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Feb 25, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Ryan Spooner (23) plays the puck against the Detroit Red Wings during the overtime period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Feb 25, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Ryan Spooner (23) plays the puck against the Detroit Red Wings during the overtime period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

David Quinn said that he has always liked Spooner as a player and noted that he has "elite skill and vision," a high hockey IQ and will be someone that the Rangers rely on. (NYR)

Quinn added that he thinks there is "another level" Spooner can get to as a player and that they have had discussions about how he can take the next step. (NYR)

Spooner said that he thought last season was his best and that, in looking back, the trade from Boston was "definitely something that was needed." (NY Post)

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Feb 25, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Ryan Spooner (23) plays the puck against the Detroit Red Wings during the overtime period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Feb 25, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Ryan Spooner (23) plays the puck against the Detroit Red Wings during the overtime period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Ryan Spooner was on NHL Network earlier this week and said:

  • On his play after joining the Rangers, "I was just trying to have fun. When I heard the news that I would be traded I was a little bit upset, I was with the same team for five years and a lot of guys on the the team I got closer with, that was tough to hear but it was a fresh start for me and I went to the Rangers and the guys were great, the coaching staff too and I just wanted to help out, went out, tried to play my game and have fun and that is what I did."
  • On his versatility, "I played center since I was like two and played wing for maybe 60 games since I've been pro. There are pros and cons to both, I struggled with my faceoffs but last year I was better and tried to work on them but it's always been something I have lacked on. For me to go over to wing took the burden off of that. I can play center and with the Rangers I would like to play center but if they want me to play wing that is fine by me and if they need me to play center then that is fine with me as well."
  • On David Quinn, "he gave me a call about a month ago and we just chatted and basically what he said was that we have a young team this year and he expects that we work hard and are in great shape and I think that as a young team, if we are in really good shape and skate, that is a recipe for us to be a successful team. He knows what he is doing and I am excited to play for him."
  • On how he fits with a young team, "I'm definitely not young anymore but not old. The fact that I cam from the Bruins, the leadership group they had, the things that I have learned throughout my time can help me out. We are not going to be really young but we are not going to be old and I think I can help out and try to lead by example and go out there and have some fun." 

Following the interview, Mike Johnson said on the NHL Network that if Spooner is in a position where he can get the puck, play with good players and see time on the PP "he will produce."

He noted though that while the best use of Spooner would be in the Rangers top-six, he will struggle to find a spot there with the players the Rangers already have.

The NHL Network projection had Spooner as the RW on a third line that had Jimmy Vesey on the left side and Filip Chytil in the middle.

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Over the weekend the Rangers signed 24-year old defenseman Brady Skjei to a six-year deal worth $5.25 million per season.

On Monday the Rangers signed 26-year old Kevin Hayes to a one-year deal worth $5.125 million.

On Tuesday, the Rangers came to terms with Ryan Spooner, 26, on a two-year deal that has a cap hit of $4 million per season.

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Feb 25, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Ryan Spooner (23) during the third period against the Detroit Red Wings at Madison Square Garden. This was Spooner's first game with the Rangers after being acquired from the Boston Bruins. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Feb 25, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Ryan Spooner (23) during the third period against the Detroit Red Wings at Madison Square Garden. This was Spooner's first game with the Rangers after being acquired from the Boston Bruins. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Rangers have announced that Ryan Spooner has come to terms on a two-year deal.

The deal is worth $4 million per season. (Elliotte Friedman)

Spooner and the Rangers were scheduled to have an arbitration hearing on Saturday.

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Mar 12, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) reacts with left wing Pavel Buchnevich (89) in front of Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Klas Dahlbeck (6) after scoring a goal during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports  (Brad Penner)
Mar 12, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) reacts with left wing Pavel Buchnevich (89) in front of Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Klas Dahlbeck (6) after scoring a goal during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Jeff Gorton said on Saturday that he has had "lengthy" discussions with four of the Rangers five arbitration eligible RFAs.

The players he has spoken with include Jimmy Vesey, Brady Skjei, Vlad Namestnikov and Kevin Hayes.

Gorton said that he intends to speak with Ryan Spooner's agents this week.

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Feb 25, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Ryan Spooner (23) plays the puck against the Detroit Red Wings during the overtime period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Feb 25, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Ryan Spooner (23) plays the puck against the Detroit Red Wings during the overtime period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Larry Brooks writes that he doubts Ryan Spooner fits into the Rangers long-term plans and adds that Spooner is an RFA with arbitration rights and a free agent after next season. (NY Post)

Brooks writes that it may be "difficult" for the Rangers to move Spooner and that the organization will have to consider whether to sign Spooner to a one-year deal, so he can be used as a trade chip at the deadline, or non-tender him and allow him to be a free agent. (NY Post)

For more on Spooner and this summer, click HERE.

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Mar 8, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Rangers center Kevin Hayes (13) is congratulated as he scores a goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the third period at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 8, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Rangers center Kevin Hayes (13) is congratulated as he scores a goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the third period at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

4/12/18 | Larry Brooks noted back in March that Kevin Hayes, Vlad Namestnikov and Ryan Spooner are all arbitration eligible RFAs closing in on being unrestricted free agents. (NY Post)

Hayes and Spooner can become UFA following this season while Namestnikov, along with Jimmy Vesey, can become UFA after the 19-20 season.  (NY Post)

Brooks says that it's "extremely unlikely" that the Rangers bring back all three of them though he does note that Namestnikov and Spooner have seen a lot of time on the wing. (NY Post)

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Feb 25, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Ryan Spooner (23) during the third period against the Detroit Red Wings at Madison Square Garden. This was Spooner's first game with the Rangers after being acquired from the Boston Bruins. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Feb 25, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Ryan Spooner (23) during the third period against the Detroit Red Wings at Madison Square Garden. This was Spooner's first game with the Rangers after being acquired from the Boston Bruins. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Ryan Spooner is expected to start tonight's game against Philadelphia at center. (NY Post)

He is slated to play between Jimmy Vesey and Pavel Buchnevich.

Spooner is a career 42.8% on faceoffs and in 11 games with the Rangers he has only won 9 of 35.

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Feb 25, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Ryan Spooner (23) plays the puck against the Detroit Red Wings during the overtime period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Feb 25, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Ryan Spooner (23) plays the puck against the Detroit Red Wings during the overtime period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
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Feb 25, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Ryan Spooner (23) during the third period against the Detroit Red Wings at Madison Square Garden. This was Spooner's first game with the Rangers after being acquired from the Boston Bruins. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Feb 25, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Ryan Spooner (23) during the third period against the Detroit Red Wings at Madison Square Garden. This was Spooner's first game with the Rangers after being acquired from the Boston Bruins. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Through two games with the Rangers, Ryan Spooner has five assists, 3 of them primary, including the OT winner in Vancouver on Wednesday.

Spooner had two assists in his Rangers debut on Sunday, a day he called "long" and Alain Vigneault said that his game against Detroit was a "good start."

After Wednesday's game, Spooner said that he is just trying to make the plays that are in front of him and that he feels there is a good mix with what he, Kevin Hayes and Jesper Fast all bring on the ice. (NYR)

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Jan 30, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins center Ryan Spooner (51) controls the puck during the third period against the Anaheim Ducks at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)
Jan 30, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins center Ryan Spooner (51) controls the puck during the third period against the Anaheim Ducks at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)

Alain Vigneault says that Ryan Spooner is expected to be in the lineup for the Rangers tonight when they take on the Red Wings.

Spooner was just acquired from Boston this morning in the Rick Nash trade.

Vigneault said that in Spooner he sees a good skater, someone with good hands and soemone who is very good on the PP. (NYR)

He said that Spooner can play all three forward positions but is most comfortable on the wing, adding "everything I've heard has been real positive." (NYR)

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