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Apr 9, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) looks to pass the puck during the third period 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) looks to pass the puck during the third period against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

2/24/18 | 1:50PM: Larry Brooks writes that while the Rangers do not have an urgent need to move Ryan McDonagh, or Mats Zuccarello, 'momentum appears to be building" toward that. (NY Post)

John Shannon of Sportsnet tweets that the Florida Panthers are showing interest in McDonagh.

For all previous rumors about McDonagh, click HERE and HERE

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In two starts, Alexander Georgiev has two losses but has stopped 71 of 77 shots.

Following last night's game, Vigneault said that Georgiev was "fine," made some "big saves" and gave the Rangers a chance. (NYR Game Notes)

Georgiev said that it was an "awesome atmosphere" and fun to play at MSG. (NYR Game Notes)

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Feb 18, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Peter Holland (12) plays the puck against Philadelphia Flyers right wing Wayne Simmonds (17) during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Feb 18, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Peter Holland (12) plays the puck against Philadelphia Flyers right wing Wayne Simmonds (17) during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Rangers have placed Peter Holland on waivers with the likely intent to send him to Hartford if he clears.

Holland was scratched last night in the Rangers loss to Minnesota.

In 17 games this season for the Rangers, Holland has 1 goal, 3 assists, a minus 8 rating, 23 shots, 11 hits, 8 blocked shots, 3 takeaways and 8 giveaways.

Holland has been averaging 13:22 per game since being called up.

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Chris Kreider returned to the Rangers lineup last night and said that he felt like it was his "first NHL game again." (MSG)

Kreider said that he was nervous all day and that ultimately it felt "awesome" and exciting to be back on the ice. (MSG)

Kreider added (NYR Game Notes):

  • "It was definitely an emotional game for me, thinking about where I was six weeks ago and the position I was in, kind of reflecting on all of the support that I had. It's hard because obviously the team is going through a rough time, but I couldn't stop smiling. I'm just happy to be playing hockey again."
  • "It's hard not to appreciate every single game at this point, especially this first one. The right word is perspective, so I was happy to be out there and happy to be with my teammates. I'm just trying to appreciate every moment."

Kreider played 15:59, had 2 shots on goal and 4 hits.

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Jan 25, 2018; San Jose, CA, USA; New York Rangers had coach Alain Vigneault (right) watches the game against the San Jose Sharks in the third period at SAP Center at San Jose. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports (John Hefti)
Jan 25, 2018; San Jose, CA, USA; New York Rangers had coach Alain Vigneault (right) watches the game against the San Jose Sharks in the third period at SAP Center at San Jose. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports (John Hefti)

Alain Vigneault met with the media following the loss to Minnesota and said (NYR Game Notes, MSG)

On tonight's game…"We came out with a lot of energy in the first. We spent some good, quality time in their end, but just didn't get anything from it 5-on-5. They had a couple looks unfortunately, and they were able to capitalize on those. We came back and made it a game in the second, we were down by one goal, but then they got that tip in the third. We just didn't have enough to come back."

 On Chris Kreider…"I thought he brought us some good energy. The speed that he brings, that take-away speed that he has where he can push the other team's defense, it was there. You saw a young man there that was out for quite some time with a serious injury. He really worked his way back, and wanted to come back and help the team. It was good to see."

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The Rangers had trouble with Mikael Granlund, who had two goals and two assists, as the Wild defeated New York, 4-1, at Madison Square Garden.  << Box score

First period

  • 16:06 MIN Mikael Granlund; Assist: Eric Staal
  • 18:43 MIN Eric Staal; Assists: Zach Parise, Mikael Granlund

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Jeff Gorton spoke with John Giannone on MSG and said:

  • On the trades, "we are obviously trying to get some younger players in here with talent and some picks. In both cases we are able to do that. Nick Holden, a good Ranger who had two good years for us, sorry to see him go, but to get a third round pick and a player we really like that can play defense, is rangy, big guy, mobile guy. We like what he looks like in the future. Yesterday, Grabner has been a terrific player for us and deserves all the accolades as one of the fastest players. For us to get a second round pick and a player we have liked for a while, since the draft in Rykov, a solid, steady, two-way defenseman, big-guy with mobility. It's two guys that help us, those picks, in the second and third round, if you look at the successful teams, they have been able to build their teams in those two rounds."
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Feb 17, 2018; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers right wing Michael Grabner (40) celebrates his goal against Ottawa Senators with teammates during the third period at Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports (Jean-Yves Ahern)
Feb 17, 2018; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers right wing Michael Grabner (40) celebrates his goal against Ottawa Senators with teammates during the third period at Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports (Jean-Yves Ahern)

John Gilmour and Kevin Hayes scored power-play goals for the Rangers in the first meeting at Minnesota on Feb. 13. They are among two players who will suit up for the Rangers, but Rick Nash and Michael Grabner will not after sitting out Thursday's 3-1 loss at Montreal. << Read more

 

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Sep 20, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) readies for play during the third period 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 left wing Chris Kreider (20) readies for play during the third period against the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

5:45PM: Alain Vigneault met with the media before the game and said (NYR):

  • On Grabner being traded, "he was a good player for our team. He got an opportunity to play and play well and he took full advantage of it. He scored some big goals, was a good PKer, good teammate. Tried reaching him a couple of times today, he tried reaching me, we couldn't connect but we wish him the best."
  • What made Grabner so good, "this was all about him, his speed, he was able to get a little bit of confidence and getting those looks and finishing. I hope for him that he does well."
  • Do you know anything about the prospect, "no."
  • Is Kreider coming in, "yes."
  • On the weird feeling the players have, "we address it in the sense that we want our guys to focus on doing their jobs. These are obviously unusual circumstances but you gotta play and try and play well. It's what we will do tonight. We will hopefully do what we did last night in the last 25 minutes, we played quicker, got some good looks. We made more plays and that is what I am hoping we will be able to do tonight."
  • On Kreider, "he hasn't practiced much but the time he has, he is such a hard worker, such a specimen as far as conditioning. He has been anxious to come back and help his teammates and I think he is going to be good."
  • Nash is still out, "yes."
  • Is Henrik in, "no, Alex is going to play."
  • Why, "Just Ben has been wanting a bit more practice time with Hank, he was able to practice with him this morning. Alex played real well last night and want to see what he can do back to back."
  • On Georgiev's confidence, "all young players come in and have energy, play well. The challenge is to sustain it and bring it and say 'boy that guy comes to play every night and play well. Alex is getting his second game tonight, he played well last night and hopefully he can play well."

5:23PM: Chris Kreider returns to the Rangers lineup tonight after being out with and undergoing surgery for a blood clot in his arm.

Alexandar Georgiev starts in net for the Rangers. (NYR)

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Jan 14, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers right wing Michael Grabner (40) celebrates with the Rangers bench after scoring a goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period at PPG PAINTS Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Jan 14, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers right wing Michael Grabner (40) celebrates with the Rangers bench after scoring a goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period at PPG PAINTS Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

Former Ranger Michael Grabner posted a message on twitter following his trade to the Devils.

Grabner said (NJD):

  • "It's been pretty stressful but I am glad that it's over. I have a team and I can focus and look ahead."
  • "you try to focus on the games but with social media and friends texting and asking what you are hearing, it kind of gets into your head but, I am glad it's over and I can move on and focus on Devil hockey."
  • "I was just waiting for the bus to go back to the plane, it happened pretty quick."
  • Was the flight home weird, "it wasn't that much of a surprise, we all knew it was coming and that guys would get moved and shuffled around. The guys were good about it. I made some good friends there, and just try to enjoy the last time and moving on."
  • (Joking) Rangers PR didn't kick you off the flight, "I thought I might have to take a commercial flight but glad I could go home."
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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)

The Rangers announced on Thursday night that Michael Grabner has been traded to the New Jersey Devils for a second round pick in 2018 and prospect Yegor Rykov.

Rykov, 20, was a fifth-round pick in 2016 by the Devils. He currently plays for St. Petersburg in the KHL where he has 9 assists in 47 games this season.

From the Rangers release:

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Mar 18, 2017; Saint Paul, MN, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal (18) hits Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise (11) during the first period at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports (Brace Hemmelgarn)
Mar 18, 2017; Saint Paul, MN, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal (18) hits Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise (11) during the first period at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports (Brace Hemmelgarn)

The Rangers lose to the Canadiens 3-1 without Rick Nash and Michael Grabner as the trade deadline looms. << Box score

First period

  • 6:59 MON Tomas Plekanec; Assists: Paul Byron, Brendan Gallagher

Second period

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(AP)

On TSN's Insider Trading:

  • Pierre LeBrun spoke about Ryan McDonagh and said, "what is interesting and it's what I would do if I was the New York Rangers, the top three teams in the Atlantic Division have shown varying degrees of interest in Ryan McDonagh. Tampa Bay, Boston, Toronto but there are two other teams two that have kept tabs with the Rangers on McDonagh. This is a hockey deal, not a rental deal, multi-asset, certainly when it comes to the Bruins, they are still in on McDonagh but the price has to go down, and I am sure the Rangers are saying that they have to bring their offer up."
  • LeBrun spoke about Michael Grabner and said, "it is unbelievable the action on Grabner, it reminds me so much of last year with Patrick Eaves. Why Grabner? Because of the cap hit. What I was told today was that just when the Rangers thought they had narrowed the list down for the bidding on Michael Grabner, other teams have come in in the last couple of hours, teams they have not heard from in the last week that have gotten in. The bidding is in on Grabner and you can understand why."
  • Darren Dreger spoke about Rick Nash and said, "you have to look at the market specific to Rick Nash and wonder if it's not being hampered by some of the other big players in play like Erik Karlsson or Ryan McDonagh. The ask on Rick Nash is a first round pick, an "A" prospect and a "B" prospect. Perhaps Jeff Gorton and the Rangers are willing to soften a bit there."
  • Pierre LeBrun said of Nash, "we believe all along that the Predators would be a player and believe that Poile had contact with the Rangers."
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New York Rangers' Rick Nash celebrates his goal with Kevin Hayes (13) during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Boston Bruins Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, in New York. The Rangers won 4-2. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (AP)
New York Rangers' Rick Nash celebrates his goal with Kevin Hayes (13) during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Boston Bruins Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, in New York. The Rangers won 4-2. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (AP)

The New York Rangers and the Montreal Canadiens meet at the Bell Centre on Thursday in a battle of two teams playing out disappointing seasons and waiting to see what other changes are looming before the NHL trade deadline Monday at 3 p.m.

The Rangers (27-28-5), an Eastern Conference contender for the last few years, made it clear Feb. 8 they were shifting into a rebuild mode and shipped out defenseman Nick Holden to the Boston Bruins for defenseman Rob O'Gara and a 2018 third-round draft pick Tuesday.

Rangers forwards Rick Nash, Michael Grabner and David Desharnais, who are all on expiring contracts, could be playing their last game for the Blueshirts.

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Dec 5, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers right wing Rick Nash (61) handles the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period at PPG PAINTS Arena. New York won 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Dec 5, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers right wing Rick Nash (61) handles the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period at PPG PAINTS Arena. New York won 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

Rick Nash and Michael Grabner will both be held out of tonight's game in Montreal. (Cyrgalis)

Both players are being held out for precautionary reasons as the Rangers continue trade talks. (LeBrun, Dreger)

They will be replaced in the lineup by Paul Carey and Vinni Lettieri, who was called up earlier today. (Cyrgalis)

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Asked on Thursday about the current situation with the Rangers, Alain Vigneault said that it's :tough to really express what is going on."

Vigneault said "this is a little awkward in that we came out and said it. A lot of teams do it but don't say it. It makes it a bit more challenging as far as team dynamics but at the end of the day we have three games before the trade deadline ends. We gotta focus and be pros and that is players and coaches and it's what we will do."

Asked how his players, specifically Rick Nash and Ryan McDonagh, have been handling things, Vigneault said on Thursday, "they have been handling it like professionals. They come to practice, practice hard. That is what you want from your players at this time with these distractions going on." (NYR)

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Jan 21, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Rangers center Vinni Lettieri (95) takes a shot on goal in the first period against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports (Jayne Kamin-Oncea)
Jan 21, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Rangers center Vinni Lettieri (95) takes a shot on goal in the first period against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports (Jayne Kamin-Oncea)

12/22/18 | The Rangers have announced that Vinni Lettieri has been called up from Hartford.

This may indicate that the Rangers are close to a trade(s) and may be holding player(s) out of the lineup.

Lettieri was sent down last Friday when Pavel Buchnevich was returning to the lineup. He was the player chosen to go down because he does not require waivers.

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Nov 26, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Michael Grabner (40) skates during the third period against the Vancouver Canucks at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports  (Vincent Carchietta)
Nov 26, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Michael Grabner (40) skates during the third period against the Vancouver Canucks at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

2/22/18 | 5:54PM: LeBrun spoke about Michael Grabner and said, "it is unbelievable the action on Grabner, it reminds me so much of last year with Patrick Eaves. Why Grabner? Because of the cap hit. What I was told today was that just when the Rangers thought they had narrowed the list down for the bidding on Michael Grabner, other teams have come in in the last couple of hours, teams they have not heard from in the last week that have gotten in. The bidding is in on Grabner and you can understand why." (TSN)

12:28PM: Pierre LeBrun says that action is "definitely" picking up on Michael Grabner. (LeBrun)

2/20/18 | Bob McKenzie says that the price for Michael Grabner right now is believed to be a second round pick "and something." (TSN)

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New York Rangers right wing Rick Nash (61) celebrates his goal with defenseman Marc Staal (18) and right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Los Angeles Kings Friday, Dec. 15, 2017, at Madison Square Garden in New York.The Rangers won 4-2. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)
New York Rangers right wing Rick Nash (61) celebrates his goal with defenseman Marc Staal (18) and right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Los Angeles Kings Friday, Dec. 15, 2017, at Madison Square Garden in New York.The Rangers won 4-2. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)

2/22/18 | 5:54PM: Darren Dreger spoke about Rick Nash and said, "you have to look at the market specific to Rick Nash and wonder if it's not being hampered by some of the other big players in play like Erik Karlsson or Ryan McDonagh. The ask on Rick Nash is a first round pick, an "A" prospect and a "B" prospect. Perhaps Jeff Gorton and the Rangers are willing to soften a bit there."(TSN)

9:50AM: "In Rick Nash, the Rangers want a first round pick and a prospect and they may want more than that, depends on the team." (TSN 1290)

2/20/18 | Pierre LeBrun said on TSN that there is a lot of interest in Rick Nash with less than a week to go before the deadline.

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Dec 13, 2017; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers defenseman David McDonagh (27) skates with the puck in the third period against the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports (Marc DesRosiers)
Dec 13, 2017; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers defenseman David McDonagh (27) skates with the puck in the third period against the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports (Marc DesRosiers)

2/22/18 | 5:56PM: Pierre LeBrun spoke about Ryan McDonagh and said, "what is interesting and it's what I would do if I was the New York Rangers, the top three teams in the Atlantic Division have shown varying degrees of interest in Ryan McDonagh. Tampa Bay, Boston, Toronto but there are two other teams two that have kept tabs with the Rangers on McDonagh. This is a hockey deal, not a rental deal, multi-asset, certainly when it comes to the Bruins, they are still in on McDonagh but the price has to go down, and I am sure the Rangers are saying that they have to bring their offer up." (TSN)

4:35PM: Darren Dreger said that Toronto isn't likely to move one of their "big core pieces" but wonders how Lou Lamoriello would react if asked about Kasperi Kapanen and/or Travis Dermott. (FanRag)

10:53AM: Pierre LeBrun says that McDonagh does not need to approve a trade to Toronto so there are no issues if the Leafs decide to "get serious on an offer to the Rangers."

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Rangers defenseman Marc Staal is expected to return to the Rangers lineup Thursday against the Montreal Canadiens.

Rangers defenseman Marc Staal is expected to return to the Rangers lineup Thursday against the Montreal Canadiens.


Nov 15, 2016; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) skates against the Vancouver Canucks during the first period at Rogers Arena. The New York Rangers won 7-2. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports (Anne-Marie Sorvin)
Nov 15, 2016; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) skates against the Vancouver Canucks during the first period at Rogers Arena. The New York Rangers won 7-2. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports (Anne-Marie Sorvin)

2/21/18 |7:09PM: Dreger said on TSN1050, "I believe that the Leafs remain and are keenly, keenly interested in Ryan McDonagh. What will have to happen for Toronto to acquire him? Good question. You are talking about 3-4 pieces, there is no urgency from New York to trade Ryan McDonagh. They are willing to listen and if Lou Lamoriello is willing to offer the 3-4 assets, and they are not going to be cheap. Throw out a prospect, who is the piece that fills into that group of four? It will be significant or the Rangers won't make that deal with Toronto or anybody else."

2/19/18 | 9:45AM: Craig Custance said on WGR Radio in Buffalo on Monday morning that he feels there is a "real chance" that McDonagh gets moved because trading him now would give the acquiring team at least two potential playoff runs.

He added that if the Rangers are looking to get a return similar to what they gave up for Keith Yandle, that kind of deal has to happen now.

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What Alain Vigneault said after practice on Wednesday (NYR):

  • On Georgiev starting, "you hope that he will be able to control his nerves, that is obviously going to be an issue but everything I hear about him is positive, guys like him, I hope the team in front of him plays real hard. We have to come out with energy, I thought we did that in the Philly game. We had energy and were ready to play. Obviously towards the end there wasn't much left in the tank but we have had a full week to regroup here. I want us to play a good game in front of a guy playing his first game in goal for us."
  • On the Holden trade, "it's tough to really express what is going on right now, this is a little awkward in that we came out and said it. A lot of teams do it but don't say it. It makes it a bit more challenging as far as team dynamics but at the end of the day we have three games before the trade deadline ends. We gotta focus and be pros and that is players and coaches and it's what we will do."
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2/22/181:14PM: Asked about Georgiev on Thursday, Alain Vigneault said he is "a very likable young man, works very hard in practice, has been waiting for an opportunity to get in goal and show that he can play. He is getting it tonight and hopefully we will play real hard in front of him and he will have a good game for us." (NYR)

When asked if it was time to rest Henrik Lundqvist, Vigneault said, "we have three games in four nights and I wanted to get Alex in before he got sick, it was time to get him in." (NYR)

2/21/18 |6:54PM: Vigneault said of Georgiev, "you hope that he will be able to control his nerves, that is obviously going to be an issue but everything I hear about him is positive, guys like him, I hope the team in front of him plays real hard. We have to come out with energy. I want us to play a good game in front of a guy playing his first game in goal for us."

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Nov 8, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal (18) stretches during warmups prior to the game against the Boston Bruins at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Nov 8, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal (18) stretches during warmups prior to the game against the Boston Bruins at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

6:56PM: Vigneault said of Staal, "I talked to him at the end of practice, he said he was good to go. That veteran presence and that help as far as defending and PK will come in handy. I have him slotted tomorrow with Tony and hopefully that can be a good pair, defensive minded defenseman, puck moving defenseman. Hopefully those guys can gel and have some good chemistry and give us a real good game tomorrow."

2:42PM: Alain Vigneault said that Marc Staal will return to the Rangers lineup tomorrow in Montreal. (NYR)

Staal has been out since 2/3 when he was hurt against Nashville.

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6:57PM: Vigneault said of Kreider, "medically he has been cleared, he is good to go. Not tomorrow but could be any time between Friday and Sunday. He's been cleared by the docs, he skated with us again today, not a lot of full practice time, but he skated today. He's staying behind, he will stay with all our injured guys. I would say that Kreids is getting close and that will be a positive and bring us positive energy coming back into our lineup."

12:56PM: Alain Vigneault said today that Chris Kreider has been medically cleared to return for the Rangers and that he could play on Friday or Sunday. (NYR)

Kreider will not travel with the team or play Thursday in Montreal.

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(Brad Penner)

Reports indicate that the Ottawa Senators are listening to potential trade offers on Erik Karlsson as Karlsson is slated to be a UFA following next season.

Pierre LeBrun writes at The Athletic that the Rangers are paying attention to the Karlsson situation because it would have an impact on a potential Ryan McDonagh trade.

While LeBrun notes that Karlsson and McDonagh are different players, there are only "so many teams willing to pay big assets now before the deadline for a top-four stud defenceman."

Rumors suggest that it would take a "King's Ransom" to acquire Karlsson and that an acquiring team may also have to take on Bobby Ryan's contract (4-years and $7.25 million per). (TSN)

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2/20/18 | 10:05PM: John Shannon tweets that five teams have expressed interest in McDonagh.

Elliotte Friedman writes that he isn't sure if Boston is willing to pay the price the Rangers want for McDonagh and that there is supposedly Western Conference interest in him as well. (Sportsnet)

7:30PM: Larry Brooks writes in the NY Post that Rangers GM Jeff Gorton has "no intention" of trading any of his potential "blue chip" properties for anything less than 125 cents on the dollar. (NY Post)

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Nov 4, 2017; Sunrise, FL, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Nick Holden (55) celebrates his goal against the Florida Panthers with teammates in the second period at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Mayer)
Nov 4, 2017; Sunrise, FL, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Nick Holden (55) celebrates his goal against the Florida Panthers with teammates in the second period at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Mayer)

The Rangers have traded Nick Holden to the Boston Bruins for a third round pick in 2018 and defenseman Rob O'Gara.

The Rangers did not retain any salary in the trade. (LeBrun)

From the release:

  • O'Gara, 24, has skated in 43 games with the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League (AHL) this season, registering two goals and six assists for eight points, along with a plus-five rating and 16 penalty minutes. He is tied for second among Providence defensemen in goals, ranks third among Providence defensemen in plus/minus rating, and is tied for third among Providence defensemen in points this season.
  • The 6-4, 207-pounder has skated in 107 career AHL games over parts of three seasons (2015-16 - 2017-18), all with Providence, registering seven goals and 15 assists for 22 points, along with a plus-18 rating and 50 penalty minutes. O'Gara recorded 13 points (four goals, nine assists) and a plus-11 rating in 59 games during his first full AHL season in 2016-17, and he tied for 10th among AHL rookie defensemen in plus/minus rating during the season. In addition, he has skated in three career AHL playoff games. O'Gara has also skated in 11 career NHL games over parts of two seasons (2016-17 and 2017-18). He made his NHL debut with Boston on Oct. 13, 2016 at Columbus.
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(Adam Hunger)

The Rangers have lost four straight games, eight of their last ten and 11 of their last 14.

They have allowed 58 goals, compared to 32 scored, in that stretch and have been out shot 471 to 451.

Alain Vigneault said on Sunday that this is "definitely not a pleasant time" for the Rangers but that everyone has to keep doing their job.

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Feb 5, 2018; Dallas, TX, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Anthony DeAngelo (77) skates against the Dallas Stars during the game at the American Airlines Center. The Stars defeated the Rangers 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)
Feb 5, 2018; Dallas, TX, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Anthony DeAngelo (77) skates against the Dallas Stars during the game at the American Airlines Center. The Stars defeated the Rangers 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)

Since being called back up, Antony DeAngelo has 4 assists, a minus 13 rating, 3 PP points, 33 shots on goal and an average of 17:49 per game.

Since being called back up, when DeAngelo is on the ice at 5 on 5 the Rangers have had 50% of the shot attempts, 49% of the shots on goal, 26% of the goals scored and 49% of the s coring chances. (Natural Stat Trick)

Prior to the game against the Ducks on 1/23, Alain Vigneault said that DeAngelo was trying to be dependable defensively and play with some bite but that his game is about offense.

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Feb 18, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Philadelphia Flyers center Travis Konecny (right) celebrates after a goal against New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Feb 18, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Philadelphia Flyers center Travis Konecny (right) celebrates after a goal against New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Mats Zuccarello said on Sunday that the Rangers are playing "dumb defensively," getting beat to pucks, beat to the front of the net and are giving up "easy goals." (NYR Game Notes)

Zuccarello added, "That is not good enough. It's been going on for too long. We have to be tougher in front of our net. It's just not good enough. We have to be better than that. I wish I knew what to say to you guys. I honestly don't know what to say." (NYR Game Notes)

Larry Brooks wrote that many of the Rangers recent issues defensively are the same ones that have been present for the past few seasons. (NY Post)

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Feb 18, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save against the Philadelphia Flyers during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Feb 18, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save against the Philadelphia Flyers during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Henrik Lundqvist met with the media following the loss to the Flyers and said (NYR Game Notes):

On today's game…"Disappointing; I thought we did a lot of good things. Offensively we had a lot of good looks, scored four goals. You give up seven, it's not a good feeling."

 On what is happening defensively in front of him that is leading to the goals in past two games…"I have to be better. Obviously, there are a lot of mistakes. We're getting deflections in our own net, they're getting deflections in our net, odd-man rushes - that's where we are getting hurt right now. I just have to start with myself, somehow find energy and confidence to play your game. It's hard. I talked about it yesterday where you try to convince yourself you're doing the right things out there. But it's hard when you give up so many goals to stay confident and make that extra save even to be solid. I'm not looking to do anything extra - just start by being solid to give the team a chance. But when you are fighting it a little bit as a group, and me as a goalie, that's hard to even be solid at times. You try to overdo things, challenge the shooter, then they go across and I'm late to come across. Then we have the deflections, where I just have to try to be better on deflections, because it's a big part of the game right now."

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Alain Vigneault met with the media following the loss to the Flyers and said (NYR Game Notes):

On today's game…"It started off with old-time hockey, a lot of fights and a lot of goals. I thought offensively we had some good looks, defensively they got a couple opportunities there. Our guys battled. They tried hard. In the third, I mean no excuse, but we were running on fumes there a little bit with five games in seven days. Guys came out and tried to bounce back from our game yesterday and came up short."

Is this taking a toll on Hank, "this is demanding on everyone. It's our job, you gotta come to the rink and work to get better and give your best shot and that goes for everybody and the coaches are there to push the players and that is what we are dong." (NYR)

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Feb 18, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Philadelphia Flyers right wing Jakub Voracek (93) plays the puck against New York Rangers defenseman John Gilmour (58) during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Feb 18, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Philadelphia Flyers right wing Jakub Voracek (93) plays the puck against New York Rangers defenseman John Gilmour (58) during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Rangers and Flyers each scored three goals in the first period, but the Flyers pulled away in the final two periods by scoring three straight goals en route to a 7-4 win. >> Box score

First Period

  • 1:30 NYR Kevin Hayes; Assists: Ryan Sproul
  • 4:54 PHI Andrew MacDonald; Assists: Valtteri Filppula, Jori Lehtera
  • 10:54 NYR Rick Nash; Assists: Brady Skjei, Pavel Buchnevich
  • 12:11 PHI Scott Laughton; Assists: Ivan Provorov 14:53 PHI Brandon Manning; Assists: Claude Giroux, Travis Konecny
  • 17:21 NYR Mats Zuccarello Assists: Peter Holland

Second Period

  • 2:01 PHI Nolan Patrick; Assists: Wayne Simmonds, Brandon Manning
  • 5:47 NYR Peter Holland; Assists: Nick Holden, Cody McLeod
  • 15:40 PHI Travis Konecny; Assists: Sean Couturier, Claude Giroux

Third Period

  • 9:23 PHI Claude Giroux; Assists: Travis Konecny
  • 12:46 PHI Jori Lehtera; Assists: Dale Weise, Valtteri Filppula
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Feb 17, 2018; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers right wing Michael Grabner (40) celebrates his goal against Ottawa Senators with teammates during the third period at Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports (Jean-Yves Ahern)
Feb 17, 2018; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers right wing Michael Grabner (40) celebrates his goal against Ottawa Senators with teammates during the third period at Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports (Jean-Yves Ahern)

NEW YORK -- The ascent of the Philadelphia Flyers and the decline of the New York Rangers began immediately after their most recent game Jan. 16.

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Sep 18, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Lias Anderson (50) during warm up before game against New York Islanders at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Sep 18, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Lias Anderson (50) during warm up before game against New York Islanders at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Lias Andersson scored for Hartford last night in their shootout victory over the Phantoms.

Andersson had two shots on goal in the game.

Filip Chytil had 6 shots on goal and Vinni Lettieri had 3 shots on goal.

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Feb 17, 2018; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers goaltender Brandon Halverson (75) makes a save against Ottawa Senators center Matt Duchene (95) as defenseman Brady Skjei (76) defends during the third period at Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports (Jean-Yves Ahern)
Feb 17, 2018; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers goaltender Brandon Halverson (75) makes a save against Ottawa Senators center Matt Duchene (95) as defenseman Brady Skjei (76) defends during the third period at Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports (Jean-Yves Ahern)

The Rangers have announced that Brandon Halverson has been sent back to Hartford.

From the Rangers release:

  • Halverson, 21, appeared in one game with the Rangers after being recalled on Feb. 16. He stopped five of six shots he faced while making his NHL debut on Feb. 17 at Ottawa.
  • The Traverse City, Michigan, native has appeared in three games with Hartford this season, posting a 1-2-0 record, along with a 3.68 GAA and a .892 SV%. Halverson stopped 31 of 33 shots he faced and earned a win while making his first AHL appearance of the season on Feb. 10 at Hershey. In addition, Halverson has made 22 ECHL appearances with the Greenville Swamp Rabbits in 2017-18, posting a 7-11-2 record, along with a 3.87 GAA and a .900 SV%.

This should indicate that Alexander Georgiev is feeling well enough to back up in today's game.

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Feb 17, 2018; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save against Ottawa Senators during the first period at Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports (Jean-Yves Ahern)
Feb 17, 2018; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save against Ottawa Senators during the first period at Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports (Jean-Yves Ahern)

6:42PM: Lundqvist spoke after the game on MSG and said:

  • "It's a tough situation right now. I think we are doing a lot of good things but we are beating ourselves in almost every game."
  • "There are plays where we are there, but we are not. Until we fix that, we won't win a lot of games."
  • "You can look at the goalie and say that he needs to make more saves, I see a couple of plays I can do better, but I have stretches every year where I feel I can play better, looking for a better feeling. I feel like I am tracking the puck pretty good and one on one I feel pretty good but clearly it's not enough. I am giving up too many goals, it's just not enough even though in practice and games, when I feel like I am facing big chances, I am doing the right things, but I take a step on a guy and they go side to side and it's an open net, if I stay deep they deflect it."
  • "It's challenging, no question about that. We are not getting points. We are doing a lot of good things but defensively, when we have our breakdowns it cost us."
  • "we need everyone to commit in our own end, offensively it will take care of ourselves, but we need to commit in our own end to do the right hing and the rest will take care of itself."
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Alain Vigneault met with the media on MSG following the game and said:

  • On the defense, "unfortunately we didn't do a good job, we missed some key assignments right near our net, especially close to the blue paint, and it resulted in them getting tap ins. For me, what might have been more disappointing, in the last game, Davey's line had such a strong game, a great example of the right way to play and tonight they had a real tough time. Gotta find a way to refocus and get ready for tomorrow because we are playing tomorrow at noon."
  • On being scored on early, "it's not the way we want to start, it was our second shift, we left the slot totally open on something we had stalked about prior to the game. Obviously we will have to be a lot better tomorrow and that is what we are gonna work on."
  • On Hayes, "combination of, I didn't think he was going to play yesterday and then last night he started to feel better, felt good enough this morning to go, didn't know how much and in the third I wanted to make a few changes and that is what I did and he got a chance to get back in the middle."
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Feb 17, 2018; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; Ottawa Senators center Matt Duchene (95) shots and scores a goal against New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) as center David Desharnais (51) defends during the second period at Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports (Jean-Yves Ahern)
Feb 17, 2018; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; Ottawa Senators center Matt Duchene (95) shots and scores a goal against New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) as center David Desharnais (51) defends during the second period at Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports (Jean-Yves Ahern)

2/18/18 | Teams at the Rangers/Flyers game included Nashville, Calgary, Colorado, Vegas, Chicago, Dallas and Tampa Bay. (Ashleyscharge)

2/17/18 | The Rangers had a scout watching Vegas and Montreal. (Roumellotis)

2/17/18 | The Rangers had a scout watching Chicago and Washington. (Bernstein)

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Dec 5, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers right wing Rick Nash (61) handles the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period at PPG PAINTS Arena. New York won 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Dec 5, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers right wing Rick Nash (61) handles the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period at PPG PAINTS Arena. New York won 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

OTTAWA -- Matt Duchene is doing his best to keep his left winger in Ottawa Senators colors.

While trade speculation has Mike Hoffman possibly on the move, he and Duchene have formed a fast and deadly duo, which was on display most recently in the Senators' 3-1 victory over Buffalo on Thursday.

Duchene's third assist of the night helped set up Hoffman's overtime winner.

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Kevin Shattenkirk was on ESPN Radio on Friday and said the following about the Rangers:

  • How are you feeling, "I'm feeling very well, I think it's four weeks, this Monday. It's been a fairly active recovery, which has been helpful for me to stay in shape and stay ready. The next 3-4 weeks will be important once I get on the ice and see how everything feels with my stride and strength and that will determine my timeline from that point on."
  • How long were you playing with that injury, "it happened in training camp, it was about five months or so. It's something that grew worse over the course of the season. We were able to take control of it and make it manageable through the season but once it got to January it kind of came to a head. I didn't want to get surgery in March and have to miss any important time down the stretch and we kind of figured it was the right time in Jan to do it and get me back in time for a late push."
  • How much did it impact you, "I think that I would say that up until 12/1, I had a cortisone shot early in the year but that eventually wears off and 12/1 to the middle of the month it started to rear it's head again. I don't want to make excuses but for a player like me that uses his skating a lot to drive his game, it started to impact me and I noticed that. I was hurting the team more than I was helping them and that is when you have to swallow your pride and make a decision like that."
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Jeff Gorton said on Friday that he wouldn't say that any potential trades are "imminent" but that things can change with one phone call. (NY Post)

Gorton said that the Rangers have "a lot of balls in the air" and that it's hard to predict when things will happen. (NY Post)

Larry Brooks noted that the Rangers are "committed" to moving pending free agents Rick Nash, Michael Grabner, Nick Holden and David Desharnais. (NY Post)

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The Rangers have called up Brandon Halverson from Hartford.

From the Rangers release, "Halverson, 21, has split the season between the Wolf Pack in the AHL and the Greenville Swamp Rabbits of the ECHL. He has appeared in three games with Hartford, posting a 1-2-0 record, along with a 3.68 GAA and a .892 SV%. Halverson stopped 31 of 33 shots he faced and earned a win while making his first AHL appearance of the season on Feb. 10 at Hershey. In addition, Halverson has made 22 ECHL appearances with Greenville this season, posting a 7-11-2 record, along with a 3.87 GAA and a .900 SV%. He has made 35 or more saves in 11 of his 22 ECHL appearances in 2017-18."

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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)

5:20PM: Jeff Gorton told Larry Brooks that the Rangers do not plan to have Filip Chytil or Lias Andersson play more than 9 games this season in the NHL and burn the first year of their contracts. (NY Post)

Chytil has already played two games with the Rangers this season.

Gorton said that both players are playing well in Hartford right now and that they want to give the Wolf Pack a chance to make the playoffs. (NY Post)

The Wolf Pack are on the bubble for the AHL Playoffs.

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New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault talks to reporters after a practice in Tarrytown, N.Y., Tuesday, April 25, 2017. The Rangers have advanced to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs and will open the series against the Ottawa Senators on Thursday. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)
New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault talks to reporters after a practice in Tarrytown, N.Y., Tuesday, April 25, 2017. The Rangers have advanced to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs and will open the series against the Ottawa Senators on Thursday. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)

Alain Vigneault met with the media following practice today and said (NYR):

  • On the injuries, "Marc Staal was cleared for practice today, full go. Him I would say it's a matter of conditioning. He has been skating for the past five or six days, it shouldn't be very long. Georgiev is sick so we will recall somebody later today but to be able to do that under the 23 player limitation we had to send Vinny back. He was the only guy we could send back that didn't need waivers so we sent him back. Hayes is maintenance, lower body, he came in today....to tell you the truth, I'm not sure. Hayes has not skated, for me, as well as he did when he came back in San Jose. He had that full week of recovery and it's been 8 games, I would say that tomorrow is less than 50% that he can play. He couldn't practice today and I'm not sure what the story is there. All the other guys, Mac is working out and improving, Kampf, Shatty, Kreids is flying, Pavs is getting better."
  • On Kreider, "I think there is a combination, hockey wise, obviously, as you can tell on the ice, he is not running on all cylinders. I think he has some steps he needs to clear with our doctors, exactly what those are, I could not tell you. They are specific things but I am not quite sure."
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Jan 21, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Rangers center Vinni Lettieri (95) takes a shot on goal in the first period against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports (Jayne Kamin-Oncea)
Jan 21, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Rangers center Vinni Lettieri (95) takes a shot on goal in the first period against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports (Jayne Kamin-Oncea)

2/16/18 | Marc Staal said on Friday that he is aiming to return to the Rangers lineup next Thursday against Montreal. (NY Post)

Staal was hurt against Nashville a few weeks ago and passed a concussion test that night but stayed off the ice because of his "history." (NY Post)

He said that the next day he started to have a "really sore neck" and couldn't move his head without pain. (NY Post)

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