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."

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Elliotte Friedman lists Sweden's National coach Rikard Gronborg as someone who may draw interest as a potential assistant coach. (Sportsnet)

Gronborg has been part of Sweden's hockey program since 2006-07 and has been a head coach or assistant coach with many of their National teams since 2010-11.

Gronborg has coached or been around:

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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)

In an interview with Steve Serby of the NY Post, David Quinn noted that as part of the 1986 USA World Junior team he was teammates with Brian Leetch and Mike Richter.

That team won bronze and it was the first medal the USA had ever won at the World Juniors.

In that tournament, Leetch had 5 points in seven games and Quinn had 4 points in 7 games.

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5:59PM: Drury said that he has known Quinn since he was 15-years old and Quinn was playing on a team with Drury's brother Ted. (Newsday)

2:07PM: During his press conference on Thursday, David Quinn revealed that he has known Rangers GM Jeff Gorton for 25-years and assistant GM Chris Drury said that he and Quinn have known each other for nearly 30-years.

Quinn said that he, Gorton and Drury have always talked hockey but as things got more in-depth in the interview process it became clear that they were all on the same page and that joining the Rangers would be a "natural fit."

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Sep 19, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Libor Hajek (43) pressures Carolina Hurricanes forward Warren Foegele (37) during the third period of a hockey game at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)
Sep 19, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Libor Hajek (43) pressures Carolina Hurricanes forward Warren Foegele (37) during the third period of a hockey game at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)

Rangers prospect Libor Hajek helped his Regina Pats team advance to the Final of the Memorial Cup.

Hajek was acquired by the Rangers as part of the Ryan McDonagh and JT Miller trade.

On the season, split between Regina and Saskatchewan, Hajek played in 58 games, had 12 goals, 27 assists, a minus five rating and 144 shots on goal.

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David Quinn told Elliotte Friedman that he intends to meet with as many of the current Rangers as he can before next season starts. (Sportsnet)

Quinn said on the radio on Thursday that besides coaching Kevin Shattenkirk at BU, he knows Kevin Hayes, Jimmy Vesey, Chris Kreider, Brady Skjei and Brendan Smith. (ESPN NY Radio)

Quinn coached Skjei at the 2016 World Championships and, besides being from the Boston area, likely tried to recruit Hayes, Vesey, Kreider and Smith to BU.

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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)

During his press conference yesterday, David Quinn spoke about how tough it was for him to leave Boston University.

He noted that long-term friendships with Chris Drury and Jeff Gorton helped him make the choice and while speaking with Mike Francesa on WFAN, Quinn said:

"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."

When Kevin Shattenkirk signed with the Rangers last year, he said "the opportunity to win a Stanley Cup in New York, as a hometown kid, that achievement would far surpass all of the pressure you have to deal with along the way. To me that is worth going through."

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New Rangers head coach David Quinn chats with SNY's Justine Ward about his excitement for the job and coaching Henrik Lundqvist.

12:24PM: 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."
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New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. (Aaron Doster/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. (Aaron Doster/USA TODAY Sports)

Kevin Shattenkirk met with the media following the David Quinn press conference today and said (SNY):

  • Excited to play for Quinn again, "Very. When you have a coach who you are that comfortable with, it's important as a player and gives you confidence about what you are getting into and know what they expect of you. He is someone, I think I am more excited for our team to be coached by. He is someone who really fits the bill perfectly for us in what we need to do moving forward."
  • What should the team expect from Quinn, "hard work. He is someone who drills the details of the game into you. You work a lot in practice and it's not being out there for two-hours and being run into the ground, but when we go out for 30-40 minutes you go out to work and get better and that is something that we need. We have a lot of youth on our team and they need to be coached and developed and he is someone who takes individual players and coaches them on that level and also take the team and make sure we are structured and it's something that you have to work hard to achieve but winning is something that will result as of our work ethic."
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Rangers assistant GM Chris Drury met with the media following David Quinn's press conference on Thursday and said (SNY):

  • "I'm really happy for him, proud of him that he has gotten to this point in his career and get this job. I know how hard he has worked, the jobs he has taken, the sacrifices he has made, he is extremely dedicated to his craft and I think it will show here. Professionally speaking I am really happy for the New York Rangers, I think we got a heck of a coach and an even better person."
  • What will he bring, "he is a very passionate about the game, passionate about connecting on a personal level with people and players and that will come through with how we play and to the fans and how hard he works every day."
  • On convincing him to leave BU, "we all did our part to answer any questions he had, thoughts our concerns. We laid it out for him as best we could, as honest as we could, we knew it would take an extremely special situation to leave BU and I think we provided that for him."
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Jeff Gorton met with the media following today's introductory press conference for David Quinn and said (SNY):

  • "Just the way he wants to play, the puck possession game, his attention to detail, he is a really good teacher and our young players are really going to benefit from him."
  • "We are hiring a guy that will help us rebuild and move forward, I think we have to look at this as we are going to get better everyday and move forward that way."
  • On being hands on, "we spoke to a lot of players that have played for David, been around David and it always came back the same, that he is a hands on guy that loves to be a teacher and it's hard to get him off the ice. This is a hard job as we rebuild and he is the guy that will help us do that."
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Rangers GM Jeff Gorton and new head coach David Quinn made statements to being today's press conference (SNY):

  • Jeff Gorton: "Welcome everybody, thank you for coming down on such a beautiful day in New York. This is a very important day for the Rangers, I couldn't be happier with our selection. It's an important day when naming a head coach and we are naking a a head coach at a time where we are rebuilding our team. We are looking for someone with fresh ideas, a fresh approach. When we went through this process we met with a number of people and talked to a lot of good hockey people and it just kept coming back to David as the guy we wanted. His resume speaks for himself, a lifetime hockey guy and coach, success at every level but things that stick out are his communications skills, his feel for the game, the way he wants to play meshed well with what we want to do here. There are a lot of things I could go on and just a very impressive guy and someone we want out in front of our team as we move forward. Without doing much more, it's my honor and pleasure to announce our 35th coach, David Quinn.
  • David Quinn: "Thank you, Jeff. A little bit different than a BU press conference. First of all I would like to thank Mr. Dolan, Glen Sather, Jeff Gorton and Chris Drury for this opportunity. When I was on the flight yesterday there were a lot of things going through my head, all of the sudden I am going to be the head coach of the New York Rangers and you kind of look back at your path and how you got here. A lot of people have helped along the way, my mother and father, I have been incredibly lucky to have parents that supported me in whatever I did and gave me a lot of love and support an I wouldn't be standing here today without them. Larry Piatelli and Peter Bregdin, in 1980 they gave me an opportunity to go to the Kent school, which changed my life. They were incredible mentors and had a big impact on me. Ben Smith, I wouldn't be into coaching, he recruited me to go to BU. When my playing career ended he gave me an opportunity to become a coach at Northeastern and I found my calling and passion in life. Jack Parker, coached me at BU, a mentor and friend. I was lucky to play for him, coach under him and was incredibly supportive of me at Boston University. Last but not least, Boston University it self, this was a hard decision because of my passion and love for BU. It was an incredible opportunity for five-years, right from Dr. Brown to Gene Morrison. Todd Clip became a very good friend of mine, Drew Merecello, we worked side by side for five-years and became one of my best friends. At the end of the day, the more that we talked and the more that Jeff and I and Chris talked, it seemed like a natural fit. I'm 52-years old and at this point the opportunity to be coach of the Rangers was not an opportunity I could pass up. Everything aligned from where they are at to my relationship with Jeff and Chris and the support we get from Glen and Jim Schoenfeld. This was really the only situation I would have left BU for. With that being said, I am humbled and honored to be coach of the Rangers."

 

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The Rangers will formally introduce David Quinn as head coach at a press conference later this morning.

The NHL Scouting Combine will take place in Buffalo from 5/27 to 6/2 and the NHL Draft is June 22/23 in Dallas.

The Rangers have three picks in the first round pick, 9, 26 and 28.

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Mats Zuccarello brings the puck up the ice.  (AP)
Mats Zuccarello brings the puck up the ice. (AP)

Mats Zuccarello spoke with a Norwegian publication and said that he thinks the hiring of David Quinn as head coach "can add good things" to the team. (Nitten)

He added that being coach of the Rangers is a "prestige" job and that they don't pick off the "bottom shelf." (Nitten)

Zuccarello said that he understands there will be a focus on developing players, but he hopes the organization is able to do that and "win" as well. (Nitten)

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(Steve Mitchell)

The Washington Capitals defeated Tampa Bay in Game 7 to advance to the Stanley Cup Final.

Tampa's loss means that the Rangers will get the 28th pick in the first round.

The Rangers are still eligible to receive Tampa Bay's 2019 first round pick if the Lightning win the Stanley Cup next season.

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Boston University hockey head coach David Quinn, right, hands the Beanpot trophy to Matt Grzelcyk (5) and Evan Rodrigues, left, after their overtime win against Northeastern in Boston.  (AP)
Boston University hockey head coach David Quinn, right, hands the Beanpot trophy to Matt Grzelcyk (5) and Evan Rodrigues, left, after their overtime win against Northeastern in Boston. (AP)

The Rangers have officially announced that David Quinn will replace Alain Vigneault as head coach of the New York Rangers.

It was reported over the weekend that Quinn would likely sign a five-year deal worth around $2.4 million per season.

As part of the announcement, James Dolan released a statement that said, "I am very pleased to welcome David Quinn to the New York Rangers. David brings a diverse and successful coaching resume that includes extensive work in developing young talent. I am confident he is an excellent fit for our team, and know he will work tirelessly with Glen, Jeff and our entire organization to execute our plan to build the next Rangers Stanley Cup contending team."

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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)

Lias Andersson said that being able to be part of Sweden's World Championship team, that won a Gold Medal, was "absolutely amazing." (Hockey Sverige)

Andersson noted that everyone knows what happened after winning Silver at the World Juniors and that being able to have a Gold Medal around his neck "feels damn nice." (Hockey Sverige)

He said that it was nice to be part of this Swedish team and that being on the bench during the Gold Medal game was the most nervous he has been in his life. (Hockey Sverige & SVT)

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Mar 24, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) and left wing Chris Kreider (20) celebrate a 5-1 victory over 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) and left wing Chris Kreider (20) celebrate a 5-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

Chris Kreider has remained in Europe following the World Championships and is spending time with Mika Zibanejad in Sweden.

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Boston University hockey head coach David Quinn, right, hands the Beanpot trophy to Matt Grzelcyk (5) and Evan Rodrigues, left, after their overtime win against Northeastern in Boston.  (AP)
Boston University hockey head coach David Quinn, right, hands the Beanpot trophy to Matt Grzelcyk (5) and Evan Rodrigues, left, after their overtime win against Northeastern in Boston. (AP)

11:31AM: Things between the Rangers and Quinn appear to be "signed and sealed" and an announcement could come later today. (Brooks)

10:43AM: David Quinn, according to John Shannon, says that Quinn has "now" been hired as coach of the Rangers.

10:14AM: According to Bob McKenzie, "everything remains on track" for David Quinn to become the next head coach of the Rangers.

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Boston University head coach David Quinn watches his players during an NCAA hockey practice before the Frozen Four tournament in Boston. (AP)
Boston University head coach David Quinn watches his players during an NCAA hockey practice before the Frozen Four tournament in Boston. (AP)

UCONN hockey coach Mike Cavanaugh, a long-time friend of David Quinn's, said that the new Rangers coach is a "great communicator, very bright and intelligent." (The Athletic)

Cavanaugh said that Quinn is very confident with who he is "as a person" and that the organization has "spelled" out that they need him to "develop their young players." (The Athletic)

He said that Quinn will get the Rangers to "play hard" and believe in the system that he instills, adding "David will do a great job with their young players." (The Athletic)

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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)

Brendan O'Callaghan, an 11-year-old boy who was severely injured in a bus crash that killed a student and teacher in New Jersey last Thursday, can thank Rangers G Henrik Lundqvist for making him smile for the first time since the horrific accident. 

O'Callaghan has been in the hospital since the accident with a broken collarbone, punctured lung, fractured temple bone, and bruised orbital bone. His father, Arnie, said that his son has no recollection of the incident as he asks if he is in a bad dream. 

O'Callaghan, who is a fifth-grader from Paramus, N.J., has been in constant pain during his hospital stay. But it was a gift from his favorite hockey player that generated his first smile in days. 

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Boston University hockey head coach David Quinn, right, hands the Beanpot trophy to Matt Grzelcyk (5) and Evan Rodrigues, left, after their overtime win against Northeastern in Boston.  (AP)
Boston University hockey head coach David Quinn, right, hands the Beanpot trophy to Matt Grzelcyk (5) and Evan Rodrigues, left, after their overtime win against Northeastern in Boston. (AP)

5/21/18 | 5:03PM: According to Mike McMahon, Quinn initially turned down a four-year offer from the Rangers worth $2 million per season before agreeing to a five-year deal worth around $2.4 million. (College Hockey News)

8:33AM: Renaud Lavoie notes that Quinn rejected the Rangers first offer two weeks ago but was not able to "resist" the second. (Journal de Montreal)

Quinn will reportedly earn around $2.4 million with the Rangers after reportedly earning $600,000, with an expense account and car, at BU. (Journal de Montreal)

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The Vegas Golden Knights eliminated the Winnipeg Jets in five games to advance to the Stanley Cup Final.

Vegas will play the winner of Tampa Bay/Washington, a series that Tampa Bay currently leads 3-2.

Last summer Vegas selected Oscar Lindberg from the Rangers in the expansion draft.

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Feb 23, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) celebrates the game winning goal in the shootout against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. The Rangers beat the Maple Leafs 2-1 in the shootout. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports (Tom Szczerbowski)
Feb 23, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) celebrates the game winning goal in the shootout against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. The Rangers beat the Maple Leafs 2-1 in the shootout. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports (Tom Szczerbowski)

Mika Zibanejad scored the tying goal for Sweden before helping them win their second straight Gold Medal at the World Championships.

Zibanejad's goal came with Sweden down 2-1 late in the second period to even the score.

Overall, Zibanejad was 13 and 10 on faceoffs, 4 shots on goal and played 24:41, with 4:44 in the first, 5:24 in the second, 7:43 in the third and 6:50 of OT.

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Mar 3, 2018; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider (20) celebrates a first period goal against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports (Perry Nelson)
Mar 3, 2018; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider (20) celebrates a first period goal against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports (Perry Nelson)

Chris Kreider scored twice and was named "Best Player" of the game in Team USA's 4-1 win over Canada.

The win awarded Team USA the bronze medal.

Kreider had five shots on goal, a plus two rating and played 17:34, with 4:05 in the first, 7:38 in the second and 5:51 in the third.

Neal Pionk played 11:57, with 4:20 in the first, 3:04 in the second and 4:33 in the third.

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The Rangers are likely going to name BU's David Quinn as head coach this week.

Jeff Gorton said, after Alain Vigneault was let go, that the Rangers would plan to speak with a number of candidates but that "I think someone is going to have to convince me and our group that they should be the next coach of the Rangers."

At the time, Gorton said that the Rangers were looking for "highly qualified individuals" that would be more "hands on" with the young players on the roster.

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Boston University head coach David Quinn talks to his players during an NCAA hockey practice before the Frozen Four tournament in Boston. (AP)
Boston University head coach David Quinn talks to his players during an NCAA hockey practice before the Frozen Four tournament in Boston. (AP)

5/19/18 | 12:19PM: According to John Buccigross, Quinn has informed BU's athletic director that he is taking the position of head coach with the New York Rangers.

The deal, according to Buccigross, is believed to be five-years and $12 million. (John Buccigross,)

12:05PM | Rick Carpiniello tweets that Quinn's hiring by the Rangers is reportedly getting close but that it's not yet a done deal.

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New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad and Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson fight for the puck during the second period at Madison Square Garden. (Danny Wild/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad and Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson fight for the puck during the second period at Madison Square Garden. (Danny Wild/USA TODAY Sports)

Sweden defeated Team USA 6-0 to advance to the Gold Medal game of the World Hockey Championships.

Mika Zibanejad had an assist, was 9 and 3 on faceoffs, a plus two and played 14:51.

Zibanejad played 5:59 in the first, 4:51 in the second and 4:01 in the third.

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Boston University head coach David Quinn watches his players during an NCAA hockey practice before the Frozen Four tournament in Boston. (AP)
Boston University head coach David Quinn watches his players during an NCAA hockey practice before the Frozen Four tournament in Boston. (AP)

5/18/18 | 7:47PM: McKenzie says that Jeff Gorton is in Denmark at the World Championships right now so nothing is believed to be "imminent."

He adds that Quinn has already interviewed with the Rangers and appears to be a "primary target." (McKenzie)

7:43PM: Bob McKenzie says that while a deal is not yet done, David Quinn "appears to be fairly well down the road in the process" of becoming the next coach of the Rangers.

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Nov 6, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 6, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Henrik Lundqvist skated for the first time since getting a PRP injection in his knee and indicated that he will skate more than normal this summer to work on his game.

Lundqvist told SNY's Justine Ward last week that his knee was feeling really good after getting a PRP shot a few weeks before.

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(AP)

Bob McKenzie spoke about the Rangers in the latest episode of The Bobcast and said (TSN):

  • He believes Jeff Gorton, who is part of Team USA's management team, was in Europe watching the World Championships
  • "I believe their guy was Jim Montgomery, that that was who they wanted to be their head coach. I don't know whether a contract was ever offered or not and if Montgomery had a choice between the Rangers and the Dallas Stars, but in any case, Montgomery is the head coach in Dallas, not in NY."
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(AP)

Both Canada and the United States have advanced to the semi-finals of the World Championships after wins on Thursday.

Chris Kreider, Neal Pionk and Team USA defeated Filip Chytil and the Czech Republic 3-2.

  • The score was tied at two in the third period when a Czech defender fell and Patrick Kane scored the eventual game winner.

Kreider played 15:44 (6:28 in the first, 4:29 in the second and 4:47 in the third) and had no shots on goal or anything on the scoresheet.

Pionk was a plus 1 in 11:53, playing 3:38 in the first, 4:16 in the second and 3:59 in the third.

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St. Louis celebrates his game-winning overtime goal during Game 4 against the Canadiens. This gave the Rangers a 3-1 series lead. (AP)
St. Louis celebrates his game-winning overtime goal during Game 4 against the Canadiens. This gave the Rangers a 3-1 series lead. (AP)

Marty St. Louis was on the 31 Thoughts Podcast this week and was asked about the rumors mentioning he could return to pro hockey as a coach. (Sportsnet)

St. Louis said, "I'm definitely interested, there will be a time and a place for that, hopefully it won't be too late for me. Right now it would take a lot for me to leave my kids. I'm enjoying seeing their development and being part of their everyday life." (Sportsnet)

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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)

5/17/18 | On the 31 Thoughts podcast this week, Jeff Marek asked Elliotte Friedman about the Rangers and Sheldon Keefe and Friedman responded, "I don't think that it would be a huge surprise, Keefe's name has been out there a lot but I have been led to believe he is not the guy for the Rangers." (Sportsnet

Friedman continued, "Keefe's a name I have heard a lot but I have been told it's probably not him, he is the first guy that jumped into my head. They must be waiting to talk to Keefe who has the Marlies in the playoffs but guys tell me that they don't think that is it."

He added that he has heard that it likely won't be Washington assistant Layne Lambert or Pascal Vincent, the coach AHL coach for the Jets.

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Feb 15, 2018; Saint Paul, MN, USA; Washington Capitals head coach Barry Trotz in the third period against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Rempel)
Feb 15, 2018; Saint Paul, MN, USA; Washington Capitals head coach Barry Trotz in the third period against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Rempel)

The Washington Capitals hold a 2-1 series lead over Tampa Bay in the Eastern Conference Final with game four in Washington tomorrow night.

Capitals coach Barry Trotz's contract expires after this season and many around the NHL believed that he would not be back in Washington next year if the Capitals didn't advance in the playoffs.

Renaud Lavoie said that part of the reason that the Rangers are taking a slow approach in their search for a new coach is because they want to see what Trotz's future in Washington could be. (Journal de Montreal)

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St. Louis controls the puck during Game 3 against the Canadiens. (AP)
St. Louis controls the puck during Game 3 against the Canadiens. (AP)

5/15/18 | On Hockey Central at Noon on Tuesday, former Rangers forward Marc Savard said that he is "hearing" that St. Louis could join the Rangers "team of coaches."

Savard and St. Louis were teammates in Calgary in 1999-00.

4/8/18 | In the NY Post today, Larry Brooks writes that the Rangers spoke with Marty St. Louis about "taking over" the Hartford Wolf Pack when he retired. (NY Post)

Brooks says that the timing wasn't right then for St. Louis but that now, if he wants to be, St. Louis could be "on-the radar" as a possible assistant coach. (NY Post)

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Dec 27, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) celebrates after scoring a goal during an overtime shootout against the Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Dec 27, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) celebrates after scoring a goal during an overtime shootout against the Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

Mika Zibanejad had a goal, an assist and was named Sweden's "Best Player" in their win over Russia on Tuesday.

Zibanejad was 11 and 8 on faceoffs, scored on his only shot on goal and played 16:11, with 4:20 in the first, 5:49 in the second and 6:02 in the third.

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Ilya Kovalchuk, of the team from Russia, works out at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
		
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Ilya Kovalchuk, of the team from Russia, works out at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)

5/15/18 | Mika Zibanejad, in an interview with IZ.RU said that he would be "happy" to see Ilya Kovalchuk join the Rangers but that he doesn't know how likely that is. Zibanejad said that questions about Kovalchuk should be directed to GM Jeff Gorton and that all he is thinking about right now is how to help Sweden win at the World Championships. (IZ.RU)

5/11/18 | Larry Brooks writes in the NY Post that it would be a "significant" mistake if the Rangers did not pursue Ilya Kovalchuk. (NY Post)

Brooks writes that Kovalchuk is the exact type of player that the Rangers are missing and competes, leads and plays with a chip on his shoulder. (NY Post)

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Nov 22, 2017; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider (20) points after his third period goal against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The New York Rangers defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 6-1. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)
Nov 22, 2017; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider (20) points after his third period goal against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The New York Rangers defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 6-1. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)

Chris Kreider picked up a secondary assist in Team USA's 6-2 loss to Finland on Tuesday morning.

Kreider had 2 shots on goal and played 14:57, with 4:57 in the first, 5:37 in the second and 4:23 in the third.

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Mar 8, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Rangers center Kevin Hayes (13) is congratulated as he scores a goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the third period at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 8, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Rangers center Kevin Hayes (13) is congratulated as he scores a goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the third period at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

In his column on Sunday, Larry Brooks wrote that he would only trade Kevin Hayes or Mika Zibanejad if the Rangers could land a "legit" top-four right shot defenseman. (NY Post)

He notes that Jacob Trouba of the Jets is probably out of reach but that Calgary, with their "surplus" of right shot defensemen and need for a center could be a match. (NY Post)

Brooks suggests Dougie Hamilton as someone who might be "obtainable" but also wonders about 2016 third round pick Adam Fox. (NY Post)

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Sep 20, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Filip Chytil (72) celebrates his game winning overtime goal against the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Sep 20, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Filip Chytil (72) celebrates his game winning overtime goal against the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

Filip Chytil scored his first goal of the World Championships in Monday's win over Austria.

Chytil had four shots on goal, a minus two rating and played 11:51.

He played 4:17 in the first, 3:33 in the second and 4:01 in the third.

In six games, Chytil has 1 goal, 1 assist, a minus two rating, 7 shots on goal and an average of 7:52 per game.

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(AP)

Rangers prospect Igor Shesterkin stopped all 23 shots that he faced in a 4-0 shutout of Slovakia in the World Championships.

  • Shesterkin has made three appearances for Russia in the tournament, stopping all 45 shots he has faced in his 140 minutes played.

Pavel Buchnevich appeared to skate on the fourth line for Russia and only played 4:30, with one shot on goal.

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Sep 20, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Brendan Smith (42) against the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Sep 20, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Brendan Smith (42) against the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

According to Larry Brooks, in the NY Post, Brendan Smith has been working out at the Rangers practice facility in the hopes of bouncing back after his struggles this past season.

Smith's agent told Brooks that Smith is "determined and confident" to not just be the player he was when the Rangers acquired him, but "a better Brendan Smith." (NY Post)

Smith was sent to Hartford in February and saw his season end after he broke his hand during a fight at practice.

He has three-years left on his contract after this season with a cap hit of $4.35 million.

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Eric Chemi of CNBC joins Daily News Live to discuss the legalization of sports gambling and the ramifications of this newly amended bill.

The United States Supreme Court struck down a 25-year old law on Monday that had basically prevented all states except Nevada from having legalized sports gambling. "The legalization of sports gambling requires an important policy choice, but the choice is not ours to make," the Supreme Court announced. "Congress can regulate sports gambling directly, but if it elects not to do so, each State is free to act on its own."

The ruling was an enormous immediate victory for the state of New Jersey, which could have a gambling venue open in Monmouth Park within a few weeks, according to the NY Post. There will be a press conference in Monmouth Park Monday at 1 p.m. Aside from New Jersey, The Post notes that New York and Illinois are among roughly 15 other states who have "introduced bills to legalize and regulate sports betting tied to the Supreme Court outcome." 

The NBA and MLB have been preparing for Monday's potential outcome, reports Brian Windhorst of ESPN, who said each league had hired lobbying firms, submitted written statements, and sent executives to testify in statehouses. Windhorts added that every professional sports league had been involved, with the NBA and MLB at the forefront...

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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)

5/8/18 | Henrik Lundqvist spoke with SNY's Justine Ward at the BTIG event in midtown today.

When asked about his knee, Lundqvist said "I had a PRP shot for me knee three weeks ago, everything is going as planned. Super excited about it, the knee is feeling as good as new. Going back to Sweden soon, probably start skating a little early this summer to work on some things but physically I start to feel pretty good."

On what he wants to see the Rangers do in free agency, Henrik said, "Hard to say, there are a lot of players out there, it's important that you put together a plan. You can point to different players that are great but in the end it's about getting the best team on the ice, the right pieces. That is for management to figure out what we need. If you ask for a great player, I can find them but it's more important to find the right type of player that will fit nicely into our team and the plan we have for this group next year."

On his desire for the Stanley Cup, "It's why I play, it's why I will start skating in a few weeks and work hard to get better, that is what pushes me the most right now. One step at a time, try to rebuild over the summer and take it from there, it won't happen overnight but it's definitely something that inspires me a lot to maybe one day hold that trophy."

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Mar 30, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Filip Chytil (72) is congratulated after scoring his first NHL goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Mar 30, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Filip Chytil (72) is congratulated after scoring his first NHL goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Filip Chytil hit the crossbar and had an assist in the Czech Republic's win over France.

Chytil played 5:47 (3:59 in the first, 1:48 in the second, 0:00 in the third)

In the tournament, Chytil has played in five of six games for the Czech team, with 1 assist, 3 shots on goal and an average of 7:05 per game.

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Feb 13, 2018; Saint Paul, MN, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Neal Pionk (44) during a game between the Minnesota Wild and New York Rangers at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports (Brace Hemmelgarn)
Feb 13, 2018; Saint Paul, MN, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Neal Pionk (44) during a game between the Minnesota Wild and New York Rangers at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports (Brace Hemmelgarn)

Neal Pionk scored his second goal in two-games for Team USA in their 9-3 win over Norway.

Pionk had two shots on goal, a plus two rating and played 10:40, with 3:48 in the first, 4:27 in the second and 2:25 in the third.

Pionk was also called for hooking.

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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)

Larry Brooks writes that he doubts Ryan Spooner fits into the Rangers long-term plans and adds that Spooner is an RFA with arbitration rights and a free agent after next season. (NY Post)

Brooks writes that it may be "difficult" for the Rangers to move Spooner and that the organization will have to consider whether to sign Spooner to a one-year deal, so he can be used as a trade chip at the deadline, or non-tender him and allow him to be a free agent. (NY Post)

For more on Spooner and this summer, click HERE.

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New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad and Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson fight for the puck during the second period at Madison Square Garden. (Danny Wild/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad and Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson fight for the puck during the second period at Madison Square Garden. (Danny Wild/USA TODAY Sports)

Mika Zibanejad scored the OT winning goal for Sweden in their 4-3 win over Slovakia on Saturday.

Zibanejad had 3 shots on goal, a minus one rating, played 19:49 and was 13 and 11 on faceoffs.

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5/12/18 | 2:14PM: Larry Brooks writes in the New York Post that David Quinn of Boston University is till a "viable candidate" to become coach of the Rangers.

Brooks adds that it is believed Jeff Gorton is waiting to speak with coaches who remain in either the AHL or NHL playoffs. (NY Post)

11:36AM: Elliotte Friedman writes that it should not be a surprise if the next coach of the Rangers has not been a head coach in the NHL before. (Sportsnet)

Friedman mentioned D.J. Smith, an assistant in Toronto, and noted that Smith was the head coach in Oshawa Generals when they won the Memorial Cup in 2015 and that Adam Graves is a part owner of the Generals. (Sportsnet)

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