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."
  • "I wouldn't seek out his criticism but he would give it anyway. He is someone who had a huge impact on my career, and developed me from the college level and minor league level, he scratched me at the minor league level and it's something that maybe at the time I wasn't grateful for, but it really woke me up to what I needed to do to succeed. We have been candid with each other over the years and had a great relationship. Now it's a balance of getting back to work and a business relationship with a coach and player but like I said before it's nice when you know what to expect from your head coach. Hopefully I am someone he can lean on to get a pulse of the team and be a leader for this team and help the guys know what direction we are going in."
  • "I had no say in this at all. My hands are completely wiped clean. Between Jeff and Chris, they are two brilliant minds who don't really need me to weigh on anything."
  • Did he ever, "not specifically with the Rangers, when he went from Colorado back to BU, as weird as it is to say, that is a dream job. Being from Rhode Island and playing at BU and such strong ties there, that is a gig, there is a lot of job security in college hockey and you could be there for 20-25 years and win titles and ride off into the sunset if you will. Once he got a taste of the pro level, I think he always wanted to come back eventual. Maybe this didn't seem like the time but I think more and more as he thought about it and thought about not only the team he was coming to but the organization and staff and management that he would be working with. I think you need to have comfortability with management and GM and assistant GM and those are two guys he can speak freely with and make some impact with."
  • On how things have changed for him since signing with the Rangers, "both had a lot of excitement around it. Last year was excitement and a lot of nerves for me. You don't know your teammates and you sign a deal like that in the middle of July and still have to wait two months to meet everyone. I think now, to have the lay of the land and having a not so great season as a team and individually, I haven't skated and played in a game since January, I wish I could play tomorrow. I have that hunger and drive and it's really been good for me. A couple of months into my summer training and be the best player and the player that everyone expected to be. Now to have a coach who I am comfortable with, it gives you a lot of confidence going into a season where you are coming off an injury and you need to get yourself back up to speed."
  • On being captain of the Rangers, "it wold mean a lot but that decision is made by other people and I have always said that you lead no matter who you are and what you are wearing on your jersey. Every guy in that locker room is a leader, no matter if you are young, old, we all were at some point a captain or assistant captain on our teams growing up, we were the best players and that is what happens. At this level it's all about integrity and someone who can carry that along with them, and we have a lot of guys in the locker room who can do that. It's important that one player doesn't just lead a team, that the whole team leads the team and that is something we will carry into the season."

Shattenkirk spoke with Al Trautwig on MSG and said:

  • "from the moment he started recruiting me to the moment I got to start to play at BU and develop under his eye is someone that I cherished for a long-time. He is very detail oriented, expects a lot of you as a player and holds you to very high standards. For a lot of guys I think that is a great thing. He doesn't take mediocrity and for us here, that is what we need, 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."
  • "We've talked over the past dew years and he has always weighed in on my game and let me know when things need work. He is constantly evaluating me and will do so more. From a confidence stand point he will be on top of me to make sure I get back to the level of play that everyone expects from me and that is important for me. Someone who really drives you and knows how good you can be, and I think that having that confidence will be crucial for me to get back to my game."
  •  On his summer and knee, "It's about getting my knee back to where it needs to be and everything is moving well and from that point it's now about building up my leg and being in it for two months, I am on the right path and having this amount of time allows me to get back to 100% and be ready for September."
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6/19/18 | 4:47PM: The Rangers have announced their preseason schedule:

  • 9/17 at NJ
  • 9/19 vs Philly
  • 9/22 at Islanders (Bridgeport)
  • 9/24 vs NJ
  • 9/26 vs NYI
  • 9/27 at Philly

12:36PM: The Devils have announced that they will play the Rangers twice in the preseason, on 9/17 in New Jersey and 9/24 at MSG.

6/15/18 | The Flyers have announced that they will play two preseason games against the Rangers.

  • The Rangers host the Flyers on 9/19 at 7PM
  • The Rangers visit the Flyers on 9/27 at 7PM

The Rangers also play the Islanders in Bridgeport on 9/22 and at MSG on 9/26.

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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)

Kevin Hayes, Ryan Spooner and Vlad Namestnikov are all listed on TSN's trade bait board.

Hayes is listed at 8, Spooner at 18 and Namestnikov remains at 23. (TSN)

It was reported over the weekend that Hayes is drawing a lot of interest around the league and some have noted that Calgary is believed to be interested in him.

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

The Rangers have placed defensive prospect Sergey Zborovskiy on unconditional waivers with the intent to terminate his contract.

He was a third round pick of the Rangers in 2015 (79th overall) and spent last season playing in the ECHL and AHL.

He played 47 games for Greenville in the ECHL with 5 goals and 12 assists and 10 games with Hartford where he didn't record a point and had 10 PIM.

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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)

6/18/18 | Larry Brooks writes that Brendan Smith has remaining in New York this summer and is working with Ben Prentiss to improve his "fitness." (NY Post)

Brooks writes that the Rangers not only expect Smith to be in the mix for a job on deffense but to be the player they signed last summer. (NY Post)

5/14/18 | 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.

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Bob McKenzie, of TSN, released his final draft rankings for Friday's draft and had Brady Tkachuk listed at 3 behind consensus 1 and 2 Rasmus Dahlin and Andrei Svechnikov. (TSN)

McKenzie listed Filip Zadina at 4, Finnish center Jesper Kotkaniemi at 5 and then defensemen Noah Dobson, Evan Bouchard and Quinn Hughes at 6, 7,8 respectively. (TSN)

He listed Oliver Wahlstrom 9th and Adam Boqvist 10th. (TSN)

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According to Larry Brooks, while the Rangers have spoken with the Carolina Hurricanes about potentially acquiring the second overall a pick, a deal seems "extremely unlikely." (NY Post)

Brooks says that the cost of moving up appears to be "prohibitive" and the Rangers may be able to get the player that they want at #9.

He adds that the Rangers don't seem interested in potentially moving Kevin Hayes in a deal to move up but that teams have shown interest in Ryan Spooner and that JImmy Vesey and/or Vlad Namestnikov could be used with one of the later first round picks for some "draft floor maneuvering."

Brooks also write that the Rangers "are expected" to make a "move or two" this week.

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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)

6/17/18 | Larry Brooks writes that Kevin Hayes is generating "significant interest" around the league. (NY Post)

Brooks notes that the Rangers could have a glut at center and that if Hayes were to be moved it would likely be as the "centerpiece" of a deal to acquire a defenseman. (NY Post)

He wrote that it's unlikely the Rangers would move Hayes in an effort to move up in the draft. (NY Post)

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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)

6/17/18 | According to Larry Brooks, in the NY Post, Ilya Kovalchuk has not ruled out signing with the Rangers but that he "probably" won't. (NY Post)

Brooks adds though that Kovalchuk "would only come" to the Rangers if they acquired a "player or two" that would help "vault" them into contending status. (NY Post)

Kovalchuk has said that his top priority is trying to win a Stanley Cup and has drawn interest from teams like LA, San Jose, St. Louis and Boston.

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Dec 9, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) reacts after scoring a goal against the New Jersey Devils during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Dec 9, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) reacts after scoring a goal against the New Jersey Devils during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

6/16/18 | According to Larry Brooks, in the NY Post, Mats Zuccarello is not expected to be moved. (NY Post)

Brooks writes that unless there is a "dramatic shift," Zuccarello is "expected" to be at training camp in the fall. (NY Post)

Zuccarello is in the final-year of a four-year deal with a cap hit off $4.5 million. (NY Post)

For a lot more on Zuccarello, click HERE.

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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)

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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This past season in the KHL, Rangers prospect Igor Shesterkin was 20-4-4 with a 1.70 GAA and 93.3% save percentage.

In all of his time, including playoffs, in the KHL, Shesterkin is 60-16-15 with a 1.87 GAA and 93% save percentage.

Shesterkin has split time the past two seasons in SKA with Mikko Koskinen but Koskinen has left the KHL and signed with the Oilers.

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The NHL has confirmed the draft order for next Friday's draft and the Rangers have the following picks:

  • First Round: 9, 26, 28
  • Second Round: 39, 48
  • Third Round: 70, 88
  • Fourth Round: 101
  • Fifth Round: 132
  • Sixth Round: 163

The Rangers acquired 26 from the Boston Bruins for Rick Nash, 28 from Tampa Bay in the Ryan McDonagh trade, 48 from New Jersey for Michael Grabner and 88 from Boston for Nick Holden.

The Rangers made seven picks in total at last year's draft, six in 2016, seven in 2015, seven in 2014, five in 2013 and four in 2012.

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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)

The first buyout window for NHL contracts began this morning at 12:01AM and Rick Carpiniello, of The Athletic, tweeted not to expect the Rangers to do anything "in that regard."

The Rangers bought out Dan Girardi's contract last year during the buyout period and will carry a cap charge of $3.6 million for this season and next season and then a cap hit of $1.1 million from the 2020-21 season through 22-23. (Cap Friendly)

The Rangers are expected to have more than $20 million in cap space this summer.

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Rangers coach David Quinn was on NHL Tonight on the NHL Network and said:

  • Have you ever coached someone as handsome as Henrik Lundqvist, (big laugh) "Probably not. It's a very high bar. I'm very secure in my masculinity and I have not coached anyone more handsome than Hank.
  • On having Henrik Lundqvist, "it makes our whole situation a little easier when you have a goalie off that caliber in your net. Obviously we are in a bit of a different situation than we have been in the last 3-4 years and the trades we made at the deadline and the youth movement and having Hank in net makes it a little bit easier."
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Larry Brooks wrote over the weekend that when Pavel Buchnevich was preparing to leave Russia and join the Rangers, the player he was most "likened" to was Washington's Evgeny Kuznetsov. (NY Post)

  • Brooks wrote, in 2016, that Buchnevich is both a playmaker and a sniper who has a skill set that has been likened to that of the Capitals Evgeny Kuznetsov. He noted that it took Kuznetsov a full-year to get acclimated before he hit his stride. (NY Post)

Kuznetsov told Elliotte Friedman a couple of years ago that the issues he had to overcome were in his head and said recently that he never looks at his shifts and that he knows when he is playing well and not playing well. (Sportsnet.ca)

He added, "I'm better at forgetting now when I'm not good." (Sportsnet.ca)

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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)

Lias Andersson said that he and Filip Chytil discuss the future of the Rangers a lot and noted that they are "both excited." (NHL.com)

Andersson said that he has spent a lot of time with Chytil and that they were roommates on the road. (NHL.com)

Chytil said that he enjoys spending time with Andersson and added, "we want to be the best team in the NHL. We want to prepare the best for next season, and we will see." (NHL.com)

Mika Zibanejad said that both players have shown their potential but that they need to put in the work and be developed the right way. (NHL.com)

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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.

He added that he has already met with 4-5 guys who are local in NY for a meal to introduce himself and start getting to know the players.

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

Rangers coach David Quinn was on Hockey Central at Noon earlier today and said the following:

  • On being contacted by the Rangers, "I probably got a phone call 2-3 days after the coaching change and I've had a long relationship with Chris Drury and Jeff Gorton, two guys that I have known for a long time. We've talked a lot of hockey over the years and I've been very fortunate in my career to coach at a lot of different stops and the more we talked the more it felt like a good fit for both sides and I feel very fortunate to be in this position."
  • What is your philosophy on hockey, "you want to play a fast game, I don't think a coach has ever said they want to play a slow game. We want to play a fast, puck pursuit, puck possession game built around good structural defense. That is something that, when you look around the league and see how things have gone in the playoffs, it's a track meet but also teams that are responsible defensively. For any team to have success those three things need to be part of the philosophy. Sitting here and saying what we are going to do is one thing but coaching is getting people to do it. Our job as coaches is to get players to do it, not to tell them to do it. That will be the challenge."
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Russian athlete Ilya Kovalchuk (71) celebrates with Sergei Andronov (11) after scoring a goal during the second period of the preliminary round of the men's hockey game at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) (Matt Slocum/AP)
Russian athlete Ilya Kovalchuk (71) celebrates with Sergei Andronov (11) after scoring a goal during the second period of the preliminary round of the men's hockey game at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) (Matt Slocum/AP)

6/14/18 | Bruins GM Don Sweeney said today that he is planning to talk with Kovalchuk (Sportsnet) and Darren Dreger noted that he could be a "great replacement" for Rick Nash with the Bruins. (TSN)

Pierre LeBrun also noted that Kovalchuk is holding up the trade market, specifically around Jeff Skinner and that teams with interest in both players are waiting to see what Kovalchuk decides to do. (TSN)

6/12/18 | 4:05PM: Craig Custance writes at The Athletic that the Rangers have "long interested" Kovalchuk and that if he can be convinced the Rangers have a "legitimate shot at winning" within the next three-years or so they could become a "real option." (The Athletic)

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Dec 8, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; Nashville Predators goalie Marek Mazanec (39) faces the Dallas Stars attack during the game at the American Airlines Center. The Stars defeat the Predators 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)
Dec 8, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; Nashville Predators goalie Marek Mazanec (39) faces the Dallas Stars attack during the game at the American Airlines Center. The Stars defeat the Predators 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)

The Rangers have announced that they have re-signed pending RFA Marek Mazanec to a one-year contract.

It is a two-way contract that would pay him $650,000 in the NHL and $200,000 in Hartford. (CapFriendly)

From the Rangers release:

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Mar 31, 2018; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Rangers forward Kevin Hayes (13) celebrates his second period goal 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) celebrates his second period goal 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)

6/8/18 | David Quinn was asked in an interview recently about how quickly he thinks things can turn around for the Rangers.

Quinn noted that from year to year a team that was struggling can make some changes and get better and that player development can play a big role.

He said:

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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)

Elliotte Friedman wrote over the weekend that he is "curious" to see what the Rangers will do with Vlad Namestnikov. (Sportsnet)

Namestnikov is an RFA that is arbitration eligible. (Sportsnet)

The Hockey News Free Agent preview suggests that Namestnikov will get between $3 million and $4 million as an RFA.

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Mika Zibanejad posted a picture on Instagram today of him working out in Sweden with Edmonton's Pontus Aberg.

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Oct 20, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Stars head coach Lindy Ruff watches action on the bench in the second period against Los Angeles Kings at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Heitman)
Oct 20, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Stars head coach Lindy Ruff watches action on the bench in the second period against Los Angeles Kings at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Heitman)

6/10/18 | 3:05PM: Elliotte Friedman writes at Sportsnet that it's "expected" that Ruff will remain with the Rangers as part of Quinn's staff. (Sportsnet)

6/9/18 | According to Larry Brooks, David Quinn and the Rangers are working towards hiring a coaching staff, in addition to goalie coach Benoit Allaire, but nothing is believed to be "imminent." (NY Post)

Brooks notes that Lindy Ruff, who joined the Rangers as an assistant last year, is still "in the mix" to possibly remain with the team. (NY Post)

Joe McDonald wrote that Quinn is "building his coaching staff and hopes to have the pieces in place soon." (The Athletic)

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Swedish forward Michael Lindqvist said that his focus is to come over to North America, have a good training camp and try to make the Rangers to start the season. (Hockeysverige)

He said that his hope is to play in the NHL right away but noted that players like Mats Zuccarello have had to spend time in the minors before becoming NHL regulars. (Hockeysverige)

Lindqvist noted that there will be an adjustment to the smaller rink but that he has faith in his ability to adjust and handle the transition. (Hockeysverige)

He noted that he spoke with Mika Zibanejad and that Mika only had "good things" to say about the Rangers. (Hockeysverige)

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The Washington Capitals defeated Vegas last night to win the first Stanley Cup in their franchise history.

It is the third straight season where a team from the Metro Division has won the Stanley Cup.

On their way to the Stanley Cup, the Capitals defeated multiple former Rangers that had previously eliminated them in the playoffs:

  • In the first round, the Capitals defeated John Tortorella, Brandon Dubinsky and Columbus
  • In the second round, the Capitals defeated Carl Hagelin, Derrick Brassard and a Penguins team that had also knocked the Capitals out on multiple occasions.
  • In the third round, the Capitals defeated Anton Stralman, Ryan Callahan, Ryan McDonagh, Dan Girardi, JT Miller and Tampa Bay

The Capitals went 3-0-1 against the Rangers this past season.

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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)

Brady Tkachuk is ranked second by the NHLs Central Scouting Bureau, for North American skaters, and is expected to go high in this month's draft.

Tkachuk spent this past season playing under David Quinn at BU and scored 8 goals and 23 assists in 40 games. He had 3 goals and 6 assists for Team USA at the World Juniors.

Tkachuk says that Quinn was "really important" to him, was "one of the big reasons" why he went to BU and that he will "miss" playing for him. (The Athletic)

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Mar 31, 2018; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner (53) tries to carry the puck past New York Rangers defensemen Neal Poink (44) during the first period at PNC Arena. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)
Mar 31, 2018; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner (53) tries to carry the puck past New York Rangers defensemen Neal Poink (44) during the first period at PNC Arena. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)

Craig Custance wrote earlier this week that "everyone" around the NHL is talking about the Hurricanes and the moves they could make this offseason. (The Athletic)

Custance listed Jeff Skinner, Noah Hanifin and Justin Faulk as 5-7 on his trade list and noted that while no one is quite sure which players will be moved, "the only conensus out there is that Carolina is doming SOMETHING" and that their new owner wouldn't have it "any other way." (The Athletic)

Pierre LeBrun noted on Wednesday that about a dozen teams reached out to Carolina this week and that Jeff Skinner is drawing a lot of interest. (TSN)

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David Quinn first said that the opportunity to coach the rebuilding Rangers was "incredible" before adding later on that the rebuild actually made the job "more attractive."

Quinn said, "I know that to be able to step into this situation and get us to the level we want to get to, the rebuilding process is going to be a lot of fun. We think the pieces are in place to build a Stanley Cup contender. How quickly will that happen? Who knows, that will happen at the pace that it evolves and it actually made it more attractive in a funny way."

When asked how much influence Quinn will have with the roster, Jeff Gorton said, "one thing about David is that he has a pretty good network of people in the business, has a lot of people play for him that are available and he will be a good source for us to reach off of. He will be very active, we are trying to build a team and we will build it together, that is how the league works now and having his input and the players he wants will only help us moving forward."

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6/6/18 | TSN's Trade Bait Board has Namestnikov listed 23rd. He is the only Ranger listed. (TSN)

6/5/18 | Craig Custance listed Vlad Namestnikov 14th on his "big board" of players who might be moved this summer. (The Athletic)

Custance noted though that Namestnikov's spot on the list is more of a "placeholder for any number of Rangers" that could be moved. (The Athletic)

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