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A Dud For The New York Rangers

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

The Rangers beefed up, you might have heard, but their success this season will still in large measure be determined by the talent-laden top two lines.

So if you learn that in Wednesday night’s opener here against the Capitals that neither Mika Zibanejad nor Artemi Panarin was credited with a shot, that the top six forwards that also feature Chris Kreider, Kaapo Kakko, Ryan Strome and Alexis Lafreniere combined for a sum of six shots at even strength, how would you think the Blueshirts had fared?

Correct. Final score in a game toward which the Rangers had pointed to and built toward for months, 5-1 against.

When it was over, the team took care not to beat itself up. Oh and by the way, there was no beating up of Tom Wilson. There was no beating up of anyone in a game in which the Blueshirts did attempt to set a physical tone — step right up, Sammy Blais — but never veered out of control.

A stat to chew on as head coach Gerard Gallant started the Zibanejad line rather than the fourth line including Ryan Reaves: No. 75 was on the ice at the same time as Mr. Wilson for a sum of 0:09.

But here is a more pertinent stat: Trailing 1-0 after the first period on the first of three Washington power-play goals and then 2-0 at 12:38 on another PPG and 3-0 just 24 seconds later, the Blueshirts went the final 18:41 of the second period without an even-strength shot on goal. They went 13:33 without a shot of any kind from 3:50 to 17:23, finishing with five for the middle 20 minutes.

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Mika Zibanejad Agrees To An Eight-Year Deal With The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, October 10, 2021 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Chris Drury announced today that the team has agreed to terms with Mika Zibanejad on an eight-year contract extension.

“Since joining the team in 2016, Mika has emerged as one of the premier players in the NHL,” Drury said. “In addition to being a great player on the ice, Mika is an exemplary person off of the ice. We are fortunate to have him as part of our Rangers organization and are excited that he will continue his career in New York.”

Zibanejad, 28, skated in 56 games with the Rangers last season, registering 24 goals and 26 assists for 50 points, along with 18 penalty minutes. He led the Rangers in goals, game-winning goals (seven), and shots on goal (171), and ranked second on the team in points in 2020-21.

The 6-2, 200-pounder has skated in 604 career NHL games over parts of 10 seasons (2011-12 – 2020-21) with Ottawa and the Rangers, registering 200 goals and 234 assists for 434 points, along with 173 penalty minutes. Zibanejad has played five seasons with the Blueshirts (2016-17 – 2020-21), tallying 136 goals and 147 assists for 283 points in 323 games. He has skated in 31 postseason games in his NHL career, registering five goals and 14 assists for 19 points. In addition, the Stockholm, Sweden native will represent his country at the 2022 Winter Olympics.

Zibanejad was acquired by the Rangers from Ottawa on July 18, 2016. He was originally selected by the Senators in the first round, sixth overall, of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.


 

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How The New York Rangers Could Get Involved In Trade Talks For Jack Eichel

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

So lo and behold there is renewed urgency to settle this Jack Eichel matter, and it is good to see that Slap Shots missed absolutely nothing during our annual late summer hiatus.

And, also pretty much right where we left it, we are being told alternately by well-placed sources that the Rangers are, A) pretty skeptical of the value of dealing for Eichel; and, B) in regular communication with the Sabres over this matter.

Can both things be true at once? Probably. Maybe.

But here is one truth: if the Rangers do become active bidders for Eichel, it won’t necessarily be because they prefer the Sabres’ excommunicated ex-captain to Mika Zibanejad, but because they know they won’t be able to sign No. 93 to a contract extension.

Remember, unless the Sabres agree to eat 40 or 50 percent of Eichel’s $10 million annual cap charge, the math will prohibit the Rangers from having both him and Zibanejad past this season given the extremely tight squeeze the club will confront starting next season.

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So, won’t the NHL be so proud when the first 10-year-old is spotted wearing the “authentic” 2022-23 Caps jersey with an advertisement of a bookmaking operation plastered on the uniform?

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All Henrik Lundqvist

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

In addition to explaining his decision to retire, Lundqvist, who is sixth on the NHL wins list (459) and won the Vezina Trophy voted as the NHL's best goalie in the 2011-12 season, discussed his plans for life after hockey, the honor of having his No. 30 set to be retired by the Rangers and more in a Q&A with NHL.com:

Why is the decision to retire something you have come to peace with at this point?

"It's life. It happens. It's the same thing with the surgery. Things happen and you just have to be very grateful for the things you do have and your experience. It's not like I'm 30. I'm 39. Yeah, if I had the chance to play a couple more years I would have for sure. I still love the game. I love going to the rink. Last fall, I was on the ice every day going to the rink with two shooters because I loved it and I wanted to come back and I felt really good. I felt better than I felt in years, honestly, so that excited me as well. But things happen and you just have to react to that. You might have a plan, but things change. It was just too much risk to try and go for it. The way I felt too, it was not a good feeling in March, April, that pain. I didn't want to be in that position again."

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Gerard Gallant On Alexis Lafreniere

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Doing It Gerard Gallant’s Way

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

The Rangers’ new sheriff in town has introduced a different way of doing things at the rink.

“I think the No. 1 thing is that the systems are a lot simpler,” Ryan Strome said Thursday when asked about the changes that have occurred under the peaceful transfer of power from former head coach David Quinn to incumbent Gerard Gallant. “It’s not rocket science what we’re doing out there, it’s just about executing it. I think it creates a little less thinking out there.

“Even from the first game we had the other night, what [Gallant] expects and demands on the bench isn’t anything no one’s capable of. It’s keep pucks out of the middle, chip it in and chip it out, don’t beat yourselves and support the puck. Other than that, it’s kind of go out there and play.

“I think that takes a lot of the thinking out of the game from guys and lets our instincts take over. I think our team is a team with great instincts and when we’re able to apply that within the system he has put in place, that’s when you have the chance to be successful.”

Gallant also has taken more of a laissez-faire approach to the room than did his predecessor. As Strome tells it, it seems as if Gallant’s approach is similar in that regard to Alain Vigneault, the current Flyers’ coach who was behind the Rangers’ bench for five seasons, from 2013-18.

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The New York Rangers Turn To A Retired Linesman To Help With Facoffs

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

The idea, we’re told, was born in 2005-06, when Chris Drury was co-captain in Buffalo, and the Sabres brought a retired referee to training camp to work with the team on the rules changes that arose out of the Shanahan Summit during Owners’ Lockout II.

Sixteen years later and now the general manager of the Rangers, Drury reached into his past and then out to retired NHL linesman Pierre Racicot to work with his team on faceoffs during the opening days of training camp.

Racicot, a 54-year-old veteran of 1,880 regular season games and 254 playoff contests, who dropped the puck tens of thousands of times, worked with the club’s faceoff men following each of Friday’s training camp sessions, imparting his wisdom regarding rules at the dots and advice on positioning and stance.

This represents an innovative approach to confront a historically serious deficiency that has undermined the Rangers for years. Last season, the Rangers won just 44.5 percent of their faceoffs, which was not only last in the league, but also ranked 273rd of the 274 NHL individual team-seasons since 2012-13. The previous season’s 45.9 percent ranked 30th in the NHL and 260th since 2012-13. The 2018-19 club’s 46.9 percent also ranked 30th in the league while placing 252nd over the last nine years.

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Keep The ‘C’ Away From Artemi Panarin

from NHL.com,

Artemi Panarin does not want to be named captain of the New York Rangers, the 29-year-old forward told "Hockey in the Know" on Instagram.

"I think we have more deserving candidates for that role now," Panarin said Friday. "Would I want it? I'd rather say no, actually.

"It's not just putting a letter on the sweater and walking around taking pictures. It's a lot of rough work in the locker room. And it's not just about playing good hockey. You also have to give your energy between the periods, motivate guys, giving interviews, being the face of the franchise. Overall, it's a lot of work off the ice."...

"I think I'm more effective in hockey," Panarin said. "And I'm afraid that I won't be an effective captain. I even don't speak English. How can I motivate? I can only influence with my own game. And they will listen to me without any letters."

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The New York Rangers Added A Few Missing Pieces

via TSN,

While it may not be playoffs or bust for the New York Rangers, defenceman Adam Fox says the expectations are higher for the team entering this season.

The reigning Norris Trophy winner told the NHL@TheRink podcast Wednesday it's time for the Rangers to take a step forward after missing the playoffs for the third time in four years last season. 

"You can only say you're a young team for so long or you're only in a developmental phase for so long," Fox said, who had five goals and 47 points in 55 games last season. "We have pieces and a lot of really good players, so I think it's probably playoffs or it's a disappointing year for a lot of guys. It starts in camp and gelling together. We did bring in a few pieces, guys with experience. We're all excited to get going and the playoffs are a goal for everyone in that room."

The Rangers added two-time Stanley Cup winner Barclay Goodrow and tough guy Ryan Reaves to their forward group among their moves this off-season. Reaves will be reunited with former Vegas Golden Knights head coach Gerard Gallant, who is also entering his first season on Broadway.

"We brought some guys in with more experience, guys with more defined roles," Fox said. "You hear the playoffs and everything, but I think every team wants to make the playoffs going into the year. I don't think anyone is going in to lose games. New coaching staff, a few new players, so it's a step-by-step process."

The Rangers, who were swept in the qualifying round of the 2020 playoffs by the Carolina Hurricanes, haven't won a playoff game since 2017. 

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New York Rangers Have High Hopes For Defenseman Nils Lundkvist

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Three years of waiting were three years in the making for Nils Lundkvist, the highly regarded 2018 first-round, 28th-overall draft selection who is here, under contract, skating in the Rangers development camp and is expected to nail down a spot on the opening roster at right defense.

“It is a big opportunity to be here, and I’m going to do the best I can to improve these weeks and show which player I am and hopefully make the team,” the 21-year-old Swede said after his session on Saturday. “That’s my dream also and what I’m looking forward to.”

Lundkvist, who has honed his elite offensive skill the past three years with Lulea of the SHL, is the final piece of the 2018 Ryan McDonagh-J.T. Miller deadline deal with Tampa Bay — in which Libor Hajek, Brett Howden and Vlad Namestnikov also came New York’s way. So far, this has not been a boffo return for the Blueshirts, but if Lundkvist becomes an impact player, evaluations will change.

The Rangers’ atypical patience with Lundkvist — who certainly had a say in the matter — has benefitted Lundkvist, winner of the Borje Salming Award as the SHL’s best defenseman after posting 32 points (14-18) in 52 games for Lulea before playing a significant role for Team Sweden at the World Championships.

“I feel like it’s been a great couple of years in Sweden and I’ve done what I could back home,” he said. “Playing back home has been the best opportunity to develop, and develop as a person on and off the ice. It’s a big step just coming here and moving overseas. With the COVID situation and the way the season went, I think it was a good decision to stay home.

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