@NHLRumorsDaily here again, on one of the most exciting days of the NHL offseason; Draft Day! Many rumors are going to fly today, and I and the members of FullTiltNYR will do our best to keep you up to date on the latest involving the Blueshirts and the rest of the NHL on Twitter and on our website. The most “up-to-the-minute” info can be found on Twitter, @NHLRumorsDaily, however I will periodically provide exclusive updates throughout the day that you can only find here, at FullTiltNYR.com. Without further ado, let’s head to this morning’s update!
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On Thursday, the NHL released the full schedule for the 2017-18 season. The New York Rangers will open their season at home on Thursday, October 5th against the Colorado Avalanche. Some other highlights are 28 games against the Metropolitan Division, playing each divisional opponent four times. Their bye week runs from January 8-13.
Over the last week or so, Rangers center Derek Stepan’s name has come up prominently in trade rumors, which have been confirmed by many of the most clued in hockey insiders. Then, six days ago, Rangers insider Larry Brooks sent out this tweet:
In just his first year with the Rangers, Michael Grabner has endeared himself to the Garden faithful. And while scoring 27 goals during the regular season will certainly do that, it has been his offseason Twitter activities that have made him a real favorite. Here are just a few of Grabner’s greatest hits.
A short career with the Rangers, but a good one. Good luck in Vegas, Oscar Lindberg!
Late Wednesday night was a show for all NHL fans across the league, whether it was the Expansion Draft or the NHL Awards. This is also the night before the trade ban will be lifted. So with that being said, there is a lot of speculation flying around the league for every team.
Chuck Fletcher says #mnwild may "absolutely" trade a D by the weekend
— Michael Russo (@Russostrib) June 22, 2017
Last night Michael Russo of the Minnesota Star-Tribune was told by Minnesota Wild GM Chuck Fletcher there absolutely could be a defenseman traded by the weekend. Now with that being said right before the Expansion Draft trade ban, the New York Rangers were dangling Derek Stepan out in the market looking for a partner for Ryan McDonagh.
Last summer Wild GM Fletcher had high hopes of landing Stepan, even though the Rangers were reluctant to move him. They later dealt Derick Brassard in a shocking midsummer trade with Ottawa, acquiring the younger and cheaper Mika Zibanejad.
The Wild have three good options for the Rangers to try and trade for; Marco Scandella, Jonas Brodin, and Matt Dumba. While Scandella and Brodin are both solid defensemen in their own right, they aren’t as necessary for the Blueshirts to acquire. Dumba is a right-handed defenseman with a wicked slapshot, has the ability to rush the puck up the ice, and is very good in his own end. If I’m Jeff Gorton, going after Dumba makes the most sense. He has the speed to keep up with AV’s system, and he would definitely help out on the powerplay.
The trade freeze is lifting at 8 am and rumors abound that the Rangers are ready to start dealing. Read more
The hockey world was fixed on Las Vegas Wednesday night when the Golden Knights inaugural roster was announced at the NHL Awards show. Just as there were no surprises on who the New York Rangers would protect and not protect, it was no surprise who the Vegas Golden Knights chose from the New York Rangers. There were a few names that made sense for the Knights to select from including Michael Grabner, Anti Raanta, Jesper Fast and Oscar Lindberg. Vegas went for a sensible option choosing the young Oscar Lindberg.
With the NHL Expansion Draft just hours away, all kinds of leaks are going on. And based on reports from Larry Brooks, Darren Dreger, and Frank Seravalli, it appears that Oscar Lindberg will be leaving the bright lights of New York for the Las Vegas Strip.
It may only be June 21st, but the Rangers have gotten fans excited in anticipation. The Rangers announced their home opener for October 5th against the Colorado Avalanche. Not the “rivalry” matchup that the Rangers had last year against the Islanders, but certainly a game that will hopefully get the Rangers off on the right foot for the 2017-18 season.
Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey RangersTown!
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) June 21, 2017