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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)

5/31/16: Chris Kreider is an RFA this summer with arbitration rights and is two-years away from being a UFA.

Kreider had a salary of $2.6 million and is coming off a two-year deal that had a cap hit of $2.475 million.

Kreider nearly went to arbitration in 2014 before coming to terms on his contract.

It's been wondered if Kreider will be the first Ranger since Nikolai Zherdev in 2009 to have an arbitration hearing.

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

Tags: Chris Kreider , Chris Kreider Future

The Carolina Hurricanes have hired Rangers assistant coach Ulf Samuelsson to be the Head Coach of the Charlotte Checkers of the AHL.

Samuelsson was believed to be a finalist for the Hurricanes job before it went to Bill Peters.

He has been a Rangers assistant for the past three seasons, primarily focusing on the defense and penalty killing.

Hurricanes GM, and former teammate of Samuelsson's, Ron Francis said "Ulf has built a very strong coaching resume during a decade behind the bench in the AHL, NHL and Swedish league. He has a proven history of helping to develop young players and understands the organizational culture that we are building here."

Adam Rotter: Well, at the very least the Rangers won't be returning the same core coaching staff that they have had the last three years. Ulf certainly had his toughest year last year with the Rangers defensive struggles and PK struggles and now they will be able to bring in a new voice.


5/31/16 | 7:12AM: Alain Vigneault was at a golf tournament in his native Gatineau and spoke about the Rangers (RDS):

  • The Rangers have "no untouchables" and are looking at the opportunity to bring "new blood and new energy" to the team.
  • It's very hard in the salary cap era to make trades.
  • The Rangers have given up a lot at the past few trading deadlines while trying to win.
  • The team has "some good young players, but there is no doubt that we must bring more" to the organization.
  • The team has hardly changed in the past five years and now it's time to look for ways to bring some "new blood, some new energy." (leDroit)
  • You have to know which players to keep and which players to move on from. The core of the team "are good people. They are people who work hard and who gave much to the Rangers. That said, we have not managed to win the last series, the most important series..." (leDroit)
  • Dan Girardi is a "warrior" but he was limited this past season with many injuries. (leDroit)

 


NHL commissioner Gary Bettman (Charles LeClaire/USA Today Sports Images)
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman (Charles LeClaire/USA Today Sports Images)

The NHL remains open to continuing to send its players to the Olympics, just so long as it doesn't have foot the bill.

"Our teams are not interested in paying for the privilege" of Olympic participation, Commissioner Gary Bettman said Monday before Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Pittsburgh Penguins and San Jose Sharks.

NHL players have been a fixture at the Olympics since the 1998 Games in Nagano, Japan thanks in large part to significant financial support from the International Olympic Committee and the International Ice Hockey Federation, which have handled most of the travel costs, accommodations and insurance for league owners.

Bettman pointed to IOC President Thomas Bach's stated resistance to providing subsidies for any sport as a major stumbling block to having the league stop in the middle of the 2017-18 season so over 100 players can head to Pyeongchang, South Korea for the 2018 Games.

Bettman said if the issue remains unresolved "I have no doubt it will have significant impact on our decision." He described the potential cost as "many, many millions of dollars. This is no small ticket item." >> Read more

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The Rangers top three prospects according to Hockey's Future are Pavel Buchnevich, Igor Shesterkin and Brady Skjei.

Ryan Graves (4) and Ryan Gropp (5) round out the Rangers top five prospects.

Prospects 6-10 are Brad Morrison (6), Adam Tambellini (7), Robin Kovacs (8), Malte Stromwall (9), Dylan McIlrath (10)

Prospects 11-20 are Sergei Zborovskiy (11), Nicklas Jensen (12), Boo Nieves (13), Adam Huska (14), Mackenzie Skapski (15), Brandon Halverson (16), Calle Andersson (17), Daniel Bernhardt (18), Steven Fogarty (19), Tyler Nanne (20).

For a a look at previous prospect rankings, click HERE.


Feb 10, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers center J.T. Miller (10) waits for a face-off against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first 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; New York Rangers center J.T. Miller (10) waits for a face-off against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Rangers won 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

TSN's Craig Button was on the Rangers Blue Line Podcast recently and said that JT Miller needs to find his consistency.

He said that consistency is something that has plagued Miller since before he was draft and that he needs to figure out how he can get the most out of his game on a nightly basis.

Button said that Miller needs to find ways to contribute when he isn't scoring and learn how to get the most out of his game when he isn't at 100%.

He continued that Miller is at the age where he needs to find consistency and join "that upper group of players who are real key to your team" or he could start to hear his name in trade rumors.

Adam Rotter: Last year was the biggest step that Miller has taken so far in his process and it's not unreasonable to expect him to be better and more consistent this coming season. He showed he can be a top-six player last year and earned a spot on the World Cup team and needs to continue his development and prove to the Rangers that he is part of the long-term solution with this team.

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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)

5/26/16 | The Rangers are "extremely unlikely" to pursue defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk in a trade this summer, according to Larry Brooks. (NY Post)

Shattenkirk, 27, has one-year left on his contract worth $4.25 million and Brooks notes that it would likely take a six-year deal and $6.5 million per season to keep him from being a UFA in 2017. (NY Post)

Brooks says that the Rangers "are not going to be willing" to make that kind of investment in Shattenirk. (NY Post)

For more on Shattenkirk, a right shot defenseman, click HERE and HERE.

This past season Shattenkirk had 14 goals, 30 assists and a minus 14 rating for St. Louis while averaging 22:25 and was on for 52.4% of the shot attempts for at even strength. (HR)

Adam Rotter: Shattenkirk would be a fit, but I'm not sure the Rangers are interested right now in making another long-term commitment on defense without knowing for sure what the future of Dan Girardi and Marc Staal will be past this season. If the Rangers lose Girardi in the expansion draft or are able to move him, then maybe they go after Shattenkirk as a UFA. Also, unless St. Louis is willing to take on bad contracts, unlikely, the Rangers can't give up any more prospects or picks to get him.


During the Finland/Denmark game in the World Championships, Ray Ferraro spoke about Rangers prospect Nicklas Jensen and what was expected of him in Vancouver.

Ferraro said that the expectation in Vancouver was that with Jensen's speed and shot he would be able to score and while he did score a few "eye catching goals he was never able to get a long enough opportunity to see if he was an NHL player."

Ferraro added that Jensen has a "big league shot" and that Jensen could be a fit for the Rangers as they look for young/cheap bodies.

Jensen is described as having "speed and shot" but not a lot else in his game. (HF)

He is also said to have "world-class finishing moves" around the net but struggles with game to game consistency and isn't much of a fit in a bottom-six group of forwards. (HF)

Adam Rotter: Jensen will be one of the interesting players to watch in camp because he has a ton of skill, something the Rangers need, and because this may be one of his last shots at the NHL. He has an opportunity to likely be a top-nine forward and possible PP guy for the Rangers and if he becomes a useful player it helps offset the Carl Hagelin trade a little since he was acquired for Emerson Etem.

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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)

5/29/16 | 8:54AM: Skjei said that he will spend the summer training with Ryan McDonagh and Derek Stepan in Edina, Minnesota. (Newsday)

Gordie Clark says that Skjei is someone who works out "like crazy" in the summer.(Newsday)

5/28/16 | 9:41AM: Brady Skjei said that after his call ups and play in the playoffs he knows he can play and "achieve success" in the NHL. (NYR)

He said that he is going to work hard this summer with the plan to make an immediate impact in training camp. (NYR)

Skjei said that he has plenty to work on this summer, like making plays and his shot, and added that he wants to get stronger. (NYR)

Skjei averaged 18:28 in the Rangers five playoff games this season with 2 assists, 11 hits, 5 blocked shots, 1 takeaway and 4 giveaways.

For a lot more on Skjei, click HERE.

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Rick Nash broke through for three goals against the Panthers. (AP)
Rick Nash broke through for three goals against the Panthers. (AP)

Over the weekend it was reported that one of the names that Rick Nash is one of the names that could be brought up in rumors and Elliotte Friedman added "there seems to be a little bit of smoke to this one."

Nash has a list of 12 teams that he can accept a trade to and Friedman said that he thinks the Rangers may have been asked about Nash and speculates that under the right circumstances the Rangers would move him.

Friedman added that the Rangers think that Nash's struggles at times this year were due to playing hurt and that if he is healthy he will be a more effective player.

On the Rangers Blue Line podcast last week, Craig Button said that he doesn't know how the Rangers will be able to move Nash's contract and that at times he found himself as a third-liner.

Button said that Nash, at $7.8 million, needs to produce in a more "significant way" and that he doesn't think Nash is capable of that

Button doesn't know which teams will be able to take on Nash's contract and that the Rangers may have to try and find a comparable contract to trade for Nash.

Larry Brooks wrote on Wednesday that even if the Rangers are able to move Nash it's unlikely that the Rangers will save $7.8 million, noting that they may have to eat some money or take back a "relatively pricey contract in return." (NY Post)

Adam Rotter: There are a lot of different ways the Rangers could try and go with moving Nash, if that is what they decide to do, but none of them seem great or ideal. Eating money on Nash's deal is probably the best way to go in terms of getting the best return, but then you are stuck with dead cap space for two-years.

Still, retaining salary would likely be the best way to go. Taking 25% of Nash's contract would leave the Rangers with $1.95 million in dead space but leave Nash at a cap hit of $5.85 which seems very fair if not a little low for him. For 25% retention the Rangers would hopefully be able to get a cheaper/younger roster player as well as some picks.

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Nov 21, 2015; Sunrise, FL, USA; New York Rangers celebrate their win over the Florida Panthers on a goal by left wing Rick Nash in overtime at BB&T Center. The Rangers won 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Mayer)
Nov 21, 2015; Sunrise, FL, USA; New York Rangers celebrate their win over the Florida Panthers on a goal by left wing Rick Nash in overtime at BB&T Center. The Rangers won 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Mayer)

5/27/16 | 11:15AM: Larry Brooks writes that besides Henrik Lundqvist, Brady Skjei and Pavel Buchnevich, the Rangers are "prepared to listen to offers for everyone." (NY Post)

Brooks notes that this includes players like Ryan McDonagh, Derek Stepan, Derick Brassard, Chris Kreider and Kevin Hayes. (NY Post)

He notes that "nothing is off the table" but that each players level of availability is dependent upon the kind of return the Rangers seek. (NY Post)

Adam Rotter: Just because the Rangers will listen on a player doesn't mean that they will move him. There is no reason not to take a call on a guy because if someone wants to overpay the Rangers should let them.

I think that the package for a guy like Ryan McDonagh would be enormous but I think that in the right deal most of the other guys could be had. No one is being sold off for spare parts or 6th round picks. The Rangers will get value if they move any of their youngish or top guys and moves will be made to help the team in the short and long-term.


Jan 17, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) talks with left wing Carl Hagelin (62) on the bench as head coach Mike Sullivan looks on during the second period against the Carolina Hurricanes at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Penguins won 5-0. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Jan 17, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) talks with left wing Carl Hagelin (62) on the bench as head coach Mike Sullivan looks on during the second period against the Carolina Hurricanes at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Penguins won 5-0. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

The Penguins defeated the Lightning last night in Game 7 to advance to the Stanley Cup Final where they will play the Sharks.

Since 2012, the team that has beaten the Rangers in the playoffs has gone on to win or play in the Stanley Cup Final.

  • 2012: Devils beat Rangers in Conference Finals and lost to Kings in Stanley Cup
  • 2013: Bruins beat Rangers in Second Round and lost to Chicago in Stanley Cup
  • 2014: Kings beat Rangers in Stanley Cup Final
  • 2015: Lightning beat Rangers in Conference Final and lost to Chicago in Stanley Cup
  • 2016: Penguins beat Rangers in First Round and play Sharks in Stanley Cup

Tampa Bay also follows the Rangers as a team that went to the Stanley Cup Final and then lost in Game 7 of the Conference Final the next season.

Connections to the Rangers that San Jose has include former Ranger Nicklas Sundstrom as a scout, Keith Yandle's uncle Mike is a scout and former Ranger Michael Haley is a spare forward.

Connections to the Rangers that the Penguins have include former Rangers Carl Hagelin, Matt Cullen, former prospect Tim Erixon and former assistant coach Mike Sullivan.

San Jose center Joe Thornton's name has consistently come up in relation to the Rangers.

In 2011 Thornton called the Rangers "soft," which he apologized for and John Tortorella ripped him for those comments.


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5/26/16 | 4:26PM: Larry Brooks writes that the Rangers are expected to be "in big-time" on Jimmy Vesey of Harvard who will be a UFA on August 15th. (NY Post)

Vesey will be a free agent in the same way that Kevin Hayes was when he signed with the Rangers in the summer of 2014 after spending four years in college. (NY Post)

Brooks notes that many think Vesey will sign with his hometown Bruins or with the Leafs, where his father is a scout but adds "there is every reason to believe the Blueshirts will be serious players on this one." (NY Post)

Vesey was ranked as the 14th overall prospect by The Hockey News Future Watch this year and it was expected that he would have joined the Predators lineup had he signed with them.

Adam Rotter: I never really expected the Rangers to end up with Kevin Hayes, but they did. That doesn't mean that they will sign Vesey but it's something to keep in mind when everyone talks about how the most likely landing spots for him will be Toronto or Boston. When Hayes was about to become a UFA most people figured he would end up in Boston with his hometown Bruins or with the Panthers and his brother Jimmy.


5/26/16 | 12:40PM: While communication between the Rangers and Keith Yandle remain "open," Yandle is "still far more likely" to leave the Rangers than stay, according to Larry Brooks. (NY Post)

The price for Yandle, expected to be around $45 million over 7 years, is likely to be "too expensive for the Rangers." (NY Post)

5/20/16 | 5:08PM: Gary Lawless ranks Keith Yandle as the top potential UFA defenseman and ranks him 7th in terms of all players in his ranking of the top 30 possible UFAs. (TSN.ca)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tags: Keith Yandle , Keith Yandle Rumors

The Rangers' Mats Zuccarello controls the puck against the Islanders Johnny Boychuk (55) during the Isles' victory in March at the Garden. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
The Rangers' Mats Zuccarello controls the puck against the Islanders Johnny Boychuk (55) during the Isles' victory in March at the Garden. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

The Rangers will play the Islanders twice in the preseason for the 2016-17 season.

The Rangers will host the Islanders on 9/27 at 7PM at Madison Square Garden.

The Islanders will host the Rangers in Brooklyn on October 4 at 7PM.

The Rangers also have two games with the Flyers set for 10/3 in Philly and 10/6 at MSG.

This is the first time the Rangers and Islanders will play in the preseason since 2007.


Apr 13, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers center Derek Stepan (21) celebrates his second goal of the game against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period in game one of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Penguins won 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Apr 13, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers center Derek Stepan (21) celebrates his second goal of the game against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period in game one of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Penguins won 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

5/26/16 | 9:54AM: Larry Brooks reports that the Minnesota Wild are believed to have "serious interest" in Rangers center Derek Stepan. (NY Post)

The Wild have been searching for a center and were rumored to be involved with Nashville in talks for Ryan Johansen before he was traded to Columbus. (Star Tribune)

It's believed that the Wild offered defenseman Jonas Brodin and a forward to try and get Johansen. (Reddit)

Brodin, who is a left shot, has played the right side for much of his career with Minnesota. (Star Tribune)

Stepan has five more years left on his contract at $6.5 million per year and a no-trade clause starting in 2017-18,

Adam Rotter: If this is something that the Rangers are going to explore with Minnesota then it has to start with Jonas Brodin coming back to the Rangers. Ryan Johansen is a little younger than Stepan and has a higher offensive upside, but if the Wild want a center, and Stepan is a pretty good one, the Rangers have to go after Brodi as the return.. Brodin would instantly transform the Rangers defense and add a 22-year old who is under contract at a very reasonable cap hit of $4.1 million.

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

5/25/16 | 10:32PM: The chances of the Rangers go after Steven Stamkos are "extremely remote" according to Larry Brooks. (NY Post)

Brooks says that Stamkos is expected to get around $70 million over 7 years and that the Rangers would likely have to clear $16 million in cap space to sign Stamkos and then fill out the roster. (NY Post)

Brooks says that while Stamkos is the prime free agent option the Rangers are expected to make their changes this summer through trades and not through free agency. (NY Post)

He also notes of an issue the Rangers would have insuring Stamkos' contract against a another instance of the blood-clot issue that has kept the Lightning captain out. (NY Post)

For more on Stamkos, click HERE.

Adam Rotter: Until Steven Stamkos signs somewhere else there is always going to be a little part of me thinking that the Rangers will get him. The issue with Stamkos was always going to be the surgery the Rangers would need to perform on the cap to fit him in and whether those moves would hurt the Rangers more than signing Stamkos would help them.


Apr 4, 2016; Columbus, OH, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi (5) 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 defenseman Dan Girardi (5) against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. The Rangers won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)

5/25/16 | 10:19PM: The Rangers do not intend to buy out the remaining years of Dan Girardi's contract, according to Larry Brooks. (NY Post)

Brooks adds that the Rangers have not asked Girardi about waiving his no-move clause and "no such request is expected." (NY Post)

He says that there is a belief in the organization that Girardi's play took a "stark decline" because of all of the injuries he played through last season including a cracked kneecap. (NY Post)

Brooks does say that it's unlikely that the Rangers go into next season with Girardi looked at as the number one defenseman on the right side. (NY Post)

Adam Rotter: I'm sure the Rangers explored the idea of a buyout and what ramifications it would have on the cap for the next 8 years and weighed that against the idea of Girardi improving next season to help the Rangers or at the very least being expansion draft bait the following year.

If Girardi is going to be with the Rangers then the Rangers need to limit his minutes to the 2nd or 3rd pair and actually rest him. Even if there are injuries on defense Girardi still needs time off. 55 to 60 games is probably a good number for Girardi and hopefully an amount that can keep him fresh, healthy and hopefully effective come playoff time.

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Gordie Clark says that Pavel Buchnevich is a "highly intelligent player" that has a "high-end skill set" and "thrives on high expectations." (NYR)

Clark said that Buchnevich sees the ice "incredibly well" and that when he is on the ice with other skilled players he will make plays and score goals. (NYR)

He noted though that the Rangers will find out during training camp if he is ready to do that at the NHL level right away. (NYR)

Craig Button said on the Rangers Blue Line Podcast that he had no doubt about Buchnevich next season and added that he is a "really good and smart player."

He added, "when you have players like that who will compete and dig in, you allow them to acclimate and be comfortable and Pavel over time you will see a real progression."

For a lot more on Buchnevich, click HERE.

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Scott Arniel was on TSN 1290 on Tuesday and said that he hopes to get a second chance at being a head coach in the NHL.

Arniel coached 1 1/2 seasons in Columbus, going 45-60-18 from 2010 to 2012.

He said that he feels better prepared to be a coach this time around and that he knows the league much better now than he did before taking the Columbus job. 

Arniel was last a head coach in 2012-13 with the Canucks affiliate in Chicago, going 37-30-9 and missing the playoffs before taking his current job with the Rangers.

Prior to becoming the head coach of the Blue Jackets, Arniel was 181-106-33 as head coach of the Manitoba Moose in the AHL.

Arniel also said that he watched a lot of the World Championships to watch Brady Skjei, Mats Zuccarello and Derick Brassard.

 

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Feb 27, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; New York Rangers right wing Kevin Hayes (13) skates against the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center. The Rangers defeat the Stars 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)
Feb 27, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; New York Rangers right wing Kevin Hayes (13) skates against the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center. The Rangers defeat the Stars 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)

Prior to the playoffs, Kevin Hayes said that his season had been a little inconsistent and "up and down for sure."(Newsday)

He added though that the playoffs bring along a "whole new season" and that his hope was that his game was trending upward and not down. (Newsday)

Hayes had 3 goals and 3 assists in the 18 games prior to the playoffs but did score in the last game of the regular season.

He said that he considers himself to be a "versatile" player and that he doesn't mind playing the wing. (Newsday)

Hayes was a healthy scratch the last two playoff games for the Rangers.

In his three playoff games, he was a minus one, had 4PIM, 3 shots on goal and an average of 10:49 per game.

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

For more on Hayes, click HERE.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Bernhardt was the 119th pick in 2015 by the Rangers

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more on Kreider, click HERE and HERE.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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(AP)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For rumors on Nash from last summer, click HERE.

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

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

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4:30PM:

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

Canada advances to the Gold Medal to play against Finland.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Raanta praised Benoit Allaire throughout the season.

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8:09PM:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Skjei did not register a shot on goal.

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

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

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

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

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

The NHL Draft is June 24th and 25th.

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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(TV4 Sweden)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lundqvist faced 204 more shots on the road this season.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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