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Mailbag: What about Andreas Athanasiou?

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Andreas Athanasiou

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One question for the mailbag this week, but it’s a good one. As always, email us your questions using the widget on the side, and we will answer them in our mailbag.

Anthony asks: If Athanasiou were to leave the Red Wings for the KHL, how long do they maintain his rights? I think it makes sense to at least make an offer slightly above the compensation they would get for losing him on an offer sheet. Maybe there is a little more desperation to get something for him now, if they were to lose the rights in a year, versus 3 years (or however many).

I really like Athanasiou. Really really like him. If the Rangers have a legitimate opportunity to land him, they should. He’s criminally underutilized in Detroit, and would look really good on the third line for the Blueshirts.

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filip chytil

In some not-so-good news, it looks like Filip Chytil’s chances of making the Rangers out of camp took a severe and potentially crippling blow. Per Alex Nunn, citing a Czech report, Chytil suffered the injury during the U20 Four Nations Tournament.

Chytil had an outside shot of making the roster this year, but it appears that he will remain in the Czech leagues this year instead. Hopefully the injury isn’t that serious, and he did play the next two games, so perhaps just some rest is needed. Either way, it’s something worth monitoring.

Categories : Injuries, Prospects
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I’m a little delayed on this, but here is the roster for the 2017 Traverse City Tournament. The Rangers have participated in the event for the past 11 years. In each of those tournaments, at least one player in the tournament has played with the Rangers. This year appears to be no different, with a few kids fighting for roster spots on the TC roster.

The tournament kicks off on September 8, with the round robin portion ending on September 11. There will be at least one additional placement game on September 12.

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Rangers to retire Jean Ratelle’s #19

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An honor that is long overdue, the Rangers will retire Jean Ratelle’s #19 this season. Ratelle was a key cog in the famous GAG line with Rod Gilbert and Vic Hadfield, putting up a line of 336-481-817 in 862 career games with the Blueshirts.

Ratelle ranks third in points, sixth in games played, second in goals, and third in assists for the Rangers. The ceremony will be on February 25th. It’s about time.

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Per Elliott’s Friedman, the Rangers are expected to pursue forward Danis Zaripov if he decides to come to the NHL. The 36 year old has been a mainstay in the KHL until his two year ban for doping.

After missing out on Alex Kerfoot, the Rangers are doing their jobs by at least kicking the tires on Zaripov. He’s not a center, but adding forward depth, especially a guy that consistently put up 45 points in the KHL. At worst, if the Rangers get him, he competes with Matt Puempel for the 12F spot.

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Rangers invite Bobby Farnham to camp

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Bobby Farnham

The Rangers have invited forward Bobby Farnham to camp on a PTO. PTOs aren’t surprising, but Farnham as a choice certainly is. He’s a pure enforcer who doesn’t do much else.

A PTO isn’t a guaranteed contract. But AV loves his enforcers. So….I dunno.

Categories : Preseason
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alex kerfoot

Per Larry Brooks, the Rangers are among the final three teams for Hobey Baker finalist Alex Kerfoot. Kerfoot was originally a fifth round draft pick of the Devils in 2012, and opted to go the free agency route over signing across the Hudson. Kerfoot is a center, a position of dire need for the Rangers, and the 23-year-old seems to have the quickness and skill that might make him a viable asset for the club.

The Harvard graduate put up steadily increasing numbers –around 30 points– with the Crimson before exploding for 16 goals and 45 points in his senior year. The assist totals remained somewhat consistent throughout his four years, and it was just his goal total that doubled in his final season.

Kerfoot would be another name in the fold for a potential roster spot, as the 5’10”, 175 lb center would likely be competing with Lias Andersson, David Desharnais, and potentially Boo Nieves and Adam Tambellini for the 3C spot. Either way, his addition would certainly help bolster the center depth, which is sorely needed.

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Game of Thrones: New York Rangers edition

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If you’re like me, then you spend your Sundays counting the hours until Game of Thrones comes on TV. Lately, it’s a miracle if you’re able to avoid spoilers, and to those of us who can, the reward is phenomenal.

But haven’t you ever wondered who would excel at ruling Westeros from the Rangers? Who would be Littlefinger, manipulating the war? Who would be Jon Snow, the stoic and reluctant leader? Who would be Cersei, capable of a level of evil we can’t even imagine? Well have no fear. Winter is here at Blue Seat Blogs.

Spoiler warning: There are some minor plot points from prior seasons that get covered here. These aren’t massive spoilers, but if you haven’t watched through Season Six, you might want to skip this.

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Categories : Offseason
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lias andersson

Corey Pronman, one of the best prospect gurus out there, has done his NHL rankings for top farm systems and top prospects. When it comes to where the Rangers rank compared to the rest of the league, Pronman is the go-to guy.

The Rangers right now are ranked 29th in the league, just ahead of Pittsburgh. Pronman made a very important caveat into his rankings, noting that he judges based on elite talent. In that regard, the Rangers rank around where we’d expect them to.

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jt miller


One of the major topics of the players still on the Rangers this season is how they are going to perform next season. There were a bunch of very high shooting percentages on the Rangers, and they’ve come into focus as August drones on. And for good reason, it helps us navigate whose season was for real, and who may be coming crashing to Earth.

Of course the big thing to remember here is that talent matters when it comes to shooting percentage. A bunch of folks automatically assume that a high shooting percentage will come down. And yes, most players will see some form of regression for abnormally high shooting success. But skill matters. Let’s keep that in mind.

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Categories : Analysis
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