For the Rangers, Cullen has:
- Tim Erixon
- Chris Kreider
- JT Miller
- Michael St. Croix
- Christian Thomas
For the Rangers, Cullen has:
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)
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.
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)
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)
Following his win in the Gold Medal game of the World Championships, Henrik Lundqvist said:
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.
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.
Brendan Smith (28) is a UFA and Adam Clendening (24) is an RFA.
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)
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.
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!!"
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)
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)
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.
In late March, at ESPN, four writers chose potential rosters for the Vegas Golden Knights.
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.
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)
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."
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)
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)
In his rookie season with the Rangers, Pavel Buchnevich:
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.
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)
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.
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)
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.
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.
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. "
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.
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)
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.
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.
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."
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)
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."
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)
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)
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)
Joe Micheletti was on Mike Francesa on Thursday and said the following about the Rangers (WFAN):
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)
Alain Vigneault met with the media on Thursday during Rangers breakup day and said (SNY):
2:17PM: Brady Skjei and Kevin Hayes will join Team USA at the World Championships.
Skjei played in 10 games for Team USA last year in the World Championships.
Hayes played 8 games for Team USA in the 2014 World Championships, scoring 1 goal and 1 assist and a minus three rating.
Henrik Lundqvist met with the media on Thursday at the Rangers breakup day (SNY):
2:55PM: Lundqvist said that he is feeling good and that he was preparing to play with the Rangers into June. (Expressen)
1:19PM: On going to the World Championships, Lundqvist said (SNY), "I will take a break soon, not yet though, I decided to go to the World Championships, tomorrow and join Team Sweden. My brother is the captain and I haven't played with him in 12 years. Also the fact that we are not part of the Olympics, I see this as an opportunity to play for my country one more time and my brother. I will go there and try to finish really strong this season and I will reflect."
12:30PM: Henrik Lundqvist will join Team Sweden and his brother Joel at the World Championships. (Rosen)
Joel Lundqvist said a few days ago that it would be special for the two of them to play together again and that the twins have not played much together internationally. (Expressen)
Henrik Lundqvist said after Tuesday's loss that he was feeling "disappointment" and also "numb."
Lundqvist spoke about all of the work and time that goes into getting a chance in the playoffs and said "it was right there for us."
He added, the next week or so you analyze your own game and what we did as a group and personally and see what we could have done better and learn from it."
Larry Brooks writes that the Rangers top priority this summer is to a find a right shot defenseman who could actually enhance and help Ryan McDonagh's game.
Brooks writes that "all indications over the last two years" are that the Rangers do not believe that Kevin Shattenkirk is that player, especially at the possible cost of $6.5 million for 6 or 7 years. (NY Post)
Both Brooks and Steve Zipay at Newsday mention Jacob Trouba and/or Justin Faulk as potential trade options but Brooks notes that either would cost a "premium" with Zipay noting someone like Kevin Hayes or JT Miller going the other way.
Larry Brooks writes in the NY Post that changes will be made to the Rangers this offseason and that their loss in Game 6 "all but certainly will mark the end of the core group" of Rangers.
Brooks lists the "core group" as Henrik Lundqvist, Dan Girardi, Marc Staal, Ryan McDonagh and Derek Stepan along with Chris Kreider, Rick Nash and Mats Zuccarello. (NY Post)
Alain Vigneault signed a contract extension in January that will keep him as Rangers coach through the 2019-20 season.
Vigneault had the final year of his initial five-year contract with the Rangers ripped up and he will be paid $4 million for 2017-18, 2018-19 and in $4.25 million in 2019-20.
In a similar poll asked last year, 56% of readers said that they did not want the Rangers to get rid of Vigneault as coach.