Alain Vigneault said Friday on MSG, and to reporters, that the lines the Rangers used on practice at Friday are likely to be the ones that they start with on Wednesday in Chicago.
Those lines were:
- Rick Nash, Derick Brassard, Mats Zuccarello
- Chris Kreider, Derek Stepan, Kevin Hayes
- JT Miller, Oscar Lindberg, Viktor Stalberg
- Dominic Moore, Jarret Stoll, Jesper Fast
Ryan McDonagh and Dan Girardi, Marc Staal and Dan Boyle, Keith Yandle and Kevin Klein
Emerson Etem and Dylan McIlrath are expected to be scratched.
Oscar Lindberg said that he felt that it was time for him to be up with the Rangers, saying “I want to play up here.” (NY Post)
Lindberg said that he switched some things up during the summer and they are working out so far. (NY Post)
Larry Brooks writes that if the Rangers knew this was the kind of training camp and preseason Lindberg would have then the team would likely not have signed Jarret Stoll. (NY Post)
Adam Rotter: Lindberg put his time in in Hartford, adjusted to playing in North America and no doubt deserved to make the team to start the season. I think he will probably be shifted all around the Rangers lineup but if the Rangers commit to Kevin Hayes staying on the wing than the Rangers top three centers for many years to come will be Derek Stepan, Derick Brassard and Oscar Lindberg.
Scott Burnside says that he can’t help but feel “as if the Rangers are due for a step back this season” and has them finishing fourth in the Metro division. (ESPN.com)
He said that a main reason for his thinking is the improved Metro division and teams like Washington, Columbus, Pittsburgh and the Islanders. (ESPN.com)
Burnside does have the Rangers making the playoffs as a Wild Card. (ESPN.com)
Burnside has the Capitals finishing first, the Penguins second and Columbus third in the Metro.
Sports Illustrated has the Rangers finishing with 98 points and in 5th place in the Metro. (SI)
Jeff Gorton described Emerson Etem’s training camp and preseason performance as “pretty average.” (NY Post)
Gorton said that Etem knows that and that the organization has scouted Etem for a while and “we’ve liked what we’ve seen.” (NY Post)
He said that while Etem may not have shown the media yet what the organization sees in Etem, “we have faith that in time he’s going to show us that.” (NY Post)
For a lot more on Etem since coming to the Rangers, including what Alain Vigneault has said about him, click HERE.
On Friday, Alain Vigneault was asked about Dylan McIlrath and said that he “really progressed” from last year to this year.
He said that you want players to “force your hand” and that while Raphael Diaz “did everything we expected,” the organization felt that “Dylan deserved to start here.”
Vigneault said that right now McIlrath starts as the Rangers 7th defenseman but “that doesn’t mean that down the road he can’t be one of the top six. It depends on how he performs and how other guys perform.”
12:52PM: Vigneault said that he expects Diaz to report since he is under contract. (Gross)
12:02PM: Raphael Diaz and Jayson Megna cleared waivers and will be assigned to Hartford. (Elliotte Friedman)
Rangers GM Jeff Gorton put it at 50/50 that Diaz would clear.
Steve Zipay wonders if Diaz will report to Hartford. (Zipay)
Speculation over the summer was that Diaz could return to Switzerland at some point in the season.
Adam Rotter: It’s good news for the Rangers that both players cleared and allows them to keep another layer of depth in the organization. Diaz is what he is but he is a serviceable player who can play both sides and activate the offense. He was beaten out by Dylan McIlrath but still stands as the 8th defenseman in the organization.
As for Megna, he was pretty good in the preseason and seems like a 4A type player who can help Hartford win games and also step in for a few games here and there if needed.
From the Rangers:
NEW YORK, October 3, 2015 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has assigned forward Jayson Megna and defenseman Raphael Diaz to the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL).
Following the transactions, the Rangers have 23 players on their active roster. The roster breakdown is listed below:
Forwards (14): Derick Brassard, Emerson Etem, Jesper Fast, Tanner Glass, Kevin Hayes, Chris Kreider, Oscar Lindberg, J.T. Miller, Dominic Moore, Rick Nash, Viktor Stalberg, Derek Stepan, Jarret Stoll, Mats Zuccarello
Defensemen (7): Dan Boyle, Dan Girardi, Kevin Klein, Ryan McDonagh, Dylan McIlrath, Marc Staal, Keith Yandle
Goaltenders (2): Henrik Lundqvist, Antti Raanta
12:53PM: Glass will undergo an MRI this afternoon but the team does not expect bad news to come from it. (NYR)
11:40AM: Tanner Glass, who is still on the Rangers active roster, did not skate today due to a leg injury he suffered in Wednesday win over the Bruins. (NYR)
Glass started to skate yesterday at practice before coming off the ice.
Alain Vigneault said yesterday that he thought Glass was going to be okay to practice yesterday.