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Season Of Change For Henrik Lundqvist

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

It is going to be different this year and Henrik Lundqvist knows it. Gone are the seasons in which the Swede starts nine of the first 10 games, 23 of the first 26 and 35 of the first 41 as he did two years ago for Alain Vigneault, or even seven of the first eight, 13 of the first 16 and 25 of the first 32 as he did last year under David Quinn.

“I always like to get going with a lot of games early, but we’ve already talked about it, and how the league is trending in an opposite direction from one goalie having such a heavy workload,” Lundqvist told The Post following Monday’s training camp practice. “The way the game is going, how intense it is and how many scoring chances there are, I know how much it takes — and takes out of you — to play a game.

“So it is going to be up to me to adapt to whatever schedule or rotation the organization thinks is best. I have to adjust to make it work. I’m going to work on that. If I’m not playing as much as I’m used to, the key will be to work hard in practice. But this isn’t something I’m worried or concerned about. I’m just very excited to be back here and get the season going.”

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David Quinn’s Second Year With The New York Rangers

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Make no mistake. While overseeing development of the Yoots of Broadway was an important component of Quinn’s assignment coming out of Boston University, the coach had a mandate to restore the Blueshirts’ work ethic and attention to practice detail after steady slippage in both areas the past couple of years under the previous regime, headed by Alain Vigneault.

And Quinn succeeded. There was a method to the string of outbursts at practice in which he lectured his team about work habits. There was a method to the selection of healthy scratches in which those perceived as laggards were left in street clothes. The Rangers responded. Other issues — primarily a lack of high-end talent coupled with a total eclipse of defensive-zone structure and Henrik Lundqvist’s late meltdown — undermined the team through its 20-28-12 final four months, but the work ethic remained strong through the final overtime victory in Pittsburgh on the final night of the season.

The base has been established. Expectations are known. This time around, Quinn should have do far less loud talking, though no one should expect a transformation to a coach whisperer. There should, however, be much more nuanced coaching.

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Morning Line- John Davidson

"This is a very close league. It’s a very humbling league. We’re not going into the league of 15 years ago, when the average age [of the players] was way up there, [and we have] a bunch of 19-year-olds. This league’s young.

“So, I mean, playoffs is a goal, for sure. But there’s got to be improvement, the right way, that you can count on long term, to get something with gratification out of the season.”

-John Davidson, president of the New York Rangers.  Brett Cyrglis of the New York Post has more on the Rangers.

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Evening Line- Henrik Lundqvist

“I think this summer was an important summer for the organization. The signings we made, the draft picks, it’s all looking good. I feel like we’re coming back into the new season with some momentum here.

“I want to be here when things turn around and we’re back on track. We had so many good years we’re a relevant team and we’re in the mix every year and that’s where I want to be again with the Rangers. My biggest dream is still to try to win the Cup with the Rangers and I think we’re on the right track here with this summer and it’s up to us now to prove we’re turning the page, we’re improving as a group and as a team and to get back that excitement. That’s critical."

-Henrik Luidqvist of the New York Rangers.  Rory Boylen of Sportsnet has more.

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Video- Season Preview For The New York Rangers

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

The New York Rangers are trying to temper their own hype and expectations despite a busy offseason that featured talent upgrades at key positions.

New York signed free agent forward Artemi Panarin, acquired defensemen Jacob Trouba and Adam Fox in separate trades, and selected right wing Kaapo Kakko with the No. 2 pick at the 2019 NHL Draft.

Last season, the Rangers (32-36-14) finished 20 points behind the Columbus Blue Jackets for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference.

"I want people to be excited, but I'm also the voice of reason, or I'm going to try to be," said Rangers president John Davidson, who was hired May 17 to replace Glen Sather. "Two or three players don't make a team, don't make a real good team. We're in a much better spot, I think, than what we were some time ago, and it's going to be exciting, but it's still hard. It's hard to win in this league. It's hard to make the playoffs in this league. We're going to get there, but there's no magical things that you do that make it quicker or easier."

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Videos- Top Plays From Artemi Panarin From Last Season

2:45 to watch.

 

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Afternoon Line- Kevin Shattenkirk

 

If you missed it earlier, Shattenkirk signed with the Lightning this morning.

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The New York Rangers Could Buy Out Kevin Shattenkirk

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Regarding the Rangers, the cap situation and what I believe to be an impending Kevin Shattenkirk buyout:

1. This is an imperfect solution to the problem that was created when contracts to Shattenkirk, Marc Staal and Brendan Smith aged poorly and the team leaped into the deep end of the free agent pool this summer. No one is suggesting otherwise.

But buying out No. 22, who came to New York with the best of intentions and who has conducted himself with nothing but class from the moment he slipped into the Blueshirt two years ago, is the least painful way to go about fixing the mess, even with the massive $6,083,333 in 2020-21 dead space that would generate.

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Getting Under The Cap For The New York Rangers

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Friday’s signing of Pavel Buchnevich to a two-year deal for $3.25 million per season, which represents an equitable agreement for both parties, triggered the clock under which buyouts can be conducted for 48 hours beginning late Monday afternoon.

And because the Rangers are a projected $4.155 million over the cap with a 23-man shadow roster — which assumes Brendan Smith and Matt Beleskey will be in AHL Hartford; entry-level freshmen Kaapo Kakko, Vitali Kravtsov, Adam Fox and Libor Hajek will start in New York; and yet unsigned restricted free agents Tony DeAngelo and Brendan Lemieux will play for their respective one-year, $874,125 qualifiers because they won’t have any other choice if they want to skate in the NHL this season — buying out Shattenkirk’s $6.65 million hit should be an open-and-shut case.

The move would clear $5.17 million of space for this season — which would give the Rangers a little over $1.1 million with which to maneuver, pending further transactions. Yes, the buyout of the 30-year-old defenseman, whose 2017 training camp injury has all but fatally compromised his game, would burden the club with $1.43 million in dead space for 2021-22 and 2022-23. And yes, adding dead space down the road is generally bad business for a rebuilding operation, but you know what is much, much worse business?

Trading one of your best players in order to comply with the cap while keeping a guy who probably wouldn’t dress every night and whose role would be limited when he did. That’s what.

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New York Rangers Come To Terms With Pavel Buchnevich

NEW YORK, July 26, 2019 – The New York Rangers announced today that the team has agreed to terms with restricted free agent forward Pavel Buchnevich.

Buchnevich, 24, skated in 64 games with the Rangers this past season, registering 21 goals and 17 assists for 38 points, along with 13 penalty minutes. He established career-highs in several categories in 2018-19, including goals, even strength goals (14), power play goals (seven), and average ice time (15:10). Buchnevich led the Rangers (min. 10 games played) in goals per 60 minutes of ice time during the past season (1.30), and he also ranked fourth among all Rangers in points per 60 minutes of ice time (2.35). Buchnevich tied for second on the Blueshirts in power play goals, ranked third in goals, and ranked fourth in points in 2018-19, and 30 of his 38 points during the season were either a goal or the primary assist on a goal. He tallied a point in eight of his final 10 games of the season (five goals, four assists), and he posted a career-high seven-game point streak from Mar. 16, 2019 at Minnesota to Mar. 31, 2019 at Philadelphia.


Cap implications are below.

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