Read: Brian Leetch thinks that Ryan McDonagh should be the Rangers next captain (Updates)

Captain3:03PM: McDonagh says that no matter who becomes the captain “the aura” in the room won’t change. (Strang)

Henrik Lundqvist says that McDonagh is “definitely” a consideration as captain for the Rangers.  (Strang)

9/8/14 | 11:44AM: McDonagh says that the Rangers are a close team, he has grown into a leadership role and mentioned Marty St. Louis as a possible captain. (Cotsonika)

8/24/14 | 12:25PM: Former Rangers captain Brian Leetch says that Ryan McDonagh is the “logical” choice to be the next captain of the team. (ESPN)

Leetch says that McDonagh is the “main guy” for the foreseeable future and since he is already a leader on the team, having the “C” won’t change much for him. (ESPN)

CLICK HERE for more on McDonagh as potential captain.

Leetch has continually praised McDonagh during his career.

Recap: Ryan Malone’s comments today after the informal skate

3:45PM: It’s expected that Malone will sign a contract for between $675,000 and $750,000 in the next few days. (NY Post)

3:38PM: Larry Brooks says that it’s a matter of “when and for what amount” Malone will sign with the Rangers for. (NY Post)

9/8/14 | 2:03PM: Ryan Malone skated with the Rangers today at their informal skate and then met with the media (Rangers) :

  • On other teams, “we have been contacted by a few teams. Here, is a great opportunity, a great team, young talent and last year, where they went, I would love to be part of it if that opportunity presents itself. I just wanted to come out here and show my face and see where that goes.”
  • How do you prove yourself, “I made a mistake and I need to admit that and luckily no one got hurt. It changed my life and my family life for the better. I would like to publicly apologize to Mr. Vinik and the TB organization. Mr. Vinik has done so much for the organization there. I wish them the best and the fans were great and I wish them the best and he is doing great things in TB.”

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Read: Stephane Quintal replaces Brendan Shanahan as SVP of Player Safety

The NHL has announced that Stephane Quintal has officially replaced Brendan Shanahan on a permanent bases as the head of the Department of Player Safety.

Quintal was a Ranger for one season, 1999, and was suspended at the end of the year for “conduct deemed detrimental to the hockey club.” (NY Times)

He signed a contract with the Rangers in 1999 for four years and a reported $10.7 million. He was placed on waivers by Glen Sather in 2000 and claimed by Chicago.

At the time, Sather said that he didn’t want anyone on the Rangers who didn’t want to be there. (NY Times)

Quintal was in charge of the Dept of Player Safety in the playoffs when Dan Carcillo was suspended 10 games, reduced to six, Brandon Prust two games for elbowing Derek Stepan and John Moore two games for his hit on Dale Weise.

Brian Leetch left the Department of Player Safety this summer.

63% of readers believe that the league has it out for the Rangers.

Buzz: Ryan Malone to join Rangers for informal skates (Updates)

9/8/14 | 12:14PM: Malone has been in contact with Glen Sather since July 1. (Gross)

He will skate with the Rangers this week and hopes to prove himself. (Zipay)

He skate with the Rangers today.

9/7/14 | 6:07PM Malone was invited to skate by Derek Stepan, Ryan McDonagh, St. Louis and Dominic Moore. (NY Post)

Malone has been cleared to sign a contract and he and the Rangers will begin talking shortly. (NY Post)

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Read: Rick Nash is on the hot seat

Rick Nash12:03PM: Nash is listed as a bounceback candidate by NHL.com. They expect Nash to score 30 goals and get 65 points. (NHL.com)

9/8/14 | 9:41AM: Ken Campbell has Rick Nash listed at #1 on his list of “top 10 players/coaches” on the hot seat. (THN)

He says that Nash “simply can’t produce” when his teams need him the post and that if you combine all of his playoff games and his Olympic games, he has 7 goals in 54 games. (THN)

Campbell says that in the past Nash was able to drive to the net with players all over him and now he can’t seem to find his way to the net. (THN)

Nash was ranked 11th on NHL.com’s list of the top LW’s.

They say that while Nash needs to produce, his value goes beyond points as he has become one of the Rangers “most important” penalty killers, plays against the top players on the other team and is relied upon to be good away from the puck. (NHL.com)

For a lot more on Nash including his projections for the season, CLICK HERE.

Adam Rotter: I don’t see Nash on the “hot seat” for the regular season. I think he will be around 60 points, score 30 goals, and be the same streaky/sometimes awesome player that he has been since he came to the Rangers. The playoffs though is another story and he will have a tremendous amount of pressure on him to produce. His lack of scoring last year was an issue but was overshadowed a bit by Marty St. Louis, Henrik Lundqvist’s performance and the fact that the Rangers were winning without him. It’s a long way to the playoffs but come April the “hot seat” will be waiting for Nash.

Read: Kevin Hayes is on his way to New York

Kevin HayesKevin Hayes said last night that he was on his way to New York City to begin training with his teammates in preparation for Rangers training camp. (Hayes)

Hayes said that he is “sad” to leave Boston where he grew up and spent the last four years at Boston College, but is “excited to get things going.” (Hayes)

Hayes joined the Rangers for informal skates at the end of August before returning to Boston.

For more on Hayes, CLICK HERE.

JT Miller

Read: What people are seeing from JT Miller during the informal skates

9/6/14 | 10:45AM: JT Miller has been skating with a group of Rangers at the training facility in Westchester as training camp nears.

During these informal skates, Miller is looking “quicker” and sharper” on the ice. The team would “love” it if Miller could snag a spot on the Rangers third line.  (Newsday)

Miller has had a “serious demeanor” during the Rangers workouts. (Rangers)

Last year, Miller didn’t report to New York until just before training camp.

The organization has made Miller aware of the opportunity he has this season.

For more on Miller, CLICK HERE.

 

Read: Another look at what the Rangers wingers may put up this season

RangersMcKeen’s Hockey has released their projections for the Rangers wingers this season:

  • Marty St. Louis: 77 games, 26 goals, 36 assists
  • Rick Nash: 75 games, 29 goals, 25 assists
  • Mats Zuccarello: 75 games, 16 goals, 36 assists
  • Chris Kreider: 76 games, 22 goals, 21 assists
  • Carl Hagelin: 77 games, 20 goals, 20 assists
  • Lee Stempniak: 75 games, 12 goals, 15 assists
  • Kevin Hayes: 55 games, 6 goals, 11 assists
  • Tanner Glass: 68 games, 6 goals, 7 assists
  • Jesper Fast: 38 games, 3 goals, 6 assists

For more projections, CLICK HERE.