Player News - Rangers

Date: Team: Pos:

Nicklas Jensen received a qualifying offer from the New York Rangers.

While Jensen will be a restricted free agent, Brandon Pirri, Mackenzie Skapski and Adam Clendening were not given qualifying offers and are now unrestricted free agents. Jensen was pointless in seven games with the Rangers but had 55 points in 70 games with Hartford of the AHL. Jensen is only 24 and had three goals and six points in 31 career NHL games.
Source: NY Post
Jun 26 - 8:49 AM

The New York Rangers are willing to go short-term or long-term on a new deal with Mika Zibanejad.

Zibanejad will become a restricted free agent on July 1 if not signed and GM Jeff Gorton is amenable on either type of deal. Zibanejad had 14 goals and 37 points in only 56 games and then chipped in with nine in 12 playoff contests. Look for a 60-65 point season from the talented Swede in 2017-18 barring any holdout.
Jun 25 - 9:59 AM

The New York Rangers will reportedly hire Lindy Ruff as an assistant coach.

The New York Post's Larry Brooks points out that the deal is not done, but it will be. Ruff spent the last four years as the head coach of the Dallas Stars and he held the same role with the Buffalo Sabres for 15 years. Ruff will be in charge of handling the Rangers' defense. Jeff Beaukeboom, who coached the defense last year, will join New York's scouting staff.
Jun 24 - 12:19 PM

The Rangers will be in the market for a center this off-season.

New York has Kevin Hayes and Mika Zibanejad as their most experienced players in the middle following the trade of Derek Stepan. The deal severely cuts into their depth at the position, but the team feels the holes can be filled via free agency or trades. It seems like Hayes and Zibanejad could be primed for larger roles in 2017-18 depending on who the Rangers add to the roster.
Jun 24 - 9:44 AM

Rangers GM Jeff Gorton isn't concerned by Anthony DeAngelo's past issues.

DeAngelo was suspended for three games for abuse of an official in January and he got into trouble in the OHL for use of homophobic, racist and sexist language. "Anthony is a player we've liked. He's a puck-moving, right-handed defenseman who can run a power play," Gorton said. "We were asking for him. I know there are some questions about Anthony and his past and we looked into every scenario, talked to a lot of people, have done a lot of work regarding him and his maturity. We are really comfortable with our player development and coaching staff and our team that we can really help him and get the most out of him." He has a shot to be a regular with the Rangers in 2017-18.
Jun 24 - 9:38 AM

The Rangers selected a pair of European centers in the first round of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

Lias Andersson was picked seventh overall and Filip Chytil was the 21st selection. "We needed centers," said Rangers director of player personnel Gordie Clark. "Especially the way they play." They are both expected to play in Europe next season, but they have the skill to be contributors at the NHL level down the road.
Jun 24 - 9:27 AM

The New York Rangers have taken Filip Chytil with the 21st overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

Chytil registered just four goals and four assists in 38 games in the Czech League last season, but it’s important to remember that he’ll only be turning 18 in September. If his Czech Junior League numbers are any indication (50 points in 30 games in 2015-16), Chytil should be able to develop the offensive portion of his game. His style has been compared to Auston Matthews, but don't expect him to take home the Calder for the Rangers next season. He's far more of a long-term project than Matthews ever was. Chytil could benefit from coming over to the CHL, but he may alternatively blossom by playing against older competition in the Czech League next season. He also needs to add some weight to his 6-foot-2, 179-pound frame. In an ideal scenario he might eventually fill the void left by the Derek Stepan trade.
Jun 23 - 9:08 PM

The New York Rangers have selected Lias Andersson with the seventh overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

The Rangers acquired the seventh overall pick Friday afternoon in a deal with Arizona that sent Derek Stepan and Antti Raanta to the Coyotes. Andersson moved up compared to some mock draft projections, but it'd be a stretch to say that the Rangers went off the board with this selection. Andersson had an impressive run in Sweden’s top league last season, as he posted nine goals and 19 points in 42 games while playing against older competition. He added five points in 16 games during HV71’s championship run. He’s a very smart and capable two-way player that has good offensive instincts and the smarts to be a plus-player in his own end. Andersson doesn’t necessarily own the highest offensive ceiling, but scouts believe he has enough ability to become a second-liner. His father, Niklas, played 164 games in the NHL, while his uncle, Mikael, played 15 seasons.
Jun 23 - 7:51 PM

The New York Rangers have acquired Anthony DeAngelo and the seventh overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for Antti Raanta and Derek Stepan.

The pick is the big selling point of this trade for the Rangers, but DeAngelo is a pretty good prospect. The 21-year-old defenseman made his debut with Arizona last season, recording five goals and 14 points in 39 games while averaging 17:06 minutes. He also had three goals and 16 points in 25 AHL contests. He was originally taken by the Tampa Bay Lightning with the 19th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. He's worth keeping an eye on during the Rangers' training camp as he could secure a regular role with the team.
Jun 23 - 1:14 PM

The New York Rangers have kept Henrik Lundqvist on their protected list.

Well, that was a no-brainer! They also have held onto Kevin Hayes, Chris Kreider, J.T. Miller, Rick Nash, Derek Stepan, Mika Zibanejad, Mats Zuccarello, Nick Holden, Ryan McDonagh and Marc Staal. Among the available players are Jesper Fast, Oscar Lindberg and Antti Raanta who could be the one the Vegas Golden Knights select.
Source: TSN.ca
Jun 18 - 11:30 AM

The New York Rangers' decision to buyout Dan Girardi's contract will save them close to $2.9 million in cap space in 2017-18.

The savings will go down to roughly $1.9 million annually for the two seasons that follow and then they'll be paying $1.11 million more than they otherwise would have from 2020-21 through 2022-23. The decision to buy Girardi out is ending his 11-season tenure with the squad. "I poured my heart and soul into this team for the past 11 seasons and I enjoyed every minute of it," Girardi said. "I want to acknowledge that the Rangers are a first class organization who have always treated our players in a first class fashion. My family and I are most grateful for the way we have been treated during our stay in New York." Girardi should be able to land another contract elsewhere this summer.
Jun 15 - 10:19 AM

Dan Girardi plans to continue his playing career after he is bought out by the Rangers.

The Rangers will use a buyout on Girardi and he plans to test free agency afterward. The veteran defenseman played 11 seasons with New York and he released a statement Wednesday thanking the organization for the time he spent there.
Jun 14 - 3:03 PM

Matt Puempel has inked a one-year contract with the Rangers.

Puempel produced six goals and nine points in 27 games last season after he was claimed off waivers from Ottawa on Nov. 21. He is expected to be exposed in the expansion draft.
Jun 14 - 2:14 PM

Dan Girardi will be bought out by the New York Rangers.

According to CapFriendly, Girardi's buyout cap hit will be $2,611,111 in 2017-18, $3,611,111 in 2018-19 and 2019-20, as well as $1,111,111 through the 2022-23 campaign. This explains why the Rangers didn't ask him to waive his no-movement clause. He played with three cracked ribs in playoffs, but the team wants to get younger and quicker on the back end.
Jun 14 - 1:20 PM

Kevin Klein is reportedly considering retirement from the NHL.

According to sources, Klein would look to continue his playing career in Europe. Klein has one year remaining on his contract at $2.75 million and it carries a $2.9 million cap hit. He was limited to 60 games in 2016-17, while dealing with lower back issues and he was a healthy scratch for most of the playoffs.
Source: NY Post
Jun 13 - 6:13 PM


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