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Cap Issues For The New York Rangers

from Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post,

Now the Rangers are officially in a bind.

As expected, the club signed restricted-free-agent defenseman Jacob Trouba on Friday to a seven-year, $56 million deal that carries an annual salary cap hit of $8 million. That temporarily puts the Blueshirts into the summer allowance over the cap ceiling of $81.5 million, with just over a month to figure out how to cut some salary.

That could very well include trading Chris Kreider and the one year remaining on his deal at $4.625 million, and continuing to look for anyone willing to bite on the one year and $4 million left for Vladislav Namestnikov. Certainly this also makes things more difficult for the three remaining restricted free agents — Pavel Buchnevich (with an arbitration hearing set for July 29), Brendan Lemieux, and Tony DeAngelo.

It also makes the buying out of defensemen Kevin Shattenkirk (two more years at $6.65 million per) and Brendan Smith (two more years at $4.35 million per) a lot more real. If Smith clears waivers and heads to AHL Hartford, then the Rangers would save $1.25 million against the cap.


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Audio/Video- Talking Artemi Panarin On Vladimir Putin

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

Russian hockey insider Slava Malamud joins Sportsnet 590 The FAN to discuss the reception of Artemi Panarin’s comments about President Vladimir Putin in Russia, and to speculate what might happen to the Russian NHL star.



Mark Fischer of the New York Post on the remarks from Panarin...

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Artemi Panarin On The State Of Russia

from A.J. Perez of USA TODAY,

New York Rangers star Artemi Panarin rebuked the refrain from many in his native Russia — including ballet icon Anastasia Volochkova — who say they can leave the country if they are upset over the state of affairs under longtime leader Vladimir Putin. 

“All the major brains have already left (Russia),"  Panarin told journalist Alexander Golovin who posted the hourlong interview on YouTube. "That's not the way it should be."


added 7/19/19 at 8:33am,


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The Three NHL Teams In The NYC Area

from Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post,

It has been a tumultuous summer in the NHL, and so much of the action has centered around the New York area. The Devils and Rangers picked Nos. 1 and 2 in the draft, respectively, and by all accounts, both took generational players. New Jersey then traded for one of the most flamboyant and talented players in the league, P.K. Subban, while the Blueshirts countered by signing the biggest free agent, Artemi Panarin.

The Islanders, who spent the past year showing the positive impact of having adults in charge, are on the verge of getting a shovel in the ground for their long-awaited new arena.

There are still a couple of impactful things that could happen between now and the start of training camps in September. But the 2019-20 NHL season is going to be as interesting as any in this area in a long time, so let’s recap what has happened and what still might.


The rebuilding is going splendidly, even though new team president John Davidson likes to just call it a “build.” General manager Jeff Gorton is also averse to using the word “accelerated,” as in the timeline from tearing it down to being competitive has turned out to be quite a bit shorter than most might have realized.


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The New York Rangers Are Better, But…

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Can we tap the brakes, please? Can we stop attempting to define exactly where the Blueshirts are on their path back to the upper echelon of the NHL? Can we have the self-discipline we expect of ownership/management and refrain from putting a timetable on the team’s ETA?

It’s been a nice few months, and the Blueshirts appear to have significantly increased their top-end talent level. You could call Artemi Panarin, Kaapo Kakko, Jacob Trouba and Adam Fox the Four Horsemen of the Summer of ’19. You should be excited. But also realistic.

This is still a relatively early stage of the rebuild that was first branded as a “build” by David Quinn last season. No one should forget that. The Rangers should be more competitive, they should be more dynamic, and they should be a more interesting and entertaining team to watch. But they are still a work in progress with much work to be done.


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Buffalo Gets Jimmy Vesey From The Rangers

BUFFALO, N.Y. (July 1, 2019) --- The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has acquired forward Jimmy Vesey from the New York Rangers in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft.

Vesey (6’3”, 199 lbs., 5/26/1993) totaled 35 points (17+18) last season, including 31 at even strength, which ranked third among all Rangers skaters in 2018-19. For the second consecutive season, 16 of his 17 goals were scored at even strength.

In three career NHL seasons with the Rangers, Vesey has totaled 90 points (50+40) in 240 regular-season games, adding five points (1+4) in 12 playoff contests. Of his 50 career goals, 43 have been scored at even strength, ranking third among Rangers skaters since he entered the league.

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Artemi Panarin May Be Too Expensive For The New York Rangers

from Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post,

The prevailing thought in the NHL is that the prize of the free-agent market, winger Artemi Panarin, has narrowed his choices to the Rangers, Islanders and Panthers. Florida is believed to be the leading contender for Panarin because there are no state taxes and the Panthers have hired his former coach with the Blackhawks, Joel Quenneville, but the Rangers and Islanders cannot be ruled out.

No offers can formally be made until the opening of the market on Monday but it is believed Panarin and his camp will finish this week-long courting period that began Sunday having met with at least all three teams to get a feeling of what might work best....

The Rangers are surely interested in Panarin, but the demand of a seven-year deal worth somewhere between $11 million-$12 million per year might be too pricey. It also wouldn’t match the value the Panthers would be able to offer because of Florida’s lack of income tax. That is a similarly attractive selling point for free-agent goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, a fellow Russian who played with Panarin in Columbus.

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UFA Decisions For The New York Rangers

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Regarding the Rangers, who will be doing their due diligence on the impending free-agent market while keeping their eyes on the blue-chip heavy prospect camp that opens Monday.

1. The most critical, far-reaching decision is this as the unrestricted free-agent interview window opens ahead of July 1: Attempt to extend Chris Kreider for somewhere around $6.75 million per for six years, or attempt to sign Artemi Panarin for probably at least $11.5 million per for seven years.

Or, alternately, neither, which would mean trading Kreider and declining to make the 27-year-old (28 in October) impending free-agent winger the second- or third-highest paid player in the league.

No one is suggesting Kreider can match Panarin’s elite skill. Funny thing, though, each scored 28 goals last year, though the Columbus winger notched 59 assists to Kid K’s 24. Everyone gets it. All things being equal, you choose Panarin every time.


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Hype Time

from Michael Traikos at the Toronto Sun,

A dazzling U.S. centre who torched the National Development Program gets chosen No. 1 overall, followed by a hulking Finnish winger at No. 2 who is already dominating amongst men at the pro level.

It looks familiar, doesn’t it? After all, it was only three years ago when Toronto’s Auston Matthews and Winnipeg’s Patrik Laine went 1-2 in the NHL Entry Draft 2016.

On Friday night in Vancouver, a similar scene unfolded on the draft floor of Rogers Arena when the New Jersey Devils chose American centre Jack Hughes with the No. 1 pick and the New York Rangers followed it up by selecting Finland’s Kaapo Kakko at No. 2.

Not to heap too much pressure on the young kids, but their two respective franchises can only hope that they have a similar effect as Matthews and Laine have had on the Maple Leafs and Jets.

It’s obviously a high bar to meet.


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Kaapo Kakko Goes #2 To The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, June 21, 2019 – With the second overall pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, the Rangers selected forward Kaapo Kakko.

Kakko, 18, skated in 45 games with TPS of Liiga (Finnish Elite League) this past season, registering 22 goals and 16 assists for 38 points, along with a plus-one rating and 10 penalty minutes. Kakko’s 22 goals in 2018-19 were the most any U18 player has registered in one season in the history of Finland’s top league, breaking the record of 21 set by Aleksander Barkov in 2012-13. In addition, Kakko’s 38 points this past season were the third-most in one season by a U18 player in the history of Finland’s top league, trailing only Barkov (48 in 2012-13) and Mikael Granlund (40 in 2009-10).

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