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Dan Boyle is a name to keep an eye on when it comes to trade rumors

Dan Boyle1Bruce Garrioch lists Dan Boyle as a name to “keep an eye on” when it comes to players who could potentially be moved this season. (Ottawa Sun)

Garrioch writes “he’s in the final year of his deal and there’s a good chance New York may get something for him at the deadline.” (Ottawa Sun)

Boyle has a cap hit of $4.5 million this season and also has a No-Move clause.

Boyle’s future was a topic early in this past offseason.

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What Alain Vigneault said after practice today

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault met with the media today following Rangers practice and said (NYR):

  • “we’ve had some quality practices, worked on things that will get the team ready to go. Our overall plan in training camp as far as conditioning and teaching went well and we are opening up against the Stanley Cup champions. We are looking forward to it.”
  • On the big picture and seeing the Hawks raise their banner, “I don’t know. For me, I think I have stated what our goal is and now I know that we need to shift gears and you will hear me 5-6 times a week say the same thing, one day at a time, and focus on the day and practice and the game coming up, get in that moment. I don’t think we can get caught up into looking long-term. On a personal note, I don’t need that motivation. I have, on a personal note, been trying to get this big prize for a long time. Coaches need to get better, players need to get better, my motivation is very high at this point.”

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Emerson Etem and Tanner Glass will be scratched on Wednesday in Chicago

Alain Vigneault announced today that Emerson Etem and Tanner Glass will be healthy scratches for the Rangers on Wednesday when they open the season in Chicago. (Gross)

The Rangers forward lines on Wednesday, as Alain Vigneault indicated late last week, are:

  • Rick Nash, Derick Brassard, Mats Zuccarello
  • Chris Kreider, Derek Stepan, Kevin Hayes
  • JT Miller, Oscar Lindberg, Viktor Stalberg
  • Dominic Moore, Jarret Stoll, Jesper Fast


Emerson Etem on his adjustment to the Rangers and his training camp

EtemEmerson Etem said that the transition to the Rangers and their system has been difficult for him but that his slow start in training camp and preseason was not surprising to him. (NY Post)

He said that he has made a “habit out of slow starts” the past few years.(NY Post)

Etem said that he will be ready “come game 1” and that with the depth the Rangers have he can’t “take a shift off or a day off.” He said that he is fine with that mentality and it’s something he has dealt with in the past. (NY Post)

He said that he is motivated to show that he can play a game that isn’t only sound defensively but also one where he can contribute offense. (NY Post)

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What Antti Raanta said about having his name left off the Stanley Cup

Antti Raanta1Antti Raanta said that he was “caught of guard” when he heard that his name was left off the Stanley Cup but added “what can you do for that?” (NY Post) 

He said that he has tried to put things in the past and “if my name isn’t there, then it’s not there. You can’d do nothing about that anymore.” (NY Post) 

The Blackhawks would have had to petition to have  Raanta’s name on the Stanley Cup bu did not. The team did petition to have former Ranger Dan Carcillo and LW Joakim Nordstrom’s names engraved on the Cup. (NY Post) 

Raanta did get to spend a day with the Cup in Finland.

He was quoted in Finnish as saying, for a short period, that he wanted the Blackhawks to lose in the playoffs.


Henrik Lundqvist is prepared to play around 60-65 games again

HenrikHenrik Lundqvist said that he expects the Rangers to employ the same type of goalie split that they have used in the past few seasons. (USA Today)

Lundqvist said that the last few years the Rangers have been getting to a “pretty good number” around 60-65 games. (USA Today)

He said that he likes to play a lot and it’s easier for him to get into a flow and “game mode” and he plays often, but adds that the goal is to plan for a long post season. (USA Today)

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