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Monthly Archives: July 2015

Rangers prospect Andersson makes the move to North America

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Rangers prospect Calle Andersson will make the move to North America for the 2014-15 season. Photo courtesy of Elite Prospects.

Bobby Bevilacqua

The Rangers draft pick Calle Andersson will make the move from his club in the Swiss League, HC Lugano, and make the move to North American hockey, as confirmed by the team’s website.

Andesson, who recently ruined 21 this past May, is the son of former Rangers defenseman Peter Andersson. He’s coming off a fantastic season with Lugano as one of their youngest defensemen, totaling 17 points (5-12-17) in 30 games, and adding another three in six playoff games. Read the rest of this entry

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Quick Hits: My thoughts after the Derek Stepan signing

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My thoughts on Derek Stepan’s new contract, Jeff Gorton, and the team’s future. Photo courtesy of MSG Photos.

Bobby Bevilacqua

Yesterday, we saw Derek Stepan finally re-sign with the Rangers, opting to stay in New York for the next six years. The deal will pay him an average of $6.5 million until he turns 31, which means that he will be an integral part of the Rangers for years to come.

Of course, with every signing or update, I usually have some thoughts and opinions on things. This is a new “series” of articles I will be doing, usually shorter in length, where I’ll discuss my thoughts on the Rangers and what is going on around the league.

If you guys like this type of article, leave feedback in the comments section here, on Twitter (@The_RangerZone), or on The Ranger Zone Facebook page. Read the rest of this entry

Rangers sign Derek Stepan to six year deal

Bobby Bevilacqua

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This guy is going to be a Ranger for the next six years. Photo courtesy of MSG Photos.

The last domino has fallen into place and Jeff Gorton can check everything off of his to-do list.

Early this morning, around 9:30 am, The New York Rangers and Jeff Gorton announced that the Rangers had agreed to terms with Derek Stepan on a new long term contract.

The deal was six years in length for $39 million, averaging out to a cap hit of $6.5 million a year. Stepan, just 25 years old, will be a New York Ranger until the age of 31, when he will hit the market as an unrestricted free agent.

“Both sides were pretty close to begin with,” said Stepan. “I think both sides are very happy and comfortable with the deal. The whole time, we (both sides) were trying to get a long term deal done. There’s nothing but exciting things to come for us moving forward, it’s a special feeling to be a part of it. We have an exciting group of guys and a group of guys that are ready to take the next step. I can’t be more excited to be a part of a team that I absolutely love!” Read the rest of this entry

Dominic Moore’s Smashfest IV a huge success

Bobby Bevilacqua

New YORK, USA - MARCH 26TH : Philadelphia Flyers VS New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden: New York New York Rangers center Dominic Moore #28 is all smiles after Rangers right wing Derek Dorsett #15 scores a goal during the first period. (Photo by Anthony J. Causi)

Dominic Moore’s fourth annual Smashfest tournament was a huge success this year. Photo courtesy of Anthony J. Causi.

This past Thursday, Dominic Moore hosted his fourth annual Smashfest IV, a ping pong tournament with current and former NHL stars, including some Rangers players, to raise money for charity, including research into concussions and rare cancers.

This year, Kevin Klein, Emerson Etem and Derick Brassard all came to support their teammate, with former Rangers Michael Del Zotto, Cam Talbot, John Mitchell and Eric Lindros joining the tournament as well.

Many people know that teams will kick around a soccer ball as a warmup before a game, but what most people don’t know is that many locker rooms have ping pong tables for the players. This inspired Moore to create a charity tournament to benefit the Katie Moore and Steve Moore Foundations. Read the rest of this entry

What Metropolitan teams will challenge the Rangers in 2015-16

Bobby Bevilacqua

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The Rangers look to be a top team in the East yet again, but which teams will rival them in their own division? Photo courtesy of MSG Photos.

Since the 2011-12 season, in which the Rangers finished with the best record in the Eastern Conference and made it to the Eastern Conference Finals, the New York Rangers have been arguably the best, and most consistent team in the Metropolitan Division, if not the entire conference.

That trend continued this year, with the team making it all the way to the Conference Finals yet again, falling in seven games to the Tampa Bay Lightning, and just missing out on a second straight Stanley Cup Finals appearance.

Alain Vigneault and his squad appear to be in good shape again for another run at a Stanley Cup Championship, keeping the majority of their core intact, and bringing in some nice pieces through trades and free agency. Some work remains to be done, like re-signing Derek Stepan, but for most part, this team is in good shape.

But the Metropolitan Division is getting better and better with each passing year. No longer is it dominated by two teams, which has really been the Penguins and Rangers for a few years. There are other teams in the division that have been getting better and better. Read the rest of this entry