The two jobs open in the Rangers lineup are third line center and fourth line right wing, according to Allan Muir. (SI)
JT Miller is who the Rangers want to fill that role but he will be challenged by Matthew Lombardi who can likely play the “up-tempo” game that Alain Vigneault wants. (SI)
Jesper Fast was in position to fill the fourth-line RW spot but now has to contend with Kevin Hayes who would rather “go through an opponent than around him.” That type of physical play is something the Rangers are lacking while Fast brings a two-way game that may be more NHL ready. (SI)
For more on Fast, CLICK HERE, and Hayes, CLICK HERE.
Prospect Chris McCarthy says that his goal, like any other player, is to make it to the NHL but once he gets there he wants to make sure that he stays there. (The Mercury)
He said that he doesn’t want to be complacent and is putting in the work now to achieve his goal.
McCarthy started playing hockey in Pennsylvania, went to a two boarding schools in Massachusets, then to Ann Arbor to play for the US National Development team and then to Vermont.
- He played with Ryan Bourque on the USA Development team in 08-09
The Rangers signed McCarthy as a college UFA last season after his time at the University of Vermont.
McCarthy can play at wing or center. (The Mercury)
For more on McCarthy, CLICK HERE.
8/23/14 | 8:32AM: Lundqvist said that the first week after the season is very tough because his routine of going to the rink everyday is broken and especially this year with how close the team came. He said that sooner after though you start to appreciate the good moments of the year. (Expressen)
8/22/14| 4:24PM: Lundqvist said that “you have to move on” and start thinking about the good things and memories from the playoff run. He said that overall it was a great season and a couple of bounces could have made it different. (NHL.com)
8/20/14 | 7:12AM: Lundqvist says that just getting to the Stanley Cup Final has given the team inspiration to work harder and not only get back there but actually win it. (Hockey Sverige)
He said that now he can look back on the Stanley Cup Final/playoff run and appreciate all the good moments that the team had. (Hockey Sverige)
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8/20/14 | 8:51AM: Henrik Lundqvist said that the Rangers wanted to bring Anton Stralman back but when you are offered a “very good contract” somewhere else, it’s easy to accept it. (Hockey Sverige)
Lundqvist said that it was hard for Stralman to say no to the offer from Tampa Bay and that these things happen when players have good seasons in their “contract years.” (Hockey Sverige)
On Stralman as a player, Lundqvist said that he was “very good for us, no doubt about that” and was one of the Rangers better defenders at the end of the season. (Hockey Sverige)
Sports Forecaster is a Canadian Fantasy Hockey Magazine that has projections for how many points the Rangers defense may put up this season.
- Dan Boyle: 6 goals, 20 assists in 75 games
- Dan Girardi: 4 goals, 15 assists in 76 games
- Ryan McDonagh: 11 goals, 40 assists in 79 games
- John Moore: 7 goals, 17 assists in 82 games
- Marc Staal: 2 goals, 14 assists in 80 games
To see their projections from last year, CLICK HERE.
For more projections for this season, CLICK HERE.
Newly signed Rangers Chris Mueller spent the summer playing in a mens league in Buffalo with NHLers such as Patrick Kane, Zemgus Girgensons, Cory Conacher and Tim Kennedy. (NHL.com)
Mueller is from West Seneca, New York and listed 5th on the Rangers depth chart for centers by Hockey Forecaster.
His team finished 8th out of the 12 teams and clinched the last playoff spot.
Mueller was not listed as one of the top 23 scorers in the league. (Buffalo)
For more on Mueller, CLICK HERE.
8/22/14 | 1:20PM: Kevin Hayes has been added to the Traverse City roster. (Rangers)
8/12/14 | 2:20PM: The Rangers have released the roster for the 2014 Traverse City Tournament.
The schedule for the tournament is: 9/12 at 7PM vs Dallas, 9/13 at 7PM vs Buffalo, 9/15 at 6:30PM vs Carolina. The “placement” game is 9/16 with a time TBD.
- Nathan Burns, Anthony Duclair, Ryan Haggerty, Keegan Iverson, Michael Kantor, Nickolas Latta, Paxton Leroux, Chris McCarthy, Bryan Moore, Richard Nejezchleb, Logan Nelson, Josh Nicholls, Michael St. Croix, Adam Tambellini. (UPDATE: Kevin Hayes)
For more on Traverse City through the years, CLICK HERE and for last year’s tournament, CLICK HERE.
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Jeff Gorton says that the Rangers signed Dan Boyle with the intention of him filling roles of players, Brad Richards PP, Anton Stralman defense, that they lost.
Asked about Boyle, St. Louis said that Boyle will add a lot with: (Rangers)
- “his presence on defense”
- “his poise”
- “how he controls the pace of the game”
- “he can move the puck with the best in the league.”
St. Louis added, “for me, I am glad and I was able to watch him quite a bit in the past 5-6 years playing out West, I would catch his games after our games and I have always been impressed with how he plays the game. When you have him on your team you appreciate what he does but when you get to watch him from a distance, you understand what he brings to the game and I am excited to work with him again.” (Rangers)
For more on Boyle, CLICK HERE.
8/22/14 | 11:13AM: Loiselle is no longer in the running for the position but Kris King and Stephane Quintal are “strong contenders.” (Darren Dreger)
Dreger wonders about former Capitals GM George McPhee maybe being a candidate.
8/3/14 | 2:13PM: Former Maple Leafs assistant GM Claude Loiselle is expected to replace Brendan Shanahan as the head of the Department of Player Safety. (NY Post)
Loiselle joined the Maple Leafs in 2010 but prior to that he spent seven years working in hockey operations with the NHL. (The Hockey News)
In 13 seasons as a player he played in 616 games, had 92 goals, 117 assists and 1,149 penalty minutes, including six seasons over 100 PIM and one season over 200 PIM. (HR)
Brian Leetch recently left his position at the Department of Player Safety.