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Alexis Lafrenière Signs His ELC

NEW YORK, October 12, 2020 – The New York Rangers announced today that the team has agreed to terms with Alexis Lafrenière on an entry-level contract.

Lafrenière, 19 (he turned 19 years old yesterday), skated in 52 games with the Rimouski Oceanic of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) this past season, registering 35 goals and 77 assists for 112 points, along with a plus-41 rating and 50 penalty minutes. He received several awards in 2019-20; he was named the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) Player of the Year, received the Michel Briere Trophy as the QMJHL’s Most Valuable Player, received the Mike Bossy Trophy as the QMJHL’s Best Professional Prospect, received the Paul Dumont Trophy as the QMJHL’s Personality of the Year (which recognizes an individual who had a positive media impact and helped improve the league’s image during a season), and won the Jean Beliveau Trophy as the QMJHL’s leading point scorer. Lafrenière led the QMJHL in points and assists, tied for fifth in the league in shots on goal (261), ranked eighth in the QMJHL in plus/minus rating, and tied for 10th in the league in goals this past season. He averaged 2.15 points per game in 2019-20, becoming the first QMJHL player to average at least 2.15 points per game in a season (min. 20 games played) since Jonathan Drouin in 2013-14 (2.35), as well as the first player in any of the three Canadian Major Junior Hockey Leagues (Ontario Hockey League, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Western Hockey League) to average at least 2.15 points per game in a season (min. 20 games played) since Connor McDavid in 2014-15 (2.55).

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Why Did The New York Rangers Sign Jack Johnson?

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

If the Rangers are right about Jack Johnson, who on Friday signed a one-year, $1.15 million deal days after having been bought out of the final three seasons of his contract by the Penguins, then pretty much everyone else in the NHL is wrong.

The phrase, “struggled mightily” was invented to describe Johnson’s two seasons in Pittsburgh. Nevertheless, he signed with the endorsement of assistant coach (defense) Jacques Martin, who joined the Blueshirts this summer following seven years with the Penguins, and of president John Davidson, who had the same role in Columbus during the 33-year-old’s six-plus seasons with the Blue Jackets.

In this case, then, familiarity did not breed contempt.

Johnson can be physically inclined. He does have 937 games of experience in an NHL career that began following his third-overall selection by the Hurricanes in 2005. He does rank 35th in the NHL in blocked shots over the past two seasons. But he has trouble with speed, he does not drive play, his coverage has been suspect and his peripheral numbers have been among the worst in the league the last couple of years.

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Video- Just Saves, Henrik Lundqvist Saves

7 1/2 minutes long.

 

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New York Rangers Statement On Henrik Lundqvist

NEW YORK, September 30, 2020 – The New York Rangers announced today that the team has bought out the final year of goaltender Henrik Lundqvist’s contract.

          “Few players have been as important to the Rangers franchise as Henrik Lundqvist, and we are incredibly grateful for all he has done for our organization,” said James L. Dolan, Executive Chairman, MSG Sports. “Over his 15-year tenure, he not only established himself as one of the best goaltenders to ever play the game, he has also been one of hockey’s fiercest competitors and most effective ambassadors. He will always be a part of the Rangers family.”

          “We would like to thank Henrik for his immeasurable contributions to the New York Rangers,” Rangers President and Alternate Governor John Davidson said. “From the time I met Henrik when he first came to New York in 2005, he has been the consummate professional. His tireless work ethic, passion for the game, and love of the Rangers and New York City enabled him to become one of the greatest goaltenders in hockey and one of the best players in the history of our franchise. We all wish Henrik and his family the best going forward.”

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The New York Rangers May Have To Move Tony DeAngelo

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Here is another reason, perhaps the most significant one, that the Rangers won’t be signing impending restricted free agent Tony DeAngelo to a multi-year contract and instead are seeking to trade the 24-year-old righty defenseman:

That is because a contract of longer than one year for DeAngelo would all but ensure losing 20-year-old righty defenseman Nils Lundkvist to unrestricted free agency on June 2, 2022, without ever getting the Swede to Broadway.

Teams hold exclusive rights to European-born draft picks through the fourth June 1 following their selection, per the CBA. Lundkvist was selected 28th overall in 2018 with the first-rounder obtained from Tampa Bay in the package for Ryan McDonagh and J.T. Miller. So, the Rangers hold his rights through June 1, 2022.

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Evening Line- Larry Brooks

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The New York Rangers Are Done, But…

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

This might have represented the best of all worlds in the three-dimensional universe in which the Rangers live.

For: 1) Being summarily swept out of the qualifying round, 1-2-3, lickety-split by the Candy Canes of Carolina does not erase the significant strides the 2019-20 Rangers took in transforming from lottery-fodder to playoff relevance.

But: 2) The ouster that Tuesday’s competitive 4-1 defeat, in which Igor Shesterkin returned to nets after missing the opening two matches with an unspecified injury, served a welcome purpose in reminding everyone that the team has miles to go before it can be considered a Stanley Cup contender.

And: 3) The defeat gives the organization a 12.5 percent chance of becoming the luckiest loser in NHL history by coming away with the first overall pick in the 2020 draft when the second round of the lottery is conducted Aug. 10, and by the way, maybe the talented winger out of Rimouski would not be the slam-dunk selection with that big center from Sudbury there for the taking.

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Overnight Line- Larry Brooks

An NHL dynasty seems far away, but maybe the Rangers have a semi-reasonable shot to pull it off.

-Larry Brooks of the New York Post.  Read on to find out why.

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Video- Brendan Lemieux Suspended Two Games

NEW YORK (July 20, 2020) – New York Rangers forward Brendan Lemieux has been suspended for the first two games of the 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifiers for interference against Colorado Avalanche forward Joonas Donskoi during NHL Game No. 1081 in Colorado on Wednesday, March 11, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 17:06 of the third period. Lemieux was assessed a minor penalty for interference.

The Department of Player Safety initially held a hearing with Lemieux on Friday, March 13, but waited for the Return to Play guidelines to be established before making its decision on the incident.

Lemieux will be eligible to play in the Rangers’ exhibition game on Wednesday, July 29, before serving his suspension.

Watch the incident below.

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A New Beginning For Kaapo Kakko

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

This is the second season for Kaapo Kakko, whose four-month break at home just might prove to be the pause that refreshed the second-overall selection whose first try at the NHL wasn’t quite what anyone anticipated.

“Now I have a new chance,” said Kakko, who has been impressive through the first four work days. “I’m feeling better. I was on the ice [in Finland] every week at least two or three times, we had a good group [of players] over there, spent a little bit of time at the gym, and am feeling a little faster and a little stronger on the ice, so that’s good.”

Kakko, who has been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, does not seem to have had a second thought about returning to the fray despite the fact that those sharing that medical condition could be at a higher risk to develop more serious complications if contracting COVID-19.

“Of course I wanted to play hockey again,” the 19-year-old said. “I talked to my doctors about that a little bit and I think if I keep my [blood sugar level] down, it’s going to be OK and I can play hockey, again.

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