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Apr 4, 2016; Columbus, OH, USA; New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. The Rangers won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)
Apr 4, 2016; Columbus, OH, USA; New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. The Rangers won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)

Chris Kreider was on NHL Tonight on Monday night and spoke about his new contract:

  • On his new deal, "It's really exciting to know that I will be back for a few more seasons with a good group of guys, really good coaching staff and really great management."
  • On his workout routine, "I'm really lucky to have grown up in an area with great resources at my disposal up on the north short of Massachusetts with Mike Boyle and Ben Bruno and I was lucky enough to touch base with Ben Prentiss at the beginning of my pro career and I've been lucky to have great resources in my backyard."
  • Scott Gomez asks about how the Rangers can be more consistent, "coming off a 100 point season, sometimes it's hard to criticize some of the things that you do over the course of the year but I definitely think we were inconsistent at times and our goalie bailed us out and we had a few individual performances that bailed us out, if you ask anyone I think they would say that. On a nightly basis I think it comes down to guys getting better over the summer and coming back with a chip on their shoulder."
  • Gomez asks what Kreider wants to improve the most on, "for me it's about getting to the net on a consistent basis, taking the body first and foremost and creating space for me and my teammates and getting to that blue paint."
  • On the Derick Brassard trade and bringing in Mika Zibanejad, "any time there is a trade like that it can be initially tough because Brass is such an amicable guy and well liked in our room, it's hard to see such a great guy go but he will have a ton of success in Ottawa and they are lucky to get a player like that. At the same token we are getting back a very capable and young player, strong fast, really well rounded considering that he is 22-23 years old. We have seen him a decent amount being in the East but he isn't in our division so I don't see him a ton but I think it's a great trade for both teams."
  • On getting a deal done before arbitration, "Anytime you can avoid arbitration it's probably good for both parties, certainly a weight off my chest not having to go through that and giving me the opportunity to head home to Boston a little earlier in the weekend. All in all it was a good morning."
  • Cooling thing you have done this summer is, "I had the opportunity to spend more time with my family than I normally would and we were able to go to Hawaii for about a week and a half and was able to do that and then go to a good friend and former teammate but now rival John Moore, he got married. To be able to do that over the course of a couple of weeks, that was a really good part of my summer."
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Mats Zuccarello celebrates as he returns to the bench after scoring. (AP)
Mats Zuccarello celebrates as he returns to the bench after scoring. (AP)

Mats Zuccarello was on the ice in Norway yesterday and said that it was his first time on the ice since playing in the World Championships. (Dagsavien)

Zuccarello skated with Norwegian team Valerenga which is coached by his former national team coach Roy Johansen. (Dagsavien

He said that this offseason he has taken vacations in Norway as well as other countries and "relaxed well." (Dagsavien

On Facebook, Zuccarello said Had fun doing "strip penalties" during this seasons first skate here in Norway! Back to NY soon, and hopefully going all the way to the cup this time!." 

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The Rangers have signed defense prospect Sergey Zborovskiy to an entry level deal. (Lavoie)

His cap hit at the NHL level will be $633,000 and with one year remaining in junior his entry-level contract may "slide" for this coming season.

Zborovskiy, 19, was the 79th pick in the 2015 draft and his pick was acquired as part of the Cam Talbot trade.

He is listed by the Rangers at 6-3, 198 and has played the past two seasons for the Regina Pats.

Zborovskiy had 8 goals and 17 assists for Regina last season in the WHL.


Jan 4, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) shoots the puck in the game against the Ottawa Senators during the second period at Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Jan 4, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) shoots the puck in the game against the Ottawa Senators during the second period at Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Larry Brooks responded "no" to a tweet and then clarified that it was in reference to internet speculation about the Rangers and Kevin Shattenkirk.

There has been speculation about Shattenkrik and the Rangers throughout the offseason, though it's been reported that are "leery" of a potential contract extension.

Jeff Gordon says that the Blues were prepared to trade Shattenkirk at the draft for high picks and/or "top young forwards." (Post Dispatch)

Adam Rotter: As much as I like Shattenkrik and think he would be a good fit with the Rangers I don't see how the Rangers can acquire him. The Blues are in control and won't trade their top asset for cheap. Before you can even talk about locking him up with an extension, you need to acquire him and I don't think the Rangers can do that without gutting their team.

Right handed defensemen are extremely valuable in today's NHL and the Devils were able to net Taylor Hall for Adam Larsson because of that. Larsson is signed up longer-term than Shattenkirk is but Shattenkirk is a better offensive defenseman. It just seems to me that if the Rangers want to get Shattenkirk it will take a combination of multiple young pieces (Skjei, Kreider, Buchnevich, Miller, Hayes etc.) to make something happen and it's probably too much. The Rangers best chance at Shattenkirk will be on July 1, 2017 if he becomes a UFA, and even then the there will surely be cap questions.


Mar 21, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Calgary Flames forward Josh Jooris (16) skates against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. Toronto defeated Calgary 5-2. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports (John E. Sokolowski)
Mar 21, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Calgary Flames forward Josh Jooris (16) skates against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. Toronto defeated Calgary 5-2. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports (John E. Sokolowski)

Josh Jooris said that he is a player who brings "speed and energy" along with the ability to play anywhere in the lineup. (NYR)

He said that he likes to get in on the forecheck and "turn the game around" with an aggressive style of play. (NYR)

He said that he takes pride in killing penalties and is someone that "really focuses on the little things." (NYR)

Former Flames coach Bob Hartley said that Jooris "has a passion" and that he "competes like every game would be his last game." (Calgary Sun)

Adam Rotter: Speed and energy are certainly two things that the Rangers lacked far too often last season but there should be a lot of that, at least in the bottom six, with guys like Jooris, Nathan Gerbe and Michael Grabner. Jooris fills a need for the Rangers, and cheaply, and could use his speed and energy to turn into a fan favorite during the season.

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Mats Zuccarello celebrates as he returns to the bench after scoring against the Pittsburgh Penguins. (AP)
Mats Zuccarello celebrates as he returns to the bench after scoring against the Pittsburgh Penguins. (AP)

As part of a look at the Rangers roster, Dan Rosen at NHL.com listed out the lines and defense pairs he thinks the Rangers could use this season:

  • Rick Nash, Mika Zibanejad, Mats Zuccarello
  • Chris Kreider, Derek Stepan, Pavel Buchnevich
  • J.T. Miller, Kevin Hayes, Jesper Fast
  • Nathan Gerbe, Josh Jooris, Michael Grabner

Ryan McDonagh - Brady Skjei

Marc Staal - Kevin Klein

Nick Holden - Dan Girardi

Adam Rotter: Pending that these are the forwards the Rangers go into the season with, 5 of the top 6 seems set with the only spot up for grabs really being Pavel Buchnevich vs JT Miller. The bottom six could also see Fast and Grabner switching spots, maybe Gerbe gets moved around and of course Oscar Lindberg becomes a factor when he returns from injury.

If I had to guess right now it would be Miller being on the second line and Buchnevich on the third line as part of a way to ease him in with less responsibility at 5 on 5 but also with a spot on the PP. I think this could be a relatively deep lineup with three lines that can score if Kevin Hayes can return to form. The fourth line, in any combination, should be fast and responsible defensively.


Dec 11, 2015; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider (20) carries the puck 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 forward Chris Kreider (20) carries the puck against the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports (Perry Nelson)

Dominic Moore says that in his opinion, Kreider is the most "explosive skater in the history of the NHL"  (NHL.com)

Moore said that Kreider is a "game-changer" and can do "amazing things" because he is a "freak athlete."  (NHL.com)

He added that guys like Kreider "don't grow on trees" and that he has become a "valuable player in the league."  (NHL.com)

Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad said that Kreider is one of the "best-built" players in the NHL and plays the game at a high pace.  (NHL.com)

Ekblad said that Kreider is "very difficult to play against.  (NHL.com)

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While speaking about Kevin Hayes on a conference call, Jeff Gorton said that he expects Hayes to come into this season with a chip on his shoulder and "play really well."

Gorton said that Hayes is a 6-5 center who has shown at times "how good he can be in this league."

He said that Hayes' second year was similar in some ways to a lot of players who have a good first year and struggle the next year to meet expectations.

Alain Vigneault said after the season that Hayes is part of the Rangers future but needs to step up.

It's been said that Hayes is someone who needs to engage more on a consistent basis.

For more on Hayes, click HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE.

Hayes signed a two-year deal with the Rangers on Friday.

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Former teammates Shane Prince and Cory Conacher tweeted as well.

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On the NHL Network, Dave Reid spoke about the Rangers and said that their "big four on defense "have to find their game." (NHL)

Reid said that Nick Holden won't come in and be Keith Yandle and that Adam Clendening is a good 7th, 8th defenseman.

He said that the Rangers struggled in their own zone, they lacked speed defensively and need Marc Staal, Dan Girardi, Kevin Klein and "even" Ryan McDonagh to "find their game" and "step up."

He said that Brady Skjei will present a real "interesting dynamic" and push some of the other defenders.

Reid said that if the Rangers can stay where they are they will be in a battle for one of the last playoff spots. He notes that it's a difficult situation for the Rangers with their position at the top of the salary cap.

For more on the Rangers defense, click HERE.

Jeff Gorton said recently that while the Rangers don't have Yandle anymore, Ryan McDonagh has been successful on the PP and as a puck mover.

He added, "McDonagh has a history of being a real good player in this league and I wouldn't expect anything else."


Chris Kreider celebrates after scoring a goal during the second period against the Tampa Bay Lightning. (AP)
Chris Kreider celebrates after scoring a goal during the second period against the Tampa Bay Lightning. (AP)

With Chris Kreider's cap hit of $4.625 million, General Fanager lists some of his salary cap comparables:

  • Gustav Nyquist: 4 years at $4.75 million per year
  • Kyle Palmieri: 5 years at $4.65 million per year
  • Marcus Johansson: 3 years at $4.58 million

Johansson and Palmieri both signed this summer as well while Nyquist has two more years on his contract.

Last season Nyquist had 17 goals and 26 assists in 82 games, Johansson had 17 goals and 29 assists in 74 games and Palmieri had 30 goals and 27 assists.

Adam Rotter: I think this is the right kind of group for Kreider. These are all fair to potentially bargain type contracts if these guys all hit the next level that is expected of them. This contract was a big win for the Rangers and I think pretty accurately hits on where Kreider should be on a four-year deal.

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New York Rangers' Derick Brassard (16), J.T. Miller (10), Rick Nash (61) and Dan Girardi (5) celebrate Nash's goal against the Carolina Hurricanes during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C., Thursday, March 31, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome (Gerry Broom/AP)
New York Rangers' Derick Brassard (16), J.T. Miller (10), Rick Nash (61) and Dan Girardi (5) celebrate Nash's goal against the Carolina Hurricanes during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C., Thursday, March 31, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome (Gerry Broom/AP)

With the two signings yesterday the Rangers have signed all of their RFAs except for Marek Hrivik.

The Rangers currently have between $3 million and $4.5 million in cap space depending on different roster permutations.

The Rangers have 43 contracts out of their maximum of 50 signed.

Adam Rotter: It's hard to know for sure what will happen because a Derick Brassard for Mika Zibanejad trade can come out of nowhere but this could be it for the offseason for the Rangers. Their RFAs are signed, they have signed their UFA depth and the roster is pretty much filled out.

There is still a chance the Rangers could move Rick Nash, especially since they have some cap space now to retain some salary if they want, but more and more it seems like he will be back with the Rangers next season. Jimmy Vesey will surely still be a target come the middle of August and if the Rangers do sign him it could spark a trade of sorts as the Rangers forward group looks to be pretty deep already. The defense hasn't changed much, in some cases because it can't, but the biggest change for them may just be a full summer of rest.


Chris Kreider is congratulated by teammates Keith Yandle and Derek Stepan. (AP)
Chris Kreider is congratulated by teammates Keith Yandle and Derek Stepan. (AP)

With today's signings of Chris Kreider and Kevin Hayes, the Rangers have $4.35 million in cap space according to Cap Friendly.

That roster includes Tanner Glass and Adam Clendening but not Pavel Buchnevich or Brady Skjei.

With Buchnevich and Skjei but without Clendening and Glass, the Rangers have $4.05 million in cap space with 13 forwards, 7 defensemen and 2 goalies. (Cap Friendly)

General Fanager has the Rangers with $3.425 million in cap space but their roster does not include Pavel Buchnevich. It does include Adam Clendening.

The type of shadow roster that Larry Brooks has been using in the NY Post would give the Rangers $3.1 million in cap space.

Adam Rotter: Even with Kevin Hayes coming in slightly above what I expected, Jeff Gorton and his team have done a very good job this summer of navigating the flat salary cap. The Rangers should enter the season with flexibility to not only make moves but to carry a proper roster of 23 players if they want. There is no rule that says the Rangers have to spend every last dollar to the cap and while that has been the case the past few years, I think they will like having some flexibility this season.


Jan 22, 2016; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Rangers forward Kevin Hayes (13) looks on against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The New York Rangers defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 4-1. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)
Jan 22, 2016; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Rangers forward Kevin Hayes (13) looks on against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The New York Rangers defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 4-1. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)

The Rangers and Kevin Hayes have come to terms on a new contract, according to Aaron Ward.

The deal is for TWO-YEARS and worth $2.6 million per season, according to Ward.

He was scheduled to have an arbitration hearing next week.

Hayes will be paid $2.1 million this season, along with a $500,000 signing bonus and have a salary of $2.6 million for the 2017-18 season. (General Fanager)

Adam Rotter: This seems like a pretty fair deal for Hayes though it's slightly more than I thought he would get. I thought he would get in the $2.3 million $2.4 million range and not be as close in cap hit to JT Miller who is at $2.75 million. Still, it's another bridge deal where the Rangers can hopefully get some more certainty over the next two-years about the kind of player that Hayes will actually become.

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Chris Kreider (Jerome Miron/USA Today Sports Images)
Chris Kreider (Jerome Miron/USA Today Sports Images)

Chris Kreider and the Rangers have signed a FOUR-YEAR deal worth $4.625 million per season. (Aaron Ward)

The Rangers and Kreider were set for an arbitration hearing this morning.

His deal includes an 11-team no-trade list in the final two-years of the deal and will be paid out as (Ward):

  • 16-17: $5 million
  • 17-18: $5 million
  • 18-19: $4.5 million
  • 19-20: $4 million

Kreider reportedly insisted on a four-year deal. (Brooks)

The Rangers will buy out Kreider's first two years of unrestricted free agency with this deal.

The Rangers were reportedly offering Kreider around $4.75 million while Kreider was asking for $5.25 million on a long-term deal.

Kreider submitted a request of $4.75 million on a one-year deal for this season to the arbitrator.

Adam Rotter: This is a very good deal for the Rangers and still provides a lot of flexibility for the future. His cap hit is a pretty fair for the player that he currently is and has the ability to be a bargain if he gets better and more consistent. It's a deal that just works for both sides. The cap hit is relatively low which helps the Rangers and a four-year deal still allows Kreider to go UFA before he turns 30. It's a win/win deal for everyone involved.

The flexibility the deal provides comes in the form of extra salary cap space and it being a front loaded deal. Most people thought a longer-term deal for Kreider would eclipse $5 million but since it doesn't the Rangers now have more space. With it being a front loaded deal the Rangers will have paid more than half the contract after the second season and, like Derick Brassard, that helps make him a valuable and traceable asset if they decide to go down that road.

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New York Rangers' Brad Richards skates against the Minnesota Wild in the first period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, March 13, 2014, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Jim Mone) (JIm Mone/AP)
New York Rangers' Brad Richards skates against the Minnesota Wild in the first period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, March 13, 2014, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Jim Mone) (JIm Mone/AP)

Brad Richards was on TSN1050 this morning and was asked if he had any regrets about his career.

Richards said that he didn't have any regrets but would have changed a few things including how he prepared to join the Rangers.

He said, "going to New York I would have prepared differently mentally and I didn't. I thought that I could handle it differently than it ended up...it's a tough place to come in as a free agent. It's not a regret but maybe I would have changed something or found a way to do something differently because that is the part of the career where I was really desperate and tried...I wanted it to be perfect and you hear so many guys that come in and it doesn't work and you are battling that the whole time and thinking that 'I want to be the one who makes it work' and I think I just put too much on me in that part of my career."

Richards continued, "It was great. One of the best parts of playing my career was playing in New York and there is nothing like it. If we would have won, we lost to LA, it would have been even more special."

Richards announced his retirement from the NHL yesterday.


Brian Leetch says that while he was roommates with Mark Messier on the road that Messier would often call Wayne Gretzky and the two would chat.

Leetch said that he would always joke with Messier about asking Wayne to come play in New York and Messier would smile and say "hey, you never know."

Today is the 20th anniversary of Gretzky signing with the Rangers on 7/21/1996.

Read More at The Players Tribune.


Michael Grabner skates with the puck. (AP)
Michael Grabner skates with the puck. (AP)

While talking about the penalty kill, Michael Grabner said that he loves the idea of going on the ice and trying to "shut down and rattle the other team's top guys." (NYR)

Since joining the Islanders in 2010-11, Grabner has averaged the following on the PK per game:

  • 2010-11: 1:32
  • 2011-12: 1:41
  • 2012-13: 2:19
  • 2013-14: 2:03
  • 2014-15: 1:16
  • 2015-16: 3:06 (Toronto)

Grabner said that he didn't kill penalties much in the AHL but started killing penalties after joining the Islanders and added "I really love the penalty kill." (NYR)

He said that the momentum you can create on the PK can carry over to 5 on 5.(NYR)

Grabner added that the PK and special teams can be the difference between winning and losing. (NYR)

While shorthanded, Grabner has 12 goals and 98 shots on goal in his career. (HR)

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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)

On a conference call earlier this week, general manager Jeff Gorton said that he did not consider a buying out Dan Girardi's contract during the buyout period in June and that it didn't make sense for the organization.

Gorton said, "I know that Girardi is taking a beating in the media, but you are talking about a player who is 32, has had significant injury. We have seen some real good production out of him for many years. He did, by all accounts, not have the year that we wanted or he wanted."

Gorton added "I really believe, and the organization believes, that Dan Girardi will be better this season.

Girardi played 4 1/2 months with a crack in his knee cap, missing 5 games, and also missed time at the end of the year and playoffs with a concussion.

It had been reported in May that the Rangers were not going to buyout Girardi or even ask him to waive his no-move clause.

For a lot more on Girardi, click HERE.

Adam Rotter: There isn't another player who needed this long offseason more than Girardi. Who knows how many other injuries, along with his cracked kneed cap, he has been carrying around after all the hits, blocked shots and playoff games the past few years. That isn't to say that after this long break Girardi will return to being the player that he was, but if he can stay healthy and accepts a different role of sorts, he should still be able to play a nice role for the Rangers. Will that role equal his cap hit? No, but the Rangers need to find a way to get the best out of Girardi and if that means sitting every 4th game or so and playing on the third pair, that is what has to happen.

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New York Rangers' Brad Richards in action during an NHL hockey game against the Philadelphia Flyers, Saturday, March 1, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) (Matt Slocum/AP)
New York Rangers' Brad Richards in action during an NHL hockey game against the Philadelphia Flyers, Saturday, March 1, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) (Matt Slocum/AP)

Former Rangers center Brad Richards has announced his retirement.

Richards signed a nine-year deal worth $60 million on July 2, 2011 and the Rangers used a compliance buyout on him to remove him from their salary cap following the 2014 Stanley Cup.

Richards would still be under contract to the Rangers for FOUR-MORE seasons if they did not use their second compliance buyout on him.

As part of the buyout, the Rangers paid Richards $3.05 million the past two seasons, will pay him $5.05 million this coming season and then $1.05 million through 2025-26. (Cap Friendly)

Following his time with the Rangers Richards went to Chicago and won the Stanley Cup and played last season with Detroit.

The Rangers sent out a tweet saying "Congratulations to Brad Richards on a tremendous 15 year career, including some wonderful memories on Broadway!"

Adam Rotter: Richards wasn't the player he was supposed to be with the Rangers but his first and third years were pretty good, he scored some really big goals and helped the Rangers make two deep playoff runs. He was a big part of this run the Rangers have gone on the past few years and his impact as a leader is probably still felt in guys like Ryan McDonagh, Derek Stepan and Chris Kreider. It's strange to think that he still could have four-years left on his contract with the Rangers but that deal was signed with a short-term focus and a plan to deal with the last few years when it came to that. Luckily they were able to get out from their cap commitment to him and while I think he wanted to stay with the Rangers, getting bought out did lead to him winning a second Stanley Cup.


The Rangers have officially announced that Zibanejad will wear #93, following Keith Yandle and Petr Nedved

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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)

The Rangers and Chris Kreider are reportedly in "ongoing negotiations" regarding a 4 or 5 year deal that would avoid arbitration. (NY Post)

The Rangers are believed to be offering "in the neighborhood" of $4.75 million per season while Kreider is asking for $5.25 million per season. (NY Post)

A four-year deal would buy out Kreider's first two-years as a UFA while a five-year deal would buy out his first three-years as a UFA. (NY Post)

Adam Rotter: I think that anything at $5 million or under is fair for Kreider if the Rangers are buying out UFA years. Presumably he will continue to improve in the way that Derick Brassard did after he signed his five-year deal worth $25 million. I still think that it's either long-term deal or trade for Kreider as a one-year deal doesn't entirely make sense as it just leads to doing this whole thing again next summer. 

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Apr 4, 2016; Columbus, OH, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Joonas Korpisalo (70) reacts as New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) scores a goal from his knees in the first period at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)
Apr 4, 2016; Columbus, OH, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Joonas Korpisalo (70) reacts as New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) scores a goal from his knees in the first period at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)

According to Aaron Ward, the Rangers and Chris Kreider have submitted the following numbers to the arbitrator for what they think Kreider should be paid next season.

  • NYR: $3.2 million
  • Kreider: $4.75 million

Kreider's hearing is on Friday and the two sides can strike a deal at any point up until the arbitrator has ruled, within 48 hours of the hearing.

Last season Kreider had a salary of $2.6 million.

Kreider is TWO-years away from becoming a UFA and for more on his potential future, click HERE.

Adam Rotter: Any time numbers are submitted to an arbitrator the team goes low and the player goes high. It's up to the teams or the arbitrator to find a spot in the middle to avoid the actual hearing. I don't think Kreider is worth $4.75 million at this point and I don't think he deserves to be even close to where Mats Zuccarello is at $4.5 on a one-year deal.

If it's a longer-term deal then it's probably similar to Kyle Palmieri's contract or the one Marcus Johansen signed today which bought out two-years of UFA time. We will see how things develop between now and the scheduled start of the hearing at 9AM on Friday and truthfully I wouldn't be surprised at a one-year deal, longer-term deal or even a trade. I think all options remain on the table for the Ranger and Kreider.

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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)

Speaking Monday on a conference call, Jeff Gorton said that he thinks newly acquired forward Mika Zibanejad is "just scratching the surface" at age 23 and noted his potential for upside.

Gorton said that it was a trade where the the Rangers got younger, faster and picked up a player who "plays well" in his own zone and is "trending" the right way.

He noted that Zibanejad kills penalties, has gotten better on draws and has improved each year in the NHL.

Gorton noted that Zibanejad is nearly 6-years younger than Derick Brassard and is a player who they think is heading into the "prime of his career."

He continued, "this is a trade that at the end of the day we thought would make us a better team."

Adam Rotter: It's a deal that makes sense for the Rangers in that they achieved one of their goals of getting younger, faster and another player who can play at both ends of the rink. It's a trade that seems like it should help the Rangers at even strength which was a struggle last season. Defense was a much bigger issue than offense and hopefully Zibanejad helps address that.

Zibanejad had two more points than Brassard did at even strength last season and if he can at least match Brassard point wise at even strength and hopefully play better defense than Brassard did than this is a win for the Rangers. Brassard will leave a hole on the PP but as Zibanejad develops, and maybe with Pavel Buchnevich, the Rangers can offset part of that loss.

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Recent Rangers acquisition Mika Zibanejad discusses his thoughts on joining his new team and playing in the Big Apple.

On his twitter account, Mika Zibanejad posted a message to Ranger fans that said:

"To all the Ranger fans, I'm really excited to be part of this historic and first class organization. I can't wait for the opportunity to play in the blue sweater.

Ready for this new chapter. See you guys on the ice very soon.

Zibanejad also sent a message to Senators fans earlier today.

He spoke earlier today with the media on a conference call.

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Mika Zibanejad (93) sets up for a face off in the second period against the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Canadian Tire Centre. (Marc DesRosiers)
Mika Zibanejad (93) sets up for a face off in the second period against the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Canadian Tire Centre. (Marc DesRosiers)

Shortly after the Derick Brassard/Mika Zibanejad trade was announced, Renaud Lavoie tweeted that the two sides started talking at the draft and that the "trade didn't happen before because of a $2M bonus Derick Brassard had to receive on July 15."

On TSN1200 yesterday, Dorion said that he first had a conversation with Jeff Gorton in April and then continued to talk around the draft but the price the Rangers were asking was too high.

Asked if the Rangers bonus payment of $2 million delayed the trade, Dorion joked that he was "stalling" the Rangers to get the price down and that the "money didn't have anything to do with it."

Dorion said on the NHL Network yesterday that the signing bonus, "might have played into a bit but the most was that Jeff asking price was significantly higher than what we wanted to pay."

He added though, "I'm not disappointed they paid the $2 million.

Larry Brooks reported on Tuesday that the Rangers agreed to pay the $2 million only if Ottawa would trade their 2018 2nd rounder and that once the Senators agreed to do so the trade was done. (NY Post)

Adam Rotter: Frankly, the $2 million means almost nothing to the Rangers but means a lot to the Senators who are usually on a budget of sorts. Since the money means nothing to the Rangers, they sat Wade Redden and his big salary in the minors for two seasons, it's nice that they were able to extract a second round pick out of the deal. I'm sure at a certain point the Rangers were asking for a first or more to pay out the bonus but a second round pick is a pretty nice get along with a player like Zibanejad.

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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)

Mika Zibanejad spoke with the media on a conference all at 11:30AM to discuss his trade to the Rangers:

  • Are you just scratching the surface, "Yeah, I think so. The whole process as far as how my career has been going towards the right way and I feel like I haven't really got the break yet and I feel like there's a lot more to give, to get this chance with the Rangers and that moment in my career to be able to do that and hopefully it'll be a breakout year.
  • Were you caught off guard, "I mean yeah. It wasn't anything I counted on. It wasn't anything I was waiting by my phone, to get that phone call. But I was kind of surprised and kind of shocked in the beginning but once that settled down and I realized that I was going to be part of the New York Rangers organization. I'm obviously thankful, I'm grateful for the five years here."
  • On rumors about almost going for Rick Nash in 2012, "I mean I heard the rumors about it. I've been hearing rumors before about other trades. But I guess at that time I felt like it was close. I didn't know how close it was but I don't know, there's always room to go along and go around. And this trade wasn't really on the radar for me at least, I didn't hear anything about this. So it came as a shock and surprise but like I said before, I'm happy right now at the moment and I'm really excited to kick off the season."
  • On leaving Ottawa after just building a house, "Well it's not convenient , I'll tell you that much. But it is what it is. I'm happy with the way things have been going and obviously would like to have stayed here for a longer time. But I'm glad this happened and am not too worried about it, I know that I'll figure it out and I'll be fine so I'm just looking forward to moving to New York now."
  • Do you plan on staying with the Rangers for a long time, "Yeah I mean obviously you want to stay with the organization that you're playing for. Obviously I was hoping to play for a very long time with Ottawa, and that's changed now, and I'm just hoping to have a big impact for the Rangers year and just stay."
  • On his game and where he needs to improve, "I'm a big guy. I feel like I can skate very good for a bigger guy. I feel like my shot is always getting improved every year. I feel like I'm a pretty good all-around solid and good player and I think obviously as a young player you can always improve different aspects of your game. I'll just keep working on the faceoffs and keep working on the little details that will help me and the team be successful. I feel like I'm solid all-around but I'm not happy just yet with what I have accomplished and where I am. So I'm just looking for every year that goes by to get a little bit better and make a bigger impact every year as well."
  • On the roster, "I'm exicted. We've been playing New York three times or whatever it is every year and it's always a tough game. It's an Original Six team, the status of the team is very high anywhere you go and I think as far as the roster goes it looks very, very promising and very, very interesting. It's a team that goes for the Cup every year and is a big contender for it. So I'm really happy to be a part of it and hoping that I can add more to that as well. And some of the guys reached out yesterday after the trade and welcomed me and just texted me a little bit. And I had a conversation with some and I'm happy. I'm really excited to get this season started."
  • How has your game improved, "More experience. You get more and more comfortable, you get into how things work around the league and how the game is going. And I think just working on the little things and working on the details I find all the time gets you in. I've been working hard this summer now to improve my game in different areas. I'm really, really looking forward to the season starting and am thrilled to get on with this new chapter that I've started and hoping I can get a little bit better every year. I'm not going to say it just comes with experience, it comes with the way you train, the way you do the different things to help your game I think. And that's what I'm trying to do."
  • Do you know Henrik Lundqvist, "No. I spoke to him a couple of times, just said hi. But I haven't interacted with him too much or know him on a personal level I guess. So I guess I just know he's really, really good friend with Erik Karlsson, one of my closer friends in Ottawa and he had nothing but good things to say about him, so I'm excited."
  • Do you feel you have something to prove, "Yes and no. I don't know how to say this in the best way but obviously you want to prove that they're going to miss, I guess. But I'm excited now that the team believes in me and thinks I can make an impact. I'm happy the way things went down and I'm happy with the team and think we have a really good chance to win in this city and with this team and I'm really looking forward to it. That's obviously the goal and coming to the Rangers, that's the mindset as well so I'm excited."
  • On playing at MSG, "It's a great atmosphere. I think every season you look forward to be able to play at MSG and in front of that crowd. It's a great atmosphere and to be able to call that your home arena will be very special and probably take some time to get used to. But it was a hard rink to play at, but a fun one, and I'm just really looking forward to calling New York my home and MSG my home."
  • On the presence the Rangers have in Sweden, "Yeah I think that being them being Original 6 a lot of my friends congratulated me on this trade and people that aren't even hockey-interested relate to hockey that way. They just hear the team Rangers and it has a status. And especially coming from Sweden as well, when Henrik has been here as long and had a great impact on the city and on the team, I think that helps a lot well to re-establish the name for the younger guys. So I mean it's a fun opportunity to be able to be part of this organization and a lot of people in my surroundings are happy for me and excited to watch me play."
  • Are you motivated by the trade, "Yes and no. Cause it's not my goal and it's not like all my energy is going to prove Ottawa wrong that they didn't keep me but at the same time I want to prove the Rangers right that they went to the right guy as well. And I see that as a new chapter, I see it as a new chance to be able to prove myself to a new team and make a presence there. That's what traded guys want, I guess. More than to prove people wrong it's proving people right and to New York as well that I'm the right guy."
  • On his memories of Ottawa, "Yeah I'm really, really thankful for all of the things that this organization has done for me. And obviously they gave me the chance to become an NHL player and come in this league and going through diverse things and all that. I have nothing bad to say about the organization or anything about the players. I have a lot of good friends and also the team. So sort of like I said, I'm just happy with those memories and I'm really, really happy and excited to create some new ones with the Rangers and get that whole process started."
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Nov 14, 2015; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save on a shot from Ottawa Senators center Mika Zibanejad (93) in the shootout at Canadian Tire Centre. The Rangers defeated the Senators 2-1 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports (Marc DesRosiers)
Nov 14, 2015; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save on a shot from Ottawa Senators center Mika Zibanejad (93) in the shootout at Canadian Tire Centre. The Rangers defeated the Senators 2-1 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports (Marc DesRosiers)

Henrik Lundqvist said that Mika Zibanejad is an "exciting player" who is skilled and has a "really good shot." (Hockey Sverige)

He said that he hopes Zibanejad will "fit in well and thrive in New York" as it's a "lovely place to play hockey when you play well and deliver." (Hockey Sverige)

Lundqvist said that he has "all the potential to do it." (Hockey Sverige)

He said that he has met Zibanejad "a few times" but does not know him well. (Hockey Sverige)

Lundqvist said that Zibanejad is "strong," can play in front of the net and is "good at scoring goals." (Hockey Sverige)

In 10 games against Lundqvist in his career, Zibanejad has 2 goals, 4 assists, 25 shots on goal and an average of 15:57. (Hockey Ref)

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According to General Fanager, after yesterday's trade the Rangers have $10.65 million in cap space with a roster including 11 forwards (Tanner Glass but not Pavel Buchnevich) and 8 defensemen including Adam Clendening.

Cap Friendly has the Rangers with $11.575 million in cap space with the same roster as above but without Brady Skjei on defense.

The Rangers currently have 41 players signed out of their 50 contract maximum.

A Rangers roster with Glass in the minors, Buchnevich in the AHL and all 8 defensemen would have $10.675 million in cap space according to Cap Friendly.

The Rangers still need to sign Kevin Hayes and Chris Kreider to new contracts.

Adam Rotter: The Rangers were in a good salary cap spot before the trade and are obviously in a better one after, saving $2.375 million this season. The Rangers are certainly not done trying to make moves but even if they don't, they should start the season with a pretty nice amount of salary cap space compared to where they have been the past few seasons.


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Ottawa Senators GM Pierre Dorion was on TSN1200 today and said:

  • On how long he has been talking with Jeff Gorton, "Jeff and I started this, I think the first phone call was when he called to congratulate me. Jeff and I have known each other for many years, from his days as a scout and assistant GM with the Bruins and then when he moved on to the Rangers in a similar position to the one that I had and then assistant GM and then GM so we have had a long history together. He called to congratulate me and we talked about replacing legends and then we started talking and Glen and Bryan never made a deal. I said how about you and I make a deal and I threw some things out and he came back and we started talking, first week on the job."
  • On Brassard, Dorion said that the Sens have lacked a lefty playmaking center and are getting a player in his prime and who has had playoff success."
  • "We gave up a good player in Mika but as a group we felt this was a a really positive step in the right direction to make us better right away."
  • On the 2nd round pick, "For us, the price was significantly higher when Jeff and I started talking. At the draft, if anyone would have stood around, Jeff and I just sat at their table while everyone had gone back home. We talked for around 40 minutes and the asking price was significantly higher and we talked for those 30-40 minutes just at their table with everyone in their suite and we just felt that what they were asking didn't make sense but we agreed that Derick was better than Mika and giving up a second rounder is not something that we like to do and a lot can change between now and then."
  • On waiting until after the bonus was paid to Brassard, "I was just stalling them. We talked about it over the course of last week and said why don't we think about it over the weekend. To me, the money didn't have a thing to do with it. I'm happy we saved $2 million but it was more of a hockey deal than anything."
  • On trading Zibanejad, "I never lost faith in Mika and our coaches were excited to coach him, but it's about what we got in return. We are not able to get Derick Brassard for 7th round picks in the next three years, we have to give up something. It was never a loss of faith in Mika. It was a tough phone call today in Mika. You are maybe the player most responsible for drafting him, the guy who has seen him the most, you have gone through 5-6 years with the player since drafting him. You are moving on in another direction, it was not about losing faith in Mika but about making our team better."
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Feb 14, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Derick Brassard (16) carries the puck during the third period against the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden. New York Rangers won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
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Feb 14, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Derick Brassard (16) carries the puck during the third period against the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden. New York Rangers won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

Derick Brassard was on TSN1200 in Ottawa and said the following:

  • On joining Ottawa, Brassard said that "it sounds pretty nice and I am excited to come home and play for the Sens."
  • How did you find out, "I knew there were rumors about the Sens and Rangers and this morning I went for training and the GM for the Rangers is trying to call me and my agent was trying to call and they couldn't reach me. It was actually a text from Marty St. Louis that broke the trade. He wished me good look in Ottawa and said that he thought it would be good for me and that it's an up and coming team and I said I guess I am traded to Ottawa. My family is pretty happy and I am excited to come here and get it done."
  • He spent all of last summer in Greenwich, CT and working out for Ben Prentiss. He is currently in Greenwich working with Prentiss but may return to Ottawa to skate with his new teammates.
  • He said that he loves the atmosphere in Ottawa and hoped to one day playing for the Sens. He said that he started hearing rumors about Ottawa about a month ago and thought 'anything can happen."
  • On this past season, "I was playing with some good players. I am more a playmaker than a shooter but last year, when you get a few goals you get more confident and last year I was finishing all my chances I guess. Playing with Zuccarello and Miller really helped me. When you have a good PP and can produce it will help you."
  • "I was expecting to maybe get moved and it happened today."
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Rangers GM Jeff Gorton spoke on a conference call with the media at 3PM to discuss the Derick Brassard trade to Ottawa:

  • How drastic do you feel you need to change the team, "I think that as you go through the season and go back 4-5 years we have had some success in the playoffs and all the sudden, even with a 100pt season, we lose in the first round. You assess your team everyday. One thing we talked about was getting younger and faster and not giving up too much and that is something we thought about that we would do. There is a lot of perception that you need to overhaul and do all these things but I am not sure how realistic that is, we look at each deal differently and see where it takes us. I would say that I am not sitting here and mandated to change 10 things, this is an opportunity to get better and that is why we took it." 
  • On clearing cap space, "to be honest, answering those questions isn't too bright. If I had another move, I wouldn't tell you even though I like you. It's an opportunity. You can say cap space if you like but for us, this is a younger player who is almost 6 years younger who has two 20 goal seasons that we think is heading to the prime of his career. The ability to get him, a younger player, someone who is fast, plays well in his own zone, can do a lot of things for us. That is the exciting part, the fact that we have some cap space is good. We will look at everything now but even if I had a move I promise I wouldn't tell you."
  • On Zibanejad replacing Brassard, "I think the potential is there for more upside. He is just scratching the surface at age 23. Not a lot of guys have done what he has done as far as score 20 before that age. You look at how the game is played, he kills penalties, really emerged on draws. He has gotten better every year and I think we are just scratching the surface. I really wouldn't want to compare him to Derick because he has been a real good player for us. That trade we made for him coincided with a lot of good years and success for him and us. He was a real good player and good guy. I wouldn't want to put them player for player and say that he is going to do this and he is going to do that. This is a trade where we get younger, a player with upside and we like how he is trending."
  • On the trade market this summer, "I think it's always difficult. We are in a cap world, you have expansion, different scenarios. Trying to do something to improve your team and finding a trade partner isn't always that easy. I would say that it was somewhat difficult to find deals that made us better, and that is why you see a lot of the guys back right now, but we will continue to look at things that make us better all the time."
  • Did you ever consider buying out Girardi, "no, I would say no. Listen, I know that Girardi is taking a beating in the media but you are talking about a player who is 32, has had significant injury. We have seen some real good production out of him for many years. He did, by all accounts, not have the year that we wanted or he wanted. We expect Dan to be better and he expects to be better. The buyout didn't make sense for us if you look at it from all sides and it's not something I really considered. I really believe and the organization believes that Dan Girardi will be better this season."
  • On Zibanejad being a two-way player, "everything goes into it. When you make a trade you don't just look for one thing, you look at all scenarios. You are looking at where the upside we think he can be, where does he fit in our lineup, can he be on the PP. Where does he fit on the PP, is he on the point, is he on his offside with one-timers. Is he on the PK, how good is he. Can he play against the bigger centers in the league. All those things went into this. It took a lot of thought and effort from everybody and this is a trade that at the end of the day we thought would make us a better team."
  • On the PK, "There is no secret, our PK was not good. Some of the moves we made, if not all, have had some part in that. We have to be better there. When we have a guy like Grabner, Holden, Jooris, Gerbe or whomever, and not Zibanejad that is a significant part of the game and for us to be in the top of the league is important and something that we strive for. It didn't happen this year and it says so in all the moves we made."
  • On Brady Skjei, McDonagh and puck movement, "we don't have Yandle in our lineup right now. We don't have that type of player but Ryan McDonagh, if you trace back, has been pretty successful on the PP and can move a puck and do a lot of things for you. As far as Brady, we will see how that plays itself out. Here we are in the middle of July trying to figure it out and we don't know what else can change. I don't really want to talk about how it will play out, what is going to happen, I think it's way too early we will see how it goes. Brady is a bright young prospect for us and he looked good in limited time. Lets hope that after a great summer he looks even better and can do more for us. McDonagh has a history of being a real good player in this league and I wouldn't expect anything else."
  • On Kevin Hayes, "With Kevin, I don't think it's dissimilar to a lot of players who come into the league and had a good year and the second year is not quite at the level we expected, anybody expected or the player expected. For us, it's a 6-5 center who has shown at times how good he can be in this league and I expect that he comes back with a chip on his shoulder and plays really well. I would expect that from a lot of our players, after losing in the first round I would expect that most of our players, if not all of them, will come back with a little bit of a chip on their shoulders."
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Apr 7, 2016; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; Ottawa Senators center Mika Zibanejad (93) celebrates his goal with teammates in the first period against the Florida Panthers at the Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports (Marc DesRosiers)
Apr 7, 2016; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; Ottawa Senators center Mika Zibanejad (93) celebrates his goal with teammates in the first period against the Florida Panthers at the Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports (Marc DesRosiers)

The Rangers have traded center Derick Brassard and a 7th round pick in 2018 to Ottawa for Mika Zibanejad and a second round pick in 2018.

Zibanejad, 23, had 51 points for Ottawa last season and set career highs in:

  • Games played (81)
  • Goals (21)
  • Assists (30)
  • Points (51)
  • Game-winning goals (7)
  • Faceoff win percentage (50.5; 659-for-1,306)

Zibanejad has a cap hit of $2.625 for next season and is an RFA after the season.

In 281 NHL games, Zibanejad has 64 goals, 87 assists, a minus 11 rating, 17:46 per game, a career 48.9% FO win percentage and 475 hits.

He has 8 points in 16 career playoff games.

With the trade, the Rangers save $2.37 million in cap space.

He was ranked 11th by The Hockey News in the 2011 draft and was selected sixth overall by Ottawa.

Last season he saw 1:25 per game on the PK.

According to Renaud Lavoie, the Rangers and Senators had been talking about this trade dating back to the draft but it was held off until after the Rangers paid Brassard a $2 million dollar bonus on July 15.

Adam Rotter: I think this is a tough trade for people to digest right away because Brassard has been one of the Rangers best forwards since he was initially acquired and Zibanejad is not a player a lot of people know about. He certainly isn't a household name right now but he certainly has the potential to be a household name with the Rangers.

In Zibanejad the Rangers pick up a younger, bigger, cheaper player who has improved every season and put up almost the same number of points that Brassard did last season. He's a talented young player who seemed to have some ups and downs in Ottawa and will face a different kind of pressure coming to the Rangers and replacing an extremely loved player. In the short-term the Rangers pick up cap space, change their core and bring in a young/developing player. In the long-term the Rangers will likely have to pay Zibanejad more than the $5 million Brassard had per season, but I think they will be okay with that if Zibanejad turns into the player they obviously hope he can be.

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Rick Nash plays against the Columbus Blue Jackets during an NHL hockey game. (AP)
Rick Nash plays against the Columbus Blue Jackets during an NHL hockey game. (AP)

Throughout the early part of the offseason there was a lot of buzz indicating that the the Rangers might move move Rick Nash.

Dave Reid said on the NHL Network that the Rangers need to get more out of Nash to get proper value for his cap hit of $7.8 million. (NHL)

Nash is signed for this season and next at a cap hit of $7.8 million but an actual salary of $8 million this year and $8.2 million next year. (Cap Friendly)

He had 15 goals and 21 assists in 60 games last season while missing time due to a knee injury and back injury.

For more on Nash, click HERE.

Adam Rotter: If the Rangers have to keep Rick Nash they will still have their best offensive threat but they will be faced with questions of whether last year was a fluke do to injury or really the beginning of Rick Nash's decline. I'd guess it's a combination of both with Nash probably unlikely to hit 40 goals last he did two years ago but probably still capable of getting 25-30 and being a reliable two-way player if he is healthy. He is still one of their top penalty killers, arguably their most responsible defensive forward and someone who the defense still needs to focus on when he is on the ice. It just seems like the Rangers still hold Nash in high regard and don't want to move him just to move him.

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7/18/16 | 10:37AM: The Rangers have officially announced the Kovacs signing.

7/15/16 | 8:26PM: The Rangers have signed prospect Robin Kovacs to a three-year entry level contract, according to General Fanager and Cap Friendly.

Kovacs will have an NHL cap hit of $803,333.

The Rangers were reportedly trying to bring Kovacs to North America for this coming season.

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

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

He was teammates last season with fellow prospect Malte Stromwall.

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Apr 4, 2016; Columbus, OH, USA; New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. The Rangers won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)
Apr 4, 2016; Columbus, OH, USA; New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. The Rangers won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)

Chris Kreider's salary arbitration hearing is set for this Friday, 7/22, in Toronto.

He is an RFA and much has been speculated about his potential future with the Rangers.

Krieder is two-years away from being a UFA and reports are that they have not been shopping him.

Larry Brooks has written that a one-year deal for Kreider would likely be in the range of $4.25 million while a long-term deal that buys out years of free agency would likely cost above $5 million. (NY Post)

Adam Rotter: To me, the Rangers either commit to Chris Kreider long-term or they trade him. Doing a one-year deal at this point doesn't make a lot of sense because then you just need to do this whole dance again next summer. I just think that at this point the Rangers know Kreider, know his game and know what he can be so it's time to sign long-term or move him. A one-year deal would likely just hang over Kreider's head the whole season and lead to a lot of speculation while a long-term deal would give him security. The Rangers would likely get their best return for Kreider by moving him now and giving him at least two-years with his new team.

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Mar 23, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) stops a shot by Boston Bruins left wing Loui Eriksson (21) in front of the goal during second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Mar 23, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) stops a shot by Boston Bruins left wing Loui Eriksson (21) in front of the goal during second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

On the NHL Network, Dave Reid spoke about the Rangers and how they need to limit the amount of shots that Henrik Lundqvist faces this season. (NHL)

In 65 games, Lundqvist faced 1,944 shots this past season which led the league and made 1,788 saves this past season which also led the league.

At 5 on 5, Lundqvist faced:

  • 1,533 shots on goal (#1 in the league)
  • 2,176 shot attempts towards the net that were not blocked (#1 in the league)
  • 2,947 total shot attempts (#1 in the league)

In all situations Lundqvist faced 3,716 total shot attempts (#1 in the league)

Reid said that if Lundqvist faces the most shots against next season they will be in a tough playoff position. (NHL)

It's been said that the Rangers need to reduce Henrik Lundqvist's workload this coming season.

Alain Vigneault has spoken before about Lundqvist's window to win.

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Michael Grabner skates against the Philadelphia Flyers. (AP)
Michael Grabner skates against the Philadelphia Flyers. (AP)

Michael Grabner says that he knows the Rangers coaches really well dating back to his time in the Canucks organization. (NYR)

Grabner said that he knows Scott Arniel "really well" going back to when Arniel coached Grabner for four-years in the AHL. (NYR)

He said that he spoke with Arniel about his role before signing and that conversation made his decision "a lot easier." (NYR)

Grabner noted that Alain Vigneault coached him in his first year in the NHL as well. (NYR)

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Oscar Lindberg says that because of a new treatment he is undergoing in Sweden as part of his rehab from hip surgery that he may be able to return to the Rangers quicker than expected. (NHL.com/sv)

The hip injury is something that Lindberg has known about for a while and has worsened over time. (NHL.com/sv)

He will play next season in specially designed skates to help the problem from reoccurring. (Hockey Sverige)

Lindberg underwent surgery in early May and the team announced he would be out for 6 months.

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Gordie Clark said on Tuesday that Pavel Buchnevich is now starting the process of "learning how to train" like an NHL player. (MSG)

He said that the NHL is the best league in the world and the players "train" the best as well. (MSG)

Clark continued that if he trains this summer like an "NHL hockey player" then he is going to get every chance to make the team and "prove he's not good enough." (Daily News)

Buchnevich said that he didn't skate a lot while in Russia before coming to New York and "the training part is just starting now."

He added, "I am getting used to physical training and off ice will start in full force in the near future. I am just getting in shape now. As far as the organization, it has been wonderful and everything that they write about."

Chris Drury said that the Rangers have him working with a "great trainer" the ice at the MSG Training Center is at his "disposal" and he will be living with an American family which will hopefully help speed up his transition. (NYR)

Clark said, "he has the hands and the head but he has to know what it's like to train like an NHL pro and that is what he will get this summer." (NYR)

Buchnevich was at today's Yankee Game. (Instagram)

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

Gordie Clark said recently that during the season Jeff Gorton instructed the coaches in Hartford to start playing Brady Skjei on the right side to allow for greater versatility if the Rangers needed it. (Daily News)

Alain Vigneault said during the season that one of the times they sent Skjei to Hartford they instructed him to play on the right side as insurance in case the Rangers needed him to play there. (NYR)

During parts of the regular season and playoffs Skjei played on the right side.

Skjei played 7 of the 10 games in the World Championships on the right side.

Larry Brooks writes that the Rangers are "likely" to shift Skjei to the right side during training camp and that could push Dylan McIlrath out of the lineup.  (NY Post)

If Skjei moves to the right side then Nick Holden would presumably be the Rangers third-pair left defenseman.

7/21/16 | Jeff Gorton said on a conference call earlier this week, "Brady is a bright young prospect for us and he looked good in limited time. Lets hope that after a great summer he looks even better and can do more for us.

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Adam Rotter: Both the right side and left side are jammed up for the Rangers but Skjei is more likely to play bigger minutes and make more of an impact on the right side than the left side. Ryan McDonagh and Marc Staal are far more locked into their positions than either Dan Girardi or Kevin Klein, so Skjei's best bet at playing a big role for the Rangers would likely be on the right side.

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Following the signings of Dylan McIlrath and Josh Jooris, the Rangers have $8.275 million in cap space according to General Fanager.

That number includes Tanner Glass ($1.4 million), Jooris ($600,000) and Adam Clendening ($600,000) but does not include Pavel Buchnevich ($925,000).

Larry Brooks writes that the Rangers have around $8.85 million in cap space on a shadow roster that includes 2 goalies, 7 defensemen (likely not Adam Clendening) and 13 forwards (including both Jooris and injured Oscar Lindberg). (NY Post)

Adam Rotter: The Rangers are still in a very good position to get both Kevin Hayes and Chris Kreider signed while probably having a bit more space under the cap than anticipated. Hayes should come in under what JT Miller did at $2.75 million and that would still leave over $6+ million for Kreider. They won't have a lot of space but, at least for right now, it looks like more than they did for most of last season

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