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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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Henrik Lundqvist Deserves One Last Shot

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

I don’t know whether Henrik Lundqvist can reclaim the No. 1 job in nets from Igor Shesterkin when (and if) the Rangers reconvene at some point late next month or in early July.

But I do know that David Quinn and the coaching staff would be making a mistake if they enter camp with minds that closed in the middle of March in the aftermath of the NHL hitting the pause button due to coronavirus concerns.

And I also know that The King, given what almost certainly would become his final shot at earning playing time for meaningful games while wearing the Blueshirt, would be up for the competition against Shesterkin and Alex Georgiev.

And up for the competition in the best-of-five qualifying round against his cousins from Carolina, those Candy Canes who voted against the NHL’s 24-team return-to-play format because, in the words of player rep Jordan Martinook, “it kind of limits our odds.”

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Showing Bias?

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Who doesn’t love rankings? Rankings exist to spark debate. Rankings are subjective, determined by opinions, educated or otherwise. Opinions can’t be wrong, Except, of course, when they are.

Which brings us to the fun exercises in which the good folks at NHL.com have been intermittently engaged throughout this coronavirus-induced stoppage of play. A panel of writers has been polled to create a “Super 16” position-by-position ranking of the top players of the expansion era.

What could go wrong?

Well, Billy Smith ranked ahead of Henrik Lundqvist, for one. And Tony Esposito ranked ahead of Lundqvist, for another. Oh, and Patrik Elias failing to garner a single vote as one of the top 16 left wings from the 13 people who cast ballots, and what in the world is that all about? Then there’s the matter of Scott Niedermayer out-polling Scott Stevens on defense.

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Jacob Trouba’s First Year With The New York Rangers

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Part 20 in a series analyzing the Rangers.

The idea was for Jacob Trouba to be the Rangers’ top-pair, matchup right defenseman and on the point with the first power-play unit....

He recorded only 20 assists after compiling 42 the previous season; 27 points this year to 50 in Winnipeg in 2018-19. But Trouba had 15 power-play assists a year ago and only four this season in playing almost exclusively on the second unit after the opening month.

Again, the Rangers thought they were getting a first pair and first power-play unit guy. Trouba was not that, at least not this season. He has a no-move clause that kicks in July 1 (or the equivalent date if the offseason calendar is adjusted), so the Blueshirts would probably listen if someone comes knocking.

But the contract commitment makes that unlikely. Even if the Rangers could deal Trouba, chances are they’d be looking for someone just like him in another year.

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The End Of Henrik Lundqvist With The New York Rangers

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

The last two months of the season must have been exactly what Henrik Lundqvist envisioned at the 2018 post-Letter deadline purge when he chose to remain with the Rangers after he was given the chance to opt out of an embryonic rebuild program and pursue his Stanley Cup dream somewhere else.

Because here were the Blueshirts, powered to a great extent by kids and big-money free agent and trade acquisitions, storming into the playoff race by going 16-6 under just the type of accelerated rebuild program that the King foresaw two years earlier when he pledged his heart to New York.

Which made it even more cruel that Lundqvist was more apart from it than a part of it. As much The Franchise as Tom Seaver ever was in Queens, the goaltender essentially was airbrushed out of the team picture and watched as the pair of 24-year-olds, Igor Shesterkin and Alex Georgiev, took his job and ran with it.

When the NHL season came to a sudden halt following the March 11 match in Colorado, Lundqvist had started one of the Rangers’ last 19 games, and he got that one because Shesterkin was injured and Georgiev needed a break.

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