Bereglazov, Gropp, Pedrie Among Additional Cuts

The Rangers are now down to 38 players left in Training Camp after announcing this afternoon that they’ve assigned three forwards, three defensemen, and two goaltenders to the Hartford Wolf Pack:

Rangers Cut Day, Zborovskiy, Leedahl from Training Camp

As the New York Rangers continue to whittle away at their 2017 Training Camp roster, the announcement was made this afternoon that defensemen Sean Day and Sergey Zborovskiy, as well as forward Dawson Leedahl, have been assigned to the Hartford Wolf Pack.

Thoughts on the First Preseason Game

The Rangers took on the New York Islanders in the first preseason game of the 2017-2018 season last night. They won 1-0 in overtime when Neal Pionk caught the Islanders tired and flat-footed, did a Brian Campbell-esque spin-o-rama around Brock Nelson, and put it right through the goalie.

Here are some of my thoughts on what I saw:

  • First and foremost, the Rangers’ coaching staff will have a lot of tough decisions to make on defense. We knew this going in, but now it’s being borne out during the preseason games. Anthony DeAngelo stood out as one of the most active defensemen of the game. He made some nice plays with the puck, was solid in front of his own net, and used his above average skating ability to wheel the puck out of the zone on a few occasions. Neal Pionk also had a good game. Excluding the goal, which was nice, he made good decisions with the puck, wasn’t afraid to shoot the puck from the point, and overall had a solid game. Both DeAngelo and Pionk had four shots on goal.

The Hungry and the Hopeful — A Look at Forwards in Training Camp

New York Rangers 2017 Training Camp began today with player physical tests and head coach Alain Vigneault’s media availability. This season’s edition of training camp brings some interesting storylines in the form of roster openings due to the moves made during the offseason. Most notably, the Rangers traded center Derek Stepan to the Arizona Coyotes forcing the Rangers to bump Mika Zibanejad and Kevin Hayes up the center depth chart. Oscar Lindberg was claimed by the Las Vegas Golden Knights in the NHL Expansion Draft. Jesper Fast underwent hip surgery in June that is expected to keep him out until late October. And, just as training camp began, J.T. Miller was confirmed to start the season as a center, filling the third line center role.

Rangers Invite Andrew Desjardins To Camp on PTO

Larry Brooks of the New York Post reported Wednesday morning that the Rangers invited center Andrew Desjardins to training camp on a PTO:

Weighing an Andreas Athanasiou Offer Sheet

Since Artem Anisimov was traded, the New York Rangers have had an alliterative alphabetical hole at the top of their lineup. Now, with Andreas Athanasiou’s contract with the Red Wings in limbo and rumors swirling that he’s headed to the KHL, the idea of signing him to an offer sheet and sending a pick to Detroit is being kicked around. However, whether or not Rangers GM Jeff Gorton should pursue him is debatable, despite Athanasiou’s upside.

Jesper Fast Will Wear Number 17 This Season

Yay, more news! As the Rangers just confirmed, Jesper Fast will be wearing the number 17 this season:

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.