Player News - Rangers

Date: Team: Pos:

Ryan McDonagh doesn’t think there is a wrong choice for the next Rangers captain.

The 25-year-old is the favorite to be named captain by coach Alain Vigneault by the end of training camp, but he thinks the Rangers’ leadership is strong from top to bottom. "We have a lot of great candidates here, and the coaching staff is going to make the right decision. They can't make a wrong decision because this group is so solid. Even if you're not going to be one of the guys with a letter, we need 20 guys to be a leader in their own way. It might be a small part. It might be little things off the ice: cracking jokes, keeping spirits up in the room. I think no matter what happens, this group is going to [have] solid leadership all the way through."
Source: NHL.com
Sep 20 - 10:35 PM

Veterans Rick Nash and Martin St. Louis are among the best-conditioned players for the Rangers, according to coach Alain Vigneault.

Nash had a down year (26 goals, 39 points) and disappointing playoffs (three goals, 10 points), so it’s nice to see him off to a good start. The praise for St. Louis is not surprising; the 39-year-old has been a physical freak since he’s entered the league. "One guy, and it’s never too late to improve – well, you can improve at any age – is Rick Nash," Vigneault said. "Even though we had a short summer, his conditioning was one of the three best, (along with) Marty St. Louis, our oldest player. Guys that figure it out find a way to play in the league, find a way to play a long time and find a way to make their teams successful."
Sep 20 - 7:44 PM

It appears as if J.T. Miller, looking to win a spot on the Rangers’ roster, has started training camp with a bang.

Last season, coach Alain Vigneault questioned the 21-year-old’s commitment, saying he could be a good NHL player or a good minor-league on. Vigneault says he’s seen "progress" in Miller conditioning-wise, calling it a "big step since last year." The coach was asked about whether Miller being more dependable would help him make the team. "I think J.T. with what I’m seeing so far, some guys figure it out," Vigneault said. "If he figures it out now, I mean that’s a big step for us. Some guys figure it out later. There’s no doubt in his skill set, there’s no doubt in his ability, you need to go through the process, and pick up experiences with reads with the puck and reads without the puck." Miller is looking to win a job on the third line. He has the talent and pedigree to do so.
Sep 20 - 7:43 PM

Kevin Hayes has been utilized as a center at the beginning of New York's training camp.

He's been seeing time between Mats Zuccarello and Chris Bourque thus far. Hayes has played center before during his college career, but he spent his last two seasons as a right winger.
Sep 20 - 3:06 PM

Mats Zuccarello can be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the year, but he isn't thinking about his next contract.

"It doesn't matter what kind of deal you have, every season is the same," said Zuccarello, who signed a one-year, $3.5 million deal in July. "You come in and want to do the best you can for the team. I don't think about that at all. It ended up being the best for both parts in this situation and we’ll see what happens and it's nothing I think about right now." This will be the first training camp he's participated in with the Rangers where he knows he has a guaranteed spot. Zuccarello led the team in scoring last season with 59 points in 77 matches.
Sep 20 - 2:58 PM

Matt Hunwick and Mike Kostka are battling it out for the seventh spot on the blueline for the New York Rangers.

Both players were signed as unrestricted free agents on July 1 and will get the opportunity to replace Anton Stralman who left for Tampa Bay. Hunwick and Kostka are depth players who should not be rostered on your fantasy squad.
Source: NY Post
Sep 20 - 10:40 AM

Coach Alain Vigneault was very pleased with the effort of Conor Allen during the first day of training camp on Friday.

Allen played three games on the blueline for the Rangers last season and while he'll likely be returned to the minors after training camp, he made quite the impression on Vigneault when he was battling Derick Brassard hard in practice. "It's all part of the competitive nature you have to have to play in this game, even in practice, Vigneault said. "You don't expect Conor, even though he's up against a veteran player to let that veteran get on him. I'm sure at the end they were tapping pads. ... Brass' knows that Conor will probably do that in a game and help him out, so there's nothing wrong with boys being boys out there."
Source: NY Post
Sep 20 - 10:37 AM

Dan Boyle is partnering with Marc Staal on the blueline in the early going of training camp.

While there is still plenty of time to switch partners, it looks like Boyle and Staal will give the Ranges a top notch pairing that can play offensively as well as handle themselves on the defensive side of the game as well. Boyle will likely see plenty of time on the power play with Ryan McDonagh. Look for the veteran defenseman to get 10-plus goals and 35-40 points.
Source: NY Post
Sep 20 - 10:15 AM

Coach Alain Vigneault plans to wait until close to the start of the regular season to name a team captain.

"I think that all teams have a core leadership group and it's not up to just one individual, it's not up to just the captain to be the leader, it has to be a group effort," Vigneault said. "I see in our team I see some real strong possibilities as far as being captain but I also think because this is a new year and because we've changed some pieces to the puzzle I want to see how things unfold during training camp. Captain will be named before the first game of the regular season." Ryan McDonagh appears to be the favorite for the position, but Dan Girardi, Marc Staal, Rick Nash and Martin St. Louis will get some consideration as well.
Sep 18 - 4:35 PM

J.T. Miller will attempt to be the Rangers' third-line center at training camp.

If he can show that he can handle the defensive responsibility then he might be able to earn a permanent spot in New York's lineup. Miller had three goals and three assists in 30 games last year.
Sep 17 - 6:17 PM

Marc Staal and Rangers brass are still not close on inking an extension despite dialogue.

"The tenor of the talks has been good, so we’ll keep going and keep working on it," said Staal’s agent Paul Krepelka. "There’s certainly no deadline on our part for getting this done." The 27 -year-old defenseman is entering the final year of his contract and is reportedly seeking a six or seven year deal in the neighborhood of six million per season. It's very likely that the Rangers want to keep him beyond this year at the right price but you can respect their hesitancy considering two major concussions and a serious eye injury over past three seasons. Staal played in 72 games last season and tallied three goals and 11 assists with a -1 rating.
Source: NY Post
Sep 16 - 10:01 PM

Henrik Lundqvist thinks it's important that the Rangers don't get ahead of themselves as they begin training camp.

Lundqvist and the New York Rangers came up short in the Stanley Cup Final and while they want another shot at winning a championship, they have to get through a lot of obstacles first before they'll have that opportunity. "Mindset is very important," said Lundqvist. "It's a hard, long season. We need to reset. We have to be ready to start over. You can't get too far ahead. It is a process."
Source: NY Post
Sep 16 - 10:37 AM

The New York Rangers could name Ryan McDonagh their new captain as early as Thursday.

Ryan Callahan was the old captain of the Rangers but was dealt during the 2013-14 season to Tampa Bay and the Rangers did not name another captain for the rest of the season. "I think I've progressed into being a go-to guy, someone teammates can look up to and someone they can count on," McDonagh said. "I think guys see I'm willing to do whatever it takes to win... (Captain) is a big responsibility, too. It's not just about on the ice but how you carry yourself off of it and represent the organization." McDonagh had a big offensive season for New York in 2013-14 with 14 goals and 43 points in 77 games with a plus-11 rating and 13 power play points. He should be a lower end number one defenseman in a 12 team fantasy league.
Sep 14 - 8:30 AM

New York Rangers college free agent pickup Kevin Hayes apparently looked "dominant" in Traverse City Tournament play on Saturday.

Obviously that only means so much at this time of year, but Hayes could be an interesting project for a Rangers team that needs to replace some departed depth from their 2014 Stanley Cup Final run.
Sep 13 - 3:03 PM

Ryan Malone has signed a one-year, two-way contract with the New York Rangers worth $700,000 if he plays in the NHL.

He'll make $100,000 if he skates in the AHL, but he's eager to prove himself in 2014-15 to make sure that doesn't happen. "Obviously last year was not the way I wanted it to go, especially at the end," said Malone, who was bought out by the Tampa Bay Lightning. "So I'm looking for an opportunity to show what type of person I am on and off the ice." He won't be a top-six forward on the Rangers if he sticks with the big club and his fantasy value will probably be minimal at best.
Sep 11 - 3:00 PM


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