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Team: New York Rangers
Age / DOB:  (55) / 5/14/1961
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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

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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

Alain Vigneault will continue to serve as the New York Rangers' head coach going into the 2016-17 campaign.

That's not too surprising. It's true that the Rangers were booted from the playoffs in the first round and that has to be regarded as a disappointing result within the organization. However, Vigneault led the Rangers to the Stanley Cup Final in 2014 and the Eastern Conference Final in 2013, so while they haven't won the Cup under him, they have enjoyed some deep playoff runs. That said, coaches don't tend to get much security based on past results so if the Rangers don't bounce back in 2016-17, then Vigneault might find himself on the hot seat.
Fri, May 6, 2016 02:32:00 PM

The New York Rangers are down to just $497,863 of cap space of ahead of Monday's trade deadline, thanks to their acquisition of Eric Staal.

Just imagine how far over the cap the Rangers would be if Arizona and Carolina weren't retaining so much salary on Keith Yandle and Staal, respectively. Such is life for teams who play near the cap ceiling annually.
Sun, Feb 28, 2016 02:21:00 PM

Alain Vigneault is now among the top 20 head coaches of all-time in terms of games overseen.

Thursday's 3-1 loss to the New York Islanders was Vigneault's 1,013th career contest, which broke his tie with Terry Murray. Vigneault also isn't far from the 19th place Pat Burns, who coached in 1,019 contests. Vigneault has a 543-356-35-79 career record.
Fri, Jan 15, 2016 11:22:00 AM

Alain Vigneault is scheduled to coach his 999th game on Wednesday.

Vigneault will then reach the 1,000-game milestone on Friday against the Edmonton Oilers. He'll be only the 23rd coach in history to spend that many games as a bench boss. Prior to taking charge of the New York Rangers, Vigneault had stints in Montreal and Vancouver. He has a 538-348-35-77 record and has been to the Stanley Cup Final twice, although he's lost both times.
Wed, Dec 9, 2015 11:18:00 AM

Coach Alain Vigneaul has elected to forego any lineup changes for Sunday's match with Ottawa.

Normally this would be surprising given the Rangers' struggles of late, but with Derek Stepan and Kevin Klein both out with injuries, and Emerson Etem still sick, Vigneault simply doesn't have anyone to call upon at the moment.
Sun, Dec 6, 2015 05:32:00 PM

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
RW1Mats Zuccarello
2J.T. Miller
3Jesper Fast
4Pavel Buchnevich
D1Ryan McDonagh
2Dan Girardi
3Kevin Klein
4Marc Staal
5Nick Holden
6Adam Clendening
7Steven Kampfer
8Brady Skjei
G1Henrik Lundqvist
2Antti Raanta