Poll: Do you want to see Anthony Duclair start the season with the Rangers?

Sam Rosen said on MSG last night that he would keep Duclair around.

If the Rangers keep Duclair they will need to clear a spot on their 50 contract list.

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Recap: Alain Vigneault’s post game comments

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault met with the media following the Rangers loss to Philly (NYR):

  • On compete level, “we were playing against a good hockey team that has a lot of their veterans on the ice. We had quite a few young players but I felt that for the most part our guys did well. There were some moments where we spent more time in our end than we would have liked to. There is team evaluation and individual evaluation and a few guys caught our attention tonight.”

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Read: No one has jumped up in the search for centers

Rangers MuralLarry Brooks writes that Dominic Moore is likely to get bumped up in the lineup to skate with Marty St. Louis and Rick Nash because none of the Rangers young players have jumped out enough to take the spot. (NY Post)

He says that Chris Mueller, Oscar Lindberg and Kevin Hayes all failed to “break out” last night in Philly and that JT Miller was disappointing on Monday night.  He says that Miller was “careless” with the puck and “deficient” without it on Monday. (NY Post)

Alain Vigneault said on Tuesday that this isn’t something that will be locked up by opening night and that it could take “15 0r 20″ games to get things going. He adds that the roster on opening night might not be the same one a few days/games later.  (NY Post)





Buzz: The Rangers may be trying to move someone off their reserve list to clear a potential spot Anthony Duclair

Anthony DuclairWith Anthony Duclair still around, the Rangers are at 51 contracts on their list of of 50 contracts. (CapGeek)

Duclair’s contract does not slide and he will burn the first-year of his entry level deal no matter where he plays, but if he does play in the NHL the Rangers will need to move out a player under contract to fit in Duclair. (CBC)

If Duclair is sent back to junior, even though his contract doesn’t slide, he doesn’t count against the Rangers reserve/50 contract list.

Elliotte Friedman says that there is “no doubt” that the Rangers are trying to move “at least one body” in case they want to keep Duclair around. (CBC)

The Rangers would not have to trade a player from their roster to comply, just a player who is on their reserve list which includes players in Hartford. (CapGeek)

FINAL: Flyers 4 Rangers 2

First Period:

  • SHG – Carl Hagelin (1) Snap shot – ASST: Dominic Moore (1), Mat Bodie (1)
  • Sean Couturier (1) Wrist shot – ASST: Wayne Simmonds (1), Matt Read (1)

Second Period:

  • Nicklas Grossmann (1) Slapshot – ASST: Jason Akeson (1), Mark Streit (1)
  • Wayne Simmonds (1) Tip-in – ASST: Matt Read (2), Mark Streit (2)

Third Period:

  • Anthony Duclair (1) Wrist shot – ASST: Dominic Moore (2)
  • Matt Read (empty net)



Adam’s Thoughts:

  • For the most part I have almost discounted Chris Mueller as an option to make the Rangers but the more he plays the more I think he may have a shot to be the 13th forward or maybe take the 3/4th line role until Derek Stepan returns and puts everyone back in order. He is a good passer, pretty good on faceoffs, and has some nice skill. He might be the player who has gotten the best opportunity with Matthew Lombardi being out.
  • You can see the difference in the young players last night vs tonight. Most of them at least had some moments tonight but against more of an NHL team they struggled. Anthony Duclair was started quiet but had a strong third period and continues to make a case to stick around.
  • Conor Allen has that little edge to him that is nice to see but I think it might be a mistake to keep him as the 7th D. Allen is a bit older but still only has one-year as a pro. He would probably be best playing top minutes in Hartford and looking for a spot next season.

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