Player News - Rangers

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Chris Drury will serve as the New York Rangers' director of player development.

Drury had 255 goals and 615 points in 892 career NHL games with the Colorado Avalanche, Calgary Flames, Buffalo Sabres, and New York Rangers. He won the Stanley Cup with Colorado back in 2001. He also recorded at least 20 goals in nine separate seasons and surpassed the 40-point mark 10 times.
Sep 4 - 4:29 PM

Antti Raanta's interviewer, Juha Luotola, said that the goaltender did admit that he had hoped Nashville would sweep Chicago, but that the quote by itself lacks proper context.

Raanta has denied making such comments after the story emerged from Finland's Ilta-Sanomat. Luotola says he has the interview on tape though. "Antti was frustrated after Chicago send him [a] second time [to the] AHL and he told me truly how he felt. Statement looks bad if you read only one line from story. It's easy to [be] misunderstood and get away from the full story," Luotola said. "But I also know that Antti didn't mean that in bad way. It was just his way to explain how frustrated he was: bad feeling last couple hours and after that, he was happy to be a part of team again."
Source: CSN Chicago
Sep 3 - 4:34 PM

Antti Raanta is disputing a report from Finland's Ilta-Sanomat that claimed he wanted the Chicago Blackhawks to lose in the 2015 playoffs.

Raanta was still a member of the Blackhawks at the time, but had lost the backup job. "I have never said anything like that," Raanta insists. He added that he's not the type of person to root against his own team. Raanta was traded to the New York Rangers this summer.
Sep 2 - 5:12 PM

A report from Finland's Ilta-Sanomat has Antti Raanta quoted as saying that he was rooting for the Nashville Predators to sweep the Chicago Blackhawks in the first round.

Raanta was still a member of the Blackhawks at the time, but he had lost his place as the team's backup to Scott Darling. Chicago dealt Raanta to the New York Rangers to serve as New York's number two netminder.
Sep 2 - 12:55 PM

James Sheppard still hasn't signed a contract this off-season.

The 27-year-old split time with the Sharks and Rangers in 2014-15. From a statistical standpoint, Sheppard didn't have a very good season. He scored seven goals and 18 points in 71 games last year. The former sixth overall pick in 2006 may be forced to accept a pro tryout before training camps open in September.
Aug 23 - 8:10 AM

Coach Alain Vigneault said that Mats Zuccarello has been cleared by the team's medical staff, so he should be ready to go at training camp.

He was injured in Game 5 of the first round of the playoffs against Pittsburgh Penguins when he was struck in the side of the head by a shot from teammate Ryan McDonagh. Zuccarello sustained a brain contusion that caused bleeding on the brain and a hairline fracture in his skull. "He's been cleared to skate and have contact," said Vigneault. "He's made a full recovery so we're very pleased about that. He's a big part of our team."
Source: NHL.com
Aug 21 - 9:17 PM

Tyler Brown has agreed to an AHL contract with the Hartford Wolf Pack.

He suited up for Hartford on a professional tryout after he played in 33 games with the club's ECHL affiliate, the Greenville Road Warriors. Brown had seven goals and 14 points in 37 contests with the Wolf Pack.
Aug 20 - 2:22 PM

Ryan McDonagh has recovered nicely from a broken right foot.

"It's safe to say it's getting better every day and feeling pretty much 100 percent at this point now," said McDonagh, who has been skating without issue and is training normally. "We said June 1 was the starting date, so we're more than two-and-a-half months in. I'm back skating on the ice, doing leg strength stuff in the weight room, running and jumping. I'm really trying to put it all behind me now and gear up here for the start of training camp." About a month ago, McDonagh was wearing a walking boot that had been on for six weeks. He sustained the injury in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning, but he didn't require surgery. McDonagh will be back in New York on Sept. 1 for informal workouts.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 20 - 10:15 AM

Keith Yandle should be a hot fantasy commodity come the start of the 2015-2016 season.

Yandle has always been a valuable fantasy defenseman due to his elite point production from the blue line, but he should see a boast in value as he prepares to play his first full season with the New York Rangers. Last season Yandle registered a minus 32 rating in 63 games played with Arizona but was a plus six in only 21 games played with the Rangers. He was able to finish with six goals and 46 assists on the year and should lead an improved power player as he gets more acclimated to the Rangers system next year. Yandle may not have the name recognition like some of the top fantasy defensemen after playing nine seasons in hidden in Arizona, but he should garner our attentions this year playing under the bright lights in Broadway.
Source: ESPN
Aug 16 - 10:06 PM

Rangers GM Jeff Gorton doesn't think there will be anymore off-season moves.

"If there's an opportunity that presents itself, my job, our job, is to listen to anything," Gorton said. "We made a lot of moves to hopefully improve ourselves and we'll see. I don’t envision anything. If something comes down the road that will help the team, we'll be on another conference call." Jarret Stoll was signed to a one-year, $800,000 contract earlier this week and New York doesn't have much room left under the salary cap.
Aug 13 - 10:27 AM

The New York Rangers have no problem giving Jarret Stoll a second chance.

He was signed to a one-year, $800,000 contact on Monday. "It all comes out the same, as a real character guy who made a mistake," GM Jeff Gorton said. "We all want to move forward. Once we hit the ice I don't think it is going to be an issue." He pleaded guilty in late June to two reduced misdemeanor charges to settle a felony cocaine case. The Rangers finished 28th in the league in faceoff win percentage and Stoll, who has won 55.4 percent of his draws in his career, should be able to help in that regard. He can also kill penalties and is slated to play on the fourth line.

Jarret Stoll has agreed to a one-year contract the New York Rangers.

It's reportedly worth less than a million dollars. Stoll had his felony count of a drug possession charge reduced to two misdemeanors prior to becoming an unrestricted free agent. He is getting another chance with the Rangers. Stoll had six goals and 17 points in 73 games with Los Angeles last season. He's likely to occupy a depth role and has historically been strong on faceoffs, but he won't have much, if any, fantasy value.
Aug 10 - 10:36 AM

Chris Drury will be inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in Boston on Dec. 17.

Mathieu Schneider, Angela Ruggiero and Ron DeGregori will be enshrined alongside him. Drury, who played 892 regular-season games with the Colorado Avalanche, Calgary Flames, Buffalo Sabres and the New York Rangers, represented Team USA in three Olympics and he won silver medals in 2002 and 2010.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 3 - 5:07 PM

Derek Stepan has inked a six-year, $39 million contract with the New York Rangers.

The two sides avoided arbitration with almost no time to spare. Stepan had been seeking a $7.25 million contract from the arbitrator while the Rangers countered at $5.2 million, so this agreement is a logical middle ground based on those figures. Stepan still hasn't recorded more than 57 points in a single season, but it wouldn't be surprising to see him reach the 70-point mark before this new deal is over. You could argue that he's being overpaid just because he still has something left to prove, but the flip side is that it's not hard to see him turning into a player that makes this deal look like a discounted price. All-in-all, it strikes us as a reasonable compromise.
Jul 27 - 10:12 AM

Jeff Gorton was considered Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan’s first choice to be the team’s general manager, according to Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun.

We knew the Leafs had tried to talk to Gorton during their process. Rangers president Glen Sather never allowed Gorton, now the team’s GM, to even speak to other teams while he was the assistant, however. We think the Maple Leafs got a pretty good consolation prize if that’s the case. Lou Lamoriello is certainly no slouch.
Source: Toronto Sun
Jul 26 - 7:08 PM


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