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BREAKING: Kevin Klein OUT 2-3 weeks, Dylan McIlrath to be an everyday player

Bobby Bevilacqua

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Photo courtesy of MSG Photos.

There’s an infestation of injury bugs in the New York Ranger locker room.

Just three games after learning that Derek Stepan would miss upward of a month due to broken ribs, the Rangers announced that Kevin Klein will miss the next 2-3 weeks with an oblique strain.

In last night’s game against the Hurricanes, Klein skated over to the bench, hunched over in the first period. He headed to the locker room and never returned. There was no contact that led to the injury. Read the rest of this entry

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New York Rangers: Wolf Pack and Prospect Report

Drew Williams

Notable Prospect Notes

Pavel Buchnevich

  • Buchnevich has been excellent with Severstal of the KHL, playing on the top line as one of the leading scorers. Buchnevich has six goals and 10 assists in 23 games.
  • Russia's Pavel Buchnevich celebrates after scoring the 3 - 5 in the empty goal after the team of the US took out their goalie in the final minute of the World Junior Ice Hockey Championships quarter final match between USA and Russia in Malmo, Sweden on January 2, 2014. AFP PHOTO / TT NEWS AGENCY / ANDREAS HILLERGREN / ** SWEDEN OUT ** (Photo credit should read ANDREAS HILLERGREN/AFP/Getty Images)

    Photo courtesy of Andreas Hillergen/AFP/Getty Images.

Brian Gibbons:

  • Leading in points for the Wolf Pack with eight points in ten games played (3G, 5A)
  • Signed in free agency; Played for the Penguins and Columbus
  • Likely to be called up if a third-line player is injured

Brady Skjei

  • Highly touted 1st rounder taken by the Ranger 28th overall in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft
  • Has played in all ten AHL games so far
  • Statline: 0G, 3A, 3P; +1 with 0 PIM

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Rangers continue with fourth round of cuts, Raanta designated as backup

Bobby Bevilacqua

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Raphael Diaz is one of the players that has made the final roster cuts. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

The Rangers made a few more significant cuts following their win over the New Jersey Devils, cutting down the roster to just 25 players; 15 forwards, eight defenseman and two goalies. Vigneault will have to cut two more forwards and likely one defenseman.

The Rangers reassigned Luke Adam, Ryan Bourque, Brian Gibbons, Ryan Graves, Chris Summers, Mat Bodie, Brady Skjei and Magnus Hellberg, and they will report to Hartford’s training camp.

Vigneault’s latest roster moves means that we’re in the final stages of the cuts. Dylan McIlrath is still fighting for a spot and Jayson Megna, Oscar Lindberg and Jarret Stoll are still looking to get Tanner Glass out of the lineup. Read the rest of this entry

Rangers make third round of cuts, Staal and Girardi to debut in Jersey

Bobby Bevilacqua

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Oscar Lindberg will start his fourth consecutive preseason game tonight in New Jersey. Photo courtesy of MSG Photos.

As Vigneault said, the Rangers continued to make their roster cuts, reducing to just over six forward lines, 12 defensemen and three goalies. With just three preseason games remaining, we’re in the final stretch of roster decisions.

The Rangers assigned five players to the Wolf Pack training camp. Marek Hrivik, Brett Bellemore, Adam Tambellini, Tommy Hughes and Jeff Malcolm all reported to Hartford for their camp.

This will be Tambellini’s first season in the AHL, and he’s one of my favorite prospects. I’m excited to see how he does this season. I’m also happy that Bellemore wasn’t cut from the roster completely. He was pretty good in the preseason game, and has some NHL experience, so it’s nice depth to have. Read the rest of this entry

Rangers drop preseason thriller in Boston, Zuccarello scores in return

Alexandra Russo

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Photo courtesy of MSG Photos.

The Rangers received their second loss of the pre-season against the Bruins at TD Garden in Thursday night’s matchup. Some key players to watch this preseason are Hayes, Gibbons, and Oscar Lindberg from the Rangers’ lineup. Patrice Bergeron and Spooner from the Bruins stood out, as well.

Some familiar faces, including Glass, Nash, Boyle, McDonagh, Brassard, Yandle, and The King, Lundqvist, were back in action for the Rangers.

Joe Micheletti said before the game that Rick Nash is in “superb condition”, and he proved it with his strong checking and physical play. He mentioned that the Rangers intend to focus on each individual game, a strategy that has been in play for this team for a while now. Read the rest of this entry