Player News - Rangers

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After signing a two-year extension with the New York Rangers, Antti Raanta might play a bit of a bigger role in 2016-17.

Raanta appeared in 25 games in 2015-16, starting 18 of them, but starter Henrik Lundqvist might be used a bit less frequently going forward. Nothing is set in stone, but Lundqvist is 34 years old now and is playing for a franchise that has aspirations of going far next season despite their 2016 first round exit. With that in mind, Lundqvist might get a bit more rest during the 2016-17 regular season than he typically has in the past.
May 3 - 8:59 AM

Antti Raanta's new deal with the Rangers is a two-year contract.

He will earn $1 million in each of the next two seasons. Raanta had an 11-6-2 record along with a 2.24 goals-against average and a .919 save percentage in 25 games in 2015-16.
May 2 - 1:02 PM

Antti Raanta has inked a contract extension with the New York Rangers.

He could have become an unrestricted free agent in July, but wanted to be back with the Rangers. Terms of the deal haven't been disclosed yet.
May 2 - 12:05 PM

Marc Staal is going into the summer relatively healthy, which is unusual for him.

"It’s probably my first time in five or six years in which I’ll go into the summer with nothing, which is nice," Staal said. "I’m looking forward to getting three or four months (of work) in before the season starts, which has been very rare for me." Hopefully all that extra time training without complication will pay dividends next season. He finished the 2015-16 campaign with two goals and 15 points in 77 contests.
May 2 - 4:26 AM

Mats Zuccarello is one of three nominees for the 2016 Bill Masterson Memorial Trophy.

The award is given to the player who "best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey." Zuccarello suffered a fractured skull and brain contusion last year. The injury caused him to lose the ability to speak for four days. The 28-year-old came back in 2015-16 and posted 26 goals and 61 points in 81 games.
Source: NHL.com
May 1 - 3:43 PM

Viktor Stalberg hopes to re-sign with the New York Rangers.

Stalberg inked a one-year, $1.1 million deal for the 2015-16 campaign and went on to score nine goals and 20 points in 75 contests. "It’s a great fit for me so I’d definitely like to (stay)," Stalberg said. "It’s a great place to play. I’ve shown I belong and that I can contribute in that kind of role at this level." Stalberg, 30, is a veteran of 413 NHL games. If he re-signs with the Rangers, he'll likely serve as a bottom-six forward in 2017-18.
Apr 27 - 10:35 AM

Antti Raanta has interest in re-signing with the New York Rangers.

"It’d be nice to come back," said Raanta. "Everyone wants these things done sooner. It’s a business. We’ll see." He is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent after completing his two-year, $1.5 million deal. Raanta posted a 2.24 GAA and .919 save percentage in 25 contests this season.
Apr 27 - 10:32 AM

While Eric Staal thinks highly of the New York Rangers, he's looking to play a bigger role than he got with the team.

The Rangers acquired him to bolster their chances in the 2016 playoffs and obviously that didn't work out. That said, Staal logged just 16:15 minutes per game in the regular season with the Rangers and averaged 16:05 minutes in the playoffs. Staal accepted that role because he didn't want to "ruffle feathers," but he's eligible to become an unrestricted free agent this summer and expects to play a bigger role with whichever team signs him. Staal might still re-sign with the Rangers, but given that he didn't work out as a rental, it seems unlikely that the two sides will be able to see eye-to-eye on a long-term contract.
Apr 27 - 10:30 AM

Dan Girardi is confident that he can bounce back from his less than ideal 2015-16 campaign.

"One hundred percent I can be," Girardi said. "That’s why they signed me to a long-term deal. Obviously this year wasn’t the best for me and the whole team but I think I can be the player I was in the past. I’m using this summer to be ready and this is the turning point for me, I think." Girardi did play through a cracked knee, which he says is improving. He will have the summer to let it heal now.
Apr 27 - 10:24 AM

Derick Brassard will serve Team Canada in the 2016 World Championships.

It will give Brassard a chance to enter the summer on a more positive note after the Rangers got eliminated in the first round. This will be the first time that Brassard has played for Team Canada since the 2005 Under-18 tournament.
Apr 27 - 10:20 AM

Ryan McDonagh had a broken bone in his right pointer finger.

He was able to play through it when he returned in Game 3, but said it did affect his stickhandling and passing.
Apr 26 - 5:13 PM

Dan Boyle said he is leaning toward retirement because of family concerns.

However, he still thinks he can play and his agent has indicated there will be interest in the veteran's services. His time with the Rangers is over though and he left with a heated exchange with Larry Brooks of the New York Post.
Apr 26 - 5:09 PM

Dan Girardi said that he experienced concussion symptoms during Game 1 against Pittsburgh.

He was dealing with a concussion at the end of the regular season and then symptoms resurfaced. Girardi didn't return until Game 5 when the Penguins eliminated the Rangers.
Apr 26 - 4:42 PM

It seems safe to assume that Dan Boyle has played his last game with the New York Rangers.

It remains to be seen if Boyle will retire or seek to extend his NHL career, but he almost certainly won't re-sign with the New York Rangers. He spent some time as a healthy scratch this season and the Rangers chose to scratch him for their critical Game 5, which was very telling.
Apr 26 - 4:56 AM

Henrik Lundqvist offered a rather blunt assessment of the second period of the Rangers' series-losing 6-3 loss to Pittsburgh on Saturday.

Lundqvist allowed four goals in that frame and had to watch the Rangers' season end while warming the bench. "The second period it was a feeling of embarrassment to give up that many goals but also a sense of hopelessness in being able to come up with saves and the score being the score in the second period, it was definitely not a good feeling," Lundqvist said. "I had to sit in the third and think about what went wrong. Going to need a couple of days to analyze this, even the season as a whole, what was good what was not good and you have to learn from it. I think we played a team that was smarter, better and had better goaltending." At the age of 34 his time is passing. He might have quite a few years left in him, but as we go further from his prime years, the odds of him declining increases. While the Rangers enjoyed some deep playoff runs during his prime, they haven't won the Stanley Cup with him.
Apr 25 - 6:43 AM


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