(AP)
(AP)

Alain Vigneault met with the media on MSG following the Rangers loss to the Devils and said:

  • On the battle level, "it was a competitive game, no doubt there. Both teams, and we talked about this prior to the game, their top line, I don't know how they are playing against other teams but against us they are giving us a handful, lots of speed and skill. For the most part both teams battled hard, made plays, lots of physicality and we were able to come back and tie it up. In OT we had some looks and they were able to make us pay when we missed the net and they came down 2 on 1."
  • On the emotion in the game, "every game is competitive and there is no doubt that there was some physicality and some bad blood in there. That is part of hockey and we need to refocus because we have another tough matchup tomorrow night."
  • On Wood and the fight, "he didn't like the hit and he did what he thought was appropriate. It was a physical game and that is part of the game."
  • On the Isles game, "it's the Islanders, they are always tough games. This is New York and we are working on getting a checkmark by our name and they are doing the same thing, everyone should expect a real good game tomorrow night."

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(Adam Hunger)

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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Feb 11, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defensman Kevin Klein (8) and Colorado Avalanche left wing Matt Nieto (83) battle for a loose puck during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Feb 11, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defensman Kevin Klein (8) and Colorado Avalanche left wing Matt Nieto (83) battle for a loose puck during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Kevin Klein is contemplating retiring from the NHL and continuing his career in Europe. (NY Post)

He has one year left on his deal with a cap hit of $2.9 million. If Klein retires than the Rangers would gain $2.9 million in cap space as well as a spot on their 50 contract list.

Klein struggled for most of last season and only played in one of the Rangers playoff games.

Larry Brooks writes that while a final decision has not yet been made, Klein has been working out at the Rangers practice facility and reportedly held a "going-away party" this past weekend. (NY Post)

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(Pavel Golovkin)

The Rangers signed 23-year old Russian defenseman Alexei Bereglazov earlier this spring after Bereglazov played with Magnitagorsk in the KHL's Gagarin Cup.

Bereglazov said that he signed with the Rangers because the Rangers showed a lot of interest and that every player's dream is to play in the NHL. (Championat)

Bereglazov is 6-4, 205 and has played in 162 games in the KHL over the past four seasons, 5 goals and 28 assists, and 40 playoff games, including a Championship in 2015-16.

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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)

The Rangers have announced their preseason schedule for this season:

  • September 18 against the Islanders
  • September 20 against the Devils
  • September 22 @ the Islanders in Bridgeport
  • September 23 @ the Devils
  • September 25 against the Flyers
  • September 26 in Philadelphia
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Apr 8, 2017; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers left wing Taylor beck (28) is checked by Ottawa Senators defenseman Fredrik Claesson (33) in the third period 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 left wing Taylor beck (28) is checked by Ottawa Senators defenseman Fredrik Claesson (33) in the third period at the Canadian Tire Centre. The Senators defeated the Rangers 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports (Marc DesRosiers)

Taylor Beck, who joined the Rangers organization at the trade deadline this year, has signed a one-year deal in the KHL.

He was acquired from Edmonton for Justin Fontaine and had 6 goals and 10 assists in 16 games for the Wolf Pack.

Beck was called up at the end of the season and played two games for the Rangers.

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Apr 12, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty (67) is checked by New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi (5) during the first period of game one of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Bolte)
Apr 12, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty (67) is checked by New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi (5) during the first period of game one of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Bolte)

The Rangers did not ask either Marc Staal or Dan Girardi to waive their no-move clauses in order to be exposed for the expansion draft. (NY Post)

It had been reported the past couple of weekends that the Rangers had not asked either player to do so.

Nick Holden and Kevin Klein will both be exposed as potential players for Vegas to take in the expansion draft.

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May 4, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Oscar Lindberg (24) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the Ottawa Senators during the second 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 center Oscar Lindberg (24) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the Ottawa Senators during the second 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 Rangers have until Friday to get at least one forward under contract that meets the exposure requirements for the expansion draft. (NY Post)

Currently Michael Grabner is the only Rangers forward under contract, that won't be protected, who meets the requirements of being under contract for 2018 and complying with the 40/70 rule.

Pending UFAs Jesper Fast, Oscar Lindberg or Matt Puempel would meet the requirements but but Larry Brooks writes that those three players understand the leverage they have and are taking a "hard line in talks." (NY Post)

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Mar 21, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider (35) makes a save on New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) during the first period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland (USA Today))
Mar 21, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider (35) makes a save on New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) during the first period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland (USA Today))

The Devils have announced their preseason schedule which features two games against the Rangers.

The Rangers will host the Devils on September 20th at 7PM and visit the Prudential Center on September 23rd at 7PM.

The Rangers already have a game against the Islanders in Bridgeport scheduled for 9/22.

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Dan Girardi and Marc Staal watch the final seconds during the third period of a first-round NHL playoff game. (Gene J. Puskar)
Dan Girardi and Marc Staal watch the final seconds during the third period of a first-round NHL playoff game. (Gene J. Puskar)

6/12/17 | Renaud Lavoie writes in the Journal de Montreal that "several rumors are circulating" that the Rangers "could" buy out Girardi's contract.

6/11/17 | According to Larry Brooks, as of Saturday morning, the Rangers had not requested that either Marc Staal or Dan Girardi waive their protection clauses to allow for exposure in the expansion draft. (NY Post)

The deadline to make this request of players is tomorrow at 5PM but Brooks says that because of the respect for Staal and Girardi it's likely that Gorton would have asked already. (NY Post)

Brooks also speculates that it's possible that the Rangers are okay with protecting Staal and Girardi, in addition to Ryan McDonagh, and may be willing to lose Nick Holden in the expansion draft. (NY Post)

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With their 2-0 win over Nashville last night, the Pittsburgh Penguins have won the Stanley Cup for the second straight season.

The Penguins are the first repeat Stanley Cup champions since the Detroit Red Wings in 1997 and 1998.

Pittsburgh features former Rangers Carl Hagelin, Matt Cullen and they are led by former assistant to John Tortorella, Mike Sullivan. 

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6/11/17 Larry Brooks wrote on Sunday that the NHLPA is not expected to trigger the 5% cap escalator and the salary cap will remain around the current $73 million. (NY Post)

Bob McKenzie tweeted last night that the debate inside the NHLPA is whether to apply the 5% escalator or another number between 0 & 5%. (McKenzie)

McKenzie says that there is "virtually no chance" that the number is 0 and notes that using an escalator of 2% would add around $1.4 million to the upper limit. (McKenzie)

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New York Rangers right wing Nicklas Jensen (39) and New Jersey Devils defenseman Andy Greene (6) chase a puck into the corner during the third period of a preseason hockey game at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner)
New York Rangers right wing Nicklas Jensen (39) and New Jersey Devils defenseman Andy Greene (6) chase a puck into the corner during the third period of a preseason hockey game at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner)

The Rangers are not expected to qualify either Brandon Pirri or Adam Clendening, allowing both to become unrestricted free agents. (NY Post)

The Rangers will qualify Nicklas Jensen, 24, who played in 7 games with the Rangers this season and scored 32 goals and 23 assists in 70 AHL games. (NY Post)

The decision on whether to qualify Mackenzie Skapski is reportedly pending. (NY Post)

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Dec 9, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Rangers goalie Antti Raanta (32) makes a save on the Chicago Blackhawks during the second period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports (David Banks)
Dec 9, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Rangers goalie Antti Raanta (32) makes a save on the Chicago Blackhawks during the second period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports (David Banks)

6/11/17 | The Flames and Jets have reportedly called the Rangers about Antti Raanta but the team has not yet committed to trading him. (NY Post)

Brooks also notes that the Rangers have not received an offer "pushing them" to consider a trade. (NY Post)

6/6/17 | Kevin Allen writes that Raanta seems like a good candidate to be with Vegas next seasonbut that before that the Rangers will talk to Calgary and Winnipeg. (USA Today)

6/4/17 | 8:47AM: Larry Brooks writes that "several clubs" have inquired about the availability of Antti Raanta. (NY Post)

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Apr 2, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Brendan Smith (42) is honored as one of the stars of the game after scoring a goal to help beat 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 defenseman Brendan Smith (42) is honored as one of the stars of the game after scoring a goal to help beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3 at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

6/11/17 | Larry Brooks reports that Jeff Gorton has continued speaking with Brendan Smith and that Smith has "maintained his willingness" to re-sign with the Rangers prior to UFA interview process opening on June 25 if ' the Blueshirts come in with a "market-price" offer.' (NY Post)

5/22/17 | Brendan Smith's agent Anton Thun told Larry Brooks that Smith enjoyed his time playing with the Rangers and that he would "certainly consider" signing a new contract prior to becoming a UFA on July 1. (NY Post)

Thun noted though that Smith has not told him to "get a deal done" with the Rangers and that Smith will be looking for a "good fit with a good organization in his next contract. (NY Post)

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The Rangers have been "active" in trade conversations with teams about a right-shot defenseman but "nothing is imminent." (NY Post)

Larry Brooks writes that players Tyson Barrie and/pr Jacob Trouba are of interest but "there is nothing at all doing on that front, at least at this moment." (NY Post)

Brooks also mentions the name of center Nathan MacKinnon as someone the Rangers, and many others, would like to acquire but that Joe Sakic is asking for "just about everyone" in return for a potential MacKinnon deal. (NY Post)

There are questions about how active the Rangers will be this summer.

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According to Elliotte Friedman, there are rumblings that the Rangers contacted former Sabres and Stars coach Lindy Ruff about possibly joining Alain Vigneault's staff. (Sportsnet)

Friedman said that the idea of adding Ruff to the team is about making the group of coaches stronger and not about having Vigneault "look over his shoulder." (Sportsnet)

As Friedman notes, there are many connections between Ruff and the Rangers including being a teammate as a player with Scott Arniel and Rangers SVP Jim Schoenfeld. While Ruff was the coach in Buffalo he coached Rangers assistant GM Chris Drury and also had Arniel as an assistant coach. (Sportsnet)

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