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New York Rangers/St. Louis Blues Trade

 

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Morning Line- Larry Brooks

The Rangers have made a considerable financial commitment to Goodrow. That was the easy part. Now management must make the commitment to build a unit around the new man and put him in a position in which he can make the most impact. If not, if the idea is to just throw him onto a line with, say, Kreider and Filip Chytil, the Rangers might just as well have given the money to me.

-Larry Brooks of the New York Post where you can read more on the Rangers.

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New York Rangers Sign Barclay Goodrow For Six Years

NEW YORK, July 22, 2021 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Chris Drury announced today that the team has agreed to terms with Barclay Goodrow on a six-year contract.

Goodrow, 28, skated in 55 games with Tampa Bay this past season, registering six goals and 14 assists for 20 points, along with a plus-16 rating and 52 penalty minutes. He established a career-high in plus/minus rating in 2020-21, and he led the Lightning in plus/minus rating during the season. Goodrow also led Tampa Bay in hits (111) and ranked second on the team (min. 20 games played) in shot attempts percentage at 5-on-5 (55.6%) this past season. He registered all of his 20 points in 2020-21 at even strength. Goodrow also recorded six points (two goals, four assists) and a plus-four rating in 18 playoff games while helping the Lightning win the Stanley Cup. He tied for second on Tampa Bay in hits (68) and ranked second among Lightning forwards in average shorthanded ice time (2:02) in the playoffs. In addition, Goodrow ranked fourth in the NHL (min. 20:00 of shorthanded ice time) in power play goals against per 60 minutes of shorthanded ice time in the playoffs (1.64; he was on the ice for only one power play goal against in 36:40 of shorthanded ice time).

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The New York Rangers Will Have To Make Moves To Make Moves

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Regarding the Rangers, the first non-playoff team in NHL history to produce a Norris Trophy winner:

1. Of course Phillip Danault would look mighty good wearing the Blueshirt next season, so would Blake Coleman and so would Barclay Goodrow. There is not much question about that.

The three impending free agents currently playing in the final — Danault for Montreal, Coleman and Goodrow for Tampa Bay — would all bolster the grit and grind ingredients that the Rangers lack. They would all fit.

But GM Chris Drury will have to clear out space to add any one of them. I’m not talking about cap space. I’m referring to space in the lineup that does not currently exist. Where are these hypothetical additions going, where are they playing, whose spot would be taken?

That is the curiosity with the Rangers. Here’s a team that hasn’t made the playoffs in four years and there are no openings. I guess it’s because of all the prospects needing to play, but it’s kind of a comical situation.

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A Hard Working Team Is #1 On Gerard Gallant’s List

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

So we know the template that Gerard Gallant will establish when he steps behind the bench next year as the head coach of a Rangers team whose lone identity last year was being young.

“I want us to be the hardest working team in the league. I want us to compete hard, to battle hard, to make teams say, ‘You know what, that team works hard and competes for 60 minutes,’” Gallant said Tuesday morning during his introductory press briefing. “We can do a lot of good things. We can be skilled, we can be talented, but if the work doesn’t come first, all the skill and talent doesn’t get you too far down the road.

“You start at 7 o’clock, you start at 7 o’clock. You’ve got 82 games to play, you get ready for every one. I want to make sure we work hard every night and compete every night.”

There is skill and there is talent, some of it exceptional. Tampa Bay long had exceptional skill and talent but did not win anything until the Lightning became a much harder team to play against. They did that by acquiring players with size, stiffness and sandpaper.

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Gerard Gallant Named Head Coach For The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, June 16, 2021 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Chris Drury announced today that the team has named Gerard Gallant Head Coach.

“I would like to welcome Gerard to the New York Rangers, said James Dolan, Executive Chairman, Madison Square Garden Sports Corp. “Gerard’s proven track record has made him one of the league’s most sought-after coaches, and we are fortunate to have him as part of the team. I have no doubt that he will play a critical role in helping us take the next steps to building a championship-caliber team.”

“We are excited to announce that Gerard will be the next Head Coach of the New York Rangers,” Drury said. “His vast experience and success behind the bench at several levels make him the ideal choice to lead our team on the ice.”

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The Hiring Of Gerard Gallant

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

This will not represent quite the culture shock of Alain Vigneault replacing John Tortorella behind the bench in 2013, or maybe not even of David Quinn being hired for his first NHL gig in 2018 to succeed Vigneault.

But the hiring of Gerard Gallant as the Rangers’ 36th head coach as first reported by The Post on Monday afternoon, will represent a marked change in approach. The voice will be different, the tone will be different and so, perhaps most importantly, will the relationships between the players — especially the veterans — and the coach.

Chris Drury’s first coaching search as president and general manager came to a conclusion Monday when the parties reached an agreement for Gallant to take over the club that has missed the playoffs the past four seasons.

Gallant was identified as the front-runner for the job from the outset and was interviewed for the job by Drury on May 14, two days before jetting off to Latvia for the World Championships as coach of Team Canada. He returned last Sunday from the tournament with a gold medal in hand after steering his team to the title after starting with three straight defeats.

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The Next Coach For The New York Rangers Is Gerard Gallant

from Michael Blinn of the New York Post,

Time to meet the new boss.

The Rangers have agreed to hire Gerard Gallant as their next head coach, The Post’s Larry Brooks first reported on Monday.

Gallant, 57, most recently coached the Vegas Golden Knights from 2017-2020 after stints behind the Florida Panthers’ and Columbus Blue Jackets’ benches. He was considered the front-runner in the Rangers’ search, and holds a 270-216-4-51 career record over parts of nine NHL seasons.

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The New York Rangers Have Interest In Gerard Gallant, Does Columbus Too?

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Davidson’s move to a division rival also seeking a coach in the wake of John Tortorella’s departure from the organization could have an impact on the Rangers if the Jackets go hard after Gerard Gallant, who is believed at the top of New York’s wish list following his meeting last week with the Blueshirts’ president-GM Chris Drury.

Gallant spent six years with Columbus at the turn of the century, serving as an assistant coach from 2001-02 through mid-2003-04 before he was elevated to the top job that he held for 142 games.

There would not seem to be much comparison between the open jobs behind the Rangers’ and Blue Jackets’ benches, nor between the talent on the clubs’ respective rosters. But if Gallant has an affinity for life in Columbus and is unsure about New York, then Drury might have to accelerate his timetable and attempt to reel in the coach before he can be wooed away by JD.

Davidson said his dismissal was “disappointing” but that he did not wallow in despair after the deed had been done and dove into what might be next, whether retirement, a move back to television or to another team’s executive suite. The fit in Columbus, a city of which Davidson has always spoken fondly, was too perfect to ignore.

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The New York Rangers Could Use Pekka Rinne

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

So I watched as Pekka Rinne, the estimable 38-year-old Nashville goaltender, took a victory lap around his home ice to a standing ovation following the May 10 shutout of Carolina in his 683rd — and perhaps, last — game for the franchise.

And all I was thinking was: This is the way Henrik Lundqvist deserved to go out as a Ranger — with cheers and gratitude ringing in his ears from the adoring Garden faithful, and not with the anticlimactic buyout that followed The King’s slide into near obscurity those final months of 2019-20.

But that’s not all. Because it is my belief general manager Chris Drury and the Blueshirts should target the impending free agent Rinne to fill the role as backup goaltender to Igor Shesterkin next season if he is on the market. Yes, of course, that would entail dealing Alexandar Georgiev, but that is a move that would serve the best interests of both parties.

The Rangers need an infusion of leadership in all corners of the room.

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