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Jan 16, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Ottawa Senators center Mika Zibanejad (93) reacts after scoring a goal in the third period of the game against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center. Senators won 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports (Jayne Kamin-Oncea)
Jan 16, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Ottawa Senators center Mika Zibanejad (93) reacts after scoring a goal in the third period of the game against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center. Senators won 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports (Jayne Kamin-Oncea)

Kevin Allen, in an interview with Pro Hockey Rumors, pointed to the Rangers as one of the teams that he felt has had the best offseason. (Pro Hockey Rumors)

Allen notes the improved speed of the team with Michael Grabner, the addition of Pavel Buchnevich and how they "stunned" many by landing Jimmy Vesey. (Pro Hockey Rumors)

Allen also says that Nick Holden "wasn't a bad pick up" and that they moved a player in Derick Brassard to get a younger and bigger center in Mika Zibanejad. (Pro Hockey Rumors)

Matt Larkin writes in The Hockey News that the Rangers "stealthily" changed things over the past month and that while no one move felt "epic" when you combine them all together Gorton made the Rangers younger and "significantly raised" their ceiling up front. (The Hockey News)

After signing Jimmy Vesey but before signing Brandon Pirri, Jeff Gorton said on a conference call that he wouldn't use the word "satisfied" when talking about the team but said that he is happy with the players they have and the youth that has been added.

Adam Rotter: There is definitely a lot more speed, youth and potential upside with this Rangers team, at least up front, than the team that seemed to fall apart against the Penguins in Games 4 and 5. There is a lot to look forward to with Mika Zibanejad, Pavel Buchnevich and Jimmy Vesey all 23 or younger as well as the new speed they and others bring to the table.

It's just on defense where things didn't or couldn't change much other than adding Nick Holden and possibly Adam Clendening. Brady Skjei is an upgrade over Dan Boyle and while the Rangers will miss Keith Yandle, everything rests on the two players with the no-move clauses. The Rangers are banking on Dan Girardi bouncing back and Marc Staal playing a more consistent game. They have control over their careers right now and you can only hope that they will be better than last season.


Corey Pronman lists the Rangers farm system at 28 in his yearly rankings. (ESPN Insider)

Last year Pronman ranked the Rangers 29th. (ESPN Insider)

He notes as a negative that the Rangers lack "high-end talent" after Pavel Buchnevich but notes how their prospect depth "isn't that bad" despite how few high picks the Rangers have had lately. (ESPN Insider)

Pronman listed Buchnevich 7th on his list of the top 50 prospects this winter.

He says that the Rangers situation is "bad, but it could be a lot worse." (ESPN Insider)

In his top 100 prospects last summer, Pronman had Jimmy Vesey at #98 saying that his hockey sense and puck skills are both "very good" and he notes that Vesey should be NHL ready when he turns pro in 2016-17.

Vesey was not ranked in Pronman's mid-season top 50 prospect list.

In the spring, prior to the signing of Vesey the Rangers were ranked 30th by The Hockey News.

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The Rangers have announced their roster for the 2016 Traverse City tournament alphabetically by position:

Forwards:

  • Tim Gettinger, Pavel Buchnevich, Nick Betz
  • Ryan Gropp, Reid Duke, Adam Chapie
  • Michael Joly, Steven Fogarty, Ty Ronning
  • Robin Kovacs, Brad Morrison, Malte Stromwall
  • Jimmy Vesey, Boo Nieves, Zachary Zborosky

Defense: Colton Bobyk, Sean Day, John Gilmour, Zachary Malatesta, Turner Ottenbreit, Calle Andersoon, Dylan Di Perna, Sergey Zborobskiy

Goalie: Brandon Halverson, Joshep Raaymakers

The tournament begins on September 16.

Players who represented the Rangers at Traverse City in the past include: Ryan Gropp, Brad Morrison and Sergey Zborovskiy.

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Since July 1st, the Rangers have signed the following forwards:

  • Michael Grabner ($1.65 million)
  • Nathan Gerbe ($600,000)
  • Josh Jooris ($600,000)
  • Jimmy Vesey ($925,000)
  • Brandon Pirri ($1.1 million)

The Rangers also signed Pavel Buchnevich ($925,000) and re-signed JT Miller, Chris Kreider, Kevin Hayes, Nicklas Jensen ($600,000) and Marek Hrivik ($600,000).

Jensen, Jooris and Hrivik are all on two-way contracts but would need to pass through waivers to be sent to the AHL.

Buchnevich and Vesey are the only Rangers who would not have to pass through waivers in order to go to Hartford.

Adam Rotter: It seems to be the unpopular opinion in some circles, but I think it's possible/likely the Rangers stand pat with their current group of forwards. Maybe they make a minor move and trade one of the Jooris/Gerbe/Hrivik at the end of camp to clear some congestion but you can't discount the importance of depth. Guys are going to get hurt and you are going to need reinforcements that come from Hartford. Grabner, Gerbe and Pirri are all guys who routinely see time on the DL, Oscar Lindberg is already hurt and when players go down you need/want NHL caliber players stepping in.

There is no question that the Rangers need to upgrade their defense but the issues that stopped that from happening earlier in the offseason, who is getting moved/who is coming back/for what, are still there. Rick Nash's value hasn't changed and you can argue it's gotten lower as the optics seem to show the Rangers need to move a forward. The other things to account for on defense is space and spots. Girardi and Staal, the two players everyone wants to move, have no move clauses. McDonagh & Skjei aren't going anywhere and that leaves Kevin Klein, Nick Holden and Dylan McIlrath. Unless you combine one of those guys with maybe Mats Zuccarello, something the Rangers have shown no interest in doing, you aren't likely to get an upgrade there.


Dec 29, 2015; Sunrise, FL, USA; iFlorida Panthers center Brandon Pirri (73) skates in the third period of a game against the Montreal Canadiens at BB&T Center. The Panthers won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Mayer)
Dec 29, 2015; Sunrise, FL, USA; iFlorida Panthers center Brandon Pirri (73) skates in the third period of a game against the Montreal Canadiens at BB&T Center. The Panthers won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Mayer)

When he arrived in Anaheim last season, Brandon Pirri said that he is focus was just to get open and "always be ready to shoot." (LA Daily News)

He said that his mentality on the ice is to put pucks on net. (LA Daily News)

Former teammate with Florida Willie Mitchell said that Pirri has a "knack" for putting the puck in the net and that when he gets some open ice "he's got one thing on his mind and that's shooting the puck. And that's how you score goals." (Sun Sentinel)

Pirri has a career 13.6% shooting percentage and has scored 13 of his 49 career goals on the PP.

The Rangers were near the bottom of the league last season averaging just over 28 shots per game.

Adam Rotter: Some say that Pirri is a one-dimensional player but his one dimension, shooting the puck, is something that is both necessary and needed for the Rangers. He's only one player but he looks like someone who is shoot first on a team that has leaned very heavily towards pass first the past couple of years. Putting the puck on net opens up a ton of other options such as rebounds, scrambles or the goalie freezing the puck and getting an offensive zone faceoff. He almost seems like he could be a situational player for the Rangers with a big focus of his time being a threat on the PP.

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Jimmy Vesey says that he is a "hybrid" type of player who can play a "skilled game" or a "gtritty, power-forward game." (Sportsnet)

He said that a lot of players say he plays a game similar to Jakub Voracek of the Flyers. (Sportsnet)

On his conference call Vesey said that he is a "big body" at 6-2 and 205 and a mix between a power forward and skill forward.

He said that his offensive instincts are "definitely the strong suit of my game."

When Vesey signed with the Rangers, Joe McDonald of ESPN spoke on the NHL Network and described him as a smart, two-way player who will put up points. He noted that Vesey's work ethic is "off the charts" and has been working out "nonstop" this summer knowing he has to prove himself.

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New York Rangers defensemenRyan McDonagh (27) shoots the puck in the third period against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The Hurricanes won 4-3. (James Guillory)
New York Rangers defensemenRyan McDonagh (27) shoots the puck in the third period against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The Hurricanes won 4-3. (James Guillory)

In a ranking of the top NHL defensemen, Ryan McDonagh came in at #17. (NHL)

In The Hockey News Yearbook, McDonagh was ranked as the 50th player overall and the 16th defenseman.

Last year, McDonagh ranked:

  • 40th in total points for defensemen last season with 34
  • 4th in plus/minus (+26)
  • 66th in shots on goal (113)
  • 57th in total time on ice (1,632 minutes)
  • 49th in average time on ice per game at 22:21
  • 10th according to Hockey Reference's defensive point shares

This past season McDonagh received a third place vote for the Norris and finished in 15th place.

Yahoo has McDonagh ranked at 18th on their list of defensemen.

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Dec 29, 2015; Sunrise, FL, USA; iFlorida Panthers center Brandon Pirri (73) skates in the third period of a game against the Montreal Canadiens at BB&T Center. The Panthers won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Mayer)
Dec 29, 2015; Sunrise, FL, USA; iFlorida Panthers center Brandon Pirri (73) skates in the third period of a game against the Montreal Canadiens at BB&T Center. The Panthers won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Mayer)

From the Rangers release on Brandon Pirri:

  • "He established career-highs in several categories in 2015-16, including games played, assists, and points."
  • "He recorded a goal on five of his six shootout attempts (83.3%), and registered two game-deciding goals during the past season."
  • "Pirri posted two three-point games during the season - December 17, 2015 at New Jersey and March 24, 2016 at Toronto."
  • Among NHL players who have skated in at least 100 games over the last two seasons (2014-15 and 2015-16), Pirri is tied for 30th in goals per game (0.33)."
  • "Over the last three seasons (2013-14 - 2015-16), Pirri is tied for 24th in the NHL (min. 300 shots on goal) in shooting percentage (14.0), and he posted a shooting percentage of 10.0 or better in each season over the span."
  • "In addition, he has tallied at least 13 goals and 24 points in each of the last three seasons and he recorded a career-high 22 goals in 49 games with Florida during the 2014-15 season."
  • "He tied for ninth in the NHL (min. five games played) in goals per game in 2014-15 (0.45). In addition, Pirri has tallied a goal on 10 of his 17 career shootout attempts (58.8%), and has registered five game-deciding goals."
  • "He was selected to play in the AHL All-Star Game in two of his four seasons in the league (2011-12 and 2013-14), and he led the AHL with 75 points in 2012-13. Pirri posted a shooting percentage of 10.0 or better in each of his last three seasons in the AHL.

Pirri signed a one-year deal with the Rangers worth $1.1 million.

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Gordie Clark said at prospect camp that the Rangers want Steven Fogarty to bring the offense back to his game. (NYR)

Clark said that the Rangers want Fogarty to continue to play a strong defensive game but wanted him to the guy from Penticton. (NYR)

When he was in the BCHL with Penticton, Fogarty had 33 goals and 49 assists in 60 games.

He said that Fogarty, (6-3, 212) started showing his defensive ability while in the BCHL and scouts would say that he was the best two-way player on the team.

Clark said that he was placed in a defensive role at Notre Dame and that he is a player who really "understands defense."

In his career at Notre Dame, Fogarty had 8 goals and 13 assists in his first two seasons (74 games) and 19 goals and 25 assists in his final two years (76 games).

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With the Rangers signing of Brandon Pirri, the team has about $1.4 million in cap space according to General Fanager and Cap Friendly.

  • The Rangers have 48 players under contract on their 50 contract list. (General Fanager)
  • The Rangers have 15 forwards on their roster including Pavel Buchnevich, but not Tanner Glass.

The Rangers have 24 players on their roster, if Oscar Lindberg is placed on LTIR, and will need to cut down to at least 23 when the season starts.

A roster that includes Pavel Buchnevich, Jimmy Vesey, Brandon Pirri and has one of Nathan Gerbe or Josh Jooris in the AHL along with Adam Clendening would leave the Rangers with around $2.625 million in cap space.

Adam Rotter: The signing of Pirri eats into the extra cap room the Rangers could carry but once they cut down the roster they should still have over $2 million in cap space to start the season. The Rangers should be able to carry the full compliment of 23 players this season, if they choose, and not run into any cap issues which has been a problem in the past. Carrying 23 players would, hopefully, allow Alain Vigneault to use a decent rotation of players and allow certain players (Dan Girardi) to get rest and stay fresh throughout the season.


Jimmy Vesey announced that he will wear #26 for the Rangers this season.

He said that he picked #26 because he was born on May 26th and the last time he wore #26 was in the World Juniors when he was playing with JT Miller.

Vesey added, "hopefully we can continue to win hockey games with me at #26 and him at #10."

Previous Rangers to wear #26 include Marty St. Louis, Ruslan Fedotenko, Joey Kocur, Dave Maloney, Martin Rucinsky and Tim Tayor.

Vesey wore #19 while at Harvard.

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Mar 28, 2016; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Anaheim Ducks forward Brandon Pirri (11) skates against the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports (Perry Nelson)
Mar 28, 2016; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Anaheim Ducks forward Brandon Pirri (11) skates against the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports (Perry Nelson)

8/26/16 | 10:02AM: The Rangers have confirmed the signing of Pirri to a one-year deal worth $1.1 million.

8/25/16 12:50PM: The Rangers have reportedly signed forward Brandon Pirri to a one-year deal worth around $1.1 million. (Friedman)

Pirri, 25, had 14 goals and 15 assists in 61 games last season for Florida and Anaheim.

Two seasons ago he scored 22 goals for Florida in 49 games.

Pirri was sent to Anaheim last year for a sixth-round pick.

The Rangers reportedly had interest in Pirri at the trade deadline.

Pirri was not qualified by the Ducks this past season after finishing a two-year deal with a cap hit of $925,000.

He fell out of favor for a time in Florida last season because of his issues defensively. (Sun Sentinel)

The Panthers had been shopping Pirri since January last season and his reported injuries and arbitration award possibilities apparently scared some teams off from acquiring him. (Miami Herald)

Dale Tallon said when Pirri was traded last season that he wanted to send him somewhere where he could have success, that they "liked him" and that he is a "good player." (Miami Herald)

Tallon noted that Pirri scored some big goals for the Panthers was great in the shootout and "has a lot of upside." (Miami Herald)

Adam Rotter: This is an interesting signing on about a dozen different fronts. Pirri is young, skilled and can score. So why was he moved for a 6th round pick last season and then not qualified this summer? There is definite offensive upside in his game and has shown at just about every level he has played at that he can contribute, at least to a certain extent.

So why was Pirri still a UFA on August 25th? Why has he been moved around so much? There is obviously a level of baggage that he brings to the table but upon initial research nothing seems to stand out. It's just strange to me that in a league where scoring is at a premium that no team wanted to take a risk on a 25-year old 20-goal scorer until the Rangers did today.

In regards to what this could mean for the roster and potential trades? I don't think it means much, at least not yet. Pirri adds to the headcount the Rangers have but it's not like you slot him in for Rick Nash. Pirri is a depth forward at this point and will battle with the other depth forwards for a spot. Depth isn't a bad thing to have and on the surface the Rangers look like they will have a lot of NHL caliber forward depth on the ice, in the pressbox and maybe 1 or 2 in Hartford.


Sep 30, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Rangers left wing Marek Hrivik (46) moves the puck against Philadelphia Flyers center Sean Couturier (14) during the third period at Wells Fargo Center. The Flyers defeated the Rangers, 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
Sep 30, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Rangers left wing Marek Hrivik (46) moves the puck against Philadelphia Flyers center Sean Couturier (14) during the third period at Wells Fargo Center. The Flyers defeated the Rangers, 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

Marek Hrivik said that he has had discussions with members of the organization suggesting that his development is on a good pace and that he is "close."

Hrivik said that he plans to be ready to battle for a spot in training camp. (NYR)

He said that it's going to be a challenge to make the Rangers but it's his "goal" and "dream" to play and stick in the NHL with the Rangers. (NYR)

Hrivik said that he felt good about his game during his call ups and noted that he was playing a different kind of role with the Rangers than he was with the Wolf Pack. (NYR)

He said that ultimately the decisions that are made on who stays and who doesn't are out of his control and that all he can do is focus on his own game. (NYR)

Hockey's Future described Hrivik as a big player with skills that appears to be close to being NHL ready. (HF)

Hrivik signed a one-year deal with the Rangers for this season that has a cap hit of $600,000.

Adam Rotter: I think Hrivik could be a nice AHL/NHL call up guy for the Rangers. He was probably one of the guys most hurt by the signing of Jimmy Vesey, along with Nicklas Jensen, but I think he will get some time this year. Injuries are bound to happen and he's a big body that plays a simple game and could fit into the bottom six. The issue with Hrivik is waivers and it's possible that at some point he goes the way of Dale Weise, gets claimed and starts his NHL journey somewhere else.

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Elliotte Friedman reports that the Florida Panthers are sending Dave Bolland and 19-year old prospect Lawson Crouse to Arizona for a 2nd and 3rd round pick.

Bolland, with a modified no-trade, has three-years left on his deal at $5.5 million per year has played in 78 games the past two seasons.

No salary was retained in the trade. (Johnston)

Bolland did not play from December 15, 2015 on last season due to injury, being sent on a conditioning stint and being scratched.

Crouse was listed by The Hockey News as the Panthers top prospect.

It had been noted in the past that at one point the Maple Leafs were interested in acquiring Wade Redden if the Rangers sent a first round pick along with him. The Rangers drafted Chris Kreider with that pick.

This is similar to what Chicago did with Carolina earlier in the offseason.

Adam Rotter: So why does this trade mean anything for the Rangers? Because what Florida did is what the Rangers would very likely have to do to move Dan Girardi or Marc Staal, in addition to getting them to waive their no-moves, and to some extent Rick Nash.

Florida, which is a very young and talented team, moved a top prospect to get out from a bad contract. This is something that the Rangers just can't afford to do right now with the lack of prospects and picks they have had the past few years. Even after signing Jimmy Vesey the Rangers are still in a position where they need to hold onto all of their assets, not move them.

Certain teams that have cap space are willing to take on bad contracts as long as they bring a sweetener with them. That sweetener could be retaining a large amount of cap space, high draft picks or top prospects. I'm sure that if the Rangers were willing to involve Pavel Buchnevich they could find a way to move out from Girardi or Staal, but is that worth it? It's sort of a moot point with those two because they both have no-move protection, but it's something to keep in mind for next season when part of Girardi's no-move becomes a modified no-trade.


Jan 19, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) controls the puck in front of Vancouver Canucks left wing Daniel Sedin (22) during the third period of an NHL hockey game at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers defeated the Canucks 3-2 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hunger)
Jan 19, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) controls the puck in front of Vancouver Canucks left wing Daniel Sedin (22) during the third period of an NHL hockey game at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers defeated the Canucks 3-2 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hunger)

8/18/16 | Ryan McDonagh has been working hard during the offseason to be in "better overall shape and to return to the form that made him among the most important defensemen in the league." (ESPN)

McDonagh told Scott Burnside that he wants to get back to being a consistent difference maker like he was a couple of years ago and not have it happen once every few games. (ESPN)

He said that the end of this past season was a little different for him because he didn't need to take a lot of time off to let his body heal. (ESPN)

McDonagh said that last season was "frustrating" for the Rangers and that they never got in sync. (ESPN)

It's been said that McDonagh has been working as hard as ever to get ready for this season.

McDonagh and his wife are also expecting their first child in the next couple of months. (ESPN)

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Feb 8, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center J.T. Miller (10) is congratulated by his teammates after scoring the game winning goal in the third period against the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers defeated the Devils 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Feb 8, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center J.T. Miller (10) is congratulated by his teammates after scoring the game winning goal in the third period against the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers defeated the Devils 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

8/19/16 | JT Miller has been working out and skating near his home in Pittsburgh at the Penguins practice facility. (Pitt Post Gazette)

Miller said that he has had almost four whole months off this summer to train so "there shouldn't be an excuse to not be in shape." (Pitt Post Gazette)

He signed a two-year deal with a cap hit of $2.75 million earlier this summer and Miller said that he doesn't want to be satisfied after his career high season.

Miller said that he has he has set the bar higher for this season and that both he and the organization expect more moving forward. (Pitt Post Gazette)

He said that he is looking forward to playing with Team North America at the World Cup next month and that the team has nothing to lose and everyone they are playing against will be expected to win. (Pitt Post Gazette)

For more on Miller, click HERE.

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Jimmy Vesey said that he picked the Rangers because it "jumped out" to him how much the team wanted him and "needed to have" him in the lineup.

He said that the Rangers organization believes in him and based on conversations felt like it would be the right fit.

Vesey said that he doesn't feel any added pressure based on everything that surrounded his decision and said that the organization doesn't expect him to come in and "be a savior."

He said "I'm a piece they wanted to add and hopefully I can help the New York Rangers win hockey games."

Vesey said that there are no guarantees but he feels that he can "plug in right away" with the Rangers and be on the opening night roster.

Jeff Gorton said that Vesey was never looking for a promise of a roster spot and that he is a "pretty proud guy" who is confident in his abilities.

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During his time at Harvard, Jimmy Vesey played thrice at Madison Square Garden as part of the Rivalry on Ice Game.

  • In 2016 Harvard lost to Quinnipiac 5-4 and Vesey had an assist, 3 shots on goal and a minus two rating.
  • In 2015 Harvard lost 4-1 to Yale and Vesey had a goal, 5 shots on goal and a minus one rating.
  • In 2014 Harvard lost 5-1 to Yale and Vesey had a goal, 3 shots and a minus one rating.

On his conference call last Friday, Vesey said of playing at MSG "I've played there with Harvard the past three years so I have gotten a feel for the city and the rink and it's probably the best arena in the World. In those three years we also had a chance to practice at the Rangers practice facility. I think that was probably in the back of my mind as well."

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Mar 8, 2016; Raleigh, NC, USA; Ottawa Senators forward Mika Zibanejad (93) celebrates his shoot out goal against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Ottawa Senators 4-3. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)
Mar 8, 2016; Raleigh, NC, USA; Ottawa Senators forward Mika Zibanejad (93) celebrates his shoot out goal against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Ottawa Senators 4-3. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)

While speaking with the media, Mika Zibanejad said that he wants to take the "next step" in his career and he wants it to be a "big jump."

He said that people have been waiting, as he has, for a breakout year and that is what he is hoping for this season and working towards.

Zibanejad added, "I feel like at this stage in my career I am ready for that as well."

Asked what would mean a breakout season, Zibanejad said more consistency would mean more points and a mindset of wanting to be more of a threat on the ice.

Dylan McIlrath said that Zibanejad is a speedy center who has put up a lot of points in the past. He said that he doesn't know him too well but "from what I have seen he is a great player." (NYR)

Last season Zibanejad had 21 goals and 30 assists. His point totals have increased every year in the league.

Adam Rotter: There has been steady progression, at least points wise, with Zibanejad and being at 51 is already pretty solid. I'd guess that a breakout year would be somewhere in the 30 goal, 60 points range, which would be a big boost for the Rangers and pretty much replicate what Derick Brassard would bring at his best. There is probably going to be a little adjustment period for him coming to a new team but he is at the right spot in his career to hit another level.

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Scott Arniel has not been granted an interview with Colorado, and is not a candidate to become the next Head Coach of the Avalanche, according to Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch

Previous Reports

Scott Arniel is reportedly on a list of candidates that the Colorado Avalanche are looking at to replace Patrick Roy as head coach. (Denver Post)

Roy resigned from his position last Thursday.

Arniel has been Alain Vigneault's associate head coach for the past three seasons and said previously that he would like to become a head coach again.

The Avalanche would need permission from the Rangers to speak with Arniel.


NHL.com lists newly signed Jimmy Vesey as the Rangers top prospect. (NHL.com)

Following Vesey is Brady Skjei, Pavel Buchnevich, Nicklas Jensen and Ryan Graves. (NHL.com)

The timeline noted for Vesey, Skjei and Buchnevich is "this season" while Jensen and Graves are slated to join the Rangers next season. (NHL.com)

On Skjei, Rangers director of player development Chris Drury said that he did good things down the stretch and in the playoffs and "I could see him doing some good things come September for our team." (NHL.com)

Drury said that Buchnevich will be given "every shot" to make the Rangers and that he is "really committed" to being "here." (NHL.com)

Drury said that Jensen helped turn the Wolf Pack's season around last year and that he played well in all three-zones. (NHL.com)

On Graves, Drury says that he "turned a lot of heads" last year and played well with and without the puck. (NHL.com)

For more on Ranger prospect rankings through the years, click HERE.

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Jagr left to play in Russia after the 2007-08 season, and Connecticut native Chris Drury took over as the 25th captain in franchise history before his contract was bought out in June 2011. (AP)
Jagr left to play in Russia after the 2007-08 season, and Connecticut native Chris Drury took over as the 25th captain in franchise history before his contract was bought out in June 2011. (AP)

During his conference call last week Jimmy Vesey said that he was really impressed with the Rangers after speaking their contingent which included Jeff Gorton, Alain Vigneault and Chris Drury.

Vesey noted how he is good friends with Kevin Hayes and leaned on him for advice since Hayes went through the same process as a college UFA two-years ago.

He noted though that he was "really impressed" with Drury during the meeting and noted the achievements Drury has had in his career (Hobey Baker, Stanley Cup, Rookie of the Year) as well as his ties to the New England area as different factors that helped him choose the Rangers.

Jeff Gorton said that Glen Sather had a role throughout the process and was a great "sounding board" since he has been "through everything and more."

Gorton called Drury's role in landing Vesey as "significant" and said that he is someone that Vesey can draw from and see himself in.

He added, "Chris has been a great hire for us and has done a lot of good things for us and a huge asset when we talk to young players."

Adam Rotter: I noted when the Rangers were about to meet with Vesey that I thought Drury might be their best asset in landing him and it turned out that he did play a big role. Drury can be a mentor to Vesey and someone that he works with on almost a daily basis. Drury had an up and down career with the Rangers due to various issues but it seems possible that his best contribution to the organization could come in helping develop the next group of Rangers.

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Robin Kovacs says that it's possible that he starts this coming season with the Rangers but "everything depends on me." (Hockey Sverige)

He said that if he has a good training camp and preseason it will be tough for the Rangers to take him out of the lineup. (Hockey Sverige)

Kovacs said that his goal is to start with the Rangers but if he starts in Hartford he will have to work his way up to the big team. (Hockey Sverige)

He said that there is a level of "security" that he is coming over to North America with teammate Malte Stromwall and that the two are good friends on and off the ice. (Hockey Sverige)

Roger Melin, the coach of AIK in Sweden, had Robin Kovacs and Malte Stromwall last season and said that both players have a chance to play with the Rangers. (Hockeysverige)

He said that Kovacs had a good year last year and wasn't surprised to see him sign with the Rangers and come to North America for the next step in his development. (Hockeysverige)

He said that Stromwall has taken a different road to his contract with the Rangers but played well last season when he felt the team was invested in him. (Hockeysverige)

For more on Kovacs, click HERE.

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New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) plays the puck against the Florida Panthers during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner)
New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) plays the puck against the Florida Panthers during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner)

The 2016-17 Hockey News Yearbook does not include Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist in their rankings of the top 50 NHLers.

Goalies ahead of Lundqvist include:

  • Carey Price (3)
  • Braden Holtby (17)
  • Ben Bishop (25)
  • Cory Schneider (32)
  • Corey Crawford (42)

He was ranked 24th last season and 19th in 2014.

Ryan McDonagh, the only Ranger to make the list, was ranked 50th.

Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated ranked Lundqvist 10th on his list of the starting goalies in the NHL.

Ahead of Lundqvist are John Gibson, Brian Elliott, Roberto Luongo, Martin Jones, Corey Crawford, Ben Bishop, Braden Holtby, Cory Schneider, Carey Price. (SI)

Adam Rotter: I wonder how much Henrik Lundqvist's game 4 and 5 against Pittsburgh played into this. I mean, the last time we saw Henrik Lundqvist he was struggling mightily and being pulled. That said, he was pretty much the whole reason the Rangers made the playoffs and is certainly, at least to me, easily one of the top 5 goalies in the NHL, let alone top 50 players.

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Feb 10, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; NHL network reporter Pierre McGuire (L) interviews New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault (R) on the bench during a time-out against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second period at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Rangers won 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Feb 10, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; NHL network reporter Pierre McGuire (L) interviews New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault (R) on the bench during a time-out against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second period at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Rangers won 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

In March, Pierre McGuire was on TSN 1050 and said the following about Jimmy Vesey:

  • He was head and shoulders better than anyone else on the ice at at Harvard/BC practice he attended
  • "Jimmy Vesey was off the charts"
  • "He is a tremendous kid"
  • Vesey is fluent in both English and Mandarin
  • "Brilliant kid"
  • His linemates at the World Juniors were JT Miller and Johnny Gaudreau
  • He is NHL ready
  • He is an "extreme talent." 

He said on TSN 690 in March "he is a brilliant kid who takes pride that he went to Harvard University and will graduate from there. That kid is above reproach, he is a phenomenal, phenomenal young man. That is solid as solid can be."

Pierre added that Vesey is "a Home Run offensive player. He's ready. He is going to be a very good offensive player."

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Last week the NHL Network put up a graphic showing their suggested lines for the Rangers should they sign Jimmy Vesey:

  • Chris Kreider - Derek Stepan - Rick Nash
  • JT Miller - Mika Zibanejad - Mats Zuccarello
  • Jimmy Vesey - Kevin Hayes - Pavel Buchnevich
  • Michael Grabner - Nathan Gerbe - Jesper Fast

In this scenario Tanner Glass and Josh Jooris would be healthy scratches or in Hartford. Oscar Lindberg will be on the IR to start the season.

Adam Rotter: On paper this is a pretty deep, and in certain spots very young, group of forwards for the Rangers. There is scoring potential and speed on each of the top three lines, a fast/two-way checking line, fourth line and a group of players who can be shifted into different spots in the lineup until they find one that fits.

While a little more than half of the players above are returning, the other players all bring different aspects that the team lacked last year such as speed, youth and offensive ability. Up front though things look pretty good for the Rangers. It's on defense where the questions remain.


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Jimmy Vesey held a conference call with the media on Friday night and said the following:

  • Why the Rangers, "first off I would just like to say that I am very pleaseed to be part of the Rangers organization. Its' a great franchise, Original Six and I am excited to get going. I did do a lot of meetings and it was a tough decision but myself, my agent and my family were all impressed by the Rangers in our meeting and talking to coach Vigneault and Jeff Gorton and Chris Drury, I was really impressed with those guys and felt that NY was somewhere that I could play and hopefully stick in the NHL."
  • Did anything stand out from the other pitches, "for me, the thing that jumped out was that they seemed to really want me and talking to them it seemed like they really needed to have me in that lineup. They believe in me and that was something that I was looking for and based on our talks NY was the right fit."
  • How many teams did you meet with and what kind of player are you, "I did 7 meetings this week, 4 on Tues, 3 on Wed and we had met with Buffalo prior this week. I was considering 8 teams and definitely a tough process like I said. In terms of me as a player, I am a big body, 6-2 and 205 and I like to play a mix between power forward and skill forward and my offensive instincts definitely the strong suit of my game."
  • On the celebrity tweets, "To be honest I tried to stay off social media this week as much as I could but I had buddies and relatives texting me those tweets. I was aware of them and they were pretty fun and cool that those celebs were reaching out to me. I don't think it had a factor in my decision so to speak but one of the things I definitely liked about NY was the top-notch lifestyle that the city offers."
  • On a video that included Liam Neeson, "the Rangers did send me a video of mostly highlights and stuff about the city itself and there were a couple of celebs featured. Not gonna comment on that ut bit was pretty cool to view."
  • On how much attention he got, "it definitely took on a life of it's own so to speak and I am not sure that me or anyone expected that. That is not something that I signed up for, if you talk to anyone who knows me I am a quiet kid and had no intentions of it being such a media craze. It was pretty hectic at times and I am glad the process is over now."
  • Do you feel added pressure, "no, not really. As an athlete I put pressure on myself on my own to the best of my ability. I talked to the Rangers and their stuff and it's not like they expect me to come in and be a savior. I'm a piece they wanted to add and hopefully I can help the NYR win hockey games."
  • On the Kevin Hayes, Chris Kreider, Chris Drury impact, "I am good friends with Kevin Hayes, he is someone that I have known since childhood. We played a little together growing up and skate in the summer. I have talked to Kevin a lot and he went through the same process two years ago so I leaned on him a lot and he had a big impact on me. I am also familiar with Chris Kreider from being in Massachusetts and then Chris Drury was someone who I was really impressed with during the meeting with the Rangers. He is someone who has a done a lot in his career and some ties to New England and my home but that was just one of many factors in my decision."
  • On his experience at the Garden, "I've played there with Harvard the past three years so I have gotten a feel for the city and the rink and it's probably the best arena in the World. In those three years we also had a chance to practice at the Rangers practice facility. I think that was probably in the back of my mind as well."
  • On his chances to make the roster, "I think that in talking to the Rangers and their staff and the coaches, there are no guarantees in sports but I feel that NY is somewhere where I can plug in right away and stick in the NHL, it's obviously not going to be given to me. I will have to put in the work and earn it but I felt that NY was somewhere where I could plug in right away and be on the opening night roster."
  • On leaning on his coach Ted Donato, "We tried to reach out to each other a couple of times and weren't successful but I spoke with him today and he said the same thing about how he played for many of the teams and I know a lot of teams called him to ask about me. He is someone that I definitely trust and he played a part in the process even though I couldn't connect with him."
  • Did you look at fits, "in advance of this week we went through a lot of teams and we had an idea of where I thought I could plug in right away."
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(Petr David Jose/AP)

Earlier this week many celebrity Ranger fans took to twitter to tweet at Jimmy Vesey trying to recruit him to come to the Rangers.

Some of those celebrities included Justin Tuck, Muhammad Wilkerson, Jerry Ferrara from Entourage and actress Susan Surandon.

Vesey was also tweeted to by Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard.

Following the announcement of his signing:

There was also a tweet from reporter Mark Divver who said "Hearing NYR sales pitch included video that concluded with Liam Neeson saying, 'Jimmy, if you don't sign with the Rangers, I will find you!'"

Asked on a conference call yesterday about all of this, Vesey responded "To be honest I tried to stay off social media this week as much as I could but I had buddies and relatives texting me those tweets. I was aware of them and they were pretty fun and cool that those celebs were reaching out to me. I don't think it had a factor in my decision so to speak but one of the things I definitely liked about NY was the top-notch lifestyle that the city offers."

He added that the Rangers did send a video that showed highlights, NYC and featured some celebrities but he would not comment further.

GM Jeff Gorton said about it, "we were aware of it and can see some of the things going on. I'm not a twitter guy but people around me follow twitter and I have a teenage son so you kind of know what is going on. I thought it was interesting and I have never met any of those people but I certainly liked what they were trying to sell."

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Jeff Gorton held a conference call with the media on Friday night and said the following:

  • What were the main selling points, "It's hard to say just one. When he looks at the Rangers we have a lot to sell. Original Six franchise, big city, we have a lot of good players, we have a team that tries to win and the fact that he is from the East probably helped us too. He probably looked at our depth chart and saw some opportunity to play and fit in and the fact that he knew some of the players on our team probably helped too."
  • Where could he fit in, "It's hard to say. He has ability to score and make plays, he is very talented. I think he can come in and play and I think he will come to training camp and try to fit in our lineup and that is what we are looking for."
  • Did you build the plan around him being a top-six forward, "when you go in there you are showing them the depth chart and how our scouts and organization feel about them. You talk about what you hope and think could happen all with the understanding that you just don't know. We know we have a good player with a lot of intangibles. The players all dictate where they go in the lineup and that is no different here. We are really excited to get a player like this bu we will see where it goes and training camp is coming upon us and we will see where it goes."
  • Did you make any promises, "I never got the feeling he was looking for a promise. He is a pretty proud guy and very confident in his abilities and when he looked at our team he saw opportunity to play and when he looked at our team he probably liked that some other young players we have brought in have had opportunities. I think he enjoyed talking to AV about what he said about playing young players and his stye of play. I think he enjoyed meeting Chris Drury and seeing some similarities with the Hobey Baker and he handles himself well. Along the way I felt that we made a connection and obviously we liked him as a player."
  • On it being a low risk signing in terms of cap space, "it's pretty low cost, a real good player on an entry level contract, all teams need those guys. That is going to help you in a cap world and obviously that is part of it. It's a really good player who becomes a free agent and every team is going to want to go for something like that and we are part of that and thankfully we are lucky to get him."
  • On the celebrity tweets, "We were aware of it and can see some of the things going on. I'm not a twitter guy but people around me follow twitter and I have a teenage son so you kind of know what is going on. I thought it was interesting and I have never met any of those people but I certainly liked what they were trying to sell."
  • What is the major challenge transitioning from going to college to NHL, "I think it will be big for him to know people and who understand where he came from and how they are doing in the league. I think the experience of that will help. The biggest obstacle, no matter where they are coming from, it might be two lines and a few defensemen who can handle that level of talent and when they get to the NHL everyone can play and there are no nights off and the pace of the game catches people off guard. Those are adjustments but with any real good player they make those adjustments quickly and that is what we are hopeful for."
  • When did you feel you had a good shot, "When we left the room we felt really comfortable that we had had a real good meeting. We touched on a lot of points that we wanted to and we felt that we had a connection with the young man. On the way to airport after we were talking and all felt comfortable and I am sure that all seven teams felt that way. Until he called me today and told me that he was coming I would say that I was uncomfortable because you never know. Sometimes you have meetings with guys and think that it goes great and that there is a connection and then...until he called me today...."
  • What did he say when he called, "I was glad to see that the caller ID was a Boston number and I hurried to answer it and when he said 'hi, it's Jimmy Vesey and I've made my decision to come to New York' I can't remember exactly what I did but I probably had a pretty exciting comeback for him that I can't say in public."
  • On Buchnevich and Vesey coming in, "its' not really about another move. This was an opportunity for a real good player who becomes available and we are all trying to add these pieces. It's pretty well documented that we haven't had a lot of first round picks, we are trying to replace some of that depth and some of the prospects so any time that guy like this becomes available we are going to do our best to come in the race. As far as him and Pavel, we are all trying to come in and get as many young players as we can. The game is getting faster and younger and more skilled and we are in tune with that and it's a very exciting day for us. Pavel is a good player in his own right and we are looking to see how he makes his jump."
  • On Glen Sather's input, "Glen has input in every process. We talked to him every step of the way. He has been through everything and more. He has been great and advising along the way and this and that and picking up things. He has been a great sounding board and every step of the way we told him what we were thinking and how it was going and he's been very supportive."
  • On Chris Drury's impact, "I would say that it was very significant. I've gotten to know him a lot since we hired him the last year. He is a pretty special guy, lots of character and done a lot of different things in sports and he carries himself with class. He is just a good guy and a great voice in the room. He won the Hobey Baker and there are a lot of things that Jimmy can draw from and see himself in. Chris has been a great hire for us and has done a lot of good things for us and a huge asset when we talk to young players."
  • On John Gilmour, "I think that it's a little under the radar with Jimmy obviously but we really like his skating, he can really shoot the puck. He has won, a nice character guy and our scouts see some really good things in him and we look forward to seeing him in training camp. It's probably not getting the same kind of coverage but we are excited to get John."
  • Are you satisfied with the team you know have, "I don't think I would use the word satisfied. I don't think you will find too many GMs who are satisfied, maybe Jimmy Rutherford. We are happy today to get someone like this but there is a lot of work to do as we close in on camp. I don't know what is next in terms of a move but we are happy, we have a lot of good players and we think we have some good youth and this really helps that. I don't think anyone is satisfied but everyone is very happy to get Jimmy."
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FILE -- In this May 16, 2015 file photo, Jimmy Vesey, of the United States, right, chases the puck with Russia's Artemi Panarin, left, during the a World Championships semifinal match in Prague, Czech Republic. Vesey plans to test free agency rather than sign with the Predators and play immediately, though Nashville general manager David Poile says he isn't giving up signing the forward selected in the 2012 draft. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek, File (Petr David Jose/AP)
FILE -- In this May 16, 2015 file photo, Jimmy Vesey, of the United States, right, chases the puck with Russia's Artemi Panarin, left, during the a World Championships semifinal match in Prague, Czech Republic. Vesey plans to test free agency rather than sign with the Predators and play immediately, though Nashville general manager David Poile says he isn't giving up signing the forward selected in the 2012 draft. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek, File (Petr David Jose/AP)

With the Rangers signing of Jimmy Vesey, the team has $2.525 million in cap space with Tanner Glass in Hartford, Pavel Buchnevich on the roster and eight defensemen. (Cap Friendly)

Sending Adam Clendening to Hartford would leave the Rangers with $3.125 million in cap space. (Cap Friendly)

In this calculation the Rangers have 14 forwards on the roster including Oscar Lindberg who is expected to start the season on IR.

Adam Rotter: Even with Vesey signed the Rangers still find themselves in the rare situation of actually having a decent amount of cap space. They still have a few spots on their 50 contract list as well if they want to lock up some more depth or keep those spots open if something comes up during the season.


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Rangers GM Jeff Gorton and newly acquired forward Jimmy Vesey spoke to the media on a conference call Friday night following the announcement of Vesey's signing. Here's what we learned from the call...


  • Vesey said his list included eight teams, and while the decision was tough, he felt comfortable with the Rangers' pitch. "It was definitely a tough decision, but myself, my agent and my family were very impressed with the Rangers in our meeting." 
  • Vesey added he was impressed with Gorton, coach Alain Vigneault and particularly Chris Drury, who was added last year as director of player development. "Chris Drury was the one I was really impressed with during the meeting with the Rangers."
  • Vesey said he tries to play a mix between a power and skilled forward. 
  • Although he tried to stay off social media all week, Vesey said he got texts from friends and family about the celebrity pitches on Twitter. 
  • Gorton said the Rangers had a lot to sell to Vesey, including being an Original Six franchise in a city like New York. 
  • Gorton said he did not want to commit Vesey to a particular line or spot just yet. 
  • Gorton added that he likes the way Vesey can score consistently: "I think that he's got ability to score. ... He can come in and play."

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The Rangers have announced that they have officially signed Jimmy Vesey.

From the Rangers release:

  • Vesey, 23, skated in 33 games with Harvard University this past season, registering 24 goals and 22 assists for 46 points, along with a plus-11 rating and six penalty minutes.
  • He won the Hobey Baker Award as the top player in collegiate hockey in 2015-16, becoming the fourth player in Harvard's history to win the award.
  • Vesey skated in 128 career collegiate games over four seasons at Harvard (2012-13 - 2015-16), registering 80 goals and 64 assists for 144 points, along with a plus-17 rating and 66 penalty minutes.
  • Over his last two seasons at Harvard, Vesey recorded 104 points (56 goals, 48 assists) in 70 games, averaging 0.80 goals per game and 1.49 points per game over the span. V
  • esey's 56 goals in 2014-15 and 2015-16 led all collegiate players over the two seasons.
  • In addition, he tallied a point in 58 of 70 games over his final two seasons of collegiate hockey, including a goal in 44 of those 70 contests.
  • Vesey ranks fifth on Harvard's all-time goals list and is tied for 12th on Harvard's all-time points list.

Marty Biron tweeted: "Was told full team effort by NYR to sign Vesey but also Chris Drury played big part selling organization. BU and Harvard working together!!!"

For everything on Vesey up to this point, click HERE.

Adam Rotter: I think I am done doubting the Rangers ability to sign these high-profile college UFAs who seem to have family or other seemingly more important factors pulling them to other teams. I doubted they would sign Hayes and I doubted they would sign Vesey but come opening night against the Islanders those two are likely to be on the same line.

From an organizational stand point this is a huge get for the Rangers. He's young, NHL ready and certainly negates losing some of the high picks and good prospects they have traded the past couple of years. The Rangers wanted to get younger this offseason and they have added two 23-year old forwards to their top-nine.

Now, expectations need to be tempered a bit with Vesey. He isn't going to come into the lineup and be the second coming of Mario Lemiuex. Vesey projects by most to be a solid two-way forward who has top-six and scoring/offensive potential. That may not seem like all that much compared to the hype surrounding him, but the hype around him was out of control. He's a good player and a big part of the Rangers future, but he isn't stepping into the lineup at the same level as 2005-06 Jaromir Jagr. There will be some growing pains and ups and downs but on paper the Rangers have added a sorely needed top flight asset to the organization.

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5:08PM: Vesey's agent Peter Donatelli says that they won't rush the decision making process but do think it will be done at some point over the weekend. (NHL.com)

1:37PM: Vesey has only met once with his management team to discuss options and they will do so again later today. (Hedger)

His decision, according to his agent, will be based "purely on a hockey decision." (Hedger)

1:25PM: Jimmy Vesey's agent Peter Donatelli says that a decision MAY NOT come today but should be done over the weekend at some point. (Brian Hedger)

1:07PM: Vesey's agent said that reports of it being down to only Chicago and the Rangers are inaccurate and that a "handful" of teams are still involved including the Bruins. (Steve Controy)

12:23PM: Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe tweets that the Vesey decision could come TOMORROW but his agents aren't ruling out a decision today.

11:47AM: Former Rangers GM Neil Smith tweets that Vesey will be with either the Rangers or Blackhawks.

10:14AM: Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News says that his guess is that Vesey's top three would be Boston, Rangers, Chicago.

10:10AM: Arthur Staple says that nothing is finalized but he is hearing it's down to the Rangers and Blackhawks for Vesey.

8:29AM: Bob McKenzie tweets that Jimmy Vesey will likely make his decision on where he signs today.

He notes that there is an outside chance that it "drifts" to tomorrow but it's "more likely" that it ends today.

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According to goalie expert Kevin Woodley, via Craig, the Rangers have hired Eric Raymond as their goaltending development coach.

Raymond has spent the past few seasons as the goalie coach for the Halifax Mooseheads in the QMJHL.

Benoit Allaire had previously been in charge of everything relating to goalies in the Rangers system. (Woodley)

Raymond has served as an instructor for Hockey Canada in the past.

The Rangers have young goalies in their organization like Brandon Halverson, Mackenzie Skapski, Igor Shesterkin, Adam Huska and Tyler Wall.

Adam Rotter: This seems like a move to give Benoit Allaire some help and also to give the Rangers young goalies someone to work with more regularly while Allaire is working with Henrik Lundqvist and Antti Raanta. As Lundqvist gets older and the Rangers start to filter more young goalies into the organization they need to make sure they put as many resources as they can behind finding developing their next goalie so that whenever the transition away from Henrik Lundqvist happens it will be smooth.


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5:08PM: Vesey was set to start meeting with his agents at 4PM on Thursday and his agent said that no teams have been ruled out at this point. (ESPN)

1:35PM: Vesey will not make his decision today according to his agent. (WEEI)

9:30AM: Jimmy Vesey has finished his two days of interviews with seven teams and will reportedly take today and possibly tomorrow to make his decision. (McDonald)

Vesey met with the Rangers, Devils, Islanders, Bruins, Blackhawks, Penguins, Leafs and previously met with the Sabres who held his rights.

The Bruins, Vesey's hometown team, reportedly "did well" in their meeting yesterday. (Boston Herald)

The Bruins met with Vesey for 2 1/2 hours at their practice facility. (WEEI)

The Rangers reportedly met with Vesey at the Intercontinental Hotel in Boston, with Alain Vigneault as part of the group that included Jeff Gorton and Kevin Hayes (Tim)

For a lot more on Vesey, click HERE & HERE.

Adam Rotter: Now it's a waiting game for Vesey to make his decision. I'd expect that throughout the day some teams will start to be crossed off and by tomorrow there will be a very short list of teams that he is considering. The belief from many around the league is that the Rangers will be on that short list tomorrow but ultimately no one knows where he will actually sign. There are different factors pulling at Vesey and you can make an argument for every team that he met with. It's a tough decision for him but it shouldn't be more than a day or two before we know where he is playing hockey this season.

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8/18/16 | 10:40AM: The Rangers have confirmed the signing.

Jeff Gorton, on the Jimmy Vesey conference call, said the following about Gilmour "I think that it's a little under the radar with Jimmy obviously but we really like his skating, he can really shoot the puck. He has won, a nice character guy and our scouts see some really good things in him and we look forward to seeing him in training camp. It's probably not getting the same kind of coverage but we are excited to get John."

8/17/16 | 2:42PM: According to Mark Divver, the Rangers have signed Providence College defenseman John Gilmour.

Gilmour was a 7th round pick of the Flames in 2013.

He is 6-0, 180 pounds.

The Hockey News says that the one question about him is size but the league is seeing more players like Jared Spurgeon and Ryan Ellis play regularly.

From the Rangers release:

Gilmour, 23, skated in 34 games with Providence College this past season, registering nine goals and 14 assists for 23 points, along with a plus-three rating and 18 penalty minutes. He established collegiate career-highs in several categories in 2015-16, including goals, assists, and points, and he tied his collegiate career-high in plus/minus rating. Gilmour ranked fifth among NCAA defensemen in power play points (16), tied for fifth among NCAA defensemen in power play assists (12), and tied for eighth among NCAA defensemen in goals and power play goals (four) during the past season. In addition, he recorded 16 points (seven goals, nine assists) against Hockey East opponents in 2015-16, helping Providence post a 16-3-3 record in intra-conference games.

The 6-0, 190-pounder skated in 141 career collegiate games over four seasons with Providence College (2012-13 - 2015-16), registering 22 goals and 43 assists for 65 points, along with a plus-eight rating and 85 penalty minutes. Gilmour helped Providence win the National Championship in 2014-15. In addition, Providence posted an 81-42-18 record in the games which Gilmour played during his collegiate career. Gilmour registered a plus/minus rating of even or better in each of his four seasons with Providence.


Syndergaard hit a HOME RUN in his start for the Mets last night.

Many other NY area celebrities have been tweeting to Vesey.

Syndergaard is currently part of an SNY.tv web series The Amazin' Life presented by Coca-Cola.

Actress Susan Sarandon points out to Vesey: "Come on @19Vesey join the @NYRangers, we already have a street named for you here! #JVtoNYR"

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7:56AM: The Rangers, along with the Bruins and Blackhawks, will meet with Jimmy Vesey today in Boston. (Divver)

New York celebrities have been trying to recruit Vesey to the Rangers via twitter.

The Rangers have long been said to be "all in" to try and sign Vesey.

Jeff Gorton has a very strong relationship with Vesey's agent Peter Fish and Fish used to represent current Director of Player Development Chris Drury.

The Rangers have been said to be favorites to land Vesey at different times.

Vesey's contract will be for two-years with a cap hit of $925,000 but he will have up to $2.85 million in performance bonuses that would count against the cap the following year. (General Fanager)

For more on Vesey, click HERE.

Adam Rotter: It seems like the Rangers have as good a shot as anyone to land Vesey and while they don't have a family connection like the Leafs do or play games in his actual home, like the Bruins, they do have a lot going for them. They ran through this drill once before with Kevin Hayes, a good friend of Vesey, can essentially guarantee him a top-nine forward spot but truthfully I think that Chris Drury might be their best asset. The Drury connection, being a former client of Fish's and a former teammate at BU of another of Vesey's agents Peter Donatelli can be huge because Vesey's advisers have first hand experience with Drury, know who he is, how he goes about his business and how he can help Vesey make this adjustment. I still think Chicago is a big threat because he can immediately play with Toews, Kane and on a perennial Stanley Cup contender, but if Vesey wants to stay closer to home the Rangers would be a good fit.

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In The Hockey News Pool Guide, Derick Brassard was slated to lead the Rangers in points this season with 22 goals and 39 assists.

Following Brassard's 61 points is:

  • Rick Nash: 60 points (35 goals, 25 assists)
  • Mats Zuccarello: 58 (23 goals, 35 assists)
  • Derek Stepan: 52 (17 goals, 35 assists)
  • Chris Kreider: 47 (23 goals, 24 assists)
  • JT Miller: 43 (20 goals, 23 assists)
  • Pavel Buchnevich: 40 (15 goals, 25 assists)
  • Kevin Hayes: 40 (15 goals, 25 assists)
  • Ryan McDonagh: 32 (7 goals, 25 assists)

Mika Zibanejad was projected to score 50 points (20 goals, 30 assists) for Ottawa.

The rest of the players they have projections for are:

Jesper Fast: 27, Kevin Klein: 23, Nathan Gerbe: 20, Michael Grabner: 18, Marc Staal: 17, Oscar Lindberg: 16, Dan Girardi: 16, Nick Holden: 16, Nicklas Jensen: 15, Brady Skjei: 13, Dylan McIlrath 10, Tanner Glass 8


 (Petr David Jose/AP)
(Petr David Jose/AP)

3:17PM: Joe McDonald said that going into the meetings today the Leafs, Devils and Rangers were the teams that most felt were the leaders to sign him. (TSN 1050)

Kevin Hayes has been working out with Vesey and trying to push him toward the Rangers. (TSN 1050)

3:14PM: John Buccigross said on TSN Radio this morning that the big three that he has heard for Vesey are the Rangers, Devils and Leafs. (TSN 1050)

He hadn't heard Bruins and Sabres for a while until recently and that the Rangers are the "one team that is said the most." (TSN 1050)

1:39PM: The Rangers are an "automatic contender" for Vesey to do the close proximity to his friends and family in Boston. (CSNNE)

Joe Haggerty lists the Rangers chances at signing Vesey as "fairly strong" and are considered to be one of the favorites heading into the meetings. (CSNNE)

1:34PM: The Red Wings made a pitch for Vesey but didn't land on his shortlist. The Red Wings assistant GM said that Vesey preferred to play closer to home. (MLive)

12:04PM: The expectation is that the Rangers, Bruins and Blackhawks will meet with Vesey on Wednesday. (Buffalo News)

10:02AM: The Leafs, Islanders, Penguins and Devils are scheduled to meet with Vesey and his representatives today. (Divver)

8:51AM: The Penguins are believed to be meeting with Vesey today. (Dreger)

7:18AM: As of 12:01AM this morning, Jimmy Vesey is now a free agent and able to speak with teams.

The Rangers and Islanders are both expected to make pitches in-person to Vesey over the next couple of days. (Newsday)

Vesey has reportedly cut down his list to six teams that include the Rangers, Bruins, Leafs, Sabres, Devils and Blackhawks. (Boston Herald)

The Penguins, who are not considered to be favorites, will speak with Vesey at some point this week. (Trib)

Vesey will likely sign the same two-year deal worth $925,000 per year with the potential for an additional $2.85 million in bonuses. (Boston Herald)

His agent has noted factors such as the city, coach, GM, salary structure and how players are treated in future contracts as some factors that could play into the decision. (Boston Herald)

For a lot more on Vesey and past updates, click HERE and HERE.

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 (Sergei Grits)
(Sergei Grits)

Multiple celebrities have tweeted at UFA Jimmy Vesey trying to convince him to sign with the Rangers:

2-time Super Bowl winner with the Giants Justin Tuck tweeted: "@19Vesey nothing like winning in New York! Best place in the world! Hope 2 be cheering your name at @TheGarden this season #NYR #JVtoNYR"

Jerry Ferrara, who was Turtle on Entourage, tweeted: ".@19Vesey, on behalf of all @NYRangers fans and all New Yorkers, we would love nothing more than to see you in a #NYR jersey! #JVtoNYR"

CNN Anchor Ashleigh Banfield tweeted a picture of her kids with Henrik Lundqvist and a caption that said "Hey @19Vesey I need a picture of my kids with YOU in the #NYR dressing room.. just like this one! Come 2 NY bro!"

WFAN and former NFL QB Boomer Esiason tweeted:

  • "Hey @MargotRobbie let's get @19Vesey in the @TheGarden this season!!! #NYR pretty cool isn't it Jimmy?"
  • Hey @19Vesey hope to c u in @TheGarden wearing the NHL's best jersey! Nothing like rocking the Garden! #NYR

ESPN's Linda Cohn tweeted: "Hope on my next @SportsCenter I get to talk about @19Vesey signing with the @NYRangers! #JVtoNYR"

Food Network's Anne Burrell tweeted: "@19Vesey, I hope to see you in a @NYRangers jersey @TheGarden this season. Sign here and I will cook your first meal! #JVtoNYR"

Muhammad Wilkerson tweeted "@19Vesey, as someone who plays in NY, grew up in the area and cheers for the @NYRangers, I hope to come see you play this season! #JVtoNYR"

Darryl McDaniels of Run DMC tweeted "@19Vesey This tweet is my recital I think its very vital to join the @NyRangers and lets go get the title!!!! #JVtoNYR! RangersRock! JVNYC!"

NBC New York's Lauren Scala tweeted: 'There's no better city than NY, nothing more electric than @TheGarden + no greater color than blue @19Vesey! Choose #Rangerstown! �� #JVtoNYR"

Tags: Jimmy Vesey

Henrik Lundqvist spoke with GP in Sweden and said the following things:

  • "I feel really good"
  • He was training earlier than normal in the summer because of when the Rangers lost in the playoffs.
  • He spent the offseason resting, getting his energy back and taking trips with family and friends.
  • The Rangers need more "consistency" and last year was "up and down."
  • The inconsistency felt like punishment
  • He hopes to spend his whole career with the Rangers and certainly finish out his contract with them.
  • The Rangers have been on the right track toward the Stanley Cup for the past "several years" but "took a step back last season."
  • He has to believe and wants to believe that he will win the Stanley Cup with the Rangers but there many good teams battling for it.
  • He is skating with John Klingberg and Viktor Stalberg in Sweden.
  • He is one of the largest donors to the Ronald McDonald house
Tags: Henrik Lundqvist

Jeff Gorton said that Sean Day's situation at the draft was "similar" to that of Anthony Duclair's in his draft year. (NYR)

Gorton said that there were "supposed reasons" why players fall and that the scouts do their homework and "you hope that you are right." (NYR)

He added, regarding Day, that the Rangers did their homework and talked with everyone around him. (NYR)

Gordie Clark said that Duclair was an elite athlete and player but didn't have a good draft year and then scout Dan Dore learned "everything about it" before he was selected. (NYR)

Clark said that the Rangers knew Duclair was going to be good and better than some of the players taken in the first round. (NYR)

Clark added, "we had an eye on who has a chance of slipping. There is usually a reason and you need to check those reasons out. We did a lot of HW on The Duke and Tamby and Buch and had a lot of conversations with Sean and coaches and skills coaches and trainers, that is what you gotta do, all that HW and go layer by layer and you don't only have an elite hockey player there, you have a guy who has done a lot of work himself. Coming in at 15 to be the next one, he is driven, his second half of the season he was as good as anyone in the draft and you gotta make the call and sit down as a group and discussed everything, all the positive and negatives and there are so many positives that Sean Day was our guy." (MSG)

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