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.
8/21/14 | 12:23PM: Adam Kimelman says that it’s a “huge” jump to go from “good college player” to top-six forward. (Kimelman)
Kimelman points out that in four years at BC: (Kimelman)
- Kevin Hayes: 42 goals, 80 assists in 142 games (.93 PPG)
- Brian Boyle: 65 goals, 75 assists in 159 games (.88 PPG)
- Danny Kristo (North Dakota): 68 goals, 93 assists in 157 games ( 1.03 PPG)
- Carl Hagelin (Michigan): 61 goals, 91 assists in 171 games (.89 PPG)
Billy Jaffe says that Hayes “definitely” needs time in the AHL. (Jaffe)
Jeff Gorton says that Hayes is someone who is “close to playing.” (Rangers)
Hayes says that his goal is to make the Rangers out of training camp and will do “everything he can” to accomplish that. (Rangers)
People seem split on whether Hayes could jump right into the NHL or if he needs time in the AHL.
Carl Hagelin played four years at Michigan and then 17 games in Hartford before joining the Rangers full-time.
Adam Rotter: Like all other prospects, it’s not that important whether Hayes “starts” with the Rangers but more important to see where he finishes. It’s the same as with JT Miller and others before him. It would be nice if Hayes could land a top nine spot right away but there is an adjustment to be made from NCAA to the NHL and the Rangers do have enough depth to let him start the year in Hartford if that is the best option to start.
The Sports Forecaster has the Rangers missing the playoffs and finishing fifth in the Metro division for the 2014-15 season.
- The Sports Forecaster picked the Rangers to finish fifth in the Metro LAST season as well.
They say that a big challenge for Alain Vigneault will be finding lines that work after losing players who “did most of the dirty work.” They say that Vigneault will need to find a way to reverse Rick Nash’s downward streak and that other teams are going to look to “shut” Mats Zuccarello down by “any means necessary.”
In their look at the Rangers last year, they said that the biggest thing for Vigneault was to figure out Rick Nash and that the Rangers ‘only” chance at winning the Stanley Cup was if Nash became a game changer.
Adam Rotter: Alain Vigneault likes to have duos on all of his lines and then plop in a third player. Beyond Derick Brassard and Mats Zuccarello, Dominic Moore and Tanner Glass and, likely, Derek Stepan and Rick Nash, the Rangers lines are pretty up in the air. My guess is that Chris Kreider ends up with Brassard and Zuccarello to provide a lot of what Benoit Pouliot did and then Nash moves to the LW and Marty St. Louis moves up to the top line RW. That would be the Rangers top six, and PP units, and leave Carl Hagelin and Lee Stempniak and/or Kevin Hayeson the third line wings with a center to be determined.
8/21/14 | 9:23PM:
8/15/14 | 12:20PM: Lundqvist said that he has played a lot of tennis thus summer because he doesn’t want to spend a lot of time in the gym. He says that tennis is a great exercise for him because you need quick feet and there are lots of twists and turns like on the ice. (ESPN.com)
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