Read: Anthony Duclair’s junior coach on Duclair’s status

DuclairPhillppe Boucher, head coach of the Quebec Remparts, says that the Rangers will manage the status of Anthony Duclair this season as “they see fit.” (La Presse)

Boucher says that he has not gotten a call telling him that Duclair will not return to Quebec this season. (La Presse)

Alain Vigneault said recently that based on his experience coaching in the QMJHL as well as the NHL, he thinks that the best place for Duclair right now is in the NHL.

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Read: Anthony Duclair is making the decision easy for Alain Vigneault

DuclairOn Monday against Minnesota, Anthony Duclair played 10:29 had 2 shots on goal, 1 hit and 1 takeaway.

Duclair scored his first career goal to tie the game at 4 for the Rangers.

By period, Duclair played:

  • First Period: 3:09
  • Second Period: 2:51
  • Third Period: 4:29

Alain Vigneault said on Monday that Duclair was fresh in the third period because he doesn’t kill penalties and beat the goalie with a good shot.

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Read: Barb Underhill has helped Anthony Duclair/how he compares his speed to Chris Kreider and Carl Hagelin

Anthony DuclairAnthony Duclair says that skating instructor Barb Underhill has been “critical” to his skating development. (NY Post)

Asked about the skating of Chris Kreider and Carl Hagelin, Duclair said that every stride from Kreider is “so powerful” and Hagelin’s “steps” are “much quicker” than most players. (NY Post)

He adds that he looks up to both of those players because they play the style that he wants to play.  (NY Post)

Ron Duguay said last night that he loves Duclair’s energy, speed and when he is on the ice he is a threat. (MSG)

“Every Anthony Duclair shift is a fun shift to watch” (Ryan Kennedy)

Stats: Anthony Duclair’s game last night/what he told the French media

Anthony DuclairIn his return to the lineup last night, Anthony Duclair had an assist, 3 shots on goal, 1 shot that was blocked and 2 that missed the net. He also had two giveaways and two hits in 14:15.

He played 4:34 in the first,  4:12 in the second and 5:29 in the third.

Duclair didn’t look out of place last night against Montreal. (NY Post)

He told Dave Maloney that it was a special night but not the outcome tat he wanted. (NYR)

Duclair said that he was “flattered” to be given a star during the game, saying “it’s a nice memory to keep.” (Journal de Montreal)

He said that he was satisfied with his game and felt that he was consistent throughout. (Journal de Montreal)

Alain Vigneault said that he chooses his lineup based on the opponent and that the Canadians are a team that match up well with Duclair. (Journal de Montreal)

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Read: Anthony Duclair is coming back into the Rangers lineup tonight

Anthony Duclair6:35PM: Duclair spoke with Dave Maloney on MSG:

  • On tonight, “a lot of excitement, can’t get better than this. I have a lot of family and firends watching and hope to put on a show.”
  • On how special it is, “It’s really special. I grew up a big Habs fan and playing at the Bell Centre is special. “
  • What has he learned, “My play without the puck needs to improve. I have watched a lot of video and asked a lot of questions.”
  • What will make the night special, “As long as we get a big win I will be happy.”

10/25/14| 9:30AM: Anthony Duclair will return to the Rangers lineup tonight in Montreal and play his first NHL game in his hometown.

Duclair said that the past two games have been tough for him but he has worked hard in practice and it will be fun for him to play in his hometown in front of his friends and family.  (NYR)

He said that this is a game that he circled on his calendar and it will be an “incredible feeling” for him to put on a Rangers jersey at the Bell Centre.

On what he worked on while he was a scratch, Duclair said that a lot of it was reflecting on his game with and without the puck and focusing on the little details of the game. He said that staying focused and working on getting the puck back quicker will be keys for him. (NYR) Alain Vigneault said that Duclair has worked “really hard” in the last 7-10 days and it will be an exciting moment for him to play in Montreal. He added that Duclair is always asking the right questions about getting feedback from the coaches and his teammates.

Vigneault said that he expects Duclair’s teammates who have faced similar situations of returning to their hometowns to give him advice.


Read: Why the 39 game mark may be important to the Rangers and Anthony Duclair

Duclair1On TSN last night, Bob McKenzie, while talking about 18-year old Oilers center Leon Draisaitl, said that teams are less concerned with players burning off a year of their entry level deal by playing a 10th game and are more concerned with not allowing a player to hit 40 games because that would count as a year towards unrestricted free agency. (TSN)

McKenzie added “there is actually an economic benefit to allowing a player to go past his nine games, play the 10th game, burn a year off his entry level contract, send him back to juniors so that he has a lesser body of work so he doesn’t get as good a second contract but he doesn’t reach free agency until eight years in, instead of seven years in because you send him back before he plays his 40th game.”(TSN)

Section 10.1.a of the Collective Bargaining Agreement states that a player who has either “accrued” seven seasons or is 27 years old at the end of the league year can be an unrestricted free agent.

An “accrued season” is defined in the CBA as a player being on a club’s active roster for 40 or more games during a year.

Anthony Duclair, 19, will have the first-year of his entry-level deal burn off no matter where he plays this season but the Rangers may be able to push his free agency year back by not keeping him around past 39 games.

If Duclair were to play past 39 games he would be eligible to become a free agent at age 26. By preventing him from playing 40 games, Duclair would become a free agent at age 27.