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Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist shinedin Thursday's shootout win over Carolina. | 10/16/2014 10:00 PM
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Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist shinedin Thursday's shootout win over Carolina.
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Impact
He stopped 29-of-30 shots and did not let up a goal in the shootout either. It was Lundqvist's second win on the season, and this has a chance to really get him and the Rangers rolling.
Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist allowed six goals for a second straight start on Tuesday. | 10/14/2014 9:58 PM
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Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist allowed six goals for a second straight start on Tuesday.
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Impact
Lundqvist stopped just 18-of-24 shots against the Maple Leafs on Sunday. He did slightly better on Tuesday, turning aside 21 out of 27 shots from the Islanders, but his save percentage was still well below .800. Lundqvist is in some obvious funk, but fantasy owners should by no means panic.
Rangers winger Rick Nash has scored in each of the first four games of this season. | 10/14/2014 9:49 PM
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Rangers winger Rick Nash has scored in each of the first four games of this season.
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Impact
Nash leads the NHL with six goals after just four games. He scored two more times on Tuesday against the Islanders for the only goals the Rangers had on the night. Nash will obviously not be able to maintain this production, but the Rangers and fantasy owners alike love the fast start.
It was a night to forget for Rangers netminder Henrik Lundqvist as he gave up six goals on 24 shots. | 10/13/2014 9:36 AM
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It was a night to forget for Rangers netminder Henrik Lundqvist as he gave up six goals on 24 shots.
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Impact
Lundqvist was pulled in the second period. We have no doubts he'll be a top goaltender again this season, this was just one of those days. He's won 53.8 percent of his games over his career and has won at least 30 games every season except the 2012-13 48-game campaign.
Rangers netminder Henrik Lundqvist will be in goal Sunday, after getting the night off against Columbus. | 10/12/2014 11:26 AM
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Rangers netminder Henrik Lundqvist will be in goal Sunday, after getting the night off against Columbus.
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Impact
Cam Talbot starting in Saturday's loss to the Blue Jackets, but will give way to New York's star goalie against Toronto.. Lundqvist earned the victory in his first start of the season, turning away 25-of-27 shots on goal.
Rangers winger Rick Nash has four points through two games, this season. | 10/12/2014 11:21 AM
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Rangers winger Rick Nash has four points through two games, this season.
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Impact
Nash is off to a hot start, with three goals and an assist, along with eight shots on goal and a +2 rating. It is a welcomed sight for owners and Rangers' fans.
Rangers coach Alain Vigneault told the New York Post that Martin St. Louis or Derick Brassard will play the point on the power play while Dan Boyle is out with his injury. | 10/11/2014 11:19 AM
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Rangers coach Alain Vigneault told the New York Post that Martin St. Louis or Derick Brassard will play the point on the power play while Dan Boyle is out with his injury.
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Impact
Boyle will be out for four-to-six weeks, so either St. Louis, Brassard or possibly both, will receive a fantasy boost playing the point on the man advantage.
Rangers backup goaltender Cam Talbot will start in Saturday's game against the Blue Jackets according to The Bergen Record. | 10/10/2014 5:45 PM
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Rangers backup goaltender Cam Talbot will start in Saturday's game against the Blue Jackets according to The Bergen Record.
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Impact
This will be a rare start for Talbot because the Rangers still have that Henrik Lundqvist guy who is pretty good.
Rangers netminder Henrik Lundqvist picked up his first victory of the season. | 10/09/2014 10:49 PM
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Rangers netminder Henrik Lundqvist picked up his first victory of the season.
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Impact
He had 23 saves on 25 shots, and looked good in the season-opener. Lundqvist will remain an elite option at goalie, for the 2014-15 season.
Rangers winger Rick Nash had a big game in the opener. | 10/09/2014 10:48 PM
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Rangers winger Rick Nash had a big game in the opener.
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Impact
He had the game-winning goal in New York's 3-2 victory over the Blues. Nash had three total points (2 goals, 1 assist), four shots on goal, and a +2 rating on Thursday. Solid start to the 2014-15 season.
Rangers winger Chris Kreider had two points in the season opener against St. Louis. | 10/09/2014 10:46 PM
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Rangers winger Chris Kreider had two points in the season opener against St. Louis.
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Impact
This is a strong start for Kreider, who registered a goal and an assist, along with two shots and a +1 rating. With Kreider on New York's top line, he could be in line for a breakout season.
Rangers winger Carl Hagelin will top last year's 15 goals and 16 assists numbers. | 09/30/2014 8:17 PM
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Rangers winger Carl Hagelin will top last year's 15 goals and 16 assists numbers.
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Impact
We expect a lot from Hagelin, who is one of the fastest players in the NHL. There is a chance that he will play with Mats Zuccarello and Derick Brassard this year. If that happens, we like the combination of Haelin's speed and Zuccarello's grittiness to score a bunch of goals.
Rangers left wing Mats Zuccarello had a breakout season last year, so now fans are wondering if he can repeat that success. | 09/30/2014 8:11 PM
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Rangers left wing Mats Zuccarello had a breakout season last year, so now fans are wondering if he can repeat that success.
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Impact
Zuccarello scored 19 goals and had 40 assists playing with Benoit Pouliot and Derick Brassard last season. He will again play with Brassard, but Pouliot left via free agency. The pair will likely be a part of the Rangers second line, but stay tuned because they could also end up in a checking-line role. Either way, Zuccarello is worth stashing on your team.
Rangers winger Chris Kreider is poised for a breakout fantasy season in 2014-2015. | 09/30/2014 8:05 PM
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Rangers winger Chris Kreider is poised for a breakout fantasy season in 2014-2015.
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Impact
Kreider has had problems staying on the ice, but when playing, he might be the best offensive force the Rangers have. He scored 13 points in 15 playoffs games despite missing time with injuries. Kreider will miss Stepan the first part of the season, but he is still a guy owners want in their lineup.
Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonaugh really surprised fans with the amount of offensive production last season. | 09/30/2014 7:56 PM
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Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonaugh really surprised fans with the amount of offensive production last season.
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Impact
McDonaugh scored 14 goals and 43 points while adding another four goals and 17 points in the playoffs a year ago. He had the opportunity to play more offense and he took advantage. Veteran free agent signee Dan Boyle will likely take a part of that role away from McDonaugh this season, but McDonaugh is still expected to about 13 goals and 30 assists.
Rangers winger Martin St. Louis' fantasy value will greatly depend on linemate Rick Nash. | 09/30/2014 7:52 PM
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Rangers winger Martin St. Louis' fantasy value will greatly depend on linemate Rick Nash.
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Impact
St. Louis disappointed Rangers fans with just eight points in 19 games after the trade deadline move last year. He then scored 15 points in 25 playoffs games. Not bad, but considering St. Louis has averaged a point per game over the course of seven seasons, it's not particularly good. St. Louis misses playing with Steven Stamkos and will need Nash to reemerge as a great scorer to make St. Louis a top fantasy forward.
Rangers winger Rick Nash should be a player owners can pick late on draft day. | 09/30/2014 7:48 PM
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Rangers winger Rick Nash should be a player owners can pick late on draft day.
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Impact
Nash had a below average regular season which turned into a horrible playoffs last year. He had 39 points in 65 games and then just three goals in 25 playoffs games. We believe Nash can bounce back, but owners should not be picking him early. Take the upside he offers late in the draft.
Rangers winger Chris Kreider is poised for a breakout fantasy season in 2014-2015. | 09/30/2014 7:44 PM
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Rangers winger Chris Kreider is poised for a breakout fantasy season in 2014-2015.
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Impact
Kreider has had problems staying on the ice, but when playing, he might be the best offensive force the Rangers have. He scored 13 points in 15 playoffs games despite missing time with injuries. Kreider will miss Stepan the first part of the season, but he is still a guy owners want in their lineup.
Rangers center Derek Stepan played three fewer minutes per game under first-year head coach Alain Vigneault last season. | 09/30/2014 7:40 PM
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Rangers center Derek Stepan played three fewer minutes per game under first-year head coach Alain Vigneault last season.
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Impact
Stephan fractured his fibula last week, so his fantasy value has already taken a huge hit, but even before the injury, his value was slightly dipping. Stepan really struggled last season, and there were questions about the Rangers depth chart coming into training camp. The injury certainly does not help Stepan's cause.
Rangers center Derek Stepan fractured his fibula and will be out four-to-six weeks according to the Bergen Record. | 09/25/2014 11:08 AM
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Rangers center Derek Stepan fractured his fibula and will be out four-to-six weeks according to the Bergen Record.
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Impact
Stepan will likely miss the first seven games of the regular season, but it should take much longer for him to get back into the swing of things. Missing training camp is never a good thing. Even if he returns in four weeks, his fantasy value has taken a hit.
Lee Stempniak's contract worth $900,000 | 07/19/2014 7:06 PM
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The New York Rangers have confirmed that they've signed veteran forward Lee Stempniak to a contract and reports suggest it's worth $900,000 for one year.
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Impact
Stempniak, 31, played 73 games last season with the Calgary Flames and Pittsburgh Penguins. He had 12 goals, 22 assists and 32 penalty minutes.
Report: Brassard might get $5.5 mil annually | 07/17/2014 8:51 PM
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Derick Brassard reportedly wants around $5.5 million annually on a long-term deal.
NY Post

Impact
The New York Rangers might end up giving him something in that ballpark and avoid arbitration with him in the process. Brassard could end up getting $4.5 million to $4.75 million awarded to him if the two sides aren't able to avoid arbitration. He has 18 goals and 45 points in 81 contests last season.
Report:Zuccarello might get $4.5 mil annually | 07/17/2014 8:46 PM
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Mats Zuccarello is reportedly looking for about $4.5 million annually on a long-term deal.
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Impact
Zuccarello is expected to make $3.7 million to $4 million if his case goes to an arbitration hearing. He had 19 goals and a team-leading 59 points in 77 games in 2013-14 campaign.
Matthew Lombardi heads back to NHL | 07/16/2014 12:09 PM
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Matthew Lombardi has signed a two-year, $1.6 million contract with the New York Rangers.
The Bergen Record

Impact
Lombardi had 20 goals and 50 points in 46 Swiss league games last season. He's a veteran of 536 NHL games and will provide the Rangers with some secondary scoring. It's certainly not a bad signing given the cost.
Rick Nash won't be traded by Rangers: Writer | 07/13/2014 10:43 AM
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After Rick Nash scored a mere three goals in the recent post-season, there's been plenty of speculation that the New York Rangers would try to trade the highly paid, high-profile right winger.
NY Post

Impact
Larry Brooks, however, insists in a New York Post column that such a trade will not be happening. "Nash has a no-move clause in his contract in force through the end of this season that management has no intention of asking him to waive and No. 61 has no intention of volunteering to forfeit," Brooks writes. "The Rangers are not asking Nash to leave town after two seasons on Broadway in which he led the team in goal-scoring both times, and No. 61 is not asking for an exit from New York after recording a sum of four goals in 37 playoff games. The concept is not on the table for either party."
Mats Zuccarello gets his arbitration date | 07/09/2014 4:41 PM
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Mats Zuccarello is scheduled to have his arbitration hearing on July 25.
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Impact
That's assuming of course that the Rangers can't sign him before that date. Zuccarello scored 19 goals and a team-leading 59 points in 77 contests in 2013-14.
Chris Kreider has arb hearing set for July 23 | 07/09/2014 4:38 PM
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Chris Kreider's arbitration date has been scheduled for July 23.
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Impact
Kreider is in line for a sizable raise after completing his entry-level contract. He had 17 goals and 37 points in 66 games in 2013-14.
Brassard has arb hearing set for July 28 | 07/09/2014 4:36 PM
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Derick Brassard has his arbitration date set.
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Impact
Brassard will have his hearing on July 28 unless he is able to agree to terms with the New York Rangers. He had 45 points and 46 penalty minutes in 81 contests last season.
Dan Boyle happy to rejoin Martin St. Louis | 07/07/2014 9:16 PM
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One of the reasons Dan Boyle decided to sign with the New York Rangers was the prospect of being reunited with Martin St. Louis.
The Bergen Record

Impact
"It was a big factor," Boyle said. "Him and I kept in touch. Unfortunately, with the passing of his mom, we talked through that. Him going to the Final, me being a UFA. We kept in touch. I'm not going to be the oldest guy on the team, that's also why I wanted to go. Marty is definitely a big reason. Him and I have had similar careers. it's a great opportunity to play with him." Boyle and St. Louis won the Stanley Cup as members of the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2004. Boyle was also interested in playing for an Original Six team after previously playing in non-traditional markets.
D. Moore 'grateful' to be staying with NYR | 07/06/2014 9:22 PM
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Dominic Moore said is "grateful" to stick with the Rangers after signing a two-year contract extension this offseason.
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Impact
Moore has played for nine different teams in his nine full NHL seasons, twice playing for New York. He had an excellent season after a year away from hockey to cope with the death of his wife. "It was an amazing last two months to the season," said Moore. "It took me a while to get back up to speed. There were no shortcuts. But to think about how far we went as a team after the way we started the season was something that was very rewarding personally."
Chris Kreider may take Rangers to arbitration | 07/05/2014 1:52 PM
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Restricted free agent Chris Kreider has filed for arbitration.
Ken Campbell on Twitter

Impact
He played his first full season with the Rangers in 2013-14, where he generated 17 goals and 37 points in 66 games. Kreider elevated his game in the playoffs and he ended up with 13 points in 15 contests to help New York get to the Stanley Cup Final. The two sides will work to get a contract in place before a hearing takes place.
Mats Zuccarello files for salary arbitration | 07/05/2014 1:47 PM
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Mats Zuccarello has filed for salary arbitration.
Ken Campbell on Twitter

Impact
The Rangers have engaged in "good" talks with Zuccarello already, so there's a chance that the matter will be settled before the negotiations go to an arbitrator.
Derick Brassard files for arbitration | 07/05/2014 1:17 PM
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Derick Brassard has filed for salary arbitration.
Allan Walsh on Twitter

Impact
The restricted free agent will continue to work with the Rangers on a new contract, so his arbitration hearing will serve as a last resort. Brassard scored a career high 18 goals and produced 45 points in 81 games last year.
Zuccarello's camp has 'good' talk with NYR | 07/03/2014 5:35 PM
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Mats Zuccarello's agent, Craig Oster, said he had a "good" meeting with assistant GM Jeff Gorton last weekend at the NHL draft.
New York Daily News

Impact
The Rangers don't have much cap space, but they are obviously very interested in keeping Zuccarello in the fold and rewarding his impressive 2013-14 performance. He led the team with 59 points in 77 games last season.
Rangers agree to terms with Nick Tarnasky | 07/03/2014 4:39 PM
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Nick Tarnasky has signed on with the New York Rangers.
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Impact
He registered 22 points and 144 penalty minutes in 76 games last season with the AHL's Hamilton Bulldogs. Tarnasky hasn't played in the NHL since the 2009-10 campaign when he skated in 31 games with Florida.
Rangers re-sign goalie Jason Missiaen | 07/03/2014 10:19 AM
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Jason Missiaen and the New York Rangers have come together on a one-year, two-way contract.
Renaud Lavoie on Twitter

Impact
He split time between the AHL and the ECHL last season. In 21 games with Greenville, he had a 14-6-1 record with a .919 save percentage and a 2.76 goals-against average. He's far down the Rangers' depth chart in terms of goaltending options.
Rangers have inked Cedrick Desjardins | 07/01/2014 4:55 PM
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The New York Rangers have signed Cedrick Desjardins.
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Impact
Desjardins had a 2.81 GAA and .900 save percentage in 35 AHL games last season. He'll start the 2014-15 campaign in the minors and get called up if an injury warrants it.
Rangers agree to terms with D Matt Hunwick | 07/01/2014 4:17 PM
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Matt Hunwick has agreed to a one-year deal worth $600,000 with the New York Rangers.
Bob McKenzie on Twitter

Impact
With Anton Stralman leaving for Tampa Bay via free agency, Hunwick has a chance to earn a roster spot with the Blueshirts after skating in just one game with Colorado this past season.
Steven Kampfer joins Rangers' organization | 07/01/2014 3:40 PM
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Steven Kampfer has agreed to a two-way deal with the New York Rangers.
Bob McKenzie on Twitter

Impact
Kampfer had 26 points and 48 penalty minutes in 69 AHL games in 2013-14. He's an organization depth defenseman, but he still could end up getting a bit of playing time in the NHL next season.
Chris Mueller has inked with the Rangers | 07/01/2014 2:55 PM
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The Rangers have signed former Dallas Star farmhand Chris Mueller to a contract.
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Impact
If he makes the Rangers out of training camp it will likely be in a bottom six role. As a result, Mueller has no fantasy value.
Rangers sign Tanner Glass for three seasons | 07/01/2014 1:54 PM
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The New York Rangers have signed Tanner Glass to a three-year/$4.35 million deal.
Bob McKenzie on Twitter

Impact
The Rangers get a tough bottom-six forward who should fit in nicely on the fourth line. He had 13 points and 90 penalty minutes for the Penguins last season.
Dominic Moore stays with the Rangers | 07/01/2014 1:49 PM
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Dominic Moore has re-signed with the Rangers for two years.
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Impact
Moore is a nice NHL hockey player but given that he will toil on the team's third or fourth line he has no fantasy value.
Mike Kostka signs with the Rangers | 07/01/2014 12:59 PM
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The New York Rangers have signed defenseman Mike Kostka to a one-year contract.
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Impact
No terms have been announced. Kostka is a depth defenseman who will see limited action with the Rangers unless there are significant injuries.
Dan Boyle signs with Rangers for 2 years | 07/01/2014 12:47 PM
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The Rangers have signed Dan Boyle to a two-year, $9 million contract.
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Impact
This is a very good signing by the Rangers who desperately needed to improve their power play. Boyle will certainly help in that regard as he will man the point on the team's top unit. We expect Boyle to register 40-50 points this upcoming season, which will make him a top 25 defenseman from a fantasy perspective.
Stralman's agent says Rangers are out | 07/01/2014 12:13 PM
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The agent for Anton Stralman said that the New York Rangers are officially out on his services.
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Impact
It's hard to imagine that Stralman is one of the more coveted free agents this season but it is a weak pool so he will likely get a nice contract. He had a goal and 13 points in 81 games for the Rangers.
Stralman waits for 11th hour Rangers' pitch | 07/01/2014 11:42 AM
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Anton Stralman is waiting to see if the Rangers contact him before the unrestricted free agent market opens.
Pierre LeBrun on Twitter

Impact
Obviously, there's not much time left before the start of the free agent frenzy. Stralman had a goal and 13 points in 81 games in 2013-14.
Rangers in tough as far as cap is concerned | 06/30/2014 8:17 AM
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The New York Rangers may be in tough with the salary cap two million dollars less than anticipated.
New York Daily News

Impact
The Rangers are about $24 million under the cap after doing the compliance buyout of Brad Richards but still have to sign restricted free agents Mats Zuccarello, Derick Brassard, Chris Kreider and John Moore while Anton Stralman, Benoit Pouliot, Brian Boyle, Dominic Moore and Dan Carcillo are slated to become unrestricted free agents. There is no way they can keep everyone so some tough decisions will have to be made in the next 24-48 hours.
Justin Falk does not receive qualifying offer | 06/29/2014 9:11 AM
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Defenseman Justin Falk has not received a qualifying off and looks to be headed towards unrestricted free agency on Tuesday.
The Bergen Record

Impact
Falk was an extra defenseman for most of the 2013-14 season as he played in only 21 games for the Blueshirts, picking up two assists. He will likely be battling for the seventh defenseman's job wherever he signs in the NHL.
Report: Rangers won't 'pay to keep' Dom Moore | 06/28/2014 8:15 PM
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The Rangers don't seem willing to "pay to keep" Dominic Moore, according to Larry Brooks of the NY Post.
NY Post

Impact
Moore is reportedly seeking a three-year deal between $1.6 million and $1.85 million per season. The Masterton Trophy winner was the Rangers' best face-off man and was exceptional on the penalty kill, along with being an integral piece to the fourth line. He notched 18 points last season, with eight more in the playoffs. Sure, the Rangers have key restricted free agents to sign and will be tight to the cap, but it's still odd to hear them being priced out of their unrestricted free agents.
Jets touched base with Brian Boyle | 06/28/2014 7:15 PM
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The Jets are among the teams that have talked with Brian Boyle.
Ken Wiebe on Twitter

Impact
Boyle is set to become an unrestricted free agent July 1. He earned $1.8 million last season, and should be due for a raise, which makes it tough to gauge whether the Rangers will be able to re-sign him. Boyle is a great penalty killer and bottom-six player who seems to raise his game even more in the playoffs.
Rangers must pay big to keep Benoit Pouliot | 06/28/2014 9:48 AM
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Benoit Pouliot, who has worked on five consecutive one-year contracts for five different teams after his initial three-year entry-level deal, will receive multiple offers for at least $9 million over three years - if not more, according to The New York Post's Larry Brooks.
NY Post

Impact
It is unclear whether the Rangers will wish to meet that price for the erratic but ultimately productive 6-foot-4, 205-pound winger who became an integral part of the team's run in the second half of the year and through the playoffs. "Ben was amenable to staying in New York, and in fact we tried a number of times to get something done before the end of the season, but it didn't work out, and then we put everything on hold for the playoffs," Kent Hughes, Pouliot's agent, told The Post. "Ben likes it in New York, he likes playing for [coach] Alain [Vigneault], but at this point we haven't had any extensive conversations with the Rangers." Pouliot will be 28 in September.
Talks with Stralman 'not going as expected' | 06/26/2014 3:16 PM
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Contract talks between Anton Stralman and the New York Rangers reportedly aren't going very well.
Renaud Lavoie on Twitter

Impact
The two sides don't have long before Stralman can test free agency on July 1.
UFA-to-be Benoit Pouliot attracts interest | 06/26/2014 3:10 PM
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Benoit Pouliot appears to be getting plenty of interest.
Renaud Lavoie on Twitter

Impact
According to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports, around 10 teams have shown an interest in Pouliot who can become an unrestricted free agent in less than a week. He's reportedly seeking a long-term contract.
Dominic Moore wins Bill Masterton Trophy | 06/25/2014 10:59 AM
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Dominic Moore won the Bill Masterton Trophy.
The Bergen Record

Impact
Moore returned to the NHL for the 2013-14 campaign after skipping the 2012-13 campaign to grieve for his wife, who passed away from a rare form of liver cancer. "I really appreciate and feel very grateful for this award," Moore said. "It's an award I have a ton of respect for. Perseverance is something I've tried to bring to my life. I've had really good examples of perseverance over the years and none so much as my wife, Katie. So this award is very meaningful."
Martin St. Louis returns to Tampa on Nov. 26 | 06/22/2014 6:22 PM
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The New York Rangers only away game against the Tampa Bay Lightning takes place on Nov. 26, setting the stage for a potentially emotional night for Martin St. Louis.
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Impact
Naturally, injuries and other variables could mean that he might not even play at all. St. Louis seems to have a sense of the moment (he scored two goals after being snubbed by Team Canada, for instance), so Nov. 26 would be a no-brainer start for him, especially.
Rangers will spend Richards savings on RFAs | 06/22/2014 7:25 AM
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The New York Rangers will spend most, if not all their savings on the Brad Richards buyout, on retaining their own restricted free agents.
NY Post

Impact
The Rangers will save over $6.6 million per season on the salary cap with the compliance buyout of Richards but will have to give it to Mats Zuccarello, Derick Brassard and Benoit Pouliot. The trio earned $5.65 million last season but will make upwards of $11 million in 2014-15. Do not expect the Rangers to be going after any big free agents when the frenzy begins on July 1.
Brad Richards not a good fit for the Devils | 06/22/2014 7:18 AM
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Randy Miller of the Newark Star-Ledger does not think that Brad Richards would fit in with the New Jersey Devils.
Newark Star-Ledger

Impact
The Devils need scoring and some leadership and while Richards could provide both, he is not a fit according to Miller because he is already 34, he is not a number one center anymore, he is not a clutch player anymore and he will be too expensive. Richards had 20 goals and 51 points with the Rangers in 2013-14 and added five goals and 12 points in the Rangers run to the Stanley Cup Final.
Agent: Brad Richards OK with Tampa return | 06/21/2014 9:26 PM
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Brad Richards would consider a return to Tampa Bay.
Joe Smith on Twitter

Impact
Richards officially hits the market July 1, after having his contract bought out by the Rangers. Pat Morris, his agent, said Richards would "certainly respond positively to interest from Tampa." Of course, this says nothing about whether the Lightning even have interest in him. Richards can still be an asset in the right situation, and his production now won't automatically need to be judged based on the huge contract he was under with the Rangers.
Rangers likely won't give Justin Falk QO | 06/21/2014 7:43 PM
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The Rangers aren't expected to extend a qualifying offer to defenseman Justin Falk.
New York Post

Impact
Falk played 21 games, recording two assists, a minus-five rating and 20 penalty minutes. The Rangers would need to offer him a $1.025 million deal. They will likely look elsewhere for a sixth/seventh blueliner.
Rangers allot $4M to re-signing Stralman | 06/21/2014 7:39 PM
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The Rangers have allotted about $4 million to re-signing Anton Stralman, according to Larry Brooks of the New York Post.
New York Post

Impact
The defenseman had a standout season for the Rangers, despite recording just 18 points in the regular season and playoffs. He drove the possession when he was on the ice and was great in a shutdown role. Thus, he'll be due a nice pay increase from the $1.8 million he made last season. It's just hard to say how much other teams value what he brings to the ice.
Brad Richards has been bought out by the Rangers. SOURCE: Nick Kypreos, Sportsnet | 06/21/2014 4:24 PM
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Brad Richards has been bought out by the Rangers. SOURCE: Nick Kypreos, Sportsnet
sportsnetwork.com

Impact
It's not unexpected and the moves frees up nearly $7 million in cap room. Richards was productive during his three-year stay in Manhattan, generating 56 goals and 95 assists in 210 games for the Blue Shirts. This season marked Richards' second trip to the Stanley Cup after winning it with the Lightning in 2004.
Brad Richards has been bought out by the Rangers. SOURCE: Nick Kypreos, Sportsnet | 06/21/2014 4:24 PM
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Brad Richards has been bought out by the Rangers. SOURCE: Nick Kypreos, Sportsnet
sportsnetwork.com

Impact
It's not unexpected and the move frees up nearly $7 million in cap room. Richards was productive during his three-year stay in Manhattan, generating 56 goals and 95 assists in 210 games for the Blue Shirts. This season marked Richards' second trip to the Stanley Cup after winning it with the Lightning in 2004.
Brad Richards has been bought out by the Rangers. SOURCE: Nick Kypreos, Sportsnet | 06/21/2014 4:24 PM
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Brad Richards has been bought out by the Rangers. SOURCE: Nick Kypreos, Sportsnet
sportsnetwork.com

Impact
It's not unexpected and the move frees up nearly $7 million in cap room for New York. Richards was productive during his three-year stay in Manhattan, generating 56 goals and 95 assists in 210 games for the Blue Shirts. This season marked Richards' second trip to the Stanley Cup after winning it with the Lightning in 2004.
Brad Richards' buyout was a tough decision | 06/21/2014 3:54 PM
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Rangers GM Glen Sather said the decision to buy out the remainder of Brad Richards' contract was "extremely difficult."
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Sather said he has a great deal of respect for Richards. "Brad's leadership and guidance for our young players was invaluable to the organization," he said in a statement. "We are grateful to have had the professionalism and experience he brought as an example for our team to follow. Brad has been a very good player for us and an even better person. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors."
Brad Richards enjoyed time in New York | 06/21/2014 10:54 AM
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Brad Richards enjoyed his three seasons with the New York Rangers.
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Richards had the last six years of his contract bought out by the Rangers on Friday and he is now an unrestricted free agent. "Tough last few days," Richards said in a statement. "I loved being a Ranger and living in New York and playing at MSG in front of great fans. Glen Sather, the management, and the owner, Mr. [James] Dolan, are all class acts. I want to thank them for letting me be a part of New York life and the Rangers family. With this decision finalized, I can now look forward to starting the next chapter of my career." The 34-year-old will now look elsewhere and he should have no trouble finding an interested team as he is still a top-six forward.
Sather: Richards buyout was very difficult | 06/20/2014 5:59 PM
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New York Rangers GM Glen Sather said the decision to buy out Brad Richards was "extremely difficult" because of the respect Sather has for him.
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Sather went on to praise Richards' leadership and guidance. The Rangers aren't buying out Richards' contract because he didn't have value. They're doing it because he's 34 years old and came with a $6,666,667 annual cap hit through 2019-20. They had the option to rid themselves of that cap hit entirely through a compliance buyout, but that option wouldn't have been available to them beyond this summer, so they had to act now.
Rangers have bought out Brad Richards | 06/20/2014 12:46 PM
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Brad Richards has been bought out by the New York Rangers, according to multiple sources.
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That's not in the least bit surprising. Richards isn't being bought out because he's a bad player, he's being bought out because the Rangers had a unique and time-sensitive opportunity to get out of the negative part of the heavily front-loaded, long-term contract they signed Richards too. By using a compliance buyout on him, which is something they wouldn't have been allowed to do past this summer, they can entirely wipe his $6,666,667 annual cap hit off the books. He would have otherwise cost the Rangers though much through 2019-20, which would have been a significant problem for the team given that Richards is already 34 years old. In effect, the Rangers got the short-term benefits of frontloading his contract without having to suffer for it when that cap hit persisted through his late-30s.
Ryan McDonagh may be next captain of Rangers | 06/19/2014 9:56 AM
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Ryan McDonagh might be the next captain of the New York Rangers.
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Coach Alain Vigneault said a decision on who wears the "C" won't be made until around training camp in the fall, but he does have an idea of who it will be. "I've got an idea of where I'm leaning, but I'm not going to share it with you," Vigneault said. "I will seek feedback from a couple of players and I will give everyone that's been around our team some input and I'm pretty sure we'll be real close to a consensus." The 25-year-old defender stepped into a role as a more vocal leader this past season because of his growing confidence and he got to learn from veteran players like Brad Richards and Martin St. Louis along the way. Dan Girardi and Marc Staal are expected to remain the team's assistant captains. New York hasn't had a captain since the team traded Ryan Callahan to Tampa Bay.
Cam Talbot (hand) was hurt before Gm 6 of ECF | 06/19/2014 9:48 AM
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Cameron Talbot's non-displaced fracture in his right hand was sustained during warmups prior to Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final.
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"I was getting out of the net and just reached back to bat another puck out of the air and it went back towards the middle of the net and caught me right on the hand and ended up breaking a bone in the right hand," he said. He was going to test it on the ice this past Sunday, but the Rangers lost in five games during the Stanley Cup Final.
Dominic Moore would love to be back with NYR | 06/19/2014 9:44 AM
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Dominic Moore, who can become an unrestricted free agent in July, would like to be back with the Rangers next season.
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"Obviously, I'd love to come back," Moore said Monday. "It was a lot of fun to be here this year. Especially after coming back from time off, it was very rewarding here in a lot of ways." After his wife passed away from a rare form of liver cancer, he took the entire 2012-13 season off before returning in 2013-14. Moore skated primarily on the fourth line and served as a dependable depth player. He is strong on faceoffs (54.6 winning percentage) and contributed 18 points in 73 games. He also tallied three goals and five assists in 25 playoff matches.
Agent thinks Brad Richards will be kept | 06/17/2014 1:15 PM
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Agent Pat Morris, who represents Brad Richards, doesn't think his client will be bought out.
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"Gut feeling, it wouldn't surprise me if he's kept," Morris said. "Glen was pretty positive about Brad's role this season, especially after [former Rangers captain Ryan] Callahan left." If Richards does get bought out, it will have very little to do with how he played this season. This is the Rangers' last chance to use a compliance buyout on Richards, which will rid them of his cap hit going forward. That's a big deal given that Richards is 34 years old and comes with a $6,666,667 annual cap hit through 2019-20.
Daniel Girardi played through injured pinkie | 06/17/2014 11:00 AM
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Daniel Girardi suffered a dislocated pinkie in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final.
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The pinkie was popped back into place and he didn't end up missing any playing time over the ailment. He feels healthy otherwise, so he shouldn't be limited while training this summer.
Brian Boyle is likely to test UFA waters | 06/17/2014 10:56 AM
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Brian Boyle will probably test the unrestricted free agent waters this summer.
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Boyle has been informed that he will serve as a fourth liner if he re-signs with the New York Rangers and he would like to play a bigger role going forward. He had 18 points and 56 penalty minutes in 82 contests in 2013-14.
Report: Brad Richards to be bought out by NYR | 06/16/2014 9:01 PM
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Larry Brooks of the New York Post believes the Rangers have already made a decision to buyout the contract of forward Brad Richards.
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Brooks reports the team has conducted its annual evaluation of the roster in advance of the draft and the free agency period and this assessment has led the club to decide on using a compliance buyout to shed the burden of his contract, which runs until the 2019-20 season.
No decision yet on Brad Richards' buyout | 06/16/2014 6:45 PM
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New York hasn't made a decision yet on the future of Brad Richards.
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"We met [Sunday] for the first time with our scouts," coach Alain Vigneault said. "We're going through the process of evaluating our team. Obviously everybody knows we've got quite a few decisions to make. We're just starting that process now. We've still got quite a bit of work to do." The Rangers may use a compliance buyout on him. His contract runs through the 2019-20 season and carries an annual average value of $6,666,667 per year.
Cameron Talbot had a broken hand | 06/16/2014 1:33 PM
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Cameron Talbot's undisclosed ailment was a broken right hand.
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The netminder said he probably could've resumed skating over this past weekend. Now Talbot will work on his rehab during the summer. Talbot has one year left on his contract and he will likely back up Henrik Lundqvist next season.
Anton Stralman would like to re-sign with NYR | 06/16/2014 1:29 PM
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Anton Stralman would like to re-sign with the Rangers.
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He wants some security in his new contract, but it's uncertain if that means he wants a long-term deal, more money or both. It's also unclear if New York has the space to accommodate him, but defense partner Marc Staal would like to see Stralman return.
Marc Staal wants to get an extension | 06/16/2014 1:24 PM
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Marc Staal has one year left on his current contract.
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He would like to get something worked out this summer, but added that it wouldn't be a big deal if it didn't happen. Staal appeared in 72 games during the 2013-14 campaign after he was limited to 21 during the lockout-shortened season and 46 outings the year before.
Derick Brassard a restricted free agent | 06/16/2014 8:39 AM
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Derick Brassard will be looking to cash in as he is only one year away from unrestricted free agency.
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Brassard is a restricted free agent this off-season and if the Rangers are unable to sign him to a long-term deal, he could be dealt elsewhere as New York would like to get some value while he still has a year remaining. Brassard had 18 goals and 45 points in the regular season and added six goals and six assists in 23 playoff games.
Brian Boyle will be a hot commodity in July | 06/16/2014 8:28 AM
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Brian Boyle will have a lot of teams wanting his services as he becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
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Boyle played on the fourth line with the Rangers and while very successful in that role, he would welcome the opportunity to move up the depth chart, either on the Rangers or another team. He should get in the range of a three-year deal with about $10 million.
Daniel Carcillo heading for free agency | 06/16/2014 7:57 AM
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Daniel Carcillo will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
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It is likely that the Rangers will allow him to go as they already have an enforcer in Derek Dorsett. If the Rangers trade Dorsett, then Carcillo could return as he will have a role to fill. Carcillo missed the Stanley Cup Final as he was given a six game suspension for abusing an official in the Conference final and was a healthy scratch the final two games against the Kings when he was eligible to return.
Mats Zuccarello looking to cash in big | 06/16/2014 7:52 AM
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Mats Zuccarello is a restricted free agent and should command a long-term deal from the Rangers this off-season.
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Zuccarello has only one year left until unrestricted free agency so the Rangers will have to give the Norwegian a three-four year contract to keep him happy. He was making $1.15 million this past season but his offensive prowess with 19 goals and 59 points in the regular season and five goals to go with eight assists in the playoffs, will garner him a hefty raise.
Benoit Pouliot could be out of Rangers plans | 06/16/2014 7:46 AM
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Do not be surprised if Benoit Pouliot is not back next season with the New York Rangers.
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Pouliot is one of seven unrestricted free agents on the Rangers and even if New York gives Brad Richards a compliance buyout and frees up close to $6 million, there are still too many players who will deserve to return before Pouliot. That being said, Pouliot revived his career with the Rangers and should be in line for a long-term (two or more years) deal with another NHL team.
Derek Stepan might want to work on faceoffs | 06/15/2014 2:56 PM
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Derek Stepan finished with the fourth-most faceoff wins of the playoffs (215), yet that might be an area he'd like to improve upon in 2014-15.
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Stepan only won 42.2 percent of his draws in the playoffs. He was also weak in that regard in the regular season, going 829-1512, a 45.2 winning percent.
Brad Richards struggled in last two rounds | 06/15/2014 10:07 AM
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Brad Richards only had two assists in the Rangers last 10 playoff games.
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That type of scoring slump gets you demoted to the fourth line and that's exactly what happened to Richards for the final two games of the series against the Kings. Richards ended up the playoffs with five goals and 12 points in 25 games and it sure looks like the Rangers will use a compliance buyout on Richards, ending his career in New York and freeing up $6.6 million in salary cap space.
Rangers unable to score after second period | 06/15/2014 10:04 AM
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The New York Rangers were unable to score after the second period in the Stanley Cup Final.
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The Rangers went five third periods and five overtimes without finding the back of the net. While Henrik Lundqvist was outstanding in goal, the lack of scoring cost the Rangers their shot at the Stanley Cup.
Rick Nash's playoffs: 83 SOG, three goals | 06/14/2014 9:10 PM
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Rick Nash's disappointing playoffs ended with just three goals and seven assists.
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However, he did finish with a playoffs-high 83 shots on goal. The lack of goal scoring will certainly leave a sour taste in the mouths of Rangers fans and fantasy owners, but don't let it drop Nash down on your draft board too much next season. Nash might not be the force he was a few years ago, but he'll be just 30 when the season starts and is coming off a season in which he potted 26 goals with 13 assists in 65 games. Another training camp under Alain Vigneault and some better luck could help him.
Ulf Samuelsson could interview with 'Canes | 06/14/2014 7:32 PM
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Rangers assistant coach Ulf Samuelsson could be a hot name on the head-coaching market.
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There are rumblings that he will interview with Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis; the two were former teammates. The Penguins could also look at Samuelsson. The former rugged NHL defenseman did a very good job with the New York blueliners in his first season under Alain Vigneault. Samuelsson was also an assistant with the Coyotes from 2006-11 and coached Modo of the Swedish Hockey League prior to joining the Rangers.
Anton Stralman due a raise as a UFA | 06/14/2014 7:21 PM
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Anton Stralman will be due a nice raise this offseason.
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The Rangers defenseman who carried a $1.7 million cap hit over a two-year deal will be an unrestricted free agent. While his offensive upside (18 points during the regular season and playoffs) is limited, the playoffs put the 27-year-old in the spotlight as one of the more steady, shutdown blueliners in the league and an excellent puck-possession player. It will be interesting to see what happens with him and if the Rangers fit him into their plans.
Chris Kreider scores in Game 5 defeat | 06/14/2014 12:50 PM
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Chris Kreider registered a power-play goal for the Rangers in Game 5's 3-2 double overtime loss to Los Angeles.
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He also finished the contest with two shots and three hits during his 27:40 of ice time. Kreider recorded 13 points and 50 hits in 15 playoff appearances.
Ryan McDonagh led the Rangers in points | 06/14/2014 12:44 PM
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Ryan McDonagh picked up an assist in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final.
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He finished as the leading scorer on the Rangers, with 17 points in 25 games, during their marvelous playoff run. McDonagh led the team with 13 assists in the postseason and he came close to scoring the game winner in overtime, but his shot went off the post. He didn't have a point in his first 10 contests before going on a tear for the rest of the playoffs.
Writer says Brian Boyle would be good Canuck | 06/14/2014 10:27 AM
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Brian Boyle, eligible for unrestricted free agency in July, would be a wise addition to the Vancouver Canucks, according to Vancouver Province writer Tony Gallagher.
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"Boyle's coming off a three-year deal with an annual average value of $1.7 million US, and will no question be able to garner even more cash given the way he has performed during these playoffs, with his (eight) points in a fourth-line role," Gallagher writes. "And whether Vancouver would plan to use the 6-foot-7, 245-pound forward in the middle or more likely on the wing, it's certainly a way to improve your size and take steps towards improving your fourth line if the fellow from Hingham, Mass., would consider coming to Canada. . .If there's room to be spending in this area of the team, Boyle would certainly turn the owner's crank with his size and snarl, given he also appears to have the ability to play a little bit as well.
G Henrik Lundqvist: I've never been so tired | 06/14/2014 10:17 AM
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Henrik Lundqvist was outstanding in the New York Rangers' net Friday night, despite his team's loss in double overtime to the Los Angeles Kings in double overtime.
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"I told you going into the playoffs that I wanted to leave everything out there," said Lundqvist, whose team was outshot 92-49 over the last two games and 51-30 in the Friday decider. "I prepared so hard for every game, I have never been so tired. "I feel like I did everything I could in my preparation to help the team win but it was not enough against this really good team. We had to go through so much to get here."
Cup loss leaves Derek Stepan with sour taste | 06/14/2014 10:10 AM
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Henrik Lundqvist's 48 saves were not enough Friday night and the New York Rangers fell 3-2 in Los Angeles in double overtime, giving the Kings their second Stanley Cup in three seasons.
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But the Rangers sure had their chances in OT. Ryan McDonagh hit the right post at 4:42 of the first overtime. Jonathan Quick (28 saves) stopped Chris Kreider's breakaway at 19:27 of the first overtime and Dan Girardi's power-play slap shot in the second overtime was tipped off the left post by Mats Zuccarello. "It's a bummer," Derek Stepan said. "Quality chances, quality looks that don't find the back of the net with the way Hank is playing. It didn't seem like we were going to lose that hockey game. Right now, it's a sour taste. It's not much fun right now."
Brad Richards likely finished with Rangers | 06/14/2014 10:05 AM
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Brad Richards very likely has played his last game with the New York Rangers.
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The Rangers were beaten out for the Stanley Cup title by the Los Angeles Kings in five games. They lost all three games in Los Angeles in overtime, including Game 5's 3-2 double overtime loss Friday night. "It's definitely worth every second of these last two months," said Richards, who almost certainly will be bought out of the final six seasons of his nine-year, $60 million deal. "But right now, you're just kind of speechless."
Brian Boyle scores SHG, but NYR drop Game 5 | 06/14/2014 12:53 AM
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Brian Boyle's shorthanded goal late in the second period helped guide the Rangers to double overtime, but New York ultimately conceded the Stanley Cup Friday night in a 3-2 2OT loss in Los Angeles.
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Boyle and the Rangers fought back hard after dropping the first three games of the series. They were sensational in Game 4, and had plenty of chances to win Game 5 to force a Game 6 on Friday night. The Rangers came up short in a thrilling double overtime encounter, but they have a lot to be proud of after their longest playoff run since 1994.
Henrik Lundqvist, Rangers drop heartbreaker | 06/14/2014 12:49 AM
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Henrik Lundqvist gave it all he had, stopping a whopping 48 shots in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final, but ultimately surrendered the Cup winning goal to Alec Martinez late in the second overtime to concede the championship in a 3-2 heartbreaker to the Kings.
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It doesn't get much worse, as the Rangers came oh so close to capturing their first NHL title in 20 years. But Lundqvist and the Rangers can take pride in their accomplishments. They survived three gruelling series' and came within three wins of the Stanley Cup. It's over for now, but after King Henrik signed a long-term extension, the Rangers and their elite goaltender hope to do it all again next season with a better result.
Lundqvist thinks they can put pressure on LAK | 06/13/2014 12:54 PM
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Henrik Lundqvist thinks the Los Angeles Kings will start feeling the pressure if the Rangers can win one more game.
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If the Rangers take Game 5, then the series will move back to Madison Square Garden, where New York has been very effective in elimination games. Overcoming a 3-0 series deficit is a huge task, but the Rangers won't be in a terrible position anymore if they manage to win on Friday.
Derick Brassard: 'We have nothing to lose' | 06/13/2014 9:13 AM
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Derick Brassard feels that it's easy to play when you have "nothing to lose."
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"We're just going to try to steal a game," he said. The Rangers are behind 3-1 in the series. The team is trying to play more confidently with the lead in games after blowing two-goal advantages in Games 1 and 2. "When you have the lead, you don't want to make mistakes and you're on your heels a bit," Brassard added. "No matter what happens, we need to be on our toes. We need to make strong decisions; when we don't skate, we don't play well." He has contributed a goal and two assists in his past three outings to give him 12 points in 22 playoff matches.
Rangers feel they can win at Staples Center | 06/13/2014 8:52 AM
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Ryan McDonagh and the Rangers are seeking some "redemption" when they visit Staples Center on Friday night for Game 4.
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"We felt we played some of our better games of the series here," he said. "For us, we've got to continue to have a good start and, this time, finish the job and play a complete, 60-minute game here." New York had two-goal leads in Games 1 and 2 before losing both games in overtime. McDonagh tallied a goal and two assists on those contests before going pointless in two matches back at Madison Square Garden.

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