Ahead of Bye Week, Rangers Re-assign Vinni Lettieri to Hartford Wolf Pack

With the Rangers’ beginning their Collective Bargaining Agreement-mandated bye in which they aren’t scheduled to play again until Saturday’s tilt against the New York Islanders, Vinni Lettieri has been assigned to the Wolf Pack.

Rangers Lose Kevin Hayes to Lower-Body Injury

So, the Rangers will probably be without Kevin Hayes for a little while.

Early in the first half of the first period, Hayes was slow to get up after Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Nate Schmidt rode him hard into the boards:

Quick Hits: A Good Loser is Still a Loser

Welcome to a new feature (well, an old feature made new again) here at ClearedForContact: Quick Hits. Each Sunday, we’ll cover some of the recent happenings, statistics, and anecdotes from the previous week’s games, as well as touch on important goings-on around the NHL as a whole to cap off the week and to get your Monday mornings started.

If You’re Not First, You’re Last

My initial reaction to Lias Andersson throwing his silver medal into the crowd after Sweden lost to Canada in the World Junior Championship was “wow, that’s awesome”. Hours later, nothing has changed. If anything, I’ve grown even fonder of his attitude after reading he told a Swedish reporter who told him they got his medal back that he didn’t want it. “I don’t want a medal for losing”, he said. Fuck, that’s great!

Say what you will about sportsmanship, but the fact Andersson could be this bothered by losing a tournament like this speaks volumes about his passion for the game, and his passion for winning.

Replacing Kreider Won't Be Easy

Don’t look now, but we’re officially on the precipice of 2018. The Winter Classic is behind us, and before we know it, the February 26th trading deadline will be here. Having lost Chris Kreider for at least two months thanks to a blood clot in his arm, the Rangers’ deadline plans have surely been thrown a proverbial monkey wrench. However, it would be foolish to expect them not to do anything about replacing someone as valuable as Kreider as the deadline horizon narrows.

Despite their tumultuous start to this season, the Rangers have clawed their way back into the playoff picture, having held relatively firm ground in the Eastern Conference wild-card race for the last number of weeks. It’s a position many presumed they’d be competing for before the season started, and one they were likely to remain in with Kreider healthy. His loss doesn’t immediately threaten their security, but with a minimum recovery period of two months to deal with, their long-term playoff stability will probably require a trade to maintain. In fact, if Kreider is out even longer, the value of bringing in another scoring weapon only increases. Namely, because the Rangers are built to be a high-flying, high-scoring team (they’re currently eighth in GF/GP at 3.10) who leave much to be desired defensively and often overly rely on elite goaltending to keep them in many games.

New York Rangers Schedule Wallpaper – January 2018

Happy Winter Classic day, everyone! With January here, it’s time to update your wallpaper accordingly.

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Henrik Lundqvist Unveils 2018 Winter Classic Helmet

In about 24 hours the puck will drop on the 2018 Winter Classic between the New York Rangers and Buffalo Sabres from Citi Field. Ahead of the event, Henrik Lundqvist revealed his game day mask on his Instagram:

The mask features the Rangers’ game day logo, some Mets’ branding, and a city skyline — all in Rangers’ colors, of course.

Quick Hits: Fourth Line Players, First Line Play

Welcome to a new feature (well, an old feature made new again) here at ClearedForContact: Quick Hits. Each Sunday, we’ll cover some of the recent happenings, statistics, and anecdotes from the previous week’s games, as well as touch on important goings-on around the NHL as a whole to cap off the week and to get your Monday mornings started.

Say It With Less

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but sometimes fifteen or so suffice just fine. I present to you the New York Rangers’ 2017-18 season, perfectly encapsulated by a graph.

Rangers Re-Call F Vinni Lettieri From Hartford Wolf Pack

Following the loss of Chris Kreider to a mysterious “upper-body injury” that caused him not to return to last night’s 1-0 victory over the Washington Capitals, the Rangers have officially re-called Vinni Lettieri from the Hartford Wolf Pack.

Chris Kreider Out With Upper-Body Injury

The Rangers’ 1-0 shoout victory over the Washington Capitals tonight might have come at a significant cost to the Blueshirts.

Jesper Fast Out Two to Three Weeks With Quad Strain

The Rangers didn’t just lose a hockey game to their cross-river rivals last night. They lost one of their most valuable middle-six players and penalty killers in Jesper Fast.