Player News - Rangers

Date: Team: Pos:

Bobby Farnham will attend New York Rangers training camp on a professional tryout.

The 28-year-old has played in 67 career NHL games, including 50 with the New Jersey Devils back in 2015-16. Last season, he played 71 games with the St. John's IceCaps in the AHL and three games with the Montreal Canadiens. It'll be difficult for him to earn a contract with the Rangers this fall. Even if he manages to get a deal with New York, expect him to spend most of the season in the minors.
Aug 23 - 9:48 AM

Kevin Shattenkirk knows it's not easy to play in New York, but he wants to build a successful legacy there.

"If you can bring it home in New York, for me, it's something you can never replicate anywhere else," Shattenkirk said. "New York is New York, and as critical as the fan base is and the media, they're just as happy to see you win and your legacy will kind of live on forever." Expect him to a different dynamic to the Rangers' power play starting this season. He isn't the greatest in his own end, but he's capable of creating offense. Shattenkirk should be a safe bet to surpass the 40-point mark if he stays healthy. He had 56 points in 80 games with St. Louis and Washington in 2016-17.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 20 - 10:25 AM

Anthony DeAngelo admits he still needs to improve in his own end.

DeAngelo's ability with the puck has never been questioned, but his overall game has always been a bit of an issue. "I've got to continue to improve defensively," DeAngelo said. "Even last year there were some things I've got to do a lot better. Sometimes the offense makes up for it, but through an 82-game schedule you've got to be able to defend as well. … It's just being in the right place at the right time and moving guys and staying in front of guys' lanes. Gap control is a big thing." With a solid training camp, he can become a regular on the Rangers' blue line.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 16 - 11:30 AM

Henrik Lundqvist is recovered from the knee injury he suffered during the 2017 World Hockey Championship.

Lundqvist helped lead Sweden to a gold-medal victory despite suffering a Grade 1 MCL sprain in his left knee during the semifinal round. "I've been skating a few times now and I feel good," Lundqvist said. "Obviously, I have some work ahead of me, but it's a similar feeling. ... When you step on the ice, that's the time for me when I really ramp it up and increase the workload, and I enjoy that." The Rangers netminder added that his off-season training wasn't disrupted by the injury and he is getting ready for training camp. Lundqvist is looking to be more consistent in 2017-18 after he felt the lows last year "were a little too low."
Aug 10 - 5:24 PM

Lias Andersson is aiming for a spot on the Rangers going into training camp.

Andersson was chosen seventh overall in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, but there is room on the roster with Derek Stepan and Oscar Lindberg gone. "I know they're a little bit short on centers," he said. "Just go there with the mindset to make the team. … I've played pro [in Sweden] for 1 1/2 years. I'm used to the pro game. I think I'm ready to step in, if not this year than the year after that. I'm going [to training camp] with confidence to make the team." Andersson has looked good at the World Junior Summer Showcase for Sweden with three points (two goals, one assist) in three games. If he isn't playing for the Rangers then he could be back in the SHL this campaign. He will also likely be a important player for Sweden at the 2018 World Junior Championship.
Aug 4 - 9:54 AM

Ryan McDonagh is excited to be paired with Kevin Shattenkirk in 2017-18.

They have had some experiences together with the United States on the international stage at the 2007 IIHF World Under-18 Championship, 2009 IIHF World Junior Championship, 2011 World Championship and the 2014 Sochi Olympics. "[He's] a guy that just wants to go out there and play well for his team and play [to] his strengths," said McDonagh. "Everyone knows the kind of player he is, and the things he can do with the puck are pretty impressive so it's going to be fun to see."
Jul 27 - 12:46 PM

Filip Chytil is expected to play in the Czech League with HC Zlin or with the North Bay Battalion of the OHL next season.

It's unclear where he will play at this time, but that should become clearer in the near future. The Rangers chose Chytil with the 21st overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
Source: NY Post
Jul 27 - 11:48 AM

Larry Brooks of the New York Post believes that Nick Holden might be used as trade bait for the Rangers.

New York is in the market for depth down the middle, so if Holden is moved then a center would be the desired return. It would also free up a spot on what is shaping up to be a crowded defense group going into training camp. Holden recorded 11 goals and 34 points in 80 games last year.
Source: NY Post
Jul 26 - 6:00 PM

Kevin Hayes could center New York's second line in 2017-18.

That could place him between Rick Nash and J.T. Miller. Mika Zibanejad, who just received a five-year, $26.75 million contract on Tuesday, is slated to be the top-line pivot of the Rangers. Hayes had 17 goals and a personal best 49 points in 76 games last season. He should be able to cross the 50-point barrier this campaign.
Source: NY Post
Jul 26 - 5:40 PM

Mika Zibanejad has agreed to a five-year contract with the Rangers worth an average annual value of $5.35 million.

Zibanejad got exactly what he was reportedly seeking from his new deal. He had an arbitration hearing slated for Tuesday, but that obviously is no longer necessary. Zibanejad was limited to 56 games last season and he contributed 37 points. He will be the Rangers' top center in 2017-18 and could reach the 60-point plateau if he can stay healthy.
Jul 25 - 11:29 AM

Mika Zibanejad is reportedly asking for $5.35 million ahead of his arbitration hearing on Tuesday.

The Rangers are countering with $4.1 million, so there's quite a bit of distance between the two sides. In his first year with New York, Zibanejad put up 14 goals and 37 points in 56 games. The 24-year-old was making $2.625 million per season over the last two years. It'll be interesting to see what the final number comes in at for next season. There's also a chance that the two sides will hammer out a new deal before they reach arbitration.
Jul 23 - 12:25 PM

The New York Rangers could opt to buy out the contract of defenseman Marc Staal by the end of the week.

The window to buy out contracts closes on Thursday, which means they still have a little time to decide what they'll do with the veteran. Buying out the contract would save the Rangers $3.57 million in cap space next season, but it would also force them to carry between $1.43 million to $3.93 million in dead money on the cap for the next eight seasons (yikes!). The 30-year-old has four years remaining on his contract at a cap hit of $5.7 million. He's nowhere close to being as effective as he once was.
Source: NY Post
Jul 23 - 9:29 AM

Rangers defenseman Alexei Bereglazov has an out-clause in his contract that would allow him to return to the KHL.

If the Rangers decide to send him to the minors, he has to option to get out of his contract and return to Europe. Making New York's blue line won't be easy because they have so many bodies at their disposal. Ryan McDonagh, Kevin Shattenkirk, Brendan Smith and Brady Skjei are a lock to be in the top four, while Marc Staal, Nick Holden, Anthony DeAngelo and Neal Pionk will battle Bereglazov for the fifth, sixth and seventh spots on defense. Bereglazov had 19 points in 60 games with Magnitogorsk in the KHL last season.
Source: NY Post
Jul 23 - 9:20 AM

Kevin Shattenkirk believes that the New York Rangers will be a Stanley Cup contender over the length of his four-year contract.

"When you’re with the New York Rangers, their business is to win every year," Shattenkirk said. "They’re not a team that’s looking to go through a rebuilding period, and it seems like every year they’re making the moves necessary to make their team a championship team. In that respect, it’s kind of hard to see what the window is here, because every year I’ve been in the league they’ve been capable of winning a Stanley Cup." The Rangers have made the playoffs for seven straight seasons and 11 of the last 12 campaigns, so it's not hard to see how Shattenkirk can describe the Rangers as a team that has managed to stay competitive every year. That being said, the big X-Factor right now is Henrik Lundqvist, who is 35-years-old and coming off a down season. If he's on the decline then it will be difficult for the Rangers to win it all.
Source: NY Post
Jul 20 - 8:19 AM

Alexandar Georgiev has signed an entry-level contract with the New York Rangers.

Georgiev posted a 1.70 GAA and .923 save percentage in 27 games with TPS Turku in Finland. In 2016 he also had a 2.52 GAA and .898 save percentage in five games with Russia in the World Juniors en route to winning a silver medal. He was an undrafted free agent prospect and is projected to play in the AHL next season.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 19 - 11:24 AM


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