Player News - Rangers

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Mats Zuccarello had two assists in the Rangers' 4-1 victory over Nashville on Monday.

Zuccarello signed a four-year, $18 million extension just prior to the start of the contest. He now has 12 goals and 37 points in 60 games this season.
Mar 3 - 11:35 AM

Derick Brassard had two assists in a 4-1 victory against Nashville on Monday.

Brassard has 13 goals and 50 points in 60 games this season. He's already set a new career-high in points and doesn't appear to be slowing down as we get into the final stretch of the 2014-15 campaign.
Mar 3 - 11:33 AM

Goalie Cam Talbot made 25 saves to help the New York Rangers beat the visiting Nashville Predators 4-1 Monday night.

Talbot was making his fifth consecutive start for the Rangers. He also has started 13 of the past 14 New York games in the absence of star first-stringer Henrik Lundqvist, who's been out with a vascular injury to his neck. Talbot is now sporting a record of 13-6-3 with a 2.45 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage. There's nothing wrong with having Talbot as your fantasy goalie, especially in one-day leagues. He'll help more often than hurt.
Mar 2 - 11:12 PM

Defenseman Keith Yandle turned in an effective debut with the New York Rangers Monday night as he and his new team defeated the visiting Nashville Predators 4-1.

Yandle, traded along with Chris Summers from Arizona Sunday for Anthony Duclair, John Moore, and two draft choices, logged 19:41 of ice time against the Preds and finished with a plus-three. Despite not having a chance to practice with the Rangers, Yandle made good decisions with the puck, got three shots on net and had one steal. He was given time alongside both Kevin Klein and Dan Boyle.
Mar 2 - 11:01 PM

Chris Kreider was one of four New York Rangers to score goals in the team's 4-1 win over the visiting Nashville Predators Monday night.

Kreider's goal was his 17th of the season. The left winger also fired three shots on net. Keith Yandle, Marc Staal and Dominic Moore also scored for New York, their sixth and seventh goals of the season, respectively. With 44 seconds remaining in the third period, Rick Nash notched his 38th goal of the season into an empty net. Mats Zuccarello, who earlier Monday signed a reported four-year contract extension with Zuccarello worth $18 million, picked up two assists for the Rangers. Ditto for Derick Brassard. Zuccarello now has 25 assists on the season; Brassard, 37.
Mar 2 - 10:56 PM

Mats Zuccarello's four-year, $18 million deal has been officially announced by the Rangers.

The deal includes a no-trade clause in the first season. GM Glen Sather said the Rangers shook hands with Zuccarello on the agreement Sunday. "I am glad that it worked out, he is a young player that is only in his first couple of first years in the NHL," said coach Alain Vigneault. "Very competitive player and highly skilled and is only going to get better. Very happy we have him locked up for the next four years."
Mar 2 - 6:39 PM

Matt Hunwick will be out as a healthy scratch Monday night versus Nashville.

Hunwick had been splitting time with John Moore this season, but with the Rangers sending Moore and others to the Coyotes in exchange for Keith Yandle, who is expected to suit up Wednesday, Hunwick will find himself in the press box more often. On the season he recorded eight assists in 40 games played and was not a fantasy factor, so this shouldn’t change much in the fantasy world.
Mar 2 - 5:21 PM

Cam Talbot will start his fifth straight game Monday night against the Predators.

Talbot will also be making his 13th start in the past 14 Ranger games since Henrik Lundqvist has been sidelined with a vascular injury to his neck. He holds a 12-6-3 record, 2.51 goals-against-average, and .915 save percentage in 23 games played this season. He was handed a 3-2 loss back on February 7 in Nashville where he stopped 20 of 23 shots.
Mar 2 - 5:19 PM

Jesper Fast (knee) will return to the Rangers lineup Monday night against the Predators.

Fast has been out since February 7th due to a knee injury but will be back in the lineup Monday night when the Rangers host Nashville. Fast has limited fantasy value but is an underrated real-life hockey player and will add a lot of value to the Rangers bottom six forwards. He has three goals and six assists in 37 games this year. Newly acquired James Sheppard will not be able to dress Monday so the lineup remains unchanged except for Fast being inserted.
Mar 2 - 5:17 PM

James Sheppard's New York Ranger debut will have to wait on Monday night against the Predators.

Sheppard was acquired by the Rangers Sunday evening from the Sharks for a fourth round pick in 2016 but will not dress Monday night. The 26-year-old forward will most likely be a bottom-six forward for the Rangers and won’t carry any fantasy value. He has five goals and nine assists in 57 games this season. Jesper Fast will return from injury to take Sheppard's anticipated spot.
Mar 2 - 5:14 PM

Keith Yandle will make his New York Ranger debut Monday night against the Nashville Predators.

After being traded from Arizona one day earlier, Yandle will suit up for the Blue Shirts Monday night. Yandle is a top fantasy defenseman and will have a chance to boost his value coming to a much improved Rangers roster. He has four goals and 41 points this season and although he has a league worst minus 32 rating, that has mostly been a result of playing for the Coyotes. Enjoy the ride if you own Yandle on your fantasy team.
Mar 2 - 5:12 PM

Mats Zuccarello has reportedly agreed to a four-year, $18 million contract with the New York Rangers.

According to, Zuccarello's new deal includes partial trade protection. He would've been eligible for unrestricted free agency in the summer. Zuccarello has 12 goals and 35 points in 59 games this season.
Mar 2 - 2:36 PM

The Arizona Coyotes have retained half of Keith Yandle's remaining salary and cap hit.

That will help the New York Rangers stay under the cap in 2015-16. Yandle comes with a $5.3 million annual cap hit, which means that the Rangers will only be penalized for $2.65 million of it next season. The Rangers had to give up Anthony Duclair, John Moore, a conditional 2016 first-round pick, and a 2015 third-rounder to get Yandle and Chris Summers.
Mar 2 - 8:37 AM

The New York Rangers acquired James Sheppard from the San Jose Sharks for a fourth round pick in 2016.

This is New York's third deal of the day. The 26-year-old was the ninth overall pick in the 2006 NHL draft but he never really panned out as a big point producer. Sheppard has five goals and 16 points in 57 games this season. He will play as a bottom-six forward for the Rangers.
Mar 1 - 7:29 PM

The New York Rangers acquired Carl Klingberg from the Winnipeg Jets for Lee Stempniak.

Klingberg was Atlanta's second round pick 2009 and his rights were transferred over when the Thrashers moved to Winnipeg. Many thought Klingberg has good upside but he has been a disappointment in his NHL career so far. The 24-year-old has played in just five NHL games in the last two seasons. The Rangers made this deal to clear some money off the cap after acquiring Keith Yandle earlier today.
Mar 1 - 6:37 PM

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