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Why Did The New York Rangers Sign Cody McLeod?

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

It is the principal every bit as much as the principle in this case, if not more so. Because though there might be an argument to be made that a youngish, finesse-oriented team such as the Rangers could benefit from having an enforcer/protector in the lineup, it represents a leap of faith to believe Cody McLeod is the individual to cast in that role.

Been there. Did almost nothing to warrant a return. Yet, after batting their eyes at impending Las Vegas free agent Ryan Reaves without reciprocal interest then passing on the opportunity to acquire Matt Martin from Toronto, the Blueshirts for some reason decided to bring McLeod back to Broadway for an encore, re-upping the 34-year-old winger for a one-year deal worth $750,000.

In theory, a player with McLeod’s résumé could protect and defend younger teammates from abuse. More realistically, in this era when the notion that one player could be a deterrent against, say, head shots is largely discredited, McLeod at least would present a credible threat of retaliation in the event of a cheap shot against a Ranger.

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Cody McLeod Signs A One-Year Deal With The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, July 12, 2018 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has agreed to terms with forward Cody McLeod on a one-year contract.

McLeod, 34, skated in 48 games with the Nashville Predators and Rangers this past season, registering one goal and three assists for four points, along with 111 penalty minutes. He tied for second in the NHL in major penalties (13) and ranked sixth in the league in penalty minutes in 2017-18. McLeod skated in 25 games with the Rangers during the past season, and he led the Blueshirts (min. two games played) in hits per game in 2017-18 (3.0; 76 hits in 25 contests). He led all skaters with eight hits while making his Rangers debut on February 1, 2018 vs. Toronto, and his eight hits were the most a Ranger recorded in one game during the season.

The 6-2, 210-pounder has skated in 738 career NHL games over 11 seasons (2007-08 – 2017-18) with Colorado, Nashville, and the Rangers, registering 71 goals and 55 assists for 126 points, along with 1,563 penalty minutes. McLeod ranks second in the NHL in penalty minutes and major penalties (157) since the start of his first NHL season in 2007-08. He has been credited with at least 140 hits in seven of his 11 seasons in the league, and he established a career-high with 268 hits during the 2014-15 season. During his tenure with the Avalanche, McLeod served as an alternate captain for five seasons (2011-12 – 2015-16). McLeod has skated in 38 Stanley Cup Playoff games in his career, and he helped Nashville advance to the Stanley Cup Final during the 2016-17 season.

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Draft Plans For The New York Rangers

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Unless general manager Jeff Gorton can work out an equitable deal with straw-grasping Canadiens counterpart Marc Bergevin to move up to third overall where the Rangers theoretically would have their pick among Michigan’s Quinn Hughes, likely the best available defenseman beyond presumptive first-overall Rasmus Dahlin; Boston University winger Brady Tkachuk; Finnish center Jesperi Kotkaniemi; and Halifax sniper Filip Zadina, the club is likely to remain at ninth-overall.

Even at ninth, the Rangers could have a shot at any of the aforementioned athletes other than Hughes. That is how volatile the board appears beyond the first two picks, where Dahlin is certainly going to be selected by the Sabres and winger Andrei Svechnikov is expected to be tabbed by the Hurricanes. That is why Gorton is not going to overpay to move up a few slots.

Make no mistake. Gorton is pursuing deals. Kevin Hayes is the team’s most marketable commodity.

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What David Quinn Brings To The New York Rangers

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

They were talking about practice at Thursday’s introductory press conference for David Quinn. The 35th coach of the Rangers talked about practice, so did general manager Jeff Gorton, and so did lettermen Kevin Shattenkirk and Kevin Hayes, both of whom are familiar with Quinn’s methods.

In fact, they talked about practice so much at the Garden that Allen Iverson’s head must have hurt by the time the festivities had ended.

Attention to detail, work habits and sound defensive structure are the tenets by which the Rangers will live and breathe playing for Quinn. This will mark a dramatic and refreshing change from the previous regime, under which practices became fewer and farther between (and less constructive) and the papier-mâché structure eroded as Alain Vigneault’s tenure reached five years.

In one sense, this move from the veteran with 1,216 NHL games and 648 career victories to this NHL neophyte was a radical one in keeping with the organizational philosophy to go young. 


Watch below as the New York Rangers recap David Quinn's hiring day in 60 seconds.

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David Quinn Is The New Head Coach For The New York Rangers

from the New York Rangers,

New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has named David Quinn the team's new Head Coach.

"I am very pleased to welcome David Quinn to the New York Rangers," said James Dolan, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Madison Square Garden Company. "David brings a diverse and successful coaching resume that includes extensive work in developing young talent. I am confident he is an excellent fit for our team, and know he will work tirelessly with Glen, Jeff and our entire organization to execute our plan to build the next Rangers Stanley Cup contending team."

"We are excited to announce that David will become the next Head Coach of the New York Rangers," Gorton said. "In a coaching career that has spanned over two decades at the collegiate, pro, and international level, David has helped his teams achieve success while simultaneously teaching the game and helping his players develop on and off the ice. He is the ideal choice to bring our loyal and passionate fans the winning hockey they deserve."


added 2:13pm, NYR press release is below.

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The New York Rangers Have Their Coach

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Two observations about the Rangers’ search that yielded David Quinn as the club’s presumptive next head coach, pending an announcement of a signed-and-sealed contract that should come by Tuesday.

First, it was not extensive. Ownership and management were clear on the traits they were seeking in Alain Vigneault’s successor. Primary among them are the ability to communicate with, teach, develop and motivate younger players while taking a more hands-on approach to team building and leadership. As such, general manager Jeff Gorton and Chris Drury zoned in early on BU’s Quinn and University of Denver’s Jim Montgomery.

The Rangers did not consider veteran NHL coaches Bill Peters, Darryl Sutter, Dave Tippet or Dan Bylsma. They did not wait for AHL Marlies’ coach Sheldon Keefe, did not speak to Toronto assistant D.J. Smith and did not wait for Washington coach Barry Trotz’s contract to expire.

Second, a search was necessary because the Rangers did not have an internal candidate ready to take over the team. 


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What Kind Of Coach Are The New York Rangers Looking For?

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

The Rangers are clear about the qualities they are seeking in a head coach to lead them through their rebuild.

“We’re looking for someone who can develop players and develop a team,” Garden executive chairman Jim Dolan told The Post during a conversation at his MSG office on Wednesday. “We want someone who is going to be able to work with young players — all of our players, really — so that they and we improve from one stage of the season to the next and we’re better at the end of the year than at the beginning.

“We need a coach who is going to be able to coordinate with the assistants and the training staff in putting a program in place. He’s going to have to be able to delegate authority in identifying deficiencies and fixing them. Scolding a player doesn’t fix the problem. He can’t try to do everything by himself. The job is just too big.”

Dolan said the team is open-minded to hiring someone without NHL coaching experience, though he believes the job would be more challenging for an individual who hasn’t served as even an NHL team’s assistant.


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Notes By Brooks

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

- If the Rangers are seeking a coach who can teach while re-establishing a no-nonsense culture and hard-edged identity on Broadway, then management should simply look across the river to where Scott Stevens lives.

The Devils logo that the Greatest 100 defenseman wore on his chest while winning those three Stanley Cups from 1995-2003 should not disqualify Stevens from consideration for the job. That stuff became inconsequential once quintessential Montreal defenseman Jacques Laperriere showed up behind the bench in Boston as an assistant in the late 1990s....

- At this point, the Rangers need Ilya Kovalchuk more than Kovalchuk needs the Rangers. And certainly neither side can commit to the other until the Blueshirts have a coach in place....

more on each of the above and a few more notes too...

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Russian Report- Ilya Kovalchuk Will Sign With The New York Rangers

from igor Eronko of Sport-Express (Google translate),

April 15 Ilya Kovalchuk turns 35 years old. And he will finally be able to conclude a coveted contract with the Rangers. Without participation in this "New Jersey" , asked in the person of General Manager Ray Shero too much for just just the right. Conclude for two or three years. As Ilya said immediately after the departure of SKA from the playoffs. With a salary of 6 or slightly more than a million dollars. The official announcement of the deal, of course, will be later - July 1. But it will.

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Thanks to SNY for the pointer.

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Statement From Alain Vigneault

NEW YORK, April 8, 2018 – The following is a statement from Alain Vigneault:

I would like to thank the New York Rangers management - Mr. James Dolan, Glen Sather and Jeff Gorton - for allowing me the privilege to coach the Rangers. I spent five wonderful years in New York and I want to express my gratitude to all the coaches, players and staff that I worked with during that period of my life. The Rangers have an incredible fan base and I will cherish many special moments, especially our trip to the Stanley Cup Finals.

The Rangers are going in a different direction, I respect that and I wish them all the best. Thus far in my coaching career I am very grateful that I have had the privilege to work with three great organizations - Vancouver, and two Original Six teams with New York and Montreal. I have great respect for everyone in the media but for now please understand that I don’t intend to comment any further, as I will regroup with my family.

Thank you everyone for a great ride and life-lasting memories.


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