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New York Rangers Agree To A New Contract With Antti Raanta

NEW YORK, May 2, 2016 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has agreed to terms with goaltender Antti Raanta on a new contract.

Raanta, 26, appeared in 25 games with the Rangers this past season, posting an 11-6-2 record, along with a 2.24 GAA, a .919 SV%, and 1 SO. He tied his career-high in appearances, and he ranked eighth in the NHL in GAA in 2015-16. Raanta allowed two goals or fewer in 13 of his 18 starts during the season. Raanta earned a win in each of his first four starts of the season, becoming the first goaltender in franchise history to register a win in each of his first four starts with the Rangers. He stopped all 22 shots he faced to earn a win/shutout while making his debut with the Blueshirts on Oct. 19, 2015 vs. San Jose, becoming the fourth goaltender in franchise history to earn a shutout in his first start with the Rangers and the first to do so since Marcel Paille on Nov. 2, 1957.

Raanta concluded the 2015-16 regular season by earning a win in each of his final four starts, posting a 1.75 GAA and a .941 SV% in those contests. In addition, he posted a 7-1-0 record, along with a 2.13 GAA and a .931 SV% in his final eight starts of the season. Raanta appeared in three playoff games with the Rangers in 2016 and made his NHL playoff debut in Game 1 of the First Round against Pittsburgh on Apr. 13.

The 6-0, 193-pounder has appeared in 64 career NHL games over parts of three seasons with the Rangers and Chicago, posting a 31-15-7 record, along with a 2.35 GAA, a .914 SV%, and 4 SO. Among goaltenders who have appeared in at least 15 games over the last two seasons (2014-15 – 2015-16), Raanta ranks second in the NHL in GAA (2.10) and ranks fourth in SV% (.926). In 31 career NHL appearances at home, Raanta has posted a 19-4-4 record, along with a 1.80 GAA, a .934 SV%, and 4 SO. In 13 career NHL appearances in which he has made at least 30 saves, Raanta has posted an 11-1-1 record, along with a 1.61 GAA, a .955 SV%, and 2 

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Colton Orr Retires

from the NHLPA,

Colton Orr has announced his retirement today from the National Hockey League (NHL), following nine NHL seasons and a 13-year professional hockey playing career.

“I feel privileged to have played for a decade in the NHL and to have had the support of four great organizations in Boston, New York, Toronto and Calgary. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to play with great teammates and against great players, many of whom have become great friends. It has been an amazing journey that would not have been anywhere near as fulfilling as it was without the love and support of fans, friends, agents, GMs, coaches and family,” said Colton Orr.

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Changes Expected For The New York Rangers

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Breaking up is hard to do, but this breakup day was harder than most for the Rangers, even if it lacked the palpable anguish that followed the failed deep Stanley Cup runs of the previous two springs.

For this time, few of the Rangers who walked into the room on Tuesday to chat with the press before officially heading into the summer, could know that they would be back in September to take another crack at the championship the club did not come close to this time.

While player after player expressed belief in the core group even while acknowledging changes were likely this offseason, coach Alain Vigneault left no doubt the club’s nucleus would be split before the Blueshirts reconvene in September.

“I think we’re at the stage now that we need to look at some changes,” Vigneault said days after the crash-and-burn, five-game first-round defeat to the Penguins. “For any NHL team, status quo is not possible and it is not what’s needed.

“We want to bring in different players to add to the dynamic. The core guys have been together for a while. Certainly it’s time to look at what we can do to improve.”

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Quite The Exit Day For Dan Boyle

from Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News,

Boyle’s previously impressive career skidded in the Big Apple and ended appropriately with coach Alain Vigneault healthy scratching Boyle in the Rangers’ Game 5 elimination loss to the Penguins on Saturday.

So Boyle took it out on the media, insisting he would not begin his interview until Brooks left the vicinity.

“I don’t want you here. I don’t f---ing respect you,” Boyle said, making sure everyone else in the room heard. “I have no respect for you.”

Brooks replied: “You know what? The feeling’s mutual.”

Boyle lashed out: “At least I’m leaving here with the respect of my teammates, instead of f---ing somebody like you that tries to bury somebody. That’s all you do. I don’t want you here. I have no respect for you. I want you to get the f--- out. I can tell you to get the f--- out if I want to. I want him out and the other f---ing clown, Brett, whatever the f--- his name is, where’s he at?”

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Fixing The New York Rangers

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Sources have told The Post there is belief from the top down — starting with CEO Jim Dolan — the club is in need of an overhaul in the form of a transfusion of new and younger blood pumped into the system. Still, though, even as the clock ticked on the core, more was expected of it.

After all, in October, Dolan said in an exclusive interview with The Post: “My feeling is that the team has gotten better [from 2014-15].”

He added: “I think we’re pretty close.”

At this moment, it seems the Rangers are further away from contending for the Stanley Cup than they’ve been in a half-decade. But there is no indication at all anyone who counts within the organization holds Alain Vigneault responsible for the disappointing finish or the difficult season that preceded it.

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The New York Rangers Are Done

from Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News,

Suddenly, the traditionally blue-collar Rangers weren’t always the hardest working team on the ice, like Bryan Rust’s muscling of Derick Brassard on Matt Cullen’s goal in Saturday’s runaway second period.

They weren’t defensively committed or equipped enough to nip opponents’ momentum in the bud, like the trifecta of mistakes committed by Kevin Klein, Keith Yandle and Derek Stepan prior to Carl Hagelin’s game-tying goal in this season-ending defeat.

They weren’t cohesive enough to protect leads, thanks also to a 28th-ranked penalty kill, where Jesper Fast and Lundqvist were outclassed by Sidney Crosby and Phil Kessel on a back-breaking game-tying goal before Pittsburgh’s second-period storm.

Most alarmingly, a group filled with mentally tough pros couldn’t escape a worrisome quality of fragility. When games went badly this season, they went off the deep end, just as Games 4 and 5 of this first-round series went for the Blueshirts, who were outscored in the series 21-10.

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The Window Has Closed On The New York Rangers

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

There can be no illusions under the debris of this series in which the Blueshirts were outscored 21-10, and 11-4 over the final two games, both of which Henrik Lundqvist finished on the bench after being pulled, and in both of which the abysmal defensive zone play that pockmarked the season from beginning to end surfaced time and time again.

“We made it hard on ourselves all series,” said Rick Nash, whose two goals tied Derek Stepan for the club lead. “So many turnovers … we struggled with our defensive game throughout the season.

“That hadn’t been the case at all in my first three years here.”

The time is gone for this core of Rangers, perhaps finally exhausted by the toll of playing 44 postseason games the past two years and 76 over the previous four springs. The time is gone without a championship for this band, just as it was gone for those old Knicks, and just as it was gone a generation or two ago for those fondly remembered Emile Francis teams that featured Eddie Giacomin, Rod Gilbert, Jean Ratelle and Brad Park and the gang.

The Blueshirts never quite had it this year; never were as imposing as in either of Alain Vigneault’s first two seasons behind the bench. As this series devolved into a fiasco, the Rangers grew old overnight and became slow, quickly.

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Evening Line- Henrik Lundqvist

via Brett Cyrgalis tweets,

"In the 2nd pd, it was a feeling of embarrassment to give up that many goals. But also a sense of hopelessness..."

"...I think we played a team that was smarter, better, and better goaltending."

Lundqvist gave up four goals on 12 shots in the 2nd period.

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The Pittsburgh Penguins Advance To Round 2 After Defeating The New York Rangers 6-3

The Pittsburgh Penguins move on to round 2 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs and will face the winner of the Washington/Philadelphia series.

Henrik Lundqvist was pulled for the 2nd straight game after giving up 6 goals on 23 shots.

The Penguins were the better team today and for most of the series.

The Rangers now have many unanswered questions.

added 6:37pm, from Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post,

The moment came earlier in the game than normal, and the end came earlier in the spring than normal.

But there it was, Henrik Lundqvist with his face to the ice, sprawled out as the opposition celebrated all around him, and the Rangers’ season came a screeching halt.

It was 5:21 into the second period, and Bryan Rust had just scored the first of four unanswered goals for the Penguins. Lundqvist lay there, a beaten man and the example of a severely beaten team. It was ugly, it was hard to watch, and it was the end of the 2015-16 Rangers.

Lundqvist wouldn’t come out to play the third period, wearing a hat on the bench as he watched the rest of his team’s 6-3 loss to the Penguins in Game 5 of its first-round series Saturday afternoon at CONSOL Energy Center.

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The Washington Capitals Want To Finish Off The Philadelphia Flyers Tonight

from Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun,

Alex Ovechkin didn’t mince words Friday.

“It’s all about us right now,” the Washington Capitals captain said after his team had a brisk, all-business morning skate at the Kettler Iceplex.

“We control our destiny. We have to play hard, play simple and play smart. We have to dictate how we play, not them.”

Them, of course, is the Philadelphia Flyers.

The Flyers nudged the door open in the Eastern Conference first-round series when they won Game 4 to avoid being eliminated. The Capitals would rather treat the Flyers like unwanted guests in Game 5 Friday night at the Verizon Center and send them on their way.

A victory and the Caps would win the best-of-seven in five games and get some down time before playing the Pittbsburgh Penguins or the New York Rangers in the second round; a loss and it’s back to Philadelphia for Game 6 Sunday.

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