Brian Leetch, Brad Richards Named Hockey Ops Advisors

In a bit of early September hockey news that’s sure to pique your interest, the New York Rangers officially announced that Brian Leetch and Brad Richards have both been named Hockey Operations Advisors:

Measuring Shattenkirk's Power Play Impact

McCabe. Del Zotto. Boyle. Yandle. Shattenkirk.

The Rangers’ have failed over and over since Jaromir Jagr to find a power play maven, and Kevin Shattenkirk is the newest experiment. We won’t know until probably November how Alain Vigneault plans to use the newly signed Shattenkirk entirely, though we can make a strong assumption that he’ll slot right in as captain Ryan McDonagh’s right-side partner. But, immediately, we’ll see what impact he can have on the Rangers’ power play.

The Case for Keeping Rick Nash

Former All-Star, 79-point scorer (once), power forward.

Current underperformer, overpaid, aging forward.

At 34-years old, Rick Nash is in a position that several other borderline superstars have been in over the past few years. He is now a player who was once an offensive threat who entered his thirties and began to fizzle out. See: Simon Gagne, Brad Richards, Scott Gomez, et al. The latter two saw their time with the New York Rangers begin and end in similar fashion to Nash. They were defined by the expectations placed upon them which they all failed to reach. While Richards and Gomez were acquired via free agency, with Nash, the Rangers inherited the remaining six years of an eight-year $62.4 million dollar contract from the Columbus Blue Jackets as part of a multi-player trade.

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.