David Quinn, Chris Drury, Glen Sather and Jeff Gorton met with the media during a press conference today to introduce Quinn as the Rangers next head coach (SNY).

  • David Quinn: On the process, "when they first reached out to me it was certainly a job that was different unlike any others. I have been fortunate to be approached by some NHL teams in the last three-years but when it's the Rangers it's different. The more we talked, the more this just seemed like a fit I could not pass up. Where we are at from a rebuild standpoint, the relationship with Jeff and Chris, the opportunity to talk freely, we all seemed like we were on the same page. Through the process of talking with them, every time they said that this is something they were looking to do, instinctively I would say to myself that this is kind of my coaching DNA. As time went on it seemed like a more natural fit every time we spoke."
  • David Quinn: On player relationships, "at the end of the day it's all about relationships and you don't have a similar relationship with a 20-year old that you do with a 35-year old, I was fortunate to coach at the NHL level where I have dealt with guys that are older and with big contracts. For me it's all about people skills and what motivates somebody, that is something that as you go through coaching you learn those skills. One of the things I felt comfortable with in taking this job is that I have been fortunate to coach at the NHL level, the AHL level and all of those stops have prepared me to handle situations like that."
  • David Quinn: How conflicted were you about leaving BU, "I was conflicted. When you are in the situation I was in. One of the great things about college hockey is that you are more than a coach, you develop lifelong relationships, you have an impact with players on and off the ice and one of the things that drew me to coaching was how much coaches meant to me in my life and I was hoping to have that type of impact on our players. I was coaching at my alma mater, cocahing with people I loved, working for people I loved. I felt there was some unfinished business but the longer this went on, at this stage of my career, the relationships with Jeff and Chris, where we are at as an organization, my relationship with Jeff and Chris and it's the New York Rangers."
  • Jeff Gorton: On rebuilding, "I think it's pretty well documented that our team had a good run for a long time, we got to a point where our franchise needed a change and go in a different direction. A number of trades and transactions that led to where we are now. It's an exciting time. When you go through something like that it's an eye-opening experience, hard experience but at the same time it's really exciting. We see some of our young players coming, we have a lot of good players on our team still and we are adding a coach that we think a lot of to lead us in the future."
  • David Quinn: On the opportunity to coach a rebuilding team, "For me it's an incredible opportunity. I am familiar with a lot of the players, I've been fortunate to coach some, know some. At the end of the day this is about coming to the rink every day, making every individual better and making the team better. Winning and losing will take care of itself. For me it's an exciting opportunity and I know that we use the word rebuild but our goal to get better on a regular basis." 
  • David Quinn: On the BU connection and Chris Drury, "Both, I've known Jeff for 25-years as well. It was a combo of the relationship with Jeff and Chris, and we have always talked hockey for a long time. When you go through this process you talk a little bit more in-depth and find out more about each other and it just seemed like the longer we talked and the more we talked it seemed like a perfect fit. To be on the same page and to have an open dialogue, when we start this, it was a huge piece of my decision."
  • David Quinn: On his coaching style and culture he wants to create, "I like to think that I am fair and demanding. There is no gray area with me with players. They want to get better and held accountable but the message has to be that this is in your best interest, it's not about me being the big-tough coach, it's about letting them know that everything we we are doing is to make them better players. When a player realizes that and how much you care about them, there is a trust factor that creeps in and that is where success happens."
  • David Quinn: On going from NCAA to NHL, "being a first time head coach in the NHL, there will be a learning curve, I actually said this to Chris and Jeff when we were talking, when I left BU in 2009 to become a head coach in the AHL for the first time, I had never coached pro hockey and there was a knot in my stomach because of some uncertainty, I was very fortunate to coach at a lot of different levels from the National program, to college to the AHL to the NHL and there is no knot in my stomach today. I think that all of those steps along the way have prepared me for this, probably have normal learning curves as a first time head coach, but I can't wait to get started."
  • David Quinn: On Henrik Lundqvist and how he fits, "Henrik is one of the best goalies in the world. Everybody knows Henrik here, I haven't had a chance to talk with him yet but no one is more committed, no one works harder and I am excited to have him as our goalie."
  • David Quinn: On skill development and developing players, "we are going through the stage of figuring out what the roster is going to look like. You want to spend as much time with the individuals as possible, we have systems but the concepts within the systems will be important. Stick positioning, angling, all the hockey terms that you need to do to become a better player whether it's from a forecheck standpoint, a D-zone standpoint, you need to work on these things daily in practice and practice is important. You gotta come to the rink with a game-like mentality and work on getting better. We are going to do that, be in great shape, our practice will be fast and there will be a lot of attention to detail."
  • David Quinn: How did you feel about the Rangers as a kid, "do I have to answer that? (laugh) Being from Cranston, RI and growing up in the Bobby Orr era. My idol was actually Ray Bourque as a hockey player but my real idol was Larry Bird. Ray Bourque was someone that I had an awful lot of respect for as a player, just the way he handled himself. I was a defenseman and he was someone that was one of the elite players of all-time. I've been fortunate to get to know him, coached his son at one-point, those are the guys I was drawn to. The Bruins were my favorite team....the Rangers were second favorite."

Quinn then met in a smaller group with reporters and said (SNY):

  • On how he felt when the Rangers first reached out, "as coaches we all think about perfect scenarios and it's every coaches dream to coach in the NHL and I am no different, that said, I thought I could stay at BU forever. I've been fortunate to have a couple of teams reach out to me over the last couple of years and when this call came, it was just different than all the others. This is the pinnacle of our profession, coaching the Rangers. The relationship with Jeff and Chris and the direction the organization is going, the more time that passed and the more we talked, it just seemed like the right move for me."
  • On assistant coaches, "this has happened so fast and been such a whirlwind I haven't thought much about it at this point in time. Jeff, Chris and I will sit down and start talking about a staff after today."
  • What was it about Gorton and Drury, "the direction, how they are all on the same page, patience, they have a clear picture of what they want to achieve and they have a great feel for the team right now and they are very confident in the draft picks that they have and the direction of the organization. To me it was that everyone was on the same page."
  • Did you and Shattenkirk speak, "He and I, during the season, we talked quite a bit, maybe once a month. We've always kept a relationship but we never talked about this."
  • On Shattenkirk's role as a leader, "I don't know the roster well, so because of my relationship with him, I'll be talking with him for sure but I know there are other guys in the room who will be leaders that I will lean on as well."
  • Did the rebuild scare you off at any point, "it actually made it more attractive for me. I know that to be able to step into this situation and get us to the level we want to get to, the rebuilding process is going to be a lot of fun. We think the pieces are in place to build a Stanley Cup contender. How quickly will that happen? Who knows, that will happen at the pace that it evolves and it actually made it more attractive in a funny way."
  • Will you play up-tempo, "that is what I plan on doing but you also have to coach your team. That is the style that I love to coach and how we played at BU and the style we intend to play here."
  • On NCAA coaches to the NHL, "the college game is making more of an imprint at the NHL level, more players stepping in and making an impact. The league has gone more towards development, which college hockey has done for a long period of time, you have four practices in a week and spend a lot of time with players developing them. Dave Hakstol's success certainly has opened the door for others and it's going to be a great opportunity for other coaches as well."
  • Have you started planning things, "not really, this happened fast over the last few days. I've just been trying to figure out how to get here, get situated, find my way to the press conference and stuff like that. All that stuff will happen after today."
  • How do you define a rebuild, "take advantage of the draft picks but my job is to develop people on a daily basis. We gotta come to the rink everyday, make every individual better, make the players realize that, improve our systems on a daily basis and to me, it's patience. If you make 22 mistakes on a Monday and 21 on a Tuesday, you've had a good Tuesday. That is the mindset we have to have, getting better everyday. It may be cliche but it's true."
  • How have things changed since you were with Colorado, "it's younger, the league has gotten younger and faster and I think there is more depth. The pace of the game has improved and you look at the teams in the playoffs that have success, their fourth lines have made an impact."
  • Do you have any Ray Bourque memorabilia you need to put away, (laugh) "no, I don't but I do have a big Larry Bird jersey that I have to leave at home.."
  • On the excitement of a rebuild stemming from Drury and Gorton, "that attracted me and made it more attractive as we kept talking and I also think that there are a lot of good young players and we will have a chance to bring some into our organization and have a chance to rebuild."

Quinn was on with Mike Frances and some of what he said (WFAN):

On his role with developing defenders, "I played the position myself, I love spending time on the aspects of playing D. We would do an awful lot of that at BU and the AHL. They are all important positions but if your defense can get pucks out of your end and do it quickly, you are going to have the puck a lot more.

On player relationships, "the only way you will have a chance to develop a player is with a trust factor and the more time you put in with him and the more time you put into him and he realizes that you care, that is where the trust comes in. You can do all the fancy drills that you want but if there isn't a connection between the coach and player you have a hard time developing. The kids want to know why and the communication pieces is so important."

What kind of style, "pressure, puck possession game that is built around defense. Defense isn't just what goes on in the defensive zone. When there is a change of possession in the offensive zone or neutral zone we want to get the puck back quickly and take away time and space and make people uncomfortable and when we get it we want to possess it. It doesn't mean we aren't going to have to chip it behind people at appropriate times but that is not the system we want to play. We want to be hard to play against and fast and physical."

"Sitting around and going through what to do, I thought to myself, would there be anything cooler than winning a Stanley Cup in New York City, coaching the New York Rangers. And the only way to do that is to coach the New York Rangers. That was part of my decision making process for sure."

 

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Jan 21, 2020; New York, New York, USA; New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) celebrates his goal against the New York Islanders during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jan 21, 2020; New York, New York, USA; New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) celebrates his goal against the New York Islanders during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

After Artemi Panarin was scratched from Tuesday night's 4-2 loss to the Islanders due to an upper-body injury, he'll now miss this weekend's All-Star Game in St. Louis as well.

Panarin will be replaced by Rangers teammate Chris Kreider, who will represent the Blueshirts among the NHL's best.

Panarin has missed two Rangers' practices recently with what's being described as an upper-body injury.

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Playing without superstar Artemi Panarin in the lineup, the Rangers fell to the Islanders 4-2 on Tuesday night at Madison Garden.

Panarin has missed two Rangers' practices recently with what's being described as an upper-body injury, and he was announced as a scratch shortly before Tuesday's game.

Playing in his first season with the Blueshirts, Panarin ranks fifth in the NHL with 68 points, including 26 goals.

With the loss, the Rangers will take a 23-21-4 record into the All-Star break, while the Islanders finish the first half with a record of 29-15-5.

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The Toronto Maple Leafs are reportedly among the teams inquiring about New York Rangers goalie Alexander Georgiev.

According to TSN's Darren Dreger, no offer has been made from the Leafs and the Rangers would want a lot back for Georgiev if they were to move him.

The Leafs currently sit at No. 6 in the east and are looking to make a move that will send them up the ranks and secure a playoff spot for themselves. 

 

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Artemi Panarin led the way for the Rangers, scoring two goals and notching three assists, in a 6-2 win over the Islanders at Madison Square Garden on Monday.

The first matchup of the season between the bitter rivals got off to a wild start, as Jordan Eberle got the Islanders on the board on the very first shift of the night, corraling a loose puck and showing great patience to find the net just 18 seconds into the contest.

Just two minutes later, it briefly turned into Fight Night at The Garden. Ross Johnston and Micheal Haley -- each team's resident tough guys -- dropped the gloves at 2:13 of the first. Before the puck could be dropped for the ensuing faceoff, Matt Martin and Brendan Smith also fought, resulting in game misconducts in addition to the fighting majors.

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Jan 9, 2020; New York, New York, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Tony DeAngelo celebrates with teammates after a scoring a goal for a hat trick against the New Jersey Devils during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Tony DeAngelo recorded a hat trick, Igor Shesterkin made 46 saves, and the Rangers doubled up the Devils 6-3 at the Garden on Thursday night.

The first period saw five goals scored, with Artemi Panarin, who has been nothing short of fantastic in his first season with the Rangers, scoring his 24th goal of the season to get the action started. DeAngelo and Chris Kreider then lit the lamp to put the Rangers up 3-1, but Blake Coleman scored for the Devils with under two minutes to play in the period to bring New Jersey back within a goal at 3-2.

Coleman scored again in the second, his 15th goal of the season, to tie the game at 3-3, when DeAngelo took over. The 24-year-old recorded his 10th and 11th goals of the year in the second period, giving him a hat trick and giving the Rangers a two-goal lead.

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As the Rangers welcomed the Colorado Avalanche to the Garden on Tuesday, Igor Shesterkin made his first career NHL start between the pipes for the home team. 

Despite facing an early 2-0 deficit, the Rangers fought back to come away with a 5-3 win.

Less than five minutes into the game, the Avs struck first, after a shot from the point was deflected past Shesterkin by JT Compher, as Colorado scored on their very first shot on goal of the game. 

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The Rangers announced on Monday that top goalie prospect Igor Shesterkin was recalled from Hartford, and now head coach David Quinn has taken things a step further. 

Quinn told SNY's Chris Williamson after practice that Shesterkin will make his NHL debut by starting in net against the Avalanche at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night. 

The 24-year-old has been an absolute brick wall in the AHL this season, leading the entire league in goals against average at 1.93. He also ranks second in wins and save percentage, which is at .932 thus far. Shesterkin's performance had him selected to play in the 2020 AHL All-Star Classic. 

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Dec 23, 2019; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; New York Rangers left wing Artemi Panarin (10) during the first period against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
Dec 23, 2019; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; New York Rangers left wing Artemi Panarin (10) during the first period against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

Earlier this week, Artemi Panarin was named to the 2020 NHL All-Star Game, and he took home another league honor on Thursday, as he was named the league's third star for the month of the December.

In 14 games this month, Panarin has recorded 10 goals, two of which were game-winners, to go along with 12 assists. In his last three game alone, Panarin has recorded 10 points, including a four-point effort against Edmonton on Tuesday.

Dating back even further, Panarin has recorded at least one point in 15 of the Rangers' previous 19 contests.

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In his first season with the Rangers, Artemi Panarin will head to his first NHL All-Star game. The team announced on Monday that the forward was selected to represent the team at the 2020 game.

Panarin currently sits eighth in the NHL in points with 51 (21 goals, 30 assists). 

The 28-year-old also far and away leads his team in points this season. Ryan Strome ranks second on the Rangers in points with 35. Mika Zibanejad is second in goals with 15.  

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Artemi Panarin notched his 21st goal of the season, Mika Zibanejad scored two of his own, and the Rangers held on to beat the Carolina Hurricanes 5-3 at the Garden on Friday night. 

Lucas Wallmark got the Hurricanes on board first with his seventh goal of the season, but the Rangers answered back, as Zibanejad scored his first of the game to even things up at 1-1 after the first period. 

The second period belonged to the Rangers, as the Blueshirts scored the first three goals of the middle 20 minutes. After Chris Kreider gave the Rangers a 2-1 lead just 87 seconds into the period, Panarin lit the lamp for the 21st time this season, marking his eighth goal in his last nine games. Zibanejad then made it 4-1 with his 14th goal of the season and second of the game, giving him 12 points in his last seven games. 

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Trailing after 10 seconds and down 2-0 not even four minutes into their game against the New York Rangers, it would have been easy for the Anaheim Ducks to call it a day.

But the Ducks found the form that has sustained them this season, using it and a power play that finally seems to be clicking to get a big comeback win.

Hampus Lindholm tied the game on the power play with 1:46 remaining in the third period, Jakob Silfverberg and Ondrej Kase scored in the shootout, and the Ducks rallied for a 4-3 win over the Rangers on Saturday.

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Oct 5, 2019; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) follows the action in the first period against the Ottawa Senators at the Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports (Marc DesRosiers)
Oct 5, 2019; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) follows the action in the first period against the Ottawa Senators at the Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports (Marc DesRosiers)

The Rangers are out on a west coast swing and wasted no time Saturday getting on the board early. 

After winning the opening faceoff, the Rangers dumped the puck in before Mika Zibanejad intercepted the Ducks' attempted breakout pass. He found himself in all alone with John Gibson, made a move to his backhand and went top shelf to give the Rangers a 1-0 lead just 10 seconds into the contest.

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The Rangers jumped out to a three-goal first-period lead and held off the subsequent comeback attempt for Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes before 17,269 at Madison Square Garden in New York.

After the Rangers (12-9-2) jumped all over the Hurricanes (15-9-1) with three goals -- from Mike Zibanejad, Brendan Smith and Adam Fox -- to open the game, New York needed Henrik Lundqvist's 41 saves and ultimately held on.

The process was not perfect, but the Rangers have now come out on top in their past three games, following last Saturday's 6-5 edge of the Montreal Canadiens and Monday's 3-2 overtime win over the Minnesota Wild.

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Feb 2, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) is congratulated after scoring a goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Mats Zuccarello returned to Madison Square Garden for the first time as a visiting player on Monday and was honored with a tribute video during the first period against the Wild.

Zuccarello appeared in over 500 games in nine seasons with the Rangers, collecting 352 points (113 goals, 239 assists). He was traded to the Dallas Stars at the trade deadline last season and signed a five-year, $30 million deal with the Wild in the offseason.  

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Kaapo Kakko is has begun to show exactly why the Rangers selected him with the second overall pick in the 2019 NHL Draft.

The 18-year-old played well beyond his age in Tuesday's 3-2 overtime win over the Penguins, scoring two goals including the game-winner in the extra period.


The Rangers held practice in Central Park at Lasker Rink Saturday afternoon, giving their fans an extra treat with the holidays just around the corner.

Thousands of fans came to watch their favorite team practice for an hour in the outdoors, something that doesn't come to often for any team in the NHL.

"This is I think exciting for everyone, just to try something new" goalie Henrik Lundqvist said Saturday. "Just being out in an outdoor rink is a cool experience, but also to have the fans here and a great sunny day in Central Park, I really enjoy it and it doesn't get old to me."

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Defenseman Marc Staal has been a fixture on the Rangers' blue line for a decade-plus. That came to an end this past week. 

On Tuesday against the Lightning, Staal was made a healthy scratch by head coach David Quinn. It was the first time that's happened in his career. 

On Friday, Staal said he was given little notice of the decision and that only added to his displeasure with the decision. In addition, Staal is sitting out Saturday's meeting with the Predators as well. 

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Adam Fox will always remember his first NHL goal.

With the Rangers leading the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 with under three minutes to play in Tuesday night's game, the Rangers found them self in an odd-man rush.

After Lighting goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped the initial shot from Chris Krieder, he allowed a long rebound out into the slot, where Fox wristed in his first NHL goal to give the Rangers a 3-1 lead. 

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After dropping their third game in their last four, the Rangers have called in some reinforcements from AHL Hartford in C Filip Chytil and D Ryan Lindgren. 

Chytil played a full season with the Rangers in 2018, but he began the year with the AHL Wolf Pack. That quickly changed, though, as his nine points (three goals, six assists) is the type of production the Rangers are looking for at the NHL level. 

Head coach David Quinn explained how Chytil isn't just productive, but he has accomplished what they sent him down there to do as well.

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The Rangers announced on Monday that goalie Henrik Lundqvist and forward Mika Zibanejad are both dealing with "day-to-day" injuries. 

Both players took knocks on Sunday against the Boston Bruins (8-1-2). Both missed Monday's practice. 

Lundqvist took a multiple bumps during Sunday's 7-4 loss. He was pulled from the game after the second period after allowing four goals on 31 shots. Lundqvist was tabbed to have an "upper body injury." 

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Jack Hughes and Kaapo Kakko went head-to-head on Thursday night for the first time since the duo was selected first and second, respectively, in this year's NHL Draft.

With the Devils already up 2-1 in the second period, Hughes recorded his first NHL point. with under eight minutes to play in the period, Matt Tennyson wristed a shot from the point. The shot deflected off of Hughes' stick, then bounced off Miles Wood's backside and into net past Rangers goalie Alexandar Georgiev.

Wood was credited with the goal, but Hughes picked up his first career NHL point on the play. 

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Held off the scoresheet for the first two games of his NHL career, Rangers rookie Kaapo Kakko broke a scoreless tie with the Oilers for his first NHL goal on Saturday.

The second-overall pick out of Finland took a pass in the slot from Ryan Strome, got the puck to his backhand and slipped it past Mike Smith to give the Rangers a 1-0 lead.


On Monday night, the Rangers traded forward Vlad Namestnikov to the Senators in exchange for defenseman prospect Nick Ebert and a fourth-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft.

On Tuesday, head coach David Quinn and general manager Jeff Gorton reacted to the trade.

"We feel like we've got guys who are going to be able to assume a little bit more responsibility throughout our organization," said Quinn.

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Four points in your first two games of the season? Doesn't get much better than that, and that's exactly what Rangers forward Mika Zibanejad did to start the 2019-20 NHL season. 

Zibanejad started his year with eight total points, an even split with four goals and four assists. 

For his efforts, Zibanejad was named the First Star of the league's opening week to the season on Monday. 

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Mar 23, 2019; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers forward Vladislav Namestnikov (90) shoots the puck against Toronto Maple Leafs in the first period at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Dan Hamilton)
Mar 23, 2019; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers forward Vladislav Namestnikov (90) shoots the puck against Toronto Maple Leafs in the first period at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Dan Hamilton)

The Rangers have traded forward Vladislav Namestnikov to the Senators Monday night, in exchange for AHL defenseman Nick Ebert and a fourth-round pick in the 2021 draft, as it was announced by his agent, Dan Milstein, on Twitter. 

Namestnikov played in 99 games during his time in New York, scoring 13 goals and 35 points in that time. 

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The Rangers opened their season with a 6-4 win against the Winnipeg Jets at Madison Square Garden.

Five things to know from Thursday's game

1) Marc Staal lit the lamp with 8:25 left in the first period, the first goal of the season for the 2019-20 Rangers. Staal made a great wrap-around move to beat Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck, breaking a scoreless tie. With 2:37 left in the first period, thought, the Jets tied the game with a Mark Scheifele goal. The Rangers carelessly turned the pick over in their own zone to set up the Winnipeg goal.

2) At the start of the second period, the Rangers struck quickly to retake the lead, as prized free agent addition Artemi Panarin found the back of the net just 27 seconds into the period. Right away, though, the Jets answered back. Thirty seconds after Panarin's goal, Blake Wheeler beat Henrik Lundqvist to tie the game at 2-2.

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As the Rangers open their 2019-20 regular season Thursday against the Winnipeg Jets at 7 p.m. from Madison Square Garden in New York, an early look ahead to the Stanley Cup is already on the minds of oddsmakers.

The Rangers' journey back to the postseason begins with the team facing an uphill battle, as far as odds are concerned, with Odds Shark pegging New York at +4000.

The number is the same for the Vancouver Canucks, who share the odds in the bottom half of the list, which is included below.

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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)

The Rangers and goalie Henrik Lundqvist are hoping 2019 is different. 

His numbers alone he'd like to improve. His save percentage was .907 and his goals against average was 3.07 last season. Both were career-worsts, but also very much a product of what was going on around him with the team's rebuild. 

With that in mind, he's not worrying about 2018 at all. 

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After 13 seasons, including his first 11 with the New York Rangers, two-year Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Dan Girardi retired from the NHL, he announced Friday.

"I would like to thank all my coaches, family, friends and teammates for supporting me throughout my entire hockey career," Girardi said in a statement released Friday by the Lightning. "I want to thank the New York Rangers for giving me a chance to fulfill my childhood dream of playing in the NHL. Throughout those 11 incredible years I have made so many friends on and off the ice. I bled Ranger blue and gave it my all for my team, the city and the Garden faithful. I also want to thank the Tampa Bay Lightning for helping me continue my career by giving me a chance to play for such an amazing organization, city and fan base. The last two years in Tampa Bay have been so much fun for me and my family. I will always fondly remember my time here. Finally, I want to thank my wife Pamela for always being there for me and holding down the fort and to Landon and Shaye for always being daddy's No. 1 fans.

"I gave my all every single night and left it all out on the ice. Now it's time for the next chapter of my life to begin and I couldn't be happier ... and so is my body."

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The Rangers made a lot of moves this offseason to bolster not just their NHL roster, but their farm system as well. And because of that, they're being honored as having the best farm system in the entire league, per The Athletic's rankings.

Kaapo Kakko, the No. 2 overall pick by New York back in June, is a main reason why their ranking jumped from No. 11 last season to the top dog now. The Finnish forward was highly touted as an NHL-ready prospect that should make an immediate impact for the Rangers this season. Playing in TPS-Liiga, Finland's top league, he dominated at age 17. 

But there's also Vitaly Kravtsov, the Rangers' first-rounder in 2018, that experts rave about as well. The Athletic has him pegged as a "High-end NHL prospect," after his season playing in the KHL. 

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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)

Mark Pavelich, a former Rangers center and "Miracle on Ice" team member, was arrested and charged with assault last week after an incident with a neighbor at his Minnesota home. 

Pavelich allegedly attacked his neighbor with a metal pole, breaking several bones and bruising a kidney among the injuries, after he believed the neighbor "spiked" his beer, according to the criminal complaint obtained by the Associated Press.

The 61-year-old went to Cook County District Court on Monday, where the judge "ordered a mental competency hearing," according to the report. Bail has been set at $250,000. 

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Feb 15, 2019; Buffalo, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) during the game against the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Hoffman)
Feb 15, 2019; Buffalo, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) during the game against the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Hoffman)

No New York Ranger has more goals over the past three seasons than Chris Kreider's 72. However, that doesn't mean that the Rangers' longest-tenured forward is safe heading into what would be his eighth season as a Blueshirt. 

Given the Rangers' salary cap troubles, it's been speculated that the team may have to part with an expensive piece like Kreider to make room for young talent. The team only has slightly more than $1 million in cap space, and still must re-sign forward Brandon Lemieux and defenseman Tony DeAngelo, who are restricted free agents. Kreider, a free agent in one year, carries a $4.625 million cap hit.

From a financial perspective, it makes sense to trade Kreider. However, members of the Rangers' front office reiterated on Thursday that as of now, the expectation is that Kreider will remain a member of the Rangers for the 2019-20 season.

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Jan 29, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) reacts after losing to the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jan 29, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) reacts after losing to the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Yet another former Ranger has packed his bags for the sunny shores of Tampa.

The Tampa Bay Lightning announced Monday that they have signed ex-Rangers defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk to a one-year, $1.75 million contract.

Shattenkirk will slide into a top-four role on the Lightning defense, potentially beside ex-Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh. Ironically, the Lightning signed Shattenkirk to fill a spot formerly held by two ex-Rangers, Anton Stralman and Dan Girardi, who were let go this summer.

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Jan 29, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) reacts after losing to the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jan 29, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) reacts after losing to the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Rangers, stuck in a tough salary cap situation, bought out the contract on defender Kevin Shattenkirk on Wednesday, according to the New York Post. The news was later confirmed by Shattenkirk's agent. 

Shattenkirk, 30, spent the past two seasons with the Rangers after signing a four-year deal with the team worth $26.65 million during the summer of 2017.

Prior to the move, the Rangers were over the NHL's $81.5 million salary cap ceiling. The buyout saves New York over $5 million on the cap and now puts them just under the league's spending limit. 

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Feb 18, 2019; Columbus, OH, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Artemi Panarin (9) against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)
Feb 18, 2019; Columbus, OH, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Artemi Panarin (9) against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)

Disappointing seasons from the Rangers and Devils prompted impressive offseason work from both organizations. It certainly helped that both teams had the top two picks in the NHL Draft -- selections that netted potentially franchise-altering talents in Kappo Kakko and Jack Hughes, respectively.

While they didn't have a high draft pick or significant free agent signing, the Islanders made a handful of moves, mainly in the form of re-signings. For the most part, their roster enters 2019-20 relatively unchanged.

Taking all of this into consideration, here's a closer look at the biggest moves each organization made...

Tags: Anders Lee, Brock Nelson, Jordan Eberle, Mika Zibanejad, Robin Lehner, Taylor Hall
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Oct 7, 2018; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Rangers right wing Pavel Buchnevich (89) looks on before the game against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The Carolina Hurricanes defeated the New York Rangers 8-5. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)
Oct 7, 2018; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Rangers right wing Pavel Buchnevich (89) looks on before the game against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The Carolina Hurricanes defeated the New York Rangers 8-5. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)

The Rangers announced on Friday night that the team has officially agreed to terms with restricted free agent Pavel Buchnevich.

The 24-year-old played in 64 with the Rangers last season, scoring 21 goals and adding 17 assists. His seven power play goals led the team, while his 21 goals ranked third on the squad, trailing only Mika Zibanejad (30) and Chris Kreider (28).

In three seasons with the Rangers, the Russian-born Buchnevich has tallied 43 goals and 101 points overall. Buchnevich has recorded the fourth-most goals and the fifth-most points by a Russian player in Rangers history.

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Jan 5, 2019; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Nashville Predators left wing Phillip Di Giuseppe (16) skates with the puck against Montreal Canadiens during the third period at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports
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Jan 5, 2019; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Nashville Predators left wing Phillip Di Giuseppe (16) skates with the puck against Montreal Canadiens during the third period at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports (Jean-Yves Ahern)

The Rangers just continue to make offseason moves, this time to improve their offensive depth. 

New York announced on Wednesday that they have agreed to terms with F Phillip Di Giuseppe

The 25-year-old played 24 games in the NHL last season between the Predators and Hurricanes. He tallied four points (one goal and three assists), while being a minus-3 overall on the ice. The Toronto native has played in 150 NHL games over his four-year career, totaling 14 goals and 27 assists. However, he's a career minus-15. 

The left-handed stick was a second-round pick by the Hurricanes back in 2012. 

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Kaapo Kakko, No. 2 overall pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, is officially a Ranger. 

Kakko signed his entry-level deal with the Rangers on Thursday, which the team shared via Twitter. 

Rangers fans have already embraced Kakko, flocking to the team's developmental camp to catch a glimpse of him on the ice. And many like Kakko for the Rangers, especially NBC Sports' NHL analyst Pierre McGuire who told SNY "I can see him fitting in right away."

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Winnipeg Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba reacts against the Los Angeles Kings in the second period at Staples Center. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)
Winnipeg Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba reacts against the Los Angeles Kings in the second period at Staples Center. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)

The NHL Players Association announced on Friday that 40 players have filed for salary arbitration and the most prominent name on the list belongs to the New York Rangers.

Of those heading to an arbitrator are Rangers forward Pavel Buchnevich and recently acquired defenseman Jacob Trouba. Both are restricted free agents.

At a later date each player will have arbitration hearings in Toronto. Those have yet to be scheduled, but according to the NHLPA release, league-wide meetings with individual players will take place from July 20 to Aug. 4. The Rangers and players can continue to negotiate a contract before the meeting.

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The Rangers officially landed Artemi Panarin, the prize of this year's NHL free agency class, on Monday.

By Tuesday, Panarin was introduced to the media after touring Madison Square Garden.

"I want to say thank you to the Rangers organization," said Panarin, who signed a seven-year contract with the Rangers on Monday. "I appreciate the opportunity … I'm really happy."

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Feb 18, 2019; Columbus, OH, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Artemi Panarin (9) against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)
Feb 18, 2019; Columbus, OH, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Artemi Panarin (9) against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)

Another superstar is coming to New York.

The Rangers made it official on Monday when they announced the signing of All-Star winger Artemi Panarin. According to SportsNet's Elliotte Friedman, the new contract is the largest in franchise history at $81.5 million over seven years.

Panarin took less to make his way to New York. The Blue Jackets, the team he played for last season, offered an eight-year, $96 million deal, which was also their largest contract in team history. 

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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)
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)

Columbus Blue Jackets winger Artemi Panarin is tihs summer's prized free agent in the NHL, and the Rangers are interested in adding him. Here's the latest updates:


July 1, 11:50 AM:

"All signs are pointing" to the Rangers landing Panarin, reports Darren Dreger of TSN. Dreger adds that it is believed Panarin is leaving money on the table to join the Blueshirts. 

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New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey is congratulated by teammates after scoring a goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey is congratulated by teammates after scoring a goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

The Rangers have traded LW Jimmy Vesey to the Sabres in exchange for a 2021 NHL Draft pick, the team announced on Monday. 

Vesey was in the final year of his two-year, $4.55 million deal with New York, so the Rangers created a little more cap space by getting rid of his contract. 

Is it a coincidence that Vesey is a left winger and the Rangers are aggressively pursuing top free agent LW Artemi Panarin ahead of NHL free agency kicking off at noon today? Not at all. 

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Kaapo Kakko, the second-overall pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, caught up with SNY to discuss his first week as a member of the Rangers.

"It was a great week for me and for the team," Kakko said.

The Finnish winger also spoke about getting to know his new teammates and how his game translates to the NHL level.

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May 2, 2019; Columbus, OH, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Artemi Panarin (9) celebrates after scoring a goal against the Boston Bruins in the first period during game four of the second round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)
May 2, 2019; Columbus, OH, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Artemi Panarin (9) celebrates after scoring a goal against the Boston Bruins in the first period during game four of the second round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)

The top free agent in the NHL market this summer is by far Artemi Panarin, the Blue Jackets' left winger that has been a consistent points machine for four seasons. The Rangers are expected to be very aggressive in trying to land him, but New York doesn't seem to be the favorite at the moment. 

According to The Post's Brett Cyrgalis, the Panthers are the leading candidate to land the 27-year-old. The two main reasons Cyrgalis has the Panthers at the top is the fact that Florida doesn't have any state income taxes, and the Panthers have hired Joel Quenneville as head coach. Quennevile coached Panarin during his first two seasons with the Blackhawks. 

Why does income tax matter? Florida can actually offer Panarin more than the Rangers, or even the Islanders, when it comes down to contracts. Panarin is looking to settle down with a seven-year deal at $11-12 million per season. 

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On Wednesday afternoon, the Rangers introduced members of their 2019 NHL Draft class to members of the media at Madison Square Garden.

Among the group was second-overall pick Kaapo Kakko, who gave his initial impression of MSG and the city of New York, and spoke about wanting to play with the Rangers next season.

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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)

A member of the 1994 Stanley Cup Champion Rangers has been induted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Defenseman Sergei Zubov, in his seventh year of eligibility, made the cut to join professional ice hockey's most esteemed players in Toronto's sacred hall. He joins a class that includes Guy Carbonneau, Václav Nedomanský and Haley Wickenheiser.

Although Zubov spent most of his career with the Dallas Stars, he began his career as a Ranger. Drafted in the fifth round in 1990, he played a pivotal role on the legendary 1994 team, scoring a career-high 89 points in 78 regular season games. He also added 19 more over 22 playoff contests en route to the Rangers' first championship in 54 years.

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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)
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)

The Rangers are making their push for free agent Artemi Panarin, but their hopes of landing him do not appear favorable. 

According to Rick Carpiniello of The Athletic, the Rangers are meeting with Panarin this week but it remains possible, if not probable, that he will sign with the Florida Panthers instead. 

Rangers president John Davidson, who knows Panarin well from his time as the Columbus Blue Jackets president, is expected to be part of the meeting with the free agent winger. 

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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 have announced their schedule for the 2019-20 season.

Highlights include:

  • Seven of their first 10 games, and 11 of their first 16 games of the season taking place at Madison Square Garden
  • Their 2,000th all-time regular season game at the current MSG on Oct. 27, 2019 against Boston.
  • Three of their four games against the Islanders coming in a nine-day span from Jan. 13, 2020 to Jan. 21, 2020.
  • Their five-day bye week following the 2020 NHL All-Star Game, which takes place on Jan. 26.

Check out the full schedule below...

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