10/30 | Namestnikov skated yesterday on a line with Mika Zibanejad and Mats Zuccarello at practice on Monday and David Quinn said that Namestnikov's play has warranted an increase an ice time, he's had a good three week stretch and has been playing with pace and an edge to his game. (NYR)
Namestnikov said that he tries to bring energy, speed and go to the "dirty areas" on a night to night basis and that it's "nice" to get the chance to play with Zibanejad and Zuccarello. (NYR)
10/28 | So far this season, Vlad Namestnikov has one assist in nine games, a minus seven rating, 12 shots on goal, 22 shot attempts, 7 hits and 11:07 per game.
David Quinn said on 10/16 "I like his game. He has added a hardness to his game and been involved in more chances." (NYR)
Quinn said after the game against Calgary on 10/21 that Namestnikov played well, his line provided energy and that he did a good job.
In a Russian interview earlier in the year, Namestnikov spoke about being scratched against the Sabres and said that he knew he could play better and used it as motivation. (Sports.RU)
He said earlier in the month that he was still working on his game, gaining confidence and trying to do "the little things right."
On what he needs to do, Namestnikov said that he needs to use his speed, get to the "dirty areas, get pucks and go from there." (NY Post)
Elliotte Friedman wrote recently that there is interest in Namestnikov and that the Rangers are likely willing to listen and consider as long as it doesn't involve their "cornerstone youth." (Sportsnet)
Namestnikov is on a two-year deal that has a cap hit of $4 million per season.
Adam Rotter: The Rangers are not using Namestnikov right now to the best of his abilities or putting him in the best position to land them the most value if he were to be traded. He's a talented player that most thought would never be with the Rangers this season and, despite his two-year contract, very likely won't be with the Rangers past the deadline. He went from playing on one of the top lines in hockey with Tampa to playing with a mish-mosh and in different roles with the Rangers. He should get a chance to play with Mika Zibanejad and show off what he can either do for the Rangers in an offensive role or for another team.