Rangers Trade F Matt Puempel to DET for D Ryan Sproul

The New York Rangers announced late this afternoon that the team has acquired 24-year old defenseman Ryan Sproul from the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for 24-year old Matt Puempel.

Picking Spots for The King to Rest His Crown

How many starts should Henrik Lundqvist get this year?

For most, the idea is that the nearly 36-year-old shouldn’t be playing more than 60 games. As Larry Brooks noted back when the Rangers chose to sign Ondrej Pavelec, “The Blueshirts ideally would like for Henrik Lundqvist to make no more than 60 starts this season, leaving up to perhaps 25 starts for the backup.”

The Rangers' Defense is Not a Concern...Yet

Let’s overreact for a second. New York Rangers’ Head Coach Alain Vigneault has already wrecked the team’s season by stapling young offensive-defenseman—and the only return left on the roster from the disastrous Stepan/Raanta to Arizona trade—Anthony “Call me Tony” DeAngelo to the press box right next to last season’s trade deadline deal revelation Brendan Smith. The coach did this in favor of putting Nick Holden and Steven Kampfer in the lineup. He has elevated Marc Staal to the top pair to replace the overused, now bought out, defenseman Dan Girardi while shifting team captain Ryan McDonagh to his unnatural right side. AV hates you, me, winning, the Rangers and America (seriously, I think I saw him kneeling during the National Anthem the other night).

Rangers Reassign Filip Chytil, Release Andrew Desjardins from PTO

 

Following their waiver claim of Adam Cracknell yesterday, the expected has been made official. The New York Rangers have reassigned center Filip Chytil to their AHL affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack:

Why Rangers Would Be Right to Wrong Filip Chytil

As the old idiom goes, it’s only a matter of time. For Filip Chytil—the standout rookie center who forced his way onto the New York Rangers’ through a series of powerful preseason performances—this is especially true today.

After putting in their first waiver claim of the season earlier this afternoon, picking up veteran forward Adam Cracknell from the Dallas Stars, the Rangers have now set the stage for an early curtain call for Chytil.

New York Rangers' schedule wallpaper, October 2017

New York Rangers Schedule Wallpaper – October 2017

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Mats Zuccarello Named Alternate Captain

The New York Rangers will have at least one change among their leadership group this season as it was announced that Mats Zuccarello has been named an alternate captain.

Michael Grabner: Back-to-Back or Back to Earth?

It’s hard to think of a better value player in the NHL last season than Michael Grabner. Signed to a two-year contract worth just $1.65M per season in the summer of 2016, Grabner went on to have a resurgent first year for the New York Rangers, scoring 27 goals. That was enough to place him in second on the squad, just one shy of Chris Kreider’s 28.

Before signing in New York, Grabner spent the previous season with the Toronto Maple Leafs—the NHL’s worst team (69 points)—after being traded by the New York Islanders in September of 2015. He had just nine goals with the Leafs over a nearly full 80-game season. If you knew nothing about Michael Grabner, you might have questioned what any team saw in a 28-year old player coming off an 18-point season for the worst team in the league. But the Rangers, who have made discount shopping a key element of their free agent strategy for years now, saw more.

Chytil, DeAngelo and Carey Survive as Rangers Make Final Roster Cuts

The New York Rangers have made final cuts to the roster heading into the regular season. For now it seems as if Anthony DeAngelo, Filip Chytil and Paul Carey will make the team for opening night. Among the surprising cuts are Vinni Lettieri and Neal Pionk who had good showings in the preseason and will likely be looked at over the course of the season if they can maintain their play in Hartford.

For Rangers' Rookies, a Timeshare at Center Might be the Answer

As training camp started, New York Rangers’ head coach Alain Vigneault surprised fans by announcing that J.T. Miller was being moved back to center after having a career-best 56 points playing on Kevin Hayes’ wing last year. But now, thanks to the pre-season performance of a couple teenagers, Vigneault has chosen to put Miller back on the wing.

“With J.T. we wanted to give him a little bit more experience by starting him [at center],” Vigneault said after Monday’s overtime win against Philadelphia. “But right now in my mind, with the performance of a few of our guys down the middle, J.T.’s going to start on the wing.”

While Vigneault didn’t explicitly say who he was talking about, we can make a fair assumption that he’s referring to first-round rookies Lias Andersson and Filip Chytil. He’s consistently praised them and, after the Flyers game, also noted that “Chytil and Andersson definitely caught my attention with their skill set, their skating ability, their hockey smarts.”