Alain Vigneault met with the media on the first day of training camp and said (SNY):

  • "added good pieces to our back end, we have a tremendous opportunity at the center position. Looking forward to camp, we got quite a few decisions to make moving forward. I think we have a good team and we will gear ourselves to get ready for another good season."
  • "I think we have some real strong leadership in our group. JR (Rangers PR) and I were talking about it that when I got here we had Callahan, G, Step, Marc Staal but before that it was Jagr and Shanahan and Chris Drury and now is the evolution. A lot of guys who have been with me, now, starting our 5th year together. Zuccarello, Kreider, it's their turn to assume that leadership role and I think that quite a few of them have been waiting for this opportunity for quite some time. McDonagh is evolving into a true captain and using the people around him real well and has great influence in the dressing room. He is one of the best examples I have ever been associated with. I am very confident in this leadership group, I think we will see in camp and the season that some of our players, and I have named a few, will really step up and assume a bigger role like Rick Nash did last year, a lot more vocal, Nasher had been a captain before but you could tell that he knew that he had to step up in certain situations and I think he did a great job and will continue."
  • On the center position and JT, "first, for JT, I have told him that we will start him at the center position. First of all, we know he can play real well on either side of the wing. I know he prefers the right side to the left side but this is a good chance to get him some work in the middle. At some point, early on or in the season he is probably going to play a little bit of center. It happened last year, it happened the year before so giving him that experience off the bat is a good thing. Giving him some more understanding, even though he was drafted as a natural center, he has played more wing since he has been here with me, we will start him there. We have decisions to make throughout our lines, the makeup of those lines, we will take training camp to do that. We have 6 games in 8 nights. In terms of Lias, everything I saw in development camp, I didn't go to Traverse City, but everything I heard from the people who were there, there is definitely a lot of upside there. I've mentioned this many times before, talent has no age. If a young man comes in and we think he can contribute to the success of our team he will be here."
  • On JT and playing center, "if you look at our center position now, there is opportunity for different guys to have a bigger role, there is an opportunity for Desharnais to come in, a 50 point scorer a few years ago and step in and play some big minutes for us. All that being said, natural center, our depth right now is on the respectable line so I would rather go out and see a guy like JT, who has played this position before, how he looks, how he feels. He is not a young player any more, he is a veteran player and I want to see his experience and I want to see what he can do at that position."
  • On Kevin Hayes, "tremendous amount of faith. We made that trade because we have faith in him and Mika. Hayes, like JT, is not a kid any more. He is a veteran player and he has some experience and it's their turn and there are no excuses. We believe they can get it done and at the end of the day they have to."
  • On Lias Andersson, "we gotta look at the on-ice product. Just like Filip, I have a tough time saying his last name, silent H, silent C, there is a guy that has been skating for 8 days, didn't go to Traverse City because of the injury but will skate tomorrow with group C and at some point we will see him in some games and early on in practices with our group. What I saw of his skill set during development camp was tremendous. Both of those young guys, I expect to see in practice and games and depending on how they perform we will make the best decisions for the team."
  • On Buchnevich, "he came in real early, I want to say third week in July. He has been working with our conditioning guys ever since, no back issues, condition wise he has followed the plan to a letter for what he was given. Young player that has a real solid skill set and potential, looking forward to seeing what he will bring to the table. There is a guy there who has so much offensive abilities and great skill set, I think he will come in and be a real good player for us."
  • On Henrik's plan, "I had a good chat with both Hank and Benoit, I told Hank that after discussing it with Benoit that I am not giving him a number of games this year. Every year there has been different situations to both goalies, whether it be Antti or Hank or when Cam became the number one for two months. I'm not giving him a set number of games, I'm gonna talk to him, talk to Benny and we will play this game by game. Hank has come in lighter, he looks, I want to say younger, he looks real fit and he is excited about this year. I talked to him about the consistency, I talked to Benny and him about that exact fact, we got a tremendous amount of "A" games from Hank last year, proving he is still one of the elite goalies in the league. What we need from him is a bit more consistency. He will have some "C" games now and then and he knows this and will be the first to tell you that he needs to be more consistent and he is ready for that challenge. I am really happy that after we got eliminated by Ottawa and he had played real well against Montreal and a little more so-so against Ottawa, he goes overseas and is the best goalie over there and helps his team in the Gold. There is that consistency, he knows it, Ben knows it and they will find a way to get on top of that and in my mind he is still an elite, top-five goalie."
  • On Pavelec, "this is all about, tired of answering the number of games Hank is going to play question -- no it's just that with talking with Hank and Benny it's more about how he feels and his body and mentally and we will focus on that, talk a little bit more and we will go that way this year and we think it's going to be better route for our team."
  • On Pavelec, "In certain players careers you catch them at the right time, I think our team and our organization have him at the right time. He has had a couple of off-years, you only get so many kicks at the can, you gotta have a highly motivated guy that wants to listen to the goalie coach, wants to help a team win to prove he belongs in the NHL. Played in the AHL for part of last year, he has had good numbers in the past and I think we got him at the right time. A lot of our internal people and Benny believe that he can be a real good goalie. When he plays we will expect the same thing from him that we got from Cam and Raanta."
  • On the defense, "part of our identity since I have been here is that speed factor and we added pieces to our back end that give us a bit more back end and more puck moving abilities that should enhance that speed factor, should make us quicker on our breakouts, quicker in our transition and more effective in the offensive zone. Lets wait and see how the guys play, that is one area where as an organization we are really excited to see what it's going to look like."
  • On Shattenkirk expectations, "on the ice, that puck moving ability 5 on 5 is something that we expect from him. On the PP, He has been one of the best PP guys in the league for quite some time. Before we signed Kevin we did some HW and since we signed him we also followed up, but tremendous teammate. Everything I have heard about this guy and how he conducts himself or how he helps out, whether it be from his time in STL or WSH, you hear from the coaches and teammates and training staff what a quality person he is. When you talk about our leadership group, there is a guy with some experience that I expect to step in and help us in that facet."
  • Do you expect to spend more time in the offensive zone, "talk about Corsi numbers and that, for me, I'm a big believer in looking at all the available stats and, I want go into specifics, and there are stats we keep track of here that are more important than that. It is an area that I believe, with our back end, we will be able to get into the offensive zone quicker and make more plays from the top, with the quality of our defense, which means seeing what could be available at the net quicker, getting shots through quicker. I definitely think that the back end, as far as offensive possibilities, that is something we will find out and improve here as guys get to know one another, it's an area that seems we are in stronger in right now, it seems that way on paper."
  • On Staal and Holden battling, "I think, it would be safe to say that there are a few guys, Marc being one of them, that is fighting for ice time, fighting for a spot on the team. If we decided to bring Marc Staal back it's bcause we believe in him and anyone who questions his character would be wrong, he has come back from two serious injuries, played big minutes, big games in the past. I like Marc Staal, I believe in Marc Staal but at the end of the day this is probably the first time in a while that he is fighting for a spot and minutes. He knows that and that is why you have training camp and then you take it a day at a time and make the best possible calls for the team."
  • On Holden, "I've had a good conversation with Nick. For 55 games last year he was one of our best defensemen. There were some games towards the end there where it might have been a bit more difficult but he still was a real effective player for us, defensively and offensively, he had some real good numbers. He has to take the positives from last year and it's a new season for everybody and his play will dictate how much he plays, that is probably the same for everybody. Some guys have more rope than others, it's how the game is but Nick was a good player for us last year and I am anxious to see what he is going to do."
  • On the young defense in camp, "from Anthony to Pionk to Russian Bereglazov, there are quite a few, Brady Skjei, I am expecting more from Brady, for him to compete for a top-four spot and be in there and in one of the conversations that we had is that he can play offense and defense. You are a good player and he needs to step up and his play will dictate that for us. Smytty is another one, on our team there are a lot of possibilities and options, guys will go on the ice and there will be some great internal competition. Everyone wants more ice time, show me what you got."
  • On Shattenkirk and McDonagh, "not early on, I am mixing and matching early on and we have 6 exhibition games in 8 nights. I want to see a lot of our younger guys that I don't get to see very much, how they have evolved and getting better. In the last 3 exhibition games we will get to more duos we are looking at, more lines we are looking at. From our last game we have 7 days until we start the season so we will have plenty of time to get this group ready."
  • Will JT play more, "every guy, right now, except for one I am thinking of at least 3 games, some guys may play 4 or 5 because we need to make a decision on them. JT is one of those guys that will be in that 3, for sure, 4 possibility."
  • On him going into his 5th year, "I'm real excited. We have made some real good changes, for me, I look at the opportunity we have and I have seen them grow for four years and to go into year five, the evolution on and off the ice, we are in a good place. I like our group, no one has talked about the window but when we beat Pittsburgh two years in a row, who would have thought that Pittsburgh would have won the Stanley Cup back to back with Murray in goal. We have a good team and we believe that we can compete for the Stanley Cup. First objective is to get into the playoffs. We will build our foundation in training camp, put our system in place, make sure that the group comes together and pick the players that will permit this group to attain their goals. I'm excited about that, management, my whole staff is excited. I met every player and there is a good buzz and feeling and wants to do real."
  • On Vesey, "I think Jimmy is a gamer. I look at his track record, a young man last year, coming in and playing the games he did, it was a challenge, he took the challenge head on. In the playoffs, when everything is more focused and more attention and more scrutiny, he took that pressure head on. He's a gamer and wants to prove and contribute to help a team win. He has shown leadership qualities in the past and I expect him to be even better this year."
  • On Jesper Fast's status, "he's right on schedule. He will start in Group C but we figured that at the end of October that would be his time frame and he is right on schedule. He is feeling real good, skating every day for I think three weeks, he is exactly where our Docs and medical staff thought he would be."
  • On the PP, "we've got different looks as far as shot possibilities with the right handers coming in, that will add to the different possibilities and options you can have on the PP. Shatty coming in and being a real solid PP performer is going to help our whole group. New season, we need to see who fits where and who does what but we will do that as training camp moves on."
  • On Lindy Ruff, "he will bring all of his experience, he has had a lot of years with different makeups as a team. He has been outstanding with the whole staff and just getting to know some of the guys here. There is a lot of experience I will tap into, the rest of the staff will tap into and also the players. A great addition to our group and I think he is looking forward to it and we are looking forward to his contribution to the success of our team."
  • On resting players at times during a season, "points are so hard to come by in this league, you always have to go with what you feel is your best lineup on a game to game basis. I believe that I was one of the first coaches to give the players their monthly calendar with the day off scheduled ahead of time. I was upset when the NHLPA forced us to give them four mandatory days because I know that some of the coaches in the league weren't doing that, old school coaches that believe that guys have to be on the ice everyday and I don't believe that is helpful. That rest factor, I think I have a good read on it, the complexity of that. We take a lot of pride in our schedule and travel schedule and allowing our guys to get more rest. I feel I got a pretty good pulse on that."
  • On the rule changes, "video guy better be good (laugh). That puts onus on both of our video guys, those are the guys ahead of time, as the play is moving on, are looking at if a play was offside because we don't have a lot of time. They are cutting down the time to make decisions. I don't mind it. We gotta make our decisions quickly, now it's a different part of the game and the only one on the ice that can't call a TO after icing the puck, rest for certain players would be
  • On Andrew Desjardins, "It's something that Gorts and Chris were looking at and talking to his agent. I don't know why, I didn't really ask them. For me, he's an experienced player, can play more than one position, lets see what he can do and what he will bring and go from there."
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Here we go again with the Rangers and Erik Karlsson.

After being linked to the star defenseman when the Senators were looking to trade him last offseason, despite the fact they weren't actually in on him, the Rangers are considered "a favorite" and "probably the most likely destination" for Karlsson in free agency this summer, according to Sportsnet's Chris Johnston. 

Johnston addressed Karlsson's future during a Thursday radio interview with Sportsnet 960 The FAN in Calgary. Because the Rangers have cap space and the No. 2 pick in this year's NHL Draft, there's speculation that the Blueshirts could try to accelerate their rebuild.

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Oct 21, 2018; New York, NY, USA; A general view of Madison Square Garden before a game between the New York Rangers and Calgary Flames. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Oct 21, 2018; New York, NY, USA; A general view of Madison Square Garden before a game between the New York Rangers and Calgary Flames. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

The Rangers have signed Russian defenseman Yegor Rykov to a two-year entry-level contract, according to TVA Sports and The Athletic.

According to both reports, the contract has an out clause which would allow 22-year-old, who had been playing for HC Sochi, to return to the KHL if he wishes.

Rykov was acquired from the Devils at the 2018 trade deadline as part of a package the Rangers received in exchange for Michael Grabner. The Rangers used the second-round pick acquired in that trade to move up four spots to No. 22 in the 2018 NHL Draft to select K'Andre Miller. The Devils took Rykov in the fifth round of the 2016 draft.

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Finnish prospect Kaapo Kakko (left) posing with teammate Santeri Virtanen after winning the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship. (Kaapo Kakko on Instagram/@kaapokakko)
Finnish prospect Kaapo Kakko (left) posing with teammate Santeri Virtanen after winning the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship. (Kaapo Kakko on Instagram/@kaapokakko)

Time will tell whether the Devils thinking highly enough of Kaapo Kakko to take him over long-presumed No. 1 NHL Draft pick Jack Hughes, but Kakko's emergence over the last year has at least made it a debate.

And Kakko thinks it can happen, especially as he dominates in the IIHF World Championship.

"This is a big thing for me for the draft," Kakko told NHL.com through a translator. "I think I can be the first (pick)."

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Oct 21, 2018; New York, NY, USA; A general view of Madison Square Garden before a game between the New York Rangers and Calgary Flames. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

The New York Rangers are about to hire John Davidson as their new team president. 

The Columbus Blue Jackets announced on Friday that Davidson had submitted his resignation as president of hockey operations after being granted permission to speak to the Rangers about serving as their team president. 

"Personally, I want to thank J.D. for his friendship and the many contributions that he and his wife, Diana, have made to the Blue Jackets and throughout our community," Blue Jackets president Mike Priest said in a statement

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Finnish prospect Kaapo Kakko (left) posing with teammate Santeri Virtanen after winning the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship. (Kaapo Kakko on Instagram/@kaapokakko)
Finnish prospect Kaapo Kakko (left) posing with teammate Santeri Virtanen after winning the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship. (Kaapo Kakko on Instagram/@kaapokakko)

The NHL Draft gets more interesting by the day.

Because the more Kaapo Kakko plays in the IIHF World Championship, the more he impresses, adding intrigue to the Devils' decision on whom to select first overall.  

The Finnish wing, who will go to the Rangers at No. 2 if the Devils take American center Jack Hughes at No. 1, scored a beauty of a goal on Thursday for his sixth goal of the tournament.

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Oct 21, 2018; New York, NY, USA; A general view of Madison Square Garden before a game between the New York Rangers and Calgary Flames. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

The Rangers announced on Thursday that Jim Schoenfeld, the team's senior vice president and assistant general manager, had stepped down after 17 years with the organization. This comes on the heels of Glen Sather walking away as team president.

"In nearly two decades with the Rangers, Jim made an impact on every level of the organization," Sather, who will transition to a senior advisor role once a new president is hired, said in a press release. "His tireless efforts and contributions were vital to the extended run of success we experienced during his tenure in New York."

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Finnish prospect Kaapo Kakko (left) posing with teammate Santeri Virtanen after winning the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship. (Kaapo Kakko on Instagram/@kaapokakko)
Finnish prospect Kaapo Kakko (left) posing with teammate Santeri Virtanen after winning the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship. (Kaapo Kakko on Instagram/@kaapokakko)

The tournament is only two days old, but Kaapo Kakko is already the talk of the IIHF World Championship.

The 18-year-old Finnish wing scored a hat trick Saturday in Finland's 4-2 win over Slovakia, giving him five goals after he scored two in the team's opener on Friday.

Kakko's first of the game was a long one-timer. He showed brilliant hands on his second goal before adding an empty-netter.

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Finnish prospect Kaapo Kakko (left) posing with teammate Santeri Virtanen after winning the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship. (Kaapo Kakko on Instagram/@kaapokakko)
Finnish prospect Kaapo Kakko (left) posing with teammate Santeri Virtanen after winning the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship. (Kaapo Kakko on Instagram/@kaapokakko)

It appears as if there could be a good ol' New York vs. New Jersey battle for Finnish hockey phenom Kaapo Kakko

Many expect the 18-year-old forward to go second overall to the Rangers, but perhaps it is too early to count out the Devils just yet.  

Kakko scored an impressive goal at the IIHF Worlds on Friday, grabbing the puck on a breakaway while a defender attempted to trip him from behind. Kakko escaped free of the defender's stick while also deking out the goalie to sneak the puck past him. 

When the clip of the goal surfaced on Twitter, the Rangers tweeted out the eyeball emoji while the Devils tweeted out a double eyes emoji along with a gif of the goal five minutes later. 

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Now that the Stars have been eliminated from the playoffs, speculation is already running rampant about what the future holds for former Rangers fan favorite Mats Zuccarello, whom the Rangers traded to Dallas at this year's deadline.

The Blueshirts missed out on getting Dallas' 2019 first-round pick by a goal as the Stars lost to the Blues in double overtime of Game 7 Tuesday night. Instead, the Rangers will get the Stars' second-rounder. However, if Zuccarello re-signs with the Stars, the 2020 third-round pick New York got from Dallas will become a first-rounder.

Based on what Zuccarello had to say about the matter Thursday, it seems the Blueshirts may luck out with next year's NHL Draft.

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Apr 30, 2019; Columbus, OH, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Artemi Panarin (9) controls the puck against the Boston Bruins in the third period during game three of the second round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports (Russell LaBounty)

Now that the Columbus Blue Jackets have officially been eliminated from the playoffs, the Rangers can move forward with their offseason plans. 

The Rangers had narrowed their search for a new president to John Davidson, the current president of the Blue Jackets and former Rangers goalie and broadcaster. 

Davidson is believed to have a clause in his contract that would allow him to leave his position and the Rangers are expected to put in an official request soon, according to Larry Brooks of The Post. 

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Apr 25, 2019; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington (50) defends the goal against Dallas Stars center Mats Zuccarello (36) during the third period in game one of the second round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Enterprise Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry)

A Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs is a must-watch for hockey fans. But Tuesday night's Game 7 between Dallas and St. Louis in the Western Conference semifinals will have significant implications for the Rangers and one of their ex-players. 

A Stars win would not only send former fan favorite Mats Zuccarello to the next round, but it'd convert the second round pick the Rangers traded him for earlier this year into a first-rounder. 

Zuccarello suffered a broken arm during his first game with the Stars, but returned for the team's playoff run. In the first round, he was a pivotal part of Dallas' upset over Nashville, scoring three goals. 

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Finnish prospect Kaapo Kakko (left) posing with teammate Santeri Virtanen after winning the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship. (Kaapo Kakko on Instagram/@kaapokakko)
Finnish prospect Kaapo Kakko (left) posing with teammate Santeri Virtanen after winning the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship. (Kaapo Kakko on Instagram/@kaapokakko)

Those intrigued by the Rangers holding the second overall selection in this year's NHL Draft are already becoming familiar with the name Kaapo Kakko

The Finnish 18-year-old is widely expected to be drafted No. 2 overall -- behind Jack Hughes. And fans will have a chance to get a feel for his game throughout May. He'll be in action over the course of the next few weeks for Team Finland at the 2019 International Hockey Federation World Championships in Slovakia. 

Finland announced its full roster Monday. 

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Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist sounded awfully unsure of his future with the Rangers before quickly clarifying his comments. 

The 37-year-old, who has two years remaining on his contract, told the Swedish newspaper Expressen, "I don't know if I'll stay with the Rangers my entire career." 

"I have two years left on my deal and it has always been my goal to stay with the Rangers, but once you get up there in age you never know," he said.

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Vitali Kravtsov poses for a photo with team representatives after being selected as the No. 9 overall pick to the New York Rangers in the first round of the 2018 NHL Draft at American Airlines Center. (Jerome Miron/USA TODAY Sports)
Vitali Kravtsov poses for a photo with team representatives after being selected as the No. 9 overall pick to the New York Rangers in the first round of the 2018 NHL Draft at American Airlines Center. (Jerome Miron/USA TODAY Sports)

The Rangers signed two former draft picks, including 2018 first-round pick Vitali Kravtsov, to entry-level contracts.

Kravtsov, a 19-year-old forward, has played with the KHL's Traktor Chelyabinsk for the past three years, scoring eight goals and recording 13 assists in 50 games this past season.

New York drafted Kravtsov, a 6-foot-4, 183-pound right winger, ninth overall last year. He made the KHL All-Star Game last season and won Bronze with Team Russia at the U20 World Junior Championship earlier this year.

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Adam Fox could make his Broadway debut as soon as this fall.

What was a formality once the Rangers acquired his rights this week became official on Thursday as Fox signed his entry-level contract. Assuming the 21-year-old is as advertised during training camp, he could be on the Blueshirts' NHL roster on opening night.

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Adam Fox is headed home. 

The Jericho, New York native and former Harvard standout has been traded from the Hurricanes to the Rangers for a second round pick in this year's draft and a conditional third-rounder in 2020.  

Fox wrapped up his collegiate career last month with the Crimson, where he was a three-year starter and scored 116 points during his tenure. In 2018-19, he had nine goals and 39 assists. The 21-year-old also served as an alternate captain on the 2018 U.S. World Junior Championships team and was a member of the gold-medal winning group the year prior. 

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New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist makes a save against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist makes a save against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist was named a finalist for the 2019-19 King Clancy Memorial Trophy, the NHL announced on Tuesday. 

The King Clancy Memorial Trophy is awarded to a player who "best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and have made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community."

The winner of the award is chosen by a committee of senior NHL executives led by Commissioner Gary Bettman and Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly. 

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Oct 21, 2018; New York, NY, USA; A general view of Madison Square Garden before a game between the New York Rangers and Calgary Flames. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

The Rangers appear to be moving toward hiring John Davidson to replace Glen Sather as the team's president, according to Larry Brooks of The Post. 

Davidson, 66, is currently the president of the Columbus Blue Jackets, who just unexpectedly swept the top-seeded Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Rangers would have to wait until the Blue Jackets are out of the playoffs before they can hire Davidson, though.

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Former Rangers coach Alain Vigneault is back in the NHL, and his old team is going to be seeing plenty of him.

Vigneault was named the new coach of the Flyers on Monday after sitting out the 2018-19 season. It was Philadelphia where Vigneault coached his final game with the Blueshirts last season, getting fired by Jeff Gorton just hours after the season finale when the team returned to New York.

"It is an honor to be selected as the next head coach of the Flyers," Vigneault said in a release. "The history they have established and the passionate fan base has made this a first-class franchise. I am excited to work with Chuck (Fletcher,) the talented group of players and prospects coming up through the system, in order to return Philadelphia to the top of the NHL landscape."

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Finnish prospect Kaapo Kakko (left) posing with teammate Santeri Virtanen after winning the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship. (Kaapo Kakko on Instagram/@kaapokakko)
Finnish prospect Kaapo Kakko (left) posing with teammate Santeri Virtanen after winning the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship. (Kaapo Kakko on Instagram/@kaapokakko)

The probable top two picks in the 2019 NHL Draft have topped NHL Central Scouting's final rankings lists.

American center Jack Hughes is ranked No. 1 on Central Scouting's list of North American skaters, while Finnish wing Kaapo Kakko is ranked No. 1 on its list of International skaters

The Rangers drew the No. 2 pick in the June draft during last week's NHL Draft Lottery, while the Devils came away with the No. 1 pick. Hughes has long been considered the consensus No. 1 selection, but there's been recent talk of Kakko at least closing the gap on Hughes as far as who the top prospect is in this year's draft class after a strong season in the Finnish Liiga.

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Winter is here.

With Game of Thrones set to return Sunday for its eighth and final season, New York athletes gave their predictions and talked about theories for how the saga will end.

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Finnish prospect Kaapo Kakko (left) posing with teammate Santeri Virtanen after winning the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship. (Kaapo Kakko on Instagram/@kaapokakko)
Finnish prospect Kaapo Kakko (left) posing with teammate Santeri Virtanen after winning the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship. (Kaapo Kakko on Instagram/@kaapokakko)

The ping pong balls went the Rangers' way Tuesday night, and by getting the No. 2 pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, they not only end up with their highest ever selection in the draft, but they're guaranteed to get a game-changing prospect for their rebuild.

They're likely to end up with Finnish right wing Kaapo Kakko, assuming the Devils select American standout Jack Hughes at No. 1. Those two players are the top tier of this upcoming draft class, with the consensus being that Kakko has the ability to be a star in the NHL.

Get to know the player who might accelerate the Rangers' path toward contention:

Record-setting season

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The Rangers had their biggest win of 2019 on Tuesday night at the NHL Draft lottery. 

The Blueshirts, projected to have the sixth pick, jumped all the way to the second overall pick for the NHL Draft, which takes place on June 21 in Vancouver. 

The Rangers had a 23.3 percent chance of landing a top-three pick. They have never chosen within the top three picks under the current draft format. 

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Apr 3, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Lias Andersson (50) is congratulated after scoring a goal against the Ottawa Senators during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Apr 3, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Lias Andersson (50) is congratulated after scoring a goal against the Ottawa Senators during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Come Tuesday night, the Rangers will be hoping the ping pong balls are bouncing their way. 

After a rebuilding effort that saw them finish seventh in the Metropolitan Division, the Rangers enter Tuesday night's NHL Draft lottery with the sixth-best odds of winning the No. 1 overall pick (7.5 percent). Additionally, the team owns a 23.3 percent chance of gaining a top three pick, according to tankathon.com

The Rangers sunk their odds with a meaningless overtime victory Saturday in Pittsburgh. 

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Ending the season on a high note is surely a morale boost for the organization and its players. 

But the Rangers' 4-3 overtime victory over Pittsburgh on Saturday actually knocked the Blueshirts from fifth to sixth in the NHL Draft lottery draw, when they could have moved up to fourth had they lost in regulation to the Penguins. 

Instead, the meaningless victory means the Rangers now own a 7.5 percent chance of drawing the top pick in the lottery; they have not selected first overall since 1965. 

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The Rangers capped their season with an overtime win over the Penguins, 4-3, on the road. >> Box score


First Period:

  • 6:36 PIT Sidney Crosby: Assists: Jake Guentzel, Jared McCann
  • 12:48 NYR Brendan Smith
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New York Rangers goalie Alexandar Georgiev makes a save in front of Pittsburgh Penguins center Jared McCann and Rangers defenseman Tony DeAngelo during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Rangers goalie Alexandar Georgiev makes a save in front of Pittsburgh Penguins center Jared McCann and Rangers defenseman Tony DeAngelo during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

The Rangers are out of the playoffs and relegated to setting a foundation for next season and playing a spoiler role.

Friday, New York lost its third straight but nearly prevented the Columbus Blue Jackets from clinching a playoff spot. The Rangers scored with seven seconds left in regulation before losing 3-2 in a shootout.

It seems likely that veteran Henrik Lundqvist will start in goal for the Rangers after Alexandar Georgiev started against the Blue Jackets.

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The Rangers couldn't give the Madison Square Garden faithful one more win at home this season, falling to the Blue Jacets, 3-2, in a shootout >> Box score


First Period:

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Dec 11, 2015; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Glen Sather speaks during his banner raising celebration at Rexall Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports (Perry Nelson)
Dec 11, 2015; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Glen Sather speaks during his banner raising celebration at Rexall Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports (Perry Nelson)

While the Blue Jackets are hoping Friday marks the beginning of a playoff run, the Rangers (31-36-13, 75 points) will be ending an era with their home finale.

The team announced Thursday that president Glen Sather will step down at the end of the season, though he will remain with the organization as a senior adviser.

Sather -- who built four Stanley Cup-winning teams as the Edmonton Oilers' general manager and head coach from 1977 through 1989 and then oversaw another Cup winner as general manager in 1990 -- was named the Rangers' president and general manager on July 1, 2000 and remained in both roles through the 2014-15 season. >> Read More

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Feb 26, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman speaks prior to a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 26, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman speaks prior to a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

With Glen Sather stepping down as president of the Rangers on Thursday, the hunt is on for James Dolan & Co. to find his replacement. 

The search is reportedly on already, and one name that immediately comes to the forefront is Steve Yzerman. According to The Post's Larry Brooks, Yzerman is "amenable" to listening to the Rangers about the job. 

It is unknown if the Rangers have reached out to the Tampa Bay Lightning to talk to Yzerman yet. He is currently in the final year of his contract as an advisor to the owner. He served as the team's general manager before holding this role, and played a key role in building the Lightning into the Eastern Conference powerhouse they are today.

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Glen Sather was already a Hall of Famer before he arrived in New York as a 56-year-old on June 1, 2000, building and coaching the Oilers dynasty of the 1980s to four Stanley Cups and adding one more solely as an executive in 1989-90, two years after ownership forced the trade of Wayne Gretzky to Los Angeles.

The cigar-chomping Sather is an iconic figure in NHL history, an undisputed giant of the game. His Rangers legacy is complicated.

For there is an unmistakable void in Sather's 19-year run with the Blueshirts, the first 15 of which were spent as both president and general manager before he ceded the GM title to Jeff Gorton, with a 90-game stint as coach across the 2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons sprinkled in.

Though he orchestrated one of the most memorable runs in franchise history during which the Rangers went to the playoffs 11 out of 12 years, the 75-year-old will step down as president and into an advisory role, as the club announced Thursday, without a Stanley Cup.

Tags: Brady Skjei, Chris Kreider, Dan Girardi, Derek Stepan, Henrik Lundqvist, J.T. Miller, Jesper Fast, Marc Staal, Mats Zuccarello
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Rangers president Glen Sather is stepping down as the team's president, and will transition into a role as senior advisor to the owner and alternate governor, the team announced on Thursday. 

Sather, 75, has been team president since June 2000 and had also been New York's GM from 2000 to 2015 before he relinquished duties to Jeff Gorton.

Sather also coached the Rangers for 1 1/2 after he fired Bryan Trottier midway through the 2002-03 season.

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Apr 3, 2019; New York, NY, USA; Ottawa Senators left wing Brian Gibbons (17) is congratulated after scoring a goal as New York Rangers defenseman Neal Pionk (44) looks on during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Apr 3, 2019; New York, NY, USA; Ottawa Senators left wing Brian Gibbons (17) is congratulated after scoring a goal as New York Rangers defenseman Neal Pionk (44) looks on during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Rangers couldn't come back from the Senators' quick start in a 4-1 loss at Madison Square Garden Wednesday night. >> Box score


First period:

  • 12:14 OTT Bobby Ryan (Power Play); Assists: Chris Tierney, Brady Tkachuk
  • 13:29 OTT Zach Smith (Short Handed); Assists: Magnus Paajarvi
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Nov 29, 2018; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson (41) makes a save on a shot from New York Rangers center center Lias Andersson (50) in the second period at the Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports (Marc DesRosiers)
Nov 29, 2018; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson (41) makes a save on a shot from New York Rangers center center Lias Andersson (50) in the second period at the Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports (Marc DesRosiers)

With little to play for in the final week of the season, both the New York Rangers and Ottawa Senators hope to finish strong.

Each club looks to bounce back from a loss Wednesday night when they meet in New York City. Both New York and Ottawa will miss the playoffs for a second consecutive season.

The Rangers (31-35-13) had won two in a row before falling 4-2 at New Jersey on Monday night. Rookies Brett Howden and Filip Chytil each scored, and Henrik Lundqvist made 37 saves in losing his fifth straight start while still one win shy of 450 for his career. >> Read More

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New York Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei and New Jersey Devils right wing Drew Stafford battle for the puck during the first period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei and New Jersey Devils right wing Drew Stafford battle for the puck during the first period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

The Rangers allowed two late goals in the third period as they lost to the New Jersey Devils 4-2 on Monday at Prudential Center. >> Box score


First period:

  • 3:54 NJD Miles Wood; Assists: Connor Carrick, Mirco Mueller
  • 14:34 NJD Travis Zajac (power play); Assists: Damon Severson, Nico Hischier
  • 18:40 NYR Brett Howden; Assists: Connor Brickley, Neal Pionk
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Harvard defenseman Adam Fox, whose NHL rights are owned by Carolina, won't be signing an entry-level deal with the Hurricanes, according to The Athletic's Pierre LeBrun, and the Jericho, N.Y. native is being linked to the Rangers.

The Hurricanes will try to trade Fox, owner Tom Dundon told The News & Observer. Carolina acquired Fox's rights from Calgary in a trade at last year's NHL Draft which saw the Hurricanes bring in Fox, Dougie Hamilton and Michael Ferland for Noah Hanifin and Elias Lindholm

LeBrun had recently mentioned that the Rangers are believed to be among the teams interested in Fox, a third-round pick from the 2016 draft, and it wouldn't be a surprise if the 21-year-old righty were interested in joining the Blueshirts, who were his favorite team growing up. 

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Mar 9, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Filip Chytil (72) plays the puck in front of New Jersey Devils goaltender Cory Schneider (35) during the third period at Madison Square Garden. The New York Rangers defeated the New Jersey Devils 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Mar 9, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Filip Chytil (72) plays the puck in front of New Jersey Devils goaltender Cory Schneider (35) during the third period at Madison Square Garden. The New York Rangers defeated the New Jersey Devils 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

This spring marks the 25th anniversary of one of the greatest non-Stanley Cup Finals playoff series in history -- the New York Rangers' epic seven-game Eastern Conference finals win over the New Jersey Devils. The Rangers, on their way to their first championship since 1940 that season, trailed three games to two before winning Game 6 when Mark Messier backed up his victory guarantee with a natural third-period hat trick and winning Game 7 on Stephane Matteau's goal in the second overtime.

The tri-state rivals will not commemorate the anniversary with a similarly high-stakes meeting this spring. Instead, the Rangers and Devils will each be looking to take solace in playing out the string in inspired fashion Monday night, when they complete their season series as New Jersey hosts New York in Newark.

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Mar 31, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Rangers celebrate after scoring a goal against Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Carter Hart (79) during the first period at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
Mar 31, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Rangers celebrate after scoring a goal against Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Carter Hart (79) during the first period at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

The Rangers won consecutive games for the first time since the All-Star break, defeating the Flyers on the road, 3-0, on Sunday. 

Goaltender Alexander Georgiev was excellent in net once again, stopping all 29 shots he faced. He's now made 62 consecutive saves. 

The team received goals from a trio of players in the well-rounded offensive effort. >> Box score


First period:

  • 16:25 NYR Pavel Buchnevich; Assists: Mika Zibanejad, Chris Kreider
  • 19:57 NYR Ryan Strome; Assists: Brett Howden, Brendan Smith 
Tags: Alexander Georgiev, Brady Skjei, Brett Howden, Mika Zibanejad, Ryan Strome
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Mar 27, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins fans cheer after New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) gave up a goal during the third period of Boston's 6-3 win at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports (Winslow Townson)
Mar 27, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins fans cheer after New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) gave up a goal during the third period of Boston's 6-3 win at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports (Winslow Townson)

A practically lost season for the Rangers and Henrik Lundqvist is going to be even more barren as the calendar flips to April. 

With the team well out of playoff contention, the team is expected to sit the 37-year-old goaltender and organizational stalwart for the majority of remaining games. Backup goalie Alexander Georgiev, who started in Philadelphia on Sunday, is expected to receive most of the playing time in net. 

The team prepped for Lundqvist for this decision by keeping an open dialogue with him. 

Tags: Alexander Georgiev, Henrik Lundqvist
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Mar 29, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Alexandar Georgiev (40) makes a save against the St. Louis Blues at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Mar 29, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Alexandar Georgiev (40) makes a save against the St. Louis Blues at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

After allowing two goals in a 27-second span during the first period, the Rangers rallied to defeat the Blues Friday night, 4-2. Rookie goaltender Alexandar Georgiev made 44 saves, and his six 40-save games are the second-most by a rookie in franchise history behind Mike Richter's seven. Jimmy Vesey scored the go-ahead goal in the third and Chris Kreider's empty-netter snapped an 11-game goalless drought. >> Box score


First period:

  • 14:35 STL Vladimir Tarasenko; Assists: Brayden Schenn, Ryan O'Reilly
  • 15:02 STL David Perron; Assists: Jaden Schwartz
Tags: Alexander Georgiev, Jimmy Vesey, Pavel Buchnevich, Ryan Strome, St. Louis Blues
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It appears Alain Vigneault has secured his first coaching job since being fired by the Rangers last April.

TSN's Darren Dreger reports that Vigneault will be the head coach for Team Canada at the upcoming IIHF World Championship in Slovakia. Hockey Canada is expected to make the move official early next week, according to the report.

Vigneault has not been heard from publicly since he released a statement after his firing. His job with Team Canada could be a precursor to a return behind an NHL bench for the 2019-20 season.

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Jan 4, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; New York Rangers head coach David Quinn looks upwards from the bench in the second period against the against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)
Jan 4, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; New York Rangers head coach David Quinn looks upwards from the bench in the second period against the against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)

The climb ended long ago for the Rangers (29-34-13), who are in the second year of a rebuilding project. New York hasn't won consecutive games since it headed into the All-Star break on a three-game winning streak.

The Rangers are just 8-14-6 since the All-Star Game and have fallen on especially hard times lately. Of New York's last six losses, five have been by at least three goals.

The defeat Wednesday embodied the issues facing the youthful Rangers, who trailed the Bruins 3-2 more than midway through the third period before allowing Boston to score three power-play goals in a span of a little more than four minutes. The final two goals were scored during a five-on-three opportunity generated when New York was whistled for having too many men on the ice 31 seconds before defenseman Brendan Smith was sent to the penalty box for high sticking.

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Mar 27, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins right wing David Pastrnak (88) celebrates his goal with left wing Jake DeBrusk (74) as New York Rangers defenseman Fredrik Claesson (33) skates away during the second period at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports (Winslow Townson)
Mar 27, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins right wing David Pastrnak (88) celebrates his goal with left wing Jake DeBrusk (74) as New York Rangers defenseman Fredrik Claesson (33) skates away during the second period at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports (Winslow Townson)

David Pastranak tallied a hat trick and two assists, as the Rangers couldn't stop him in a 6-3 loss to the Bruins on Wednesday night. >> Box score


First period:

  • 2:48 BOS David Pastranak (Power Play); Assists: Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron
  • 16:29 NYR MIka Zibanejad (Power Play); Assists: Ryan Strome, Pavel Buchnevich
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(Adam Hunger)

New York won 3-2 at Boston on Jan. 19 -- the Bruins' most recent regulation home defeat -- and 4-3 in a home shootout Feb. 6. But the Rangers enter amid a 2-7-5 stretch following Monday's 5-2 home loss to Pittsburgh.

Goals by youngsters Brendan Lemieux and Vinni Lettieri gave the Rangers a 2-0 lead late in the first period against the Penguins. However, New York managed 19 shots on goal over the next two periods after recording 16 in the first.

"First period, we were all over them," defenseman Brady Skjei told the Rangers' official website. "Just kind of got away from it. >> Read More

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Tags: Alexander Georgiev, Chris Kreider, Henrik Lundqvist, John Gilmour, Marc Staal, Toronto Maple Leafs, Vinni Lettieri
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Jan 10, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Jesper Fast (17) plays the puck against the New York Islanders during the third period at Madison Square Garden. The New York Islanders won 4-3.
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Jan 10, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Jesper Fast (17) plays the puck against the New York Islanders during the third period at Madison Square Garden. The New York Islanders won 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Rangers' season will end in a few weeks, but it's already over for Jesper Fast

Fast had been playing through a shoulder injury over the last few weeks, and perhaps even the past couple of months, according to Larry Brooks of the New York Post

Ultimately, the team decided it wasn't necessary for the 27-year-old to continue playing through the injury. Rangers coach David Quinn hopes Fast will not have to undergo surgery during the offseason. 

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New York Rangers goalie Alexandar Georgiev makes a save in front of Pittsburgh Penguins center Jared McCann and Rangers defenseman Tony DeAngelo during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Rangers goalie Alexandar Georgiev makes a save in front of Pittsburgh Penguins center Jared McCann and Rangers defenseman Tony DeAngelo during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

The Rangers allowed five unanswered goals after taking an early two-goal lead as they lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-2 on Monday at Madison Square Garden. >> Box score


First period:

  • 8:25 NYR Brendan Lemieux; Assists: Pavel Buchnevich, Mika Zibanejad
  • 15:15 NYR Vinni Lettieri (power play); Assists: Tony DeAngelo, Filip Chytil
  • 15:41 PIT Nick Bjugstad; Assists: Marcus Pettersson, Dominik Simon
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New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist makes a save against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist makes a save against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

The Rangers (28-32-13), who are out of playoff contention, are coming off a 3-2 home loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday.

They have had three days to prepare for Toronto. The teams have split their first two meetings this season.

Defenseman John Gilmour and forward Vinni Lettieri were called up from Hartford of the American Hockey League for the game Tuesday. Lettieri played in his 19th game for the Rangers this season. Gilmour played in the Rangers' final 28 games last season but was playing his first NHL game this season.

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Mar 23, 2019; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers goalie Alexandar Georgiev (40) makes a save as forward Mika Zibanejad (93) watches Toronto Maple Leafs forward Zach Hyman (11) in the second period at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Dan Hamilton)
Mar 23, 2019; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers goalie Alexandar Georgiev (40) makes a save as forward Mika Zibanejad (93) watches Toronto Maple Leafs forward Zach Hyman (11) in the second period at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Dan Hamilton)

Alexandar Georgiev is a puzzle the Maple Leafs cannot solve. The rookie goaltender made 44 saves and Ryan Strome scored in overtime to give the Rangers a 2-1 win in Toronto Saturday night, snapping a five-game losing streak. Georgiev, who made 42 saves in regulation on Saturday, stopped 55 of 56 Maple Leaf shots on Feb. 10 at MSG. He's the first Rangers goalie since the 1967-68 expansion to record multiple 40-save wins against the same team in a season. The Rangers had lost 11 of their previous 12 games. >> Box score


First period:

  • N/A
Tags: Alexander Georgiev, Pavel Buchnevich, Ryan Strome, Toronto Maple Leafs
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New York Rangers goaltender Alexandar Georgiev defends against Toronto Maple Leafs center John Tavares during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Rangers goaltender Alexandar Georgiev defends against Toronto Maple Leafs center John Tavares during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

The Rangers (28-32-13), who are out of playoff contention, are coming off a 3-2 home loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday.

They have had three days to prepare for Toronto. The teams have split their first two meetings this season.

Defenseman John Gilmour and forward Vinni Lettieri were called up from Hartford of the American Hockey League for the game Tuesday. Lettieri played in his 19th game for the Rangers this season. Gilmour played in the Rangers' final 28 games last season but was playing his first NHL game this season.

Tags: Alexander Georgiev, Chris Kreider, Henrik Lundqvist, John Gilmour, Marc Staal, Toronto Maple Leafs, Vinni Lettieri
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