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Evening Line- David Quinn On Kaapo Kakko

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More Quality Ice Time For Kaapo Kakko Needed

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

It is true in the macro sense that what is good for Kaapo Kakko is good for the Rangers. At this moment, though, what is good for the Rangers is promoting Kakko from the second power-play unit to the first, if not also getting the second-overall draft selection onto the first line at five-on-five.

This is not a reaction to how the Devils are deploying first-overall Jack Hughes, who does play on New Jersey’s first man-advantage unit. Neither is this a knee-jerk response to the Blueshirts going 0-for-6 in 10:38 of power-play time in Thursday’s 5-2 defeat to New Jersey at the Rock. Not at all.


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Video- Kaapo Kakko With His First NHL Goal

A beauty from the #2 pick in this year's NHL Draft.


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New York Rangers/Ottawa Senators Trade

NEW YORK, October 7, 2019 – The New York Rangers announced today that the team has acquired defenseman Nick Ebert and a fourth-round pick in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for Vladislav Namestnikov.

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Opening Night At MSG

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

You know what it will be Thursday at the Garden leading into the 2019-20 season opener against the Jets of Kevin Hayes … er, Jacob Trouba … uh, Tyler Myers … well, then, Dustin Byfuglien? Ah, you get the point. It will be Christmas in October in Rangerstown. And why not?

Put aside the concerns about the second-line center spot or your questions about the defense. Stop obsessing over how much money in dead space the Rangers will carry next season in the aftermath of the Kevin Shattenkirk buyout. For a few hours, at least, stop fretting over the fact Filip Chytil and Vitali Kravtsov will need more time to apprentice before entrusted with assignments on Broadway.

It is Opening Night and Artemi Panarin is in a Blueshirt, so is Trouba, and perhaps even more fundamental than that, so is Kaapo Kakko. The last time a Rangers’ second-overall draft selection made his NHL debut was Oct. 23, 1968, when Brad Park of the draft class of ’66 was a minus-1 against the Oakland Seals. The last time a Rangers’ second-overall played on Opening Night was never.

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All Jacob Trouba

from Steve Serby of the New York Post,

Q: What would you tell Rangers fans about the kind of player they should expect to be watching?
I think I try my best to play the game the right way. I don’t try to cheat the game ever. I take my responsibility as a defenseman … first and foremost. There’s an added offensive ability that will come when it comes, I don’t really go out searching for it or any of that. My job is to play defense, I take a lot of pride in breaking the puck out of the zone and making a good first pass, and when I have the opportunity to jump in the play or contribute offensively I will, but that’s not the starting point of my game. My game starts with my legs and when I’m skating is when I’m at my best.

Q: Kaapo Kakko?
He’s a really good player. He’s big, but he makes smart plays, I feel like. He has the ability to make very skilled plays, but he knows the time to do them. He doesn’t make unnecessary risk plays, which I think is really special for someone of his age and his skill level. He plays the game right. He’s hard along the boards.

Q: If you could pick the brain of any player in NHL history?
Probably Nick Lidstrom hockey-wise, just growing up in Detroit. He could almost pick you apart tactically.

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David Quinn Believes The New York Rangers Have Found Their Identity

from Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post,

Rangers coach David Quinn said that over the final four periods of the preseason, his players found “a blueprint” for what it’s going to take to be successful.

Team identities can take a while to establish. With a young roster and a lot of new players that might take longer than normal. It’s hard for too much to be carried over from Quinn’s first year behind the bench, when the organization continued to be torn down in order to be built back up into the prospect-heavy group it is now.

But those final four periods saw a team that played with a physical edge, that was fast in straight lines up and down the ice, and sprinkled in the skilled plays — with far more skill players than were on the roster a year ago. When looking at the NHL teams that have had recent success, mixing skill and brawn seems to be the secret formula, albeit not a new one.

So Quinn hopes that new team identity can be put on display in the regular-season opener Thursday night against the Jets at the Garden.


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Afternoon Line- David Quinn

With an additional comment in the video...


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Dan Girardi Announces His Retirement

TAMPA BAY – Former Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Dan Girardi announced his retirement today after 13 NHL seasons, including two with the Bolts.

“I would like to thank all my coaches, family, friends and teammates for supporting me throughout my entire hockey career,” Girardi said. “I want to thank the New York Rangers for giving me a chance to fulfill my childhood dream of playing in the NHL. Throughout those 11 incredible years I have made so many friends on and off the ice. I bled Ranger blue and gave it my all for my team, the city and the Garden faithful. I also want to thank the Tampa Bay Lightning for helping me continue my career by giving me a chance to play for such an amazing organization, city and fan base. The last two years in Tampa Bay have been so much fun for me and my family. I will always fondly remember my time here. Finally, I want to thank my wife Pamela for always being there for me and holding down the fort and to Landon and Shaye for always being daddy’s No. 1 fans.

“I gave my all every single night and left it all out on the ice. Now it’s time for the next chapter of my life to begin and I couldn't be happier...and so is my body.”

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Season Of Change For Henrik Lundqvist

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

It is going to be different this year and Henrik Lundqvist knows it. Gone are the seasons in which the Swede starts nine of the first 10 games, 23 of the first 26 and 35 of the first 41 as he did two years ago for Alain Vigneault, or even seven of the first eight, 13 of the first 16 and 25 of the first 32 as he did last year under David Quinn.

“I always like to get going with a lot of games early, but we’ve already talked about it, and how the league is trending in an opposite direction from one goalie having such a heavy workload,” Lundqvist told The Post following Monday’s training camp practice. “The way the game is going, how intense it is and how many scoring chances there are, I know how much it takes — and takes out of you — to play a game.

“So it is going to be up to me to adapt to whatever schedule or rotation the organization thinks is best. I have to adjust to make it work. I’m going to work on that. If I’m not playing as much as I’m used to, the key will be to work hard in practice. But this isn’t something I’m worried or concerned about. I’m just very excited to be back here and get the season going.”


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