Rangers Release Traverse City Tournament Roster

There are no real surprises on the list of players the Rangers will take with them to the Traverse City Tournament hosted by the Detroit Red Wings. The team also released the schedule on their website.

10 Most Painful Goals Against the New York Rangers in the Salary Cap Era

This one is going to sting, fellow Rangers’ fans. So if you are enjoying one of the last few nice summer days, no one is going to fault you for turning off your phone or closing the browser tab right now. But it is summer, there’s not much going on in the hockey world, much less for the Rangers and I am tasked with racking up some page views here at Cleared for Contact. What better way, then, for an increasingly dark trip down the rabbit hole of some of the most painful seconds in Rangers’ history since the 2004/2005 season was lost to a lockout and the new modern era of NHL hockey began?

That is enough lead up, I think. You get the picture and you’ve been warned. Let’s get right to it then. To start us off on our count down, we have…

Rangers Officially To Retire Jean Ratelle's Number on February 25, 2018

The Rangers officially announced today that they will be retiring Rangers legend Jean Ratelle’s number 19 in a ceremony before the February 25, 2018 game vs. the Detroit Red Wings.

Bobby Farnham Will Attend Training Camp

We’re still weeks out from the official start of New York Rangers training camp, but in a light bit of news, Larry Brooks of the New York Post has confirmed the Rangers’ first camp invite — Bobby Farnham.

Report: Rangers Are Among Finalists for Alex Kerfoot

At last, there’s news — real news! News regarding the New York Rangers, who’ve been conspicuously quiet on the NHL front through the doldrums of August.

According to Larry Brooks of the New York Post, the Rangers are among the final “two or three teams” that Harvard free agent center Alex Kerfoot is considering:

What Will the Rangers' Late Game 'D-ployment' Look Like

Scene One: The Rangers lead the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 with 50 seconds left and a defensive-zone faceoff coming. Pittsburgh has pulled the goalie and Crosby, Malkin and Kessel are all on the ice.

Q: What two defensemen are you putting on the ice?

A: It’s complicated.

Kerfoot, Butcher, Toninato Highlight Class of Late Summer UFAs

It’s been a quiet off-season for the New York Rangers since they signed Kevin Shattenkirk on July 1st. Despite the recent re-signing of Mika Zibanejad to a five-year extension, there’s been relative radio silence from the team. That, however, is likely to change thanks to a second July 1st of sorts on August 15th when several college hockey players are slated to become unrestricted free agents. Among them: Will Butcher, Alex Kerfoot, and Dominic Toninato.

Ondrej Pavelec's 2017-18 Mask Revealed

Late Friday night, Alan Walsh of Octagon—the sports and entertainment agency—revealed Ondrej Pavelec’s goalie mask design for the upcoming 2017-18 season:

How the Eric Staal Trade Still Haunts the Rangers

The Rangers made a mistake.

With the trade of Derek Stepan to the Arizona Coyotes prior to the NHL Entry Draft and the loss of Oscar Lindberg in the NHL Expansion Draft, the Rangers are missing some quality center depth – something that was considered a team strength for the past few seasons. Repeated swings and misses at winning the Stanley Cup have left the cupboards quite bare and the Hartford Wolfpack do not offer any viable options to fill the gaps. One huge miss was the Eric Staal trade that saw Finnish prospect Aleksi Saarela shipped to Carolina.

J.T. Miller is About to Get Paid

Jeff Gorton has had a tremendously successful offseason. From signing Kevin Shattenkirk to the Mika Zibanejad extension, it’s rightful to heap praise in his direction. But while he’s deserving of this champagne shower, this isn’t a moment he ought to revel in for too long, because something formidable lies in wait just down the tracks. While there’s upward of an entire season ahead in which to figure it out, barring an unlikely collapse in production, J.T. Miller is about to get paid.