Buzz: Expansion is likely coming to Las Vegas and other cities (Update)

NHL Puck8/28/14 | 2:35PM: Dan Patrick says that the NHL will be in Las Vegas by 2016. Patrick says that his information comes from a financial person involved and that as reported, it is a “done deal.” (PHT)

Patrick says that two teams who could relocate to Vegas include the Coyotes and Hurricanes. He says that the owners want expansion because of the expansion fees and money it would bring. (PHT)

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Rick Nash

Read: Rick Nash is just a 60 point guy

Rick Nash’s career high in points is 79 and only three other times in his career has he cracked the 60 point mark.

  • In 2013, Nash had 42 points in 44 games which puts him on a 78 point pace.

Nash has 10 straight 20 goal seasons and has scored 30 goals in 7 of those seasons.

In the Dobber Hockey Fantasy Guide, they write “Are you ready to stop banking on name and potential and call him a 60-point player who occasionally gets 65-69?” (Dobber Hockey)

Nash, 30, is signed for four more seasons with a cap hit of $7.8 million.

  • Dobber projects Nash to score 30 goals and 26 assists.
  • Sports Forecaster has Nash scoring 33 goals and adding 25 assists.
  • The Hockey News has Nash scoring 31 goals and adding 22 assists.

Adam Rotter: 30+ goals and 30 or so assists won’t justify Nash’s cap hit but it’s realistic to expect and probably along the lines of what he will end up. Nash has put up pretty consistent numbers when healthy and there is no reason to think that, if healthy, he won’t do the same. That said, everything with Nash this season is just a set up for what he will/won’t do in the playoffs.

Read: Looking at the Rangers depth chart

RANGERS121At McKeen’s Hockey, they have the Rangers depth chart showing Chris Kreider being the top ranked LW, Derek Stepan being the top ranked C and Rick Nash being the top ranked RW.

  • Following Kreider at LW is Mats Zuccarello, Carl Hagelin and Tanner Glass.
  • Following Stepan at C is Derick Brassard, Matthew Lombardi and Dominic Moore.
  • Following Nash at RW is Marty St. Louis, Kevin Hayes and Lee Stempniak.

The Rangers defensive depth chart is the same as the defense pairs from last season, but with Dan Boyle replacing Anton Stralman.

The top LWs not on the main roster are Chris Bourque and Chris McCarthy, at C it is JT Miller and Oscar Lindberg and at RW it is Jesper Fast and Chris Mueller.

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Read: How James Dolan sees his role as owner

James DolanJames Dolan says that his job as owner is to make sure that the team has the resources that it needs. (NY Post)

When it comes to personnel decisions he rarely asks questions about the players that Glen Sather wants to bring in since personnel moves is not his area of expertise. (NY Post)

He said that when he takes part in the Rangers organizational meetings, the one thing that he does ask is if the players being talked about can play in New York because New York isn’t for everyone and he wants everyone to have a personality that fits. (NY Post)

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Buzz: The Rangers are “pretty sure” they will have John Moore signed

John Moore8/27/14 | 9:40AM: Jeff Gorton says that the Rangers are trying to get John Moore signed and is “pretty sure” they will get a deal done. (USA Today, via the Score)

Gorton says that Moore has been a “good fit” for the Rangers and the organization likes his upside. (USA Today, via the Score)

Early on last season, Alain Vigneault said of Moore “a great skill set, unbelievable skater. A young man with so much upside and potential. We are hoping he will be able to put it all together. He works extremely hard to do so. He has a great rapport with the coaches and I am confident that we have a gem right there. The type of player who can play in all situations. He is a young player but has so much upside and it’s so fun to see.”

Moore had 4 goals and 11 assists this season while averaging 15:19 per game and 1:05 on the PP in 76 games.

In the playoffs, Moore played in 21 games, had two assists and averaged 14:32 per game and 1:50 on the PP.

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The Rangers are close to the salary cap but have enough room to sign Moore.

Read: The scoring depth the Rangers will need to reproduce

Rangers8/26/14 | 10:04AM: Last season the Rangers had nine players who put up at least 30 points and they will need that kind of scoring reproduced if they want to repeat the success they had last season. (ESPN Insider)

The players who scored at least 30 points for the Rangers last year were:

  • Mats Zuccarello (59), Derick Stepan (57), Brad Richards (51)
  • Derick Brassard (45), Ryan McDonagh (43)
  • Rick Nash (39), Chris Kreider (37), Benoit Pouliot (36), Carl Hagelin (33)

The number is ten if you combine the 25 points of Ryan Callahan and the 8 from Marty St. Louis.

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Read: Projecting a big year for Derick Brassard

Derick BrassardWith a potential increase in ice time due to the departure of Brad Richards, Derick Brassard is likely to see his point totals increase. (NHL.com)

  • Richards played 14:58 per game at even strength last season. Brassard played 13:14 per game
  • Richards played 3:40 per game on the PP. Brassard played 2:31 per game. Richards PP minutes though are likely to go to Dan Boyle since Richards played the point.
  • Richards started 66.6% of his 5 on 5 shifts in the offensive zone. Derick Brassard started 60.1 of his 5 on 5 shifts in the offensive zone. (Behind the Net)

Brassard is listed as a sleeper for this season and they have him scoring 24 goals and 31 assists. (NHL.com)

Sports Forecaster has Brassard scoring 17 goals and 30 assists this season.

Other projections have Brassard between 40 and 50 points.

Brassard signed a five-year deal worth $5 million per season.

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Picture: Kevin Hayes and others on the ice

4:22PM: The list of players on the ice today were Henrik Lundqvist, Derick Brassard, Kevin Hayes, Chris Kreider, Mats Zuccarello, JT Miller, Ryan Haggerty, Marek Hrivik. (Rangers)

12:34PM: The players on the ice include Hayes, Lundqvist, Chris Kreider, JT Miller, Ryan Haggerty and Marek Hrivik. (Newsday)

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Buzz: The Rangers have spoken with Ryan Malone

8/25/14 | 4:05PM: UFA Ryan Malone has reportedly spoken with the Rangers. (Star Tribune, via Jefferson and Michael)

Malone “looked good” while skating in Minnesota at the Octagon Hockey Camp and could get a training camp tryout. (Star Tribune, via Jefferson and Michael)

The Ranges have reportedly done “extensive homework” on Malone and have spoken with him about a potential training camp tryout or two-way deal. It isn’t known if the Rangers talks with Malone occurred before the team signed Kevin Hayes. (Inside Pittsburgh Sports, via Jefferson)

Malone was arrested in April for a DUI and possession of cocaine. (PHT)

The situation was reportedly a “wake up call” for Malone and he is “said to be in excellent shape” while training for the season. (Inside Pittsburgh Sports, via Jefferson)

Malone had the final year of his contract bought out by Tampa Bay using a compliance buyout. (Cap Geek)

Malone, 34, has 23 points in 81 games over the last two years. In the previous five seasons he had between 38 and 51 points.

He has previously played with Dominic Moore (Pitt and TB), Marty St. Louis and Michael Kostka.

In 2000, Glen Sather said “as a general philosophy I believe people deserve a second chance.” (NY Post)