Watch: Sam Rosen does the Ice Bucket Challenge

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Buzz: Kevin Hayes is speaking with teams today (Updates)

9PM: Peter Chiarelli and Claude Julien made the pitch to Hayes for the Bruins. (Divver)

4:52PM: The Avs and Preds have been looked at as the favorites “all along.” (Haggerty)

8/18/14 | 1:47PM: There is expected to be news on Kevin Hayes by the end of the day. Mark Divver says that he was told a month ago that the Avs were the front runners. (Mark Divver)

He will not be signing with the Coyotes. (Craig Morgan.)

Danny Picard says that the Rangers are one of five teams meeting with Hayes today, along with the Avs, Predators, Bruins and Penguins. (Picard)

8/17/14 | 8:13AM: Kevin Hayes and his agent are meeting with teams today outside of Boston. (Mark Divver via KK)

Hayes will narrow down that list to 4-5 teams and speak with them on Monday. (Mark Divver via KK)

For more on Hayes, click HERE, HERE and HERE.

Rangers Blue Line Podcast – McDonagh, Zucc, Lundqvist

NHL.com’s Brian Compton and Nick Licalzi of SNY discuss the Ryan Bourque signing and the chances of inking Boston College’s Kevin Hayes to a contract. Plus, Brian chats with Dave Lozo of Bleacher Report.

 

For the show rundown, click here...

  • Ryan Bourque signing
  • Goaltender Brandon Halverson
  • Team USA
  • Bleacher Report‘s Dave Lozo joins the show (4:35)
  • Will Kevin Hayes sign with the Rangers?
  • Going into training camp, I’m most excited about….

Stats: Projecting the stats for the Defense this season

RANGERSIn the Dobber Hockey 2014-15 Fantasy Guide, they predict the following point totals for the Rangers defense:

  • Ryan McDonagh: 14 goals, 31 assists in 80 games
  • Dan Girardi: 4 goals, 24 assists in 79 games
  • Marc Staal: 3 goals, 23 assists in 69 games
  • Dan Boyle: 11 goals, 23 assists in 79 games
  • John Moore: 4 goals, 15 assists in 70 games
  • Kevin Klein: 2 goals, 14 assists in 74 games
  • Michael Kostka: 5 goals, 19 assists in 56 games
  • Dylan McIlrath: 6 assists in 37 games
  • Matt Hunwick: 1 assist in 12 games

They have McDonagh and Boyle on the top PP unit and Girardi and Moore on the second PP unit.

For more stats projections, CLICK HERE.

 

Read: Prospect Ryan Graves sent to Quebec in the QMJHL

Prospect Ryan Graves was traded from Val-d’Or  to Quebec last night where he will join fellow prospect Anthony Duclair and play in the Memorial Cup this season. (Buzzing the Net)

Graves was an “immoveable” force for Val-d’Or last season. (Buzzing the Net)

He had shoulder surgery and will miss the first few weeks of the season. (Buzzing the Net)

  • The 2014-15 Sports Forecaster says, “the mammoth fourth-round pick in 2014 wound up on the QMJHL champions last year, improving his strength and conditioning in the process. He has shutdown potential but is a project.
  • The 2014 Hockey News Future Watch issue ranked him 8th and said “has made big strides on and off the ice. Profiting from trade to better club and weight training.”
  • Ranked 9th in The Hockey News 2014-15 Yearbook.

Graves is 6-4, 220 and was the Rangers fourth round pick in 2013.

The Rangers signed Graves to an entry-level deal last season.

For more on Graves, CLICK HERE.

Read: Chris and Ryan Bourque won a tournament in Quebec this weekend

Chris and Ryan Bourque were part of a team that won “The Boot Camp” tournament this past weekend in Quebec.

Chris scored the game winner in double OT. (Journal de Quebec)

Other Rangers to play in the tournament were Derick Brassard, Mats Zuccarello and Cedrick Desjardins.

Orgnizer Daniel Blouin pointed to Zuccarello being one of the big names to play and said that the Rangers winger enjoyed Quebec this weekend. (Journal de Quebec)

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Read: Brian Boyle felt it was time for a change

Dan Ellis, Joe Corvo, Brian Boyle8/16/14 | 8:30AM: Brian Boyle said that he loved his time with the Rangers but felt it was time to move on when he didn’t really get an offer from the team.  (Patriot Ledger)

Boyle said that there was some talk with the Rangers but got the feeling that they didn’t really want him back. (Patriot Ledger)

He said that he is “excited” about the move to Tampa and “I just thought maybe it was time to try to go somewhere else and see what we can do.” (Patriot Ledger)

Boyle said that he spoke with Dallas a bit, some other teams out West, some Canadian teams but when Tampa reached out they made a deal in 45 minutes.

He said that going to Tampa Bay felt like a “home run” and Ryan Callahan helped sell him on the idea.

Boyle was looking for a bigger role from the Rangers and had indicated that he wanted to stay.