Player News - Rangers

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With Chris Kreider returning to action Friday night the Rangers re-configured their lines.

Matt Zuccarello played alongside Jimmy Vesey and Kevin Hayes on the Rangers' second line. Zuccarello still gets plenty of ice time on the team's first power-play unit so we're not sure this is a huge hit to his fantasy value. We'll take a wait and see approach on how the Rangers will end up after the trade deadline.
Source: NY Post
Feb 24 - 12:32 PM

Chris Kreider played on the Rangers' top line Friday night in his return to action after missing 24 games following surgery to deal with a blood clot.

Kreider skated alongside Mika Zibanejad and Pavel Buchnevich, and although he didn't register a point in the Rangers' 4-1 loss to Minnesota, he played a solid game. "I thought he brought us some good energy," Ranger coach Alain Vigneault said. "The speed that he brings, that take-away speed that he has where he can push the other team’s defense, it was there. You saw a young man there that was out for quite some time with a serious injury. He really worked his way back, and wanted to come back and help the team. It was good to see." Even with the Rangers bailing on the season, Kreider is still a fantasy asset.
Source: NY Post
Feb 24 - 12:23 PM

The New York Rangers have placed Peter Holland on waivers.

Holland was acquired from the Montreal Canadiens earlier this season. He has one goal, three assists and a minus-8 rating in 17 games. It would be mildly surprising to see another team claim him.
Feb 24 - 12:17 PM

Alexandar Georgiev allowed four goals on 37 shots in Friday's 4-1 loss to the Minnesota Wild.

The Rangers surprisingly gave the rookie a second start in as many nights. Unfortunately for the young Russian, he came away with losses in both outings. He allowed the Wild to score a pair of goals in the first and two more in the third frame. The 22-year-old has an 0-2-0 record with a 3.04 goals-against-average and a .922 save percentage this season. With the Rangers in full-out tank mode, their goalies won't have much fantasy value.
Feb 23 - 10:30 PM

Jesper Fast scored a goal in Friday's 4-1 loss to the Minnesota Wild.

Fast cut the Rangers' deficit to 2-1 at the 2:41 mark of the second period, but that's as close as they'd come to tying the game. The goal put an end to his 11-game game goal drought. The Rangers forward finished the night with a minus-1 rating, one shot on goal and one giveaway in 16:58 of ice time. Fast now has nine goals and 10 assists in 54 games this season.
Feb 23 - 10:21 PM

Peter Holland will be a healthy scratch in Friday's game against the Minnesota Wild.

He has one goal and three assists in 17 games this season. Chris Kreider (ribs) will take his spot in the lineup. Rick Nash, who will be traded before Monday's deadline, will also serve as a healthy scratch in this one.
Feb 23 - 6:40 PM

Rick Nash will be a healthy scratch again on Friday.

This will be Nash's second straight game in the press box. The Rangers are keeping him out of the lineup to prevent an injury while they attempt to trade him.
Feb 23 - 5:14 PM

Alexandar Georgiev will play between the pipes Friday night.

Interesting. Henrik Lundqvist has struggled terribly so we can understand the Rangers' desire to give him a break and some time to work on his game during practices. However, they're asking Georgiev to start for the second time in as many nights. That's a tall order for someone who just made his NHL debut on Thursday. To be fair, Georgiev was great in that contest, stopping 38 of 40 shots in the Rangers' 3-1 loss to Montreal.
Feb 23 - 5:13 PM

Chris Kreider (rib surgery) will make his return on Friday.

Kreider was last able to play on Dec. 27. He had been diagnosed with a blood clot in his arm and that led to him having rib resection surgery on Jan. 7. Before all that happened, he had 11 goals and 22 points in 37 contests this season.
Feb 23 - 5:10 PM

Alexandar Georgiev allowed two goals on 40 shots in Thursday's 3-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens.

Georgiev played pretty well considering the team in front of him seemed to have no life. Both goals Montreal scored on him were essentially tap-ins that he had no chance of stopping. The Russian netminder will continue to serve as Henrik Lundqvist's backup goalie until Ondrej Pavelec comes back from injury.
Feb 22 - 11:48 PM

Kevin Hayes scored a power play goal in Thursday's 3-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens.

The Rangers scratched trade candidates Rick Nash and Michael Grabner (he was traded to New Jersey tonight) before the game and the players who were in the lineup clearly came out flat. Hayes got the Rangers on the board with three minutes left in the game, when he kicked a puck toward the Montreal net before getting a piece of it with his stick. He now has 15 goals and 28 points in 55 games this season. Hayes has found the back of the net in back-to-back games.
Feb 22 - 11:37 PM

The New Jersey Devils have traded Igor Rykov and a second-round draft pick to the New York Rangers for forward Michael Grabner.

The Devils drafted Rykov in the fifth round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. The 20-year-old has spent the last three years with SKA St. Petersburg over in the KHL. He has two goals, 14 points and 20 penalty minutes in 51 games this season. Rykov is likely a couple of years away from becoming a regular at the NHL level. The Rangers made it clear that they wanted to go into rebuild mode, so it's not surprising to see them part ways with a pending unrestricted free agent like Grabner.
Feb 22 - 10:50 PM

Rick Nash and Michael Grabner will both be healthy scratches on Thursday.

The Rangers are attempting to trade Nash and Grabner before the deadline and something might be imminent. Either way, this is a precautionary measure to keep them healthy.
Feb 22 - 5:25 PM

Vinni Lettieri has been summoned by the Rangers.

Lettieri has 14 goals and 23 points in 37 AHL games this season. With New York, he's scored a goal and five points in 16 contests.
Feb 22 - 3:20 PM

Ryan McDonagh (upper body) should be able to start practicing soon.

Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said it's just "a matter of days" at this point. Of course, the question is if he'll still be with the Rangers by the time he's healthy. The Rangers are looking to shake up their roster and trade with the future in mind between now and Monday's deadline. That doesn't necessarily mean that the Rangers will do anything as big as trading McDonagh, but if the right deal comes along then who knows.
Source: NY Post
Feb 22 - 5:32 AM


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