Brian Gibbons could bring more speed to the Rangers

GibbonsWhile with the Penguins in 2013-14, Brian Gibbons skated some with Sidney Crosby.

Crosby said that Gibbons is a player who can create turnovers with his speed, get to loose pucks and “competes and works hard and uses the strength that he has.” (NHL.com)

Dan Bylsma said that Gibbons brought a lot of speed to the lineup and especially to Crosby’s line. He said that Gibbons isn’t a typical No. 1 right wing in the NHL but he bring speed and energy when he is on the ice. (NHL.com)

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Viktor Stalberg could be playing for his NHL career this season

StalbergScott Burnside lists newly signed Viktor Stalberg as someone who is pretty much playing this season for his NHL career. (ESPN.com)

Burnside writes that it seems like “a million years ago” that Stalberg was a “speedy, skilled big man” who scored 22 goals for Chicago.

Stalberg scored 22 goals and 21 assists in 2011-12 but has not had more than 23 points in a season since.

He had 9 goals and 14 assists in 47 games for Chicago in 12-13 and then 8 goals and 10 assists in 70 games for Nashville in 13-14 and 2 goals and 8 assists in 25 games for the Predators last year.

Burnside said that there will be an opportunity for Stalberg with the Rangers to prove that he can be a 20 goal player.(ESPN.com)


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Carl Hagelin’s teammates reached out to him after he was traded

Carl HagelinCarl Hagelin said that Mats Zuccarello called him “right away” after Zuccarello learned that Hagelin had been traded. (Hockey Sverige)

Hagelin said that Zuccarello had just gotten an apartment in the building where Hagelin was renting so “he sounded a little down.” Hagelin said that he and Zuccarello traveled together to practice and to games. (Hockey Sverige)

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An agent on the arbitration process

NHL-NHLPAPat Morris, the agent for Brad Richards and other NHLers, spoke about the arbitration process and the impact it can have on both the player and the team. (Sportsnet)

Morris said that arbitration shouldn’t “frighten” players and that teams don’t frown on it as it ensures that a player will be under contract by August. He adds that it “usually produces settlements that can’t be completed in regular negotiation.” (Sportsnet)

He said that the reports of players getting “pounded” verbally are overstated and that “in the last 10 years salary arbitration is the foundation to create a settlement.” (Sportsnet)

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How would you grade the Rangers offseason? (POLL)


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