Sather snatches Yandle from the Coyotes. NHL.com’s Brian Compton and Adam Rotter of SNYRangersBlog discuss the Keith Yandle trade. Plus, Brian chats with Coyotes TV analyst Tyson Nash about the deal and the assets Arizona got in return.Subscribe in iTunes
- How did it feel putting on the jersey and playing at the Garden, “it was special and probably the first time in a while I have had buterflies before the game and anxious, it was a lot of fun putting the jersey on and being part of an Original Six team, it was everything that it’s hyped up to be.”
- What got you through the game, “it was a long day of travel but the Rangers made it easy on me and one of those things where it’s not to much sleep and wanting to go and anxious and it was a lot of fun.”
Mark Messier said that Glen Sather and the Rangers have “earned the right” to take another run at the Stanley Cup which is what they did when they acquired Keith Yandle. (Newsday)
Messier said that the Rangers have shown resiliency with how they have won despite all the injuries they have faced. (Newsday)
He said that the team has properly positioned themselves for a playoff run and that with their recent run of strong games they are near the top of the league. (NY Post)
Messier added that he thinks Yandle will be a good fit with the Rangers and that his game fits with the style of play the team has. (Newsday)
- Henrik is in rehab and coming along just fine.
- When will Hank be back, “we are not quite sure when he will be back, no definitive time frame, as a coach and staff we get our team ready with the players who are available and ready. We believe Hank will be back at some point but right now we have a lot of confidence in Talbot and Skapski.
1:55PM: In meeting with the media yesterday, Glen Sather said that Henrik Lundqvist will be “fine, just give him more time.”
Sather said that with the goaltending the Rangers have been getting he wasn’t interested in giving up assets to get another goalie. He said that Lundqvist continues to be evaluated.
Lundqvist has been skating and working with Rangers goalie coach Benoit Allaire for the last couple of weeks.
In his first practice with the Rangers, on Tuesday, Sheppard skated on the fourth line with Dominic Moore and Jesper Fast.
On Monday, Glen Sather said that Sheppard is a “big body” who can play center and wing. He said that it’s a fresh start for Sheppard and Sather said that he thought Sheppard was one of the best players for the Sharks in their playoff series against LA last year.
Alain Vigneault mentioned on Monday and Tuesday that one of the big reasons the Rangers got Sheppard was because he could play all three forward positions and add depth in the bottom six.
Vigneault said that he remembers Sheppard as a young player in Minnesota and that he is a smart player who can play a two-way game.
For a lot more on what the Rangers are getting in Sheppard, click HERE.
Marc Staal said after the Rangers win over Nashville that “it’s a weight off everyone’s shoulders. There was a good vibe, from the player we got and the amount of talent he has.” (MSG)
Staal said that when the trade deadline passes everyone gets excited about the group that they will have going into the playoffs. (Newsday)
John Giannone said that there was a “clarity and calmness” that came over the Rangers after 3PM when “they realized this would be the team they would take through the rest of the season and hopefully into mid-June.” (MSG)