Quick Hits: Eyes on the Prize

Sweet ‘n Sauer

As brief as it was, how great was it seeing Michael Sauer again? And how poetic that his appearance occurred the same night Dion Phaneuf—the man responsible for ending Sauer’s NHL career—was traded to the Los Angeles Kings. That feel-good moment would instantly become a feel-good story were we to learn the Rangers have employed him again, perhaps as a scout, but in all likelihood, he was just visiting for the night given his St. Cloud roots. Regardless, it’s nice to know he’s alive and well since falling off the grid in the months and years following that horrific collision with Phaneuf.

Steven Kampfer Out Four-to-Six Weeks; Rangers Recall D Ryan Sproul

Another one bites the dust.

Shortly after 6 pm tonight, the New York Rangers announced the club has recalled defenseman Ryan Sproul from the Hartford Wolf Pack thanks to yet another long-term injury. This time to Steven Kampfer, who is expected to miss the next four-to-six weeks with a fractured hand:

Rangers Recall G Alexandar Georgiev

In the wake of yet another injury loss—this time to backup goaltender Ondrej Pavelec—the Rangers have recalled goaltender Alexandar Georgiev.

Gauging Returns on an Inevitable Trade - Will Rick Be a Nash-ville or Star?

With a fire sale on the way, the New York Rangers have 18 days to find new homes for many of their valuable trade chips. Perhaps none—at least among their Unrestricted Free Agents (UFA)—will command a bigger return than Rick Nash. The 33-year old was asked to provide the Rangers with his no-trade list on Monday, which he obliged them with. Since then, the hockey world has been abuzz pondering his possible landing spots. A Darren Dreger update might just shed more light on that:

Ondrej Pavelic Leaves Game After 1st Period with Knee Injury

Ondrej Pavelic left tonight’s game against the Calgary Flames between the first and second period due to a reported knee injury and was replaced by Henrik Lundqvist. We’ll find out the severity of the injury and what roster moves might be coming tomorrow, most likely. The Rangers’ back up goaltender joins a long list of injured Rangers’ players that include Captain Ryan McDonagh, Chris Krieder, Pavel Buchnevich, Marc Staal, Kevin Shattenkirk and Jimmy Vesey.

Rangers Complete Minor Trade with Capitals

In a deal undoubtedly designed only for the Hartford Wolf Pack, the New York Rangers completed a late trade this afternoon with their Metropolitan Division rivals, the Washington Capitals:

Play Along with the Rangers' Rebuild

With the New York Rangers first asking upcoming Unrestricted Free Agent (UFA) Rick Nash for his list of 12 teams he would accept a trade to thanks to his Modified No-Trade Clause (M-NTC) and then, in an unprecedented move, formally announcing that the team was fundamentally flawed and essentially giving up on the 2017/18 season, it is time for every true Rangers’ fan to put on their General Manager’s hat and try to figure out the best path through the maze and pitfalls of rebuilding an NHL team in the salary cap era.

It’s tempting to just start randomly dialing up rival GMs whose teams are still in the playoff hunt to see what they’d fork over for a resurgent Michael Grabner or a slightly used, but still serviceable Rick Nash and throw in 50% salary retention in for good measure to help your counterpart manage their own salary cap snafus. But put down your phone for a moment and think about the big picture before you start making decisions that might complicate things down the road.

Rangers Recall D John Gilmour

With Brendan Smith officially re-assigned to the Hartford Wolf Pack, New York Rangers general manager Jeff Gorton has recalled defenseman John Gilmour from the Hartford Wolf Pack this morning:

Jeff Gorton, Glen Sather Pen Message to Fans Ahead of Deadline

In case you had any doubts left that the Rangers intend to among the busiest and most active teams at the looming trade deadline, you can safely bury them now.

Brendan Smith Placed on Waivers

It could be a busy morning in Rangers Town.

Not only did the Rangers re-call defenseman Neal Pionk earlier today, but according to Larry Brooks of the New York Post, veteran defenseman Brendan Smith, who has struggled mightily all season since signing his long-term extension this summer, has been placed on waivers:

Smith, 29, is in the first year of a four-year, $17.4M extension but has routinely been a healthy scratch throughout this tumultous season.

We’ll have more on this as it’s available.