New York Rangers News, Rumors, Injuries & Recruiting
Forever Blue Shirts: Update on Rangers Prospect K'Andre Miller's Injury
Rangers first-round draft pick K'Andre Miller crashed hard into the boards over the weekend. Initial reports said that he would miss this weekend's action, but we now have an update as to the status of the Wisconsin defenseman.
This is certainly fantastic news not only for the Rangers, but for the Badgers as well. Miller has recorded 22 points (5G, 17A) in 26 games this season, leading both forwards and defenseman in offensive production for Wisconsin. The freshman's offensive production is the second-best across the NCAA for all first-year college players. The recently turned 19-year-old is thought of as one of the top young prospects within the Rangers organization, and seeing him continue to develop will be very important to the future of the Blueshirts.
Elite Sports NY: New York Rangers started from the bottom now they're here
The New York Rangers were smart in identifying the end of an era prior to last year's trade deadline when a letter from management to fans preempted a house cleaning to begin a rebuild. Nearly a year to the day that the Blueshirts parted ways with their captain among other veterans, the team has hoarded assets and should be looking to improve versus tank.
With the trade deadline approaching later this month, there will likely still be opportunities to add some more young talent or draft picks for players that are on the wrong side of 30, such as Adam McQuaid or Kevin Shattenkirk.
Blueshirt Banter: The Kevin Hayes' Plot Thickens
Make this two deadlines in a row where the Ottawa Senators' dysfunction has likely caused Jeff Gorton to lose sleep.
Last year it was Erik Karlsson being on the market at the same time as Ryan McDonagh, with teams vying for both player's services, and putting McDonagh on the back burner as they tried to negotiate with Ottawa for the generational defenseman. You all know how that played out, with Gorton parlaying JT Miller with McDonagh in the blockbuster trade that doesn't have the best early returns on investment to this point.
Blue Seat Blogs: Thoughts as we wait for trades
The Rangers are sellers at this year's deadline. We knew this as far back as one year ago when the Rangers released their public letter stating their intent to rebuild. Nothing major has happened yet, but the Rangers have acquired a pair of 2020 7th round picks for Cody McLeod and Marek Mazanec. Acquiring extra dart board throws is always good, so that's a pair of wins already. As per usual, I have some thoughts.
1. It seems to be a foregone conclusion that Adam McQuaid, Mats Zuccarello, and Kevin Hayes will be traded.
Blueshirt Banter: Rangers have recalled Connor Brickley from Hartford
After sending Vinni Lettieri back down to Hartford yesterday -- where he wasted no time in scoring a goal in the Wolf Pack's 3-2 win over the Toronto Marlies last night -- the New York Rangers have recalled forward Connor Brickley today.
If Brickley, 26, cracks the lineup against the Sabres tomorrow night, he will be making his New York Rangers debut. The Rangers acquired Brickley back in January in a trade that sent AHL forward Cole Schneider to the Nashville Predators. Schneider is currently playing with the Predator's AHL affiliate in Milwaukee.
Fansided: New York Rangers: A VERY good night in the lottery race
This won't be the first night that the New York Rangers will see a big drop in the lottery standings. The race is so close that we will see nights like this until the season concludes. But this was a big night for the Rangers as they dropped from 21st to the 24th best record in the NHL.
How significant is it? According to tankathon.com, the team with the eighth worst record has a 16% chance of snaring a top three pick. The team with the 11th worst record has a 9.9% chance. That's significant.The Lottery Look
We will start with the three teams that displaced the Rangers in the standings.
NY Post: David Quinn may tap journeyman to fix Rangers lineup imbalance
It's either a journeyman forward named Connor Brickley or another lineup with the lopsided ratio of 11 forwards and seven defensemen. That's about where it is right now with the Rangers.
The decision will be made by coach David Quinn sometime before Friday night's game in Buffalo, with the coach having played the previous two games with the 11-and-7 lineup he has repeatedly said he "doesn't love."
Brickley, 26, was called up on Thursday and practiced with the team, filling a role as a fourth-line winger. Having been obtained in a trade with the Predators on Jan.
Newsday: Rangers say they aren't worried about the upcoming trade deadline
GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- The countdown to the Feb. 25 trade deadline continues, and if you believe the Rangers, they simply aren't bothered by the fact that in little more than 10 days, their team is more than likely going to look a lot different than it does now.
"This time of the year, I think, every year, there's always a feeling of, 'OK, what's going to happen?'' ' goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, perhaps the only player who knows with near 100 percent certainty that he isn't going to be traded before the deadline, said Thursday after the Rangers practiced in preparation for Friday's road game in Buffalo.
NY Post: Rangers putting their biggest trade-deadline chips at ease
It's faint praise to commend professional athletes for acting, well, professional. But there is something to be said about the almost joyous mood surrounding the Rangers as they get deeper and deeper into a tumultuous time in the course of this season, if not the course of the rebuilding of the roster.
With the Feb. 25 trade deadline rapidly approaching, and with lineup stalwarts Kevin Hayes and Mats Zuccarello leading the way of players who very well could be dealt, the team practiced Thursday with an unexpected jump in its collective step. In addition to the uncertainty approaching the deadline, the club had returned from Winnipeg at 5:30 a.
Elite Sports NY: New York Rangers recall Connor Brickley from the Hartford Wolf Pack
OFFICIAL: #NYR have recalled Connor Brickley from @WolfPackAHL. pic.twitter.com/n7lfSFc5vN
-- New York Rangers (@NYRangers) February 14, 2019<strong><em>The New York Rangers made another roster move Thursday as they recalled Connor Brickley form the Hartford Wolf Pack.</em></strong>
The New York Rangers have recalled Connor Brickley from the Hartford Wolf Pack in an announcement made via the team's Twitter account on Thursday morning.
Brickley, 26-years-old, was acquired by the Rangers in a Jan. 14 trade with the Nashville Predators for Cole Schneider.
Blue Seat Blogs: Halverson stops 43 in Pack win
Hartford Wolf Pack 3, Toronto Marlies 2
Hartford, CT, February 13, 2019 - Brandon Halverson made a team season-high 43 saves, and Tim Gettinger scored the late third-period game-winning goal, for the Hartford Wolf Pack Wednesday night at the XL Center, in a 3-2 victory over the Toronto Marlies.
Twice the Wolf Pack quickly answered Toronto goals with tallies of their own, and Hartford went in front for the first time with 3:38 left in the third. Ryan Gropp fed the puck to Ryan Lindgren at the left point, and his shot hit a skate in front of Marlie goaltender Michael Hutchinson (23 saves).
Forever Blue Shirts: Rangers Roundup: The latest trade insights and rumors
The trade deadline is just 11 days away and I expect the rumor winds to swirl stronger than a tropical storm.McKenzie on the Rangers
Bob McKenzie dished on the Blueshirts during the latest NBC broadcast.
"In Kevin Hayes, I think they expected that there was going to be this huge market for him - and that's not to say that there's not. But I think they've been a little bit surprised lately at how much action Mats Zuccarello has been getting because he's been playing so well on that top line with Mika Zibanejad and Chris Kreider.
Forever Blue Shirts: Rangers Recall Brickley From Wolf Pack
The Rangers announced that they have recalled forawrad Connor Brickley from the Hartford Wolf Pack.
Brickley, who was acquired by the Rangers in a trade with the Nashville Predators, has spent the last few weeks with the Wolf Pack since first coming into the organization. In 52 AHL games this season, Brickley has 17 points (9G, 8A) split between Hartford and Nashville's AHL affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals.
Elite Sports NY: A New York Rangers Valentine's Day: The perfect appreciation gifts
Ah, the great holiday that is Valentine's Day is upon us, and while the New York Rangers might not be in action Thursday night, we can still show some love and affection for the Broadway Blueshirts.
Despite an up and down season thus far, the Rangers have given us plenty to cheer about in 2018-19. Whether it was the thrilling 4-3 shootout victory over Boston, the 55-save Alexandar Georgiev performance vs. Toronto, or the big 6-2 win over Carolina, there are some highlights this year.
There are still plenty of games to go for the Rangers this season, but thus far we have been able to see enough from the team to pay homage for a competitive season when we thought it was going to a brutal one.
Blueshirt Banter: Rangers Radar: All hail Georgiev
It's time for another week of Rangers Radar, where we put the spotlight on trends in performance and production for players on the New York Rangers and the Hartford Wolf Pack, as well as Rangers prospects playing elsewhere.<strong>New York Rangers</strong> Alexandar Georgiev 's 55-save performance against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Feb. 10 might just be the best game from a Rangers goaltender not named Henrik Lundqvist since the Mike Richter era. Georgiev stopped all 23 of the shots he faced while the Rangers were shorthanded.