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In 2017 NHL Entry Draft New York Rangers Select…

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As of earlier this afternoon, the Rangers traded Derek Stepan and Antti Raanta to Arizona in exchange for Anthony DeAngelo and the 7th overall pick in tonight’s draft. This gives the Rangers 2 picks in the 1st round tonight the seventh pick and 21st pick. Moving into the seventh spot there will be some really good talent to chose from. We will see if the end up moving the 21st pick before the draft.

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The Rangers have cap space and holes. Here’s how to fill them

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The Rangers have traded Antti Raanta and Derek Stepan to Arizona, as well as Oscar Lindberg being selected by Vegas, Jeff Gorton now has a lot of cap space to complete his roster for next season. But with these moves, the Rangers have lost two centermen and a backup goalie that need replacing. Add in Dan Girardi’s buyout, and Gorton will have to find all the right pieces to fill in those gaps.

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Rangers Rumor Roundup: Draft Day is Upon Us (Morning Update)

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@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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Will The Rangers “Absolutely” Land A Defenseman?

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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.

 

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.

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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.

Breaking: Dan Girardi Will be Bought Out

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The Rangers announced that they will buy out the remainder of defenseman Dan Girardi’s contract. The rugged 33-year-old had been a staple on the Rangers blue line for each of the last ten seasons, after being undrafted in the 2005 NHL draft. As was previously reported on FullTilt, the Rangers will be saving just under $3 million next season but will have a cap hit of $3.61 million in the 2019 and 2020 seasons.

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The move was one that had been floating around on the Rangers blogs for a good part of this past season. Girardi was one of the most well-liked players in recent Rangers history. He was a hard working and dedicated teammate, who always did the dirty work as a tireless shot blocker. Girardi was named an alternate captain for most of his final six seasons on Broadway and was an NHL All-Star back in 2012.

Now what?

What does this mean for the Rangers moving forward? In the immediate future, it leaves an extra spot on defense for Jeff Gorton to protect. Perhaps the Rangers can re-sign Brendan Smith before the expansion draft. Perhaps they will sign Kevin Shattenkirk with the additional cap room. One thing is for sure; the Rangers are losing one of their more dependable players this offseason.

Is Kevin Klein Leaving the Rangers?

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According to Larry Brooks of the New York Post, Rangers defenseman Kevin Klein may be retiring during this offseason. The veteran Rangers defenseman was a bit of a disappointment this season, with his play dropping significantly. Klein only made it into 60 regular season games and was a healthy scratch for eleven of the team’s twelve postseason matches. After being expected to be in the Rangers “top four” entering the 2016-17 campaign, Klein looked lost from his first time on the ice back in October.

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If you are expecting Gorton to buyout Girardi or Staal, don’t hold your breath

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The Stanley Cup Playoffs are over, and now the fun begins. ‘Tis the season of rumors: trades, free agents, drafts, and buyouts. This time of the year, every Rangers fan gets to put on their GM hat and spew their best trades and clever signings that will put the Blueshirts over the top, once and for all. Everybody and their dog has the perfect acquisition or transaction that will finally lead us to the canyon of heroes this time next year, for the first time since 1994.

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