Read: Oscar Lindberg is more confident after a year in the AHL

Oscar LindbergOscar Lindberg says that playing 20 minutes a night in the AHL and seeing time on the PK and the PP helped his confidence and his development. (Hockey Sverige)

He said that he got better after a slow start but didn’t do enough to take a spot on the NHL roster. (Hockey Sverige)

Lindberg said that even though he was with the team in the series against Montreal, he knew that it was unlikely he would play. He did say that he was happy to be around the team at that time and learned a lot. (Hockey Sverige)

He said that he was disappointed to not play in the NHL last year and felt that his point production in Hartford was “okay” but nothing more. (Hockey Sverige)

Lindberg said that he is working to be better prepared this season and hopes to take one of the open spots that the Rangers have. (Hockey Sverige)

On why he didn’t play with the Rangers last year, Lindberg said that he was too “uneven” and when he was bad he was just “too bad.” He said the team really liked his rookie camp in Traverse City but were not as happy with his performance in training camp. (Hockey Sverige)

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Read: Brandon Dubinsky on the Eastern Conference and Metro Division

Brandon Dubinsky Beat UpOn the day that he signed his contract extension Brandon Dubinsky said that when he looks at the Eastern Conference, he sees a tight race but no team that really jumps out. He says “maybe” Boston or Pittsburgh though he believes Columbus could have beaten the Pens.(Dispatch)

He said that the closeness of all the teams is what will make the season so exciting and that the Metro division is a little “incestuous” with all the player movement from team to team. Dubinsky says that the Rangers games have connections, Pittsburgh and Columbus have a new rivalry and now the Scott Hartnell for RJ Umberger trade between Philly and Columbus. (Dispatch)

He says that there will be a lot of games that “carry weight” this season.  (Dispatch)

Dubinsky said last week that losing the Penguins left a biter taste in the mouth of the Blue Jackets, “As much as everyone wants to call the season a success for us, the players in the locker room felt like we could have beat Pitt and if we beat them we would have played New York and I fancy our chances against New York as well, or I would have, but we will never know what was going to happen.” (TSN Drive)

Recap: Dominic Moore on Sportsnet Radio

Dom MooreDominic Moore was on Prime Time Sports yesterday (Sportsnet):

  •  On staying with the Rangers for two years, “Glad to be staying in NY. We had a great season this year and personally, coming back and having the year that we did, it felt great but to stay a blueshirt is a great feeling for sure.”
  • On not having to move around a lot anymore, “we will see. Like you said, having been through so many ups and downs it’s nice to have some constancy.”

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Read: Marty St. Louis is a big reason why Dan Boyle signed with the Rangers

7/17/14 | 3:23PM: Asked about Marty, Boyle said “Marty and I are cut from the same cloth. We have similar backgrounds and our parents were friends in Tampa. We had gone through a lot of the same situations, being undrafted and overlooked and we both have a chip on our shoulder and reuniting with him was part of that also.” (Rangers)

He added, “when you win, you are just inseparable for the rest of your life and the bonds don’t break. Marty and I are cut from the same cloth and we are very similar in how we approach the game. He is a special player.” (Rangers)

7/16/14 | 11:15AM: Dan Boyle said Marty St. Louis was a big factor in turning down more money and more years to sign with the Rangers.

Boyle and St. Louis were teammates in Tampa Bay from 2001 to 2008.

From 2005-06 to 2007-08, the only data that was available, the two combined for 40 points, 22 of which were on the PP and Boyle had the primary assist on 11 goals for St. Louis. (HR)

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Recap: Matthew Lombardi on TSN Radio

New Ranger Matthew Lombardi was on TSN Radio this afternoon to discuss his return to the NHL:

It’s pretty cool. I wasn’t really expecting this to happen, we were getting ready to leave to go back to Geneva at the end of July and this fell into my lap and it was hard to say no and it’s a pretty cool thing. I am looking forward to it.”

Did you think your NHL career was over, “You always have the hope and when I first went there I thought that maybe I would start there and see what happens but we have two girls and we started to enjoy it and the kids were doing good, loved it, and made friends and as the season went on I got used to it and the NHL was out of my mind and I signed an extension there for two years. My focus was going back to Europe and enjoying my time there and putting everything else behind me. With the Rangers, my agent had talked to them the last few years but there was never anything solid in terms of a deal or anything like that. This happened last minute and for myself I thought it was my last chance to maybe get back and play in the NHL.”

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Read: How Rangers management/coaches view Matthew Lombardi

The Rangers signed center Matthew Lombardi yesterday and assistant GM Jeff Gorton said that Lombardi is a player the Rangers kept on eye on because he plays their style and can play both center and wing. (Rangers)

Gorton adds that Lombardi can play all over the lineup, kill penalties and do a lot of different things for a team. He calls Lombardi and “elite skater” who can play fast with an without the puck which is what Alain Vigneault wants. (Rangers)

Vigneault coached against Lombardi when he was the head coach in Vancouver and Lombardi played in the same division with Calgary and then with Phoenix.. (Rangers)

Lombardi was also in Phoenix when Ulf Samuelsson was an assistant coach and Ulf told Rangers management that Lombardi is a “great skater and great guy” who can play all over the lineup. Gorton said that Samuelsson was all positive about Lombardi and that Lombardi is a good guy to have because of his character and the way he skates.  (Rangers)

When told what Samuelsson said, Lombardi said that he holds Ulf in high regard and that Ulf reached out to him right after he left Phoenix. (Rangers)

Chris Kreider

Buzz: Chris Kreider is getting a bridge contract

The Rangers are working with Chris Kreider to avoid arbitration and come to terms on a two-year bridge contract. (NY Post)

If Kreider does head to arbitration, next Wednesday, Kreider will likely get a deal worth between $2.1 million and $2.5 million per year for two years. (NY Post)

The Rangers have the option to elect a one-year award or a two-year award per the CBA.

it was wondered earlier in the offseason that the Rangers may look to give Kreider a long-term deal.

It was speculated that Kreider could get a bridge contract similar to Max Pacioretty.

When asked about Kreider at the draft, Glen Sather mentioned how he started the year in the minor leagues and intimated that he doesn’t yet have a proven track record of success in the NHL.

Buzz: Rangers looking at pending college free agent Kevin Hayes

The Rangers are targeting pending free agent Kevin Hayes who was taken 24th overall in 2010 and can become a free agent if he doesn’t sign with the Chicago Blackhawks by August 15th. (NY Post)

Hayes is still talking with Chicago and while he is expected to be pursued by multiple NHL teams, the Rangers are expected to be among the finalists to land Hayes. (NY Post)

He is 6-3, 205 and spent two seasons as a teammate of Chris Kreider at Boston College. Hayes had 27 goals and 38 assists this past season for BC and was a finalist for the Hobey Baker award. (NY Post)

Hayes would sign a two-year entry level contract and with spots open on their third and fourth lines, Larry Brooks says that he could make the team with a strong training camp.  (NY Post)

Had he been in the 2014 draft, scouts say that he would have been taken in the middle to late first round. (NY Post)

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