Last summer New York Rangers GM Jeff Gorton made a move that flew under the radar by signing Michael Grabner. Many fans and hockey experts believed that Grabner would be a nice role player for the Rangers and nothing more. 27 goals later and Grabner was the steal of the summer. Read more
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New York Rangers prospect Nicklas Jensen, who is currently a restricted free agent, has signed a 1-year contract with Jokerit of the KHL. Since Nicklas came to the organization in a trade with Vancouver for Emerson Etem, he has been assigned to the team’s minor league affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack. Despite being a call up on a couple of occasions, he couldn’t keep himself with the big club long enough to call it home.
We all know the current situation at center for the New York Rangers is one that has a lot of question marks, even with the signing of David Desharnais. What if there was another option to fill that gap? Well, the Rangers could be in luck with Hobey Baker Award Nominee and Harvard captain Alexander Kerfoot. He, just like many other college players in recent years, is holding out on signing with the team that drafted him, which so happens to be the rival New Jersey Devils. This means that if he isn’t signed with the Devils by Aug 15th, he will become a UFA who can choose any NHL club.
In what turned into one of the best signings of last summer, Michael Grabner made Jeff Gorton look like a genius. In his first season with the Rangers, Grabner put together his first 20 goal season since 2011-12, netting 27 in 76 games. More importantly, Grabner played a vital role on the penalty kill for the Blueshirts as his speed reeked havoc for opposing teams. Grabner reached the 20 goal mark in mid-January, but from mid-January to April, Grabner scored just seven goals. Grabner’s 2016-17 campaign is actually a beautiful symbol for the entire New York Rangers 2016-17 season. Started slow, fizzled fast, came up big at times but still came up short.
New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Klein will now don the title of ‘former New York Rangers defenseman’ as he announced his retirement today via Twitter. For many Rangers fans, Klein brought an edge and skill set that initially made him a favorite. No. 8 was acquired in 2014 for Michael Del Zotto from the Nashville Predators and played a key role in helping the Blueshirts reach that year’s Stanley Cup Final.
Klein Heading for Retirement?
A few weeks ago, Larry Brooks broke the news that Rangers defenseman Kevin Klein was leaning toward retirement. Klein went from being one of the more dependable Rangers defensemen to a nightmare in his own zone. He has been bugged by back issues that may have contributed to his decline and will be in the last year of his contract next season.
The off-season and free agency have been off to a strong start for the organization. Jeff Gorton is restocking and rebuilding the prospect pool while improving the Rangers themselves. The upcoming season looks promising in Hartford with two strong signings for the American Hockey League club. The addition of Kevin Shattenkirk provided more depth in the organization as well.
Hello all! @NHLRumorsDaily here with the highly anticipated Ilya Kovalchuk update! Previously, FullTiltNYR.com reported that Kovalchuk had put in a trade request to the Columbus Blue Jackets and New York Rangers, and should his request not be met, he would return to the KHL before coming back to the NHL next year as a UFA. That hasn’t changed, however many discussions have been held behind the scenes, and this update will cover that.
Last Friday, the Rangers traded forward Derek Stepan and backup goaltender Antti Raanta to the Arizona Coyotes for defenseman Anthony DeAngelo and the seventh overall pick, which was used to draft Center Lias Andersson. Read more