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Rick Nash Is Playing For A Contract

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

"I don't have a contract for next season," the New York Rangers forward said Monday, "so that's what I'm playing for."

Nash has never gone into an NHL season without the security of being signed for the next one. He has never been an unrestricted free agent. He might be July 1 because he is going into the last season on the eight-year, $62.4 million contract he signed with the Columbus Blue Jackets on July 3, 2009, when he had one year remaining on a five-year contract.

Nash is 33 years old and fully expects he'll have to take a pay cut after this season because that's just how it works in the NHL now for players in their mid-30s who need a new contract.

The way he sees it, the size of the cut, how big or small, is on him and how he plays this season.

"The ball is in my court," Nash said. "It's no secret, it's a huge season for me personally."

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Brendan Smith Is A Vocal Leader In The Room

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Brendan Smith, who blossomed in the playoffs paired with Brady Skjei after being acquired from Detroit at the deadline, is one of the few Type-A personalities on the squad. Vigneault made it clear he believes No. 42’s personality is among his most valuable assets and he should be counted on to assume a leadership role.

“Smitty is vocal, intense, and our room … that’s a good thing to have in the room,” Vigneault said of the 28-year-old defenseman who eschewed free agency to re-up for four years at $4.35 million per. “He’s not only vocal, but he shares a lot of his inner feelings with his teammates, which is good.

“It’s about keeping everyone accountable. I like that aspect of him, I like that energy that he brings. I’ve already talked to him about that expanded role in the dressing room. Coming from Detroit, he’s had some real solid leaders there, so I expect a lot more in that area from him.”

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The New York Rangers Believe They Are In The Stanley Cup Mix

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

The words seemed to come easily to New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault, not practiced or prepared, just honest and believable.

"We believe we can compete for the Stanley Cup," Vigneault said Thursday during his first press conference of the season.

Vigneault's words are reasonable, just. The Rangers have made the Stanley Cup Playoffs for seven straight seasons, got to the Eastern Conference Second Round last season and have won six series in four seasons under Vigneault.

Goalie Henrik Lundqvist, 35, is healthy and, according to Vigneault, looks lighter and younger.

"In my mind, he's still in the elite top-five goalies," Vigneault said, "and he wants to prove that."


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Rich Nash Is On A Contract Year

from Justin Tasch of the New York Daily News,

Rick Nash has never been an unrestricted free agent, but the veteran Ranger who will be 34 years old when free agency begins next summer is entering the final year of his contract, which carries a $7.8 million cap hit.

“Every year I want to have the best year possible. But this year, it’s an important year for me personally,” Nash said Friday at Citi Field during an event promoting the Winter Classic between the Rangers and Sabres on New Year’s Day at the ballpark. “It’s an important year for the Rangers, too. We still haven’t achieved that goal (winning the Stanley Cup) that we all want to achieve.”

The venerable winger knows his performance during the upcoming season will inform his next contract but offered a very matter-of-fact view on his situation. “Your contract’s up and you play for another contract. That’s what I’m facing this year,” he said.


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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.

added 3:12pm


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