Oscar Lindberg is ready for the NHL

Oscar LindbergJeff Beukeboom was on the Rangers Blue Line Podcast recently and said that Oscar Lindberg is a player that “everyone” is expecting to be in the NHL and with the Rangers next year.

Gordie Clark said that Lindberg was the best player for Hartford in the playoffs and that “he is definitely going to be getting a crack at the NHL lineup.” (NYR)

Lindberg has improved in each season since being traded to the Rangers and “is more active, engaged and shooting the puck a lot more than in the past.” (Dobber Hockey Prospect Guide)

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Marty St. Louis isn’t ready to retire/isn’t coming back to the Rangers

Marty6/30/15 | 1:14PM: Pierre LeBrun says that Marty isn’t sure whether his career will continue or not at this point. (ESPN)

He said that a lot will depend upon what he is offered and how his family feels about it. (ESPN)

St. Louis is training and working out as if he is going to play next season and he is aware that he may have to take his time and wait before deciding. (ESPN)

10:16AM: The Penguins are not expected to pursue St. Louis when free agency opens tomorrow. (Molinari)

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Jeff Gorton on the Rangers roster right now

RangersOn Saturday, Jeff Gorton was asked if the Rangers were going to have enough salary cap space to be able to be players in the UFA market that starts on Wednesday at 12PM.

Gorton said that they will look at the market and see what they need but added “I don’t think there are a lot of holes on our team. We have a lot of guys signed and a lot of guys pigeon holed.”

He said that if there is someone that they like who is available at a good price “we will be able to do something.”

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Goalies the Rangers were considering to back up Henrik Lundqvist before they acquired Antti Raanta

RaantaThe Rangers were considering free agents Jonas Gustavsson as well as Viktor Fasth as potential backup goalies to Henrik Lundqvist after the trade of Cam Talbot. (Edmonton Journal)

The Rangers acquired Antti Raanta on Saturday from Chicago to back up Lundqvist in exchange for prospect Ryan Haggerty.

Raanta’s cap hit of $750,000 is about half of Cam Talbots.

Jim Matheson says that Gustavsson would have been a more expensive option than Raanta.

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Phoenix doesn’t qualify John Moore

John MooreThe Phoenix Coyotes did not issue a qualifying offer to John Moore making him a UFA. (PHX)

The Rangers sent Moore to Phoenix as part of the Keith Yandle trade.

Moore played 19 games for Phoenix after being traded, had one goal, 4 assists, a minus 11 rating and averaged 18:43 per game.