Player News - Rangers

Date: Team: Pos:

The New York Rangers signed Brandon Pirri to a one-year, $1.1 million contract.

The 25-year-old scored 22 goals in just 49 games two seasons ago, but his production dipped last year as he scored 14 goals and 29 points with Florida and Anaheim. In the right situation, Pirri might be able to hit the 20-goal mark.
Aug 25 - 4:58 PM

Calgary Flames President of Hockey Operations Brian Burke says college free agents rarely make a big impact in the NHL, but he admits Jimmy Vesey could be different.

"If you look at the college free agents, they have made a dramatically insignificant contribution to our league," said Burke. "Tyler Bozak might be the best one. Of the 100 or 150 that have signed, most have very little impact. I think this player (Vesey) is going to play and make a difference. I think he’s going to be a good player. But if you look at that group and the money the league has spent on those players and their contribution, it is a pimple on an elephant’s butt." It seemed like every team had an interest in Vesey when he became available. The 23-year-old ended up signing with the New York Rangers on Friday.
Aug 21 - 9:41 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.
Aug 20 - 9:41 AM

Jimmy Vesey signed with the Rangers because he believes they were the best fit for him.

Vesey's short list consisted of eight teams and in the end, the Rangers won out. "The thing that jumped out for me is that they seemed to really want me and it seemed that they really needed to have me in their lineup," Vesey said during a conference call. "That was something I was looking for, and based on my talks (with the Rangers' coaching staff and front office), I felt that New York was the right fit." The 23-year-old will likely make the jump to the NHL in his first year of pro hockey.
Aug 20 - 9:34 AM

The New York Rangers signed Jimmy Vesey to a two-year, entry-level contract.

He will earn a base salary of $925,000 with $1.925 million in possible bonuses. Vesey was originally drafted by the Predators before his rights were traded to the Buffalo Sabres this off-season. The 23-year-old hit the free agent market earlier this week. He was the most sought after college free agent of the off-season. The Rangers reportedly beat out The Blackhawks, Penguins, Devils, Islanders, Maple Leafs, Sabres and Bruins for Vesey's services. Vesey scored 24 goals and 46 points in 33 games with Harvard University last season. There's a very good chance he'll be with the Rangers once the regular season starts.
Aug 19 - 6:06 PM

According to Arthur Staple of Newsday, The New York Rangers and Chicago Blackhawks are the finalists for Jimmy Vesey.

Vesey is expected to make a final decision today or tomorrow, but it appears as though the Islanders, Penguins, Maple Leafs, Devils, Sabres and Bruins are all out of the mix. Of course, things can change in the next few hours. The 23-year-old scored 24 goals and 46 points in 33 games with Harvard University last season.
Aug 19 - 10:39 AM

There won't be a Jimmy Vesey announcement on Thursday.

Vesey is the top available college free agent. There are seven to eight teams in the mix for his services, but his agent Peter Fish told WEEI that no final decision will be made today. "No decision today," Fish said in a text to WEEI.com, adding that the player was "just taking everything in from the past couple of days and trying to digest and sort through."
Source: WEEI.com
Aug 18 - 2:42 PM

The New York Rangers confirmed the signing of college free agent John Gilmour on Thursday.

A report indicating the Rangers had signed Gilmour surfaced on Wednesday, but the club made the news official today. The 23-year-old spent the last four years at Providence College. He scored nine goals and 23 points in 34 games during his senior season. Gilmour was fifth among NCAA defensemen in power play points (16) during his final year at Providence College.
Aug 18 - 11:32 AM

Jimmy Vesey has met with all the teams on his short list and he'll discuss his options with his camp on Thursday.

This has been the plan all along. Earlier in the week, Vesey's agent, Peter Fish, told the Associated Press that his client wouldn't make a final decision before Friday. The teams on Vesey's short list are the Rangers, Devils, Islanders, Maple Leafs, Bruins, Blackhawks and Penguins.
Aug 18 - 11:09 AM

John Tavares was part of the Islanders' pitch to free agent forward Jimmy Vesey.

Tavares tried convincing Vesey that he'd be a perfect fit in Brooklyn. "I really believe in our team and I'm sure they want to show him why we're the best fit for him and how he can impact our team and make us better, so we'll see what happens and if we're lucky enough we'll be able to get an impact player like him," Tavares told ESPN.com. Vesey's camp has already said that a final decision won't be made before Friday.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 17 - 8:58 PM

The New York Rangers have reportedly signed free agent John Gilmour to a two-year contract.

Gilmour was originally drafted by the Calgary Flames in the seventh-round of the 2013 Entry Draft. The Flames were never able to come to terms with Gilmour, making him a free agent. The 23-year-old spent his collegiate career at Providence College, where he scored nine goals and 23 points in 34 games last season.
Aug 17 - 4:26 PM

According to CSN New England's Joe Haggerty, the Boston Bruins will be the last team to talk to free agent Jimmy Vesey.

Having the last word doesn't guarantee the Bruins will get Vesey, but it certainly doesn't hurt their chances. Vesey met with a number of teams on Tuesday and he'll likely have a few more discussions on Wednesday before his meeting with Boston. Vesey's agent already said that his client wouldn't make a decision before Friday.
Aug 16 - 10:55 PM

The Detroit Red Wings had the opportunity to speak to Jimmy Vesey's camp, but the former Harvard star told them he wants to play closer to home in Boston.

"We did our best," Red Wings assistant GM Ryan Martin said. "We spoke to his agent about depth and opportunity. He said he preferred to play closer to home." That doesn't necessarily mean that Vesey will sign in Boston, but another report suggested that the Bruins would be the final team he'd talk to. The Rangers, Maple Leafs, Devils, Sabres, Penguins and Blackhawks are also realistic options for the 23-year-old.
Source: MLive.com
Aug 16 - 1:47 PM

Marek Hrivik's goal is to stick with the Rangers in 2016-17.

The 24-year-old got his first taste of NHL action last season, as he tallied one assist in five games with the Rangers. "I hope they liked what they saw," Hrivik said. "From the discussion I had with them, they said I was on a good pace, that I should step it up even more, and that I am close. I have to make sure I'm ready for training camp because there are going to be a lot of guys there battling for a spot, too, good players." Hrivik spent most of last season in the AHL where he scored 41 points in 68 contests.
Aug 16 - 11:48 AM

It sounds like the Pittsburgh Penguins will meet with free agent forward Jimmy Vesey on Tuesday.

Vesey officially became an unrestricted free agent at 12:01 a.m. ET and he'll begin talking to some of the teams that are interested in his services. According to TSN's Darren Dreger, that will include a visit with the Pens at some point today. Yesterday, Dreger reported that the Leafs, Rangers, Devils, Blackhawks, Bruins and Sabres were the front-runners for Vesey's services, but he also added that he'd listen to other teams.
Aug 16 - 7:47 AM


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