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Mika Zibanejad Contract Talks “Wide Open”

New York Rangers are only a few days away from July 1st when free agency opens. Now they will have to have some serious discussion over the next few days, as to how they will fill the holes in the lineup. These are the holes left by trading Derek Stepan, Antti Raanta, and the buyout of Dan Girardi. Sometimes a team’s best and worst off season signings are the ones they make “In-House”.

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No Surprises From The Rangers

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In what has been a hectic week and a half for hockey fans, the Vegas Golden Knights finally know which players they can poach from the NHL’s thirty other teams. And when it comes to the Rangers list of protected players, there really were no surprises when the list was revealed this morning. Jeff Gorton and his staff were left with two options to decide which players to protect. They could either go with the seven forwards, three defensemen and one goalie option, which would allow them to protect the maximum amount of players possible. Or they could go with the eight skaters and a goalie option, in hopes of protecting more forwards than defensemen.

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Second Line Season Recap and Grades

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The line of Rick Nash, Mika Zibanejad and Jimmy Vesey was only together for a measly 2.09 percent of the Rangers season. But with Nash and Zibanejad both missing time due to injuries, this line did not have much time to gel during the heart of the regular season. The line performed well together, with Vesey able to “go under the wing” of Nash. All three players should be back on Broadway next season and, hopefully, will continue to get better in the coming years.

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The Rangers Expansion Draft Primer

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On June 20, 2017, the expansion Las Vegas Golden Knights will draft 30 players left unprotected by the rest of the teams in the NHL. The next day, the results will be announced during the NHL awards show (unless they are leaked earlier, of course). There promises to be a lot of player movement in two high-stakes games, chess and “chicken”. Golden Knights GM George McPhee could bluff his way into a treasure trove of draft picks and prospects, by claiming to be picking a player he may or may not have any intention of taking. He could tell Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton that he is deciding between Michael Grabner and Anti Raanta. If Gorton feels strongly about keeping one or the other, he may have to pay a price to dissuade McPhee from taking the player he would like to keep.
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