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Mar 1, 2019; New York, NY, USA; Montreal Canadiens center Nate Thompson (21) controls the puck against New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal (18) during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Mar 1, 2019; New York, NY, USA; Montreal Canadiens center Nate Thompson (21) controls the puck against New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal (18) during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Rangers led after the first period but were undone by Joel Armia, who scored a hat trick for Montreal in the Blueshirts' 4-2 home loss Friday night. Defenseman Libor Hajek played 17:35 in his NHL debut. He had two shots and took a holding-the-stick penalty in the second period.

Brendan Lemieux, who was acquired on Monday when the Rangers traded Kevin Hayes to Winnipeg, scored his first goal as a Ranger with 2:32 left. >> Box score

 


First period:

  • 4:41 NYR Vladislav Namestnikov; Assists: Brady Skjei, Kevin Shattenkirk
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Feb 2, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) is congratulated after scoring a goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Feb 2, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) is congratulated after scoring a goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Entering Thursday night's game, the Rangers had not yet taken the precaution of scratching any of their trade chips from the lineup as Monday's NHL trade deadline fast approaches, though they did pull Adam McQuaid during Thursday's first period. They went to such lengths last year when they were on the brink of dealing Rick Nash and Michael Grabner.

Yes, the Rangers will be sellers for the second straight season after issuing their Declaration of Reconstruction last year, a decree to rebuild the roster after years of dealing assets in attempts to make runs at the Stanley Cup. Now the goal is to acquire picks and promising young players.

Here's a look at the Rangers who could be elsewhere by 3 p.m. Monday:

Tags: Adam McQuaid, Kevin Hayes, Mats Zuccarello, Vladislav Namestnikov
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New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider is congratulated after scoring a goal against the Los Angeles Kings during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider is congratulated after scoring a goal against the Los Angeles Kings during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

The Rangers are coming off a 2-1 victory Tuesday at Carolina, as goaltender Henrik Lundqvist stopped 43 of 44 shots. It was Lundqvist's 30th career victory against the Hurricanes in 43 games.

"I had to improvise a little bit," Lundqvist told NHL.com. "It worked. It's just a good feeling to win. That's all I want to do."

Vladislav Namestnikov snapped a 1-1 tie 6:10 into the third, and Lundqvist made 18 saves in the period. >> Read More

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Dec 31, 2018; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) celebrates after defeating the St. Louis Blues at Enterprise Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry)
Dec 31, 2018; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) celebrates after defeating the St. Louis Blues at Enterprise Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry)

Connor Brickly scored his first goal with the Rangers, Vladislav Namestnikov buried a go-ahead goal in the third period while Henrik Lundqvist turned in a vintage performance with 43 saves to lead the Rangers to a 2-1 road win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday. >> Box score


First period:

  • No goals scored

Second period:

  • 9:53 CAR Jordan Martinook; Assists: Dougie Hamilton, Andrei Svechnikov
  • 10:40 NYR Connor Brickley; Assists: Filip Chytil, Tony DeAngelo
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Feb 15, 2019; Buffalo, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Jesper Fast (17) celebrates with center Vladislav Namestnikov (90) and defenseman Tony DeAngelo (77) after scoring a goal against the Buffalo Sabres during the first period at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Hoffman)
Feb 15, 2019; Buffalo, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Jesper Fast (17) celebrates with center Vladislav Namestnikov (90) and defenseman Tony DeAngelo (77) after scoring a goal against the Buffalo Sabres during the first period at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Hoffman)

The Rangers jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first period on goals by Boo Nieves and Jesper Fast and never looked back, en route to a 6-2 win over the Sabres. Vladislav Namestnikov had two goals, including going back-to-back with Pavel Buchnevich within eight seconds of each other to put the game out of Buffalo's reach in the third period. >> Box score


First period:

  • 4:09 NYR Boo Nieves; Assists: Brendan Smith
  • 14:03 NYR Jesper Fast; Assists: Vladislav Namestnikov, Tony DeAngelo
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Mats Zuccarello brings the puck up the ice.  (AP)
Mats Zuccarello brings the puck up the ice. (AP)

Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello and Vlad Namestnikov will not join the club on its two-game Canadian road trip, the team announced Wednesday.

Zuccarello has missed eight of the past 10 games since suffering a groin injury on Nov. 6, while Namestnikov has been placed in concussion protocol, the team said.

Namestnikov took a high, hard hit from Thomas Chabot late in Monday's 4-2 win over the Senators. He struggled to return to his feet after the collision, and did not participate in Wednesday's practice. 

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Oct 16, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Kevin Hayes (13) celebrates his goal against the Colorado Avalanche with teammates during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 16, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Kevin Hayes (13) celebrates his goal against the Colorado Avalanche with teammates during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

4:59PM: Elliotte Friedman said that the Rangers will have no trouble moving Zuccarello or Hayes. (Nichols)

12:13PM: Kevin Hayes, Mats Zuccarello and Vlad Namestnikov are all part of TSN's first Trade Bait board of the season. (TSN.ca)

Hayes is ranked 2nd, Zuccarello 3rd and Vlad Namestnikov is 13th. (TSN.ca)

Tags: Kevin Hayes, Mats Zuccarello, Vladislav Namestnikov
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Mar 12, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Vladislav Namestnikov (90) reacts after scoring a goal against the Carolina Hurricanes during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Mar 12, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Vladislav Namestnikov (90) reacts after scoring a goal against the Carolina Hurricanes during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

7/29/18 | Namesnikov said that he has not yet spoken with David Quinn and doesn't know if the plan is for him to start the season at center or at wing. (NHL.com)

He said that he has to earn his ice time and that he is looking forward to the "fresh start." (NHL.com)

Namestnikov said that he thinks he has had a "long, productive summer," skating in suburban Detroit, and just needs to "keep it up." (NHL.com)

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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.

Tags: Jimmy Vesey, Kevin Hayes, Ryan Spooner, Vladislav Namestnikov
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Mar 12, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Vladislav Namestnikov (90) reacts after scoring a goal against the Carolina Hurricanes during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Mar 12, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Vladislav Namestnikov (90) reacts after scoring a goal against the Carolina Hurricanes during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

6/21/18 | 9:06AM: Larry Brooks writes that Namestnikov's agent has not heard yet from Rangers GM Jeff Gorton about anything related to contract talks. (NY Post)

Namestnikov is two-years away from being a UFA and his agent said that he isn't reading anything into not hearing from Gorton yet. (NY Post)

6/11/18 | Elliotte Friedman wrote over the weekend that he is "curious" to see what the Rangers will do with Vlad Namestnikov. (Sportsnet)

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Mar 12, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Vladislav Namestnikov (90) reacts after scoring a goal against the Carolina Hurricanes during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Mar 12, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Vladislav Namestnikov (90) reacts after scoring a goal against the Carolina Hurricanes during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Vladislav Namestnikov's agent told a Russian news outlet that the Rangers forward will not play for Russia at the World Championships as he recovers from an injury. (Tass)

Namestnikov had reportedly been dealing with a shoulder injury since the end of the end of the season and Ranger team doctors told him recently that it takes 2-3 weeks to fully recover. (Tass, Tass)

His agent noted that Namestnikov wanted to play for the Russian team and the fact that he is an RFA and without a contract did not play a role in his decision not to play. (Tass)

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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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 (Anne-Marie Sorvin)
(Anne-Marie Sorvin)

In his debut with the Rangers on Wednesday, Vladislav Namestnikov scored a goal and added an assist in the Rangers win over Vancouver.

Namestnikov played 17:57 with the Rangers, 1:39 on the PP and 5:55 in the first, 7:09 in the second, 4:01 in the third and 52 seconds in OT while skating between Jimmy Vesey and Mats Zuccarello.

He had 3 shots on goal, 1 shot attempt blocked, 1 shot that missed the net, 1, giveaway, 1 takeaway, 3 blocked shots and was 4 and 7 on faceoffs.

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