Ryan McDonagh’s work ethic and ability to lead by example

Ryan McDonaghFormer backup goalie Cam Talbot said that Ryan McDonagh’s work ethic is what makes him different as a captain. (Daily News)

Talbot said that McDonagh isn’t “the most vocal  guy” but leads by example on the ice. (Daily News)

He said that McDonagh is someone that you look to before a game because of his focus, preparation and seriousness about the task at hand.  (Daily News)


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One of the ways Emerson Etem can beat you

During the playoffs this year, Emerson Etem scored a highlight reel goal where he danced around Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba.

Etem said that he was trying to confuse Trouba who might have thought he was going to the outside.

Former teammate Cam Fowler said that Etem has a “variety of ways that he can beat you, and that was a great one.” (LA Times)

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Expect a tight salary cap situation again next summer

Rangers7/29/15 | 8:39AM: According to Hockey’s Cap, the Rangers currently have 11 players on their projected roster who are under contract for the 2016-17 season.

Marc Staal, Dan Girardi, Ryan McDonagh, Kevin Klein, Henrik Lundqvist, Rick Nash, Derek Stepan, Derick Brassard, Mats Zuccarello, Tanner Glass and Jesper Fast are all under contract with a combined cap hit of $53.5 million.

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Brian Gibbons could bring more speed to the Rangers

GibbonsWhile with the Penguins in 2013-14, Brian Gibbons skated some with Sidney Crosby.

Crosby said that Gibbons is a player who can create turnovers with his speed, get to loose pucks and “competes and works hard and uses the strength that he has.” (NHL.com)

Dan Bylsma said that Gibbons brought a lot of speed to the lineup and especially to Crosby’s line. He said that Gibbons isn’t a typical No. 1 right wing in the NHL but he bring speed and energy when he is on the ice. (NHL.com)

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Viktor Stalberg could be playing for his NHL career this season

StalbergScott Burnside lists newly signed Viktor Stalberg as someone who is pretty much playing this season for his NHL career. (ESPN.com)

Burnside writes that it seems like “a million years ago” that Stalberg was a “speedy, skilled big man” who scored 22 goals for Chicago.

Stalberg scored 22 goals and 21 assists in 2011-12 but has not had more than 23 points in a season since.

He had 9 goals and 14 assists in 47 games for Chicago in 12-13 and then 8 goals and 10 assists in 70 games for Nashville in 13-14 and 2 goals and 8 assists in 25 games for the Predators last year.

Burnside said that there will be an opportunity for Stalberg with the Rangers to prove that he can be a 20 goal player.(ESPN.com)


Carl Hagelin’s teammates reached out to him after he was traded

Carl HagelinCarl Hagelin said that Mats Zuccarello called him “right away” after Zuccarello learned that Hagelin had been traded. (Hockey Sverige)

Hagelin said that Zuccarello had just gotten an apartment in the building where Hagelin was renting so “he sounded a little down.” Hagelin said that he and Zuccarello traveled together to practice and to games. (Hockey Sverige)

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