Alain Vigneault spoke with the media on Friday before tonight's game against the Leafs (NYR):

  • On Buchnevich, "I would say that he was strong enough but his back had some issues from probably past years so there needed to be some strengthening of his core area that we figured originally would take us three weeks and it was double the time. After playing the three games that he did in the American league we called him up. We won't play him for a while in back to back situations. He will play tonight but not tomorrow. The docs want to be on a prudent side. I feel that with everything he has gone through and the daily work he is getting with our conditioning staff and medical staff, that should not be an issue anymore."
  • "I'm still waiting to find out from Jesper how he is feeling. I talked to him briefly on the ice, he said that he felt okay. I gotta talk to Rammer, one I sort that out I will figure out my lines for tonight...Step and Hayes aren't changing, it's the other two that could change."
  • On the starts, "We are playing against a team that as far as speed and skill and coming at you is one thing and one thing they do well. I do believe one area lately that we need to be better at is our starts. As far as managing the puck better, putting pucks in an area where we can create some momentum. If we can do that then I am confident we are going to be fine. We have always been a team that played the right way and that is what we intend to do tonight."
  • On Nash, "had a talk with him yesterday prior to practice. 100%, ready to go, before he got injured he was one of our best two-way players if not our best two-way player at that time. He was competing real hard and using his tools that make him the player that he is, a power forward that can take pucks to the net and make it really challenging on the opposition. The guy that can defend, knows how to use his body and stick to defend against elite players because most of the time he is playing against of the other team's top personnel. He looked anxious to get back. I think he wanted to get back prior to the break but this was on the safe side and we are good to go."
  • On Jimmy Vesey, "he is coming along, a young player that our management and scouts spoke very highly of but as with any young player you are hoping that what you are seeing in the leagues that they are playing in, that they can bring that to the NHL and Jimmy has done that. He has come in and very mature, extremely hard worker, he wants to learn, very easy to coach and getting an opportunity at this level and has been able to contribute 5 on 5 and PP and we are very happy with his progression."
  • On Brandon Pirri, "Pirrs has had some moments. Throughout his career he is the type of player that gets hot and gets his shot on net and finds ways to contribute, either 5 on 5 or PP. Other moments you don't notice him as much. We have been trying to work with him so that in the moments where he might not be on the scoresheet that he is reliable defensively and still doing the things that he needs to do to be an effective player. I see a guy who is working very, very hard. You only get so many kicks at the can and I think he understands that this is another kick. He is making sure, I see him in the gym all the time, he is watching video, he is trying to improve his game and hopefully we will continue to help him out and become a good player."
  • On health, "We are not there as far as health. When we get there I will answer that question and have a good response."
  • "Would you not say that he is the picture of our team, more energy, he was able to train for a whole summer, was able to heal, that goes a long way. This group has played a lot of games and don't want to use excuses but if you look around the league it catches up with some teams at certain points. Everyone this summer was refocused, readjusted, trained properly and so far, not a lot of people in the hockey world had us where we are and what we are trying to do is get better, keep improving and that is how you are able to get into the playoffs and that is what we are trying to do."
  • On Steven McDonald, "my first real moment with him was prior to the first time, when I was coaching and he went to speak on the ice. I don't know if you remember, he talked to the players, the fans and to me about going Above and Beyond and that became our slogan in the playoffs. That year we went to the Stanley Cup Final. I have fond memories of him and being out, when we go to walk to the ice surface and our thoughts are with him and his family."
  • Had you met him prior to that night, "yes, I had met him a couple of times prior to that, not grasping the whole New York and Rangers implication but it didn't take me long to figure out that he was a very important person."
  • On Marc Staal, "I haven't asked anybody today so I couldn't tell you. Ask me tonight and I will have an answer for you."

New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) skates with the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals, Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (Nick Wass/AP)
New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) skates with the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals, Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (Nick Wass/AP)

Following their time together at Boston University, David Quinn coached Kevin Shattenkirk for 10 games with Lake Erie during the 2010-11 season.

Shattenkirk did not produce a point in those games and was scratched after playing three games.

He sat out a 10/17/10 shootout loss to San Antonio before returning to play against Oklahoma City on 10/19/10.

Quinn said that Shattenkirk, at the time, wasn't doing what was needed or playing at the right pace. He said that he handed Shattenkirk a DVD of the previous game and told him to figure out why he wasn't playing against San Antonio. (NY Post)

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Canadiens goalie Dustin Tokarski watches a Ryan McDonagh shot go to the back of the net during Game 2. The Rangers won the game to take a 2-0 series lead. (AP)
Canadiens goalie Dustin Tokarski watches a Ryan McDonagh shot go to the back of the net during Game 2. The Rangers won the game to take a 2-0 series lead. (AP)

The Rangers have signed goalie Dustin Tokarski to a one-year deal.

Tokarski, 28, spent last season with Lehigh Valley in the AHL and went 20-8-7 with a 2.65 GAA, .915 save percentage and 5 shutouts.

In his AHL career, Tokarski is 166-109-12 with a 2.52 GAA and .911 save percentage and 24 shutouts.

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Henrik Lundqvist said that he got a "great feeling" while speaking with David Quinn and that the new Rangers coach made a "very good first impression. (SVT)

Lundqvist said that under Quinn the Rangers will have new thinking, a new way to play, a new atmosphere in the locker room and an opportunity to continue developing. (SVT)

Jeff Gorton said on the NHL Network recently that Lundqvist has been "great" with everything the Rangers have announced and done so far in terms of the rebuild. (NHL Network)

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(AP)

While speaking on Edmonton radio in 2013, Rangers President Glen Sather said that to build a winner "your core players need to be drafted."

Sather added "you need a young group that can grow up together."

At the time of the interview, Sather said of that Rangers team that was coming off a second round playoff loss, "I think we are in the situation today where we are very competitive, the youth we have, we have some good prospects. It doesn't mean you are going to win....we thought we were gonna be in the finals last year, but we ran into tough injuries and it took a toll on our team."

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

7/19/18 | Vesey said that he has spoken with Quinn, that the two were familiar with each and that he is really excited to him coaching the team.

Vesey signed a two-year deal that has a cap hit of $2.275 million.

6/16/18 |Jeff Gorton told the Boston Globe that Jimmy Vesey needed a bit of a "fresh start" and one of the players that Gorton thinks David Quinn will help.

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Jan 20, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; New York Rangers right wing Pavel Buchnevich (89) controls the puck in the first period against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Jan 20, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; New York Rangers right wing Pavel Buchnevich (89) controls the puck in the first period against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

Corey Pronman of The Athletic put together his top 10 list of members of the Rangers organization that are 23 and younger.

Filip Chytil (18) is ranked first on the list followed by Pavel Buchnevich (23), Vitali Kravtsov (18), Lias Andersson (19) and Igor Shesterkin (22). (The Athletic)

Pronman says that he thinks Buchnevich's best days are still ahead of him. (The Athletic)

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

The Hockey News has released their Pool Guide for this season and it has the following projections for the Rangers:

  • Pavel Buchnevich: 23 goals, 35 assists
  • Kevin Hayes: 17 goals, 26 assists
  • Chris Kreider: 21 goals, 25 assists
  • Vlad Namestnikov: 15 goals, 25 assists
  • Kevin Shattenkirk: 11 goals, 35 assists
  • Brady Skjei: 5 goals, 25 assists
  • Ryan Spooner: 15 goals, 26 assists
  • Mika Zibanejad: 23 goals, 27 assists
  • Mats Zuccarello: 18 goals, 48 assists

They project Jimmy Vesey to end up with 37 points, Flip Chytil with 32 and Lias Andersson with 26.

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

7/24/18 | Penguins coach, and former Rangers assistant, Mike Sullivan said that the Rangers are getting a "really good coach" in David Quinn. (NHL.com)

Sullivan and Quinn were teammates at BU in the late 80s and Sullivan aid that the Rangers are getting a "real competitive guy" that will "build relationships" and get the most out of players. (NHL.com)

He added that Quinn is a "real good coach, a good teacher. I think he's going to bring that to the table at the pro level with the young Rangers team." (NHL.com)

Sullivan said that Quinn's "biggest strength" is how he builds relationships and brings a love and passion of hockey to the rink every day. (NHL.com)

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Mar 24, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) skates against the Buffalo Sabres during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Mar 24, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) skates against the Buffalo Sabres during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

8/15/18 | Quinn said that a captain "emerges" and that the Rangers don't want to "put a burden on somebody" that isn't ready for the role. (NHL.com)

Quinn said that it will take care of itself and that someone will either separate themselves from the pack and show that they should be captain, "or it won't."(NHL.com)

8/13/17 | David Quinn said that talk about who will be the next Rangers captain is "on the back-burner" and he wants to wait until the team is assembled. (MSG)

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Mar 18, 2017; Saint Paul, MN, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei (76) shoots during the second period against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports (Brace Hemmelgarn)
Mar 18, 2017; Saint Paul, MN, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei (76) shoots during the second period against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports (Brace Hemmelgarn)

Brady Skjei said recently that he thinks he will play more minutes this season and that all of the young Rangers have a "chance to step up." (NHL.com)

Skjei said, "we have a lot of guys that can really prove themselves this year, and I'm excited for that." (NHL.com)

He averaged 21:02 overall last season and in the 50 games prior to the All-Star break he averaged 19:57 and in the 32 games after he averaged 22:42.

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(Adam Hunger)

The Hockey News has released their annual pool guide and with it a list of the Rangers top 10 prospects.

  1. Lias Andersson
  2. Filip Chytil
  3. Vitali Kravtsov
  4. Igor Shesterkin
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Rangers first round pick Vitali Kravtsov scored a first period goal for Traktor in a KHL preseason game on Tuesday.

Watch below.

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Brady Skjei and Vinni Lettieri each scored on Monday in their Minnesota summer league games

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(David Banks)

The Athletic's Scott Wheeler put together his list of the Top 50 drafted prospects in the NHL.

The only Ranger to make the list was Filip Chytil at 23. (The Athletic)

On Chytil, Wheeler writes that Chytil projects more as a second line center than a first line center but that he is someone that "loves" to have the puck on his stick and, despite his size, has a "fluid, light stride" and more agility than "you'd expect." (The Athletic)

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Mats Zuccarello scored three goals in the charity game that he and Henrik Lundqvist put together in Norway.

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Mar 12, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) celebrates his goal against the Carolina Hurricanes with teammates during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Mar 12, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) celebrates his goal against the Carolina Hurricanes with teammates during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Henrik Lundqvist said that he hopes Mats Zuccarello is part of the Rangers plans moving forward.(VG)

Lundqvist said that Zuccarello adds a lot to the team on and off the ice and sets an example with his work ethic. (VG)

Zuccarello is entering the final-year of a four-year deal that has a cap hit of $4.5 million.

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Mats Zuccarello's skates for tomorrow's Summer Classic Outdoor Game in Norway feature cartoon versions of Zuccarello and Henrik Lundqvist.

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Oct 7, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) shoots the puck against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports (Tom Szczerbowski)
Oct 7, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) shoots the puck against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports (Tom Szczerbowski)

Chris Kreider said that he is feeling "really good" this summer and is continuing to stay at a lower weight like he did when he returned last season. (Salem News)

Kreider said that he played at around 230 pounds prior to his injury last season and that now he is under 220 but still feels "really strong." (Salem News)

He noted that the lighter weight could help him be more mobile and "quicker to an extent." (Salem News)

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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)

Henrik Lundqvist and Mats Zuccarello are putting on an outdoor charity game in Oslo. Norway this season.

In addition to Zuccarello and Lundqvist, some of the other NHLers expected to play include Filip Forsberg, Roman Josi, Mattias Ekholm, Derick Brassard, Carl Hagelin, Antti Raanta, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Victor Hedman, Ryan McDonagh,William Nylander, Zdeno Chara, Artem Anisimov.

To see the full list, click HERE.

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New York Rangers Wayne Gretzky reacts after scoring his third goal for a hat trick during the third period against the Philadelphia Flyers Sunday, May 18, 1997. The Rangers won 5-4 and tied the series 1-1.(AP Photo/Joe Hampshire) (AP)
New York Rangers Wayne Gretzky reacts after scoring his third goal for a hat trick during the third period against the Philadelphia Flyers Sunday, May 18, 1997. The Rangers won 5-4 and tied the series 1-1.(AP Photo/Joe Hampshire) (AP)

Today is the 30th Anniversary of Wayne Gretzky's trade from the Edmonton Oilers to the Los Angeles Kings.

Gretzky was traded to LA for a package that included Jimmy Carson, Martin Gelinas, three future first-round (traded to NJ for Corey Foster, Marty Rucinsky, Nick Stajduhar) draft picks and $15 million.

Reports from the New York Times in 1988 indicate that Rangers GM Phil Espositio was approached by Edmonton GM Glen Sather about Gretzky at the draft that June.

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Vinni Lettieri scored off the rush tonight in his game in Minnesota summer league Da Beauty League.

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Craig Custance took a look at the Capitals, how their roster fit into five categories and then compared that to the rest of the teams in the Metro. (The Athletic)

The criteria he looked at included "great centers," "a game breaker," "offensive defenseman," "playoff experience" and "size." (The Athletic)

Custance notes that the Rangers have had "good" but not "great" centers lately and that the hope is that they will be able to find a "great" center during their rebuild." (The Athletic)

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

New Rangers assistant coach David Oliver was a 7th round pick of the Edmonton OIlers in 1991 and after playing four years at the University of Michigan, he played half a season for the Oilers in 1994-95.

Oliver then spent the next season and part of another with the Oilers before joining the Rangers for 14 regular season and 3 playoff games at the end of the 1996-97 season.

Edmonton's GM throughout Oliver's entire time in the Oilers organization was current Rangers President Glen Sather.

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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 is on the ice practicing ahead of this weekend's outdoor charity game in Norway with Mats Zuccarello.

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Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy, who played at BU under David Quinn for two seasons, said that he couldn't be happier that Quinn is now the head coach of the Rangers. (The Athletic)

McAvoy praised Quinn for "the way that he cares" and said that Quinn was around to help him with extra video, one on one meetings and how his game was going.(The Athletic)

He added that Quinn "did so much" for me." (The Athletic)

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Mar 24, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) skates against the Buffalo Sabres during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Mar 24, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) skates against the Buffalo Sabres during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

8/1/18| Jeff Gorton said that Chris Kreider is not a "young player anymore" and that right now he is in his "prime years." (MSG)

Gorton said that because of Kreider's experience and stature with the team he will be a good player for the young Rangers to "lean on" and added that he feels Kreider is "ready for that role." (MSG)

Kreider, 27, has played in 381 regular season games and 77 playoff games in his NHL career.

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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)

Jeff Gorton said recently that while the Rangers want their "young kids" to make the team and "do well" they aren't going to be putting any of them in a "tough spot."

Gorton said, "if they are not ready we aren't going to put them in, won't force them in there. We will take our time and it's the right thing to do for the players, for the team, for us."

When he was asked at development camp which players he thinks could make the team, he pointed to Filip Chytil and Lias Andersson as well as European free agents Michael Lindqvist and Ville Meskanen.

Gorton added that the Rangers won't stop anyone from making the team if they are "good enough."

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Sep 19, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Libor Hajek (43) pressures Carolina Hurricanes forward Warren Foegele (37) during the third period of a hockey game at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)
Sep 19, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Libor Hajek (43) pressures Carolina Hurricanes forward Warren Foegele (37) during the third period of a hockey game at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)

Libor Hajek's coach in the WHL, John Paddock, said that he is close to being NHL ready, could compete for a roster spot next season and also has the ability to be a "top-four defenseman in the league for a long-time." (Newsday & NY Post)

Paddock describes Hajek, a left hand shot, as "low maintenance" and is a "real good, solid, all-around player who does a lot of things well." (NYRangers.com)

He added that Hajek was like a "sponge' and always doing extra work and talking to coaches about how to become a better player. (NYRangers.com)

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New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. (Aaron Doster/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. (Aaron Doster/USA TODAY Sports)

Kevin Shattenkirk said that he is "very" excited to play under David Quinn again and said that Quinn "is someone who really fits the bill perfectly for us in what we need to do moving forward."

Shattenkirk said that Quinn had a "huge impact" on his career and helped develop him not just in their three-years together at BU but also at the start of Shattenkirk's pro career in Lake Erie.

He said that Quinn took him as a raw player in college and helped develop him to succeed at the next level. (NYR)

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According to reports out of Russia, the Rangers are interested and possibly willing to offer a contract to Russian winger Sergei Shumakov.

Shumakov, 25, is reportedly holding out from CSKA Moscow due to promises that were not kept and that he has offers from other teams. (Championat)

He is supposed to be heading into the second-year of a three-year deal with CSKA and he had 40 points in 47 games last season.

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Mar 24, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) smiles during the third period against the Buffalo Sabres at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Mar 24, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) smiles during the third period against the Buffalo Sabres at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

Mika Zibanejad was Jeff Gorton's answer when he was asked which player needs to take a step offensively this season. (NHL Network)

Gorton said, "Mika has to go to another level offensively for us to compete for a playoff spot." (NHL Network)

Gorton added, "I think he has all the tools, at times he shown he can be a number one center, he can play against some of the better players in the league, defend and offensively push and PP is a threat, he is one guy that really jumps out to me that if he has a big year we should be competing for a playoff spot." (NHL Network)

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Over the weekend the Rangers signed 24-year old defenseman Brady Skjei to a six-year deal worth $5.25 million per season.

On Monday the Rangers signed 26-year old Kevin Hayes to a one-year deal worth $5.125 million.

On Tuesday, the Rangers came to terms with Ryan Spooner, 26, on a two-year deal that has a cap hit of $4 million per season.

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Feb 25, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Ryan Spooner (23) during the third period against the Detroit Red Wings at Madison Square Garden. This was Spooner's first game with the Rangers after being acquired from the Boston Bruins. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Feb 25, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Ryan Spooner (23) during the third period against the Detroit Red Wings at Madison Square Garden. This was Spooner's first game with the Rangers after being acquired from the Boston Bruins. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Rangers have announced that Ryan Spooner has come to terms on a two-year deal.

The deal is worth $4 million per season. (Elliotte Friedman)

Spooner and the Rangers were scheduled to have an arbitration hearing on Saturday.

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

With the signing of Kevin Hayes on Monday, the Rangers only have one arbitration case, Ryan Spooner on 8/4, remaining.

According to Cap Friendly, the Rangers have $9.67 in cap space right now but that includes Matt Beleskey, Cody McLeod and Peter Holland up front and Brendan Smith, Rob O'Gara and Steven Kampfer on defense.

On a roster that has all of the above players in Hartford but adds Filip Chytil, Lias Andersson and Neal Pionk, the Rangers have just over $12 million in cap space.

The Rangers currently have 45 contracts signed on their 50 contract list and 69 out of 90 spots taken on their reserve list.

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

5:42PM: Hayes' contract is worth $5.125 million, a number that Larry Brooks calls "surprisingly high."

5:39PM: Kevin Hayes will avoid arbitration with the Rangers and sign a one-year deal worth just over $5 million. (Elliotte Friedman)

Hayes will be a UFA after next season.

Reports circulated over the weekend that Hayes and the Rangers were running into issues on a long-term deal and that a one-year deal was the most likely solution.

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Mar 31, 2018; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) celebrates with forward Mika Zibanejad (93) after there win against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The New York Rangers defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)
Mar 31, 2018; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) celebrates with forward Mika Zibanejad (93) after there win against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The New York Rangers defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)

Following the last game of the Rangers season, Henrik Lundqvist spoke about how the last few months of the season were about "learning and new experiences" but that next season is about "winning games and getting back into the playoffs." (NYR)

Lundqvist said that the Rangers need to set a goal right away that if you are on the team you are there to make a difference. (NYR)

He said that he thinks the Rangers can turn things around quickly with the experience that some of the young players got as well as with other moves the team can make. (NYR)

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