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Jan 11, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Jesper Fast (19) celebrates scoring the game-winning goal against the Boston Bruins with teammates during the third period of an NHL hockey game at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers defeated the Bruins 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hunger)
Jan 11, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Jesper Fast (19) celebrates scoring the game-winning goal against the Boston Bruins with teammates during the third period of an NHL hockey game at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers defeated the Bruins 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hunger)

Jesper Fast had to decline an invitation to play for Sweden at the World Championships because he had been playing hurt for the Rangers. (Aftonbladet)

Fast said that he talked with the Rangers and decided that it was best heal his nagging injuries, which he said were "minor," rather than play. (Aftonbladet)

Fast was named the Rangers Players' Player award winner this year, given to the player who, as selected by his teammates, "best exemplifies what it means to be a team player."

He had 10 goals and 20 assists for the Rangers this season while averaging 14:56 per game.

In the playoffs Fast had 19 hits in the Rangers five games, had an assist and averaged 14:02 per game.

Fast has a cap hit of $950,000 this coming season.

Fellow Swede Oscar Lindberg underwent surgery in early May and is expected to miss the start of the season.

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Bernhardt was the 119th pick in 2015 by the Rangers

Bernhardt, 20, played 29 games for London this season, scoring 3 goals and 8 assists after spending part of the year in Sweden.

Damien Cox writes that Bernhardt's goal yesterday was a "high-skill play" that probably shouldn't be surprising since he was a 4th round pick. (Sportsnet)

Cox notes that Bernhardt hasn't been able to get a lot of ice time because London has a lot of "high-end talent" in front of him. (Sportsnet)


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(Jerome Miron)

Craig Button said on the Rangers Blue Line Podcast that the Rangers top priority needs to be getting quicker on defense.

He said that they have a good mix of forwards that can be effective but spent too much time in their zone last year, were unable to move out of the zone quickly and couldn't close the gaps because they had to back up to defend.

Button pointed to the issues that Marc Staal, Dan Girardi and Dan Boyle had last year, while noting that Boyle isn't coming back, and said that they need to get a lot quicker on defense.

The players talked at the end of the season about how the defense needed to improve.

Adam Rotter: Brady Skjei on his own makes the Rangers defense quicker. Dylan McIlrath, who while not the greatest skater, makes smart plays with the puck and will be an asset if the Rangers hold onto him/have the confidence that he can be an every game player. Ryan McDonagh isn't a problem but there are questions about Marc Staal, a lot of questions about Girardi and what his future is and Kevin Klein is not built to be a top-pairing guy all-season long. The Rangers defense as a group is probably better by losing Dan Boyle and while not offensively inclined without Keith Yandle, maybe a little steadier overall.


Apr 19, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) shoots past Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta (3) during the second period of game three of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 19, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) shoots past Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta (3) during the second period of game three of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Alain Vigneault said that when Chris Kreider "decides he's a force" he can stand in front of the net and cause havoc similar to the Penguins Patric Hornqvist. (NY Post)

Rick Nash has said that Kreider has all of the tools to be a star in the NHL. (Rangers PR Player Profiles)

Kevin Klein said Kreider is "special" when he is able to use his speed to create space and confusion. (Rangers PR Player Profiles)

Marc Staal said that if you try and engage Kreider "you're going to lose" and that it looks "miserable" to defend against him. (Rangers PR Player Profiles)

JT Miller has called him "an animal" and said "when he wants to take it over like that, you can't stop him." (Rangers PR Player Profiles)

Dan Girardi called him a "freak of nature" because of his size and speed and Dan Boyle said that Kreider is the fastest player he has ever played with and maybe the strongest. (Rangers PR Player Profiles)

For more on Kreider, click HERE and HERE.

Adam Rotter: Chris Kreider has the skill set to be a power forward in the mold of Rick Nash or even Alexander Ovechkin. He is big, strong, fast and physical, but I don't think he has shown he has the hands that separate big, strong, fast and physical guys from the big, strong, fast and physical guys who score 30-40 goals. Kreider seems like he can get 20 goals just based off of deflections or being around the net, but it's those shots that miss the net or breakaway misses that stop him from getting those extra 10-15 goals that could solidify him as a difference maker.

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Chris Drury says that he thinks "all the world" of Pavel Buchnevich as both a player and a person. (NY Post)

He said that the way Buchnevich was able to play and handle himself against grown men in the KHL was "extremely impressive." (NY Post)

Drury says that Buchnevich "can skate, has very good hands, a terrific shot, excellent vision" and there is "no doubt" that he competes. (NY Post)

He said that Buchnevich does everything well and you see with his competitiveness "how badly he wants it." (NY Post)

Drury said that Buchnevich can make plays under pressure and works "as hard without the puck as he does with it." (NY Post)

The Rangers sent Drury, as well as Adam Graves, to watch Buchnevich this season.

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On breakup day Alain Vigneault spoke about how the Rangers need to determine which direction they are going to take moving forward and how it reminded him of his time in Vancouver.

Vigneault said that when the Canucks had a new GM come in, Mike Gillis, after missing the playoffs in 2007-08 they decided to go in another direction.

Vigneault said that Gillis wanted to go with younger players like the Sedin twins, Ryan Kesler, Alex Burrows and Jannik Hansen and put them with veteran players like Mats Sundin, Pavol Demitra and Sami Salo.

He added that while deciding to go with young players, the Canucks moved on from core veterans like Markus Naslund, who signed with the Rangers, Brendan Morrison and Mattias Ohlund who had spent most of their careers in Vancouver.

Vigneault added, "it took us three years and we were at the Stanley Cup."

On how this could relate to the Rangers, Vigneault said, "I'm not quite sure what direction we will take, we need to talk about this but there are some important decisions moving forward."

He added that with the pieces the Rangers have and that depending how the next few months go, the Rangers may be further along than the Canucks were at the time.

Vigneault said during his first season that the Rangers reminded him his old Canuck teams.


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Derick Brassard and Team Canada won Gold at the 2016 World Championships by beating Finland 2-0.

Brassard played 16:48, had 0 shots on goal and was 8 and 3 on faceoffs.

In the tournament, Brassard led Canada with 11 points (5 goals, 6 assists) and an average of 15:02 per game.

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In the bronze medal game today, Brady Skjei had 2 shots on goal and a minus two rating in 17:12.

Skjei played 4:16 in the first, 5:58 in the second and 6:58 in the third.

He was on the ice for three goals against and one for in the 7-2 loss.

In the 10 game tournament, Skjei had one goal, a minus 3 rating, 10 shots on goal and an average of 17:56 per game.

Skjei started 7 of the 10 games on the right side and 3 on the left side. (USA Hockey)

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Mar 13, 2016; Columbus, OH, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) reacts to the shorthanded goal scored by left wing Ondrej Palat (18) in the third period at Nationwide Arena. The Lightning won 4-0. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)
Mar 13, 2016; Columbus, OH, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) reacts to the shorthanded goal scored by left wing Ondrej Palat (18) in the third period at Nationwide Arena. The Lightning won 4-0. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)

John Shannon notes that with Rick Nash potentially available via trade, the Rangers may position themselves to join the bidding war for pending UFA Steven Stamkos.

Back in March TSN had the Rangers odds of signing Stamkos at 7-1 behind Tampa Bay (Even), Buffalo, Montreal and Detroit (9-2) and Toronto (5-1).

For other times where the Rangers and Stamkos were connected this past season, click HERE and HERE.

Stamkos was a big topic of conversation on the Rangers Blue Line podcast this apst week.

Adam Rotter: The Rangers don't have the cap space right now to go after Stamkos but if they free up the space to go after him I think the Rangers have to go to the top of the list next to Montreal and maybe Detroit.

If the Rangers get involved I'm not sure their pursuit of Stamkos will be as easy as Scott Gomez/Chris Drury and Brad Richards, but when the Rangers go all in for a player they have a history of coming up with him. Stamkos won't lack for suitors and at 26 he is a rare commodity on the market. He's a dynamite player who can join a team through his prime and in some cases turn them into a Cup contender.


Mar 26, 2016; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New York Rangers left wing Rick Nash (61) before the game against Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports (Jean-Yves Ahern)
Mar 26, 2016; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New York Rangers left wing Rick Nash (61) before the game against Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports (Jean-Yves Ahern)

5/22/16 | 8:16AM: Larry Brooks writes that he doesn't think that the Blues will look at Rick Nash as the "missing link." (NY Post)

Nash has been connected to St. Louis in the past due to his past relationship with Ken Hitchcock. (NY Post)

5/21/16 | 9:29PM: On Hockey Night in Canada, Elliotte Friedman said "you are going to hear a lot of wild rumors this year, I think this is going to be a crazy season for them and one of the first to hit is Rick Nash. He has a 12 team list that he can be dealt to and there seems to be a little bit of smoke to this one. I think they may have been asked, I think they would be willing to do it under the right circumstances but there are a couple of things here. 1) he has a $7.8 million cap hit for two more seasons, how would that work and 2) while he struggled this year, the Rangers really defended him. They felt that Nash played hurt and it impacted his totals and they look at it and say if he is healthy he can be much more effective. He is going to be a name and the Rangers are going to be a team to watch."

5/20/16 | 12:26PM: Elliotte Friedman was on the radio in Buffalo today and was asked if he thinks Rick Nash could be traded by the Rangers because of their cap situation. (Nichols on Hockey)

Friedman said that he does and that, in general, this could be a "crazy off-season" with a lot of names being thrown around and discussed. (Nichols on Hockey)

He said that the Rangers are likely at a crossroads of sorts and notes that Nash does have some protection in his contract of where he could go. (Nichols on Hockey)

Friedman said that if the Rangers found a place where Nash might be willing to go, " I could definitely see the possibility that they try and move him. Absolutely." (Nichols on Hockey)

TSN's Craig Button was on the Rangers Blue Line Podcast and spoke about how there isn't much value in Nash's contract and added " I don't know how you get rid of the contract. Maybe you take something back, maybe it's a switch"

For rumors on Nash from last summer, click HERE.

Nash reportedly submits a list of 10 teams that he would accept a trade to. (NY Post)

Adam Rotter: When it comes to Nash, I think it's how much do the Rangers value him, how much do other team's value him and what, if any, deal is there to be made. The Rangers aren't getting a hot-shot young forward for Nash, especiallly at 32 and because the Rangers really only gave up Brandon Dubinsky and Artem Anisimov to get Nash. Are the Rangers willing to eat some money to move Nash? Are they willing to give it one more go and then likely see him get claimed in an expansion draft the next year? There are a lot of questions with Nash and monitoring his situation will be one of the most interesting aspects of the Rangers offseason.

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3:45PM: Derick Brassard scored his 5th goal of the tournament to tie the game at 3 in Canada's eventual 4-3 win over Team USA.

Canada advances to the Gold Medal to play against Finland.

The USA will play against the Russians for the Bronze Medal.

Brassard had a goal, a penalty for delay of game, 3 shots on goal, was 4 and 4 on faceoffs, and played 14:16 (4:41, 4:50, 4:45).

Brady Skjei had one shot on goal in 14:25 (6:12, 3:05, 5:08).

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Dec 11, 2015; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; New York Rangers defensemen Dan Girardi (5) skates against the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports (Perry Nelson)
Dec 11, 2015; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; New York Rangers defensemen Dan Girardi (5) skates against the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports (Perry Nelson)

5/21/16 | 9:41PM: When asked on the Rangers Blue Line Podcast if the Rangers should buy out Girardi, Craig Button said "when you are trying to improve you need to look at every scenario and what it means. Everyone likes Dan Girardi, there is no questioning what he brings but the bottom line is that there is no value in his contract. There is no value with that much money on the cap. It's not that Girardi can't contribute to the Rangers or another team, but at that cap hit there is not value in it."

5/18/16 | 9:43AM: Dan Girardi has four-years remaining on his contract with a cap hit of $5.5 million per season.

Girardi has a no-move clause this season (2016-17) which turns into a limited no-trade clause for the final three-years, starting in 2017-18.

If the Rangers were to buy out the final four-years of Girardi's contract there would be a charge of dead cap space on the Rangers salary cap for eight seasons.

A buyout of Girardi's contract would have the following cap hits (Cap Friendly):

  • 16-17: $1.75 million
  • 17-18: $2.75 million
  • 18-19: $3.75 million
  • 19-20: $3.75 million
  • 20-21: $1.25 million
  • 21-22: $1.25 million
  • 22-23: $1.25 million
  • 23-24: $1.25 million

For more on Girardi's potential future, click HERE.

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Gary Lawless ranks Keith Yandle as the top potential UFA defenseman and ranks him 7th in terms of all players in his ranking of the top 30 possible UFAs. (TSN.ca)

Yandle is the only pending UFA defenseman with over 40 points (47) and had 10 more than Alex Goligoski who is next, 16 more than Brian Campbell and 23 more than Dan Boyle who is the fourth highest scoring UFA defenseman.

While talking about the Rangers and Yandle, Craig Button said on the Rangers Blue Line Podcast that with a need to be quicker on the blue line, how do the Rangers "not find every way to keep Keith Yandle."

He added though that "everyone will be all over" Yandle as a free agent.

Yandle has said that he could see himself staying with the Rangers but needs to weigh his options.

For more on Yandle's potential future, click HERE.

Adam Rotter: As of right now I don't see the Rangers making the big/long-term offer that Yandle will easily be able to command as a UFA. I think that the Rangers will miss him and that there is probably mutual interest in a return, but without making 1-2 big moves with players already signed on defense it just doesn't work with the cap. He's the number one guy out there in a market where defensemen are always at a premium and especially ones who can move the puck and run a PP.

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Apr 19, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Rick Nash (61) scores a shorthanded goal during the second period of game three of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 19, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Rick Nash (61) scores a shorthanded goal during the second period of game three of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Rick Nash said that when he was captain in Columbus one of his big responsibilities was to "lead by example." (NY Post)

He said that while he doesn't have a letter on his jersey with the Rangers he still sees himself like an "older guy and a leader" and that "when you're not the most vocal guy, you definitely try to lead by example." (NY Post)

Chris Kreider said that when Nash is going "everyone is going" and that when he is out there "crushing people" it is "easy" to follow.(NY Post)

Tanner Glass said that Nash is a "tenacious player" who sets a good example and added "when your best player plays that way every night, it's infectious."

Henrik Lundqvist said that Nash leads with how he plays and that his work ethic is "so impressive to see" and inspiring for other guys on the team.

Lundqvist added, "It's not all about scoring or points, it's about working hard and doing what's best for the team - and he shows that. It's great to have a guy like that on the team."

Adam Rotter: If most of the players had the work ethic that Rick Nash did this season and played as hard as he did, the Rangers would have been a much different team. Nash is highly respected because he can go out and score while also backchecking hard, being smart with the puck and killing penalties. The constant theme with Nash during the playoffs in 14 and 15 was that while he wasn't scoring a lot he was still playing hard and doing everything else that needed to be done. While most would probably prefer Nash trade the other parts of his game for consistent goal scoring in the playoffs, the complete game that he plays is what makes him so important to any team he is on.

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New York Rangers goalie Antti Raanta makes a save in front of New York Islanders left wing Josh Bailey during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Rangers goalie Antti Raanta makes a save in front of New York Islanders left wing Josh Bailey during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Antti Raanta said that he spoke with a mental skills coach in Finland that he knew following his comments after a loss to the Kings. (NYR)

He said that the mental skills coach helped him get rid of the negative thoughts and to move past the "bad things." (NYR)

He said that Benoit Allaire played a big role in getting things straight because he is "so positive, so upbeat." (NYR)

Raanta said that when he "realized you can't overthink things it was like downhill skiing" he started to "enjoy the ride" more. (NYR)

He said that being around Allaire is very relaxing because he is so positive and always smiling. (NYR)

Raanta praised Benoit Allaire throughout the season.

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8:09PM:

3:39PM: Derick Brassard had a goal in Canada's 6-0 win over Sweden on Thursday.

Brassard won 7 faceoffs, lost 6 faceoffs, had two shots on goal and played 13:05 (5:22, 4:20, 3:23).

Canada plays the USA in the Semi-Final on Saturday.

In the tournament, so far, Brassard has 4 goals, 6 assists, a plus 10 rating, 16 shots on goal and an average of 14:55 per game.

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5/19/16 | 5:10PM: Craig Button said on the Rangers Blue Line Podcast podcast that he has "no doubt" that Buchnevich can step in and play for the Rangers next season.

He said that Buchnevich will need to acclimate to being in the US and the culture but on the ice Alain Vigneault will likely put him in different spots and not allow him to get overwhelmed.

He said that he thinks there will be a real progression in Buchnevich's game as the season goes on.

5/18/16 | 1:57PM: Gordie Clark said that some of the things that Pavel Buchnevich will need to adjust to this season include getting stronger, playing on a smaller surface, learning a new language and living in a foreign country. (NYR)

He said that even with those hurdles he is confident that "the extremely-talented and charismatic Buchnevich should be right in the mix battling for a roster spot on the Rangers during training camp." (NYR)

Clark added that he has a real sense of excitement about Buchnevich coming over after following him and watching him grow the past few years. (NYR)

Chris Drury said that everyone is aware that Buchnevich will need some time to transition and that the organization doesn't want to put a timetable on how long it could take. (NY Post)

He adds that Buchnevich is committed and has the "talent and character to adapt and succeed in New York." (NY Post)

Adam Rotter: Everyone involved is trying to make this a smooth transition for Buchnevich, who will come over next month. It's a big advantage for Buchnevich to be coming to New York so early and it will allow him to be settled and just keep his focus on hockey when training camp starts. Every player who comes through New York talks about how first class the Rangers are and I'm sure they will go above and beyond with everything possible to allow Buchnevich to feel comfortable in his new home.

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Nicklas Jensen and Denmark lost to Finland 5-1 in the Quarterfinals of the World Championships and were eliminated.

Jensen had one shot in the game, was a minus one, and played 18:08 (5:03, 6:44, 6:21).

In the eight games of the tournament, Jensen had 5 goals, 2 assists, 6 PIM, a minus two rating, two shootout goals and an average of 16:28 per game.

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Brady Skjei played 21 minutes in the USA's shootout win over the Czech Republic.

Skjei played 6:57 in the first period, 6:30 in the second period, 4:45 in the third period and 2:48 in OT.

Skjei did not register a shot on goal.

The USA moves on to play in the Semi Finals of the tournament.

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Mar 8, 2016; Buffalo, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Keith Yandle (93) during the game against the Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Hoffman)
Mar 8, 2016; Buffalo, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Keith Yandle (93) during the game against the Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Hoffman)

According to Elliotte Friedman teams will be able to start talking with pending unrestricted free agents at 12:01AM on June 25.

He said that pending restricted free agents can be contacted by other teams starting at 12:01AM on June 28.

The Free Agency period opens at 12PM on July 1.

The NHL Draft is June 24th and 25th.

The Rangers have around $57 million committed to 15 players next season.

For more on the Rangers RFAs, click HERE and UFAs, click HERE.


5/18/16 | 5:45PM: The Rangers may be interested in bringing 2015 third round pick Robin Kovacs to North America. (HD.se)

Kovacs is under contract to play for AIK in Sweden next season but Anders Carlsson of AIK says that he has "ample opportunity" to sign with the Rangers. (HD.se)

Kovacs will stay with AIK if he does not sign with the Rangers. (HD.se)

The Rangers just signed Kovac's teammate Malte Stromwall to a contract.

Kovacs, 19, had 21 goals and 13 assists for AIK last season.

For a lot more on Kovacs, click HERE, HERE and HERE.

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In 7 games for Norway at the World Championships, Mats Zuccarello had a goal (empty net) and two assists.

He was a minus two, had 28 shots on goal and averaged 20:26 per game.

Norway had two regulation wins, one OT win and four losses in the tournament to finish in 5th place in Group A and out of the playoff rounds.

Zuccarello said after the tournament that the team played well and that it was a fun time to be back with the national team. (Nettavisen)

He added that the team wanted to win their final game for Roy Johansen who has coached the Norway team for the past 15 years. (Nettavisen)

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Feb 14, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Dylan McIlrath (6) and Philadelphia Flyers right wing Wayne Simmonds (17) fight during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
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Feb 14, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Dylan McIlrath (6) and Philadelphia Flyers right wing Wayne Simmonds (17) fight during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

The Flyers announced their preseason schedule today which features two games against the Rangers.

The Rangers will be in Philadelphia on Monday October 3rd at 7PM.

The Rangers will host the Flyers at MSG on Thursday October 6 and 7PM.


New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) plays in an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh, Thursday, March 3, 2016. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) (Gene J. Puskar/AP)
New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) plays in an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh, Thursday, March 3, 2016. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) (Gene J. Puskar/AP)

It is expected that the Rangers will reduce Henrik Lundqvist's workload to between 55 to 58 games next season, according to Larry Brooks. (NY Post)

Lundqvist started 64 games this season and played in 20 of 21 from the middle of December to the middle of February.

Lundqvist faced the most shots on goal in the league this past season, 1,944, and led the league in saves with 1,788.

In 41 games before the All-Star break, Lundqvist was 23-13-4 with a save percentage of .921 and a GAA of 2.41.

In 24 games after the All-Star break, Lundqvist was 12-8-3 with a save percentage of .917 and a GAA of 2.61.

In 32 home games this season, Lundqvist was 22-6-3 with a save percentage of .918 and GAA of 2.31 and on the road he was 13-15-4 in 33 games with a .921 save percentage and 2.61 GAA.

Lundqvist faced 204 more shots on the road this season.

Adam Rotter: It's not just fewer games for Lundqvist, which is one thing, but the Rangers need to be better in front of him to limit the amount of shots he is facing. Beyond splitting every back to back, which is a given, the Rangers need to find more games for Henrik to rest and that is something, as much as he won't like it, that he will need to accept. If the Rangers are able to limit his games, and probably more importantly the shots and chances against, you would hope that we won't see Game 4 and Game 5 Henrik in the playoffs again.

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Dec 15, 2015; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Dylan McIlrath (6) celebrates his goal against the Edmonton Oilers with New York Rangers defenseman Keith Yandle (93) during the second period at Madison Square Garden. The goal is McIlrath's first career goal. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 15, 2015; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Dylan McIlrath (6) celebrates his goal against the Edmonton Oilers with New York Rangers defenseman Keith Yandle (93) during the second period at Madison Square Garden. The goal is McIlrath's first career goal. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Dylan McIlrath said during the regular season that Keith Yandle took him under his wing on and off the ice to help him get comfortable. (Ranger Rants)

McIlrath said Yandle helped teach him how to be a pro and make sure that you are always on top of your game. (NY Times)

He added that there is a lot of "communication" when he is playing with Yandle. (NY Times)

Yandle said that he took on a role similar to the ones that veterans did early in his career and it helped him. (Ranger Rants)

He added, "you just try to be there for younger guys, or guys who are just getting started, to help them be as confident as they can because, ultimately, it helps the team out and it helps them out." (Ranger Rants)

McIlrath played 233:26 with Yandle this season and when they were on the ice together the Rangers had 53.8% of the shot attempts. (Stats.HockeyAnalysis.com)

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Dec 15, 2015; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei (76) enters the game against the Edmonton Oilers during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 15, 2015; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei (76) enters the game against the Edmonton Oilers during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Larry Brooks writes that it's possible that the Rangers could start next season with at least 9 players who are 25-years old or younger. (NY Post)

Those players include JT Miller (23), Pavel Buchnevich (21), Chris Kreider (25), Kevin Hayes (24), Jesper Fast (24), Oscar Lindberg (24) and Nicklas Jensen (23) up front and Brady Skjei (22) and Dylan McIlrath (24) on defense.

He said that carrying up to nine players 25 or younger would destroy the narrative that the Rangers are "too old." (NY Post)

Marek Hrivik, who will battle for a spot in training camp, will only be 25 when the season starts.

When the season starts Derek Stepan will be 26, Ryan McDonagh will be 27, Mats Zuccarello, Marc Staal and Derick Brassard will all be 29.

It's been previously reported that the organizational focus this summer will be to get younger.

Adam Rotter: Whether or not all of those players above on the Rangers next season, the team will still have a pretty healthy contingent of 25 and under players.

Going from Dan Boyle to Dylan McIlrath on a consistent basis shaves 15/16 years off the Rangers defense. Yandle to Skjei is 7 years and Dominic Moore, to likely Oscar Lindberg, is about 10 years. I also don't think Tanner Glass will be on the team either and that will shave some years off as well.


The Rangers signed 21-year old Swedish prospect Malte Stromwall in April after he finished seventh in points in the Allsvenskan league in Sweden.

He is 5-10, 168 and in 49 games for AIK this season he had 25 goals and 17 assists.

Stromwall said that he likes to play with speed, shoot the puck and "always work hard." (NYR)

He added, "I like to put the puck in the net and make plays all over the ice." (NYR)

Gordie Clark said that Stromwall is a "very driven player" who creates turnovers with his speed, back checks and played well with fell Rangers prospect Robin Kovacs. (NYR)

Stromwall was projected to be a sixth round pick in 2012 but went undrafted. (NBC)

He said in 2012, while in the WHL, that he is a "fast skater with good hands and vision and will do what the coach wants him to do. (Yahoo)

He said that a player he likes to watch is TJ Oshie. (Yahoo)

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5/16/16 | 11:48AM: Gordie Clark says that Buchnevich is a "highly intelligent player" with a "high-end skill set" and thrives on "high expectations." (NYR)

He said that Buchnevich will make plays when on the ice with other high end players but added that they will find out how ready he is to do that at the NHL level in training camp. (NYR)

5/14/16 | 10:04AM: The Rangers drafted Pavel Buchnevich with the second of their three third round picks in the 2013 draft.

Shortly after the 2013 draft Rangers Director of Player Personnel Gordie Clark said:

  • They wanted to take a chance on Buchnevich's skill and that he reminds him of late Rangers prospect Alexei Cherepanov, "same kind of style, real nice head and hands."

After the 2014 draft, Clark said, aid "The KHL is the second best league and it's a very talented league and for an 18 year old to be playing and producing, some nights we look and it's 3 minutes, some nights it's 11 or 9 and it's a highly skilled league so he had a pretty successful season and he played in the World Junior."

Clark also said in 2014 that Buchnevich is highly skilled, can play any forward position, has skill, hands and good smarts" and made "great strides" from one summer to the next.

In the summer of 2015, Clark said that he and Glen Sather told Buchnevich at the World Juniors that he was ready to play in the NHL.

On Buchnevich deciding to stay in Russia last summer, Clark said "whatever decision he makes we are 100% behind it. I think he would have been in the lineup this year. He made his decision and we are behind it and we will just keep going over and tagging up with him. He watches all the Rangers games that he can and it looks like a year from now he will get a crack at it."

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According to Cap Friendly, right now the Rangers have $57,000,000 committed to 15 players.

The Rangers will have between $16 million and $18 million depending where the salary cap ends up this summer.

  • Goalie: $9.5 million- Henrik Lundqvist: $8.5 million, Antti Raanta: $1 million.
  • Forward: $27.75 million- Rick Nash: $7.8 million, Derek Stepan: $6.5 million, Derick Brassard: $5 million, Mats Zuccarello: $4.5 million, Tanner Glass: $1.45 million, Jesper Fast: $950,000, Pavel Buchnevich: $925,000, Oscar Lindberg: $650,000
  • Defense: $19.7 million- Marc Staal: $5.7 million, Dan Girardi: $5.5 million, Ryan McDonagh: $4.7 million, Kevin Klein: $2.9 million, Brady Skjei: $925,000.

Girardi, Staal and Lundqvist all have no-move clauses this summer.

Rick Nash, Derick Brassard and Ryan McDonagh all have versions of no-trade clauses this summer.

For more on the Rangers RFAs, click HERE and UFAs, click HERE.

Adam Rotter: Just on first look, I can't see Tanner Glass' full cap hit being with the Rangers next season. Part of it, unless the Rangers find someone to take all of Glass' salary. The next number that jumps out is Dan Girardi's and what happens with that. Every dollar that the Rangers can save from the players above will help them get the RFAs under contract as well as any other move they want to try and make.


During the regular season the Rangers send out Prospect Reports that detail how their prospects have played in the previous week.

These reports sometimes include scouting reports from certain Rangers scouts or management.

Below are the scouting reports sent about Pavel Buchnevich:

9/22/14:

European Scout, Oto Hascak: "Pavel plays with good effort, desire, and attitude. He has exceptional ability and great vision with the puck. He has the potential to play a key role on an NHL team in the future."

European Scout, Vladimir Lutchenko: "So far this year, Pavel has been the most skilled and creative player on the ice. He skates well, has great vision, and has the ability to anticipate the play very well."

10/20/14

Jan Gajdosik, Rangers European Scout: "He has the ability to create something out of nothing with his tricky moves and his quick, surprising release. His coach has started to use him as penalty killer and he's showed a willingness to block shots, even sliding on the ice to block shots from the point."

1/6/15

Assistant General Manager Jeff Gorton: "He was impressive again at the World Junior Championship. He was a go to guy who showed his high-end talent throughout the last two weeks. He tries to make a difference every shift, which is encouraging for his future."

European Scout Jan Gajdosik: "He has the ability to create something out of nothing with his tricky moves and his quick, surprising release. He plays a complete game and is an excellent prospect."

2/23/15

European Scout Vladimir Lutchenko: "He's an intense player. He has skated well, has been strong on the puck, and possesses good vision. He makes quick, smart decisions with the puck, and makes plays with his creative passes."

3/30/15

European Scout Vladimir Lutchenko : "He has great playmaking ability. He has the ability to control the game and to make quick decisions with the puck while in traffic."

1/25/16:

Director of Player Personnel Gordie Clark: "He's been playing with men for a long time. He's more of a playmaker, (and) his skills and his passing are incredible."

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New York Rangers center J.T. Miller celebrates his goal during the first period against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center. (Kelvin Kuo/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Rangers center J.T. Miller celebrates his goal during the first period against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center. (Kelvin Kuo/USA Today Sports Images)

5/8/16 | 1:06PM: JT Miller completed his first season with the Rangers without being sent down and appeared in all 82 games.

Miller had 22 goals and 21 assists while averaging 15:02 per game.

In 14-15, Miller played 18 games in the AHL and 58 in the NHL where he had 10 goals and 13 assists in 12:41 per game.

On the season, Miller said that it was a "good first full year" but there are still some areas to his game that need to be worked on. (NYR)

He added, "I put in a lot of hard work the last couple of summers to get where I am now and I don't want to be satisfied. There will be more expectations and I will have more expectations for myself." (NYR)

Miller is an RFA this summer.

Adam Rotter: Miller turned 23 in May and played with the Rangers, in some capacity, for the fourth straight season. He has come a long way, which is to be expected when you debut at 19, and looks like the first round pick the Rangers picked him to be. The Rangers will have an interesting choice with Miller in regards to offering him a bridge deal or looking possibly long-term for some security.

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Rangers defenseman Dan Boyle goes on an expletive-laden rant at New York Post writer Larry Brooks at the team's practice facility.

Alain Vigneault said that it was disappointing to see Dan Boyle's incident with Larry Brooks and that he hopes people will remember Boyle for his career before they remember that interaction. (La Presse)

He said that Boyle had a very successful career and won a Stanley Cup but some people will only remember him for this, which he said would be a shame. (La Presse)

Boyle has said that he does not regret anything that he said to Brooks.


Larry Brooks writes that while there has been no formal announcement, "it does appear" that Alain Vigneault's coaching staff will remain intact from this past season. (NY Post)

Vigneault said on breakup day that he could not say at that point if all of the coaches would return.

The Rangers coaching staff features associate coach Scott Arniel, assistant coaches Ulf Samuelsson and Darryl Williams, goalie coach Benoit Allaire and video coach Jerry Dineen.

The Rangers coaching staff, with the exception of Williams who replaced Daniel Lacroix, has remained the same since Vigneault joined the Rangers in the summer of 2013.


The Rangers are doing their due diligence on Alexander Radulov who is planning to return to the NHL after his latest stay in the KHL, according to Larry Brooks. (NY Post)

Brooks notes that while few doubt what Radulov can do on the ice, there is a lot of skepticism about whether he could be an off-ice mentor. (NY Post)

He says that because of that Radulov is "probably a longshot" to come to the Rangers. (NY Post)

For more on Radulov, click HERE.

The Rangers are reportedly considering bringing in another Russian player to help ease the transition for Pavel Buchnevich.


Nicklas Jensen scored twice for Denmark yesterday, including the shootout winner, to beat Latvia 3-2.

Jensen had two goals, 6 shots on goal, and played 19:51 (6:02, 6:20, 5:57, 1:32) in the game.

Goal 1 Shootout Game Winner

So far in the tournament, Jensen has four goals, 1 assist, a minus one rating, 21 shots on goal and an average of 15:05 per game.

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5/13/16 | 8:38PM: Pavel Buchnevich has a European Assignment Clause in his contract with the Rangers which means that he has the right to play in Europe if not on the Rangers roster. (Cap Friendly)

Buchnevich would likely return to the KHL rather than play in the AHL.

At least in the case of Viktor Tikhonov's contract in 2008 with the Coyotes, if the player is sent down he can return to Europe but he if is called up he has to return to the team. (Coyotes)

Agent Steve Bartlett explains that the clause gives players an out to go back and play overseas if they are more comfortable.

Section 11.19 of the CBA: Loan To Clubs Outside of North America may refer to this clause.

Fellow European players like Artemi Panarin, Sergei Plotnikov, Sami Aittokallio, Valeri Nichushkin also have these clauses in their contract.

Adam Rotter: This likely won't be an issue but does provide Buchnevich with a little bit of security and control over where he plays if he happens to not be with the Rangers.

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May 13, 2015; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Derek Stepan (21) celebrates with teammates after scoring the game winning goal against the Washington Capitals during overtime in game seven of the second round of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers defeated the Capitals 2 - 1 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports ( Adam Hunger)
May 13, 2015; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Derek Stepan (21) celebrates with teammates after scoring the game winning goal against the Washington Capitals during overtime in game seven of the second round of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers defeated the Capitals 2 - 1 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports ( Adam Hunger)

On May 13, 2015, the Rangers and Capitals were playing Game 7 of the second round of the playoffs after the Rangers had come back from being down 3 games to 1.

Alex Ovechkin scored in the first period, Kevin Hayes tied it in the second period and Derek Stepan scored the OT winner to send the Rangers to their second straight Eastern Conference Final and third in four seasons.

Ovechkin told Henrik Lundqvist in the handshake line "I hope you gonna win it."

Lundqvist said the game was "windy" for a little while but added "enjoy it and then we get ready for the next one."

Lundqvist also said that the best part was winning at home.

Anton Stralman said that the Rangers were the favorites heading into the series.

Adam Rotter: We all know what followed, the Rangers went to the third period of Game 7 at home tied and then lost 2-0. It was an amazing run with a really fun team and, to me, it feels like it was a lot longer than a year ago.

Tampa was always going to be a tough matchup but there were dreams of back to back years in the Stanley Cup final. I'm not sure, even Mats Zuccarello, that the Rangers would have beaten Chicago in the Final when Tampa was better and healthier and didn't do it.

Still, on this day last year the dream was still alive for the Rangers.

Today, the dream has been over for nearly a month and the most exciting thing going on is that they finally brought over Pavel Buchnevich. Buchnevich brings a whole host of excitement, but it's a much different time for the Rangers today than it was a year ago. Hopefully, starting with Buchnevich and some moves this summer, the Rangers get back to playing into mid-late May next year and beyond.


5/13/16 | 4:49PM: Pavel Buchnevich spoke with Russian reporter Igor Eronko today and said the following things:

  • Henrik Lundqvist is his favorite Rangers player
  • He is glad that Chris Kreider speaks Russian
  • He will come to New York on June 15th and will stay there to start preparing for the season and learning English.
  • He didn't want to discuss any clauses he may have in his contract
  • He believes that he will make the Rangers roster.

Buchnevich said that the final decision to go to the NHL was his and that it's something that he wanted to do. (Sports.Ru)

He said that it's nice to see fellow Russians like Panarin and Kuznetsov come to the NHL and play big roles. (Championat)

He has not spoken with Alain Vigneault or Jeff Gorton and everything was done through his agent. (Championat)

He is recovering from his elbow surgery, will take a week to relax and then come to New York on June 15th. (Championat)

The Rangers are apparently in need of young players on cheap contracts. (Championat)

He likes Rick Nash and Mats Zuccarello and thinks they are very good. (Championat)

Every child's dream is to play in the NHL and that he is no exception. He always wanted to go to the NHL and now the time has come. (Sports Express)

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5/14/16 | 10:46AM: Larry Brooks writes "It is expected that the Rangers will do what they can to add another Russian to the roster to help ease the transition." (NY Post)

5/13/16 | 2:14PM: According to Larry Brooks, it's "likely" that the Rangers will add another Russian player to help Pavel Buchnevich as he transitions to North America. (NY Post)

Buchnevich does not speak English.

According to QuantHockey, there were 52 Russian born players who played in either the NHL or AHL this season.

Cross-referencing the list from QuantHockey and the list of UFAs from Cap Friendly show the following Russian's as UFAs this summer: 

Tikhonov served as the Blackhawks translator for Artemi Panarin this past year before losing him on waivers to the Coyotes. (Daily Herald)

Former Ranger Pavel Valentenko's name has been thrown around.

Chris Kreider is also fluent in Russian, as well as English and Spanish. (Rangers Media Guide)

Adam Rotter: This is something that is almost impossible to predict but Tikhonov is interesting. He's still young and skilled but hasn't been able to produce consistently during his team in the NHL. He's a former first round pick, only 28-years old, will be cheap and Chicago thought enough of him to sign him last year. The Rangers could also rely on good friend and former Coyotes GM Don Maloney for a scouting report since he drafted Tikhonov and brought him back.

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The Rangers have officially announced that Pavel Buchnevich has signed his entry-level contract.

Buchnevich, 21, was a third round pick of the Rangers (75th overall) in 2013 and has widely been considered their top prospect.

His cap hit is $925,000 according to Cap Friendly.

He is expected to come to NYC during the summer, and train in North America to get acclimated for next season. (McKenzie)

In 158 regular season KHL games, Buchnevich had 37 goals and 50 assists.

By season:

  • Severstal 2012-13: 12 games, 1 goal, 1 assist, 14 shots on goal, 5:48 per game. 0 points in 6 playoff games and an average of 3:42 per game with 3 shots on goal.
  • Severstal 2013-14: 40 games, 7 goals, 11 assists, 93 shots on goal and an average of 12:32 per game.
  • Severstal 2014-15: 48 games, 13 goals, 17 assists, 113 shots on goal, 16:01 per game
  • Severstal 2015-16:40 games, 12 goals, 17 assists, 122 shots on goal, 17:56 per game.
  • SKA 2015-16: 18 games, 4 goals, 4 assists, 33 shots on goal, 12:16 per game. 14 playoff games, 1 goal, 2 assists, 29 shots on goal in 12:37 per game.

In 71 MHL games (Russian junior league) he had 23 goals and 46 assists in 71 regular season game and 17 goals and 24 assists in 31 playoff games.

In 14 career games at the World Juniors, Buchnevich had 3 goals and 10 assists.

For a lot more on Buchnevich, click HERE.

Adam Rotter: It's exciting to have Buchnevich officially signed and coming over to play in the NHL this season. I have historically always been someone who prefers guys start in the minors and then come up, but I don't see that happening with Buchnevich. He is here to infuse youth and a lot of skill into the Rangers.

Patience will likely be the key with Buchnevich as he adjusts to a new team, league, Country and Continent but he has the ability to step in and help the Rangers. Do I think he will step in and dominate the way his potential dictates that he can? No. Many Russian/European players take some time to adjust, maybe a full year, before starting to really show how good they can be. We saw it with Mats Zuccarello. He showed his talents, was sent up and down and, because of John Tortorella or not, took a couple of years to become the player that he is. A big part of the Rangers present and future is now here, and as noted above, it's very exciting.

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New York Rangers forward J. T. Miller is congratulated by teammates defensemen Marc Staal defensemen Kevin Klein and forward Derek Stepan after his second period goal against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. (James Guillory/USATSI)
New York Rangers forward J. T. Miller is congratulated by teammates defensemen Marc Staal defensemen Kevin Klein and forward Derek Stepan after his second period goal against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. (James Guillory/USATSI)

With the Sharks win over the Predators in Game 7 on Thursday, San Jose will face St. Louis in the Western Conference Final.

Pierre LeBrun sent out three tweets that, while not referencing them, have an indirect connection to the Rangers and the position they are currently in:

  • Observation from a rival GM: Blues/Sharks both examples of patience and perseverance, so many wanted them to blow up core but they did not.
  • There were changes, SJ has more depth now, added key secondary players. Blues made important trade last summer. But the core is the core...
  • Which is all to say, in a parity-filled, salary cap league, knowing when to stick with it or blow it up is a tough call. (Memo to Caps).

Since 2011-12, the Sharks have had a consistent core including Patrick Marleau, Joe Pavelski, Joe Thornton, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Brent Burns, Justin Braun and Logan Couture.

The Sharks fired head coach Todd McLellan after missing the playoffs last season and hired Pete DeBoer. In 2014 the Sharks blew a 3-0 series lead to LA in the first round.

The Sharks also brought in Martin Jones to replace Antti Niemi in goal.

At various points over the last few years there have been rumors about possible moves for Thornton or Marleau but both have no-move clauses.

Since 2011-12, the Blues have had a mostly consistent core including Brian Elliott, David Backes, Alex Pietrangelo, Kevin Shattenkirk, Patrik Berglund, Alex Steen, Vladimir Tarasenko, Jay Bouwmeester and Jaden Shwartz.

The Blues traded TJ Oshie for Troy Brouwer this past summer and have Ken Hitchcock on a one-year deal.

Prior to this season, the Blues had lost in the first round three straight seasons.

The Rangers have spoken about making changes to the core

Adam Rotter: None of this is scientific and players have been added and subtracted to each core in the past few years, but when talk of blowing things up starts, some of the players above were the ones being talked about.

Does this relate to the Rangers? In some ways yes, and in some ways no. You can say that the Sharks, in some way, are like the 2013-14 Rangers after firing their coach, adding good depth, making a couple of key moves and making a run. You could also say that despite the Sharks past struggles, their core with Thornton, Pavelski, Couture, Burns and Vlasic is superior to the Rangers core.

The Blues are interesting because while they added guys like Stastny, Lehtera and developed Parayko, most of their guys have been in varying roles since Hitchcock first came to the team. At the same time, they blew a 3-1 lead in the first round this year and were tied in the third period of Game 7 before winning.

This isn't an apples to apples comparison between the core of the Rangers and the cores on St. Louis and San Jose. The real question seems to be whether the Rangers think that they have an inner core, like San Jose and St. Louis had/have, to build around and stay competitive (McDonagh, Lundqvist and maybe Stepan) while moving other core players (maybe Girardi, Staal, Nash or Kreider) out. That is what we will see this summer.


Antti Raanta said that when he had his exit meeting with Jeff Gorton both were "pretty much on the same page" and were able to work out a new contract. (NYR)

He said that the organization showed that they wanted to keep him and that it was a "pretty easy decision" to come back. (NYR)

Raanta said that it's easier to start focusing on next season knowing where he will be rather than waiting for a phone call. (NYR)

He signed a two-yea deal with the Rangers with a cap hit of $1 million per season.

For a lot more on Raanta, click HERE.

Adam Rotter: Keeping Raanta checks off an important box for the Rangers before the offseason even really starts. They needed a backup goalie who they trust to win games and spell Henrik Lundqvist 20-25 times and instead of looking around for one they kept the one that they had. He is still relatively cheap and his value to the Rangers over the next two years will probably be worth more than the $1 million he is getting per season.


Derick Brassard had two assists in Canada's 5-2 win over Germany today.

Brassard had zero shots on goal, won 7 faceoffs, lost 4 and played 13:59 (5:28, 4:44, 3:47).

Through four games, Brassard has 2 goals and 5 assists to lead Canada with 7 points, a plus eight rating, 9 shots on goal and an average of 15:08 per game.

 

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Apr 19, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period of game three of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. The Penguins defeated the Rangers 3-1 to take a two games to one lead in the best of seven series. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 19, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period of game three of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. The Penguins defeated the Rangers 3-1 to take a two games to one lead in the best of seven series. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

3:23PM: Asked about this idea, Bob McKenzie said "Yeah, I don't t hink the Rangers are trading him, to be honest. " (Nichols)

2:30PM: While noting that it's "crazy" and "unlikely," Matt Larkin suggests in The Hockey News that the Dallas Stars attempt to fix their goaltending woes by trading for Henrik Lundqvist. (The Hockey News)

Lundqvist has five-years left on his deal with a cap hit of $8.5 million and a no-move clause. (The Hockey News)

In throwing out potential returns for Lundqvist, Larkin suggests the Stars first round pick this year, defensive prospect Esa Lindell and either Antti Niemi or Kari Lehtonen. (The Hockey News)

Adam Rotter: The premise is that trading Lundqvist to Dallas would give the Stars a number one goalie while delivering a draft pick and prospect to help the Rangers rebuild/retool process.

This trade, as Larkin notes, or any trade with Henrik Lundqvist will not happen. Lundqvist has full say in where he plays and there is no indication at all he is even considering going anywhere else. As crazy as it may seem, Lundqvist may have a better shot at getting back to the Stanley Cup Final in the East which still looks to be more wide open than the West which still has a bunch of potential powerhouse teams.

If even to just throw reality out the window and consider a possible move for Lundqvist, that deal wouldn't come close to what the Rangers would want/could get for Henrik. Lundqvist, for all intents and purposes, is a sure thing. The Rangers would want to get a sure thing or as close to it back in any possible trade, but I don't think Tyler Seguin or Jamie Benn would be moved. Any deal that would involve Henrik Lundqvist would include multiple first round picks and multiple high end young players/prospects.

Again, there is no Lundqvist trade happening and there is every reason to believe that he, like Mike Richter, will play his entire career with the Rangers.

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Brady Skjei scored his first goal of the World Championships on Thursday, sending a wrist shot off of the French goalie's glove and into the net.

Against France, Skjei had his goal, 2 shots on goal, a plus one rating, and 16:35 overall (5:01, 4:25, 7:09).

In the tournament so far, Skjei has one goal, 2 PIM, 4 shots on goal, an average of 18:33 per game and a total ice time of 74:13.

By game, Skjei has played:

Game 1 Canada: 19:09

Game 2 Belarus: 18:50

Game 3 Finland: 19:39

Game 4 France: 16:35

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