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Mika Zibanejad And The New York Rangers Agree To A Five-Year Deal

NEW YORK, July 25, 2017 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has agreed to terms with restricted free agent forward Mika Zibanejad on a five-year contract with an average annual value of $5.35 million.

Zibanejad, 24, skated in 56 games with the Rangers this past season, registering 14 goals and 23 assists for 37 points, along with a plus-nine rating and 16 penalty minutes. He established career-highs in several categories in 2016-17, including assists per game (0.41), points per game (0.66), and faceoff win percentage (52.0%; 494-for-950), and he tied his career-high in power play goals (four). Zibanejad registered at least one point in 28 of the 56 games he played during this past season, and the Rangers posted a 33-17-6 record when he was in the lineup in 2016-17. He ranked fifth on the Rangers in points per game and tied for sixth on the team in assists per game during the past season. Zibanejad recorded 15 points (five goals, 10 assists) in 18 games against Metropolitan Division opponents in 2016-17. Zibanejad also registered nine points (three goals, six assists) in the final nine games of the regular season, as well as 15 points (seven goals, eight assists) in his final 21 regular season contests.

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Alain Vigneault On The Hiring Of Lindy Ruff

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Alain Vigneault is way ahead of you.

“Now that we have Lindy on board, I know what some fans and people in the media will say if we get off to a rough start or hit some bumps in the road,” the Rangers’ head coach told The Post by phone Monday after the official confirmation that longtime NHL head coach Lindy Ruff would be joining his staff as an assistant. “They’ll be saying that Lindy should replace A.V. and that’s the reason he was hired.

“You know what? That kind of talk doesn’t bother me at all. I’ve never taken things like that personally. I’m in this to win,” he said. “I want us to have the best coaching staff we can. For me to be able to bring in a coach like Lindy to take care of the defense makes us a stronger staff and gives our team a better chance to win.

“It’s great for us.”

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Lindy Ruff Joins the New York Rangers As An Assistant Coach And The Same For Pierre Turgeon In LA

NEW YORK, July 10, 2017 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has named Lindy Ruff as an Assistant Coach.

Ruff, 57, has served as a Head Coach in the National Hockey League for the last 19 seasons (1997-98 – 2016-17). In 1,493 career regular season games as an NHL Head Coach, Ruff has posted a 736-554-78-125 record (.561 points percentage). He ranks fourth among head coaches in NHL history in regular season games coached, only trailing Scotty Bowman, Al Arbour, and Joel Quenneville. Ruff also ranks fifth among head coaches in NHL history in regular season wins, only trailing Bowman, Quenneville, Arbour, and Ken Hitchcock. Ruff has also coached 120 career Stanley Cup Playoff games in the NHL, and his teams have posted a 66-54 record in the playoffs (.550 winning percentage).


LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have named Pierre Turgeon as an Assistant Coach, it was announced today by Kings Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake and Kings Head Coach John Stevens.

Turgeon joins a staff that includes Assistant Coach Dave Lowry (hired on May 30), Assistant Coach Don Nachbaur (hired on June 22) and Goaltending Coach Bill Ranford (entering his 12th season with the Kings), completing the staff under Stevens, who was named the Kings Head Coach on April 24.

“Pierre had great success as a player and has a tremendous hockey background on the whole.  He is a person who brings a lot of energy, passion and insight to the job along with a great deal of enthusiasm about the game,” said Stevens.  “We look forward to him adding to our team, and to our staff, a real team perspective from a person who was a high-end player, especially in the offensive zone.  We have talked a lot during the process of building a coaching staff regarding the qualities of the people we wanted to bring aboard.  We feel strongly that Pierre will help compliment myself, Dave Lowry, Don Nachbaur and Bill Ranford and we are together looking forward to the start of the season.”

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Kevin Klein Retires

He had back issues last season.

 

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The New York Rangers Make The Signing Of David Desharnais Official

NEW YORK, July 5, 2017 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has agreed to terms with free agent forward David Desharnais.

Desharnais, 30, has skated in 453 career NHL games over parts of eight seasons with Montreal and Edmonton (2009-10 - 2016-17), registering 81 goals and 173 assists for 254 points, along with a plus-35 rating and 142 penalty minutes. He has tallied at least 10 goals in five of the last six seasons, and he has recorded 40 or more points in three different seasons in his career. In addition, Desharnais has averaged at least 0.50 points per game in five of his seven full seasons in the NHL. He has posted a 50.5% career faceoff win percentage (3,098-for-6,134), and he has won at least 600 faceoffs in three different seasons in his career. Desharnais has averaged 16:08 of ice time per game in his NHL career, and he has recorded 26 penalty minutes or fewer in each of his eight seasons in the league. He established career-highs in goals (16), assists (44), and points (60) with Montreal during the 2011-12 season.

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Kevin Shattenkirk Appears To Be Signing With The New York Rangers

 

 

added 2:35pm, I deleated the fake tweet from  a New York Rangers faker.

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Afternoon Line- Henrik Lundqvist

“You expect changes every year because that’s just part of the business we’re in, but this summer has been a little different because of the magnitude of the moves, Losing guys that you have played with for so long will obviously affect you on a personal level.

“These are players you get to know really well over the years. You care for them and their families. We’re all going to miss them.”

Henrik Lundqvist via email to the New York Post.  Larry Brooks has more.

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Brendan Smith Signing With The Rangers Is Official

NEW YORK, June 29, 2017 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has agreed to terms with defenseman Brendan Smith on a new contract.

Smith, 28, split this past season between the Rangers and Detroit Red Wings, registering three goals and six assists for nine points, along with a plus-one rating and 63 penalty minutes in 51 games. He established a career-high in average ice time in 2016-17 (19:14). Smith played 18 games with the Rangers after he was acquired from Detroit on February 28, 2017, registering one goal and three assists for four points, along with a plus-two rating and 29 penalty minutes. He averaged 20:09 of ice time per game with the Blueshirts during the past season, logging at least 20:00 of ice time in 11 of 18 regular season games with the Rangers, and he ranked second on the team in average even strength ice time in 2016-17 (18:20).

The 6-2, 211-pounder also skated in 12 games with the Rangers during the 2017 Playoffs, registering four assists, along with a plus-eight rating and 20 penalty minutes. Smith established playoff career-highs in assists, plus/minus rating, and average ice time (19:41) in the playoffs this year. In addition, he tied for 10th in the NHL – and tied for fifth among NHL defensemen – in plus/minus rating in the playoffs. Smith led the Rangers in plus/minus rating, ranked second in penalty minutes, tied for third in assists, and ranked fifth in average ice time and blocked shots (14) in the playoffs. He also ranked second among Rangers defensemen in assists and tied for third among Rangers defensemen in points (four) in the playoffs.

Smith has skated in 309 career NHL games over parts of six seasons (2011-12 – 2016-17) with the Rangers and Detroit, registering 16 goals and 55 assists for 71 points, along with a plus-two rating and 310 penalty minutes. He established career-highs in goals (five), assists (14), and points (19) with Detroit during the 2013-14 season. Smith has recorded at least 60 blocked shots in three of the last four seasons, and he established a career-high in hits with 94 during the 2015-16 season with the Red Wings. He has helped his team make the playoffs in each of his five full seasons in the NHL, and he has registered 10 points (two goals, eight assists), along with a plus-nine rating and 44 penalty minutes in 39 career NHL playoff contests.

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Brendan Smith Staying With The New York Rangers

via Bob McKenzie tweets,

NYR and Brendan Smith are close to finalizing what is expected to be a four-year deal.

It will be an AAV of $4.35M.

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Don’t Do It New York Rangers

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

The last thing the Rangers should do and the last thing the Rangers intend to do is to leap head-first into the free-agent pool and dole out the kinds of long-term, big-money contracts to players on the wrong side of 26 years of age that have handcuffed this franchise the past two seasons.

The temptation and the cap space in the wake of Derek Stepan’s departure to the desert are both there, all right, for general manager Jeff Gorton to outbid the world and grant defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk and center Alexander Radulov lengthy deals for $40 million plus.

But that would be all wrong for this franchise, which is kind of mystery meat at the moment. This is the time for Gorton to take a deep breath and etch a plan for the future through which the Blueshirts retain maximum maneuverability and are not caught with guys who can be expected to naturally regress three or four years into their respective contracts.

The Rangers just escaped cap hell in a painful process in which they essentially were forced to shed Stepan and Dan Girardi, franchise bedrocks who became contract anvils. They are not going to take the immediate plunge back into it by signing Shattenkirk, whom they have had repeated opportunities to acquire over the past 15 months, or Radulov.

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