New York Rangers News, Rumors, Injuries & Recruiting
Fansided: New York Rangers: Reports of a Jimmy Vesey trade possibility
Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet noted in his popular 31 Thoughts column today that discussions have taken place between the New York Rangers and the Buffalo Sabres about Vesey.
With the 2019 NHL Entry Draft taking place on Friday, teams across the league are starting to put their chips in the middle of the table and position themselves to improve their roster.
Buffalo appear to be one of those teams as they attempt to bounce back from a poor 2018-19 campaign, which started with so much promise but ultimately fizzled out at an alarming rate.
They have a new head coach behind the bench in Ralph Krueger while star forward Jeff Skinner was tied down to an eight-year, $72 million extension earlier this week.
NY Post: Rangers, rivals set to battle for Jets' Jacob Trouba at steep cost
The Rangers and Islanders are among the most aggressive teams in pursuit of Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba, The Post has learned, with the Devils also in the chase.
Trouba, the 25-year-old impending restricted free agent for whom the Jets are soliciting offers, would slide into the right side of the first pair for either club. But his acquisition would come at a steep cost, both in terms of personnel going the other way in a trade package and the long-term contract Trouba would command.
Winnipeg, according to several sources, has yet to give permission to inquiring clubs to speak with Trouba's agent, Kurt Overhardt, about a contract.
Blueshirt Banter: Report: Buffalo Sabres Have Talked to Rangers About Jimmy Vesey
Stop me if you have heard this one before; the Buffalo Sabres are interested in Jimmy Vesey.
9. There's a ton of trade talk. Among the most aggressive teams: Buffalo, Calgary, Chicago, Minnesota, Nashville, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Toronto, Vancouver, Vegas, Washington and Winnipeg. Depending on how the draft goes, we could see some frenetic attempts to move up and down. The Sabres have talked to the Rangers about Jimmy Vesey.
This isn't shocking, as the Sabres traded a third round pick in 2016 to the Nashville Predators in an attempt to sign the soon-to-be college free agent after it was clear he wasn't going to sign with the Preds.
Blue Seat Blogs: A case for bringing back Kevin Hayes
As the Rangers look to accelerate the rebuild, the most obvious hole on the roster that isn't on the blue line is the 2C spot. Mika Zibanejad is the 1C, and he's certainly earned that role. But beyond him, the Rangers have a lot of question marks at the 2C role. The in-house options are there, but none are guarantees. The only player, aside from Jack Hughes falling to the Rangers at #2, that can fill this role is Filip Chytil, and while talented, he hasn't shown that he should be staying at center or can handle that kind of role yet.
Forever Blue Shirts: Jacob Trouba likely to be traded by draft, Rangers and Red Wings top contenders
This has been a long time coming between Jacob Trouba and the Winnipeg Jets. The two sides haven't seen eye to eye since 2016 when the then RFA held out and demanded to be traded.
Trouba and the Jets worked out a bridge deal, and in 2018 the young defenseman said all the right things about wanting to stay in Winnipeg and signing a long term deal. Still, nothing could be worked out and they went all the way to arbitration where he was awarded a 1 year deal at $5.5M last summer.
Now here we are today and it looks like the 25 year old RFA is going to be traded before the draft starts next Friday.
Forever Blue Shirts: Nils Lundkvist is coming to New York... but only for the summer
New York Rangers prospect Nils Lundkvist was interviewed recently by Swedish newspaper Norbotten Kuriren. The focus was on next season and Lundkvist told the newspaper he is planning on flying to New York. "But I am coming back."
As expected, he will attend Rangers prospect camp but Lundkvist has no intention of leaving Sweden behind just yet. Lundkvist is expected to fly to New York by the end of next week and will be with the club for the entire month of July.
Lundkvist is looking forward to meeting all the new prospects who will be added to the organization this summer.
Elite Sports NY: The big mistake the New York Rangers must avoid this summer
The New York Rangers are in a good position this summer. Vitali Kravtsov and Igor Shesterkin are joining the team, they have the second overall pick in the draft, and they have $18 million in cap space without any huge restricted free agent contracts to hand out. They could be in play for a big free agent signing or two.
With an eye towards an attractive free agent class, the team is keeping all their options open. General manager Jeff Gorton told Larry Brooks of the New York Post that the team hasn't ruled out buyouts for some of their highly-paid defensemen.
Blueshirt Banter: 25 Years of Memories
It's hard to believe that 25 years ago curses were exorcised and people could finally die happy. June 14th, 1994 the New York Rangers defeated the Vancouver Canucks in a seven game grudge match to win the Stanley Cup, the Blueshirts' first in 54 years. Every Rangers fan, no matter their age, has been impacted in some way by that 1994 team. For years that 1994 team has felt like a specter looming over the team. Especially as they spent the late 90s and early 00s tripping over themselves and their checkbook into the pit of obscurity.
Forever Blue Shirts: Rangers Roundup: Zuccarello, Trouba, and key NHL dates
Latest news and notes around the league and NY Rangers.Mark Your Calendars Zuccarello the "Star"
It sounds like the Dallas Stars and Mats Zuccarello are in serious contract negotiations in hopes of avoiding free agency. The Dallas Stars players and fans fell in love with Zucc this past playoffs so this shouldn't be a surprise.
I initially understood the hang up might be years, but a reliable source said it's dollar amount. The Isles just signed Jordan Eberle for 5 years and 5.5M dollars, and that deal could be used as a comparable for the Stars.
Elite Sports NY: New York Rangers hire Tanner Glass in a player development role (Report)
After leaving the New York Rangers following the 2016-17 season, Tanner Glass has been hired in a player development role according to Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post.
It's not clear whether or not Glass will continue with this new role in Hartford with the Wolf Pack, or if he'll work overseas where he's had some experience.
Glass is coming off a season where he played overseas in France following his 11-year career in the NHL. He spent just three years with the Blueshirts leading the fourth line under former head coach Alain Vigneault.
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Fansided: New York Rangers: Ranking the likelihood of moving top prospects
While Carpiniello's article covers almost every possible scenario (one-for-one trades, trade of core players and potential offer sheets) it is worth considering what this claim, though vague, means for the New York Rangers and which prospects may fall into this category.
In the tier of "top prospects" when it comes to the draft, we can consider players that are typically picked in the first three rounds (though there are exceptions to this -- let's take for example Henrik Lundqvist who was picked in the seventh round, 205th overall, who today is considered a future Hall of Famer).
Forever Blue Shirts: Rangers among many suitors as Trouba Trade watch heats up
The Winnipeg Jets are doing their due diligence when it comes to Jacob Trouba and they would love to have a trade done before the draft next week. If you read our post this morning on Erik Karlsson likely signing with SJ, you would have seen we noted Trouba as plan A for the Rangers this offseason.
Today, the Washington Capitals and Philadelphia Flyers consummated the first trade of the offseason when Matt Niskanen was sent to Phiily for Radko Gudas. It certainly is an interesting deal because the Flyers were one of the top rumored teams in trying to trade for Trouba.
NY Post: Rangers bring rugged winger Tanner Glass back for franchise job
The reorganization of the Rangers' developmental structure has begun in earnest, as the team hired former rugged winger Tanner Glass to work in player personnel.
Glass, 35, spent parts of three seasons with the Rangers, including all of the 2014-15 campaign that ended in the conference final. He played in the Flames organization in 2017-18, and this past season was playing in Bordeaux, France. He retired on Thursday, and the Rangers are expected to make an official announcement some time in the coming days.
This is the beginning of executing the vision set forth from new team president John Davidson, who took over this summer in the wake of Glen Sather and Jim Schoenfeld stepping down.