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All Henrik Lundqvist

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

In addition to explaining his decision to retire, Lundqvist, who is sixth on the NHL wins list (459) and won the Vezina Trophy voted as the NHL's best goalie in the 2011-12 season, discussed his plans for life after hockey, the honor of having his No. 30 set to be retired by the Rangers and more in a Q&A with NHL.com:

Why is the decision to retire something you have come to peace with at this point?

"It's life. It happens. It's the same thing with the surgery. Things happen and you just have to be very grateful for the things you do have and your experience. It's not like I'm 30. I'm 39. Yeah, if I had the chance to play a couple more years I would have for sure. I still love the game. I love going to the rink. Last fall, I was on the ice every day going to the rink with two shooters because I loved it and I wanted to come back and I felt really good. I felt better than I felt in years, honestly, so that excited me as well. But things happen and you just have to react to that. You might have a plan, but things change. It was just too much risk to try and go for it. The way I felt too, it was not a good feeling in March, April, that pain. I didn't want to be in that position again."

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Gerard Gallant On Alexis Lafreniere

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Doing It Gerard Gallant’s Way

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

The Rangers’ new sheriff in town has introduced a different way of doing things at the rink.

“I think the No. 1 thing is that the systems are a lot simpler,” Ryan Strome said Thursday when asked about the changes that have occurred under the peaceful transfer of power from former head coach David Quinn to incumbent Gerard Gallant. “It’s not rocket science what we’re doing out there, it’s just about executing it. I think it creates a little less thinking out there.

“Even from the first game we had the other night, what [Gallant] expects and demands on the bench isn’t anything no one’s capable of. It’s keep pucks out of the middle, chip it in and chip it out, don’t beat yourselves and support the puck. Other than that, it’s kind of go out there and play.

“I think that takes a lot of the thinking out of the game from guys and lets our instincts take over. I think our team is a team with great instincts and when we’re able to apply that within the system he has put in place, that’s when you have the chance to be successful.”

Gallant also has taken more of a laissez-faire approach to the room than did his predecessor. As Strome tells it, it seems as if Gallant’s approach is similar in that regard to Alain Vigneault, the current Flyers’ coach who was behind the Rangers’ bench for five seasons, from 2013-18.

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The New York Rangers Turn To A Retired Linesman To Help With Facoffs

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

The idea, we’re told, was born in 2005-06, when Chris Drury was co-captain in Buffalo, and the Sabres brought a retired referee to training camp to work with the team on the rules changes that arose out of the Shanahan Summit during Owners’ Lockout II.

Sixteen years later and now the general manager of the Rangers, Drury reached into his past and then out to retired NHL linesman Pierre Racicot to work with his team on faceoffs during the opening days of training camp.

Racicot, a 54-year-old veteran of 1,880 regular season games and 254 playoff contests, who dropped the puck tens of thousands of times, worked with the club’s faceoff men following each of Friday’s training camp sessions, imparting his wisdom regarding rules at the dots and advice on positioning and stance.

This represents an innovative approach to confront a historically serious deficiency that has undermined the Rangers for years. Last season, the Rangers won just 44.5 percent of their faceoffs, which was not only last in the league, but also ranked 273rd of the 274 NHL individual team-seasons since 2012-13. The previous season’s 45.9 percent ranked 30th in the NHL and 260th since 2012-13. The 2018-19 club’s 46.9 percent also ranked 30th in the league while placing 252nd over the last nine years.

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Keep The ‘C’ Away From Artemi Panarin

from NHL.com,

Artemi Panarin does not want to be named captain of the New York Rangers, the 29-year-old forward told "Hockey in the Know" on Instagram.

"I think we have more deserving candidates for that role now," Panarin said Friday. "Would I want it? I'd rather say no, actually.

"It's not just putting a letter on the sweater and walking around taking pictures. It's a lot of rough work in the locker room. And it's not just about playing good hockey. You also have to give your energy between the periods, motivate guys, giving interviews, being the face of the franchise. Overall, it's a lot of work off the ice."...

"I think I'm more effective in hockey," Panarin said. "And I'm afraid that I won't be an effective captain. I even don't speak English. How can I motivate? I can only influence with my own game. And they will listen to me without any letters."

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The New York Rangers Added A Few Missing Pieces

via TSN,

While it may not be playoffs or bust for the New York Rangers, defenceman Adam Fox says the expectations are higher for the team entering this season.

The reigning Norris Trophy winner told the NHL@TheRink podcast Wednesday it's time for the Rangers to take a step forward after missing the playoffs for the third time in four years last season. 

"You can only say you're a young team for so long or you're only in a developmental phase for so long," Fox said, who had five goals and 47 points in 55 games last season. "We have pieces and a lot of really good players, so I think it's probably playoffs or it's a disappointing year for a lot of guys. It starts in camp and gelling together. We did bring in a few pieces, guys with experience. We're all excited to get going and the playoffs are a goal for everyone in that room."

The Rangers added two-time Stanley Cup winner Barclay Goodrow and tough guy Ryan Reaves to their forward group among their moves this off-season. Reaves will be reunited with former Vegas Golden Knights head coach Gerard Gallant, who is also entering his first season on Broadway.

"We brought some guys in with more experience, guys with more defined roles," Fox said. "You hear the playoffs and everything, but I think every team wants to make the playoffs going into the year. I don't think anyone is going in to lose games. New coaching staff, a few new players, so it's a step-by-step process."

The Rangers, who were swept in the qualifying round of the 2020 playoffs by the Carolina Hurricanes, haven't won a playoff game since 2017. 

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New York Rangers Have High Hopes For Defenseman Nils Lundkvist

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Three years of waiting were three years in the making for Nils Lundkvist, the highly regarded 2018 first-round, 28th-overall draft selection who is here, under contract, skating in the Rangers development camp and is expected to nail down a spot on the opening roster at right defense.

“It is a big opportunity to be here, and I’m going to do the best I can to improve these weeks and show which player I am and hopefully make the team,” the 21-year-old Swede said after his session on Saturday. “That’s my dream also and what I’m looking forward to.”

Lundkvist, who has honed his elite offensive skill the past three years with Lulea of the SHL, is the final piece of the 2018 Ryan McDonagh-J.T. Miller deadline deal with Tampa Bay — in which Libor Hajek, Brett Howden and Vlad Namestnikov also came New York’s way. So far, this has not been a boffo return for the Blueshirts, but if Lundkvist becomes an impact player, evaluations will change.

The Rangers’ atypical patience with Lundkvist — who certainly had a say in the matter — has benefitted Lundkvist, winner of the Borje Salming Award as the SHL’s best defenseman after posting 32 points (14-18) in 52 games for Lulea before playing a significant role for Team Sweden at the World Championships.

“I feel like it’s been a great couple of years in Sweden and I’ve done what I could back home,” he said. “Playing back home has been the best opportunity to develop, and develop as a person on and off the ice. It’s a big step just coming here and moving overseas. With the COVID situation and the way the season went, I think it was a good decision to stay home.

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The New York Rangers Won’t Get Pushed Around

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

The Rangers sure did sharpen their edges when it comes to the bottom six in importing players such as Ryan Reaves, Barclay Goodrow and Sammy Blais, but the outstanding question is whether these moves can create a team-wide identity that benefits the more skill-oriented athletes who were too easily suppressed last season by more physically inclined opponents?

The answer, provided by none other than Gerard Gallant in a wide-ranging one-on-one telephone conversation with The Post on Friday, is one gleaned from personal experience. And the answer is … well, let’s hear from the incoming 36th head coach in franchise history.

“One hundred percent. There’s no doubt,” said Gallant, who started his NHL career in Detroit in the mid-1980s as a teammate of Bob Probert and Joey Kocur. “It’s not about changing your style of play, it’s about giving a little comfort for those guys.

“There’s no doubt in my mind that Goodrow’s competitive spirit, a Ryan Reaves’ type of player, Jarred Tinordi, that type of player plus the guys who were already here will make this team a lot better.

“Those guys are important players. I love hard-working competitive teams, and with Reaves and whoever else is on your team, we upgraded a part that we thought was a little bit weaker last year,” the coach said. “It was a complete different era, but when I played with Kocur and Probert, I know I felt a lot better playing my game with those guys on my bench.

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Drafting Henrik Lundqvist

from Emily Kaplan of ESPN,

"Back then, the drafts were nine rounds, and by the sixth or seventh, you're just looking for a player that someone semi-likes," explained then-assistant general manager Don Maloney. "You're just trying to stay awake more than anything else."

The Rangers had already drafted a goalie, American-born Brandon Snee, in the fifth round. "But we didn't have anyone in our system we were really high on," Maloney said. "So by the seventh round, we said, 'We really should think about another goalie here.'"

Sitting to Maloney's right was Martin Madden, the head of amateur scouting. On Maloney's left was Christer Rockstrom, the team's head European scout. Maloney glanced over at Rockstrom's notebook, and noticed a bunch of names crossed out except for one at the top: Henrik Lundqvist's.

"Christer," Maloney whispered. "Is that your top goaltender in Europe that hasn't been selected?"

"Yes," Rockstrom responded. "But Martin saw him and didn't like him, so don't bring his name up."

Maloney was incredulous.

"It was so illogical -- Christer has a great track record, why wouldn't we take this Lundqvist guy?" Maloney said.

So Maloney brought his concerns to Madden. "In Martin's defense -- and why I think Henrik fell in that draft -- Henrik wasn't very good in the last tournament that all the scouts see," Maloney said. "But Martin basically said, 'Fine, we'll take him.' Christer looked at me and was like, 'I can't believe it. Don -- why are you trying to get me in trouble with my boss?'"

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Rest In Peace Rod Gilbert

NEW YORK, August 22, 2021 – The New York Rangers are saddened to learn of the passing of Rangers legend Rod Gilbert, who passed away at the age of 80.

“I am deeply saddened by the passing of Rod Gilbert – one of the greatest Rangers to ever play for our organization and one of the greatest ambassadors the game of hockey has ever had,” said James Dolan, Executive Chairman, Madison Square Garden Sports Corp. “While his on-ice achievements rightly made him a Hall of Famer, it was his love for the Rangers and the people of New York that endeared him to generations of fans and forever earned him the title, ‘Mr. Ranger.’ Our thoughts are with Rod’s wife, Judy, and the entire Gilbert family during this difficult time. They will always be a part of the Rangers family.”

“Everyone in the Rangers organization mourns the loss of a true New York icon,” said Rangers President and General Manager Chris Drury. “Rod’s remarkable talent and zest for life personified this city and endeared him to hockey fans and non-hockey fans alike. Growing up a young Rangers fan, one of the first names I ever heard about was Rod Gilbert – he was synonymous with Rangers hockey. It was an incredible privilege to get to know Rod. His passion and dedication to the Rangers will forever be a source of inspiration for me."

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