NEWS: Henrik Tallinder signs PTO with Hartford

Henrik Tallinder has signed a PTO with the Wolf Pack and is expected to play some games with them.

Bob McKenzie says that the Rangers will see where things go with Tallinder after he plays some games.

Tallinder, 35, was with Toronto in training camp on a tryout and hurt his shoulder but he is now healthy.

He has played 678 games in the NHL and was with Buffalo last season, playing 64 games and averaging 18 minutes. His career average ice time per game is 20:09.

Tallinder has played in the Olympics with Henrik Lundqvist twice (2010 and 2014).

He spent three years with the Devils (2011 to 2013) and played 146 games, had 6 goals, 20 assists and averaged 21:21.  With the Devils his Corsi was 54.8%. (HR)

Per the AHL CBA from 2010, a PTO is for 25 games and they can be signed to multiple PTOs after each one expires.

Adam Rotter: The organization clearly feels the need for another defenseman in Hartford and another body to add to the overall defensive depth. I would think that Tallinder will be in Hartford longer than the two games that Kaberle was. The Rangers are still looking to find someone to replace Steven Kampfer who was signed for depth but traded to Florida so the Rangers could have a reserve list spot for Anthony Duclair. I think that the Rangers would like Tallinder to be an AHLer who they never need but would like to have him there and ready if he is needed.

Stats: Where the Rangers rank through 20 games

RANGERS121At the 20 game mark, the Rangers have a record of 9-7-4 and sit in third place in Metro Division with 22 points.

The Rangers are 7-4-3 at home and 2-3-1 on the road with a 1-4 record in shootouts.

They rank:

  • 10th in the NHL in goals per game at 2.80
  • 17th in goals against per game at 2.70
  • 28th in faceoff win percentage at 47.8%
  • 11th in first period goals for (17) and 20th in first period goals against (14)

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Kevin Klein

Read: What Kevin Klein did last night and how much he is appreciated

On Sunday night, Dave Maloney praised Kevin Klein for stepping up and fighting Brandon Prust after Prust and Henrik Lundqvist bumped into each other.

Maloney said that he felt Klein should have been given the Broadway Hat for it. He said that Klein is a very popular player in the Rangers locker room, a guy who can give you top-four minutes when needed and “not hurt you” as well as someone who showed he will rally behind his teammates.

Joe Micheletti said that while Klein didn’t win the fight against Prust he was given a standing ovation and a lot of recognition from the Ranger fans at MSG.

Dan Girardi said that Klein does everything, sticks up for teammates, makes first passes, blocks shots, really well and has been the Rangers most consistent defenseman this season.  (Ranger Rants)

Lundqvist said that it was nice to see Klein step up for him.

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Read: Henrik Lundqvist and the Montreal Point of View on last night

Henrik Lundqvist said on MSG last night that Montreal looked tired at times and in general it was a “very basic game” for him.

PK Subban said after the game that Lundqvist is a good goalie but it was a “pretty easy” shutout for him. (Journal de Quebec)

Montreal coach Michel Therrien said that his team was “bad” last night and that his team wasn’t that sharp in a lot of areas. (RDS)

Therrien added “we were not good.” (Conor McKenna)

Read: Rick Nash as the catalyst and a different player this season

Rick Nash11/24/14 | 10:27AM: Ron Duguay said on MSG, after Nash scored his 14th last night, that Nash is hungry to keep scoring.

Brian Leetch says that Nash is a lot of fun to watch.

Dave Maloney said after the game on MSG, “when your top guys compete hard and in three zones, you have a better chance of being the better team. His game went beyond his  goal tonight.”

11/23/14 | 1:33PM: In describing Rick Nash at times this season, Joe Micheletti has said/called Nash on MSG:

  • “The catalyst” for the team
  • There are “very few game” where he doesn’t make “huge plays”
  • He is the player that “everyone is following”
  • “His performance game in and game out is a pleasure to watch”

Dave Maloney has said that when Nash drives to the net he is “unstoppable” and on top of that he has been a three-zone player for the Rangers all-season long.

In speaking about Nash’s game, Dan Girardi said that Nash leads with his play on the ice and he “just seems like a different guy this year.” Girardi added that Nash has been “dynamite” for the Rangers this season. (Sportsnet)

Henrik Lundqvist praised Lundqvist’s determination and how he takes to the net while Derek Stepan said that Nash seems like the same player as last year but the puck is finding it’s way in now. (Sportsnet)

Nash has 13 goals and 7 assists this season for the Rangers.

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Read: What the Rangers showed last night/their last two games

Rangers1Alain Vigneault said last night that the Rangers have proved the past two games that they know the right way to play.

He added, “when we apply ourselves, prepare ourselves we can play against any team in the league and we certainly proved it tonight.”

Henrik Lundqvist said on MSG after the game that in the past two games the Rangers have been “very good” in all areas of the ice and have paid attention to “all the details that we need to have success.”

He adds that when the Rangers play like they are supposed to they are fast and always supporting each other on the ice. He said that those two things were big parts of why the Rangers were so good in the second half last year.