHL has confirmed the draft order for next Friday's draft and the Rangers have the following picks:

  • First Round: 9, 26, 28
  • Second Round: 39, 48
  • Third Round: 70, 88
  • Fourth Round: 101
  • Fifth Round: 132
  • Sixth Round: 163

The Rangers acquired 26 from the Boston Bruins for Rick Nash, 28 from Tampa Bay in the Ryan McDonagh trade, 48 from New Jersey for Michael Grabner and 88 from Boston for Nick Holden.

The Rangers made seven picks in total at last year's draft, six in 2016, seven in 2015, seven in 2014, five in 2013 and four in 2012.

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Sep 20, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Brendan Smith (42) 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 defenseman Brendan Smith (42) against the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

The first buyout window for NHL contracts began this morning at 12:01AM and Rick Carpiniello, of The Athletic, tweeted not to expect the Rangers to do anything "in that regard."

The Rangers bought out Dan Girardi's contract last year during the buyout period and will carry a cap charge of $3.6 million for this season and next season and then a cap hit of $1.1 million from the 2020-21 season through 22-23. (Cap Friendly)

The Rangers are expected to have more than $20 million in cap space this summer.

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(SNY)

Rangers coach David Quinn was on NHL Tonight on the NHL Network and said:

  • Have you ever coached someone as handsome as Henrik Lundqvist, (big laugh) "Probably not. It's a very high bar. I'm very secure in my masculinity and I have not coached anyone more handsome than Hank.
  • On having Henrik Lundqvist, "it makes our whole situation a little easier when you have a goalie off that caliber in your net. Obviously we are in a bit of a different situation than we have been in the last 3-4 years and the trades we made at the deadline and the youth movement and having Hank in net makes it a little bit easier."
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Larry Brooks wrote over the weekend that when Pavel Buchnevich was preparing to leave Russia and join the Rangers, the player he was most "likened" to was Washington's Evgeny Kuznetsov. (NY Post)

  • Brooks wrote, in 2016, that Buchnevich is both a playmaker and a sniper who has a skill set that has been likened to that of the Capitals Evgeny Kuznetsov. He noted that it took Kuznetsov a full-year to get acclimated before he hit his stride. (NY Post)

Kuznetsov told Elliotte Friedman a couple of years ago that the issues he had to overcome were in his head and said recently that he never looks at his shifts and that he knows when he is playing well and not playing well. (Sportsnet.ca)

He added, "I'm better at forgetting now when I'm not good." (Sportsnet.ca)

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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)

Lias Andersson said that he and Filip Chytil discuss the future of the Rangers a lot and noted that they are "both excited." (NHL.com)

Andersson said that he has spent a lot of time with Chytil and that they were roommates on the road. (NHL.com)

Chytil said that he enjoys spending time with Andersson and added, "we want to be the best team in the NHL. We want to prepare the best for next season, and we will see." (NHL.com)

Mika Zibanejad said that both players have shown their potential but that they need to put in the work and be developed the right way. (NHL.com)

Tags: Filip Chytil, Lias Andersson
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(SNY)

6/16/18 | Quinn is expected to travel to Sweeden in early July to meet with Lundqvist. (NY Post)

6/12/18 | Quinn said on Hockey Central at noon that he has been talking with Chris Drury and Jeff Gorton about when he will go to Sweden to meet with Henrik Lundqvist.

He added that he has already met with 4-5 guys who are local in NY for a meal to introduce himself and start getting to know the players.

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The New York Rangers new head coach David Quinn speaks during a news conference in New York, Thursday, May 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)
The New York Rangers new head coach David Quinn speaks during a news conference in New York, Thursday, May 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)

Rangers coach David Quinn was on Hockey Central at Noon earlier today and said the following:

  • On being contacted by the Rangers, "I probably got a phone call 2-3 days after the coaching change and I've had a long relationship with Chris Drury and Jeff Gorton, two guys that I have known for a long time. We've talked a lot of hockey over the years and I've been very fortunate in my career to coach at a lot of different stops and the more we talked the more it felt like a good fit for both sides and I feel very fortunate to be in this position."
  • What is your philosophy on hockey, "you want to play a fast game, I don't think a coach has ever said they want to play a slow game. We want to play a fast, puck pursuit, puck possession game built around good structural defense. That is something that, when you look around the league and see how things have gone in the playoffs, it's a track meet but also teams that are responsible defensively. For any team to have success those three things need to be part of the philosophy. Sitting here and saying what we are going to do is one thing but coaching is getting people to do it. Our job as coaches is to get players to do it, not to tell them to do it. That will be the challenge."
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Russian athlete Ilya Kovalchuk (71) celebrates with Sergei Andronov (11) after scoring a goal during the second period of the preliminary round of the men's hockey game at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) (Matt Slocum/AP)
Russian athlete Ilya Kovalchuk (71) celebrates with Sergei Andronov (11) after scoring a goal during the second period of the preliminary round of the men's hockey game at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) (Matt Slocum/AP)

6/14/18 | Bruins GM Don Sweeney said today that he is planning to talk with Kovalchuk (Sportsnet) and Darren Dreger noted that he could be a "great replacement" for Rick Nash with the Bruins. (TSN)

Pierre LeBrun also noted that Kovalchuk is holding up the trade market, specifically around Jeff Skinner and that teams with interest in both players are waiting to see what Kovalchuk decides to do. (TSN)

6/12/18 | 4:05PM: Craig Custance writes at The Athletic that the Rangers have "long interested" Kovalchuk and that if he can be convinced the Rangers have a "legitimate shot at winning" within the next three-years or so they could become a "real option." (The Athletic)

Tags: Ilya Kovalchuk
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Dec 8, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; Nashville Predators goalie Marek Mazanec (39) faces the Dallas Stars attack during the game at the American Airlines Center. The Stars defeat the Predators 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)
Dec 8, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; Nashville Predators goalie Marek Mazanec (39) faces the Dallas Stars attack during the game at the American Airlines Center. The Stars defeat the Predators 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)

The Rangers have announced that they have re-signed pending RFA Marek Mazanec to a one-year contract.

It is a two-way contract that would pay him $650,000 in the NHL and $200,000 in Hartford. (CapFriendly)

From the Rangers release:

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Mar 31, 2018; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Rangers forward Kevin Hayes (13) celebrates his second period goal against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The New York Rangers defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)
Mar 31, 2018; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Rangers forward Kevin Hayes (13) celebrates his second period goal against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The New York Rangers defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)

6/8/18 | David Quinn was asked in an interview recently about how quickly he thinks things can turn around for the Rangers.

Quinn noted that from year to year a team that was struggling can make some changes and get better and that player development can play a big role.

He said:

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Mika Zibanejad posted a picture on Instagram today of him working out in Sweden with Edmonton's Pontus Aberg.

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Oct 20, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Stars head coach Lindy Ruff watches action on the bench in the second period against Los Angeles Kings at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Heitman)
Oct 20, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Stars head coach Lindy Ruff watches action on the bench in the second period against Los Angeles Kings at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Heitman)

6/10/18 | 3:05PM: Elliotte Friedman writes at Sportsnet that it's "expected" that Ruff will remain with the Rangers as part of Quinn's staff. (Sportsnet)

6/9/18 | According to Larry Brooks, David Quinn and the Rangers are working towards hiring a coaching staff, in addition to goalie coach Benoit Allaire, but nothing is believed to be "imminent." (NY Post)

Brooks notes that Lindy Ruff, who joined the Rangers as an assistant last year, is still "in the mix" to possibly remain with the team. (NY Post)

Joe McDonald wrote that Quinn is "building his coaching staff and hopes to have the pieces in place soon." (The Athletic)

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