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Category Archives: Rangers Updates

Rangers recall Cristoval “Boo” Nieves from Hartford

Bobby Bevilacqua

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This afternoon, New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced that the team has recalled Cristoval Nieves from the Hartford Wolf Pack, and he will join the team immediately.

Nieves has skated in 13 games with Hartford, registering a goal and five assists, putting him third on the team in points and second in assists. He has recorded four assists/points in the last seven games and is the only member of the Wolf Pack to not have a penalty called against him. In 21 career AHL games, he has a total of three goals and 11 points. Read the rest of this entry

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Rangers Roundup: A win in Edmonton and updates on Kreider, Buchnevich

Bobby Bevilacqua

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The Rangers (12-4-0) started off their two game road trip with back-to-back contests against the Flames and the Oilers, picking up two wins after a strange game last night in Edmonton.

Chris Kreider missed the game with what the team is calling an “upper body injury,” and just minutes before the game, it was announced that Pavel Buchnevich wouldn’t play because of back spasms. So Vigneault had to dress Adam Clendening in order to reach the required 18 skaters.

Somehow, someway the team managed to grind out a 3-1 win to pick up their 12th win of the season, and their seventh win in the last eight games. Antti Raanta was spectacular in his fifth start of the season, making 38 saves and improving to 4-0-0 with a .938 save percentage. Michael Grabner scored another two goals, giving him 10 this season, and Dan Girardi scored his third goal, which was the game winner. Read the rest of this entry

Rangers Practice Report; Skjei earns high praise and AV shuffles up the whole lineup

Bobby Bevilacqua

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The Rangers practiced in New York yesterday ahead of their first extended road trip, beginning with a trip through Canada to play the Flames, Oilers and Canucks before heading back to the states to take on the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Alain Vigneault and his team have played 10 of their first 14 games at Madison Square Garden, with four brief one game road trips in between the homestands. The Rangers have been a good home team in recent years, with their 74 wins being tied for second in the NHL.

“It’s a good challenge for us,” Henrik Lundqvist told reporters on Thursday. “We haven’t traveled much. We’ve played a lot of home games, which has been a good test. Now, I think it’s going to be a good test to go out on the road here and face some desperate teams.” Read the rest of this entry

BREAKING: Rangers trade Dylan McIlrath to the Florida Panthers

Bobby Bevilacqua

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Earlier this evening, Bob McKenzie announced via Twitter that the New York Rangers have traded Dylan McIlrath to the Florida Panthers for Steve Kampfer and a conditional seventh round pick.

If McIlrath plays 30 games for Florida this season, the Rangers get a 2018 seventh round pick from the Panthers. If he fails to reach that mark, there is no draft pick involved in the deal.

This announcement is not surprising given what had happened this season. McIlrath was good in training camp and in the preseason, but failed to really ever gain the trust of Alain Vigneault, who preferred playing Nick Holden and keeping Adam Clendening as the team’s seventh defenseman. Read the rest of this entry

Igor Shestyorkin named KHL goalie of the month

Bobby Bevilacqua

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Igor Shestyorkin was selected by the Rangers 118th overall in the 2014 NHL draft and the 14th goalie taken that year. The Rangers also selected Brandon Halverson with their first pick, which was in the second round.

Halverson is playing well with the Greenville Swamp Rabbits of the ECHL, but it’s Shestyorkin that is the best prospect in the Rangers system.

Yesterday the KHL announced that Skestyorkin, 20, was named the best KHL goalie in the league for the month of October. So far he has played in 18 games with SKA St. Petersburg and has a record of 13-1-2 with a 1.46 GAA and a .943 save percentage. Read the rest of this entry