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 ( Adam Hunger)
( Adam Hunger)

On the NHL Network they took a look at projecting what the Rangers lines could be for this coming season:

  • Chris Kreider, Mika Zibanejad, Mats Zuccarello
  • Jimmy Vesey, Kevin Hayes, Rick Nash
  • JT Miller, David Desharnais, Pavel Buchnevich
  • Michael Grabner, Boo Nieves, Jesper Fast

Matt Puempel would be the 13th forward.

Last season at 5 on 5 (Data Rink):

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Ryan McDonagh scored tonight in the first period of his game in Minnesota summer league "Da Beauty League"

McDonagh is teammates with Brady Skjei, who isn't playing tonight, and prospects Vinni Lettieri and Steven Fogarty are alsi in the league.

Skjei was in New York yesterday working with the Junior Rangers.

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Nov 15, 2016; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; New York Rangers forward Mika Zibanejad (93) skates against the Vancouver Canucks during the second 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 forward Mika Zibanejad (93) skates against the Vancouver Canucks during the second period at Rogers Arena. The New York Rangers won 7-2. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports (Anne-Marie Sorvin)

Mika Zibanejad was on NHL Tonight on Tuesday and said the following (NHL.com):

  • On the deal getting done, "you are always hoping for the deal to be done earlier but I am super happy it got done and got done before the hearing."
  • On his role changing, "you are hopeful for a bigger role every time it comes to a new season. You work for more responsibility and work hard for it and now it looks like I have the opportunity to do that. You ask anyone, no one is going to say no to an opportunity like that. I will make sure that I am prepared and doing everything I can to further the opportunity."
  • On playing in New York, "I can only speak for myself being a Swedish player, a lot of people know about the Rangers even if they aren't hockey interested. It's special, as an opponent and playing in Ottawa, you always look forward to playing at MSG and being on the road in New York."
  • On Henrik Lundqvist and his window to win, "It sounds very cliche but just focus on the next year. You can't look forward or ahead too much, you want to take the opportunities ahead of you and be as good as we can next year and really be prepared to go further than we did this year."

Zibanejad also conducted a conference call with reporters shortly after his deal was signed.

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(David Banks)

7/26/17 | Larry Brooks writes that there has been no determination yet on where Filip Chytil will play this coming season.

Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News said yesterday that Chytil was "most likely" to play in North America this season.

Chytil could play in the Czech League, OHL for North Bay, the Rangers or the Wolf Pack.

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Apr 20, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New York Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei (76) plays the puck during the second period in game five of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Bolte)
Apr 20, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New York Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei (76) plays the puck during the second period in game five of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Bolte)

Ryan McDonagh said that it's going to be "fun to see" what Kevin Shattenkirk will be able to do with the Rangers this coming season. (NHL.com)

He praised Shattenkirk's skill set and all around ability, saying that he is someone who can be counted on wherever he is in the lineup. (NHL.com)

McDonagh said that he knows the kind of person that Shattenkirk is and that he is "going to fit right in with our room perfectly." (NHL.com)

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Following the signing of Mika Zibanejad, the Rangers have 21 players signed and slightly over $3 million in cap space. (Cap Friendly)

That roster includes 12 forwards, including injured Jesper Fast, 7 defensemen, including Nick Holden and Anthony DeAngelo, and two goalies. (Cap Friendly)

Larry Brooks notes that if the Rangers go with 8 defensemen, including Holden, DeAngelo an Alexei Bereglazov and 14 forwards including Lias Andersson, Boo Nieves & IR for Jesper Fast, the Rangers have $445,556 in cap space.

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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))

Mika Zibanejad spoke on a conference call with the media this afternoon and said:

  • On Stepan being traded and his role, "seeing Derek being traded was a little bit of an alert to me that I might get a chance to play a bigger role. As a player you always want to more responsibility and a bigger role. It's something that I am working really hard to make sure that I take advantage of the chance that I am getting."
  • On not going to arbitration, "it's something that we were hoping would happen, just like it did. We were sitting in the room and Jeff and my agent were negotiating basically until the last hour. I am super happy that the deal got done and super happy to be staying in New York for the next five years and I am just really really looking for to next season."
  • On being the number one center, "you always want to improve and develop and there has always been moments where you feel you can take your game to the next level and that is what I am working on in the summer, doing all the things that I can do to prepare myself for this opportunity and I don't think there is a single guy out there that would say no to an opportunity like this. I'm super, super happy and excited for the season. You always want to improve and be better than last season. I'm super pumped and excited for this upcoming season."
  • On him and Hayes being the top two, "Hayes had a great year last year, great center, very skilled and he can score. He's a really good center and it will be a fun challenge to step into this season with him and obviously try to help each other as much as we can and push each other to be better. I'm just super, super excited right now."
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Sep 27, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) reacts after scoring a first period goal against the New York Islanders during a preseason hockey game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Sep 27, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) reacts after scoring a first period goal against the New York Islanders during a preseason hockey game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

11:25AM: The breakdown for the deal is (Craig Morgan):

  • 17-18: $5 million + $1 million signing bonus
  • 18-19: $5.5 million
  • 19-20: $5.35 million
  • 20-21: $2.650 million + $2.5 million signing bonus
  • 21-22: $4.750 million

10:52AM: The Rangers have announced that Mika Zibanejad has signed a five-year deal worth $5.35 million per season.

It was believed that the Rangers and Zibanejad were heading towards having an arbitration hearing today.

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Oct 13, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) plays the puck against New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic (3) during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 13, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) plays the puck against New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic (3) during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

10:55AM: The Rangers and Zibanejad avoided a hearing and came to terms on a five-year deal worth $5.3 million per season.

9:24AM: Larry Brooks tweets that "barring a last minute settlement" the Rangers and Mika Zibanejad are heading for an arbitration hearing.

The hearing, scheduled for today, was supposed to begin at 9AM in Toronto.

In 2014 it was believed that the Rangers and Chris Kreider were in an arbitration hearing before it was announced that they had come to terms on a deal.

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Dec 20, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Nick Holden (22) at the face-off circle against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period 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 defenseman Nick Holden (22) at the face-off circle against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period at the PPG PAINTS Arena. The Penguins won 7-2. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

Larry Brooks wrote yesterday that the Rangers should have a "formidable" top-four that includes Ryan McDonagh and Brady Skjei on the left and Kevin Shattenkirk and Brendan Smith on the right. (NY Post)

Brooks notes though that the Rangers could have as many as five players battling for the final two spots on defense: Marc Staal, Nick Holden, Anthony DeAngelo, Neal Pionk and Russian Alexei Bereglazov. (NY Post)

He notes that the Rangers believe that Pionk is NHL ready while he may battle with DeAngelo for the final spot, both can be sent to Hartford without clearing waivers.

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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))

7/24/17 | Jeff Gorton is expected to meet with Zibanejad and his agent before tomorrow's hearing to try and hammer out a multi-year deal that would likely come in between $5.25 million and $5.5 million. (NY Post)

7/23/17 | 11:49AM: Zibanejad submitted $5.35 million to the arbitrator and the Rangers submitted $4.1 million to the arbitrator.

7:49AM: The Rangers and Mika Zibanejad remain "far apart" in talks with his arbitration hearing set for Tuesday. (NY Post)

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(Pavel Golovkin)

Alexei Bereglazov is believed to have an our-clause in his contract that would allow him to return to Russia rather than going to the AHL. (NY Post)

Cap Friendly confirms that existence of the clause in his contract.

Larry Brooks writes that the Rangers are "unlikely" to allow that clause to come into play and would likely carry him on the roster. (NY Post)

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Oct 13, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) plays the puck against New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic (3) during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 13, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) plays the puck against New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic (3) during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Rangers have submitted a request of $4.1 million to the arbitrator for Mika Zibanejad's hearing and Zibanejad has requested $5.35 million. (Friedman)

Zibanejad is two-years away from being a UFA so the Rangers are opting for a one-year award.

 

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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 do not appear likely to buy out the contract of Marc Staal when the second buyout window opens later this week. (NY Post)

Buying out Staal would leave the Rangers with savings and dead cap money of: (Cap Friendly)

  • 17-18 | $3.56 million saved, $2.13 million cap hit
  • 18-19 | $3.56 million saved, $2.13 million cap hit
  • 19-20 | $2.56 million saved, $3.13 million cap hit
  • 20-21 | $1.76 million saved, $3.93 million cap hit
  • 21-22 | $1.43 million cap hit
  • 22-23 | $1.43 million cap hit
  • 23-24 | $1.43 million cap hit
  • 24-25 | $1.43 million cap hit

Brooks writes that Staal had a "pretty good" first half last season but his game fell off after suffering a concussion going into the All-Star break. (NY Post)

Brooks writes that the Rangers would likely "prefer" to keep Staal for at least one more season, especially with Alain Vigneault's belief and trust in veteran players." (NY Post)

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Jan 22, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Rangers left wing J.T. Miller (10) celebrates his game winning goal in overtime against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. New York won 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports (Rick Osentoski)
Jan 22, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Rangers left wing J.T. Miller (10) celebrates his game winning goal in overtime against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. New York won 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports (Rick Osentoski)

7/22/17 | Scott Arniel said during this past season that the Rangers want JT Miller to shoot the puck more. (NHL.com)

Over the past two seasons, Miller has scored:

  • 15-16: 22 goals on 135 shots, 16.3% shooting percentage
  • 16-17: 22 goals on 132 shots, 16.7% shooting percentage

He was 4th on the Rangers in goals last season but 8th in shots on goal. He attempted 20 fewer shots last season (233) than he did the season before (253).

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(Adam Hunger)

Jimmy Vesey said that Mats Zuccarello inspires everyone with his work ethic and how "tenacious he is on the puck." (Newsday)

Brendan Smith praised Zuccarello's work ethic and said that when he is making plays and winning battles "everybody feeds off of it."

Mike Milbury said early in the series against Montreal that Zuccarello is "fun to watch" and always plays with energy.

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Feb 13, 2017; Columbus, OH, USA; New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) shoots against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the first period at Nationwide Arena. New York beat Columbus 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports (Russell LaBounty)
Feb 13, 2017; Columbus, OH, USA; New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) shoots against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the first period at Nationwide Arena. New York beat Columbus 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports (Russell LaBounty)

7/21/17 | Jimmy Vesey said during the playoffs that he still has "so much room to grow" as a player and that just going through the season and playoffs gave him confidence. (NY Post)

5/29/17 | Jimmy Vesey said toward the end of the regular season that he considered his rookie year to be "pretty good" and that he was "only going to get better" from that point forward. (NY Post)

He said that during the regular season he had some "stretches of really good hockey" but also had some "lulls." (NY Post)

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(Brad Penner)

At NHL.com, Dan Rosen projects what the Rangers depth chart, as of now, could be for the season:

  • Chris Kreider, Mika Zibanejad, Mats Zuccarello
  • Jimmy Vesey, Kevin Hayes, Rick Nash
  • JT Miller, David Desharnais, Pavel Buchnevich
  • Michael Grabner, Boo Nieves, Jesper Fast

Ryan McDonagh, Kevin Shattenkirk

Brady Skjei, Brendan Smith

Marc Staal, Nick Holden

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Sean Day said that he would like to move on from his junior hockey career in the OHL and transition to the pro game but said that he has to show the Rangers that he is ready to play pro hockey. (NY Post)

He said that he is going to do whatever he can to take the "next step" and show the organization that he is "ready.' (NY Post)

Day is able to play in the AHL this season and was also invited to Team USA's World Junior Camp. (NY Post)

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Feb 2, 2017; Dallas, TX, USA; Winnipeg Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec (31) faces the Dallas Stars attack during the first period at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)
Feb 2, 2017; Dallas, TX, USA; Winnipeg Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec (31) faces the Dallas Stars attack during the first period at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)

Henrik Lundqvist says that he has played against new backup goalie Ondrej Pavelec many times in his career and that Pavelec as experience both as a starter and back up. (HockeySverige)

Lundqvist said that every time he plays with a new a goalie there are things he learns about training and preparation.

He said that the most "important thing" is that they develop a good relationship early on because they will spend a lot of time together and with goalie coach Benoit Allaire.

Pavelec has appeared in 11 games against Lundqvist in his career, stopping 92% of the shots, allowing 2.1 goals per game and pitching two shutouts with a record of 5-4-1. (Hockey Ref)

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May 4, 2017; New York, NY, USA; The New York Rangers salute their fans after defeating the Ottawa Senators in 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; The New York Rangers salute their fans after defeating the Ottawa Senators in 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)

Newly signed Rangers goalie prospect Alexander Georgiev left Russia to play in Finland after feeling he wasn't going to get a good chance to play with his team in Russia. (Championat)

He was invited to Finland at a youth goalie camp by Finnish and former NHL goalie Fredrik Norrena, who is the goalie coach for TPS Turku. (Championat)

Georgiev said that he had been speaking with the Rangers for some time and knew that they were considering a contract for him when he came over for development camp. (Sports.RU)

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Feb 25, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) celebrates his game winning goal in overtime at Prudential Center. The Rangers defeated the Devils 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Feb 25, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) celebrates his game winning goal in overtime at Prudential Center. The Rangers defeated the Devils 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

Mika Zibanejad has an arbitration hearing scheduled for this coming Tuesday, July 25.

If no contract has been reached by Sunday than both parties will submit their numbers to the arbitrator for Tuesday's hearing.

Last summer the Rangers submitted $3.2 million and Chris Kreider submitted $4.75 million, for a one-year deal, before they settled on a four-year contract worth $4.625 million per season.

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(Brad Penner)

7/19/17: The Rangers have officially announced the signing.

7/18/17 | The Rangers have signed goalie prospect Alexander Georgiev to an entry-level deal that has a cap hit of $792,500. (Cap Friendly)

Georgiev was at Rangers development camp earlier this month and played last season for TPS in the Finnish league.

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Mar 7, 2017; Sunrise, FL, USA; New York Rangers left wing Pavel Buchnevich (89) celebrates his empty net goal against the Florida Panthers in the third period at BB&T Center. The Rangers won 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Mayer)
Mar 7, 2017; Sunrise, FL, USA; New York Rangers left wing Pavel Buchnevich (89) celebrates his empty net goal against the Florida Panthers in the third period at BB&T Center. The Rangers won 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Mayer)

Pavel Buchnevich spoke with Championat in Russia and said the following:

  • He is spending more time with family in Russia this summer but will travel to New York soon to prepare for the season.
  • Losing Derek Stepan is a "substantial loss" but the team has young players like JT Miller and Kevin Hayes that will get more experience and should be better next season.
  • His focus is on playing this season without injuries.
  • His back is healed and he spent time with the medical staff of his former team in the KHL.
  • He isn't afraid of "Russian torturer" Lindy Ruff and that Ruff will be working with the defense.
  • The AHL is "classic North American hockey" and features a lot of hitting and fighting.
  • He was supported by his teammates during his goal drought.
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Kevin Shattenkirk is formally introduced to the media as a New York Ranger.

Kevin Shattenkirk met with the media on Tuesday at the Rangers practice facility and said (SNY, NYR):

  • On holding up his jersey, "it's pretty surreal. I walked in and they had the jersey for me, that was the last thing that I expected, a jersey with my number on it. I'm really privileged to play in the NHL every day and I don't take it for granted but to have it now with my favorite team, that really hits home."
  • Where are you going to live, "I don't have much with me, just my fiance and a dog. I think we will stick around in the City and we don't really have kids we have to worry about yet. I think we will move into the big city and get the full experience."
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The Rangers have announced that Kevin Shattenkirk will wear #22 for this season.

Nick Holden wore 22 for the Rangers last season and Shattenkirk said when he signed that his heart was set on wearing the number.

Shattenkirk joked when he signed, "I have not had the chance to talk to him yet but am hoping we can work out some sort of deal. I may have to sweeten the pot a bit but a couple of people told me he is a good guy so hopefully he won't shake me down too much."

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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)

Last season for the Rangers, Derek Stepan had:

  • 17 goals (6th on the team for forwards)
  • 38 assists (2nd on the team for forwards)
  • 18 PP points (1st on the team for forwards)
  • 36 even strength points (5th on the team for forwards)
  • 1 shorthanded goal (Tied for 2nd on the team for forwards)
  • 2 Game Winning Goals (Tied for 9th on the team for forwards)
  • 209 shots (1st on the team for forwards)
  • A 47% win percentage on faceoffs
  • 25.4 shifts per game (1st on the team for forwards)
  • 18:37 per game (2nd on the team for forwards)
  • 15:38 at even strength per game (2nd on the team for forwards)
  • 1:22 per game on the PK (4th on the team for forwards)
  • 2:32 per game on the PP (4th on the team for forwards)
  • 50.7% shot attempts when he was on the ice (3rd on the team for forward that played at least 75 games)

Alain Vigneault said recently that the Rangers "hope and believe" that Kevin Hayes and Mika Zibanejad have "more to give us" and that they will both have an opportunity to take on "bigger roles and have more responsibility" next season. (NY Post)

Zibanejad averaged 13:58 at 5 on 5 and Hayes averaged 13:40 at 5 on 5 but Stepan only played three more minutes on the PK overall (111 to 108) than Hayes did and Hayes played in five fewer games.

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Apr 20, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault during the third period in game five against Montreal Canadiens of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports (Jean-Yves Ahern)
Apr 20, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault during the third period in game five against Montreal Canadiens of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports (Jean-Yves Ahern)

Alain Vigneault said that he is focused on having the "best coaching staff" possible and that bringing in Lindy Ruff gives the Rangers a "stronger staff and gives our team a better chance to win." (NY Post)

He said that Ruff brings "so much" to the Rangers in terms of experiences and knowledge from being both a head coach in Buffalo and Dallas as well as an assistant from his time in Florida and with Team Canada. (NY Post)

Vigneault said that all of the talk about Ruff being a potential replacement if the Rangers struggle doesn't bother him. (NY Post)

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Dec 20, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi (5) takes the ice before playing the Pittsburgh Penguins at the PPG PAINTS Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Dec 20, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi (5) takes the ice before playing the Pittsburgh Penguins at the PPG PAINTS Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

Dan Girardi spoke with the media in Tampa Bay earlier today and spoke about the end of his time with the Rangers and his decision to sign in Tampa. (TB)

  • "The ending in New York wasn't what I wanted but I think this is a good opportunity for me to come here and help the younger guys on the back end and do what I canto help this team win."
  • "Getting bought out makes me even more hungry to show that I can still play and contribute."
  • On the buyout, "it was a little bit surprising, you hear rumblings here and there throughout the year but until it actually happens you are pretty surprised. It is what it is, it's way in the past for me. I am way past my chapter in New York and looking forward to my time in Tampa."
  • Steve Yzerman called Girardi spoke for "20 minutes about how he wanted me here and I was sold from there on."
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Feb 2, 2017; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) handles the puck during the second period against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Billy Hurst-USA TODAY Sports (Billy Hurst)
Feb 2, 2017; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) handles the puck during the second period against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Billy Hurst-USA TODAY Sports (Billy Hurst)

In his career, Kevin Shattenkirk averages 21:06 per game and he has twice played over 22 minutes a game.

By season, Shattenkirk played:

  • 11-12| 21:36 (2nd on St. Louis)
  • 12-13|21:18 (3rd on St. Louis)
  • 13-14|20:34 (3rd on St. Louis)
  • 14-15|22:23 (3rd on St. Louis)
  • 15-16|22:25 (3rd on St. Louis)
  • 16-17| 19:51 (5th on St. Louis)
  • 16-17| 20:02 (3rd on the Caps in 19 games)

Since 2011-12, Shattenkirk ranks 45th overall in total time on ice among all players, 16th in PP time for defensemen and 2nd in PP points, just behind Erik Karlsson.

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Mar 14, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Arizona Coyotes defenseman Anthony DeAngelo (77) scores the winning goal in the 11th round of a shootout against the Los Angeles Kings during a NHL hockey game at the Staples Center. The Coyotes defeated the Kings 3-2 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Mar 14, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Arizona Coyotes defenseman Anthony DeAngelo (77) scores the winning goal in the 11th round of a shootout against the Los Angeles Kings during a NHL hockey game at the Staples Center. The Coyotes defeated the Kings 3-2 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

7/11/17 | When the Rangers acquired Anthony DeAngelo as part of the package for Derek Stepan, Jeff Gorton said that DeAngelo was a certain type of player and brought a certain type of game that the Rangers didn't have.

Gorton said that DeAngelo is someone who can run a PP, can really skate and also "do a lot of things that we need."

Gorton said that there aren't a lot of players like DeAngelo who can run a PP, shoot the puck and are also right handed shots.

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Henrik Lundqvist and Mats Zuccarello attended Carl Hagelin's wedding last night.

Derick Brassard did not attend Hagelin's wedding but was instead with Kevin Hayes in Boston.

See the pictures below

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New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Larry Brooks writes that the baseline contract for Mika Zibanejad is likely around $4.8 million per year but that number could increase depending on the length of the deal. (NY Post)

Zibanejad has an arbitration hearing scheduled for later this month and if he goes through with the hearing he would be eligible for a two-year reward that would allow him to become a UFA in 2019. (NY Post)

Brooks writes that Zibanejad is likely interested in a shorter term deal that could land him a bigger contract in a couple of years while the Rangers are likely interested in something around a 5-year deal. (NY Post)

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Sep 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Brandon Pirri (73) in action against the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Brandon Pirri (73) in action against the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

According to reports, Brandon Pirri may join Kevin Klein in the Swiss league, playing for Zurich.

Pirri was not tendered a qualifying offer by the Rangers and is a UFA.

Pirri, 26, played in 60 games for the Rangers this season, netting 8 goals, 10 assists, 96 shots, 201 shot attempts, a minus 8 rating and 12:17 per game.

Alain Vigneault mentioned at a few different times this season that, in regards to Pirri, a player only gets so many kicks at the can.

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Apr 8, 2017; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) is hurt after blocking a shot in the second period against the Ottawa Senators at the Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports (Marc DesRosiers)
Apr 8, 2017; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) is hurt after blocking a shot in the second period against the Ottawa Senators at the Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports (Marc DesRosiers)

Henrik Lundqvist said that he still feels he has some "great hockey" left in him and that he is not near the end of his career. (Watch Journal, via Henrik Lundqvist Blog)

Lundqvist said that as he has gotten older he has learned he needs to spend more time care of his body off the ice as well as "preparing properly." (Watch Journal, via Henrik Lundqvist Blog)

He said, "those things are important at any age, but particularly for me at this point in my career. (Watch Journal, via Henrik Lundqvist Blog)

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Oct 20, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Stars head coach Lindy Ruff watches action on the bench in the second period against Los Angeles Kings at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Heitman)
Oct 20, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Stars head coach Lindy Ruff watches action on the bench in the second period against Los Angeles Kings at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Heitman)

Lindy Ruff was on NHL Tonight earlier this week and said the following about joining the Rangers:

  • Why this job, "there weren't any head coaching jobs available and when asked if I was interested, I thought about it for a while and felt that it was a chance to go back to the East and work with two other real good head coaches in Alain and Scott Arniel, to get inside someone else's system and really see how another team operates."
  • On playing an up-tempo game, "I spent a good time talking to Alain about the position and the role, handling the defense and how the team wants to play and how successful we were playing a certain way, knowing that we needed to play a bit better away from the puck in Dallas, but there were some things we did extremely well and that was on the offensive side. If you look at the Penguins, who won the past two Cups, they were a lot about having their defense involved, their defense being active, pinching and helping create offense at the right times in the game and were very successful at it. After a lengthy talk with Alain it seemed like this thing would work."
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The Rangers have announced that they have come to terms with first round pick Filip Chytil.

Chytil, 17, was one of the youngest players in the 2017 Draft.

Chytil said that he isn't sure that his plans are for next season but that he would like to stay in the Czech league for another season. (Isport)

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Chris Drury said that the Rangers have been looking at Neal Pionk for two seasons and that every team is looking for right handed puck moving defensemen. (NYR)

Drury said that Pionk's combo of "character, compete level and grit, to go along with the way he plays the game - both offensively and defensively - are the reasons why we wanted to add him." (NYR)

Gordie Clark said that Pionk was the top offensive college free agent defenseman on the market and said that he has the opportunity to be the right hand shot offensive defenseman the Rangers have been looking for. (NYR)

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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)

Following his retirement from the NHL last week, Kevin Klein has signed a one-year deal to play with the Zurich Lions in the Swiss league.

The Swiss team said in their release that,"Kevin brings a lot of leadership, he lives the team first thoughts, plays hard and at the same time quiet. With his solid first pass and good shot, the legal rifle will be a big help to us. "

It was rumored initially that Klein would retire from the NHL and play in Europe but he did not mention that as an option in recent interviews when asked about his future.

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Feb 23, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) celebrates the game winning goal in the shootout 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 center Mika Zibanejad (93) celebrates the game winning goal in the shootout 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)

Mika Zibanejad said on breakup day that he wants to be a Number One Center and that he feels there is a "great opportunity" with the Rangers for him to do that.

He said that he feels he can take on the role but added, "it starts with me and I have a great opportunity this summer to work on the things I want to work on." (NYR)

He added that the opportunity is there and it's "just up to me to go out and get it." (NYR)

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Mar 17, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing J.T. Miller (10) controls the puck against Florida Panthers left wing Jonathan Huberdeau (11) during first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Mar 17, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing J.T. Miller (10) controls the puck against Florida Panthers left wing Jonathan Huberdeau (11) during first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

7/11/17 | 5:53PM: Alain Vigneault told Larry Brooks that Miller's versatility and ability to play center is "very important" but that he doesn't see Miller starting the season in the middle. (NY Post)

Vigneault said that Miller was scouted as a center and that management likes his potential in the middle and said "I think that J.T. has a lot to offer us in different ways." (NY Post)

7/2/17 | Jeff Gorton said that he knows that the Rangers need a center and that they are trying to fix the hole that they have there.

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The Rangers have announced that they have signed first round pick Lias Andersson to his entry-level contract.

Andersson is hoping to compete for a spot on the roster this coming season.

From the Rangers release:

  • Andersson, 18, skated in 42 games with HV71 of the Swedish Hockey League (SHL) this past season, registering nine goals and 10 assists for 19 points, along with a plus-21 rating and 18 penalty minutes.
  • He established SHL career-highs in several categories in 2016-17, including games played, goals, assists, points, and plus/minus rating. Andersson ranked eighth in the SHL - and led all junior players (younger than 20 years old) in the league - in plus/minus rating this past season.
  • He also ranked second among all junior players in the SHL in goals and assists, and tied for second among all junior players in the SHL in points in 2016-17.
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Dec 15, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault during the game against the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center. The Rangers shut out the Stars 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)
Dec 15, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault during the game against the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center. The Rangers shut out the Stars 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)

Alain Vigneault said that he spoke with both Derek Stepan and Dan Girardi and told them how much they meant to the team and to himself as both players and people. (NY Post)

Vigneault said, "those are the kinds of people you care about. Everyone knows how important they were to our group." (NY Post)

He said though that the Rangers had "decisions to make" and that even with the moves the Rangers are still a "good team and we still have our goal set on winning the Stanley Cup." (NY Post)

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Nov 6, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) against the Winnipeg Jets during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Nov 6, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) against the Winnipeg Jets during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

Larry Brooks wrote on Sunday that next summer the Rangers will be in a position to extend Ryan McDonagh's contract since he will be one-year away from being a UFA. (NY Post)

McDonagh is entering the 5th of 6 seasons on his contract that pays him $5.1 million this year but still has a cap hit of $4.7 million. (NY Post)

McDonagh will be 30 when he is eligible to become a UFA in July 2019 and Brooks says that not only will the Rangers have to decide if they want to extend their captain but McDonagh has to decide if he intends to play his entire career with the Rangers. (NY Post)

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7/12/17 | Alain Vigneault said that he "really liked" what he saw from 7th overall pick Lias Andersson at development camp and said that he will get "every opportunity" to make the team. (NY Post)

Vigneault said that Andersson has "great hands and he can play." (NY Post)

7/10/17 | Lias Andersson said during Rangers development camp that he wants to compete for a spot on the roster this season.

Andersson, the 7th overall pick in the draft, said that the Rangers are looking for centers and noted that he has played with men in Sweden for the past two seasons.

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Dec 8, 2016; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; New York Rangers Nicklas Jensen (39) and center J.T. Miller (10) and defenseman Nick Holden (22) celebrate a goal by right wing Kevin Hayes (13) (not pictured) during the third period against the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre. Rangers win 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports  (Bruce Fedyck)
Dec 8, 2016; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; New York Rangers Nicklas Jensen (39) and center J.T. Miller (10) and defenseman Nick Holden (22) celebrate a goal by right wing Kevin Hayes (13) (not pictured) during the third period against the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre. Rangers win 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports (Bruce Fedyck)

Nicklas Jensen has signed with Jokerit of the KHL for this season and with an option for the 2018-19 season.

The Rangers retain Jensen's rights since they offered him a qualifying offer.

Jokerit GM and former Ranger Jarri Kurri said that Jensen is the "profile of the power striker and scorer, who has an excellent shot."

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Feb 11, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Klein (8) is congratulated after scoring a goal against the Colorado Avalanche 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 defenseman Kevin Klein (8) is congratulated after scoring a goal against the Colorado Avalanche during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

7/11/17 | Klein was on the NHL Network on Monday and said:

"Mentally, the grind of a season, 13 years I have done it both in the AHL and NHL it was the right time for myself and my family. I feel I can still play at a high level, it's just that when your heart isn't fully in it, for me, it's pretty obvious that I needed a change and something new."

On what is next, "lots of family time, traveling. I have a lot of interests, I'll most likely be involved in some business that I have and I might apprentice at a garage and really fine tune my mechanic skills. I got lots of stuff that I really want to do."

On his time with the Rangers, "I knew a few of the guys on the team, didn't take me too long to adjust. A quiet leadership role and this came kind of naturally and when you have a few guys you have played and battled it makes you feel at home. It was a perfect fit for me, I didn't want to leave Nashville and I was a little surprised but when you put on that Rangers uniform, that was one of the most fun times I have ever had. It was great for my career and something I will definitely never forget."

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Lindy Ruff said that he was speaking with Rangers associate coach Scott Arniel about his future when Arniel asked if he might have interest in joining the Rangers staff. (NYR)

Arniel and Ruff were teammates with the Sabres in the 80s and Arniel was an assistant to Ruff in the early 2000s. (NYR)

Alain Vigneault said that Arniel suggested Ruff as an option while the Rangers were going through player and staff evaluations. (NY Post)

Arniel, at the time, was interviewing for the openings in Florida and Buffalo and convinced Vigneault to reach out to Ruff. (NY Post)

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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)

Coyotes GM John Chayka said that they entered into the offseason with the intention of landing Antti Raanta to be their number one goalie.

He said that when the Coyotes got the chance to get Raanta "we wanted to make sure we got him."

Raanta said that he feels his game is going in the right direction and that he is ready to take the next step towards being a number one goalie.

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