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.

Read: The Rangers face no pressure with Anthony Duclair

Anthony Duclair2PM: The Rangers should send Duclair back to Quebec, according to Corey Pronman. (ESPN Insider)

Pronman says that while Duclair projects to be a top-six player in the near future for the Rangers, “there is nothing wrong” with sending him back and allowing him to work on his all-around game, “bulk up” and play for Canada at the World Juniors.  (ESPN Insider)

10/23/14 | 9:39AM: Because of when his contract was signed, Anthony Duclair will burn off the first year of his entry-level deal whether or not he spends it with the Rangers. (NY Post)

Normally teams have 9 games before they need to send a player back to junior before burning off the first year of his deal but the Rangers are not in that position with Duclair since his the year has already been burned. (NY Post)

Because of the Rangers don’t face either time or contract related pressure to make a decision on Duclair but if he isn’t playing that likely isn’t going to help him develop. (NY Post)

The Rangers can not bring Duclair back if they send him back to Quebec.

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Read: Anthony Duclair is scratched again tonight

Anthony Duclair3:23PM: Duclair said today (NYR):

  • “I’m not the first guy to come into this league and sit out a few games. I am going through the process of learning everyday.”
  • “It’s nothing to be ashamed of. I am 19 years old, still a kid and playing against men and now that I am out I can watch clips on things I can work on  and work hard in practice and get back as soon as possible.”

3:21PM: Alain Vigneault said of Duclair today:

  • “This is obviously, every player is different, each case is different and in Anthony’s case, if we send him back to junior we can’t bring him up. We don’t have that leeway of sending him to Hartford and then bringing him back up. In Anthony’s case, my experience, because I have coached in junior and the AHL and NHL, I have a pretty good grasp on our time frame with him and he isn’t playing tonight, but he will practice and we will see the next game.”
  • He is better here for the moment, “yes.”

12:20PM: Anthony Duclair will be scratched for the second straight game tonight when the Rangers play the Devils. (Kevin Dube)

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Alain Vigneault said, when Duclair was scratched for Sunday’s game, that he wanted him in a top-9 role.

Read: Quebec doesn’t know if they are getting Anthony Duclair back

DuclairQuebec Remparts head coach Phillippe Boucher says that he has been given no indication by the Rangers, one way or the other, what will happen with Anthony Duclair this season. He added that he doesn’t want to speculate what will happen. (Journal de Quebec)

The Rangers have a “congestion” problem at forward and Duclair was skating yesterday, again, as the 13th forward. (Journal de Quebec)

Duclair has done nothing to disappoint in his short time with the Rangers. (Journal de Quebec)

Read: Why Anthony Duclair is scratched

Duclair1Anthony Duclair will be a healthy scratch tonight for the Rangers.

Alain Vigneault said yesterday that the decision to sit Duclair was based on him playing 5 games in 8 nights and that there isn’t a spot in the top nine for tonight’s game.

Vigneault said when Duclair made the team, and referenced yesterday, that Duclair isn’t going to play every game but when he does play he needs to be in the top nine.

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Adam Rotter: I don’t think this is a big deal and that Duclair could be back in the lineup against the Devils on Tuesday. The Rangers will want to see how he responds for a couple of games before they make a decision on what to do with him this season. I just don’t know if the top 9 spot will always be there for Duclair this and he may be better off playing for Team Canada at the World Juniors and then the Memorial Cup for Quebec.

Read/Stats: Anthony Duclair fell out of the rotation last night

Anthony DuclairAnthony Duclair played 10:26 last night, his lowest amount of the season so far, including only one shift in the third period.

By period, Duclair played 6:07 in the first, 3:22 in the second and 57 seconds in the third. He saw 2:54 on the PP through the first two periods but was not part of the power play the rest of the game.

He started the game with Marty St. Louis and Rick Nash but in the second period was put with Tanner Glass and Dominic Moore. His third period shift was with Dominic Moore and Chris Kreider.

Duclair drew two penalties in the second period. He had no shot attempts in the game.

Asked after the game about Duclair, Alain Vigneault said that he lost him in the rotation.

Dave Maloney said that Vigneault wanted to go with players he could trust. (MSG)

Alain Vigneault said at the start of the season that he would keep Duclair around if he could play in a top-nine role.

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