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Team: New York Rangers
Age / DOB:  (55) / 5/14/1961
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The New York Rangers are having so many problems winning at home.
The Rangers dropped a shootout loss to the Panthers Friday night and are 19-15-3 at home and 25-9-0 away from the supposed friendly confines of MSG. The Rangers are 0-4-2 at home in their last six and better improve if they want to advance past the opening round of the playoffs. Mar 18 - 10:19 AM
Source: NY Post

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Citi Field, the home of the New York Mets, is reportedly close to being selected as the home of the 2018 Winter Classic.

This would be the first time that the Rangers have hosted the Winter Classic, but they did face the Flyers in 2012 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. This time around the visiting team would be the Buffalo Sabres. Buffalo also has Winter Classic experience as they hosted the 2008 one at Ralph Wilson Stadium in a game against the Penguins.
Mar 16 - 9:03 AM

The New York Rangers are just 19-15-2 at home this season.

With such a mediocre home record, it's in a way impressive that the Rangers even have 90 points in 70 contests. The Rangers currently hold the first Wild Card spot, which means that they won't have the home ice advantage in the playoffs unless something changes. But given how much better the Rangers have played on the road this season, maybe that's not a bad thing.
Mar 14 - 8:57 AM

Alain Vigneault has not been happy with the play of the New York Rangers of late.

The Rangers lost their third game in four on Saturday and Vigneault did not hold back his feelings. "Right now we’ve got quite a few guys that are fighting it, a couple guys’ games are not very good," Vigneault said. "But that’s still not a reason to execute at the level we did tonight, and it’s still not a reason to lose the number of 1-on-1 battles that we lost tonight. So it has to be a reality check here." The Rangers go out on the road for four games where they are 22-8-0 so perhaps they can get it together again.
Source: NY Post
Mar 5 - 8:38 AM

Although the New York Rangers were a long speculated suitor for Kevin Shattenkirk, the St. Louis Blues ultimately traded him to Washington.

The fact that the Rangers are losing out on Shattenkirk to one of their chief rivals has to hurt. It will be interesting to see how the Rangers respond to this. They might still seek to bolster their defense before the deadline, but with Shattenkirk, Ron Hainsey, and Michael Stone already off the market, the Rangers might end up acquiring a defensive depth player rather than someone who can come in and make a major impact.
Source: NY Post
Feb 28 - 6:31 AM

Jean Ratelle's No. 19 will become the ninth player, and eighth number, to be retired by the New York Rangers next season. Joining Eddie Giacomin (1), Brian Leetch (2), Harry Howell (3), Rod Gilbert (7), Andy Bathgate (9), Adam Graves (9), Mark Messier (11) and Mike Richter (35).

"To have your sweater retired is the greatest honor a player can receive," Ratelle said. "You can’t ask for more than that." Ratelle, who was included in the NHL's Top-100 players, was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1985 after 20 sterling years with New York and Boston from 1960-61 to 1980-81. He scored 491 goals and 1,267 points in 1,281 games in his career, including 336 goals and 817 points in 862 games over 16 seasons with the Rangers. Though he never lifted Lord Stanley's cup, he did score 32 goals and 98 points in 123 career playoff games. He also received the Bill Masterton and Ted Lindsay along with a pair of Lady Byng trophies, along with five all-star selections. For more click the link below for a wonderful piece on Ratelle and the honor, including the infamous trade he was part of that sent him to Boston.
Feb 18 - 1:35 PM

Alain Vigneault earned his 600th career victory as a head coach on Tuesday.

It took Vigneault 1,105 games to reach that milestone, making him the second fastest coach to get to 600 wins behind Scotty Bowman. He's also just the 15th bench boss to ever reach that milestone. "Good players," Vigneault said, regarding his success. "You need good players and that’s what I’ve been fortunate to have."
Feb 8 - 5:45 AM

The New York Rangers have reportedly given head coach Alain Vigneault a two-year contract extension.

The report from the New York Post also suggests that Vigneault will be getting a nice bump in pay too. He's currently in the fourth year of a five-year contract he signed back in July 2013, so this new deal will lock him up through 2019-20. Vigneault currently ranks sixth in franchise history for games coached (295) and fourth in wins (175). This is a smart move by the Rangers, as he's shown that he's one of the better coaches in the league.
Source: NY Post
Jan 30 - 11:51 PM

The ice conditions at the Joe Louis Arena were terrible Sunday.

So said Rangers coach Alain Vigneault whose team beat the Red Wings 1-0 in overtime. "I know the ice was the same for both teams, but the quality of the ice today was just horrendous," Vigneault said. "When you can’t put two passes together because the puck is bouncing all over the place, makes it very hard on both players, who have some skill. It makes it hard to put that skill on display. It took five or six minutes of each period for the ice to be horrible. I think that had a lot to do with the show we saw on the ice." Now you know why it was only a 1-0 game.
Source: NY Post
Jan 23 - 9:01 AM

The New York Rangers are 15-7-1 this season but are 0-3-1 in their last four at home.

The Rangers were shutout for the first time this season as well on Sunday as the Ottawa Senators came into Madison Square Garden and shut them down.
Mon, Nov 28, 2016 07:38:00 AM

Rangers coach Alain Vigneault is upbeat about the Rangers' performance thus far despite their 2-2-0 record.

"I’m happy with the way we’re playing," Vigneault said. "We could easily be sitting here 4-0, the way we’ve played those games — both offensively and defensively." Both of their losses were by just one goal. A 2-2-0 start still isn't what the Rangers were going for, but it's not a big problem either. The Rangers will try to get above .500 on Saturday against Washington.
Source: NY Post
Sat, Oct 22, 2016 09:26:00 AM

According to both Elliotte Friedman and Larry Brooks, the NHL is looking into potentially hosting an outdoor game at Michie Stadium in West Point, NY.

That's right, the US Military Academy could be the host of an NHL outdoor game. New York's local trio, the Rangers and Islander plus the New Jersey Devils, all played at Yankee Stadium a few seasons ago as the latter two shared the "home" rink. The Rangers cannot be the home team outside of Madison Square Garden for tax reasons. It's worth noting that the Panthers and Devils played at Tate Rink on Saturday. More to come.
Sun, Oct 9, 2016 08:58:00 PM

Rangers GM Jeff Gorton is pleased with the Rangers off-season moves.

Gorton considered blowing up the Rangers but instead tweaked the squad, dealing Derick Brassard to the Senators for Mika Zibanejad as well as inking prized free agent Jimmy Vesey to a contract. "I get it," Gorton said about the call for a rebuild. "We had a pretty good run. We didn't win, obviously, what we wanted to do, but we had a good run. This group has done a lot together. They've won a lot of games and if you look at the amount of playoff games those guys have played, it's pretty impressive, right? So I think we as an organization feel more comfortable with some of the guys in the organization than maybe some other people do."
Sun, Sep 25, 2016 08:37:00 AM

Rangers GM Jeff Gorton believes Jimmy Vesey will make the Rangers roster right away.

Gorton won the Jimmy Vesey sweepstakes on Friday night. Although he didn't want to get into what line his new prospect would be on come October, he did admit that Vesey should be on the team once training camp ends. "Jimmy probably saw some opportunity on our team and the fact that he knew some players already probably helped us, too," Gorton said. "Anytime a guy like this becomes available, we’re going to try to be in the race, and we’re really excited to have him… What number, what line, I wouldn’t want to go down that road yet, but I think he can come in and play." At 23 year old, Vesey is likely NHL-ready, but fantasy GMs shouldn't expect him to light it up in his rookie season.
Sat, Aug 20, 2016 09:41:00 AM

The New York Rangers have added Jeff Beukeboom to their coaching staff.

Beukeboom will replace Ulf Samuelsson on the coaching staff as Samuelsson will now be the head coach of the Carolina AHL farm team. Beukeboom does not know what his role will be in New York but he could replace Samuelsson's responsibility in being in charge of penalty killing. Stay tuned as it will be determined later in the summer.
Source: NY Post
Sat, Jul 2, 2016 09:31:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Derek Stepan
2Mika Zibanejad
3Kevin Hayes
4Brandon Pirri
5Oscar Lindberg
LW1Rick Nash
2Chris Kreider
3Michael Grabner
4Matt Puempel
5Jimmy Vesey
6Tanner Glass
RW1Mats Zuccarello
2J.T. Miller
3Jesper Fast
4Pavel Buchnevich
D1Ryan McDonagh
2Brady Skjei
3Kevin Klein
4Dan Girardi
5Brendan Smith
6Marc Staal
7Nick Holden
8Adam Clendening
G1Henrik Lundqvist
2Antti Raanta