Recently, I asked readers to send me their top 10 prospect rankings.

The top six, based on an average of the 35 rankings, were:

  • Chris Kreider
  • Tim Erixon
  • Christian Thomas
  • Dylan McIlrath
  • JT Miller
  • Carl Hagelin
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Thanks to everyone who sent in rankings. It was very close between Kreider and Erixon. Kreider finished with an average vote of 1.75 while Erixon finished with 1.80. Spots 7-10 were tricky because there wasn't a set criteria of whom to vote for and people were sending in players that they thought deserved to be there, but others didn't. It's a bit of a mish-mosh, but Ryan Bourque, Andrew Yogan and Pavel Valentenko all deserve to be in there at some point.

Probably around mid-season I will look to do this again.

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12:05PM: The Rangers are hiring Lindy Ruff as an assistant coach in charge of the Rangers defense, replacing Jeff Beukeboom.

Larry Brooks says that Alain Vigneault has met with Ruff and the Rangers wanted more experience coaching the defense.

It was rumored recently that the Rangers might hire Ruff, the former Sabres and Stars coach, to join Alain Vigneault's staff.

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The Rangers have traded pick 102 to San Jose for pick 123 and pick 174.


At pick 123, the Rangers selected defenseman Brandon Crawley of the London Knights.

Crawley was not ranked by McKeens, Future Considerations or Hockey Prospect.

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Following the Rangers second pick on Friday, Bob McKenzie said on NBCSN that the Rangers were trying to "rebuild on the fly."

Minutes later, Jeff Gorton spoke with NBCSN and said "we need to move forward, a little rebuild on the fly and change the look of our team."

Gorton said that the moves the Rangers made earlier in the day were "tough" but said that they hope it's a step in the right direction.

Pierre McGuire spoke about the Rangers and said that the team has "major questions" to answer and said that they need Mika Zibanejad to have a "gigantic year" next season. (NBCSN)

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On Friday June 23, 2017, the Rangers did the following:

On Saturday June 24, 2017, the Rangers have picks 102 (4th round), 145 (5th round), 157 (6th round), 207 (7th round)

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Rangers Director of Player Personnel Gordie Clark met with the media following the first round of the draft and said (NYR):

  • On picking at 7, "Glen always went in after picks, Jeff has taken over and he goes after picks and I push them as much as I can and give them an idea of who we can get if they get them."
  • On Lias Andersson, "He does not lack confidence. He's quite an athlete. At the combine he was one of the top kids there. He does not lack confidence, he is full of that.
  • Is Andersson a dynamic scorer, "he's not a dynamic scorer but a dynamic player in the way that he plays. He's so driven, drives the net, forechecking, finishing checks and then he can make a pass, make a play. He's playing in the Mens Elite League, they won the championship and he was a prime player for them in the playoffs."
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Jeff Gorton spoke with Kathryn Tappen on NBCSN and said:

  • On the two first round picks, "it's pretty obvious. We took two centers, skilled centers to restock the cuppard a little bit. Obviously we lost a big piece of our team today in Derek Stepan but to get another guy and two guys like that it will help us."
  • On trading Stepan and Raanta, "very difficult decisions. Two important pieces for us, Derek in particular has been with us a long time, a lot of success. The team has had success, we haven't won, but Derek has been a big part of that. A real character guy and we drafted and developed him and watched him along the way. It's a tough day for Ranger fans but hopefully what we have done is a step in the right direction."
  • On the changes made, "I think it's what we need to do. We need to move forward, a little rebuild on the fly and change the look of our team. We haven't been to the podium in four years so it's a big step for us to get here and these type of players."
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The Rangers used the 21st pick to select Filip Chytil out of the Czech League.

He was ranked:

Craig Button said, "if you think about a type of player, think of Ondrej Palat. Really good, smart player. Understands how to get open, understands how to play as a Center and on the Wing. Coaches just love players that have that kind of hockey sense. Real good skater, makes the draft by just a few days. Had a really nice improvement over the course of the season."

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Dec 15, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault during the game against the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center. The Rangers shut out the Stars 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)
Dec 15, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault during the game against the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center. The Rangers shut out the Stars 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)

Alain Vigneault spoke with Kathryn Tappen on NBCSN and said:

  • On Stepan and Raanta, "especially Step, he had been with me in my four years and he was such a competitive player and I got him when he was 23 and he has turned into a real solid performer in pressure moments. But there are decisions that have to made sometimes, tough ones, and that was one that the organization felt was the right thing to do."
  • On replacing Stepan, "that is a good question. We will have to do it by committee and there is still a lot of time left and free agency is coming up. We definitely have a few areas where we have to look at and we will address it in due time."
  • On the draft, "it's my fifth year and it's my first time up on the stage, we haven't had a first round pick since I have been here."
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With the 7th overall pick, the Rangers selected Lias Andersson from HV71 in Sweden.

He was ranked:

He is 5-11, 210 and Craig Button said "he can play LW, RW, C, he can play up the lineup or throughout the lineup, he can PK, he can play on the PP, he reminds me of a lot in style and temperament of Chris Kunitz. Lias Andersson is really smart and he is a big time competitor who is weighty and doesn't get pushed out of the important areas."

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Jeff Gorton met with the media earlier today following the Derek Stepan trade and said (NYR):

  • On why the trade was made, "it was an opportunity for us, we had some salary cap issues to worry about and to get into the Top 10 and there are some players we like and wanted to get in there. Anthony DeAngelo is a player that we liked and a certain type of player that we don't have. When you put all of those things together I think that is the biggest reason why."
  • Can DeAngelo play with McDonagh, "we will see. We just made the trade and haven't thought about the pairings yet, let AV get into that stuff. He is a guy who can run a PP and is young and can really skate and do a lot of things that we need and with how the game is played today, we like him going forward."
  • Reluctant to give up Raanta, "Reluctant to get rid of Stepan and Raanta, two really good players for us. Derek in particular has been a good Ranger for a long time, drafted and developed and a lot of success for the organization with him. That is a hard call to make. Raanta, since we had him has been very good, great in our room, great on the ice and guys who are going to be hard to replace, no question."
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6:55PM: Darren Dreger said on NBCSN that the Rangers may be willing to part with 7 and 21 to move up for the Stars pick at 3.

3:50PM: Darren Dreger notes that the Rangers might be trying to move up in the draft after acquiring the 7th overall pick in the Derek Stepan trade.

The Rangers own picks 7 and 21 tonight.

He notes that Vegas continues to try and get into the Top 3.

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Derek Stepan (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
Derek Stepan (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

Following the Rangers trade of Derek Stepan and Antti Raanta to Arizona for the #7 overall pick tonight and Anthony DeAngelo, the Rangers have around $23 million in cap space if Kevin Klein retires.

The Rangers have #7 and #21 in tonight's first round.

The Rangers have centers Kevin Hayes under contract at $2.6 million and Mika Zibanejad is an RFA.

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Apr 27, 2017; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers center Derek Stepan (21) skates with the puck following a faceoff against Ottawa Senators center Derick Brassard (19) in the first period of game one in the second round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports (Marc DesRosiers)
Apr 27, 2017; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers center Derek Stepan (21) skates with the puck following a faceoff against Ottawa Senators center Derick Brassard (19) in the first period of game one in the second round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports (Marc DesRosiers)

1:15PM: The Rangers have confirmed that the deal is DeAngelo and the 7th pick overall for Stepan and Raanta.

12:41PM: Darren Dreger tweets that the Rangers are sending Antti Raanta and Derek Stepan to Arizona for a package that could include the 7th overall pack as well as prospect Anthony DeAngelo.

He says that the deal is done pending the trade call.

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(Adam Hunger)

9:57AM: Larry Brooks writes that as of now there is no traction between the Rangers and Coyotes regarding a potential trade for Derek Stepan. (Brooks)

8:44AM: Bruce Garrioch writes in the Ottawa Sun that there is "a lot of talk" that the Rangers could move Derek Stepan but that the Rangers have not been "holding an auction" on him. (Ottawa Sun)

He writes that "the talk" is that Jeff Gorton is listening to see what teams may offer for Stepan in a trade. (Ottawa Sun)

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(Brad Penner)

The Rangers have the 21st pick in tonight's entry draft, their first 1st round pick since taking Brady Skjei in 2012.

Jeff Gorton spoke about being back in the first round and said that he has been committed to not trading the pick. (NYR)

He joked that Gordie Clark would likely "sprint" up to the stage when it's the Rangers time to make a pick. (NYR)

Gorton added that the Rangers focus on going best player available with their picks and that it's nice to have discussions about players not in the 50s, 60s and 70s. (NYR)

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The Las Vegas golden Knights selected 25-year-old center Oscar Lindberg in the 2017 expansion draft. (Frank Franklin II/AP)
The Las Vegas golden Knights selected 25-year-old center Oscar Lindberg in the 2017 expansion draft. (Frank Franklin II/AP)

Jeff Gorton spoke on Thursday about the loss of Oscar Lindberg in the expansion draft and said that he was "disappointed" to lose him. (NYR)

Gorton said that Lindberg was a good player, character player and had a "really good" run in the playoffs. (NYR)

He added that Lindberg was "an important piece of our team. There was some upside to him, he was an aggressive player, he can chip in offensively. He's an important piece so we will have to do some work to replace him." (NYR)

Gorton also said that the Rangers were happy to be able to keep Michael Grabner, Jesper Fast, Antti Raanta and "some of the other guys." (NYR)

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The NHL has announced the Rangers schedule for the 2017-18 season and the team sent out the following information as part of a release:

  • The Rangers will play a total of 28 games against Metropolitan Division opponents this season, as they face each of the other seven teams in the Metropolitan Division (Carolina, Columbus, New Jersey, NY Islanders, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Washington) four times apiece.
  • New York will play 24 games against teams in the Atlantic Division, facing each of its eight Atlantic Division opponents three times apiece.
  • The Rangers will play two home games against four Atlantic Division opponents (Boston, Buffalo, Detroit, and Toronto) and two road games against four Atlantic Division opponents (Florida, Montreal, Ottawa, and Tampa Bay).
  • The Blueshirts will play 30 games against Western Conference opponents, facing each of the 15 teams in the Western Conference twice in 2017-18.
  • The Blueshirts will play 10 of their first 13 games of the 2017-18 season, as well as 13 of their first 18 contests of the 2017-18 season, at Madison Square Garden.
  • The stretch includes a season-long, six-game homestand from Oct. 14, 2017 vs. New Jersey to Oct. 26, 2017 vs. Arizona.
  • The Rangers' six-game homestand will be the longest the team has had since their franchise-record, nine-game homestand during the 2013-14 season (Dec. 7, 2013 - Dec. 23, 2013).
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Dec 29, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; New York Rangers left wing Marek Hrivik (46) carries the puck during the third period 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 left wing Marek Hrivik (46) carries the puck during the third period against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports (Matt Kartozian)

Larry Brooks tweets that the Rangers are not going to re-sign pending UFA Marek Hrivik.

Hrivik has played in 21 games for the Rangers over the past two seasons, picking up 3 assists and an even rating.

Hrivik signed with the Rangers out of the QMJHL and has played in 318 AHL games for the organization, scoring 61 goals an 107 assists.

Hrivik has 8 goals and 10 assists in 24 playoff games in the AHL.

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Apr 2, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) celebrates with teammates after beating 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 goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) celebrates with teammates after beating the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3 at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

Following last night's expansion draft, the NHL lifted the roster freeze at 8AM this morning.

The NHL draft is tomorrow night and the Rangers have the 21st pick overall.

Rumors prior to the expansion draft surrounded Antti Raanta as well as Derek Stepan as potential players that could be moved.

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Apr 8, 2017; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei (76) skates with the puck in the third period against the Ottawa Senators at the Canadian Tire Centre. The Senators defeated the Rangers 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports (Marc DesRosiers)
Apr 8, 2017; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei (76) skates with the puck in the third period against the Ottawa Senators at the Canadian Tire Centre. The Senators defeated the Rangers 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports (Marc DesRosiers)

The NHL announced last night that Brady Skjei had been voted to the NHL's All-Rookie Team for 2016-17.

Skjei was named to the team along with Columbus' Zach Werenski, Toronto's Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner, Winnipeg's Patrick Laine and Pittsburgh's Matt Murray.

As part of the NHL & Rangers' announcement:

  • Skjei, the 28th overall pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, ranked second among rookie blueliners with 34 assists, 39 points and a +11 rating in 80 appearances.(NHL)
  • His 39 points were the most by a Rangers rookie defenseman since 1988-89, when Brian Leetch collected 23-48-71. (NHL)
  • Skjei's totals included a six-game assist/point streak from Oct. 30 - Nov. 8 (0-7-7), also the longest such run by a New York rookie blueliner since Leetch in 1988-89.
  • The 23-year-old Lakeville, Minn., native is the Rangers' first All-Rookie Team selection since 2009-10 (Michael Del Zotto) as well as the third defenseman in franchise history to earn the distinction, following Leetch (1988-89) and Del Zotto (2009-10). (NHL)
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The Rangers received votes for the following awards at tonight's NHL Awards:

  • Norris Trophy: Ryan McDonagh - 17th, 5 points = 0-0-0-1-2
  • Calder Trophy: Brady Skjei - 10th, 1 point = 0-0-0-0-1
  • GM of the Year: Jeff Gorton - 11th , 2 points = 0,0,2

The Rangers did not receive any votes for the Selke, Lady Byng, Vezina or Hart.

Former Rangers coach John Tortorella won the Jack Adams Award. Alain Vigneault did not receive a vote for the Jack Adams Award.

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9:36PM: Vegas has confirmed that they have selected Oscar Lindberg from the Rangers.

On NBCSN, Pierre McGuire called Lindberg the Rangers most underappreciated player and said "he is so efficient, every time he is on the ice he makes a difference. He can win faceoffs, block shots, manufacture offense. He's comfortable with the puck on his stick. He's won before in Sweden, he won't be intimidated by the moment and he's a no maintenance player. He just shows up and competes every single day. The kind of player you need to have if you are going to win with an expansion team."

4:16PM: Larry Brooks, Darren Dreger and Frank Seravalli are all reporting that Oscar Lindberg is the player that Vegas has selected from the Rangers in the expansion draft.

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Dec 27, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Antti Raanta (32) makes a save during the third period against the Ottawa Senators at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hunger)
Dec 27, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Antti Raanta (32) makes a save during the third period against the Ottawa Senators at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hunger)

3:53PM: According to Larry Brooks, Vegas HAS NOT selected Rangers back up goalie Antti Raanta.

He was someone that had been rumored to be a possible fit for Vegas.

Raanta is reportedly drawing a lot of interest from around the league and the Rangers have reportedly been asking for a high price in a potential trade.

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The Rangers have announced that their home opener will take place on October 5th against the Colorado Avalanche.

The Rangers beat Colorado twice last season, 6-2 in Colorado in a game where Chris Kreider had a Hat Trick and 4-2 at MSG when Henrik Lundqvist picked up his 400th career win.

The Rangers will also visit the Toronto Maple Leafs for their home opener on 10/7.

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6/21/17 | 9:10AM: Larry Brooks confirms that the Rangers do not have a side deal with Las Vegas and that a move like that was never their intention. (Brooks)

6:56AM: Elliotte Friedman said that he expected that the Rangers would do something with Vegas to protect Antti Raanta but that his information does not indicate that. (Sportsnet)

He notes that the Rangers have had a very high price on Raanta when asked about him lately and the organization believes that Henrik Lundqvist benefited from Raanta's strong play. (Sportsnet)

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The Rangers and addidas have revealed their updated uniforms for the 2017-18 season.

Click below to see them

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Feb 23, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers right wing Michael Grabner (40) during their game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. The Rangers beat the Maple Leafs 2-1 in the shootout. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports (Tom Szczerbowski)
Feb 23, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers right wing Michael Grabner (40) during their game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. The Rangers beat the Maple Leafs 2-1 in the shootout. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports (Tom Szczerbowski)

At TSN, both Craig Button and Frank Seravalli have the Vegas Golden Knights selecting Michael Grabner from the Rangers in Wednesday's expansion draft.

Larry Brooks wrote on Monday that in his opinion, the most damaging player for the Rangers to lose in the expansion draft would be Grabner. (NY Post)

He says that Grabner's speed is a "constant weapon" even though his ability to finish can go hot and cold. (NY Post)

Grabner had 27 goals this season for the Rangers and is signed for next season with a cap hit of $1.65 million.

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USA Hockey announced today that Rangers prospects Sean Day and Tim Gettinger have been invited to the Team USA Summer Evaluation camp for the World Juniors this year.

Day was invited to the camp last summer but did not play for Team USA on this past year's Gold Medal winning team.

The Rangers could put Day in Hartford next season or return him to Windsor of the OHL. (Larry Brooks)

For more on Day, click HERE.

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Oct 22, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; New York Rangers center Derek Stepan (21) advances the puck against Washington Capitals during the first period at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Oct 22, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; New York Rangers center Derek Stepan (21) advances the puck against Washington Capitals during the first period at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

It was reported last week that Derek Stepan's name has been pretty prominent in trade talks and that teams such as Arizona have a lot of interest in him.

It's also been reported that the Rangers won't trade Stepan unless they receive a top-pair right handed defenseman.

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Jan 26, 2017; Saint Paul, MN, USA; St Louis Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) passes in the third period against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. The Minnesota Wild beat the St Louis Blues 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Rempel)
Jan 26, 2017; Saint Paul, MN, USA; St Louis Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) passes in the third period against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. The Minnesota Wild beat the St Louis Blues 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Rempel)

Larry Brooks wrote on Monday that there is "no reason to expect" that the Rangers will sign Kevin Shattenkirk to the 6-7 year deal between $6.25 and $6.75 million he could likely command. (NY Post)

Brooks mentions the idea of a short-term deal, with a higher cap hit, but adds wonders why Shattenkirk would leave money on the table to play for the Rangers. (NY Post)

In early May, Brooks wrote that "all indications over the last two years" are that the Rangers don't view Kevin Shattenkirk as a top-pairing right defenseman, "certainly" not at a potential rate of $6.5 million for 6-7 years. (NY Post)

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Mar 25, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Rangers goalie Antti Raanta (32) makes a save in front of Los Angeles Kings right wing Dustin Brown (23) during the second period at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports (Kelvin Kuo)
Mar 25, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Rangers goalie Antti Raanta (32) makes a save in front of Los Angeles Kings right wing Dustin Brown (23) during the second period at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports (Kelvin Kuo)

12:48PM: Larry Brooks writes that George McPhee could select Raanta and then move him to a team like the Flyers or Coyotes for a draft pick. (NY Post)

9:18AM: In his mock draft at NHL.com, Tom Gulitti has Vegas selecting Rangers goalie Antti Raanta in the expansion draft.

Gulitti writes that Raanta could serve as a good backup, likely to Marc-Andre Fleury, but could also be chosen by Vegas and then flipped to another team that is looking for a goalie. (NHL.com)

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Apr 12, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New York Rangers players celebrate their win against Montreal Canadiens after game one of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports
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Apr 12, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New York Rangers players celebrate their win against Montreal Canadiens after game one of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports (Jean-Yves Ahern)

6/18/17 | The NHL and NHLPA have announced that the salary cap for next season will officially be $75 million.

6/16/17 | The NHLPA is voting on a salary cap of $75 million

According to Pierre LeBrun, the NHLPA is currently voting on making the upper limit of the salary cap for next season $75 million.

LeBrun says that once the vote is completed the league will be able to announce the upper limit for next season.

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Mar 13, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Michael Grabner (40) scores against Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Peter Budaj (31) during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Mar 13, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Michael Grabner (40) scores against Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Peter Budaj (31) during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The NHL has announced that the following players from the Rangers are eligible to drafted by Las Vegas in the expansion draft.

The list is headlined by Antti Raanta, Jesper Fast, Oscar Lindberg, Michael Grabner and Matt Puempel.

Vegas also has the ability to sign any of the unsigned UFAs or RFAs that the Rangers have. If one of those players are selected then it will count as the selection from the Rangers.

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May 4, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Nick Holden (22) scores a goal past Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson (41) during the first 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 defenseman Nick Holden (22) scores a goal past Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson (41) during the first 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)

The NHL has announced that the Rangers have protected the following players in the expansion draft:

Defense: Marc Staal, Ryan McDonagh, Nick Holden

Forward: Rick Nash, Kevin Hayes, JT Miller, Mika Zibanejad, Derek Stepan, Chris Kreider, Mats Zuccarello.

Goalie: Henrik Lundqvist.

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(Brad Penner)

As of 3PM, the NHL is now in a roster freeze for all teams except for Vegas.

Bob McKenzie confirmed that the Rangers did not make a trade before today's deadline.

Vegas will be eligible to make trades with any/each team starting tomorrow at 10AM, but teams other than Vegas can not announce trades made with each other.

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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)

6/17/17 | 2:07PM: Calgary is acquiring Mike Smith from Arizona, very likely ending their interest in Raanta. (McKenzie)

6/16/17 | 1:28PM: Elliotte Friedman was on Sportsnet960 today and spoke about Antti Raanta.

Friedman said, "I'm looking at the Rangers. I think one of the hot commodities around the expansion draft is Antti Raanta. I think the Rangers would really like to keep him, as Lundqvist gets older, he gave them a break. I thought Lundqvist was really good in the playoffs this year and I think one of the reasons was because Raanta was good in the regular season."

Later on he was asked about the Flames and their goaltending situation and said, "I wonder if Ra

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Dec 20, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers center Derek Stepan (21) prepares to take the opening face-off against the Pittsburgh Penguins at the PPG PAINTS Arena. The Penguins won 7-2. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Dec 20, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers center Derek Stepan (21) prepares to take the opening face-off against the Pittsburgh Penguins at the PPG PAINTS Arena. The Penguins won 7-2. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

7:49AM: The Arizona Coyotes are one of "multiple teams" that have "serious interest" in Derek Stepan, according to Bob McKenzie.

Elliotte Friedman said yesterday on the radio that the Coyotes were interested in Stepan last year but that another part of the deal fell through.

McKenzie said that the Coyotes are hopeful of making a deal before today's 3PM trade freeze.

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(Rick Osentoski)

6/16/17 | 4:38PM: Larry Brooks tweets that the Rangers are "investigating" the market for Stepan but that his best info says that as of now nothing is "imminent or close."

12:59PM: According to Larry Brooks, the Rangers will not trade Derek Stepan unless they are able to acquire a "no doubt first-pair" right defenseman in the deal. (Brooks)

It's been reported that Stepan's name has been "prominent" in trade chatter around the league.

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Nov 7, 2015; Saint Paul, MN, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning forward Jonathan Drouin (27) in the third period against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. The Minnesota Wild beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Rempel)
Nov 7, 2015; Saint Paul, MN, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning forward Jonathan Drouin (27) in the third period against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. The Minnesota Wild beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Rempel)

Tampa Bay traded Jonathon Drouin as the central piece of a trade to Montreal for a package headlined by top prospect, defenseman Mikhail Sergachev.

Drouin was rumored to be someone that Tampa Bay was looking to dangle for a defenseman; something that Tampa GM Steve Yzerman said that they accomplished with that trade.

Montreal is now rumored to possibly be shopping Alex Galchenyuk for a defenseman, possibly Jonas Brodin from Minnesota.

Bob McKenzie said that he thinks Brodin could get moved before Saturday's trade freeze.

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6/15/17 | 1:38PM: The Sabres have hired Phil Housley, according to Darren Dreger.

12:05PM: Scott Arniel remains in the mix to be the head coach of the Sabres, according to the Buffalo News.

Phil Housley is expected to get the job with Buffalo, but Arniel who played and was an assistant coach in Buffalo, but John Vogl writes that Arniel's candidacy "should be taken very seriously." (Buffalo News)

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New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi tangles up with Pittsburgh Penguins center Nick Bonino during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi tangles up with Pittsburgh Penguins center Nick Bonino during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)

The Rangers announced yesterday that they are buying out the final three-years of Dan Girardi's contract, freeing up an extra $2.8 million in cap space for this season.

By buying out Girardi, the Rangers also had another spot open up to protect a defenseman in the expansion draft.

Girardi reportedly intends to continue his NHL career and will pursue options as a free agent after his buyout from the Rangers becomes official. (Johnston)

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Mar 31, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) and Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi (5) celebate the game tying goal aginst the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hunger)
Mar 31, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) and Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi (5) celebate the game tying goal aginst the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hunger)

Henrik Lundqvist posted on Instagram the following message about his now former teammate Dan Girardi, "For 11 years you have left everything you had in front of me. The way you competed and paid the price night in and night out inspired me more than you know. Will miss you on and off the ice. To me you are the definition of a warrior and I will ALWAYS appreciate what you have done for me and our team over the years. Thank you G!!!"

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8:58PM: Ryan McDonagh posted on Instagram, "What a competitor who cares more about his teammates than himself. A true pro who taught me a lot about the game when I was just getting started. Thanks for everything G!! We will miss you"

Mats Zuccarello told a Norwegian paper that Girardi is someone he has looked up to and that it's "sad" to see a friend leave the team. (Framtid)

Zuccarello added that Girardi was someone who sacrificed his body for the team. (Framtid)

4:06PM: On Instagram, Mats Zuccarello made the following post about former teammate Dan Girardi, "Probobly over 1500 blocked shots the last 10 years. Played with alot of injuries and always gave 100% for the blueshirts. Everyone gonna miss u 5'er. Good luck to u�� #machine"

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Derek Stepan (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
Derek Stepan (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

6/14/17 | 1:53PM: Bob McKenzie tweets that Derek Stepan's name is "fairly prominent" in trade chatter around the NHL.

McKenzie notes though that just because a player is being talked about doesn't mean he will get traded.

Stepan has four-years left on his contract at $6.5 million but has a full No-Trade clause kick in on July 1.

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Mar 8, 2016; Buffalo, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi (5) during the game against the Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Hoffman)
Mar 8, 2016; Buffalo, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi (5) during the game against the Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Hoffman)

The Rangers have sent along comments from Dan Girardi after the team announced his contract will be bought out:

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank the New York Rangers organization for giving me the opportunity to fulfill my childhood dream of playing in the National Hockey League. I would also like to thank James Dolan, Glen Sather, Jim Schoenfeld, Jeff Gorton, John Rosasco, Jason Vogel, all of the coaches and front office staff, Jim Ramsay and his amazing training staff, the equipment staff, and all the Madison Square Garden employees for making my past 11 years so special.

I have spent one-third of my life as a New Yorker and as a New York Ranger. New York will always be our second home. I started my family here, got married to my wife Pam, and had our two children, Landon and Shaye. We have been fortunate to meet so many great people and our kids have made so many friends.

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1:02PM: The Rangers have announced that they will buy out the contract of Dan Girardi.

"Dan's contributions to the New York Rangers organization have been immeasurable," Rangers President Glen Sather said. "He has been a role model through his relentless determination, giving everything he had to this organization both on and off the ice. He, Pam, Landon, and Shaye will always be a part of the Rangers family."

"I would like to thank Dan for everything he has given of himself to the Rangers over 11 seasons," Gorton said. "He has been one of the key contributors to our success over the past decade. We have the utmost respect for Dan and wish him all the best going forward."

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Former Ranger Jed Ortmeyer has been named as the Director of Player Development for the organization.

  • From the Rangers, "In his role, Ortmeyer, 38, will work with the hockey operations department, along with Adam Graves, overseeing the development of Rangers prospects, both on and off the ice. Ortmeyer will work with Rangers prospects who have yet to begin their professional hockey careers, as well as players with the Rangers' American Hockey League affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack, to further enhance their progression."

Former Ranger Steve Eminger has been named a pro scout.

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The Rangers will have just over $12 million in cap space if Kevin Klein and his $2.9 million cap hit retire and the cap stays at $73 million. (Cap Friendly)

The salary cap is not expected to rise much about the current upper level of $73 million but is expected to be in the $73 million to $77 million range depending on how much of the 5% escalator the NHLPA uses.

The Rangers have 18 players under contract for next season with Brendan Smith as a UFA and Mika Zibanejad, Jesper Fast, Matt Puempel and Oscar Lindberg as RFAs.

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