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Mika Zibanejad Out With A Concussion

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Video- Brendan Smith Hit On Mark Borowiecki

Five for interference and a game.


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Afternoon Line- Rick Nash

“Staying here is my first choice. Definitely, if they come to me with an offer, or indicate they’d like to talk about it at some point during the season, I’d be good with it. I’d certainly be willing to talk and sign a new deal if both sides were happy with it.

“Typically, you like to take care of the business side of it over the summer. You don’t want to get into extended negotiations during the season. And I don’t think I’d go to them, I don’t think it’s really my place. But this is where I want to be. This is home.”

-Rick Nash of the New York Rangers.  Nash will be an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2018.  Larry Brooks of the New York Post has more.

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Brendan Smith In The Headlines For The Wrong Reasons

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Smith’s turnover rate has been alarming. His lack of physical play has been unexpected, given the fact that his nastiness in the first round against Montreal was not only a key to the Blueshirts’ six-game victory, but a major reason why general manager Jeff Gorton went to 17.4 million lengths to keep Smith from becoming a free agent....

It is worth wondering whether, this soon into the union, there is buyer’s/seller’s remorse on Smith’s part. The answer came from Smith’s agent, Anton Thun.

“I’m not sure who’s the buyer and who’s the seller in this case, but there are no regrets at all from Smitty,” Thun told The Post prior to Wednesday’s match. “And while I don’t want to speak for the Rangers, I talk to Jeff pretty regularly and I’ve never gotten that impression from him.

“Smitty’s no dummy. He knows this is a performance-based industry and his hasn’t been where he would like it to be or where it needs to be. He’s just working hard to get back in the lineup.”


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Brendan Smith Still Finding His Way

from Steve Zipay of Newsday,

Did general manager Jeff Gorton overpay by handing defenseman Brendan Smith a four-year, $17.4-million contract during the summer?

The jury can’t vote yet because all the evidence isn’t in.

Coach Alain Vigneault has dished out some tough love for Smith, who impressed during last year’s playoffs on his way to unrestricted free agency. He was benched Thursday in the Rangers’ 2-1 overtime win in Tampa, and again in Sunrise, Fla. against the Florida Panthers on Saturday. It was the fourth game that Smith has been a healthy scratch.

Some observers believe that Smith hasn’t really settled in after a whirlwind summer, which included that biggest-ever contract, getting married, buying a house and moving, and assuming the role as the Rangers representative to the NHLPA with Derek Stepan traded to Arizona. During training camp, he mused about adding his voice to the team’s leadership group.

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Unsportsmanlike Conduct Fines Handed Out To Three Players Involved In Lightning/Rangers Game

NEW YORK (Nov. 3, 2017) – New York Rangers forward Kevin Hayes and Tampa Bay Lightning forwards Alex Killorn and Steven Stamkos each have been fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for unsportsmanlike conduct during NHL Game No. 189 in Tampa on Thursday, Nov. 2, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 3:01 of the third period.

The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

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Video- Boys Will Be Boys - Tamp Bay Lightning/New York Rangers



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What Are The New York Rangers Up To?

from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

The New York Rangers caused a huge stir Monday night when Glen Sather, Doug Risebrough, Jim Schoenfeld and Gilles Leger showed up in the Canadian capital for Montreal/Ottawa. Chances are they weren’t there for the beaver tails, although I thought it was odd a pure scouting mission wouldn’t include GM Jeff Gorton.

Whatever they were up to, the trip was a reminder that you could make a great argument no team could make a bigger impact on this NHL season than the Rangers. It goes back to last season’s draft, when they traded Derek Stepan and Antti Raanta to Arizona for Anthony DeAngelo and the seventh-overall pick, which became Lias Andersson. Twelve selections later they snared Filip Chytil, who already has eight points in six games at AHL Hartford.

The message was clear. The Rangers are ready to re-stock. Now comes the next question: How far will they go? My sense is they are honest about who they are. They’re not interested in the “dreaded middle.”

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Rangers Win, But…

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

The Rangers deserve credit for their 6-4 victory over Vegas on Tuesday night at the Garden just a few miles north of the lower Manhattan terror that had been on the minds of the players as they prepared for the match.

This one struck home, with enough of the Blueshirts residents of the affected neighborhood to make the issue a very personal one, just as the Golden Knights felt it when their city was targeted by a gunman on Oct. 1.

But this isn’t about conferring hero status on the Blueshirts, who, truth be told, have traditionally conducted themselves as first-class citizens of our city, regardless of their place in the standings. This isn’t about the power of sports or a sports team to heal civic and national wounds....

That would be the defense....

Keeping impending free agent Brendan Smith off the market and in a Blueshirt in the wake of a stout performance through the playoffs was supposed to solidify the right side. It hasn’t. Smith has not come close to resembling the effective, edgy player he was following his acquisition from the Red Wings a day before the trade deadline.

Smith, who was a healthy scratch from the third and fourth games of the season, could find himself back in street clothes for Thursday’s match in Tampa Bay against the Lightning if coach Alain Vigneault’s third-period deployment provides a hint.


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Questioning The Compete Level Of The New York Rangers

from Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post,

There are words that raise red flags around hockey teams that are struggling, phrases like the lack of “energy” and “compete” and “battle level.”

All of them were uttered inside the Rangers’ locker room and by their coach after one more disheartening loss in an opening month chock full of them, this being a 5-4 defeat to the equally struggling Canadiens on Saturday night at Bell Center.

“When someone questions your effort level and compete, it’s not a good feeling,” captain Ryan McDonagh said. “You want to prove it to yourself and prove it as a group that that’s not what we’re about, that’s not acceptable, that’s not who we are.”

But now at 3-7-2, it is at the very least who the Rangers have been. They might be trying to focus on some of the positives that have been there, but they are not delusional in their situation — especially coach Alain Vigneault, who knows how this start reflects on him.

“We’re 3-7-2, that’s alarming to me right now,” Vigneault said. “We need to obviously play better than we have.”


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