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Team: New York Rangers
Age / DOB:  (56) / 5/14/1961

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The New York Rangers are enduring one of the worst starts in their franchise's history.
With a 5-4 overtime loss to Pittsburgh Tuesday night, the Rangers are now 1-5-1 this season. That makes them just the second team in franchise history to collect less than four points through seven contests. The last time the Rangers had such a slump was in 1959-60 and they were en route to a 17-38-15 campaign. That's not to say that history will repeat itself, but the Rangers need to stop the bleeding. They'll get another chance to do so against the Islanders on Thursday. Oct 18 - 5:18 AM
Source: NY Post

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Brian Leetch and Brad Richards are joining the New York Rangers' front office as Hockey Operations Advisors.

Part of Leetch's and Richards' duties will be to aide in the development of the Rangers' prospects. Leetch and Richards bring a massive wealth of experience and success with them, so they should be great assets for the franchise and inspirations for the organization's youngsters to work with.
Sep 5 - 2:11 PM

The New York Rangers will retire Jean Ratelle's No. 19 jersey on Feb. 25.

"Jean Ratelle is truly one of the greatest players to have ever played for the New York Rangers," Rangers president Glen Sather said. "Few players have demonstrated the class, dignity, and gracefulness that Jean possessed throughout his career, both on and off the ice. I had the good fortune to call Jean a teammate with the Rangers, I am proud to still call Jean a friend, and I am honored to announce that he will take his rightful place in the rafters of Madison Square Garden." Ratelle picked up 336 goals and 817 points in 861 games with the Rangers.
Aug 28 - 2:04 PM

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.
May 20 - 10:34 AM

The New York Rangers are down three games to two despite the Senators leading for only 13:10 in the entire series.

The Rangers have on the other hand been in the lead for 180: 12 but a couple of overtime losses and a game winning goal with only 4:11 left in the third have turned the series in Ottawa’s favor. The Rangers need to learn how to finish the Sens or they will be golfing by the end of the week.
Source: NY Post
May 8 - 10:03 AM

The New York Rangers have scored at least four goals in each of their last four games.

The problem is that the Rangers are only 2-2 in their last four so the big problem seems to be a lack of defense as their offense is firing on all cylinders. The Rangers face elimination on Tuesday as they are home to Ottawa for Game 6.
May 7 - 10:34 AM

The Rangers need to improve their powerplay if they hope to continue their success in the playoffs thus far.

The Rangers have not scored with the man advantage in 14 attempts. That is a pretty dismal record in the postseason, where goals are hard to come by. We will be keeping an eye on how the Blueshirts perform on the powerplay Saturday in Game 6 at the Garden.
Apr 22 - 8:10 AM

Rangers coach Alain Vigneault isn't dwelling on the Rangers' poor record at home.

The Rangers were 21-16-4 at Madison Square Garden during the regular season and they lost Game 3 at home on Sunday. "I’m looking at one thing," Vigneault said. "In the 2017 playoffs, we’ve had one loss. Different group. Different year. Obviously, we didn’t take a good time [Sunday] to have a very ordinary game but [Tuesday] we’ve got an opportunity to make this series even and anybody who believes that this group doesn’t want to play well, doesn’t want to win, doesn’t know what they’re talking about." The Rangers took the first game of their series against Montreal, but are now behind 2-1. A loss Tuesday night would put the Rangers against the ropes going into Game 5 on Thursday in Montreal.
Apr 18 - 9:49 AM

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.
Source: NY Post
Mar 18 - 10:19 AM

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

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Mika Zibanejad
2Kevin Hayes
3David Desharnais
LW1Chris Kreider
2Rick Nash
3Jimmy Vesey
4Michael Grabner
5Ryan Gropp
RW1Mats Zuccarello
2J.T. Miller
3Pavel Buchnevich
4Adam Cracknell
5Jesper Fast
D1Ryan McDonagh
2Kevin Shattenkirk
3Brady Skjei
4Brendan Smith
5Tony DeAngelo
6Marc Staal
7Nick Holden
8Steven Kampfer
G1Henrik Lundqvist
2Ondrej Pavelec