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Training camp roster divided into three teams

Per The Daily News, the training camp roster is divided into three teams: A, B, and C. When looking at the team makeup, Team C appears to be all kids that are headed to the AHL or Juniors sooner rather than later. Teams A and B appears to be a mix of vets, kids competing for spots, and prospects destined for the AHL. However, of the vets in Teams A and B, it’s telling to see how Alain Vigneault has his initial lines and pairings.


Forwards: Ryan Bourque (25), Jesper Fast (91), Tanner Glass (15), Carl Hagelin (62), Chris Kreider (20), Danny Kristo (29), Matthew Lombardi (45), Ryan Malone (24), J.T. Miller (10), Chris Mueller (86), Martin St. Louis (26), Derek Stepan (21).

Defensemen: Dan Boyle (22), Steven Kampfer (47), Michael Kostka (4), Ryan Mantha (72), John Moore (17), Samuel Noreau (79), Marc Staal (18), Petr Zamorsky (97).

Goalies: Henrik Lundqvist (30), Mackenzie Skapski (81).

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The on-ice style evolution of Henrik Lundqvist

The 2014-2015 season marks Henrik Lundqvist’s tenth NHL season. He broke in during the first post-lockout campaign in 2005-2006, and has commanded the Rangers crease ever since. While Lundqvist has been a noted style icon off the ice, his aesthetic choices on it have been far more divisive.

From 2005-2009 Hank was the poster boy for TPS Hockey (formerly Louisville). After an ill-fated merger with Sherwood, the King was scooped up by Bauer Hockey to be the face of their new One100 line, and he has been decked out in the company’s gear ever since.

While training camp has started and we will soon be awash with interesting hockey news and happenings, let’s indulge one more silly off-season post with a brief history of Henrik Lundqvist’s pad choices.

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A second Staal in New York?

Will Marc Staal return to his dominant best?

Could they both be wearing Ranger blue ?

Marc Staal has brothers, this is not new to you by now. Most of them as you will surely know are in Carolina and the longer Rangers defenseman Marc Staal goes without a new contract there will be the same old assumptions that he will end up in Carolina with his brethren. Recently, media reports have reported that Staal has begun to discuss a new contract with the Rangers – perhaps a new deal could come during training camp, which kicks off today. What hasn’t been discussed is the potential for Eric Staal to join Marc in New York.

Think about it for a second. The Rangers have a need for a top line center (unless Derek Stepan has a season we would all die for). They need size and skill down the middle to compete with the Kings and Bruins of the world and they have their own Staal brother to entice Eric to New York. With a cap ceiling that continues to grow, a move for the high priced Hurricanes captain is a legitimate possibility. Most assumptions are that Marc would join Eric but perhaps the smarter money would be on Eric changing zip codes and heading to NYC.

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Rangers training camp roster

The Rangers training camp roster has been announced, and it contains 63 players. The breakdown is 37 forwards, 20 defensemen, and 6 goalies. Some cuts are going to be sooner rather than later, as kids headed to Juniors will be returned to their respective teams. Here’s the breakdown of the players on the training camp roster:

Forwards (37): Chris Bourque, Ryan Bourque, Derick Brassard, Nathan Burns, Anthony Duclair, Jesper Fast, Tanner Glass, Carl Hagelin, Ryan Haggerty, Kevin Hayes, Marek Hrivik, Keegan Iverson, Michael Kantor, Chris Kreider, Danny Kristo, Nickolas Latta, Paxton Leroux, Oscar Lindberg, Matthew Lombardi, Ryan Malone, Chris McCarthy, J.T. Miller, Dominic Moore, Chris Mueller, Rick Nash, Richard Nejezchleb, Logan Nelson, Josh Nicholls, Ryan Potulny, Michael St. Croix, Martin St. Louis, Lee Stempniak, Derek Stepan, Adam Tambellini, Nick Tarnasky, Andrew Yogan, Mats Zuccarello.

Defensemen (20): Conor Allen, Mat Bodie, Dan Boyle, Troy Donnay, Dan Girardi, Ryan Graves, Tommy Hughes, Matt Hunwick, Steven Kampfer, Kevin Klein, Michael Kostka, Ryan Mantha, Ryan McDonagh, Dylan McIlrath, John Moore, Samuel Noreau, Marc Staal, Dallas Valentine, Daniel Walcott, Petr Zamorsky.

Goaltenders (6): Cedrick Desjardins, Brandon Halverson, Henrik Lundqvist, Jason Missiaen, Mackenzie Skapski, Cam Talbot.

ATF: Baby Rangers finish 6th at Traverse City

The Baby Rangers fell to the Minnesota Wild 6-3 in the 5th place game at the Traverse City tournament yesterday, solidifying a sixth place finish after going 1-1-2 in the four games. The scoring for the Rangers was provided by their top line, as each player scored a goal. Mat Bodie had two assists as well.

Anthony Duclair-Kevin Hayes-Ryan Haggerty
Chris McCarthy-Adam Tambellini-Michael Kantor
Josh Nicholls-Nickolas Latta-Logan Nelson
Paxton Leroux-Bryan Moore-Keegan Iverson

Petr Zamorsky-Troy Donnay
Mat Bodie-Sam Noreau
Daniel Walcott-Dallas Valentine

Mackenzie Skapski in net.

Stats from the game after the jump. Pavel Buchnevich was also in action last night in the KHL. You can also view all of the stats from the tournament and all prospects on our Prospects Stats page.

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Brooks: Marc Staal contract rumors

Per Larry Brooks, the initial negotiations for a Marc Staal contract have begun. Per Brooks, Staal is looking for around $6 million on a 6-7 year deal, while the Rangers are looking to give Staal a Dan Girardi-esque deal:

Staal, who will turn 28 in January, is believed to be seeking a six- or seven-year deal in the neighborhood of $6 million per — perhaps somewhat more. The Rangers are believed to be offering the same deal to which they signed Girardi, six years at $5.5 million per — perhaps somewhat less.

The wording of this is somewhat suspect, since Brooks says Staal’s demands could be somewhat more, and the Rangers offer could be somewhat less. The general consensus has  been that Staal will get the same deal Girardi received, so that’s not really a surprise. If Staal’s demands are indeed in the range that Brooks states, than this deal shouldn’t take too long to get done.

It’s worth noting that a few different outlets have said nothing is imminent with Staal.

Which lineup is better: The 2014 Rangers, or the active ex-Rangers?

Marian Gaborik heads up a deep group of ex-Ranger forwards

We’re (finally) just one day away from training camp! There will be a whole lot of real Ranger news coming up, but since we’ve exhausted pretty much every type of camp preview imaginable this summer – allow me just one more random post before the action kicks into high gear.

What would happen if you were to pit the 2014 New York Rangers against the best lineup of former Blueshirts still currently playing in the NHL?

Here’s my take on the best hypothetical roster of ex-Rangers that takes into account positions and logical scoring and checking lines:

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Wing depth a strength for the Rangers



Yesterday I posted on how center depth could be a concern for the Rangers heading into this season. It’s not to say that the Rangers are flawed, that’s just one hole that could pose a problem. On the flip side, wing depth appears to be a strength for the Rangers. Most of their wingers from last year are returning, with some shrewd signings and some kids on the cusp fill in the rest of the holes.

The top six wingers will likely be some combination of Mats Zuccarello, Chris Kreider, Rick Nash, and Marty St. Louis. This –finally– bumps Carl Hagelin down to the third line, as he was miscast as a top-six winger in previous seasons. It’s expected that Lee Stempniak will quietly slide into Benoit Pouliot’s spot as the 3RW, meaning there isn’t much turnover from last year’s wingers.

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Around the Farm: Baby Rangers drop another in OT

The Rangers lost their second game in overtime last night, falling to the Hurricanes by a score of 3-2. The Rangers were able to tie the game late on a goal by the top line (Haggerty from Hayes and Duclair), but the Canes were able to win it on Trevor Carrick’s OT winner. The lines for tonight’s game were shaken up a bit, but that top line did remain in tact:

Anthony Duclair-Kevin Hayes-Ryan Haggerty
Chris McCarthy-Adam Tambellini-Josh Nicholls
Logan Nelson-Nickolas Latta-Michael Kantor
Paxton Leroux-Bryan Moore-Keegan Iverson

Mat Bodie-Sam Noreau
Ryan Mantha-Petr Zamorsky
Daniel Walcott-Dallas Valentine

Brandon Halverson in net.

Richard Nejezchleb was a scratch for the second straight game. Check after the jump for the stat line.

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NHL to move 24/7 from HBO to EPIX

For fans of HBO’s 24/7, you were disappointed this weekend when news broke that HBO would no longer be carrying the show. For those who have HBO for that sole reason, you can cancel your subscription today. The show isn’t going away, and Scott Burnside is reporting that the NHL will produce it’s own version –without the soothing dulcet tones of Liev Schreiber– to air on EPIX.

Puck Daddy pointed out that the NHL was carrying the financial burden of producing the show, and that HBO was unwilling to do a second show for the other outdoor game (Kings/Sharks) this year.

For those of you trying to figure out what channel EPIX is, don’t you worry. I googled it for you, and have no fear, Cablevision doesn’t carry the network.