Jeff Gorton was on The Michael Kay Show at 4PM on Monday and said the following:

  • Did AV's post game comments expedite you firing him, "no, I think, it's a godo questionm based upon what he said. We had made the decison to do it once the decision was made I wanted to do it after the game and not have it linger any more. It didn't have any effect."
  • Did it get contentious, "not really. For anyone who has ever had to do that, it's never a great conversation. AV felt he should still be coaching the Rangers and said so and I can appreciate that and I will leave it at that."
  • Why did you make the decision, "I think that in sports five-years is a long time and watching our team over the last several months and thinking about going forward with youth, it just felt like it was the right time to make the change. Have the timing of a new coach and, essentially, a young team start together."
  • On Lindy Ruff, "I just had a brief conversation with him today. He will head home and then we will talk in a few weeks and see where things are at. I will talk with some people and see where they fit for head coach and then we will talk to Lindy at the end of the process."
  • How hard was the conversation, "it was hard. We worked closely for five-years and I consider him a friend. It's difficult. That night, after the game, I am getting off the train to grab him and talk to him and go through that. It was hard, those are hard things to talk about and difficult conversations but I guess I sleep at night thinking it was the right thing to do."
  • On AV's player development, "I hear that too and heard it when he was coming out of Vancouver. I don't neccesarilly agree with that as a broad statement, that he doesn't develop young players. He has had success, Kreider and Skjei are a couple of guys that come to mind. We had Pionk and he had no problem playing him. It wasn't a huge issue for me. Our group, we just felt that maybe the guys who have been here could use a fresh start and a message from somebody else. It had more to do with that than anything."
  • On balancing development and wanting to win the Cup, "no question, good point. It's definitely a fine line. When you are trying to win and that is the coaches job. Sometimes as managers, we are sitting from ten floors up saying put these young guys on the ice but the reality is that we are trying to win and everyone is trying to win that night and it's a fine line of winning and developing players."
  • Is the next coach currently employed, "Good question, I would say that I don't know the answer to that. We have to go through a process and talk to a bunch of people and get some ideas from other people, what they are thinking about our group and maybe here from some people outside our group that have insight that we don't have, that we are close to it. We will find out and go from there."
  • Do you have a guy that you want, "I think someone is going to have to convince us. We do have a number of names that we want to talk to and start to do but I think someone is going to have to convince me and our group that they should be the next coach of the Rangers."
  • Do they have to have head coaching experience, "I think it's important that you would have been a head coach somewhere along the way and had success with it. It's a pretty hard job to learn on the fly."
  • On experience, "I think it could be from junior, really any league but they would have had to have been a head coach to have that experience."
  • Would you involve someone like Lundqvist in this, "no, not really. These guys will come in tomorrow, have our exit meetings with them and talk to them and find out on a personal level how they felt about the season, a team level, which we know wasn't good, but I like to hear from the players and their thoughts and what they are thinking and Hank is certainly someone we want to hear from. As we go through a coaching search I think that will be my role."
  • Did you know AV would be out when you made the moves, "I would say no. When we did all of this we had conversations and AV was fine with the things we were doing and understood. As time went on over the last couple of months it became clear to me that we needed a change and I definitely didn't know at the deadline or when we did stuff, it just became clear in the last week or so."
  • Is there any timetable, "I don't think the draft is that important except that free agency is right behind it. That is probably the best target date."
  • On the lack of toughness, "I agree and it does have to be addressed. We do want to be a team that plays harder and in the last couple of months we were void in that area and it became more and more clear and it's something that will be addressed."
  • On the young players, "I'm certainly happy with the first round picks from last year. Chytil's speed and skill is pretty evident for an 18-year old player to make plays and skate like he does. Lias is a real competitive player that I think will have a bright future. When Georgiev came up and played so well in goal, I think that was a bright light. Pionk, to play over 20 minutes and get the points that he did and be on the plus side and be competitive, those are the guys that really stick out. On the other side, guys like Gilmour and O'Gara got a good taste and it will help them as they come to camp next year and see if they can crack it."
  • Did you have any second thoughts after the trades, "I don't really agree. Maybe we would have made it if we hung in there, I don't think we would have went very far, I don't think we were a very good team, I think that Henrik covered a lot and I just didn't see where it was going or that we were a high level team that could compete with some of the better teams in the league. Could we have made it? Maybe but at the end of the day, it would have been tough for us to get 97 points the way we were playing."
  • "At the end of the day, everything better the letter and the moves that we made, that is what we are after. We want to win, build a team capable to win and that can go after it for a number of years and give us that chance to finally win."
  • On needing a coach with a 'name' factor, "It doesn't matter. We need to get the best person for the job and someone who can light a fire under these guys and give us an identity and hold these players accountable and get us on the right path."
  • Where does analytics fit, "there is a place for it, we talk a lot about it, look at a lot of different things. Having been someone who scouted for a long time there is still something about an eye test and a feel that comes out but it is nice to look at and see another angle. It's not baseball where it' stoppage after every page. It's continuous, it's hard to listen to analytics 100% but we look at it and try to get every edge that we can."

Gorton spoke with the team's website and said (NYR):

  • "we are going to be picking the next coach of the Rangers and that is exciting for us and him. We look forward to hearing from these people, seeing what they have to say. There are a number of good candidates and we look forward to the process."
  • What qualities are you looking for, "We are looking for someone that has a progressive mind, that is thinking the game and looking at what will happen next, that can change on the fly, see things for what they are and process that and change and play a different way in a certain circumstance. The ability to watch players and understand that they have and stick with them and just a good person, leader and someone who can develop young players."
  • On coaching experience, "depending on where the experience is and what level they have coached at and what success they have had. We will look at different types of experience. I don't think it's the end all be all and that person may not have coached in the NHL yet."
  • On how this fits with what happened in Feb, "we have a lot of decisions to make. We will begin the process of looking for a coach and we will be out watching players for the draft and make sure we make good on these top picks we have. As we go forward we will look at free agency and other situations so I think it's going to be pretty busy."
  • On the experience for Chytil and Andersson, "I think it's going to pay off for them. It's always better when you come back and know players and are familiar with how it works, they played some NHL games, they don't have that unknown this summer. They have played games and know what to expect and as they head into the summer they know the size of NHL players, the speed. I think that when we see them in September they should be different athletes, different people and more confident."
  • On the new prospects, "Ryan Lindgren has been in Hartford and has played really well and that is exciting, scored a few goals, got in his first fight. He has been good, is getting his feet wet playing pro hockey and when he comes back in September he will know what to expect. Howden has had a good start to his playoffs, rangy center that keeps playing well and producing. Hajek got hurt in the first round, hopefully he can get healthy and ready for the memorial cup but all good things we are seeing from them."
  • On a message to Ranger fans, "I want them to be excited. These are tough times and tough decisions and it seems like every day we are having a press conference about something. It's exciting when you are doing this and undertaking a rebuild and getting a new coach, there is a certain amount of excitement, they know what's going on, I think they understand that we have good young players coming and the ability to get more. Hopefully they are as excited as we are about it and looking forward to what is next."

Gorton was also on WFAN on Monday afternoon and said:

  • What made you decide to make a change, "I would say that over the last few weeks, since the trade deadline and going through the process and then coming down to the last week, made the decision that we need a fresh start and a new voice."
  • How surprised was AV, "I don't know. Probably not surprised but maybe surprised I did it so quickly."
  • Was his message stale or did he lose the locker room, "it's a hard thing to say because we changed so many players, half our team was gone at the trade deadline. I would say that it was more the day to day message, after five years, needing something new and needing a fresh start, I think we had a number of guys that need that."
  • Was your mind made up when you sent the letter, "no, certainly on the rebuild and what we needed to do, we had made up our mind with the letter and press conference and moves we made. But as far as AV, no, he is a very successful coach, he has coached over a 10000 games, successful here, got us to the Stanley Cup Final. It's a tough move to make when someone is successful and is a good person and you know he is good at his job but you know that it's time."
  • Did player input contribute to the decision and will they have input on the next coach, "I would say that the answer on both is not much. It's my job and the people that work here for us to make those decisions and let the players play. We will go through a process tomorrow like we always do when a season ends, hopefully usually later in the year than this but we will talk to them all and get a sense for their season and how they felt about it but very little input about the coach. We will pick the coach and let them play."
  • Did you talk to players along the way about AV, "no, I think that is probably a tough spot to put a player in, to help you make decisions about the coach. I think that is for us to decide and seeing how we play on the ice helps make that decision. I try to keep the players out of it, most of the things we talk to the players about is their own performance and getting better and getting us better on the ice."
  • What are you looking for in the team, "I think that if you look at the NHL today it's a very fast game, we want a fast, exciting, skilled team that competes hard every night. That hasn't really changed, that is how we had success and made it to the final and how we have had success the past 10 years and it's what we want to get back to and go another level from that."
  • Will you look at someone non-traditional, "We will look at everything, non-traditional, lately in the league, a few guys have had a lot of success in their second go-round so we are looking at those kinds of guys, people that have had success in other leagues. We will look at anything that might work for us and get us to where we want to go as far as speed and character and getting back to that."
  • On trying to rebuild in NY, "it's an original six franchise in a very large market with a lot of fans that are opinionated and love the Rangers and want to win too. It's difficult in one regard because it's not something we have done a lot with the Rangers but it's also a decision that our fans have been really supportive. They like the idea of being so transparent and telling them what we were going to do to rebuild this. They were in this we are behind you now show us what you are going to do state and we are comfortable with that."
  • How long do you expect the rebuild to take, "We can't write a letter every six months. It has been well received because we are being honest and open about it and not trying to get into the playoffs and get through around. It's been good. As far as the rebuild and how long it takes, I don't know. If you look around the league there are some teams that have done it quicker than others and than others have taken longer. Sometimes you need a little luck along the way and maybe to hit on a player in a place where you didn't think you would hit on him, we are hoping for that but the other thing is that we have three first-round picks, some seconds and some thirds for the first time in a while and that gives us a lot of picks and areas to help improve our team in a short amount of time. We are hopeful that this draft can be part of the rebuild real quick."
  • Are there franchise players in the draft, "As always there are a few right at the top that are really good and give you that chance and a lottery that gives you a little hope of that. We feel that this is a draft with 10 or 11 really good players at the top and it's a deep first round and hopefully those other two picks give us a chance at a couple of good players also. Our scouts are pretty happy with having three picks and the opportunity, we think the draft is pretty deep so it's exciting."
  • On Henrik Lundqvist fitting in, "he fits right in the middle of it. He has stated and we have stated that he wants to be a Ranger and we want him to continue to be a Ranger. He is our best player, our franchise player and we think that as it stands he belongs here and our rebuild could be centered around him. We don't think he is done by any means, he showed that in stretches this year how good he can still be. Hopefully we will have a team surrounding him that can cut down on some scoring chances. He will be here and is part of it and we are happy to have him."
  • Does the rebuild coincide with him playing at a high level, "you hear that a lot, father time and all that but being from Boston and having the QB that is still playing, we'd like to think our guy is going to play for a while too."
  • Hank will go on the TB12 method, "he's got his own method and whatever he is doing is working and we will keep him on it."
  • How much of the workload should he be carrying, "I think he likes to play as many as he can get, that is a coaching decision generally but we like him around, 55-60 games. That is probably ideal for us and I think we can do that. We have some young goalies that have shown really well and we had a young player this year, Georgiev, who showed really well when called upon. If we get him the right back up, the right mix for him, I think we can help get the most out of him."
  • How active will you be in free agency, "we will see what happens. When you say rebuild you are usually talking about a young team and letting players play and giving them chances. We will have a lot of that but it's difficult to have twenty 18, 19, 20 year old players also. We will look at everything, the market and see what players are available and term and money and some character and leadership type players that might help us develop these young guys."
  • What about free agents who are in their prime, "We have a number of young players that we think are close or half a year or a year away. We will see in September where we are with that. As we look at the market we have to look at those type of players and see if they can help us turn it around quicker."
  • Are you getting a lot of calls on the draft picks, "well my phone is ringing up a little more from the coaches. When we left the GM meetings a lot of people mentioned they might be interested in those picks. It's a good time for a Rangers fan. There are a lot of things we have to do here but it's exciting as we build forward and find a new coach there is a lot of good things happening here."
  • How did you know the team needed a new voice, "when I say I don't talk to the players, I mean that I don't talk to them about the coach. We talk to them about other things. I would say that watching every game, watching every practice, we are around the players, on and off the ice, watching interactions, being around meetings and different scenarios where you see things happening. Seeing players mannerisms, there were a lot of indicators that kind of tell you. When you lose as many games as we did and you don't play well you start looking for things. AV did a great job here but sometimes in sports it's time for a change and I just think that this is the time."
  • Would you consider someone without a track record, "it depends on what you mean by no track record. I don't think someone with zero head coaching experience anywhere in their history is going to be on our radar but we are going to look in a lot of different places and try to find that person. We will see what is out there."
  • Are you looking for the opposite of AV, "yes and no. We had Torts and he was a different type of personality than AV, AV was a little different and when he came in it worked. That is part of it. As we are looking at candidates we will look for the perfect fit right now. It's tough, we have a young team, there is a bit of teaching and growing to do as a group. Finding that right person, there are a lot of elements we are looking for."
  • Would you consider bringing back a former coach, "yea, I wouldn't touch that one. It's worth asking but I'm not willing to pay the fine."
  • Have you told the equipment guys to hold 91 for a player you might sign, "I'll stay with the no comment on that and let it play out."
  • Is Mark Messier a candidate, "Mark has done a lot of good things in hockey for the Rangers and all that, a real qualified hockey person, but I would say as the head hockey coach of this team, we are going to look in another direction."
  • How many candidates do you expect to interview, "I think we will talk to a lot, probably more than 10 people to get a feel for what is out there but to interview and dial in, the number is probably between 5 and 10."

Jeff Gorton spoke with John Giannone and said (MSG):

  • On why the decision was made, "We went through a process the last several weeks to decide what we were going to do at the coaching level and talked a lot about AV and what he has done here and just in the last week we made the hard decision that it was time for someone new and a new approach. It's a tough decision and someone who has done a real good job for us and wish him nothing but the best and thank him for the job he has done here." 
  • What is the identity you are looking for, "as we go through our interview process we want to hear from everyone and their ideas. With the Rangers we like to play fast and a skilled game and anyone we talk to has to understand that is how the league is and that is how we want to play. Having an identity comes in with the coaches approach and mixing with the organization. It's showing up, playing hard, a skilled fast game and competing for each other and trying to win every game, that is what we want to do."
  • Is there a timeline, "no. This process will probably take a few weeks and we will go through it but as far as a timeline, we don't have one. I would hate to give a date and then not come through. I've had that happen before, we will go day by day and find the best person."
  • Will the head coach be younger, "I don't think that is accurate, we need to find the best person and someone who can gives us that fresh perspective and get to our identity. As far as age, there is not really a requirement, we just want the best person to come in and get us going."
  • How will you hire and a coach and build a team, "I don't expect it to be too difficult. New York Rangers, original six team, a great city. We have a lot of first round picks, a couple last year and it's an exciting time. Based on the phone ringing and the names coming in, it will be a well sought after job. We will pick the right person but it will be a good person who comes in at the right time and helps us move forward."
  • On the young players, "they both showed flashes of being NHL players but we are cautious, they are 18 and 19 years old respectively. We will let it play out. We have seen enough good things but we will let the summer sort things out and what they do in the summer will have a big impact on what they do in September."
  • How will the team look, "I think we will have a young look. We will look at everything and there will be rumors and names like there always is as you head to the draft and free agency. We won't close our mind to anything but we will have a younger team that will be exciting."

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

The Rangers have announced their lineup for tomorrow's game against the Flyers at MSG:

Goalie: Henrik Lundqvist, Dustin Tokarski
Defense: Brendan Smith, Libor Hajek, John Gilmour, Brady Skjei, Tony DeAngelo, Joey Keane,
Forward: Peter Holland, Ryan Spooner, Jimmy Vesey, Gabriel Fontaine, Matt Beleskey, Brett Howden, Filip Chytil, Ryan Gropp, Vladislav Namestnikov, Mika Zibanejad, Vinni Lettieri

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Sep 17, 2018; Newark, NJ, USA; New York Rangers center Lias Andersson (50) celebrates his goal with New York Rangers defenseman Tony DeAngelo (77) during the third period of their game against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Sep 17, 2018; Newark, NJ, USA; New York Rangers center Lias Andersson (50) celebrates his goal with New York Rangers defenseman Tony DeAngelo (77) during the third period of their game against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

In his preseason debut last night, Lias Andersson had two goals, 3 shots, 1 shot that missed the net, 1 hit and was 4 and 8 on faceoffs in 19:11.

Andersson played 19:11, with 9:45 at even strength, 6:03 on the PP and 3:23 on the PK. He played 5:24 in the first, 6:38 in the second, 6:33 in the third and 33 seconds inOT.

Speaking before the game on Monday, David Quinn said that Andersson has gotten better each day and that the two had a conversation about playing a simple game and doing what got him to this point. (SNY via NYR)

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Sep 17, 2018; Newark, NJ, USA; The New York Rangers celebrate a goal by New York Rangers right wing Pavel Buchnevich (89) during the second period of their game against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Sep 17, 2018; Newark, NJ, USA; The New York Rangers celebrate a goal by New York Rangers right wing Pavel Buchnevich (89) during the second period of their game against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

The Rangers opened up their preseason schedule by defeating the Devils 4-3 in Overtime.

First Period:

Second Period:

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Mar 14, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Alexandar Georgiev (40) makes a save against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Mar 14, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Alexandar Georgiev (40) makes a save against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

9/17/18 | 6:46PM | The lines that the Rangers are using in warmups before tonight's game against the Devils are (Cyrgalis):

  • Chris Kreider, Kevin Hayes, Pavel Buchnevich
  • Michael Lindqvist, Lias Andersson, Jesper Fast
  • Tim Gettinger, Boo Nieves, Ville Meskanen
  • Cody McLeod, Steven Fogarty, Cole Schneider

Marc Staal is paired with Tony DeAngelo, Rob O'Gara is paired with Freddy Claesson and Ryan Lindgren is paired with Neal Pionk.

3:19PM: Georgiev is slated to start tonight's game against the Devils and play about half of it. (Cyrgalis)

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

4:16PM: On Mika, Quinn said " he's fine, he just got the wind knocked out of him. He's fine."

"I didn't see it, I was watching the other end and I saw him gliding to the penalty box area and asked him what happened and told me he got the wind knocked out of him and it all worked out."

3PM: David Quinn told reporters that Mika Zibanejad had the wind knocked out of him but is "fine" and could play tomorrow against the Devils.

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Mar 2, 2018; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) during the third period against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome. New York Rangers won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports (Sergei Belski)
Mar 2, 2018; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) during the third period against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome. New York Rangers won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports (Sergei Belski)

Henrik Lundqvist met with the media on Saturday for the first time in training camp and said (NYR):

  • On the first practice, "It felt great, I'm excited to be back here, back in New York. Had a great summer in Sweden, enjoyed the weather, friends and family but it's the time of the year where you focus on what is ahead and the new season and new challenge and it's great to see everyone. Some new faces with the coaching staff and players but camp is always fun. It's always the same feeling, you are anxious to get going, nervous, excited. It feels really good to be here."
  • On his meeting with Quinn over the summer, "I got a really great impression of how he likes to discuss things, he is very open, seems like a great guy. Now it's the other part of him, to see him as a coach. Moving forward it will be under different circumstances, it's one thing to sit in July and discuss and another to discuss under pressure. Curious to see how things will feel in here. Each time there is a new coach there is a new feel, the way they coach, how they speak and you always learn something."
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Nov 8, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal (18) stretches during warmups prior to the game against the Boston Bruins at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Nov 8, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal (18) stretches during warmups prior to the game against the Boston Bruins at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Larry Brooks writes in the NY Post that for the first time since 2005-06, the Rangers may enter and play a season without a captain.

The Rangers have been without a captain since Ryan McDonagh was traded last year at the deadline.

Brooks notes that players like Mats Zuccarello, Chris Kreider, Kevin Shattenkirk, Marc Staal and Jesper Fast could be options but he notes that none may be with the Rangers past their current contracts. (NY Post)

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David Quinn said that when he gathers the team together at the start of training camp that the message for the season will be built around "we." (MSG)

Quinn said that the coaches and players need to "be on the same page" and the players need to buy in and believe that the coaches "care" about them and want to do everything possible to "help them succeed." (MSG)

Jimmy Vesey said that when he spoke with Quinn they discussed that "that the answers for us are in our own locker room."

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The Rangers are wearing shirts at training camp this year that say "fast" and "physical" on the front and "relentless" on the back.

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

Rangers coach David Quinn met with the media on Thursday as training camp for the 2018-19 season gets underway (MSG):

  • On being prepared for training camp, "I've been very fortunate in my career and I feel that every stop along the way has prepared me for this. I felt like summer ended a month ago so I've bee looking forward to getting going and getting training camp started."
  • On knowing the players, "I've been fortunate to be around the last few months so I've been able to get together with a bunch of the guys so there is a familiarity with a bunch of them. It will take some time once we get on the ice and I get a clearer picture of what everyone is capable of doing, strengths and weaknesses, guys are always getting better and every year brings on a new challenge."
  • "We are certainly excited about the veterans coming back, got a bunch of guys that will help lead us in the right direction and we are excited about the young core."
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Apr 2, 2018; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson (65) shoots the puck the puck in the second period against the Winnipeg Jets at Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports (Marc DesRosiers)
Apr 2, 2018; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson (65) shoots the puck the puck in the second period against the Winnipeg Jets at Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports (Marc DesRosiers)

The Ottawa Senators have traded pending UFA Erik Karlsson tot he San Jose Sharks.

San Jose gets Karlsson and Francis Perron with Ottawa getting a first round pick in 2020, 2nd round pick in 2019, forwards Chris Tierny, Rudolfs Balcers, defenseman Dylan Demelo, prospect Josh Norris and a 2021 second round pick if Karlsson re-signs with the Sharks.

The Rangers had long been mentioned as a potential match for Karlsson and then as a third team that could help facilitate a trade between Ottawa and a team that needed cap space.

San Jose is projected to have $25.7 million in cap space after this season.

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Feb 19, 2018; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Calgary Flames right wing Garnet Hathaway (21) and Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid (54) fight during the second period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports (Sergei Belski)
Feb 19, 2018; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Calgary Flames right wing Garnet Hathaway (21) and Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid (54) fight during the second period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports (Sergei Belski)

Brad Marchand said that it was "tough" to see Adam McQuaid get traded and that "when you look around the room, you want guys like him." (NBC Sports Boston)

Joe Haggerty described McQuaid as a "great teammate" and someone who stands up "without hesitation for his teammates against the biggest, toughest NHL foes." (NBC Sports Boston)

Haggerty notes that while McQuaid had fallen down the Bruins depth chart, they are going to miss his "toughness" and "selflessness."

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Feb 19, 2018; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid (54) skates during the warmup period against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports (Sergei Belski)
Feb 19, 2018; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid (54) skates during the warmup period against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports (Sergei Belski)

Adam McQuaid was on NHL Tonight earlier to discuss his move to the Rangers and said:

  • Were you surprised with the trade, "you should never be surprised but I showed up at the rink prepared to go to China. It caught me off guard a little bit but things can change quickly and I headed home, packed up and drove down to NY. Was able to get in last night and meet all the guys and staff and management today. I've heard nothing but great things about the organization and everyone was kind and welcoming and excited about the new opportunity for sure."
  • On his fit with the Rangers, "I hope to be able to come in and help out on and off the ice and there are some young guys and a lot of promise. Boston has so much depth and a real bright future as well but being in Boston as long as I was and the friendships that you create with being with guys for 10+ years, not only that but the people you meet outside of hockey, it's tough to leave a place you are so entrenched in. A place you have given so much to and has given so much to you over the years. Getting here and the New York Rangers, it's pretty exciting and I'm taking it one day at a time but excited to see what is in store for our team."
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The New York Rangers new head coach David Quinn speaks during a news conference in New York, Thursday, May 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)
The New York Rangers new head coach David Quinn speaks during a news conference in New York, Thursday, May 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)

David Quinn says that the Rangers are going to be a team that pressures the puck, possess the puck and combine all of that with "good, structural defense." (NHL.com)

Quinn said that the Rangers want to have "five-man gaps" all over the ice, want to be on top of people and make it "uncomfortable" for the other team. (NHL.com)

He added that in order to play the way that the Rangers want to play they will need to be in "world-class shape."(NHL.com)

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The Rangers begin training camp on Thursday, with physicals, and the first on-ice session will be on Friday morning.

The Rangers have invited 52 players to training camp:

  • Forwards: Lias Andersson, Matt Beleskey, Pavel Buchnevich, Bobby Butler, Filip Chytil, Jesper Fast, Steven Fogarty, Gabriel Fontaine, Tim Gettinger, Ryan Gropp, Kevin Hayes, Peter Holland, Brett Howden, Chris Kreider, Dawson Leedahl, Vinni Lettieri, Michael Lindqvist, Cody McLeod, Ville Meskanen, Vlad Namestnikov, Boo Nieves, Ty Ronning, Cole Schneider, Ryan Spooner, Jimmy Vesey, Mika Zibanejad, Mats Zuccarello
  • Defense: Chris Bigras, Fredrik Claesson, Brandon Crawley, Sean Day, Tony DeAngelo, John Gilmour, Nico Gross, Libor Hajek, Joey Keane, Ryan Lindgren, Adam McQuaid, Rob O'Gara, Vince Pedrie, Neal Pionk, Kevin Shattenkirk, Brady Skjei, Brendan Smith, Marc Staal.
  • Goalie: Jeremy Brodeur, Alexandar Georgiev, Brandon Halverson, Henrik Lundqvist, Marek Mazanec, Chris Nell, Dustin Tokarski
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May 4, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid (54) follows the play during the first period in game four of the second round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Tampa Bay Lightning at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)
May 4, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid (54) follows the play during the first period in game four of the second round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Tampa Bay Lightning at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)

With their trade for Adam McQuaid, the Rangers will enter training camp with 47 of their 50 reserve list slots filled and between $2.6 million and $3.5 million in cap space.

The Rangers top-six heading into camp is likely to be Kevin Shattenkirk, McQuaid and Neal Pionk on the right side and Brady Skjei, Marc Staal and Fredrik Claesson/Brendan Smith on the left side.

Larry Brooks noted that Smith will be in competition on the left side with Claesson, John Gilmour, Rob O'Gara and possibly Libor Hajek.

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The Rangers dropped their final game of the Traverse City tournament to St. Louis, 8-4.

Their goals were scored by Kyle Potts, from Ryan Lindgren, Nico Gross on the PP from Joey Keane and Reese Johnson from Nico Gross and Johnson from Drew Melanson and Jakub Stukel.

  • Michael Lindqvist: 1 shot, minus four, hooking penalty
  • Ryan Lindgren: 1 assist, plus two
  • Ty Ronning: 1 shot
  • Ville Meskanen: 2 shots, minus four
  • Joey Keane: 1 assist, minus two, two shots
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May 4, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid (54) follows the play during the first period in game four of the second round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Tampa Bay Lightning at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)
May 4, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid (54) follows the play during the first period in game four of the second round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Tampa Bay Lightning at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)

The Rangers have acquired Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid in exchange for Steven Kampfer, a 4th round pick in 2019 and a conditional seventh round pick.

McQuaid, 31, is a right shot defenseman and a UFA following this season.

He has a cap hit of $2.75 million this season but an actual salary of $2 million.

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

Jeff Gorton said recently that the Rangers plan to start Filip Chytil, Lias Andersson and Brett Howden at their natural position of center. (NY Post)

Gorton said that the trio will be evaluated as they go but there are no plans to move any of them to the wing, adding "we think of them as centers." (NY Post)

Gorton added that neither Mika Zibanejad or Kevin Hayes are likely to move to the wing, adding that there is mutual interest in Hayes staying with the Rangers long-term. (NY Post)

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

The Rangers dropped the third game of the Traverse City tournament 5-0 to Detroit on Monday.

  • Michael Lindqvist: 2 shots, elbowing penalty
  • Libor Hajek: minus two, 1 shot, slashing penalty
  • Brett Howden: minus two, roughing and fighting penalty
  • Lias Andersson: minus one, high sticking penalty
  • Ryan Lindgren: 2 shots, high sticking penalty
  • Ty Ronning: minus one, 3 shots
  • Filip Chytil: minus two, 1 shot, tripping penalty, too many men on the ice
  • Ville Meskanen: 2 shots
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Many of the Rangers took in today's Giants season opener against the Jaguars including Brendan Smith, Mika Zibanejad, Jesper Fast, Pavel Buchnevich, Steven Kampfer, Jimmy Vesey, Vlad Namestnikov, Henrik Lundqvist, Boo Nieves, Brady Skjei, Ryan Spooner, Neal Pionk, Marc Staal, Mats Zuccarello and Kevin Shattenkirk.

 

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Sep 18, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Lias Anderson (50) during warm up before game against New York Islanders at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Sep 18, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Lias Anderson (50) during warm up before game against New York Islanders at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

9/6/18 | Jeff Gorton told Larry Brooks that if a young player proves that he is ready to play in the NHL than the team will make "whatever roster moves are necessary" to make that happen. (NY Post)

He said that the Rangers won't hold anyone back because of veterans under contract but that the Rangers are operating on a "merit system" and that if someone is going to play in the NHL they have to earn it. (NY Post)

8/5/18 | Jeff Gorton said recently that while the Rangers want their "young kids" to make the team and "do well" they aren't going to be putting any of them in a "tough spot."

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

The Rangers defeated Minnesota 4-2 in their second game of the Traverse City tournament.

The goals the Rangers scored were from:

  • TIm Gettinger from Jakub Stukel
  • Brett Howden from Ty Ronning and Dawson Leedahl
  • Ville Meskanen
  • Ryan Lindgren into an empty net from Michael Lindqvist and Brandon Crawley

Jeremy Brodeur stopped 24 of 26 shots to pick up the victory.

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

The Rangers allowed four goals in the third period to fall in the Traverse City opener 7-5 to Dallas.

Ranger goals were scored by:

Ville Meskanen from Brett Howden.

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

9/7/18 | While describing his skill level, Gordie Clark said that while Buchnevich will score on a slap shot once in a while, "his passing ability is on another planet." (SI)

Buchnevich's agent said that when Buchnevich feels he has been "slighted" it puts him in a bad mood and that "when he's pissed off, he can produce." (SI)

Alain Vigneault said of Buchnevich in March, "there is some learning, there is some adjustments, Buchie is going through that like any young player like I've had in my career. There is a learning curve, peaks and valleys and Buchie is a lot like younger players. There is a tremendous amount of upside with that young man, we just have to work with him to get it more consistent."

Vigneault said that when Buchnevich struggles it is usually because of his decisions with the puck and that "you get to making the right plays by working on your game, improving your knowledge and understanding and there are less of those when you become a better and more experienced player."

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Jan 13, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Kevin Hayes (13) is congratulated after scoring a goal against the New York Islanders during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jan 13, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Kevin Hayes (13) is congratulated after scoring a goal against the New York Islanders during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

9/6/18 | Jeff Gorton said that people should not assume that the Rangers will be "one and done" with Hayes and that both sides are interested in staying together. (NY Post)

Gorton said that Hayes should come to camp in "great shape, be a leader, have a big season" and then things can go from there. (NY Post)

8/25/18 | Kevin Hayes said that a one-year contract was the best situation for both himself and the Rangers this summer but that he still hopes to stay with the organization past this season. (NHL.com)

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

The Rangers announced recently that Jeremy Brodeur would be part of their squad for the annual Traverse City Prospects tournament.

Brodeur is set to be the Rangers second goalie in Traverse City, behind Chris Nell, and said that he is hoping to showcase his ability and compete at this level. (Newsday)

Larry Brooks writes that Brodeur is with the team as a replacement for Brandon Halverson who is out for six-weeks with a knee injury. (NY Post)

Brodeur was 15-13-4 in the ECHL with a 3.15 GAA and .917 save percentage.

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The Sports Forecaster Magazine projects that the Rangers lines and defense combinations, for most of the season, will be:

  • Chris Kreider, Mika Zibanejad, Mats Zuccarello
  • Vlad Namestnikov, Kevin Hayes, Pavel Buchnevich
  • Jimmy Vesey, Filip Chytil, Vinni Lettieri
  • Ryan Spooner, Lias Andersson, Jesper Fast

On defense, they have Brady Skjei and Neal Pionk, Freddy Claesson and Kevin Shattenkirk, Marc Staal and Tony DeAngelo.

Their power play projections included:

  • Chytil, Buchnevich, Shattenkirk, Namestnikov, Kreider
  • Vesey, Skjei, Spooner, Zibanejad, Zuccarello

Variations on the above line combinations were mentioned earlier in the summer.

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Feb 25, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Former Ranger star Vic Hadfield (11) is congratulated by Jean Ratelle after learning that his number will be retired by the Rangers next season during a banner raising ceremony for former Ranger star Jean Ratelle before a game between the New York Rangers and Detroit Red Wings at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Feb 25, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Former Ranger star Vic Hadfield (11) is congratulated by Jean Ratelle after learning that his number will be retired by the Rangers next season during a banner raising ceremony for former Ranger star Jean Ratelle before a game between the New York Rangers and Detroit Red Wings at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Rangers have announced that Vic Hadfield's #11 will be retired on December 2nd against Winnipeg.

Rangers President Glen Sather said in a release, "As a player, Vic Hadfield embodied the heart, soul, and determination of a New York Ranger," Sather said. "His willingness to contribute in any way necessary to help the Rangers win earned the respect and admiration of his teammates and fans alike. It is only fitting that Vic takes his rightful place alongside the Rangers legends in the rafters of Madison Square Garden."

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

The Rangers have announced that they have hired Steve Konowalchuk as an Amateur Scout.

Konowalchuk will primarily be responsible for scouting in the WHL.

He spent last season as an assistant coach with Anaheim after spending the previous six seasons as head coach of the Seattle Thunderbirds.

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9/6/18 | Jeff Gorton told Larry Brooks that they have seen the returning veteran players all play at a higher level than they did last year and that "there is nobody in the room who can't be better." (NY Post)

Gorton said that it will be on the veteran Rangers to show they belong just a much as the young players. (NY Post)

9/3/18 | While speaking about the players in the Rangers organization, Jeff Gorton said that there are guys on the roster who are "trying to emerge" and show that they are better than what people think. (NHL.com)

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Brady Skjei described fellow University of Minnesota defenseman Ryan Lindgren as a "character player" and someone that can shut down the other team's top line. (NYR)

Chris Drury said that the Rangers view Lindgren as someone who can help set "the right culture" for the team moving forward. (The Athletic)

Lindgren is considered to be more of a "throwback" type of shutdown defenseman and Chris Drury said that he was someone the Rangers wanted from Boston because of his character, leadership and compete levels. (The Athletic)

Lindgren skates well, move the puck "competently" and is a "great defender who battles at a high-end level." (The Athletic)

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9/1/18| Craig Custance spoke with a number of people around the NHL and had the Rangers listed in the fourth tier of teams labeled "just outside the bubble." (The Athletic)

Custance spoke with an executive that said that while he doesn't think the Rangers can win the Stanley Cup, they could be a team that surprises people.The Athletic)

The Sports Forecaster Magazine has the Rangers finishing last in the Metro.

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8/31/18 | The Hockey News Yearbook expanded a bit on the Rangers prospect list, below, and included when those players might be expected to make the NHL.

The Sports Forecaster Magazine listed the Rangers top prospects as Chytil, Andersson, Shesterkin, Kravtsov, Georgiev, Howden, Hajek, Lindgren, Patrick Virta and Yegor Rykov.

8/14/18 |The Hockey News has released their annual pool guide and with it a list of the Rangers top 10 prospects.

  1. Lias Andersson - "Relentless on puck pursuit, skilled, gritty style. Strong winning mentality and natural leader." NHL Projection: 18-19
  2. Filip Chytil - "Good stickhandling and instincts, difference maker on the ice. Learning to utilize size effectively." NHL Projection: 18-19
  3. Vitali Kravtsov - "Skillful in 1-on-1 battles. Gritty, physical style. Plays better against tougher competition."NHL Projection: 21-22
  4. Igor Shesterkin - "Incredible lateral movement with a quick glove. Extreme focus.Winner of Olympic Gold Medal." NHL Projection: 19-20
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New York Rangers center Paul Carey (28) skates against New Jersey Devils center Blake Coleman (20) as goaltender Keith Kinkaid (1) protects his net during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, April 3, 2018, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)
New York Rangers center Paul Carey (28) skates against New Jersey Devils center Blake Coleman (20) as goaltender Keith Kinkaid (1) protects his net during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, April 3, 2018, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)

The Rangers posted pictures today showing a number of players on the ice working out including:

  • Brady Skjei, Marc Staal, Chris Kreider, Mats Zuccarello, Pavel Buchnevich, Henrik Lundqvist and Brendan Smith.

Mika Zibanejad was also skating and showing off that his "flow" is ready for the season.

Training Camp is expected to start in mid-September, following the Traverse City Tournament.

A number of the players spent part of the summer training with Rangers strength and conditioning consultant Ben Prentiss in Connecticut.

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Apr 19, 2018; Columbus, OH, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Artemi Panarin (9) skates during player introductions prior to the game against the Washington Capitals in game four of the first round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)
Apr 19, 2018; Columbus, OH, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Artemi Panarin (9) skates during player introductions prior to the game against the Washington Capitals in game four of the first round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)

8/31/18 | 9:19AM: Portzline writes again that sources tell him that the Rangers are Panarin's first choice. (The Athletic)

He notes that John Tortorella "loves" Panarin's intensity and never "hesitates" to use him in all situations. (The Athletic)

8/23/18 | According to Aaron Portzline, there is a belief around the NHL that Artemi Panarin's top choice for his next team is the Rangers. (The Athletic)

Portzline notes that it doesn't mean for sure that Panarin will end up with the Rangers at some point but that three different people, from three different teams, all mentioned that they have heard the Rangers are at the top of his list. (The Athletic)

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

David Quinn described his coaching style as "fair and demanding, adding that "there is no gray area with me with players.

He said that players "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."

Quinn added, "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."

He said that it's "all bout relationships, people skills" and "what motivates somebody."

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New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist makes a save against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist makes a save against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Henrik Lundqvist was on TSN 1050 radio earlier today and said the following about the Rangers:

  • Would you consider going back to Sweden to play with Joel, "it's hard to say. I have at least another three-years in New York. I love being a Ranger and playing there but at the same time I got the opportunity to go home last year and play for team Sweden with my brother. It was a surreal moment to stand there and see the Swedish flag go up and stand there with my brother. Growing up we played on the same team and went to school together and the first time I really spent more than two days away from Joel was when I moved to New York as a 23-year old. It was a big change in my life, will I get another opportunity to play with him, I don't know. The thought is kind of cool but at the same time I really enjoy where I am at and being a big part of the Rangers. I take it year by year and try to make the most of it."
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Jimmy Vesey said recently that he is looking forward to "somewhat of a fresh start" this season under David Quinn.

Vesey said that consistency has been "big" for him and that he has had both good and quieter stretches.

He said, "I've gone from a younger guy on the team to pretty much one of the older guys. I want to step up my game and be more consistent and develop into a leader for this team."

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Jan 27, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; Metropolitan Division goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) of the New York Rangers makes a save in the save streak challenge during the 2018 NHL All Star Game skills competition at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)
Jan 27, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; Metropolitan Division goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) of the New York Rangers makes a save in the save streak challenge during the 2018 NHL All Star Game skills competition at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)

Henrik Lundqvist is back in New York and posted a video of himself on the ice today at the Rangers practice facility.

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

The Rangers have announced their roster for the 2018 Traverse City Tournament beginning in September.

  • Forwards: Lias Andersson, Filip Chytil, Gabriel Fontaine, Brett Howden, Kyle Potts, Tim Gettinger, Dawson Leedahl, Michael Lindqvist, Drew Melanson, Jason Salvaggio, Jakob Stukel, Reese Johnson, Ville Meskanen, Ty Ronning
  • Defense: Brandon Crawley, Sean Day, Nico Gross, Libor Hajek, Tyson Hegelson, Joey Keane, Ryan Lindgren, Derek Pratt
  • Goalie: Chris Nell, Jeremy Brodeur

The Rangers will play Dallas on 9/7, Minnesota on 9/8, Detroit on 9/10 and a final game on September 11.

Jeremy Brodeur is the son of Marty Brodeur.

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8/27/18 | 3:32PM: Larry Brooks writes that the Rangers are not going to be signing Shumakov.

12PM: Shumakov is now a free agent after his contract was terminated and he is looking for a deal in the NHL. (Eronko)

As part of having his contract terminated he can not play in the KHL for the next two seasons. (Championat)

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Mar 2, 2018; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; New York Rangers defenseman Tony DeAngelo (77) skates against the Calgary Flames during the first period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports (Sergei Belski)
Mar 2, 2018; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; New York Rangers defenseman Tony DeAngelo (77) skates against the Calgary Flames during the first period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports (Sergei Belski)

In The Hockey News Yearbook, they rank the Rangers depth chart of defenseman as follows:

  1. Kevin Shattenkirk
  2. Brady Skjei
  3. Neal Pionk
  4. Marc Staal
  5. Tony DeAngelo
  6. Freddy Claesson
  7. Brendan Smith
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Feb 25, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Ryan Spooner (23) plays the puck against the Detroit Red Wings during the overtime period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Feb 25, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Ryan Spooner (23) plays the puck against the Detroit Red Wings during the overtime period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Ryan Spooner was on NHL Network earlier this week and said:

  • On his play after joining the Rangers, "I was just trying to have fun. When I heard the news that I would be traded I was a little bit upset, I was with the same team for five years and a lot of guys on the the team I got closer with, that was tough to hear but it was a fresh start for me and I went to the Rangers and the guys were great, the coaching staff too and I just wanted to help out, went out, tried to play my game and have fun and that is what I did."
  • On his versatility, "I played center since I was like two and played wing for maybe 60 games since I've been pro. There are pros and cons to both, I struggled with my faceoffs but last year I was better and tried to work on them but it's always been something I have lacked on. For me to go over to wing took the burden off of that. I can play center and with the Rangers I would like to play center but if they want me to play wing that is fine by me and if they need me to play center then that is fine with me as well."
  • On David Quinn, "he gave me a call about a month ago and we just chatted and basically what he said was that we have a young team this year and he expects that we work hard and are in great shape and I think that as a young team, if we are in really good shape and skate, that is a recipe for us to be a successful team. He knows what he is doing and I am excited to play for him."
  • On how he fits with a young team, "I'm definitely not young anymore but not old. The fact that I cam from the Bruins, the leadership group they had, the things that I have learned throughout my time can help me out. We are not going to be really young but we are not going to be old and I think I can help out and try to lead by example and go out there and have some fun." 

Following the interview, Mike Johnson said on the NHL Network that if Spooner is in a position where he can get the puck, play with good players and see time on the PP "he will produce."

He noted though that while the best use of Spooner would be in the Rangers top-six, he will struggle to find a spot there with the players the Rangers already have.

The NHL Network projection had Spooner as the RW on a third line that had Jimmy Vesey on the left side and Filip Chytil in the middle.

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8/26/18 | Kravtsov was named as the best forward in the tournament, scoring one goal and 3 assists in3 games. (NYR)

8/24/18| Rangers first round pick Vitali Kravstov is the captain for Russia at the U20 Four Nations Tournament and scored today.

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

Nicklas Jensen, who spent last season in the KHL with Jokerit, reportedly turned down the opportunity to return to the Rangers. (TV2 DK)

The Rangers acquired Jensen for Emerson Etem and retained his rights as an RFA when Jensen decided to join Jokerit.

Jensen said that the Rangers wanted to bring him back for this season but noted that, to him, it "didn't make sense." (TV2 DK)

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

New Rangers coach David Quinn has purchased a loft in the Chelsea neighborhood for $2.6 million, according to Mansion Global.

Quinn said that he was looking to find a place close to Madison Square Garden and that he is only eight blocks from where the Rangers play their home games. (Mansion Global)

While the Rangers have their practice facility in Westchester, Quinn said that he felt that if he was going to be the coach of the Rangers then he should live in the City. (Mansion Global)

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8/24/18 | In an interview in Sweden, Henrik Lundqvist said that he is returning to New York on Friday.(Rakapuckar via HLB)

8/19/18 |Henrik Lundqvist said that he got a "great feeling" while speaking with David Quinn and that the new Rangers coach made a "very good first impression. (SVT)

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

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

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

When Jeff Gorton was asked, earlier this summer, about which players at development camp could make the roster, he mentioned European free agents Michael Lindqvist and Ville Meskanen.

Gorton said that the Rangers like the two of them "a lot."

Meskanen, 22, was signed out of Finland after scoring 24 goals and 20 assists last season.

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