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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While working with the US National team in the early 2000s, David Quinn was named the 2003 USA Hockey Development Coach of the Year. (USA Hockey)

In that time he helped lead Team USA to first place finishes in three international tournaments. (USA Hockey)

While speaking with ESPN Radio after being hired, Quinn said that the key for him to get the best out of a player is to build a relationship and show that you care about them. (ESPN NY Radio)

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Mika Zibanejad, Mats Zuccarello and Henrik Lundqvist all attended Jesper Fast's wedding earlier this week.

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Nov 8, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) is congratulated after scoring a goal against the Boston Bruins during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Nov 8, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) is congratulated after scoring a goal against the Boston Bruins during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Jimmy Vesey was on NHL Tonight to discuss his new contract with the Rangers and said (NHL Network):

  • On staying with the Rangers, "it's a good situation for both sides and glad it worked out. We are a new look team this year with a lot of youth and changes. Looking forward to somewhat of a fresh start and the guys in our room, everyone can be a little bit better and that will bode well for us."
  • Where do you want to get better, "consistency for me has been big, I've had good stretches and then quieter stretches as well. 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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David Quinn has returned from his trip to Sweden after having met with Henrik Lundqvist, Mika Zibanejad and Jesper Fast. (NY Post)

  • Quinn said that if he was "better at geography" he would have visited Mats Zuccarello but he didn't realize that Norway was just a "hop away." (NY Post)

Quinn said that he has spoken with about 10 players so far and that the focus has been on getting to know each other, building a relationship and "getting onto the same page as far as clarifying our expectations of one another and as a team." (NY Post)

He said that he wants the players to believe that they can contend for the Stanley Cup and that if they work at that and buy in "people might be surprised at what we can accomplish collectively." (NY Post)

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New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) celebrates his game-winning overtime goal over the Florida Panthers in an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, in Sunrise, Fla. The Rangers won the game 5-4. (AP Photo/Joe Skipper) (Joe Skipper/AP)
New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) celebrates his game-winning overtime goal over the Florida Panthers in an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, in Sunrise, Fla. The Rangers won the game 5-4. (AP Photo/Joe Skipper) (Joe Skipper/AP)

Kevin Shattenkirk said that this season for the Rangers needs to be about establishing a "culture of winning" and that the focus isn't just to improve a little but to make the playoffs. (NHL.com)

Shattenkirk added, "when you drive that home into players especially early in their career, you don't accept anything less than making the playoffs and trying to make a run for the Stanley Cup." (NHL.com)

He said that when you look around the league at teams going through a rebuild it takes a year or two but that the Rangers are "fortunate" to still have some veterans as well as an "ace" in net."(NHL.com)

Shattenkirk said that it's on him and the veteran players to "bear the burden" and build that culture of winning. (NHL.com)

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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, while discussing why he hired David Oliver and Greg Brown, said that it was important for him to have assistants that he can "trust and have confidence in." (NY Post)

He noted that while he has a past with with both of them, he didn't just hire a "a couple of buddies."

Quinn said that both of them are "extremely well-respected throughout the hockey world" and will be "major factors in helping us become the team we want to be and can be." (NY Post)

Quinn noted that while both lack NHL experience, Lindy Ruff is still around and his experience is "one of the assets he brings to our group." (NY Post)

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The Rangers have announced that Jimmy Vesey has avoided arbitration and signed a two-year deal.

Larry Brooks tweets that the cap hit for the deal is $2.275 million.

Vesey, 25, played in 79 games for the Rangers last season, scoring 17 goals and 11 assists.

From the Rangers release:

  • He established career-highs in several categories in 2017-18, including goals and points, and he tied his career-high in assists.
  • Vesey tied for the team lead in game-winning goals (four) and game-deciding goals (one), ranked third in even strength goals (16), ranked fifth in goals and takeaways (46), and tied for sixth in hits (83).
  • The Rangers posted a 15-4-3 record in games which he registered a point, including a 10-2-1 record in games which he tallied a goal.
  • Vesey recorded nine points (five goals, four assists) in the final 13 games of the season, including six points (two goals, four assists) in the final eight contests.
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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)

9:51PM: Larry Brooks notes that right now the plan is for Oliver and Ruff to be with Quinn on the bench while Brown will be upstairs. (NY Post)

Brown and Ruff will work with the Rangers defensemen, Ruff will handle the Rangers PK and while Brown and Oliver will share duties on the PP. (NY Post)

11:50AM: The Rangers announced that David Oliver and Greg Brown have joined David Quinn's staff as assistant coaches.

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Adam Graves was a guest on TSN1050 Toronto radio earlier today and was asked about Lias Andersson and the Rangers.

Graves said that Andersson is an "incredibly competitive young man and wore the "C" for Sweden for a reason. People would say that any time a medal goes into the stands that you notice it, but he is a very well intentioned, character kid, loves to win, we were very fortunate to be able to be able to draft him, along with Chytil, our other first round pick and this year we had three first round picks and for us we are at a different stage after moving Rick Nash at the deadline and of course our captain in Ryan McDonagh and JT Miller and having 10 picks in a seven round draft. We are trying to develop these guys and put them in an environment to succeed, when you have character young kids like Andersson, it's much easier on the development side. He is a kid that will find a way to have an impact on the game every night because he is so hungry." (TSN 1050)

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Feb 13, 2018; Saint Paul, MN, USA; New York Rangers defenseman John Gilmour (58) looks to pass during the first period against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports (Brace Hemmelgarn)
Feb 13, 2018; Saint Paul, MN, USA; New York Rangers defenseman John Gilmour (58) looks to pass during the first period against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports (Brace Hemmelgarn)

3:05PM: Gilmour's salary for the NHL this season is $650,000 and is $100,000 if he plays in the AHL. (Cyrgalis)

1:03PM: The Rangers have announced that they have signed John Gilmour to a one-year contract.

The team also announced that Chris Bigras, Steven Fogarty, Boo Nieves and Rob O'Gara all accepted their one-year qualifying offers.

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According to Larry Brooks, while the Rangers preferred to have Vitali Kravtsov play this season in North America, the KHL was reportedly prepared to file a grievance to prevent him from buying out the final-year of his contract. (NY Post)

To avoid any potential lawsuits that might have kept Kravtsov off the ice, Brooks says that everyone agreed that it made sense to let him play this season in Russia. (NY Post)

The KHL season begins in September and concludes in late February with the playoffs ending in early April. (NY Post)

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Larry Brooks writes that the Rangers should treat Brady Skjei the same way that they did Ryan McDonagh and Marc Staal, when their entry-level contracts expired, and sign him to a long-term deal. (NY Post)

Staal, in his first three seasons, played 244 of 246 games, had 13 goals, 39 assists, a plus 6 rating, 21:02 per game, 5,133 minutes played overall, 491 hits, 234 blocked shots, 119 takeaways and 111 giveaways.

He signed a five-year deal with the Rangers, out of entry level, that had a cap hit of $3.975 million. (Cap Friendly)

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Mar 8, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Rob O'Gara (46) 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 defenseman Rob O'Gara (46) during the third period at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Rob O'Gara has reportedly accepted his one-year qualifying offer from the Rangers and signed a two-way contract.

O'Gara would get $874,125 in the NHL and $70,000 in the AHL.

He was acquired by the Rangers, along with a third round pick, for Nick Holden around the trade deadline.

O'Gara, 25, played in 22 games for the Rangers after being acquired and had 3 assists, a minus two rating, 19 shots on goal, 32 hits, 34 blocked shots, 4 takeaways and 7 giveaways in 17:10 per game.

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7/13/18 | When David Quinn was hired as head coach of the Rangers, Kevin Shattenkirk said that Quinn is not someone who will accept mediocrity and addded "that is what we need."

Shattenkirk said, "it's time for us to develop and he will be a great leader for our team and is truly invested in coaching players and making sure they achieve their full potential."

6/4/18 | When David Quinn was hired by the Rangers, Kevin Hayes said that one of the "major" things the former BU coach will bring is "accountability." (Newsday)

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Nov 2, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Rangers center Boo Nieves (24) during the first period at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Nov 2, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Rangers center Boo Nieves (24) during the first period at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Boo Nieves has reportedly accepted the qualifying offer extended to him by the Rangers and has signed a one-year, two-way contract. (Cap Friendly)

Nieves will have an NHL cap hit of $708,750 and an AHL salary of $70,000. (Cap Friendly)

Qualifying offers expire on July 15 at 5PM. (Cap Friendly)

Steven Fogarty also accepted his qualifying offer from the Rangers.

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Oct 31, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) skates with the puck against the Vegas Golden Knights during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Oct 31, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) skates with the puck against the Vegas Golden Knights during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

7/12/18 | Shattenkirk skated on Thursday, with the Junior Rangers, and said that it's been "reassuring" to slowly feel that his injured leg is returning to full strength. (NHL.com)

He said that he isn't "overdoing it" but that having the season end for the Rangers when it did allowed him to get into his summer program early and go through "intense" rehab to get things back on an even playing field with his other leg. (NHL.com)

Shattenkirk said that his rehab process is "pretty much done" and that he is in "full swing" of his summer workouts. (NYR)

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Mar 17, 2018; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Rangers left wing Cody McLeod (8) and St. Louis Blues right wing Chris Thorburn (22) fight during the first period at Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry)
Mar 17, 2018; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Rangers left wing Cody McLeod (8) and St. Louis Blues right wing Chris Thorburn (22) fight during the first period at Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry)

The Rangers have announced that Cody McLeod has signed a one-year deal to remain with the Rangers. (NYR)

McLeod was claimed off of waivers last season by the Rangers from Nashville.

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Mar 24, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei (76) and Buffalo Sabres left wing Johan Larsson (22) battle for the puck during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Mar 24, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei (76) and Buffalo Sabres left wing Johan Larsson (22) battle for the puck during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

7/12/18 | The NHLPA has announced that Vesey is scheduled to have his hearing on 7/30, Brady Skjei on 7/31, Kevin Hayes on 8/2 and Ryan Spooner on 8/4.

7/5/18 | 5:56PM: The NHLPA has announced that Kevin Hayes, Brady Skjei, Jimmy Vesey and Ryan Spooner have all filed for salary arbitration.

Arbitration hearings will be held in Toronto during a period of 7/20 to 8/4.

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Jeff Cox of the NE Hockey Journal is reporting that Boston College associate head coach Greg Brown is leaving BC to join David Quinn's staff with the Rangers.

He was a teammate of David Quinn's on the 1985-86 USA World Junior team.

Brown played at BC for three seasons in the late 80s and played 94 games in the NHL with the Sabres, Penguins and Jets.

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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)

The Rangers have multiple players participating in summer hockey leagues this year in Boston and Minnesota.

In the Boston league, Jimmy Vesey, Rob O'Gara and Kevin Hayes are playing.

  • Former Rangers playing include Paul Carey, Adam Clendening and Brian Boyle.

In the Minnesota league, Brady Skjei, Vinni Lettieri, Ryan Lindgren, Tyler Nanne and Steven Fogarty are playing.

Derek Stepan, Danny Kristo, Stu Bickel, Ryan McDonagh are former Rangers playing in the league.

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Sep 22, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning center Brett Howden (48) works the puck as Florida Panthers defenseman Alex Petrovic (6) defends during the second period of a hockey game at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)
Sep 22, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning center Brett Howden (48) works the puck as Florida Panthers defenseman Alex Petrovic (6) defends during the second period of a hockey game at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)

Brett Howden said that being cut by Team Canada's World Junior team, prior to the 2017 tournament, helped him become the player that he is now. (NY Post)

Howden had been a first round pick of Tampa Bay in 2016 and said that being cut opened his eyes to show him that "nothing's given to you and you gotta work for what you get." (NY Post)

Howden made Canada's World Junior team for the 2018 tournament and had 3 goals and 4 assists in 7 games.

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Ryan Callahan took over as captain in September 2011 and wore the 'C' through this past year's trade deadline, when he was dealt to Tampa Bay. (AP)
Ryan Callahan took over as captain in September 2011 and wore the 'C' through this past year's trade deadline, when he was dealt to Tampa Bay. (AP)

7/10/18 | 10:02AM: Tampa Bay has announced that Kucherov has signed an eight-year extension that will carry a cap hit of $9.5 million.

The extension starts following this coming season.

9:50AM: Larry Brooks writes that the Rangers are "maintaining a level of interest" in bringing Ryan Callahan back via trade if Tampa looks to clear the final two-years of his contract. (NY Post)

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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)

7/9/18 | On Rangers Night Live, Marty told John Giannone about coaching, "It's something I see myself trying and liking, timing is everything. Right now I'm focusing on my kids and this is time you can't get back and it's been a blast. I'm gonna keep doing that for now and take it a year at a time."

5/17/18 | 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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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)

7/9/18 | Quinn has returned from his trip to Sweden, where he met with Henrik Lundqvist and the Rangers are in the process of "finalizing their coaching staff." (NY Post)

7/5/18 | Colin Stephenson of Newsday tweets that the Rangers are expected to announce the rest of David Quinn's coaching staff next week.

He noted that Lindy Ruff was at prospect camp last week and that Ruff, as has been noted, is believed to be staying on as part of the staff.

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7/9/18 | KHL team Traktor has announced that Rangers first round pick Vitali Kravtsov will remain with them for this season.

In the release, Kravtsov said that he will remain with Traktor and hopes that this season will allow him to grow "professionally."

Traktor GM Evgeny Gubarev said "we hope that the upcoming season will be no less successful for Kravtsov. The rest of the talk about the future career of this player will be appropriate in a year. 

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When asked to describe his game, Rangers first round pick Vitali Kravtsov said that he "excels" at being a "creative playmaker" and someone who will do "everything to help the team win." (NY Post)

He said that winning his his "No. 1 priority" and that he likes to play a "beautiful, creative" style that creates a lot of offense and allow his team to "win." (NY Post)

Kravtsov said that he feels he is good on the power play but needs to improve on the PK so that he can not only help the Rangers score goals, but also prevent them as well. (NY Post)

He told Steve Serby, "I will do everything in my power to make myself better so that I'm a meaningful part of this family and this family can win something together." (NY Post)

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Ryan Callahan took over as captain in September 2011 and wore the 'C' through this past year's trade deadline, when he was dealt to Tampa Bay. (AP)
Ryan Callahan took over as captain in September 2011 and wore the 'C' through this past year's trade deadline, when he was dealt to Tampa Bay. (AP)

7/9/18 | Larry Brooks writes that talks between Tampa Bay and Ottawa have "subsided" and that Dallas has "re-emerged" as the favorite to get Erik Kalrsson if the Senators decide to move him "within the foreseeable future." (NY Post)

7/7/18| Larry Brooks writes that the Rangers are willing to "aid and abet" a deal between Tampa and Ottawa if Tampa is willing to provide more than a guaranteed late first round pick as a sweetener. (NY Post)

7/5/18 | 7:02PM: Darren Dreger tweets that the Rangers may be involved in Ottawa and Tampa Bay's potential Erik Karlsson deal as the Lightning need to clear cap room. (Darren Dreger)

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Mar 12, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Vladislav Namestnikov (90) reacts after scoring a goal against the Carolina Hurricanes during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Mar 12, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Vladislav Namestnikov (90) reacts after scoring a goal against the Carolina Hurricanes during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Larry Brooks writes that the Rangers intend to start next season with Vlad Namestnikov as a winger and not a center. (NY Post)

Brooks notes that Namestnikov could switch back to center in the event that a player like Lias Andersson or Filip Chytil struggle and need time in Hartford. (NY Post)

Namestnikov had 4 points in 19 games after coming to the Rangers, playing both on the wing and in the middle.

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Nov 26, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) shoots the puck on Vancouver Canucks goalie Jacob Markstrom (25) during a shoot out at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Nov 26, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) shoots the puck on Vancouver Canucks goalie Jacob Markstrom (25) during a shoot out at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

6/16/18 |Jeff Gorton told the Boston Globe that Jimmy Vesey needed a bit of a "fresh start" and one of the players that Gorton thinks David Quinn will help.

Gorton said that Vesey needs an "opportunity to play a little more and show what he has . . . so I will be curious to see how David will help Jimmy." (Boston Globe)

Gorton said that it was an "obvious choice" for the team to hire David Quinn because of his past coaching at different levels and developing players.

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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)

With the talk about the Rangers possibly being part of Ottawa and Tampa Bay's Erik Karlsson deal, or any deal to relieve a team in a cap crunch, Larry Brooks tweets that the Rangers need to make sure that any possible deal doesn't hurt their chances at free agency next summer.

Brooks tweets that Artemi Panarin could be a UFA next summer and had tweeted previously that the Rangers would be "all in" if that situation comes to pass.

He adds that the Rangers won't trade assets for Panarin this summer and Elliotte Friedman has noted multiple times that there is a belief Panarin wants to play in New York, LA or Florida. (Sportsnet)

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Jeff Gorton said on Monday that the Rangers will give Brendan Smith an opportunity to "get back" on the team and "help us."

Gorton said that the organization thinks Smith is doing "all the right things" this summer to get back into a position where he can play in the Rangers top-six and be "the player we know he can be.."

The Rangers GM said that all indications point to Smith having a good summer so far and that he understands it will be a "really important September" for him.

Smith has been working out at the Rangers practice facility and his agent has said that he is "determined and confident" to not just be the player he was when the Rangers acquired him, but "a better Brendan Smith." (NY Post)

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Feb 6, 2018; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri (21) chases Ottawa Senators defenseman Fredrik Claesson (33) in the third period at Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports (Marc DesRosiers)
Feb 6, 2018; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri (21) chases Ottawa Senators defenseman Fredrik Claesson (33) in the third period at Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports (Marc DesRosiers)

The Rangers signed Swedish defenseman Fredrik Claesson on Sunday to a one-year deal worth $700,000 after Cleasson was not qualified by Ottawa.

Claesson's top five on five partner last season was Erik Karlsson and when the two were on the ice the Senators had 51% of the shot attempts.

He is a left handed shot but has played on the right side in his career. (NY Post)

On why Claesson was signed, Jeff Gorton said that he can skate, play both sides and a physical game.

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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)

7/5/18 | 12:36PM: On the 31 Thoughts Podcast, Elliotte Friedman said that the Rangers are not in on Karlsson and that he doesn't believe they ever were. (Sportsnet)

10:41AM: Larry Brooks tweets that the Rangers are "not in and never were' on Erik Karlsson but says that idea that Karlsson would not sign an extension with the Rangers is "slightly bonkers." (NY Post)

7/4/18 | Elliotte Friedman said on the radio yesterday that while the Rangers have been mentioned with Karlsson, he doesn't think they are in it.

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Rangers prospect and RFA Steven Fogarty has accepted his qualifying offer from the Rangers. (Cap Friendly)

The deal is for one-year and is a two-way contract that would pay Fogarty $708,750 in the NHL and $70,000 in the minors. (Cap Friendly)

He will again be an RFA next summer. (Cap Friendly)

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7/3/18 Jeff Gorton said that the Rangers are going to play "up-tempo" and that every conversation he has with Quinn focuses on "puck possession" and an "up-tempo" style.

6/5/18 | Bernie Corbett, the "Voice of BU hockey" says that Quinn will bring an "up-tempo, puck-possession approach that will allow for offensive creativity while stressing" defense and the appropriate times to go in transition. (NY Post)

Kevin Hayes said, "we are going to be a fast team and team that other teams don't enjoy playing against." (NYR)

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7/3/18 | Larry Brooks writes in the NY Pot that Quinn is en route to Sweden to meet with Lundqvist. (NY Post)

6/16/18 | Quinn is expected to travel to Sweeden in early July to meet with Lundqvist. (NY Post)

6/12/18 | Quinn said on Hockey Central at noon that he has been talking with Chris Drury and Jeff Gorton about when he will go to Sweden to meet with Henrik Lundqvist.

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Rangers GM Jeff Gorton was on Rangers Night Live on MSG on Monday and said the following:

  • On July 1 being different, "it's a lot different, over the years we have been pretty active on July 1 and trying to add players to our team and help us push for some of our runs as we move forward. We have a plan in place and if you saw development camp you saw how many young players we had and we are trying to develop these guys the right way and give them opportunity. Based on what was out there and some of the opportunities we felt it was better to stay with our young guys and keep moving forward."
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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)

Larry Brooks writes that with how the market has developed, if Kevin Hayes is able to become a UFA next summer he would likely command a contract of around five-years and $30 million. (NY Post)

Brooks writes that the Rangers and Jeff Gorton will have to make a decision on whether to sign him to a similar deal now or move him in a trade. (NY Post)

He writes that arbitration, and a one-year deal that would allow Hayes to walk directly into free agency "is not an option." (NY Post)

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Jan 8, 2018; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs left wing Matt Martin (15) during their game against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Air Canada Centre. The Blue Jackets beat the Maple Leafs 3-2 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports (Tom Szczerbowski)
Jan 8, 2018; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs left wing Matt Martin (15) during their game against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Air Canada Centre. The Blue Jackets beat the Maple Leafs 3-2 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports (Tom Szczerbowski)

7/3/18 | 3:02PM: Matt Martin was re-acquired by the Islanders for goalie Eamon McAdam.

8:42AM: Larry Brooks writes that it seems like a "stretch" to think that Jeff Gorton would trade a "usable piece" or draft pick to get Martin. (NY Post)

7/2/18 | John Tavares signed seven-year deal worth $77 million on Sunday to join his hometown Toronto Maple Leafs.

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Mar 24, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Vladislav Namestnikov (90) awaits a pass against the Buffalo Sabres during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Mar 24, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Vladislav Namestnikov (90) awaits a pass against the Buffalo Sabres during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

3:04PM: Pierre LeBrun notes that Namestnikov's contract breaks down as $3.5 million, with a 500K signing bonus, for this season and a base salary of $4 million for next season.

2:58PM: The Rangers have confirmed the Namestnikov contract.

2:52PM: Larry Brooks writes that Namestnikov is re-signing with the Rangers on a two-year deal worth around $4 million per season.

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Feb 6, 2018; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri (21) chases Ottawa Senators defenseman Fredrik Claesson (33) in the third period at Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports (Marc DesRosiers)
Feb 6, 2018; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri (21) chases Ottawa Senators defenseman Fredrik Claesson (33) in the third period at Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports (Marc DesRosiers)

The Rangers have signed former Ottawa defenseman Fredrik Claesson to a one-year deal worth $700,000. (McKenzie)

Claesson, 25, was not qualified by the Senators and has played 113 games in his NHL career, scoring 4 goals and 16 assists.

He was a fifth round pick of Ottawa in 2011 and played in 14 playoff games during the Senators run to the Eastern Conference Final in 2016-17.

 

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Nov 26, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Michael Grabner (40) skates during the third period against the Vancouver Canucks at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports  (Vincent Carchietta)
Nov 26, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Michael Grabner (40) skates during the third period against the Vancouver Canucks at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

7/1/18 | 12:32PM: Michael Grabner announced on twitter that he was heading to Arizona as a UFA.

Elliotte Friedman and Pierre LeBrun note that it's a three-year deal for the Grabner with a cap hit of $3.35 million.

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Apr 21, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Dan Girardi (5) and defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27)talk prior to game five of the first round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the New Jersey Devils at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports  (Kim Klement)
Apr 21, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Dan Girardi (5) and defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27)talk prior to game five of the first round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the New Jersey Devils at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Tampa Bay has announced that former Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh has signed a seven-year contract extension that will pay him $6.75 million per-year starting in 19-20.

McDonagh is still under contract with a cap hit of $4.7 million.

In a statement, McDonagh said "I'm very excited to sign an extension that will keep me with the Lightning organization for the next eight season. Since being traded to Tampa Bay earlier this year, my experience with the city, my teammates and the fans has been nothing short of world-class. My family and I are very excited to continue to play and live in Tampa with the ultimate goal of helping to bring the organization its second Stanley Cup."

Tampa Bay also recently signed JT Miller to a five-year extension.

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Free Agency opens up in the NHL today at 12:01PM with the Rangers expected to have over $28 million in cap space, for a roster that includes Brendan Smith, Lias Andersson and Filip Chytil but not Matt Beleskey or Peter Holland. (CapFriendly)

The Rangers are expected to go after character and role players in free agency and possibly a back up goalie.

The Rangers could also use their cap space to acquire a player from a team that needs cap relief.

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Apr 5, 2018; San Jose, CA, USA; Colorado Avalanche left wing Blake Comeau (14) celebrates after the team scored against the San Jose Sharks during the third period at SAP Center at San Jose. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports (Stan Szeto)
Apr 5, 2018; San Jose, CA, USA; Colorado Avalanche left wing Blake Comeau (14) celebrates after the team scored against the San Jose Sharks during the third period at SAP Center at San Jose. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports (Stan Szeto)

7/1/18 | 12:01PM: Blake Comeau is heading to Dallas. (Dreger)

6/30/18 | Larry Brooks writes that the Rangers plan of attack when free agency opens will likely focus on adding some bottom six wingers. (NY Post)

Brooks said that the Rangers hope to only sign players to two-year deals and lists guys like Tommy Wingels, Blake Comeau or Leo Komarov as veteran options. (NY Post)

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Mar 15, 2018; Buffalo, NY, USA; Toronto Maple Leafs center Leo Komarov (47) during the game against the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Hoffman)
Mar 15, 2018; Buffalo, NY, USA; Toronto Maple Leafs center Leo Komarov (47) during the game against the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Hoffman)

7/1/18 | 4:12PM: Komarov has signed a four-year deal with the Islanders for $3 million per season. (Johnston)

6/30/18 | Aaron Portzline notes that the Rangers and Blue Jackets have "expressed interest" in Komarov.

Larry Brooks writes that the Rangers "might" be interested in a one-to-two year deal for "fourth-liner" money. (NY Post)

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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 first 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 first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

6/29/18 | Georgiev said during prospect camp that he thinks the back up goalie spot is his to win. (NY Post)

Lias Andersson said that Georgiev is a "fast" and "flexible" goalie that reads the game well. (NY Post)

6/26/18 | Rangers GM Jeff Gorton was asked Monday about the Rangers back up goalie situation and said that they are still trying to figure that situation out.

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7/1/18 | Larry Brooks notes that Reaves preferred to stay in the West and that state taxes also came up as an issue. Brooks noted that the Rangers would have needed to come up with more money to make up the difference and either didn't or wouldn't.

6/30/18 | 9:32PM: Reaves is staying in Vegas on a two-year deal worth $2.775 million per season. (Dreger)

6/29/18 | 4:57PM: Larry Brooks tweets that while the Rangers have not been told directly but are "aware" that he is no longer a potential free agent option.

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Dec 21, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks executive chairman James Dolan watches during the second quarter against the Boston Celtics at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 21, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks executive chairman James Dolan watches during the second quarter against the Boston Celtics at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

James Dolan announced on Wednesday night that MSG is considering branching off the Knicks and Rangers from the entertainment side of the company. 

The CEO of the Madison Square Garden Company is attempting to create a direction for the sale of the Knicks, Rangers and Liberty. 

In 2017, Leslie Alexander offered up the sale of the Houston Rockets. According to NBA.com, the Rockets were sold for reportedly $2.2 billion. The Knicks are expected to sell for more than this which would be an NBA record.

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