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

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

No salary was retained in the trade. (Johnston)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more on Miller, click HERE.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Did you know new #NYR @jimmyvesey has already scored a goal @madisonsquaregarden!? (Video credit: @harvardathletics)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Previous Reports

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

Roy resigned from his position last Thursday.

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more on Kovacs, click HERE.

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

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

Goalies ahead of Lundqvist include:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Vesey was also tweeted to by Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard.

Following the announcement of his signing:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

From the Rangers release:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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(Petr David Jose/AP)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

He is 6-0, 180 pounds.

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

From the Rangers release:

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

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


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

Many other NY area celebrities have been tweeting to Vesey.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more on Vesey, click HERE.

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

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

Following Brassard's 61 points is:

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

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

The rest of the players they have projections for are:

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WFAN and former NFL QB Boomer Esiason tweeted:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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8/15/16 | 2:39PM: The Blackhawks have strong interest in Vesey and be among 4 or 5 teams who will make a pitch when he officially becomes a UFA. (Chicago Tribune)

12:46PM: The Rangers, Leafs and Devils are "strong contenders" for Vesey according to ESPN's Joe McDonald.

10:18AM: The Rangers, Leafs, Bruins, Blackhawks, Sabres and Devils are reportedly "strong contenders" for Vesey but most teams will likely call when he is officially a free agent tomorrow. (Dreger)

9:49AM: Vesey is not a free agent until midnight tonight and may not pick a team until later in the week. (McKenzie)

8/14/16 | 2:36PM: Vesey's agent says that there are a couple of holes in the Rangers lineup that his client could fit in and "I couldn't envision a scenario where the Rangers wouldn't want to make a pitch, and they would definitely be a possibility." (NY Post)

He added that the Rangers are an interesting option for any free agent. (NY Post)

Vesey is having last minute talks with the Sabres thought it's still likely he becomes a UFA. (Rishaug)

8/13/16 | 6:14PM: Vesey has reportedly zeroed in on the Blackhawks and Devils. (PHR)

3:39PM: Jimmy Vesey's agent says that there is currently no favorite team to land Vesey when he becomes a free agent this week. (Yahoo)

The agent, Peter Fish, that Vesey has wanted to go to free agency "all along" and he wants to compare what the Sabres have told him to what other teams can offer. (Yahoo)

Steve Zipay, at Newsday, notes that the Rangers can pretty much guarantee a role on the NHL roster for Vesey and use the "buzz" of playing at MSG as well as the 90-year history of the franchise as selling points.

Fish says that Vesey is not someone who is afraid of the spotlight but probably prefers to fly under the radar. (Yahoo)

Reports this past week suggested that the Rangers were among the favorites that could land Vesey.

It's been noted before that Jeff Gorton and Fish have a good relationship and that Fish previously represented Chris Drury.

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Mar 17, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save during the second period against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports (Kelvin Kuo)
Mar 17, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save during the second period against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports (Kelvin Kuo)

Over the weekend Henrik Lundqvist took a spin in the car with F1 driver Marcus Ericsson. (VF)

Lundqvist said that even with the speed of the car, taking the trip was "fun" and something that can be enjoyed if you have a good drive. (VF)

He was asked if he would try racing after his hockey career ended and said, "maybe, why not" and said that learning how to control the cars and the track would be "pretty damn fun." (VF)

On his Facebook page, Lundqvist said "Nice day at gelleråsen. Good racing and really fun to take a few laps with Marcus Ericsson. It went away.. ‪#‎Carreracup‬ ‪#‎Porsche‬"

Lundqvist also noted that his vacation is just about coming to an end and things are starting to "rev up" hockey-wise. (VF)

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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)

When Mika Zibanejad was drafted 6th overall by the Ottawa Senators, Gord Miller said that he was one of the two wild cards in the early part of the first round and said that he was the player with maybe the most "intriguing background."

Bob McKenzie then said, "his father is Iranian, his mother is Finnish. Mika speaks Farsi, Finnish, Swedish and English. Big, strong, physical center who also has good offensive ability.

Pierre McGuire said that the biggest thing about him is that he looks "like a nice guy, plays like a nice guy but if you get in a one on one battle he isn't so nice. This is a player who is not far from being NHL ready."

Pierre added, "I couldn't be happier for the fans in Ottawa, he is a quick strike offensive player."

Zibanejad was ranked 11th by The Hockey News in their 2011 draft preview and wrote

  • "the gaudy offensive numbers have not been there for Mika Zibanejad, largely because he's playing in the Swedish Elite League and young players often get buried on strong teams."
  • He's physically developed and capable of playing with men
  • "He's a powerful skater, has a good shot and finishes his checks, "one scout said. I think he's going to go in the top 10 but I wouldn't be shocked to see him in the top 5."
  • Can play center and wing, has "power traits" to his game and will drive to the net.

In The Hockey News 2011 Mock Draft, they had Zibanejad going 10th to Minnesota and call him a "highlight reel Swede that can score and throw big hits."

He was listed as the number one "riser" in The Hockey News draft preview and they wrote "the dynamic Swedish pivot played against men in the country's highest league and proved himself to be fast, fearless and highly dangerous offensively."

It was said before the draft that Zibanejad was "soaring" up draft boards.

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In the 2016-17 Hockey News Yearbook, they list the Rangers' depth chart at forward for this season as:

LW - C - RW

  • Rick Nash - Derek Stepan - Mats Zuccarello
  • Chris Kreider - Mika Zibanejad - JT Miller
  • Pavel Buchnevich - Kevin Hayes - Michael Grabner
  • Nathan Gerbe - Oscar Lindberg* - Jesper Fast
  • Tanner Glass - Josh Jooris - Nicklas Jensen

*Lindberg is expected to miss the start of the season.

Click HERE to see projections for how the Rangers lines could look this season.


Team USA goalie Mike Richter kicks a shot away during the first period against Team Canada during first period action Saturday, Aug. 31, 1996 in Philadelphia.(AP Photo/George Widman) (GEORGE WIDMAN/AP)
Team USA goalie Mike Richter kicks a shot away during the first period against Team Canada during first period action Saturday, Aug. 31, 1996 in Philadelphia.(AP Photo/George Widman) (GEORGE WIDMAN/AP)

Mike Richter was on TSN1050 on Thursday and spoke about the 1996 USA World Cup team that is entering the US Hockey Hall of Fame:

  • Asked his memories of 1996, Richter joked "given my memory, I'm glad I am wearing pants right now."
  • It was a short summer to prepare for the tournament and he and Brian Leetch had to beg to have people open ice rinks in the middle of July and August for them.
  • They would play with men's leagues which wasn't great for Richter but was "terrible for Leetchie because everyone wants to take him out and say that they hit a pro."
  • The "chemistry and camaraderie were instantaneous" on the 96 World Cup team.
  • Lou Lamoriello gave a speech during the training camp that "raised the hair on the back of your neck"
  • He said that Lou got their attention quickly and talked about how it was a privilege to be on the team, that good players were at home and that the team was there to win and not just show up and hope for the best.
  • "From that opening dinner it was a riot, on and off the ice we had a great time and that camaraderie helped us on the ice."

New York Rangers' Derick Brassard reacts after scoring the tying goal during the third period of the NHL hockey game against the New York Islanders, Sunday, March 6, 2016, in New York. The Islanders defeated the Rangers 6-4. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig (Seth Weni/AP)
New York Rangers' Derick Brassard reacts after scoring the tying goal during the third period of the NHL hockey game against the New York Islanders, Sunday, March 6, 2016, in New York. The Islanders defeated the Rangers 6-4. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig (Seth Weni/AP)

Derick Brassard was introduced by the Senators this morning and said that following that relates to the Rangers:

On his initial reaction "I was kind of shocked. I was coming back from training that morning and I didn't have my phone on me and after a little while I looked at my phone and Marty St. Louis was the first text and said that he thought Ottawa was an up and coming team and a good fit and I was like 'what is he talking about?' and stuff like that and after that my phone started blowing up. I am really excited to be here."

Did you sense something like this, "After losing in the Final and Conference Final with our team it was pretty clear after we got beat in the first round by Pitt that everyone was available in New York. That is hockey and I can't control that. I had no sense that I was going to leave New York but it is what it is and now it's a new chapter in my life and new challenge for me personally. If I can bring the experience and pressure it will be a good fit for me. "

"I am in the prime of my career and that is why they went and got me. I am looking forward to playing my game and I want to show that they made a good choice."

For more on Brassard, click HERE.

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Jan 22, 2016; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes forward Nathan Gerbe (14) skates with the puck against the New York Rangers 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; Carolina Hurricanes forward Nathan Gerbe (14) skates with the puck against the New York Rangers at PNC Arena. The New York Rangers defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 4-1. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)

Nathan Gerbe said that even after 394 games he still carries a chip on his shoulder. (NYR)

He said that he still goes out on the ice "looking to prove everybody wrong" and that those feelings will never leave him. (NYR)

Gerbe said that those feelings make him aggressive on the ice and added "I love to compete and I hate to lose any battles. I've always been a smaller player, even when I was younger, so I have tremendous drive and competitiveness, and, yes, a chip on my shoulder." (NYR)

Gerbe was a 5th round pick out of BC in 2005, had two 16-goal seasons in the NHL (2010-11 and 2013-14) and had 94 points in 101 AHL games.

In three seasons at BC he had 133 points in 132 games.

Gerbe has trained in the past with Marty St. Louis and other NHLers in Connecticut. (THN)

For more on Gerbe, click HERE.

Adam Rotter: If Gerbe can stay healthy, he has only played more than 64 games in a season twice, he should be a nice addition to the Rangers, probably on their third or fourth line and on the PK. He has enough skill to add some depth scoring and energy to a team that lacked both for long stretches last season.

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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)

Ottawa Senators GM Pierre Dorion was on TSN1200 recently and said that he never lost "faith" in Mika Zibanejad and that the new coaching staff of Guy Boucher and Marc Crawford were excited to coach him.

Dorion said that moving Zibanejad was all about who they got in return and that they had to give up "something" to acquire Derick Brassard.

He reiterated that it wasn't a loss of faith in Zibanejad but "about making our team better."

Dorion added, "they are getting a good player with a lot of upside. He is fairly young, big body, good shot, two-way forward who I am sure will help the Rangers as Brassard helps us. It's alright if both team's get better and I think that is the case with this deal. (NHL.com)

Zibanejad said that the Senators wouldn't have made the trade if they didn't feel that way, but he is focusing more on "proving the Rangers right than Ottawa wrong."

When Dorion was part of the team that drafted Zibanejad in Ottawa, he said "It's his offensive ability. When we're talking about Mika, his skating is very good (and so is) his strength, his lower-body strength, his shooting ability and his puck skills. I was over there (in Sweden) seeing him player for Djurgarden in the playoffs and he had an impact as an 18-year-old playing against 30-year-olds. That's one of the criteria that helped his stock rise for the draft." (Senators)

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The 2016-17 Hockey News Yearbook has the Rangers finishing 5th in the Metro division and missing the playoffs this coming season.

Their standings include the Caps, Pens, Isles and Flyers all as teams ahead of the Rangers in the Metro that will make the playoffs.

They have the Rangers Stanley Cup odds at 35-1.

The Rangers have been a team suggested by some to take a step back this season and miss the playoffs.

Last year they had the Rangers projected to finish third in the Metro, which they did.

In 2014-15 they projected the Rangers to finish third in the Metro while they actually finished first and won the Presidents' Trophy.

Adam Rotter: The Rangers are going to be a very popular pick to miss the playoffs based on their struggles last season and how the team is mostly the same, minus Keith Yandle and Derick Brassard. The other reason they will be a popular pick to miss is that seemingly the top two spots are locked up by Washington and Pitt, people think the Islanders are ready to take a leap and the Flyers are the next team on the rise in the East.

The thing that has changed about the Rangers after the past couple of years is that they no longer seem like a lock to make the playoffs. I think that the Rangers, Flyers and Islanders will all be battling for that last guaranteed spot in the Metro and then teams in the Atlantic over a wild card spot. Ultimately though, if Henrik Lundqvist is healthy and rested I think that still gives the Rangers an edge over both the Isles and Flyers to make the playoffs.


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(Sergei Grits)

8/11/16 | 8:34AM: A "well informed" NHL scout believes that the Rangers, Bruins and Blakckhawks will be the finalists for Jimmy Vesey. (Boston Herald)

8/10/16 | According to ABC 7 Buffalo, a source says that the Buffalo Sabres are not likely to sign forward Vesey.

That same source said that it wouldn't be surprising if Vesey lands with either Chicago or with the Rangers. (WKBW)

Vesey isn't 100% certain where he will sign at this point. (WKBW)

According to CSNNE, two different sources say that the Bruins are not one of Vesey's top three choices.

Those sources say though that Vesey's top three reported choices are Chicago, the Devils and the Rangers.

It's been said before that Jeff Gorton has a good relationship with Vesey's agent.

Vesey will become a free agent on August 15th.

Adam Rotter: Well, the Rangers could be in a position to once again snag a college free agent who could immediately get a spot on the roster. I never thought they were the favorites or would get Kevin Hayes...and then they did. Maybe it's the same situation with Vesey, though you have to think that the chance to join Chicago, play with Kane and Toews and immediately be looked at as favorites for the Stanley Cup has to enticing.

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The Rangers have announced that Josh Jooris will wear #86 for the Rangers this season.

Jooris wore #86 during his first year in Calgary before switching to #16. 

The only other Ranger to wear #86 was Wojtek Wolski from 2010 to 2012.

For more on Jooris, CLICK HERE.

Jooris had 12 goals and 12 assists wearing #86 in 2014-15.

He wore #17 with Abbotsford in the AHL and #7 with Union College.

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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)

Kevin Hayes says that he knows what he is capable of as a hockey player and wants to be someone who is "counted on every night." (NYR)

Hayes said that he wants to show the coaching staff that he can be a consistent player and is excited for the opportunity this season. (NYR)

He said that heading into this third-year he thinks his teammates are looking to him to be a factor and help the team every night and that is what he hopes for himself. (NYR)

Hayes said that he is working hard this summer with that kind of role in mind. (NYR)

For a lot more on Hayes, click HERE.

Adam Rotter: I'm pretty sure that what Hayes wants, to be "counted on," is that same thing that everyone (coaches, teammates, management, fans) wants as well. Hayes has the potential to be counted on every night and it's worth remembering that in the final 38 games of his rookie season he had 29 points. The ability to be counted on is there and maybe just staying in the middle, rather than the attempted switch to the wing, will help him be the consistent player the Rangers need him to be.

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Team USA's Keith Tkachuk, center, is congratulated by teammates Brian Leetch, left, and Bryan Smolinski as they skate by Team Canada's bench after an empty net goal against Team Canada during the third period of Game 2 World Cup of Hockey Finals Thursday, Sept. 12, 1996 in Montreal. Team USA beat Team Canada 5-2 to tie the series at one. (AP PHOTO/Ryan Remiorz) (RYAN REMIORZ/AP)
Team USA's Keith Tkachuk, center, is congratulated by teammates Brian Leetch, left, and Bryan Smolinski as they skate by Team Canada's bench after an empty net goal against Team Canada during the third period of Game 2 World Cup of Hockey Finals Thursday, Sept. 12, 1996 in Montreal. Team USA beat Team Canada 5-2 to tie the series at one. (AP PHOTO/Ryan Remiorz) (RYAN REMIORZ/AP)

USA Hockey announced that the 1996 championship winning World Cup team is being inducted as a group into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame.

Brian Leetch was the captain of the 1996 team and Mike Richter was named MVP of the tournament.

Other members of the 1996 World Cup team with connections to the Rangers include Tony Amonte, Kevin Hatcher, Guy Herbert, Pat LaFontaine, Mathieu Schneider and Doug Weight.

Team USA beat a Canada team in the final that featured Glen Sather as coach, Theo Fleury, Adam Graves, Wayne Gretzky, Eric Lindros, Mark Messier and Brendan Shanahan.

Leetch and Richter were inducted as individuals into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 2008.


Jan 22, 2016; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Rangers forward Rick Nash (61) watches the play 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 Rick Nash (61) watches the play 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)

Rick Nash is listed by The Score as one of 5 players looking to bounce back after struggles last season.

Nash dropped from 42 goals in 2014-15 t0 15 goals in 2015-16.

For more on Nash, click HERE.

Nash is projected to play 75 games this season and score 30 goals with 28 assists according to Dobber Hockey.

The Hockey News Pool Guide, which has Nash netting 35 goals writes, "look no further, here's your comeback player of the year. Umm...as long as he stays healthy (and that's a big umm.")

Adam Rotter: If Nash is healthy then he should be able to get 25-30 goals. He was injured and beat up for most of last season and his shooting percentage hit an all-time low of 8.2%, down from his career 12.3%. Nash is 32, not 62, and if he can stay healthy and bring his speed, power and drive towards the net he should be in a position to come close to doubling his goal total from last year.

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Pavel Buchnevich celebrates after scoring into an empty goal. (AP)
Pavel Buchnevich celebrates after scoring into an empty goal. (AP)

The Hockey News Pool Guide has the Rangers top 10 prospects listed as:

  1. Pavel Buchnevich
  2. Brady Skjei
  3. Brandon Halverson
  4. Ryan Gropp
  5. Sean Day
  6. Igor Shesterkin
  7. Ryan Graves
  8. Adam Huska
  9. Robin Kovacs
  10. Adam Tambellini

They note that both Buchnevich and Skjei have a good shot at playing in the NHL this season.

Last season's Pool Guide had the Rangers prospect list as Buchnevich, Skjei, Gropp, Halverson, Shesterkin, Oscar Lindberg, Kovacs, Mackenzie Skapski, Ryan Graves, Adam Tambellini.

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Lundqvist said that it's fun to make this kind of donation and also feels a bit of a responsibility to make an impact when he can. (Expressen)

The donation was made it part by the NHLPA and the Rangers to support young hockey players in the Gothenburg area. (Expressen)

 

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