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On Mika Zibanejad’s initial contract “demand”

Per Larry Brooks, the Rangers and Mika Zibaneajad have engaged in talks to re-sign the center and keep him in New York. Brooks is noting that the initial demand for Zibanejad is a long term contract, around 6-7 years, for $10 million per season. Naturally, that has many balking. Before...
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Rangers expected to sign defenseman Patrik Nemeth in free agency

Per Larry Brooks, who appears to be back from vacation, the Rangers will be signing defenseman Patrik Nemeth in free agency as soon as Wednesday. Per Evolving Hockey, Nemeth is most likely to get one year at $1.7 million or three years at $3 million. Nemeth is a fine defenseman, well rounded if unspectacular. His underlying numbers are pretty good ate even strength actually. He’s definitely worth the one year, however three years for a depth defenseman is still risky and an unnecessary cap move. He’s a one-strength defenseman evens) who will hold his own. There are certainly worse moves to make, depending on the contract, of course. This is a fine signing, especially at what Brooks projects at 2-3 years at $2.5 million.
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Should the Rangers go after Phillip Danault?

With free agency coming up in just a couple of days, the focus will likely from Jack Eichel, Ryan Strome, and Alex Georgiev to the free agent market. Given the apparent miss on Eichel and the suggestions that the Rangers are going to trade Ryan Strome, they will be in the market for a center. Phillip Danault, someone who was a trade target for the Rangers as early as August last year, is now a free agent that could fill a big center need for the Rangers. Depending on his ask, it could be a good fit. The Rangers are apparently interested as well.
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Rangers qualify six RFAs ahead of deadline

Per Larry Brooks, the Rangers have qualified six restricted free agents ahead of today’s deadline. The Rangers qualified Filip Chytil, Igor Shesterkin, Libo Hajek, Tim Gettinger, Ty Ronning, and Adam Huska. All six were expected to be qualified, and the Rangers will retain their rights and receive offer sheet compensation should the issue arise. From an AHL standpoint, it’s clear the Rangers want to give Gettinger, Ronning, and Huska more time, which bodes well for how the organization thinks of them.
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Rangers, Sabres “not close” on Jack Eichel package

Per Elliotte Friedman on the 31 Thoughts Pod, clipped by Tom Urtz, the Rangers and Sabres are nowhere near close on a potential Jack Eichel trade. What the Rangers are offering and what the Sabres are asking don’t have any matches, thus a deal may not happen. Given that this didn’t happen at the draft and the Rangers wound up selecting at #15, this shouldn’t be much of a surprise.
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NY Rangers Fan Confidence Poll: What’s the plan, man? – 7/26/21

Final Season Record: 27-23-6 (5th in East Division) Last Poll’s Results: 7.54 (359 votes) Where to start? The Rangers lost Colin Blackwell to Seattle in the expansion draft after protecting Kevin Rooney instead of him. The Rangers inked Barclay Goodrow to a six year deal with a $3.6 million cap...
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What exactly is Chris Drury’s plan with the Rangers?

One word that has been a consistent since Chris Drury took over is his plan with the Rangers. He has a plan, he will execute his plan. He will do what he needs to within that plan to turn the Rangers into a Stanley Cup contender for years. We’ve seen part of that plan move into place, specifically with the signing of Barclay Goodrow to an admitted overpay. The second part of the plan was “clearing cap space” by sending Pavel Buchnevich to St. Louis for Sammy Blais and a 2nd round pick.
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Thoughts on the Rangers picks on Day Two of the 2021 NHL Draft

What an anticlimactic day for the Rangers yesterday. Heading into the draft, there were talks about Jack Eichel, Ryan Strome, Alex Georgiev, and others. Leaving the draft, the Rangers lost a top-six winger and didn’t make any other other moves. The draft strategy was also a far cry from the last two or three drafts as well. Day One was a whirlwind of emotions. Day Two was just dread, expecting the worst and perhaps a little happy nothing else major happened. As per usual, I have some thoughts on the Rangers draft.
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NY Rangers 2021 Draft Recap

After the second longest draft ever conceived by man…good lord this Zoom stuff needs to end…the 2021 NHL Draft is over. The Rangers went into the draft with picks in the first (1), third (2), fourth (3), fifth (1), sixth (1), and seventh (1) rounds. At the end of the draft, they used eight of those nine picks. Here’s a quick recap of the Rangers picks at the 2021 draft:
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Rangers select defenseman Hank Kempf with 7th round pick

With their final pick in the 2021 NHL Draft, the Rangers selected defenseman Hank Kempf out of the USHL. Kempf, a 6’2, 190 lb defenseman. Kempf is committed to Cornell, and put up a line of 4-6-10 in 26 games with Muskegon last season. There’s not much on Kempf yet,...
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Rangers select winger Jaroslav Chmelar with 5th round pick

With their 5th round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft, #144 overall, the NY Ranges selected Jaroslav Chmelar, a winger out of Finland playing with Jokerit’s Juniors team. Per this account, which follows Czech prospects, Chmelar is a project pick, but very toolsy and has a lot of good skill sets that should develop nicely. He’s going to take a while though, since he was just on the U18 team. Expect another 3-4 years before we start hearing about bringing him over to the AHL.
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Rangers select RW Brody Lamb with fourth round pick (#104)

With their first fourth round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft, the Rangers selected RW Brody Lamb from the Green Bay Gamblers in the USHL. Lamb put up 87 points in 24 games in high school before picking up a pair of assists in 10 games in the USHL. He is a University of Minnesota commit.
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Rangers trade up in third round, select Ryder Korczak at #75

The NY Rangers moved up in the third round, trading picks 80 and 176 (6th rounder) to Washington for pick 75. With the pick, the Rangers selected center Ryan Korczak from Moose Jaw. The 5’11, 174 lb center put up close to a point per game in his last two seasons in the WHL, and is certainly more of a skill guy than a grit guy.
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Tony DeAngelo clears waivers, Rangers complete buyout process

As expected, Tony DeAngelo has cleared unconditional waivers. The Rangers will complete the buyout today. The DeAngelo buyout saves the Rangers $4.1 (rounding) million this season, and $3.6 million next season. The savings are so high because DeAngelo is under 25 at the time of the buyout, so his buyout is only 1/3 of the contract, not 2/3 of the contract.
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Rangers enter Day Two of 2021 NHL Draft with 8 total picks

After yesterday’s…festivities…the Rangers are back at the 2021 NHL Draft for Day Two. The Rangers hold 8 picks today:. Their second round pick belongs with Detroit in the Marc Staal trade last year. Their extra third rounder (#65) came from Buffalo for Jimmy Vesey, is actually the first pick of the third round. Their two extra fourth rounders (104, 106) came from the Brendan Lemieux and Vlad Namestnikov trades with LA and Ottawa, respectively. The other picks are the Rangers’ own picks.
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Thoughts on Brennan Othmann and no more trades in the first round

The first round of the 2021 NHL Draft came and went, and it was rather underwhelming. All the action came before the first round, with many trades setting the stage for what could have been an exciting first round. Instead we got no trades and most teams making their expected picks. While this is usually the norm, the Rangers making their pick seemed to be extra surprising. The #15 pick had been in play, and with the Pavel Buchnevich trade, it seemed to be a precursor to something bigger. Instead it was nothing, and the Rangers selected Brennan Othmann with their first round pick. As per usual, I have some thoughts.