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118th Overall: Rangers Select Goaltender Igor Shestyorkin

The Rangers have taken their second goaltender of the draft. This time, it’s Igor Shestyorkin (or Americanized to “Shesterkin”) of SKA St. Petersberg in the KHL. Shestyorkin mostly played in the MHL (the junior league for the KHL) and had a 1.42 GAA and .947 Save %. He got a few starts in the KHL, […]

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104th Overall Pick: Rangers Select Defenseman Ryan Mantha

The Rangers drafted their first defenseman of the draft with their 104th overall pick, and it’s Ryan Mantha out of the USHL. Unrelated to Detroit Red Wings’ prospect Anthony Mantha, I’ve never seen him play, so I can’t comment on his game. Here’s what I can tell you, though. He’s absolutely massive; 6’5 and 225 […]

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85th Overall: Rangers Select Forward Keegan Iverson

With the 85th overall pick, the Rangers selected Keegan Iverson, a forward who plays for the Portland Winterhawks. Iverson, 18, was once seen as a 1st-round talent, possibly even top-10. He has failed to translate his raw talents into high-end production in the WHL, however. His 2012-2013 season was disastrous, with him scoring only four […]

Retain or Release: Raphael Diaz

Raphael Diaz, in a lot of ways, seems inconsequential. After all the noise surrounding the Callahan/St.Louis swap, he was quietly shipped to New York as depth for a fifth-round pick. He played a handful of games in the regular season and then a few more in the playoffs. All without much fanfare. In that sense, […]

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Retain or Release: Anton Stralman

Sorry for the short hiatus. I’d give you reasons for it but nobody actually cares, so we’ll just skip that. Instead, let’s move on to the defensemen, now that we’ve covered all of the forwards up for new contracts. We’ll start with by far the most pressing situation for the Rangers, and that’s the status of […]

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This Impersonation of Mats Zuccarello Is The Best Thing You’ll See Today

Rangers’ forwards Mats Zuccarello and Carl Hagelin participated in Norway’s Right To Play” Allstar Game on Friday. According to Zuccarello’s website, Right To Play is “a global organization that uses the transformative power of play to educate and empower children facing adversity. Through sports and games, Right To Play help children build essential life skills and better […]

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Retain or Release: Dan Carcillo

On January 3rd, the Rangers announced that gritty depth winger Derek Dorsett had broken his leg and would be out at least month. Also on January 3rd, the Rangers acquired gritty depth winger Dan Carcillo from the Los Angeles Kings for a conditional 7th-round pick. Obviously not a coincidence. For better or worse, Carcillo had […]

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Retain Or Release: Benoit Pouliot

On December 14th, 2013, Benoit Pouliot was merely a depth winger who was struggling to make an impact on a team that was struggling to do anything. But then something magical happened. Pouliot went on a six-game point streak. Then, on December 29th, Pouliot extended the streak to seven games with a game-winning goal against […]

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Rangers Buy Out Brad Richards (Updated with Richards & Sather Quotes)

Update, 7:57 p.m.: Brad Richards released this statement after being bought out… “Tough last few days…I loved being a Ranger and living in New York and playing at MSG in front of great fans. I’ve met many new friends, excellent teammates and staff and I have memories that I will cherish for a lifetime. Glen […]

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Retain Or Release: Mats Zuccarello

This article would have looked very different at this time last year. Zuccarello spent the majority of the season playing in the KHL, and after coming back to the NHL for the stretch run and playoffs, where he had moderate success, the general attitude towards Zuccarello was lukewarm. He did enough to earn another season […]

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Report: Joe Thornton “Only Wants To Go” To The Rangers (UPDATED)

UPDATE (6/18 7:30am): A source well connected to Thornton has told The New York Rangers Blog that “from what (Thornton) is saying, he’s staying” in San Jose for now.  Thornton has a full No-Movement Clause, meaning that he can block any and all trades. Thus, if he wants to stay in San Jose, then nobody […]

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Retain Or Release: Chris Kreider

It’s fairly amazing to look at how far Chris Kreider has come within the last year. In a somewhat stunning turn of events, he didn’t even make the opening night roster, instead being beat by the likes of J.T. Miller and Jesper Fast. Kreider was in Hartford for the first seven games of the Rangers’ […]

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Retain Or Release: Dominic Moore

Glen Sather played “Retain or Release” with Dominic Moore after the 2005-2006 season and ended up picking “release.” Moore was traded to Nashville (who then sent him to Pittsburgh). In return, the Rangers received Adam Hall, a young, big, gritty forward who had put him double digit goals consistently and had upside as a true […]

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Retain Or Release: Brian Boyle

Oh Brian Boyle. What a roller coaster your New York Rangers career has been. You were acquired from Los Angeles in 2009 for a 3rd round pick; a trade that, at the time, seemed completely pointless. In your first season with the Rangers you were totally irrelevant and John Tortorella admitted, in retrospect, that he […]

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