Player News - Rangers

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Brendan Smith's agent, Anton Thun, anticipates speaking to Rangers GM Jeff Gorton "in the next week or so."

Smith has expressed an interest in re-signing with the Rangers that Thun echoed, but that doesn't necessarily mean that he's willing to agree to a discounted contract. "He’s looking for a good fit with a good organization, and the Rangers certainly qualify. But to pass up free agency, Brendan’s going to need a contract that reflects market value," Thun said. The Rangers acquired Smith just before the trade deadline in exchange for second- and third-round picks. The blueliner had four assists, a plus-eight rating, and logged 19:41 minutes of ice time per game in 12 playoff games during the Rangers' run.
Source: NY Post
Mon, May 22, 2017 06:13:00 PM

Henrik Lundqvist led Team Sweden to 2-1 shootout victory over Canada in the gold medal game of the 2017 World Championship.

Lundqvist stopped 42 of 43 shots prior to the shootout and didn't surrender a single goal in four shootout rounds. He's certainly going into his summer training on a much more positive note after his Rangers were eliminated by the Ottawa Senators in the second round. He decided to play for Team Sweden in part because his brother Joel was the team captain, who he hadn't played with for 12 years.
Sun, May 21, 2017 05:58:00 PM

Larry Brooks of the New York Post states that trading Derek Stepan could get the Rangers the defenseman they need.

Brooks thinks that Oscar Lindberg could easily transition into a top-two center, taking Stepan's place and that trading Stepan will get the Rangers the blueliner they so desperately need. That remains to be seen but with the expansion draft upcoming, something will need to be done soon.
Source: NY Post
Sun, May 21, 2017 08:21:00 AM

The New York Rangers have fired AHL Hartford head coach Ken Gernander.

"We want to thank Ken for his service and all of his contributions to the Wolf Pack and the Rangers organization," Rangers GM Jeff Gorton said in a release. "We wish him and his family all the best in his future endeavors." The Rangers also announced that assistant GM Chris Drury will serve as the Hartford Wolf Pack's general manager.
Sat, May 20, 2017 10:34:00 AM

Kevin Hayes has two goals and two assists in two appearances with the U.S. at the World Hockey Championship.

He found the back of the net two times in Tuesday's 5-3 win over Russia. Brock Nelson had one goal and two assists in the contest, while Dylan Larkin had a marker and a helper. Johnny Gaudreau had two assists in the win. It's been a great tournament for all of them and their efforts helped Team USA secure first place in Group A.
Tue, May 16, 2017 06:58:00 PM

Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei has a bright future.

The rookie defenseman had five goals and 39 points and is the future of the Rangers. He will not receive much in the way of Calder Trophy consideration as the class of 2017 was unbelievable but he is a good one. "If you notice the games where we played and were behind or tied, [Skjei] was getting a lot of minutes," Vigneault said. "We consider him one of our offensive defensemen. I think he’s through a real good first year of learning the game and understanding. Next year [he] should be better and more effective and ready for a bigger role and bigger minutes." Don't forget about him next season.
Source: NY Post
Sun, May 14, 2017 07:55:00 AM

Mika Zibanejad will be a restricted free agent this off-season.

His two-year, $5.25 million contract is set to expire and this will be his first deal from the New York Rangers following his acquisition from the Ottawa Senators. Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said that the Zibanejad has "the tools and the capabilities to be a high-end centerman in this league," but "he's at that crossroads right now." Zibanejad registered 14 goals and 37 points in 56 games during the 2016-17 campaign. He also earned nine points in 12 playoff contests.
Source: NY Post
Sat, May 13, 2017 09:53:00 AM

Antti Raanta could be taken in the expansion draft by the Vegas Golden Knights.

New York will obviously protect Henrik Lundqvist and Raanta has an affordable cap hit of $1 million for the 2017-18 season. "Of course every goalie in this business wants to be the No. 1 guy," Raanta said. "That's the dream, to one day be the No. 1 guy. So need to work hard in the summer and you never know what happens."
Source: NY Post
Sat, May 13, 2017 09:47:00 AM

Kevin Hayes will play for Team USA at the World Hockey Championship.

He will join the team now that the Rangers have been eliminated from the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Hayes posted just three assists in 12 postseason outings after he had 17 goals and 49 points in 76 matches during the regular season.
Source: NY Post
Sat, May 13, 2017 09:42:00 AM

Brady Skjei will play for the U.S. at the 2017 World Hockey Championship.

He potted four goals and added an assist in 12 playoff games, but it wasn't enough to get the Rangers to the Eastern Conference Final. Skjei enjoyed a superb rookie season in 2016-17 with five goals and 39 points in 80 contests.
Source: NY Post
Sat, May 13, 2017 09:39:00 AM

Brendan Smith can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, but he is open to returning to the New York Rangers.

"Absolutely," Smith said when asked if he wanted to come back. "I really enjoyed being here. I like the guys, the group." He was acquired from Detroit just before the trade deadline in exchange for second- and third-round picks.
Source: NY Post
Sat, May 13, 2017 09:36:00 AM

Kevin Klein suited up in just one game during the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

He played in Game 3 against Montreal during the first round, but sat as a healthy scratch for most of the postseason. Klein is signed for one more season at $2.9 million and could be a trade option for the Rangers during the off-season. He had 14 points and 54 shots in 60 games during the regular season.
Sat, May 13, 2017 09:30:00 AM

Henrik Lundqvist will play for Team Sweden in the 2017 World Championship.

"My brother [Joel] is the captain there and I haven't played with him for 12 years," Lundqvist said. "Also the fact that we're not part of the Olympics. I see this as an opportunity to play for my country one more time and with my brother. I'm going to go there and try and finish really strong this season and I'm going to reflect." Lundqvist is 35 years old, so it's not too much of a stretch to say that this really could be his last time competing with Team Sweden, given that the NHL won't be participating in the Olympics. Henrik's brother, Joel Lundqvist, has played in 134 NHL games, but has been playing in the Swedish league since the 2009-10.
Source: NHL.com
Thu, May 11, 2017 03:12:00 PM

Rick Nash wants to stick with the New York Rangers.

"I plan on being here, I plan on being a Ranger," Nash said. He's entering the final season of his eight-year, $62.4 million deal. He's had ups and downs over the life of that contract, but his last two campaigns have been particularly rough with him failing to reach the 40-point milestone in either of those two seasons. With that in mind he's likely to receive a major pay cut after the 2017-18 campaign unless he has a huge contract year. It's also possible that the Rangers will try to trade him in an effort to shake things up, but given his cap hit that might be difficult. It's also worth noting that he has a limited no-trade clause that would further complicate any efforts to move him.
Thu, May 11, 2017 02:18:00 PM

Rick Nash's right knee was heavily wrapped after Game 6 against Ottawa.

He had been skipping practices, so it's not surprising that he was playing at less than 100 percent. Nash didn't post a point in New York's final three playoff games, but he refused to use his injury as an excuse after his team was eliminated from Stanley Cup contention.
Source: NY Post
Wed, May 10, 2017 10:42:00 AM

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