Rangers Rumors & News

  • NHL players must step up if they want this headhunting to end

    New York Post "Rule 48.1 splits hairs so that it remains legal to crack skulls. An overstatement? Well, of course, except the NHL and essentially all of its stake-holders are so fearful that banning all blows to the head would all but eliminate the little hitting that remains in the game, they are willing to..." April 23

  • The emphasis the Rangers had on acquiring "character" players at the deadline

    SNY TV "Rangers assistant GM Chris Drury said that the organization's priorities moving forward are to add "young, competitive players with speed and skill and 'a premium on high character.'" When Jeff Gorton and Glen Sather wrote a letter to the fans announcing that the team was intending to sell at..." April 23

  • Rangers’ David Desharnais Headed to KHL

    Pro Hockey Rumors "With the New York Rangers in rebuilding mode and the expected full-time roles that are likely to be given to top prospects Lias Andersson and Filip Chytil, the writing looked to be on the wall for veteran center David Desharnais. Now, European insider Igor Eronko reports that the 31-year-old..." April 22

  • Henrik Lundqvist could’ve left at trade deadline if he wanted to

    New York Post "The Rangers presented Henrik Lundqvist with the option of moving at the trade deadline, but the 36-year-old franchise goaltender declined while citing his commitment to the club’s rebuild, Garden executive chairman Jim Dolan told The Post on Wednesday. “We told Hank that if he didn’t want to..." April 19

  • What the Rangers are looking for in their new coach

    SNY TV "Jeff Gorton said last week that "fresh" was a good word to describe the kind of coach the Rangers are looking to hire. He said that the Rangers are looking for someone with a "progressive mind," make changes on the fly, lead and develop young players. The Rangers GM noted that lately in..." April 18

  • Rangers Closing In On Swedish Forward Michael Lindqvist

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The New York Rangers are already in off-season mode following a disappointing 77-point season that saw them finish last in the Metropolitan Division and trade away several big-name veterans. GM Jeff Gorton and company clearly have at least a restructuring of the team in mind, if not a complete..." April 18

  • John Amirante, Rangers national anthem singer, dies at age 83

    Newsday "John Amirante sang the national anthem in public well north of 1,000 times, by his estimate, but his favorite was one for which he could not hear himself sing. It was on June 14, 1994, when he belted out his trademark, fast-paced rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Madison Square..." April 17

  • Henrik Lundqvist chooses his knee’s health over country

    New York Post "Henrik Lundqvist declined an invitation to join Team Sweden for the World Championships while citing the knee issue he first referenced at the Rangers’ breakup day on April 10 as the reason. Lundqvist, who originally sustained the left MCL injury during Tre Kronor’s run to the title last..." April 16

  • Rangers players do not seem too broken up about Alain Vigneault

    New York Post "The Rangers essentially held a two-month breakup day, where players had to reflect and explain away a disappointing season and rationalize management’s decision to begin rebuilding. By the time the actual breakup day rolled around Tuesday, the emotion had been drained into a cold, calculated..." April 12

  • Would the Rangers be a fit for Erik Karlsson?

    SNY TV "The Boston Globe suggests that the Rangers might be a match for Ottawa when it comes to a possible Erik Karlsson trade. (Boston Globe) They note that Ottawa only has one pick in the first three rounds this year while the Rangers have three in the first, two in the second and two in the third...." April 11

  • Biggest contract years for NHL playoff teams

    Pro Hockey Talk "Technically speaking, NHL players only get paid for the 82-game regular season, aside from the pocket change that comes from certain bonuses for playoff wins. In reality, a player can make a living off of a magical postseason run or two. A strong couple of months could end up being costly in..." April 11

  • The only untouchable Rangers if a star hits trade market

    New York Post "Regarding the Rangers, I am reminded of Joe Namath’s tale of his first meeting with Bear Bryant. As a high-school recruit, Joe Willie has related many times, he was invited to ascend the tower from which the fabled Alabama coach oversaw practice. The quarterback admitted he could barely..." April 11

  • Alexei Bereglazov Put On Unconditional Waivers, Will Have Contract Terminated

    Pro Hockey Rumors "It didn’t work out for Alexei Bereglazov and the New York Rangers, and today the two sides have come to an agreement to end the relationship. Agent Dan Milstein announced on Twitter that Bereglazov has been placed on unconditional waivers for the purpose of a mutual contract termination. " April 10

  • Henrik Lundqvist played most of season with left knee injury

    Newsday "Henrik Lundqvist played nearly all season with a bothersome left knee, the Rangers goaltender revealed Tuesday on breakup day at the team’s practice facility. It is the same knee he injured last summer at the World Championships while playing for Sweden. “Physically, I’ve been dealing with a..." April 10

  • Multiple NHL playoff games will air on Golf Channel, for some reason

    Awful Announcing "The NHL announced the broadcast schedule for the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs Sunday night, offering us a look at how NBCUniversal will shuffle the various series across its numerous networks. As usual, many games will air on NBCSN, others will appear on CNBC, others on USA, a handful..." April 09

  • Ilya Kovalchuk to reportedly sign with Rangers, returning to NHL after 5-year absence

    CBS Sports "Half a decade after returning to Russia to play in the KHL, it looks like Ilya Kovalchuk is primed for an NHL comeback. Kovalchuk, who signed with the Atlanta Thrashers prior to the 2001 season and played through the 2012-13 season, ending his career with the Devils, will reportedly be signing..." April 09

  • Rangers GM Jeff Gorton also fires Scott Arniel and Darryl Williams, looking for ‘fresh’ coach after Alain Vigneault

    New York Daily News "Jeff Gorton, who said he decided last week he wanted to make a coaching change and let go of Alain Vigneault, said Monday that assistant coaches Scott Arniel and Darryl Williams were also fired on Sunday. The Rangers GM says he still needs to meet with assistant Lindy Ruff. As far as candidates..." April 09

  • Rangers' five best coaching candidates to replace Alain Vigneault

    Sporting News "NHL head coaches came this close to making it through the 2017-18 season start to finish with their jobs, all 31 of them. It would have been the first time in 50 years without a midseason firing. That was true until the final hours of the regular season Saturday, when the Rangers predictably..." April 08

  • Rangers fire coach Alain Vigneault

    New York Post "In retrospect, this was an act of desperation, one last grasp at something that was slipping through Alain Vigneault’s fingers. Ultimately, all the pleading wasn’t enough. The Rangers fired Vigneault as their head coach on Saturday night just hours after the regular-season finale, a 5-0..." April 08

  • Alain Vigneault expects to remain with Rangers

    New York Daily News "Nearly six weeks after a franchise-altering trade deadline, the Rangers now enter the next phase of their rebuild following a 5-0 loss to the Flyers Saturday afternoon in their season finale. The first order of business is determining whether to move forward with head coach Alain Vigneault,..." April 07

  • Chris Kreider expected to play for Team USA at the World Championships

    SNY TV "Chris Kreider will play for Team USA at the World Championships this spring in Denmark. (Larry Brooks) Kreider previously played for Team USA at the Worlds in 2010 and 2011 while at Boston College, scoring three goals and two assists in 13 games." April 06

  • Which NHL teams will make a coaching change after the season?

    Pro Hockey Talk "The 2017-18 NHL season will come to an end this weekend and barring some last-minute decision, no head coach will have been fired; that’s something that hasn’t happened since the league expanded in 1967. It’s a rarity that no coach has been canned, despite the calls for management to take..." April 05

  • Stanley Cup stripping big names off hardware to make room for future winners

    Sporting News "The Stanley Cup is erasing some of the biggest names in hockey to make room for future winners. The names from the teams that won the Cup from 1954-64 will be stripped off the hardware this spring, the Chicago Tribune reported. That means legendary names such as Gordie Howe and Robert Hull..." April 04

  • Will Mats Zuccarello’s foot injury keep him out the rest of season?

    New York Post "Mats Zuccarello did not play for the Rangers in Tuesday night’s 5-2 loss to the Devils in Newark, but the winger has not been ruled out of the season’s final two games by coach Alain Vigneault after an MRI exam on his foot and ankle came up clean. “It’s just a matter of whether he can handle..." April 04

  • Lundqvist sends loud message: Rangers will not hit bottom

    New York Post "Make no mistake about it. Henrik Lundqvist is in for the rebuild, all right, but the goaltender believes there’s only one priority for the Rangers when the club reconvenes for training camp in September. Hint: It doesn’t involve bottoming out. “Next year has to be about winning and..." April 03

  • Odds: Vegas pegs MacKinnon as Hart favorite, Rinne for Vezina

    The Score "Spring is finally in the air. And with that, the NHL calendar is inching closer to what we all crave most: playoff puck. However, there is another major event on the horizon, as the league will hand out its awards for the game's best coaches, front-office executives, and players at the..." April 03

  • Rangers rookies haven’t caught up to speed of the NHL game

    New York Post "When the Rangers talk about “pace” concerning their young players, end-to-end skating ability is hardly the whole of it. In the case of 18-year-old Filip Chytil, he already has significantly impressed in that area. Instead, the real “pace” Chytil needs to adjust to is that at which decisions..." April 02

  • Zuccarello wants to be bridge to next great Rangers teams

    New York Post "Mats Zuccarello is torn. The Rangers winger is happy to see some of his best friends in contention to chase a Stanley Cup. He’s just not happy that they’re not still doing it together as teammates. “It hurts sometimes to see that most of the guys are on Stanley Cup contender teams around the..." March 31

  • Defining the McDonagh-Girardi Rangers era as they return

    New York Post "This is a night on which worlds collide, when Rangers Past confronts Rangers Present while Rangers Future remains an embryonic concept. And this 2017-18 Garden finale is a night for old times’ sake to merge with “Auld Lang Syne” because Dan Girardi and Ryan McDonagh are coming back..." March 30

  • Lundqvist staying focused on present, not future, with Rangers

    NHL.com "The reality that the New York Rangers would not qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs this season set in for goaltender Henrik Lundqvist a while ago. That's why he was prepared for the inevitable when the Rangers were eliminated from contention when the New Jersey Devils defeated the Carolina..." March 28

  • Lindy Ruff not with the team after suffering a concussion at practice

    SNY TV "Rangers assistant coach Lindy Ruff is not with the team in Washington for tonight's game after he stepped on a puck in practice yesterday and hit his head. Alain Vigneault said that Ruff needed stitches and was diagnosed with a concussion." March 28

  • NHL releases odds for 2018 Draft Lottery

    Sportsnet "The NHL has released the odds for the 2018 Draft Lottery, which will be held on April 28 in Toronto. The lottery will consist of three draws: one for the first-overall pick, one for the second-overall pick and one for the third. The 15 teams that fail to qualify for the playoffs, or teams that..." March 28

  • Rangers GM shifts some pieces as lost season winds down

    New York Post "The pieces continue to move around, well after the Rangers began to lose en masse, well after management publicly declared its intention to rebuild with a letter to the fans on Feb. 8, and well after the Feb. 26 trade deadline. Yet Jeff Gorton, the man running the show, has not seen this as a..." March 28

  • Kevin Shattenkirk shut down for the rest of the season

    SNY TV "Jeff Gorton announced that Kevin Shattenkirk will not return to the Rangers this season. Shattenkirk had been skating and was hoping to return, even for one game, before the end of the season." March 27

  • Why the Rangers would fire Alain Vigneault

    New York Post "We’re nearing the end for the 2017-18 Rangers, one point away from playoff extinction with six games to go following Monday’s 4-2 Garden defeat to the Capitals. But the promotions of teen first-rounders Lias Andersson and Filip Chytil make this feel like more of a beginning for 2018-19. Except,..." March 27

  • Rangers’ teenage first-round picks are getting their chance

    New York Post "It seemed like a long time coming, but finally it’s here. The Rangers called up first-round picks Lias Andersson (No. 7 overall) and Filip Chytil (No. 21) from AHL Hartford on Sunday. The two will likely play out the rest of the season with the Blueshirts, starting with the home-and-home..." March 26

  • Rangers recall Andersson, Chytil as season draws to close

    The Score "The New York Rangers will use their final seven games to evaluate some of their up-and-coming talent. On Sunday, the team recalled prospects Lias Andersson and Filip Chytil from the AHL's Hartford Wolf Pack. The Rangers selected the two forwards with the seventh and 21st picks, respectively,..." March 25

  • Rangers must not fall into this Sabres’ rebuilding trap

    New York Post "Across the ice from the Rangers on Saturday night, in one of those games no one really wants to have to play, were the Sabres, one of the NHL’s prime illustrations of a team that has not won for losing, and an example the Blueshirts would not want to emulate. Because despite drafting in top..." March 25

  • Kevin Shattenkirk not ready to call it quits on this season

    New York Post "This is not the same for the Rangers and Kevin Shattenkirk as it was at the beginning of the season. The expectations for an eighth straight playoff berth have now all but vanished, and Shattenkirk’s first year on Broadway already has been defined by injury and disappointment. So the talented..." March 24

  • NHLPA agrees to GM-recommended change for goalie interference

    The Score "The NHL Players Association has approved the general mangers' proposed change to goaltender interference video reviews that would give the league's hockey operations department the final call over the on-ice referee. Unanimous approval from the Board of Governors is still required before the..." March 22

  • Ryan Spooner expected to start tonight's game at center

    SNY TV "Ryan Spooner is expected to start tonight's game against Philadelphia at center. (NY Post) He is slated to play between Jimmy Vesey and Pavel Buchnevich. Spooner is a career 42.8% on faceoffs and in 11 games with the Rangers he has only won 9 of 35. In 13 games with the Rangers, Spooner..." March 22

  • New York Rangers Open To Trading First-Round Pick

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The New York Rangers were busier than any other team at the trade deadline, tearing down their old core by trading players like Rick Nash, Nick Holden, Michael Grabner, J.T. Miller and of course Ryan McDonagh. Those moves came with the benefit of stockpiling draft picks, but that’s not necessarily..." March 21

  • NHL recommends hockey ops makes goalie interference calls

    The Score "NHL general managers have officially recommended a change to the goaltender interference rule, agreeing to leave video reviews up to the league's hockey operations department rather than on-ice referees, commissioner Gary Bettman announced Wednesday. The team responsible for making the calls..." March 21

  • Henrik Lundqvist is ready to see some action again

    New York Post "Henrik Lundqvist will finally return to the net for the Rangers on Tuesday night at the Garden against the Blue Jackets after the franchise goaltender had been given a three-game respite so that the coaching staff and management could get a good look at rookie Alexandar Georgiev. Lundqvist most..." March 20

  • Goaltender Interference Dominates GM Meetings

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The NHL General Managers are currently at their yearly meetup in Boca Raton, Florida, and the agenda is filled with discussions on how to make the game better and more appealing to fans. Goaltender interference reviews were one of the biggest issues heading into the meetings, and one brought up..." March 19

  • Rangers finally getting a chance to test out teenage draft picks

    New York Post "The most interesting time of the second half of the Rangers’ season is drawing near. That would be when both first-round picks from the most recent draft — center Lias Andersson (No. 7 overall) and Filip Chytil (No. 21) — get to come up and play as many NHL games as possible without burning the..." March 19

  • Rangers adding Erik Karlsson a dream that should stay that way

    New York Post "On three different occasions over the past few weeks, The Post has encountered people inside the NHL who either implied or inquired about the possibility of the Rangers going after superlative defenseman Erik Karlsson, who it seems inevitable will be traded by the Senators before the June 22..." March 17

  • Rangers getting a good look at the future, despite playoff disappointment

    Pro Hockey Talk "Silver linings for teams far off the playoff line are few and far between at this time of the year. But if there is one that can be taken for any team looking at re-tooling or rebuilding for next season, it’s the ability to take a look at the future crop against NHL adversaries. The New York..." March 17

  • Rangers back open for business this summer

    Fanrag Sports "The New York Rangers have been very open about the rebuilding/retooling process they’re undergoing, but there do seem to be undercurrents of this being a quicker operation than some might have expected. The Rangers have always been tied to big trade rumors or free agent signings over the..." March 15

  • Rangers playing it straight, and it’s killing their draft prospects

    New York Post "Rangerstown is filled with folks attempting to conjure ways for the Blueshirts to move into the entry draft’s top three if luck isn’t with the club at the lottery drawing, and yes, I see you there among the riffraff, Mr. General Manager Jeff Gorton. Entering Wednesday night’s NBCSN showcase..." March 15

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